Happy Release + Two 5 Star Reviews + 2015 Favorite : Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle

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Where Sea Meets Sky

By Karina Halle

Release Date: March 31, 2015

Publisher: Atria Books

Genre: New Adult

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Synopsis

A new adult novel that perfectly captures the existential angst of your early twenties with raw wit, fresh insight, and true feeling from a critically adored USA TODAY bestselling author.

Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can’t get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It’s not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma’s name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go—even when you know you have to say goodbye.

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Excerpt

“Gemma,” I whisper softly. Before I know what I’m doing, I’m raising her palm to my lips and kissing along her scar. She smells so good, feels even better.

She lets me do it for a moment then she awkwardly clears her throat.

Don’t make me let go, I think. Please don’t make me let go.

The rustle in the bushes is back again. Gemma jerks her hand away, as if we’re about to be caught by Nick the Peeping Tom, as if we’re doing something wrong.

Are we doing something wrong?

Suddenly the air around us fills with squeals, and the rustling increases. The nearest bush to us at the base of the yard, near the fence, starts to move back and forth.

I stand up out of my chair to get a better look and see what looks to be little creatures waddling out of the bushes and heading for the side of the house. Once they hit a patch of light coming from the house, I can see what they are.

Little blue penguins.

“What the fuck?” I say softly, feeling like my mind has just imploded. “What the hell are those?”

“Little blue penguins,” she says proudly.

I turn to her in disbelief. “Are you serious?” I thought I was making that up. In my head.

She nods. “Yup. Little blue penguins.”

And she’s right. They’re about a foot high, miniature versions of the ones I’ve seen on TV, and they’re entirely blue in color. I thought it was just the darkness playing tricks on me but no, once they hit the light, you can see the color on their oily feathers.

“I don’t get it,” I say, watching as the last of their group quickly scampers out of sight. That might have been the cutest and weirdest thing I have ever seen.

“You never head of them?” she asks. “They probably have a burrow under the house. It’s actually quite common for beach houses.”

“Look, I wasn’t lying when I said I didn’t do a whole lot of research about the country.”

“I can see that,” she says. “Well, how about that, then.”

“How about that,” I say, sitting back down. The penguins’ magical appearance has somehow taken Gemma’s heartbreaking story to another place, and she’s quick to jump on the transition. She tells me all about the interesting birdlife in New Zealand, from yellow-eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula down south, to the Kea—cheeky green parrots that live in the snow-covered Alps. She’s animated as she tells me all she knows, and I absorb it like a sponge.

I drink my beer and she goes back to drinking hers, and before Nick, Amber, and the Irish show up all sloshed, she’s painted a beautiful picture of what’s to come. I can only hope I’ll continue to be part of the picture.

 

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5Star

Robin’s Review

I would like to express my appreciation to NetGalley and Atria Books for the opportunity to read and review Where Sea Meets Sky.

I am thrilled to be able to share with you about the latest novel from author Karina Halle. It’s called Where Sea Meets Sky, and it’s her first foray into the New Adult genre. Before I even begin discussing the plot or characters, I need discuss the writing. Imagine taking a tour around the country of New Zealand in an orange Volkswagen Bus. Picture the gorgeous Southern Alps and volcanos. Clear blue lakes and white beaches. Glaciers. Unique foliage and wildlife. The sights. Sounds. Smells. Maori culture and language. Where Sea Meets Sky is one of the finest examples of descriptive writing I have ever had the pleasure of reading!

The narrative. This is where Halle blends a beautiful story about two people on the journey of their life with her descriptive style of writing. Halle is unusually creative when she develops a story. Her imagination seems boundless. Whether it be a paranormal horror romance or contemporary romance or romantic suspense, Halle knows how to blend the perfect amount of drama and tension with her trademark descriptive writing which makes her stories so vivid and authentic.

Where Sea Meets Sky is told in first person opposing points of view. Josh Miles is in his twenties. He’s been living with his mother in Vancouver and working dead-end jobs. Josh lacks motivation or energy, and he longs for something he doesn’t understand. Gemma Henare is at the end of a backpacking tour that has taken her across Canada and the United States. She is invited to attend a traditional Halloween party in Vancouver where she meets Josh. Josh and Gemma are naturally comfortable around each other. They have an instant connection when they meet, but Gemma has to return to her native New Zealand following their one-night stand.

