Mr. Buff by April Angel

Mr. BuffMr. Buff by April Angel

  • BN ID: 2940015553734
  • Publisher: Etopia Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2012
  • Source: Won From Author Twitter Party

Synopsis:

Every morning, Alexandra drinks in the sexy vision of Mr. Buff through his office window across the street. He takes his workouts seriously, and Alexandra never misses the opportunity to see him return, sweaty and pumped, to his office suite to shower. Turns out Andrew enjoys the view just as much as she does and can’t take his eyes off the woman who makes his blood roar.

But when Alexandra bumps into Mr. Buff at a club, things go from visual to physical. And much to her delight, she learns that Mr. Buff is really Mr. Dominant. She loves spending time with him and getting to know him the way nature intended, but she’s looking for more than a fling. How’s she supposed to make Mr. Buff realize he’s Mr. Right?

My Thoughts:

Mr. Buff is true to the title this was one hot and steamy read that left me want more, a  lot more.  That being said there was a sweet side to Mr. Buff as well.  Alexandra was messed up from a previous relationship but she enjoys checking out the man across the way, otherwise known as Andrew, each morning over her cup of coffee as he comes out of the shower in his office after his morning workout.  What she doesn’t know is that he enjoys watching her just as much.  When the two meet at a club, she quickly learns that he must be in total control and turns her world upside down.  This sexy story changes when Andrew’s ex throws herself at him and Alexandra witnesses it.  With all of her insecurites from her previous relationships she flees.  Andrew has to figure out how to win her back and it might mean he has to face a side of himself that he doesn’t know he has. 

April Angel knows how to put together a story that is balanced and includes enough heat to make you want more but also a story line that makes it worth the read.

 

My Rating:

4 Penguins

The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

The Perfect Hope (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3)The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

  • ISBN-13: 9780425246047
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Series: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy , #3
  • Source: From Publisher for Review

Synopsis:

A new novel of starting over and star-crossed love.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers—Beckett, Ryder, and Owen—as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown.

Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out—with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro…

As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be—except for in her love life. Her only interaction with the opposite sex has been sparring with the infuriating Ryder, who always seems to get under her skin. Still, no one can deny the electricity that crackles between them…a spark that ignited with a New Year’s Eve kiss.

While the Inn is running smoothly, thanks to Hope’s experience and unerring instincts, her big-city past is about to make an unwelcome—and embarrassing—appearance. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs up Ryder’s emotions and makes him realize that while Hope may not be perfect, she just might be perfect for him…

My Thoughts:

I was so excited for the conclusion to the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy to come out that when it arrived in my mailbox I started it right away and could not put it down until I knew what happened to the last of the Montgomery brothers.  I knew moving into The Perfect Hope that the story would be about Ryder, the last of the Montgomery boys, and Hope the Inn’s innkeeper who came to Boonsboro to start again after finding out her boyfriend and son of the owner of the Inn she was running had been keeping her on the side after announcing his engagement.  It was really a rough end to the relationship but found home in at Boonsboro and the friends she had to turn to.  Life has changed for Hope but Ryder just rubs her the wrong way and they just do not see eye to eye, the worst is that he cannot even call her by her name.  Sparks seems to fly between them after they shared a kiss on New Year Eve but never thinks the other can stand the other.  Things change when the ex shows up at the Inn trying to convince Hope to return to her old job and being his woman on the side.  Ryder just happens to be walking by and Hope lays one hot kiss on him and he goes with it.  The ex stalks off but Ryder cannot leave it alone and drives into D.C. to make sure that Hope is left alone.  The sparks just keep flying.

I really loved the story of Ryder and Hope and it was my favorite book in this series.  There was a lot of loose ends to wrap up in The Perfect Hope and the biggest of these things is the ghost in the inn, Lizzy.  They where still trying to figure out who Lizzy’s beau was and what happened to him to hopefully put her to rest.  Hope being the innkeeper seemed to have the most interaction with Lizzy and it is her ancestor.  I was thrilled with the outcome.  But I am not going to share any hints.  We also revisit the other couples and find out what is going on in their lives.  Always a lot of fun.  These three couple have great interactions and friendships.  What makes this series for me is all of the businesses they all run and how well they all work together.

As always, Nora Roberts brings a consistent series where each book flows smoothly into the the next and the balance between story line and romance is done perfectly.  I have always enjoyed her writing style but feel that her last four book have had a renewed feel to them.  For a while, it felt that every book was just the same and I knew exactly what was going to happen at every turn of the page.  I am very happy to have found a new love for Nora Robert’s writing.  I enjoyed the last few series but not nearly as much as this one.

