BLOG TOUR for HOLDING ON by Karen Stivali

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When you have everything you’ve ever dreamed of, the hard part is Holding On.

British NYU professor Daniel Gardner thinks life can’t get better than the day his three-year-old stepdaughter, Ella, calls him Daddy for the first time. Then his wife Marienne tells him she’s pregnant. Daniel is thrilled, but worried about Marienne’s health. Not wanting to cause her stress he turns to writing to calm his nerves. He pens a screenplay, thinking it’s nothing more than a mental health exercise, but when a colleague reads it and hands it to a producer, it turns into a production contract. Daniel accepts the offer and transfers to a teaching position at Dartmouth, hoping that small town living and a shorter commute will simplify his life.

As he attempts to juggle his new responsibilities he gets an unexpected letter from Roger, the father he never knew. For the first time since they met, Daniel and Marienne are at odds; she wants him to give Roger a chance but Daniel wants nothing to do with the man he thinks abandoned his mother. As Daniel and Marienne struggle they must contend with interference from Daniel’s sexy ex-wife, who appears to want him back, and a handsome, all-too-helpful single dad who desires Marienne as more than a play-date pal. They must both confront deep-seated issues with trust and acceptance if they’re going to find a way to make their marriage work and hold on to the love they share.

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Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker, and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. (source Goodreads)
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Join us Tuesday January 15, at 9:00 p.m. EST for a ‘live’ Fan Chat with Katie Ashley

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We scheduled a fan chat for this Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at 9:00 PM EST with author Katie Ashley where YOU have the opportunity to chat with her online and ask her the questions you’ve always wanted to know about The Proposition and The Proposal or anything else for that matter. Of course, she has complete control over what she does and doesn’t answer.  :)

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Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons: Guest Post & Giveaway

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Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons
Release Date: January 3, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult

Book Description:

I had the perfect life.

Beautiful and loving husband.

Three gorgeous little girls.

Successful career.

The only thing missing was the white picket fence.  I really wanted that fence.

Three years ago, I lost that life.  I lost my husband.  And I lost myself.  But, eventually, I found my way through the darkness.  I’ve made peace with my new life. I have my girls, and that’s all that matters. They are my world.  I have no illusions of ever falling in love again or getting whisked away on a white horse.

But then he came back into my life. On a freakin’ motorcycle.

There’s no way I’ll let him turn my life completely upside down.  Absolutely no way.

The question is…

How long can I keep pretending that I’m happy with my life being right-side up?

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About Running on Empty:
I’m the mother of three adorable little girls.  That’s where it all really started.  I have so many ridiculous stories about these children…they make me laugh continuously.  Never a dull moment.  I’m constantly at the office telling stories about them and laughing.  It was suggested to me that I should write them down.  So I did.  And when I did, I found myself writing a beautiful love story.

The situations that Alex finds herself in as a result of her children, yeah, they happened to me.  First scene of the book…happened to me. Actually, almost everything in the first chapter happened to me.  Pretty much everything in the book that revolves around the children is true.  Whether it be their personalities, their actions, the conversations…all true.  I love my girls more than anything.  And I really wanted them to have a piece of their childhood to remember.  So I wrote the book really for them and I figure if I have readers that enjoy the story, then that’s just a big cherry on top of everything else.

Running on Empty is not a true story.  But it is what I would like to see happen for a woman who had the perfect life, but suddenly finds herself in a position of being a single mother.  To me, it’s a story of learning to accept loss and let go of the fears that stand in the way of true happiness.  I hope all readers can take something away from this story and that they love it as much as I do.
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L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science.  She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years.  She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.

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Join Us Friday, January 4, at 9 PM EST for a Live Fan Chat with “Back to You” Author, Priscilla Glenn

index The Back to You Blog Tour will be stopping at LLL on Monday. In the meantime we scheduled a fan chat for this Friday, January 4, 2013, at 9:00 PM EST with author Priscilla Glenn, where YOU have the opportunity to chat with her online and ask her the questions you’ve always wanted to know about the book or anything else for that matter. Of course, she has complete control over what she does and doesn’t answer.  :)

16111679This is Priscilla’s first “live” chat so she is a little nervous. But we assured her that we always have so much fun during these chats and to expect the unexpected. So get your questions ready, tell your friends, and if you haven’t read the book yet, what are you waiting for?  This is definitely one of my Top 10 reads of 2012!  (Review to be posted Monday, January 7, 2012, in conjunction with the blog tour.)

