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review 2016-11-06 07:05
Blog Tour w/Review - Mistletoe Cottage

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

Title: MISTLETOE COTTAGE

Author: Debbie Mason

Series: Harmony Harbor, #1

On Sale: October 25, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $5.99 USD

eBook: $5.99 USD

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The first novel in a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason! The series will appeal to fans of feel-good romances by New York Times bestselling authors Brenda Novak, Robyn Carr, and RaeAnne Thayne.

 

'Tis the season for love…

 

Sophie DiRossi loved growing up in Harmony Harbor. But after fleeing in disgrace many years ago, it is the last place she wants to be. Left homeless by a fire, she's forced to go back to the small coastal town that harbors a million secrets, including her own. Sophie sees this secret reflected every day in her daughter's blue eyes—and she must keep it hidden from the only man she has ever loved.

 

Sophie's return is a shock for everyone…especially Liam Gallagher. The firefighter had some serious feelings for Sophie-and seeing her again sparks a desire so fierce it takes his breath away. Now Liam will do whatever it takes to show Sophie that they deserve a second chance at love, even if everything they've concealed threatens to keep them apart. In this special town at this special time of the year, Sophie and Liam can only hope for a little holiday magic...

 

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EXCERPT:

 

 

The door to the bathroom opened. Liam lowered his razor to smile at Mia and Sophie.

 

Sophie slammed the door in his face. “You stay right where you are,” she ordered him from the other side. “Mia baby, let’s go check out your bedroom.”

 

He heard the sound of their retreating footsteps and shrugged. He wasn’t sure what the problem was. He’d just lifted the razor to his chin when the door reopened and Sophie stepped inside, closing it behind her. Her eyes flitted over him, then she raised her gaze to meet his, a faint blush coloring her cheeks. He grinned at her reaction. At least he wasn’t the only one feeling the attraction.

 

She glared at him. “If you wanted to give me a welcome-to-the-apartment present, flowers or a plant would have been a better idea than . . . than this.” Her hand fluttered between them.

 

“You think I’m your welcome-to-the-apartment present?” he said, unable to keep the amusement from his voice.

 

“It’s not funny, Liam. I have an impressionable daughter. You can’t just show up at my apartment half naked, expecting to—”

 

He put the razor down and turned to her, crossing his arms. “Think what?”

 

“Don’t do that. It won’t work,” she said, her eyes landing somewhere between his chest and the towel.

 

“Soph, you’ve lost me. I don’t have a clue—”

 

“Please, as if you don’t know how sexy you look right now standing there all naked and wet with your muscles on display.”

 

He looked down at himself then raised his gaze to hers while holding back a full-out grin as it hit him what was going on. He didn’t plan to enlighten her just yet. He was having too much fun. “You forgot my impressive abs.”

 

Her eyes narrowed. “Where are your clothes? You need to get dressed and . . . What are you doing?” she asked as he closed the distance between.

 

Her palms landed on his chest when he crowded her against the door. “I just thought, since I went to all this trouble to surprise you, you could at least give me a kiss.”

 

“No, Mia is in the next room.” She stared at his mouth. “And even if I wanted to kiss you, you have shaving cream on your face.”

 

“Admit it. You like your present. And you really, really want to kiss me.”

 

The corner of her mouth lifted as her hands inched their way up his chest and around his neck. She leaned into him. “Yes, I like my present. But I’d like it a whole lot more if Mia wasn’t with me. And I might want to kiss you a little.”

 

“A lot,” he said and cupped her face in his hands, lowering his mouth to hers. He wanted to linger, to explore her sweet mouth with a deep, consuming kiss. Instead, because Mia was down the hall, he went with soft and tender and long enough that she’d feel how much he wanted her.

 

He pulled back. Her face was tipped up, her eyes closed. He smiled at the shaving cream covering the lower half of her face and slowly trailed his finger through it to draw a foamy line of white down her neck. With her eyes still closed, she leaned back against the door, a small hum of pleasure escaping from between her parted lips. He ducked his head and whispered. “You like that, don’t you?”

