Jul 22

Release Blitz Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way) by Author Becky McGraw


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Cowgirl Crazy (#2, Cowboy Way)


Author Becky McGraw

July 21st

Twyla Taylor is one frustrated cowgirl. She’s not winning at barrel racing or in love. She’s spent ten years nursing a crush on her brother’s best friend, Ryan Easter, who thinks of her as no more than his little sister. When Twyla catches Ryan with yet another no-good buckle bunny, and calls him out, he tells her to get a life, and that is exactly what she decides to do. One that does not include a buckle-bunny-chasing cowboy with a bad attitude, or an overbearing older brother.

Ryan Easter is one frustrated cowboy. He’s winning every night at bronc riding, and has a different woman in every city. Mostly so he can keep his best friend’s fiery little sister, and his desire for her, at bay. Since she grew those proud little breasts of hers, and mile-long legs, Ryan has had to fight his attraction to her. If her brother knew what he was thinking, he would kill Ryan, if her daddy didn’t first. Ryan valued the surrogate family the Taylor’s provided him with too much to ever go there with their youngest member.

His diversion techniques work like a charm, until one night he pushes her too far, and Twyla takes off. Ryan knows he has to find her quickly and apologize, or face his best friend’s wrath. He finds Twyla in Dallas and decides she’s definitely gone cowgirl crazy. He barely recognizes her, because his barrel-racing tomboy is wearing makeup that looks like it was put on with a putty knife and she’s working at a bar which borders on a cowgirl strip club. When she isn’t serving shots off of her stomach, she’s shaking her round ass for any man with a dollar to shove into the waistband of her barely-there shorts.

Twyla refuses to leave with him, and Ryan knows he better make his final arrangements, or come up with another way to convince her and fast.










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Just Shoot Me (#1, Cowboy Way)


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Jul 22

Ready To Wed by Cindi Madsen Blast


Ready to Wed
Cindi Madsen
Release Date: 7/22/14
Genre: Contemporary
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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Dakota Halifax loves to be in love. In fact, as one of Las Vegas’s premier
wedding planners, she’s built a whole career around romance. Which is why
her own wedding has to be nothing short of perfect. And then her fiancé jilts
her. While she’s waiting in her wedding dress. On a cruise ship already out at
Once back on dry land, Dakota tries to pour her heart into her business and
weekly wedding advice column, Get Ready to Wed. But how can the
heartbroken celebrate others’ true love? When she reconnects with her
childhood best friend, surprisingly sexy and all-grown-up casino bouncer
Brendan West, Dakota wonders if maybe she can fall back in love with being
in love.
But then her ex reappears, begging for another chance and suddenly Dakota
questions if she’ll ever understand love. Can someone once-burned and
twice-shy ever find her way down the aisle again?

Tagline: Just jilted.

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Jul 22

Netgalley Review : The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen
Series: Boleyn Trilogy, book #3
Publisher: Random House LLC
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 417 pages

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Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, The Boleyn Reckoning heralds the triumphant conclusion of Laura Andersen’s enthralling trilogy about the Tudor king who never was: the son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn—Henry IX—who, along with his sisters and those he holds most dear, approaches a dangerous crossroads.

The Tudor royal family has barely survived a disastrous winter.

Now English ships and soldiers prepare for the threat of invasion. But William Tudor—known as Henry IX—has his own personal battles to attend to. He still burns for Minuette, his longtime friend, but she has married William’s trusted advisor, Dominic, in secret—an act of betrayal that puts both their lives in danger.

Princess Elizabeth, concerned over her brother’s erratic, vengeful behavior, imperils her own life by assembling a shadow court in an effort to protect England.

With war on the horizon, Elizabeth must decide where her duty lies: with her brother or her country.

Her choice could forever change the course of history.

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The Boleyn Reckoning is an emotional story set in a different era, sure to capture every readers heart who enjoys Historical Romances. I know I kept a box of tissues at hand, the pull is amazingly strong.

William Tudor role is just so well written. I could read his journey over again. His inner battle, for a woman he desires. Being a part of a family who held power, pure rulers. Minuette, Williams friend from long ago, betrays him by wedding a member of his staff. Will Minuette be able to let go of William? For Dominic what is one to do if he is put to the task of holding his wife’s attention when desire is wanted in another direction?

The secondary characters aid in making The Boleyn Reckoning a huge hit for me. They all reached out and told their own stories along with blending what they had to give to the main characters. Quite honestly, this helped me bond with every single character.

The Boleyn Reckoning was intense, intriguing and down right addicting. Laura Andersen is a marvel at penning in this time period. The plot never slowing, a definite fast paced read with a few twists. If you crave a historical that captures your heart on every level then you need The Boleyn Trilogy.

Rated 4 Stilettos by Deb!


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Jul 03

Netgalley Review: The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee

The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 pages

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With the glass kitchen,

Linda Francis Lee has served up a novel that is about the courage

it takes to follow your heart and be yourself.

A true recipe for life.

Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan . . . and never cook again. But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets twelve-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own. Soon, a promise made to her sisters forces Portia back into a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from. What seems so simple on the surface is anything but when long-held secrets are revealed, rivalries exposed, and the promise of new love stirs to life like chocolate mixing with cream.

The Glass Kitchen is a delicious novel, a tempestuous story of a woman washed up on the shores of Manhattan who discovers that a kitchen—like an island—can be a refuge, if only she has the courage to give in to the pull of love, the power of forgiveness, and accept the complications of what it means to be family.

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The Glass Kitchen is as unique as its characters portrayed within its pages.

Gabriel is dark, handsome and feared. He is a widower, who is left to raise two daughter’s alone. Imagine his shock when not one of them tow the line. *grins* I can visually see the changes on Gabriell’s face, so full of pain and wonder. I enjoyed the small glimpse when Gabriel truly let people in. Ms.Lee had me feeling every moment.

Portia is a sweet soul that I enjoyed so much. I got to see her grow though the book, which I am so thankful for. I watch her emerge from a disastrous marriage, be the one who always made everyone else lives keep moving on. Can she fight the knowing or will it lead her down the wrong path?

Gabriel and Portia com bust from the first moment they meet in the garden apartment. Both trying to heel and deal with family. Emotions and passions run high between these two. both dealing with family issues. I easily lost myself in these two character’s, the battle that went on forever. I one word, “Powerful”.

The secondary characters lent heart and life to this amazing book. Portia’s sisters are definitely different, I really thought Ms. Lee cover every level of the “sister act”. Stanley and Martian were to cute for words, everyone needs people like these two in their lives. The big hit for me was Gabriell’s daughters Miranda and Ariel, they captured my heart, made me smile, had me shedding a few tears. Their need was so evident.

The plot I will say is a bit odd and different,it was funny, romantic, touching on some really sexy moments. Ms.Lee did a marvelous job at capturing the dynamics between siblings. I have to ask, just have to *smiles* will there be any follow up books?

If your looking for that one book you can just curl up to, The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee is that book. Linda Francis Lee thank you for Portia, Olivia and Cordelia.

Rated 5 Stilettos and a Recommended Read by Deb!



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Jul 01


Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann
Series : The Bar Harbor, #1
Publisher: Booktrope
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 250 pages

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What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine, from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.

Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation was as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brought them together was the same thing that kept them emotionally caged.

With Saint’s scars so deep and Drew’s so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?


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I do so enjoy a book that absolutely surprise’s me. Pulled Beneath is that one book of the year that did that for me. The magic Marni Mann put on these pages is and was exceptional.

Saint aka Justin is a force to be reckoned with, one for which I truly enjoyed. The power he creates on the pages enlightened him to me as a reader. Ms. Mann delivered a man with a pain past trying to make his world right again.

Drew is a brilliant light to an already strong hero. Her bravery astounds me into amazement that I truly could not put this book down. Drew story unfolds in the hardest time of her life, added to that the dark mystery of her family past and you have one messed up girl trying to surface and break free.

Marni Mann left no stone unturned with the details of Saint & Drew’s past. Can Saint move past the road block in front of him? Will Drew discover and answer all the mysteries from her past? Together Saint and Drew work off each other flawlessly. There is tension, Passion and secrets between them both. Can they reach out to each other and be what they both need to heal?

Secondary characters were just amazing, they lent support when needed, they aided in the telling of Drew and Saint’s story. I have so many question’s but to voice them will only give away to much of the book, so I will say Ms. Mann we will be talking soon. *grins* I already have the next book on auto buy but really Ms.Mann I need Gianna’s story. *hint*

As far as the plot goes Pulled Beneath has it all, full of suspense, twist and turns that have huge shock factors, special moments between family and friends, some delicious heat between hero and heroine *YUM!*. Marni Mann knows how to hold the attention of her readers till the last page is turned. I know I am addicted.

