Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Paranormal eARC Review: Darkness Bound by Stella Cameron

DARKNESS BOUND by Stella Cameron
Series: Chimney Rock #1
FORMAT: eBook via Netgalley
GENRE: Paranormal
LENGTH: 326 pages
PUBLISHER: Forever (February 28,2012)

WHEN NIGHT FALLS
After her husband's tragic death, Leigh Kelly arrives on Whidbey Island determined to start over. Yet the tiny town of Chimney Rock is not as peaceful as it seems. Women have been disappearing, and Leigh can't shake the feeling that she's being watched . . . especially at night. Soon, she's experiencing visions she can't explain and fighting her attraction to a handsome stranger who seems to know her most intimate desires.

PASSION TRANSFORMS THEM
As the leader of the Team, a pack of werehounds forced to hide their very existence, former special ops soldier Niles Latimer is desperate to prove a man's heart beats beneath his predator's body. And Leigh-the mysterious beauty possessing powers she doesn't yet understand-may be the one woman who can help him. But Niles isn't the only one who recognizes Leigh's true identity. Something evil is waiting in the woods-and the hunt has begun . . .
Find Stella: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook
Where To Buy: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Book Depository
I loved it.

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Winners, Winners...


CONGRATS TO:

***These winners have already contacted or responded to emails, we're a little late in announcing. Sorry ladies.***

Linda Thum
She's won a copy of the full serial The Rake and the Recluse by Jenn LeBlanc 

Jennifer K
The_Book_Queen
They've won copies featuring our Valentine Book Boyfriends

Yadira Alonzo
She's won a copy of Cassandra's Dilemma by Heather Long
***These winners have already contacted or responded to emails, we're a little late in announcing. Sorry ladies.***

Julianne
She's won a copy of A BREACH OF PROMISE by Victoria Vane

Kelli
She's won a copy of FASTBALL by VK Sykes

MissKallie2000
She's won a copy of CADDYGIRLS by VK Sykes

May Pau
She's won some fun swag from Vanessa Kelly

Danielle Gorman
Linda Henderson
They've won surprise copies of a historical or contemporary Lisa Kleypas book.

Yay winners! Winners have been contacted via email. Winners have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Don't forget about our other giveaways.

Interview + Giveaway with Katharine Ashe

We Hottie Scotties and we sure as heck love secret agents. We're not sure what it is about them that gets our hearts beating triple time. Maybe it's the danger that surrounds them. The lovely Miz Katharine Ashe is here to share her latest release, WHEN A SCOT LOVES A LADY, as well as sneak peeks into the next two books of the new Falcon Club series.


WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG KATHARINE!!!

Meet Katharine:
The American Library Association’s Booklist named Katharine Ashe among its “New Stars of Historical Romance.” She is a two-time nominee in the Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards, and her novella, A Lady’s Wish, launched Harper Collins Publishers’ e-book imprint, Avon Impulse, to rave reviews.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, two dogs, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. She loves hearing from readers!

Find Katharine: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook | Ballroom Blog

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wicked Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Jenn LeBlanc

So our journey with Jenn and her remastered illustrated romance ends today. We may or may not break out the black bombazine to go in mourning for our beloved Roxleigh and Perry. But we know Jenn has great things ahead of her not only in writing and illustrating another book or two or more. She also is first and foremost a fantastic photographer and if you ever need a cover for your book, you should look at her romance stock photos. We do. Sometimes just to ogle.

Meet Jenn: 
I have several constants in life that define me:
Colorado, Canon, CJ, kids and curls.

Born and raised in a household of other people’s children in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, and started a business, all with a camera in hand.

I always had another passion; storytelling born from daydreams and nightmares. My fingers were never as quick as my mind, and no amount of practice got them there, so it was difficult and frustrating to have this inside me. When my second daughter was born her inherent traits kept me pinned— my only escape the keyboard. Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. I recently finished my first novel but I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wear shorts and flip-flops year-round —much to the chagrin of my friends and family— and I am currently working on the illustrations for my second novel.

Find Jenn: Twitter | Facebook | Author Site | Blog | Tumblr (NSFW)

Jamie + Kati Historical Review: RETRIBUTION: The Rake and the Recluse Part 6 by Jenn LeBlanc

RETRIBUTION: The Rake and the Recluse Part 6 by Jenn LeBlanc
FORMAT: ePUB
GENRE: Historical
LENGTH: 38,000 words
PUBLISHER: Jenn LeBlanc (February 28,2012)

A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.

How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn't know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part Six. Perry must find the woman who has managed to capture his heart, then he must find a way to keep her. Someone else is on the hunt, someone from her past who doesn’t appreciate that she still lives and breaths.

Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.
Find Jenn: Twitter | Facebook | Author Site | Blog | Tumblr (NSFW)
Where To Buy: Amazon | B&N | All Romance
Go and Buy it NOW!
Other Books In Series:

***the full serial is now available or you can buy each part individually for the gorgeous covers***

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Guest Post + Giveaway with Tamara Morgan

Men in kilts. We're big fans of 'em. Nothing is sexier than a man who can show his legs off wearing basically a skirt. Call it what you want boys but it's a plaid skirt no matter how you cut it: long or short. Tamara Morgan is sharing her recent release, LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, with us today.


WELCOME TO THE BLOG TAMARA!!!

Meet Tamara:
Tamara Morgan is a romance writer and unabashed lover of historical reenactments—the more elaborate and geeky the costume requirements, the better. In her quest for modern-day history and intrigue, she has taken fencing classes, forced her child into Highland dancing, and, of course, journeyed annually to the local Renaissance Fair. These feats are matched by a universal love of men in tights, of both the superhero and codpiece variety.

Find Tamara: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Man Candy Monday: Lip Service


Another Monday, more hotties to ogle. This week we're bringing you some sexy pouters or lip service. And these lips, we'd like to be serviced by. Not that weird Zoolander duck lips thing but luscious, super kissable lips.

Enough words... so pucker up

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Contemporary Review: Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay

LAST CHANCE BEAUTY QUEEN by Hope Ramsay
Series: Last Chance #3
FORMAT: Paperback
GENRE: Contemporary
LENGTH: 356 pages
PUBLISHER: Forever (February 1,2012)

Dear Reader,
Gracious me, my beautiful daughter Rocky sure could use my help. I always knew she wasn't much interested in the local boys - but who'd have thought she'd come home with English royalty?
Trouble is, Hugh wants to buy some of our folks' land. We don't want to sell, but Rocky's job depends on her closing the deal. And though Hugh's obviously smitten, I'm not sure he's right for my Rocky. Oh, he's classy and handsome - and you should've seen the way he judged pies and fixed stock cars at our Watermelon Festival! - but what do we know about him, really? I know I sound like a nervous mother hen, but after forty happy years with my Elbert, all I want is to see my little girl find the same.
Well, time for me to quit chattering and get back to Miss Bray's wet set. Always nice talking to you, and remember: the Cut 'n Curl's got hot rollers, free coffee, and the best gossip in town.
See you real soon,
Ruby Rhodes
Find Hope: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook
Where To Buy: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Book Depository
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway with Amelia Fayer

WELCOME TO THE BLOG TOUR:
Ever wander into the dark corner of the library and think that The Sexy could happen there with a very good looking man? Preferably a hot Brit. Or perhaps you've ogled that good looking librarian perched at the circulation desk just waiting to check you out. Er, check out your books for you. Amelia Fayer's LUST IN THE LIBRARY will show you that libraries are sexy.


WELCOME TO THE BLOG AMELIA!!!

Meet Amelia:
Amelia Fayer lives in New England with her husband within close range of an inspirational library. When she is not writing, she likes to read, hike, garden and knit (not necessarily in that order).




Where To Find Amelia: Author Site | Facebook

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Interview + Giveaway with VK Sykes

Athletes, we love them. Vanessa Kelly, we love her historicals. We've jumped on the suspense train (or at least Jamie has). Smash them together along with Mr. Sykes and you've got a recipe for a sexy story involving an athlete, a heart surgeon and a crazy stalker written by the husband/wife team of Vanessa Kelly (My Favorite Countess) and Randy Sykes. Today they're here to talk about HARDBALL.


WELCOME TO THE BLOG VK!

Meet VK:
V.K. Sykes is really two people - Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write sexy contemporary romance. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That's where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes, too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can find V.K. on the web at www.vksykes.com, and Vanessa at www.vanessakellyauthor.com

Find VK: Facebook | Twitter


XOXO, Romance Girl Links


Happy Thursday to you all. There's some really awesome links we're sharing with you today. Fabulous giveaways, fantastic books and some super sexy hotness for all of your devices. Indulge in a 5 author giveaway of 5 other authors' backlist, go book and swag crazy with 2 Avon authors, bring out your inner Kleypas fan girl, ogle to your heart's content... You get the picture.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Interview + Giveaway with Victoria Vane

We love it when authors have sexier alter egos than the one they normally write as. Victoria Vane is no different. She's the sexier side of Emery Lee (Fortune's Son) and today she's sharing her December 2011 release, A BREACH OF PROMISE. 


WELCOME TO THE BLOG VICTORIA!!!

Meet Victoria:

A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria Vane combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone, Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. Ms. Vane also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee.

