Thursday, February 28, 2013

CRIMSON AND CLOVER @Tastybooktours




Under Katie Scott’s flower child exterior beats the heart of June Cleaver. Though she digs her bellbottoms and love beads, she longs for the idyllic family life she was denied as a child.

Laughed out of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury after the Summer of Love for believing rock ’n roll and white picket fences can coexist she decides to try her luck in the bohemian neighborhood of Ladbroke Grove in London.

When she discovers her new friend Adam is starting a band with Jay Carey, she’s ecstatic. She’d admired the British guitar god from afar for years, and when she and Jay finally meet the attraction between them is instantaneous.

But life with a rock ’n roll star doesn’t lend itself well to white picket fences. And when Katie tells Jay the secret she’s carried for two years it may end the dream before it begins.
 
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Excerpt
 
 
 She weaved through the crowd, trying to remember names, when she spied a familiar face. What with the sheer number of people who had been in and out of the flat all night, Katie hadn’t even known Stuart was present, and she greeted him with pleasure. His unaffected Texas drawl was balm to her ears, much as she loved British accents.
 
“Hey, you!” She gave Stuart a warm hug. “When did you get here?”
 
“Been here a while, hon.” Stuart kissed her forehead and released her. “’Course, it’s a little tight in here, if you know what I mean.”
 
“No kiddin’.” Just two sentences of Stuart’s accent and she was already dropping her "g"s. Katie grinned. “Talk some more. I wanna hear some lingo.”
 
“Right on,” Stuart laughed. “Lemme see…how’s this?” He cleared his throat and turned the Texas up to full throttle. “Y’all…hot damn…cornbread.”
 
Katie burst into giggles, her amusement aided by the half of a joint she’d just smoked.
 
“What’s funny?” Maureen appeared at her side, cheeks flushed and an unnatural sparkle in her eye.
 
“Just Stuart,” Katie replied, her giggles tapering off.
 
“I should’ve known.” Maureen tossed Stuart a grin before turning halfway to speak to someone behind her. “Jay, have you met Katie?”
 
The name made Katie look up and her breath stopped. She’d seen lots of photos of Jay in fan magazines and on album covers over the past couple of years, but none of them did the least bit of justice to the flesh and blood man standing before her. His head was turned in profile as he said something to Nicky Majors, and Katie took the opportunity to gaze at him unimpeded.
 
Jay Carey had the face of an angel—a very naughty angel. The rounded cheeks, the chin with the slightest suggestion of a cleft and the long black hair that curled past his shoulders all gave him a look of innocence. Combined with his rather full lips, black brows and lashes, and the schoolboy smile he directed at Nicky, Katie would have sworn he had come right out of a Botticelli work of art. But when he focused those intense hazel eyes on her, she knew she’d been wrong. Nothing Botticelli ever did looked like that. Jay Carey didn’t have the eyes of an angel—he had the eyes of a god.


Crimson and Clover
Juli Page Morgan
Released Feb 18th, 2013
ebook
Crimson Romance
Source: Tasty Book Tours
Reviewer: Lisa

First, I would like to say, THANK GOD I AM NOT MARRIED TO A ROCK STAR...Ok, they aren't ALL that bad, but boy would I not have the balls to deal with their shit...excuse my language, but it's the truth!

Ok...now that I have said my piece, I will go on with my review of CRIMSON AND CLOVER, the new release from Juli Page Morgan.  What a GREAT story!  Juli not only takes you on a wild ride of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, but shares the truth behind the curtains.  To say that I am highly impressed with her knowledge doesn't even cut it.  She builds a world within CRIMSON AND CLOVER that was so clear that I swear I smelled the stench of weed pass by my nose a time or two.

For anyone that was a teen in the 70's, as my parents were, this book is not only like taking a walk into the past, but getting to know the real people behind the "band", the wives, the girlfriends, the groupies.  And for anyone who just wants to read a great romance about a girl who falls in love with a rock star...well...the story hasn't changed too much in forty years!! 

