On the Naughty List by Lori Foster Carly Phillips , Sugar Jamison Beth Ciotta



Talk about a romance addict perfect stocking stuffer read! I love, love, LOVE when a group of writers combine their talents and give a reader a sample of what they do best. It’s a perfect gift to a long time fan and a great way to get to know an author you’ve never read before. Lucky me - I got to do both.

These are SHORT reads so I am keeping my reviews to a minimum so not to spoil the gift that is On the Naughty List.

Christmas Bonus by Lori Foster was ADORABLE! There’s nothing like a girl gearing up to be assertive at the Christmas party, only to find herself completely taken aback by a twin. He may not have been the original target, but he will most certainly be the last!

Naughty Under the Mistletoe by Carly Phillips is another workplace romance that has been brewing for years, and it’s time for a little Christmas miracle to bring these guys together. This was my favorite of the bunch. Super cute!

Some Kind of Wonderful by Beth Ciotta shows us that fade to black can still be steamy and heartwarming. I will say, I wanted more, but what I got was still wonderful :)

Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas by Sugar Jamison, well, the title gives a little bit of the story away doesn’t it? I really liked the final short story and hope to learn more about this author.

All in all, a great combination of short stories perfect for the holiday season ahead. It will get you in the romantic holiday spirit for sure!

4 Stars
T~

*Provided by the publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks


The most wonderful time of the year is back, bringing with it perennial favorite holiday stories from Lori Foster and Carly Phillips, along with two Christmas stories that delighted readers a year ago. This sexy anthology will make you want to give your heart to Christmas again and again…

Lori Foster has two co-workers plan a Christmas party side-by-side-and discover a love worth celebrating in Christmas Bonus Carly Phillips explores a "mistletoe moment" when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead--and gives him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more in Naughty Under the Mistletoe.In Sugar Jamison’s Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas, former wild child Dina Gregory returns home to New York to find the father of her young son. Instead, she finds his stuffy older brother, Ben. Ben can’t help but admire her tenacity—and her bold beauty. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit? Beth Ciotta brings two friends who, after years apart, together at home for the holidays. They don’t seem to have much in common anymore, but when the two get stranded together during a blizzard, they are forced to reexamine if they are better off as "just friends"? Or could it be that true love was there all along? in Some Kind of Wonderful.


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Worth the Risk (The McKinney Brothers #2) by Claudia Connor



Drastically different from its predecessor, Worth the Fall, Worth the Risk is a captivating, heart-wrenching read.  Two very damaged and scared hearts find a way to piece together, forming a whole.

Hannah, an adult treated very much like a child by her older brothers, still struggles to rebuild her life after a catastrophic and horrific abduction in her childhood. She is trying to let go and move on with her life. Moving toward a life without fear and uncertainty in her actions and decisions is, at times, overwhelming and frustrating for Hannah. Her brothers, I feel, play a role in keeping her from progressing in this process. Their love is so strong and unwavering that it can be stifling and a constant reminder of the mistakes in her adolescence.

Hannah now calls a small horse ranch home. It is where she became alive again and began to finally heal. When the owners surprise her with a letter stating Hannah is now the owner upon their passing she is grateful and is fully committed to continue their work and help children recovering and disabled. However, a letter isn’t a will and the state now has a stake in the property.

Enter in McKinney brother, Stephen. Voted most eligible millionaire bachelor and noted playboy he is the most unlikely guy for Hannah to begin her dating life with. For whatever reason, the cold and emotionally battered Stephen finds the teary eyed girl in the grocery isle somehow alluring. He doesn’t see the scars beneath her jeans and long sleeve shirt and Hannah has no idea of the scares that cover his shredded heart.

Stunned is the McKinney family when Stephen brings Hannah home for a family gathering and even more stunned is Hannah’s brothers that she is willing to go. There is just so much emotion and uncovered trauma these two need to learn and share with each other. Add into that, the property war waging in the background, Worth the Risk is simply unputdownable. I cried, laughed, and rallied for Hannah. I commiserated and ached for Stephen, but when they came together it was so healing, so right, so Worth the Risk.

I can’t wait to read what Claudia Connor has in store for us next.
5 Sparkly Stars
T~

*ARC provided by Loveswept via Netgalley
Coming Jan 20, 2015
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When a McKinney brother falls in love, powerful emotion and overwhelming desire are never far behind.

