#Review of The Congressman’s Wife (the Congressman’s Trilogy #1) by Arie Paulou & Charlene Keel w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Review #Woman’s Lit #giveaway

The Congressman’s Wife

by Arie Pavlou & Charlene Keel

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GENRE:   Contemporary Women’s Fiction

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BLURB:

All Eden Bancroft has ever been to her high-profile politician husband is a trophy wife, born and bred for the part.  She believes she has no choice but to play it—until she meets a talented chef and restaurant heir who shows her the real meaning of love. 

The more her husband uses and belittles her, the more deeply Eden falls for Kaleb.  Even with Mitchell’s congressional campaign in full swing, the lovers manage to find brief stolen moments together. When her husband is wounded by a bullet from an angry lobbyist, Eden must stay by his side.  What she learns can set her free, if she has the courage to take a stand.

The beautiful wife of a would-be congressman falls for a sexy chef in this steamy debut novel . . . A spicy outing that should feed readers’ hunger for romance.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Congressman’s Wife is a thrilling roller-coaster ride from beginning to end: fast-paced, sizzling with sex, yet constantly balanced on the edge of disaster . . . This is unquestionably one of the best books I have read . . .”
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Excerpt One:

Kaleb had been standing close enough to hear it all—not that he’d intended to eavesdrop.  He only wanted to try and give her some kind of signal—to beg, if necessary—to get a moment alone with her.  When he heard her husband’s caustic words, Kaleb wanted to punch him.  He wanted to take Eden’s hand and lead her out of there, away from the complete jackass her husband seemed to be.

Instead, he followed her into the room where coats were checked for the evening.  The maid who’d taken them was nowhere about, and Eden was digging through the racks when Kaleb walked in.  She looked up, surprised.

“We need to talk about it,” he said.

“About what?”  She found her wrap and Mitchell’s Brooks Brothers overcoat, draped them over one arm and turned to face him.

“About this thing between us.”

“That’s not very original.”

“I feel it and I know you feel it.”

“Look, I’m very flattered,” she began but he cut her off.

“We don’t have much time.”  He moved closer, aching to touch her.  “Your husband will come looking for you any minute.  Just tell me when and where I can see you again.  Alone.”

“You can’t,” she said.  “My husband is running for congress.  It’s . . . it would be impossible.”

“No,” he insisted.  “I don’t know why we met or how we’re going to pull this off but I do know one thing.”  He was speaking so softly now that she had to move closer to hear him.

“What?” she asked, her lips just inches from his own.  They were of equal height and he could see how well, how perfectly, they would fit together.

“I won’t give up.  I want to make love to you.”

“At least once?” she countered.

He moved closer still.  “Once will never be enough for us.  You know that, too.”

She sighed, lightly, and her sweet breath lingered on his cheek for a moment before she moved away and broke the spell.

“My husband is waiting for me,” she said.  “You’re a little crazy, you know?  You need to forget about this.  I’m married.  I have kids.  I don’t have time for an affair.”

“Have lunch with me.”

“Sorry—too busy.”

“Just let me talk to you.  Give me two hours—maybe over the weekend.  Then if you never want to hear from me again, that’ll be it.  I swear.”

She didn’t say anything for a moment, as if she was considering it.  “As intriguing as that sounds, I’m afraid it’s impossible.  I’m going to the season opening at the Village Resort up in Hunter this weekend, with my best friend.”

“Your husband going too?” Kaleb persisted.

“No.  He has a previous engagement.  Not that it’s any of your business.”

He opened his mouth to answer but Mitchell’s voice rang out in the foyer.  “Edie—let’s go.  Where are you?”

She flashed Kaleb a warning look and called out softly, “Coming, Mitchell.”  Then she left, quickly, before her husband could see Kaleb standing in the shadows.

You know Harlie HATES cheating in a book.  Ugh!  But with this book, she gave it a chance.  And she is sure glad that she did.  Beautifully written, excellent plot, twists and turns and a couple that you truly wanted to be together.  Yes, she really wanted them to be together.  Here are her top reasons for liking/disliking the book:

LIKES

  1.  Eden – She could have come across as weak and in some ways, she was in the beginning.  There were children in the marriage and didn’t want to upset that part of her life.  She also didn’t really see a way out of her marriage with Mitchell.  Plus, where would she go?  Plus, when she met Kaleb she honestly didn’t know what true love was or even experienced it.  *sigh*
  2.  Kaleb – He never gave up on her.  Never.  Sure, he knew that she was married and to whom but he didn’t care.  He saw and heard they way Mitchell treated her and knew that she deserved so much better.
  3. The category that this book is in is Woman’s Lit.  I know, but there is a romantic element to it and some smexy times, too.  But overall, I think the category is corrected.  It’s about a woman’s journey to finding out what true love is about and going for it.
  4. I loved the political intrigue.  It kept me glued to the pages of the book.  I love a good political thriller so I’m in.
  5. The food.  Yes, the food.  Kaleb can cook and I swear I was famished when I finished the book.

