12/31/2014

Reflection of my year in reading ~ 2014


As another year ends, I wanted to reflect on what a GREAT year I had reading books!

I generally end up liking what I read, so making a favorites list is very hard for me. However, one book in particular did capture my heart like no other.

I wanted to go easy on myself this year. I read about 78 books. I re-visited favorite characters and said goodbye to some. I enjoyed some action-packed romantic suspense...the kind that makes you feel the rush. I was touched with tons of heartfelt romances. I read a few PNR that were pretty darn good. There are a lot of fun and sexy reads on my list. I also discovered some new-to-me authors that are worth reading again. Finally, I was able to "meet" Jamie Fraser. It took me a few months to finish Outlander, but I was so glad that I read it!

I hope you had a great year in reading as well. I don't know about you, but I'm quite excited for a brand new year!

THANK YOU to all the authors that made 2014 a fun year for me!
Jojo Moyes, Laura Kaye, Darynda Jones, Debra Anastasia, Melissa Cutler, Marina Adair, Elisabeth Barrett, J.R. Richardson, Samanthe Beck, Jennifer Lane, Georgie Tyler, Tessa Bailey, Jennie Shortridge, S.L. Scott, Kresley Cole, Helena Hunting, Victoria Michaels, Jessica Scott, JoAnne Kenrick, Rebecca Royce, T.M. Franklin, Shay Savage, S.R. Grey, Annie Seaton, Mary Whitney, Ann Mayburn, Joya Ryan, Kate Richards, Robin Covington, April Angel, Teri Wilson, Lea Nolan, Diana Gabaldon, Daisy Prescott, Christi Barth, Lauren Blakely, Mina Carter, Joan Swan, Caridad PiƱeiro, Elisabeth Grace, Diane Alberts, Ryan Winfield, Nicola Davidson, Kait Ballenger, Marie Force, Tracey Garvis-Graves, Marcia Clark, Elizabeth Otto, Rebecca Yarros, and Lori Wilde


What I read in 2014

Christmas at Twilight
New Year's in Napa
Sugar's Twice as Sweet
Eyes Turned Skyward
Falling for the Enemy
Hard to Come By
Saving Poughkeepsie
Chasing Temptation
Undefeated
The Mistress Experiment
Killer Ambition
Cherish
Seventh Grave and No Body
Light Her Fire
Fatal Destiny
Fatal Consequences
The Mistletoe Effect
Private Practice
Unmasking Juliet
Risky Business


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12/29/2014

New Release ~ Playing with the Drummer by Robin Covington Excerpt + Giveaway


Robin Covington...

Friends –

I love a good Hollywood romance. The glamour. The sexy vibe of the opulent life. Add in the edgy, exciting world of rock-n-roll and I jump from “yes, please.” to “gimme, gimme” at the speed of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar riff on “Hot for Teacher”.

So writing about a broody, Alpha, reclusive drummer from the world’s most popular rock band and an entertainment journalist hell bent on getting her own TV show...was a ton of fun.  Add in the fact that they have a combustible history and you’ve got a story I hope you cannot put down.

Warning: This book contains a sexy, Alpha rock star who just wants to be left alone and the gorgeous, super talented reporter who thinks that is the worst idea ever. When they are thrown together and forced to play nice, the competition begins in the bedroom but ends on the front page. The author is not responsible for spontaneous combustion of the reader.


Blurb:

Entertainment journalist Lita Matthews is on the verge of making it big. As in her-own-TV-show big. She just needs amazing inside scoop on the year’s hottest celebrity wedding. Instead, her big break is becoming a big nightmare—all thanks to rock star Rocky Cardano. Who apparently hasn’t gotten over what happened between them four years ago…

Rocky is pretty damn familiar with just how far Lita will go for a “scoop.” Hell, their unbelievably hot hook-up in Mexico years ago was the story of a lifetime. Rocky’s learned his lessons. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep her from the story—even if he has to seduce her to the point of distraction! But Lita has always had a way of getting under his skin. Only this time, he won’t be able to just walk away…


They were still touching, from shoulders down to their thighs, bodies trading warmth in the slight chill of the night next to the lake. She was close enough to kiss, close enough for him to caress, and he bit back a groan when he recalled her curves. She was smooth muscle, silky skin, lush breasts that filled his palms with their delicious heavy weight. Rocky broke eye contact, taking the chicken-shit way out for a moment.
He should move, get up and walk around, but he wasn’t going to do it. The big, horny bastard who made poor decisions was super-powered by tequila shots. That guy was like the Hulk, except that poor schmo in the movie couldn’t fuck without losing control, and when you were green with anger-management issues— that was a big problem. But Lita loved it when he lost control, and he enjoyed it when she took everything he had and begged for more.
The silence between them wasn’t awkward, and it wasn’t empty. The drumbeat of what they were both contemplating was in time with the pounding of their hearts. His cock ached, strained against the fly of his jeans; his mouth salivated with the desire to taste her. Lita’s nipples were tight under the flimsy fabric of her tank top; they rose and fell like she’d been running. He was waiting for some sign that she was on board for them to both make a poor drunken decision.
“I’m really sorry about Mexico…after Mexico,” Lita whispered as she looked up at him again, her breath warm against his mouth. He licked his lips, disappointed that he couldn’t taste her there.
“Let’s not talk about it anymore.”
“Do you believe me?”
Rocky sighed slightly, cataloging the hope in her eyes that maybe they could put this behind them. He reached out a hand, allowing his fingers to trace the arc of her cheek, the side of her neck, dipping into the hollow of her throat and coming to rest on the curve of her breast.
The tension was strung taut between them, but through it all, he realized that he owed her an answer before this went any further.
“I’m just tired of fighting about it.”
She closed her eyes briefly, and he wasn’t sure if it was because of his words or the effect of his gentle stroke against her flesh.
“That’s not a great answer,” Lita said, opening her eyes again.
She studied his face, her eyes processing each assessment she made, every calculation of pros, cons, and the absolutely insane. Rocky expected her to pull away, to end this detour and frolic into madness. He needed her to do what he could not do. He wanted her under him, around him. Wanted her in every way he’d had her those three days in Mexico, wanted to refresh those living memories with warm flesh, wet kisses, and pleasure. But he wouldn’t lie to get it.
“It’s the best I can do,” he whispered.
“I know for a fact that isn’t true.”
“You’re right,” he said as he slid his other arm between them and around her waist. He tugged her upward, and the movement put her eye-to-eye, mouth-to-mouth with him. This was without a doubt the dumbest thing he’d ever done, drunk or sober, but it felt incredible. He’d dreamed about this, woken achy and hard from his subconscious fantasies that involved Lita, a hammock on the beach, and not a stitch of clothing in sight. “You are so goddam beautiful.”
She inhaled quickly, her breath catching before stuttering out. “You’re drunk.”
“Yep. Enough to tell you what I want.”
“And what do you want?” Her eyes told him she knew what his answer would be. Her expression dared him to say it out loud.
He ran a thumb over her lips, dipping in when she opened, a shiver racking him when her tongue swirled around the digit. “I want you.”
Lita shifted, swinging a leg over him until she straddled his waist. On instinct, he moved his hands, cupping her ass and touching the sweet heaven of bare skin where her tiny skirt had shifted up. She leaned over him, mouth within kissing distance, one hand wrapped around his neck and the other around a long hank of his hair.
“You don't even like me.”
“I’m good at pretending.”
She smiled, her eyes dark, smoky, tinged with mischief and softened by the tequila buzz. “For how long?”
Rocky leaned closer, a gentle brush against her lips catching her laughter and then stopping it altogether with a deep, hot kiss. He sank into her mouth, using his tongue and his lips to coax her first moan of pleasure. He pulled back, making sure she saw how very serious he was.
“For as long as it takes to make you come.”


Buy Links:

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Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her bestselling books. When she’s not writing sexy, sizzling romance she’s collecting tasty man candy pics, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and obsessing over Dean Winchester. Don't send chocolate . . . send eye candy!

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