 

She opened her heavy-lidded eyes and nodded, watching him as he dipped his fingers beneath the V of her caramel-colored sweater.

 

He felt her shiver beneath his fingers and moved her hair off her shoulders with his other hand before rubbing his cheek against hers. He’d never look at shaving cream the same way. He wanted to cover every inch of her . . .

 

A knock sounded on the door. She shoved him away. Her eyes wide and glazed, she wiped frantically at her face. “Be right there, baby.”

 

Liam grimaced. He’d gotten so carried away he’d forgotten about Mia. “Sorry, Soph. Give me a sec, and I’ll get some clothes on.” He turned to open the door leading into his apartment.

 

“You have got to be kidding me,” she said.

 

Liam glanced over his shoulder. “Nope, your apartment shares a bathroom with mine. Welcome to the neighborhood,” he said with a wink.

 

 

 

  

Mistletoe Cottage (Harmony Harbor)Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sophie just got back to Harmony Harbor and so many things have already gone wrong. Her daughter is missing, her lost love is here to rescue them, and the whole town is interfering in what should be a simple move.

Liam knows that Sophie is the one that got away. If only's are all he has. He wishes he had told her how he really felt so many years ago. Maybe this is fates way of giving them a second chance.

There is plenty to love about this book. It brings in another loveable series. The characters are either laugh out loud funny, or the comedy of errors can be. There are also moments that are hot and sweet. Something for everyone!


***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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THE HARMONY HARBOR SERIES:

 

MISTLETOE COTTAGE, #1

CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL, #1.5

STARLIGHT BRIDGE, #2

PRIMROSE LANE, #3

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

 

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review 2016-10-25 08:05
Release Day Blitz - Only You

 

 

BOOK INFORMATION:

 

Title: Only You

Author: Denise Grover Swank

On Sale: October 25, 2016

Series: The Bachelor Brotherhood, #1

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $6.99 USD

eBook: $3.99 USD

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**NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT**

 

 

The first book in a spin-off from Denise Grover Swank's New York Times bestselling Wedding Pact series (The Wedding Pact, The Player, The Gambler, The Valentine)

 

Warm and funny, the first book in the Bachelor Brotherhood series reads like a great Hollywood rom-com.” –iBooks Best Books of June

 

Never say never…Romance isn't an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor…

 

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world's craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.

 

After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn't play by the rules…

 

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Kevin wasn’t sure why he was surprised Holly was here. She was a wedding planner, and from what he’d seen so far, she was a damn good one.

 

He’d been on his way out of the room, needing a breather from the noise and the chaos of the reception when he’d seen her at the table. He hadn’t planned on asking her to dance—hell, he hated to dance—but he’d been desperate for a reason to talk to her.

 

When he sat back down at the table, Tyler wore a smirk. “Crashed and burned, huh? I thought you were going to the bathroom to take a piss.”

 

I was. I just happened to run into a friend.”

 

Run into a friend, my ass. I thought we’d sworn off women. I’ve held up my end of the bachelor brotherhood. And let me add that I had no idea my balls could turn this blue.”

 

She’s a friend,” Kevin said, trying not to sound irritated and feed any more fuel to the fire.

 

She’s his neighbor,” Matt said, taking a sip of his beer, and giving Kevin a pointed look. “They’re friends.”

 

Tyler burst out laughing. “You got friend-zoned?”

 

No,” Kevin said slowly, picking up his drink, surprised Matt hadn’t told Tyler about the situation he’d stumbled upon. “I was the one who said I wanted to be friends.”

 

Why?” Tyler asked, watching Holly with a little more interest than Kevin liked. “She’s hot. Do you know if she’s seeing anyone?”

 

No.” Kevin’s irritation grew.

 

Tyler stood and adjusted his tie, a smirk lighting up his eyes. “Screw the brotherhood. I think I’ll go over and introduce myself.”

 

Kevin was up in a flash. “I don’t think so.”

 

Why not?” he looked surprised. “She looks like she’d be worth a short break from my hiatus from women.”

