Book Review: Pumpkins and Party Themes by Roxanne Rhoads

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50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life

By Roxanne Rhoads
Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse

Release Date: August 11, 2020

ISBN-10: 1510751165

ISBN-13: 978-1510751163

Book Description:

Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let’s get literary, and more!

With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!

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My Review

I love DIY projects and, if you are a constant on my blog, you already know about my sewing projects. Roxanne’s book has all the elements to encourage you to start your own DIY decorations.

Whether you are a party planner, you want to impress someone with your skills or simply you’re a Halloween fan, this book is a must for your shelves. With many colorful projects, many party themes that vary in terms of the color scheme and very good instructions, “Pumpkins and Party Themes” is amazing.

The writing is friendly, funny and clear in the areas where instructions are given. There are many designs to choose from, for every level of skills in carving. My personal favorite is the Cheshire Cat 😊 I love the idea, I love the pictures and I cannot wait to carve my own pumpkin next Halloween!

Until next time, happy carving! Ups, Reading! I meant Reading!

5 stars

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About the Author:auth

Roxanne Rhoads is an author, book publicist, mixed media crafter, and lover of all things spooky.

Her books include the Amazon Bestseller Haunted Flint and Pumpkins and Party Themes : 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life.

She is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours, a virtual book tour and social media marketing company. She operates a Halloween blog- A Bewitching Guide to Halloween and sells handcrafted jewelry, art, and home decor through her Etsy store The Bewitching Cauldron.

When not reading or writing, Roxanne loves to craft, plan Halloween adventures, and search for unique vintage finds.

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Book Review: Hard Knox

Hard Knox
Amber Malloy
(Perfect Stats, #2)
Publication date: June 16th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

FROM POPULAR ROMANCE AUTHOR AMBER MALLOY

Book two in the Perfect Stats series

Everything comes easy to quarterback Gavin Knox—women, football, even money. However, the only thing he truly wants but can’t win is the beauty of his dreams, Remy Bell.

A simple favor to save the girl turns into the quarterback losing his heart.

As beautiful as she is fun, Remy Bell has only one problem—a psychotic killer with political power wants her dead. Always a ‘two steps ahead’ type of gal, she plans to outrun the maniac. Marriage and a sweet life in the football star’s hometown in Canada would give her the cover she needs, but Remy doesn’t stick around long enough to find out. She travels all over the world, photographing the most beautiful and devastating events, but her now-husband’s tabloid activities lead her to the one place she should avoid…back home.

Superstar Gavin Knox wins at everything. However, once he scores the girl of his dreams, he’s suddenly in danger of losing the one thing he has always needed. Before she can slip through his fingers, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse—marry him for Canadian citizenship, which will protect her, and after five years, they can divorce. Knox is positive that she will fall head over heels in love with him, but it doesn’t happen. After six years of marriage, two playoff titles and a third on the way, Knox is forced to contend with a successful wife almost more famous than he is.

Determined to get exactly what he wants, which includes having Remy and a family, he devises a stupid scheme that puts everything he’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.

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My Review

This was such an entertaining book. It pushed me right in the middle of the action and it kept me there until the end. This is both a good and a bad thing – I will get immediately into the details.

Let me first apologize to Goddess Fish Promotions and the author for not being able to keep the deadline of my review. Many things have happened lately and I slipped little too far from my book reviewing habits. I apologize again!

Ok, “Hard Knox” tells the story of Gavin and Remi, who have been secretly married for some time now but have not had a real marriage experience. He is a famous football player and she is now a renowned photographer. Gavin decided to marry Remi so she can keep her Canadian citizenship, with the promise off a divorce in five years. Little did she expect to see a change in his intentions. Because our boy has no plans of letting her go, especially with the threats that she’s been dealing with lately.

As I was mentioning, I was pulled into the action right from the beginning, as the story stars six years after the marriage, with Gavin trying to gain Remi’s attention. As the blurb is mentioning, his plan is a dangerous one that can push Remi farther away, instead of making her fall far his charm. I really loved his determination and even if his method was childish, I see the good intentions there.

