Sensually Snowbound with Lindsay Evans

Sex and snow have always seemed to belong together. Not necessarily two or more people rolling around in the cold white stuff (although I’ve written about that before) but being snug and warm behind closed doors with snow falling outside the windows, a fire getting the room nice and hot while an equally hot man tended to fires of an entirely different kind. That image was the catalyst for my latest novel, Snowy Mountain Nights. The story is hot, its hero even hotter, and the heroine overdue for a nice long blast of heat. Intrigued? Come with me on this journey.

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On a much-needed ski getaway with her girlfriends, the last person Reyna Allen wants to run into is the lawyer who ruined her life. The tattoo artist’s bitter divorce left her with nothing, and she blames her ex-husband’s attorney, Garrison Richards. Now firelight dinners, winter walks in the Adirondacks, and toe-curling chemistry are daring her to give in to the one man she refuses to ever trust.

Garrison is good at his job—and where Reyna’s concerned, he may have been a little too good. He regrets the role he played in her divorce, and intends to show Reyna that he’s found his moral compass since then. But as their mutual heat thaws her resolve, will doubts put the freeze on their relationship—before he can convince her that they’re the ones meant for happily ever after?

Buy: Snowy Mountain Nights (Harlequin Kimani Romance)

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Born in Jamaica, Lindsay Evans currently lives and writes in Atlanta, GA. She loves good food and romance and would happily travel to the ends of the earth for both. She writes sensual love stories for Harlequin Kimani. Find out more at www.LindsayEvansWrites.com.

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Snowy Mountain Nights Excerpt: 

Garrison stared after the woman while his secretary’s words on the other end of the line fell away from him in a garble of sound. She was the same one he had been watching from before. Now that he’d seen her face, she was breathtaking; an Amazon with a hauntingly beautiful face and body. He drew a quiet breath, hypnotized by the sway of her hips under the green dress as she walked away. Halfway down the train, she sat down with her three friends, never once glancing back at him.

“Garrison, are you still there?”

It took him a few seconds to realize Anthea was trying to get his attention. He mentally shook himself.

“My apologies, Anthea. I’m right here.”

He finished going over the particulars of the Reichman divorce, yet another rich client with children who didn’t want to financially support his offspring, then went back to his seat. He could hear the muted strains of the woman and her friends’ conversation from where he sat. And he wasn’t the only man glancing in their direction. Annoyed with himself for his uncharacteristic fascination, Garrison opened a folder for a case still in arbitration, but couldn’t concentrate on a single word.

The woman’s eyes haunted him. They were black and intense, her gaze as regal and unflinching as a queen. He drew a swift breath of surprise as he abruptly recalled who she was and how he knew her.

Reyna. Reyna Barbieri.

He’d handled her divorce from her actor husband nearly five years before. From the look on her face, she had undoubtedly known who he was on sight. And she hadn’t been happy to see him.

Garrison remembered the first time he saw her. Ian Barbieri, a client of his whose ship had come in the form of a syndicated crime drama, was a few years into the TV show when he filed for divorce. Every fall, his face was up on billboards all over New York City, advertising the new installment of his show.

With his star burning bright through the network TV sky, Barbieri had breezed into Garrison’s office wanting a quick and surgical separation from his wife of nearly nine years. Garrison hadn’t been surprised. Although Ian Barbieri was a relatively small fish in the show business pond in New York, the rumor had been going around for months (with pictures included) that he was cheating on his high school sweetheart. That he left her to keep the home fires burning while he had sex with nearly every wannabe starlet and groupie in the city. What had surprised Garrison was that Barbieri’s wife hadn’t hired a lawyer of her own. Neither had she objected to any of the terms of the divorce that her ex proposed.

Garrison drafted the documents with the stipulations Barbieri wanted and arranged a meeting with the wife thinking that, since the divorce was uncontested, it would be an easy and quick process. Barbieri wanted to keep just about everything he’d made and acquired since the marriage, leaving his wife with nothing but her wedding ring. She hadn’t protested.

Then Reyna Barbieri walked into the conference room. Given Barbieri’s movie star looks, Garrison had been prepared for a similar creature, perfectly quaffed and artificial, the New York version of Hollywood. But Reyna had that wholesome loveliness that came from a life lived apart from show business. The air in his lungs stuttered at her natural, long-legged beauty. And the misery in her face.

Her shoulders were slumped. The floral, summer dress and light sweater were too insubstantial for the fall weather and too big for her body. The wounded and defenseless look of her made him want to protect her. Garrison wanted to pull her into his arms and shelter her from everything that he knew was to come.

His heart thumped viciously at the unusual wave of feeling. He sat in his chair staring at Reyna as if she was the only person in the room. Garrison was surprised that everyone else hadn’t stared at him for his blatantly fatuous and unprofessional behavior.

