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#Review of Reel Love by Elizabeth Hartey w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romance #fantasy #women’s fiction @drliz5

Reel Love

by Elizabeth Hartey

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GENRE:   romance/women’s fiction/fantasy

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BLURB:

Annie Caslo is a successful, young doctor, but when she begins rethinking the career choices she’s made, she makes a decision to find a way to stay focused and achieve her true ambitions – that is until fate steps in and she is thunderstruck by Colt Ballard. He’s six foot three inches of heart-stopping hotness, an adept, roguish soccer star and also one of her interns. But he’s a player – on and off the field – and Annie has better things to do. Still, the combustible chemistry between them is impossible to resist – Colt brings out feelings she never knew existed and Annie’s swept off her reluctant feet.

When she continues to second-guess her life choices, opportunities and obstacles begin piling up higher than the greasy Mexican food stacks she hates to admit loving. While in a state of emotional turmoil, she gets a celestial visit from a hunky, Hollywood heartthrob, lookalike, who claims to be her guardian angel. He takes her on a magical road trip to self-discovery with the help of several, dearly departed film icons.

Drawn into the excitement of a life she’s always dreamed of, this new life threatens to shatter the LIFE and love she already has—unless her quirky angel can help her find a way to have it all.

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Excerpt Three:

Right, so dinner,” the angel stated, coming out of his trance and moving back a few steps. “Tell you what, how about I surprise you?”

He opened the refrigerator and stared. He’s probably willing the ingredients to march out and place themselves into his hands. Annie smirked. “Surprise me?”

“Yeah, I’ll make something special for our first dinner.”

“Whatever you say,” she relented, “but I don’t think you could possibly surprise me anymore than you already have.”

“Annie, never underestimate the power of an angel.” He turned and gave her what could ironically be called a devilish grin.

Annie moved to one side, out of his way, and his alluring scent. She watched as he moved skillfully around the kitchen. He knew exactly where to find everything he needed, as though he had been there many times before.

“Why don’t you put some music on? I could go for something romantic,” he commented without looking up from his preparation of the food.

“Romantic? Um, you mean like harp music or, um … what would be romantic to you … I mean, to an angel?”

“Harp music is pretty romantic, but most of the music in the world would be considered soothing and romantic to us. We’re not stuck strictly on harps.”

“Really?”

He moved across the room toward Annie. As he came closer, she once again found herself pinned against the countertop by his prevailing presence.

“You know, we angels are some of God’s most romantic creatures,” he whispered, so close his lips brushed her cheek.

“Really?” Annie repeated, this time in a dreamy slur that sounded and felt as if she were dissolving into a puddle in front of him.

“That’s right,” he said in a nonchalant tone, and then moved back to the refrigerator. “We’re overflowing with love and understanding.” He grinned, again somewhat mischievously.

Annie caught herself just before her weakened legs allowed her to slide to the floor.  This is ridiculous. He’s an angel for heaven’s sake … precisely, she thought, giggling. She slipped her coat off and threw it over the back of a chair as she walked across to the cabinet that housed the high-tech stereo equipment Colt had installed.

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What can I say?  Women’s fiction/romance/fantasy book?  Harlie, are you feeling okay?  Flu bug got you?  No to all those questions.  I fell in love with the “guardian angel” angle.  I know, I’m a sap for anything about angels.  Shocked?  You should be because I don’t share that one with anyone.  But let’s get back to the review, shall we?  At first, when I started reading, I was a little creeped out about the whole teacher/student thing until I just couldn’t stop reading about Colt and Annie’s relationship.  I will tell you that their build-up to romance is fast paced but it makes sense.  This book isn’t about the fairytale romance that we read so much about in romance books but the journey to be fulfilled in that relationship and figuring out if the dream is still there with that one person.

Evan, the angel is a hoot.  I missed him every time that he wasn’t on the page.  He brought common sense to Annie and also humor to her situation.  Sounds confusing, it really isn’t.  He’s not there to tell her what to do but to make her see what could happen or the consequences of her actions.  Everyone needs someone to be the voice of reason and that’s what Evan is to Annie.  Again, I missed him when he wasn’t on the page.

