Friday, 29 November 2013

Review: Risky by Jo Davis

18337820Risky
Torn Between Two Lovers #2
Jo Davis
Publisher: Penguin Intermix
Publication date: 19th November 2013

So when we left Anna Claire at the end of the first book Raw she was sunning herself in Aruba after fleeing New York when she realised that the man in her bed Grayson James is actually an undercover FBI agent who has been investigating her involvement in a suspected drugs trafficking ring. Anna had just been approached by the wealthy and gorgeous casino mogul Joaquin Delacruz.

Risky the second book in the trilogy is pretty much Joaquin's book, a reformed bad boy he's charming, ruthless and is the sworn enemy of Grayson. A former drugs lord (his brother was arrested as part of Grayson's investigation) he's honest with Anna right from the outset about his past and literally sweeps her off her feet. Joaquin has decided he wants to go legit and he wants Anna by his side but he still has his enemies and Anna ends up in the crossfire.

I love the idea that the reader can decide if they are #TeamGrayson or #TeamJoaquin and vote on who they think Anna should choose. I had to write a pros and cons list to help me decide! Here's what I have so far- Grayson is the good guy, the hero who wants to put the bad guys behind bars although he did lie to Anna it was to rule her out of the investigation and protect her but can she ever forgive him? On the other hand we have Joaquin who's upfront about his past and wants to go legit but can Anna ignore the fact he was a dangerous and ruthless drugs lord? Decisions, decisions!

Since I always love a bad boy I'm firmly on #Team Joaquin but I hope that Grayson does get his HEA too. I can't wait to see what the public decides (you can vote here), the final book in the trilogy Rewarded will be released in February 2014.

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Review: Unexpectedly Yours by Jeannie Moon

18368949Unexpectedly Yours
Jeannie Moon
Publisher: Intermix
Publication date: 19th November 2013

Caroline Rossi has had a crush on Josh Campbell forever, her family grew up on the Campbell estate and her sister Meg is now married to Josh's brother Jason making them sort of family but Josh still only barely acknowledges her existence. So when Josh steps in and rescues Caroline at a bar one Friday night from her slightly creepy boss Mark, Caroline didn't think for one minute that she would end the night slightly tipsy in Josh's bed.

After a night of passion with Josh, Caroline is no longer a 27 year old virgin and Josh who has always seen sex as just being sex, panics when he realises that Caroline was indeed a virgin. Josh really doesn't want to be anyone's first he's used to dating glamorous but vacant women but something about Caroline's sweet personality and intelligence really appeals to him. The next day Caroline gets a little bolder and proposes a friends with benefits arrangement to Josh in which she will help him with the site assessments he needs for his latest project if he teaches her about sex.

I quite enjoyed Caroline and Josh's little friends with benefits romance, despite being a smart cookie geotechnical engineer Caroline has led a quite sheltered life and is pretty much told what to do by her slightly overbearing sister and mother. With no time to date in college Caroline always assumed she would find a boyfriend once she graduated and started working but just hadn't found the right guy yet. I found Caroline to be quite sweet, although maybe a little too sweet at times for me. Understandably lacking in self confidence, Caroline has always seen herself as being the smart sister and has lived pretty much in the shadow of her prettier and more confident sister Meg. Personally, although I couldn't wait for Caroline to finally stand up to her controlling and interfering mother and sister, I found it quite hard to believe that a woman who is obviously incredibly intelligent, could have put up with still getting treated like a child at the age of 27.

Caroline and Josh's relationship isn't obviously as straightforward as they would like it to be with their shared history and family connections but I still ended up rooting for them both especially when Josh sticks up for Caroline and gives her mother and sister what for after they've dismissed her  lifelong dream of being a romance author as being a "little hobby". Overall I did enjoy Unexpectedly Yours it's a sweet little contemporary romance and worth a read.

