Born in Chains (Men in Chains #1) by Caris Roane-Blog Tour and Giveaway

Born in Chains (Men in Chains #1) by Caris Roane-Blog Tour and Giveaway


Born in Chains
Men in Chains #1
by Caris Roane
Release Date: October 1, 2013

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In the epic battle of vampire against vampire, one warrior’s fate is bound to a mortal woman who controls him, commands him, and craves him like no other…

Chained For Life

Two years ago, the rogue vampires invaded Lily Haven’s home and kidnapped her son. Now, if she hopes to see her child again, she must do the unthinkable—bind herself, body and soul, to a vampire warrior. She must choose one of the rogue army’s prisoners of war and force him to do her bidding. But when she sees the warrior, Adrien, naked, beaten, and straining against his chains, it is she who is held captive…

Hungry For More

Adrien has been waiting for her. A beautiful woman who appears to him in visions. Who soothes his tortured body, feeds his erotic cravings—and quenches his thirst for blood. But Lily is more than he ever hoped for. She is the master of his destiny, and he is her willing slave. Even when she asks him to find the ultimate weapon for his enemies, he must obey her. Even if the task destroys them both, he will fight for her love, forever…

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Caris RoaneCaris Roane has published nine paranormal novels and novellas and writing as Valerie King, fifty Regency works. In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance. As Caris Roane, she currently writes paranormal romance for St. Martin’s Press and also self-publishes the continuing stories for her Guardians of Ascension series as well as stories set in other worlds.

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Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates #1) by Felicity Heaton-Blog Tour and Review

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Kissed by a Dark Prince
Eternal Mates #1
by Felicity Heaton
Release Date: November 30, 2013

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Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?


REVIEW: KISSED BY A DARK PRINCE is the introductory storyline in Felicity Heaton’s new paranormal romance Eternal Mate Series focusing on the supernatural world of the Fae, Elves, Demons and much more. This is Olivia and Loren’s storyline-Loren is the Elven Prince and Olivia is his human bond mate.

The storyline focuses on the growing relationship between Loren and Olivia and Loren’s need to bring his brother to justice. Injured and needing blood due to a battle with his evil brother, Loren will find himself in the human research centre known as Archangel where Olivia’s blood will call to his inner soul. Taking Olivia’s blood will begin the bonding process and what ensues is Loren’s need to claim the human woman as his own.

The relationship between Loren and Olivia is interesting in that Loren is beyond possessive and jealous of any male who even remotely looks interested or twice at Olivia. This is a side effect of the bonding process and one that is not desirous from Olivia’s perspective. She is still recovering from a past haunted by the supernatural and the Elven Prince’s actions are similar in many ways.

There is also a parallel storyline involving Loren’s brother Vail who has promised retribution for the attack against his bond mate and Loren is the primary target. As the storyline develops we learn that there is much more to Vail’s sadistic attacks and maddening attempts at Loren’s life. At each encounter Vail proves to be more deadlier but something or someone is holding him back.

Because Kissed by a Dark Prince is the first in the series, there is plenty of background information as it pertains to the Elven history and the mate bonding process. We learn a little bit about several of the supernatural species that will play a role in future storylines as well as the introduction of several secondary characters including the next storyline hero-a demon king who believes he has found his mate but there is another male vying for the female’s affections.

Kissed by a Dark Prince and the Eternal Mate series is pulled from the imaginative mind of an author who has the ability to draw the reader into the world of the paranormal with colorful characters, alpha males and strong female heroines. Felicity Heaton introduces the reader to a wonderful and frightening world where the supernatural cross over into the human realm and anything and anyone is fare game.

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Reviewed by Sandy



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Kissed by a Dark Prince, the first book in Felicity Heaton’s hot new paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website.

Find out how to enter the Kissed by a Dark Prince international giveaway (ends December 8th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 6 chapter sample of the novel:

Vampire Erotic Theatre

Kissed by a Dark Prince and the Eternal Mates series is set in the same world as the Vampire Erotic Theatre series, so if you’re a fan of that series, you will love Eternal Mates. Throughout this series, you’ll have a chance to catch up with the cast of the Vampire Erotic Theatre series and learn more about their world.

Felicity is hosting TWO release parties too. There will be a Twitter party on December 10th and a Facebook party on December 14th. Both will have amazing giveaways, and there are some fantastic authors joining her at the Facebook party. All the details and how to join the parties are at:

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“You’re not well.” Olivia reached out to steady him, instinct telling her to help him. She caught his upper arms and gasped. He was burning up, shaking beneath her fingers, his skin clammy. “You need to rest.”

