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The Purest Hook (A Second Circle Tattoos Novel Book 3) by Scarlett Cole is gritty, sexy and emotionally raw. One quick note before diving into this review, Scarlett is a DOUBLE nominee for the 2016 RITA’s in Best First Book and Romantic Suspense categories. This was the first book that I read by Scarlett and now I’m quick to add her backlist to my e-reader.

Sarah-Jane “Pixie” Travers has worked hard to move beyond her troubled, terrifying and dangerous past. With the help of a few strangers her life and future have promise. If only she could allow herself a few pleasures, specifically Dred Zander, maybe then she’d feel normal.

Dred Zander, a reality star and musician has the hots for Pixie but she won’t let him in. Try as he might he’s relentless and won’t give up. In fact he uses every opportunity he can to woo her with his charm, but each time she rejects him. The banter between them is fresh, flirty and fun and adds a nice balance of comfort while the suspense in the story builds. It gives hope and we love to read about the possibility of hope!

Both have troubled pasts that fill us with rage. Each afraid of losing to a past beyond their control they avoid the truth. Will these two lost souls find salvation?

Can Pixie finally uncover the truth around that fateful night? Will Dread walk away when he learns the details? When the press uncovers secrets and the media attempts to harm any chance of happiness for Pixie and Dred it will take a leap of faith and trust to work through it.

While these two look to find their own happy-ever-after this two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review.
Download today for $3.99 before the price goes up and meet the men and women of The Second Circle Tattoo!

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Author Info:

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Scarlett Cole is a writer of contemporary romance and a two-time RITA finalist. Her debut, THE STRONGEST STEEL, has already become an Amazon best seller in romantic suspense, was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors On The Air Global Radio Network Contemporary Romance Pick of 2015.

When Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. She likes hot men, cold beer, and expensive shoes.

Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.

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Three Week Arrangement (Chase Brothers Book 3) by Sarah Balance is a romance story about overcoming loss and learning to love again. Sometimes a leap of faith or a little divine intervention is what you need to get back out into the world.

Rue Campbell has her life mapped out and her career sorted, too bad her family can’t accept her plans. When a childhood friend insists she accompany him to a work gala, she does what most women would do, stretch the truth. By declaring that she’s already acquired a date the story begins an adventure of the heart. Especially since her date hasn’t been with a woman in years.

Ethan Chase can’t let go of his deceased wife despite the fact that it’s been three years since she passed away. Kudos Sarah on making what could be an awkward first encounter hilarious and charming.

While Rue needs a date, Ethan could benefit from a little distraction. A woman to show his family that he can move on and get back into the world. What will Ethan do when he discovers that Rue is the first woman to move him and ignite dormant feelings? Will he allow himself to fall in love again or push her away before things heat up?

Both have a few obstacles to overcome and expectations to work through. Rue is focused on her internship and has not thought through her plan. When she discovers that Ethan is possibly the one will it be too late?

Once again, Sarah Balance delivers characters that are real, charming and part of a family you dream to be a part of. I’m so in love with the Chase brothers and the rest of the characters their paths cross.

While Sarah’s book can be read as a standalone, this sexy and emotional book is the third installment in a must read series. These characters are witty, creative and willing to go outside the box for love. The perfect recipe for this contemporary romance.

This two and a half peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenos delight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+. two half jalepenos

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. Download today for $2.99 before the price goes up and meet the Chase Brothers, you’ll be glad you did!

ICMYI: My previous review of Five Things I Love About You (Chase Brothers Book 1)

ICYMI: My previous review of For Seven Nights Only (Chase Brothers Book 2)

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Author Info:

Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly.

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The Earl Takes All (Hellions of Havisham, Book 2) by Lorraine Heath delivers a fresh twist on the tale of unintentional deception, mistaken identity and unforbidden love.

Edward Alcott is the twin who was just a few minutes too late and now must watch as his brother inherits it all. There’s just one problem, he’s fallen in love with his brother’s fiancée.

Lady Julia Kenney is in love with a man that is everything she has dreamed of and more. If only she didn’t have a secret that could destroy it all.

When Edward and his twin brother venture on a safari adventure, tragedy unfolds. Upon his return Edward is faced with keeping a very vital piece of information from his pregnant sister-in-law. What will she do when she uncovers his lie? Oh Lorraine, I wasn’t sure how this story would unfold. I applaud you for tackling the brothers, I didn’t want this story to end!

Sometimes it’s the ones we least expect to triumph that push through adversity and overcome the odds stacked against them. Will Edward be able to save his family? Every decision upon his return could change everything. There is just one thing that neither Edward or Julia can forget and when you dear reader discover how Lorraine weaves this story you will rejoice.

Settle in by a cozy fire and get ready for another amazing adventure with some delectable eats and a glass of your favorite beverage.

This two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

I adore this series and can’t wait to read the next installment.  I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.

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Winning Lord West is the third installment in the Dashing Widows Book series from Anna Campbell and once again this series just get better and better.  From the first sentence you know that you have unwrapped a treasure filled with empowerment, friendship and love!

Once again we are thrown into the world of strong women who have not let their situation get the best of them. A beautiful sexy story of two souls that have waited years to connect.

These Dashing Widows have embraced their new found freedom and decided that life should be lived and matters of the heart be explored.

Helena  Wade is finally at peace with being a widow and welcomes her fate, she no longer needs to marry for financial reasons. Ready to enjoy life, and all the experiences, including the possibility of taking a lover.

Vernon Grange, the distinguished Lord West has waited years to be with Helena. Now that the stars have finally aligned to bring them together, what will happen? Will Helena finally permit Lord West to woo her?

I can’t say enough how satisfied I am after finishing one of Anna’s books or novellas. Anna writes stories of strong women who despite their unfortunate predicament are determined to enjoy life with or  without a husband.

The journey the Dashing Widows have taken leads to a very brilliant conclusion, one I didn’t want to end. Every character is thought out, not only are they compelling, charming and witty but they tug at your heart long after the last page has been turned.

I was given this ARC by the author for a fair and honest review. If we are lucky dear readers perhaps there will be m look forward to the widow’s we’ve yet to discover and their journey too! Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long, I hear the next book will be out later this spring.

Decide for yourself with this excerpt: 

Richmond Park, London, May 1820

Lord West made an effort to lighten the tone. “I arranged this picnic purely for the pleasure of seeing you flying across the grass on the back of a galloping horse.”

Oh, dear, that wasn’t what Helena wanted to hear. She’d imagined he’d put this party together to further his pursuit of Caro. Helena didn’t want West noticing her. For years, he’d been content to treat her as a distant acquaintance. “Really?”

“Yes, really. It’s been a fancy of mine since I saw you restricted to a trot in Hyde Park. The experience was most uncongenial for an observer. You looked like someone was strangling you. Slowly.”

She frowned, resenting that West made her the focus of his attention. And that his conclusions were so accurate. “Town isn’t the place to ride neck or nothing. I’ll soon be back at Cranham.”

West signaled to a groom. “Such a pity.”

“That I’m leaving London?”

“No, that you don’t want a good gallop, when I went to such trouble to bring you a suitable mount—and a suitable saddle.”

The groom led a pretty chestnut mare toward them. Helena immediately noted the gleaming sidesaddle. Her hand curled at her side as if it already held a crop. Despite her misgivings about the man offering the favor, she itched to throw herself onto the lovely horse. The groom passed the reins to West, bowed and left.

West’s smile was mocking. “If you deny me, I’ll think that you don’t like me.”

She ran a gentle hand down the Arab’s jaw and bit back a sigh of longing. The mare truly was a darling. “I don’t.”

That wasn’t completely true. Her feelings for West had always been more complex than mere antipathy. When they were children, he’d been her hero. Shreds of that fondness lingered, although she’d long ago recognized that he was cut from the same cloth as her depraved husband.

“Ouch.”

She studied West, as with unconvincing nonchalance, Silas wandered off in Caro’s direction. “You don’t believe me?”

West shrugged. “Explaining exactly what I believe requires more time and privacy than we now enjoy. Even if you insist on seeing me as the enemy, I hope you’ll still accept Artemis as a gift.”

“Gift?” Helena stared at him, appalled. “What on earth do you mean? I can’t take such an extravagant present. Have some sense, West.”

He stood unmoved by her refusal, tall and lean in his immaculate dark green coat and fawn breeches. “Nonetheless, she’s yours.”

“That’s…” Helena struggled to understand what lay behind this ridiculous and inappropriate gesture. West had been out in society all his adult life. He knew how the world would interpret his generosity.

His gaze remained unwavering on her face. “Yes.”

“Yes, what?” she snapped, although she had a sinking feeling she knew.

“Yes, it’s a declaration of intentions.”

Horror flooded her. She faltered back across the grass as if he’d made an unwelcome physical advance. “This isn’t funny.”

“I’m deadly serious.”

“Then you’re wasting your time.” She straightened and glared at him. Her mind worked a thousand miles an hour to make sense of this abrupt alteration in their dealings. “I was a rake’s wife. Be damned if I’ll be a rake’s mistress.”

ICYMI: Tempting Mr. Townsend (Dashing Widows, Book 2)
ICYMI: The Seduction of Lord Stone (Dashing Widows, Book 1)

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Author Info:

Must publish with credit line to Robyn Hills www.robyngraphs.com.au

Must publish with credit line to
Robyn Hills www.robyngraphs.com.au

Anna Campbell has written ten multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins, and her work is published in seventeen languages. Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), the Write Touch, the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s favorite historical romance (five times). Anna is currently engaged in writing the “Dashing Widows” series, which started in 2015 with The Seduction of Lord Stone. She lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time.

Coffee With 2016 RITA Double Nominee for Best First Book Finalist and Romantic Suspense – Author Scarlett Cole

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First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Latte with Coconut Milk and a drizzle of caramel and chocolate:) What would you order?

Usually, it’s an extra large, extra hot, decaf, skinny latte … but if I am hungover, then it has to be a decaf double double from Tim Hortons (usually with a sour cream glaze donut!).

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today.

Thank you so much for inviting me over. I love your blog and am delighted to be here.

Congratulations on your RITA nomination in the Best First Book category for The Strongest Steel. Super exciting and what an honor. Where were you when you got the call?

Thank you so much. I am still in a state of shock at receiving such a tremendous honor. I live in a green home, which is massively environmentally friendly, but has the most horrid cellphone reception. There are only two places where we can get a signal. So I made sure my phone was in one of those spots all day … except for two minutes when I walked to the kitchen to make soup for lunch. And by the time I got to the other reception spot, I noticed I missed a call. At that point I was frantic, because I rarely get calls from the US. I ran upstairs and called the number back, and sure enough the amazing Julie Kenner answered and told me that I had been nominated for two RITAs – Best First Book and Romantic Suspense. I’m not ashamed to say I cried, and Julie had to remind me to breath!!

For those who are not familiar with your work can you tell us a little bit about your books in the Second Circle series. How many books can we expect? Any future standalone reads?

The Second Circle Tattoos series is set in the Second Circle Tattoo studio in the vibrant neighborhood of Miami Beach. Each book in the series centers on a character who works there. Trent Andrews, owner and local “rock star” of tattooing, prides himself on being the best there is at everything that matters. Cujo, Trent’s best friend since kindergarten, is a walking paradox (that he’s scared of maniacal dogs is just the beginning of his self-contradictions) who can’t wait to ink every beauty who steps in the studio. Pixie, their studio manager, thanks her lucky stars daily that the doorway she chose to sleep in when she moved to Miami belonged to two of the most amazing men ever. Lia, who idolizes Bettie Page and appreciates a rockin’ pair of heels, loves men who get their hands dirty (almost as much as she hates the cocktail-party-and-pearls scene she grew up in). Together, they’re a team. A family of sorts.

The series is currently four books, but there may be more in the future. The Strongest Steel and The Fractured Heart are already available. The Purest Hook is out on May 3rd, and the fourth book will be out in the fall.

What was it like to write in the Kindle Worlds – World of de Wolfe Pack? How did that evolve?

Oh my gosh. Seriously one of the best experiences of my life. I was incredibly honored to be asked by the incredible Kathryn Le Veque to write a story for the contemporary couple featured in the epilogue of The Wolfe, the historical romance story the world is based on. TOGETHER AGAIN is the story of Navy SEAL Wade Wolfe, and nurse Jeremy Scatler (named for the boy she was meant to be). A common dream of an ancient warrior pulls them together in a way neither of them wants or needs, until trouble from a mission in Colombia follows Wade home, putting them both in danger.

Kathryn is one of my idols. She is so prolific, yet writes such amazing quality stories. I want to be the contemporary romance version of her when I grow up. She’s a wonderful friend and mentor. But more than just writing Together Again, I got to meet a fabulous group of ladies who also helped Kathryn launch this world. Some of the very best historical and contemporary romance writers there are who I have read and admired for years. I chat with most of them on a near daily basis. It’s a great sisterhood that is so supportive.

Where do you draw your inspiration?

Inspiration is elusive and constant, which I know sounds like a contradiction. What I mean is, I don’t know where or when I am going to find it, but it happens everywhere. Sometimes it’s in the lines of a song, or written in a newspaper article. Sometimes it just pops into my head while I am standing in the queue at the grocery store or while I am having a drink with friends. What I do know, is that when I deliberately go looking for it, I rarely find it.

Do you get to travel to any fun places in the name of research?

I am very fortunate that in my former career, I travelled around the world extensively. I worked in Miami, where the Second Circle Tattoos series is set, for a number of months, and it’s one of my favorite cities in the world. And my next series, Preload, which is a spin off of The Purest Hook, featuring the rest of Dred’s band, is set in Toronto, where I lived for nearly fifteen years.

Can you tell us when and where you will be in the upcoming months?

I am so excited to go to RWA Annual Conference in San Diego in the summer (July 13-16) so I look forward to meeting some of the people who have been wonderful enough to read my stories. Please come up and say hi if you see me wandering around the hotel… actually please, come up and say hi, because I have the worst sense of direction, ever, and am very likely lost!

Congratulations again and I’ll be watching the #RITAGHs award ceremony via computer this summer.

Thank you so much. It’s going to be a wonderful evening, regardless of the outcome. And thank you for letting me stop by.

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1. What is a must read book and why?

If Tomorrow  Comes – Sidney Sheldon – a gripping mix of suspense, high stakes, and romance.

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?

Wigan Pier – it’s not as grim as George Orwell made out.

3. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you?

That I hold a 1st Class Honors degree in Engineering.

4. What is your guilty pleasure?

Sour candy

5. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one?

Tats – my first one was a combination of mine and my husbands astrological symbols, and our children’s birthstones.

6. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours 🙂 )?

Kathryn Le Veque’s historical romance L’Espada

7. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?

It’s a Wonderful Life – the message, the actors, Bedford Falls, lassoing the moon … all of it. I watch it several times every Christmas.

8. Name one thing you can’t live without?

My phone – I’d be lost without it.

Thanks again for hanging out! Time for another Latte 🙂
Happy Reading Dear Readers
Happy Writing Scarlett!

Author Info:

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Scarlett Cole is a writer of contemporary romance and a two-time RITA finalist. Her debut, THE STRONGEST STEEL, has already become an Amazon best seller in romantic suspense, was a Best Debut Goodreads Author Finalist 2015, and Authors On The Air Global Radio Network Contemporary Romance Pick of 2015.

When Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit. She likes hot men, cold beer, and expensive shoes.

Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.