Monday, December 29, 2014

Diva's Top 10 Bookshelves for 2014

Cheryl has a bit of "manlove" going on ;)

Karima says "I know Arsen isn't from 2014, but that's when I read it and fell in love with it"

Stephanie says "While I have read so many 4 & 5 stars this year, these are the ones that stand out the most. Trust me, I wish i could add them all!!"

Toni Says "2014 was such a fantastic year for reading, I am highly anticipating what books are to come in 2015"

׺°”˜`”°º× RELEASE DAY LAUNCH~ Riding it Out by Jennifer Foor ׺°”˜`”°º×

One woman
One man
An empty bed and breakfast
A summer storm
One night they'll never forget - so they thought...

When my aunt passed away and left me her dilapidated bed and breakfast it was all so surreal. I hadn't been back to that beach in many years, and the idea of revisiting left me sad and vulnerable.
I never planned on having guests. In fact, I just wanted to close up the place and sell it, so that I could move on with my life.

Then the storm happened.
Taken by surprise, I planned on waiting for it to pass. The house creaked and the power went out. That's when someone knocked on the door.

He was a stranger, dripping wet, cold, and looking for shelter. I couldn't turn him away...

What happened next between us opened new doors, changing everything I thought I wanted for myself.

The only question is if I can trust him, or will his secrets destroy it all?

Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She's best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.
She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

•·.·´¯`·.·• •RELEASE DAY LAUNCH~ The Pact by Karina Hale •·.·´¯`·.·

*The Pact is a standalone, contemporary adult romance*

It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line. 

The pact is about to change everything.


Her eyes are so blue and wide, like the morning sky, her mouth so perfectly full. I contemplate running my thumb over her lips before I kiss the salt off of them.
I should just do it. I should just fucking do it.
I swallow hard, my throat feeling closed up but I know it’s not from my cold. It’s from want and it’s from fear.
“What are you staring at?” she asks me, her voice shaking slightly.

Just fucking kiss her.


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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.


Books of 2014

With the BBFs out of the way, it was time to choose the few books that I, not only enjoyed reading - in some cases, re-reading - but also those that stayed with me, blew me away and gave me the feels.


Flat-Out Celeste
Flat-Out Love series by Jessica Park


Wynn in Doubt by Emily Hemmer


Beyond Jealousy
Beyond series by Kit Rocha


Temptation series by Ella Frank


Burning Dawn
Angels of the Dark series by Gena Showalter


The Darkest Touch
Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter


Give Me Grace
Give Me series by Kate McCarthy


Saving Poughkeepsie 
Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series by Debra Anastasia


Corps Security series by Harper Sloan


Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

With the addition of


Monster in His Eyes
Monster in His Eyes series by J.M. Darhower


Torture to Her Soul
Monster in His Eyes series by J.M. Darhower 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Series Review Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower

Title: Monster in His Eyes
Author: J.M. Darhower
Series: Monster in His Eyes
Release Date: April 27th 2014


Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I'm thinking before I even do.

It's alarming and alluring. It's dark and deadly. It's everything I've ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn't take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it's too late. He has secrets, secrets I can't fathom, secrets that make it so I can't walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that's both terrifying and thrilling. He's a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn't stop me from loving him, too.

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"He set out to destroy me, but he fell in love with me instead.
I fell in love with him, and that's what destroyed me in the end."

Oh. My. God.


I stay away from dark[er] books. At least, I used to. But thanks to a friend, that changed.

To tell the truth, I expected this to be something else. I don't know, maybe him to be a psycho, or whacked or whatever. Cold-blooded. Heartless.


I was pulled into the story from the very beginning. I was so curious to see who, what, where and how that I had to keep on going. I love the style, loved the heroine and the storyline. I also love Naz. As I said, I expected him to be cold, to be a bastard. I had a hunch about a thing or two he did for a living - come to think of it, we still don't know *what* he considers 'work', but we did manage to find out something important about him.

Due to the prologue, I kept waiting for the bang of the story, you know? That part that takes your breath away, when everything changes, in the blink of an eye. It was a boom. Or, as a friend said, KABOOM. Naz killed me. My heart broke for him, but I also understood Karissa.

Anyway, the ending was whoa and I'll dive into the second book to see what else happens.

Five stars. Brilliant. I started reading the book because I saw that the hero is older than the heroine. Well, I love older guys/heroes, so I gave the book a try. No regrets. 

Title: Torture to Her Soul
Author: J.M. Darhower
Series: Monster in His Eyes
Release Date: September 29th 2014


Don't say it unless you mean it…

It's a simple concept, one I've said time and again, but something people don't seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I'm not a good man. I'm not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there's one I could never harm, one light I couldn't bring myself to snuff out.


She thinks I'm a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I'm not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I'm not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

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Holy wow. Ho-lee wow!

First, you know it's a good book when you don't want to put it down. You know it's a good book when you can't stop thinking about it, while you're at work, and can't wait to get home to read it. You also know you're a freaking goner for the hero when you can't stop thinking about him.

Writing this part in his POV was the best damn thing Ms. Darhower had done. I liked reading Monster in His Eyes through Karissa's POV, but by getting to read this in Naz's, we got to learn so much more about him, FROM him that I'm thinking about it, I can't shake the feelings and emotions I had, while reading. I smiled, I melted, I got pissed and I cried. My heart broke for him, for all he went through, for all he lost, and for how he had to live his life. It was a big FU from fate that he fell for Karissa.

Betrayal. Love. Passion. Scorching hot scenes. This books has them all.

You'd think this man deserves nothing, for he is a cold-blooded murderer, he has no conscience, he shouldn't have anything beautiful.

On the contrary, he deserves it that much more. He deserves everything good there is.

"I love every inch of you," I tell her. "Every part of your body that makes you nervous gives me pleasure. I see no flaws, nothing for you to be ashamed of or humiliated over... nothing you should hide from me. I've seen it all, and I love it. You're beautiful, baby."

Now, where the heck do I get a Naz? Sign me up! NOW!

This book was also an eye-opener. I've actually come to terms with the fact that I fell for a murderer and I regret nothing. Absolutely nothing.

"We're all monsters, when it comes down to it."

Amen. 5 stars. Hats off, one of the best books and series I've read this year. 

Author Bio

J.M. Darhower is the author of the Sempre series, Sempre and Sempre: Redemption, Made, Monster in His Eyes series, Monster in His Eyes and Torture to Her Soul, and the Extinguish series, Extinguish and Reignite. 


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ENFORCE by Rachel Van Dyken OUT NOW

There’s two sides to every story...
And ours? Isn't pretty...
Then again, what's pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I'll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
We're cousins.
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn't attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?

Even closer...

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Kristen Proby's Secret Announcement and COVER REVEAL

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby has been sitting on a secret, and we get to share it with you today! We think all of her readers across the board will be thrilled to hear what's coming next!

Check out what Kristen has to say about the upcoming plans...

  Dear readers, As you know, the With Me In Seattle Series came to a close earlier this month with the eighth and final installment, FOREVER WITH ME. I've been steadfast in my decision that there would be no further stories from the series, no spin-offs, nothing more. In my mind, it was complete. And I still feel that the Montgomery/Williams families are complete, and I maintain that I'm happy with their happy-ever-afters. But, I've also heard you when you've said that Asher, Matt Montgomery's partner in TIED WITH ME, deserves to have a happily ever after for himself and his daughter Casey. So, when the lovely ladies from 1001 Dark Nights asked me to participate in their wonderful project, I thought long and hard about whose story it should be about. Seattle is finished, and I've moved on to New Orleans for the new Boudreaux Series... And then it occurred to me: why not do both, and offer a companion novella to each of the series? And so, because you, the reader, has been so insistent that you want to see Asher and Casey find their perfect person, I'm excited to introduce you to EASY WITH YOU. I think you're going to love Asher and Lila's love story this spring... Happy Reading, Kristen Proby

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  EASY WITH YOU, a companion novella to both the With Me in Seattle Series and her upcoming Boudreaux Series, will be releasing March 24, 2015! Now you can see some of your favorite characters again while they interact with some new ones. We're so excited to get Asher and Lila's story! Check out the cover for the novella and all the information on EASY WITH YOU below! 1001 Dark Nights_Kristen Proby_300dpi

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ABOUT EASY WITH YOU: Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible. Steadfast. Strong. She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year. In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself. With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul. But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves?

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ABOUT KRISTEN PROBY: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Release Day Launch ~ Skip to the Good Part: Vol 2

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