Katie was a girl with self-confidence, and that was what I liked about her, but she was also naive when it came to certain aspects of the life she was living with Jay, her guitar playing rock-star boyfriend.  I truly felt for her, especially when she would try to convince herself that certain aspects of her relationship were "ok", when really you knew that deep down, she knew better.  It was sad at times, but that's what helped to make the story so real.

The sex was HOT! Juli does an amazing job at showing the pure chemistry that sparked whenever Katie and Jay so much as touched...I loved it!!  Jay...yeah I liked Jay...I didn't always like what he was doing, and my poor heart hurt for Katie, but in the end...true love stood the test...and that is all that matters.

Reading CRIMSON AND CLOVER was like watching a great movie about the seventies and what happens when everything falls apart...who is there to pick up the pieces.  Great Job Juli and I recommend this to All my Tasty Readers!!  Grab it, jump in and ROCK!


About Juli


After an exciting (and sometimes surreal!) career in radio broadcasting, Juli Page Morgan was left with a passion for rock ‘n roll and memories of the outrageous antics she'd seen and stories told to her by musicians and bands she’d interviewed over the years. Inspired by these tales, Juli wrote her first novel, CRIMSON AND CLOVER, a rocking romance set in London in 1968.

Juli lives in Arkansas with her husband and youngest daughter. When she’s not writing she's attempting to force updates on her sixty-year-old house (it fights back!) and trying to convince her husband the world won’t come to an end if the television is turned off.  She also listens to a lot of music at maximum volume and exceeds the speed limit when she drives. She’s currently at work on her second romance novel, and yes -- it rocks, too!





 
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Novak is my New Nora!!

When Summer Comes
Whiskey Creek #3
Brenda Novak
Released Jan 29th, 2013
400 Pages
Harlequin MIRA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Lisa

The Whiskey Creek series is becoming one of my absolute favorites. Each book is just as good as the last.  Novak brings endearing relationships between life-long friends, power-packed emotion between lovers and chemistry that sparks off the pages.  She has done something really special here!

Welcome to Whiskey Creek-Heart of the Gold Country! One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news...

She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren't good.

Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents' farm. She's always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn't been worked in years and she begins to fear she can't manage it, that she'll have to return to town.

One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door...

He's an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud, and he offers to trade work for a few nights' shelter. Callie figures she doesn't have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she "does "have something to lose-her heart. And, although he doesn't yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.


I remember doing something so mundane the other day, maybe folding laundry, and it hit me, Brenda Novak is my New Nora Roberts.  Not that Nora isn't still rocking the romance genre, it's just that Brenda is so diverse in her writing with going from Romance Suspense to Contemporary and now Historical, but especially with the Whiskey Creek Series, I feel like she has taken her writing to a whole new level.  I don't know what it is, all I know is that I want her to keep doing it, cause I am in LOVE with this series.  *Footnote: Sorry Levi McCloud, yes, you are very hot and have the whole Renegade thing going for you, but my heart still belongs to Dylan Amos...*swoon*

When Summer Comes, is the third book in the Whiskey Creek Series, and if you have not read the last two, When Lightening Strikes and When Snow Falls, plus the novella which introduced the series, When We Touch, well what can I say...You are SOOOO MISSING OUT!  When Summer Comes joins the rest of the series on A Tasty Reads Keeper Shelf, they just steal my heart and never let go.  The group of friends we meet throughout the series become your best friends, almost as if you're right there in the coffee shop with them on Friday, sitting at the corner table, chatting about life.  You almost become a part of them.

Which is why, when you meet Callie, and you start to understand what is going on with her disease, you feel helpless, and as she and Levi begin to fall for each other, oh boy, you just know it's gonna hurt to get through the rest of the book.  I absolutely fell in love with Callie and Levi, the hidden secrets, the pain they both tried to hide and the solitude they found in each others arms...blows you away!!

You don't HAVE TO read the complete series, but I highly recommend it.  Getting to know this group of friends has been so much fun and I can't wait to see what will happen next!!

