Thursday, 18 December 2014

Cover Reveal: Fleur de Nuit by Cat Montmorency

Fleur de Nuit by Cat Montmorency 
(Bourbon Street Bondage, #1) 

Published by: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: Fall, 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance


Fleur de Nuit
Book One of the Bourbon Street Bondage Series

Decadent food, smoky music, dark delights—who could live in the French Quarter and not be tempted to partake? Moira D’Arcangelis, that’s who.

Ever since her college boyfriend tried to add her to his list of murder victims, she’s lived a quiet life, which is code for no life at all. When her best friend Kara convinces—okay, drags—her to meet Adrian LaCroix, master of the local underground kink scene, his commanding presence and sexy Cajun accent bring her latent desires back to life.

His offer to train her as a Domme is the key to regaining control of her life. Yet becoming Adrian’s protégé comes with complications. As he opens her body, mind, and soul, she begins to see Kara in a new light—right about the time a legendary Domme returns, intent on stealing Kara away.

Moira has a fight on her hands. For Kara, and against a past that comes roaring back with a vengeance. She’ll need every trick Adrian can teach her to win the right to both life—and love.

Author Bio

Writer, gamer, ninja. Writing about life, love, and kink in New Orleans' French Quarter. 21+  Rep'd by Jessica Negrón of Talcott Notch Literary.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Cover Reveal: Alpha Fighter by Ava Ashley

Alpha Fighter by Ava Ashley 
(The Alpha Fighter Series #1) 

Publication date:
December 15th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


The first part of Alpha Fighter, a two-part series from Amazon bestselling author, Ava Ashley.
Savannah Santos is on the run, almost out of options and cash. The daughter of a motorcycle club king, she fled everything she ever knew to get out of an arranged marriage to a rival club’s prince. Her plan is to follow her career dreams and not endanger anyone by getting too close. But she wasn’t expecting her new roommate to be her dream guy.
For Cooper Quin, being any girl’s dream man, is nothing new, but he’s determined to stay exactly that: a dream. His focus is on killing it in the brutal MMA ring. A former Navy SEAL with a dark past of pain and betrayal, falling in love is the last thing he intends to do. But his sexy new roommate is nothing like one of his usual one-night stands. With her, it feels safe to let his guard down.
Cooper knows a little about running from the past; Savannah’s is still looking for her. He can’t leave her alone, but pursuing her might be the MMA fighter’s undoing. She knows she can’t stay forever—not with two outlaw gangs searching everywhere to bring her back.


Amazon bestselling author Ava Ashley may look like the girl next door, but her steamy romances reveal a very naughty side. Raised in small town Ohio and now living in Homer, Alaska it’s amazing that she hasn’t increased the average temperature in her area of the state with her steamy writing. And she loves reading new adult romance novels as much as she enjoys writing them.

Ava likes spending time outdoors and does a lot of hiking and cycling with her husband and four children. When she can get away on her own, she’ll often take pen and paper along, find a secluded spot and let the environment inspire her. Of course, that inspiration frequently results in characters tearing each other’s clothes off, but you would expect nothing less from a romance writer.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wednesday Wonder #8 - Fire Point by Sean Black

This is one of those books I have been eagerly waiting for as I love the Ryan Lock series. Book number six in the series come out on Kindle on 18th December. The research that Sean puts into his books is amazing and add a whole new layer to them.

The blurb doesn't reveal very much but if book 6 is anything like the previous 5 then it will be yet another winner.

The Blurb

The sixth novel in the Ryan Lock series. Ryan Lock and Ty Johnson are in Los Angeles and on the trail of an unlikely cult who are planning on taking their message to the world and settling some old scores at the same time.

Author Bio

I write the Ryan Lock series of thrillers, which feature ex-military bodyguard Ryan Lock and his partner, former Marine, Ty Johnson. The first two books in the series, Lockdown and Deadlock, hit the Official UK Top 50 Bestseller Chart, and the third, Gridlock, has just been released in hardback. They have have also been translated into Dutch, German, and Russian.

I'm a firm believer in hands-on research, also known as 'any excuse to get out of the house', so before I wrote Lockdown, I trained for a month with former members of the Royal Military Police's specialist close protection unit. That turned out to be great preparation for Deadlock, which I researched by spending time inside Pelican Bay Supermax in California (see the TV interview on my author page). I recently completed a desert survival course in Arizona and ventured into the tunnels under Las Vegas, all as preparation for a new standalone thriller I will begin work on once I have completed the fourth Ryan Lock book.

Before I became a full-time novelist, I taught college and wrote television drama. I'm an Oxbridge and Ivy League graduate – try not to hold that against me.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Review: Play Of Light by Debra Doxer includes giveaway

***** 5 Stars

I jumped at the chance of being involved on Debra Doxer's blog tour for Play Of Light. Initially I was drawn by the cover, how pretty is that? And then I was intrigued by the blurb, there was something about it that made me know I just had to read this book & it certainly didn't disappoint. The book came out yesterday so go buy it.