My Rating:

 

 

 

5 Penguins

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour

Please help us welcome Author Rachael Anderson today with her newest book, The Reluctant Bachelorette.  We will start with a quick interview and then on to my thoughts about this book.  I loved it so much that I posted it on my personal Facebook and my MIL bought it and read it the very next day along with Rachael’s other books. That has to say something!  Don’t miss the giveaway!

* Can you tell us something interesting about yourself that we can’t learn on the internet (can be anything)?

Honestly, I think I’m the most uninteresting person alive in the world today, which is probably why I enjoy writing so much. I get to live a much more interesting life vicariously through my characters. Seriously, when I go out to eat at a restaurant I love, I always order something I’ve had before that I know I will like. My husband, on the other hand, is more of a risk-taker and will readily try something new every time. I love that. Why? Because then I can sample his, and if I like it any better, I have a new staple for future visits. Really, everyone like me should marry someone like him.

 

* What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I’m not sure I could ever classify any of my days as “writing days.” (If only I could!) My days are filled with kids, PTA, church callings, housework (not that my house could ever be classified as clean), and lots and lots of interruptions. I do try to sneak in some writing time here and there, but mostly it has to happen at night after my kids go to bed–when I’m exhausted and tend to write incoherent sentences. If only you knew how many drafts it takes me to produce a decent book, you’d want to give me a hug. And I’d take it. 

 

* Do you have any traditions when you start or finish a book?

When I start? Hmmmm . . . . I wouldn’t call it a tradition since I’ve only recently discovered that outlining is the smarter route to take. But I’m now making it a tradition. Does that count? As for when I’m done, other than shout hallelujah and make my husband take me out to dinner, I just smile a lot. BUT, if I didn’t worry about wasting good paper and ink, I’d print out the manuscript, throw it in the fire pit in my backyard, and torch the thing. Yes, I love my books that much when I’m all done.

 

* What inspired you to be a writer or who?

Books. I used to be a voracious reader when I had more time. Romances, of course were my favorite. But it became harder and harder to find the kind of romances I liked (clean, uplifting, super fun), that I got sick of looking and started writing. I’ve been doing it off and on ever since.

 

* What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

As long as it’s a good book, pretty much everything. Romances, of course, but I also love historicals, fantasies, mysteries, paranormals, etc. If it sucks me in, I’ll read.

 

* Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Do it because you love it and not because you expect to make lots of money. Otherwise you’ll probably be disappointed.


My Thoughts about The Reluctant Bachelorette

The Reluctant Bachelorette grabbed my attention from page one and never let it go.  It was good clean fun with a ton of romance and conflicts though out.  I was able to connect with Taycee right away, her wit and personality had me laughing out loud through different sections of the book.  I appreciated her personality and dedication to her town.  Basically, Taycee’s hometown is struggling and her best friend comes up with the idea of hosting their own bachelorette show, where the male contestants are responsible for their own costs and the public will vote online for who moves on and who does. Little does Traycee know that she is the woman of honor, something that she really does not want to do but feels that she has to in order to help save the town.  What makes it even worse is when her old crush is back in town and a contestant.  Traycee does not want him on the show and gets rid of him before realizing that she may still have strong feelings for him.  This puts the whole show in jeopardy.  

I really enjoyed that the story did not unfold the way that I thought it was going to, there were surprises along the way.  I also enjoyed the interaction between Traycee and her brother as well as Traycee and her best friend.  Not to mention the crazy men who end up on the show and how she feels about them.  There was a lot of great chemistry throughout the book and not just romantic chemistry.  I am ready for more from these characters. It was one of my favorite romance reads in a long time.   

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?

About the Author:
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four, can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.





Links:

FB fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Anderson/174521852685105
Website:
http://rachaelreneeanderson.blogspot.com/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/rachaelreneeand
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3229576.Rachael_Renee_Anderson
Amazon author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Renee-Anderson/e/B003357K70/

Tour Giveaway – October 1st to 31st:

Grand Prize
    Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette (Ebook for International winner)
    $15 Amazon Gift Card
    Copy of the DVD Sneakers (US only)

Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette

3 Kindle Ebook Copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette


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Open to anyone who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent’s permission. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  If the grand prize winner is not in the US they will receive only the  Amazon Gift card & a Kindle copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette.  The Sneakers DVD would then be awarded to the winner of the print copy  who must live in the US.