 
 


 

Monday, February 25, 2013

ADDICTIONS OF A SEX DEMON BLOG TOUR: HERO PROFILE AND GIVEAWAY

 
 
I am very excited to host the ADDICTIONS OF A SEX DEMON Tour at A Tasty Read today, One because it's my favorite book of the series, and Two...well...How about a little Axel Stavros...that will make anyone's Monday a little brighter!! 
 
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Name: Axel Stavros

Eye Color: Neon Blue

Hair Color: Jet Black

Skin Color: Cobalt

Physical Description: 6’5 of chiseled demon flesh and a 10’ wingspan
 
Occupation: Drug Dealer/Town Healer

Relationship Status: In heat

Favorite Music/Band: The Screaming Banshees

Favorite Midnight Snack: Sephina

Favorite Vacation Spot: Violet Falls

Three Likes:
1. Solitude
2. Smoke
3. A Succubus named Sephina


Three Dislikes:
1. Dragon hunters
 2. Drug Dealers
3. Demon Tranqs
 
 
 
 
Axel reached out and touched the soft flesh of the woman. He'd been given the gift of a hellion with the face of an angel. Her cheek fit perfectly in his palm as he cupped her face. Her eyes flickered in response, shifting from a playful, yellow glow to a deep, primal, amber hue. He drew his finger down her shoulder and observed the heated silk of her skin.

"You're hot enough to be a dragon's mate." He spoke gently, afraid to spook her.

Her dainty hand swatted him away. "A sexual demon like you doesn't need cheesy pickup lines."

He frowned. "Your skin is very warm, woman. What are you?"

"I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours."

Axel appraised her and was happy to note that her climax had helped stop the trembling of her hands. But it would only be a matter of time before the effects of the withdrawal continued. "My name is Axel Stavros, one of the few quetzalem in this realm."

He searched her face for a reaction, but found none. Instead, the firecracker ran a hand through her electric pink hair, mussing it up so that she looked like she'd just rolled out of bed. He groaned at the thought.

"Quetzalem, huh? Well, that explains the tasty BBQ smokehouse quality of your skin."

He frowned. There was no detecting how this woman truly felt about his intentions. "You are familiar with my breed then? Perhaps you know that once a year we go into heat for twelve hours, and during this time we need constant climax to fan the embers of the brimstone lacing our bones. If we do not, our brimstone dries. Never more can we get it back once the cinders turn to ash."

"Well, it's a good thing you found the sex demon in town, isn't it?"

Of course. He should have guessed. She was too damn hot to be anything else; it was her young, innocent face that had convinced him otherwise. He'd already experienced the fire coursing through her veins like liquid passion, and he knew her claim to be more than true. It was an understatement.

He motioned for her to follow him. "Come to my home and I'll give you what you need."

That perked her up. No doubt she thought he meant the fae wing. "You know, sex demons can sympathize with your little problem. Except we have it worse. If we don't get climax on a regular basis, we can weaken, and even die."

"I doubt you've ever had a problem with this." His gaze raked over her sumptuous, goddess-like body. He instantly regretted the words when her yellow eyes swarmed with a deep orange and flecks of brown. She'd gone from carefree to tormented in only the breath of a sentence.

"I haven't, but my sister Zahra nearly died just last month. She was tortured by someone who knew this information. Not everyone likes sex demons. Surely you can appreciate this, dragon boy, since your kind has been hunted to near extinction."

Axel looked upon the woman in a new light. She wasn't just a sensual hellion. She'd seen enough things in her obviously young life to be a woman who knew how to take care of herself. Contemplating what kind of hard times would have led to the thick skin she possessed fueled his veins with rage. Thinking of anyone hurting this beautiful woman brought a haze over his vision. Remembering her current condition, he took her hand in his, but she jerked it away. He'd held it just long enough to realize the shakes had returned.

He'd seen enough withdrawal to know her insides probably felt as if they were soaked in acid, being pickled in bitter liquid need. Her mind would only be half-registering his words. The other half would be an evil mantra teasing her with the desire to make this itching of her skin and pain within her body go away.

