Sunday, December 17, 2017

Blog Tour and Review ~ SWEET LIFE (Sugar Rush #5) by Nina Lane @NinaLaneAuthor @InkSlingerPR

   
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He knows if she's been bad or good.

Amidst the sugarplums and mistletoe, fashion stylist Julia Bennett is every inch a scrooge. Known for her ice-queen ways, she's having a meltdown over a botched business deal and an upcoming milestone birthday. Add the pressure of forced holiday cheer, and she's ready to dive into the spiked eggnog and not come out until summer. 

Warren Stone, president and owner of the Sugar Rush Candy Company, is determined to make Julia slow down and enjoy the holidays. As her friend and confidante for fourteen years, he knows her better than anyone. But when decking the halls leads them to an explosive, sexy night, everything suddenly changes.

Just when Julia thinks Warren is all she wants for Christmas, an old flame comes to town and reminds her of the carefree girl she used to be. As the new year approaches, Julia is forced to decide if she wants to relive the past or embrace the future.




What a tasty holiday treat that can be savored any time of the year!


Sweet Life, the fifth installment in one of my most beloved series by Nina Lane, has become my new favorite! I am just absolutely smitten, head over heels in love with Warren and Julia's romance. Once again, I found myself lost in Lane's enchanting world as my emotions ebbed and flowed with those of her characters, feeling all their love, passion, heartaches and joys. And this time, a refreshing change of pace as well with the journey of a more mature couple. With age comes experience and believe me, this duo may be in their 50's, but the connection they shared was off-the-charts ~ setting my kindle ablaze with their intense sexual chemistry. A beautifully written, heartwarming story of pursuing second chances, the love of family, lifelong friendships, of overcoming past regrets and the courage to face and take on challenges.


Following the series, we saw glimpses of Warren and Julia in each of the Sugar Rush novels. Their story could be considered a standalone, but I do suggest diving into at least the first three books to appreciate this couple's history and their dynamic relationship fully. Their connection runs deep as for thirteen years, Julia Bennett effortlessly stepped into the role as matriarch of the Stone Clan when her older sister, Rebecca, suddenly and tragically passed away.  She was the glue that held the family together through the worst of times and right along with Warren, Julia helped raise the Stone children. They are not only in-laws but each other's support system and the closest of confidants. Their relationship, though unconventional due to the circumstances, was painted tastefully, respectfully by the author. The love they shared blossomed organically, weaving the past into the story line which served to strengthen their bonds of love.


This couple delightfully surprised me. Julia on the surface played the role of the sharp-tongued, stubborn, tough as nails woman who's always composed and always in control. Seeing her past and the impulsive girl that embraced a wild-child free spirit, all the secrets she carried, the love kept hidden for years and her vulnerable side, shed new light on Julia's persona. Peeling back her layers, she bloomed right before my very eyes. I loved the duality of her character ~ a fiery woman who wore a stern mask as armor for all the world to see while guarding her gentle and fragile heart underneath. I adored Julia for her insecurities and fears as well as her icy, rigid demeanor. She was a tigress, a woman who loved her family and Warren so fiercely, willingly sacrificed her own heart to protect them.



Warren Stone melted me. Seriously, this charismatic corporate mogul and father of seven had major swagger. He quickly became one of my favorite characters penned by this author. Beneath his custom-tailored designer suits adorned with cutesy candy themed ties, beat the heart of a ravenously sexy man so wildly passionate, I was swooning my way through page after page practically losing my mind. I loved him and his undying determination to claim Julia, despite her hesitations and reservations. Warren was the perfect hero ~ a man who faced challenges head-on, fought for what he wanted, and never gave up. And in the bedroom ~ Papa Stone liked his control. In a word, Warren was scrumptious.
  


Written in dual points of view, with occasional flashbacks to the past that explained this couple's long history, I truly enjoyed Warren and Julia's journey. If you are looking for a read that will capture your heart and touch your soul, I highly recommend Sweet Life and this entire series!! Thank you, Nina, for another great romance.





I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this publication.






