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#Review of No Angels for Christmas by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

No Angels for Christmas

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance with suspenseful elements

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BLURB:

No Angels for Christmas . . . a cozy romantic mystery with suspense from The Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book waiting for you to figure who . . .

Child psychologist Rachel Kelly isn’t quite sure how to handle the situation with her newest client — a six-year-old boy who says he can talk to angels and one is coming to help Rachel. She already has her hands full of trouble this Christmas season, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when a stalker crashes Rachel’s Christmas party and takes her young clients hostage.

Police negotiator, Lt. Jake Dillon, walked away from his fiancée Rachel when she suddenly balked at having kids. His kids. Yet when the hostage crisis erupts, Rachel calls Jake first. Now he has a choice to make — stand back and wait for the cavalry to save Rachel or step in and try to save her himself. Time is running out, and Jake may be their only chance for rescue.

Unless Rachel’s little angel-spying client is telling the truth…

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Excerpt Three:

“Since this isn’t our Publix, I’m assuming you stopped on your way home from work,” Jake said when she reached his side.

Our Publix? Did he even realize he’d said that?

“You’re right,” she replied. “So why are you here?”

“My apartment’s just around the corner.”

Ouch.

That simple statement shouldn’t hurt—she knew his apartment was near here—but it did. She nodded.

“I’ll help you out.” He gently nudged her hands off the cart handle and took over, setting his own bag on top of her stack.

Rachel paced alongside the grocery cart as they moved through the electronic door and knew a moment of joy that her parking spot lay at the far end of the lot. She would have a few extra moments to be with him. How pitiful was that? She eased a step closer, anxious to inhale his unique scent of soap, aftershave, and pure Jake.

He glanced over and caught her staring. Heat rushed to her cheeks, and she hoped he didn’t notice the flush.

“Jake, look out!” She grabbed the cart to stop it just short of a car backing out.

He gave her his sexy crooked Jake-smile. “Guess I should keep my eyes on the road.”

Her heart ka-thumped inside her chest. “At least until we get to the car.”

His smile went to an all-out grin.

Had she just flirted with him? Had it been that easy to get past her trauma for a few brief minutes?

Far sooner than she would have liked, he stopped the grocery cart next to her Honda and helped stow her bags in the trunk, leaving his in the cart.

“Thanks for helping me,” Rachel told him.

“I’m glad you decided to stop at this Publix tonight.”

“You are?”

“Yeah. I’m glad I got to see you.” Jake grazed a knuckle gently across her cheek leaving a streak of tingly nerve endings in its wake.

“But I thought you wanted . . . I mean, I haven’t heard from you . . .” She cleared her throat. “. . . in a long time. I thought you might’ve . . .”

Why couldn’t she finish a sentence tonight? Bad enough she felt pathetic, now she sounded pathetic.

“You thought I might’ve what?”

She swallowed hard. “Might’ve found someone else by now.”

He studied her for a long moment. “After all we meant to each other, you thought I’d go right out and grab a new girlfriend, just like that?” His mouth tightened to a thin line.

She hadn’t meant to rile him. The last thing she wanted to do was fight with him. Without thinking, she reached up and brushed two fingers gently across his lips, wanting that sensuous mouth to smile at her again.

She startled him, and he jerked at her touch. She whisked her fingers away. “Sorry. I don’t want you to be mad.”

His gaze trapped hers, his pupils expanding until little of the brilliant green remained. “There’s no new girlfriend, Rachel,” he said gruffly.

“No?”

He slowly shook his head, his all-dark eyes tracking hers. He seemed closer than he’d been a minute earlier.

She exhaled hard. “Not yet anyway.”

He frowned.

Why had she said that?

“No, not yet,” he said flatly.

“I’m glad,” she said quickly.

Screw pride.

“Are you?”

He was definitely closer now. If she eased forward just a few inches, she could press her lips to his, feel that certain sizzle that always flared when they touched. But Jake had walked out on her. His move. Though she ached with the need to hold him, if only for a second.

