Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Three Sisters Catering by Bethany Lopez *~*~*~*~*~* Box Set & Reviews

Today we are celebrating the release of the THREE SISTERS CATERING Box Set by Bethany Lopez. The set contains A Pinch of Salt, A Touch of Cinnamon, and A Splash of Vanilla. Click here to grab your copy now.

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Three Sisters Catering Box Set by Bethany Lopez

Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

A boxset of the Three Sisters Catering Trilogy by Bethany Lopez, including A Pinch of Salt, A Touch of Cinnamon, and A Splash of Vanilla.
A Pinch of Salt - When single dad and English teacher, Jackson, hires chef and entrepreneur, Millie, to cater his daughter's birthday party, things really start heating up.
A Touch of Cinnamon - Sexy restauranteur, Jericho, wants to remind smart yet stubborn Tasha that together they make the perfect dish in this sizzling second-chance romance.
A Splash of Vanilla - Dru doesn't expect to fall for Mick when she hires him to find her father, but something about this gruff, muscular PI brings just the right amount of spice to her life.

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A Pinch of Salt (Three Sisters Catering #1) by Bethany Lopez
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a heartwarming story!!

Who doesn't love a happy ending! Though I wasn't sure it was in the cards for these two. With the exception of the one bad guy (or should I say gal) in this story everyone is generally nice and polite to the other. Yes there are tantrums, but I'm talking about the are you kidding me type of evil. Good to know there are still stories out there where most people are good and treat each other kind. I hope you enjoy this fun and quirky story about three sisters!! And now a bit about the story...

Millie and her sisters are running a successful catering business with a small storefront. Jackson has been separated from his wife, who up and left him add their daughter to find herself, for a year. Now he has just days to plan the perfect 9 year old birthday tea party. Only one problem... he knows nothing about tea parties. Millie comes to the rescue and may end up growing more than her business!!

Favorite passages:
- I was beginning to wonder what the hell was wrong with this guy. There had to be something. No one was this perfect. Maybe he picks his nose or bites his toenails . . .
- “My daddy says, either you love someone or you don’t. I heard him in class one time, and he said the characters in his books spend so much time being ob-ob . . . What’s the word for dumb?” she asked. Mrs. Heeler and I both said, “Obtuse.”

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.

A Touch of Cinnamon (Three Sisters Catering #2) by Bethany Lopez
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Will her first love be her last?

A lovely romantic standalone with a little suspense. Set in a beautiful small town with thriving shops on Main Street. We get to read about the next steps for Millie and Jackson from book one, but no worries, you will not get lost if you read this first. But the best part is learning what made Natasha and Jericho hate each other. Some say hate is really close to love. And now a bit about the story...

Natasha and Jericho met in college and fell head first in love. Every moment not spent in class or studying was with each other. They talked about everything: past, present, and future. But then early one morning, right before their morning coffee date, Natasha got a call to come home, family emergency. She knew she couldn't leave him unless she did it cold turkey. So off she went. A year later they are reunited when he opens a restaurant across the street from her family business. It is pure hatred at first. But will love find its way back to them???

Favorite passages:
- I was captivated , mesmerized, staring up at him as he grinned slightly down at me.
- My heart crumbled and I felt pain and anger radiating through me.

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.


A Splash of Vanilla (Three Sisters Catering #3) by Bethany Lopez
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Just the Splash they needed!

The last happy ending for the three sisters! You'll get to hear and witness Millie and Tasha's happy ever after from Dru and Mick's perspective. This one is direct and to the point and I loved it! There is a little mystery and some drama too. Plus a few mystery characters that I'm hoping will get their own series. And now a bit about the story...

Dru was drawn the Mick from the moment they met. Unfortunately he had a no dating clients rule and she has hired him to find her dead beat dad. Mick was kicking himself everyday for his rules and may have even bent them a time or two. Once the case is solved it should be smooth sailing, right?

