Monday, May 25, 2015

Cover Reveal: OVER THE EDGE by Mari Brown


Title: Over The Edge
Series: Knight Series #2
Author: Mari Brown
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: June 24, 2015

Katarina “Kat” Roberts left years ago for college. Leaving behind the man she loved trying to make a future for herself. She has avoided Belmont for five long years because of Cole Knight. When her brother is shot protecting Cole she is forced to return and face him.

Cole Knight, powerful leader to a crime family hasn't seen Kat since she walked out on him. Now they have to put their past aside when an old enemy comes back determined to take out Kat, Cole and anyone connected to them.

Kat and Cole have to learn to work together and not tear each other apart as they battle a common foe. Will it bring them closer together? Will they get a second chance at love or will the past be too much for them to overcome?

“I’m looking for my brother,”

The poor woman sitting at the desk is startled by my yelling at her.

“Name?” she asks. She is clam despite my outburst.

“Drew Roberts”. A body moves up next to mine and realize that Luke has joined me.

The lady’s fingers begin flying across a keyboard before she looks up at me.

“Mr. Roberts is currently in surgery but you can go down the hall to the surgical waiting room and there’ll be an information desk there that can help you more.”

“Thanks,"

There is no time to wait as I take off in the direction she sent me. Luke struggles to keep up with me as I race down the corridor.

“Katarina slow down” Luke calls to me. I pause only a moment before continuing down the hallway as I walk into the waiting area I pull up short.

Bruce and Julie are huddled together. Their faces somber. They are the only two family members I see and I briefly wonder where the others are. Bruce moves his head our eyes connect, he begins to stand. My body propels itself into Bruce’s waiting arms. His eyes cut over to Luke silently acknowledging his presence but he never says a word. His arms wrap tightly around me holding me and bringing me the comfort I have been seeking since I talked to him this morning on the phone.

“He’s been in surgery around five hours now. They come out every hour or so to update us," Bruce steps back facing me “So far things are going well. He had three bullets enter him and two splintered.  They trying to get all pieces they can.”

My body sags. Bruce grip tightens on me to support my weight. The relief of knowing Drew is still alive is enough right now.

Julie moves toward us, I see her out of the corner of my eye. I let go of Bruce and angle my body toward Julie when she engulfs me in a hug. We stand there hugging each other like we haven’t seen each other in ages. Even though we had just spent a week in Vegas together last month.

“Well. Well look what the cat dragged in” an annoying voice that I have missed more than I will ever admit too.

Justin walks into the waiting room. Even though his tone sounded light and joking his face is somber his eyes not twinkling with their usual mischief.

“Justin” I exclaim throwing myself at him as he pulls me into him.

“Brought the replacement with you I see,” he whispers quietly referring to Luke.






Mari has been writing as far back as she can remember. She spent most of her teen years writing short stories for her friends, it was a hobby for her even though she was published in the school newspaper.

She met and married her very own Alpha male 20 years ago and they have a 19 year old daughter, and two sons ages 16 and 15. They have 4 dogs and 2 cats. There is never a dull moment around the house. They live on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Alabama and are blessed to have a home on the river and to have the beach just 20 minutes away.

Over the years she wrote a few short stories in between raising babies but it wasn’t until 2012 she decided she needed to pursue her dream of writing a full novel. It took a while but in January of 2014 her debut novel was self-published. There is always a story in her head and characters talking to her. She enjoys being able to share her characters with others.






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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Spotlight on ... THE SCOUNDREL AND THE DEBUTANTE by Julia London



THE SCOUNDREL AND THE DEBUTANTE – Julia London
The Cabot Sisters, Book 3
Harlequin’s HQN
ISBN: 978-0-373-77951-2
May 2015
Historical Romance

Rural England, 1816

As the third of four wellborn sisters and the least impetuous one, Prudence Cabot has reached her twenty-second year without even coming close to a proposal. Both Honor and Grace have both married well in spite of their rather scandalous behavior; one of them is a countess. Prudence blames her sisters for blighting her chances for a happy life. When an invitation for her to visit her best friend who is married and expecting her first child arrives, her sisters urge her to accept. She gives in; she’s due for a bit of adventure after years of obeying every rule. It’s arranged for her to travel north with a doctor and his wife. As Prudence waits in town to meet them, she uncharacteristically defies her name and winds up boarding a public coach instead, rather than spend hours listening to Dr. Linford tediously expounding about the weather.