Evan, the movie star.  I really wanted to fall in love with him but at times, he was really pushy with Annie.  It was almost like he was the snake charmer or even worse, the con artist in the ways that he could manipulate Annie into the situations that she was in at times.  Don’t get me wrong, Annie was right along with him but it wasn’t until the ending of the book that I really fell in love with him.  I really, really hope that Dr. Hartey writes a sequel to this book.  I would love for Evan, the movie star to find that special person just for him.  There is a hint and that’s all I’m going to say about that.  Yes, I went there with a movie quote.  They play a huge part in the book and of my gosh…Vivian Leigh.  One of my all-time favorite actresses makes the book, too.  *sigh*

Colt is a dream and he’s almost too good to be true once he and Annie are married.  As this is a women’s fiction book, he isn’t in that much but he doesn’t need to be.  While the book is told in alternating POV’s, Colt’s disappears for a while.  It’s not until the end that we finally see him at his wit’s end with Annie and Evan’s so-called relationship that he got my true respect for him.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  It’s not my usual fare and I’m glad that picked it up.  Of course, now I must have some conclusion with Evan, the movie star.  But hey, that’s just me.  If you are looking for a true romance book, this isn’t it.  It’s there but just remember, it’s about Annie’s journey of self-discovery that fills the actual story.  And angel named, Evan.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

As a lover of the northeast US, Elizabeth moved with her husband to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. A dreamer at heart, romance is the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. When not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, swimming, knitting, traveling, and spending time with her family.

 

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Excerpt from Deception by Samuel Jay w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Deception

by Samuel Jay

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GENRE:   mystery/romance

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BLURB:

Lieutenant Jack Morro has just days to go before being sent home from the war in Vietnam. But after inadvertently learning of evidence of a conspiracy involving his captain, he is hit by the captain’s ‘friendly fire’ in the midst of battle. He is left for dead but is only wounded, captured by the Viet Cong, and imprisoned. When Jack is reported killed in action, his fiancé, Diane – a rising New York journalist – plunges into alcoholism. A media giant named Vidal helps her recover, and Diane falls in love with him. But Vidal has secrets – including a connection to Jack’s supposed ‘death.’

However, Jack is alive, and after a year of imprisonment, he manages to escape. But he comes home to find Diane married to Vidal and his life still in peril from the information he learned in Vietnam.

Vidal, Jack, and Diane find themselves wrapped in a web of romance, deceit, and danger – and none of them will escape unscathed.

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Excerpt Two:

Manhattan, November 1971

Standing in the men’s department at Macy’s, Diane Gannon smiled as she enthusiastically fingered her way through layers of folded sweaters to find one for her fiancé, Jack, who’d soon be coming home from the war in Vietnam. Alongside her was future mother-in-law, Grace Morro, also smiling as she held a shopping bag in both hands. Out in the center aisle, heel-clicking women shoppers marched along on their way to Ladies’, some of them peeling off near Diane and Grace into other rows and racks of men’s clothes. Brightening the scene, broad paths of sunlight flowed through the large windows on Seventh Avenue, revealing rows of appealing merchandise as saleswomen stood behind glass counters, chatting with customers or placing clothes in gift boxes.

Diane stood in low heels, wearing a brown suede jacket over a white sweater and black slacks, her dark, reddish hair pulled back in a ponytail, her sculptured face of fair skin and striking eyes heightened by a cleft in her chin. Holding up a light blue sweater by its shoulders, she looked over at Grace and said, “What do you think, Mom? Wouldn’t this look great on Jack?”

Wearing a gray overcoat open down the middle, Grace nodded. “Yes, it would. It really would, but I can’t stop feeling nervous about him. Him still over there. Won’t stop ’til he’s home. Two years of worrying. Sorry, hon.”

Diane lowered the sweater and arched her eyebrows at Grace. “Thirty-five more days and all our worries will be gone! He’ll be home just before Christmas!”

Grace nodded. “Meantime, he’s still over there, in the fighting.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

The author and his wife, Joan, live in Hunterdon County, NJ. As a public relations professional he and his firm successfully handled major public issue campaigns, including raising $68 million to build Liberty Science Center, now the nation’s fourth largest hands-on science museum. He is also president of a family-owned water utility. Deception is his third novel. His website is samueljaynovels.com, and he welcomes speaking invitations and correspondence via samuel@samueljaynovels.com.

 

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https://www.amazon.com/Deception-Samuel-Jay/dp/0692797742

 

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#Review of Trusting Justice by J.J. Lore w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #UrbanFantasy #Dystopian #Review #excerpt #giveaway @JJLore1

Trusting Justice

by J. J. Lore

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GENRE:   futuristic/Dystopian

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BLURB:

It’s been twenty years since the Sion arrived on Earth, changing everything, and Sasha Morency has spent her life avoiding their notice as best she can. She’s grown up with a collapsed population, unstable climate, and the bare minimum of survival necessities, all while the conquerors thrive. When she’s caught up in an investigation of the theft of rare jewels at the Reliquary where she works, she becomes the focus of a cynical Sion who is charged with solving the crime.

