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Book Review: ‘Sweet Temptations’ by L. M. Mountford

Title: Sweet Temptations: The Babysitter

Published: 25th November 2016

Publisher: Excessica

Author: L. M. Mountford

Twitter: @realdarkinferno

 

Synopsis:

There were times Richard Martin loved his life. He had everything most men nearing middle age could want. A beautiful wife. A young son. All his hair.

He still has his hair, but not all is at it seems. His idyllic life was turned upside down when he and his family were forced to move from their home in Bristol to a small Gloucester flat because of Richard’s new job and now he finds himself beset on all sides. However that is not the sum of his problems. When his new supervisor, a promiscuous bombshell more than ten years his junior, sets her sights on him, she is by no means subtle about her interest in him, no matter who might be watching.

But temptation comes in many forms, and Richard has recently found his eyes lingering on the woman from downstairs who babysits for them. Was it his imagination, or were her skirts getting shorter?

In this first volume in L.M. Mountford’s sizzling debut series: Sweet Temptations, a naughty babysitter sets out to seduce her man. No matter what his wife might think, this tempting little wench is determined to rock his world…

 

Review:

Richard seems to have a happy loving marriage but temptation it seems is sometimes just too strong. Especially if you are turned on first before being put in the situation to begin with.

The intriguing fun starts with the early Christmas party at his firm when his boss corners him. She is young, tempting, a bit scary in a dominating way and clearly wants him to submit. Too bad for her that his wife Alice comes to take him away. He is more than glad as she scares him a little but it makes you intrigued as to how she would act if Alice hadn’t.

Back at home its time to deal with the babysitter. Seems she has a problem she needs his help with – though I think we all know what game she is playing. I think Alice knows she has a crush on him but until she mentioned it Richard never really thought about it. A passionate kiss ignites his mind to wonder to places it shouldn’t. Seems his fantasy might soon become a reality. Is he about to fall? Will he even feel guilty if he does? He likes the excitement of what he is doing but how long before reality sets in?

Well we know how this one will play out and yes they are very heated together after just one kiss. A spark to set them off but its putting them down a dangerous path that will only end in heartbreak for all involved. Not too sure I liked the fact he didn’t really feel guilty, just kind of detached from the situation. Kind of letting the body take over and the mind switch off. I’m thinking the mind will come back on with a force though once he gets back home though.

Good flow with the story even with it being a short but some parts where a bit too descriptive. Like the journey home almost describing everything they passed rather than the characters talking. But that could be showing that even though they think they are happy they have started to become detached from each other without realizing it. A fun short read all the same though.

3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Blog Tour: ‘Coping Skills’ by Jerica MacMillan

Coping Skills

Players of Marycliff University 

Book 5

Jerica MacMillan

New Adult Sports Romance

Release Date: April 17, 2017

Blurb

Learning to deal …

Back at Marycliff University for her senior year, Elena Martinez is still reeling from her father’s devastating car accident over the summer.  Awash in anger and guilt and shouldering ongoing family responsibilities, she tries to pretend that everything’s fine, even though it’s anything but.

Daniel Carter has been looking forward to seeing Elena again all summer.  Sexy and energetic, she’d captured his attention on the surf trip they’d both gone on in early June, and he’s eager continue what they started on the beach.  But when he runs into her the week before classes start, she’s subdued and carrying the obvious weight of emotional pain.  Determined to help her, he becomes her refuge from the stress and grief pulling her under.

Will Daniel’s persistence be enough to break through Elena’s emotional barriers?  Or will her fears and hangups be the end of their relationship before it can really even start?

Gripping and emotional, Coping Skills will hook you in and not let go until the very end.  If you love strong and stubborn heroines, dominant and caring alphas, and stories that hit you in all the feels, one-click this book now!

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Excerpt

With a quick squeeze of his ass, she let him go, hopping up on the counter to watch him make the cookies, reaching across to stick her finger in the bowl to sneak a taste once he’d gotten all the ingredients mixed.Narrowing his eyes, he pointed at her with the spoon.  “Watch it.  I might have to punish you for that.”

“Oh, are you going to spank me?”

He chuckled, low and growly, shaking his head.  “Uh-uh.  I was thinking more like a thorough tongue-lashing.”

She shivered, rubbing her thighs together.  Then she leaned forward deliberately, her shirt gaping to tease him with a glimpse of her breasts, and she scooped up as much dough as she could on her index finger before bringing it to her mouth, licking it from palm to tip before sticking it in her mouth and sucking.

And the semi he’d been sporting since she got there turned into a raging hard-on.

He let out a groan, and she smiled around her finger, sucking on it and drawing it out from between her lips with a pop.

“I think I can get behind a tongue-lashing.”

