Monday, August 31, 2015

99c Sale: Entangled Indulgence - indulgent, modern fairytale romances

Today I have a very special post ... one of my favorite publishers, Entangled is having a sale. Hooray!! Who doesn't love a sale right? So hop on over to their website and check out what's on offer.

Alpha billionaires. Enigmatic playboys. Smokin’ hot bosses... you shouldn’t be attracted to. Just a few of the reasons readers absolutely love the Indulgence line. They’re the ultimate fantasy heroes. We love them so much we’re having a HUGE Indulgence imprint flash sale!

Indulge yourself with modern fairytale romances for only 99¢ each.

Take home a sensual prince, a rugged rancher, or perhaps, a thrill-seeking tycoon… at this price you can afford to have all of your fantasies fulfilled.

Find them at your favorite ebook retailers including Amazon, Kobo, B&N, and at Entangled Publishing.

Don’t forget to join us for Entangled Movie Night on Thursday, September 3rd @ 6PST/9EST while we live tweet of one of our favorite romantic movies and give away more great prizes. Just follow the #EPMovieNight hashtag.

e-ARC of One Night with a Billionaire by Sarah Ballance

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Re-Release: Raven (Flight or Fight #1) by Ashley Suzanne


Flight or Fight #1
By: Ashley Suzanne
Re-Releasing September 8th, 2015

Buy Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo


In the debut of Ashley Suzanne’s blistering-hot Fight or Flight series—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—two sparring partners put their hearts on the line and push their bodies to the edge.

Rian Fields is done being a punching bag. When Rian was thirteen, her only friend walked out on her, leaving Rian alone to mourn when she lost her mother three years later. Then he came back into her life senior year, igniting new desires—and breaking her trust permanently when he enlisted in the army. Now Rian has finally found an outlet for her rage against the world: mixed martial arts. But just as she’s learning the ropes, Garrett Rhodes turns her life inside-out one more time.

As much they hurt each other, Garrett never got over Rian. So when he gets the call that she’s in jail, he bails her out, no questions asked. The years have toughened her. Made her harder. Sexier. All she needs to make it as an MMA fighter is the right coach, and Garrett’s man enough to train her. He just has to go toe-to-toe with “Raven,” the fearless woman who takes control in the ring . . . without falling for Rian, the vulnerable girl who still drives him crazy.