Speaking of determination, both characters are very much invested in their careers and this is something I respect as well. With all their messy personal lives, professionally speaking, they are the best versions of themselves. And give all to the jobs they have.

When it comes to the negative aspects, this way of going directly to the point in the book made me doubt a little weather this was a standalone or not. In the beginning I had no idea what the deal was between our main characters and for a god part I did not understand if these two actually had any feelings beyond sexual attraction. At some point, I felt that he was forcing himself onto fer (it was not the case, everything is consensual in this book), or at least forcing a pregnancy with the hope of it tying her to him.

Overall, I did enjoy the story and the author’s writing style. The series has received a lot of love so far from the readers and I cannot wait to read the other books by Amber Malloy.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

3.5 stars

 

Author Bio:

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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Book Review: Heir of Arcadia by Deborah Adams & Kimberley Perkins

Heir of Arcadia
Deborah Adams, Kimberley Perkins
Publication date: July 24th 2020
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Science Fiction

Can Collins and Quinn call a truce long enough to survive?

Quinn’s hectic job as a special agent keeps her busy, but never busy enough to tamp out her inconvenient attraction to CEO billionaire Julian Collins. He is usually the biggest pain in her side, but he can also be recklessly charming. When Collins asks her to open a secret investigation into his company, she worries that extra time alone with him might test her resolve to stay away.

Julian Collins always dreamed of being on Arcadia, a fictional world from his favorite video game. But lately, he’s been seeing things from the game in real life. He feels like he’s losing his mind, and now is not the time to go crazy. His company is going to be split into a dozen pieces if he can’t discover the secrets hidden in the Special Projects division.

After three years of quasi-friendship, Collins and Quinn have honed arguing into a true art form. As far as he’s concerned, she’s off-limits, but also quick-witted and sexy as hell. She’s the perfect person for the job.

As Quinn and Collins delve deeper into their investigation, secrets will lead them to things no one on earth can explain. Will they discover that searing hot kisses can be even more fun than well-placed insults when a whole new universe is spread before them?

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 My Review

Yup, I’m hooked! This is what I thought after getting a bit more into the action of this book. We have a very interesting plot, we have friends-to-lovers and we have Sci-Fi! For me, it is a very sensitive combination, but our dear authors did an amazing job!

You already know a lot from the blurb, as it tells you enough to realize this is a good, interesting book. But that’s not enough. What we have here is actually a very entertaining story, a real page-turner, with many, many twists. It kept me reading and reading and I could barely put it down to sleep.

Politics mix with romance. When Julian enlists the help of his long time best friend Quinn to investigate some aspects of the firm for which he is a CEO, they come to spend more time together and discover each other as more than friends. But when things start to become dangerous and they find out too much, that’s when the action really becomes intense!

Probably the most interesting part is to see how the lines between the video-game and real life are blurred and how Julian struggles at some point between the two worlds. Living in his head and outside of it becomes difficult. Thoughts about one world distract him from the other.

All in all, I really enjoyed the story and I cannot wait to read the next installment. The ending leaves room for a continuation and I cannot wait to read it. It was a bit slow in the beginning, which is why I am decreasing one star, but other than this, it was a fantastic read!
Enjoy!

4 stars

Author Bio:

DEBORAH ADAMS and KIMBERLEY PERKINS are authors of the Award-Winning Waypoint series. They are friends and coworkers sharing a love of coffee, literature, and teenagers saving the world. Both live in Huntsville, Alabama, working by day for a contractor supporting the Department of Defense, and by night writing spectacular adventures. For more information about Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins go to http://www.adamsperkins.com.

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Book Review: Calypso’s Heart: An Orion’s Order Novel by M.C. Solaris

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Genre: Paranormal RomanceInsta

Publisher: M.C. Solaris LLC

Date of Publication: Print Book 5/15/20

Date of Publication: eBook 7/20/20

ISBN: 978-1-952655-00-5 Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-952655-01-2 E-book

ISBN: 978-1-952655-02-9 Hardcover

Number of pages: 665

Word Count: 180,000

Cover Artist: Mayhem Cover Creations

Tagline: Sexy Shifters. Hot Vampires. Intriguing Immortals.

