March 5, 2015

RELEASE BLITZ: Easy Love (Boudreaux #1)


Kristen Proby's new Boudreaux series kicked off this Tuesday with EASY LOVE! I'm so excited for this book! Check out the excerpt and then go buy it!

Easy Love (Boudreaux #1), by Kristen Proby
Publish Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Ampersand Publishing
Genre: adult contemporary romance
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(Synopsis) Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he he’s fallen in love with by his side?


“I do like you,” he repeats. When I would look down, he catches my chin with his finger and tilts my head up. “But this is a bad idea.”

“What is?” I whisper, hating the shakiness in my voice.

“This.” He lowers his face to mine and sweeps his nose across my own, gently. His lips haven’t touched mine yet, but they’re tingling, already yearning for him. His hands glide up my bare arms to my neck, his thumbs gently draw circles along my jawline as he places a light, barely-there kiss on the corner of my lips. I hear a soft moan, and would be mortified to know that it came from me if I could find my brain cells.

This man is dangerous. Everything about him screams RUN! but instead I grip onto his lean hips and tug him closer. He needs no further invitation. He slips those amazing lips of his over mine, licks my bottom lip, and when I gasp at the fission of pure lust that moves through me, he moves in for the kill.

His tastes like the after-meal peppermint we both ate and the light one or two day scruff on his chin rasps against my skin in the most tantalizing way. I can’t help but wonder how it would feel on other parts of my body; behind my knees, between my breasts, between my legs.

Holy shit, I bet he would feel amazing between my legs.

I grip onto his biceps and realize that the one arm he’s slung around the small of my back is the only thing keeping me upright. My knees no longer exist. We’re both breathing hard as he drags his fingers down my cheek and pulls back, nibbling the edge of my lips once more and then he’s gone, staring down at me with shining whiskey eyes. “That. That’s a bad idea.”


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.

March 3, 2015

RELEASE DAY REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2)


If you read K.A. Tucker's Burying Water and wondered what the story was behind Jesse's BFF Luke, then your wait is over. BECOMING RAIN is out today, and it does not disappoint. Check out my review, then read the excerpt from Becoming Rain. Don't forget to enter the giveaway too! And, a big thank you to Inkslinger PR for organizing this tour!

Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2), by K.A. Tucker
Publish Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: e-ARC, obtained from NetGalley
Genre: new adult contemporary romance/crime suspense
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Rating: 4 STARS

(From Goodreads) Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.

We first met Luke Boone in Burying Water when he was introduced as Jesse's rich, slightly oblivious BFF. At first, I didn't think much of him. It seemed like he turned a blind eye to his uncle's criminal dealings, just because he liked the money that resulted from them. But, his actions at the end of the book proved that there was more to Luke than what met the eye. That assessment was never more true. 

Luke wants nothing more than to take over his Uncle Rust's garage, thus earning his respect and trust. Luke thinks he's prepared for anything and everything that comes with it, including the activities that are on the other side of the law. But, when he finally gets the chance to prove himself, he can't shake the bad feelings that come along with that side of the business. Those feelings of unease are amplified when he gets involved with Rain, a beautiful girl who seems perfect for him. But, Rain has secrets of her own that will most definitely tear them apart when Luke finds out what they are. 

My favorite part about Luke was how he embraced the gray areas. Luke is proof that one person is never all bad or all good. Everyone is shades of both. Luke is, inherently, a good guy. At his core, he wants to do the right thing. But, he also wants to remain loyal to his family and his upbringing. And, let's face it - the piles of cash brought in by his uncle's less than legal activities is pretty nice too. I get how the lines got blurred for Luke, and I really couldn't fault him for it. 

Clara starts out thinking in black and white terms. There are people who don't commit crimes and people who do. Good people and bad people. All or nothing. It's how Clara seems the world, and how she sees Luke initially. I loved how, in the beginning when Clara and Luke sit down to lunch, and Luke gives part of his to a homeless man, how stunned Clara was by that. It's like, she had already convinced herself that Luke was bad, which didn't leave any room for any sort of goodness. 

Although Clara's short-sightedness was frustrating at times, I did like how she became open to the possibilities beyond that pretty quickly. And, that was all thanks to Luke. Through her undercover work, she had to spend a lot of time with Luke. She got to see that, even though he may be doing some bad things, it doesn't mean that he is a bad guy. Unfortunately, that way of thinking compromised her job. 


As the plot thickens and the number of bad guys starts climbing, the story got really suspenseful and exciting. Because of the dual POV, we already knew that Luke was dabbling in grand theft auto, but he didn't have good feelings about it. We saw the inner wheelings and dealings as Luke and his uncle try to make deals with various nefarious people. And, we also saw Clara trying so hard to both find out what was going on and to steer Luke away from it. The more she grew to care for him, the more she wanted to protect him from what she knew was inevitable - the collapse of his uncle's crime ring and the incarceration of all parties involved. 

