Category Thursday, Entangled, Reviews

Review of Pushing the Limits by Nancy Fraser

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Author: Nancy Fraser
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 99 pages
Release Date: December 30, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-438-2
Imprint: Flirt

 

Blurb:
When a case of mistaken identity puts Cade Tucker in the wrong place at the right time, he can’t believe his luck. Drawn to the beautiful Julia McCormack, he flirts his way into her bed, and they welcome the New Year together.

Though they agreed their time together was no-strings-attached sex only, Julia’s having a hard time letting go of the best sex she ever had. She dives into work at her corporate law firm, hoping to get her mind off the man who rocked her world. But then Julia finds out the senior partner has appointed a new attorney to work with her on her biggest case, and her co-counsel will be Cade Tucker. Her plans to make partner are in serious jeopardy when she and Cade disagree on the best legal strategy for their case, but what will happen when they can no longer fight their desire, and the company’s strict non-fraternization policy threatens both of their jobs?

 

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When I spoke to Ms. Fraser about reading this book she was nervous.  She has written historicals for the last couple of years, so this is her first contemporary in a while.  Trust me, she has nothing to worry about in the contemporary genre.  Her historicals are fantastic and so is Pushing the Limits.  There are so many wonderful things about Cade and Julia in this book.

From the opening scene with Julia on the phone, to Cade playing Santa to the complete misunderstanding early on about what Cade does for a living to the ending is brilliant.  Ms. Fraser brings a fresh voice to the crowded jungle of contemporary romance.  She writes with a fluidity and real connection to her characters.  I feel in love with both of them from the beginning.  What was interesting to me was once these two hooked up, the emotional connection (whether they wanted it happen or not) was there in spades.  Julia wasn’t the typical hard-nosed, no life attorney.  She worked hard for what she had and was proud of herself.  She just didn’t have a sex life.

Cade on the other hand, had no agenda when he hooked up with Julia.  He thought she was the receptionist for the law firm that he was going to work for.  While this is a light and breezy contemporary, Cade and Julia have some issues that they differently have to work out.  Julia wants the corner office and Cade…he has to figure that out once he meets Julia.

I will say that Cade and Julia are bunnies in the bedroom.  Bring a fan but it’s not too graphic.  Just LOTS of it.  He He!  But isn’t that what a hook up means?  Staying in bed, having sex a lot and barely eating?  While that’s the point of the book, the twist at almost the end almost did me in.  Never saw it coming and it was a good one.  😉  Its sets up the conflict perfectly and I was crossing my fingers for everything to work for Cade and Julia.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, breezy contemporary that brings two people together in the most unusual way.  There is no hidden agenda, no angst, no one exes, just two people finding out what is really important in their lives and how to achieve it.  Bravo, Ms. Fraser!

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Book Trailer, Character Interview, Excerpt, Reviews

Character Intervew & ARC Review of Some Like It Royal by Heather Long

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Going Royal

Some Like it Royal

by HEATHER LONG

Quick Facts:

 

Some Like it Royal

Going Royal

Release Date: January 13, 2014

 

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Blurb:

 

It’s the role of a lifetime…

 

Living out of a car and waiting tables to make ends meet is hardly the stuff of fairy tales. So when a gorgeous man approaches Alyx Dagmar with a wild story about her royal lineage and an even wilder proposition, the aspiring actress is sure he’s got the wrong woman.

 

Self-made billionaire Daniel Voldakov needs connections before he can expand his software business into Europe. A blue-blooded fiancée would open all the right doors—and Daniel’s certain he can tempt the pretty but penniless Princess Alyxandretta to accept the part she was born to play.

 

Alyx can’t resist Daniel’s offer, and throws herself into the role. But as the paparazzi fall in love with their “storybook romance,” Alyx finds herself drawn to Daniel in ways she’d never imagined. Are his returned affections true, or all just part of the plan? He’ll do anything it takes to prove his love, and to make her see that the only happily ever after he wants is with her…the real her.

 

 

CHARACTER INTERVIEW:

We’re sitting down with Daniel Voldakov and his fiancée Alyx Dagmar, better known as Her Royal Highness, Alyxandretta. First and foremost, I wanted to thank you both for taking the time to chat with me today. And let’s get right to it. Speculation about the two of you is running rampant, and our viewers submitted a number of questions. First up, Daniel…

Cotton or Silk?

 

Alyx bursts out laughing and Daniel clears his throat. “I prefer Alyx in silk, though I have no complaints about cotton.”

 

The interviewer grins. “Our next question is for both of you.”

 

Champagne/beer/wine?

 

Alyx and Daniel glance at each other and then to the interviewer. “Wine,” they agree. “Though, I don’t mind a beer now and then,” Daniel adds.

 

Describe Alyx to me, Daniel?