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

New books and what's on my TBR list

 
Nice to see you again!
I got some pretty amazing books for review from authors and publishers this week which just happens to coincide with some planned leave from week so I'm a very happy bookworm right now, here's what I got:
 
For review 
That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

 Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton  |  Bound by Lorelei James 

 Reaver by Larissa Ione  |  Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush

Wings of Arian by Devri Walls

 I bought
 Cage by Harper Sloan  |  Storm by Nina Levine  |  Tempting his Mate by Savannah Stuart

 

I'm planning on reading loads this week and make a serious dent in my review queue and catch up on some blog hopping which I've completely neglected recently.


 Have a good week everyone!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Review: Tattered Love by Lola Stark

Needle's Kiss #1
Lola Stark
Publication date: 9th September 2013

Scarlett is a tattoo artist, owner of her own shop she's proud of her business, has good friends, a love of smexy underwear and killer heels. Despite having her fair share of crappy boyfriends she remains a sultry, cool rock chick. Enter Mace, the brother of Scarlett's fellow tattoo artist Trip, ex special forces his first stop on his return home to his family is to get a tattoo from Scarlett and here their smexy romance begins. Initially Scarlett only wants some naked fun with Mace because she doesn't do drama and feelings but Mace is pretty persuasive and wants more. Mace however has a few painful secrets in his past that of course refuse to stay hidden.

I quite enjoyed Tattered Love especially the very cool Scarlett, I did however have more problems with Mace. When his very crazy ex starts with her very crazy behaviour instead of going all out alpha male to protect Scarlett as I expected he decides the only way to protect her is to stay away from her (thus leaving her facing all the crazy behaviour). Now maybe I've been reading too much of Kristen Ashley's Rock Chick series recently but I expected an ex special forces alpha male to be waaaay more kick ass and protective of his girl. I don't know maybe Mace needs some Hot Bunch alpha male lessons? Mace does get there in the end but I thought his actions spoke louder than his words and that disappointed me slightly. I have to say Mace does have the best smexy bedroom talk so he does win back his man card. So, overall I did enjoy it but I need more alpha male-ness if I'm to continue with the series. 3.5 out of 5.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Review: Holiday Games by Jaci Burton

Holiday Games
Play by Play #6.5
Jaci Burton
Publisher: Penguin
Publication date: 19th November 2013

I adore this series so this little holiday novella was the perfect way to catch up with my favourite characters and get an update on every one of the Riley clan.

It's a busy time for the Riley's with Jenna's drunken bachelorette weekend in Jamaica before her gorgeous Christmas wedding to Ty. Liz however, isn't drinking as she continues to try for a baby with Gavin, after a year of trying Liz decides to unleash "Operation make a baby" and Gavin is of course in seventh heaven.

With plenty of hot and smexy Liz and Gavin scenes and a very festive feeling it's impossible not to love Holiday Games. Fans of the series will adore this little catch up and if you haven't read the series before I really do recommend it, it's one of my all time favourites. 

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Monday, 18 November 2013

Release day guest post from Ruthie Knox: Driving in cars with boys

Yay! it's release day for the second instalment in Ruthie Knox's fantastic 5 part serialised novel Roman Holiday. I devoured part one Chained last week which introduced us to chained up bikini clad Ashley Bowman and property developer Roman Diaz. Ashley has chained herself to a tree to block the path of the bulldozers that are about to tear down the crappy vacation rentals in her Florida Keys childhood home. What Ashley didn't plan for was the seriously gorgeous developer Roman Diaz, who having bought the plot fair and square from Ashley's grandmother before she died, has big plans to turn it into an enormous posh resort. With a hurricane planned to hit the area Roman desperately needs Ashley out of harms way but Ashley is determined that Roman sees her side of the story and takes Roman on a little road trip.

So to celebrate the release of Roman Holiday 2: Hitched the lovely Ruthie Knox has a little guest post on driving in cars with boys. Enjoy!
 

Roman Holiday 2: Hitched
Ruthie Knox
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication date: 18th November 2013


Ruthie Knox’s eBook original serial, Roman Holiday, continues in Episode 2, as Ashley and Roman flee an oncoming hurricane by hitting the highway—only to encounter some outrageous bumps in the road.

