Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson


Title: Apples Should Be Red
Author: Penny Watson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Penny Watson
Number of Pages: 86
Source: My Copy
Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner: Start with sixty-two year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon. Add fifty-nine year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls. Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist next-door neighbor. Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome. Tastes like happily ever after. Penny Watson presents an over-fifty romantic comedy novella. 21,000 words. Story includes copious profanity and botanical references



This novella surprised me! I was in the middle of yet another book slump and nothing held my attention. I was discarding books left and right, and thought I'd take a chance on this one, because I really loved Lumber Jack In Love by the same author. I was offered this book for review, but turned it down because I really didn't think I could get into a romance where the couple was over 40, but you know what? I was soo very wrong. I bought this with a gift card, and am so glad I did.

No one was more surprised then me when  I totally got behind the romance, and loved the sparks between Tom and Beverly. The two are complete opposites, but tolerate each other because their kids are married to each other. Due to different circumstances, both find themselves single at an older age and because of the Thanksgiving holiday are forced to be together to have a good holiday for their children. Their kids are worried that their parents might kill each being left alone for the weekend, and no one is more surprised then Tom and Beverly when they find out that they just might like each other.

I loved how they were complete and utter opposites-Beverly was miss prim & proper and Tom was just stubborn and set in his ways, yet both these things work to calm the other one and it was just plain fun to see them tear into each other and fighting the disbelief that they just might like each other a bit more then fun.

Apples Should Be Read was a refreshing read, and is a great read for anytime of the year.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Giveaway and Book Spotlight Blog Tour w/ Kit Rocha




Today I'm happy to be apart of the book spotlight tour for one of my favorite authors, Kit Rocha. There is a tour wide giveaway at the end, so be sure to check it out. Just like the series it's sizzling hot w/lots of good swag!





BEYOND JEALOUSY - KIT ROCHA


















SYNOPSIS


She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two.
When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.
A saint...

Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin.  In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.
...and a sinner.



Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned.  He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.
Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two.  One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.


Beyond Jealousy on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16049680-beyond-jealousy


Beyond Jealousy Chapter:http://kitrocha.com/book/beyond-jealousy/


AUTHOR BIO
Kit Rocha is actually two people—Bree & Donna, best friends who are living the dream. They get paid to work in their pajamas, talk on the phone, and write down all the stories they used to make up in their heads.
Beyond Shame was their first dystopian erotic romance. They also write paranormal romance as Moira Rogers. You can find them on the web at the following places:


SOCIAL LINKS

Bree: Twitter | Donna | Twitter


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BEYOND SHAME (book 1)
All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.
The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.
Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to a world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.


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BEYOND CONTROL (book 2)
She refuses to be owned.
Alexa Parrino escaped a life of servitude and survived danger on the streets to become one of the most trusted, influential people in Sector Four, where the O’Kanes rule with a hedonistic but iron fist. Lex has been at the top for years, and there’s almost nothing she wouldn’t do for the gang…and for its leader. Lie, steal, kill—but she bows to no one, not even Dallas O’Kane.
He’ll settle for nothing less.
Dallas fought long and hard to carve a slice of order out of the chaos of the sectors. Dangers both large and small threaten his people, but it’s nothing he can’t handle. His liquor business is flourishing, and new opportunities fuel his ambition. Lex could help him expand his empire, something he wants almost as much as he wants her. And no one says no to the king of Sector Four.
Falling into bed is easy, but their sexual games are anything but casual. Attraction quickly turns to obsession, and their careful dance of heady dominance and sweet submission uncovers a need so deep, so strong, it could crush them both.


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BEYOND PAIN (book 3)
A woman with no future…
Live fast, die young–anything else is a fantasy for Six. She’s endured the worst the sectors had to throw at her, but falling in with Dallas O’Kane’s Sector Four gang lands her in a whole new world of danger. They’re completely open about everything, including their sexuality–but she hasn’t survived this long by making herself vulnerable. Especially not to men as dominant as Brendan Donnelly.
A man without a past…
Bren is a killer, trained in Eden and thrown to the sectors. His one outlet is pain, in the cage and in the bedroom, and emotion is a luxury he can’t afford–until he meets Six. Protecting her soothes him, but it isn’t enough. Her hunger for touch sparks a journey of erotic discovery where anything goes–voyeurism, flogging, rough sex. He has only one rule: he won’t share her.
In Bren’s arms, Six is finally free to let go. But his obsession with the man who made him a monster could destroy the fragile connection they’ve forged, and cost him the one thing that makes him feel human–her love.


