Book Blitz & Re-Reveal: Stranded by J.C. Valentine

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STRANDED
by: J.C. Valentine
Night Calls, #1
Publication Date: November 2, 2012
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

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Synopsis: Burned, Felix Sinclair has all but vowed never to get seriously involved with another woman as long as he lives. After a long day’s work, Felix Sinclair is looking forward to getting back to his luxury apartment in the city. When he detours onto a road less traveled in order to shave off some travel time, the last thing he expects is to wind up stranded in a roadside ditch in the middle of a downpour–or to fall into the arms of a beautiful woman.

Recently divorced, jobless, friendless and utterly alone, Poppy Montgomery is struggling to convince herself that single life is what she wants–needs. Then a handsome stranger staggers into her life and sparks fly. Riding out the storm together is bound to stir up heat, but once it passes, will they be able to walk away?

AUTHOR’S NOTE: STRANDED is the first in an interconnected series of erotic romance. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but you will find that each new character has been previously introduced in some way. As an introduction to the series, STRANDED is a novella, but rest assured each new addition will be a full length novel worth sinking your teeth into.

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As he rocked against her, she could feel his length probing her entrance, and she lifted her hips, eager to take him in.

Felix laughed and pulled his hips back. Poppy groaned her displeasure. “So impatient.” He kissed her forehead and smoothed her hair away from her face as he gazed down at her. “Not yet, kitten. First things first. Do you have any condoms in here?”

Startled, Poppy shook her head. She didn’t think she would ever find herself in this situation again, so she never thought to keep any on hand. Sex hadn’t been the farthest thing from her mind, exactly, but having it with a man certainly had been. She had even stopped taking her birth control. And here she was, preparing to let some guy she’d known for two minutes plunge himself into her, and she hadn’t even thought about protection of any kind. She wanted to slap herself for being so stupid.

“That’s okay,” Felix assured her. “I have a couple in my wallet. I just have to go and get them.” He pushed himself off her and Poppy squirmed from the loss. “I’ll be right back.”

She watched as he walked away, completely naked and not caring in the least. He looked almost as good walking away, she thought, smirking to herself. Lying in complete silence made the time stretch on forever. Bo shifted in the corner and huffed loudly, and Poppy’s head snapped up. He was staring at her in that way that animals sometimes do that makes you feel completely exposed and a little shameful.

“What?” Poppy asked, refusing to feel guilty. “I’m not doing anything wrong.” Bo tilted his big head and looked at her quizzically. “Don’t look at me like that. When you go without sex for as long as I have, then we can talk. Besides, he seems like a perfectly nice guy, and I don’t see you kicking up a fuss.”

Felix strode into the room then and looked at her strangely. “Who are you talking to?”

Propped on her forearms, Poppy smiled shyly. “Just Bo.”

“Ah.” He glanced back at Bo. “I don’t think he likes me.”

Poppy waved him off. “If he didn’t like you, I think you’d be missing a limb right now. Bo is very protective of me, and the fact that he hasn’t tried to kill you for touching me yet is pretty telling.”

“Yet being the operative word,” Felix muttered as he climbed onto the bed and settled himself between her legs again. He held up a foil packet. “I wonder how old Bo is going to react when his master is screaming to the heavens.” He wagged his eyebrows at her and tore the foil open with his teeth.

“Screaming, huh?” Poppy’s belly clenched with anticipation. She watched as he rolled the condom down his erection.

“Oh yes,” he assured her with a wicked smile.

When he positioned himself at her opening, Poppy drew back slightly. “I thought you said we were taking things slow?”

Dropping down onto his forearm, Felix kissed her lips lightly and pushed the tip of his erection into her. Poppy sucked in a breath. “I did say that, but then I came back to find you all spread out, waiting for me, and I changed my mind. I won’t lie, this time will be fast. But after that, I’m going to take all the time in the world to get to know this body.”

“I—Ah!”

Felix shoved his way into her body and Poppy nearly came undone. He was bigger than she was used to and he stretched her, touching every inch of her and creating a delicious friction that threatened to push her over the edge. He was right. This would be fast.

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ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

JC Valentine

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Down and Dirty in the Sand

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical ~beach reads~, ten authors who are my go-to for beach reads, etc. 

For some reason, the title Down and Dirty in the Sand popped into my mind when I saw the theme and I decided to just go with it. So, here are some steamy reads to occupy your mind when you’re chilling at the beach, pool, park or maybe just on your couch this summer. I tried to include some books I haven’t used for a Top Ten Tuesday post yet. 🙂


1. The Stark Trilogy by J. Kenner

Fans of Fifty Shades will love Damian Stark, the hero of Release MeClaim Me, and Complete Me.


2. Porn Star by Laurelin Paige and Sierra Simone

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Porn Star is literally about the two people falling in love in the porn industry, so you know it’s going to make you blush.


3. Hustler by Meghan Quinn and Jessica Prince

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Ignore the cover. Hustler isn’t about orgies. But is about a hot, poker playing millionaire who has the hots for a sassy cocktail waitress.


4. The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

The Player and the Pixie combines one hot rugby player who’s horrible in bed with his arch nemesis’ sister who’s willing to teach him how to pleasure a woman. It’s funny and sexy all in one.


5. Reasonable Doubt (Volumes 1-3) by Whitney G.

A lawyer who meets women online and never does repeats meets his match through a sexy online friendship in Reasonable Doubt.


6. Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan

In Calendar Girl, Mia becomes an escort (not a call girl!) to pay off her father’s shady debts. The men she meets and the relationships she develops over the year are fun, flirty, sexy and maybe a little dangerous.


7. Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Two strong, handsome, hockey playing male best friends fall in love in HimTheir story continues in Us.


8. The Quantum Series by M.S. Force

The Quantum series is another one for those Fifty Shades lovers.


9. Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

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Hot, ripped farmer.✔ Fun, witty dialog.✔
You’ll find all that and more in Bittersweet.


10. Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett

A young woman out for revenge against the people who ruined her life finds a romantic connection she didn’t expect in Sugar Daddy.


What “dirty” books would be on your list?

Review: Pistol Whipped by Susan Ward

Pistol Whipped
Series: Locked & Loaded, #2
Author: Susan Ward
Publication Date: April 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Synopsis:

The Locked & Loaded Series is a spinoff of the Amazon Bestselling Sand & Fog Series. Each book is a standalone and can be read in any order.

 

I’m Dillon Warrick.

Ex-Special Forces. I have no memory of what went down on my last deployment, so when the opportunity came to resign my commission and sign up for a new gig I jumped on it.

Now I’m the personal bodyguard for the biggest celebrity on the globe and still living life on the edge. I’m six feet two inches of blond-haired, blue-eyed Adonis, combat-fit body and fully loaded weapon.

My best friend, Graham, thinks I’m running too close to the edge and about to take a fall. And then there’s Rachel, my former high school sweetheart turned f&&k-buddy. As incredible as she is, I can’t commit until I unravel the mystery of what happened on my final mission.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


I’m pretty amazed at how much story and impact this short 121 page book had. I wouldn’t exactly classify it as a romance but more of a mystery. There were several twists and turns I didn’t see coming. I had my guesses of what was hiding in Dillon’s memory, but I never could have imagined what was hiding there. It was a really fun story to read unfold. I was sad when the story ended. I wish it would have been longer. I wanted to know more of what happened to Dillon after his memory returned.

I would recommend Pistol Whipped to readers who like a mystery to unravel in their romance novels.

Review: Matt by R.C. Ryan

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Series: The Malloys of Montana, #1

Author: R.C. Ryan

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Note: I received this book from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A MALLOYS OF MONTANA NOVEL
Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Him Away From Her

Raised beneath the big Montana sky, Matt Malloy was never meant to be a jet-setting businessman. But he’ll do anything to protect the family ranch he shares with his brothers. Coming home after a two-week trip to Italy, Matt wants nothing more than to shed his suit and tie for a well-worn pair of jeans and ride his horse up to the cabin for some alone time. The last thing he needs is a big-city lawyer invading his privacy-even if she is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen . . .

Vanessa Kettering has devoted her life to her work. As a passionate animal rights defender, she doesn’t have room for anything else. But from the moment she meets Matt, she’s taken with this rugged cowboy’s lazy smile and tender touch. When a raging storm traps them inside his cabin for the night, one steamy kiss leads to another, sweeping them away with a force that’s as wild and untamed as the land he loves. But when the morning light comes, will she lose her heart?


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Matt, the first book in R.C. Ryan’s new The Malloys of Montana series, is a classic contemporary romance novel. Matt and Vanessa meet and instantly are attracted to each other. Almost immediately, a circumstance arises that pushes them together. They slowly fall in love while trying to avoid the dangers advancing on them.

I really enjoyed Matt. The Montana scenery was beautiful and was a great backdrop for the story. Matt and Vanessa’s characters were well developed and had great chemistry. There was just enough suspense woven throughout the story to keep the reader on edge wondering what was going to happen next.

Contemporary romance readers who enjoy stories where a small town rancher falls in love with a big city girl are sure to love Matt.

