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#Review of Love at the Electric (a Port Bristol novel #1) by Jenn Hughes w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance

Love at the Electric

by Jenn Hughes

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Walking wildfire Sam Owens gets Lillian hot in all the right ways, but there’s more to the software CEO than just a pretty face. And a great body. And… Oh, right. He’s the enemy, according to the contract she signed with his rival. So when they secretly meet up for movies at The Electric, Lillian can’t get too involved with Sam. She could lose her job. Her reputation. And her heart.

Sam is in love with his company, his image, his video games, and his ability to avoid commitment–at least until he levels up with attorney Lillian Walker. With her love of campy horror flicks and a body that makes him want to howl like a cartoon wolf, Sam’s found his leading lady. Too bad getting close to Lillian means tangling with her boss, a supervillain in the making.

In the nights leading up to Christmas, movies at The Electric mean more than just mutant toads and cannibal fruitcakes. Between shenanigans with old flames and an arch nemesis out to destroy any future they might have, Sam and Lillian learn the hard way that falling in love isn’t as easy as it looks on screen. When the past gets in the way of a perfect “the end,” there’s really only one solution–if werewolf Santas can bring them together, zombie ex-girlfriends can keep them together.

After all, anything’s possible at The Electric.

 

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Excerpt One:

Swooooshhhh and thunk.

Lillian had wounded his pride like an arrow in an ogre’s soft underbelly. She’d called him a cover boy. Like he was in a boy band, and not the CEO of Origin, the best software and tech development company in the country. Scratch that—world. And despite that fact, she had yet to flirt with or flatter him…

Hold up. Intimately?

Where had they met? Where had they intimately met? He’d remember touching a body like that…

Hot cocoa.

When he looked at Lillian, hot cocoa came to mind. Not helpful in the slightest, except for the affirmation he was probably in the midst of a coronary and his brain starved of oxygen.

“Riiiiight. Yeah, we met at that…uh, that—”

“Don’t panic. I was joking. It wasn’t intimate at all. It was six months ago, and we only shook hands,” she reassured him.

It didn’t help. Sam couldn’t even remember where they’d shook hands. He pressed his lips together and felt his eyes bug out like Panic Pete. Lillian groaned melodramatically and then laughed.

“I’m on Preston Lavery’s legal team. You gave a terrific speech at the cloud development symposium in New York City. Preston introduced us afterward.”

White hot rage coursed through Sam. The mere mention of Preston Lavery was as good as a cold shower. He slid his hand below the tabletop and hid his clenched fist, pressing it down into the vinyl seat.

“Well, that explains why Rik didn’t elaborate on you any more than he did. You’re the enemy.”

Wooza.  I know that I’ve recommended the last couple of books that I’ve read, but this one is definitely high on the keeper shelf for me.  It has everything that I love about a romance.  Older characters, nerdiness, small town, a villain to truly hate, and a very satisfying ending.  That said, there were some things that bugged me and I’m hoping that in the next book they are answered.  And yes, its part of the overall plot arc of the series.

Here’s the good stuff about the book.  Sam and Lillian.  They are some of the more mature characters that I’ve read in a long time.  In fact, Sam is actually younger than Lillian and both of them are past 35.  *swoon*  I really connecting with Lillian on a deeper level.  I was in my late 30’s when I finally fell in love and had to decide what was more important.  Love or a job?  It’s not an easy decision considering that is how everyone around you looks at you.  It’s rather annoying but once you get to know Lillian, you will understand.  Sam is just a man-child projecting an image that he THINKS most people want to see.  When they finally bring down their walls, they finally figure out what is most important.  Their romance is funny, emotional, realistic, intelligent and charming.

