Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review – ‘Fatal Flight’ by Madelon Smid


Adam Hamilton becomes enmeshed in a world of danger when he finds Sky Stravinsky and asks her to meet the grandmother she didn’t know exists. Has he made an enemy as chief engineer and test pilot for a military project, or did he stumble over one of Sky’s. Not fully recovered from injuries suffered when his jet crashed, Adam is torn between opposing forces, while caught up in the attacks on Sky. Still, he fights for this fascinating pilot, determined to keep her safe and win her love. 

Everything Sky values comes under attack, from her airfield to her airplanes, to her life. Faced with a hidden enemy and Adam’s intrusion into her world, Sky feels trapped by circumstances outside her control. In time, Adam gains her trust as her sponsor for competitive aeronautics, but he wants something Sky won’t give—her heart. Meeting her grandmother and developing a relationship with Adam will pull her back into their world of wealth and entitlement. Sky won’t become a rich man’s plaything again. 

Will the threats that force them together convince Sky Adam deserves a place in her life?


In the first book of the Sisters in Peril series, top-notch aerobatic pilot Sky Stravinski co-owns a flight school with her father and participates in worldwide competitions to help fund her family’s business. When a stranger shows up at Sky’s school and demands she meet with her grandmother, a woman Sky had never known about, her life is upended.
As a former Air Force pilot and the current chief engineer for a multi-billionaire dollar aeronautical corporation, Adam Hamilton is used to making government contracts and designing/testing prototype aircrafts, not searching for a mystery woman at the whim of his beloved godmother. But he promised Brigita he would find her granddaughter and bring her home, so that’s what he intends to do. He just never expected Sky to be so stubborn. When someone tries to kill Sky, and with the in-house espionage at his own company, Adam knows there’s more at stake than just his heart.
Adam and Sky are very likable characters. They’re both strong and stubborn, and they have great chemistry, but Sky isn’t a trusting person. Though I really liked the heroine, I found her refusal to curse a little off-putting. (She would use food references in place of curse words, like “banana” for “damn.”) Adam is very understanding and intelligent. He’s not the typical arrogant, alpha pilot, but a man in touch with his feelings and what he wants out of life.
Max (Sky’s adopted dad), Brigita, and Patrick (Adam’s dad) are wonderful side characters and add their own flavor to the story. I really enjoyed all the flying scenes, piloting maneuvers, and flight info threaded throughout the book.
The story ends with a HEA, but I really wished there would’ve been an epilogue. The H/h live and work in different parts of the country, and I would’ve liked to have seen how they handle that obstacle. Still, I enjoyed the story and would definitely recommend it.
5 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Madelon Smid, for sending me an ebook copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review - 'Close to the Skin' by Zara West


Never back down, never turn your back, and never fall in love. Head of a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise, Vernon Newell doesn’t let family ties or misplaced sympathy get in his way. But there is one chink in his armor—Sirena Patras, the beautiful young Greek girl he seduced and deserted eight years ago.

When Vernon discovers that Bella Bell, a prospering tattoo artist in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is actually Sirena, he sets out to woo and to win her. Despite her attraction to the fabulously sexy man, Bella wants nothing to do with a hard-headed, ruthless criminal.

But when threatening messages start arriving, and Vernon disappears, Bella must choose to abandon the man she loves, as he did her, or risk her life to save him.


In the second book in the Skin Quartet series, tattoo artist Bella Bell is busy running her shop, taking care of her stray cats, and dating a supposedly reformed crime lord. Though she hates the horrible things Vernon has done (including him ordering a man to severely beat up her brother, Ari), the sex with him is incredible and too good for her to give him up.
Vernon Newell loves Bella, but he’s over protective and very controlling. He doesn’t care about her business, and when Bella tries to talk to him about his illegal activities or about her career, he seduces her into silence. Even though he’s told Bella that he’s gone straight, he’s still running his criminal empire, but his well-ordered life turns upside when he falls for his manipulative stepmother and brother’s trickery, and both his and Bella’s lives hang in the balance.
I really enjoyed the mystery, suspense, and the hot sex scenes, but I couldn’t connect with the H/h. They have great chemistry together, but neither of them really seemed to know one another. Vernon believed he could buy Bella’s love and never cared to ask for her opinion, and more often than not, Bella would give in to his demands. Luckily, she was feisty and stubborn enough to make him work, however, to win her over.
Most of the secondary characters from the previous book returned in this one, and it was nice to see T-Crew again. Those kids are awesome! Vernon’s brother, Kiro, is a real piece a work, a villain you’ll love to hate, and it’s too bad he didn’t get what he deserved at the end.
The story ties up a few loose ends from the previous book, and though there are a few unanswered questions in this book, it’s nothing major. I don’t read many mob romances, but I liked this one. I just wished I could’ve related better to the H/h.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Zara West, for sending me an ebook copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Review - 'Beneath the Skin' by Zara West


