Lord Wastrel by Donna Cummings

I swear to God, if I ever get lucky enough to meet Donna Cummings, I’m going to pinch her so hard. That’s for making us all (aren’t I considerate to act on all of our behalf?!) wait so long for Hugh, and also for… Well, you’ll just have to read. LOL

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When Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, plays matchmaker, true love can seem like a curse. . .

Lord Wastrel–the most notorious rake in London–has a child? Clearly he knows how to sire one, but he has no idea how to actually raise one. He has to learn quickly, since he is the little girl’s only surviving parent, and he’s determined to find a wife who can be a suitable mother. All he needs is someone demure, and biddable, and most importantly, scandal-free.

Lady Felicia Selby is no stranger to scandal, thanks to her numerous failed elopements and Society’s insatiable curiosity about her misadventures. She has devoted many years to finding her one true love, desperate to escape the consequences of the family curse if she fails. But she has begun to give up hope.

Then, one evening, a chance encounter with Aphrodite changes everything.

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I was forced to read this early copy of Lord Wastrel (Lore Rakehell’s BFF). *snickers* no I wasn’t. I jumped at the opportunity for several reasons:

1) I didn’t believe Donna actually finished writing it – needed proof.

2) I realllllly wanted to read this novella – Donna’s writing is funny as hell. Even her smut is funny.

3) Funny smut – do I need to say more?

So I got Wastrel and immediately dived in. It’s everything I thought it would be, and it has Rakehell in it, just for kicks, too. Well, not just for kicks – he actually helps, now that he’s all “experienced” in matters of the heart.

The plot in a nutshell: Wastrel is presented with a surprise that kind of changes his life. Wastrel needs a wife. Wastrel finds a wife. There are pinches involved. And one incredibly adorable girl.

I loved the two characters. Hugh (Wastrel) is charming, easy going and determined to find a mother for his child. He knows what he’s looking for and sets to find it. Felicia is sweet, kind-hearted and funny. She’s also potentially abusive. And she’s a minx.

There’s a tiny subplot going for another character, and she’s a hoot. It definitely brings a little something extra to Felicia’s journey. Cryptic, right? Ha!!

I can’t say much more or I’ll ruin all the cute moments, and there are plenty.

Pick up this giggle-inducing afternoon delight. It’s just pure fun.

My rating: 4.5star

** And I knocked it down a 1/2 star b/c I didn’t get the resolution for Aunt Uproar. Yup, I’m petty. lol

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Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer’s The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

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I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there.

I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings.

It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron.

After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey.

Where r u?

R u skipping, u ho?

A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp?

Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this.

Bio is lonely.

My boobs miss u. How weird is that?

That was notably weird and yet not surprising.

If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault.

Holy shit, Layla, where r u?!?

Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them.

U have no idea who just walked into bio!!!

Roth is here!

Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this?

Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect.

Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t.

Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead.

“What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.

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And don’t forget! The choice is yours…

Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath.

At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.

To prevent early spoilers, we’re not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!

Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Summer Moon by Jan DeLima

“Could love come from their union? Did she dare hope for such a thing? He leaned over, gathered her close, and captured her mouth for a kiss that started tender but deepened when she responded. He toyed with her mouth until she was squirming again, only to break away to trail his lips down her neck, and lower.”

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Yes, it took me two weeks to actually sit down and write this review. And in my defense it’s just that I didn’t want to spoil it.

Celtic Moon, the first installment in the Celtic Wolves series, was so freakin’ good, I really was apprehensive about Summer Moon. Needlessly. I promise. It’s just me. I get attached to characters.

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She won’t be ruled again……

Rosa Alban has been obedient her entire life. But when her alpha husband dies, she seizes the opportunity to flee the oppressive Guardians—the rulers of the secret shapeshifter world. Her flight instantly brands her as a pack traitor, and she has no choice but to seek protection from a neighboring tribe by marrying one of their sons.

Known as the Beast of Merin, Luc Black loyally plays the part of unwanted son and devoted brother. He realizes marrying Rosa will strengthen his tribe’s territory, but he has no intention of loving ever again. Still, he’s unprepared for the intense physical need the wild she-wolf awakens in him.

