A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Eileen Dreyer writing as Kathleen Korbel *Review*

GENRE:  Romantic Suspense

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About the Book

J.P. O’Neill is in the fight of his life. A legendary agent with the DEA, he’s uncovered a conspiracy in his own agency. The only problem is he’s been arrested for the murder of his partner. If he goes to jail, he dies.

There’s only one solution—escape. The only way to do that is to kidnap his defense attorney. Lauren Taylor is a high-priced attorney doing a favor for a friend. Suddenly she finds herself on the run with the most dangerous man she’s ever met. Will she survive with her heart intact?

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The DA cackled that he had an open and shut case. A slam dunk with clusters. J. P. O’Neill, once a virtuoso of undercover agents had finally stepped over the line and gone rogue, turning on his own people rather than be reeled back in. The DEA had lost track of him some five weeks earlier. It was their suspicion that the mercurial star of undercover had finally succumbed to the life-style he’d imitated for so long and gone spinning off into his own personal orbit. His partner had been sent in to retrieve him.

Something about those eyes, though, contradicted the idea that he’d done anything in cold blood. Something about those eyes made Lauren think twice when a personal request from the senior partner in her firm to represent this man might not have.

“So, what do you think?” O’Neill asked. “Am I a worthless maggot with antisocial behavior who couldn’t withstand the lure of filthy lucre?”

Startled by the tone of his voice, Lauren looked up. Amusement. She’d heard it in the question, and now saw it in the eyes. They glinted with it, a dark, knowing challenge that made her somehow sorry.

Those eyes. Blue, green, changing like the water off the Bahamas on a sunny day, so startling against that grime not for the color but for the intelligence. The sharp, sudden flashes of humor and even more stunning glitter of grief.

Wild eyes. Eyes that promised surprise, that mesmerized with energy, with the wicked wit that lurked behind. Eyes that made her wary, that taunted her like a peek into a forbidden room. Eyes that should have belonged to the devil himself.

“I don’t know what you are, Mr. O’Neill,” she finally admitted, leaning back in her chair.

Lauren was tired. She’d already put in a full day when Tom Paxton had called in his favor from New York where he was taking depositions.

For a friend. Well, if this was the friend, then there was a lot about the senior partner of the firm Lauren wanted to know. For now, though, she ignored the ache in her back and the stale feel of a suit too long worn.

“I’m dead if I don’t make bail,” O’Neill assured her, picking off yet another strip of foam and carefully folding it into the disintegrating cup. “If you don’t believe anything else, believe that.”

My Review

Before I begin my review, I need to admit that I’d read this book before … way back in the early 1990s. Getting the chance to re-read it as a reissue and do this review was like opening up a treasured old love letter. I think my heart raced through the entire book.

A Walk on the Wild Side is just what uber-organized attorney Lauren Taylor needs. She’s never met anyone like DEA agent J.P. O’Neill, a fact that has her a bit frightened yet excited at the same time.

J.P.’s been an undercover agent for so long, even his superiors aren’t sure which side he’s on. And, when J.P. takes Lauren hostage and on the run in an effort to clear his name, Lauren must face some personal issues from her past in order to cope with her present.

Author Eileen Dreyer/Kathleen Korbel has penned a suspenseful look at what can happen when a good man pretends to be bad for too long. As a romance, the story does exactly what a great romance should, it develops character, slowly builds a loving relationship, and tugs at the reader’s heartstrings.

The book was great in its original category format and even better all these years later.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling, RWA Hall of Fame author Eileen Dreyer has published 31 romance novels in most genres, 8 medical­forensic suspenses, and 10 short stories.

2015 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her foray into historical romance, the Drake’s Rakes series, which Eileen labels as Regency Romantic Adventure that follows a group of Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe. She is also working on her first non­fiction book, TRAVELS WITH DAVE, about a journey she’s been taking with a friend’s ashes.

A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and a large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

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2: Author C.A.Milson
3: Author Deborah A Bailey
4: B-Gina Review
5: Bookaholic
6: BooksChatter
7: Guam Historical Romance Novel
8: Harlie’s Books
9: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
10: Iron Canuck REVIEW
11: It’s Raining Books
12: J. Lynn Rowan – Author of Romance & Historical Fiction
13: Jazzy Book Reviews
14: Kimmi Love REVIEW
15: Laura’s Interests
16: Long and Short Reviews
17: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang
18: Mixed Book Bag
19: Natural Bri
20: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
21: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart REVIEW
22: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
23: Readeropolis
24: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
25: So Many Books
26: Straight From the Library
27: The Avid Reader
28: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
29: tory richards
30: Two Ends of the Pen
31: Viviana MacKade
32: Wake Up Your Wild Side
33: Welcome to My World of Dreams
34: XoXo Book Blog
35: Fabulous and Brunette
36: Deal Sharing Aunt
37: T’s Stuff
38: Dawn’s Reading Nook
39: Buried Under Romance
40: Regan Black 
41: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff

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BETTING ON CINDERELLA by Petie McCarty *Review*

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

SERIES: The Cinderella Romances (Book 2)


About the Book

Garrett Tucker inherits his grandfather’s casino empire and steps into the reclusive billionaire’s shoes as the “Prince of Vegas.” His first act is to buy and renovate a bankrupt casino in Biloxi. When he discovers embezzling in his new operation, Garrett goes in undercover. His number one suspect is the new finance supervisor.

Andi Ryan moves to Biloxi to care for her godmother and takes a job as finance supervisor for the renovated Bayou Princess casino. She discovers someone is skimming from the till and starts her own investigation, worried she will be blamed for the theft when the new owner discovers her godmother has a costly gambling addiction.

