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Monday, September 30, 2013

Master Undone (Inside Out #2.5) by Lisa Renee Jones


I told him goodbye, and I will not call him. I know if I do, it will be my undoing, and I'll once again be caught up in his spell. I will once again be...lost. 

In her private journals, Rebecca laid bare her soul, revealing her obsession for the one man whose erotic demands captivated her imagination--and enslaved her forever. Now, with Rebecca no longer in his life he is lost, questioning everything he thought he knew about himself and about control he holds in such high regard. One women will reach out to heal him and then turn away, leaving him haunted. She is nothing he thought he wanted and somehow everything he needs. He tells himself to forget her but he cannot escape his desire for her. He has to have more...

Type: Romance, Novella/Short Story
Heat: 3 out of 5 (but very little)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
**Very important to read series in order**
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So, I pretty much lust after the Inside Out series. Lisa Renee Jones totally sucked me in and I've been loving it. I so did some fan girl squealing when I saw that The Master Undone was going to be told from Mark's point of view. (and gah! total covergasm) Yes, yes. I know. Everyone loves Chris--the main hero so far in the series--and I'll admit he's got some awesome going on but Mark?  Yeaaah, it turns out... I'm a bit of a twisted bitch because Mark, dear lord, he so does it for me. I just love the arrogant bastard and getting a peak into his private life with Master Undone was a nice treat.

Her Mad Hatter (Kingdom #1) by Marie Hall


Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.

Type: Fantasy Romance, Fairy Tales
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

*currently free*
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If ever there was a time for it to be used this is it because oh-my-effing-g that was one insanely unique ride. Her Mad Hatter. I don't even know where to start but Hall definitely blew my mind just a little bit. And I loved it.

In an absolutely brilliant twist on fairy tales the villains become... the heroes. Everything you ever thought you knew about fairy tales-- thank again because damn bad boys never looked so fucking good as a quirky fairy godmother sets out to save her charges one naughty misunderstood hunk of villain at a time. Starting with the Mad Hatter who desperately needs 'his Alice' to bring him back from the edge of madness.

DNF--Beyond Eden by Kele Moon


Three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in this erotic Garden of Eden tale.

Tall, dark and handsome Danny Carlow has always gotten whatever he wants except for the two he wants more than anything-his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve. Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.

Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave her true love Paul for the siren call of New York City. Ten years later, with her life in shambles, she returns. When Paul's waiting arms aren't available, Eve falls for Danny's charm and finds herself a willing accomplice in the dangerous games Danny plays.

Former college football star Paul Mattling is now a successful attorney with a bright future ahead of him. But behind those brilliant blue eyes are secret desires for a taste of the forbidden. Will he play it safe or give in to Danny and Eve and bite the apple?

Reader Advisory: Not for the faint of heart, the pain in this story is vivid and real, the emotions even more so. Haunting and poignant, Beyond Eden presents a darker side of BDSM. You might gasp. You might cry. You might find yourself reading it again and again.

Type: Erotica, BDSM
Heat: 4 out of 5 content wise but sexy not so much
Rating: DNF 1 out of 5 stars

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Well damn. Beyond Eden just didn't work for me in any way whatsoever and wound up on my very small shelf of DNF books. To me this wasn't healthy BDSM and fell more in lines of  BDSM being used as a cover for abuse. Yall know I love BDSM. I love dark BDSM and even though this is marketed as that it just...wasn't.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quote-tastic (21)-- a cold shower...or the porn channel...



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When I Find You (Trust No One #2) by Dixie Lee Brown


As a former Marine, Walker could find a needle in a haystack. But when he's asked by the U.S. Marshals to track down a nanny fleeing from the mafia, he's sure she'll be more trouble than she's worth. Especially after the sexy little thing clubs him and leaves him for dead. Walker's stunned by her courage—and her curves—and can't help feeling drawn to this damsel trying to dig her way out of distress. He'll find her, and when he does, it'll take more than the mafia to tear him away.

Darcy Maddox never expected to be running for her life. But when it suddenly looks like foe may become friend, Darcy's faced with a choice: Go it alone or trust a man she just met—never mind the way his touch gets her heart pounding. The choice seems simple enough until she realizes it's not just her life at stake—it's her heart.

