Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Tour for Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Fans of the m/m genre will find themselves drawn to this scorching tale of opposites attracting that will charm while burning up your eReader with this fourth installment in the Made In Jersey series.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this m/m romance full of sexual tension make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Kindle Fire too!

A sexy new M/M romance from New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey
When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.
Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.
Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction...

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As a fan of m/m romances I found myself quickly immersed in this tale of opposites attracting courtesy of an engaging main couple and their scorching battle of wills.  From the sweet and sexy Milo who's just discovering himself, to serious-minded businessman Renner, theirs is a romance that is at times playful yet always teeming with eroticism that had me rooting for them every hard-fought step of the way.

Renner's life has always been one of proving himself, trying to be the best of the best to his father and the world, which leaves little room for love or romance. His latest business acquisition has brought him to a small town where everyone sees him as the enemy...everyone except security guard Milo.  Though Renner's drawn to Milo he surely can't feel the same way as he's straight...or is he?  With Milo discovering new desires, Renner soon becomes his mentor and his teacher which leads to conflicts of the heart and a roller coaster ride for readers.  From the moment he met Milo, Renner had someone who cared about him, watching over and protecting him from afar while battling him every step of the way through banter teeming with sexual tension.  The feelings Milo engenders soon start softening a heart hardened by the man he once loved walking away. It was a defining moment where he was second best again and, along with his doubts over Milo's newfound feelings, it permeates his relationship with Milo and puts their HEA in jeopardy.  After all their ups and downs it will take a lot to win Milo's heart but in so doing he won me over too!

Milo's a sweet and sexy man full of positivity who wears his heart on his sleeve. He always saw himself with women until the day a celebrity chef catches his eye and leaves him longing for more.  In that moment his entire world turned upside down and he looks to the one person he knows who can help him navigate his new world.  He's always admired Renner and his cool confidence in living his life as he wants and longs to be just as confident.  They may start off as friends but it's clear that there's more going on between them as Milo's protective nature soon becomes obsession and jealousy as Renner tries to keep emotions out of their interactions.  Through everything though Milo's true to himself and open to wanting more with Renner.  He's loyal and carefree and just what Renner needs in his high stress life.  His blatant honesty and heartfelt nature endeared him to me and had me rooting for him to find his HEA.

This was a fast paced yet immensely satisfying read that set the friends to lovers theme on fire with its numerous erotic encounters and moments of dirty talk. Renner and Milo's connection from the very start was crackling with fun and flirty banter that showed how much Milo cared in wanting to bring a bit of joy to Renner's life. Renner's clearly the more dominant of the two and it had him taking charge not only in the business world but in their erotic encounters too. It all led to a nice balance between the two and made them a perfect match, one worth rooting for.  Though there's a few secondary characters showing up in the narrative it's Milo and Renner who are the stars of this tale which makes this story stand nicely on its own despite being part of a series and for an ending that felt a bit rushed.  Readers looking for a carefree romance with very little angst will want to grab this book for the charming Milo, who's a breath of fresh air in Renner's stress-filled life, and for the heartwarming changes brought to the hardened businessman's life. 

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.


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Book Blast for The Pawn by Skye Warren (GIVEAWAY)


As a reader who enjoys gritty reads I'm thrilled to introduce you to this hypnotic romance of loyalty and revenge.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The Pawn by Skye Warren and its tale of a young woman with only one chance to save her family from a man with conflicting motives.  Learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this in this first installment in the Endgame series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 bookstore GC too!

The price of survival...
Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.
There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.
My virginity.
A forbidden auction...
Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.
Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

EXCERPT:

