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Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent

July 22nd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Loveswept

About the book: One night of fierce passion and unbound pleasure leaves two strangers craving much more in Lavinia Kent’s sumptuous novel of sensual discovery.

The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war injury prevented him from fulfilling his marital duties. Only one woman can help Louisa: Madame Rouge, the discreet proprietress of a club where London’s elite explore their wildest fantasies.

Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, has no intention of agreeing to deflower an anonymous virgin. But when Madame Rouge tempts him with the absolute power he’ll have over a woman who knows nothing of carnal delights, he’s intrigued. Control is the one thing he cannot resist—and control is what he loses during his night with the blindfolded beauty. He longs to take her further, to leave his mark upon her perfect behind, but the mystery woman refuses to see him again. Instead Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to take a wife, the widow of his dear friend, Lord Brookingston—fating them both to a wicked surprise.

Mastering the Marquess is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

This is my first time reading an erotic historical romance and there were definitely some smoking hot sex scenes. However, while not a bad book it did drag a bit for me and I found myself skimming. I wish we had seen a little more setup about Geoffrey’s crazy family. I found it hard to tell if they really were nuts or just free spirits. All we hear is that Geoffrey is always having to keep track of his father and siblings and I had a hard time telling if his father was crazy or he was just needling Geoffrey. I mean what kind of sane person rents his home out for a 99 year lease?

I also found the entire relationship between the Countess and Geoffrey and Geoffrey’s sister a little disjointed. Though we eventually find out the connection between the Countess and Geoffrey I felt like it took too long to find out why she was so obsessed with him. It also seemed like the relationship between the Countess and Geoffrey’s sister wasn’t new but he just suddenly noticed it.

I did find the development between Louisa and Geoffrey interesting though his turnabout from “I can’t pursue my dead friend’s wife” to “I need to marry and my dead friend’s widow is the perfect candidate” was so quick. I did have to laugh when Geoffrey’s father had his “sex talk” with Louisa and warned her about how shy Geoffrey is sexually. I do wish by the end of the story Geoffrey’s family would have had some sort of revelation that he’s not the stick in the mud son and brother they thought he was.

All in all a decent read but not one I would ever read again.

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When We Met by Susan Mallery

July 20th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

When We Met by Susan Mallery

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Series: Fool’s Gold #13

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:  Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can’t be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool’s Gold, California, he’s cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he’s not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.

Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe to toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.

Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.

I cannot even put into words how much I love this series. Granted as in any series some were better than others but I think this one ranks near the top for me. I didn’t have many expectations coming in since Angel was never one of the characters who intrigued me as much. I did want to see what kind of man would bring Taryn to her knees because when I saw Taryn in Before We Kiss (yes I know I read them out of order) I couldn’t believe this was the same woman we saw in earlier books.

I thought Angel and Taryn complemented each other perfectly and I loved every scene they were in together. I also fell in love with Angel myself watching him rising to the challenge of leading his Acorns full of little girls. There was also one scene that has me itching to get my hands on Kenny’s story and I loved seeing more of Consuelo after her engagement to Kent.

I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t enjoy in this story.

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If Only by A.J. Pine On Sale!

March 23rd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

March may be almost over but that doesn’t mean the fun is over at Embrace.  We are excited to be announcing the release of A.J. Pine’s, If Only, which readers are already raving about!  Plus you can pick up If Only on sale for just $.99 right now.

 On Sale: March 24, 2014

 

About If Only:

 

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

 

It’s been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it’s been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr.
Right Now.

 

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.

 

Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.
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Cover Reveal: Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout

March 23rd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

I am so excited to be participating in the cover reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Beginnings which will contain both books 1 & 2 from the Lux series (Obsidian AND Onyx).  Take a look!

Lux Beginnings cover

Release date: June 3, 2014

Obsidian

There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Free Bliss Sampler!

February 23rd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Bliss Sampler

Entangled Bliss has something special for readers this February.  Download the Bliss Sampler which is absolutely free and contains sample chapters from every single Bliss title.

PLUS…

Take a peak inside two of the upcoming March Bliss releases, Her Summer with the Marine by Susan Meier and Stealing the Groom by Sonya Weiss.

Also included are never-before-seen deleted scenes from Robin Bielman, Cindi Madsen, Tracy March and Roxanne Snopek!

Pick up your free copy of the Bliss Sampler and fall in love one small town hero at a time.

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Scintillate by Tracy Clark & Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout Release Day!

February 3rd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Two new Entangled Teen books go on sale February 4 and there is a new Entangled in the Wild Giveaway going on.

