Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mail Order Mayhem (Brides of Beckham #1) by Kirsten Osbourne

When Maude is told she must marry a repulsive man, she instead responds to an Iowa farmer who is looking for a mail order bride. After sneaking out of town on a train, she goes to Iowa and marries. She quickly falls for the wonderful man she marries, but does he feel the same? And will she be able to escape her past?

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Mail Order Mayhem is the first in the Brides of Beckham series, this first book is more novella in length at around 100 pages and introduces us not only to the heroine (the mail order bride) Maude and the hero John but most importantly to Harrett Long the mysterious woman who runs the mail order bride service. Harrett is the constant in the series the rest of the books each are about new couples.

When Maude is to be married off to a man she can't stand and is twice her age she is despondent when she runs into Harrett at the post office it is like a sign or a gift that she has been given and quickly agrees to be a mail order bride for a farmer who needs a wife in Iowa.

When John's sister in law insists it is time he take a wife and should send for one through Harrett's mail order bride agency he is extremely pleased when he meets the beautiful Maude at the train.

This is a quick book that has a little heat, a couple of plot twists and some old fashion falling in love. At times the story is a lot like the inspirational romance novels but at the same time it does have some sexual content. I enjoyed the story enough that I have continued reading the series and each one though based on the idea of mail order brides is different and enjoyable in its own way.

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at the time of this posting this book was avalable at amazon for free :O)

Axel (Corps Security #1) by Harper Sloan

Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch.

Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.

For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband.

When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.

Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.

How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?

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Axel is a gritty tale of young lovers given a second chance after heartbreaking life changing events put Isabelle in danger and Axel and Isabelle back in each others lives.

When Isabelle's life is once again in danger after her escape from her abusive ex-husband she allows her friend Greg to set up a consultation with a good friend of his from Corps Security to keep her safe, she would never have believed that the man who was set to protect her would be the love of her love she thought dead.

Axel can't believe the woman who he is charged with protecting is the only woman he ever loved, she broke his heart and soured him on relationships when she disappeared after she promised to be there when he returned from Basic Training.

This book is full of imagery that if you have ever been a victim of domestic violence my disturb you, I know they upset me and I have never been in that situation. However this is a very well written book and those images are a vital part of the make up of the heroine of the book and completely necessary. I don't care for violence for violence sake and I don't even like sex in books just for the sake of throwing in a sex scene, this was done well.

We are also treated to a fantastic love story of young love reunited and the trials they face both apart and together. We do have some rather steamy scenes that bring in the element of sex for the sake of making the story better, it flows and it is natural. There is a whole lot of the F-bomb in this book but to me it made the characters seem more real. No flowery prose in this book as I said gritty but really a great story.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Temptation in a Kilt (Bad Boys of the Highlands #1) by Victoria Roberts

She's On Her Way to Safety

It's a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong's desperation that she's seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn't care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of her own life. Laird Ciaran MacGregor, however, is completely beyond her control...

He Redefines Dangerous...

Ciaran MacGregor knows it's perilous to get embroiled with a fiery Lowland lass, especially one as headstrong as Rosalia. Having made a rash promise to escort her all the way to Glengarry, now he's stuck with her, even though she challenges his legendary prowess at every opportunity. When temptation reaches its peak, he'll be ready to show her how he really is...on and off the battlefield.

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Running from an arranged marriage to an awful British nobleman, Rosalia heads for the Scottish highlands in search of the grandmother she has never met.

Ciaran isn't looking for a bride, he isn't even looking for a new woman to warm his bed but when he rescues Rosalia from nearly dying in the woods and he agrees to take her to her grandmother somehow she works her way into his heart and his life.

Temptation in a Kilt is a great start to the Bad Boys of the Highland series and is full of adventure, suspense, romance and sexy Scotsmen. I enjoyed the Scottish that is thrown in here and there and I loved Ciaran with his need to be the tough alpha Laird of his clan and his softer side that falls head of tails for Rosalia.

We have battles and sword fights, we get evil parents and plotting exes, clan rivalry and even some sibling jealousy. It is a great start to a series and I plan on getting caught up with the current releases so I can follow new ones that come out.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Escape to My Arms‏ by Heather Thurmeier

What if The End is just the beginning?

Sara’s been preparing for this moment her whole life—she just never believed it would actually happen. With her bug-out bag and emergency food already in her truck, her only goal is to get to her family’s hidden bunker and wait out the pandemic that’s hit every major cruise ship port in the US. But her plan quickly falls apart. She’s out of gas, her route to the bunker is now a two-lane parking lot with no alternative in sight, and her only weapon is a pocketknife. For an experienced prepper, she’s made every rookie mistake.

