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Early Review: The Corner of Forever and Always (Everland, Georgia #2) by Lia Riley

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 with No comments

Fairy tales aren't ever what they seem . . .

Tuesday Knight's dream of Broadway stardom has flopped, leaving her unemployed and brokenhearted. Ready to quit kissing frogs and make her own happily-ever-after, she takes a job as a princess in Everland, Georgia's historical amusement park.

Mayor Beau Marino lives an unenchanted existence-all work, no play-which is fine by him. After his marriage ended in disaster, the last thing he wants in his life is more drama. But Everland's new free spirit has a talent for getting under his starched collar.

When the town's beloved but bankrupt park might be shut down, Tuesday and Beau face a choice. Can they join forces, save the day-and each other? Or will their fierce battle of wills destroy any chance of a fairy-tale ending?

In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Marina Adair, comes the second book in Lia Riley's Everland, Georgia series about two city sisters finding love in a small town.

4-4.5 STARS

Oh how I loved revisiting Everland, Georgia! Lia Riley’s books are such a joy for me to read. I loved this opposites attract story about Tuesday Knight, a free-spirited woman and Beau Marino, the workaholic, responsible, serious town Mayor.

Beau had a terrible marriage in the past and isn’t looking for a relationship, especially with a woman like Tuesday Knight. She’s everything he’s not. If he’s going to get back in the dating game, he wants someone just like him. But there’s something about her that gets under his skin and he’s having trouble fighting his attraction. Tuesday doesn’t want to have feelings for someone with the likes of Beau either, but that’s proving to be a lost cause.

When the two of them work towards the same goal of saving Ever After Land, the town’s amusement park and Beau trying to get the coveted “Coastal Jewel” designation (something that could help their town immensely with tourism), it gets harder to deny what’s between them. But there are some people working against them and secrets from Tuesday’s past that could threaten any chance they have. Will they be able to look past their differences and see that they could be good for each other?

This small-town contemporary romance was such a delight to read! I really enjoyed Beau and Tuesday’s story!

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Publisher: Forever (Hachette Book Group)
Pub Date: September 26th, 2017

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Early Review: Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 with No comments

(A standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spence immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

…and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

4-4.5 STARS

I loved returning to the Heartbreaker Bay series! This time around is Spence’s story and I was very much looking forward to reading about his journey to his HEA. It was a winner!

When sexy genius Spencer Baldwin first meets YA writer Colbie Albright, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Colbie has just arrived in San Francisco from New York, needing a break from her too dependent family and the pressures of her writing career. She wants to get her muse back and just have a chance to breathe, away from everyone back home. When she visits the famous fountain in the courtyard of Spence’s building and is accidentally knocked into the fountain by a dog that Spence is walking, Spence quickly goes to help her. He feels so bad about what happened, but Colbie has such a great attitude about it and he finds himself wanting to spend more time with her. This is a rare thing for Spence, since he’s a workaholic and doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to dating and relationships.

These two both aren’t looking for a relationship. Colbie is only in town for a couple of weeks. She’s planning on returning to New York on Christmas Eve and Spence has been working on a very important project/invention that must get done soon. But the more time they spend together, it’s becoming apparent that even though they have an expiration date, it won’t be easy to let each other go. Will they be able to make it work or will the pressures of work/life keep them apart?

This was such a great, heartfelt, sexy, fun read! Loved Spence and Colbie!

Jill Shalvis is definitely one of my go-to authors for contemporary romances. It’s always a treat to read about the characters of Heartbreaker Bay!

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Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins)
Pub Date: September 26th, 2017

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Cataclysmic Shift by Tara Lain

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 with No comments

I"m extremely happy to have Author Tara Lain with us today! 

Cat or man? Duty or love? 
Who prevails after the great cataclysmic shift?

The Legend of the Black Cat

Hi all. I’m delighted to be visiting today to celebrate the re-release of my paranormal romance, Cataclysmic Shift! I’m Tara Lain and I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. In my new book, my main character is a beautiful human who is a shifted cat! (If you’ve read Spell Cat or Brush with Catastrophe, you know which cat he is, though you don’t have to read those to enjoy this book.) In fact, the black cat that is my hero’s alternate nature is actually the most powerful witch’s familiar on earth. 

Black cats have been connected with witches from the time of the middle ages and before. Black cats have so many myths and legends associated with them it could fill books. It’s lucky to dream of one but unlucky to have one cross your path. If a black cat lies on the bed of a sick person, they will die but a strange black cat found on the porch brings prosperity.  Cats have been kept on ships as pest control since the dawn of ocean faring. It was believed that if they crossed a sailor's path at the pier it meant a bad voyage and if they went overboard during a voyage it meant storms and bad luck (very bad luck for the cat, of course!). King Charles I had a black cat and was apparently arrested on the day it died. Whether said cat had recently crossed the king's path is unknown, but it is said that the cat had recently walked under a ladder.

It was largely in the Middle Ages that the black cat became associated with evil. Because cats are nocturnal and roam at night, they were believed to be supernatural servants of witches, or even witches themselves.

In the world of Cataclysmic Shift, Aloysius, the familiar, has enormous power mostly associated with enhancing and magnifying the abilities of the witches to whom he is the familiar. Because the book is a contemporary paranormal, I get to maintain the natural world as we know it -- my witches live in New York City where they have jobs and regular lives. BUT, they also have powers like manifesting lightning at will, controlling aspects of the physical world, and much more. But what if that familiar who magnifies all that power were to suddenly vanish? And what if his new life gave him a love like he has never known? Those questions are answered in Cataclysmic Shift. I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you again Tara for hanging out with us. Friends, below you will find more information about CATACLYSMIC SHIFT , read an excerpt, learn more about Tara and enter the Giveaway!

Cataclysmic Shift
(The Aloysius Tales Series, Bk #3)
by Tara Lain


Super cat, Aloysius, may be the most powerful witch’s familiar in the world, but when he takes a blast at the hand of an evil witch he loses it all -- power, memory, and his feline form -- to become the ethereal human beauty, Alain Bellarose. When Alain wakes up naked on the floor surrounded by dogs and cats, his eyes first set upon Luke Elliott, the handsome and mysterious veterinarian. Suddenly, the prospect of being human doesn’t seem so bad. 

Luke has a lot to hide and he likes animals way more than people, but he can’t resist the flamboyant boy who washes his face with the side of his hand and tries to lick his own privates! The loss of Aloysius depletes the power of the Witch Master, Killian Barth, and that of his “secret weapon” Sammy and leaves their coven sitting ducks for two very nasty females. When Alain discovers that he’s really a powerful cat, he’s faced with the ultimate choice. To protect his community, or stay with the man he loves.

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Quiet. He opened his eyes. Dark. His back hurt. It was sorely cramped in here.

He pushed some towels aside and scooted closer to the door. Quietly, he pulled the lever down and opened the door a crack. Nobody. Good. He pushed it farther and looked into that plastic-and-metal room.

Odd. He recognized all the things in this room—an examining table of some kind, chairs, paper towels—but not what the room was for. He stepped out into the dim glow coming in from a streetlight outside the window.

He padded softly across the room and peered out into a short hall, also dark and quiet. To the left, the hall ended at a door. Light came from under it and a low noise, like maybe music or voices. Someone must be in there. To the right were several more doors. He went right.

Hmmm. Restroom. He opened the door. It was very dark, but his eyes seemed good. He looked in. A mirror on the opposite wall reflected the dim light of the hall and what must be… him. He stepped closer and peered at his reflection.

He closed the door. Until he knew his situation, best not to alert anyone. He ran his hand on the wall and flipped on the switch. Light blazed harshly in the tiny room. Holy gods.

He stared. Huge eyes, bluer than blue, stared back at him, surrounded by hair—long black hair down to his back. He turned and looked. The middle of his back. And pale skin. That was him. Truly?

What had he expected?

Not sure, but not this… boy.

He looked down at his bare body. Boy. Or man, for certain. His eyes widened. And quite a man. Look at those couilles.

But not just man. He cocked his head. Hu-man.

Now why was that strange?

He shook his head. This was so peculiar. He wasn’t afraid, exactly, but he didn’t feel at home in this skin. He shivered. There were important things he was forgetting, and he must remember them. He took a deep breath. Lives might depend on it.

He flipped off the light. The dark felt more comfortable. What should he do? That was the frightening part. He didn’t know. Not an idea where he should go, and yet he felt certain he had a purpose he must fulfill.

There was a person out there. Should he go speak to them? He peeked down at his lean body. Probably not like this. Humans were strange about nudity and such things. Wait. He was human, wasn’t he? This was very confusing.

The Aloysius Tales Series

Book #1
Spell Cat

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Bk #2
Brush With Catastrophe 

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Grab the first two books in the series and get all caught up!

About the Author

Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in gay romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 40. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, Best Romantic Suspense, and more. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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