Friday, October 17, 2014

Prince Hafiz's Only Vice by Susanna Carr - Review/Giveaway



Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice
by Susanna Carr




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What a royal wants…

Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a "suitable" bride.

In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz's ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.

Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he's determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!






Prince Hafiz loves Lacey, and Lacey loves him, but she thought they had a future, and he must marry for country and duty to be the faithful son. I felt both characters, Lacey for her disillusioned hopes and dreams and Hafiz, because he’s stuck in a life he doesn’t want.

This had a lot of angst, and I was almost sure the story was going one way, and was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t fall back on overused tropes to pull itself out. I wanted to yell and scream at the characters a few times, and that’s usually a sign of a good book to me if I care enough to become so engaged.

In the end, I enjoyed the twist and turns and liked that while it had its struggles and angst filled moments, I didn’t feel like any of that angst was just used without cause. I definitely enjoy and recommend this story.


I received a copy for the purpose of review. I was not compensated for my review. 


Excerpt:

Lacey stared at the engagement announcement. Her mind refused to comprehend the words. "Marry?" she whispered. Her wild gaze flew to Hafiz's harsh face. "You're getting married?"

She waited in agony as he rose to his full height. He looked very tall and intimidating. Almost like a stranger.

Lacey didn't realize she was holding her breath until he answered. "Yes."

The single word sent her universe into a spiral. "I don't…I don't…." She stared at the headline again, but the pain was too raw, too intense.

Her hands shook as the rage and something close to fear swirled inside her. Fear of losing everything. Pure anger at the thought of Hafiz with another woman. The fury threatened to overpower her. She wanted to scream at the injustice and claw at something. Stake her claim. Hafiz belonged to her.

"You have been with another woman." She couldn't believe it. "All this time, you were with someone else."

Hafiz's eyes narrowed at the accusation. "No. You have been the only woman in my life since I met you in St. Louis a year ago."

She was the only woman, and yet he was going to marry another? "Then how are you…I don't understand."

He braced his feet a shoulders' width apart and clasped his hands behind his back, preparing for battle. "I met the bride today and she agreed."

Lacey's mouth gaped open. "You just met her?" She snatched the flicker of hope and held on tight. "So, it's an arranged marriage."

Hafiz let out a bark of humorless laughter. "Of course."

"Then, what's the problem?" She moved slowly as she stood. Her arms and legs felt limp and shaky. "Say that you won't get married."

He looked away. "I can't." Regret tinged his voice.




Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna's stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as "fun", "sexy" and "a must read." When she isn't writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.




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Monday, October 13, 2014

Holiday Romance Hop!



Holiday Hop Featuring Jill Shalvis, Carolyn Brown, Grace Burrowes, Terry Spear, and Sarah Morgan + Giveaway

Ready or not, Christmas is right around the corner, which means shopping, food, family — and holiday romances! This season, award winning authors Jill Shalvis, Carolyn Brown, Terry Spear, and Sarah Morgan each have Christmas romances releasing. To get readers into the holiday spirit, the authors answer the following question: What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Ladies, take it away!

Jill Shalvis author of One in a Million

My absolute favorite Christmas tradition comes on Christmas Eve when my three girls give each other their presents. These are presents that they’ve bought with their own money, or made with their own hands, for each other. I just love watching them excited to GIVE presents, not just receive. Growing up, I was desperate for a sense of family, for sisters, it never happened. It gives me so much pleasure now that my girls have what I didn’t.

Carolyn Brown author of Cowboy Boots for Christmas

Mr. B and I have this Christmas tradition that we look forward to every year. We have Easter and Thanksgiving at our house and the kids all come home on those holidays (that means cooking for 30 to 50 people). So on Christmas our kids all have their own traditions and we spend Christmas Day on the beach in Florida. We give each other this trip as our present to each other almost every year and we enjoy each other’s company for two weeks. There’s no agenda other than sitting on the deck and watching the sun set over the water in the evening, feeding the gulls and petting the cat that makes its home at the place where we stay. The sound of the ocean is my muse and sometimes I get the most wonderful plotting done while I’m there.

Grace Burrowes author of What A Lady Needs for Christmas

Gathering with family and friends, which goes way, way back. Winter seems like the worst time of year to travel, but between the cold and darkness, it’s also the time we need each other’s support the most. I take that for a year round metaphor, too.

Terry Spear author of A Highland Wolf Christmas

In A Highland Wolf Christmas, the children in the pack toss their Christmas lists into the fire where the smoke carries their message to Santa in Lapland. Now what could be more fun than that? I loved it! For us, it's opening a Christmas present Christmas Eve.

Sarah Morgan author of Maybe This Christmas

Choosing the tree. We go to the forest and it’s often snowy, crisp and cold. The foresters always have a wonderful fire blazing and we drink hot chocolate to warm up. Then my sons and I choose the biggest tree we can find and my husband, who is the voice of reason, points out that it won’t fit in the house.