 

Kevin stepped in front of his path, his jaw set. “Because you’re a prick who will use her and toss her aside and she deserves a helluva lot better than that.”

 

Matt was up in an instant, grabbing Kevin’s arm. “Why don’t we get some air?”

 

You like her,” Tyler said, slack jawed.

 

Of course he likes her,” Matt said. “For someone so smart, sometimes you’re an idiot.”

 

In my defense,” Tyler said. “He said they were friends.”

 

Okay,” Matt said slowly. “When was the last time you convinced a woman to be just a friend?”

 

Never.”

 

I rest my case, counselor.”

 

Tyler sat back down, and Matt tugged on Kevin’s sleeve to get him to join them.

 

I can’t believe you didn’t last even a single week,” Tyler said.

 

He didn’t last a single day,” Matt told him. “He slept with her the night after our agreement to remain single.”

 

Tyler burst out laughing. “For a tough-ass former Marine, I expected you to be the last holdout, man. At least a week or two.”

 

 

 

 

Only You (Bachelor Brotherhood #1)Only You by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holly has a new neighbor. He is sexy and sweet. Surprisingly, she wants to get to know him better. Until she finds out what could happen.

Kevin comes home to so many surprises. Bad things come in threes, right? Between the house, the mom, and the job, what is a guy to do? Well for right now, getting to know his new neighbor sounds about right.

Such a sassy and sweet story. The characters both have their hangups and their secrets. For good reasons. The give and take is compelling and draws the reader in. Plenty of surprises in store.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

 

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review 2016-04-03 07:01
Love is real
Nobody But You (Cedar Ridge) - Jill Shalvis

This is the 3rd book in the Cedar Ridge series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and full understanding, please read in order.

 

Jacob returns like the prodigal son, only to find there is someone right outside his door who would rather be left alone herself.  Sophie has wounds that go deep and keep her from opening up, much like he does.  They truly are a set match.

 

Sophie and Jacob both have secrets and pain that they hide from the world.  Right from the start, they have trouble hiding their feelings for each other.  Can someone who relies only on themselves ever learn to lean on another person?  They both need to meet halfway to make this relationship real.

 

Truly another fabulous book by the amazing author!  The characters are complex.  The sexy heat is a strong slow burn right from the beginning.  The other characters we love from this series are here for comic relief.  It is a well written story with heat and love.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given from Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2016-04-02 10:01
Release Week Blitz w/Review - CUFF ME

 

 

 

 

 

About CUFF ME:
 
Vincent Moretti is one of the NYPD's top homicide detectives-and one of the most eligible bachelors in town. His family, however, thinks he should date his longtime partner, Jill-a sassy, sexy, smart-mouthed blonde who drives him absolutely crazy.

Behind the quiet authority, tough-guy demeanor, and dark aviator glasses lies a man with a big soul-and a hard body that can soften any girl's heart. After years as his coworker, Jill Henley has given up hope that anything could happen between her and Vin. Besides, loving him would break all the rules. But seeing Jill with someone else triggers feelings in Vincent he never knew he had. Now he'll have to stop playing good cop/bad cop-and find a way to convince her to be his partner for life. . .
 
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EXCERPT:
 

One never really realized how much New York City got under your skin until you left it for a while.

 

 

It was like one minute New York was your adopted home—a little bit intense, a lot scary.

 

And the next, you were holding your breath as your plane landed, your entire body on edge with the anticipation of being home again.

 

Jill Henley smiled as the plane touched down, her eyes closing just for a moment at the realization that she’d be sleeping in her own bed tonight. Going back to her job tomorrow. Eating at her favorite gyros place tomorrow.

 

But none of that—not the city, nor her pillow-top bed, nor the really freaking amazing gyros—were as important as who awaited her.

 

The Morettis.

 

Jill loved her mother desperately—it was the reason she’d spent the past three months in Florida taking care of her.

 

But the Moretti family had become every bit as much family to Jill as her own mom.

 

She couldn’t wait to see them again.

