Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review- Nico by Sarah Castille

A dangerous proposal

Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .

Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them—and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?

Mia Cordano is a reluctant and rebellious Mafia princess; she rarely (if ever) does what is asked of her by her father and wants nothing more than to escape the mob life she was raised in. She's tired of their misogynistic ways and is setting out to prove that she's more than just a pretty face. She's also extremely protective of those she loves, especially her sister Kat. Nico Toscani is a typical mob boss. He prefers the old ways, where they made their money via protection rackets and ownership in property. He doesn't like the way his Uncle Santo has been running things since Nico's father's death ten years earlier; he doesn't agree with using their connections for the drug and sex trade. 

Mia meets Nico when her computer hacking company is hired to perform a penetration test of their computer security. They both seem to recognize each other, but don't make the connection until later, that being that Mia was the girl Nico protected the night his father was killed. Their families have a lot of animosity towards each other from the events of that night. To ease the strain, Mia's father orders her to marry Nico's cousin, Tony. Mia's father wishes to form an alliance to make their families stronger.

When Mia doesn't obey her father's commands, she is punished. Up until now, Mia has taken all the punishment her father doles out, but when he goes after a different target, Mia decides to take control; she decides she will marry a Toscani, but wants to marry Nico. She propositions him, and after an initial denial, Nico realizes he has an innate need to protect Mia from her family and believes he's the person for the job. 

Nico and Mia do have chemistry and their marriage of convenience quickly turns into something stronger. The last few chapters had me on the edge of my seat....and now I'm going to be anxiously awaiting Luca's story.

Copy received for my voluntary review from St Martins Press via NetGalley

Review Hit Man, Deadliest Lies series by Michele Mannon

Title: Hit Man
Author: Michele Mannon
Series: Deadliest Lies
Release Date: December 6th 2016


He always gets what he wants.

The seasoned seducer, who probably charms the panties off of every woman he meets. Diego is handsome. Arrogant. Dangerous. Far more dangerous than anyone I've ever met. And with one look from across a crowded room he has me; hook line and sinker, I'm his for the night.

Diego is not a man to mess with, I know that. I just can't seem to resist his kiss, his touch. But can I trust him with my heart, with my body?

I'm being hunted for something I may or may not have seen, and Diego is my only way out of a world of death and destruction. If only I can believe his dark promises.

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Review by Iza

I. Loved. This. Book! 

This is my second book by Ms. Mannon. I read Mercenary - where I met Diego and got intrigued by him - and liked it. But this book? I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to keep on reading.

Let me start with how much I loved our heroine. Aubrey is an architect in Mexico City. She wants to make a difference, investing all her money into a non-profit organization that would built houses in the poor neighborhoods. But she gets cheated out of her money, gets her passport taken by a little boy she teaches English to and gets herself into all sort of trouble, without wanting to.

All because she's a do-gooder, as Diego puts it.

Diego. Whoa, that man! He was infuriatingly sexy. Intense and such a dirty talker! Be still, my heart! He always ended up having to save Aubrey or get her out of a sticky situation. But she's no damsel in distress. She only has one breakdown - it's understandable, she was a hostage - and she manages to keep a level head. 

All that being said and done, these two are perfect together! 

I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's action-packed galore, sex, badass guys kicking bad guy ass. I can't wait for more and I'm definitely going to be rereading this one.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book. My rating is 5+++ stars.

Author Bio

Author Michele Mannon is a huge fan of skinny cinnamon dolce lattes, a good book, and/or sports game on television. Michele can be found in her writer’s cave, tweeting, and spending time outdoors with her family. 

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Blog Tour and Review - A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.