“I will be fine… with a little fluids.” Pain grated in his deep voice and he swallowed hard.

“I wasn’t sure what to give you.” Olivia pressed her palm to his forehead. A fever? Was it part of his healing process or was his condition deteriorating? “I wasn’t sure what would harm or help you.”

He leaned forwards and his breath skated over her bare neck. She shivered, a hot rush sweeping through her.

“I know what fluid I need,” he whispered low, his voice barely there and teasing, stirring unbidden heat in her veins and quickening her pulse.

“Tell me and I’ll get it.” She tried to draw back and his hands shot up, fingers closing tightly around her upper arms.

“Oh, you already have it.”

He struck hard on the left side of her throat and her eyes widened. Shock stole her senses for a second before reality came crashing back. He was biting her. He was drinking her blood. Dark memories surged to the surface and she fought his hold on her, struggling like a wild thing. She wouldn’t let it happen to her again. She shoved at his chest, clawing with her short nails, and pounded her hands against it, striking as hard as she could.

He pulled her against his chest, caging her there, his arms steel bands across her back, pinning hers between their bodies. She wriggled, desperate to escape him, fear pounding down on her and making her heart stutter. He was going to drink her to death.

Tears streamed down her cheeks and her head spun, wooziness threatening to pull her down into the darkness.

“Please,” she whispered, breathless and weak, barely clinging to consciousness as her panic and fear overwhelmed her. “Release me… don’t kill me.”

He immediately pulled his fangs from her throat and she crumpled, only his arms around her keeping her on her feet. His heart beat wildly against her palms, strong when hers was weak, a timid thing that barely beat at all.

Olivia managed to find the strength to look up into his eyes.

They were different again, amethyst and dazzling. He wobbled and shimmered, said something she didn’t hear over the whoosh of blood in her ears. Ears. His were pointed now, more so than they had been before. All his markings were shining too, colourful and beautiful.

About the Author

Felicity HeatonFelicity Heaton is a USA Today and international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

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Playing the Playboy (Heirs of Damon #2) by Noelle Adams-Review and Blog Tour

Playing the Playboy (Heirs of Damon #2) by Noelle Adams-Review and Blog Tour


Playing the Playboy
Heirs of Damon #2
by Noelle Adams
Release Date: November 18, 2013
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

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PLAYING THE PLAYBOY (Heirs of Damon #2) by Noelle Adams

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 18, 2013

Laurel will do anything to save her Santorini inn from the powerful Damon family, and that includes manipulating Andrew Damon, the man they’ve sent to get her off the property. Andrew might have a reputation for being irresistible to women, but she won’t have any problem resisting him. This is war, after all, and the Damons drew their weapons first.

Andrew has spent most of his life chasing women and wasting time, but he’s determined to do his duty by his family, even if that means ousting an infuriating (and gorgeous) widow from the inn that legally belongs to the Damons. He doesn’t expect to fall for her. And he definitely doesn’t expect to discover that he’s been played.


REVIEW: PLAYING THE PLAYBOY is the second instalment in Noelle Adams contemporary, adult Heirs of Damon series focusing on the Damon family heirs and their uncle/father Cyrus Damon. This is Andrew and Laurel’s story. Although this is the second in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty. The major players from the first storyline play a small role in PLAYING THE PLAYBOY as the family works together to claim what they believe is rightfully theirs.

The storyline premise focuses on Laurel Greyson and her struggle to keep possession of the Santorini Inn, given to her by her late husband Jerry Grayson as a wedding gift. As the storyline progresses Laurel begins to fall for the man sent to remove her from the premises but in doing so digs herself into a deeper hole by lying about her previous experience and how she came into possession of her late husband’s inn. The Damon family knows that the Santorini Inn belongs to them and it is Andrew’s current assignment that will place him face to face with the woman who will fight him at every step of the eviction.

The relationship between Laurel and Andrew begins under false pretenses but quickly develops into something sexual and sensual. There is an immediate attraction between the couple but the circumstances of their union will become more complicated as the truth about the Inn’s ownership and previous history places an impenetrable wall between our leading couple. When the reality of the situation is finally revealed, Laurel will walk away into an uncertain future and life without the people that she loves.

Noelle Adams continues the story about the Damon men and the situations where Uncle Cyrus will pull the strings as the master puppeteer in a world of corporate acquisitions, financial success and family struggles. Each of the Damon men will play a pivotal role in their uncle’s business ventures as each successive storyline will pull the reader into a world of billionaire dollar take overs and falling in love.

