Friday, May 30, 2014

Wear You Down by Rucy Ban

Hot cowboy...CHECK.  Innocent virgin...CHECK.  What else do you need in a book, right? The chemistry that was built up in Wear You Down between Emma and Harry was incredible.  The entire story was filled with so much emotion and lust, it was almost painful.  I had to take breaks from reading because it got to me so much at times.  

I absolutely loved Emma's bluntness.  As I started this book, it didn't feel like I was reading a fictional story, but rather a story being told about real life events.  Rucy Ban's writing style in this book was also very different than I am used to, but in a very refreshing way.  I feel like it matched Emma's personality perfectly.  She did an amazing job of writing in a way that really captured two very different cultures seamlessly, and did an especially good job melding them together when Emma and Harry's worlds collided.

Review by Jillian

Thursday, May 29, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Five Weeks (Book #3) by Dannika Dark


Five Weeks
(Seven Series, Bk #3)
By Dannika Dark 

Blurb:
Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she’s recently decided to settle down—as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.

Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion—until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.

Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.





Release Date:
July 29th 2014


Excerpt

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Six Months (Book 2) by Dannika Dark


“When a man wants you to see his house of pain, he’ll open the door and invite you in.” 


Six Months is the second installment of the Seven series by Dannika Dark. Here, we learn about Reno, the elusive private investigator. We also learn more about April, Lexi's close friend and shop manager. April has had a lot of challenges in her life (her mother was an addict, her grandmother owed a lot of loan sharks that April had to pay off). I have to say that while I loved this book, I'm still hung up on the first one.  BUT that does not mean that I didn't like it. Oh no. I laughed and felt my heart clench and lusted after Reno (typical bad boy). Oh yes, I definitely enjoyed this book (I did, after all, put it on my top 3 list for 2014); I'm just still in love with Austin from book 1, Seven Years. I like my books to have some suspense and mystery in them and this definitely accommodates my needs. One of my favorite scenes is when Lexi learns what Reno really is (I won't post spoilers, but it is very entertaining). All the male characters in this series are lickable. I mean, likable. Definitely drool worthy though, let's be honest. And Reno is no exception. I highly recommend everyone to check out this series as well as Dannika Dark's, Mageri series. Book 3, Five Weeks, will be released July 29th so be on the lookout for it!
17+
Cliffhanger-free
HEA
New Adult PNR


Review by Amber




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Loveswept (Random House) is thrilled to debut the cover of ALEX: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel by USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett! ALEX is the first in a sexy and exciting new series that’s hot enough to melt the ice…


Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy… not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people—like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries—and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships… or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.
On sale: October 14, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-553-39300-2

Where to buy

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Seven Years (Book 1) by Dannika Dark


"Seven years ago, my world ended.

Seven years later, my new life began."

This is the first book in Dannika Dark's latest series, Seven. I was first introduced to this awesome paranormal world in Dannika's first series, Mageri Series, and knew I had to check out this one. Lexi Knight has been in love with her brother's best friend since her childhood. However, Austin Cole has been MIA for a long time and has come back on the seventh anniversary of her brother's death. Austin is back with an agenda: to look out for Lexi and her family (her mother and sister). Austin is a shifter but humans do not know this. This is a world that does not believe vampires and shifters are real.  I love how Lexi was introduced into this new world. There's suspense and romance in this book that will keep you turning the page. Each book in the series is dedicated to a character introduced in this book. I love the chemistry between Austin and Lexi. What great chemistry. If you like to read paranormal romance, definitely check out this series. You won't be disappointed!



Seven Years is a light paranormal romance
Cliffhanger-free
Mature content 17+
What if Shifters really did exist, and lived in secret?

Review by Amber


Sunday, May 25, 2014

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

TO OUR READERS:

During the next few months you may notice a slow down in our postings.  This is because Danielle, our lead blogger, has been admitted to the hospital for pregnancy complications.   Jillian and Amber are going to do their best to keep bringing you reviews and book recommendations during this time.  We sincerely hope that you stick with us in the upcoming months while Danielle focuses on her health and her family.

TO OUR AUTHOR AND BOOK PROMOTION COMPANY FRIENDS:

We are very sorry to announce possible delays in previously agreed upon review/tour/posting dates.  Danielle has been admitted to the hospital due to complications in her pregnancy and we are not sure when she will be released or when her baby will be born.  If he comes early that will mean Danielle needs to focus her time on her family for a while.  Jillian and Amber will be doing their best during this time to keep things running as smoothly as possible, however, Danielle typically handles most of our posting and tours.  If you have any questions please feel free to message us here or via email BooksAndMotherhood@gmail.com.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause any of you.