These two were such an awesome couple.  They had me at the moment they met.  Now, of course, Rik was there and I never connected with him and I really wanted someone to slap him…hard.  I didn’t like him as a lawyer, a person and I couldn’t believe the relationship between he and Lillian back in the day.  But enough about him and his issues.  This is Lillian and Sam’s book and Ms. Hughes makes sure that the focus is on them and no one else.  The secondary characters are not intrusive but at th,e same time the only two that I really liked are Ravi and Tessa.  I’d love to read more about them in future.

Here’s what I need a bit more closure on:  Preston, the villain.  Yes, we get something about the relationship between Sam and Preston but the bombshell at the end by Rik needs to be explored.  I would just love for Lillian to go no hold barred on him and then finally, he would realize that his father can’t bail him out.  But I’ve said too much.  You just need to read this book.

Overall, this is just about my favorite book of the year.  I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Jenn Hughes writes romance with a heavy dose of humor. A lifelong love of all things sci-fi, combined with her day job in marketing, IT, and graphic design, infuses her writing with tech-centric and geeky references.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and gardening at her home in North Carolina. You might also find her gaming, repairing computers and electronics, experimenting with mixed media art, or finishing furniture.

You can find her online at:

Author Website:  jennhughesbooks.com

The Bristol Beagle, Port Bristol’s Trusted Source for News:  portbristol.com

Twitter:  twitter.com/jennhughesbooks

Instagram:  instagram.com/jennhughesbooks

Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G8VS9GV

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#Review of Par for Cinderella (the Cinderella Romances #3) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @authorpetie

Par for Cinderella

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Billionaire Aidan Cross longs to escape his life of celebrity and become a regular guy, if only for a brief time. His chance comes when his yacht breaks down near quaint Cypress Key, Florida—the site of his planned five-star golf resort. The golf resort no one in town wants.

Casey Stuart has given up her dream of escaping to the big city. She refuses to desert her uncle, even when he hires the new stranger in town to replace her at their golf course. Casey vows to steer clear of the stranger called Aidan and the danger their inescapable chemistry provokes. Aidan’s stay is temporary, and falling for him promises only heartbreak.

When Casey discovers Cypress Key’s mayor is making underhanded business deals, she ends up on the wrong side of the powerful autocrat. Aidan steps in to rescue her, but secrets from his past threaten to bogey their new-found relationship.

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Excerpt Three:

“I haven’t thanked you properly for saving me.”

“Well, you did at the clinic, but you were pretty out of it. I admit I’m curious what you mean by thanking me properly.”

Casey couldn’t get enough of those warm, dark eyes that now twinkled with mischief. Definitely, mischief.

She tried a smile. “You tell me.”

“Weeelll.” He drew out the word as he rubbed the stubble on his chin with his free hand. The arm braced on the back of the couch allowed him to hover close.

She could feel his warm breath on her cheeks and tried to memorize his scent for later after he was gone. The strange urge left her disconcerted since she’d never responded like this to a man before. At least, never this quickly.

Must be the concussion. Had to be the concussion.

“I’m thinking a kiss would be a proper thank you.”

Her heart skipped over one full beat in its rhythm. And she tried one more smile. “Maybe—”

Hunk grimaced. “I know what you’re going to say.”

“Um, yes.”

“What?”

He’d been whispering all along in deference to her headache, but now he barked. The stab of pain in her skull came and went with the single word. His eyes widened.

“Maybe yes,” she repeated in a whisper.

His eyes narrowed. “No teasing?”

She shook her head, immediately winced.

“Sorry,” he whispered. “I should kiss it and make it better since I caused it.”

She inhaled sharply.

“Here.” He placed a feather-light kiss on her forehead. “And here.”

Another kiss brushed across her right eye. “Then here.” The other eye.

Pulsebeats sprinted and blood whooshed through her veins.

Could that be good for a concussion?

Oh, who cares?

“And definitely here.” His voice had gone hoarse, as his lips caressed hers lightly with one smooth stroke.

No, no, no. Come back. That was too fast.

He chuckled low and deep. “I’m not done.”

