Sunday, February 7, 2016

Chance on Love by Nancy Corrigan

Title:  Chance on Love
Series:  Kagan Wolves 0.5
Author:  Nancy Corrigan
Publication Date:  February 23/16 by Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Length:  44pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Sometimes the only choice is to take a chance...and enjoy the consequences.

Sean Reynolds is content wielding his dominant personality as the public face of Kagan Industries. Pack leadership--and all the responsibilities that go with it--doesn't interest him. But when alpha-in-waiting Nic Kagan skips town, there's no one to take on his aging father's spirit wolf. No one but Sean.

Sean wants none of it, but with his wolf growling in eagerness to fill that void, he heads for the bar in an attempt to drink the beast into submission.

He'd like to ignore the sultry blonde shifter burning up the dance floor with moves that make him painfully aware of the full moon. But when she abruptly disappears, his wolf sends him in hot pursuit. Following the scent of a female he can see in his bed not for a single night, but for a lifetime...

NOTE: The Kagan Wolves series is set in the same world as the Royal Pride series.

My Review:

Hot & sexy as hell! That’s how I’d describe this novella. It also left me with an ‘awww’ moment at the end. It was the perfect mix.

I love the way that Corrigan got right into Sean’s head. It made him so easy to get to know. The quirks that make him tick made him all the more desirable. His intense, driven counterpart was just as much fun to get to know. I enjoyed the instinct driven dynamic between the pair of them. The way that Corrigan uses this dynamic to develop the inner workings of the wolf shifter world was innovative and spot on.

All in all, this was a fantastic introduction to the world of the Kagan Wolf Pack. It is a must read for all lovers of shifter romance.

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Montana Rebel by Debra Salonen

Title:  Montana Rebel
Series:  Big Sky mavericks #9
Author:  Debra Salonen
Publication Date:  January 26/16 by Tule Publishing
Length:  170pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Don’t look down and don’t give up.

Justin Oberman‘s credo for living his adventurous–some might say death-defying–life to the max served him well until the unfortunate outcome of a climb made him walk away from the sport he loved. A lucrative new job offer could pave the way to a more traditional life in Marietta, Montana, where his two best friends have fallen in love with the women of their dreams. But settling down always seemed more daunting than Everest and not worth considering until a mysterious lady in red walks into his life on New Year’s Eve. Suddenly, that happily-ever-after stuff Flynn and Tucker have been raving about looks within reach.

The first fall is always the hardest.

Nikki Magnesson Richards has loved Justin Oberman most of her life. First, from the safety of her brothers’ old tree house. Later, with unrequited teen-age angst. Her poorly thought out attempt to get him to notice her cost them both dearly. Now, a dozen years later, her fairy godfather boss has orchestrated the most romantic meeting possible–the Big Sky Mavericks Masked Ball for Charity. A kiss at midnight with her very own Prince Charming isn’t too much to ask, is it? But what are two star-crossed lovers supposed to do when one kiss isn’t enough?

My Review:

Salonen had me giggling from the get-go with this one. She expertly melds emotions with heat to create a true romance that you can’t look away from. The picturesque surroundings of Marietta came to life through the intricate descriptions.

I enjoyed how the characters have a troubled past together, yet are both moving forward, if in closed off manners at times. The supporting cast was also fantastic. The ties to past novels in the series without depending on them was genius. And the new characters were a blast as well. J. Angus` personality drew me in. He was the type of guy who draws a crowd no matter what. He was also so caring and supportive of those around him, while also demanding the best.

Once again Salonen has created a heartfelt romance with a kick. It was a great read alone or as part of the series.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Viper & The Urchin by Celine Jeanjean - Giveaway

Title:  The Viper and the Urchin
Series:  Bloodless Assasin Mysteries #1
Author:  Celine Jeanjean
Publication Date:  June 26/15
Length:  308pgs
Genre:  steampunk
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Being Damsport’s most elegant assassin is hard work. There’s tailoring to consider, devilish poisons to concoct, secret identities to maintain… But most importantly, Longinus must keep his fear of blood hidden or his reputation will be ruined. So when Rory, a scrawny urchin girl, threatens to expose his phobia unless he teaches her swordsmanship, he has no choice but to comply.

As if being saddled with a dirty, grammatically incorrect girl isn’t bad enough, a copycat assassin begins to imitate Longinus’ kills and threatens both his and Rory’s lives. Arguments have to be set aside, and Longinus and Rory are forced to work together to unmask and stop the copycat. But darker forces than they realise are at play, and with time running out, the unlikely duo find themselves the last line of defence against a powerful enemy who seeks to bring the city of Damsport to its knees.

