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Thursday, October 31, 2013

3 stars--Laid Bear by Marina Maddix


Curvy girl Bethany Mills can't believe her good fortune when her new neighbor turns out to be devastatingly hot. But someone that gorgeous could never fall for someone like her…could he? A charming personality and appreciation for sappy music aren't the only things Maximilian Pearce is hiding, and just when Bethany thinks she might get her very own happily ever after, a shocking revelation forces her to make a heartbreaking choice.

Type: Paranormal Romance--Shifters (bears), Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5

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Sometimes a girl just has to own up to the fact that she's a werebear junkie and needs a quick fix. And Laid Bear came along and gave me a nice little werebear buzz. It's a super quick read that's kinda fun and cute and has some decent steam to it too. Nice, right?

2 stars--When the Marquess Met His Match (An American Heiress in London #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke


Nicholas Stirling, Marquess of Trubridge, loves his life just as it is: dissolute, scandalous, and deuced good fun. His father, the Duke of Landsdowne is not amused, and when he cuts off Nicholas’ trust fund, the fun-loving marquess is forced to find an alternate source of income—in other words, he has to marry an heiress.

Every new-money American heiress knows Lady Belinda Featherstone is the key to social acceptance. Once a new-money nobody herself, Belinda discovered first-hand how heartbreaking the game of love and matrimony could be after a reprobate British earl married her for her money. Now a respectable widow, Belinda has become England’s most successful matchmaker, guiding young American heiresses through the hazards of the London season and helping them to find husbands worthy of them. To her mind, the Marquess of Trubridge is nothing but a fortune-hunting scoundrel and she has no intention of allowing him to charm his way into any American girl’s heart, including her own.

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 --very limited
Rating: 2 out of 5

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When the Marquess Met His Match was a hard read for me. I went into it excited. I love the cover, matchmaker/marriage of convenience stories are always a favorite of mine and I just love historicals. But it didn't work for me for the most part. Yes, some parts were unique and made me want to keep reading and the hero was rather dashing but in the end this one left me incredibly dissatisfied as a reader because I couldn't believe the romance and found the heroine completely and utterly unlikable.

Spotlight--Forsaken by BJ Daniels + giveaway!

Oh I love me some BJ Daniels! She writes great little mystery/romance combos. Not too heavy. Just right for an afternoon in. And. Hello. Cowboys. Always. Good. LOL Check this one out and let me know what you think!
Danger runs high and passions burn hot in Montana's wild country

Big-city detective Bentley Jamison is a long way from home in the Beartooth wilderness when one of local rancher Maddie Conner's ranch hands goes missing. Towering mountains and a small, tight community are as unfamiliar to Jamison as herding sheep, but he's never shied away from a challenge. As the new deputy sheriff, he's sworn to protect every inch of this rough terrain--starting with unraveling a mystery that has left Maddie a wide-open target.

Maddie's as beautiful--and untamable--as the land around them. Like Jamison, she won't back down from danger. But desire that flares hotter than their tempers only raises the stakes when a fierce storm traps them in the high mountains. Caught in a killer's sights, Jamison and Maddie must trust one another, because now survival--and love--are all that matter.

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So, have you read BJ Daniels? Did you enjoy it? How's this one sound to ya? 

Cat Thursday-- funneh face!!!


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! 
Erm. Yes. Cats are dignified and elegant. Always. lol

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

No Romance Required (Love Required #3) by Cari Quinn


Cory Santangelo is used to getting his way, both in the boardroom and the bedroom. Lately he hasn’t had much opportunity to do anything but work, but one unexpectedly sexy night in a gazebo with Victoria, his gorgeous and feisty interior designer, changes all that—especially when they’re caught on camera. Suddenly Cory’s sterling reputation is no longer above reproach. Since his impromptu encounter coincides nicely with his need for a girlfriend to get his well-meaning, meddling parents off his back, he decides to ask his lifelong frenemy for a favor.

The only problem? Vicky Townsend wants those strings tied all around her. She’s battled a long-suppressed crush on Cory, and their combative work relationship has only fanned the flames. When he suggests his needs are more than she can handle, she’s ready to up the ante. And her bargaining chip is lots of delicious, inventive sex.

