Saturday, March 24, 2018

Books We Didn't FInish - March Edition

Can't Let Go - I wanted to love this one because I have loved this series. But I just couldn't get through it. I'm tired of reading angry romances.  Yes, Jude is suffering, but he is a complete jerk to Ryanne all of the time.  Why does she want to be around him?  Because he is hot?  Ugh. It felt so forced. I'm sorry but when a man tells you to stop flirting with him, you stop. When I got to that part and she laughed it off, I was done.

Baby Daddy - This book was really cringey.  I got about 20% in and had to give up.  I didn't buy into Emmet suggesting he get Jenna pregnant instead of her going to a clinic.  They knew each other for like five minutes.  Literally.  It came out of nowhere and didn't jive with his personality or status. I couldn't suspend disbelief long enough to understand his willingness to just have a kid out there with no contract or anything.  All because he wanted to sleep with her.  No, just no.

Seeing Red - I think this is the first book by this author that I have DNF'd in a long time.  I usually love her romantic suspense, but this one was not good.  It was just boring.  The characters were boring, the story was dull and the romance felt so forced.  I stopped at about 30%.  Hopefully, this is a one off.

Level Me Up - I do have to say that the audiobook had a good narrator and the writing was good for this one. It just wasn't enough to save the book for me.  I loved Dex, he was a sweetheart.  However, the main character, Morgan was so annoying.  She got just too clingy and I couldn't take it any more.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Audiobook Spotlight: Level Me Up by Lauren Helms

Can the gamer win the girl in LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms? Dex Roberts falls hard and fast for Morgan Lawson, but the last thing Morgan is looking for while attending Comic-Con, is love. Fans of R.S. Grey and Gaming the System series by Brenna Aubrey will love this nerdy and flirty story about what happens when a sweet and sexy pro gamer meets the girl-next-door.  Now available on audiobook!

Author: Lauren Helms
Release Date: February 2018
Narrator: Lacey Gilleran
Series: Gamer Boy #1
Genres: New Adult Romance
Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook, paperback, eBook


The last thing Morgan Lawson is looking for when attending Comic-Con is love. But even prior to exchanging first words, Morgan is drawn to Dex, a drop-dead sexy gamer boy who lives and breathes video games. Before she realizes it, Morgan finds herself caught up in all things Dex.

Dex Roberts knows from the moment he first sees Morgan, he wants more. He falls hard and fast but isn’t surprised when his job as a professional video gamer takes a toll on their relationship.

Once Morgan decides what truly makes her happy, there’s no time to waste. But without warning, life threatens to destroy what both Morgan and Dex want most... each other.

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About Lauren Helms:

Author Lauren Helms has been an avid reader from a young age. After starting a book review site, that launched her fully into the book world, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. Since she was working for a video game strategy guide publisher at the time, she decided to mix what she knew best, video games and romance. Jumping all in, she joined NaNoWrimo and a month later had a 50K word first draft. Lauren lives in Indianapolis, IN with her video game playing husband, two little girl book nerds, and a little boy who will hopefully be a gamer boy too some day!

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt of We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt

We are so excited to be a part of a 2-part tour for the release of this tender, life-affirming novel, We Own the Sky!

Follow along the excerpt tour beginning in mid March, with long excerpts in consecutive order at each tour stop, followed by a review tour beginning in early April!

Author: Luke Allnutt
Publisher: Park Row 
Date of publication: April 3, 2018

A triumphant story about love, loss and finding hope—against all odds

“We looked down at the cliff jutting into the sea, a rubber boat full of kids going under the arch, and then you started running and jumping through the grass, dodging the rabbit holes, shouting at the top of your voice, so I started chasing you, trying to catch you, and we were laughing so hard as we ran and ran, kicking up rainbow showers in the leaves.”
Rob Coates feels like he’s won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob’s world begins to unravel. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.
We Own the Sky is a tender, heartrending, but ultimately life-affirming novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt has penned a soaring debut and a true testament to the power of love, showing how even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.

