Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tempted by Midnight (1001 Dark Nights, #10) (Midnight Breed, #12.5) by Lara Adrian

What it’s about
Once, they lived in secret alongside mankind. Now, emerged from the shadows, the Breed faces enemies on both sides—human and vampire alike. No one knows that better than Lazaro Archer, one of the eldest, most powerful of his kind. His beloved Breedmate and family massacred by a madman twenty years ago, Lazaro refuses to open his heart again.

Sworn to his duty as the leader of the Order’s command center in Italy, the last thing the hardened warrior wants is to be tasked with the rescue and safekeeping of an innocent woman in need of his protection. But when a covert mission takes a deadly wrong turn, Lazaro finds himself in the unlikely role of hero with a familiar, intriguing beauty he should not desire, but cannot resist.

Melena Walsh has never forgotten the dashing Breed male who saved her life as a child. But the chivalrous hero of her past is in hard contrast to the embittered, dangerous man on whom her safety now depends. And with an unwanted—yet undeniable—desire igniting between them, Melena fears that Lazaro’s protection may come at the price of her heart….

Dorsey’s Review
3.5 Sexy Gen One Stars!!
This was a great addition to the Midnight Breed series and I was completely hooked once I started reading it.

Twenty years after losing his whole family (except for grandson Kellan - Edge of Dawn) to evil Dragos, 1000 yr old Gen One warrior Lazero is now a commander of The Order in Rome.

While overseeing a secret meeting between humans and the Breed, he reconnects with Melena, a women he once saved when she was a child. She is definitely no longer a child, but now a beautiful young woman. When the meeting is sabotaged, he once again finds himself saving Melena, doing everything he can to keep her safe He fights his desire to mate with her, a fight he's quickly losing. He's not happy about the feelings Melena is making him feel, he does what he can to push her away and yet still hold on to her.
As I said it's a great addition to the series, it was fast paced, with a great storyline. We get to see some familiar characters and we meet some new intriguing characters (that I hope we get more of) however, the ending seemed rushed and ended abruptly otherwise it would have been a five star read for me.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Baby (A Lucky Harbor Novella) by Jill Shalvis - Series Wrap Up + Giveaway

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Jill Shalvis’ beloved Lucky Harbor series. Nearly all of our reviewers here at SABR are familiar with this fun series that is set in a small coastal town in the state of Washington.  We adore these characters; their quirky antics and reading about them as they found true love…they are like family and will be missed. But, lucky for us, there is one more book to enjoy, Merry Christmas, Baby, which is set for release on December 2nd.  We get a final peek in to Sawyer and Chloe’s life, as well as some of our other friends from Lucky Harbor. 

So to celebrate, we have a guest post from author herself, Jill Shalvis! She gives us her thoughts on the series and her own personal goodbye, answers some fan questions, and tells us what she has in store for us in the future. We say goodbye to Lucky Harbor, but have lots of new stories to look forward to.  There is also an awesome giveaway for copies (paperback and digital) of Merry Christmas, Baby. Just fill out the Rafflecopter down below. 

Thank you Lucky Harbor friends (and Jill Shalvis) for many hours of great reading, you will be missed, but we can always pick up your books and start all over again!

What it’s about

Wild child Chloe Thompson can't believe how much things have changed. She still can't get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to thinking about impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.

Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.

 Release date: December 2nd

Jill Shalvis says goodbye to Lucky Harbor

Lucky Harbor started with three estranged sisters inheriting a dilapidated inn on the Pacific Northwest coast. It was supposed to be all one book, in fact. But I never could manage to contain it in one story so I split it into three, one love story for each sister. My goodness that was fun. It was so much fun, I came up with another trilogy idea. Three strangers stuck alone in a storm in a diner with nothing readily available except a chocolate cake. Hello, chocoholics. I thought it would end there but I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. And so, unbelievably, here I am twelve books later, still as much in love with Lucky Harbor as I ever was. Oh the fun I had coming up with characters and figuring out how to torture them.:) Seriously, I have the best job on the planet.

