Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: One in a Million by Jill Shalvis

One in a Million by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor, Book 12
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance One in a Million Cover
ISBN: 9781455529544
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Source: Publisher
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N
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As the brains behind wedding site, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love…

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past-and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she-and his son-deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

Jill Shalvis has the magic touch when it comes to delivering sparkling romances that grab your heart. One in a Million is a charming, utterly addictive read – the kind of book you want to start all over again as soon as you finish.

Callie has joined the list of my favorite heroines and she has a special place in my heart. She’s a smart, funny woman who is afraid of love after being hurt more than once. Even though she has wonderful new friends in Becca and Olivia, a loving (if zany) grandmother, and a good career, there’s something a bit lonely about Callie. I loved watching her open her heart over the course of the story. Meeting Tanner is, of course, the catalyst for her change. He’s the high school crush that never noticed her, but the football superstar of her past has been replaced by a man who had to grow up fast and hard. Tanner is now a divorced father of a teenage son he’s trying desperately to reach, and the way he puts those he loves first endeared him to me from the start. Tanner’s development as a father is every bit as important to the story as his relationship with Callie, and of course Ms. Shalvis handles both storylines beautifully. Tanner and Callie have fantastic chemistry; their scenes together are sexy, funny, and sigh-worthy – everything I’ve come to expect and adore from a Jill Shalvis couple. It’s not easy for Callie and Tanner to go from attraction to real relationship, but Ms. Shalvis makes every step of the journey worth it.

One in a Million is the twelfth book in the Lucky Harbor series, but it can be read as a standalone. Tanner’s best friends, Cole and Sam, along with Olivia’s newfound friends, Becca and Olivia, all play strong supporting roles, which is sure to please readers who loved It’s in His Kiss and He’s So Fine. Other past Lucky Harbor heroes and heroines also appear or are mentioned throughout the book. This works not just in the context of the story, as Lucky Harbor is a small town, but also as Easter eggs for fans of the series. It would be remiss of me to write about One in a Million without mentioning the town’s resident social media superstar and self-proclaimed matchmaker, Lucille. The geriatric firebrand has a bigger role than ever in One in a Million, which is no surprise since Callie is her granddaughter. I have a soft spot for Lucille – how could I not after twelve Lucky Harbor novels? – and though her usual brand of quirk is on display here, there are some honest and heartwarming scenes with her as well.

One in a Million is (as of right now) the final full-length book in the Lucky Harbor series, and Ms. Shalvis ends things on a perfect note. Tanner and Callie’s story is sweet, sassy, heartbreaking, and uplifting. I couldn’t have loved them more and I cannot wait to read their book again!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday in Review

September was a slow month for me in terms of reading and reviews. There was a massive wildfire fairly close by which took over my life at work. I can't even begin to say how grateful I am for the firefighters and other emergency personnel who worked (and are still working) to contain the fire.

On to happier things. Below are the newest reviews I’ve written. The master list and categorical lists on the right-hand side are updated as well.

- Rules for a Proper Governess (Mackenzies & McBrides, Book 7) by Jennifer Ashley
- What a Duke Dares (Sons of Sin, Book 3) by Anna Campbell
- One Night of Scandal (After Hours, Book 2) by Elle Kennedy
- Dare to Love (Dare to Love, Book 1) by Carly Phillips
- He’s So Fine (Lucky Harbor, Book 11) by Jill Shalvis
- The Accidental Abduction by Darcie Wilde

