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    DIRTY DEEDS Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be one of the blogs kicking off the blog tour for DIRTY DEEDS, the third book in Megan Erickson’s awesome Mechanics of Love series. I love this series and every single one of its characters. But as hot as the Payton brothers’ stories are, Alex and Spencer’s story is my new favorite. Sorry Cal and Brent!

    What Spencer did for Alex was just… it was perfect. I’d been rooting for her to get her power back throughout DIRTY TALK. So of course I’m thrilled she gets her very own story and a very delectable man to help her see that not all men are like her ex.

    For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about DIRTY DEEDS as well as an excerpt and a tour-wide giveaway. And I’ve included the full tour schedule at the bottom of the post if you’d like to check out what other bloggers had to say about the book and read a few Q&A’s with the author and characters.


    About DIRTY DEEDS

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    Title & Series: DIRTY DEEDS (Mechanics of Love #3)
    Author: Megan Erickson
    Release date: December 8, 2015 (Paperback ed. out January 5th)
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Alex Dawn is saying no to men. No to bad relationships, disappointments, and smooth-talkers. Focusing on her family and her job at Payton and Sons Automotive keeps her mind occupied and her heart content. She doesn’t really miss a man’s touch, until one night, one shows up with the body of a god and a voice from her dirtiest dreams.

    L.M. Spencer is only in Tory, Maryland, to scope out the town as a possible site for one of his company’s hotels. The British businessman didn’t expect his car to break down or to find the hottest little American he’s ever seen holding a tire iron, piercing him with bright blue eyes.

    They agree to one hot night, one dirty deed to burn out the chemistry between them. But from their first kiss, Alex can’t stop saying yes to this man. And when Spencer’s company threatens everything she cares about, they must make the choice to stand together or apart.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    DIRTY DEEDS will melt your heart, make you swoon, and make you fiercely hopeful for a happily ever after for Alex and Spencer. Their romance is unexpected and inconvenient and filled with obstacles, but with chemistry that is undeniable, white-hot, and off the charts, you can’t help but hope for their one night stand to turn into something more.

    Alex Dawn doesn’t do relationships. Not after what she went through with her ex. So when the very hot, very posh, out-of-towner L.M. Spencer shows up at Payton and Sons, she is definitely up for a little no-strings fun with him.

    Spencer never met anyone quite like Alex. She is bold, she is fierce, she is sexy as hell. And she is offering him the promise of an amazing night together. He isn’t looking for a relationship, long-distance or otherwise – and she isn’t asking for one – but he could definitely handle one night with this dark-haired, blue-eyed, red-lipped sprite.

    And what an unforgettable, smokin’ hot night it was. But it was just the one night. Spencer was leaving town. They were never supposed to see each other again. So when his job sent him back to Tory, Maryland, to Alex, neither of them was thrilled. They would have to figure out a way to avoid each other, deny their connection, or risk starting something they weren’t sure they could stop.

    With no unattached Payton brothers left, Megan Erickson took a bit of a risk writing a love story for Alex Dawn and a new character to the series. It was a risk that paid off big time. Alex’s story needed to be told. There needed to be a resolution to the problem that landed Ivy and Alex in Tory. And as strong of a person as Alex was, she needed to get all her power back. And, most of all, she deserved a happy ending.

    As with each of the other books in the series, the author chose to tell the story from both main characters’ points of view. She paired up two seemingly opposite characters. She placed hurdles in their way. But with Alex and Spencer, the challenges they faced and the complications in their relationship were less about their emotional baggage and about their feelings toward what was building between them and more about the realities of their situation – where they lived, their life goals – making for a refreshingly different and immensely entertaining read.

    DIRTY DEEDS is a story that will instantly captivate. It has moments that will make you smile and laugh and cheer. It gives peeks at what’s going on with previous romances and a possible future one. It delivers some seriously steamy love scenes, some hotter-than-hot chemistry, and a male protagonist whose words are even more gorgeous than his appearance. And it has an ending that will leave you more than satisfied.

    The Rating

    05


    The Excerpt

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    About Megan Erickson

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    Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

    She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

    She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

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    Praise

    “A super sweet, extra sexy second chance romance that will have you laughing out loud and needing a minute to cool off. Dirty Thoughts is right!” — Jay Crownover, New York Times bestselling author

    “Megan Erickson ratchets up the romance and sizzle in her sexy new series. The Mechanics of Love will rev readers’ hearts.”  — Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

    “Megan Erickson writes hot, hot, HOT stories packed with emotion and humor. You’re going to want to read everything she’s ever written!” — Sophie Jordan, USA Today bestselling author


    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: DIRTY THOUGHTS (Mechanics of Love #1)
    Author: Megan Erickson
    Release date: June 16, 2015 (Paperback ed. out July 21st)
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Some things are sexier the second time around

    Cal Payton has gruff and grumbly down to an art…all the better for keeping people away. And it usually works. Until Jenna Macmillan—his biggest mistake—walks into Payton and Sons mechanic shop all grown up, looking like sunshine, and inspiring more than a few dirty thoughts.

    Jenna was sure she was long over the boy she’d once loved with reckless abandon, but one look at the steel-eyed Cal Payton has her falling apart all over again. Ten years may have passed, but the pull is stronger than ever…and this Cal is all man.

    Cal may have no intention of letting Jenna in, but she’s always been his light, and it’s getting harder to stay all alone in the dark. When a surprise from the past changes everything, Cal and Jenna must decide if their connection should be left alone, or if it’s exactly what they need for the future of their dreams.

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    Title & Series: DIRTY TALK (Mechanics of Love #2)
    Author: Megan Erickson
    Release date: September 15, 2015 (Paperback ed. out October 27th)
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Brent Payton has a reputation for wanting to have fun, all the time. It’s well-earned after years of ribbing his brothers and flirting with every girl he meets, but he’s more than just a good time, even though nobody takes the time to see it. When a new girl walks into his family’s garage with big thoughtful eyes and legs for days, this mechanic wants something serious for the first time.

    Ivy Dawn is done with men, all of them. She and her sister uprooted their lives for them too many times and she’s not willing to do it again. Avoiding the opposite sex at all costs seems easy enough, until the sexy mechanic with the dirty mouth bursts into her life.

    Brent can’t resist the one woman who sees past his devil-may-care facade and Ivy finds it harder and harder to deny how happy he makes her. But Ivy has secrets she hasn’t shared and when the truth comes out, she must decide if she’s willing to take one more chance on love or let him go forever.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • A $25 gift card to eBook retailer of the winner’s choice

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    The Tour Schedule
    Week One

    Nov. 30th

    Dec. 1st

    Dec. 2nd

    Dec. 3rd

    Dec. 4th

    Week Two

    Dec. 7th

    Dec. 8th

    Dec. 9th

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    Dec. 11th

    Week Three

    Dec. 14th

    Dec. 15th

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    DIRTY TALK Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + Giveaway

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    I’m super excited to be participating in the blog tour for Megan Erickson’s DIRTY TALK. I love this series by the author and I couldn’t wait to read Brent’s story. And let me just tell you it was HOT and romantic and so very sweet.

    For my stop today I’m sharing my thoughts about this second book in the Mechanics of Love series. I also get to share an awesome excerpt of Chapter One. AND… there’s also a tour-wide giveaway.

    So if you’d like to know what else I thought about DIRTY TALK scroll down to my review a bit further down in the post. If you’d like to be teased by the first chapter in the book, you can read the excerpt here or download it to read later. And if you’d like to win the eGift Card, enter in the Rafflecopter.

    First, though, here is some information about the book on tour.


    About DIRTY TALK

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    Title & Series: DIRTY TALK (Mechanics of Love #2)
    Author: Megan Erickson
    Release date: September 15, 2015 (Paperback ed. out October 27th)
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Brent Payton has a reputation for wanting to have fun, all the time. It’s well-earned after years of ribbing his brothers and flirting with every girl he meets, but he’s more than just a good time, even though nobody takes the time to see it. When a new girl walks into his family’s garage with big thoughtful eyes and legs for days, this mechanic wants something serious for the first time.