Two hearts locked away . . . Hannah Walker spends her days coaching children through injury and trauma, one therapeutic horseback ride at a time. She knows all too well how violence can change a child and leave scars that never heal. It’s easy for her to relate to the kids; what isn’t easy is the thought of facing her own harrowing past.

Millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney could use a little coaching himself. Five years ago he encountered his most horrible nightmare—and the nightmare won. No matter what he achieves, nothing can make up for that awful night . . . or so he believes.

Both desperate for a second chance . . . Stephen is used to getting what he wants. And he wants Hannah. So when she turns him down, he’s intrigued. What he doesn’t know is that her secrets will lead him to a place he never wanted to go again . . . to a side of himself he’s tried to forget . . . a side that would scare Hannah away from ever loving him. Now his only chance to win her trust is to bare his soul, risking everything he tried so hard to protect.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Hunger's Mate (The Shadow Shifters #5) by A.C. Arthur



I received Hunger’s Mate via St. Martin’s Press as a four part series. I am reviewing the “part 1”. Intrigued from page one as Jewel is breaking into a safe and her fear is a physical thing on the page. I am instantly sucked into this world. Powers at play intrigue and mysteries are unfolding. Good stuff! Having said that, when we cut away to other character’s interaction and subplots I became confused. After some research, I learned this “sub series” called Hunger’s Mate, is part of a bigger series called The Shadow Shifters. OOOHHHHHH. That explains it. Do you hear the brakes screeching and then the light bulb go on? LOL! Joking aside, you do not have to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one; however I do feel it would help with the overall feel and understanding of this world.

Okay, back to the story at hand. The Shadow Shifter Ezra Preston feels a strong pull towards the mysterious Jewel. He doesn’t understand it and finds himself needing to protect her as well as have his way with her. Primal urges are taking over and his undercover mission may be put in jeopardy.

Hunger’s game part one is a sexy, intriguing kick off to a four part novel by A.C. Arthur and I am sure many PNR readers are going to love it.

T~

*ARC provided by St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley
Coming Feb 3. 2015
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Half man, half animal, a Shadow Shifter must walk the line between predator and prey, hunger and obsession—to capture the woman he loves… A natural born hunter proud of his birthright, Ezra Preston agrees to hide his identity and pretend to be human—to learn what his enemies know of his kind. But even undercover, it’s not in his nature to play games with a woman. Especially when he discovers the beautiful creature has been keeping secrets of her own… This is no ordinary woman he’s stalking but an alluring and mysterious cat thief—with dangerous secrets of her own… Jewel Jenner has plotted and schemed for months, hiding her knowledge of a top-secret operation to save her ailing father. Captivated by her passion, skill, and courage, Ezra wants to help Jewel on her mission. But when he discovers how far she’s gone—sleeping with the enemy to steal a fortune in diamonds—he must decide if he can trust this enthralling woman with his secret…or trust his fiercest instincts when he’s near her.

Genevieve Clare has a NEW COVER!


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More from the Sookie Stackhouse Series?!

Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie StackhouseDead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse
by Charlaine Harris


Not sure how I feel about this. Is it like beating a dead horse? Or just something extra for diehard fans? I think I will wait til reviews are out before grabbing this one.


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The Space Between by Kate Canterbary ~ Review ~



Date of Publication: November 18th 2014 

Three Christmases by Kat & Stone Bastion

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Today is the release day launch for THREE CHRISTMASES, the fourth book in Kat and Stone Bastion's No Weddings series. I'm so excited by this book!!! Check out the exclusive excerpt and be sure to enter the giveaway!! :)

BECOMING RAIN ~Cover Reveal~

We are so stoked about this cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BECOMING RAIN!

BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster. BECOMING RAIN is set to be released March 3, 2015!

  Becoming Rain

The Base Branch Series by Megan Mitcham

 
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Vincent (Vampires in America Book #8) by D.B. Reynolds ~ Q&A, Giveaway and MORE!


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Vincent (Vampires in America Book #8) by D.B. Reynolds
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Release Date: November 1, 2014

Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost.

Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself.

Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans.

Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.
 



KT Book Reviews, Five Questions with D.B. Reynolds

What has been the most exciting thing that has happened in your latest writing endeavor?
If you mean the most exciting thing in the writing process itself, that would be finishing VINCENT on time! His and Lana’s story kept getting more complex as the book went on, and I thought for sure I’d still be writing as the deadline passed. But if you mean the most exciting thing in my Vampires in America world itself, then it’s that the European vamps have finally made their first move and the war has begun. That’s evident in UNFORGIVEN and VINCENT, but with DECEPTION (Book 9, which I’m currently writing) the war between the North American and European vamps is well and truly engaged, and there’s no going back.

