Flirting With Love by Melissa Foster

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Meet Ross Braden, second oldest brother in a hot loving family. He’s a vet in Trusty, Colorado, where all most women want is to rope in any eligible man. He doesn’t date women from town, it’s a rule he’s about to break when his surgery it turned upside down by a squealing piglet that escapes from the clutches of Elisabeth Nash.

Just one look and the electricity is sparking between them. Elisabeth isn’t looking for love, she’s just taken over her Aunts farm and pie business. Moving from Los Angeles she’d also like to build a new home for her pet massage and pampering services. However, grooming ranch dogs is low down on most people’s list of wants.

Ross can’t help being drawn in by Elisabeth’s kind and animal caring nature, but the townsfolk are less sure of her intentions. Is it really only the dogs and Ross that see her for what she really is?

This is hot sexy romance, plus adorable dogs to help melt your heart and make you fall for yet another Braden brother.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author via Brook Cottage Books

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IN FLIRTING WITH LOVE…
Elisabeth Nash has spent years dreaming of returning to the small town of Trusty, Colorado, where she spent summers with her favourite aunt. When she inherits her aunt’s farmette, she closes her Los Angeles pet bakery and pampering business, sure that life in Trusty will be as peaceful and as welcoming as she remembers. But being an outsider in the close-knit town proves to be very different from the happy summers she remembers from her childhood–and falling for Trusty’s hot, wealthy, and sinfully irresistible veterinarian, Ross Braden, sends the rumour mill into a frenzy.
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Ross Braden learned long ago that gossip spreads faster than weeds in his small hometown, and Ross loves nothing more than his privacy. For that reason, he doesn’t date women who live in Trusty. But that was before blond, beautiful, and refreshingly honest Elisabeth Nash flew into his vet clinic seeking help for her panicked piglet and turned his comfortable life–and his heart–inside out.
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Despite rumors about Elisabeth’s motives toward her aunt’s property, passion brews between Elisabeth and Ross. Every steamy kiss and every sensual touch brings the pair closer together, and when Ross helps Elisabeth try to fit into the town he adores, it makes their bond even stronger. But even Elisabeth’s efforts toward reaching the community, and the love she and Ross so desperately believe in, might not be enough for the protective small town to offer them a future.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

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Guest Author Sharon Black

Please welcome Sharon Black to the blog today as she tells us about her debut novel “Going Against Type”

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1) Where is your home town?

I live in Dublin. I was born here and I now live in Sandymount, which is right by the sea.
2) How long have you been writing?

I’m one of those people who literally started writing as a child. I was always writing stories, filling copybooks, later on starting books which I never finished. After I got my degree, I trained as a journalist and I worked for national newspapers here in Ireland. I’ve also had some short stories published and I won a national short story competition a few years ago.
3) What was the one idea which sparked off “Going Against Type”?

When I was growing up, I adored the old Hollywood movies of the 1930s and 1940s on TV. My favourite romantic pair on screen, were Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. In the film Woman of the Year, he plays a sports writer and she plays a high brow pundit. So I thought I’d see what would happen if the roles were reversed a bit. My heroine is a sports writer and my hero is a fashion writer who knows very little about sport. I actually make a reference to Woman of the Year in my book!

4) Where is your book set?

Going Against Type is set in Dublin.

5) Introduce us to Charlie.

Charlie is a single, Dublin born woman in her late twenties. She lives for sport, and actually tried to pursue a professional career in sport, until she was injured. She loves her job and she is great fun. She’s very feisty and doesn’t pull any punches. She’s also a bit vulnerable. She hasn’t had a lot of luck with men.

6) Please tell us all about Derry.

Derry is very good looking, droll and at ease with himself. He dates a lot of women but hasn’t had a serious relationship in a while. He has quite a high position in his paper, but he doesn’t talk about it. He’s originally from Cork and still has a very faint, lilting accent. He is attracted to Charlie because she’s very pretty, but also because she’s very different to the type of woman he usually dates. He finds her refreshing and challenging.

7) What type of things does Charlie write about in her new column?

As the only woman on staff in the sports department, Charlie knows she has to make her mark, or Side Swipe will be handed to one of the men. She is a bit of a purist when it comes to sport, so she just tells it how she sees it. For example, in one column she attacks highly paid soccer stars for wasting their time promoting underwear or writing their autobiographies. In another, she pokes fun at the women who make Ladies’ Day at the races, all about the designer clothes.

8) How does she come into conflict with a rival columnist?

As well as being a fashion writer, Derry writes a column called The Squire for a rival paper. He reads Charlie’s first column and decides to take Side Swipe down a peg or two. He actually thinks it’s written by a young guy, trying to make a name for himself. Both columns are written anonymously.

9) Where and when do Charlie and Derry meet face to face?

Charlie and Derry first bump in to each other at the Galway Races. Literally! By that stage, they have already had a few weeks of attacking each other through their columns. The attraction is instant but it’s not how they first get together!

10) Tell us where readers can find out more about you and your books.

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I am a debut author, so I don’t have any other books as yet, but I have a book page and an author page on the Tirgearr Publishers site.

They’re tirpub.com/sblack and tirpub.com/gatype

These pages will take you into my author page on facebook and my blog.

You can also find me on twitter @Authorsharonb

My buy links can be found on tirpub.com/gatype

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 29

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Welcome to Day 29 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Our guest today is Rae Rivers. Catch up with more from Rae in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Where is your home town?

I live in Cape Town, South Africa.

How long have you been writing romance?

I started writing at the age of 12 years old and then more full time about a year ago when I signed my Keepers series with HarperCollins.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I usually enjoy stories that are well paced, spicy, filled with humour and romance. Contemporary romance, paranormal romance and romantic suspense are always a favourite.

Who are The Keepers?

They are three swoon-worthy warrior brothers with very different personalities and powers – Archer, Declan and Ethan. A magical Paranormal Romance.

What do they protect?

They protect Sienna Beckham, a modern day powerful witch. They are her friends, her allies and her fierce protectors. Together, they preserve the balance of nature.

Who is Kate?

Kate is the heroine in Declan’s story. She has very unique powers that unfold throughout the book. Declan is the reckless, impulsive, bad boy of the three brothers and meets his match with Kate. The relationship that develops with these two is so sexy and beautiful. They were such fun to write!

Why was she breaking into The Keepers estate?

Kate’s after three daggers that belong to the Keepers. Her mother urged her to track them down as they’d offer her protection from the evil after her. Declan is at home when she breaks in – and all hell breaks loose. Once again, great fun!

This is part of The Keepers series, can it easily be read as a stand-alone book?

It’s written as a stand-alone book and so far, new readers to the series have found it easily reads as one, however, as it’s a series, it’s always a richer reading experience starting from the beginning. The prequel to the series, The Keepers: Sienna is FREE at all online retailers.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I’m currently writing the final book in the series, The Keepers: Ethan – and thoroughly enjoying it, despite the challenge of making this the big, epic finale my readers are hoping for!

Where can readers find out more about you?

Rae Rivers

 

My blog:             www.raerivers.com

Twitter- @raerivers1

Facebook – www.facebook.com/RaeRiversBooks

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 23

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Welcome to Day 23 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Mandy Baggot. Catch up with more from Mandy in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Where is your home town?

I live in a small village called Great Durnford, near Salisbury in Wiltshire, UK. My claim to fame is that Sting is one of my near neighbours. I’m still waiting for him to come round to borrow a cup of sugar.

How long have you been writing romance?

I’ve been writing romance of some form since I was a child. I had great fun pairing my friends off with members of New Kids on the Block in my stories then! I self-published my first book, Excess All Areas in December 2008 and then gave up work to be a full-time author in 2010.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I’m a contemporary lady! I haven’t attempted anything set further back than the 2000s. I do love a bit of romantic suspense too though. The same goes for my reading – modern, sexy, lots of action.

What happened in the stage attack on Honor?

Honor Blackwood was a teenage star in Nashville – the biggest and best, the world at her feet. Then, one night, a guy got out of the audience, made it onto the stage and attacked her. She has a scar down one side of her face and the whole incident rocked her world and changed everything about her life.

Tell us about Jared Marshall.

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Jared is the bad boy of country music, rocking a Southern Rock style. He’s all about the tattoos and torn jeans and bending rules. But he’s fiercely loyal, has a good heart and strong values. I’m a little bit in love with him.

Who is Dan Steele?

Dan Steele is Honor’s ex-boyfriend. They were together when Honor went through her attack. He’s also a musician.

What is the Marlon Festival?

The Marlon Festival is a fictional festival meant to resemble the annual CMA Music Festival. In my mind it’s all happening on LP Field.

What anonymous gifts has Honor been receiving?

I don’t want to spoil things for people who haven’t read the book yet but Honor starts to receive gifts from an unknown source. Is it from the man who attacked her on stage?

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

Right at the moment I’m editing my tenth novel which is a contemporary romance set on Corfu. I’m also working on a short story for a charity project and novel number eleven!

Where can readers find out more about you?

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I’m never far away from Twitter @mandybaggot https://twitter.com/mandybaggot and my website is http://mandybaggot.com/

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Luccia reviews A Single Step by Georgia Rose

Today we have a review from Book Review Team Member Luccia, she blogs at http://lucciagray.com/

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Luccia chose to read and review A Single Step by Georgia Rose.

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Review of A Single Step (eBook 1 of the Grayson Trilogy) by Georgia Rose.

For Rosie’s Book Review Team, by Luccia Gray.

A single step is an enjoyable and entertaining, contemporary, romantic suspense novel, which I highly recommend.

It is well written with easily flowing prose, which invites the reader to sail into the smooth narrative. The author is in no rush to expose the plot, spending the first part of the novel gradually showing us where the action takes place, and who the characters are.

It is not a fleeting romance in which love at first sight leads to a brief and intense affair, followed by lifelong commitment, which often proves to be too escapist. Quite the opposite, the romance is compelling, yet presented in a ‘no rush’ approach. Tension is gradually built up, with a few twists and turns, until the incipient romance between two complex characters materializes. This well-devised, progressive build up becomes part of the enjoyment.

The suspense elements keep us gripped to the story, avidly turning page after page (I couldn’t put it down), as the characters’ motivations and backgrounds are slowly revealed. Many surprises await the reader as nobody is who they seem, even the idyllic location where the story develops, holds surprises.

I don’t want to give anything away, because I hope all of you who are looking for a cozy afternoon-evening read, will spoil yourselves and read this lovely story, but one of the characters says: ‘I enjoy the chase, and let’s face it, no one has had to chase a girl as much as I have had to chase you.’ And that’s how the readers will feel, that they have been chasing Grayson, too.

Emma Grayson, the narrator, is the most developed character. We feel we understand her tormented feelings, and sympathize with most of her actions, by the end of the novel. On the other hand, I thought it was a pity that the other characters did not come fully to life, and served mainly to support Emma. When this happens, especially when one of the characters is the only narrator, I often feel sorry for the other characters we’ve been introduced to, but are unable to get to know.

Although there is no cliffhanger ending, there are some untold stories, within the novel, and most importantly, the reader has built up an interest in Grayson, and what happens to her. As it is part of a trilogy, I trust we will discover more about the characters and events in the following installments, which I look forward to reading.

Finally, I would like to thank Georgia for gifting me a copy of her book to review, and Rosie for organising her Book Review Team, and making it all possible.

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Flawed Perfection

Beautifully Flawed, #1

Cassandra Giovanni

Publisher: Show N’ot Tell Publishing

Cover Designer: Gio Design Studios

Release Date: March 7, 2014

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Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player–he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.

River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She’s been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she’s stuck right in the middle of the brother’s dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn’t even know she’s the ultimate prize.

Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl’s hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself–or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all…

GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance

About The Author

Cassandra Giovanni author

Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children’s novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became an Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013. She’s currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance, Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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Twelve Days – The Beginning by Jade Reyner

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twelve Days is a contemporary romance which deals with domestic violence. All the action takes place in just 12 days. It suits the pace of the book by revolving around Christmas, a fast paced time of year when people often throw caution to the wind. I was appalled at the violent situation that Elise remained in, but I realise that there are many women in the world who do suffer from domestic violence. This book reaches out to them and if it gives just one person the strength to break free then the author has done a good job. Throughout the book I was undecided about the character Vaughn, I wasn’t sure if he showed signs of obsessive dominance which Elise was trying to escape from with Dale. By the end he had won me around and a cliff hanger ending left me wanting to know what happened to him. I’m glad there is a sequel for us to read the rest of the story of the relationship between the couple. This book does contain adult content.

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No Strings Attached by Lily Bishop

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a great romance that ticks all the boxes for me. There is a hunky hero (Fox) and the sizzle of sexual tension begins straight away. Laura is intelligent and a good character struggling to keep down a job to pay the bills and send her sister to college. Laura wants a bit of fun and feels she deserves the attentions of an attractive man for a while. However work soon gets in the way for both of them and Fox must investigate the company that Laura works for. Sent to find the reason why the company is losing money the finger points to Laura when lies are easier than the truth. This is a well written book, I could easily picture the luxurious settings and the pace of the writing fits the storyline. The author promises to tell us more about Fox’s brother Lee and Laura’s sister in second and third books, which will hopefully be available soon, I shall look forward to them. This review is based upon a free copy of the book given to me by the author.

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Lily will be our guest tomorrow on the blog so make sure you come back and find out more about Lily and her writing.

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