Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review + Author Spotlight: Lady Evelyn's Highland Protector by Tara Kingston

Synopsis
A Highlander’s vow...Scottish spy Gerard MacMasters never expected to be playing bodyguard in his mission to catch a killer. Stunning English beauty, Lady Evelyn Hunt, has witnessed a merciless assassin’s escape—now, she’s in danger, and it’s up to him to keep her alive. Yet, he is drawn to the tempting woman. Passion flares, but he knows better than to fall for her. He’s already lost one woman he loved—never again will he put his heart on the line.

She shields her heart...After a crushing betrayal at the altar, Lady Evelyn wants nothing to do with love. Kissing a gorgeous rogue is one thing, but surrendering her heart is another matter. When she stumbles upon a mysterious crime, nothing prepares her for the dashing Scot who charges into her life. The hot-blooded Highlander may be her hero—or her undoing.
 

Author Spotlight
Three Favorite Movie Romantic Couples by Tara Kingston

Thank you for inviting me to your blog today. As a writer of historical romance, I love reading books and watching movies that include a great romance. I especially love a story with a bit of adventure and a hero and heroine who are strong and challenge each other.
There are many movie couples that I adore. I’d like to share three of my all-time favorites:
~  Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes (2009) ~ Portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. and Rachel McAdams, Sherlock and Irene have such magnetic chemistry. It’s a joy to watch Irene hold her own and match wits with the brilliant Sherlock. This screen couple helped to inspire the hero and heroine of WHEN A LADY DECEIVES, the first book in my Her Majesty’s Most Secret Service series.
~  Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark ~ Portrayed by Harrison Ford and Karen Allen, Indy and Marion have a compelling chemistry, an intriguing backstory. I loved watching their verbal interplay. And of course, Harrison Ford is so very sigh-worthy!
~  Rick O’Connell and Evelyn Carnahan in The Mummy ~ Portrayed by Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, Rick and Evie are a fantastic couple. Both are bold and courageous and so much fun to watch together. Their happily-ever-after is well deserved. This is one of my all-time favorite movies, and the chemistry between the hero and heroine is a huge part of that appeal
Now it’s your turn—which to-die-for hero and spirited heroine are your favorite movie pairings?
While writing my new release, LADY EVELYN’S HIGHLAND PROTECTOR, I tried to keep the chemistry of my favorite movie couples in mind. Gerard MacMasters and Lady Evelyn Hunt are both bold and love to challenge each other. Their attraction is strong from the first, but they resist falling in love...until their feelings are too strong to deny. I loved writing Gerard and Evelyn’s happily-ever-after.

You can read Gerard and Evelyn’s love story in Lady Evelyn’s Highland Protector. Here’s a little about the story and an excerpt:

A Highlander’s vow...Scottish spy Gerard MacMasters never expected to be playing bodyguard in his mission to catch a killer. Stunning English beauty, Lady Evelyn Hunt, has witnessed a merciless assassin’s escape—now, she’s in danger, and it’s up to him to keep her alive. Yet, he is drawn to the tempting woman. Passion flares, but he knows better than to fall for her. He’s already lost one woman he loved—never again will he put his heart on the line.

She shields her heart...After a crushing betrayal at the altar, Lady Evelyn wants nothing to do with love. Kissing a gorgeous rogue is one thing, but surrendering her heart is another matter. When she stumbles upon a mysterious crime, nothing prepares her for the dashing Scot who charges into her life. The hot-blooded Highlander may be her hero—or her undoing.

Excerpt

“How could I consider myself a man if I didnae look out for my kin?”
“Quite so,” she said, considering his words. What would it be like to have a man such as Gerard MacMasters watching over her—protecting her?
His golden-brown irises darkened as he studied her face. “Ye’re a lady. Dinnae ever let anyone tell ye otherwise. Ye deserve to be treated as such.”
“A lady? Indeed…” She tilted her head, taking him in. “Some might say a lady would not have indulged in a scandalous kiss.”
“If ye were not a lady, I might’ve pressed my case for more. A kiss is only the beginning.”
Her mouth went dry. Devil take it, the promise in his words was far too enticing.
Pulling in a low breath, she clung to her fragile composure. “I assure you, your efforts would’ve been for naught.”
“A man could interpret that as a challenge.” He reached out, sweeping away a curl that had rebelliously escaped the confines of her chignon. “I could change your mind.”
“You might try,” she teased. “But you would not succeed.”
A knowing grin lit his eyes as he leaned back, settling his powerful body against the tufted upholstery of the Chippendale chair. “Damnable shame these bones of mine are weary tonight, or I’d put that challenge to the test.”
It was her turn to hike a brow. “Am I to infer you are not up to the task?”
“Nay, lass.” His voice had lost its undercurrent of humor. “Seduction isnae a task. Seduction is a pleasure to be savored—all through the night.”
Review

