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Blog Tour: A Brand New Ending by Jennifer Probst

October 28th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Today we are celebrating the release of A BRAND NEW ENDING by Jennifer Probst. This book is the second standalone title in her Stay series, and it is a contemporary romance title that is available to read for FREE in KindleUnlimited.

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A BRAND NEW ENDING (Stay, #2) by Jennifer Probst

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Synopsis:

A love story will be rewritten in this heartfelt romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

Ophelia Bishop was a lovestruck teenage girl when she and Kyle Kimpton chased their dreams to Hollywood. Kyle’s dreams came true. Ophelia’s did not. When Kyle chose his career over their relationship, Ophelia returned home to rural New York to run the family’s B & B—wiser, and more guarded against foolish fantasies. Now Kyle has come crashing back into her life, and all her defenses are down.

Kyle can’t think of a better place to write his latest screenplay than his hometown. After all, that was where he met the heart of his inspiration—his first love. He knows the damage he’s caused Ophelia, and he wants a chance to mend their relationship. If anyone can prove to Ophelia that happy ever afters aren’t only for the movies, it should be him.

As much as Ophelia’s changed, she still has feelings for Kyle. But her heart has been broken before, and she knows that Kyle could run back to Hollywood at any time. She gave up her dreams once, but maybe she can dare to change her own love story…one last time.

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EXCERPT

 

“You don’t have to clean up,” she said. “I got it.”

“No, you’ve done enough this morning. Let me.”

With his tight ass cupped in jeans and a soapy sponge in his hand doing dishes, the scene was total porn. Her knees grew a bit weak. “Thanks. Who are you having dinner with tonight?” she asked.

“No one. Just not her.”

Pleasure shot through her. “Not interested, huh?”

He gave her a stunned look. “Are you kidding me? Definitely not my type.”

“Oh yeah? What is your type?”

He gave a low laugh, moving the sponge in perfect circles. “Not someone with perfectly manicured fingernails. I like a woman who knows how to get dirty and messy.”

Laughter bubbled inside. She glanced at her own hands, which hadn’t seen polish in years. “Hmm, interesting. What else?”

“Let’s see . . . a woman who doesn’t agree with everything I say. That gets old. I prefer a challenge.”

“Does a woman who calls you a controlling asshole count as a challenge?”

“Definitely. That just turns me on.”

She cocked her hip and pursed her lips. “You are definitely an odd man. Anything else?”

“I do have a fetish not many can satisfy.”

“Hmm. Fetish, huh? I hope it’s not feet. That’s just wrong.”

“Nope. Freckles. I love freckles scattered across pale skin. They’re like a Picasso painting I can’t stop staring at.”

Pleasure flushed her cheeks. “More like paint-by-number, but I won’t judge.”

“Then there’s sex.”

She stilled. Her heart beat madly in her chest. “Sex?”

“I have certain needs that many would find difficult to satisfy.”

An image floated past her vision. His body pressed over hers, his tongue diving deep into her mouth with a tender fierceness that shook her to the core. He’d always had an insatiable appetite in the bedroom. Their sex life had never been an issue—it had, in fact, kept the fragments of their relationship together longer than she imagined possible.

“Kinky stuff?” she asked.

“More like particular. I need a woman who’s able to handle me.”

Her gaze dropped. “Cocky much?”

“I need the scent of lavender and honey in my nostrils, and the sweet taste of her essence sticky on my lips. I need to look into blistering blue eyes and know I belong to her.”

Her vision misted over. She swayed on her feet. He turned off the sink, dried his hands with slow, deliberate motions, and faced her. “I need to slide into her sweet body and be welcomed home. Touch her body and make her moan. I need a woman strong enough to let me fall apart in her arms, then put me back together. Do you understand, Ophelia?”

She tried to speak, but nothing came out. Her entire body was on fire, nerves on edge, ready to explode. His raw words stroked her ears—and between her legs.

“Ophelia? Do you understand?”

“Y-y-yes.”

“Good. Then you know why I’m not interested in Devon.” He gave her a naughty wink and spun on his heel. “Gotta get to work on that saggy middle of the book. Catch you later.”

He left her flushed, off-kilter, and practically throbbing with need.

Bastard.

Damn, she was crazy about him.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst – Bio:
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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Review: Not Quite Over You by Susan Mallery

October 23rd, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Netgalley

Publication dates: October 23, 2018

Publisher: HQN Books

Series: Happily Inc. #4

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book

Silver Tesdal has a head for business and a mouth made for kissing, and banker Drew Lovato has his eye on both. But ever since he was dumb enough to let her go, she’s kept him at a distance. When the bank turns her down for a loan, Drew sees a double opportunity—he can finance her brilliant, unique idea to rock Happily Inc’s wedding industry and win back her trust.

