lunedì 31 agosto 2015

Exclusive Teaser Excerpt: THE FIFTEENTH MINUTE (Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen

A great surprise from Sarina Bowen: an exclusive excerpt of her next book in The Ivy Years series

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FROM CHAPTER ONE
Trevi refills my beer and then pours one for his evil girlfriend. He’s missed the whole exchange because he’s busy arguing with another hockey player about the Winnipeg Jets. 
I’m just about to ask, aren’t the Jets in New York? But then I remember that those Jets are a football team, and save myself the embarrassment. My sports ignorance knows no bounds. I’m bored by their conversation, but I wish I weren’t. It’s nobody’s fault that I grew up among people who bet on the outcome of the Tony Awards instead of the Stanley Cup.
I want to fit in, it’s just that I don’t speak the language.
Even as I’m rounding out this depressing thought, another male body appears in the doorway.
I don’t even have to turn my head to be sure that it’s DJ. I’ve been waiting so long to see him again that I just know. He’s there in the periphery, hands stuck in his jacket pockets, leaning against the door frame talking to one of the players. The muscular set of his shoulders is just how I remember him.
All at once, my pulse quickens and I feel a little dizzy. As if I’d walked out onto the edge of a diving board, and felt it wobble beneath my feet. What on earth will I find to say to him?
The sad truth is that I only sound clever when I’m reading from a script.
For several minutes I sit still, as if enthralled by the complexities of the Jets-who-don’t-play-football. DJ stays where he is, and so do I. There aren’t any seats open near me, though. So if I want to talk to him, I’m going to have to make my own luck.
Rising, I dig a couple of quarters out of my pocket. I don’t head over to DJ, because I’m not that brave. Instead I make a beeline for the jukebox in the corner. I put in my quarters and then I check out the selection. The last time someone updated this puppy looks to be during the 1990s. I hadn’t noticed that the first night I met DJ. Probably because I was drunk. But now it’s a problem, because I need to play something that reflects the girl I wish I was—easygoing, casual, a little bit hip.
Hard to do that when I’m staring down at choices like Madonna’s Vogue (a perfectly good song, but not exactly cutting edge,) or Achy Breaky Heart.
Then my heart kicks into a higher gear, because I feel him approaching. I’m desperate to turn and look, but I make myself pick a song instead. I’m proud to say that I don’t spare him a glance until I’ve tapped in the code for the track of my choice.
Only then do I stand tall and turn to him. And, whoa—my memory hasn’t even done him justice. I’d remembered the thick brown hair and the dimple that’s darkened by his five o’clock shadow. But his eyelashes are darker and more devastating than I remember, and was his mouth always so full and sinful-looking?
And now I’m staring, damn it!
“Hey there,” he says, one elbow on the scarred wooden paneling. “Remember me?”
“DJ, right?” It comes out as a croak. Because I’m cool like that.
God help me—his smile is slow and sexy. “That’s right. I’m surprised you remember, though.”
I clear my throat and try again. “Are you saying that because we only met once? Or because I got senior-prom drunk that night?” I never went to a prom, but I heard another actress say that once and it sounded cute.
He rewards me with an even bigger smile. “You said it, not me.” His eyes drop to the jukebox. “Pick out something good?”
“It wasn’t easy.”
“Right? I love this old thing, though.” He rubs the gleaming surface of the jukebox, and I am suddenly fixated on his wide, masculine hand. I wish I could pick it up and compare the size of it with mine. I want to know if his skin is rough or smooth…
That’s when I notice the abomination coming from the jukebox. An electro-beat that I’d never choose, and some ridiculously high male voices…
“Interesting pick,” DJ says, and the corners of his mouth are twitching.
“Hell!” I bend over the box, peering at the song codes again. “How is this possible? I was trying to play M.C. Hammer’s ‘Can’t Touch This.’”
DJ chuckles. “And instead you got…”
The chorus from the long-forgotten Color Me Badd kicks in, singing “I Wanna Sex You Up!”
Nooooo! Either my subconscious has betrayed me, or the machine is miscoded. It’s probably fruitless, but I have to at least try to distance myself from this error. “You should know that I would never willingly play a song by somebody who can’t spell “‘bad.’”
“Really?” He grins. “Yet you went for some Hammertime. And that dude spells ‘mother’ with a ‘u’ and an ‘a.’”
Shoot me already. “DJ, Your grasp of nineties hits is…”
“Impressive?” His smile is cocky, and I have to restrain myself from reaching up to measure it with my fingertips.

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giovedì 27 agosto 2015

REVIEW : Never Forgotten Love by S.M. Stryker

TITLE: Never Forgotten Love
AUTHOR: S.M. Stryker
SERIES: Second Chances #1
PUBLICATION: May 23rd, 2015

MY RATING: 5 STARS * * * * *




In this mature romance about lost loves, best friends and second chances author S.M. Stryker brings you the first installment of the Second Chances Series. 

Beckett was smaller than most boys his age growing up. This caused him to have little to no self-esteem while faced with the physical abuse he endured at the hands of his mother. 

His best friend Harlow, who’s not only beautiful, but tough as nails has been there for him since first grade. 