My Review:

What a unique tale! From the setting to the characters, Jeanjean has developed them all with a flair that draws you in and a clarity that allows you to become part of the world. I enjoyed how Jeanjean filled the novel with intrigue and suspense while also giving readers something to laugh at. All throughout, the well-developed plot takes shape, painting the world in shades and hues as I became more and more attached to the characters.

Jeanjean’s unconventional characters and their development kept me hooked. The way that the characters’ lives, both in the past and present, unfolded throughout the story had me captivated. The huge disparity between their positions and behaviours lead to some very intriguing moments. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the main players in the tale. They made a great story into something unforgettable.

This is a fantastic series starter by an up and coming author. It was hard to put down and I definitely can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Rustler's Moon and Q&A with author Jodi Thomas

1. This is your second book in the Ransom Canyon series. Tell us about the town.
In RUSTLER’S MOON the town of Crossroads has grown. After allowing their museum to sit empty for a year, the book opens with a new curator coming. The museum comes alive and brings the town together as Angela Harold wakes up to life and loving for the first time. The quiet, shy curator carries a secret that will threaten the whole town and leave rancher Wilkes Wagner fighting for his life as he protects Angela.

2. We’ve heard you have an inspiration room for your writing. Tell us about the spot.
Ransom Canyon room: When I began the series, I moved my computer to a little room out back of my house. We call it the bunkhouse. It’s not big, mission designed and almost a hundred years old. I took down all the western art and put up white boards. Removed all books except those on ranching, horses, Texas, or research I might need. Family histories of characters fill one wall. Plot lines another. When I step into the bunkhouse, I step into the world of Ransom Canyon. One by one my characters come in and sit down to tell me their story.

I even have pictures of the flowers of Texas taped up in the bathroom and a Jack Sorenson print of horses running into the canyon on the door.

3. Are there any characters in the series you’d consider for a spin-off?
Yes. There are characters outlined on one board of my study that may not make it into this series. Who knows? Maybe they’ll find their way in the future.

4. If RUSTLER’S MOON were made into a movie, who would you cast as the lead characters?
Like many of my readers I spent my Christmas holidays snowed in and watching Hallmark movies. Almost every movie I’d say, “That actor would be perfect as this character.” I’d love to hear from my readers about who they see as playing Wilkes Wagner in RANSOM CANYON.

5. What’s up next for the series?
Coming this spring will be LONE HEART PASS. Another modern day ranching story set in Texas. It opens with a woman giving up on a career and taking what she thinks is her last chance to survive by coming to a small ranch her grandfather left her. She hires a cowboy to help who has a pickup full of baggage, a five-year-old daughter and a determination that surprises her.

6. If you had to wear a t-shirt with the same saying every single day, what would it say?
That is an easy one. When I started writing I went to a writer’s conference in Oklahoma one year and bought a t-shirt. Every night when I stepped into my closet sized study, I put on that shirt. I wore it out, but I wore it until I sold. It said, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, in training.

7. If you were a punctuation mark, which one best suits your personality?
If I were a punctuation mark I think I’d be a semi-colon. Half the time I don’t know where I belong. No one really understands me. I think I’m kin to a comma. Which were left on earth millions of years ago by aliens just to confuse us so we’d never evolve completely.

8. If you didn’t live in Texas, where would you most like to call home?
I love traveling. Wherever I go, I always think I’d love to live there. I was twenty-one when I first crossed the Mississippi heading east. I spent so much time pointing out all the trees my new husband stopped the car. “We’re heading to Fort Mammoth, New Jersey. There are trees from now on, Jodi, so stop yelling every time you see one.” The next three years we crossed the USA several times in a 1970 Camaro and everywhere we went I was excited at all there was to see.

But, in truth, when the time comes, bury me in Texas with the open sky and land so flat you can see the curve of the earth. It’s where I belong. It’s in my blood.

9. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
I’d be a teacher. Teachers change the landscape of your life. Mrs. Dickerson in the fourth grade saw that I couldn’t read. She took the time to learn why and send me to a school for two summers. She opened the world of fiction for me. Without her, I would have been fine. With her, I’ve lived a much richer life.

I’m the writer in residence at West Texas A&M University and the best part of my job is sitting down with students in my office and beginning our journey with, ‘So, you want to be a writer?”

10. What authors do you most like to read?
I can’t answer that question because the answer changes every day. I love curling up with an old book and reading it for the second or third time. I love discovering an author and seeing a new fresh voice.

I have a loose grip on reality. Give me a good story. Take me away into another world for a few hours. Make me laugh. Make me cry. Make me fall in love again for the first time.