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BEYOND TEMPTATION (novella 3.5)
Part of "MARKED"
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in "ALL THAT REMAINS". Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch - the man she loved three years before. While she's not sure she's cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.


Take a "ROCKY RIDE" with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he’s not giving up until she’s his.


Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in "BEYOND TEMPTATION". A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up--and wearing O'Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O'Kane woman always gets what she wants.


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha



Title: Beyond Jealousy
Author: Kit Rocha
Genre: Erotica/Dystopian
Series: Beyond #4
Publisher: Kit Rocha
Number of Pages: 301
Source: Author
She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two. When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist. A saint... Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire. ...and a sinner. Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined. Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.

 Where to begin with this book?? I love this series so much. It's dark, gritty, has heroes to die for, heroines that kick butt and scenes where you seriously need a fan to cool down after reading them, they are just that scorching hot!  You know those books that stay with you long after you finish them and then when you go to write the review you can't because it was just that good? That's how this book was for me. This is the fourth book in the series, and while it can be read as a stand alone, I really don't recommend it because there is an over all story arc that won't make sense unless you've read the other books in the series. That's right-this is an erotica series with a plot!

I think what makes this book stand out is that there are so many twists and turns that I didn't see coming. The ending just about gave me a heart attack. While I was reading it I thought I had everything figured out, but nope I was totally wrong and I love that!!What I loved most about Beyond Jealousy is that Rachel, Cruz and Ace all have serious issues to overcome, and it was so much fun watching them work them out. There were times that I just wanted to hug and slap Ace at the same time. He is one of my favorite O'kanes, and he seriously just about broke my heart. Rachel and Cruz had issues as well, and I loved watching them work everything out. 

The one small problem I had was that Cruz and Ace were so wonderfully alpha male, and as tough as Rachel was, I had trouble connecting to her, and out of all of my heroines she for some reason is my least favorite so far. However, that didn't take away from the book because there is just so much going on that it didn't bother me like it normally would.   

Another thing that surprises me about this book is that are so many random pov changes that I'm like this is never going to work, but it always does and it makes me fall in love with characters I didn't really care about before. This is just a fun, fun series that everyone should be reading!! This book left me once again wanting to be an O'Kane!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Giveaway & Character Interview with Sunny Black from Alannah Lynne's Last Call

Please help me welcome  a character from a book I really enjoyed. Sunny Black, from Alannah Lynne’s LAST CALL (Heat Wave Series #2) is visiting with us today, and she’s brought audio copies of LAST CALL and SAVIN’ ME (Heat Wave Series #1) to give away!




Sunny: Hi Colette!! Thanks for letting me join you today! Gavin and I have had a wild week, traveling the virtual globe with stops on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, and of course, the blogosphere. I stay so busy with the Blackout, it’s been nice to get out and about. Thanks for letting me wrap up my rounds with you and your friends.

Colette: Glad to have you here. Tell us a little about you and Gavin… How did you meet?

