Royally Deep by Virna DePaul ~ Excerpt (@virnadepaul, @wordsmithpublic)

Royally Deep, the second book in Virna DePaul's Going Deep series is now LIVE!! You need to check out this cheeky teaser too... things are warming up!!
Title: Royally Deep
Author: Virna DePaul
Series: Going Deep #2
Genre: Adult Sports Romance
Published: January 10, 2017
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Take one sexy quarterback,
Mix in one adventurous princess,
Add some serious sexual tension,
And you get the royal romance of a lifetime.

Kyle Young—all-star quarterback and lady-killer—thought he knew what he wanted out of life: freedom, football and fun. Then he meets Bella. She seems like the perfect woman: gorgeous, funny, and a huge football fan. But what he doesn’t know? Bella also happens to be Princess Arabella of Salasia.

Yearning for adventure and romance before she devotes herself to her country and marries a man she doesn’t love, Arabella can’t believe her luck when she meets Kyle. Sparks fly between the football player and the princess, and they begin an affair neither of them could’ve imagined.

Soon, however, duty and self-doubt cause Kyle and Arabella to separate. Can he become the prince she needs? And can Arabella overcome her family’s disapproval? Or will their love transform back into a pumpkin at midnight, leaving them both without a happily ever after?

He brushed his fingers across her cheek. “You sure about this?”
That she had an answer to. “I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life.”

At that, Kyle led her from the door to stand in the muted light. Their room held a queen-sized bed with a charming quilt, and wooden furniture scattered throughout. She thought she could hear the sound of a record player somewhere downstairs, but otherwise it was quiet. Quiet except for her breathing, and the roaring in her ears from her pounding heart.

Kyle’s fingers glided down her face, down her throat, brushing against her beating pulse before brushing against her collarbone. She swallowed. His index finger made a figure eight around her heart, right above her cleavage.

“Tell me one more time,” he said in a low voice. “Tell me you want this.”

“I want this. I want you.” She knew she sounded desperate, but she didn’t even care at this point. “Kiss me, Kyle.”

Virna DePaul is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, and a former criminal prosecutor who writes thrilling, sexy stories about ordinary people overcoming extraordinary obstacles to find love. She has been traditionally published with Penguin, Harlequin, and Random House, and is also a bestselling Indie author.

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Flawed by Tracy Wolff ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@TracyWolff, @readloveswept)

Ahhh... Miles! What a sweet and caring guy you really were! And just the right guy to tie Tori down!
Flawed (Ethan Frost, #4)
Title: Flawed
Author: Tracy Wolff
Series: Ethan Frost #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 17th 2017

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When Tori Reed loses everything, he sets her free.

I told myself I’d never trust Miles Girard, no matter how brilliant or sexy he may be. His sister, Chloe—Ethan Frost’s wife—is my best friend, but I know just how low Miles will stoop to get what he wants. Now he’s the last thing I want: my boss.

Growing up, I had it all—except for the sense that I belonged. And when a mistake from my past surfaces in the press, my parents don’t hesitate to cut me off.

But surprisingly, Miles offers me a helping hand.

Before I know it, our relationship turns unprofessional in the hottest ways. Of course, he still drives me crazy. But when I’m dealt the ultimate blow, Miles is there for me. And maybe he’s the one I’ve been looking for all along.

I have read all the books in this series so far, so I was super excited about getting Tori's book. She has always been a fun, confident and unmissable character, so I was looking forward to seeing her settle down with a guy. And who better than Chloe's brother Miles! It was a sweet enemies to lovers romance with a touch of intensity as Tori was exposed and betrayed, and in need of security.

Miles was by far my favourite character. He quickly realised he was attracted to Tori, and her quick thinking and smart mouth. He showed that he was a good guy by jumping in to help the only way he knew how. He was a bit tough on Tori to begin with, after everything she had just been through, and they constantly bickered with one another. But seeing how sweet Miles could be melted my heart! I liked seeing him take care of Tori and do things to put her at ease.

