June 27, 2014

BOOK BLITZ: OUTSIDE THE LINES BY BELLA LOVE

We are so excited to share with you a recent release from author, Bella Love! Her romantic mystery/erotic romance OUTSIDE THE LINES is available now! Find out more about the book below, read an excerpt, and then be sure to pick up your copy today!



Outside The Lines
by Bella Love
April 22nd 2014
Synopsis:
Working Hard…

Juliette Jauntie is only scared of one thing—living.  She’s made some mistakes in her past–reckless, impulsive mistakes–but she fought back and now she’s a caffeine-fuelled workaholic who’ll stop at nothing to succeed.  She can handle anything Johnny Danger, her biggest competition, throws her way.  Crushing workload: check.  Insane deadline: no problem.

Johnny’s sensual allure: big problem.

And Working Late…

 Former Ranger, Johnny is ruthlessly devoted to Danger Enterprises, the company he’s built from the ground up, his personal triumph over a brutal start in life.  So when Juliette Jauntie blows into his world, with her amped-up energy and furrowed brow and red-painted toenails, and starts asking questions that piss off a lot of wealthy people and threaten the empire he’s built, Johnny knows he needs to stay focused.

Pin her down, get some answers, and walk away.

…Has Never Been So Sexy

 But when their sexy showdown blows the lid off an scorching passion,  and uncovers a shocking crime that’s been hiding in plain sight, the trouble mounts and the stakes skyrocket, and Johnny knows he’s in big trouble.

Because with Juliette in the mix, he might lose more than his business.  He might lose his heart.
I’m an award-winning, traditionally-published romance author branching out into self-publishing under the pseudonym  Bella Love. I write super sexy, fun, contemporary romances and romantic mystery/suspense about confident, alpha heroes who aren’t afraid of equally strong women. I never know if I should call the stories ‘erotic romance’ or not, because everyone has different expectations for that.  Know this: they’re scorchingly hot stories, the sex is central to the romance, and there are many fully and some creatively realized love scenes.





JAMIE'S REVIEW

Outside the lines is the first story that I’ve read by the talented Bella Love and I really enjoyed many aspects of this story. I received the 3rd POV version and honestly I was a little skeptical initially, because sometimes this POV doesn’t work for me. However, the dialogue worked out great and it was quite enjoyable to get both POV’s of Johnny and Juliette throughout the book.

First, I think the character development was simply amazing! I can totally see this story happening in real-life between two hard working accountants. Juliette and Johnny are both drown to one other almost immediately. I can’t go without saying; the sex scenes filled throughout this story are extremely HOT! Johnny is the true definition of an alpha male. The twist toward the end of the book was something that I was not expecting to read. I always love it when an author can completely throw me off track! This one did that for me.

I have to say that books revolving around lawyers and/or accountants are not my typical type of read but this story had enough going on to keep me engaged the entire time. I think sometimes, writers with a strong background in law can overuse their work terminology with their writing. This can sometimes be a little distracting for me personally but Ms. Love shares just enough to keep you involved with the case they are questioning without overdoing the law jargon.

Overall, if you love to read romantic mysteries filled with smoking hot sex and emotional tension then, Outside The Lines is the perfect book for you!

I give Outside The Lines, 4 CASE WORTHY STARS!




May 20, 2014

INTRODUCING: Falling Back Together(Crashing #2) by Kristen Hope Mazzola

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Falling Back Together (Crashing #2)

by Kristen Hope Mazzola

Published: May 18, 2014

Cover Artist: Cover it! Designs

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“I don't know if it’s fate, coincidence, or my curse, but I'm still breathing, and my breaths are for you.”
Mags McManus is far from a normal woman in her mid twenties. Being a war widow, a business professional, and a brokenhearted train wreck only skims the surface of the layers of who Margret McManus truly is. Waking up in a hospital bed, alone and confused, Mags once again has to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. With her best friends by her side, Mags slowly starts to learn the answers she so desperately longs for. But is everything going to continue to spiral out of control? Or is there a light at the end of this dark, twisting tunnel where all the broken pieces can finally fall back together?
A portion of all royalties from Kristen's Crashing Series are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.
**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***
{{ Please note: this is the second book in the Crashing Series, and should be read after Crashing Back Down }}

