Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Lulu's Loves by Barbara S. Stewart - Cover Reveal

Lulu's Loves by Barbara S. Stewart
Release Date: December 17, 2015

Lulu Welk is learning about love.

She’ll learn that love is not the same for everyone, and no two loves are alike. She will live through all the feelings that come with each love she experiences. Great loss will begin her path and she will navigate her way through the trials and lessons of love with her greatest love. She will learn that love can hurt – physically and mentally – but she will go on. She will learn that love can be beautiful… and confusing, but she will go on. She will learn that once trust is broken you can forgive, but it's much harder to forget. But she will go on. She will learn that love can be devastating and that as hard as you try, sometimes that pain and devastation floor you. But she will go on. And she will learn that you never forget your first real love.

Take a walk with Lulu and learn about love.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Appealed (The Legal Briefs #3) by Emma Chase - ARC Review

Releases: 19th January 2016.


When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate - and prized - parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.

She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore - she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out that way.

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.

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Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: November 2015.

When an Emma Chase book hits you're kindle you do a little fist pump and mentally organise your schedule so you can have some down time with Brent and Kennedy... last night while I lying in bed willing myself to sleep, I decided to start Appealed...just one chapter I told myself, I'll just read until my eyes get heavy and I'll put it down, less than two hours later I put my kindle down on my bedside table with a satisfied smile after reading The End.

Brent Mason is somewhat of an enigma, I adored the bond he and Sofia shared in Overruled, I laughed his quick wit in Sustained, but in Appealed I absolutely fell in love with him, with his dirty mouth, his illicit thoughts, his buff and toned body, the way he didn't expect special treatment after losing his leg at a young age, the way he didn't let the world swallow him up or wallow in despair, Brent is proof that the only person who can hold you back from what you want to achieve in life.

Kennedy Randolph was once the object of Brent's childhood and teenage fantasies, years have passed since they last set eyes on each other, there was a time when Kennedy would of followed Brent anywhere, but that time is past, now she's back home, a successful Prosecutor in her own right, she's shed the mousey nerdy image she once wore like a cloak, and she's determined not to repeat the same mistakes she once made.

"I'm not sure..."
"All you have to do is take my hand." 

Second chance romance .... check
Childhood best friends .... check
Witty banter and snappy dialogue .... check
Sexual tension that seeps from the pages .... check
Friends to lovers .... check

Appealed is pretty much my kryptonite, every thing about this book from the friends to lovers, the second chance romance, the childhood besties....these are the things that make me giddy in anticipation desperate for the chance to dive in, there's more to this story than just a super sexy romance, Brent and Kennedy have a past, they share a history, it wasn't always pretty and they both got hurt, but that history has shaped who they have become, they aren't one dimensional characters on a page, they are larger than life, they are vivacious, they are strong and independent and reading their witty banter had me laughing out loud, I adored everything, every shared glance, every soft smile, every small gesture, every snappy comeback, their connection undeniable, the sexual chemistry palpable, everything about Chase's writing drew me in and left me wanting more.

"I said...I said we had to keep riding...because the ride was the only thing that made the falling worth it."

There's no denying that I am a huge fan of the author, she is without a doubt a go to for me when I want something funny and sexy without losing depth or story, and while I'll always be a huge fan of Drew, Appealed has rocked it's way to the top of the Legal Briefs series and is giving Tangled some major competition. Every new book Chase releases the more hungry I become for her words, her comedic timing impeccable, her ability to create something sizzlingly sexy and yet heartfelt and real never fails to leave me sated and yet excited for what she does next. Kudos Emma Chase for once again capturing my attention, for making it impossible for me to put this book down, for giving me Brent and Kennedy to fall in love with, for reminding me that sometimes you need to be brave, sometimes you have to charge out on your own, and sometimes you need to let someone else slay your dragons for you.

About Emma Chase:

By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colourful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Twenty-One (Emerald Cove #2) by Lauren K. McKellar - ARC Review


I look both ways before I cross the road. I knot my laces twice. Boring? Sure. But it’s also settled. Stable. Safe.
And I like safe.

Because broken bones may be hard to heal, but broken hearts are even harder. And when the man I loved and lost reappears in my life, I won't fall for his charms again ... will I?

Joel Henley just might be my biggest risk yet.

My name is Ellie Mayfield. And this is my undoing.


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Reviewed: November 2015.

Ellie Mayfield acts like she's got life all figured out, she has a job that doesn't completely suck, she has friends, she has a mother and sister that while being high maintenance she loves dearly, Ellie is the epitome of the play it safe kind of girl, she doesn't take risks, she doesn't push herself outside of her comfort zone, she's stuck in a rut of her own making. The one boy she ever truly opened herself up to was Joel Henley, and he left her without a second thought, she thought what they shared was the forever kind of connection but when he left he never looked back and she was left playing the role of the dutiful daughter, the protective and caring sister, the good friend.

When Joel Henley strolls back into Ellie's life she's shocked, here in front of her is the boy who once lit up her world, he's back and he's looking at her like he always did, and she has two choices she can keep playing it safe, she can keep playing the role she's become accustomed to or she can take a chance on the boy she once loved, on the man who could truly change her life.

There's so much more going on here than just a second chance romance, The Twenty-One is part coming of age, part romance, the hero of this story is very much Ellie, as she figures out who she is, what she wants, and who she wants to be. There's a reverence to McKellar's words, a wistfulness to her prose, and elegance in everything she does that lures you in, and captures your attention, her words wrapping around your heart and soothing your soul, preparing you for the inevitable moment that she will punch you right in the feels. It's impossible for McKellar not to take you in a journey, not to challenge you, not to push you to the limit where you experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, there's a line in a Lifehouse song, where the singer croons "how can I stand here with you , and not be moved by you?"  that sums up every feeling and emotional thought I have when reading McKellar's work, because for me, it's a natural as breathing, it's impossible to read her stories and not be moved by them, she begs the reader to take a journey with her, to strip themselves bare, to live within the pages with her, it's a passionate plea from author to reader that I can't help but heed every time I dive into the worlds she creates.

The Twenty-One is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, it's solemn and joyous, it's real and raw, there's a fragility to Ellie that scares her, but a strength and courage that Joel see's, The Twenty-One has a beautiful message about taking the reins, about being the author in your own life, about appreciating what you have, and not taking this life for granted. McKellar reminded me of the beauty that is all around us, if we are willing to take a chance to let both love and life in.

About Lauren K. McKellar:

Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her Crazy in Love series, YA/NA Contemporary crossovers, are self-published and available now.

As well as being a magazine editor for a national audited publication on pet care, Lauren works as a freelance editor for independent and traditionally published authors, and was a Runner Up Editor of the Year in the Publishers Australia awards in 2013.

Lauren is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and is obsessed with words--she likes the way they work.

She lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales with her husband and their two super-cute puppies. Most of the time, all three are well-behaved.

Monster Prick (Screwed 1.5) by Kendall Ryan - Review


Over my dead body.

That's what I told Gracie when she informed me of her plan to pick some random guy she met online to get rid of her pesky virginity.

If anyone is touching her, it's going to be me.

I shouldn't even be considering it, but I can't get it out of my head: her, under me, begging me.

Arrogant. Cocky. Prick.

Those are the words I’d use to describe my older brother’s dangerously handsome best friend.

When he learned of my plan to kick off my white cotton briefs, ditching my good girl persona once and for all by losing my virginity to the first eligible bachelor I could find, he flipped out. Said over his dead body.

He says if anyone’s going to do it, it’s going to be him.

I hate that I’m even considering his offer.

But I am … I sooo am.

Ever since he suggested it, all I can think about is his cocky smile on those full lips as he’s driving in to me.

But if we cross that line … will I ever be able to go back?

MONSTER PRICK is a spin off novella from SCREWED, but can be read as a standalone, as it features a new couple.

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Reviewed: November 2015.

I purchased both Screwed and Monster Prick at the same time, and read them back to back only taking a short break to write my Screwed review and make a coffee in between, after a bout of heavier books I was in the mood for something light and sexy, while I wasn't giggling to myself the way I did with Screwed, Monster Prick still definitely fit the bill.

In Screwed we meet Hudson, Hayden's best friend and business partner, and Gracie, Hayden younger sister. It's hinted that there's something there between the two in Screwed so I was eager to dive right in a find out what was going on there.

Gracie is twenty two, a newly graduated architect that has just landed her dream job, who has just moved out of her parents home on her own and is ready to try out this whole adult thing, she's finding her feet and is ready to spread her proverbial wings, now that the career and apartment is settled she's ready to tackle the relationship and dating thing. Her older sister is happily married with young children, her manwhore of a brother Hayden has settled down with a girlfriend of his own, she's ready for that herself, but before she dives headlong into a serious relationship, she has one thing left to do, just one pesky little thing...lose her virginity.

While out for celebratory drinks for her new job with her brother Hayden and his friend Hudson, she tells them of her plan to try internet dating, when the discussion becomes heated, she drops the bomb that she's sick of being a twenty two year old virgin and just wants to start living a little, when things don't end well, and Hudson ensures she gets home safe, he makes her an offer she never expected...he'll  be her first, he'll teach her about sex and after three "dates" if she's not happy she can give internet dating a try.

This is where the fun begins, Gracie has been harbouring a crush on her older brothers best friend for as long as she can remember, never in her wildest dreams did she ever expect to have a chance to know him on a more intimate level...what's a girl to do when presented with the opportunity to get something she's always craved but to say yes.

Monster Prick was a quick novella, it was light and sexy, I was expecting some big huge angsty twist like those that are so prevalent in forbidden/brothers best friend trope, instead I was pleasantly surprised that Ms Ryan didn't feel the need to go for shock value, were there moments that made me roll my eyes?  Yes there were. Did I at times think 'yeah sure that would happen?' again yes I did, but in saying that I could appreciated this short, sexy, light hearted romp for what it was, the perfect afternoon read, as was evidenced by reading both Screwed and Monster Prick in a couple of hours, still wide awake at 4.30am on a Sunday morning while I write this review. While I did read Screwed prior to Monster Prick, it is not necessary to, being that MP focuses on different characters to its predecessor.

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About Kendall Ryan:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold more than a million ebooks and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller list more than two dozen times.

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Screwed by Kendall Ryan - Review


I have one rule: Don’t shit where you eat.

Several of the women in the condo complex I own would love some one-on-one playtime, and why wouldn’t they? I’m young, fit, attractive, and loaded. Not to mention I’m packing a sizable bulge below the belt. It’s a combination that drops panties on a regular basis.

Yay, me, right?

But my cock, troublemaker that he is, has been confined to my trousers by my business partner. A concession I agreed to, and one that’s never been hard to enforce until Emery moves in across the hall. She’s smart, young, determined, and sexy as hell. I want a taste. I won’t stop until I’m buried deep inside the succulent new-in-town brunette.

After being warned about my past, she does her best to steer clear, but I’m about to show her that underneath it all, I’m a guy with a heart of gold and a cock of steel.

My name is Hayden Oliver, and this is my story.

SCREWED is standalone romantic comedy by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan.


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Reviewed: November 2015.

I'm ashamed to admit that I have several of Kendall Ryan books on my kindle and yet I've never read one, I read blurbs and I #1click constantly but then life gets in the way and I don't always get a chance to read what I've just purchased, in the midst if sharing sales on the blog I stumbled across Screwed, and it's follow up Monster Prick, I bought both, when I finished writing reviews tonight, I dove into Screwed, I wanted something funny, fast, sexy, sweet and light and Screwed was perfect.

Hayden Oliver is the consummate playboy, he's sexy, successful, single and likes to take advantage of all the willing women that come his way, he doesn't lie about what he has to offer, and doesn't understand why so many women seem to shoot him stink eye when he doesn't turn out to be prince charming.

When his business partner Hudson forbids him from striking up any new one night relationships with any of the women who live in their properties, Hayden is determined to prove he can steer clear, it's not like it's that hard, until he meets his newest tenant Emery shows up.

Emery is fierce, confident, and sexy as hell, she's smart, she's not afraid to call Hayden out on his manwhoring ways, she's got a career she's focused on, and she's not about to derail that regardless of how sweet or devastatingly sexy Hayden is.

Emery and Hayden skirt around their obvious attraction and chemistry, Hayden does not want a relationship and Emery has sworn off men, but their friendship is filled with quick witted banter, furtive glances, and longing looks that elude to just how explosive they could be together. Screwed isn't some great tale of love and longing, it was a perfectly executed story about two likeable characters that are trying to fight their carnal desires, while developing a deeper connection than either is willing to admit. Screwed was light, funny and deliciously sexy, I devoured it in one sitting, not moving until I turned the last page, everything about this book was exactly what I wanted for a steamy fast tale that left me wanting more.

About Kendall Ryan:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold more than a million ebooks and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller list more than two dozen times.

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Just Say Yes (Strictly Business #2) by Elizabeth Hayley - ARC Review

Released: 1st December 2015.


From the author of The Best Medicine comes the latest Strictly Business novel—and this time, for one woman, finding the ideal man can be a pretty tall order…

Magazine columnist Quinn Sawyer has always attracted sweet, innocent, and safe men. And something tells her it’s because she’s just as harmless. So when she starts craving a guy with an edge, she realizes she may have to get one for herself.

When her boss asks for a unique pitch, Quinn’s quest to live outside her comfort zone prompts her to suggest an idea that will cause her to break her good-girl rules. And who better than Tim Jacobs to help her push her boundaries? For a while now, Quinn’s had a hot crush on the tattooed executive chef with a checkered past. If anybody can bring out her inner rebel, he can.

It’s no surprise that with every task the two complete, the sparks between them grow more and more intense. Soon there’s no denying the attraction they each feel. But Tim’s troubled past reveals an even tougher edge than Quinn expected—which means for her, falling in love might just be the greatest rebellion of all.

Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: November 2015.

I'll preface this by saying I have not read The Best Medicine, I have purchased it to dive into next, but it didn't decrease my enjoyment of Just Say Yes, I didn't feel confused at any point, or feel like I missed anything, the Strictly Business series is a series of stand alone stories.

Quinn is all set for her date with the seemingly perfect guy, but on closer inspection Quinn struggled to stay present for the few hours she spent in his company, a disastrous date normally wouldn't be enough to make you question every decision you've ever made, but all of sudden Quinn starts to think about her life, how her dating life lacks spark, her job leaves her feeling bereft, she has a habit of playing it safe, and never taking risks, she walks the straight and narrow never veering towards the wild side, when the opportunity presents itself she decides to take the plunge and shake it up a little with the help of her best friend's boyfriend's brother, Tim.

Tim is the epitome of sexy, reformed bad boy, tall, tatted, and toned, Tim has always piqued Quinn's interest but he's never really opened up to her enough to build any real kind of connection. When Quinn decides to tackle a bucket list of sorts, Tim offers to assist her. Tim knows all about risky behaviour, he's lived through more darkness than most of us would ever experience, hitting rock bottom more than once, he's got the battered soul and wounded heart to show for it.

I expected Just Say Yes to be this fun, sexy little romp that would have me swooning, and I did swoon, but more than that I was moved by Tim's journey, I was impressed by Quinn's tenacity, I wanted to know more about Tim's past, I was invested so quickly, so earnestly, that the more I read, the more I felt, the more these characters meant to me. Tim's past had a adverse affect on the way he led his life, the way he believed he deserved to be treated, but more than that, it provided him a special empathy to view those around him, to see their struggles.

"I get that you're hurting. And I'm more than happy to be your punching bag if it helps..."

Everything about Quinn had me rooting for her, her strength in the face of adversity, her spirit when she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders, her ability to stand strong when she wanted to crumble.

"I thought I meant more than that. I didn't think I'd be so easy to walk away from."
Quinn reminded me that living an authentic life isn't just about knowing with certainty who you are, Quinn reminded me that you figure that out as you go, that who you are isn't defined by any one thing, and that most importantly sometimes you need to draw strength from those you love, and sometimes you will be their support, that life isn't black and white, but that it's in the grey area that you find the beauty. I revelled in Just Say Yes, I settled in with Quinn and Tim and just got swept away by every interaction,  every soft smile, every secret glance, every touch, I adored these two, and while I'm sad it's over, I'm so grateful for the journey.

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About Elizabeth Hayley:

Elizabeth Hayley is actually "Elizabeth" and "Hayley," two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands' chagrin).

"Elizabeth" lives with her husband, daughter, and nutjob of a dog. “Hayley” lives with her husband, son, and her own crazy dog. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.

Elizabeth Hayley's writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: "I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind."

We split the time on Goodreads, so those of you who have been communicating with us get "pieces" of each of us. We appreciate all of your support!

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Oceans Apart (Ocean Dreams #1) by Emma Fitzgerald - Review


Nobody ever cares for second place.

