[Blitz Tour and Short Review] In Ruins by Danielle Pearl

Amy's Reviews, Reviews, Spotlights & Tours 0 Comments 3rd October, 2016

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Title: IN RUINS

Author: Danielle Pearl

Series: Something More, #1

On Sale: October 4, 2016

Publisher: Forever

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The first New Adult spin-off novel in the bestselling YA Something More series by Danielle Pearl!

She wanted to start again. To be someone—anyone—different. . .

Freedom. When Carleigh Stanger thought of college, that was the word that came to mind. Freedom from her unhappy home life. Freedom from high school mistakes. Freedom from the memory of that terrible morning. Only instead of bringing a sweet escape, Carleigh’s first campus party traps her in the scornful gaze of the last person she wants to see, Tucker Green.

It wasn’t long ago that being close to Carleigh was everything Tucker wanted. But that was before he realized she was just another scheming girl who’d do whatever it took to get her way. Even lie to the guy she claimed to love. Unfortunately while Tucker’s brain remembers the pain Carleigh caused, his body only remembers the pleasure . . .

My Review

In Ruins was a sweet, funny, sexy, and at times thrilling read. I am big fan of second chance romances and redemption through love. I should say correction, I am big fan of romance stories in general. I really enjoy the stories about forgiveness and redemption like In Ruins. The story starts off with a college girl finding out that the ex who shattered her heart is going to the same school as her. Once I got used to the story jumping between the past and present, I have to admit I was intrigued by what circumstance could be so bad to break up a couple who has been in love for most of their lives. I don’t want to give any more away because it makes the story more interesting going in almost blind like I did. It is a romance story so I knew how it was most likely going to end but I didn’t expect the journey to be so thrilling. I read this book in two day because I could not put it down. I will most definitely be reading the next book which is about two friends of Carl and Tuck finding love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

danielle-pearl-credit-lidia-anichDanielle Pearl is the bestselling author of the Something More series. She lives in New Jersey with her three delicious children and ever-supportive husband, who—luckily—doesn’t mind sharing her with an array of fictional men. She did a brief stint at Boston University and worked in marketing before publishing her debut novel, Normal. She writes mature Young Adult and New Adult contemporary romance. Danielle enjoys coffee, wine, and cupcakes, and not in moderation.

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What are your top 5 books you would bring to college?

1-Wurthering Heights by Emily Bronte, to make any relationship feel healthier by comparison.

2-You by Caroline Kepnes, as a cautionary tale (thank God there was no Instagram when I was in college).

3-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, because learning curves can be just as merciless.

4-It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, because every woman should read it, and college is as good a time as any.

5-The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, to make me feel sane by comparison.

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[Review] Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 2nd October, 2016

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[Review] Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri ManiscalcoStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on September 20, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 336
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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

There are two things that I will always watch or read about: Victorian London and Jack the Ripper. When I saw the synopsis for Stalking the Jack Ripper I was like sign me up because I am definitely reading that book! I was sold on this book by the synopsis alone, I mean who doesn’t want to read about a young woman of society bucking tradition to become a female forensic scientist. Her first case study just happens to be the Jack the Ripper. I thought I couldn’t want to read this anymore than I already did then they released the cover. I know they say you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but can I take a moment to say, wow it’s gorgeous.

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I am sad to say I started this book when at the beginning for September because the publisher generously let me view the ARC. Then, I hit this two week reading slump; ugh. I was able to pick up the audiobook and listen to the rest of the story while I was at work. It may have taken me longer to finish Stalking Jack the Ripper than I intended. But, it was worth because Stalking Jack the Ripper is a creepy romantic thrill ride. I have to say I really enjoyed the experience.

Stalking Jack the Ripper is a murder mystery first. I have to say on that aspect I was kept guessing the entire time. I had no idea who the real identity of Jack might be. I really enjoy a good murder mystery that keeps me guessing until the end.   I found the forensic pictures really added to that creep factor. The reason I am so fascinated by anything to do with Jack the Ripper is that he could have been anyone. From a governess, to a fish monger, to a high born person of society. The actual Jack the Ripper was never caught. There is something truly terrifying about the mind of serial killer, especially one for all intents and purpose got away with it. I have always thought people are the real monsters not some boogey man who lives under your bed. I have to admire the strength and the will of a young woman that is willing to try to step inside the mind of a killer in order to stop him even that means turning in someone she loves.