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

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Ahhhh *girly swoon* No Romance Required was my first full length from Quinn and omg I am a fan! Steamy steamy sex, my favorite storyline of a couple pretending to be mates and falling head over feet, through the roof chemistry. Gah. So good! Enjoyed the hell out of all of it as Cory and Victoria turn a rather, um, scandalous moment in a gazebo, familial meddling and a long hidden crush into something more.
He was a distracting combination of megalomaniac and man candy, covered in geektastic frosting that wreaked hell on her hormones.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Spotlight--Her Lycan Lover by Susan Arden + giveaway!


Woot! We're featuring this sexy read from Susan Arden today. Check out the excerpt and playlist for Her Lycan Lover and let me know what you think! There's a giveaway as well for yall interested in entering that :)  ~Anna
An ancient law permits a Midnight Lycan to bond with spellcaster. A woman who he will protect until the end of time.

Sherry Delacroix is a third level spellcaster. Quinn Rothschild, a rare wolf shifter; a purebred Midnight Lycan. They work together at the Downtown Den and unknowingly are fated as mates in a mystical union. To unleash the power of this liaison requires a precarious event, unlocking their instinct to bond.

A rip in the energy shield within the Denver ley line have Dark Fae crossing realms, hungry to harness enough power to bring down the worldwide shield. It's up to Sherry to repair the break before the Fae find her. And it's up to Quinn to keep her safe.

When Sonya, a friend and manager at the Den is kidnapped, Sherry comes out of hiding to face the enemy. Only the person lurking in the shadows isn't who she expected to find as the face of evil.

Never mind about keeping enemies near when the person Sherry least suspects wants her dead.

Paranormal Fantasy Romance ~Time Travel
Witch, Wolf Shifter, & Dark Fae
Rocky Mountain Shifter Series Spinoff

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Quote-tastic (26)--touch my... sock?



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Back to Basics by Erin McCarthy


Angel Weiss can’t believe that her old friend Brian has stood her up at their wedding, for a stripper no less, ruining her plans to collect on some old college bet money. If you can’t trust a man to follow through on a fake wedding, who can you trust? So maybe she is a little uptight and suppressed, as Brian points out, but after watching her father run through six wives, she can’t help but be a little bit of a control freak. Who never intends to get married for real.

Rick Dengler did the marriage thing and the only good thing that came out of it was his daughter. Otherwise, it just left him broke and disillusioned. So he isn’t looking for anything but illegal campers when he’s doing rounds through the park on his job as a ranger. What he finds is a sexy blonde in heels frozen in the path of a black bear.

Which leads to them both covered in poison ivy. Which leads to stripping down to what nature intended in a heart shaped hot tub. Which leads Angel and Rick to conclude that maybe they’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to falling in love with a person all wrong for you..

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

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Aw Back to Basics was a cute little novella with fun characters that I really grew to like. Angel's just been abandoned at the alter by her future husband and while trying to track his ass down she nearly becomes bear bait and ends up being rescued by one Ranger Rick--who is all kinds of yummy manly goodness and sparks feelings in her she never expected.

In A Cowboy's Bed Anthology w/ Johnson, Harper and LaFleur

Sexy cowboy goodness. Really you can't go wrong with a cowboy. Or two or three of them. In A Cowboy's Bed--and damn but don't you want to be there? lol Was a quick enjoyable set of novellas that's steamy but fairly tame for erotica. I really enjoyed most of the anthology and am excited to have found a new author to check out in LaFleur. Johnson already won me over a couple books back and continues to shine. If you like cowboys and are looking for a fast read it'll do the trick.
They're tough as nails and sexy as hell. With their leather chaps and Stetson hats, they're impossible to resist. They're cowboys and they like to ride slow and hard. . .

Type: Light Erotica
Heat: 3-4 out of 5
Rating: 3-4 out of 5

"Two for the Road" by Cat Johnson  4 stars!

Heather London is tired of the squeaky clean acting roles that keep coming her way. But when she takes off in a car one day heading west, she never expects to meet up with two cowboys who show her just how fun it is to get down and dirty. . .