The Blurb

I lived in paradise, and I loved Spencer Pierce.

At fourteen, my life was perfect. The beach was my playground, and the boy who stole my heart lived just around the corner. But perfect never lasts. In one horrifying moment, I lost it all. My family was destroyed, and the boy I believed in turned his back on me. Paradise became a nightmare.

That was five years ago. Everything changed when we moved from our home by the sea. I’ve changed, and I don’t like who I’ve become. I miss the smiling, carefree beach girl who disappeared that terrible night. I want to find her again. I want to face the people we ran from so long ago. Most of all, I have to face Spencer. So I can prove that when he broke my heart, he didn’t break me.

But when I see him again, Spencer Pierce is no longer the boy from my memories. He’s now a man who could devastate me if I let him. He watches me when he thinks I’m not looking. There’s regret written on his face when he’s near. Each time I see him, my heart aches for what might have been, and I think his does too. How can I convince myself I’m over him when I suspect he never got over me?

~ This is a standalone story. ~

My Thoughts

Oh where to start with this book? It had it all - mystery, suspense, drama, childhood crushes, love, romance, tragedy. It is easily one of the best books I have read in 2014 & I have read a fair few books.

Sarah first meets Spencer when he rescues from some local bullies on the beach one day. She was 12 years old & he was a couple of years older but she immediately fell for him & from then on he became all she thought about. Spencer Pierce ended up in town after losing both his parents to live with his Uncle Jackson, he's a troubled individual with many secrets. Sarah lives with her family, her father is the local police officer and for some reason he takes great issue with Spencer's uncle.Sarah's dad is all about justice and what is right, he's a totally good man through and through. So just what hold does Uncle Jackson have over the police?

I fell in love with Spencer Pierce the day that he saved me from the pirates
Sarah becomes Spencer's confidante, he shares his deepest, darkest secrets with her and she lives for the moments that the spend alone together. He seems to be aware of the crush that Sarah has on him but he is older, in the same year as her sister and doesn't seem to feel the same way about Sarah as she does about him. A secret friendship that no one knows about and that makes it even more magical for Sarah.

One night Spencer shares something so painful that Sarah just can't bear his secrets on her own any more so she turns to the one man she knows can help, her father. Unfortunately telling him changes her world forever as tragedy strikes. A tragedy that sees Sarah & her family flee town without a second thought.

There would be no closure for me with Spencer. His loss was one I would carry with me forever because I'd not only lost him, I'd lost the dream of him, which in a way was a greater loss.

Play of Light is set in both the past & present and in the present we see Sarah returning to her home town, her once paradise before heading off to college. She wants to try & find peace and closure for what happened 5 years ago. What she isn't expecting is to run smack back into Spencer again. And she certainly isn't expecting to still have the same feelings for Spencer, she thought that she had left the attraction in the past.The final unexpected twist for her is that Spencer actually feels the same. In her search for justice and closure she uncovers a big secret and in order for her to get the closure she needs the truth needs to come out no matter who might get hurt in the process.

Spencer was beautiful to look at as a kid, but as a man he was absolutely devastating
I really couldn't put this book down & ended up reading it all in one sitting. It was filled with so much suspense & so unpredictable that you just had to keep reading to find out what happens next. The plot moves quickly taking us back to the past to show us where Sarah & Spencer's relationship started and how it has evolved. There is so much history between the two that is impossible for them not to be drawn back together.

Play Of Light is a powerful, suspenseful read - a love story that is so beautifully written. I was totally captivated and smitten by Sarah & Spencer's story, totally immersed in their world from start to finish. It's a coming of age novel that is both heartbreaking and joyful, you feel both Sarah & Spencer's pain & love for each other deeply.

Both of the leading characters were strong & driven and there was so much to love about them both. Present day Sarah is resilient and determined but I also loved the sweetness and innocence of young Sarah, when she had her crush on Spencer it was almost as if she felt his pain. Her naivety and how smitten she is took me right back to my own 15 year old self, right back to my first love. Then there is Spencer he is a heady mix of so many things - he's charming, sexy, funny, protective and sweet. Spencer has an intensity about him one that comes with so much pain. Spencer is so damaged by his past, he doesn't feel worthy so can he ever love someone. Sarah is as passionate about her art as Spencer is about his music. Sarah & Spencer's journey is incredible, they are soul mates fighting their way back to each other but do they both have enough fight left in them.
I thought that I couldn't really love anyone until I saw Spencer again. Then I realized the problem wasn't that I couldn't love - it was that I couldn't love anyone but him.

The feels that this story gave me were intense & I loved the added mystery it made the book really stand out from all the other books in this genre. Debra Doxer had a wonderful ability to capture emotions through her writing & at times it was quite beautiful. She tugs at your heartstrings and leaves you wanting more, revealing only what she needs to with secrets tricking out helping to build the tension. Debra Doxer is certainly an author I will watch out for & you should too.