Review: Dear Dad by Giselle Green

Dear Dad
Author: Giselle Green
Publication Date: March 31, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Synopsis:

Three people longing to find love. Connected by one big lie.
Handsome, 28-year old, Nate Hardman is a frontline reporter with a big problem. Suffering from shell-shock and unable to leave his house, he’s already lost his social life and his girlfriend. Now his career prospects are sinking fast.
9 year-old Adam Boxley who lives alone with his ageing nan, also has big problems. Neglected at home and bullied at school, he’s desperate to reach out to his dad – and that’s when he sends his first letter to Nate. Only Nate’s not who he thinks he is. Will he help? More importantly – can he?
Across town meanwhile, caring but impulsive teacher Jenna Tierney really wants to help Adam – except the feisty redhead has already had enough of teaching. Recently hurt by yet another cheating boyfriend, Jenna’s now set her sights on pursuing a dream career abroad … only she’s about to meet Nate – her dream man who’ll make her re-think everything.
The big question is; can three people desperate to find love, ever find happiness when they’re only connected by one big lie?


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Dear Dad was a very touching, beautifully written novel that deals with numerous issues. I was immediately drawn into the story and the lives of the characters.

Adam was sweet kid. He had a maturity about him that you would expect in a child left to care for an aging adult. I felt so badly for what he had been through, but I was proud of how he handled himself throughout everything that was thrown his way. His character really stood out to me.

Nate’s anxiety, fear and physical reactions were realistic and relatable. His journey to overcome his anxiety was inspirational. I loved how Jenna and Adam were able to help him. The more I got to know Nate, the more I liked and respected him.

Jenna was exactly the type of teacher I would want my own child to have. She really cared about her students and went above and beyond. I also enjoyed the self-discovery she went through in the story.

My favorite thing about Dear Dad was the connection between all of the characters and how they supported each other. I also loved the romantic relationship that blossomed between Jenna and Nate. It was a really fun book to read.

I would recommend Dear Dad to readers who enjoy women’s fiction or contemporary romances.

Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

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Author: Emery Lord

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mental Health

Goodreads Description:

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Emery Lord has a knack for writing contemporary novels that leave me speechless. She did it with The Start of Me and You and she’s done it again with When We Collided. I’m going to try my best to articulate my thoughts on it. The blurb doesn’t tell you much about the book, so there might be a few minor spoilers. I’ll try not to give anything away. So, here I go…

When We Collided is more than just a love story. It’s the story of two teenagers trying to survive what life has dealt them. Both are dealing with depression and mental health issues. Jonah is dealing with his dad’s death and his mother’s subsequent depression. He and his older siblings are struggling to care for their younger siblings. Vivi has just been diagnosed with a mental illness and is running from her past mistakes. When Vivi moves to Jonah’s small town, they each find something they need in each other. For Jonah, it’s acceptance and light. For Vivi, it’s a chance to help someone and feel normal.

When We Collided was perfect. It was told in two distinct points of view: Vivi and Jonah’s. The two view points perfectly set the mood and flow of the book. One Chapter, Vivi would be in a whirlwind and I would feel pumped up. The next chapter, Jonah would be calm and rational and I would feel relaxed. Seriously, the transition in moods was amazing. And exhausting! But in a good way, of course!

I loved the small town summer feel of the setting. It was the perfect backdrop for all of the characters. It made for a great sense of community and support when Vivi and Jonah needed it.

Vivi was exactly like being around someone in the stage of a manic episode. (I can say this having been around someone in a manic episode. I’ve even reacted like Vivi’s mother with the “Have you taken your medication today?” question.) Her enthusiasm and excitement were contagious. It took real talent for Emery Lord to portray Vivi so vividly. I loved her, but I was so worried for her all of the time.

Without Jonah, this book would have completely exhausted me. Even though he was going through his own tough times, his perspective calmed me. I could understand how his presence helped calm Vivi, too. Jonah’s struggles were different from Vivi’s, but they too felt real. So many kids out there are taking care of their siblings due to mental health issues, drug issues, work issues, etc.

As for Jonah and Vivi’s relationship, it burnt bright. It was easy to see what attracted them to each other. I loved how their entire relationship played out.

When We Collided was so touching and I really couldn’t find anything I would want to change about it. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult contemporary romances or books revolving around mental health issues.

I guess I wasn’t so speechless after all! 😉

WWW Wednesday: May 25, 2016

IMG_1384-0Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

I’m reading Living with Regret.


Recently finished:

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This week I read:

When We Collided
Lethal Temptations (Tempted, #5)
Bittersweet (True North, #1)
Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl, #1)
Pistol Whipped (Locked & Loaded, #2)
Dear Dad

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.


Reading Next:

I’m going to be spending the next 5 days camping, so I probably won’t get much reading done this next week. I’m going to try to get to What Remains of Me.