Friday, May 30, 2014

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Summer and Autumn by Danielle Allen

~ Synopsis ~


Is it better to have loved and lost or to have never loved at all?

Sexy, successful and stylish, Autumn Jones believes in love. She believes in the all-consuming, mind blowing enormity of love. She believes in the euphoric state of loving and being loved. She believes in it because she’s had it once. And when it was lost, she was devastated, but she never stopped believing in the existence of love. Unwilling to settle, she learned from the past and moved on with the expectation that she’ll love again.

Beautiful, talented, and slightly jaded, Summer Wilson believes in sex. She believes in the all-consuming, mind blowing enormity of good sex. She believes that love exists, but Prince Charming does not. At least not for her. She’s seen the downside of love—insanity, heartbreak, infidelity, divorce—and she dates with the expectation that she won’t ever subject herself to that type of vulnerability. Instead, she chooses to love her family, her friends, and her work. And although she enjoys the company of men, her heart is hers and hers alone.

Best friends since elementary school, Autumn and Summer kick off the summer by embarking on a dating experiment. Unfortunately, expecting the unexpected doesn’t prepare them for what the dating world has in store.




~ Jenny's Review ~

I'm a huge fan of Danielle Allen and she didn't disappoint with Autumn and Summer. The story is unique and was unlike most of the books I've been reading lately.

Autumn and Summer are life long best friends. Autumn is looking for Mr. Right and Summer is looking for Mr. Right Now. Tired of dating the same kind of men they usually go for, Summer comes up with the idea of them setting up dates for the other. 10 first dates, in one month. We are taking a fun, funny, sexy ride while they look for men that could be what each want with a few little twists and surprises. The book was not overtly sexualized but it had a lot of scenes that gave me butterfly -induced feelings with some of the men (hello Xavier, Jordan and Boris...yum)which gave you hope that each of them find the man they were looking for. You could relate to both Summer and Autumn, which I loved. I could picture either one of them as my friend.

This was a great book that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a book about finding the one in the most unexpected way.




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~ Dreamcast ~






~ Autumn and Summer Playlist ~

“Back to Black”
Amy Winehouse

“Light Years Away”
Mozella

“Ready For Love”
India.Aire

“We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow”
Soko

“Everything Has Changed”
Taylor Swift

“Can’t Be Love”
Laura Izibor

“Hometown Glory”
Adele

“The Worst”
Jhene Aiko

“Turning Tables”
Adele

“Sweet Thing”
Mary J. Blige

“Take Away”
Missy Elliott

“Sunday Afternoon”
Rachael Yamagata

“My Heart Still Beats For You”
Anna Ternheim

“The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind)”
Joss Stone

“Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”
Alicia Keys

“I Shall Believe”
Sheryl Crow

“The Words”
Christina Perri

“I Will Be There”
Odessa

“For Real”
Amel Larrieux






  ~ Author Bio ~

Life is good!

I am a married event planner and life coach. My awesome friends and family and my amazing husband make my life sweet. I love to have fun and enjoy the life I’ve been blessed with. I love shopping and football with equal fervor. I’m an amateur movie critic (i.e. my husband and I watch and critique a lot of movies for fun). I love to read and I enjoy sharing my love of books with anyone who will listen. I love music. A good lyric with a good melody can paint a vivid picture and invoke such a range of emotions. I have a soft spot for most mediums of creative, artistic expression.
With degrees in psychology, human services, and marriage and family counseling, I have a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. As an author, I combine an active imagination and life experiences to create stories that are easily relatable and intentionally intriguing. I want to offer you a peek into someone else’s life and for you to get lost in their story, their trials, their triumphs. My ultimate goal is to create a character or a story that stays with you long after you’ve put the book down.
So in a nutshell: I plan. I teach. I read. I write. I watch. I critique. I shop. I play. I love.
To know me is to love me.


XOXO



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: Come Away with Me (With Me in Seattle) by Kristen Proby

Synopsis
Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he's intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.

Natalie is a no nonsense girl who doesn’t do well with lies and secrets. What will happen to this new relationship when she discovers what Luke’s hiding?



