Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Reviews Catnip & Cauldrons trilogy by Autumn Jones Lake

Title: Onyx Night
Author: Autumn Jones Lake
Series: Catnip & Cauldrons
Release Date: October 31st 2016


Onyx Knight has yearned to leave her tiny hometown behind for years. With her parents' support she attends the local university where she has developed a not-so-innocent crush on her Medieval History professor, Cole Radcliffe.

A family tragedy thrusts Onyx into a secret world she never knew existed and she discovers something about herself she could never have imagined. Family friends promise to help Onyx through this transition, but they demand certain things in return. Things she can't--and will not--give. When it becomes clear they are willing to get what they want from her by force, Onyx goes on the run.

Cole Radcliffe has his own secrets. When he finds Onyx in need of help, he takes her in, against his better judgment. He plans to keep her safe, but how can he keep her safe if he can't even protect her from himself?

Previously published with Breathless Press in 2012, this is a new expanded version published in 2016.

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Review by Iza

I love AJL's Lost Kings MC series and I love PNR, so I had to give this one a try.

Onyx Night is the first of a trilogy. We get to meet the characters, learn their backgrounds. It's a fast-paced and very steamy novella. So if you love shifters, insta-love and hot scenes, this book's for you.

I'm curious about what happens next and yes, I'm a fan of Cole's.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. My rating is 3.5 - 4 stars.

Title: Onyx Shadows
Author: Autumn Jones Lake
Series: Catnip & Cauldrons
Release Date: November 14th 2016


While vacationing in Rome with her wizard boyfriend Cole, Onyx Knight meets someone like her—a werecat who refused a forced mating.

Kipp says she's not alone. Werecats all over are coming out of the shadows of tradition and striking out on their own. With the belief that joining forces can benefit everyone, Kipp encourages Onyx and Cole to join their group.

At first Onyx is thrilled to be among fellow shifters, but the tension in the group is overwhelming. Are they really all on the same side?

The more Onyx learns about the werecats, the more danger she places herself in. When one of their group goes missing, it will take more than magic to get her back.

ONYX SHADOWS is the second book in the Catnip and Cauldrons series. It is a continuation of the first book, ONYX NIGHT and contains a high degree of sensuality.

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Review by Iza

"You're everything," he whispered."

Major swooning happened with this book! Cole was amazing *insert many hearts* Don't tell Wrath, though.

This one isn't as fast-paced as book 1; it's a more laid-back one. The story line just flows, there's enough drama to make you want more - there was a time or two I wanted to smack one particular character, if you'll read it you'll understand.

Cole takes Nyx on a trip to Rome - I know, right? - and there they meet another cat shifter, thus finding out quite a lot of things about the shifter community that they didn't know. They decide to join other cats' cause; others that refused to obey the elders' rules by mating with whomever they chose.

Of course that there are hot scenes - it's AJL we're talking about; swoon-worthy ones - oh, Cole; and scenes where I was biting my nails - hoo boy, my heart could barely take it!

If I wasn't clear enough with everything I wrote so far, I'll write it down now: I loved it! I need more! Book 3 can't get into my grubby hands soon enough!

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. I'm rating 4.5 - 5 stars and I do recommend it to any PNR lover.

Title: Feral Escape
Author: Autumn Jones Lake
Series: Catnip & Cauldrons
Release Date: November 30th 2016


Cat-shifter on the run, Molly has been captured, imprisoned and is near-death when Ivan rescues her. The mysterious and aloof lynx-shifter is deeply irresistible to Molly.

Ivan has vowed to never get involved with a shifter again, but the more time he and Molly spend together, the more he questions his old beliefs.

Rescuing Molly is only the beginning. The danger Molly and the rest of the runaway cat-shifters have managed to elude is closing in on them fast. Ivan is committed to protecting Molly from all threats. Ivan's past comes back to bite him when his old enforcer friend tells him he's been hired to bring Molly in. When he refuses to turn Molly over to the ruthless enforcers, they both become prey.