PLAYING THE PLAYBOY is a fast paced storyline about two people pushed together under abnormal circumstances and who will be pulled apart by lies, deceit and a misunderstanding. 

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Reviewed by Sandy


Seducing the Enemy
Heirs of Damon #1
by Noelle Adams
Release Date: October 14, 2013 / / Barnes and Noble / KOBO /

Seducing the EnemyAfter being injured in a tragic accident as a child, Marietta Edwards has lived a sheltered life. Finally recovered, she wants to indulge in pleasures that are entirely new to her, so she begins by seducing a sexy, mysterious stranger. Only after their one-night stand does she learn their families have been embroiled in a fifteen-year legal battle and the man she’s given herself to is her worst enemy.

The heir to a vast fortune, Harrison Damon believes the unforgettable night he spent with Marietta in Monte Carlo is just a fling, an escape from his responsibilities. Then he discovers she is an Edwards—the family he despises most. He can’t quench his attraction for her, but he won’t let her use it against him. He won’t let her manipulate him to win money from his family. No matter how much he wants her, he won’t let her seduce him again.

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Unexpected Inspirations

People often ask about what inspires the ideas for my books, and often my inspirations end up being strange and unexpected.

One of the biggest inspirations for Playing the Playboy was actually a travel documentary on the Greek islands. I’ve always loved the Greek islands, and they’re one of my favorite vacation spots. So, last year, I was flipping the channels and happened to land on a documentary about traveling in the Greek islands, so I stopped to watch it for a few minutes. As I was watching it, I realized I had to set a book on one of the islands, and that’s how I came up with Laurel’s inn on Santorini, from which Andrew has to come and evict her.

Here are some other unexpected inspirations I’ve had for my books:

L.M. Montgomery – Montgomery wrote Anne of Green Gables, but it was actually another of her books that inspired my book, Listed. The Blue Castle is about a woman who, thinking she’s dying, proposes marriage to an odd loner. It’s a lovely, charming book, but every time I read it, I want to see more about the nature of their marriage. So that inspired Listed—a huge, sprawling, emotional saga about a bucket-list marriage-of-convenience.

Fairly Legal – This was a short-lived show on USA (I believe), starring Sarah Shahi, about a woman who was a lawyer but becomes a mediator. I was watching the pilot for the series when I was struck with the inspiration for A Negotiated Marriage. I’m still not exactly sure what prompted the book idea, since A Negotiated Marriage is nothing at all like the TV show. I think it was something about the main character’s attitude and fashion-sense—particularly how she rushed around in her high heels—that inspired the vision for Molly in A Negotiated Marriage.

L.A. Confidential – This is still one of my favorite movies. It blows me away every time I watch it. But there’s one particular scene with Kevin Spacey’s character that, for some reason, has been a huge inspiration for capturing a distinct emotional moment. Spacey’s character is asked why he became a cop, and he opens his mouth like he’s going to answer but doesn’t. Then he turns his head, lets out his breath, and says, “I don’t remember.” It’s such a rich emotional moment in the film, handled in such a subtle way, and whenever I’m writing and need to capture a character’s conflicted moment of revelation, I always go back to that scene and use it as a gauge for authenticity.

The Chronicles of Riddick – This is crazy, but one part of this not-terribly-good, sci-fi action film was actually the inspiration for an entire story I wrote (under a different penname).


about the author

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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Catching Up with Thea Harrison

Catching Up with Thea Harrison

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The Reading Cafe is thrilled to welcome back Thea Harrison. Thea is is here today to discuss her two new releases, Dragos Takes a Holiday and Kinked. She will also tell us what she has in store for us in 2014.

Let’s talk to Thea.



TRC:  Hi, Thea.  Thank you for taking the time to revisit us at The Reading Cafe to discuss your fabulous Elder Races series, including your new release Dragos Takes a Holiday.

Thea:  Thanks for having me!

TRC:  Just in time for the holidays, you have just released an Elder Races novella…Dragos Takes a Holiday.  Can you give us a brief description about the novella, and how did you come up with the idea for this wonderful holiday treat?

Thea:  All of the characters I’ve written about in the Elder Races series are alive and well in the back of my mind.  The idea for the Dragos novella just grew pretty naturally earlier this year, and I knew for several months that I wanted to write it.  I was delighted to find the time to do so!

The novella is 29,500 words long. Here’s the official blurb:
The Bermuda Triangle. Pirates. The Peanut. What could possibly go wrong?

