Thursday, August 25, 2016

Release Blitz + Giveaway: The Killer in You (Love in Middle Series #3) by Dakota Madison

Title: The Killer in You
Series: Love in Middle #3
Author: Dakota Madison
Genre: Adult, Contemporary,
Love in Midlife Romance
Publish Date: August 3, 2016
Review Source: eARC
 
Falling in love with your boss’s wife is never a good idea, especially when you’re a mobster.

Mia Corrado can't remember the last time she had sex with her husband, Nicky. He’s been preoccupied with his job as the head New Jersey’s most powerful crime family, and all of the wild oats he sews on the side.

When Nicky tells Mia he’s too busy to attend her college reunion, and wants to send one of his underlings to accompany her, Mia is completely fed up.

Until she discovers it is Luka Russo who will be escorting her. He’s handsome, charming and sensitive, definitely not the typical mobster.

Mia is completely captivated by him.

And Luka is just as smitten with Mia.

But if they act on their feelings for each other Luka may end up sleeping with the fishes.

Go BACK TO BOOKMAN with USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Dakota Madison’s #LoveinMidlife #ComingofMiddleAge romance series.

Each full-length novel in Dakota Madison’s LOVE IN MIDLIFE romance series can be read as a stand-alone or as part of the series. Each story features one of the graduates of Bookman College attending their 25th reunion.

I love Dakota Madison's work, and really look forward to her novels when I see them pop up for review. THE KILLER IN YOU is no different, and leads readers on a rather thrilling ride as Mia Corrado, and her husband Nicky come head to head on them attending her reunion....as a couple. When Nicky puts his foot down, that one of his Mobster "low man on the totem pole" will go with her, she knows there is no changing his mind. Not now. Not tomorrow. Not ever. She's bummed out, and really shocked that he won't make the trip with her. Until she learns it's one of the men that she's looked at before; one that she knew she would never touch just because of her husband's line of work.

Luka Russo knows better than to touch Mia Corrado. When Nicky, his boss, and head of one of the largest Mobs in New Jersey, orders Luka to accompany his wife on a trip back to Bookman, Luka knows that he will have to be careful. He swears up, and down that he won't touch Mia. Touching her could lead to their untimely deaths. What happens when Luka, and Mia take a trip back to Bookman? Is it everything that Mia wanted? Even if the man that was with her wasn't her husband? I won't give much more away, but this novel will leave your head spinning, and your mind working for hours after reading it.

A brilliant 4 Bars to Dakota Madison on THE KILLER IN YOU.




Two

Luka

What I think might be a quiet day turns out to be anything but. As soon as the boss enters our small office I can see he’s got something on his mind. The lines etched on his forehead are more prominent than usual and his lips are puckered.

I know better than to ask what’s wrong. He’ll tell me when he’s ready. Then he’ll make me solve whatever difficulties he’s dealing with.

That’s the way it works in this business. As the underboss I’m the one who makes all of the boss’s problems go away. 

Nicky likes to keep his legitimate business, the Pizza King, separate from his not-so-legal business dealings, so the office we use for our mob activities is located in a strip mall between a nail salon and a copy shop. Our front is a real estate office, but we never actually have any listings or sell houses. But we do have a broker, who makes a nice salary for sitting out front and handling any walk-ins or phone calls.

Nicky takes a gulp of his black coffee before he turns his attention to me. 

“There’s something I’d like for you to do.” He points a finger at me. “You’re the only person I can really trust.”

Good morning to you too. “Anything. You know you just have to ask.”

A few months ago someone tried to whack Nicky. Luckily the shooter botched the hit. We all thought the Philly-South Jersey crew was responsible, but we haven’t found any proof yet. 

Maybe Nicky discovered something and he’s ready for retaliation. 

“I’d like you to escort my wife to her college reunion.”

That’s completely out of left field. “What?”

“Her reunion,” he repeats a little louder, as if hearing him was the problem. 

The problem is the request is ridiculous. As fond as I may be of Mia, babysitting his wife isn’t in my job description. 

“Why can’t you accompany her?” I realize my question may come across as insubordination, which is definitely frowned upon in our line of work, but his request goes above and beyond my job requirements.

Break a guy’s legs; that’s something I can do in my sleep. Take his wife to some dance; I don’t think so. 

“I don’t remember this being a democracy. I give the orders and you carry them out. That’s the way this thing of ours works.”

I blow out air hoping to make his request somehow magically disappear. No such luck. He’s looking at me with anticipation. 

“When is her reunion?”

“Labor Day weekend.” He gives me a sly grin.

He’s been talking our ears off about going to Tampa for the holiday weekend to spend time with his new comare. Apparently she’s a hot young nurse and he’s crazy about her. 

Even though it’s common for guys like us to have mistresses it’s not something I approve of. I’ve never been a believer in multitasking, especially with affairs of the heart.

I believe a man should cherish the woman he has at home, especially if she’s the mother of his children.

