Happy Book Birthday, @MB_West! New Release Review of No Kissing Allowed

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Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's so not her style, the super-sexy guy sitting next to her is definitely game. No names. No details.

At least, that was the plan.


On her first day of work, Cameron discovers her hook-up is none other than Aidan Truitt—her new boss's boss. Talk about failing the “no fraternizing with coworkers” policy on an epic level. Especially when Aidan makes it clear their one night was only the beginning. Falling for him could cost her everything, but sometimes the only way to get what you want is by breaking a few rules.

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One wild night to finish her bucket list, Cameron Lawson is faced with her final task. She needs to hook up with a random guy. When she bemoans a little too loudly, the man sitting next to her offers himself up for the job. A drop dead gorgeous guy wearing a University of Tennessee baseball cap with his hair curling around the edges becomes Cam's first one-night stand.

Cam's first day at her dream job turns into a complete nightmare when the guy in the UT hat turns out to be her boss's boss, Aiden Truitt. After one tension-filled encounter after another at the office, Aiden can't keep himself away from Cam. Even though Cam knows there is no future, no white picket fence, or kids for the two of them, she agrees to a secret affair with Aiden. If anyone at the office found out, one or both of them could be out of a job due to the no fraternization policy.

I loved the strong opening and introduction of Cameron and Aiden. Their chemistry sizzled on the page from one rendezvous to the next. Cameron tells the story from her perspective, and I was able to get a raw look into the mind of the hard working, yet vulnerable young woman. At first, her competitive streak worried me, but it ended up being an asset in the long run. In the face of Aiden telling her over and over again he could not give her the future she wanted, she still stuck in there because she believed in what her heart was telling her.

I do not want to spoil anything, but Cameron has a deep fear that let me see she wasn't perfect. She has flaws like all the rest of us, even if she tries her best not to show them.

As for Aiden, there were times I just wanted to kick him in the head and tell him to wake up. He knew he had a good thing with Cam and didn't want it to end, but he could not admit they could have a future together.

No Kissing Allowed is a witty adventure of attraction in the workplace like I've never read before. I am eager to check out all of the Melissa West novels as soon as possible.

Thanks so much to Melissa West and Entangled Publishing for gifting me with a copy of No Kissing Allowed in exchange for an honest review.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and YA sci-fi romance,all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn't like kissing?. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University.


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Tempting Tuesdays ~ No Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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Hot nights and even hotter days have taken up residence in my neck of the woods. Something I always have to have in the freezer to help the kids beat the heat is ice cream. I have always loved homemade ice cream, but it can be such a pain to make. Not anymore! This genius recipe from I Wash... You Dry has only five ingredients and no churning required.


INGREDIENTS

2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chocolate syrup
1 (8 oz) bag of Reese's miniature peanut butter cups or 12 regular sized peanut butter cups, chopped
3-4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter



Prepare a 9x5 loaf pan. I used my trusted Martha Stewart technique with some wax paper and binder clips.


Pour heavy whipping cream into medium sized bowl and whip until soft peaks form.


Add sweetened condensed milk and chocolate syrup. Fold in until completely incorporated. Add peanut butter cups and fold in. Add creamy peanut butter and gently fold in. You want the peanut butter to swirl through the mixture.


Pour mixture into loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze at for at least 5-6 hours. I went ahead and froze mine over night just to be safe the first time.


Pull out of the freezer when firm to the touch and scoop out. This is a bit creamier than traditional ice cream and sooooooo good.




I plan on mixing this recipe up a bit and trying it with strawberry syrup and fresh strawberries. I think it will be delicious as well.

#TeaserTuesday ~ MORE Trilogy Boxed Set by @TM_Franklin

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Teaser Tuesday

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For the first time, T.M. Franklin's action-packed MORE Trilogy will soon be available as ONE combined volume. And for a limited time, you can grab ALL THREE books for only $.99! Pre-order today!

Read on for a little teaser from MORE, the first book in the Trilogy.

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Summary

Ava Michaels used to think she was special.
As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.
Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who's supposed to help her pass physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.
Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.
Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets--secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.
She's a little bit more.

