Release Day: Dirty Deeds by AJ Nuest

Release Day: Dirty Deeds by AJ Nuest

Author: AJ Nuest
Release Date: 31 January 2017
Publisher:
Lyrical Press
Genre:
Contemporary Romance, Suspense

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The Blurb:

An Eye for an Eye

As owner of Dirty Deeds, a tech-savvy company specializing in the age-old art of revenge, Eden Smith knows first-hand that secrecy is critical. But when a dead body washes up on the shores of Lake Michigan clutching her business card, Eden’s well-constructed world begins to fall apart. Apparently, she’s not the only one with a passion for payback, and staying alive to outsmart a killer has become her most important job of all.

A Game for a Game

Hardened homicide detective Kelly Riordan is convinced Eden Smith is hiding more than she’s willing to admit. Years on the force have taught him that nothing is what it seems, and that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to investigating the alluring owner of a revenge-for-hire business. But revealing her past could put everything Eden has worked for in jeopardy. And trusting a man like Riordan goes against the very instincts that have kept her alive this long.

The Review:

Eden Smith spend her days making things right. Taking the grudges held by those who were wronged and paying it forward. Her business Dirty Deeds hands out a hi-tech version of karma. Say that you stole a vast amount of money, you would mysteriously then lose that exact amount – and it won’t be traceable.

Detective Kelly Riordan is on a case. A body has washed up on shore with a Dirty Deeds business card in her hand. Rumours about what Dirty Deeds get up to have been circulating for a while, and Riordan has been trying his hardest to trace the person behind it. Now it look like they’re involved in this murder.

During his latest investigation Riordan and Smith’s paths cross. She is in more danger that she could ever imagine, and he is determined to get to the bottom of whatever it is Eden is hiding. Will they manage to work through the kinks of their tenuous relationship and work out who it is that is after Eden.

This is the first novel by AJ Nuest that I have had the pleasure to read. The author has created two really strong characters. I took a while to warm to Eden, but as a misunderstood heroine it is nice to meet a character with a bit of an edge. Kelly Riordan was much easier to warm to. Smart and quick-witted he definitely has a handle on things. That is until Eden gets under his skin.

It has been a fun diversion to finally bring a romantic story with a twist to my Happy Place. Soon I will be bringing cosy mysteries to this blog.

Book Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Google Play | Itunes | Kensington | Goodreads

 

Author Info:

ajnuest_profile01Multi-published, award-winning author and editor AJ Nuest resides in Northwest Indiana with her loving husband, two beautiful children, and a bevy of spoiled pets. Her four-part serial fantasy romance, The Golden Key Chronicles, was awarded the RONE Time Travel Romance of 2015 by InD’tale Magazine, and her spin-off series, The Golden Key Legacy, was chosen as a Must Read Romance by USA Today’s Happy Ever After. Her contemporary romantic comedy, She’s Got Dibs, won First Place in the Heartland Romance Author’s Show Me the Spark! Contest, 2013. For more please visit her at ajnuest.com.

 

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Book Tour: 12 Reads of Christmas Book 6 – Midnight and Mistletoe at Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin

Book Tour: 12 Reads of Christmas Book 6 – Midnight and Mistletoe at Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin

Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: Carina
Release Date: 22 December 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The Blurb:

Join Rebecca Raisin for the final festive part of the Cedarwood Lodge serial and see who might be kissing under the mistletoe…

Planning a New Years Eve Party might be the kind of event Clio Winters used to dream about organising, but when everything is feeling a bit up in the air, she has to hope that this New Years her wish really will come true.

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is the final part in this feel-good romance serial.

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The Review:

I have to say I have loved being part of this series of book tours so a big thank you to Rebecca Raisin and Love Reading Romance for inviting me to be able to introduce these novellas to you all.

In book 3 we reunite with Clio and Amory at Cedarwood Lodge. Amory is head-over-heels with Cruz. All her misgivings all but forgotten she is planning her future in Evergreen with her beau, who is still enjoying his role as chef at the lodge.

After the success of the wedding fayre Aunt Bessie is the talk of social media, her bespoke doughnuts are a hit on Instagram and she has been invited to be on America Today.

Clio’s mother Annabelle is slowly coming around to her daughter owning the Lodge. Annabelle is working hard to put her issues behind her so she can be there for Clio.

Monty and Isla are still going strong. Isla is hard at work in the grounds getting ready for spring, uncovering a complicated maze with a sad history.

As for Clio, her matchmaking powers are at full kilter, just not in her own best interest. Kai, the Aussie builder, is still on the scene. Midnight yoga is very much on both their minds.

It has been lovely to be there as Clio bloomed from being the unsure party planner that arrived back home from New York under a cloud to the proud business owner she is in book 3. She has grown and developed. Clio is that person that everyone wishes they knew. Kind and generous to a fault, it’s just a shame that she never truly wants to put herself out there. Her life seems to be about everybody else.