Ex-Olympic wrestler and reclusive billionaire artist Aristides Stavros has one mission—to rescue his sister, a popular tattoo artist from the old enemy who has kidnapped her. But at every turn, he is confronted by anthropologist Melissa Dermot. Is she just an innocent girl in over her head, or is she working for the international crime boss holding his sister?

Only one thing is certain--when Ari holds the beautiful Asian-American in his arms, questions of guilt and innocence fade against an undeniable fiery attraction. But can their wild passionate love survive the tangled web of long-buried secrets, intentional deceit, and murderous revenge that lie just beneath the surface?


In the first book in the Skin Quartet series, grad student Melissa Dermont is writing a dissertation on why people choose to get tattooed. When Bella, the tattoo artist she’s supposed to be interviewing, goes missing, Melissa is determined to find her.
Wealthy artist Ari Stravos flies to New York City to search for his sister, Sirena. Her ex-lover, Vernon, has kidnapped her, and he demands that Ari sign over the deed to his home and private island to get her back. As Ari searches for Sirena, he meets Melissa. Though there’s an instant attraction between them, he thinks she’s involved in his sister’s disappearance, and Melissa thinks he kidnapped her tattoo artist friend, who just happens to be his sister. Ari has a dark past, and with all the scars on his face, he can’t escape derision and the stereotype that he’s a criminal.
Ari and Melissa are interesting characters. He’s definitely a tortured bad boy with pain and self-hatred burning deep inside him. Melissa looks for the good in most people, but she’s torn between seeing Ari as a monster and looking past his scars for the good man beneath. For the first half of the book, there’s a lot of sexual tension between the H/h, but they don’t spend a lot of time on page together. In the second half, the romance and lust grows like wildfire, but the H/h’s secrets are constantly wedging between them.
There are a lot of secondary characters, both good guys and bad. El Toro and T-Crew are awesome and proved excellent friends to Ari, but even they have their secrets.
I really enjoyed the story, but sometimes found it confusing. (I’m not sure why Ari complied with Vernon’s demands after he found out Vernon and Sirena/Bella were in love. I also don’t understand why Bella was estranged from Ari for so long since she agreed with him that Vernon was bad news.) 
I love the author’s fun, snarky writing style. She puts a lot of emotion and depth into her characters. It’s a great book, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
5 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Zara West, for sending me an ebook copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Blog Tour - 'Love at Solace Lake series' by Jana Richards #Giveaway

Lies and Solace
Love at Solace Lake Series (Book 1)
By Jana Richards

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Blurb for Lies and Solace:

She can’t live with one more lie. He can’t tell the truth.

Harper Lindquist is convinced she’s found the answer to her financial prayers. Unless she pours cash into crumbling Solace Lake Lodge, she’ll lose her family’s legacy. Her would-be savior arrives in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard and she’s determined to prove to her reluctant, and trapped, financier the lodge is a sound investment. But Harper isn’t completely honest with him. And she has no idea the lake is hiding secrets of its own.

Ethan James is a liar, but his money is very real. He isn’t convinced a broken-down inn is a smart investment opportunity. But the more he understands Harper’s dreams and desires, the more he wants to be the man to make them come true. The trauma in both their pasts means neither can fully trust the other. They must find the courage to love, to trust, and to accept, or yesterday’s sorrows will keep them apart.

