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Review & #giveaway – Faking It with Damian by DJ Hunnam @DJHunnamAuthor @xpressotours

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Book details:

Faking It with Damian by DJ Hunnam
Publication date: January 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance

Damian.jpgSynopsis:

I don’t do relationships… especially not with egotistical jerks like my new boss, Damian Wood. The man is vile, arrogant, condescending… and scorching hot. If he weren’t my boss and a grade-A a*&hole, I would turn on my world-famous charm and seduce the pants right off the man. But giving in to his undeniable allure might just cost me my job. Or worse yet, my heart.

I’m a prick…and Janice Holder’s new boss. Which means I should stay away, but I’ve never claimed to be a nice guy. If I don’t get my twisted fascination under control, it will only be a matter of time before I bend her over my desk and screw her. Hard. The way I’ve imagined no fewer than a thousand times since we met. I’m playing with fire and neither of us can afford to get burned, but landing in hot water might just be worth the risk.

Faking It is a full-length, standalone office romance. It contains steamy scenes with a ton of heat and strong language intended for mature audiences.

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I’m going to start this review by saying that, overall, I really enjoyed it.  However, I really struggled to like Janice.  She struck me as a somewhat arrogant and self absorbed character, and despite attempts to soften her, she never quite won me over.

Damian is also all of those things, but for me at least, he was easier to connect with.  I don’t think that this is me applying double standards, I just felt that the way he presented was more relatable than Janice.

And steamy scenes?  Oh my.  This office romance might easily be considered as NSFW.

The wider story arc is a reasonable one.  The connection between the two lead characters is compelling and well executed.

At the risk of repeating myself, overall, I really enjoyed it!

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author

 

First introduced to the genre by her grandmother, DJ Hunnam is an author with a true love for great romance novels. After reading hundreds of them over the last twenty years, she finally decided to put pen to paper and craft her own happily ever afters (HEA). She loves to write about strong heroines who fall in love with even sexier heroes, while tackling real-world problems. Her books are packed with sizzling scenes sure to make you blush.

A scientist by day and author by night, DJ Hunnam straddles the fence between the mundane and the erotic on a daily basis. When she isn’t writing, you might find her curled up with a book, chasing her two wild sons, or pursuing her own HEA with her husband of ten years. She’s a sucker for dark chocolate, a good bottle of Malbec, and a sexy six-pack.

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Review & – Wounded Dance by Deanna Roy @deannaroy

Book details:

Wounded Dance by Deanna Roy
(Lover’s Dance, #2)
Publication date: April 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

 

Wounded dance.jpgFor four years, I’ve had a terrible, wonderful, beautiful secret.

But now it’s out.

My brief brush with fame caught the attention of a boy I once loved. He was ripped from my life at a tender age by my father, who moved us and hid me away so that we could not meet again.

Only after he was gone did I learn I was pregnant with his child.

He’s spent years trying to find me.

And now he’s at Dreamcatcher Dance Academy.

He’s going to find our baby, he says. The adoption wasn’t legal since he didn’t know.

He has no idea how close our little girl really is. That I secretly teach her ballet.

He can’t know how important it is that I keep the secret.

But when your boyfriend is Blitz Craven, the reality TV dance show star, the press follows you everywhere.

And no matter how much Blitz wants to protect me from my old love, from the threat he poses to our happy life, there’s one fact I have to face.

My past has caught up with me.

Wounded Dance is book two of the Lovers Dance series. Each book is full length and stands alone, but should be read in series order to avoid spoilers.

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Sometimes, you discover an author whose narrative voice raises the books up from the crowd.  Deanna Roy is one of those authors for me.

This book has a very different feel to book one.  This is a filling in of the gaps from Livia’s history.  And the reveal was not what I expected at all.  But the thread throughout was the strength of the relationship between Blitz and Livia, and the courage that she seems to draw from that, even whilst worrying what the fallout could be.

Sequels can sometimes not live up to the original.  That is not the case here.  I just love this couple, I really do.  I can only imagine what the author is going to give us with the next volume, and I’m really looking forward to reading all about it.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Deanna Roy is the six-time USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction.

She is a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies. She has several books on the subject, including her bestseller FOREVER INNOCENT, a romance about a couple whose baby is taken off life support at seven days old.

She has run the website PregnancyLoss.Info for fifteen years, including many large spin-off support groups both online and in person.

To learn about new releases, sign up for her subscriber list at http://deannaroy.com/news. She has regular giveaways in conjunction with major pregnancy loss events.

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Review – Stiff Drink by Blair Babylon @BlairBabylon

Book & Author Details:

Stiff Drink by Blair Babylon
(Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet #1)
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

BID Arthur Test 9Synopsis:

Genevieve is a lawyer, not a babysitter, and certainly not a dog trainer. She is just about to become a full barrister, a British litigating attorney, when her law mentor dies unexpectedly. She is shuffled off to another barrister, one who’s nothing at all like her kind and decent former mentor, and then she is assigned the office’s worst case: Arthur Finch-Hatten, six-feet and four-inches of ripped, loaded, hot English nobleman who is wasting his life and his inherited estate so audaciously that his younger brother is suing him for control of their family’s earldom. There is a darn good chance that Arthur will lose everything, even his crazed, badly behaved puppy.

Unless he shapes up.

Her new boss hasn’t been able to convince Arthur to mend his ways. His uncle’s lectures haven’t had any effect on his depraved debauchery and lavish lifestyle.

The only way for Genevieve to make partner is to win Arthur’s case, and the only way to win his case and save his earldom is to keep him from spending his days hungover in bed and his nights pouring Cristal on naked, drunk women before flying off in his private jumbo jet to the next party.

Arthur was enough to make any woman need a stiff drink.

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Dear Reader, please take note – this is part 1 of 2.  There is a cliff hanger.  And it’s a big one.  But good news!  You don’t have to wait too long for book 2 – it is due out on 16th May.

Now, to the book!

I know that I am going to start this review in a weird place.  Bear with me.  I admit that sometimes, I get caught up on the details.  I am the person who shouts at the telly when there is an inaccuracy.  So, speaking as someone who spent the first 25 years of my working life in the British legal profession, I was concerned that my attention might be diverted by incorrect details in the legal background.  Let me be clear, my attention didn’t wander – at all.  For me, the author’s attention to the basics allowed me to concentrate on the story.

And, what a story.  This book was delicious – extended literary foreplay if you will.  The restraint and quasi tentative nature of the relationship between Gen and Arthur is maddening, but addictive.

Blair very cleverly brings the reader to a mini crescendo with this ending, whilst leaving the reader chasing the high of a satisfactory conclusion.

If there was any doubt, I loved it.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Blair Babylon often releases ebooks at a special release-day price of 99c.

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Blair Babylon is the nom de plume of an award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, erotic romance, plus wild, suspenseful thrillers, science fiction, and urban fantasy using the super-secret pen name Blair C. Babylon.

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