Entrapped – Cover Reveal

Today is cover reveal time… I’m stunned I managed to sit on this cover for as long as I did without sharing it with everyone individually!
I want to thank CT Cover Creations for the fantastic cover which is a perfect fit for this book. I can’t wait to share it with you on release day, August 17, so please get your pre-orders in now and get ready to fall in love with these characters as much as I have.
Also thanks to Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for arranging the Cover Reveal for me today, the support she drummed up for me has been overwhelming so thank you to Jenny and all of the bloggers who came on board.
Here is my beautiful cover for Entrapped, my debut novel below you will find the blurb and a universal buy link if you would like to pre-order the book….please do!
Cellist, Luka, has moved to Bristol to start a new job and recover from the betrayal of finding his best friend and his girlfriend in bed together. He doesn’t plan on the emotional thunderstorm that meeting his next-door neighbour Jess causes.
Jess had everything, a man she loved, friends she adored and then the world crashed around her. Depression came from nowhere and slowly started ripping her life away. Now she lives a lonely, sad life but the music which she keeps hearing next door is waking her up and she doesn’t know why.
Join Luka and Jess as they discover life after heartache, how to forgive and how to live and love again.
*Entrapped is an 18+ Contemporary Romance with several graphic sex scenes*
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#Review: Reclaim by Marley Valentine @MValentine__

Description

Unlike most eighteen year olds, I had the weight of the world on my young shoulders. Desperate to do right by my family, my questionable choices led me to the pits of hell.

Steel bars, three meals a day and no contact with the outside world; regret consumed my every thought. Desperate to pay my penance, forgiveness and a happily ever after wasn’t the plan.

But there she was.

Warm, passionate and unexpected, Emerson Lane was the light at the end of the tunnel. She was all a man like me could want and everything I didn’t deserve.

Redemption wasn’t something I thought I would ever find. Until she found me.

Review

Jagger made a terrible mistake when he was 18, a mistake that saw him put behind bars for fifteen years. A sentence he believes he deserves more than anybody else. Certainly, nobody beats him up more than Jagger beats himself up. After twelve years in prison, he is granted parole and the solicitor who brings him the news is like a breath of fresh air for him. Emerson wakes something up in Jagger, he knows he doesn’t deserve a woman like her but for some reason she sees him. Not the prisoner, or the boy who made the terrible mistake, but the man he is, she sees right into his soul.

This is my first Marley Valentine book and I am so glad it was recommended to me by one of the beta readers. While there were moments where I would have liked to have seen more of their developing relationship this is a gripping story of two people from two different worlds who on paper should never have fit together yet the moment they meet the sparks are undeniable. In fact, their meeting was my favourite scene in the book and I highly recommend reading just for that scene alone.

I particularly love that it is set in Australia, it’s nice to get away from the books set in the US, and I could clearly hear their accents and see the locations. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole story. I was thrilled when I got to the end and found out another book is coming with Jagger’s twin brother Hendrix, who I was totally crushing on throughout the Reclaim. I can’t wait to get my teeth into that one.

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TitleReclaim
Series: A Redemption Novel #1
Author: Marley Valentine
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 29 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 212
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

#BlogTour: Tempting the Rancher by Leslie North @leslienorthbook @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to day one of the blog tour for Tempting the Rancher by Leslie North. If you want to follow the tour you can do so over at Xpresso Book Tours.

Description

Texas rancher Nathaniel Meier always puts his responsibilities first. With his father dead, his brothers away, and his mother off “finding herself,” it’s Nat who runs their sprawling ranch. But with cattle to sell and the bank breathing down his neck, he needs all the help he can get, even when that help comes from the last person he ever expected to see again—his childhood sweetheart January Rose.

Free-spirited January always dreamed of traveling the world. The moment she turned eighteen, she left Close Call, Texas behind and barely looked back. So now that she’s home, she intends to stay only long enough to earn some cash and get back on the road. But when she comes face to face with Nat Meier, she quickly realizes the boy she left behind is now all man.

Even for a nomad like January, wanderlust sometimes gets lonely, and Nat is the one person who’s called to her, even after a decade apart. But for a man ruled by responsibility and a woman whose suitcase is her home, the future is uncertain. And the closer they get, the more Nat worries he’s going to get burned…again.Tempting the Rancher - Tour Banner

Review

Nat has taken responsibility for the family ranch after his father’s death and while his Brother’s are off pursuing other life path’s. His one regret in life is January, the girl who left town with his heart ten years ago. And then she returns a whirlwind of freshness and colour, turning his world upside down.