Rated 5 Stilettos by Deb!



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Jun 28

He’s Irresistible Blog Tour

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THREE contemporary romance novellas with THREE irresistible men for ONE low price!!!

Three stories. Three authors. Three kinds of romance.

Sweet. Sassy. Sexy.


Sweet: Love at First Date by Susan Hatler

Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life. . . . Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person.

When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him.

Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance.

Sassy: From Fame to Shame by Veronica Blade

When good-girl Maddie switches places with her famous bad-girl twin Jackie, she has some pretty high stilettos to fill.

Despite the danger of tabloid drama if their identity swap is discovered, Maddie has to save her sister’s butt. When Jackie’s ex-boyfriend shows up with a rekindled spark for “Jackie,” his deep gray eyes and sweet kisses make Maddie’s heart thumpety thump. But dating the guy who dumped her sister is a no-no. Too bad Dallas isn’t used to girls saying no. What will happen when he discovers Maddie’s deception?

Sexy: Wild For Mr. Wrong by Virna DePaul

Can an uptight prosecutor and a laid-back defense attorney find love despite their opposing agendas?

Bryn Donovon became a prosecutor for a reason and defense attorney Daniel Mays seems to take his job about as seriously as he does his love life. While straight-laced Bryn can’t deny she’s attracted to the southern charmer, she’s determined to keep her distance. Instead, she ends up finding something she’d lost long ago—a willingness to risk all for love.


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Susan Hatler is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan’s books have been translated into Spanish and German. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

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Virna DePaul is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy, suspenseful fiction. Whether it’s vampires, a Para-Ops team, hot cops or swoon-worthy identical twin brothers, her stories center around complex individuals willing to overcome incredible odds for love. Bedding The Wrong Brother is a #1 Bestselling Contemporary Romance, and is followed by Bedding The Bad Boy. Her PNR series with Random House, the Belladonna Agency Series, recently launched with Turned. She loves to hear from readers at www.virnadepaul.com

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Jun 26

Cover Reveal : RAZED by Shiloh Walker


RAZED, a sexy romance by award-winning author, Shiloh Walker, is the much awaited sequel to WRECKED in the Barnes Brothers series and it releases this December from Berkley!


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Tattoo artist Keelie Jessup can handle that someone else has claimed the man of her dreams. She’s just not pleased with her remaining options…

Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.

As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother’s wedding have him thinking maybe there’s a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist…for her.

Also in the Barnes Brothers series: WRECKED by Shiloh Walker!

HEAR Exceprt

Humiliation burned in her.

Rejection turned her blood to ice while her skin shrank down about two sizes too small.

She wanted to sink into the floorboards, turn into something thin and vaporous so she could just disappear.

Pushing against his chest, she focused on the navy blue polo. “Then how about you let me go, huh? My mistake.”

The hand on her throat didn’t move.

It should have felt threatening.

But the feel of him touching her just made her melt that much more…and it was now a heavy ache inside because he—
His lips brushed her ear.

“You want to know what I want from you?” he asked, the words velvet, stroking over her like a caress.

Keelie closed her hands into fists to keep from reaching for him. He was messing with her. It pissed her off—and, to her disgust, it hurt. It almost felt like a betrayal, too, because she hadn’t expected to see this in Zane.

“Back off,” she warned, putting an edge into her voice and preparing herself to make him back off. So what if he had some moves on him? He hadn’t seen her moves yet. Not really.

“I want…” He slid his hand down from her throat, to rest on her chest, fingers spread wide where it rested above her heart. “This.”

The simplicity of the gesture stunned her into passivity.

She held still as he lifted his head and stared down at her.

She blinked, not moving, as he continued to stand there, his hand on her chest. “I want five minutes of your time…over a cup of coffee. An hour for lunch. I want you to pick up the phone when I call, talk with me for a while,” he said, staring into her eyes while the blue-green of his gaze cut into her.

Then he leaned in and pressed a hot, open-mouthed kiss to her chest, just above the neckline of her sweater. “I want to peel your clothes away, learn each and every one of these insanely sexy tattoos…each tattoo, and the reason behind them. I want to know what makes you laugh, and I want to know what makes you mad. I want to know what sort of book you’re reading whenever I’m in the office—I’ve asked, but you always toss it down when I walk by and you never answer me.”

His breath was a caress on her flesh and she broke out into goosebumps.