    Ivy Dawn is done with men, all of them. She and her sister uprooted their lives for them too many times and she’s not willing to do it again. Avoiding the opposite sex at all costs seems easy enough, until the sexy mechanic with the dirty mouth bursts into her life.

    Brent can’t resist the one woman who sees past his devil-may-care facade and Ivy finds it harder and harder to deny how happy he makes her. But Ivy has secrets she hasn’t shared and when the truth comes out, she must decide if she’s willing to take one more chance on love or let him go forever.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    DIRTY TALK is incredibly romantic and sweet and swoon-worthy. The love story is bewitching. The love scenes are hot enough to make you melt. Add in a sexy as hell mechanic, a wary and protective but passionate woman, an act of heroism, an adorable princess, a complicated past, and a dog who only answers to “Honeybear,” and you have a story that will keep you captivated, make you laugh and smile and sigh, and have you falling for yet another Payton brother.

    Brent Payton didn’t do serious. His brothers may have gotten themselves involved in committed relationships, but not him. He flirted. He had a good time. Hell, he had a lot of good times. With a lot of different women. But it never went beyond that. He never wanted it to. Until he met Ivy.

    Ivy Dawn wasn’t looking for anything serious. She wasn’t looking for a relationship at all. She just wanted a fresh start. Somewhere safe. Somewhere she could call home. She had no interest in flirting with someone who promised the kind of trouble Brent did. She’d just have to keep telling herself that if she had any hope of believing it.

    Megan Erickson struck the perfect balance of romance, heat, and storyline in her novel. The story wasn’t overshadowed by the love story and the steamy sex scenes didn’t overwhelm either narrative or romance. They teased. They tantalized. In just the right amounts to make readers become invested in her characters, interested in their outcome, and swept away by the intensity of their connection.

    The author gave Ivy a past that showed who she was and how she ended up in Tory, Maryland. She let readers see that there was more to Brent than what he showed to his family and to his friends. She alternated their points of view, allowing readers to find out just how Brent and Ivy really felt about one another. And she made sure that when they came together it was blazing hot, wickedly sexy, mouthwatering.

    Characters from the first book in the series will make several appearances in this sequel. A few new characters will be introduced. Things will be fairly loosely tied up at the story’s end in anticipation of the next installment. But there is a more than satisfying conclusion to Brent and Ivy’s story.

    DIRTY TALK is a wonderful and positively delicious addition to the series that is sure to change readers’ assumptions about Brent Payton. It is engaging. It is enchanting. It is heartwarming. It is dreamy and flirtatious and fun. It is absolutely scrumptious. It’s totally smokin’.

    The Rating

    04


    The Excerpt

    Here’s a yummy excerpt of Chapter One…

    Download (PDF, 85KB)


    About Megan Erickson

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    Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

    She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

    She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

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    Praise

    “A super sweet, extra sexy second chance romance that will have you laughing out loud and needing a minute to cool off. Dirty Thoughts is right!” — Jay Crownover, New York Times bestselling author

    “Megan Erickson ratchets up the romance and sizzle in her sexy new series. The Mechanics of Love will rev readers’ hearts.”  — Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

    “Megan Erickson writes hot, hot, HOT stories packed with emotion and humor. You’re going to want to read everything she’s ever written!” — Sophie Jordan, USA Today bestselling author


    Other Books in the Series

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    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: DIRTY THOUGHTS (Mechanics of Love #1)
    Author: Megan Erickson
    Release date: June 16, 2015 (Paperback ed. out July 21st)
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Some things are sexier the second time around

    Cal Payton has gruff and grumbly down to an art…all the better for keeping people away. And it usually works. Until Jenna Macmillan—his biggest mistake—walks into Payton and Sons mechanic shop all grown up, looking like sunshine, and inspiring more than a few dirty thoughts.