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Was that . . . ?
Were those footsteps?
Ava’s heartbeat quickened, her palms growing moist even in the brisk cold. She flipped the safety off the pepper spray, her thumb poised over the button. As she neared the bridge marking the halfway point to her dorm, she glanced over her shoulder quickly. Seeing nothing, she hurried over the bridge, cursing the burned-out bulb that left it in darkness.
Suddenly, a stifling feeling overcame her—like a dark blanket had been thrown over her head to suffocate her—and she whirled around, her backpack clattering to the ground as she whipped the pepper spray out of her pocket and held it at arm’s length. Ava gulped for air, eyes frantically darting about, and the trembling hand holding the pepper spray flailing as wildly as her gaze. She was sure someone was there. She swore she could feel them. She stood frozen with fear, waiting . . . watching.
After a few long moments, she shook her head, glad nobody had witnessed her desperate panic. With a heavy sigh, she pocketed her pepper spray, embarrassed at her own ridiculousness. She had to stop this nonsense. She was driving herself crazy. It was just a dream making her jumpy, nothing else.
Just a crazy, scary dream.
Ava bent to pick up her backpack, sliding it onto her shoulder as she scanned the horizon one more time. With a self-deprecating chuckle, she turned around to continue home.
Only to stop short in terror.
A man—a huge man—stood before her, mouth twisted in rage. He towered over her, at least six and a half feet tall, his shoulders wide, and arms banded with muscle. Shaved close to his head, his dark hair shadowed his skull, and his intimidating appearance was only enhanced by the jagged scar running down the right side of his face, from forehead to chin. He didn’t wear a coat, only a tight, black shirt and fatigues, black boots on his feet, and a wide leather belt with a mean-looking gun holstered at his hip.
It couldn’t be. But it was.
It was him. The man from her nightmares.
Ava scrambled back, but he reached out in a flash, gripping her upper arms and lifting her up so her toes barely brushed the ground. One hand slid to her throat, and he held her easily, pulling her closer to his frightening face.
“Please,” she begged, the word catching as she fought to breathe.
The man’s glare tightened, and Ava stared in morbid fascination at his mismatched eyes—blue and green—odd and vividly terrifying. She struggled, reaching for her pepper spray, only to have it slip from her fingers as she kicked out at the man.
He responded by laughing humorlessly, flipping her around and banding one arm around her torso. His grip was like iron, and she could barely breathe.
“Please,” she said again, dizziness closing in. “I can’t,” she gasped.
A press of metal to her temple transformed her fearful trembles into horrified shudders. She had no doubt. She was going to die. Her eyelids fluttered shut in defeat as he cocked the gun, the loud click echoing off the trees.
Then, a flash of black, a gust of wind, and suddenly she could breathe again. The man’s grip loosened, but he didn’t release her.
“Damn you,” he growled. “Stay out of this!”
Ava pushed him, her efforts in vain, as he hitched her up in response, tucking her under his arm like a bag of groceries. She kicked her legs, flailing desperately as the man spun about, pointing his gun into the darkness.
“Show yourself, you coward!”
The same flash of black, another blast of wind, and Ava fell to the ground, her head cracking on the concrete. She curled onto her side, moaning, lifting a hand to the back of her head, and squinting in shock at the blood that came away, streaking across her trembling palm.
Low grunts and the crack of bone on flesh floated on the air toward her, muzzy with her disorientation. She tried to focus, but could only make out two dark figures exchanging blows. Ava tried to sit up, but collapsed back onto the icy ground, overcome by a shock of dizziness and nausea.
Suddenly, the two dark beings seemed to meld into one, and in the next moment, she felt herself floating. She blinked; a face took form above her briefly, the features cast in shadow.
“Do I . . . do I know you?” she mumbled, fighting for consciousness.
“I’ve got you,” a low voice replied, and Ava nodded as a cool palm stroked her forehead, and the darkness consumed her.
-MORE, Chapter 4
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T.M. FranklinT.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader's Choice Awards. She's since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories...and there's always more on the way.

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Slave by @SherriHayes 4th Anniversary Giveaway

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Four years ago on July 26th, Slave, the first book in Sherri Hayes' Bestselling Finding Anna Series hit the market.

Genre: BDSM Romance Series
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Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.

As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Darren, leads him to buying a slave.

Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.

Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.

Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?

Readers Have Fallen In Love

Slave now has over 100 4 and 5 star ratings son Amazon.

"Slave was a very intense read for me, beautifully written, and left me wanting more." 
~In The Book

"Describing this read is simple- AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found every aspect of it to be so good. I couldn't put it down."
~AndreaAH


Finding Anna

Slave is the first book in Sherri's Finding Anna Series. A 4 book serial series that follows Brianna and Stephan through their journey.