Her heart raced in her chest and she couldn’t even begin to understand why there was a knot in her chest.

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Jun 23

Interview & Review Up To Me by Christi Barth

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Hello everyone, please join me in welcoming Christi Barth to HEA Romance With A Little Kick.


Can you please give us an insight into your main characters Ella and Gray . What does he/she do that is so special, What makes them tick?

Ella’s extremely family-oriented, so when she loses her parents, she amps up her attachment to her quirky small town. What makes her special to Gray is her resiliency and warmth. Gray…hmmm…he’s harder to explain without giving away any spoilers. Be assured that he’s a good guy even when he might not seem like one. Oh, and he’s super hot. Gotta be said.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Absolutely! You pick up a book because of the cover. You decide to buy it because of the blurb. If the cover doesn’t appeal to someone, they won’t spend the time to read the description. It is a two-pronged attack, both of which are equally important. (I happen to love my covers, btw – but I am kind of a sucker for any book that’s got a half-naked man on it….)

I have read your work before, it seems Contemporary is a favorite with you. Is there a genre you would like to try that you haven’t yet?

Paranormal. I’ve actually got book one of a trilogy 1/3 written already. But that’s the impulsive writer part of my brain. The cool, collected business part of my brain says that it is important to build my brand in one genre before moving on to something else. That said, (looks around & whispers) I’ve got this great sex demon/fallen angel story to tell.

In 5 words, please describe your Romance Writing Style?

Romance drenched witty banter sexy

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled, for research?

Cults. No, poisons you can make at home. British nobility. The thing is, 9/10 of my research is to make something funny. For example, I had to look up the nearest land…across the Atlantic….to Maryland: Darcy stared at a point over his shoulder. Probably the ocean. Nothing else that direction til you hit the horizon—and the view didn’t change for another twenty-two hundred miles until you hit Portugal. Was it integral to the plot? Heck, no. My research is to make people grin. And since I write rom-com, that’s a HUGE part of my job!

What sparked the idea for Up To Me? Was it something specific or had the idea been rolling around your head for a while?

I was on vacation in the Finger Lakes in 2010. Literally naked on a massage table in an honest-to-god castle when the idea for Ella spiraled into my head. Driving around Seneca Lake the next day I forced my husband to scribble down my brainstorm for the 3rd book in the series. And then I stuck all the little slips of paper in a folder until 2012 when I could finally get serious about writing it (which netted me another research trip up there–lots more wine tasting–so it was a win/win).

What trait in a man do you find most sexy?

Forearms – and not the ones with the icky, ropy veins. Piercing blue eyes. Oh…wait…you probably meant personality trait, huh? Sorry. As a romance writer, my mind rolls around in the gutter quite a bit. Hmmm – a take-charge attitude. Just don’t tell my husband, okay?

What trait in a Woman do you find most sexy?

Being at ease with the opposite sex. Many women simply aren’t. They never relax, or let down their guard around men. When, in fact, letting your hair down is exactly what attracts people.

Thanks Christi! It was a blast. *grins*

Up To Me by Christi Barth
Series : Shore Secrets, book #1
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 232 pages

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Ella Mayhew’s always appreciated the beautiful view of Seneca Lake from the spa window of her family’s hotel.But the view improves dramatically when a hot stranger runs across the grounds—shirtless. He’s the first man to kickstart her hormones in the three years since she lost her parents, and she doesn’t even know his name.

Graydon Locke’s on his umpteenth undercover assignment. The routine’s always the same: assess a business, recommend it for closure, then roll out before anyone discovers his decisions impact hundreds of lives. He’s always believed nothing good comes out of small towns. Why would this one be different? Then he makes two classic rookie mistakes—falling for the sweet, sexy girl who owns the very business he’s on the verge of axing. And letting the town’s residents get involved in both his life, and his relationship with Ella.

Ella’s the best thing to ever happen to Gray, but he’s lied to her from the start. If he pulls the plug on Mayhew Manor, the entire town may crumble. Ella couldn’t save her parents, but it’s up to her to save their hotel. Even if that means turning her back on true love.

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Up To Me by Christi Barth is phenomenally emotional. A story with a strong start, what a brilliant way to start off this series.

Gray is a sexy catch that quite honestly shocked me a few times throughout reading Up To Me. His own battle within himself is not easy, but after learning what Ella has under gone how was he to finish his task? I adore Gray’s quirkie side he had me smiling a few times. I would have liked to meet his mother, I must admit.

