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24/07/2017

Moon Struck ( A LaRue Story) by Donna Grant. Paranormal Romance Release, ARC Review & Excerpt.





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HIS FIGHT TO BE WHOLE

Years ago, Solomon LaRue’s life was ripped apart when his fiancΓ©e was taken from him brutally and without cause. After, he vowed to never love again and put all of his energy into defending New Orleans from the evil Voodoo priestess out to destroy everything he held dear. Until a beautiful and maddening witch from the Quarter comes into his life and shakes everything up. Now, he thinks of nothing but her, and despite the dangers surrounding his family, he can’t help but alter his plans to make sure she stays safe. At all costs.

HER REASON FOR BEING

For most of her life, Minka Verdin thought she was nothing more than a gifted fortune teller until a life-altering experience brought her into her powers. Now, honed and hardened to be the weapon she knows she can be, she has no time for lust and love in her life. Unfortunately, a certain sexy-as-sin werewolf occupies her thoughts—and her heart—day in and day out. Minka knows that the survival of many is always more important than the safety of one, and she is more than willing to sacrifice herself so that those she loves remain untouched. But Solomon is having none of that and reminds her that there is no force as strong as the magic between them

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Witch, Minka Verdin has been hiding out in the Bayou because a very powerful Voodoo priestess is trying to kill her and steal her magical power.
Solomon LaRue  is the alpha werewolf in control of keeping the supernatural beings in New Orleans in line.  He knows they have a big battle coming with the Voodoo priestess.  She killed his parents and now threatens them all.
This is part of a series that is best read in order.  Unfortunately I haven't read the previous books so I was thrown into the middle.  I still enjoyed this but it's only part of the whole story.




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Was it worse to want someone you couldn’t have? Or to never know that kind of longing? 
Minka wasn’t sure which was more awful. She knew that no matter how much she hungered for Solomon’s touch or craved his attention, that she would never be his. That kind of knowledge did strange things to a person.  
Her heart had jumped in her throat to find him there. It had felt like forever since she’d seen his face and those brilliant blue eyes. All the LaRues and Chiassons had them, but Solomon’s were brighter than the others’. 
And his hair. The dark blond strands were laced with pale brown that made her want to sink her hands into the locks.  
His face was all hard angles and ruggedness that she longed to touch and kiss. The shadow of dark whiskers on his jaw made her stomach flutter and her skin prickle with awareness. 
Then there was that body of his. Could anyone wear jeans like Solomon? The denim clung to his trim waist and hips, curving over his fine ass before encasing his long legs. Though it was his ability to wear a plain white shirt over the impeccably hard sinew of his chest and wide shoulders that could make her heart miss a beat. 
He was simply mouth-watering. The complete package...and utterly out of reach.

ABOUT DONNA GRANT

Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae. She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.

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Going Down & Man Candy ( 2 Books from Five Wishes Series) by Elise Sax. Romantic Comedy




Romantic Comedy
Date Published: June 2017

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Five Wishes Series, Books 1 & 2
The Five Wishes Series: Novellas about wishes that go terribly wrong…fortunately. Five Wishes...A happy ending is just a coin toss away. Each novella is approximately 100 pages with NO cliffhanger.
Book 1: Going Down:
Marion MacAlister wants to nail her audition, not get nailed. Truly. Honestly. All right...maybe she does want to get nailed, but that's just because her hottie landlord and local diner owner Mack Ryan is confusing her. Can friends become lovers? Especially friends who might not even be friends in the first place?

Book 2: Man Candy:
Raine Harper is in love with Wade Gates. But Wade likes women who are model thin, and Raine is model thin plus a whole lot of pounds. Desperate to make him love her, she trains just a little too hard and passes out in the arms of superstar movie star Dirk Adams. Dirk thinks Raine’s junk in the trunk is perfect and proposes to make Wade jealous by becoming her pretend boyfriend. Pretend soon seems very real. Is Dirk a great actor, or is something really developing between Raine and the movie star?