Two for the Road was a quick, easy, sexy read and proved once again Cat Johnson can always be counted on for a good time.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

4.5 star review! How to be a Scottish Mistress by Adrienne Basso


When newly widowed Lady Fiona flees to Scotland in need of protection, Lord Gavin McLendon is powerless to refuse the British beauty. Especially when she offers herself in exchange. Now that the brooding Scottish warrior can think of nothing else but ravishing his delectable new mistress, even though he’s duty-bound to marry another…

Fiona is shocked when Gavin accepts her scandalous offer—and fretful at the thought that he will discover how little she knows of seduction. But when Gavin proves to be a skilled and achingly sensuous teacher, Fiona doesn’t want their passionate arrangement to end. Now she can’t help but wonder just what it would take to go from Scottish mistress…to Scottish wife.

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

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Gah, I love it when a new to me authors blows me away and damn but Basso did just that with How to Be A Scottish Mistress. I devoured this book--read until I just couldn't hold the book open any more then woke up and, yup, first thing I reached for. It was a moving tale of a women who will do whatever it takes to protect what's hers. It had me tearing up, laughing out loud and fanning myself along the way and just pulled me in completely.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Spotlight-- Passionate Addiction by Eden Summers + giveaway!

Woot! We've got a spotlight today for one of my favorites...Eden Summers and her next release Passionate Addiction! What do yall think of the cover? Like it? Love it? Leave it?

I'm loving the purple and omg his tats are lickable!   ~Anna

Nothing says happy birthday like a rock god flying thousands of miles to surprise a woman he's never met. But that's exactly what happens to Gabi Smith when she gives her long distance best friend a flippant invitation to her laid back girl’s night out. She never expected to turn on the dance floor and find Blake Kennedy’s gaze holding her body captive.

Gabi means more to Blake than life itself. She’s his strength, his savior, and the only person who helped to vanquish his demons. No one means more to him than his angel. So when things between them start to sizzle, he's ready to fight for the future he never thought he would deserve.


Blake has come a long way—with Gabi's help—to leave the hell of his youth behind him, but sometimes memories don’t want to stay buried. Determined to stand on his own for once, Blake is willing to stretch the truth to keep his troubles from burdening the woman he adores.

Coming Nov 15th!
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Soooo, whatcha think? Have you read book one? Gonna check out book two?

Don't forget to check out Eden's FB page for all kinds of pre-release fun!
Giveaways, chats, teaser quotes and more!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

4 stars! Friends to Lovers (Aisle Bound #3) by Cristi Barth



As florist and co-owner of a successful Chicago wedding planning business, Daphne Lovell has been there for the happiest days of other people's lives. As for her own life? Well, it's hard to be perfectly happy when you're carrying a torch for your sexy, womanizing and oblivious best friend. So when the lights go out on New Year's Eve, she seizes the opportunity to kiss him senseless.

British expat Gibson Moore has a lot on his plate. The hotel he manages is being bought out, his family is crazy and someone just kissed him in the dark. When the lights go on, he searches the room, trying to find the mystery pair of lips. Only, he never thinks to ask the woman standing by his side. He's shocked when he discovers that Daphne is the woman he's been searching for. But Gib's also eager to act upon the attraction for her he's always fought to ignore.

It takes trust to move from friends to lovers, and as Gib's work situation worsens, he is no longer sure he can risk the friendship he relies on most. It's up to Daphne to convince him that some things are worth fighting for…

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5 but it takes a while
Rating: 4 out of 5

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The more I read from Barth the more I love her books and Friends to Lovers was a great little read. The whole friends to lovers set up is one of my absolute favorites. It can be so sweet and touching but can also really rock the awkward and that's pretty much how Friends to Lovers went as Gib and Daphne's years of friendship gets knocked on it's side by an unexpected New Years kiss during a power outage.

Cat Thursday-- like a thief...


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! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween Hunt & Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Halloween Hunt & Giveaway Hop!

From now until the 31st we're celebrating all things Halloween with a scavenger hunt!!

Hop around and visit blogs--they'll have giveaways too--and collect Halloween Hunt "words" to enter the grand prize of a kindle Paperwhite and an Amazon Gift Card!!

[Hunt words on each blog will be featured in a mini image of the hop button]

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sweet (True Believers #2) by Erin McCarthy


Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house.

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself.