As my papa’s G5 began its descent, I looked out of the window beside me and waited for the plane to break through the clouds. I held my breath, body tense, then suddenly the burnt-orange remnants of daylight flooded the plane, bathing the interior with a soft, golden glow. I inhaled deeply. Italia.
Fields and fields of green and yellow created a patchwork quilt below, rolling hills and crystal-blue lakes stretching as far the eye could see. I smiled as a sense of warmth ran through me.
It was the most beautiful place on earth.
Sitting back in my wide cream leather chair, I closed my eyes and tried to prepare myself for what was coming. I was flying to Florence airport, from where I would be swiftly taken to the Palazzo Savona estate just outside of the city.
I would meet Prince Zeno.
I had met him twice before—once when I was four, of which I had no memory, and again when I was ten. The interaction we’d had as children had been brief. If I was being honest, I had found Zeno to be arrogant and rude. He had been thirteen at the time and not at all interested in meeting a ten-year-old girl from America.
Neither of us had known at the time that that our betrothal had been agreed upon two years prior. It turned out that the trip my papa had taken to Umbria when I was eight was to secure a forever-bond between the Savonas and the Acardis. King Santo and my father had planned for their only children to marry. They were already joined in business; Zeno’s arranged marriage to me would also strengthen both families’ place in society.
I thought back on my New York farewell of nine hours ago and sighed. My parents had driven me to the private hangar and said their goodbyes. My mama cried—her only child was leaving her for a new life. My papa, although sad to see me go, beamed at me with the utmost pride. He had held me close and whispered, “I have never been more proud of you than I am right now, Caresa. Savona Wines’ stock has plummeted since Santo’s death. This union will reassure all the shareholders that our business is still strong. That we are still a stable company with Zeno at the helm.”
I had given him a tight smile and boarded the plane with a promise that they would see me before the wedding. And that had been that.
I was to marry Zeno, and I hadn’t protested even once. I imagined to most modern-day women living in New York, the process of arranged marriages sounded positively medieval, even barbaric. For a blue blood, it was simply a part of life.
King Santo Savona died two months ago. The shareholders of his many Italian vineyards, the stakeholders in Savona Wines, had expected his son, Zeno, to immediately step up and take charge. Instead, Zeno had plunged himself into the party scene even harder than before—and that was quite a feat. Within weeks my papa had flown out to Umbria to see what could be done.
The answer: our imminent union.


Caresa comes to the Bella Collina estate to meet her betrothed, Zeno. Their marriage has been arranged for many years, but neither seems overly excited about it. Caresa meets Achille while she's exploring the estate, and soon learns that he is the winemaker responsible for creating the estate's highly regarding wine and their relationship develops from there.

While the storyline isn't new, it was written quite well. This is a fairly sweet story with minimal drama, but very enjoyable. I hope that we get a story on Zeno some day, because I'd love to get into his head more.

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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway ~ Home Tears by Tijan

Title: Home Tears
Author: Tijan
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 2, 2016


Dani’s survived a lot of sh*t storms. 

Her mother died. Her two sisters loathed her. One aunt hated her. The other was strangely distant, but the worst storm—being dumped by her childhood best friend/high school boyfriend/first love for her younger sister. 

There went the one person who was hers and with that, the main reason she stuck around. So, she left for ten years. But now she’s back, and nothing’s the same. 

With help from Jonah Bannon, a reformed—kind of—bad boy she remembers from high school, Dani uncovers family secrets that have spanned generations. And along with those, she’s about to face the biggest sh*t storm of her life. 

Only this time, she may not survive.

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“Why’d you push me earlier?” 

“It’s not important.” 

But it was. She felt it in her chest. It was so important, and she needed him to say it again. She was salivating for the chance. She wanted to reassure him, and this time she felt it in her heart. She knew she wasn’t going anywhere. She wanted him to see it in her eyes, that she meant every single word. 

She whispered now, “Ask me. Ask me again.” 

His eyes met hers, narrowing slightly. He was looking into her, reading her. 

She was letting him. There was no wall, no hesitation this time. She wanted him to know her, not just her body. All of her. A second passed. He was still searching in her. Another second. More. He waited a full thirty before asking, his voice so soft and tender, “What would you do if you found out another person cared about you? If you mattered to one more person?” 

“Nothing.” She was trying to convey her feelings through her eyes. She wanted him to know so badly. “I wouldn’t run. I wouldn’t walk. I wouldn’t hide. I’d do nothing except stand and embrace it.” 

His eyes darkened, an emotion passed in them, one that had her heart beating so fast again. “Yeah?” He let go of her hand, but touched the side of her face. He held her in the palm of his hand, and his thumb rubbed over her cheek. It was like he was smoothing away any lingering worries she might have. “What if I was that person?” 

