Samantha Chase Blitz Day 3- This Is Our Song: Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

Samantha Chase Blitz Day 3- This Is Our Song: Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

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This is Our Song by Samantha Chase is the fourth book in a must read in a series about family, love and challenges as the Shaughnessy siblings deal with a tragedy that impacts each and every one of them differently.  The event changed how they view life, and for some, affect their views of love and trust.

Within every book it begins with a dash of adventure, a splash of compassion and a good dose of humor. Mix in some conflict and romance and you have the recipe for a story that will draw you in till the very last page.

The Shaughnessy family is loyal and protective of one another, despite their differing opinions. In This is Our Song, it’s Riley’s story and his is a musical journey that takes you behind the scenes of a sexy superstar. As a successful and talented musician he is cautious of whom he shares his dreams and ambitions with.

When the past circles around and he discovers who almost destroyed his past, will he ever be able to trust again?

Dive into the life of a rock-star and see how this book of love, inspiration an forgiveness will melt your heart like it did to mine. I’m already waiting by my computer until I can read A Sky Full of Stars, Owen’s story. I’m sure it will be out of this world ;).

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Excerpt:

“There’s a chocolate chip muffin in the basket too—you know, if you’re interested.”
“I have a feeling if I keep hanging out with you, I’m going to need a whole new wardrobe because I won’t fit into anything I currently own.”
“And you’d still be beautiful,” he said, and Savannah could only turn and stare at him. “It’s true.”
She swallowed hard, unsure of what to say.
“If you’ll both fasten your seat belts,” Lisa said softly as she came back to check on them. “We’re preparing for takeoff. I’ll be up in the galley area. If you need anything or when you’re ready for breakfast—or lunch—let me know.” Then she smiled and walked away as both Savannah and Riley thanked her.
This was it, Savannah thought to herself. She was on the plane and so far, no meltdowns. All around her she could hear what was going on—the main door was closing, the engines were running, and everything seemed to be all right.
Without her asking, Riley stood and closed all the window shades around them. It was a little unnerving how well he seemed to anticipate her needs and concerns. Some people enjoyed looking out the windows as their plane took off, but Savannah wasn’t one of those people. She thanked him for being so considerate as he sat back down and buckled his seat belt.
The plane started to move, and Savannah instinctively dug her fingers into the soft leather of the sofa. There weren’t any armrests near her—not like she would have on a standard airplane seat—so she just grabbed as much as she could, closed her eyes, and held on tight.
“We’re just moving away from the terminal,” Riley said quietly.
She could feel his breath on her ear, but she couldn’t bring herself to open her eyes and look at him. It was safer to keep them firmly shut.
They were silent for several minutes when the plane came to a stop. “We’re waiting for our turn to take off,” he said, his tone soothing. “You need to breathe, sweetheart. I can tell you’re holding your breath.”
“I…I just hate this part. I know it’s coming and I can’t—” She paused and took a few breaths. “I can’t relax.”
“Okay,” he said.
The next thing she knew, Riley pried one of her hands off the sofa and held it in his. It felt good. Warm. Comforting. Then his other hand came around and cupped her cheek, and she felt him rest his head against hers. It felt good. Savannah felt as if she was drawing strength from him. For a few minutes, touching was all they did, but as soon as the plane started to move again, she immediately tensed up.
“Look at me,” he whispered. “Open your eyes and look at me. Focus on my face and nothing else.”
She opened her eyes, but the rest was impossible. How could she focus on his face and not think of how handsome he was? Or how kind and understanding his eyes were?
The plane began to pick up speed, and Savannah knew she was seconds away from a full-on panic attack. There was no way she wanted to do that in front of Riley—or anyone for that matter—so she did the only thing she could.
“Kiss me,” she said.
To give him credit, Riley didn’t question it. He simply closed the distance between them and captured her lips with his. It wasn’t the sweet and gentle kiss of the other night. No. This one was all-consuming and deep and wonderful, and Savannah sighed into it as she pulled her hand free of his and let it rake up into his hair.
So many things were going through Savannah’s mind as she touched him, but the most prevalent was more. She wanted to be free to touch more of him and for him to do the same in return. While Riley’s lips and tongue were doing things to hers she never imagined possible, his hand had stayed in fairly chaste positions—her cheek, her nape. His fingers felt rough against her skin and she could only dream of how they’d feel on other parts of her body.
She cursed the seat belts, the couch, their clothes. Crowding closer to him, she tried to mentally tell him what she wanted. Somewhere in the back of her mind she knew it was crazy—this wasn’t the kind of person she normally was. Wasn’t the kind of woman who threw herself at a man—any man—even a rock star! But there was something about Riley that made her feel differently, act differently, and want differently.
The plane kept moving, time kept moving, and yet Savannah had no recollection of any of it. It was as if everything around them had ceased to exist and it was only the two of them.
And it was absolutely perfect.
There was a sound off in the distance that finally seemed to break through their haze and had Savannah hesitantly removing her lips from his. “What…what was that?” she asked dazedly.
Riley seemed just as disoriented as she was. Lifting his head, he looked around and then smiled. “The seat belt sign is off. It means we can get up and move around.”
She looked around in confusion. “But…how…? We just…?” Then she focused on Riley. “Didn’t we just take off?”
His hand stroked her cheek as he chuckled. “That was about ten minutes ago.”
Her eyes went wide. “Really? I didn’t even… I mean… I had no idea…”
His smile widened. “Yeah. Me too.” He leaned in and gave her another quick kiss before releasing his seat belt and standing. “I don’t know about you, but I’m starving. How about I get Lisa?”

Here’s a quick look at the sexy Riley, would you date him?