Talented public relations associate, Annie Scott, knows second place well. She has never been anyone’s priority and is sick of wallowing in self pity, sick of being an option. In a snap decision, she flees her hometown of Nashville for the unknown shores of Sydney, Australia. There she can be whoever she wants to be. Perhaps, the enforced solitude will give her back her identity and kickstart a new path in life.

Professional surfer, Cam Hart, is home on leave from the Pro Tour, and in desperate need of some rest, relaxation and maybe, a little female company. All extremely achievable at his home in Bronte, Sydney. There will be women willing and waiting for him, of that he has no doubt. He’s never been a relationship kind of guy, and after his embarrassing defeat for the recent World Title, the idea of losing himself in between the sheets for some no-strings fun, definitely has appeal.

Fate throws Cam and Annie in each other’s path. Their attraction to each other is immediate. Cam believes he has found the perfect girl to distract him for a few weeks, while Annie is ready to throw caution to the wind and dive into a holiday romance. The two drifting souls soon realise that their chemistry and passion is more than they bargained for.

Cam has never wanted to entrust his heart to anyone again. But, with Annie, he sees that he may indeed want a future, a change from his impulsive and wild ways. Could Cam actually be capable of such change? Should Annie consider Cam to be more than a summer fling, or will she be bound by her insecurities and not believe him worth the risk? Will she return to her hometown, the same as she left it: alone.

Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: October 2014.

When Emma Fitzgerald asked me to beta read her debut novel I was excited, being an Aussie girl I'm always excited to read a story set in my own country, what I wasn't prepared for was how swept away I would be by the world Emma had created. Annie Scott has been mistreated by everyone close to her, the people who should have loved her unconditionally have never particularly cared where she was or what she did, as long as she stayed in the background and didn't steal the spotlight for her sister. Cam Hart, professional surfer, returns to Sydney licking his wounds after being defeated in the recent World Title.

Annie is ready to lose herself to a fun and frivolous holiday on the other side of the world to her home in Nashville, and Cam is ready for some rest & relaxation on his home turf, these two couldn't lead more different lives, but their connection is tangible, mutual attraction and the need to get to know each other may just lead them on the greatest journey possible.

Annie is instantly likable, broken and beaten down but never out for count, she is resilient with a silent strength, friendly and easy going, she is the type of girl you could see yourself calling a friend. Cam is pure smooth, sexy Aussie surfer boy, his success never going to his head, down to earth and relatable, he is the quintessential Australian man, self depreciating and always ready to have a laugh.

What I adored was Emma writes characters that make you fall in love with them, her characters aren't perfect, they are flawed and real, they have pasts that have shaped the people they have become, both are hiding from past hurts that have left deep scars and it's heart warming to see these characters come into their own, find belief in themselves and conquer the self doubt, and darkness that had at times over shadowed their lives like a cloud.

With angst, warmth, depth and spice Emma Fitzgerald has clearly shown she is an author to watch, with a knack for humour and keeping the reader guessing, I'm looking forward to seeing what she does next.
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Emma Fitzgerald is a lover of words.

The way they are weaved and worked to make people and places come alive and how they can draw the reader into worlds their imagination had never even dreamed of.

Emma has loved reading and writing since the day her life was first touched with the gift of a 100 year old copy of 'Emma' by Jane Austen. She soon discovered that the written word could transport her, not only across the world, but across time.

Emma loves a 'Happily Ever After' and has found her own HEA with her amazing husband. They and their three children live in Southern Australia.


Monday, 16 November 2015

A Problematic Love by Rebecca Rohman - Cover Reveal


★ A Problematic Love Synopsis

Eight years after her fiancé was murdered, attorney Megan Kole has fully reconciled two areas of her life: her intelligent and precocious son who never knew his father and the thriving law practice that is her late father's legacy. The remainder of Megan's world stalled in a paralyzing grief that she effectively compartmentalized until a transfer to Seattle brings a handsome but deeply mysterious billionaire into her life.

Daemon Ros has been an outcast since the day he was born. His parent's cold indifference and their lavish but emotionally vacant lifestyle prompted him to assert his financial independence from a young age. Adoration for his ailing brother is the only connection he allows to penetrate the vault he has built around his heart, until a devoted mom and her enchanting son introduce him the true meaning of family bonds.   