I felt sorry for Tori to begin with. I liked how independent Tori wanted to be, she was changing her lifestyle and making better decisions. And no one should have to go through the humiliation and have their trust broken like she did—once you have a sexual relationship with someone, it should remain between those involved. Tori didn't have many options, so going to Ethan and Chloe's house was all she had, and having to stay with Miles. It started to annoy me as to how hot tempered she was and would arc up at Miles over everything. I understand she was backed into a corner and in a vulnerable state, but geez... he was trying to help in his own way and she should've accepted help when she was at her lowest.

I enjoyed how the chemistry between Miles and Tori grew throughout the story. It took place over only a few days, but they had known each other for a year. I felt that some of the subject matter was too similar to what Chloe had been through, and some of the arguments between Miles and Tori were replayed a few times. I did like seeing glimpses of Ethan and Chloe, and how close they all are despite living in different cities. Tracy Wolff still manages to pull me into the world's that she creates, and despite Flawed not being a favourite read of mine, I will continue to read her work.

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

I just loved this moment! The intensity! Such a great kiss!

Wrapped up in her now—wrapped up in this—I lean down, start to take her mouth with mine again. But she beats me to it, yanking me down until our mouths all but slam together.

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
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.

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Waiting On Wednesday #226 – Flawed / Preppy, Part Two (@TracyWolff, @TM_Frazier )

Tori is getting her own book! YES!!!
More Preppy!!After the last book I need this one like Yesterday!
Flawed (Ethan Frost, #4)
Title: Flawed
Author: Tracy Wolff
Series: Ethan Frost #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: January 17th 2017

The bestselling Ethan Frost series introduces a tantalizing new hero—and the broken woman only he can save. Discover why Beth Kery once declared that readers of Tracy Wolff will “fall in love under the spell of a master.”

When Tori Reed loses everything, he sets her free.

I told myself I’d never trust Miles Girard, no matter how brilliant or sexy he may be. His sister, Chloe—Ethan Frost’s wife—is my best friend, but I know just how low Miles will stoop to get what he wants. Now he’s the last thing I want: my boss.

Growing up, I had it all—except for the sense that I belonged. And when a mistake from my past surfaces in the press, my parents don’t hesitate to cut me off.

But surprisingly, Miles offers me a helping hand.

Before I know it, our relationship turns unprofessional in the hottest ways. Of course, he still drives me crazy. But when I’m dealt the ultimate blow, Miles is there for me. And maybe he’s the one I’ve been looking for all along.

Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two (King, #6)
Title: Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two
Author: T.M. Frazier
Series: King #6
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: January 24th 2017

Preppy finds himself back in a world he once loved, but no longer recognizes. His dim smile can’t hide his inner turmoil and the people he views as family all suddenly feel like polite strangers.

Except for one person. A girl with dark eyes and even darker hair.
A girl who isn’t even an option.

At least, not anymore.

Dre can’t decide who she’s going to listen to. Her heart, her head, or her body. Because two out of those three things have her heading right back to Logan’s Beach. Closure is what she tells herself she’s seeking, but when she unlocks doors that were never meant to be opened she soon discovers that when it comes to Samuel Clearwater, closure might NEVER be an option.

This is book six in the King Series and the second part of Preppy and Dre's story.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.
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Frostblood by Elly Blake ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday (@elly_blake, @HachetteAus)

What a perfect beginning to a new trilogy! I thoroughly enjoyed Elly Blake's debut novel and I cannot wait for more! Ruby and Arcus were fantastic characters to read about and I felt I was right there on the journey with them.
Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)
Title: Frostblood
Author: Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: January 12th 2017

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In a land governed by the cruel Frostblood ruling class, seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat and light - until the day the soldiers come to raid her village and kill her mother. Ruby vows revenge on the tyrannous Frost King responsible for the massacre of her people.

But Ruby's powers are unpredictable...and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the scarred, mysterious Frostblood warrior who shares her goal to kill the Frost King, albeit for his own reasons. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King's men, she's taken right into the heart of the enemy. Now she only has one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her - and in doing so, she must unleash the powers she's spent her whole life withholding.

Frostblood is set in world where flame and ice are mortal enemies - but together create a power that could change everything.

I love it when a book consumes you, and that is exactly what happened to me while reading Frost Blood. I began reading it while travelling on my holiday and every free moment I had just had to pick it up to continue on the journey. It was action packed, had a intriguing story line, a well crafted world and characters that I loved!