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Things really get off to a bang in When I Find You what with Darcy running for her life after witnessing her boss's murder. Girl is not having a good week at all and she's running in a flat out panic from the men after her and having a hell of a time figuring out who to trust. And that goes for the badass sexy beast of a man who says he's been sent to make sure she's safe too.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tasty Delights-- Cheddar, Cauliflower & Leek Soup


Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters is all about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

I'll share my delights or my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. 


Some of you know that I'm trying to get healthier. I was feeling kind of motivated this week and started looking up some low calorie recipes that were still filling and tasty. It's been colder here lately and soup sounded like just the right thing. A serving size of one cup is only 186 calories. Not bad. And it really was good!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Things Good Girls Don't Do by Codi Gary


Good girls don't steal.
Good girls don't visit sex shops.
Good girls don't have one-night stands.

For Katie Conners, being a good girl just isn't worth it anymore. It used to mean getting the life she always wanted. But that was before she got dumped and her ex got engaged to his rebound. So, after a bad day and one too many mojitos, Katie starts making a list of things a girl like her would never do, not in a million years . . .

As a tattoo artist with a monster motorcycle, Chase Trepasso isn't the kind of guy you bring home to mom and dad.

And when he finds Katie's list in a bar, he's more than happy to help her check off a few items. Especially the ones on the naughtier side . . .

Katie's more than tempted by Chase's offer, as long as they keep things uncomplicated. But as they spend more time together, she may just wind up breaking the most important rule of all: Good girls don't fall in love with bad boys.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Mmm yeah Things Good Girls Don't Do was some nice sexy fun. Good girl Katie needs a little naughty in her life. Bad boy tattoo artist Chase oh so willingly steps in and volunteers to help her knock things off her naughty girl bucket list. Humor, adventures and some really sweet times ensue. Heh. And it was excellent.

Spotlight--Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis + giveaway!

Ahhh a new Lucky Harbor novel has hit the shelves. This is one of my all time favorite series. So blasted good. Anyways. Quick spotlight today. Jill joined us for a couple questions and brought an excerpt for yall too. There's a giveaway too! So, check it out and leave her some love!  ~Anna
After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack's ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib - that she and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle . . .

No-strings attachments suit Jack just fine - perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their "just friends" rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?


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So, Jill, what's *your* favorite scene from Always On My Mind
One of my favorite scenes from ALWAYS ON MY MIND is easily the scene where Leah accidentally, sort of on purpose, maybe tells our sexy firefighter hero Jack Harper's mother that they are a "thing".  They're not a thing, of course, not even close.  But because Jack's mom is seriously ill, and LOVES the idea of Jack and Leah being a "thing", it takes on a life of it's own, and Jack has no choice but to play along.  Problem is, it doesn't feel like play at all.  I just love Jack's reaction to Leah's spur of the moment admission...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Run to You by Rachel Gibson


There's nothing like fleeing Miami to ruin a girl's day. Stella Leon's bartending gig was going fine until gorgeous ex-Marine Beau Junger decked her mob-connected boss, spirited her out of the city, and claimed that Stella's half-sister--the one with the perfect life--sent him. Now Stella has no choice but to go along for the ride... and seduce Beau's military-issue socks off...

The Marine Corps was Beau's escape from his old man's legacy of naval heroism and serial philandering, but no amount of training could prepare him for the day he looked in the mirror and saw his father staring back. The answer: swear off meaningless sex. Oh, and find a way to make Stella Leon quit being so damn hot...

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Rachel Gibson is always good for a light hearted and easy read where you can escape for a few hours, have a couple laughs and walk away with a smile. And Run to You did all that. It's a cute little cross-country adventure as Beau deals with one tiny little woman and a mission that turns his world all upside down and sideways.

Cat Thursday--- Well aren't you. just. charming?


Welcome to the weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats!

Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! 

 

Mr September Throwdown! + giveaway!

Something kinda fun today. A hunky throw down! Gotta love that! The heroes from Brazen Entangled are battling it out to be Mr. September. Check out the post and vote for your favorite sexy beast of a man...

The deets...