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Yall, this book.  This series.  Yes, I’ve read all of the books but this one is my favorite by far.  I’ve had a soft spot for Aiden since Rhett’s book and Ms. McCarty delivered a sweet, funny, emotional romance with a bit of suspense and golf (woot!).  I was hooked from the first page and this is definitely a re-read for me.  Oh yes, a must.  I’ll be honest, I don’t re-read a lot of the books that I review for this site but this one…I will definitely do that.  Plus, I fell in love with a certain Scotsman named Ian that I’m praying she writes next.  Sorry, I love time travel, too but I must read Ian’s story next.

For me what makes Aiden so different from all the billionaire’s in disguise is that he really is a nice guy.  He sees wrong and tries to fix it.  He’s not doing it for the glory but for the sheer joy that he brings to other people.  He sees an injustice and wants to fix it/help someone.  Little did he know that fixing things would lead to jail, a town that is owned by a true villain, arson, an evil stepmother/stepsister, a godmother with a hidden agenda and a town that he is ready to call home with the most beautiful green eyes that mesmerized him from the start.  *swoon*  I was seriously swooning for Aiden throughout the book.  I just can’t explain it.

Casey is a good girl from the start.  Her past and future are tied to the town and she sees no way out except to fight the mayor and the mayor’s son every chance she can.  Plus, dealing with the stepmother and stepsister from hell and making sure her uncle doesn’t have to take a “loan” from the mayor.  The baseball references that she and Aiden make about anything sexual is cute but not overly done.  This is a sweet romance with plenty of kisses but you can feel the undercurrent just waiting to bubble over between these two.  Ms. McCarty writes a beautiful romance that anyone can read but makes it so swoon-worthy, not only with Aiden but you’ll swoon for Ian, too.

Did I mention that there is golf in the book?  I love golf.  I used to work PGA and LPGA tournaments when I was in my 20’s and living in Dallas.  My husband plays golf.  Personally, I’m awful at it but I’ll drive the cart, buy the drinks and make sure everyone else is having a good time.  Golf is central to the story and I love how Ms. McCarty doesn’t overuse golf metaphors or terms that most people wouldn’t understand.  She did her research and it shows.  I hate when authors use sports as a backdrop to the romance and they don’t have a clue.  She does and it shows.

The secondary characters are too long to list but there isn’t a bad one in the bunch.  From the mayor, sheriff, Belle, PJ, DeeDee, Evelyn, and the scrimp captains to the rest of the townspeople, they all tie into the romance and intrigue in the story.  I really can not say enough about how Ms. McCarty was able to weave the romance, golf, dirty deals, suspense and swoon-worthy moments in this book.  There is never a dull moment and I hated that it ended.  If I had one complaint is that I was hoping that Aiden would have been able to deal with his dad on some issues.

Again, this book.  This series.  You seriously need to read it.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-elements-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

Visit Petie’s website online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

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#Review of Crimson by Tamela Miles w/a raffelcopter giveaway! #paranormalromance @jackiebrown20

Crimson
by Tamela Miles

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

Delilah McDade has born the brunt of the responsibility of her younger brother, Declan’s wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it’s come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler. Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could never be a part of his life lived in the shadows. Ash Lockler lives his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold heart. That doesn’t stop him from helping damsel-in-distress, Delilah, but he’s intent on keeping things all business and ending their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can’t seem to get his body – and heart – to agree with his reasoning when he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom.

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Excerpt One:

“Ash Lockler?” she said, looking up at him. She looked away from his intense gaze for a moment. Clearing her throat, she met his eyes again. Ash nodded and neatly folded his big frame into the booth, opposite her. He maintained his poker face as he rested his forearms on the table, hands folded. He held her gaze for a moment before he spoke quietly. “I trust you will provide what I expect.” He surveyed her pretty face framed by all that long, wildly curly, dark hair. She would do nicely. Her lips parted to speak, but she hesitated for a moment before nodding slowly. He found her actions amusing, assuming this was her first time in dealing with someone like him. The underworld of vampires and other nocturnal beings was definitely not for this little, gentle mouse. She was beautiful but too timid and nervous for his taste.

