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Employee of the Month – Tracey Rogers- Release Day Blitz

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 Blurb -2

 

Some rules are made to be broken…

Rule number 1: No touching
Rule number 2: No kissing
Rule number 3: Never, ever, fall in love

Holly Wilder finds some of those rules pretty difficult to follow during her boss’s visits to present the Employee of the Month award. A relationship between them is prohibited, and even if it wasn’t, Holly has no intention of ever falling in love again. But that doesn’t stop her from craving Max’s touch.

Hotel owner Max Lazzari never expected to break his own rules, especially when they are so important to him. But sexy employee Holly is too hard to resist. Their no-strings, secret arrangement fits in perfectly with his no-commitment plan. A plan to ensure that no woman will ever again have the opportunity to hurt him.

Sizzling nights together mean Holly and Max start looking forward to the monthly visits more and more. Until they are both brought down to earth with a bump—a pregnancy one!

Will rule breaking lead to broken hearts?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and some strong language

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Excerpt - 1

Holly carried a tray holding freshly ground coffee. The plush carpeted corridor absorbed the tension in her legs as she headed to Max Lazzari’s office. Dragging air deep into her lungs, she inhaled the aroma of coffee, allowing it to invigorate her senses.
Must be professional, she reminded her lust-filled brain, though her body’s reactions were refusing to comply.
Balancing the tray on one of her not quite controlled arms, Holly sucked in a breath before knocking on the door.
“Come in.” His deep tone made her tray wobble. She watched with wide eyes as the coffee almost sloshed over the rim of the cup, then watched how the ripples of liquid aftershock mirrored the way her insides felt.
Complete turmoil.
She opened the door and looked at the man with his dark head dipped to the computer screen. “Your coffee, Mr. Lazzari.” The door fell closed behind her. Her brow furrowed when she spotted the full coffee pot plugged into the machine behind him.
His keen green eyes, hooded beneath long lashes, were lifted up at her.
She carried the tray over to set it on the desk. “I believe you wanted to speak to me about an upcoming function. Which function would that be?”
He rose, startling her. Her shaky fingers still gripped the tray, but now her hold whitened her knuckles. The cup rattled.
“This one,” his husky voice said. With a grin he took her chin in his hand and captured her mouth with his. He dropped his hand, bracing both of them on the desk to kiss her more thoroughly, more deeply.
Holly allowed arousal to cascade through her, absorbing the softness and skill of his lips as he teased and swept, offering her the taste she’d been craving. She lifted her hand to thread her fingers through the dark hair at his nape.
God, she’d been waiting for this.
Arching closer, her thighs dug hard into the desk edge. She tilted her head, inviting him deeper. If her darned pencil skirt wasn’t so tight she’d have crawled over the desk by now. She heard a soft groan. Hers.
“Missed me?” Max chuckled as he gave her his now familiar lopsided grin. The one she held in her memory to help her through the weeks.
“I did,” she confirmed, frowning as she mourned the loss of his lips. “There was an extra day in this month.”
She rested her palms over his jaw, covering the dimples in his tanned cheeks. She liked the feel of his smooth, clean shaven skin, the warmth against her needy hands.
“But you broke the rules, Mr. Lazzari. Absolutely no touching at work, remember?”

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Author Bio -1

Usually found with a pen in my hand, or my head in a book, I’m a contemporary romance author who also thinks fangs and wings are a very attractive accessory.
A devourer of books from an early age, imagination was my best discovery. I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and I refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around. I like nothing more than to be swept away by the words on a page. I hope I can sweep you away too.

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5* Review: Employee of the Month – Tracey Rogers

EmployeeOfTheMonth_MediumBlurb -2

Some rules are made to be broken…

Rule number 1: No touching
Rule number 2: No kissing
Rule number 3: Never, ever, fall in love

Holly Wilder finds some of those rules pretty difficult to follow during her boss’s visits to present the Employee of the Month award. A relationship between them is prohibited, and even if it wasn’t, Holly has no intention of ever falling in love again. But that doesn’t stop her from craving Max’s touch.

Hotel owner Max Lazzari never expected to break his own rules, especially when they are so important to him. But sexy employee Holly is too hard to resist. Their no-strings, secret arrangement fits in perfectly with his no-commitment plan. A plan to ensure that no woman will ever again have the opportunity to hurt him.

Sizzling nights together mean Holly and Max start looking forward to the monthly visits more and more. Until they are both brought down to earth with a bump—a pregnancy one!

Will rule breaking lead to broken hearts?

Content Warning: contains sensual sex and some strong language

Employee of the Month officially releases  Monday 15 September.