“Yes. Very glad. I don’t want you to find someone else—”

His lips brushed hers into silence—sweeping gently across as though seeking permission—the touch just light enough to make her lean in for more. He didn’t miss the movement and kissed her again, his lips settling on hers and nibbling at her lower lip.

The sensuous teasing had her knees growing weak, and she grabbed the placket of his dress shirt to steady herself.

He didn’t miss that movement either, and he cradled her cheeks in his big palms to deepen the kiss.

Suddenly lightheaded with desire, she twisted her knuckles into his shirt to keep him close. She didn’t care if they were kissing in front of God and everybody. If Jake wanted to throw her down here in the middle of the Publix parking lot, she was ready. She could always shop at Winn-Dixie.

Admittedly, this is not my first book by Ms. McCarty and this is the second book in a nonconnected series that I have read.  Ms. McCarty just keeps getting better and better with her storytelling and characters.  I will warn you though, this book has a lot of characters so you really need to pay attention when you read it.  Did I figure out the angel in this story?  Not a chance but when it was revealed I was actually shocked.  I would also say that this book has romantic elements, not a full-blown romance.  Jake and Rachel have a lot to go through before you get the big payoff and its worth it in the end.

Jake and Rachel have broken up at the beginning of the book and only the reader and Rachel know why.  Poor Jake.  He just can’t get a break with Rachel and their relationship.  Miscommunication is a big thing with these two and a time or two, I just wanted to bash them in the head but then there would be no story to finish.  🙂  Both have huge hearts when it comes to their jobs and it shows but when it comes to each other, not so much.  I won’t tell you the reason why they broke up but I understand it.  It’s just that Rachel really needed to be honest with Jake from the beginning.

The mystery and suspense in the book are fantastic.  Taut and suspenseful, I honestly didn’t know how it was all going to play out in the end.  Truly, I didn’t.  Just when you think the story is over, there are two more very important scenes that are just terrific and really solidified the book for me.  The kids in the book, Chad, Emily and Alex are dealing with some issues that are not easy to read in the book.  From physical abuse, a child pedophile and then just thinking your child is crazy because he can see angels.  Ms. McCarty has done her research and it shows.  Bravo and I loved how the kids bounded in the end.  Especially Chad and Emily.  Brought a smile to my face.

Overall, I really liked No Angels for Christmas.  Ms. McCarty knows how to write a book and keep the reader engaged.  This is not an easy book to read in parts but well worth it in the end.  Plus, Jake and Rachel…well, you need to read it.  Enjoy.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—”The  Most Magical Place on Earth”—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas

Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

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#Review of The Virgin Club by Kayley Wood w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance

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Challenge: Lose my virginity before my 24th birthday. Time Left: 23 days.

Appletinis, a semi-meltdown, and a ‘Lose My Virginity Challenge’ post. That’s all it took for my little blog to go viral.

I’m going to be fine. I’m anonymous. I can just delete the post and pretend it never happened. No big deal, right?

Wrong!

My co-worker crush, Logan—gorgeous, yummy and out of my league—found out about my secret deadline-driven cherry popping quest.

Humiliated would be an understatement.

Fortunately, my besties come to the rescue with a brilliant plan that involves my trending blog. If all went smoothly, I’d not only win over the untouchable Logan but also live my dream of becoming a full-time writer.

The plan isn’t just brilliant, it’s perfect… until my new boss, Alexander Freeman comes into the picture with his Brooks Brothers suit and Tom Ford briefcase.

So what if the Stiff is hot? I will not ruin my one chance with Logan or my dream career.

But I’m in more trouble than I originally thought.

Turns out Alex has a few intentions of his own and a huge secret I’m totally unprepared for.

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Group Text
To: Jada, Lauren
From: Emma

E: Logan knows I’m the author of The Virgin Club which means he knows about my stupid Virgin Challenge!!!

E: He was working at Freeman Foxx when I broke my nose. I told him it was me and I totally forgot I wrote a post about it.

L: OMG

J: Wow!

E: Yeah, been through that stage already. What the hell do I do now??? How can I go into work tomorrow and face him? That’s it. I’m quitting my job. Hey Lauren, if I lose my apartment can I take your spare room?

