Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tempting Kate by Jennifer Snow

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TEMPTING KATE is book two in Jennifer Snow’s “Wild Wedding Nights” series. This book is exactly the kind of sexy good time I want in a romance novel. Kate Hartley is a wedding planner. Scott Dillon is a man trying to stop a wedding from happening. When their worlds collide, you get explosive yet delightful results.

Kate is a flawed but relatable and sympathetic heroine. Although she has good reasons for wanting the wedding she’d been planning to materialize, she has a conscience and she struggles with whether to listen to her head or her heart. Although it might be easy to cast Scott in the role of villain in TEMPTING KATE, Jennifer Snow has written him as a very multi-layered character – charming, rakish, hard-working, sensitive, funny, and a loyal brother. He doesn’t try to break up his brother’s wedding for selfish reason or because of a wounded ego, but because he genuinely doesn’t want his brother to get hurt in the long-term. Scott’s playful yet determined seduction of Kate is amazeballs and so fun to read about. I love that he finds himself seduced as he tries to seduce Kate.


The ending of TEMPTING KATE is imaginative and satisfying. The main characters in TEMPTING KATE take you by surprise and never do what you’d expect, making for a refreshing story. I look forward to reading Jennifer Snow’s next book.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

More Than a Feeling by Erika Kelly - Released April 4th 2017


From the award-winning author of TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT comes the final full-length standalone contemporary romance in Erika Kelly’s red-hot Rock Star Romance series, MORE THAN A FEELING. A steamy and emotional story about a loner rocker finding his perfect duet, MORE THAN A FEELING finds the perfect pitch and will leave you with more than a song in your heart! Grab your copy of MORE THAN A FEELING today!






About MORE THAN A FEELING:
From the award-winning author of TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT comes the final story in her red-hot Rock Star Romance series, about a loner rocker finding his perfect duet.
When Cooper Hood left Snowberry, Montana ten years ago, he swore he’d never go back to the town that painted him with the same brush as his addict mother. But right in the middle of his band’s national tour he gets a call to come home: his mom’s got a whopper of a secret to reveal.

Daisy Charbonneau’s in trouble. The talent she hired for her resort’s annual Huckleberry Festival just bailed on her, and she’s desperate to find a replacement act. Luck turns her way when she discovers her high school crush is back in town—and he happens to be a rock star.

As they work together, a crush deepens into so much more, but who falls in love in two weeks?

Especially when Cooper’s never coming back to town, and Daisy’s never going to leave it.

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EXCERPT:

Daisy’s fingers trailed across his shoulders as she breezed past him. Her warm vanilla and honey scent swirled in her wake, and he felt like that boy all over again who’d lived in a state of hyperawareness around her. The boy who’d noticed the way her dark hair pooled onto the desk as she’d hunch forward to write, her fingers curled around a pencil. The way the tendons in her neck strained when she’d hit and held a high note. Her burst of laughter in the music room had made him stop whatever he’d been doing just to witness her joy.

He’d hoarded all those images, those sacred moments, to pull out and comfort him as he lay alone in the dark woods, waiting for his home to be safe enough to go back inside.

She would never know it, but she’d been his saving grace.

Taking her seat across from him, she set two little pots on the table. Her vivid blue eyes sparkled in the candlelight.  “Try this.” She held a spoon out to him.

Letting her feed him was just too damn intimate, so he took it from her and fed himself. Creamy dark chocolate filled his senses. “Mousse?” Although it was denser, the chocolate more velvety. Richer. “It’s good.”

“It’s a Pot de Crème.” She scooped another mound for herself. Turning the spoon upside down, she brought it to her mouth, closing her eyes when her tongue touched the chocolate. She moaned, and her tongue swept across her bottom lip.

Desire surged through him, and he couldn’t help wondering if she’d look like that in bed. If she’d go all slack and dreamy-eyed when he sucked a nipple into his mouth.

His blood rose at the image of Daisy naked beneath him, back arching, her hands digging into his hair, holding him to her as if she never wanted him to go away.

