Tuesday, January 31, 2017

99¢ Sale - Your Irresistible Love by Layla Hagen

For the first time...

Your Irresistible Love is $0.99 :)

If you haven't read it, this is your chance to grab it while it's cheap. If you have a friend you think would love it, let them know about the sale :) 

Here are the buy links:

Audible - you can add the audio version for just $2.99 if you have the ebook 

To celebrate the sale, I have a massive giveaway on my facebook page. The prize is 100 ebooks. You can enter it HERE.  

Sebastian Bennett is a determined man. It’s the secret behind the business empire he built from scratch. Under his rule, Bennett Enterprises dominates the jewelry industry. Despite being ruthless in his work, family comes first for him, and he’d do anything for his parents and eight siblings—even if they drive him crazy sometimes. . . like when they keep nagging him to get married already.

Sebastian doesn’t believe in love, until he brings in external marketing consultant Ava to oversee the next collection launch. She’s beautiful, funny, and just as stubborn as he is. Not only is he obsessed with her delicious curves, but he also finds himself willing to do anything to make her smile.
He’s determined to have Ava, even if she’s completely off limits.

Ava Lindt has one job to do at Bennett Enterprises: make the next collection launch unforgettable. Daydreaming about the hot CEO is definitely not on her to-do list. Neither is doing said CEO. The consultancy she works for has a strict policy—no fraternizing with clients. She won’t risk her job. Besides, Ava knows better than to trust men with her heart.

But their sizzling chemistry spirals into a deep connection that takes both of them by surprise. Sebastian blows through her defenses one sweet kiss and sinful touch at a time. When Ava’s time as a consultant in his company comes to an end, will Sebastian fight for the woman he loves or will he end up losing her?

Welcome to the Bennett family. Meeting them gives the sense of being an "adopted" Bennett. Such a down to earth family with so many siblings. Awesome. This is the story of the oldest son, Sebastian. 

Sebastian is a self made billionaire in the jewellery business. He is the CEO of the company with some of his siblings in supportive roles. He is not like many others in this position. He is very family orientated and he doesn't forget where he came from and how he got to where he is now. 

Ava is a consultant for a reputable company and she is assigned to the Bennett for the next collection launch. When she walks in the office for the first time, she is pleasantly surprised. Sebastian and his brother Logan were in one of their banters. Both well built and incredibly good looking but it's Sebastian who makes her heart flutter. Sebastian has long given up on having relationships as most women look at the size of his wallet instead of him as a person. Ava stirs something in him and he sets out to find the reason why. He is persistent! 

The more they interact, the stronger the attraction. Nothing can really come out of getting involved as Ava works under a strict no "fraternisation with clients rule". Doing so will cost her the job that she has worked so hard for. Besides, she is very independent and has her own plans on how she wants to settle down. Her past relationships have her left with little or no faith in men. Will they take a chance and throw cautions to the wind and see where a relationship might take them? 

I fell in love with Sebastian and Ava as well as the rest of the Bennetts. This story is full of fun and laughter, uncertainties and insecurities. More importantly, love and loyalty. This is not the first book which I have read by this author and she manages once again to pull at my heart strings. I would fully recommend this book to other readers. Believe me the Bennett family is worth meeting. I await with bated breath for the next story, which I gather will be about Logan. Quite the lovable character! 

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Welcome! My name is Layla Hagen and I am a Contemporary Romance author. 

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough ;)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Rock Wedding (#4 Rock Kiss) by Nalini Singh

Author                       Nalini Singh 
Publication Date      19 July 2017 
Genre                          Adult Contemporary Romance 

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love...even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

Being rich and famous is not always as rosy as it looks. What the public is allowed to see and what really goes on behind closed doors can be totally different stories. Rock Wedding is a good example of such a case. It's also about how different individuals deal with grief.

Abe is the keyboard player of the Schoolboy Choir, a successful and famous rock band. He has suffered some losses which have left him angry as well as the fear of losing loved ones. He used drugs and alcohol to numb the pain, until he had a very close call.

Sarah married Abe at a young age and worshipped him but even then she felt lonely. When things got out of hand, she walked out and is now divorced. After what happened between them, she believes that he has never really been in love with her. Now that she is older and wiser, she has vowed to never put herself in a vulnerable position again.

In the previous book, Abe came across Sarah at a concert and witnessed something that made him really angry and is trying to look out for her. Having been bitten once, Sarah is not prepared to repeat the experience but Abe is a changed man. Convincing her is not going be so easy! Who can blame her?