 
“Now step into my office.”
         Julia blinked at his hard tone, her gaze shifting to his closed office door. “I beg your pardon?”
         Warren opened the door. “In. Now.”
         Her features tightened with resistance just as the elevator doors opened and several employees emerged, their voices rising in chatter. Julia crossed the hallway in front of them, her shoulders rigid. He caught a whiff of Chanel No. 5 as she passed him.
         He entered the office behind her and closed the door, flicking the lock shut.
         “You are not to take out personal crap on my employees,” he said. “That’s not how I run this company.”
         Julia’s lips compressed. “Odd that you’ve never before questioned my treatment of your employees. And it wasn’t personal. She needed to know she’d screwed up.”
         “Announcing the holiday party early is not screwing up,” Warren replied evenly. “You’re pissed off because you’ve had a shitty week, you have too much on your plate, an old bucket list has thrown you off your game, and you don’t know what to do with the fact that we fucked the other night.”
         Two spots of color appeared on her cheeks. “I seem to recall that what I did with that fact was tell you it wasn’t going to happen again. After which you informed me in excellent caveman style that I was wrong. You seem to forget I’m never wrong.”
         About this, you are.
         He bit back the words. He hadn’t become the president of Sugar Rush by throwing his weight around. He knew how to bide his time, work his way into getting what he wanted. And damned if he didn’t want her more with every passing second.
         “Well?” Julia put her hands on her hips and glared at him. “Are we done here?”
         Under her make-up, purplish smudges shadowed her eyes. Brackets of tension lined her mouth. His jaw tightened.
         “You had a migraine yesterday,” he said.
         “What the fuck do you care?” Julia snapped.
         Warren’s hands flexed. He was used to her quick-fire cursing, all the more effective when delivered by a woman who looked like royalty, but he didn’t like being the recipient of her wrath.
         “I’m putting Mia Donovan in charge of the Sugar Rush holiday party,” he said.
         “You’re firing me?” Julia stared at him, her eyes widening. “Are you serious?”
         “Yes.” He steeled himself against her shock and the knowledge that he was hurting her. “You’ve planned it for the past ten years, and it’s time to hand it over to someone else.”
         “You don’t get to decide that.”
         “Yes, I do. Sugar Rush is my company. This is also the event where I’ll be announcing my retirement. You’re not going to plan it.”
         “Because I have too much on my plate?” Julia stopped in front of the windows, her arms crossed and her fiery gaze fixed on him. “Thanks for your concern, Daddy, but I assure you I can handle everything I take on.”
         “That’s why you’re such a success. It’s also why your headaches are getting worse.”
         “You are not my fucking doctor.”
         “Stop swearing.”
         She barked out a laugh. “You need to rethink this retirement thing, Warren. It’s making you soft.”
         Given the state of his dick, he was anything but soft.
         “If you won’t delegate your projects, I will,” he said.
         “Because you can’t stop being the boss, even if you think otherwise.” Julia paced angrily to the desk, her eyes flaring with blue ice. “Why are you retiring, Warren? Everyone knows you’re the power behind the throne, much as you’ve let the boys take all the glory. Three months—hell, one month from now when you have nothing to do and no one to order around, you’re going to wonder why you made such a bad decision.”
         Warren’s jaw clenched. He was sick of getting pushback from all sides. “I’ve been in business my entire life. I know what I’m doing.”
         “So do I, dammit,” Julia retorted. “I don’t need you looking out for me.”
         “I will always look out for you.”
         She came to a halt, her whole body stilling. By contrast, Warren’s heartbeat kicked up, sudden heat flooding his veins. Their gazes met across the room, a crackling electric current firing through the air.
         Julia took a breath, her breasts heaving beneath her jacket.
         “Goddamn you, Warren Stone,” she whispered.
         “I told you to stop swearing.” He advanced, his own breath increasing, his hands fisting and unfisting at his sides.
         Rebellion tightened her features. “And if I don’t?”
         “You sure you want to find out?”
         He closed the distance between them, his lust flaring like a match to dry leaves.
         What the fuck was going on with them?
         The question flared like a comet through his mind and died just as fast—because he didn’t care about the answer. His mind was consumed with the thought of tasting her red lips again, sweet like cherries, spicy like peppers. Her mouth could deliver an insult as sharp and searing as a blade, but he knew—had always known, even if he’d smothered the knowledge—that the sounds issuing from Julia Bennett’s mouth could also be smooth, hot murmurs of lust that rushed straight to his blood. Weakening him of all thought, all control, inciting him with the urge to—
         He grabbed her shoulders, hauling her soft, slender body against him. He’d always loved the contrast of Julia, the sharp-tongued, acidic queen and the relentlessly devoted aunt. The rigorous boss who shot orders like arrows, and the loyal friend who bought Hailey’s favorite peanut butter, sent care packages to Gavin Knight when he was deployed in Iraq, spent hours on end with Evan at the hospital.
         He stared down at her fine features, pale skin, and wide blue eyes that he’d seen almost every day of his life for the past thirteen years—and suddenly now it felt as if he were looking at her for the first time. Had he never noticed that tiny birthmark right beneath her left eye? Or the silver flecks in her irises, like falling snow? Or the perfect curve in her upper lip, tempting him to put his tongue there and—
         Oh, he’d noticed all right. He’d just tried to pretend he hadn’t.
         “What the hell am I going to do with you, Julia?” he muttered.
         “Fire me, apparently.” Her tone was bitter, her eyes blue fire.
         Her gaze flickered involuntarily to his mouth, her lips parting. He slipped his hand beneath her chin, lifting her face to his. His heart jackhammered. Her breath brushed against his mouth, the familiar scent of her—Chanel No. 5, lavender soap, pure Julia—suddenly exotic and tantalizing.
         “I’m going to let you go,” he said slowly, “and take two steps back. I want you to reach under your skirt and take your underwear off… if you’re wearing any.”


