Friday, October 30, 2015

Ready, Willing and Abel by Sarah O'Rourke

Title: Ready, Willing and Abel
Series: Passion in Paradise #3
Genre: Erotic Romance Comedy
Author: Sarah O’Rourke
Release: October 13, 2015



Patience McKinnon has never even tried to live up to her unfortunate name.  Her sisters would gladly point out that she’s impetuous, fickle, and stubborn to a fault.  History has taught her that she’s the only one, besides those crazy sisters, that has her best interests at heart...and she’s not about to let down her guard and let herself get hurt.  She did that once...and that was more than enough.  Next time, she’s fairly certain that she’d rather just shoot first and ask questions later, thank you very much!

Enter Abel Turner.  The suave town attorney has had Patience McKinnon in his sights for years.  Sure, he strayed along the way, but he’s always come back to the beautiful blonde bartender that fills his dreams and drives him crazy at the same time.  After all, he owes her...and he plans to rectify the bad impression he made in the past with a humdinger of a sensual night.

But that one night may just change both of their worlds...forever.  Will Patience overcome her insecurities?  And will Abel ever convince her to trust him again?

Join the entire town of Paradise and the intrepid McKinnon sisters in this humorous and poignant erotica romance! 

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What Others Are Saying:

Their writing is steamy, ridiculously funny, and highly entertaining, yet also insightful and observant. I have loved each book in the Paradise series, ” ~ Books and Binding

“I LOVED this book. The characters of Patience (maybe by name but definitely NOT by nature) and Abel had me crying with laughter at times throughout this book. And Patience's one liners and insults to Abel were just fabulous.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer
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Author Bio:

Sarah O'Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who have taken their passion for romantic fiction and erotica to the publishing world. Born and raised in the southern United States, one lives near Louisville, KY, while the other resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Neither is ever very far from a tall glass of sweet iced tea, their dog-eared copies of Gone With the Wind, or their Steel Magnolias DVDs!

Formerly an accountant and a chemist, they are now overworked, stay-at-home moms who adore their children, their husbands...and writing about love in every way possible!

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“Give me ten minutes to audition for you and I’ll change your mind.  I promise you’ll want the entire performance after you see what I can offer,” he whispered provocatively, trailing one lean hand up and down the curve of her waist.
“I don’t do reruns.  I’m strictly a one penis, one performance kind of girl,” she muttered as much to remind herself of that harsh fact as to share it with him.  “You should understand, I learned that lesson from watching you.  Don’t go back.  Ever.  It’s in the Abel Turner playbook.”  She lifted her face to his, her eyes challenging him to fault her logic.  Or break his own rules.
“Patience, this isn’t going to be a repeat for either of us.  This is a whole new show,” Abel declared, his hand sliding back to her ass and pulling her closer to him.
“Same pretentious penis, same pompous play, Abel,” Patience returned dismissively, fighting the pull she felt toward him with every fiber of her being.  “I’ve seen this episode; believe me, it will end in tears.  Yours.”
“Thank God I’m not a man lacking self-confidence, Hellion.  Otherwise, you’d be hell on my ego,” Abel groaned, burying his face in the crook of her neck while one arm contracted around her waist, holding her tightly.   
“Oh, no.  Your self-confidence is unmatched,” Patience muttered, still squirming between his hard body and the wall.  “It’s your self-control that needs work.”  Lifting her eyes to Abel’s she narrowed her eyes to slits.  “You’re not getting this, Abel, and you really need to get me here.  Since all the blood in your body seems to have gotten diverted to your dick, I’m gonna speak real slow and in terms that even Dr. Seuss could understand, okay?”
Waiting for a second, she watched one perfectly shaped eyebrow lift on his handsome face in silent askance.  “I will not fuck you in the hall.  I will not fuck you against this wall.  You should really be a better learner.  I will not fuck you, Abel Turner.”


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Damage Control by Jess Anastasi

Damage Control by Jess Anastasi
Review done by Cassandra for Cassandra’s Reviews
I received an ARC for an honest review
I give this book 4.5 stars

I normally don’t read Sci-Fi books but this one was very good. It is the second book in the series and no I have not read the first book. This book is well written and explains the world and culture the characters live in well enough that you can just keep reading. It won’t be confusing to you as a reader and Jess Anastasi did a beautiful job writing it!

We meet Nick who trains recruits and he has the nickname of Captain Hardass by the recruits. He does have a soft spot ladies but only for one female that he saved. This female is now a recruit, go figure right? Now he has to stay clear and train her but will that happen?
There is love that blooms between these two characters and you get to watch it grow in to something beautiful as you read the book.

The love drew me in and it was great to read how the love blossomed into more. I will not say much more because I don’t want to spoil it for you. I recommend you get this book and read it for yourself; you may be surprised at it.


Nick-named Captain Hardass by the new recruits, Captain Leigh Alphin is captain of the Fighter Force of the battleship Valiant Knox. He’s honorable, straightforward, and hard as nails – except for the soft spot he has for a young woman he rescued off a transport that was under attack. Now that she’s one of his new recruits, it’s imperative he stop thinking about her in that way.
Especially now that the Knox has been secretly infiltrated by the enemy.
Mia Wolf’s new commander is icy, no-BS, and completely gorgeous. His glances send heat searing through her. Neither of them can afford to make this mistake, yet desire takes hold, consuming them. For the first time, Leigh’s iron sense of honor falters as his heart fights for love… and against an enemy trying to destroy everything they hold dear.

