Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Book Review for Flatter Me A Roommate Romance By Rene Folsom


Flatter Me

A Roommate Romance
By Rene Folsom

 

Reviewed by:Tonya
Format:Kindle
Published:Indie Style Press
Source:ARC  Gene:  Adult Fiction/Erotica Romance

Blurb


Flatter Me is an erotic romance short story for ADULTS ONLY! This novella is roughly 17,000 words and contains sexual situations between a female barista and three hot Australian men. 

Laney knows her life is boring, and now that it’s a new year, she’s looking forward to letting go and giving in to some of life’s simple pleasures. When three men with sexy Australian accents walk into her coffee shop, spouting cheesy one-liners in some desperate form of flattery, her New Year’s resolution is put to the test.

It figures that, through several amusing come-ons, she finally finds Trevor—a perfect man who just so happens to be unattainable due to his temporary status in the states. Laney’s days turn into a mixture of carefree desires and tough decisions, causing her to question what she truly wants from life.

Will her passionate heart be able to handle the likes of Trevor and his mates? Maybe. How about when she knows there’s the promise of something more to come? Now that’s more like it.



Our Review

‘He had a confidence I’d never seen in a man before. Like he knew no matter what he asked of me, I’d say yes in a millisecond. 


I held my breath as he caressed my cheek with his fingertips, causing my eyes to flutter closed momentarily. 



“Laney?” The sound of my name from his lips, along with that delicious accent, made everyone and everything around us nonexistent. His big, blue eyes were a stark contrast to my own dull green irises. “I’m going to kiss you now.”



His words came out, not as a question, but as a warning. He planned to take what he desired, and it was no surprise I wanted him to. I couldn’t wait to find out what he tasted like.




Ohhhh that was one hot and tender yet intense moment right there and as always Rene’s wonderful way of teasing you in the beginning, and saying lookie here just a wee bit of what is to come. Flatter Me is Rene Folsom’s next amazing story in her Roommate Romance series. 



This book has me grabbing my side and busting out laughing at these three hot Aussie men with their adorable one liner pick up lines when they enter the coffee shop where Laney works. “You look very lost right now, do you need me to find you?” OMG I think I would have just started laughing right then and there but props to Laney for holding it together. These guys were down right gorgeous and have those sexy Australian accents to boot. What I wouldn’t give to work in that coffee shop.



“Hey, Laney?” Have you got any Aussie in you?” His question confused me because we’d already told the stories of where we were from. Then it clicked. Both his friends started with pithy little one-liners, and he was trying to be a funny bunny. I decided to play along. 


“Not yet,” I responded with a wink.



His smile broadened with my willingness to be playful. “Well, would you like some?” 



“Did you think I invited you over here for tea?” 



“Wait. You have tea?” Smacking him on his chest, I rolled my eyes and pushed him away from me.




WOW, I absolutely loved that, the playful banter between the guys and Laney is charming throughout the entire book. And this right here just leads into even steamier, sexier scenes. R+++ Rated scenes LOL but oh so good. 



I just absolutely loved the one line zingers throughout the entire book. Rene really changed it up in this book and I found it refreshing. Of course adding men that are sexy with accents what girl just doesn’t go weak in the knees for that? As Laney says ‘His voice is like sex on a stick.’ I could listen to an accent like that all day long. 



Oh for those of you who like Lollipops I think Rene does too. There is an awesome reference to them in this book. I won’t spoil it for you but get ready it is priceless. Awesome book as always Rene. 




   




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Book Review For Fire & Ice The Drake Legacy: Book One By Kari Wray


Fire & Ice

The Drake Legacy: Book One
By Kari Wray

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Reviewed by:Tonya
Format:Kindle
Published:Black Key Press
Source:ARC  Gene:  Adult Fiction/Erotica Romance

Blurb


When curvy college graduate Cassie secures an interview at one of the top property developers in the city it seems too good to be true. But little does she know that her life is about to change forever. 

Hopeless in love, unfashionable Cassie is forced on a last-minute makeover by her best friend Lauren and on the day of the interview stumbles headlong into the path of Xander Drake, the CEO of the company. He’s devastatingly handsome, unimaginably wealthy and – Cassie can’t quite believe it – interested in her. 

But how far will things go between them? And who is that icy-eyed man in the white suit who always seems to be following Cassie around? 