Garrett’s rival Vegas competitor has sent a spy in to ruin the Bayou Princess, and Garrett and Andi are forced to work together to prove her innocence and discover the identity of their casino spy.

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She made a beeline for the door, and Garrett grabbed her arm. “Oh, no you don’t. I want to talk to you. I’ve been trying to talk to you all day.”

The tug on her arm lit the fuse. “Well, I’m not talking to you. Don’t bother trying to justify dating Irene, I wouldn’t believe you. She bragged to everyone in the office that you two were out till the wee hours. You’re a player, Garrett, and Irene can help you.”

“What?” he roared.

“Oh, forget it.” She jerked her arm free. “You want to sleep with her? Go ahead. You made your bed, now you can lie in it. Good luck, you’re going to need it.”

Before the last word left her mouth, he yanked her up against his hard chest. “Stop it, Andi. Just stop it.”

His lips silenced her retort. His kiss gentled, though she could feel him tremble with anger. His palms cradled her cheeks, and his tongue teased at her lower lip, urging her to open for him. God forgive her, she did. She could not resist this man.

She had missed Garrett—his smile, his twinkling eyes, his glorious scent, and especially his taste. She knuckled her fingers into the curls at his nape to hold him in the kiss. His tongue caressed hers with a slow, sensual rhythm that turned her knees to water. She had dreamed of this kiss, night after night, in the month he was gone.

Had he kissed Irene like this? The dark thought chilled like a bucket of cold water. She tried to wrestle free, but he held her fast.

“The only one I need is you,” he whispered against her lips.

Her heart desperately wanted to believe him, her body wanted to sink back into another nerve-tingling kiss, and her too-wary head conjured up an image of him leaving with Irene. Just last night. The hurt and heartache roared back to life all over again.

She shoved him back, hating the tears piling up in her eyes. “I don’t believe you, and I don’t trust you.”

She stumbled for the door, and he made a grab for her. “No, Andi, wait!”

My Review

Betting on Cinderella takes a fresh look at an often seen trope by playing on the fairy tale myth. Well-written by author Petie McCarty, the book adds a little intrigue in the form of embezzlement and perceived mistrust.

The conclusion to the intrigue was just enough to not overshadow the romance and happily-ever-after for the hero and heroine.

The supporting characters were perfect for both the play on Cinderella and to further the story itself. An enjoyable read I would recommend to anyone looking for a couple of hours of escape!

About the Author

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-elements-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

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Petie McCarty will be awarding 3 eBook copies of Book 1 of the Cinderella Romances series: Cinderella Busted to 3 randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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March 8: Harlie’s Books
March 8: My Reading Journeys
March 8: Writing Is My Oxygen
March 15Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
March 15unabridged andra’s
March 22Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance
March 22Locks, Hooks and Books
March 29Long and Short Reviews

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GENRE:   Children’s (Middle Grade)

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About the Book

Sign up for the spelling bee? No way!

If there’s one thing 10-year-old Texan Sophie Washington is good at, it’s spelling. She’s earned straight 100s on all her spelling tests to prove it. Her parents want her to compete in the Xavier Academy spelling bee, but Sophie wishes they would buzz off.

Her life in the Houston suburbs is full of adventures, and she doesn’t want to slow down the action. Where else can you chase wild hogs out of your yard, ride a bucking sheep, or spy an eight-foot-long alligator during a bike ride through the neighborhood? Studying spelling words seems as fun as getting stung by a hornet, in comparison.

That’s until her irritating classmate, Nathan Jones, challenges her. There’s no way she can let Mr. Know-It-All win. Studying is hard when you have a pesky younger brother and a busy social calendar. Can Sophie ignore the distractions and become Queen of the Bee?

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“Turn the television off, and you two go get the newspaper and pull the garbage can up to the garage,” says Mom, shaking her head and pouring more pancake batter into the skillet. “All this arguing is going to make me burn breakfast.”

I clench my fists to keep from wringing Cole’s neck. “Did you tell Mom about the contest?” he loudly yells over blips and bleeps. He is playing a Video Rangers cartridge on his Nintendo DS game now that the television is off.

“What contest?” asks Dad, entering the kitchen.

“Oh, it’s nothing really,” I say. “Just something Mrs. Green was talking about at school on Friday . . .”

“It’s the big spelling bee, and they want all the kids in the third grade and up to be in it,” pipes up Cole. “Mrs. Green said she hopes Sophie signs up, since she’s such a great speller.”

“That sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you, Sophie,” Mom says. “You are really good at spelling.”

“Sign up first thing Monday morning,” says Dad. “Maybe we can start you studying this weekend. Did they give you a list of spelling words?”

“I need to check my backpack, Dad. It’s out in the garage,” I say, trying to change the subject.

“Come on, Cole, Mom told us to get the paper.”

“Why can’t you go out to the driveway by yourself?” he complains. “We’re not even through eating.”

“Go help your sister,” Mom commands.

We head out the garage door to the driveway. “You are such a tattletale,” I say, nudging Cole once we are out of earshot. “Why’d you have to tell Mom and Dad about the spelling bee?” He elbows me back, then we both stop in our tracks. Three hairy pigs are running around our front yard.

My Review

This is the second book in the Sophie Washington series that I’ve read and reviewed. Queen of the Bee was actually the first book in the Sophie Washington series and I was worried that, having read the second book first, my enjoyment would be spoiled by already knowing the outcome of the story. It wasn’t.

Author Tonya Ellis creates a wonderful middle-grade environment for our mini-heroine, Sophie, and her group of close friends and pesky younger brother. The story line is solid and age appropriate for middle grade reading.