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I Choose You (Friends & Lovers #2) by Bethany Lopez

Title:  I Choose You (Friends & Lovers, Book 2)
Author:  Bethany Lopez
Release Date:  Dec. 27, 2012
Genre:  Contemporary
Age Group:  New Adult

Synopsis:  A young couple kissing
Up until now, Nicole’s life has been mapped out for her. She’d go to college, marry Jake and become the upstanding minister’s wife. When she leaves that life to begin again in a small town in Texas, she finally has the freedom to live as she chooses. There, she meets Kent, a guy whose charm and passion make it hard to stick to her morals.

Dodging his father’s fists and protecting his twin sister made Kent into the man he is today. He learned by watching his mother stay by his father’s side that it’s better to keep relationships simple. Then he meets Nicole. Her sweet smile and genuine response to him land like punches to his resolve. After a lifetime of learning to protect his heart, can he finally let down his guard?

Excerpt from I Choose You

They hit the trail hard. Nicole used the time to clear her head and to reflect on what Kent had told her about his childhood.
They’d led very different lives, and Nicole couldn’t imagine the obstacles he’d dealt with growing up, but she was very impressed with the man he was today.
Kent made sure they did some cool down stretches before getting back in the car.
He’d worried briefly that Nicole would look at him differently when he’d told her a little about his upbringing, but he was happy that he had. He wasn’t ready to tell her everything yet, but he was comfortable with what he’d told her.
He drove her back to her apartment and walked her to the door.
“Do you want to come in?” Nicole asked him, her face was flush from exertion and glistened prettily.
Kent felt a strong urge to gather her in his arms and take her to her room, kissing and stroking her gloriously toned body along the way. He imagined carrying her into the shower and lathering her up.
He shook his head, trying in vain to calm his raging hormones. He felt like a teenager again: unbearably horny and unable to find release. Well… At least not the way he wanted to.
“Um, no,” He replied gruffly. “I’d better not. You have to get ready for work and I have some stuff to do at my house. I’ll give you a call later.”
He leaned down and gave her a kiss on the forehead, then turned and jogged down the stairs, leaving her there staring off after him, the confusion she felt apparent on her face.

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About the Author:  Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.

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Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

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Author: Alice Clayton
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Grade/Rating: 4 out of 5

Alice Clayton is funny.  There’s no other way to put it.  She’s funny, and she knows it.  The last time I laughed out loud from reading a book was when I read The Unidentified Redhead series by none other than Ms. Clayton herself.  So, it shouldn’t have been a big surprise when I started Wallbanger that I’d do the exact same thing.

Wallbanger starts off with a bang.  Really.  With a title like that, were you expecting anything else?  You see, new tenant Caroline and her cat, Clive, are awakened on their first night by her neighbor, who is apparently hell bent on affixing his coital partner to the wall.  He’s just banging away, and we are informally introduced to our demolition man via his partner’s encouraging words:

“Oh, Simon, that’s so good! Mmm…”

Ah, yes, Simon.  That is so good.  Not only do we find out about Simon, whom I call The Vagina Whisperer, but we also learn that Caroline has lost her orgasm, O.  It’s at this point that I’m thinking that when one door closes, there’s a wallbanger that’ll knock it down.  By the time you’ve read the first page of the book, you know what’s going to happen eventually.  You just don’t know when.  Just like life, the journey is the best part.

The cast of supporting characters includes Mimi and Sophia, Caroline’s best friends.  Thru them, we talk to Caroline.  They say to her what I was thinking.  Truthfully, if you lived next door to a gorgeous man who could make a woman meow (MEOW!) when having sex and you hadn’t had an orgasm in over six months, do you think your friends may wonder why you’re not testing out that specimen.  No?  Oh, okay.  Moving on… I really enjoyed the fact that the interactions between the three friends resemble real conversations that I’ve had with my girlfriends.  They are protective over each other, but at the same time are willing to poke fun at each other.