After Gemma returns to New Zealand, Josh can’t seem to get her out of his head. She is exotic and full of life. Josh is an aspiring graphic artist. He learns he has been accepted to the art school where he applied, but Josh is also deeply intrigued by the adventure and freedom Gemma experienced on her backpacking trip. Weighing the circumstances of his life, Josh makes an impulsive decision. He quits his job and catches a plane for New Zealand to seek adventure, to search for Gemma, armed with a backpack of his belongings, cash and Gemma’s first name.

This isn’t your typical romance novel. Josh and Gemma are both in the midst of self-discovery as they tour the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Gemma has experienced great loss in her life, and her sense of self-worth is low. She has very low expectations of the people in her life. Josh is completely uninspired until he meets Gemma. He sees something very special in her, so he decides to place his heart in her hands, even when he knows Gemma could destroy him. Where Sea Meets Sky is about taking risks. Self-discovery. Putting your heart on the line.

New Zealand is such an unusual setting for a romance novel. It’s different from the typical settings of Europe or the United States. When I finished reading Where Sea Meets Sky, I was left with a longing to travel to New Zealand. I want to zip-line into the mouth of Waitomo Caves and ride inner tubes on the underground river. I want to hike the Routeburn Track in the Southern Alps. Dive with dolphins. See Franz Josef glacier. Witness the first sunrise of the world at the remote East Cape. If you pick up a copy of Where Sea Meets Sky and begin reading, I can promise you will embark on a journey which will not only appeal to your senses, but will take you far away from the reality of your life. I have read at least twenty-four novels written by Karina Halle, and Where Sea Meets Sky is decidedly one of my favorites. The writing is impeccable, and I absolutely loved this 5-star novel!

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Michel’s Review

It is no secret that Karina Halle is one of my favorite authors.  She is one of my go to authors and I never miss a book.  She is known for her edgy characters, her graphic descriptions that bring her stories to life, her unique plots, perfect sense of timing & delivery, adrenalized action scenes, and red hot romance.  Her characters and their stories come to life and jump off the pages. Each and every novel is fresh and unpredictable.The reader lives and breaths the story right along with the characters.   It is an incredible gift for a writer to evoke this kind of reading experience.  The reader always walks away from a Karina Halle novel with a sense of overwhelming satisfaction. My expectations for Where Sea Meets Sky were very high.  I was anxious to see how Karina would deliver a New Adult genre novel when she was well known for romantic suspense and paranormal/ horror romance.  I may have set my expectations and hopes too low.  Where Sea Meets Sky blew me away.  It is Karina’s best writing to date.  She reached deep within herself and tapped into an emotional vault that had me floored.  She took two ordinary people that had very ordinary issues that they would face at their age and made their story epic.  I think every reader will be able to identify with each of these characters on some level that makes it very personal.

We have all reached that path in the road where we question what we are doing with our lives.  Is this direction we want to go or is there something else?  We have questioned our choices, reflected on our actions, changed our dreams, and struggled along the way.  There comes a point where we have to stop the path we are on and look for something different.  We have to face our realities, dig deep for our true desires, and then have the courage to change.  This is something that every person will experience.  It is a natural part of life.  It is the one gift as humans that we have.  We have the power of choice.  We have the opportunity to learn from mistakes.  We have the power to change.  We have the power to grow mentally and emotionally.

This is where Joshua Miles and Gemma Henare’s story begins.  An accidental meeting and one night hook up will lead both of these people down a new road in life.  Gemma has been touring the United States and Canada, living moment to moment, searching for the next path to take in her life.  She meets Joshua the night before she is going home to New Zealand.  Even though they have an incredible night together they both accept the reality of their meeting.  For Joshua it is the moment that makes him start to take inventory of his life.  He admires Gemma’s bravery to step outside of her life and do something that is just for her.  He has never done that.  He has always just muddled along and accepted what came his way.  He never reached out for something he wanted or had the courage to change the life he was living.  This meeting was the kick start to Josh’s road of self discovery.  He quits his job, drains his savings account, buys a plane ticket, and heads for New Zealand.  He isn’t really looking for Gemma, he is looking for himself.  He knows this trip is going to be the defining factor that changes his life.

When Gemma returned to New Zealand she fell into the same rut she was in before she left.  She didn’t allow her new experiences to shape and mold her into something different.  She doesn’t have the guts to let go of the familiar and grab onto something new.  Part of it is her self esteem and the other is the fear of the unknown.  When she runs into the sexy Canadian she spent her last night abroad with, a yearning is kick started once again.  But what exactly is she yearning?

