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ARC #Review of Blame It on the Bet (a Whiskey Sisters novel) by L.E. Rico w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @RadioRico @laurenricoauthor @entangledpub @entangledpublishing

Blame it on the Bet

by L.E. Rico

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie pan.

When her family’s pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O’Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of the hands of the L.A. real-estate developer trying to raze it and replace it with a—god forbid!—multiplex theater.

Bryan Truitt always gets what he wants. And what he wants is the sweet corner property on Mayhem’s Main Street where O’Halloran’s Pub sits. But his “quick business” turns into more than he bargains for when he meets the feisty Hennessy. Next thing he knows, he’s betting her he can outlast Mayhem’s punishing winter in time to make the pub his—or he’ll gift it to her for free.

Hennessy knows better than to flirt with the enemy. But suddenly Bryan’s not sure which he wants more…the property or the woman who owns it.

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Excerpt Two:

Standing there, looking bedraggled and exhausted, is Bryan Truitt. He’s holding his iPhone up to the door, and I can just make out the tiny image of Peter Gabriel’s album So on the screen. Bryan doesn’t say a word. He doesn’t knock. He doesn’t ring. He just stands there, phone up, waiting for me to hear him and open the door.

I do.

“In your eyes, I see the doorway to a thousand churches…” Peter Gabriel sings just loud enough so as not to bother my neighbors.

“That’s my favorite line,” he says. “The doorway to a thousand churches line…”

“Yeah, that is a pretty amazing image,” I agree, playing along as he pretends this is a perfectly natural situation.

“I get it.”

“What?” I ask, neither of us budging.

“I get what he’s saying. Because I see that when I look into your eyes.”

I stare at him, my breath suddenly caught in my throat.

“You…you do?” I ask, sounding tentative.

He nods.

“I do. And that’s why I’m here.”

“It is?”

Jeez, could I be any lamer?

He nods again.

“Can I come in?”

I step back and hold the door open so he can pass me.

I realize I’m dressed in only a terrycloth robe with my hair swept up in a towel turban. No clothes. No makeup. Not even a pair of slippers.

“Uh… Let me go put something on—”

“No,” he says sharply. The surprise must register on my face because he’s quick to jump in again. “I don’t want to let you out of my sight. Not for a second. I can’t.”

“Bryan…”

He sets his phone down on the breakfast bar and wraps his big, strong hands around my forearms.

“No, Hennessy. I let you go once, and I won’t do it again. Not ever.”

Okay, I have to admit that this review almost didn’t make it today.  I read a lot of Entangled books and I didn’t realize that this one is novel length.  Yes, over 300 pages long.  Most books I read are maybe, on a good day, no more than 200 pages and I can read that in a couple of hours.  This one, not so much.  I started it late and then realized the length and thought, I’ll never finish it in time.  But guess what?  I did and I’m sad.  There were times in the book, that I had a silent tear coming down my face and I’m still trying not to cry now.

Have you ever read a book by an author, an author that you know nothing about, and feel like you’ve had your soul ripped out, laughed out loud, cried over little thing that you shouldn’t be crying over and then wondering when the next book from the author comes out?  No?  That’s a shame because I feel that way with this book and Ms. Rico.  She made me think, laugh, cry and overall, make me think of some things that I’ve gone through in my life and wondered if I made the right decisions.

Bryan and Hennessey are the perfect couple that I have read in a very long time.  Sure, sure, every blogger says that but I mean it.  They were both flawed, judgemental, smart, wrong and yet, so perfect for each other.  Bryan needed a reality check after everything that he went through some years ago and Hennessey needed to final realize what was going to make her happy.  And yes, spoiler alert…being a lawyer isn’t that.  One character wasn’t better than the other and they both had some growing to go through before they finally figured out what they wanted.

I read a lot of Bliss books and this one will stay with me for awhile.  Ms. Rico has given so much personality to the Whiskey sisters:  Jameson, Hennessey, Walker, and Bailey.  Yes, those are their names and trust me, the names fit the sisters.  You have to read the book and get to know them to understand them.  I’m in awe with Ms. Rico and how she could have written the outline of the series and be able to stay true to all of the characters.  Oh yes, Father Romance, the Pie Lady (she’s spooky), King, Ms. Lucy and everyone else in the book.  Priceless and I don’t think I will every get the phrase “BryBry…dooooosssssshhhh” out of my head for a very long time.  The tears of laughter and Jameson trying to wrangle her son.  Speaking of which, I’m still trying to figure out what Jameson is going to do now.