Book Description:


If you enjoy Psy-Changeling and Black Dagger Brotherhood, this new series is right up your alley!

Sexy shifters. Hot vampires. Intriguing immortals. Strong heroine. Sizzling romance. Page-turning plot full of emotion and excitement. Modern and fresh take on fated mates.

Caly

Do you dream of ridiculously hot men? Okay, maybe you do. (And yes, I’m well aware I should lay off the romance books before bed.) But do you actually ever meet those men you dream about in real life? I didn’t think so. That’s probably a good thing though because I have… And these men from my dreams have done nothing but pull the rug of reality out from under me… which was how I fell and ended up in a world that I thought only existed in romance books.

My name is Caly (AKA Callie) and I’m just an ordinary single woman living the LA dream… paycheck to paycheck. Except whose dream is it? I’m not really sure… but it’s not my dream. Especially because I have really weird dreams… like really weird. Then again, everyone has weird dreams, right?

Blake

I am an alpha wolf shifter and leader of Orion’s Order, a pack of… well, not wolves. We’re an unconventional pack of highly skilled specian hunters that do one thing: hunt the evil in our world. And we were hired by SILE (Species Investigative Law Enforcement) to hunt a bloodthirsty criminal who is infamously untraceable. That was until an irresistible female brought an unexpected twist to our hunt and set things in motion… a motion that has left my pack and our world forever changed.

Welcome to The Order and a secret world of magic and mystery, where a pack of unlikely friends find love and fight against an ancient evil force.

Devour this addictive series at your own risk…

+ Happily Ever After

+ Steamy Paranormal Shifter Romance

+ Multiple POV

+ Mature Content

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CALYPSO’S HEART is an adult paranormal wolf shifter romance. If you like swoon-worthy males, heroines with feminine strength, an engaging plot, satisfying relationships, steamy love stories, happy ever afters, and getting sucked into a supernatural story, then you’ll want to immerse yourself in the world of species! 

You’ll feel right at home if you’re a JR Ward, Nalini Singh, and Dannika Dark fan.

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This book is a challenge! While I was absorbed by the plot, I felt tired from time to time and the need to put it down, temporarily. A mix of supernatural creatures, each with a certain goal, and a human thrown into the eye of the action are the base for a great story.

Blake and Caly are great together. We have an insta-love here, but it’s quickly forgotten, with the amount of hotness between these two. Their connection is deep, is consuming and burning like the strongest of flames! I loved these two together and I love how each change next to the other. But it’s not only the romance that makes this book good, we have an engaging plot that will keep you tuning pages. I loved the world building as well and how the author brought these different species together.

There are some aspects I did not quite enjoy. I did not like all the POVs, as the characters sounded a bit the same. There is quite a lot of repetition and from time to time the actions drags. But I got used to the style and I did not mind that much. I was too preoccupied with our couple and the action.

According Goodreads, this book has 665 pages, but it definitely did not seem this long. The time spent reading it was enjoyable, which made me give it a 3.5 star rating, despite the negative aspects I was mentioning. So if you enjoy a good romance, with a lot of intimate moments, wolves and bad vampires, this is your book!

Until next time, happy reading!

About the Author:

M.C. Solaris’s life took an unexpected turn during the super blood moon eclipse on January 20, 2019. She woke up and began writing bios for her imaginary friends that she met that day. As soon as the pen hit the paper (or fingertips to the iPhone), she couldn’t stop. It was kind of like one of those fire hydrants, spewing copious amounts of water all over the place. The characters and their stories just flowed out of her. She is honored to be the scribe, getting to share her friends’ stories. You can read all about her gifted friends in the Orion’s Order series (Book 1 is Calypso’s Heart).