But Stalking the Jack the Ripper is also a coming of age story during the Victorian era. A time that always fascinated me because it is time when society was on the brink of change. A woman’s place in life was still to marry and bear children. Some women were willing to buck tradition and go after what they wanted. Even, gasp, pursue careers as doctors or forensic scientists. Audrey Rose is one of those determined young women bent on following her heart. I like historical fiction in which the heroine is actually a modern heroine who buck tradition in order to follow her dreams.

After the way this book ends I hope this isn’t the last we will of Audrey Rose and her beau. I would definitely read more of the crime solving adventures.

 

[Blitz] Christmas Comes to Main Street by Olivia Miles

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Author: Olivia Miles

Series: Briar Creek, #5

On Sale: September 27, 2016

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The fifth and final novel in Olivia Miles contemporary romance Briar Creek series!

The mistletoe is out, and the gloves are off . . .

‘Tis the worst season to be single, but Kara Hastings won’t let a little Christmas funk spoil the festive season. Sure, running her own bakery is a little harder than she expected, but she can handle it. And she’ll prove it to a certain infuriatingly handsome, bossy Big City guy. She may be sugar and spice, but she can kick his butt twice.

Nate Griffin is in Briar Creek only for the holidays, and he refuses to fall for the whole “small town, candy cane-scented Christmas Wonderland” thing. He’s more interested in the fresh-faced cookie chef who always knows exactly how to get under his skin. So when Nate challenges Kara in the town’s big holiday contest, it’s not just the competition that starts to heat up. If he’s not careful, Kara won’t just melt his icy resolve against a small-town Christmas . . . she’ll melt his heart too.

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MISTLETOE ON MAIN STREET, #1

A MATCH MADE ON MAIN STREET, #2

HOPE SPRINGS ON MAIN STREET, #3

LOVE BLOOMS ON MAIN STREET, #4

CHRISTMAS COMES TO MAIN STREET, #5

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

olivia-milesHaving grown up in New England, Olivia Miles attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before settling in Chicago where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.

When she is not chasing after her little ones, she is hard at work creating feisty heroines and alpha heroes with a heart. A city girl with a fondness for small-town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories.

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Top 5 favorite holiday memories

  • First Christmas with my Dogs – They were both still puppies, and I was living in an apartment in the city that actually had a fireplace. I went out and bought them each a stocking and filled it with treats and toys specific to their very individual personalities and traits. My one dog had more fun shredding all the wrapping paper. My other dog refused to miss out on any of the excitement of the day, and by about six in the evening, we noticed that he was falling asleep standing up and almost falling over…
  • Baby’s First Christmas – It was so special to pick out a Christmas dress for my daughter and help her unwrap toys. Christmas became fun again, and from that day forward, I feel like I am reliving it with a child’s enthusiasm.
  • The first time we brought my daughter to see Santa – Now this was not the happy experience one might think. The very first time was at the mall, and she just stared at me with tears welling in her eyes and her lower lip jutted out and I felt so horrible, I pulled her off and didn’t buy the photo, which I’ve been kicking myself about ever since. A few weeks later, Santa made a visit to a playgroup we attended and let’s just say the tantrum she threw was photographed, and the look on Santa’s face almost trumps my daughter’s horror.
  • The Christmas I burned all the food – We ended up having to order pizza. There was still wine, and the dessert was saved, and better yet….less dishes! Merry Christmas to me!
  • The Christmas I had to call Santa – As an incentive to motivate my then toddler’s behavior, I fell back on that age old “Santa is watching.” I can’t remember what she did, but there was the time she acted up so badly (which shocks me, as she really was always such a good girl!) that I had to make a “phone call” to Santa. Well, my daughter went ballistic and I was barely able to keep it together as I said into the disconnected phone, “Hello Santa? This is Avery’s mommy…” Someday she will laugh about this. Or try it on her own kids!

