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New Book by Penny Reid: Beard in Mind

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Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is LIVE!

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.

She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

 

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Title: Food Fight

Series: Strip Mall Duology #1

Authors: T. Torrid & Heather Ohhh

Genre: Eroticomedy (Erotica/Romantic Comedy)

Cover Design: Juliana Cabrera, Jersey Girl

Release Date: August 10, 2017

Blurb

FOOD FIGHT is the first book in a new eroticomedy duology.

Each book in the Strip Mall series contains two separate stories from the same

universe. No cliffhangers… just a lot of laughs and some really hot sex!

BANANAS AND DONUTS: It’s a food fight of epic proportions when this

not-so-sweet baker gets her hands on a gorgeous grocer’s goods.

BAGELS AND BRATS: A buff butcher bites off more than he can chew when he

“meats” the vegan vixen next door.

*Intended for immature audiences 18+

T. Torrid

T. Torrid is a pop-culture junkie, a movie aficionado, and a

lover of all things 80s.

A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently lives there with her husband and two

sons.

She also writes romance under the name T. Torrest!

Heather Ohhh is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. Residing with her husband and five sons, she is quite fluent in sarcasm. One spoiled little princess finishes off this brood adding a little drama and sparkle to the mix. Life is chaotic, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. 


She also writes romance under the name Heather M. Orgeron.

Don’t Underestimate a Cowboy’s Strength

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Strength (Book 1)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Zane McGavin hasn’t seen his childhood friend Mandy Fielding for almost a decade. While Zane isn’t quite sure what happened that made Mandy run away to New York, he knows that Montana is the only place he wants to call home. So Zane is surprised when he finds Mandy on the side of the road in need of some help. Their relationship becomes confusing as they move from old friends to lovers, despite living in two different states.

I love Vicki Lewis Thompson books, in part, because her writing is so smooth. The dialogue is great, the descriptions are vivid, and each character is unique and memorable. I’m not as familiar with Vicki’s contemporary romances, having grown up reading her Wild About You series. I am happy to say that this novel doesn’t disappoint. The plot was straightforward, heartfelt and relatively drama-free.

Zane is super hunky and sexy and if he was a real person I’d be all over him. He is a true gentleman and is my favorite character in the book. He doesn’t have the usual hang-ups of alpha men but that doesn’t make the sex scenes any less sexy. I had a much harder time liking Mandy. She is all over the place with her emotions and her responses and, honestly, I’m not sure she deserves Zane.

But probably one of the best features of the book is Mandy’s mom and Zane’s mom. As secondary characters they are very vivid. They both have their own personalities and back-stories and that’s part of what makes Vicki’s books come alive. She doesn’t write flat characters. I am really looking forward to seeing more of these two strong women in future books in the series.

My only regret is that the novel is on the shorter side. At 200 pages I read this super fast. But the pacing of the novel is great and I can’t wait until the next book in the series.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 SALE)

Yes! It’s on sale people! Less than a dollar is a steal for a well-written book like this one.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you like hunky men who take care of animals, then try Jill Shalvis’ Animal Attraction. It’s the second book in the Animal Magnetism series but it can stand-alone. I enjoyed reading about the hunky veterinarian.

Beard Mode Book Review

The Dixie Warden Rejects MC Series by Lani Lynn Vale

Contemporary Romance

Beard Mode (Book 1)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 3 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Aaron Sims is done with women. After his crazy ex-wife, Aaron isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to give another woman a chance at destroying him. But when he moves in across the hall from Imogen, he can’t help but feel the pull of the beautiful pixie. Imogen knows all about Aaron, or at least she used to. But now that Aaron is back, still sexy as ever but with new scars, Imogen isn’t sure if she’s the kind of woman Aaron wants.

I really wanted to like this book and in a bizarre way, I did. The chemistry between Aaron and Gen is sizzling. They are both fun characters because in many ways they are unexpected. Even though Aaron’s been hurt before, he doesn’t dither around like an idiot when it comes to being attracted to Gen. And Gen is a Marine Corps veteran! How unexpected is that?!

But I can’t really recommend it, or give it a good review, because the book is confusing! None of the characters are described in a way that makes me feel like I really know them. In fact, there are often times throughout the book when someone does something that makes me question the person’s character. That means there is zero character development since there is no baseline.

Also very confusing is the description of events. In one scene Gen is lying down, then suddenly she’s opening a door with no words to describe the in between. Of course I don’t want ALL the nitty gritty details (yes, I know she’s probably breathing), but knowing that she got up, out of bed, put on some clothes, drove to her apartment and THEN is opening her door would have been helpful. It’s also more of a problem in this story than in others because there is a lot of action. There are bombs exploding and guns being fired, so knowing where people are and what they’re doing is incredibly important following the action.

That being said, I really wanted to like this book. And the fact that I finished the book, despite the problems it has, is a testament to how much I enjoyed Aaron and Gen and the storyline in general. There is action, there is romance, and if there’s a few missing paragraphs or pages, oh well. In some ways I think that maybe my critique isn’t necessarily the author’s fault. I think, perhaps, it was over edited and many of the transitional sentences and paragraphs that would have held the story together more were cut in favor of saving a few pages. I’m not sure since I wasn’t a part of that process, but since the book is well written for the most part, I’m going to give the author the benefit of the doubt and blame the anonymous editing crew (sorry, I have to blame someone!). This explains why I gave it a three out of five instead of a two out of five rating.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

Unfortunately I don’t think it’s worth buying. I hate to say this since I know the author worked long and hard on this book, but I got more out of reading the Amazon description than I did reading the book.

Something else you might enjoy:

Check out Hells Saints Motorcycle Club series by Paula Marinaro. I read the first two books in the series a while ago and liked them, the first book more than the second. There are three books in the series, so it’s worth a try if you like motorcycle club books.

Darkest London Book 3

Darkest London Series by Kristen Callihan

Paranormal Romance

 

Winterblaze (Book 3)

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Poppy London has always been the steady sister. With her husband and her bookshop, her life seems mundane and ordinary. But when a werewolf attacks her husband, Winston, long held family secrets are revealed that may cost Poppy her marriage. After Winston recovers he leaves Poppy to find some semblance of solace after his wife’s betrayal, but when Poppy suddenly appears on his ship, his life takes another dangerous turn. As Poppy and Winston face a threat bigger than the two of them they must decide if the love that brought them together is enough to overcome a deal made with the devil.

This might have been my favorite Darkest London book yet. And that’s saying something because I love the first book in this series. But there is something about the undeniable love between Poppy and Winston that makes my heart sigh. It’s not that Winston doubts his love for Poppy, but it’s whether the two of them can forgive and move on in their relationship.

The universal theme of forgiveness is so applicable to life, whether staring down a demon or ignoring the little hurts your partner may inflict. People inevitably require forgiving, we are so imperfect, and Kristen Callihan’s portrayal of this truth is quite moving. I wouldn’t say that the resolution is definitive, but the story offer glimmers as to how a couple can move on.

The pacing of this story is kind of like the sea: it swells with action and then ebbs a little with memories and dialogue. I enjoyed it and read the novel quickly. The climax of the novel is a little hazy for me—I’m not sure I understand exactly what happens, but it’s a happily-ever-after and for that I am grateful.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $6.99)

Even though it’s a bit expensive, because it’s my favorite book in the series so far, I’m going to have to say yes, you should buy it. It’s sweet and touching and lovely, plus you get to see Poppy’s two sisters as they live out their happily-ever-afters.

Cad & the Co-Ed Release Blitz

The Cad and The Co-Ed, an all-new romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is LIVE

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THE CAD

Bryan Leech is a cad.

Or, he *was* a cad.

No one is quite certain.

Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.

The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED

Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.

The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN

Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.

Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.

But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Meet L.H. Cosway:

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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Why Everyone in a Relationship Should Read Romance Novels

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It’s Valentine’s Day week and many of the romance authors I love are thinking about the genre of romance novels. Here are just a few:

http://www.romancerehab.com/blog/whats-wrong-with-the-romance-genre

http://bookpage.com/the-book-case/20884-why-do-we-crave-happily-ever-after#.WJ_R8RLyuRu

So here’s my reasons why everyone in a relationship should read romance novels. And by everyone I mean everyone, male, female, heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual.

Why Everyone in a Relationship Should Read Romance Novels