We talk a lot here on KT Book Reviews about wine and chocolate, what’s your favs?
When it comes to chocolate, we’re talking about one of my favorite foods in all the world. I love dark chocolate—bitter chocolate sauce on ice cream, on flourless chocolate cake, chocolate bread pudding, fudge brownies … you name it. I don’t like white chocolate at all, although I admit a weakness for Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Almond bars. And Hersey’s kisses, which I buy for the holidays, because they’re wrapped all pretty and therefore constitute a decoration, not a candy. Right? Right?!  As for wine, I like a nice California Cabernet, something smooth and velvety. My family includes several wine connoisseurs, so I let them pick.

Who is/are your favorite book characters?
So many to choose from … Lucas Hunter, Andrew (Drew) Kincaid, Kaleb Krychek and Sahara Kyriakus (Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series); Dmitri (Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series); Raphael, Kate, and, of course, Curran (Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series); Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers (John Sandford); Jonathan (Digger) Grave (John Gilstrap); Cabe (Hawk) Delgado (Kristan Ashley, Dream Man); and Joe Callahan (Kristan Ashley, At Peace.)

What’s your favorite quote?
“Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.” (attributed in various forms to Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith)

What will be your next read?
I just finished DEADLINE, John Sandford’s latest Virgil Flowers book, and I’m now reading ONE IN A MILLION, the 12th and final Lucky Harbor book from Jill Shalvis. Next up after that will probably be UNBINDING, the newest World of the Lupi by Eileen Wilks



First, I must confess that Vampires in America is one of my absolute all time favorite vampire series. The world created by D.B Reynolds is as fresh as it is long running. There is an emotional connection each and every book that not all authors can create with such consistency. And let’s be clear - she does it well, people!
Okay, now on with the nitty gritty. Vincent: roguish, egotistical, charismatic and definitely all kinds of alpha vamp. He has just found himself as a strategic move in an ongoing game of power and political movement within his world.
Lana Arnold has been hired to deliver messages: one to Vincent Kuxim, and the other to a vamp that is considered a myth. With the acquired help of Vincent she sets out to finish the job. Only it turns into a horrifying discovery of immoral and unforgivable actions done by current Lord of Mexico. This discovery doesn’t sit well with Vincent, and an unexpected mission ensues to help remedy and deliver punishment on those who dare to abuse power and utterly forgo vampire law.
Action packed and fast paced, Vincent was incredibly hard to put down. The palpable connection and snarky, witty banter between Vincent and Lana gave me the smirky smile throughout. OH! And we get a Cyn and Raphael fix too! A sexy couple, mysteries, secrets revealed, and surprising revelations. What more could you ask for? I loved it.
5 STARS
 
Keep reading for more about author D.B. Reynolds and a great giveaway!

FEEL by Karen-Anne Stewart ~Cover Reveal~

Feel Cover
Title: Feel
Author: Karen-Anne Stewart
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 15, 2014
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Which Hero From Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights Inc. Series Is Perfect For You?



In her Black Knights Inc. series, bestselling author Julie Ann Walker introduces readers to strong, smart, sexy heroes. This group of deep cover military men are good at what they do…kicking ass and taking names. And when they aren’t out saving the world, they’re customizing motorcycles at a Chicago garage that is the perfect cover for men who need to take off at a moment’s notice. The Black Knights have a lot in common — they are all loyal and brave. But each man is unique and offers a different skill set to this elite fighting force. So which of these modern day warriors is right for you? 

This quiz will help you pick your personal BKI hero.

~Cover Reveal~ Twice in a Blue Moon by Cate Masters


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About the Book
Can true love strike twice?

After the death of her first love, Melanie Michaels buries her grief in the risky demands of a reality show, where her extreme stunts leave her teetering on the edge danger. That’s exactly where she wants to be—until she arranges for her crew to traverse the Swedish Lapland in the dead of winter. It’s the one place she shouldn’t go, on the one day she should avoid—her would-be wedding anniversary.

Instead of romantic nights spent in the Ice Hotel or under the Northern Lights, Melanie is stuck with Joe “Buck” Wright, a snarky loner tour guide who loves his sled dogs and nothing and no one else. But Buck is also trying to numb a painful past. Can two people skilled at pushing others away find warmth at the edge of the Arctic?