On a personal note, M.C. Solaris is actually the pseudonym of Marina Schroeder, women’s health enthusiast and lover of all things paranormal romance (PNR) and happily ever after (HEA). When she is not curled up on the sofa with her partner’s oversized hoodie, a PNR novel, peppermint tea, and one of her three cats, you will find her either at the ocean with her toes in the sand or in a forest hugging a tree. Well truthfully? There is one more place you might find her: trolling the aisles of Whole Foods for a satisfying combination of salty and sweet while hiding in her partner’s hoodie… like any proper PNR-writing introvert.

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Book Review: Hard Knox by Amber Malloy

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 A simple favor to save the girl turns into the quarterback losing his heart.

As beautiful as she is fun, Remy Bell has only one problem—a psychotic killer with political power wants her dead. Always a ‘two steps ahead’ type of gal, she plans to outrun the maniac. Marriage and a sweet life in the football star’s hometown in Canada would give her the cover she needs, but Remy doesn’t stick around long enough to find out. She travels all over the world, photographing the most beautiful and devastating events, but her now-husband’s tabloid activities lead her to the one place she should avoid…back home.

Superstar Gavin Knox wins at everything. However, once he scores the girl of his dreams, he’s suddenly in danger of losing the one thing he has always needed. Before she can slip through his fingers, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse—marry him for Canadian citizenship, which will protect her, and after five years, they can divorce. Knox is positive that she will fall head over heels in love with him, but it doesn’t happen. After six years of marriage, two playoff titles and a third on the way, Knox is forced to contend with a successful wife almost more famous than he is.

Determined to get exactly what he wants, which includes having Remy and a family, he devises a stupid scheme that puts everything he’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.

 My Review

 

This was such an entertaining book. It pushed me right in the middle of the action and it kept me there until the end. This is both a good and a bad thing – I will get immediately into the details.

Let me first apologize to Goddess Fish Promotions and the author for not being able to keep the deadline of my review. Many things have happened lately and I slipped little too far from my book reviewing habits. I apologize again!

Ok, “Hard Knox” tells the story of Gavin and Remi, who have been secretly married for some time now but have not had a real marriage experience. He is a famous football player and she is now a renowned photographer. Gavin decided to marry Remi so she can keep her Canadian citizenship, with the promise off a divorce in five years. Little did she expect to see a change in his intentions. Because our boy has no plans of letting her go, especially with the threats that she’s been dealing with lately.

As I was mentioning, I was pulled into the action right from the beginning, as the story stars six years after the marriage, with Gavin trying to gain Remi’s attention. As the blurb is mentioning, his plan is a dangerous one that can push Remi farther away, instead of making her fall far his charm. I really loved his determination and even if his method was childish, I see the good intentions there.

Speaking of determination, both characters are very much invested in their careers and this is something I respect as well. With all their messy personal lives, professionally speaking, they are the best versions of themselves. And give all to the jobs they have.

When it comes to the negative aspects, this way of going directly to the point in the book made me doubt a little weather this was a standalone or not. In the beginning I had no idea what the deal was between our main characters and for a god part I did not understand if these two actually had any feelings beyond sexual attraction. At some point, I felt that he was forcing himself onto fer (it was not the case, everything is consensual in this book), or at least forcing a pregnancy with the hope of it tying her to him.

Overall, I did enjoy the story and the author’s writing style. The series has received a lot of love so far from the readers and I cannot wait to read the other books by Amber Malloy.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

 

3.5 stars

 

 

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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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Cover Reveal: Luca by Eden Summers

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Luca dragged me from hell and delivered me to salvation. At least that’s what I thought. I  hoped this would be a new life. A fresh start. But the pain followed. I’m certain the monsters did, too.

I’m told it’s paranoia. Trauma. PTSD. Nobody believes my truth. But they’ll soon learn.
We all will.

Because as much as I want to forget the mantra from my nightmares, it hasn’t stopped being true. The good guys never conquer. Evil always wins.

From International bestselling author, Eden Summers, comes the conclusion of a thrilling duet in the Hunting Her series.

