Tuesday, August 23, 2016

HANDCUFFED BY DESTINY by LORI KING - #RELEASEBLITZ




Title: Handcuffed by Destiny
Series: Crawley Creek #6
Author: Lori King
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
 Release Date: August 23, 2016






A broken woman… After being kidnapped, tortured and surviving the brutality of human traffickers, Destiny Warren still finds every day a struggle. Every single minute she works to overcome her injuries, both visible and hidden. Despite her overpowering fear, she finds herself drawn to her rescuer, Brandon Bowers.

A man of honor… Bran Bowers was raised by his grandmother with a sense of responsibility and a serious demeanor. He’s spent his life working for everything he has, but Mother Nature and fate seem to be taking turns dealing his cards lately. Between a flash flood that wiped out his home, and a beautiful woman who’s scared to accept his protection, Bran has to roll up his sleeves and take a stand.

A mountain to climb… They say that love conquers all, but can it also overcome the horrors of PTSD? Destiny isn’t sure she can let Bran in, but she can’t seem to let him go. Will Bran walk away knowing he can never know her completely, or is he handcuffed to his own destiny?

**Note from the author: This story reflects on a woman’s victimization at the hands of terrible people. Possible triggers are involved in the storyline and thus should be taken into consideration.




Handcuffed by Destiny is the 6th book in the Crawley Creek series, but it's only the first one that I've read.  I would not say that this book should be read as a standalone.  Not having read the other books I didn't have any background on the characters and while their situations were briefly summarized they didn't make sense to me.

The book is the story of Destiny and Bran.  Based on the blurb I was expecting something a little darker.  Since I hadn't read the other books I only had the blurb to go on and there wasn't much background on either of the two main characters in the book itself.  I didn't feel like I could form any kind of connection with them just from this book alone.  Lori King's writing was good and the plot idea was good.  I just didn't think the blurb told me what to expect.  I found it a bit slow.  

Overall I think if I had read more of the Crawley Creek books I might have really liked this story, but since I haven't I'm giving Handcuffed by Destiny THREE AND A HALF STARS!





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Crawley Creek Series
By: Lori King

In a small town in North Dakota there resides a family of misfits on the Crawley Creek Ranch. Brought together by hardship, and heartache they’ve bonded without blood ties, and seek to help others. Four brothers who’ve walked both sides of the line, and come out stronger for it, but will they survive love, loss, and the law?


Beginnings (Prequel)
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Forget Me Knot (Book 1)
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Rough Ride Romeo (Book 2)
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Claiming His Cowgirl (Book 3)
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Sunnyside Up (Book 4)
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Hawke's Salvation (Book 5)
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Lori King is the author of more than twenty five Amazon best-selling romance novels, as well as a full-time wife and mother of three boys. Although she rarely has time to just enjoy feminine pursuits; at heart she is a hopeless romantic. She spends her days dreaming up Alpha men, and her nights telling their stories. An admitted TV and book junkie, she can be found relaxing with a steamy story, or binging in an entire season of some show online. She gives her parents all the credit for her unique sense of humor and acceptance of all forms of love. There are no two loves alike, but you can love more than one with your whole heart.

With the motto: Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance, she will continue to write as long as you continue to read. Thank you for taking the time to indulge in a good Happily Ever After with her.





PRETTY PERFECT TOY by ANGEL PAYNE - #RELEASEBLITZ

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Title:  Pretty Perfect Toy
Series: Temptation Court Book #2
Author: Angel Payne
Release Date: August 23, 2016


“It’s time to live in the light, Ella…”

With their attraction too explosive to ignore, Cassian Court has whisked Mishella Santelle from her tiny island kingdom to the empire he rules: New York City. Here, they have succumbed to the magic of Temptation Manor, surrendering to their lust—and a love that won’t be denied.

But happiness is nearly ripped away, when an act of heroism turns Cassian into a target of violence…from which physical recovery is only the beginning of healing. Cassian must find a way to expose his emotional scars too—meaning he must visit a past refusing to release him from its haunting grip.

