Thursday, February 11, 2016

"The Marriage Contract" by Katee Robert


SERIES: The O'Malleys #1
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

Teague O'Malley hates almost everything associated with his family's name. So when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a 'business' alliance, Teagues' ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancee, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her. Everyone knows the O'Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn't aware just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they're in. Because Callie's keeping a dark secret—and what Teague doesn't know could get him killed.


I honestly didn't know what I was getting into when I first started reading this book, all I knew was that the blurb got my attention and I really wanted to know what dark secret the heroine was keeping. Well, I wasn't expecting such a turn of events but they were surely welcomed.

The plot is nicely built, the background of the families we meet is intriguing and so are the characters, both main and minor ones. Although I wasn't a big fan of Callie, I still enjoyed the chemistry between her and Teague, an insta-attraction that we can say worked in their favour. After all, what are the chances you're going to fall for the one you're basically forced to marry? Then, this is what happens when bigger things are at stake in mob business. Alliances are a necessity and what may very well save the day. Or not?

This novel was a pleasant surprise, it didn't have just romance to offer but a good action, suspense and drama mix that drew me into the story and let me want to grab the next instalment. Indeed, I'm SO ready for the couple the second book primarily focuses its attention on!

RATING: 3.5/5

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (#69)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm.
Wanna play along? Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two sentences from somewhere on that page, being careful NOT to include spoilers (you don't wanna ruin the book for others!). Also, remember to include title & author as well so, if readers like your teaser, they can add the book to their TBR lists!


This week's teaser: OPENING UP by Lauren Dane

Dark brown eyes—and she bet that when he had his hair down it slanted over them so he'd look hot and mysterious all at once—took her in.
His gaze locked with hers and a smile marked a mouth so carnal she probably would have to light a candle in penance for her very naughty thoughts.

~Page 4

What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)

Friday, February 05, 2016

Celebrate the Love with a giveaway!

Who fancies the chance to win some pretty goodies right in time for Valentine's Day?

Yesterday, me and Fran launched a giveaway on our blog that I wanted to bring to your attention, especially since there's a book involved . . . ;)

We're giving away a paperback of Sweet Deception by Tara Bond + a lovely heart-shaped plaque! Look at the picture here on the left, aren't they a cool bundle? And to make things even cooler, we made the giveaway International!

To enter, just click on the image, and don't forget to spread the word with your fellow book lovers friends :)

Note on the book: It's a NA Contemporary Romance, I read the first instalment a while ago (check my review), but can tell you those stories work as stand-alone also. I personally look forward to reading this one!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (#15)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


This week's pick: THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine
Expected publication: February 16th, 2016 by Balzer + Bray

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Monday, February 01, 2016

"First Touch" by Laurelin Paige


SERIES: First and Last #2
GENRE: Erotic Romantic Suspense
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

When Emily Wayborn receives an answerphone message from her former best friend Amber, she knows something is seriously wrong. Emily hasn't spoken to Amber for years, and when Amber uses a safe word in her message that Emily recognises—a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild partying days—she knows Amber needs her help. But when Emily tries to find her, she discovers that Amber is missing. Determined to track her down, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis. Renowned for his shady dealings and playboy reputation, Emily is convinced that Reeve knows something about Amber's disappearance. To discover the truth, Emily sets out to seduce him. But when she's forced to decide where her loyalty lies, how will Emily choose between saving Amber and saving her heart?


The blurb of this book got me so intrigued that I said yes as soon as the publisher contacted me asking for a review. It's a genre I know well and one I always end up enjoying, so when I started the read I was confident enough about the kind of story I was getting into and yet, it proved to have something different to offer...

Everything starts quite dark, and then it gets darker until the point that you can't understand if it's Emily the one having a problem or you. The more you read, the more you find that there's a lot to process, and not just for the characters. Sometimes the reader may find a few events disturbing, but they are all part of a story that is waiting for you to put the pieces together and have the whole picture revealed. Now, can you? Challenging and seductive from beginning to end, "First Touch" surprised me and so did the mysterious Reeve...

Sinful, powerful and compelling. I loved it in ways I wouldn't have imagined. And, let's face it, the cliffhanger at the end totally made me beg for the next instalment!


"First Touch" by Laurelin Paige is published on 11th February 2016 by Sphere in paperback original.

This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Sphere.

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