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Fighter pilot hadn’t been at the top of Mia's list. It hadn’t even been on her list. But no one turned down the opportunity to join the elite air squadron, especially when their name got assigned to the Valiant Knox under Captain Alphin.

So here she was. And she’d do better than her best, because that was what she always did.

At oh six hundred tomorrow morning it would begin and she’d see just how far her body, mind, and attitude could get her. Please God, don’t let me wash out on the first day. She pressed a hand against her forehead, a fine sheen of sweat dampening her hairline.

“God, what the hell am I doing here?” she muttered at the floor.

“They usually tell you that before you leave pre mil training.”

Her head shot up, and she swallowed a gasp when she saw Captain Alphin standing there.

“Hope you didn’t sleep through that class, Wolfe, or it’ll be like floating through space when your aft-thrusters have been blown to hell.”

She snapped to attention a little awkwardly, her breath catching in her throat.

Captain Alphin regarded her with a steady, cool stare, his expression unreadable. In the field they called him Alpha, the nickname he’d earned as a recruit. There’d been a class on him back at pre military school as one of the best fighter pilots.

The man lived up to expectations. His cool, gunmetal-blue gaze shot all the way down her spine into her toes. Just like when she’d first laid eyes on him at the deck triage, the back of her throat dried up as she took in the masculine angles of his face and the military, short-cut perfection of his coffee-black hair. With a quick breath, she turned her attention to her boots, her pulse skittering enough to make her jumpy.

When he’d come to see her in the ER, he’d been like a different man. She got the feeling he didn’t let people see that side of himself very often.

The way he’d spoken to her, the depth of emotion in those gray-blue eyes…the feel of his large, rough hand gripping her fingers… She shivered, unable to help her sensory response. 

She’d already admired the man, because who didn’t? Except by the time he’d left her room, 
she’d started having very un-soldier-like feelings for him. God, could she be any stupider?

As if training wouldn’t be hard enough, getting starry-eyed over the CAFF would just add an extra layer of uncomfortable to the torment of the coming weeks.

All Hallows Eve by Heather Graham

Review for All Hallow's Eve by Heather Graham

All Hallow’s Eve by Heather Graham
Review done by Cassandra for Cassandra’s Reviews
I received an ARC for an honest review

I give this 5 stars.

This was a fantastic story for Halloween. I loved it from the beginning and you can not tell who is doing what and why spooky things happen in Salem, Massachusetts.
All Hallows Eve kept me on edge and turning the page. It is delightful and fun with every character. You may think you know who did it but you will be surprised.
Spooky things happen in an old mortuary plus a graveyard and ghosts come out in the night just to scare you. You may not see them but they can see you.

I recommend you get this book if you are looking a for a great Halloween story, then this is it! It’s short and fun but you get a lot more in this story than any other book you will read.

About ALL HALLOWS EVEA Krewe of Hunters Novella

Salem was a place near and dear to Jenna Duffy and Samuel Hall—it was where they'd met on a strange and sinister case.

They never dreamed that they'd be called back. That history could repeat itself in a most macabre and terrifying fashion.

But, then again, it was Salem at Halloween. Seasoned Krewe members, they still find themselves facing the unspeakable horrors in a desperate race to save each other—and perhaps even their very souls.

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell's Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette's Shadows, and for Harlequin's mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.

Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children's charity.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards frorn Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.

Heather loves travel and anything have to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living. 

“I’m not a child,” Elyssa reminded them. “Come June, I’ll be both a high school grad and over eighteen.”
“And that means you’ll stop loving and caring for your parents?” Jamie asked.
“Of course not. But Uncle Jamie, they think I’m crazy.”
“It’s going to be fine,” Jenna said. “Your mom knows that you called me, right?”
Elyssa nodded. “I seem to have the gift. My mom doesn’t, so she’ll never understand.”
“Some people never do,” Jenna said. “But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t love you. So what we’re going to do is this. You’ll say you can’t help but be concerned and worried. And I’ll say that Sam and I have come because we’ve realized just how long it’s been since we’ve been back here, so why not check out this situation for you. How’s that?”
She looked at Jamie and Elyssa.
“Omission in itself can be a lie,” her uncle said. “But, okay, it’s not a lie.”
The admission came just in time, as the doorbell rang. They could hear the door open and Sam’s deep voice as he introduced himself to Susan and Matt Adair, Elyssa’s parents.
“Jenna,” Susan Adair said, hurrying across the room with a huge hug. “Have you had a chance to speak with Elyssa? You’ve explained that, while it’s sad and tragic, poor Mr. Bradbury took his own life. All I think about are his children. This will be so hard for them.”
“Not to worry,” Jenna said. “We’ve assured Elyssa that we’ll look into it all and that she needs to worry about school and midterms.”
Sam laid his hands on Jenna’s shoulders. “It never hurts to be thorough. That’s what the bureau is all about. But Jenna is right. Elyssa doesn’t have to worry or be concerned about a thing.”
“See,” Susan said, turning to her daughter triumphantly. “That’s all good.”
Matt Adair had been hovering by the door, watching the reunion. He was fit––an athletic man, coaching football at the local high school. They were quite the odd couple. Susan, Irish-looking with carrot red hair and amber eyes, a ball of fire and energy. Matt, except for when he was on the football field, a model of quiet and calm.
He greeted Jenna with a hug, then said, “I never like to say there’s nothing to worry about.”