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Excerpt: “The Wedding Pact (The O’Malleys #2)” by Katee Robert

Apr 21

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Today I have an excerpt for you from THE WEDDING PACT,

book #2 in Katee Robert’s sexy, romantic suspense series, The O’Malleys.


Enjoy 🙂



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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “The Italian’s Deal For I Do” by Jennifer Hayward

Apr 30



Today it’s my pleasure to welcome back Jennifer Hayward to CABR.


She’s sharing her top five things about her book in Society Weddings series from Harlequin Presents/Mills & Boon Modern,



There’s a giveaway too :)


Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “An Incurable Insanity” by Simi K. Rao

Jan 17


An Incurable Insanity Book Cover

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Simi K. Rao to CABR 🙂

This debut author has written a wonderful book about arranged marriages in Indian-American families.

There’s also a giveaway of the book, AN INCURABLE INSANITY 🙂



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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Something To Howl About (1 Night Stand Series)” by Azura Ice

Aug 5




1 Night Stand Series fans, I have a fun giveaway for you 🙂

An eBook copy of the latest book in this erotic romance series from Decadent Publishing, SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT by Azura Ice

Enjoy the excerpt below then POST A COMMENT for your chance to win


Something To Howl About coverBlurb:

After three years, Basil finally secures a reservation at the Desert Patch Steampunk Resort. As excited as he is about his 1Night Stand match, he still can’t keep his mind off the one man he wants most. But sometimes love carries a price, especially when his dream comes true and Jason strolls into The Cursed Revolver Saloon.

A stranger has set his sights on Basil, and the one-night stand becomes not only difficult but extremely dangerous. Attacked by a powerfully wealthy lycanthrope, Basil and Jason must fight for their lives and their love. Only by defeating an Alpha wolf can Basil protect his new lover and gain his full powers.

Can Madame Eve’s magic overcome fear of rejection and forbidden desires to give Jason and Basil something to howl about?

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Pondering the information, he ascended the hotel’s steps in time with him. What could have possibly happened between Jason and Samantha?

His friend must have sensed his attention. He turned and looked at Basil as he opened the door. “I’ll tell you everything once we have privacy.”

“Did it end horribly?”

Shaking his head, Jason followed him into the lobby. “No, I expected it would be worse if she ever found out what I am, but she was eerily calm about it.”

Basil led him up to his room. Closing the door behind them, he asked, “What happened, Jason?”

“Samantha has always known I’m bisexual,” he began. “But she never knew anything about me being a natural lycanthrope.”

“Why didn’t you tell her before you got married?”

“We only loved one another as friends. She married me to shut my family up about settling down, and so her mother would leave her alone about grandchildren. Samantha’s only stipulation for our marriage was she wanted a career first and children later.”

“How’d she find out about your lineage?”

“My mother.” Jason sat on the edge of the bed. “Mom thought Samantha already knew about our family. Samantha mentioned her mother had asked when we planned to start a family, and then Mom blurted something about wanting grandchildren so our natural werewolf gene could be passed on before I grew too old to sire offspring. Samantha freaked.”

“She could handle a marriage of convenience.” Basil summed up the story. “And she’s fine with you being bisexual, but she couldn’t deal with having a lycanthrope husband or children?”

“No, and trust me, I understand her reasons, but I think our farce marriage became too much for her. After she calmed down, she announced she wanted a divorce, but not because of me and my lycanthrope family.”

He frowned. “Then why?”


Azura Ice pictureABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Azura Ice writes several subgenres of romance, which includes, but is not limited to het, ménage, m/m and can be set in contemporary times or even in a far away world or another dimension. Azura’s muse leads her by the hand, and her fingers do the light-speed typing.

Who is Azura Ice? She’s a full-time author represented by an awesome literary agent. She is also owned by two crazy felines of tabby descent (although they swear they’re of Egyptian lineage). Azura writes in an attic study that overlooks a beautiful valley, and enjoys her husband’s company when he’s permitted to enter her domain. However, if he brings offerings of coffee and an occasional chocolaty treat, she’s inclined to let him in her office more often.


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Review: “A Wallflower Christmas” by Lisa Kleyplas

Mar 11

A Wallflower Christmas coverTitle: A Wallflower Christmas

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Series: Book 5, Wallflower Series

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Publication Date: October 2008

Synopsis: The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love.

Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.…

It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford.

His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady in waiting and, if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed.

Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants.

However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.

A Wallflower Christmas takes a trip to Victorian London, under the mistletoe, and on a journey of the heart. With her trademark charm, sensuality, and unforgettable characters, there’s no one like Lisa Kleypas to make you believe in the magic of Christmas.


CABRGOLDReview: What a wonderful, engaging, funny, romantic, passionate historical romance!! 😀

Can you tell I enjoyed this book? LOL

It’s been so long since I read an historical romance, particularly a really good one, that picking up Lisa Kleypas’ book was a risk for me. Happily, her style of writing immediately drew me into the fifth and final book in the Wallflower Series.

There’s a prologue that explains the bond between the four original wallflowers – Annabelle, Evie and the sisters from New York, Lillian and Darcy, while setting the stage for what’s to come when Lillian’s and Darcy’s “rake” of an older brother, Rafe, embarks on a mission to marry a proper English lady; Natalie Blandford, in order to get his inheritance.

I love, love, love the spark and repartee between Rafe and his true match, Hannah Appleton. 😀 You will find yourself laughing one minute, cheering the next then saying Oh My whenever the chemistry between these two gets a chance to be physically expressed.

Who said people in Victorian England didn’t know what passion was?

As the title indicates, A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS is set around the traditional family holiday but at a time in England when Christmas trees were a rarity, rather than a must-have part of the holidays. The story also takes place not too long after the publication of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens.

Lisa Kleypas does an excellent job of revealing what many people of the time thought of having a decorated fir tree inside their home and how children and adults alike fell in love with what has become a classic from Mr Dickens.


A Wallflower Christmas coverCLICK HERE to read an EXCERPT from A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS

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Nookibooks (discount price here)

Books A Million (BAM)



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