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Feature book: Off Limits

21 February 2018

Off Limits by Clare Connelly

Subgenre: contemporary
Release date: 22 Feb 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon DARE
Format: ebook
Length: 182 pages

This is a relationship that should be off limits but the connection is too strong.

Jack Grant beds women like he changes his suits. Most mornings there is another in his bed. Gemma is used to seeing him in his bed. After all she works for him, and closely. Jack’s reason for so many women is that he cannot emotionally commit to another woman after his wife, Lucy, died. He just wants the sex. Jack is a challenge for many of his employees, and he sees Gemma as an ice maiden.

Lady Gemma Picton works for Jack and has control over many aspects of the business as the firm’s lawyer. She wants Jack but is willing to put that into another compartment. She loves her grandmother and loves to spend time with her. She has been brought up on stories of how her grandparents fell in love at first sight. Regardless, Gemma wants Jack. And Jack wants Gemma, in bed or wherever, desperately. It is a matter of where and when.

Gemma and Jack do discuss his first marriage and that he has a deep hurt over the loss of his first wife. When the break up happens, and it is inevitable, Jack needs to decide if he can move on from Lucy and all that she meant to make a life with Gemma.

This story is written from the first person point of view. Each character has their say on what is happening. It can take a moment or two to adjust to the change in character point of view. Having said that the reader does get to read how the characters feel about the lust filled sex that happens.

Readers should be aware that the sexual relationship takes precedence over the emotional relationship in this line. The emotion does come to the fore for the happy ever after but it is all about the instant attraction and sex.

reviewed by Heather

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

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Feature book: Ruled

21 February 2018

Ruled by Anne Marsh

Subgenre: contemporary
Release date: 22 Feb 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon DARE
Format: ebook
Length: 169 pages

It is a place of decadence and what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Hopefully.

The princess car is very visible and that is the way Eve Kent likes it. Eve creates the princess experience for her young clients. She has her car all decked out in the princess theme and has others who help her from time to time including an Elvis impersonator and some Vegas showgirls. She has her brother, Rocker, who is part of the Black Dogs Motorcycle Club. Eve has virtually raised her brother after the family chaos. She is not happy her brother has joined a motorcycle club as their father dealt drugs and was part of many bad things. Her girlfriends want to find her a man for a quick lay so that she can release some tension.

Jaxon Brady, aka Rev, is part of the Hard Riders. He is ex-military as are many other members of the club but they do protect their own. He is instantly sexually attracted to Eve and is more than satisfied to show how he can please her even in a nightclub, when she is on a date, with another man. He has been sent to find Rocker as it is believed that he is involved in drug dealing. There is a lunch to show Eve that not all bikers are bad, protection from other groups and bad guys, and kidnapping to show her brother that they do mean business.

This book is written in the first person from both characters’ point of view. Eve speaks and Rev speaks. Initially I had difficulty figuring who was speaking and what was happening. The writing style is very much in the style of how someone might think and speak, and can appear to be choppy. This can be very disconcerting if you are not used to this style of writing, and I haven’t read many books in this manner.

There is instant sexual chemistry between the two main characters and they are ready, willing, and able at any time to have sex. There is less of the feelings and emotion until towards the end of the story. Readers should be aware that the sexual relationship takes precedence over the emotional relationship in this line. The emotion does come to the fore for the happy ever after but it is all about the instant attraction and sex.

reviewed by Heather

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

Feature book: A Week to be Wild

21 February 2018

A Week to be Wild by JC Harroway

Subgenre: contemporary
Release date: 22 Feb 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon DARE
Format: ebook
Length: 224 pages

They have much in common but will the chemistry last?

Alex Lancaster is determined to have Olivia Noble design a media blitz for his special program Able Active which he created in memory of his sister. Alex is a self-made IT billionaire but is also a notorious playboy. He wants Olivia to work on the media aspects of his program to give it the international exposure he wants. He wants her for the week. He also has fantasies about Olivia when he sees her and what he would like to do to her.