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Jenny's Review
Come Away with Me by Kristen Proby has been on my TBR list for well over a year. I follow a lot of other blogs and fellow readers and they usually have such amazing things to say about this book. I rarely see someone give the book less than 4 or 5 stars. However, when I finished reading the book, it wasn't a WOW book for me.

Don't get me wrong, the story did hold my attention, hell, I finished it in less than a day even with work. However, I just felt that there was no real storyline. I loved the way Luke was written. He showed that he cared for Natalie in amazing ways, showered her with gift, compliments and attention, with a little side of possessive jealously that I sometimes like the male lead to have in a story. I just couldn't connect with Natalie. There just wasn't anything that make me care for her and that's sad. Also, like most people, I like a HOT sex scene and this book is chock full of them, however I felt that it was almost happening on ever other page. Who in the hell got that much stamina? The story just didn't come off as realistic to me and it felt rushed.

I'm giving it 3-stars because I really enjoyed Luke and the book did hold my attention but I did catch myself rolling my eyes a lot while reading it. I do have the other book in the With Me in Seattle series, I hope they are better then this one.

About the Author
Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps. 

  
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Take Me...Tonight by Alycia Futuero

 Synopsis
Have you ever met that sexy, hot man who raises your blood pressure with one look and just makes you want to be a very bad girl? What happens when one married woman meets that one man who makes her forget her daily life and all its responsibilities and brings out her hidden naughty side?

This is the story of Laire and the last night of her business trip for an educational conference that takes her out of her high-powered and hectic life as a university president, wife, and mother. She spends so much time making all the vital and necessary decisions that affect an entire university community and being everything to everyone else that she has no time to be the part of herself that she’s always wanted to explore.

Walking into the hotel bar changes her perspective when she sees sexy, masculine Jonathan, who has also been attending the same conference and saw what he wanted the moment he saw her there. When Jonathan offers to buy her a drink, she throws caution to the wind, deciding to forget her responsibilities and need for control for just one night, and hand herself over to this man who makes her want to see what it would be like to be the naughty bad girl she’s always fantasized about being. Can Jonathan help Laire to see that sometimes being bad is just so good?

This story very erotic and is for 18+ readers only.

This is a short little erotic novella with very intense, graphic and descriptive sex scenes designed to raise your libido and make you want to go find your man and make him very happy! Men like to watch porn. This little book is for women who prefer to read their porn and use their own imaginations to paint the pictures for them. I like to call it word porn. So enjoy a little word porn and have fun!

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Jenny's Review
***Received copy for honest review***

Hot!!!!!!!!!!


Take me....tonight by Alycia Futuero packs a lot of hot sex in this quick novella. The story draws you in from the first page. I mean, who wouldn't want to meet a handsome stranger and have one night of hot, anonymous sex? And this story had a lot of my fantasies and then some. :::fan self:::. The ending was something I didn't see coming but thoroughly enjoyed. If you looking for a story that will literally have you changing your underwear after reading, get this book!!!!!


About the Author
I'm a woman and I have no problems saying that I enjoy sex and everything that goes with it. My books are about those relationships where couples explore their sexuality, and all the things that go with that, together. Sex is play time. Play time is for fun. So, if anything, sex should be fun.
I spent a part of my life not knowing or exploring the fun side of sex. Now, I appreciate what that brings to my life and how important that connection to my partner is. There is nothing more intimate than sex. Take the time to let your partner see and enjoy a side of you that no one else has the opportunity to see. Open your mind to the fun side of sex, you never know what you might find out about yourself and your partner. I promise you will be happy, you made that choice and I know for a fact, your partner will be happy as well.
I have an imaginative and creative mind and enjoy exploring where it takes me through my writing. I love to write and enjoy the people, I have come into contact with through my research and writing. You know who you are. :)


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: Scent of Lavender - Part Two: Scent of Love Series - Book Oneby Bronte Nottingham

Synopsis
What will Lucas do to get Maddie back? Does Mark manage to get in the way again? Will Maddie’s fears and insecurities keep her from actually experiencing everything that Lucas has to offer her? Will Maddie finally open up and share her past and how it has colored her present fears regarding relationships? Is Maddie willing to face her fears and move forward and is Lucas able to get over the pain he caused his first wife? Is Lucas willing to take a chance on the man he is now and not the country star who was consumed by his career? Will Lucas be willing to give up his anonymity and reveal the secret that he has held dear for so long about Luke to the rest of the world just to keep Maddie safe?