Ruby was an untrained Fireblood, she had the gift of fire, but didn't know how to control it. After she was rescued, she was taken to the Abbey where the monks nursed her back to health. Even though they had the power of frost, they helped her to harness her power and learn how to defend herself.

Ruby was a character I like to read about; she was feisty, determined and passionate. She was hesitant at first, unsure if the people in the Abbey were going to help her, but she soon built some friendships and was able to control her power. I liked they way she kept everyone on their toes, pushed her limits and grew into a stronger person.

Arcus was a mysterious guy, but strong with the power of frost. I liked that Ruby and him had a slow growing friendship, they tested each other, but their feelings grew for one another. Arcus was very reserved and revealed as little as he could about his past, which always kept me wanting to know more about him.

I loved the monks that helped Ruby! They were kind hearted and helped her become a stronger person, both with her power and within herself. I enjoyed the prophecies that were revealed, and how they contributed to the story as well. 

But once Ruby reached the castle, I was hooked! The fighting, her determination and the darkness that helped her survive! Getting to see the king, the spine tingling moments! All of it! Elly Blake has found a new fan in me, to write a debut novel that has left me wanting more!

Complimentary copy provided by Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Ruby had no idea! I could see it coming, and this helped her to understand, that's for sure!

He stood abruptly and paced the room.
I shook my head. “Just when I think I understand you, you say something to confuse me. First you seemed to detest me, then you treat me with kindness. Then you tell me you wish me dead. Now you fear I will somehow break you. Which is it?”
He paused. I stopped breathing, half regretting that I’d pressed him. I wasn’t sure I could handle being pushed away again.
“I promised you a secret,” he finally said, his eyes glittering in the candlelight, “and I can’t think of any way to tell you plainer than this.”
He took two strides toward me, fell to his knees, and turned my face up to his.
His lips moved over mine, the scar on his upper lip feeling pleasantly rough. His touch was tentative, but a shock of pure, toe—curling excitement shot into me.

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Elly BlakeElly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky mix who definitely shows Frostblood tendencies.

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Undeniable Temptation by Eden Summers ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@EdenSummers1)

The final book in the Reckless Beat series has arrived! It feels like I've been waiting for Ryan and Leah's story forever! It was a difficult ride, but I loved how it all wrapped up!
Undeniable Temptation (Reckless Beat #5)
Title: Undeniable Temptation
Author: Eden Summers
Series: Reckless Beat #5
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: January 16th 2017

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Haunted by a kiss.

With his destructive marriage behind him, Ryan Bennett can no longer deny his insatiable attraction to the one woman in control of his future. He needs her. Craves her. She’s the only glimpse of happiness through the building drama in his life and yet one drunken kiss has pushed her further away.

Tormented by what’s at stake.

Leah Gorman’s management contract states she can never act on her feelings for any members of the Reckless Beat band but Ryan has always owned her heart. No matter how long he’s held her captive with his deep soul and easy friendship, he’s off limits. End of story. If only her heart would get the memo. She can’t resist him. Even when their attraction gets in the way of her job.

The price of love is high. Is it worth the cost?
With Leah’s career on the line and Ryan’s reputation in tatters, ignoring their attraction may prove safer than risking everything they hold dear. They have to decide what matters most—their years of friendship, or a chance at love that will destroy them both if they can’t make it work.

Undeniable Temptation certainly pulled the emotion out of me! To begin with I was excited, knowing that Leah and Ryan were finally able to get together! But of course, Eden Summers managed to throw in a few twists to make it difficult for that to happen. So the emotional rollercoaster began as as they both battled with their feelings for the good of the band, despite the undeniable chemistry between them.

Leah had been the glue that had kept the band together. She kept things running smoothly and would make sure the guys were doing what needed to be done. I've seen some carefree sides to her, but she was all serious and determined during this book, but she was constantly hurting too. She had to watch on as Ryan seemed to be in a relationship with someone new. I missed the Leah I've read about in the novellas, the spirited girl, getting piercings and tattoos.

