Review: Only with You (Best Mistake, Book 1) by Lauren Layne

Layne_Only With You_MM[1]Hero: CEO Grayson Wyatt is a reserved man (read socially awkward). He wasn’t always so reserved, once he loved somebody and was engaged. It didn’t last and what the lady had to say in parting was not kind. So when this ex-fiance’s doppelganger appeared in a Vegas elevator is it any wonder he was rude? Not to mention the woman dressed like a hooker.

Heroine: Waitress Sophie Dalton was dressed to kill for a slutty bachelorette party downstairs in the hotel. When a hot stranger snubs her in the elevator she is mortified. Nobody has held up a mirror like that to her and she didn’t like what she saw. So she makes an effort to change it. Even if her family thinks she inadequate to the task.

Review: They don’t expect to meet again but since both hero and heroine were in  Vegas on a trip, is it any wonder to the reader that they find each other again in Seattle? Grayson is kind of dating her sister. Her family wrangles a job to Grayson as his secretary. It’s a match made in heaven for readers who love enmity at first sight. Lauren Layne does an excellent job skirting around the issue of being with a sibling’s date. Grayson and Brynn have no chemistry and they only try to make it work because both feel it’s the right match compared to getting together with someone they’re more interested in – ie Grayson and Sophie, Brynn and Will (Made for You). I liked both the hero and the heroine and I thought they paired well. She makes him loosen up and he grounds her. It’s a good balance. I read it in a few sittings and was sad to part ways. One of my favorites published this year.

[Rating:4.5]

Buy: Only with You (The Best Mistake)

Get into Bed with Tawny Weber (Author Interview)

Tawny Weber Author Photo croppedKeira: What does it take to be fearless?

Tawny Weber: Hmm, I’d say a really good drink. I have a recipe for a FEARLESS Martini on my website that, after two, should remove all fear. All feeling from one’s toes, too. Okay, just kidding, although many of my most fearless moments have included a good drink.

I think being fearless means facing whatever makes you want to run. In the case of Gia in this story, she’s afraid to take the risk of getting in trouble at work by sparking an affair with someone she works with. But more, she’s afraid of being rejected. Luke has a rep as the hottest guy in the office and he can have any gal he wants. In her mind, at least, that means she’s out of the running. So instead of my delicious FEARLESS Martini, she turns to her Girlz and a makeover to turn herself into her version of a Fearless woman.

Keira: What are your thoughts on dating in the workplace? Are the rules antiquated or pertinent?

Tawny: Ooh, this is a tough one. I’m not a big fan of rules as a rule so my first reaction is to let people decide for themselves if they can handle it. But, realistically, so many people are better at making bad choices that lead to issues in the workplace than they are at handling them smoothly that I can understand the need for such a rule. I doubt I’d personally follow it, but I’m pretty sure I’d regret that choice if the romance blew up in my face.

Which I think is why it makes for such great fiction. Rules like that are simply made to be broken between the pages of a romance novel, and they create such a fabulous setup for conflict and tension for our characters.

Keira: How does a girl (your heroine in particular) become a seductress?

Tawny: By tapping into her own fantasies. Once she was able to create in her mind what being a seductress meant—right down to how she dressed and looked—she could throw herself into that role. But it had to be her fantasy. I think that was the key, that by first deciding on the most seductive person she could imagine, then becoming that person, Gia was tapping her own fantasies and turning herself on first. Which meant she was totally committed to the seduction—as well as being even more alluring to Luke. Because a woman who believes she’s sexy and seductive is able to do so much more—and get the guy to do so much more—than if she’s worried and doubtful about her sex appeal.

Keira: What is the craziest thing you’ve done in Vegas?

Tawny: Oh my. I’ve lived in Vegas on and off since my pre-teen years, so there is a lot of crazy to choose from. I think I’m going to have to go with the birth of my first child. She was born in a garage just off the strip that’d been converted into a Birthing Center, and the midwife was an ex-showgirl–complete with beehive and blue eye shadow. To this day, I feel a little bad that that image was the first thing my daughter saw on her way out of the womb.

Keira: Give us three reasons to pick up FEARLESS!

Tawny:

  1. It’s a fun, sassy story with a lot of humor and hot sex!
  2. If you like girlfriend stories, it’s a great one. The friends not only inspire each other to push limits and live their fantasy, they have great taste in men, drinks and shoes.
  3. It’s a part of the launch of the brand new Cosmo Red Hot Reads line, which means it’s paving the way for some very hot, sexy books—including the rest of the Girlz Guide series!

