Skintight

If you read contemporary romance, you’ve probably heard of Susan Anderson, or have at least seen her pop up on the bestseller list. Skintight is my first look into Anderson’s books and I have a bit to say…

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Overall Rating: 4/6 Glass Slippers

Treena is a showgirl turned trophy wife, turned widow, turned showgirl yet again, all before she turned thirty-five. She’s trying to put her life together after the death of her much older husband when she meets Jax, a pro poker player who’s bump into her was anything but an accident. In fact, the calculating man is none other than Treena’s late husband’s estranged son and he has more than catching up on his mind.

Used to winning big, Jax had bet a prized, signed baseball at the table. Unfortunately, said ball wasn’t exactly his to bet, and he needs to find his estranged fathers wife to pay his debts. He’s expecting a vapid, shallow, gold digger, but when he meets Treena, he finds that she’s not at all what he expected.

With a pocket of money, a plan to expose her gold digging ways, and a ticking clock, Jax has his work cut out for him as he hides his true identity to get what he sees as his. But as he tries to con her into his trap, he finds it harder to resist the woman he was so prepared to hate. Treena is a wild woman with a big heart that he’s going to have to break.

I thought the book was cute and a nice, light read. But some parts were very slow, making me skip the pages to get to the good stuff. Still, it was well written and the characters were very relatable and likable…well maybe not all the time. It’s hard to really fall for a man when you know he’s going to take a gamble on your heart.

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The Eggnog Chronicles

Who here celebrates Christmas? The lights, the fun, the food…for a lot of people it’s a great time to spend with family and friends. But for the three women in The Eggnog Chronicles by Carly Alexander, it’s a time to pray for a miracle.

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Genre: Holiday Romance

Overall Rating: 2/6 Glass Slippers

First we meet Jane, a professional woman with daddy issues and a medical problem that takes her high-powered life plans off the rail. While she fights to keep her cool and get well, a man enters her life that might just make her burdens a little easier to bear.

Ricki is a dreamer, waiting for the stars to align so her boyfriend Nate can finalize his divorce. She’s been waiting on him to make the final move so she could have her happily ever after with the man she loves. But as any daytime drama can tell the mistress, they never leave their wife, honey

Finally, Emma takes the stage with a new cohost…a baby in her belly. She didn’t mean to get knocked up during a one night stand behind her man’s back. I mean, she’s still a good person, right? She still deserves some holiday magic, right?

Okay, so let’s start with the positives. The book was very well written and had some really funny parts that added some comedy amidst the cheating woman and cancer diagnosis. But it just wasn’t for me. The idea of the collection with all three women was nice in theory, but it just ended up rushing the endings and leaving a lot of things up in the air with no clear finish.

Then I couldn’t get around Emma’s story. She was a straight up ho. Her man is a great guy and didn’t deserve her cheating on him by having unprotected sex with a guy thinking, “oh, I haven’t gotten pregnant yet! I so won’t this time! Lol.” Really, that’s how you end up with herpes, Emma. So story three was just straight up distasteful for me, and ruined my opinion of the other two women when they told Emma to lie to her man about the parentage of the baby, which was a shame. Maybe if they were three separate books that allowed you to actually like the women, I would have been able to rate it higher.

A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree

Who here is feeling the holiday spirit? I know I am…as is my bank account after fighting all the rest of the suburban moms for the last Hatchimal…whatever that is. So it’s nice to wind down at the end of the day with something to fill you with some Christmas joy. My first holiday read was A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree by Janet Dailey.

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Genre: Sweet Wester Christmas Romance

Overall Rating:5/6 Glass Slippers

Colorado rancher Sam has come to New York City to deliver a bunch of the finest Christmas trees to ever grace the big apple. With his Stetson on his head, he takes on the city and experiences all he can before he has to go back to the family farm at the end of the season. But he thinks he might want to stay in the city a bit longer when he meets Nicole.

Nicole has the brisk ways and fast fast talking nature needed in her line of work–designing and managing renovations. When a workplace accident leaves her one man short, Sam ends in being perfect for the job. He’s got that old school charm she can’t help but admire and his honest ways melt her heart. But there’s a sadness in her life she can’t quite shake, no matter how hard Sam tries to help her.

Janet Dailey is one of those romance authors that always promises a sweet read, and she didn’t disappoint with this book. While Sam spent money like it was his job, while constantly saying he was in NYC to boost his bank account, he was charming and adorably “American” in that rustic way that made you long for your own Christmas cowboy. It took me a bit longer to warm up to Nicole, but when you hear about her past, you begin to understand her struggle. The book was clean, but I wasn’t missing the sex, since the romance was so satisfying. Overall, the book was cute, fun, and perfect for reading beside your tree.

