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Title: Knuckle Down
Series: The Cursed Ravens MC #2
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 9, 2018
Blurb
A single father struggles to change for his daughters and the woman he loves in this second book in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series from New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando.
As a single father of two girls and the sergeant at arms for the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club, Jack “Knuckles” Chester doesn’t have much free time. And having earned his road name from his reputation as a fighter, Knuckles isn’t one to back away from a challenge.
But what he’ll never admit out loud is that his two daughters have changed him irrevocably, softened him even. And these two girls are the only women who will ever hold
his heart forever. That is, until he meets the cousin of another biker’s old lady.
Celina is nothing like the women Knuckles used to date. She’s a journalist for the local newspaper, dresses well, and basically just has her life together. And the last thing she wants is to be involved with a Cursed Raven. But when the ripped, badass biker worms his way into her heart, she has trouble remembering all the reasons they would never work.
But when a scandal at her newspaper breaks the thin trust she has with Knuckles, will she walk away for good? Or will Knuckles fight to keep Celina in his life?

 

 

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What can I say?  Ms. Fernando is one of my favorite authors.  And to think I’m actually enjoying reading MC books, too.  Thank you, Ms. Fernando.  While this book is about a member of the MC, she still doesn’t tell us exactly what they do.  Okay, so we know one thing but none of the bad stuff.  And I’m okay with that.  I don’t need that.  I need the characters, the conflict and more importantly, the romance.
I have to say, Knuckles intrigued me from the start.  A club member with kids and a soft spot for his president’s daughter.  Her “bestie” at best.  I loved Erin in the first book and she just proves how much she has grown in this one.  I also liked seeing Gage going on a date, too.  But let’s back up for a moment.  This book is about Celina, not Erin.  I liked Celina from the start.  She’s the polar opposite of Knuckles, at first, and then sooner than later, I can see the similarities between them.
I loved how Celina really fought her attraction to Knuckles in the beginning.  We got a sweet romance between them, too.  Ms. Fernando knows how to write a sweet but sexy romance between her characters.  Yes, her formula is simple but just when you thought everything was great, she always manages to throw a HUGE wrench in the story.  I never saw it coming and that’s what I love about her writing.  Nothing is set in stone until the last word is read.
I know that I’m a newbie to MC books but Ms. Fernando doesn’t write them with all the details.  Her books are romantic, heartfelt and above all, about the characters.  Do yourself a favor and start reading them.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Author Bio

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty-one years old and lives in Western Australia.Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

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#Review of Under the Radar (a High Stakes novel) by Dee. J. Adams w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @DeeJAdams

Under the Radar

by Dee J. Adams

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Two brothers. Two best friends. One robbery gone wrong.

With a court date looming, a near-fatal car accident, and a house invasion, the four surviving witnesses to an armed robbery know they are targets. In a desperate attempt to stay safe, they take matters into their own hands and go off the grid a week before the trial.

Danny St. John was stuck in a dark place of guilt and regret after a personal tragedy. On the run from violent criminals, he is forced to spend time with the one woman who makes him feel too much. Victoria Lopez needs to protect her heart, but she also misses the guy Danny used to be and thinks she might be able to bring him back. Now, evading gunmen together in Sequoia National Forest, Vic will risk everything to keep Danny safe.

Eric St. John isn’t a big fan of his sister-in-law-to-be, Zoe Turner. Sure, she’s beautiful, but also bossy and brash. When Eric and Zoe are forced to rely on each other for survival, he sees a side to Zoe he never anticipated, a side he definitely likes. But as the two grow closer, so do the men hunting them down.

Time nearly runs out as each couple must not only brave the perils of the wilderness and their growing feelings for each other, but also outwit their pursuers in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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Excerpt One:

Something moved in the bushes just outside the window in the corner of the room. Zoe’s pulse leapt as she sat up in bed.

“Did you hear that?” Vic whispered almost soundlessly.

“I thought you were sleeping.” Zoe’s voice wasn’t much louder.

“Tried. Not successful.”

They heard the tiniest scrap on the glass and both of them bolted out of bed. “Stuff the pillow under the blankets,” Zoe ordered softly. “Shoes,” she said next as she grabbed her flats. Before they could leave the room, an explosion of sound came from the front of the house and Zoe swung Vic into the closet, followed her in, and shut the door as the window in their room blasted apart. Seconds later, heavy footsteps crunched over broken glass.

Fear and nausea erupted in Zoe’s gut like a geyser. Grunts and thuds coming from the hallway marked the sounds of a fight and she held her breath, waiting for someone to pull open the door. She’d pulled Vic into a death trap by jamming them into this closet.

Bullets erupted outside the door and Zoe slapped a hand over her mouth to hold back a scream. The noise stopped and long tense seconds passed as Zoe and Vic stared at each other, the whites of Vic’s eyes clear in the dark. Before Zoe knew what happened, Vic slammed the door open and pounced on the man in front of them, putting him in a chokehold while hanging onto his back. It was the same thing Casey had done when she’d fought off her ex last year. The gun bounced on the floor and Zoe scrambled to reach it, her hands shaking and breath billowing in and out of her lungs.

Good jeez…what a ride.  Where has Ms. Adams been all of my life?  This is my first read from her but not my last.  I definitely will be snatching up the other 3 books in this series.  And no worries about missing anything.  This book stood alone.  And while everyone knows that romantic suspense is my all time favorite.  Ms. Adams does not disappoint in this area at all.  Nope.  I was holding my breath during a couple of parts.