“Kinky stuff,” Gabriel says, the corner of his mouth turned up. “What do you know about kinky stuff?"
My face feels hot. “I’ve seen the movie, okay? I know about things."
That’s a lie. I squirmed through the movie, lips parted in shock. How did people think of this stuff? Why would any girl like it? And I’m not just a random face in this city. My picture has appeared in the society papers. People know my father. Maybe some of the men were cheated by him, just like Gabriel. Would they want to hurt me in revenge?
“Tell me what you know,” Gabriel says.
The words are mocking, but something sparks inside me. “I know that some men like to hurt women. I know it makes them feel big and strong to hurt someone weaker."
“And are you weak, little virgin?"
No, I want to say. Except I’ve lost everything in the past two months. My life, my school. My friends. I’m a shadow of my former self. Little virgin makes me fight back, though. Gabriel makes me fight back. “I’m doing what I have to do. Is that weak?"
His gaze flickers over my body, the yellow of his eyes brighter in the lamp’s glow. When he meets my eyes, there’s a begrudging respect.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Book Tour for Bearly Working by Julia Talbot (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a disabled person I'm always on the look-out for books depicting the ups and downs of our unique lives.  With her latest release, Ms. Talbot introduces readers to a deaf bear shifter who finds his mate through a unique twist of fate.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of the m/m romance Bearly Working by Julia Talbot, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this third installment in the paranormal Grizzly List series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 1 of 3 copies of a book from the Alphas Unleashed series from ARe too!

How can a deaf bear find his mate?
Deaf werebear Sasha loves his data entry job at The Grizzly List. When he receives Trent’s ad to place, he knows he's going to answer it instead, even if it might cost him his job.
Sasha’s lack of hearing doesn’t bother Trent—his mother was deaf, too. There’s only one problem: it’s a long-distance relationship. It’s an issue he’s willing to overcome, because once he sees his little bear on Skype, Trent knows they’re meant to be together.

EXCERPT:

An ad in The Grizzly List weekly:
Big single grizzly bear in search of hot little bear who likes blondes from Alaska. Moved to Colorado permanently and looking for company. ND, social drinking okay. Old fashioned bear likes to go out to dinner, watch movies and cuddle. If you like hairy and totally ready to focus on you, I’m your bear. Reply to box 564 with your fav restaurant and a pic if you’re ready for fun.
The ad came with a picture of this tall, broad man wearing flannel, his shaggy blond hair and bright golden eyes the very picture of health and, somehow, joy.
Sasha sighed softly, using the mouse pointer to trace the features on the photo. Oh. Oh, that was… Look at that gorgeous face. The features were large, blunt, very grizzly. Just his type.
He looked up to see Vic and Marty having a fight, which they called a “discussion” about some new Facebook page rule and whether or not they needed to form a group. They loved to fight.
Everyone else at The Grizzly List hated it.
He glanced back at the screen. He was meant to clean this ad up, post it to the website and feature it in the weekly paper that went out in four towns. They were trying to expand through Utah and Wyoming, down into New Mexico, but right now this was a Colorado company serving Colorado bears.
This guy was in—Sasha checked the IP. Boulder. Yum.
The temptation to answer the ad, to just send a picture, the name Sizzling Siam, and an image of the Gladiator movie cover to the guy and hope for the best was huge.
Still, the rules were “no dating clients or co-workers.” No co-opting the clients.
The guys kept escalating, so Sasha looked away, focusing on the screen. God, he could so use some time off from not-this. He loved the idea of The Grizzly List. Sasha sucked at working in the office.
In a perfect universe, he’d be an investor, not a peon, but everyone had to start somewhere, right? Right.
He sighed, and copied the ad to paste it into the editing software. Instead, Sasha opened his Dropbox and pasted it into a doc there.
He would do it from home. Tonight. If the guy didn’t answer, then great. The ad would go live tomorrow. That was the perfect compromise, and hey, if it gave him jack off material, so be it.
Okay. Okay, that was fair. Maybe a little sneaky, but fair.
He saved it so he would have it at home with his leftover Thai food, and glanced around one more time, the thrill of being bad racing through him.
Sometimes you just had to, Sasha told himself. Sometimes you just had to stop being a good employee. This grizzly might be his chance at a one and only, or it might not get off the ground, but he had to try.
After all, how many chances did a deaf guy get to find the bear of his dreams.
***
The email came in early in the morning when Trent was weighing the value of sit-ups and push-ups versus blueberry pancakes with pecans.
The ding made him glance at his phone, and Trent’s heart kicked into high gear when he saw the reply was from the office at The Grizzly List weekly, a newspaper that put bears in touch with guys interested in bears. Real and play. He thought he’d been pretty explicit that he was a real bear.
The email subject was, “Nice pic. Cuddling is my thing."
There was a picture of the Gladiator movie cover, and then a smaller, kinda fuzzy picture of a dude. Then there was Restaurant: Thai food from Sizzling Siam.
Dark and little, little even for a human—was this guy even a bear? He was adorbs, though. Totally.
So.
Trent hit reply. “I like it. Gladiator is one of my faves."
It took just seconds for a response. “I know, right? Men in skirts. Studly. What’s yrs?"
“Star Wars original trilogy. Pew pew.” He grinned. Trent was a freak for A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Jedi...eh.
“V. cool. I love the special effects in those."
“I do, too. Where are you?” Was it too soon to ask? He felt good about this one.
“Sitting in my bedroom on the laptop. ;-).” Oh, teasing butthead. “What about u?"
“On the deck.” He’d been lucky enough to rent a house that backed up to a nature trail. He had this amazing deck with a view.
“Rock on. I’m in Durango, btw."
Oh, damn. That was one hell of a drive for a possible pickup. Too bad. This little bear was adorable.
Trent grinned. “Boulder. Just moved down last month."
“Down? From where? Do you like it?” The emails flew fast and quick, the little bear curious.
“Alaska. I do custom camping gear and it’s cheaper to manufacture down here."
“Wow. I do data entry."
“Yeah? Do you like your job?” He settled in, working his butt into the grooves of his chair. He started wondering if Little Bear chatted. Texted. Liked to talk on the phone.
“It’s a job. You ever do Google Hangouts or Messenger or anything?"
“I can.” He could figure it out, right? “I could call, too. Is it too soon for that?” He wanted to hear this one’s voice. Really badly.
There was a pause in the emails and he winced. Oh, yeah. Too soon.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers looking for a unique paranormal romance will get just that in this m/m shifter romance that deals with disability and long-distance.  It's a tale light on angst and loaded with erotic encounters that bring out an animalistic yet playful side to the characters that kept me entertained from the first page to the last.