"Reckless hearts, battling wits, and plenty of steam in a wonderfully well drawn Georgian setting.”- NYT Bestselling author Grace Burrowes

"Victoria Vane ignites the Georgian era with her delightful characters and deliciously wickedsensuality." - AllisonChase, author of Recklessly Yours


Find Victoria: Author Site | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Erotic Historical Review: A Breach of Promise by Victoria Vane

A Breach of Promise by Victoria Vane
FORMAT: e-book
GENRE: Erotic Historical
LENGTH: 100 pages
PUBLISHER: Ellora’s Cave

When charm and persuasion fail...only seduction remains...

On the night of her betrothal, Lydia Trent receives just a taste of what ecstasy will be at the hands of her fiancĂ©…and then he leaves her wanting. After waiting six years, and tired of being neglected by her exceedingly reluctant husband-to-be, Lydia decides to break it off.

When Marcus, Lord Russell, receives Lydia’s letter requesting a release from their contract, he is stunned by her audacity. Confident he’ll have her eating out of his hand with his usual wit and charm, he’s determined to repair the damage. However, the headstrong woman she’s blossomed into is equally determined to thwart his every effort to win her back.

Marcus discovers, in spite of her conviction to end the union, Lydia is more responsive to his touch than he ever imagined. He just needs to get her alone to unleash the promised passion he sees within his wanton virgin. Marcus will use any tool in his arsenal to exploit her weakness—his kisses, his hands, his mouth…her own body. In short, he’ll just have to ruin her!
Where To Find Author Name: Author SiteFacebook
Where To Buy: Kindle | Nook
Book Extras:Read an Excerpt
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Historical eARC Review: Once Upon A Wicked Night by Jennifer Haymore (novella)

ONCE UPON A WICKED NIGHT by Jennifer Haymore
Series: Donovan Sisters #1.5 (novella)
FORMAT: eBook via Netgalley
GENRE: Historical
LENGTH: 8.096 words (novella)
PUBLISHER: Forever Yours (February 1, 2012)

All of London looks forward to the Dowager Duchess of Clayworth’s annual ball. For no matter how hard the serious society matron strives to host an elegant event, scandal always ensues…

Seven years ago it was a young Serena Donovan and Jonathan Dane who shocked the ton when they were discovered in a most compromising position. Tonight they return for the first time as the Earl and Countess of Stratford. And while Serena hopes for a quiet evening to introduce her younger sister Olivia to society, Jonathan’s only desire is to pick up where he and Serena left off…

Though innocent Olivia secretly longs for the kind of passion her sister shares with her husband, none of the men she’s met spark a fire inside her heart—least of all the notorious Marquis of Fenwicke. When his request for a waltz turns into something sinister, Olivia must use her wit and wiles to evade a powerful peer who vows if can’t have her, no man shall…
Find Jennifer: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook
Where To Buy: Kindle | Nook
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt
I love it
Other Books in Series(click for more):
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available now
coming 8/2012

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Historical Paranormal eARC Review: Ember by Kristen Callihan (novella)

EMBER by Kristen Callihan
FORMAT: eBook via Netgalley
GENRE: Historical Paranormal
LENGTH: 21,850 words (novella)
PUBLISHER: Forever Yours (February 1,2012)

After a fire consumes the Ellis family fortune, the beautiful and resourceful Miranda finds herself faced with an impossible dilemma: enter a life of petty crime or watch her family succumb to poverty. But once her fiancĂ©e learns of her descent into danger--and of the strange, new powers she’s discovered --saving her family may come at the high price of her heart.

When his one chance for redemption is destroyed by corrupt London antiquarian Hector Ellis, Lord Benjamin Archer vows to take what Ellis values most—his daughter Miranda.

Forced to hide his face behind masks, Archer travels the world hoping to escape the curse that plagues him so that he can finally claim his prize.

But once Archer returns home to London, will it be revenge he seeks? Or will the flame-haired beauty ignite new, undeniable desires?
Find Kristen: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Blog
Where To Buy: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Google
Go and Buy it NOW!
Other Books in Series(click for more):
available now
August 2012


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Teaser Tuesday


Monday, February 20, 2012

Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Lori Toland

WELCOME TO THE BLOG TOUR:
We love kickass heroines, seductively sexy heroes and explosive attraction between the two. Lori Toland's latest, SOUL SEDUCTION, has all three. 

WELCOME TO THE BLOG LORI!!!!

Meet Lori:
CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero.

Find Lori: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook

CAUTION: This post contains an R rated excerpt. Proceed at your own risk...

Man Candy Monday: Sweater and Glasses Edition


Good Monday morning to you all. Of course today is the best day of the week! We're sharing super sexy pictures that will get your pulse racing, your heart thudding and your panties dropping. But for all of this to happen, you'll have to join us on Twitter at 8PM CST (6,7 &9 for the rest of us) and look for the #mancandymonday hashtag. You can't miss it. For real.