    Jenna was sure she was long over the boy she’d once loved with reckless abandon, but one look at the steel-eyed Cal Payton has her falling apart all over again. Ten years may have passed, but the pull is stronger than ever…and this Cal is all man.

    Cal may have no intention of letting Jenna in, but she’s always been his light, and it’s getting harder to stay all alone in the dark. When a surprise from the past changes everything, Cal and Jenna must decide if their connection should be left alone, or if it’s exactly what they need for the future of their dreams.

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    Title & Series: DIRTY DEEDS (Mechanics of Love #3)
    Author: Megan Erickson
    Release date: December 8, 2015 (Paperback release date TBA)
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Find it… AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | HARPERCOLLINS | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    There is a tourwide-giveaway for…

    • A $25 gift card to eBook retailer of the winner’s choice

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    A Few Stops On the Tour So Far
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    DIRTY THOUGHTS Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + Giveaway

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    I am not typically a reader of contemporary romance, but I love Megan Erickson’s writing and I just had to check out this first book in her new Mechanics of Love series. And it was awesome. DIRTY THOUGHTS had everything I could want in a romance read – well-developed characters, steamy love scenes, a love story that feels genuine, and a satisfying ending.

    If you’d like to know more about what I thought, my review is below. And if you’d like to know more about this book and the other books in the series, some information about them is also included in the post.

    I also have a yummy excerpt to share of Chapter One which introduces Cal Payton and Jenna Macmillan and will make you wish you had Chapter Two so you could keep reading.

    This tour also includes a tour-wide giveaway for an eGift Card for one of the online book sellers. So if you’d like the chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter.


    About DIRTY THOUGHTS

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    Add to Goodreads

    Title & Series: DIRTY THOUGHTS (Mechanics of Love #1)
    Author: Megan Erickson
    Release date: June 16, 2015 (Paperback ed. out July 21st)
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Some things are sexier the second time around

    Cal Payton has gruff and grumbly down to an art…all the better for keeping people away. And it usually works. Until Jenna Macmillan—his biggest mistake—walks into Payton and Sons mechanic shop all grown up, looking like sunshine, and inspiring more than a few dirty thoughts.

    Jenna was sure she was long over the boy she’d once loved with reckless abandon, but one look at the steel-eyed Cal Payton has her falling apart all over again. Ten years may have passed, but the pull is stronger than ever…and this Cal is all man.

    Cal may have no intention of letting Jenna in, but she’s always been his light, and it’s getting harder to stay all alone in the dark. When a surprise from the past changes everything, Cal and Jenna must decide if their connection should be left alone, or if it’s exactly what they need for the future of their dreams.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | HARPERCOLLINS | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS

    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    DIRTY THOUGHTS delivers more than just what its title promises. Steamy, sexy love scenes, a mouthwatering if incredibly stubborn male main, an uninhibited and instantly likable female main, a romance that resembles one heck of a roller-coaster ride, well-developed characters and story, and a conclusion that is oh so satisfying are just some of the things this deliciously swoon-worthy romance has to offer.

    Cal Payton and Jenna Macmillan have a history together. One they both hoped they could forget about. But ten years later they still haven’t been able to move on. They still haven’t found anyone that could live up to the memory of what they had together. They just hoped that it would happen some day.

    But when Jenna decides to return home to help her family’s business recover from the crisis her brother Dylan caused, she’s not so sure that finding someone new will be possible. And neither is Cal. Because the moment they see each other the spark is reignited and it will take everything they have to be able to stay away from each other, keep their hands off one another, stop themselves from falling back in love.

    Megan Erickson knows exactly how to pull her readers into her story. She knows how to create characters that readers can connect with. She knows how much heat is the right amount of heat. She knows how to create a romance that feels realistic and heartfelt and passionate and still dreamy. She knows just how to create the most delectable, maddening, sexy-as-hell male protagonists. And she did all this and then some in this first novel in her new series.

