Blog: Passionate Reads

Release Day Book Blast! Compromising Positions, by Mary Whitney

Compromising Positions Final Ebook Cover

Title:  Compromising Positions

Author:  Mary Whitney

Genre:  Women’s Fiction

Publication Date:  January 28, 2014

Cover Design:  R. Doyle from Literati Author Services, Inc.

Event Organized by:  Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

We weren’t supposed to be friends.  We weren’t even supposed to like each other.

I’m Michael Grath. I’ll admit I was elected to Congress on my Republican family history. I was out to make a name for myself, until I met Jessie Clark, a spitfire Democrat.

She’d be my nemesis, if I could just stop thinking about her. We’ve got nothing and everything in common, and one big issue that divides us. All of this is going to land us in more than one compromising position.

And like I said, we weren’t supposed to be friends, we weren’t even supposed to like each other, and we certainly weren’t supposed to fall in love.

Add to Goodreads

Purchase Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Compromising-Positions-Mary-Whitney-ebook/dp/B00I1JT5X0/ref=zg_bs_157047011_57

About the Author

Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

Connect with the Author:  Blog |Twitter | Facebook |Amazon Author Page | Pinterest |Goodreads

Giveaway!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/eef4ee330/

Blog Tour: Hardpressed by Meredith Wild ~ NEW REVIEW!

Hardpressed

Title:   Hardpressed (Hacker#2)

Author:  Meredith Wild

Genre: Erotic Romance 18+

Publication Date:  December 9, 2013

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

In Hardpressed, the highly anticipated second book of the Hacker Series that began with Hardwired, Blake and Erica face threats that put both their love and their lives on the line.

Despite Blake Landon’s controlling ways, the young and wealthy hacker finally won the trust of the woman he loves. Internet entrepreneur Erica Hathaway broke down the walls that kept her from opening her heart and her business to Blake.

Ready to start this new chapter in her life, Erica is determined not to let anything come between them, even if that means giving Blake back some of the control he craves in and out of the bedroom.

But when demons from her past threaten their future, Erica makes a decision that could change their lives forever.

Cover ~ Hardpresssed copy

Add Hardpressed to Goodreads

 Purchase Links for Hardpressed:  Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play

Purchase Links for Hardwired:  Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play


About the Author

Author Picture ~ Meredith Wild

Meredith Wild picked up her first romance novel at the tender age of twelve, and shortly after put pen to word processor and made her first attempt at writing a love story inspired by those she so enjoyed reading well past her bedtime.

Her dream of writing took a back seat to college, parenthood and eventually entrepreneurship, which led her into the fast-paced and male-dominated high tech industry.  With enough life experience for a few lifetimes, she now devotes her hours to writing contemporary adult romance, with a hint of kink.

Her debut novel Hardwired tells the story of billionaire bad boy, Blake Landon, and the object of his obsession, strong-willed tech startup CEO, Erica Hathaway.

When she isn’t writing or mothering, Meredith can be found sunbathing with an adult beverage.

Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

Tour-Wide Giveaway by Rafflecopter!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f229a496/

My Review ♥♥♥♥♥

“Do you feel me? It’s me, baby. It’ll always be me.” ~ Blake Landon, Hardpressed

In Book 2 of the Hacker Series, Meredith Wild continues the tumultuous love affair between Blake Landon, a young hacker-turned-billionaire investor, and Erica Hathaway, a fiercely independent, tenacious Harvard graduate pursuing a dream of running her own business, a fledgling internet start-up called “Clozpin”.   I fell in love with Erica and Blake in book one of this series, Hardwired, immediately drawn in by their strong, independent personalities and the electrifying sexual chemistry that pulls them together and – at times – forces them apart in an inevitable struggle for control.

Meredith Wild cranks up the heat, in more ways than one, with a sequel that is equally compelling.  As Erica and Blake realize the depth of their feelings for each other, their pasts come back to haunt them, placing their very lives in jeopardy.  

It is a much more emotional journey this time around. The depth and power of their sexual attraction is breath-taking. The author beautifully describes their struggle to fully love and trust each other; to sort out their relationship boundaries; and to overcome the challenges that threaten to destroy them. Painful choices are made, secrets kept, betrayals revealed, and the power of their love is tested time and time again – right to the breaking point.  

There were times when the suspense – and heartbreak – was almost too much; I had to put it down and walk away.  At one point, in a plot twist I didn’t see coming, I literally screamed at my Kindle, causing my husband to once again question why I set myself up for these things.  Even worse, desperate for a happy ending, I nearly broke a cardinal rule and read the last two pages to convince myself that the struggle to make it through their heartache and paralyzing fear would pay off in the end.  It does – and it left me wanting more of the same in the next installment of the series.