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Book Review: Fast Beat by Wren Valentino

Fast Beat
Wren ValentinoGenre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Blue Dasher Press
Date of Publication: May 29, 2020
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Word Count: 15,000
Cover Artist: James at GoOnWrite.com

Book Description:

After her long-time dance partner Tony is injured, Cassidy Downs has only a matter of weeks to find a new partner to remain eligible to compete in the All City Dance Off.
When she discovers Giovanni, a talented and classically trained member of a dance conservatory, Cassidy convinces him to become her new partner despite his reluctance to do so.
As the competition nears, neither Cassidy nor Giovanni can deny the strong attraction building between them.

My Review

After quite some time of absence, I am happy to be back with a book review. Well, not quite a book, but a small novella – 56 pages of sparks, attraction, dance and music! Well, call me intrigued!

I loved this story and I loved how the relationship is presented professionally and personally. We have Cassidy and Giovanni getting to know each other as dance partners and as a little bit more, maybe. There is little I can say without spoiling the events, but I can tell you that you won’t regret reading this. It’s a quick story, with a good plot.

The only downside is that it’s so short! And there is so much to explore. I wanted to see this chemistry put into light and I wanted to feel their rhythm combined with their relationship. So 4 stars on my end, but with an extra twinkle 🙂 Happy reading!

4 stars

About the Author:
Wren Valentino is an author,  playwright, poet, and screenwriter. He writes in multiple genres, primarily contemporary romance with an international setting. Wren graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and English. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is a member of Gothic Romance Writers and  romance Writers of America. He loves film noir, white chocolate, classic cartoons, koalas, Julie London records, Nancy Drew, the Peanuts gang, Disney villains, all things Tiki, Italy, and everything written by Jane Austen.
 

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Book Blitz: Hard Knox by Amber Malloy

Hard Knox
Amber Malloy
(Perfect Stats, #2)
Publication date: June 16th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

FROM POPULAR ROMANCE AUTHOR AMBER MALLOY

Book two in the Perfect Stats series

Everything comes easy to quarterback Gavin Knox—women, football, even money. However, the only thing he truly wants but can’t win is the beauty of his dreams, Remy Bell.

A simple favor to save the girl turns into the quarterback losing his heart.

As beautiful as she is fun, Remy Bell has only one problem—a psychotic killer with political power wants her dead. Always a ‘two steps ahead’ type of gal, she plans to outrun the maniac. Marriage and a sweet life in the football star’s hometown in Canada would give her the cover she needs, but Remy doesn’t stick around long enough to find out. She travels all over the world, photographing the most beautiful and devastating events, but her now-husband’s tabloid activities lead her to the one place she should avoid…back home.

Superstar Gavin Knox wins at everything. However, once he scores the girl of his dreams, he’s suddenly in danger of losing the one thing he has always needed. Before she can slip through his fingers, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse—marry him for Canadian citizenship, which will protect her, and after five years, they can divorce. Knox is positive that she will fall head over heels in love with him, but it doesn’t happen. After six years of marriage, two playoff titles and a third on the way, Knox is forced to contend with a successful wife almost more famous than he is.

Determined to get exactly what he wants, which includes having Remy and a family, he devises a stupid scheme that puts everything he’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.

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With less than a minute on the clock, Gavin Knox faked right and threw the ball to his running back. His teammate’s gravity-defying catch took place in the end zone, resulting in their game-winning touchdown. As the band played the school’s fight song, the student body of Michigan Institute of Technology flooded the field.

Letting out a ferocious howl, Knox snatched off his helmet. For the second time in a row his team was headed to the championships. With only one more year left in college, Knox looked forward to the Heisman Trophy Ceremony and a single digit position in the professional draft.

It may have seemed arrogant on his part to assume that he had a right to any of those things, but he had worked his ass off. He had mapped out his whole career since the age of twelve. In his freshman year of high school, Knox had transferred to America from Canada to secure his spot in the pros. He’d then followed it up with enrollment at a Big Ten college.