He caught her staring before she lowered her gaze and reached for her small knit bag. “Yes. I have it right here. Five thousand cash. You can count it. That should settle my brother’s debt to you.”

Ash’s eyes narrowed in irritation. Declan McDade. The little weasel. Unfortunately for his family, he had grown up to be exactly like his father, Martin. They both shared an unhealthy fascination with underworld dealings. His next words were measured. “I’m afraid that five thousand doesn’t even come close to what your brother owes me. His debt is a lot closer to one hundred thousand.”

Her lips went slack, and she promptly snapped her mouth shut. Ash went on. “Your money, in short, is no good. A different sort of payment was arranged between myself and Declan.”

“What do you want, then? My house?” Delilah’s voice was strangely hoarse, and she took a hasty sip of water.

“No, your house is safe. I want your body on a long-term basis. Anywhere from six months to one year would work,” Ash replied simply.

Don’t judge.  I know.  I actually read a paranormal romance and I’m actually blogging about it.  What drew me into the book was Ash.  I admit that I didn’t like Twilight and all the vamps but I really liked Ash.  It wasn’t his coolness but his thoughtfulness, his heart that sold me on the character.  I’m a sap when it comes to the hero actually having a heart and the fact that he isn’t a douche either helps.  Plus, when it came time for him to be an enforcer, I was just sold.  He just went about his business and it was done.  Plus, knowing about his backstory just fueled my love for him.

Delilah, at first, just seemed like an afterthought to Ash.  Sure, he cared about her but what I loved about her is that she dished it back just as hard.  She stood up for herself to Ash, despite feeling vulnerable and unable to process his world.  Plus, knowing that her dad and now brother had dealings with the vamps didn’t help with her relationship with Ash in the beginning.  That aside, she is a strong heroine even if she couldn’t really her conflicted feelings about Ash.

The world that Ms. Miles has built is fascinating.  I love it when authors blend the paranormal with the mortal world and here it just works.  It’s plausible, realistic, if not horrifying at the same time.  At times, this book is dark.  One of the biggest plot points is about human trafficking in human women for male vamps to feed on until they are tired of them.  A timing topic with a paranormal spin on it.  It’s not pretty and trust me when the queen, Galina is involved it is just terrible.  What a *itch to the 9th degree but she is the perfect villain.  We don’t normally see a woman as the bad guy and she is just great.  I won’t spoil the ending but I wasn’t sad at all.

Overall, I really enjoyed Crimson.  It was different from the other vampire books that are out there.  Plus, Ash is just a sweety.  Word to the wise, this book is extra hot.  😉

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tamela Miles is a California State University San Bernardino School Psychologist graduate student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She’s a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.

She enjoys emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at tamelamiles@yahoo.com or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much as she does.

“Crimson”, a suspenseful and sexy paranormal romance long novella, is the result of a few years of daydreaming and hard work! Longtime fans are rejoicing at the love story of Ash and Delilah, who were first introduced in Ms. Miles’ horror/paranormal anthology, “Rock, Paper, Scissors”.

“Cushion”, a spooky and steamy paranormal romance long novella, is her latest release from The Wild Rose Press and has been warmly received!

She is the author of the popular paranormal romance thrillers, the Hell On Heels series from the Wild Rose Press. For those who are already fans of the series (yippee!), please feel free to check out the author’s soundtrack playlist for Hell On Heels on YouTube.com, listed as Hell On Heels: Songs from the Edge by Tamela Miles. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8TSkx6d_Hu_IVh0lfqHWNcWRZ_yquRV
Also, please check out the author’s soundtrack playlist for “Cushion”: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8TSkx6d_HseOmP4c0WCM75ytTK6oN8_

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