Saturday, July 9, 2016

NEW RELEASES FOR WEEK OF JULY 10, 2016.








The Millionaire's Gamble



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THE MILLIONAIRE'S GAMBLE (MAD, BAD HAMILTONS) BY SARAH BALLANCE



Release Date:  July 11, 2016



SYNOPSIS

Wealth has a price. Everyone wants something from you. For one woman, that something was my DNA. One minute, she was kissing me like we were going to strip it down and go at it. And the next, she was ripping out my hair for a paternity test—and
threatening to torpedo my latest deal. I don't play these kind of games. And that damnably sexy woman with the alluring eyes and mistaken agenda is about to learn that the hard way…

Millionaire scion Jagger Hamilton didn't father Kennedy Price's nephew.
That doesn't mean he can't use the situation to his advantage. She wants
him to take a paternity test. He wants her in his bed.

He shouldn't.

She's blackmailing him, and she's playing dirty. He could try to use the
famous Hamilton charm to turn her into a powerful ally… But she makes him feel… Way. Too. Much.

Kennedy Price isn't asking much. Just for the powerful, sinfully hot, and
notorious playboy to be a decent human being. But he's used to using that
filthy, sensual mouth for getting what he wants.

And he wants her.

She’s determined not to fall for him. But there's no avoiding his charisma,
or his bed, where she threatens to lose more than the standoff between them. She just might lose her heart.



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REVIEW:  THE MILLIONAIRE'S GAMBLE (MAD, BAD HAMILTONS) BY SARAH BALLANCE

The Millionaire's GambleThe Millionaire's Gamble by Sarah Ballance

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Kennedy was willing to put everything on the line for the love of her family. Not having all the facts proves a road block but she has a few ideas that ultimately get her into hot water with the big bad wolf. Jagger is no pushover. Kennedy may be crazy and manipulative but she has his hormones in overdrive. What starts out as a little creative detective work ends up quickly becoming a battle of wills, with high stakes. I received an ARC of The Millionaire's Gamble by Sarah Ballance in exchange for an honest review. Just seeing a Sarah Ballance novel makes me smile. Her stories consist of people that love quickly, hard and completely. They go somewhat crazy along the way but that makes them all the more endearing.



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Billionaire Blackmail


BILLIONAIRE BLACKMAIL BY ALLISON AIMES



Release Date:  July 11, 2016



SYNOPSIS

After a childhood spent on the streets, ruthless billionaire Nik Valenti has had his share of dealing with crooks. He thought that was behind him. Until the woman he's been casually dating turns out to be the biggest con artist of them all. Now, with pride, money, and his company's survival at stake, he won't rest until she's experienced his own brand of justice.

Sara Turner knows she's no angel, but a few deliberate omissions...well, compared to the rest of her family, that's choir girl behavior. But now the one man whose heart she'd hoped to steal is accusing her of embezzling from his company. Worse, he wants answers. And he's come up with a foolproof way to ensure he gets them. One Sara must accept if she doesn't want to end up in jail.

Nik might be trying to save his company, but he has a tough time ignoring the way Sara makes him burn. The passion between them is all-consuming, and each time he peels away a layer, he discovers there’s more to her than first meets the eye, but he can’t give in to his need. Nik will put everything on the line to find the truth...except his heart.


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REVIEW:  BILLIONAIRE BLACKMAIL BY ALLISON AIMES

Billionaire BlackmailBillionaire Blackmail by Alison Aimes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Nik and Sara have a lot in common. Both have had difficulties in their personal lives. From a young age and despite trying to out run the past each gets sucked back into the darkness they have worked to break free of. I received an ARC of Billionaire Blackmail in exchange for an honest review. Behind the shell of ruthlessness Nik has built around himself lives a man that needs tender loving care. His childhood has made it hard for him to allow vulnerability in. He wants love but is scared to seek it out and get nothing in return but the pain he knows it entails. Sara is the other side of the coin, she wears her heart on her sleeve for all to see and that weakness allows her to be hurt and manipulated by the people she loves most. Protecting her family could end up costing her everything including her freedom. Ms. Aimes is gifted in that she takes a story with a grim story line and ends up writing an inspiring and sensual look at the benefits and pitfalls of love.



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Playing By Her Rules (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #1)


PLAYING BY HER RULES (SYDNEY SMOKE RUGBY) BY AMY ANDREWS



Release Date:  July 11, 2016


SYNOPSIS

In this grudge match, the first to score… 

When style columnist Matilda Kent accidentally lets slip that she was once involved with the captain of the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she suddenly finds herself elevated to the position she’s always wanted – feature writer. The catch? She’s stuck doing a six-part series on her ex. Still, there’s no way she can turn down a promotion…or the chance to dish the dirt on the guy who so callously broke her heart.

…could win it all!

Tanner Stone wants to be involved in a feature series about as much as he wants to snap an Achilles. But the thought of seeing Tilly again is a bonus—and has him more worked up than he wants to admit. Only he’s not prepared for how different she is – all cool and professional. His Tilly is still in there, though…and he still wants her, now more than ever. All he has to do is charm her into giving him a rematch. And this time, winner takes all!



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REVIEW:  PLAYING BY HER RULES (SYDNEY SMOKE RUGBY) BY AMY ANDREWS

Playing By Her Rules (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #1)Playing By Her Rules by Amy Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Griff is the coach with the tough as nails attitude. Sister Kathleen is as religious as she is a straight shooter, she tells it like it is. Linc, the horn dog teammate with sex always on his mind and Imelda the cut throat head of the local paper knows how not to be kind. I received an ARC of Playing by Her Rules in exchange for an honest review. A hotshot athlete and an aspiring reporter discover the second time around to be sweeter. Amy Andrews writes stories that are meant to be enjoyable. Her secondary characters are as key to the canvas as the central ones, so she has to create unforgettable and sometimes it works, others not so much. In this case every single one was essential to the makeup of the story and I loved every minute. The spice and vice came from Tilly and Tanner but the comic relief came from their supporting cast. Three cheers for the Sydney Smoke Rugby series.



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One Week to Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan, #3)


ONE WEEK TO SCORE (TALL, DARK AND TEXAN) BY KATE MEADER



Release Date:  July 11, 2016


SYNOPSIS

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint . . . 

He’s the man she loves to hate . . . 

Olivia Kane’s wedding day has just imploded spectacularly. Shots lined up at the bar? Bring it. Hot stranger on the hook? Come on down. What this party does not need is six feet and change of home-grown Texas cockiness in the form of her brother’s best friend, the man who broke her heart seven years ago.

She’s the woman he has to have . . . 

Flynn Cross won’t stand by while Liv finds sensual solace in the arms of a stranger, not when his own hard-for-her body is more than up for the task. For one week, he’ll make her honeymoon-for-one a sizzling party for two.

Breaking the rules, one steamy night at a time . . . 

But the taboo they’re breaking is only the beginning . . . and Flynn’s part in Liv’s wedding debacle could bring about their end.



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REVIEW:  ONE WEEK TO SCORE (TALL, DARK AND TEXAN) BY KATE MEADER

One Week to Score (Tall, Dark, and Texan, #3)One Week to Score by Kate Meader

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ARC Review: One Week To Score (Tall, Dark and Texan) By Kate Meader

One of the reasons I am a fan of Ms. Meader is that she knows how to pack on the heat without sacrificing the connection of the romance. With One Week to Score, I think she lost some of the romance and amped up the temptation. It worked. The fact that Olivia and Flynn had a past made the chemistry even more naughty. I have followed the Tall, Dark and Texan series from the first book and each is a tad steamier than the previous but get the job down with their complicated characters and seductive scenarios. My Rating: 5 Buckets of Ice (To cool down)



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Wrong Bed Reunion (Most Likely To, #2)


WRONG BED REUNION (MOST LIKELY TO) BY CANDY SLOANE


Release Date:  July 11, 2016


SYNOPSIS

Georgia Cahill is at her high school reunion to seduce the quarterback boyfriend she left behind ten years ago. Unfortunately, one too many margaritas accidentally land her in bed with Gideon Neill, the class geek, instead. By the time she realizes her mistake, she’s the one being seduced.

Gideon Neill is a new man—confident, gorgeous, and about to make the biggest business deal of his life. He just needs a girlfriend to land it. Georgia provides the perfect solution—he’ll help her make her ex jealous if she’ll be on his arm for his business deal. But he quickly realizes he likes her in his arms even better!

Who’d have guessed that sleeping with the enemy would be so hot? But it isn’t long before their act becomes all too real. Could this truly be love? Or is it just the best sex they’ve ever had?



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REVIEW:  WRONG BED REUNION (MOST LIKELY TO) BY CANDY SLOANE

Wrong Bed Reunion (Most Likely To, #2)Wrong Bed Reunion by Candy Sloane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Here's a little wisdom that I've learned over the years: "Always root for the underdog". Why? Hardship makes a person more tenacious in the quest for success. Ms. Sloane built her entire story around that valuable lesson with Wrong Bed Reunion. Gideon may have changed on the outside but still has the smarts as well as hidden insecurities he needs to work through. His tender heart makes him easily vulnerable but that is what I liked most about him. He was genuine. Georgia had to grow on me but she in no way impacted the way I felt about this cute romance.



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His Fantasy Bride (Things to Do Before You Die..., #3)


HIS FANTASY BRIDE (THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE) BY NINA CROFT



Release Date:  July 11, 2016



SYNOPSIS

I can’t marry you. You don’t love me.
Two sentences, that’s all Gabrielle Harper left Vito D’Ascensio when she vanished the night before their wedding. If he wants his bride back, he’s going to have to hunt her down and prove his love. But when he searches for Gabrielle, he finds Gabby instead; it seems his perfect bride is nothing but a fantasy.

After six months, Gabby presumes it’s over, an episode in her life she’s totally ashamed of. But now Vito is back. He’s the one man she can never have, but as desire explodes between them, she has a tough time remembering why they shouldn’t be together. Oh, right, her family hates him, and he’s done terrible things. Or has he? But it doesn’t matter. When he finds out the truth about who she really is…he’ll never want to see her again.



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REVIEW:  HIS FANTASY BRIDE (THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE) BY NINA CROFT

 His Fantasy Bride (Things to Do Before You Die..., #3)His Fantasy Bride by Nina Croft

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Gabby and Vito have a love story that is dramatic, complicated and all encompassing. I received an ARC of His Fantasy Bride by Nina Croft in exchange for an honest review. This is the most frustrating pair of love birds written about. Half truths, secrets and heartache are around every corner. Gabby loves Vito, Vito loves Gabby but each has baggage that makes it hard for that love to survive. Will they succeed? Getting past all the surprising twists made the story hard to follow at times but the love conquers all mantra was cheesy but sweet.



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Trade It All by Ruth Cardello


  
TRADE IT ALL (THE  BARRINGTON BILLIONAIRES) BY RUTH CARDELLO



Release Date:  July 11, 2016



SYNOPSIS

Lance Barrington’s priority is business, not pleasure. Only one woman has ever been able to turn him inside out: Willa Chambers, his sister’s best friend. Forbidden. Scandalous. Unforgettable.

They’ve spent the last ten years trying to forget one night.

When Willa and Lance are thrown together again, things heat up fast. Loving him almost destroyed her the first time.

This time, will it heal her?