Highly recommended for your pre-teen reader. A solid 4- review!

You may also enjoy my preview/review of Sophie Washington: The Snitch.

About the Author

Tonya Ellis loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her everywhere rather than put them down. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was fourteen years old. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist, written for newspapers and magazines and won awards for her books. She is the mom of three spelling bee champions, and has judged several spelling bee events.

SOPHIE WASHINGTON: QUEEN OF THE BEE is her debut novel in a series about Sophie and her friends. Currently, Ms. Ellis lives in Missouri City, Texas with her husband, daughter, and two sons.

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Tonya Duncan Ellis will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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February 27: The Reading Addict
February 27: Andi’s Middle Grade and Chapter Books
March 6: Locks, Hooks and Books
March 6: Sharing Links and Wisdom
March 13: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
March 13: Long and Short Reviews YA
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GENRE: Erotic Romance

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About the Book

Carter Jones is a fairly simple man. He loves his ranch, his horses, and dominating women in the bedroom. He’s the owner and founder of the exclusive Cuffs and Spurs Club in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, yet for the past year Carter has achieved something of a monk’s status within the ranks of his club. And all because of Jenna, a woman he had an unforgettably sensual week with a year ago, who then vanished from his life without a trace and left him reeling.

When he discovers Jenna practically on his doorstep, Carter moves heaven and earth to draw her back into his life. Only she has a scandalous secret, one that upends his life completely. Can he forgive her for the secrets she kept? Or will the mistrust tear them apart – forever this time?


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“So, what’s up? You don’t normally leave Jackson Hole unless its poker night,” Carter said, studying his friend.

Nothing but crumbs remained of Spencer’s sandwich, and now he was plowing through the homemade potato salad. Still holding his fork, he swallowed and said, “Me and the boys are concerned. The knuckleheads elected that I come speak with you.”

“About?” Carter questioned, his body tight and rigid in his seat. They’d discussed him. What the fuck for?

Spencer cocked his head, his black eyes unwavering as he said, “Dude, you haven’t been to the club in almost a year. That’s a record, especially for you. And I know for damn sure you don’t have any of the subs coming out to the ranch. That bunch couldn’t keep a secret to save lives, as lovely and entertaining as they are.”

“I’ve had a particularly busy year with the ranch. Just because I’m not attending the club, doesn’t mean I’m celibate,” Carter said, folding his arms across his chest—even though that was precisely what he’d become.

After a long draught of iced tea, Spencer replied, seeming to choose his words carefully. “Normally, I would buy that and not press you. But you forget, I know you. And you haven’t been the same since your visit to Pleasure Island last August. I know there was a sub—”

“Careful,” Carter uttered, his voice deadly serious. He did not want to rehash the island or talk about Jenna with anyone. Not when the mere thought of her made his heart ache.

“Fuck that. You’ve been moping for almost a year. You searched for her and couldn’t find her. It’s time you moved on. I’m saying this not out of spite but because I’m genuinely concerned,” Spencer said.

Carter grimaced and traced the line of a bead of moisture on his glass before he replied, “Look, I know I haven’t gone to the club lately. I will. I just—hell, Spencer, it’s the same old subs there. I realize your concern and while I appreciate it—”

“Just come, tonight even. It will do you some good to get out of the house for a night. You’re not a recluse but this past year you sure as shit have been acting like one.”

Had he? Deep down he knew Spencer was right. Carter needed to move on and forget about the past. Jenna was lost to him, forever. As bitter a pill as it was to swallow, short of hiring a private investigator to track her down, there was nothing he could do about it. He’d been standing still, letting life move on around him while his heart bled into the ground at the loss. And Jenna obviously didn’t want to be found because if she had, she would be here. At least, not by him.

“Fine. I’ll come this evening. So you and the rest of the idiot brigade will get off my case,” Carter agreed and shook his head. The thought of attending the club was about as appealing as watching paint dry, but he’d suffer through it.

About the Author

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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Purchase His Scandalous Love by 3/17/18 and get the FREE full-length ebook novella His Unexpected Love delivered to your email! Discover where Carter & Jenna’s sinfully erotic love story began. Email the proof of purchase (receipt or screenshot) to anya@anyasummers.com.

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March 5:
1: Erotica For All
2: Lock That Door
3: Romance Novel Giveaways
4: Author C.A.Milson
5: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
6: Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance

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1: Sorchia’s Universe
2: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
3: Author Deborah A Bailey
4: T’s Stuff
5: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
6: Readeropolis

March 7:
1: BooksChatter
2: XoXo Book Blog
3: The Reading Addict
4: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
5: Harlie Williams, Writer
6: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

March 8:
1: Sharing Links and Wisdom
2: Christine Young
3: Jazzy Book Reviews
4: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
5: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
6: Musings From An Addicted Reader
7: Fabulous and Brunette

March 9:
1: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
2: Bookaholic
3: The TBR Pile 
4: The Avid Reader
5: Liz’s Reading Life
6: It’s Raining Books
7: Long and Short Reviews

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READING HIS SUBMISSIVE by Brandi Evans *Review*

GENRE:  Erotic romance, BDSM romance

SERIES:  Restrained Fantasies (Book 2)


About the Book


I’ve spent my life depending on one person: myself. I’ve learned the hard way other people will only let me down. I’ve worked for everything I have, but thanks to my drug-addicted mother, I’m about to lose the one thing I’ve craved for years. Needing to make some extra cash, I ask my boss at Restrained Fantasies, a Dallas BDSM club, for some extra shifts. Much to my chagrin, Master Carter Burkes is with him, and Carter leaps to my rescue, bound and determined to save me—only I’m not the kind of girl who needs to be saved.


