Wednesday 30 July 2014

Release Day Blitz - Point of Redemption by Stacey Lynn

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Title: Point of Redemption
Series: Nordic Lords MC #2
Author: Stacey Lynn
Release Date: July 30, 2014




No one knew the devastation of those three words more than Faith Winston and five years ago, she endured every one of them. All she wanted was to feel safe and marry the very man who promised to love her and protect her, Ryker Knight.

But growing up in the Nordic Lords Motorcycle Club, she should have known she couldn’t have a happy ending. Instead, her world became a nightmare. The bikers—her family—abandoned her, leaving her to crash without their safety net.

Ryker Knight has spent the last five years consumed with guilt, running from the ghosts that haunt him. That is until his past catches up with him the moment his brother needs his help. Returning home to Jasper Bay, he’s forced to face the same ghosts he was running from. Only to find that the woman he loved is trapped in a hell of her own, entrenched behind enemy lines —and it’s all his fault.

And even though Ryker’s life comes with priorities that he can’t – and won’t - turn his back on, he refuses to leave Jasper Bay until he’s found Faith.

But will she want to return to the life she’s always wanted even if Ryker is no longer capable of giving her what he once promised?

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#1 Point of Return


Motorcycle hotness!! I loved this book because it was just enough of everything. Not too rough, but not super sweet. Hot motorcycle guys protecting their women. Swoon. I LOVED the first book in this series Point of Return. This is Ryker and Faith's point of view with all that went down in the first book... plus more of the story and their "epic love." There were plenty of unanswered questions that got explained this time around.

We all know that "the book is better than the movie," but the entire time I was reading this, I was hoping I could see it in the big screen. The writing, the action, the love story all make this book a 4 (patched in) star read for me! Although this can be read as a stand alone, I recommend you start with the first book, to meet even more hot men from Nordic Lords motorcycle

~ Review by Krissy

Amazon Bestselling Author of the Just One Song series, Don't Lie to Me, Remembering Us and the Nordic Lords MC series. I am a wife, a mom, and a writer. I can often be found curled up on the couch with a good book, or obsessively eating Skittles in a very complicated and organized manner. No joke.


Blog Tour - How I became Lotus Raine...the porn star by Erika Ashby

Title: How I became Lotus Raine... the porn star
Author: Erika Ashby
Release Date: July 22, 2014

I refused to work my way up the company ladder by sexually favoring my sleazy boss. I was beginning to lose hope. Until one day, he surprised me with an assignment that would literally rock my world.
I never imagined my first assignment being my last. But Brent Nichols worked his way inside every way possible, unlocking something within me. 
Becoming a porn star was never part of the plan. Neither was changing my name. 
Everyone else knows me as Lucy Rogers, but you can call me Lotus Raine.


4.5 Porn-tastic Stars
Call me a perv or a smut whore but as soon as I see any books that mention strippers or porn stars my curiosity gets the better of me and I have to have them (book whore problems). So when the opportunity arose to read Lotus Raine you bet your ass I jumped on it.

Lucy is always passed by for assignments at work because she won't sleep with the boss. When the opportunity arises for her to interview Brent, a retired porn star returning to the biz, she's excited to have the opportunity to finally prove herself.

Enter Brent, he's hot, he's sexy, he rocked her world once in a restroom and, oh yeah, he's a porn star.

Erika Ashby has written a new and fresh take on the porn star romance. It's fun, it's heartwarming (yes I know, crazy) and it is sexy as sin. And I mean HOT, as in keep a fire extinguisher handy. I really enjoyed this one!
~ Review by Erin

“We don’t have to do this tonight, but you’ll just be prolonging the inevitable if you decide against it.” His hand moved to my neck, cradling it as it fell back and his free hand trailed up my thigh, moving under the jean fabric of my shorts. “If you don’t want to go all the way, I won’t fight it, but let me at least give you a taste of what you’ll be missing out on.” He bent down, whispering into my ear, licking the edge of it as his finger slipped beneath the security of my cotton panties. Man was I thankful for my non-painted on shorts at that very moment. And so was my conscious pussy.

I bit my lip—hard—suppressing the moan. I internalized it by pressing my center closer to him, as his finger moved in and out of me deeper and faster.

“So wet. So wet and tight.” He murmured praises into my neck as he recklessly worked his finger in and out of me. I had never been touched as possessively and with such expertise as I had with him. In my mind, he had to be a professional fingerer. That had to be a profession, right?

Knocking at the door broke through my consciousness and caused my body to tense.

“Wait your fuckin’ turn,” he turned his head, yelling toward the door.

“We need to go,” I said hesitantly as he continued working his finger, adding his thumb to the mix as he rubbed my clit. My hands pressed into the top of the counter as I pushed myself further into the wall. I could feel it deep within me—signs of what was to come, forming and beginning to crackle throughout my body. Like an electrical current seeking full charge. Sparks here and there uniting, wanting to become one combustible unit.