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Review: Nopeming Shores by Margie Church

Title:  Nopeming Shores
Author:  Margie Church and J. Andrew Lockhart
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Grade/Rating:  3 out of 5

Synopsis:  An IED snuffed out Gabe Holliway’s life, but couldn’t destroy his love. Using his unique gift, Gabe struggles to help his young wife, Lily, rebuild her shattered future.  But when Gabe’s ghost reaches out to her, Lily fears she’s lost her last hold on sanity. Can she trust what she discovers and what her heart says? When she sees Gabe face-to-face, can she believe her eyes?  When love transcends death, the answers are found in Nopeming Shores.

In this story we are given Lily, a broken woman who struggles daily with the devastating loss of her husband and soul mate, Gabe, during the war in Afghanistan.  These two characters represent thousands of military families who make the sacrifices which most are unaware of.  These spouses place themselves in danger to protect and fight for freedom, while their families are at home watching the news and feeling their resolve break when their world crumbles.  War is an ugly thing no matter which way you look at it; and unfortunately, Lily’s story is like the thousands of spouses who face each day with unimaginable strength only to be taken down by those unexpected memories.

Lily has a life saturated by the Army but now faces this world without the one person she was destined to spend it with.  Every song on the radio, every place she goes, even those she speaks to somehow test her fragile heart and nearly break her each time.  Every day feels like a battle to conquer; and most days, she barely makes it through.  During this time Gabe, whose spirit has not moved on, watches helplessly as his love becomes a shadow of what she once was, and he struggles within himself on how to help her move on.  He is given an opportunity; but if it’s not handled correctly, neither of them will survive this new reality they face.

“All the old habits and routines had kinks in them now, too. Nothing came easy. People acted awkwardly around her and sometimes seemed to avoid her on purpose. At times, old friends spoke to her like she was as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. Some days she was.”

This story is written with great detail; and although it is not my favorite style of writing, readers can still gain the emotion and message the author is trying to convey.   I had moments of understanding and felt a common bond with them that all military families share but is rarely ever written about.  I wish this story had more of Lily and Gabe’s inner struggles to showcase the hardships these couples face, but there is enough to show readers just how these spouses live their lives.    There is also an element of poetry that is not often found in novels, and it brought a different feel and flow to the story and gave it a more personal touch.  It is a story with strengths and weaknesses, unbreakable love, and survival at its best and its ugliest.  It shows the power that memories can have and the perseverance to get through life and potentially find peace.

“If I’ve learned anything, it’s that tomorrow is a gift. And so is love.”

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Review: Ann Lee Miller’s The Art of My Life & Giveaway

Title: The Art of My Life
Author: Ann Lee Miller
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Grade/Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Art of My Life, is a love story. If you’re looking for a messed up kinky billionaire sweeping the beautiful girl off her feet, plying her with expensive presents, and kinky sex then this isn’t the book for you. This book by Ann Lee Miller is a powerful inspiring story about love, hope, failure, forgiveness, and redemption. The story has so many facets that it sparkles and shines like a beautiful diamond.

We first meet Cal as he walks out of the Volusia county jail, after doing a couple of months time for marijuana possession with the intent to sell. He’s a 25 year old artist and a college dropout. He’s also a habitual marijuana smoker, one hell of a nice guy, and on probation. Yes, he screwed up, but he has a plan to get his life in order and get the girl, Aly, he’s loved since he was a teen. She’s on his mind as he walks out of jail and he’s decided that she’s his future and has always been the one. Cal comes from a straight laced conservative family; he’s the son of a minister and his mother, Starr, is a dance teacher. He’s the middle child and the one who never fit in. All his life, his mother has been incapable of giving him the unconditional love that he needed because of her own past and passed judgment of him.

Both Cal and his mother are both introduced in the first chapter. Rather than being concerned about her son, Starr is more worried about what the locals will think about Cal and him messing up his life. She has a plan to fix him; his grandmother Henna, has signed over her sail boat and Starr has come up with the idea of letting Cal start a charter boat business with a $40,000 loan co-signed by her husband and herself. The loan is for repairs and startup capital. They say the path to hell is paved with good intentions and Cal’s parents have very good intentions. We also find out the marijuana he was arrested for belonged to his grandparents and not to him. Yes the grandparents are both potheads, but they are also the only ones that gave Cal the unconditional love he so desperately needed. They also have enabled his addiction to marijuana as they are the growers. His grandparents have been lifelong users. Cal’s goal is to get the business up and running. His biggest concern is to become the type of person Aly would take a chance on.
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Review: Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All the Time

Title: The Devil All the Time
Author: Donald Ray Pollock
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 5 out of 5

Gritty and noir, The Devil All The Time is composed of intertwining stories that span from the 1940s to the 1960s.  This is done masterfully as Pollock describes each character and location in a way as to not overburden us, but to help us understand and see the world he has created.  We are reminded of the importance of faith and religion throughout the novel with tales of the consequences of their misuse.

Pollock’s novel kick starts with Arvin as a nine year old boy follow his father, Willard, into the woods to pray at what has become their church; a log.  In the prologue, we learn much about Willard and Arvin’s small family of three.  We learn that their family is relatively new to the holler of Knockemstiff.  Willard has a drinking problem and is very religious, the mother, Charlotte is known for her beauty, Arvin has trouble at school with the other kids, and the best day that Arvin ever spent with his father was the day he watched him beat a man to a bloody pulp.  If this doesn’t set the pace of what the reader will find ahead, I’m not sure what will.

Here’s the thing, Pollock immerses you in the story.  It spans from post WWII Ohio to the 1960s.  Using the third-person omniscient point of view, we get to see the seedy thoughts of the characters.  We watch them act, unable to change the terrible lies, murders, and deceit that they do throughout.  You’ll want to stop reading, not because you don’t like the style or story.  On the contrary, you’ll want to stop reading because you’ll realize that there are actually people in the world that act this way and because you cannot save the characters who’ve done nothing to deserve death.  Pollock doesn’t describe his characters in an unrealistic fashion.  They are more than real.  People like this exist and the author doesn’t need to embellish their descriptions and deeds.  This is what makes this story riveting.  You will fear the unsaid thoughts of your friends and neighbors.

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Review: Liz Crowe’s Paradise Hops

 Title: Paradise Hops
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Grade/Rating: 4 out of 5

To begin, I will admit that although I had heard good things about Ms. Crowe’s books and even had a couple on my list to read, I had not read a single one until now. Sometimes a book just comes along in unexpected ways and you go into it thinking “Why not?  I’m up for something new and fresh.” I had skimmed the synopsis, and it appeared to be a typical angst-like romance with the potential to stimulate more than my ability to have hot flashes on command so I dove right in. As of now, I have read it twice in less than two weeks…

Ms. Crowe has developed a cast of characters that come alive on the pages flaunting their flaws and all. To start we are given a shattered woman who’s lost in a fog that is slowly suffocating her ability to return to the lively and spunky woman she once was. Lori Brockton is a frustrating character that you want to shake to death one minute and then smother her in a hug the next. To see someone compartmentalize her feelings and push away any real social contact was hard; but in the same sense, I’m not sure if I personally would not do the same having gone through what she has. Everyone deals with things differently, and it was refreshing to see real trauma and emotions dealt with in an unfavorable manner and being forced to accept it.

Of course, you can’t have a romance novel without a handsome man or two, and Ms. Crowe did not skimp in this department either. First, there is Garrett Hunter, the man we all want to see opening doors for us and treating us like the princess we all believe we are. He is undeniably handsome with a crisp and clean feeling that hangs a suit like few others but also has the education, drive and dependable qualities we all crave beyond the eye candy. His first interaction with Lori alone made my heart go pity-pat, and I was immediately cheering for him to be that changing force I knew Lori needed from page one. Even from the very first few pages, he made me feel safe; and his compassion and need to care for Lori was evident from the get go, which was exactly what she needed. Now that we have established which team I started on, I will admit that when Eli Buchanan was introduced you could almost hear the “Boos” coming from my own inner monologue. Of course, you can’t have a good romance plot without some angst driven-lust and Eli provided more than enough lust and anger for me and Lori and probably a whole slew of others as well. He’s the bad boy with a temper that has a flash point of zero.  But what makes him appealing is his passion for brewing that makes even me want to be on his payroll and even in his warpath just to watch the creativity take over. To say he demanded attention is an understatement…he commanded it and got it. When Eli was in the room, everyone knew it and felt it long before he opened his mouth.  And who doesn’t find that kind of man addictive or attractive?
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Review: Victoria Michaels’s Trust in Advertising

