ARC Review – HADES by Larissa Ione @LarissaIone @1001DarkNights

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ARC Review – HADES by Larissa Ione @LarissaIone @1001DarkNightsHades by Larissa Ione
Series: 1001 Dark Nights, Demonica
Published by Evil Eye Concepts
on May 26, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
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A fallen angel with a mean streak and a mohawk, Hades has spent thousands of years serving as Jailor of the Underworld. The souls he guards are as evil as they come, but few dare to cross him. All of that changes when a sexy fallen angel infiltrates his prison and unintentionally starts a riot. It’s easy enough to quell an uprising, but for the first time, Hades is torn between delivering justice — bestowing or mercy — on the beautiful female who could be his salvation…or his undoing.

Thanks to her unwitting participation in another angel’s plot to start Armageddon, Cataclysm was kicked out of Heaven and is now a fallen angel in service of Hades’s boss, Azagoth. All she wants is to redeem herself and get back where she belongs. But when she gets trapped in Hades’s prison domain with only the cocky but irresistible Hades to help her, Cat finds that where she belongs might be in the place she least expected…

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About Larissa Ione

Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

ARC Review – 21 STOLEN KISSES by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

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ARC Review – 21 STOLEN KISSES by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely321 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely
Published by Bloomsbury Spark
on May 26, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 251
Format: eARC
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When I first met him I resisted.
Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.
That was a lie. It never faded.


And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard.

There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us. Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword. Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love — the big, intense, never-been-like-this-before love — landed me in therapy. Now I’m heading to college, and it’s time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he’s still in my life Because the one man I’ve always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can’t have…And he wants me just as fiercely.

Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?

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About Lauren Blakely

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Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, and Fighting Fire. She recently released Nights With Him, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her next book in that series is Forbidden Nights, releasing in early 2015. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).

Review + Excerpt + Giveaway – SHUTTERGIRL: A Star-Crossed Love Story by CD Reiss @CDReisswriter

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Review + Excerpt + Giveaway – SHUTTERGIRL: A Star-Crossed Love Story by CD Reiss @CDReisswriterShuttergirl by CD Reiss
on May 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I am not hurt.

I don’t need a second chance with him, or a life I thought I had.

While he was out forgetting me to become a movie star, I was building a career out of nothing. A career as a paparazzi, but a career. For a foster kid who bounced around every home in Los Angeles, that wasn’t easy.

This camera is all I have.

He’s nothing to me. Every time I take his picture and sell it, I remind myself that I did it all without him or his approval, his cinnamon smell or his clear green eyes. He lights up the screen like a celestial body, but he’s nothing but a paycheck to me.

He can throw my camera off a balcony, and nothing has to change. We can stay king and queen of the same city, and different worlds.

Except this is Hollywood, and here, anything can happen.

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About CD Reiss

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CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

Release & Review Blitz – FALLING FOR HIS BEST FRIEND by Katee Robert @katee_robert

Release & Review Blitz – FALLING FOR HIS BEST FRIEND by Katee Robert @katee_robert

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Release & Review Blitz – FALLING FOR HIS BEST FRIEND by Katee Robert @katee_robertFalling for His Best Friend by Katee Robert
Series: Out of Uniform #2
Published by Entangled: Brazen
on May 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
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When Avery Yeung decides to stop waiting around for life to align to get pregnant, her best friend Drew convinces her that he’s the only man for the job. Fans of Nicolette Day’s No Strings Attached or Maisey Yates’s Unexpected, will devour the sexy addition to the Out of Uniform series by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Katee Robert.

Avery Yeung’s biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family’s medical history, she’s running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective—and irritatingly hot—best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor…

Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery’s dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won’t let Avery shop for a “popsicle pop.” He’ll do what’s right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly.

But there’s nothing “proper” about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can’t get enough of it—or each other. And without knowing it, they’ve crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever…

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About Katee Robert

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

#NewRelease + Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway – SALVATION by Robin Covington @RobinCovington

SALVATION (Nashville Nights #2)- Available Now!

4571187Letting go never felt so good.

Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.
Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rather than face a lifetime in a wheelchair.

Mateo Butler isn’t anyone’s hero.  
Reeling from the death of his little sister and his own cowardice, he spends his nights partying and his days ignoring the medical school acceptance letters and his parents’ concerned phone calls. Just a couple of months from graduation, he’s facing a future filled with shame and regret. The last thing he needs is to meet the woman who compels him to be a better man.

Can they save each other?When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?

When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?

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Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads welcomes author Robin Covington to the blog! Thanks so much for joining us today Robin and congratulations on your newest release in your Nashville Nights series, SALVATION.

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Shayna – thanks so much for having me here to celebrate the release of SALVATION  and for giving me a chance to gab about how I do this crazy writing thing . .