About the Authors

Jill Shalvis’ bestselling Lucky Harbor series continues with three consecutive releases It’s In His Kiss (August), He’s So Fine (September), and One In A Million (October). If you are ready for some Alpha heroes, crazy high jinx, and nosy neighbors, learn more about Lucky Harbor here at the author’s website http://jillshalvis.com.

Carolyn Brown kicks off her newest Western romance series with this month’s Cowboy Boots for Christmas. All readers are welcome to Burnt Boot, Texas where two families face off in a decades long quarrel. Fightin’ and feudin’ has never been so fun! Visit the author at http://carolynlbrown.com.

Award winning author Grace Burrowes delights readers with her gorgeous tales of historical happy-ever-afters. What a Lady Needs for Christmas, featuring the author’s popular MacGregor brothers, is a beautiful Victorian set tale of second chances. Learn more about Grace and her bestselling books at her website: http://graceburrowes.com.

Get ready for shifters in kilts as Terry Spear releases the next book in her Heart of the Wolf paranormal romance series, A Highland Wolf Christmas. Find all of the author’s titles at http://terrylspear.wordpress.com.

Maybe This Christmas, the third book in Sarah Morgan’s O’Neill Brothers series, releases this October. Get the inside information on this holiday tale that features friends-turned-lovers at Sarah’s website: http://sarahmorgan.com.

Follow the Holiday Romance Hop tomorrow as the author's visit Book Liaison - http://www.bookliaison.net.





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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Reaper's Stand by Joanna Wylde - Review




As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?


The fourth book in the continuing series from author Joanna Wylde. This was one of my favorites of the series, maybe it was because the hero and heroine were older and more mature. There wasn’t that innocent virgin feel, although she is a bit a naïve when it comes to the world of MCs.

Reese “Picnic” Hayes is the president of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and he’s seen and done it all, he’s not willing or ready to fall in love again. He kept help that he’s insanely attracted to London, even though she’s older than most of the women he’s kept company with since his wife died.

London, wants to settle down and marry a good guy after spending her younger years raising her cousin’s daughter. Only her cousin’s daughter has some medical issues and a bit of an impulse control problem. So when her charge goes a bit wild, she turns to Picnic to make sure that her charge doesn’t misbehave with any of the MCs.

A lot of stuff goes down in this book, I was enthralled the whole time and could not put this book down. It was actioned packed, sexy and full of suspense. I highly recommend it. I honestly think you could start here with the series is you wanted to, since it stands alone well.




I received a copy for the purpose of review. I was not compensated for my review. 







Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cowboy Boots for Christmas by Carolyn Brown



Callie Brewster didn’t figure she’d ever see Finn O’Donnell again when they parted company in Afghanistan. But when her little brother witnesses a killing, everything changes. The government says they’ll put him in witness protection, but Callie doesn’t trust anyone to protect her brother—except for Finn O’Donnell.

All Finn wants for Christmas is some peace and quiet on his newly purchased ranch. But he owes Callie Brewster his life, and he always repays a debt. Now there’s a woman in the house who joined the army to get away from ranching, a boy who is scared of his shadow, and a feud going on amongst the other ranchers. Yet in the midst of all the chaos, Finn is happier and more at peace than he’s ever been before…


I’m already celebrating the feeling of Christmas with books, and Cowboy Boots for Christmas evoked that warm feeling. It starts with a man, Finn O’Donnell enjoying his solitude on his new ranch, and then arrives Callie Brewster and her nephew, they seem to be running from trouble.

The was this set up of suspense because of what Callie is running from, but it doesn’t really come into play with the expected being pursued, instead it’s a heartwarming tale of two friends falling in love. Callie and Finn have a long history, and they really do have amazing chemistry, but they’re so blind to their love that they’re the last to know.

There is also this great Hatfield and McCoy-esque feud going on in Burnt Boot, and I loved that crazy aspect of the town. It’s so full of fabulous secondary characters that I’m looking forward to more in the series.

I highly recommend this story, it has all the aspects of a great small town romance with great Christmas feelings.






I received a copy for the purpose of review. I was not compensated for my review.



Friday, October 10, 2014

Unbearable by Alaska Angelini - Spotlgiht (A Dark Erotic Novel)



In the eyes of society, I’m the perfect man. Charitable, kind hearted…a role model to all.

For the ones seeking death, I’m their salvation. They think when they come to my door that I’ll assist with the one thing they’re afraid to do alone. Die. Little do they know, I have a lot more in store than a one way ticket to heaven or hell. Four weeks of being my slave and I’ll grant their suicidal wish…or so they think.

When Death sought Diane, I wasn’t leaving her a choice to seek out my help. Her pain and determination was more than I’d ever seen and I knew I was the only one who could save her. Even if it meant becoming the hell she was so desperate to escape.

But will it be enough to make her choose life? Will I be able to let her go when she gets better? Or will the Master in me deny freedom to the perfect slave?

