Review of Bad Traveler by Lola Karns


Bad Traveler

Author: Lola Karns
Published by: Decadent Publishing, LLC
Release date: 8/19/2014

This book was a gift from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Blurb:

Recipes are a way of life for Gwen Jones. Take one single mother, her infant daughter and a business plan for a small town bakery. Combine with an eventful cross-country flight, chance encounter with her college crush and a dash of motion sickness. Stir in a few nuts, or family members, and large quantities of chocolate. Will this recipe be an oven oops, or as delicious as her alma mater’s newest coach?  Having survived an attack in Afghanistan that cost him a leg and a wife, Kyle Collins developed a strategy to find meaning in life. He may be an assistant basketball coach but he refuses to sit on the sidelines. When he runs into the woman whose lips are as unforgettable as her brownies, Kyle decides to spice up Gwen’s recipes.  When a secret ingredient is thrown into the mix, can their recipe for a happily-ever-after rise to the occasion, or will it end up a hot mess? 

My Review:

Bad Traveler describes Gwen Jones to a tee.  She doesn’t do well flying but she does her share in this eventful book. All in the name of love.

As a single parent all Gwen wants is to be a good mother to her daughter. She is accomplishing this by moving back home and starting a new bakery/coffee shop business.

As anyone with children knows, air travel with a six month old is a challenge. A chance meeting with a college friend Kyle Collins in the airport turns into a travel blessing.  Kyle is returning to be an assistant coach at the university.

Met at the airport by her Mom, the scene that made me laugh as much as it annoyed Gwen, occurred in the parking garage.
Charlotte drives a Mini.  This is the scene with the three of them.

“Mo-ooom, why didn’t you bring Dad’s car?”

“I don’t like to drive it, dear. It’s too big.”

“It’s a Honda Accord. It’s not that big.” There was a sharpness to her voice that he hadn’t heard before. Her mother’s eyes widened, aghast.

Gwen shook her head and rubbed her temples. “Sorry, I’m really tired. It’s been a long day. I’m just not sure the seat will fit rear-facing in this car.”

He surveyed the Mini and compared it to the pieces of luggage piled around. He hoped to avoid further conflict between the two. Gwen had had a rough day. His car was nearby and, besides, he wasn’t ready to say good-bye. Charlotte took charge.

“We can try putting the car seat in the back. Once that’s in, we can stack everything else around it. There’s a lot of room on the floor.”

He doubted anything would fit in the tiny car unless he played origami with the seats.

Surrounded by her family who loves them both helps the transition. Reuniting with Kyle adds the possibility of very steamy romance.

Trouble begins to brew when Gwen’s ex-boyfriend Chloe’s father comes to town unexpectedly and unwanted.

Lola Karns’ way with words is such that you feel every emotion fly  off the page.  I laughed, cried and held my breath a few times as well.

Well written and a great read.

I give this book 5 contented purrs.

Review of Alpha Wolf’s Pet by Eva Gordon


Alpha Wolf’s Pet – Hidden, Book 1 – By Eva Gordon

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This series is intended for a mature adult (over 18 years old) audience.

Blurb:

Mia’s testimony against Russian mobsters forced her to enter the witness protection program. She is relocated to a quaint cottage in Wolf Woods, near Mt. Rainier, far from everyone and everything she loved and cared for. All is calm, until she meets Dominic, the gorgeous ruggedly handsome owner of the mysterious Wolfe Estate. He is all alpha male, domineering, and controlling. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a sexy control freak.

Alpha werewolf, Dominic Wolfe, is the packs’ enforcer. When an attractive young woman moves into a cottage near his territory; his senses are heightened to obsessive proportions. A human pet to meet his desires. Dominic is determined to unveil Mia’s real identity while keeping his own securely hidden.

Haunted by the howls and shrieks coming from Dominic’s estate, Mia wonders if she can really trust the enigmatic man she suspects of wanting a dominant-submissive relationship. A man who brings out her darker desires. Will hidden danger keep them from gratifying their burning passion?

My Review:

I was approached to do a review by the Author and had purchased this book before she sent me a review copy.  Many of you know I love shifters and romance so when the two are combined I guess I couldn’t help myself.

Ms. Gordon has changed the dynamic I’m used to seeing in shifter novels to one that that I am not sure I like.

There is a lot going on here, Mia is in Witness Protection, she only has two neighbors and one is a bit of a snoop (Ellen) while the other is a sexy billionaire (Dominic) with most of his staff living on his estate up the trail from her.

Mia really freaks out easily since this latest move and that she even relaxes enough to get to know Dominic was interesting.