As a reader, I really like when, at halfway through the book, I have absolutely no idea how the two main characters could ever be together happily in the end. It shows the very successful development of a complex problem. At 48% I was convinced that Clara/Rain and Luke could find no way to be together. Clara was lying to him every day about who she was. Luke was doing bad things that went against everything Clara stood for. And, eventually, Clara would have to break cover and bring Luke in. And, Luke would most assuredly hate her for it. So, how on Earth could they ever find a way through all that? 
 
The uncertainty and excitement of the story propelled me forward and kept me interested. There was so much build-up that it almost felt like the ending came a bit too quickly and without enough drama to equal everything that had happened earlier. But, even with those very minor gripes, I still loved the story and the characters. I hope that K.A. Tucker has more in store for us in this world she created. 






“Let us know if you have any more problems.” Luke flashes that wide, charming smile that stalls my feet just a little.

Still no mention of connecting again. In fact, I’d say Luke has gone out of his way to skirt the subject. He’s just not interested. That’s all there is to it. Or maybe he’s waiting for me to bring it up again. But if he’s not, then bringing it up will make me look desperate. I’m guessing he doesn’t like desperate women.

Luke Boone has me in a tailspin. No target has ever had me second-guessing myself this much, this early. It’s just the pressure of the case, I remind myself. “I’m sure I will.” I take long, slow steps, ensuring my movements are sleek and appealing, the opposite of my frantic thoughts, as I desperately search for another hook, since nothing I’m casting has caught so far.

“So, when did you say you’re cooking dinner for me?”

I fight the urge to groan with relief but I can’t keep the smile from exploding across my face. “Whenever you call me.” I turn to regard him, to see his smug face—like he knew I was waiting for it all along, like he was toying with me—and nod to the sheet on his desk. “You have my number.”

“I do.” His eyes twinkle. “I’ll call you soon.”

Thank fucking God.

I wait until I’m in my car and around the corner before turning off my wire and squealing like a fourteen-year-old who just got asked out to the movies. I dial Warner to debrief, my heart still racing. It’s standard protocol to call in after every meeting with my target. Up until now, I’ve had nothing but failure to report. And, while this may not seem like much . . .

I think I’m finally in.


Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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RELEASE DAY BLAST & GIVEAWAY: Stealing Rose (The Fowler Sisters #2)


  It's time to celebrate the release of STEALING ROSE by Monica Murphy! Check out the excerpt below and enter the giveaway!

STEALING ROSE (The Fowler Sisters #2), by Monica Murphy
Publish Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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(Synopsis) People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it.

Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.


For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now.

And maybe I don’t want to.


I sit on the edge of the mattress, not about to give up. I need to get closer to her and eventually get closer to that damn neck- lace she wore. Dexter wants it. He’s been hounding my ass for it. And I’ll get it.

Eventually.

I’d rather focus on her first. Earn her trust. So I’m not casing out her hotel room. I’m not looking for any stray jewelry lying around.

Hell, I’m in too deep now.

I’m here with Rose because I want to be, not because I want to steal something from her.

Yet. Don’t forget the “yet” part at the end of that last thought.
Yeah. Who wants to focus on trying to steal a necklace when I could be sliding back into bed with her? I want to feel the hot, tight clasp of her pussy milking my cock again. I want to feel her touch me, feel her lips on my skin, hear her moan when I hit a spot that feels particularly good. I want to learn all of those spots, memorize them for later. Because there will be a later for Rose and me. I plan on that. And she’d better plan on it too, no matter how much in denial she is.

“Rose.” She turns to look at me, her expression wary. Guarded. I know the feeling. More than anything, I know that look. I’ve been wearing the same guarded expression pretty much all my life. I trust no one. They’re all out to screw me over; it doesn’t matter who they are. I’ve become so good at playing the part, of being whoever I need to be at any given moment, I have no idea who the real me is anymore.

Being with Rose is the closest I’ve felt to myself since I don’t know when. I want to explore this. Explore what we share, what she makes me feel, what we are when we’re together.

She’s ready to kick me out and I’m ready to cling. Talk about a total role reversal. I need to get my head back on straight and focus.

“Caden.” She matches my tone, watching me expectantly. When I don’t say anything she rolls her eyes. “Do you realize I don’t even know your last name? What does that say about me, that I’d let you into my room and—fool around with you for hours and I don’t know your last name? It’s appalling behavior.”

“Appalling behavior? You sound like a crabby old school- teacher.” I want to laugh but I don’t. She’s dead serious. I think she’s just shocked herself with what we’ve done.

I’ve shocked myself too, but in a good way. While she acts like we’ve committed the ultimate sin.

“You wouldn’t understand.” She averts her head as if it pains her to look at me and I move closer to her, reaching out to tuck a stray strand of hair behind her ear.

“It’s Kingsley,” I murmur, wishing I could kiss her. Comfort her. But that’s not happening, not yet. I’ve got to take it slow.

She turns, a little gasp escaping her when she discovers how close I am. “What?”

“My last name. It’s Kingsley.”

“Are you serious? Of course it is.” She tosses her hands up in the air, making her breasts jiggle, and I jerk my gaze away from her chest.


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New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She's a workaholic who loves her job. When she's not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.
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