    “It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, you’re gonna wanna get in our next contender’s pants. . . . Show some love for our hometown legend, the Switch Hitter!” I snort at the name, expecting to walk out and see a fighter carrying a baseball bat. What do ya know? No bat in sight. Extra reinforcements might not have been a bad idea since I’m on fire and ready to bust the bricks off this clown.
    Waiting for the emcee to call my name, I think of all the crazy things in my life that have led me to this point. I’ve experienced more than any one person should by the age of twenty-one—few happy moments surrounded by almost constant anguish. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?
    “Being escorted to the cage by the most badass entourage I’ve seen tonight, all the way from Corbin, Kentucky . . . the newest fighter this side of the Mississippi . . . the Raven!” At least my name makes sense. Ravens are known for being alone, having no problem flying solo. That’s what I’ve done for the past four years anyway.
    After my announcement, the crowd erupts into cheers that I can hear loud and clear, even over the song streaming out of my earbuds. Bouncing back and forth on the balls of my feet, I crane my neck side to side, examining the mass of people. It’s a good-sized crowd for this venue. I sometimes wonder if these guys come to watch the fights for the love of the sport or because they like to see the ring girls walking around, barely dressed, carrying signs indicating the round. Oh well, they paid their cover, and that money, if all goes according to plan, will be in my pocket later tonight.
    With my coaches leading the way, I follow, bobbing my head to “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed, mentally preparing myself. I run over everything I’ve been taught over the last year—how to get out of a submission hold, finding opportunities to take my opponent down, remembering not to be a cocky asshole.
    It took a lot of convincing for Zan to let me fight tonight. He’s not the kind father figure he portrays himself to be. He says he loves and supports his “children,” but deep down he’d rather I not get in that cage. I know damn well if I blow my first match, it’s going to be a long time, if ever, until he puts me on another card.
    “You ready for this?” Zan asks, pulling out one of my earbuds.
    Smirking, I eye up my competition that’s already inside the cage—a small, tiny thing that doesn’t look to have much muscle mass. I got this. Standing on the opposite side of the mat surrounded by coaches, glancing in my direction, the slightest tinge of fear flashes across those brown eyes, similar to mine. Physically, I’m not very intimidating—weighing in at an average weight for my class with an average stature to match—but the menace written across my face is an entirely different thing.
    Since my first introduction into the world of mixed martial arts, it’s all I can think about. It may be cliché, but I live, breathe, and sleep MMA. It’s the one place I have control. Nobody can take a match from me unless I allow them to, and my opponent isn’t going to walk away with anything . . . except maybe disappointment, since I’m taking the purse. I already know I want it more; I can taste the victory and it’s going to be as sweet as I imagine it to be.
    Stepping into the steel cage, I shrug my midnight blue robe off, right into the hands of my coach. Wearing standard MMA gear and my hair pulled back tight, I walk straight to the official, who checks my taped hands. Once cleared, I step back to Zan, who pops my mouth guard in for me, pats me on the shoulder, and whispers in my ear,     “It’s only you two. If you want it, make it happen. If not, we can leave right now.”
    “Don’t worry, Z. I wouldn’t bring you all the way here to disappoint you.”
    Zan and the other coaches walk out of the cage and the door slams shut, leaving only me, my opponent, and the official inside. I meet them in the middle, and the ref goes over the standard rules for the fight. My opponent and I nod and bump fists, and the bell dings, indicating round one is under way.
    Pacing myself and testing Switch Hitter’s skills, I toss a few jabs in the direction of my opponent, gauging for reaction, if any. Without even flinching, my advances are shut down and every punch is dodged while some are tossed in my direction as well. None land, and Switch Hitter never breaks a sweat. I may have to reevaluate my plan. Weight class isn’t everything in the MMA world. Sometimes the smallest contender can be the biggest fighter. This isn’t going to be as clean as I thought.
    It doesn’t take long before Switch Hitter makes a dive for my lower half and I feel hands wrapped around my legs. I try my hardest to center myself to stay on my feet, but I’ve been hit in just the right spot and gravity is an impossible opponent. I position my body to flip and mount, like I’ve been taught, but I’m not quick enough.
    Before I know it, a strong forearm, stronger than I assumed, is wrapping around my neck, pulling back to cut off my air supply. Rear naked choke, shit. Taking a few deep breaths, I try to calm my overheated, exhausted body and find a way to maneuver out of this situation. From the corner of my eye, I see Zan signaling me to tap. Not yet. If I’m going to go down, the officials are gonna have to call a medic in here—quitting isn’t an option. Dangerous or not, it’s how I’ve been taught.
    The phrase that’s been drilled into me for months dances around in my head. Don’t let the fight consume you.
    Well, I’m consumed and I’m not giving up. I’ll figure a way out. I always have, I always will.

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Author Info

Ashley Suzanne has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a youngster, she was always creating stories and talking to her imaginary friends. Thankfully, her parents also carried this love of fiction, and helped her grow into the bestselling author she is today. When Ashley isn’t coming up with her next story, you’ll most likely find her on the couch, telling her husband all about her new book boyfriend, or spending quality time with her two gremlins . . . er, adorable children.

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Review: My Obsession (Club Desire #1) by Cassie Ryan

Book coverMy Obsession (Club Desire #1) by Cassie Ryan
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame  Flame

In this erotic story of temptation and total surrender for readers of Sylvia Day and J. Kenner, a powerful master gives his dream girl a new beginning in the dungeons of decadent ecstasy.

Running from a troubled past, Sandra Barry spent years hiding out in New York City’s BDSM scene, finding satisfaction and even a sense of community as a sub at a large dungeon. But when a stalker joins the dungeon posing as a Dom, he crosses her personal boundaries, giving her no choice but to return home to Arizona. Seeking refuge once again in the kink lifestyle, Sandra meets a sexy new Dom whose tutelage drives her wild—although there’s something familiar about him she just can’t place.

As a teenager, Brent Weston was a nerd. Now he owns the hottest dungeon in Phoenix, enjoying the power and success he’s always craved. All that’s missing is the right woman to share it with. Then one day Sandra, his secret high school crush, walks into his club. She’s just as beautiful as he remembers. She’s also scared as hell. Brent has been waiting for this moment, and now that Sandra’s in his sights, he’ll do anything to protect her, pleasure her—and prove that he’s the only master worthy of her devotion.

My Obsession is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

This is another one of those stories I started with trepidation because my friend Bambi did not finish it. That said, there have been books that she has not finished which I have enjoyed so I'm always willing to give the book the benefit of the doubt.

This book read like a sex manual to me. There was a lot of thinking about sex, talking about sex, having sex. Just sex, sex, sex. There's a lot of sexual overtones right through the book. It's like reading someone with sex constantly on the brain. Fortunately, while it was too much, it did not put me off.

