BOOK DEALS & FREEBIES 04/03/14

HOT NAUGHTY MOM BOOK DEALS

The Businessman’s Tie
Author: Deena Ward

Genre: Erotica
Purchase Links: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK  [Free]

Synopsis

Part One of “The Power to Please,” a dark, sensual series about shattering loss, redemption through transformation, and the miracle of selfless love.


Who knows where one night of passion might lead?


Recently-divorced Nonnie Crawford craves a new beginning — it arrives in the form of an enigmatic, dark-eyed stranger she dubs The Businessman. He seduces her with a sizzling introduction to the thrill of submission. As the days pass, she can’t forget him or the way he made her feel, so she seeks him out and soon finds herself at a BDSM club. There, she meets Michael Weston, a handsome, charming playboy who’s keen to seize the reins left dangling by the absent Businessman.


Nonnie’s ready to take chances … perhaps too ready.


*Warning: adult material. Only purchase if it is legal for you to do so. This book contains explicit language and scenes of a sexual nature, including exhibitionism, S&M by secondary characters, and consensual domination and submission, which some readers may find objectionable.*

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“The Power to Please,” a four-part, BDSM erotic romance series


Nonnie Crawford journeys into the alluring but sometimes dangerous realm of BDSM. She yearns to submit herself to a powerful, dominant man and two Doms vie for that submission, the enigmatic Businessman and the charming Playboy.


Knowing who to trust is always a challenge, and the odds of making a mistake are multiplied when gripped by new, intoxicating desires. Nonnie’s choices prove the difference between perfect bliss and devastating ruin. Truth and trust. She’ll need both as she struggles to move past her mistakes, earn indestructible love, and to claim the ultimate power to please.


Warning: adult material. Contains explicit language and scenes of a sexual nature, including exhibitionism, multiple-partner scenes, S&M, bondage, consensual domination and submission, and other activities which some readers may find objectionable.


Titles in the series should be read in order:

1 – The Businessman’s Tie

2 – The Playboy’s Proposition

3 – His Name Is Sir

4 – The Submissive’s Last Word

Chains of Frost
Author: T.A. Grey
Genre: Paranormal/Erotica Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK  [Free]

Synopsis
When a will from her dead father decrees Chloe into the protection of the renowned vampire commander, Tyrian en Kulev, she does what any woman would do–and casts a spell. Things get worse for Chloe when the spell she and her sisters perform summons an ancient demon from deep within the earth. Now she’s being hunted by a demon set on killing her and must live at the aptly named Castle Death with the king of cold, Tyrian. Surprisingly, Chloe finds that she doesn’t mind her new Protector so much. His cold, impassionate nature needs a firm push to show his true colors, and Chloe thinks she’s just the one to do it.

Tyrian en Kulev always pays his debts. When Francis Bellum dies and orders Tyrian to act as his eldest daughter’s Protector, Tyrian resigns himself to the position. What should have been a simple deal–keep her in the castle, protect her–has turned difficult. Chloe comes to him with a demon trying to kill her and a sexy attitude that keeps invading his thoughts everywhere he goes. The little succubus easily grabs hold of the heart he’d kept locked away for so long and makes him feel once again. But can they defeat the demon that haunts her and can Tyrian overcome his past and move on to a new future with Chloe?


Nashville Heat
Author: Bethany Michaels
Genre: Contemporary Romance [Free]
Purchase Links: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK

Synopsis
When I first met Dex Wilder, I was wearing a bed sheet and body glitter and serving hors d’oeuvres to a who’s-who of Nashville music royalty. I certainly didn’t realize that my sexy country music bad boy would become such a delicious distraction, the one man who could bring out the passion in me on stage or off. All my life I’d only hungered after one thing.Then Dex sauntered into my life with his scuffed boots, warm chocolate voice and touch that set those cold dark places deep inside of me on fire. 
I knew there was only one way to have it all, and I was going to do whatever it took to get it.