Each day this week the six heroes are stopping by some awesome blogs to answer both sexy and sweet personal questions, so you can really get a taste of what they’re like ;)  Each day you get to cast your vote, and at the end of the week one sexy hero will be crowned the winner of the #MrSeptember Throwdown!

Remember, each vote also counts as an entry for one of SIX prizes so be sure to follow along and vote every day to increase your chances of winning!  Visit Entangled in Romance for a recap on the awesome prizes!

Alright chickies. Here are the lucious pieces of man candy vying to be your #MrSeptember... Sweet Mary they're all so damn...lickable...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Guest Post w/ Tracy March + giveaway!


Morning chickadees! One of my favorites is here today to talk about her newest release...Tempted in the Tropics. It was such a fun read! I hope yall will help me give her a big welcome! Check out Tracy March's guest post and excerpt and leave her some love!  ~Anna

The only thing they agree on is the sultry heat between them

Nothing’s more important to Paige Ellerbee than her struggling bakery, Sweet Bee’s. When Lane Anderson, the temporary new doctor hot enough to rival McDreamy, moves in next door, though, she’s sure things are looking up. Until he threatens her business in their first conversation.

Lane just wants to practice medicine responsibly—not argue with the flighty bakery owner next door. But when he finds himself traveling down to the Caribbean to play guitar for Paige’s best friend’s wedding, suddenly the sight of the blonde in a bikini eclipses the fact they can’t agree on anything. And as their vacation romance grows, his reservations about starting something after getting burned by love are washed away like sand on the beach.

But once Paige and Lane land back home, will these polar opposites be able to forgive their feud and find lasting love?


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The Dreaded Bridesmaid Dress

Most of us have gotten the flattering yet frightening question, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” Your heart swells. How sweet that someone wants you to be in their wedding. But after that sweet swelling, the burning question starts to sizzle at the back of your mind. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Getting Rowdy (Love Undercover #3) by Lori Foster


Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn't the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance-including a past that might come back to haunt them both.

Avery spends her nights working for tips...and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy's protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she's finally found...and the passion she's always wanted.

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Okay, so I'm gonna admit something right up front. Since the series started I've been all about Dash. I want his book. Bad. Like do naughty things bad. And Rowdy. Yeah, okay, he was all fine and good but I totally wasn't smitten with him like all of my friends. Until I read Getting Rowdy. *throws herself down in a girly swoon* Dammit now I totally get the whole not being able to keep your panties on around him. Rowdy, whew, yeah baby. I'm sold!

Alright, alright, serious now. I think this is my favorite from the series. Foster absolutely knocked it out of the park. Killer romance, sexual tension and some omg fan yourself scenes, a bit of action and danger. It was so easy to get lost in this one and feel like you were right there with them.

The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap Anthology w/ Kauffman, Angell & Kincaid

Aaaannnd...craving cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap was a great little Christmas collection surrounding the lives of three girlfriends, a winter storm and, like I mentioned, cookies galore! It's sweet, sassy and even a little steamy and just what you need to get in the Christmas spirit!
Type: Contemporary Romance anthology, novellas
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3-5 out of 5

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Where There's Smoke by Donna Kauffman--3 stars!

When flames from a recipe gone disastrously wrong send hunky fire-fighter Will Mason to pretty Clara Parker's rescue, the sparks really begin to fly! And once Will gets a taste of Clara, he aches for more than just a little sugar from the famously single food columnist...
 
Clara is a hot mess when it comes to all things baking and Lord help her she's just landed a gig as the Christmas cookie columnist for the local paper and things get off to a very hot start as she starts her cookie baking adventures. Enter firefighter Will who swoops in and saves his old college friend from a glorious cookie disaster. I'm always a fan of second chance romances and loved that these two knew

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quote-tastic (21)--Yes, Master...



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Tasty Delight-- Semi homemade Veggie Stromboli!


Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters is all about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

I'll share my delights or my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. 

My friend Tonya posted this recipe to one of our FB groups. 
She's always got the best semi-homemade recipes and I just had to try it. 
The original was for pepperoni but I opted for onion and green peppers. And damn it was good!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dire Distraction (A-Tac #7) by Dee Davis


As the commander for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Avery Solomon is the best of the best. He'll stop at nothing to ensure the safety of his team, but when a mystery from the past resurfaces, he puts himself directly in the line of fire.