(this announcement can also be found at http://booksandmotherhood.blogspot.com/p/important-announcement.html)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SNEAK PEEK: Fall to You (Here and Now #2) by Lexi Ryan

SNEAK PEEK


New Adult Contemporary Romance
Available June 2, 2014

About This Book

Fall to You is the second book in the Here and Now series. It is not a stand-alone and is intended to be read following Lost in Me. Hanna’s story concludes in book three, All for This.

Torn between two men…

When I woke up after the accident, I couldn’t remember anything from the last year—including my relationship with Max Hallowell or anything about Nate Crane. Now my memories are returning, but instead of answering my questions, they’re leaving me with more.

The man who broke my heart and wants to be my future…

Max is all I ever wanted, and now he wants to marry me. He’ll do everything he can to fill my life with love, family, and security. I need those things now more than ever. But can I trust him?

The man who stole my heart and wants to let me go…

Nate never made me promises, and I never asked him to. I’d been on the rebound, looking for a distraction, and he made me feel beautiful and wanted when I needed to feel those things most. He says he has to let me go, but what if I can’t let go of him?

With every revelation and every passing day, I feel more like Alice down the rabbit hole. I’m falling. Who will catch me?


Excerpt: Three Months Before Hanna’s Accident

NateI haven’t slept all night with a woman next to me since before my son was born, yet here I am, holding her like I’m some closet romantic who doesn’t plan to send her on her way in a couple of hours. I loved every fucking minute of sleeping with her in my arms. I love how she reached for me in her sleep, how she rubbed her ass against my cock as if trying to wiggle a puzzle piece into place. And maybe a puzzle is the right analogy, because her body fits so damn perfectly against mine that I feel like something’s missing when she rolls away.She’s on her back now, a hand reaching out, fingers resting on my bicep as if she’s afraid I might escape. The women I take to my bed tend to react that way, but I know it has little to do with my mad bedroom skills. For them, it’s about status, a notch in their bedpost of celebrities. What’s it about for Hanna?The air conditioner cycles on, parting the curtains and bathing her in morning light that reminds me I should be urging her out of my bed. Only I don’t want her to go anywhere. I’m too enthralled by the dark smudge of her lashes against her cheeks and the soft parting of her full lips. She has these faint freckles across the bridge of her nose, another detail in this study in contrasts—the sweet, insecure virgin who doesn’t understand her own appeal and the wanton goddess who sucked me so hard and pulled my dick so deep she’s no doubt ruined me for all other blowjobs. And the way she responds when I touch her…Hanna’s a virgin, but she was made for sex. Damn, how I envy the man who will get to introduce her to that pleasure. Will it be the ex? Max?
Something flames in my gut at the thought, but I ignore the flare of jealousy. She still loves him. I’m nothing more than the rebound guy, and I should be glad for that because I can’t offer her more than this.“Mmm,” she moans, her eyes fluttering open and closed again as if she can’t quite convince them to greet the day. “What are you looking at?”“You.”She pats her hair before tugging the sheet up to cover her bare breasts. “Not much to look at before coffee. I’m probably a mess.”“A beautiful mess,” I growl, tugging the sheet back down. “Don’t interrupt me. I was trying to play connect-the-dots with your freckles.”She raises a brow but doesn’t try to re-cover herself. “How’s that work?”“Well, they obviously start here,” I murmur, touching the bridge of her nose. “Then they pick up again here…” I drag my finger down her nose, over her soft lips, and to her collarbone, where a few more freckles are sprinkled.
“Not much of a treasure hunt.”
“Oh, you see, the amateur might think that’s the end of the trail, but I am an expert at connect-the-dots, and I don’t give up so easily.”“Oh. Good. I was worried.”I shake my head and press a quick kiss to her lips. “I won’t let you down. But are you ready for the next part?”“I don’t know? Is it hangman? I’m not sure I want you playing hangman with my freckles.” Her smile damn near bowls me over.
“Still connecting the dots, but you see, it’s about intuition when the going gets tough like this, and for my intuition to work at its best, I need to stop searching with my fingers and take over with my tongue.”She giggles. “Oh really?”I climb on top of her, resting on my elbows, and she instinctively draws up her knees so my torso rests between her thighs. My cock aches, demanding that I slide up her body and get closer. Fuck. It wants more than to be close. It wants inside her. Tight and hot and deep. But I ignore it and lower my mouth to the freckles on her collarbone.The taste of her skin on my tongue makes me hungry for more. I want to lick her clit again, to slide my tongue inside her until she loses control and rocks her hips in that sweet rhythm of fucking.Instead, I trail my tongue down between her breasts and to the lone freckle beneath her sternum. “Found it,” I murmur before gently nipping her skin.She arches toward my mouth. “Your tongue has a rather impressive intuition.”
“Oh, and it’s not even done yet.”
About the Author
Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I'm not writing, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids--a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I'm feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I'm really, really slow) or do yoga. Don't worry, I'm always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Legal Affairs - Confessions of a Litigation God by Sawyer Bennett