But a chance legal encounter where Megan acts as mediator in a Ros family business dispute leads to far more than either expected. When a shocking truth leads to a love affair between Megan and Daemon that is forbidden in every conceivable way, the barely-restrained chemistry that scorches between them threatens an injunction on everything and everyone they hold dear. As pasts cross, memories threaten and lies surface in a trial far more deadly than anything inside a courtroom, an arbitration of the heart could prove the only way for them both to make it out alive. 

★ A Problematic Love Excerpt - Their first encounter…  

Late the next evening, the setting sun fills my office with a warm glow. I might appreciate the Puget Sound views from my twenty-sixth floor office if I wasn’t in a verbal sparring match on the phone with Daemon Ros’s assistant.  

“Mr. Kang, this is unacceptable. Your legal department won’t respond to my calls, and now you’re telling me that Mr. Ros has specifically directed you and his staff not to speak to me?” I wait for an answer but he says nothing. “I would have expected more from a man with such stature. Does Mr. Ros always hide behind his employees this way?”  

“Ms. Kole, I… I apologize, but he’s my boss. I have to respect his wishes. I wanted to acknowledge that we received your calls and emails and messages and let you know where things stand.”

I sense I’ve made this man very uncomfortable. Good. Uncomfortable leads to results. “Please do me a favor and deliver this message to your elusive boss.” 

 A Problematic Love Teaser 8 HS


“Verbatim. Tell him he needs to start growing some testicular fortitude and stop shadowing you and the rest of his employees. At the very least, he could have some class and dignify my client’s request with a personal response.”  

He gasps then another male voice comes across. “Ms. Kole, this is Daemon Ros.”  

My heart skips a beat at his announcement. His voice is smoky, pleasant on the ears; his tone is firm and strong. He has an indistinct accent, maybe European. Makes me wonder about the man behind the voice.

I’m surprised to hear him at the end of the line. If I had known insulting his manhood would get a prompt response, I would have done it long ago.  

“Vulgarity won’t get you what you want,” he continues tersely.  

“I’ve respectfully tried to reach you through the appropriate lines of communication with no response. I called and sent you repeated emails, left messages at all your contact numbers, and reached out to your legal department—all to no avail. I had to take it to the next level.”  

“Are you always this persistent?”  

“I’m paid to be relentless not to sit on my ass and expect things to happen. I make things happen.”  

“It’s obvious that you are completely oblivious to the kind of man my father really is,” he says, his voice completely void of emotion. “Sure you want to be making things happen for him?”  

“Your father prefers to settle this matter out of court.”  

“Is that what he told you?” he chuckles, his words stained with more than a hint of sarcasm.  

“Well, I hate to be the one to tell you this Ms. Kole, but that’s the only way he will get me to turn over any shares of this company to him. Looks like you’ll be busy. Start the paperwork.”  

“You don’t mince words, Mr. Ros.”  

“And I didn’t mince words with my father’s legal department the last time I spoke to them,” he replies coolly. “He wanted his shares back, and I said I wouldn’t sell.”  

“Your father was adamant about settling this amicably.” I lie. “Can we meet and discuss this, with your father and your legal counsel present? Perhaps over lunch? My treat.” I aim for charming. I hope I don’t sound like I’m begging.  

“Ms. K—”  

“Mr. Ros. Anywhere. Name the place and time, and we’ll be there. It would be so much better if we could all sit and talk and come to some sort of agreement about this. Think of all the time and money saved if we avoid court.”  

“He can take me to court if he wants,” he says vehemently. “He has no legal grounds. I obtained those shares legally.”  

“Mr. Ros, you’ve never shown any interest in running this company with your father, yet you now have controlling interest. I sense there is more to this. Why are you doing this? What exactly is it that you want?”  

Silence fills the line. I’m not sure if it’s because I touched a nerve or because he’s thinking. I lower my voice. “Please. Let’s talk. I know your time is valuable, and you’d prefer to spend your days running your business and enjoying your family instead of rounding up witnesses, meeting lawyers and all the other complications and delays that happens with the courts. Reaching an agreement is less stressful on all parties involved.”  

“Let me think about it. In a few days, someone will contact you with my decision.”  

Yes! I hope that decision is to meet, because if it’s not, I have no idea how I can legally get my client those shares back. Might this be the first case I lose?    


