Friday, July 24, 2015

#PreOrder Alert! introducing CHRISTMAS PETS & KISSES, 16 sweet romances #giveaway

#BookReview THE KING AND THE PAWN by Lyssa Layne #christmas #romance

The King and the Pawn: Love & Famiglia Novella #1The King and the Pawn: Love & Famiglia Novella #1 by Lyssa Layne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A lot of story is packed into this novella, and I'm happy that it's going to be a series about the DiDominizio family. There's the father, head of the household, or the King, and then there are the children, sisters and brothers, all with stories to come.

This one is about Francesca, the baby of the family. She has aspirations to strike out on her own as a fashion designer, but dear old dad wants to keep her "safe" and under his wing. Meanwhile Guy Sillars is a friend of Francesca's childhood friend, and he's running away from problems at home.

When Francesca proposes a fake arrangement to piss off her father enough to get him to leave her alone, she's not prepared for love to explode.

I love the interplay of cultures, between Guy's down-home, Southern charm, and Frankie's large Italian family. The characters are engaging and charming and I wish the story had gone on longer, but Guy and Frankie will appear in subsequent stories, so that's okay by me.

Can't wait for more Love and Famiglia stories.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#BookReview CATCH OF THE DAY by Kristan Higgins #romance

Catch of the Day (Gideon's Cove, #1)Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another fun and funny story, this time about a restaurant owner and a crusty, noncommunicative lobsterman.

Kristan Higgins has got it down with the over thirty heroine, worried about never finding a man, dating disasters, and wrongful crushes. Maggie Beaumont is one half of a set of identical twins. While sister Christy has everything going in her life: successful, doting husband [check], sweet, adorable baby [check], white collar career [check], Maggie is stuck [or so her mother believes] behind the counter of a local diner, with only her elderly golden retriever, Colonel, as a companion, and beset with aging ovaries and in love with the wrong man.

As with other KH books, the heroine has a crush on a totally unsuitable man, this time, a parish priest. The man she's intended for hurts her feelings all the time and she's "unsure" of her standing with him. All in all, Maggie was a pretty non-annoying character and I enjoyed following her trials and tribulations. I wish Malone were more communicative, but he did come through at the end [the last page].

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Monday, July 20, 2015

#BookReview LOVED BY THE LINEBACKER by Lyssa Layne #sports #romance

Loved by the LinebackerLoved by the Linebacker by Lyssa Layne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evan Purser is a bad boy on the outside, but a real sweetheart inside. While it might seem like he's a player and yes, he does does do a lot of women, he's really just a big, insecure boy inside.

You see? He's had a crush on his agent, Camila Lemos, who he thinks is dating his older brother Blake. Besides, Camila has a rule about dating clients -- she doesn't.

While Camila tries to clean up Evan's act to make him more attractive to getting a better contract, Evan at first seems like he's doing everything possible to distract her.

However, when Camila spends more time with him and looks behind his swagger, she finds that Evan is a lot more than he seems at first.

A love story where you least expect--Evan and Camila's chemistry is hot!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Rachelle Ayala rings in Christmas in July! #ChristmasInJuly A Veteran's Christmas

Hi Gang, bet you didn't know us romance authors are busy with mistletoe, candy canes, and holly in the middle of July. While others are sweltering on the beach or frolicking in the surf, I'm getting together a special awesome Christmas for readers to cozy up by the fire and sip hot apple cider while waiting for Santa.

Here's my news. If you enjoyed Bree getting a Father for Christmas last year, you'll love Bree getting a Pet for Christmas this year. [Both A Father for Christmas and A Pet for Christmas are PG-rated, and part of A Veteran's Christmas Series]

To those who still suffer the wounds of war.


This book is a sequel to A Father for Christmas


Kelly Kennedy thought her life was finally on track. Engaged to the man of her dreams and with a baby on the way, she reassures her five-year-old daughter, Bree, that the father she picked for Christmas still loves her.

Unfortunately, war veteran Tyler Manning has been away most of the year. Recovering from PTSD isn’t easy. Rather than worry Kelly, Tyler spends his time traveling to Afghanistan to work at a children's charity he founded.

Kelly decides to distract Bree with promises of a pet for Christmas. When Tyler is taken hostage by terrorists in Afghanistan, she finds it hard to convince Bree that they will truly be a family in time for Christmas.

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Christmas is always time for boxed sets. This year, I'm excited to announce a sweet (PG-Rated) all-new, never-before-published set featuring Christmas romances and pets [animal companions].

