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Happy Release Day & ARC #Review of Christmas with the Billionaire by Lila Monroe! #romanticcomedy #newrelease @givemebooksblog @lilawrites

 

 

Title: Christmas with the Billionaire
Author: Lila Monroe
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: November 30, 2017
Blurb
Spice up the holiday season with the hilarious new holiday novella from Lila Monroe.
Dressing up as a sexy elf to sing Christmas hits isn’t exactly the glittering Broadway career I had planned. The only thing more humiliating than my outfit is coming face-to-face with Oliver Gage, the sexy big-shot theatre producer who just crushed my dreams. He’s arrogant, infuriating… and did I mention how sexy he is?
I’ve sworn never to get comfy on the casting couch, but when we’re snowed in together upstate, it’s looking like a pretty good place to spend the night. Soon, sparks – and my panties – are flying.
Who said Christmas only had to come once a year? 

Ever just need to read a cute, sexy, funny as hell story?  Throw in Christmas, a heroine that is just too funny for words and a hot hero in the mix?  Look no further than this book.  I will admit that it is a bit short for my taste but I loved every word.  Ms. Monroe is the queen when it comes to shorter works with actual character depth, emotions and doesn’t overdo the smexy times.  Yes, folks, there is an actual plot to the book.  Heck, the book could have not even had the sex in it and it would have been just as awesome.  I know, then why bother to read the book?  Let me tell you why you should.

Oliver and Jill.  Plus, I could live a little through Jill.  My childhood dream was to dance on Broadway and Jill gets to do that, or at least try.  Jill is just one of those characters that you can identify with from the first page.  Likeable, relatable, wished you had her Brooklyn address and the feisty, snarky mouth to go with all that.  Plus, come on there is a scene in the book that we ALL wished we could tell our boss.  Plus, in the end, she kinda made Oliver actually work for it.  I knew that was coming but I really liked how she stood her ground with him.  She is the perfect partner for him in the end.

Oliver.  I just love that name.  Of course, Oliver Hudson has that name, I could lick him all over.  And yes, that’s who I pictured in my mind when it came to the character.  Plus, I liked that even though he had money, he never really mentioned it and threw it around.  Sure he was a Broadway producer but he is also very down to earth when it comes to his personal relationships.  Loved the scenes with his family and his sister is a hoot.  Sure there is a bit of instalove in the book but you don’t have to worry about the genuine feelings that Oliver has for Jill.  He realizes that she isn’t the typical actress/starlet that he has dated before and gotten burned by.  I liked his openness with Jill in the end.  He made me love him even more.

Overall, I really liked this Christmas themed story.  But then again, Ms. Monroe is fast becoming an auto-buy author for me.  I love her writing style, voice and above all, her ability to make me care about characters in a short time.  A lot of authors can’t do that but she can.

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Author Bio
Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.
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#Review of Christmas in the Cove by Carol Ross w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @_CarolRoss


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Christmas in the CoveChristmas in the Cove
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A DEA stealth mission has brought coast guard Lt. Commander Eli Pelletier home. But when he ends up aiding rescue swimmer Aubrey Wynn during her own harrowing mission, powerful emotions reignite between them. Except Aubrey doesn’t want Eli’s protection. She wants answers.

Twelve years ago, Eli broke up with Aubrey without telling her the real reason he was leaving Pacific Cove. How can he try for a second chance if he’s forced to deceive her again? Amid suspected drug trafficking and a sabotaged Christmas contest, Eli must find a way to regain Aubrey’s trust without compromising his career or endangering the woman he loves.

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Do you see a pattern?  Yes, I’m on a Harlequin Heartwarming kick in reading.  I love this line.  It’s clean, wholesome and emotional.  It’s my go-to line when I want to feel good.  Feel good about the characters and just lose myself in a book.

Ms. Ross delivered on so many levels with me.  First off, her writing.  It just flows and her dialogue is spot on.  The scenes were Aubrey and Eli on rescues, I really felt like I was there.  Of course, I channeled Kevin Costner.  (If you don’t know the reference…shame on you.  Look it up.)  Anyway, I really felt the camaraderie between Gale, Eli and Aubrey.  Most people forget that the Coast Guard is part of our military and Ms. Ross really did her research.  I also appreciated Aubrey’s dad and how he just couldn’t totally step away from the Guard.

Another thing that stood out for me was the whole family/community aspect.  We got to know about Eli and Aubrey’s family.  I connected with them and oh…Ms. Ross, Gale and Nina’s book needs to be written.  Talk about a couple that I immediately connected with and fell in love with.  I liked how each one of the family members was crucial to Eli and Aubrey finally figuring out that regardless of the 12 years, they still loved each other.  They just needed to figure out it.

The one surprise in the book was the suspense element that is there in the book.  It’s not heavy-handed and the twist at the end.  Oh lord…I NEVER saw that coming.  I like when an author surprises me like that.  Blew me away.

Did Aubrey and Eli finally figure it all out between them?  I think so, but in the next book (hint, hint), we, at least me, will get to see where they are and going in their lives…together.

Did I mention that I need Gale and Nina’s book?  Like NOW.  Those two were just IT for me.  I can’t wait to read it.

You should read this book, too.  Great characters, awesome storyline and realistic dialogue.  Not to mention emotional and a great second chance romance.  Oh and there is a Christmas contest, too.  Two words…Crab Boil.  LOL!

Carol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after.