Dragos Cuelebre needs a vacation. So does Pia, his mate. When the First Family of the Wyr head to Bermuda for some much needed R&R, it’s no ordinary undertaking – and no ordinary weekend in the sun. Between hunting for ancient treasure buried beneath the waves and keeping track of their son, Liam—a.k.a. Peanut, whose Wyr abilities are manifesting far ahead of schedule—it’s a miracle that Pia and Dragos can get any time together.

They’re determined to make the most of each moment, no matter who tries to get in their way.

And did we mention pirates?

For fans of DRAGON BOUND and LORD’S FALL, passion, playfulness, and adventure abound in this Elder Races novella.

TRC:  We will get to see more of Liam (Peanut) in Dragos Takes a Holiday?

Thea:  One of the things I really looked forward to doing in this story was introducing Liam as a POV character, so yes, readers do get to see more of him!

TRC:  Earlier this month, you released your 6th book in the Elder Races, Kinked.  It was great to see Aryal finally find her match in Quentin.  Will we learn more about Pia’s powers in future books? She was awesome healing others (no spoilers) in Kinked.

Thea:  Pia’s nature is a slowly unfolding revelation through the series.  It creates issues and secrets, and consequences that spring from actions people take, and I’m definitely planning on future development with her character and nature. 🙂

TRC:  Falling Light, the second book of your Game of Shadows series is due to be released in February, 2014.  Can you give us a brief description of the book, and is this the end of the series?

Thea:  Falling Light follows directly after the events in Rising Darkness.  The stories are a duology, so yes, this is the end of the series.  I DO have an idea for a spin-off story, but it wouldn’t involve Mary and Michael.  I’m afraid I can’t say what the spin-off story would be, because it would involve spoilers, but I do hope I can find the time to write it.

Here’s the official blurb for Falling Light:

Having finally reunited, and fought off The Deceiver for now, Mary and Michael race up the Michigan peninsula to meet Astra before police forces catch up with them. But the closer they get, the less Mary is willing to trust a woman who by her own admission will do anything to finish The Deceiver – even if it means killing Michael and Mary to try again in another life. As they face their final battle unsure if they can trust either side, Michael’s loyalties are tested, making him vulnerable just when Mary needs him most.

TRC:  Would you like to share with us on what you are currently working on, and what your plans are for 2014?

Thea:  I’m working on book seven in the Elder Races right now. It was supposed to be Graydon’s story, but then I realized that because of certain story elements, it wasn’t time to tell Graydon’s story yet, so after talking it over with my editor Cindy, I’ve switched to another story. I’ve been wanting to write this new one for a while, so I’m quite excited to get to it! I’m taking a break from the sentinels, and while the reader have met the hero before, I think they are going to be surprised at who it is. And for those who were looking forward to Graydon, don’t worry! He WILL get his own story… When the time is right.

And 2014 is shaping up to be another busy year! Book seven is the first in a three-book contract for the Elder Races. I’m looking forward to more work on a new series I’m developing, and I’m also excited at an idea for another novella with Dragos and Pia. If reader reaction is positive to Dragos Takes A Holiday, I’ll definitely have to find time to write that one too!

TRC:  If you read our review on Dragos Takes a Holiday…you know our answer…YES!!!!

TRC:  Would you like to add anything else?

Thea: If you would like to keep updated on my new releases, be sure to sign up for my newsletter at:  I put out a newsletter about a month or so before each new publication and they’re filled with all kinds of goodies, like exclusive excerpts and contests. 🙂

TRC:  Thank you, Thea, for giving us an update on Kinked and Dragos Takes a Holiday”, as well as what we can look forward to in 2014.   It was a pleasure having you visit us again.

Thea:  I’m so glad we could do this!  It’s always a pleasure to visit with you as well.



Dragos Takes a Holiday (Elder Races Novella 6.5) by Thea Harrison-dual review

Dragos Takes a Holiday (Elder Races Novella) by Thea Harrison-dual review

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About the book: Release Date November 28, 2013

The Bermuda Triangle. Pirates. The Peanut. What could possibly go wrong?

Dragos Cuelebre needs a vacation. So does Pia, his mate. When the First Family of the Wyr head to Bermuda for some much needed R&R, it’s no ordinary undertaking – and no ordinary weekend in the sun. Between hunting for ancient treasure buried beneath the waves and keeping track of their son, Liam—a.k.a. Peanut, whose Wyr abilities are manifesting far ahead of schedule—it’s a miracle that Pia and Dragos can get any time together.

They’re determined to make the most of each moment, no matter who tries to get in their way.

And did we mention pirates?

For fans of DRAGON BOUND and LORD’S FALL, passion, playfulness, and adventure abound in this Elder Races novella.

