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04/12/2016

Kiss Of The Virgin Queen. (Kiss Of The Jinni Hunter #2) by Sharon Buchbinder . ARC Review.



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Homeland Security Special Agent Eliana Solomon is on a mission to prevent terrorist attacks. Hard enough to do when the threats are human, almost impossible when it's an evil, shape shifting jinni. Eliana needs help so she calls the sexy and beguiling psychiatrist, Arta Shahani. However, no matter how good he is at his job, the man is on her blacklist. On their last case together, the guy left her for dead. 

Arta is stunned when he receives Eliana’s call. Forced to abandon the woman he loves, he now fears she won’t accept his shape-shifting skills as a Persian Lion. Eliana, in the meantime discovers she is a direct descendant of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba with special powers of her own. But will her skill and Arta's be enough to defeat the jinni, or will they lose the love history decreed for them as well as their lives in this battle of good versus evil?

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This book is two love stories in one.  There is the ancient one of King Solomon and The Queen of Sheba, and the modern day one where the descendant of them has to deal with the repercussions of their actions. 
Our modern heroine is an agent for an obscure government agency.  She investigates when there is talk of werewolves of other supernatural beings.
This particular case she needs to call on a man she has worked with before. 
Our modern hero is dealing with guilt over the way the last mission ended,  and a personal problem he needs to control. 
I must admit to occasionally getting annoyed at the way the story shifts from past to present.  Always at a crucial moment.  But I can't see how else it could have been told. 
A book you will have to concentrate on, but well worth it. 


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After working in health care delivery for years, Sharon Buchbinder became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. She had it all--a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning her to "come on back" to writing fiction. Thanks to the kindness of family, friends, critique partners, and beta readers, she is published in non-fiction, as well as contemporary, erotic, paranormal ,and romantic suspense. When not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, she can be found herding cats, waiting on a large gray dog, fishing, dining with good friends, or writing. 



Freaking Purrfect (Ridgeville #12) by Celia Kyle. ARC Review.

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Maya has always wanted a hedgehog shifter in the Ridgeville pride. She almost stole one once, but she sorta went into labor before Operation Quill Catcher took off. Now, she wonders if having a werehedgie is all it’s cracked up to be. After “borrowing” (kidnapping and/or saving… depending on who’s asked) a werehedgehog her daughter has to run for her life, her mate has to take a life, and one of her sons thinks hedgehog is on the menu.

And as for the hedgehog… she’s freaking purrfect.

This short story is set in the RIDGEVILLE SERIES and does not stand alone. This is a little bite of family life for those who fell in love with the Ridgeville gang and aren’t ready to let them go.

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Maya has been planing a celebration, but the table full of goodies has already been eaten.  Before she gets chance to freak out and murder her children, a full scale emergency is called. 
Alex has to defend the pack from an aggressive tiger.  Life as the Prime and Prima of a large mixed pack, and three growing kids means alone time has to be snatched when you can. 
There will be a new addition to the mixed shifter pack.  Who will it be?? 
An exciting and funny book in the fabulous Ridgeville series. 
Great fun.  I loved it. 


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Celia Kyle would like to rule the world and become a ninja. As a fall-back, she’s working on her writing career and giving readers stories that touch their hearts and *ahem* other places. Visit her online 


Twelve Kisses To Midnight (The Oxenberg Princes #3.5) by Karen Hawkins. ARC Review.

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Travel through the rolling hills of Scotland in this winter-themed love story from the bestselling author of the Oxenburg Princes series.

In the snowy Scottish countryside, New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins’s rakish duke has an unforgettable holiday encounter in this delightful Regency novella. When the alluring lady he surprises under the mistletoe is not who he expected—but a long-lost love with a score to settle—it’s clear that this will be a Christmas he won’t soon forget!
 

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Marcus Sutherland,  the Duke of Rothsay comes face to face with his first love at a Christmas party.  She is as beautiful as ever,  but she hurt him badly when she married another. 
Widowed , Lady Kenna Montrose is trying to avoid the host of the Christmas party.  Her father has been pushing her to marry the man,  but he is only after her money.  There is only one man she wants,  and he deserted her years ago. 
This is a companion story to The Oxenberg Princes series but read as a stand alone.  A short but very romantic second chance at love.  Even marooned in a snow storm the two let the past play too big a part in the present.  A very enjoyable read. 


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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Hawkins is known for her wonderfully humorous and emotion-tugging historical and contemporary romances. The author of over 30 novels, Karen writes for a living between shopping for shoes, playing around on Facebook and Pinterest, looking for fun items for Hawkins Manor, and napping, although usually not at the same time. Sometimes, for fun, she takes Instagram pictures of her two rescue dogs, Sadie and Teke, and posts them online.

Yeah, she's a wild one.

Karen lives in balmy Orlando, Florida, with her husband, aka Hot Cop, and her two dogs. Her children are both out of college and have become productive, non-violent members of society. Karen writes six to eight hours a day when not obsessively reading research books on Regency-era Scotland, snacking on chocolate, or looking out the windows of her house and thinking about gardening. Her hobbies include sculpting, oil painting, playing badminton, and -- ok, ok, she doesn't have any hobbies, but if she did, she's sure they'd be something refined and fascinating.

If you want to follow Karen on any of the various social media outlets that allow her to engage in 'productive procrastination,' you can find her at:

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03/12/2016

Nico (Ruin & Revenge #1) by Sarah Castille. Teaser.

Nico, the first book in the Ruin & Revenge series by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille
releases on December 6th!

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New York Romance (2 Novellas) by Joanne Dannon & Charmaine Ross.

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New York Romance by Joanne Dannon and Charmaine Ross
Fall in love with these two holiday novellas.
Charmaine Ross, and I came up with the concept of the Happy Holidays series and loved the idea of having two friends both finding love during the holidays. We’ve linked the stories, in “New York Romance”, with both friends finding love in New York, thanks to the magic of the holiday season.
A Magical Chanukah in New York
When falling in love isn’t as easy as falling in love.
Lisa Sassoon has shunned the scandal of her loser ex-boyfriend cheating on her by escaping to New York. Instead of sightseeing, she’s become a recluse focussing on helping the less fortunate at a homeless shelter.
Gabe Olivari, entrepreneur and savvy business New Yorker, can’t let go of the pain of losing his best friend. So caught up in his own grief and believing he doesn’t deserve to be happy, he compensates by pushing everyone close to him away.
But when Lisa and Gabe meet, there is an instant connection that forces them to question not only their behaviours but their aspirations.
Can a dash of Chanukah magic help Lisa and Gabe realise that sparkling dates and dreamy kisses can lead to more? Perhaps even a lifetime of happiness?
Christmas in New York
A light-hearted and emotional novel about family, friendship and coming to terms with your past.
Andrew started falling in love with Charlotte, his beautiful, strictly hands-off client, from the moment he first saw her. Unfortunately, she doesn’t feel the same way about him. Doesn’t she?
Having made an unforgivable mistake to her parents, Charlotte has one single objective, ‘Get home for Christmas. Make amends.’ A mantra she constantly finds herself chanting when her attraction to sex-on-a-stick Andrew becomes too overpowering to try and avoid any longer.
Charlotte’s boss has been piling on the workload, making to harder and harder to get back home to Melbourne, not to mention all the extra meetings slash dates with Andrew she’s had to make to get the job done.
Charlotte finds Andrew incredibly attractive, fierce, smart, passionate and… totally off-limits. But between completely stupid deadlines and extra meetings, passion simmers. With redemption at stake, Charlotte must choose between her parents or once-in-a-lifetime love.
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 Only available on Amazon for $0.99. Pre-order now. Launch on 25 November.
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 Snippet from A Magical Chanukah in New York by Joanne Dannon “Do I want you to kiss me? Let me think.” She cocked her eyebrow. “I’m in New York, it’s a festive time, and I’m at the top of Empire State Building with a cute guy--” “Cute?” He stepped back on unsteady feet, pretending to be offended. She gave his arm a playful punch. “What do you want to be? Macho? Dapper? Show-stealing Suave? Stylish?” His narrowed eyes took in her cheeky grin. “Did you just swallow a thesaurus?” Her lips twitched with amusement before a serious look crossed her face. “The old Lisa, as in the one from a couple of months ago, would’ve been shocked and politely declined the offer of a kiss. However, I’m away, no one knows me here so if the kiss is still on offer, I’d love to take you up on it. I’ll chalk it up as romantic experience in New York.” “I’m not sure whether to be offended or flattered.” His heart raced in anticipation of closing the gap between them and seeing if the skin along her jaw was as soft s it looked. She puckered her lips together. “Well, I could’ve said no.” “But you didn’t,” he said in a low voice. Snippet from Christmas in New York by Charmaine Ross The sleeves pulled at his biceps, accentuating the ridges of defined muscle beneath the flimsy material. She was a sucker for a well-fitting shirt and he just looked so good in them. A little voice piped up in the back of her brain that he’d probably look a whole lot better without anything on at all, but she shoved it back down as forcefully as she could. “Huh?” His mouth stretched into a perfect smile, “I said, it might take some time to look through them all. I’m starving. I thought I could make us something to eat while we go through the images. What do you think?” “Ah…” The line, Charlotte. Remember the line. “I’m cooking.” “You cook?” she asked. His smile was catching and she felt herself smiling in response. “The basics only. SoufflΓ©. Baked Alaska. Galantine. That type of thing.” “Uh-ha. And I’m Jamie Oliver’s right hand gal,” Charlotte laughed, tension running from her shoulders. “That’s sou chef, for people in the know,” Andrew said. He crossed his arms and leaned his hip against the sleek black marble kitchen bench. “Well, Chef Robinson what are we having for dinner?” “I make a mean omelette. Are you game?” Andrew said.