Overall, I can’t say enough about this book, this author and the series that just started.  There is so much that I could say but I won’t because some of it would be spoilers and you really need to read it.  Ms. Rico is just brilliant in her storytelling and I can’t wait to go back to Mayhem and see if there are any new cats and what sweaters they will be wearing.  And yes, that’s a whole different aspect of the book that is just down right hilarious.

***one other thing…I pre-ordered the book before I signed up to review it.  I can’t wait until next week to re-read it.***


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.

 

Website: www.LaurenRico.com

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of The Billionaire in Her Bed by Regina Kyle w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Regina_Kyle1 @reginakyleautho @entangledpub @entangledpublishing #giveaway

The Billionaire in Her Bed
by Regina Kyle

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Real estate mogul Eli Ward needs to keep a low profile on his new project. He’s expecting a fight from the somewhat eclectic folks currently living there. What he doesn’t expect is for that fight to be led by Brooke Worthington, the woman who rocked his world one unforgettable night. The one woman who doesn’t know who he is, which is a good thing. She just sees him as a regular guy. It’s refreshing.

Graphic designer and part-time bartender Brooke Worthington refuses to follow her family’s plan for her. She’s too busy building her artistic career. She doesn’t have time for relationships, either, especially with the super hot Eli, because she has to save the building she lives in with people she thinks of as her real family from some greedy real estate billionaire.

These two have secrets and chemistry that is nothing short of explosive.

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Excerpt Three:

“One night.” She stared at a spot over his shoulder, desperate for something to distract her from the overwhelming scent of him, soap and sandalwood and sweat. No dice.

“It was supposed to be one night.”

“Do you believe in fate?”

His warm breath danced across her cheek and tickled her ear.

“Because it seems to be telling us otherwise.”

No, she didn’t. She believed in hard work and perseverance. Why else would she still be banging her head against the wall trying to get a top-drawer publisher interested in her novel?
She went for sarcastic, hoping it would scare him off.

“Maybe it’s telling me you’re a stalker.”

“Who doesn’t know your last name yet somehow found out where you live and rented an apartment in your building?”

She gave a half-hearted shrug. “Could happen.”

“Or it could be when I met you that night at Flotsam and Jetsam I was apartment hunting, and I was as surprised to see you at the tenants’ meeting as you were to see me. Call it a happy coincidence.”

“I don’t believe in coincidence, either.”

“What do you believe in?” His baby blues, mysterious and mesmerizing, bored into hers.

“Luck?”

She broke free from his spellbinding gaze, dragging her eyes down to his awe-inspiring chest and focusing on the fire-engine red “ALL” in the center of his Metallica T-shirt.

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”

“Then it looks like this is my lucky day.”

“Why is that?”

“Because this is my opportunity to convince you the universe wants us to spend some time together.” He slid a finger under her chin and lifted her face to his. “And I’m prepared to stay right here until you agree.”

 

What can I say?  It’s another Indulgence which is my crack of choice in reading.  I won’t bore you with my love for the line or the tropes that are associated with it.  But I will have to say that this is one of the better Indulgence books that I’ve read in a while.  Why do I say this?  Because this book deals with two people that not only have secrets about themselves but also the impact of real estate developers buying properties and then displacing the current residents.  Ms. Kyle doesn’t preach about it but the way that she tells the show is how much I loved this book.

Ms. Kyle not only incorporates how Eli comes to live at the building where Brooke lives but how the residents at the building slowly become his friends.  Doesn’t hurt that Eli and Brooke get to spend a lot of time together getting to know each other and have unlimited smexy times but Ms. Kyle has some of the best secondary characters that I’ve read in some time.  Between David & Chris, Charise and the baby and the Feingolds, you get the sense of community right from the start and I fell in love with all of them.

The chemistry between Eli and Brooke is off the charts but what I really liked about them is their ability to actually get to know each other.  Of course, these two have massive secrets but it’s NOT what you think.  In fact, I think that their secrets are somewhat anti-climatic.  Sure, sure the secrets are revealed near the end of the book but Eli and Brooke had already made that connection and fell in love.  I loved both Eli and Brooke from the start.  No major skeletons in the closet just two people that didn’t expect to find each other and fall in love.

I just loved this book and Ms. Kyle’s style of writing.  She writes tightly and to the point.  There are no unnecessary fillers in her story.  I liked Eli and Brooke’s sister…a lot.  I feel like Brooke’s sister needs her own story.  I loved her and how she really is there for Brooke, regardless of their parents.

Overall, this is one the best Indulgence books that I’ve read.  It’s tight, sexy, relevant and the characters are fantastic.  I looked forward to reading more from Ms. Kyle.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.

A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenage daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of her local RWA chapter. Her book Triple Dare was a 2016 Booksellers’ Best Award winner.