Soon this everyday girl next door will find herself entangled in a web of lies and intrigue, animal passions and carnal lust. Because without realizing it, Cassie Lawrence has become a player in a much larger game of power, greed and corruption … in The Drake Legacy




Our Review

This was a short fast read, but a really good book. Cassie is looking for a job and is interviewed by Xander Drake, the head of a really big company, that she can’t seem to find out much about (the company or the boss) when doing a Google search. Right away she has the hots for him. Nothing like the hots for the boss to stir up some bedroom and shower fantasies - oh yeah!!!. I mean after all this man is one seriously gorgeous man. Even during the interview she is turned on. Oh yeah I loved that I was giggling, imagine there you are fantasizing about the boss as he is interviewing you, um I am sorry, what did you say. LOL 

I liked how secretly she wants him in EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. But the vibes she gets from him are the “friend zone” vibes. Oh how I remember those vibes all too well. LOL 

Cassie’s friend Lauren is a hoot, and she has it going on. Telling Cassie what she needs to do, to go after Xander, helping her get ready for something big, yeah I love her, what a friend she would be. Listen to her Cassie, she knows what she is talking about. Because if you don’t I am coming to steal Xander for myself. 

Just as things start to look up and steam up between Cassie and Xander in comes another hottie Caleb. Wow always a twist in a steam sexy love book. At least the twist is good looking. And trouble is a brewing for sure. 

Both Xanders hot head and Cassie’s insecurity cause both of them to do stupid things. Of course Caleb appears to be the winner winner chicken dinner because of it, but just when you think you know what is going to happen, the author throws a kink in the story and you are headed in a different direction.

Now let me tell you this book has some really nice hot steamy moments and it is very well worth the read. It is short, and it is a very fast read. And the end is a cliffhanger, but not the kind that pisses you off, its good because it sets you up for the next book “Caleb’s Web” and I have a feeling Cassie is going to bet stuck in his web. I am hoping that Xander can break her free though. I can’t wait to find out just what happens.









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Blog Tour for Champion of Sherwood by Laura Strickland




Champion of Sherwood
by Laura Strickland

BLURB:

When Gareth de Vavasour, nephew of the Sheriff of Nottingham, is captured by the outlaws of Sherwood Forest and held for ransom, he knows he will be fortunate to escape with his life. Amid the magic and danger that surround him, he soon realizes his true peril lies in the beautiful dark eyes of Linnet, the Saxon healer sent to tend his wounds.

Granddaughter of Robin Hood, Linnet has always known she is destined to become a guardian of Sherwood Forest, along with her sister and a close childhood companion. She believes her life well settled until the arrival of Gareth. Then all her loyalties are tested even as her heart is forced to choose between love and the ties of duty, while Sherwood declares its own champion.

EXCERPT

Excerpt Five:

"Champion."

He spun once more. A man stood behind him, wreathed in white mist pure as the moonlight. Gareth reached for a weapon he no longer wore.

"Peace," the man said.

"Who are you? How come you here?"

"I am the spirit of this place. Some call me the Green Man. Others call me Robin Hood."

"Robin Hood is long dead." Gareth had heard the tales. Who had not?

 "Aye, long dead," the man agreed, "as are many here. This is our bastion, our refuge, a place of faith and strength."

"What do you want with me?" Surely, and surely, he was back asleep on his tether, and dreaming.

 "Nay, lad, you are not dreaming."

"Can you hear my thoughts?" What madness was this?

"I ask of you, young man, only one thing, one boon, one favor if you would survive this night."

 "Of course I will survive. This is but darkness, and trees, and moonlight."

The man waved one of his hands. A creature appeared beside him, a pure white wolf with its hackles raised. Another subtle movement and he stood flanked on the other side by a great, white hart, its sides streaming mist. The trees overhead tossed their branches and Gareth felt the power gather, sharp and vital, around this being who faced him.

Fear such as he had never known – not even when awaiting the arrival of his father with the strap – engulfed him. He said, "What do you seek of me? What boon, what bidding?"

"I ask of you but one promise, that you should follow what is in your heart." He smiled again. "Does not a true champion, always follow his heart?"

Our Author Interview



Thanks for inviting me to this fun interview here today with the Angels with Attitude!


What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

If I were Linnet, I think I might have made more of an effort to communicate with those around me, once I began developing feelings for our Norman enemy, Gareth de Vavasour – especially with my twin sister, Lark.  Of course Lark is notoriously hard to handle, with a very short temper.  She just might have slit Gareth’s throat with one of the many weapons she keeps about her person if she thought he posed any sort of danger – even to my heart.  But we’re a close-knit bunch and act always one for the other, so it might have been worth a shot to sit her down beside me and try to explain that one can’t choose where one loves.  And it might have prevented some of the misunderstandings that later cost such a very high price …



What was your inspiration behind this book?