About the author:

A fifth-generation Texan, JODI THOMAS sets the majority of her novels in her home state. With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence. When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, Tom, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo, and "checking up" on their two grown sons.

Title:  Rustler's Moon
Series:  Ransom Canyon #2
Author:  Jodi Thomas
Publication Date:  January 26/16 by HQN Books
Length:  384pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

On a dirt road marked by haunting secrets, three strangers caught at life's crossroads must decide what to sacrifice to protect their own agendas...and what they're each willing to risk for love.
If there's any place that can convince Angela Harrell to stop running, it's Ransom Canyon. And if there's any man who can reveal desires more deeply hidden than her every fear, it's Wilkes Wagner. Beneath the rancher's honorable exterior is something that just might keep her safe...or unwittingly put her in danger's path.

With his dreams of leaving this small Texas town swallowed up by hard, dusty reality, all Wilkes has to show for his life is the Devil's Fork Ranch. Though not one to let false hope seduce him, he can't deny the quiet and cautious beauty who slips into his world and changes everything.

Lauren Brigman finally has freedom at her fingertips. All she needs is Lucas Reyes's attention—a look, a touch, some sign that she's more to him than a girl he rescued one dangerous night. But now it's her turn to rescue someone, and the life-altering decision may cost her more than a chance with Lucas.

My Review:

I love this series. The way that the lives of everyday yet out of the ordinary characters intertwine creates a story that’s well worth reading. Thomas builds her world intricately, creating a quaint small town that you can really feel a part of. The scenery is picturesque, but it was the plot (or plots) that really drew me in. Thomas can weave a tale that will leave you breathless with beauty on one page and gasping in suspense on the next. The intertwining and bisecting storylines create an entire world for readers to lose themselves in.

And let’s not forget the down to earth characters that we get to meet here. Not only did their various ages and life stages create a complete picture of the town, but it also worked well with the story. I fell in love with each of the major players in a different way and really enjoyed getting to know them. Their individual plights drew me in, but combined it was explosive.

This is a nice, quiet read with a few dashes of suspense and characters that will warm your heart.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

SEAL Wolf in Too Deep & Guest Post from author Terry Spear

What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday? by Terry Spear 

Every day is a writing day, which I love. But besides writing, I also love to spend my Saturdays taking photos of the wildlife around my house. From the squirrels at play, to the cardinals sharing at the feeders, the wild bunnies and doves eating seeds on the patio, or the blue birds, which I’d never seen before, catching winged bugs under the eaves, I like seeing them all. But when this blog comes out, I’ll have moved, so not sure what I will be photographing at my new house. I do know that I’ll have my camera ready though!

It’s a new home, though landscaped out front, and has ancient pine trees too, both in the front and backyard. I can’t wait to plant some more plants to give the home more privacy, a sound barrier, and a place for the birds to gather. I love to garden, so I can’t wait, but I’ll still be unpacking boxes for a while so that will probably have to come later!

They also have trails all over, so I’m looking forward to walking them on Saturday mornings with my two Havanese puppies, and with my daughter and her Corgis as she’ll only be a half mile away.

The last time we walked all four dogs together, she walked them and I took pictures.

But I also might be working on making new stuffed bears. I had a gigantic moving day bear sale and so I need to replenish my bear stock.

And then I’m back to writing.

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and is raising two Havanese puppies. She lives in Crawford, Texas.

Title:  SEAL Wolf In Too Deep
Series:  Heart of the Wolf #18
Author:  Terry Spear
Publication Date:  February 2/16 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length:  352pgs
Genre:  paranormal romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Love spells danger for an alpha SEAL wolf and the woman who steals his heart in this steamy shifter romance from USA Todaybestselling author Terry Spear

His love is dangerous
As a Navy SEAL and police diver, alpha wolf shifter Allan Rappaport knows how to handle tough situations, but the arrival of a human diving partner-especially one as attractive as Debbie Renaud-is a whole new challenge. Getting involved is dangerous, but Debbie's offers are hard to resist. As the heat between them rises and a murder plot thickens, Allan is on the brink of exposing his biggest secret.

But she's diving in headfirst

For Debbie, working with another top-notch diver like Allan is too good to be true, and their mutual attraction is hotter than she could have dreamed. Debbie suspects he's hiding something, though, and she's set on figuring it out-one off-duty rendezvous at a time. But when Debbie gets between a werewolf hunter and his intended victim, suddenly she is plunged straight into the heart of Allan's world-a world she never knew existed.