She leaned toward him, her eyes going from his lips back to his gaze. Both were pulling her in, making her yearn for more. “Then I’d say, I feel the same.” Her breath held in her throat. They were talking in code, but it was out now. She was telling him how she felt, and a second later, his lips were on hers.

This. She turned, wound her arms around his neck. This was everything.

Author Bio

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing Fallen Crest Six (untitled) along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

To find what to read next of hers, go to http://www.tijansbooks.com/ 


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tour Stop + Review Ink Exposed, Montgomery Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan



The Montgomery Ink series continues with the brother that deserves a second chance, and the woman who has always loved him.
Alex Montgomery lost his first love and then proceeded to leave himself in the bottle. Only he and his ex-wife truly know why he fell so hard and so fast down a path he never thought he’d take. Now he’s clean, out of rehab, and learning how to be a Montgomery once again—a task that isn’t quite as easy as some of his family assumes. Tabby Collins is an honorary Montgomery and the organizational mastermind behind Montgomery Inc., the family’s construction company. She loves her planners, friends, and a certain dark-haired man who’s never given her a second glance. Alex is slowly re-immersing himself back into the world, but the demons he faced before aren’t out of the picture, and he’ll have to learn to rely on others to make it out whole. When Alex discovers that Tabby’s life is in danger, he not only finds a way to help her but also learns the true woman behind the soft smiles he’s always seen. Their romance won’t be an easy one, but nothing this passionate and heart-pounding ever is. 

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Review by Iza

I loved it! Alex totally has my heart!

I think this one's the most heartfelt book from this series. The many feels I had while reading it... My heart broke for Alex, it ached for Tabby, the girl that crushed on a guy for a while now, and who went through some bad things, herself. She's all put together and has some OCD tendencies but I loved her, she's perfect for Alex!

There was a little bit of drama added - but not much, so don't worry; there's no unnecessary twist thrown in for the sake of it filling up more pages. It's really, truly the perfect book.

I loved seeing what the other characters were up to. I love that it wasn't rushed, how the author took her time with these two coming together without boring the reader. It's not that easy, it's a little bit complicated but so worth it!

Yes, I'm kind of speaking in riddles because I don't want to ruin/spoil the story for anyone. Because people should definitely read this one!

I can't wait for more, a definite fan of this series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. My rating is 4.5 - 5 stars.


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Author Bio

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking. 

Rusty Nail ~ Lani Lynn Vale

Title: Rusty Nail (Uncertain Saints MC #6)
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 1, 2016 Photographer: Wander Aguiar Cover Model: Jase Dean

He knows that pain makes you stronger…
Wolf isn’t always a good person, and he doesn’t hesitate to say what’s on his mind.
He is who he is, and he doesn’t offer apologies.
He isn’t out to impress anyone, and he doesn’t make excuses for his actions.
She knows that fear makes you braver…
Raven has made some bad decisions, and she’d give anything to go back in time and choose a different path. 
The reality is that she can’t go back, and the day Wolf walks into her life, she finally realizes that maybe she doesn’t want to.
Wolf is everything she’s ever wanted, and the exact opposite of what she needs.
They both know heartbreak makes you wiser…
Wolf knows that this is not a good idea. There are a million reasons—all of them bad—telling him exactly why he should stay away.
But when Raven’s nightmares burst out of her dreams and into her reality, he doesn’t have a choice anymore.
He has to protect her, while somehow protecting his battered heart.

I have been waiting patiently for this book (okay, maybe patiently is an incorrect word)...

I have been anticipating the release of this book.....


I've been whining like a snot dripping little brat rug-rat to get my hands on Wolf and he's finally here! He's here! He's really here! And I've had him....twice!!!! YES, TWICE!


Okay, now that I've gotten myself under control, I read this book twice because one time with Wolf just wasn't enough for me. I love this guy like a nick nack on the 'damaged or broken' shelf you see at a store that you fall in love with and just know if you take it home with a little love and glue it'll be perfect again! Throw in Raven, the sweet girl who was abducted and tortured along with Wolf's sister in the previous book in the Uncertain Saints series, and it's like I have a matching set to place upon my shelf and love and admire for-EVAH!

I give it a full 5 stars and I'm sure I'll be re-reading it again.



I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.