“A breathtaking read that describes perfectly the joy and pain that comes with loving fully and all the compassion and forgiveness it requires. Brimming with hope to the very end.” —Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus
“Anyone who wishes David Nicholls would write faster needs to grab this with both hands. It’s a truly stunning achievement.” —Jill Mansell, Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay

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Excerpt #9:

We were sitting by the River Cam, with a bottle of wine and some sandwiches. It was another sweltering day. Heat haze hugged the banks of the river like a dogged morning mist, and tinkles of jazz piano floated across the water from a café on the shore.
“Are you ever going to put that away?” Anna said.
I had spent the rest of my student loan on a digital camera and some extra lenses. “Yeah, yeah,” I said, fiddling with the settings, trying to work out how to change the shutter speed.
“Seriously, stop pointing it at me. I feel like a model or something.”
“You look like a model,” I said, and took a photo of her. She stuck out her tongue and turned toward the water, stretching her legs out on the riverbank.
“So, any progress?” Anna said casually.
“On what?”
“The job hunt, I mean.”
“Oh, that,” I said. “I sent off a few CVs but I haven’t heard anything back yet. Do you want more wine?”
Anna put her hand over her plastic cup and shook her head, and I poured myself some more.
“You seem pretty relaxed about it all.”
I shrugged. “I’m not going to worry.”
Anna puckered her lips, something she did when she didn’t agree. “Well, you’ve only sent off a few CVs. I sent off about fifteen applications and only got five job offers.”
“What happened with the other ten?” I said.
“I don’t know,” she said, looking a little forlorn, not realiz­ing I was making a joke. “It’s annoying that they haven’t re­sponded. I don’t understand why.”
She had become a little agitated in recent weeks, suddenly concerned about my career plans. Anna had a job lined up, with an accountancy firm in London, and had started asking questions. What would I do next? Would I join her in London and look for a job?
My heart wasn’t really in the job search, because all I could think about was maps—maps that were alive and dripping with data, maps that could be created by a teenager with a Myspace account and a laptop.
“I’m still hoping my maps idea will pan out, to be honest,” I said, pouring more wine into my cup and stretching out my legs.
Anna’s face tightened. “So what is the maps thing again?” she asked, pulling her sunglasses off her face. “You never re­ally explained it.”
“I thought I did.”
“Well, maybe you did. But I still don’t understand it,” she said, and she seemed angry and I couldn’t figure out why.
“Well,” I said, sitting up and turning to face her. “It’s still early days, but the software basically allows the user to custom­ize their own maps. So, for example, you could map out your cycle route or where you went for a jog. Or you could upload your photos on a tourist map for other people to see.”
“You’d put the photos on the map?”
Anna pouted. “That seems rather strange, doesn’t it. Why would anyone want to do that?”
“I don’t know,” I said, beginning to feel a little annoyed. “Because they can.”
We sat in silence for a little while, and Anna started to pack away the picnic things into her backpack.
“Anyway, you don’t know the first thing about maps, do you?” Anna said. “I mean, people study for years to be car­tographers. A cousin of my father was a cartographer. It’s an incredibly skilled profession.”
“Why are you being so weird about this?”
“I’m not, Rob. I’m just asking.”
“Nothing’s changed, Anna.”
“What do you mean?”
“I’m still coming to London, if that’s what this is really about.”
She snorted a little. “It’s not about that. It’s nothing to do with that.”
“So why does it bother you so much?”
She didn’t answer, continued packing away the picnic things. I knew why it bothered her. It was my plan to go it alone. She saw it as a risk, a deviation from the proper course. To her mind, I should be applying for a job, with benefits and a pen­sion plan. That, after all, was why we had gone to Cambridge, why we had studied so hard.
“You’re exasperating sometimes,” she said, staring out across the river. “You’re always so absolutely certain you’ll get what you want.”
“And what’s wrong with that?”
“Because it doesn’t always work like that.”
“It has so far.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, everything I’ve worked for, I’ve got so far.”
I knew I sounded arrogant, but I felt under attack. Anna turned away angrily and smoothed down her skirt. “Well, as long as you know what you’re doing.”
“Why does it bother you so much?” I asked.
“It doesn’t.”
“Yes, it does. You’re pissed off now.”
She reached across me and poured herself some wine. “It just seems impulsive, as if you haven’t thought it through. You’ve just graduated at the top of your class, Rob, companies would be begging to employ you, but you want to do this thing with maps.”
“Right, because I think I can make it work. And besides, I don’t want to work for a company.”
Anna exhaled deeply. “Yes, you’ve made that quite clear,” she said.
We had reached an impasse, and we both sat and watched the punters on the Cam. Apart from a few minor squabbles, it was the first argument we had ever had.
“It is about that,” Anna said after a while, her voice barely audible.
“About what?”
“What I said earlier. I said it wasn’t about London, but it is. I just want to know you’re coming.”
I looked at her. She was so beautiful, her knees chastely tucked up to her chest, her hair peppered with tiny dande­lion seeds.
“Of course I’m coming to London,” I said, moving close to her. “But there is one thing.”
“I want us to live together. I know it’s not been long, but I want to live with you.”

