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#Review of Hot Winter Nights (a standalone Heartbreak Bay novel) by Jill Shalvis! @JillShalvis #contemporaryromance

ABOUT HOT WINTER NIGHTS (a standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

EXCERPT

It took Lucas Knight longer than it should have to realize he had a woman in his bed, but to be fair, he had a bitch of a hangover. Even worse than that, last night was a blur, prompting him to take quick stock. One, there was a bundle of sweet, soft curves against him. Two, his head was currently threatening to secede from the United States Of Lucas. And three, his side hurt like … well, like he’d been shot.

It’d been two weeks since he’d gotten caught in some crossfire on the job and he hadn’t yet been cleared for more than light duty – something he’d obviously managed to ignore last night given that he was palming a nice, warm, feminine ass.

Think, man.

Straining his brain, he remembered taking a pain med before going to O’Riley’s Pub to meet up with some friends. A client had been there, someone he’d recently helped save from a multi-million dollar corporate espionage. The guy had ordered shots to toast to Lucas and … shit. Knowing better than to mix pain meds and alcohol, he’d hesitated, but everyone had been waiting on him, glasses hoisted in the air. Thinking just one shot couldn’t hurt anything, he’d knocked back the drink.

Clearly, he’d been wrong and it’d been enough to mess him up big time, something he hadn’t been in years, not since his brother Josh had been killed. Shoving that away for another time – or never — Lucas cracked open one eye, but when his retina was stabbed by a streak of sunlight glaring in through the window, he immediately slammed it shut it again. Taking a deep breath, he told himself to suck it up and opened both eyes this time, learning two additional facts.

He was naked and completely uncovered.

And the woman snugged up at his side was rolled up in his comforter like a burrito.

What. The. Hell.

Don’t kill me when I admit that this is the first book I’ve EVER read by Ms. Shalvis.  As you know, I can be so slow when it comes to reading the “bigger” known authors, so getting the opportunity to read it and review was an honor and a treat.  Ms. Shalvis did NOT disappoint me at all.  Now I understand all the fangirling, swooning, sheer love and love of her writing.

Lucas and Molly are a match made in heaven.  Since I didn’t know them from the other books, Ms. Shalvis does an excellent job of giving me tidbits of their relationship together and their relationships with the other characters in the book along the way.  I love it when an author doesn’t forget that they might have new readers to their work and need a little bit of information when we jump right into a series.  The secondary characters are top notch and she does a great job of letting them do their thing to move the story along but know when to fade them to the background.  If I had one complaint is Molly’s brother Joe.  I’ve never been a fan of the overbearing brother when it comes to the heroine but I also understood where he was coming from.  Due to a lack of judgment on his part, he was still paying for a mistake that he made when it came to Molly, so he was doing it out of trying to make amends but still…At times, he and Asher really needed to back off.

Molly is such a bright heroine.  Nothing gets her down and it becomes evident that she is exactly what Lucas needed in his “dark” life.  He just really never stood a chance and he knew it.  The banter between them is golden.  I don’t think I’ve ever really belly laughed while reading a book in a long time.  Plus, I just loved how Molly strung him along when it came to the opening of the book.  Priceless.

The suspense element in the book is spot on, too.  It doesn’t overpower the romance and at times, it’s actually funny.  Ms. Shalvis blends the sexy times, suspense, and the emotional extremely well.  Why have I never read her before?  I totally get why other people say that she is the ultimate comfort read.  I settled in and never stopped reading.  I was hooked and I will not make that mistake again when it comes to Ms. Shalvis.

If you are looking for a great comfort read but a trully terrific author, look no further than Ms. Shalvis.  I have gotten on the train and I don’t plan to get off.

 

BUY LINKS for HOT WINTER NIGHTS:

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iBooks: https://apple.co/2G3I0zj

GooglePlay: https://tinyurl.com/y94r2c6f

 

ABOUT JILL SHALVIS

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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#Review of Love at the Electric (a Port Bristol novel #1) by Jenn Hughes w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance

Love at the Electric

by Jenn Hughes

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Walking wildfire Sam Owens gets Lillian hot in all the right ways, but there’s more to the software CEO than just a pretty face. And a great body. And… Oh, right. He’s the enemy, according to the contract she signed with his rival. So when they secretly meet up for movies at The Electric, Lillian can’t get too involved with Sam. She could lose her job. Her reputation. And her heart.

Sam is in love with his company, his image, his video games, and his ability to avoid commitment–at least until he levels up with attorney Lillian Walker. With her love of campy horror flicks and a body that makes him want to howl like a cartoon wolf, Sam’s found his leading lady. Too bad getting close to Lillian means tangling with her boss, a supervillain in the making.

