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Saturday, February 25, 2017

ROYALLY MATCHED by Emma Chase Review

By Emma Chase
Release Date: Feb 21, 2017

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.
The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.
But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.


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Sarah stands up and presses her lips against mine. And it’s so unexpected, so surprising—I freeze up. But only for a moment. As her mouth gently moves over mine, I begin to thaw. She’s so fucking soft, her taste so very sweet. The kiss is almost chaste—at least it’s the most chaste I’ve ever had. Unpracticed.

And yet, it still manages to make my heart pound against my ribs like an animal in a cage.

“What are you doing?” I whisper, when she pulls back just a little.
“I’m distracting you.” She looks up at me uncertainly. From behind those ridiculously prim little glasses with those big, dark eyes that could bring me to my knees. “Is it working?”
My tongue traces my lower lip, craving more of her.
“I’m not sure. Keep trying—I’ll let you know.”
She smiles quick and relieved . . . and then she reaches back up, wraps her arms about my neck, and kisses me.
Her two lips envelop my lower one, then the upper, all eager, pleasing sweetness. My hands find Sarah’s lower back and I pull her in close, tight against me. Slowly, I open my mouth and she mirrors my movement, opening for me. And it’s good. So very, very good.
It’s like my blood has turned to gasoline, and the touch of her wet, warm tongue is the spark.
I delve deeper, kiss her harder—more demanding—taking the lead. I cup her head in my hands, holding her still while I plunge and devour. A moan seeps from her lips and I devour that too.
But then, breathing harshly, I tear my mouth away.
“Sarah, maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe we should just—”
“I’m sick of being afraid, Henry. And I’m so tired of being alive . . . but not really living. I’ve wanted this for a long time. I want . . . you.” It’s only then that hesitation dims her eyes. “Do you want me too?”
I grip her arms. “More than I’ve wanted anything or anyone in my entire life.”
She takes my hands in hers, lifts them and presses my palms to her breasts. They’re soft and full and absolutely perfect.
“Show me.”
Beneath her robe, her bedclothes are paper thin. I trace my thumbs across her nipples, feeling them harden and peak. I want to suck on them until she’s mindless. I want to lick every inch of her skin and watch her flush with desire.
I wrap my arms around Sarah and lift her right off her feet. With a groan, my mouth is back to hers. Her small pretty hands cup my jaw as I carry her toward the bed. I stop against a wall on the way, knocking a frame sideways, lifting her leg in one hand and wrapping it around my hip so I can thrust against her.
There’s so much I know—deviant, filthy, lovely moves. And I want to teach her every damn one.



Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.



Royally Matched (Royally, #2)

Prince Henry, the future king and wild member of the family, agrees to do a royal version of The Bachelor. Lady Sarah prefers not to cash in on her bloodline. She's the quiet librarian. Her sister loves the spotlight so she can't wait to sign up. Sarah tags along as an escort to keep her sister in line. Despite being surrounded by outgoing beautiful women on par with his partying ways, Henry finds sanctuary in Sarah's company.

Royally Matched is about two people growing into their true selves. Henry learns to focus on what is important to him. Sarah finds she has a brave side. The storyline is full of sweet and funny, and plenty of sexy finds it way into the mix. Lovers of reality tv and RomComs should check this out.

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

MAX by Bey Deckard #TopReads2016 Interview

How did the idea for this book evolve?

I got the idea when my then therapist and I began regularly texting each other movie recommendations and had started saving the last 20 minutes of our sessions together to discuss the minds and motivations of movie serial killers, sociopaths, criminals... Now this therapist was a nice guy, real white-bread Anglo, fresh-out-of-school in his late thirties, who knew absolutely zero about sexual kinks but was oddly drawn to anything dark and deviant (in fiction). I sat there thinking to myself that he'd be the type who, if he wasn't careful, would get taken advantage of by some psycho with nothing better to do but fuck with him. And... that he would love it. Heh. 

Originally, it was just going to be a week-by-week therapy session to post on my site for when I needed to get away and just write something completely insane and fun. However, by session three, I was itching to just write the whole thing, so I did. And I'm glad! People seem to really dig it. I've got a sequel brewing, but no idea when that'll happen. 

Please tell a little about your releases in 2016.

I only released two books in 2016. One was the aforementioned Max and the other is Kestrel's Talon

 is the story of a psychologist who falls down the rabbit hole created by his charmingly sinister patient. It's a psychological thriller and not for the faint of heart but if you like things dark and twisty, it's a fun book. I loved every minute of writing it. It's now also available in audiobook format, narrated by Nick J. Russo and it's whispersynced so if you have the kindle version, the audiobook is hella cheap and I really recommend it, if only for Nick's Italian accent near the end. I loved it. Info on purchasing it (audiobook, ebook, paperback) and the soundtrack can be found here:

Kestrel's Talon is an epic fantasy about a kingdom full of rampant corruption and slavery, an ancient people wiped out, and war on the horizon.
A count with a terrible curse, a beautiful slave with a powerful secret, and an ex-soldier with a traumatic past come together in the book. It's sort of inspired by Gormenghast (Mervyn Peake), Beauty and the Beast (Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, not the Disney version heh), and you know, general quest/good vs evil type of fantasy books that fill my own personal library. It's a long book and the first in a duology. Oh! And there's a dog in it too. All the details for buying the ebook or paperback or listening to the soundtrack can be found here:
And this is a painting I commissioned of the trio by the very talented Catherine Dair:

What were your top reads for 2016 (or if that's too difficult, just some of recommendations from any year)?  Explain why everyone else should read them.

Want to hear something terrible? I read nine books last year. Nine! I don't think I've ever read so few books in one year in my life. Before I started writing, I easily read 250 books a year.
Let's see... of those nine I would highly recommend Xperiment by Dan Skinner. Super relevant right now with what's happening in the States. ->
And the other would be Strength in Numbers (the sequel to Would I Lie to You? by Brad Vance. Great fun and I'm looking forward to the next. ->

What tv shows were your favorites in 2016?  What's currently on your to be binged list?

Favourites in 2016 include The Night Manager (I also highly recommend the book!), Peaky BlindersGoT (of course!), Misfits, Stranger Things, Black SailsWestworld, The FallMr. Robot, and The Knick. All incredible shows IMO.

Right now I'm a little obsessed with Taboo and I've been watching Frontier too which is good. I'm planning on watching the next seasons of some of the above as they come out, and I really should get caught up with Vikings. So much TV, so little time. I have books to write!

What can readers expect from you in 2017?

I'll be releasing my newest book Exposed mid March (or earlier?) 

Novel (80,000 words)
Themes: age gap, daddy kink

With middle-age looming, Greg offsets his boring day job with what truly feeds his soul: photography. The camera is an extension of himself where he exposes his passion for the intersect of pleasure and pain. However, the lens also acts as a barrier, protecting his subjects from the shameful mistakes of his past, and Greg is left isolated and lonely.

Emyr stands on the cusp of fame, but adulation and abuse are both eroding his confidence, and one night, at the river’s edge, he seeks solace in the rain, hoping to hide his tears.
The photographer and the virgin rock star share an accidental connection on that dark, drizzly night. When Greg invites Emyr back to his hotel room, no strings attached, the young man should have bolted. Instead, an odd sense of trust allows him to follow Greg’s lead.

When the camera comes out, Emyr learns the stage isn’t the only place he loves to perform as Greg touches something inside him that rarely awakens. Faced with a beautiful, talented boy whose soul is as lonely as his own, will Greg be able to face his past and come to terms with it, or will he run from the connection he so desperately desires?

I don't have any links or anything else about it at the moment except for the Goodreads url ->
Other books that I'm planning to release this year is a vampire book called Montréal at Midnight (Midnight in Montréal?), the sequel to Kestrel's Talon, perhaps a collaboration with another author (but I can't get into details), and perhaps book #4 in the Baal's Heart series. 

Do you listen to audiobooks?  Do you have a favorite narrator if so?

I don't really, no. The first audiobook I ever listened to was when I got the files back from Nick J. Russo when he narrated Sarge. I can say that he is awesome. He nailed everything I've sent him so far.

Michael Ferraiuolo tackled the difficult cast of characters and their various accents from Caged last year and it is incredible to listen to. He's working on Sacrificed right now.

I tried listening to The Martian, one of my favourite movies/books, and the narrator was terrible and shouty. So far I haven't had much luck finding a book I want to listen to. :( 

Who is/are your biggest celebrity crush(es)?  Feel free to include a picture.

Ha! Um. Crushes? I don't really get crushes on celebrities. I do, however, get a little obsessed over acting talent. Mads Mikkelsen, Tom Hardy, Iwan Rheon are currently at the top of that list. 

I do celebrity portraits, or... rather, portraits of my favourite characters. I'm currently working on one of Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector (The Fall) but here's my newest one, completed yesterday, of Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney (Taboo). If you want to see more, I have a gallery here:

How did you spend New Years Eve?

I have no idea. I think I might have been watching Voyager with a friend. I'm lame, but when you live in a place that's freezing cold in winter, getting stuck waiting two hours for a cab to take you home after a party... not so fun. Besides, time is just a construct. Who says I follow the Gregorian Calendar? :D


Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan Review

Preston's Honor, A Sign of Love, Gemini

There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia DelValle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning. 

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY GEMINI. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Preston's Honor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book follows Lia and Preston from children into adulthood. They've always loved each other, but their happily ever after didn't come easily. The storyline demonstrates how people can sometimes get so caught up in their honor, pain, love, beliefs or anything else which causes someone get stuck in their ways and not talk about issues or solve them. Most of the cast is easy to love. The major takeaway in my opinion is healing. All the characters have pain to overcome. They also have many blessings.

Preston's Honor has so much sweetness, sadness and fullness of heart. Every piece of it spoke to me. It's a beautiful love story that I definitely recommend. Anyone looking for a good and kind lead, this is especially for you.

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

Sunday, February 19, 2017

FROM SAND AND ASH by Amy Harmon Review

Author:  Amy Harmon
Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction
Recommended for ages: +16


Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.

Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.

But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.

A sweeping, epic story of love, war, and the resilience of the human spirit.
From Sand and Ash

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eva and Angelo grow up together in a sort of mixed family. His grandparents take him in. They live with Eva and her father. She considers his grandparents as her grandparents. Her father considers him the son he didn't have. All of these bonds are tested by the events of WWII. Eva and her father are Jewish. Hitler has control of Italy. Eva and Angelo are getting older. They find that the love they have for each other is more than just familial. Angelo's goal has always been to become a Catholic priest. His position allows him to help people (especially the Jews) more than he could otherwise, but it also means he can never marry.
This book is full of beauty and tragedy. It follows two people in love and the conflict and consequences of everyone's choices. It portrays the best of worst sides of human nature. Mostly it focuses on the lengths people will go to help each other. My heart hasn't felt so much in awhile. From Sand and Ash is an experience that should not be passed up. It's an epic love story that will restore your faith in humanity.

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


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