Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog Tour: Truly Sweet by Candis Terry


 
“Forget something?” Her eyes narrowed just slightly and the silky blond ponytail hanging down her back swung to the side as she tilted her head in a way that suggested she was primed for a challenge.

“Not that I’m aware.”

“Uh-huh.” She tucked the stub of a standard yellow pencil behind her ear. “Guess you’ve been away too long to remember that most folks walk in here wearing a smile. Looks like you left yours at home.”

“Guess I’m just not much in the mood.”

“Seriously?” Her eyes narrowed a bit more, yet somehow a shower of silver sparks still managed to flash. “Why?”

He hated to use the word “Duh,” but it seemed so apropos.

“So . . .” Her shoulders lifted and dropped. “What? You’re going to let that walking cane snuff out the eternally grinning smartass that lives inside of you?”

Her comment hit its mark with stinging success.

Jake clenched his teeth and lowered his gaze to the laminated menu he’d been able to recite by heart since he’d been twelve. “Annabelle, how about you go away and give me a minute to look over the menu?”

“Because that would be a total waste of time, Jacob.”

His gaze jerked up again just as she shifted her weight to a position she probably intended as a show of obstinacy. Yet all it really managed to do was push her full breasts against that snug white Bud’s Diner T-shirt. Instinctively his gaze dropped lower to the little black skirt hugging nicely rounded hips and the pair of tanned shapely legs that ended with the sparkly blue sneakers on her feet. Liking what he saw, his gaze took that same slow ride back up her body.

When the hell had little Annie Morgan grown up and gotten so curvy?

“You can stare at that menu all day long,” she said through lips that were pink, plump, and glossy. Lips that looked like they needed to be kissed.

The unexpected and unwanted thought was like a splash of ice water in his face. Annie had been a pain in his backside for as long as he could remember. The last thing he should be doing was thinking about her damned mouth. Or her curvy body. To his dismay and against his commands, awareness tightened his body below the belt.

“In the end,” Annie continued, “you’re going to choose a double Diablo burger with extra peppers, a side of sweet potato fries—extra crispy, and a chocolate banana shake.”

Challenged, he leaned forward and met her glare. “How do you know what I want?”

“Because.” She planted her palm down on the table and leaned in till they were nearly nose-to-nose. “While you and your football buddies parked your cocky behinds in the booth by the door so all your minions could see you and come in to fawn all over you, some of us were slinging hash and cleaning up your mess after you left.”

He leaned back. “I don’t remember you working here.”

“Why would you?” She shifted her weight again and he’d have to be dead not to notice that somewhere between his last visit home and now Annie had become quite a knockout. “In those days you could barely see beyond Jessica Holt’s big brown eyes and bodacious ta-tas. I, Annie of the flat-as-a-surfboard chest and metal mouth, deterred your hormonal teenage boy scrutiny.”

She certainly wasn’t flat chested any more.

He could argue about the hormonal part, but why bother. In high school he’d been interested in three things; having fun, getting laid, and getting laid.

Some things were important enough to be counted twice.

“You make me sound like such a jackass.”

One corner of her luscious pink lips kicked upward. “You were.”

Yeah. He probably had been. And he wasn’t really sure he appreciated the reminder.

“So why are you working here now?” he asked, deftly changing the subject. “Didn’t you get enough slinging hash the first time around?”

“A girls got to earn a living somehow. Slinging hash is all I’ve ever really done. My hand-dipped chocolates haven’t exactly taken off like wildfire. And since Sweet’s street corners are already occupied with whiskey barrels and petunias, there isn’t any room for me to hang around waiting for customers.”

“Always the smartass,” he said.

“Takes one to know one.”

 

 

My Rockin' Review



     The end of the Wilder brothers! This is only my second foray into this series based in Sweet, Texas. I rather enjoyed the previous story Sweetest Surprise about Fiona Wilder, Jake's ex-sister-in-law and Mike Halsey. Annie and Jake have a history. A platonic history of their teenage years. Jake has always thought of Annie as a girl and essentially hands off. They confided in each other their secrets and dreams,  though, Jake has forgotten that in the years since.

     Jake, is a recently discharged Marine. He has just come back from war and a failed mission. He's having trouble getting past his wartime      experience and adjusting to life outside the military. He's got a huge chip on his shoulder and when he sees Annie again she, with the tough, smart-ass exterior attempts to knock it off him.

     Annie has loved Jake from afar for years. She'd run away and met someone who knocked her up and left her to fend for herself. She's come back to Truly to raise her son in the bosom of the Wilder clan. While Annie does love Jake, she sees him for who he is, faults and all. and it's so fun to watch her school him on the ways of love.


    The chemistry between these two was off the charts sexy! The verbal sparring and emotional conversations was perfect.  This was a delightfully sweet romance. It had me in tears and outright laughter more than once! The babies.. oh Jake! You DO deserve them! My heart hurt for him so bad and yet I wanted to kick his butt too! Annie, that fiesty woman, knows what she wants and what she won't except and that made her the perfect woman for Jake.



"...I deserve to be more than a one-night stand. More than just a cheerleader. More than just someone who pays the bills, cooks, and cleans. More than a doormat. I deserve to give myself to someone who’s willing to give himself back to me. One hundred percent..."

I will be going back at some point in my TBR pile and reading this series from the beginning. Those that have read it from the start will see that Mama Wilde gets her HEA in the end and I'd like to read that!



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell


 
     Sara’s phone chimed and vibrated in her hand. She looked down, saw her partner’s phone number, and connected. For a few minutes Piper Embry would take Sara’s mind off the cold and the man whose deep voice wove through her dreams.

“Bought any great rugs lately?” Sara asked.

“I’ve got my eye on some that have me checking Perfect Touch’s bank balance.”

“What happened to consignment?”

“I’m working on it,” Piper said. “What’s this message you left about Wyoming?”

“I wrapped up the Chens early and came to Jackson.”

“I thought you were getting tired of flying all over the place.”

“I am.”

“But you’re still lusting after those Custers? Or is it Jay Vermilion of the incredible voice?”

“Wait until—if—I get my hands on those paintings,” Sara said, ignoring Piper’s teasing. “They will wring the hearts and pocketbooks of at least five of my clients, and go a long way toward reducing my world travel.”
Chilly air swirled hard against her, blowing her hair into a nearly-black cloud around her face.

“What’s that sound?” Piper asked.

“Wind. Spring here is long on bluster and short on cherry petals.”

Sara glanced around quickly, looking for shelter. All she saw was another odd arch leading into another part of the park. Or maybe out of it. Whichever, she opted to stay in the sun.

“You okay?” Piper asked. “Your voice is different. Kind of strained.”

“You know me too well. My room was robbed. Computer and coat are gone. But I’m fine. Don’t have time right now for some junkie’s drama. In five minutes the judge is supposed to finally deliver herself of a verdict on the Vermilion case.”

 

 

My Rockin' Review





     I've been missing me some Elizabeth Lowell! Exquisite writing, poetic scenery descriptions, action-packed, and a sweet romance.




     Sara is a self-proclaimed city girl who grew up on a poor farm. She's now an art critic and excels at her job. Jay is former military and has recently come into possesion of the family ranch which includes some very valubale paintings that his stepmother and his brother are fighting him over.




     Jay and Sara have been talking on the phone for months about the paintings and the attraction has bloomed. I found that to be a nice refreshing change to the book that have them meeting and falling into the love in two days. Although it doesn't take much time before they are burning the sheets.




     The first part of the book is rather slow in events but gives a good backstory on what's going on and hints of attraction and danger. Once it gets to the real action it goes almost non-stop till the end. Fast-paced suspense at its best.




     There one secondary character I wanted to punch in the face, that damn half-brother of Jay's, Barton. Pansy assed, chauvinistic pig.  There was a female helo pilot who served and it was mention in passing that her dirtbag husband left her while she was overseas and Barton, the jerk, said "Maybe she should have stayed home." As a female veteran that just ticked me off.


     Danger, action,  betrayal, and romance, just what a great suspense book is all about! If you like romantic suspense Ms. Lowell provides in this one!



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New Releases July 28th, 2015 #NewRelease

Look at all the New Releases today! I'm excited about several of these!




  1. All the Ways to Ruin A Rogue Sophie Jordan #2 in Debutante Files




  2. Lady Be Good Meredith Duran #3 in Rules for the Reckless




  3. Siren's Call Jayne Castle #12 in Harmony World #4 in Rainshadow




  4. The Forgotten Heather Graham #16 in Krewe of Hunters




  5. The Highlander Takes A Bride Lynsay Sands #3 in English Bride in Scotland




  6. The Hotter You Burn Gena Showalter #2 in Original Heartbreakers




  7. Thrill Me Susan Mallery #18 in Fools Gold




  8. Bad News Cowboy Maisey Yates #3 in Copper Ridge




  9. Beware of Me Cynthia Eden #4 in Last Option Search Team




  10. The Bourbon Kings J. R. Ward #1 in The Bourbon Kings




  11. The Orchard at the Edge of Town Shirlee McCoy #3 in Apple Valley




  12. The Secret Sister Brenda Novak #1 in Fairham Island




  13. Bound to Darkness Lara Adrian #13 in Midnight Breed (Releases Friday, July 30th)




  14. Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell




 

 

Any books you are looking forward to today?


Did I miss any good ones?


P.S I'm excited to go to my 2nd book signing tonight! J.R. Ward is going to be in Nashville for The Bourbon Kings Release!


My first was a chance meeting of Sherrilynn Kenyon at last years Nashville ComicCon.


