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: ★★★★☆

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: ★★★★½

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: ★★★★☆

Dead Is the New Black (Fashion Avenue Mysteries)

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: ★★★☆☆

Buy: Misfortune Cookie

Review: Moonglow by Charlie Romo

Reviewed by Sandra Scholes

Most of us would love to live our dreams, but other things tend to get in the way. Not so for Rena Hilst, she is living her dream at the very top of her business, and being involved with management at Moonglow she shines along with her boss, Shell Dawes, she goes the extra mile and has a passionate relationship with her. Rena soon realizes that having one woman to love isn’t enough for her and when she is out at fashion parties she hobnobs with the rich and famous and at times ends up in bed with them. Her job takes her away from Shell sometimes, and when she does she inevitably

Some might think that her reason for cheating is due to her getting to the top of Moonglow was sleeping with the boss, or that it’s her age which causes her to cheat, but whatever it is, it’s not good as if she found out, it could drive a wedge between them. The strange thing is, she already knows about her flings with other women, and at first it doesn’t bother her as she knows she is young and fit and full of energy she wishes she still had at her age; but when it keeps on happening she feels she has to confront her and get all the problems out once and for all, for both of them.

I thought she was foolish for jeopardizing her position in the company as she might not get another job opportunity again, even though she is young, There is also a question of whether she actually loves Shell, or has used her all along. It will be something that the reader will ask themselves too.

Rena doesn’t have any idea of the affect she has on other people either. She has sensual young women everywhere, Koko, is a fashion model that has the chance to make it big, she just needs that extra push to stardom, while another of her women, Lily is a musician who likes designing fashion. Her conquests all adore her in one way or the other, and when Shell finds out she has been sleeping with Shannon, she sees that as the final straw.

For both of them all their secrets will come flooding out and no one will be the same again.

Rena and Shell could be anyone out there, their personal lives could run along anyone else’s, but in this story there seems to be only one bad girl and that’s Rena. When Shell thinks about Shannon, she remembers she lost someone dear to her, her lover and wonders if Rena having an affair with her is just her taking advantage of her good nature. She can only blame herself for allowing Rena to go off and have affairs all over the place with other women, but what can she do when she has been so easy going with her for so long? I admired that Shell confronted her and made her aware of what she was doing to her emotionally. She has a choice to be rid of her for good, or have her close and tolerate her affairs. One thing I did find interesting was Rena having to decide on one person after all; whether she should stay with Shell, or make a proper relationship with Koko without the cheating. Ultimately it is Rena who has to make the final decision.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: MOONGLOW

Review: Desert Warrior by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is the second story that is in the double book (“Lord of the Abyss”) by Nalini Singh.  You will not be disappointed if you buy this double book.  It is a reprint of her August 2003 Silhouette Desire book.

Jasmine Coleridge seems to have a self-esteem problem.  She also wants to design clothing. Tariq al-Huzzein Donovan Zamanat is the Sheik of Zulheil and knows what he wants.  They also knew each other 4 years ago.

There is an intensity between Jasmine and Tariq right from the start.  Mina is the lamb to Tariq’s lion.  Tariq treats Mina as a possession and Mina just wants to be loved.  The story appears to be contemporary but because of where the story takes place it would also fit in as a historical romance.  The desert doesn’t seem to change very much.  Almost like time stands still – the desert is almost untouched by the outside world.

Tariq’s claiming of Mina is very sensual.  You see Mina blossom under Tariq’s touch.  The reader also gets a chance to see how romantic sleeping under the stars can be.  It may give you some ideas about getting romantic with your significant other.

The past keeps getting in between Tariq and Mina’s relationship.  You will have to keep reading to see if the couple can “weather the storm”.  There is a saying “Love conquers all”.  Will their love be able to?

The hunks in some of the romance novels always have a way of saying the wrong thing and his lady-love ends up slipping back into her shell.  As I was reading, I had hoped that Tariq wouldn’t follow suit – but he did.  Now I have to hope that Mina puts him in his place.

Nalini likes to tease her readers.  Will Mina’s love be enough?  Will Tariq realize what he has before it’s too late?  Nalini also adds in the evil sister.  You will have to read the story to find out what she does and if she destroys the love that the couple has for each other.

If you are a hopeless romantic, you will love this book.  I’m used to reading Nalini’s paranormal romances but this was a very nice change.  The only disappointment I had was that the second story doesn’t have its own cover.  With Nalini’s description of what Tariq looks like, you would love to see an actual picture.  But you will not be disappointed if you go and buy the double book (unless you already own the original from 2003).

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Lord of the Abyss & Desert Warrior:

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Review: A Night of Scandal by Sarah Morgan

Another winning story by Sarah Morgan!

The Hero: Nathaniel Wolfe is Hollywood’s golden bad boy, a contradiction on the surface, yes, but one that makes sense as you read. He’s acted all his life and has turned his job into a mask to hide behind. Who is the real Nathaniel Wolfe? Is he the suave celebrity icon or the man afraid to confront the demons of his past?

The Heroine: Drab gray/brown Katie Field has a multi-step ladder she’s looking to climb to make it in the world of costume design. When Nathaniel cancels the play she was working on opening night her ladder extends by a few feet. On set, he’s only ever referred to her as Wardrobe, which fits her low-key profile (how’s she ever to compare to her model sister?) That’s why she’s confused when he picks her to get him out of the theater and away from the press.

Review: The pacing of this story was perfect; no part of the action or conflict dragged or was cut off except the side conflict with the sister model. It didn’t go far enough in terms of explanation but it’s a minor hiccup. I love plots where one character can see through the mask of another to the real person beneath and both hero and heroine were able to do that. My favorite scenes include Nathaniel teaching another troubled boy to act, and the almost nookie that occurs when he sees her for the first time in very few clothes. Hot.

Sarah Morgan is an author you can rely on to deliver. She writes beautifully condensed categories that leave you with a smile.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: A Night of Scandal (Harlequin Presents), A Night of Scandal (UK)

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