 

The Reluctant Bachelorette Blog Tour – October 1st to 28th

October 1st
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Tour Kick Off

October 2nd
Multiple Blogs – Book Blast – $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
Rats & More, Gobs & Gobs of Books, The Secret Writer, Strange Daze Indeed, Doodle Bug Reviews, Live to Read, Simple Wyrding, The Young Folks, Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest, Lovely Reads, Confessions of a Frugal Mind, Stacy Juba, Julia Crane, Libby’s Library, Literary Winner, Mallery’s Deals, Celticlady’s Review, My Little Review Corner, Country Mouse City Mouse, Romanceaholic, The Jolly Blogger, My Photopage, A Dream within a Dream, The Solitary Bookworm, Minding Spot and lots more….

October 3rd
Murphy’s Library – Review
Wordpaintings Unlimited – Review
Peace from Pieces – Interview
Reviewing Shelf – Review

October 4th
Getting Your Read – Review
A Book a Day – Review
Aobibliosphere – Excerpt

October 5th
WTF Are You Reading – Review
Author M.R. Buttars – Excerpt
YA Between the Lines – Interview
Froze8’s Blog – Guest Post

October 6th
Older Mommy Still Yummy – Excerpt
PARAFANTASY – Review & Interview
Cuzinlogic – Guest Post
Author A.D. Duling – Excerpt

October 7th
Day by Day in Our World – Review & Guest Post
Books & Needlepoint – Review
SweepingMe – Guest Post

October 8th
The Lucky Ladybug – Review & Guest Post
That Artsy Girl – Review & Guest Post
Jenni Reviews – Guest Post
Books Are Magical – Guest Post

October 9th
Acting Balanced – Review & Interview
Lena Sledge – Guest Post
Karey White – Review & Interview
Four Sisters & a Book – Review

October 10th
Me & Reading – Guest Post & Review
Home Maid Simple – Review
Read This Instead – Review
These Words Tell a Story – Guest Post
The READioactive Book Blog – Review & Guest Post
Up All Night Reviews – Review

October 11th
Cupcake’s Book Cupboard – Review
Ever & Ever Sight – Review
Bibliophile Please – Guest Post

October 12th
Book Readers – Excerpt
Walking on Bookshelves – Review & Excerpt
A Casual Reader’s Corner – Review
Where Fantasy & Love Take Flight – Guest Post

October 13th
Imaginary Reads – Review & Guest Post
Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
Mommy Adventures with Ravina – Review
Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post

October 14th
The Book Belles – Review
Lisa’s World of Books – Review & Interview
My Devotional Thoughts – Review

October 15th
Rowell Reviews – Review
The Reading Nook – Review
Caroline Clemmons – Excerpt & Interview
Clean Romance Reviews – Interview

October 16th
Literary Time Out – Review
Book Munchies – Review
Books Down My Pillow – Review

October 17th
My Guilty Obsession – Review & Guest Post
Parsimonious Pash – Review
At Random – Review & Guest Post
Lyrics without the Chord Changes – Guest Post
Rachelle’s Writing Spot – Review & Interview

October 18th
Bookworm Lisa – Review
MK McClintock – Interview
Clean Teen Fiction – Review
Every Free Chance – Review
What to Read – Review

October 19th
Bookhounds – Review
Books Beside My Bedside – Review
LivLovLifeReviews – Review

October 20th
Why Not? Because I Said So – Review & Guest Post
From the TBR Pile – Review
Promiscuous Diva – Excerpt

October 21st
Young Readers at Home – Review & Excerpt
Sweeping the USA – Excerpt

October 22nd
Krazy Book Lady – Guest Post
Crafty Zoo with Monkeys – Guest Post
Tifferz Book Review – Review

October 23rd
Martha’s Bookshelf – Review & Guest Post
Books R Us – Guest Post
The Book Bug – Review & Interview

October 24th
Romance Bookie – Review
Wall to Wall Books – Review
A Purrfect Read – Promo Post

October 25th
whoopeeyoo! – Review
Going Crazy Wanna Go? – Guest Post
Laurie Here – Review

October 26th
Love. Without You – Guest Post
The Housework Can Wait – Review & Guest Post

October 27th
The Busy Bibliophile – Interview & Review
What’s Beyond Forks – Interview & Review

October 28th
The Bookish Mama – Review
Monique Morgan – Guest Post & Excerpt
Jean Book Nerd – Guest Post