Name: Riley Shaughnessy

Occupation:  Musician/Rock Star                             

Height: 6’

Hair Color:  Dark Brown

Eye Color: Blue

Age: 28

What makes you the perfect date?

When I’m out on a date with a woman, there is no one else in the world.  I put all of my attention on her and do my best to make sure that our date includes everything she wants.

What do you look for in a woman?

I used to be all about the looks – mainly because women were always chasing after me.  I had superficial relationships, now I look for a woman who sees more than a rock star, a celebrity.  I want to find someone who just sees me.

Describe yourself in 100 words or less:

Confident.  Talented.  And currently, mildly insecure.  I have always loved music, loved to sing and if I couldn’t do that, I don’t know what I’d do with myself.  Music is just a part of me.  I put my partying ways behind me – not that I had much of one.  I’m just as comfortable on stage in front of thousands of people, as I am at home watching TV.

***** GIVEAWAY *****

Samantha Chase has generously donated ONE  ecopy of This is Our Song AND THREE swag packs for the Blitz giveaway.

Answer the following question in the comments below for a chance to win.  What is your favorite holiday tradition? Is it cooking a family recipe? Cooking dinner for family and friends? Tell us, how do you make the holidays memorable and special?

FOUR winners will be randomly selected.

Be sure to follow Books I Love A Latte on the blog, FB and Twitter so you don’t miss the posting of the winners!

Contest ends on 12/8/16 at 11:59PM Four winners will be randomly selected and posted on the blog after 3 PM 12/9/16.

The lucky winners must comment within 24 hours on the blog post (or FB posted link) to claim their prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

** All entries from Day 2 and Day 3 will be eligible. **

Author Info:

Me

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

For more information, please visit Samantha’s website – www.chasing-romance.com

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Samantha Chase Blitz Day 2 – Coffee With The Shaughnessy Brothers

Samantha Chase Blitz Day 2 – Coffee With The Shaughnessy Brothers

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I recently sat down to have a Cup of Coffee with the Shaughnessy siblings. This is one chat I’ve been looking forward to!

Rae: First things first – I’m having my usual Latte with Coconut Milk

What’s in your mug?

Aidan: Straight black coffee. I don’t understand these fancy coffee drinks.

Hugh: (laughing) You can still class it up a little bit. I’ve got an espresso macchiato

Quinn: Sounds like a girly coffee to me. I’m with Aidan – black coffee. Because that’s what men drink.

Riley: Sorry, I’m afraid I have to disagree, Quinn. I’ve got a holiday spice flat white. (Holds it up as a toast). To the holidays!

Owen: I’m not much of a coffee drinker. But I’ve got vanilla Frappuccino. (Shrugs) Sort of like a coffee, sort of like a milkshake.

Darcy: (Grinning and shaking her head) I love this time of year. I’ve got my peppermint mocha Frappuccino. So yummy!

Rae: Thank you for meeting up with me, especially with the holidays three weeks away.  Are you all ready?

Quinn: There are enough wrapped presents in front of the tree for about a hundred people so I’ll have to say yes.

Darcy: That’s because Anna took care of it all for you. You better appreciate her!

Quinn: (eyes rolling) Don’t start. I already know how lucky I am.

Darcy: Damn right you are…

Aidan: Zoe took care of everything for us, too. Thank God. Christmas combines her two favorite things – Christmas and shopping. Our house looks like a damn department store display window!

Hugh: Aubrey bought out the entire toy department of Target. I know it. So I’ll have to say that we’re ready.

Darcy: And whatever Aubrey missed, Dad and I bought!

Hugh: Oh God…

Rae: Do you have any favorite cookie recipes?

(All five brothers look at Darcy)

Darcy: (Grinning) What? So I like to bake. You all benefit from it!

Quinn: We know. That’s why we all looked at you. None of us have cookie recipes.

Darcy: Ah…gotcha. I think my favorite to make are the red velvet white chocolate chip cookies. It’s a really easy recipe…

Aidan: Um yeah…for you…

Darcy: Any-way…it’s 1/2 cup softened salted butter, 1 cup packed light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 egg, 2 teaspoons red gel or liquid food color (use 2 1/2 teaspoons if needed), 1 3/4 cups Bisquick mix, 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa, 1 cup white vanilla baking chips (add 1/2 cup more if desired). Easy-peasy.

Rae: Do you put up a real tree or a fake tree?

All answered: Real!

Rae: Will everyone be together for the holidays this year?

Hugh: We will. We’re lucky that most of us are still living in the area or can take the time to come home. Dad’s thrilled.

Darcy: He really is. It’s chaos and loud and just crazy but for some reason, he loves it.

Riley: This will be the first Christmas in a couple of years that I’m able to be here so I’m looking forward to it.

Rae: Tell us Aidan, are you still building homes in North Carolina?

Aidan: I am. The business is still growing and we’re expanding a bit but I’ll always stay in this area. This is home to me.

Rae: Hugh, how’s the resort business? What city are you taking over next?

Hugh: The resorts are doing very well. The campaign that Aubrey did for us really gave us more publicity than I thought possible and reservations have been on the rise at all locations ever since. Currently we’re building in North Carolina and I just recently looked at some property up in Alaska.

Rae: Quinn, I’m dying to know – what car do you have in your shop right now? How’s the restorations going?

Quinn: (Grinning) I have a sweet black 77 Trans Am that I’m working on. It looks like the one from Smokey and the Bandit. I’m almost done with it and it drives like a dream!

Rae: Great to see you Riley. I hope that all is well in the music world. I promise this time we won’t talk about work. So tell me, if you could have one thing for Christmas, what would it be?