Check out the rest of Debra's blog tour here


Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

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Friday, 5 December 2014

Review: Inside Out By Lia Riley

***** 5 Stars

I am so excited to be part of another Lia Riley blog tour. The Off The Map series is truly the best trilogy I have read all year, I loved the series right from the very first chapter of Upside Down. Inside Out is the final book in the trilogy and I read it with great anticipation and trepidation hoping that Lia Riley gave the series the ending it deserved.

The Blurb

When Talia first moved from California to Australia to study abroad, she never dreamed she'd find the love of her life. Bran understands her like no one ever has before. And despite the numerous challenges they've faced, they've always managed to figure out how to stay together. But this time they'll face their toughest hurdle yet. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

My Thoughts

Inside Out picks up exactly where Side Swiped left off, Riley immerses us back into Talia's story in Malawi. Talia has followed her dream to Africa to be part of the Peace Corps, she's followed her dream but maybe not her heart. At the end of Side Swiped, Riley left us with a major, jaw-dropping cliff hanger. I literally sat in bed in the early hours of the morning when I finished the book not knowing what to do with myself.

Whilst Talia is still in Malawi, Bran is still following his own dream in the Antarctic, saving whales. At the end of the last book he had given Talia an ultimatum, insisting that he wasn't prepared to have a long distance relationship again seeing as his last one failed so miserably. However once apart from Talia he has realised he has made a mistake and that he doesn't want to lose her, he's been in touch to say his sorry for how things ended but will Talia accept his apology?

So that is how things stand at the start of Inside Out. Talia is considering what to do about Bran when she taken seriously ill and from there Riley takes us on yet another roller-coaster ride as we hurtle to the conclusion of Bran & Talia's story.

I hate her uncertainty. I hate even more that I'm not bloody Prince Charming, who can bestow a bullshit Disney kiss & transform this sterile room into happy-ever-after land.

In this book Lia Riley takes you on an adventure, a journey - exploring Bran & Talia's relationship, looking at how they are together & how they are apart. What makes them tick? What draws them together? 

Once again the story is told from both points of view and that is one of the things I like most about the books. You really get to know the characters & I love both Talia & Bran so much, they've grown on me with each book & I feel that I lived each step of their journey with them. I've loved seeing how far Bran & Talia have come both as individuals & as a couple. They have worked hard to make their own way in life, both following their dreams & ultimately being pulled back together when the going gets tough.

They've finally both realised finally realised that life isn't perfect & they are prepared to weather the ups & downs in order to be together. The flaws that they both have are still there but they've learned how to embrace them & make them work for their relationship.

When we get what we want, the dream becomes real, and real life is never perfect.

Talia is still battling with her OCD & how she feels about herself. She is still struggling to find herself & is searching out who she really is & what she actually wants from life. Talia really came into her own in Side Swiped but her illness in Inside Out really sets her back.

Bran really shines in this book in the same way I saw Talia shine in Side Swiped. Gone is the whiny, stroppy boy determined to get his own way instead he shows himself to be a truly loving, patient, caring & strong individual, he doesn't lose his Aussie charm & hotness though.

He's broody, unpredictable, and twists my brain like a pretzel, but my love for him isn't a word, it's an involuntary, instinctive act, like breathing

Side Swiped, gave us a good insight into Bran's family, we got to see why Bran acts the way he does. Inside Out has more of a focus on Talia's family, we meet her parents again & it is great to see her reconnect with her father & his new partner.

This book left me both happy & sad at the same time - happy that Bran & Talia find their happily ever after and sad that my journey with them is over. Inside Out continues the drama from the other two books in the series and it's packed full of it along with plenty of humour, hot sex, suspense, romance & let's not forget the chinchilla.

The Off The Map series is up there at the top of all the 150 books I've read this year. Lia Riley is one of my favourite new authors and I am looking forward to reading what she writes next. She has a fantastic writing style and her dialogue is brilliant. She has an amazing ability to draw you right into the conversations happening on the page. Once again Lia has found the perfect balance in telling an intensely emotional story by sprinkling with just enough humour.

Inside Out was unexpected & it didn't go the way I expected it would, it was much better. Sometimes our dreams change and following them can take you on to bigger & better things, the path that you plan to take doesn't always work out.

This was a wonderful conclusion to an awesome series. Bran & Talia overcome so many struggles and hurdles to be together & now their journey is over. Although I am secretly hoping that Lia Riley isn't able to leave it there for them & will revisit them at some point. I will now be patiently waiting for the Off The Map novellas.

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About Lia

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult Romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live in Northern California


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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Wednesday Wonder #7 - I'll Take New York by Miranda Dickinson

I will confess I've never read a Miranda Dickinson book however I have heard lots of wonderful things about her writing. I'm totally drawn to her latest book I'll Take New York purely on the cover alone, it totally captures the magic & glitz of NYC. Looking at the blurb it is definitely one I want to read, a man & woman both hurt & deciding it give up on relationships what could possibly go wrong?

The Blurb

Have you ever given up on love?

When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain.

Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there'll just be one love in his life: New York.

At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships.

But the city has other plans . . .