Amory arrives as the flighty friend, in Brides and Bouquets she proves that she has a grounding effect on Clio. Lifting her up when she needs it most, and in Midnight and Mistletoe she is the voice of reason. In essence Amory is Clio’s Jiminy Cricket, and the voice of the reader. Coaxing Clio out of her comfort zone.

I have very much taken Clio and Amory into my heart and I don’t think I will ever be ready to say goodbye to them fully.

Book Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Google Play | Goodreads

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Blog Tour: 12 Reads of Christmas Book 1 — Brides and Bouquets by Rebecca Raisin

Blog Tour: 12 Reads of Christmas Book 1 — Brides and Bouquets by Rebecca Raisin

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Publisher: Carina
Release Date: 24 November 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Blurb:

Christmas has come to Cedarwood Lodge in the second part of the feel-good romance serial from best selling author, Rebecca Raisin!

Dreaming of a happily ever after at Cedarwood Lodge is Clio Winters’ current focus, especially with a winter wonderland wedding expo planned. But with brides coming from far and wide the heat is on for Clio to fulfil everyone’s dream of a Christmas wedding!

It seems like Clio’s new business might be off to a rocky start and surrounded by love struck brides she can’t help but hope for a little Christmas romance of her own…

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is Part Two.

Book Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Google Play | Goodreads

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The Review:

Last month I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the LLR Book Tour. If you get the chance go and check out Love Reading Romance for more heart-warming reads.

Today, on release day, I get to share with you my first read of Christmas and second in the Cedarwood Lodge series by Rebecca Raisin.

We pick up with Clio a few weeks after the epic anniversary party. Things are still not resolved between her and Kai, the Aussie builder. Amory’s boyfriend Cruz has hightailed it to Evergreen from New York.

Clio and co are focusing all their energy on preparing the lodge for their first Wedding Expo. This means that all of Cedarwood needs to be up to code. The venue needs to be sparkling, and as it’s Christmas Clio sets about creating a twinkling wonderland. But will it be enough? Can the doubts niggling in her mind, not helped by her mom’s indifference to her whole venture, be put to rest?

Again Rebecca pulls you into Clio’s whirlwind world. Within minutes my heart was in my mouth praying that everything was going to make it right. As the local authorities started to make them wonder if thing would work out.

A few obstacles are thrown her way, can she navigate them and come out the other side unscathed? And will she find out what the secret her mom is hiding?

Grab a festive mug filled with your seasonal drink of choice, a hot water bottle and a blanket. Snuggle down and enjoy the Christmas spirit.

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Snowbound

Snowbound

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Author: Monique McDonell
Publisher: Redfish Publishing
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Chick lit

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Summary

When Zara’s boyfriend can’t come home to Sydney from New York for Christmas she decides to surprise (go to) him instead. Sure, the ticket costs a bomb and her overbearing family thinks it is a bad idea but that’s what you do for love right? Or so she tells the tall and hunky ex-basketball star, Kyle who is squeezed into the plane seat beside her.

But when a blizzard hits and she finds herself snowed-in/stranded in Denver a few things become clear – her boyfriend isn’t that heartbroken about her absence, the airport doesn’t seem like a very festive place to spend the holiday/be snowed-in and there aren’t enough pumpkin spiced lattes to fix the situation.

So when Kyle offers to take her to stay at his buddy’s empty house she decides to take a chance and make the best of her first white Christmas. What she hadn’t banked on was Kyle’s ex and a reality television crew crashing the Christmas party.

If you like fun and flirty heroes, ugly sweaters, snow covered mountains and sugar cookies, you’ll enjoy reading Snowbound these holidays.

 

About Monique McDonell

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I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women’s fiction, including chick lit and romance. When I began to write again, I noticed a trend – writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since.

I am the author of five standalone novels, including Mr. Right and Other Mongrels and Hearts Afire and the Upper Crust Series. Many of my novels focus on Australian characters meeting and visiting US characters.

I have been a member of the writing group The Writer’s Dozen for ten years. Our anthology Better Than Chocolate raised over $10,000 for the charity Room to Read and helped build a library in South East Asia. I am also a member of the Romance Writers of Australia. In 2015, I had a piece on writing chick lit featured in the successful Australian non-fiction book Copyfight.

To learn more about my books, my writing, my caffeine obsession and my upcoming books please visit http://www.moniquemcdonell.com.au.

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Blog Tour: It’s Not You, It’s Me by Portia MacIntosh

Blog Tour: It’s Not You, It’s Me by Portia MacIntosh

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Author: Portia MacIntosh
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 4th November 2016

The Blurb: 

An irresistible, feel-good romance, perfect for fans of Rosie Blake, Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.

First comes love. Then comes family…

After a lifetime of kissing frogs, Roxie Pratt has given up on finding her own fairytale romance. That is, until she meets her very own Prince Charming, Mark Wright, and he sweeps Roxie off her feet!

So when Mark finally gets down on one knee and pops the question, there’s only one thing left to do: meet the family! And when everything has been picture-perfect so far, what could possibly go wrong…?

 

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The Review:

Online lifestyle journalist Roxie has met her match in life. The Joker to her Harley Quinn, and is overjoyed when after a year of dating children’s charity PR guru Mark asks her to be his wife.

And while she lives life one relationship top ten to another she soon realises that the time has come for her to meet his parents.

Is the urban legend of the mother in law from hell actually true? As Matt takes Roxie up to Yorkshire to meet his parents for the first time it looks like she is about to find out! But if that’s not enough to handle for one weekend Roxie’s editor is looking for a juicy serial about the journey from proposal to taking him up the aisle!

Portia has created a character that felt like my best friend. Roxie’s voice in my head is so strong. I felt a connection with her almost immediately. The pensive way she holds herself as she is ripped away from where she feels safe and in control and being sprung upon her inlaws to be in the depths of Yorkshire.

I’m also a sucker for a story based around Christmas. The high anxiety and emotions that roll around family gatherings are perfect for floating this fish-out-of-water tale.

One of my favourite scenes in the book is at the end of chapter 6. Mainly this weekend I drove from Yorkshire to Wales and back again stopping at a service station or two. One in particular had a flash mob! This just made me titter.

I’m not going to tell you if Roxie will be accepted into the Wright family’s open arms, because if I do you won’t get to join her on a rollercoaster of emotions – in a book that is over far too fast.

This is a book worthy of being added to your Christmas list.

Book Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Google Play | Goodreads

 

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About the Author:
Portia MacIntosh has been ‘making stuff up’ for as long as she can remember – or so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or, most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales. After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her powers for good and started writing novels. Taking inspiration from her experiences on tour with bands, the real struggle of dating in your twenties and just trying to survive as an adult human female generally, Portia writes about what it’s really like for women who don’t find this life stuff as easy as it seems.
Blog Tour: Celebrations & Confetti by Rebecca Raisin

Blog Tour: Celebrations & Confetti by Rebecca Raisin

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Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: Carina
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Blurb:

Part one in a feel-good romantic serial from bestselling author Rebecca Raisin!

Clio Winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen. Turning it into the perfect destination for big celebrations, weddings and parties has brought her back home, but Cedarwood Lodge is in need of a lot of tender loving care.

Perhaps all the work will be the perfect distraction from the real reason she had to leave her glamorous New York life behind.

Will coming home be the best decision of her life… or her biggest regret?

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is Part One.

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Book Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Google Play | Goodreads

I’ve been looking forward to the release of this first book on the Cedarwood trilogy. II’m equally excited to be sharing a guest post here today from the author herself. Stay tuned for a review in coming days.

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So here I hand over to Rebecca Raisin:

Welcome to the Cedarwood Lodge, situated in the town of Evergreen. All you have to do here is relax, and let Clio and her staff cater to your every whim!

Here are a list of our winter recreation activities that are available for our guests, just ring the bell and we’ll arrange it for you.

  • Hiking, choose a trail and let Georges pack you a gourmet picnic
  • Cooking classes: choose from sweet or savoury, simple or gourmet, if you can dream of it, Georges can do it!
  • Dance lessons: salsa, tango, ballroom, Latin, our dance instructor is a phone call away
  • Art room: capture the view in water color, sketch, or oils, or if craft is your thing, head to the studio and check out the supplies
  • Games room: Billiards, board games, table tennis, to name but a few things we have on offer. You’ll find the games room opposite the ballroom
  • Ice skate on the lake, join in on snowman building competitions, snowball fights, or sledding.
  • Spa room: call ahead and Clio can arrange any number of beauty treatments from massage to facials, and mud wraps
  • Join us by the campfire to sing songs and toast marshmallows
  • Want to keep the kids busy? Sign them up to the end of season show, there’s a part for everyone!
  • For our bibliophiles, check out the library upstairs, peruse the huge display of books catering for every genre
  • Movie room: flick through our extensive movie library and pull up a beanbag and watch it on the big screen
  • Go for a run around the jogging track
  • Take a virtual yoga/Pilates class

We hope you enjoy your stay!

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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

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Catch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

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Author: Geralyn Corcillo
Publisher: Geralyn Corcillo
Release Date: August 26, 2016
Genre: Romantic Comedy

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Summary

When TV star Wendy Hunter is about to have her most closely guarded secret viciously exposed by the paparazzi, she desperately tosses out a juicy bone to distract them: she announces her engagement to southern high school football coach Colin Scott. One problem. She’s not really engaged to him. In fact, she barely knows him. Um … barely. But will one unforgettable night last year be enough to get him to go along with her charade?

Wendy goes to Louisiana to see him and discovers that Colin is not sothrilled to be suddenly “engaged” to her. He’s got some secrets of his own that his famous “fiancée” is putting in serious jeopardy. Still, he agrees to her fake engagement… as long as she agrees to play by his rules: Wendy has to stay in town for three weeks to play the part of Colin’s one true love, all without wrecking his life.

Let the games begin. But when their time together is up, will either of them be able to– or want to – go back to the way things were?

**This novel reads as a stand alone story within the In Love in the Limelight universe, where the stars and paths of different characters might cross, and where the paparazzi is always ready to sink in its glittery talons.

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