Despite her reputation, Silver’s not as tough as she seems. Losing Drew nearly destroyed her. Still, his kisses are as tempting as his offer to invest in her business. If she can’t quite get over him, maybe she should get under him and knock him out of her system once and for all.

But her best laid plans begin to unravel as Silver finds herself falling even harder than when they were high school sweethearts. Which means that she’ll have to come clean about the secret she’s been hiding from him for years—and risk losing him forever.

My Thoughts

Fool’s Gold has been one of my favorite series but I haven’t quite gotten into the Happily Inc. series. Not Quite Over You may be the book that won me over. I love Drew and feel bad for him because his mom is quite the piece of work. Somehow he still ends up being normal, caring and kind despite his mom’s behavior. Silver was also a fun character and while I get she has insecurities I really wish she would stop pushing Drew away at the drop of a hat.

The story was sweet and trademarked Susan Mallery style. It did make me want to go back and read the earlier books in the series but the story I’m really waiting for now is Jaspar. We get a glimpse of his story during this book but we’re left hanging! I can’t wait for his book.

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Review: Promise Me You by Marina Adair

October 23rd, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Publication date: October 23, 2018

Series: The Eastons #2

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book

Mackenzie Hart has made a career out of writing about eternal love, so when she finds her perfect match in Hunter Kane, she decides to put it all on the line. Irresistibly charming and drenched in alpha-male swagger, Hunter isn’t just the catch of the town—he’s Mackenzie’s best friend. Only someone beats her to the altar. After a fresh start and three years to recover, the last thing Mackenzie expects is for her old life to come knocking…

Recently divorced, musician Hunter Kane wants to reconnect with the woman he left behind. Admitting his biggest mistake comes first. What comes next is up to Mackenzie. He hopes she’ll give him a second chance. He may have been the one to break her heart, but he knows he can also be the one to mend it.

As a tenuous friendship turns into something more, Hunter’s life on the road beckons once again. Will love be enough to keep them together, or will their wildly different worlds be too much for them to overcome?

My Thoughts

I have a short list of authors who no matter what they publish I pick their books up without even having to read the blurb because they are just that good. Marina Adair is on that list and Promise Me You didn’t disappoint.

My heart broke for Mackenzie having to watch the guy she loved go marry someone else and then to have to face the trials life throws at her on top of that to boot. I don’t want to spoil what happens to her but I really admire her strength and that she still goes on to have a very successful career. I do have to admit I had a harder time with Hunter’s character and he was the main reason I gave this one a 4 instead of 5 stars. His character is portrayed as pretty self-centered and even after his divorce and his meeting Mackenzie once again I felt like he didn’t have much character growth. While you can’t deny he loved Mackenzie I felt like often his own desires and needs came first to him even if it was couched in terms of him wanting to help Mackenzie. Despite that I did enjoy watching the journey of Mackenzie and Hunter getting to know each other again. Marina Adair just has a way of tugging at your heartstrings and falling in love with the community she builds.

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Review: Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

October 22nd, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publisher: Harper Voyage

Publication date: October 2, 2018

Series: Crown of Shards #1

Rating: ★★★★★

About the Book

Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance.

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

My Thoughts

I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Estep before but this book blurb and cover caught my eye and I am so glad I requested it! She definitely has a new fan in me and I cannot wait for the next book. I’ve had a few of her other books on my to-be-read pile and I’m definitely moving them all up in the pile.

This is book 1 in a new series and it’s chock full of fabulously fleshed out characters and a fascinating world filled with magic and a gladiator-based culture. I loved the world building and the fact that it’s nothing unusual to have women ruling, fully capable of fighting and forces to be reckoned with. They don’t need men to bail them out of situations and they’re strong, kick-butt women. I loved watching Evie grow throughout the story and really come into her own power. She’s joined by an amazing cast of supporting characters who each wormed their way into my heart.

The story itself is action-packed, addictive and the ending was spectacular. This is definitely a must-have book and will definitely be on my favorites shelf. I can’t wait for Protect the Prince to release!

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Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

October 14th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Publication date: April 1, 2018

Publisher: DAW

Series: The Kingkiller Chronicles #1

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

MY NAME IS KVOTHE

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature–the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

My Thoughts

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a fantasy book but it’s been a favorite genre of mine since I first started reading. I still remember devouring David Eddings books, Anne McCaffrey and Piers Anthony many a year ago so it was nice re-visiting this genre. Patrick Rothfuss came highly recommended so when I saw this one go on sale I snatched it up.