I can’t sit by while Raven, a recurring figure in my fantasies, is in trouble. My job as a detective keeps me busy, but I’m not looking for a relationship, just a sub to assist with a class I’m teaching: Reading Your Submissive. Raven always claimed she wasn’t a member of the lifestyle, so imagine my surprise when I discover a budding submissive inside her. She gets under my skin in ways I can’t fight, but emotions are dangerous. I learned that the hard way.  Is getting close to Raven a mistake? Will I destroy her life like I destroyed the life of the only woman I’ve ever loved?

This is book two in the Restrained Fantasies series but can be read as a standalone.

Publisher’s Note: This romance is intended for adults only. It contains elements of danger, suspense, mystery, BDSM, sensual scenes, romance and adult language. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.

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Raven punched the elevator button and waited for the doors to open. Damn her fucking mother. Damn her, damn her, damn her. Ten thousand dollars. How the hell was Raven supposed to come up with that kind of money by the end of the month?

Who fucking screwed over their own child this way?

She fisted her hands at her side and fought the urge to punch more than the elevator button. Taking out another loan or getting new credit cards with credit limits large enough to help was out of the question. She was over-extended as it was; served her right for trying to help the bitch in the first place. After helping her mom out with attorney fees and bail after her last arrest, Raven had been left holding the bag. She still couldn’t believe her mom had skipped on bail. Again. And crazier still, Raven didn’t know why she’d bothered helping in the first place. That had been her first—twentieth?—mistake.

Meth was slowly destroying Raven’s life, and she’d never touched the stuff.

The elevator doors slid open, and Viv Michaels strutted through. Viv was the boss’ sub and the love of his life. She was a sweet, vivacious woman Raven had come to like a lot.

Viv was dressed in her usual club fare. Black fuck-me boots, red miniskirt, and a matching leather corset which barely contained her ample breasts. She was the boss’ perfect match in every way—and it made Raven a whole lot envious. She’d never trusted anyone enough to let them in, let alone have what Viv and the boss had.

Viv’s lips curved into a friendly smile. “Hey, Raven. How’re you?”

Raven forced herself to return the other woman’s smile. “I’m good.”

Viv’s gaze sharpened. “You sure? You look… upset.”

“Just having a bit of a tough time today, but everything will work itself out. It always does.” More likely it won’t. It never did.

Over the years, she’d gotten damn good at lying about her emotions or redirecting the conversation, so with luck, Viv would take the near-lie at face value and move on. Because this problem wouldn’t work itself out. She might as well face reality and get used to it.

She’d be homeless by the end of the month. Viv placed her hand on Raven’s arm and gave it a reassuring squeeze.

“Okay. Just know I’m here if you need to talk.”

The offer warmed Raven. Part of her acknowledged the impulse to accept Viv’s offer, hug her close, and let the tears come. The other part, however, the stronger part, reminded her trusting another person only ended in disaster. She’d had enough tragedies in her life already. The only person she could depend on was herself.

“I’ll keep your offer in mind,” Raven lied.

“Good.” Viv flashed another smile and then headed toward the boss’ office. She seemed so sweet and sincere. Maybe, if Raven was very lucky, she could trust Viv.

Yeah, and maybe someday, Raven would have more than two fond memories of her mother.

Raven stepped onto the elevator and pressed the button for the ground floor. She still needed to go home before her regular shift. She’d come straight from the bank, and she wasn’t exactly dressed for—

“Hey, Raven, wait up!” Someone forced their arm through the sliding doors and kept them from closing. When they opened again, she found herself staring at the handsome face of Carter Burkes. And her libido jumped to immediate attention; it usually did when he was around.

The sexy cop might be close to ten years her senior, but he wore his age like a badge of honor. Defined biceps and triceps bulged from the sleeves of his black T-shirt. The cotton stretched over his trim torso in all the right places, and his leather pants did little to cover the contour of muscular legs she’d admired more than once in the club.

A few strands of gray decorated the hair at his temples; otherwise, the perfectly messy brown locks appeared thick and lush. More than once, she’d had to squash the temptation to bury her fingers into the strands just to see if they were as soft as she’d imagined.

A day’s worth of growth covered his cheeks and square jawline. And damn those dimples. Why’d they have to amp his fuckability to stupid levels? Didn’t she have enough shit to worry about?

My Review

Author Brandi Evans has crafted an intriguing tale of two broken characters who, merely by chance, have stumbled across one another at just the right time.

The heroine comes from a dysfunctional family background. Desperate for money, she trades in her bartender’s apron for the role of submissive…not an easy task for someone who’s been betrayed a good portion of her life.

The hero, a world-weary police detective moonlighting as an instructor in a BDSM club, brings a lot of his own baggage to the story. I really enjoyed the extra bonus that came with the hero’s lessons on body language and reading people.

The BDSM scenes are well done and draw you into their growing relationship. And, unlike a good portion of erotic bondage stories, their story actually gets a complete happily-ever-after.

If I had any qualms at all it would be with the author’s writing style. I found a number of long, run-on sentences that made me stop and re-read. This drew me out of the flow of the story. Fortunately, these do not occur very often and do not detract from the overall story.

If you like a smartly-written story with lots of hot romance, this may just be the book for you!

About the Author

Brandi Evans was raised by a caravan of traveling Gypsies. She spent her days learning the ways of her people and her nights lost in legends as old as time. Okay, not really, but that’s way more interesting than the truth!

