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It's all about the Romance!

Recently as I was reading Connectivity by Aven Ellis I was reminded of why I like Contemporary Romance so much.  I like the process of two people falling in love.  I like a happily ever after.  I want to read about awkward moments, funny experiences, a little angst and all the other things that happen when two people meet and fall in love. It's all about the romance people!! Am I right??  Isn't that why we love to read romance??

Beware, I am about to climb on my small, but stable, soap box.  I want to address an issue that has been bothering me for some time.  I want to talk about romance, or lack there of, in some contemporary romance. I'm not talking about sex.  I'm talking about romance.  All the good stuff that leads to the steamy stuff.  I feel Connectivity is a great example of what I'm wanting to discuss.  Connectivity is a funny romantic comedy that focuses on the romance.  All the steamy scenes are behind closed doors.  What I like about this story is that…

Review: An Inconvenient Love by Alexia Adams

I am a total sucker for a "business arrangement" type love story.  You know, the ones where the hero and heroine decide to marry for business/money/child reason and not for love, but then it always turns in to love. I LOVE those! I don't know why exactly.  I guess I like the whole "we're married, and now I love you and can't tell you because we didn't marry for love" thing.

The blurb:
Neither wanted love in their marriage. But you don’t always get what you want.
Sophia Stevens is tired of struggling to pay the rent and help her brother through college. After seven years on her own, she is no farther ahead than the day she walked out on her old life and started again. So when super-sexy Italian property developer Luca Castellioni proposes a marriage of convenience, she’s intrigued. Financial security and life in a beautiful Italian villa in exchange for attending a few business functions and typing some letters seems very convenient. Until she breaks …

Cover Reveal: 20Something by Amy Patrick

Channel 20Something by Amy Patrick (20Something, #1) Publication date: August 12th 2014 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis: 22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job and her first apartment, but she’s yet to experience first love. Yes, she’s in a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart, and according to her friends and family, he’s perfect for her. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
And while Heidi’s doing what she wants to do, she’s not where she wants to be. She longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
Well-traveled Californian Aric Serrano plans to stay in small-market-So…

Light the Lamp by Catherine Gayle

I love Catherine Gayle.  I do.  I stalk her and I'm not afraid to say it.  I anxiously wait for the next book in this series.  I LOVE THIS SERIES!  I came upon her first book, Breakaway, as I was doing a search on Amazon.  I read it and was blown away.  Seriously, blown away.  Catherine writes books about hockey. These books actually have hockey in them, it's not just the players.  But what Catherine's books have that other don't is sensitive subject matter that isn't covered in romance books.  She handles these subjects with such sensitivity and love.  If you take nothing else from this blog post take this, read one of her books.  Just one.  I promise you'll want to read the next in the series.  Light the Lamp is the third book in her Portland Storm series.  Let's check out the blurb.

Life’s been rough lately for Noelle Payne, but she’s not one to let negativity rule. So, she lost her job? She’ll find another one. The bank foreclosed on the house? We…

Demanding Ransom by Megan Squires

Have you ever read a book that just stays with you?  That is so well written that once you finish it, you immediately start reading it again?  That is how I feel about Megan Squire's books.  I started with Draw Me In and didn't stop until I had read all of her books.  But the one that stands out, the one that is my absolute favorite, is Demanding Ransom.

Sometimes life takes things away from you.

In nineteen-year-old Maggie Carson’s case, it’s taken more than its fair share.
Determined to move forward, Maggie embarks on her first year of college, hoping to finally put her past behind her, exactly where it belongs.
But that’s hard to do when the present is just as difficult. And even harder when someone like Ran, the gorgeous paramedic that keeps crossing Maggie’s path, challenges her to face things head on, rather than bury them like she always does.
Ran hasn’t had a perfect life either. But there’s something different about him, and something different about the way he makes Magg…

Summer Book Crush: Book Boyfriends Are Here!

What would you say to over 80 titles with many undeniably-hot BOOK BOYFRIENDS that leave you wanting more? Yep, we've got you covered. The second annual SUMMER BOOK CRUSH event runs this year from June 19th through June 22nd. Don't miss it, or you will have to wait a full year for the next one!
 So many ways to fall in love with just a right BOOK BOYFRIEND! And the best part? You can purchase your dream Book Boyfriend for only 99¢ each, but for a limited time only.

Author Interview with Theresa Paolo

Hey guys! Today is the release of Theresa Paolo's (Once) Again! In honor of the release, I was lucky enough to do an interview with Theresa.  I absolutely love Theresa and hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!

Angie:  Thanks so much for letting me do this interview and be a part of the (Once) Again blog tour!  So excited for this release!
Theresa:  First off thank you so much for having me!
Angie:  You have written several books, what is your writing process? Theresa:  I don’t really have a process. I’m a pantser, so I rarely plot the whole story out. I usually have an idea and let my characters run with it. Every time I try to plot my characters are like oh no that is not happening and go in a completely different direction anyway. So I just gave up and let them take the reins.
Angie:  Have you ever experience writer’s block? Theresa:  When have I not. I feel like it’s a constant battle. Especially lately. My day job pretty much sucks me dry of my creativity so trying to writ…

A Battling of the Bookworms Review: Kelly Hill by Laura Gibson

So there once was this girl and her name was Laura.  Laura loved selfies.  Laura tweeted me a selfie and I knew we had to be friends.  And we are. Friends.  Do you think I should tell her? Ha! Just joking. Maybe. Anyway, I have had the privilege to read Laura's upcoming release, Kelly Hill.  
Check out the blurb:
Rachel is standing on the brink of a world about to change.  Battling a dysfunctional family life and still trying to cover up her involvement in a scandal two years prior, Rachel can't seem to think straight anymore. She's just living day to day, trying not to succumb to the stress she covers up with a polite smile.  When Kelly Hill saunters back in her life, Rachel feels her carefully crafted lies begin to crack apart around her.  Rachel had made a deal with the devil and now Kelly’s presence is causing her to go back on her word, bringing secrets boiling to the surface where they don’t belong.
But when a body is discovered on the grounds of Phillips Academy…

Liam's Journey by Heidi McLaughlin

Have you read Heidi McLaughlin's Beaumont Series? If you haven't, you need to! Three hot guys in a band? Yes please! What better way to get started on the series than to purchase Liam's Journey!

Let's met the guys!

FOREVER MY GIRL (The Beaumont Series #1) Amazon: B&N: Kobo: iBooks:

MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER (The Beaumont Series, #2)  Amazon: B&N: Kobo: iBooks:

FINDING MY FOREVER  (The Beaumont Series, #3)  Amazon: B&N: Kobo: iBooks: LIAM’S JOURNEY by Heidi McLaughlin
JUNE 2014 New Adult Contemporary Romance The Beaumont Series, #1 and #4 in one book

The journey for Liam begins at eighteen. Having, what many would consider the brightest future, he gives it all up for the unknown.
The br…

Review: A Montana Legacy by Roxanne Rustand

Occasionally I have the opportunity to review a book for a "new to me" author.  I never know exactly what to expect, but I keep an open mind.  When I received Montana Legacy by Roxanne Rustand I assumed that this was just a typical modern day western romance.  While I was right, I also discovered a book I thoroughly enjoyed and an author that I can't wait to read more of!!

A Minneapolis gang avenged police officer Kate Rawlins' testimony against a member with an ambush that killed an innocent teen friend and wounded Kate. Wracked with guilt,she promises a scholarship will be started in honor of the dead teen. Kate just inherited half of her estranged grandfather's ranch. She hopes this will pay the bill for the scholarship, but she must live there for six months to claim her half. Seth Hayward inherits half the ranch, too. He loathes Kate for ignoring her grandfather, who had wanted to see her before he died. Kate only remembers being tossed off the ranch a…

Cover Reveal: A Safe Place by E.M. Tippetts

We are thrilled to share this gorgeous cover and excerpt for A Safe Space by E.M. Tippetts!  Let us know what you think and don't forget to add it to your TBR!
Title: A Safe Space Author: E.M. Tippetts
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen
Release date: July 2014

Everyone needs a safe space.
For Lizzie Warner, that space has always been in front of the camera on her hit show, or on stage to a sold out concert arena. Since before she can remember, she’s been a star, but that may be about to change.

She’s nineteen. Her show has been cancelled and now she’s going to play the lead in a new prime time drama series, but is the world ready to take her seriously, or will she be typecast as the cute tween queen forever?
Her network has decided to be aggressive and has invested millions of dollars in an ad campaign for her show, money she’s not sure she can earn back. Her co-star can’t stand her, and the writing for the show turns ou…

A Review: All I Want is You by Toni Blake

Toni Blake’s new heartfelt Coral Cove series brings Blake’s incredible talent of creating a story that’s filled with hope and love. ALL I WANT IS YOU starts off the series with the story of Christy Knight, a character who appeared in her Destiny series. Readers will remember Christy from her encounter with Anna Romo, the heroine of Hall Moon Hill (a 2014 RITA Award Finalist), the last installment in the Destiny series. Christy’s life changed when a horrible fire claimed the lives of her mother and father; she’s left to deal with the aftermath of financial troubles on her own. Christy grew up in the small, cozy town Destiny, Ohio, but she feels her future lies elsewhere. In hopes of figuring out what’s next, she’s decided to move to the city. Christy and her roommate Bethany are struggling to make ends meet. The beautiful jewelry she creates doesn’t pay the bills. To top it off, Christy’s just found out about her Grandpa Charlie’s own financial troubles and that he may be asked…

New Release! INFINITY + ONE by Amy Harmon

INFINITY + ONE by Amy Harmon

When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds? Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die. Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life. One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all? With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.
Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, …

Cover Reveal: The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken

Boring Beth Lynn has always lived up to her nickname… until she wakes up in a hotel bed next to a sexy as sin state senator she re-connected with at a wedding the previous night.

The biggest problem? She can't seem to remember anything about the night before except for crying into a box of cookies, and she’s pretty sure Grandma Nadine slipped something in her drink. And what should have been a one night stand turns into a six day adventure when Grandma whisks them off to Hawaii to save them from the ensuing media firestorm.

Jace isn't looking for commitment — he believes he made that clear when he left the wedding with Beth. Then again, he can't remember much of anything other than the way her skin felt beneath his hands. Now he's stuck with her at some lame couple’s retreat and trying his hardest to fight the attraction only a woman like Beth could invoke.

He doesn’t think it can get any worse.

But one spider attack… A donkey ride from hell… And an unfortunate episode wit…