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Employee of the MonthMy Review

‘Employee of the Month’ is a sensuous, romantic story. Holly is a courageous, independent heroine. Max is a sexy, tortured hero and there is fantastic heat generated whenever they are within touching distance. The beautifully written sensual love scenes give important insight into the intensity of Holly and Max’s physical attraction and their deep emotional connection.

The believable, uncomplicated plot with enough twists and dark moments to hold the reader’s interest makes this a fabulous read. I liked the setting for this story and the echoes of the couple’s past that resurface through the small cast of secondary characters.

Holly and Max are ‘no strings’ lovers. Neither wants commitment, until a life changing event makes them focus on what they really desire from each other and their future. There are lots of humorous and poignant moments. Are they prepared to take the risks and make the sacrifices necessary to find their happy ever after?

‘Employee of the Month’ is a tale of light hearted romance and angst. The characters are easy to empathise with. This is an absorbing page turning read.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Here are my reviews of Tracey’s first two novels:

Daring to Wish

Best Fake Day

Employee of the Month by Tracey Rogers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Employee of the Month by Tracey Rogers

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5* Review Hopelessly Devoted to You – Jill Steeples

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Meet Ruby’s fiancé, Finn. He’s gorgeous, thoughtful, successful and adoring – pretty much everything anyone could ever want in a man. In fact, he’s perfect. The catch? He’s just not perfect for her. But when Ruby finally plucks up the courage to come clean, Finn’s so furious that he misses his footing as he runs down the stairs – and suddenly, it’s not just his heart that’s broken!

When Finn wakes up, he can’t remember a thing. Not that Ruby dumped him – not even that they were ever engaged! It’s on the tip of Ruby’s tongue to come clean, but somehow, it never seems to be the right time… And as the weeks pass, she sees a new side to Finn. Arrogant and a shameless flirt, he’s irresistibly bad, and the chemistry between them is explosive!

It’s not that Ruby’s lying… she’s just withholding the truth. And seeing as things are going so well, perhaps there’s no need for Finn to have his memory jogged… The trouble is, there’s every chance that Finn might remember for himself!

My Review -1 Hopelessly Devoted to You‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ is an insider’s perspective on Finn and Ruby’s outwardly wonderful relationship. The perfect facade hides a maelstrom of angst and poor self esteem from Ruby’s point of view.

Ruby is an interesting character; her poor self image and lack of confidence are immediately obvious. This makes her hard to warm to initially but this changes as you appreciate how much emotional baggage she is carrying. Finn seen through Ruby’s eyes appears to be the ‘perfect’ man for a ‘Stepford Wife’, which she will never be.

Ruby’s and Finn’s imminent marriage is the ‘Elephant’ in the room’. Ruby’s fears about her happy ever after with Finn force her to act. Pushed by Laura her BFF she finally tells Finn what’s on her mind. He is devastated and leaving in a red mist he has an accident, which changes their lives forever.

Ruby’s true character shines through after the accident. Finn is sexier and less driven when he awakes, as if he was doing what was expected before the accident but now he can be his true self. Elements of Finn’s amnesia are extreme but acceptable in a fictional world. Ruby falls in love with Finn again but she is on borrowed time. What happens if he remembers she dumped him? Ruby finds out you don’t appreciate what you have until you lose it.

The imagery in this story is lovely and there’s plenty of heat when Finn and Ruby rediscover their passion. I liked how Ruby’s career developed through the story once she found the right motivation. The plot twists are clever and the pacing perfect. It’s easy to lose yourself in this story where real love shines through in adversity.

I received a copy of this book from Carina UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Hopelessly Devoted to You by Jill Steeples

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review: Unravel Me – Lynn Montagano

22587134Lia’s meant to be on cloud nine: ever since she and Alastair finally confessed their love for one another, their relationship has never been so good.

Her British-born Adonis is all intent on sweeping her off her feet, showering her with gifts and affection more than worthy of the girlfriend of an international, millionaire businessman!

But their past seems to be intent on dragging the both of them down, and the hushed gossip of a dark secret begins to cause havoc to Lia’s life…

With an ocean separating her from her love, Lia can’t help but wonder if she can ever feel secure with a man who still plays everything so close to his chest, including her.

My ReviewUnravel Me (The Breathless Series, #2)‘Unravel Me’ plays out the next chapter of Lia’s complicated relationship with media mogul Alastair. The setting for this second book is detailed and interesting. I liked the TV news references and secondary characters. It is full of insider knowledge that gives the story its realistic, contemporary edge.

Alastair’s and Lia’s long distance love affair leads to misunderstanding, vulnerability and heartache for both of them. It also allows a sinister antagonist to threaten Lia and make her doubt Alastair’s motives.