About Luke Allnutt

Luke Allnutt grew up in the U.K. and lives and works in Prague.
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Excerpt tour for WE OWN THE SKY:
Monday, March 12th: The Book Diva’s Reads
Tuesday, March 13th: What is That Book About
Wednesday, March 14th: The Romance Dish
Thursday, March 15th: Create Explore Read
Friday, March 16th: Mama Reads Blog
Tuesday, March 20th: Books & Spoons
Wednesday, March 21st: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, March 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Friday, March 23rd: Just One More Chapter
Monday, March 26th: Books a la Mode
Tuesday, March 27th: Novel Mom
Wednesday, March 28th: The Sketchy Reader
Thursday, March 29th: A Holland Reads
Friday, March 30th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Review tour for WE OWN THE SKY:
Monday, April 2nd: Rockin’ & Reviewing
Tuesday, April 3rd: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Wednesday, April 4th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, April 5th: @mwladieswholit
Friday, April 6th: @readingbringsjoy
Tuesday, April 10th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, April 11th: @createexploreread
Wednesday, April 11th:Books & Spoons
Thursday, April 12th: Will Bake for Books and @willbakeforbooks
Friday, April 13th: @bookmusings
Monday, April 16th: @beccasbookishlife
Wednesday, April 18th: Just One More Chapter
Thursday, April 19th: Girl Who Reads
Monday, April 23rd:Mama Reads Blog and @mamareadsblog
Wednesday, April 25th: Novel Mom and @novelmombooks
Friday, April 27th: What Is That Book About
Tuesday, May 1st: Caryn, the Book Whisperer

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway of Lady in Waiting by Marie Tremayne

Lady In Waiting by Marie Tremayne
Series The Reluctant Brides
Genre Adult Historical Romance
Publisher Avon Impulse
Publication Date March 13, 2018

She wants to escape her present . . .

When Clara Mayfield helps her sister elope, she’s prepared for the scandal to seal her fate as a spinster. What she doesn't expect is to find herself engaged to the vile Baron Rutherford as a means of salvaging her family's reputation. Determined not to be chained to a man she loathes, Clara slips out of Essex and sheds her identity: she becomes Helen, maid at the Earl of Ashworth’s country estate. After all, below stairs is the last place anyone would think to look for an heiress . . .

He wants to forget his past . . .

William, Lord Ashworth, is attempting to rebuild his life after the devastating accident that claimed the lives of his entire family, save his beloved sister and niece. Haunted by memories of what was and determined to live up to the title he never expected to inherit, William doesn’t have time for love. What he needs is a noble and accomplished wife, one who can further the Ashworth line and keep the family name untarnished . . .

Together, can they find the perfect future?

From their first encounter, the attraction between them is undeniable. But Clara knows William is falling for Helen, a woman who doesn’t even exist. The question is, if she reveals the truth about her identity, can she trust the broken William to forgive her lie and stand by her side when scandal—and the baron—inevitably follow her to his door?

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Enjoy this excerpt:

“My lord, are you well?”
Ashworth’s hand slowly dropped from the doorknob and he stared openly at her, his expression unreadable. Clara guessed it could have been weeks or months since he’d had a loved one or a friend ask him that question.
He cocked his head to the side, eyeing her curiously. “Do I appear to be unwell?”
Clara bit her lip. Of course, he appeared very well indeed. She couldn’t stop her eyes from scanning over him and felt herself flush hotly in response.
“Yes…no…that is, you look distressed. As if something is wrong.”
Ashworth stepped forward. “I am in charge of an earldom. There could be many things wrong.” He paused. “And this concerns you because…?”
“Well, I am aware it shouldn’t concern me,” she answered nervously. “But—I find it does.”
He mulled this over in silence as his restless gaze roamed over her, starting at her cap, alighting on her face, moving down the dark rose-colored fabric of her morning dress, skimming over her apron, and landing on her sturdy black shoes. His eyes snapped back up to hold hers in their sway.
“I appreciate your concern, but rest assured, it is misplaced.” The earl took another step in her direction. “However, since we’re on the subject of appearances, I would tell you that you seem tired today.” The corner of his mouth lifted in the barest hint of a smile. “Is there something amiss?”
Clara’s lips parted in surprise. “That was neatly done, my lord. You managed to avoid answering my question while directing one at me instead.” She hesitated. “Well if you must know, I am tired. My room is like an icebox at night.”
He blinked. This time he really did look concerned. “Is it?”
“Yes,” she replied. “But that’s really beside the point. You are under no obligation to confide in me, I only thought perhaps—”
“And I told you,” he said, cutting her off, “that I appreciate the concern. But you and I both know it’s against all proprieties to discuss personal matters—”
“Have you always been so set on adhering to the proprieties, my lord?”
The earl straightened, eyes widening in disbelief, and she immediately knew the conversation had been taken too far.
Clara lowered her head and tried to avoid him, skirting around the edge of the room toward the door. “Forgive my intrusion. It was wrong of me to insert myself where I do not belong.”
She passed Ashworth and his hand shot out, securing her wrist in his hold before she could flee.
“Was that an insult? Or simply an observation?” he inquired.
She swallowed, weighing her response with caution. “No, my lord. On the contrary, I think it an admirable quality in a peer to be willing to break with tradition.” Ashworth’s gaze drifted from her face to the place where his fingers were wrapped around her arm. After a moment, he gently released her. Disappointment flooded through her as the heat of his hand evaporated off her skin.
Stepping backward, he spread his arms wide in mock invitation.
“Since we are ignoring decorum, is there anything else you wish to ask?” Then he added wisely, “I may or may not choose to answer.”
She considered this in silence, her hand moving to cover the wrist that still tingled from his touch. This game had already started. Why stop now?
“Yes, my lord. There is one thing.” Clara took a deep breath. “Has your steward much experience with flooded farmlands?”
“Pardon me?” His voice was low. Possibly annoyed.
“My lord, your land steward is another servant, regardless of his accomplishments. I’d wager your tenants would value a visit from you, the Earl of Ashworth, along with the opportunity to discuss their thoughts on resolving the flooding.”
She had managed to say the words, but she had also begun to tremble uncontrollably. She clenched her hands into fists and held them tightly at her sides to conceal her shaking.
Lord Ashworth stood stock still. He simply stared at her as if she had spontaneously recited the Russian alphabet. When he did speak, he sounded calm, but his voice was hoarse.
“What do you know of flooded farmlands, Helen?”
A trickle of sweat raced down her back.
Ashworth stepped closer to her, his face expectant. Clara’s breath came in gulps as she attempted to maintain her composure. “I–my father had experience in such matters.”
“Your father?” he asked, intrigued.
“Yes, my lord,” she responded hastily, hoping to change the subject. “I’ve no wish to interfere, but I was thinking a meeting might help connect you more closely to your townsfolk.”
The earl’s eyebrows arched. “Why do you take such an interest in my affairs?”
“I’m not. I don’t,” she stammered. “I’m only thinking as a commoner. Speaking as a commoner…”
“Speaking as a commoner,” he interrupted thoughtfully, taking another step forward. “A commoner would know when to hold her tongue, and yet you, somehow, do not.” Another step. The alarm bells she had chosen to ignore earlier were now clanging again, more insistently.
His words were true. She was being Clara Mayfield right now, and she needed to correct her course immediately. Before he was close enough to touch her.
“Of course, you are right, my lord,” she forced out, hoping to put an end to the conversation. “I only meant to help. I can see now that I’ve overstepped my bounds.”
A huff of amusement escaped him. “A habit of yours.” Then softly, “And how can you possibly help me?”  
The earl took one last step in her direction, and it wasn’t until Clara felt her back collide with the far wall that she realized she had also been retreating. He was only inches away, so close she could feel the heat radiating off his body. Being at eye level with his broad chest, he suddenly seemed far too large, far too close.
Ashworth had an incomparable sensual grace, unmatched by any man she’d ever seen. Without thinking, Clara reached out and placed her fingertips on his chest—whether a defensive reflex or an invitation, she couldn’t be sure. At her touch, he tensed and closed his eyes, a small gasp hissing through his teeth.
Any lingering doubts melted away as she witnessed his reaction. He wanted her hands on him. She flattened her palms across the lawn of his shirt, feeling the contrast of hard muscle to soft fabric.
Clara had always believed her inexperience had caused her to be shy with men, but now it was apparent part of the problem had been that she had not yet been with the right man. Here, with Ashworth, fire flowed through her veins as she allowed her hands to roam. His clenched jaw and fists were an indication of resistance, but his refusal to halt her caresses challenged her to continue.
What could she possibly do to help him?
He had asked, and now she burned to find out.
Her fingers traced along the length of his blue satin cravat, and he made a sound low in his throat.
The sound raced through Clara like wildfire. Disregarding everything…the woman she was, and the woman she was pretending to be…she rose high up on her tiptoes and brushed her lips against his.