Sandy’s Review

DRAGOS TAKES A HOLIDAY is the latest novella in Thea Harrison’s Novel of the Elder Races series and one that focuses on family and friends. Both Pia and Dragos are tired: tired of the daily ins and outs of running Cuelebre Enterprises and in desperate need of time away. Hoping to relax in the sun, surf and sand of Bermuda, Dragos flies his family to the islands for a week of relaxation and treasure hunting. But not everything goes according to plans when others come hunting for the same treasure that Dragos has located.

The storyline is one many young families will sympathize with when everything in life closes in and nothing seems to go well. Pia is quickly learning that the dragon shifter she gave birth to is developing much faster than humanly possible and it is this development that will place the small family in danger of losing one of their own.

Thea Harrison pulls the reader into a sweet storyline where mommy and daddy need some time away but the ‘peanut’ as he is affectionately called, has other plans. We watch as Liam softens the heart of a man who will kill to protect those he loves and allows us to believe that there is good amongst the evil wherever we will go.

Thea has written an engaging storyline of love and affection; family and friends; greed and revenge. Dragos Takes a Holiday shows the mischievous side of raising a dragon shifter baby and allows us another peak into the world of the leader of the Wyr and the family that he loves.

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Barb’s Review

Since Sandy has wonderfully described Dragos Takes a Holiday, and rather then duplicate that, I will tell you what I loved about the book. This was a novella, and Thea Harrison did such a wonderful job giving us just what we needed for the holidays. I absolutely loved this book. It was such a sweet, endearing read that was so much fun, and had me falling totally in love with Liam (Peanut).

Thea also gave us Peanut’s POV, which was precious. Just to get any story on Dragos and Pia is always great, as they are and always will be my favorites; though I love most of Elder Races heroes and heroines. Dragos and Pia still steam up the pages (I do have a kindle 🙂 ), but it was nice to watch their reactions upon discovering what Peanut can already do.

Did I say he was so adorable? I wanted to pick him up as the baby, and also as the little white dragon. Only a few months old, and he is already doing things unheard of. Some of my favorite scenes:

Pia in the kitchen hearing a noise, runs into the room and sees a small white dragon. Liam’s first shift. OMG I loved it. How she held him, and called Dragos home to see his little dragon.

When they were in Bermuda, Dragos takes Pia and Peanut for a ride on his back in his Dragon form. Peanut watches his father’s wings and flying, and joyfully decides to shift and copy his father. Poor Pia has to hold on to the little dragon, afraid he would fall. But never fear, Dragos can do anything, which includes protect them both.

Later, Peanut’s curiosity gets him into trouble, but he is smart enough (you hear his thoughts in his POV), to climb on the top of a building and wait for his father to fly to his rescue.

Dragos takes a Holiday is also a suspenseful story, in which Dragos must discover who is trying to stop him from looking for treasure in the Bermuda Triangle, as well as who will harm his family. I loved that they were able to get away on a much needed vacation, taking only Eva and Hugh, with them. It was fun watching Dragos and Pia marvel at their son, and worry what will happen when he gets older. But it was more fun for us, and I enjoyed every single moment of this wonderful adventure. Thank you Thea, for this amazing heartwarming holiday treat, and allowing us to joyfully spend time with Liam.

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Asking for Trouble (Line of Duty #4) by Tessa Bailey-Book Tour and Review

ASKING FOR TROUBLE (Line of Duty #4 ) by Tessa Bailey-book tour and review


Line of Duty #4
by Tessa Bailey
Release Date: November 25, 2013


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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 25, 2013

Brent Mason and Hayden Winstead can’t stand each other. She plans exclusive parties for her rich familys charities. He’s a rough and tumble cop who rigs explosives for a living. Could two people be any less suited for conversation? They think not and prefer to keep it that way.

Unfortunately, their two best friends are deeply, disgustingly in love. Forced together, the mutual attraction simmering beneath the surface of Brent and Hayden’s non-relationship grows with every argument until it explodes into a scintillating night of mind-blowing sex. And it wont be the last, as far as Brent’s concerned.

Hayden has a secret, though. Her father’s company is relying on a merger to save them from financial ruin, and only Hayden’s marriage to the CEOs wealthy son can secure the deal. If she’s to protect her family, she’ll have to forget Brent. And he has no intention of being forgotten.


REVIEW: ASKING FOR TROUBLE is the fourth storyline in Tessa Bailey’s contemporary adult romance series-Line of Duty. Although Asking for Trouble is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty, I would recommend reading in order as a few of the previous storyline characters play a significant role in each subsequent novel.