Have you been to a book signing before?


Sherri and I


 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Moved to Wordpress

I've migrated over to wordpress and you can now follow me at www.nellesnightstand.com.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blog Tour/Excerpt: The Highlander Takes a Bride




“Which is so unladylike,” she lectured herself under her breath. Her mother would be most disappointed in her, she knew.

“What is so unladylike?”

Saidh stiffened at the amused question from very close behind her. She instinctively started to turn, but her mother’s voice in her head made her stop. Sighing, Saidh shrugged in a way she hoped appeared nonchalant, and confessed, “I am. Or so me mother always told me.” Wry amusement filling her voice now, she admitted, “I fear being raised with so many brothers made me less o’ a lady than I should be. Me mother did her best to rein me in, but me father and brothers were o’ little help in the endeavor and in the end …” She shrugged. “She was fighting a losing battle.”

“Ye seem ladylike enough to me.”

The voice had moved away again and she could hear the rustle of material. He had no doubt laid out his plaid on the ground and was now crouched beside it, pleating the cloth in preparation of donning it. At least that was her guess, and she imagined him in her mind’s eye doing so, the rising sun glinting off his wide back. Shaking her head to remove the image, she cleared her throat and said, “I fear ye’ll no’ say that, once ye’ve heard me cursing like a warrior.”

“Cursing?” he asked, sounding startled at the very suggestion.

Saidh grimaced, but nodded. “Aye. ’Tis a bad habit I learned from me brothers. And they ha’e taught me the most foul curses.”

A sudden chuckle nearly had her turning again, but again she caught herself. Lifting her chin defiantly, she added, “I also wear English braies under me gowns so that I can ride astride. I ken no ladies who do that.”

“English braies?” This time he sounded rather bemused.

Saidh nodded and then caught a bit of her gown in hand to lift it to knee level and reveal the bottom of the braies she wore beneath.

“Where the devil did ye come up with that idea?” he asked with what might have been shock.

“It was me mother’s idea,” Saidh admitted as she let the gown drop back into place. “First she tried to stop me from riding astride and running about, climbing trees and rocks with me brothers, but when that did no’ work, she had the braies made for me.”

“Yer mother sounds a clever woman,” he decided, still sounding amused.

“Aye, she was,” Saidh said sadly.

My Rockin' Review


Lynsay Sand Rocks it! Saidh is a feisty, braies wearin' lady. Raised with SEVEN brothers, she can curse, fight, and ride like a man. She is who she is and is not ashamed of it at all. She's resigned herself to spinsterhood because she doesn't believe she'll ever find a man who can accept her for who she is. Until she meets Greer. The former warrior-for-hire, cursing, wenching, sword carrying Lord MacDowell falls for her spirited charm.

They are the perfect couple! Even little Alpine, the squire,  can tell they are the same!

The story is about Saidh's cousin Fennell and the fact that in four years she's lost four husbands! Poor Lady! Or is she, really?! Saidh, goes to see her cousin who is know the widow of Greer's cousin. She's wondering if Fennell has killed off all her husbands! Then someone sets out to kill Saidh! This part of it was shocking! No I'm not going to tell what happens, you'll have to read it to find out!

All seven of Saidh's brothers show up. *Swoon* Seven, big, brawny, kilt wearing, Scottish men... oops... 8 including Greer! I cannot WAIT to learn more about them! PLEASE, PLEASE let there be more of them!

The passion is hot. The romance swoon-worthy. The mystery a little who-dun-it but still kept you interested.
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tour: Protector for Hire by Tawna Fenske




 
 Janelle glanced out the window again. A funny-looking black-and-white bird was picking at the remains of a box of french fries squashed into the asphalt. A woman in chaps walked bow-legged from a horse trailer at the gas pumps toward the front of a convenience store, a gust of snow dust swirling around her boots. Next to the bus sat a pickup truck so ancient, it had five colors of paint on its rusty hood. There was a man in dark sunglasses motionless behind the wheel.

Janelle stared. The driver stirred, then opened the door. A leg the size of a tree trunk swung out, followed by another, and Janelle felt her heart surge throbbing into her throat. There was nowhere for her to run.

Nowhere to hide if Jacques and his men came looking and—

The man slammed the door of the pickup and stared up at the bus, a permanent scowl etched into his clean-shaven face. As he tugged off his sunglasses, Janelle felt her heart skid back to a normal rhythm. Well, mostly normal.

The guy was huge. The guy was terrifying.

The guy was Schwartz.
The photos she’d seen of him were nearly a decade old, but she would have known those eyes anywhere. The clear gray-brown hue, their haunted depths, the deep fan of lines spread out from each corner.