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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. 






Friday, December 15, 2017

Release Blitz : Team Player by Various Authors

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Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier...

TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is LIVE!

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Publication Date: December 14th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Hot jocks. We love them all.
Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!
The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.
The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.
*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.
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Meet the authors:

LJ Shen
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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Kennedy Ryan:
Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.
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Adriana Locke:
A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys. From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books. I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.
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Mandi Beck:
Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer. A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.
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Emma Scott:
I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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Charleigh Rose:
We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have--without filters. Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.
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Ella Fox:
When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.
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Sara Ney:
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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Meghan Quinn:
A BLONDE AT HEART Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. ​Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
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Kate Stewart:
Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.
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Rochelle Paige:
Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she's written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense. She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.
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Blog Tour ~ Spotlight Post : The Desires of A Duke (Anthology) by Various Authors @CMcKnightWriter

Eight historical romances featuring roguish dukes 
willing to risk it all to get the lady their heart desires.
Out Dec 12th– The Desires of a Duke: Historical Romance Collection
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Title: The Desires of a Duke
Authors: Darcy Burke, Grace Callaway, Lila DiPasqua, Shana Galen, Caroline Linden, 
Erica Monroe, Christina McKnight, Erica Ridley
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: December 12, 2017

Available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!


Enjoy eight historical romances from bestselling authors, featuring dashing, 
roguish dukes who are willing to risk it all to get the lady their heart desires. 
When these powerful, bold men take a chance on love, nothing can stop them.

THE FORBIDDEN DUKE by Darcy Burke
The Forbidden Duke helps ruined Eleanor find a second chance for happiness. 
What will she say when she learns of the role he played in her downfall?

THE DUKE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Grace Callaway
A spinster and rake join forces to catch a murderer. 
Wills clash and passion flares; will they risk all for love—before it’s too late? 

THE DUKE’S MATCH GIRL by Lila DiPasqua
The only woman Leo, Duke of Mont-Marly, has ever yearned for is the adorably unconventional beauty who got away. 
Suzanne creates and selling matchsticks, elixirs for the ill…and is still so damned alluring. 
Leo is determined to give her a Christmas 
beyond her wildest imagination...

WAITING FOR A DUKE LIKE YOU by Shana Galen
Pursued by assassins, Princess Vivienne of Glynaven escapes to England. 
The Duke of Wyndover aids her, but is he the man she’s been waiting for?

WHEN I MET MY DUCHESS by Caroline Linden
The Duke of Wessex realizes he’s about to marry the wrong woman when he meets his bride’s
 sister…and the wedding may become a scandal.

I SPY A DUKE by Erica Monroe
A governess entering into a marriage of convenience with a duke gets more than she bargained for, as he's also 
a spy for the crown.

THE MISFORTUNE OF LADY LUCIANNA by Christina McKnight
The Duke of Montrose has only one choice: find a wealthy heiress to wed. 
When his quest brings him to Lady Lucianna, he can’t deny that
 he wants her for more than just her dowry.

THE DUKE’S ACCIDENTAL WIFE by Erica Ridley
The unflappable Duke of Ravenwood meets his match in this rollicking New York Times
 best-seller!

Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
Author Bio:
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, 
her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. 
She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee.
 Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books!
 Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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