Sasha's a deaf bear shifter, small in stature and a bit timid, but when his job introduces him to the large and dominant-looking Trent his life will be changed forever.  Even though it puts his job in jeopardy he can't help contacting Trent in a connection that evolves quickly and has him embracing his shifter nature that he's stopped indulging in until Trent.  His deafness is addressed in the story but not as in-depth as I'd hoped but it becomes a part of the bond between him and Trent and makes their connection feel more believable.  Throughout the story it's clear he's a submissive but it works as Trent is clearly a caretaker. Sasha's sweet with a soul full of wonderment and I couldn't help the smile his actions brought to my face despite my slight frustrations with him not showing more of a back-bone.

Trent's bear nature fits him perfectly as he's a large strong-willed man lost in his work.  Putting an ad on the Grizzly List introduces him to a man very much his opposite but who ends up being perfect for him.  Their connection is immediate, and evolves in a unique way, which makes their relationship feel more believable.  Trent's very in-touch with his shifter side and it adds intensity to their erotic encounters and is reflected in his tendency to take care of Sasha. From the moment readers meet Trent we see a big ol' teddy bear alongside the body of a strong and dominant grizzly bear and it endeared him to me.

This was a quick read that didn't dig too deeply into the paranormal world these shifters reside in.  It was a carefree read full of erotic encounters that had me smiling but ultimately felt more like an appetizer rather than a full meal.  That's not to say that I didn't find enjoyment though as Sasha was a unique character in a relationship that charmed me...and will charm others too!

My rating for this is a C+/B-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Samhain Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, All Romance eBooks and Changeling Press. She believes in stories that leave a mark, and that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Book Tour for Ink Exposed by Carrie Ann Ryan (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Family love and loyalty is on full display in this recurring series featuring the supportive Montgomery clan as each member finds their HEA.  In this latest release a former alcoholic tries to get past his guilt and regain his sense of family while unexpectedly finding love with a woman who plans incessantly but loves him unconditionally.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Ink Exposed by Carrie Ann Ryan, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this sixth installment in the Montgomery Ink series make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a $50 Amazon too!