I love the Mia and Dominic relationship especially since she doesn’t always cave to the alpha in him.  I especially liked that her response to him ended up with her reading erotic novels. Which leads me to one of my favorite passages.

Mia, wearing an oversized Mozart t-shirt, got off her bed and stared at her naughty books.  Like a drug addict hiding pills, she slipped the books out of site under her bed and then went into the kitchen to get ice for her wrist. Erotica books should come with a warning label.

I was a bit confused by the references to “human” & “Civilization” from Dominic since the wolves are human and wolf.  Using those words in normal conversation could out them faster than anything else.

I would really like to know more about the wolf packs and their history in future books of this series.

I give this book 3 contented purrs.

 An Excerpt can be found here:

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Buy Links:

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Ms. Gordon’s  Alpha Wolf’s Pet series, Hidden, Book 1 will continue with Book 2 Kept, and Book 3 Hunted.  Find out more about future books in Eva Gordon’s Alpha Wolf’s Pet series and her other paranormal, fantasy and steampunk books at www.ravenauthor.com

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Interview with Jenna Jacob and My Review of her Latest – Saving My Submission – Plus Giveaway!


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Publisher: Dream Words, LLC (August 15, 2014)

Release Date:  August 18th, 2014

Blurb: 

I never intended Joshua Lars the sexy-as-sin sculptor to be more than a one-night stand. How was I to know his masterful hands and dominant command would wake the sleeping submissive within me? Any of my friends would have said that Mellie Carson was an independent successful woman who would never kneel for a man. I’d already chalked my one foray into surrendering my control up to naïve stupidity. I was far too smart now to do it again—or so I thought. Then came Joshua… Determined to resist his powerful draw I tried to forget him but Fate—and a killer—had other plans. Now in Joshua’s arms I might be safe but I fear my heart isn’t. Can he save my life while saving my submission?

Buy Links:

I apologize this is the only link I have at this time, I will update with more when I can find them.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Submission-Doms-Genesis-Book-ebook/dp/B00MS2Q50M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408685765&sr=8-1&keywords=saving+my+submission

My Review:

This is a Sizzling page turner from the very beginning.  From Joshua’s first meeting with Mellie to the very end, every part of this story oozes sexual tension and suppressed desires.

The story evolves around Mellie’s sister and her two masters as well as others in their BDSM community and that is where I get my favorite passage.  This was a snippet of a conversation overheard by Mellie.  It was between a couple of firemen called to the fire at Sanna’s Bachelorette party.  This is not save for work!

“I’ve been on a lot of calls, but I’ve never been to the scene of a raging butt plug inferno before.”  One man chuckled as he unbuttoned his long yellow coat.

I couldn’t stop laughing for quite a while after reading that.

There is a lot happening in this book other than sex but the tension is high anytime Mellie and Joshua are in the same room.

I couldn’t guess the resolution to the stalker and I am sure everyone else will be just as surprised as I was.

Five Contented Purrs for this Latest from Jenna Jacob!

My Interview with Jenna Jacob:

If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do??

Talk to me… in a deep, low, seductive whisper. I’d be off my feet and on the… well, you get the idea. ~wicked grin~

What trait in a man do you find most sexy? The least?

The eyes, or rather “the look” that says “I’m going to do wonderfully wicked things to you, and you’re going to love every minute of it.” (Whimper)

Men who are too macho, or egotistical to say: “I’m sorry.”

 When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?

Erotic romance – every time

 What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

~Laugh~ There are days I’m surprised the NSA isn’t on my doorstep. I think the weirdest thing I ever googled was “How long does it take before a body starts to decompose?” –or- “How much C4 would it take to blow up a 20,000 sq ft home?” Yeah, I’m pretty sure they’ve got me under surveillance!

Who is your writing idol?

As always, Shayla Black. She’s been my idol for longer than I’ve known her, and no doubt always will be.

Author Contacts: 

Email: jenna@jennajacob.com Website: http://www.jennajacob.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jenna.jacob.author Facebook Fan Page: http://on.fb.me/1sW1b1b Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@jennajacob3
Giveaway Info: Jenna is giving away 5 Paperback copies – signed + swag of “Saving My Submission” (When they become available – 2-3 weeks) US ONLY

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An Interview with Bianca Sarble! Plus Giveaway For Operation Sexy Soldier and More!!!


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Bianca is offering one commenter Swag, a kindle copy of Operation: Sexy Soldier and $5 Amazon Gift Card.  The link is below.

 Blurb:   Operation: Sexy Soldier

A dare is a dare after all.   Suzette Miller’s mission issued by fellow members of the Naughty Whispers Book Club is one she can’t refuse. She must find a sexy soldier and burn up the sheets in a night of scorching passion. It’s been her fantasy since forever but what if her military man is also the man who can break her run of bad luck in the dating world?   As a Marine Zane Cooper can handle intense situations. But when it comes to Suzette and the lingering feelings she inspires she’s in unfamiliar territory without a tactical handbook. Though his life’s compass is spinning out of control the right direction could be closer than he thinks.   Drawn together by lust and pulled apart by assumptions can they work together to complete their mission for love?

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Interview:

 Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The Naughty Whispers Book Club series of books was born from the growing popularity of online friendships. I have so many wonderful friends spread all over the globe, and through our hours of fun and laughter, I’m more confident in my weirdness LOL! The message I’d most like to impart would be that we come in all shapes and sizes, but there is a romantic hero or special leading lady out there for all of us, and friends to share the journey with.

 How do you come up with your characters?

I give free range to my imagination and they come to me. I’m a very visual person, so I spend a lot of time scrolling through pictures of gorgeous men in varied states of undress and beautiful women (just one of the perks of being a writer 😉 )

Do you have any writing rituals that you do while writing?

I have to be fully caffeinated to function, especially when I’m writing. My mind is like a squirrel otherwise and only get as far as looking at sexy pics!

What types of books do you enjoy reading in your free time or what do you like to do with your free time?

Free time??? What is this that you speak of? When I have a break from being a Mum, wife, writer and working at my evil day job, I read. I have a To Be Read mountain and it always satisfies when I need to escape to another world, even if it’s only for five minutes.

Favorite type of music to have playing while writing?

I don’t generally have music playing while I’m writing, but I love to have it when I’m plotting. Operation: Sexy Soldier was plotted to Adam Lambert – on constant repeat. Full Bloom – Big and Rich. I’m also working on a series at the moment involving four girls and the first girl in that series seems to love Shania Twain, but I’m also working on my first MM romance and those boys love Sam Smith.

Does your family read your books?

Nope. Or if they do, they don’t tell me 😉

 Author Info:

https://www.facebook.com/authorbiancasarble https://www.facebook.com/bianca.sarble http://biancasarble.wordpress.com/

Giveaway:

Bianca is offering one commenter Swag, a kindle copy of Operation: Sexy Soldier and $5 Amazon Gift Card.

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RELEASE DAY! Hard to Hold On To – By Laura Kaye – And A Giveaway too!


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 We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO HOLD ON TO! HARD TO HOLD ON TO is a Contemporary Romance filled with suspense and is a novella in the Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Impulse (an imprint of HarperCollins). And if this novella weren’t hot enough on its own, Laura is donating 100% of her proceeds from the first two weeks’ sales to a national non-profit organization that assists veterans transitioning back to civilian life!!

 

Hard To Hold On To

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EXCERPT:

Easy tugged down the covers and gestured for Jenna to get in. She chose the side that would allow her to lie on the uninjured side of her face.

“After what you’ve been through, I don’t want to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable,” Easy said.

Propping herself on an elbow, Jenna shook her head. “You won’t. You’re the—” She blanched as if she hadn’t meant to say whatever she’d nearly said.

Which made Easy need to know. He crawled on the bed as if lured by the words. “Finish. That. Sentence.”

She eased back onto the pillow, red hair sprawling around her shoulders like silk, and stared up at him. And it took everything Easy had not to settle himself on top of her and tease the words out with his hands and tongue.

“The only one who makes me feel safe,” she whispered.

Satisfaction humming through him, Easy turned and stretched out on his back. Because if he kept looking at her while she was looking at him like that, he might not be able to restrain himself from having what he wanted. A taste. A chance.

None of which she was in any shape for. And given the shitstorm in his head, probably neither was he.

“Good. That’s good,” he murmured, blowing out a long breath. Damn, he was tired. Not just because he hadn’t slept much the night before. But because of the size of the load he’d been shouldering for the past twelve-plus months. If he could only figure out how to put it down. He scrubbed his hands over his face, wishing he could shake himself out of this fucking slump.

If Rimes were here, he’d kick Easy’s ass for being such a morose motherfucker.

But he wasn’t here. Which was the damn problem in a nutshell.

He dropped his arms to the bed and peered over at Jenna.

She lay on her side facing him, hand tucked under her chin, not looking the least bit settled or relaxed.

“Whatchu need?”