DISLIKES

  1.  Mitchell – You are supposed to hate him but he took it to another level for me.  I can’t stand when a husband belittles his wife.  Douche!
  2. At times, I really felt like the book put me on a rollercoaster with all the political intrigue.  Yes, I like it but at times, I really wanted the romance between Eden and Kaleb.
  3. That this book is part of a trilogy.  I knew that going in but once I finished I really wanted to continue reading about Eden and Kaleb.  I went to Ms. Keel’s website and there is nothing in regards to the next book.  *sad face*
  4. The food.  Seriously, I was hungry throughout the whole book.  *winks at Arie*  Evil man
  5. That it ended.  Most of the times, I can finish a book and move on to the next one.  Not this one.  I want more.

Overall, this is one of the better political romance books that I’ve read in a very long time.  It’s timely, pertinent and suspenseful.  Plus, the romance between Eden and Kaleb is believable.  And yes, this is a cheating book but I highly recommend it.  Go figure!  🙂

 

Only because I want more of their story. 🙂

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Charlene Keel has written over a dozen novels and how-to books as well as multiple episodes of popular TV shows such as Fantasy Island and Days of our Lives.  Her Dell book, Rituals, was the basis for the first made-for-syndication soap opera.  Recently she co-authored The Tracks, a YA supernatural trilogy.  Shadow Train, the final installment, won a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award.  Keel has also written screen adaptations of novels by bestselling authors, and has worked as editor or managing editor for a few international magazines.  In her spare time she ghostwrites books and screenplays for celebrities, doctors, corporate moguls, spies, strippers and anyone who has an interesting story to tell. 

 

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Website: CharleneKeel.net

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Arie Pavlou is a popular chef who attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and then perfected his craft at some of the top-rated Michelin restaurants in France and New York.  He has lived and worked in France, Cyprus and the U. S. and is an avid world traveler who speaks five languages.  He enjoys all sports and has a talent for knife-throwing, which he perfected at Le Cordon Bleu.  Currently Chef de Cuisine at the renowned Bridgehampton Inn in New York, his specialties include Caramelized Baked Alaska, Winter Salad, Roast Lamb Fondue, Wild Game and Poached Pears with Mint Ice Cream.  The Congressman’s Wife is his first novel, and he’s currently writing a cookbook. 

 

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Checkmate: This is Effortless (Checkmate Duet Series (Drew & Courtney #2) by Kennedy Fox! w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #TeamDrewtney

Title: Checkmate: This is Effortless
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Drew & Courtney, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Friends to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: April 25, 2017


Introducing book 2 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox! This friends to lovers romance will have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?

Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.
Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.
She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.

All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat.
She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.

Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I’m not so sure she’ll stay for the ride.

Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I’ll prove we’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.

Checkmate, sweetheart.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

**This is book 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series–a friends to lovers romance. You must read book 1, Checkmate: This is Reckless first. Highly recommended to read the Checkmate Duet, This is War and This is Love first, but not necessary. This can read as a standalone duet.**

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Give me a minute.  

Thanks.  I needed that before I write my thoughts about Drew and Courtney.  Yes, if have read the first book, you will need a moment to process everything that goes on in this book.  Mia is back and more unhinged as ever.  The cliffy at the end of the first part was bad enough but what she does in this part is beyond.  Yes, beyond.  Now, I know that I could actually understand a little bit about Mia in the first one and I expected a little more about what she is actually thinking about this book but I was disappointed.  Yes, she is psycho but I wanted the “why”.  Sue me. Yes, I’m THAT reader.  

But what really got me about this book more so than Travis and Viola were the true friendship, respect and everlasting love that Drew and Courtney have.  I know that the first one is enemies to lovers and this one is friends to lovers.  And yes, I loved Travis/Viola but in the end, I would say that Drew and Courtney are more my speed.  Courtney with her sass, muffins and southern ways.  Me, being Southern and all.  Drew with his loyalty, devotion and just wanting to make Courtney happy and stay happy.  *swoon*  That’s what makes him a better hero for me than Travis.  *shrugs*

Now, don’t get me wrong, Ms. Fox still owns the enemies to lovers trope and their take on friends to lovers is beautifully written.  For this reader though, is the couple themselves.  I could honestly see myself and the hubs being besties with Drew and Courtney.  And me, plotting Mia’s demise.  *evil laugh*  There is a genuineness and honesty to Drew and Courtney and in the end, true love and friendship won out in the end.

Did I mention that there are dogs in this one?  Lola…my, my.  Can’t wait to read her story.  We also get a bit more about Courtney and her life in Texas.  Loved that aspect of the story.