Sunny:  *laughs* He came into my bar, the Blackout Bar and Grill, and… well, we got off to a bit of a rocky start. Let me show you…
Bartender Sunny Black had her head down in the beer chiller, her arm buried to the elbow in ice, when she heard, “Can I get a blowjob, sex on the beach, and a screaming orgasm, please?”
She rolled her eyes and continued to shift bottles in the cooler without responding. She really needed a better system for taking inventory.
The problem?
Bent over like this, her ass stuck straight up in the air, which seemed to be an open invitation for assholes to hit on her by ordering the raunchiest drink names they could think of. Hard to believe these guys thought she hadn’t heard it all before.
She’d been hoping for a quiet night, so she could close up early. But Mr. Hardy-har-har undoubtedly had a posse—jerks always traveled in packs—and they always stayed until last call, using every available minute to get as drunk and obnoxious as possible. She’d be lucky if she got out of here before midnight.
She shifted the Budweisers to the side and resumed counting. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten.
“Ma’am, did you hear me?”
With her free hand, she pulled the Dum-Dum out of her mouth and licked the sticky from her lips. “Look, Romeo,” she said, tilting her head so her voice carried to him, rather than echoing around the cooler, “I’ll give you five points for a nice, smooth voice. But you lose ten for being a tad overzealous.”
She jammed the sucker back into her mouth and resumed counting. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen.
“What the hell are you talking…” His voice trailed off, and then roaring laughter settled over her like thick, heavy honey drizzled on a piping hot biscuit.
He seemed genuinely amused, and she grew curious enough about the man behind the laugh to risk an encouraging look. She leaned back and lifted her head so she could see over the bar.
Holy cow. Even while slurping on a saliva-inducing butterscotch sucker, her mouth went bone dry.
The guy’s features were amazing. The Great Sculptor had pressed her thumbs into the flesh of his cheeks, then pulled an upward stroke, leaving behind a slight indention, while at the same time creating high, rugged cheekbones. His square jaw led to a square chin that projected a strong, confident individual. His eyes were like brilliant sapphires, topped by severe dark brows.
His features were sharp, and if not smiling, he would appear harsh, hostile even. But softened by that grin, she found him utterly—and literally—breathtaking.
“I think you misunderstood my request.” His eyes twinkled with amusement.


Colette: I take it you worked through the misunderstanding?

Sunny: Oh yeah! *grins sheepishly*

Colette: What scenes from the book seem to get the most attention or are favorites among readers?

Sunny: The first kiss and the schnapps scenes seem to be the two that readers comment on the most. In the first kiss scene, I’m sitting on the counter behind the bar, and Gavin had just asked me what my favorite drink is. I gotta be honest… with him that close, looking at me the way he was, I wasn’t thinking about drinks!!

She swallowed hard. “My personal favorite is a french kiss.”
His gaze dropped to her mouth, and, fueled by the fire she saw in his eyes, she flicked her tongue over her top lip, then drug it along her lower. Knowing her action had been strictly for his pleasure, his lids dropped to half-mast, and he smiled appreciatively.
With agonizingly slow movements, he stepped between her knees, took her face in his large palms, and dipped his head. With his mouth inches from hers, he whispered, “You don’t mean the kind in a glass, do you?”
She shook her head, then closed her eyes and felt. Felt his warm breath against her mouth, his rough palms against her face, and his solid thighs against her softer ones. A viscous wave of need washed through her, and she found it difficult to make her voice work. “I love kisses. french and otherwise. In fact, I love kisses as much as sex.”
He drew back, as if horrified. “You’ve either been with some outstanding kissers, or lousy lovers.” He leaned back in. “Which is it?”
Since she could count her lovers on one hand, not including the thumb, she couldn’t say for sure. But she refused to admit that. Knowing she hadn’t had sex in three years was bad enough. If he knew the full extent of her inexperience, he might wonder what was wrong with her.
She ignored the question and concentrated on his mouth, which was so close she could see the soft lines in his lower lip. Yet, he might as well have been a block away for all the good it did. Trying to close the scant distance between them, she gripped his forearms and tugged. He didn’t move, and her desperation twisted into a tight coil in her gut.
“Patience, Sunny.” His eyes were full of heat and promise, his voice a husky murmur. “We’ll never have another first kiss. Don’t rush it.”
Unable to form an intelligent thought, let alone speak, Sunny stared into his eyes and willed him to move faster. She held her breath and let her eyelids drift shut as he eased closer and kissed the corner of her eye, then her temple, then her ear.
His hand slipped to the back of her head and held her in place as his lips made a slow excursion along her jawline and ended at the corner of her mouth.
His tongue stroked the crease of her lips, and she opened to him with a sigh. She could tell he was smiling, taking pleasure in teasing her. He didn’t make her wait long, though, before he treated her with full mouth-to-oh-what-an-amazing-mouth contact.
Slow, rhythmic thrusts of his tongue kicked her base instincts into gear, and she wiggled closer to the edge of the counter, seeking a different kind of thrusting penetration. His tongue swept across the roof of her mouth in a gentle caress, then slid over her teeth. He nipped at her lip, then worked the sting away with a slow, slick glide.
Good grief, Gavin didn’t kiss. He made love with his tongue and mouth. Within seconds, she was trembling and rubber-legged and grateful to be sitting. Otherwise, she’d be a glob of goo, sliding onto the floor. When he broke the kiss for a breath, she said, “If you were trying to convince me kissing isn’t as good as sex, you’re doing a poor job.”

