Saturday, August 31, 2013

{ book review: Eat, Play, Lust by Tawma Fenske }


Title: Eat, Play, Lust
Author: Tawna Fenske
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 57 pages
Release Date: August 26, 2013
ARC provided by publisher

Cami Pressman is a yoga instructor with a lifelong secret love of junk food. Not even an irresistible man can replace the mouthwatering wickedness of her favorite foods.

Until, that is, Paul Hammond signs up for her class. He’s a gourmet chef looking to score some fitness tips, and a date with Cami. Suddenly Cami’s lust for junk food isn’t the only thing making her tingle.

When this sinful chef and hot yoga teacher eat, play, and lust together, they just might bring their obsession to a new level.




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My Thoughts on "Eat, Play, Lust"


In theory a gourmet chef and yoga instructor with body issues does not sound like a winning match.  But Eat Play Lust brings two opposite individuals together and show them how to bring the best out in each other.

Cami Pressman is a yoga instructor with hidden body issues.  After escaping her extremist health nut mother for college she gained the Freshman Fifteen...twice.  Not wanting to feel her mother's disappointment again she makes healthy living her life and lively hood but hides her addiction the one "unhealthy" food she can't give up- tater tots.

Paul Hammond is a newly transplanted gourmet chef who really loves his work.  But having a brother who is a doctor means he has to listen horror stories of just how much loving his work can affect his health.  After one particular lecture about how much "dysfunction" eating his work can cause Paul ends up in Cami's yoga class. 

Paul and Cami had wonderful chemistry together and reading their awkward/hilarious reactions to each other had me laughing out loud.  Tawna Fenske writes dialogue so true to life that I felt like I was in the room watching the characters banter back and forth.  And I had an actual swoony moment at Paul for his actions after he discovers Cami's weakness.

Novellas to me can be hit or miss because of their length by Tawna Fenske packs a perfect amount of humor, sweet romance and steamy moments into Eat, Play, Lust.  It's just right for anyone looking for a short, sweet read that will make you laugh and sigh over one sweet chef.

About The Author

Tawna Fenske traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city’s tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her gentleman friend in Bend, Oregon, where she’ll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck. She’s published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves and Believe it or Not, as well as the interactive fiction caper, Getting Dumped, with Coliloquy and the novella Eat, Play, Lust with Entangled Publishing.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

{ book chat: school assigned reading }


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The first time I ever "had" to read a book was in middle school.  Up until that point everything I'd ever read had been completely my choice and always fun.  Reading "serious" books had never crossed my mind.  I'd always shied away from anything that made me even slightly uncomfortable and in my young mind "serious" books were at the top of the list.  I'm one of those people that when something embarrassing or awkward comes on the screen I all of a sudden have to go to the bathroom, get a drink, anything to leave.

So yeah, reading a book that was based on tougher times was not for me.  Or so I thought.  It all really comes down to a teacher I had in middle school that loved books.  She absolutely adored them and it was infectious.  She made looking into these strange worlds interesting to a bunch of newly minted teenagers.


I never really realized that most of the young adult books from that time were told from a young girls point of view.  All of these stories were about things that I had absolutely no comprehension of at that time.  They did make me uncomfortable but they also made be start to think.

When I first started brainstorming this book chat topic my first thoughts were of the piles of books that I was assigned to read in high school and college.   I had teachers assign books that were classics and ones that were their personal favorites, but nothing has ever stood out for me like that very first class. 

I was lucky enough that when I finally made it to high school, so did that special teacher.  During my junior year an elective Shakespeare class was offered.  I was all set to take the only alternative that fit my schedule, Drafting seriously, but some sudden staff changes had that special teacher now leading the Study of Shakespeare.  I had about as much interest in "Where for art thou?" as I did in building a wooden car but I remembered everything that one teacher made me feel in middle school and that was enough to get me in the door.


So while I did discover some wonderful and amazing books that are still some of my favorites to this day, what really got me started was a teacher.  One amazing, special teacher that shared her love of books and showed a bunch of young kids a different way to look at the world.  A lot of the emphasis of school reading is given to us in high school and college but if we all were able to experience that something special in middle school as well,  maybe most of us wouldn't have to read the Cliff Notes.    