I found the sex somewhat clinical and I think that had to do with the overall tone of the book which gave a lot of background and backstory to BDSM. At certain points in the story, I felt a lot like I was reading BDSM 101 and I did learn a lot of interesting BDSM lifestyle terms like munch, subspace and aftercare. Of course, when I mentioned it to Bambi, she asked what rock I had been living under and had I not read Maya Banks and Shayla Black, which incidentally, I have not!

As I mentioned, the sex came across as very clinical to me, all the terms, the rules, the boundaries. I did not feel that there was enough of an emotional connection between Sandra and Brent even though they were very sexually attracted and turned on by each other. Overall, this book lacked emotion.

Because of the lack of emotion, I had a hard time connecting to Sandra as a person and even as a victim. I understand she was being stalked, she had bad experiences where she was abused and hurt, but I did not feel her pain. Everything was explained so clinically that all I felt was a slightly detached understanding. I expect that was not what Ms Ryan was hoping for.

With Brent, I got that he was hot and super attractive but again, I did not connect with him. Usually, I'm all about the hero and particularly if he's an alpha male, I'm all over it. Brent left me feeling kinda flat. It was like looking at a very attractive two dimensional image which I could intellectually acknowledge was attractive but did not get my heart beating faster or my breath catching in my throat.

While I don't feel this story was a let down since I learned so much about the BDSM lifestyle (which I thought was very well explained), I have mixed feelings about reading more of the series. I can see a story for each of the other major Doms from the Club. Master Dex was particularly appealing.

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About the author

jsCassie Ryan (aka Tina Gerow) started her career writing steamy paranormal romance under another pen name. However, when one of her critique partners suggested she try her hand at contemporary romance, she gave it a shot—and Cassie Ryan was officially born. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and besides being a write-a-holic, is a frequent speaker on several writing and motivational topics.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: Sleeping with the Boss (Anderson Brothers #1) by Marissa Clarke

Book coverSleeping with the Boss (Anderson Brothers #1) by Marissa Clarke
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame

A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s brand new Lovestruck imprint…

Seducing the enemy has never been so tempting…

For the last five years, bookish Claire Williams has been living for the dying. Now that her stint as caretaker is over, she’s off to see the world. She needs quick cash first, so a temp job at Anderson Auctions seems perfect, especially with the unexpected benefits, including the hottest man she’s ever laid eyes—or hands—on.

Former Marine William Anderson has been burned one time too many. His military training makes him the perfect man to flush out the spy undercutting his family business, but no amount of training can prepare him for the kind of undercover work he’ll have to do when the sexy new temp is implicated. Desire lands them in bed…but duty may cost him his heart.

I love the Entangled Lovestruck imprint almost as much as I love the Harlequin Romance imprint. They are fun, flirty romances focusing on the couple, giving me plenty of heart warming romance for a warm, satisfying read.'

This story has all the elements of a good romance that I love. Great heroine, wonderful hero, no muss, no fuss, great relationship building and general all around feel good stuff.

Claire is a great heroine. I love Claire. She's raw, honest, real and funny. She's a genuinely kind and caring person who is optimistic even though life has dealt her a raw deal. She doesn't wallow in the past but looks forward with hope for the future. When she meets Will, even though she knows she shouldn't, she decides to give in to the attraction because she wants to live and experience life and love. I loved that about her. My heart stuttered at one point when she unselfishly sacrifices her own happiness for someone else and her selflessness made me love her all the more. Fortunately, Will saw beyond her sacrifice and went after her in a spectacular fashion.

Then there's Will. What is there not to love about Will? A hot, handsome, filthy rich ex-Marine who has been burnt by love. You know he's just waiting for the right woman to come along and heal his heart. He's strong, kind, direct and goes after what he wants, and what he wants is Claire. Some of my girlfriends (I'm looking at you, Bambi) love a bad boy or an asshole, but not me. I love a good guy, a nice guy, and Will is just an all round nice guy, so there's plenty about him I love. He's definitely a guy of grand gestures and is every girl's fantasy, if what he does for a first date and a weekend away is any indication (I won't tell you what it is and spoil it for you!), but gee, it must be nice to be filthy rich. There's a scene on the airplane and what Michael (his brother) says about it afterwards ... Cracked me up!

An all around, very enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to the next Anderson brother.

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The other book in the series:

Book 3 - Untitled: Coming Soon

About the author

authorMarissa Clarke lives in Texas, where the everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.

When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw.

Also writes YA for Penguin USA as Mary Lindsey

Represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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