Simply stated, I loved everything about this sequel.  It has all the sass and smarts of the first book, with even more breath-taking, sensual, passionate – sometimes even desperate – but always beautiful love scenes. Every character is written to elicit a range of emotions, from ecstasy to sheer terror, and everything in between. Book 3 is already on my “to read” list and I hope to be fortunate enough to help celebrate its release. Meredith Wild is a promising author well worth watching.

Special Sale – Book 1 of the Hacker Series:  Hardwired!

Hardwired-OnSale

World Tour! Pieces for You, by Genna Rulon

New release by Genna Rulon, Book 2 of the For You series.
New release by Genna Rulon, Book 2 of the For You series.

Title:   Pieces for You (For You #2)

Author:  Genna Rulon

Genre: New Adult 18+

Publication Date:  December 15, 2013

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

 Synopsis

“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies,

and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.” -Miguel de Cervantes

Samantha Whitney survived unimaginable tragedy only to discover she had been betrayed by a man who claimed to love her. Shattered, Sam spends months at a safe haven trying to piece herself back together. Ready or not, the time has come for her to return home.

As Sam struggles to resume a life that no longer feels familiar, she finds unwavering support in an unexpected, familiar face. Confronting Sam’s raw emotions and open wounds head-on, Griffin manages to take two steps forward for every step she retreats.

But when Sam is once again threatened, Griffin must decide how far he is willing to go to protect the woman he wants…knowing the cost of her safety is the risk of losing her.

Pieces For You is a captivating journey of survival, healing, and sacrifice—teeming with honesty, humor, unexpected twists, and love’s unsurpassed endurance.

*Though Pieces For You is a part of the For You Series, the book can be read as a stand alone.

Add to Goodreads

Purchase Links for Pieces for You:  Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK

Purchase Links for Only for You: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK

About the Author

Genna Rulon Author Pic

 Genna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

Connect with the Author:   Facebook | Twitter Website Goodreads Pinterest | Tumblr

 Giveaway: A limited edition, signed copy of Pieces for You!

click on the link below for your chance to win!

Tour-Wide Giveaway by Rafflecopter

 My Review ~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Samantha Whitney was thrown into Hell and left for dead at the hands of a serial rapist and murderer.  Formerly a successful, sassy, sexy college senior, she is now in a near-catatonic state, facing a long and painful physical recovery, with deep emotional and psychological scars that may never heal. She’s completely broken ~ in body, mind, heart, soul and spirit. As she enters a residential treatment facility for rape victims, she is faced with two choices:  surrender to the person she has become, or find within her the strength to be a survivor. She chooses the latter. Pieces for You is her story.  And it is simply a stunning read, from cover to cover.

Pieces for You builds on a storyline established in Book 1 of the series, Only for You. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, had I read it without its “prequel” I would have had to stop and go back for answers to important questions that only the first book can provide, and for insight into the characters that support Sam in her journey back from the brink. Those relationships are her links to her past, and the healing path to her future. Understanding them deepens the story and connects the reader in a more personal way than would be possible if read as a stand-alone. Additionally, although brutally described in book 1, knowing the atrocities Sam endured at the hands of her would-be murderer is essential to truly appreciate her battle to rebuild her life with the “pieces” of herself that remain. The author beautifully illustrates and helps the reader appreciate the patience, love, commitment and heartache experienced by her best friends – Everleigh, Hunter, and Griffin – as they tirelessly help her come to terms with what she has lost, and find her way back.

Griffin Evenson, owner-manager of The Stop, an off-campus hangout, is truly the knight in shining armor here. Introduced in Only for You, he fell quietly in love with Sam long before the assault. He blames himself for not protecting her, although he never had a chance. When he re-enters her life, he does so with a fervent desire to be her safe harbor and a healing presence; she is “the one”; he hopes for more. But he also knows that she may never see him that way, and that if he reveals how far he has gone to ensure her survival, he could lose her forever. When Sam finds herself again threatened by her past – while still traumatized in the present – Griffin uses every resource he has to see that those who have destroyed her, or who would destroy her again, are dealt justice, one way or the other.  I promise no spoilers here. All I can say is that I liked him in Only for You, and I absolutely adored him in the sequel.

Pieces for You has everything I look for and love in a book: a compelling story, extraordinarily engaging and well-developed characters; witty dialogue with humor that made me laugh out loud; uncertainty and heart-pounding suspense; tasteful, beautifully-written, tender yet steamy love scenes; tear-jerking losses; all tempered with hope, heart, and incredible courage.  The depth of understanding and compassion that Ms. Rulon reveals as she bravely describes the experience of women who have lived through their worst nightmare – a nightmare every woman on earth can relate to – made the story frighteningly real, and Sam’s struggle for survival even more poignant.

After I finished Pieces for You, I sat stunned and speechless for awhile.  It is powerful and completely unique, exposing painful truths about the lasting trauma of sexual assault and its impact beyond its intended victim.  Once again, the quotes that Ms. Rulon selected to illustrate the truths revealed in each chapter added so much that I couldn’t wait to see how they reinforced the story as it unfolded and added immeasurably to the reader’s experience.  The choice of fonts, illustrations, and the addition of Griffin’s point of view sets this story apart from other books of this genre.