How to be a Mermaid

This afternoon I have a squeaky clean romance with some adorable fantasy elements. Yes, this is a book that’s safe for the youngest of preteens to the oldest of grandmas who like their romances just as sweet as their cookies. So let’s dive in to How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes.

Heat Level:♥

Genre: Fantasy Coming of Age Romance

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Young Tara, fresh out of high school on her gap year, is much like many of us. That is, she’s always wanted to be a mermaid. But since she knows her secret dream is unobtainable, she takes a job as a traveling mermaid in an aquarium show. With the help of a breathing tube and a pull-on tail, she delights children all over America. But things get weird when she things she hears one little dolphin talking.

She thinks she’s lost her mind until she sees a man with a tail climbing out of the ocean. She ends up so startled, she takes a nasty fall on some rocks. Luckily, the merman takes her to his sea witch aunt who knows just the spell to fix her up. When Tara wakes up to find herself breathing water, being able to talk to fish, and halfway to a great adventure with the merman named Finn, she’s about to get more that she bargained for during her summer vacation.

Sure, I usually read some sizzling hot books where the men are ripped, the women are swooning, and there’s more sex than you can shake a stick at, but sometimes it’s nice to just read something sweet. When I say this book is clean, I really mean that there’s not even any hint of sex. It’s just a cute little book where a girl finds herself, solves a crime, and meets a man. Really a story for romance lovers of all ages who want a break from the whips and chains. I know I needed it. It’s also part of a greater series called The Cotton Candy Quintet, so maybe I’ll head back that way the next time I need a breath of clean air.

Touch of Heartache

Title: Touch of Heartache

Series: Stay in Touch (Book 2)


Author: Joy Penny
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Publication Date: 12/5/2017

Four friends. Four college grads. Four people figuring out that life doesn’t always turn out the way you expected.
Just weeks before graduating, Lilac Townsend throws away her elementary school teacher job offer in Minnesota to work in Florida at the official resort of her favorite vacation spot, Tildy World. Pushing down all second thoughts, she fills her mind with visions of sunny beaches and Tildy Tapir, the cartoon character who always promised to make her childhood dreams come true. Unfortunately, between a sleazy boss and a community college student in a character suit who manages to fray her last nerve, Lilac soon learns that working behind the scenes at the park is hardly “happily ever after.”
Nolan Gregosky had plans after graduating high school a few years back: go to college, join a fraternity, and make some memories before earning a degree. Instead, tragedy sidelined those dreams, but his job posing for pictures with drooling, snot-nosed kids as Silly Sandgrouse gives him a chance to unload some pent-up energy. When the stunning but uptight new assistant manager at the resort proves a distraction in more ways than one, Nolan realizes it’s up to him to show her what it means to eat, live, and breathe life at the park.
A relationship at this unsteady stage of their lives might not be the brightest idea for either of them, but it’s hard to ignore that tingling sensation whenever the paths of this plush-suit beast and naïve beauty collide.
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Catch up with Touch of Fondness, Book One in the series, out now!
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Hot Item

Who here like romance? Sex? Sports? Comedy? Well, then here’s Hot Item by Carly Phillips, a sports romance that earned its place on the NTY Bestseller’s list. While this is the third book in The Hot Zone series, it can be read as a standalone novel.

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Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥♥

Genre: Sports Romance

Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Sophie Jordan is a boss lady in a man’s world, as she is the co-owner of The Hot Zone, a sports management agency. She’s married to her work, keeping things organized and on track. But when her co-owner sister goes on maternity leave and agent Spenser Atkins goes missing, she’s forced to break a few of her own rules to keep the company going. And one of those rules she’s about to break is the one against dating the athletes.

Riley Nash is one hot quarterback with a history he just can’t escape. When he needs to find the missing Spenser, he hooks up with Sophie and they try to work together to solve the case. But their opposite personalities and obvious attraction complicates things for both of them. When a bad boy and a good good are forced together, things don’t always go according to plan.

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This book is fun, flirty, and just what you like to see with a contemporary romance. The book was a little hard to get into at first, but by the time you get into the storyline and meet the cast, you’re really in for an awesome ride. There’s hot sex, forbidden feelings, family secrets, and a few twists and turns to keep you on your toes. It’s a great book to get into this football season, especially if you’re like me and don’t watch the games

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Dial M for Mischief

Today we have Dial M for Mischief by Kasey Michaels, the first in a romantic mystery series surrounding the Sunshine Girls.