Dane believes he’s safe in his cabin, off the beaten path and in the woods with his own source for water, electricity and an endless supply of food to hunt. After finding Sara stranded and alone, he’s suddenly not only providing for and protecting himself, but also the girl who wandered out of the woods and into his life. When looters come looking to take what he has, Sara and Dane’s only option is to make a run for their last hope—the bunker.

Can Sara and Dane find safety in each other’s arms and will they survive long enough to escape to a future together?

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When an unknown virus starts to spread inward across the country from cruise ships pandemonium breaks out, good thing Sara Miller and her family were prepared in case something like this ever happened. To bad Sara forgot to fill her gas tank.

Dane Tyson has an isolated cabin that he feels safe in he has a small stockpile of weapons, canned goods and he can hunt for his meat. When he finds an SUV in the middle of his woods he is surprised to find the beautiful Sara hiding in the back. When she hurts her knee and has to stay with him for a couple of days the sexual tension rises.

I love the preppers tv shows and so a prepper romance like Escape to My Arms is right up my alley. I love that mixed into the love story and the post-apocalyptic world you can read some of the things that Dane and Sara have done to prepare for a break down of society. Dane and Sara have sexual attraction in spades but Sara has made a promise to her family never to reveal the preparations they have made for just such an occasion.

With Sara being a part of a prepper family and this the story of her journey to safety I am hopeful that we will get future stories of the rest of the family or maybe others like them. I enjoyed Escape to My Arms a great deal.

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About this author:
Lover of strawberry margaritas. Hater of spiders. Reality TV junkie. Author of romantic comedies BUNNY HILLS AND BIKINIS and the MEADOW RIDGE ROMANCE SERIES.


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Kiss to Die For by Gail Barrett

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Homeless Army veteran Sullivan Turner is nobody’s hero. His failure to save his fallen comrades proved that. So when a gutsy social worker gets caught in a drug gang’s crosshairs, he knows he’s the last man who can safeguard her and the pregnant teenagers she’s trying to protect.

Former debutant Haley Barnes learned the hard way how to survive. After witnessing a cold-blooded murder, the terrified teenaged runaway changed her identity and hid to save her life. But when the killer tracks her down and attacks the girls in the homeless shelter she now runs, Haley knows the time has come to stand and fight. But to bring down the powerful killer she must confront her high-society family’s darkest secrets -- and convince wounded warrior Sully Turner he’s the hero she believes.

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Gail will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift certificate and either a signed print copy (US ONLY) or an electronic copy of Fatal Exposure (Buried Secrets book one) to one randomly drawn commenter during this tour.
Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found HERE


She tightened her grip on his waist. His pulse slowing, he closed his eyes, feeling oddly at peace despite the danger hounding their heels. Maybe it was because she’d suffered as much as he had. Maybe because she understood how deep a loss like that could sear. But he realized that he liked being around Haley. He respected her. Admired her.

He was falling for her. Hard.

His stomach sank. He had no right to pursue her. He was the last person she needed, unsuitable in every way. She needed someone who could protect her, defend her, not an unstable wreck like him.

But he couldn’t seem to resist her. Everything about her impressed him -- her loyalty, her determination to safeguard others, her refusal to run from the enemy dogging their steps.

And God help him, but he wanted to feel that again, that idealism, that drive to make a difference in the world, that need to battle the bad guys and keep the defenseless safe.

To be the man that he once was.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Gail Barrett is the award-winning author of thirteen romantic suspense novels. A former RITA® and Daphne finalist, Gail has received the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, The National Readers’ Choice Award, and numerous other awards. She lives with her husband in Western Maryland. For more information, visit her website:

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Labor Day Kindle Fire/Nook HD Ebook Sale and Giveaway

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Labor Day is fast approaching; a day that we take the time to recognize the economic and social contributions of hard working Americans! Many of us take the long weekend to barbeque, rest and relax and maybe even catch up on our sleep. But if you’re a true bibliophile, you are probably bypassing all of that in hopes of getting in some valuable reading time! This week, discovering new authors and taking advantage of their marked down titles can earn you entries toward a Kindle Fire or Nook HD, winner’s choice! With a diverse selection of books including Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, and Erotic Romance, you’re sure to find some awesome reads for the upcoming holiday weekend!

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Check out our selection of ebooks marked down to only $0.99 each for the duration of the giveaway. Once you've downloaded the ebook(s) of your choice, you will be emailed an invoice from wherever you purchased your ebook. Simply find which book you purchased on the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your invoice's order number (which does not contain any of your personal information). Each order number entered will earn you TEN entries toward the Kindle Fire or Nook HD. For every author whose page you follow on Facebook, you will receive one entry each. You can also receive an entry for tweeting about the giveaway on Twitter. So, get to browsing, get to know our sponsoring authors, and find your next favorite book! The winner will be drawn and notified September 3rd.

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