Giveaway Details:

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a package containing apron, feather duster, and a copy of MRS BEETON’S BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT from Oxford World’s Classics. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 3/23/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.

About the author:

MARIE TREMAYNE graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. While there, a copy of Pride and Prejudice ended up changing her life. She decided to study the great books of the Regency and Victorian eras, and now enjoys writing her own tales set in the historical period she loves. Marie lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fast Burn by Lori Foster

Author: Lori Foster
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: March 20, 2018

For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…

The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.

Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?

Happy Release Day for Fast Burn!  The last book in the Body Armor series comes out today.  Fast Burn was a great way to end the series.  Finally we get Sahara and Brand's story.  Ms. Foster always saves the best for last.  Sahara has been trying to hire Brand for her agency, but he has been resisting.  She also wants him in her bed.  Brand has been fighting his feelings for a long time.  When Sahara is kidnapped, Brand decides it's up to him to protect her at all cost.

Sahara has been a great character to follow.  She is a commanding woman who everyone likes and respects.  She has a hard exterior, but can also show a softer side.  What I loved about Brand was the way he didn't try to change her strong mind and authority. Well, except when he wanted to protect her.  Sahara was also able to let her guard down around Brand.  They were a great match and it was fun to watch them banter and feed off each other. There were a lot of funny moments. Not to mention some very steamy bedroom scenes.

As usual, I won't give away any plot, it would ruin so much. We do get to find out what happened to Scott, Sahara's brother.  It was a good mystery with some finger nail biting scenes.  It's out today.  Go read it!  You won't be sorry.  While I am sad to see this series end and to say goodbye to a long list of characters that I have loved for years, I do look forward to seeing what Ms. Foster comes up with next.  

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fearless by Carly Phillips

Author: Carly Phillips
Publisher: CP Publishing
Date of publication: March 20, 2018

Mechanic and garage owner, Kane Harmon is used to the wealthy beautiful women visiting his beach town. He doesn't get involved because he knows most females would merely be slumming for the summer. 

Except Halley Ward isn't just passing through. She lives a solitary life in a bungalow on the beach. A woman tormented by her past, distant from her wealthy family, different from Kane's usual fare of town girls who know his M.O.- Don't expect more than he's willing to give. 

Kane rescues Halley and her broken down car from the side of the road and instantly he's hooked. She says she's not interested in him. He knows she lies. And he makes it his mission to bring her back to life, to return her emotionally to her family. To show her the colors around her were as vibrant as the ones she puts on her canvas. 

Until past meets present and threatens all the progress they've made. Then it's Halley's turn to step up and stand up for the relationship and life she's finally coming to believe she deserves.

Fearless is the first in a new series about the Ward siblings who live in Rosewood Bay.  This is Kane and Halley's story.  Halley Ward in an artist and kind of a loner.  She doesn't like to venture out much from her comfortable beach house.  But when her car breaks down, Kane  Harmon is the one to rescue her.  He was her silent protector in high school and is now interested in getting to know her more.

This is a sweet, slow burn romance.  I loved that it took time for them to fall for each other.  Halley's background story was really crummy. Hearing that she spent ten years in foster care, I could understand her fear to really put herself out there and trust someone.  When her ex-con mother showed up, I was screaming for her not to trust the woman.  It's funny how the one person she shouldn't trust was the one person she wanted to trust the most.  While there wasn't much angst, the story wasn't slow or boring.  I definitely recommend this one and look forward to Phoebe's story in Breathe! It looks like it's coming out in May 2018.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye

Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher:   Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporate
Date of publication: March 2018

Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.

But then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.

Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.

But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love.

Order on Amazon | Amazon AU | Amazon CA | Amazon UK
Learn more about the Raven Riders Series
*Coming to other retailers June 2018

My thoughts:  

I don't think I have ever read a novella that has so much emotion packed into it. Ride Dirty was an emotional ride from beginning to end. I absolutely loved it.  Caine's past was gut wrenching and I loved watching Emma break down his walls.  I was really rooting for this couple. There is a little mystery that includes a high speed motorcycle chase.  It had me on the edge of my seat.  I won't say much more other than to go read it.  It's a most welcome addition to the series.