"I talk to a lot of readers and the one thing they consistently say is that this is unlike anything they've ever read before. Some see the cover of Slave and assume it's a traditional slave/capture story. That couldn't be further from the truth. Slave, and the rest of Finding Anna, is about a young woman who has to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life after suffering through immense trauma. Finding Anna starts where all the other slave/capture stories end...with the rescue." ~Sherri Hayes




As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs? 


Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?

The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.



For the last two months, Brianna has discovered something she never thought she would again. Hope. After the horror of being Ian’s slave for ten months, a fate she never imagined she’d escape, it feels as if she is living a dream. She has freedom she hadn’t expected to have again, and she wakes up every morning not fearing what the day will bring. There is also Stephan. The man who saved her from the daily torture she had to endure at the hands of Ian and his friends. The same man who makes her heart race with just the thought of him. Life is good.


Outside forces are determined to conspire against them, however. When Brianna’s father shows up on her doorstep, it sends her world spiraling out of control. He brings with him new information about how Brianna ended up in Ian’s clutches, but will it make a difference? Will Stephan be able to find a way to make Ian pay for all he made Brianna suffer? As Brianna and Stephan try to find out the truth, their relationship is tested. She is forced to face her past head on, and deal with the ugly reality of what happened to her. Will Stephan’s love be enough to see her through her newest challenge, or will the fragile trust they’ve built come crumbling down around them as the truth makes itself known. 


Brianna is lost for the fourth time in her life. Each time was unexpected, and each changed the course of her future. The first life-altering event occurred when her mother died, and she moved to Minnesota to live with her father.


The second was when she was kidnapped at the age of seventeen and forced to be a slave. She would never forget those ten months. Brianna thought her life was over.

Everything changed again the day Stephan steamrolled into her life and brought her home to live with him. She had no idea what to expect—what life with her new Master would hold. That first month with Stephan was, in some ways, more confusing than the prior ten. As a slave, she’d known her place. With Stephan everything was new and different. He’d given her freedom and so much more.

Five months after Stephan rescued her, Brianna once again finds her life flipped upside down.

In this fourth, and final, installment of Finding Anna, Brianna must unearth strength she never knew she possessed. Stephan can no longer protect her from the outside world. She must learn to trust herself, embrace who she is, and discover who she wants to be. Only by facing her demons can Brianna find true happiness and peace.


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#TeaserTuesday ~ Books for Boobies 2015 Anthology

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Books for Boobies 2015 Anthology



I've been asked to contribute an exclusive future-take from the The Divine Trilogy to the Books for Boobies 2015 anthology which will ONLY be available during October 2015. 

You won't get to read Coming Out to Play anywhere else! 
. . . but here is unedited excerpt to entice you:

“Daddy home, Momma. Daddy home!” Matt clapped when the sound of the front door closing echoed through the house.

Erin continued pulling plates down to set the table. “Here we go,” she thought and sucked in a breath when her son disappeared from the kitchen. Squaring her shoulders, Erin went about her task.

A few minutes later Jayden appeared, their boy riding his hip and talking animatedly. Her lids dropped to the floor to avoid eye contact while she stayed busy laying dinner out. Matt chatted away, certain words catching her attention like “nanas” and “hunee,” and then a giggle followed by, “Aye, momma a bad girl.” Perfect.

Taking her seat, Erin looked up into the dark glare of her Master. Months had passed since she’d gotten wet so fast, and now, tomorrow couldn’t come soon enough.

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running for everyone who wants to help and for those who are looking to get some seriously COOL swag, too. Books for Boobies is a collaborative group of Authors, bloggers and readers united to help raise funds and awareness towards breast cancer charities, such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, that provides free and low cost mammograms to women in need. Last year, we held our first ever online event and raised nearly $1000 that was donated to that charity. This year we will be hosting an online event in October, but we also have an anthology that will be published for the month of October 2015 only. This collection is a sizzling hot compilation of 30 of todays HOTTEST authors, with each having their own short story of new material from some of their most beloved characters. This collection is only for those 18 years or older due to mature and sexual content. This Kickstarter campaign is to cover costs of promotional items for the anthology.

