Nov 25, 2015

Review & Giveaway: How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks

How to Lose a Bachelor
By: Anna Banks
Releasing Nov 9th, 2015
Entangled Bliss

When Rochelle Ransom auditioned for the dating show Luring Love, she had big plans for winning the prize money to help her favorite charity–and if she won the hot bachelor's heart, even better. But at the last minute she finds out the hot bachelor is her ex-boyfriend, Grant Drake. Desperate to keep her distance from him, she'll do anything–and everything–to get voted off.

Years ago, Rochelle broke Grant’s heart, and he's out for revenge. There's no way he'll vote her off. After all, vengeance is a dish best served red-hot...and on live television.

When her hilarious antics to get kicked off the show escalate, Grant’s reminded why he fell in love with her the first time. Now he isn't sure which might be more fun... Seeing how far Rochelle is willing to go to get away or how far he will to keep her forever

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Aaaand rolling!” Chris said, retaking the director’s seat a few feet away.
Grant could practically feel the cameras focusing back on him. “I’ve decided to be America’s reporter for the day,” he said, having already memorized his lines. “So I have a few questions to ask that I think everyone will want to know—including me.” Their eyes locked. So did Rochelle’s jaw. Grant paused for effect. Then, “Why on earth would you choose to audition for a sleezy show like Luring Love?”
“CUT!” yelled Chris.
“I mean, have you really drained the dating pool already?” Grant continued, getting angrier with each word out of his mouth. These were, after all, valid questions. Never in a million years would Rochelle have chased after a man—so why the hell was she here? “What would your mother say? Coming on a show like this to paw at a man who’s already got nine other women doing the same thing?”
“I said cut!” Chris growled.
“Oh, are we going to talk about mothers, then?” Rochelle flung back her hair. “Instead of dating pools, let’s talk about gene pools—and the fact that you and your four siblings originated from separate ones!”
“Cut, cut, cut!” Chris had his hand on Grant’s shoulder, but Grant wouldn’t turn his eyes away from Rochelle. Her expression read Challenge Accepted.
Did she really just insult his mother’s…need for variety in life? He couldn’t let that low blow go unpunished. “Let’s do talk about gene pools and how we both know that cleavage of that particular magnitude doesn’t run in your family.”
Taken aback, Rochelle clutched at her shirt. Grant felt a win on the horizon, if hurling mother insults could, in fact, be considered winning at anything. “It’s a halter top, moron. It’s designed for cleavage. Besides, you didn’t seem to be complaining when I walked in!” she added.
His mouth fell slightly ajar. She noticed me noticing. Did the crew? Will America? “It doesn’t suit you,” he blurted. A complete lie. It enhanced an already irresistible figure—so much so that he just might have been willing to change his general opinion on how much cleavage a woman should expose in public. In fact, he suspected he’d change his view on world peace if Rochelle sat on his lap and asked him to.
“Really? Everything underneath suited the hell out of you before!”
“For God’s sake,” Chris said, standing in front of Grant to block his view of Rochelle. “Are we speaking the same language?”

NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012) OF TRITON (2013) OF NEPTUNE (2014). Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency. I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can't walk in high heels, but I'm very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.

With a title like How to Lose a Bachelor how could I not want to read it? It's the first thing that drew me to the book. I've never read anything by Anna Banks so the title of the book is the only thing I had to go by.

Of course I also liked the cover so it was a win-win for me.

The beginning of How to Lose a Bachelor was a little dicey for me. I had a little trouble getting into it. I can't put my finger on why, nothing really jumped out at me so that I could say..."I didn't like the characters" I just think it was the writing. It took me a little while to adjust.

But I did pretty quickly and then found myself lost in the story. I really started to like it.

I loved the idea of the plot very much. Just the idea made me laugh and that was before I even read it. You all know how much a like a good chuckle in my books. Let me tell you, you'll find that in How to Lose a Bachelor.

I also really liked both Rochelle and Grant. Right away you could tell that they would heat up the pages. Of course their romance wasn't straight forward. There are a few twists and turns that get in their way. After finishing the story I was glad that I hadn't let the beginning influence my feels on the story.

If you've read How to Lose a Bachelor or any other book by Anna Banks I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

Review & Giveaway: Wyoming Rugged by Diana Palmer

Wyoming Men #5
Diana Palmer
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: HQN Books (November 24, 2015)

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Diana Palmer is back in Wyoming with a tale of love born in Big Sky Country…

Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—but the irresistible blonde beauty is the daughter of his best friend.

Niki Ashton has seen her father’s friend wounded and she’s seen him fight. Blair is the strongest—and most stubborn—man she’s ever known. That very heart and passion makes him the man of her dreams, but whenever they’ve been in danger of getting close, Blair has always pushed her away.
It takes a possible tragedy to strip away all of Blair’s misgivings. Now it’s all or nothing: marriage, baby, family, forever. But will the choice be too much for Niki…or too late?

An icon in western romance, Diana Palmer has been writing with Harlequin since 1980 and has published over 180 titles, with over 61 million books sold! When not writing, Susan’s hobbies are gardening, knitting, crocheting, astronomy, archaeology and animals. She also has dogs, cats, birds and lizards.
Learn more about Diana at her website,

Throughout the years we all find our friends in different places. School, work or other parents at your child's school. I was lucky enough to find my two best friends at where I work. I worked at a new/used bookstore and they were customers. 

The three of us bonded over the books we all loved and one of those authors that we loved to read was Diana Palmer. 

I can remember how we would look for used book so we could find her older books. This was before eBooks. Back in the dark ages. I have to tell you I really miss those days when you had to hunt for your favorite authors back list. 

Like I said, Diana Palmer was one of those authors. In fact if you look in my basement you'll find rubbermaid tub after tub filled with her books, in her many names. I loved so many of them (her books) but one of my favorite is Ethan sil #694, and for those who read her as Susan Kyle my favorite of those is Nora!. 

I will admit that in the past few years I haven't read her like I used to. I picked up so many new authors that many of my favorites fell to the wayside. Because of that I jump at the chance to read and review Wyoming Rugged. 

I'm glad I did. Not much has changed with the way Palmer writes, she still writes her heroine young and slightly naive. But because for me the story had a somewhat comfort feel for me. Fans of Diana Palmer will love it. 

This being book #5 I'm kind of not sure how much I missed from other books in the series. I hate reading out of order as you know if you follow me but have learn to deal with it. I enjoyed Blair even
though at times I wanted to shake him. 

At times I did feel that the story moved a little slow, their romance took a while to build. Not a horrible thing, but I think the story would have been better if the moved faster. Like I said, those who love her will love Wyoming Rugged. I'm glad I gave it a chance and dipped into my past with a author that I haven't read in a while. 

If you've read Wyoming Rugged or any other book by Diana Palmer I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading! 

Cover Reveal: The Braille Club Unbound by J. A. Kerr

Nov 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: I'll Be There by Samantha Chase

I’ll Be There
Montgomery Brothers #6
By: Samantha Chase 
Releasing December 1, 2015
Sourcebooks Casablanca

Book #6 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase's popular Montgomery series

This Montgomery Has a Head for Business

Working for Zach Montgomery is challenging on many levels-coming from a wealthy and powerful family, he lives by his own rules and doesn't answer to anyone. But Gabriella Martine has no intention of backing down. She's used to handling stubborn men, and it doesn't hurt that Zach is smart, charismatic...and gorgeous.

And a Heart for Adventure

Zach's perfect world is turned upside down when a climbing accident leaves him broken, angry, and maddeningly dependent. In his slow quest for recovery, Gabriella is always there to help...but as Zach comes to see his beautiful assistant in a new light, he is forced to re-evaluate what it really means to be a man worthy of Gabriella's love.

Reaching across the table, Zach took one of Gabriella’s hands in his and just marveled at how soft it was. He always wondered what her skin felt like and now that he knew, he wanted to feel more. “Don’t leave me. Please.”
Her blue eyes filled with tears and she used her free hand to quickly wipe them away before they fell and then studied their hands on the table. “Zach,” she said softly, “we’ve been over this.”
I know, I know,” he replied just as softly. “I need another chance, Gabriella. I need a chance to make things right.” He looked up, his gaze meeting hers. “I need you.”
Deciding to be bold, he turned her hand over and twined their fingers together and gently squeezed. He was surprised she didn’t pull away and thought maybe—just maybe—they were making progress. “I know I can’t erase the things I’ve said and done, but if you’ll give me one more chance, Gabs, I promise not to screw up. If I do anything to upset you, you can walk away. Hell, you can slap me in the face, kick me in the shin or throw something heavy at me and I’ll take it. I just…I can’t do this without you.”
Her eyes never left their joined hands.
I don’t want to do this without you,” he said quietly.
I’m afraid to…believe you.” He barely heard her words, they were uttered so softly.
Everything inside of him clenched with pain. His always confident, ever-efficient assistant was now distrusting and uncertain—because of him. “I don’t know what to say to make you believe me. Tell me. Tell me what I need to do. Anything. Anything you need from me to gain your confidence, and I’ll do it.”
She looked up at him. “It’s not that easy. Every day I walked into the office, I gave you another chance. Every time you berated me or made me feel like I screwed up and I came back, I gave you another chance. From my standpoint, you’ve had two years’ worth of second chances. I think I’ve been more than generous.”
His other hand reached out to cup her hand in both of his. “I know you have and you have no idea how much I appreciated it.” She looked at him with disbelief. “It’s true! I know I never said it but every morning you were there, I was thankful. Every time you walked into my office, I was thankful. Please. I’m begging here, Gabs.”

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.