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[Manga Monday] Claymore Volume 1

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[Manga Monday] Claymore Volume 1Silver-eyed Slayer Series: Claymore Volume #1
Published by VIZ Media on January 5, 2002
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Manga
Pages: 187
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A Claymore - a female warrior named for the sword she carries - travels from medieval village to village to destroy Yoma, monsters who disguise themselves as humans and who are almost impossible to kill. Claymores are half-humans, half-demons who willingly transformed themselves by mixing their blood with monster's blood. Claire, nicknamed silver-eyed killer, is such a powerful Claymore, she can slay a Yoma using only one hand. But she must constantly struggle to keep from becoming a monster herself.

Hey, look, it’s Fry. I’m technically back into the reviewing groove after taking some time off. I hope you’ve missed me, or, you know, at least noticed I was gone. I’m going to take over our Manga Monday feature for the time being from our lovely friend Carol, who had to leave blogging for the time being due to some personal reasons. I hope at some point she can come back!

With that, I am going to do things a little different than Carol did. She reviewed a whole series. I’m going to review a volume at a time, relishing in the journey. It might not always be manga, but it’s sure going to be a graphic novel of some sort. With that said, I’d like to start with a manga that’s been suggested to me several times over the course of being peripherally into Anime and Manga, Claymore.

I somehow knew next to nothing about this series going into it. Despite being one of the “classics”, it’s not one readily discussed or spoiled. I basically knew that there were some chicks in armor and they had big swords and sometimes those big swords went into enemies and those enemies were vanquished.

Honestly, the first volume of this doesn’t really add much to that assumption. I know that Claymores are paid by towns to come in and eradicate monsters that are killing the local peasants. The monster generally takes on the visage of someone in the town before going about it’s murder spree. Usually there’s a string of murders before the Claymore is even called in, and then there’s the whole issue of slow postal service and then travel time. So, usually the Claymore gets there before the entire town is wiped out, but not before plenty of people have lost their lives.

Claymores are half monster themselves. The first volume doesn’t super get into how they were made half monster. Were they born that way? Were they infused in some sort of horrific trial by fire and magical genetic modification? I don’t know yet. It points to the latter. The Claymore we are currently following, whom I’m going to assume is the main character, Claire, was recruited after a monster tore through her family. She finds a kid with a similar situation who follows along after her like a lost puppy and cooks dinner to be useful. He cries a lot and is mostly there to move the plot forward and be a hostage, at least so far. Maybe he’ll come into his own. Who knows.

Overall, not much actually happened. There were a lot of fights, plenty of gore. At one point Claire get’s punched through the gut and heals(?) the hole in her body. I don’t know if she healed it, it seemed like it was still pretty raw and her, I guess he’s a handler, warned her against getting hit there.

Before the close of the manga, we learn that in being half monster, that eventually the monster fully takes over the Claymore and the Claymore themselves will have to be eradicated. Generally, they choose someone with whom they trust and Claire is forced to kill what she coldly refers to as her best friend in all the world. This prompts far more tears from the kid than from Claire, who kind of nonchalantly murders the chick and then buries her.

I’ll have to totally read more, but in true manga fashion, it’s kind of a slow plod to the source and an actual overarching plot. I’ll have to deal with this monster of the week nonsense for a bit. That in and of itself is interesting enough for me to keep going.

[Release Day Blitz] Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey

Spotlights & Tours 0 Comments 6th September, 2016

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Title: TOO WILD TO TAME

Author: Tessa Bailey

Series: Romancing The Clarksons, #2

On Sale: September 6, 2016

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Sometimes you just can’t resist playing with fire…

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country’s most powerful senator, he’ll have to keep his eye on the prize. That’s easier said than done when he meets the senator’s daughter, who’s wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron’s presence reminds her of a past she’d rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it’s the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it’s because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle…

 

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Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove 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 and 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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[Release Day Blitz] The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Spotlights & Tours 0 Comments 5th September, 2016

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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Jodi Ellen Malpas is the New York Times and Sunday Times (UK) bestselling author of two romantic trilogies: This Man and One Night.  Now, Jodi Ellen Malpas is back with her long-awaited next novel—and her first stand-alone story—THE PROTECTOR (Forever; September 6, 2016; $15.99).