My Review:

What a vivid and exciting novel! Spear enters the secret world of wolf shifters in a manner that allowed me to really picture it. The action and suspense was thrilling. The chemistry sizzled off the page. The plot was intricately woven to create a whole that really drew me in. At the same time, the characters were so vividly real. I love how I can really picture it all happening next door without ever having known about it. This makes it all the more real.

The characters in this novel were fantastic. I had so much fun getting back with Spear’s wolf pack. Allan’s alpha persona drew me in but his caring, nurturing nature had me falling head over heels for him. Debbie’s attitude and ability to stand on her own makes her the perfect match for Allan, even if they don’t always see eye to eye. And personally, I can’t wait to find out what happens next with our resident homicide detective. He’s got my attention sparked.

Once again Spear had created a wolfish novel that really held my attention. It was fun, exciting, and a great read on its own or as part of the series.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Interview with author Lisa B. Kamps

Q ~ Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Well, for the basics: I was born and raised--and still live--in Maryland. I'm the oldest of two. My younger brother quickly outgrew me in our teen years and then loved to torment me with that fact (my mother always said it was retaliation for all the times I tormented him when we were growing up, but I swear I would never do that…honest!).

I graduated and went straight into the fire department, where I worked as a Firefighter/HazMat Specialist. I retired from there because of issues resulting from a nasty knee injury and then switched to retail management of a busy non-profit. I now write contemporary romance, including sports romance featuring some hot hockey players! I've been married to my husband for 23 years, and we have two sons of whom we're both very proud--and all three have always been very supportive of me!

I started writing at an early age (I've always heard those voices in my head!), first for myself, and then for some friends. As I got older, I realized this was something I wanted to do all the time, so I took the plunge! And no matter what happens in this crazy world of publishing, I'll still always write. It's not something I just "want" to do, it's something I "have" to do!

Q ~ Are you a dog person, a cat person, or does some other critter strike your fancy?
How about “all of the above”? We have one very spoiled Border Collie, Makenna, who thinks she’s the princess of the palace. We also have two cats who strut around the place showing off their major attitude. Outside of the house, we have 5 head of cattle and way too many chickens to count. Yeah, we have quite a collection going!

Q ~ What’s something that you never leave home without?
Besides my keys, wallet and phone? Probably my Kindle. I usually tuck into my jacket pocket before I walk out the door, even if I’m just running to the store for a quick trip. You never know when you might get stuck waiting somewhere, and I can’t imagine anything more tortuous than not having something to read!

Q ~ What’s one habit that you have that you’d like to break?
Just one?? I’d have to say my tendency to procrastinate. I am so good at that! Honestly, I think it’s because I thrive under pressure, so I know part of it is deliberate!

Q ~ If you were stuck on a deserted island, who and what would you want with you and why?
My e-reader with an unlimited supply of books and never-ending power. A bottomless crate of dark chocolate. And Toby Keith. Why? Just because! Hey, this is my island, right??

Q ~ How do you think people perceive authors?
I think there’s this stereotype that we don’t actually work. We just sit there, snap our fingers, and WHAM, there’s a new story. And that we run around, visiting all these exotic locations, with no deadlines, nobody to answer to, no responsibilities. I always laugh when I hear something like that, and then I have to bite my tongue. Sorry, but I just quit my full-time job where I was working 50-60 hours a week and I hate to tell you this but—I work more now than I did then.

The absolute worst thing? When someone doesn’t understand why I can’t go somewhere or do something, and ends up saying “But it’s not like you have a real job!”. Yeah, face palm and head-bang.

Q ~ What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
"It is better to ask forgiveness than permission and be denied." My dad made the mistake of telling me that one when I was growing up, and it pretty much stuck with me. I think he got tired of me always asking permission for silly stuff, and in his own weird way was trying to teach me to trust my gut and not be afraid to make decisions. Boy, did that ever backfire on him!

Q ~ What is your favourite genre to read? To write?
Definitely romance. There are so many different subgenres, so many stories, that satisfy whatever mood you happen to be in. That’s also why I love writing it—I’m not “stuck” to write just one thing. And for those who like to snicker at our beloved genre, I suggest you take some time to actually read a few. Trust me, you’ll change your mind!

Q ~ Do you have a favourite author? Do they influence your writing?
This is a tough question to answer. I was an avid reader growing up (still am), and read a lot of different books, different authors, different styles and voices. I'm sure every single one has influenced me in some way, and still does. But to narrow it down to just one or even a few? I honestly don't think I can do that. Do I have automatic-buy, go-to authors? Absolutely…at least 2 dozen, if not more! The list is literally too long. Besides, if I try, I’ll know I forget someone and then I’ll have guilt. I hate guilt!