In the nights leading up to Christmas, movies at The Electric mean more than just mutant toads and cannibal fruitcakes. Between shenanigans with old flames and an arch nemesis out to destroy any future they might have, Sam and Lillian learn the hard way that falling in love isn’t as easy as it looks on screen. When the past gets in the way of a perfect “the end,” there’s really only one solution–if werewolf Santas can bring them together, zombie ex-girlfriends can keep them together.

After all, anything’s possible at The Electric.

 

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Excerpt One:

Swooooshhhh and thunk.

Lillian had wounded his pride like an arrow in an ogre’s soft underbelly. She’d called him a cover boy. Like he was in a boy band, and not the CEO of Origin, the best software and tech development company in the country. Scratch that—world. And despite that fact, she had yet to flirt with or flatter him…

Hold up. Intimately?

Where had they met? Where had they intimately met? He’d remember touching a body like that…

Hot cocoa.

When he looked at Lillian, hot cocoa came to mind. Not helpful in the slightest, except for the affirmation he was probably in the midst of a coronary and his brain starved of oxygen.

“Riiiiight. Yeah, we met at that…uh, that—”

“Don’t panic. I was joking. It wasn’t intimate at all. It was six months ago, and we only shook hands,” she reassured him.

It didn’t help. Sam couldn’t even remember where they’d shook hands. He pressed his lips together and felt his eyes bug out like Panic Pete. Lillian groaned melodramatically and then laughed.

“I’m on Preston Lavery’s legal team. You gave a terrific speech at the cloud development symposium in New York City. Preston introduced us afterward.”

White hot rage coursed through Sam. The mere mention of Preston Lavery was as good as a cold shower. He slid his hand below the tabletop and hid his clenched fist, pressing it down into the vinyl seat.

“Well, that explains why Rik didn’t elaborate on you any more than he did. You’re the enemy.”

Wooza.  I know that I’ve recommended the last couple of books that I’ve read, but this one is definitely high on the keeper shelf for me.  It has everything that I love about a romance.  Older characters, nerdiness, small town, a villain to truly hate, and a very satisfying ending.  That said, there were some things that bugged me and I’m hoping that in the next book they are answered.  And yes, its part of the overall plot arc of the series.

Here’s the good stuff about the book.  Sam and Lillian.  They are some of the more mature characters that I’ve read in a long time.  In fact, Sam is actually younger than Lillian and both of them are past 35.  *swoon*  I really connecting with Lillian on a deeper level.  I was in my late 30’s when I finally fell in love and had to decide what was more important.  Love or a job?  It’s not an easy decision considering that is how everyone around you looks at you.  It’s rather annoying but once you get to know Lillian, you will understand.  Sam is just a man-child projecting an image that he THINKS most people want to see.  When they finally bring down their walls, they finally figure out what is most important.  Their romance is funny, emotional, realistic, intelligent and charming.

These two were such an awesome couple.  They had me at the moment they met.  Now, of course, Rik was there and I never connected with him and I really wanted someone to slap him…hard.  I didn’t like him as a lawyer, a person and I couldn’t believe the relationship between he and Lillian back in the day.  But enough about him and his issues.  This is Lillian and Sam’s book and Ms. Hughes makes sure that the focus is on them and no one else.  The secondary characters are not intrusive but at th,e same time the only two that I really liked are Ravi and Tessa.  I’d love to read more about them in future.

Here’s what I need a bit more closure on:  Preston, the villain.  Yes, we get something about the relationship between Sam and Preston but the bombshell at the end by Rik needs to be explored.  I would just love for Lillian to go no hold barred on him and then finally, he would realize that his father can’t bail him out.  But I’ve said too much.  You just need to read this book.

Overall, this is just about my favorite book of the year.  I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Jenn Hughes writes romance with a heavy dose of humor. A lifelong love of all things sci-fi, combined with her day job in marketing, IT, and graphic design, infuses her writing with tech-centric and geeky references.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and gardening at her home in North Carolina. You might also find her gaming, repairing computers and electronics, experimenting with mixed media art, or finishing furniture.

You can find her online at:

Author Website:  jennhughesbooks.com

The Bristol Beagle, Port Bristol’s Trusted Source for News:  portbristol.com

Twitter:  twitter.com/jennhughesbooks

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Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G8VS9GV

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#Review of Crimson by Tamela Miles w/a raffelcopter giveaway! #paranormalromance @jackiebrown20

Crimson
by Tamela Miles

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GENRE: Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

Delilah McDade has born the brunt of the responsibility of her younger brother, Declan’s wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it’s come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler. Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could never be a part of his life lived in the shadows. Ash Lockler lives his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold heart. That doesn’t stop him from helping damsel-in-distress, Delilah, but he’s intent on keeping things all business and ending their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can’t seem to get his body – and heart – to agree with his reasoning when he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom.

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Excerpt One:

“Ash Lockler?” she said, looking up at him. She looked away from his intense gaze for a moment. Clearing her throat, she met his eyes again. Ash nodded and neatly folded his big frame into the booth, opposite her. He maintained his poker face as he rested his forearms on the table, hands folded. He held her gaze for a moment before he spoke quietly. “I trust you will provide what I expect.” He surveyed her pretty face framed by all that long, wildly curly, dark hair. She would do nicely. Her lips parted to speak, but she hesitated for a moment before nodding slowly. He found her actions amusing, assuming this was her first time in dealing with someone like him. The underworld of vampires and other nocturnal beings was definitely not for this little, gentle mouse. She was beautiful but too timid and nervous for his taste.

He caught her staring before she lowered her gaze and reached for her small knit bag. “Yes. I have it right here. Five thousand cash. You can count it. That should settle my brother’s debt to you.”

Ash’s eyes narrowed in irritation. Declan McDade. The little weasel. Unfortunately for his family, he had grown up to be exactly like his father, Martin. They both shared an unhealthy fascination with underworld dealings. His next words were measured. “I’m afraid that five thousand doesn’t even come close to what your brother owes me. His debt is a lot closer to one hundred thousand.”

Her lips went slack, and she promptly snapped her mouth shut. Ash went on. “Your money, in short, is no good. A different sort of payment was arranged between myself and Declan.”

“What do you want, then? My house?” Delilah’s voice was strangely hoarse, and she took a hasty sip of water.

“No, your house is safe. I want your body on a long-term basis. Anywhere from six months to one year would work,” Ash replied simply.

Don’t judge.  I know.  I actually read a paranormal romance and I’m actually blogging about it.  What drew me into the book was Ash.  I admit that I didn’t like Twilight and all the vamps but I really liked Ash.  It wasn’t his coolness but his thoughtfulness, his heart that sold me on the character.  I’m a sap when it comes to the hero actually having a heart and the fact that he isn’t a douche either helps.  Plus, when it came time for him to be an enforcer, I was just sold.  He just went about his business and it was done.  Plus, knowing about his backstory just fueled my love for him.

Delilah, at first, just seemed like an afterthought to Ash.  Sure, he cared about her but what I loved about her is that she dished it back just as hard.  She stood up for herself to Ash, despite feeling vulnerable and unable to process his world.  Plus, knowing that her dad and now brother had dealings with the vamps didn’t help with her relationship with Ash in the beginning.  That aside, she is a strong heroine even if she couldn’t really her conflicted feelings about Ash.

The world that Ms. Miles has built is fascinating.  I love it when authors blend the paranormal with the mortal world and here it just works.  It’s plausible, realistic, if not horrifying at the same time.  At times, this book is dark.  One of the biggest plot points is about human trafficking in human women for male vamps to feed on until they are tired of them.  A timing topic with a paranormal spin on it.  It’s not pretty and trust me when the queen, Galina is involved it is just terrible.  What a *itch to the 9th degree but she is the perfect villain.  We don’t normally see a woman as the bad guy and she is just great.  I won’t spoil the ending but I wasn’t sad at all.

Overall, I really enjoyed Crimson.  It was different from the other vampire books that are out there.  Plus, Ash is just a sweety.  Word to the wise, this book is extra hot.  😉

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tamela Miles is a California State University San Bernardino School Psychologist graduate student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She’s a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.

She enjoys emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at tamelamiles@yahoo.com or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much as she does.

“Crimson”, a suspenseful and sexy paranormal romance long novella, is the result of a few years of daydreaming and hard work! Longtime fans are rejoicing at the love story of Ash and Delilah, who were first introduced in Ms. Miles’ horror/paranormal anthology, “Rock, Paper, Scissors”.

“Cushion”, a spooky and steamy paranormal romance long novella, is her latest release from The Wild Rose Press and has been warmly received!

She is the author of the popular paranormal romance thrillers, the Hell On Heels series from the Wild Rose Press. For those who are already fans of the series (yippee!), please feel free to check out the author’s soundtrack playlist for Hell On Heels on YouTube.com, listed as Hell On Heels: Songs from the Edge by Tamela Miles. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8TSkx6d_Hu_IVh0lfqHWNcWRZ_yquRV
Also, please check out the author’s soundtrack playlist for “Cushion”: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc8TSkx6d_HseOmP4c0WCM75ytTK6oN8_

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/sassysleepingbeauties/
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Buy Links: not yet available from Satin Romance
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Ebook:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LQ5kGi

Barnes and Noble-Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crimson-tamela-miles/1129198324?

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/884788

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/crimson-31

Print Softcover Book:

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