Tropical Island + Fashion Show + Mayhem = Total Fun Read

ThisYear'sBlackHighResGuest blog by Avery Flynn, author of This Year’s Black

One of the questions most often asked about Killer Style, my fashion based romantic suspense series, is why bring together the fashion world and murder. The answer is easy…the industry is the perfect setting for high drama! Outrageous personalities, overblown egos and overworked feet all come together to raise the stakes and help the hero and heroine look amazing.

In This Year’s Black, the hero Devin Harris never meant to end up in fashion. However, life doesn’t always work out like we plan – fictional or otherwise – and he goes from being a muscle-bound, tattooed MMA fighter on the way up to a fashion big wig at the most luxurious department store in Harbor City. He may not be in the octagon anymore, but he never forgets how to take control of any situation …. until that is he meets Allegra “Ryder” Falcon.

Ryder couldn’t give two cares about fashion. If it’s black and it fights, she’s gonna wear it. She’s too busy proving herself at the testosterone-heavy private investigative agency where she works to deal with being a fashionista. But when a case requires she get a makeover and the stylist insists she put a little color in her wardrobe it’s Devin who comes to her rescue.

I just love these two together. The fuss and fight and …. hmmmmm what is that other F word I’m looking for *grin* …from Harbor City to a tropical island off the coast of Chile to chase down an embezzler with a taste for murder before it’s too late.

There’s fashion, passion and plenty of laughs in This Year’s Black. I hope you check it out, but don’t forget to enter to win the This Year’s Black $500 Escape giveaway!

This Year’s Black by Avery Flynn

“Incredible writing with witty humor and scorching sex scenes. This Year’s Black belongs at the top of everyone’s TBR list.”– New York Times bestselling author, Gina L. Maxwell

A fighter since birth, Allegra “Ryder” Falcon would rather trade in her all-black wardrobe for head-to-toe hot pink than let anyone ever see the cracks in her tough exterior. But one night with a stranger changes everything.

Devin Harris may have given up his MMA fighting dreams for high fashion, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t always in control. So when someone embezzles millions under his watch, he isn’t going to let the private investigator working the case go it alone–even if she is the woman who blew him away in bed and then blew him off.

Just when it seems like it couldn’t get any hotter between Ryder and Devin, the case takes them to a tropical paradise where the danger increases. From the catwalk to the pineapple fields, they have to work together to track down the missing millions before the thief finds–and kills–them.

Buy: This Year’s Black: A Killer Style novel

AFlynnAbout Avery:

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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Review: From Dirt to Diamonds by Julia James

from dirt to diamondsHero: Angelos Petrakos lives for revenge. The elegant woman before him is a fraud. He knows her true identity as a smartass street-wise witch. She stole from him and then made a fool of him. For those offences he plans to make her pay… again… and first up on the chopping block is her current beau. He’s got to go.

Heroine: Thea Dauntry transformed herself after that incident. She changed her name, appearance, and character and then clawed her way to the top to become a successful supermodel. Angelos’ reappearance in her life spells disaster and comes at the worst possible time. Giles is a viscount and represents the last step on Thea’s road to safety and happiness… if only Angelos would leave her alone!

Review: Angelos is a classic Harlequin hero who is not only at turns overbearing and arrogant, he is also guarded, deeply distrusting, and quick to assumptions. He’s positively beastly to Thea at times, and yet despite knowing this, he’s a great hero just because he’s perfectly willing to be an unreasonable ass and tell the rest of the world to go to the devil. He’s also willing to unbend, admit mistakes (give him time, this isn’t an every day occurrence), and has eyes only for the heroine. The reason he works is because of the format of the romance – it’s built on angst and if you love angst – this novel has it in spades. For instance, Thea’s background is a dark one with a drug-addicted mother and grandmother, both prostitutes. She vows to never become like them… is it any wonder that an indecent proposal five years ago sparked such a tempest in her?

[Rating:4]

Buy: From Dirt to Diamonds (Harlequin Presents)

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Review: Kissing Under the Mistletoe (The Sullivans, Book 10) by Bella Andre

Kissing Under the MistletoeReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This story starts with the matriarch, Mary, decorating the Christmas tree with treasured ornaments. Then she starts to reminisce about the beginning of the Sullivan family.

Jack Sullivan is a man with a dream who needs a miracle. Then he sees Mary Ferrer. What I like about this story is that our main characters are in their thirties. It shows that you’re never too old to fall in love. Mary is an independent woman who decided early on what she wanted to do. Jack is a strong-willed man who knows how to treat a woman.

This is a great addition to the Sullivan saga. It’s a book you could read at any time – not just around the holidays. Bella gives you just enough of a tease when Jack and Mary finally make love. This way you can create the scene how you would like it to be. She also knows just what a romance reader is looking for and she doesn’t disappoint. And the best ending? – one that brings a tear to your eye.

If Bella Andre is a favorite of yours, you can’t go wrong in adding this book to your library. If you haven’t and need some incentive watch this book trailer:

It’s not long, so if you get hooked into Jack’s story like I did, you can get it finished in a couple of hours. Maybe you are one that puts your holiday books away until you need a stress reliever – make sure you have this in that pile. And if this is your first Sullivan series book, make sure that after you read this one that you go back and fall in love with her other books.

[Rating:4.5]

Buy: Kissing Under The Mistletoe: The Sullivans (Contemporary Romance)

Review: Dead is the New Black by Christine DeMaio-Rice

Dead is the New BlackReviewed by Karin

Laura Carnegie is in love with her boss. The only problem is: he is gay.

Or is he?

Laura is a pattern maker; her boss is the designer. Jeremy St. James has been giving off mixed vibes.

When the woman whose purse is backing the line is found dead in the office, St. James is arrested. Laura is the only one who visits him in jail, and he gives her directions for keeping the line on track for the runway on Friday.

She doesn’t believe he is guilty, but how to determine the real killer, if it isn’t him?

To complicate matters there is a counterfeit ring copying his designs – and who’s behind that! There is lots of info on the fashion industry, and if you have any interest in that, this will fill in some details.

[Rating:4]

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Review: Misfortune Cookie by Michele Gorman

Misfortune cookieMisfortune Cookie is the sequel to Single in the City.

At the end of Single in the City, Hannah was invited out to Hong Kong to be with her new boyfriend, Sam. Or was she? They’re not going to live together and he never actually said he wanted her to come, just that it would awesome if she did. But a fortune cookie told her that “Following your heart will pay off in the near future.” That sounded pretty good to Hannah so she packs her bags and books her flight.

When you take a leap like that you’ve got to have a plan. Hannah doesn’t. She’s going by the seat of her pants. Like in London, she needs to find an apartment and get a job. A career in fashion would be just the thing as Hannah likes clothes. (She pretty funny about how she goes about picking out up and coming trends… very round about and long winded.)

One of the cool things about this story is that the author is an ex-pat. She moved to Hong Kong to research this book and give her descriptions authenticity. I would love to see the dragon races mentioned! 🙂 The language barrier and ordering food might give me pause though, lol. I would want menus with pictures.

I also like the moving escalators and enjoyed the ex-pat community that Hannah and her BFF create for themselves. It was one of the more fun aspects of the book. There’s a real sense of camaraderie among them even though they hail from different countries.

Spoiler alert…. stop reading if you don’t like them.

I was disappointed that Hannah ended up alone, though she was right to break up with Sam. I hope if there’s another book to round out the duo that Hannah makes a solid match that fits her just right.

[Rating:3]

Buy: Misfortune Cookie