When they were together, neither of them confided in the other about their pasts. Abe, because it was hard for him and Sarah, because she feared being misjudged for her unpleasant background. As they spend time together this time round, they start to open up to each other. Abe openly admits that he was the reason for their break up. If anything, he feels guilty for making her life so miserable, something that he intends to put right if only she would give him another chance.

Rock wedding is a very emotive and romantic story. Finding out about Sarah's past before she met Abe and what she went through and how she felt during and after their time together is devastating. The reasons why Abe behaved the way he did is just as heartbreaking. This journey to their second chance is a hard one. The myriad of emotions is very palpable. The connection between Sarah and Abe is electric. In some ways, reading this book is like going down memory lane. All the characters in the previous books are involved and seeing how far they have come since the beginning makes this series even more realistic.

The series is wrapped up beautifully but..... Ms Singh has indicated that there is more to come for Gabriel and Charlotte. Gabe's hunky brother will be at the forefront. Yay! Can't wait to read more from this author.

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

See Me by Wendy Higgins

Author                     Wendy Higgins 
Publication Date    15 March 2014
Genre                       Young Adult 
                                  Paranormal Romance 

The author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen brings you a Young Adult modern folktale full of Irish magic and romance. 

While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she'd been led to believe. 

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their ancient Bloodlines. 

Irish Folklore is not very often portrayed in Young Adult Novels and this is what makes See Me so interesting. It shows how being different leads to discrimination and brings lack of self esteem as a result. 

Robyn is the oldest of the two Mason sisters. Instead of going off to college like all her other friends, she is leaving the US to go to Ireland. Not on an adventure but by obligation. Failing to do this could bring danger to her family. 

McKale is a Leprechaun. Being taller than the rest of his clan makes him feel left out. He has grown up as a loner for lack of confidence and the feeling of not being able to fit in with the rest. 

Robyn is from magical blood since her parents work for the fairies. When she was an infant, the consort to the king of the fairies took a shine to her and gave her parents no choice in a proposed binding. Coming up to her eighteenth birthday, Robyn is ready to honour this obligation. Although her parents have prepared her from a very young age, she only finds out about McKale's nature on their way to Ireland. Dread sets in, as she is very tall and being betrothed to a Leprechaun is not what she expected. 

When McKale first meets Robyn, his shyness stops him from showing his reaction. He has always believed that his betrothal is a duty and his duty lies with his clan. However, as he gets to know Robyn, he realises that she is different from what he had imagined. Romance starts to blossom but the Shoe Mistress who is a fairy has other ideas, she wants McKale for herself and she always gets what she wants. She turns vicious and her threats can't be ignored. What she has in mind is completely ludicrous and selfish. Instantly McKale and Robyn are at a disadvantage and have to find a way to twart her plan. 

The fairies treat the humans very badly and brainwash them in becoming slaves. They use their powers as a means of control. 

This is an easy to read and beautiful story. It has love, laughter, loyalty, heartache and fun. The difficulties which Robyn and McKale have to face make their emotions feel real. I like the loving relationship in Robyn's family and her interactions with her sister, Cass. The Leprechaun's way of life gives a different insight to the modern world. I really enjoyed reading this novel and hope that we get to read the story of Cass and Rock! 

Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME, and her indie NA science fiction UNKNOWN series.

After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.

Wendy lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Breakdown by B A Paris

Author                        B A Paris
Publication Date      9 February 2017 
Genre                          Psychological Thriller 

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

Cass is a happily married school teacher. After a tough time looking after her mother, she is now beginning to enjoy life with her doting husband and the support of her long time friend, Rachel. 

Matthew is happily married to Cass and works for the oil rigs. He appears to be the kind and considerate husband. 

After a night out with her colleagues at the end of term, Cass is caught in a storm. Visibility is very poor through the heavy downpour. Although, she has been warned to stick to the main roads, she is worried about having an accident and takes the treacherous country road. She notices a car parked in a lay by and stops to see if the driver is in need of assistance. Only, the driver doesn't get out of her car or shows any sign of distress. Cass makes an informed decision to drive on and send for help when she gets home. 

The next morning, the breaking news is of the murder of a young woman in the same lay by. Cass is shaken up on learning the news and finds out later on that it's someone that she knows. She becomes even more distressed whilst experiencing the most unusual and worrying chain of events. She is also riddled with guilt, constantly thinking if only....... 

These experiences become more and more frequent and she becomes more and more distressed, worrying about her sanity. At least she has Matthew and Rachel for support! As luck would have it, she stumbles upon some totally baffling and upsetting information which might shed light on the murder and her own dilemma. 

This novel is very well paced. The characters are very well portrayed. It's full of suspense, mystery and angst. Although a little predictable in places, the revelation at the end is just Wow! I didn't see that one coming. Totally worth reading and would appeal to lovers of Psychological Thrillers. 

I was kindly issued with a complimentary eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, her debut novel. She was brought up in England and moved to France where she spent some years working in Finance before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with her husband. They still live in France and have five daughters. Her second novel, The Breakdown is out February 9th, 2017. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Miss Treadway and The Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Author                        Miranda Emmerson 
Publication Date       28 February 2017 
Genre                           Women's Fiction 

London, November 1965. Millions of Londoners are living and working on the fringes of the fashionable West End. Tales of the Moors murders fill the papers. Beyond the glamour of the all-white Carnaby Street scene lie other worlds of Caribbean music, Turkish coffee houses, Soho prostitution and stolen identities. 

One Saturday evening, American star Iolanthe Green finishes a performance, walks out onto the Charing Cross Road and disappears. At first everybody cares where she went and then nobody does. A diverse group of emigre Londoners an Irish policeman, a Turkish coffee house owner and a Jamaican accountant are drawn together to search for a woman who's quickly being forgotten. They are led by Iolanthe's dresser, Anna Treadway a woman who knows quite a bit about reinvention and together they will travel into a world of underground music clubs, back street abortionists, seaside ghost towns and police brutality.

Passionate, witty and surprising, Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars is a mystery, a romance and a tale of immigration: the story of how some people are forced to start their lives again and again and again....

This story centres around life in London as it was in the 60s. It's about an actress who goes missing and what follows her disappearance. 

Anna works at the Galaxy Theatre as a Dresser to the actress Iolanthe who is also known as Lanny. She lives in a flat above a Turkish Cafe, owned by Ottmar. She is an avid reader and not known for socialising. 

When Lanny fails to turn up for work, alarms are raised as she is known for being punctual. The police starts an investigation into the disappearance but soon loses interest. 

Brennan who is Irish, is the sergeant in charge of the case and has changed his first name to Barnaby to avoid discrimination. He first meets Anna when gathering information about Lanny and Anna realises that some of the information is not quite accurate. She is worried about her and decides to start her own investigations. 

She goes to one of the nightclubs, last visited by Lanny where she meets the black accountant, Aloysius. It just so happens that he has some information which might lead to the whereabouts of Lanny. Anna enrols him for assistance and they embark on the most frustrating and difficult journey. They go from one place to another in the freezing cold whilst they try to piece things together. The reaction they receive is abismal. Aloysius is subjected to cruelty, violence and humiliation because of the colour of his skin, nothing else. The cruelty and ignorance are sickening and inhumane. 

As the story unfolds, it becomes very apparent that Barnaby, Ottmar and Aloysius have one thing in common. Fighting to fit into society, amongst other issues! Lanny is not who she appears to be and as Anna learns more about her, she realises that they too have something in common. Something, well hidden from Anna's past. This only reinforces her determination to find Lanny. Aloysius is only too happy to assist despite the cruel treatment imposed upon him. He is also being blackmail even when he is wrongly accused of a crime that he didn't commit. It would appear that this is quite acceptable because of the colour of his skin! 

It's a very poignant and palpable story. There is corruption, racism, illegal abortions, illicit transactions, poverty and class division. Family life is difficult. Relationships break down but true friendships prevail. It's very well portrayed and the characters are believable. I was engrossed and touched by this storyline and would recommend to other readers. 

I received a complimentary eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion. 

I am an author and dramatist. I grew up in London before studying English at Oxford and Playwriting Studies at Birmingham University. I now live in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan with my husband and our two daughters.

My travel and food memoir Fragrant Heart was published by Summersdale in 2014. My first novel Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars will be published by 4th Estate (UK), Harper Books (US) and HarperCollins (Canada) in early 2017.

I'm a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 (sometimes as Miranda Davies) and I'm currently undertaking a PhD in the history of BBC radio adaptation at Cardiff University where I'm attempting to catalogue everything that BBC Radio has ever adapted.

I'm represented for fiction and non fiction by Caroline Hardman at Hardman & Swainson.