Who is stalking Maddie? Will Maddie, Lucas, Rick, Neil, and the rest of the family find out who is stalking her in enough time to save her? Exactly how far is this psychotic and unstable woman willing to go to keep Luke to herself? Can Lucas protect Maddie from this crazed stalker or will she protect herself? Is there anywhere that Maddie will be safe from this woman and her irrational belief that Luke is hers and hers alone? Is Maddie willing to fight for Lucas and their budding relationship or will her fears send her running away again or something far worse? Sometimes your fears about losing someone you love deeply can cause the greatest grief to those you love. But sometimes the strongest person is the one least expected to face their fears and make that walk through the fire for a love they never thought they would find.

Get prepared for the second half of Maddie and Lucas’s story.

This story is for 18+ readers only.

Part Two has intensely graphic sex scenes between a couple who have decided to let go of their inhibitions with a little chocolate cake (and of course, some milk), a little dancing, the strategic use of a kitchen table, some really incredible lingerie, and scarves. There is also the graphic retelling of sexual molestation by the heroine, which is central to her story and character background. If you are an incest or molestation survivor, this part of the story may be difficult for you. There is also a psychotic stalker after the heroine – just for kicks and because nothing in life can be easy when you fall in love and the whole world is watching.
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Jenny's Review
Bronte Nottingham continues the story of Maddie and Lucas in Part 2 of Scent of Lavender and she did not disappoint. We continue to see Maddie and Lucas grow as a couple and also grow within themselves. It was truly amazing to read. Some of the things that Maddie has gone through would've dropped most people to their knees and mad them give up hope but you see what amazing strength and courage she have, especially dealing with a psycho stalker (and the woman is grade-A certifiable crazy) who is out the destroy her. And lets not forget about Lucas. The man is determine to show Maddie all the love that she deserve and he does a fine job of it. His faith and love for her is awe-inspiring. With Lucas' faith and love for Maddie, she is able to open herself up in a way that she was never able to do. At times, it made me wish for my own personal Lucas. The sex scenes between Maddie and Lucas, I mean, if my kindle burst into flames while reading it, i would know why. They were H.O.T!!!!!!!

Bronte Nottingham is an amazing writer and you can tell that she invested a lot of time to tell Maddie and Lucas' story. It was great. I took my time reading the book because I just didn't want it to end. But when I finally finished, I had a huge smile on my face and just wanted to start it all over again. This story is about love, second chances, opening yourself and at the end of it loving who you are. If you don't read Bronte's book, you are really missing out on something truly amazing.

                                                                   About the Author
I'm an eccentric person according to my friends and family. I love history, and doing family history research. I'm the computer geek in my family. I love to read, write, and photography.

My music tastes run across the board, so do my reading and movie tastes. However, I am partial to Disney movies, esp. those old 60s-70s ones like Pete's Dragon, North Avenue Irregulars, Apple Dumpling Gang, Ugly Dachshund, and Freaky Friday. I guess if I was completely honest, then I would admit that I'm a Disney geek.

I have a grown daughter and was your typical nerdy band girl in high school. I live by myself and it's nice to finally be able to write down and put out the stories that I have carried around in my overactive imagination for years. It's nice to share them with others and I hope you enjoy them.


