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Happy Release Day to Seducing the Defendant (the Conflict of Interest series #2) by Chantal Fernando @givemebooksblog @ChantalFernando

 

 

Title: Seducing the Defendant
Series: The Conflict of Interest Series #2
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Gallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Blurb

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns to her latest, steamy Conflict of Interest series with this electrifying tale of murder, justice, and intense attraction.Jaxon Bentley is a hardnosed criminal lawyer whose entire life revolves around his work. He’s been asked to represent Scarlett Reyes, a woman accused of murdering her police officer husband in cold blood. All the evidence points to Scarlett being guilty and Jaxon is sure it’s an open and shut case.

But when he meets his client, he can’t help but feel that she’s innocent and that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. With a bit of digging, he uncovers a connection to the notorious Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and realizes that Scarlett’s case is a complicated and difficult one. It certainly doesn’t help that the two share an immediate and passionate attraction. Will Jaxon be able to prove Scarlett’s innocence or are the two doomed to fail both in court and as a couple?

 

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I know what you are going to say?  Or maybe not.  I just love Ms. Fernando’s writing.  Keep in mind that this is only my 2nd book to read by her and yes, it’s one of the best books of 2017.  There is something to be said about an author that grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go.  I will admit that I read some of the reviews of this book that have come across my computer through other blogs and not a lot of them liked it as much as I did.  Here’s why:
1.  Insta love – I didn’t feel like Scarlett and Jaxson had the whole insta love thing going.  In fact, I felt like Scarlett held back until about 3/4 of the way in the book.  Sure, they had sex, a lot and went out on dates but it seemed like until Demon came around that she finally was able to truly love Jaxson for everything that he was and his past.
2.  Scarlett – I really thought that she was a great heroine.  She is definitely stronger than she thought and as she makes girlfriends in the book, she is finally able to do things her way and without judgment from her partner.  Her group of friends is diverse and the scenes at the strip club are hilarious.
3.  Jaxson – Besides being too sexy for his shirt and a brilliant attorney, he’s really a softie.  I didn’t figure out a plot point in the book but it explains why Jaxson could be, at times, closed off and why he resisted Scarlett at first.  There were tears in my eyes near the ending of the book for him.  Ms. Fernando does a great job through the last chapters of the book showing us what he is really made of and how early events in his life shaped him to be the man that he is today.
4.  The plot – I will admit that the plot is pretty simplistic but then again, this book is about the characters, not what the blurb tells you.  This is a great character study on the growth of Scarlett after the death of her husband and Jaxson dealing with the death of a loved one.  After all the years of isolation that Scarlett death with, it was like she had to learn to be herself again.  Finding friends, who to trust and how to be free.  I admit that I loved Scarlett.  She’s a feisty one and watching her relationship grow with Jaxson is a delight.  Jaxson’s growth is less subtle but it’s there.
5.  Secondary characters – I loved every single one of them.  Kat, Hunter, Tristin, Callum, Valentina, Faye, Gwen, and Dex.  Oh yes, the MC club, Wind Demons is here, too.  I haven’t read the books but I did buy Faye and Dex’s story because I just fell in love with Faye.  Demon…man, I teared up.  You just have to read it to understand.  I can’t wait to read Callum’s book next.
Overall, I loved the book.  I love Ms. Fernando.  What draws me to her books are the characters.  They are strong, flawed and relatable.  This book deals with some subject matter that may be sensitive to some but Ms. Fernando deals with it beautifully.  I can’t wait until February.

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Author Bio

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty 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 Guarding Erin (Kindle Worlds: Special Forces: Operation Alpha) by Nicole Flockton w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @NicoleFlockton

Title: Guarding Erin
Author: Nicole Flockton
Genre: Adult, Special Forces Romance
Published: November 7, 2017
Page Count: 166 Pages

When Carlos “Italy” Porcelli helped a former SEAL brother, he never expected to come face to face with his high school sweetheart, Erin Furlan. The second he finds out her life is in danger from her former mob boyfriend, he will do everything in his power to protect her and keep her safe. Guarding his heart from remembering the past and wishing for a future will take all his steely SEAL resolve.