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I took fistfuls of his black, long-sleeved, cotton shirt, pulling him as close as I could get him.  I wrapped my legs around his waist and began to kiss as passionately and roughly as I ever had.  I was hungry to taste him again, to feel him again, to simply love him again.
Right then, everything melted away—the fact that we were in the middle of nowhere in a gas station, that I was supposed to hate his guts, that he had a Hyde side of him that was evil and tortured.  In that moment, we were simply us—desperately and madly us.
Walker slowly shoved my jacket from my shoulders and tossed it on the metal chair next to us.  Panting and gripping the hem of my shirt, he pulled away to look in my eyes. “Mags? Are you sure about this.”
I kissed him softly on the cheek. “Let’s just not think for little. Please.”
He nodded and pulled my hips hard into his, letting me feel how ready his body was for me.  I pulled his shirt up over his head, revealing all the gorgeous artwork that covered his chest, shoulders, and arms.  I traced my finger tips from the start of his wrist, following the flow of the inked lines until my fingers were stroking his rigid abs just over his belt buckle.  Walker’s breathing was heavy as he watched me take in the manly beauty before me. Slowly, I started to kiss from his collarbone to his jaw, finally finding his soft, desperate lips.

Crashing Back Down (Crashing, #1)
Also by Kristen Hope Mazzola:
Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)

Publication: November 4th 2013
Crashing Back Down is Kristen Hope Mazzola’s debut into the literary world. It is a New Adult Novel, with hints of contemporary romance and thriller.
Blurb:
Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy’s best friends and parents.
Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.
Hi! Thanks for dropping in...
You want to know more about me? Well, let's see...
I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time "day job" and by night I am author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world. 
Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I'd like or just to shoot the, well you know.
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Falling Back Together by Kristen Hope Mazzola

Falling Back Together

by Kristen Hope Mazzola

Giveaway ends July 01, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.



Jamies Review
5 EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED STARS!

In Crashing Back Down, you are left with this massive cliffhanger. And I was just dying to know what was going to happen next between Mags and Walker. When I was asked to help beta read this sequel, I was super excited to say the least! I will say Falling Back Together does not disappoint! I think I might love the sequel even more then the first book. Falling Back Together continues right on from where Crashing Back Down abruptly stopped so I HIGHLY advise you read the first installment before diving into this book.

I think Ms. Mazzola does a very good job with involving very realistic, complex and extremely likable characters throughout the story. Although I was constantly rooting for Mags and Walker, I started to really feel emotionally attached to the sub-characters such as Buck, Cali and Mitch. They were all struggling with their own personal demons and I was rooting early on for them to find peace and happiness in their lives.

There is a special place in my heart for Walker, especially since he is a hardworking military man. Walker also comes from a very unstable upbringing and you learn a lot more about his past as you read through Falling Back Together. It’s easy to understand why he has trouble feeling worthy of being loved by another person. Because of the very unfortunate circumstances that happened between Walker and his best friend Randy, he desperately needs someone to love him in return even if he doesn’t think he does.

“Look Mags, this life up here makes me that bad person I am, that I was trying to never be again. I don’t deserve more then this, now I see it. And I definitely do not deserve you.” – Walker

Their story is one that will rip your heart out at times, maybe make you want to throw your kindle down just out of sheer frustration, but you’ll also be compelled to keep reading because you can’t help but want to see what happens next. I was rooting for Mags and Walker to make their relationship work all along.

“I don’t know if it’s fate, coincidence or my curse but I’m still breathing and my breaths are for you.” - Walker

If you are a fan of beautifully written love stories with VERY emotional situations but have a happy ending, then you will enjoy this entire series! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Falling Back Together to any New Adult romance reader! I think Ms. Mazzola is wonderfully talented and I can’t wait to see what she brings us in the future!

I give Falling Back Together, 5 EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED STARS!

May 3, 2014

Desert Heat by Elizabeth Reyes


TITLE: Desert Heat

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Reyes

JAMIE'S RATING: 4 STARS

GENRE: Romance

PUBLISHED: May 13, 2013 - Atria

SERIES: No

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Atria Books and Simon & Schuster bring you this addictive and steamy romance novel by Elizabeth Reyes the USA Today bestselling author of the Moreno Brothers, 5th Street and Fate series.

"Bethany Amaya is working three jobs, worrying about her family back home, and running from her past. The worst thing that could complicate her life further would be a romance. But after a second-run in with the irresistibly sexy detective Damian Santiago, that's exactly what she gets. In the blink of an eye, she's caught up in a passionate romance with one of the most intense men she's ever met.

