Cover Reveal: Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker

Burying Water #2
March 3, 2015

Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.

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Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures. 

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Cover Reveal: One to Leave by Tia Louise

One to Hold #5
December 29, 2014

Some demons can’t be shaken off.

Some wounds won’t heal.

Until a pair of hazel eyes knocks you on your ass, and you realize it’s time to stop running.

Meet Stuart Knight Dec. 29, 2014. #SexyCowboy

Years earlier, behind
enemy lines.
Long nights, sitting against the
wall staring into darkness. We’d shared just about everything to pass the time,
to keep from going insane from the monotony combined with the stress of knowing
at any time we could be blown up or shot. We were walking targets, and we’d
been lucky.
“You’re right,” Derek exhaled,
looking away again, out at the expanse of beige. “I’m proud of my service, but
when the time comes, I’ll walk away.”
“You’ve got another road ahead of
you.” I didn’t think any less of him. Some guys in this outfit didn’t have the
right stuff, the right attitude or the honor, but that could never be said of
this guy. “I’m glad we served together.”
“Now who’s getting soft?” His deep
laugh was the last sound I heard before the staccato CLANK! of a grenade dropped into the space with us.
We had seconds, if that long. No
time to speak, only time to act. Reaching down, I grabbed it, and threw it as
fast and hard as I could. It was just out the window when the BLAST! threw us both against the wall.
My back had been curved from the
throw, and I hit a bare space. I was winded, but not hurt. Derek was out
cold.  White smoke filled the room. Our
luck had run out, and we were under attack.
Shots fired outside as I made my
way through the blindness to where his dark body was slumped on the stone
floor.
Fuck!” I shouted. He was as big as me and twice as heavy, but I’d
be damned if I left him. With a deep grunt, I hauled him onto my shoulders.
His voice was a groan in my ear.
“Stuart. Go on. Go.”
“You’re not dying today, soldier,” I
shouted back.
Months of working out and not much
else between the explosions and the darkness had me strong as a damn mule. I
went up the short flight of steps to the exit. I had no idea what I’d be
stepping into when I went through that door, but they knew we were in here. We
couldn’t stay.
I held Derek steady on my back as I
peered into the smoke and dust filling the air. Two bodies in robes right ahead
of us. Not Americans. There wasn’t anything we could do for them, but I would
do something for us.
A convoy had been preparing to transport
the last of us two houses down. If I could make it that far, it was possible
we’d be safe. I couldn’t see a damned thing as I made a break for it. My thighs
burned with the exertion and the extra weight, and my lungs seized from the
smoke. Derek was a fucking dead weight on my back, but I barely noticed with
the adrenaline pumping in my veins. I was born for this.
Blinking hard, I could just make
out the hulking shapes of the armored trucks waiting to take us away.
“We’re almost there,” I shouted,
even though I was pretty sure he was out again.
Taking the first step, I dug in
with my heel, trying to gain speed with traction. Combat boots, thirty-seven
pounds of weaponry, ordnance, spying shit, and my commanding officer. I ran as
fast as I could to the symbol of safety. I was just there when my feet went out
from under me. My ears rang with the noise of the explosion, and pain shot like
fire through the lower half of my body. I flew forward and landed on my chest
in the dirt.
I couldn’t stop shaking. It wasn’t
fear—it was adrenaline combined with the effort I’d been pushing to get us to
safety faster. My brain tilted on its side. The trucks were near, but they
couldn’t see us in all the smoke and confusion. Bodies were running all around
us. I needed to get up, but I was dazed.
God
dammit!
I was made for this. I tried to force myself to get up, but my body
didn’t respond. I was above myself looking down. Derek lay on my back exposed,
unprotected. What the fuck was happening
to me?
I fought against this pansy-assed flake-out. I had to get back down
there. I had to carry my brother to safety. 
I was stronger than this.
Somebody had to see us, but the
whole place was in confusion. Another whistling rocket, another explosion. I
struggled to open my mouth and yell for backup. Nothing came out. I saw a truck
jolt and fly back. It was hit.
Then, like an old-fashioned television switching off,
everything blinked to black. I didn’t see anything anymore.


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Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire all of her stories… wink)—turned wife, mommy, and novelist. 
She lives in the center of the U.S.A. with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations~ 
It’s possible she has a slight truffle addiction.
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Release + Giveaway: Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle

She sat beside me on the bus – and
she changed my whole life.
Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.
That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.
Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.
Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.

He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.
He speaks Spanish. I speak English.
He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.
He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.
He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.
I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.
Until now. Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the f*#king truth.
***
To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.
Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Latino charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.
Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.
Something that can never, ever be.
Or so she thinks

 

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Chat Review: Love, in Spanish by Karina Halle

We are excited to be teaming up again to bring you our chat review of LOVE, IN SPANISH by Karina Halle, a follow-up to one of our favorite contemporary reads of 2014,LOVE, IN ENGLISH. If you loved reading Vera’s emotional tale in Love, in English, then you will burst with even more emotions in this sequel. Mateo Casalles will have your heart fluttering and emotions going haywire as he tells you the story of life after the ending of Love, in English. 
Series: Love, in English #2
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: From Author for Review
Rating: ★★★★★

Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.

Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.

Describe LOVE, IN SPANISH in 140 characters or less. 
Ali: A motherfucking emotion extracting story that left me drained in a most beautiful way.
Debbie: Another hot, seductive, passionate & emotional look into Mateo & Vera’s love story. Once again, Halle brings the drama, lovin & MAJOR FEELS!

Before you dove into LOVE, IN SPANISH, did you have any reservations about having this story told in Mateo’s POV? Why?

Ali: YES! I was, quite honestly, a little terrified. I went into Love, In English with great apprehension. I don’t particularly like to read adultery. I don’t mind cheating, but when it’s married people, it has a whole other feel and I’m not usually comfortable with it. I ended up loving Love, In English but wasn’t sure I wanted to be inside the married party’s head. I  was leery of how he would justify his actions as a married man who cheats. On top of that, he’s a father and leaving his marriage ultimately means leaving the day to day relationship he had with his daughter. That is something that hits very close to home with me. I didn’t want to end up disliking Mateo by getting a glimpse into his head.
Debbie: I was the total opposite, I could not wait to dive into Mateo’s head. While I was reading Love, in English, I had wished we had seen a glimpse of what was going through Mateo’s mind. But now, I’m glad that we didn’t because so much was already happening with Vera that I think it would have been too much. I think Mateo’s journey to happiness was just as arduous as Vera’s and I was more than anxious to read about all of his thoughts over what happened in Love, in English. I can totally see where you would be hesitant to read his POV when it comes to his relationship with his daughter, but I felt like I had already seen how devoted he was to his daughter in LiE that I knew he wouldn’t disappoint me in LiS.

Even with my black heart I found Love, in English as one of the most emotional books I read this year, and I think it had the same effect on you as well. Do you think that LOVE, IN SPANISH had the same emotional pull as LiE?
Ali: I agree, it is one of the more emotional reads for me this year. I did not have the same intense reaction I did to LiE, but it still pulled at my emotions more than most books would. You’re no longer dealing with the falling apart of the marriage, but your still very much dealing with the aftermath of it.  And how can that not be emotional? You have to reconcile your love, your guilt, your entire life.  Everything changes and sometimes the love you leave a life for isn’t enough to keep you happy.
Debbie: While I think Love, in English had a greater impact on my emotional sanity when I read it, I think that Love, in Spanish still packed A LOT of punch. Right from the start, Karina had my eyes welling with tears from reading Mateo’s letter. Like who starts their book with a heart felt letter that makes you all emotional right from the get-go? Karina Halle does. Halle shows us that even though the couple may have crossed major hurdles in Love, in English, Mateo and Vera have a whole new round of new drama to overcome in Love, in Spanish. There might be new problems but they all dredge up the same concerns, doubts, and vulnerabilities that they had to endure in the first book. There was a whole bunch of emotions running amok inside of me that made me want to curl up in a ball and cry. 
Do you see Mateo in a different light (good or bad) since reading his POV? What did you like and dislike about having the story told in his POV?
Ali: I do see him differently. Both in good ways and bad. I now more fully understand his actions from LiE in regards to Vera and to his ex-wife, and that helped me love him a little more.  

However, I see him differently in respects to a father and the feelings I had on that end, well, they aren’t all so great.  I didn’t ever question his loyalty as a father in LiE, but in LiS there was a moment or two were I felt like he was willing to put Vera before his child. As a mother, I wanted to cut his balls off.  I don’t ever want anyone to be more important in my life or my husband’s, then my daughter.  I don’t expect anyone to stay in an unhappy relationship for the sake of the child, but I still expect the child to be the most important aspect of their lives.  

But I don’t think his thoughts meant what my brain thought they meant. I had to really analyze what he was saying when those moments came about.  After thinking it through, my thoughts softened slightly in that area, but never fully disappeared. As I stated earlier though, this is something that hits close to home for me and my personal feelings were possibly bleeding onto the pages. Which only makes it a more emotional read and I just don’t get enough of those so I’m thankful that it pulled that kind of reaction out of me.


Debbie: I don’t necessarily see  him in a different light, I think Love, in Spanish just solidified my love for Mateo. Maybe it’s the little bit of Spanish blood in me or my knowledge of the Spanish culture, but I was a lot more understanding or accepting of Mateo’s decisions and actions from Love, in English, compared to some readers. Mateo definitely shows us how possessive he can be over Vera. He can definitely do the whole caveman thing but he’s also adamant about letting Vera know that she “owns” him just as much as he “owns” her. I’m an Alpha male lover and hearing Mateo repeat, “you are mine,” had my heart fluttering. Call me crazy but it’s totally sexy to see a man “claim” a woman. He doesn’t treat Vera like she’s property but  reinstates that her whole being basically dictates his own destiny. Anyone else get what I’m saying?