16 bestselling authors with sweet love stories in time for Christmas

Ring in the Christmas cheer with sixteen all-new sweet and heart-warming romances from New York Times, USA Today bestselling, and award-winning authors. Don't miss out on this romantic collection of Christmas tails…uh, tales as adorable pets with fins, paws, feathers, and hooves bring holiday magic with the gift of true love.

Available for Pre-Order

My contribution to Christmas Pets and Kisses is Christmas Lovebirds

Melisa Hart has a soft spot for her brother Connor’s ex-best buddy, Rob Reed, who slept with Connor’s girlfriend. When her pet lovebird is mixed up with Rob’s, Melisa discovers he’s always cared about her. Can two little lovebirds and Christmas cheer open Melisa’s heart to giving Rob another chance?

To find out, be sure to pre-order Christmas Pets and Kisses. All stories are brand new, never before published and exclusive to the boxed set during release month.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

#BookReview SERVING UP LOVE by Chantel Rhondeau #romance #sports

Serving Up LoveServing Up Love by Chantel Rhondeau

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a cute story about a professional tennis player and her coach. It's not what it seems though, because in this story, Melanie, the tennis player is the one who is chasing after Ethan, her coach.

Ethan has ethics and wants to keep things strictly business, especially since Melanie's wealthy parents are paying his bills. But the attraction is too strong and one thing leads to another.

What I like about this story is Ethan's backstory, his career ending injury and the grief he is working through for his mother. All of this softens Ethan and one can't blame him when Melanie finally busts through his defenses--well, except her parents are none too happy.

Melanie is a determined heroine and she and her playing partner, Kelly, have a competitive yet easygoing friendship. I really loved the interplay between Kelly and Melanie as well as the way Kelly teases Melanie about Ethan.

What a fun romp on the tennis courts. I enjoyed it!

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Christmas in July - Pre-order Christmas Pets and Kisses - 16 Sweet Romance Boxed Set #dogs #cats

Paws, tails, feathers, and fur add so much to Christmas Cheer, and boy do we have a surprise for you!

16 All-New, Never Published before Sweet Christmas Romances

Ring in the Christmas cheer with sixteen all-new sweet and heart-warming romances from New York Times, USA Today bestselling, and award-winning authors. Don't miss out on this romantic collection of Christmas tails…uh, tales as adorable pets with fins, paws, feathers, and hooves bring holiday magic with the gift of true love.

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Golden Christmas - Helen Scott Taylor
Two wounded hearts are brought together at Christmas by a golden retriever puppy.
Two Loves for Christmas - Mona Risk
Her German shepherd is her only friend until Josh teams with Rino to love and protect her.
Dog-Gone Christmas - Melinda Curtis
A handsome neighbor and his friendly St. Bernard mooch food and kisses from a merry widow.
His Christmas Promise - Alicia Street
A stray dog brings an ex-Army helicopter pilot and a single mom together. 
We Wish You A Ferret Christmas - Nikki Lynn Barrett
Can a lost and found ferret bring two fractured families together?
Christmas Lovebirds - Rachelle Ayala
Can two little lovebirds and Christmas cheer open Melisa's heart to giving Rob another chance?
Christmas on Cougar Mountain - Nancy Radke
 A Cinderella story on Cougar Mountain, with an escape artist playing fairy godmother, and a child getting a fresh start. 
The Vet & The Christmas Pet - J.L. Campbell
A near accident brings Toni and her daughter a homeless dog and a man she’d prefer to keep in her past.
Tails, Time, and St. Nick - Mary Leo
Kris Timemaker uses a magic clock to bring his daughter's missing Westie and estranged wife back to him. 
Graced - Jade Kerrion
Noelle, armed with several goldfish and a kitten, brings Christmas cheer to a widower and his children.
Unexpected Gift - Chantel Rhondeau
Far from home, a lonely young woman strikes up a friendship with a lost cat and his secretive owner.
Minty's Kiss - P.C. Zick
One kitten, a broken-hearted girl, and long lost loves are brought together for a special mountain Christmas.
The Christmas Wish - Michele Shriver
Will a fall from a horse bring Hayley's parents back together in time for Christmas?
Dante's Gift - Aubrey Wynne
Seventy years ago, a collie mix brought two hearts together in war torn Italy. Will their story help their grandson find his own Christmas love? 
Mavy's Christmas Miracle - Sharon Coady
Anne takes a rescue kitten to the vet, only to discover he's the man who broke her heart. 
The Impossible Rescue - Annamaria Bazzi
A handsome stranger gifts a cute Pomeranian puppy to a woman in need of rescue.