American Roan Matheson has come to England to bring home his younger sister. She was traveling with an aunt and uncle, but insisted on remaining another month with friends she has made...thus making her family very unhappy. Roan has difficulty understanding English accents and consequently travels in the wrong direction. A young lady he meets along the way helps him unravel his itinerary and buy him a ticket on a north bound coach. She then decides to go along. The ride is uncomfortable to say the least with six passengers in a coach built for four. Prudence is squashed between Roan and a large, nosey middle aged woman.

Nearly everything that could go wrong does on a journey full of mishaps and dangers, discomfort and awakening hungers…of more than one kind. Never mind the probability of Prudence’s name being besmirched. And do they ever find Roan’s elusive sister?

Roan is not really a scoundrel as the book’s title suggests. He has always been a dutiful, responsible son. It is Prudence’s reacting against the strictures of an aging maiden’s life that began it all. Go along on the bumpy ride with the handsome Roan and the blossoming Prudence and be highly entertained. So what if nothing can come of their mutual attraction? Can it?

Honor, Grace and their husbands, along with the youngest Cabot sister, Mercy, who wants to be a great artist, add much to the story, especially later on in the book. You might want to read THE TROUBLE WITH HONOR and THE DEVIL TAKES A WIFE first if you haven’t already, though it’s not necessary to enjoying THE SCOUNDREL AND THE DEBUTANTE.

Jane Bowers


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Spotlight Review: TRIPLE TIME by Regina Kyle

TRIPLE TIME – Regina KyleThe Art of Seduction, Book 2Harlequin Blaze #850ISBN: 978-0-373-79854-4June 2015Contemporary Series Romance
New York City – Present Day
District Attorney Gabe Nelson is aware his life isn’t exciting, but after he’s told he’s boring and it could jeopardize his career plans, he decides his image needs reworking. After running into his sister’s best friend, tattoo artist Devin Padilla, Gabe asks her to take him on a visit to New York City’s more interesting areas for some livening up. Devin isn’t afraid to show her wild side, and it intrigues Gabe, but she keeps him at an arm’s length, not wanting them to get closer than that of friends. Gabe wants them to take a trip on the wild side between the sheets, but with a potential political run in his near future, Devin doesn’t want to cause a scandal that getting involved with her might cause.
Devin has always been attracted to Gabe, but as a stuffed shirt he can’t be her type. Add in that Gabe is her best friend’s brother, well, he’s trouble she’d rather avoid. She takes him up on his request for a tour of the city’s less traveled areas, such as viewing art in a library, but she tries to avoid being alone with him because he’s a temptation she might not be able to resist. Gabe’s got a future in politics, and the last person he needs in his life is a tattooed tattoo artist who lives a bohemian lifestyle. But the chemistry between them sizzles and soon they’re unable to resist the call of this crazy thing called sexual attraction.
It’s opposites attracting in TRIPLE TIME, the second tale in the Art of Seduction series by Regina Kyle. Gabe thought his life was perfect—safe and staying the course—until the woman he’d been seeing turned down his marriage proposal and called him boring. As it so happens, on his way home that night he ran into Devin and an idea was born in his head. Devin was known for taking risks and finding where the off the radar action was, so she would know what places to go for some excitement. What Gabe didn’t expect was how much he’d enjoy being around Devin! She’s smart, sexy and sensual, yet she isn’t going to just jump into bed with him. Her refusal only heats up his desire for her.
For Devin, Gabe is like the forbidden fruit she better stay away from, because too much of him will likely end up with her having a broken heart. Yes, he does live a staid life, but the man just oozes sex appeal to her. The two end up doing some exciting jaunts around the city, but she draws the line at them extending the nights into a romp between the sheets. Yet Gabe is irresistible, and she can’t deny him too long. Once they make love, he’s like a candy that gets sweeter and more delectable. But will he end up causing pain for her when she has to give him up? After all, there’s no way his political career should end up being jeopardized because he’s involved with a woman who is a tattoo artist. At least in Devin’s mind, and she finally decides to end things. How will Gabe react? While he might be a little less boring, has he lost the yin to his yang?
A sexy and sizzling tale, TRIPLE TIME is a tale I highly recommend. Gabe and Devin might appear as totally opposite on paper, but their chemistry is off the charts. Pick up a copy of TRIPLE TIME and be prepared to not want to put it down.
Patti Fischer

Friday, May 22, 2015

Spotlight Promo Review: THE SHEIKH’S SECRET BABIES – Lynne Graham

THE SHEIKH’S SECRET BABIES – Lynne Graham
Bound by Gold, Book 2
Harlequin Presents #3330
ISBN: 978-0-373-13336-9
May 2015
Contemporary Series Romance