He realized then that despite her husband’s flagrant cheating, she had not wanted to end the marriage. And that her husband had hurt her in ways that she had never expected and would probably never recover from. Garrison remembered pulling out a chair for Reyna. He also remembered her flinching from him. Her reaction had hurt, twisted him with guilt even though he knew he’d done nothing wrong. At least not technically.

In hindsight, Garrison should have insisted that Barbieri provide for her even though she had pressed for nothing on her own behalf and seemed to be waiting on the man she’d spent nearly half her life with to treat her fairly. Garrison’s inaction, and Reyna’s sadness, had haunted him ever since.

But the Reyna who had confronted him outside the bathrooms was not the same sad woman he’d met five years before. Not at all. This Reyna Barbieri was stunning for a completely different reason.

She wore her confidence like a royal cloak. And her snapping black eyes had challenged him the moment she realized who he was. Her chin-length curls were tight and thick, inviting him to sink his hands into them and pull her closer. And her body. Christ almighty…

The long and tight sweater hugged a figure that came straight from his dreams, a slender but curvaceous body he could easily imagine taking into his arms and making love to all night. Because of her, he was powerfully aware of every masculine part of him, aware that he wanted to be intimately joined to every feminine part of her.

Buy: Snowy Mountain Nights (Harlequin Kimani Romance)

Review: A Brother’s Honor (The Grangers, Book 1) by Brenda Jackson

brother's honorReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Jace Granger is sitting in an LA restaurant sipping some wine. He appears to be on a blind date and it doesn’t appear to be a pleasurable experience. The first three chapters of this book introduce the readers to the Granger brothers. Besides Jace, there is Caden and Dalton. There also seems to be a mystery that surrounds the family – it will be interesting to see if that will get resolved.

Shana Bradford is talking with her father when she gets a call from Jace. He needs her. She’s a woman that likes to research the backgrounds of people and companies. It will be interesting to see how their lives will change after they meet.

Brenda makes each brother totally different from the other. It must be hard for an author not to confuse their personalities as she writes the story. I see Dalton as the “bad boy” and am looking forward to seeing what woman takes him down. We don’t see too much of Caden. It’s as if Brenda wants to keep him a mystery.

If you are a person that only has a limited amount of time to read, this book is divided in parts. When you have that limited amount of time, each part goes quickly enough for you to get your read fix for the day. This is also a book that I’m glad that I have the paper copy. Brenda has a great cover with one of the Granger brothers so it allows me the chance to look at the cover whenever I want to. This is definitely a series that I want to continue to read.

When Brenda writes her love scenes for our couple, two words come to mind – totally hot. You will get hooked and forget about everything else going on around you. This is one book that if you’re not careful you may forget appointments. It’s just like an octopus – it sucks you in and won’t let go. But it’s not all about the sex, it’s the intrigue and you want to see if you can figure things out before the characters do. But Brenda withholds just enough so you don’t figure things out too early.

There was a scene between Shana and her father where there’s a discussion about second chances at love. He gives her the perfect answer. If you’ve been on the fence about it for yourself, this just may have you changing your mind.

The only downside to this book was that it ended on a frustrating note. The next book that is about Caden (A Son’s Promise) doesn’t come out until June 2014. I’ll just have to make sure to add it to my calendar so I don’t forget. In the meantime if you want to see what else Brenda has written, stop over to http://www.brendajackson.net and see what she currently has available.

[Rating:5]

Buy: A Brother’s Honor (The Grangers)

Letting Your Past Define You

AHTH CoverGuest Blog by Synithia Williams, author of A Heart to Heal

Everyone has a past. Good or bad, but a person’s past often affects their future. If it’s bad a person may let their past define them or they may choose to overcome the problems of their past. It takes strength to realize that the person you were in the past doesn’t have to be the person you are in the future can be difficult.

I wouldn’t classify my past as bad. I made mistakes that I’m not proud of, as most people have. Many of the mistakes I made were due to a lack of self esteem. I can’t pinpoint exactly why I wasn’t the most confident of girls. My parents always encouraged me, my family was always supportive, and there wasn’t anything traumatic that happened to me. The only cause I can come up with would be my shyness. It was—and at times is still—hard for me to talk to people and therefore I was more introverted.

Low self esteem caused me to make relationship decisions that weren’t in my best interest. After the relationships ended, I’d beat myself up internally for making those decisions. It was a cycle of not liking myself because of the choices I made. It took a lot of soul searching, talking things out with close friends and journaling my feelings before I came to terms with myself. I accepted that everything I’d done or been through made me who I am. I took responsibility for my stupid decisions and relieved myself of responsibility when something wasn’t my fault.