To celebrate the end of the series, today I'm answering some fan questions about Lucky Harbor.

What's one of the sexiest scenes you've written for the Lucky Harbor series?

The camping scene between Amy and Matt from At Last. Just trust me. :)

Which hero from Lucky Harbor is most like your real life husband?

Well the men of Lucky Harbor are truly all fictional from the tips of their hot head to their toes. But their hearts … I have to say a little bit of each of their hearts resemble Alpha Man’s. :)

Is there a scene from one of the books that, even years after writing it, you still remember clearly?

It’s that last scene from the last book One In A Million. I can’t tell you about it, it’s a spoiler, but that one made me laugh and cry…

Which book were you able to write the fastest?

Cole and Olivia’s story from He's So Fine definitely spilled out of me the fastest. I don’t know why exactly but I loved Cole so much, had so much fun writing the modern day MacGyver. :)
Saying goodbye to Lucky Harbor was far more difficult than I imagined. I mean I thought I was ready to leave but as I wrote this last trilogy, It's In His Kiss, He's So Fine, and One In A Million, it really hit me. It was over. I was so sad that I wrote a holiday novella. :) I couldn’t help myself! Merry Christmas, Baby (12/2) is my love letter to the Lucky Harbor readers (and a surprise revisit with one of my fave couples) who enjoyed the series and stuck with me for twelve books. TWELVE books. I still can’t believe it. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget Jax, Ford, Sawyer, Ty, Matt, Josh, Luke, Jack, Ben, Sam, Cole, and Tanner… Sob! But I have plenty of new stories to tell, so no worries. I’m still writing the animal series and for those of you who read and loved Then Came You this past summer, Still The One comes out 4/15. And … drum roll please … I’ll have a brand new series coming out in 2015. The first book is written and I’m keeping it under my hat a little bit longer but let’s just say there’s some hot alpha brothers coming your way soon.

About Jill Shalvis
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rock Courtship (Rock Kiss, #1.5) by Nalini Singh

What it’s about
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh's new contemporary romance novella is pure hard rock and scorching heat...

What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band's publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn't date clients--or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she's not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn't know is that David is a one-woman man...and he's madly in love with her. David's determined to prove he's worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea's about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

Kristen’s Review

4 to 4.5 – David Rocked My World–Stars!
I really enjoyed this novella. In fact, it didn't read like a novella but read more like a full length novel. It was full of characterization, creative dialogue, and sensual romance. It also featured a sexy, tattooed, and very determined hero that stole my heart and made me swoon.

It's refreshing read a rock star romance where the hero is easy to fall in love with. And, boy, did I fall in love with David. He's charming, shy, loyal, and genuine. He's pure class and definitely lived up to his "Gentlemen of Rock" title.

After getting to know Thea's character in the first book, I was a little worried that she might be too strong willed for me. I shouldn't have worried; Nalini Singh knows how to write kick-butt heroines that are easy to love. Thea's definitely a tough-as-nails business women who can hold her own, but she also possesses a vulnerable side that was very endearing. I loved her.

What I loved most about this book were the MEMOS sent between David and Thea. Oh my goodness, they were brilliantly written and so much fun to read. I absolutely loved David's sense of humor. Here's a fun quote from one of his memos to Thea.

"I'm also in good shape. I realize I'm not as pretty as Noah, or as built as Abe, or have a dimple like Fox, but I have been told I have good teeth. Therefore, I'm not physically deficient."

For those who struggled with Rock Addiction and are on the fence about continuing with this series, I encourage you to give this book a shot. Unlike Rock Addiction, which felt like a new adult erotic romance, Rock Courtship reads like a contemporary romance with the perfect blend of plot, humor, steam, and heartwarming romance. It made for a quick and enjoyable afternoon read. I highly recommend it.

*ARC provide by author in exchange for an honest review*

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Exclusive Interview & Giveaway: Backstage (Back-Up,#4) by A.M. Madden

The much anticipated 4th book in the Back-Up series is just a few days away from being released, and to get readers even more hyped up, we have an amazing post with a review, interview with Trey, the link to his Spotify playlist, and a giveaway! 

Backstage tells the story of the elusive band member, Trey! Fans of the series have been dying to find out his secrets and what is behind this mysterious man! Our own Kathleen, Back-Up series super fan, got a first crack at reading his story and she was BLOWN AWAY! We have her fantastic glowing 5+ star review along with Trey's first ever interview! Yes, this is his first and we have it here! So, be sure to go  "Backstage" with Trey and check out our exclusive Q & A! 

Then to sweeten the post even more, we have a giveaway!! First prize winner will get an ebook of Backstage on release day along with a $10 gift card from Amazon or B & N. Plus, a second place winner will get an ebook on release day too! Just fill out the Rafflecopter for your chance to win. 

A huge thank you to Trey for stopping by and chatting with us, and to A.M. Madden for giving us an exclusive "Backstage Pass" ! We loved having you both! 

What it’s about
Men want to be him.
Women want to be with him.
Trey just wants to be left alone.

Trey Taylor was loving life. Bass player to the world famous rock band Devil’s Lair, chicks falling to their knees at every turn, no one to be held accountable to for his actions…life rocked.
He had all he needed, food to sustain his body, sex to sustain his libido, rock to sustain his soul. For years he walked to the beat of his own drum, and made no excuses to anyone. Running and hiding can temporarily distract your fate, but it won’t derail it. Fate was coming for him, whether he liked it or not.
His past was gaining ground and threatening all the secrets he desperately tried to hide. His present was slowing him down, making him feel emotions he buried years ago. The two are about to collide. Will Trey survive the impact?

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Backstage Pass-Q & A with Trey!
Thank you Trey for allowing us to get a sneak peek into your life by answering a few questions. We'll be quick and let you be on your way, your fans are waiting, we can actually hear them going crazy for Devil's Lair! (and we are fanning ourselves...holy crap this guy is HOT!) Okay here we go...

How did you come to play the bass guitar?
Trey: I started with an acoustic one. I naturally progressed to Bass based on the type of music I love. Classic rock is very bass influenced. I taught myself how to play by listening to my favorites over and over.
What’s the craziest thing you ever done with a groupie, or had done to you?
Trey: How detailed can I get? I have too many to list. One of the best ones that come to mind was after the ending of our second tour. A blonde, a brunette, and redhead were roommates who liked to share. They had their fair share of me that night.
If you could spend one day playing with a band other than your own, who would they be and why?
Trey: Linkin Park, or Every Avenue.  They are amazing, and our Devil’s Lair sound is definitely influenced by those dudes.
Out of all the towns and cities you play in, where does the band rock out the hardest?
Trey: New York City. Home. They love us wherever we go, but New York FUCKING loves us. It’s a relationship no one but a New Yorker can understand.
Is there a reason you wear you sunglasses all the time?
Trey: Yes, there is. The reason I started to is detailed in Backstage. For fear of getting boss lady upset, all I’ll say is they become part of me and you’ll learn why.
If you could pick one song that would describe you what would it be?
Trey: One? Damn. I have like fifty. Have you heard my playlist on Spotify?
Every song on there is a piece of me in some way. If I had to pick just one, I’d say Behind Blue Eyes by The Who. It’s scary how fitting those lyrics are to my life.
What type of music do you listen to when you relax? When you’re driving?
Trey: Rock. I listen to us a lot. Only to constantly think of new ways to add a unique riff or bridge when we play it live. Otherwise, I listen to all the classics. The Who, Zeppelin, Stones, We Came As Romans are off the fucking cuff. Love those guys.
Would you rather spend your downtime on a sandy beach, or at a mountainside lake?
Trey: Neither. A dimly lit bedroom is my preference.
Motorcycle or muscle car? 
Trey: Motorcycle.
Boxers, briefs or commando?
Trey: Mostly commando. Saves time.
Steak and potatoes or sushi?
Trey: Steak and potatoes. But I’m not that fancy. Give me a good burger, and I’m happy.
Country nights or big city lights?
Big City Lights…always.
Blonde, Red-head or Brunette?  
Trey: (Chuckles) Sounds like my fav groupie night. I love all women, but I prefer blondes.

