Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) by Colleen Hoover

What it’s about
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Kristen’s Review

5 HUGE Stars–And My Favorite Read Of The Year!

Oh my gosh! This book! This unbelievably heartfelt, emotional, gripping book! I LOVED this book. I mean I REALLY loved this book. Like, I loved EVERY SINGLE THING about this book. I think you get my drift. 

It been a long time since I've fallen wholeheartedly in love with a book, its characters, and its love story. I adored this heartbreakingly emotional story. It made me laugh, it made cry, and it made me believe in young love. I loved the heroine, Sky. She's one of the best female YA/NA leads I've read to date. As for the hero, Holder, he simple stole my heart. I can't begin to tell you how much his wonderfully written character affected me. 

I'll be honest, I couldn't fully understand why so many readers gushed about this author's work. Until now, I had only read her last few releases, and while I felt the writing was excellent, I can't say I overly enjoyed the love stories (in fact, I hated Ugly Love). So, after finishing her latest release, I decided to give her earlier books a try to see what all the fuss was about. Oh my goodness, to say I'm glad I did is an understatement! I NOW get! I NOW understand why so many of my friends love this author. Colleen Hoover's Slammed series is excellent and this book...well, it blew me away!

Hopeless is a book that will forever live in my heart. The way it made me feel, from the first page to the last, is why I read romance. It's by far my favorite read this year. I can't praise it enough.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Interview and Giveaway with Elizabeth Hoyt: Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane #9) Tour

We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Hoyt to Swept Away By Romance today. An avid fan, our Crista jumped at the chance to review the latest Maiden Lane romance and absolutely fell in love with the series all over again! Elizabeth stopped by with a short interview, excerpt from the book and a chance to win one of ten signed copies of Sweetest Scoundrel!

So, check out Crista’s 5 star review, find out what Elizabeth loves most about Georgian England and fill out the rafflecopter to win a copy of ‘this gem of a book’!!

What it’s about

Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.

Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.

In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

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Interview with Elizabeth Hoyt
What’s the last book you read?
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Regular followers of your Facebook page know that you enjoy movies.  What are a few of your favorite films?
Bringing Up Baby, What’s Up, Doc, the reboot Star Trek, the first Daniel Craig James Bond whatever that was, Strictly Ballroom, the Kenneth Brannaugh Hamlet in all its overblown, six-million-hour glory, oh, and The Hollow Crown trilogy thus far—can’t wait for Cumberbatch’s Richard III—oh, and the first Iron Man.

Do you listen to music while writing?  If so, what are some favorites that played while you were writing SWEETEST SCOUNDREL?
Yes, I listen to music almost constantly and usually the same music over and over and over. The music I listened to the most whilst writing SS was: Bastille’s “Bad Blood”, Florence + The Machine “Ceremonials” (deluxe version!) and Hozier’s “From Eden” and “Hozier”

Finish this sentence: My heroine will....never trust a man.

What drew you to Georgian England for the setting of your books? 
Grittiness. ;-) It’s a much more interesting time period (in my humble opinion) than the oft-used Regency. Houses dripping in gold, people dripping in gold, men wearing swords and wigs and high heels, women in magnificent dresses, people in the gutter; London--that enchanting city--growing by leaps and bounds and people trying to figure out how they should become a civilized society. Sigh. It’s just wonderful.


“What do you see when you look at me?”
What did she see when she looked at him?
Eve inhaled, trying and failing to tear her gaze from his.
Mr. Harte sprawled across her dainty settee like a Viking marauder in a pillaged Christian church. His broad shoulders took up more than half the width, his arms lazily draped over the back. His scarlet coat was spread open, contrasting with the sedate gray-
blue of the cushions almost shockingly. One long leg was thrust straight before him, the other cocked open and resting on a booted heel. The pose made the apex of his thighs very . . . obvious . . . and even as she kept her eyes locked on his she could feel heat rising in her cheeks.
What did she see?
She saw violence and anger, kept under a control that was tenuous at best. She saw power and a strength that could hurt her—kill her—if he so chose. She saw the innate brutality that was, in larger or smaller part, in all men.
She saw her most terrible fears.
But—and this was the truly unprecedented part—she saw more in him. She saw temptation—her temptation—alluring and frightening at the same time, his virility so strong it was nearly a visible miasma in the space between them.
She wanted him. Wanted that brash gaze, those long, muscled thighs, that mocking, insulting mouth, and the shoulders that went on forever, big and brawny and so
very, very male.
This was madness—she knew that intellectually. She’d never wanted a man before—was in fact afraid of almost all men, let alone one so obviously, blatantly sexual.
She took a breath, hoping that he couldn’t read all this from her gaze—and knowing it was a lost cause already.
His heavy-lidded green eyes were far, far too perceptive.
“I see . . .” She paused to lick suddenly dry lips. “I see that your hairline is nearly a perfect arc across the expanse of your forehead. That your eyebrows tilt ever so slightly up at the ends and that the right has a scar through it. I see that when you are solemn, the outer edges of your lips reach just to the midpoint of your eyes, but when you smile, they go beyond the corners. I see that your chin and jaw are almost in classical proportion and that a small white scar forms a comma on your chin just to the right of center.” She finally glanced away from him, breathing heavily, certain that she’d not thrown him off the track with her artist’s eye’s impressions. She inhaled again and ended, “I see every line of your face, every line’s intersection and how they relate. That is what I see when I look at you.”     
“And is that all you see? Lines?” His voice was deep and amused.
She chanced a peek.
He still watched her, his gaze utterly unperturbed by her observations about his countenance.
No, she’d not fooled him at all.
She licked her lips again, buying time. “I see,” she said carefully, cautiously, “a very self-possessed man.”
Self-possessed,” he drawled. “I’m not sure what that means, frankly. It sounds, just a bit, like a coward’s answer.”
Her gaze flew to his, outraged.
But before she could take him down a peg, he chuckled softly. “Tell me, Miss Dinwoody, would you like to know what I see when I look at you?”
She shouldn’t. She really, really shouldn’t.
“Yes,” she blurted, and then winced because she knew well enough what men
thought when they looked at her: ordinary, if they were charitable. Plain if they were not.
She braced herself for mockery, but when she glanced again at him, his gaze was hot and hard. Certainly not gentle. Certainly not kind. But he wasn’t dismissing her, either.
He looked at her as if they were equals. As if he really saw her, a woman to his man.
“I see,” he said, his deep voice musing, “a woman afraid, but fighting her fears. A woman who carries herself like a queen. A woman who could rule us all, I suspect.”
She gazed at him, her breath caught in her throat, afraid to exhale and break the spell.
A corner of that wicked mouth tilted up. “And I see a woman who has a deep curiosity. Who wants to feel but is worried—of herself? Of others?” He shook his head. “I’m not sure.” He leaned forward slowly, destroying his pose, and she had to fight herself not to scoot her chair away from him. “But I think she has a fire banked within her. Maybe it’s only embers now, glowing in the dark, but if tinder were to be put to those embers . . .” He grinned slowly. Dangerously. “Oh, what a conflagration that would be.”