Promise
Author: Kristie Cook
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK [Free]

Synopsis
New Adult Paranormal Romance ** Mature Content ** Recommended for ages 16+ due to sexual situations and language

First installment of award-winning author Kristie Cook’s bestselling Soul Savers Series
Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.
*Soul Saver series available as boxed set (Book 1-3 + novella) 
Amazon US $5.99
Amazon UK £3.99

Ultimate Seal Collection (Book 1-4)
Author: Sharon Hamilton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK [$0.99 / £0.77]


Synopsis
Ultimate boxed set of 4 full length and award-winning books and two prequel/novellas by NYT and USA/Today Bestselling Author, Sharon Hamilton. Boxed set includes: SEAL Encounter (prequel to Accidental SEAL), Accidental SEAL Book 1, SEAL Endeavor (prequel to Fallen SEAL Legacy), Fallen SEAL Legacy Book 2, SEAL Under Covers Book 3, SEAL The Deal Book 4. Over 900 pages of reads, with a value of over $22.00. For a limited time only


The Curse of the Clan Ross
Author: LL Muir
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Purchase LinksAmazon US ~ Amazon UK [$0.99 £0.77]

Synopsis
THE COMPLETE SERIES includes 
Going Back for Romeo 
Not Without Juliet 
and Collecting Isobelle 

ROMEO: 
Jillian is an American lured back to the 15th century to rescue a plaid-clad Romeo and Juliet before their story can end in tragedy. The monster standing in her way, however, is a handsome Highlander who might just be her own Romeo…a Romeo she must leave behind. 
Montgomery would prefer to go down in history as the heartless creature rather than betray his secrets. But when he falls in love with the prophesied faery who has come to expose him, he’ll have to learn a wee lesson from the star-crossed lovers or suffer the fate to which he once condemned them. 

JULIET: 
Juliet has a hit man, the FBI, a long-lost sister, and a handful of handsome Highlanders hunting her through time. But she’s not going back until she gets what’s hers. And her hunters won’t go back either–not without Juliet. 
Quinn’s timing stinks. He’s about to die a martyr, which would have been fine with him a year before, but 15th century Scotland has revived his survival instincts and he’s decided he wants to live after all. His only hope? Making one of his foes believe Quinn can control the future. 
When Juliet and Quinn find they are meant for each other, they’ll have to maneuver around a centuries-old curse and a villain with a higher purpose of his own–or everything they want will be out of their hands forever. 

ISOBELLE: 
If burying her alive didn’t bring her to her senses, what will? 
Isobelle’s soft heart for star-crossed lovers has delivered her to the shores of Venice, and to the attention of God’s Dragon, a man whose responsibilities include trying witches. Her Highlander guardian has his eye on the New World, but if he doesn’t stay close, Isobelle will end up in the dragon’s fire. 
Temptation hasn’t been a problem for Gaspar in years, but when a fiery Scotswoman bursts into his territory spouting words of witchcraft, what tempts him most is to put a great distance between them. But the beauty is a danger to herself, and who better to eliminate that danger, than God’s Dragon? 
It will be a simple thing, surely, to keep her from reaching beneath his armor…



REVIEW: Deviant (Blood and Roses) by Callie Hart

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DEVIANT (BLOOD and ROSES)
By Callie Hart
SYNOPSIS

*Please be aware that this is a Dark Romance novel and deals with serious themes, including violence and murder* 

This story is the first part in a series, each approx. 30-40k words in length.

Sloane

I’m not proud of the things I’ve done.
The things I’ve had to do.
The things I’ve given away.
but I’d give it all over again to find her.

Even if i die trying,
I have to find Alexis.

Zeth

She wants me to help her,
But I won’t.
She wants me to save her sister,
But I can’t.
She wants me to be her hero,
But I’m not a good man.

I am her damnation.


Genre: Contemporary, Dark Romance
Price: FREE (reg. $.99)
Purchase Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK
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NAUGHTY MOMS’ REVIEW

As a new blogger, I’m still getting by bearings and learning the mechanics of the blogging business. I started by signing up to do ARC reviews of a couple books and signed up with Callie Hart to review Fracture.  When I received the ARC to review I learned it was in fact a follow up to Deviant (Blood and Roses). So to familiarize myself with the story line and characters, I looked into downloading Callie’s first book. Because I’m a self-confessed Kindle eBook hoarder, I found out I’d already purchased this book and it was in line to be read. *yay me*. So I immediately hopped to it. 

I was immediately drawn in with the mysterious circumstances that the story began with. Within the first chapter I was intrigued with the situation Sloan was involved in and the mystery man she meets. The intimate scene was undoubtedly sexy and HOT. 

With dual POV; which I love, we not only see what is driving Sloan to do what she does, but we learn more about the danger surrounding this mystery man, Zeth and the life he leads. He’s the ultimate bad boy who’ll do anything that suits his needs. In his world there are no hearts and flowers. He doesn’t want any part of that. Women are only a means to an end. 

Both Sloan and Zeth find themselves drawn to each other and have a chemistry they can’t make sense of. Both denying it to themselves and each other. Zeth knows Sloan will do whatever it takes to get the information she needs and he’s willing to use that. 

I felt extremely drawn to each character. Sloan’s strong will and Zeth’s dangerous life compelled me to keep reading into the wee hours of the morning. I just couldn’t put my phone down… sleep be damned. 

The chemistry with these two was smoking hot with a whole lot of intrigue surrounding Sloan’s and Zeth’s lives. By the time I finished, I immediately opened up Fracture to find out what happens next. 

You’ll find yourself pulled in and you won’t want out. 

Fracture is set for release April 7th.  

COVER REVEAL: My Soul Keeper by Ker Dukey

What if your entire reality changed on you one day?

You wake up and your family and friends aren’t who you thought they were.
You look around, and the world isn’t what you thought it was.
You don’t even recognize yourself.
You and your reality are a complete mystery to you.
Simone’s life was about to undergo that disturbing journey. Love, lust, death, betrayal.

How do you fight the devil himself when he consumes you with lust?

How can you love someone who has come to take back your brother’s soul?
Shamar, soul keeper and son of Death, had never met such a unique soul before Simone. Captivated by her, he broke all rules to be near her — to love and protect her. But how do you protect someone from evil when the forces of good seem to be working against you?

When Lucifer himself crawled from Hell to claim Simone, what sacrifices would Shamar make to keep her safe?

Not seeing Simone all week left my craving for her unsatisfied and vibrating my blood with anticipation for when I could feed it again. New charges have kept me busy and the temptation to touch her when she was reaching out to me in her bedroom after the party nearly consumed and broke me. Distance was what I needed but now I need to see her again. I waited long enough; I have proven to myself that I’m strong and not a fool to human weakness.

Sensing her soul I appear close to her. She’s in a shop so I go to the coffee stool positioned opposite and order a drink. The girl serving me blushes when she hands me my change. I can sense her attraction to me; it radiates off her in waves and has her embarrassed because of it. I smile with a wink at her and drop the change into the tip jar. I hear her intake of breath and laugh quietly to myself as I turn and almost spill my cup onto Simone’s chest.

“Oh my go…,” she gasps and her eyes twinkle with recognition. A smile falls over her face, stilling my heartbeat. “We meet again.” Her soft musical voice flows.

“I’m sorry I nearly scalded your…” I look down at her impressive chest and back to her face, which is tinted with the pink flush from my gaze.

“Body,” I offer with a shake of my head, which earns me a giggle. It nearly floors me. Pulling a stray hair from her mouth, she watches my movements. Parting her lips, her tongue darts out to moisten them; I caress her bottom lip with the pad of my thumb, taking the hair with it across to her cheek. There’s an electrical storm erupting inside my body. Her eyes are glazed; everything around us has fallen into silence, we are the only two who exist in this moment.

My thumb retraces it journey to her mouth with a press of her lips she kisses it. My whole body crackles and tingles. She’s turned on and it magnifies my own arousal. Leaning forward without thought of consequence, I touch my lips to hers. Her body melts into mine; the taste of her red lips is like the sweetest forbidden fruit. The warmth of her tongue slips into my mouth and I meet it with my own: grasping her face deepening the kiss. Her supple body moulds further into mine, her breasts pushing against my chest, our hips pushing into each other’s. The whole world falls away and I feel like Heaven has claimed me and this is it; she is my Heaven.

“Holy shit!” a voice shouts out, ringing in my ears.

Simone pulls away, breathless, her pouty red lips still slightly open and swollen from my kiss. Her eyes roam my face with bewilderment. “That was…”

“Amazing,” I finish her sentence.

Her friend grabs her shoulders and turns her from my gaze. It breaks the spell. I notice we have gathered an audience as were standing in the middle of the mall making out like we were in a private room. She looks around and drops her face to the floor, embarrassed.  Lifting her chin, I whisper, “Never look down Simone, only up.” I bring my lips to her forehead before walking away once again.


When not lost in my mind of characters i can be found reading or spending time with family. I prefer a darker edge to my writing, not all life and love stories are light, some are grown from darkness. I was raised by a bookaholic. My mum started me on Anne rice as soon as i was old enough. I love losing myself in an authors world and create them for my fans.

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NAUGHTY MOM BOOK DEAL POSTING 03/30/14

PRETTY RECKLESS, A DEPUTY LANEY BRIGGS NOVEL
By Jodi Lynton

Laney Briggs has long been reckless, but she’s turned herself around – she’s respectably engaged and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff.  Everything’s fine until a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $.99 (reg. $2.99)
Expires: 03/31/14
Purchase Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK
TRULY MADLY DEEPLY, A CARLY PHILLIPS COLLECTION 
(LOVE UNEXPECTED SERIES)
By Carly Phillips
A collection of three full length novels by New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips 

PERFECT PARTNERS 
No sooner had Chelsie Russell and Griffin Stuart lost their siblings in a car crash than they find themselves fighting for custody of their two year old niece. Griff wins only to discover Chelsie is the only one who can soothe the child’s night terrors and fears. Chelsie and Griff bond over the little girl and their growing sexual desire is mutual. But is it enough? Chelsie’s been hurt before and Griff isn’t sure he can trust the woman who once tried to take his niece away. What will it take for them to realize they are … perfect partners? 

THE RIGHT CHOICE 
Advice columnist Carly Wexler is convinced she can map out her path to happiness and that includes marrying her best friend. No sexual sparks? No problem, or so she thinks. Until Mike Novak, her fiance’s brother arrives for the wedding. Carly has never experienced desire like Mike ignites inside her and it shakes everything she’s ever believed in. Add Mike’s determination to stop this wedding of mismatched opposites and Carly is forced to reevaluate her best-laid plans. Can she accept that her unexpected love for Mike is the right choice for her after all? 

SOLITARY MAN 
After an intense night of passion to block out shared grief, jaded cop Kevin Manning abandons Nikki Welles, convinced she deserves more than he can ever give. He returns months later to discover she’s pregnant with his child, juggling work and pregnancy alone. Nikki doesn’t regret the baby she’s caring but she wants nothing to do with Kevin and his apologies. It’s time for Kevin to prove to Nikki he’s worthy of her love and capable of creating a family. But it’s up to Nikki to forgive.
Genre: Romance
Price: $.99 (reg. $4.99)
Expires: unknown
Purchase Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK
KADE’S DARK EMBRACE (IMMORTALS OF NEW ORLEANS)
By Kym Grosso

An Erotic Paranormal Romance…
After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective,  Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective.  As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.
The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings.  Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy.  If she makes it out alive, will  she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade?
**Warning:  This book is filled with several erotic sex scenes and is for adult readers only. 