A road trip through New Zealand in an old VW bus with Josh, her American cousin, Amber, and convient boyfriend Nick will be an adventure of a lifetime and eye opening experience for them all.  They will discover their true colors.  They will tap into hidden dreams and desires.  They will get to know the people that they are. And they will get to experience the natural and beauty of New Zealand.

At the end of the trip, each of these people will be affected in some way.  For some it will be life changing, for others it will be the stepping stone, and for some it will be clarification.

I will say that Where Sea Meets Sky is a passionate love story.  Although there is a bit of a love triangle, it does not have a sense of betrayal or cheating.  It is a discovery of the heart.

Karina’s writing was phenomenal.  I felt like I was in the VW bus right along with all the characters.  I experienced the beauty of New Zealand in my mind.  The emotional journey that this book took touched my soul.  I could easily empathize with the characters.  I felt the passion and sense of wonder at discovering what true love really is.  I laughed, cried , and fretted right along with Josh and Gemma.  I sympathized with Amber’s plight.

Where Sea Meets Sky was a rich reading experience.  I highly recommend this book.

I am looking forward to Amber’s next fork in the road.  Racing The Sun is Amber’s story.  It will release on July 28, 2015.

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Release Date: July 28, 2015

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.

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Author Bio:

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Karina Halle is the New York Times bestselling author of Where Sea Meets SkyThe Pact,Love in English, and other wild and romantic reads. A former travel writer and music journalist, she lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails, and devours a lot of books.
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Happy Release + Review : Captive Films: 2.2 – Season Two:Volume 2

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Captive Films Serial- Season 2 : Volume 2

Includes Episodes 3 and 4

By Jillian Dodd

Synopsis

In reality TV form, this series follows the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films.

Hot, successful, playboy Riley Johnson, whose business success far exceeds his success in love.
Movie star, Keatyn Douglas, whose epic love story has spawned a series of books and movies.
And Dawson Johnson, who joins Captive with a tragic past.
Expect lots of drama, sex, and tabloid-worthy events.

Fans of the USA TODAY bestselling series, The Keatyn Chronicles®, will love reconnecting with their favorite characters as adults.

Each Captive Films season contains six episodes, two in each volume.
Think of it as a TV show you hold in your hands!

So tune in and enjoy this week’s drama.

Please note that as the characters have grown up, so have their stories. This contemporary romance is intended for readers 18+.

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Captive Films: Season Two- Volume One

Captive Films Serial- Book 2.1

Includes Episodes 1 & 2

By Jillian Dodd

Synopsis

In reality TV form, this series follows the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films.
Hot, successful, playboy Riley Johnson, whose business success far exceeds his success in love.
Movie star, Keatyn Douglas, whose epic love story has spawned a series of books and movies.
And Dawson Johnson, who joins Captive with a tragic past.
Expect lots of drama, sex, and tabloid-worthy events.

Fans of the USA TODAY bestselling series, The Keatyn Chronicles, will love reconnecting with their favorite characters as adults.
This series is meant for readers 18+.

Buy: Amazon / B &N / ITunes / Google Play

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4 Star

Michel’s Review

Wow… things are heating up for the cast of Captive Films series.

What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas.  Jobs are on the line.  Careers are threatened.  Stars are falling.  Divorce Papers are in the works.  Revelations are being made.

In the middle of it all is Riley Johnson, the sexy hot Captive Films executive.  His job is on the line.  His career is about to be destroyed because he can’t let go of the past.  Rather than face it, move on, and begin a new, he attempts to hide it away with parties, numerous women, and Vegas.  Well now it’s time for him to face the music and face himself.

Meanwhile his brother is finally coming out of his rut and beginning to live again.  He has found a new purpose and possibly a new love.

Keatyn is the glue holding them all together, but she has her own things going on in her life.  She wants to stop the fast lane life and demanding career.  She is pregnant and wants to devote her time to her family.  But first she has to get her team at Captive Films in order.  Not an easy feat.

Again this episode ends on a cliffhanger…but not overly angsty.  I think that is coming next.

I am enjoying the Captive Films series and look forward to the next episodes.

 

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Captive Films: Season One

Episodes 1-6

Captive Films Series

By Jillian Dodd

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Synopsis

In reality TV form, this series follows the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films.

Hot, successful, playboy Riley Johnson, whose business success far exceeds his success in love.
Movie star, Keatyn Douglas, whose epic love story has spawned a series of books and movies.
And Dawson Johnson, who joins Captive with a tragic past.
Expect lots of drama, sex, and tabloid-worthy events.