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Market for Love by Jill Elaine Hughes

Synopsis:

Heroine Miranda Johansson has had a very bad day. The strait-laced, ultraconservative stock-market analyst in Chicago’s LaSalle Street financial district just lost eighty-seven million dollars of her clients’ money in a massive stock-market implosion. And if that weren’t bad enough, she just had wild, no-holds-barred sex with a complete stranger on her coffee break----and that complete stranger turns out to be her new boss! Can Miranda get control of herself without losing her job, and her mind? Or will her sexy new boss completely derail her self-discipline, her stock portfolio, and her career? (Not to mention the sudden intrusion of his manipulative ex-girlfriend---a scheming, ruthless woman who controls half of Wall Street.)
Will Miranda survive the ups and downs of her new love life, which is just as volatile and unpredictable as the market? Or will her new romance go down the tubes along with the economy? Only time will tell.
Readers who are down and out about their trashed investment portfolios can pick up a copy of MARKET FOR LOVE and forget all about the economic downturn. Read the book, and have a little fun peeking inside the unseen world of the sexy young investment bankers who’ve been pushed to the edge along with everyone else.

Jenny's Review
***I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.***
Millions of money loss, hot sex with a stranger who turns out to be her boss, manipulative ex-girlfirend, hostile takeover, blackmail and did I mention HOT SEX. Market for Love by Jill Elaine Hughes has it all and then some. . Miranda is a straight-laced, conservative stock maket analyst who is at the beginning of the worst day of her life when she meet a stranger that she seduces during her coffee break. Turns out that stranger is her new boss Max. With Miranda's initial encounter with Max, her seamless normal life is turn upside down and changes Miranda in more ways then she every thought possible. 

I liked this book.The characters were well written and I was invested in their story.The book draws you in from the first page.  There are a lot of laughs, emotional ups and downs as well as some twist and turns throughout the story. There is one particular twist within involving Max that I did not see coming. Definitely a WTF moment while reading.  And it was great to see the dynamic between Miranda and Max while they navigate the feelings that they have for each other. I really enjoyed to fast-pace of the story. There really wasn't any dull moments.  A nice surprise and a great read.

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 About the Author
 

JILL ELAINE HUGHES is a professional journalist, playwright, memoirist, and fiction author. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Washington Post, Cat Fancy magazine, New Art Examiner, and numerous other media outlets. Her plays have been widely published and produced by theaters in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She is also the author of several New Adult fiction books. Ms. Hughes also writes erotic fiction under two pen names: Jamaica Layne and Jay E. Hughes.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review: Scent of Lavender - Part One: Scent of Love Series - Book One by Bronte Nottingham

Synopsis:

Madalynn Melton is forty-something, overweight and unhappy. She’s unhappy with her life, her job, her body, and just everything about herself. She knows she’s capable of so much more, but she’s just not sure how to get there. Bored and unhappy after a shopping trip with her daughter, she walks into a pub and meets him. She can’t believe that he would even want to talk to her, much less dance with her. Her eyes are opened when she overhears his friend talking about her and her every fear about who she is and how others see her slaps her in the face. She runs out of the pub and becomes determined to be what she wants and stop wallowing in her own self-pity.

Lucas Greystone saw her the minute she walked into the pub and she fascinated him instantly. He is determined to keep his private and public life separate, so he doesn’t tell her that he is popular country singer, Luke Grey. He introduces himself and is planning to see the lovely woman again when his friend and manager opens his mouth and has Maddie running for the door and disappearing into the night and Lucas is sure he will never see her again.

Three years later, Lucas finds her again, but she has changed and so have her circumstances. This doesn’t change her appeal to him. Her curves and intelligence are just two of the things that attracted her to him. Lucas knows she probably wouldn’t want to see him, but maybe as Luke, he can get close to the woman he just wants a second chance with. Will time run out for him, when she finds out who he really is? And is there someone else who is determined to make sure that they never wind up together? What happens when a country singer with secrets and a romance writer running from her own fears try to start a relationship? You never know, but it does sound like an excellent beginning to a great country song....

Have fun and I hope you enjoy Maddie and Lucas’s love story.


This story is for 18+ readers only.

Part One is pretty tame with a couple of intensely graphic scenes that are sexual in nature between a couple who have their own hang-ups and fears about a relationship.


