Review: Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan

fever pitchReviewed by Janell

I’ve been stalling on writing this review because this book gave me so many thoughts and feels that I don’t think I can even articulate them. But I also need to tell everyone to read it, so I’ll give it my best shot.

Giles and Aaron meet at a high school party in the laundry room. Aaron is the dark-haired dreamboat hiding from the crowd because he gets crippled by loneliness and depression. Giles is the goofy-looking guy avoiding a gay bashing from some jock looking to blame and shame. Giles offers to help Aaron escape, and then he takes Aaron to a drive-thru for food. This is all narrated by Aaron, and his reaction to someone being so sweet and nice is just heartbreaking. They have a sexual encounter by a lake — Aaron’s first — and then Giles drives Aaron home. [Read more…]

Review: Falling by Barbara Elsborg

fallingReviewed by Jen

A sympathetic hero is probably the single most important element of a winning romance for me, whether it’s a traditional het rom or a m/m read. This story definitely has a hero who you can’t help but root for.  Harper has just spent the past 10 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.  He was a teacher, falsely accused of raping a student. Now, he is out of jail, his reputation in tatters, and he has no idea how to regain any sense of normalcy.  He has no one to come home to. Everyone abandoned him. He has only the worn down house his father left him before Alzheimers robbed him of his faculties. [Read more…]

Giveaway: Ever After

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Guys, The Undead Pool is only three months away and I am ready to split at the seams from my excitement.  If you’re not quite up to date on The Hollows series, here is your chance. Ever After was one of my favorite books of last year, and you can win a copy. Just enter through the Rafflecopter form below. US Only. [Read more…]

Interview & Giveaway: Jill Shalvis

Rumor Has It Tour BannerWe’d like to give Jill Shalvis a warm welcome to our blog today! Jill is the bestselling author of over four dozen romance novels, including her upcoming sexy contemporary romance RUMOR HAS IT, book four in the Animal Magnetism series set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho. Jill is known for stories that are sexy, fun and full of heart. The 4-time Rita nominee and 3-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog.

Q: Can you tell our readers a little bit about the Animal Magnetism (Sunshine, Idaho) series, and where your inspiration came from?

Jill: I’ve always wanted to write a series where I could incorporate cute animals. Cute animals and sexy heroes together, who can resist that. So I came up with a series about a set of wildly alpha brothers running an animal center in Sunshine, Idaho at the base of the Bitteroot Mountains.

Q: What is your favorite thing about writing this series? The sexy men, the heroines, or the animals?

Jill: All of the above, but okay, let me admit the truth – the combination of hot guys and adorable animals is pretty much irresistible for me. [Read more…]

Guest Post & Giveaway: Amanda Bonilla

vengeance bornWhat You Need to Know About the Sentry World

Thanks so much to Jen and Red Hot Books for hosting me on release day! XOXO

A new series can often be daunting for a reader. There’s a new world to learn, rules to acquaint yourself with, and titles and creatures that can be hard to keep track of. So today I thought I’d give you a crash course into the sorts of supernatural characters you can expect to see in the world of the Sentry. [Read more…]

Giveaway: Covet

possessionWe’re just a month away from the latest release in JR Ward’s Fallen Angel series. Possession is out October 1st!

When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she’s unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path. Torn between them, she doesn’t know which to choose–or what kind of dire consequences could follow.

Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil–literally. As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty…

Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak? And will a woman’s future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity? Only time, and hearts, will tell.

If you’ve never tried the Fallen Angel series, how about starting at the beginning?  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win book 1 in the series, Covet!  US Only, please.

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Review & Giveaway: Undone

Reviewed by Janell
 

This is such a love story, and I mean that in a straightforward way: girl mets boy, they flirt, date, fall in love, and eventually live happily ever after. They aren’t thwarted by dark pasts, silly misunderstandings, or villainous exes. They simply learn to fit into each others’ lives and commit to each other. It’s very sweet. Maybe a little slow in parts, maybe a little long, but overall an enjoyable journey.

Paige is a Philadelphia girl who likes loud clothes, tall shoes, and speaking her mind. Her life is pretty good, she thinks, until her best friend/roommate moves out of state. Then Paige loses her job. She moves in with her boyfriend, who quickly tells her that she’s not worth the effort of a relationship. Homeless and jobless, Paige moves in with her parents.

The problem is, her parents have retired to Mirabelle, a small town on the Florida panhandle. Paige hits Mirabelle like a mini-hurricane, causing the old biddies and gossips to turn against her and prevent her from finding a job. Her new life sucks just about as much as her old life. And then her car breaks down.

Brendan, the hot mechanic, tows her car, and that’s pretty much the last bad day Paige ever has. You know what’s cool about Brendan? He’s not an aggressive silent type who thinks he’s not good enough for her. No, Brendan tells her plainly, “And Paige, it’s just a matter of time.” I’d be lying if I said that didn’t give me the shivers.

They circle around each other for about a week, then they kiss, and that’s when I noticed how much this book differed from most books I read. Paige and Brendan date for over three months without having sex. I know! His narration doesn’t constantly point out how uncomfortable his pants are, he doesn’t narrate explicit fantasies, he just takes cold showers and waits because Paige wants to take things slow. When they do get down to business, the scenes are hot enough but not scorching.