Fans of the USA TODAY bestselling series, The Keatyn Chronicles®, will love reconnecting with their favorite characters as adults.

Each Captive Films season contains six episodes, two in each volume.
Think of it as a TV show you hold in your hands!

So tune in and enjoy this week’s drama.

Please note that as the characters have grown up, so have their stories. This contemporary romance is intended for readers 18+.

Buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / ITunes

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jillian bioJillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy. She is the author of the That Boy Trilogy and The Keatyn Chronicles Series.

 

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Release Blitz + 5 Star Review: What The Lightening Sees : Part One by Louise Bay- What The Lightening Sees Series- Book 1

 

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What The Lightening Sees

Adult Contemporary Novella Series- Part One

By Louise Bay

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Synopsis

Jake Harrison is everything that Haven Daniels hates about men: over-confident, born into money and too handsome for his own good. Haven finds it difficult to keep her opinions to herself and can’t help but tell Jake exactly what she thinks of him, again and again.

Haven Daniels is uptight, smart and a bit of a bitch – the perfect challenge for Jake. It doesn’t hurt that she’s movie star beautiful and has no idea.

Forced to work together, verbal sparring turns into sexual chemistry but men like Jake are trouble and Haven has had enough trouble to last her a lifetime.

Will Haven give into Jake’s charms? Can Jake peel off Haven’s prickly mask, revealing the woman he knows lies beneath?

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Part Three: May 25, 2015

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5Star

Tracey’s Review

Haven Daniels is all work and no-nonsense, dedicated to proving that she has what it takes to be the next deputy editor at Rallegra, the high end magazine where she works. When Jake ‘Harry’ Harrison arrives on the scene, Haven believes that he is an entitled rich boy, and is less than thrilled to have him on the team. Jake is a self-made man, full-time entrepreneur and part-time photographer. Coming to Rallegra to help an old friend, he is certainly not expecting to meet someone like Haven.

When I heard that Louise Bay was writing a new serial trilogy, I could not have been more excited. As a long-time fan of Louise, I have read and loved her books. What the Lightning Sees: Part One did not disappoint. Haven is quirky and unique; she’s got an offbeat sense of humor, and is almost socially awkward at times. Jake is self-assured and smooth, so it takes a little bit of time for them to appreciate each other. When they do, though, it’s classic Louise Bay sizzle, and it couldn’t be sexier or more entertaining.

Louise’s ability to create great characters, people that you’d really like to spend time with, is a hallmark of her writing. With Haven, Jake, Luke, Ash, and Beth she’s given us a whole new group of friends to enjoy, and I look forward to seeing more of them in the next books. This book does end on a cliffhanger, but this only makes me more eager to get my hands on Part 2. 5 sexy and entertaining, hurry up with the next book stars for What the Lightning Sees: Part One. Get it, read it, fall in love with it. You will not be sorry!

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Author Bio:

I write sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind I like to read. My books Faithful and Hopeful are stand-alone novels although there are some overlapping characters. The Empire State Series of novellas starts with A Week in New York.

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, I love all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so I’ll settle for books and films.

I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don’t have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

Hearing from readers is the best thing in the world so get in touch!
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Happy Release + 5 Star Review : Taz by Andrea Smith – The G-Men Series- Book 4

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G Man Series – Book 4

By Andrea Smith

Release Date: March 31, 2015

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Synopsis

Taz:

My life is finally perfect. My dreams have all come true. I’m where I want to be with the bureau; having the career I’ve been planning since I did my stint in the military. I’m married to the one and only woman I’ve ever loved; my heart beats for her alone. Together we’ve made beautiful babies that I adore. I’m thirty-three years old and I’m complete.

Then one day, it all changes. Slate recruits me for a temporary assignment that is underneath the radar for a reason. The bureau hasn’t sanctioned it as a priority, but Slate feels it is because of who is involved: Sue Ellen Reynard. Yeah, remember her?

Lindsey:

Our lives were perfect. Taz and I had everything we’d ever hoped for: family, careers and an everlasting devotion to one another. Suddenly nothing is the same. In a single moment, my biggest fear is realized by one phone call from Slate: an ‘agent is missing’.

My agent; my Taz . . .

This is just the beginning of our long journey. Will things ever be the same again?

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Excerpt

As soon as the nurse left, I had another visitor.

My wife.

Lindsey.

I hadn’t seen her since the day she’d left in tears and my alleged younger sister had chewed my ass out for my boorish behavior.

