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First Look: Forbidden Promises by Katee Robert, Plus a Giveaway

Meet Jude and Sloan in the next O'Malleys Story!
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Blog Tour Event: Daring the Pilot by Jeannie Moon

Keely and Jonah drop everything to fight for what matters, including each other.
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Blog Tour: After the Dark by Cynthia Eden, Now Available!

In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's gripping new series, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well.
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Blog Tour: Hard Justice by Lori Foster, Now Available!

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Haven Point Series at its Best! (Review)

In the town of Haven Point, love can be just a wish—and one magical kiss—away…

Computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. As far as she can see, he's arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. But Kat is, especially if it brings her closer to her goal of adopting an orphaned little girl. And as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there's more to sexy, wary Bo than she'd ever realized. 

Bo never imagined he'd be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn't know existed. Then again, he never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight. Now he's ready to make her dream of family come true…and hoping there's room in it for him, too…
Serenity Harbor
Haven Point #6
RaeAnne Thayne
Pub Date: 6/27/17
HQN Books
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I thought I was crazy about Snowfall on Haven Point, but the latest addition to RaeAnne Thayne's Haven Point series has given me a wonderful buzz. Serenity Harbor is the sweetest read of the summer. It's one that absolutely can't be missed.

Kat is in town for her sister Wyn's wedding to Cade. She didn't expect to find herself helping the new town resident care for his young brother. Bowie's life changed when he was informed of Milo's existence. Trying to balance work at Caine Tech with Milo's challenges proves to be a rough job until he convinces Kat to take Milo under her wing. Neither of them thought that working together to help Milo would bring them together in a permanent way.

Even though I've started, or jumped in the middle of, a few small town romance series like this one I've never been able to keep up with any of them. I've always expected that series longer than three books might regurgitate the same plot points or turn into a big snoozefest. Between Snowfall on Haven Point and Serenity Harbor, I'm amazed at how different the two stories are. Yes, there are more cutie pie kids and the love the characters have for animals is evident, but Bowie and Kat kind of beat out Marshall and Andy as the cutest Haven Point couple.

I'm definitely going to make an effort to keep up with the Haven Point series as it continues. I can't imagine who has a story left to tell, but I'm ready for it either way.
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Read the The Hottest Romance of Summer!


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O'Malleys family series, hailed as "The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet." FORBIDDEN PROMISES features Sloan O'Malley and her mysterious new next-door neighbor, Jude MacNamara.


Meet Jude and Sloan!


Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

Sloan O'Malley just left her entire world behind--her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she's free. She can live the "normal" life she's always wanted. A life without fear. But there's nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor. 




Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he's never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan-who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation-has forbidden written all over her. Only after it's way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as he puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing to risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.
Forbidden Promises
The O'Malleys #4
Katee Robert
Pub Date: 5/30/17
Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Genre: Romance
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If Peaky Blinders was set in modern day America it would take the form of Katee Robert's Forbidden Promises! From mob families to whirlwind romance, this story is part of a complex web that only seems to grow strand by strand.

I learned that Katee Robert was an exceptional writer when I read The Devil's Daughter earlier this year. Deciding to jump into the increasingly popular O'Malley's series was the next logical choice, so for my readers out there who haven't taken the plunge, go for it!

Sloan O'Malley is living on her own for the first time and she's determined to keep the distance from her family. While keeping her distance from her family is hard, keeping her distance from her new neighbor, Jude MacNamara, is even harder. Jude is out for revenge and it starts with the innocent woman who moved next door. Jude and Sloan are an inevitable couple and their story is hotter than most romances. If you liked Justice and Fallon's whirlwind romance, from Lori Foster's Hard Justice, you'll die for Sloan and Jude.

