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Monday, March 2, 2015

Release Day, Stealing Rose by Monica Murphy ...Giveaway

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STEALING ROSE (The Fowler Sisters #2) by Monica Murphy
Adult Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it.

Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.

For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now.

And maybe I don’t want to.
EXCERPT:

I sit on the edge of the mattress, not about to give up. I need to get closer to her and eventually get closer to that damn neck- lace she wore. Dexter wants it. He’s been hounding my ass for it. And I’ll get it.

Eventually.

I’d rather focus on her first. Earn her trust. So I’m not casing out her hotel room. I’m not looking for any stray jewelry lying around.

Hell, I’m in too deep now.

I’m here with Rose because I want to be, not because I want to steal something from her.

Yet. Don’t forget the “yet” part at the end of that last thought.
Yeah. Who wants to focus on trying to steal a necklace when I could be sliding back into bed with her? I want to feel the hot, tight clasp of her pussy milking my cock again. I want to feel her touch me, feel her lips on my skin, hear her moan when I hit a spot that feels particularly good. I want to learn all of those spots, memorize them for later. Because there will be a later for Rose and me. I plan on that. And she’d better plan on it too, no matter how much in denial she is.

“Rose.” She turns to look at me, her expression wary. Guarded. I know the feeling. More than anything, I know that look. I’ve been wearing the same guarded expression pretty much all my life. I trust no one. They’re all out to screw me over; it doesn’t matter who they are. I’ve become so good at playing the part, of being whoever I need to be at any given moment, I have no idea who the real me is anymore.

Being with Rose is the closest I’ve felt to myself since I don’t know when. I want to explore this. Explore what we share, what she makes me feel, what we are when we’re together.

She’s ready to kick me out and I’m ready to cling. Talk about a total role reversal. I need to get my head back on straight and focus.

“Caden.” She matches my tone, watching me expectantly. When I don’t say anything she rolls her eyes. “Do you realize I don’t even know your last name? What does that say about me, that I’d let you into my room and—fool around with you for hours and I don’t know your last name? It’s appalling behavior.”

“Appalling behavior? You sound like a crabby old school- teacher.” I want to laugh but I don’t. She’s dead serious. I think she’s just shocked herself with what we’ve done.

I’ve shocked myself too, but in a good way. While she acts like we’ve committed the ultimate sin.

“You wouldn’t understand.” She averts her head as if it pains her to look at me and I move closer to her, reaching out to tuck a stray strand of hair behind her ear.

“It’s Kingsley,” I murmur, wishing I could kiss her. Comfort her. But that’s not happening, not yet. I’ve got to take it slow.

She turns, a little gasp escaping her when she discovers how close I am. “What?”

“My last name. It’s Kingsley.”

“Are you serious? Of course it is.” She tosses her hands up in the air, making her breasts jiggle, and I jerk my gaze away from her chest.


WHICH FOWLER SISTER ARE YOU?

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OWNING VIOLET (The Fowler Sisters #1) by Monica Murphy
Adult Contemporary Romance


TAMING LILY (The Fowler Sisters #3) by Monica Murphy
Adult Contemporary Romance
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About the Author:

New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She's a workaholic who loves her job. When she's not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.
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Title: Wanting to Forget - A Jordie Thomas Tale Author: Toni Aleo Release Date: March 17, 2015
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Blurb: Jordie Thomas is looking for something to take his mind off of the woman he let go—or rather, pushed away—and the terrifying prospect of what will happen if his broken leg doesn’t heal. He’s ready to get back to his family and fellow teammates on the Nashville Assassins and get back onto the ice. However, with his injured leg in the way and his mind clouded by a certain woman, he needs a break that’ll help clear his head and his heart. With New Orleans in his sights, can this player—on and off the ice—find a way to get back to the crazy and reckless life he used to live? Find out and follow along as author Toni Also takes readers on one wild journey in this Assassins novella.
Night Shift Anthology releases on March 17, 2015. 6 NEW novellas from Toni Aleo, Kindle Alexander, Sawyer Bennett, Chelle Bliss, Eden Butler, and Brenda Rothert. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund, PanCan.org, and the Nashville Predators Foundation.
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Stealing Rose (The Fowler Sisters book 2) by Monica Murphy... Review by Dawn









~Synopsis~ 
People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it.
 
Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.
 
For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now.
 
And maybe I don’t want to.



This is going to be such a hard review to do. There is so much I "want" to tell you, but I can not spoil it for you. 


Ok, so we know Rose is the baby of the Fowler family, if you have read book 1.