The Montgomery Ink series continues with the brother that deserves a second chance, and the woman who has always loved him.
Alex Montgomery lost his first love and then proceeded to leave himself in the bottle. Only he and his ex-wife truly know why he fell so hard and so fast down a path he never thought he’d take. Now he’s clean, out of rehab, and learning how to be a Montgomery once again—a task that isn’t quite as easy as some of his family assumes.
Tabby Collins is an honorary Montgomery and the organizational mastermind behind Montgomery Inc., the family’s construction company. She loves her planners, friends, and a certain dark-haired man who’s never given her a second glance.
Alex is slowly re-immersing himself back into the world, but the demons he faced before aren’t out of the picture, and he’ll have to learn to rely on others to make it out whole. When Alex discovers that Tabby’s life is in danger, he not only finds a way to help her but also learns the true woman behind the soft smiles he’s always seen. Their romance won’t be an easy one, but nothing this passionate and heart-pounding ever is.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Addiction is a tough topic to deal with, for the addict and for their family, and weighs heavily on the hero of this latest installment in the Montgomery Ink series.  It's a tale that pulls at the heartstrings while warming hearts over the words and deeds of the Montgomery family in the recovery of Alexander.  Fans of this series will find this a satisfying read in a long line of satisfying reads while new readers will find themselves quickly wrapped up in the warm blanket the lives of this dedicated family offers.

Marrying at a young age and experiencing numerous betrayals by his wife through their years together left Alexander a broken man, relying on alcohol to deal with his pain.  During that time he hurt his family by not embracing the love they so freely give and by leaving them full of fear over his future.  His stint in rehab has given him a whole new outlook on life though that has him trying to make amends to his family while trying to rejuvenate a career that floundered with his drinking.  His recovery isn't without issues though as he's teeming with guilt over his family, and all the years of bonding he lost, along with fears that he could easily trade one addiction for another.  It leads to lots of internal tension that's palpable to the reader.  Connecting with Tabitha helps release some of those stresses as she's his biggest cheerleader and gives him a reason to not give into those bad temptations.  Alex is a sexy man with a good heart whose prior acts make him feel unworthy of forgiveness.  His family is tight-knit but he feels separate from them, punishing himself needlessly, and it all had me feeling sympathetic towards him.  He feels unworthy of Tabitha early on but events soon have her clinging to him and have him doing whatever's necessary to keep her safe in a burgeoning relationship that makes both of them stronger.  Being with her also brings out a more playful side to him, a side that shows his talent for talking dirty, in a relationship that's scorching and sweet.

Tabitha comes from a tight-knit family too and left home because of feeling smothered.  Working for the Montgomery family though gave her a whole new clan to watch over her incessantly as the men of this family treat her like their sister and have her a part of their family dinners.  She's seen Alexander at his worst and cared for him from afar despite all the hurts he caused.  Now that he's clean he's starting to see her in a whole new light in a burgeoning relationship that has both of them revealing deep-seated secrets to each other. When readers first meet Tabitha she's living a life with every minute planned, devoted to work but not fully living.  A past relationship, and the way it ended, weighs on her too and has her putting herself in jeopardy to try to make things right.  After a disgruntled customer leaves her battered and bruised Alexander makes it his mission to teach her self-defense which leads to close quarters and increasingly scorching encounters.  Theirs is a relationship full of self-doubts, but together they find unquestioning support in a connection that makes them a perfect match.  Tabitha's immensely kindhearted and enjoys taking care of others, making herself an intragel part of the Montgomery business where she's very self-assured.  Outside of work though there's a sense of naivete that frustrated me.  From moments of pouting to not being cautious when putting herself in danger annoyed me a bit too.  For the most part, while she was not my favorite heroine, she's just what Alexander needed to regain his sense of self-worth.

The entire Montgomery clan was out in full force in this book which reinforced their strong sense of family.  They're a supportive and forgiving group and the interactions amongst themselves were heartwarming and playful while Alexander finding his way back to them brought a tear to my eye.  He and Tabitha were a compelling couple who found strength in their love for each other which started out sweet but quickly evolved into scorching erotic encounters that brought out her sex kitten side.  The danger that befell Tabitha though came out of nowhere and felt a bit over-the-top.  It felt like a manipulative plot device to bring her and Alexander together which frustrated me as there was already enough emotional baggage drawing them to each other.  Along with this engaging main couple there were the rest of the unmarried Montgomery's, along with her brothers, leaving their marks on the narrative.  They're a strong-willed group with HEAs just starting to be hinted at which has me looking towards the future with anticipation.  I'm especially excited for Storm's story to be told as his feelings for the wife of his dead friend, and single mom, Everly are quite clear...to everyone but themselves.  With the Montgomery Ink series Ms. Ryan has crafted a family that feels like your own. They're an endearing group whose heartbreak easily becomes ours and who readers cheer for every step of the way and I look forward to revisiting them again soon.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.