Paige’s parents are just about the most normal, supportive parents you can get in a book. Brendan’s grandparents, sister, and friends are also normal and supportive. By the time I met the full cast of characters and saw how nice everyone was, I began to wonder if this book would have any conflict at all.

Paige’s snippy coworkers and nosy neighbor contribute to the town gossip who writes an actual gossip blog, with fake names and innuendos and everything. I know small town novels always have gossips, but I was surprised that old ladies were high-tech enough to write blogs that people read. The rumors cause some drama but not enough to shake up the romance. Ba

sically this is a happy, feel-good love story with fun partners who support each other and talk to each other. This is the first in a series, and I am definitely interested in the next book. Undone is not very suspenseful, which made it seem more like real life. Sometimes in life you just date, hang out with your friends, and eat dinner with your parents. And that’s pretty cool.

Rating: B+

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Undone
by Shannon Richard
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Forever

Giveaway: Magic Rises & Magic Bites

Guys, you know I am a big Kate Daniels fans, but Magic Rises has me more excited about the series than I have been in ages.  It’s an A-read… one of the best books I have read this year.  Now, thanks to the great folks at Ace, you can win it before you can buy it.  Check out the deets:

Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap.


Sounds awesome, right? (It is!)  So for old fans, we’re giving away a copy of Magic Rises and if you’ve never tried the series, you can win the first book, Magic Bites.  To enter, just leave a comment saying which book you would like to win. US Only! (Don’t forget to include your email address.) Contest runs through 7/8.
Check out the Ilona Andrews Tour Schedule:
July 30             MAGIC RISESrelease date!
July 31             Murder by the Book – Houston, TX @ 6:30pm
August 1           Book People– Austin, TX @ 7pm
August 3           Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego, CA @ 2pm

This giveaway is closed. The winner of Magic Bites is jenniepie. The winner of Magic Rises is myrandaroyan.

One More RT Giveaway

I’ve got one more giveaway of RT goodies for you. This one is for Accidentally Wolf by Erin Flynn and The Turning by Erin R Flynn. US/ CAN.

Special Agent in Charge, Seraphine Thomas, lives for her job at the FBI. One of the youngest female agents with her own team, she thrives in undercover work to make the city she loves safer. But Sera’s on-track life is thrown into chaos when she’s attacked during a bust gone bad and is left figuring out what it means to be a werewolf.

Right away, she learns that she’s more powerful and able to do things that she shouldn’t be able to do so quickly after her transition. The rules of her old life don’t seem to apply to much now that she’s a shifter, and knowing who she can trust is even more complicated.

When she’s transferred to a special branch of the FBI made up of paranormals policing others of their kind and given a promotion, things start looking up—until her abnormal level of power creates a list of enemies for her before she’s even learned who her allies are.

Graduate medical school, start competitive internship, don’t get cut from the program, become a surgeon. It was a great plan. One Kelly Murphy loved and had dreamed of most of her life… And it was blown to hell in a night with an uninvited bite.Now she’s missing three days of her life, trying to handle her freaked out best friend and parents who called the police when she went missing, all as she realizes she’s not the same person she was before. She’s different. Like has FANGS different.

When HE shows up on her doorstep claiming to know what happened to her, Kelly’s not sure that makes things any less confusing. But at least he can guide her, right? Either way, she has a plan and a choice she didn’t make won’t stop her… Even if she might have the urge to bite her patients from now on.

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RT Giveaway Number 2!

Here’s the second giveaway I promised you. More of my RT goodies: The Untied Kingdom by Kate Johnson and Abducted by TR Ragan. This one is also US/ CAN.

The portal to an alternate world was the start of all her troubles – or was it?When Eve Carpenter lands with a splash in the Thames, it’s not the London or England she’s used to. No one has a telephone or knows what a computer is. England’s a third world country and Princess Di is still alive. But worst of all, everyone thinks Eve’s a spy.Including Major Harker who has his own problems. His sworn enemy is looking for a promotion. The general wants him to undertake some ridiculous mission to capture a computer, which Harker vaguely envisions running wild somewhere in Yorkshire. Turns out the best person to help him is Eve.

She claims to be a popstar. Harker doesn’t know what a popstar is, although he suspects it’s a fancy foreign word for ‘spy’. Eve knows all about computers, and electricity. Eve is dangerous. There’s every possibility she’s mad.

And Harker is falling in love with her.

Elizabeth Gardner (Lizzy) is seventeen-years old when she tells her parents she’s going out with her girlfriends. Instead, she meets up with her boyfriend, Jared Shayne. As she walks home beneath an inky black sky, her perfect night becomes her worst nightmare.Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a licensed PI known as the ‘one who got away’. When she’s not searching for runaway teenagers, working on insurance scams, or talking to her therapist, she’s at the local high school teaching young girls to defend themselves. But her world is turned upside down for the second time after she receives a call from Jared Shayne. He’s an FBI special agent now and he needs her help. Lizzy has no plans to get involved. Not until Jared tells her the kidnapper left her a personalized note.

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