Intending to get drunk off his ass, Knox scanned the crowd for his best friend, Hawk. On his way past a couple of his teammates, he slapped their heads as he moved closer to the stands—and that was when he saw her. A chocolate-colored honey ran straight at him. Her letterman jacket showcased her body-hugging, tight sweater and perfect tits. Since she was focused on something over her shoulder, Knox felt safe to peruse her banging-ass body without judgment.

However, once she turned those big, almond-shaped eyes in his direction, his whole world came to a sudden and glorious halt. Shiny black curls bounced up and down, framing her heart-shaped face. Simple and utter perfection barreled straight at him.

As she licked her full lips, instant wood clouded his mind. Even if he wanted to, he couldn’t seem to stop himself. Fate had other plans. Flashes of what life would be like if he didn’t talk to her propelled him into action. Knox reached out to snag her around the waist, bringing the beauty inches from his mug.

“Where did you come from?” he asked her.

Confusion shuttled across her stunning face before she tilted her head to the side and smiled. “Nowhere.”

“So you just fell out of the sky?” It might have sounded lame, but he meant every word of it.

“Technically, you grabbed me. So, what happened here?” She checked out the field. “Did you win something big?”

“If the answer’s ‘you’, then sure.” As he looked into her eyes, he almost forgot the last few minutes of his life.

“Do you mind?” She glanced down at the ground. “The air’s kind of thin up here in Giantsville.”

Though he was reluctant to let her go, he set her down.

“So, what…? Are you like the main guy?” she asked, looking totally serious.

Knox laughed. He couldn’t help it. Obviously she didn’t care about football. “Something like that.”

“Which makes you a supastar, right?”

Positive that she didn’t have a bra on under her soft, cream-colored sweater, he desperately wanted to feel her body against his one more time.

“Are you going to tell me your name?” he asked abruptly. She glanced over her shoulder at something. For a split second he wondered if she had a boyfriend, but, truthfully, he didn’t care.

“And make it easy for you? No, but”—she raised onto her tiptoes and Knox leaned down to meet her halfway—“dream about me, okay? Then just maybe…” The warmth of her candy-scented breath heated his cheek.

Tempted to tip his head down a little farther to intercept her lips, he froze and hit the dreaded blue screen.

“Hey, man, congrat-u-fucking-lations!” His friend Hawk grabbed him in a big bear hug. When the melody of her laughter kicked him into gear, he realized that the beauty had disappeared.

Knox searched the crowd but couldn’t find her. “Where did she go?” he asked.

“Who? What the hell are you talking about? I didn’t see anybody.”

Positive that she’d given him a hint to her name, he ran through the possibilities in his head.

“The press wants to talk to you. Then we’re going out to celebrate.” Hawk patted him on the back and led him toward the locker room. Still shell-shocked by his encounter with the hottest girl he had ever laid eyes on, he reluctantly followed his friend.

 

Author Bio:

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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Book Blitz: Se7en Deadly SEALs: Season 1

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Title: Se7en Deadly SEALs: Season 1

Series: Se7en Deadly SEALs #1-7

Author: Alana Albertson

Genre: Military Romance

Publishing date: January 23rd, 2018

Summary

I DON’T RECOGNIZE THE DAMAGED woman in the mirror staring back at me—platinum-blond hair, blood-red lips and nails, curves laced up in the finest lingerie. I have transformed into a bombshell to exonerate my brother, United States Navy SEAL Joaquín Cruz. He’s been languishing in a jail cell for the past six months, accused of a murder he didn’t commit, his honorable career as a SEAL ruined, his spirit crushed.

I’ve gone undercover as a stripper to entertain the men of SEAL Team Seven—I’ve given up my acting career, my dreams, my home—everything to free Joaquín and discover the truth.

But I didn’t count on having to conceal my identity from my ex-boyfriend, Navy SEAL Grant Carrion. The man I lost my virginity to was caught up in an endless web of sins and temptations, unable to escape from his demons.

As I strip down to my lingerie and dance for Grant, I know that every humiliating moment will be worth my sacrifice—if only I can give my brother back his life. And just maybe, find a way back to Grant’s heart.

Se7en Deadly SEALs is a heart pounding thriller with dirty SEALs, steamy sex, and shocking twists. It is 626 pages, 120,000 words stand alone book with a HEA and no cliffhanger.

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“What is it you do for living?”

“I sell pharmaceuticals.” His nose didn’t even twitch; he’d become an expert at hiding his lies. Though this fib didn’t bother me. SEALs never told civilians what they did for a living. Joaquín told everyone he met that he drove an ice cream truck. That guy you met in a bar boasting about being a SEAL? He was a liar.

“Let’s get out of here. I want to take you somewhere.” He signaled to the waitress and paid the bill in cash.

We slid onto the back of his bike, and I placed my arms around him. I wanted to vanish into this moment, go back to the way we were when we had first fallen in love. Before he deployed that first time. Before I’d done something stupid. Before I didn’t have the guts to confide in him.

Grant headed down to the pier, in front of the USS Midway, a retired Naval carrier turned maritime museum. The millions of lights from the ship illuminated the ocean, as the view of Coronado’s Hotel Del beckoned in the distance. Grant might be lying to his date about his job, but he was also sharing his love of the Navy. Maybe he didn’t see Ksenya as just a conquest.

We stood under the world-famous Unconditional Surrender statue, which portrayed a sailor kissing a nurse at the end of World War II.

Grant took me into his arms, and I was sure he was going to kiss me under the moonlight. “You’re so incredibly hot. Let’s go to a hotel.”

“Nyet.”

“Come on, babe. We’ll have a great time. If you feel uncomfortable, I’ll take you home. I just want to spend some time with you.”

My first instinct was to slap him. But my panties became damp as I imagined what this new Grant would do to me. Which way should I go—sweet, shy, good girl forced into stripping? Or nasty, freaky, bad girl who owned her sexuality?

I had vowed when this deception started—hell, when this date started—to never sleep with him again, fearful that he would discover my identity. Now I decided I wasn’t going to make any rules. I’d fooled him so far—maybe I could fool him in bed as well. I’d spent every night for the past two and a half years imagining making love to him. As Mia, I’d been the girl next door, a young inexperienced virgin, petrified to ask him to act out my deepest fantasies. But I had always harbored a secret desire to play the temptress.

If Grant wanted to party, I’d be ecstatic to rock his world. This time, I wouldn’t hold back. I couldn’t. Ksenya would have to be a wildcat in bed for me to pull off this deception.

Sleeping with Grant might be the only way to truly have him let down his guard and open up to me. But this time, sex would be on my terms, on my timeline—and for once in my life, I’d be in control.

 

Meet Alana Albertson

Alana Albertson is a multi-award winning author, current President of Romance Writers of America’s Contemporary Romance Chapter and the former President of both Romance Writers of America’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance, new adult and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time playing with her sons, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes Homeland, Devious Maids, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

 

Book Blitz: The Divorce Attorney by Melanie Munton

The Divorce Attorney
Melanie Munton
Publication date: May 26th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

What are you supposed to do when your insanely hot divorce attorney leans over after you’ve signed your divorce papers and seductively whispers in your ear, “Give me a call if you want to know how it feels to be handled by a real man since you were clearly too much woman for him,” before sliding his business card over and walking out the door?

I mean, what do you do with that?

Sure, I’m tempted. I just lost a hundred and eighty pounds of stupid, cheating man. I deserve to treat myself.

The thing is, I think he might be too much man for me.

After all, he’s fifteen years my senior, though he doesn’t look it.

But the urge to learn what this seasoned pro could teach me proves irresistible.

And as it turns out, he’s a pro at a lot of things…like destroying people’s lives.

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“Hey,” he coaxes, framing my face with his hands. “Where’d you go, darlin’? Come back to me.”

I put all of our potential issues on a detour and focus on the man in front of me. “How could I be anywhere else when I’ve got that”—I wriggle my hips, grinding against the ridge in his pants—“beneath me?”

