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Sink or Swim by L.A. Witt blog tour and giveaway

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About Sink or Swim
When need meets fear, can two very different men find common ground?
Alhazar Bukhari spent his Navy career in the closet. Now he’s retired, divorced, and hungry for the love he’s never had a chance to experience. He tries to put his faith in Allah to bring the right man into his life, but it’s hard to be patient after all this time.
Chaplain Dylan Pedersen spends his days counseling Sailors, and his nights with men he doesn’t know. Months after finally escaping an abusive relationship, he’s terrified of anything more than a physical connection. Maybe it’s a sin, but he’s too lonely to not let men into his bed, and too scared to let them into his heart.
When Alhazar’s civilian job brings him aboard the USS Fort Stevens, and his daily prayers bring him into Dylan’s chapel, the chemistry is instantaneous.  Sex and friendship quickly evolve into more, but Dylan’s too haunted by his recent past to be the man Alhazar wants. Alhazar needs love, Dylan needs time, and if they ca…

Review: Shenanigans

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Shenanigans by Gail Koger
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Funny and witty, Kandi Cain will bring a smile to a reader's face. Kandi's unfortunate first name is courtesy of her Christmas obsessed mother. Who names their child a stripper name? Luckily for Kandi, she is able to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and develop her psychic ability… talking to animals. When Kandi's latest client for her pet detective business asks her to find a beloved Yorkie, Kandi knows it will be a problem. Her client bought a gun and nearly shoots Kandi by accident. This is going to be a wild ride.

The writing style of Ms. Koger is distinctive. Her female characters are snarky even in their inner dialogue. The male characters are alpha males who are much put upon. These beleaguered males are fighting a losing battle - trying to contain the female of interest. Kandi's man is Dutch Callaghan, a straight as an arrow cop who senses there is something not quite right about Kandi. Granted, her f…

His to Master and Own by BJ Wane blog tour and giveaway

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HIS TO MASTER AND OWN
Bestselling Author BJ Wane

Series: Miami Masters Book 5
Genre: Erotic Romance, Suspense, BDSM
Publisher: Blushing Books
Publication Date: July 13, 2018
He agreed to her request for guidance, but could she handle what she’d asked him for?
The first time Sean Bates saw Alessa Alexander at a BDSM club without one of her friends attending with her, he didn’t approach her or interfere, deeming it was none of his business. The second time, his protective, dominate instincts forced him to confront her, and then offer his professional counseling for her needs.
Alessa’s desire to turn herself over to a man’s full control kept her from believing she’d ever enjoy a long-term relationship like her friends recently committed to. When she gets up the nerve to ask Sean Bates to tutor her in her unorthodox fantasies, the first scene he devises leaves her aching for more of his strict control, but worried about keeping her feelings uninvolved.
Past heartbreaks kept Sean and Alessa …

The Reluctant Billionaire Bride by Roz Lee blog and giveaway

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THE RELUCTANT BILLIONAIRE BRIDE
USA Today Bestselling Author Roz Lee

Series: Billionaire Brides Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Publisher: State of Mind
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
There are some things money can’t buy—like happiness and happily-ever-afters.
There are certain moments in her life Julie Davis will never forget – like the moment she realized the numbers on her winning ticket would change her life forever. And the moment she thought she’d never live to spend a penny of her winnings. Then there was the moment she kissed Colin Parker and knew there were things in life money couldn’t buy—like happiness and happily-ever-afters.
Growing up in tiny Butte Plains, Texas, Colin Parker longed for the bright lights of Nashville to shine on him. Unwilling to let anyone derail his up-and-coming career, Colin is determined to forget Julie Davis and the promise of the one kiss they shared, but forgetting isn’t an option. When his career skyrockets he finds himself …

Review: Soul Infection

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Soul Infection by Katerina Ross
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars



A new series with questionable magic and magicians, the Scholomance school of magic shows up again. For readers who have read Black Cat Security, they may remember this magic school which is not as nice Hogswart and not for children. Tristan Todorov is yet another former student at this school of magic. He's the latest who has been burned as he learns the truth about the school. Working without the backing of his school and other magicians, he freelances to solve magical problems. He's doing a steady business yet it is draining. The latest one looks easy as one of the perks is staying at a luxury hotel. When he uncovers more than he expected, will it take a turn for the worse?