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Summer of Romance from TWCS! Review of Beyond the Seduction by @MAStacie

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Summer of Romance Tour



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Beyond the Seduction

For a man who thought he had everything, Trace Jacks sure had nothing now.

After one letter blows his life apart, Trace is clueless how he can move on. He stumbles through the days, never accepting the grief that flows within him, and finding it easier to bury his loss. Hiding becomes a lot easier after he takes his niece to her dance class, striking up an interesting conversation with her teacher.

Shae Bennett is happy to keep things fun, enjoying Trace’s seduction and his spontaneity. With him she can forget about her concerns for her mom and stress of running the dance studio. With him she can be herself, and it is all-consuming.

When the fun beings to slip, when reality starts to encroach in the worst way, their relationship unravels at an alarming speed, leaving Trace and Shae battling for a way back to one another.

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*Book 3 of the Reluctance Series. Can be read as a Stand Alone novel.*

Trace Jacks has been betrayed in a way you would not wish on your worst enemy. Love for anyone outside his family is completely off limits. So why in the hell is he so drawn to his niece's dance teacher?

Shae Bennett is just trying to make it from one day to the next, taking care of her mother and keeping their dance studio afloat. She does not have time for Trace and his sexy eyes. After a little reluctance, neither one of them can stay away from the other.

Stacie takes the story of a no-strings affair to a new level. Complex and well-defined characters along with an intricate plot and steamy encounters demanded my attention until the wee hours of the morning. Her style of erotica is the perfect combination for me, sex with meaning and a real story to sink your teeth into.

Beyond the Seduction is a story about finding out who you really are, letting go of the past, and discovering the hardest things to hold onto are usually the ones most worth fighting for.

I have not read the first two books in the series, but I will be now! Thanks so much to TWCS Publishing House and M.A. Stacie for gifting me with a copy of Beyond the Seduction in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

M. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she loves getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.

She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Along with running, knitting, and listening to loud music. However, she is yet to work out how to do them all at the same time.

M. A. Stacie lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.


Reluctance Series, Book 1 ~ Kyran and Dale's story

Kyran Reese is a man in control. Driven when it comes to work, focused when it comes to play. From his office to the chalk circle of the bare-knuckle boxing ring, his only thought is to win. That thirst heightens when Dale Porter enters his life. His brother’s assistant should be off limits, but her witty comments and sarcastic comebacks have him desperate to get her between the sheets.

When Dale agrees to Kyran’s relationship stipulation of no labels she’s sucked into a whirlwind of lust, money, and underground boxing. Dale fights her growing affection, trying to hide it when the world around them spirals out of control. All too soon she realizes she can’t hide her true feelings any longer.

Has Kyran finally met his match? Could playing to win mean playing for keeps?

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Reluctance Series, Book 2 ~ Taylor and Libby's story

Sent to the family ranch to overcome his addiction, Taylor Reese is angry and hurt. Feeling rejected by his father and brother, Taylor throws himself into ranch life to help him forget. But it isn’t long before it hits him hard how much his life has spiraled out of control, leaving him floundering and looking for a lifeline.

Libby Karlin is cautious, wary of Taylor’s presence. Her dark past makes her reluctant to let anyone near her family. But after Taylor strikes up a friendship with her son, Libby finds herself drawn to the sadness within him. His experiences are no secret to her, though she keeps her own buried until a knock on her door has her gasping for breath.

Could dealing with their pasts really give them a future?

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Check out the rest of the reviews on the Summer of Romance Tour!

July 18
Passion and Propriety by Elise de Sallier

July 19
Koven by Vanessa Skye

July 20
Under These Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan

As Darkness Gathers by Emma Elliot

July 21
Supernova by C. L. Parker

Code Red by Amy Noelle

July 22
Over The Edge, Suzanne Carroll

July 23
Maybe by Amber L. Johnson

July 24
How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love With You by T.M. Franklin

Under These Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan

July 25
How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love With You by T.M. Franklin

Passion and Propriety by Elise de Sallier

July 26
Ruthless People by J. J. McAvoy

RUE Toulouse by Debby Grahl

July 27
In The Heart of Grace, Diane Greco

July 28
Spotlight by Krista Richmond

July 29
Risking it All by Jennifer Schmidt

July 30
Red Zone by Sherri Hayes

How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love With You by T.M. Franklin

Out of the Dark by April Emerson

July 31
Hunted by Lorenz Font

Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan

Koven by Vanessa Skye