Sunday, 2 August 2015

♬ Blog Tour ♬ Lukas (Ashes & Embers #3) ♬ Carian Cole ♬

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Book Title: Lukas (Ashes & Embers #3)
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2015
Hosted by: Book Fancy
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Storms younger cousin.

Vandals little brother.

Youve met him in the background.

The sweet one.

The nice one.

The one they can all rely on.

The good one.

Hes a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music - on the violin.

Hes got a body built for sin.

Hes 24.

In comes Ivy. Shes a 36 year old single mom who hasnt dated in 18 years.

All she wanted was a tattoo.

She got a helluva lot more :)

Being good has never been so bad.


ARC received for an honest review

I didn't think I could love one of the Ashes and Ember's guys more than I could Vandal.... but then I met Lukas.

Ivy's life is in tatters, but she is pulling up her big girl pants and is trying to move on.

Walking in to get a new tattoo, Ivy was not expecting her life to change so suddenly, and so dramatically.

We caught tantalising glimpses of Lukas and Ivy during Vandal's book, but they were just a tasty sample of all the goodness in this installment of the series.  And there were some events from Vandal that I had forgotten ,that caught me off guard again!

Lukas - swoon - I swear, reading this book had me wanting to jump in my car and drive around to tattoo parlours until I found my own Lukas.  Or if I couldn't find a Lukas, at least get another tattoo!

I swear, that guys gives all us older ladies a bit of hope!

Lukas runs concurrent with Storm and Vandal, so it is good that we get a little bit of each of the characters along the way.

Ivy, I could understand her hesitance at starting something with someone, let alone someone so much younger.  But I wanted to shake some sense into her, tell her to take that leap - or would I take her place!

I adored Lukas' persistence, never giving up on Ivy.  Life and love was never meant to be easy though, and there are struggles he and Ivy need to overcome.  

Can they make a go of it when everyone and everything seems to be against them getting their HEA?

There were some secondary characters that I am still undecided about. Ivy's best friend?  Not sure if I like her or loathe her - though am leaning towards the loathe.

Ms Cole has a way of dragging you right along with her characters, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. And I for one loved being on the ride with them.

Can't wait for Talon's story and more of the Ashes and Embers men

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I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.
My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, was published in September of 2014 and book 2, Vandal, was published in February 2015 with several more of this series planned throughout 2015.
Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

✪ Release Day Launch ✪ Lukas (Ashes and Embers #3) ✪ Carian Cole ✪

It's release day for Carian Cole's Lukas! Be sure to grab your copy and to check out a the fantastic release day fun!!


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Lukas Synopsis:

Storms younger cousin.

Vandals little brother.

Youve met him in the background.

The sweet one.

The nice one.

The one they can all rely on.

The good one.

Hes a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music - on the violin.

Hes got a body built for sin.

Hes 24.

In comes Ivy. Shes a 36 year old single mom who hasnt dated in 18 years.

All she wanted was a tattoo.

She got a helluva lot more :)

Being good has never been so bad.


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He leans his head down closer to mine. “You looking at me like that, and saying my name like that, just makes me want to kiss you even more.”

I swallow hard, unable to tear my eyes away from his. “You really shouldn’t be saying things like that,” I breathe, my voice quivering. He’s got my nerves in overdrive. Hell, who am I kidding? He’s got my entire mind and body in overdrive right now.

He moves his hand to cup the side of my face. “Close your eyes, Ivy. Let’s make our wishes at the same time.”

Lukas is a wizard, and I’ve quickly fallen under his spell. My eyes flutter closed, and his lips touch mine, so softly that we are barely touching at all, but it’s enough to make me see even more shooting stars, this time behind closed eyes, in that place where magic happens. His kiss is completely unexpected but way too perfect to break away from. I drop my bag to the ground and bring my hands up to rest on his shoulders. He kisses me a little harder, his tongue gently touching my lips, silently asking permission for more. Parting my lips, I let him kiss me deeper, his tongue slowly meeting mine, caressing in enticing circles. The feel of his tongue piercing and lip ring is so strange to me, yet incredibly erotic. I think I like it. His hand goes to my hip, pulling my body possessively but gently against him, as his kisses grow more passionate and urgent. My legs begin to shake with timid desire, my hands squeezing his muscled shoulders, hanging on to him in this sudden dizzying realm he’s led me into. Did a first kiss ever feel like this before? Has any kiss ever felt like this before? No. Not for me. Not ever.