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Other Books by the Author

Mountains Apart (Seasons of Alaska #1)A Case for Forgiveness (Seasons of Alaska #2)If Not for a Bee (Seasons of Alaska #3)A Family Like Hannah's (Seasons of Alaska #4)

Tour Schedule

December 13th: Launch
December 14th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Bottles & Books Reviews
Paulette’s Papers
December 15th:
Harlie’s Books
Heidi Reads…
Falling Leaves
Rockin’ Book Reviews
beck valley books
December 16th:
Mel’s Shelves
Books, Dreams, Life
JoJo’s Corner
Nicole’s Book Musings
December 18th:
Christy’s Cozy Corners
I Am A Reader
i blog 4 books
Book Lover in Florida
With Love for Books
December 19th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
underneath the covers
Bookworm Lisa
Getting Your Read On
December 20th: Grand Finale

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1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card and a copy of Christmas in the Cove (signed copy if US, ebook if international)
– Ends December 24th

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Excerpt from The Christmas Cookie Shop Christmas Town #1) by Ginny Baird w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

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by Ginny Baird

 

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

 

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BLURB:

 

Come home this Christmas to…

 

CHRISTMAS TOWN, TENNESSEE

 

Where everyday dreams come true!

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird brings you the start of a brand new holiday series…

 

THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SHOP

 

(Christmas Town, Book 1)

 

Hannah Winchester is down on her luck and disillusioned with love, but her fortunes are about to change. When Hannah inherits a defunct bakery in East Tennessee, her first thought is to sell it and settle her substantial debt. Then the townsfolk welcome her warmly and she’s taken with the joyful spirit of the place, where stores employ holiday themes and residents have surnames like Christmas and Claus. After a handsome lawman comes to her aid dressed as Santa, Hannah learns he’s more than a hot guy in a red suit and shiny black boots. Sheriff Carter Livingston has joined in the cause of rejuvenating the town, and he’s encouraging her to do her part. Hannah’s great-grandmother, Lena, sold special holiday cookies that brought hope and renewal to the people of Christmas Town. Yet Hannah has plans elsewhere and isn’t looking to stay. Can she possibly reopen the shop known for kindling romance—without sacrificing her heart?

 

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Excerpt Three:

 

Carter wondered what someone so young and pretty was doing in this neck of the woods. Christmas Town, Tennessee. Population: thirteen hundred. And, most of those thirteen hundred were over the age of sixty, which was probably why Carter couldn’t take his eyes off the striking brunette with warm brown eyes. Wispy raven tresses tumbled out from beneath a colorful knitted cap, framing her creamy complexion and lightly grazing her chin. She turned her eyes back on his and Carter’s heart stuttered. What was wrong with his ticker today? When he’d first laid eyes on her, it had skipped a beat. Now, it was slamming like a jackhammer. He pounded his chest with a fist to set it right before asking, “Long drive?”

 

She shook out her map and folded it, setting it aside. “I came here from Stafford, Virginia. Near Washington, DC.”

 

“Wow. What did that take you? Seven or eight hours, I’d guess?”

 

“Could have been less without the weather.”

 

“I’ll bet.” A blast of cold air roared through the lowered window and the woman shivered, gripping her arms by the elbows of her tattered pea coat. “My apologies,” Carter said, embarrassed by his attempts to detain her. “Here I am keeping you, when what you asked for was help in getting under way.”

 

“That’s all right.” Her pretty mouth drew up in a smile and heat warmed the back of his neck. “I’m new in town so I don’t have many friends yet.” The kittens mewed again. “Apart from those two,” she said with a laugh.

 

“Then you’re in for a treat. Everyone knows everyone in Christmas Town. It’s a very friendly place.”

 

Mirth sparked in her eyes as she lowered her window even further and stuck out her hand. “I’m Hannah, by the way. Hannah Winchester. It’s nice to meet you, Sheriff.”

 

“Call me Carter, please.” He latched onto her worn leather glove, thinking it felt warm and feminine in his calloused hand. Apart from patrolling, Carter did a whole lot of handyman work around town. All pro bono stuff to help the locals. Gave him something to do, since he’d only written one traffic ticket all year. Even then, he’d ultimately let the guy off with a warning.

 

“Staying in Christmas Town long?” He tried to downplay the hopefulness in his voice, but he wasn’t completely successful.

 

She blushed and withdrew her hand. “Just passing through. I’ve rented a place for a month. But I might stay two, depending.”

 

Carter scolded himself for nearly hitting on the woman. But nearly wasn’t doing. Nearly only counted in horseshoes and hand grenades…

 

Copyright © 2016 Ginny Baird

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:mediakit_authorphoto_thechristmascookieshop

 

Romance writer Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. Whether writing lighthearted romantic comedy or spine-tingling romantic suspense, she delights in delivering heartwarming stories.

She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women’s Fiction categories. When she’s not writing, Ginny enjoys cooking, biking and spending time with her family in Virginia. Ginny loves hearing from her readers! She invites you to visit her website and connect with her on social media. http://www.ginnybairdromance.com/

 

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TWITTER – https://twitter.com/GinnyBaird

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5374955.Ginny_Baird

 

BUY & TBR LINKS

 

Amazon US

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JSTBE2Q

 

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01JSTBE2Q

 

Amazon CA

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01JSTBE2Q

 

Amazon AU

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01JSTBE2Q

 

Barnes & Noble NOOK

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-christmas-cookie-shop-ginny-baird/1124277151

 

Apple iBooks

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-christmas-cookie-shop/id1141489207

 

Kobo

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-christmas-cookie-shop

 

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31358784-the-christmas-cookie-shop

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Ginny will be awarding The Complete Holiday Brides Collection (Books 1 – 5) to five randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.
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