In reality, Brandi grew up the oldest child of an ordinary family. Grade school, middle school, high school. Nothing extraordinary happened until she left the nest. She joined the military, went to college, got married, and became a mom. And somewhere along the way, she discovered she liked to read—and write!—stories hot enough to melt eReaders.

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A Giveaway

Brandi Evans 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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February 19: Fabulous and Brunette
February 19: Christine Young
February 20: The Avid Reader
February 20: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
February 21: Guam Historical Romance Novel – review
February 21: Erotica For All
February 22: XoXo Book Blog
February 22: Jazzy Book Reviews
February 23: The Reading Addict
February 23: Long and Short Reviews
February 26: T’s Stuff
February 26: Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance
February 27: Musings From An Addicted Reader
February 27: books are love
February 28: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
February 28: Dawn’s Reading Nook
March 1: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
March 1: Reviews by Crystal
March 2: Lock That Door
March 2: The TBR Pile
March 5: Sharing Links and Wisdom
March 5: Readeropolis
March 6: Harlie Williams, Writer
March 6: Romance Novel Giveaways
March 7: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart – review
March 7: It’s Raining Books
March 8Book Magic – Under a spell with every page
March 8Straight From the Library
March 9BooksChatter
March 9Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
March 12Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
March 12Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
March 13Wake Up Your Wild Side
March 13Bookaholic
March 14Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
March 14Books to Light Your Fire
March 15Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
March 15Punya Reviews
March 16Liz’s Reading Life
March 16Casey’s Corner

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Brandi Evans for this stop on her tour. Please come back again tomorrow and all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


Posted in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Mystery/Intrigue | 4 Comments


GENRE:  Cozy Mystery

SERIES: A Backyard Farming Mystery (Book 1)


Chicken Culprit is currently on sale for 99¢

About the Book

Moving to Colorado seemed like a great way to start over. In Carolan Springs, Anne plans to spend her days living the simpler life.

But when her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile, trouble comes knocking on Anne’s  door.

All the evidence points to Anne’s other neighbor, Kandi Jenkins. As the young woman begs Anne for help, Anne finds herself thrust into a world of deceit and secrets.

Who had the most to gain from Ralph’s death? As the suspect list grows, Anne finds her desire for the simple life may have led her to something sinister.

Read an Excerpt

“Come on, Carson.” With a hard stare from the sheriff, Sam stopped. “I mean, Sheriff Carson. I’m sure Ms. Freemont wants the killer caught like the rest of us do.”

“That’s right. In fact, I have my own suspect list.” Shoot. Why did I say that out loud?

“You do, do you? Are you a private detective, Ms. Freemont?” He stepped closer.

“No. But…” She inched back, stopping when her heel twisted.

“That is the correct answer. No, you are not. You don’t know what you are doing, and you need to stick to doing”—he appraised her—“whatever it is that you do. Leave the detective work to the professionals.”

Was he judging her by the heels she wore? She should never have let Kandi convince her the dress needed heels instead of ballet flats. She bristled at his appraisal. Well, she’d show him what she could do.

“Fine! I’ll just figure out the suspect list on my own.”

“Ms. Freemont, do you know that you can be arrested for interfering in a murder investigation?”

“I’m not interfering.”

“Good. Let’s keep it that way.” He tipped his hat, “Ms. Freemont, Sam.” He strode toward the pub.

Anne sighed in frustration. That man is incorrigible.

About the Author

Vikki is a well-liked speaker and knowledgeable instructor on myriad topics such as fundraising, work quilting, creative writing, design, homesteading, travel, and getting what you really want out of life. Her diverse background and passions enables Vikki to speak and write about many subjects. She’s the author of Work Quilting, a top ten book on vocational guidance. She’s also a global house and petsitter, founder and travel blogger at girlswanta.com and upcoming book on women’s travel.


If Vikki isn’t off exploring the globe, you’ll find her at her home in Colorado digging in the garden, watching her chicken’s antics, reading a mystery or working on her newest project.

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Vikki Walton will award a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter a $25 Amazon/BN GC.

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March 1: Reading for the Stars and Moon
March 1: Mixed Book Bag
March 1: BooksChatter
March 1: It’s Raining Books
March 1: Long and Short Reviews
March 1: A Writer’s Life
March 1: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
March 1: Author C.A.Milson

March 2: The Reading Addict
March 2: Two Ends of the Pen
March 2: Edgar’s Books
March 2: Harlie’s Books
March 2: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
March 2: T’s Stuff

March 5Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
March 5Reviews by Crystal
March 5Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
March 5Queen of All She Reads
March 5Just Books
March 5Welcome to My World of Dreams
March 5Bookaholic REVIEW
March 5Locks, Hooks and Books

March 6Jazzy Book Reviews
March 6Laura’s Interests REVIEW
March 6The Avid Reader
March 6Straight From the Library
March 6So Many Books
March 6La libreria di Beppe
March 6Jane Reads

March 7XoXo Book Blog
March 7Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
March 7Read Your Writes Book Reviews
March 7Independent Authors
March 7Let me tell you a story
March 7Christine Young
March 7Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’ REVIEW
March 7Unabridged Andra

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FORBIDDEN SONG by Brooklyn Ann

GENRE:   Romance

SERIES: Hearts of Metal (Book 5)

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Ask the Author

Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I would become Katana, lead guitarist of Bleeding Vengeance, and Christine’s best friend. I’d be Kat because she’s the most like me, except she can play guitar. Also, her romance (featured in the novel, With Vengeance) has a lot in common with my real life romance.

Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

Forbidden Song is a play on the forbidden romance trope in which a woman reclaims her sexuality in the face of an oppressive world that tries to suppress and control it.