This story is well-written and the character interaction between Tristan and Jarek, a demon is intriguing. Their dynamic is suppressed sensuality which bursts into flame as they get to know each other better. This story feels like a beginning wher…

FLIP THE BEAT by Roxanne D. Howard blog tour and giveaway

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FLIP THE BEAT
Roxanne D. Howard

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Molly Ivers thinks she is falling for the opposite of Prince Charming, and she knows she should give him up, but, oh, the temptation.
WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR
Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, complete with a devilishly sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into their undeniable attraction. But the swarm of ever-present groupies was so not part of the fairy tale. As much as it hurt her heart, she shut out rocker Evan Castle.
Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris—she even hires a French life coach—Molly begins to realize Evan, who hasn't given up on her, might be the man of her dreams after all.
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Book Excerpt

“So, you’re going through with it?”
“Going through with what?” They…

Review: Immortal Flame

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Immortal Flame by Jillian David
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Selling your soul to the devil never quite turns out as one hopes. For Peter Blackstone this is all too true. When he was at his most desperate, he signed away his life without thinking of the consequences. When it was time to pay up, he was filled with regret. Now, decades later, he is looking for his out. He knows there is a way but he doesn't know the details and he makes a bad mistake. He falls for a woman who can be a threat to his demon handler.

The world building in this book is a bit weak. There are several assumptions a reader must make if they have never read a book involving selling a soul to a demon or watched the series, Supernatural. The author tends to gloss over the world building and focuses on the conflicted relationship between Peter and Allison. Allison La Croix is a doctor who treated Peter for terrible injuries only to see miraculous healing. Not understanding how he could be healed, she becomes more in…

Review: Devoted to Pleasure

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Devoted to Pleasure by Shayla Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sweet new series from Ms. Black dives into the world of romantic suspense. Shealyn West is an actress with not only a stalker of sorts but a blackmailer. She is the perfect patsy for a blackmailer because she refuses to confront them for fear of damaging her good girl next door image. As most readers know, a blackmailer is never satisfied with one payment. Luckily for Shealyn, she is recommended to hire a new bodyguard and he has different ideas about how to protect her. Specifically, Cutter Bryant does not condone paying off blackmailers. Against Shealyn's wishes, he decides to do something about it.

Full disclosure, I just read a book where the set up was similar except the famous actress was actually an actor. The set up in that book was more complex and well developed so this book unfortunately is getting compared to it, perhaps unfairly. I digress. The characters in this story are good. Sheayln is really a nice perso…

DETERMINED TO MASTER by BJ Wane blog tour and giveaway

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DETERMINED TO MASTER
BJ Wane

Genre: Erotic Romance, Suspense, BDSM
Publisher: Blushing Books
Publication Date: June 29, 2018
They were happy to be Richmond's most sought after bachelors until fate paired them each with a woman they couldn't resist.
Six wealthy bachelors, content playing the field and indulging in their BDSM kinks.
Five women who enter their lives unexpectedly, each bringing issues most men would steer clear of.
They aren't most men. They're dominant. Possessive. And ruthless when someone they care about is threatened.
Contains all five books in the Virginia Bluebloods series, hot, alpha males, strong but vulnerable women, and HEA's.
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Excerpt
from Bind Me to You

Dec didn’t know what he would do, how he’d react if she said no.  Thank God he didn’t have to find out because, with a look of relief, she followed him to the elevator without a word.  He couldn’t recall a time when he’d wanted …

Review: A Vampire's Unlikely Alliance

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A Vampire's Unlikely Alliance by Tena Stetler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What does it take to let a former vampire assassin enjoy a quiet and peaceful life? Stefan is one of the very few, less than a handful who retired from the Vampire Council with his head intact. He is living a quiet unassuming life in Montana working the night shift at a radio station. He's sort of lost his way and not sure what he wants to do. He is just relieved he no longer needs to kill. Still, he struggles with his blood lust and mourns the separation from his people, especially his grandfather.