My personal experience is the reason why I wrote a character like Shayla Monroe, the heroine of my current novel A Heart to Heal. I identify with Shayla probably more than characters in my other novels. Her situation is different from mine. She lived with people bashing her confidence before an incident out of her control ruined her reputation. For a while she let her past define her, but after facing her demons she learns to love herself. She’s imperfect, as so many women are, and therefore I hope many can relate to her.

Learning to appreciate yourself for who you are can be the hardest thing a person ever has to do. It was for me and for Shayla. Especially when there are those out there who love to remind you of where you were or the mistakes you once made. Cut those people out of your life when you can. And if you can’t, build up the internal strength to tell people exactly where to go if all they can bring to your life is past negativity.

A Heart to Heal Blurb

Shayla Monroe fled her hometown of Helena, South Carolina, after a shocking situation broke the heart of the only guy she’d ever loved. Years later, after losing her job in Atlanta with her name once again shrouded in scandal, she has nowhere to go but home.

Now a devastatingly handsome and well-respected man, Devin Jones became a successful doctor as a way to forget Shayla’s betrayal. When she returns as infamously as she left, he plans to put aside old feelings and treat her as any other person in town. But after looking into her soft brown eyes, the feelings he thought long dead quickly rush to the surface.

Ignoring rumors, disapproval from family and friends, and promises to avoid each other, the two become friends … then lovers. Devin wants all or nothing, but Shayla, haunted by her past, is afraid their relationship will damage what’s left of her reputation. Can two broken hearts survive the fight against past and present demons to heal and find love?

Buy: A Heart to Heal

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Author Bio:

Synithia Williams has enjoyed romance novels since she was 13 years old, so it’s no surprise that she began writing her own. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s working on sustainability initiatives in the Midlands of South Carolina. She lives with her husband, Eric, and two boys.

Website: www.synithiawilliams.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@synithiaw

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Buy: A Heart to Heal

Review: Fortune’s Hero (Soldiers of Fortune, Book 1) by Jenna Bennett

Fortune's HeroReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Quinn Conlan is attached to a very creepy machine. You can see right away that he is a soldier. Automatically, I thought of Han Solo of “Star Wars” fame. Elsa Brandeis works for the enemy but is she as bad-ass as Quinn thinks she is? Elsa does not remind me of any “Star Wars” character but she is an interesting choice for Quinn.

I grew up in the age of the original “Star Trek” series and the first “Star Wars” series. Just a few paragraphs in, and I was reliving the shows/movies that I loved growing up. Then I had to think that this would fit in perfectly and I could see this as a movie. I would pay to watch this or at the very least see it on the Sci Fi Channel.

This book was listed on Amazon as romantic suspense. I get the suspense part – especially at the end – but I don’t think romance was a major part of Jenna’s story. I found it more of a science fiction action adventure. The action, not the romance, is what held my attention throughout as each chapter went by – and that is not a bad thing.

Jenna shows her readers that sometimes we may not like one another but that if something needs to be accomplished it is going to take team work. When it comes to survival, egos and attitudes have no place in this type of situation – it’s a waste of energy.

For those of you looking for the romance, you will get your sex fix – just relax and enjoy the adventure. Jenna gives you the sex but at just the right time. A good author will not rush it but puts it in just the right spot. She also reminds you how people change when confined for any length of time.

I have two words for the ending – What? No!! I was not expecting it but what a great way to have the reader wanting to read book 2. The next title in this series is titled Fortune’s Honor. But if you go to Jenna’s web site, http://jennabennett.com/Home_Page.html, she doesn’t give you any hints as to what she has in store next for readers. I can’t even tell you when it will be coming out. In the meantime, you can’t go wrong in adding this book to your shelf.

[Rating:4]

Buy: Fortune’s Hero (Soldiers of Fortune)

Review: Holiday Liaison by Aliyah Burke

HolidayLiaisonReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Sage Addison has come to The Village Resort in Starview, Colorado. She’s there to enjoy the snow and to mingle with other singles. And she was very glad when a large black Suburban pulls up.

Conall Lennox has come to Starview, Colorado for the exact same thing as Sage. When their eyes meet, you can feel the instant attraction. The attraction builds in just a few pages. I was disappointed when it was over.

Aliyah has written one very hot read. With all the heat between Sage and Conall, I’m surprised that they didn’t melt the snow. It left me wanting to know if this was part of a series. When I visited Aliyah’s web site, http://www.aliyah-burke.com/index.html, I was a little disappointed to see that this was a stand-alone story. I would love to read about Conall’s friends that came along on the trip. But then you never know – will have to keep watch on her site and see what she has in store for her readers.

If you have never gone skiing, this story may change your mind. Especially if you could have any of the luck that Sage does. Either that or you could do what I saw in a movie many years ago – get a fake cast put on and then go have fun at the ski lodge. In the meantime, we can just live vicariously through Aliyah’s story. This would be a great book to take with you, when you get to that lodge, and sit by the roaring fire.

Buy: Holiday Liaison