When the Guardians hone in on Rosa, Luc must fight to protect his new bride. And as war descends, the unlikely allies discover their destinies are irrevocably entwined……

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In the first installment we were introduced to a very special situation in this genre. The family wasn’t to be created. The couple wasn’t to be finding each other. The child wasn’t to be born in order to fix it all. It was already there! Mostly. I’m not getting into it, just get the book and read it. You will not be disappointed.

If you’ve read already, you remember Rosa who helped Sophie escape from Rosa’s cruel husband. Now Rosa is out to claim her reward for her very dangerous little stunt.

Luc, Dylan’s brother, is loyal to his pack and to his brother to a fault. He does, however, seek his own place in the world. While still loving his (almost a century long) dead wife, he proposes marriage to Rosa in hopes of claiming her home as his and to help her escape a prophecy that threatens her independence and control of her own self.

Naturally, the Guardians, who are directly involved in the prophecy, are aiming for a war in order to claim Rosa back, but where there’s a prophecy, there’s a destiny. And Rosa and Luc’s is especially swoony.

Luc, a distinct alpha, is finding it harder and harder to resist Rosa. He’s torn between his love for his first wife and his lust (only?) to his new wife.

Rosa, on the other hand, is quickly falling in love with Luc and is doing her best to convince him that holding on to a memory is not the way to go.

What was so very special in this book was Luc’s first wife’s journal. She wrote her inner most thoughts, especially as she grew older and aged. She wrote of her impressions of her loved ones, of Luc, of herself and her wishes. And the snippets from the journal, strewn throughout the plot, are giving the reader a much deeper understanding of Luc’s character, his principals, his devotion. All that made me adore him even more.

One more awesome thing in this book was the side story of Elen and Cormack. After she healed him at the end of Celtic Moon, Elen is pining for Cormack and is convinced he’s angry at her for what she did. Cormack, however, is just feeling he’s not good enough for her at this stage of his learning how to be a man. I can’t wait for their book. It’s next, Jan, right? *pokes gently*

My rating: 5

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Jan lives in Maine with her husband of twenty years and their two teenage sons.  Unlike many authors, Jan didn’t pen stories at an early age but has always been a dedicated reader.  She loves stories and storytelling.  It wasn’t until after her children entered school that she began writing.  Raised in a military family, she lived in different countries such as Thailand and Germany, but home base has always been Maine.  She brought a mixture of all her experiences to her first published novel, blending castles and Celtic lore with the wild nature of her home.

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Cover Reveal: Getting Lucky by Beth Bolden

Coming December 1, 2014

GETTING LUCKY BY BETH BOLDEN

the second book in the Portland Pioneers series

He might have struck out. . .

Noah Fox’s life is changing. Ever since he was hit in the head by a pitch, nothing has been the same. Fighting daily headaches and the growing fear that his baseball career is over, Noah goes in search of the woman who once loved and left him.

But he refuses to stop swinging.

What he finds in the tiny town of Sand Point is nothing he could have ever expected. A trained chef and a certified “foodie,” Maggie May King has been perfectly content to devote the last three years of her life to running her baby, the Sand Point Café. Noah’s never met anyone less awed by his good looks or his celebrity, and even though she’s the last person he should be befriending, he finds himself seduced by Maggie’s sweetness and her even sweeter orange rolls.

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Beth BoldenBeth Bolden lives in Portland,Oregon with one cat and one fiance. She wholly believes in Keeping Portland Weird, but wishes she didn’t have to make the yearly pilgrimage up to Seattle to watch her Boston Red Sox play baseball. After graduating from university with a degree in English, Beth unsurprisingly had no idea what to do with her life, and spent the next few years working for a medical equipment supplier, a technology company, and an accounting firm. Now Beth runs her own business as a Girl Friday for small business owners, assisting them with administration, bookkeeping and their general sanity. Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. Her first novel, The Lucky Charm, was published in May 2014 and the sequel, Getting Lucky, will be available December 1, 2014.

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