This week, we're looking at the nerdier side of man candy. What?! Sweaters and glasses scream nerd. Unless you throw in a pocket protector or two. Yeah, the ones for pencils. Not that other kind of protector. Sheesh! 

We'll stop talking now...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Corsets, Kisses and Kleypas Blog Hop


The lovely ladies over at Under the Covers Book Blog and Lisa's Divas have teamed up to host the Corset, Kisses & Kleypas Blog Hop. There are 21 blogs participating so get to hopping and reveling in all things Kleypas. Each blog has their own giveaway. Over here we're sharing our Kleypas experience and giving away 2 Kleypas books. Yay!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Interview + Giveaway with Heather Long

Hullo all you wonderful people! Not too long ago, Kati read a book called Marshal of Hel Dorado and loved it. It was a bit X-Men-ish and throw in some Captain Tightpants and you've got a fantastic start to a new series. Today, Heather Long is stopping by to share her latest release, Cassandra's Dilemma which involves two males and one woman. A polyamourous story. A total 180 from Marshal of Hel Dorado. We love The Sexy here at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance and Heather has come to share it with y'all today.


WELCOME TO THE BLOG HEATHER!!!

Meet Heather:
Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.

Find Heather: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook | Blog

XOXO, Romance Girl Links


Happy Thursday to you all. One more day until Friday and you can get your freak on. For now, we've got some great links and stuff from around the internets that you may like. There's giveaways galore, books to add to your teetering stack, men to ogle... The usual.

Drum roll please...

Winner, winner...


CONGRATS TO:

Diane Sallans
She's won a copy of SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES by Tawny Weber.

Kathleen Charles
She's won a copy of LORD STANHOPE'S IMPROPER PROPOSAL by Cerise DeLand.

Carol L
Cheryl C
They've each won a copy of THE ROGUE PIRATE'S BRIDE by Shana Galen.

All winners have been contacted via email. Winners have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 

A huge thank you to all authors who provided the books for their respective giveaways.

If you missed any of these, we've got giveaways happening now.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Book Boyfriends + Giveaway


Happy Valentines! Whether you're spending it with someone special or with your girls, the best nightcap is a super sexy romance book. Forget the chocolates and flowers. Those will be gone soon enough. Now, a book you can read over and over and over again until the spine cracks, the pages fall out and you can quote it like nobody's business. Today, we are sharing our book boyfriends with you. Why? Because we believe that sharing IS caring and well, we care.

Now here's the thing, it took us ages and ages trying to figure out who we wanted to giveaway. We're like hoarders when it comes to men. Slightly addicted and totally insane. Anywho, we would have picked Perry from Jenn LeBlanc's THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE but she's already giving him away.

A little bow chica wow wow music please as we share who we would spend our Valentines with. Yeah, yeah. They're fictional. So is Edward Cullen and he gets tweens screaming and panty creaming. Inappropriate but true.

Wicked Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Jenn LeBlanc


Happy Valentines Day to you and yours. Today is such a perfect day to celebrate with one of our favorite rakes. Ever. We've been waiting and waiting and waiting (Jenn's giving us the stink eye all the way from Colorado) for Perry's story since last summer. Grab a drink and a snack because this interview is loooong. What? We couldn't help ourselves. It's PERRY for goodness sake! But before we get into the inappropriateness...

Meet Jenn: 
I have several constants in life that define me:
Colorado, Canon, CJ, kids and curls.

Born and raised in a household of other people’s children in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, and started a business, all with a camera in hand.

I always had another passion; storytelling born from daydreams and nightmares. My fingers were never as quick as my mind, and no amount of practice got them there, so it was difficult and frustrating to have this inside me. When my second daughter was born her inherent traits kept me pinned— my only escape the keyboard. Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. I recently finished my first novel but I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wear shorts and flip-flops year-round —much to the chagrin of my friends and family— and I am currently working on the illustrations for my second novel.

Find Jenn: Twitter | Facebook | Author Site | Blog | Tumblr (NSFW)

Jamie + Kati Historical Review: SUBMISSION: The Rake and the Recluse Part 5 by Jenn LeBlanc

SUBMISSION:The Rake and the Recluse by Jenn LeBlanc
FORMAT: PDF
GENRE: Historical
LENGTH: 30,000 words
PUBLISHER: Jenn LeBlanc (February 14, 2012)

A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.

How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn't know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part Five Perry leaves Roxleigh House without a backward glance only to be tossed headlong into one of the most difficult trials of his life. How will he protect the very thing he is dedicated to pursuing? How will a man dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure survive a woman who refuses to relent, when he knows he cannot have her.

Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.
Where To Find Jenn: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr (NSFW-seriously)
Where To Buy: Kindle | Nook | All Romance
Go and BUY it NOW!
Other Books in Serial:
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