RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                               GUARDED by R.C. MARTIN

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Title: Guarded

Author: R.C. Martin

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: 8th September, 2017

Cover Design: Pink Ink

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She’s distractingly Gorgeous. in my line of work, I can’t afford to be Unfocused, but she is just as Alluring as she is forbidden. I should stay away, and yet I don’t.// he is Ridiculously sexy. never have I ever been Drawn to a man so ardently. his touch is Everything, consuming me completely. what exists between us Deserves a chance, but he won’t let me in.

raw. passionate. desperate. real. I take her there—every time.// he feels it, too—I know he does. we could have it all, if only he wasn’t so guarded.

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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

Guarded, the first in a spinoff series featuring the story of the highly intriguing Jill and Leo. Readers of this author will recognise the names as Leo is the dark and broody bodyguard of Ashley Hicks. His story was told in previous releases Background Noise and Backwoods Belle. It’s taken me over two days to organise my thoughts. Two days to work out what I could and couldn’t say about Guarded without giving away spoilers or worse yet, to not provide the kind of review this book so truly deserves.

For those who read Backwoods Belle they will recognise a page or two of Guarded (as they were also printed in Backwoods Belle). This may tie the books together in a very minimal way, but I will emphasise that these two books are nothing alike. They’re as different as night and day. Guarded is edgier, rawer, more turbulent and more uncertain. Leo isn’t a man who sees himself as worthy so of course, this leads to some of the most brutally emotional scenes I have read this year.

‘I’m not a tender man, and she appears to be a gentle woman.  Oil and water don’t mix.’

‘I intend to make the same mistake until she finally figures out that I’m not worth it and she doesn’t want me anywhere near her again.’

Leo is a strong man; he has to be for his profession. Only his strength is skin deep, Jill is the emotional powerhouse in this book. She’s the one who keeps on fighting even when the sun has gone down and nothing can be seen through the darkness of night.

‘I know that he is a man filled with passion.  It sounds like a romantic idea, but I think it’s true.’

‘I think there’s something about him–something mysterious and perhaps profound–and it all lies beneath his seemingly impenetrable surface.  It makes me curious.  He makes me curious.’

Leo is a classic case of a man who has the weight of the world on his shoulders and everything is his fault. He spends so much time and energy trying to run from Jill he never gives her feelings a moment’s thought. Emotional roller coaster reads are books I devour in practically one sitting, and Guarded was no exception. I was up until the wee hours speeding through the penultimate chapters. I couldn’t breathe until I discovered how this epic marathon would end.

This book made my heart beat faster and my spine tingle. This book made my heart tear in two and my soul cry out in pain. I lost count how many times I kept asking the same question. When would enough be enough? Jill kept on fighting and she kept on climbing. A small town girl with more grit and determination then many men I know. She doesn’t know what the word quit means, let alone ever allow it into her vocabulary.

‘Whenever we’re together, we go to this place–this place where we are bold enough and vulnerable enough to be who we are.  There is freedom and honesty in our intimacy, and that’s exactly what it is.’

This book turned my world upside down and inside out. Do I really have another of these reads in me? You bet I do. Tethered will be hitting my Kindle in 2018 and this wait WILL be painful and full of angst.

 

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Image may contain: 1 person, selfie, close-up and outdoorI’m a born and bred Coloradan. While I now reside in Virginia, the land of the Rocky Mountains is where I’ve left a piece of my heart and where my characters come to life. I started writing love stories when I was seventeen, and I haven’t been able to stop! With me, you’ll find that I dabble in a few different romance genres, but my voice is one that’s all about the heart. Writing is my dream; and as a dreamer, you can rest assured that there are many more novels in my head that I can hardly wait to share.

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                                    BLOG TOUR                                                ONE NIGHT by ALEATHA ROMIG

 

A sweet, fun, and sexy stand-alone romance from New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig.

One night to remember

Is that too much to desire?

One night for fun, passion, and a chance to remember what it’s like to be a woman.
I’m not looking for love.
There’s a man in my life who loves me with all his heart. He has beautiful blue eyes, is three feet tall, and calls me mommy.
He’s my whole world and I’m his. Fate stole his daddy way too soon.
What would happen if I allowed fate another chance, just for one night?

One night to help a friend

Why did I agree to this?
Blind dates are disasters. If I weren’t helping the friend of a friend, I wouldn’t go.
I’m not looking for romance, love, or even a one-night stand.
After all, the man my friend knew is gone. I’m no longer the hockey star known for his “pep” on the ice and in the sack. I have a new life, and a new career—a new passion. I’m not looking for more.
When the blind date is a bust, could fate change everything?

One night doesn’t end with a kiss—it begins with one.

Be ready to laugh, cry, and fall head over heels as you meet Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha in this new sweet and sexy stand-alone romance, ONE NIGHT.

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Reviewed by Tracey-Lou on behalf of KFF

Is it okay admitting that I get so excited when a book by Aleatha Romig hits my kindle? Yup, and I don’t care. I knew that One Night was going to be one of those books that I wouldn’t be able to put down and I was right! 

Amanda Jane Wells is a single mum with a robust young son to bring up on her own after being Widowed at a young age. Her friends and family are worried about her because she hasn’t been out socially for a while. So her best friend, Sally, decides to set her up on a blind date.

Malcolm Peppernick. Who goes by the name of Pep which stems back to his days as a ice hockey player. Deliciously handsome and a former player with women, he decides to move to a new town to start afresh. Putting his past shenanigans behind him, he agrees to go on a blind date to help out a friend. It’s a blind date like no other. Straightaway you knew that these two characters were meant to be. The physical attraction between them both was instantaneous. The looks and the touching was one of the big giveaways.

