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#ARC Review of Red Snowflakes by Kristal Dawn Harris w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Kristal081670 #paranormalromance #vampires

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Forensic photographer, Dena Williams, has spent her life trained to see what others cannot. Vampire, Dimitri Kovac, has waited every Christmas for a miracle that does not come. In the Oregon wilderness, during a snowstorm, these two destined souls collide. Dena’s only hope of survival rests in a vampire with the heart of a poet. Dimitri only has five days to win a skeptical woman’s heart. As the Christmas tree lights burn brightly and the snow continues to fall, will Dena succumb to a vampire’s charms? With so little time, can Dimitri win her love?

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Dena stood her ground waiting until he stopped directly in front of her-toe to toe. Her eyes lifted from his broad chest to his face. His breath caressed her skin in whispery touches. This close she could see the small lines around his eyes and the long length of his eyelashes. She’d photographed numerous crime scenes and witnessed the arrest of several criminals, so she knew the eyes of a killer. This man did not have those eyes. Predator yes. Murderer no. The sea-blue depths emanated tranquility, but there was something else there as well.

Trained to see things others didn’t, Dena’s head tilted while studying him trying to see what evaded her eyes. Engrossed in his features, almost drawn to him on a level her mind didn’t understand, her body leaned forward. He didn’t move away, but his pupils tracked every move she made. Dena focused on his eyes letting her own senses expand. Something was different in those sea-blue depths. They say the eyes are the mirror to the soul, but his seemed more like a mask. Her body jerked when the black of his pupils bled into the white until his sockets completely blacked out, then shifted back to their normal sea-blue color. Curiosity led her. One foot slid between his as she moved even closer until their bodies brushed. For some odd reason, she wasn’t afraid. “What are you?”

 

What’s the matter with you?  Harlie, you read a paranormal romance with a vampire?  And it was Christmas themed?  I’m sure most of yall thought I must have been out of mine but I wasn’t.  I needed to read something different and this book delivered on all counts.  Since I lost interest in all things paranormal when Twilight came out, I’ve been very picky and I tend to yawn at the PNR books that have come out in the last decade or so.  Ms. Harris has written a gem of a novella that will tug at your heartstrings, make you wish for snow and want to decorate for Christmas right now.  No worries on decorating for me.  I don’t do that until the day after Thanksgiving.  But I am thinking more candles…

I will have to say that this book is shorter than most and it mostly features just Dena and Dimitri.  Ms. Harris didn’t muck up the story with extra characters that you have to keep up with or any fluff for filler.  This is a book about a vampire that is dying, waiting for his mate and a woman that sees things that others can’t.  The above excerpt is a perfect example of Dena’s personality.  She takes no prisoners, asks questions and goes with her gut.  I loved her.  A bit lonely when she discovers Dimitri, she is all in.

Dimitri broke my heart at times.  A vampire with a soul and a mate to convince.  I admired that he didn’t pressure Dena at all.  He was honest, forthright and fell instantly in love with her.  Ms. Harris gives us a bit of a backstory on Dena and Dimitri but considering that the book is shorter with minimal characters, she does an excellent job with both of them.  I loved the give and take that Dena and Dimitri had with each other.  The joy of Christmas is alive with them and it shows in Ms. Harris’ writing.  It flows and there is never a dull moment.  In fact, the ending was a bit of a shock to me.  I never saw it coming and neither will you.  Great job.

If you are looking for a great Christmas read that will get you in the spirit, this is it.  Just keep in mind that there is a vampire, a mate to be had and a red snowflake to find.  Oh yes, don’t want to spoil that little gem in the book.  He he!

 

About the Author:

Kristal Dawn Harris is an American author, born in Middletown, Ohio. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband. Kristal has been married for 27 years and has two children. She graduated from Carlisle High School, then furthered her education at Miami University. She has a business degree in Accounting Technology. Kristal spent twenty years working as an Office Coordinator in the hospital until she released her debut novel, “The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds,” through The Wild Rose Press.

In 1999, Kristal suffered a debilitating disease called “Guillain-Barre Syndrome.” This rare disease damaged the nerves in her body requiring the use of drop-foot braces in order to walk. Kristal considers herself a survivor and encourages anyone with a disability to follow their dreams.

Kristal is considered a hybrid romance author since she published “Hand-Carved Wolf” and “Thief of Hearts” on her own. Kristal is an avid reader who enjoys romance from all genres, but paranormal is her favorite.

CURRENT BOOKS BY KRISTAL DAWN HARRIS

The Rings of Faolan-Emeralds
The Rings of Faolan-Rubies
Hand-Carved Wolf
The Burn
The Red Heart
Thief of Hearts

UPCOMING RELEASES

Red Snowflakes (November 6)

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Happy Book Birthday to Awk-Weird (Ice Knights #2) by Avery Flynn @Danichez75 @entangledpub @AveryFlynn #contemporaryromance #newrelease

 

 

 

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.
 
So, when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party … You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the face that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me. 
 
There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again…right? 
 
Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?
 