Q ~ How did you begin writing? Was there a single catalyst or a series of events?
Would you believe me if I said I don’t remember? Honestly, I don’t. There was never one single incident. I've always told stories, for as long as I could remember. I mean, I even wrote my own Peanuts/Snoopy stories because I was so impatient and couldn't wait for the Sunday comic strip. And my mom is always telling me how I would make up my own bedtime stories. It's just something I've always done.

Now, if you want to know when I decided to take my writing serious and actually pursue it--that's been happening over the last several years. And especially this year. You know how some people need to be hit over the head with a two by four? Yeah…not me. I pretty much need to be whacked with a steel I-beam. I got that whack this past year, and here I am!

Q ~ Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a pantser—I like being surprised! I’ll flesh out my characters and learn enough about them to get the story moving, and sometimes I’ll have a few scenes in my mind. After that, I just like seeing where they take me!

Q ~ Do you prefer to write in a small town or big city setting? Why?
Probably a combination of both. In my hockey series, the team itself is located in a big city. The players have lived both in the city, and outside in the burbs. I even had one set in a farm setting. I’m pretty much a “country” girl myself—I love visiting big cities, but I don’t think I could ever live in one for any length of time.

Q ~ Do you have any writing rituals that you follow? What is your go-to snack while writing?
Rituals? I don’t think so. At least, I don’t consider them rituals. I get up, do computer stuff (emails, social media, that kind of thing), then I stat work by 9a. I’ll take a break for lunch, do any running around or errands that need to be done, then work for a few more hours.

And my go-to snack is coffee and chocolate, no doubt about it. I really do need to change that up!

Q ~ What are your five favourite verbs to use during a love scene?
Is it sad that I had to actually go look this up? Okay, in particular order (and always subject to change!): thrust, buck, tease, drive and explode.

Q ~ Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release, BREAK AWAY, and what inspired you to write it?

BREAK AWAY is the 5th book in The Baltimore Banners series and features a character that has been in all the previous books, Jean-Pierre “JP” Larocque. JP’s story is a second chance romance about love, forgiveness, and overcoming the past.

I fell in love with JP from the very beginning and knew his story had to be special. It wasn’t until writing BODY CHECK (Book 4) that I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The inspiration came from a scene where JP is at a nightclub with one of his teammates and makes the comment that the girl he’s with is nobody special and he doesn’t even know her name. That’s when I knew he was running from something in his past!

Q ~ What was the most difficult part of the process while writing BREAK AWAY?
There are a few scenes that are a little more emotional than what I usually write, so I had to make sure I really did them justice. That involved doing some online research and getting myself into the right frame of mind to capture those emotions in the most honest way possible. You never know if you’re “hitting it” until after the fact, so that really worried me.

Q ~ What is your favourite part or scene in the novel?
Without giving too much away, there’s a scene where JP and Emily (the heroine) come together to discuss this tragic event that happened to them five years ago. There’s a lot of emotion and turmoil in it and it actually brings them closer together. That scene just poured out of me, and is definitely one of my favorites in BREAK AWAY.

Q ~ Do you have anything in the works at the moment? Care to give us a hint about it?
I have lots of things in the works!

DELAY OF GAME, Book 6 in The Baltimore Banners series, will be released soon. I have at least three more titles planned for the series in 2016. What can I say? I love my hockey players!

I’m also starting a new series, featuring hot and heroic firefighters! The series, FIREHOUSE FOURTEEN, will launch late-March or early-April with the first book, ONCE BURNED. I had so much fun writing these, which is kind of funny because I always swore I would never do a series about firefighters. Ha. Never say never, right? And to any of my former crew—NO, none of you are in these!

Q ~ If you could give aspiring authors one piece of advice, what would it be?
Other than just sitting down and getting those words on the page? Don't get so caught up in the rules that you end up hampering your creative flow. Yes, learn the rules, be aware of them, but don't let them rule your writing (or your creative process). There are so many rules out there that "they" say can't be broken. But guess what? They get broken all the time, and it works. Do what works for you, your story, your characters. Don't let the rules silence your unique voice. (Note: I'm not talking about grammar and punctuation--those are important. It's those other pesky rules, like don't write in first person, don't write about a sports hero, etc.)

About the author:

Lisa B. Kamps is the author of the popular series The Baltimore Banners, featuring “hard-hitting, heart-melting hockey players”, on and off the ice.

Lisa currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons, one very spoiled Border Collie, two cats with major attitude, several head of cattle, and entirely too many chickens to count.

