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Book Blitz ‘Some Girls Do’ by Clodagh Murphy

Title: Some Girls Do
Author: Clodagh Murphy
 Release Date: June 24, 2015

 

Blurb
Claire Kennedy, aka internet sensation NiceGirl, is the anonymous author of a steamy sex blog. Little do her fans know that bookish Claire isn’t quite as experienced in the bedroom as her online persona. But everyone makes stuff up on the internet, right?

Except that NiceGirl attracts the attention of London publisher Mark Bell. Handsome, charming and successful, Mark is soon offering Claire the life she’s always dreamed of – a steady relationship, the literary world of London and a hot book deal.

But when Claire enlists the help of brooding artist Luca to brush up on her sex skills before Mark discovers she’s a fraud, things begin to get complicated …

 

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Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland. She is a compulsive writer, an inveterate dreamer, a devoted aunt, an enthusiastic traveller and an expert procrastinator. She loves writing funny, sexy, romantic stories with lots of kissing. Her writing heroine is Joan Wilder from Romancing the Stone.
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Sale Blitz ‘The Honeymoon Prize’ by Melissa McClone

Title: The Honeymoon Prize
Series: The Honeymoon Series #3
Author: Melissa McClone
 Release Date: July 1, 2014
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He needs a wife…Single bodyguard Nick Calhoun has been given an ultimatum by his boss—find a wife or lose his cushy, high-paying job. Clients’ wives are hitting on him and putting Nick, and his boss, in hot water. But monogamy? He’s never been a white picket fence kind of guy, and he’s not about to embrace the happily married lifestyle now. He needs a wife who doesn’t care about his steamy, extra-curricular love life…and he knows just the woman to fit the bill.

She needs a home…

Adalaide Sinclair spent years caring for her ill grandmother. Upon Grammy’s death, she’s stunned to find herself evicted from the only home she’s ever known and labeled a thief by her inheritance-hungry family. Addie needs to find a place to live and a job—fast. So when her childhood friend, Nick, proposes a no-sex marriage of convenience, she puts her dreams of true love and happily-ever-after on hold. Finding Prince Charming can wait a little longer, right?

But will their friendship survive the honeymoon?

When Nick and Addie unexpectedly win a dream honeymoon, they decide to go their separate ways during the ten-day vacation. Too bad a camera crew is waiting for them at the tropical paradise. Acting like a head-over-heels bride and groom for reality TV wreaks havoc on their no-sex agreement…and blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Will Nick and Addie remain married in name only, or will a romantic honeymoon for show turn them into true newlyweds?

 

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Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

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Release Blitz and Review ‘June’ by Audrey Carlan

 Title: June
Series: Calendar Girl #6
Author: Audrey Carlan
  Release Date: June 25, 2015
Blurb

Politics, phallic statues, and pretty women.

Literally everywhere you look, you see an old man and a gold-digging cling-on wrapped around their wrinkly arms.

Luck had not gone my way when Warren Shipley, one of the nation’s wealthiest men hired me to play arm-candy in order to save face with the other one percenters he did business with. At least that’s what I thought when I arrived in Washington, DC, until I was met by old man Shipley’s debonair and insanely handsome son. Aaron Shipley was notably the youngest senator in the history of politics voted Senator of California at the tender age of thirty-five. Single, beyond rich, and the face of every political magazine around the US. Women everywhere wanted a taste of that power.

Me, I’d always thought politics were boring…boy was I wrong. Democracy had never been more exciting.

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In the sixth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Still on her mission to save her father, she embraces the life of a gold-digging whore to allow her client to get close to other very powerful men.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia’s journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.
Review:
Interesting read you could plough through in an evening sitting.

Ok so I think I made the mistake of picking an ARC from a series rather than a standalone novel. Easily done but did feel that it made it harder to get into the back story of why Mia is doing what she is doing, what her character is really about and what she has gone through already.

So you have Mia who is working as an escort for her aunts company to pay off a debt her father owes or he will be killed. This month’s instalment saw her travel to Washington to pretend to be the arm-candy of the very wealthy Warren Shipley to help him fit in with some of his peers to help get a project off the ground. It seems like an easy enough job to do and while she is there she thinks she could easily pass the time with the man’s son Aaron. Now he came off as a bit smarmy to begin with, knowing he looks good and feeling very privileged thinking that he can get whatever he wants. This all changes at the end of the book however where all you want to do his beat him up along with Mason for what he does to Mia.

Throughout the story you have Mia connecting with some of the men she has been with in the passed months but focusing mainly on Wes – love the saucy texts between them! I think he is the one guy she could see herself with but is too scared to go forward with it – not that she really can with how this year is all planned out. She seems to still have a very close relationship with all the men she has ‘helped’ for the past months and you can see that they will be friends/family for life.

The only issue I had was with what Mia goes through at the end of the book, as I’m not really sure how she can continue with being an escort after it happens. I mean she was assaulted and almost raped and after only a few days resting up she feels perfectly fine to continue along with her journey – I mean she has to for her father but still! Then in the next preview instalment her first thought on seeing the guy she is working with is that she wants to jump him – I guess she wasn’t that traumatised by her ordeal.

Having said that I did find the book overall a good read, it’s well written but would definitely be better if you start at the beginning of the series. Mia’s tattoo says it all really ‘Trust the Journey’ and what a journey it will be.

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3 out of 5 stars
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Audrey Carlan is an Amazon Best Selling Author who writes erotic contemporary romances, such as the wildly popular “Falling Series.” She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the precious…the vineyards. She has been married to the love of her life for over 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of “Monster Madness” on daily basis. When she’s not writing, sipping wine with her “soul sisters”, or doing yoga, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!
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Cover Reveal ‘A Covert Affair’ by Katie Reus

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A Covert Affair (March 1, 2016)

 

She’s the only woman he ever loved…

Returning to duty after being wounded in action, NSA Agent Nathan Ortiz has returned home to Miami, eager to get back in the game. But he doesn’t expect his newest mission to lead him straight to the one woman he loved, lost, and has never gotten over.

A beautiful, successful restauranteur, Amelia Rios enjoys giving back to her community, especially struggling women. A woman she recently hired stops showing up for work, and unfortunately, she isn’t the first to go missing.

Soon Amelia finds herself thrust into a shadowy, dark world working side by side with Nathan, the only man she’s ever loved. They must confront old feelings as they battle a ruthless enemy who is out to destroy them. The heat simmering between Nathan and Amelia could mean a second chance for them—but first they have to make it out alive.

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“Romantic and suspenseful, a fast-paced sexy book full of high-stakes action.” —Heroes and Heartbreakers

“Reus strikes just the right balance of steamy sexual tension and nail-biting action.” —Publishers Weekly

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Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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Book Review: If He’s Noble by Hannah Howell

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Title: If He’s Noble

Published: 28th July 2015

Publisher: Kensington Books – Zebra Publishing

Author: Hannah Howell

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Synopsis:

For Lady Primrose Wootten nothing has been ordinary since her father the Baron died and his wayward family filled the estate with greed and treachery. Primrose knows if she can just track down her brother, he can send the odious relations on their way. But instead she finds this enormous, powerful stranger, and forgets entirely what she was doing in the first place…

Sir Bened Vaughn isn’t much afraid of a pistol. But he is a bit afraid of the woman holding it, who stirs up something so primal he’s not sure he can shake it off. Vaughn is an honorable man, and he knows he has no right to desire Primrose. Yet he does have an obligation to help her, and as they learn more about her brother’s disappearance, he realizes that means staying by her side…wanting her all the while… and wondering how much longer they can resist temptation…

Review:

OMG I can not believe that I had actually forgotten how much I love reading Hannah Howell’s books, especially the Wherlocke series. I feel like I have been reunited with old friends as I try to remember all the books that came before this one. Might even have a re-read of the series to get a refresher course of all things Wherlocke.

Even though this is part of an on going historical romance series each book is a standalone novel. Other characters from the series might get brought into each other’s stories but just in minor roles.

This story revolves around Primrose and Bened, who stumble upon each other out in the woods. Stumble being literally as Primrose has misplaced her glasses so can’t quite see where she is going as she stumbles into Bened’s path. His first thoughts are how adorable she looks, right up until she aims a pistol at his heart.

Primrose is on a mission to find her wayward brother after the suspicious death of her father the Baron. She fears for his life, and her own, as she escapes the clutches of her aunt Augusta. She can see her for the cold-hearted women she is but throughout her journey she will see just how evil the woman has become. Bened can see that Primrose is on some kind of mission and not liking that she is on the road by herself he decides to accompany her to keep her safe. Bened is the perfect person for her to have come across, as he is an excellent tracker – something to do with one of his gifts. Bened, like so many of his family, has a gift – his being the ability to track anyone anywhere – and to begin with he fears that Primrose might shy away from him because of it. But Primrose has always had an inquisitive mind and looks to find answers in things that can’t be easily explained. So she would never fear him, if anything this just makes him that much more interesting to be with.

The journey this takes them on is filled with danger and a lot of risk. It becomes clear that Augusta will stop at nothing to get what she wants – power and wealth – and the only way to do that it to rid herself of Primrose and Simeon so her husband can take the title of Baron. The dangers that Primrose and Bened get caught up in bring them closer together with the amount of time they spend together travelling. The romance slowly builds throughout this story, like so many of her others, but each in their own way. The connection and chemistry between Primrose and Bened is seen right from the start and just builds and builds right up to the end.

I love how even though the main focus of the story is on Primrose and Bened’s romance you can see the start of something between Simeon and Lilybet. This may be the making of another book I think – if so I can’t wait to read it! Lilybet knows just the right buttons to push Simeon and if, but mostly I’m hoping when, they come together it will be explosive.

This is a gripping adventure story that will hold your attention from the first page right up until the last. Simply put a great story and one I would happily read again and again (along with the rest of the series!) so enjoy.

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5 out of 5 stars

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