She opened her eyes and licked the damn spoon. “I had my mom make it just for you.” The silky fabric of her shirt draped over her breasts, accentuating their round fullness. Desire pulsed through him.

Jesus, would you stop already?

“Let’s try this one.” She slid the edge of her fork into the cake, a cream-covered strawberry sliding out. “It’s my favorite.” The Montana sapphire studs glittered in her ears, and her lush mouth curved into a smile. His dick went hard.

He accepted the fork, but even when the cake and cream hit his tongue he couldn’t taste a thing. Because the only thing in his mind, heart, and body was the primal, urgent need to taste her.

All that teenage longing came roaring back. He wanted her more than ever. And not because she was beautiful and had a body his hands were dying to explore, but because every single cell in his body reacted to her. Wanted her. Yearned for her.

And this was why he’d never come back to Snowberry. He didn’t want to yearn for the things he couldn’t have. Didn’t want to wait for his mother to give him a crumb of her attention. Didn’t want to be around these people who’d only ever looked at him with disgust.

“What do you think? Delicious?” Daisy’s voice yanked him out of the negativity.

And he was damn glad. Because his past didn’t matter anymore. He was a man now. He’d made his way in the world. And he had a chance to be that man around Daisy. His gaze on her mouth, he said, “Hell, yes.”

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What you should know:

This is the 4th and final book Erika Kelly's "Rock Star Romance" series.

What I love:   

I love romances with rock star heroes & character-driven stories and this book fits the bill. The hero (super sexy rock star Cooper Hood)  and the heroine (Daisy Charbonneau) knew each other when they were teens & they were bright spots for each other in the hell that is high school. This is a fantastic story for romance fans who live for books about characters who have a complicated history and get a second chance at love. Erika Kelly satisfies fans of this series by providing a fab epilogue. Even though it's the last book, I actually think this works for readers new to the series because Cooper wasn't really a huge part of the previous books, and in this book Cooper is far removed from his bandmates and inserted into the wildly beautiful - but completely different from his usual stomping groups - setting of a small town in Montana. That the town is where Cooper and Daisy were born and grew up adds plenty of drama, but Erika Kelly balances the drama with her usual infusion of sexy fabulousness.

I am sad to see this series end, but I look forward to reading Erika Kelly's next book!   

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Q&A with historical romance author Manda Collins

I recently interviewed author Manda Collins about her last "Lords of Anarchy" novel, and then again for her most recent novel Ready Set Rogue which introduces a new series.


My interview of Ready Set Rogue: http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=61888


WHO WILL WRITE THE BOOK OF LOVE?
When scholarly Miss Ivy Wareham receives word that she’s one of four young ladies who have inherited Lady Celeste Beauchamp’s estate with a magnificent private library, she packs her trunks straightaway. Unfortunately, Lady Celeste’s nephew, the rakish Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr, is determined to interrupt her studies one way or another...
Bequeathing Beauchamp House to four bluestockings—no matter how lovely they are to look at—is a travesty, and Quill simply won’t have it. But Lady Celeste’s death is not quite as straightforward as it first seemed…and if Quill hopes to solve the mystery behind her demise, he’ll need Ivy’s help. Along the way, he is surprised to learn that bookish Ivy stirs a passion and longing that he has never known. This rogue believes he’s finally met his match—but can Quill convince clever, skeptical Ivy that his love is no fiction?
Don't miss Ready Set Rogue, the first in Manda Collins' new series set in Regency England!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Kylie Scott *GIVEAWAY* - a signed copy of LICK (full sized Australian edition)



This is a giveaway for Book 1 in Kylie Scott's rock star romance "Stage Dive" series, signed and shipped directly from the author.

This is one of my favorite series - a lot of fun and super sexy.

My review:  http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=45004


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mine For Now by Erika Kelly - published October 4, 2016




My review:

Mine For Now is completely different from her contemporary series about rock stars and their shenanigans, and has a different tone. I’m not sure if it’s categorized as such, but I’d definitely say that Mine For Now meets the criteria for “New Adult” romance. Dylan McCaffrey and Nicole O’Donnell are two kids just starting college. They eventually discover that they both have more in common – they both have alcoholic mothers. For Nicole, she has long since made the choice to cut her mother loose and accept that she can’t change or fix her. For Dylan, his mother is a millstone around his neck, and his journey toward coming to the same conclusions about his mother that Nicole made about hers is a difficult path that spans the entire book. Mine For Now is part gritty drama and part intense love story.