Awestruck for a second time by the beautiful and intriguing performer, Damian is both surprised and delighted that Bethany agrees to something he didn't even expect to be asking for so soon--exclusivity. As things heat up, Damian's skills of detecting and reading body language begin to raise suspicions--Bethany is keeping something from him. Try as he might to calm his suspicions, the blatant signs become impossible to ignore.

Some things are better left unsaid. At least that's what Bethany keeps telling herself. She never imagined falling in love so quickly, and she refuses to get Damian caught up in her troubles. She knows what he suspects--sees it in those possessive eyes. With Damian's suspicions mounting, time is of the essence. The race is on, and Bethany finds herself scrambling to fix the past before the truth comes out and Damian finds out that it's much worse than he suspected."


JAMIE'S REVIEW
This ARC copy was provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review

Desert Heat is one of the first books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading by Ms. Reyes. After finishing this story, I guarantee that Desert Heat will NOT be my last one either.  This is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining story to say the least.  This is one of those books where you’ll have trouble putting it down because it’s so fast paced and interesting.
No one, and I mean no one, has ever made me feel this craziness I feel when I’m with you.” - Bethany
I very quickly felt a connection between Bethany and Dimitri. They are perfect for each other in so many ways and I think they both needed one other to be happy. I hope Ms. Reyes continues this series with Dimitri’s brothers because they all have different yet interesting lives. I also felt somewhat emotionally drawn to Ashlynn, Dimitri’s best friend’s almost 17 year old daughter. I don’t think she’s quite as mischievous as everyone believes her to be.

The ending was completely different then I originally predicted. I loved the unexpected turn of events that occurred. I feel that Desert Heat is an exceptional story, simply because it’s 100% unpredictable. Readers that like romantic suspense or contemporary romance will really enjoy Desert Heat.

I give Desert Heat, 4 UNPREDICTABLY REFRESHING STARS!


April 22, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Falling Back Together By Kristen Hope Mazzola


Falling Back Together (Crashing #2)

by Kristen Hope Mazzola

ETA: May 20, 2014

Cover Artist: Cover it! Designs




blurb

“I don't know if it’s fate, coincidence, or my curse, but I'm still breathing, and my breaths are for you.”

Mags McManus is far from a normal woman in her mid twenties. Being a war widow, a business professional, and a brokenhearted train wreck only skims the surface of the layers of who Margret McManus truly is. Waking up in a hospital bed, alone and confused, Mags once again has to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. With her best friends by her side, Mags slowly starts to learn the answers she so desperately longs for. But is everything going to continue to spiral out of control? Or is there a light at the end of this dark, twisting tunnel where all the broken pieces can finally fall back together?

A portion of all royalties from Kristen's Crashing Series are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***
{{ Please note: this is the second book in the Crashing Series, and should be read after Crashing Back Down }}

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Crashing Back Down (Crashing, #1)
Also by Kristen Hope Mazzola:
Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)

Publication: November 4th 2013

Crashing Back Down is Kristen Hope Mazzola’s debut into the literary world. It is a New Adult Novel, with hints of contemporary romance and thriller.

Blurb:

Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy’s best friends and parents.

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.



Hi! Thanks for dropping in...
You want to know more about me? Well, let's see...
I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time "day job" and by night I am author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world. 
Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I'd like or just to shoot the, well you know.



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Falling Back Together by Kristen Hope Mazzola

Falling Back Together

by Kristen Hope Mazzola

Giveaway ends July 01, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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April 14, 2014

Billionaire: Complete Book (Billionaire #1-7) by Juliette Jones


TITLE: Billionaire

AUTHOR: Juliette Jones

JAMIE'S RATING: 4 STARS (3.5 STARS)

GENRE: Erotica

PUBLISHED: December 20th, 2013 - Juliette Jones

SERIES: Yes; Series Complete

"Lila Carmichael is a good girl, a high-achieving academic, punctual to a fault, unfailingly conscientious - and embarrassingly inexperienced. After graduating from Princeton, Lila moves to New York City and begins her job search. Innocent and naïve, she is swept away by an uncharacteristic bloom of total abandon as soon as she meets the tall, dark-eyed CEO of Wolfe Enterprises. Under Alexander's potent influence, Lila undergoes a thorough transformation from demure virgin to lusty goddess in just two days. Given her upbringing, it's only natural that Lila would be attracted to such a pinnacle of stability, but as emotion and lust entwine, she begins to question the motives behind her covetous, hedonistic desires.