Sunny: This is the schnapps scene:
He picked up the blanket from the corner he’d stashed it in earlier, then laid it on the pool table closest to the door. “How long will it take you to wrap things up here?” he asked, stepping behind Sunny. “I have special plans for you.”
She was facing the mirrored wall, and he watched the dullness in her eyes turn to glittering anticipation. “Just a few minutes.” She picked up the container of Redi Whip then hesitated. Smiling, she set it back down and caught his gaze in the reflection of the mirror. She popped the sucker from her mouth and said, “Robby is staying at a friend’s tonight. We don’t have to go to the beach.”
He pressed his body against hers and stroked his fingers down her arms. “Yeah, we do. I promised you sex on the beach.” Holding her gaze in the mirror, he nuzzled her neck. “You know you’re killing me with those damned suckers, right?” A smile played at her mouth, and she shook her head. “I can’t watch you suck on one without imagining what it would be like to be the lucky bastard.”
Her breath hitched, and she twisted in his arms. “Oh yeah?” She trailed her fingers down his chest, past the drawstring on his borrowed shorts, and cupped the hard proof of his confession. “Mmmm… Do you know what my favorite flavor is?”
He gulped. “No.”
“Peppermint.” She looked up at him with a sad, pouty expression. “But they don’t make suckers in that flavor.” She reached behind her and grabbed a bottle of peppermint schnapps off the shelf. “Maybe I could make my own.”
He struggled to make his lungs work as he followed her train of thought. He’d never experienced this personally—hey, a first for him—but he heard other guys talk. The peppermint, combined with the cool air in the room, added to the already intense sensations of the woman’s mouth.
But hell, he was cranked so tight it wouldn’t take but three seconds of Sunny’s mouth on him and he’d be a goner.
Her fingers shook as she pulled at the drawstring of his shorts and loosened the waistband. She flipped her gaze to his and hesitated, as if gauging his reaction to make sure it was okay for her to continue.
Only a fool would tell this woman no… to anything.
He took her face in his palms and lowered his mouth to hers for a hot, searing kiss. Keeping their mouths connected, he murmured, “I’m okay with anything you want to do… or try.”

Colette: Wow, that sounds interesting! What about some of the other characters we meet in LAST CALL? Will any of them have their own stories?

Sunny: They sure will! My younger brother, Robby, is a readers’ favorite, and he’ll eventually have his own story. He needs to get through school and mature a little before he gets his happily ever after. Surprisingly enough, Callie--who isn’t a friend to me in the beginning, but changes dramatically toward the end--gets asked about a lot, too. Lucky for her, she’s up next in the Heat Wave Series!! GOING ALL IN (Heat Wave Series Book #4) will be out in late April or early May. 






Colette: That looks great!! So how can my friends win some of these great prizes?

Sunny: There’s a lot of ways they can win!! The first is to go to the Rafflecopter below, where they have multiple chances to enter. They can also hop over to Blogging by Liza, where Gavin is hanging out today with an amazing St. Patrick’s Day feast!! And, Alannah is giving away copies on her blog, FB page, and to multiple newsletter subscribers, so they can drop by each of those places and enter there too!
Thank you for letting me spend the day with you and your friends!! I’ll be here throughout the day, answering questions and responding to comments. 


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