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…

Type: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Heat: 3 out of 5 (though not much)
Rating: 4 out of 5

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If ever there was someone that could win me over the New Adult genre it's Erin McCarthy. And damn but she did it again with Sweet and two awesomely amazing characters that try their damnedest to ignore each other, bicker like hell and mercilessly tease each other when they just can't pull it off. And suddenly having to live together for a week definitely makes for an...interesting few days.
"I think it will be good for you guys," Kylie said, an eternal optimist. Or suffering from massive delusions. "You can become better friends this way."

"Maybe we don't want to become friends," Riley told her. "Maybe we like not liking each other."

I almost laughed. There was a certain truth to that.

Interview w/ Jami Davenport-- she's got the *cutest* herd!


After twelve years in the league, all Zach Murphy wants is a Super Bowl ring. He’s been about hard hits not smooth manners, about breaking quarterbacks not making small talk at cocktail parties. But now he’s shattered something else. After dumping a tray of drinks on the team owner’s snooty daughter and accidentally feeling up the Governor’s wife, his tenure with his team looks perilously short. And things are getting worse.

Life is looking up for Kelsie Carrington-Richmond. A onetime beauty pageant star and mean girl, she only recently stopped living out of her car. But both those times have passed. Her Finishing School for Real Men has a real shot, and the Seattle Lumberjacks have hired her to polish up their roughest player. Except…it’s Zach. Long ago she broke his heart. He’s just the beast she remembers—gruff, protective—but she’s nothing like the beauty from his past.

Yet, getting knocked down happens, and getting back up makes a contender. And they both have the hearts of champions.


Jami! Morning come on in! Kinda strange since it's getting a little chilly here but I'm giving making homemade Italian Ice a go today so thought we'd nibble on those while we chat.
I’d love a strawberry one.
Down by Contact sounds like such a great read. Could you tell us a little bit about Kelsie, Zach and what they have going on?
Essentially we have a Beauty and the Beast story here, and the beauty never quite tames the beast, but she does win him over.

Monday, October 21, 2013

4 stars! Black & Blue (Otherworld Assassin #2) by Gena Showalter


Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent…and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help—a woman with even more secrets than Blue.

Evangaline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breeched her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now, he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her own past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe—even though he'd rather die than live without her…

Type: Paranormal Romance, Aliens?
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Heh. So, Black and Blue. I loved this one. It's got some nice heat, has some awesome gut churning action and a nice dose of cheesy goodness. The characters are fun and really grow on you and holy crap some of the things Black and Blue get up to--in and out of the bedroom--had me squirming.

Corbin Blue and Evangeline Black are both linked to each other because of their involvement with a black ops team her father runs and the two... Lordy they push each others buttons in the worst way. I mean, they totally despise each other. Kinda. Maybe. So when a turn of events--his team being attacked-- lands them in a tricky situation of having to trust and depend on each other in order to find and save the people that mean the most to them you know things are going to get...interesting.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Quote-tastic (23)--oh baby, you've got me downright giddy...



Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that's grabbed ya for one reason or another. 

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Here's *your* chance to interview *me*!!


Morning chickadees! Alright so I've been getting ready for our big Christmas event and omg yall, I'm so flipping excited about it. A ton of my absolute favorites are going to be joining us. I've been adding in info here if you'd like to see what's going on so far for December!

 Each day in December we'll be featuring a different author with interviews, guest posts, top 10 lists. 
All kinds of fun. Naughty and Nice.

But I thought on ONE of those days I'd change it up a little bit and let yall interview *me*! 
I get questions sent to me now and again and people always seem so shocked when they find out little tidbits about me via FB or wherever (which totally makes me laugh) so I thought it might be fun. 

Whatcha think? 

Interview w/ Catherine Bybee--heh you gotta she what she'd do if she could get away with it...



Monica Mann has made it her life’s work to save lives. After an earthquake and tsunami hit the shores of Jamaica, she volunteers her trauma skills with Borderless Nurses. Calculating and methodical, Monica creates order out of whatever chaos she finds.

Until she finds the perpetually barefoot, impossibly masculine Trent Fairchild. No one can pin him down. No, really. He's a pilot and manages a small fleet of choppers on his adopted island home. Hopelessly drawn to one another, they manage to slip away from the wreckage to get a little closer. And they get a lot closer than expected when aftershocks from the earthquake trap them in a life-or-death scenario. Paradise has brought them together. Now will it tear them apart?