Ella is an absolute love. I got everything Ms. Barth wanted us to get when she created this heroine. The suffering, the heart of her love for her parents, the feelings for the town she grew-up in. Ella on her own grew within the page for me. I liked the fact once she truly understood what she needed to do for herself, she did so.

I have to applaud Ms. Barth of the development of Ella and Gray, she gave us two messed up misfits with their own issues which only in my opinion helped me understand them better. Even though there was one hot sex scene, Ella and Gray sure know how to heat up the pages.
The secondary characters were the heart of this heroine. They added some pretty fun moments as well as the back drop of the heart of the town and Ella’s Castle. I am hoping for more books from these characters, but really I need to know what is up with Wade & Piper. {hint}
The plot was amazingly well penned. Ms. Barth never shied away from issues. I enjoyed getting the back story throughout, it helped getting to know everyone. I was a bit shocked but that had to do with Gray’s job…it was interesting how that played out.

I highly recommend this book to readers who love contemporary romance. Christi Barth always packs so much heart into her books, Up To Me ranks right on top.

Rated 5 Stilettos by Deb!


HEAR Exceprt

“Come do yoga with me tomorrow.”

“I’m a guy. We’re all about being hard and stiff, not soft and bendy.”

Ella blinked rapidly to clear the images of a naked, hard-muscled Gray that popped into her mind. And hardness…other places. “Don’t be so close-minded. Didn’t you end up enjoying the massage I gave you?”

“Yes.” He sounded adorably sulky at being forced to acknowledge it. Why was it that men found it so hard to admit when they were wrong? Definitely a topic of discussion for her next margarita night with the girls.

“See? You can’t dismiss something out of hand without at least trying it.”

Gray wrinkled his nose. “Do I have a choice?”

“No.” Ella brought up her other hand to cup his face. “You deserve to be looked after. It’s not much, I know, but let me help you in the only way I can.”

“I’ll do it—”

Ella bounced a little. “Terrific.”

“—on one condition. I’ve just come up with a good plan for stress release. Let’s try my way first.” Gray wove his fingers through the loose knit of her turquoise sweater. In one swift move, he pulled it off over her head and tossed it into the corner. “Come swimming with me. Right now.”

Was he serious? To stall for time while she processed the preposterous suggestion, Ella stammered, “We…we don’t have suits.”

“You said the pool’s still officially closed. No one will interrupt us.” He toyed with the strap of her matching tank. “You’ve got this thing. I’m wearing boxer briefs. We’ll be more covered up than in suits. Unless you don’t think you can control yourself around me?”

That was it in a nutshell. Not that she’d admit it to Gray. Not when he had that sharp eyebrow arched and a smug quirk to his lips. If he was trying to shock her…well, he had, no denying that. But what better way was there to embrace life fully than to embrace a dripping wet, mostly naked Gray? While she’d never work up the courage to tell him, this was the kind of activity Dr. T. would probably applaud. Or at least give her a gold star. He had asked her to email him with progress reports if anything big happened. Unable to resist, she glanced down at Gray’s crotch. Ella expected something very big, indeed, was about to happen.

“Water’s extremely therapeutic,” she said in her most serious, I’m massaging you but not judging your naked body in any way professional voice. “Swimming is a good counterpart to yoga. They use the same long muscles.”

Yup. Her matter-of-fact delivery dropped his eyebrow back to its usual straight line and wiped the smug from his lips. Ella kept the surprises rolling. She stood, unbuttoned her skirt and let it slide the floor into a big blue puddle. Then she reached out, grabbed his wrist, and yanked him sideways into the pool with her.

The simultaneous body flops slapped noise and water all around the room. Ella recovered first, treading water while waiting for Gray to get his bearings and surface. Keeping her head above water was easy. Breathing, however, was not, as she was laughing her head off at catching him off guard. Finally, with much thrashing and churning of the water, Gray popped up near the middle of the pool.

“What the hell?” he yelled, his voice bouncing off the rocks with a hollow echo. “I’m wearing clothes!”

“So take them off,” she yelled back. Geez, it was his idea. Ella had just implemented it without talking it to death first. She’d thought he’d appreciate her spontaneity.

Gray stared at her for a minute, totally unreadable. Then his head disappeared beneath the water again. In fact, he sank straight to the bottom. It worried her. But just until a heavy, sodden pair of jeans landed like a giant blue spitwad in front of her. Laughing, she tossed them over her shoulder in the general direction of their shoes. Then Gray’s shirt appeared, floating near the filter. Something she’d have to remember to retrieve before morning when maintenance would make their final sweep before reopening the pool.

