Friday 30 January 2015

Cover Reveal - Fervent by Gemma James

Title: Fervent
Author: Gemma James
Series: Condemned #3
Cover Design: Designed by the author
 Release Date: April 30, 2015


I never imagined things could get worse, but they do. The men who took us show no mercy. They won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Rafe for something he has no memory of, and I’m their weapon of choice.
Tortured and defiled, they make me wish I was back in that cabin where death was favorable to drawing another breath, but our captors can’t break what’s already broken.
What scares me is the madness I see festering inside Rafe. I’ve taken his freedom, his career, his reputation, yet despite all I’ve done, he’s determined to fight for me, kill for me, give everything he is for me.
He’ll even die for me.


FERVENT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content, including sexual scenes and violence that may offend some. Intended for mature audiences. Part three of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read! Please begin with TORRENT and RAMPANT, otherwise, FERVENT might not make much sense.


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Author Bio

Gemma James is the multi-genre author of several novels and novellas, from new adult suspense to dark erotic romance. She loves to explore the darker side of human nature in her fiction. She’s morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy, from deviant sex to serial killers. Readers have described her stories as being “not for the faint of heart.”

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

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Paperback Launch Day Blitz - Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader


Title: Hot and Bothered
Series: Hot in the Kitchen #3
Author: Kate Meader
Publisher: Forever Romance
Paperback Release: January 27, 2015

A Fire They Can't Put Out . . .

Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it's her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who is fueling her hormones with a generous serving of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She's vowed never to blur the lines again . . . 

After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he's had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can't stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she joins an online dating site-and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad's blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can't stop himself from turning up the heat this time.





I have to say that this book surprised me and it wasn't like what I expected it to be. I thought I would be getting a light, easy, playful book and while some of that is true, it was so much more. Hot and Bothered was deep, meaningful, and beautiful. 

Juliet Kilroy loves being a mother, but she longs for someone to share her life with and there's no one she would rather share it with than her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca. He's made it quite clear, though, that they'll never be anything more than friends and she decides to try online dating. What she hoped, but didn't wholly anticipate, was how much Tad would hate the idea of her dating other men. Tad and Jules go on a long, difficult journey in order to get their happily ever after.

Hot and Bothered wasn't the easy read I thought it was going to be, it was hard and full of heartache and tears, but that is what made it such a great book. This book is about letting go, moving on, and forgiving and loving yourself. It was beautiful to see Juliet and Tad become stronger, better, and happier people. 

I haven't made this book sound very fun, but it was. It was funny and light and warm. The characters were all awesome and entertaining. It was pretty d*mn HOT too! I just really loved this excellent book!

Hot and Bothered is a standalone told from Jules and Tad's POV and they get their HEA.

~ Review by Paige


Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, sexy heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she now makes her home in Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter - and where she met her own sexy hero. When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library.

Thursday 29 January 2015

Blog Tour - Kick by Carmen Jenner

Title: Kick
Series: Savage Saints MC #1
Author: Carmen Jenner
Publisher: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Adult, Dark Romance
Release Date: January 26, 2015


When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.

A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.

A band of brothers, where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.

When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.

I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.

My name is Daniel Johnson.  I have betrayed everyone I ever loved. 

And I’ll betray her too.

This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.

Warning: KICK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.

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Carmen Jenner...What the f*ck have you done to me? You gave me Elijah and chocolate banana cream pie, and Jackson with his wombat encounter. I mean, hell, you gave me Sugartown....and then you throw a complete f*cking 180 with Kick.

I don't like to do spoilers, or give book reports. I like to give first gut reactions. And at this moment my gut is in complete knots. I will tell you that it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to read the preface. Read it...and then read it again. Normally I start with a quote from the actual story but in this case I will quote the amazing Carmen Jenner.

“KICK is not for the faint of heart… There will be situations that will be hard for you to read; they were hard to write. Some of them gutted me.”

This book was dark; it will take you so deep that you won't want to put it down but won't want to turn the page. It is raw and it is gritty. I don't think I took a deep breath until the end.

Oh Kick, where do I begin to express my feelings for you?

“I am a monster. Not because I'm a product of my environment, or because I like to hurt women. I am a monster because I choose to embrace my darkness – I revel in it and nurture it like it's a newborn. I feel it regularly from the suffering of others, because that's what I do: I make those I love suffer. I betray everyone who ever wrongly put their trust in me. And at the end of the day, this girl will be no different.”

