Friday, 9 January 2015

Review: The Dangerous Hero by Linda Barlow @lindabarlow

Dangerous Hero   The Dangerous Hero by Linda Barlow Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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I want it all. Whips and chains. Hearts and kisses. Viola was the first woman I ever tied up. We had one of those brief but intense summer romances. OK, so I screwed that up. But now, years later, I've got a second chance. The thing is, she doesn't trust me. I write novels about a brutal spymaster whose craving for blood and torture is insatiable. Hidden in my home is an authentic medieval dungeon. I'm a connoisseur of finely-wrought leather floggers, silken ropes, the restrictive corset, the binding cuff. I don't mean to frighten her. But hey, I want it all. Whips and chains. Hearts and kisses. Mastery and submission, pleasure and pain. I'm looking for that special partner--somebody to torment, somebody to love. The door to my dungeon is open. It is up to her to walk in. The Dangerous Hero is a contemporary romance novel by USA Today bestselling author and Rita Award Winner, Linda Barlow.
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Review by Wendy Book Obsessed Pimpette

 4 of 5 stars
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I really enjoyed this book, but I love BDSM. This book was a second chance at love . Stephen let his love slip away once his not letting go again, but can it survive the past of his and Viola. This book was, sexy, hot. A great read..


Review by Julie Sweetheart Obsessive Pimpette
 5 of 5 stars
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. This is my first read by this author.

Viola is a professor with a sad past. Stephen is just the man to help her work through it all. Her past with Derek made me want to hurt him myself. Stephen has a kink side and teaches Viola to not only accept it but to let go and really enjoy it. I really enjoyed this read. I liked the fact that her father was on scene and helpful as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading BDSM books. Very well written.

About Linda Barlow

Linda Barlow is the author of 23 novels in various genres, including family sagas, historical and contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, and general mainstream fiction. Publishers have included Doubleday, Dell, Penguin, Warner Books, New American Library/Signet, Berkley/Putnam, Silhouette and Harlequin. Her books have been translated into approximately 20 foreign languages. Her romances have won numerous industry awards, including the Rita from Romance Writers of America (1989), Best New Historical Romance Author from Romantic Times (1986) and a Lifetime Achievement award from Romantic Times. She also contributed two essays to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, a collection of scholarly essays on the enduring appeal of the romance. This book won the Susan Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and American Culture in 1993. Linda is now indie publishing and loving it! She is updating her backlist and writing new novels, too. The first book to be rewritten and indie-published is the new edition of her classic historical romance, Fires of Destiny, which was a finalist for the Rita Award in 1987 (available now!). Linda served as President of Novelists, Inc. in 1992 and did two three-year terms on the Executive Council of the Authors Guild in the 1990s. She was Romance Writers of America’s keynote speaker at the annual conference in 1989. When she is not at her computer writing, she is likely to be reading. She can't imagine what her life would be like without books!

COVER REVEAL- Now Leaving Sugartown by Carmen Jenner @givemebooksblog @CarmenJAuthor

Title: Now Leaving Sugartown
Series: Sugartown #4
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Cover It! Designs
Release Date: March 2, 2015


Pepper Ryan grew up the troublesome, spoiled child of a rock god. With her less-than-stellar parentage, and the bipolar disorder that has plagued her existence, to say this little firecracker is a handful would be the understatement of the century.

Sammy Belle spent more than half his life saving Pepper. He’d been her strength, her sanity, and the protective brotherly figure she never wanted to have.

They were never meant to be together.

They gave in anyway.

And just when Sammy thought he had everything he wanted, Pepper ran.

Now twenty-three, Pepper returns to Sugartown, a failed tattoo artist with one too many screws loose who’s down on her luck, wielding an ice cream van as beaten up as her heart.

Sugartown’s most coveted bachelor has always been content with the quiet life he leads until Pepper, the hellion from his past, returns to test his strength, his patience, and perhaps even his sanity. But two can play at that game, and Pepper is about to learn that Sam can give as good as he gets.

Can this good country boy survive Pepper’s cruel city world, or will the whole thing be put down to a bout of temporary insanity?

One thing is for certain:

He’s crazy about her.