After the delightful torture of reading the Legal Affairs serials in installments every two weeks I was left feeling sad that it was all over.  Then I heard about Confessions of a Litigation God and learned that not only would I be getting more Matt Connover, but that it would be a full length novel!  I was overjoyed with anxious excitement.   There are times when the male POV version of a story just falls flat making me wish I had skipped it; and then there are times where it elevates the characters and the story to a whole new level.  Confessions of a Litigation God is the latter.

Matt Connover is a super sexy, powerful, rich attorney.  He knows what he wants out of life and isn't afraid to live his life the way he wants, or at least he's convinced himself that this is true.  In Confessions we learn so much more about Matt and what makes him tick.  The circumstances of his past have left him far more damaged than I previously thought.  I actually found my heart aching for Matt at the times where, during Legal Affairs, I honestly wanted to hurt him (especially in his family jewels).

The intensity that Matt approaches life with truly surprised me.  I knew Matt enjoyed the things he did, both in his professional life as well as his personal life, but I never imagined how hyper focused and driven by carnal desires his actions really were.  Matt is a man that aims to please, and not just himself.  His intensity really revved up the heat factor in Confessions!  When Matt described his desire for Mac, his need to please her, and the pleasure he gains from a job well done... Well, lets just say I was insanely jealous of Mac in those moments!  If only our significant others were half as attentive as Matt Connover!  Confessions of a Litigation God is H.O.T!

I cannot think of one thing I wanted to know about Matt that wasn't directly answered in Confessions.  Confessions ends just a touch later than Legal Affairs.  The epilogue was the perfect little bit of extra that the series needed to end on the perfect note and left me with a big smile on my face.  Sawyer Bennett did and amazing job telling Matt's story without the "I just read this" feeling that too often happens with these type of books.  Every Legal Affairs fan NEEDS to read Matt's story!
Review by Danielle



Monday, May 12, 2014

My Decadent Demon (My Demon Trilogy Book #1) by Alicia Dawn and Nikita Jaks

I love books that pull me in from the beginning and mess with my emotions. Alicia Dawn and Nikita Jaks have created characters in My Decadent Demon (My Demon Trilogy Book # 1) that allow you to feel what they are feeling. Seriously, my chest tightened up a couple of times. That was an amazing journey I just went on… and that was just book ONE! I immediately wanted to dive into book two, My Demon Determined, when I finished the epilogue. The really good parts are things that I cannot discuss here because they would be spoilers (but man, are they good!) so I am just going to tell you to read the book and see for yourself. Yes, there’s some steamy scenes where Sera, the female character, shows us she is an angel with a kinky side *cough* light bondage *cough*. She's a strong female character, which I totally lurve, but I think I am falling for Cole. His devotion to Sera... swoon. I really enjoyed the book and the characters so much so that I will end this review now so I can go start on the second book… who needs sleep tonight anyway?
Review by Amber 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy mother’s day to all you wonderful mothers out there! In honor of Mother’s Day 2014, we each compiled our top three reads from 2014 for you. Clearly we have good taste as there are multiple entries. So here they are *drum roll*

Danielle’s top 4 reads of 2014: 
(she didn't listen to the rules)

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her--and she's forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney's tumultuous world from the very first page.

Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback.

Click here to check out the review. 