Riley: (Smiling) I appreciate that. It’s nice to sort of step away from it all for a little while and just hang out with the family. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I’m psyched to be home for it this year. So…one thing? Hmm…This year, I’d say that I’d love a week away – at one of my brother’s resorts – where I can just do nothing all day and just relax. (Looks over at Hugh) Hint, hint!

Rae: What is your favorite part of the holiday?

Riley: Talking about things we did growing up. Sharing memories of those Christmas’s from when we were kids.

Quinn: Definitely. Dad has some old home movies and we bring them out every once in a while and watch them.

Hugh: The Christmas movies. I love sitting around with everyone and watching It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street.

Aidan: Frosty the Snowman. It is not Christmas unless we watch Frosty the Snowman.

Owen: Christmas breakfast. Our mom used to make these huge Belgian waffles every Christmas morning. Dad makes them now but it’s something that no matter where else I have them, they’re never as good as they are on Christmas morning.

Darcy: Presents! How is it that none of you think that getting presents is the best part of the holiday??

Rae: Okay, maybe one work question: I heard rumor that Riley let a reporter hang out with the family, how did that go? Did she stay with you?

Darcy: It was awesome! He finally let us talk to a reporter and we all got to share stories about what it was like growing up with him and how it feels to have a famous brother.

Quinn: Oh yeah…it was like a dream come true.

Aidan: Dude, could you be any more sarcastic?

Quinn: (Shrugging) Probably.

Riley: (Clears his voice) I did bring a reporter home – her name is Savannah Daly and…lets just say that she’s more to me than a reporter.

Quinn: (Makes kissing noises)

Riley: Grow up! (Sighs loudly) Anyway, we stayed with my dad for a bit and then we stayed at Aidan and Zoe’s because Dad was working on his house.

Rae: Owen, what’s new in the world of stars?

Owen: Oh…um…I don’t know if you can say that anything is particularly new with the stars. After all, Most stars are between 1 billion and 10 billion years old. Some stars may even be close to 13.8 billion years old—the observed age of the universe. The oldest star yet discovered, HD 140283, nicknamed Methuselah star, is an estimated…

Darcy: Oh my God! Enough!! We get it!

Rae: Thank you all for hanging out with me. As always please send my regards to your Dad. Happy holidays and next time Hugh – we should meet up at one of your resorts.

Hugh: Pick one and we’ll be there!

***** GIVEAWAY *****

Samantha Chase has generously donated ONE  ecopy of This is Our Song AND THREE swag packs for the Blitz giveaway.

Answer the following question in the comments below for a chance to win.  What is your choice of a vacation – something with thrills or rest and relaxation?

FOUR winners will be randomly selected.

Be sure to follow Books I Love A Latte on the blog, FB and Twitter so you don’t miss the posting of the winners!

Contest ends on 12/8/16 at 11:59PM Three winners will be randomly selected and posted on the blog after 3 PM 12/9/16.

The lucky winners must comment within 24 hours on the blog post to claim their prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

** All entries from Day 2 and Day 3 will be eligible. **

Author Info:

Me

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

For more information, please visit Samantha’s website – www.chasing-romance.com

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Facebook – www.facebook.com/SamanthaChaseFanClub

Twitter – https://twitter.com/SamanthaChase3

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/samanthachase31/

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Samantha-Chase/e/B006CZWRGC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Instagram – https://instagram.com/samanthachaseromance/

 

Samantha Chase Blitz Day 1 – Made For Us, Love Walks In & Always My Girl

Samantha Chase Blitz Day 1 – Made For Us, Love Walks In & Always My Girl

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It’s almost time to meet Riley, the next brother in The Shaughnessy Brothers series from Samantha Chase. I’m re-posting my reviews from Made for Us, Love Walks In,  and Always My Girl. Be sure to check out the excerpts from each book that have been provided by Samantha from a post earlier this year.

Haven’t read any books in The Shaughnessy series? No worries. Each book can be read as a standalone, or enjoyed as a series. There is still time to catch up and discover the Shaughnessy family before the next book releases.

On Tuesday I’ll feature an exclusive Coffee With The Shaughnessy crew and a great giveaway.

I’m thrilled Samantha will be on the blog when This Is Our Song releases tomorrow, December 6, 2016. Don’t miss all the fun!

Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and be prepared to fall in love with a few amazing characters and of course, Samantha Chase!

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Made For Us by Samantha Chase is the first book in the Shaughnessy Brothers series. For those who have read The Montgomery Brothers series you’ll recognize Aidan from Meant for You. This cutie deserved his own book and I’m thrilled he has it. No worries if you haven’t read The Montgomery Brothers series, this story stands on it’s own. However, I highly recommend at some point you do.

Aidan Shaughnessy is bossy, arrogant and a huge control freak when it comes to his construction company. Zoey Dalton is an interior designer that’s about to turn this builder’s life inside out. Will she be able to handle the dominating and perfectionist boss? Can she survive his demands?

Zoey can’t stand being barked at and ordered around. What will happen when she pushes back? It’s not too often that Aidan finds a woman willing to dive in and get dirty to finish a job. What other surprises await these two?

When mother nature interferes they discover just how fast life moves and how quickly things can change. Forced to spend time with each other, Aidan and Zoey will soon find out what happens when the past collides with the present.

Both have experienced unimaginable loss. When Aidan leaves without any explanation can she forgive him? Can he finally deal with his family and forgive himself? Will he make room in his heart?

Discover two strong souls as they collide in this sexy story that’s full of adventure, heartache and adversity. Oh yeah, there’s also tension, chemistry and an extraordinary story that engages us so that you dear reader, will keep reading until the very last page.

Another great start for this new must read series and yeah, I’m totally in love with the Shaughnessy family too. This contemporary romance series will take you on a journey of the heart with stellar writing, new characters to love, sprinkled in with favorites from the past. If you are wondering if there will be a happily ever after then you MUST download this book now and find out.

Hurry over to your favorite e-book/book retailer and download or purchase your copies now! Click here to get your copy – Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers)

I received this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

This review was originally published August 4, 2015 and has been edited now that the book is published.

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Excerpt:

Aidan had been watching this woman since her arrival. It hadn’t been intentional, but he had been in one of the upstairs bedrooms when he saw her car pull up, and had watched in fascination as she inspected the yard. While he felt mildly guilty for causing the other decorator to lose her job, he couldn’t help but be intrigued by her replacement. From what he’d observed so far, this woman was somebody who took notice of details. It wasn’t hard to see the appreciation in her eyes as she looked at the house.

And he couldn’t help but look at her with appreciation. The woman before him had fiery red curly hair and a body with the kind of curves that made a man want to…scratch an itch. Damn it. This was so not the time for that thought to come to mind. As she straightened before him, he had to admit she was even more stunning up close. Tall. In heels, she was maybe only four inches shorter than he and that was saying something. Most women didn’t come close to his six-foot-two-inch height.

Aidan’s mouth went dry when she took off her sunglasses and he caught sight of the greenest eyes he had ever seen. She smiled and held out her hand in greeting. “Mr. Shaughnessy, hello,” she said, her voice was just a bit husky. “I’m Zoe Dalton.”

For a moment, Aidan couldn’t speak. He reached out and took her hand in his, fully intending to give her a business-like handshake, but as soon as he felt her soft skin, he pretty much forgot his own name.

You really have been without a woman for too long, he admonished himself. “Miss Dalton,” he murmured, forcing himself to focus. He shook her hand a little too roughly and released it as if she’d burned him.

Zoe was equally speechless. Why did no one mention that this man was the sexiest thing on two legs? His rock star brother may have been nominated one of the sexiest men alive, but Riley had nothing on his older brother. Dark hair, blue eyes, and hands rough enough that Zoe wanted to feel them all over her. It was rare for a man to make Zoe feel small and delicate, but Aidan was built like a linebacker and managed to make her feel it now.

Zoe fanned herself briefly as Aidan turned and walked away.

And the view was just as spectacular from behind.

She almost groaned.

Her gaze was lingering on how fine he looked in those faded jeans when he cleared his throat. “I want you to look around this house, Miss Dalton, and tell me everything you see that’s wrong.”

She swallowed hard and stepped forward. “Everything?”

Aidan turned to face her, crossing his large arms across his chest. “I want you to start at the front door and walk through the entire house.”

There was the potential here for things to go south very quickly. Beyond what she’d read in Sarah’s files, Zoe wasn’t familiar with his work, so she didn’t want to risk offending him, but Martha did tell her to do whatever Mr. Shaughnessy wanted done without argument. With a brief nod of her head, Zoe placed her soft leather briefcase on the granite countertop, pulled out her tablet and began to type furiously, creating her own document on the house.

Walking to the front door, she stepped out onto the porch and swung the door closed before opening it again. “The door sticks a little,” she began as she walked back inside. “There’s some paint on the hardware on both the interior and exterior sides.” She closed the door and looked around the entryway. Stepping to the right, she opened a closet door and looked inside. “There should be electrical in here. It’s a deep closet so I’m pretty sure people would appreciate having a light inside.” She closed that door and noticed that Aidan hadn’t moved from his spot in the living area.

Pretending not to be bothered by him watching her like that, she stopped and made some notes on her tablet. There was a fabulous cubby unit across from the closet. It had coat hooks and plenty of compartments to house baskets and all kinds of decorative items. She ran her hand over the built-in bench and frowned. “This needs to be sanded down more and another coat of paint added.” Turning to face him, she said, “Chances are, a homeowner would cover this area with a cushion, but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be smooth.”

If she wasn’t mistaken, he actually smirked.

Next to the entryway closet, she found a half bathroom and turned on the light inside. Unimpressive. “The paint is sloppy in there. It’s not plumb, either. The dark paint on the walls against the white ceiling accentuates that. There’s a wave going on in there that almost makes me seasick.”

Zoe crossed the entryway and opened the door to the two-car garage. She peeked her head in to look around quickly and shut the door before turning back to Aidan. “There’s a crack in the concrete floor by the electrical box. Sometimes concrete does that but if you’re going to patch it, make sure that it doesn’t look like a patch.”

The smirk broadened slightly.

Zoe typed a couple more notes and walked into the living area until she was standing about three feet away from Aidan. She met his eyes briefly before turning around and facing the entryway from this angle. With a tilt of her head she stopped and frowned. “It’s out of plumb on the garage side of the entryway. If you stand here you can see the curve in the wall.” She didn’t wait to see if he’d look; she had a feeling he was already well aware of all of the problems.

Doing a slow three-sixty turn, she stopped and typed, then faced the living area. “The color is wrong in here.” Lifting her head, she looked directly at him. “Granted, I don’t know what color you were going for but this is too yellow. You can see those beautiful, dark chocolate-colored cabinets in the kitchen from here. Between those and the dark floors, the walls are all wrong.”

“Tell me why,” he said deeply.

“You’ve got some amazing colors going between the floors, the cabinets and the stone in the fireplace. This color on the walls doesn’t do any of it justice. It’s a yellowish beige, and it’s boring. You want something that is going to complement everything that you’ve done. You want a color that people are going to walk in here and go ‘wow’.” Looking around again, Zoe shrugged. “This doesn’t inspire. This is the weekend-warrior-handyman special.”

As soon as the words were out of her mouth, Zoe regretted them. Maybe he liked that yellow. Maybe he’d chosen it and it was the one color Sarah hadn’t substituted. Why couldn’t she just keep it professional? She’d never had trouble focusing with any of her other clients.

She turned and looked at him and noticed that the smirk was gone. He looked pissed. Okay, there were two ways she could play this. She could immediately apologize and grovel a bit or she could move on and hope she was just blowing it out of proportion.

“I think we can do something better with the furniture.” And option two it is! “The sectional is fine but we can jazz it up once we change the colors in here.” Moving to the kitchen she went on for about five minutes about the things she saw that weren’t quite right—brush strokes in the paint, crooked glass tile in the backsplash—and decided to stop there. His silence was killing her. She typed a few last notes on her tablet before putting it down and leaning against the countertop.

“Do I pass?” she asked.

“Excuse me?”

“I take it that this is a test to determine if I can see that the problem is in the details. Let me assure you, Mr. Shaughnessy, that I do. I have a real problem with craftsmen who rush through a job and put out shoddy work. I think the homeowner deserves a house that has been put together perfectly. And as for the finishes and decorating,” she said as she stood a bit taller, “we want potential buyers to come in here and not only want to buy this house, but to want their own to look as perfect as the model. If not better.” She paused and shrugged. “Not that it will be possible because the model will be perfect on steroids.” There, Zoe thought, he can’t be pissed at me if he knows that I’m a perfectionist too.

He quirked a dark brow at her. As much as Aidan hated to admit it, he was impressed. And he wasn’t impressed easily. Zoe Dalton had not only seen everything that he wanted her to see, but she had even picked up on an issue or two that had escaped him.

Not an easy thing to do.

Aidan continued to stand there and look at her, so Zoe figured she’d better nudge him along. “Are we ready to hit the upstairs? I have a list of problems with that staircase.”

And in that moment Aidan Shaughnessy thought that he just may have met his match.

Now click here to get your copy now – Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers)

Full Name: Aidan Shaughnessy

Nickname (if applicable):

Occupation: Building Contractor              

Height: 6’2

Hair Color: Dark Brown    

Eye Color: Blue        

Age: 34

Originally from: Coastal North Carolina

What makes you the perfect date? (50 words or less):  No one – including myself – has ever said that! But if I had to say something, it would be that I like to take care of all the details so that my date doesn’t have to worry about a thing.

What do you look for in a woman? (50 words or less) Typically someone strong and independent but also enjoys being taken care of.

Describe yourself in 100 words or less: I’m a bit of a control freak – or so I’ve been told! I’m hard working and know exactly what I want out of life. I can be quiet and observant – a bit of a people watcher. I don’t enjoy crowds very much. I prefer if I’m out, to be out in a small group or with one person.

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Love Walks In by Samantha Chase is the second installment in The Shaughnessy series. Every time I read a book from Samantha I’m surprised and absolutely engaged in her story.

Hugh Shaughnessy has always had a plan and been in total control, it’s the only way he can guard his heart. Never in his wildest dreams could he imagine what unfolds at work. When Hugh meets Aubrey, its memorable and laugh out loud hysterical! This might just be what Hugh needs to shake him up, if that’s even possible.

For a man who has money and an amazing career, yes I am jealous ;), he’s still not fulfilled. There is something magical about Aubrey. Will she be the one to loosen him up? It’s going to take letting himself go out of his comfort zone, off the scheduled and predictable path, to discover what he needs.

Aubrey Burke is hiding from a huge mistake and unintentionally falls into a temporary life of parties, wine, and a lot of great food. Will she find a happy-ever-after or will she push Hugh away? Will Hugh be the one to stop her from running?

Both have reasons for hesitation when love is involved. Will they be able to trust each other? When they wind up working together they will discover that not everything can be planed out. That theory that opposites attract is put to the test and it will be amazing. It will take a village of family and friends to get these two together.

I love the setting of this novel, it’s the perfect escape from the hectic work week. Sit back with a glass of wine, a decadent cheese plate and a few chocolate truffles and discover how yummy love can be.

Another must read sexy story that has amazing characters – each one has a purpose and there are a few that have become my new favorites! The Shaughnessy Bachelors are interesting, compelling and can handle the unexpected. Oh, did I mention super sexy too? This time the destination is a resort and a vineyard. Two places I would love to be right now!

Samantha, it sounds like we have much to look forward to for the Shaughnessy family. I can’t wait to see whose story is next and where we go!

I received this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

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Excerpt:

Aubrey woke up the next morning and instantly groaned when she realized last night wasn’t a dream. She had cried all over Hugh until she had practically collapsed. Then he had carried her to her bed and gently put her down, kissing her forehead. And just when she thought he had taken his chance to escape, he was back with a glass of water for her. He made sure she was comfortable, kissed her gently again, and then he was gone.

Ugh. The poor man must be wishing he had just let her rob his office and not interfered. She was a mess. A stinking hot mess. How in the world was she supposed to face him this morning, knowing he must think the same thing of her? Aubrey eyed the balcony, but it was too high to escape that way.

“No more running,” she murmured as she climbed from the bed, still wearing last night’s clothes. It wasn’t particularly early—eight a.m.—but she wasn’t sure if Hugh was an early riser or not. Hopefully he was already down at the office. She’d shower and get herself feeling human again before seeking him out.

Thirty minutes later, dressed in one of her new outfits—black capris and a sky blue sleeveless blouse—Aubrey stepped out into the living room. And froze.

Hugh was sitting at the breakfast bar drinking a cup of coffee and reading the paper. “Good morning,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if you were big on breakfast, so I had them send up an assortment of food—fruit, cereal, muffins, that sort of thing. If you’d like something hot like eggs or pancakes, we can have them sent up, too.”

He wasn’t asking her to leave.