WARNING: THIS IS A DARK EROTIC ROMANCE AND CONTAINS DISTURBING SITUATIONS, DUBIOUS CONSENT, EXPLICIT SEXUAL CONTENT, AND VERY GRAPHIC LANGUAGE. (Also includes knife play/blood play, consensual cutting, and breath play. If you are not comfortable with these situations, DO NOT read this book!


Excerpt:

“Your death will come when I say. Maybe sooner than you think. Maybe years from now. You’re the worst fucking slave I’ve ever had. You don’t listen for shit. Why should I give you what you want? You deserve nothing. What gives you the right for a sense of entitlement? Nothing,” I exploded. 

“You’re already dead, remember? I fucking killed you when you walked through my door. What you suffered with your family is great, but not more than others have had to endure. I meant to show you that, but you’ve ruined it.”

A sob broke through, a scream taking over it at the end. Her head shook back and forth and I grabbed it, holding her still to look up at me.

“You want to be free, then become my slave for real. Bend to my every command. Address me as you’re meant to.” I licked over her bottom lip and she trembled underneath me. “You bow to me and I will grant your wish.”

“I hate you,” she gritted out. “I hate you!”

A laugh did come then. “I didn’t expect you to make it easy, but if you want death, you’ll endure the perils of hell first. The only way to experience the true meaning of that is to survive what I have in store. The real me. The one you’ve only caught glimpses of. And not just sexually, either. It’s that, or you can rot away in this room until you die of old age. No one will look for you, Diane. As far as anyone is concerned, you either ran away or offed yourself where no one could find you. They already expect it. They’ll never know to look here. If Jaime comes to your pretty little mind and you think him picking you up will lead police to where you are, you’re wasting your time. He dropped you off at your new safehouse. Doreen will testify to you showing up. But then, you left.”
She jerked.

“You left and disappeared, slave. You’re dead,” I whispered. “Just like you wanted to be.”

“I want you dead. I’ll kill you,” she exploded. “I’ll fucking—”

“You’ll what?” My fingers pushed in harder until she was crying out. “You’ll obey is what you’ll do. Now, say it. Say I’m your Master.”

A long, heartbreaking sound had the crying coming back.

“Speak.” My hand slapped her face — not hard enough to hurt her, but definitely enough to bring her back around.

“Never. Fucking, never.”


I ripped her from the bed, wrapping my arm around her throat as I let her toes search the ground for footing. I knew I was choking her, but she could still get air. Nails tore into my arm as I walked over and grabbed the remote. As I hit the buttons, changing the disc, Diane began to still in my arms. I knew she thought I was putting on more grisly suicides, but she was wrong. So fucking wrong.

Laughter filled the room, the sweet sound of a child. Her child. Weight pulled against my arm as her legs temporarily gave out. Like someone had hooked her to life support, she turned into a mad woman, giving me the fight of my life as she tried to flee.

“Mommy! Look!” Dark curls bounced as Caylee ran closer to the handheld camera, holding up a new doll. Wrapping paper was everywhere on the floor and the blue, red, green, and white lights from the tree blurred in the background.

“Look at that, Caylee.” Diane walked onto the screen and a man laughed. The voice was close and it was evident he was the one holding the camera.

“No more,” she said, slowing. Sobs were shaking her so hard that I felt them deep within my soul. Fingers pushed into my bloody skin, holding on for dear life. The pain I had felt only moments ago was nonexistent as I watched her heart break right in front of me.

My grip loosened as I pushed her to her knees and positioned myself behind her, still keeping my arm around her throat, just in case.

“Kneeling is crucial. I expect you to do this for me. Now, embrace your memories, slave. That’s your daughter. You turning your back on her is the worst thing you can do. Face your fears,” I said, turning my voice into a whisperer. “Look at how beautiful she is.”


Weight rested into me as she continued to hold on and watch. The fight in her was gone as she stared at the TV, crying. The contrast of the laughter and sobs broke through my walls and I made my other arm wrap around her stomach as I pulled her closer between my thighs. To have seen her, to have known her in her happy past, to have had something like that for myself…



















About the Author:

Alaska is an erotic BDSM author who also goes by the pen names Jennifer Salaiz and Jenny May. She lives in the SF Bay area...for now. She's a dreamer, and longs for the day when her husband and kids can load up in the car and drive until their hearts' content. Adventure and discovering new places play a huge role in Alaska's life. It drives her, and feeds the creativity of coming up with new locations for her stories.

Within the last two years, Alaska and her family have drove across the country twice, and also drove the distance from Texas to California three times. Asked, if she could choose one place to permanently settle down, where it would be, Alaska laughed. "Montana, today. Tomorrow, it may be Alaska, again. I go back and forth."

When Alaska's not dreaming of spontaneously hitting the road to find a new place to write about, she's being a mother and wife. If you're looking to connect with her to learn more, feel free to email her at alaska_angelini@yahoo.com, or find her on Facebook. You can also stop by her website jennymayauthor.com.