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REVIEW:  TRADE IT ALL (THE  BARRINGTON BILLIONAIRES) BY RUTH CARDELLO

Trade It All (The Barrington Billionaires, #3)Trade It All by Ruth Cardello

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Trade It All is much more complicated than it first appears. Tons of hidden layers make this story more than a romance. Yes, it is a love story but not the average type. Beneath all the back and forth drama lie secrets waiting to be revealed. Willa and Lance get caught up in a firestorm that ripples through history and relationships in a way that no one saw coming. Patrice in death still makes her presence felt with her poisonous vendetta and mysteries yet to be unraveled. Trade It All is so involved that it is hard to guess what will happen next, but the surprises add to the energy of the story. Families are frustrating, annoying and fight as hard as they love but that is what brings comfort. Ruth Cardello understands that relationships aren't perfect but messy. Anything worth having requires work.




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Daughters of the Bride


DAUGHTERS OF THE BRIDE BY SUSAN MALLERY


Release Date:  July 12, 2016


SYNOPSIS

With Joy, Love, and a Little Trepidation Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You To the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother's 

Courtney ~ The Misfit ~

As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom's wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family's view of her—and how she views herself—forever.

Sienna ~ The Free Spirit ~

When Sienna's boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say "I do" even if she's not sure she does?

Rachel ~ The Cynic ~

Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom's wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she's forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she'll let pride stand in the way of her own happily ever after.

A must-read for anyone who has survived the wedding of a sister, a mother, a daughter—as told by #1 New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller Susan Mallery!



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REVIEW:  DAUGHTERS OF THE BRIDE BY SUSAN MALLERY

Daughters of the BrideDaughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Daughters of the Bride is meant to be a classic. With each novel I read I fall deeper in love with Ms. Mallery's characters and her narrative style. She not only imparts sage advice, but creates stories that are a joy to experience. Daughters of the Bride is a story told with tenderness and nostalgia about the bonds of family. Devotion and understanding are essential to the dynamic of family BUT learning how to love enough to let go is one of the most important decisions a person can make.
With the help of surrogate mother Joyce, Sienna, Courtney and Rachel through self-examination discover the strength of love, forgiveness and healing. With a little bit of romance and a great deal of heart Susan Mallery has created an emotional masterpiece.



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An Affair in Winter



AN AFFAIR IN WINTER (SEASONS) BY JESS MICHAELS



Release Date:  July 12, 2016



SYNOPSIS

Widow Rosalinde Wilde is on her way to her beloved sister’s wedding when an unexpected storm waylays her at an overcrowded inn. There she meets a tempting stranger who sweeps her into a night of unforgettable passion.

Grayson Danford never expected a night with the irresistible Mrs. Wilde, but she was a welcome distraction from the unpleasant duty of breaking up his brother’s impending nuptials. He’s shocked when he discovers his passionate lover is none other than the sister of his brother's intended.

Now Rosalinde and Gray will butt heads, even as their simmering desire for each other threatens to boil over. Who will win? And who might lose it all?


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REVIEW:  AN AFFAIR IN WINTER (SEASONS) BY JESS MICHAELS

An Affair in WinterAn Affair in Winter by Jess Michaels

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ARC Review: An Affair in Winter (Seasons) by Jess Michaels

An Affair in Winter is an epic love story. A passion shrouded in secrecy, a wedding arranged by a spiteful, scheming, power hungry man and the hidden secrets he holds within his grasp lead to explosive revelations. Ms. Michaels has crafted a love story that mixes spice with emotion. Like a jigsaw, piece by piece she reveals more about the driving force behind each character. Rosalinde was a person who wanted to be loved and not treated like a means to an end. Her entire existence was center around the charity of her grandfather and his bitterness toward Rosalinde and her sister (who was the only bright spot in a heartbreaking existence). When her sister is forced into an arranged engagement and marriage to appease a vindictive old man, Rosalinde will risk her virtue, heart and well being to make sure her sister finds the happiness she deserves. Grayson is the brother of the groom, Rosalinde, the sister of the bride. A chance meeting, a secret affair and conflicting opinions make for a tempestuous romance filled with unforgettable moments that are as bewitching as they are heartbreaking. My favorite Jess Michaels story to date.