People think they have Camille Logan nailed: rich kid, daddy’s girl, beautiful, and spoiled.  But Camille knows that support from her ultra-wealthy and overbearing father comes with a price tag not worth paying for.  She wants a life without his strings.  Out on her own, she’s made a few mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press.  Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s questionable business dealings.  She has no choice but to play ball when he hires an ex-SAS sniper to protect her at all costs.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell.  He had been distracted from duty once before and the consequences were devastating, both personally and professionally.  He vowed to never let that happen again.  Being the bodyguard to socialite model Camille is exactly the kind of low pressure job he needs.  But he quickly comes to discover that Camille isn’t what he expected.  She’s warm and emotionally generous, and she slowly succeeds in drawing him out of his tough exterior.  Jake’s past haunts him.  Camille’s presence settles him.  But he can’t have both.

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Jodi Ellen Malpas author photosBritish talent Jodi Ellen Malpas sold hundreds of thousands of e-books of her passionately erotic trilogy This Man before landing a major US publishing deal and sailing straight to the top of the New York Times bestsellers chart in a few short months. Success quickly followed in the UK, with thousands of readers falling head-over-heels for the devastatingly handsome Lord of the Manor Jesse Ward and his feisty counterpart, Ava O’Shea, as all three books became major Sunday Times bestsellers. This was followed by further success with her second series One Night, which introduced the irresistibly enigmatic M.

 Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse and, mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males.  For more information, visit Jodi online at: www.jodiellenmalpas.co.uk, or www.facebook.com/JodiEllenMalpas, or www.twitter.com/JodiEllenMalpas.

 

[Review] Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 23rd August, 2016

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[Review] Unknown by Wendy HigginsUnknown by Wendy Higgins
Series: Unknown #1
Published by Self Published by Author on August 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction
Pages: 342
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Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

There is something truly terrifying about an apocalypse setting that scares and fascinates me at the same time.  I think Wendy Higgins did a good job of building a truly scary world in Unknown.  I finished this book in two days.  I only put it down to sleep.  Even when I put the book down I still kept think about how frightening this book actually was.

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Unknown starts out like any other contemporary love story.  A girl grows up with her brother and his best friend.  Then the brother’s best friend becomes her friend as well.  Of course, as he develops into a hottie she crushes on him and even falls in love with him.  This is where the similarities to a typical contemporary romance end.  Because, before the girl can tell him she loves him, terrorists strike the US.  Her brother and his friend join the military.  Years pass by with nothing else happening.  But, then something terrible happens and all the politicians in office are killed except one lone senator.  A new government agency rises up out the ashes to take control.  This agency has a new policy; everyone is an assumed terrorist until proven innocent.

 

That is when the questions start having to be asked.  What if Aliens had been on Earth all along studying humans?  What if they decided to use all the terrorist attacks to slowly take rights away until they controlled the world?   That is what makes this books so terrifying the what ifs.  How scary would it truly be to think that Aliens don’t need to come out of the sky and fight us on Independence Day?  They could just blend into the population.  They could just orchestrate attacks that would slowly create fear and panic until they were the ones in control.  The truly terrifying part of this whole story is that nobody even realizes it is happening until it is too late.
 

If you are looking for a good book that will keep you on the edge of your seat then read Unknown by Wendy Higgins.  This book is definitely a nail biting kind of read.  This book has horrific elements but it also has love.  With love there is hope and aren’t those two things worth fighting for.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the girl and the boy she loves in the next book!

[Release Day Blitz] BURNING MOON by Jo Watson

Spotlights & Tours 0 Comments 3rd August, 2016

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Title: Burning Moon

Author: Jo Waston

Series: Destination Love, #1

On Sale: August 2, 2016

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Newly revised and expanded, Jo Watson’s Wattpad sensation Burning Moon is now available in print for the first time!