It's an absolutely amazing book which kept me intrigued right from the very beginning. It started with lady Evelyn witnessing something she shouldn't have, which put her in danger and thus Gerard MacMasters becomes her protector. Although she doesn't trust him completely, rightly so, but she does find him interesting. They are both keeping things from each other, as well as, falling in lust. ;) But will their mutual attraction leads some where or not is an entirely different question.

Lady Evelyn's is in the Highlands to attend a wedding. She is also running from a scandal that has left her ruined but amazingly quite free. This is the first time she feels that she can do anything without society's censure, so in a way everything ended well. So it felt like a good idea to visit a bookstore without chaperon, unfortunately things didn't go as well as she'd expected and now she is stuck with one very sexy highlander, Gerard MacMasrters.

Gerard is following a very dangerous killer. He has better things to do then protect an English Lady who unwittingly witnessed the very person he has been tracking for quite some time. The said killer remains elusive. It's possible that their paths will meet again and may be this time he won't be side tracked. He just hopes that no one else dies before it happens. For now he must deal with his attraction for a woman he is supposed to be protecting

I loved this book because it's not simply a romance rather there is mystery and thrill of the chase involved and that has made it quite a story. It's really good and characters are quite well-developed. If you are a historical fiction fan then this book is perfect for you and even if you're not a fan I still recommend it, because this book might change your preference for historical romance novels. Personally, I love historical romance and highlanders even more so this one was just perfect for me.

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Tara Kingston writes historical romance laced with romantic suspense and adventures of the heart. She lives her own happily-ever-after in a cozy Victorian with her real-life hero and a pair of deceptively innocent-looking cats. When she’s not writing, reading, or burning dinner, Tara enjoys movie nights, cycling, hiking, DIY projects, and cheering on her favorite football team.

You can connect with Tara on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at her webpage, www.tarakingston.com. If you’d like updates on new releases, historical romance, and contests, please sign-up for Tara’s newsletter.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Now Available: Fragile by Diana Nixon


FRAGILE
BY DIANA NIXON

SYNOPSIS
She was off the limits for many reasons: too young, too naïve, and too beautiful to resist. But most of all – because she was my best friend’s little sister. She was like a taboo that should have never been broken.
But we crossed the line together… We gave in to the temptation and made a mistake that changed us forever.
Years passed, but for some unknown reason, the memories of her never stopped haunting my dreams.
I was even more obsessed with her than I was years ago, while she hated me to the bone. And she had a very good reason to feel that way…
“I owe you a lifetime of us, and I will not let you down, not again…”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diana Nixon, an International Bestselling Author of contemporary and paranormal romances, is a woman of contradictions. She was born in Minsk., Belarus. She has a Master of Law degree and speaks several foreign languages, including English, Polish and Spanish.

Diana’s writing career is like a roller coaster ride. It started with a fantasy novel named Love Lines, that was originally written in Russian and only later, it was translated into English. Since then, Diana has published 15 more books, both of contemporary and fantasy genres. Her books are being translated into Spanish, French and Russian.

Diana Nixon is the founder of Inks and Scratches, a literary magazine  intended to help authors of all genres find readers and spread the news about their writing all over the world.



Twitter: @DianaNixon9 https://twitter.com/DianaNixon9
Instagram: @authordiananixon https://www.instagram.com/authordiananixon/
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Promo: Hellhounds (Death by Reaper MC) by Esther E. Schmidt

OUT NOW: “Hellhounds” Death by Reaper MC #1
From the writer of “Areion Fury MC”, “Broken Deeds MC”, “Wicked Throttle MC” and “Lost Valkyries MC” Esther E. Schmidt is proud to introduce her fifth MC series, except this time…it’s a paranormal MC romance; Death by Reaper MC. “Hellhounds”, book one, will be kicking off this whole new series. 

