The Window Seat on a Rainy Day

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Window Shopping - Unleashed by Rachel Lacey

Unleashed (Love to the Rescue, #1)

What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?

Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.

Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go..

Check out this great new series from Forever (Grand Central) and Rachel Lacy!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Couple Showdown - Quarter Finals/Group 3

A genie and an ancient Greek prince are on tap this week for the next round of the Quarter Finals.  And, the women are no slouches either!  An ancient goddess of misery and an Oracle.  Lots of mythology flying around with this group.  And I will say, this will be one of my tougher weeks of voting because there is one thing that both these books have in common. They seem to take place outside of the norm for their series (since Khalil and Grace have little interaction with the Wyr and Styxx is certainly NOT a part of the Dark Hunter family), and that makes these books a real character study.  There isn't a lot of background noise to detract from learning these characters intimately and in both cases, I really like what I learned!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Upcoming November Releases

Upcoming November Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives

Title: Darling Beast
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: October 28


Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction . . .


London's premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she's forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren't the only inhabitants—a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there's more to this man than meets the eye.


Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he's forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Window Shopping -Wanting Forever

Sometimes the one thing you want is exactly what you can't have.
For Sam Waters, it's Aston Hopewell. Talk about a girl out of his league. But he's just a hired hand, happy to keep his head down and work hard on her father's ranch. With a warrant out for his arrest, he can't afford trouble.

Everyone thinks Aston's life is perfect, but she knows the truth: nothing is as it seems. The only one who gets that is Sam. He understands her in a way no one ever has. But even he won't tell her everything-until the night that changes their destiny forever . . . 

Read on for an excerpt!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Passionate Love of a Rake Blog Tour

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Title: The Passionate Love of a Rake (Marlow Intrigues #2

Author: Jane Lark 

Genre: Historical Romance 

Period: Regency 

Published: November 17th, 3013 

Publisher: HarperImpulse


~ Synopsis ~

The only woman who had power over notorious rake Robert Marlow was now walking away from him, again.

He'd heard Sutton had died, and known Jane was free, but he'd always thought his desire would only be for revenge, not her. Yet here he was, unable to deny what he felt for her…what he’d never felt for any other woman before…

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ELITE Launch Day Blitz

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken (October 14, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late. 

Read more for an excerpt and a chance to win!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Couple Showdown - Quarter Finals/Group 2

Woot!  The Quarter finals are going strong!  Though it will be sad to see some favorites eliminated, there are still so many of my favorites in the competition!  And I am starting to try to predict the winners - but I am not having much luck. But we aren't there yet and this week we have two great couples competing.  A Horseman of the Apocalypse and a Psy assassin - both virgins well past the time that most males lose their virginity.  Such a common theme these days... Wonder why?  Well, if these two are any indication of the typical 5,000 or 30 year old male virgin, then I guess I understand it! :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sideswiped Blog Tour

 Join us to celebrate the release of Sideswiped by Lia Riley!  Join in the fun, enter a contest, and read an excerpt!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Larissa Ione - Chained by Night

I have to be honest.  Though I love Larissa Ione's Demonica/Lords of Deliverance series, I was not really blown away by her first MoonBound Clan book, Bound by Night.  So I was a little hesitant about picking up this second book in the series.

In Ione's world, the vampires are a group of Native American Indian descendants who were cursed by a demon to become vampires.  Once the humans discovered that vampires existed, their superior numbers gave them the ability to enslave the vampires.  Though many are enslaved, a few clans, like the MoonBound Clan, are still struggling to maintain their independence.  In order to do that, some are forced to make alliances through mating.  Though Hunter does not like his intended mate, Rasha, he is going to mate with her for the good of the clan.  Though he doesn't expect it to be any sort of love match, he does want it to be a mating of respect.  If only he can find some way to respect a woman who is willing to stay safe despite the dangers to her firstborn child.  Which is highly unlikely.  To make matters even more complicated, it is Rasha's twin sister who volunteers to take the challenge that will protect the Hunter's firstborn child from the curse of the demon who fathered the vampires.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

OVER THE LINE Lauch Day Blitz

Army Special Forces Sergeant Beth Garcia owes James Walker big-time for saving her life in Afghanistan. So the least she can do is agree to be his rock-climbing partner. After a year of physical therapy, she's finally eligible for deployment again, and what better way to celebrate than a weekend with a sexy Air Force hero? She's prepared to kick his ass at climbing-until James reveals what he really has in mind . . . Pretending to be engaged wasn't the most brilliant idea James ever had. Neither was dragging Beth to his sister's wedding. The competitive tomboy is a far cry from the type of woman his family usually pushes on him. Yet Beth is more exciting than anyone he's ever met, and James has a feeling that if he can get her in bed, she'll blow his mind. They're just supposed to be acting-but as the wedding weekend wears on, Beth and James have a fighting chance at something real and much more lasting . . . 

Monday, October 6, 2014


Hey Showalter fans! Gena has created a contest of sorts to encourage preorders - it is the newest thing these days.  Authors want super high preorder numbers and they are offering some awesome incentives to fans for preordering.  Considering that the charges don't hit you until the books come out ANYWAY, why not preorder your favorites and get some fun goodies from the authors in exchange?  Check out the latest round of incentives for The Darkest Touch preorders here.  And while you are at it, click on the book button above and preorder your copy today!  You KNOW you are going to get Torin's book - it isn't even a question, right?  So why wait?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Couple Showdown - Quarter Finals/Group 1

We are hitting into the Quarter Finals!  And I always laugh when a competition gets to a point where there is a Showalter vs. a Singh - because for me, it was Showalter's recommendation that led me to read Singh!  So the two are forever linked in my mind.  Having just reread Thane and Elin recently, the intensity of their story still strikes me every time. And there is always something special about a couple whose story can't be contained in a single book!  So here is the start of the Quarter Finals - where the competition REALLY gets tough.  Who will you vote for...?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Serena Gilley - By the Magic of Starlight

This is a hard review to write, since By the Magic of Starlight is very much a prequel novella.  In fact, from what I am seeing, it is a prequel more to a series rather than to a single book, so let me try to give an idea of my first impressions of the Forbidden Realms series as a whole.

By the Magic of Starlight introduces fairies Kyne and Raea.  Kyne is a half-fairy - his father is human - and his specialty is Summer.  Raea is a Wish fairy.  The two of them had a night of forbidden passion (for fairies aren't supposed to indulge in such human and barbaric instincts) that they can't seem to forget.  Kyne knows that Raea is the fairy for him, but he also knows that his life is pretty dangerous and getting her involved with him is something he isn't keen on doing.  The last thing he wants is to put her in any danger.  As a half fairy, he is pretty much a marked man.  He has enemies that are determined to make his life difficulty.  In fact, they are willing to blame him for all the ills of the fairy world - especially the weakening of the Veil that protects the fairies from the humans.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Temper for You Blog Tour


Title:  Temper for You (For You #3)  
Author:  Genna Rulon

Genre:  Contemporary Romance 18+ 
Publication Date:  September 24, 2014 
Cover Design: G. Relyea 
Event Organized by:  Literati Author Services, Inc.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Holiday Heat Book Blitz

Bring on the Holidays! :)  It is that time of year again and we have some great holiday tales to get you in the mood! :)

Psychologist Ellie Simpson is about to get a healthy dose of sex therapy. Leaving her cheating boyfriend behind, she has everything she needs for a quick rebound: Vegas, plenty of champagne, and a proposition from the sexiest man she's ever seen. As her handsome stranger helps her ring in the New Year-over and over again-Ellie finds herself blissfully losing all of her inhibitions. Attorney Matthew McPherson is good at making women lose things, like their minds and underwear. With his athletic build and soulful eyes, he doesn't need to use his powers of persuasion or famous last name to get a woman into bed.  But when morning comes, Matthew finds Ellie is the only woman he can't bear to leave-ever.  It's enough to make him wonder if what happens in Vegas really has to stay there.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jagged Book Blitz

As anyone who reads my reviews knows by now I have the biggest girl crush on Kristen Ashley.  I love all her books and Jagged, book five of the Colorado Mountain series, proved no different.  However, this book had a totally different vibe than your typical Ashley books so if you are a fan beware. While Lady Luck, book three in Colorado Mountain remains my favorite in this series, I did appreciate the more relationship driven storyline of Jagged

Zara Cinders and Graham Reece have had an on/off relationship for the years.  Zara was tired of having her heart wrenched out of her every time Graham left her so she decided to move on and marry another.  Ham comes back into her life three years later when she is divorced, lost her business and home, and is barely making ends meet.  He wants to fix all of Zara’s problems and she does her best to resist him.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Couple Showdown - Round 2/Group 4

This may just be the hardest group of all for me because in this group already, some of my favorite couples have been eliminated.  This was the "Championship Group" where favorites from previous Showdowns were eligible.  Eliminating couples such as Jamie and Claire or Lahn and Circe was tough, but it would have been just as tough to eliminate today's competitors!  And some of these really are on my top five list - so this will be a toughie!  And since this competition ALWAYS makes me want to reread the favorites, all of them are fresh in my mind! For information on the upcoming or past rounds, check out the Couple Showdown homepage, the Hero Showdown homepage, or the Heroine Showdown homepage.  Let the games begin!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Jennifer Ashley - Scandal and the Duchess

In general, I am not a big fan of the novella format.  I think that novellas, by their very nature, force a story that has less depth and that is usually rushed.  When I read novellas, I always take that into account and try not to hold that against the book itself.  Sometimes that is hard, but when it is easy to do, then that is the highest praise I can give a novella! :)

Now that the Mackenzie brothers are all married off, the McBride brothers need some HEA.  We have known the brothers since book three, The Many Sins of Lord Cameron, and the family has integrated well into the world of the intense Mackenzie clan.  In this story, we see Steven, the soldier who is trying desperately to forget his years of war by keeping himself as drunk  as he can be as often as he can.  This time around, he wakes from that stupor to find Rose Barclay, the widowed Duchess of Southdown by his side.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sherrilyn Kenyon & Holter Graham - Son of No One (Audio)

Audio Corner - At the end of each month, a new audio book will be reviewed.

This month:   Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon, read by Holter Graham.

For a sample audio clip of Son of No One, click here.  It is a great sample  Lots of Deveraux fun! :)

The Fall means that kids are back at school, nights have a nice brisk feel to them, and a new Kenyon to fall asleep to on my iPod!  And this September, that new addition was even sweeter with the return of Holter Graham to the Dark Hunter world!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Window Shopping - Lisa Scottoline Accused

 New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling readers with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

Mary Dinuzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by a thirteen-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping.  Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty.  But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. The Gardner family is one of the most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents don’t believe in reopening the case, so taking it on is risky.  But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog.  Was justice really served all those years ago?  It will take a team of unstoppable female lawyers, plus one thirteen-year-old genius, to find out. 

Title: Accused
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Series:  Rosato & Associates
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Couple Showdown - Round 2/Group 3

One of the worst things about this competition is that I end up spending a whole lot of time rereading books!  Writing about my favorite couples - and remembering why they are my favorites - means I end up spending too much time rereading and not enough time reviewing! :)  Fortunately, rereads don't take as long as the first read throughs.  But I do think that with each of the couples in the competition, they have one thing in common.  Each time I reread, I learn more and usually get deeper into the story, so there are no complaints from me for the rereads! :)  This week, we have some more favorites to peruse!  Kalen and Annika, Khalil and Grace, Madoc and Nika, and Styxx and Bethany.  Huh.  This week alone that is over 1,500 pages of rereading... :)

For information on the upcoming or past rounds, check out the Couple Showdown homepage, the Hero Showdown homepage, or the Heroine Showdown homepage.  Let the games begin!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Upcoming October Releases

Upcoming October Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives

Title: Rules for a Proper Governess
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Highland Pleasures
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: October 7

To Kiss a Thief...

Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London—but the widower’s two unruly children are a different matter. Little Caitlin and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears.

Roberta “Bertie” Frasier enters Sinclair’s life by stealing his watch—and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returns them to their father. Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the uncoventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Window Shopping - Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

An utterly captivating reinvention of the Rapunzel fairytale weaved together with the scandalous life of one of the tale's first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force.

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-four years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition, retaining her youth and beauty by the blood of young red-haired girls.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coreene Callahan - Fury of Desire

Ok, I confess.... I skipped over book three and jumped into book four.  I couldn't wait for poor Wick to get a HEA...

Wick is the sociopath of the Nightfury pack (why does ever brotherhood seem to need one of those...?  And why are they always our favorite...? Zsadist, Zarek...  but I digress.)  He relates well only to Venom - the one who saved him from a life of torment and slavery.  When Mac saves Venom from death, Wick sets out to do something for Mac in gratitude.  With Mac's mates sister in trouble, saving her seems like a way to repay his debt.  But as he sets out to save J.J. from unjust imprisonment and abuse, he starts to feel a connection to her before he even meets her.  When he first sees her in the midst of the rescue gone sour, he is captivated and takes charge of her welfare - shocking his brothers with his protectiveness and concern.  The male who hates to be touched is now clinging to a female and feeding her energy - bonding to her in the process.   Clearly, something unusual is happening between the two of them.