After years of covert missions, Avery harbors regrets that continue to haunt him. He still blames himself for his wife's death fourteen years ago-until an A-Tac operative finds a photo that suggests Avery's wife may still be alive. Determined to discover the truth, Avery heads deep into the hostile territory of Southeast Asia, ready for danger and violence-only to find himself captured by desire . . .

Wilderness guide Sydney Price never backs down from a challenge. She has her own reasons for wanting revenge against the men being hunted by Avery. Though she tries to deny her attraction to the tough, handsome warrior, the spirited Sydney soon finds him impossible to resist. Now she and Avery must work together to uncover the truth-and stay alive. But as the enemy closes in and old secrets unravel, the line between partners and lovers vanishes like mist in the jungle . . .

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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I really love romantic suspense. When I picked up Davis last year I was instantly in love with the way she wove the two together and pulled me into an action packed sexy read. So I was really excited to see another addition to the series. Unfortunately, Dire Distraction didn't do much for me.

Spotlight: Her Wicked Angel by Felicity Heaton + giveaways

Now *that* is a bad ass Angel.My. Just a quick spotlight today for the 6th book in Felicity Heaton's Her Angel series---Her Wicked Angel. Check out the excerpt and let me know what you think! Oh and there's a giveaway if you're interested in entering :)   ~Anna
The King of Demons and the Devil’s right hand man, Asmodeus is a dark angel born of evil and created for destruction. When his master orders him to venture into the mortal world and retrieve a female for him, he seizes the chance to leave Hell for the first time, uncaring of what the Devil has planned for her… until he sets eyes on the most beautiful woman he has ever seen—a female who awakens new feelings within his black heart, unleashing passion so intense that it controls him and desire he cannot resist.

He will not let his wretched master have her. She will belong to him.

Liora is a witch with a bad reputation and an obsession with fighting demons. A mission gone wrong sees her sent to Paris to cool off, but when a dark and deadly warrior with a gaze of golden fire lands in her life, she ends up burning hotter than Hell for the wicked angel. Nothing will stand between her and the immense, forbidding male. Not her cousin. Not Asmodeus’s sworn enemy and twin, Apollyon. And certainly not the Devil.

Caught up in a tempest of danger and soul-searing passion, can they survive against the odds and seize their forever after?

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Drawing the Line (#2) by Kimberly Kincaid


When Detective Jason Morgan is tasked with keeping a local restaurant owner safe as part of a make-or-break case, he rises to the challenge. The job is his first priority, and he owes it to the memory of his father, a detective killed in the line of duty, to do it at any cost. But Jason never expected Serenity Gallagher to be so beautiful, so serious...or so tough to protect.

Serenity has moved from place to place at the whim of her capricious mother all her life. The last thing she wants is to leave the diner she finally calls home, even if it means being stuck with a sexy blue-eyed detective. But she’s the only witness to a horrible crime, and the man behind it wants her very, very dead. Going into protective custody means survival, no matter how much Serenity hates hiding.

As Jason and Serenity bide their time together, they are shocked to discover they have much more in common than the surface reveals. But keeping her safe is Jason’s number one priority, no matter how much he’s drawn in by the woman beneath the witness, and Serenity’s past makes it difficult to trust. As the stakes get higher and the spark burns hotter, can Jason and Serenity draw the line?

Type: Contemporary Romance, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Stock your kitchen and have lots of goodies on hand before starting Drawing the Line. Seriously. I knew this going in and decided to just read a little and ended up having to put everything down and run to the grocery store half way through which was really hard because I was enjoying the hell out of it.

The basic gist is that diner owner Serenity walks in on a crime happening in her restaurant and that lands her in a safe house for a few weeks with the oh so freaking sexy Jason who is the cop tasked with keeping her safe. Perfect recipe for some sexy romance!

Spotlight--Wildfire by Mina Khan + giveaway!!