Overall, I’m very sad to see the end of this duet.  I miss them already and I highly recommend this couple to anyone that wants a true friends to lovers story that hits all the right buttons and then some.

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A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Happy Book Birthday to Hunter Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises #3) by A. M. Griffin w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Totally_Bound @AMGriffinbooks

Hunter Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #3

Paranormal Romance

Release Date: April 25, 2017

Author: A.M. Griffin

 

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Blurb:

When Hunter and Asha’s worlds collide, neither is able to walk away from the other.

Asha has a simple plan for her life—her hopefully soon-to-be immortal life. All she’s ever wanted was to be so powerful that no one could ever hurt her again, and once she becomes a Vampire her dream will come true. Sure, being a Vampire’s protégé isn’t the easiest job a girl could have, but there are far tougher roads she could be walking, like following in her drug-addicted mother’s footsteps.

Hunter Arany hates Vampires, and with good reason. So when Dark Wolf Enterprises is forced to hire a group of the blood-suckers to find out who’s been stealing company money, he’s sure having them around will be a problem. He never figured it would the Vampires’ human servant who causes him the most trouble—trouble of the love and life-mate kind.

He’s hoping to convince Asha a brighter future exists in his arms, but old dreams fade slowly and can become living nightmares—of the dying kind.

 

Excerpt #3

As he sauntered over to her, with plate in hand, she took a deep breath and her mouth watered as the aroma of onions, tomatoes, cheese and eggs hit her nostrils. “That smells wonderful.”

When he held the plate out to her she practically snatched it from him, making the fork fall onto the floor.

“Whoa, slow down. It’s not going anywhere,” he joked.

“Sorry, I’m hungrier than I thought.” When she started for the utensil, he stopped her.

“Don’t worry about that. I’ll get you another.”

“Thanks,” she said as he leaned down to get it for her.

He stopped and took a long sniff at the air.

“What the heck are you doing? Are you smelling me again?”

This wasn’t the same kind of sniff that he’d given her earlier. This one was longer, more sensual and she swore he had shivered as he did.

“I’m sorry. I couldn’t help it. You smell…delectable.”

She pressed her knees together, unsure of exactly how she should feel about being sniffed. “Just…just don’t do that again.”

He looked up at her. “Why not?”

She was mortified. “Why? Because, because it’s not proper. One does not go around sniffing other people’s crotches. It’s rude.”

“Not for Wolf-Shifters.”

“I. Am. Not. A. Wolf-Shifter.”

“I’m well aware of that fact.” He dropped to his knees and she scooted her chair back so fast that she tipped to fall. Just as fast, he reached out and caught the chair legs and righted her before she tumbled backward.

“I should probably say thank you, but I’m not going to.”

“No need to thank me.”

She stared down at him positioned between her legs. How could she close them if he had his body wedged there? “So, um, can you move now?”

“No, I was thinking that I could eat, while you eat.”

She nodded toward the stove. “That was the plan. That’s why you made two omelets, right?”

He pulled his gaze away from her crotch to stare up at her. The minute their eyes met she knew she was in a world of trouble. Light-brown eyes, shielded by heavy lashes and projecting sex stared back at her. And she thought the looks he’d shot her the first night had been smoldering. No, the way he watched her now was exactly how she imagined lovers looked at each other.

“I don’t want to eat…that,” he said.

 

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The big break Trudy Hollander’s small accounting firm needs has finally arrived, but unfortunately it comes with murder, mayhem and Kristof Farkas, a man she just can’t seem to resist. Even worse, Kristof is the CFO of Dark Wolf Enterprises—the one person who can pull the plug on the job that will take her company to the next level.

Then there are the assassins who can jump from three stories up and still be able to run away…

Kristof has no intention of giving in to his inner wolf and claiming Trudy. She’s human. Too fragile to withstand being a shifter’s mate. But the need to protect her is stronger than his resolve, and his desire is more powerful yet. He’ll fight with everything he has to keep her safe, both from those who would hurt her, and from himself.

 

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Lover Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #2

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Blurb:

When Meisha comes home and finds a strange man in her kitchen, she does what any sensible person would do. She beats the crap out of him first, then asks questions after. When he explains her best friend is in mortal danger, Meisha knows the whole mess—including a recent murder and the threats on her friend’s life—may be her fault, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. And no sexy stranger is going to stop her.

 

Lajos Farkas isn’t expecting to meet a spitfire, martial artist when he’s on a mission to figure out who’s stealing from Dark Wolf Enterprises, and he certainly doesn’t expect her to insist on butting in on his investigation. But getting rid of Meisha is seemingly impossible, and when his wolf decides she’s his life-mate, suddenly he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her close and grow old with her.

 

If they can just stay alive long enough to make that possible.

 

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Author Bio:

  1. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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