Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fervent (Condemned Series Book 3) Release Day Blitz +Giveaway +Review

Title: Fervent
Author: Gemma James
Series: Condemned #3
 Release Date: April 30, 2015


I never imagined things could get worse, but they do. The men who took us show no mercy. They won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Rafe for something he has no memory of, and I’m their weapon of choice.
Tortured and defiled, they make me wish I was back in that cabin where death was favorable to drawing another breath, but our captors can’t break what’s already broken.
What scares me is the madness I see festering inside Rafe. I’ve taken his freedom, his career, his reputation, yet despite all I’ve done, he’s determined to fight for me, kill for me, give everything he is for me.
He’ll even die for me.

FERVENT is a new adult dark romance with disturbing themes and explicit content, including sexual scenes and violence that may offend some. Intended for mature audiences. Part three of the CONDEMNED series. This is not a stand-alone read! Please begin with TORRENT and RAMPANT, otherwise, FERVENT might not make much sense.

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My Review

This is book three in the series and you must read the first two to understand what is happening.  In this book both Alex and Rafe have been taken; at first they don’t know by who or why.  They quickly find out and it shocking.  Alex thought being in that cabin with Zack was bad but this is worse.  The people who have taken them show no mercy and they want Rafe to pay for something his is done but with his memory missing he has no clue what he did.  Every time Rafe doesn’t give them what they want to make Alex pay for it.  They have to find a way to escape but the chances don’t look good that they will be able too.  I love this series, its dark and twisted and has horrible situations but it is a fantastic story.  People they thought were cared about them are involved and some not willingly.  I feel so bad for Alex she has been through so much already and it seems so will never get to be happy and not in danger.  It seems that anyone who has ever been a part of her was really lying to her to get something else.  She has just been used and abused.  Rafe seems to be the only person who has ever really felt anything for her personally and not what they could use her for or get from her.  Rafe still doesn’t have his complete memory back.  He just remembers bits and pieces here and there.  Being taken is pushing him to remember and feels things he doesn’t want to.  Will they be able to escape?  Will he remember?  Again this book ends on a cliff hanger.  I wanted to jump in the book and smack Rafe around at the end.  I can’t wait for the next book to be released.  I just want for Rafe and Alex to get their happy ending.  They deserve it after everything they have been through.  Gemma James is definitely one of my new favorite authors after reading this series.  She writes books that pull you in and make you want to keep reading.  I look forward to reading other books by her.

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Gemma James is the multi-genre author of several novels and novellas, from new adult suspense to dark erotic romance. She loves to explore the darker side of human nature in her fiction. She’s morbidly curious about anything dark and edgy, from deviant sex to serial killers. Readers have described her stories as being “not for the faint of heart.”

She lives in Oregon with her husband and their four children—three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who steals everyone’s attention.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Too Hot to Trot (The Cowboy Way #3) Blog Tour +Review

April 21st- May 1st
Too Hot To Trot (Cowboy Way 3)
New York Times, USA Today & Amazon Bestselling Author
Becky McGraw

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Heather Morrison wants to become a country music star, and she is not going to let any man get in her way. She'll gladly take their money as a dancer at the Crazy Cowgirl, but has no use for them otherwise. The night she sees her dreams finally coming true, the best night of her life quickly becomes the worst, when a stagehand catches her unaware outside the arena. The last man on earth she wants to save her, moody and judgmental Zack Taylor, her best friend’s brother, a man who once called her too hot to trot, is the one who comes to her rescue.

Zack Taylor has life by the balls. He's at the top of the game as a bull rider, owns a rough stock herd which is his retirement plan, and has a life plan which includes riding two more years, then settling down with a good woman on his own ranch. Those plans go straight to hell when he puts on his white hat for a woman who has caused him nothing but problems as long as he's known her. Not minding his own business costs him a lot, maybe even his career.

When Heather insists on being the one to help him get back on the bull, Zack is leery, but soon sees he has no choice but to accept her help. Being close to her, he realizes there is a lot more than meets the eye where sexy Heather Morrison is concerned, and there could be reasons she appears to be the fastest girl in town. Zack soon wants to know all of her secrets, but could knowing them change his opinion about her? And with that change could helping her become more important to him than his plan, because he wants to keep her in his life for good?

All Books in the Cowboy Way Series are standalones.

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18+ Excerpt from Too Hot To Trot, (c) Becky McGraw 2015:

“We’re having a threesome,” Zack announced with a grin.
Heather was comfortable with her battery-operated-boyfriend, and maybe that would help them transition to the big show. And he was also curious what he had to measure up to. He’d never actually used one before himself, he liked doing things the old-fashioned way, so this would be new for him too.
Heather shot up to sit and glare at him. “I don’t think so, cowboy,” she said, scooting toward the foot of the bed. Zack grabbed her arm, and she tried to pull away.

“With Bob,” he clarified, laughter bubbling in his throat. “Where do you keep him?”

“Oh!” she said, then her eyes narrowed. “Really?”

“Really,” Zack confirmed.

Heather huffed a breath as she collapsed on her back on the bed. “You had me scared there for a second.” The tremble in her voice made him sorry he’d teased her.