It’s so great to be celebrating my new release with Herding Cats & Burning Soup. Thanks Anna! I’m thrilled to share my novel, Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys and Dragons, with you and your readers. Check out my cover! ~Mina Khan
Lynn Hana Alexander is a 25-year-old Japanese American shape-shifter haunted by guilt. She’s been questioning herself and her dragon abilities ever since she failed to save her grandmother.

When her best friend is threatened by mysterious fires burning up acres of West Texas, Lynn rushes to the rescue determined not to fail again. However, with a tempting firefighter, a flirty city developer and dragon pheromones distracting her, how is she going to find the arsonist?

And worse: is her primary suspect a malicious rogue dragon or the love of her life?

Type: Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys and Dragons

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cat Thursday---creeeeepy....thy name is cat house...


Welcome to the weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats!

Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats!
Sweet Mary. There are just no words.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How to Lose a Bride in One Night (Forgotten Princesses #3) by Sophie Jordan


When Annalise Hadley is tossed over the side of her honeymoon barge, the newly-minted duchess knows she's been left for dead -- for her husband's only interest is in her vast dowry, not her muddied lineage. However, she didn't count on a savior. Especially not an honorable, sinfully intriguing earl who will tempt her to risk everything—again.

A man with his own demons, Owen Crawford, the reclusive Earl of McDowell, is enchanted by the mysterious, courageous woman he rescued. He will help her heal, teach her to protect herself, and then send her away—so that she’ll never see he’s far from the hero she believes him to be.

But days and nights alone prove that some secrets are meant to be discovered...some desires are too powerful to resist…and some wounds can only be healed by love.

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though it takes a really, really long time)
Rating: 4 out of 5

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So, my first time with Sophie Jordan, she made my jaw drop. The beginning of this one? Holy cow it was crazy intense and shocking--especially for a non blurb reader. Whew! See, the heroine? Nearly killed. By her husband. I loved it! The shock, the hunky--yet troubled--hero who rescues her at nearly the last second, the slow burning romance. It was a great combination.

Cover Reveal--East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye!

Quickie cover reveal for one of our favorites... Laura Kaye! East of Ecstasy is the 4th and last *sobs* book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series. Check it out and let me know what you think!  ~Anna
Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

Releases April 22, 2014
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So, whatcha think?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fool's Gold Cookbook by Susan Mallery *pick of the litter*


Fool's Gold is known as the Land of Happy Endings, but it's also the land of hearty appetites. Throughout the series, the residents of Fool's Gold have found joy, comfort and good times through food. Now two local Fool's Gold chefs will also find love through food! Join them as they flirt, fight and fall in love, one season at a time.

You'll also find favorite recipes from popular characters in the series.

With chapters for summer, spring, fall and winter, you can find the perfect recipe for everything from holiday get-togethers to cozy date nights, always using the freshest ingredients. And the heartwarming love story that is woven throughout is Susan Mallery at her finest.

The more than 150 recipes and dozens of gorgeous photographs in this book will inspire you to find perfection in the simple and the seasonal. And with all of Fool's Gold with you in the kitchen, your every celebration will have a happy ending!

Type: Contemporary Romance Novella & a cookbook!
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

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Seriously I cannot stop smiling. Mallery was absolutely genius in putting The Fool's Gold Cookbook together. I wasn't sure how it was all going to work with the whole cookbook/romance combo but it was utterly and deliciously perfect.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Quote-tastic (20)--uh, piratical?



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**Massive** Book Giveaway!!! Sept 16-23rd!!

We're having a Book Bash Giveaway! 

8 awesome blogs decided to have a little party and we're giving away a TON of books!


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In Flames by Jessica Jayne


Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and she knew that came with some risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own. Even though she had asked her husband, Chad, for a trial separation the week before his death because she found out about an affair he was having, dealing with the last year without him has not been easy. Her brother-in-law, Matt, has been the rock that has kept her from collapsing.

As a fireman, Matt Riley had been at the scene when his brother was killed. Several other firefighters had to hold him back to keep him from going after his brother in the collapsing building. The last year has been difficult for Matt. He suffered greatly from survivor’s guilt and drank himself into oblivion on several occasions. His one saving grace has come in the form of his sister-in-law, Gracelyn. Her friendship has pulled him through time and time again.