Bio: USA TODAY Bestselling author of over twenty hot books, Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy romances since her first Harlequin Blaze hit the shelves in 2007.  A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes and color coordination, she spends a lot of her time shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking and hanging out on Facebook.

Readers can check out Tawny’s books at her website, www.tawnyweber.com, or join her Red Hot Readers Club for goodies like free reads, complete first chapter excerpts, recipes, insider story info and much more.

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Fearless Cover FEARLESS backcover blurb:

Promising career: check

Amazing apartment: check

The best of friends: check

Sex life: MIA

There’s just one thing missing from Gia Renyard’s life: sexual adventure. And the one man she’d like to have it with is her hot co-worker, Luke Monroe. If only company rules didn’t prohibit her from asking him out. So Gia comes up with a plan: make herself over into a fantasy seductress, follow Luke to a convention in Sin City, and have her way with him for one erotic weekend. The man will never even know who did him.

Everything is going according to plan—until Gia discovers that Luke is perfect for her outside the bedroom too. And suddenly she’s no longer content to let what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas…

Buy: Fearless (The Girlz Guide to Gettin’ It)

Get into Bed with Susannah Scott (Author Interview)

author pic cover (200x300)Keira: I love watching Leverage, so learning Luck of the Dragon had a grifter (very rare in romance) made me super excited. How does your character feel about being a grifter, and is she any good?

Susannah Scott: Oh yes, Lucy is a very good thief, but she is conflicted. She gave up grifting to pursue a respectable life as a PhD gemologist. She is world-renowned for her professional (legal) skills, but in order to bail out her ne’er-do-well twin, Joey, she has to steal from the Crown Jewel Casino. Lucy is very feisty anyway, but the combination of being blackmailed and having to return to her old ways, pushes her over the edge, straight into Alec.

Keira: The sexiness of Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this novel because…

Susannah: I just love Las Vegas–for about 3 days–after that I am worn out. But if I had to define what makes it so sexy, for me it is the foil of the condensed opulence against the harsh dessert. It gives the place a feel of being out-of-time, that reality is truly pushed away to the edge of the green-watered lawns, so that anything–even dragons–are possible.

Keira: I love the paranormal twist – I did not see a dragon shape-shifter coming. I admit I originally thought an Asian themed casino and left it simply at that. It’s cool to see it be so much more in the book. What are some pluses and minuses to being a dragon shape-shifter?

Susannah: The dragons really struggle with their dual natures. In their dragon forms, they are too aggressive and are forced to be loners. But in the modern world, there are just not enough places for a loner dragon to lair-up. So, Alec devises a sanctuary at the top of his casino to provide a hidden-in-plain sight existence for his people. I love the constant conflict of their bestial natures and their human reasoning because they are forced to co exist.

Keira: How does a dragon-shifter recognize a mate?

Susannah: Usually with the first kiss, there is a mutual electricity that surges through them and possessiveness. This didn’t happen for Lucy though, because she is a human. Alec has a very hard time convincing her that he isn’t a crazy cult leader, really fun stuff!

Keira: Tell me more about this mating ceremony!

Susannah: The dragons are an ancient race. As such, they have a high level of pageantry and custom to their ceremony. All the different dragon factions have different clothing, ie. the water dragons wear blue shifts and jewels. They love and treasure the “finer” things in life. They are sensory connoisseurs, and this really comes out in the ceremony. It is vibrant and passionate and breath taking.

Keira: What was your favorite scene to write (or one that surprised you) and why?

Susannah: I always just get pulled in during the flight scenes. I am right there with the dragon, coasting through the sky, feeling the wind and the weather.

Keira: What’s next for you in life and in writing?

Susannah: Next up in writing is STOP DRAGON MY HEART AROUND. Leo and Tee’s story out this fall-ish. It is a fun friends to lovers tale, with lots of sexy banter. Personally, we have a new house and my kids are home from school for the summer. So I am alternating unpacking with enjoying them.

Thank you so much for having me Keira and giving my an opportunity to connect with your readers. Great questions!

All my best,

Susannah Scott

LuckOfTheDragon500Luck of the Dragon Blurb:

Luciana de Luca has a PhD in sass and gemology—and a problem. Her twin brother’s gambling debts have gotten out of hand, and a mob enforcer is blackmailing her to rob the latest, greatest mega-casino on the Strip. Although Lucy has worked her whole life to get away from her family’s grifter past, to save her brother, she dons three-inch heels and a sluts-r-us dress and struts into Alec’s Gerald’s casino, determined to put her long-forgotten thieving ways to the test again.