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Review by Iza

 We've met Ivan in the previous book. He took a liking to Nyx - much to Cole's annoyance - but then switched his attentions to Molly. I'm hoping you've already read book two and know that it ends with Molly being kidnapped.

So of course this one starts with everyone looking for her. But there's no trace of Molly anywhere. The cat shifters have to resort to magic in order to get some clues of her whereabouts and Ivan is the only one that figures it out. Take a wild guess why! *giggle*

I myself have taken a liking to Ivan because he was different from the others; his characters was built differently, I'm thinking because he's a lynx shifter, which in itself implies he's bigger and more badass than the rest. Don't take me wrong, I still love Cole but there's just something about Ivan...

Anyway, I like that things aren't dragged out; no extra drama added to the search. Ivan finds her, saves her and keeps her in his hidden lair. But it's not all solved, what with the shifters wanting her - hence the kidnapping - and will do anything to get her, dead or alive.

There was a time or two Ivan was frustrating - communication is key, that's all I'm saying - but the ending is a happy one, so that's all I'm after. I liked this one, all in all - book two is still my fave though - and I'm rating it 4 stars. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book and recommend the entire trilogy to any PNR lover. 

Author Bio

Autumn is the author of the popular Lost Kings MC series. She prefers to write her romances on the classier side of dirty, and she's a sucker for a filthy-talking, demanding alpha male hero. The bigger the better.

Her past lives include baking cookies, slinging shoes, and practicing law. She's an active member of her local chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Autumn was born and raised in upstate New York. She still enjoys all four seasons there with her very own alpha hero and their dogs.



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Release Day Blitz Ink Exposed, Montgomery Ink series by Carrie Ann Ryan



He failed himself. His family. His heart. Will he fail her? New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan's INK EXPOSED is available now! Get your hands on Alex's story now. You can find out more about INK EXPOSED, read the first chapter, and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card below!


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The Montgomery Ink series continues with the brother that deserves a second chance, and the woman who has always loved him.

Alex Montgomery lost his first love and then proceeded to leave himself in the bottle. Only he and his ex-wife truly know why he fell so hard and so fast down a path he never thought he’d take. Now he’s clean, out of rehab, and learning how to be a Montgomery once again—a task that isn’t quite as easy as some of his family assumes. Tabby Collins is an honorary Montgomery and the organizational mastermind behind Montgomery Inc., the family’s construction company. She loves her planners, friends, and a certain dark-haired man who’s never given her a second glance. Alex is slowly re-immersing himself back into the world, but the demons he faced before aren’t out of the picture, and he’ll have to learn to rely on others to make it out whole. When Alex discovers that Tabby’s life is in danger, he not only finds a way to help her but also learns the true woman behind the soft smiles he’s always seen. Their romance won’t be an easy one, but nothing this passionate and heart-pounding ever is. 

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Author Bio

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Release Blitz by A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.

I opened the window beside me and stared at the illuminated entrance. I swallowed hard and placed my empty glass on the bar. Metal groaned, breaking through the twilight, as the massive black wrought-iron gates began to open. The limo slowly pulled onto the property’s lane, and I drank in the thick forest that shielded the estate. I inhaled the freshness of the lush green trees. The unpolluted sky was thick with stars—not a single cloud in sight.
A few minutes later, the thick woods cleared, and I gasped. Acres and acres of gold and green vineyards covered the landscape. The scents of plump grapes and damp soil permeated the warm air. I closed my eyes. It reminded me of being a child. It brought me back to the days before I was taken to New York. I could still feel the heat of the Emilia-Romagna sun on my face, the deep smell of olives, grapes and flowers drifting in the breeze as I ran around our Parma estate.
I smiled a nostalgic smile and allowed my eyes to drift open again. I rested my arms on the window and leaned my chin on them as the limo drove on. There were several small villas peppered over the landscape, their lights twinkling in the distance. They must have been the winemakers’ residences. It was not only the Bella Collina merlot that was made on this land; other reds were too—particularly the Chianti from the region’s finest Sangiovese grapes. The Bella Collina olive oil was also up there with the best. But nothing compared to the famed merlot.
The limo turned right, and my breath caught in my throat. I lifted my head and stared disbelievingly at the property ahead. Bella Collina was a veritable Palace of Versailles tucked away in the Umbrian wilderness.
“Mio Dio,” I whispered as I took in the imposing stone structure, the sweeping steps and the vast number of windows set in the building’s walls. Large pillars of red-veined marble flanked the entrance. Cypress trees framed the estate as if it were the shining star of a fine Renaissance painting. Sculptures of famed Savona monarchs of old stood proudly on the manicured lawns, and strategically placed lighting illuminated the sheer perfection of every piece of topiary.
As a child, I had been to the Palazzo Savona in Florence. It was widely regarded to be one of the finest estates in all of Italy, if not western Europe. But this . . . this . . . there were no words. It was perfectly placed, as if it had always been there. As if it had grown naturally from the Umbrian earth just as sure as the vines and woods that kept this architectural treasure hidden from view.

Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

Release Blitz Darkness Within by Isabel Lucero

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Title: Darkness Within
Author: Isabel Lucero
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 28
The moment it happens, everything in me changes.

Imagine somebody was able to fit inside of your body. Their arms are the same length as yours. You’re both the same height. Everything is exactly the same. Now imagine that person not being a person at all. That thing inside of you is a shadow. Darkness. A silhouette of you, only living on the inside of your body. It doesn’t have a conscious. It doesn’t have a heart. Nothing within that darkness is remotely human. Its only goal is to take over your body. It fights against your muscles. It tries breaking through the skin. It wants to replace you. That’s what it feels like when the darkness that lives inside me starts trying to get out.
I feel it happening. The pressure builds. My skin prickles. And the only thing that tames it, getting it back to resting peacefully inside me, is to unleash it. I have to let it wreak havoc, and I quite enjoy the mayhem.

Analeigh Price comes into my life and does the one thing I hate; question me about my past. She can pretend she wants to get to know me all she wants, but she’s not ready for the truth. I won’t become a better person for her, because I am who I am. She can't fix me, because my wounds are unfixable.

You see, I’m not like everybody else. Oh, no. I’m different. My humanity was stripped from me long ago, and those who are responsible are about to be paid a visit. You’ve never heard a story like mine, because I’m unlike anyone you’ve ever met. I’m no hero. I’m the guy you don’t want to piss off, because once the darkness within me is unleashed, it’ll be too late to get away.

What’s my name? It’s Donovan. Donovan James. But the darkness is taking over, and it’s only good at one thing, so I must go.

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Isabel Lucero is a multi-genre bestselling author, penning the romantic suspense novel The Secrets That We Keep, the erotic romance books Living in Sin, Unforgivable Sin, and Sins & Mistrust; books one, two, and three in The Escort Series, the crime drama WAR, the contemporary romance novel titled Resurrecting Phoenix, and a forbidden contemporary romance titled Think Again.

She was born in a small town in New Mexico and was lucky enough to escape and travel the world thanks to her husband's career in the Air Force. She's been married for twelve years to the love of her life and Jr. High School sweetheart. Together they have two of the best and most beautiful kids in the world.

She currently lives overseas and is constantly coming up with new book ideas, so keep an eye open for new stories coming your way. Isabel loves connecting with her readers and fans of books in general. You can find her on her personal website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Home Tears by Tijan

Title: Home Tears
Author: Tijan
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 2016


Dani’s survived a lot of sh*t storms.

Her mother died. Her two sisters loathed her. One aunt hated her. The other was strangely distant, but the worst storm—being dumped by her childhood best friend/high school boyfriend/first love for her younger sister.

There went the one person who was hers and with that, the main reason she stuck around. So, she left for ten years. But now she’s back, and nothing’s the same.

With help from Jonah Bannon, a reformed—kind of—bad boy she remembers from high school, Dani uncovers family secrets that have spanned generations. And along with those, she’s about to face the biggest sh*t storm of her life.

Only this time, she may not survive.

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“Why’d you push me earlier?”

“It’s not important.”