Roman Díaz isn’t thrilled about being forced to evacuate Ashley Bowman from the Florida Keys—and that’s before he sees the decrepit Airstream trailer she wants to hook up to his shiny new Escalade. Ashley’s in way over her head, and the only way she knows to beat Roman is to get some help from a friend . . . in Georgia. She can put up with Roman’s fury at the unexpected detour, no problem. It’s the bizarre thrum of attraction between them that she could do without. And yet there’s something about being hitched to Roman that makes Ashley never want to let go.


Driving In Cars with Boys

It’s possible that I have a thing about cars.

Road trips. Meaningful music choices. Dusk, headlights, highway.

His hand on your thigh, squeezing. His profile. His hands on the steering wheel.

Are any of you old enough to remember that old Matthew Modine wrestling movie, Vision Quest? He’s a competitive high school wrestler who’s trying to drop two weight classes while inconveniently falling in love with a worldly twenty-one-year-old Linda Fiorentino, who’s renting a room in his dad’s house.

Great movie. It’s basically a New Adult novel, with a fabulous supporting cast and a lot of Pennsylvania wrestling hotness.

Anyway, there’s this scene in Vision Quest where he’s driving her somewhere, and she’s talking about how her favourite part of a man’s body is his hands. Matthew Modine does this thing with his own hands on the wheel, tapping them, pointing, joking around.

I can’t even think about it without dying a little.

I think, too, of high school, when so many afternoons would find me piling into a car with five or six other people, some of them male people. When the ride home would meander from one friend’s house to another, with no value being placed on irrelevant factors like how long it would take to get there because the journey itself was the point. Because we were the point, piled in that car together.

The music, the laughter, the bodies, the crazy release of being done with school and having this slice of time that belonged only to us.

When I think of driving in cars with boys, I think about how the destination is never the point. How he is the point.

The thing about cars is that they’re intimate, but in an utterly ordinary way. Like, you go in a guy’s bedroom and close the door, and both of you have to acknowledge that a thing is happening, or poised to happen. But when you climb into a car with him, you’re in an even smaller space, closed off from the rest of the world—and yet there is this pretence that everything is utterly normal.

You’re just driving, okay? But there’s this question mark. Is he noticing you the way you’re noticing him? Did he pick that song because he thought you’d like it? Did his forearm glance over your thigh when he reached for the glove box on purpose, or by accident?

And the whole time, the tension is ratcheting and ratcheting up.

Plus, of course, car sex. Both the reality of car sex (awkward) and the entire cultural build-up we’ve created around car sex, which insists that teenagers drive places and park and make out in the backseat, and that everyone loses their virginity in a car on prom night, and windows steam up and shocks get rocked, blow jobs are delivered, accidental pregnancies occur, all of this, all of it, happening in cars with boys.

It’s a wonder we can drive straight.


Ruthie Knox’s serial novel, Roman Holiday, is a road trip story that involves rather a lot of driving in cars with boys. The first episode, Chained, is already out. Episode 2, Hitched, releases November 18.

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

New books

Hey everyone!
I only got a few new books this week and haven't even had much of a chance to read much either but what I did get for review looks pretty good.
 
For review


 Born In Blood by Alexandra Ivy  
Yours to Keep by Serena Bell  |  Wild Hearts by Tina Wainscott
 
 
Congratulations to Kelly and Ada who won my recent Jill Shalvis giveaway.
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Friday, 15 November 2013

Review: Transcendence by C.J. Omololu

Transcendence
Transcendence #1
C.J. Omololu
Publication date: 21st May 2013
Reviewed by Rebecca

Transcendence was a book that instantly intrigued me as soon as I heard about it. The whole concept of past lives has always been something that interested me and it was great to see someone put a modern spin on it. Nicole finds herself a little unnerved by certain experiences on a trip to London with her sister Kat and can't make head nor tail of what is supposedly happening. A perfect stranger comes to her rescue and realises she is extra special, just like him. But how can he convince her?