Alec Gerald, a shape-shifting dragon, has built the Crown Jewel casino to provide sanctuary for his people amongst the flash and awe of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the sexy little thief trying to rob his gem exhibit turns out to be his mate, and he must woo her before he loses his dragon form forever. With enemies in every corner, and the all-important mating ceremony looming, Alec and Lucy must learn to trust each other, before time runs out for Alec and the rest of the dragons.

Buy: Luck of the Dragon

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SUSANNAH SCOTT lives in the Missouri Ozarks and is the lone female in a very loud household of males ranging in age from 4 to 40. While she jokes that the extreme levels of testosterone inspired her to write romance, it is really the love of creating an excellent story, and the occasional dreams of twenty-foot dragons, that wake her and send her to the laptop before the chaos of daily life ensues. Susannah loves to hear from her readers. Please visit her website at www.susannahscottbooks.com or follow her as Susannah Scott on Facebook and @Susannah_Scott on Twitter.

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Risky Expectations

VegasKnightsMedGuest blog by Marina Maddix, author of
Vegas Knights

Expectations are a part of our every day lives. We expect our cars to start in the morning. We expect our paycheck to arrive on time. We expect the barista to get our double tall half-caff skinny sugar-free mochaccino order right. We expect these things to happen because we have the experience of them happening more often tan not (well, maybe not that last one).

But sometimes we *think an event is a forgone conclusion based not on experience, but rather hope. This happens to Kelly Saunders, the heroine of my new novel Vegas Knights. First she expects that the handsome biker who’s invited her to Las Vegas for two weeks is going to spend more time with her than he does. Then she expects the people around her to be as honest as she is, which leads to other expectations that, well…lead to disappointment.

So how could Kelly have protected herself from the crushing blows she suffers? She couldn’t have, at least not from all of them, unless she turned herself into a hard, distrustful cynic — and what kind of life is that to live? But she did have unrealistic expectations about how certain events would turn out. She idealized them and didn’t take into account real life getting in the way. She might have been wise to heed the saying, “Unrealistic expectations are premeditated resentments.”  (Yes, I know she’s a fictional character; work with me here, people!)

That’s not to say people shouldn’t take risks. There is no winning without it, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with checking your parachute before you jump out of a plane. Of course, had Kelly done that in Knight Fall*, the erotic romance short that inspired Vegas Knights, readers wouldn’t have begged for a sequel. I guess she preferred the saying, “We fail more by timidity than by over-daring.”

What say you, dear readers? Have you ever taken a big risk? How did it turn out for you? Sound off in the comments!

*Note: While Vegas Knights is a sequel, it’s not necessary to read Knight Fall (just 99 cents, if you want to take a risk!) first.

DESCRIPTION:

After a passionate public encounter with a mysterious and very sexy biker, big girl Kelly Saunders finds herself on the ride of her life. Her ‘Knight on shining armor’ — Rick Knight, billionaire heir to a motorcycle legacy — whisks her away from her soul-sucking corporate job to Las Vegas, where she finds the road to love is treacherous.

As urgent business matters demand more and more of Rick’s attention, Kelly is left to wonder about the future of their relationship. A ruthless betrayal throws her life into turmoil, and a devastating discovery threatens to pull them apart. Is their love just so much Vegas glitter or is it strong enough to survive beyond the dazzling lights of Sin City?

Buy: Vegas Knights

EXCERPT:

They sat entwined under the stars, swaying slightly with the rhythm of their own bodies. Rick’s hands moved slowly from her hair down her back. Shivers of anticipation rippled through Kelly. They were going to make love under the stars. It had always been a fantasy of hers but she’d never imagined it would come true. But a lot of things she’d never imagined were happening lately.

Feeling the need to show him she wasn’t some precious flower that needed tending and special care, that she was an independent woman, Kelly took control. His eyes never left her body as she moved to stand over him, legs spread, hands on her hips.

“Strip.” The single word brought a knowing smirk to Rick’s face. Without a word, and still never taking his eyes from her, he eased his off his jacket, throwing it aside. His gaze was positively smoldering as he loosened his tie and started to pull it over his head.