Alexander Wolfe needs a new assistant to help him run his publishing empire. One résumé in particular catches his eye and he decides to interview the candidate one-on-one in his private penthouse office. When a green-eyed goddess walks in, Alexander, for the first time in his life, finds himself powerless to resist. The difficulties of his past ensure that his protective instincts are fiercely attuned, and Lila's vulnerabilities, combined with her nubile body and voracious new appetites, only succeed in ensnaring Alexander past the point of no return.

Set in New York and Paris, Lila and Alexander's connection is a whirlwind of lust, love, jealousy and obsession. Will they find their happily ever after?"

JAMIE'S REVIEW: 
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.”
3.5 PANTY MELTING STARS!

Holy Crap! This book was STEAMY and HOT! Billionaire revolves around the sex between Lila and Alexander. The story is written in alternating POV’s between Lila and Alexander. Sure this book lacks some character development, but when you pick up an erotica, most of the time this aspect isn’t the main focus anyway. If you are looking for a raunchy, dirty, sexy read to occupy your evening, this may be perfect for you.

The version I read has all parts (1-7) combined into one story, so unlike most of the short and sweet erotic books, this one will keep you reading for hours. Ms. Jones has a way with her wording that just draws you right into the story. She writes good quality sex scenes. One encounter in particular that occurred while the couple was in Paris will definitely stick with me for awhile.

The only issue I have with Billionaire is the fact that Lila, a barely 20ish virgin,  just jumped right into this intense, uninhibited sexual escapade so very easily without even blinking an eye. She practically slept with him within the first five minutes of meeting him! This story also starts off very ’50 Shades’ like and I was hoping for a little more depth within the plot but overall I was satisfied and enjoyed reading the rest of the book.

I recommend Billionaire to readers that like Erotic stories revolving around rich, powerful and dominant men that are successful with capturing a timid, inexperienced, needy woman.

I give Billionaire, 3.5 PANTY MELTING STARS!

April 10, 2014

Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane


TITLE: Perfectly Broken

AUTHOR: Prescott Lane

JAMIE'S RATING: 4 STARS

GENRE: New Adult Romance

PUBLISHED: March 1, 2014 - Prescott Lane

SERIES: No

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Even after years of trauma therapy, Peyton still believes she’s broken. She has little desire to date or show off her natural beauty, content simply to hang out with her best friends and run her pie shop in New Orleans. But her world turns upside-down when a handsome architect and self-confessed player shows up in her shop and thinks she’s perfect, much more than the usual hook-up. While Peyton does her best to resist his charms, believing she could never be enough for him, she can’t deny the obvious heat between them. With Reed determined to have her, Peyton must decide whether to continue to hide behind her apron and baggy clothes or take a chance and share her scars with Reed, a man with a playboy reputation and scars of his own -- a dark past he can’t possibly share with Peyton, not after learning the horrors she’s endured. But if they can find a way to trust each other, and themselves, they just might be able to heal, to save each other, to live perfectly broken together.

JAMIE'S REVIEW:


You’re enough for me. You’re everything to me. You’re all I need.” -Reed
4.5 LOVE CONQUERS ALL STARS!
This book was intriguing and addicting from start to finish. Perfectly Broken is the story of Peyton and Reed, with sub-characters Quinn, Bret and Griffin. Peyton and Reed are both struggling with personal issues when it comes to dating and relationships. With help from their friends, family and a therapist, they both learn how to love, trust and have complete faith in each other, regardless of what happens along the way. They both needed to learn a hard lesson, which is that keeping secrets from one other, no matter how small in meaning, can come back and cause emotional stress or damage later on.

At first I was a little skeptical because the story is written in the 3rd POV. I was afraid that with all the jumping around of characters and their thoughts, the personal connection might not develop with the reader. In this case it really worked out well for the story to actually be in the 3rd POV. Perfectly Broken is one of those books where you just can’t wait to hear what the other person in the conversation is thinking.

One aspect of the book I also loved was how Ms. Lane used real places from New Orleans and included it in some of the scenes. This made everything much more realistic for me. I was just recently in New Orleans and I felt like I was visiting some of the local “hotspots” all over again.

I think most New Adult romance readers will really enjoy Perfectly Broken. It has all the aspects and elements of a good, heartfelt, first real love romance that takes time, effort and patience to build.
 
I give Perfectly Broken, 4.5 LOVE CONQUERS ALL STARS!


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