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Tiger in Her Bed by Lizzie Lynn Lee

Title:  Tiger in Her Bed
Series:  BBW Weretiger Billionaire Shapeshifter Paranormal Romance
Author:  Lizzie Lynn Lee
Publication Date:   December 23/15
Length:  79pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Hot Guy + Big Cat = Trouble

It was a simple dare. Walk to her brooding, hot boss, Quinn Alexander, in the middle of the New Year's office party and kiss the arrogant smirk off the bastard. Fueled by too much alcohol, Vanessa Lyle impetuously takes up the challenge.

The next morning after the hangover fades, she's mortified. To think she'd been drunkenly brazen enough to steal a kiss from her boss. Quinn will fire her for sure.

To her surprise, she gets to keep her job because Quinn demands she fix the problem she's caused. Someone had taken a video of that scandalous kiss and posted it on social media. The video went viral. Quinn's mom happens see the video and demands to meet his "girlfriend." Quinn orders Vanessa to pretend to be his woman just to keep his mom off his back.

During a weekend at his parents' house, Quinn takes pretending to a whole different level. He can't keep his hands off her, in and out of his bed. But then she discovers his furry secret. Hot guy + big cat = trouble, and curvaceous Vanessa learns it the hard way...

My Review:

This story is pricelessness personified. This author made me laugh and fall in love at the same time. I love how she brought the world of shifters into reality for me. The vivid descriptions combined with the hot & sassy plot to create a novella that was a blast to read. Lee is an author with the ability to build emotions in a relationship through a hot yet touching sex scene. The pages sizzle with it.

I love how raw & real the characters are. The main characters were vivid and easy to fall for. They were remarkably well developed for a novella. I felt as if I really got to know them as they got to know each other. Quinn’s in control attitude combined with Vanessa’s laid back, studious one to create a couple that really fits together. Not only that, but Quinn’s family was a blast to get to know. They helped bring everything into perspective for me.

As a whole this was a fun, hot, inviting read that was the perfect way to spend a few hours. It was my first read by this intriguing author but it most definitely will not be my last.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Her Scandalous Wish by Collette Cameron

Title:  Her Scandalous Wish
Series:  A Waltz With a Rogue Novella
Author:  Collette Cameron
Publication Date:  February 22/16 by Blue Rose Romance LLC
Length:  86pgs
Genre:  regency romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

A marriage offer obligated by duty; an acceptance, compelled by desperation.

At two and twenty and scarred from a fire, Philomena Pomfrett is resigned to spinsterhood, but to ease her dying brother’s fretting, she reluctantly agrees to attend a London Season—to acquire a husband. If she fails, when he dies, with no family and no money, her future is perilous. Betrayed once by love, Philomena entertains no notions of a love-match.

Newly titled, Bradford, Viscount Kingsley, returns to England after a three-year absence. When he stumbles upon Philomena hiding in a secluded arbor during a ball, he doesn’t recognize his first love, believing she died in a fire. Yet, something about her enthralls him, and he steals a moonlit kiss. Caught in the act by Philomena’s brother, Bradford is issued an ultimatum—a duel or marry Philomena.

Bradford offers marriage, but Philomena rejects his half-hearted proposal, convinced he’d grow to despise her. Then her brother collapses, and she’s faced with marrying a man who deserted her once already.

My Review:

What a breathtaking novella from Collette Cameron. She eloquently yet entertainingly takes readers into the lives of high society during London’s Season, creating a fantastically gossip inducing backdrop for this fun & romantic tale.

Cameron has created characters that both understand and flaunt the rules of the ton. They stand out without being too outrageous. I found myself easily imagining being in the characters’ positions. It was chilling and haunting, yet at the same time I truly envied them. Cameron really allowed their emotions to shine from the pages, creating the ultimate second chance romance. The intensity of their feelings, both good and bad, truly drew me in.

Short, sweet, emotional, and endlessly romantic. Once again Cameron has created the perfect tale to enchant readers for an afternoon.

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Cloaked by T.F. Walsh

Title:  Cloaked
Series:  The Wulfkin Legacy 0.5
Author:  T.F. Walsh
Publication Date:  January 4/16 by Crimson Romance
Length:  91pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Raised by an overly protective wulfkin pack, Daciana leaps at the chance to venture into the human world for her one-year independence ritual. But after someone steals the endangered bear cubs she’s been assigned to protect, she must locate them or lose her job and return home in disgrace. The sexy inspector on the case isn’t making this any easier. He knows nothing of her kind, and wulfkin rules forbid relationships with humans.

Newly divorced Inspector Connell Lonescu trusts no one but himself. He’s convinced relationships are a waste of time and thinks burying himself in work will ease the pain. Yet he’s attracted to the gorgeous and mysterious Daciana, even if there’s something slightly odd about her. Can Connell learn to trust the sexy but secretive woman?