“Leave it.” Kelly commanded on impulse. His hands paused, then dropped to the front of his charcoal Armani button-down, his eyes burning into her flesh like a brand. His fingers worked slowly, deliberately, intensifying her need for him. But she wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of seeing her impatience. Cocking her hip, she let him tease her with his leisurely pace.

When the shirt was lying atop the leather jacket, he looked up expectantly, awaiting her next instruction. When she nodded toward his pants, triumph flashed across his face. She realized her mistake as he moved to stand. Once on his feet, he would tower over her, emphasizing her vulnerability and his dominance.

“On second thought, scratch that.” One of his eyebrows shot up, and a look of exasperation took the place of triumph. She knew the score and she wasn’t going to give him an advantage if she could help it. He leaned back on his elbows — shirtless and irresistible — and studied her.

She couldn’t afford to make a misstep or show any hesitation. This had become less of a game for her and more of a demand for equality in this relationship. He may be rich, but that didn’t mean he was in control here. Either he accepted that they were in this together, as equal partners, or he would be taught that lesson. Of course, she suspected that would be a lesson he might enjoy learning.

Buy: Vegas Knights

AUTHOR BIO:

Marina Maddix is a romantic at heart, but hates closing the bedroom door on her readers. Her stories are sweet, with just enough spice to make your mother blush. She lives with her husband and cat near the Pacific Ocean, and loves to hear from her fans. Connect with her by email, on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or her website www.MarinaMaddix.com.

Marina’s part of the Insatiable Reads book tour with 15 other sizzling hot romance authors. Different authors will be featured on various blogs throughout the month of March, culminating in several excellent giveaways. Check out the tour at www.InsatiableReads.com, where you’ll find a schedule of Marina’s other blog stops.

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Blog Tour Stops:

3/5 Romance Addict (Getting Romantic in Las Vegas)
3/7 Readers Guide to Epublishing (The Whys & Hows of Reviewing Books)
3/8 Belle’s Book Bag (The Benefits of Pole Dancing)
3/8 I Love Lady Porn (Book Spotlight)
3/10 Under the Covers (Character Interview with Rick Knight)
3/12 The Jeep Diva (Author Interview)
3/13 Caribbean Accent (Author Interview)
3/15 It’s All About Romance (Book Spotlight)
3/16 A Little Fiction for Every Flavour (Book Spotlight)
3/17 Close Encounters of the Night Kind (The Condom Conundrum)
3/17 Musings from an Addicted Reader (Book Spotlight)
3/18 Babbling About Books (Are Alpha Males All That?)
3/19 Coffee Beans & Love Scenes (Book Spotlight)
3/20 Heart Breaking Reviews (Book Spotlight)
3/20 My Fiction Nook (Book Spotlight)
3/21 United by Books (Is It Real or Is It Fantasy?)
3/21 Romance Junkies (Speed Dating Interview)
3/22 Way Too Hot Books (Book Spotlight)
3/22 HEA Romance with a Little Kick (Trash Talking Friends)
3/23 Dr. Pepper Diva (Book Spotlight)
3/24 Hesperia Loves Books (Impulsive or Spontaneous?)
3/24 Wicked Readings by Tawania (Book Spotlight)
3/25 Books & Tales (Book Spotlight)
3/27 The Book Tart (Guest Post)
3/28 Cocktails & Books (Author Interview)
3/29 Day Dreaming Book Reviews (Author Interview)
3/31 Beach Bum Reads (Author Interview)

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Review: Yes by R. J. Lawrence

yes rj lawrenceReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Hannah is waiting for Ronnie to come in. Ronnie appears to be a very self-centered man. He also seems to be totally clueless where Hannah is concerned. Courtney is Hannah’s sister and they’re in Las Vegas together. Hannah goes to work with her sister and that’s where she meets Dominic Montero. Dominic is a man of mystery.

While reading this story, R.J. has kept me guessing as to what type of story this was going to be. I also found that R.J. is something of a mystery. One thing I don’t have to guess about is how erotic, hot, and dark it is. There are times that I felt like I was a voyeur.

When you get to the end of this tale, R.J. lets you know that this is a series. If you are like me and want to know what happens to Hannah and her sister, Courtney, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next in book two. It’s a quick read so if you only have a short amount of time this is a perfect fit.

I tried to do a search on the web for R.J. but came up empty except for Amazon and GoodReads. I’m hoping that as R.J. writes more that there will be more of a presence so we can see what else our author has in store for interested readers.

[Rating:4]

Buy: Yes