"I'd been clean for a month, but I had a slip up the other day." Her gaze flickered with disappointment. "My sister still doesn't know. We left our hometown mostly on my behalf." She

laughed, but it escaped in a bitter, desperate cry. He searched her face for tears, but found none. "Gods, why am I telling this to my dealer?"

"I'll be more than your dealer soon."

 
Addictions of a Sex Demon
Sex Demon Trilogy #3
Jaye Shields
Releases Feb 18th, 2013
Ebook
Beachwalk Press
Source: Tasty Book Tours
Reviewer: Lisa 


Jaye brings the heat, so if you cant handle it...Get out of the kitchen!!  Axel and Sephina rock the sheets...among other places!!

 
Sephina is about to trade one addiction for another—his name is Axel.

 Moving to a new village was supposed to help Sephina Antara get clean. After all, she’d gotten into a lot of trouble as a sex demon with a drug addiction.  This time her relapse comes with a side of hot dragon man.

Axel Stavros may be a drug dealer, but he’s also the town healer. Half-human, half-dragon, his blood can cure just about anything, but it has some erotic side effects for its user. And the new beauty in town is about to find out...
 
Yummy, yum, yum, yum...Axel Stavros steals the show in ADDICTIONS...he is smokin hot... in more ways that one!!  He has certainly met his match with Sephina, the Sex Demon who can handle his heat and who might just be the woman he has been looking for his whole life. 
ADDICTIONS OF A SEX DEMON is the third book in the Sex Demon Trilogy and in my opinion, the best!  I have gotten so attached to Sephina from Confessions, that I was thrilled to see her get her HEA...and with a man who was willing to piss her off as long as he could help her heal.  Axel gave her so many things...and I am not just talking about multiple orgasms here ladies.  I am talking about her self-worth, her pride and the ability to trust again. 
Jaye did an amazing job with the "Addiction" part of the story. The signs of withdrawl were so real that you could almost feel the need pulsing through your own veins.  Sephina was flawed, and kind of broken, and we get to heal with her. Aside from all the sex, I mean come on, it's a book about Sex Demons, but aside from the Sex, it really has a lot of emotional impact and I have to say I was really routing, for Axel and Sephina to make it.
Yes, this romance is HOT!  Yes, this romance has some crazy public displays of Love Makin, and Yes, there is a bit of Girl on Girl action. But there is real emotion in this story and I think it is a fantastic read for just about anyone!!  Ok...anyone over the age of 18!
Grab this one up and enjoy!! Your hubby/boyfriend will thank me!!  Wink Wink
 
About Jaye
Jaye Shields holds a degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in archaeology. Her previous claims to fame include being a bass player for a grunge band called the Hymens, being mistaken for Britney Spears while in Tokyo, and commercial model. She insists the commercial still counts even though her lines were cut.
 When she's not flying the skies as a flight attendant for a major airline, she spends her time writing sensual paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Thanks to her grandmother, she's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. Jaye sprinkles her love of history, mythology, and the occult into flaming hot reads. Visit her at www.JayeShields.com
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Falling For You by Heather Thurmeier Tasty Review Tour with Giveaway





Newly single Cassidy Quinn is thrilled to be a contestant on the new reality dating show The One. But her excitement turns to horror when the gorgeous bachelor turns out to be her ex-boyfriend. Seeing Brad again makes Cassidy realize she might not be as “over him” as she thought—and then she meets hunky cameraman Evan Burke
After watching his brother lose his wife in a tragic accident, Evan vows never to fall in love. But following Cassidy around as her personal cameraman makes him question his decision, and resisting her gets harder with every sunbathing, bikini-wearing day.
Cassidy and Evan begin a forbidden affair while her ex-boyfriend tries to win her heart back one groping, awkward moment at a time. If Cassidy can manage to stop falling off horses (literally), stop falling onto her ex-boyfriend, the bachelor (yes, literally), and stop falling in love with backstage playboy Evan, she might still make it through the show without becoming a tabloid sensation.
But soon Cassidy must choose between the ex who broke her heart and the cameraman who might never love her back. For Cassidy, this reality show just got real.
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“You’re jealous of my ex-boyfriend. You’re jealous of that stupid kiss with him.” She didn’t have an ounce of uncertainty in her voice. Damn it.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Cassidy.”
“Oh no?” Cassidy sauntered toward him swinging her hips, her voice low and sexy. “So you didn’t mind when he grabbed me and pulled me into his arms and kissed me, hard on the lips?”
He flinched at the memory of Cassidy and Brad kissing. Every agonizing second of that kiss was burned into his brain, and he’d done nothing but compare that kiss to one he’d had with her only hours earlier. Which had she liked more? His anger toward Brad flooded back to him.
“You’re right,” he admitted bluntly, annoyed that Cassidy knew what he was really thinking—that he couldn’t hide his feelings from her. He hadn’t exactly been subtle, but he hadn’t thought he’d been obvious either.
Evan stood up from the bed, mere inches separating himself and Cassidy. She took a step backward, but he caught her arm, stopping her. Minutes earlier, he’d wanted nothing more than to be far, far away from her, but now he didn’t want her to go anywhere.
“I was jealous… No, I am jealous, because ever since I kissed you, I haven’t been able to think of anything else.” I’ve never had a kiss like that before.
Evan swept the back of his hand along Cassidy’s cheek and traced the line of her jaw until his hand stopped under her chin. He held her there, his gaze locked on the green eyes staring back at him.
“All this time, I’ve been fighting to stay away from you, trying to ignore the desperate urge I feel to kiss you.” He sighed, fighting for the right words. “That kiss—it was…amazing. Stopping was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a long time.”
His thumb stroked her bottom lip. He wanted to kiss her again.
Don’t do it. Stop.
“I hated seeing you kiss Brad. It was as if someone decided to use my chest for batting practice.” He tried not to focus on her inviting mouth. “I couldn’t believe the same lips I’d just had the most intense pleasure of experiencing, were now smashed up against the surfer boy’s undeserving smart-assed mouth.”
A small gasp escaped her mouth as her lips parted. The urge to kiss her flared inside him, the desire she sparked in him overwhelming. “I acted like a jerk, and I’m sorry.” He didn’t want to feel this way about her. It went against his plans, but he couldn’t help it. Cassidy was simply too much to resist.
“I’m sorry, too,” Cassidy whispered. “I only ever wanted one man to kiss me that day, and it wasn’t the surfer boy. And, there’s only one I want to kiss me again.”
His mouth hovered above hers. “I’m going to assume you mean me.”
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Falling for You
Reality TV Romances #1
Heather Thurmeier
Released August 20th, 2012
242 Pages
Crimson Romance
Source: Tasty Book Tours
Reviewer: Lisa

This was my first Heather Thurmeier read, but certainly won't be my last.  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Falling For You, the first book in her Reality TV Series.  Falling for You is a fabulous read, especially for all of my Bachelor lovers out there. 

Our Heroine, Cassidy, was funny, quirky and she liked to eat pizza, she was average and that's what I loved about her.  She could have been your best friend and that is one quality I like in my heroines, when they are just...REAL!  Cassidy had quite the choice to make, which to me didn't feel like that much of a choice once she met Evan. *Mega Swoon*

Evan was just stinkin adorable.  The funny thing is, after all those years of watching The Bachelor/Bachlorette, I always wondered if anything went on between cameramen and the women they film.  I mean, one man and ALL those women...Some of them have to get lonely at night!!  hee hee! 

Heather had me saying "awwww" from the moment that Cassidy and Evan met.  I honestly was sitting on edge until they FINALLY kissed...OMG...I love when that happens.  When I am so engrossed in a romance that I am literally in the "They better kiss soon or I am going to die" zone.