Forbidden Promises is very much driven by Sloan and Jude's romance, but they're also a small part of a big plot. Even if you haven't read previous O'Malley books, the story is written so enticingly that you will want to read backward to shed more light on some plot points. I am definitely intrigued, so I'll be sitting a little impatiently for the next installment, Undercover Attraction!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Praise for The O’Malleys Series

"It can be hard to make a ruthless assassin into a sympathetic character, but Robert handles the task with ease. She also deftly shows Sloan’s transformation from a pampered and protected naïf to a strong woman with a backbone of pure steel. A tension-filled plot full of deceit, betrayal, and sizzling love scenes will make it impossible for readers to set the book down."—Publishers Weekly on FORBIDDEN PROMISES

“You will finish it in one sitting and die after you’re done because the next book isn't out yet. This was one sexy ride!”—Reviewer Top Pick, Night Owl Reviews on FORBIDDEN PROMISES

“Katee Robert's has created a fictional underworld of such veracity, that one almost expects the characters to turn up on the front-page news. It never feels over the top or implausible; the author writes extremely well-crafted stories… The romance between Cillian and Olivia is very beautiful, tender and real.”—Fresh Fiction on AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

“Will keep you turning pages.”—RT Book Reviews on THE WEDDING PACT

“If you like angsty reads, this book is right up your wheelhouse.”—Heroes & Heartbreakers on THE WEDDING PACT

"Dark, dirty, and dead sexy."—Tiffany Reisz, bestselling author of The Original Sinners series, on THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT

Other Books in The O’Malleys Series

 

About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 

Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Instagram 



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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The O'Malleys are Back! Pre-Order Forbidden Promises Today!


Have you Pre-ordered Forbidden Promises by Katee Robert yet?

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O'Malleys family series, hailed as "The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet." FORBIDDEN PROMISES features Sloan O'Malley and her mysterious new next-door neighbor, Jude MacNamara.


Meet Jude and Sloan!


Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

Sloan O'Malley just left her entire world behind--her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she's free. She can live the "normal" life she's always wanted. A life without fear. But there's nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor. 




Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he's never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan-who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation-has forbidden written all over her. Only after it's way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing to risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.
Forbidden Promises
The O'Malleys #4
Katee Robert
Pub Date: 5/30/17
Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Genre: Romance
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Forbidden Promises Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Katee Robert
Up until this point, Sloan O’Malley has been kind of lost in a sea of the strong personalities in her family. She’s the quiet one. The wallflower. The obedient one. But now she’s out of Boston and out of that life behind, and she’s stepping out to stand on her own for the first time in her life. She wants her freedom, but more than that, she wants to live. What better way to do that than to give into the desire that sparks an inferno between her and the gorgeous guy next door?

All her hard-won calm disappeared when she saw Jude lounging in the corner booth. Lounging wasn’t the right word. He looked like a big cat who was as likely to tear out her throat as purr and rub against her.
Rub against…
She tried and failed to shut the thought down. From there, it was a slippery slope to thinking about what she’d done last night while picturing him.
It was almost enough to make her flee into the kitchen again. Or it would have been if not for the knowledge that Marge had given her a chance, and the woman wouldn’t take kindly to her hiding in the back when there were customers to be served.
Sloan took a careful breath and approached Jude. “What can I get you?”
“I feel like I’m perpetually apologizing to you, but I left abruptly last night and I’m sorry.” He didn’t wait for her to respond. “Come out with me after your shift.”
She blinked. Did he just…“I’m sorry, what?”
“I’m going to take you out. Tonight.” His intense dark eyes never wavered, though she was wondering how she ever labeled them cold. Right now, they were so hot, they were liable to turn her into a pillar of flame.
The only question was if she’d perish in the fire or emerge as something altogether different.
That thought should have scared her, but she’d been afraid for so long. Maybe it was time to do more than think about taking the first step into the future. Maybe she needed to actually put herself into motion. Sloan licked her lips, aware of the way he tracked the move. Everything about Jude was intense. He’d toned it down for her last night, but he wasn’t even trying right now. She shifted her stance, still torn. “I’m not exactly in a good place to date right now.”
He considered her, and she suddenly got the impression that he was choosing his words with care so as not to spook her. “What is it, exactly, that you think I’m asking?”
“I, ah…” She clutched her little notebook to her chest, painfully aware that the handful of diners in the place were blatantly eavesdropping. “I don’t know.”
He lowered his voice to the point where she had to inch closer to hear him clearly. “Let me show you.”
And, suddenly, she wanted to do exactly that. Sloan found herself nodding even though every instinct she had said that Jude was trouble in the worst way. But, whatever he was, he was vitally different from her brothers and father back home. He might seem brutal and dangerous and intense to a criminal degree, but this wasn’t Boston. This was Callaway Rock. No matter how dangerous he seemed, odds were that he wasn’t a man who had skeletons in his closet—literal or otherwise.
That made him safe in a way none of the men she’d ever known were.
Jude’s gaze sharpened. “That’s a yes.”

