Year: 2016

Oct 25
{Brief Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Only You by Denise Grover Swank @DeniseMSwank @ForeverRomance

{Brief Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} Only You by Denise Grover Swank @DeniseMSwank @ForeverRomance

Only You is the first book in a spin-off from Denise Grover Swank‘s New York Times bestselling Wedding Pact series (The Wedding Pact, The Player, The Gambler, The Valentine). Only You is also the first book in the Bachelor Brotherhood series.  I have never read her Wedding Pact series but I have read lots of her paranormal romances (The Curse Keepers Series and the On the Other Side series and they were both five star reads for me. So I knew I had to give her contemporary romance a spin. And boy, am I glad I did. Only You is everything I look for in a romance. It was cute, sexy and a totally fun and sweet read. Staying single romances are always a fun read for me. There is just something about finding that special someone when you least expect it, or even when you are warding it off that is always a winner in my book. It just seems so sweet and romantic, and I think we all know that… Read more »

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Oct 24
{Release Day Review} #Hades by Elda Lore @lbdunbarwrites

{Release Day Review} #Hades by Elda Lore @lbdunbarwrites

Hades is the first book in the new adult paranormal romance series, called the Modern Descendants, by author Elda Lore. Elda Lore is the alter ego of author L.B. Dunbar, and she writes mythology based romances. Which happen to be a personal favorite of mine. I really enjoyed Hades, and I can’t wait to see what Elda Lore has in store for us next. I love all greek and roman mythology, but if I had to pick one story as my favorite, especially if we are talking about a story that can be turned into a romance, Hades and Persephone take the cake for me, hands down. I just love everything that comes along with their story. I love the underworld, I love the dynamics between the two of them, and I love that there are a million different characterizations each of the characters can take. Hades does a great job at both staying true to the legends but making everything feel modern and fresh, with a big twist. What… Read more »

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Oct 21
{Giveaway} Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

{Giveaway} Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Spooktacular Giveaway hop. This hop is hosted by bookhounds I have two awesome spooky giveaways for you today, but before you scroll down and enter, this was birthday Week here at Book Briefs and I have had a week of giveaways to celebrate. Be sure to check them out if you have not entered them yet. And be sure to check out the previous giveaways from my birthday week: Enter to win the entire Search and Rescue series by Katie Ruggle Enter to win a signed copy of Dream Walker Lands of Mystica Book 1 Enter to win a copy of Illicit by Cathy Clamp For Sale by Owner by Marlene Bateman Soul Keeper Series by L.A. Starkey —————————————– Ok now for the spooktacular giveaway I love Halloween for many reasons. 1) it is the start of fall and of cooler weather, and I love fall. And 2) as I mentioned in a recent post I am not much of a seasonal reader. I can read… Read more »

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Oct 20
{Top 10 List+Giveaway} Soul Keeper Series by L.A. Starkey

{Top 10 List+Giveaway} Soul Keeper Series by L.A. Starkey

10 Things I’m Addicted to!   Hubby. The thing that I am most addicted to is definitely, by far my husband. He’s ridiculously good looking, athletic, sensitive, loving, serving and puts up with me in ways no man should ever have to. He encourages me and lets me dream BIG all the time, quick to follow me anywhere and fast to remind me that I’m beautiful and loved. He’s addictive in a million ways and I could list his name on all ten of these things, but that would make even me gag! 🙂 Coffee. I love coffee so crazy much that I’ve figured out lately how to have one cup of regular in the morning and then a few cups of 1/2 caf during the day and decaf at night. This schedule takes effort, but man is it worth it. I LOVE coffee, but not black. I need my International Delights Hazelnut creamer to go with it – like having a dessert. Starbucks is good and Seattle’s Best is… Read more »

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Oct 20
{Review} For Her Protection by @AmberABardan

{Review} For Her Protection by @AmberABardan

For Her Protection: An Alpha Romance is the first book in the Personal Protection series by author Amber A. Bardan. The Personal Protection series is an adult romantic suspense series.I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to follow the rest of the series. For her Protection is told in dual narrative between the two main characters, Charlize and Conner. I love the forced bodyguard trope, which this book follows. It is not a story that I have ever discovered before this year, but I really do enjoy it. For Her Protection is a really good novel in this genre to start with. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. More than I even expected to. I loved Conner so much. More than I can even describe in this review without getting mushy. I liked Charlize too but Conner was the perfect mix of stubborn and unyielding and sweet and protective for me. I just want to clone him for me. There is a  nice little romance as well as a… Read more »