Upcoming reviews:
- Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, Book 1) by Ilona Andrews
- Skies of Steel (The Ether Chronicles, Book 3) by Zoë Archer
- The Seduction of Elliot McBride (Mackenzies & McBrides, Book 5) by Jennifer Ashley
- The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides, Book 6) by Jennifer Ashley
- Scandal and the Duchess (Mackenzies & McBrides, Book 6.5) by Jennifer Ashley
- Wild Man (Dream Man, Book 2) by Kristen Ashley
- Make You Remember (Dumont Bachelors, Book 2) by Macy Beckett
- Down for the Count (Dare Me, Book 1) by Christine Bell
- Down and Dirty (Dare Me, Book 2) by Christine Bell
- The Professional: Part 2 by Kresley Cole
- The Professional: Part 3 by Kresley Cole
- He’s No Prince Charming (Ever After, Book 1) by Elle Daniels
- How to Ravish a Rake (How to Series, Book 3) by Vicky Dreiling
- Soul Weaver by Hailey Edwards
- Some Like It Hot (Rising Star Chef, Book 2) by Louisa Edwards
- Hot Under Pressure (Rising Star Chef, Book 3) by Louisa Edwards
- A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes by Suzanne Enoch
- Cowboy Take Me Away (Rainbow Valley, Book 1) by Jane Graves
- His Game, Her Rules by Charlene Groome
- Trouble at the Wedding (Abandoned at the Altar, Book 3) by Laura Lee Guhrke
- Captured (Fallen Siren, Book 0.5) by S.J. Harper
- Reckoning (Fallen Siren, Book 2) by S.J. Harper
- One Taste of Scandal (Redcakes, Book 2) by Heather Hiestand
- Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, Book 7) by Elizabeth Hoyt
- Beauty Bites (Biting Love, Book 6) by Mary Hughes
- The Volatile Amazon (Alliance of the Amazons, Book 4) by Sandy James
- Breathe (In Vino Veritas, Book 2) by Lauren Jameson
- Linger (In Vino Veritas, Book 3) by Lauren Jameson
- When the Rogue Returns (The Duke’s Men, Book 2) by Sabrina Jeffries
- How the Scoundrel Seduces (The Duke’s Men, Book 3) by Sabrina Jeffries
- Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
- The Sweetheart Secret (Sweetheart Sisters, Book 3) by Shirley Jump
- Archer (Hard Body, Book 1) by Debra Kayn
- Midnight Action (Killer Instincts, Book 5) by Elle Kennedy
- Before You Break (Between Breaths, Book 2) by Christina Lee
- Caught Up in You (Loving on the Edge, Book 4) by Roni Loren
- Sweet Harmony (Cricket Creek, Book 7) by LuAnn McLane
- Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk, Book 1) by Bec McMaster
- All Fired Up (Hot in the Kitchen, Book 2) by Kate Meader
- Keeping Secrets in Seattle by Brooke Moss
- Blood Persuasion (Immortal Jane Austen, Book 2) by Janet Mullany
- While You Were Writing (Watkins Pond, Book 2) by Virginia Nelson
- Raw Desire by Kate Pearce
- Soul Sucker by Kate Pearce
- The Fifth Favor by Shelby Reed
- Laugh (Burnside, Book 2) by Mary Ann Rivers
- Festive in Death (In Death, Book 39) by J.D. Robb
- Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1) by Nora Roberts
- Nights of Steel (The Ether Chronicles, Book 4) by Nico Rosso
- Secrets of a Gentleman Escort by Bronwyn Scott
- One in a Million (Lucky Harbor, Book 12) by Jill Shalvis
- Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter, Book 6) by Nalini Singh
- Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter, Book 7) by Nalini Singh
- Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, Book 1) by Nalini Singh
- Barefoot in Lace (Barefoot Bay Brides, Book 2) by Roxanne St. Claire
- Primal Law (Alpha Pack, Book 1) by J.D. Tyler
- Easy by Tammara Webber
- Takeover by Anna Zabo

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley

Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley
Series: Mackenzies & McBrides, Book 7
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Historical Romance Rules for a Proper Governess Cover
ISBN: 9780425266038
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Source: Publisher
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N
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To Kiss a Thief…

Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London--but the widower's two unruly children are a different matter. Little Caitriona and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears. There is, however, one woman in town who can hold her own.

Roberta "Bertie" Frasier enters Sinclair's life by stealing his watch--and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returning them to their father. Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the unconventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.

Rules for a Proper Governess is both touching and cheeky good fun. Jennifer Ashley’s seventh Mackenzies & McBrides novel is fast-moving, engrossing entertainment, thanks to the story’s utterly lovable characters.

Sinclair McBride has been a living ghost since the death of his wife. Though he fights passionately for what is right, the only reason he keeps going is his two children. It broke my heart that Sinclair had forgotten how to truly live. Of course, when Bertie enters his life his world is turned upside down in the most delightful way. Bertie Fraiser is one of my favorite Jennifer Ashley heroines. She grew up on the streets and has lived a hard life, but she hasn’t lost her sense of wonder. She’s got a huge heart and it opens almost instantaneously to Sinclair and his two children, Andrew and Cat. Bertie isn’t exactly governess material – on paper. She’s a woman from the streets with quick fingers and a charming smile. But she’s exactly what the McBride family needs. I loved watching her with Cat and Andrew; they need love as much as their father does. The four of them made the most wonderful family, even before they realized that is what they’d become. As for the romance between Sinclair and Bertie, it was easy to become invested in it as the two have crackling chemistry. It doesn’t hurt either that both of them are incredibly likeable. Quite simply, it was pure pleasure to watch their relationship develop.

There’s a bit of danger and intrigue in Rules for a Proper Governess, mostly tied to vile letters Sinclair receives regarding his late wife. But truly, what makes this book stand out is the focus on family. Sinclair may only be related to the infamous Mackenzies through his sister, but that doesn’t make him any less one of them. Fans of the Mackenzies & McBrides series are surely going to delight in the roles their favorite past heroes and heroines play in Rules for a Proper Governess. The Mackenzies are as entertaining as ever, and I had to smile every time my personal favorite Mackenzie, Ian, showed up on page. That being said, Ms. Ashley did a fantastic job of not letting the boisterous Mackenzies overpower Sinclair and Bertie. The two of them not only held their own, but shined even among the crowd, which is as it should be in their book.

Rules for a Proper Governess was a joy to read from beginning to end. The Mackenzies & McBrides is one of my favorite series, and Sinclair and Bertie’s book shows just why. Ms. Ashley has once again delivered a wonderfully engaging romance filled with unique characters who capture your heart and stay with you long after you’ve finished their tale.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Author Interview: Lynley Wayne

I adore Lynley Wayne's sexy, emotional romances. Her newest book, Facing Demons was just released and I admit I've been on tenterhooks for Seth's story ever since falling in love with him during Rocky's Road. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Wayne, so scroll on down to read the Q&A along with an excerpt from Facing Demons!

Q&A with Lynley Wayne

Q: What inspired you to write FACING DEMONS?
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FACING DEMONS is book three in the Scars series. After I finished book two, Rocky’s Road, I tried several times to write Seth and Cam’s story. After more than a year of tossing pages out, I had more or less given up on ever writing this story.

While working on edits for ROCKY'S ROAD, my editor asked if Seth was going to get a book. I said I wasn’t sure and explained how I had tried, unsuccessfully, for over a year. My editor told me to keep at it, because readers were going to want to know Seth’s story.

She was right.

I tossed out half a dozen starts to this book before I finally realized I had been trying to start it in the wrong place. Once I had that epiphany, the book began to come together.

I’m not exactly sure where the inspiration for this book came from. I’ve always known Cam’s backstory and I just used that to build what I felt was a reasonable present day.

Q: Do you have any favorites of the characters you’ve written?
I have a soft spot for Jace and Nathaniel because SCARS was the first book I sold. I fell in love with the scarred soldier who is afraid of being seen as weak and the street kid who always sees the silver lining in any given situation.

Facing Demons CoverQ: How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Occasionally, they will pop into my head already named. Which was the case with Jace from SCARS. Other times, I have to look through names until one jumps out at me. In SCARS the character names all came from people I went to school with. I didn’t have a baby naming book or a smartphone at the time, so I used what I had, which was old yearbooks. Now days, I use baby naming apps, websites, or The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Q: Do you base any of your characters off of people you know?
The only character, to date, that I’ve based on a real person is, Nathaniel. He’s also the one character that people tell me is the least realistic. It always makes me laugh.

Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m working on the sequel to A LIFE INTERRUPTED. As well as, trying to finish a few of my two hundred plus, works in progress.

Q: What’s one thing about being an author you wish someone had told you before you were first published?
That writing was a very small part of being an author. As a published writer you have a lot of hats to wear. Writer. Editor. Social media/Public Relations expert. Marketing expert. Accountant. Business manager. Researcher. I’m sure there are a few I’ve missed, but those are the big ones.

Q: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
When I’m not writing or doing something writing related, I mostly spend time with my husband watching television, or sleep. If I’m lucky I can find time to read. These days, however, reading time is scarce.

About Facing Demons:

Facing Demons CoverAt the age of fifteen, Seth Dempsey gave his heart to Cameron Reyes. Three years later, Cam shattered it when he walked away. When Cam blows back into Seth’s life years later, Seth knows he will do whatever it takes to ensure Cam doesn’t slip away again. Even if it means going up against a corrupt DEA agent and a drug cartel.

Cameron Reyes was born on the wrong side of the tracks. He fell in love with Seth, but knew the only way to keep him safe was to leave, no matter how much it hurt. Eleven years later, when his life implodes, he knows the only person he can trust is the boy whose heart he broke all those years ago.

While they fight to stay one step ahead of everyone and clear Cam’s name, can they learn to work together in order to face down the demons of the past and find the happily ever after they have dreamed of?

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Excerpt from Facing Demons

Fingering the black business card and lost in thought, Cam didn’t hear Seth come up behind him.

“What’s that?”

“Nothing.” He shoved the card into his pocket. “Why?”

From the arch of Seth’s brow, Cam knew he wasn’t going to let it go until Cam told him something. Seth had one of the most expressive faces of anyone he knew. Over the years, Cam had become a master of reading those subtle movements and facial expressions.

“Then why did you jump? Whatever that card was had you so lost in thought I startled you. That’s not like you.” The little frown line appeared between Seth’s brows and Cam knew he was worried.

With a sigh, he pulled Seth down on the couch next to him. “It’s nothing really. Someone gave me a card to get into a club. That’s all.”

“Oookay. And that required all of your thought, why? What kind of club is it and why did they give you this card?”

He couldn’t help the wicked grin that appeared on his face. “Well…” Cam shifted. “I’m not sure I should tell you.”

“Why is that?”

“It’sasexclub,” Cam mumbled, suddenly bashful. Although he wasn’t sure why. He had been sleeping with Seth for the last year and a half. There wasn’t much they hadn’t tried at least once. Plus, there was the whole, Cam didn’t get embarrassed, ever, thing.

Leaning forward, Seth turned toward Cam. “What was that?”

Angry at himself, Cam growled, “It’s a sex club.” Louder than he meant to.

It took a few seconds for it to sink in, but he knew the moment it did. Seth’s eyes widened, his jaw dropped open, his mouth forming an “O.” Cam let his eyes drop lower and saw the pulse in the side of Seth’s neck as it picked up speed.

Glancing lower still, Cam watched as Seth’s body reacted to the news. From the look of things, the idea of a sex club was something that appealed to him. At least in theory.

“Stop that,” Seth chastised. He grabbed the nearest throw pillow and covered his lap with it.

It made Cam smirk. “You like that idea, yeah?”


“So, you want to go check it out with me this weekend?” He didn’t have a clue what he was thinking inviting Seth to a club he was supposed to be going to in order to find out if they were moving drugs. He didn’t want Seth involved in anything to do with that part of his life, but with the way he had reacted, there was no way Cam couldn’t take him. Besides, having someone with him might make him seem less suspicious. Right?

A smile spread across Seth’s face and his eyes sparkled with excitement. “Are you serious? You really want to go to some sex club?”

Not really. “Sure.” Cam shrugged. “Why not?”

“Okay. What about Landon?” Facing Demons Cover

“What about him?”

“Should we see if he wants to go, too?”

Cam gave it some thought. If Landon was there, he could keep Seth occupied while Cam did a little snooping. So maybe that wasn’t a bad idea. “Sure.”

“He’s going to freak out. Can I be the one to tell him?”

Chuckling, Cam shook his head. “Knock yourself out.”

Seth popped up and headed for the kitchen to call Landon. A few seconds later he heard the laughter in Seth’s voice when he demanded Landon get his ass over here, now.
There was a pause and Cam assumed Landon was asking why. His suspicions were confirmed when Seth next spoke. “I’m not going to tell you on the phone. So get over here.”
Seth was still snickering, his eyes dancing with merriment, when he joined Cam in the living room.

“He’s going to flip.”

“You, sir, are enjoying this wayyy too much.” Unable to resist a happy Seth, Cam leaned up and kissed him. Seth’s earlier laughter turned to moaning in a matter of seconds.

As always, Cam’s body responded to Seth, to his taste, to his touch, to his nearness. He shifted, trying to readjust things a bit. His jeans grew tighter by the minute.
His oxygen starved lungs burned and he had to pull away. They were both breathing heavy and Seth’s eyes had the sexy glazed look that turned Cam on. Anytime he heard the term “bedroom eyes” this was what he pictured.

Grabbing at his shirt, Seth stood and tried to haul Cam with him toward the bedroom.

“We can’t.” Cam cursed himself and Landon, even as the words left his mouth.

“What? Why?” Seth gave him puppy eyes and Cam almost caved, but he wasn’t about to have Landon catch them in the act.

Facing Demons Cover“Landon,” Cam said, prying Seth’s fingers open.

“What’s he got to do with it?”

At Seth’s genuine confusion, Cam laughed. “You called him not five minutes ago and told him to get his ass over here. Did you forget?”

With a noise close to a whine, Seth dropped back down on the sofa. Not even attempting to hide it, Seth adjusted himself and Cam moaned at the bulge in his boyfriend’s pants. It was such a shame to waste a good hard-on.

“You think he’s left yet? I can call him and tell him to give us an hour.” Cam started shaking his head in the negative before Seth even got it all out. “Why are you shaking your head at me?” Seth huffed. His lower lip stuck out in an all too tempting way.

“For one, he’s probably already left. For two, there is no way you are going to call Landon and ask him to wait so we can fuck.”

“Fine.” Seth let out a sigh worthy of a drama queen.

Cam leaned over and kissed him again, sucking on the bottom lip that had been taunting him. Seth reached for him, drawing Cam closer and doing his damnedest to get Cam to straddle him.

“No.” Cam pushed Seth back, ignoring the growl his action elicited. He stood. When Seth reached for him, Cam jumped back, shaking his head and holding out his hand in the stay back gesture. “No more kissing until after Landon leaves.” He put enough steel in his voice so Seth would know he was serious.

Which was easier said than done, seeing as he was breathing like he had run a marathon.

He pointed to the chair on the other side of the room. “I’m going to sit over here. You.” He pointed at Seth. “You are going to stay right there and behave.”

As he lowered himself into the chair, Seth leaned forward, resting his forearms on his thighs. A lecherous grin on his face. “Or what?”

About Lynley Wayne:

Lynley Wayne Lynley Wayne is the pen name of a thirty-something female living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. When not writing, she can usually be found reading and thinking up creative ways to avoid housework. She is married to a very understanding man who doesn’t complain when she spends hours in front of the computer, or talks for hours about whatever story she’s working on, or asks random off the wall questions. He also keeps her fed on those occasions when her muse has taken over and she loses days at a time. Yeah, basically he’s vying for sainthood.

Lynley strongly believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness, no matter how it may differ from the norm. She writes characters she wants to read and hopes others like reading about them as much as she enjoyed writing them.

It is her hope that one day society will be able to look past the labels and see the person behind them. That they will realize we are all the same. Until that time comes, she will continue telling stories of a love others may believe is wrong, but she thinks is nothing short of beautiful.

Find Lynley Wayne on the Web: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Read Pink® 2014!

Read Pink

Read Pink® in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Support the Next Chapter in Innovative Research

Penguin Random House Marks Five-Year Partnership Milestone and $125,000
in Donations to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

What’s black and white and pink all over?  The initiative by Penguin Random House called Read Pink® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)!

Today the scientific community has left behind the “one-size-fits-all” breast cancer treatment to emerge with targeted, more effective therapies. As a result, after remaining stagnant for more than 50 years, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 30 percent. The Read Pink® initiative by Penguin Random House is proud to be part of this exciting new chapter in the fight against breast cancer, supporting the bold research of The Breast Cancer Foundation® (BCRF), while leveraging its passionate readers to help increase awareness and education about the disease. This literary embrace of a life-saving cause has resulted in nearly 1.5 million best-selling novels shipped with Read Pink seals and information about BCRF across all five years of the promotion.

Penguin Random House is thrilled to partner once again this year with BCRF, as 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

The $25,000 donation that Penguin Random House contributes, regardless of sales, provides vital funds to support the mission of BCRF.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Penguin Random House’s Read Pink® editions, we are featuring a few participating authors and what Read Pink® means to them…

Beatriz Williams (2014 Read Pink® Spokesperson), A Hundred Summers
“Every life lost to breast cancer leaves behind a hole that can never be filled again: a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a grandmother. I’m so grateful for organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for their efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease, and honored to support breast cancer awareness, detection, and research through Penguin’s READ PINK program in 2014. With your help, we can move closer to the day when breast cancer leaves behind only survivors.”

Karen White, The Time Between
“Since 1989, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing due to earlier detection and improved treatment because of the efforts of organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Books have always been an important part of my life, and I am honored that my book will be part of Penguin’s Read Pink program that supports breast cancer awareness and research through reading. It is my greatest hope that through efforts like this we might find a cure within my lifetime.”

Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
“To all the moms and daughters, wives and sisters, lovers and friends, Read Pink is here for you and yours. Help support breast cancer awareness and the strong, brave women who fight or will fight this disease and Read Pink in October.”

Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
“I am so delighted to be included in the Read Pink campaign again this year with Perfect Timing being featured, along with so many other great books, to raise funds for breast cancer research. I can remember when a diagnosis of breast cancer was often equivalent to a death sentence. Nowadays, the survival rates have increased greatly, and I personally know women who have prevailed over this terrible disease. Sadly, I’ve also known a few women who lost the battle. So I call upon all of you to join ranks with me and countless other women in a war to defeat breast cancer. ‘Read Pink! Buy books bearing the Read Pink logo as gifts for the women you love.’ By standing together as sisters, we have it within our power to make a huge difference!”

Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes
“This is the time of year when we celebrate the progress that has been made in the battle against breast cancer and acknowledge the work that lies ahead. No, we aren't there yet. There's a long way to go. The greatest weapon we have to fight this disease is research and research costs money. That is why this breast cancer awareness campaign is so important and why I am proud to participate.”

Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Read Pink effort to help raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. I hear frequently from romance readers who tell me my books and those of other romance authors have helped them get through breast cancer treatment. I want to hear from fewer of them in the future. I want to hear they took our books on fabulous vacations rather than treatments. Please Read Pink in October to support all the courageous women fighting this disease and to fund critical research. Thank you for Reading Pink!”

Full List of 2014 Participating Authors:
Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from your Lover
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Karen White, The Time Between
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Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
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Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
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Beatriz Williams, A Hundred Summers
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Wendy Wax, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
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Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
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Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
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Janet Chapman, The Heart of a Hero
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Lisa Gardner, MacNamara’s Woman
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Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes
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Mark your calendars and remember to join in the conversation with @BerkleyRomance and @PenguinGroupUSA on Twitter in October.  Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadPink!

For more information about the Read Pink initiative and to view a complete list of the participating retail outlets, please visit

Read Pink® Blog Tour Schedule
Please support the blogs taking part in this special, Read Pink® Spotlight Tour!

October 1 – Exclusive guest post with spokesperson Beatriz Williams on

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spotlight and Giveaway: He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis

Hes So Fine Teaser

I absolutely LOVE Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series. He's So Fine releases today and it's every bit as sexy, humorous, and entertaining as you'd expect a book by Ms. Shalvis to be. Olivia and Cole grabbed my heart from the start and did not let go :)

You can read my review of He's So Fine here, then scroll down on this page for an excerpt from He's So Fine and a giveaway from Ms. Shalvis!

About He's So Fine:

Hes So Fine CoverFor Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It’s the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she’s rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she’s ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to “save” him. In fact, he’d like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He’s just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole’s heart, or will it be the end of Olivia’s days in little Lucky Harbor?

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Excerpt from He's So Fine

“Dry off,” Cole said, and stepped back from Olivia.

She nodded but didn’t move.

“Olivia?” he asked.

Her face was a mask of misery. “M¬m¬my arms won’t w¬w¬work.”

Shit. He quickly and gently pushed her back down to the bench, sat at her side, and began to pile blankets over the top of them both.

“W¬what are you d¬doing?”

“Sharing my body heat,” he said.

“I c¬c¬can’t feel any h¬h¬heat.”

“You will.” Beneath the blankets, he reached for the towel she still had wrapped around her. “Don’t freak,” he warned. “I’m just going to remove the wet towel and pull you into me.”

She opened her mouth, but using her sluggishness to his benefit, Cole quicklystripped the towel away from her, wrapping his arms around her, pulling her into him as two things happened simultaneously. One, she squeaked. Probably trying to formulate her next threat.

And two—holy shit—he realized she was completely, totally, one hundred percent naked beneath the layer of blankets.

And pissed. “Y¬y¬your pants!” she gasped. “Th¬th¬they’re c¬c¬cold!”

“Sorry, but I’m trying to do the right thing here,” he said through clenched teeth. Jesus. He couldn’t see a thing below her neck, but he could sure as hell feel her. His hands were on her hip and low on her back, respectively, not touching anything he shouldn’t be, but damn she was soft, and at the feel of her, his brain clicked off. Just completely flatlined.

About Jill Shalvis:

Jill ShalvisNew York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis

He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor, Book 11
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance Hes So Fine Cover
ISBN: 9781455529490
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Source: Publisher
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For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It’s the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she’s rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she’s ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to “save” him. In fact, he’d like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He’s just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole’s heart, or will it be the end of Olivia’s days in little Lucky Harbor?

There are few things I love more than cracking open a new Lucky Harbor novel. Jill Shalvis always delivers a wonderfully funny, utterly charming romance that just makes you happy you’ve read it. He’s So Fine lives up to the Lucky Harbor promise. It’s fast, fun, and has a whole lot of heart.

I’ll admit up front that I love every one of Ms. Shalvis’s heroes, so it’s no surprise that I adored Cole. He’s sexy, handy with tools, a loyal friend, and a genuinely good man. That being said, he’s not without his flaws. Though he’s got a relaxed attitude most of the time, he can be a bit rigid, and I enjoyed watching him grow as a character. Cole meets his match in every way in Olivia, his best friend’s fiancée’s neighbor who (accidentally) almost drowns him when they first meet. Olivia grabbed my heart from the first. She’s trying to make a life for herself in Lucky Harbor and is doing her best to put her past behind her by keeping it a secret. Olivia has never known true loyalty or real love, which means she screws up sometimes with Cole. But she’s got a wealth of love to give and I teared up a time or two in He’s So Fine when Olivia inched out of her shell and made connections with others. Olivia is a woman who has earned her second chance at happiness, and I wanted her to find it with Cole. The two of them have sensational chemistry in bed and out, and I laughed, sighed, and swooned over their romance.

It wouldn’t be a Lucky Harbor story if I didn’t mention the supporting characters. With each book I look forward to catching up with the residents of Lucky Harbor almost as much as I anticipate loving the main couple’s journey to happily ever after. Fans of the series will surely adore the antics of Lucille, and it was lovely to visit with the twins Pink and Kendra (introduced in Once in a Lifetime) again. Cole’s family – newer additions to the series – delight every time they’re on the page, and I cannot fail to mention Cole’s best friends, Sam and Tanner, and Olivia’s new friends, Becca and Callie. These friendships are integral to He’s So Fine, and they not only provide a lot of the laughs, but are also a portrait of true love and loyalty in their own right.

I did finish He’s So Fine with a few lingering questions (that I can’t address without spoiling things), which kept the story from being a perfect read. Still, as it stands, He’s So Fine is top-notch entertainment. I loved Olivia and Cole and I can’t wait to revisit their romance again and again and again!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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