Entangled in the Wild

The low-down:

  1. Post a picture of yourself with any Entangled Teen book. Get creative and show us your wild side! :) Post it on any social media platform: Instagram, Tumblr, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. and tag it #EntangledTeen and #EntangledInTheWild so we can keep track and RT.
  2. If you buy a book in a physical store we’d love to know at which one you found our books at so when you post, make sure to add, “I’m in xx store in xx state. #EntangledInTheWild.”  So, for example if you’re in Walmart in California, you’d tweet, “I’m in Walmart in Palm Desert, CA. #EntangledInTheWild #EntangledTeen”
  3. Enter the post’s link in the Rafflecopter below.
  4. If you find more than one Entangled Teen book than stop by each day to enter a new pic.

Scintillate by Tracy Clark

Scintillate by Tracy Clark

A mighty flame follows a tiny spark
 

Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.

Title: Scintillate (The Light Key Trilogy)
Author: Tracy Clark
Genre: YA Paranormal
Length: 304 pages

Advanced praise for Scintillate by Tracy Clark

 “A lush and atmospheric debut with a scorching romance and a metaphysical mystery. It had me hooked from the start.”  -Suzanne Young, author of THE PROGRAM. 

“Beautifully written. Keep your eye on author, Tracy Clark. She’s going places!” -Ellen Hopkins, New York Times Bestselling Author of the CRANK trilogy.

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout 

Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…

But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure and the chance to avenge his father’s death.

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants, and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…

Title: Such Sweet Sorrow
Author: Jenny Trout
Genre: Teen Fantasy, Fairy-tale Retelling
Length: 304 pages

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Three New Entangled Bliss Releases

January 12th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

There are three new Entangled Bliss releases on sale January 13, 2014.  Check them all out here!

Resisting the Hero by Cindi Madsen

Resisting her brother’s best friend is futile…

Faith Fitzpatrick isn’t looking for a hero. Burned one too many times in the past, she’s now sworn them off completely. And when her brother’s best friend, Connor, convinces him to join the dangerous SWAT team, Faith has never been more anti-hero. What’s wrong with having a safe job? There’s nothing safe about Connor. Confident, sexy, and sporting a six-pack that should be illegal, he’s everything she doesn’t want.

When his best friend’s sister moves to town, local cop Connor Maguire knows he’s in trouble. Faith is feisty, funny, and talks trash like nobody’s business. She’s also his partner’s sister—and so totally off limits. Working on the Fall Festival together, they agree to a truce and become friends. But the more time Connor spends with Faith, the more he’s willing to risk the wrath of her brother. If he could only convince her to take a risk on him, too.

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Falling for her Soldier by Ophelia London

She fell for the nice guy, but will she fall for the real guy?

Ex-ballerina Ellie Bell has twenty-four days left until her self-imposed man-less year is up. No more falling for the wrong kind of guy—charming, sexy, bad. Why can’t she find someone sweet like Charlie Johansson, her soldier pen pal? His e-mails meant the world to her, and she can’t stop thinking about him…until she meets Hunter, whose muscles and cocky smile threaten to have her relapsing.

Before Charlie “Big Game Hunter” Johansson’s last tour of duty, he’d gone through women like crazy. But after connecting on a real, emotional level via letters with his best friend’s sister, Charlie’s ready for a relationship—with Ellie Bell. But then her brother introduces him as Hunter. Proving he’s no longer a player by becoming Ellie’s dance partner for an Army benefit seems like it could convince both siblings he’s changed, but the harder he falls for Ellie, the harder it is to come clean. Can he convince her to fall for the real him before it’s too late?

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Love Songs for the Road by Farrah Taylor

A rock star. The nanny. A love that could rock their world.

The only thing rock star Marcus Troy loves more than making music is his kids. So finding just the right nanny to take on tour with them is important—as is proving to his ex he deserves joint custody. Falling for his employee wouldn’t just be fodder for the paparazzi: it could ruin everything.

Too bad the perfect nanny turns out to be beautiful, vibrant Ryan Evans. Ryan’s never left her small Montana town before, so she jumps at the chance to see the country. And as much as accidental fame doesn’t gel with shy Ryan, what does is her relationship with her capricious, smoking-hot, shockingly good dad of a boss. Marcus is nothing like what she expected. But when the whole world’s watching them, will life in the spotlight be too hot to handle?

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Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

January 6th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: January 1, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin

Series: Fool’s Gold #11

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads.com: Felicia Swift never dreamed she’d hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool’s Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away…on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships, and romance, but she came to Fool’s Gold looking for ordinary. Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that.

Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm’s length. Felicia wants more than he can give-a home, family, love-but she has a lot to learn about men…and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her.