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Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074SYQX47/

BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/billionaire-in-her-bed-regina-kyle/1126974476?ean=9781640631946

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Happy Release Week to Hard Run (Delta Force Brotherhood #2) by Sheryl Nantus w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @SherylNantus @entangledpublishing @entangledpub #romance #suspense #giveaway

HARD RUN

by Sheryl Nantus
Delta Force Brotherhood, #2
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Contemporary, Suspense, Romance, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS:

When Skye Harris shows up on the Devil’s Playground’s doorstep asking the Brotherhood for help with a gang taking over her hometown, it’s time for Finn Storm to step up. The bikers might be tough but he’s tougher – and armed with Brotherhood tech and a warrior’s heart he’s going to get the job done, no matter what or who stands in his way.

The one weak spot in his plan is in his heart––Skye gets under his skin like no other woman has and she’s not going to let him take all the danger on his shoulders alone. But when she’s caught in the crossfire Finn has to decide whether to follow his heart or his carefully crafted plan to not only clean up the town but heal his soul.

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EXCERPT #2

Skye put her empty coffee cup in the sink. It was almost time to leave for work, and she hadn’t heard anything from the spare room since getting up that morning. It was hard to resist knocking on his door, using the excuse of checking in to see Finn before leaving.

Then he walked down the hallway and into the kitchen, and she lost her train of thought.

He wore only his jeans, otherwise barefoot and bare-chested. The whisper of day-old stubble on his chin added to his appeal, giving him a rugged look. Finn scratched his jaw, eyes still half shut, and it was easy to imagine him lying in bed, rolling over and giving her that same heavy-lidded smile after a night of serious lovemaking.

She bit down on her tongue, remembering her naughty thoughts of the previous evening.

Finn nodded. “Hoped I’d catch you before you left. Got some work today?”

“I’ve got another shift at the diner before doing some late-night cleaning at the real estate offices, so I’ll be popping in and out, plus visiting Robby.” She glanced at the calendar stuck on the refrigerator door. “Tomorrow’s Sunday. I’ll be picking up the usual shift from the Watleys, minding the store for them while they go to church. Eight until noon.”

“That’s a lot of work at a whole lot of different places.” Finn took down a coffee mug and poured himself a cup. “Can’t you find steady full-time work?”

“Not around here.” She fought to keep her tone light. “It’s been that way for years. Businesses come and go, and it’s easier for a lot of them to hire more part-time workers than full-time. So I gather up my shifts, and in the end, they add up to forty hours or more, depending on the week.”

“Rough way to live.” Finn reached over and squeezed her hand. “You’re one tough lady, Skye Harris.”

 

OMG!  This book.  Finn.  Skye.  Suspense.  Romance.  The unknown.  A brotherhood of ex-military heroes that fight the good fight.  Yes, this book has it all for me.  I will admit that I didn’t read Dylan and Jessie’s book but trust me, everything is explained in the beginning.  However, I’m intrigued by their story so I bought the other book.

The biggest impression that the book left me was how strong Skye was.  Typically in romantic suspense, the heroine needs to be saved some how but not our Skye.  I felt her anger and frustration when it came to the gang and especially its leader.  I loved how one of the gang member’s, Jake played in the story.  In the end, though, I didn’t feel sorry for him.  Robby, Skye’s brother, is a major character (in some ways) and I liked how he progressed in the story.  The ending with kinda broke my heart but I understood why he did it.

The romance between Finn and Skye is believable.  It could have been instalove, which I hate, but in the end, it was sweet.  Neither one of them was looking for it and it just kinda snuck up on them.  In my opinion, Finn had the most to achieve in that department.  He wasn’t cut off from relationships but he felt like his job would get in the way.  Skye, on the other hand, loved him with her whole heart and near the end of the book, I wondered how she was going to just leave her heart with Finn and move on.

For a suspense book, there isn’t that much action until the very end.  Ms. Nantus does an awesome job with the scenes in the diner.  😉  Plus, we get the final showdown with the gang leader.  Ouch!  Skye proved her mantle with me and I will say that she is one of the strongest heroines in romantic suspense that I’ve read in a long time.

Do yourself a favor and read this book.  It’s emotional, at times gritty with a great romance between two realistic characters that you will love in the end.  I feel that Trey’s book is next but I could be wrong.  Loved him.

 

ABOUT SHERYL NANTUS

Sheryl Nantus is an award-winning romance writer published by Entangled, St. Martin’s, Samhain, and Harlequin’s Carina Press.

When she’s not writing about hunky heroes, she is sipping tea, playing board games and writing haiku.

A total fangirl at heart, she met her husband through an online fanfiction community and currently lives in Pennsylvania.

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