She felt Gray first. His head brushed against her stomach. Using her body like a swim ladder, he climbed it with his hands until just those brilliant blue eyes broke the surface. Blinked at her once. Then he tilted his head back and arced a stream of water from his lips to the dead center of her forehead. Laughing even harder, Ella reached under his shoulders to pull him the rest of the way up.

That’s when the laughter stopped. When buoyancy slammed his oh my God so hard cock right against her. When it was the most natural thing in the world to wrap her legs tight around him to keep him nestled against all her heat and what felt like every freaking nerve ending in her body. And when she twined her arms around his neck just for the thrill of rubbing her breasts across his chest.

With two powerful kicks, Gray propelled them to the wall. He sandwiched Ella against it and hung on to the rocks to keep them both afloat. “I’m on board with your idea. As you can tell.” He ground against her in a way that absolutely proved not only that he was enthusiastic about stripping, but that there was definitely nothing between them other than two thin, skintight layers of cotton. Gray’s impressive length was no longer just an impression or wishful thinking. It was hard and long and she couldn’t wait to impale herself on him. For now, she locked her ankles together and let the water do most of the work of bobbing her up and down in a rhythmic, full-body caress.

Water glistened at the tips of his lashes. Ella kissed it away, then just kept heading south. Over his early-evening stubble. Down past the Adam’s apple that jerked reflexively. She’d always thought them sexy. So uniquely masculine.

A nibble in the hollow of his collarbone. Down till her lips were just underwater, closed around his nipple. Ella flicked it against her teeth. Gray…growled? Whatever the noise was, it came from deep inside him and turned her core body temperature up by about twenty percent.

HOLY SMOKES that was H.O.T!



Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.  A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance.  Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

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Jun 18

Waiting Wednesday : No Limit by Lori Foster


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, originally started by Jill at Breaking the Spine , that highlights upcoming book releases everyone or at least I’m waiting on. :)

Releasing August 2014

No Limit

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A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it….

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Jun 17

Review : The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson

The Harder I Fall by Jessica Gibson
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 276 pages

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Becca Langer was not a normal girl, she didn’t have normal girl problems. For most of her life, she’s had to take care of herself, her younger brother Chad, and her drunk mother. She’s lived under the shadow of what her father did when she was ten years old. Forever branded by his actions.

College was her escape, she could get away and finally live. Her dream was to make it in the New York Ballet Company one day. That for her meant a long road full of hard work and dedication. She didn’t have time for distractions, and Levi Klein was definitely a distraction.

Will Levi be able to crack through her tough exterior and really see the wounded soul underneath? Becca needs to be loved, but the question is, will she let Levi love her?

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The Harder I Fall was a emotional coaster ride into some amazing twist and turns along with a few bumps, but it never left a part of me untouched.

Levi is a hero after my heart so open , trusting and a true giver. Ms. Gibson gave us so much of Levi, there was never a question in his true feelings toward Becca, or his family. Levi wanted everything with Becca but is he strong enough to cope with her nightmare?

Becca broke my heart in so many ways, but as she healed so did I. Page by page her story unravels into unbelievable moments when hope was lost. I had to stop about mid-way, I had to grip what Becca was telling us when she spoke of the past. Ms. Gibson thank you for Becca.

Levi and Becca came to life the minute their paths crossed. The passion that blossoms between these two is frighting as it is sweet. Ms. Gibson covered all the bases in the sex department. I love the carefree feelings, the soft moments between Levi & Becca. I have to say most bedroom scenes even though you don’t read much about it, I just know Levi is a master in the art of love making.

The secondary characters are heart-warming, wonderful addition to this brilliantly written story about first loves, family, loss and healing. I can not wait to see if we will get more from this author about these character’s. Julian, Sadie, Mel, Layla (who I wonder where she drifted off to) Levi’s family and Chad, so many stories.

The plot is a heart gripper with a sweet side that totally worked for me. The issues where a mother who loves her husband more than her children, to discovering that it is possible to be strong enough to say, “I need help” to growth for so many.Jessica Gibson captured all this and so much more. She captivated me from page 1.

The Harder I Fall is one of those books that will stay with you over time. Jessica Gibson pours her heart and soul into her characters, a true romance author.

Rated 5 Stilettos by Deb!


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