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Archive for August, 2013

Review: “Between Friends (Book 1, Friends with Benefits)” by Vristen Pierce

Aug 31

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Review: A two-lime rating says it all, right? I requested this book from NetGalley because it sounded ‘hot’ and I’d never read anything by Vristen Pierce before.

BETWEEN FRIENDS is an erotic romance novella, so I fully expected the female lead and at least one of the guys on the cover to hook up pretty quickly, so that was not an issue. What was? The lack of connection between the reader and the supposed instant chemistry between Stacy and guy #1, Justin, as they did the ‘bump and grind’ on the dance floor of a club where Justin’s friend, Evan, works as a bartender.

Stacy first connected with Evan but as he was working, ended up spending time with Justin before taking the plunge into the world of one-night stands.

I’m sorry but the dance floor scene did nothing for me. Even worse, neither did the first sexual encounter between Stacy and Justin, and later on, between Stacy and Evan.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: “Something to Prove (The O’Learys)” by Shannyn Schroeder

Aug 30

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It’s Cover Reveal time on CABR 🙂

Shannyn Schroeder‘s contemporary romance, SOMETHING TO PROVE, part of her The O’Learys series from eKensington, hits store shelves in January 2014.

Check out the blurb and pre-order links below, then enter the Giveaway (TODAY only) 🙂

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Undercover Lover” by Jamie K. Schmidt

Aug 29

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A Russian mob boss’ godson and a psychologist become entangled in Jamie K. Schmidt‘s romantic suspense novella, UNDERCOVER LOVER.

Find out more about the book, and get Jamie’s “not-so-secret Russian chili recipe” in her guest post below 🙂

Then complete the rafflecopter for your chance to win a pair of handmade Japanese nesting doll earrings (Matryoshka)

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(CABR Top Pick) Review: “The Divorce Party” by Jennifer Hayward

Aug 29

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Review: Wow. Debut author JENNIFER HAYWARD proves why her submission was chosen as the winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW) competition 🙂

Once I started reading THE DIVORCE PARTY, I simply could not put it down. Literally. I read this book in one day and was dying to read another by Ms Hayward.

Thank God she’s planning to write sequels about relatives of the hero and heroine 🙂

Ok. What has me so excited you ask? Everything.

**spoilers**

There’s the journey of two soul mates who weren’t brave enough the first time around to share all of their secrets.

The heroine, Lilly Anderson, has an eating disorder. She has reached a good place in life, where she knows what to do to avoid succumbing to this potentially fatal habit, but it can be a difficult road to travel at times.

Ricardo De Campo, meanwhile, is a former race car driver who walked away from a winning season, one where he was poised to take home the championship, to take over as CEO of his family’s business empire.

Ms Hayward brings Lilly and Ricardo to life through her deft touch with dialogue and description. You get insight into Lilly’s thoughts and motivations in one scene, then you’re given a glimpse into how Ricardo is handling things in another.

I love dual points of view. You get a much richer experience of a couple’s journey toward HEA.  🙂

Did I mention the sexual chemistry between these two? Smoking!

Ricardo is drool-worthy and his wife is hot too. While they share some passionate kisses early on, a level of trust and complete honesty on both their parts is required before they consummate their relationship. But boy oh boy, was it worth the wait 😉

Looking for a great book that won’t take you forever to finish? Or perhaps that perfect gift for the Harlequin/Mills & Boon fan in your family?

Then THE DIVORCE PARTY is it.   😀

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Author: Jennifer Hayward

Publisher: Harlequin Presents

Publication date: September 2013

Synopsis: “You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?”  

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to.

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

Congratulations to Jennifer Hayward, winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write competition! 

BUY Links: 

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Harlequin |

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Love Contract” by Lisa Watson

Aug 27

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Everyone, it’s my sincere pleasure to welcome Lisa Watson to CABR 😀

I first met Lisa in her capacity as o-publicist for the Romantic Times Book Review Magazine’s annual Romantic Times Booklovers Conventions (#RT13 to be specific)

Today, however, we get to talk about her life as an author, with the focus on her first Harlequin Kimani Romance novel, LOVE CONTRACT

Generous lady that she is, Lisa is doing an international giveaway of an autographed copy of LOVE CONTRACT and a Love Contract journal 😀

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “The Devil of Clan Sinclair” by Karen Ranney

Aug 26

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New York Times bestselling author, Karen Ranney, is on CABR today

She has an Excerpt & Giveaway for you, as part of her tour to promote book 1 in her band new CLAN SINCLAIR series, THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR

Enjoy and good luck in the giveaway 🙂

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Beyond The Page & $10 Gift Card Giveaway: “Home to Hellas” by Stephanie Beck

Aug 25

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The lovely Stephanie Beck is here to dish about her newest Decadent Publishing book, HOME TO HELLAS, set in gorgeous Greece 🙂

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you have two (2) chances to win! 🙂

Tour-wide Giveaway – $10 Amazon/B&N gfift card, 3 swag bags and 1 eBook of HOME TO HELLAS

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Anybody But Him” by Claire Baxter

Aug 24

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Claire Baxter is visiting CABR today 🙂

Read on to find out more about her newest release, ANYBODY BUT HIM

I have a Giveaway for you too, so complete the rafflecopter below 🙂

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Cover Reveal & $20 GC Giveaway: “Love and Other Games” by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane & Kara Leigh Miller

Aug 23
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It’s COVER REVEAL time here on CABR 🙂
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LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult (NA) stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.
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After you’ve checked out the synopsis of each story, make sure you enter the GIVEAWAY of a $20 gift card to the bookstore of your choice 😀 
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LOVE AND OTHER GAMES will be released on October 1st from Swoon Romance in all major electronic formats.
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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “My Cowboy Heart” by Z.A. Maxfield

Aug 22

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Love a sexy cowboy? 🙂

Then make sure you check out Z.A. Maxfield‘s guest post & giveaway today

She’s broken down her top 5 scenes in her m/m contemporary erotic romance, MY COWBOY HEART

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