“You.” She spoke the word without any hesitation, any doubt, any seeming self-consciousness.

“Have me, Jenna. Whatever you want,” he said, his cock stirring no matter how hard he reined himself in.

Holding his gaze, she moved closer until her head rested on his shoulder and her body trapped his arm between them. And, suddenly, she wasn’t fucking close enough.

“Here,” he whispered, lifting his arm and inviting her closer. And damn if his heart didn’t soar when she fitted herself the rest of the way against him, her face against his throat, her breasts against his ribs, her leg curling up onto his thigh.

He wasn’t sure whose sigh was louder. All Easy knew was that this was the first time in more than a year he didn’t feel alone. Wrapping his arm around her, he couldn’t resist squeezing her in just a little closer.

“Thank you,” she whispered, her breath ticklish against his neck.

He laced his fingers between hers where they rested on his chest. “I gotchu. You just close your eyes and know I’m here.”

 

I am reading this today.  It was downloaded to my kindle this morning. When are you reading it?

 

 

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About Hard To Hold On To:

Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

 

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Men of Hard Ink

Other Books in the Hard Ink Series:

Hard As It Gets

Hard As You Can

Hard to Come By (11/25/14)

Hard to Be Good (3/10/15)

Untitled (7/28/15)

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

For Hard As You Can:

“TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!” ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

“Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!” ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:

“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!” ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

“Sizzling romance… The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.” ~Publishers Weekly Review

“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knight’s series.” ~Booklist

 

Author PhotoAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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Cover Reveal and Giveaway for A Shadow’s Embrace by Cara Carnes


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An Indigo Shadows Story
By Cara Carnes

Interview with Dagan:

Name:
Dagan
Location:
Chicago
Job:
Team Leader in SEO, Shadow Elite Operatives
Responsibilities:
Kicking ass. Keeping the psychics we freed out of General Conver’s grasp and ruining the ARES organization
Special Abilities:
Mental manipulation
Weaknesses:
Yeah, like I’d really tell you.
Favorite Pastime:
Keeping Devyn out of trouble, working with the street kids she helps, helping out at Indigo Order
Biggest Fear:
Failing my team, getting captured by Conver, Devyn getting hurt. Fuck, this list is long. Not good.
Biggest Regret:
Not saving Nevada and Sage. Those two twins were everything. They’re the reason we rebelled, the glue that kept us Shadows sane.
Heart’s Desire:
Devyn.

Blurb:

On the run from evil, her only hope is the Shadows.

Devyn James escaped hell once. Kidnapped from foster care at seven and raised in a psychic genetics testing facility, she survived by hiding her ability. A rare technopath, she eventually broke out of the facility with the help of the Shadow Elites—General Conver’s super soldiers, who rebelled and now fought to protect psychically enhanced humans. Determined to help the cause, she formed Indigo Order—a foundation focused on providing food, shelter, medicine, training and support for the displaced lower level psychics, especially the children tossed to the streets by Conver years ago.

For the past few months Devyn, or Indy as she’s known on the street, has covertly passed intel to the SEO. Even though the street doesn’t trust the Shadows, she does. They rescued her once and she knows they’re the only ones who will be able to save her from Conver and figure out what she uncovered.

Dagan is determined to save the female being chased by Conver and his squadron. He soon discovers her identity and vows he’ll do anything to keep her protected—even if it’s from herself. But the sultry female proves to be a handful when her team is in the crosshairs. When one of them is captured, he must prove she can trust him and all he offers, even though he may not believe someone as good as her should be with a Shadow.

Together they discover everything is possible when you trust A Shadow’s Embrace.

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Cover Reveal And Giveaway for Too Much to Lose by Samantha Holt


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Coming September 5th

Blurb:

Have you ever been so desperate you made a decision that would haunt you forever?

Jess has.

She became a porn star.

Jess is on the run from her past. She has no friends, no life. She tries to forget everything that happened to her all those years ago. After changing her image, leaving her home and getting a new job, she’s determined it won’t happen again. If that means never being close to anyone ever again, then so be it.

If only Hunter O’Reilly didn’t make her wish things could be different.

Hunter needs this job. After being screwed over by his partner—make that ex-partner—his investigation business is on the line. Already in debt, he eagerly takes on the job of finding some stolen money at triple his going rate and all leads point in Jess’s direction. He expects problems at that price. But he doesn’t expect to fall for her.

However, no job is ever that simple. When he’s forced to spend more time with her, the lines between business and pleasure are blurred. And once Jess’s life comes under threat, they have to make a decision, can they both overcome Jess’s past?

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