Title: “Hellhounds”
Series: Death by Reaper MC
Author: Esther E. Schmidt
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Release Day: 28th of November, 2017
In the last year, Eliana has been aware of the paranormal world that merges with the humans. Knowing it and living in it are two very different things when your next breath could end up being your last.
Alistair, Hellhound shifter and President of the Death by Reaper MC Hell Charter, is unexpectedly confronted with his true mate. As the balance of good and evil is shifted, a battle is the only solution. One where family ties are unwillingly being pulled into the mix and a simple choice of sides might end up in losing the woman he just claimed as his. A Hellhound has an eternal vow to never walk out on the losing side. Even more so when he’s had a slice of heaven.
Evil hides in the inevitable to rectify redemption. Dive into book one of Death by Reaper MC and submit to the sentimental truth that crawling into the darkness might be the only good this world has to offer.






Monday, November 27, 2017

Review: The Lady and Mr. Jones by Alyssa Alexander


Synopsis
Born in the rookeries, the hard life is something Jones is all too familiar with. Saved as a young boy, he was trained to be a spy, one of the best--elite, in fact. He now spends his days serving His Majesty in espionage, hunting rogue spies. His latest assignment, though, has him tracking a fellow spy…

Cat Ashdown is a baroness. Nothing is more important than protecting five hundred years of heritage. She knows every detail of every estate that commands the largest income in Britain— yet her father placed her inheritance in trust to her uncle who is forcing her to marry a man she has no desire for. The baroness’s battle against law and convention leads her to Jones and results that are surprising … and possibly unwanted.  
Review

This book is really well-written and has interesting characters. I quite enjoyed reading it especially because I just love spy stories. Jones and Cat are just perfect characters, as well as, spies.

Cat has been brought up to care of her father's estates. Her father has never treated her like some helpless woman and yet for some reason he left her without much authority, she has to depend on her uncle until she marries. It seems so unfair to her. She wants to take care of her tenants and do things the right way but she can't. What more, it seems that her uncle is not the man she thought he was, he might very well be a dangerous man who is bent upon ruining her life.

Help comes in an unexpected way from an unlikely ally. Jones is working on a mission and he must do his job well. But Cat is a distraction which can lead him astray. She is fierce, independent and fearless woman and he finds himself falling for her... unfortunately they can never happen. He is not from her world and he feels that she deserves so much better... however, heart wants what it wants.

It's a beautiful love story. Jones and Cat are perfect for each other and the way they find their happily ever after is just too good. I'd definitely recommend this book if you like historical romance.

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pre-Order Promo: Fragile by Diana Nixon


FRAGILE
BY DIANA NIXON

Synopsis
She was off the limits for many reasons: too young, too naïve, and too beautiful to resist. But most of all – because she was my best friend’s little sister. She was like a taboo that should have never been broken.
But we crossed the line together… We gave in to the temptation and made a mistake that changed us forever.
Years passed, but for some unknown reason, the memories of her never stopped haunting my dreams.
I was even more obsessed with her than I was years ago, while she hated me to the bone. And she had a very good reason to feel that way…
“I owe you a lifetime of us, and I will not let you down, not again…”

Pre-Order on Amazon:
Add on Goodreads:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diana Nixon, an International Bestselling Author of contemporary and paranormal romances, is a woman of contradictions. She was born in Minsk., Belarus. She has a Master of Law degree and speaks several foreign languages, including English, Polish and Spanish.

Diana’s writing career is like a roller coaster ride. It started with a fantasy novel named Love Lines, that was originally written in Russian and only later, it was translated into English. Since then, Diana has published 15 more books, both of contemporary and fantasy genres. Her books are being translated into Spanish, French and Russian.

Diana Nixon is the founder of Inks and Scratches, a literary magazine  intended to help authors of all genres find readers and spread the news about their writing all over the world.


Twitter: @DianaNixon9 https://twitter.com/DianaNixon9
Instagram: @authordiananixon https://www.instagram.com/authordiananixon/
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: Lips Close to Mine by Robin Bielman


Synopsis
I wasn’t supposed to see Levi Pierce ever again. A few months ago, he charmed the pants off me and we spent one incredible night together.

End of story.

Only it wasn’t. Pretty soon everywhere I turn, I see him. Our best friends are dating. My mother mistakenly—and happily—thinks he’s my plus-one to my cousin’s wedding. And he’s the guy I have to work with on the most important job opportunity of my life.

Here’s my problem: I like Levi. I like his killer smile and his dreamboat eyes and definitely the way he makes me feel in bed. But I’ve sworn off relationships. So when the sexual tension reaches epic proportions and we fall back into bed together, I tell myself it’s temporary. When I start to feel more, I tell myself it’s over.

Only Levi isn’t a forget-it kind of guy. When his lips are close to mine and he swears he’s always wanted me, my defenses disappear. But some things in life just aren’t meant to be.

