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#ARC Review & Happy Book Birthday to Ace of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC #1) by Chantal Fernando! @ChantalFernando @GiveMeBooksBlog

 

Title: Ace of Hearts
Series: The Cursed Ravens MC #1
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Blurb

The New York Times bestselling author of the “swoonworthy and addicting” (Kim Karr, New York Times bestselling author) Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series is back with more bad boy bikers in this first novel in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series.

Erin Dawson had the perfect life growing up in a perfect home with a perfect family. Her parents gave her and her sister everything a child could want. But after learning that the man she’s called “dad” her whole life isn’t actually her biological father, Erin is determined to find the man who is.

Armed with her original birth certificate, she finds her father, but begins questioning if her mom had been right all along to keep this information buried. It turns out he is the president of a motorcycle club, which could not be further from the life Erin leads. But, she’s determined to get to know the man who she gets her striking blue eyes from. Despite getting what she wants and finding her biological father, it’s the slightly older, much rougher but incredibly sexy biker Ace that catches Erin’s eye.

As the new “princess” of the Cursed Ravens, Erin is learning a whole new world, but her father has made it clear she is off limits. Will Ace follow his President’s orders or will he put his heart ahead of his duty? A sizzling tale of family and passion, Ace of Hearts features Fernando’s signature “snark and sass” (Booklist) and is perfect for fans of Kristin Ashley.

So I know that I’m a day late in posting the review.  Baseball is taking over my life right now.  The kid made all-stars and hubs is the coach.  But still, that’s no excuse.  Before I tell you how much I LOVED this book, I need to make a confession.  Actually, a few.

  1.  I’m an MC virgin.  Shut up.  Seriously.  I don’t read the books but with my girl Chantal writing, I knew that she would treat me right.
  2.  I’m glad that my cherry is popped.  That said, it might take some convincing for me to read anyone else’s MC stories.
  3.  How knew that an MC book would be hilarious, smart and completely relatable.  Yes, relatable.

Why is the book relatable?  Erin is NO pushover.  Sure finding out that your biological dad is a president of an MC club and that your mother has lied to you seems far fetched but really?  Not so much.  Okay, maybe the MC part but finding out that you are adopted, etc. isn’t that uncommon anymore.  I loved how Ms. Fernando handled it.  Gage and her mom didn’t take it well in the beginning and Erin just didn’t know what to think when she walked into the house but dang…that was a great first impression.  In fact, I would have to say that the scenes with Erin in the house at the beginning of the book are what sold me on the story and the whole series.  Truly.  But I have a confession to make, I love Ms. Fernando.  I devoured her Lawyers series so I took a chance with this one.

Ace is filthy (in a good way) and Erin is pure.  Darkness to the light but in my opinion, Ace isn’t that dark.  In fact, I thought he was adorable.  He isn’t the bad*ss biker that he thinks he is.  In fact, Rogue, Knuckles, Gage (Erin’s dad) and Ace are just sweeties in my book.  In the beginning, their personas are for us to see but deep down, they all have hearts of gold.  What I really liked about this world, is that Ms. Fernando doesn’t go into much at all.  We hear what they do for money and what price you might pay for being there but the Ravens are just a big family that has issues like everyone else.  I especially liked the ending of the book when things are revealed to us about certain members and honestly, I don’t think we have seen the last of them.  I hope not because they could cause so serious headaches later.  Always, what up with Erin’s dormmate Clover?  I think that she is somehow connected to them.

One of the reasons why I have stayed away from MC books is the violence and sex.  I know, shake your head at me.  But really?  Do they need to have smexy times within the first 25% of the book?  I loved how Ace and Erin really got to know each other with just kissing and teasing.  Makes the buildup that much sweeter and hotter.  Trust me, when these two start, they don’t stop and its hawt.  Ms. Fernado does that with her characters.  We get to know them, appreciate them and invest our time with them before.  Also, she doesn’t drag out the black moment/conflict.  While it’s not easy for Erin and Ace to get to the end, Ms. Fernando doesn’t do angst.  Her characters are grownups and let them behave as such.

Erin is probably my favorite heroine that she has written.  I just loved her.  Ace…is definitely swoon-worthy but he is also a man in love for the first and last time and doesn’t know what to do.  Nor does he want to piss off her dad, his president.  Makes for great conflict but also some truly sassy, snarky and relatable moments with them and the other members.

I can.not wait for Knuckles and Rogue’s books.  We are in for a sweet treat.  And thank you Ms. Fernando for the great intro into the world of MC.  And yes, I do have some of her other MC series books but I’ve been too scared to read them.  Not anymore.

 

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Author Bio

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty-one 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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Excerpt Reveal for Loyal Subjects (the new American Royals ) by Eva Charles! #contemporaryromance #excerpt @evacharles37

We dare you not to fall for Mark & Emmie!
Loyal Subjects by Eva Charles releases June 14th!!

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BLURB:

Allegiance, faithfulness, honor…
Loyalty goes by many names.