The secondary characters, which I know will be featured in the rest of the series, were intriguing and just plain old FUN!  Zoe...such a bitch...but I loved her!!  Every Reality Show needs a villain and that was Zoe, the girl we all love to hate!!  I hope that Heather will give her a HEA one of these days. 

And Paige, sweet little Paige.  I am thrilled that she is the heroine of Stuck on You, the second book in the Reality TV series, which is available NOW!!

Falling for you is a Highly Recommended Tasty Read...Ladies, Give this one a chance...You wont be sorry!




Author bio:
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy, Heather's hard at work on her next romance novel.

"Heather Thurmeier's hunky heroes and feisty heroines will have you laughing out loud, falling in love ... and coming back for more!" ~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author

"Heather Thurmeier writes sweet, funny romances that capture your heart!" --NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst

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Amazon buy link:  http://www.amazon.com/Falling-You-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B008PW2XFU/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_2_3EQ


 

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Friday, February 15, 2013

THE HOT BODS CREW GET THEIR HEA's

Opposites Attract
Hot Bods #4
Lacey Wolfe
Releasing Feb 18th, 2013
Ebook
Beachwalk Press
Source: Gifted by Publisher
Reviewer: Lisa

Sad to see the Hot Bods Series come to an end, but I enjoyed seeing Francesca get her HEA...FINALLY!


Francesca thought she knew what she wanted in life until one stormy night when she got a blast from the past.

When Randy receives a call at his auto shop one night from a woman whose car has broken down and needs a tow, he never imagined he'd be coming face-to-face with his high school sweetheart. Randy has never loved a woman the way he loved Francesca, but she broke his heart, claiming he could never provide the life she was determined to have. That was years ago, but he's still bitter about the way she tossed him aside.

Seeing Randy again, Francesca realizes what a mistake it was to breakup with him. She'd like to try to rekindle the old flame, and she can tell he's still attracted to her too, but every time they're together, all they do is argue. Can she convince Randy she isn't the girl he remembers and that she can settle for love even if it comes without money?

Content Warning: explicit sex
 
Randy cleared his throat, hoping to break the tension between him and Francesca. The way she was looking at him, he was worried she was about to pounce. It was taking everything in him to not walk over there and kiss her.

Picking up a work towel, he wiped his hands on it and then directed her toward the front office. She walked in front of him and it was his turn to devour her ass. And hot damn, the jeans she wore were tight and molded to her butt perfectly. Her pants hugged her legs all the way down. She wore black boots that came to her knees. He wasn't sure what shirt she wore, because his eyes had yet to make it past her luscious behind.

Once in the office, he stepped around her, getting a whiff of a very tempting smell. He quickly sat and scooted under the desk as far as he could. He was hard and didn't want her to see.

Francesca took a seat in front of him and he now noticed her pink tank top that was cut low enough he got a hint of cleavage. Inhaling again, he wondered what perfume she used. It really was igniting his senses.

"I spent some time looking at your car today. When was the last time you had an oil change?" he asked.

"It's been awhile."

"I can tell. And how long has the car been leaking oil?"

She shrugged. "Not sure. I wasn't concerned since it was just little drops here and there."

"Those little drops here and there add up. You almost had no oil in your car. And I hate to tell you, but you have torn up your engine."

"Well, can't you just pop a new one in and it'll be good as new?" she asked.

"I wish it was that simple. Here, look this over." He slid a sheet of paper across the desk. "The top portion has to be done, the middle is recommended, and the bottom is optional. The price is on there too."

Her eyes widened as she read over the paper. She then glanced up at him. "This can't be right."

"I'm afraid it is. You haven't taken very good care of the car."

"I get it washed and detailed all the time. I take very good care of it."

Randy shook his head. "There's a lot more to a vehicle than just its appearance. You've got to take care of the things people don't see too."

She was quiet for a moment and then finally spoke. "I don't know if I can afford this."

He raised an eyebrow at her. "Don't you have some rich man who can pay for it?" He regretted saying it the moment it left his lips.

Francesca's mouth fell open and he could see the shock on her face.

"I'm so—" he started to apologize.

"I can't believe you would say that, Randall. You of all people," she snapped.

"Me of all people," he repeated. "What the hell is that supposed to mean? If I recall correctly, you dumped me because you wanted a rich man to take care of you. Tell me, how is that working out for you?"

Francesca stood up, placed her hands on her hips, and leaned forward slightly. As much as he hated it, his focus darted in for a peek inside her shirt.

"I'll have you know that I'm not the gold digger you think I am," she argued.

"I bet you refuse to date any man whose income level doesn't meet your standards. Tell me, why haven't you married one of them yet?"

"Why aren't you married? Can't find a girl who will have you as a husband?"

Randy stood and stepped around the desk. "I haven't found anyone else who can start my engines the way you could." He rubbed the back of his fingers on her upper arm. "Haven't you found a rich guy yet who can kiss you breathless?"
 
I will say, ya gotta love a "Bad Girl turned Good Girl" storyline, and when it comes to Francesca, that is exactly what we have gotten since Book One of the Hot Bods Series.  Lacey sure knows how to turn the table and have the reader actually cheering for Francesca's Happily-Ever-After instead of wanting to slap her across the face...ok not really...I have never actually slapped anyone!

Oh boy, did Lacey certainly give Francesca a man who wasn't going to take her crap! Randall (aka Randy) is the perfect alpha male hero.  Has lots of money, but doesn't brag about it, works with his hands and knows how to use them, steals kisses from ex-girlfriends in tight jeans...oops...well, I'll bet it happens with all Alpha Males!! 

I liked Randy a lot, especially when he "talks first, and thinks later".  There were a few moments where his mouth just went off and it might not have been "Nice Randy" talking...think it was more like "Jealous Randy or Randall the Ex" doing the talking!

Opposites Attract was a fun read, and it was exciting to visit old friends that we've met throughout the series.  I was sad to see the series end, but I guess I will just have to go back and re-read the series again...that way I can see the progression of Francesca from bitch to bride?  You will have to read to find out!!
 

Lacey will be touring with Tasty Book Tours in just a few weeks, so make sure to Follow the Tour, and enter to win One of Three Winner's Choice Hot Bods Books.


 
Lacey will also be doing a LIVE Interview with A Novel Idea Live on Sunday, March 10th, 2013, so mark the date on your calendars and make sure to listen in, http://www.anovelidealive.com/

You can find Lacey at the following places:
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

MASTER OF THE INN by Ella Jade Tasty Blurb Tour & Giveaway



The Pleasure Inn series launches with Master of the Inn. This is book one in a multi-book series that centers on Pleasure Inn and the couples who spend a weekend indulging in their fantasies. The first book introduces us to Logan and Elyse and we learn how the inn came to be. Each book to follow will feature a new couple but the reader will be able to keep up with Logan and Elyse's relationship as they progress. The books can be read out of order but Master of the Inn sets the stage.
 

Pleasure Inn… Where all of your fantasies become reality.
 
Executive chef Elyse Clapton has had it with city life. She’s spent the last few years building her cheating boyfriend’s trendy New York City restaurant into a success. When their relationship ends, so does her desire to be in his kitchen. She flees to a quaint inn she remembers visiting as a child. She gets more than she bargains for when she meets the sexy, reclusive inn keeper.
 
Handyman Logan Cole inherited Pleasure Inn against his wishes. Ever since he got caught up in a scandal involving another man’s wife, he keeps to himself – finding solace in a bottle. He didn’t realize how lonely he’d become until Elyse shows up on his porch. He’s instantly drawn to her and convinces her to stay at the Bed and Breakfast.
 
Elyse comes to town looking for a getaway. She never expects to fall for Logan. It doesn’t take her long to believe the inn’s motto. Logan’s dominance in the bedroom makes all of her fantasies a reality.
 
A light came on in an upstairs window indicating someone was there. Elyse walked up the front steps and tried the handle, but it was locked. Just as she reached for the bell, the door flew open and a large, muscular figure appeared. The old screen door and the absence of lighting in the foyer concealed his face.
 