    Readers looking for a captivating and at times breathtaking romance will absolutely adore DIRTY THOUGHTS. It is scorching hot. It is erotic. It is sinfully delicious. It is engaging and exciting and a complete page-turner that wraps things up perfectly by the story’s end. Though it will leave readers anxious to continue the series to read about the next Payton brother’s romance.

    The Rating

    05


    The Excerpt

    Here’s an awesome excerpt of Chapter One…

    Download (PDF, 82KB)


    About Megan Erickson

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    Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’5” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

    She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

    She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | GOODREADS

    Praise

    “A super sweet, extra sexy second chance romance that will have you laughing out loud and needing a minute to cool off. Dirty Thoughts is right!” — Jay Crownover, New York Times bestselling author

    “Megan Erickson ratchets up the romance and sizzle in her sexy new series. The Mechanics of Love will rev readers’ hearts.”  — Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

    “Megan Erickson writes hot, hot, HOT stories packed with emotion and humor. You’re going to want to read everything she’s ever written!” — Sophie Jordan, USA Today bestselling author


    Other Books in the Series

    DirtyTalkTitle & Series: DIRTY TALK (Mechanics of Love #2)
    Author: Megan Erickson
    Release date: September 15, 2015 (Paperback release date TBA)
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    When the one you shouldn’t want is the one you can’t resist… 

    Brent Payton works hard, plays hard, and has earned his ladies’ man reputation. But he’s more than just a good time, even though no one seems to see it. Until a gorgeous brunette with knockout curves and big, thoughtful eyes walks into his family’s garage and makes Brent want more.

    Ivy Dawn and her sister are done with men, all of them. They’ve uprooted their lives too many times on account of the opposite sex, but that’s over now. The plan seems easy until a sexy, dirty-taking mechanic bursts in Ivy’s life and shakes everything up.

    Brent can’t resist the one person who sees past his devil-may-care façade, and Ivy finds it harder and harder to deny how happy he makes her. But she has secrets of her own and when the truth comes out, she must decide if she’ll run again or if she’ll take a chance on forever.

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    Title & Series: DIRTY DEEDS (Mechanics of Love #3)
    Author: Megan Erickson
    Release date: December 8, 2015 (Paperback release date TBA)
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Find it… AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | HARPERCOLLINS | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    There is a tourwide-giveaway for…

    • A $25 gift card to eBook retailer of the winner’s Choice

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    The Tour Schedule

    The tour runs on weekdays through July 3rd. Here are the stops so far…

    June 15th

    June 16th

    June 17th

    June 18th

    June 19th

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    Review: HERO BY NIGHT

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    Title & Series: HERO BY NIGHT (Independence Falls #3)
    Author: Sara Jane Stone
    Release date: January 20, 2015
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Formats: eBook
    Pages: 384

    Description…

    He was nobody’s hero until he landed in the wrong bed…

    Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed…

    Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can’t touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.

    But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he’s the hero Lena needs night and day… forever.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    With a sexy cover and a mouth-watering description HERO BY NIGHT held the promise of swoon-worthy romance and a story that sizzled. What it delivered instead were the bare bones of a story deficient in richness and development, a rushed and unsatisfying romance, characters whose connection felt weak, ideas that were incomplete, and situations that lacked believability. Though it did bring the heat in a few steamy, if unrealistic for the characters, sex scenes.

    It had all the makings for a captivating romance – a sexy player who needed to be reformed, a damaged but potentially strong woman who needed to be saved, a predicament that would allow both reluctant parties to come together and strike a bargain that would be mutually beneficial. Lena suffered from post traumatic stress disorder from her time in the military, leaving her vulnerable and afraid of being touched. Chad suffered from his mother’s abandonment, leaving him afraid of commitment. They perfectly complemented each other. But the short timeframe between when they first met and when they were “it” for one another left no real room for romance or for readers to connect with the characters or their love story.