Lost In Me (Here and Now Book #1) by Lexi Ryan

Lost in Me is the first book in the Here and Now series, a spin-off of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Hope series. This sexy amnesia love triangle is intended for mature readers. The last thing I remember is having drinks at Brady’s and trying to avoid eye-contact with my life-long crush—the gorgeous, unattainable Maximilian Hallowell. They tell me that was a year ago, but I have no memories of anything since then. What I do have is this ring on my finger that Max says he gave me, and this much-thinner body I’ve dreamed of most of my life. Aside from a case of retrograde amnesia, everything seems almost...perfect. But the deeper I immerse myself into this new world of mine—planning a wedding to a man I don't remember dating, attempting to run a business I don't remember starting—the clearer it becomes that nothing is as it seems. Do I have the life I’ve always wanted or is it a facade propped up by secrets I don't even know I have? I need answers before I marry Max, and the only person who seems to have them is the angry, tatted, sexy-as-sin rocker Nate Crane. And Nate wants me for himself. Lost in Me is not a standalone novel, as the story continues in Here and Now book two, FALL TO YOU, releasing in June.

Click here and check out the review.



Legal Affairs Box Set by Sawyer Bennett

One year ago, I graduated from law school and embarked on a career as a purveyor of high priced legal shenanigans.
Six months ago, my boyfriend dumped me when I thought he might be proposing.
Two weeks ago, I got drunk and joined a secret sex club.
Two days ago, I had a torrid one-night stand with a stranger.
Today? Well, today I’m contemplating having an affair with my boss.
Matt Connover is all kinds of forbidden temptation wrapped up in a deliciously wicked package, and he’s made it clear… he’s only interested in sex.
My name is McKayla Dawson but everyone calls me Mac. I work at the powerhouse firm of Connover & Crown, LLP, where the law has never felt so hot.
But between you and me, I’m afraid my heart won’t survive these Legal Affairs.

For the review of the first volume, click here


Worn Me Down (Playing with Fire #3) by Tara Sivec

“Worn me down like a road. I did everything you told. Worn me down to my knees.
I did everything to please.”

Austin Conrad has never taken his personal life seriously. As a Navy SEAL, he spends all of his time in dangerous, life-threatening situations. The only way to leave behind the horrors he’s seen throughout his career, is to turn it all off when he gets home. He’s too much of a playboy to settle down; even if he did find a woman he could stand to be around for more than one night, he would never taint her life with the demons of his past.

When his best friend and SEAL team member, Brady Marshall asks him to keep an eye on his baby sister, Gwen, Austin figures it will be a walk in the park. The only thing Austin likes more than flirting his way under a beautiful woman’s skin, is walking away with a smile on his face. Austin never expects that the single mom and her little girl will be the ones getting under his skin.

Gwen Stratford knows all too well about living in a nightmare. After taking her daughter and fleeing from her abusive husband in the middle of the night several months ago, she’s worked hard to get her life back on track and forget about the man who tried to break her. Growing up under the iron thumb of her parents and then moving right on with a man who ruled their marriage with his fists, Gwen is finally able to breathe and live her life the way she wants.

When scary, mysterious things begin to happen to Gwen and her daughter, she realizes you can never outrun your past; it always has a way of catching up with you. As she struggles with the desire to keep her newfound independence, she knows she won’t be able to protect herself and her child alone. She’ll need to lean on the one man who drives her crazy.

Can Gwen really put her trust in a man who thinks life is one big joke, or will he be just another man in her life who tries to wear her down?

Click here to check out the review. 

Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Jillian's Top 3 picks of 2014:

Heller's Regret by JD Nixon



Book 6 in the Heller series. There’s not much ordinary about Tilly Chalmers’ life as a security officer. Her latest assignments – two jobs involving children; protection of a valuable jewelry collection; and security at an unusual conference – provide plenty of adventures for her. But it’s her private life, including her complex relationship with her beautiful boss, Heller, causing her greatest personal challenges yet.

Click here for the review. 






Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her--and she's forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney's tumultuous world from the very first page.

Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback.

Click here to check out the review. 

Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Ware You Down (First Things #2) by Rucy Ban

The highly demanded next book in the First Things series. Wear You Down reveals the scintillating story of Emma, a character from the bestselling romance, All My Life. 

Emma Paes has had a very Dickensian start to her life. The born in a dumpster, rescued by a missionary and caged in a convent kind. 

Over the years, fueled by her love for sitcoms and classics, Emma dreams of visiting the land of Gilmore Girls, becoming a governess and maybe even finding her very own Mr. Rochester. 

When she bumps into Harry Colt while backpacking in Paris, she starts wondering if she’s finally found him. But Harry doesn’t fit into any of Emma’s fictional cut-outs. He is neither a beautiful bastard nor a walking disaster. Dammit, he doesn’t even have fangs popping out during sexy times! 

