Review: Three Little Words (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery

Three Little Words (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 5 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Can first love turn into the real deal? Anything can happen in a sizzling new Fool’s Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery.

Isabel Beebe thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again…..

Seeing Isabel all grown-up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes—or his lips—off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever—if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same.

REVIEW:

I have been waiting forever to read Ford’s story and Susan Mallery did not disappoint. She even went the extra mile and added Kent’s story to the book. Isabel had been in love with Ford since she was 14 years old. So after seeing him again 14 years later it was instant fireworks, even if Ford didn’t want to admit it. The sex was amazing and the love story was touching. I love that I got to read Kent’s story as well. I love how she incorporated both into this book without making it too much.

Kent never thought he would find that special someone twice in his life. The moment he laid his eyes on Consuelo he was a goner. She tried to fight it by running away, but when something is that powerful she found that running isn’t always the answer. Susan Mallery has made Fool’s Gold the most magical place and I can’t wait to see who strikes it rich with love in her next book.

BUY LINKS:
Amazon Paperback ($6.78) | Kindle ($5.99) | B&N ($7.99) | Kobo ($6.59) | iTunes ($7.99)

READING ORDER

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✦Fool’s Gold Book 1: Chasing Perfect (May 2010) http://amzn.to/14Ayv05
✦Fool’s Gold Book 2: Almost Perfect (July 2010) http://amzn.to/13sOrE1
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Sister of the Bride (August 2010) http://amzn.to/17ZblXh
✦Fool’s Gold Book 3: Finding Perfect (September 2010) http://amzn.to/13sP3cO
✦Fool’s Gold Book 4: Only Mine (August 2011) http://amzn.to/17ZbYzW
✦Fool’s Gold Book 5: Only Yours (September 2011) http://amzn.to/13sPQdW
✦Fool’s Gold Book 6: Only His (October 2011) http://amzn.to/1aftWg6
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Only Us (November 2011) http://amzn.to/17NlB0V
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Almost Summer (May 2012) http://amzn.to/14Ayj0L
✦Fool’s Gold Book 7: Summer Days (June 2012) http://amzn.to/1aVrcqT
✦Fool’s Gold Book 8: Summer Nights (July 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABi9z
✦Fool’s Gold Book 9: All Summer Long (August 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABu8M
✦Fool’s Gold Book 9.5: A Fool’s Gold Christmas (October 2012) http://amzn.to/14twlVi
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Halfway There (May 2013) http://amzn.to/15Holky
✦Fool’s Gold Book 10: Just One Kiss (June 2013) http://amzn.to/19ulaK8
✦Fool’s Gold Book 11: Two of a Kind (July 2013) http://amzn.to/13sTdBC
✦Fool’s Gold Book 12: Three Little Words (August 2013) http://amzn.to/1epKN2t
Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook (September 2013) http://amzn.to/1afwYkn
✦Fool’s Gold Book 12.5: Christmas on 4th Street (October 2013) http://amzn.to/1afx1wH

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Review: DRAWN TOGETHER (Brown Sibling Series #6) by Lauren Dane

DRAWN TOGETHER (Brown Sibling Series #6) by Lauren Dane
PUBLICATION DATE: October 1, 2013
REVIEW BY: Reading in Pajamas/Donna
RATED: 4 Stars

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DESCRIPTION:
Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually-but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior. With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring. Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules-including her no-monogamy rule.But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge.

REVIEW:
This book was a nice addition to the Brown Sibling Series and I was especially looking forward to Raven’s story. As expected, her story was sizzling and erotic. Just like her personality. She is such a strong force that an equally strong man was needed to compliment her. Jonah was that man. I liked how the author made him more a patient, quiet alpha-male. Otherwise their relationship would not have seemed plausible. A very nice and steamy read.

*Advanced review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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WEEKLY RELEASE LIST 9/29~10/5 ✦Romance, Paranormal Romance, New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Urban Fantasy✦

SUNDAY, September 29, 2013
✦ Carter Reed by Tijan #NA http://amzn.to/167c6M4

MONDAY, September 30, 2013
✦ Hot Mess: A Hostile Operations Team Novella by Lynn Raye Harris (Donna 3.5 Stars)

TUESDAY, October 1, 2013
✦ Torn: The Connections Series, #2 by Kim Karr #NA (Cori 5 Stars) http://amzn.to/18Mc9M6
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THURSDAY, October 3, 2013
✦ Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti #PNR (Cori 4.5 Stars) http://amzn.to/14OL5IN

✦Genre Abbreviations✦
#CS – Contemporary Romance
#PNR – Paranormal Romance
#RS – Romantic Suspense
#NA – New Adult Romance
#ER – Erotica Romance
#YA – Young Adult Romance
#UF – Urban Fantasy Romance

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Review: Rumor Has It (An Animal Magnetism Novel, Book 4) by Jill Shalvis

Rumor Has It (An Animal Magnetism Novel, Book 4) by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 5 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

He’ll help unleash the new woman in her…

Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn’t exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho. He’s only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he’s in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he’d expect.

Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she’s always called home. Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she’s desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine. Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life.

To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister’s friend, but now he’s finding her to be so much more. As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting…

REVIEW:

Griffin fought what Kate wanted. Kate wanted Griffin. She pulled out all the stops. You could feel the chemistry as they both went after what they wanted…each other, even if only one of them is willing to admit it. I love the real life humor that Jill Shalvis writes into her stories. She makes you feel like you know the characters and you can’t wait to see how everything will turn out. Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite authors. Her books have the most realistic romance and humor, but she may have outdone herself with Rumor Has It. On more than one occasion I found myself laughing out loud.

*Advanced review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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*This series does not have to be read in order.
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✦ Book 2 ~ Animal Attraction http://amzn.to/1fzOEwS
✦ Book 3 ~ Rescue My Heart http://amzn.to/1dQdnss
✦ Book 4 ~ Rumor Has It http://amzn.to/1fzNe5w

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Review: Obsession (The Plus One Chronicles, Book 3) by Jennifer Lyon

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✦ Book 1 ~ The Proposition by Jennifer Lyon http://amzn.to/14TU0aU
✦ Book 2 ~ Possession (The Plus One Chronicles #2) by Jennifer Lyon http://amzn.to/17I1S2m
✦ Book 3 ~ Obsession by Jennifer Lyon ~ COMING OCTOBER 10, 2013

✦ Obsession (The Plus One Chronicles, Book 3) by Jennifer Lyon
Publication Date: October 10, 2013 (or before the 10th)
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 5 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
**Please Note: The Plus One Chronicles is a series of adult contemporary novels and are not intended for younger readers due to mature content.**

A PROPOSITION brings them together…Will an OBSESSION tear them apart?

In the explosive conclusion to The Plus One Chronicles Trilogy, obscenely rich, jaggedly handsome and still obsessed with love and vengeance, Sloane Michaels must face an impossible choice: lose the woman he loves or betray his twin sister’s memory.

Watching the man she adores destroy himself for revenge, Kat Thayne knows she should run and never look back. But running isn’t her way anymore. Kat has grown into a fierce fighter, and the man who helped her get there is the very man who needs her strength now. But as the sizzling passion and hard-won love bind Kat and Sloane even tighter together, old secrets and lies explode around them. Danger threatens. And Kat soon realizes that she’s risking more than her heart to be with Sloane…she’s risking her very life.

REVIEW:
Loved It! I have been impatiently waiting for Obsession to read the conclusion of Sloane and Kat’s story and I was left happy and satisfied after finishing the final book in this trilogy. I absolutely loved this trilogy! From the first book to the last we’ve seen Kat grow stronger and heal from her attack with the the training and support Sloane has given her. I loved that Sloane taught her to protect herself instead of just relying on someone else to protect her. We’ve also seen Sloane battle with his own past and loss and that all comes to a final decision in this book. Sloane and Kat’s passion and love grow binding them together throughout their story. Jennifer Lyon really made me feel for and love these characters. Heart-wrenching, emotional, suspenseful and filled with danger and passion. This trilogy is incredible! Obsession is the perfect ending for The Plus One Chronicles.

*Advanced review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Buy Links ($2.99):
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THE PLUS ONE CHRONICLES BOOK 1 & 2 – REVIEWS AND BOOK DESCRIPTIONS

✦ THE PROPOSITION (The Plus One Chronicles, Book 1) by Jennifer Lyon
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 4.5 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.

Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.

REVIEW:
Loved it! I’ve missed Jennifer Lyon! I loved her Winged Slayer Hunter series. This book is part of a new series she started that will be 3 books. The ending left me really wanting the next book! Sloane is a hot alpha hero that is an ex UFC fighter and he owns a chain of training facilities. I thought Kat was a great female character. She is learning to protect herself after surviving an attack in her past. She doesn’t want to be dependent on a man. These two have smoking hot chemistry when they come together! This is a super steamy romance with a great plot. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sexy romance book. I can’t wait for the next book!

Buy Links (99 Cents):
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✦ POSSESSION (The Plus One Chronicles, Book 2) by Jennifer Lyon
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 5 Stars

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DESCRIPTION:
Savagely sexy billionaire Sloane Michaels ruthlessly controls his life and everything in it. Even his sex partners are carefully negotiated plus-one arrangements, including his latest, the fiery bakery owner, Kat Thayne. But Sloane’s control is challenged when his mentor becomes seriously ill, and his need for Kat, his need to possess her at all costs, rivals only his single-minded goal of vengeance for the murder of his sister.

After surviving an attack six years ago, Kat Thayne escaped her fears in the protective world of her beloved bakery. Then Sloane Michaels storms into her life, making her feel beautiful, strong and sexy. Yet as Kat pushes her boundaries and uncovers a dangerous secret in her past, Sloane’s controlling side emerges. Worried that Sloane will possess her mind, body and soul, Kat fights to keep her hard won independence. But just as Sloane demands her complete surrender, she discovers he has a dark side that could destroy them both.

REVIEW:
I love this series! Possession is the second book in The Plus One Chronicles and picks up where the first book, The Proposition, left off. The series should be read in order. The Plus One Chronicles is full of drama, danger, mystery, and smoking hot romance. Sloane is the ultimate sexy alpha male and pushes past all Kat’s barriers in this book. I love them together. Not only do they have chemistry and passion that will leave you sweating, but Sloane helps Kat become stronger and to get past her fears while also giving her the skills to protect herself. They both have tragedies in their pasts that are coming back into their lives in this book. Most women want to use Sloane for his money, power and connections. Kat is the first plus one relationship he has had that only wants the man, and this is making him want to possess all of her. Jennifer Lyon makes you really feel and love these characters. I can’t say enough good things about this series. They have everything I look for in great books. Possession has an intriguing plot, great characters, danger, mystery and a great love story. I loved it and can not wait for the third book, Obsession, to be released in September. Jennifer Lyon is one of my favorite authors because she always delivers a great romance story and she definitely delivered with Possession. I recommend this book, and this series for anyone looking for a great story with lots of smoking hot romance.

*Review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Buy Links:
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Cover Reveal ~ Unspoken Memories by Gabbie S. Duran

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Expected Release – October 11, 2013

Synopsis
She awoke with only one clue about who she was, and that one clue led her to him…

Abigail Adams had it all, she’s a gorgeous supermodel, has a wealthy fiancé, and a career on the rise. But that quickly changes when she wakes up in the hospital not remembering anything. The only memories she does have are not her own, but the ones that lead her to him.

After Abigail discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, she leaves him and runs to the arms of the one man she is hoping will give her the answers she seeks.

Matt Garcia is used to playing the field, but then supermodel Abigail Adams unexpectedly shows up at his door hoping he will be the answer to her past. Will he finally learn to take a break from his no strings attached lifestyle and show her that she doesn’t need her past, but the future he is willing to offer her? Will he be able to leave his past behind?

With every unspoken memory she regains, will she learn to open her heart to Matt and trust him, or will she learn to guard it until he finally learns to let go of his past?

Excerpt for Unspoken Memories
Copyright © Gabbie S. Duran

I sit there in silence, giving them time to absorb everything I’ve said.

Trying to distract myself again from the tension beginning to build up inside, I begin to look around the room. I notice on one of the walls is a wall hanger, with a whole bunch of medals hanging from them. I walk over to them and start looking at them. As I’m doing this I get another memory.

​This one is of Matt and me. A crowd of people surrounds us, as a medal is being placed around my neck. I feel ecstatic as I hug him. I’m looking behind him at the big banner that says “Portland Marathon” in big green letters. It’s a finish line, and by the year on the banner it was just last year.

​Excited, I turn to face Matt, this must be where we met. Even though I don’t remember reading anything on Google that said I was a runner. “We ran the Portland Marathon together last year, that’s where we must have met.”

​He gets up and comes over, standing next me and begins concentrating on the medals with me.

​”No, we didn’t,” he clips out, keeping his eyes on the medals.

​”Yes, we did, you’re in my memory and we’re crossing the finish line together.” At least I’m pretty sure we did. “They gave us our medals together and we are hugging.”

​Matt looks back at me with a fierce glare. His chest is beginning to rise and fall, and he’s shaking his head. His eyes turn glassy like he wants to cry, but he’s fighting to hold it back. “I didn’t run it with you,” he insists, staring at me in disbelief, and irritation laces his voice. “I ran it with my sister. It was the last race we ran together.”

​Oh shit! Then why am I having this vision? It has to mean something, I was pretty sure it was my memory. It felt so real.

​”Are you sure? I’m pretty sure I’m right. I clearly see the memory. It was only last year, and I’m pretty sure I was there with you. “Can I be wrong? No, I wasn’t asleep when I got this one, so I know it has to be an actual memory. “What about my dream of running with you in the park, that has to be real, right? There’s a trail in the background.”

​This makes Matt angry and he walks away. “Now you’re fucking with me. Who’s been feeding you her info?”

​”What are you talking about, nobody is feeding me info. I told you these are the things that I remember. The only things I remember. Besides you, and who is this she you keep referring to?”

​Matt shakes his head and runs his hands through his hair. The other guy starts drinking from his beer again. He looks like he wants to put his two cents into the conversation, but he decides to stay quiet. He’s trying to absorb everything, and so am I.

​”Look, there is no way you would have those memories unless somebody told you about them.”

​He goes quiet but then his eyes light up, like he’s just realized something. I’m soon disappointed when he says, “I get it. She must have done some designer shit for you. That’s when she must have mentioned that she ran the marathon. She talked about running to anybody who would listen.”

​I shake my head in disagreement, wanting him to believe me.

​Matt starts pacing the small space in the living room in front of the patio door. What is he talking about, and who would design something for me? I start biting my thumbnail and pacing the room next to him, but in the opposite direction, causing us to pass by each other. That’s when the other guy stands up from the couch.

​”Dude, you guys need to stop that walking shit, you’re making me trip.”

​I’m irritated again as I look over at him and snap, “Oh, shut it Trey, I’m trying to figure this out!”

​He drops his beer and it lands on the floor with a loud thump. Matt’s body spins around fast, facing me, and he covers his mouth with a fist.

​”Holy shit, she even sounded like her when she said that!”

About Gabbie S. Duran

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I’m from a small town in Southern California. I currently live in Washington with my wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. I started writing one day with no goal in mind. I just had an idea that would not get out of my head so I opened a notebook and wrote it down; that idea turned into another, turned into another and next thing I knew I had a book. When I am not writing you can find me reading. I LOVE to read, show me an author who doesn’t. You might catch me sneaking off for a run listening to whatever music happens to be playing or curled up on the couch watching Bones, when I am not trying to keep track of my husband or my kids. Some might say I live a crazy life, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

Review: The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, Kimberly Kincaid

The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, Kimberly Kincaid
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 4 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

For friends Clara, Abby and Lily, only one thing is more delicious than the Pine Mountain holiday cookie exchange – finding the right man before they ring in the New Year!
Where There’s Smoke. . .
USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman

When flames from a recipe gone disastrously wrong send hunky firefighter Will Mason to pretty Clara Parker’s rescue, the sparks really begin to fly! And once Will gets a taste of Clara, he aches for more than just a little sugar from the famously single food columnist. . ..

“Donna Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare!” –Janet Evanovich

The Gingerbread Man
National bestselling author Kate Angell

Folks have always told fun-loving Abby Denton that her anatomically correct Gingerbread cookies are. . .impressive. But those erotic cookies have nothing on the sexy stranger Abby saves from a snowy country road. Could Lander Reynolds be the Christmas treat she’s truly been longing for?

“No fan of the genre should miss Angell’s surefire romances.” –Booklist

Sugar And Spice
Kimberly Kincaid

When caterer Lily Callahan goes up against hotshot pastry chef Pete Mancuso in the bake-off of the season, the stakes are high–and scandalously passionate. Will the gorgeous gourmand steal Lily’s heart–and the top prize in the Christmas cookie competition?

“A mouth-watering, heart-warming, toe-curling holiday romance!” –Amanda Usen, author of Luscious

REVIEW:

Three wonderfully romantic steamy stories in one book. What could be better?

Where there’s Smoke – Donna Kauffman
Great story from the first page. I couldn’t help laughing out loud reading about Clara’s misfortune. And then when she found Will I was her very own cheerleader. I enjoyed the humor, the reality of their story and the steamy passion.

The Gingerbread Man – Kate Angell
I have never read any of Kate Angells books, so I was not sure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised. I fell completely in love with Abby and Lander. Their story was so moving and their love felt so genuine and pure…and the sex was sizzling.

Sugar and Spice – Kimberly Kincaid
Lily and Pete’s story was was the perfect story to finish this great book. A little competition in the kitchen between Lily and Pete was smoldering….I was just waiting for these two to combust.

I enjoyed how the authors each told a story and added their own Christmas magic to each story.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Buy links:
Kindle | Amazon Paperback | B&N | Kobo

Review: Wicked and Dangerous by Shayla Black and Rhyannon Byrd

Wicked and Dangerous by Shayla Black and Rhyannon Byrd
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
REVIEW BY: Reading In Pajamas/Donna
RATED: 4 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
There are men—and then there are MEN. Ones who protect and pursue…who demand and desire…who know what they want and unapologetically take it—in life and in love. Now, USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black and Rhyannon Byrd team up to deliver sizzling stories of suspense and seduction, as two women let their longings loose—and go head-to-head and body-to-body with the men who ignite their passion…

Wicked All Night by Shayla Black
A sweet school teacher who changed towns, jobs, and lives after her divorce decides to take a lover. She hooks up with a bodyguard whose talents under the sheets make her melt. Until she learns that his motives are just as dangerous as they are wicked…

Make Me Yours by Rhyannon Byrd
After her father is murdered, a woman finds herself next on the kill list—and forced to reconnect with the one man who can keep her alive. And as danger stalks her, she’ll surrender herself to the lawman whose every touch leaves her breathless and exposed…

REVIEW: Wicked All Night by Shayla Black
Hot smoldering romance. Decker has the right amount of dominance to make my toes curl even though his sense of humor was a little cheesy at times. The story itself was pretty good and kept me guessing, I always like that. It was a fun, hot quick read.

REVIEW: Make Me Yours by Rhyannon Byrd
Another hot hot romance packed into a novella. Ryder is all dominant and sexy while Lilly is a determined woman who knows who and what she wants. It was interesting to see her pursuing and him trying to run. The story line was good but took a back seat to the passion. No complaints though. Nice fun read.

Buy links:
Amazon (Kindle $7.99/ Paperback $9.00) | B&N (Paperback $10.98/ Nook $9.99) | Kobo $9.99 | iTunes $9.99

Release Event: Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills – Monday, September 23 on Facebook

Release Event for Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills on Monday, September 23 on Facebook. We are going to have a party and CELEBRATE everything that is Very Bad Things! Reading in Pajamas is scheduled from 9AM to 10AM today. Each page a participating gets an ebook copy to giveaway to their page and if we get the most people to show up for the event we will get a $25 GC to give away. So stop by and comment on the event link page that you are from Reading in Pajamas. I’ll draw names for an ebook copy of Very Bad Things at the end of our hour and at the end of the day if we win the $25 GC for the most participants I’ll draw another name for the gift card.

Go to this Event Page at 9 AM Central
FACEBOOK EVENT LINK

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Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 5 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect…

Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.

Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.

When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about…until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.

As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

REVIEW

I loved this book! It drew me in from the first chapter and I couldn’t put it down until I turned the last page, other than to send teasers to my Facebook page. I loved the characters. Their story was an emotional roller coaster ride for me. Everyone sees Nora as the perfect, innocent, rich girl, but she has scars and things she hides from the world. When Leo meets Nora they have an instant connection. Their story makes the reader believe in soul mates and destiny. A beautiful love story with hot and steamy romance. Loved it and can not wait to find out who will star in the next Briarcrest Academy book.

*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

About Ilsa Madden-Mills
Ilsa Madden-Mills is a loving wife and mother, a loyal friend, and a teacher. When all that is done, she writes. Obsessively.

She graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in English from an esteemed university in the South where she now resides. She spends her days with two small kids, a neurotic cat, and her Viking husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels.

When she’s not typing away at a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.

She loves to hear from from fans and fellow authors.

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Teasers (From Author’s Website)

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