L: Of course you can.

J: You’re not quitting your job or moving out! Take a deep breath and let’s take this one step at a time.

E: Ok. I’m semi-calm now. So what’s the first step?

J: Are you sure he knows it’s you?

E: Yes, he sent me a message. It was definitely him and he obviously found the blog because my dumb Virgin Challenge post is trending.

L: Was his message flirty?

E: Yes, like he was teasing me with it.

J: Is he still with that obnoxious girl who needed a smack upside the head?

E: No. They broke up a few weeks ago.

J: Well this is interesting news 🙂

L: I can almost see the light bulb going on in your head lol.

E: Oh no. What?

J: Confession time. Do you still like Logan?

E: I’ve already been there. I’m not embarrassing myself again. Logan knowing I’m a virgin is bad enough.

J: Answer the question, Emma. Do you like him or not?

E: Yes.

J: Enough that you would welcome him “taking on your over-expired V-card”?

E: Yes, but I obviously suck at reading signals. I don’t even know if he’s interested, single or not.

J: There are ways to get around that and they start with your blog.

E: My blog? No. Absolutely not.

J: FaceTime me. I think once you hear my plan, you’ll change your mind 🙂

L: Count me in too! I am NOT missing this.

E: Ok, but it better be good.

J: It’s not good. It’s brilliant.

New author to Harlie and boy, I’m a glad that I read this book.  I know that this book is not listed, per se, as a contemporary romance (at least on Amazon) but I would definitely put it in the categories of a rom-com, New Adult and maybe, chick lit.  This book is a lot of things and as an older woman, it resounded with me.  I understood why Emma thought that she HAD to lose her virginity.  Society has a way of saying that you have to lose it before a certain age and that’s just wrong.  Having sex is a very personal thing that NO ONE should tell you when it’s okay to do.  I lost mine early in high school and actually went through a Born Again time period before I met my husband.  Do I regret my choices?  No, but I’m from a completely different era.

That said, watching Emma with her friends find love is tough.  I’ve been there and the t-shirt is a rag but through that, I found myself and learning to love yourself first is more important than finding the “one”.  But Harlie will get off her soapbox right now and tell you why I loved this book.

  1.  Emma – is stronger than she thinks.  Sure, she is young and naive but once she figures out what she really wants, she goes for it.  I loved at the end of the book when she finally has enough with the villains and lays into them.  Girl power!
  2.   Alex – is a dream.  I could totally understand him and why he kept Emma at arms lengths at times.  It made sense and I applaud him for his choices.  Plus, his secret is one of those moments that defined not just him but his relationship with Emma in the end.  Plus, putting his heart out there, in the end, is heartbreaking but also took courage.  And then his brother stepping up for him.  Alex wasn’t as damaged as he thought he was.
  3.  Logan – is a douche but he is crucial to the relationship of Emma and Alex.  You just have to read the book to understand.
  4.  Claire – we have all worked with a Claire.  Again, read the book to understand.
  5.  Jada, Lauren, Rachel, and Vin – friends to the end.  The group texts and times that they are together are gold.  You can never have too many friends like them.
  6.  Emma’s mom – oh my.  She is all kinds of awesome and doesn’t ever make Emma feel like a child.  She helps her see her ways and is there for her no matter what.

Ms. Wood has a written a wonderful book about friendships, finding true love and working with people that are just flat out awful.  The work scenes are well written and bring back some pleasant and not so pleasant moments.  At times, the book can be cringe-worthy but other times, swoon-worthy.  Ms. Wood writes her characters with true flair and an understanding of what young adults yearn for and what they go through.

If you want to know if Emma loses the v-card, you will have to read the book.  The ending is sweet and I actually sighed out loud when I finished.  Do yourself a favor and read this book.  You won’t be sorry.