Driven by circumstances, they share a hotel room and spend two loquacious nights together in Paris. But then Harry does something which breaks Emma’s heart and she runs away without saying goodbye. 

It takes a whole year for them to meet again. But things are different this time. Emma is no longer the naive girl Harry met in Paris. She’s become the reigning Samba queen of Rio and doesn’t need the crutches of fictional or real heroes to lead her life. And not all the sexy v’s and smoldering eyes in the world can make her change her mind. 

Undaunted and undeterred, Harry summons all his courage and charm to pursue Emma and convince her that he is worthy of winning her heart back. But will she let him? 

******* 
Contemporary Romance. HEA ending. 18+ 
*Wear You Down unravels the story of a side-character from All My Life and can be read as a stand-alone novel.*

Review coming soon.
Amber's top 3 picks of 2014:

Legal Affairs Box Set by Sawyer Bennett

One year ago, I graduated from law school and embarked on a career as a purveyor of high priced legal shenanigans.
Six months ago, my boyfriend dumped me when I thought he might be proposing.
Two weeks ago, I got drunk and joined a secret sex club.
Two days ago, I had a torrid one-night stand with a stranger.
Today? Well, today I’m contemplating having an affair with my boss.
Matt Connover is all kinds of forbidden temptation wrapped up in a deliciously wicked package, and he’s made it clear… he’s only interested in sex.
My name is McKayla Dawson but everyone calls me Mac. I work at the powerhouse firm of Connover & Crown, LLP, where the law has never felt so hot.
But between you and me, I’m afraid my heart won’t survive these Legal Affairs.

For the review of the first volume, click here


Six Months (Seven Series Book # 2) by Dannika Dark

Destiny will find you.
April Frost is a compassionate young woman with a steady job and ambitious goals. But the harder she runs away from her past, the more it threatens to destroy her. When three strangers enter her life, April is forced to face her demons and it's a battle she may not win.

Private investigators in the Breed world are men who take risks, and Reno Cole is no exception. As a Shifter, he's expected to control his inner animal. But lately his wolf has been venturing dangerously close to the city, and he's about to discover why. When Reno is reintroduced to a family friend, the attraction is immediate. April captivates him with her secretive eyes and resilient spirit. She's also in trouble, and despite the fact she's a human, Reno can't turn his back on her.

April is caught between two worlds: One that threatens to bury her dreams and another that could fulfill them. Can she trust the wolf at her door and find the courage to overcome her demons?

17+
Cliffhanger-free
HEA
New Adult PNR

Review coming soon.


Passion and Ponies (Chocoholics Book #2) by Tara Sivec


Ava Gilmore has the perfect life. She’s surrounded by people who love her, she’s having sex on a regular basis and her Coach bag collection just grew by three. The problem? She’s expected to follow in her family’s footsteps at Seduction and Snacks, working with sex toys and baked goods. Ava loves vibrators and cupcakes as much as the next person, she’d just rather play with them than sell them. With her shopping addiction reaching an all time high and her credit card bills piling up, Ava decides to put her obsession to good use and start a fashion blog. But she has one other problem - the guy she’s having sex with has a My Little Pony addiction. While dealing with her family’s disappointment and confusion over her choices, she finds support in the unlikeliest of places – Tyler Branson. Tyler has slowly wormed his way into her bed, her a$$ and her heart and he refuses to leave. Tyler has his own family problems to deal with and for the first time ever, Ava finds herself feeling bad for the annoying, immature guy and chanting “Friendship is magic!” during the sex she’d swore to stop having with him. Ava needs to get her life in order once and for all before she finds herself doing something she never wanted to do – fall in love with a Brony.

Click here for the review. 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Hunger Series by Jason Brant

                   
   

Who loves a good paranormal read? I do! *waving hands in the air* Sometimes I just feel like diving into a thriller or a good horror book. Jason Brant is a thriller/horror writer and his series, The Hunger, puts a nightmarish spin on the paranormal. First of all, I can’t even define what classification these monsters fall under. Here’s the gist: gassy explosions are dispersed throughout various US cities where people exposed start to behave like zombies, or in the series they are referred to as daywalkers. Then they begin to mutate after several days and only come out at night, which implies vampires. However, their mutation has them looking like beasts that kind of behave like wild gorillas, which implies they were… somethings.

