Friday, 16 April 2021

Cover Reveal: Secrets of a One Night Stand by Naima Simone

SECRETS OF A ONE NIGHT STAND

BY NAIMA SIMONE

Book 2, Billionaires of Boston

She said yes to one night with a stranger… Now she’s pregnant and that stranger is her boss! Only in this Billionaires of Boston romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Naima Simone.


She told herself it was one night. Nothing more.

But her heart knew the truth…

Finding out her previous one-night fling is her new boss is the shock of Mycah Hill’s lifetime. She can’t say no to being VP for software CEO Achilles Farrell—she’s finally made her career dream come true. But knowing he’s so close… It’s only a matter of time before she’s back in his arms. It can’t end well. Achilles’s tortured family history means he’s not up for sticking around long-term. But Mycah’s surprise pregnancy is about to change everything…

From Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.

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Thursday, 25 March 2021

Spotlight: Renovation of Love by Meka James | #NewRelease #MekaJames #HonMagPR


RENOVATION OF LOVE BY MEKA JAMES

Renovating the physical is easy, but fixing love requires a different set of tools...


Her return could be a second chance to repair a first love.

Forty-three and jobless, Cynthia Marshall finds herself in the last place she'd expected, back home on Madison Island, GA. Her small hometown holds the ghosts of choices past. From the large Victorian she inherited from her beloved aunt, to unresolved family issues, and the boy turned man she left behind over two decades ago.

Starting a new career is hard enough but having to do so side by side with a person whose heart she broke is something she never accounted for.

Marcel Lewis is the owner of the only construction company on the island and is the key to making Cynthia's new dream a reality. He never quite got over the abrupt departure of the first woman he ever loved. Her return means he can finally get answers to the whys and what-ifs that have plagued him.

Years have passed, feelings have remained, but some wounds have yet to heal. The more time they spend together, the walls of the old house aren't the only ones tumbling down. But they can't construct a future without answering for decisions of the past.

 

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ABOUT MEKA JAMES


Meka James is a writer of adult contemporary and erotic romance. A born and raised Georgia Peach, she still resides in the southern state with her hubby of 16 years and counting. Mom to four kids of the two legged variety, she also has four fur-babies of the canine variety. Leo the turtle and Spade the snake rounds out her wacky household. When not writing or reading, Meka can be found playing The Sims 3, sometimes Sims 4, and making up fun stories to go with the pixelated people whose world she controls.

 
 
 

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Thursday, 11 March 2021

Spotlight: Almost Out Of Time by L M Richardson | #AlmostOutOfTime #LMRichardson #HonMagPR




From the author of the Ruby Quinn Series, and A Double Play Summer comes Almost Out of Time.


When the very thing Oakley has run from all her life threatens it, she is confronted with facing HIV/AIDS head-on or continue to deny reality. Choosing life is far more complicated than she expects.

Realizing the quote-unquote normal life she has been chasing does not exist, Oakley comes to terms with the circumstances surrounding her existence. A story of triumph, overcoming, and awakening, Almost Out of Time will leave you cheering and rooting for Oakley to live, prosper, and finally find love and peace.

 

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ABOUT L. M. RICHARDSON


As far back as she can remember, L.M. Richardson has wanted to be a writer. Her start came with a sixth-grade writing contest. Children's books have always been her favorite genre, and recently found her place in Young Adult and New Adult Fiction. Richardson's aim is to create books where young black women can see themselves and be proud of who they are.

Richardson is a wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoys spending time with her large family, relaxing on her patio, and cooking. She's a college instructor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, her alma mater, and has a MA in Journalism.

 

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Saturday, 6 March 2021

Cover Reveal: The Illegitimate Prince | #RHOSaene #IllegitimatePrince

Title: The Illegitimate Prince 

Author: Empi Baryeh 

Series: Royal House of Saene #7 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Tropesroyalty, revenge, soulmates, second chance 

Release date: Nov 26, 2021 



 

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Kalahari Asanti has one goal. Bringing retribution to the man he holds responsible for his mother’s death—King Ibrahim Saene, the father he’s never met. He has no desire for the entanglements of a relationship. Until he comes face-to-face with the only woman he’s ever loved. Now, the illegitimate son is determined to reclaim everything the Royal House of Saene took from him … including her. 

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Paperback vs E-book vs Audiobook

Close your eyes and think about books - the way they feel, the way they smell ... think about how cool it would be to live in a bookshop. sigh.

Yes. I confess. I'm one of those readers. I think "new book" should be made into a fragrance for cars. The most compelling argument for paperbacks was from a friend. She said she still prefers reading and carrying them around because people see her reading, which would hopefully encourage them to pick up a book too or strike a conversation. When you're reading from an electronic device, it isn't always glaring that you're reading. So that's one woman's personal mission to encourage reading.

My reluctant transition from paperbacks to ebooks happened at a point when I travelled a lot for work and carrying books added to my limited luggage allowance. The lower ebook pricing also meant I could buy more books with the same amount of money. More books is always a good thing for a book lover.

In addition, I love the fact that I can highlight favourite lines. I cannot stand it when people make notes in printed books. With ebooks, you can remove the highlight anytime you want and the page is good as new. So, yea, there are things to love about ebooks.

Then audiobooks began to trend. I saw the value in audiobooks, but in a limited way - e.g. for visually impaired book lovers, but I never thought I'd be listening to audiobooks on a regular basis. I imagined I'd zone out or just hate the fact that the narrators weren't reading in my accent or my voice.

Ladies and gentlemen, I was wrong. Lately, I've been listening to more audiobooks since I now have to drive myself to and from work (a minimum of 45minutes each way). Since I can't read ebooks while driving, I ended up trying out a couple of audiobooks and now I'm hooked. I realised that narrators don't just read - they perform. Some are better than others, but audiobooks give a different experience.


As you may know (or in case you don't), my book Chancing Faith is available in audiobook format. If you have the ebook already, you can get the audiobook at half-price (on audible). His Inherited Princess is also now available as an audiobook and I can't get enough of it. I'm calling in love all over again with my hero and heroine. 

Anyway, after that shameless self promotion, I'll get to the point. Since I'm getting more reading in through audiobooks, I've concluded that there might be more people who need audiobooks, because ... Life. 

So I'd love to know about you. E-book, Paperback, audiobook. Which do you prefer and why? Also, would you buy an audiobook of a story you've already read or own in a different format?  

mP

Monday, 1 March 2021

New Release: Waking Up Married by Reese Ryan | #WakingUpMarried #BourbonBrothers #ReeseRyan #HonMagPR

WAKING UP MARRIED BY REESE RYAN

Will these friends’ temporary Vegas marriage lead to forever? Find out in this Bourbon Brothers novel from Reese Ryan!


What’s wrong with a little fake marriage between friends?

Their night on the town is a blank, but when Zora Abbott and Dallas Hamilton awaken in a Vegas hotel room, they’re man and wife. With news of the nuptials spreading virally, the high-profile best friends decide to stay married, temporarily. Maybe under the cover of marriage, Dallas can even make his best friend’s baby dream come true. But can their friendship survive their newly unleashed passions?

 

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Reese Ryan writes sexy, emotional romance with captivating family drama, surprising secrets, and a posse of complex, flawed characters. A Midwesterner with deep Southern roots, Reese currently resides in semi-small-town North Carolina where she’s an avid reader, a music junkie, and a self-declared connoisseur of cheesy grits.

 
 

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Review: Neaderthal Seeks Human and Neaderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid | (Knitting in the City Books 1 and 1.5)

NEANDERTHAL MARRIES HUMAN


There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris:
 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.


After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store.

To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan—aka Sir McHotpants—witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn to make her an offer she can't refuse.

New York Times Bestselling Author Penny Reid’s debut novel!
★ AAR top 100 romances of all time ★

Neanderthal Seeks Human is book #1 in the Knitting in the City series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.


NEANDERTHAL MARRIES HUMAN

There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan:
 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions.

But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ and is book #1.5 in the Knitting in the City series.


MY REVIEW(S)
Neanderthal Seeks Human
The story opens with Janie Morrison having a really bad day, including a wardrobe malfunction and termination of employment. The only (possible) bright spot in her day is being escorted out of the building by Quinn Sullivan, a security guard she's been admiring from afar for months. 

Quinn helps her get a job at his company. Yes, his company, not just the company he works for. Owing to the fact that he 'worked' a security guard at her former company, it takes weeks before Janie realises Quinn is THE boss. It was a little odd, because there were obvious hints and (although Quinn didn't hit her over the head with the info), he also didn't intentionally keep it from her. Still, I found the boss/employee dynamics a tad problematic.

Janie had several quirks that made her odd and interesting. Her tendency to drop trivia at odd moments made me laugh in some parts, and Quinn seemed to love it. I liked her girlfriends and the whole idea of the knitting club. 

This is a lighthearted story with some drama thrown in for good measure. I found the writing and the story enjoyable. The story was told entirely from Janie's POV and I felt like I didn't get to know Quinn enough. This opinion was solidified when I got to the epilogue, which was in Quinn's POV. 

Neanderthal Marries Human
This is a sequel to Neanderthal Seeks Human, set about five months after the events of book one. As you may have guessed from the title, this is pretty much a wedding romance story. Despite the happy ending in the previous book, Quinn is convinced he has to make a case for marriage. He comes up with an elaborate plan to get her to say yes. I'm on the fence about the proposal scene. There are sweet parts to it, but some aspects made me uncomfortable. I'd definitely have problems with it in real life.

Anyway, it turns out Quinn was right. Practical as ever, Janie's first instinct is to say no (for now). It's too early to think about marriage, since their love hasn't been life-tested. Her plan to rectify it in the short space of time to their wedding is interesting to say the least. Definitely something Janie would do.

We find out more about Quinn and his family in this story, which is nice. There's an even mix of humour, and drama, with themes of friendship, family, broken trust and reconciliation in the midst of wedding planning. This is more of an extended HEA for Janie and Quinn. It's sweet without being too heavy on romantic conflict.

If you enjoyed book 1, you'll enjoy this.  

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Review: Ravensewood Series by Talia Hibbert

The series

This series was my introduction to Talia Hibbert’s writing. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and humour. I particularly liked the fact that the main characters were ordinary everyday people - a refreshing change from the billionaire and royal romances I’ve been reading lately. Each of the main characters was flawed in a way that made them feel real and relatable. I should say, each story deals with one or more issues that may be triggering for some readers.

I listened to the audiobooks for the main 3 books in the series. The production was great, and I loved the narrator (Rupert Channing). The spin-off (book 1.5) wasn't available as an audiobook, so I read the ebook and often found myself reading it in Rupert Channing’s voice.=


A girl like her (book 1)

Evan is the new guy in town. Nice guy that he is, he decides to introduce himself to his next-door neighbour by baking him or her a pie. The neighbour turns out to be Ruth Kabbah, a girl with a sullied reputation in the small town of Ravenswood. Evan doesn’t care about the gossip and is genuinely intrigued by Ruth.

I liked Evan very much. He was the perfect combination of sweet and macho. Ruth is weird in a good way, and I also liked her a lot. They complemented each other well.

I enjoyed the story and the characters who are perfectly flawed. It was a nice change from the billionaire and royal romances I’ve been reading lately.

This was my first Talia Hibbert book, and I thoroughly enjoyed her humour.

The audiobook narration was also excellent

 

Damaged Goods (Book 1.5)

Pregnant and soon-to-be-divorced, Laura, returns to her childhood home to get away from her abusive husband. She reunites with her childhood friend, Samir. Though they haven't seen each other in years, time falls away as they rediscover each other. Laura had a lot of unlearning and re-learning to do in her journey to finding herself and regaining her confidence. Samir's love and devotion to her was sweet. It was great to see Ruth and Evan from book 1. I was both surprised and impressed by her relationship with Laura. 


Untouchable (book 2)

Nate returns home to Ravenswood with his two kids to help take care of a sick mother. His search for a nanny reunites him with Hannah Kabbah, an old schoolmate. Hannah works as a waitress, due to an ill-advised (albeit justified) action a couple of years ago which cost her the career she’s always dreamed of--working with children. Fortunately, Nate doesn’t care about this, and after seeing his kids take to her at a chance meeting, he hires her as their nanny.

But their attraction for each other gets in the way. Both Nate and Hannah are individuals who normally do the right thing, so their growing attraction isn’t what either of them would choose. For one, she works for him. They decide to handle the matter of their attraction like adults (yea, like that was going to work).

I liked both Nate and Hannah, but my favourite characters were Nate’s kids and his brother, Zac (hero of book 3).

 

That Kind of Guy (book 3)

I learnt a new thing: Demi sexuality. This is the hero’s orientation and he’s tired of having to hide and pretend otherwise or explain/defend it. For once in a romance novel, it is the hero (Zac) who’s off sex trying to find a real connection. The heroine (Ray) is recently divorced and unwilling to trust her heart to a man again. This combination paves the way for a "just friendship" to form between the two.

When Ray has to attend a function where she’ll meet her ex and his new wife, the idea of a fake boyfriend seems like a good, safe plan. Who better to fake date than the guy she’s come to like a lot and trust? Neither expects their relationship to develop beyond friendship, but their weekend together reveals otherwise.

This is a slow burn romance but once it’s lit, it scorches. This story had many unexpected things (for a romance novel) that made it a truly special book. I enjoyed Zac and Ray’s journey of love and learning to trust their feelings for each other.