Rose is a hard worker, always doing what it right, never straying from the plotted course. She is a lot like Violet, but very much unappreciated . Rose is waiting to come out of her shell. Of course no one expects it to be at a movie premier in Cannes. All it takes is a white dress and some liquid courage. Her father is less than thrilled, Violet thinks she is acting out and her Grandmother is handing her the Poppy Diamonds.  Rose is ready to take a leap, having absolutely no idea where she may land. 

Caden Kingsley, is keeping his eye on Rose, waiting for his chance at her. He is not an honest man, he is not a good man, but he is very, very good at what he does. He was once use to this privileged life, only to have it all taken away by his own father. Caden, has a job to do, but he never expected Rose to have such an impact on him.


These two cracked me up, the banter between them is hilarious. Rose really comes out of her shell and I loved seeing it. Rose is a bit of a "scolded child" when she interacts with Violet, and to be honest, Violet bugged the crap out of me in this book. She often talked down to Rose and I didn't care for that part of her character. I get it, she is older than Rose, but man she talks to Rose like she is a 13 year old. Anyway... Caden, helps Ro really open up and talk about things that she has never told anyone. She really grows in this story and I liked that a lot.

 I have to say, my favorite part was the last few chapters of the book when Lily came into the story. I am going to LOVE Lily's story, I can already tell. Lily, is more sensitive with Rose, she understands and offers help to Rose, instead of judging her. I really loved their relationship. 

This story has very, steamy scenes between Caden and Rose... I MEAN HAWT!  It's sexy and fun to see play out. 


Once I  found out what Caden was all about, I was expecting more drama. But the drama comes in a different way. It was really interesting how this all comes to a head. All the intertwining of the family and the accidental meetings, it gives you a bit more drama. 

I really did enjoy this story, but I am dying to get my hands on Taming Lily!  Oh and I am praying that Mrs. Murphy will give me a whopper of a story for Pilar's demise. I still hate her and want her to be destroyed!  I hope Lily brings her down.



 4 Clocks for Stealing Rose.





Saturday, February 28, 2015

Shiver by CM Foss..... Review by Dawn






~Synopsis~
This is a love story. 


This is a romantic story. 



Except bananas. Bananas are never romantic. 



Lissa was a twenty-year-old girl trying to make it in the equestrian world. She was sassy and smart, strong and a little weird. And she had no idea what she was doing. 



Ethan was twenty-seven, tattooed, tall, dark, and hot. And lugging some baggage. He’d already made it in the business and brought Lissa on to help get her on her feet. And it turned out, he liked a little weird. 



Ethan made it clear that he wasn’t in the market for a relationship. Lissa was happy to learn the ropes and push her attraction aside. 



But how do you draw the line when every touch makes you…shiver?





Ok, let me disclose a few things before I start my review. 
I was an assistant to Author CM Foss at her first signing and she gifted me a copy of Shiver. The fact that I have "worked" with CM has ZERO baring on this honest review. 

I LOVE this book!. I read so many books that are dark and angst ridden, it  
sometimes takes me by surprise when a sweet romantic book just connects with me. 

I love Lissa, what a strong, determined, passion driven leading lady. She is funny and always speaks her mind. I often found myself thinking "I would have said that also." The banter between Ethan and Lissa is so much fun to read. 

Ethan, is so much fun to get to know. He swears off love, he had a rough childhood and saying he had difficult parents, would be a gross understatement. He is driven to succeed and I think he is so freaking sweet. I really liked Ethan, and found him extremely sexy. 

Ethan and Lissa have been friends for a few years and its always been easy for them to talk. Little do they know, they are both harboring the "feels" for each other. Reading their story was effortless. It just flowed and left you feeling like, no matter what life throws at you, as long as you have someone who loves you, supports your dreams and always has your back, love can in fact can conquer all!  

Lawrence and Steph are hilarious! I am so excited that they are getting their own book, Swoon.
I loved the friendship that Lawrence and Lissa developed. Steph is a bit of a mystery and I like that not all that much was said about her past. 

The Epilogue takes you into Lissa and Ethan's future and the trials they face raising a child with special needs. I am not even sure if that is what you call it. But they forge through it and you really feel the struggle and the reconnecting of these two. YES! I cried... and you will to.


I loved this story and will definitely be reading Swoon and anything else CM Foss writes. 









Thursday, February 26, 2015

Limbo Series by Andrea Smith.