Favorite passages:
- How come men could do that ? Buy one suit to wear to every event, and get no flack, while if women got caught wearing the same dress repeatedly, it was like there was something wrong with her?
- “Wanna eat at the table, or watch something on TV?” he asked. ... “TV,” I replied. “We can sit at the table for breakfast.” I didn’t bother hiding my grin as I took the plate and sashayed out of the room, ignoring the shock on Mick’s face.
- “Have you ever tried Ben & Jerry’s?” “No, but I’ve had ice cream.” “It’s not the same thing, you’ll see,” I promised. “We’ll pop your Cherry Garcia tonight.”

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.


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Bethany Lopez is a USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty books and has been published since 2011. She's a lover of all things romance, which she incorporates into the books she writes, no matter the genre. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with family and traveling whenever possible. Bethany can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine at hand, and will never turn down a cupcake!


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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Mile High Matched series by Christina Hovland *~*~*~*~* Audio Release & Review

Christina Hovland’s MILE HIGH MATCHED Series is out on Audible now! Check out today’s release day blitz and be sure to grab your copy today!

Mile High Matched Series

Contemporary Romance

 

About Going Down on One Knee:

Mile High Matched, Book 1   "An utterly charming opposites-attract-story. Hovland perfectly balances simmering sexual tension with a surprising amount of emotion, and the stomach-flip-causing ending is the perfect example of why I read and love romance." - New York Times Bestselling Author, Lauren Layne Number-crunching Velma Johnson's perfectly planned life is right on course. That's a lie. Sure, she's got the lucrative job. She's got the posh apartment. But her sister nabbed Velma's Mr. Right. There has to be a man out there for Velma. Hopefully, one who's hunky, wears pressed suits, and has a diversified financial portfolio. He'll be exactly like, well... her sister's new fiancé. Badass biker Brek Montgomery blazes a trail across the country, managing Dimefront, one of the biggest rock bands of his generation. With the band on hiatus, Brek rolls into Denver to pay a quick visit to his family and friends. But when Brek's sister suddenly gets put on bed rest, she convinces Brek to take over her wedding planning business for the duration of her pregnancy. Staying in Denver and dealing with bridezillas was not what Brek had in mind when he passed through town, but there is one particular maid-of-honor who might make his stay worthwhile. Velma finds herself strangely attracted to the man planning her sister's wedding. Problem is, he ticks none of the boxes on her well-crafted list. Brek is rough around the edges, he cusses, and doesn't even have a 401(k). But trying something crazy might get her out of the rut of her dating life--so long as she lays down boundaries up front and sticks to her plan... Going Down on One Knee is book one of the Mile High Matched series. If you love a hunky, tattooed wedding planner this book is for you. Buy nowfor a fun, opposites attract romance!

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Going Down on One Knee (Mile High Matched #1) by Christina Hovland
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Will you???

Going Down on One Knee is all about getting married, you guessed it!  Featuring two narrators for both main characters POV this story takes place in Colorado and features a band manager biker guy filling in as a wedding planner and an uptightish financial planner.  They are thrown together in more ways that one planning weddings left and right!  Will their own be next? 

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this audio book.


About Blow Me Away:

Mile High matched, Book 2   It's all fun and games until somebody falls in love... Jase Dvornakov has always loved women, 80's hair band music, and things that go boom. He used to disarm bombs in the Navy, but he's back in Denver after a mission overseas went sideways and destroyed his future, including his marriage. Now he arranges flowers in his family's floral business because flowers don't explode. Cookie-baker extraordinaire, Heather Reese, has had one too many rounds of heartache, so she's sworn off men and prefers to spend her evenings binge-watching game shows. Plus her no-men rule gives her time to focus on her dream come true--Heather's Cookie Co.--her very own bake shop with an underground following for naughty shaped treats. She refuses to be interested in the hot-shot florist across the street. He is trouble with a capital T. Sexy trouble, but still, a hook-up with Jase is a hard nope. Desperate to avoid his family's incessant matchmaking, a fake breakup with the beautiful Heather is just what the florist ordered. If his family believes Heather decimated his heart, they'll leave him alone. Heather isn't so keen on the idea, but Jase is determined to make it worth her while. When a pretend breakup becomes the real romance neither was expecting, together they'll have to decide if it's finally time to light the fuse on love... Blow Me Away is the second book in the Mile High Matched Series. Each book stands alone and can be read in any order. If you love friends to lovers with a dash of steam, this is the book for you! Buy Blow Me Away for a laugh out loud romantic comedy!  