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Friday, 13 November 2015

Finding North by Carmen Jenner - Cover Reveal

Title: Finding North
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Erotic Romance M/M
Cover Design: Be Designs
Expected Release Date: December 26, 2015

Red Maine’s blue-collared bad boy, North Underwood, has a dirty little secret—Will Tanner.

Friends since kindergarten, North had been the one to jump first, and his fall into Will’s bed ten years ago had been no exception. Will and North had been inseparable, but things change, people grow apart, and even a blazing flame can dwindle to a dying ember over time.

The more things change the more they stay the same.

After a run in with a bottle of Bundy rum, Will and North find themselves in a compromising and all too familiar position.

Blurred lines, bad decisions, and one wrong foot after another lead these two down a spiral of sarcasm, secrets, and sex, but when North’s hetero status is called into question he can’t figure up from down. And despite Will telling himself he wouldn’t fall again, he’s head over heels and wandering without a compass.

Love is love.

Love is truth.
Love … shouldn’t be this damn hard to figure out.

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About Carmen Jenner:

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown Series #1)
Enjoy Your Stay (Sugartown Series #2)
Greetings from Sugartown (Sugartown Series #3)
Now Leaving Sugartown (Sugartown Series #4)

REVELRY (Taint #1)

KICK (Savage Saints MC #1)
TANK (Savage Saints MC #2)

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Kissing Madeline (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin - Review


What’s the worst thing about wanting a sexy NFL football player? Everyone else wants him, too.

After catching my boyfriend getting deep-throated by a skanky cage girl, I’ve learned my lesson – never date a professional athlete. Never. Besides, I have more important things to worry about, like not blowing my shot to make it as a broadcast reporter. I won’t let anything get in my way, not even the new “it boy” of the NFL and my hot-as-hell neighbor.

What's the worst thing about getting death glares from his new neighbor? It doesn't make him want her any less.

I’ve worked my ass off to make it to the pros. The last thing I need is the complication of a relationship, especially since my last one was a total train wreck. But I can’t stop thinking about the feisty girl next door with the smart mouth. And I’d love nothing more than to show her what to do with that mouth.

Friends with benefits might be the best idea he’s ever had. Or the worst.

Kissing Madeline is a companion novel to DEAREST CLEMENTINE and FINDING DANDELION. Each book is a stand-alone.

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Reviewed: August 2015.

So less than two days and two books, talk about hooked on a series, I'm so invested in these characters that I'm kind of obsessed, after all the crap Daren pulled with Clem back in high school, despite the fact that they buried the hatchet, I'm still giving him stink eye, so I need to be honest making me like him is one thing, making me love him...well Lex Martin has her work cut out for her....

Madeline has had a rough trot with men, catching her boyfriend getting a blow job from a cage girl certainly wasn't pleasant, she's done with professional athletes that's for sure, that rule will ensure she stays away from NHL star Daren who also happens to be her new neighbour. After all athletes are bound to be the same, they lure you in with their sexy looks, and toned bodies, and the next thing you know, you're catching them in compromising positions. Madeline is determined to focus solely on getting the career she's always wanted, she'll prove she's serious about being a broadcast reporter.

I'm not going to lie, despite my initial reservations Daren grew on me, he had that whole alpha male thing down pat but he was also caring, considerate, loyal (who would of guessed) and sweet, maybe that was he had already learnt from his past mistakes, I want to believe that he did, I think he chose a course of action many years ago and he regrets the pain and hurt he caused, part of me also hopes in some small way he holds onto to some of that guilt as a reminder that actions have consequences. Daren definitely redeemed himself, but for me Madeline was the hero of this story, she was strong tenacious, dedicated to her craft, she wanted to establish her own career, she's been knocked down and humiliated, but she refused to stay down.

Kissing Madeline isn't just NA romance, it's funny, and sexy and part suspense, this story kept me guessing, invested and intrigued, and I loved every second of it, it's funny how a series can drag you in so much, with characters who start out as strangers, become friends, and turn into family. I'm going to be sad saying goodbye and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out on Lex Martin now, her writing had me forgetting the time, and relishing in all those sweet first smiles, cute glances, and tentative touches.

About Lex Martin:
Author of DEAREST CLEMENTINE, FINDING DANDELION and KISSING MADELINE. I write new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters.