Spotlight & Giveaway: Read Pink®


Read Pink® in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Support the Next Chapter in Innovative Research

Penguin Random House Marks Five-Year Partnership Milestone and $125,000 in Donations to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

What’s black and white and pink all over? The initiative by Penguin Random House called Read Pink® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)!

Today the scientific community has left behind the “one-size-fits-all” breast cancer treatment to emerge with targeted, more effective therapies. As a result, after remaining stagnant for more than 50 years, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 30 percent. The Read Pink® initiative by Penguin Random House is proud to be part of this exciting new chapter in the fight against breast cancer, supporting the bold research of The Breast Cancer Foundation® (BCRF), while leveraging its passionate readers to help increase awareness and education about the disease. This literary embrace of a life-saving cause has resulted in nearly 1.5 million best-selling novels shipped with Read Pink seals and information about BCRF across all five years of the promotion.

Penguin Random House is thrilled to partner once again this year with BCRF, as 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

The $25,000 donation that Penguin Random House contributes, regardless of sales, provides vital funds to support the mission of BCRF.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Penguin Random House’s Read Pink® editions, we are featuring a few participating authors and what Read Pink® means to them…

Beatriz Williams (2014 Read Pink® Spokesperson), A Hundred Summers
“Every life lost to breast cancer leaves behind a hole that can never be filled again: a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a grandmother. I’m so grateful for organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for their efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease, and honored to support breast cancer awareness, detection, and research through Penguin’s READ PINK program in 2014. With your help, we can move closer to the day when breast cancer leaves behind only survivors.”

Karen White, The Time Between
“Since 1989, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing due to earlier detection and improved treatment because of the efforts of organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Books have always been an important part of my life, and I am honored that my book will be part of Penguin’s Read Pink program that supports breast cancer awareness and research through reading. It is my greatest hope that through efforts like this we might find a cure within my lifetime.”

Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
“To all the moms and daughters, wives and sisters, lovers and friends, Read Pink is here for you and yours. Help support breast cancer awareness and the strong, brave women who fight or will fight this disease and Read Pink in October.”

Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
“I am so delighted to be included in the Read Pink campaign again this year with Perfect Timing being featured, along with so many other great books, to raise funds for breast cancer research. I can remember when a diagnosis of breast cancer was often equivalent to a death sentence. Nowadays, the survival rates have increased greatly, and I personally know women who have prevailed over this terrible disease. Sadly, I’ve also known a few women who lost the battle. So I call upon all of you to join ranks with me and countless other women in a war to defeat breast cancer. ‘Read Pink! Buy books bearing the Read Pink logo as gifts for the women you love.’ By standing together as sisters, we have it within our power to make a huge difference!”

Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes
“This is the time of year when we celebrate the progress that has been made in the battle against breast cancer and acknowledge the work that lies ahead. No, we aren’t there yet. There’s a long way to go. The greatest weapon we have to fight this disease is research and research costs money. That is why this breast cancer awareness campaign is so important and why I am proud to participate.”

Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Read Pink effort to help raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. I hear frequently from romance readers who tell me my books and those of other romance authors have helped them get through breast cancer treatment. I want to hear from fewer of them in the future. I want to hear they took our books on fabulous vacations rather than treatments. Please Read Pink in October to support all the courageous women fighting this disease and to fund critical research. Thank you for Reading Pink!”

Full List of 2014 Participating Authors:
Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from your Lover
Karen White, The Time Between
Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Beatriz Williams, A Hundred Summers
Wendy Wax, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
Janet Chapman, The Heart of a Hero
Lisa Gardner, MacNamara’s Woman
Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes

Mark your calendars and remember to join in the conversation with @BerkleyRomance and @PenguinGroupUSA on Twitter in October. Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadPink!

For more information about the Read Pink initiative and to view a complete list of the participating retail outlets, please visit

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Spotlight, Review & Giveaway – Unwound: The Mastered Series by Lorelei James

Unwound: The Mastered Series by Lorelei James
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 4 Stars

In this conclusion to the Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a man’s need for control is tested by the one woman he’ll risk everything for…

When sensei Ronin Black first encounters Amery Hardwick, the fire in her eyes ignites a sexual spark a thousand times better than the primal rush he used to get from mixed martial arts matches. She accepts his darker edges and admits to him that her desires aren’t as wholesome as he believed. And before long Ronin is grappling with emotions he’s never felt before….

Yet despite demanding Amery bare her body and soul to him, Ronin holds a part of himself back. When she learns Ronin’s secret and walks out, his life begins to unravel. To regain her trust he must let go of his pride and prove to her that it’s more than passion binding them together.

Deep. Amery and Ronin’s relationship is defined in Unwound and brought to a conclusion. This powerful story moved me as Ronin and Amery explored their love. Amery holds back confessing her love for Ronin because she is scared that if he doesn’t open up to her she will have no place in his heart. Ronin knows if he doesn’t open up to Amery and share all of himself with her he knows he will lose her and he doesn’t think he will survive it if she leaves him again. Amery knows that Ronin’s past has turned him into the master he is today. His alternate lifestyle is part of who is he, not just what he likes to do. Amery and Ronin’s story is a very powerful journey that they embark on to explore their need to be together. An emotional love story! Unwound is the sequel to Lorelei James Bound and I recommend reading Bound, the first book in the series be for reading Unwound.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.

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Lorelei James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series as well as the steamy new Mastered series. She lives in the Black Hills of western South Dakota with her family.

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Review: Need You Tonight (A Loving on the Edge Novel) by Roni Loren

Need You Tonight (A Loving on the Edge Novel) by Roni Loren
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 4.5 Stars


She’s making a wish list, and he wants to be on top.

From foster kid to trophy wife, Tessa McAllen is about to reinvent herself all over again—and defy every insult her cheating ex-husband ever used against her: Selfish? She’s championing a charity. Stupid? She’s getting her degree.

Boring in bed?

Kade Vandergriff can help her with that one. When they encounter each other at a singles event held at one of his restaurants, Tessa blurts out that kink is for girls who try too hard, and Kade instantly wants to show this sassy stranger how thrilling a night under his command can be…but when he learns her name, the game changes for both of them.

In high school, Tessa was the popular girl who stuttering, awkward Kade fell for. But she chose another. Now, as she eagerly learns lesson after lesson, he’s going to make sure she never forgets him again.

Wow! Hot! Tessa walked in her house to find her husband cheating on her with her best friend, and did what she knew was right. She hired an attorney and a bought a plane ticket out of town. Tessa’s friend Sam told Tessa that they needed a girls night out. Tessa soon found out it was a learning to cook and meet single men event. Tessa met Kade when her name wasn’t on the list for the event, and she sensed he was a man she could have one night of no pressure, amazing sex. She thought this might help her find herself again. What she found was Kade was into BDSM. A world Tessa knew nothing about, but intrigued her. Kade wanted to be her teacher.
Kade realized after their night together that Tessa was the same girl he tutored and fell in lust with in high school. After he shared this with Tessa he was scared she’d run, but he wasn’t sure if it would be into his arms or far away. Tessa was so drawn to Kade that she couldn’t have walked away if she wanted. The chemistry and sexy lessons kept me reading this book from cover to cover. The story covered parts of their past and their current relationship. I thought my hair was going to ignite more than once. I have never read Roni Loren and after this book I am on a mission to find and read all of her books.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.

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Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.





Review: Full Throttle (Fast Track) by Erin McCarthy

Full Throttle (Fast Track) by Erin McCarthy
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Reviewed By: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 5 Stars



Easing into the turns…

As one of only two girls on the tween racing circuit, Shawn Hamby has always run with a fast crowd. But now at thirty-two, she doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. And she definitely doesn’t need a man bossing her around off of the track…

Putting the pedal to the metal…

But after a silly girls’ night at a fetish club, Shawn can’t get Rhett Ford out of her mind. He’s younger than her, and he’s her best friend’s brother-in-law, which should be red flags. Rhett is looking for someone to lead in bed, but he can’t imagine that Shawn would ever submit to him. Boldly surrendering is more her style. And with Rhett behind the wheel, it’s going to be one wild ride…


Shawn assumed her grandfather would leave the dirt track to her in his will, considering she had been a part of the track her whole life. She had no idea there would be a stipulation. Shawn would have to marry to inherit her dream. The only man she had any interest in was Rhett. He was years younger than her and her only encounter with him had been a brief chance meeting in a bondage club. When Rhett runs into Shawn, she gives him an offer he can’t refuse. Marriage in exchange for money as long as they stay married for a year. Rhett would agree to the offer only if he reaped the rewards of being married to Shawn. He wanted total control in the bedroom, and she could have it every where else. The sex was blazing as they learned their attraction to each other might be more than either of them bargained on. I have loved all of the books in the Fast Track Series and this one did not disappoint.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/ NAL in exchange for an honest review.

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✦Fast Track Series by Erin McCarthy ~ Reading Order✦
Flat-Out Sexy
Hard and Fast
Hot Finish
The Chase
Slow Ride
Jacked Up
Full Throttle