With a growl, he laid beside her and put his arm over her waist. She looked at him, and he held her gaze. “I will never do anything to scare or hurt you, Heather. You’re still in control, angel. Always in control. Do you understand?” She nodded, and he kissed her forehead. “Now where does Bob sleep?” he asked, with a laugh, trying to get her comfortable again.

“In the nightstand drawer,” she replied with a giggle. “He has a nice, comfy velvet sleeping bag in there.”

“Only the best for Bob,” Zack said. He rolled to the edge of the bed, sat up and pulled open the drawer. Fishing around blindly, his pinkie brushed velvet, and his hand closed over a very small pouch, which confused him. “Bob’s awfully small,” he commented pulling out the pouch to loosen the strings. He emptied the small silver bullet and rubber ring out into his hand and was even more confused.

“Bob is a vibrator, not a dildo. That’s in the closet, because I kind of bought one that was a little too big.” She rolled up behind him, then sat up to take the vibrator from his hand. Shoving it into the rubber sheath, Heather slid it onto her forefinger, and wiggled it. “Voila—instant orgasm. No man needed,” she said smugly.

“Yeah, but how will it be with a real man behind the controls?” Zack asked, sliding the rubber band from her finger to put it on own. He wiggled it under her nose. “Put on your seatbelt, baby—Bob is on the bus, but Zack is driving it to O-town.”

My Review

This is the third book in this series however each book is a standalone.  In this book you read about how Zack and Heather fall in love.  If you have read the other books in this series you have read a little bit about them.  This book was heartbreaking at times.  I wanted to cry for Heather and everything she went through.  Zack was amazing with how he was there for her and helped her through everything.  This book has romance, heartbreak, violence, at more.  Zack is injured while trying to save Heather from being attacked after her performance at the rodeo.  Heather says that Zack can stay with her while he is recovering because after all it’s her fault he was even hurt.  At first Zack and Heather are at odds.  There is lots of bickering and misunderstandings on both their parts.  Zack is quick to judge and Heather is worried about letting anyone close enough to find out the truth about her.  They are both fighting their feelings for each other which doesn't make it any easier.  Will Heather let Zack in?  Will Zack give Heather a chance to show him the real her?  I really love this series and this book doesn't disappoint.  There were some really hard parts for me to read about Heather and her past.  I really felt for her and what she was going through.  Zack is quick to judge but once he stops and starts seeing Heather for whom she really is and not the front she puts on he can't help but love her.  Heather is an amazingly strong character; she finds a way to survive.  It may not be the best way but she survives.  She loves Zack almost immediately.  She keeps her feelings to herself and is always waiting for the other shoe to drop.  How could he really have feelings for her, he could have anyone he wanted.  She isn't the type of girl he normally goes for.  I couldn't put this book down and can't wait to see if there will be another one in the series.  I love the characters in these books.  Becky is a fantastic author and I love her books.

About the author
A jack of many trades, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Becky McGraw has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a real estate broker, web designer, graphic artist, and romance writer. She knows just enough to make her dangerous, and her books varied and interesting. Becky resides in Florida with her husband of thirty-three years and her dog Abby. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America Published Authors Network.

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Playing the Game, Derek Backhard (Book 2 in the Game Series) Cover Reveal


Playing the Game, Derek Backhard
(Book 2 in the Game Series)


Since being drafted by the NHL to play for his home team at age nineteen, Derek Backhard has had everything he's ever dreamed of - unrivaled MVP mentions, countless goals and assists, even being compared to the great one. Holding the power to control his future in the palm of his hands, nothing stood in his way.

Until the unthinkable happened, and everything about his life shifted. Past priorities fell away the moment he held baby Ryder in his arms mere moments after losing his close friend, and Ryder's father, Brad.

After weeks of watching Liz fall apart over the loss of her husband as she struggled to adjust to life as a single parent, Derek vows to give her and Ryder everything they deserve, creating a life he never knew he always wanted.

Rocked to her core by her changing feelings for him, Liz doesn’t know what to do with Derek or his offer. Uncertainty swirls within her as she leans on her lifelong friend during the hard times, but how much of his attention is real, and how much is pity?

Is she strong enough to let him in and let him take care of her, or will she force him away and back into the life she thinks he really wants?

Author Bio:

Shawnté lives in central Alberta, with her husband Ricky of 10 amazing years and together they have two beautiful children. Somehow her husband has managed to trick her into running a cow/calf operation. As much as she fusses about it, she loves it. 

When Shawnté is not sitting at her kitchen table hammering away on her laptop while watching the moose chase her cows across the yard, yes this really happens. Then she is busy attend school activities, community events and chauffeuring children here and there. She is big on playing softball and watching hockey.

When the time comes to relax, you will find her snuggled underneath her down comforter reading on her Ipad. Wait…who are we kidding, if the dishes, vacuuming, laundry or the bathrooms needs a hose down, you’ll always hear her say, “Just after this chapter.” She doesn’t have a favorite author or best story because everyday she falls in love with someone new. 

Shawnté is technology challenged so with the help of Lacy you can find her anywhere. Please go like her page and leave a review/star rating on the books she’s wrote.

Ways to stay connected with Shawnte Borris:

Twitter: @shawnte_author