Unforeseen circumstances separated them with promises of always keeping in touch. Reminders of a friendship left behind, possessions taken away only lead to a friendship that was once the center of Beckett’s world. 

Ten years later, Beckett has the confidence and self-esteem to search for Harlow. The only problem is, she’s off the grid. Every day he thinks of her; every decision he’s made has been for her.      
Beckett is a 4 years boy that doesn't know what a mother, a family and love is. But he has his “Harlow Girl”, his little neighbor that gives to him unconditionally what he needs to grow up as a better man: friendship, love and a family.
But for Beckett all the good things in his life don't last long. Moving in another place with his foolish mother is the end of his dreams.
Ten years later Backett and Harlow have a second chance to start a new life together. For them, though, love comes with a price tag and they are willing and ready to pay for it.
I gave this book 5 stars not for the good writing, for the plot or catchy phrases. If I have to honest the writing is too much simple, the side characters seems to fall in love at the speed of ligth. But for me a good book is a book that gives me feelings, that reaches my heart, that makes me laugh and cry, that makes me think about life.
So any “techinical” issues are not for me to judge.
In this book I felt the heart and soul of this author, how much she is eager to deliver to her readers a true story, to share with them a piece of her life. And this takes more courage than write the bestselling book of the year.
Thanks Shelly for sharing with me a piece of you. As a reader I can only share my review.





venerdì 21 agosto 2015

Review : Penalty Play by Lynda Aicher

TITLE: Penalty Play
AUTHOR: Lynda Aicher
SERIES: Power Play #3
PUBLICATION: August 10th, 2015

MY RATING: 5 STARS *****


I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

Minnesota Glaciers’ starting defenseman Henrik Grenick is good at two things: hockey and sex. He’s got it all—the career, the biceps, the babes. But the steady parade of women through his bedroom just leaves him wanting more, hunting for the next distraction. Until he meets Jacqui, who awakens a hunger he never knew he craved.

Fiercely independent Jacqui Polson has no time for the seductive hockey player demanding her attention. More band geek than bimbo, she’s in an entirely different league, and growing up with four hockey-crazed brothers left her with no interest in that world. But damn, Henrik’s hot. And when it comes to sex, Jacqui knows exactly what she wants.

As their relationship moves beyond games, Henrik needs more—not just of Jacqui’s touch, but of her. Jacqui discovers there's more to Henrik than just the gruff facade. But after a lifetime of fighting their own battles, neither has ever let anyone get so close. As they soon find out, needing someone isn’t a weakness, it’s the only thing that matters…

I really loved this book. Full of emotions and deep feelings.

Henrik Grenick is the famous hockey player, defeseman for the Minnesota Glacier. Hockey is his hinding spot, the place where to let go his anger after the loss of his sister to overdose. His first love is music, play the piano, but after his sisters's death playing is not an option anymore.

“It was love. The best he'd known and the thing he'd clung to until his parents had shipped him to prep school. That was when hockey finally overtook the piano. Hockey had filled the loneliness with more noise and completely different family.”

Until he met the sweet Jacqui Polson. 

“She was everything he'd wanted without knowing it. Calm was a good word. Soothing. She filled the emptiness and made him laugh.”

Jacqui is a warrior, she has fought against leukemia twice. Music is what keep her alive and hoping for the cancer to not come back again. 

“It takes more than whatever body part it attacks. It steals your trust and sucks your hope away too. It slams your fragility in your face and dances it before everyone you love. And once it's passed, once you think it's gone, it's still there. Its dark trails of fear are so firmly implanted that no matter how hard you try to forget and move on, it's always there, festering that niggling of doubt that if you dare to forget—even for a second—it'll be back to tear your life apart.” 

When Jacqui and Henrik met their world made of faking normality is broken.
Fears and secrets resurface, but the love between them is undeniable. They will learn the real meaning of family, trust, friendship, loyalty that family is not always your blood relatives. Family can be your team, your friends, is taking care of the people you love. 

Jacqui and Henrik are a team and together they fight to conquer what they really want from their lives. 

“He played for his mother, who'd sacrificed, settled and lived life from a distance. And for his grandmother, who'd wisely given him music to fill the void of love he'd craved so badly. And for Emma, who'd followed him on her search for love through false acceptance. And for Jacqui, who showed him a version of love and family he'd never dreamed he could have.
But mostly he played for himself. For the boy who'd never really fit in and had tried only enough to be accepted. And for the man who finally understood it all.”
  
I read this book in less than two days, a record for someone like me, slow and not an english native language. A book that kept my emotions high from page one till the end. 
I loved, cried, dreamt and hoped with Jacqui and Henrik.
Jacqui seems so fragile in the appearance, but the disease has made her a strong woman that doesn't want to be defeated and her life ruled by the cancer and her fears. But it's not easy. For Jacqui to run away is the only way out, but her family and Henrik's love is her cure. 
Henrik lives his life with the feeling to never fit, to be used by women, to be rejected and not belong in his family. It's Jacqui's family that shows him what a real family is. 
A good story, well written, the characters very well outlined. Even if this the third book in the series and I have not read the first two I've not had  the feeling to miss something about the story and for sure I'm going to read the first two. 





martedì 18 agosto 2015

REVIEW: Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

Title: Thrill Me
Author: Susan Mallery
Series: Fool's Gold #18
Publication: July 28th, 2015 HQN Books

MY RATING: 4 STARS ****
Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool's Gold, California—five gorgeous men who've left a trail of broken hearts in their wake…  

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.  