    The author asks a lot from readers to suspend disbelief time and time again in this installment of the series when it comes to her characters’ actions, their words, and the situations they found themselves in. From the start readers are expected to believe that someone as traumatized as Lena would feel comfortable enough to sleep in a friend’s home in the nude, would lock up her service dog – her protector – for fear of his shedding and chewing of furniture, then take half a sleeping pill and become so knocked out by it that she would not realize a man has entered the room and began touching her, and then not be completely freaked out by it when she realizes it is not, in fact, a dream.

    Lena’s actions from the beginning, at least in the bedroom, were at odds with how damaged she was. She was bold, adventurous and curious and not in the least bit vulnerable. She took charge, she played games, and her fears seemed to disappear for those moments with Chad. There was no resemblance to the woman who shunned her husband, who feared physical contact and emotional connection.

    Readers are also asked to believe that someone could lose their job for not being in a committed relationship, and then, essentially, have sufficiently proved that they are in a serious relationship by going on one pizza date where they have to step up and come to their date’s defense.

    Further, there was no real showing of Lena’s progression and how Chad helped her realize her strength. Physical contact, such as brief touches and holding of hands happened, but these things were simply stated and not discussed as pretty momentous steps forward for her. And while Chad said all the right words, they felt hollow as there wasn’t anything to back up why he felt the way he did, what Lena did that brought on the change in him, or how she helped him overcome his years-long fear of abandonment in just a matter of days.

    From its too quick timeline, to its poor development of the characters’ relationship, to certain juvenile elements such as note passing, to several far-fetched situations and scenarios, to its inconsistencies, unanswered questions and unfinished ideas, to a romance that fell flat, HERO BY NIGHT unfortunately missed the mark.

    The Rating

    01

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    Review: MAYHEM

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    Title & Series: MAYHEM (Mayhem #1)
    Author: Jamie Shaw
    Release date: January 20, 2015
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Formats: Audio, eBook

    Description…

    When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can’t stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus.

    On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He’s soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn’t recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious “Peach” he met at his concert.

    During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can’t help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam’s rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She’d just end up hurt … again.

    Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she’s fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Jamie Shaw’s MAYHEM is a wonderfully delicious, sexy, romantic, funny, sweet surprise of a read. In a genre packed full of steamy, angst-filled love stories it stands out from the crowd with its plot that teases and tantalizes, its female protagonist who is adorable, clever and hard-to-get, its bad-boy rocker who is completely hot but maybe not as shallow as he seems, and a supporting cast of characters that readers will want to get to know in not only this story, but future books in the series.

    After learning of her boyfriend’s betrayal, the last thing Rowan needs is a fling with a rock star. But resisting Adam Everest won’t be easy. He’s smokin’ hot, sexy as hell, wickedly charming and just a little bit of a white knight. And the fact that he wants her makes her wonder if putting what she needs in the long run before what she needs right now is crazy.

    Especially when she can’t stop obsessing over him when it turns out he’s in her French class. Or being jealous of the female entourage that follows him around campus. Or being upset that he doesn’t recognize her as the girl he met at the club.

    So when the opportunity arises to become his tutor, she isn’t sure why she jumps in to save him. Or why she refuses to tell him who she really is. Or why she keeps insisting that they be only friends. Maybe it’s because she has nothing to lose, as she’s pretty sure he already has her heart.

    Author Jamie Shaw delivers romance, humor, angst, heat, and incredibly likable characters in her story that reads like foreplay until the very end. She keeps readers on edge as they wait for Rowan’s secret to revealed and to find out what will happen when it is. And instead of packing the story full of a multitude of gratuitous sex scenes, the author develops her characters, builds the chemistry between them, and captivates with the promise of what may come.

    MAYHEM is a wildly entertaining, totally addictive one-sit must-read that you’ll want to read again and again. It will ensnare you from the start and won’t let go until the end. It will give you characters you’ll remember – ones to root for and at least one to despise. It will give you that gut twisty feeling. It will make you laugh and cheer and sigh and swoon. And it will make you anxious to read the next book in the series to get to know the next two characters’ love story.