 

Tipping his head toward the interviewer in a brief nod, Daniel turns to face Alyx and smiles. “Stubborn, smart, and sassy. Life didn’t hand her an easy road, but she meets every challenge with determination and grace that never fails to take my breath away.”

 

Describe Daniel for me, Alyx?

 

Alyx dabbed at the corner of her eyes and gave Daniel a watery smile, before clearing her throat. “Not sure I can top that. Crazy. Generous. Clever. Oh my God, he’s clever. And if I’m stubborn, he’s even more so—his optimism is a work of art. It doesn’t hurt that he’s gorgeous on top of all of that. Practically perfect, in every way.”

 

The interviewer takes a moment. “Wow. Oh…yes, where were we? Um, this is for both of you.”

 

Favorite food?

“Ice cream sundaes,” Daniel answers and lifts Alyx’s hand to his lips. “With lots of whipped cream.” A telling blush lights up Alyx’s cheeks.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

 

Alyx looks at a loss for an answer, but Daniel shrugs. “Wherever Alyx is.”

 

“Oh, that’s a good answer.” She grins and adds, “Wherever I am.”

 

Their laughter is mutual and warm.
What’s next for you? 

 

“The Morning Shows,” Daniel responds without missing a beat. “Then lunch.”

 

What traits in Alyx/Daniel do you find desirable? 

 

“He makes a great ice cream sundae.” Alyx nods soberly.
“But she steals the nuts,” Daniel teases.

 

 

If you could change one thing about each other, what would it be?

 

“Nothing.” Their simultaneous answer is so swift, both actually look hesitant and then smile.

 

Is your story finished or should we expect more?

 

The pair share another long look, but it’s Daniel who answers. “Let’s just say love is a work in progress and leave it at that.”

 

“Oh, I like that!” It’s Alyx’s turn to give him a kiss and it seems as though they’ve completely forgotten the interviewer and the interview.

 

 

“Well, you heard it here, folks. And while I know my audience will agree with me, some may like it royal, but we really love Alyx and Daniel and their work in progress…”

Harlie here…Daniel still makes me swoon.  🙂

 

Enjoy the following excerpt for Some Like It Royal:

 

Three days later, he leaned back in the auditorium of the theater he’d rented for the day. His secretary’d placed an advertisement in all the papers for a casting call. They’d listed very specific qualities and appearance. He’d gone through every resume and photograph that arrived until he found Alyx Dagmar’s.

She was the only one he wanted, and she was the only one who made the cut.

He wrote the script himself. It was a bastardized version of My Fair Lady, but he didn’t care. The names and the places were all that mattered—well, and the princess in question.

The theater crew admitted her, gave her access to a dressing room and the pages she would cold read for the part. Right on schedule she walked out on the stage. He knew she couldn’t see him in the darkened theater.

Clasping his hands together, he sat back and watched as she took her spot. “Whenever you’re ready.” He called quietly, certain it would carry.

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.” She lifted her hand as though holding a glass up to make a toast. Dressed in the simple green strapless gown, with her glorious russet hair pinned up, she seemed as glamorous as any model. “It is time for us to remove our masks, to reveal ourselves to each other in the fine tradition of the old-world masquerade. Have you danced with a duke? Did you dine with a princess? Did you discover your true love?”

She flowed three steps toward the lip of the stage, the single spotlight highlighting the magnificent column of her throat. He held his breath. She was better than he imagined. With all the gesture of flourish she mimed the removal of a mask. Her smile lit up her face and he leaned forward.

An air of expectancy hung around her, cloaking her as her smile turned coy, secretive. The notes said she was to react to surprise with a hint of delight. But the riot of emotion she let play over her face captivated him.

With a graceful curtsy, she dipped toward the stage and her gaze roved over the audience. He could almost imagine she hunted for him in the shadows and when she paused to straighten, her chin came up. “Yes,” she said in a clear, true voice. “My name is Princess D’tente.”

It was a stupid name, he grimaced at it, but he’d wanted her to take the message in it.

“And at long last, I am reunited with my family.” She paused again, but this wasn’t in the script. Her smile faltered and fell away.

Her gaze arrowed straight at him, where he sat, arms braced on the back of the seat in front of him.

“You son of a bitch.”

Yep. That definitely wasn’t in the script.

 

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Wow, just wow!  An intelligently written book about a tried and true trope:  The forgotten royal.  I love this trope for many reasons and Ms. Long nails every reason why I do.  The heroine is smart, sexy and doesn’t have a clue about her heritage at all.  The hero isn’t a douche; yes, he has a reason why he wants her to be a true royal but he is honest from the beginning.  I know…smart thing that Ms. Long did.  Plus, the heroine agrees but makes the hero jump throw hoops in the beginning but too bad.  This is a story about how a forgotten princess and her billionaire pseudo fiancée fall in love.  Sorry but there’s no deception, no one trying to break them up or do anything stupid.