What keeps me reading this series is the obvious love between Alastair and Lia. This strong bond makes it possible for Lia to forgive and ignore Alastair’s often unreasonable dominant behaviour, even though her ex had similar traits.

This story manages to convey the themes of dominance and subservience in a sexual relationship without graphic detail, which makes it an easier read for mainstream romance lovers.

‘Unravel Me’ is an enticing mix of angst and humour delivered by believable characters. Cleverly interwoven mystery and suspense enhance the story’s romance and passion. I look forward to the next chapter of Alastair’s and Lia’s volatile love story.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley.

Unravel Me by Lynn Montagano

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Unravel Me (The Breathless Series, #2) by Lynn Montagano

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Protecting the Enemy – Christy Newton – Cover Reveal

Today is cover reveal day for  Christy Newton’s latest book ‘Protecting the Enemy’.

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Protecting the Enemy Synopsis:

Julianna Fox was made for her job. Or so she is told. The only memory Julianna has of her past is after the explosion. She was a nameless victim until a man pulled her out of the darkness and gave her new life. A new purpose, because anything is better than being no one. When she is about to eliminate her next mark something stops her. The moment Julianna makes eye contact with Reid Castleton, she has a flashback of her forgotten past. How does she know the man? And why can’t she follow through with her assignment?
Expert assassin, Reid Castleton, has been told to kill the only woman he ever loved if he wants to live. When he finds his fiancée, he can’t go through with the hit, even if it means losing his own life. Either she can’t remember who she is or is damn good at acting.
Neither one knows who to trust. Both make a truce until they can find out why the leader of ETE 7 wants them both dead. What they uncover is a long line of lies and deception that started the moment Julianna was conceived. Will love conquer all or will fear make them do the unthinkable?

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Release Day is September 18th 2014.

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5* Review: Spirited Away – Angela Campbell – The Psychic Detective Series #3

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Who knew pet-sitting could be so dangerous…or so sexy?!

Socially awkward Emma “Spider” Fisher prefers her laptop to people, so she’s more than happy to oblige her boss when he asks her to pet and house-sit while he honeymoons in London.

But it doesn’t take long for accident-prone Spider to lose a dog, get locked out of the house, and set off the house alarm!

Thankfully, her hot new neighbor is more than happy to come to her rescue. But Noah West is a mystery to Spider—and one she intends to solve.

Spirited Away (Psychic Detective Series, #3)

My Review

 If you love ghosts you won’t be disappointed with ‘Spirited Away’. The paranormal characters add to the humour, mystery and suspense but they are just the icing on the cake.

Abbott, Charlie and Costello, the animal stars of this series are involved in many comic scenes which make this fun to read. Spider’ our geeky, vulnerable heroine is not psychic but the quirky pets manage to make their wishes known, in ways that are familiar to every person who shares their lives with cats and dogs.

‘Spider’ lost her mother young. This left her emotionally immature. Dominated by the men in her life she has rebelled in ways usually associated with teenage girls. Working in the psychic detective agency as the computer whizz, is the perfect setup for ‘Spider’ to be herself. This book sees her reach her full potential and makes her easy to empathise with.

Noah shies away from ‘Spider’ despite their mutual attraction. Noah is easy to like and whilst not the typical ‘alpha’ male, except in physical characteristics he is certainly worthy of ‘Spider’ but can she make him see how good they would be together? The romance between this odd couple is lovely and there is plenty of heat when they’re together.

A thread of poignancy runs through this story which gives it added depth and the clues left at the end suggest a change of direction for our intrepid heroes and hopefully more books in this absorbing series.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Spirited Away by Angela Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Here are the first two books in the series: Check out my 5*Reviews

On the Scent (Psychic Detective Series, #1) by Angela  Campbell
      My Review of On the Scent

Something Wicked (Psychic Detective Series, #2) by Angela  Campbell
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Guess Who Came For BreakFast?

DSCN1532 (2)This morning when I gave Jazz and Oby their breakfast I noticed  lots of small birds flying around my house. This is not an uncommon sight, since I live close to Pleasley Pit Nature Reserve and Country Park.  There are always lots of birds and  wild flowers to be admired.

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 It was the sheer number of birds that caught my attention and their fascination with the eaves of my neighbour’s house. Although I love birds, I’m no expert. I think they’re from the ‘Martin’ family.

A special structure has been constructed, by the large lake in the park, to encourage Sand Martins and these maybe from there. Any ornithologists out there, please let me know if I’m right. 🙂

DSCN1533DSCN1541 As it was warm this morning compared to recent weeks, I guess they wanted to eat the small insects basking in the sun. Sometimes they looked as if they were trying to make a home under the eaves. They stuck around for a couple of hours but they’ve all gone now. I wonder if they’ll come back tomorrow?DSCN1542 DSCN1543

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