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Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥♥

Genre: Romantic Mystery

Overall Rating: 4/6 Glass Slippers

Jolie Sunshine is a Hollywood darling, having lived in the spotlight for years since she had left her private detective father and two sisters behind to try her luck at fame on the big screen. But when her dad is accused of killing someone and then killing himself, she’s  in the public eye in the worse way possible. She and her sisters know their dad isn’t a murder and didn’t commit suicide, but no one else does.

Enter Sam Becket, a millionaire who used to be pretty keen on Jolie until she rode off into the sunset and into a life of fame. When he hears she’s coming home for the funeral, and later the investigation she heads with her sisters, he offered them his house for a base of operations. Sam’s never gotten over Jolie and sees this as his shot to win her back, but the whole murder mystery thing complicates matters and it’ll take more than a bit of flirting to get their romance back on track.

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Dial M for Mischief is a fun enough read with some good, old comedy to lighten up the story. Some of the book is a little repetitive while small portions seemed either drawn out or rushed through for the sake of adding additional plot points. Overall, I think it’s a sexy take on the traditional romantic mystery, and not for those who blush too easily!

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Cyber Monday Sale!

It’s our turn to get in on the action this holiday season with some great ebook deals you won’t want to miss! We have something for everyone…historical hotties, spine-tingling drama, sultry college guys, and an anthology packed with more men than you can shake a peppermint stick at. So let’s get to business and fill your virtual stocking!

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In Queen of Emeralds, book one of The Scottish Stone Series, we first meet Charlotte. She is a well-born lady, the only child of a wealthy man who has a suitor in mind for his daughter. But the man in question is less than kind, and before she knows it, Charlotte is on the run to escape his clutches. She finds sanctuary, as well as freedom, with a Scottish laird. But when her past comes calling and someone decides she has no place in the castle, Charlotte will be forced to fight for far more than just her right to refuse a man.

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When freshman student Violet first steps into Elton Hall University, it’s like entering another world. There are new friends to meet, classes to attend, and secrets to keep. The biggest secret of all? Her forbidden dalliance with a visiting professor, who only has a short time before he has to return to England. Not only doesViolet need to hide her desires from the school board…there’s someone else in the shadows, waiting to reveal her secret and ruin much more than just her reputation.

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A Good Man

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Title: A Good Man

Series: Handymen 1

Author: Rosanna Leo

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Release Date: November 21, 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36566499-a-good-man

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Blurb:

Not only is Michael a star on a successful home improvement show, he’s also seen as a local hero. But no one knows about the demons he carries inside him ever since the day he risked his life to save others.

All the accolades and honors only make the memories stronger and the pain unbearable. He would do anything to be able to forget, to put his past behind him and move on.

Michael takes on a new home improvement project, convinced it’s the perfect distraction. Little did he know that Emily, the woman who’s supposed to be nothing more than a client, would turn out to be a huge distraction…and engaged.

While Emily battles with her own personal problems, Michael is determined to keep his distance. The last thing he needs is woman trouble. But when it becomes clear that the attraction is mutual, he realizes staying away from her is not an option.

Now Michael needs to decide if he’s willing to risk exposing his weakness, and his heart…by giving in to temptation.

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Excerpt:

“Come with me. I want to show you something.”

“Sounds mysterious.”

“I will admit I was keeping this a secret, but I’ve made an executive decision to break with Handymen tradition.”

“What will Lacey think?”

“Let’s not go there.” He brought her upstairs, to the room that used to be the master bedroom, the one where several crew members stowed their belongings most days. Michael opened the door. At the far end of the empty room sat a large object, covered in a long tarp. “I’ve been working on something for you.”

“You mean other than renovating my house?”

He grinned. “Remember those old family photos Lacey borrowed from you?”

“Yeah. She said they wanted to include a montage of old pictures in the show introduction.”

“That might have been a slight fabrication. I just needed a way to get some photos from you. Anyway, I was saving this for the big reveal, but I think I want to show you now.” He grabbed the edge of the tarp and pulled, revealing the object hidden beneath it.

It was an old wooden ladder, one he’d found months ago at a salvage yard. He’d decided to repurpose it, turning it into a set of frames for the old photos they’d borrowed. Faces now smiled out from the six gaps between the rungs. Nonna Olivia hugging two blond children, Emily and her brother. Nonna Olivia and her husband on their wedding day. Six photos in total, all part of the heritage Emily so treasured. He hoped she’d like the rustic look of the ladder. Rather than sanding and painting it, he’d left it rough and worn, so that it looked as if it might have been sitting in Nonna Olivia’s toolshed, just waiting to be used. All Michael had done was affix the appropriate hooks and backings and had blown all the photos up to sizes that would fit the spaces.