But it was. She felt it in her chest. It was so important, and she needed him to say it again. She was salivating for the chance. She wanted to reassure him, and this time she felt it in her heart. She knew she wasn’t going anywhere. She wanted him to see it in her eyes, that she meant every single word.

She whispered now, “Ask me. Ask me again.”

His eyes met hers, narrowing slightly. He was looking into her, reading her.

She was letting him. There was no wall, no hesitation this time. She wanted him to know her, not just her body. All of her. A second passed. He was still searching in her. Another second. More. He waited a full thirty before asking, his voice so soft and tender, “What would you do if you found out another person cared about you? If you mattered to one more person?”

“Nothing.” She was trying to convey her feelings through her eyes. She wanted him to know so badly. “I wouldn’t run. I wouldn’t walk. I wouldn’t hide. I’d do nothing except stand and embrace it.”

His eyes darkened, an emotion passed in them, one that had her heart beating so fast again. “Yeah?” He let go of her hand, but touched the side of her face. He held her in the palm of his hand, and his thumb rubbed over her cheek. It was like he was smoothing away any lingering worries she might have. “What if I was that person?”

She leaned toward him, her eyes going from his lips back to his gaze. Both were pulling her in, making her yearn for more. “Then I’d say, I feel the same.” Her breath held in her throat. They were talking in code, but it was out now. She was telling him how she felt, and a second later, his lips were on hers.

This. She turned, wound her arms around his neck. This was everything.

Author Bio

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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Review Untainted, Tainted Black series by Shanora Williams

Title: Untainted
Author: Shanora Williams
Series: Tainted Black
Release Date: November 14th 2016


Dear Chloe Knight,

I know you still think of me. You must because I am constantly thinking about you.
I can’t deny what I feel any longer–that you are, without a doubt, the love of my life.
It doesn’t matter that I’m married, or that I’ve heard you’ve gotten engaged.
I don’t care if it costs me everything just to get you back.
I would walk to the ends of the earth for you.
I would kill for you. I would die for you.
I’m coming home, Little Knight and I will make you mine again.
I can’t wait to tell you the truth - that I love you. That I need you.
That I can hardly fucking breathe without you.
I will risk it all because I know that you belong to me . . . just as I belong to you.
And this time, nothing is going to stand in my way . . . unless that something is you.

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Review by Iza

You can't imagine my happiness when finding out there is a book two, which starts where book one left off - I totally thought that was the end of it; no more Theo Black and his hot derriere. But I was wrong and it was the BEST surprise!

So, as I've already mentioned above, this one starts where the previous left off. Theo's married to another woman, Chloe is still with Sterling, the guy that loved Theo's first wife and she had an affair with. But Theo's sick and tired, it's been years since he last saw his Little Knight and he wants her back. 

Thank God! 

"I missed the hell out of you, Chloe. I don't care how many times I say it or how annoying it gets hearing it, it's the truth. I missed you."

I couldn't stop swooning over this man! I loved him in book one, but in this? He totally made my book boyfriend list of all-time, not only this year. 

There are a lot of feels in this book. There's a lot of sex in this book. There's also a smidge of drama added to it but don't worry, nothing OTT. Just the right amount of everything. 

In one word, perfection. It's truly one of the best books I've read this year and I'm sure I'm going to reread it. And now that I know how it all ends, I've come to terms with how book one concluded. These years apart did both our main characters good, thus making the story amazing. 

I can't recommend it enough. 5+++ stars. 

"You and me feel too perfect together. We were fucking made for each other."

Author Bio

Shanora Williams is a twenty-something that creates authentic romantic stories that, may or may not, make you question what a "Happily Ever After" truly is. After hitting the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers list at the mere age of nineteen, Shanora ventured further into the creative writing world, working even harder to create unique and memorable romances for all to enjoy.
She currently resides in Waxhaw, North Carolina and is the mother of one amazing boy, in love with her devoted man, and a sister to eleven.
When she isn't writing, she's spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down anything sweet and salty. She also writes under the pen name S. Q. Williams.