Title: Trust in Advertising
Author: Victoria Michaels
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Grade/Rating: 5 out of 5

Trust in Advertising is a love story that will make your heart melt and break…in a GREAT way! Lexi has just lost her only other family member, her father Harry, and she moves to San Francisco to start over. She had put her dreams to work in advertising aside to care for Harry, and now she’s ready and willing to give it a second chance. Her best friend, Hope, gives her the courage to apply for jobs and she lands a great job in a prestigious company, Hunter Advertising. However, she never would have thought that she would see her high school crush again, let alone WORK for him as his assistant! Vincent Drake was the guy in school that every girl wanted to be next to, including Lexi. Ten years later, is it fate or just a coincidence that brings them back together?

If you were that shy girl in high school, the wallflower, the one who watched from afar, then you’ll definitely LOVE this book. If you weren’t, then you’ll STILL LOVE this book because it’s an engaging story. You get to see Lexi fulfill her dreams as well as see the interactions between Vincent and Lexi. Victoria Michaels has an amazing writing style that makes her characters seem so real & makes you think they could be your best friends. Michaels will make you root for Lexi after the rough life that she’s had; you cheer her on, watching her try and make her dreams come true. She’ll also have you wanting to have a best friend like Hope. Hope is there to be her wing girl and support her. When things begin to crash around Lexi, she’s there to help her pick herself right up.
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Review: The Angel

Title: The Angel
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic Fiction
Grade/Rating: 5 out 5

If you’ve read The Siren or my review of it, then you are prepared to hear me ramble on once again of my love of Tiffany Reisz and her ability to make words consume me then spit me out only to have me begging to be let back in. If you have not read The Siren, please do not go any further unless you want to risk injury to your brain for which I will not be liable…consider yourself warned. The Angel starts just over a year after The Siren ended and even though a lot has happened since, have no fear, you will be fed what you crave when the time comes and not a moment sooner.

Page one throws me back into bed with Søren and Nora (literally) and I couldn’t be happier. Here I get to see them together, outside the dramatic scenes of the club, just two people so deep in love that you forget all their other details. Yes, Søren’s revealed priesthood was a bit difficult for me to take at first and I will be honest, even through this one I struggled with my feelings for him. Nora is still the same spunky, quick-witted, and sensual woman that I adore but I’m also given the gift of seeing her as a woman still searching for herself and opening up to her emotional desires without shame. Her relationships and views of her world are refreshingly honest, captivating as usual, and I cannot imagine her any different nor could I get enough of her. She and her beloved are separated for months while Søren is faced with his own conflict that could alter his path in life and rock Nora to her core so her constant worry is evident throughout. It’s during this time that I was shown more of her past that both shocked and broke my heart a little and now I can see the young woman who eventually turned into the wickedly sexy sinner I love. I was also given the chance to see her as a loving and caring Domme while she is tasked with training her “Angel” in the ways of submissive life. It’s in these moments that I saw past the hardcore sex and witnessed a beautiful exchange between two caring souls and even glimpsed at the wonderful mother Nora could be. Continue reading

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Review: The Siren

Title: The Siren
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic Fiction
Grade/Rating: 5 out 5

Before I can begin my review of The Siren, I need to confess that Erotic novels are not typically at the top of my list. Yes, I’ve read plenty of books with steam but I’m the type of reader that will throw myself into a heavy mind bending thriller one week and then drown myself in a gag-me cutesy Happy Ever After story the next. My favorite part of reading is the ability to leave the world in which we live and dive head first into the world the author has created. I never found an Erotic novel that could do that for me…at least not until now.