Praise for Author Elise Sax

“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—NYT bestelling author Jill Shalvis
"Elise Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out."--Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author of Texas Hold 'Em
“Elise Sax belongs on every bookshelf." -- Melissa Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author


About the Author


Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before writing her first novel. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. She loves to hear from her readers.
Don’t hesitate to contact her at elisesax@gmail.com, and sign up for her newsletter at http://elisesax.com/mailing-list.php to get notifications of new releases and sales.

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Historical Romance Release Day Blast. 4 Books , ARC Reviews & Giveaway.

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What an exciting release week for historical romance! I'm so excited to celebrate these releases! Some of these are part of a series, but they are all standalone stories. 

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A Dance with Seduction A Dance with Seduction Alyssa Alexander Release Day: July 24, 2017 Vivienne La Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancers and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her, Maximillian Westwood.

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Mademoiselle Vivienne LaFleur is a spy,  but for England not France.  Her cover is as an opera dancer and her protector is her commander.  Unfortunately for her someone else has discovered who she is and this puts her and her family in grave danger.  
Maximilian Westwood is a translator now, but was a code breaker during the war.  He has decoded messages for the Flower many times.  She fascinates and confuses him. 
This is a wonderful , intrigue filled story.  Our heroine is a strong and brave young woman with a huge heart and sticky fingers.  Our hero is a man who likes all to be in order and everyone to act honorably.  
There is humour,  romance and lots of action.  
It is part of a series but easily read as a stand alone.  I will definitely be looking for the others in the series.  I loved it. 

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An Earl for the Archeress An Earl for the Archeress E. Elizabeth Watson Release Day: July 24, 2017 Lady Mariel is an archeress of unrivaled skill, as is Robert, the Earl of Huntington. With a tongue as sharp as her arrows, Mariel wants nothing to do with the gallant earl. Robert is intrigued by his Scottish wilding but they are no match made in heaven.

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Mariel Crawford is on the run from her father.  He is a powerful and abusive Laird,  and Sheriff of Ayr in Scotland.  When he said he was betrothing her to a man very much like himself,  she ran.  She going to win the money to travel to the continent in an archery contest. 
Robert,  the Earl of Huntington is himself an expert archer and can hardly believe that young "Elmer" is so good.  He needs someone like him to add to his men that carry out special tasks.  He is determined to help the poor who are being robbed by the local sheriff. 
Once you start reading this you will realize who the story is about,  but it's told in a very different way to normal. I was not expecting the way it played out.  There is a lot of action and fabulous characters.  A wonderful adventure with a strong, brave heroine and a stubborn hero. 
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My Hellion, My Heart My Hellion, My Heart Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan Release Day: July 24, 2017 Lord Henry Radcliffe can only exorcise the demons of his past through physicality. Intent on scandalizing London, Princess Irina Volkonsky is a hellion and every gentleman’s deepest desire. She knows better than to provoke the earl, but will stop at nothing to win the heart of the only man she’s ever loved.

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Princess Irina Volkonsky is bored with the amusements of Paris and has been convinced to have another season in London.  She by as turned down many offers of marriage, which has given her the reputation if an ice queen.  That's not true at all,  it's just that the only man she wants thinks she us still a child.
Henry Radcliffe, Earl of Langlevit  by as changed drastically since his imprisonment in France.  He carries many scars,  some physical and others mental.  He has to marry this year but he is not fit to be a husband.
The scandalous behaviour of our heroine could put her in grave danger.  The stubbornness of our hero could make many people very unhappy.
A very amusing, but at times emotional story.  Lots of excitement,adventure and wonderful characters. This is part of a series,  so you will meet characters from previous books but you can definitely read this as a stand alone.
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The Importance of Being Scandalous The Importance of Being Scandalous Kimberly Bell Release Day: July 25, 2017 Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind. 

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Lord Nicholas Wakefield has been summoned home by his mother from his grand tour.  He has been having a marvellous time with a friend he made there.  He can't wait to tell his best childhood friend all about his adventures , and let her know how much he missed her.
Miss Amelia Bishop is the youngest daughter of a very rich man.  Unfortunately the money hasn't stopped them from being shunned by society.  The oldest daughter has a spinal problem so the "ton" class her as defective.  The sisters are the very best of friends and very protective of each other.  Amelia has recently got engaged to be married but is having second thoughts.
This is quite an historical romp.  Our sisters are so loving, but devious.  Our hero tries very hard to be a responsible member of his family, but his very naughty friends keep throwing him in at the deep end.  I giggled my way through this.  It's great fun.  I think I can see who is going to be the hero in Julia's story and I can't wait to read it.

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Casual Affair (Slow Seduction #1) by Melanie Munton. Contemporary Romance. Release & Excerpt




Title: Casual Affair (Slow Seduction #1)
Author: Melanie Munton 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2017 
Cover Designer: Entangled Publishing
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC. 





Bea Paxton is a free spirit. She loves her fledgling interior design business, having fun, and she loves men. But only temporarily. Rule #1 is no relationships, no love, no commitment. She likes being in charge. It's the only way to protect herself from getting hurt again.

Zane Price is the perfect candidate for a steamy time—beautiful, built, and British. Plus, he'll soon be moving back to England. Really perfect.

Well...except for the fact that he's her biggest client. And he doesn't play by her rules. Hell, no. He wants more. Much more. Which is definitely not on the agenda.

Unfortunately, his kisses are nothing short of toe-curlingly awesome. And he is distracting her—a lot—from doing her job.

She needs to stay away from him. Her livelihood depends on it.

But Zane always gets what he wants. And he wants Bea. But for right now? Or forever...?





She waited for just the right moment, pushing to her feet when she saw her opening. She was zoned in on her target, gun lifting in his direction—and was suddenly flying through the air. 

“Hey!”

Somebody had hold of her and they were going down. She braced herself for impact with the hard ground, but landed on a firm chest instead. A chest that smelled suspiciously like…Zane Price.

She was rolled off his body and found herself staring up at his face. He looked kind of angry. Huh. She wasn’t expecting that. She could feel his package grinding against her pelvis, so she certainly wasn’t mad about anything. A package that was quickly hardening, by the way.

“Did you just tackle me?” she asked in bewilderment.

She saw him swallow as his eyes flew over her face. “I believe I did, yes.”

Their position on the ground was far too sexual—not that she was doing anything about it. His upper body was hovering over hers so as not to crush her, but their lower bodies were in close contact.

Very close contact.

She cleared her throat. “Why?”

“Because you were about to become a casualty,” he whispered. “I saved your life.”

“My hero.” She’d meant it to sound sarcastic. But her voice came out a lot huskier than she’d intended. 

He noticed. 

His eyes darkened in response.

Everything below her belly clenched with need, a reaction that his own body mirrored. She felt him grow thick against her thigh, and though he didn’t say anything, she knew they were both aware of what was happening south of the border. 

“And you’re still on top of me, why?”

“Because part of me is quite comfortable here,” he admitted. “And a different part of me is about to be in a world of pain once I move. I’m trying to decide which part I should listen to.”

“Do I get a say in this?”

He gave a small thrust of his hips against her, making her gasp. One quick grind that allowed her to feel the full extent of his manhood in all of its stiff glory. 

She was a goner.



His eyelids lowered to half-mast as he took in her reaction. “Do you want a say in this?”





Traveler. Reader. Wino. Beach-goer. St. Louis Cardinals fan. North Carolina resident. Sarcastic. Bit of a nerd. 

Author of the Slow Seductions, Cruz Brothers, Possession and Politics, and Timid Souls series, Melanie loves all things romance, comedies and suspense in particular because it's boring to only stick to one sub-genre! From light-hearted comedies to sexy thrillers, she likes to mix it up, but loves her some strong alpha males and sassy heroines.

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