I loved Griffon as a character - the way he tiptoed round Nicole, trying to help her piece together little segments of her past lives without pushing her too far. Nicole and Griffon soon find themselves falling deeper and deeper in love with each other but that means putting them both at risk.

Whilst I wasn't too keen on Nicole as a character as she seemed quite wishy washy, someone who blindly follows rather than making her own decisions, I did love the dynamic of hers and Griffon's relationship - they really cared about each other and slowly discovered more about themselves when around the other.

This works well as both a stand alone novel or as a series which it is to be, with Intuition coming out shortly. The book ends leaving enough for the reader to be satisfied but also enough unanswered questions to justify a series - I for one am very excited for the next book! 5 out of 5.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Review: Tidal by Amanda Hocking

Tidal
Watersong #3
Amanda Hocking
Publication date: 6th June 2013
Reviewed by Rebecca

Tidal is the third book in the Watersong series and the penultimate offering. I have previously read, reviewed and loved the first two books and was super excited to see what Tidal had to offer. Starting where we left off, Alex hates Gemma, Penn is still obsessed with Daniel and Gemma is desperately trying to find a way to rid herself of the curse before Penn finds a replacement for her.

Whilst this certainly didn't have as much action as the previous books, this novel did a lot to answer outstanding questions and impart enough information to lead brilliantly into the final novel. Gemma finds herself searching for a scroll that will apparently stop the curse if it is destroyed. Only problem is that this would kill the sirens on the spot and the other sirens don't take too kindly to that.

There was much less Harper in this book which I thought was good - Gemma finally got to take centre stage as she always should have done, being the siren of the family. Alex made brief appearances but was essentially missing from the book but this made sense after the outcome of the second book.

I still disliked Penn and Lexi but I found myself starting to like Thea - she started to seem the most 'human' of the three and was eager to keep Gemma around as she seemed to have found a kindred spirit. There are a lot of flashback scenes with Penn, Thea, Aggie and Gia which start to explain a lot of things - we all know that Lexi is a fairly new addition but what exactly happened to Aggie and Gia? I found Hocking's explanation of Penn's struggle with technology funny too - all too often, authors have their characters able to use technology straight away, forgetting that they are immortal and have seen every progression for years. It seems much more plausible that someone like Penn would find technology difficult to master - after all, it changes so quickly and she has seen a LOT of changes.

I roughly guessed the ending although I didn't guess the circumstances - the final few paragraphs really keep the suspense going until the next book and I can't wait to pick it up... I NEED to know what happens - will everyone get a happy ending? 5 out of 5.

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Monday, 11 November 2013

Review: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Stung
Stung #1
Bethany Wiggins
Publication date: 4th July 2013
Reviewed by Rebecca

I'd heard great things about Stung but was a little wary about reading the book as the concept seemed a little familiar - young girl fighting for her life in a world where she is living on the wrong side of the wall. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this novel as it really goes above and beyond the familiar plot line.

Fiona was meant to save society from a deadly disease. Now she is hunted like the violent beast she is deemed to be. Fighting for survival is her only option. I really loved Fiona - she wouldn't take no as an answer. Waking up in her house with devastation all around her, she doesn't know what has happened but she wants to know. Finding herself on the wrong side of the wall, she will stop at nothing to get inside those walls and get an explanation.

At times, she was a little irritating - waking up thinking she was still 13 means she often acted that way and did some things that didn't entirely make sense such as obsessing over her captors features whilst he was asleep rather than making a run for it - as any sane adult would do.

I loved her and Bowen together - on paper, he is her enemy but she soon finds his affection for her since before the outbreak still remains and he will do whatever he can to save her. It proves the saying that you don't know what you have until its right under your nose...before the outbreak, Fiona would spend hours dreaming of Bowen's brother when in reality, Bowen would always be the one for her. 

I was baffled as to how she had lasted so long as a level 10 outside of the wall without being found - granted, she was unconscious but surely she would still be found? I didn't see the ending coming and the explanation really shocked me - it was very clever. Definitely recommend this book, a great read. 5 out of 5.