Ryan, he was always the married dependable guy in the group, but his life had been turned upside down. He knew his relationship with Julie was over, and all he wanted to do was move on and explore his feelings for Leah. When their record company came to them with a scandal ultimatum, he decided to take one for the team and took on the challenge.

It was a tough road for these two as outside forces manipulated them. I just wanted them to get together, because I knew they were meant to be. It was sad to see them both struggling emotionally, and everyone around them knew that they wanted to be together. But when Leah and Ryan finally hit the sheets, there were years of built up passion that they had tried to keep suppressed, so oh boy, was it hot!

Eden Summers wrapped this story up superbly, and I was excited to see that there were some threads left open that will allow us back into this world at some stage. I was glad that all the characters made appearances throughout the story, and we could see how their relationships were strengthening. It was a frustrating, but perfect way to end the series as these two strong individuals finally found the love and life they deserved.

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Oh Ryan... you make me swoon!

“I’m going to tell you there’s only one person I’m interested in. That there’s only ever been one person capable of making me happy.” He removed the last foot of space between them, backing her against the cement wall. “And you know it’s you.”

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Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.

In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind.

Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

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Safe Bet by Monica Murphy ~ Review & Teaser (@MsMonicaMurphy,@jennw23)

A surprise, 4th book in The Rules series!! Gabe's sister Sydney get's her own story as we cross over into the Drew and Fable series. Monica Murphy fans will love this one!
Safe Bet (The Rules, #4)
Title: Safe Bet
Author: Monica Murphy
Series: The Rules #4
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: January 10th 2017

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Sydney Walker’s new job is perfect. As the live-in nanny to the most famous quarterback in the NFL and his beautiful wife, she couldn’t have it any better. Their kids are adorable. Her bosses are more than generous. Plus, there are hot football players at the house all the time. Life can’t get much better than this.

Until her life turns into an absolute nightmare. The media is abuzz with rumors that she and her boss Drew Callahan are having a torrid affair. Everyone knows the truth—except the public. So Drew’s wife Fable comes up with the perfect idea.

She creates a fake relationship between Sydney and one of the rookie players on Drew’s team. Wade Knox is forever indebted to Drew and Fable and readily agrees to the set up. Pretending to be in a romantic relationship with the hot nanny for a week—how hard can it be?

Crazy how it only takes one week for two people to fall head over heels in love…

(This mash-up new adult romance features characters from both the One Week Girlfriend series and The Rules series.)

The Rules series have been one of my favourite Monica Murphy reads. I thought that it was finished after Tristan's book, but Murphy surprised us with a little bit more. And even though I've only read the first book in Drew and Fable's series, I was excited to see them both again, and to see how happy and successful they were. But I really enjoyed how the attraction between Sydney and Wade grew, until all they could think about was each other.

Sydney, Gabe's sister (Rules #2) wasn't looking for love, but she was trying to find her feet after being cut off by her parents. She was eager to succeed in her new role, and I loved seeing her gel with Fable and Drew. She cemented her role with the family and the kids adored her. After a few sequential incidents, Sydney's caught up in a scandal and faking a relationship appears to be the way to fix it.

Wade was focused on football, and didn't think he'd ever find a girl that would hold a permanent place in his life. He was close to Drew and Fable, as he was best friends with Fable's brother Owen. He often came to Drew for advice about football, and each time he came over he was more intrigued by their new nanny, Sydney.

I liked both Sydney and Wade! I could see their feelings were growing into something REAL. Sydney was a sweet girl, and was determined to make it without the help of her parents. I loved Wade too, and how he put everyone else first. He would do anything to help those he loved. Watching them together was amusing as they tried to pull off a fake relationship, and soon they were both in too deep.

If you haven't read any of the other books in either series, it's not essential if you want to give this book a try. Murphy gives you all the information and character development to engage readers. I loved that it was an angst free read, and loved how the connection between Sydney and Wade continued to grow, even though it was supposed to be a temporary fling. I liked that it was similar to how Fable and Drew got together, and this story has made me want to go back to where it all began.

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Ahhh... Wade made me swoon, and this kiss was HOT!

I slip my hand around her nape and pull her face close to mine so our mouths are aligned.
Sydney flicks her surprised gaze up to mine, but before she can say anything, I silence her.
With my lips.

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Monica  Murphy
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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