“Hey,” I said softly, giving her a smile. Hell, if I could choose only one thing from my past to resurface in my memory it would be anything or everything having to do with her. She was beautiful and it wasn’t hard to see why I’d been drawn to her.

“Trace,” she said, coming over to take a seat in the chair closest to my hospital bed. “You look better than you did the last time I was here.”

Yeah. Trace is my real name. Learned that a week or two ago.

“It’s been awhile,” I replied. “I’m sorry if I scared you off, Lindsey. I’m trying like hell to remember.”

“It’s nothing you can help,” she replied quickly, giving me a weak smile. “All we can do is work with what we have, I suppose.”

She’d brought some photo albums with her. “I thought maybe we could look at some pictures together, that is, if you feel like it.”

“Sure,” I said, “My doctor recommended doing just that.”

“Okay, well let’s start with this one then,” she said, pulling the one from the bottom. “We’ll take this in chronological order, how’s that?”

And she opened the album and began showing me pictures that had been taken five years prior. She pointed out my mother and father, her best friend Darcy who I recognized from her earlier visit with her husband–and my half-brother, Easton. I saw Slate in many of the pictures, along with his wife who was also Lindsey’s mother. Very pretty. I could picture Slate with her.

“How did we meet?” I asked, and noticed a blush cross over her face.

“Well, I knew you because of Mom and Slate–but we actually didn’t get involved with one another until after they got married. I…uh, I kind of got toasted at their reception. You were nice enough to offer me a ride home, and well…I threw up all over your truck.”

I laughed at this and, for some reason, I loved the fact that given the choice, Lindsey could have provided a much more appealing story of how we met and I wouldn’t have known the difference. Yet she put the truth out there, no matter how disgusting it was. “God, I hope I wasn’t an ass about it.”

She laughed too and it was music to my ears. “Not at all. You were actually very sweet about it. You took me back to your place, put me in the shower, gave me some of your clean clothes to wear, insisted I brush my teeth and gargle, and then put me to bed.”

 

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Michel’s Review

Taz is the latest release in the G-Men series by Andrea Smith.  I have to say this book took me completely by surprised and rendered me speechless.  Andrea did something gutsy, unheard of , and risky.  She took this couple to a complete new level.  They were already living their HEA.  Readers were happy with their story.  They were invested in this couple’s journey.  This couple built a solid foundation and were living the dream.  Then with one stroke of the pen ( or should I say keyboard) Andrea brought their world crumbling down.  It was like a tornado whooshing through their life and leaving despair and devastation.  The only thing they had to hang onto was the solid foundation they had worked so diligently to build.

The book starts out with Taz going about his normal day.  He is reveling in the family he and Lindsey have created.  He adores his wife and loves his children.  Life is good until he gets one phone call.  A phone call that makes him meet Slate for a beer.  One sip of beer and his life is changed.  He is recruited for a sensitive mission because of his background, his expertise, and the person the FBI is hunting.  It will be the beginning of the storm that will tear his life apart.  It could ruin his relationship with Lindsey and destroy his family.

Without saying too much more and giving a ton of spoilers away I will say this.  Taz said he would of never taken this mission if he knew what was going to happen to his life.  He would of walked away.  Hindsight is definitely not conducive in this situation.  The moment he took this mission the reader had a sense that something was going to go very wrong.

The emotional trauma that all the characters go through is devastating.  The destruction of Taz and Lindsey’s life broke my heart.  Andrea had the guts to break these very strong people.  But they reared their heads and proved to her that they were stronger than what she originally created.  They were not going to let her take away their HEA.  Instead they redefined the meaning and made it more. They rebuilt their love, reassembled their life, and made their own destiny.

I have to commend Andrea for the bold writing.  It takes a talented author to pull this off.  I was truly amazed.

I highly recommend Taz by Andrea Smith.  Although it is part of the G-Men series, I think a reader new to this series could easily pick this book up and become as involved in the story as the seasoned reader of this series.

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About Andrea Smith

andrea smith-2I was born and raised in southern Ohio, and with the exception of a brief stint in Dallas, TX, have been an Ohioan most of my life. My dream has always been to write a novel, and back in the early eighties I tried to do just that, having been influenced by authors such as Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Rosemary Rogers and Laurie McBain. I remember writing to all of them through their listed publishers, and the only response I received was from Johanna Lindsey (who lived in Hawaii at the time.