 

All of them.

 

Okay, so maybe there was one Moretti in particular whom she was especially excited to see.

 

Not that the excitement was mutual.

 

As she walked through JFK toward baggage claim, she couldn’t figure out for the life of her why she was even the tiniest bit disappointed about the fact that Vincent Moretti wouldn’t be the one picking her up from the airport.

 

She hadn’t even asked him. He might have said yes. Maybe. But it would have been done with a grunt and a grumble, and probably a lecture about how his workload was double because his partner had “up and ditched him.”

 

Besides, it made more sense for Elena to pick her up anyway.

 

Not only was Elena her best friend, but Elena was an attorney at a fancy-pants law firm, with access to a company car that was a hell of a lot nicer than Vin’s car and didn’t smell like old coffee.

 

Plus, Jill had news.

 

Big news.

 

The biggest.

 

The kind of news that female friends squealed over in the appropriate, gushing manner.

 

So why was she so nervous?

 

 
 
 
 
 

Cuff Me (New York's Finest, #3)Cuff Me by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book # 3 in the New York's Finest series. This is a book that can be read as a standalone novel. To enjoy fully and understand all the inside jokes from the characters involved, I recommend reading in the order intended.

Vincent and Jill have been partners for six years. They know each other well. They have an excellent record as detectives also. They are basically best friends.

Jill has been in love with Vin for a while, and finds that he will never change so she must move on. She comes back from assisting her mother in Florida with future plans that rock Vincent's world.

Vin has known he has had feelings for Jill for a while. When she left for 3 months, it made him notice even more the hole that was left in her absence. He plans to change all that with her return.

Seriously hot and soul wrenching! I eagerly read the words on the page and did not want the book to end. I found the characters development and pace to be spot on. I enjoyed this book!


***This ARC was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher for an honest review only.

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Lauren Layne 
About Lauren Layne:
 
A long-time romance reader, Lauren Layne thinks the only thing better than reading about happy endings is writing them. She now pursues a full-time career in Happily Ever After, a job she's naturally suited for after marrying her high school sweetheart. A bit of a nomad, Lauren's lived everywhere from Orange County to Manhattan. Her hobbies include coffee by day, wine by night, and lots of writing in between. She's also a total website nerd and insists you check out LaurenLayne.com!
 
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text 2016-02-23 07:03
Release Day Blitz - NECESSARY RISK

 

 

 

 

NECESSARY RISK

by Tara Wyatt

(February 23, 2016; Forever mass market; The Bodyguard Series #1)

 

Trained to protect against all danger, a professional bodyguard can provide all the muscle a woman needs. But when their hearts are on the line, love is the riskiest business . . .

 

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

 

Former child star Sierra Blake is making a stunning Hollywood comeback-and attracting a scary amount of attention. When her home is vandalized and her safety threatened, she knows it's time to bring in the professionals. But from the moment she sets eyes on her indecently sexy new bodyguard, Sierra's thoughts are anything but professional . . .

 

Few things in this world scare Sean Owens-until he realizes he's in serious danger of losing his heart to his new client. No matter how much he wants to, Sean won't let his feelings for the smart and gorgeous Sierra get in the way of doing his job. Because as the attacks against her escalate, crossing the line between business and pleasure could get them both killed.

 

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About the Author:

 

Tara Wyatt is a contemporary romance author who's been making up love stories ever since she fell head over heels for the Backstreet Boys almost twenty years ago. Not content with merely daydreaming about Nick Carter, she grabbed a notebook and wrote what she now realizes was Backstreet Boy fan fiction.

 

After outgrowing her boy band obsession and obtaining an Honours B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from McMaster University, her love of books and reading led her to pursue a Masters' degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario. Currently, she works for a large public library system, where she has the arduous task of selecting books for children and young adults for the library's collection.

 

Winner of the Unpublished Winter Rose Award, Linda Howard Award of Excellence and the Heart of the West Award, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the cutest dog in the world and a husband that makes all of her heroes look like chumps.

 

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarawyattauthor/

 

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