Also, I play with the “redeemed bad boy” trope, only in this case, I didn’t have Cliff redeem himself because of Christine, because I think the belief that a woman can change a man with her love is unhealthy most of the time. In fact, it was one of his bandmates who became the catalyst who prompted him to make the choice to change himself, which is the best of change.

Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I’d always have teachers and friends telling me that I’d be a great writer someday, but even though I wrote short stories and stuff, I brushed off their comments until I’d written my first novel. I guess they were right all along.

About the Book

After having one of the worst experiences a young teenager could endure at the hands of cruel musicians, Christine Mayne’s rock star brother Quinn tried to lock her away from the world. She had to fight to live her life, go to college, get her master’s and enter her PhD program. Now, she’s determined to complete her research on group dynamics by touring with Bleeding Vengeance, even it means deceiving her brother and lying to the band’s fabulous lead singer, Cliff Tracey.

Cliff Tracey hates being manipulated, lied to and deceived. He’d know, having gone through a string of exes who had done just that. When he thinks he’s found a kindred spirit, and a beautiful babe to boot, imagine his surprise – and disappointment – when he learns she played him so she can tour with his band to complete her PhD. When he finds out why, he knows he’s in double trouble because Quinn Mayne will kill anyone who touches his sister, and Cliff Tracey has all sorts of plans for Christine Mayne that involves more than either of them ever expected.

Read an Excerpt

Weaving his way through the backstage crowd, pausing to sign autographs along the way, he embarked on his search for the raven-haired beauty.

Luck shone upon him. There she was, off in a corner by the stage left exit. Alone.

She looked up at him and smiled with an intriguing combination of shyness and curiosity. Oh, man. Those green eyes.

He gathered his formidable charm and grinned as he approached. “Hey, are you the new girl Kat and Kin hired?”

She nodded with a slight frown and extended her hand. Fuck. He remembered Kat telling him to quit calling women girls.

“I’m Christine.”

“Cliff Tracey.” He gave her a long, slow smile, and was gratified to see her blush. Good, now he was back on the right track.

His fingers curled around hers. Damn, her skin was soft. No calluses, so she likely wasn’t a musician.

A light laugh tumbled from her lips. “I know. I really enjoyed your performance tonight. Your voice is incredible, and that solo during ‘Sorrow’s Harvest’ gave me chills. In fact, I’d wanted to talk to you.”

“Oh?” He kept his tone light and teasing to hide his excitement. She’d admired his performance. That was usually the first thing chicks said before the flirting began. Maybe he’d mistaken what he’d thought was lack of interest earlier. “About my solo?”

“No, though I’ll admit your talent does blow my mind.” She took a deep breath as if gathering her composure for some big announcement. “Aside from writing for Metalness, I’m working on my doctorate in occupational psychology and could use your help for my dissertation.”

Cliff blinked. “Oh. Uh…I only got as far as my associate’s, so I don’t know how much good I’d be. What’s the topic of your paper?”

“I’m studying the effects of group dynamics within metal bands under high stress conditions.” Her clinical tone was comical even as it was disappointing, what with her seeming lack of response to him.

“You want to study me?” he joked. In return, he could study her.

“The whole band, really,” she replied. “But I figured, since you’re the lead singer, I’d have to ask you. You see, my goal is to be able to travel on the road with a band and document my observations. I was hoping I could tag along, not only for the rest of this Metalfeed tour, but also your regular tour that starts next week.”

Cliff puffed up, happy that for once someone had acknowledged him as the leader of the band instead of Klement. Then: “Did you talk to Kat about it?” Since Christine worked for Kat, maybe the guitarist had suggested it.

Christine nodded. “She said she’d love to have me, but that she doesn’t have the seniority in the band to make that kind of call.”

Well, I’d love to have you, Cliff wanted to say, but he didn’t want to overplay his hand. “Let me think about it….”

About the Author

Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing Romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. After writing historical paranormal romances and urban fantasies, she now explores the chaotic realm of heavy metal music— a difficult world to find love in.

Brooklyn Ann lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.

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February 26: The Reading Addict
February 27: XoXo Book Blog
February 28: The Iron Canuck – review
February 28: Long and Short Reviews
March 1: Just Me and My Blog Reviews – review only
March 1: Wendi Zwaduk ~ Romance to Make Your Heart Race
March 2: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
March 2: Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance
March 5Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
March 6Nickie’s Views and Interviews
March 6BooksChatter
March 7T’s Stuff
March 8Two Ends of the Pen
March 8Liz’s Reading Life
March 9Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
March 9Punya Reviews…

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SECRETS FROM MYSELF by Christine Hart *Review*

GENRE:   Middle Grade/Paranormal

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About the Book

Eleven-year-old Katelyn has always heard voices and had visions. She’s long suspected she was hearing from past lives. But when she runs away from home and hides out with an old friend in Vancouver, things become more real. She even finds herself writing the words of someone else in a diary – the words of someone whose fate was deeply impacted by the Komagata Maru incident.

As Katelyn learns more about the Komagata Maru and the person communicating with her, she realizes that she has a task to fulfill that will correct a wrong from the past.

Read and Excerpt

MY TURN IN the shower has been bumped to after dinner because of my tardy return from the Drive. I don’t like going to bed with wet hair and the house hairdryer is broken. I’ll just have to deal. But after a truly brain-blending afternoon, I decide sleeping with wet hair isn’t something worth complaining to Mariah about.

I draw the curtain and turn the shower to mostly hot. I peel off my tank top and denim shorts. I step inside the steamy enclosure and pick up the communal shampoo bottle, cursing myself for not picking up some of my own toiletries during one of my brief outings.