He oozes skilled sensuality; every touch, every breath, every kiss is measured in perfect timing and depth. This is not an awkward, clumsy, rushed and horny boy touching me for kicks. Not by a long shot. He’s savoring everything. And I don’t want him to stop.

Grasping my waist with both hands, he effortlessly lifts me up onto the hood of my car, bringing me closer to eye level with him. He moves between my parted legs, guides my thighs around his jean-clad hips, and covers my mouth with his again, kissing me long, deep, and tantalizingly slow as he gently holds my face in his hands. It’s the kind of kiss that brands complete want and ownership. He leaves no doubt that he wants me. The logical part of me is telling me to stop him, but the lonely, aching part of me takes over, and I slide my hands up his chest and over his shoulders to clasp behind his neck. My fingers tangle in his long silky hair, and I love how new and different it feels. Everything about him is so different, like tasting an exotic food for the first time that quickly leads to crazy indulgence. That magnetic pull I felt the first time I laid eyes on him is a force to be reckoned with right now. It’s controlling me, taking over every part of me, squashing my fears and reservations, and paving a very clear path that leads directly to this man. I cannot even begin to understand or make the tiniest bit of sense of this attraction. But it’s there, and it’s stronger than anything I’ve ever felt in my life.

Suddenly, he stops kissing me, his lips just a whisper away from mine, and stares into my eyes for a few moments, before letting his dark eyes slowly close as he pulls me closer against his body, his hard cock pressing against me through our clothes, sending a hot surge of raw desire through me.

What I glimpsed in his eyes shook me even more than his kiss.

All feelings that carry the ability to give immense pleasure and pain. Neither of which I am ready for.

I slowly try to pull myself away from him, but he holds me close against him.

“Wow,” I say breathlessly, leaning my head against his shoulder.

“Come upstairs with me, and let’s see if we can upgrade that to a holy shit,” he whispers, his hand resting on the back of my neck, gently squeezing.






I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published on September of 2014. Vandal, the second novel in this series is publishing in February of 2015. I currently have approximately nine books slated for this series, as well as an MC series in the works, and a few stand-alones coming in 2015 onward.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

☼ Susan Mallery ☼ Thrill Me ☼ Fool's Gold #18 ☼


© Bianca  




SUSAN MALLERY - THRILL ME
FOOL'S GOLD #18
• release date -  28 July 2015
• 368 pages

• #19 MARRY ME @ CHRISTMAS will be out 29 September 2015

★★★★★
5 Stars


Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool's Gold, Californiafive gorgeous men who've left a trail of broken hearts in their wake

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could
she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all



FOOL'S GOLD - CALIFORNIA
Population 125,482



 Book #18

We already met Maya in the previous book - but then she was only the step-sister and best friend of our hero and heroine. Now she has her own story.

Maya used to live in Fool's Gold until she left years ago. She not only left her family and the town - but also the love of her young life: Del...She was just too young and too scared to believe this amazing boy could be in love with her - forever...

But now she's back, because our darling Mayor Marsha wants her to promote the town's new slogan...


But being back in town also means that she might run into Del again...
Which is exactly what happens - at her first meeting with the Mayor ☺

Del is supposed to be the person in front of the camera, and Maya will shoot the town's promo videos.

That means working closely together ... and those old feelings and sparks have never vanished.
But it's not as easy as just falling back in love again..
Del had been hurt really bad when she left and he's not sure if he's ready to forgive and forget.
Plus there are still some secrets, that could ruin a possible newly blossoming love...

What will happen to Maya & Del?
Will Del stay in town? Will he forgive her?
Will there be a HEA?



