6/29/2016

The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon ~ Top 5




Indecent Proposal

Manwhore. That's what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life's legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that's exactly what he'll give them.

Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents' funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It's a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband . . .

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TOP 5 THINGS THAT MAKE THE MAN: REESE CRANE
By Jessica Lemmon

Curious about what makes Reese Crane, billionaire bachelor, the man? Lucky for us, I was able to get my latest (stubborn) hero to open up about 5 things that make him, well, him.

#5 ~ Beard trimmer. Reese is never without a sexy amount of stubble on his jaw and chin (see book cover) and this bit of dishevelment throws our heroine, Merina right off course. Reese maintains his look, never clean-faced, and never too beardy. Can you say control?

#4 ~ Scotch. Reese prefers it on the rocks, and as he tells Merina on their date one evening, “It’s always what I expect.”

#3 ~ Yacht. In case of temporary nuptials, climb aboard and hide out! But not for long. Sunrise on the deck isn’t optional for Reese—he and Merina need reporters to see them together after the wedding.

#2 ~ Sharp wit. I’m not sure whose banter is more infectious, Merina’s or Reese’s. But I promise you this: when they’re together, they are on fire!

#1 ~ The tie. Merina becomes obsessed with loosening Reese’s ever-present tie, much to the reader’s delight. As she puts it, she likes to see him come undone.

As do I, Mer. As do I. ;-)

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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.


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6/24/2016

Into the Light by Aleatha Romig ~ Review

Into the Light
by
Aleatha Romig
Series: The Light #1
Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Release Date: June 14, 2016

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigates—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price…

Source: Publisher
This is my honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent

A dark mystery-thriller that will leave you craving for more!

Into the Light will mess with your mind. Into the Light will leave your brain screwed. What's Into the Light? It’s the first book in Aleatha Romig’s The Light series, and it left me craving for more!

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started reading this dark mystery thriller. Questions immediately started to arise right from the beginning. Imagine waking up and realizing that you’ve been injured. You can’t remember anything. This is what happens to Sara Adams. She wakes up to an unfamiliar way of life, a cult really, filled people who say they know her but also seem to have suspicious intentions. Who exactly does she trust when she can’t remember what her life was like before it got turned upside-down?

Then there’s Stella Montgomery. She’s a journalist who is determined to find out what happened to her good friend. As her investigation gradually unfolds, she discovers something incredibly alarming that quite possibly could lead her down a dangerous and dark road.

I’ve read Ms. Romig’s Consequences series. I know she can write a wicked and complex storyline. While Into the Light is different from what I’m used to reading from her, she still showcases her talent to weave a story into shocking, twisted turns. I was kept guessing pretty much all throughout this story. I’m still guessing at the end and also amazed and stunned! I’m yearning for the next book now, please!

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6/22/2016

Small Town Romance SALE ~ 30 Bestselling Authors!

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If you're a lover of small town romance or are looking for the perfect place to start, you do not want to miss this sale! 30 authors have come together with an incredible sale.

Find out more about the books and get your hands on them here!

Here's the full list of authors participating:

Melody Anne, JL Berg, Mari Carr, Samantha Chase, Virna DePaul, LP Dover, Violet Duke, Kelly Elliott, Jessie Evans, Jamie Farrell, Melissa Foster, Cathryn Fox, Kylie Gilmore, Melody Grace, Julia Kent, Erin McCarthy, SJ McCoy, Molly McLain, Heidi McLaughlin, Ava Miles, Erin Nicholas, Brenda Novak, Kate Perry, Carly Phillips, Katy Regnery, Jill Sanders, Jessica Scott, Melanie Shawn, Marquita Valentine, and Zoe York

This sale lasts one week only, so make sure you don't miss out!

6/15/2016

Out of the Fog by Carolyn Nash ~ Audiobook Review

Out of the Fog
Author: Carolyn Nash
General Fiction
Audiobook Publisher: Audible
Narrator: Ilyana Kadushin
Publication Date: November 30, 2015

What if you're a suburban mom with a snarky sense of humor and a wild imagination prone to dreaming up disasters? What if you and your friends take your daughters for a camping trip, and while on a quick trip to the nearest country market you see a man being bullied and then beaten? What do you do? Back away quietly? Not if you're Molly Deacon who, along with her Mittyesque imagination, has a temper not to be trifled with. Stepping in to rescue Alan Cartwright has consequences far beyond what Molly could ever imagine, and she must find hidden reserves of strength to survive a terrifying chase through a foggy night.