The series comes from the POV of an out of work guy, Lance, who is on the brink of divorce. I love this character though. And what book is complete without a kick-ass heroine? In comes Cass with a medieval axe to come and rescue Lance. She is a strong female character and I would love to have that attitude and resilience in stormy weather. They make a great team and they have an interesting relationship that suits both of their personalities. I loved this series and could not put the books down. They were fast reads and even after each book was finished, the world Jason Brant created stayed with me for awhile. I even did my own mental check list for what I would need in case of a zombie/vampire/werewolf apocalypse occurred while reading the books. Okay, and after I completed them as well. Don't judge; it's always good to be prepared. :)

This series is a trilogy, averaging 200 pages per book. It is also a “lend me” book on Barnes and Noble, so be on the lookout for friends who have read this series. I love it when authors put an interesting spin on a played out theme. Brant introduced a new “monster” in which people have to fear for their lives during the day by the daywalkers and also at night because of the “beasts” (also known as Vladdies). Each book has a resolution so cliff-hangers are not an issue. If you like paranormal, I’m sure you will love this book. Brant creates a world that is not seen through rose-colored classes, but out of something that I can actually see occurring in reality if there ever was a major plague that occurs. You can read these individually or you can get the books clumped together in the "Omnibus Edition" for a discounted price. The book covers have links to Amazon, but here are the Barnes and Noble links below:

Devoured (The Hunger, Book 1)
Consumed (The Hunger, Book 2)
Ravaged (The Hunger, Book 3)
The Hunger Omnibus Edition (Books 1-3 combined)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Special Agent Francesca by Mimi Barbour

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An introvert, Special Agent Francesca moves to Las Vegas to escape her powerful, domineering mother. On arrival, multiple obstacles challenge her. She needs to approach a father she’s never met, a man who doesn’t even know she exists. Then she must play the role of a loving fiancée with a stranger. One who makes her question every unexpected emotion he provokes. Craving the chance for real undercover work, she grabs the opportunity to be involved in cleaning up gang corruption in a nasty neighborhood. When she poses as the new owner of a hotel, the deadly-dangerous situation ramps up and she’s forced to fight her way from one conflict to the next.

Sean Collins, Psychiatrist and LVPD Profiler, has never known anyone like Francesca Donovan. From first sight, he believes her to be a screwball but her beauty and maddening personality attracts him. Despite her prickly disposition, which gets them into a load of trouble, her rotten driving skills and her constant battles, he’s hooked. Once he’s roped into a mock engagement with her, his desire to make it real takes precedence over everything else in his world.

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AMAZON / AMAZON CA / AMAZON UK / ITUNES

Excerpt


Sean drove like a maniac to get to the hotel. He knew he shouldn’t call anyone since both he and Frankie had been warned to stay in character, that these dudes had ears everywhere and the ability to tap phones. He did have his burner phone that Eddie had arranged, but he wanted to keep that number unused until they needed it for an emergency. The fact that Frankie had slipped warned him she must have been rattled. From what he’d seen of his lady, nothing got to her. Hold it! Nothing except her mother.He pulled into the parking lot and the sight he came upon had his teeth grinding and gravel flying as he slammed on the brakes. Just as the car stopped completely, a younger man’s body hit his windshield and slid down in front of his wheels.Frankie had another fellow on the ground and was beating the shit out of him. Sean couldn’t believe his eyes. What the hell? Quickly, he got out of the car and went to assist. Not that there was any need to help her, he just figured he’d stop her from murdering the poor bastard.As he approached, the wiggling idiot didn’t seem to know when to stop. “Bitch, get off of me.” She held him in a way no one could escape.Sean couldn’t resist. He crouched down and waited until she noticed him. “Having fun?”At first, Frankie looked embarrassed to be caught straddling a young man in the parking lot. But that wore off when she had to apply more pressure to stop the perp determined to flip her off. Giving the dude her full attention, she asked, “Who sent you here? Tell me and I might let you up.”With his cheek being ground into the gravel, and his arm twisted up behind his back in a hold that looked positively painful, the loser still refused. “No one sent me. I was just messin’ around. Hey, man, can you get this crazy bitch off me?”Sean grinned evilly, held up both hands and shook his head.

About the Author


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Author of The Vicarage Bench Series, Angels with Attitude Series, Vegas Series, Elvis Series and the brand new sizzling romantic suspense series called Undercover FBI. Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island and writes her romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. “If I can steal a booklover’s attention away from their every-day grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.”




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