There’s a very fine line between blushing bride and mascara-streaked sobbing mess. #beenthere

Lily Swanson has been planning her perfect life since she was twelve years old: Meet Mr. Right, have the big white wedding, buy a house in the ‘burbs and raise 2.5 picture-perfect kids. However, when her fiancé bails, leaving Lily alone at the altar to face 500 gossipy guests, her dream turns into a nightmare. But then Lily makes an impulsive decision—she ditches the dress, grabs her passport, and heads off to Thailand to spend her honeymoon alone.

Or so she thinks…

Because Lilly quickly learns that everything in Thailand is very hot-the weather, the merchandise, and especially Damien—the sexy, spontaneous man she meets before her feet even hit the sand. Now with no plan, and nothing holding her back, Lily lets Damien lead her on a wild, unpredictable ride to the world’s most exclusive party, Burning Moon. But after a week of letting go, indulging her every impulse and desire, Lily must go back to the girl she used to be. Or can Damien convince her that their party doesn’t have to end?

 

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Almost A Bride, #2

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Jo Watson CREDIT Chelsea Nicole PhotographyJo Watson is an award-winning writer of romantic comedies. Burning Moon won a Watty Award in 2014. Jo is an Adidas addict and a Depeche Mode devotee. She lives in South Africa with her family.

Top 5 List: Top vacation destinations

Some of the most interesting places are the more obscure ones that people don’t usually think of going to.  You can really have an adventure there.

  1. Morocco- You have not shopped until you have visited the old Souqs of Marrakesh. We spent hours walking through the ancient, narrow, maze-like streets. You’ll find everything there, including snake charmers. But beware, it is very easy to get lost.
  2. Egypt- There is something really magical about Egypt. It’s like stepping into another world. On the way to the hotel, there was man riding a camel in the road. Downside….110 degreed Fahrenheit in the shade!
  3. Zanzibar (Tanzania)- A small, tropical island off Tanzania in Africa. The beaches are snow white and the sea is warm and transparent. There’s also a restaurant built on a rock in the middle of the sea. You have to take a boat to it, or swim there.
  4. Doha, Qatar- You have never seen over-the-top until you have been to the United Arab Emirates or Qatar. They make Las Vegas look like a tiny, flickering flame in the desert. Everything in Qatar is bigger, better, shinier and brighter. You could probably spend a whole week vacationing in their airport alone. (P.s. It’s hotter than Egypt, though)
  5. A South African Road trip- My husband and I once went on a road trip and visited the most remote, obscure and strange little towns we could find. We traveled about 3000 miles that trip and stayed in terrible, trashy motels, dodgy caravan parks and got lost a few times. It was awesome.

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[Giveaway US & International] Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop

Uncategorized 42 Comments 31st July, 2016

Beach-Reads-in-August-HopWelcome to another great giveaway here at Romancing the Laser Pistol. As part of the “Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop” hosted by StuckInBooks. I like to read floppy paperbacks on the beach, so this month we’re giving away a signed paperback copy of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and $20 in Amazon Giftcards.

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[Release Day Blitz] BOUND TO THE BOUNTY HUNTER by Hayson Manning

Spotlights & Tours 0 Comments 27th July, 2016

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I’m thrilled to be participating in the official Book Blitz for Hayson Manning’s latest contemporary romance, BOUND TO THE BOUNTY HUNTER! Harlan Franco is the alpha hero you’ve been waiting for, and the chemistry between him and Sophie is off the charts! I’ve got all of the details about the book, including a sneak peek excerpt from he book, so sit back and enjoy!

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About BOUND TO THE BOUNTY HUNTER:

Harlan Franco, Colorado’s busiest bounty hunter and security expert, lives by his own rules: be in control, be detached, and never mix business with pleasure. These rules are tested when the woman he’s being paid to secretly guard is none other than the sexy, unpredictable, pain in the butt, Sophie Callaghan––a woman determined to stay away from him. If Sophie finds out he’s in her life on an assignment, he’ll never get the info he needs. But those lips, those curves, that attitude… If he could only have her for one night where she’d play by his rules.

Freedom-loving private investigator Sophie Callaghan is on a mission. The daughter of a con-artist is not going to be used by a man again. What she doesn’t need is hot, broody, and controlling Harlan barging into her life. Her brain may say no, but her body craves this bad boy.