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the writing process is different for every writer and sometimes every book can be different. I have things that I do for every single book and I can’t get started without them:

  1. Figure out my characters using archetypes. These are the 12 basic building blocks for characters and I have to fit my hero and heroine in them and get to know them before the book unfolds. Once I’ve got them nailed, the rest starts falling into place.
  2. Visual stuff:  I LOVE Pinterest. LOVE. I start a board for every book and throw up pics of things that are rolling around in my head. I pin people that look like the characters in my head (think Jake Gyllenhaal and Rose Leslie for Mateo and Carlisle), places, things, quotes and sexy scenes. For example, a quote that drove SALVATION was, “you know you really love someone when you can’t hate them for breaking your heart”.
  3. Soundtrack: I have to have a soundtrack to listen to when I’m writing the book. I can turn it on and jump back into the story. I’m a singer, so every scene and every lien usually is inspired by music.
  4. Plot it out: I don’t do a really detailed outline but I have to have a roadmap or I get lost quickly and that is not a pretty thing to watch.
  5. Haribo Gummi bears and  Diet Coke: My hubby knows to stockpile them in the pantry when I’m writing a book. They keep me sane and that keeps the house happy. : )

And then I sit my ass in the chair and write until is done or I have to shower – whichever comes first.

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SALVATION by Robin Covington

“Zane are you still playing at that music festival thing in a couple of days?”

If they are surprised by abrupt change in conversation, the only indication is the look that passes between them that I ignore.

“Yeah, why? You coming?”

“Can you get me a spot on the sound stage? Something out of the crowd?”

His face scrunches up into a “what the fuck” face. “Yeah. I can work it out.” And then the light bulb goes on and he brushes his long hair out of his face and grins. “You want to treat Carlisle to a little VIP treatment.”

I snort and roll my eyes. “She had dinner at the White House, I’m thinking that meeting you backstage is not going to be the highlight of her life.” I pull my phone out of pocket. “After today, I’m not sure she can handle standing in huge crowds for all that time.”

He nods. “You get her to go and I’ll make sure she is well-protected from the ‘little people’.”

I am able to flip him and hit her number on my phone at the same time. It’s a gift.

“You got her number?” Max asks. “I thought she shot you down.”

“I took it off the TA list for our class.”

“Nice abuse of authority. I like it,” Zane says. Of course he does. If there is a rule within five miles, he’s breaking it.

The phone rings and I walk out on the balcony just off the bedroom. She picks up on the third ring, laughing with whoever is with her in the background.

“Hello,” her voice gets more distant for a second and I envision her checking the caller ID. “Oh wingman. What are you doing? I thought we covered this calling thing this morning.”

I smile. Just her voice gets me going and I have to shift to adjust my shorts getting tighter. I need to tread carefully with this woman.

“I was wondering if you want to go see Zane perform the day after tomorrow. Your exam will be done, you will have failed your verbal portion because of your shitty accent and you will need something to distract your from your defeat.”

“You suck and you need to stop jinxing me,” she laughs.

“You didn’t answer my question.” I like that I have to chase her a little bit. It’s nice for a change.

She sighs. “I told you I don’t date.”

“And I wasn’t asking. The tickets are free and I have an extra. I’m not picking you up, you can meet me there.” I pretend to think about her other rules and drag the moment out a bit longer. I can hear her breathing on the other end of the phone; it’s a little elevated and I would bet my car that her heart is pounding just like mine. We just do this to each other. “There will be no bed, no sleepover but if you’re up for it, I will fuck you.”

The sharp inhale from Carlisle ends on a gasp and I know I’ve got her. It might be the last time we hook up, this thing between us has to burn out sometime, but we’ll go out with a bang.

“I don’t know how I’m supposed to pass that up,” she says, breaking the silence that stretched out a little too long for my comfort. “What time should I meet you?”

“Eight o-clock?”

“Fine. I’ll be the one with the cowboy boots and the very low expectations.”

I huff out a laugh and hope I can wait to see her. This girl fucking kills me.

“Well, then the only way I can go is up.”

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SERIES CATCH-UP!

Temptation – Book 1 in the Nashville Nights series

3717106Giving in never felt so good.

She needs to be good.
Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweetheart, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile.

He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.
Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.

Sometimes bad is so very good.

With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl–no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough.

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About Robin Covington

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Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her bestselling books. A Night of Southern Comfort, her debut novel was nominated for the RT Book Reviewers Choice Awards for Small Press and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. Her books were also nominated for the Bookseller’s Best Award and the National Reader’s Choice Awards.

When she’s not writing sexy, sizzling romance she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello. You can find Robin at her website (robincovingtonromance.com), Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!) and her beloved furbabies.