What kinda left me meh were the romances in the book.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Zoe and Eric.  Danny and Victoria were good, too.  But I felt like the romance felt a bit off since we were dealing with two completely different romantic couples and their time on the page was split when it came to that aspect.  I honestly felt like the friendship were much stronger in the book than the romance.  Danny is the one character that I felt the sorriest for.  You just have to read the beginning of the book to feel that and I thought his grief was plausible and the guilt he felt realistic.  Zoe was a trip.  Eric uptight and Victoria at times, a tease but together, on the run, they were unstoppable.

The action in this book is some of the best I’ve ever read.  I really felt like I was in a movie just watching it unfold.  Ms. Adams does a great job of putting you right there with her characters and the thing that impressed me most was the attention to detail in her settings.  In most suspense stories, personal hygiene etc. is mostly left out but Ms. Adams puts it in there so that we can see that her characters have the same concerns that we do.  The plot is extremely plausible, realistic and made for an awesome read.

Again, I’m kicking myself that I haven’t read Ms. Adams before.  Her pacing is fantastic, the characters she writes are real people and the situations that she puts them in keeps you turning the page for more.  Don’t be like me and skip this book or author.  Trust me, you’ll kick yourself later.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After graduating high school in Texas, Dee J. moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. For twenty years, she acted in television and worked behind the scenes as an acting/dialogue coach for sitcoms.  Writing happened accidentally after a vivid dream and the urging of her husband to “Just write it down.” Three weeks, fourteen hours a day, and four hundred and fifty (long hand) pages later, she had her first novel.  Dee J. loves writing books filled with action, mystery and love. (Not necessarily in that order.) Her experience in show business led to her narrating many of the books in the Adrenaline Highs series for Audible.com. She is the wife of a wonderful man and mother to a fabulous daughter. She’s a dog lover all the way, with a fondness towards Boxers and Pit Bulls. She is a member of several organizations, including Romance Writers of America and SAG-AFTRA.

 

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Radar-High-Stakes-Book-ebook/dp/B07CKHRMFQ/

 

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Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/under-the-radar-dee-j-adams/1128543190

 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/under-the-radar-22

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ARC #Review of Counterfeit boyfriend by Cindi Madsen w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @CindiMadsen @InkSlingerPR @NazareaAndrews

Today Cindi Madsen is joining us to share the blog tour for COUNTERFEIT BOYFRIEND, her new contemporary romance! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: COUNTERFEIT BOYFRIEND

Author: Cindi Madsen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Counterfeit Boyfriend:

My twin brother’s talked me into a lot of crazy things, but taking his place on a road trip with his girlfriend so he can party with his friends is a whole new level of insanity. What’s even more insane is I somehow find myself agreeing to it—thanks, alcohol, guilt, and bribery. I’m determined to undo the arrangement, but then I meet Gwen, this sexy redheaded hurricane of energy and brains.

And then she kisses me. Just like that, I’m driving her up the coast, on our way to a wedding with a mess of complications. With each hour and each stop, I’m falling harder and harder for a woman who doesn’t know my actual name.

I’m trying to do the right thing. Or the lesser of the wrong things. All my life I’ve had to clean up my brother’s messes, but for the first time ever, I’ve landed the upper hand in one of our switcheroo schemes. Now I’ve just got to come clean and convince Gwen that I’m the brother she should be with.

 

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You know what gets me?  When an author doesn’t think that they are funny?  Yes, I read the acknowledgments and Ms. Madsen doesn’t think she is that funny.  Her author buddies had to tell her.  Really?  I was rolling, like belly laughing from reading this book.  I hate when authors don’t think they are funny.  Especially Ms. Madsen.  Bare none, she has written the funniest book I’ve read this year.  And one of the sweetest.  Yes, sweetest.

Don’t expect a lot of hanky-panky between these two.  Trust me, it is not needed.  Between Gwen trying to fit back in with her friends and Ethan having to lie to her the whole time AND maintain is his sanity and not kill his brother, plus, the road trip.  You don’t miss it.  I just wanted Gwen and Ethan to keep talking.  Gwen kinda reminded of Sally Field’s character in Smokey and the Bandit.  She was in constant motion, never stopped talking and the Bandit fell in love with her anyway.  *sigh*  Ethan was the same way.  He never talked down to her, made fun of her.  He appreciated her, genuinely liked her and somewhere down the road, fell in love with her.

Gwen, on the other hand, was a tougher sell with it came to Ethan.  She kept thinking that she was with Evan and wondering why the personality switch.  Y’all.  This book.  It has all the feels.  The twin switch is handled quite well.  I have twin aunts and I remember hearing switch stories all the time.  Unfortunately, they never switched boyfriends but their stories were still hilarious.  Ms. Madsen has written a twin switcharoo story that is realistic, plausible and I never felt sorry for Evan AT.All.  In fact, I’m still wondering what happened to him and Tori at the birthday party.  Now THAT would be a story to tell.

Ms. Madsen never disappoints with me.  Never.  I’ve read her YA, NA and adult books and she just gets better.  She is one of my auto-buy authors for life.  Again, I was belly laughing with these two.  Gwen and Ethan are that magical couple that needs to be on the screen.  Passionflix needs to take notice of this book.  Seriously.  Someone needs to make this happen.  Dream casting:  Isla Fisher and Sebastian Stan.

About Cindi:

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, and one overly-dramatic tomcat.

You can visit Cindi at: www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get all the up-to-date information on her books. Follow her on Twitter @cindimadsen.

 

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