I felt compassion for Kick very early on. The situations that he has to endure are going to break your heart. You are going to fall fast and hard for these characters. Don't say I didn't warn you.

This book is not for the faint of heart. This book will make you question your values. Carmen, I have to say it was pretty awesome to see you write something so out of the norm...for you, anyways. It was dark; it was heavy and at times almost unbearable. But in the end, extremely satisfying. I feel like you gave us everything you had in this story.

I give KICK a very heavy 6 stars. Not an “OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, IT WAS SO HOT” 6 stars but a very quiet and speechless 6 stars.

~ Stacey, 6 stars

Carmen! Woman! I hope you're going to pay the prescription for Xanax I need after reading this book! Oh, and maybe throw in a gift card to my local liquor store for good measure. It's a good damn thing I read this during the day or I'd be drunk off my a**. And I totally mean that as a compliment. There aren't too many books that drive me to drink or feel the need for medication.Kick is one that may just call for both.

Readers, make sure you heed Ms. Jenner's warning. Because she's right, we're not in Sugartown any-more. In fact this book makes the Sugartown series seem like the kiddie play place at McDonald's. Kick is extremely raw, full of bada**ery, sex and violence. There are no punches pulled here, no hearts or flowers, no unicorns sh*tting rainbows. It's brilliant and bloody. In fact, it's bloody brilliant!

My suggestion is to just go into this book blind, with both eyes and mind wide open. The elements of this story are weaved perfectly together. It's mindf*ckery at its finest. So, yeah, I'm being vague on purpose. Just read it. 

Kick is the first book in the Savage Saints series. Alternating in first person POV’s from Kick and Indie. There is absolutely no cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone.

~ Erin, 5 Stars

Well, what the f*ck can I say about this book, this hellish roller coaster of a story that was dirty, gritty, dark and harsh? I only have one word.


Kick was born in the MC life, and will die in it. In between, he'll betray or disappoint everyone around him.

That's not going to change. The girl is no exception. She may end up the biggest betrayal of all.

I have to start by saying that this review is not easy for me to write, because this book was not easy for me to read. Kick comes fully equipped with a heavy, honest warning, which I took in and rec-onciled myself with before I even read the first line.


Rape is my hard limit. A book that deals, in part, with such a topic is not one I usually pick up, because it's not entertaining; it hurts and unsettles me. But I was ready to handle it, and handle it I did. I sur-vived this book - and please understand, I mean that in best possible way. Because if it was an-ything less than a brilliantly written, artfully formed book, by a writer I consider a favorite, I wouldn't have even given it a chance.

But I did. And I am glad of it. I can't say I enjoyed it - that's too light, too happy of a term to properly describe the experience of reading Kick. And it is an experience. Like I said above, this book is a roller coaster. Slow to start, it chugs uphill, setting you up for the plummet, the twists and turns and the direction changes, and then brings you home, leaving you with wobbly legs and a sense of satisfac-tion that you faced your fear and did it anyway.

Would I change anything about Kick? Maybe. It took me several chapters to feel anything - possibly because I was SO geared up, SO prepared for it - but I also wonder it that's actually a bad thing. Because once I felt my first heart-pounding moment, I was all in. I'd had the anticipation of what was to come, and then I got the payoff. And it was worth the wait.

~ Beth, 4.5 stars

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 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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Blog Tour - Never Surrender to a Scoundrel by Lily Dalton


Title: Never Surrender to a Scoundrel
Series: One Scandalous Season #3
Author: Lily Dalton
Publisher: Forever Romance
Release Date: January 27, 2015

A Reckless Desire . . .

Lady Clarissa Bevington is in trouble. A reckless indiscretion has left her with two choices: ruin her family with the scandal of the Season, or marry Mr. Kincraig, the notorious scoundrel mistaken as her lover. Desperate and disgraced, Clarissa vows to love and cherish a veritable stranger, a man whose eyes smolder with danger-and undeniable desire . . . 

An Unexpected Arrangement

As an agent for the Crown, Lord Donovan Blackmer has spent the last two years guarding Clarissa's grandfather from an unknown assassin while disguised as the rakehell Kincraig. His mission may now be over, but his duty has just begun. Salvaging his beautiful, impetuous wife's virtue will cost him his fortune and his position as an officer-but it might save him from the ghosts that haunt his own past. When their marriage "in name only" leads to exquisite seduction, Donovan must risk the only thing he has left to lose . . . his heart.