“Coming right up.”  Reaching down, he adjusted himself, her eyes zeroing in on his actions, her tongue darting out to lick her lips.  “But you’ll have to wait until I get the first batch of cookies in the oven.”

“So mean.  Making me wait like this.”

He laughed, enjoying the verbal foreplay as much as the physical kind.  The cookies were irregular in size, but he couldn’t care less right now, his normal desire for precision swamped by his desire for her.  All he cared about was feeling her thighs around his head, her lips around his cock, her pussy gripping him as she came.  Fuck the damn cookies.  The only reason he went through with it was because he knew she was suffering as much as he was, maybe more, and the anticipation only heightened the release when it came.

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Other Books in this Series

Summer Fling

One summer is all they have …

Lance is a notorious player on and off the football field who never sees a girl more than twice.  But with graduation now behind him, his days of carefree flirting are numbered.  As soon as his summer internship is over, his parents expect him to return to Texas to take his place in the family business.  He’s done everything he can to delay the inevitable, and he’s determined to live it up his last summer as his own man.

Abby comes from a world where men don’t stick around.  Lance’s interest does nothing but put her on guard, especially when she finds out he’ll be leaving in less than two months.  With two years left of college and a mom who relies on her for everything, Abby doesn’t have the patience for relationships that are doomed from the start.  But Lance’s persistence wears down her defenses.  Abby convinces herself they’ll just have a summer fling, and she’ll be able to come through unscathed.

Will Abby be able to maintain her distance?  Or will they both be heartbroken when the summer ends?

If you love steamy college romance featuring hot athletes and sassy heroines, check out this first installment in the hot new series everyone is raving about!

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Convenient Fall

Sleeping with your roommate is a bad idea, right?

Megan Davidson is scrambling to find a new place after Abby, her roommate and best friend, decides to move in with her boyfriend Lance.  With just a week until classes start, the open spot left in Lance’s old house looks like her best option.  She moves in with Matt and Chris, hot football players who are shameless flirts and notorious players.

Chris Watkins is playing his final season of college football before life as he knows it is over.  He’d dreamed of going pro, but the NFL never scouted him and now he’s in self-destruct mode—not bothering to go to classes or even try to graduate.  With everything falling apart, he can’t even lose himself in the jersey chasers that are always hanging around.  Megan caught his attention over the summer, and with her constantly under his nose, he can’t get her out of his head.

Sparks fly when these two finally give in to their attraction.  Will these roommates turned lovers manage to keep things light and easy like they planned?  Or will their flame burn hotter than anyone is ready for?

If you love steamy college romance full of hot athletes, fiery heroines, and chemistry that melts the pages, get Convenient Fall now!

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Managed Hearts

Do you choose your dream job—or the guy you’ve always wanted?

Three years ago Hannah met a sexy surfer while on vacation in Westport, WA.  After a whirlwind summer romance, he ghosts.  She’s tried to move on, but no other guy has ever measured up.  And now she comes face to face with him on the first day of her new internship.  To make matters worse, he’s one of her managers, and he has no idea who she is.

Matt graduated in December after his final football season, and is now working a desk job.  Having spent his whole life as an athlete, the day to day grind chafes at him.  All his friends are moving on with relationships and pursuing their goals while he’s left as the third wheel.  And despite his reputation as a player, he’s the only one who ever wanted a girlfriend.

And then Hannah Glover shows back up in his life—the girl who simultaneously made him want a relationship and ruined him for anyone else without him even realizing it.  He wants her now more than ever, but she doesn’t trust him after the way he ended things before.  Which should be fine since he’s her manager at his first job out of college, and their company has a strict no fraternization policy.  But Matt just can’t seem to help himself where she’s concerned.  And she won’t be an intern forever, right?

Will he be able to convince Hannah to give them another shot?  Or will their past and their present conspire to keep them apart?

If you love steamy new adult romance featuring hot college athletes with a hidden dominant side, heroines who stand up for themselves, and a hard-won happily ever after, check out the third installment in the Players of Marycliff University series now!

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Unsaid Things

Christmas. An engagement ring. An unexpected reappearance.

After a romantic six months, Lance and Abby’s relationship feels solid, and he’s excited to have her spend Christmas with his family in Texas. She doesn’t know he has a diamond ring stashed in his suitcase, along with a plan to propose to her on Christmas morning.

He’s forced to scrap the proposal, however, when Abby’s dead-beat brother shows up at her mom’s house two days before Christmas. Abby, worried about her brother’s sudden reappearance after more than a year of silence, insists on going home.

Just when Lance thought he’d broken through Abby’s defenses, she puts up another one in his path. Pushing him away, she insists on dealing with her family herself, a bad idea in his mind. Will proposing reassure her that he’s in it for the long haul? Or just make everything exponentially worse?

The fourth installment in the Players of Marycliff University series follows the developing relationship of Lance and Abby from Summer Fling.  It’s a story about family, trust, and where you should turn when life gets messy. If you’re looking for a hero you can swoon over and make your next book boyfriend, one-click Unsaid Things now!

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About Jerica MacMillan

Jerica MacMillan is a lifelong reader and lover of romance.  Nothing beats escaping into a book and watching people fall in love, overcome obstacles, and find their happily ever after.  She was recently named a semi finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write 2015 contest.

Jerica is living her happily ever after in North Idaho with her husband and two children.  She spends her days building with blocks, admiring preschooler artwork, and writing while her baby naps in the sling.  Join her Book Club at www.JericaMacMillan.com and get a free book!

 

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Book Review: ‘Sentient’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Sentient (The Mentalist Series Book 2)

Published: 27th October 2013

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

Mastering her Progressive Empath abilities isn’t going as well as Gemma hoped. In fact, months after finding out what she really is, she still has no clue what this truly means. All she can do is wait to see if any new abilities will eventually manifest. Things aren’t going great with Russ either. Unsure of how to handle her Sentient Link with him, she tries to integrate herself in his busy social life but struggles to adjust to her new circumstances.

When she is plagued by recurring nightmares, Gemma realizes things are changing and knows she has to do something, fast. The arrival of two sets of strangers in town, both offering the much-needed assistance she needs to unearth her powers, escalates the situation even further. Gemma attempts to decipher whose intentions are genuine, but does she have enough time to figure out who has her best interest at heart?

 

Review:

So with Gemma coming back at the end of Aversion it looked liked she was ready to get closer to Russ. Well she would if she could understand whether her feelings, and his, are real or if they are just part of being a Sentient Twin. They are connected now, more than most, but don’t know how to handle it. Well Russ knows what he wants so he just has to get Gemma to see that her no touching rule is stupid. He seems to be able to figure things out in relation to helping her a lot quicker than most. He is her calming balm so to speak and it looks like they are going to need each other for what’s to come.

Gemma knows that she is meant to be developing her skills but seems a bit stuck. People think she is ‘special’ but she just can’t see anything different. That all changes when Laura, a fellow Empath, shows up at her door, seemingly sent by her father, to help her with her gifts. Now Laura was a fun addition and seemed to balance out any high tension with her humour and her abilities to suppress emotions. The only thing is that with her arrival Gemma can’t seem to fully let her guard down, trust issues with other Mentalists is high. Is she there to help or hinder her?

Now Peter, a fellow Mentalist and Averter from school, is starting to intrigue me a bit. He can clearly see trouble is brewing and he knows that somehow Gemma is at the centre of it. I’m thinking he will be playing a bigger role in the games that follow and will soon join our group. So watch this space.

Strangers in town are causing trouble. Anthony and his army of Progressive Empaths are just the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming. Seriously they are like ten moves ahead and you will never know it. Well they do have an advantage with one of the Empaths extra gifts but still very cleverly played. They know a war is coming, that a new cull is on the cards and they are slowly pushing all their pieces into place for when it goes down. Are they on the side for good or evil? Something Gemma has no clue about but at this point is starting to realize she may not have much of a choice in the matter.

The subtle romance between Gemma and Russ is getting stronger no matter how much it scares them both. They are stronger together and are definitely going to need each other with what’s to come. Their connection is growing with what they share. Seems touching isn’t the only way and dreams start to hold a clue to what might come to pass. Sometimes you need to take them at face value to get an answer you have been searching for. Cliff hanger ending for the final which just makes you more intrigued to see how everything will play out. Who is going to land on top? What does the future really hold for our band of misfits? Only time will tell. On to the next I say.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Mine’ by John A. Heldt

Title: The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1)

Published: 13th February 2012

Author: John A. Heldt

Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnaheldt

 

Synopsis:

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE is a love story that follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

 

Review:

Joel is on a road trip with a difference with his college friend Adam. If you see a gold mine your first thought might be that you hope to find some if you take a closer look. Getting sucked into another time – 1941 to be exact – might not cross your mind and ends up being something else entirely. Seems Joel is about to get a history lesson he will never forget.

Joel is beyond confused when he leaves the mine. Everything around him has changed and Adam is nowhere to be found. Going to the last place he remembers is his first thought but even being there doesn’t help. He gets a bit of a rude awakening when he figures out he has somehow gone back in time. He has nothing on him that will help pay his way and only his wits to guide him.