Banished from his Sion clan and his squad in the police department for not following orders, Dram Opano is not surprised to be assigned a basic theft case at an obscure Earther museum. A young woman working there knows more than she’s telling, so Dram decides to stay close. Sasha has a talent for climbing walls, confronting authority, and digging for information, much to his surprise-and-delight.

Sasha and Dram expect to distrust each other, but as they pool their resources to discover exactly what happened, a bond of respect and passion develops between them.  When Dram is kidnapped by the people behind the theft, Sasha has to call on all her skills to save him. It’s a question of survival, for both their lives and their love. 

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Excerpt One:

The young woman slid a bold glance his way, her brown eyes bright, and he went still. As soon as she dropped her gaze to her shoes, his heart started again. Yes, there was something there. Dismissing the stupidity of the idea that anyone who’d stolen something would loiter about with the goods in her pocket, he considered her. Average size, average height, good skin that he could see, and balanced posture, so she was getting enough to eat.

“I’m Dram Opano.” As smoothly as he could, he reached out his hand in human fashion, rather than grasp at her forearm as he would a Sanad clan-mate. She pressed her lips together and briefly clasped her hand to his. He felt callouses, cold skin, and a slight shudder from her.

“Sasha Morency.” She tried to take a step away but backed into the wall. Her body jolted, and he internally winced in sympathy.

“Would you consent to a search?” Technically she had the right to defer, but it was understood any time a human refused they would be arrested on suspicion of criminal activity. A rule intended to clear people with nothing to hide but used in actuality by his people as a way to intimidate. Yet another way his fellows maintained control over their unruly cousins.

“If I don’t?” Sasha Morency’s lips slanted in an unhappy line, and she finally met his gaze. His awareness was shrinking to encompass only him and her, just like any fine interrogation should.

“I have a feeling you know.”

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I was so excited to read this book.  I’m not a big fan of urban fantasy.  Sure I love Kit Rocha but that is my only venture into the genre.  So basically reading Ms. Lore’s tale is like popping my cherry all over again.  I’m sure glad that she popped it.  I adored this book.  ADORED!!!!  In fact, if she wrote more about the Earthers and Sions I would auto buy them.  Pre-order them even.  Yes, this book is that good.

Prepare yourself for one hell of a ride, too.  The action only stops when the smexy times heat up.  It’s fast paced, flows beautifully and you will definitely be in Sasha and Dram’s corner has a couple.  Both are coming from sad relationships that ended badly but when they start to fall in love with each other, it shocks them.  In fact, they are both scared to death.  Sasha is the Earther and Dram is the Sion.  Keep in mind that Sion’s are humans, too that have only come back to Earth after several millennia away from the world.

The world building is easy to follow and fascinating, too.  Again, if she came back to this world, I’m there.  The setting for this story is in Toledo, Ohio.  I know, right.  And to think that being exiled to Massachusetts is a bad thing.  I liked the fact that Dram’s superior didn’t look down on Sasha either.  She respected her but knew that for Dram and Sasha to be together it would be a tough row to hoe.

The secondary characters only add to the fun of the book.  Not everyone is nice to each other but it’s nice to see that there isn’t a clear villain in this story.  If I had to say who the villain is, I would say both the Sions and the Earthers.  Its a different kind of suspense element in the book and when they finally figure out everything, I was holding my breath.  Whew!  I would be remiss to mention the smexy times.  They are hot but very emotional for both Sasha and Dram.  I left the love between them before they did.  *swoon*

Overall, I highly recommend the book.  Ms. Lore, please I’m begging, I need more Sions and Earthers.  You have a fan for life.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

  1. J. Lore needs three things; strong, black coffee, time to write, and…well…you can guess the third. When she isn’t inventing fantastical tales filled with passionate people, she’s shaking sriracha on whatever she’s eating or reading about the Justinian plague. For updates on her erotic romance releases, visit her at http://www.jjlore.com/ She’s also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-J-Lore/1393971707546734 and Twitter @JJLore1

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Trusting-Justice-J-J-Lore-ebook/dp/B01N9QF69Z

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

J. Lore will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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