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The Sapphire Affair (Jewel, #1)



THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR (JEWEL) BY LAUREN BLAKELY



Release Date:  July 12, 2016


SYNOPSIS

Bounty hunter Jake Harlowe knows how to track a criminal. So when a group of swindled shareholders hires him to trail their former CEO, Jake expects a quick trip to the Cayman Islands to close another case. Until a devastatingly beautiful woman gets in the way.

Steph Anderson is visiting the Caymans for a rock climbing and dive trip—or so she tells Jake. She’s really trying to find out whether or not her stepfather embezzled money from his company. The last thing Steph needs is the distraction of a sexy, charming man whose kisses drive her wild.

Soon, the pair discover they’re after the same target—and millions in jewels. While Jake can’t be certain Steph isn’t working for her stepfather, and Steph can’t be certain Jake isn’t after the diamonds for himself, they can agree the heat between them is intense, and neither can deny the passion for long.

But the morning after, Steph discovers that she just might have slept with the enemy, and now she’ll have to outwit him to get everything she needs…


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The Sapphire Affair (Jewel, #1)The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Lauren Blakely takes shock value to a new level with The Sapphire Affair, the revealing introduction to her new Jewel series. Steph and Jake find themselves delving into a world full of dangerous secrets and sizzling passion that may end up proving fatal with one false step. An explosive attraction between people with trust issues and hidden agendas made for an exciting, confusing and sensual journey into the unknown. Ms. Blakely does suspense like she never has before. A jaw dropping, thrill.



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ANYTHING BUT LOVE BY ABIGAIL STROM


Release Date:  July 12, 2016



SYNOPSIS

Socialite Jessica Bullock can’t catch a break. After a lifetime of chasing perfection, hoping to please her parents, all her hard work is set to pay off. But on her wedding day, her fianc√© leaves her high and dry. Humiliated, she finds her calm, cool facade beginning to crumble…until an unexpected wedding guest, her childhood best friend and crush, offers to help her pick up the pieces.

Never in his wildest dreams would Ben Taggart have imagined he’d be escorting Jessica on her honeymoon to Bermuda. Although they haven’t seen each other in years, he can’t leave her to fall apart. Agreeing to keep things platonic, they vow to make the most of their spontaneous vacation—until an unplanned kiss sparks a powerful passion.

They tell themselves that what happens in Bermuda will stay in Bermuda. But when old secrets are revealed and new feelings ignite, will Ben and Jessica be able to leave their romance behind?


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REVIEW:  ANYTHING BUT LOVE BY ABIGAIL STROM


Anything But Love by Abigail Strom

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Abigail Strom's Anything But Love may come across as a blase' read but ended up being anything but.  Ms. Strom hit all the right notes for romantics everywhere.  A second chance romance between estranged friends told with simplicity and humor that gives the heart (in my case) something to sing about.  




Surrender to You (At Your Service #2)


SURRENDER TO YOU (AT YOUR SERVICE) BY SHAWNTELLE MADISON


Release Date:  July 12, 2016


SYNOPSIS

In this seductive novel from the author of Bound to You, two career-oriented friends with benefits discover that good morning doesn’t have to mean goodbye.

Late-night booty calls are the most romantic gesture that Carlie Jason expects from business magnate Tomas Goodfellow. Ever since they were teenagers, they’ve provided each other the kind of no-strings pleasures that don’t involve regrets. Now Carlie finds it easier to kiss and run rather than face the fact that she wants so much more. But when she takes a job as a concierge at one of Tomas’s properties, a hotel where the rich and famous get their kink on, Carlie’s tempted to reconsider the rules of surrender.

As the head of an international empire, Tomas knows how to bring out the best in his employees. Putting Carlie in charge of managing the desires of his wealthiest clients was a stroke of genius—only now that she’s close enough to touch, he finds he doesn’t want to let her go. Their long, dark history has built up intimacy in ways he’s only just beginning to understand, but Tomas isn’t ready to trust her just yet. He knows his feelings are more than skin-deep. But first he needs to convince Carlie of one thing: the ties that bind go straight to the heart.


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