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

{ waiting on wednesday - beautiful bombshell by christina lauren }

Beautiful Bombshell

Christina Lauren

September 3, 2013




A beautiful bastard of a groom-to-be. A bachelor-party-crashing bride. And one unforgettable night on the Vegas strip.

When Bennett’s friends steal him away from Chloe for a weekend of shenanigans and strippers in Vegas, their first stop doesn’t exactly go as planned. Their scheme for a guys’ weekend completely derailed, Bennett and Max take every chance they get to rendezvous secretly with the women they love. But when the persistently single Will Sumner catches on, the pair realizes they need to team up with him instead of butting heads if they’re to escape for more sexy Vegas hookups.

Beautiful Bastard’s Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan are back for one last blazing prewedding hurrah- but if what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, they might not ever want to leave!



I love that the whole Beautiful Bastard series will be out this year.  Full length novels or novellas, I don't care- I'll take it!




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{ book review:ivy entwined by laura simcox }

Title: Ivy Entwined
Author: Laura Simcox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 240 pages
Release Date: August 26, 2013

When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fiancé is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.

Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.

As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts.




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My Thoughts on "Ivy Entwined"

Ivy Entwined reminds me of a Hallmark movie.  The small town of Celebration, NY reminds me of Stars Hollow and who didn't want to live in Stars Hollow? 

Ivy Callahan is returns to her hometown after her father suffers a heart attack and wins the special election to replace him as mayor of Celebration.  She now has to help rebuild a town that has been crippled by the economy and it's biggest employer shutting down. 

Enter Marcus Weaver.  He lit out of town as soon as possible and is now back to fulfill the promise he made to himself when he was younger to build his own MegaMart.  He's determined to overcome trailer park/alcoholic mother upbring and prove he's successful. 

Ivy and Marcus work together and at the same time against each other to get what they want.  She's determined to revitalize the downtown area and bring Celebration back to its glory all while dodging the advances of her former ex-fiancee, who just happens to be the town planner. Marcus presents her a way to fund her project if she backs his MegaMart, which Ivy knows will suck the life out of the downtown she wants to rebuild.

What I liked

The conflict between Marcus and Ivy wasn't one that's usually seen.  Both of their ideas would bring jobs and money to an area that needed it but their motives were at odds and were willing to go around the other to succeed. The dialog between the characters made me laugh out loud at times. Dialog can make or break a book for me and I liked every bit of the characters interaction. There were several instances where I've heard Ivy's words come out of my mouth and it brings me right into the story.

What I loved

The chemistry between Marcus and Ivy was intense. Working together in close quarters brought back Ivy's teenage crush on Marcus back to life. But Ivy wasn't the shy girl anymore; she is now Marcus' equal and then some. She felt the flutters and the heat but didn't let it compromise her decisions as Mayor.  

I also loved the secondary cast of characters. From the hilarious town council to Ivy's self-proclaimed queen of gossip Gramma, each person brought something special to the story and many reminded me of people I knew in real life. 

What I didn't like

Although I understood his purpose, at times I wanted to strangle Preston. Ivy had her reasons for hiring her ex-fiancee as the town planner but he was inept as they come. I loved the way Ivy stood up to Marcus and didn't let his charm sway her but at the same time she put up with way too much of Preston's intrusions. Preston reminded me of a toddler who thinks that if he annoys his parents enough that they will give him what he wants just to shut him up. Don't call me anymore tonight means just that- don't call me!

Ivy Entwined is a sweet story with several twists and surprises that will keep you turning the pages. It's a great blend of humor and suspense that shows great promise for the author. 


About The Author

After spending twenty years in professional theater as a costume designer, with a few of those years also spent as a college instructor, Laura abandoned the nomadic lifestyle to sit in a comfy pleather office chair at a beat up ginormous second hand oak desk and write. The result? Romance novels! Her favorite thing ever since she was, oh, about twelve. She writes contemporary, light novels and enjoys creating quirky characters and funny dialogue. Still, the love story is the focus and Laura has a huge soft spot for a sappy, happy ending. She lives in North Carolina with her husband (true love is real!) and her adorable, high energy four year old son who is currently obsessed with pirates. When not playing mamma pirate, she loves hearing from readers and you can find your favorite way to say hi via the social media.