After a night where both live out their darkest desires, Sophie tries to fight the explosive chemistry between them. But the ties that bind her heart to this bounty hunter are tight and tangled.

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Bound to the Bounty Hunter (3) #DONE #3

Excerpt from BOUND TO THE BOUNTY HUNTER:

Two older women plunked their butts down beside her. According to their conversation, they were leaving their menfolk behind to see Thunder From Down Under and live it up a little. They’d saved their bingo money and, apparently, Thunder From Down Under was in for a treat.

“Delores. Check out that honey walking toward us. I hope he’s in the show’s lineup.

There’ll be some five dollar bills in his Calvin Kleins.”

“Lordy be, Phyllis. That’s a fine-looking man. Now, if I were ten years younger.”

“Twenty, Delores.”

A barrage of cackles followed.

“Morning ladies.” A deep, throaty, and familiar voice replied.

Sophie’s heart missed a painful beat. “What are you doing here?”

“Going to have some fun in Vegas. There’s hours left on the clock.” Harlan trailed his knuckle down her cheek, leaving a trail of fire.

Her spine snapped straight. She stood, hands on her hips, her throat tight. “No you’re not.”

“Yeah. I. Am.” Harlan grinned down at a pissed off Sophie with flashing dark eyes, her kissable mouth in a thin line, color on her cheeks.

Her dark eyes narrowed. “No, you’re not.”

“Yeah, I am.” He sat beside her and pulled her close, her soft curves molding against him, then tucked her hair behind her ears. “I’m not leaving you unprotected.”

“Well, ain’t she the lucky one,” one of the older women sitting next to Sophie said. “If I was her, I’d be heading to Victoria’s Secret.”

Her companion elbowed her in the ribs. “Delores, I wouldn’t be packing any of Victoria’s Secrets.”

Harlan grinned at the older women then bent his head. “We could go shopping. I hope you brought that little black thong. Seeing you in your Pipe’s uniform, gotta say, I’m glad we’re hitting the City of Sin.” He ran his finger along her jaw. His voice still soft, he said, “Don’t wear underwear tomorrow.”

Her head snapped back, her face red. “I am so wearing underwear.”

He nuzzled her ear. “When I walk up behind you, I’ll flick up your short, short skirt and in one thrust be inside you.”

She shivered under his touch.

“I didn’t bring a skirt, so that isn’t happening, and I’ve got a spare set of underwear,” she said from the corner of her mouth.

No mention of the thong. He had plans of removing the thong with his teeth.

“Did you bring your uniform?” He kissed her collarbone, dragging his lips up her neck.

She stilled at his touch.

“Stop it. We’re in public,” she whispered, her head whipping left, then right, as if she’d been caught stealing from a collection plate. “And yes,” she said in a quiet voice, shooting him a look from under her lashes then looking away. Her bottom lip snagged between her teeth.

“Yes what?”

So caught up in the image of removing the thong from her body, he’d lost the thread of the conversation.

“Yes, I have my uniform.” The image of Sophie walking next to him in Vegas had his cock appreciating the picture.

Wait.

Sophie in that skirt in Vegas.

He hadn’t thought this through.

Sophie walking around Vegas in sheer black stockings with her long legs on display and silver studs across her breasts spelling out “Pipe’s” would have more men wanting Sophie than he could handle.

He grabbed her hand, sat, and pulled her down beside him. “I’ve changed my mind. Don’t wear it.”

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HaysonManningPhoto About Hayson Manning:

I love Princess Bride, Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives—the drama is deliciously addictive. Big Bang Theory but will take Wolowitz over Cooper. Star Trek not Star Wars. Undercover Boss, Secret Millionaire—any story that shows the little guy making it. I follow the Buffalo Bills like a religion. I am spellbound by showjumping and equestrian eventing. I love curling up and reading all books—no genre is off-topic. I like ironing, hate peas, love donkeys. I play a killer game of Scrabble, but usually lose. I will often be heading towards the fridge for another Diet Coke. I eat nothing with legs and believe wine goes with everything, oh and I’m an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise.

I live in the sparkly beachside suburb of Redondo Beach in California with my fake Gordon Ramsay and two boys who speak in mystifying grunts.

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