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About Take it Off the Menu:

Mile High Matched, Book 3   Saying “I Do” has never been such a mess. Marlee Medford just got dumped. Yes, things have become ho-hum in her longtime relationship, but she was two days away from walking down the aisle with the man she thought was her forever when he called it off. Convincing herself that they’d be able to reignite their spark once the wedding craziness settled? That was easy. Suddenly finding herself without a fiancé? Not so much. Marlee needs to regain control of her life, and a weekend away with her friends is a solid first step. One of Denver’s best up-and-coming chefs, perpetual bachelor Eli Howard, isn’t into serious relationships—especially the kind that ends in marriage. As if to prove his point that they aren’t worth the trouble, the wedding he was supposed to be catering just fell apart. Feeling oddly protective of the jilted bride—his little sister’s best friend—his weekend plans now involve a trip to Sin City with her group of friends. But it looks like he had a bit too much fun in Vegas when he wakes up married…wedding night included. Marlee’s attempts at getting her life back together are failing miserably. Her ex-fiancé is taking the house, her chihuahua is intent on a love affair with Eli’s sneakers, and she’s now accidentally hitched to the guy who can't even say the word marriage. With their quickie annulment denied, Eli and Marlee just have to hang tight until the divorce goes through. It’s just a little divorce amongst friends, what’s the worst that could happen? Take It Off the Menu is book three of the Mile High Matched series, but stands alone and can be read in any order. If you love a hunky caterer and an accidental marriage then this book is for you! Buy now for a fun, friends-to-lovers romance!

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“You catching that?” Jase asked, his focus returning to the poster and the tape. “Catching what?” Heather replied. Poster in hand, he moved to the front window and pressed it against the glass, smoothing it before turning back to her. “Catching the little buzz we have going on between us.” “A little… the thing is…” C’mon Heather, be strong. You are the cookie lady now. You don’t date. You are all you need. That’s what the podcast she’d been listening to said to her over and over again. Mantra in hand, she slapped on her I’m-in-charge-here-buddy mask. “It would never work between us.” The edges of his lips ticked up ever so slightly. “You can’t know that.” Oh, she knew. He sauntered toward her. Unwilling to back down, she stepped toward him. Expression firm, she said, “I can already see exactly how this whole thing would play out if we let it. You’d start with a horrible pick up line.” “Guilty.” His hands fell to the belt loops of his jeans. Her palm itched to press against the front of his tee, but she refrained. “Then I’d counter with a witty response. This time my reply would be even better. Funny, intelligent…everything.” “Now, that I’d like to hear.” Nothing but a foot of crackling air sizzled between them. “Trust me, if I had said it, it would have been epic. You can’t repeat something like that. It has to happen in the moment.” She shook her head, the sleek ponytail she’d carefully arranged earlier brushing against the collar of her jacket. “That right there is why we wouldn’t have worked out. I mean you couldn’t even come up with a snappier reply.” He crossed his arms, the little veins of his muscled forearms flexing with the motion. “Oh, I would’ve. It would’ve been the best response in the history of pick-up line replies.” “I don’t believe you.” The glimmer in his eyes lit up his entire face. He was clearly enjoying this exchange entirely too much. Control. She needed the power back. “Trust would’ve always been one of your issues in our relationship.” “Maybe you just couldn’t be honest with me about how you felt. That’s probably why we would have always argued.” He raised his eyebrows in a clear ultimatum. Challenge accepted. She stepped the tiniest bit closer to him. “Let’s say you threw out that awful line again. The one about taking me out.” “I’m with you so far.” He glanced down to the floor in clear acknowledgment of her movement forward, but he held his ground. “We’d banter for a good bit—” His face sparked with humor. “Sounds about right.” “Both of us would get that tingly feeling of attraction. You know the one.” So maybe she made her voice a little breathier than usual. Sue her. His mouth parted, the exaggerated fullness of his lower lip apparent. “You have a tingly feeling?” She shook her head and raised a hand. Not touching his chest like she desperately wanted to but getting within millimeters. “That’s not the important part. Eventually you would convince me to go on a date.” “I’d take you to this great taco stand. I love tacos.” “Despite that, I’d probably let you take me out again. And again,” she said, not willing to acknowledge the way she wanted to nip at his lip with her teeth. He nodded. “I’m digging this relationship so far.” “Eventually, you’d ask me to move in. I’d say no. You’d pressure me, even though I wouldn’t be ready.” “What can I say? I wouldn’t want to spend a night away from you. No use paying for two apartments.” She shrugged, dropping her hand. “I’d cave, and we’d finally move in together—” “Do we get to hook up first? Don’t skip that part.” This time he moved forward. Not a lot, just a smidge. She stayed put. She refused to back up first. “Of course. It would be awful. Sorry Speed Racer, but I need more than three minutes of go-time.” “That’s not what you’d say after you screamed my name.” He leaned forward, the whisper of his words brushing against her ear. God, there wasn’t but a breath of space between them. She was all turned-on Heather, ready to throw her why-have-a-man-when-you-can-have-cookies resolve away. His breath smelled of cinnamon candy and coffee, turning her knees effectively to melted butter. No, she stopped herself. Back to the break-up at hand.