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Book Spotlight on The Soul of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth (GIVEAWAY)

Readers looking for an exhilarating read with a bit of romance and suspense will find themselves drawn to the book that I'm spotlighting today.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of The Soul of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth and its compelling romance between two strong-willed people, as well as an intriguing SEAL fact, then count down the days until its December 6th release date.  In honor of this fourth installment in the West Coast Navy SEALs series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 1 of 5 copies of the first book in this series too!

INTERESTING SEAL FACT:  Real SEALs were filmed in the movie ACT OF VALOR. These Team THREE and FIVE guys are outstanding souls and they put themselves and their families on the line to share some of what they do.

Love may be the toughest battle of all
Captain Bennett Oscar Sheraton
Navy SEAL, the best of the best
Dr. Kimberly Warren
Brilliant engineer, founder of secret space program
When scientists on Dr. Warren’s super-secret space mission start dying, Navy SEAL Captain Sheraton is sent in as an astronaut candidate with a hidden agenda—find the person sabotaging the program.
Kimberly and Bennett’s instant attraction may prove to be a major distraction—or it might be the key to both of their dreams coming true…

EXCERPT:

Her eyes lifted to his. She had no words as a flush that began in her toes rose to the top of her head. If she were to walk four feet to the mirror and look, she knew she would see herself as red as a cherry tomato. “Uh…s-s-sorry…” she finally said. What a time to stutter! Rubbing her hands together, she walked to the glass-enclosed shower, opened the door, turned on the water, and then took off her silk teddy and matching silk panties. It was time to be bold.
Glancing over her shoulder, it was her turn to smile. His jaw was practically on the floor.
“Can you hand me my loofah?” She turned toward him and pointed to the shelf next to the sink. “The fluffy pink one."
He nodded his head, but it was several seconds before he turned and complied with her request. As he closed the distance between, she congratulated herself on being courageous…for changing the rules and making the playing field between them level. She’d seen his, and now he’d seen hers. That was out of the way, and they could move forward.
She put out her hand for the loofah, her smile smug and delighted. What she hadn’t prepared for…was him pulling her gently, and oh, so tenderly, against him so the heat of his body seared hers, and then kissing her until she was gasping for air as her hands held on to his biceps for dear life.
Time froze and the kiss lasted forever, or maybe it was only several seconds. It was hard to tell, because all thought had fled from her mind. When he urged her against the shower wall and slowly pulled away, she saw his smile—one of such male satisfaction that anger bloomed inside of her.
“That’s why they call me…Boss. Well, one of the reasons.” He waited, as if he wanted her to respond.
She couldn’t believe the idiot was just standing there. Why did he have to speak? Why doesn’t the male species know when to leave well enough alone? That kiss had been amazing! If only he’d chosen to be a gentleman, and mute. She sighed as she gave in to her emotion.
“Out!” she said indignantly. Men! She’d get him back in less than half an hour, when his first duty of the morning would be regurgitating his breakfast onto his lap.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Anne Elizabeth is a romance author, comic creator, and a monthly columnist for RT Book Reviews magazine. With a BS in Business and MS in Communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of The Author’s Guild and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego. Visit her website at www.AnneElizabeth.net.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Book Spotlight on This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase (GIVEAWAY)

Readers who enjoy rock star romances will find themselves charmed by this tale of two people from opposite sides of fame finding each other in an unlikely relationship.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase, as well as learning why the author thinks readers love rock star romances, then add then count down the days until its December 6th release.  In honor of this third installment in The Shaughnessy Brothers series make sure to follow the directions below for the chance for US and CA readers to win a print copy of the previous installment in this series (Always My Girl) too!