Ms. Lindsey advised me to continue with my dream; and to submit to various publishers again and again. Of course, at that time, publishing e-books yourself was not on the horizon; there were vanity publishing houses of course, but she advised me to avoid those.

So my dream was put on the back-burner for more than 25 years until June of 2012 when suddenly I no longer had a reason not to write a novel. My sons were grown; I found myself without a career (blessedly) and the creative juices flowed once again.

I finished my first novel, “Maybe Baby” in September of 2012; the next two books in the “Baby Series” titled “Baby Love” and “Be My Baby” were published in early 2013. I learned a lot in my first endeavor with self-publishing. I’ve made so many friends as a result that it is over-whelming.

In the spring of 2013, I had an idea for a different type of Alpha, and wrote Book #1 of the “G-Man” Series, titled “Diamond Girl.” This book was well-received, and I followed it with Book #2, “Love Plus One.” These are stand-alone books.

I am finally doing what I love and I sincerely appreciate the wonderful readers who provide feedback and take the time to comment. I hope that with each book, my writing has grown and improved as I strive to publish quality fiction..

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Happy Release + 6 Star Review: The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz – The Original Sinners: White Years – Book 3

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The Original Sinners Series -The White Years –  Book 3

By Tiffany Reisz

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Synopsis

The provocative story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners

For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run. She always imagined if that day came, she’d be running with Søren. Instead, she’s running from him.

Fearing Søren and Kingsley will use their power and influence to bring her back, Eleanor takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent where her mother has taken orders, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure.

With Eleanor gone, the lights have gone out in Kingsley’s kingdom. When he learns the reason she left, he, too, turns his back on Søren and runs. On a beach in Haiti, Kingsley meets Juliette, the one woman who could save him from his sorrows. But only if he can save her first.

Eleanor can hide from Søren but she can’t hide from her true nature. A virginal novice at the abbey sends Eleanor down a path of sexual awakening, but to follow this path means leaving her lover behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make.

The lure of the forbidden, the temptation to sin and the price of passion have never been higher, and Eleanor and Kingsley will have to pay it if they ever want to go home again.

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Robin’s Review

I would like to express my appreciation to NetGalley and MIRA Books for the opportunity to read and review The Virgin.

When I turned on my Kindle to begin reading The Virgin, I expected a great novel. Tiffany Reisz always writes in a solid and dependable fashion. I agree some of her novels are more enjoyable than others, but I have always found them entertaining. Reisz wholeheartedly captured my attention with this story. My eyes were glued to the pages, and when I finished reading, I couldn’t wait to sit down and begin writing my review. The Virgin has the same magic of The Siren and The Angel, and I absolutely loved it!

For all intents and purposes, I began reading this story blind. I knew we would learn about the year Nora spent at her mother’s convent. I also knew Nora had an affair with a nun while she was staying at the convent, so I expected some sexy time between the two of them. This was, however, the limit to my knowledge of the plot.

If you follow The Original Sinners series, you may have noticed we are missing an important piece to the puzzle. I have read each of the novels in this series, and I have patiently waited for an explanation why Nora would walk away from Soren and Kingsley. Prepare yourself because it’s not just an explanation. You are able to experience what happened between these characters. Tiffany Reisz drops us right into an emotionally charged situation. It could possibly be the crowning moment of this series because what happened between them certainly changed the direction of each of their lives.

Nora and Kingsley and Soren. They have such a rich history together. Throughout the previous six novels of this series, Reisz has sprinkled bits and pieces and segments of their lives, but not necessarily in chronological order. We’ve seen Nora at many different stages of her life. Elle Schreiber in her teenage years. Eleanor as Soren’s submissive. Author of erotic novels, Nora Sutherlin. Professional Dominatrix of the Underground, Mistress Nora. We’ve read about the period of time Kingsley and Soren were lovers in boarding school. We’ve also met Kingsley Edge, the King of the Underground. And my personal favorite is Father Marcus Stearns, Catholic Jesuit Priest.

But in The Virgin, Reisz writes about a period of time we have not yet had the privilege to read about – the events which take place just before The Siren. I finally understand Nora’s state of mind during the early stages of her writing career – when Wes Railey was living with Nora, and she was working for Kingsley as a professional Dominatrix. Nora’s disposition towards Soren during that period of time has always been a mystery to me. And now that I have read The Virgin, everything has become so much clearer. I want to pick up my copy of The Siren and begin rereading the series!