I’ve always loved myths, lore and legends.  When I was young I read all the Andrew Lang fairy books and every other compilation I could find.  I’ve previously written a series of books set in ancient Scotland and Ireland, but the inspiration behind The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy was my daughter, who adored anything about Robin Hood.  When she was small we used to play “Robin Hood Barbies” together and act out all the well-known tales.  The very handsomest of the Ken dolls was Robin, and the space under the dining room table was our Sherwood Forest.  Eventually we got so into it, I even sewed them all period clothing!  All that play became the foundation for this series, which actually deals with Robin Hood’s descendants and takes place after his death.  That’s why I dedicated the first book, Daughter of Sherwood, to my own daughter.


Why did you become a writer ?

My desire to write grew out of my love of reading.  I was fortunate enough to have an older sister who was an avid reader.  Every Saturday she look me to our local library where I had the privilege of prowling the shelves and choosing books to take home with me – each and every one a treasure trove just waiting to be opened.  I especially loved the books that created whole worlds within their pages.  But I always felt devastated when the story came to an end – I wanted more!  Eventually it occurred to me that if I wrote the story I could continue it as long as I wished and create whatever world I could imagine.  Sheer bliss!


As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that ?

Yes, I do agree and I love to hear from my fans.  Writing a book is a bit like tossing a pebble into the water.  You make ripples, but you can’t see quite where they reach.  Many of the books I’ve read have made a profound difference in my life and I’ve always wished I could tell the author … if I could only find the words.  When my readers drop me an email or leave a message on Facebook, I receive the gift of knowing who I’ve touched, and how they feel about my work.

Of course a writer likes to know what her readers wish would happen in her future books, especially during the creation of a series.  I do get that kind of feedback, especially from my online writing community, and I’ve found we’re often on the same page … but sometimes I surprise them, and that’s fun too.




Do you have a favorite author or authors?

I have many authors I value very highly.  It would be so difficult to choose a favorite.  When I was a girl I loved Louisa May Alcott.  Reading her, I learned a great deal about characterization and adding emotional content.  As a teenager I loved Tolkien and Robert Silverberg.  A few years later it was Barbara Michaels.  These days if I selected one name, it would have to be Sir Terry Pratchett.  I adore his prowess at world building.  His characters are wacky, yet believable and consistent.  The best part of his writing, though, is that dry, wicked and quite devastatingly clever humor.  Every time he releases a new book, it’s like Christmas morning for me!


Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?

Yes, because writing a series is a little bit like time travel.  An author creates a world in the first book, populates it with characters and sets it running.  Usually after the book is completed, she misses that world, and those people.  Sometimes they even continue talking in her head.  With a series, the author gets to return to that same setting, perhaps a year or a generation later, and spend some time there again.

I’ve written two series: my present work The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy and my Celtic Series, of which four books are now in print.  The Celtic Series takes place in pre-Christian Ireland, Scotland and Gaul and like The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy follows several generations of a single bloodline.



If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

Do you mean a character from one of my own books, or any book at all?  If it’s from one of my own books, I would have to choose Gabhan out of The Waking Dream.  The bastard son of a Celtic chief, he’s tall, raven-haired, blue-eyed and tattooed with the markings of his mother’s Pictish tribe.  Best of all, he’s a harper who can create musical magic out of thin air.  Since I love Celtic music and especially ancient harp tunes, such as those of Turlough O’Carolan, I would be willing to follow Gabhan just about anywhere.

If asked to select a character from someone else’s book, I might just be tempted to choose Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings.  It’s good to date the King!


What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?

I read avidly and pretty much constantly, so I go through a large number of books.  Sometimes I read on my Kindle and sometimes with a flesh-and-blood book in my hands.  I tend to choose my reading material based on the mood I happen to be in at any given time.  I’ll read anything from Romance (Historical, Contemporary and Romantic Suspense) to Mystery (traditional and cozy) or Suspense to Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult and even Westerns.  Luckily for me, I work for a library system in Upstate New York, so I never have any lack of reading material.  

Incidentally, my litmus test for any book I pick up is to read the first line – if it grabs me, I’ll read the book.  If not, I’m quite likely to put it back down.


Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

No, never.  I’m usually too caught up in the moment.  But I’m likely to choke up a bit when I read them back, later.


Did you have a Cover Designer ?