As these two misfits discover that passion isn’t the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  I’ve been reading this series out of order as I’ve been able to get them at my library.  In the books that I’ve read I haven’t liked Felicia all that much.  Her demeanor and social awkwardness always rubbed me the wrong way rather than coming across as endearing but I actually really came to like her in this book.  Maybe it was finally learning why she was the way she was and seeing how badly she wanted to fit in with everyone else that made me grow to love her.  The way she over analyzed or felt the need to over explain things to everyone made me laugh and it was refreshing to see that even someone as beautiful as she was could feel uncomfortable in social situations just like the rest of us.

Gideon took longer to warm up to.  I understand he went through this extremely traumatic experience and it left him pretty shattered.  While this is totally understandable I did not feel there was much progression showing that he was slowing coming to terms with his feelings towards Felicia and his new son.  It was like one day he wished he could have normal feelings towards them and bam all of a sudden he’s able to have this massive breakthrough and give everyone what they need and want.  I would have preferred to see a more gradual building to this to make it more believable.  Yes, I know nothing else in Fool’s Gold is really that realistic but this was a bit much.

So while the basics of what I love about the Fool’s Gold series were there and I ended up liking Felicia a lot more than expected this doesn’t rank up there as one of my favorites.

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Bliss Reading Challenge 2014

December 30th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Bliss Reading Challenge 2014

So as a part of my job in 2013 I did a lot of reading of the new Bliss releases and I was totally hooked on them but along with two jobs, the kids, their school, activities, life in general and all my other reading I never got to go back and read all of the back list books that I wanted to.  Some of them really caught my eye and I am determined to get to them in 2014.

So even though it’s been years since I’ve actually challenged myself to do a…well…a reading challenge I decided to do a Bliss Reading Challenge.  I will read at least 12 Entangled Bliss books in 2014 but the real challenge will be AT LEAST 6 of those will be books that released prior to 2014.

So here are the ones I already know I want to read:

  1. Construction Beauty Queen by Sara Daniel: While reading Love Him or Leave Him I enjoyed Connor and Becca but Matt and Veronica really captured my attention and I wanted to learn more about how they came together.

    Construction Beauty Queen by Sara Daniel

  2. Kissing Kendall by Jennifer Shirk: first off I love stories involving the heroines kicking off a new business especially when it involves baking!  Secondly, I love the falling for the best friend’s brother trope.

    Kissing Kendall by Jennifer Shirk

  3. Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen: I love seeing the transformation from young, awkward youth to an older more confident woman and watching everyone including themselves realize how much they’ve changed.

    Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen

I need to figure out which other three I plan on reading too.  I know I want to read one of Coleen Kwan’s because I loved her novella in Stranded with a Hero! Any other Bliss fans want to join me in the challenge?  Have a bunch of Bliss books burning a hole on your ereader from the $.99 sale earlier this year that you need to read?  Here’s hoping that I will actually stick to a challenge this year. :)

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Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery

December 22nd, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: HQN

Series: Fool’s Gold #10

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads.com: He won’t hesitate to put his life on the line…but will he ever risk his heart?

Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw’s otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now, he’s back in Fool’s Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won’t abandon her again-and her daughter, too?

When bodyguard Justice Garrett was a young man, witness protection brought him to this idyllic town and he never forgot its warmth, or the sweet beauty of his childhood friend. He’s returned to open a defense academy, and the Patience he once knew is all grown up. He can’t resist her smile, or her curves. But Justice’s past doesn’t make him husband, or father, material.

Patience and Justice think they’ll succumb to just one kiss… Then one more… Okay, just one night together. But they might learn that falling in love is beyond anyone’s control.

I simply adore Susan Mallery and her Fool’s Gold series.  I sometimes worry it would suffer from the fact that I am reading the books in whatever order I can get my hands on the books from the library instead of the order they are in the series.  However, it has not diminished my love of the series at all so far.  The only minor thing that I have noticed was Felicia was introduced in this book and for the first time I actually did not mind her.  Maybe because she didn’t play a huge part or maybe because now I know more about why she is the way she is but her android-like personality wasn’t quite so grating.

That aside I love Patience and Justice!  Ok, it was a little skeevy that he was an 18 year old lusting after a 14 year old girl at one point but he never did anything about it.  Now he’s back and boy is he hero material.  I love how he is not just with Patience but also with her daughter, mother and friends.  Patience is the kind of person I wish I could be.  She’s sweet, a great mother and daughter, smart and has enough drive to start up her own business.  What more could you really ask for?

The humor and supporting characters that make up the rest of the Fool’s Gold community is ever present and just makes the story that much more enjoyable as usual.  I love watching Patience and Justice rediscover what could have been if circumstances hadn’t interrupted their lives years ago.  All in all another great addition to the Fool’s Gold series.

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