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The Limbo Series Author: Andrea Smith Book 1 - Silent Whisper Book 2 - Clouds in My Coffee
  synopsis
  Silent Whisper Parrish Locke is 27 years old, a successful model with a gorgeous boyfriend, and a loft in Manhattan. Little does she know that during a photo shoot in Chester, West Virginia, an unfortunate car accident will change her life . . . forever. Parrish discovers she's gifted in a very special way, and thus begins a suspense-filled journey that unravels secrets and mysteries from the past. Once her journey ends, it is just the beginning for Parrish, because only she holds the key that will bridge the past to the present, and allow wrongs to be righted from beyond. From mafia capos, to steamy romance, to solving the unsolved, her journey is one that provides the blueprint for her future--one she never imagined possible. SW6.jpg   Clouds In My Coffee When Parrish Locke, a 27 year-old fashion model, discovers she has a gift, she wishes it was the type that could be returned. That's not the case. You see, under the right circumstances, Parrish can help "stalled souls" pass beyond the pearly gates. That's right - she can communicate with their spirits. Well actually, she can do more than that, she can re-live the circumstances surrounding their untimely deaths, and as a result, right some wrongs along the way. Clouds In My Coffee finds Parrish back in the 1970's, in a small Wyoming town where a high school cheerleader died as a result of a car accident one snowy night. But Parrish knows that isn't what really happened. After forty years, how will she convince authorities there is more to the story? Enter Marco Trevani, Jr., a handsome, somewhat arrogant FBI agent that Parrish's father calls in to assist his gifted daughter. The chemistry between them is undeniable. But there's another surprise in store for Parrish. One relationship fizzles, while another one sizzles! 14183495560821  




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Excerpt - Silent Whisper (Book 1)

"Baby," he said softly, "My life is what it is. I grew up knowing what I was and what I would always be, the same as my father, and his father before him in Sicily. It's not a career choice; it's simply a way of life that I was born into. But I can promise you that I will never allow you to become part of it. I will make sure that you are never at risk, and that you have no reason to be concerned about your safety or culpability in anything. Do you understand?"
His dark brown eyes were studying me, wanting to make sure that I knew he was my protector in all of this.
I swallowed nervously under his perusal, and nodded.
And that night, Dominic loved me with a passion that had been absent before, though I never would've guessed that he had been holding anything back. It was different that night. Haunting yet exciting at the same time and it felt dangerous.
It might've been because of our earlier mutual declaration of love; or it might've been because I now knew the extent of this man's power, along with his promise to be my protector. So let's face it, his power, along with his passion for me was a potent aphrodisiac for this girl from Chester, West Virginia. 
But it also might've been because Dominic didn't permit me to put my diaphragm in before we hit the sheets that night.
"No Karlie," he said, pulling me gently back to him as I started for the bathroom to do what I always did before sex. His fingers tilted my chin, forcing me to gaze into his dark eyes. 
"Not tonight. Not anymore."
And I didn't argue because it would've been pointless. Dominic had made up his mind as to what he wanted, and it was something that apparently he wanted from me. 
A child.
He had never gone into detail as to the specifics, but I'd gotten the impression that having children was important to Dominic. He had never elaborated as to why they had no children, and I didn't think it was my place to ask. 
After that night, I knew it was a conversation that we needed to have. Bringing Dominic Castellano's child into this world was something I wasn't sure that I could ever do.  
And it had nothing to do with the fact that he was married. It was because having his child meant that he or she would be born into the same life that he had been born into, and his ancestors before him.
While I loved this man, I couldn't fathom allowing a child of mine to follow in those kinds of footsteps, and I wasn't all that sure that I'd have a choice in the matter.






 

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ANDREA 2  about  Today and Amazon Bestselling author Andrea Smith has a wicked sense of humor. No matter the genre, she is able to infuse laughter throughout. Andrea is an Ohio native, currently residing in southern Ohio. She is the mother of two sons, and through the years has always held on to her dream of publishing fiction. Andrea Smith is the author of "Past Tense Future Perfect" (formerly published as the Baby series), The G-Man series (Diamond Girl, Love Plus One, Night Moves, G-Men Holiday Wrap, and Taz) "These Men" (Novella that was part of an 8-author Erotica Consortium compilation entitled Bend). Ms. Smith writes contemporary romance with suspense, mystery and an erotic tone.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thoughtful by SC Stephens



~Blurb~
The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything . . . 

Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting-smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction . . . until Kiera's own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing-he won't let Kiera go without a fight.



Revisiting Kellan Kyle again, ahhh... He really is a fantastic character. I am not one to read POV books. I often feel it's the same story told again. I will also admit, I hated Keira in Thoughtless, she was to wishie washie for me . I know that was the point, love triangle... but I did hate her. 


His inner monologue was a bit much at times.  But this is after all his side. I would have liked to have more of, I am not sure what, but I felt like I was left wanting something.
 Reading about the abuse he suffered was very very hard. I had to take a few breaks. Gut wrenching! 
For a POV book, it is exactly that.. His side of the story. Its been years since I read Thoughtless, mainly because of my extreme dislike of Keira, but none the less, this will give you what you want... KELLAN KYLE.. and he is just as hot in this as he is in the series. If you are a fan, you will LOVE It. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What People are saying about Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie...