Now, I could say that I felt some similarities with the move Pretty Woman and the character of Victor but Ms. Long gave it a different spin.  Alyx, our heroine, had a presence about her; a familiarity about being a princess.  Of course, our hero, Daniel, stepped in a couple of times to remind Victor that Alyx was tired and needed a break.  *swoon*  Victor has got to be the best secondary character that I have read in a long time.  He wasn’t intrusive, mean or treated Alyx like an idiot.  When she needed someone, he was there for her; not as a teacher but as a friend.

What really drew me the characters was that actually got to know each other as people.  They got to be friends before the sex started.  As I told Ms. Long, I appreciate the fact that I was more than half way through the book before they even had sex.  Sure there is tension and build up but Ms. Long puts Daniel and Alyx in a situation that just perfect for them to finally give themselves to each other.  Trust me, when you read it, you will swoon, fist pump and wish that a lot of other authors would follow Ms. Long on this.  🙂

If you are wondering where the conflict is, trust me its there but its not what you think.  Again, Ms. Long doesn’t dumb her characters down or her readers.  Another thing about Daniel and Alyx is that in the end, these two really cared about each other and wanted it to work.

If I had one thing to gripe about…I really need to know if Alyx’s boxes will ever show up.  I felt like, for me, I needed that closure.  The picture was great that Daniel gave her but I wanted more.  Again, its just me.  I don’t know what I would do without “my stuff” like that.

Overall, buy this book.  Give it to your mother, grandmother, aunt, niece really anyone.  Its funny, sweet, sexy when needed, and Ms. Long nails a trope that many authors miss and brings heart, heat and a sense of belonging that anyone can identify with.

 

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About the Author:

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

 

Contact Details:

 

Website: http://www.heatherlong.net

Email: heather@heatherlong.net

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/HVLong

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HeatherLongAuthor

Going Royal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/GoingRoyal

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490213-some-like-it-royal

 

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews, Reviews

Author interview & review of Negotiation Tactics (book #3, Sutton Capital Series) by Lori Ryan

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Lori will be awarding a $50 gift certificate to Amazon to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so make sure you leave a comment and email address.  Good luck!  You can follow along with the tour here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/09/virtual-nbtm-tour-negotiation-tactics.html

 

Negotiation Tactics: Book Three in the Sutton Capital Series

by Lori Ryan

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BLURB:

 

Fans of the Sutton Capital Series have been waiting for Jennie and Chad’s story for a long time and they won’t be disappointed! And, new readers are sure to fall in love with the series.

 

After the crushing heartache of losing her husband at a harshly young age, Jennie Evans had finally found a place to call home. She had a job she loved and new friends to support her. With the exception of having to continuously fight off the feelings she had for Chad Thompson, she was happy again. As happy as she could be anyway. When Jennie’s well-meaning friends meddle in her life, they send her world into a tailspin once again. Soon, she’s on the run from some very dangerous people with the one man she doesn’t want to be with.

 

Chad Thompson has loved Jennie from afar for the last year, but he’s maintained control. Jennie’s made it clear she wants nothing to do with him and he won’t cross the line she’s drawn in the sand. Until she asks him to. And, when that happens, their world is turned upside down. Chad’s left scrambling to keep Jennie safe as he tries to right their world again. Unfortunately, Chad has to accept the fact that his heart is likely to be crushed in the process and nothing will ever be the same again.

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Excerpt One:

 

Chad suppressed a grin as he watched Jennie. At the moment, Jennie and Chad were in the pool at Kelly and Jack’s house, where everyone had gathered for one last party before the baby arrived. Chad stood on one side of a volleyball net and Jennie stood on the other. Somewhere along the way, he’d forgotten what Jennie was arguing about, but he didn’t care. Chad loved to see her fiery eyes sparkle as she fisted small hands on her hips and lit into him. She barely reached his chest, but she should get points for trying. Jennie tossed her head, flinging her strawberry-blond curls out behind her and kept right on going.

 

Chad loved this side of Jennie. She was bold and brash and confident. She was feisty and fun loving and nothing seemed to frighten her. Not many women Jennie’s size – a mere 5’4” and 115 pounds – would try the things she did with Chad. At 6’4” and about 265 pounds of pure muscle, there weren’t many people who treated Chad the way Jennie did. Jennie taunted and teased Chad at every turn, almost as if she were two or three feet taller than him.

 

Chad knew why she did it. They both felt the wild attraction that sizzled between them and they both worked hard to control it. With so many mutual friends, coupled with the fact that they worked together all day during the week, they couldn’t avoid seeing one another. So Jennie seemed to deal with things by throwing her saucy, cheeky attitude at him all the time. It was almost as if she tried to keep their interactions superficial, never going deeper than the surface. If she was busy yelling at him or taunting him, there wasn’t any room for anything else.

authorinterview

Welcome Lori Ryan! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.             