Jenny's Review
***I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.***
I absolutely loved this book!!!!! Bronte Nottingham wrote a story with characters that I could relate to. Maddie at times reminded me of myself. Maddie's insecurities, fears, doubt and not believing that someone can love her for who she is, is what a lot of women can relate to. But within her fears and doubts, there is a strength within her that is unmistakable, which is shown in a scene at a boutique she shopping at. She has amazing people surrounding her that see the best in her and are loyal and protective but she constantly have self doubt. I loved Luke!!!!! He was able to see Maddie the way that she was unable to. That she was someone special that deserve to be loved and cherished like anyone else. When he get the chance to see her again after that horrible night 3 years ago, he is determined to right the wrongs of that faithful night. The scene in the restroom between Luke and Maddie was hot!!!!!! And the dream Luke had about Maddie, WOW!!!!!! This book had the right about of emotional up and down that keeps the reader engaged and wondering what will happen next and hoping that everything will work out. I can't wait to read Part Two and see what else is in store for Luke and Maddie.


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About the Author

I'm an eccentric person according to my friends and family. I love history, and doing family history research. I'm the computer geek in my family. I love to read, write, and photography.

My music tastes run across the board, so do my reading and movie tastes. However, I am partial to Disney movies, esp. those old 60s-70s ones like Pete's Dragon, North Avenue Irregulars, Apple Dumpling Gang, Ugly Dachshund, and Freaky Friday. I guess if I was completely honest, then I would admit that I'm a Disney geek.

I have a grown daughter and was your typical nerdy band girl in high school. I live by myself and it's nice to finally be able to write down and put out the stories that I have carried around in my overactive imagination for years. It's nice to share them with others and I hope you enjoy them.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Beholden to You by Carlie Sexton



Synopsis:

On the heels of tragic loss, the stunning and innocent Natalie Mason, meets handsome business mogul Mac Carter. As Natalie attempts to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, circumstances beyond her control draw her and Mac into a situation she wants kept secret. The two are a matched set having both experienced immense loss in their lives. Uncertain of what she should do, she decides to give fate a chance, opening her heart to Mac, who just wants to love her.



But the past, who often times takes no prisoners, rears its ugly head in a double dose. Mac’s ex-girlfriend cannot accept that their love affair is over and takes drastic measures through deception and blackmail to ensure that Mac will be hers.



Natalie, on the other hand, has to face the one responsible for her sister’s death. As her journey begins to bring justice and closure, the past transports to her feet an unexpected surprise—a long lost love desiring to posses her as his once again.



Will Mac and Natalie’s newly blossoming love be able to endure what the past has delivered or will the victors of their hearts be the old flames who are staking their claim?

Jenny's Review
***Received this ARC for my honest review***
This is the first book by Carlie Sexton and let me say that this will not be my last. I absolutely enjoyed this book. 

Natalie Mason has been through more loss and heartache than most people wouldn't be able to deal with. Mac Carter, having loss his parents knows how the loss can affect you and the people in your life. They are instantly drawn to each other, and after a wild night in Vegas has left them connected in a way they didn't expect but are not in a rush to get rid of.  Mac Carter takes the circumstance that they find themselves in to prove that he is the best person to help Natalie with her heartache and open her up to trusting again. And Natalie, although is a little on the defense of letting someone in, is willing to take a chance with Mac. I absolutely loved Mac. As Mac and Natalie journey begins together there are obstacles that are put in there way that make it hard for them stay together but Mac will stop at nothing to keep them together.

I loved the way that Carlie Sexton told the story of Mac and Natalie. It kept me engaged and very eager to find out how their story would end. There were parts of the story that dealt with Natalie and Mac's friends that gave a peek into their own stories and I wondered why the author didn't delved a bit more, then i found out this novel is a spin off from her Killer Next Door series (which was added to be TBR list immediately). 

The story was well written and kept you guessing what will happen next. But also made you root for Mac and Natalie because you so madly wanted them to have a happy ending. 


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About the Author:

I have always had a passion for reading my entire life. I love it so that I dedicated my life to educating children. As a teacher, I have had the profound pleasure of teaching children to read and explore their imaginations through a good book. Just recently I decided to write a story that had been on my mind. Now I have several that I want to turn into additional books. Writing has become a passion that I dearly love.



I live with my handsome husband in Southern California. We enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that California provides. We have two beautiful dogs, but no children.




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