Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Villain by Samantha Young

The sexy and emotional companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance HERO.
 Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal – a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.
Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.
When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.
An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.
After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…

4.5 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane

I was a big fan of Samantha Young’s Hero, but always wondered if Henry Lexington, Caine Carraway’s best friend would ever get his own story. The wait is over!
Nadia Ray is a broadcast meteorologist. But her curves and vivacious personality have somehow turned her into Boston’s Pin-Up Girl.

But Boston liked my curves. I was “WCVB’s Weather Pin-Up Girl.” The attention was a little daunting at first, and truthfully I was at war with myself over it. Part of me got a huge confidence boost from it, and the other part of me was uneasy that they were focused on my appearance.

Nadia has always had issues with her looks-although most men have appreciated her curvy body, she’s had her share of dates suggest she switch from burgers to salads. Her boss, Dick (this guy is aptly named!) is constantly throwing out lewd jokes about Nadia and disgusting suggestions about improving ratings while dressing her in a bikini for her weather forecast.

“Fantastic. Let’s get you to the beach next week in a bikini for Monday’s weather report.”

But Dick knows some things about Nadia and in an attempt to have her dig into Carraway’s past he doesn’t hesitate to use what he knows. Nadia pokes around into Caine’s history, discovers things that aren’t public knowledge yet and ends up poking a sleeping bear otherwise known as Henry Lexington.

Henry may have the reputation of a charming, brilliant millionaire who attracts women like bees to honey, but he is as hard as nails and as ruthless when someone he cares about is threatened. His first encounter with Nadia leaves her furious and shaken.

“Don’t think seduction will work here,” he bit out, starring at my mouth, surprising me because seduction was the last thing on my mind. “Contrary to popular belief, I’m not swayed by every pretty face I see.” He pushed off the wall and stepped back. “You will bury this story or I will bury your career.”

Nadia’s real intentions soon come to light and Henry realizes his mistake. Nadia might be attracted to him, but she’s not about to let him into her heart. Her bed-now that’s a different story!

“I don’t particularly like you. In fact, you have become one of the villains in my story so far. I don’t want to date you and I doubt very much that you are interested in dating me. However, I also doubt that you feel so guilty about your treatment of me that you merely want to turn around my opinion of you. No, sir. I’m here because you’re attracted to me. That’s okay because apparently, I’m attracted to you too. You’re hot and it’s obvious but I can’t deny it.”

How can you not love this woman?

Villain is a hot read with a heroine who has no problem expressing what desires she want fulfilled and how she likes it. Henry is a man almost confused as to how he has fallen so hard-the man who never gets serious about a woman finds himself totally smitten by her. But Nadia’s secrets are big ones and Henry’s world consists of high society money and powerful people who thrive on bringing others down. Will she be his downfall?

“With you, it’s always making love.” 