Asking for Trouble follows an enemy to lovers storyline that finds officer and part time mechanic Brent Mason and Hayden Winstead at each other’s throat. Hayden comes from money and Brent has always worked hard to earn every penny he has saved and spent but for some reason the duo are quick to judge each other based on where they live; what they do; and the bottom line. Close friends with Story and Daniel (the previous storyline characters) Brent and Hayden are forced into a companionable treaty when in the presence of their mutual friends.

Brent sees Hayden as a spoiled, rich girl who lives off of her family’s money and Hayden views Brent as a blue collar obnoxious ruffian without manners, morals or respect. But as the storyline develops we begin to learn that both have made an error in judgment and it is this mistake that will push each other’s proverbial buttons when it comes to sex and their building relationship-good or bad. And when Hayden must make a heartbreaking decision, it will be Brent who steps outside of his comfort zone to ensure that Hayden will be his-forever.

The relationship is acrimonious. The sarcastic taunts, name calling and aggression reads like foreplay when the couple begin to realize that there may be more to their relationship than ego, mistaken beliefs and hatred for one another. Attraction and love are vaguely disguised but the sexual tension is thick whenever they are together.

Asking For Trouble is a storyline about two people who have a difficult time seeing past the zip codes and fancy label packaging. But when all is said and done, once everything and everyone is stripped down, they are two people who will fall in love when the truth about the bottom line is finally revealed.

Reading Order

Protecting What’s His
His Risk To Take
Officer Off Limits
Asking for Trouble

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Reviewed by Sandy

About The author

Tessa BaileyThank you for your interest in my books! I’m Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I’ve decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I’m still finding it, little by little.

Thank you for being a part of it.

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Catherine Bybee – Highland Protector Book Blog Tour-Interview, Review & Giveaway

Catherine Bybee – Highland Protector
Book Blog Tour-Interview, Review & Giveaway

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The MacCoinnich Time Travel Series, Book Five
by Catherine Bybee
Paranormal Romance
November 19, 2013, First Edition
Paperback & Ebook

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From New York Times Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee comes the long awaited next installment in her MacCoinnich Time Travel Series.

No ordinary hero can save Amber from death…it will take a Highland Protector

Amber MacCoinnich’s survival depends on her traveling to the twenty first century, or so her mother’s premonition told her. Death taunts Amber and offers peace in her endless pain. Without the mysterious savior her mother spoke of, Amber prepares for death only to wake with a handsome, dark stranger in her bed.

Gavin Kincaid spends his life shifting time in order to preserve and protect the MacCoinnich family and their line even though he’s never met one living MacCoinnich. A haunting portrait of a beautiful woman captures his attention and he embarks on a quest to put a name to the picture. When a colleague vanishes, the time-stream forces Kincaid to the twenty first century where he finds his mystifying woman close to death. His Druid gift can save her, but at what price? And when they both find themselves emotionally linked, the truth behind Kincaid’s heritage just might kill them both.


First off I should say, this is my first read of a Catherine Bybee book, and it won’t be my last.  Especially since Highland Protector is part of a series and I didn’t know it at the time, and for anyone who knows me, knows I don’t like picking up a series in the middle.  Now I will be going back to read the previous books in this series so I am all caught up.  However, having said that, it wasn’t difficult for me to follow along with Highland Protector and figure out all that was going on.  Catherine’s style of writing flows seamlessly from page to page and draws the reader in.  She does an amazing job of setting the stage with her main characters, and then weaving her secondary characters seamlessly into the main story to add layers and depth.  Highland Protector is well written and carries the reader along an emotional and romantic adventure. 

For anyone who enjoys a good time travel read, highlanders, druids, and magic with a good healthy dose of romance and intrigue thrown in for good measure then this one is for you.  Miss Bybee seems to have quite the gift when it comes to writing all these various elements into her story.  I was captivated by both the heroine and hero from the get go, and really enjoyed getting to know them and what makes them who they are.  Amber is the youngest of her clan and was sent to the future in the hopes of saving her from her gift due to a vision her mother had.  You see Amber is a very strong empath and feels even the littlest thing, and over time has only been getting stronger and harder to control.  However, little did Amber know her savior would be a handsome time travelling warrior, who also happens to be a powerful Druid, by the name of Gavin Kincaid.  I mean, c’mon ladies who wouldn’t want to wake up in bed with a handsome Druid warrior tied to your side after knocking on death’s door.  I know I wouldn’t be complaining.  😉 

Watching Amber and Gavin navigate the situation they are placed in, and seeing them slowly begin to fall for each other and realize they are better together then apart was very touching and sweet.  One of the highlights in the story for me was the scene where Amber decides she can’t risk endangering Gavin’s life due to her powerful gift, so she takes matters into her own hands with a very unselfish act of bravery and courage, only to have Gavin turn around and do the same thing to save her.  That scene is wonderfully written, emotionally charged and had me glued to my e-reader waiting to see what would happen next.  Actually, the whole book is a page turner and I couldn’t read it fast enough to see what would happen next to our couple. 

Like any well written romance, the road to happiness is never easily travelled.  Just when you think everything is falling into place for Amber and Gavin, Miss Bybee throws in a whopper of a twist and reveals something about Gavin’s past/heritage that could just ruin everything this couple has dealt with and survived to tell the tale.  Now, for anyone who knows me, they know I hate spoilers, so, sorry folks, if you want to know what the twist is, you’ll have to read the book.  Not only does Bybee throw in a well timed twist, but she also leaves us hanging at the end of the book regarding the evil that is intent in wrecking havoc with the McCoinnich Clan, as well as breaking apart the bond and love between Amber and Gavin.  If there is any part of the book that I wasn’t thrilled with, it’s the cliffhanger of an ending.  Again, anyone who knows me, knows I’m not a patient person when it comes to books and waiting for the next installment, so this cliffhanger is really throwing me for a loop. I can’t wait to see what Miss Bybee has planned for her next book in this series. I for one am chopping at the bit to see what will happen to Amber and Gavin, along with Amber’s brother Cian, who appears to be in the clutches of the evil that is longing to take over and destroy everything good in the world. 

Highland Protector for me was an enjoyable read, filled with all the elements in a book that keep me wanting to find out what’s going to happen next.  The characters are real and believable, and make you want them to find that connection that will bring them to their HEA.  The secondary characters bring depth and personality to the main couple, but also provide added story to keep the subplots moving along.  I really can’t say enough about what a wonderful story this was, and how much I enjoyed it.  If you enjoy your Highlanders, Druids, time travel, magic etc, then I highly recommend Highland Protector to you.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.  Here’s too trying to patiently await the next installment in Catherine Bybee’s MacCoinnich Time Travel Series. 

Until next time my friends, Happy Reading

Reviewed by Marcie

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Catherine, welcome to The Reading Café.  We would like to start with some background information.

TRC: Please tell us something about yourself?

Catherine:  I’m a wife, mother, writer and retired RN. I don’t take life to seriously and try and laugh and enjoy as much of the people around me as I can.

TRC:  Have you always been interested in writing?

Catherine:  I moved to LA to become an actress…realized that EVERYONE in LA is here for that very reason and went to school to become a nurse. I’ve always been a reader and when my career ended rather abruptly I turned to writing my first novel.

TRC:  For those who may not have read your MacCoinnich Time Travels series, can you tell us the premise of the series?  How did you come up with the idea of this series, and how many books are you planning?

Catherine:  I’ve always loved historical romance novels and time travels. However, there aren’t that many authors who write time travels so I decided to try my luck. I wanted a Scottish time travel with lots of paranormal elements and I created the MacCoinnich Clan. They are Druid, and each one of them has a special gift, or power, that helps hide their secrets. I created a large family and realized after the third book that my fans wanted more books. I’m planning six books total for this series. Thought I haven’t ruled out a spin off series. We’ll see.

Highland Protector LARGETRC:  Can you please give us a brief description of your new release, Highland Protector

Catherine:   Highland Protector is the long-awaited story about Amber MacCoinnich, the youngest daughter to the MacCoinnich’s.

Amber MacCoinnich’s survival depends on her traveling to the twenty first century, or so her mother’s premonition told her. Death taunts Amber and offers peace in her endless pain. Without the mysterious savior her mother spoke of, Amber prepares for death only to wake with a handsome, dark stranger in her bed. 

Gavin Kincaid spends his life shifting time in order to preserve and protect the MacCoinnich family and their line even though he’s never met one living MacCoinnich. A haunting portrait of a beautiful woman captures his attention and he embarks on a quest to put a name to the picture. When a colleague vanishes, the time-stream forces Kincaid to the twenty first century where he finds his mystifying woman close to death. His Druid gift can save her, but at what price? And when they both find themselves emotionally linked, the truth behind Kincaid’s heritage just might kill them both.

TRC:  You write many different genres, such as Romance, Paranormal, and Erotic.  Do you have a preference?  Do you find it difficult to switch between these genres, when writing your stories?

Catherine:  I love writing in different genres. It helps keep me fresh. In the paranormal world, I can make up just about anything and make it work. In contemporary romance, readers will argue about the color of the sea. The only genre I’m not playing in much any longer is erotic. My books are spicy, and I hope they always keep that edge that makes my erotic readers happy.

TRC:  Can please you tell us about your Not Quite series, for which you recently released the third book? Also, how many books are you anticipating for this series?

Catherine:  My Not Quite books are grounded in family and real life drama that I place my characters in. The third book, Not Quite Enough features an ER nurse volunteering with Borderless Nurses. My heroine isn’t looking for love but finds it in the most unlikely situation. Whether my readers realize it or not, my fiction is often reality based and this book was no exception.

I will be writing a fourth book in the series early next year with hopes that it will be released next fall.

TRC:  What are you working on now? 

Catherine:  Right now I’m working on the fifth book in my Bride series. So many series, so little time.

TRC:  What is your writing process…favorite place, special time?

Catherine:  Writing is my day job so I write all the time. I have an office where most of my actual writing takes place. I tried a laptop but found myself more distracted than if I just stayed in the office.

TRC:  Many author bounce ideas and information between each other and their family and spouses.  With whom do you bounce ideas?

Catherine:  My critique partner…sometimes. Once in a while, if I’m stuck, I’ll chat with friends. For the most part I just bounce them in my own head until something fits.  

TRC:  Having worked as an RN in an emergency room, do you ever use your experiences in your novels?

Catherine:  Yes! All the time, but especially in Not Quite Enough.



Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Dessert:  Crème Brule

Favorite TV show:  Duck Dynasty

Favorite Movie:  Romancing the Stone – Raiders of the Lost Arc – Somewhere in Time

Dark or Milk Chocolate:  Both

Favorite Literary Character (male & female) not your own:  *blinks* –  I’ve got nothing… so deep in my own book right now. LOL

Cats or Dogs?  Both

TRC:  Catherine thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions.  The Reading Café wishes you good luck with Highland Protector.

Catherine:  Thanks for having me!

About The Author
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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.

If you want to learn more about Catherine, you can find her at the following links:
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Ever After by Kim Harrison-Blog Tour and Giveaway

Ever After by Kim Harrison-Blog Tour and Giveaway

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The Hollows, #11
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Formats: eBook, Mass Market paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Ever After

Witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan needs to save the demonic realm of the Ever After in the eleventh entry in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series from supernatural adventure master Kim Harrison.
When Rachel sets off a chain of events that could lead to the end of the world—demonic and human—she must use her gifts to save those closest to her while preventing an apocalypse.

Satisfying and sexy, a visit to the Hollows will take readers on a wild journey that will capture their imagination. Fans of Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer won’t be able to resist Kim Harrison’s alternative universe—urban fantasy Cincinnati complete with vampires, witches, and other enchanting creatures—where spine-tingling adventures and fast-paced action are the norm.

The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic in our own. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix this, before life utterly changes for the worse.

Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. And that the most powerful demon in the ever after–one who eats souls–has vowed to destroy Rachel, and kidnapped her friend and goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn’t give herself up, they will die.

Rachel must team up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack–a prospect both thrilling and dismaying–to return to the ever after and rescue the hostages, then keep both worlds from being destroyed.

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Kim HarrisonNew York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch WalkingThe Good, The Bad, and The UndeadEvery Which Way But DeadA Fistful of CharmsFor a Few Demons MoreThe Outlaw Demon WailsWhite Witch, Black CurseBlack Magic SanctionPale DemonA Perfect Blood, plus the short story collection Into the Woods and The Hollows Insider. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery YA series.

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Twisting, Nick shoved me off, a nasty snarl on his face. “You could have loved me, too.”

He jumped at me, and I rolled, my back crashing into one of the machines. I shook my head to get the hair from my eyes. Nick was still coming right at me, and I braced myself. We went sprawling again. Nick hauled me into a sitting position, slamming my back up against the machine. “This is for bringing that putrid witch of yours into my apartment.”

My eyes widened and I gasped in pain as his open hand met my cheek in a slap that sent stars through my vision. Trent was yelling, the babies were crying, and my eye felt like it was going to explode.

“And this is for the hell of it!” Nick whispered.

I put a hand up to stop him, and he grabbed it. His other hand was coming at me, and I struggled, trying to get him off!

But before his hand could connect, he was yanked backward and up. Knees going to my chest, I tossed the hair from my eyes at the sodden thunk of fist meeting flesh. Nick reeled into the counter, his feet slipping on the tile floor until he went down. Trent stood between us, his back hunched and shaking the pain from a bleeding hand.

“Son of a b*tch.”

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