“That’s a yes.” Her voice was too breathy, too irregular to pass for anything other than nerves, but she didn’t care. If she fell flat on her face, at least she was living.




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Praise for The O’Malleys Series

"It can be hard to make a ruthless assassin into a sympathetic character, but Robert handles the task with ease. She also deftly shows Sloan’s transformation from a pampered and protected naïf to a strong woman with a backbone of pure steel. A tension-filled plot full of deceit, betrayal, and sizzling love scenes will make it impossible for readers to set the book down."—Publishers Weekly on FORBIDDEN PROMISES

“You will finish it in one sitting and die after you’re done because the next book isn't out yet. This was one sexy ride!”—Reviewer Top Pick, Night Owl Reviews on FORBIDDEN PROMISES

“Katee Robert's has created a fictional underworld of such veracity, that one almost expects the characters to turn up on the front-page news. It never feels over the top or implausible; the author writes extremely well-crafted stories… The romance between Cillian and Olivia is very beautiful, tender and real.”—Fresh Fiction on AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

“Will keep you turning pages.”—RT Book Reviews on THE WEDDING PACT

“If you like angsty reads, this book is right up your wheelhouse.”—Heroes & Heartbreakers on THE WEDDING PACT

"Dark, dirty, and dead sexy."—Tiffany Reisz, bestselling author of The Original Sinners series, on THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT

Other Books in The O’Malleys Series

 

About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 

Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Instagram 



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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Charming Novel: Allie and Bea (Review)

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.
Allie and Bea: A Novel
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Pub Date: 5/23/17
Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Fiction
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Allie and Bea is a charming novel of determination in the face of unexpected circumstances as two completely different people find adventure. Catherine Ryan Hyde makes readers believe in the goodness of human nature.

Bea and Allie's stories are told in alternating chunks throughout the novel. When Bea finds herself living in her van followed by Allie's world crumbling around her, I had no idea how their two stories would merge. Their stories finally converge and the overall picture becomes grander. At this point, readers are taken on a wild adventure along with our leading ladies!

Bea and Allie make the unlikeliest of partners as they take on the Californian coast. Each new town provides a lesson in opening up, growing up, and even finding the courage to explore. I highly recommend Allie and Bea to readers who want a humorous, feel-good story!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Everyone Needs to Read Bang (Review)

A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one--not even Sebastian himself--can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend--Aneesa--to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past. 

It took a gun to get him into this.

Now he needs a gun to get out.

Unflinching and honest, Bang is as true and as relevant as tomorrow's headlines, the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed.
Bang
Barry Lyga
4/18/17
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA
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The first impression I had after reading Bang was "Wow". Just wow. Barry Lyga tells the story of an unthinkable tragedy that will quickly, and easily, pull readers in.

Sebastian Cody's childhood trauma haunts him. His family's loss is so great and each are dealing, or not dealing, with it in their own way. Sebastian's father moved out while his mother refuses to talk about Lola. Sebastian doesn't talk about accidentally killing his baby sister either, but his awareness of the event follows him everyday. Hanging with his one friend, Evan,  keeps him feeling semi-normal, until the summer Evan goes away to camp. This is also the summer Sebastian plans to use a gun to right the wrong of his past. Instead it spins into a productive summer of growth and acceptance as the new girl in town, Aneesa, helps Sebastian stand on his own and move toward peace.

I really thought Bang was going to be a mildly depressing story, but amazingly Barry Lyga keeps it light when not focusing on Sebastian's pain and healing. The story is still heart wrenching to read, but there's balance as readers get to know the young man who feels like he's shouldering the weight of personal tragedy alone. Interacting with his new friend, Aneesa, keeps the darkness at bay and delights readers with humor.