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Good morning Catherine! It's so nice to see you. I was just finishing up with a veggie quiche if you'd like to come on back to the kitchen. I can't wait to hear about Not Quite Enough. It sounds wonderful!

The set up for Not Quite Enough is a little different--I'm really liking that. If you had 35 seconds to hook someone in what would you tell them about it?
Thirty-five seconds, huh? Okay, how about this… couples that nearly die together, stay together.  

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tasty Delights-- Black Bean 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. 


I'm on a soup kick lately and tried out a low cal black bean soup this weekend for Tasty Delights. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

4 stars! Willing Victim by Cara McKenna


For the past couple years Laurel's been coasting, hiding in the backseat while her life drifts off course. Then one summer afternoon a tall, built bruiser named Flynn strides in and steers her straight into an infatuation she never saw coming.Flynn introduces Laurel to things she's never imagined-to the violent but exciting realm of the underground boxing circuit, to rough sex and even rougher role-playing, and to an attraction she craves even as it intimidates her. As Flynn invites her deeper into his world and his life, Laurel has to make a choice-let fear keep her holed up where it's safe, or take a chance and fight for the man who makes her feel more alive than she'd dreamed possible.

Reader Advisory: Although all sex acts are 100-percent consensual, Willing Victim contains role-playing scenarios that may upset some readers who are sensitive about rape, even in a simulated capacity.

Type: Dark Erotica, HFN, Novella
Heat: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Dirty talking, rough sex and kinkery goodness. Yes. Yes, please!! Willing Victim was a incredibly seductive read and I loved every single bit of it as a chance encounter brings fairly straight laced Laurel into the dark and twisty world of an underground boxer named Flynn who helps unleash her inner fantasies. The rough around the edges hero, the curious heroine, the chemistry. It was all so damn good.

4.5 stars! Once She Was Tempted (Honeycote #2) by Anne Barton + giveaway!


A Portrait of a Lady

…or is it? The risqué painting owned by Benjamin Elliot, the earl of Foxburn, features a stunning beauty with sapphire eyes, golden hair, and creamy skin. Ben recognizes this particular English rose the instant he meets her—though she's wearing considerably more clothing. In person, the demure debutante is even more irresistible…

In desperate need of money for her sick mother, Daphne Honeycote had posed for two scandalous portraits. Now she must hide her secret to save the Honeycote family name. Ben's possession of one painting makes him an insufferable thorn in her side—and yet he may be her best chance at finding the canvas's companion. As she becomes drawn to the dark-tempered earl, can Daphne risk laying bare the secrets of her heart?

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5--though very little
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

On Sale Oct 29
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A heroine with an oh so scandalous past posing for a pair of risque paintings and a broken, damaged hero who just so happens to own one of those gloriously naughty creations. Sweet. Mary. I loved it. 

Things move at a nice pace and are so flipping entertaining as Lady Daphne's past rears it's ugly head--threatening to ruin her reputation and life among the ton-- and she's forced to enlist the help of one very reluctant and sexy hero to get her missing portrait back before it's too late. 

Cat Thursday--- Oh yeah, we're rocking some cat-staches....


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! 
SooOooo, this week theme got it's start because a few months back I read a book. And it used the phrase "mustache ride". *pinches bridge of nose* Multiple times. And dear lord that is just the most shudder-worthy phrase. Ever. And then Miss Cat Johnson (who is all kinds of awesome) left me a little photo surprise on our FB wall of *shakes my head* a "mustache ride" shower curtain the other day. ::snort:: And somehow that got all twisted in my head and I decided we needed a kitty's rocking a mustache post. Because that's *way* cuter and less cringe-able. So.... cat-staches...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Trouble with Being a Duke (At the Kingsborough Ball #1) by Sophie Barnes


Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough knows the time has come for him to produce an heir. But first he must find a bride. When he meets the most exquisite woman at his masquerade ball, he thinks his search is over…until the breathtaking beauty runs off. With few clues other than her figure, her scent, and the memory of her kiss, Anthony must find his mystery lady.