My Review:

What an intriguing tale! Walsh has created a uniquely original plot that combines the best of the supernatural with something completely her own. The plot kept me on my toes throughout while also inviting me in to this fantastic world. Walsh’s writes with a style that really highlights the underlying suspense of the story. At the same time, her approachable and likeable characters made me want to know more about them and to get to know them on an even deeper level throughout the series. I loved the feeling that everything had worked out yet still wondering how exactly everything would work out.

Overall, this was a neat introduction into the world of the wulfkin that left me wanting to know more. It was a great lead-in to the series.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Kiss and Make Up by Robyn Neeley

Title:  Kiss and Make Up
Series:  Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls #3
Author:  Robyn Neeley
Publication Date:  January 4/16
Length:  190pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Perfume chemist Josh Stevens has spent years making a life for himself in New York City and climbing up the corporate ladder of Kiss and Makeup, a global cosmetics company. Though his cousin, Emma, whips up soul mate predictions with their late grandmother’s pink enchanted mixing spoon each Monday during Batter Up night, he’d rather experiment with vanilla perfume oil than vanilla extract any day. Buttermilk Falls and magic are not for him.

Little did he know that a run in last summer with the one woman from his hometown he’s tried all these years to forget would turn his bachelor life upside down and bring him back for good.

Caitlin Reynolds just needs a second chance. Sure, she’s done some questionable things in the past, but as the new owner of the Majestic Theater she is determined to turn her life around, contribute to the town’s livelihood, and prove to all of Buttermilk Falls that she’s more than the spoiled rich girl who got pregnant.

While Josh and Caitlin adjust to their new normal, they begin to realize just how strong their feelings are for one another. But are they destined for each other? A ghost who likes to roam the Majestic theater in a wedding dress and watch classic movies might be able to answer that.

My Review:

This light-hearted, fun romance held me captive from cover to cover. Neeley makes Buttermilk Falls the town that you’re dying to go to in order to find your own true love. The mix of romance and real people, with a dash of romance on the side, makes this the perfect way to spend a day, lost within the pages of this unforgettable novel.

Caitlin and Josh were pricelessly endearing in this one. I loved the way that they danced around each other without admitting what they were truly feeling. The comical and at times heartbreaking interactions between the two led me to get to know them on so many levels. Neeley’s character development was phenomenal. It is all woven into the seamless plot of the tale, creating a one of a kind approach to romance (and baking). I loved the details as well as the overall plot.

Neeley never fails to charm and enchant me with her magical writing. KISS AND MAKE UP was no exception. My final thoughts? More Batter Up Night please!

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

How to Wrangle a Cowboy & a guest post by author Joanne Kennedy

Why I Write about Cowboys by Joanne Kennedy
Guest blog for Pure Jonel


Looking at the books I write, you’d know one thing about me for sure: I love me some cowboys! With titles like Cowboy Trouble, One Fine Cowboy, Tall, Dark and Cowboy, and Cowboy Tough, it’s pretty obvious I’m obsessed. If you have any doubts, just check out the Decker Ranch Cowboys series: How to Handle a Cowboy, How to Kiss a Cowboy, and now How to Wrangle a Cowboy.

But I didn’t set out to write cowboy romance. When I wrote my first book, I had no intention of writing about cowboys. I wanted to write mysteries, and I wanted to write about chickens.

I come by my chicken obsession naturally, being from a long line of chicken farmers. I apparently inherited some strange chicken-loving gene, so when I sat down to write my first book, I came up with a winning first line that expresses a universal truth:
A chicken will never break your heart.
My heroine, I decided, was recovering from a disastrous breakup, and had moved to Wyoming to start an organic chicken farm. She figured she’d be safe from the merciless vicissitudes of love out there on the plains, with only her chickens for company.

But she didn’t count on—what? I needed to introduce some tension to the book, so I asked myself what would be the worst thing that could happen to my heroine. It was either a dead chicken or a man, and the dead chicken didn’t sound very appealing. So a man it was, swaggering up the driveway and into her life.

Things were getting too serious around the chicken farm, so I decided the man should be dressed funny. I pondered the sartorial weirdness of various sorts of men—firemen, bus drivers, fighter pilots, naval officers… All of them dress funny, but none of them belong in Wyoming. In fact, the only kind of man I could picture walking up that driveway, dressed funny, was a cowboy.

Cowboys are the champions of dressing funny. Not because they wear cowboy hats, although Stetsons can cause some amusing blunders when a cowboy tries to kiss you. Not because they wear cowboy boots either, although I’ve always thought the pointy, upturned toes looked like elf shoes. No, it’s because of the chaps. Chaps are leather pants without a seat. Sexy, yes, but also hilarious.