Amanda is vary wary of letting someone into her life and that of her sons. All that was promised was one night and no personal information to be exchanged, just a mutual agreement of one night of pleasure. The sex was so great one night was never going to be enough for either of them. The whole concept of this story was simply adorable; a sexy contemporary love story. These two characters connected well with each other and I connected with them. The story flowed so well throughout the book, I didn’t want it to end. I was rooting for them both from day one, but I knew that their journey would not be as straightforward as I had hoped. But that is what makes a good story, right ? 

Amanda needed to be able to move forward and live her life, and not be afraid of what the future would bring. Will she get her happy ever after with Pep or move on to the next blind date? Congratulations Aleatha on a superb well-written book.

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Mandy

When we finally pull apart, before I can speak or even contemplate what happened, Malcolm’s blue eyes shine down on me, taking me in and reading me.

His voice rumbles through the background commotion of the bar. “You taste like sweet wine and smell like perfume and desire.”

Warmth fills my cheeks. “You taste like good beer.”

“Good? You’re a beer connoisseur?”

I shrug. “Mostly, I know cheap beer.”

He lifts my chin, bringing his indigo eyes into focus. The room disappears, making those blue orbs all I can see.

“I’m a connoisseur,” he says as his thumb gently rubs over my bruised lips. “And you, beautiful Mandy, if you were a beer, would never be a cheap one. No, you’re a rich custom craft brew. I see it in your eyes, feel it in your touch, and smell it in the air. Kissing a stranger isn’t something you do, is it?”

I try to move my eyes away, but Malcolm’s grip of my chin is unrelenting. Meeting his gaze, I reply, “No. I won’t even bore you with how long it’s been since I’ve kissed a real man.”

His eyes sparkle. “You kiss fake men?”

“Boys. Well, only one actually.”

“You kiss boys…” And then, as if the reality of his statement hits home, he asks, “You have a son?”

My heart flutters, its speed increasing by the second. “I do, but I don’t want to talk about him. Not because he isn’t important for he is—he’s my world—but because tonight isn’t about him. It’s about me.” I can’t gauge Malcolm’s reaction. I can only guess that he’s assuming that I’m some needy woman trying to get a man to take on the responsibility of a kid who isn’t his.

I reach out and splay my fingers over his chest. His heart is beating to match mine. “I don’t want to talk about him,” I continue, “because he’ll never know about you—I’ll never tell him and never introduce you. Don’t worry. I’m not after a man to rescue me. I’m perfectly content with my life as a mother. I just wanted to remember what it felt like to be a woman…for just one night.”

“I’m not anti-children—”

I shake my head. “Stop. That doesn’t matter.” It’s then that I notice the filled glasses on the table and laugh. “When did the waitress come?”

Malcolm bows his head until our noses touch. He inhales deeply, his eyes closing as his hand falls to my lap. “I’d say just after you.”

More heat floods my cheeks. “I-I didn’t…”

“Then we need to do something about that.” He looks again at the full glasses. “I think the drinks came while my tongue was busy getting to know your sweet mouth.” His hand splays over my thigh.

My breathing hitches. “Malcolm?”

“You said you want one night. One night doesn’t end with a kiss. It begins with one.”

 

aleatharomig1Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

2017 brings Aleatha’s first “Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha” with PLUS ONE, a fun, sexy romantic comedy.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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                                      BLOG TOUR                                       WE OWN TONIGHT by Corinne Michaels

From New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Corinne Michaels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE romance novel.

WE OWN TONIGHT is available now!

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I’m not a one-night stand kind of woman. I’m especially not the woman who has a few drinks at a concert and ends up in bed with my childhood celebrity crush, Eli Walsh.

However, that’s exactly where I find myself.

What’s a girl to do after a drunken mistake? Run. I grab my clothes and get away from the powerful, irresistible, and best-sex-of-my-life superstar as fast as I can. His gorgeous green eyes, rock-hard body, and cocky smile have no place in my world. My life is complicated enough.

Someone forgot to tell him that.

Eli is relentless. Pushing his way into my heart, wearing me down, proving he’s nothing like I assumed, and everything I need. But when my world shatters to pieces, he holds the broken bits together. Unwillingly, I fall desperately in love with him.

He made me think we’d have forever . . . I should’ve listened when he said we could only own tonight.

 

 

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4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

First you swoon and giggle, then you fall in love and then you feel that gut wrenching ache as you go through their story. Told from a dual point of view the romantic tale of Heather and Eli will carve your heart out, throw it on the ground and stomp on it.

Heather is a divorced police officer in her late 30s. She also takes care of her much younger sister, Steph who is seriously ill. Eli has always been her boy band idol since she and her friends were teenagers. When they get the tickets for Four Blocks Down’s homecoming concert (in which Eli and his older brother Randy are members), for the first time in many years Heather’s inner fan girl comes out screaming,  drawn out by liquid courage and egged on by her best friend. The banter between her close friends, Nicole, Danni and Kristin also makes this a fun read especially their antics.

I love the way Heather and Eli’s relationship developed. He pursues her because he couldn’t accept no for an answer, he took that as a challenge at first but then they become friends and got to know each other well in such a short time. Heather has a few issues though but Eli is quite determined. Will true love prevail between these two people?

“Everything is a contrast between wanting more from him and wanting things to end before it’s too late to walk away. I need him to leave but I’m desperate for him to stay.”

The story of Eli and Heather is hot and sexy, fast paced and includes very interesting and supportive secondary characters. If only life was that simple and everything is smooth sailing but like in real life this couple has to deal with loss, acceptance and hope. When Heather finds out Eli’s secret will she be able to forgive him? The author’s words will pull your heartstrings like a puppet.  Be warned, you need a box of tissues, chocolates and a few glasses of vino to get through their story.  4.5 stars for this book!

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.

 

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