Well that was fun, and thank you Trey for letting us get a better picture of the man behind the shades! Your fans are going's showtime, you better run! (commando...dimly lit bedroom...all those delicious tattoos...3 girls and one hot rocker...yeah we got a pretty good picture!) Um....anyone have an some ice cold water?

Kathleen’s Review

Story Rating ~ 10 STARS because 5 is NOT enough!
Hero Rating ~ 5 HUGE STARS!
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Sweet STARS!
Romance Rating ~ 5 STARS
Heal Level ~ 5 BLAZING STARS!
Overall Rating ~ 5 BRILLIANT STARS!

As I've said many times, I LOVE the whole Back-Up series. I never thought that A.M. Madden could top these three books, well I was WRONG! Backstage was BRILLIANT! In my wildest dreams I never would have imagined that Trey’s back story would have taken this route. From page one A.M. Madden’s writing talent shines. Her ability to come up with this story line proves what a talented writer she really is. My heart and soul was ripped out of my chest as I read what Trey had been through, and my emotions once again were TOTALLY ENGAGED!  This whole book explains to a 'T' why Trey was the way he was, and A.M. Madden could NOT have told it any better!

Backstage has an excellent flow to it, and as Trey’s story unfolds we met so many new characters. These characters all added so much to the overall plot. I loved getting into his mind during this part of the story and how he dealt with certain circumstances.  

The sex is off the charts HOT!  There are MANY  scenes and MANY different partners, and done without any feeling from Trey. He just bangs them and leaves them. But, by this time in the story we already know why Trey does this and it fits very well into the story line.

When Trey finally meets up with Jack and Hunter, his life takes a bit of a positive turn. It was wonderful being brought back into the fold of the Devil’s Lair and most of the characters from the previous books. Even though things start to look up for Trey, he was still extremely guarded with his emotions and feelings. Then he meets Tara, a journalist doing interviews with each person in the band. Trey is immediately attracted to her, but as his feelings start to grow for her, his worst worst fears come into play. The emotions from Trey LEAP off of the pages at you. It’s a very intense part of the read and I was glued to the book!! WHERE DOES A.M. MADDEN COME UP WITH THIS STUFF? 

The ending is PERFECTION! I couldn't imagine it any other way! 

I have to say that as each of these books in the Back-Up series was released, I loved each one more than the last, but this one topped all of them and holds a special place in my heart. I can easily say that it’s one of the BEST books I’ve read so far this year.

 I HIGHLY recommend this book to all of those who have loved the Back-Up series. This is must read for you. Those of you who have NOT read the Back-Up series I URGE you to give it a try, simply put, it is OUTSTANDING!

*My final thoughts and a thank you*
When I read book one, Back-Up, I was completely surprised at how good it was, especially since it was a debut novel and a new author . Of course when book two, Front & Center, was released it was a must read, and I could not believe how much my feelings were engaged throughout this book.  I was completely AMAZED by A.M. Madden's writing skills and storytelling. Then of course the third and final book  of the Back-Up series was released, Encore. This is the book that concluded the series and wrapped up everything so perfectly for the many characters...except one...Trey. Well A.M. Madden’s fans all LOVED Encore, but they voiced their need to have Trey’s story told. He was a mysterious character throughout the whole Back-Up series. He never let anyone into his personal life and hid himself and his feelings from EVERYONE. No one knew where he came from,  the life he had before he joined the Devil’s Lair, or why he jumped from woman to woman, and was basically a man-whore. I have to thank all of A.M Madden’s fans for urging her to write Trey’s story, without them we may not have gotten it or would have had a much longer wait. I’d also like to give A.M. Madden a HUGE thank you for putting her fans wants and needs first, changing her writing schedule just to write this book for us!

*An advanced copy of the book was provided in exchange for and honest review*

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