Erin Furlan believed her life was back on track after her mob boyfriend got arrested when the family he worked for got taken down. How wrong she was. Now he’s back and wanting retribution. What she never expected was Navy SEAL and former sweetheart, Carlos Porcelli, to swoop in and save her. As she tries to break away from her ex’s hold, she’s drawn closer to Carlos. Erin’s not sure her heart can take another beating, as she’s certain Carlos is going to walk away from her again.

Being in close confines, their past filters into their present and when Erin is kidnapped, Carlos will do anything to save the woman he’s falling for. He only hopes he reaches her in time.

 


Guarding Erin Excerpt © Nicole Flockton 2017
Exhaustion bit at her heels. It had been a shit of a day. A computer software problem had all their reservations jumbled up tighter than a pair of stockings in a washing machine. The last thing she wanted to do was go to dinner, but she really needed a girl’s night.
She turned the light off and closed her office door. At the end of each day a sense of pride filled her with all she’d accomplished in the past four years. Hard work and determination had gotten her to the position of General Manager quicker than she ever imagined possible.
Before she left, she stopped at the registration desk. “If any issues crop up overnight, call me. No matter what the time.”
The clerk smiled. “Certainly, Erin. Hopefully, I won’t have to. Have a good night.”
“Thanks.” Secretly, Erin prayed her phone wouldn’t ring. After dinner she planned to go home and fall into bed. Between the stress of Bryan turning up in her life again, and today’s work drama, a solid eight hours of sleep sounded like an unreachable dream.
She skipped down the stairs, glad to be outside and absorbed everything that made New York, New York. The sounds of taxi drivers sitting on their horns, the aroma coming from the hotdog stand on the corner, the flow of people streaming out of the subway stations.
“Hello, Erin.”
Shocked at hearing Carlos’s voice, her foot slipped and she missed the bottom step. Instead of finding herself kissing the sidewalk, warm, strong arms closed around her. Without thinking, she laid her head on Carlos’s chest. She breathed deeply and the aroma of hotdogs was replaced with a tangy citrus smell that was intoxicating. She inhaled again.
He chuckled. “Did you just smell me?”
Erin came to her senses and pulled away from him. Surprise made way for embarrassment. “What are you doing here?”
If she thought her terseness would put him off, she was living in a fantasy world. Instead of putting distance between them, he grabbed her hand again.
“I got your text message and I was worried.”
“What text message?” Confusion colored her thoughts. She knew she’d sent him a text last night, but she hadn’t asked him to travel up to New York to see her. She expected him to call.
His hand went to his pocket and pulled out the phone, all the while he maintained his hold on her. Her skin sizzled from the connection, drawing her back to the first time they’d kissed when they’d been sixteen. At the time, she’d thought her reaction to his touches and kisses had been because he was her first boyfriend. A crush that had turned into juvenile love. Now she had to wonder.
After the first couple of dates with Bryan, her body had never flared to life like hers was doing right now. They were only holding hands for goodness sake.
“This message.” A phone was shoved under her nose.
“I didn’t send …” She re-read the message and then it hit her. This was the message she’d started to send to him while on the subway and then she’d had second thoughts. “I, um, I didn’t mean to send it to you.”
“Right. Who were you sending it to.”
She could fabricate that she was sending it to a friend. Somehow she didn’t think he would buy it. “You.”
“But?”
“Well you didn’t respond to my message last night and then I didn’t know what to say.”
Everything she’d told him was the truth. The only problem was she still didn’t know what to say to him. For a brief second on the train she’d wanted to ask him for his help with Bryan. She’d helped him, he could help her. But could she ask that of him though?
“I was out last night, and didn’t see your message until I checked my phone this morning.”
“Uh huh. Well,” she looked at their connected hands and then at the crowd bustling around them. “I’ve got plans, so I’d better get going. Good seeing you, Carlos.”
She went to pull her hand out of his grip, but he tightened his hold on her.
“What’s going on, E? And don’t tell me nothing. I know you. I can see the tension in you.”
Anger rippled through her and she yanked her hand out of his grip. “You don’t know me at all now. You were the one who walked away from me. From us. And yes, I’m tense. After the shit day I had, you’d be tense as well. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ve got places to be. Real friends to catch up with. Goodbye, Carlos.”

I loved this story so much.  Yes, loved it.  Second chance, childhood friends to lovers tropes that I love.  Ms. Flockton is superb at writing it.  Her knowledge of her characters, the backgrounds of them and the secondary characters in the book are on point.  Keep in mind that this is a Kindle World book so knowing the details of other members of the team is key and Ms. Flockton knows her stuff.