“We aren’t leaving this bathroom until you get off. Either by my finger or my dick. The choice is yours.”

“Seriously?” I withered even more beneath him. “Who talks like that?” I had never been so turned on in all my life. It wasn’t just the way he was touching me, but that damn mouth of his could get me off by words alone.

“Men who know what they’re doing.” He looked up and gave me a sexy smirk.



Being born an "Army Brat", Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She's a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn't until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.



Blog Tour - Mr X by Clarissa Wild

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Title: Mr. X
Author: Clarissa Wild
Publication Date: July 21, 2014
Genre: Dark Romance


He’s come to kill me.

I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In my darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room.

Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood.

I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X: the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart?

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath deprivation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence.

I tend to shy away from darker subject matters just because I want reading to be an escape. When things get hard and violent and mean, I get a little antsy, a little angsty and more than a little freaked out. Therefore, I’m not typically one to pick up a dark romance (that’s not to say I won’t or I haven’t because there are a few that I’ve read and loved) but when I saw the blurb for this book, I was intrigued enough to give it a shot. Having read and enjoyed Clarissa Wild’s Fierce series, I went into this book with an open mind and I came out the other side very happy with what I read. And maybe just a little bit freaked out...
Jay is an addict, a stripper, a whore. One night she comes face-to-face with a man that terrifies and intrigues her. Staring down the barrel of his gun, she has to make a decision. Can she sacrifice her body, her soul and her mind to this killer? Mr X is the evil that removes all other evil from the Earth. His newest assignment brings him to Jay, a reminder of his past and the x-shaped scar that deforms his eye. What length will they both go to survive the other?
This was not a light read in any way, shape or form. The subject matter is dark, depraved and, honestly, made me feel a little dirty reading it. Fair warning, Mr X contains most everything that polite society considers criminal. It’s certainly not the type of book I choose to read on a regular basis and not one I would likely read again for pleasure any time soon. But that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. Because I did. I found the storyline to be interesting and I was both fascinated and repulsed by the fucked-up mess of a relationship between Jay and X. Clarissa Wild created a coupling that was both right and wrong. I definitely had the sense that these two were destined in some crazy way, but it also screamed “Stockholm Syndrome” to me. There was no doubt that this book was about power. Who had it, who used it, who abused it and what the characters were willing to do to hold on to it. There were times when I felt like the story was going in circles, especially when the author was trying to prolong the twist/mystery/reveal, and I had trouble connecting with the characters, but for the most part I found myself wanting to read on and find out how these two people came to be who they are.
Lovers of BDSM will appreciate the hot, albeit violent, sex that Jay and X experience and I have to admire the way Clarissa Wild managed to make their bedroom time seem more sexy than hostile. I wasn’t expecting to find myself in need of a cold shower reading Mr X but I did. And maybe that’s what had me kinda freaked out....
Mr X is a standalone novel, no cliffhanger.
~ Review by Beth
Clarissa Wild
Clarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.


Tuesday 29 July 2014

Release Day Launch - Beautifully Forgotten by L.A. Fiore

Title: Beautifully Forgotten
Series: Beautifully Damaged #2
Author: L.A. Fiore
 Release Date: July 29, 2014 


Successful restaurateur Lucien Black’s blue-green eyes and unattainable attitude drive women wild. But his abandonment issues and criminal past have left him emotionally closed off. When a familiar face shows up for a job interview at his nightclub, the ache he has tried to forget tears at his heart—it’s the girl who once healed him…and then abandoned him.
Darcy MacBride still remembers Lucien’s delicate touch when they were both wildly in love teenagers. His gorgeous eyes had soothed her hurt after she’d been dumped off at the orphanage where Lucien lived. Darcy felt his jagged edges fit perfectly into her own, and she’d planned to spend the rest of her life with him—until a mysterious man warned her away. Now, fourteen years later, she’s ready to endure the torture of Lucien’s indifference and having him as her boss…just to be near him. But when it seems that they might finally take up where they left off, a devastating secret buried in their past threatens to tear them apart again.

L.A. Fiore’s story of smoldering love recaptures the tormented romance of Beautifully Damaged.