 ABOUT THE AUTHORS: 

   Joanne Dannon

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Joanne Dannon, an Australian author, writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savor--indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel. Joanne is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family. She can be found on Facebook and her website www.joannedannon.com chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.


  Charmaine Ross
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Charmaine’s first foray into romance was as a fourteen year old where she fell hopelessly and eternally in love with her hero as only a teenager can. Instead of watching movies and staying up late, she would go to bed ateight thirty and continue her very romantic, very safe, love affair. Since then, she has fallen in love with many heroes, some less safe than what her teenage brain could possibly imagine. After earning a Fine Art’s Degree, a Diploma of Secondary Education and a Diploma of Marketing, she worked as a Graphic Designer in various advertising agencies and as well as in-house marketing roles and is currently involved with digital marketing and everything web in her current position. But she always returns to writing. Although she has travelled, she always returns to her home town of Melbourne and lives with her husband, two children and two cats in the ferny-greens of the Dandenongs. If she’s not working on her latest romance and falling in love with yet another hero, you’ll find her reading, watching and basically indulging in her addiction to any story on any media type she can get her fingers on. You can find information about her latest releases as well as excerpts on all of her published books here:
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02/12/2016

Undeniable (Siri´s Saga #1) by Jessika Klide. Erotic Romance. Release, Excerpt & Giveaway.


Title: Undeniable
Series: Siri's Saga #1
Author: Jessika Klide
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: November 16, 2016
Everyone has secrets. Some are better at hiding them than others. 
Enigmatic and reserved military officer Aurelius Moore, aka HardCore, lives a secret dual life as a wealthy venture capitalist. At the request of a partner, he makes a business trip to Vegas to check out a stripper known as Seary. When he sees her for the first time, lightning strikes, igniting UNDENIABLE lust. He's the kind of man that knows what he wants, and MAKES it happen. 
"I don’t care how many men she has f*cked before me. I will have her. I will possess her. I will own her." 
But she has a team in place determined to protect her from men like him. Will she be the only one he cannot have?

“The author does a phenomenal job of setting up the storyline of how Hard Core sees Siri for the first time.” - Reader Review “Absolutely loved this story and I am hoping we get Moore's POV in the future again. He is one sexy beast. Happy Reading!!” - Reader Review
The crowd goes silent instantly as the THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, and strobes take over. Anticipation is heavy in the air. The tension is thick as the excitement builds, then the plucked notes of an electric guitar fill the room, and I recognize "So Contagious" by Acceptance. Hmm. Interesting choice. 
Kip leans over and shouts. "This is going to be good."  
But I don’t hear him. The circling spotlight found it’s target when the curtain was pulled back and a Goddess dances onto the stage. I know without a doubt, this is Seary! Staring at her, spellbound by her beauty, my mind goes blank and the words of the song think for me. Wow! This is unexpected! My cock fills with blood. One hand instinctively seizes it, trying to choke the life out of it, while the other hunkers down on my drink and I struggle to get a grip on myself. She boldly bounces onto the stage to perform for a crowd of drunken fools, but her graceful movement belies her occupation and I recognize a gifted and talented dancer before me. She moves with the elegance and poise of someone who could, and probably should, be dancing on a larger, grander scale. She is perfection in motion.
Jessika Klide burst onto the romance scene in 2014 with her bestselling series, Siri's Saga. It has steadily risen to the top of Amazon's erotic romance list and has made her a favorite among fans who enjoy full length novels. 
Whether it's Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines, military men make her swoon. Her alpha male hunks are heroes who they fall for her confident, smart, and sexy heroines. She believes in modern day fairy tales where love and lust form perfect unions, and the stars do align for true love. She also guarantees more than one happy ending. 
She is fun and flirty like the heroines she writes. 
"Jessika Klide is my pen name. I'm from LA ... Lower Alabama. The Deep South. Since my mind is super slutty, it's just better to use a pen name. Trust me on this! ;)"
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