With the year anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt turn to each for support and comfort. What they didn’t expect was to realize that their feelings for each other may go well beyond the solid friendship they share. Can they overcome the guilt and the scrutiny of their family and friends to find love together?

Type: Contemporary Romance, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5 peppers
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Ahh how can you not love firefighters? Or a forbidden romance between two people who are absolutely meant to be? In Flames was a hot little read about two people grieving a shared loss and finding love and healing in the arms of someone unexpected and slightly unconventional.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Tasty Delights-- *Unstuffed* Green Peppers!


Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters is all about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

I'll share my delights or my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. 

Heh. Thought I'd try something a little different this week and made *unstuffed* green peppers. 
And damn. It was pretty good!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Two Times as Hot (Oklahoma Nights #2) by Cat Johnson


One Good Girl...
After her sister snags a hot Oklahoma cowboy, Emma Hart figures it’s her turn to saddle up. And with two country boys pursuing her at once, she’s in for a wild ride...

Two Sexy Guys...
Lieutenant Colonel Logan Hunt can’t deny the heat between him and Emma is fierce. But Logan isn’t looking for anything serious...just a chance to blow off some steam. So why is he crazy jealous when he sees pro bull rider Jace Mills trying to charm Emma into bed?

Winner Takes All...
Logan knows he and Emma could have something special—and not just because she’s smokin’ hot. Now he has to find a way to prove that even a no-strings-attached guy like him can stick around for the long haul…

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Releases 9/24
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Two Times as Hot. Gah I freaking loved it. Absolutely loved it and dammit this city girl is really starting to crave a bit of country living-- especially if it comes with cowboys this damn hot.

Things start getting real interesting when Emma comes to town for her little sister's wedding and catches the eye of  not one but two scorching hot cowboys. Sparks are flying everywhere and she's more than willing to have a little fun while she's in town...with one of them... and things get a bit complicated.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Last Chance Summer by Hope Ramsay


It wouldn't be summer without the Watermelon Festival, and single mom Amanda Wright is looking forward to a carefree day eating funnel cakes and sipping sweet tea. But with her inquisitive son and elderly grandmother in tow, she's not in the mood for carnival rides or the kissing booth, until she hears a charming, funny voice over the loudspeaker.

Grant Trumbull is the new DJ at the local radio station, and his deep, booming cadence has all the ladies of the church auxillary atwitter. Even without seeing his face, Amanda can't help but wonder if he's the one for her. When she finally comes face to face with the man behind the mic, summer is about to get a whole lot hotter in little Last Chance, South Carolina.

Type: Contemporary Romance, ***Short Story 40ish pages***
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Last Chance Summer is what I'd call a teaser romance. It's a short story about a small town, soul mates and finding what you've always been looking for and just knowing it's right. It's a quickie read but enjoyable on a hot summer afternoon.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cat Thursday-- oh naughty naughty kitteh...


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To All The Rakes I've Loved Before (Honeycote #1.5) by Anne Barton


After being jilted by her former beau, Miss Amelia Wimple retreated to her Mayfair town house and her ever-growing collection of gossips rags. Now, almost two years later, not even her beloved cousins, Rose and Olivia Sherbourne, can persuade her to give love another chance. But an unexpected midnight caller may open her heart once more.

Lord Stephen Brookes is the prince of pleasure, the duke of decadence-and it seems his exploits have finally caught up with him. When Stephen comes to Amelia seeking refuge, she can’t deny him . . . or the intense desire he sparks. As he attempts to heal her broken heart, they indulge in a private passion unlike anything either has experienced. Stephen knows sweet, sensual Amelia is meant to be his one and only. Now, he will do whatever it takes to convince her that a rake really can change his ways.

Type: Historical Romance, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Ahh so Anne Barton totally won me over last year with When She Was Wicked. Turns out she can totally rock a novella too. To All The Rakes I've Loved Before was sweet and sexy and had me smiling the entire time as a notorious rake literally lands, battered and in desperate need of care, on the reclusive heroine's doorstep after a harrowing attack.

Under the Covers (Maverick Montana #2) by Rebecca Zanetti


Opposites don’t attract. They ignite.