Hi there! Thank you for having me today. It’s always fun making the blog tour rounds and meeting my readers along the way. A little about me, huh? Well, I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, two kids, three dogs and a cat. It’s a little bit of a madhouse, but it works for us.

 

Is Negotiation Tactics a single title, or part of a series?

It’s part of the Sutton Capital Series and I think it’s the best one yet. I think as a writer, I’ve been developing and getting better and better and I also think the characters in this book are my favorites so far (but only by a tiny margin!).

 

What were your inspirations for the story?

These two characters appeared in the previous books and I just knew they needed their own story. I’ve been looking forward to writing their story all along and I know from reader emails that people have wanted it for a long time, too!

 

Please share your setting for Negotiation Tactics. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?   

This book takes place in a few locations. The characters live in Connecticut, where I lived for several years. They also spend time at a tropical resort (who doesn’t love one of those?) and in a cabin in New Hampshire, where I also lived for several years. I actually hit three of my favorite locations all in one book!

 

When did the writing bug first bite?

Last year. I was pregnant and couldn’t do much physically so I read a ton of romance novels. Pretty soon, I wanted to try writing one. I published the first book in this series, Legal Ease, in April of this year, I think.

 

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

Oh, I just have so many, it’s hard to name them. I recently discovered Liliana Hart’s Addison Holmes series and those just make me laugh. She combines humor with drama and suspense and hot romance. What could be better?

 

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Some of my friends from the world of romantic suspense: Dana Marton, Jill Sanders, Kaylea Cross, Donna Fasano… that’s another list that would quickly be too long!

 

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time? 

I really spend all of the free time I have right now writing. I have two kids under the age of four so free time is non-existent. Whenever I can, I sit down and write.

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I just discovered this video on Facebook. Who does this? It’s just awful. http://www.700wlw.com/pages/onair_scottsloan.html?article=11683702

bookreview

Where has this series been and why am I just NOW reading the 3rd book in the series?  I must rectify this quickly.  This is such a great book.  The characters are engaging, the plot flowed and the dialogue, inner and between Chad and Jennie is believable.   Plus, even though I haven’t read the other books, I never felt lost with the secondary characters.  That’s good writing and being able to feel like I’ve known them even without reading their books.

What I really enjoyed was how much Chad really loved Jennie.  He loved her for who and what she was, even knowing that she couldn’t get past losing her childhood sweetheart.   That really pulled at my heartstrings.  I felt bad for him in some ways but it was the respect that he had for her that did me in.  *sigh*

I will have to say that sometimes Jennie got on my nerves a bit with her NOT getting over Kyle.  I realize that losing him at an early age was hard but with some encouragement from her parents and Kyle’s parents, you would think that she would have moved on but she didn’t.  It wasn’t until she truly got in trouble that she finally realized how much Chad meant to her and her life going forward.

But my favorite thing about Chad and Jennie is the trope of second chances/friends to lovers.  I’m a sucker for the tropes and yes, there is another one there, too but to tell you would completely spoil the book for you.  Ms. Ryan does a great job balancing the smexy times, suspense element and the friendship that Chad and Jennie had before they slept together.  Their relationship is utterly believable and I must go back and read about them in the earlier books.  🙂

Overall, I can’t wait to read another Lori Ryan book.  She has written a great book about two people that fell in love with each other when they didn’t want to.  True love waits for no one and Chad & Jennie should have know this when they first made love to each other.  *sigh*

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:lori ryan AuthorPic

 

Lori is an award winning author and stay-at-home mom. Her second book, Penalty Clause, won first place in the romance category in Lcuky Cinda Publishing’s Annual Global Writer’s Contest in 2013.

 

Lori has had a number of careers before embarking on her newest adventure of writing novels. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, she practiced law for three years, working primarily in the areas of utilities law and intellectual property litigation.

 

More recently, Lori owned and operated a dog training business in Austin, Texas, where she specialized in aggression and became an expert in the field of dog bite analysis. Lori sold her dog training business in 2013 and is now a full time writer and mother of two.

 

Lori still lives in Austin with her husband — who is endlessly supportive of her changing career paths — and her two children, one cat, and three dogs.

 

How can your readers follow you?

 

To follow me on Facebook, visit: http://www.facebook.com/loriryanromance

 

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Want to be a part of my online street team? Email me at Loriryanauthor@gmail.com and put the words ‘street team’ in the subject line. I’ll email you back with directions for joining my team.

 

To join my email list to receive updates and news, including sneak peeks and free giveaways or contest news, visit http://www.loriryanromance.com/#!join-my-mailing-list/cdpp.

 

To buy my books, visit my author page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/loriryan.