Today is the official release of A Pretty Mess by Carla Caruso (an Astonvale novel) (ebook, Harper Colins). Here’s the blurb:
Celeste Pretty, a self-confessed neat freak, has found the job she was born to do: a professional organiser, de-cluttering people’s homes and workplaces.
Her new business gets off to a cracking start when she lands her first client, health and fitness guru Natalia Samphire, in the well-heeled suburb of Astonvale.
But things get messy at Natalia’s mansion when Celeste finds a blackmail note and other mysterious items. And then there’s Lenny Muscat, the sexy builder renovating the place, whose constant presence is muddling Celeste’s usually organised brain.
When things get decidedly suspicious at the mansion, she and Lenny have to team up to investigate. But will Celeste emerge with her heart and professional reputation unscathed?
Carla dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
This is the first in the Astonvale series, set in the (fictional) suburb of Astonvale, inspired by some of Adelaide’s most ritzy areas. Celeste Pretty is a neat-freak professional organiser who de-clutters people’s home and offices for a living, but keeps getting up in messy mysteries with a sexy builder while doing so!
Today is the official release of Unknown Protector by Maggie Mundy (ebook, Soul Mate Publishing). Here’s the blurb:
Two things have helped Nicole cope since the murder of her husband. One is running her detective agency, and the other is her guardian angel Mira. When Mira is killed by a demon, Nicole accepts the help of a Ridge, who is a long haired, cigar smoking diamond in the rough with wings. Things go from bad to worse when a replacement guardian cannot be found. She has to trust Ridge, which is tricky when she realizes there are no demons or angels, just parasitic aliens that humans have built the myths of these celestial beings around. Ridge isn’t an angel or a devil, but an alien half breed known as a Midworlder.
Nicole finds herself fighting off a Demonic Midworlder who wants to impregnate her so his alien boss can come to Earth. Plus she has an ex priest who wants to attach a demon to her so he can save his friend. She is tough, but has to admit she could do with some help from Ridge, who is as alluring as he is annoying. Amongst all the fighting they manage to fall in love, but nearly lose each other, and their unborn child. What they don’t know is that if they stay together things may change not only for them, but for the future of the world. New rules will have to be drawn up as aliens, humans and Midworlders learn to live with the situation. This book is the first in a trilogy about other Midworlder couples.
Maggie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
The idea for Unknown Protector came to me a few years back. I love reading paranormal romance about vampires, angels, demons, anything. There were a few books around with angels and demons but they tended to have their stories based around Christianity. I wondered what it would be like to have it so that it was all a myth. That what humans thought was real was based on a falsehood. It meant I had to create a whole other world that these aliens came from. I also needed a good motivation for their involvement with Earth. As for sexy Ridge, who is on the cover, I had this image of a guy who likes to drink and smoke cigars and have lots of sex. That was until he met his match in Nicole. I hope you enjoy their journey.
Lola Murphy is a mathematician. She teaches at a university and is an advocate for the causes she believes in. She tries to do things right in her life, but things for her seem to go pear-shaped at the last minute. On her first arrest she was wearing lingerie, her second Superman undies and then for her third she was wearing grandma undies. In her hostage situation she’s in a thong. Lola loves her family but is frustrated when they seem to land en masse when she does something not quite right.
Lola shouldn’t drink as it leads to a major hangover and to some indiscreet acts with consequences. Her first serious love, Wayne, is an Australian who keeps appearing at her court hearings. In Australia she met his parents (and she thought her parents were weird). He has kept in contact with her parents over the years as, according to them, he is the favoured one. He is also there for her in her moment of need and comes sailing to her rescue.
Her second long-term partner is Clark who she met the first time she was arrested. He was the public defender. As their time together lengthened he, and his family, had stronger ambitions and he decided to go for public office. Their split is amicable but Lola never got over Wayne. Clark eventually realises what Lola doesn’t, that Wayne is the one for Lola.
I’m not sure what words would be appropriate to explain this story and I mean that in a good way. It is different. It is quirky. The heroine wants to save the world so has some madcap ideas on how to do that, which is really at odds with the so called ‘normal’ mathematician behaviour. She does not react how one would think she should and this means she will have those adventures.
While there are the two loves in her life they do not take over the story as it is about Lola and her life and ways.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
Mia Holland and her two closest friends head off to Vegas for one wild weekend after graduating. For Mia it’s a chance to forget the future mapped out for her. Business school might be a very sensible choice, especially according to her overbearing father, but Mia is dreading it. With seemingly no other choice, she looks forward to these few days with her friends to let go, be wild and maybe have a crazy fling with a hot guy. One ‘hi’ to a gorgeous man across a crowded room is all it takes. There is no other answer but yes. But a new day brings vague recollections and unforeseen consequences and suddenly Mia has a whole new set of issues. She’s not ready to let Ansel go, but to know him better, she’ll need to accept his offer, board a plane and head to France, for it seems Ansel’s just as desperate not to forget their time together either and suggests they spend her summer in Paris getting to know each other better. This lovely boy is possibly everything Mia could have asked for. And this boy is hot. HOT HOT! Why not explore him, Paris and even herself? She has all summer, doesn’t she?
A freak accident left her dreams in ruin. But maybe it’s time to revisit her true calling. Letting go of the past, spending time in a romantic city with the most gorgeous boy she has ever known are opportunities Mia could regret if she doesn’t find the courage to take the chance.
I really loved this book. It’s a hot one with a gorgeous Frenchman doing very sexy things to a lucky girl in a beautiful city. There’s lots of sex, but also a wonderfully sensitive story about a time of life when so many important decisions need to be made. I loved both these people and found myself totally caught up in their struggles as they find ways to make their relationship work. I didn’t read the entire first series that these two authors collaborated on (maybe it’s time to revisit and try them from the start instead of halfway through), which might be the reason I wasn’t as hooked as I am with this one. I would certainly be one of the first to pick up any more books in this series. In fact, I can’t wait for more. Bring them on!
Reviewed by Rosalie
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
He has to be on his best behaviour to ensure his agreement remains intact and he can be rid of her forever.
Cayle St Martin, Duke of Sherwyn, has newly inherited his title and it comes with a lot of baggage. He has an agreement with his stepmother that he will behave himself and she will curb her gambling. His plan is that once the family finances are restored he will send her away, but as with all stories, she is not going to go quietly. Cayle returned from the continent after four years away when he was caught in a scandal and Julia convinced his father he needed to be sent away for the good of the family. Then Cayle finds a woman from his past in his home seeking his help. As the need for the help unfolds, Cayle finds it harder and harder to stay away from Becca and her family.
Lady Rebecca Jamieson is an accomplished woman. However, she is not accomplished in the normal things her fellow woman are. She’s a mathematical and business genius. She has had to resort to finding the information she requires by underhanded means but she has had much success. This success has led to a consortium wanting her information to make themselves all of the money. They are prepared to kidnap and kill to get the information they need and Becca is the target. Becca seeks Cayle’s help to find the ringmaster of the consortium as they only have the outer rings but need the main organiser.
Becca is a strong woman. She knows what she wants and how to get it. She is, however, unlucky in love. She was almost ruined by her childhood sweetheart, Cayle, when he was caught in a compromising position with her cousin. She also had a betrothal to another but he jilted her for an heiress. Unfortunately for Becca, Arthur Bennett is still in her life and constantly hounds her to be his mistress.
This is a good story and moves at a pace. The strength of Becca’s character is maintained throughout the story. Although, I would have liked to see her carry out her request to Cayle to marry her.
I like that Cayle, once he is in protector mode, begins his pursuit of Becca and it is not until he is well into the task that he finds he really wants to marry her and not just to protect her. It was also amusing to have his family comment on how he is in love and he tells them it is not so. He doesn’t like being the butt of the family jokes as he has an image to uphold.
I definitely want to follow up with the other sisters who are as unconventional as Becca.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.
October brings a bit of a change to the Escape release schedule: we’ve moved to a bi-monthly release calendar. Double the release dates, double your fun—you can find new Escape titles this month on the 8th and the 22nd.
Titles are still available for pre-order, as usual, so order early and order often so you don’t miss out!
Coming 8th October:
King Tomb by Scarlett Dawn. From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spellbinding conclusion to the best-selling Forever Evermore trilogy. After the shocking events that finish King Cave, Lily, Ezra and the Mys army will find solace in blood—and risk their own destruction.
The Healer by Allison Butler. Curb your Outlander cravings with Allison Butler’s seriously sexy Scottish novel about an English woman, a Scottish Laird, a case of mistaken identity and a love that will surpass all barriers. She’s an outcast who makes a desperate bid for acceptance; he’s a leader living under the shadow of a curse. When bloods run high and tensions run deep, what matters the desires of a heart?
Kiss it Better by Jenny Schwartz. Revisit gorgeous Jardin Bay in Jenny Schwartz’s new coastal romance. The town may look like paradise, but for one nurse it represents only broken dreams. She wants to save the world, but she wasn’t strong enough to do it alone. He knows about thwarted dreams, and the damage they can do. They’re both nursing wounds—but love is the greatest healer of all.
A Heart Worth Mending by Amanda Canham. Delve back into the exciting world of St Mary’s hospital in this new contemporary romance from Amanda Canham that introduces two sleep-medicine doctors, one sexy beach interlude and a workplace romance that’s sure to leave you feeling a whole lot better. She’s both guilt-stricken and sleep-deprived. He’d like to help, but he’s got his own baggage. They spend all their time caring for others, and no time caring for themselves—but maybe they can start caring for each other?
Coming October 22
When Stars Collide by SE Gilchrist. The third full-length novel in SE Gilchrist’s bestselling erotic SF series mixes one sexy spy, a soldier looking for salvation and an unlikely mission to save the world. She’s got one thing on her to-do list: revenge, and she’s not going to let anything or anyone stand in her way: including a banished Darkon patroller with a very dark past.
Bound by His Desire by Nicole Flockton. From Nicole Flockton, author of Bound by Her Ring—the last thing he wants is an emotional attachment to his new assistant, but it might be the only thing he truly needs. He doesn’t want attachment; she has no intention of ever falling in love, but surely a little, harmless attraction can only add zing to their working relationship?
Jazz Baby by Tea Cooper. In the gritty underbelly of 1920s Sydney, a fresh-faced country girl is about to arrive in the big, dark city—and risk everything in the pursuit of her dreams. Dolly is ready and willing to take on all the big city has to offer, but finding herself employed as a housemaid in a brothel brings her face-to-face with harsh city life—and the hometown boy she never forgot.
Kate and the Escape Team
Today is the official release of No More Mr Nice Guy by Amy Andrews (ebook, Entangled Publishing). Here’s the blurb:
He’s done playing the nice guy…
Newly single school counselor Josie Butler just made herself a Sexy To-Do list (featuring Bad Boys only). To her mortification, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother Mack finds it…and laughs. But when Josie goes looking for some sexy fun, Mack’s nice guy side turns all hot bad-assery, and suddenly she’s pinned against an alley wall. Hottest. Sex. Ever.
Veterinarian Mack Kennedy can’t believe Josie wants to ditch her sweet, girl-next-door lifestyle. Even worse, that she’d consider doing it with anyone but him. When she leaves for London they’ll go back to being ‘just friends’ but until then, he’s going to show her just how bad nice guys can be.
And it’s the perfect plan, as long as no one finds out… and no one falls in love.
Amy dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
I’ve really enjoyed reading in the Brazen line for the last couple of years, so it’s an incredible thrill to actually have one out! I love the idea of writing a nice guy. I’m a huge beta hero fan so I really wanted Mack, the hero, to be a thoroughly, genuinely nice guy. But I also wanted to push him a little to reveal the tiger that was laying beneath. No More Mr Nice Guy is the result. It’s a best-friend’s-older-brother story complete with public fornication, handcuffs, vibrators and an illustrated sex guide. It’s what happens when a sexual bucket list, written while under the influence of one too many fruity cocktails, turns old friends into red-hot lovers. Josie’s so over being a good girl. Mack’s done with playing the nice guy. Best. Sex. Ever.