What’s refreshing about the book is that Erin and Carlos in how they lived their lives apart from each other but had a deep understanding of how the other one lived.  I know it sounds confusing but they both knew that the other one had grown up since they left each other all those years ago.  They still are hot for each other and in love with each other.  I loved how Erin reached up to the other women and asked how they dealt with what their husbands do for a living.  That’s never really discussed in a military book before.  Ice cream and wine.  Ha Ha!   Again, it’s refreshing.  Plus, Carlos knew why most of his friends were single even if he didn’t like being single at all.
Carlos and Erin have insane chemistry.  It just leaps from the pages but they still have some things to overcome for it to all work out in the end.  Plus, Bryan is a real piece of work but I really loved how the action in the book didn’t happen until the end.  It was intense but palpable.  In some action/suspense scenes, its just over too quick but Ms. Flockton takes her time and sets it all up.  I was holding my breath the entire time.  Plus, poor Rocket, too.  Knowing that there is something going on with Erin’s friend and she is kidnapped, too.  In fact, Nicole when can we read their book?!  Seriously.
This isn’t my first book by Ms. Flockton and won’t be my last.  I love her voice, how deep her characters are and let’s face it…her sexy as hell heroes and the strong women that she pairs them with.
 

Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

 

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#Review of Someone Else’s Star by Madalyn Thane #YA #romance #debut author

Title: Someone Else’s Star
Author: Madalyn Thane
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Published: October 24, 2017
Page Count: 167 Pages

When the boy who appears hellbent on ruining her life shows every sign of doing a 180-degree turnaround, seventeen-year-old Sadie Davis doesn’t know whether to trust her head or her heart.

After years of wishing on stars, she’s beginning to give up on her dream of finding true love. Can Jacob, the boy who has tortured her for three long years convince her that she hasn’t been wasting her time wishing on someone else’s star?

 

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Someone Else’s Star Excerpt © Madalyn Thane 2017
“Can you please try to get along with him?” Why did Bree make her feel like she was acting like a petulant child? Sadie was not the friend in the wrong in this situation. She would never ask this of Bree. Damn. Damn, damn, damn. She hated being such a pushover.

“Get along with him? I’m not the asshole who hit him in the face with a dodgeball, forever ruining the line of his nose. I need to think about this. You have no guarantee whatsoever that he won’t try something even worse on the so-called dates. What if he tries to actually kill me, once and for all? Maybe something has finally snapped in his mind and he wants me dead. I fully believe that a serial killer could lurk behind those eyes.”

What a debut.  I mean, really?  I debut.  I’ve been reading a lot of YA over the past year and some of it has been really, really good and some meh.  This book falls into the really good category.  This can be categorized under the tropes of enemies to lovers or childhood friends.  Plus, it has the family issues that some YA books tend to either over angst about or just skim through it.  This one has just the right balance.

I won’t go into the details of how and why Jacob tortured Sadie all those years but let’s just say it isn’t what it seems.  Oh yes, boys at this age don’t sometimes express their feelings in such a nice way.  But Ms. Thane writes it in a way that is sometimes funny but heartbreaking as well.  He really is a big softie in the end.

I really liked Jacob and understood why he did the things he did.  Masking the pain that he was in for so long and then realizing that he had to do something about Sadie was the big growing up moment for him.  He really was a good guy but displaced hunger was getting to him and he realized that Sadie would slip through his fingers.

Sadie is a hoot.  She is snarky but hidden behind all that snark is a girl that has never figured out why Jacob has been so mean to her.  I loved how Bree was able to get to her see Jacob in a new light and just maybe even liking him a bit.  Their dialogue is spot on for teenagers and heartfelt, as well.  I could also understand why Sadie was a bit skeptical at first.  No guy does a 180 like that.

Overall, I really liked this novel.  The ending is OMG!  Ms. Thane has written a beautiful, funny, heartfelt, and oh so good YA book that anyone can enjoy.  Not too much angst, funny moments and two characters that you will just fall in love with.

 

 

Madalyn Thane lives in Western Montana with her husband, teenage son, four dogs and two cats. She has another son who lives in heaven with the angels.

Someone Else’s Star is her debut novel.

 

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