Nope - I'm not telling you ☺
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Ugh - I just LOVE Fool's Gold and it's people - I would be happy to have a new Fool's Gold book every month for the rest of my life! ☺

I loooved this story.
Maya and Del.
Two people who could've had their HEA ten years ago.
But they were both too young and scared and restless.
It was good for Del to leave town and have adventures all over the world. And it was also good for Maya to be her own person for a while and do some growing up.
Now they're both finally ready to settle down - the only question is: will they settle down with the first person they ever fell in love with? Or is it too late for such a happy ending? :/

I really loved every second of the story - the sexy and romantic moments - and especially the funny moments - most of them including our geriatric town darlings Eddie & Gladys ☺☺☺

The first line of the book was hilarious already ☺☺☺

Maya Farlow told herself there was a perfectly good explanation for the mayor of Fool's Gold to have a picture of a man's naked butt on her computer screen. At least she really hoped there was.
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GO AND BUY  THRILL ME - it's another amazing Mallery Romance that has it all: The town of Fool's Gold with all its amazing inhabitants - a beautiful Romance between two amazing people - moving & adorable moments & romantic sexiness like all of SUSAN'S books = JUST PERFECT



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With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.

✤ Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy ✤ HiM ✤ m/m Hockey Romance ✤

© Bianca Janeane



ELLE KENNEY & SARINA BOWEN - HIM
• m/m Hockey Romance
• release date: 28 July 2015
• 217 pages

★★★★★
5 Stars



They dont play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley
s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, hell finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend...and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.




Wes and Jamie are both 22 year-old college Hockey stars.
Wes plays on the east coast and Jamie on the west coast.
They used to be best friends.
Six years through high and junior high they would meet every summer for six weeks - at a hockey camp in Lake Placid - New York.


But something happened when they were 18. Something that stopped their friendship.

Isn't there an old saying that goes something like that:
It all started with this blowjob - that I gave my best - straight - friend???
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Back then Wes had been in love with Jamie - he wasn't yet 100 percent sure if he was really gay himself, but he knew that Jamie wasn't gay.

And with this stupid dare on their last day of camp - he destroyed everything.

But now - four years later - their teams play in the same tournament in Boston.
And Wes realizes that he still has feelings for the beautiful california boy.
Jamie realizes that he missed Wes - but what happened back then probably destroyed whatever friendship they had.... or didn't it??


Time to go back to camp and find out ☺☺☺

WHAT WiLL HAPPEN TO WES & JAMiE????
WiLL THE TWO OF THEM GET THEiR HEA?


I'm not telling you that of course...

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Is there anything better than a sexy m/m sports romance???


Especially because in real life all those poor gay sports guys are not really allowed to come out to the world!!!

I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THIS BOOK!!!!

Both Wes and Jamie are soooo cute and hot and adorable and funny and sexy and talented and hot and ugh - perfect! You just want them to get to it already - they're so perfect for each other ☺

And we have lots of SEXY & funny times in Lake Placid...


But it's just for the summer, right? Jamie is not really gay or bi and Wes can't have a boyfriend when he's a first year NHL player.

I really enjoyed the story - lots of sexy and funny and cute moments and moving!!!

HIM - was an amazingly erotic and adorable m/m Hockey romance ...
You can't help but fall in love with Wes & Jamie ☺

 
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ARC received for an honest review

Hockey players?     ☑
Best friends reconnecting?     ☑
Those best friends being hot for each other?     ☑  ☑  ☑

I love hockey, and I love m/m romance books.  So when the two collide...
 I adored Wes and Jamie's story. They are sweet and cute, and funny.  But there is that underlying sexual current between them that just made me want to strip them naked and grab the popcorn and 3D glasses so I could sit and watch it all play out.

I love a friends-turned-lovers story, and to date, I have not found many m/m ones to read (there are probably plenty of them out there, but I haven't read them) , so it is always an extra treat when one comes across my kindle.

I think I liked their playful side the best.  Yes, they are hot, they are sexy, they are hard for each other, but the fun and games, the bets, the joke presents - that is something you can only get with someone you truly know and care for.
My heart hurt as Wes and Jamie struggled with what the were feeling for each other, but then it soared as the story progressed.
I have to admit, I have not read any of Sarina Bowen's work to date (which I will have to rectify!)  I have read Elle Kennedy's The Deal and The Mistake - and love every freaking word!  I really enjoyed this collaboration, and I will definitely be reading more of both authors - writing together or separately.


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Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.

Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series at http://www.sarinabowen.com/theivyyears

Also, the Gravity series.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!