I stumbled upon The Siren purely by accident. I guess Amazon knows me better than I do because I received an email suggesting The Siren based on my previous views and purchases (kind of makes me wonder what I was looking at online). Typically I delete these but that day I went against my own habits and opened it. I read the synopsis and thought…hmmm…interesting but let’s see how she writes. I’m not going to lie and tell you I fell in love after the first paragraph or even the first 5 pages. No, where Ms. Reisz dangled the worm in front of this fish was this exact line in Ch. 1: “I don’t want to write this story any more than you want to read it”. All the doubts I had about those cheesy hot-flash inducing erotic novels vanished and I didn’t bother to read further before clicking Buy Now. How can a simple line from a book within a novel make me feel like she was talking to me? I don’t know how she did it but I was determined to find out what else she had to say.

Ms. Reisz doesn’t throw her characters at you and expect you to keep up. She presents them with dainty little bows and a bat of the eyelashes before she reaches in her pocket for another. She lets you get close enough to feel like you know them, all the while keeping you at a distance while the others lurk in the shadows. First there is Zach and my, oh my, he’s British. A grumpy, ill-tempered book editor who’s only goal is to make those around him feel terrible while keeping his nose pressed to the glass wishing he was somewhere else is not exactly sexy but I was drawn to him. I have a soft spot for Brits, little known fact, so the minute he was introduced I wanted more of him, his posh attitude, and to see why this man was so angry with the world *insert sexy British accent here*.
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Review Down To You

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Title Down To You
Author M.Leighton
Genre Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating 5/5 Stars

He’s everything you WANT; But he’s everything you NEED

Here’s the scenario: Two incredibly gorgeous men built like football players are attracted to YOU! But they have completely different personalities, hopes, and dreams: one is the “good” boy and one is the “bad” boy. If given the choice, how would you choose between the two?

Olivia Townsend had the exact same dilemma. (Geesh, don’t we wish we all had that problem?) Olivia is a college student living with her rich, snobby cousin, Marissa, as a last resort, as her roommate bailed on her. The two of them are like night and day and do not share a close relationship.

One night at a bachelorette party, Olivia meets Cash Davenport, who owns his own night club, Dual, and is the typical bad boy. Cash is sexy and a definite tease. There is instant chemistry between the two of them.

The following day, Marissa introduces Olivia to her lawyer boyfriend. Not only is Nash very handsome, charming, intelligent, successful, grounded, responsible but he is also Cash’s twin brother. With just one electrifying touch, Olivia can’t stop thinking about Nash. In her mind, Nash is everything she needs in a man and exactly what her mother told her to set her sights on. However, she knows they can never be together because of Olivia is the martyr. She won’t take risks anymore and will just let life pass her by. Nash is taken, and she doesn’t want to be “that girl.”

“If I ever become a thief, Nash will be the first thing I steal.”

“Note so self: Do not expect coherent thought to be possible when staring at Nash. Motor skills may be impaired as well. Take necessary precautions.”

With a broken down car, over an hour drive to work, and some encouragement from Nash, Olivia begins working for Cash, as the club is much closer to her home. It only takes one kiss for Olivia to feel the strong attraction to Cash.

“I know she wants me. Or at least I think she does. I just think she doesn’t want to want me. That alone piques my interest.” ~ Cash

“Hearing her laugh is like listening to the best kind of symphony.” ~ Nash

Throughout the book, Olivia is torn emotionally because she knows in her mind Nash is the right guy to be with–the good boy. And since he is a good guy, he will never be Olivia’s because he will never cheat on Marissa. But there are many scenes throughout the book where Nash can’t contain his feelings towards Olivia any longer. Although Cash is the bad boy, he is the one who challenges Olivia and just wants her to feel and not think. But she has been down this road before with bad boys, and it never has a happy ending. She is done making that mistake. Or is she?

