Tuesday, 31 July 2012

August new releases I want to "add to basket"

Is it really nearly August? Despite not having read all the new books from July I bought I'm already looking at August's new releases. I've had Biting Cold and Widow's Web pre-ordered for ages and have Sweet Talk from Net Galley, but the one blurb that has really caught my eye is If I Were You which has been described as Fifty Shades meets Basic Instinct so I think that will definitely added to my basket.

I would highly recommend Blade Song which is out on the first of August I loved it to bits you can check out my review here.

What books are you looking forward to in August?

Monday, 30 July 2012

Book spotlight: Intimate Enemies by Joan Swan

I thought I would do a little book spotlight on my current read Intimate Enemies by Joan Swan which is the first book in her new Covert Affairs series. It's an action packed romance, despite only being about half way through I'm already thinking the hero Rio will be a future book boyfriend post!  
You can read a little extract here.


Intimate Enemies
Covert Affairs #1
Joan Swan
Published: June 2012

She is on a quest for answers; answers that could just get her killed.

Six months after the mysterious yacht explosion that killed Cassie Christo’s mother and stepbrother, authorities still have no answers to the cause. Searching for closure, Cassie returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, where she launches her own investigation into the accident. She never expected to find an adversary in the man who had once touched her heart with kindness in her darkest moment.

Rio’s been fantasizing about reconnecting with Cassie for months. But not here and sure as hell not now. As an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he’s working the biggest sting operation in all of northern Mexico, and he definitely doesn’t have time for the wild attraction he feels for Cassie.

Not only is his cover on the line, so is his heart. Because as the end of a yearlong operation draws closer, Rio knows if he tells Cassie the truth about who and what he is, it won’t only jeopardize his mission, it may result in him losing her forever. And if he doesn’t, his lies and deception could get them both killed.

Meet the author:

A triple RWA Golden Heart finalist as well as a double Daphne Du Maurier finalist, I am a lover of craft and closet-hoarder of writing craft how-to books.

In my day job, I work as a sonographer at UCSF Medical Center, a location with an intensity that makes me slightly insane…which works well with the writer in me. Not to mention all the character material I have access to–and I’m not talking about the patients (well…mostly).

I have been married twenty years to my own personal hero, a veteran firefighter, we have two beautiful daughters and are blessed to live in the heart of wine country on the gorgeous Central Coast of California.

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

New books and other stuff

Hi everyone hope you had a good book related week.

I bought

Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker
(I requested it from Net Galley but got rejected- twice!)
The Taken by Vicki Petterson

I also bought Dark Parties and Heist Society for my friends daughter.
Is it wrong that I want to keep the bookmarks for myself???
Answer: NO!

I won

A copy of The Light Tamer by Devyn Dawson and these lovely postcards, magnet and hand made book thong. Devyn sent them all the way from America so I was really grateful.
Thanks to Megan at Reading Away The Days

From Net Galley

 God Save The Queen by Kate Locke
Run The Risk by Lori Foster
Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

In other news

I went to Edinburgh Castle in the pouring rain.

I also "saw" Madonna at Murrayfield
here's my awesome view
being short sucks!

UK peeps there's still a few days left in my UK only giveaway
you can win the three books shown below
click here to enter

 Hope you have a great week, I'm hoping to catch up on my reading, life keeps getting in the way!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

After Fifty review: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Bargain
Marriage to a Billionaire #1
Jennifer Probst
Publication date: 14th February 2012

I just finished The Marriage Bargain for the second time and I still love it. If you're on the look out for a hot escapist read with a healthy dose of humour then The Marriage Bargain would be perfect for you.

To inherit his late Uncle's shares and realise his dream of designing beautiful buildings Nick needs to find a wife and remain married for a year. With emotional family baggage Nick doesn't believe in love, doesn't want to get married or have kids and needs a wife who will see this as a business venture only. Alexa needs $150,000 to save her family home and support her parents so agrees to marry Nick for money.

Nick and Alexa's couple chemistry absolutely sizzled. Nick's sister Maggie was Alexa's best friend growing up so they had a real history which pretty much involved tormenting each other as teenagers. I loved that they both started out with a list of what they wanted in a spouse which pretty much confirmed that they were complete opposites but I just knew it was going to be fun for them finding out that they were actually perfect for each other.

Nick is completely yummy of course, he doesn't want any emotional ties and seems at first to be a cold kind of guy until he talks about his passion of creating beautiful buildings. It's not until Alexa explodes into his life that he realises that he wants her warmth, energy and passion and only then do we see the true Nick.

The Marriage Bargain had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions, I loved Alexa's attempt at trying to keep a room full of rescue dogs a secret and Nick's obvious distress at his orange afghan throw being ruined . It also made me swoon especially with lines like "It's always been you. I don't want anybody else, I don't dream about anyone else. It's only you." Major swoonage bonus points for that line. You know, I can see myself reading it a third and fourth time.

After Fifty rating: 5 out of 5
Hawt Alpha Maleness Thumbs up
Has family “issues” Thumbs up
Protective streak Thumbs up
Billionaire Thumbs up


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Team kilt giveaway

Round Two of the YA Sisterhood Crush tourney sees one of my all time favourite boys Zachary Moore from the amazing Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade trilogy up against (gulp) Will from
Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series.

As a true Scot and member of #Team Kilt I want EVERYONE to please VOTE FOR ZACH!
I actually discovered the series during last years tourney and loved it to bits.
(Check out my Zach book boyfriend post here).
As a little incentive/bribe I'm having a giveaway of all three books in the series Shade, Shift and Shine and it's wait for it, INTERNATIONAL!!!!

That's not all

Now, as a little extra I will also add in some genuine Scottish sweets bought from Tesco down the road from me in Glasgow, Bonnie but slightly rainey Scotland. You could say it's a little sweetner (get it?)

(Please note you will reach an enormous sugar high eating just one
of these and may in fact explode if you eat them all at once. Just saying.)

All you need to do is vote for Zach and fill in the rafflcopter thingy
easy or what?

Voting starts at midnight Eastern time on Wednesday 25th July at YA Sisterhood
For more #Team Kilt giveaways check out For What It's Worth
and more hilariousness at Fictitious Delicious
and over at Jeri's blog

My book boyfriend Nick from The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

My book boyfriend is hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader

My book boyfriend this week is Billionaire (and hey who doesn't love a good billionaire) Nicholas Ryan from The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst. Nick has to find a wife to inherit his late Uncle's fortune and realise his dream of creating beautiful buildings. He doesn't believe in everlasting love, marriage or family and needs a woman who will view their year long "relationship" as a business venture.

Alexa needs $150,000 to save her mother's home Tara. So just like Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind Alexa will do anything to save Tara including agreeing to marry her best friend Maggie's brother Nick her childhood frenemy.

I loved the verbal banter between Nick and Alexa, Nick teased Alexa loads as kids but she gave back just as good as she got and isn't afraid to do the same at their initial marriage negotiations:

"We have no time. The wedding has to take place by the end of next week. It doesn't matter if we get along. This is strictly a business arrangement."
She narrowed her eyes. "I see you're the same overbearing bully who teased me about my chest size. Some things don't change."
He focused his attention on the dip of her dress. "I guess you're right. Some things remain the same. Others keep expanding."
Her breath caught at the jab, but she surprised him when she smiled. "And other things remain small." Her pointed stare settled directly on the bulge in the center of his pants.

Alexa knows her large family would never forgive her for eloping so she brings him to her family home and re introduces him to her family as her fiance but her father is suspicious and protective:

"Do something, damn it! Prove to my father this will be a real marriage or-"
"Alexa?" The echo of her name drifted into the open door from the hall wall, her mother's gentle, concerned voice checking if they were okay.
"Your mother's coming," he said.
"I know- she probably heard us arguing. Do something!"
"Fine!" He grabbed her around the waist, dragged her body flush against his, and ducked his head. His lips crushed hers as his hands wrapped around her tightly so they were plastered against each other, hip to hip, thigh to thigh, breasts to chest.
She expected a precise, controlled kiss to calmly show her mother they were lovers. Instead she got hot testosterone and raw sexual energy. She got warm lips melded over hers. His teeth nipped. His tongue burrowed inside and plunged in and out with sheer command, bending her back over his arm to take every last drop of her resolve."

Alexa and Nick both start off with a solid list of what they are looking for in a partner and it's clear they couldn't possibly want each other but as the story unfolds they see different sides to each other, they argue and bicker but the sexual tension increases and things between them change:

"He caught her by the shoulders and tipped her chin up. Sensual tension swirled and crested. Her lips parted in unconscious invitation at his admission. "What?"
A savage glint appeared in the depths of tawny eyes. "Maybe I'm starting to appreciate things I can't have." He ran one finger roughly down her cheek. Traced her lower lip. Pressed his thumb over the sensitive center of flesh. "Maybe I'm starting to learn about wanting."

I'll be reviewing The Marriage Bargain as part of my "After Fifty" series, suffice to say I loved it (and gave it 5 out of 5).

You'll notice I didn't post any man candy pictures today I read a really alarming blogpost by author Roni Loren and until I know for sure what on earth is going on I won't be posting any pictures I don't have authority to use. Which kind of sucks big time because looking for pictures for book boyfriends is my favourite hobby of all time:(

Has anyone else heard of this? What's your take on it?