Yes – my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, provides a cover designer for each of my books.  Authors contribute details and descriptions, and our input is welcomed throughout all stages of the design.  Their artists are very talented and go out of their way to do a wonderful job.  I just love the cover Diana Carlile created for Champion of Sherwood!

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush ?

Not sure I have one.  Does Aragorn from the “who would I want to date” question count?


If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be ?

Oh, I’d love to have a long dinner with my favorite author, Sir Terry Pratchett.  I’d pick his brains about how he came up with the concept of Discworld and how he crafts all those wonderful, intricate and off-beat plots.  I’d also like some details about how he makes his characters so weird yet believable.  He’s the best I’ve ever seen at persuading his readers to suspect disbelief.

And what would we eat at this dinner?   Some delicacy bought from a street vender in Ankh Morpork, no doubt – possibly even sausages on a stick.

Do just re-read your favorite books ?

Yes, definitely!  I think a really good book warrants re-reading.  And the very best books stand up to it, because they offer up something different each time they’re read – a little more beauty, wisdom, magic or humor.  A good book has depth.  I’ve read Wuthering Heights many times, also The Master of Blacktower, Witch of the Glens, and many others too numerous to list here.  I always think curling up with a well-read book is like spending time with a well-loved friend, don’t you?



Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do ?

No, I don’t think I get into reading slumps.  Honestly, I’d read the back of a cereal box, if I didn’t have anything else available.  Sometimes I do bog down in the middle of a book, if I have too much else going on and become distracted.  But I have this little peculiarity – I absolutely hate to abandon a book once I’ve started it.  I feel as if I make a commitment when I decide to read something, and with very few exceptions I stick to it.  I think I’ve dropped a book in the middle only two or three times, ever. 

There’s such a wide range of books available right now – both digital and print – it’s almost impossible for me to get bored.  With a single click on my Kindle, I can have the whole world before my eyes.  Whatever I want, it just comes to me – it’s like magic!

What is the funniest book you ever read ?

Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys – without question!  I quite literally laughed till I cried.  Then I read it to my friend, and she laughed too.  Can’t recommend it highly enough.







AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born and raised in Western New York, Laura Strickland has pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. Though her imagination often takes her to far off places, she is usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario, with her husband and her "fur" child, a rescue dog. Currently she is at work on the third book of the Guardians of Sherwood series.

Publisher:   http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=1042

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Strickland/e/B001KHSACW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1


BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/laura-strickland


Blog Tour & Giveaway Drive Me Crazy by Tracy Wolff

Drive Me Crazy
Contemporary Romance
Tracey Wolff
Entangled Brazen
210 Pages
English/E-book


 His rival’s in his bed, and this rocker is ready to play.

Former rivals Quinn Bradford and Elise McKinney are not friends, at least not anymore. As teens, all they cared about was psyching each other out before concerts. But when Quinn—now the keyboardist for Shaken Dirty, the hottest rock band on the scene—returns to his hometown and hears about the car accident that shattered Elise’s career, he’s determined to make things right.

Elise wants nothing to do with an arrogant rock star, despite how bad she so clearly wants him, so Quinn kidnaps the stubborn little piano player and whisks her back to his mansion. A little seduction might be just the thing to keep Elise under his care…and in his bed. But amid pranks both childish and very adult, their past comes rearing back to haunt them. And it might be more than either of them can forget.


Excerpt Here

http://www.entangledpublishing.com/drive-me-crazy/

ABOUT TRACY WOLFF

Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.





Blog Tour Highlight for Ungifted by Kelly Oram



Title: Ungifted 
Author: Kelly Oram
Genre: YA paranormal/fantasy
Series: Supernaturals #2 (companion)
Expected Publication: March 2014

Even though her father is running for President of the United States, Grace St. Claire is as normal a girl as they come. She’s clumsy, shy, and an outcast among her peers. She even manages to nearly die in a freak accident in front of the entire school. But when Grace survives a vampire attack she quickly learns that she is anything but ordinary.
There’s something about human Grace that has all the supernaturals around her going crazy. Her best friend’s brother suddenly wants to date her. Her worst enemy has sworn to protect her even against her wishes. Someone with very powerful magic wants her dead, and the vampire that attacked her has developed an obsession with making her his eternal mate.
In order to survive—and not as Count Dracula’s undead bride—Grace dives head first into the terrifying world of the supernatural. She teams up with a charming but mysterious warlock who strolled into town causing trouble and spouting stories of a Prophesy and Chosen One that looks exactly like Grace. Together they must figure out why Grace is different, who wants her dead, how she’s connected to the Chosen One, and who they can really trust.





ABOUT KELLY
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.




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