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

New Books

 
Here's the new books I got this week:
 
For review
 Broken Blade by J.C. Daniels  |  Darkness Awakened by Katie Reus 
 
 Hope Flames by Jaci Burton  |  Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett

 Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young |  The Last Man on Earth by Tracy Anne Warren
 
I bought
Wild Darkness by Lauren Dane  |  A Tale of Two Dragons by G.A. Aiken
 
Reading Plans
I'm having a bit of a book hangover after finishing Kristen Ashley's Rock Chick series, I can't get the series out of head! So, I'm on the lookout for something similar to fall in love with. I have a tonne of review books to read as usual but I'm planning on finishing World After by Susan Ee and then read A Tale of Two Dragons and Wild Darkness because I LOVE both of these series. I'm desperate to read Broken Blade (I did a little dance when I got accepted on Netgalley) but I'm going to wait and savour it, well maybe... 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Review: Unbreakable by Stephanie Tyler

16118963Unbreakable
Section 8 #2
Stephanie Tyler
Publisher: Signet
Publication date: 5th November 2013

I can't stop reading books with badass commando's and secret ops heroes right now so when I saw Unbreakable by Stephanie Tyler the second book in her Section 8 series I knew I had to give it a go.

I would recommend that you read the first book Surrender (Dare's book) to fully get to grips with the background of Section 8 and who all the characters are because it can get a little complicated at times, they all seem to be connected in one way or another!

Unbreakable is Gunner and Avery's story, she's the heart of Section 8 that pulls them all together and Gunner is her flawed and tortured hero. After the events of Surrender Gunner's "boss" pulls him back into his old life again forcing Gunner to make the greatest sacrifice of all, to leave the woman he loves to protect her. Avery however, is determined to save him, working with her brother Jem to break him and bring back the real Gunner. Whilst Jem's tactics to break Gunner are very badass commando-ish it's Avery's sweetness and passion that really bring Gunner back into the fold again, Gunner's "boss" however isn't willing to let his best mercenary go without a fight.

Overall, the romance side takes a bit of a back seat in Unbreakable instead it's non stop action and suspense which is a shame as I really liked Avery and Gunner together and would have liked them to have a bit more "alone time". Avery in particular really struck a cord with me especially with what happens to her, I was absolutely glued to the pages and could literally feel Gunner's anguish and feelings of frustration and helplessness. Without giving too much away the bad guy is a really twisted bad guy making Gunner even more of a hero in my eyes.

Unbreakable also sets up nicely for Jem's book, his heroine's story has me really intrigued, I'll definitely be checking out the next instalment now. If you like fast paced action packed romantic suspense then give this series a go.  

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Review: Striking Distance by Pamela Clare

15704285Striking Distance
I Team #6
Pamela Clare
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Publication date: 5th November 2013

I need to catch up with this series and fast! I'm loving all the amazing romantic suspense books out right now, I seem to be addicted to badass commando's and special ops heroes and Pamela Clare's I-Team series comes highly recommended.

Reporter Laura Nilsson was kidnapped and her news crew killed live on air whilst live on air 18 months ago thought to be dead Laura has been held hostage, beaten raped and practically brain washed and can barely remember her own name. Javier Corbray is a Navy Seal, he helplessly watched Laura's kidnap live on television, he's had an active interest in her story after recently saving her from a couple of drunken idiots in Dubai City which led to a weekend of no strings sex with her that he hasn't been able to forget. Like the rest of the public Javier believes her to be dead but during a raid on a terrorist compound Laura manages to plead for help and it's Javier who rescues her and takes her back to the US. Laura has no idea that it's Javier who is her rescuer, with his face blacked up and combat gear on all she knows is that it was a Navy Seal who saved her life.

Two years later Laura gets her day in court to face her kidnapper again. She's a different woman entirely from the woman Javier met in Dubai and from the terrified victim held by Al Qaeda, rebuilding her life Laura is determined to show her kidnapper that he hasn't beaten her. When her kidnapper is sentenced he calls upon his followers to find her an kill her putting her in terrible danger again so it's up to her Navy Seal Javier and the I-Team to protect her again.

