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If it moves you, Review it: Playing it safe

  By Barbie Bohrman Julia Boyd has dated more than her share of jerks, and she’s done even pretending to like them—and her sharp tongue wouldn’t let her fake it anyway. Putting her dating life on hold and focusing on her event planning career is a much safer bet for this salacious blue-eyed blonde…until she meets her newest client. Organizing the opening for an art gallery should be a breeze for Julia, but gallery owner Alex Holt is becoming very distracting. Tall and muscular with enough charisma and sexy dimples to make Julia swoon (then salivate), Alex could be the perfect man. The two of them click immediately, creating enough witty banter to make her libido go into overdrive. But just before flames of passion can erupt with Alex, Julia begins planning an engagement party…and learns the groom is Aiden, the man who broke her heart years ago. When Aiden...

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A visit with Gabe Moriarty, hero from Return of the Bad Girl (Rock Canyon Romance #4) by Codi Gary

Welcome to an extra special event here at Crystal Blogs Books. We have none other than Gabe Moriarty visiting with us today. He is the hero from author Codi Gary's newest Rock Canyon Romance Return of the Bad Girl, which comes out in paperback on February 3rd. Sit back and enjoy as our interviewer tries her best to wrangle some answers out of the elusive Gabe... He sits across from me, his coffee and cream skin stretched over hard muscles I can see beneath the fit of his t-shirt. His dark eyes miss nothing as he watches me, and I can feel my face heating up. I can’t let him see how he affects me, or he’ll tease me…I know his type. Interviewer: Hi there. I’m just going to jump right into these questions, since we are on such a tight schedule. What is your name for the record? Gabe: Gabriel...

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Snow Phoenix and Me - Up close and personal with the author

The first thing I felt when I completed Snow Phoenix and Me was a sense of self-satisfaction. I have always wanted to read a great love story, but I have yet to find that book or it has not been written yet. So I did the next best thing: I wrote one myself. Admittedly, writing a good romance tale is not easy. I mean, it usually has the same scenario: boy meets girl, there is a sparkle between them, and they go through the ups and downs of their courtship before they finally live happily ever after - same old boring stuff. To me, that's not a real love story. When I wrote Snow Phoenix and Me, I wanted you, the reader, to connect with the characters of Snow Phoenix and Akecheta (the two lovers) so that you not only read about their love, you would also feel it, want...

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ARC Review: In His Keeping by Maya Banks

As of this moment, I have now read two of Maya’s novels including In His Keeping, which is the second novel in the Slow Burn series. The first novel, Keep Me Safe, I read so I would be prepared for the soon to be released second novel. The first was easily five stars, and I enjoyed Caleb and Ramie; hell, I loved the Devereaux family in its entirety. However, In His Keeping easily surpassed the quality of the first, which I would not have thought possible. Therefore, stating how wonderful this read was could not possibly convey how imperative I feel that any avid romance lover should devour this book with passion and anticipation. After being introduced to the Devereaux family which includes Caleb, Beau, and Quinn, you are aware of the pure alpha male in each as well as how protective they are. Now, I will admit that I...

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Jan 30 - Post

EROTICA**** Sinful Rewards 7 by Cynthia Sax

  Blurb   Bee Carter has been offered everything she has ever dreamed of—a caring, lasting relationship with a handsome, often charming billionaire; the permanent home she's never had but has always craved; and wealth to buy the designer fashions she loves, support her hard-working mother, and ensure her acceptance by Chicago's elite.   To obtain what she's desired for so long, she has to do only two things: Walk away from her best friend, a woman who is destined to betray her … and end her passionate nightly encounters with a certain tattooed biker, a former Marine who can never give her what she needs.   Her answer should be clear, but the heart has a way of complicating even the most straightforward decisions.  Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/12/sinful-rewards-7-billionaires-and.html Goodreads Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22138427-sinful-rewards-7?from_search=true Goodreads Series Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/136907-sinful-rewards   Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00JZOVYQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418172194&sr=8-1&keywords=sinful+rewards+7 B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-rewards-7-cynthia-sax/1119919841?ean=9780062354228 iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sinful-rewards-7/id870582006?mt=11 Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/sinful-rewards-7  ...

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Jan 30 - Post

EROTICA**** Sinful Rewards 7 by Cynthia Sax

  Blurb   Bee Carter has been offered everything she has ever dreamed of—a caring, lasting relationship with a handsome, often charming billionaire; the permanent home she's never had but has always craved; and wealth to buy the designer fashions she loves, support her hard-working mother, and ensure her acceptance by Chicago's elite.   To obtain what she's desired for so long, she has to do only two things: Walk away from her best friend, a woman who is destined to betray her … and end her passionate nightly encounters with a certain tattooed biker, a former Marine who can never give her what she needs.   Her answer should be clear, but the heart has a way of complicating even the most straightforward decisions.  Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/12/sinful-rewards-7-billionaires-and.html Goodreads Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22138427-sinful-rewards-7?from_search=true Goodreads Series Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/136907-sinful-rewards   Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00JZOVYQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418172194&sr=8-1&keywords=sinful+rewards+7 B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sinful-rewards-7-cynthia-sax/1119919841?ean=9780062354228 iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sinful-rewards-7/id870582006?mt=11 Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/sinful-rewards-7  ...

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Jan 30 - Post

Guest Post with Karen Ranney and Giveaway

Meet Karen Ranney, author of In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams. Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved that she wasn't that shy after all. Yet she prefers to keep her current adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas, and loves to hear from her readers at karen@karenranney.com Find Karen at: | Site | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | My Favorite Parts of In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams Frankly, I like it when characters are flummoxed, when they’re on the verge of panic, when they’re floundering. You can see to the core of the individual: what motivates them, what charms them...

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Author Candis Terry on Writing Intimate Moments--and it isn't smut

I am thrilled to have author Candis Terry stop by today at Love. Life. Read. Two of the biggest misconceptions of romance novels are they are all the same and filled cover-to-cover with smut. As Candis tells us, there is always more to the story... Welcome Candis! Thank you so much for having me here today! To get things started, let me just say . . . No, I don’t write smut.. I’m often asked (mostly by people who don’t read romance) what it’s like to write sex scenes. Do I do my own “research?” Aren’t I embarrassed to have people read such . . . smut? Oddly enough, this last question is often asked by men. Really guys? You don’t like sex? Hmmm. So after I pull in my claws and bite my tongue to the point of looking vampirish, I respond calmly and hopefully intellectually. But there are...

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Review of Her Highland Fling (Second Sons #2.5) by Jennifer McQuiston

"You play a dangerous game, lass. I'm a man who wants you fiercely. It is not easy to remain a gentleman when you look at me so." - William MacKenzie Her Highland Fling Series: Second Sons #2.5 Author: Jennifer McQuiston Publisher: Avon Romance Release Date: January 27th, 2015 Source: Edelweiss Purchase Links: Amazon - B&N - iTunes - Kobo Add to Goodreads Let the Games Begin… William MacKenzie has always been protective of his Scottish village. When Moraig’s economy falters, he has the perfect solution to lure wealthy Londoners to this tiny hamlet: resurrect the ancient Highland Games! But for this to work, William knows he needs a reporter to showcase the town in just the right light. A female journalist might be a tolerated oddity in Brighton, but newly minted reporter Penelope Tolbertson is discovering that finding respect in London is a far more difficult prospect. After receiving an invitation to cover...

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Jan 30 - Post

Thursday Mail Call

Check out what I found in the mail when I woke up this afternoon (I'm a night~shifter, remember. 7p-7a.). Due to the massive snowstorm just to the north of North Carolina, they were a little off schedule, but better late than never! The only problem I have now, is deciding which one to read first!!

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