Eventually, Olivia accidentally learns that not only have the boys lied to her but they have also hid something from her. Regardless of the reasons, her natural instinct is to run as far as she can from both of them. But then she would be running away from love. Maybe she won’t have to choose after all…

Author, M.Leighton, does an absolutely incredible, and praise worthy, job writing Down To You from three points of view: Olivia, Nash, and Cash. I have never read another book written this way but must say the flow was seamless from chapter to chapter. Kudos to you Ms. Leighton for a job well done.

The overall steam and hot scenes in this book cannot be overlooked. I will guarantee you that cold showers (yes, more than one) will be required. The bar scene when Olivia is “auditioning,” the public restroom, the four wheelers…oh, I could go on and on about how many “favorite scenes” there were in this book (well, the ones that I marked as my favorite).

In addition to the steamy love scenes, there are so many funny quotes and moments written throughout the book. One of my absolute favorite quotes is:

“In the meantime, get those penis problems fixed. Every hen house needs a cock, but only the special hens can handle more than one. Try ‘em out then pick one and stick with it. You’re not old enough to play with two toys at the same time. That’s cougar territory.”

This book was definitely one that I had a hard time putting down and “calling it a night” (even though my Kindle had hit me in the face at least five times in a row). The characters were engaging, entertaining, real, and very relatable. The writing was superb and flowed so naturally. And once again, I was so drawn in by the flirting between Nash and Olivia and Cash and Olivia, as well as the steamy sex scenes. Without a doubt, this book deserves a 5-star rating and is definitely worth a re-read.

An ARC of this book was provided to us by the author.

Review done by Michelle Eck
Still unsure about this book, check out the book trailer made by our Lover Rosette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3ir6MRXdW8&feature=plcp

Review: Seducing Cinderella

Title: Seducing Cinderella
Author: Gina L. Maxwell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Grade/Rating: 5 out of 5

Let’s face it; flirting is an art form, a way of maintaining intimacy at a safe distance. Some people can be blatantly brash with their flirtations, that it becomes second nature to them. Other’s can be quietly coy and express their wants and needs in the most delicate ways. The subtleties to this flirting business are mind boggling. An experienced seducer would establish eye contact, not once, but several times. She would know how to lick her lips and smile seductively, sending wordless messages across the room bidding her intended to come hither. Once introductions are made, the woman would continue this playful teasing by tousling her hair, caressing her wine glass, biting her lip at the most opportune moment, then positioning her body towards the man’s direction. The man is entranced. The entire scenario is professionally executed without the victim even aware that he has been caught.

Then there are folks like me who need a bit of help. The ones who need to purchase books like Flirting for Dummies, which does, in fact, exist, if you need to brush up before you go to your next shindig. The ones who stare across the room at a potential mate, and he responds by wiping his face to see if he’s got a booger hanging out of his nose.

If you are lucky to get him where you want him, you have no idea what to do with him. So you remember the articles that you endlessly cut and pasted into a file entitled “How to Get My Man.” But that glass of wine spills at your failed attempts at caressing it. You bite your lip too hard from nervousness, and it starts to bleed. After positioning yourself closer to your would-be lover, you remember how you rushed to this party without putting on any deodorant, and you are now sweating like there’s no tomorrow.
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Review: The Wild Ones

17159866Title: The Wild Ones
Author: M. Leighton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Grade/Rating: 5 out of 5

You know you have a “good read” when fans start making up their very own oh-so- yummy names and phrases of the lead male character. “Trickalicious,” “He’s my treat,” and the ever popular “Pick Treat Pick Treat” abounds on the pages of Twitter. Gobs and gobs of five-star ratings reside on Amazon, and Miss Leighton, the author, has countless fans thanking her for such an intensely passionate book.

This type of story is as old as Shakespeare himself, and who doesn’t love ‘ole Shakespeare, right?

Miss Leighton has certainly cooked herself a wonderful recipe by mixing a lot of sensuality and some hot and spicy parts as well! Take two lovers from different social classes, mix in opposing forces that threaten to keep them apart, add some unforgettable characters, and that makes for one great story.

From the very beginning the story takes a hold of you. Sometimes it takes awhile for a reader to become thoroughly engaged in their characters; but from page one, Miss Leighton defines them straight away. Continue reading