When a Marquis Chooses a Bride by Ella Quinn 99 cents

When a Marquis Chooses a Bride - Ella Quinn

The Dowager Lady Worthington isn’t quite sure what to make of country-girl Dorothea Stern. As the granddaughter of the Duke of Bristol, Dotty is schooled in the ways and means of the nobility. But her sharp wit and outspoken nature has everyone in a tizzy. Especially their cousin, Dominic, the Marquis of Merton.

Prematurely stuffy, Dom was raised by his cheerless uncle to be wary of a host of things, including innovation, waltzing, and most perilous of all: true love. Still, there’s something about Dotty, beyond her beauty, that Dom cannot resist. But the odds are against him if he intends to win her as his bride. Will he choose loyalty to his family—or risk everything for the one woman he believes is his perfect match…

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When an Alpha Purrs By Eve Langlais 99 cents

[(When an Alpha Purrs)] [By (author) Eve Langlais] published on (June, 2015) - Eve Langlais

A billionaire CEO and leader of the largest East Coast pride, Arik is a ladies man and a lion. Used to commanding others, and obedience, he can’t believe it when a hairdresser with tempting curves chops off a hunk of his precious mane.

But her biggest mistake is in running from him.

Run as fast as you can, little mouse, because this cat loves to chase–and pounce.

Oh, and he also likes to nibble on tender bits. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for a human woman, a woman who can make the impossible happen because everyone knows lions can’t purr…until now.

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Best New To Me Romance Writers 2016

It looks like I forgot to do this super fun post!

I found some fantastic new to me romance writers the year and a lot of them! There was so much glomming.

Here are my discoveries! Let me know yours!

J.R. BIERY

My luck with Historical Romance was not good this year but I did stumble upon this wonder Western Romance writer. Her gritty and compelling prose has a realism that makes the Happily Ever After particularly sweet.

 

Sarina Bowen

I spent enough money on Sarina Bowen this year that she should be feeling mighty fine. Great writing with emotionial depth and a thoughtful investigation of issues vital to our time from slut shaming to class conflict. She makes me like the New Adult genre with her The Ivy Years Series and the equally wonderful True North Series.

Anna Carven

Each book in Anna Carven‘s Dark Side Planet Science Fiction Romance Series builds a more and more intersting culture and world. Mainly, these books a lot of fun with awesome aliens and grumpy earthlings who all kick ass. 

Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon bought a lyrical fairy tale into my life this year with her wonderful Fantasy Romance. Her world building is exquisite.

Anna Hackett

Anne Hackett writes great escapist Science Fiction Romance. The Galactic Gladiators is particularly fun.

Jessica Topper

Jessica Topper’s contemporary romances are wonder of carefully layering of setting, themes, character, and love story. All the details are drawn just so. In the middle of a great Rock Star Romance, I got so much more–a comfort read in the Love a Steel Series.

Tiffany Reisz

I was lucky enough to meet her at a Ripped Bodice book signing. I picked up her highly recommended Men at Work Series.  I was thrilled to discover a 5 Star book.

Rebekah Weatherspoon

Sexy Contemporary Romance Author who writes with wit and charm. Weatherspoon also is leading the charge to push for more diversity in our genre with her Women of Color in Romance project. I am with her. Become a Patron of this movement.

Getting Inside (Seattle Grizzlies, #1) by Serena Bell Review

3 and Half Stars!

 

Iona: There’s nothing like the rush of going head-to-head with the boys. Football is my life, and I got my new job with the Seattle Grizzlies because I know how to play rough. But as a woman in a man’s game, I can’t afford any distractions—like panty-melting tabloid darling Ty Williams, my star linebacker. I’ve stared down plenty of good-looking players without losing my cool . . . and yet something about Ty’s intense gaze burns straight to my core.

Ty: Despite what they say in the press, I save my best moves for game day. The Grizzlies aren’t just my teammates, they’re my brothers—no way am I going to let some new coach shake up our defense. But Iona Thomas isn’t just some coach. It’s so tough to keep my head in the game when I’d rather be in bed with her. She may take charge at practice, but if I had her in my arms, I’d be choosing the plays. I just need to figure out what makes her tick—and what makes her want to break the rules.

 

 

Review

This is a well written compelling love story of one of the first female pro football coaches and a player.

The characters are full developed, the conflicts real, and the plot well paced.

I loved the look at sexism in sports.

All that said, it just wasn’t a favorite for me. I never liked the hero that much though his character evolved and was finely painted. I liked the heroine.

I think because so much of the attraction between them was physical I missed the falling in like with each other though they certainly respected one another.

So, a very good book for someone else.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.

Madame’s Deception by Renee Bernard $1,99

Madame's Deception - Renee Bernard

Jocelyn Tolliver believes that her mother’s couture business financed her European boarding school education. Imagine her shock when she discovers that her dying mother is the infamous Madame of London’s elite Crimson Belle. Promising to care for the bordello and its ladies, Jocelyn, a virginal bookworm, transforms herself and is soon known as the reclusive Madame DeBourcier.