“Take me into the darkness, Cassian…”

What are the secrets of Turret Two? Once revealed, will they clear a path for new connection to Ella…or anchor him deeper in the past as they struggle with the challenges of the present? Being touted as New York’s fresh “it” couple is insane enough—but just when Ella decides she’s had enough of being the city’s perfect little toy, a shocking visitor changes everything…and she must accept an even more agonizing reality.

Deception isn't always black and white. And sometimes, the prettiest toy hides the darkest secrets.

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Hi there. I'm Angel: book lover, writing addict, hopeless romantic, pop culture geek and avid shoe lover.
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A bit about me...
I've been hooked on books since I was a kid but it got worse in my twenties, when I discovered romances--the hotter, the better. Growing up in Southern California, with lots of surfer manliness surrounded me, was certainly a good boost for reading about delicious alpha guys and the women who adore them. When I learned I had a knack for telling these stories too, I guess you could say I was doomed--though my path toward romance novelist took a few detours via a concert-reviewing gig for my college newspaper (free show tickets...backstage passes...that was a no-brainer), artist interviews for a Beverly Hills dance music mag, personal assistant work for a record producer, dance club disc jockey, and a lot of fun in the hospitality industry.
These days, I still live in California, and have found an amazing alpha guy of my own who was brave enough to marry me. We live on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with our beautiful daughter. I have the best life ever, and never forget to thank the Big Guy Upstairs for it, either.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

SECRETS by CLAIRE THOMPSON - #RELEASEDAY #BOOKREVIEW

Title: Secrets
Series: BDSM Connections Book #1
Author: Claire Thompson
Release Date: August 19, 2016

Secrets protect…but they also destroy. 

Allie Swift has a secret—one that has kept her from finding a Dom willing to take her where she longs to go, far beyond the slap-and-tickle approach of BDSM-lite, into the deep reaches of true sadomasochism. 

When she meets Liam on a BDSM personals site, she senses he’s different from the Doms she has been with before. His darkly compelling nature speaks directly to her submissive heart.

Liam Byrne had it all—a great career, a hot body, and a submissive fiancĂ©e. That is, until a year ago when a head-on collision with a drunk driver shattered not only his leg, but also his life. Now Liam harbors an ominous secret, one that’s tearing him apart and causing him to hold the world, including Allie Swift, at arm’s length.

As the intensity of their D/s exploration increases, Liam and Allie must confront their fears. Together they must decide if the bond they share is strong enough to survive bringing their secrets to light.

Secrets is the first novel in Claire Thompson’s new edgy BDSM romance series: BDSM Connections. Prepare for a powerful, emotional experience.

I've read all kinds of books by Claire Thompson and I never know quite what to expect, other than that I'll like them.  Secrets is a lot tamer than some of Claire's books, but the relationship between the main characters is no less intense.

Secrets is the story of Liam and Allie.  Liam and Allie "meet" online through a BDSM dating site.  This site is not your typical Fetlife BDSM site.  Immediately Liam and Allie connect, but they live on opposite sides of the country.  Both have secrets.  For Liam the distance helps him.  He's afraid that Allie will reject him, as his last girlfriend did, because of his limp and scar tissue.  Allie has her own secrets, but she bravely defies Liam's wishes and gets on a plane to meet him.  He is thrilled.

Liam is a caring Dom, but he pushes Allie.  Allie is a big masochist.  She's never been pushed as far as she wants and Liam knows just how to push her to where she needs to be.  It's perfect.  Eventually the secrets of both unfold and the two work through them.  

I loved the main characters, the supporting characters, the story, and I think I'll love the series.  I give Secrets FIVE STARS!










Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NAUGHTY LITTLE GIFT by ANGEL PAYNE - #RELEASEDAY #BOOKREVIEW

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Title: Naughty Little Gift
Series: Temptation Court #1
Author: Angel Payne
Release Date:  August 16, 2016



Make a wish…

Engineering genius. Billionaire icon. Consultant to kings. Golden-haired god. Cassian Court is a legend before he even steps foot on the remote island of Arcadia—but from the moment he locks eyes with Mishella Santelle, she can see only the man beneath the power, the presence, and the muscles…the bruised soul for whom hers has been destined…
But destiny isn’t a luxury for a woman of the Arcadian Court.

Close your eyes…

When six months of her life are bargained to Cassian in a multimillion dollar contract, Mishella must learn the rules of a more ruthless kingdom: New York City. In this glamorous jungle, paths are harder to discern, enemies are more cleverly camouflaged…and passions are impossible to ignore, especially when awakened by the man who can read her every desire with a glance, control her every arousal with a touch…

And leap…

Helpless against how her body and soul react to this man, Mishella dreads her heart is soon to follow—for the ghosts from Cassian’s past will never free him to return her love. In six months, she’ll simply be a memory to him…the naughty little toy he played with for a while…

Unless she can prove the impossible.

That their love is worth fighting for.

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Naughty Little Gift is the first book in Angel Payne's new Temptation Court Series, but it has recurring characters from the Cimarron series.  This book can definitely be read without having read the Cimarron series, but since I had read (and loved the series) I knew some of the characters already.

The main characters in Naughty Little Gift are Cassian Court and Mishella Santelle.  Cassian is a billionnaire New Yorker with secrets and a past.  He's young (only 28), but he's confident, wealthy, and dominant.  Mishella is an innocent young woman from the country of Arcadia.  

When Cassian comes to Arcadia on business he meets Mishella and the two are instantly drawn to each other.  The chemistry between them is overpowering and undeniable, but Cassian knows that Mishella will never agree to a simple affair.

So Cassian agrees to a contract that will benefit Mishella's family greatly, but in return Mishella must agree to go back to New York with Cassian for 6 months.  He doesn't force her hand or use force in any way, and he makes it somewhat easier for her to say yes since her parents (who seem to use their children for political power) know that it wasn't her idea.  Mishella agrees and goes with Cassian to NYC.

Cassian might seem arrogant, but he's not.  He knows what he wants and he goes after it, but he's so gentle and caring with Mishella that you can't help but fall for him.  Mishella is so naive and innocent that one might find it annoying, but she is strong and doesn't back down.  She might not have experience, but she isn't afraid.  I've already mentioned the chemistry between the two.  When they actually do connect it's explosive.  

I really liked Naughty Little Gift.  There is another book coming out about these two characters, but the end of Naughty Little Gift was wrapped up neatly.  I am anxious to read more, but I like that it wasn't an absolute cliffhanger.  I give Naughty Little Gift FOUR STARS!




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Hi there. I'm Angel: book lover, writing addict, hopeless romantic, pop culture geek and avid shoe lover.

**I have a monthly newsletter now! Sign up for it right here: http://eepurl.com/LoNkz. It's a cool way to get exclusive info, talk hot heroes, learn about new items in the Angel Payne store, talk hot heroes, further the pie or cake debate...and oh yeah, did I mention talking hot heroes?

A bit about me...

I've been hooked on books since I was a kid but it got worse in my twenties, when I discovered romances--the hotter, the better. Growing up in Southern California, with lots of surfer manliness surrounded me, was certainly a good boost for reading about delicious alpha guys and the women who adore them. When I learned I had a knack for telling these stories too, I guess you could say I was doomed--though my path toward romance novelist took a few detours via a concert-reviewing gig for my college newspaper (free show tickets...backstage passes...that was a no-brainer), artist interviews for a Beverly Hills dance music mag, personal assistant work for a record producer, dance club disc jockey, and a lot of fun in the hospitality industry.

These days, I still live in California, and have found an amazing alpha guy of my own who was brave enough to marry me. We live on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with our beautiful daughter. I have the best life ever, and never forget to thank the Big Guy Upstairs for it, either.



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