This is the first book by Lily Dalton I have read and I am so glad that I took a chance on her because this was such a great book! It was amusing, entertaining, and delightful. I enjoyed it immensely and I can't wait to read the rest of the series, and the next book when it comes out! 

Lady Clarissa Bevington and Lord Dominick Blackmar, a.k.a. Mr. Kincraig, are forced to marry or face certain scandal when Clarissa's delicate situation compromises them. It seems like the end of the world because Clarissa feels like she'll never know the love her mother and sisters have found and for Dominick, it is the end of a career that meant everything to him. However, they can't deny the attraction they feel for each other and as time passes by, they become closer; so much so that they start to feel the forced marriage was not such a bad thing after all. But just as Clarissa and Dominick are finding each other, something menacing lurks in the shadows. 

Never Surrender to a Scoundrel is about overcoming your demons, changing for the better, and that the most unexpected things can turn out to be the best things. It is full of passion, beauty, heartache, humor, sweetness, and love. There is also some mystery and danger thrown in as well. 

There were a lot of things that I loved about this book. I loved the characters and how much Clarissa and Dominick grew into stronger, better people. Not to mention, whenever they got into spats and the heat that accompanied them always. I loved the sweet moments, the playful ones, and the feel-good ending.

Never Surrender to a Scoundrel is a standalone told from the H/h's POV and it has an awesome HEA ending.

~ Review by Paige


Lily Dalton grew up as an Army brat, moving from place to place. Her first stop after relocating was always the local library, where she could hang out with familiar friends: Books! Lily has an English degree from Texas A & M University and after graduation worked as a legal assistant in the fields of accident reconstruction and litigation. She now lives in Houston, Texas, with her family. When she isn't at work on her next manuscript, she spends her time trying out new recipes, cheering on her favorite Texas football teams and collecting old dishes, vintage linens and other fine "junque" from thrift stores and flea markets.

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Blog Tour - For Keeps by Rachel Lacey


Title: For Keeps
Series: Love to the Rescue #2
Author: Rachel Lacey
Publisher: Forever Romance
Release Date: January 27, 2015


Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue - even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It's hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children's camp where she's just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry's style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.

TJ Jameson isn't looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family's ranch with a wife and kids. "No-strings" Merry Atwater doesn't fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ's a goner. If he doesn't give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .


As soon as I read the synopsis for this book and saw that it was about dogs and that the H/h would most likely drive each other crazy, I was all like, sign me up! I'm a total dog person and I love the whole love/hate/fighting type of relationship, so there was no question that this would be a slam dunk with me. For Keeps, for the most part, was such a great, sweet, fun book that had me laughing and smiling and loving it the whole way through!

Well, ladies, if you love cowboys, I have no doubts that T.J. Jameson will steal your heart. He is such an amazing guy and he's so sweet, he's really just adorable. He's definitely someone you can count on, he's a gentleman...mostly, but by his own admission, he can be bad too. T.J. also has a stubborn jerkish side to him as well, but I liked it because then he and Merry would get into arguments that only fueled the heat between them and just made things hotter! 

Merry was just wonderful! She's strong, stubborn, determined, and she'll do whatever she can to help all of her dogs. She's had a hard past and so she kind of has hang-ups which make her resist a real relationship with T.J. at first, but I understood and it didn't annoy me. In fact, I really loved her character, especially how far she went for her dogs, and whenever she challenged T.J. because hello -- HOT! Plus any woman who names two of her foster dogs Chip and Salsa is someone I want to be around! 

The dogs, of course, were the best out of everybody! They were charming, sweet, fun, and silly. They will melt your heart and have you laughing and smiling at all their crazy antics. 

Although For Keeps is a mostly light-hearted read, it does have its share of heartbreaking moments too. They made my heart hurt for the characters and what they had to go through, but the sadness led to some beautiful moments that made every bit of pain worth it the end. This was just an awesome beautiful story, I loved it, and I'm so excited for the next book in the series! 

For Keeps is a standalone told from dual points of view and it does have a HEA for both humans and animals.

~ Review by Paige


Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter.