Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Dena you've one both contests. Please send me your address details land I'll post your books. Congratulations and Happy New Year.


Falling for Gracie was a warm and spirited book. It was refreshing to read a romance filled with humour, warmth and strong characters. There were many lessons to be learned in this book a few being honesty, integrity and the art of communication. A very sensual romance, one I will read, over and over.

Gracie's character was strong, spirited, fun, intelligent, and warm even though her family had sent her adrift. She will charm her way into your heart.

Riley, how does one describe an alpha male at his finest? Tall, dark, handsome, aloof and because his past...mistrusting, tormented and angry.

How Gracie and Riley come together begins with their knowing each other in the past but now they meet again and sparks fly, while the entire town looks on and becomes involved in their romance.

I highly recommend this book. It is one of Susan Mallery's finest.

Book Description:

First comes love, then comes marriage. . .

Or that was Gracie's plan, anyway, at the ripe old age of fourteen. She loved eighteen-year-old heartthrob Riley with a desperation that made her a town legend. Even now that she's all grown up, the locals in sleepy Los Lobos won't let her forget her youthful crush.

. . .but it's not as easy as it looks.

And how can she, when she's face-to-face with Riley at every turn? The one time bad boy has come back to town seeking respectability-but the sparks that fly between them are anything but respectable! Gracie's determined to keep her distance, but when someone sets out to ruin both their reputations, the two discover that first love is sometimes better the second time around.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Ally Blake has created a sensual dance with The Magnate’s Indecent Proposal. It’s the first book about the Halliburton family, featuring the handsome Damien; the second being A Night with the Society Playboy featuring Damien Hilliburton’s sister and his best friend Caleb. Usually I read series in order but that didn’t happen this time but this story is also a stand alone and so wonderfully executed that you sincerely won’t want to miss the experience.

Their story begins on a fun and light note…..they are both lunching at a posh restaurant which requires checking in your cell phone. Chelsea is running late meeting her sister for lunch. When the restaurant tells her she has to check her phone, she’s not happy as it has her entire life and business on it. In a hurry and not paying attention, she literally bumps into Damien. All I can say is the sparks fly between them. When Damien leaves to go back to his office, he is given Chelsea’s phone…need I say more?

Chelsea is not only beautiful, she’s spirited, owns and runs a successful business Pride and Groom a pet grooming service. She’s very independent but is very close to her sister. You’ll also learn one thing about Chelsea; she has trust issues due to being raised by a con-artist father. When she bumps into the handsome millionaire he takes her breath away and her life will change forever.

Damien is one smart and wealthy man who was born with a silver spoon, charm and owns a successful day trader business in Melbourne. He also has commitment issues when it comes to relationships and is only committed to his work. He’s also recently left a two year relationship and is definitely not looking for anything permanent. When he accidentally meets Chelsea, he’s intrigued and immediately realizes after only speaking with her on the phone, they have chemistry.

The Magnate’s Indecent Proposal is a charming and romantic love story about two people from different worlds who in the end can’t live without each other and are meant to be together. How they get there is something as a reader, you’ll want to experience.

Book Description:

A millionaire magnate had her phone!
When Chelsea realized she'd accidentally swapped cell phones with someone, she knew how this would play out: she'd trek back into town, swap phones with some middle-aged man with a paunch and be on her way.
…now he wanted her body!
Only, seriously sexy Damien "Rich-list" Halliburton was way out of her league. She'd sworn off men long ago, but with a guy this gorgeous, how could she refuse his wicked, seductive and very indecent proposal?

Monday, December 29, 2008

January Contest - Four Chances to Win

Juror No, 7 -Mallory Kane
A man with a hidden agenda and a secret identity and a woman who knew too much...

Brand Gallagher was on an undercover mission to bring down the Castellano crime family and avenge his brother's death. Yet when he was ordered to kill Lily Raines--unlucky Juror No. 7--the tough lawman knew he couldn't break his oath to protect and serve. But compromising his long-standing cover as a mob associate would surely get them both killed.

Though they were little more than strangers, something about Lily demanded he offer his protection. Now on the run from the mob and the law, Brand was about to break the cardinal rule of law enforcement by involving his heart. Only, revealing his true identity to Lily suddenly seemed an even greater risk...

To win, just comment on your favorite romance suspense author or book and share why! Please leave you email in the post so that I can contact you. Thanks.


Interested in becoming a romance book reviewer?

Are you interested in trying your hand at reviewing books from the romance genre? There are two sites I review for looking for reviewers. Of course, it's a non-paying position however the books are free and it's a wonderful experience giving back to those authors who write these wonderful contemporary, historical, paranormal, inspirational books.

If you're interested, please email me and I'll pass your information along for consideration.

Warm regards and Happy New Year!


Author Robyn Grady has written an extremely, emotional and moving romance set in beautiful Australia. It’s about resolving past and moving forward, and accepting love.

As long as Celeste can remember and since her mother’s death, she is determined when her father retires that she has earned the right to head up the family landscaping business which was created by her parents. After her mother’s passing she felt the distance between she and her father. She was sent away to boarding school and could only count on her friend Brooke. Celeste has her own business but has dreams of expanding Prince Landscaping. So on the eve of announcing the new Chairman, Celeste is on pins and needles. Her father literally destroys her dreams by announcing a new CEO and owner by the name of Benton Scott. He also announces he is to become a new father and will be getting married.

Celeste is devastated and begs Ben to let her prove herself. She is so upset that Ben steps in and takes her on a picnic to take her mind off of everything. Her beauty, spirit and determination attract Ben so on that very day their relationship begins and they continue seeing each other but on his terms………having fun while it lasts with no commitment.

Their shared passion will absolutely leap off of the pages because you can see they are personally made for each other. But for Ben, because of his childhood and growing up in foster care, he won’t believe in “happily ever after” or permanence. His struggle with his past, eventually finding his father and learning why he left will pull at your heart. Celeste also reveals to Ben about her growing up years, the relationship between her parents and the effects it all played in her life, be prepared for tears.

Even though they physically enjoy their passion, the relationship becomes complicated. For Celeste these issues bring up questions for her as she looks back on her own parent’s marriage and realizes she needs more and decides to end the their relationship to save her heart from further breaking. In the end, Ben realizes that he has to work for what he wants the most, which of course is Celeste and he doesn’t need perfection. This couple were just meant to be and get their happy ending!

Book Description:

Saying ‘Oh, yes!’ to the millionaire…

When Celeste Prince discovers her beloved family business has been sold to millionaire Benton Scott, she’s determined to get it back. But gorgeous Benton sets her pulse racing, and her carefully laid plans lead her to just one place…his bed!

Benton makes it clear right from the start that he can’t offer more than a steamy affair. The passion is scorching – but Ben’s emotions are still in the deep freeze, and Celeste knows that only a dramatic collision course with his troubled past can thaw them…

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Trish Wylie has written one dynamic, remarkable and extremely romantic love story in Claimed by the Rogue Billionaire. Bad boy doesn’t even begin to describe Gabe, the one time Fitzgerald family housekeeper’s son now self made billionaire. Since Gabe can remember he’s always looked out for the Fitzgerald’s daughter and she drove him nuts with her shenanigans, her loveliness and then she went away. Now Ash is returning home and will probably mess up his life.

The Fitzgerald family are one of the wealthiest and respected families in Dublin. In His Mistress, His Terms you met Alex Fitzgerald (Ash’s brother) and Merrow. They appear in this story as well. Alex has designed an art studio for his sister and has hired his accomplished and wealthy long time friend Gabe to build it, knowing there will be complications when Ash and Gabe see each other. There was agitation and tension between the two when Ash left for France; a tension no one understood or what had caused the riff between the two. The reader will learn what just one kiss and oh what a kiss and the passion that resulted from it rocked both of their worlds. It’s revealed how Ash hurt Gabe publically by announcing he “was the housekeeper’s son”, how it stung and how that kiss was something Ash didn’t know how to deal with……all a major problem. When she returns will revenge be on Gabe’s mind? Will they be able to work together? Will they tell each other what’s gone on over the years they’ve been separated?

Ashling Fitzgerald is one lovely, talented and spirited woman and deep down wants people to know she’s changed and grown. When she sees Gabe she secretly knows she’s in trouble because the attraction and pull are still there and when she finally comes to act on that attraction I promise your heart will dissolve as did this reader’s. Their chemistry absolutely sizzles off the page. But it’s more than that; it’s how they keep their relationship a secret, how they hide their true feelings and emotions; it was hard to read.

Their story, seeing how the exchange of “cruel” words can hurt and wound just reminds one of a very important lesson “think before speaking”. However, for Ash and Gabe, working through it all and finally admitting it to themselves and each other was amazing and simply wonderful to read. More important was for Ashling finally feeling she belonged. It was the ultimate gift Gabe gave her and thanks to Trish Wylie, for the lessons to be reminded the reader of…….not to keep secrets, judging others by position or economic status, and how verbal cruelty can wound the heart and soul. It’s a story of trust, acceptance and of coming home!

Book Description:

Revenge is best served red-hot, passionate and delicious!
Heiress Ashling Fitzgerald has come home, determined to prove that she’s changed. Secretly she wants to make amends – with the tall, dark housekeeper’s son she left behind. But he’s not the boy she once knew – Gabriel Burke is now an infamous billionaire playboy!

Gabe thinks Ashling is spoilt and selfish – but still oh-so-sexy. He doesn’t want her apologies. Instead he wants her in his bed; he wants revenge…
But, once he gets it, Gabe can’t believe he is still so hungry for more…


Trish Wylie has penned an incredible romantic, sensual and sizzling love story in His Mistress, His Terms. The chemistry, the banter, the relationship itself will knock your socks off! Put that together with the story being set in Dublin, a fiery redheaded designer and a cool and confident architect who one weekend months ago, fell into each others arms for a night of passion. When they meet up again, it’s to work together on a rock star’s Dublin hotel. From start to finish this romantic dance, their ups and downs, their getting to know each other and take their relationship to the next level is one you will not want to miss!

Merrow is a free spirit, she’s lovely, confident and funny and she remembers her weekend of passion when she met Alex at a festival and spent one of the most memorable weekends of her life. She is now faced seeing him again and when he offers her a job, she actually believes she can put her past behind her and work with Alex professionally.

Alex, is handsome, hard working but he comes with some baggage’ his family is high society. His wealth and family don’t bother him as he’s always worked for everything he’s achieved; he’s pushed himself every step of the way. His family background bothers Merrow as she comes from a very unusual background and knows this relationship can go no where.

It’s a wonderful story of cat and mouse, exceptional I would say and I congratulate Trish Wylie for this glorious, sexy and very entertaining “fairy like” tale. With it being Mills and Boon’s 100th anniversary, this book makes the celebration even more special!

Please also join Trish and her fellow authors from all over the world on The Pink Heart Society. The site celebrates romance, its authors, readers and fans!

Book Description:

Rule 1 – Keep it strictly professional
Rich, gorgeous playboy Alex Fitzgerald has his sights set on Merrow O’Connell. Initially he needs just her interior design skills, but soon they’re on different terms – she’s perfect mistress material!

Rule 2 – Never mix business with pleasure…
Alex is determined to break all the rules and have the Irish beauty in his bed – and Merrow can’t argue with the boss! But she’s learned not to let anyone get close, and is determined to stay free and single. So what will she do when the billionaire playboy suddenly wants her to be more than just his mistress…?

Rule 3 – This boss always gets his way!

Monday, December 15, 2008

TALK ME DOWN - Victoria Dahl

They say there's always a first time and Talk Me Down was that experience for me......erotic fiction. All I can say is is provocative, sensual, sexy and just plain hot! It's sassy, fun and wonderfully written by Author Victoria Dahl and set in a very small town in Colorado, the town Molly Jennings grew up in. Now she has returned because her great aunt left her her home upon her death. Molly's excited to return because of a failed relationship with a cop who just won't stop stalking her. She's also had a dry spell in her career, as an erotic romance author and she's looking forward to concentrating on a new book and seeing a man she's fantasized over for years, the town sherrif Ben Lawson. Make that sexy Ben Lawson, her brother's best friend.

She also knows that her friends and family are not happy with her because she has a secret. No one but her editor is aware of her profession and for some time it has bothered her family and now that she's back in town and has the attention of the attractive Sheriff, he's also miffed.

Throw in stalking, mystery, hot, hot sex with the "hunky" sheriff, it's a sensual read you won't want to miss and a perfect way to start the New Year as the book debuts in January.

Book Description:

Molly Jenkins has one naughty little secret: her job as a bestselling erotic fiction author. Until her inspiration runs dry—thanks to a creepy ex—and it's time to skip town and move back to tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado.

OMolly Jenkins has one naughty little secret: her job as a bestselling erotic fiction author. Until her inspiration runs dry—thanks to a creepy ex—and it's time to skip town and move back to tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado.

One look at former high school hunk chief of police Ben Lawson and Molly is back in business. The town gossip is buzzing at her door and, worse still, a stalker seems to be watching her every move. Thankfully, her very own lawman has taken to coming over, often. The only problem now is that Molly may have to let the cat out of the bag about her chosen profession, and straitlaced Ben will definitely not approve.…

Friday, December 12, 2008


The Sheikh's Rebellious Mistress was the last book in Sandra Marton's The Sheikhs Tycoons series and was based on revenge due to embezzlement and getting even for walking away from a relationship. It's extremely entertaining, full of passion with a few twists and turns.

For sometime the handsome, powerful and wealthy sheikh Salim al Taj had stewed and vowed to find Grace Hudson and make her pay in more ways than one. She would pay dearly for ending the relationship, disappearing without a word and from lying and stealing from him. He would punish her himself and when he was through with her he would turn her over to the authorities.

Like all of the sheikhs in this series they were of modern thinking, were educated at Harvard, close friends, fierce, proud, loyal to their country and to each other. They felt royal marriages were based on duty, not emotion and relationships outside of marriage on fulfilment. In the end, they were wrong and each of them falls hard. Salim was no exception and you'll ache for him because he almost didn't get his second chance.

Grace Hudson was beautiful, smart, a hard worker, well spoken, had opinions and never hesitated to state them. She never mixed business with pleasure but when she met and worked for Salim, she fell hard and he broke her heart. As their relationship continued she felt he was distancing himself so she left before her could hurt her more and she could salvage what was left of her life.

Grace finds herself in a horrible situation. She's attending a conference with her boss in Bali and he forces himself on her. On top of that, Salim has tracked her down in Bali, witnesses the assault and intervenes. The only way Grace can get away from her horrible boss is to accept Salim's assistance by agreeing to return to the States. On the return trip to New York, Salim announces he's going to have her prosecuted and then their plane goes down. Salim being the desert warrior he is saves them both by swimming and finding a private island. Is Grace safe from Salim? You'll just have to read this beautiful love story to find out!

The Sheikh's Rebellious Mistress took my breath away. When Salim realizes two things........he's in love with Grace and she did not embezzle from him, your heart will break and you'll want to shake him and cheer him on at winning back her heart. Salim finally realizes "a man determined to be blind to love was capable of great stupidity". Be prepared for ups and downs and a lot of emotion as only Sandra Marton can pen.


Baby Request is an emotional love story with a little suspense thrown in along with tenderness and second chances for Gage and Jenna.

She once loved him and he left her without a word and twelve years later they have both returned to Australia. Jenna Darley to bury her father, twin sister and her husband and to get custody of her baby niece, Meg. Gage Cameron to settle an old debt to Jenna’s father and to make sure she is settled and happy. He’s determined to go to any lengths to make sure Jenna gets her niece even if it means marriage.

Jenna is in a state of disbelief….she’s lost her entire family in a plane crash and she never made amends with her father for past disagreements or for leaving home. To make matters worse, her father has left his entire estate to her stepmother and the custody of Meg is in jeopardy. On top of everything else, the love of her life has returned home. After spending a short time with him, he offers to assist her in getting sole custody of Meg by offering marriage. Should she take a leap of faith and marry him in order to accomplish getting Meg? Would marrying him destroy her?

Little Meg is the most important thing to her so she agrees to marry Gage and carry on the charade at all risks to her heart. In the end, being with him, having him take care of her, his gentleness, her sexual attraction for him, she’s determined to store the memories of their time together knowing in the end it will rip her heart out when he leaves. So she takes what she can, storing those memories away and also focuses on getting little Meg.

There are many lessons for these lovers to learn. For Gage, to come to terms with his past and understanding that he can love and have it all. For Jenna, forgiving her father and understanding why things happened. Also, forgiving Gage and understanding why he left her years ago. Their journey is just plain moving and beautiful!


Today's the last day of Harlequin's discounts and it really is the time to shop. You not only get wonderful books, you get an additional 30% off plus a free book. I stocked up on January's releases.
Here's the link info Harlequin's 12 Days of Christmas

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Additional December Holiday Book Contest

This morning I woke up and thought, I have these wonderful books laying around, new and unread and so I'm adding them to my December Contest. For a chance to win these two books, all you have to do is post your favorite Holiday memory.

If you're interested you can find reviews on this site for Nicola's and Trish's books or over on The Pink Heart Society Review Blog Both books are excellent.

Monday, December 08, 2008


England, Italy, and Cape Town are all places you will visit along with reading Dante and Alicia’s sensual journey as only Abby Green can pen. It’s an explosive story of revenge, full of tension and passion..

Dante D’Aquanni is not only a successful and powerful businessman, he’s one hot Italian who has learned the hard way from growing up on the streets of Naples. He’s a self made billionaire who raised his brother while building his wealth. Now he’s faced with a woman who has hurled accusations not once but twice and now in front of the press at his Lake Como Villa. She has accused him of being the father of her sister’s baby and he’s going to put an end to it and her as he suspects she and her sister to be gold diggers.

The beautiful Alicia Parker has recently returned home from Africa with little money a broken spirit and a secret. On top of this, she has learned her sister has been in a serious accident which she and her unborn baby have critical injuries and need long term care if she is to carry to term. When she tries to find out the identify of the baby’s father she misunderstands her sister and believes it to be Dante. She has always taken care of her of her younger sibling since they were orphaned and whatever it takes by whatever means she will make him pay and stand up to his responsibilities.

Dante is in the middle of an important deal which will put his company and it’s investors well over the top and place them as the most successful construction organization the in the world. He can’t afford any scandal or publicity. He knows several things…..he can’t mess up the deal, and he must keep an eye on Alicia and keep her close, and keep her sister and the baby a secret. However, the most important fact is there is something about her that calls out to him and he must have her even though he mistrusts her. In fact he doesn’t trust any female due to a past experience and he certainly will never marry.

Alicia realizes she has made a mistake by accusing Dante falsely of being the father of her sisters baby when in fact is was his brother. He uses this to blackmail her into staying with him during the business negotiations. In return, he agrees to assist financially with her sister’s and baby’s care. She also knows deep down inside this man has the capability of hurting her emotionally due to their attraction for each other. After just one kiss and later when they take their relationship further, she knows he can destroy her. For the past year she has cut herself off from emotion and yet this man can bring her to tears. Leaving would be the easiest solution but she keeps coming back for more.

What I would warn the reader is “read at your own risk” because you will be in tears and filled with emotion each time Dante uses cynical and harsh words or when he’s abrupt with her out of his own frustration. He always believes the worst in her but is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. He’s a coward to trust in something good which is just so terribly sad. However, when the truth and reasons for his actions are revealed, just be prepared because it’s extremely moving and emotional.

Behind the Book: Per a post on I(heart)presents: “This story was born out of a single image in my head. No plot, nothing, just an image inspired by a film – Oceans Twelve. In it, we see a character who is played by Vincent Cassel, the charismatic French actor, who, in the film, lives in a palatial villa on Lake Como.” Daisy


Friday, December 05, 2008

Beyond Heaving Bosoms - Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan

Congratulations to Sarah and Candy from Smart Bitches, Trashy Novels on their book to be released in April 2009.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Novels

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Win a Kindle

As posted on Dear, Samhain Publishing is giving people chances to win a Kindle!

December Contest - Two Chances to Win!

Annie West's, The Greek Tycoon's Unexpected Wife's will be part of my December Contest. The review is on this blog and over at The Pink Heart Society. It's a very romantic and moving love story.

You might also want to stop over to Annie's Website listed in another post on my blog, Holiday Book Contests. She and several authors are having a contest as well.

Abby Green has also kindly donated her December The Mediterrean Billionaire's Blackmail Bargain and the review will be posted later this week. It's a very intense and hot love story. Both Annie and Abby will soon be seeing each other as Annie and family tour Europe.

How do you win? All you have to do is share your favorite holiday "treat".

Good luck and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Holiday Contests

On this blog the link to the right "Jo Leigh" is a short explanation about this very generous auction.

Author Jo Leigh lost her husband this year to cancer. Theirs was a story of reunited lovers worthy of a romance novel. The loss of her husband hit her hard, both emotionally and financially. (authors are self-employed, so often have no medical insurance.)

In an effort to raise money to help her pay off those medical debts, the romance community has once again banded together to support one of their own and an auction is being held. This is a wonderful way to purchase gifts for yourself or a loved one AND write it off on your taxes.

Additional contests I've found:

Author Sound Relations and Tote Bags:

Annie West and other Australian Authors:

Kate Walker, her yearly Christmas Stocking stuffed with books:

Fresh Fiction


Coffee Time Romance

Cataromance Holiday Contest:

If you know of other multiple Holiday Book Contests, please share.....thanks!

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