This book is told from alternating perspectives. Without part of the story told from Dylan’s perspective, I don’t think his story would be as compelling. Erika Kelly does a convincing job of detailing the chemistry between Dylan and Nicole. With small-scale intimate scenes that put the hero and heroine in extremely close quarters, the sexual tension and feeling of longing are amplified to an insane degree. The romance balances out the angst. This is a book that might make you cry but you’ll feel the need to read through without stopping. I like how Erika Kelly ties things up at the end and gives the characters a satisfying resolution to their stories.


An excerpt from Mine For Now: 

        Every time he closed his eyes he saw her. He saw her in his bed, those long eyelashes fanning in perfect arcs on her creamy skin. Or on his lap, straddling him, her face taut with sexual tension. Or, worse, he imagined her on her back, hair spread all over the pillow, breasts bouncing as he slammed into her. Jesus, he ached just thinking about it.
       He had to stop this. He had better control over his emotions than this—how else would he have survived this long?
      What was happening to him? That first night, when he’d brought her into his bed—he’d felt it then. This connection, this bond. He hadn’t even known her—but he’d felt her. Inside, he’d felt her. When had she become essential to him?
      Oh, shit. That was bad. Very bad. No one could ever be essential to him.
      What she’d said tonight—about recreating Gun Powder. He had done that.
       He’d hated his life back home. The town itself was beautiful, but it was filled with his big, extended family—family that wanted nothing to do with him. They’d given him a choice—him or his mom. Of course, he’d chosen his mom. But that had narrowed his social life to the guys who weren’t going anywhere.
      Or maybe he’d chosen those guys because he thought they’d understand his life a little better.
      And, yeah, he guessed he had done the same thing here.
      But he couldn’t stop thinking about what James had said about what he wanted deep down. He’d never been allowed to think about what he wanted. For him, it was about survival. Nothing else.
      And yet, he had worked his ass off to get into a top school. Why? Like James said, if he planned on going back to Gun Powder, why bother with the expense and hassle of Wilmington?
      Hope rose in him, a force so strong he couldn’t ignore it. He came here because he wanted more. Nicole.
     He did have something deep down. And that something was a someone.
     Holy shit. Adrenaline crashed his system.
     Nicole was his deep down. She was his home, his heart.




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Family Man by Kelly Eadon - my review


My review of The Family Man by Kelly Eadon

The Family Man is Book 2 in Kelly Eadon’s “Belmont Beach” series. The circumstances in this book are very different from the previous one in the series but I love them both. I feel like The Family Man works as a standalone book even though a few characters from the previous book make small appearances.

For me, this book is very much about taking chances, and specifically taking a chance on love. Griffin Hall is a man of many layers and is more than the friendly coffee shop owner he appears. After being burned by an ex, who is also the mother of his little girl, his world revolves around his daughter Mabel. Baker and charming free spirit Beth gets Griffin to open up more, enjoy himself a little, and re-connect with parts of himself that he suppressed in his well-meant single-minded devotion to raising his daughter. I like the chemistry between Beth and Griffin and the way they balance each other out. There enough steamy scenes to balance to balance the drama. Mabel is cute without appearing saccharine sweet. I love the connection Beth forms with Mabel almost as much as I do the one she forms with Griffin. Kelly Eadon does a great job of conveying the warmth offered by family. The little bit of fear Kelly Eadon sprinkles through The Family Man adds excitement and acts as a counterpoint to the romance. The friendships and supporting characters in The Family Man make a much more textured story and enjoyable romance.


The Family Man is a steamy romance with some emotional kick. I like that Kelly Eadon has decided to tell The Family Man from alternating perspectives because it really gives much needed insight into the minds of the main characters. After reading the past two books in this “Belmont Beach” series, I am really eager to read Ryan’s book.