About the Author:

Kayley has three simple rules in life:

1. Surround yourself with some incredible, kick-ass women you call friends.

2. Don’t worry about failure or mistakes. It’s how you respond to them that makes all the difference.

3. An appletini is never complete without two cherries.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44301055-the-virgin-club

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Tour Finale for Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby (Greek Island Brides #1) by Jennifer Faye w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @JenniferFaye34 @HarlequinBooks


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Book Tour Grand Finale for
Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby
By Jennifer Faye

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Launch – Note from the Author

Sometimes you have to leave what you’ve always known and set off on an adventure to truly learn what you’re capable of. And sometimes when the odds seem against you and you persevere…it works out better than you could have ever imagined.

This is what happens when Lea Romes finds out that she’s inherited a wedding island in the Mediterranean. Not even knowing that she had family in Greece, she is eager to find out more about her ancestors. But when a tall, sexy man crosses her path there’s a chance for an island romance…

EmpowerMoms – Review

“Fun, easy to read, romantic story. This story had great characters and I loved that the setting of the book was in Greece on a little island. . . . I really enjoyed reading it!”

Thoughts of a Blonde – Excerpt

Just then Lea noticed a seaplane preparing to take off over the calm blue sea. But it was the man in the dark suit standing on the wooden dock, with his back to her, that caught her attention. She took in his immense height and broad, muscled shoulders accentuated by his suit jacket—a very fine set of threads. It probably cost more than she made in a month. Definitely.

His dark hair was trimmed in a short neat cut just like in his online photos. Not a strand was out of place. She wondered if he liked his life to be just as neat and orderly. As she continued to stare, she imagined what it’d be like to comb her fingertips through his hair. Her fingers tingled with temptation. She tightened her hold on the steering wheel.

Jorie Loves A Story – Review

“What I loved most about how Ms Faye writes her stories is that she gives her characters obstacles they must learn to face together and to find solutions too which allows both parties to find equal ground. . . . I love reading her romances because her style of telling them is uplifting and full of second chances – where new beginnings can thrive and where people can re-write their own future . . . . I am dearly eager to see what becomes of this series – especially when we get to step inside the shoes of Popi and Stasia! I have a feeling there are many more surprises in store to be learnt and overall, I truly love where this series is set.”

Colorimetry – Excerpt

It was late afternoon by the time Lea had given Xander the full tour. He was the first potential investor who had stuck around this long. Lea’s hopes soared. He had many questions about the island and she did her best to answer them. She was proud of her little island. As she’d spoken of the various aspects of the island, Mr. Marinakos made notes on his digital tablet.

This is going to work. This is going to work.

She struggled not to grin. After all, nothing was final yet—

“Miss Romes, I’d like to make you an offer.”

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader – Review

“Carrying The Greek Tycoon’s Baby by Jennifer Faye is the first book in the Greek Island Brides Series. . . . This is a sweet and pleasant read. “

E-Romance News – Excerpt

He liked Lea. She was pleasant, and when she smiled, her whole face lit up. And it had been a long time since he’d taken time for a social life. He’d prided himself on being able to amass his fortune before the age of thirty-five. But it had come at a price—his work schedule meant he hardly had a normal life.

There was something about this island—something so relaxing. Or perhaps it was the company. Xander’s gaze met hers. “I hope that even though we couldn’t do business together we can still be friends.”

Surprise lit up her eyes, but in a blink it was gone. “Um…sure. No hard feelings.”

Wishful Endings – Review

“CARRYING THE GREEK TYCOON’S BABY is a sweet and light romance set on a Greek Island between a poor heiress who is just trying to keep the island as it has been and a wealthy businessman who wants to buy the island. Harlequin Romance fans will enjoy the humor and back-and-forth tension of this one!”

Stacking My Book Shelves! – Excerpt

Even though the sun had slipped below the horizon, leaving a pink hue in its wake, Xander wasn’t ready to end his time with Lea.

They strolled down to the beach. No one was around, and they enjoyed the surf and sand alone.

“I really should get back to work,” Lea said, but her voice lacked desire.

“I should, too. But why don’t we play hooky this evening?”

Andi’s Book Reviews – Review

“Infinity Island is definitely the kind of place that I would love to escape to. I love the idea of a place that is so magical that everyone who has ever been married there has stayed together forever. . . . It’s a quick read . . . makes for a fun escape and isn’t overly racy. I’ll be on the lookout for the next two books in the series.”