Second chances.... Do you believe in them? I do. I so do, especially when it comes to books. There’s just something wonderful about the thought of righting a wrong or finding something that was lost – and Beautifully Forgotten showcased both of those things, to my delight. It wasn’t quite the book I was expecting, but it was certainly a book I enjoyed – very much – and one that spoke to my romantic heart. And my dirty mind. And my mystery-loving soul.
Darcy MacBride remembers everything about her first – and only – love, Lucien. It’s been fourteen years since she left him on the advice of a mysterious man that swore she was making the right decision. Now she works for him and every day is a reminder of what they did have, and what they could have had.
Lucien Black is successful, attractive and a little bit dangerous. But his past has left him emotionally unavailable. The girl that broke his heart walks into his office and back into his life and he finds himself struggling to let go of the pain she caused him so that they can work on their future. When a secret threatens to destroy what they’ve been rebuilding, Lucien and Darcy need to hold on or risk being torn apart again.
I was expecting the focus of this book to remain almost exclusively on Darcy and Lucien and their second chance at love, but I was wrong. And if you tell my husband I said that, we’ll have trouble. Beautifully Forgotten was more of an extension of book one, Beautifully Damaged, than the blurb would make you think.
While Lucien and Darcy were certainly the main couple – and their story the central focus – we are treated to lots of time with the characters from the first novel, in particular Trace and Ember, and that was both excellent (I love checking in with previous characters and seeing how they’ve progressed) and a little bit distracting. Distracting only because the story jumped from couple to couple as well as back in time – where we learned more about what caused Lucien’s broken heart and Darcy’s abandonment of him – and with so much story happening, I struggled to keep up at times. I did, however, enjoy those glimpses of the past and I admire the way L.A. Fiore created a story that brought together elements from the first book with new angles to create a picture that would have been almost too coincidental (even for a book) had the characters themselves not acknowledged that very thing.
The chemistry between Lucien and Darcy was sizzling and their flirty, playful banter was one of the highlights of a book that was a little bit heart-breaking. Once again, the mystery of the past dominated the second half of the story (as in Beautifully Damaged, the first half seemed to deal more with the relationship between the leads) and was a puzzle that twisted and shifted in a pleasing way. I’ll admit to suspecting the result well before it was revealed but I found that that didn’t bother me too much -  I was actually quite chuffed that my beleaguered brain figured it out.
Readers of the original version of book one may want to re-read it before they tackle Beautifully Forgotten, so that they are well-versed in who is who and what is what, but I don’t see that as a hardship. Think of it as a second chance. And you know I love second chances.
Beautifully Forgotten is the second book in the Beautifully Damaged series and is not a standalone novel. There is no cliffhanger.
~ Review by Beth

Lucien watched as Darcy struggled to get the printer working. Even from his distance he could hear the cursing, which made him smile. It had been a week since their relationship had taken a very pleasant turn. She was still just as feisty as he remembered and it wasn’t hard for him to recall why he had fallen for her in the first place. Their sparring was verbal foreplay and he fucking craved it. His eyes moved over her. Her body was nothing like the one he had known, with curves that his hands itched to touch. Her hair was up, though he preferred it down, and tendrils were falling out of the twist. He remembered vividly the sight of it spread out over his pillow.

He had to admit that she was still just as interesting to him as she had been at fourteen. Despite everything, she was still his Darcy—sweet, witty, and guileless, except at the moment. She looked about ready to torch the printer, so he moved to help her. As he approached, she was actually staring into the paper tray, yelling at the creatures that lived inside it.

He chuckled, which must have taken her by surprise, because she leaped backward and landed on his foot.

“Fuck!” he cursed.


He looked down at her strappy sandals with heels high enough to stake a vampire and had a vision of those legs draped over his shoulders. Instantly, he was hard.

“I was going to offer to help you. The printer can be temperamental, but now I’m bleeding out from a stab wound.”

She didn’t miss a beat. “It probably didn’t even break the skin. What is it you guys say? Rub some dirt into it.”

He eyed her shoes. “Those things should be listed as lethal weapons.”

“Hardly. There are far cheaper ways to kill someone.” She bent to stare into the printer again and Lucien took the opportunity to check out the curve of her ass in the little black skirt she wore.

“Stop checking out my ass and help me.”

Not at all repentant for getting caught staring, he replied easily, “It’s a paper jam.”

He thought he was being helpful and when she straightened slowly, he entertained the notion that she was struggling with the need to throw herself into his arms in gratitude.

One look at her face, though, and he knew he wasn’t going to be copping a feel.

“Your powers of deduction are astounding. Seriously, you should give a seminar on mastering the obvious.”

He tried not to laugh, but he lost that battle. And she responded by flaying a layer of skin off him with her sharp tongue.

“I know it’s a paper jam, Sherlock, I just can’t find it.”

“It’s usually in the back,” Lucien said as he reached for the back of the printer, his arm brushing up against her on purpose. Darcy’s inhaled breath in response had his balls tightening. He dislodged the paper and pulled it free.

He turned to her with a smug smile, which she returned with uncanny accuracy before she said, “Thanks. I almost lost my cool.”


A slight smile touched her lips. “I should go restart my print job.”

“Probably, unless you can get the little men in the printer to do it.”



She laughed. “Not the baked goods, the little mischievous mystical creatures.”

“They live in my printer?”

“Maybe.” She started away, but stopped and turned to him.“Thanks.”

“Have dinner with me tonight.”

She eyed him through her lashes before she said, “You’re on.”

And then she turned and disappeared into her office.

L.A. Fiore lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, their dog, two kittens and Willow: their three-legged hamster. Her twin sister lives right down the street and being a seasoned zombie hunter, there is comfort knowing when the zombie apocalypse comes they'll be ready. L.A. loves hearing from readers and can be reached through Facebook at the link below.