Olivia (Libby) Noble is a publicist of sorts. She is just starting her business with her friend in New York and while the business is still small it is making an impact. Libby has not had sex for four years since the death of her fiancé. She loved, and still loves him. She is attracted to Alex but doesn’t want to ruin things. At first, she declines Alex’s proposal of staying for a week to look at Able Active but she then learns that he paid for her trip, and she feels she should give him some time. Unfortunately for Alex Libby is reluctant to do activities such as hot air ballooning and jet skiing and she most certainly does not want to do a family wedding.

Alex and Libby are similar in some respects. They have both had a death of someone close so they are both fearful to start anything more permanent. Both feel guilty about the deaths, Alex of his sister and Libby of her fiancé. It all comes back to Libby when Alex gets on a jet ski and hits a wave and appears to crash. She runs back home with the excuse that she needs to see her friend, and business partner’s baby. There is a happy ever after for Alex and Olivia.

The sexual relationship between Alex and Libby is intense. They want it when they want it. The evolution of their sexual relationship, the chemistry, fears and feelings is rapid and all-encompassing until they finally admit to they should be together, forever.

This book is written from the third person perspective. Readers should be aware that the sexual relationship takes precedence over the emotional relationship in this line. The emotion does come to the fore for the happy ever after but it is all about instant attraction and the sex.

reviewed by Heather

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

Release day: Fair Game

20 February 2018

Today is the official release of Fair Game by Amy Andrews (Women of W.A.R. #3) (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Darcy Clarke would do anything to play for the new Women’s Aussie Rules league, even put up with her ex, Tony, who just happens to be the coach of the Brisbane Banshees. Tony stomped out of their apartment – and all over heart – two years ago, but she’s moved on, and she deserves her jersey.

As his best friend’s girl, Darcy has always been out of Levi’s reach, even after Tony dropped her and moved out of the apartment they all shared. Now, two years on and still sharing the same apartment, she should be fair game. But Levi is no closer to getting Darcy to think of him as anything but a roommate and a friend.

But when Darcy injures herself in play, Levi’s qualifications as a sports massage therapist are put to good use. Suddenly, their relationship becomes very hands on, and Darcy sees a whole new side of her old friend. A pity he seems immune to her charms. When Tony makes it clear he wants back into her life, she has a decision to make: between the man she once loved and the man who never left her side.

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

After writing a series of books with male footballers it was fun to write a book about a female footy player set amidst the exciting new backdrop of women’s AFL. There’s such a buzz about it wherever you go here in Australia and it was great to be able to explore this wonderfully female-centric world. Of course, working with Catherine and Nicola made things so much easier—they know their footy as well as their writing those two—and it was an absolute pleasure to be involved with them in this project.

You can find out more about this book, including buy links, at Escape.

Release day: Long Game

20 February 2018

Today is the official release of Long Game by Catherine Evans (Women of W.A.R. #2) (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Does she dare pursue all her dreams?

Everyone in Grong Grong knows Cress Kennedy’s childhood dream is to play Aussie Rules Football, so when the Sydney Sirens sign her in the new Women’s Aussie Rules competition, she heads to the big city to pursue her dream. But no one in Grong Grong knows of Cress’s other dreams: the ones that revolve entirely around Quin Fitzpatrick.

Quin Fitzpatrick left Grong Grong as an eighteen-year-old to play Aussie Rules in Sydney, but after eight years the shine has gone from the lifestyle. When his best friend’s little sister follows in his country-to-city footsteps, he promises to look after her. She can stay with him and he’ll protect her as best he can. Besides, Watercress is the little sister he never had.

But Cress is all grown up now and playing Women’s Aussie Rules, and it’s about time that Quin sees her as a woman too…

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

My story, Long Game, is dedicated to Diane Cassar. In 2016 she asked me to be on the ARRA-sponsored romance panel at the Wollongong Writers Festival. After that, she asked me to fill in on a sports romance panel at ARRC. She assured me that no romance reader would care that there was two of me! I reckon Di’s the reason Kate Cuthbert invited me to write a book for this series. Without Kate and Di’s prodding, I might still be hiding, and Cress and Quin may never have had their story told. Thank you, ARRA, and mega huge thanks, Diane.