But aside from his alphaliscious side, I also loved the vulnerable side we saw from Mateo. I loved seeing his insecurities and fears. Seeing that side of him made him seem more “real” and gave his character depth and dimension. Knowing he had those insecurities made him fight and work harder for what he wanted. Seeing his brutal determination made me realize that this man will do what he needs to keep the woman who holds his heart close to him. It made him even sexier in my eyes. I mean who wouldn’t fall in love with a man who will fight tooth and nail for his woman? He might have had his slip ups but he still kept going and that made me love his character more at the end. 

Overall, what were your thoughts about LOVE, IN SPANISH?

Ali: My initial thought was, “Fucking Halle got me. Again.” This is a genre I’m glad she is writing more of. She writes with emotion and gives characters that feel ‘real’. Seeing the situation from another point of view was enlightening, sad, heartbreaking at times and it made me understand.  Love, in Spanish gave me what I needed and made me face some strong emotions that I tend to avoid.  It was almost … cathartic.  Really, how many times can you say you’ve read fiction that makes you feel like a better person after reading it?
Debbie: Hahaha. I had similar sentiments Ali. During and after reading Love, in Spanish I was silently screaming, “This bitch has done it again!” I loved that Halle showed us a glimpse of Mateo and Vera’s life after happily ever after in Love, in English. We all know that relationships aren’t always sunshine and rainbows and Love, in Spanish shows us that Mateo and Vera still had a lot to overcome. Things weren’t any easier and emotions became heated, but at the end these two show us that somethings are worth the fight. This series overflows with love, passion and emotion, and I am really looking forward to more of this genre from Karina Halle. The way Karina crafts her words is so artistically beautiful that you can’t help but feel every little nuance. It’s like she’s a freaking puppeteer with my emotions and I hate her for making me feel so human!


 

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.
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Reveal: Kick by Carmen Jenner

Series: Savage Saints MC #1
Release Date: January 26, 2015
Publisher: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Adult, Dark Romance
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When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.
A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.
A band of brothers where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.
When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.
I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.
My name is Daniel Johnson, and I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.
This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.

Warning: KICK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY Best Selling Author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent.  She’s also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living.

While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn’t have an Elijah Cade, though.
If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.
 

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Review: Only by HelenKay Dimon

Series: Holton Woods #2
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Genre: Romance, Erotica
Source: Galley provided for honest review
Rating: ★★ ½

He’s a man who fixes difficult situations. She’s the one thing he can’t handle—and the one thing he can’t resist…

ONLY

Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need
problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in
control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a
tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom
activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a
magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all
others.
Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is
intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting
him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years,
and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man
you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to
get creative to make him hers.
As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast
struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when
Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be
the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he
ever intended…

This is one of those books that had bits I liked and bits I very much disliked.  It’s an ‘I’m on the fence’ type book.
What didn’t worked for me:
  • For one, I went into this thinking I could read it as a stand alone, even though it is the second in the series.  It can very much be read as a stand alone. Why? Because for about the first third of the book the author treats the reader to quite a few major info dumps.  They were a bit daunting for me, I can only imagine what they would have been like for a reader who had read Mercy and already knew that information. I could have done without a large chunk of it.  
  • Kyra.  Kyra really worked for me in some areas, which I will touch on below. There was one aspect of her that didn’t work for me, at all.  She agrees to a relationship with Bast, a just sex relationship. She wants more, but that is not what she agrees to, it isn’t what he offers and he’s very clear on that.  Yet she constantly gives him grief for treating her as something casual.
  • Bast.  Bast is a high powered professional negotiator.  In my mind that makes him an somewhat of an excerpt on reading people.  Knowing what they think, knowing what they want, what they desire, and most of all… being clear and succinct in what you are willing to offer.  He failed in all of those aspects when it came to Kyra.  Not only with Kyra, but with others who he continually believed would think one way, yet proved to think something quite different. 
So, that’s what didn’t work. Now on to what did.
  • Though I had one large issue with Kyra, there was so much about her I did enjoy.  She’s feisty, she doesn’t take anyone’s shit, especially Bast’s.  She pushes him at every turn.  There is a gutsy strength to her that I wish more heroines possessed. Even with her wishy washiness on “the deal”, she is still a very strong character with a little edge of fun and playfulness to her.  She’s also very sexually secure.  She’s not a timid little lamb looking for a big bad alpha to teach her how to perform. She’s got that shit down.
  • Sebastian gave me similar feelings as Kyra. There were parts of him I enjoyed, parts that drove me crazy.  What I loved was that despite his initial confidence, he’s really broken in the love department.  He fights it, but not well, his need for Kyra overpowers his past doubts.  This is proven by some of his actions but his silly mouth gets in the way.  I found his struggle to be adorable.  
  • The sex was damn hot.  The chemistry between Bast and Kyra had that fun kinky feel.  There is also a side M/M romance in Only and it too, worked really well for me. 
There you have it. My good and bad.  Where does that leave me? Well, nowhere really. Not really loving it or hating it.  While I don’t think the things that bothered me are huge, they were there and they distracted me from enjoying the story.  Also, the things I really liked just were not enough to push out of my mind, the things I didn’t. 

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