 Crista’s Review
5 stars!!

Sweetest Scoundrel was an absolute gem of a book, and certainly one of the best books of the Maiden Lane series. After the past few books in this series, I was about ready to move on past Maiden Lane, but this book was fantastic! I am also happy to report that this book sets up the next book, Duke of Sin, perfectly and I am very eager to read that book as well.

This book was an excellent “enemies to lovers” story. Eve Dinwoody has been sent to Harte’s Folly, an opera house, to check on the financial responsibility of its owner Asa Makepeace. Eve’s brother is the investor who has agreed to financially back the opera house, and Eve has arrived to make sure that his investment is being handled properly.

Asa Makepeace is not a man who likes to be told what to do, from anyone. When Eve starts to take control of the finances and spending related to Asa’s beloved Harte’s Folly, things get very tense (to say the least). I enjoyed the argumentative banter between Asa and Eve because I knew that there was some serious attraction between them underneath all the fighting.

As Eve’s past is revealed, it is finally understood why she has such a fear of intimacy and men, and my heart broke. The atrocities that Eve has survived were not candy-coated or made palatable. Hoyt uses a “no holds barred” type of approach when describing Eve’s past. Because of this approach, it made Eve and Asa’s romance all the more sweet as Asa slowly and surely begins to wear down Eve’s fear.

No one can write a love scene quite like Hoyt, and she really ups her game in this book. If there were a sensuality scale from 1 to 10, I would rate this book a 9.5. The sex scenes are raw and carnal, yet filled with love and respect. In my opinion, Elizabeth Hoyt could teach a class on how to write raw sex with ultimate class.

I am officially back on Maiden Lane and am eager for the next installment!

*A copy of the book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley*

About Elizabeth Hoyt 

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at:

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Black Friday Special: 48 hours to win a Kindle Fire or Amazon Giftcard

Black Friday Special on Swept Away By Romance!
48 Hours to win a Kindle Fire or Amazon Giftcard

We want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU! To our awesome readers who endlessly chat with us about books and share our enthusiasm of romance, the talented authors that give us hours of entertainment and all the friendships we’ve made in this supportive community.

This is a deal you won’t want to miss! To celebrate Thanksgiving and all that comes with it, we’re giving away a Kindle Fire 7, 8GB in Black. Every book lover should have a Kindle and if you already have one yourself, give it away to a friend – they will love you for it! This giveaway is US only!

For our international readers, we are giving away a $35 Amazon giftcard for all those holiday books that will get you in the mood in the coming season!

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The Home Collection by Cardeno C. ~ Holiday Sale & Giveaway

A Holiday Message and Giveaway From Cardeno C.

“Home” for the Holidays by Cardeno C.

I love the holiday season – cool weather, glowing fires, hot beverages, and most of all, enjoying time with friends and family. To celebrate this season, I’m offering the box set of all seven of my Home eBooks for a sale price of $9.99. The special offer will begin on Thanksgiving, November 26 and expire on December 2nd.

The Home Collection: finding love brings you home. 7 full-length, free-standing, feel good, gay romance novels. 
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Where He Ends & I Begin: For best friends Jake & Nate the question isn't how they ended up in bed together but how they stay there.

Walk With Me: Serious, responsible Seth longs for sexy, outspoken Eli but must decide if he's willing to veer from his safe life-plan. 

The One Who Saves Me: Boyfriends come & go but best friends are forever has always been Andrew & Caleb's mantra. Can they be both? 

Love at First Sight: David must find the courage to share himself & Jonathan must find the strength to tell the truth. 

Home Again: Two men whose love has never faltered relive their most treasured moments in order to secure their future. 

Just What the Truth Is: If Ben wants to find love with Micah, he'll have to own up to the truth of who he is. 

He Completes Me: Aaron has waited years for a man who can share his heart and he insists it's party boy Zach.

I wish you happy reading this holiday season and all year long!



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