“I need to apologize,” he said to my back as I hurried into my sitting room. My shoulders hunched to my neck at the words. I couldn’t look at him.
What did he want me to say? That it was okay?
Because it wasn’t.
No one, no matter what, should have to be subjected to what that woman said to me.
Henry’s mother!
He was in Cloud Cuckoo Land if he thought this, whatever this was between us, could ever work out when his mother thought so little of me.
“Just go,” I snapped, not looking at him.
“No,” he said, his tone stern. “Not until you turn around and look at me.”
I shot him a glare over my shoulder. “Satisfied? Now leave.”
Instead of leaving, he studied my face, softening as if he understood what was going on behind my fury.
But he didn’t understand.
“I cannot apologize enough for what my mother said to you. Frankly, right now I’m ashamed I share DNA with the woman. That was the reason I was avoiding her. She’s … bad with the women I date normally, even the ones she’s set me up with. No one is good enough. Usually, it’s merely irritating, but I didn’t want to subject you to her. And if I had known how goddamn low she’d sink tonight, I never would’ve put you in that situation.”
I heard his words, but I couldn’t feel them. I couldn’t feel the anger and worry in them that I’d later remember. In that moment, all I saw were the flowers peeking over the top of the trash can behind him. Flowers that had arrived at my apartment earlier that afternoon. Flowers that meant he’d found my home address. Flowers that taunted me, saying, “You can’t be angry at Penelope Lexington when you know she’d feel smug with satisfaction if she ever discovered the truth.” She’d feel vindicated in her opinion of me.
Worse would be how Henry would react if he knew the truth. How he’d never look at me the same way again. He’d never look at me in that way that was getting under my skin, becoming an addiction, despite all the defenses I’d tried to put up against him.
A chill shivered down my spine.
“Nadia, what can I do? What—”
“If you’re not going to leave,” I turned around to fully face him, “then we might as well get this over with.”
Henry watched with narrowed eyes as I threw my purse on the couch and then removed my earrings. “What are you doing?”
Cold, toneless, I reminded him, “Our arrangement is almost over. A deal is a deal.”
“A deal is a deal?” The muscle in his jaw twitched, his eyes flashing. “You’re going to fuck me like some martyr?”
“Well, I’d prefer it if you leave but I don’t welch on a deal.”
“Nadia, don’t hide from me.” I could hear the barely contained fury beneath his words and in a twisted way, I reveled in it. I wanted his anger. I wanted to force him to walk away and walk away for good. “Talk to me.”
I scoffed. “Why do you keep trying to make this more than it is? You wanted to slum it with the local weather girl. I wanted to get laid because it’s been a while. You just happened to be there and I’ve heard you’re good. That’s all this ever was. And I’m not one of your uptight society princesses who needs to be assured you want more from me than a dirty fuck.”
“Nadia …”
I didn’t heed the growl of warning in his voice. “Let me make it clearer,” I hissed out, all my rage at myself redirected at him like I knew and feared would happen. “I don’t do relationships with spoiled rich boys who run away from their mommas. I’ll let a rich boy fuck me for the hell of it, but rest assured when I do let someone in long-term, it’ll be a man.
Not even a second later, Henry crossed the distance between us, one hand tangling into my pinned-up hair, the other around my waist. He yanked me roughly against him before I could blink and slammed his mouth down over mine in a hard, punishing kiss.

About Samantha Young:

Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us was published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017. Play On is an adult contemporary romance and the first in a brand new series set in Scotland. Villain is a companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance HERO.

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.
Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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Release Blitz: Everest by SL Scott

Title: Everest

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2017






From New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott, comes a ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STANDALONE that will have you on the edge of your seat and swooning over this ALPHA BILLIONAIRE.
Six foot three. Dynamic green eyes. Utterly irresistible.
Ethan Everest stole my breath the first time I saw him. He romanced me with skill, dazzled me with his charisma, and proceeded to steal my heart right after.
I might have fallen for his easy going smile the first time we met, but I fell for him the second time.
Honey-colored hair. Cherry-kissed lips. Captivatingly gorgeous.
Singer Davis was the first, and only, woman to ever intimidate me. She spoke to my heart with her wit, seduced me with her eyes, and became the only thing that made sense in a world that made none.
I let her slip through my fingers once. I won’t make that mistake twice.
Secrets broke us apart. Can a second chance bring us back together?








Slipping off my shoes, I dim the lights on the wall panel. I take my clothes off and hang them on a hook near the door before returning to the tub.
   The tub, warm and inviting as I step in, eases my aching feet from my high heels and the tension in my shoulders. I pour some of the bubble suds and giggle. That was so cute and showed me a whole new side to Ethan—the at-home Texan who relates to his roots—instead of the strong, quieter, broodier man I see sometimes.
   While the suds foam and the tub fills, I look out the window. The sky is clear up here. The buildings are far enough apart to avoid spying on neighbors. It’s like floating in heaven.
   I hear his knock on the door, so I call, “Come in,” while making sure the bubbles cover all the important parts.
   Ethan walks in with two glasses of champagne in one hand and the bottle in the other.
   “You came prepared,” I note, leaning back on one side of the tub.
   “I thought I might join you.” He waggles his eyebrows.
   I giggle and reach for a glass. “Come on in,” I reply and wonder if he will really take me up on my dare.
   He sets the bottle and his glass down on the side of the tub. His tie was removed before he came in and I notice his shoes are long gone, along with his jacket. When he starts on the buttons of his shirt, I sit up, scooping suds over me. “Wait, for real?”
   “Yep. I think that tub’s big enough for the two of us.”
   “But you said you don’t take baths.”
   “I also said I’ve never used this one. Seems like an opportune time.”
   “But I’m naked,” I say, worried about everything—his body naked next to mine, not shaving my legs before I went out tonight. My mind flickers through my flaws. Ugh. No. Just no. Not like that. That stuff should be shared in the dark of a bedroom under the influence of alcohol and desperate sex. We’re too sober for this. I’m too sober for this. What does he possibly see in me when he has women like Nicolina waiting?
   He’s more than I’ve imagined, and in some senses, it scares me. He’s the sort of man women like Nicolina land. For once though, it was as if she saw me as competition. The feeling is exhilarating.
   “Like I said, seems like an opportune time.”
   His shirt is dropped, his undershirt following quickly behind. Good God Almighty. What does a guy who looks like that see in me? “I see you like to work out.” I clear my throat and want to bonk my head on the side of the tub for saying it out loud.
   Chuckling, he says, “I have a gym down the hall. It’s how I relieve stress.”
   “I thought that’s what sex was for.” I gasp and cover my mouth, wishing I could keep my crazy thoughts in my head where they belong instead of on my tongue. His eyes are heavy, a smirky smirk restraining a laugh. “God, you cannot let me talk when I’m nervous.”
   “If this is what happens when you’re nervous, I’ll make you nervous more often.” His pants come down and my curiosity is answered. Tonight he’s in boxers. When he catches my eyes on his package, I’m thankful I’m wearing waterproof mascara because I immediately go underwater. Screw my makeup. It’s really the only way to keep my mouth in check at this point. I count to five and then pop back up. With my hands covering my boobs, I ask, “You’re really coming in?”
   “Yes, scoot over.”
   Good God Almighty.


Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.
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Title: Everest

Author: S.L. Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2017

Cover Design: RBA Designs

Cover Image: Scott Hoover Photography


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Last Words by Sam Mariano

And they all lived happily ever after... maybe.

Find out what happens in the final book in the Morelli family series!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a comprehensive series, not a set of standalones. The story starts in book one, Accidental Witness, and is unlikely to be enjoyed if you have not read the whole series.

4.5 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Last Words is the final installment in this amazing series.  I for one am sad to see it end.  I know that there will be more in the future with the spin off series but I am going to miss the characters that I loved so much, especially, Mateo and Mia, and of course Adrian.  Sam Mariano knows how to go out with a bang.  I loved the ending to this series and the way it all came together. 

After reading Coming Home, we were left hanging when it came to Meg and Vince and I still had so many questions that I wanted answers for.  We knew that there would be a test of loyalty but that was all that we were told.  Who was the test for?  Would they pass the test or find themselves facing death?  Would Meg and Vince make it long enough to see another day, to find some sort of happiness?  So many questions, but none of which I am going to answer!!

What I love about this series and Ms. Mariano’s writing is the twist and turns that just keep coming.  You truly never know where the story is going to go.  I questioned people’s motives, their trust and loyalty so many times throughout this series and once again in Last Words.  I don’t really want to go into any detail about what this story was about. It is written in three parts and I swear my emotions were all over the place just in part one alone.  Mateo and Mia are together and happy.  We all know that trust is a huge issue with Mateo,  if  you so much as betray him in any way you are dead to him, literally.  He has no issue with taking out anyone that goes against him.  

Mateo wants Vince and Meg dead.  They both betrayed him in a way that put Mia in danger.  But Mia is too good of a person to let him do that.  Mateo, the head of the family answers to no one.  But Mia is the only person to ever own his heart in the way that she does.  She is his world and his heart, so she has some influence where those decisions are concerned right? Guess you will have to wait and see. 

I think I fell more in love with these characters than I already was.  Mateo and Mia together just makes my heart happy.  He is this powerful man who has this amazing heart when it comes to her.  Yes he can be a complete bastard but his love for Mia is so real, and I loved that.  Adrian is still very present in this book and I swear I cannot get enough of that man.  Now there is one particular person who I have not been a fan of for quite some time and I am sorry to say I don’t think my feelings have changed. 

If you are looking for a series that is raw, gritty, filled with angst and drama and a sexy mob boss, then look no further.  The Morelli family is exactly what you need.  Sam Mariano has once again completely sucked me back into their world and I loved every minute of it.  I cannot wait to for the spin off series so I can get more of Rafe!! 

Review: Constant by Rachel Higginson

Fifteen years ago I met Sayer Wesley. I fell in love with him. I promised I would never leave him. I swore nothing could break us apart.

Five years ago I broke my promise. I ran away. I took the one secret that could destroy us both and disappeared. 

Five days ago I thought I saw him. 

I knew it was impossible. Sayer was locked away, serving a deserved sentence in federal prison. He couldn’t find me. 

He wouldn’t find me. I was too good at hiding. Too good at surviving. 

Because if Sayer ever found me, there would be hell to pay for a plethora of sins. The worst of which, he didn’t even know about. 

Five hours ago, I told myself I was crazy. 

Five minutes ago, I saw him again. 

Five seconds ago, I was too late. 

4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I don’t think that I have read a book by Rachel Higginson that I have not loved and Constant is no exception.  This one is so different from what I am used to from this author and I loved it.  I love that she went outside of her norm and gave us a story that is different, both in terms of her writing and the books that I am used to reading.  Yes, this is a second chance romance but I think there is so much more to this story.  It’s the circumstances in which they met, which also happens to be the reason for them being apart.  It’s the bond and connection that they instantly formed, and what ultimately brings the two of them together in the same place. 

Caroline was involved in the Russian Mafia since she was a young girl.  Her father was more or less a lackey for them and he basically taught her everything she needed to know to survive in this world.  She knew how to lie, steal and con people just like the rest of them.  But her skill could be seen as both a blessing and a curse.  She was basically indebted to them in a way that she had no choice but to work for them at the age of 13.  She met Sayer Wesely one day while she was with her father “doing a job.”  Sayer wasn’t meant to be a part of this world for very long, he had one job and then his fate was in their hands.  Caroline gave him a little bit of advice,  which led to him being one of their lead men at a very young age. 

Over time the bond that Sayer and Caroline had, only became stronger and the two of them began dating, and fell in love.  But circumstances beyond their control caused a landslide of events to take place.  Caroline needed to protect herself and took off with her best friend.  It is now five years later when she runs into Sayer, by complete accident.  He wasn’t supposed to find her, but now that he is here she is not sure what to do.  Her instincts tell her to run, but Sayer opening up to her causes something inside of her to want to stay.  Is Sayer really in town to make a new life for himself or to get his girl back?  Or is he here to make her life hell for leaving him 5 years ago?  Will they both get a second chance at love together?  There are so many questions to be answered.  You will have to read to find out.

I really loved this book!  For me it was different and that’s what I loved.  Sayer and Caroline aren’t on the best of terms when they meet again but that is what makes this story what it is.  They don’t just fall back in love and live happily ever after.  You know that they will both have to work at it if they want to be together.  And honestly there are times when I am not even sure that’s what they want.  There are so many issues still left open between them and I think the biggest one is trust. 

This book is mostly written in the present but we do go back to the past every now and then to see the key moments in their life and their relationship.  From that and their emotions in the present you know how much these two feel for each other.  You can feel the love but you can also see the hurt as well.  They are both great characters that I loved.  They both got caught up in crime at a very young age.  And it was great to see them both where they are now, trying to make a life for themselves. 
I enjoyed their interactions, even if they weren’t always pleasant.

I knew that this book would end with a cliffhanger but I had no idea that Ms. Higginson would end it the way that she did.   I tried to keep swiping my finger hoping maybe something was wrong with my Kindle app.  Hoping that there was more to this story.  But no!! I was left hanging in a big way and cannot wait to see how this story ends. 

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