Emmie Landon is off-limits. She has a young son, works with my brother Jake, and lugs around enough baggage to fill an entire football stadium. But I can’t resist her long, shapely legs and thick, soft curls, begging to be wrapped around my hands.

Mark Harrington is too-everything. Too good looking, too funny, too charming, too brutally honest, too impulsive. He’s accustomed to getting his way, and never afraid to throw down the gauntlet. So what if I can’t stop thinking about his devilish blue eyes and his lip-smacking happy trail?

He needs someone to love.
She needs someone to love her.

Two seemingly incompatible lives…
Two hearts capable of total devotion.

**Despite being volume five in The New American Royals Series, Loyal Subjects may be read and enjoyed as a standalone contemporary romance.**

DIVE IN TO THE STORY!

Mark

 

I pulled her against me, and ran my hand up and down her back. “Emmie, I am so sorry.”

After a minute, she jerked away, patting her chest, right below her neckline. “My necklace. It’s gone.”

I remembered something snapping in my fingers when I grabbed her. “I’ll find it.” When we were kids, we spent hours tossing small objects, usually a Saint Anthony medal on a chain—don’t tell my grandmother—into the pool and then scouring the pool floor for them.

After about ten minutes of searching in the area where she’d gone down, I came up with the necklace, and dropped it in her palm.

“Thank you,” she murmured.

“I’m glad we found it. It looks like an antique.”

She nodded. “I don’t think it’s particularly valuable, but I’ve had it for a long time.”

“Tim get it for you?”

She shook her head. “No. It belonged to Mrs. Rose, my last foster mother. Before she went into the nursing home, she gave it to me. She didn’t need it anymore. Told me to hang onto it for as long as I could, but not to be afraid to sell it if I was hungry.” The lump in my throat grew with every word.

“You grew up in foster care?”

Emmie gulped a few breaths. “Uh-huh.” She nodded, white-knuckling the side of the pool. “It’s not a secret. Not really. But Teddy doesn’t know much about it. He wouldn’t understand. I don’t want to frighten him. And Jake. Jake doesn’t know. I…I shouldn’t have said anything.” She rambled nervously.

I lifted her chin, forcing her to meet my eyes. “I won’t say a word. Not a single word to anyone.” She didn’t seem convinced. “But I hope growing up in foster care isn’t something you’re ashamed of, Emmie. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about it.”

She laughed. A small, anxious laugh with an almost delirious quality about it. Any second, I expected to see fat tears roll down her cheeks. Not happy tears.

“Oh, Mark, that’s too funny.”

I reached for her arm, but she jerked it away before I could touch her.

“Maybe you were right. We don’t need to do this tonight. The swimming lesson can wait for another time.”

She swiped her mouth with the back of her hand. “I made you uncomfortable.”

“No, you didn’t.”

“You, who’s comfortable with anyone, anywhere. Imagine what it does to other people—the ones who are more socially awkward. Get in touch with that feeling, Mark. The one in the pit of your stomach. The one that made you squirm. What is it? Repulsion? Pity?”

“No. Of course not.”

“Then what is it?” she asked, so quietly her voice was nearly drowned out by the crash of waves in the distance. “Do you see, now, why I don’t talk about it?”

I chewed the corner of my bottom lip. The very last thing I wanted to do right now was give her a swim lesson. I had a feeling Emily Landon learned to breathe underwater, years ago. She could probably teach me a few things about swimming against the tide.

I wanted to know more about her life. But I’d gotten all she was giving up tonight. That was for damn sure.

Leave it alone. Leave her alone.

But I wanted more. I wanted to hold her. Comfort her. Cradle her against my chest while she told me about the little girl who’d grown up in foster care, and about the young woman who became a widow long before her time. I wanted to know everything. Everything. That’s what I wanted.

About Eva

After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful Western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she’d been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into romantic tales.

When she’s not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

Find Eva Online!
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/evacharles37
Website: http://www.evacharles.com

 

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Author Interview featuring debut author V.H. Luis & Waking to Black (Uninhibited #1) w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @VH_Luis_ #contemporaryromance

Waking to Black

by V.H. Luis

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GENRE:   Erotic Romance

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BLURB:

He shattered my defenses, and I was fragile to begin with…

The first time I saw Adam Black, I was between the arms of a criminal, a gun to my throat and even then, I knew I was staring at the most dangerous man in the room.

Maybe it was his confident, cerulean eyes, or the sex appeal radiating from his pores like heat waves on a scorching day, but by proximity alone he made my vision blur and my heart stammer.

The day I was nearly killed in a bank hold-up, I began to live—because of him.

Now, I’m praying for the first time in years, hoping the scars of my past, the secrets I keep, don’t interfere with my future…

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Excerpt Two:

“It must be difficult; constantly running away from anything remotely intimidating.”

It’s the dare in his voice that makes me turn my head, not the statement.