When he trips over a gorgeous feisty red head (are there any other kind?) he falls for her. The romance between Stefan and Brandy is best described as YA. There is drama and and a severe lack of maturity on Brandy's part. Both characters are likeable, Brandy just comes across as a bit immature and overly emotional. Take this with a grain of salt because I'm a jaded old woman who goes by facts and logic, n…

Review: Shoot the Messenger

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Shoot the Messenger by Pippa DaCosta
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, this story starts out with a bang and continues to move at a fast pace. I'm always pleasantly caught off guard by this new series and rush out to purchase the next book in the series. I'm not sure why I waited so long to read it. Ms. DaCosta has a way of writing her female leads that just grab my attention. They are anti-heroes done in all the right ways. I must caveat that this book has very little sex so those who are reading this for the reverse harem, there is no harem in this first book. There are two or three males who want her, but nothing comes out of it. My second caveat is that this book goes more into fantasy and urban fantasy style with a cyberpunk twist. For those who do not like tech, this book may be hard to get into. For those who love cyberpunk, this book will have enough of it to whet your appetite.

Kesh is a messenger who delivers messages. She is good at her job and stays under the radar. Sh…

CINDERELLA BOY by Kristina Meister blog tour and giveaway

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About Cinderella Boy
Being perfect isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Sixteen-year-old Declan is the perfect son . . . except for one tiny issue. When his sister Delia comes home to find him trying on her clothes, he fears her judgment, but she only fears his fashion choices. One quick makeover later, Declan is transformed into Delia’s mysterious cousin Layla and dragged to the party of the year, hosted by Carter, the most popular boy in school.
When Carter meets Layla, he fumbles to charm her. He adores her sense of humor and her poise. But when she vanishes in the middle of the night, he’s left confused and determined to solve the mystery of who she is.
As their school year begins, their high school embraces a policy of intolerance, and both Declan and Carter know they must stand up. Carter is tired of being a coward and wants to prove he can be a knight in shining armor. Declan is sick of being bullied and wants desperately to be himself. If they team up, it could be a fairy-tale…

Review: Serpentine

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Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Anita Blake returns front and center of everyone's attention, even if it isn't her wedding. It is Edward's, aka Ted's wedding. All is not right with the couple as strange things happen with conflicts that cause everyone, including the groom to question if this wedding should go through.

I'm mixed on this story. Anita is the center again as the women in Donna's party are torn up...over Anita's fake sexual relationship with Edward. Not sure why this is coming up but apparently one of Donna's bridemaid just loses it. She is dead set against ruining the wedding and splitting Donna and Ted apart. It's befuddling for all, especially for Anita as she isn't sure why she is being pulled into it. This does all tie into a case that Micah is trying to help fix through his coalition. For this tie in, I liked and see how Ms. Hamilton is fleshing out her stories again.

This book is a step towards th…

Rogue by Amanda Cashure blog tour and gift card

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ROGUE
Amanda Cashure

Series: Ned Kelly Book 1
Genre: Historical re-imagined, Dystopian, Australian, Erotica, 21+
Publisher: Sparkle Publications
Publication Date: May 31, 2018
Ned Kelly with Sex and Magic
"Taking an Australian Legend and rewriting it into an apocalyptic future where magic exists, gold fever is upon us, and a corrupt legal system once again makes bushrangers our heroes," Lancy's Reads.
Ned Kelly's story is infamous, but this is not Ned Kelly's story. This is the story of a young man named Kelly, inspired by some crazy Australian legends, but all written as pure fiction.
With the addition of Victoria, a feisty and suddenly abandoned woman right on the verge of marry-or-perish age. Her fate is all Kelly's fault and she plans on making him aware of that - winds up saving his life, after he saves hers, and the whole time whilst running from the law.
The world has been hit by an event that has turned all metal into a conductor of magic. The stuff is …