Isabella Chilcott can scarcely believe it: she is finally at the Kingsborough Ball. As a child, she dreamed of dancing a waltz here and now, thanks to a gorgeous gown she’s found in the attic, Isabella is living her fairytale fantasy. And she’s waltzing with the Duke of Kingsborough himself! But she must escape before he discovers her secrets…for she is not who she pretends to be, and falling in love with Prince Charming is the last thing she can allow herself to do…

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 1.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Gotta love it when crashing a ball leads to soul deep true romance. *girly swoon* It's always been Isabella's dream to attend the Kingsborough ball. It's her last chance before an unfortunate engagement changes her life forever and seeing as she's not a Lady and is from a working family the only way she's getting in is by sneaking in the back door and sneak in she does. Only to catch the eye of the host--the Duke himself--and land his undivided attention.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Interview w/ Tracy Wolff + giveaway!


Closing herself off from a traumatic past, photographer Serena Macafee likes sex with no strings attached? no commitment, just pure pleasure. Her new subject, sculptor Kevin Riley, is the perfect man to fulfill her hottest fantasies. Where better than the torrid wetlands of Baton Rouge where Riley works?and plays? But as their sessions heat up, so do Serena?s intimate feelings for Kevin. And as her guard breaks down, her fears are aroused.

She?s opening herself up to emotions she never wanted, and making herself vulnerable to a past she thought she?d escaped. One that has followed her to the sweltering Southern bayou, exposing her to the twisted fantasies of someone in the shadows, and to dangers beyond her control.

Hi Tracy! Welcome to herding cats & burning soup! Come on in. I whipped up some chocolate croissants for us to munch on while we chat about your *squee* two new re-releases! They both sound amazing!

Alright, so if you had to give a one sentence pitch for Full Exposure what would it be?
Ugh, I’m always terrible at this.  Full Exposure is the story of a woman with a dark past fighting for her chance to live and love despite the ugliness she’s experienced, and the man who loves her against all odds.  
Sound okay?
LOL I think it sounds pretty good! Could you tell us 2 fun behind the scenes facts about Full Exposure? Think Pop-Up Video style.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Unbound by Cara McKenna


She set out to find herself, and discovered the darker side of desire.

Merry’s lost a lot recently—first her mother, then close to a hundred pounds. Feeling adrift, she strikes out in search of perspective. A three-week hike through the Scottish Highlands was supposed to challenge her new body and refocus her priorities, but when disaster strikes, she’s forced to seek refuge in the remote home of a brooding, handsome stranger…

Rob exiled himself to the Highlands years ago, desperate to escape his own self-destruction. Haunted by regrets, he avoids human contact at all costs…but when Merry turns up injured, he can’t very well run her off. And as he nurses her back to health, Rob can’t resist his guest’s sweet demeanor—or her flirtatious advances. The igniting passion between them rouses a secret appetite Rob has long struggled to keep hidden. But Merry craves nothing more than to help Rob surrender to his desires, and the journey draws the lovers into an entirely different kind of wilderness.

Type: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
One of the things I love about McKenna's books is that the people feel real. They deal with real life shit and the hardships and everyday things we all go through. That may not sound all that exciting but somehow McKenna makes it feel earthy, interesting and addictive. And Unbound had all of that going on. It's filled with fascinating characters, a gorgeous setting and an incredibly unique romance that changes everything for two lonely people.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Quote-tastic (22)-- ah, the mental booty dance...



Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that's grabbed ya for one reason or another. 

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Passion of the T-Rex by Natalie Black


Lura is unsatisfied with life in her tribe and continually dreams of exploring the great unknown. However, the alpha male, Shac, wants to make her his wife, something Lura dreads with every fiber of her being.

But one night, a T-Rex attacks the camp and he carries Lura off to a secluded part of the world, and she discovers sensations and desires that she never knew she had. With her eyes opening to an entire new world of pleasure and delights, Lura knows that things can never be the same again...

Warning: This is a tale of beast sex. This story was written to unlock your darkest fantasies and innermost desires. It is not for the faint of heart and is not your mother's erotica. All of the sexual descriptions found in this book are very explicit in nature. It's not suitable for someone under 18 years of age. Read at your own risk...or delight.