Rakish Alex Randall, Lord Colwick, is determined to win admittance to the intriguing Madame’s bed. His outrageous attempts to garner her favor cannot go unnoticed for long. . . . When danger threatens the elegant women of the Belle, Jocelyn strikes a bargain with Alex, hoping he can provide some protection. But Jocelyn’s deception forces her and Alex into a passionate battle of wills in which all illusions will be shattered . . . and all desires fulfilled.

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Arak’s Love (A World Beyond, #2) by Michelle Howard Review

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Half-Argoran shifter, Arak O’tir knew good people existed. He worked with some of them. But as a deadly Jutak warrior, his work often took him into the less savory elements of society. So much so, he shielded his heart from those he’d rescued. That was, until one particular mission leaves him longing for a specific female. Someone who made him tremble even if she wasn’t from his world.

Sylvia Forrester never expected her quest for a husband would lead her into danger. Nor could she have ever foreseen that her search would find her captured by aliens and added to a list of potential sex-slaves to be sold for a high profit. While her captors should have broken her, destroying any hope she’d had of a life happily-ever-after, Sylvia’s savior has her wondering if her earlier dreams could still come true.

But Arak and Sylvia soon discover love and passion has its own price.

 

Review

This is a non stop action science fiction romance which still takes time to build a lovely romance between a cat shifter alien and a would be mail order bride that gets turned into the slave trade instead.

 

There is good world building here, bad ass yet tender warrior hero, and a never say die heroine.

 

The relationships between the women are just as strong and more intersting as those between the men. The best friend bonds are strong and loyalty and love abound.

 

Good stuff.

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Skin Deep (Prescott Twins #2) by Jasmine Haynes Review

 

4 Stars!

Kirby Prescott is a woman in control of her life. She owns a thriving company, has her pick of gorgeous escorts, and no one to tell her what to do. And she has Jack Taylor, a man she’s never met but who knows her more intimately than almost anyone. Only a phone call away, Jack feeds her deepest desires with hot phone sex. Afterward, all she has to do is hang up. No fuss, no mess, no entanglements. Just the way Kirby likes it.

Jack Taylor isn’t staying long distance anymore. He knows what he wants, and he plans on showing Kirby that having him in her life doesn’t mean giving up her independence. Turning a simple business trip into a sensual journey, Jack is determined to win her over, body and soul.

Will taking the long distance out of their relationship ruin the perfect thing they had going?

 

Review

This book was a lovely surprise. It has emotionial depth without angst mixed in with playful erotic twists.

I loved the hero who is not a fantasy of the physically perfect but who is confident and attuned to the heroine.

The heroine is guarded and fierce. The hero loves her and goes all out. There is a great little aside about the importance of matter of matching sex drives I valued. I also valued the lack of the hero being a man whore (he has plenty of talent in bed and a sexy voice) and the sexual assuredness of the heroin.

The turn of the book is when the heroine sees herself anew and changes to be open to love.

This is a fast paced sexy as hell romance that makes you want this couple to find happiness.

The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon $1,99

The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys) - Jessica Lemmon

It’s Tag Crane’s job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn’t perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he’s ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It’s not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it’s a fantasy come true. What’s the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can’t be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

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Body Shot › Kelly Jamieson 99 cents

Body Shot: A Last Shot Novel - Kelly Jamieson

Former Navy SEAL Beck Whitcomb left a world of privilege to prove he could make his own way. Money, mansions, expensive cars—none of it could heal the loss of his older brother, or buy his parents’ love. Now, after using his trust fund to open the Conquistadors tequila bar with his brothers-in-arms, Beck has it all: good friends, fine liquor, and hot hookups. When it comes to women, commitment’s not his thing—until he gets a taste of the pretty professor who walks into his bar . . . and winds up in his bed.

Hayden Miles knows all too well that emotional decisions can lead to heartbreak, and nothing screams “bad decision” like a playboy bartender with inked biceps and a wicked smile. Still, their chemistry is off-the-charts explosive—and Hayden knows her chemistry. For once, this good girl longs to let loose. But is she willing to risk the pain to quench her thirst? With the promise of more on the table, Hayden’s eager to believe . . . before she misses her shot.

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Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox 5 Star Review!

5 Stars!

Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.

Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?

Review 

A wonderful romance with such a lovely twist into a Happily Ever After for every kind of love: sister love, brother love, father-adult child love, romantic love.

Ruthie Knox is one of my favorite writers. Her characters are complex and engaging with quirks, flaws, and beauty of the soul. The plots have all these little details which are grand.

Here we get New York City, a dip into the art world, and business. Mainly, we get the heartache of divorce and family with the hope of change and love.

I loved Truely (I am going to read it again) and I love this story of the sister.

Our heroine is a (well I won’t tell you her age cause that is a fun part of the story) impulsive and clever woman who comes to New York on a mission.

The hero is older, British and and open to her adventure. He lets the light in. He is the older not so nice brother from another wonderful Knox romance About Last Night.(which I will be rereading
too).

There is a wonderful mystery in this book and so achey family dynamics. The psychological aspects of the story are superb but you will stay for the love between Winston and Allie…the acceptance….the passion.

It is hot and it is real. It is great and will leave you happy.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.