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Oct 19
{Guest Post+Giveaway} For Sale by Owner by Marlene Bateman

{Guest Post+Giveaway} For Sale by Owner by Marlene Bateman

Hello Book Brief-ers. Yesterday was my birthday. And to celebrate my birthday, I have lots of giveaways planned for this week. There will be lots of prizes and lots of opportunities to win 1 2 or even 3 or 4 prize packs. So here is the next giveaway! And be sure to check out the previous giveaways from my birthday week: Enter to win the entire Search and Rescue series by Katie Ruggle Enter to win a signed copy of Dream Walker Lands of Mystica Book 1 Enter to win a copy of Illicit by Cathy Clamp Some Practical Tips for the Beginning Fiction Writer Guest Post by Marlene Bateman—Author of; For Sale by Owner   What It’s All About is “Who” If you can’t create characters that are vivid in the reader’s imagination, you can’t create a great novel. Characters are to a novelist what lumber is to a carpenter. But fictional characters are not the same as flesh and blood human beings. Readers want to read about the… Read more »

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Oct 18
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Illicit by @CathyClamp @TorBooks

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Illicit by @CathyClamp @TorBooks

Hello Book Brief-ers. Today is my birthday. And to celebrate my birthday, I have lots of giveaways planned for this week. There will be lots of prizes and lots of opportunities to win 1 2 or even 3 or 4 prize packs. So here is the next giveaway! And be sure to check out the previous giveaways from my birthday week: Enter to win the entire Search and Rescue series by Katie Ruggle Enter to win a signed copy of Dream Walker Lands of Mystica Book 1     To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win a copy of Illicit by Cathy Clamp (open to US/CAN only) Ends 11/1/16 Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Oct 18
{Excerpt+Series Giveaway} In Safe Hands by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

{Excerpt+Series Giveaway} In Safe Hands by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

Hello Book Brief-ers. Today is my birthday. (I am not going to tell you how old, but let’s just say I am still in my 20s…though not for too much longer…) And to celebrate my birthday, I have lots of giveaways planned for this week. There will be lots of prizes and lots of opportunities to win 1 2 or even 3 or 4 prize packs. So here is giveaway number 1! But I wanted to do something for today too, so I am partnering with Sourcebooks to share an excerpt and series giveaway from one of my favorite adult romances series of 2016- the Search and Rescue series by Katie Ruggle! If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of Hold Your Breath(book 1) and My review of Fan the Flames (Book 2) for more information.   I think my favorite book so far has to be book 1, Hold your Breath. And the reason is simple….Callum. I love Callum so, so much. He… Read more »

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Oct 17
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Right Kind of Guy by Kerri-Leigh Grady @kerrileighgrady

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Right Kind of Guy by Kerri-Leigh Grady @kerrileighgrady

The Right Kind of Guy is part of the What Happens in Vegas series by Kerri-Leigh Grady. This is book 17 in the series. I read book 16 (Hot on His Heels) and to be honest I didn’t love it. But each of the books are written by different authors and the only common denominator between them is that they all take place in Vegas, so i thought what the heck. Let’s give this one a try. And I am glad I did. The summary sounded amusing, and it was. I liked this one more than the last book in the series, but it was only a pretty good read. It didn’t make me leap for joy, but I did enjoy it. The Right Kind of Guy initially intrigued me because it takes place in a romance writer’s convention and the main character is a decently popular romance author, who doesn’t believe in real life sweep your off your feet romances. I knew right then and there I had to… Read more »

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Oct 16
{Review} RENEGADE DRAGON by Lolita Lopez

{Review} RENEGADE DRAGON by Lolita Lopez

Renegade Dragon is the fourth book in the Dragon Heat series by Lolita Lopez. The Dragon Heat series is an adult paranormal romance series. This was the first book I have read from this series, and I think that might have been a mistake. I wasn’t lost of anything, and I do believe that each of the books can be read as a standalone, however; I think I would have enjoyed the story more if I was not new to the world. I liked the idea of Nike protecting a special apple tree, but again I am not sure if this is a new addition to the series or if this tree and the apples played a role in previous stories. It seemed to be very very important but I couldn’t tell what the background was. I really liked Niko, even though he was a little overbearing at time. Act first explain later, which would have really gotten on my nerves. Nike and Eris are sucked into a very quickly… Read more »

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