Monday, February 19, 2018

NEW: Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

     

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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.   Growing up, the three of us were friends. He was the nerd. I was the playboy. She was the beauty.   Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. He lied.   I went off to college, and he got the girl. Amber never knew how I felt. They were together for years—before he broke her heart.   Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.   Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men. One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings. Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity. Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message. She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend— me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.) Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.      

           
 Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
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 Other standalones from Penelope Ward:


Drunk Dial:

Mack Daddy:

Stepbrother Dearest:

Neighbor Dearest:

RoomHate:

Dear Bridget, I Want You: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Sins of Sevin:

Jake Undone (Jake #1):

Jake Understood (Jake #2):

My Skylar

Gemini:


NEW + REVIEW: Up in Smoke by T.M. Frazier



Up in Smoke, an all-new gritty standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is LIVE!

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OUR REVIEW:

Smoke has been a character I've grown more and more curious about in the King Series, especially after reading Preppy's and Rage's book. We finally got to know the mysterious Smoke and the woman Frazier created as his match. 

Smoke's book definitely had those moments we know are going to happen in this series--suspenseful, gruesome, and intense--but I think I was surprised at the humor, especially with how crazy the beginning started. Frankie had a sassiness that continued to challenge Smoke and their entanglements were fun to read. I really liked their pairing; they found bits of themselves in the other, they were surprisingly more alike than not. 

Once again, Frazier has taken characters whose violent actions would seem, on the surface, to be horrific and criminal, and she's given them nuance and depth and shown us that many times things aren't as black and white as the world would try to make it. And bonus, she gives us some scenes with Rage and Smoke, as well as some of our other favorite characters in the series. 


I'm a man without a conscience.
I deal in murder and mayhem.
I'm the best at what I do.
Frankie Helburn is supposed to be an easy job.
A means to flush her father out of hiding.
Simple.
Except there isn't anything simple about Frankie or the secrets she's keeping.
She's cocaine with legs. I'm addicted before I've even had a taste.
I might have her, but I can't keep her.
But if her father doesn't show his face, Frankie will be mine.
To KILL.
*Can be read as a standalone.

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T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter. When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance. Well…it has a beach in it!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

REVIEW + EXCERPT: Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley



      

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes a new story in her Chaos series…

   

OUR REVIEW:

Wow, Kristen Ashley.
Wow.
That beginning was hella violent. I was not prepared. But, I was completely all in and intrigued.Welcome to Rough Ride folks. Interestingly, that opening scene was the hardest, most tension-filled of the novella and within pages, I was settling in to really get to know Snapper and Rosalie. These two are quite an interesting addition to the Chaos family. They're so much quieter than I anticipated--both come from happy backgrounds, both are content in their lives, and both are searching for that HEA that it appears they are finding in each other. All that to say, despite their quiet start, I really liked them. They're sweet, funny, hot, and a nice balance to the chaos in Chaos.

The structure of this novella was a little different in that the tension was all up front (and at the very end, setting us up for our next novel in this series) but there was something nice about it too. The vast majority of this novella was left for getting to know Rosalie and Snapper better and to see the dynamics of the club, reminding us of all the ins and outs of what's going on with the Chaos family for what I'm hoping is a 2018 Chaos novel. A long, juicy Chaos novel.

In the meantime, Rough Ride definitely quenched my thirst for something new from Kristen Ashley. We love all the worlds she creates and are always hungry for more.

About ROUGH RIDE:

Rosalie Holloway put it all on the line for the Chaos Motorcycle Club.

Informing to Chaos on their rival club—her man’s club, Bounty—Rosalie knows the stakes. And she pays them when her man, who she was hoping to scare straight, finds out she’s betrayed him and he delivers her to his brothers to mete out their form of justice.

But really, Rosie has long been denying that, as she drifted away from her Bounty, she’s been falling in love with Everett “Snapper” Kavanagh, a Chaos brother. Snap is the biker-boy-next door with the snowy blue eyes, quiet confidence and sweet disposition who was supposed to keep her safe…and fell down on that job.

For Snapper, it’s always been Rosalie, from the first time he saw her at the Chaos Compound. He’s just been waiting for a clear shot. But he didn’t want to get it after his Rosie was left bleeding, beat down and broken by Bounty on a cement warehouse floor.

With Rosalie a casualty of an ongoing war, Snapper has to guide her to trust him, take a shot with him, build a them…

And fold his woman firmly in the family that is Chaos.

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He spit on me.
I felt it land on the side of my chin and slide down.
I didn’t move to wipe it away.
I couldn’t.
Lying on my side, curled into a ball, the pain screamed through me. All of it—and there was a lot of it—demanding attention, I couldn’t concentrate, couldn’t think, couldn’t move in case it got worse. I couldn’t do anything but lie there and pray that it was over.
It wasn’t.
He bent over me, grabbed my hair, yanked it back, and I felt his hot breath hit my face.
“See if he wants you now, you stupid bitch,” he hissed.
He let my hair go and I felt him retreat, but he still wasn’t done.
He kicked me so hard with his foot in its heavy motorcycle boot, my body slid across the cement.
I was too far gone even to grunt.
I felt something bounce off my hip, clatter to the floor, and then his voice came back, this time from further away.
“There you go, baby,” he drawled. “Your line to Chaos. We’re done with you. I’m done with you. Now they can have you.”
I heard boots on cement, more than just his, his Bounty brothers in the club. I sustained a couple more kicks as they passed. One of them grabbed the underside of my jaw and shoved my head back into the cement, also spitting, his hitting my neck.
And then they were gone.
I lay there, my focus on breathing and continuing to do it even though each breath was not only an effort but an agony. The fear I’d felt early when he took me, how he’d taken me, the way he’d handled me and I knew he’d figured it out, had dissipated as pain took its place. Now, the fear was returning that they’d come back and dish out more.
He’d come back.
Throttle.

           
 
Kristen Ashley’s ROUGH RIDE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
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Agents of Romance – Review & Excerpt
Bambi Unbridled – Review & Excerpt
Crystal's Book World – Review & Excerpt
I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt
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Sweet Addiction Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt
February 15th
All romance reviews – Review & Excerpt
Blushing babes are up all night – Review & Excerpt
Edgy Reviews – Review
Garden of REden – Review
iScream Books Blog – Review & Excerpt
Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt
Three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt
Under The Covers Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt
February 16th
Bookgasms Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Melinda Barrera – Review & Excerpt
Night Session Reader – Review & Excerpt
Queenzany – Review & Excerpt
Red Cheeks Reads – Review
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February 17th
Book Twins Reviews – Review & Excerpt
KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt
Live Read and Breathe – Review & Excerpt
Mustreadbooksordie – Review
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt
Random Book Muses – Review
February 18th
Alii's Book Jungle – Review & Excerpt
Love Between the Sheets – Review & Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt
February 19th
Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt
Lit. 4 Ladies – Review & Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt
Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt
Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt
The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt
February 20th
Always Books – Review & Excerpt
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Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Disheveled Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
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Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt
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February 21st
Feel the Book – Excerpt
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt
Love Notes Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
February 22nd
Books chocolate and lipgloss – Review & Excerpt
Desert Divas Book Addiction – Review & Excerpt
Literary Misfit – Review & Excerpt
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The Book Enthusiast – Review & Excerpt
February 23rd
Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads – Review & Excerpt
Books to Breathe – Review & Excerpt
OMGReads – Review & Excerpt
TDC Book Reviews – Excerpt
The Book Junkie – Review & Excerpt
    About Kristen Ashley: Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
   

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

EXCERPT: Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

         
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.   Growing up, the three of us were friends. He was the nerd. I was the playboy. She was the beauty.   Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. He lied.   I went off to college, and he got the girl. Amber never knew how I felt. They were together for years—before he broke her heart.   Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.   Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men. One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings. Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity. Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message. She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend— me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.) Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.
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      G9, Is that what your friends call you? I like that. Thanks for the answers. That’s an interesting question—why tonight of all nights? Well, I saw my ex tagged on Facebook with another woman, and that put me over the edge. But it’s more than that. Lately, I’ve developed a strong attraction to a good friend of mine, and that’s sort of screwing with me a bit. He’s actually temporarily living in my condo, but he’s someone I’ve known for years. I’ve always thought he was extremely handsome, but it’s complicated. He and I would not be a good match romantically. He’s not the monogamous type, or at least, he never used to be. We’re better off as friends. He was also the best friend of my ex years back, so there’s that. Having him around, though, has made me more sensitized to my sexual desires. Little things like the waft of his scent, the way he touches the small of my back when he passes by me in the kitchen…it’s like my body is on this constant state of alert. So, I was thinking if I could just—for lack of a better word—get laid, maybe I could get this feeling out of my system. Amber   My jaw was open as I just sat there staring at the screen. Holy shit. I read it again. And again. And again. I honestly didn’t think that Amber felt that way about me. She would always make jokes about me being good-looking, but her attraction to Rory proved that her taste wasn’t exactly conventional. Now, I really felt like shit for invading her privacy, because there was no way she would’ve been okay with confessing that to me. I never imagined any of this had to do with me. I’d assumed it was solely about Rory. She wanted to use another man to f*ck me out of her system? That revelation left me shocked and confused—not to mention hard as f*ck thinking about the fact that Amber wanted me.                
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 
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 Other standalones from Penelope Ward: 

Drunk Dial:

Mack Daddy:

Stepbrother Dearest:

Neighbor Dearest:

RoomHate:

Dear Bridget, I Want You: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Sins of Sevin:

Jake Undone (Jake #1):

Jake Understood (Jake #2):

My Skylar

Gemini: