Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Called Up by Jen Doyle

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Called Up by Jen Doyle

Release Date: August 29, 2016

Series: Calling It #2

Publisher: Carina Press

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Synopsis

There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with one of his best friends is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz looking at each other in a whole new way.

Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

With Deke, Fitz finally feels like she’s back in the land of the living. But she won’t risk another broken heart—even if it means saying good-bye to Deke for good. It’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.

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Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Calling It by Jen Doyle

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Calling It by Jen Doyle

Release Date: April 11, 2016

Publisher: Carina Press

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Synopsis

Baseball player Nathan Hawkins needs to get away from Chicago. After a near career-ending car accident and with paparazzi surrounding his penthouse, Nate can only think of one place to go:
home. But when he finds his old apartment occupied by a half-naked woman wielding a baseball bat, he’s not sure what to think…except that maybe his luck has finally changed for the better.

Librarian Dorie Donelli never thought she’d get to meet her fantasy man in person—much less while she’s wearing her bathrobe. To her surprise, her nearly naked run-in with Nate leads to more unclothed encounters. But Dorie is sure their fling is only temporary. As long as she remembers he’ll be gone once his life gets back on track, she won’t get hurt. In the meantime, she throws herself into enjoying their three weeks together before he has to report for spring training and go back to his old life.

For Nate, being with Dorie is the only time in months that he finds himself smiling. Laughing. And he has no intention of letting that go. He might even be falling in love…if only Dorie will let him say the words. What they have isn’t just a dream, but the start of a dream come true.

 

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Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Getting It Back by Elizabeth Harmon

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Getting It Back by Elizabeth Harmon

Release Date:  April 4, 2016

Series: Red Hot Russians #3

Publisher: Carina Press

 

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Synopsis

In this second-chance romance, a former top men’s figure skating champion is willing to risk everything for a comeback–except a new start with his long lost love.

An unexpected phone call from the man who broke her heart offers Amy Shepherd an opportunity to return to the work she loves, training elite figure skaters. Except it’s just one figure skater: Him. Can she finally forgive and forget?

Figure skater Mikhail “Misha” Zaikov once had it all: medals, money and the adoration of millions. But a devastating injury put an end to his career and his romance, leaving him with nothing but regret over what could have been. His last chance to re-join the world’s top skaters is now. And there’s only one person who can help him: Her. 

On Russia’s unyielding ice, Misha must reclaim what he’s lost while facing off against a talented young rival and risking further injury. But Amy soon discovers Misha’s much bigger challenges lurk off the ice. And she’s determined to keep Misha whole and healthy, even if doing so ends his shot at the gold.


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Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan

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Didn’t I Warn You by Amber Bardan

Release Date:  April 18, 2016

Series: Bad for You #1

Publisher: Carina Press Harlequin Australia

Synopsis

Not everything dangerous is bad. 

From the moment Angelina laid eyes on him, she fell into a fantasy. Mysterious, foreign, gorgeous, Haithem offered her what she needed most—a chance to feel again.

But Haithem is much more than he appears to be. He lives in a world of danger where everything comes at a price.

For Angelina, that price is her future. 

He’s made sure the life she’s left behind is in tatters. Made her family believe she’s dead. Still, he talks about protecting her, about keeping her safe, but she can’t distinguish his truth from his lies. She can’t separate her pleasure from his betrayal.

Haithem warned her. He told her he’d make her heart race, her body come alive and her most primal needs rush to the surface. His for the taking.

He didn’t say she’d come to love the devil who’s destroying her, even as he keeps her prisoner.

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Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

Release Date:  November 24, 2015

Series: Boston Fire #2

Publisher: Carina Press 

 Synopsis

Rick Gullotti lives the good life. He fights fires, dates beautiful women—though none long enough so they cast wistful glances at jewelry stores—and has great friends. And thanks to helping out the elderly couple who own his building, his rent is low. But when concerns about their health lead him to contact their only son, his life starts getting away from him.

Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego or her cushy corner office for Boston, but her father—who happens to be her boss—dispatches her to deal with the grandparents she’s never met. She’s unprepared for the frigid winter, loving relatives who aren’t the monsters she’s been led to believe, and the hot, scruffy firefighter who lives upstairs.