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!  

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all


I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


Secrets could be your worst enemy.
Maya Farlow and Del Mitchell have been in love. Del wanted to marry her. Beut she was too scared and she decided to lie to him, to hurt him and run away.
Ten years laters they meet again and the love they've shared is still there. They had grown up and their past had shaped their present. 
When Maya and Del's family secrets are spoken, everything seems to shatter around them. But truth and love are the only way to start a new life.

“The reason she hadn't fallen for anyone else, the reason she'd never found love, was because she couldn't. Del had claimed her heart and to the best of her knowlwdge he'd never given it back.
She was, after all this time, still in love with him.”

After 18 books, Fool's Gold delivers another great story.
I loved how the relationship between Maya and Del brings out the best in each other.
Del has some issue to trust Maya again, but I liked how he overcomes the disappointment and the betryal feelings to be with Maya. 

“Because it was good, damn her. And he didn't want it to be. Maya was born trouble. At least she had been for him. Not that he would make that mistake again. He'd trusted her with everything he had and she'd thrown it back in his face. Lesson learned.”

I loved how Maya is willing and strong enough to let go of her past and become a mature woman.

“First love was usually intense. For her it had been that and more. With Del, for the first time in her life she'd allowed herself to hope she might not have to go it alone. That maybe, just maybe she could belive that someone else would be there for her. To look out for her. To give a damn.”

Susan Mallery has the ability to shape true characters and real life. Marriage, siblings complications, friendship, family secrets, misunderstanding, first love, loyalty, second chances.

“Maybe it was just who she was, or who he was around her. Maybe the draw couldn't be explained. It simply was one of those strange laws of the universe.”

In future books I'd love to see more about the Mitchell brothers and Madeline's crush for Jonny Blaze. 
In this book another small town is mentioned: Happily, Inc. . I hope that Susan Mallery will surprise me with another great series!
If you haven't yet read a Fool's Gold book, it's time to wake up and go visit and explore this amazing town, where magic and happily ever after can happen.
Read. Laugh. Love. 

sabato 8 agosto 2015

COVER REVEAL EVENT: Anchored To Love by S.M. Stryker

TITLE: Anchored To Love

AUTHOR: S.M. Stryker

SERIES: A Story Of Second Chances #3

PUBLICATION: August, 3rd 2015



All Charlie ever wanted to do is play softball in college. She had worked all her life for that one dream and she finally made it. The only thing was it was on the other side of the country. So, she did what she needed to do to keep her dream alive. However, when she refused to party and drink with her teammate she was accused of not being a team player, but there was no way she would do anything to jeopardize her scholarship. And for the first time in her life she met someone, her first love, her soul mate.




 










Carson was always on his own his parents had other priorities that didn't include Carson. Carson was a genius, graduating at sixteen; he decided to travel the USA. He looked and acted more like a California surfer than a computer nerd he was. He never believed in relationships, who needs the drama, he was a manwhore through and through. That is until he ran into Charlie; Char was different, she was special and he knew it from the start. They were inseparable spending all their free time together.


 


 









That is until the misunderstanding happened.



 
In this mature romance about lost loves, best friends, and second chances, author S.M. Stryker brings you the third installment of the Second Chances series. Anchored to Love can be read as a standalone.



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sabato 1 agosto 2015

NEW COVER: The Mercenary's Tale by Lynn Lorenz

A new cover for the first book of this fantastic series!


TITLE: The Mercenary's Tale

AUTHOR: Lynn Lorenz

SERIES: In The Company of Men #1

Publication: August 6th, 2015

When Drake's heart is awakened, he discovers the joy of forbidden love...
Drake found himself breaking his own rules the first time he looked into Ansel's blue eyes. Despite his better judgment, he agreed to let the young mercenary travel with him to the battle at Foray. Their travels become a journey of sexual discovery, love, and, ultimately, on the battlefield at Foray, loss.
Two years later, Drake is called to be Master of Arms at Marden Castle. Drake can handle that, but he can't handle Logan, the Duke of Marden.
Logan's green eyes, long blond hair, and boyish charm make Drake feel things he'd rather keep buried. But if Drake can open his heart again, he'll find everything he's never wanted and always needed: a home, a son, and a man to love and who loves him.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices, ménage (m/f/m, m/m/m), violence.

Published February 2008 by Loose ID
 

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THE SERIES 

In The Company Of Men

 

The Mercenary's Tale book #1
Jackson's Pride book #2 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6387004-jackson-s-pride
Baymore's Heir book #3http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7644634-baymore-s-heir
Silent Lodge book #4http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8096253-silent-lodge
His Duke's Gift book #5 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10049307-his-duke-s-gift