There's cold, hard, honest truth in this novel. Bang is a universal story that captured me through Barry Lyga's unique style of writing. Everyone needs to read Bang!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Rachel Goodman Dishes about Intercepting the Chef! (Review + Interview)

Ever wondered what your favorite author listens to while writing? Or what she's currently reading? Rachel Goodman spills in my interview with her and tells readers more about her latest novel, Intercepting the Chef!




Thank you for having me on Lovey Dovey Books! I'm so happy to be here. 

Describe the hero of Intercepting the Chef in three words.

All-American, athletic, and charming 


What is one thing the heroine of Intercepting the Chef can’t live without?

Black colored clothing and her set of high-carbon, stainless steel chef knives


What was the most played song on your playlist while writing Intercepting the Chef?

"Cheyenne" by Jason Derulo and "Goodbye" by Sam Hunt (Acoustic Mixtape)


What’s your most interesting writing quirk?

I write outside in Dallas hundred degree temperature all day long wearing yoga pants, a sweatshirt, and Uggs. People look at me like I am insane.


What are you reading now?

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. It's heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny.


What is one thing you would like readers to take away from your writing?

An appetite for characters who aren't perfect, but find the best version of themselves in the pursuit of happiness, and with the help of the right partner in crime.


How do you like to spend your time when you’re not writing?

I love to travel, especially learning and exploring other cities and countries through their unique cuisine. Also, indulging in a meal that can simultaneously take me on an adventure and remind me of where I've been is always a fun treat for me.

Learn more about Rachel and her books: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website


“Smart, sexy, and funny” (Publishers Weekly) contemporary romance writer Rachel Goodman is back with a brand new series about a quarterback trying to score in the most important game of his life—the game of love.

Gwen Lalonde is a rising star in the eyes of the elite restaurateurs of the world. But when her celebrity chef boss and now ex-boyfriend fires her, she finds herself playing a different game. Forced to flee San Francisco and return home to Denver, Gwen lands a spot as the executive chef at Stonestreet’s, a new restaurant owned by NFL golden boy and Colorado Blizzards quarterback Logan Stonestreet. When Logan starts pursuing Gwen romantically, she pulls a classic duck and weave and avoids any advances by throwing herself into reestablishing her reputation in Denver.



But Logan Stonestreet is persistent—he didn’t become one of the best football players in the league by throwing in the towel at the first rejection. Something about Logan’s unwavering determination—and amazing body—keeps Gwen around, and soon there’s more that’s sizzling than just the steak on the grill. Things are getting more serious than either side cares to admit, and when Logan suffers a severe injury in the playoffs, they’re both forced to make game-time decisions. The perfect romance for football fans and foodies alike, Intercepting the Chef is a delicious read that’ll have you hooked until the very last play.
Intercepting the Chef
How to Score #1
Rachel Goodman
5/2/17
Pocket Star
Genre: Sports Romance
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Intercepting the Chef is a story for foodies and sports enthusiasts alike. Rachel Goodman pairs the hot quarterback with the brainy, passionate chef and easily takes readers from the field into the kitchen.

When talented chef Gwen Lalonde loses a prominent position, along with a relationship she thought was stronger, she heads back to Denver to lick her wounds and rise again. As the executive chef at Logan Stonestreet's new restaurant she plans to add her signature touch to the dishes created in memory of his mother. Even though Gwen refuses to be thrown into the spotlight as an opportunist using her feminine wiles to get to the top, Logan is determined to explore the chemistry between them.

Gwen and Logan are like opposite sides of the same coin. While Logan throws his health to the wind in order to put everything he has into leading his team to a Super Bowl victory, Gwen is scared to risk everything for her dreams. Rachel Goodman takes readers through their simmering passion as they learn to find happiness and more than just satisfying futures. Banter between the sassy chef and suave footballer lends the story a humorous edge that breaks up the detailed football language peppered regularly through the story. The How to Score series is just ramping up and I can't wait to see what's next. Hopefully food will still be intertwined within the plot!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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