I love Kingsley Edge, but his character has always been more interesting to me when he is with Nora and Soren. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading about Kingsley and Juliette. We have never had the opportunity to read how Kingsley met Juliette before now. We’ve never heard how she became such an important part of his life. The only thing I can tell you is it all goes back to Soren and Eleanor. Kingsley would have never had the opportunity to meet Juliette if the events between him, Nora and Soren had not occurred as they did. Their story is unusual, but I found it lovely.

The Virgin is the seventh novel of The Original Sinners series, and I’m awarding it a 6-star rating. If you have never had the opportunity to read The Siren, the first novel of this series, I highly recommend it. The characters are so compelling, and they each have intriguing backstories. The Original Sinners series is definitely untraditional and erotica at its finest!

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 Author Bio: 

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Tiffany Reisz lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name.

When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).

THE SIREN was awarded the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance 2012.

If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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Happy Release + 5 Star Review + Giveaway: Holding Strong by Lori Foster – Ultimate Series – Book 2

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Ultimate Series – Book 2

By Lori Foster

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Synopsis

An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster’s irresistible new novel

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn’t share. That’s why he’s been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry’s about to need more than she knows…

Denver’s combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she’s been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can’t hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who’ll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she’ll trust him enough to let him…

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Tina’s Review

Five Smoldering, Sexy but Sensitive Stars!
What’s better than being roommates with Cannon Colter’s sister, Merissa? Maybe being friends with all the hot, uber alpha males at the rec center because of it. Wait… no, it’s those protective males banding together when trouble comes looking for Cherry – and Denver is leading the pack! Denver is, without a doubt, a total Alpha male. There’s kind of a role-reversal here at the beginning… Cherry’s the life of the party and Denver does not want a casual one-nighter with her, he wants her for the long-term. That’s incredible hot.
He growled, “Don’t fool yourself, girl. I could never ignore you, no matter how hard I tried.” He lightly bit her shoulder, then smoothed the spot with his hot tongue. “Anytime you were around, I knew it. I *felt* it. Clear down to my bones.”
I love Denver and Cherry’s characters, individually and as a couple. The standard fair of secondary characters (all the rec fighters, plus a few cameo cross-overs from Love Undercover and SBC) made an appearance. Dialogue and interaction was natural, realistic and believable. The plot is full and dynamic. My only complaint is that it was a little TOO full. Pamela… ugh! There were undercurrents for Armie and Rissy, leading me to believe they’ll be getting their book sooner than expected. Stack and Vanity obviously are next in the line up. There were a few spots that I worried that they were trying to take over the book. Ms. Foster managed to rein them in, but just barely. The flow of the book is exactly what you’d expect of Ms. Foster. This one did, however, feel more emotionally focused than suspense and action seeded. I’m okay with that, but there may be some out there that anticipated more action than was given. There are plenty of conflicts, but calm and controlled Denver always manages to resolve them in a quick and efficient manner (while apologizing profusely when he’s being a bonehead). Predictability was very low. The climax of the story is fast-paced and exciting, leading into a conclusion which is solid. There’s even a Cannon Colter Bonus scene further hinting at what’s to come. This was a truly enjoyable read and I look forward to TOUGH LOVE, due out August 2015.

5Star

Michel’s Review

What’s better than an MMA Fighter romance?  I will tell you what is better….when Lori Foster adds her magic touch!  The results is one swoon worthy hot Alpha fighter that will take you down in flames.

Put one Alpha fighter, one party girl, and pack of other fighters willing to protect said party girl.  Add a whole lot of trouble, a whole lot of chemistry, and one bone tingling romance and you get the perfect book, Holding Strong by Lori Foster.

I absolutely loved Denver and Cherry.  Both were strong, yet vulnerable characters, that had depth.  As a couple and as individuals, they pulled at the readers heartstrings.  Their story is packed full of emotion.

I could not put this book down.  It had every element I look for in a book.  The characters came to life, the romance curled my toes, and the overall story kept me entertained to the very last word.

Lori Foster has another winner by unanimous decision in Holding Strong!

The Ultimate Series

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In the stunning prequel novella to her new mixed martial arts series, New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster brings together an elite fighter and the woman he’s determined to win.

Power. Brute strength. Unforgettable moves. It’s no wonder Harper Gates hasn’t been able to get her fling with Gage “Savage” Ringer out of her head. Months have passed since she laid eyes—or any other body parts—on him. Months without a word of contact…until, sidelined by injury, he comes back to town.