But as much as she fixated on his eyes, she had to admit the rest of the package was pretty fine to admire as well. He was scary-big like his brothers, but well put together with broad shoulders and a chest that looked like he might be wearing armor plates under his faded flannel shirt. He had a slim waist and well-worn jeans that strained a bit over his—

“Ahem.” The bus driver cleared his throat. “You getting off, miss?”

I will be if I keep staring at that guy’s crotch.

 

 

My Rockin' Review




We get Schwartz's story! Yay!! Tall, Dark and mysterious Schwartz! While he is the last of the Patton brothers to get his story, he is the 2nd youngest of the family. He's been a recluse for years. I thought we were going to get a deep dark read... what was I thinking?! LOL Tawna is the best at quirky, humorous romance!

 

Janelle is Anna's (from Best Man for Hire) sister and she's on the run from crazy mobster ex-husband. What better protector than a guy who has stayed hidden from his military-driven family for 10 years? Janelle is snarky, sarcastic and bold! I loved her!!

 

Schwartz, what can I say about him. Lover of pop tarts, dog/wolf friendly, and oh such a hottie! He does have his demons but we don't see much of them.

 

The sex was hot, (phone sex was sweet/hot lol), the romance had a Beauty and the Beast type feel to it. Great humorous read with a sense of suspense! I'm going to miss those Patton men!

 

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tour: Guest Post/Review: Put up Your Duke by Megan Frampton

Hey Ya'll, Nelle here! We have the pleasure today to have Megan Frampton on the blog! Isn't that exciting?! She's talking about her new book, Put Up Your Duke!



One of the best things about being a writer is being able to don another person’s character, to figure out what makes them tick, what makes them happy, or fearful, or what makes them fall in love with another person.


In Put Up Your Duke, I have two points of view—Nicholas and Isabella, the hero and heroine. Now it’s probably understood I have never been a man, so getting inside of Nicholas’s head was a change for me. But just as improbable, and I’m not being disingenuous on this, is that I have never been a spectacularly beautiful woman. So writing about a heroine who is so beautiful people gasp when they see her was very fun, and different.


What must it be like to be looked at all the time? To be seen but not known? That is what I dealt with when I wrote from Isabella’s viewpoint. She thought that all anyone thought she had to offer was what was on the outside, and she was sad that no-one except for her sister knew what she was like on the inside. She thinks Nicholas will be the same, and he does admire her looks—he’d be a blind idiot not to—but he comes to realize that what is on the inside is just as beautiful, but much less perfect. Isabella ends up reveling in her imperfection because she gets to be that way with Nicholas, whom she is coming to love.


As I wrote her, I imagined Isabella looking like Angelina Jolie—that same ‘are you kidding me?’ quality that I have when I see pictures of a younger Jolie. I would never want to be that beautiful, honestly, because of all the attention I’d get, but I did like visiting inside the head of someone so lovely for a while.


 

My Rockin' Review


Surprise! Due to a fluke, you're a Duke! Oh, by the way, you inherited a fiancé! Isn't that nice?!


This was definitely a twist on the normal marriage of convenience plots, I've enjoyed in the past! Nicholas, is shocked to discover he is being forced to marry Isabella, who was the former Dukes fiancé. No love lost there! Isabella really doesn't want to marry either "Duke" but she has been groomed to be the "perfect duchess" and is forced to marry by her beastly, stuffy, pompous parents. The "duke that was" was more interested in his dukedom than her, although that plot wasn't as developed as it could have been. I just adore a dastardly villain. Don't you?


Nicolas and Isabella are a well balanced couple. Nicholas is great at sex, being the former profligate rake, but very lacking in knowledge on how to go about as a Duke! Isabella, on the other hand, excels at the pressures of being a duchess and of course, is an innocent virginal lady. The two have a ton of inner dialogue, a slow connection, and very little heat.  This was a sweet romance that carried the whole plot. Nicholas pursued Isabella, courted and wooed her, all after their marriage. He realizes she's frightened and takes it slow, real slow. My favorite aspect of the story is that Nicholas, realizing just how controlled and strict, Isabella's life was before her marriage, encourages her to enjoy a freedom she needed and craved.

There is a plot twist at the end that is rather surprising. Margaret, Isabella's best friend and sister has secrets. And secrets always have a habit of making themselves known. All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was an quick, delightful read with a sweet, adorably cute romance.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

ARC Review: The Best of Both Rogues

My Rockin' Review


I went into this book thinking It wasn't for me. Samantha Grace is a new to me author, so I just wasn't sure.

I truly enjoyed the book!

I couldn't understand why Ben left the way he did and why he never came back for Evie. It seemed very wrong when from the start you could see they both still loved each other! My heart was hurt when Sir Jonathan and Evie announced their engagement. I though Evie was a really good fit for Ben! I knew there was something up with Sir Jonathan! LOVED that twist! I'm now hoping for a book for him and Lord Margrave, the mysterious creature! Through the twists and turns Ms. Grace led us to a very happy conclusion.