Revenge, a corporate take-over and secrets! A must read!

Revenge Best Served Hot (Men of the Zodiac Novel) by Jackie Brun is a fast paced romance full of corporate takeover, revenge and unexpected twists and turns.

Brody Flynn has vowed revenge on business tycoon Jonathan Douglass after his parents died. What better than a corporate take-over from the man who destroyed his family. There’s just one glitch, he’s seriously attracted to Jonathan’s daughter and she’s not happy with his plans.

Katherine Douglass is more than just a pretty face, in fact she’s a sharp business woman who has her own ideas of how the corporation should run. Too bad no one listens to her. Will Brody finally appreciate her mind or fall for her body instead? Her talents surprise him and send his libido into overdrive.

Corporate takeovers are usually messy and this one is no exception. When Kate’s father asks her to go too far in helping him win back his former company she has a decision to make. Will Brody find saistcation once he gets what he wants? Both of them have issues to work through.

Discover another must read from the Mend of the Zodaic series. At $2.99 it’s a great priced for a fast paced read. While this is part of a series it can be read on it’s own. I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. I look forward to more great reads in this series soon!

Author Info:

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Jackie Braun is the author of more than 30 romance novels. Over the years, her books have been nominated for three Rita Awards, four National Readers’ Choice Awards and won a Rising Star Award. Among other honors, she is a past nominee for Series Storyteller of the Year by RT Book Reviews.

Jackie has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has worked at newspapers and other publications for more than two decades. For the past several years, she has freelanced as both an editorial writer and a copy editor.

Jackie is an avid gardener, a wannabe chef and a hoarder of traditionally published books, even though she loves her Kindle. She is the secretary/vice president of her book club, which boasts more than 170 members. (And no, they don’t all read the same book each month. The club brings in speakers–mostly authors–to discuss a variety of topics.)

Jackie was born, raised and educated in Michigan. With the exception of a couple of briefs stints in New York—as a college intern for Good Housekeeping magazine in Manhattan, and as a copy editor at The Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls—she has lived in the Great Lakes state her entire life.

She is happily married to her hero, Mark, and the proud mom of two sons. She also is “mom” to an adorable, if needy rescued miniature poodle mix.

She loves to hear from readers, who can find her on twitter and facebook or contact her through her website at www.jackiebraun.com.

A corporate entrepreneur and an unexpected agenda – a sexy & fresh must read!

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The Millionaire Daddy Project (Men of the Zodiac) by Roxanne Snopek is a sexy, emotional and full of rich characters. I love when a great read has a cover that draws you in, and this most certainly does!

Dane Bergman is a power hungry business man that hates secrets and abhors lies even more! When his employees push for an internal daycare he balks at the idea. It’s not until he discovers the truth regarding a child he never knew existed, that the daycare option doesn’t seem so terrible.

While this alpha male can run a mega corporation, he has no clue what to do with a child. Roxanne is brilliant when she tackles the simple task of cooking a child dinner. For those who have had the pleasure – it’s brilliant and raw!

Tired of how he’s handling his personal life, his personal assistant Pamela Atwater has a 30 day plan to turn this stiff and dodgy man into a hands on dad. In order for this plan to work, he needs to make his daughter a priority. Dane is one step ahead of Pamela and has a few conditions for her too. Will she accept? Can he win over a four year old? Will he find out that he’s capable of loving and being loved?

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. I enjoyed reading this book (the Men of Zodiac Series) and look forward to the next one soon! I love when I find a new author to read and will be downloading another book from Roxanne soon!

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Author Info:

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Roxanne Snopek writes contemporary romance both sexy and sweet, in small towns, big cities and on secluded islands, with families and communities that will warm your heart. She also drives a fast car, lifts heavy objects and repels department store greeters with a single glance. Her fictional heroes (like her own real-life hero of 25+ years) are swoon-worthy, uber-responsible, secretly vulnerable and occasionally dough-headed. Animals love them, too, which is a huge plus! Her books have hit the Kindle Top 100 and the Barnes and Noble Top 10 list numerous times, and have been shortlisted for various awards.

Avid gardener, soup-maker and bread-eater, Roxanne writes from British Columbia, Canada, surrounded by dogs, cats, deer, squirrels and occasionally bear and bobcat. When she thinks of it, she does yoga and cleans the house. Well, not that last thing.

Another must read in the Dukes of War series will sweep you off your feet!

 

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The Major’s Faux Fiancee (Dukes of War #4) by Erica Ridley is a regency war story that tackles doubt, despair and lust that will have you immediately double-clicking your e-reader to download the other books in this phenomenal series!

Major Bartholomew Blackpool has returned from war unable or willing to assimilate and has become a recluse. A war injury proves to be one obstacle he can’t seem to overcome and can’t allow himself to be seen out and about. Perhaps he could try if only the guilt didn’t weigh him down.

When you mix a wounded soldier and a damsel in distress you get the makings for a fantastic romantic adventure. There’s just one catch… don’t call Daphne a damsel in distress. Daphne has found her life calling helping others. If only her guardian could be more supportive she might not find herself in need of her own rescuing.

Unfortunately her guardian has given her an ultimatum, either choose a husband she can live with or risk being betrothed to one of her guardian’s choosing. Daphne reaches out in desperation to the one person whom she hopes will understand her predicament and help her. Bartholomew responds to her request and Daphne discloses her unconventional plan, will he help her? How will his friends and family respond when they realize what’s become of him?

Unfortunately Bartholomew is obsessed with how people perceive him that he ignores what’s right in front of him. Daphne is committed to helping those in need of a leader and a voice to be heard. Can they both discover that their goals may actually be the same and that they might actually be perfect for each other? This book tackles the sensitivity of war and how to recover with grace, humility and heartfelt passion.

While I received this ARC for a fair and honest review, I would buy this for myself or as a gift. Each book in this series is engaging and can be read on it’s own or gobbled up a fabulous series! Lucky for your dear reader there are plenty to enjoy! On Amazon today  you can download The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation (The Dukes of War Book 1) for FREE and The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower (The Dukes of War Book 2), The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress (The Dukes of War Book 3) and The Major’s Faux Fiancee are all $2.99 each! That’s FOUR books for $8.97!!!

I absolutely love what Erica did with the secondary characters and I look forward to The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride (The Dukes of War Book #5) which is scheduled to be released on September 1, 2015 and yes, you can pre-order it now! Happy Reading 🙂

***** Giveaway *****

For one lucky reader Erica Ridley will give an e-book of Dark Surrender a regency gothic historical novel. Just comment below for a chance to win! Winner will be randomly selected on June 9th.

Discover more about Erica in my Coffee With post: https://booksilovealatte.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/coffee-with-erica-ridley/

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The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress (Book #3 in the Dukes of War Series): https://booksilovealatte.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/a-soldier-who-has-returned-from-war-and-the-woman-who-desires-him/

Author Info:

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Erica Ridley is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Coffee With Melissa Cutler

 

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First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Latte 🙂
What would you order? I’d be drinking something potent, like a triple macchiato or a hammerhead (coffee with espresso shots in it). I can’t get enough espresso!

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions. For readers who are not familiar with your books, you write both contemporary and romantic suspense books with characters that have a wide range of careers and some even have physical limitations that challenge all of the characters in that particular book.

I do love to write a wide variety of characters and I like to give them careers that I, personally, find fascinating. I discovered early on that I vastly prefer writing about working-class characters and blue collar heroes, such as soldiers, construction works, firefighters, law enforcement, cowboys. I find wealth so damn boring…unless it causes deep internal conflict for a character.

Congratulations on the recent release of Game Changer which is the third book in your Bomb Squad Hockey Series. It was the first book I’ve read from your book library and I LOVED it. I can’t wait to read Books 1 and 2! What inspired you to write this series?

Thank you! I’m so glad the book resonated with you. It was such a pleasure to write and has ended up becoming one of my favorites in my book library. My inspirations for this book were like a bunch of cosmic threads that all came together in a kismet-like braid. I follow photographer Michael Stokes on Facebook, and so watched with fascination as he started turning his lens on male models who are amputee veterans of combat. I knew when I saw model Alex Minsky’s image that I wanted to write about men like him. So, really, Brandon–the hero of book 3–was my original inspiration to write about wounded warriors.

Another ‘cosmic thread’ was watching the last winter Olympics. I stayed tune after that ended to watch the Paralympics, and the moment I watched the first sled ice hockey game, that I knew what I wanted my wounded warrior heroes to do. Around that same time, I was researching the Erie Canal because I had decided to set a series along its banks. What better place for a wounded warrior ice hockey team to live?

The final cosmic thread was a vivid dream I had. I woke up gasping, shot out of bed, and wrote the whole thing down. It became the first scene in book 1 of this series (with lots of tweaks branching away from my dream, of course). In the dream, I was Allison and I had my children with me, and it was pouring rain. I watched my husband being taken away in a patrol car and I thought “My life will never be the same again.”

The covers are fantastic – did you have any input with them? Thank you! I did not have any input. I was lobbying hard for the publisher to use wounded combat vet male models.

Will there be any additional books in this series? I sincerely hope so. Olivia, Presley, Kayla, Gabe, and Will need to have their stories told!

While clicking about on your website I read your recent March blog post (Link: https://www.melissacutler.net/blog/) It was revealing, inspiring and very poignant. You spoke about body image, perception and acceptance. There is something valuable in what you said and transfers into your characters.

Thank you! I like to be open and vulnerable with my readers, so it came naturally to me to pull back the curtain about the personal journey I’m on. In fact, I was writing GAME CHANGER while I had those personal epiphanies. Writing the book helped me work through a lot of my own opinions about self-love, body acceptance, and the direction I needed to take my life in. In the months since I posted that, I’ve kept my journey going and I’m in such a great place right now, mentally and emotionally. I feel fierce and beautiful for the first time in my life.

There is a scene in Game Changer that’s so raw (and without giving anything away) I’m amazed at how well that turned out. It was the first time I’d read a scene like and thought it was written perfectly! I could feel every emotion, including the awkwardness that made it so unique in a romance book. Most books these days do not deal with scenes with that much description. Were you afraid to write it? Is there a way to answer without giving any spoilers? 😉

It tickles me to hear that you’ve never read a scene like that. I get that a lot, and because of that it’s one of the scenes I’m most proud of with this book. I reached the decision to create that scene (it happens at the 30% mark in the ebook) because these characters had been circling each other for the first two books. Readers who’ve been following their story could probably predict the trajectory of Book 3, which I couldn’t let happen. So I thought, what’s the most powerful and unexpected way I can explode this predictable trajectory? Once I made up my mind to write the scene, it wasn’t difficult. I blocked out the choreography and location ahead of time, then went into my writer zone/trance to get at the emotional truths of the scene…and the first pass of the scene is what readers get. I didn’t revise it because I didn’t want to tinker with the rawness of the moment.

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1. What is your must read book and why? THE SECRET by Julie Garwood. Best. Book. Ever. I love highlanders, and I love bold, smart heroines, and this book combines them perfectly.

2. What is one place I should see if I visit your hometown? I live in San Diego, so I’ll say the beach, of course!

3. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you? I play piano by ear and can play almost any song you throw at me.

4. If you listen to music while writing, what songs are on your most recent playlist? I do write to music, but it has to match the tone and message of the book I’m writing. I’m presently writing a contemporary western romance that riffs on the “Bro Country” idea of pick up trucks and girls in daisy dukes and weekends spent tubin’ on the river. So I’m listening to a lot of Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, etc.

5. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go for research? Brazil. For fun? Japan.

6. What is your guilty pleasure? I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. Just pleasure.

7. What are you afraid of? Dolls and clowns. Don’t even get me started on marionettes and puppets. *shudder*

8. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)? I’m a weekly viewer of The Flash, Arrow, New Girl, Big Bang Theory, Naked and Afraid (Love this show like hella), Jimmy Fallon, and The Daily Show. And I’m presently binge watching Gilmore Girls for the first time. I’m in season 5 right now…

9. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why? Bull Durham. It’s funny and smart and sexy and magical. I never get tired of watching it.

10. Would you rather see a movie in the theatre or at home on DVD and why? In a theater. I like the sensation of losing myself to the experience, which is tricky at home.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your time.
I Look forward to “chatting” with you soon 🙂

Thank you so much. This has been a blast. I hope you enjoyed your latte

Author Info:

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Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world writing sexy contemporary romances and romantic suspense for a variety of publishers, including Macmillan, Berkley, Kensington Books, and Harlequin. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids. She loves hearing from readers at melissa@melissacutler.net, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks ) and Twitter (@m_cutler). Visit www.melissacutler.net to learn more about Melissa and her books and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter: https://bit.ly/16mkpCs

A **Spicy Latte** hockey romance that’s a must read!

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Game Changer (Bomb Squad Series Book #3) by Melissa Cutler is a hockey romance that’s raw, emotional and full of sizzle. Brandon Theroux is an injured vet that’s made a name for himself in the fitness community and on the modeling circuit as well as being the a playboy on the hockey team that’s full of wounded warriors. When the opportunity arises for this military hero to chase a new dream via a reality television series, he seizes the moment.

For local gal Harper Johnson, she values her friendship with the sexy hockey star and has no desire to be another notch on his bedpost. Their friendship is solid so when oblems arise at her bar, she enlists his help. Just one catch – a bet of sorts is made. It’s just the way things work between them, or is it? The energy between them is electric and raw. Both characters are powerful and full of emotion.

However, when Harper needs to make a life changing decision, she resists asking friend Brandon for help. A friend who would do just about anything to help. Will Harper break down and discover if their friendship is destined for bigger things? They both think they are better off as friends, but are they really?

Amidst the amazing characters is a running theme of living without fear or regret. Challenge yourself. Take risks. When you are injured, there are always obstacles. A support network that provides faith, trust and love is critical for getting through the obstacles. Brandon needs to figure out if he needs Hollywood to discover his destiny?

This was the first book I’ve read in this fabulous series and it’s packed with hockey, desire, and a lot of great characters. I want to mention there is a truly raw moment in the story (don’t worry I would never dream of spoiling it for you dear readers) that is one of the best scenes I’ve read in a while! You won’t have a clue it’s coming until you get there, and that’s one of the many things I love about this book. Quick note – if you are leaving a comment, please be considerate for those who haven’t read it 🙂

Again, it’s a must read that’s perfect for those hot summer days by the pool or anywhere else you might find yourself reading this yummy book!

2 JalepenosJust enough sizzle to make you tingle. For mature audience, 18+

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. I look forward to reading the other books in this series soon.

Stop by tomorrow as I sit down and have Coffee With Melissa Cutler!

Author Info:

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Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world writing sexy contemporary romances and romantic suspense for a variety of publishers, including Macmillan, Berkley, Kensington Books, and Harlequin. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids. She loves hearing from readers at melissa@melissacutler.net, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks ) and Twitter (@m_cutler). Visit www.melissacutler.net to learn more about Melissa and her books and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter: https://bit.ly/16mkpCs