Staying focused on his training seemed like a smart move to Gage, even if he thought about Harper every day. Seeing her again only makes it clear how much is at stake. He’s got one night to earn back her trust. One night to show her that behind his breathtaking skill and ripped body is a man who’ll give her everything she needs.

Don’t miss No Limits, the first novel in Lori Foster’s Ultimate series.

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A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it….

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An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster’s irresistible new novel

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn’t share. That’s why he’s been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry’s about to need more than she knows…

Denver’s combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she’s been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can’t hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who’ll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she’ll trust him enough to let him…

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About Lori Foster

lori-foster-8Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Berkley, Silhouette and Samhain. She is currently with Harlequin.
Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.
Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

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Happy Release + 5 Star Review : The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter – The Original Heartbreakers Series – Book 1

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The Close You Come

The Original Heartbreakers – Book 1

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 31, 2015

By Gena Showalter

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Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter introduces the Original Heartbreakers, where three not-quite-reformed bad boys are about to meet the women who will bring them to their knees.

Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has only one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. Model citizen isn’t exactly this rugged bachelor’s default setting—especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty—but he’s determined to play by the rules.

Brook Lynn Dillon has always been the responsible type. Not that it’s done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and wouldn’t know fun if it bit her. Or so she thinks. Jase makes bad look oh, so good. Dangerous, sexy and tempting as sin, he is everything she never knew she wanted. Passion sizzles between them, but is it enough to melt his resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what he needs…

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5StarMichel’s Review 

Wow, I loved the first book in the new contemporary series by Gena Showalter.  It is fresh, sexy, emotional, and has a cast of unique characters that are all screaming for their own stories.  The Original Heartbreakers Series is set in the small town of Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma.  It is  your typical mid-west small town.  The residents are quick to judge, have long memories, and are a tight knit group.  Although they may have the negative traits that most small towns have, they also have the charming traits and quirky characters that make this place a home.

The Closer You Come is the first book in the Original Heartbreakers series.  It is one red hot book.

Jase Hollister has come to Strawberry Valley with his friends Lincoln West and Beck Oakley.  They are brothers by choice.  He has just gotten out of prison after serving for nine years.  He wants to find a nice quiet small town where he can live in peace and mind his own business.  But minding your own business is not a small town characteristic.  You are the town’s business.

While Beck is a renowned ladies man ( man whore) and West is a known party animal, Jase is the recluse.  Each of them hides behind an exterior that covers the pain and sorrow they have experienced in life.  Strawberry Valley is a good place to hide it away.

When Jase meets Brook Lynn Dillion, it is not in a good way.  He is bed with her wild sister  Jessie Kay.  Brook Lynn is known for her temper.  Jessie Kay is known for her wild ways and disregard for convention.  Brook Lynn is always bailing Jessie out of trouble, covering for her job, and paying her bills.  She is working two jobs and not making ends meet.  When she catches Jessie Kay in bed with Jase, her temper breaks loose.  Letting go and losing it is going to cost her more than a bit of embarrassment, it is going to cost her her jobs and her heart.

Jase picked the wrong sister to sleep with.  He feels guilty that Brook Lynn is paying for Jessie Kay’s sins.  He offers her a job as his assistant.

Yeah, I think you can figure out where the job will lead.  The exciting thing is the adventure along the way.  Brook Lynn not only has to deal with Jase’s attitude, she has to handle West and Beck.  She has to learn how to deal with Jase’s issues & secrets, Jessie Kay’s irresponsibility, Beck’s women, West’s meltdown, and find her place in her world.

Just as things are finally going in the right direction for Jase and Brook Lynn, the Strawberry Valley world spins out of control.  There is a stalker in the midst, an old lover staking her claim, a secret love child, a wedding in the works, a party for a dead girl, and a whole lot of crazy coming out of the woodwork.  Brook Lynn is just going to have to show Jase and Strawberry Valley that she is the one to be reckoned with.  For once Brook Lynn is putting her happiness first.

I absolutely loved this book.  The characters are not your run of the mill characters.  They are seriously flawed and it’s okay.  Gena did not try to fix them in order to have their happily ever after.  She allowed them to be perfectly human.  The results were perfect for Jase and Brook Lynn.  They found a way to work around the flaws, accept one another, and allow peace & love into their lives.  She built a great cast of characters, set the stage for their stories, and made the town of Strawberry Valley come to life.

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter is her newest scorching hot romance.  As I read this book I was going up in flames.

About Gena Showalter

Gena ShowalterGena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

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