Enjoy this excerpt:

Emma shifted, bringing her face closer to Caine’s. Close enough that if he just leaned up, he could have a taste of her again. “You know what you are?” she asked.

Yeah. Yeah, he really fucking did. A jagged boulder slid into his gut. But he wanted to hear what she had to say. “What?”

“You’re the man who risked himself and saved me.” She blew out a shaky breath, and damn if her fear didn’t reach into his rib cage and make it hard to breathe. Or maybe what invaded his chest was his own fear—at realizing how close he’d been to losing Emma Kerry before he’d ever met her at all. White-hot anger lanced through him at the thought.

“Okay,” he said.

“I’m not done.” She pressed a soft kiss against his lips, and the freeness of her affection stunned him. “You’re also the man who recognized that I was in danger and took it upon himself to watch over me and my house, to even talk to the police about it.”

He shrugged with one shoulder, his gaze falling somewhere in between them. “Providing protection, investigating threats, and installing security, this is what I do for the Ravens. I know you don’t know a lot about us, but we have a whole mission around defending people who can’t defend themselves. So I just slipped into that mode. But I should’ve told you what was going on. I just…I didn’t want to worry you until I was sure. And I didn’t—fuck, I know this was selfish—but I didn’t want you to hate me for letting the guy get away.”

“Yeah, you should’ve told me. So I could be more aware and know I might need to defend myself. Look at me,” she said, tilting her face to try to align their gazes.

He lifted his and met those warm blues head on, ready for whatever criticism and anger she wanted to dish out.

“But last night, out on the street, you admitted you had something to tell me. And then you did. Just…next time, maybe tell me at the start, okay?”

Caine blinked. That was it?

“And if you have any advice on how to make my voice louder or more convincing than the one in your head that keeps telling you I could ever hate you or that anything about my attack was your fault, could you please let me know?”

His jaw dropped, and Caine felt like he’d just walked cartoon-like into an unseen pole. This…this was just one more proof that this woman saw him. Right now, that wasn’t super fucking comfortable. But it was so foreign to be seen that he couldn’t do anything but bask in it, even if he felt utterly exposed.

“Fuck, Emma,” he managed, his thoughts too tangled to even attempt a meaningful answer to her question. “What are you doing to me?”

“Trying to let you know I care,” she said. Like it was obvious. Like it was normal. Like it wasn’t blowing his goddamn mind.

About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Raven Riders, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


Laura Kaye’s RIDE DIRTY – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
March 14th
Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt
Canadian Book Addict – Review & Excerpt
Deluged with Books Cafe – Review & Excerpt
Elenasbookblog – Review
JordansBookReviews – Excerpt
Les Chroniques Aléatoires – Review & Excerpt
Nerdy Dirty and Flirty – Review & Excerpt
Romance as a first language – Review & Excerpt
March 15th
Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt
Cara's Book Boudoir – Review & Excerpt
Eye in bookland – Review
Feeling Fictional – Review & Excerpt
Knotty Girl Reviews – Review & Excerpt
My Girlfriends Couch – Excerpt
March 16th
AC Squared Book Blog – Excerpt
Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Ebook Indulgence – Review & Excerpt
I Love Books – Excerpt
Lovinghotbooks – Review & Excerpt
Melena's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
NallaReads – Review & Excerpt
Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt
The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt
March 17th
Bobo's Book Bank – Review & Excerpt
Bookgasms Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review
Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt
Novel Addiction – Review
Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt
Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt
The Book Disciple – Review & Excerpt
March 18th
Book Nook Nuts – Excerpt
Brittany's Book Blog – Excerpt
From the TBR PIle – Review & Excerpt
KDRBCK – Review
The Book Boyfriend Addict – Review & Excerpt
March 19th
Book Munchies – Review & Excerpt
Books According to Abby – Review & Excerpt
Lit. 4 Ladies – Review & Excerpt
Obsessive Reading Disorder – Review & Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt
The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt
Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt
March 20th
I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt
iScream Books Blog – Review & Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt
Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt
Ruby's Books – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt
March 21st
Books 2 Blog – Review & Excerpt
I love my bookgasms blog – Review & Excerpt
Ms. Me28 – Review & Excerpt
Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt
Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt
March 22nd
A Hopeless Romantic’s Booklandia – Review & Excerpt
Books, Coffee & Passion – Review & Excerpt
Love Notes Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
Spoons, Hooks, and Books – Review & Excerpt
Tangents and Tissues – Review & Excerpt
The Romance Reviews – Review
March 23rd
Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt
Sofia Loves Books – Review
True Story Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
What I’m Reading – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt