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Release day: The Rapunzel Dilemma

27 August 2014

Today is the official release of The Rapunzel Dilemma by Jennifer Kloester (trade paperback and ebook, Penguin). Here’s the blurb:

The Rapunzel DilemmaA love of theatre.

A drama competition.

A once-in-a-lifetime chance . . .

Lily’s had a charmed life so far, and now she’s off to London to pursue her dream of becoming a great actor. But the London Drama Academy is full of surprises – and for the first time, Lily finds that things don’t always go her way.

It’s not just the other students who are making life difficult. Lily’s got a secret she’s not sure how to handle, but she finds that a room in one of the Academy’s deserted towers makes a perfect refuge. Lily can’t stay locked in the tower forever, though. And when she meets the mysterious Ronan Carver, everything starts to change . . .

A fast-paced and fun modern fairytale and companion novel to The Cinderella Moment, from YA author Jennifer Kloester.

Jennifer dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I had great fun writing The Rapunzel Dilemma. Finding ways to include the essential iconic fairytale elements made it really adventurous and my heroine Lily ended up in all sorts of unexpected places! This is the second book in my Fairytales with a Twist YA trilogy. It’s set in London at the (fictional) London Drama Academy and I was lucky enough to have my cousin–a professional stage actor–share with me all sorts of fascinating stories and experiences from his time at Royal Central, one of London’s top drama schools. Having that level of insight really helped me to create a school and teachers who felt totally real to me.

You can find out more about this book on Jennifer’s website or from Penguin Teen Australia.


Release day: Tease Me, Cowboy

27 August 2014

Today is the official release of Tease Me, Cowboy by Rachael Johns (enovella, Tule Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Tease Me CowboySelah Davis loves her life as a journalist in Seattle (or so she says) but on a rare trip home to Marietta to cover the Copper Mountain Rodeo, she confesses to her best friends over drinks that her one regret in life is not sleeping with her high school boyfriend, Levi Monroe. Into the bar walks Levi, also home for the rodeo. When her friends dare her to proposition him for a one night stand, she’s at first appalled… but the more she thinks about remedying her one regret, the less she can get him and their electric chemistry out of her head. Selah’s always been her parents’ good daughter. Would it hurt just for one night to be a little bit bad?

Levi Monroe is ready to settle back in Marietta and start his own rodeo school teaching others the techniques that have made him a star. He doesn’t want any distractions during his last rodeo where he aims to win All Around Cowboy, but when his high school sweetheart – the one woman he’s never been able to forget – comes along and offers to rewrite their history, it might just be an offer too good to refuse.

Rachael dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

When Jane Porter asked if I’d write a novella for her Montana Born Books imprint I was BEYOND excited. But the fact she wanted a rodeo/cowboy story made it a done deal. Although I write Aussie farmers and have always loved reading US cowboys, Tease Me, Cowboy is my first attempt at writing one. And it was so much fun. Levi Monroe was a fully-fledged character from the moment he jumped into my head, as was his high school sweetheart, the gorgeous Selah Davis. First love reunited is one of my favourite romance tropes and maybe that’s why this book was so much fun to write! I hope you’ll have as much fun reading it!!

You can find out more about this book at Rachael’s website or buy it from Montana Born Books.


Feature book: Hero Duty

27 August 2014

Hero DutyHero Duty by Jenny Schwartz

Jessica Trove is a billionaire. She thinks of herself as a poor little rich girl who is bullied and intimidated by her family after losing her beautiful mother and beloved grandfather in a boating accident when she was eleven. Her cold father re-marries and she ends up with a step brother who can be rather nasty. But now that her father has died, she has discovered the company her grandfather started has always belonged to her and the house the family lives in is hers as well. Her step-brother Derrick wants to take over as chairman of the company and she does not feel strong enough to stand up to her cold step-mother Portia, or Derrick. Jessica needs someone to help her be strong to give her courage to cover her back. She needs a hero.

Brodie Carlton is an ex-soldier but he is a man of honour. He is strong, reliable and honest. He is at home in the coastal town of Jardin Bay on the coast of Western Australia where he grew up with his brother, surfer champion Zane. He was taught much by his grandfather and is having a hard time deciding what he wants to do with his life now. He does know that he would like to help people. He has been to Afghanistan and has seen a lot. He was a sergeant and always watched the backs of his fellow soldiers. But he is out of the army now after standing up for a female officer after she was sexually assaulted by another officer and after someone he called friend lied. Brodie lost faith and resigned, but he needs to get on with his life.

Jessica has heard about Brodie from her friend Sonia who is in the army and with courage and determination, she takes off to Jardin Bay to meet Brodie and offer him a very well paid job to be her hero. She is taken in with his good looks but is shy and scared as she meets him for the first time. Although she knows she needs to tell him what has been happening in her life, this is still very hard for her to explain and Brodie is not one to be taken for a ride. He needs to know the facts. When Brodie decides to take on the job, he is reluctant to take any money from her and likes to pay his own way, which can be frustrating for Jessica. Together they get on a plane to Sydney to meet the family and have a meeting with powers that be at The Numbat Company.

This is a very emotional and heart-warming story that I read in one sitting. I could not put it down as Jessica discovers that she has courage. The electric spark between them hots up as Brodie helps in so many ways and with Derrick getting nasty because it is starting to look like he is not going to get his way and the money that he thinks he is owed. The journey to their HEA is filled with ups and downs and so much love and finally trust and understanding, you will be cheering them on by the end. I highly recommend this one—don’t miss it.

Reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Feature book: The Winter Bride

27 August 2014

The Winter BrideThe Winter Bride by Anne Gracie

Freddy is worried about the muffins. Not the eating type that we know: this is what he calls the girls looking for a husband. He has done all he can to discourage any girl or woman thinking of him as marriage material.

Freddy Monkton-Coombes has a task. He is supposed to look after the girls while Max, Lord Davenham, and Abby are on their honeymoon. He takes his duty most earnestly especially when he discovers Damaris sneaking around. He is not sure what to do but he keeps a close eye on her. Freddy is estranged from his family as he knows they hold him responsible for the death of his brother, the heir. The beloved son.

Damaris Tait, now Chance, has made the long trip from China. She is the daughter of a missionary and his wife. Her mother died and she was at the mercy of her father. She learned a few skills while living in China. When her father dies, she needs to leave quickly. She finds a ship back to England but finds that the circumstances are not good and this affects the way she thinks about men. She does not want to marry. She found the women who she now calls sisters.

When Freddy finds out that his mother has organised a house party at the only time each year he deigns to return to the family estate, he needs to find a way out. Freddy decides to find a woman he can have a pretend engagement with and asks Damaris. She finally agrees, in exchange for a small cottage near Abby. Freddy readily agrees but also starts to find Damaris intriguing, especially as she has these hidden aspects to her.

We are introduced to another character in Flynn, the third in the business partnership. He is certainly a colourful character and it will be indeed a special lady who captures this flirt. We find out snippets about the other girls but as their stories unfold they will find their match.

I enjoyed Freddy’s story. Damaris and Freddy are suited to each other. He is finally able to be the man he wants to be with Damaris by his side. I loved the set down she gives his parents to correct their opinion of their second son who is the heir. Another wonderful story by Ms Gracie.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. Any ARRA members who leave a comment by 10 September 2014 will go into the draw to win a copy of this book.

Feature book: Turn and Burn

27 August 2014

Turn and BurnTurn and Burn by Lorelei James

It is a good night when they meet. She has had enough alcohol to dull the pain and to lose some of her inhibitions for the one-night stand she craves. He is intrigued enough to do as she wants.

Tanna Barker turns up in Wyoming at her friend’s resort in Split Rock. She has been asked to work there to help her friend. She is healing after her injury on the circuit. Tanna is a barrel racer and sustained a significant injury that is taking too much time to heal. However, it is more her soul that needs healing as she won’t even get on a horse. Tanna runs into her one-night stand in Split Rock and finds she can’t face him. This is more about her broken spirit than Fletch.

August (Fletch) Fletcher is the local vet. He travels around in his job but with some enforced leave (his secretary takes six weeks leave) he finds he’s at a loose end. Fletch is keen to get to know Tanna more, so he approaches her more like a wounded animal, slowly, gently but also tells her like it is. During his hiatus, he works on getting Tanna’s spirit to heal and for her to appreciate him as a man rather than a bed buddy. He finds that he is jealous of the men who talk to her, but comes to realise that Tanna is like a light and the men are moths. She flirts with them but she always goes to Fletch.

There are many characters in this story and there are other stories that include these friends in which the reader can find out more about their story. Some of the characters are interesting, especially the dear, older ladies who try and drink Tanna under the table.

This book does not have the twists and turns that you might expect. It is a straight and very sexy story of two people trying to deal with some issues and the connection between them. I liked that Tanna and Fletch’s backgrounds do not overpower the story. They are two people trying to deal with what life has sent their way. The other characters come into their lives as if they were normal people that we might meet in our daily life, or at least if you were in country Wyoming.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

Release day: The Devil in Denim

26 August 2014

Today is the official release of The Devil in Denim by Melanie Scott (print and ebook, St Martins Press). Here’s the blurb:


As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.


Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…

Melanie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

The Devil in Denim is the first book in my new contemporary series featuring three best friends who buy the worst team in Major League Baseball. I had a great time writing this book because it allowed me to play with my love of hot guys, great romance, and the odd hot athlete in tight pants. I hope it’s as much fun to read!

You can find out more about this book at Melanie’s website or blog and buy it at Booktopia or Amazon.

Release day: What a Rake Wants

26 August 2014

Today is the official release of What a Rake Wants by Maggi Andersen (The Spies of Mayfair) (print and ebook, Knox Robinson). Here’s the blurb:

What a Rake WantsKing George sends his private investigator, an Irishman, Kieran Flynn, Lord Montsimon, on a mission, the reason for which is unclear. Is it a plot against the Crown? Or something entirely unrelated? Flynn’s inquiries lead him to the widow, Lady Althea Brookwood. Known amongst the ton as a rake, Flynn is rarely turned down by a lady, and when Althea refuses not just him but many other men, he becomes intrigued. After her neighbor, Sir Harold Crowthorne informs Althea that he means to take her country property, Owltree Cottage, by fair means or foul, she must search for help. The first man she turns to is promptly murdered and the second lies to her. That leaves Flynn, Lord Montsimon, a man she has been studiously avoiding. But Montsimon is decidedly unhelpful, and more than a little mysterious. Her only option is to seduce him. Althea has little confidence that she will succeed, especially as before her husband was killed in a duel, he often told her she was quite hopeless at intimacy. When a spy is murdered, Flynn wonders just what Althea knows and what her involvement might be with the man the king wants Flynn to investigate.

Maggi dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

What a Rake Wants is the third and final book in the Spies of Mayfair Series. The heroes and heroines of the first two books–A Baron in Her Bed and Taming a Gentleman Spy–also make an appearance. In What a Rake Wants Irish diplomat Flynn, Lord Montsimon, has been a called upon to spy for King George IV in the past. When asked to follow up on a matter of great importance to the Crown, Flynn comes up against Lady Althea Brookwood. The widow has rebuffed Flynn’s advances and is less than friendly when he tries to discover the reason for her involvement. Flynn and Althea are thrown together on a dangerous and baffling mission, while Flynn battles to keep the fiercely independent lady safe. Secondary characters from the Spies of Mayfair series have called to me to tell their story. The first in the Baxendale Sisters series will feature Lord Edward Winborne, Lady Sibella’s favourite brother in Taming a Gentleman Spy. More to be revealed on my blog and newsletter.

You can find out more about this book at Maggie’s website or blog and buy it at Amazon.


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