I was blown away and had a hard time putting this book down. The world building was amazing and the style of writing draws you in and makes you lose track of the hours as you read. Reading Kvothe’s story about growing up and all the trials and tribulations he’s gone through will make you cry, laugh and blow you away. I had to go look for book 2 even before I finished this one and couldn’t wait to start reading. The only downside I can think of is that I saw that it’s been YEARS since book 2 came out and I’m hoping book 3 will come out soon.

If you’re looking for your next great fantasy read definitely pick up The Name of the Wind!

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Review: Couldn’t Ask for More by Kianna Alexander

October 2nd, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Series: Brothers of Theta Delta Theta #2

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book

“A lush, beautifully written story about the indelible mark of first love. Intelligent, fresh, and utterly lovely.” —KRISTAN HIGGINS for Back to Your Love

They’ll discover exactly what happens when you mix business with pleasure…

Bryan James’s job is on thin ice. His dad has threatened to boot him from his executive position at the family textile company–unless he can score a major contract with a popular design house. Bryan knows his best friend’s younger sister can help, but her terms and conditions are more than he bargained for.

Alexis Devers’s debut fashion line is a hit. But when Alexis’s publicist tells buyers that it landed her a wealthy and handsome fiance, Alexis needs to come up with a fake fiance–fast. Bryan’s offer to strike a deal is perfectly timed. She’s more than willing…as long as he plays the role. Luckily, Alexis would never do something as silly as falling for her brother’s best friend…

My Thoughts

This book was by no means bad but I found it hard to fall in love with any of the characters. Bryan was fine and Alexis was fine but there wasn’t anything in particular about either that made me fall in love with them. Yes, Bryan is a hottie and is really kind but his issues with his dad and cousin seemed a little one dimensional. Alexis’s character was creative but again lacked that certain sparkle to make her memorable. I think we were supposed to like her more because of the side story involving her sister but that seemed a little random to me and didn’t fit in smoothly with the rest of the book. The conflict at the end seemed rushed as did the resolution. So again while I didn’t dislike it, it definitely was a slower moving book that never completely drew me in.

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Blog Tour: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis Review + Giveaway

September 25th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

 

In which our sexy hero wakes up with a woman in his bed and
no memory of how that happened. Did he miss the good stuff?

 

Hot Winter Nights
Heartbreaker Bay – Book 6
Jill Shalvis
Avon Books
Rating: ★★★★☆
Who needs mistletoe?
 
Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with
her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

 

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas . . .

My Thoughts

Jill Shalvis never fails to deliver a delightful read that will definitely make your day. Molly’s appearances in past books made me curious to see how her story would unfold and she doesn’t disappoint. Combined with the uber sexy Lucas, this book is definitely a winner.

The chemistry between Molly and Lucas is sizzling but I also loved how they both respected each other and as much as it might rankle they didn’t try to cut each other out of their part in the investigation into the “bad Santa”. So many times it grates me when a hero tries to cut out the heroine because it’s “too dangerous” or when the heroine rushes into an obviously dangerous situation just because they have to prove their independence. Molly and Lucas don’t fall into that trap. They’re both strong characters and they accept that about each other while at the same time not letting the other steam roll them.

The story line itself was cute and extremely satisfying to read. Though Jill Shalvis already has me clamoring for Caleb’s story.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary
romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also
a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold
worldwide.
 

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Review: An Earl Like You by Caroline Linden

September 18th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 28, 2018

Publisher: Avon

Series: The Wagers of Sin #2

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

When you gamble at love…

When Hugh Deveraux discovers his newly inherited earldom is bankrupt, he sets about rebuilding the family fortune—in the gaming hells of London. But the most daring wager he takes isn’t at cards. A wealthy tradesman makes a tantalizing offer: marry the man’s spinster daughter, and Hugh’s debts will be paid and his fortune made. The only catch is that she must never know about their agreement.

You risk losing your heart…

Heiress Eliza Cross has given up hope of marriage until she meets the impossibly handsome Earl of Hastings, her father’s new business partner. The earl is everything a gentleman should be, and is boldly attentive to her. It doesn’t take long for Eliza to lose her heart and marry him.

But when Eliza discovers that there is more to the man she loves—and to her marriage—her trust is shattered. And it will take all of Hugh’s power to prove that now his words of love are real.

My Thoughts

I haven’t read the first book in this series but I didn’t feel lost at all when reading this one. I really liked both the hero and the heroine. I felt like Eliza fell a little too easily for Hugh but being a wallflower myself I can see how his attention could make her feel so special. Watching the two of them get to know each other was wonderful though and it was a pleasure watching them fall in love. Hugh’s sister ticked me off though and I wanted to shake her for being so self-centered for a good deal of the book but she did redeem herself in the end. The entire book was a pleasure to read even though you know the characters are heading into trouble and you wish you could save them the heartache. I’ll definitely be looking for more books from this author!

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