Wednesday, June 20, 2018

INKSLINGERS BLOG TOUR Overcome by A.K. Evans

Today we have the blog tour of A.K. Evans’ OVERCOME! We are so excited to share this fantastic new release with you!

Title: Overcome

Author: A.K. Evans

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Overcome:

It only took a matter of moments for Lexi Townsend's life to change. Her power was taken, her trust lost. Her bubbly personality was smothered by the depressing weight of shame and guilt. Four years later, Lexi yearns to get back to the former version of herself. A stronger version. One who is no longer afraid to share her story, her body, and her trust. When Private Investigator Cruz Cunningham comes into her life, he proves he’s a man that’s deserving of her trust. When multiple women in Windsor go missing, it launches Cruz and the Cunningham Security team into action. As Cruz digs deeper into the investigation, he’s torn between finding the missing women and protecting the woman he loves. Putting her faith in Cruz, Lexi never imagines that this case could destroy everything she’s worked so hard to overcome. WARNING: This novel contains references to rape and sexual assault and may trigger discomfort in some readers.  

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I didn't know what to expect from this book, this is a new author for me and I was a little hesitant about the rape and sexual assault, but the blurb really did catch my attention and I'm so glad I did read this because it is so good. For the most part this book really is Lexi finally dealing with and putting the last pieces of her life back together after her rape. If reading a truncated and detached version of the rape from Lexi's POV is not something you want to read skip the prologue. It was still very emotional even if it wasn't graphic. Chapter One picks on the aftermath of the rape, and even though Lexi sought out counseling she is still just a shadow of who she use to be and no one knows why. The catalyst for Lexi finally coming forward to her family and friends about what happened to her is her feelings for a guy, for Cruz Cunningham. Cruz fell for Lexi the moment she saw her but it was obvious she was dealing with something he just thought it was her trying to get her business off the ground, but when she confesses what happened Cruz is ready to go at her pace, whatever she needs he'll do it.  Meanwhile a white slavery ring has popped up and girls are disappearing, the police asked Cunningham Security for help. So while Cruz is trying to woo Lexi he's also worried because she falls into the victim profile.

This book was wow, the romance side and the suspense side. I got lost in this book I didn't want to put it down. I love that he switched off on calling her princess and warrior, basically whichever nickname she need to hear most at that moment is what he called her. I will be keeping my eye open for more A.K. Evans books in the future.     



About the Author:

A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lafayette College in 2004 with two degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business), she pursued a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Not long after, Evans realized the career was not for her. She went on to manage her husband’s performance automotive business and drive the shop race cars for the next thirteen years. While the business afforded her freedoms she wouldn’t necessarily have had in a typical 9-5 job, after eleven years she was no longer receiving personal fulfillment from her chosen career path. Following many discussions, lots of thought, and tons of encouragement, Andrea decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Between her day job, writing, and homeschooling her two boys, Evans is left with very little free time. When she finds scraps of spare time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).  

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INKSLINGERS BLOG TOUR Down Deep by Kimberly Kincaid

   

Are you ready to go deep and feel the burn?

From USA Today bestselling author Kimberly Kincaid comes DOWN DEEP, the next standalone title in the Station Seventeen series, released June 18th! Grab you copy today!

   

Ian Gamble has a past he’d rather forget—which is exactly what he’s doing at The Crooked Angel Bar and Grill when the place catches fire. Between his active duty in the Marines and his experience as a firefighter, his instincts get him and hot, headstrong bar manager, Kennedy Matthews, to safety. But those same instincts kick into high gear when the fire is ruled an arson, and he discovers Kennedy’s got secrets of her own.The only thing that matters more to Kennedy than her bar is her brother. When she finds out he’s in over his head with a dangerous arsonist, she’ll do anything to keep him safe—even if it means teaming up with Gamble, who’s too sharp-eyed and hard-bodied for his own good. With every step, their attraction flares hotter and the risks grow more dangerous. Can Gamble and Kennedy face their fears—and their secrets—to catch a terrifying enemy? Or will they go down in flames?
   

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The exciting fourth instalment of Station Seventeen. This does read well as a standalone I've only read the first one of the series and other than being mad at myself for not reading 2 and 3 yet and not knowing those character's stories I followed this story with no problem. Gamble and Kennedy are a great pair, the attraction has been there simmering in the background but neither of them acted on in it, but after the fire at The Crooked Angel Gamble isn't willing to keep it to himself anymore. Kennedy has never felt this way about anyone before. Working her way up the restaurant food chain she hasn't let any relationship get in her way of achieving her dream, even of that meant leaving her brother behind after raising him, but when he makes the wrong friend and makes a bad decision she's there to help in any way possible even of it means lying to the police. Thankfully Gamble is there to keep things on the straight and narrow and Kennedy has learned to trust him with more than just her heart and her bar but with the safety of her brother also. 

One thing that always gets me with Kincaid and her Firefighter Romance is how intense it gets when she's writing about the fire. I always find myself white knuckling my e-reader or holding my breath until the scene is over. Her active setting is incredible when it comes to that the narrative description really feeds the imagination. Ooooo and the romance, dang girl, Gamble and Kennedy are a powder keg ready to explode and when they do it's plenty fireworks and hot enough to fog my glasses. Although the name Kennedy on a girl always reminds me of that nineties MTV VJ with the crazy hair and out of control mouth, ok I'm ageing myself there. I really loved this one it has everything a girl like me loves in a book.       




Gamble dropped his gaze to his forearm, where Kennedy's fingers still pressed gently over his skin, and her eyes went round as she followed his downward stare. 
“Oh. I shouldn’t…I mean, I didn’t…ugh, sorry,” she breathed, shifting to pull her hand away. But instinct collided with the desire already pumping through his veins, and he covered her fingers with his free hand, not hard enough to keep her from moving if she wanted to, but with enough intention to let her know he didn’t mind her touch.
In fact, he wanted it. Badly. 
“I don’t want you to be sorry,” Gamble said, his heart beating faster as—instead of pulling away—Kennedy leaned in even closer. 
Her fingers tightened, her pupils darkening her stare. “Then what do you want?” she whispered. 
“This.” 
He erased the space between them in one swift movement. But she’d moved, too, pressing forward to meet him at the same time he’d leaned in to slant his mouth over hers. Her lips were soft, yet full of purpose, quickly parting to give him better access, and fuck yeah, he took it. Sliding his tongue along the seam of her lips, Gamble tasted her once, then twice, before deepening the kiss. Kennedy was far from a passive participant—and didn’t that just make his cock stand up and pay all sorts of attention—angling herself closer despite the constraints of the Nissan’s front seat. A low sound rose up from her throat as he swept his tongue further into her mouth to let it tangle with hers. Her moan prompted him to drop the hand that had been covering hers in favor of reaching out to cup the back of her neck, hauling her closer for another hot, deep taste. 
Christ, she gave even better than she got, and before Gamble could process the movement, she’d curled her fingers around the front of his T-shirt to grip the cotton by his shoulders and hold his body in place against her chest. His heart slammed against his sternum, each beat sounding off in his ears and daring him to kiss her harder, touch more of her, to not stop until she begged him for unspeakable things with that sharp, sultry mouth. Kennedy edged her teeth over the sensitive skin on the inside of his bottom lip, applying just enough pressure to send a bolt of dark, dirty want all the way through him, and the last of his already shaky common sense snapped. 
“Be careful,” Gamble ground out against her mouth, his cock throbbing behind the fly of his jeans. “I bite back.”




   

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Kimberly Kincaid’s DOWN DEEP – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
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Bookaliciousbabes blog – Review & Excerpt
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June 20th
Hannah's Words – Review & Excerpt
June 21st
Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt
Books of My Heart – Review & Excerpt
Cathy's World – Review & Excerpt
June 22nd
Novel Addiction – Review
The Sassy Bookster – Review & Excerpt
June 23rd
Shannon’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
June 24th
KDRBCK – Review
Words, Phrases, Imagination – Review & Excerpt
June 25th
E-Romance News – Excerpt
Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt
June 26th
Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt
Deluged with Books Cafe – Review & Excerpt
Miss Riki – Review & Excerpt
Read-Love-Blog – Review & Excerpt
June 27th
Book Loving Pixies – Review & Excerpt
Cup of tea book blog – Review & Excerpt
MI Bookshelf – Review
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June 28th
Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt
Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt
June 29th
Books 2 Blog – Review & Excerpt
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt
TBR Book Blog – Excerpt




    About Kimberly Kincaid: Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to ├ęclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-selling author and a 2015 RWA RITA® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.      

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

ARC REVIEW It's All About the Duke by Amelia Grey


It's All About the Duke (The Rakes of St. James, #3)The Rakes of St. James #3, third and final book of the series but can be read as a standalone. I wanted to like this one, I had such high hopes for Rath, but I really just did not like Marlena or that situation she got herself into. I like she she was smart and brave enough to do something and earn money to help a friend but I don't like what she did and the fact that it took her forever to accept the truth. This book didn't have a lot of action it's mainly talk and internal conflict and while I usually love internal conflict Marlena just annoyed me.

This next bit is revealed pretty early in the book, so it's nothing you wouldn't already find out if you read the first two chapters. Marlena is the infamous gossip that brought up the past and helped spread the rumor that someone was going to seek revenge against them using their sisters. Marlena's current guardian's health is failing and her new one was unexpected. Rathborne has always been a rake, acting out against his father he did everything possible to be his own man. But after his father's death Rath realized he should have been more like his father. In a drunken haze Rath made a decision that his father would be proud of something his father probably would have done himself, he took on a ward.  When he sobered up he tried to take back the decision but realized the old man was too sick to get the girl out on the marriage mart and have her season. After all how hard will it be to marry off a girl.

I didn't get their chemistry. Rath's attraction to her is immediate and he doesn't feel like he deserves her, and Marlena's attraction is immediate also which she doesn't like because he's the notorious rake she's written about and knows he'll hate her when he finds out. I liked the idea behind the book I just didn't like the main female characters, for the exception of Loretta, Esse and Griffin's sister. There were some humorous situations throughout the book that I did like and none of them included Marlena. 

Overall, I liked parts of the book and some of the characters. For the most part I do enjoy Grey's writing and her characters in her other books this one just didn't work for me.     


Monday, June 18, 2018

ARC REVIEW Bear Guards by J. S. Striker


Bear Guards: A Paranormal RomanceBear Guards a collection of four stories based around the shifter sanctuary town, Orville. Striker creates another different world of shifter and vampires and other things that go bump in the night. The council runs the town and keeps the rules strict in order for those seeking sanctuary to find peace from hunters and others who might hurt them, but that doesn't mean Orville is all quiet and peaceful inside the borders. The vampires are supposed to stick to their territory, the shifter to theirs, the witches to theirs on the outskirts of town, and everyone leaves the humans off the menu.

Evan:  Deana is a human who inherited her grandmother's flower shop and house in Orville, Texas. Needing a break away from the ex she caught sleeping with her roommate in California she thought the little town was going to be a great place to get her head back together and make money until she goes back to Cali. She never expected Evan the bear shifter cop, or the seemingly random vampire attacks, or the fact that there are such things as shifters and vampires and that witches really do have special powers. Evan knew almost immediately Deana was something special, but Deana's hesitancy to start an actual relationship comes from past bad boyfriends and the fact that she was never planning on staying in Orville. Evan needs to find a why to convince her to stay that is if he can keep her alive.

Garrett:  Garrett is stuck filling in as Sheriff and comes head to head with Angel, a vampire resident looking to fill a spot on the council. To help maintain peace Garrett along with Angel must help supervise the three new vampires on their probationary time before being allowed permanente residency. At first Angel sets out to make Garrett's time there miserable, but Garrett take sit all in stride and continues to be overly nice. So nice in fact he asks her out on a date. The date changes everything and they both realize the attraction they feel is mutual. They don't act on it until Garrett saves Angel from some stupid shifters who thought to teach her a lesson. Garrett and Angel's future isn't going to be easy a bear and a vampire mated is unheard of and they have a long way to go.

Adam: Hazel is one on the most powerful witches in Orville, along with being a doctor she's also one of the few mingles with everyone. One night Hazel comes home to find a strange shifter in her living room bloody and seriously hurt. Adam is never one to stay in one place long, always on the move because something is always trying to kill him. He came to Orville because he could sense that his mate would be there, no idea who it could be but only that she's in Orville. Because of the uniqueness of Adam's abilities the council agrees the Hazel will be his supervisor during his probationary time. There is a chance that Hazel could be Adam's mate but she doesn't want to be another notch on the bedpost for Adam if she isn't. The evil casing Adam has caught up with them and with Hazel help they manage to fight off the first two waves easily enough but the third one turns to the town and now everyone is a target.

Nikoli: Irene wasn't happy being the towns hermit but it kept everyone safe if they feared her. Nikoli knew she helped when the demons came for Adam and he knew that as the most powerful witch in town she could help again. Irene agrees to help if Nikoli agrees to keep her secret. The more Nikoli spends with Irene learning her secrets the more he falls for her, never much of the one woman man he finds himself no longer interested in anyone else but her. He soon realizes that she's his mate and now all he has to do is protect her in the upcoming battle and convince her he's the only man for her. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, Evan was a nice introduction into the series and Garrett was an indepth look at the animosity between the groups and Adam and Nikoli were the intense ones where they proved that everyone could work together to save the town. The romance was hot, loved Adam and Hazel, and the story was really good. It's basically one story divided into four parts. If Striker writes more about Orville I will gladly read those too.     


Friday, June 15, 2018

ARC REVIEW The Big Alpha in Town by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, and Kate Baxter


The Big Alpha in TownBook two of the collaboration that brings us not just one series but three.

Bearing His Name:  by Eve Langlais
Ark received a letter stating that he was going to be a Dad, but six of his male family members also received those letters. Ark knows for sure he's going to get to the bottom of this weather  he's the Daddy or not. Jade though it was a good idea to send those letters for her about ready to pop sister, thinking not only should the father know but he should also support the baby too. Jade wasn't expecting Ark, and she sure wasn't expecting the strong attraction to the guy who could have knocked up her sister. But Jade's sister has an ex-boyfriend who will stop at nothing to get her back and Ark and his huge family will stop at nothing to protect these women.

This was a fun one, I think I enjoyed this one more than the first book. Langais definitely writes some spitfire woman and men who know how to play with fire. 
 
Owned by the Lion: by Milly Taiden
One look was all it took for Keir to realize that his best friend's little sister was his mate. Somehow the family managed to keep them from meeting until recently but know that he knows Keir is working hard to be worthy of her. When his father's health starts to deteriorate he's gives into his father's wishes of mating now all he has to do do is convince Ally that she's his true mate. Ally needed the money and matefinder.com was the best bet to get that money quickly. Luckily Ally and Kier were put together and that works to Keir favor for slowly introducing Ally into his life and his love.

This was a great romance and steamy. Keir is hot and such a good son. Once again I think I liked this one more than the first. 


No Need Fur Love: by Kate Baxter
Owen followed his Alpha to the tiny and isolated town of Stanley with no objection, it was after all for the safety of the pack but the downside to all that was the lack of woman. Owen was ready to settle down all he need was to find his true mate. Mia just needed a willing man to knock her up to secure her birthright, which shouldn't be hard considering the seductive nature dyrads have over humans. What she finds instead is Owen, she takes a chance knowing her seductive ability doesn't work on shifters but he seems willing enough. Owen knew right away what she was, his mate, he also knew that she was a wood nymph, but Mia's end game was a mystery and even after she left before he woke up he knew he wasn't going to let her go that easily, but convincing her she's his mate is only the tip of the iceberg compared to her psychotic father.

Once again I did prefer this one to the first book. The overall story just seemed like it had more substance to it, I like this plot line more than the first I like the character better too.

Overall, a pleasurable collection of stories. I look forward to the next book. Each author has something different about their style and as individual stories they each bring something to the book that makes it enjoyable throughout.      


Thursday, June 14, 2018

ARC REVIEW The Girl Who Stepped Into The Past by Sophie Barnes


The Girl Who Stepped Into The PastThe sheer fact that Jane Edwards traveled back in time to the Regency Era via a bolt of lightning gives you a clue that is is not going to be your typical historical romance. Jane left her fiance because he wasn't supportive of her writing career so she left and went to England to a picturesque quintessential English village to help with inspiration so she can write the best historical romance she has ever written and prove to her ex that it isn't just a hobby. While touring the Summervale House Jane gets caught in a storm and when a bolt of lightning strike the ground in front of her she finds herself suddenly in 1818 standing over the very dead body of the beautiful Titiana sister to the Earl of Camden who just happens to find Jane there he automatically assumes Jane did it. Jane explains her appearance by telling them she fled American and her fiance to pursue her dreams in England but was robbed shortly after docking and after making her way Cloverfield she thought Summervale was as good a place as any to seek work. After Jane calmly explains why she's there and how she couldn't have possibly murdered Tatiana Camden agrees with her and hires her on as a maid. 

James, the Earl of Camden, is captivated by this American stranger and it upsets him because he should be focusing on who murdered his sister. Jane with her inquisitive writers brain wants to find out what happened to Tatiana and as a maid she is easily able to talk to the rest of the staff to find thing out. Ignoring propriety Jane often seeks James out to give him the information she found out and often giving him another point of view. James knows there is more to Jane than meets the eye and the more time that passes the more he learns about the life his sister hid from him the more the wants to forget social standings and keep Jane and not as his mistress but his wife.

Overall, I loved the story. The murder mystery was fantastic and the romance was steamy. I loved that Jane knew enough about the Regency Era to know how to act and still snub the rules when she needed. James' internal conflict with himself over his feelings and the inappropriate match between himself and a maid was nice. I wish there had been an epilogue that took place in the present day about how what happened back then might have changed the present day or even Jane's ex showing up and looking at a portrait of James and Jane.        

Something I rarely do unless it's part of a blog tour, but I really did enjoy this one.

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ARC REVIEW Cowboy Bold by Carolyn Brown


Cowboy Bold (Longhorn Canyon #1)Longhorn Canyon #1, This was a great start to a new series. My opinion on it is really split there are things I really enjoyed about the book and others things that I didn't, nothing to do with Brown's ability to write, I teared up more times than I realize. It's just personal preference stuff that got on my nerves, like Cade being a Longhorns fan, as a Texas native I'm not much into football but my FIL says we root for the Aggies so we root for the Aggies. The friendly rivalry between Cade and Retta when it came to the Longhorns versus the Sooners got old real quick. There were some other things but I enjoyed the book for the most part. The family dynamic the Maguire family was nice the three brother's running the ranch and having a summer camp experience for troubled kids, where they get to learn the hard work that goes into the ranch and the value behind the hard work. I love that idea. The kids were great to they really win you over for the story. Retta and Cade's romance almost seemed like the secondary story line, the kids and the camp for me stood most for me I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. Like most of Brown's book the characters take it slow they really take the time to get to know each other and it's nice and kind of realistic the progression of their relationship, but I was disappointed in the ending. 
Overall, the kids are the best part of the story, especially Sam. As the start of a new series this was a great introduction to the characters, to Longhorn Canyon, and what all they do there. (the cover model looks a little like Scott Eastwood, yummy)