A journey has began that will lead him to a future that might have already be fated when he meets Tom and all that follow. Tom was a lovable jokey character who you warmed to quickly. Coming to his aid was the best decision Joel made as it brought him to a new family. After Joel steps in to help Tom from getting beaten up he takes him home as a thank you. His dad the next day, after a bit of a grilling, gives him the opportunity to work at his furniture shop. He gets a lifeline and the warmth of a family where he thought he had none. Though true family might be closer than he thinks after he meets Tom’s girlfriend, she has a name that sounds familiar – his grandmothers to be exact.

Great female characters created that seemed to compliment each other well. Ginny is a fierce, strong, loyal friend and clearly only wants the best for her friends. Linda seemed a little forward and had a quick fuse but you understand why. Katie was a quite instigator in a few things but again a loyal friend. Grace however is who caught Joel’s attention from just one look though. Down on his luck and after a harrowing journey to get to Seattle while sitting on a bench he looks up to see her. He seems to have caught her attention too. She saw he looked so sad and lost and you get the feeling she wanted to help. When he sees Grace again he is more than pleased, well that is until she gets introduced as the fiancé of Paul. Seems she is an unattainable woman, but one who he can’t get out of his mind.

Seems Grace has some serious thinking to do as her heart is about to be pulled in two different directions. Even though he is chasing someone who is technically taken for the time being he is such a gentleman throughout. He knows what she is going through is tough and doesn’t want to put pressure on her but he knows there is something special about her. Somehow they are fated to be together. But romance aside that’s not all that is troubling Joel. He may have a bit of fun with bets to win some cash but he knows the real danger that is coming with war on the horizon. Lives are going to change and he has to be careful with how much he says. If he changes something too much he might not even exist. Whenever he tries to think about it too much you can almost see his head spin. Along the way he will make great friends who feel like family and the love of his life. But when the chance comes to return home is he going to be able to give up the life he has created with the woman he wants or go home to the future he’s from?

A good bit of writing that will draw you in from the first page. A time travelling romance at its best. Definitely one to check out, I wonder where the next person will get taken?

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Author Interview: ‘Path to Old Talbot’ by Jordan Elizabeth

About the Book:

Thirteen-year-old Charity can escape her unpleasant reality by stepping through the parlor closet of her mother’s new home, a mansion built in the 1800’s.

In her hometown of Talbot, New York, in the year 1880, she doesn’t have to worry about her depressed father skipping his medications or her mother flirting with her coworker. Instead, she gets to know the hatter’s son, who shows her a lifestyle of manners and pride. Few have ever accepted Charity’s old-fashioned ways…until now.

However, old Talbot can’t banish the present. Charity can stay in the mansion, with access to the hatter’s son in the past, and the prospect of a steady family unit with her mother and the new man in her mother’s life, or she can go back to her father, who has been given the option to straighten out his life and join them in their new home. Instead, his world unravels, and he spirals into violence and self-harm.

Torn between two worlds, Charity knows that if she doesn’t help him, she may lose him forever if he follows through on his threats of self-destruction.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I have always made up stories. When I was little, I would make up the story to go along with the picture in the book. I refused to read until 4th grade because I said my stories were better!

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I used to love to write at night, but now I write whenever I have time. I used to only write in my bedroom, but now I write wherever I can find a space. I have become much more desperate.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Most of the times they come from dreams. The time travel idea for PATH TO OLD TALBOT came from a dream, although in it the family went out the back door into the past instead of using the parlor closet.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I tried planning out a story once and I ended up hating it. Each chapter was a chore. Now I just go with the flow. I have an idea and see where it takes me.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

They are all young adult fantasy. I have tried writing contemporary YA, but a bit of fantasy always sneaks in. I love the idea of magic being out in the world.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Me! I would love to have one of my books be made into a movie and have the chance to star in it. Okay, maybe not star. Can I at least have a cameo?

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read any chance I can get. My favorite author is Maria V. Snyder. Not only does she create amazing worlds, but she has a heart of gold. I’m pleased to call her my friend.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am going through a G. Miki Hayden kick. She was kind enough to send me paperback copies. Right now I only have time to read while at work on my breaks.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

THE SEVENTH PRINCESS. Thinking about the story still makes me smile. It was the first chapter book I ever read.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Never give up. There are a lot of haters out there. Not everyone will like your work. Write for you and from your heart.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

I am on Twitter and Facebook. I use Facebook more, but I’m pushing myself to be more Twitter-rific. You can find me on Facebook as “Jordan Elizabeth – Author.”

About the Author:

Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog. Jordan roams Central New York, but she loves to travel.

Jordan is a young adult fantasy author represented by the Belcastro Agency.

Connect with Jordan:

Website: www.jordanelizabethmierek.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Jordan-Elizabeth-Mierek

Twitter: @JayliaDarkness

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/joriemierek

 

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