Type: Short Story--dino lovin'
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 (and only because it made me laugh)

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Damn me and my curiosity. *hangs head* It gets me into all kinds of weird fuckery. Amputation fetishes, haunted vaginas--uh, yeah you read that one right, a haunted hoohoo--fire play, cock rings with teeth. So dinosaur 'erotica'? Bitch, please. I can so handle a little dino lovin. ::snort:: Yeah, I just read dino-porn, er, erotica. LOL

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tasty Delights-- Snickerdoodle Muffins


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. 

Yup. Snickerdoodle Muffins. 
I saw these this summer and decided I had to make em. 
Good lord they smell GOOD! And they were pretty easy to make. 
Messy. But easy :)

Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle


Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen.

Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

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

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Ahhh a nice gritty read about some truly fucked up people. Damn but I love books like that. Sins & Needles was quite the ride as Ellie--who's been grifting and on the run from her ex for years--decides to change her con artist ways and start fresh in her home town. Of course things are never as simple as that and another man from her past sends her life careening down a different path--one filled with all sorts of drama, revenge and danger. Gah! I love it!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Interview w/ Anne Barton!!


A Portrait of a Lady

…or is it? The risqué painting owned by Benjamin Elliot, the earl of Foxburn, features a stunning beauty with sapphire eyes, golden hair, and creamy skin. Ben recognizes this particular English rose the instant he meets her—though she's wearing considerably more clothing. In person, the demure debutante is even more irresistible…

In desperate need of money for her sick mother, Daphne Honeycote had posed for two scandalous portraits. Now she must hide her secret to save the Honeycote family name. Ben's possession of one painting makes him an insufferable thorn in her side—and yet he may be her best chance at finding the canvas's companion. As she becomes drawn to the dark-tempered earl, can Daphne risk laying bare the secrets of her heart?
On Sale Oct 29
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*Squee* Anne! Come on in. Come on in. I just love your Honeycote series and can't wait to hear all about Once She Was Tempted. I love a little bit of scandal and it just sounds so good! I just pulled some snickerdoodle muffins out of the oven so why don't we go sit out on the deck with those and chat?
I’m so happy to be here! Snickerdoodle muffins? Yes, please! 
LOL, I've been dying to try these muffins. Alright, so if you had just a few seconds to totally hook someone what would you tell them about Once She Was Tempted?
A hot, tortured hero with a bad attitude meets a sweet, innocent heroine—who might have posed for a couple of scandalous portraits. Oh, and he has one of them.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Spotlight--Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers

Morning chickadees--A quick spotlight today for Carla Neggers newest release... Declan's Cross! Check out the excerpt and let me know what you think! Have you read Neggers? Have a favorite?   ~Anna
An escape to an idyllic Irish seaside village is about to turn deadly in this riveting new novel by master of romantic suspense Carla Neggers.

For marine biologist Julianne Maroney, two weeks in tiny Declan’s Cross on the south Irish coast is a chance to heal her broken heart. She doesn’t expect to attract the attention of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan— especially since a Donovan is the reason for her broken heart. Emma and Colin are in Ireland for their own personal retreat. Colin knows he’s a reminder of everything Julianne wants to escape but something about her trip raises his suspicion. Emma, an art crimes expert, is also on edge. Of all the Irish villages Julianne could choose… Why Declan’s Cross?

Ten years ago, a thief slipped into a mansion in Declan’s Cross. Emma’s grandfather, a renowned art detective, investigated, but the art stolen that night has never been recovered and the elusive their never caught.

From the moment Julianne sets foot on Irish soil, everything goes wrong. The well-connected American driver who invited her to Ireland has disappeared. And now Emma and Colin are in Declan’s Cross.

As a dark conspiracy unfolds amid the breathtaking scenery of Declan’s Cross, the race is on to stop a ruthless killer…and the stakes have never been more personal for Emma and Colin.

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Cat Thursday-- hot guys & kitties *flails* there's just a smorgasbord of sexy going on...


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! 


 *flails* it's been AGES since I did a sexy men and kitteh's post and, well, it was damn near time I did another one of them don't ya think? Well, of course you think so! I mean, hello! Can you get any flipping sexier?! Enjoy em!