Growing up, I think we’ve all had our share of crushes on a rock/pop star.  Every generation has had their poster boy of who they were drawn to and why – going back to the days of Elvis and the Beatles.  If you go back and watch footage of when they would perform, you normally saw throngs of screaming girls who were crying and doing their best to even just touch one of their idols.  And from that point forward, we looked at these performers as sexy/sex symbols and they become a little bit of a fantasy.  So rock star romances allow us to live a bit of that.
As an author, we get to create the ‘ideal’ rock star – he’s talented and maybe a little bit cocky, but has a heart of gold.  What woman wouldn’t want that?  Throw in talent and maybe a ballad or two that he writes just for the heroine and really, that’s a little bit like living the dream.
I know I had the walls of my bedroom covered in posters of Bon Jovi or Duran Duran or Rick Springfield (totally dating myself here!) and was in love with each and every one of those men.  And I’ll bet if you asked, most women did the same thing at one time or another.  Singers/musicians are sexy – their presence/performances are very…physical. There’s a lot of sweat and swagger and they really work to make you feel a connection.
It’s really kind of attractive and sexy and just…again…a fantasy.  So for that reason, I think readers are drawn to those stories because while we’re engrossed in the story, we can imagine ourselves as the heroine.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase crafts a tender, hopeful family-centered romance...
She knows him by reputation
Riley Shaughnessy knew that to stand out in his large family, he'd have to go big. Making a name for himself as a musician wasn’t easy, but he followed his dreams to rock-star success. But the relentless expectations of fans is not helping the slump he's in now. So of course the person who attracts him is the woman who is not impressed by fame.
Which gives Riley Shaughnessy a lot to prove
Entertainment reporter Savannah Daly is completely unfazed by pretty-boy rock stars. She’s just here to get her interview and write her story. But spending an entire month with the Shaughnessys is going to show Savannah a side of Riley she never could have guessed.

EXCERPT:

He didn’t just beat her in the best of three.
Oh, no. That would have been too easy.
No, Savannah—who realized too late that she was a very sore loser—kept egging him on until he finally put the paddle down after beating her in twelve games. Twelve! Why did she have to keep taunting him? Even while they were playing she couldn’t make herself ask him anything important. They talked about useless stuff—favorite bands, favorite foods—hell, at one point she’d even asked him his favorite color.
She hung her head low in defeat and put her paddle on the table. Riley had excused himself and went to get them each a drink. She prayed it was vodka. Something to make her forget this humiliation.
His prize at the end of the first three games was that she’d stay and have dinner with him.
After the next three she’d stay for a movie.
She really thought she was going to beat him in the third round. Unfortunately, it had been her biggest loss, and he’d simply chuckled and said he’d have to think about his reward. And he’d repeated that after the fourth and final win.
Riley cleared his throat when he walked back into the room and handed her a glass of ice water. They drank in silence for a few minutes. “That was fun,” he finally said, and Savannah realized he wasn’t being obnoxious and he wasn’t gloating. He genuinely looked like he’d had a good time.
And despite all the losing, Savannah would have to agree. It was fun.
“How do you feel about salmon for dinner?"
“It’s one of my favorites,” she said and was relieved he wasn’t gloating.
“It’s kind of early yet. Maybe we can watch a movie first?"
That was a reasonable request, and she agreed. Together they picked out a classic Neil Simon movie from 1967, Barefoot in the Park. “Ooo…Robert Redford.” She sighed. “Another favorite."
Tucked away in a corner was one of the biggest flat-screen TVs Savannah had ever seen. Riley noticed her stunned look. “It’s one hundred ten inches. They don’t come any bigger than this right now. The picture’s great too."
Two oversized recliners were centered in front of the screen and they each sat down. Riley started the movie and within minutes Savannah was more relaxed and they were both laughing along with the story.
She kicked her sandals off and tucked her feet up on the chair beside her. Next she pulled the clip out of her hair so she could relax her head against the back of the comfortable chair. Looking to her right, she saw Riley was watching her. His expression was intense and for the life of her, she couldn’t figure out what was wrong. “Is everything okay?"
He didn’t answer right away.
“Riley?"
“I still have to decide what I get for winning those last two rounds,” he said, his voice low and gravelly.
Savannah nodded, hypnotized by the way his eyes had gone so dark.
“I’m going to combine them into one request,” he said, and it sounded more like a warning than a statement.
“Okay.” Her own voice was almost a breathy whisper.
Leaning closer, Riley’s eyes zeroed in on her lips before meeting her eyes. “Savannah?"
“Hmm?"
“I’m going to kiss you. Twice."
“Oh."
His hand snaked out and around her nape and slowly drew her closer to him. And then his lips touched hers and Savannah’s brain simply stopped functioning.


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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Teaching creative writing to students from elementary through high school motivated Samantha to take that step as well. Since then, she has become a NYT and USA  Today bestselling author. She lives with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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