She’s just crazy.

Warning: Intended for an 18+ audience. Contains sexual content, oodles of profanity, a firefighter so hot you may need a very cold shower, and one pink-haired crazy Harajuku girl.


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#1 Welcome to Sugartown


#2 Enjoy Your Stay


#3 Greetings from Sugartown




I squirt a little lotion from the bottle–Pepper’s expensive stuff that smells like cupcake batter–and run my hand over the head of my cock, and down the rigid length as I think about her in that dress. Then I think about tearing off that dress, and covering her tattoos with my mouth as I take her on the bathroom sink. I slide my cock in and out of my grip, imagining it’s her perfect, wet pussy. Pinching my nipple hard, I picture her teeth clamped down over the sensitive flesh.

I groan. My muscles tense, my balls shrink up close to my body, and then my orgasm rips through me at the same time that the bathroom door is flung wide. Pepper hobbles into the room, her hands clutching the hem of her dress. I turn in an effort to hide the evidence from her, but my cock is still spilling seed. Come hits the fan and flies off in all directions as I grind out the last of my orgasm, and a final burst of semen spills from my cock.


I don’t even have time to bathe in the afterglow because Pepper is sending me death glares in the mirror and her mouth is twisted into a sneer.


I practically bust a nut laughing. Loud, unruly guffaws that are so incredibly inappropriate right now that I’m afraid she might actually hurt me.

“You got come in my hair!” She screams again.

“I’m so sorry.” I say, still howling with laughter.

“You got come in my hair ten minutes before my mother’s wedding.”

 Author Bio

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY Best Selling Author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent.

She's also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living.

While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn't have an Elijah Cade, though.

If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.

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Trace's Temptation Cover Reveal

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RARE:  Rescue and Retrieval Extractions
             -they took on the missions that
              no one else wanted and did not
              stop until the job was done
Trace has found his mate, but before he can claim her, he must eliminate the threat from his past.  Returning to the place where all of his nightmares began, Trace must fight for his life and his future.  Jade was stolen when she was a child and was held captive by the General for most of her life.  She was rescued by RARE and reunited with the mother she thought she lost so long ago.  
Jade spent the past 20 years hiding her true nature, allowing others to see only a sweet, gentle Omega wolf.  After being set free, she is slowly allowing her true self to show.  Jade has found her mate, but now must wait for his return.  When she finds out Trace is in trouble, she vows to bring him home and nothing or no one will stand in her way. 
RARE must once again do what they do best.  Track down Trace and eliminate the evil that threatens them.
Jade's strength and determination are tested in the process.  But her pull to Trace will not let her admit defeat.  They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but will Jade survive if RARE doesn’t make it to Trace in time?

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Cover & Trailer Reveal for Blackest Red by P.T. Michelle @givemebooksblog @PT_Michelle

Watch the IN THE SHADOWS series trailer for the exclusive cover reveal of book #3, BLACKEST RED!

Title: Blackest Red
Series: In the Shadows #3
Author: P.T. Michelle
 Release Date: February 24, 2015


No matter how hard I’ve tried to let go of Mister Black, the memories of us together torture me. They’re an unforgettable reminder of a life I can’t have for many reasons.

Burying myself in work mostly keeps thoughts of him to a screaming minimum, until he's thrust into my life under circumstances beyond my control. Despite my need for his protection, this time I’m not sure if I’m strong enough to survive with my heart intact.

He is Black: a fierce protector and irresistible charmer.

I am Red: a trouble magnet and rainbow weaver.

Together we ignite. Explosive colors merging at the hottest melting point.


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Author Bio

P.T. Michelle is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best Selling author of the New Adult/Contemporary romance series IN THE SHADOWS, the YA/New Adult crossover series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, and the romance series: BAD IN BOOTS, KENDRIAN VAMPIRES and SCIONS (listed under Patrice Michelle). She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn't writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.