To my surprise, the chemistry between my chaps-wearing cowboy and my man-hating chicken farmer was so hot I could barely keep them apart. Once I let them kiss, they insisted on falling into bed every five or ten pages. So when I started submitting the book to contests, agents, and editors as a mystery, they all said it was “too romancey.”

Too romancey? Having just fallen in love myself, I didn’t think there was any such thing. My hormones were running high, and there was no way I was going to rob my characters of those delightful romps in the hayloft just so I could be a mystery writer.

After finishing my chicken book, I tried my hand at paranormal romance. I wrote one about a Satan-fighting dead girl with a gremlin sidekick, and another one about a dog who is accidentally turned into a lovelorn demon through an amateur witch’s poorly-aimed love spell. The dead girl won me an agent, but before she could sell it, she got a call from an editor who was looking for cowboy books.

“Didn’t you tell me you’d written a book with a cowboy in it?” she asked me.

We sent off the manuscript of the chicken book. The editor liked it, but it was written in first person and she wanted it in third person. She also wanted me to put in the cowboy’s point of view, take out the mystery, and add more romance. And she wanted more sex.

(In the book, that is.)

I had three weeks to make the changes. It seemed impossible, but a funny thing happened. Once I started turning my romancey mystery into a straight-up romance, I found my true voice, and the identity I carry to this day. I’m a romance writer, and I write about the West. Cowboys are my weakness, and love scenes are my strength.

It all goes to prove that you are who you are, and there’s no point in fighting destiny. I have a hot imagination and a heart made of mush, and there’s not a thing I can do about it. Nor would I—because I’d much rather write about love and cowboys than anything else in the world.

That chicken book, Cowboy Trouble, was my very first cowboy romance for Sourcebooks. My latest release, How to Wrangle a Cowboy, is my ninth. I hope you’ll give it a try, and stop by my Facebook page at Joanne Kennedy Books or my website at www.joannekennedybooks.com to let me know what you think of it. I love to hear from readers, and in return I share my life here in the mountains of Wyoming.

About the author:

Joanne Kennedy is the RITA-nominated author of ten contemporary Western romance novels, including Cowboy Trouble, Tall, Dark and Cowboy, and the Cowboys of Decker Ranch series, which began with How to Handle a Cowboy, one of Booklist’s “Best Romances of the Decade.” Joanne lives in a secret mountain hideout on the Wyoming/Colorado border with two dogs, a cat named Earl, and a husband who is an airline pilot, military officer, and volunteer fireman. When not loving a man in uniform, she occupies her obsessive personality with cowboys, quarter horses, hiking in the mountains, and squirrels.

Title:  How to Wrangle a Cowboy
Series:  Cowboys of Decker Ranch #3
Author:  Joanne Kennedy
Publication Date:  February 2/16 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length:  384pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

The last thing this cowboy expected
Inner-city veterinarian Lindsey Ward always loved visiting her grandfather’s Wyoming ranch, so it breaks her heart to have to sell it. She’ll miss the scent of hay and sagebrush under the wide-open sky, but at least the sale will help fund the clinic she’s always dreamed of.

Was to get roped by a city girl
Ruggedly handsome foreman Shane Lockhart and his adorable son aren’t making it any easier for Lindsey to focus on what has to be done. It’s exhilarating going toe to toe with a rough, tough cowboy whose stubborn idealism matches her own, but it’s Shane’s tenderness that might tip Lindsey’s heart over the fence.

My Review:

Kennedy writes romance that’s real and characters that capture your heart. Her vibrant descriptions easily transport readers to this fantastic area where families stick together and working the land still means something. The plot of the novel is very character driven, creating an emotional yet extremely fun tale that I couldn’t put down. I loved feeling as if I were part of this story while I was lost in its pages.

Cowboys are a breed apart. Kennedy definitely proves that with this novel. Shane is the epitome of a true cowboy with a dark past. I love how the author highlights his work ethic and caring nature. His mixed emotions really shine through, creating the full picture for me. Lindsey’s go-get-em attitude really makes her stand out as a character to watch. I loved how fun and strong she was, despite what she’d been through and what she was going through. Together these two make a great couple in the present, despite the fact that they’re regularly at odds, but that’s not all. Kennedy melds the present with flashbacks of the past to create a complete picture of the main characters. Knowing where these two came from makes it so much easier to understand where and who they are in the present.

Once again Kennedy has created a story that epitomizes western life today while also filling it with romance and heat, creating the perfect mix. This is an author and a series that I’ll be following closely in the future.

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