As I work the foamy soap through my hair, my arms start to feel chilly. I turn the water all the way to hot. Stupid small hot water tank. They’re supposed to be housing half a dozen girls here. Can’t they do better?

The water starts to scald my skin, but the air around me is still cold. I start to feel nauseous. I need to sit down. Now. I flick off the shower head and sit down in the shower, hugging my knees for warmth. It’s no good.

I pull the shower curtain back to grab a towel. I look over at the bathroom mirror and scream. It’s not me! It’s HER! Akasha’s face stares back at me from behind the condensation on the wet glass. Several lines are written in characters I don’t recognize.

My Review

I was looking forward to the mix of true historical events and the paranormal aspects of this story as it’s not something you often see a middle-grade book. The history was spot-on and kept me wanting more. The paranormal aspect was a bit of a let-down.

I found the first-person, present tense a bit jarring. Especially when we were first introduced to Akasha and before I realized it was Katelyn’s dream. The book started slow. However, once I was farther into the book, it was easier to follow the cadence of her thoughts and speech.

The horrors of hospitalization and group homes were a very real evil and the author did a good job of giving us details without becoming too graphic.

I felt as if the heroine should have been a bit older than a pre-teen and believe the book would also appeal more to an older audience.

However, these were only a few small issues on my part as a reader. The story is sound and, as I said at the beginning, the history extremely well done.

About the Author

Located on BC’s beautiful West Coast, I write from my suburban Langley home on the border between peaceful forests and urban streets.  I love writing about places and spaces with rich history and visually fascinating elements as a backdrop for the surreal and spectacular.

In addition to my undergraduate degree in writing and literature, my background also includes corporate communications and design. I am a current member of the Federation of BC Writers and SF Canada.

When not writing, I have a habit of breaking stuff and making stuff – in that order – under the guise of my Etsy alter-ego Sleepless Storyteller.  I share my eclectic home and lifestyle with my husband and our two energetic children.

A Giveaway

Christine Hart will be awarding a paperback bundle of backlist titles: Stalked, Best Laid Plans, and Watching July (US/Canada only) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This is a four-week review tour. You are encouraged to visit as many of the stops as you’d like to learn more about the author and the book and for even more chances to win.

February 14: Long and Short Reviews YA
February 14: Andi’s Middle Grade and Chapter Books
February 21: Kit ‘N Kabookle
February 21: T’s Stuff
February 28: Sharing Links and Wisdom
February 28: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
March 7The Reading Addict
March 7Fabulous and Brunette

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Christine today. Please come back again on Friday and again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


Posted in Children's/Middle Grade, Paranormal/Fantasy | 6 Comments

THE MARQUIS AND I by Ella Quinn *Review*

GENRE: Historical Romance; Regency Romance

SERIES: The Worthington’s (Book 4)

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About the Book

Trouble is no match for a lady of the extended Worthington family—except when it comes in the form of a most irresistible gentleman . . .

Lady Charlotte Carpenter’s brother-in-law has put an infamous brothel owner out of business—yet it is Charlotte who suffers the consequences. Abducted by thugs and held at an inn, she is plotting her escape when she’s suddenly rescued by a dashing gentleman. Only afterward does she realize she’s seen him before—with two courtesans! Unwilling to tarry with such a man, Charlotte makes her second escape. But it is too late to repair her reputation . . .

A known gossip has spied Charlotte’s movements, and his report is speeding through the rumor mill. Soon, everyone knows that Charlotte spent the night with Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. And everyone agrees the only answer is marriage—including Constantine himself, his overjoyed mother—and his mistress! But Charlotte’s abductors aren’t finished with her yet. Now Constantine will do anything to protect the spirited woman he loves and win her heart . . .

Read an Excerpt

He pulled her into his arms, slightly surprised that she came willingly.

“Charlotte.” She tilted her head, deepening their kiss. If only they could do this all night, but he had to make sure she was not simply overcome by her first experience with lust. He drew back, and wanted to preen when her lips followed. “I think we worked well together today.”

“I agree.” she said, her voice low, seductive. “We seldom disagreed at all.”

Damn. When had she turned from an innocent into a siren? She slid her arms around his neck, pressing her lush breasts against his chest for the first time. His breath hitched and his cock swelled.

This was even more of a statement than she had made earlier when she’d kissed him. He bent his head again, touching his lips to hers. Perhaps talking could wait for a while. Her mouth opened, and he took full advantage, tasting her, drinking as if he’d been stranded in a desert. A soft moan escaped her lips and her tongue touched his, tentatively at first as she learned how to take control, then with more confidence as if she wanted everything he could give her.

She felt so good, so soft and lovely. Slowly, so as not to frighten her, Con cupped one of Charlotte’s breasts and feathered her nipple with his thumb. Tilting her head, once again she deepened the kiss and pressed her body tighter against him. This time, he moved his hand to her bottom, pulling it against him. Her fingers tangled with the hair at the nape of his neck, scraping his skull.

Was this her way of telling him she would marry him? Or was it the danger they’d been in while rescuing Miss Cloverly making itself known? He damn well better find out before this went too far.

My Review

First of all, I can’t tell you how happy I was to see another Worthington family book. I’d thought last year’s entertaining It Started With a Kiss was to be the last installment. A fixture in the previous three books, I just knew Charlotte would get her own book and here it is!

The Marquis and I is another fun-loving, comedic look at Regency England and the wonderfully entertaining Worthington clan. Add in an extended family member in Charlotte and a devilishly handsome rake of a man and you’ve got a winning combination. The fact that there was also a thread of intrigue was icing on the cake.

As always, author Ella Quinn nails the Regency details and provides us with laughs, steamy love scenes, and a great adventure! A must read for Regency fans.