Tempting the Rancher is a novella, and as such fits into a weekend nice and comfortably. I found some of this book a bit slow going, some of it a little over-described which in a novella is a shame as they are normally very quick moving. I would have liked to have felt more deeply embedded into the characters lives, instead, I felt a little detached from them until near the very end.

Nat and January are not happy people, they both come across as such sad characters the misery just clings to you through their dialogue. They feel sad about their life choices, themselves, even the things they are passionate about. It’s a smorgasbord of sad.

This is a good story, with some really likeable characters there were just a few flaws which slowed down my pace a little.

I’m very grateful to Leslie North and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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About Leslie North

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Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

Author links:

http://leslienorthbooks.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1899287.Leslie_North

https://www.facebook.com/leslienorthbooks/

https://twitter.com/leslienorthbook

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TitleTempting the Rancher
Series: Meier Ranch Brothers #1
AuthorLeslie North
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 23 April 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: TBA
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#Review: Ruin by Samantha Towle @samtowlewrites

Description

From Samantha Towle, the New York Times bestselling author of Wardrobe Malfunction and Breaking Hollywood, comes a dramatically powerful and passionate new contemporary romance.

And the new heavyweight champion of the world is… 

Those are the words that Zeus Kincaid has been waiting to hear since he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. He just didn’t think they would come with a tragedy that would change how he viewed the sport forever.

Cameron Reed was in her second year at Juilliard when her childhood sweetheart, Zeus Kincaid, walked away from her. A few months later, Cam realized that she would never fulfill her dream of dancing for the New York City Ballet.

Now working as a dancer in an upscale club in Manhattan, Cam is brought face-to-face with the man she once loved. And it’s her turn to walk away from him.

After five years of missing Cam, Zeus isn’t prepared to let her go again. But when he finds himself standing on her doorstep the next morning, things don’t go quite as he expected…

Review

It’s always nice to get unexpected book post when that book post is a second chance romance featuring a well built hot boxer named after a Greek God then I’m all in baby! Zeus Kincaid dreamed of being the world’s best boxer, it’s all he’s ever wanted. Except for ballet dancer Cameron Reed. From the moment they met as teenagers they were destined for each other and then he broke both of their hearts by walking away thinking it was the best thing for their careers.

It has taken Zeus five years to knock on her door and he has so much more to make up for than he even knows when he knocks that door. Cam is one of those women you can’t help but love. A single mother, she works two jobs and puts her daughter first in everything she does. So having Zeus back in her life is difficult and not something she wants to deal with.

She doesn’t want her emotions re-ignited, she doesn’t want to be reminded of the love she still holds for him, she doesn’t want him upsetting her simple life. But Zeus is a man on a mission and he isn’t taking these things into consideration in his single-minded pursuit of the woman he loves.

Zeus was all alpha male, but soft-hearted to the core. He fought this battle like a true boxer, strategically and carefully. Taking hits when he needed to and pushing through each round like a pro. He came in knowing what he wanted and didn’t let any of the surprises along the way put him off.

I loved this book, it was paced really well with characters you couldn’t help but love thoroughly.

Thanks to Samantha Towle and Headline Eternal for the advanced review copy so that I could read and honestly review it.

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TitleRuin
Series: Gods #1
Author: Samantha Towle
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Sports Romance | Adult
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 6 March 2018
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 352
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link)

#Review: A Bed of Brambles by Sam Russell @SamRussellBooks

This was my TBR Topple winner for March. Thank you to everyone who voted and if you haven’t voted this month today is your last chance the poll can be found here.

Description

This was never going to be a conventional love story. No bed of roses. Proud, passionate and wilful, Hettie and Alexander are alike in so many ways. That has to be a good thing, doesn’t it? Or it could be a disaster…both carry scars, and old wounds have a habit of causing new hurt.

Physical attraction draws them together. Hearts and minds can be thorny, less easy to satisfy. One thing is certain, together or apart their lives will move on. Alexander and Hettie’s clashes of spirit will only be part of the story.
Second chances. New Beginnings. The opportunity to make things right. Or to make the same mistakes all over again. Unless fate takes the future out of your hands…

Review

I won a copy of A Bed of Brambles quite a while ago and after winning my TBR Topple poll in March I dove in. I haven’t read book one so I had some concerns about diving into book two but I took the risk.