Thursday, 6 August 2020

New Release: Impromptu Seduction By Stephanie Nicole Norris | #ImpromptuSeduction #InTheHeartOfAValentine #StephanieNicoleNorris #HonMagPR

IMPROMPTU SEDUCTION BY STEPHANIE NICOLE NORRIS


Raised as a debutante, ladylike, and reserved, London Jones has stepped into unknown territory. From the moment her life collided with a man who should’ve been off-limits, a bachelor with a hot reputation—staying out of his way was the sensible thing to do. However, she finds herself caught in a tangled web of passionate fervor whenever he comes near. So much so that her ability to place a barrier between them becomes a futile battle. The heart wants what it wants, and London’s heart yearns for him.  

Borboleta...   

She was the impetus of his desire. The only one who captured his eye for more than a moment and beckoned his soul to blend in beautiful bliss with hers. For software engineer Kyle Valentine, his attempt to hold back the hedonism that struck whenever they were together threatened to be his undoing. His heart yearned to connect with London’s soul, and soon he finds himself questioning if he’s worthy of her love. But now that he’s gotten next to London, determination becomes the motto for his pursuit and his ultimate will to hold on to her, forever.

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Valentine Isle

Brazil

“About what I said before.” 

Claudia shook her head. “Don’t even apologize. I mean, you did come all the way to Brazil because of an invitation. So why wouldn’t you want to spend a night with him?”

London sighed. “So, I’m not crazy then?”

“I’ll tell you what you are. Human. And, if the Valentines are the type of men I’ve seen from the outside in, you should be okay with him.”

Monday, 3 August 2020

Review: The Butcher and the Violinist Duet by Kenya Wright | #mafiaromance

Rhapsody: Interracial French Mafia Romance (The Butcher and the Violinist Book 1)

In Paris, they called him Le Boucher.
The Butcher of the Corsican.
Jean-Pierre’s greatest gift was a lack of feelings. His past had ripped them away. But then he saw Eden. On stage, she played her violin, spinning his head with songs that he’d tried to forget.

Unable to stop himself, he makes Eden his obsession. And unlike any normal man, he takes what he wants.

But there’s someone in the shadows, blocking his path. His plans for Eden won’t be so simple. This mystery person sends Russians his way, igniting a war with the Bratva.

Too bad, there’s no limit to his obsession for her. No force that can stop him. No bullet to get in his way. Jean-Pierre would kill anyone and destroy anything to taste Eden’s love, even go to war.


Sonata: Interracial French Mafia Romance (The Butcher and the Violinist Book 2)

The Butcher of the Corsican. 
Jean-Pierre’s relentless pursuit of Eden has paid off.
But can he keep her safe?
Russians lurk within the shadows.
Dead bodies pile.
There are new enemies on the board, and it all goes down in Paris.









MY REVIEW

Rhapsody
There are stories one must read within context. This is one of them for me. It's a mafia romance, which would make it a little odd if the leader of the mob never got his hands dirty. This is the mindset with which I picked this book, because mafia romance isn't my usual genre. So, why did you read it, you ask? Well, I've had Kenya Wright on my list of authors I want to read, and I already had Rhapsody on my kindle. So when I found it in Audible Escape, I thought why not. Plus did you see that cover! 

We meet Eden first. She's a violinist who's lost her job because the symphony was shut down by the powers that be. Her aunt who runs a brothel offers her a job there (to play the violin) because the older woman doesn't believe in handing out free money. The hero, Jean Pierre, happens to be there with his crew and seems to have an interest in the violin, first, and then in her.

In an Indecent Proposal -like turn of events, he offers a large sum of money to have her play for him privately and to sleep with him. At that moment, I was shaking my head. I suppose it's not the strangest of requests when one meets a woman in a brothel whatever the circumstance. The story takes an informative turn when the hero's POV is introduced and we discover there's a lot more going on behind the scenes. Despite some disturbing things he did, I ended up liking Jean Pierre quite a bit. I'm on the fence regarding Eden. I found her too willing. I feel like Jean Pierre could have asked her to cut off her toe for him, and she'd have done it, which made her character less interesting to me.

The second half of the book expanded the focus of the story beyond Jean Pierre and Eden. This extended the story, which I felt was not necessary. The romance ends with an HFN but leaves loose ends in some sub-plots. 

I enjoyed the story more than I'd expected. I loved Kenya Wright's writing and especially her description of the music and how she wove that into other things. I particularly liked how she described a certain torture scene in musical terms. Though it is a contemporary story, it has a historical feel that really worked. If you like bad boys and hot sex scenes, then this will do the trick.


Sonata
This picks up right from where Rhapsody ends and shows the development  of the relationship between Eden and Jean Pierre as she integrates herself into his world. Most of the conflict is external as they navigate the consequences of actions taken in Rhapsody which brings the Russian and Japanese mafia to their doorstep. Loose ends from book 1 are also tied. You must read Rhapsody before this.