He was offering her breakfast like everything was completely normal.

Nervously tucking her hair behind her ear, she straightened in her spot. “Listen… Hugh, about last night…”

He waved her off. “Today is a new day,” he said with a sincere smile. “Okay?”

There were so many things Aubrey wanted to say, but she took the lifeline he extended, returning his smile. “Okay.” She walked over to where the breakfast tray was. Her practical side told her to have some of the fresh fruit, but the other side urged her to have one of the giant muffins.

“There’s banana nut, blueberry, and chocolate chip,” Hugh said as he watched her.

“As much as I would love the chocolate chip one, I don’t think it’s quite right for breakfast,” Aubrey said, sighing as she picked up the plate of fruit. Before she knew it, Hugh was beside her, taking the plate from her hands. “What are you doing?”

He leaned in and spoke to her in an exaggerated whisper. “You’re technically on vacation. It’s okay to have chocolate for breakfast. Besides, I won’t tell.”

She looked at him and couldn’t help but giggle. “It just feels so wrong.”

Now it was Hugh’s turn to chuckle. “It’s okay. Live a little.” Without a word, Hugh put the muffin on a plate, handed it to Aubrey, and took her by the shoulders, directing her to the breakfast bar. “Sit. Eat.”

And she did. It was quite possibly the best muffin—or breakfast—she’d ever eaten. It felt completely decadent, and it wasn’t until she was halfway through it that she realized Hugh was staring at her. Swallowing the last bite, she looked at him. “What?”

His face was resting in his hand and he was smiling—he seemed to do that a lot. At least, he always seemed to be smiling at her.

“It’s good to see you enjoying a meal.”

Aubrey looked at him quizzically. “What are you talking about? I always enjoy my meals.”

Hugh shook his head. “I know I can’t speak for how you normally eat, but since you’ve been here, you’ve been very reserved while you ate. This muffin? It was a completely different experience.”

She wanted to be a little bit offended by his observation, but couldn’t. “If you can believe it, that’s the first time I’ve ever eaten baked goods for breakfast. It was never allowed.”

Hugh’s shocked expression was almost comical. “How is that possible? What about bagels?”

Aubrey shook her head.

“Donuts?”

“Definitely not.”

“Toast?”

She laughed. “That’s not a baked good.”

“Technically, it is. Bread is baked, therefore toast is a baked good.”

Aubrey rolled her eyes. “Okay, then to be clear, I’ve never eaten the kind of baked goods one would find in an actual bakery for breakfast.”

“That borders on child abuse.”

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Full Name: Hugh Shaughnessy

Nickname (if applicable):

Occupation: Luxury Resort Owner/Designer                  

Height: 6’3

Hair Color: Dark Brown    

Eye Color: Blue        

Age: 32

Originally from: Coastal North Carolina

What makes you the perfect date? (50 words or less):  I am extremely attentive. I believe in taking a woman out for a romantic dinner with dancing and candlelight and making her feel like she is the most important thing in the world.

What do you look for in a woman? (50 words or less) She’s intelligent and easy to talk to but who isn’t looking for forever. I travel a lot and she would need to be understanding of that.

Describe yourself in 100 words or less: I’m a really regimented man. I mean really. I like things done a certain way and I’m a stickler for routines and schedules. Some say I’m overly cautious – in every aspect of my life – but that doesn’t mean that I’m boring. I have an appreciation for the finer things and I’m outgoing and enjoy being around people and making new friends.

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Always My Girl by Samantha Chase is the third installment in the Shaughnessy Brothers series, and it is AMAZING! Another satisfying and very refreshing story that dives into the lives of the Shaughnessy family with Quinn Shaughnessy. I must admit, he’s one of my favorite brothers because of he loves cars!

Quinn has always craved things that go fast since he was a young boy. At the beginning of the book there is a tender scene that takes me back to being a kid and it just melts my heart. Samantha sums it up perfectly with this image.

open book isolated on white background. notebook with spiral binderAll grown up Quinn has had his share of fun, women and a fantastic career. One that included racing cars until something happened that found him walking away from it all. Even then Quinn couldn’t figure out what exactly it was that he was chasing. All he knew was that there was a void that couldn’t be filled, that is till Anna Harrigan finally got his attention.

Anna and Quinn have been friends since she was six years old, and I love that their friendship has weathered through the tough times. If only Quinn would notice the woman she’s become he might finally find an everlasting love. Anna isn’t the little girl he once knew. Now grown up she’s finally ready to do something about her crush and be noticed.

With a little coaxing from her best friend, Anna decides to change things. But they are both in for a surprise when they realize that their feelings run deeper than they ever expected. What will Quinn do when he discovers how Anna really feels, will he stay or push her away?

Check out this teaser and you’ll see exactly what Anna’s up against.

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Sometimes it takes a push from a friend to make you realize what your looking for is right next door. How many of us grew up loving the one person they thought they’d never be able to win? What will Quinn do when Anna begins to change and her interest in cars takes a surprising turn? Is it that she’s changing or is that he’s finally admitting how he really feels? Perhaps the reason he hasn’t quite found that someone special yet is because he hasn’t realized what’s been in front of him his entire life.

Samantha has written a story that so many readers can relate to, one that’s written so tenderly that it will make you laugh, cry and rejoice when you read the last page.

There are at least three more books that we can hopefully expect from this series – Owen, Riley and Darcy. I hope they each have their story shared soon! A bonus with this series is that you the reader become part of this amazing family and love when everyone pops up from previous books.

I had so much fun having Samantha on the blog this week and I hope you all enjoy Always My Girl as much as I did.

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and hones review.

Still not convinced? Check out this excerpt Samantha sent over and see for yourself.

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He high-fived you?”

Anna nodded. “He high-fived me.”

“Wow…just…wow.”

“Yeah, that was pretty much my reaction too.”

Zoe sat back in her seat and frowned. “I don’t even know what to say to that. Even when Aidan was being a complete jerk when we started dating, he never would have…”

“High-fived you when you were looking to hug him?”

Raising her glass of iced tea, she saluted Anna. “I give you props for not picking up a bat and slugging him.”

“It was tempting but there were too many witnesses.”

Zoe chuckled. “So…now what? What happened when you guys got home?”

“Nothing. I came back here alone and Quinn?” She shrugged. “I have no idea where he went. Probably to the pub with everyone.”

“You didn’t go?”

“Between the high-five and Mark’s comment…I just needed to get away.”

“Okay, but you’ve talked to Quinn since then, right? I mean, it was four days ago.”

Anna shook her head. “He texted me the next day and said he needed to put in some serious times on the restoration job.”

“I still can’t believe he’s doing it,” Zoe said with disgust. “After everything Jake did…”

“I don’t want to talk about it,” Anna interrupted. “I told everyone I didn’t mind and I don’t. Sort of.” She cursed. “Not really.”

“Anna, come on! How can you sit here and tell me you honestly don’t care? That guy was a creep! And what he tried to do to you was criminal! How can you sit here and tell me you want to encourage Quinn to do this job? There will be other restorations! Does he really want the recognition so badly he’s willing to do a job that is nothing but a constant reminder of what Jake Tanner did?”

Anna hadn’t really thought of it that way. With a sigh, she rested her head on the back of the sofa. “He’s only doing because I told him to. I know how important getting this restoration part of the business is to Quinn. This job was not only a big deal because of the kind of cars they are, but because Jake had already lined up magazine interviews and deals for the big reveal. How could I take that away from him?”

“How could he not offer to?” Zoe snapped. “Honestly, out of all the Shaughnessys, Quinn really is the most clueless. And that’s saying something!”

“He did, but I talked him out of it. So I’m partially to blame. I’ll be all right,” Anna said, but she didn’t honestly believe it and the look Zoe gave her said she wasn’t buying it either.

“So what are you going to do?”

“I don’t really know. We had a couple of weeks where we were inseparable and that’s never happened before. I know he has a lot of work with the new shop that needs his attention and I guess when he has the time, he’ll let me know.”

Zoe stood, clearly agitated. “You’re too good to him. Too forgiving.”

“What am I supposed to do?” She paused. “And besides, I told him to leave me alone.”

“Oh, please. You were upset. Now you’re supposed to drive over to the shop and demand he talk to you, for starters! Then you get in his face and tell him to man up and stop hiding when things get tough! And lastly, tell him if he ever high-fives you again instead of accepting the hug you’re requesting, I’ll come over there and hit him over the head with one of those giant wrenches!”

Anna chuckled. “Man…does Aidan ever win an argument with you?”

A slow smile crept across her face. “Not if he knows what’s good for him.”

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Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow for Coffee With The Shaughnessy crew. There will be a giveaway too!

Author Info:

Me

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Put these books on your holiday list now

Put these books on your holiday list now

It’s time to make 2017 AMAZING – don’t wait to start on New Year’s Eve. We still have 27 more days left. Make every minute count – take care of you!

Check out these tools to help organize your life. Then reward yourself with a few must reads to get you through the week or month depending on how fast you read ;).

Some are already available while others will be releasing soon. As always, please be kind and remember the best gift you could give your favorite author this season is a honest review on Amazon, GoodReads, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, etc. when you are finished 🙂

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* Please note that I have not tried many of the tools but hope to get my hands on them soon. I too have a wish list this season 😉 *

AuthorLife Planner 2017 by Bria Quinlan -$15.99

Upscale Downhome: Family Recipes, All Gussied Up by Rachel Hollis- $11.29

DudeFood: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food by Dan Churchill-$15.34

Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up – $17.99

Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count … Without Stressing Out by Giada De Laurentiis-$23.29

Sugar Rush: Master Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Sweet Bakingby Johnny Iuzzini – $27.22

*Great Reads*


Always My Girl (The Shaughnessy Brothers Book 3) by Samantha Chase- $0.99

Christmas On Pointe: A Silver Bell Falls Holiday Novella by Samantha Chase- $2.99

Wait for Me (Montgomery Brothers Book 1)by Samantha Chase- $3.82

This Is Our Song (The Shaughnessy Brothers)by Samantha Chase – $6.15

One Little Kiss by Robin Covington- $1.99

Temptation (Nashville Nights Book 1) by Robin Covington- FREE

Seducing the Tycoon by MK Meredith- $3.99

Seducing Seven (What Happens in Vegas)  by MK Meredith- $0.99

Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane Book 1) by Elizabeth Hoyt- FREE

Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane Book 10) by Elizabeth Hoyt- $2.99

Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane Book 5) by Elizabeth Hoyt – $3.99


Aristide (Brethren Origins Book 3) by Barbara Devlin-$0.99

Enter The Brethren (Brethren of the Coast Book 1) by Barbara Devlin- $0.99

Under The Kissing Bough: 15 Romantic Holiday Novellas by Jeanne Adams, Sandy Blair, Anna Campbell, Tina Di Salvo, Barbara Devlin, Suzanne Ferrell, Joan Kayse, Catherine Kean, Kathryn Le Veque, Anna Markland, Hildie McQueen, Meara Platt, Elizabeth Rose, Jordan K. Rose, and Lana Williams. FIFTEEN novellas for $0.99 ** A must for your e-reader!