Striking Distance had absolutely everything in it- suspense, tension, romance and heart ache, Laura's story felt 100% realistic to me it was so well done. Her terror and fear doesn't end when she is rescued from the compound but she is a survivor, she's strong and determined and although she's initially reluctant to start a relationship when she meets Javier again she turns to him when her life is put in danger. Javier is the absolutely most perfect hero ever. He's protective and completely supportive, understanding that Laura's terrifying ordeal may never really be over. Their journey together was heartbreakingly good and the subject matter of rape and it's aftermath was handled amazingly well by Clare. I couldn't put Striking Distance down and read it in one sitting.

Striking Distance is an emotional and powerful read that drew me in from the word go. Pamela Clare has got herself a new fan, I'm really looking forward to catching up on this series it seems like I've been missing out!

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Monday, 4 November 2013

Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis review, Q&A and giveaway!

15810107Rumor Has It
Animal Magnetism #4
Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: 4th November 2013

I've never read a Jill Shalvis book that I've not loved to bits and she's written a tonne of books! She's my contemporary romance go to author so I've been dying to get my hands on Rumor Has It the fourth book in the Animal Magnetism series and it didn't disappoint. 

Rumor Has It hero Griffin Reid is so grrrrrrrr! He's a first class Jill Shalvis alpha male extraordinaire. An ex-army demolitions expert, Griffin is back in Sunshine, Idaho for his sister Holly's wedding but unknown to anyone Griffin has been medically discharged from the army after sustaining a serious head trauma in a blast. Still suffering from blinding migraines, sleepless nights and ringing ears Griffin refuses to let his family know how much he is actually suffering. Griffin is a little bit gruff (sorry, I HAD to get that in there!) and makes heroine Kate Evans so nervous that she constantly blurts out random science facts whenever he speaks to her.

Griffin's sister Holly warns him off her BFF and bridesmaid Kate despite the fact that Kate has had a crush on him forever. Holly knows that Kate has enough on her plate to contend with and doesn't want a broken heart to add to her troubles because Griffin isn't the kind of guy to stick around.  Not only is Kate an elementary school teacher she's also practically raising her two siblings stroppy teenager Ashley and cute little Tommy who thinks he's a super hero. On top of this she's also looking after her own father who has been suffering from depression and an addiction to painkillers since the death of Kate's mother in a car accident. Kate always puts her family first, she's even put her dreams of attending a masters programme in science aside so it's impossible not to love her. However, bolstered by a little bit of alcohol at the co-bachelorette/bachelor party Kate is determined to get out of her current rut and sample some fun naked with Griffin even if it is only for one night.

Kate and Griffin had A-MAZ-ING chemistry together (well, she is a science expert after all). With Griffin tries his hardest to be a gentleman and not take advantage of Kate when she tries to seduce him despite his attraction to her to her and with Kate stepping in to take care of him when he has a migraine at the pre-wedding dinner I just knew that when they did get together it would be explosive (well, he is an explosives expert after all).

I adored Rumor Has It, funny, sweet, smexy and emotional it's yet another Jill Shalvis must read.

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I’d like to give Jill Shalvis a warm welcome to My keeper shelf today!
Jill is the bestselling author of over four dozen romance novels, including her upcoming sexy contemporary romance RUMOR HAS IT, book four in the Animal Magnetism series set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho. Jill is known for stories that are sexy, fun and full of heart. The 4-time Rita nominee and 3-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and a hilarious daily blog.

Can you tell our readers a little bit about the Animal Magnetism (Sunshine, Idaho) series, and where your inspiration came from?

I’ve always wanted to write a series where I could incorporate cute animals. Cute animals and sexy heroes together, who can resist that. So I came up with a series about a set of wildly alpha brothers running an animal center in Sunshine, Idaho at the base of the Bitteroot Mountains.

What is your favourite thing about writing this series? The sexy men, the heroines, or the animals?