You can find out more about this book, including buy links, at Escape.

 

Release day: Game On

20 February 2018

Today is the official release of Game On by Nicola Marsh (Women of W.A.R. #1) (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Are they playing to win … or playing for keeps?

Angelica Bryant has a dream. The only child of a soccer legend, she pays her bills by working at her father’s bar while pursuing her goals: a role in sports management and a place in the newly established Women’s Aussie Rules league. Football is her passion, and she won’t let anything get in her way: including an ill-advised one-night-stand with one of Australia’s most successful agents.

Jaxon Flint thrives on success. His workaholic lifestyle keeps his agency and the athletes he represents at the top of their game – and all of his emotions at bay. Until he meets Angie, W.A.R.’s newest star, who undermines his carefully laid plans and gets under his skin. Is he willing to relinquish his careful control both in and out of the bedroom?

When Angie and Jaxon end up working together, it’s game on!

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

I absolutely LOVE Australian Rules football and have been a passionate supporter of the North Melbourne Kangaroos since I was little. I attended games at all the old iconic grounds: Arden Street, Victoria Park, Windy Hill, Princes Park, the Lakeside Oval, dressed up in my scarf, beanie and duffle coat. In my late teens, I travelled interstate to watch my Kangas, sitting on a coach for countless hours, travelling to Sydney and Brisbane. Yes, I was a fanatic. My family say I still am! I’ve volunteered at the club: selling membership tickets in the rain out at the old VFL Park, serving food from a pie van at family days, even working in the medical department when I was a physiotherapy student. (And yes, I’ve had dinner with several North Melbourne captains, but that’s a story for another day…) I camped out overnight and slept on concrete to obtain tickets to the Kangas Grand Final in 1996 and it was worth the stiff back when we won! So yeah, I love my footy. With the advent of AFLW—the Australian Football League’s Women’s competition—I was thrilled to be asked to write a novel featuring a woman playing Aussie Rules. It’s an incredible game to watch and when I’m not loudly barracking for my Kangas I often watch other teams play for the sheer enjoyment every weekend. I love strong, independent heroines and Angie is chasing two professional dreams in Game On. And thanks to the hero, Jaxon, she has a shot at achieving both. But at what cost? Can she have it all? Play for the Women’s Aussie Rules Melbourne Muses, become a kickass sports agent and get the guy? You’ll have to turn the pages to find out! I had a ball writing Angie and Jaxon’s story. I hope you have as much fun reading it!

You can find out more about this book, including buy links, at Escape.

Release day: Cinderella and the Geek

19 February 2018

Today is the official release of Cinderella and the Geek by Christina Phillips (British Bad Boys #1) (ebook and print, Entangled Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

From Christina Phillips, a sexy, new romance with a hero you won’t forget…

I’m not looking for love or a Happily-Ever-After because I know how that ends. I just need to concentrate on my degree and look after myself. But there’s something about my boss, Harry, I can’t resist. It’s crazy since he’s so hot and smart it should be illegal.

And then, just like Cinderella, I have my night a the ball and a midnight kiss, and for a week all my sexy daydreams come true. That fake date changes my life in a way I could never imagine. It turns out, Harry wants me too.

But I’m off to pursue my dreams, and he’s taking his business to the next level. There’s no way this fairytale has a happy ending, but that doesn’t keep me from wishing for it.

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

Most of my contemporary romances are set in the US, so when my editor asked me if I’d like to write a new adult series about hot British guys, set in England, I was all over it! Harry, hero of book 1, and Lucas, hero of book 2, are identical twins, but whereas Lucas can charm at a thousand paces, Harry would rather disappear into his coding than flirt with a girl. Until he falls for Alice, that is! I’ve had a lot of fun writing these books, and hope you enjoy Harry and Alice’s story!

You can find out more about this book, including buy links, at Christina’s website.