    The Rating

    06

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

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    Cover Reveal + Excerpt: INTOXICATED by Monica Murphy

    I am super excited to be participating in today’s cover reveal for Author Monica Murphy’s INTOXICATED, a contemporary romance novella in her Billionaire Bachelors Club series published by Avon Impulse.

    I first noticed this series because of its striking covers and I couldn’t wait to see whether I was going to love the cover for this novella as much as I love the covers for the full-length novels. And I have to say that INTOXICATED’s cover is my favorite of them all.

    I love the fonts and the title color – the teal-y blue is so striking against the black, the “A” in the title gives it a little flare, and the sans serif font for the author’s name gives it a clean, uncluttered look. I love that for this novella the title is in All Caps versus the novels which are all lowercase. And I love that the Avon Impulse logo matches on each of the covers.

    Also, I love the background which looks very much like pinstriping on a suit. And I love the male model’s image, with his face in shadow.

    It’s bold, it’s sexy, it’s modern and it so perfectly fits the genre.

    That’s what I think, anyway… what do you think?

    The Reveal

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    Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club #3.5
    Release date: June 17, 2014
    Publisher: Avon
    Pages: 250
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

    It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

    It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?

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    The Excerpt

    “I’m going to have a baby,” Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me. Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows.

    Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon.

    I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason.

    “I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.”

    She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.”

    “I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?”

    Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”

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    About Monica Murphy

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    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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    Other Books in the Series

    Crave

    Title: CRAVE (Billionaire Bachelors Club #1)
    Release date: August 13, 2013
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 256
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy launches her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a lavish bet, a night of carnal desires, and a forever that never seemed possible.

    Billionaire Archer Bancroft always gets what he wants–and he’s wanted Ivy Emerson, his best friend’s sister, for far too long. Being forbidden and untouchable only makes her more tempting. When a million-dollar bet with his friends throws down a challenge–last bachelor standing takes all–Archer knows he can win. That is, until one enchanted evening with Ivy takes his heart for a ride.

    Ivy knows Archer is nothing but bad news: infuriating, arrogant . . . and completely intoxicating. But despite her best efforts, she can’t seem to keep away. When a stolen kiss leads to a night of heated passion, Ivy realizes she’s in trouble and in head over heels.

    But in the light of day, everything seems clearer, and Archer’s not so sure a one-night stand is all he wants. Concocting a plan to keep Ivy by his side, Archer might just be willing to lose this bet . . . and win the jackpot instead.

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    TornTitle: TORN (Billionaire Bachelors Club #2)
    Release date: November 26, 2013
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 256
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy mixes business with pleasure in the second book of her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series …

    Marina Knight came to this party for one thing only: to slap Gage Emerson in the face. Poised to snatch up her family’s real estate empire, the sexy tycoon is on the verge of making an enemy for life–even if he can make her melt with a single kiss …

    When Gage discovers that the alluring woman before him is the key to his latest acquisition, claiming her as his suddenly doesn’t seem quite so cut-and-dried. To get what he wants, he must get to know the fierce woman willing to face him down–as she steadily steals his heart.

    Gage’s persistence and intense passion war with Marina’s determination to protect her family. As they delve deeper into an affair they didn’t see coming, Marina’s torn: Will she lose her heart to Gage–or everything she holds dear?

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    SavorTitle: SAVOR (Billionaire Bachelors Club #3)
    Release date: February 11, 2014
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Pages: 240
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy concludes her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a fiery romance that refuses to be left at the office . . .

    Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss–the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley–and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match, Bryn is determined to catch Matt’s eye . . . professionalism be damned.

    With his winery’s grand reopening approaching, Matt is trying to stay focused, but Bryn is suddenly making it very difficult. He’s always thought her prim demeanor effortlessly sexy, but Matt can’t deny that her transformation is jaw-dropping . . . and making it tough to keep his hands to himself.

    But when one thing leads to another and suddenly Matt is stripping Bryn bare, he’s faced with the biggest risk of his career–and his heart. Can he convince her–and himself–that this might just be more than a no-strings office affair?

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