All of the above, but okay, let me admit the truth – the combination of hot guys and adorable animals is pretty much irresistible for me.

What do you think makes romance readers and the romance community so strong?

I think what makes the romance community so strong is that romance readers are awesome. They’re loyal and dedicated and always so willing to help support our community by talking about the books and making it okay to read whatever you want, may that be straight contemporary, romantic suspense, erotica, whatever. I love that. As far as having a strong presence, that is an accidental cause of working alone most of the days out of the year. Reaching out to romance readers and writers via social media is just a really great way to not always be alone. 

Are contemporaries your favourite genre to read as well as to write? If so, can you give our readers some of your favourite recommendations?  
Yes, though I love to read everything, across all genres. Heck, I’m happy reading the back of a cereal box. But as for my recommendations in the contemporary genre, you can’t go wrong with Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, Carly Phillips, Susan Mallery, Lori Foster, Rachel Gibson…

Do you think reading romance makes us expect more from our own romantic partners? What effect do you think romance has on those that read it?

We’re writing fiction. Not nonfiction. But made up stories, fantasies really. I’m not writing “How To Have A Hot Romance.” Or “How To Train Your Significant Other Into Being A Perfect Mate.” I’m writing a fictional tale. I think our readers are sharp, and are well aware and capable of knowing the difference between a pat Happily Ever After and real life. If I can provide someone with a fantasy, a little escape from her reality, then I am considering it a job well done.

You write so many wonderful contemporaries, how do you keep each novel fresh and exciting?

Keeping it fresh is a constant battle, and I struggle with that daily. I just love writing, and this genre, and work hard to do the job so I can keep doing it and pleasing readers. Also, I find that stalking neighbors and friends, and being extremely nosy about their personal lives and conflicts is very helpful.

What’s your advice for a first-time pet owner?

1. Read up on your pet, on the specific breed.
2. Be patient.
3. Be patient.
4. Be patient.
5. Oh, and if there’s training issues? Chances are it’s you, so revisit #1.

The interactions shared between you and Alpha Man always entertain; what is a recent “He Said, She Said” between you and Alpha Man that we may not have heard yet?
Me: What are you eating?
Him (mouth full): Nothing
Me: It smells like Oreos.
Him: …
Me: Are you … eating Oreos? I thought we were out of cookies!!
Him: There’s only four left.
Me: I need two.
Him: I’ll give you one.
Me: No! You can’t eat just one cookie!!! There’s a rule!!!
Him: Show me the book where this rule lives.
Me: I’LL WRITE YOU THE $%#!#$!@ book, give me a second cookie and no one gets hurt!
Him: Is it possible that you need something to go with that cookie?
Me: Milk?
Him: I was thinking Midol…

Your friendship with Kristan Higgins and your friendly battle for “Man Wars” has become infamous. Why do you two connect so well?

I think our chemistry translates well because it’s genuine. You can’t fake a real friendship. We connect on lots of levels, such as competing for readers (kiddin!), and because we’re both raising aliens—er, teenagers.

What’s next for Jill Shalvis?

If you read RUMOR HAS IT, you may notice a new vet is working at Belle Haven. Dr. Wyatt Stone. He and his two sisters, Darcy and Zoe, are each going to get their own story next year.
 
Want to win a copy of RUMOR HAS IT?

Thanks to Jill's lovely publishers I have a copy of RUMOR HAS IT up for grabs today.
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Don't worry INTERNATIONAL PEEPS I haven't forgotten about you!
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Saturday, 2 November 2013

New books

 
Hey everyone nice to see you again, here's the new books I got this week.
 
For review:
 Wild Child by Molly O'Keefe | Roman Holiday by Ruthie Knox | Holiday Games by Jaci Burton
 
I bought
I can't resist these Brazen contemporary romances they are my "me books" when I want a break from review books.
 
I want
I've requested Broken Blade by J.C. Daniels from Net Galley because I ADORE this series fingers crossed that I get it because January seems a long way away.

 Have a great week everybody.