Emily gazed upon her grandmother’s face. Her chest heaved. She blinked once, then twice. All at once, big, fat tears began to roll down her cheeks. “Michael, it’s…”

“I hope you don’t mind I used the photos. I thought it might be nice for you to have mementos of your grandmother in the finished store.”

“Oh.” Her hand covered her mouth but it shook so much she was unsuccessful at covering her open mouth.

“I hope you like it. You’ve had a shitty week and I thought you could use a pick-me-up. I was supposed to keep quiet about it, so maybe you could keep it under your hat until—”

Emily threw herself at him and wrapped her arms around his torso, cutting off his words and his breath. Only when he hugged her back did he realize how hard she was quivering.

She wasn’t just crying about the old photos.

“It’s okay, Em. Let it out, sweetheart.”

The collar of his shirt grew wet but he didn’t care. Wardrobe had tons of shirts. Besides, she felt good in his arms, all soft and warm. He rubbed her shoulders and the back of her waist, exploring and familiarizing himself with her luscious body. He breathed, drinking in her scent. His nasal cavities had never known such bliss. It was like that first clear breath after a long period of congestion. His fingers were pretty happy too, enjoying the give of her womanly body. It was all he could do not to slide them down, cup her sweet ass, and pull her up against him.

Just not while she was crying over another man.

She lingered in his arms and he did nothing to push her away. In fact, it surprised him how badly he wanted to keep her there, so much so that when Emily finally extricated herself, he wanted to pull her back into his embrace. Instead, he wiped her cheeks of the remaining tears.

“The makeup ladies are going to kill me for making you cry.”

It might have been his imagination, but her tears made her eyes appear even greener. In fact, her entire face seemed a riot of tempting color. Each shade called to him. The crushed roses in her cheeks. Her strawberry lips, so plump and moist. Even the doeskin brown of her freckles fascinated him to no end. He wanted to count them, to kiss and mark them all.

Kissing her made a whole lot of sense right now. Kissing her senseless seemed even better.

Emily’s eyes widened. Her lips parted in invitation. Michael paused, knowing it was wrong, even though every raised hair on his arms told him it was right.

As he debated with himself for a split second, she brushed her lips against his. It was quick and soft, hunger masquerading as something platonic. Even though a spectator might have called it a friendly kiss, he knew the truth. As brief as it may have been, he felt her yield to him, even if just a little.

From the startled look in her eye, Emily knew it too.

She took a step back. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“You’re right. I should have been the one to do it.” Michael licked his lips. “Your lips really do taste like strawberries.”

“Michael, I can’t.”

“I think you just did.”

“You know what I mean.” She waved her hand between their two torsos. “This. I can’t do this.”

“What? Point at my chest?”

“You’re teasing me.”

“Maybe a little. Listen, Em, I understand. As unexpected as that kiss was, as much as I want to taste your lips again, I know it’s too soon.”

“It’s too much, too soon.”

He reached for her hand. “I get it. It’s okay.”

“Thank you.”

“But that doesn’t mean I won’t be spending all my waking hours waiting for the moment I can make it happen again.”

“Michael.”

“Don’t worry. I’d never force the matter. Besides, I enjoyed having you thrust yourself at me.”

“Are you ever going to let me live it down?”

“Not in this century, sweetheart.”

Author Bio:

Rosanna Leo is a multi-published romance author. Winner of the Reader’s Choice 2015 in Paranormal Romance at The Romance Reviews, Rosanna draws on her love of mythology for her books on Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters.

From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance.

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Sapphire Sea

If you’ve been traveling through Victorian Scotland and London with Clan MacLeod, then it’s time you know that the series is coming to an end. Sapphire Sea, book four in The Scottish Stone Series is now available for preorder.

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Scottish lady Gwendolyn MacLeod prides herself on being the practical sort. So when an arranged marriage to a Spanish prince is presented, Gwendolyn accepts without hesitation.

The prince has status, his letters speak of duty and honor, and her years of proper education will be useful in the running of his home. However, she speaks no Spanish–the only flaw in her sensible match. But the Portuguese captain whose ship is docked below the castle does, and he offers to instruct her in the language of love.

When the late nights of studying begin to tear her from her chosen path to Spain, will she follow her heart out to the wide, sapphire sea? Or will she allow her one great adventure to become her biggest regret?

ss2.jpgSapphire Sea is available for preorder HERE on Amazon in ebook, paperback, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.