“Those are the words of someone who hasn’t gotten what they want.” Even as I’m speaking I know I’m the mouse in this cat and mouse game—I should walk away, but I can’t.

“What do you know about what I want?” He climbs the last step of the porch, his broad shoulders flexed.

Refusing to take the bait, I give him my back. Reaching for the door with my right hand, I’m halted by the strong pull of my left.

Before I can focus, his lips press against mine while his body traps me between him and the door. One of his hands runs over the curve of my waist while the other tangles in the curls of my hair, pulling on the strands and angling me so that he can have free reign. I moan, loving the possessive way he grips my body, and he takes the opportunity to dip his tongue inside my mouth. His taste is divine; it’s a heady mix of wine and passion. The remnants of my resistance melt as I meld against him, moving my hands over his stomach, and resting them on his belt buckle.

He pulls back with a quick nip to my bottom lip and my eyes pop open at the sudden jolt of pleasure-filled pain.

“Say you’ll do the mural,” he commands.

“Do you always get what you want?” I counter, gazing up at him from lowered lashes.

He rubs his cheek against mine so his lips hover over my ear.

“Persistence is a virtue.”

“I thought that was patience.”

Welcome V.H. Luis! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I’m a Miami girl who lives minutes from the beach. I love to write, paint, play video games and most important of all, spend time with my baby boy. Waking to Black (Uninhibited #1), is my debut book and I’ve enjoyed the experience of publishing and reaching out to readers and bloggers.

Is Waking to Black (Uninhibited #1) a single title, or part of a series?

It is the first in a planned trilogy. Fortunately for those that hate reading books in a series which is yet complete, Fading to Black (Uninhibited #1), is already written and will be released in three months.

What were your inspirations for the story?

I love billionaire romances—I’ve read so many of them throughout the years. In part my reading preferences inspired me to write this story. Though if I’m one-hundred percent honest my relationship with my father is reminiscent of the relationship Evelyn Snowe (the heroine of my series), had with her father. I wanted to shed light on a subject that I don’t often see in romance while still writing a steamy-read about self-discovery, redemption, and perseverance. I think I’ve done that and I’m proud of the accomplishment.

Please share your setting for Waking to Black (Uninhibited #1). Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

Waking to Black is set in Miami, FL. I was born and raised in this city so I am very familiar with all the wonderful things Miami has to offer. I love how cosmopolitan this city is and of course it’s beautiful down here, we have gorgeous beaches and the best weather. Some might think I took the easy route and developed my story in a setting I’m familiar with and though in part that is true, Waking to Black is set in Miami because I genuinely believe it to be one of the best cities in the world—even if the people down here can get super aggressive when driving…

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

Julie Garwood, because I love her historical romances and I want to BEG her for more of them. Sylvia Day, because her Crossfire Series in part inspired me to write my debut book. J.R. Ward because I want to ask her so many questions about self-publishing and writing. Kristen Ashley because I’m a fan and she seems like cool people. Maya Banks because of so many reasons already mentioned—I’m a fan. I can probably sit here all day adding names…

What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

Keep reading and without-a-doubt keep writing. There will always be people who love what you write and of course there will be those who absolutely HATE it—you need to recognize that and follow Dory’s advice from Finding Nemo, just keep swimming. I think I waited as long as I did to publish because I was terrified of reading bad reviews and having others diminish what I worked so hard to create. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m older now but the idea of being criticized doesn’t scare me as much, in fact I read those critiques learn from them and hope that perhaps with the next book I can change those people’s opinions.

Aspiring writers listen carefully… EVERY book, even the most famous ones, have negative critiques and that’s okay. An audience exists for what you write and it’s your job as a writer to find that audience. Take comfort in knowing you did it, you actually wrote a book and many people say they will do this one day, but few actually do.

Keep your head up high and keep reading and writing.

 

***Thank you for your time and attention.

XOXO

V.H. Luis

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

V.H. Luis is the author of the Black Series, an erotic romance trilogy that follows the love affair of Evelyn Snowe and Adam Black. Her debut book WAKING to Black, will be released in 2018, and the subsequent sequels FADING to Black, and SURRENDERING to Black, will follow shortly thereafter.

Welcome to my internet haven!

I’m a born and bred Miami Girl—and proud of it! I would wear shorts and flip-flops every day of the week if I could. Growing up in Miami, surrounded by my parent’s heritage has made me proud of my Cuban ancestry. Cafecito and a guava pastry for breakfast? Yes, please! Salsa music while I tidy the house? Of course.

If I’m not busy scribbling notes about the story pounding out of my head, I’m painting, listening to music, or spending time with the love of my life—my son. If I decide to travel, I bring the whole family (in-laws included), or at least I try to, because life is too short not to spend it with family; one of the many lessons my father taught me.

My website:  https://vhluis.com/

My Twitter: https://twitter.com/VH_Luis_

My book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Waking-Black-Uninhibited-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07C9CBV67/

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

V.H. Luis will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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