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Monday, January 26, 2015

Guest Post with Author Chelsey Krause and Giveaway

I was born and raised in Canada, and live with my husband and two children. I’ve been a nurse since 2009. An essay I wrote on intercultural nursing has been published in a nursing anthology.

I love thrift shops, repurposing old junk and learning new belly dance moves. I can’t decide if my favorite movie is either “Bridget Jones’ Diary” or “Fight Club.”

I’ve always wanted to be a writer and in the spring of 2013, I finally sat down and wrote my first book. Now that that’s done, I’m working on my second.
I believe that the best way to become a great writer is to read.

A lot.

And then read some more.

I absolutely love books and would live at the library if they’d let me.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

ARC Review: One Night of Trouble by Elle Kennedy

One Night of Trouble is the third book in the After Hours Series by Elle Kennedy. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone story with interconnected characters. I really enjoyed this story and it was a pretty quick read. I liked the characters a lot and really liked seeing them get to know one another.

AJ Walsh is used to being the good guy for his parents, friends, and girlfriends. He always goes out of his way to put others first and is used to being in relationships before having sex. But when the sexy tattooed pixie walks up to his bar, he instantly wants her. While AJ is trying to break out of his good guy role, Brett Conlon is trying to clean up her act. In order to become the manager of her family's newest tattoo shop, she needs to prove to her father and brothers that she is more responsible and has left the wild child behind. But when AJ takes an interest in Brett, she decides she can't say no to a night of fun with him. When her brother catches her with AJ, she blurts out that AJ is her boyfriend. AJ and Brett decide to pretend that they are in a relationship until after she gets the manager position, and in the meantime they will explore the passion between them. But as time goes on and they get to know one another, can the walk away at the end or will there be more between them than just sex?

I really liked AJ. He was so much more than just his good guy reputation, but even when he was a bit more wild he was still a really great guy. He was thoughtful and caring and really sweet. I liked seeing him take a bit more control though and explore his desires. He was able to have fun with Brett in and out of the bedroom. I really enjoyed seeing him learn to loosen up a bit but also explore a bit more of his alpha side. Brett was fantastic. She was strong and comfortable with herself, and I loved that she made no excuses for herself. She stuck to what she believed in and wasn't afraid to be herself regardless of what anyone else thought. She was really great for AJ, and I liked how supportive she was of him. She listened to him and allowed him to heal after what had happened to him as a child, and showed him that he was the best when he was himself. I was so glad to see that she stood up for him and let his parents know exactly what was going on. These two were just a really great pair and I liked seeing them as they fell for one another. They had great chemistry as well, and were really steamy together.

Overall, this was a really great read. I enjoyed the story and really liked the characters. I loved the fact that Brett wasn't afraid to put others in their place when needed, and she accepted AJ for who he was. These two were really perfect for one another, and their relationship just felt right. This book was a really solid read, and I thought that Elle Kennedy wrote a really satisfying story. I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a really good, quick contemporary romance. This story was easy to lose myself in and was a great way to spend a few hours. I think that Brett and AJ's story is one that readers will really enjoy and find easy to relate to.

**ARC Provided by Entangled Publishing**

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Guest Post with Author Elle Kennedy and Giveaway

A RITA-award-nominated, best-selling author, Elle Kennedy A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA in English from York University. Visit her website or sign up for her newsletter to receive updates about upcoming books and exclusive excerpts.

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ARC Review: The Vigilante's Lover Vol. 1 by Annie Winters & Tony West

This is the first Installment in the Vigilantes series by Annie Winters and Tony West. While this book wasn't at all what I expected, I did enjoy it a lot. With this being the first installment it does end with a cliffhanger, but luckily these are being released pretty close together so the wait isn't long in between. I am already anxious for the next one to see what happens next with Jax and Mia.

When Mia goes to stay with her sick grandma, she stumbles onto some unopened mail. Nothing catches her eye until she sees a letter from Ridley Prison. Deciding to find out who would be writing from there to her grandmother, she opens it up and quickly finds out that it is an erotic letter from an inmate to his lover. She knows that she should just leave it alone, but after receiving several she decides to respond. She never views it as a problem since he is one year in on a fifteen year sentence. But then Jax De Luca escapes and shows up at her door. They both soon realize that they had no idea who they were really communicating with and they don't know who they can trust.

I found both Jax and Mia extremely interesting. These two don't know one another at all, and yet there is definitely something there between them. They both feel the pull, but Jax thinks that there is more to her story than what Mia is telling him. While Jax tries to piece together what is going on and who Mia is, Mia is also trying to figure out who Jax is. Though she has been communicating with him, she quickly realizes that he is involved in so much more than she ever knew about. While they both don't know if they can trust one another, the tension between them continued to build. I was so glad that we got to see some of that without them just jumping into bed with one another. I felt like it was true and didn't rush anything. Though Mia and Jax have a lot of chemistry throughout this book, we really don't get much in the way of anything physical. I don't necessarily need sex to enjoy a story, but I will admit that I enjoy a good steamy book. I really didn't miss it in this book though as there was so much else going on in this story. It was interesting and exciting, and I loved the rush of what would happen next.

I also don't typically read a lot of suspense novels, because usually the relationship becomes secondary to the action. But that wasn't the case for me here. I really felt that while there was a lot going on throughout this installment, that these two were also really starting to develop something between them whether they knew it or not. The way this one ended was fantastic yet frustrating, but I honestly cannot wait for more. I loved seeing these two sort of circle around each other in this book, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next for them. They are just beginning their adventure together, and I am really excited to see where Annie Winters and Tony West take them next. I would recommend this book if you like a good sexy and tension filled romantic suspense novel. I think that this was a really great start, and I enjoyed this installment a lot.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekly Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners from last week.

Melanie P
Print copy of Contradictions by Tiffany King

Lisa M
Melanie P
Jennifer E
eBook copy of Anew by Josie Litton

Sue G
Back to You by Tracy Solheim

Patricia B
Print copy of The Millionaire Rogue by Jessica Peterson

Mary M
eBook copy of Treasure and Triumph + Scarf from Collette Cameron

All winners have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. =)