It’s All About the Romance – Excerpt

TWO PINK LINES…

Three separate results…

Diagnosis: Pregnant.

Every time Lea thought about it, which was quite often, she started to hyperventilate. This couldn’t be happening. Not now. Not when her life was in such an uproar.

But she’d had all of the early symptoms, from her missed cycle to tender breasts. As much as she wanted to live in the land of denial, she couldn’t. There was now a baby to take into consideration. And a man who didn’t have a clue he was about to become a father. Well, he would if he’d answer his phone.

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

“I give Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby a well deserved five plus stars. I can not wait to read book two from the Greek Island Brides series. I highly recommend this book! It is most definitely not one to be missed.”

Becky on Books – Excerpt

She tilted her chin upward to watch the helicopter descend to the helipad not far from her office. Whoever this was, they weren’t a guest.

Her body tensed as the long seconds dragged out. She never knew it could take so long for a chopper to land. But she knew that in reality not much time had passed at all. It was just her anxiety that seemed to have slowed the world down as she waited to see what new problem awaited her.

And then the door to the helicopter opened. And…

The breath of anticipation hitched in her throat. And…

Harlie’s Books – Review

“… Another winner from Ms. Faye and the Harlequin Romance line. . . . Ms. Faye has written a brilliant billionaire story that will tug on your emotions, have you believe in a true love romance with a bit of magic woven in. . . . Loved it. I really didn’t want the book to end. Lea and Xander were a perfect couple and I can’t wait to hear more about them in the other books.”

Reading On The Edge – Excerpt

She glanced at the clock on the stove. “If you don’t hurry, you’ll miss the ferry. It’s the only one today.”

“Is this the way it’s going to be?”

She turned her full attention to him. “How what is going to be?”

“You and me. How do I even know the baby is mine?”

“I’d like to think that no one would lie about such an important thing. But you obviously don’t trust me…

Hallie Reads – Review

“The romance proves fun as the drama unfolds around Lea and Xander. I enjoyed seeing the pair sorting through the challenges before them, and I think a reader in need of a quick, contemporary romance will, too.”

Teatime and Books – Excerpt

THINGS WOULD GET BETTER.

They had to.

Lea Romes refused to accept any other alternative.

She pushed her chair back from the desk with its insurmountable pile of paperwork. In this modern age of technology, she thought paperwork would be a thing of the past. But alas, it seemed as though dealing with written documents would be a constant while the digital correspondence and spreadsheets just added to the burden.

At least she got to work in paradise as a wedding planner…

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post, if you haven’t already…

Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby
(Greek Island Brides #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
March 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

From one night…

To nine months!

In this Greek Island Brides story, for jaded tycoon Xander Marinakos, renowned wedding destination Infinity Island is just another opportunity to expand his empire. Until he’s captivated by its beautiful owner, Lea Romes… When their one night together has unexpected consequences, Xander must negotiate the deal of a lifetime, and put his guarded heart on the table to convince independent Lea they can be a family…for infinity!

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About the Series

Greek Island Brides
Finding love that lasts to infinity!

All marriages that take place on renowned wedding destination Infinity Island are guaranteed to last forever!

And the picturesque Greek island is about to weave its magic for friends Lea, Popi and Stasia. They dream of finding their own happy-ever-afters… And they’re about to meet three billionaires who will sweep them off their feet—and down the aisle!

Follow Lea’s journey from surprise pregnancy to dream proposal in
Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby

And coming soon…

Book # 2 – Claiming The Drakos Heir (releases June 2019)

The rebel bachelor is back…

To claim her baby!

In this Greek Island Brides story, pregnant surrogate Popi Costas is faced with raising her late sister’s child alone, until the baby’s wealthy uncle arrives to take charge! Apollo Drakos is distractingly handsome, but Popi won’t let that stop her from fighting to keep the baby. Yet as she gets to know the man behind the wild card reputation, Popi’s reconsidering welcoming Apollo into her new little family…

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Book #3 – Wearing The Greek Millionaire’s Ring

About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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