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Price: FREE (reg. $.99)
Expires: unknown
Purchase Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK
LUCA’S MAGIC EMBRACE (IMMORTALS OF NEW ORLEANS BOOK 2)
By Kym Grosso

An erotic paranormal romance… 
Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan. 

Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca. 

In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Price: $.99 (reg $3.99)
Expires: unknown
Purchase Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK
FIRST CHANCE (ROCK ROMANCE)
By A.L. Wood
Warning: This is meant for mature audiences only 18+ 

A college student Natalie Wright. She hasn’t had it easy for years , emotionally. Her one safe haven is music. Soul breaking , body quaking, lyrics sung in such a voice the emotions are conveyed onto you. Enter Ryan “Steele” Hurst , a chart topping lead singer in the rock band “Steele’s Army”. The bands songs are about cheapening the meaning of love . They project the bad-boy image. 

Can these two polar opposites coincide with each other on a summer tour making it out unscathed ? 


This is a Novella.


Genre: Erotica
Price: $.99 (reg. $1.99)
Expires: unknown
Purchase Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK

LAST CHANCE (ROCK ROMANCE)
By A.L. Wood

This is Book #2 in the Rock Romance Series and not a stand alone. Book #1 First Chance must be read first. 
Warning: This is suitable for 18+ due to mature content. 
Ryan “Steele” Hurst has made mistakes in life and overcame it all, including his not so great childhood. 
Natalie Wright, a college student, has made choice’s that could ruin her life. 
Liam will stop at nothing to protect her. Layla only wants the best for her life long friend and will do whatever she can to make sure that happens. 
Loyalty will be questioned. 
Relationships will be tested. 
Betrayal will sting. 
Will Natalie survive? 
Will Ryan get his Happily ever after? 

HEA.

Genre: Erotica
Price: $.99 (reg $1.99)
Expires: unknown
Purchase Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK

NEW RELEASE + REVIEW: Fragile Truths (Shadows of Sin #1)

FRAGILE TRUTHS (Shadows of Sin #1)
Authors: D.H. Sidebottom & R.M. James
Genre: Dark Fictional Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2014
 
SYNOPSIS
To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. 
Friedrich Nietzsche.
Frankie…
The bitterness is consuming. It’s intensity slashes and claws at my insides, it’s hatred wrenching my soul as it curls and nurtures my need for revenge.
HIS torture only feeds my vice. I won’t let HIM break me, only strengthen me. The pain HE gives is welcomed, it’s rawness fuelling the loathing inside with each of HIS thrashes and tears on my pale skin, with every harsh truth HE breathes in my ear and with each of HIS crippling holds.
I have waited too long for this and I’ll never let the bastard win.
He will have to end me before I give in.
But now HE has a weapon against me. Something I swore throughout my life I would never let in;
Love.
Tate.
 
Tate…
Her strength astounds me. HE doesn’t seem to break her.
HIS relentless persecution and determination to bury her under his furious reign and brutality eats at my soul. It has found that dark place inside me, the pit of hell I had locked and secured away, and enriched it, demanded its flourish and ripened its ferocity. The family wrath.
She’ll never give in, and I pray every night as I guide her through the darkness that tomorrow will bring the light to her soul before it is consumed, finally, by the plague of HIM.
Evil.
Jude.

Jude…
She blossoms under my torture, the soft suppleness of her skin ripping and tearing as though her soul is trying to break free from the agony.
I’ll allow it, because I can. Because I need her soul. I crave the sustenance it feeds my rage with, my thirst for cruelty quenched by the sounds of her desolate screams and my hunger for blood, nourished by the slow drip of her life force at my feet.
She thinks I won’t break her, so does he. They underestimate the blood that slithers through my veins. It’s the blood that tenures those around me.
The bloodthirsty.
The Shadows of Sin.
Review: 4 Stars
I’d like to start by saying I had an idea this story would be a wide ride before I started reading it, only because I’m familiar with DH Sidebottom’s work and her brand of intense storytelling.  With that being said, Fragile Truths not only exceeded my expectations but added a level of intensity and brutality I didn’t expect.
In this story, we follow Francesca, Tate and Jude through intermittent encounters that began at a young age until coming full circle in adulthood.  Francesca finds herself caught between a new found love, that brings about a self discovery she never expected, and a lifelong promise for revenge. 
As the story progressed I found myself admiring the heroine of this book so much more than any previous books I’ve read.  No matter what was thrown at her, her strength only grew that much more and all while discovering a love she never expected and would die for, if needed. Her devotion and love for her family and Tate are awe inspiring and she’s willing give up anything and everything.  
You’ll enjoy the passion between Tate and Frankie and you’ll cringe at the brutality they each endure for that love.
This is a great story and well worth the wait.
 

PURCHASE HERE:  Amazon / Amazon UK

About the Authors

D.H.Sidebottom
Is the author of over 11 erotic/thriller books on the Amazon Kindle site, including the Heart of Stone series and Room 103 series.  The first book in the new Shadows of Sin Mafia series, Fragile Truths, written along with co-author R.M. James, has just been released.

Among other ventures, she also writes the narrative, dialogue and advertising monologues for HyperSloth, an indie games company and their current game, Dream.

She was raised in a loving family with one brother in Derbyshire, UK and grew up with a rowdy group of bikers who she considered her brothers as well as her friends, and who also made school life a whole lot easier.  She has a wild imagination that she says is never silent and on occasion, a mind that can from time to time scare the hell out of her.

Dawn is a single mum to three children, aged from 12 to 21, whom she regards as her ‘life support system’…along with coffee, and is awaiting the birth of her first grandchild.

She is an avid reader, enjoying a mixed genre from paranormal and erotica to horrors and biographies.  Her taste in music is very eclectic, ranging from The Goo Goo Dolls and OneRepublic to Hinder and Poison and she always generates a playlist for each book.

She is an eager supporter to all indie authors and helps advise, edit and beta for several upcoming writers; however her main love, apart from spending time with her children and writing, is enjoying her friends’ company and figuring out how to remain upright after several beers, which she has yet to fathom.

Stay connected with D.H. on Facebook 



R.M. James

R.M. James is so excited about having her writing dream come true. She lives in England with her husband and seven year old daughter. She has been married to the love of her life for 12 years and is mother to one of the most beautiful girls to ever live. Collaborating with D.H. Sidebottom has been so fun and exciting. Her favorite genres are erotica and young adult. Favorite authors consists of  Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorensen, Pepper Winters, Jodi Ellen Malpas and K. Bromberg to name just a few. R.M.’s passion for reading and writing is shadowed only by her love for Starbucks and film. 

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REVIEW: The Baby & the Bride by Laura Bernard



SYNOPSIS
Sequel to the #1 Amazon Best-Seller, The Debt & the Doormat (available for FREE)

Poppy and Jazz’s lives sound perfect on paper. Jazz has a new baby and Poppy’s getting married. But their realities are very different.

Poppy must strive to keep her cool new job with crazy hours, while trying to keep Ryan happy. Before she knows it her wedding has got out of control, thanks to her mother, the runners at work are bullying her, her parents are in financial difficulty and she’s doubting everything and everyone she ever knew.

Meanwhile Jazz is struggling with motherhood, something a credit card won’t fix. Why won’t this baby give her a break? Will Jazz be able to cope before she loses it?

And will Poppy make it down the aisle? Will Ryan even be waiting?

Review: 4 Stars
The Baby & the Bride picks up a few months after The Debt & the Doormat left off and immediately pulls you in with laughter. We continue to follow Poppy and her life of people pleasing but are also given the POV of her best friend Jazz as she adjusts to being a new mother. In this story we get to experience their ups and downs as they continue to discover their road to being official grown-ups no matter how much they try to hold on to the good ol’ days of their youth.

I enjoyed the comical situations they’re thrust into as they plan a wedding and becoming accustomed to having a baby in their group. Poppy’s ever intrusive mother keeps everyone on their toes with her take charge, over the top persona while Ryan, the gorgeous groom-to-be, deals with family drama, due to Poppy’s meddling. 

The characters are just wonderfully ordinary people with typical dramas occasionally overshadowed by Poppy’s constant bad luck. There were several instances I nearly fell over with laughter.  This was a great comedy and would be handy to have when getting over a serious book hangover from an intense read. 

My suggestion is to get cozy, grab a glass of wine and enjoy.  I highly recommend it.

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REVIEW: The Debt & the Doormat by Laura Bernard

SYNOPSIS

Poppy and Jazz have been best friends from the first week of Uni.  Whenever these two get together trouble isn’t far away and things haven’t changed much.  When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help.  She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and help her get over her broken heart.

Poppy is thrown into a new life, full of crazy housemates; there’s fitness freak Izzy, horrendously beautiful bitch Grace and the slightly gorgeous, if not incredibly grumpy Ryan.  Quickly, with the help of Jazz, her life is thrown upside down.  Madness ensues and her need to please everyone gets her in more trouble than she could ever imagine.

Before she knows it she’s got a fake boyfriend and is hiding so many secrets she’s scared they’ll spill out any minute.  With a bullying boss, a sex crazed colleague, a mental mother and three brothers each with their own dramas, life has gotten pretty difficult for Poppy.  And all of this would be much easier, if she could just stop falling over.

Will she get her life back to normal before her brother’s upcoming wedding?  And will she want to?

As a new blogger, I was approached by the author to review her new release The Baby & the Bride which is a sequel to The Debt & the Doormat.  To learn the back story of her latest release, I immediately began reading her first story about Poppy Windsor and her agreement to help her best friend, Jazz Green, out of debt and help Jazz gain some life stability.
Little did she know how much this new arrangement of swapping lives would affect her instead.  An honest to goodness people pleaser, Poppy gets herself into numerous sticky situations because she’s constantly trying to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings causing some very funny outcomes. Ultimately, Poppy learns a lot about herself and becomes a stronger person for it.  
I can’t tell you how many times I was asked what I was reading because I was laughing out loud during breaks at work, at the store or even at a concert while I waited for it the band to set up.  More recently, I was explaining the book to my sister on our road trip to the Austin Book Fest and even the couple scenes I explained to her had us both full on belly laughing in the car.
Laura Bernard did a wonderful job with this story.  Not only did I laugh at Poppy’s predicaments but I felt like I could totally relate to what she was feeling and why she did the things she did. Ultimately, Poppy learns a lot about herself and becomes a stronger person for it.  
This is a great story for when you’re getting over the ultimate book hangover and need some comedy relief. I five it 4 stars. Go ahead and one-one click. The book is currently a freebie and I don’t how long that will last. It’s definitely one for your kindle library. 

Upcoming Release 03.19.14


Dax McCann is as cold as ice.

I’m intrigued by him.
But I can’t get close to him either.
His music strokes my soul, butchers my broken heart.
I wish he’d see me, but he only sees her. It’s been so long since I’ve had to care that I’m not sure I can do it anymore. Now, tell me, why is there a gun to my head?

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Sydney Charell is … interesting.
I want to touch her, kiss her, posses her.
But I don’t understand her.
She dances on poles and can’t carry a tune to save her life.
I feel like an outsider on the in, but I have too many secrets to hide. Naomi Knox has my heart, but I think I might need it back. I want a chance to use it before it breaks. Or splatters. Blood will be spilled; I just hope it isn’t mine.

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