The small Montana town near the Kooskia reserve seemed like the perfect place for Juliet Montgomery to hide from her not-so-law-abiding family. But when her peace is shattered by a break-in and threatening phone calls, it’s clear someone back in New York knows where she is. It’s time to plan her getaway, and fast—but first, she needs to tie up a few loose ends. Namely, finding out exactly what the town’s sexy cowboy sheriff is hiding in his holster...

Sheriff Quinn Lodge has enough demons of his own to know when someone’s hiding something. Clearly, he needs to do a thorough investigation to uncover what’s beneath Juliet’s uptight, city-girl exterior—preferably one piece of clothing at a time. But when their chemistry goes from fizzy to full-on explosive, things start getting complicated. How can Juliet stay beneath the covers with Quinn, when doing so means blowing her cover?

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

One stubborn ass Sheriff that has a thing for spanking? Oh hell yes!! Zanetti writes the best heroes and has such make you pant covers. Thank the book Gods the stories to back them up are just as drool-worthy. Under the Covers. Yeah it was good. Very sexy fake mates kinda deal going on which you know I'm a goner for. With a fun storyline and sparks flying this one totally worked for me.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rush (Phoenix Rising #3) by Joan Swan

**there will be kinda sorta spoilers in this one**
Jessica Fury, Washington lobbyist, has money, connections, and her own firm. But five years ago she had something better: happiness. Her firefighter husband, Quaid, was handsome, courageous, and crazy about her. Then one day he walked into a chemical inferno—and never walked out. Jessica has been through hell to get back on her feet. And then a rumor surfaces that could bring a miracle or shatter her world – again.

Q has been a prisoner forever. He’s honed his mind and body into weapons. He’s developed abilities no one else understands. But he’s still at the mercy of a cabal of ruthless men, who blank his memory, test him like a lab rat, and tell him lies. Although his past has been erased and his future looks grim, instinct tells him he has a woman to live for. What his mind can’t remember, his body can’t forget…

The heat is on.

Type: Paranormal Romance, Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Read in order? Not a must but would suggest it.

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Ahhh I loved it! But let me tell you there was a serious 'oh my effing hell' moment there at the beginning that I so wasn't prepared for--because of my non blurb reading stance-- and holy crap it was amazing! Swan actually made my jaw drop and and left me speechless. Needless to say Rush was an exciting read that had me on the edge of my seat, made my palms sweat and had me falling in love all at the same time. Whew! It was excellent.

Alright, so, seriously, this one is so gonna make me paranoid as hell where the government is concerned. The gist is that years earlier a group of firefighters went in to battle a fire at a government warehouse and tragedy struck when a chemical explosion left one of them dead and the rest picking up the pieces and rocking some freaky paranormal abilities. But this wasn't a mere tragedy and now, years later, government conspiracies, kidnapping, human testing and horrendous coverups are brought into the open when Q, who has been tortured for years-- escapes his captives and slowly begins to regain his life with the people who love him and thought him dead all this time. Holy crap. Talk about a major mind fuck.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Spotlight-- Tempted in the Tropics by Tracy March + giveaway!!

Ahh so excited to be part of Tracy's release day spotlight. I adored book one, The Practice Proposal, and had a great time with Tempted in the Tropics too. Check it out and let me know what you think! There's a giveaway for those interested as well but feel free to leave a comment even if you aren't entering!   ~Anna
The only thing they agree on is the sultry heat between them.

Nothing’s more important to Paige Ellerbee than her struggling bakery, Sweet Bee’s. When Lane Anderson, the temporary new doctor hot enough to rival McDreamy, moves in next door, though, she’s sure things are looking up. Until he threatens her business in their first conversation.

Lane just wants to practice medicine responsibly—not argue with the flighty bakery owner next door. But when he finds himself traveling down to the Caribbean to play guitar for Paige’s best friend’s wedding, suddenly the sight of the blonde in a bikini eclipses the fact they can’t agree on anything. And as their vacation romance grows, his reservations about starting something after getting burned by love are washed away like sand on the beach.

But once Paige and Lane land back home, will these polar opposites be able to forgive their feud and find lasting love?



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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Quote-tastic (19)-- you just... keep pissing me off!



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