He grunts. “Just checking. I was worried I was losing my edge there for a second.”

He shifts the angle of his hips, driving his jutting erection directly against my mons.

My eyes fall shut on a moan. “Pretty sure that’s impossible.”

“No, what’s impossible is your body. You’ve been shoving these tits at me in my dreams ever since you first walked into my office. You know that? They’ve been the first thing on my mind every morning for almost a week now.”

Hearing that does all kinds of fluttery things to my insides.

His hands guide my hips into a rocking motion. I earnestly follow his direction, creating a simmering friction between our connected bodies.

“Funny,” I whisper up at the night sky. “I’ve had similar dreams about you. Only you’re shoving something of yours in my face.”

He growls, his mouth drifting over the swell of my breasts. “Is that right? You want to tell me more about that?”

“You want me to show you instead?”

He stills. “Is that a serious question?”

I grin. “Predictable man.”

“I’ve been called worse.”

Before I can shimmy off his lap, his hand slides up to the back of my neck and pulls me down for a kiss that is so searing hot, it feels more like a brand.

And dear God, that’s exactly what he’s managing to do. With every second I spend in his company, with every flick of his tongue, with every drawl of the word darlin’, he’s embedding himself beneath my skin, tattooing his touch onto every inch of my body.

He might as well have already branded his initials right on my ass.

And his expression after he pulls out of the kiss tells me I may be doing the very same thing to him. Surprisingly, after the conversation about marriage and kids, seeing that symmetry between us is comforting.

I can’t take my eyes off of his as I open the button of his shorts, lower the zipper, and peel the material down his legs. His eyelids grow heavy with lust, his breaths shallowing.

“You were sitting much like this in my dreams,” I tell him as I take in the beautiful sight of his thick shaft tenting his briefs. “But your arms were stretched out along the bench.”

As if his body is being controlled by my words, he drapes his muscular arms over the back of the bench.

I nod. “Just like that. And your shirt was off.”

He obeys without hesitation, ripping the shirt over his head. “I was sitting naked on a public bench with you standing fully clothed in front of me? You dirty girl.”

I have never seen anything more arousing than the sight of him sitting almost completely naked, sprawled out for my viewing pleasure, in one of the most breathtaking places I could ever imagine, awaiting a blow job from my mouth.

“I never said we were in public.” I reach for the hem of my tank top and pull it over my head. “And I never said I was fully clothed.”

His heated gaze inspects my lacy lavender bra. “That’s better.”

“That’s all that’s coming off for now.”

He frowns. “But I want more.”

I quirk an eyebrow. “I believe I was the naked one on your chaise last night, and you were the clothed one. You going to complain?”

His legs fall wider. “Not on your life. Show me how you dream about me, darlin’.”

I inch his briefs down his legs, my anticipation rising. I’m biting my lip as I fall to my knees, bracing myself with my hands on his thighs.

“My pleasure, Counselor.”

“Pretty sure that’s going to be mine.”

I dive right in without warning.

With the level of steel his rod is at, I figure our words have been enough foreplay.

Jesus!” His thigh muscles tighten as he jolts in surprise. “That’s a good way to give a man a heart attack.”

I ease my mouth back a hair, my lips just shy of grazing his tip. “I’m sorry, did you say heart attack or hard attack?”

His head falls back. “I think I’m having both right now.”

“Then you better hold on because this next part might kill you.”

I swipe my tongue over his head, then glance up to see his hands clutching the bench in a death grip.

“Any last words?”

He blows out a long breath. “Fucking flatline me.”


Author Bio:

Traveler. Reader. Beach-goer. St. Louis Cardinals fan. Pasta-obsessed. North Carolina resident. Sarcastic. Bit of a nerd.

Author of the Cruz Brothers, Possession and Politics, and Timid Souls series, Melanie loves all things romance, comedies and suspense in particular because it’s boring to only stick to one sub-genre! From light-hearted comedies to sexy thrillers, she likes to mix it up, but loves her some strong alpha males and sassy heroines.

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