Thursday, November 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Post: THE MASSEUSE by Sierra Kincade

I am delighted to be hosting Sierra Kincade for a guest post as part of her THE MASSEUSE blog tour! This is the first in The Body Works Trilogy and  I can't wait to see where this ends up!

by Sierra Kincade
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Berkeley Trade
352 Pages

First in the sexy and suspenseful Body Work Trilogy

Anna Rossi lives by one simple rule: don’t get attached, don’t get hurt. But Alec Flynn doesn’t play by the rules…

Anna never takes on a massage client without screening him first, but the paycheck offered by billionaire Maxim Stein is too good to turn down. Stein is the richest man she’s ever laid her hands on, and despite the risks, she trusts that she can take care of herself. After all, she’s handled difficult clients in the past. What she isn’t prepared for is getting caught in a compromising situation by Maxim’s tall, dark, and gorgeous bodyguard—or the desperate desires he awakens in her…

Alec is dangerous. The mysterious, hard-bodied man is completely irresistible and won’t be refused, no matter what walls Anna puts up to protect herself. But as Anna falls fast for his careful ministrations and mind-blowing skills, she begins to realize that giving herself over to a man with so many secrets isn’t just putting her heart at risk—it’s endangering her life…

Thank you so much for having me on Book Jems! I’m so thrilled to be here – so thrilled, in fact, that I snuck into Alec’s house, and stole his dating profile. He never actually posted it – he met Anna before that – but in case you’re curious, here you go…

Dating Profile
Name: Alec Flynn
Age: 29
Height: 6’2”
Lives in Tampa, FL

Ten things that describe you:
1.      Tall
2.      Dark
3.      Handsome
4.      Hard worker (read: doesn’t live with parents)
5.      Sex (as in, I like it, and you’ll like it, too)
6.      Big fan of vanilla ice cream (and its many uses)
7.      Loves planes, hates flying
8.      Loyal
9.      Not bossy. (What?)
10.  Complicated. But worth it.

What do you do for work:
I’m a bodyman for the owner of one of the top aviation companies in the world. I’d tell you more, but then I’d have to kill you.

Typical Friday Night:
Let’s just say I’m probably rescuing baby kittens or walking old ladies across the street.

What are you looking for in a partner:
Someone who challenges me. Someone who isn’t afraid to get dirty, in more ways than one. Preferably someone with dark hair who’s good with her hands.

Someone kind. I don’t know, decent. Not that I’d deserve it, it would just be nice, that’s all I’m saying.

Would you rather be a rock star or a movie star:
Movie star. I already am a rock star. In bed. Haha. Kidding. (Not kidding.)

Something no one knows about you:
I’m a cuddler. A regular goddamn kitty cat. With the right woman.

Are you the right woman? Give me a call and we’ll find out.\


What do you think? Does Alec sound perfect for anyone out there? Don't forget to come back Monday when I will be posting my review of THE MASSEUSE!

Thank you to Sierra for joining us today with a fantastic post, and to Jessica from Berkeley Trade for letting me join the tour!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Caged In Winter by Brighton Walsh

Hey guys! I'm so happy to be joining Berkley Books and Brighton Walsh in their blog tour for Caged in Winter! I absolutely loved this debut from Walsh and hope that you guys will check it out too! There's also a fancy giveaway further down if you wanted to try to get your hand on a copy!

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley Books
304 Pages

In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…...

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…...

Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.

But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want….

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Girl running from her past meets boy who wants to fix it. This isn’t a new idea in New Adult. In fact, it’s one of the most common. What it boils down to is how the author tells the story and what they bring to it emotionally that makes it stand out. 

Caged in Winter tells the story of Winter, a disillusioned girl who is struggling to make it on her own as a waitress in a dive bar. She hates the job, but can make bank in tips by pretending to flirt with the clientele. When knight in shining armor Cade shows up and “saves” Winter from getting groped, he doesn’t get the thank you he was expecting. Instead, Winter is furious. And here begins Cade’s infatuation with this feisty, fiery-eyed girl.

Winter, on the other hand, just wants to be left alone. She’s counting down the days until she can graduate and move on and she just doesn’t know what to do with this boy, especially when he starts showing up after her shifts to walk her to the bus stop. Over the course of many walks, Winter slowly starts to let down her guard. Cade, ever persistent, doesn’t give up until he has the promise of a date.

While I didn’t swoon over the entire book, Cade was definitely swoonworthy. First, he’s a chef in training. And because of tragic events in their past, he helps his sister in raising his niece. A cook and has tea parties with little girls…
If I had any issues with this book it was mostly on the side of Winter. While I admire her for supporting herself and pushing her way through college, there comes a point where it’s okay to ask/accept help. It doesn’t make you weak and it doesn’t make you less of an independent person. These were things Winter just couldn’t understand and it just caused problems everywhere. It was hard to feel sorry for her towards the end because she was the one putting herself in that situation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The chemistry was real and I felt it between the characters. I like how Walsh took the time to show that Cade wanted to get to know Winter, it wasn’t just instant lust in a “let’s have sex now” kind of way that plagues the NA genre. Their banter and time spent getting to know each other was what made this book for me. And I also liked the overall idea of following your own dreams and not planning your life around someone else. 

A solid debut from Brighton Walsh and I look forward to reading more of her work. 

A big thank you to Berkley Books for allowing me to participate in this blog tour.

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