On this point I differ from nearly all of my friends. Most of the guys in our crew want to have their cannoli and eat them too. 

“It’s the whole weekend?” I ask.

He nods. “Bookman is a small town. The hotel was sold out, but I was able to talk the owners into renting Mia one of their suites. It has a separate bedroom and you get the sleeper couch in the living room.”

I remember driving through Bookman once on my way to Old Town. I blinked twice and missed the place. 

“Why do you need for me to go with her?”

“Because I said so. Isn’t that reason enough?”

“Of course, but is there anything specific I should be doing while I’m there?”

He nods. “You need to make sure no one touches Mia. Capisce?” 

“Do you really think that’s going to be a problem?” Not that I don’t think his wife is an attractive woman, but she seems to be devoted to Nicky.

The two of them were high school sweethearts. They’ve been together for years. 

“I attended one of my high school reunions.” He holds up his index finger for emphasis. “I know what goes on. A lot of reconnecting with old flames. I don’t want any of those guys even thinking about reconnecting with Mia.”

“Got it, boss.”

“If anyone lays a hand on my wife, make sure he loses his hand. If anyone puts any other body parts where they don’t belong make sure he loses those too.” 

He makes a point of staring at my crotch, as if I’d engage in any type of indiscretion with his wife. I value my job, and my body parts, too much.

“Anything else?”

“Have fun dancing to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.”

 


USA TODAY Bestselling author Dakota Madison is known for writing new adult, love in midlife, and contemporary romance with a little spice and lots of heart. Dakota is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. When she's not at her computer creating spicy stories Dakota likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds. Dakota also writes under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON and REN MONTERREY.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Empire (The Syndicate #5) by: Kathy Coopmans

 Title: Empire
Series: The Syndicate Series, #5 
Author: Kathy Coopmans
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Publish Date: October 5, 2016
 
We've loved. 

We've lost. 

We've hated. 

Our Empire is crumbling right before my eyes. No one can be trusted for reasons that are consuming me, controlling me and ripping me away from my family. 

This new family who has taken over the streets of New York has taken someone away from us. We will not let them take anymore. The only way to stop them is to sacrifice one of us. 

But who? They want to end me and my cousin, Calla. 

I will never allow that to happen.

This is our EMPIRE. Our LIFE.

What it boils down to is... her life or mine.

The answer is MINE!

I'm perceived as weak, all because I'm a woman.

A woman on a mission now that they've stolen someone I love.

They have threatened my family, my child, my love.

I may be a woman but, I'm the daughter of a notorious killer.

They want to end me and my cousin, Roan.

I will never allow that to happen.

This is our EMPIRE. Our LIFE.

What it boils down to is... his life or mine.

The answer is MINE!

I'm loved. 

I'm lost. 

I hate.

.99 cent special pre-order price for EMPIRE by Kathy Coopmans. Releasing October 5th. 

This is the final book in The Syndicate Series.

Price increases to 2.99 on release day!

Amazon Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans, lives in Michigan with her husband Tony where they have two grown sons.

After raising her children she decided to publish her first book and retiring from being a hairstylist.

She now writes full time.

She's a huge sports fan with her favorite being Football and Tennis.

She's a giver and will do anything she can to help another person succeed!

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Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: The Best Friend Bargain by Robin Bielman




Title: The Best Friend Bargin
Series:  Kisses In The Sand #2
Author: Robin Bielman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: August 8, 2016
Review Source: ARC
 


Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he's on board, too...until she blurts out that they're engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire. The problem? Danny doesn't do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia. As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal...which would ruin everything.


What happens when a mistake turns out to be the best thing that could possibly happen to you.  Or better yet, allows you to realize what is sitting right in front of you and you never realized it before.

This is just part of what Olivia figures out when she asks her best friend for his help.  What Danny doesn't realize is that the one thing he has been avoiding it the very thing that he needs.

This is a fun and kind of off the wall story.  I really enjoyed reading it.  In a way it is a self learning story, because Olivia learns about herself and that the fact is she is stronger than she thought.  Also, Danny has some learning to do and he figures it out in the long run as well.  He figures out that he truly does have more to offer than he gives himself credit for.

This is one of those stories that will not only have you laughing at parts, but will probably at one point or another have you almost to tears.  As the old saying goes sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees, and this is one of those stories that points this out in the utmost of ways.  

I hope you enjoy the way that Olivia and Danny find the true parts of themselves and move forward with life in a much better way.






When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.

She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.

She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com

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Synopsis: A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she's up close and personal with the world's sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander's playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She's genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he'll just break her heart. Because nothing's more important to Zane than following the tide.


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Synopsis: The one guy she shouldn't want...

Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend's wish list, she's determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she's thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow--just by looking at him--she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop's pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce's near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend's best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn't. His trust in women is shot, but he can't help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex's list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans--and heart--in serious jeopardy.