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

{ book tour: The Rocker That Needs Me by Terri Anne Browning - Giveaway & Excerpt }


Title: The Rocker That Needs Me
Author: Terri Anne Browning
Series: The Rocker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 4, 2013

The Demon…
I’ve been fighting my own demons for most of my life. The alcohol seems to numb the pain, but it never makes the nightmares go away. All I want in life is a little peace. When I met my angel it felt like I found it, but there is so much standing between us. Why does she have to be so young…?

The Demon’s Angel…

Meeting Drake was the best thing to ever happen to me. I found my friend, my soul mate. But he lets my age stand between us. There is something that haunts him, and I selfishly want to be the one that helps him conquer his ghosts. If he would just let me in, let me closer, I think I could help him…





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Excerpt From "The Rocker That Needs Me"

Sometime much, much later, my tears finally started to dry and the cold that had numbed me started to thaw enough to make me realize that I should be mad. I was in love with Drake, and after Friday night, I was sure that he was in love with me too, or that he at least cared about me as more than a friend… Now, with him fucking some other girl in his hotel room, unconcerned that I would hear him, I knew that I had been wrong.
All I would ever be to him was his friend, and I would have to accept that. But there was no way I could carry on the way we had been the last few months. I wasn’t that good of an actress. I sucked at pretending, especially when my feelings were involved. And they didn’t get any more involved than they were right now.
It would kill me to have to see him day after day, knowing that he had gone from lying in bed with me one night to screwing some other chick the next. Maybe that was how it worked in the rocker world—okay, so I knew that that was how it worked in the rocker world, but I couldn’t deal with that kind of messed up shit.
As the night dragged on, I realized what I had to do. It was going to be hard. It meant doing things I had promised never to do, but sometimes you had to do what was best for you, not what was best for someone else.




Monday, August 26, 2013

{ Entangled Ever After August Releases }




One Night in the Spa by Kathy Lyons

What starts out as a simple massage treatment for spa manager David’s best friend Kim, turns into a night of seduction and sexual discovery.

Always relegated to the friend zone, David is determined to show Kim what she’s been missing…one erogenous zone at a time. Sure, their friendship is on the line. And sure, David’s hiding a motive larger than either him or Kim. But the second his hands touch her smooth skin, he just doesn’t care anymore.

Kim’s been so focused on the loss of her sports career that she’s had no time for romance or sex. But her response to David can’t be denied. Is it just that her body’s been missing out, or could her heart be involved too?



 

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About The Author

Kathy Lyons writes light, funny, sexy stories for Harlequin Blaze. She loves the faster pace of category books and that her humor can shine through.

She leaves the dark, tortured love stories to her alter ego, Jade Lee.







Risky Surrender by Robin Bielman

Archeologist Lucy Davenport made a promise to retrieve an elusive piece of history buried in the walls of an iconic Indian village. But when she draws unwanted attention that interferes with her secret plans, she's forced to risk it all with a man who threatens not only her goal, but the walls she's carefully constructed around her heart.
Keats McCall is an environmental preservationist navigating the globe on behalf of heritage protection. When he catches Lucy at his latest project, he suspects she's up to something. She secretive, sexy as hell—and has trouble written all over her. He devises a plan to keep her close so he can keep an eye on her. But what he isn’t prepared for is just how close he wants to get.

 

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About The Author

Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing, or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much caffeine, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers.







Take Me (Take a Chance #4) by Diane Alberts

Married in the morning…

Professional heartbreaker Mike Worth thrived on the chase—and dancer Morgan Collins represented the ultimate prize. But there was no way he was going to throw away his single-man status…not even for an elusive redhead with sparkling eyes and mile-long legs. So how did he let one drunken Vegas night end with I do instead of hell no?

Morgan’s life revolved around her career and she had no intention of letting a man interfere—even if Mike made her question all her rules about love. At his urging, she reluctantly agreed to give their spur-of–moment marriage a chance. But once their trial-honeymoon ended, would she choose to follow the dance and leave her unforgettable husband behind?





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About The Author

Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List, and TRY ME, hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.

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