About the Author

Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America. Europe is next!

She loves having readers connect with her.

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1: A Chick Who Reads REVIEW
2: A Writer’s Life
3: Am Kinda Busy ReadingREVIEW
4: Author C.A.Milson
5: Bookaholic
6: Buried Under Romance REVIEW
7: Casey’s Corner
8: Christine Young
9: Danita Minnis
10: Fabulous and Brunette
11: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
12: Iron Canuck
13: It’s Raining Books
14: J. Lynn Rowan – Author of Romance & Historical Fiction
15: Jazzy Book Reviews
16: Kathleen’s Place to Reflect 
17: Let me Tell you a Story
18: Long and Short Reviews
19: Loving Happily Ever After
20: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang
21: Mixed Book Bag REVIEW
22: My Reading Journeys REVIEW
23: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
24: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart REVIEW
25: Reviews by Crystal
26: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
27: Straight From the Library
28: T’s Stuff
29: The Avid Reader
30: Two ends of the Pen
31: Unabridged Andra’s
32: Welcome to My World of Dreams
33: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
34: Nana Prah’s Blog
35: Laura’s InterestsREVIEW

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LAST RESORT by Amber Malloy **Review**

GENRES: Romantic Suspense; Multicultural Romance


About the Book

African American socialite and bestselling crime writer Cayden Young returns to her high school stomping grounds to solve a cold case. Unfortunately, her hot business partner is in her way. In love since high school, they couldn’t work out their rich-girl, poor-boy differences. While she attempts to put the past to rest, she ends up unearthing a more than a decade-old secret that could get her killed.

Former Marine Levi Scott is ready to take over his family’s resort fulltime. The only problem is he needs to buy out his partner, who he happens to be in love with. Always on unsure footing with the wealthy beauty, he is determined to get her out of his life for once and all, and decides the best way to do so is offering to help her solve a thirteen-year-old cold case. Soon, they figure out the murderer may still reside in their posh resort town … and Cayden could be next on their list.

Read an Excerpt

Since the third step always creaked under foot, he counted to ten before he flipped on the lamp and loosened his tie.

“Holy shit, Levi! What the hell?” She jumped while he bit back a chuckle.

“Isn’t that my line?” Beads of water from her shower gathered on her skin. She wore a pair of barely-there yoga shorts, and Levi could see straight through her tank top. Round, full breasts were easy to make out beneath her stretched-too-thin material.

“There’s no way that event ended this early,” she scolded him.

“Forgive me for ruining your heist … should I leave and come back to let you finish?” Everything about the woman turned him on, starting with her messy bun and black-framed glasses.

No rich-girl representative or spoiled brat came to steal time in his shower spa. Instead, the real girl next door stood in front of him. “My shower was one thing, Ms. Young, but my last bottle of wine?”

She held onto a bottle of Riesling, shipped from the Italian vineyard that wanted the resort to use them exclusively. “Do you not remember telling me to stop taking wine from the resort?”

“There’s this thing called inventory, and if a bottle is missing,” he spoke slowly as if talking with a child, “it is considered stolen. Much like what you’re doing right now.” He pointed to the contraband in her hand.

“I beg to differ. You don’t even like Riesling, Mr. Scott.” She smiled innocently. “So what happened? Did you forget something?”

“Now that you mention it…” Taking off his tux jacket, he threw it off to the side. “What do you think about this couch?”

Cayden shook her head, probably not following his line of questioning. “Heirloom? It doesn’t really go with the décor.”

“Exactly! I worked my ass off to make this place look … what’s the word?”

“Modern,” she offered.

“Manly. But we’ll go with your term. Look at this craftsmanship … dark, hardwood floors, straight lines, and that kitchen is a work of art. I made that farmhouse table by hand,” he bragged, glad she didn’t interrupt. “Then there’s this monstrosity … a red velvet Victorian. And let’s not forget the piano. No one plays that shit. Why the hell do we even have it? My mother claims it’s too valuable to put in storage, so she leaves this crap here.”

“I’m guessing you want to get rid of it?”

“Of course, but you know Lydia’s weapon of choice is guilt,” he complained while rolling up his sleeves. “I was thinking if I changed or altered it in some way, then maybe I could tolerate it.”

“Hmmm.” She tilted her head to the side while she relaxed her stance. “What do you have in mind?”

My Review

Last Resort is a quick, entertaining read with engaging characters. While the rich girl/poor boy storyline has been done to death, author Amber Malloy breathes new life into the trope with a nice twist on the usual stereotypes. By making the heroine a hardworking writer who also solves crimes, rather than a spoiled rich girl, she’s made me forget what has always passed as the norm. I loved Levi’s character as well, an honorable ex-Marine with a wonderful, somewhat comical relationship with family.

The romance is witty, ultra-sexy and believable. The mystery is well executed and the conclusion drawn out to an appropriate end.

My only real qualm about the book was it got lost on occasion both because of the unusual phrasing and the changes in time period. While I’m usually a fan of one or two flashbacks, or a prologue, to establish background, I found it was a bit overdone. I had to backpedal in a couple of instances to understand the story.

Still, the few minor flaws didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book itself. If you enjoy both comical and steamy interaction between your two main characters, you will definitely enjoy this story.

About the Author

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

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Amber Malloy will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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February 13: Book Magic – Under a spell with every page
February 13: Sharing Links and Wisdom
February 20: Long and Short Reviews
February 27Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 27Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance
March 6Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
March 6Viviana MacKade

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Posted in Contemporary Romance, Multi-Cultural Romance, Romantic Suspense | 4 Comments