Genre: Contemporary Romance, small town romance
Keywords: contemporary romance, small town romance, mystery, touch of paranormal, murder
ISBN: Ebook ISBN 978-0-9952791-0-0
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Spicy, fully described love scenes
Release Date: March 14, 2018
Cover Artist: Angela Waters

Lies and Solace
Book 1 Out Now

Excerpt, Lies and Solace:

As she stared into his dark eyes she realized how much she trusted him, and relied on him. That was something rare for her. The only people she trusted as much were her sisters.
I’m in love with him.
The thought blasted through her brain with the force of a tsunami. The tension of the last few weeks, the insecurity, the mistrust, the fear, slipped easily from her shoulders. For the first time, her mind was clear. She was in love with Ethan and she didn’t want to wait anymore. She wanted him. She wanted him to be her first, her last.
Finding courage she didn’t know she possessed, Harper slid off the stool and walked around the island. She plucked the wine glass from his hand and set it on the counter, then placed his hand on her breast. “Make love with me, Ethan.”
A fire lit in his eyes, telling her he wanted her, too. But there was a question there, a hesitation. “Are you sure?”
She’d never been more sure of anything in her life. “Yes.”
“Shhh. Let’s not talk anymore.” She placed one finger over his lips, then stood on her tiptoes and kissed him.
Ethan’s reaction was lightning swift. He wrapped his arms around her and brought her close, his mouth descending on hers in a wild, warm kiss. Their tongues tangled, slid over each other. She’d missed his touch, his taste. She moaned, and in the sound she heard thirty-two years of longing.
For this. For him.

Secrets and Solace
Book 2 Coming March 21, 2018

Series Blurb:

Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.
Truth and Solace
Book 3 Coming March 28, 2018

About the Jana Richards:

When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.

In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Cover Reveal - 'A Beltane Gift' by Holly Barbo

Beyond Time, Book 1
by Holly Barbo

Genre: Paranormal Short Story

Original Release Date: April 2016
Cover Designer: Darkmantle Designs
Publisher: Paper Gold Publishing

A paranormal short story set in Scotland, with cultural heritage at its heart.

Summer in Scotland, and Mari is working on an archaeological dig of a Viking burial ship during Beltane, a time of the year when the veil shrouding the spirit world thins.

What could possibly go wrong?

A Beltane Gift is a contemporary story with historical elements and a wee bit of the paranormal. It won first prize in the PGP Short Story Competition in August 2015. It is also available as part of the anthology Tendrils.

A Beltane Gift, Beyond Time: Book 1, is a story that begs for more. You can follow Mari as she searches for answers in A Bell for Valor. And watch for additional adventures in the Beyond Time series of Quick Reads.

A Quick Read book is a short story available as a single small book. In both ebook and paper format, it is a perfect small gift or for escaping to another place and reality when you only have a tiny block of spare time.

A wisp of a sound snatched her attention and she looked up, startled. The red fox stood just inside the circle of light cast from her fire. The source of the sound came from what it held in its jaws.

Standing, she moved toward the fox, anticipating it would run away. The fox allowed her two steps toward it, then slowly lowered its head and deposited a small animal on the ground before drifting back a few paces into the shadows.

It was a kitten of approximately two months of age, with long hair, bushy tail, ginger-colored thick fur around the head and large paws, but the rest was in shades of black and gray tiger stripes. It studied Mari with eerily intelligent heather-blue eyes. She approached the little animal and held out the back of her hand to be sniffed. In a quiet voice, she spoke to the fox. “Why do you have a kitten and why bring it here?”

A strange, almost atonal, voice came from the archeological dig. “Tha kitten is here 'cause I asked Ruadh ta bring it.”

She whirled, seeking the source of the voice.

It came again. “T'was ah good name an tha fox appreciates it.” Emerging from the shadows was the unsubstantial form of a Viking.

With wide eyes she watched... speechless.

“My greeting ta ye, Mari. Ye're ah descendant...” The spirit chuckled, “Many times an hundreds o' years removed, yet ye bear ah resemblance ta my beautiful Leda.”

Holly’s world is shaped by her love of family (which includes an adorable rescue kitty who has stolen her heart), the beauty of nature and an irrepressible curiosity that frequently has her turning over rocks and questioning what she finds. This sometimes sends the reader down a rabbit hole into an alternate view of the world than what they expected. Holly’s mind can be an interesting place. Her motto: Weaving Alternative Worlds with Threads From Today.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Release Day - 'Crazy, Madly, Deeply' by Lily White #Giveaway



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  Holden sees things. Lots of things. Things we would call ugly, but he believes are beautiful. He paints sad pictures. And strums lonely guitars. He drowns out the taunting voices while shunning the expected norms. I let them hurt him. I wasn’t strong enough to speak out. I hurt him, too, only to prove I wasn’t just like him. But then I saw him. I heard him. I learned why Holden wasn’t CRAZY like they said. I loved him MADLY. I fell for him DEEPLY. And alone, I decided to save a man who was the most beautiful of us all.

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  Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes. In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.

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