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★•**•.★ Blog Tour & #Giveaway ★•**•.★ Stages of Desire by Julia Tagan @JuliaTagan

Stages of Desire
by Julia Tagan
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
Release Date: January 5, 2015

To be or not to be—in love…

As a ward of the Duchess of Dorset, Harriet can hardly expect more from a match than the ringing endorsement of “from what I’ve heard, the man is financially secure and his teeth are quite regular.” After all, she’s only the lowly daughter of traveling actors, not the actual daughter of the duchess.
William Talbot, Earl of Abingdon is set to marry the duchess’s daughter. After his elder brother’s scandalous death, his family’s reputation is paramount, and he’ll allow nothing to damage it again. But when Harriet disappears to save her father from debtor’s prison, the scandal threatens William and his intended’s family.

The simple task of fetching the duchess’s runaway ward turns complicated when Harriet insists on traveling with her father’s acting company. William’s forced to tag along, and finds himself entranced. The stage transforms Harriet into a free-spirited, captivating beauty. But someone’s been sabotaging the theater company, and instead of facing scandal, William and Harriet discover a threat not only to their growing passion, but to their lives…

Finding the Perfect Castle

Part of the best job of writing a romance is finding the ideal setting for a particular scene. As a writer of historicals, I love to scour the web for the perfect London townhouse or country manor and imagine my hero and heroine running down the hallways or up the stairs.

For my Regency-era romance, Stages of Desire, I needed to describe a duke’s castle where my hero and heroine have their first kiss. Harriet Farley is a runaway ward determined to save her actor father from debtor’s prison, even if it means heading north to Birmingham by foot. Her guardian, a stuffy duchess, asks our hero William, Earl of Abingdon, to save her family name from scandal and bring Harriet back to London. As William’s been wooing the duchess’s daughter, he’s loath to refuse.

After several mishaps on the road, William and Harriet, along with a motley crew from her father’s theater company, spend the night at the duke’s castle. I found the perfect location in Warwick Castle, which was built in the Middle Ages on the banks of the River Avon.  The building has it all: ramparts, towers, and a green courtyard where the actors perform one of Shakespeare’s comedies. Later that evening, Harriet and William find themselves on top of the highest tower looking across the starlit countryside: the perfect place for true love to blossom. Although I’ve only viewed photos of Warwick Castle online, I feel like I know the place inside and out, and I’d love to visit some day.

What places do you find to be the perfect settings for a romance? Even better, what kind of intrigue might take place there?

by Wendy Book Obsessed

3 of 5 stars  ·  
* * * obsessed by books arc given for an honest review * * *
this was my first historical romance. I wasn't displeased but I wasn't excited either. it was a change. The writing and characters were good and if you like this genre then you would love this book.

Julia Tagan lives with her husband and goldendoodle in New York City. A journalist by training, she enjoys weaving actual events and notorious individuals into her historical romances. Her favorite activities include walking her dog in Central Park, scouring farmers’ markets for the perfect tomato, and traveling to foreign cities in search of inspiration.

Let It Go (Let Go, #1.5) DC RENEE ~ BLOG TOUR * *

Title: Let it Go (Let Go, #1.5)
Author: DC Renee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 23, 2014

A street thug with a heart. That was Benny Negrete.  To the outside world, he looked like bad news, but anyone who knew him knew he was intelligent, honest, and most importantly, caring. He looked out for the people he loved. But it hasn’t always been that way.
Sophie Basi, a successful doctor with a promising career, has tried hard to put the past behind her. It even worked for a while, but she never expected to run into Benny again.  He’s the one person who can summon the past and unravel her perfectly crafted life.

When avoidance doesn’t work, the two are forced to relive their recollections of a past they are both desperate to forget.  Can they let it go?  Or are they forever going to live in their memories, with the future just out of reach?

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About me, huh? Hmmm, let's see...some fun facts: I'm in my late twenties, I'm married to a great guy who likes to drive me crazy sometimes, but I love it and him, I am one of those people that when asked to do something says "No...Yes" (yeah, I know, I'm stuck in the 90's), I am a total nerd (like you couldn't tell), I am a Trojan (Fight On!), I work in health insurance (fun times-well, I actually work with my sis, so I guess they technically are fun times), I am way too close to my fam and I feel like I'm forgetting something, hmm...oh yeah, I LOVE to read and write!!!!

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