Oh my God, I wish I knew…
 
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What can I say?  Ms. Flynn had me at one of my favorite tropes…accidental pregnancy.  Why do I love it?  Because with Ms. Flynn’s pen in hand, I knew that it was going to be hilarious.  She didn’t disappoint with Tess and Cole.  What’s not to love about a night of wild sex with a Thor lookalike and then find out you are pregnant with his baby?  I know, I know.  It’s a trope that is used too much by some authors, but Tess and Cole make it believable.
Tess is a nerd.  Yes, a trivia spouting, flower shop owner, book-loving nerd.  When she is nervous, the trivia spouting is her defense mechanism.  She reminded me of Cliff from Cheers but not near as annoying.  LOL!  Cole, on the other hand, stress bakes before a game and loves his routine.  Like obsessed with his routine.  Its almost like he can’t function without it.  I found that completely endearing.  Hockey players are extremely routine-oriented and lord love a duck, they are superstitious.  So watching him with all of his weirdness (to some) was completely natural for me.  I used to work for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club for years so I get it.  Plus, when these two get into moving the Big Foot painting around, I was rolling with laughter.  Not to mention, Tess explaining that there is a sub-genre of books written with Big Foot.  Oh my…
What sets this book apart from the others that I have read in regards to the Hartigans and Ice Knights are Cole and Tess.  Frankie and Lucy are my favorite couple from these two series but Cole and Tess apart from even Frankie and Lucy are the completely normal OCD, awkwardness not just towards their lives but towards each other.  Neither one has ever had a stable, healthy relationship with anyone.  Tess with her mother leaving her with relatives and the on/off romantic relationship that Cole has had with the coach’s daughter.  Man, was I glad that wrapped up.  I grew very tired of reading about it and to be honest, I don’t like that girl at all.  Something about her grated on me.  So I glad when Cole finally figured out his feelings for her and his growing feelings for Tess.
This book is hilarious but also surprisingly emotional.  Tess and Cole have a lot to go through to get to a HEA.  Both come from families that either didn’t support them or were extremely distant in their love.  Tess was still having to deal with a slumlord of an uncle in regards to her apartment and flower shop.  Cole and his constant moving as a child don’t help either.  Hence, the routines for him.  His teammates give me grief for him but they also love him, too.  Watching Fallon and Zach kick ass is always a joy for me.  Plus, there is a kitten named Kahn that is a hoot.
I can always count on Ms. Flynn to bring the heat but she also digs deep into her characters that bring the authentic that would seem far fetched in another author’s head.  You care about them, laugh with them, swoon and cry for them in the end.  They are like a part of your family and you miss them when you close the book.  Tess and Cole found a piece of my heart that I can never get back and I don’t want to.  Bravo, Ms. Flynn.

 

 






USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are great with a quip and relatable heroines who are feisty, fierce and fantastic.
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Happy Release Week & ARC #Review of Fake Date by Monica Murphy! #romcom @MsMonicaMurphy

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“This book was like the best sort of dessert. I. Am. Addicted.” – #1NYT bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken

Fake Date, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!

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Working at Bliss Lingerie, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life.

But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his office demanding to know why he can’t stop sending her gifts, he makes her an offer she somehow can’t refuse: be his fake girlfriend for the weekend while attending his brother’s engagement party.

Next thing Sarah knows, she’s in San Francisco, pretending to be in love with Jared. Not that it’s a hardship. Once you get the man away from the office, he’s much more relaxed. Sweet. Funny. Even…thoughtful? Oh, and sexier than ever, of course.

Their pretend relationship feels very real, very quickly. Soon Sarah’s in over her head. Could what she and Jared share turn into something real? Or is it all actually…fake?

 

Peeps I loved this book.  I even liked it better than Save the Date.  There was something a bit naughtier about this book.  Sure it had some smexy times in it but its the job that Sarah has and how Jared interacts with her that set the tone and mood of the book.  Selling upscale lingerie can’t be easy for anyone but when you have a client that buys it for his so-called mistresses and then being on the receiving in of those gifts.  What’s a girl to do?

Jared is positively AWESOME in the book.  I read from Ms. Murphy that she actually had to tone him down and honestly, I would have liked to have read that version. He is not a very nice person in the book but there was something about him that I couldn’t shake.  I liked that he was subtle in his pursuit of Sarah.  The hate/love banter between them at the beginning of the book is priceless.  You know going in that the trope is a fake relationship but Ms. Murphy does a great job of putting a different spin on it.  Both Jared and Sarah come from different backgrounds but still feel the pain of losing a parent that has shaped them into what they are now.

Jared still acts like a sullen teenager when it comes to his family.  I get that, truly I do, but it’s not until Sarah is thrown into the mix that he realizes that he just needs to grow up.  And the whole ex-fiance bit?  Again, honestly, I found that I bit contrived for me.  Plus, the fact that Sarah didn’t hear it from Jared made me mad.  On the flip side, I found the ex-finance actually nice to Sarah.  She could have a been a diva but she wasn’t.  Jared didn’t even blink an eye when Sarah told him about her siblings which I thought was a bit weird but also endearing.  It made no difference to him in the end.  I would have loved to read the scenes when they met though.  A teenage girl meeting Jared?  Priceless.

Sarah is a great character.  She was a hard worker but also overwhelmed at the same time.  She never gave up and with the help of her besties, she got through it.  I loved the besties.  Protective but at the same time, hilarious.  The feelings that she had for Jared were genuine.  Hate and love are two very powerful emotions and I felt like Sarah really enjoyed Jared coming into Bliss every week.  Would she ever admit it?  Nope, but it doesn’t matter.  She just didn’t understand why HE liked her.  Getting these two on the same page was a blast.

These two were perfect for each other.  They balanced each other out and I really wished the book was longer.  Yes, I enjoyed it that much.  The grouch and the beauty.  At least that’s what I’m calling them.  Ms. Murphy knows how to write a seemingly mismatched couple and makes it work.  Jared and Sarah don’t disappoint and I can’t wait for Jared’s sister’s book next month.  Maybe I’ll get a little follow up.  Please?!?!?!?!?!

 

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Meet Monica:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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