I enthusiastically recommend Pieces for You as a must-read, without reservation.  If I’m right, the stage has been set for book #3, and I will look forward to more of these wonderful characters from this outstanding author.

TouchStone Teasers: Excerpt from Chapter 9 of TouchStone for play, by Sydney Jamesson

Ayden-OMG-Suit

My world is in turmoil, even the passing crowds and the flashing lights are no more than a psychedelic blur. I can’t bring myself to look at him. The sound of his uneven breaths make my chest feel tight and constricted and I shiver, not because I’m cold but because I’m wounded and shocked to find out he’s not the man I thought he was. I want to scream and shout and say I hate you for making me feel so special, when really, what I hate most is myself for falling for it; falling for him.

In a measured tone he speaks. “I know why you’re upset, but you need to think back to everything that’s happened between us; how I’ve treated you, even put you before my business. I’ve done everything to please you, so don’t fuck around Beth and don’t confuse kindness with weakness.”

What! I don’t recognise his acerbic tone. Is this the man who has been sleeping in my bed? Is he the one I gave myself to?

Who the hell is he?

When Lester pulls up outside my apartment, I make a point of reaching around my neck and unfastening my treasured kiss necklace. Before stepping out of the car I turn to Ayden, open up his left hand, that same hand that touched me so intimately less than an hour ago, and let the necklace cascade into it. Without thinking I wrap my hands around his so it forms a fist around the platinum chain: now it’s his to keep. I have to give it back. Of all the feelings I have, this simple act is the most distressing; it takes me back to the moment we met and it’s ironic that such a delicate piece of jewellery should bring us full circle.

He grabs my wrist and I recoil. A single tear rolls down my cheek but I won’t look at him, I can’t.

“Let me go Ayden,” I plead in a broken whisper.

“Please …” Slowly, a millimetre at a time, he releases me.

I step out of the car alone and make my way towards the security lamp outside my apartment block; it shines like a homing beacon. I don’t stop walking until I reach my front door.

Mischa-Barton-crying

From the TouchStone Playlist ~ Jar of Hearts by Christina Perry:

 

 

TouchStone Teasers: An excerpt from Chapter 4, TouchStone for giving, by Sydney Jamesson

By ten o’clock I’m suffering from eye-strain and sensory overload. My empty bed beckons so I turn off my iPod; companion songs seem like fair weather friends now, offering little in the way of comfort or consolation. I cannot be pacified or lulled into a false sense of security by them anymore. I’m possessed by love. It’s tangible, all consuming, addictive: I’m hooked on Ayden Stone.

My phone rings and I rush over to answer it, checking the time. It’s only just gone 5 a.m. in Hong Kong. What’s wrong!

“Hello?”

There is no reply.

“Hello?” I’m sure someone is there but they either won’t or can’t speak. How strange. I check the call log and it’s a withheld number. It’s probably someone randomly pressing numbers to see if one actually connects. I set my phone on charge by my bed and walk with heavy steps to the bathroom.

Ayden’s email and his six photographic attachments have held my attention for the past three hours. I’m undressing, getting ready for bed. My eyes are drawn to my wrists; the bruising has faded but it’s still possible to tell I’ve been restrained. The soft cord has caused pink lines to circle the skin like rose coloured bracelets. I trace the circle on my left hand with my forefinger and close my eyes. Inside I’m tingling; it’s as if an electric current is building in my stomach and lancing through my groin. My pulse is racing; the air in my lungs is escaping, making my shoulders dip. The memory of that night in Rome, the blindfold, hands tied, pinioned beneath Ayden defenceless, hits me like an overwhelming torrent of hot steam, suffocating me.

Wide eyed I sit, assessing sensations and self-diagnosing symptoms as my hands inch towards my groin. It’s arousal. Not the kind I get from sex or oral stimulation, or even from Ayden’s words, but the kind that is beginning to creep up on me when I least expect it. It resides in my brain as a memory and grips me by the throat, leaving me gasping for air, powerless and totally helpless. He’s not even here and I’m ready to submit, so staggering is my clawing need for sexual contact. I miss him. My body misses him…Untitled

Another 5-star Review ~ TouchStone for giving, by Sydney Jamesson

“Every ounce of my being wants this couple to make it…and if I wasn’t sure after book one, this book solidified my adoration for Ayden Stone.”  Image

Special Sale – HARDWIRED by Meredith Wild

Hardwired-OnSaleFor a limited time, Meredith Wild’s HARDWIRED will be on sale for $.99! This is the first installment in the popular Hacker Series, and is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play & iTunes. Purchase links can be found at www.meredithwild.com/hardwired
I’ll be reviewing HARDWIRED later this month – so catch a great sale, read it, and be ready with your comments!