Well, after seeing the movie 3 times in less than a week. "Three times in a week" you ask? Yes!
 I had decided I was going to make a project out of this. I took it upon myself to interview people. I came up with questions for "before you see the film and after you see the film." I wanted to get a wide range of people, they are...
young, mid thirties, virgins, older, someone familiar with the lifestyle, a man,  Readers of the books and non readers.
Here is what they had to say....

Casting... agree or disagree with selecting Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson?

Felicia S (age 21, read the books, seeing it with her boyfriend.)
Had this to say about Jamie Dornan BEFORE she watched the film.
"I'm  not extremely  satisfied with who they cast  as Christian.  He isn't  as attractive or as fierce as what I envisioned him to be. I thought someone like Ian Somerholder could play him well. But everyone  portrays a book differently so maybe he will be a perfect fit. I'll have to wait and see."

Mark C, (41 did not read the books, seeing it with his wife- ME) says"I really liked his acting. He was cold, calculating, in control, precise. He played the character very well. I really liked her acting. I mean it, not for all the sexual aspect of it. She is very good at playing innocent and awkward."


When I asked them what they were most excited to see in the film?  They had this to say.

Karon (55, read the books, seeing it with her daughter )
" If they have the same chemistry on film as they did in the book?"

Robbie (38,read the books, seeing it with her mother) said,
"Taylor!" (That is probably my favorite answer of them all!)

Maria A(35 did not read the book, seeing it with friends)said "She wanted to see what all the hype was about!" 
I think she now understands!

Felicia S, had this to say...
"I'm  most excited to see how they make this extremely sexual book into a movie. I believe they will do a good job at making it hot and steamy, without making it a porn."

I think, we can all agree.. they did our beloved book justice!


I asked the following questions AFTER they saw the film.
Do you feel they stay true to the book?
It was unanimous, all of them agreed... YES! 

Your favorite part of the movie?

Felicia -"My favorite part of the film would have to be when Christian shows up at Anastasia's work, and buys everything  he will eventually  use on her. I really liked their chemistry in this scene." 


Maria- "When they went gliding. You believed that he was actually giving her more."

Mark - "The tug of war between Christian and Ana." 

Karon- "How they met."

Robbie- " I loved the music."

After seeing the film, How do you feel about the acting?

Felicia- "After seeing the film, I think both Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson both did a very good job at playing their parts. I was surprised by how good they did."

Mark- "I thought they were spot on, I had no problem with the acting at all."

Maria- "Dakota Johnson Nailed it! Jamie, played a great Christian."

Robbie- "I think they did a good job showing her innocence and his domineering attitude."

Karon- "They had great chemistry."


Your overall thoughts on the film?

Felicia- "I was very happy with how the film turned out. A lot of "critics" were trying to say that this movie promoted sexual abuse and made this type if relationship  look like a fantasy.  I'm  very happy  that they portrayed it as a movie about a complicated  man, and his abuse and control problems. This movie did exactly what I hoped by remaining true to the book instead  of turning it into a fairy tale."

Maria- " I really enjoyed it. I have not read the books, so I didn't know what to expect. I also thought it was NOT "pron" at all."

Robbie-" Considering how detailed the book is, they put a considerable amount into the movie. They couldn't give us the whole entire book, but the movie grasped the love story."

Karon-" It leaves you wanting more!"

Mark- "I took as a love story, more than an erotic film. The plot was very intriguing. They tap into a genera that has not been shown in this scale before."

Describe the movie in 5 words.

Felicia- "Intense, steamy, intellectual, romantic &emotional"

Maria- "Romantic, Sad, Funny,Educational and Foreplay."

Robbie- "Hot, Provocative, funny, sexy and love."

Karon_" Romantic, Funny, Passionate, Intriguing and Tantalizing."

Mark- " Intriguing, Grey, elusive/secretive,  sexual and romance."




My review is really quite simple... I LOVED IT! They stayed true to the book and left it with the perfect set up for books 2&3. I loved Dakota bringing Ana to life. She was perfect for the role. I was not Jamie's biggest fan, mainly because I have no idea who he was. I believe he played Christian, exactly the way he was written, stiff, unemotional, and a control freak. I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I did in fact, love them as Ana and Christian.  I am excited to see the rest of the films. 

I wanted to touch on this for just a second....

I will never understand all the bullshit being said about how the movie is "promoting abuse." This is about a broken man! I also, take issue with those bashing the book who have NEVER it. To break it down in terms most will understand. That would be like me saying "I HATE broccoli" and have NEVER tried it! It really is that simple! 
Get off your high horse and stop judging me and my people for having an open mind! We are not judging you for being a hypocritical asshole! 
~ Dawn