“Hi,” Elyse said. “I was driving by and wondered if you had any vacancies.”
 

“Here?”
 

“This is an inn, isn’t it?”
 

“It hasn’t been for over four years.” He turned on the porch light. “I thought everyone in this town knew that.”
 

His disheveled appearance made her think he wasn’t planning on entertaining visitors. His dark, thick hair looked as if he’d run his fingers through it causing it to stand on end. He hadn’t bothered to button his faded blue jeans or put on a shirt before coming downstairs. Elyse couldn’t help but notice how his well-defined abs disappeared into his waistband.
 

“I’m sorry.” She moved away from the entrance. “I’m intruding.”
 

“No.” He stepped out onto the porch in his bare feet. “I just didn’t expect anyone out here at this time of the night.”
 

“I drove from the city. I thought I might stay the night. I used to come here as a kid.” She looked past his shoulder into the foyer. She saw a fresh stack of wood in the corner and several cans of paint. “Are you renovating?”
 

“Trying to.” He nodded. “It’s a work in progress.”
 

She caught a wave of alcohol on his breath.
 

 “Are you just passing through?”
 

“I’m not sure. I just needed to get away and I remembered how perfect this place always was.”
 

“Yeah,” he looked over his shoulder. “Not so much anymore.”
 

“What happened?”
 

“My uncle owned the place, but he couldn’t keep up with the maintenance. He and my aunt retired and left it to me. It’s just been sitting vacant since then. It needed a ton of work. I didn’t realize how much until I actually started ripping things out.”
 

“How long have you been renovating?”
 

“A little over six months.”
 

 “Well, thanks for your time. Maybe I’ll visit when you’re finished,” She smiled encouragement, but disappointment filled Elyse’s heart at the thought of not staying there. “Good luck with the renovations.”
 

When she turned to leave, he stopped her with a hand on her shoulder. “Wait.”
 

When she turned, his ice blue eyes held her gaze. The intensity there made her stomach flutter. It should have been a warning sign to run fast and far, but her body responded in other ways. The sensation he created from just one touch coursed through her system, landing straight between her legs.
 

Oh my…
 

“For the past few months I’ve been renovating the third floor. If I’m going to live here and run this place, I wanted my rooms to be done first before I started on the rest of the inn. There are two bedrooms up there; both have private bathrooms. You could stay if you want.”
 

“That’s very nice of you, but—”
 

“Your room has a lock.”
 

As if that would keep you out. You have the keys.
 

“I’m not ready to have guests yet, so I wouldn’t charge you.”
 

“I couldn’t, but thank you.”
 

“You drove all this way to Pleasure Inn. There isn’t another place for miles. Spend the night and then you can leave in the morning.”
 

She wasn’t familiar with the surrounding area and the drive had made her tired. What if she couldn’t find another place to spend the night?
 

“I don’t blame you for being cautious.” He shrugged. “You do what your gut tells you: but you’re more than welcome to stay here.”
 

She stared into his deep eyes for a few moments. She’d left the city to get away and forget about the disaster of a relationship with Phillip. She’d done nothing but work for years. She hadn’t been to a restaurant or on a vacation in months. She was too busy cooking for others. Would one night in a beautiful Victorian inn be so bad? How could it be, especially when the inn keeper looked like a goddamned Calvin Klein model?
 

“I’ll stay on one condition.”
 

“Sure.”
 

“You have to tell me your name.”
 

“Oh.” He ran his fingers through his hair and smiled for the first time since greeting her. “Forgive my manners. I’m Logan Cole.” He extended his hand to her.
 

“Nice to meet you, Logan,” She said properly as she shook his hand. “I’m Elyse Clapton.”
 

“Welcome to Pleasure Inn, Ms. Clapton.” He dipped his head as he held the door open for her. “Where all of your fantasies become reality.”

 

Look for the next book in the series, Indulging the Professor due out March 2013.
 
 
About Ella
 
Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped.
Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you'll get lost in her words.

 
 
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