Audiobook
Source: Audible
Rating: 4 Stars

I saw the word 'Mittyesque' and I was sold without giving much more attention to the blurb.  I don't know about you, but back in high school (dating myself here) I enjoyed The Secret Lives of Walter Mitty when I checked it out of the library off of the extra credit reading list for English class.  I was excited to see that this is about a woman who has Mittyesque daydreams except hers are all doom and gloom instead of savior of the world stuff.  This was a short, yet engaging story that hit several emotional connects for me.

Molly Deacon has to leave the campsite to head into town because of the minor disaster with their food cooler.  The night in the forest is very foggy, but she gets to the nearest little town, does her marketing, and is about to head out.  That's when she sees a man getting threatened by three large men.  Several stand around and watch.  Molly can hear enough to know that the guy is being bullied for being gay.  Calling emergency doesn't help.  But then things escalate as does Molly's temper.  Molly charges in and rescues the man after he is kicked and beat up badly. 

Now, instead of dreaming up disasters in her daydreams, she is in one.  The area is remote, the lead bully is the sheriff's son, and there is no one to stop the chase that will lead to Molly and Allen being 'taken cared of'.  Molly and Allen have to get out or get help, but they definitely need to survive.  Her husband and kids need her.

And so, this was a unique twist on an old story.  Molly slips inside her head and imagines the worst-case scenarios.  It's a coping mechanism she picked up because of her issues from childhood.  She is a middle-aged, average looking suburban mom, but she champions Allen like a gladiator.  The bullying was brutal and the closed in community run by an authoritative bigoted sheriff gave me shivers.  The suspense was good as was the developed camaraderie between Molly and Allen.  I liked the survivor-type story as they worked together to stay alive.

I only had two little niggles with the story.  First, it was hard for me to tell when Molly slipped into a horrible daydream and when it was real.  I suppose that was on purpose because that's how the original story was, too.  Second, the ending was very abrupt.  The climax came and there wasn't really a denouement to speak of.  It's over?  uh, okay, was my brilliant response.

I listened to this one on audio.  Ilyana Kadushin was a new narrator for me.  I was okay with her as a narrator, but I did have trouble with her 'Allen' voice (good guy) sounding like the one she did for the bad guy (pinched and raspy).  Her pacing and emotional tones were pretty good.  One scene drew tears from me.

All in all, I enjoyed my revisit in this Walter Mitty gender swapping retelling.  It touches home with issues of hate crime, taking a stand on principles, 'don't get involved b/c it has nothing to do with me' bystanding, and of course being prepared for emergencies.  I would recommend this one for those who want a fast read and enjoy general fiction with heart.

My thanks to Audible for the opportunity to listen to this story in exchange for an honest review.
Guest reviewer Sophia Rose regularly blogs and reviews at

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6/10/2016

HOT AS HELL by Julie Ann Walker FREE Book Blitz


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HOT AS HELL
Deep Six #0.5
Julie Ann Walker
Released June 1st, 2016
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An exciting prequel novella to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker's thrilling new Deep Six series
Harper Searcy didn't want to fall for a soldier, but she couldn't forget her hot Navy SEAL friend or their one night stand. When the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan where she works comes under attack by terrorists, there is only one man she knows who would move heaven and earth to rescue her: Michael "Mad Dog" Wainwright.
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DEVIL AND THE DEEP
Deep Six #2
Julie Ann Walker
Releasing July 5th, 2016
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The former SEALs of The Deep Six return in a sizzling series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker.


A COVERT MISSION
Maddy Powers's life revolves around cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events - but she can't forget the daring former SEAL who appropriated her father's yacht a few months ago ... or the scorching kiss they shared before he disappeared into the deep blue sea.


SPARKS A FLAMING DESIRE
Bran Pallidino carries a dark secret behind his lady-killer eyes - one that keeps him from pursuing a serious relationship with Maddy. But when she's taken hostage during a trip to the Dry Tortugas, the men of Deep Six Salvage drop their treasure hunt for a sunken galleon and embark on a dangerous mission to save Maddy.


WITH EARTH-SHATTERING REPERCUSSIONS
As they fight her merciless kidnappers, they discover this isn't a simple hostage situation, but something far more sinister. Passion boils between Bran and Maddy, but what good is putting their hearts on the line if they don't survive the dawn?

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Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find Julie on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.
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6/07/2016

Chasing I Do (The Eastons 1) by Marina Adair ~ Meet the Eastons + Review

Today I have the pleasure of having Marina Adair here to introduce you to the Easton brothers! There's a GIVEAWAY!


Five New Bachelors ~ Five Potential Book Boyfriends

New series are so exciting because we get to disappear into a new world, a new family, and a new set of characters all working towards finding their HEA. But the best part of a new series, is the men! And my new Eastons series has—count them with me—five alpha-brothers to fall in love with.

The first book in the series, Chasing I Do, releases today, and follows a once runaway bride who becomes one of Portland’s most sought after wedding planners. But when her former fiancée’s brother crashes one of her weddings, she discovers that sometimes it takes the Best Man to capture the runaway bride.

And who is this Best Man?

Gage Easton
Age: 29
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dirty Blonde
Job: Sports & Celebrity Agent

This notorious sports and celebrity agent rocks his slacks and tie in that GQ way that says Wall Street badass. But his leather jacket adds a touch of bad boy to the businessman.
Gage has a serious thing for single mom, and runaway bride, Darcy Kincaid. And even though he is the Best Man to catch this sexy wedding planner—the groom she jilted once upon a time was his twin brother. Making him choose between loyalty and love…

Rhett Easton
Age: 31
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dark brown
Job: Guitar prodigy

Rhett Easton isn’t just the greatest guitar player of this generation, he’s also People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.  He’s strictly a new town, new woman kind of guy—happy to keep his life on the road—until he meets the one woman who makes him want to come home.

Josh Easton
Age: 35
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Job: Deputy assistant to the Mayor

Josh loves to work hard and play risky. Being the straight shooter of the family, doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to have some fun—but he’s learned the hard way, never to mix business and pleasure.
With elections right around the corner, he is determined to take his career to the next level by promoting a campaign to improve police/civilian relations. Too bad the only relations he finds himself interested in, is a pint-sized trouble maker with a bombshell body and a habit of breaking all the rules.

Clay Easton
Age: 27
Eyes: Blue
Hair: dirty blonde
Job: NFL Star

Clay might be the youngest Easton, but this Baby Einstein is also the most level-headed. His ability to keep focus while in the storm, and think himself out of any situation, makes him one of the best running backs in the NFL. His moves on—and off—the field are legendary.
He likes his women young, his whisky aged, and his life uncomplicated. Until he meets the owner of the Air B&B he rents for the summer. She’s sexy, single, and—hot damn—she’ a cougar.
The best part? She doesn’t know who he is.

Owen Easton
Age: 33
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Job: Craft beer expert and bar owner

The hot head of the family, Owen knows his way around bar fights, bikes, and women. He also knows that his temper could be the one thing that is holding the family bar back from expansion. What he needs is a good girl to ground him—like his brothers have all found.
Too bad he finds himself falling for one who is trouble with a capital T. She even has it tattooed on her lower back.

For all of the Easton brothers, family comes first, business moves fast, and life is nothing more than a game of risk. They don’t mind breaking the rules or testing the limits, but when it comes to matters of the heart … they play for keeps.
And ladies, trust me, you’d want to be kept by any of these sought after bachelors.
~Marina Adair

Chasing I Do
by
Marina Adair
Series: The Eastons #1
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Darcy Kincaid might be a runaway bride, but she still believes in happily ever after, which is why she’s devoted to helping couples orchestrate their perfect I do. Even though her fiancée turned out to be unfaithful and a big disappointment, Darcy walked away from her wedding fully committed—to her unborn daughter. Now, a single mom, it’s up to Darcy to secure her daughter’s future, which is why she’s invested her life savings into renovating Belle Mont Manor, Portland’s oldest, and nearly forgotten, wedding venue. So when Wedding Magazine offers her the cover for their June issue, in exchange for planning the wedding of a high-profile couple, Darcy thanks her lucky stars. Until the star’s best man turns out to be her ex’s brother…
The last time Gage Easton saw Darcy, she was sneaking out the back door of her own wedding—destroying his brother’s life. No way is he going to entrust the gorgeous jilter with his biggest client’s special day, no matter how much in love with her he secretly was. Determined to take his client’s wedding elsewhere, he confronts Darcy, only to meet a toddler with Darcy’s blonde curls and the Easton blue eyes that has him renegotiating—the wedding for a chance to know his niece. But when a fun day in the park leads to warm family dinners, Gage finds himself stuck between his loyalty to his brother—and the two women who have stolen his heart.

Source: Review copy from author
This is my honest review.
Rating: 4.5 Stars-LOVED

The Eastons! This is a whole new set of brothers!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading Marina Adair’s books, it’s that she does an awesome job at writing small town romances, one of my guilty reading pleasures! Chasing I Do is the first story in her brand new series set in Portland, Oregon and features a whole new set of brothers, The Eastons! Believe me when I say that you’re going to want to get to know each and every one of the five Easton brothers!

First up in Chasing I Do is Gage Easton. Gage and Darcy Kincaid have known each other for years. I liked that they’ve been friends for a while; however, their past took a tragic turn, and let’s just say that it’s been a few years since they’ve seen each other. Darcy has had to make some tough choices in life and work hard to where she is as wedding planner and owner of Belle Mont Manor. She does it all for her little girl. I absolutely adore her determination and mama-bear attitude! When Gage unexpectedly enters her life again in a huge way, she’s got to set some ground rules or risk getting hurt all over again.

I must say that I loved Chasing I Do! I thought the wedding theme is perfect for this particular story. Gage and Darcy are well-matched, and several scenes made me both tear up a bit and smile. This story was a wonderful introduction to the Easton brothers! I found getting to know this new set of characters delightfully refreshing. Although the ending wrapped some things up pretty quick, I was left wanting more, more, more!

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Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of the Sugar, Georgia series, the Heroes of St Helena series and the upcoming Destiny Bay series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.

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6/01/2016

My Book Snack's 2016 Audiobook Challenge Semi-Annual Update


The 2016 Audiobook Challenge is hosted by
The Book Nympho and Hot Listens

More info on this challenge can be found HERE

Challenge dates: January 1, 2016-December 31, 2016
Progress: 16/30

Audiobooks listened to in 2016:

1. See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Narrator: Christopher Ryan Grant
Rating: 2 Stars

2. Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #1
Narrators: Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
Rating: 4 Stars

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Rating: 4.5 Stars

4. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Narrators: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
Rating: 5 Stars

5. Brighter than the Sun by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #8.5
Narrator: Lorelei King
Rating: 4 Stars

6. The Shadows by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #13
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Rating: 5 Stars

7. After You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #2
Narrator: Anna Acton
Rating: 4 Stars

8. Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #1
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Rating: 4 Stars

9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Narrator: Anne Hathaway
Rating: 5 Stars

10. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Narrator: Polly Stone
Rating: 5 Stars

11. Consequences by Aleatha Romig
Series: Consequences #1
Narrator: Romy Nordlinger
Rating: 3 Stars

12. Behind His Eyes-Consequences by Aleatha Romig
Series: Consequences #1.5
Narrator: Sebastian York
Rating: 5 Stars

13. Truth by Aleatha Romig
Series: Consequences #2
Narrator: Romy Nordlinger
Rating: 4 Stars

14. Behind His Eyes-Truth by Aleatha Romig
Series: Consequences #2.5
Narrator: Sebastian York
Rating: 4 Stars

15. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Rating: 4 Stars

16. The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #9
Narrator: Lorelei King
Rating: 4 Stars

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Happy Reading
&
Happy Listening!