Hettie returns from South Africa to Alexander the two of them bonding and trying to build their relationship while hitting some bumps in the road. This is a couple who have both made mistakes, but Alexander is one of those self-absorbed men who have one set of rules for himself and another for her.

As the book progressed I liked him less and less hoping that Hettie would find another man to take his place, someone who would appreciate her far more and help her with her business venture not just frown, moan and sleep around. I loved that this was very much centred around stables and horses. That wonderful country feel as you read is all-encompassing and the people in the book are reassuring and friendly.

I found some of the transitions between scenes a little abrupt, and it was sometimes a little slow going but overall this is a really enjoyable romance.

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TitleA Bed of Brambles
Series: Draymere Hall #2
Author: Sam Russell
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 3 March 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 381
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

#Review: Her Dirty Little Secret by J.C. Harroway @jcharroway @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonDare

Description

The No.1 rule for secret flings: All kissing, no telling!

Nothing satisfies billionaire Jack Demont more than keeping socialite Harley Jacob from what she wants. After all, their families hate each other and there’s unfinished history between them…along with some serious sexual chemistry! Now they’re consumed by a wicked game of lust – they’ll give each other mindless pleasure, but nothing else. No one can know, but keeping something this sexy a secret makes everything a whole lot hotter…

Review

I LOVED J.C. Harroway’s first book in the Dare series A Week to be Wild so when she offered me the second book, Her Dirty Little Secret, I jumped at the chance to read it and she did not disappoint giving me a hot French billionaire who was taking no prisoners especially not the socialite fashion designer who broke his heart when they were teenagers.

Harley was in love with Jack, well Jacques, as he was back then. Then she discovered something that destroyed everything she thought about love and she took their love and ripped it apart breaking both of their hearts in the process. Several years on and he holds the keys to the kingdom she wants to build but he’s not playing ball and she needs to win him over.

I loved both of these characters who have so much in common it’s almost infuriating watching them pull against each other the whole time. They have both worked hard to be seen as separate from their families, they see helping people as being really important, they were both hurt irrevocably by their break up as teenagers.

As the story develops they start to come together for a common goal but can they overcome their differences, can they start to dig through the lies and can Harley be honest about the secret she has kept from Jack all these years? This story sat heavy with me as I willed these two to find their way and become the couple they were meant to be.

I have to thank J.C. Harroway for the eARC so that I could read and provide my honest opinion.

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TitleHer Dirty Little Secret
Series: N/A
Author: J.C. Harroway
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Adult
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Publication Date: 19 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback | Audio
Pages: 224
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#Review: Make Me Want by Katee Robert @katee_robert @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonDare

Description

“I want everything.”

She’s taking control. And it’s driving him wild!

Lucy Baudin’s ex dented her self-esteem and it’s time to regain control. In her job as a lawyer she’s bold, confident. But in the bedroom…she needs inspiration to reawaken her inner seductress. Asking her friend Gideon Novak for help seems wrong, yet so deliciously right!

Review

OMG! I don’t even know where to start with this book. Gideon is one of New York’s finest headhunters, Lucy is a top lawyer and an old friend of his, an old friend he was in the unfortunate position of having to give some really bad news to a few years earlier which left them estranged. So when Lucy asks him to help her with a headhunting project he is surprised especially when she tells him she wants him to help her find a husband.

She then springs on him she needs help embracing what to do having sex, having been told she wasn’t very good by her ex. As she and Gideon rediscover their friendship and newly discover a sexual chemistry which is off the charts the husband project becomes a thorn in both of their sides. But of course, stubbornness is the makings of a great story!

I loved both of these characters, Lucy is a strong confident woman but she is insecure when it comes to relationships and sex showing that you don’t have to be all things in all part of your life. People are multi-faceted and it’s OK to be insecure sometimes. Gideon is a wonderful character, he is a man who is a little bit cocky, he has clearly not always treated women well, but the way he feels about Lucy and always has felt about her shines through, and his discomfort with what she is asking of him is clear but he also wants to be there for her.

Katee Robert gives us a hot and heavy novel with characters you will fall in love with right from the beginning.

Thanks to Katee Robert and Mills & Book for the eARC of this via NetGalley so that I could review this.

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TitleMake Me Want
Series: Make Me #1
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Adult
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Publication Date: 1 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback | Audio
Pages: 224
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)