London, England and the Kingdom of Marwan – Present Day

Three years ago, Prince Jaul of Marwan and commoner Chrissie Whitaker married in a spur of the moment decision, but their wedded bliss lasted no more than a month when he was called back to his country. That was the last time Chrissie saw or heard from Jaul…until he shows up on her doorstep one day. He’s now the king and they both thought their marriage was illegal (per information provided by his father), but Jaul learns this isn’t the case. He needs to marry and produce an heir to continue his lineage and needs a divorce from Chrissie to do so. However, it doesn’t take very long after he arrives at her place to discover she kept something important from him: she had given birth to his twins.

Shortly after Jaul left three years ago, his father showed up at Chrissie’s home and announced that not only was the marriage illegal, but that Jaul no longer wanted anything to do with her. She wanted to move on and forget Jaul, but learning she was pregnant effectively put a stop to that. She bore twins – a boy and a girl – and never contacted Jaul to notify him that he became a father. But now that he is knows about the children, he threatens to take her to court over custody and demands that not only must she bring the children to Marwan, but that they resume their marriage.

Chrissie learned how to be independent from her big sister, Lizzie (her romance with Cesare was told in THE BILLIONAIRE’S BRIDAL BARGAIN) so this trait came in handy when she became a single mom to twins in THE SHEIKH’S SECRET BABIES. It hasn’t been easy, but with not only a nest egg through an inheritance and her sister’s moral support she has done nicely. But things hit a bump when Jaul shows back up in her life and suddenly she’s on a rollercoaster. At the top is finding out that she has never stopped loving Jaul, while the low is realizing her heart is going to break once more because he doesn’t love her back. Can Chrissie stay in a loveless marriage?

For Jaul, it’s all about honor and keeping a promise to his country to marry and produce an heir. While his plans had included marriage to a woman who was to be part of his culture, his libido and fate had other ideas when he met Chrissie. He spent months wooing her, because she didn’t want to just fall into bed with him and be another notch on his bedpost. He finally offered marriage and couldn’t wait for the wedding night. While they had brief marital bliss, duty called and he returned to Marwan, only to become injured in a blast that also killed his friends. Months later, he learned that his father had paid off Chrissie and that their marriage was invalid. He wrote her off as a gold digger and attempted to put her in his past. To learn that he’s still married to her is one shock, but the bigger ones are the twins he didn’t know existed. Will having her at his side as his queen lead to a better understanding of each other and put them on the road to a future happily-ever-after?

Chrissie was raised in the English countryside, so moving to a foreign country where woman are sometimes considered chattels is an eye-opener for her. But the best part is being with Jaul and falling in love with him once more, a man she certainly couldn’t forget. Grab a copy of THE SHEIKH’S SECRET BABIES for a scintillating read about love found again.

Patti Fischer

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Regina Kyle tells us about..... TRIPLE TIME... her newest release!



I’m so excited to be back at Romance Reviews Today! I was here in October talking about my debut novel, Triple Threat, and it’s hard to believe I’m already back talking about the second book in the Art of Seduction series, Triple Time.
Triple Threat was set in the theater world, one I know well thanks to my years of performing in school and community theater and as stage mother to my now sixteen-year-old daughter, who worked professionally for years and even toured the United States playing Jane Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins. So I really didn’t have to do a whole lot of research (except into minor things like how to pick a good brand of scotch or what plants are native to the northeast).
But Triple Time was a different story. Sure, Gabe’s a district attorney and so am I (by day), so the legal part of the plot came second nature to me. But there are lots of other elements that weren’t so easy.
Like tattoos. Devin’s a tattoo artist. I don’t have any tattoos (my fear of anything painful pretty much precludes that). I’ve never even set foot in a tattoo parlor, but there’s a number of scenes in Triple Time that are set in Ink the Heights, the Washington Heights studio where Devin works. So when it came time to write those scenes I did what any inquisitive, perfectionist author would do: talked to my friends with tattoos, found a good local place to visit and asked a heck of a lot of questions that the patient folks there were kind enough to answer.
Then there’s art. Each of the books in the Art of Seduction series has a connection to the arts. In Triple Threat it was theater; in Triple Time Devin is a tattoo artist by trade who paints on the side, and secretly dreams of having her work shown in a New York gallery. There’s one particular scene set in the Metropolitan Museum of Art that took a bit of finagling. Sadly, I couldn’t make it to the museum for a visit, but the internet is a wonderful thing. I found pictures and maps and all sorts of information on the layout of the museum and the special exhibits they’ve had there. It made me realize that one aspect of the scene as originally planned wasn’t feasible, and it helped me craft a more realistic scene where Gabe – with the help of his famous ballerina sister – arranges to takes Devin on a special, after-hours tour.
But the most challenging part of writing Triple Time had to be writing the scenes with Devin’s autistic brother, Victor. I have several friends with special needs family members, and I wanted to make sure I wrote a character who was more than a cardboard cut-out of what people expect someone with autism to look like. I did a lot of reading and spent time with a friend and her special needs daughter. And in the end, I struck what I think was a good balance with Victor. Perhaps one of the most rewarding comments I’ve gotten on the book was from a fellow who has a child on the autism spectrum, who said that she was “touched and happy” with the way I handled Victor’s scenes and that he was portrayed in a sensitive light that wasn’t gushy but realistic.
Now I’m working on the third book in the series, Triple Dare. This one has a firefighter hero (Cade, Gabe’s best friend who appears in both Triple Threat and Triple Time), and the heroine, Ivy (Gabe’s twin sister), is a photographer. So you can imagine what my Google searches look like this go around. And having to visit a firehouse and talk to firemen – well, that’s just another one of the hardships I endure for the sake of my art.
Book Blurb:
How to unravel your straight-laced lover . . .
Gabe Nelson would be a great district attorney, but his public image is too boring to get voters’ attention. Tattoo artist Devin Padilla can help him show off his fun, sexy side, but she needs something in return—Gabe’s legal expertise to track down her missing brother. She’s not his type, but they can’t keep their hands off each other, whether it’s good for his image or not.
At first, Devin thinks she got the easy end of the bargain. Gabe’s the sexiest stuffed shirt in Manhattan, and his kisses practically set her on fire. But every deal has its fine print. As their relationship goes from business to pleasure, Devin realizes this one won’t cost her soul…it’ll just steal her heart.
Buy Links:
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/n4tgswa
Author Bio:
      
      Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.
A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenaged daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter. Triple Tine is her second novel. She is also the author of Triple Threat, the first book in her Art of Seduction series for Harlequin Blaze.
My Links:
@regina_kyle1
Excerpt:
He checked the clock behind the bar. Where was Devin? He’d never understood why women took so long in the bathroom. What the hell did they do in there, anyway?
“Seriously, Gabe. I’m worried about you.” Kara pulled out the stool next to his and sat, putting a hand on his thigh. Her shiny red nails were a stark contrast to the faded denim of his jeans. “The clothes. That girl you’re with. I wanted to talk to you earlier, but I was afraid she’d come at me with a switchblade.”
Christ, had she always been so judgmental? Yet another flaw he’d overlooked.
“I’m a big boy.” He picked up her hand and removed it from his leg, relieved that he felt nothing when she touched him. “I can take care of myself.”
“I’m sure you can, but…”
“Hey, babe.” Devin came up behind him and snaked an arm around his waist. Her hand came to rest on his hip, sending a bolt of whitehot desire to his groin. “Sorry I got held up. The line was ridiculous. Miss me?”
She reached up on tiptoe and gave him a downand dirty, takenoprisoners kiss, with just enough tongue to make it borderline obscene in a public place. He barely had time to reciprocate before she broke it off, sliding down his body and giving him a look that said Sit back and hold on tight. This is gonna be a wild ride. “That’s okay. You don’t have to answer. Your hardon speaks for itself.”
Kara gasped, and Gabe almost laughed out loud at the shocked look on her face.
“Are you okay?” Devin took a half step toward the other woman. “I know CPR. And the Heimlich maneuver.” “I’m fine.” Kara held up a hand to stop her. “Thanks.”
“Good.” Devin turned to Gabe and laid a palm on his chest. One finger traced the lettering on his Tshirt. “What do you say we skip the last stop on the tour and go back to my place? I’ve never been a big fan of E. E. Cummings anyway.”
“I don’t know,” he teased, finally getting the idea and playing along with her. “That Black Label burger sounded awfully good.”
“I promise I’ll make it up to you.” She pressed a kiss to the hollow between his neck and shoulder, making his pulse jump.
“Well, in that case…” He picked Devin’s purse up off the bar and handed it to her. “It’s been nice catching up with you, Kara.”
The polite lie tripped off his tongue. He gave Kara a dismissive nod and put his arm around Devin, shepherding her toward the door. Devin returned the favor by slipping her hand into his pocket and squeezing his ass. His cock twitched and his mind burned with a question only Devin could answer.
Was she serious about going back to her place? Or was it all an act for Kara’s sake?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chat Wed night with Joanna Shupe!


Historical Romance author, Joanna Shupe, joins us to discuss her new releases, THE COURTESAN DUCHESS and THE HARLOT COUNTESS. 
 
Door Prize: TBA! 
Moderated by CrazyMo
 
When? Wed night at 9:00PM Eastern Time
Where? http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122 or go to www.romrevtoday.com and click on RRT CHAT. Once the Sign In screen loads, just type your name and choose Mo's room from the chat room menu.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Promo Spotlight on RIVI JACKS!


Title: Seeking Justice
Author: Rivi Jacks
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 8, 2015

Young investigative reporter, Cait Shaw, is not happy about her new assignment; investigating what she deems to be a “seedy” part of Chicago’s more questionable businesses. But her editor seems to have a personal vendetta against the elusive Mr. Justice, leaving Cait with little say in the matter.

Cait is especially shocked and conflicted by her attraction to the irresistible charms of Liam Justice. Liam is like no man she has ever known and she is totally captivated and unprepared for the sinfully erotic, passionate affair they enter into.

As her world is turned upside down, Cait must cope with her growing affection for Liam and his shadowed past.







“There’s not going to be anything gentle about tonight, darlin’,” he rasps against my mouth. “I’ve waited all day for you, and watching you dance with those other men, letting them touch you, I’m going to punish you.” My body quivers at his words. “I’m going to fuck you so hard you won’t be able to walk tomorrow.”
Holy shit!
The sharp bite of arousal causes my stomach to clench in reaction as he grips my hand and pulls me through the apartment, not saying another word.
The bedroom door closes with a soft click behind us as Liam continues to grasp my hand as if he’s afraid I’ll run if he releases me. He looks down, nailing me with his intense blue gaze, and my breath catches.
“I have to call downstairs,” he murmurs.
“Okay,” I breathe.
His eyes are fervent as his gaze holds mine. He releases me, and I finally break eye contact, moving across the room to stand before the doors that open out onto a balcony.
“I’m upstairs.”
I turn to find him watching me as he talks on the house phone. I turn back to look out the darkened window. I feel awkward, not knowing what I should be doing. Undressing? I’m out of my depth here. I don’t have experience in this type of situation. Are men put off by a woman’s lack of sexual knowledge? The thought that it might, flames my self-doubt, and I look back uneasily at Liam as I hear him say, “I’ll talk to you in the morning.”
He sets the phone down on the bedside table. Then he crosses the room in long strides, pulling his shirt up and over his head, tossing it aside.
Holy hell!
My eyes greedily devour every inch of his hard, muscular perfection. The fierce hunger in his eyes, almost savage in its intensity, spikes my desire, creating a raw need that hits me like a physical blow.
When he reaches me, he pulls me roughly against the length of his body as he wraps me in his arms and his spicy male scent. His mouth comes down on mine, and his tongue is forceful as he pushes it into my mouth. His kiss consumes, possesses and sucks every ounce of doubt from my thoughts. Our passion is almost tangible, and I strain to get closer as he grips my bottom, squeezing firmly. I smooth my hands across his broad shoulders, down his arms, loving the feel of his hard muscles as I run my hands over his firm chest.
“Fuck, Cait,” he gasps against my lips. When he lifts me up into his arms, I press my mouth to his neck and suck against his skin. I nip and bite as he crosses the room to lower me beside the bed.
“Fucking clothes off. Now!” he snarls as he jerks the duvet and top sheet off the bed.
Our eyes lock as I hurry to pull my dress off as he slides his jeans and briefs down his legs, his erection springs free to stand tall and proud.
I still, my mouth going dry. He is so freaking beautiful, I can’t take my eyes from him.
When he grips his erection and pumps his hand along the length, I look up to meet his knowing blue gaze.
“Is this what you want, darlin’?” he asks with a lascivious smile.
I swallow with difficulty. “Yes,” I breathe.
He walks slowly, purposefully toward me.
“On your knees.”




Rivi Jacks has a lifelong love of books, and she is a true believer in holding onto a good love story. One reason her attic and barn are full of the books she has collected through the years.

She lives in the Missouri Ozarks on a farm with her husband, and when not writing or reading, she likes to take long walks down country roads, cook, fish, and spend time with family and friends.








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