Or are they?


Review

It's a great book, I loved the story and characters alike. I loved both Levi and Harper. Their story is sweet with just the right amount of romance, emotions, and angst. I just adore Robin Bielman's characters, they are always so interesting and relatable. I strongly recommend this book to all romance fans.

Harper doesn't do relationships. So when her one night stand, Lavi, turn out to be a friend of friend she is confused. She's definitely attracted to him and its hard for her to resist his charm. But she also wants to avoid messy entanglements and thus ends up treating him very poorly. What more now she has to work with him too. Will she be able to avoid falling in love or is she in for a surprise?

Levi likes Harper but mostly he is curious as to why she treats him the way she does. After all he didn't do anything wrong. Then he decides to make her like him. She is beautiful and amazing woman and he wants to see if there can be anything worthwhile between them...

It's a well-written romantic novel with a touch of humor and angst. I loved reading it and hope others do too. :)
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: The Devil of Dunakin Castle (Highland Isles #4) by Heather McCollum


Synopsis
Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home in Scotland, but to escape from the meddling people around her who seem to think she needs to wed right away—because women need saving, right? —she volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth.

Keir MacKinnon, the younger brother of the MacKinnon clan chief, has been raised to strike fear in people, on and off the battlefield. Trained to uphold MacKinnon law, he has hardened into a lethal warrior. Caught in a Highland blizzard with the feisty Grace, Keir realizes the beautiful woman who saved him can also save his nephew’s life.

Sparks fly when he takes her against her will to his home, and Grace’s courage is put to the ultimate test. Is Keir MacKinnon the passionate, kind man she saved in the Highland blizzard, or is he truly the cruel executioner who seeks to solve all issues by the sword?
Review
I loved it. It's an amazing adventurous read. I think the story is quite thrilling with a hint of mystery. Grace is a lovable character, she is courageous, funny, and has the habit of saying whatever is on her mind. Keir is not bad either. He is living behind the mask of "Devil of Dunakin" but have a kind side which only his closest friend sees, and now Grace can too.

Keir saves Grace from wolves and then she saves him from dying. They both feel attracted to each other but there are things that Grace doesn't know about him. To her it's just a grand adventure. To Keir it's a mission to save his nephew.

I liked how the story unfolded, not to mention all the characters. Romance part is also quite interesting, both Grace and Keir have explosive chemistry which made it all the more fun to read. I definitely recommend this book if you like historical fiction.

I received  a complimentary copy of this book.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Tour Stop: The Irrevocable Series by Samantha Jacobey

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Bailey Dewitt is on a crash course with Armageddon. Orphaned, she and her young brothers find themselves living with their renegade uncle. Part of a group of survivalists, she is terrified to discover they are preparing for the end of the world! Surrounded by strangers, she ponders if they could be right; that is mankind headed for a global disaster. In a twist of fate, Caleb becomes her dearest friend and the one person she can trust to love and protect her, but when things spiral out of control, will their bond be enough to save the entire community? Or will rival forces strip away all that they have worked for at the time they need it most…
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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.
I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Promo + Review Tour + Giveaway: Life's Forever Changed by Author Anne Stone

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After Alejandro Alvarez’s best friend dies of kidney disease while in high school, Alejandro vows to change his life. Determined to help others suffering from his friend’s illness, he rejects joining his father’s pediatrics practice and instead trains as a nephrologist and a transplant surgeon. Fourteen years later, devotion to his career has rewarded him with a reputation as an excellent surgeon, but success has left him alone, with no family that he can call his own. Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse Tammy Johansen is on duty when an infant must undergo a life-saving transplant. Working closely with famed surgeon Dr. Alejandro Alvarez, she sees the sensitive, lonely man beneath his professional exterior and wonders can such a man be interested in someone like her? As they battle to save the tiny patient, Alejandro struggles with the emptiness within himself until the lovely and compassionate nurse at his side catches his attention. In that moment, one look at Tammy forever changes his life. Life’s Forever Changed is the Prequel to Anne Stone’s The Show Me series.
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Anne Stone has been a fan of romance since reading Katherine by Anya Seton her senior year of high school. In college, she penned her first novel which ended up at the bottom of a desk drawer after being rejected by a publishing house. She’s constantly dabbled in drafting stories but her career always seemed to get in the way. Anne decided to take the plunge and self-publish. Self-publishing allows her to write the kind of book that she enjoys reading and doesn’t put a limit on her creativity. Originally from St. Louis, Anne currently resides in Wisconsin with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
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