About Christina Hovland:


Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dog around.  




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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Reforming Hunt (Cade Brothers #4) by Jules Barnard *~*~*~*~* Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway




Title: Reforming Hunt
A Cade Brothers Novel
Author: Jules Barnard
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 15, 2019



Blurb

The player has met his match…

Hunt Cade likes women. All women.

Life is good as long as he's got his boat, the steady line of beautiful women entering his Club Tahoe resort, and cold beer nights with his brothers.

Until a new kid enters the Club Tahoe children's program and reminds Hunt what it was like to grow up without a father. Not to mention, the effect the kid’s mother Abby has on him.

The last time Hunt got involved with someone he shouldn’t have, it nearly ruined his relationship with his brothers, the only family he has left.

Hunt should stay away from Abby...but he was never good at denying himself.







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Reforming Hunt (Cade Brothers #4) by Jules Barnard
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I volunteer!

Loved this marriage of convenience story!  Though who would ever think being married to a Cade would be a hardship.  They are loving, caring, sexy, and have quite a few dollars saved up!  But poor Hunt has never thought himself worthy.  Wonder if Noah and Abby can change his mind!

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.

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Tempting Levi (Cade Brothers #1) by Jules Barnard
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Temptation will overcome!!

Spin off from the Men of Lake Tahoe series! In the last Tahoe book we met Adam Cade. Now we are about to meet the remaining four hot brothers to come in this series with love, passion, suspense, frustration, and happiness!! And now a bit about the story...

Levi has been put in a tough spot. A blow to the head took his dream job away. Now he's lost his absent father only to be asked to fill his shoes. What does he know about running a resort? Luckily his father planned ahead for that. He hired a Harvard grad to assist Levi. Problem after problem those two can't seem to stay apart... but dating the boss isn't all bad, right?

Favorite passages:
- Though he had touched her bared skin—purely to get her attention. Had nothing to do with being drawn to her beauty like a bug to the neon light that would be its death.
- Yeah, that wasn’t gonna work. He couldn’t date Emily. She was Lisa’s sister, for God’s sake. And his assistant. And he needed her at the club more than he needed her in his bed. He wanted her in his bed, but he wasn’t impulsive like his younger brothers.

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.



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Daring Wes (Cade Brothers #2) by Jules Barnard
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


His biggest challenge ...


Another Lake Tahoe hit!! The Cade brothers are back again and another is likely to fall. But will he fall for real or head first into the water hazard?? Funny, frustrating, hot -- I mean there is a Magic Mike style dance for Pete's sake -- and another adventure at the resort. And now a bit about the story...

Wes and Kaylee were in love one upon a time, back in college, but then she left him, his golf game went to crap, he didn't make the pro tour and he was stuck working as the golf pro at Daddy's resort. Now he has accepted his new normal, that is until Kaylee walks into his pro shop announcing she is there to marry someone else. The sparks are flying, but she isn't single and there is lots of pain on both sides. I'm betting him may go for a swim in a water hazard for sure!!

Favorite passages:
- Wes gave her a blank stare. “Emily, don’t use convoluted female logic on me right now.”
- Not that he’d admit that to a single living soul, but he wasn’t such a caveman that he couldn’t admit it to himself. Okay, it had taken him years to admit it, but he’d gotten there eventually. Cavemen could evolve.
- And that was a big if. But none of that mattered at the moment. Suddenly his lower half seemed the smarter of the two brains, and it was in full control.

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Seducing Bran (Cade Brothers #3) by Jules Barnard
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Love, Hate, Control and Chaos...

In this next installment of the Cade brothers, Bran - the so called "monk" of the family finally meets his match.  There is frustration, anger, betrayal, humor, love, control, hate, and chaos as the two strong tempered leads battle their attraction for the other.  And now a bit about the story...

Ireland has had enough male superiority and harassment at work to last her three lifetimes.  She is a good programmer, but has left the west coast in search of a good company to work for.  This lands her in Tahoe with her cousin Cali, who introduces her around and gets her a job a Blue.  But the crew from Blue Casino and Club Tahoe are all great friends so it isn't long before Ireland and Bran are in each other's path.  Each time they end up alone their lips gravitate to the others, so much for keeping in control and staying away.  What will be the final straw, when Ireland moonlights for Bran, when they go on their first date....

Favorite passage: "You're mistaking my normal disposition for me caring about you."


Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.






Author Bio

Jules Barnard is a USA TODAY bestselling and RITA-nominated author of contemporary romance and romantic fantasy. Her contemporary series include the Men of Lake Tahoe and the Cade Brothers. She writes romantic fantasy under the same pen name with the Halven Rising series LIBRARY JOURNAL calls "...an exciting new fantasy adventure." Whether she’s writing about sexy men in Lake Tahoe or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins addictive stories filled with heart and humor.

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.


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Jules Barnard, Willow Winters, Lauren Blakely, Sylvie Fox, Selena Laurence, Jennifer Skully, Lynn Raye Harris, PT Michelle, Brenna Aubrey, Xavier Neal, Mari Carr, Measha Stone, PJ Fiala, Rachel Grant, Kylie Gilmore, Riley McKissack, Lex Martin, S.L. Scott, K.M. Scott, Lori Ryan, Sharon Hamilton. Amelia Wilde and Blair Babylon

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart ~*~*~*~*~*~ Release Blitz & Review

Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.

Coming Up Roses, an all-new must read enemies to lovers romantic comedy from Staci Hart is available now!

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Everyone hates parts of their job.
Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.
But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.
Except for Luke Bennet.
The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint.
When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him.
Almost.
He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.
Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.
Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.


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Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart 
Review by Theresa Esterline 
Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Roses are red...

Classic best friends crush to frienemies to hmmmm... where do we think they end?  Loved this story with hilarious outbursts in the middle of the family business financial crisis.  Check out these two as they reinvigorate the business and themselves!  And now a bit about the story...

Luke has just arrived home to help save the family business.  No one seems to be working the front of the shop, but he sees his longtime FWB in the back, head in the flower cooler, ass in the air, so he decides to go say hello properly.  Except it isn't Ivy, it's Tess.  Of course she shrieks at the sudden intrusion, water spills flowers fall and now she looks like an angry drowned lioness ready to bite his head off!  Oops!  What he doesn't remember about Tess is that one kiss, where her crush went from love to hate.  Will he be able to win her over as they save the shop?

Note: I was given a free copy and voluntarily chose to review this book.


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About Staci
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.


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