At first, Jessica is determined to get back to her comfortable life as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house and moving to a retirement community. But she underestimates Rick’s dedication—and his considerable charm. Nobody’s taking advantage of his friends on his watch, even if that makes the tempting southern California girl with the long legs his adversary. Unfortunately for them both, the only thing more urgent than the matter at hand is their sizzling chemistry, and it’s quickly becoming too strong to resist.

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Review: Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Release Date:  August 25, 2015

Series: Boston Fire #1

Publisher: Carina Press

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Synopsis

Lydia Kincaid’s shipping back to Boston, but she’s not happy about it. She left to get away from the firefighting community—her father was a firefighter, her brother’s a firefighter and, more importantly, her ex is a firefighter. But family is number one and her father needs her help running the pub he bought when he retired. Soon, Lydia finds it hard to resist the familiar comfort and routine, and even harder to resist her brother’s handsome friend Aidan.

Aidan Hunt is a firefighter because of the Kincaid family. He’s had the hots for Lydia for years, but if ever a woman was off-limits to him it’s her. Aside from being his mentor’s daughter, she’s his best friend’s sister. The ex-wife of a fellow firefighter. But his plan to play it cool until she leaves town again fails, and soon he and Lydia have crossed a line they can’t un-cross.

As Aidan and Lydia’s flirtation turns into something more serious, Lydia knows she should be planning her escape. Being a firefighter’s wife was the hardest thing she’s ever done and she doesn’t know if she has the strength to do it again. Aidan can’t imagine walking away from Boston Fire—even for Lydia. The job and the brotherhood are his life; but if he wants Lydia in it, he’ll have to decide who’s first in his heart.

Review [possible spoilers]:

Heat Exchange caught my eye since I saw its awesome cover. Then, I read the blurb and I just couldn’t resist reading it. I’m a big fan of Chicago Fire (the tv show), so I was really excited about this series.

Lydia is a strong beautiful woman with strong ties to the firefighting community, her father was a firefighter, her brother Scotty is a firefighter and she was married to one too but things didn’t quite work out in her marriage. She left Boston to get away from that community and to start a new life. She always felt the firefighter’s loyalty to each other came first which made her come second in her father’s priorities and of course in her ex husband’s too. But she is very loyal and committed to her family, so when her sister needs time off from her job and her father needs Lydia to step in, she puts her new life on hold and returns to Boston to help her father with the pub he bought when he retired. Her sister, Ashley, is dealing with the possibility of a divorce, so Lydia feels she has to be there for Ashley especially because Danny, her brother in law, is also a firefighter and Lydia is certain that the firefighting community will side with Danny.

Aidan is Scotty’s, Lydia’s younger brother, best friend, he’s sexy, strong, loyal, a really sweet guy and he has been attracted to Lydia since the first time he saw her. Lydia always kept him at arm’s length but now Aidan is older, wiser, sexier and bolder…

“’I want to see you.’
They were just words on the phone screen, but in her mind Lydia heard Aidan’s deep voice saying them, and a chill went down her spine.
‘Are you drunk texting me?’
‘No. If I was drunk I would text that I want to…never mind. See? Not drunk.’”

There’s a lot going on the first book of this series. I really liked the conflicts in it: the fact that Aidan is not only Scotty’s best friend but also his firefighter partner and of course the brotherhood code stating that sisters are off limits, Aidan being younger than Lydia and all the issues both of them had with their respective families. Aidan often feels like he’s betraying Scotty by getting involved with Lydia but he just can’t resist his feelings for her. There were moments that Lydia’s stubbornness was a little over the top but I really liked that she always admitted when she overreacted. The sub-plot (Ashley and Danny’s story) stole a lot of my attention from the main couple and I really wished they had their own book. Heat Exchange is a great start for this series and I’m looking forward to read the second book!

“I came to apologize.”
“Okay.”
She crossed her arms. “Okay? That’s it?”
“No, that’s not it. Okay, you came to apologize. So go ahead.”
“I’m sorry.”
He arched an eyebrow at her. “Hell of an apology.”
“It’s not easy being sincere when you’re not wearing any pants.”

I received a copy of this book from Carina Press via NetGalley.

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