The Witches Walk: Haven Harbor Book 1 (The Witches of Haven Harbor) by Jeanne Adams – $1.99


A Match Made in Mistletoe: A Regency Novella by Anna Campbell- $0.99

Dashing Widows (4 Book Series)by Anna Campbell – $3.96 for FOUR novellas

The Men of BMUS Box Set by Vicki Lewis Thompson- $3.99

Already Home (Sons of Chance Series) by Vicki Lewis Thompson- $1.99

A Perfect Distraction (The New Jersey Ice Cats)by Anna Sugden – $3.99

A Perfect Selection: The New Jersey Ice Cats by Anna Sugden- $0.99

Stitched Up Heart (Combat Hearts Book 1) by Tarina Deaton- $2.99


Her Enemy Protector (Tempt Me)by Avery Flynn -$2.99


The de Lohr Dynasty Complete Collection: Epic Medieval Romance Tales by Katherine Le Veque -$0.99

Under The Holly Moon (Legacy Of Magick Series, Book 5) by Ellen Dugan-$2.99

The Whisky Laird’s Bed (Rake Patrol) by Donna MacMeans- $4.99

The Education of Mrs. Brimley by Donna MacMeans-$6.99

Smart Cupid (2 Book Series) by Maggie Kelley-$5.98

One Sexy Mistake (Chase Brothers) by Sarah Ballance- $0.99

Five Things I Love About You (Chase Brothers) by Sarah Ballance- $0.99


The Soul of a SEAL (West Coast Navy SEALs Book 4) by Anne Elizabeth -$7.99


Unworthy (The Worthy Series Book 1) by Lynne Silver- $3.99

On His Watch (Search and Rescue) by Katie Ruggle- FREE

Hold Your Breath (Search and Rescue Book 1)
by Katie Ruggle -$3.14

Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue Book 2) by Katie Ruggle- $3.82


Gone Too Deep (Search and Rescue Book 3) by Katie Ruggle- $3.82

In Safe Hands (Search and Rescue Book 4) by Katie Ruggle-$0.99


Unleashed (The Amoveo Legend Book 1) by Sara Humphreys- $0.99

Brave the Heat (The McGuire Brothers Book 1) by Sara Humphreys- $6.15


Batter Up (Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls Book 1) by Robyn Neeley- $2.99


The Thief (Borderland Brides) by Allison Butler-$2.40


The Healer (Borderland Brides) by Alison Butler- $2.40

The Protector (Highland Brides Book 1) by Alison Butler- $2.84

Turn Up the Heat (Pine Mountain Book 1) by Kimberly Kincaid- $1.99


Reckless (Rescue Squad) by Kimberly Kincaid- $5.99

Crossing Hearts (The Cross Creek Series Book 1) by Kimberly Kincaid-$3.99

The Highlander’s Reward (The Stolen Bride Series Book 1) by Eliza Knight-$1.99

The Bachelor’s Promise (Bachelor Auction) by Naima Simone- $3.99

Flirting with Fire (Hot In Chicago Series)by Kate Meader- $6.99

Big Rock: (A Sexy Standalone Contemporary Romance)by Lauren Blakely – $3.99

Happy Reading dear readers. I’ll be posting another list before the year is out!

-XO

Add a little spice to your holiday season

Add a little spice to your holiday season

What does a cooking show, an actor and two sexy chefs have in common? Discover the world of reality TV and how easy it is to get swept up into the lights and glimmer of TV land.

This steamy book will warm your insides, feed your soul and have you craving the next adventure.

This three pepper spicy latte sizzles and has content for mature readers 18 +.3 Jalepenos

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A naughty grown up story of the Big Bad Wolf and little Red isn’t the same story your read as a child.

This steamy, no holds bared story is for mature readers and is packed with action, romance and a woman who must make a stand.

In the third part of this sizzling story will Ivy choose the Reaper or Lukas? Ivy has just one tiny little problem, she’s betrayed a member of the pack. Who will stay and who will run?

While it is part of a series I was able to enjoy on it’s own however I hear it’s better to consume them in order!

3 JalepenosA steamy read full of sexy wolves is a three pepper spicy latte sizzles and has content for mature readers 18 +.

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A baker, a lawyer and a whole lot of pastries in this sizzling story of a woman who must decide her future and the man who will make sure she gets what she deserves.

Daisy and Jamie will have to fight to get what they want. A food critic’s review and a case of mistaken identity stand in the way of the one thing Daisy wants – her bakery.

3 JalepenosThis story is pretty hot with content for mature readers 18 +.

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Unworthy by Lynne Silver is a scorching hot Miami must read that will tug at every inch of your heart and leave you begging for more.

Cat Ross is strong, sassy and not interested in taking crap from anyone, including her childhood crush Ian Lawrence.  Ian is all grown up and still looks at Cat as his best friends younger sister. Will he push that aside and give in to his feelings?

Faced with life changing decisions Cat will need to decide if she can trust Ian and reveal the truth surrounding her need for employment and what really happened after high school?

Just in time for the holidays this must read tackles all the nuances of family, love and friendship. Lynne also revisits high school in a very tender and realistic way – what would you do with a second chance to redeem yourself?

If that’s not enough….the Thanksgiving Family dinner scene was fantastically written. I laughed and cried my way thought it with Cat.

This three pepper spicy latte sizzles and is a must read. I sat down to read it and did not move from the sofa till I clicked on the last page. I am in love with this series and hope that Cat’s brother Danny is the next hero….Lynne please tell me I don’t have to wait too long!

3 JalepenosThis story is pretty hot with content for mature readers 18 +.

I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.

About the Author

Romance author, Lynne Silver, writes the popular Alpha Heroes and Coded for Love series. Before writing romance, she wrote fiction of a different sort, drafting press releases for technology corporations. Washington DC is her home (non) state, where she resides with her husband and two sons.

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