Review Tour: “Swoon” by CM Foss – My Review, Teasers & Excerpt

Title: Swoon
Author: CM Foss
Release Date: April 2, 2015
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Steph

I’ve never been your typical girl. I didn’t grow up in a warm fuzzy family, and emotions weren’t something I needed now. Love has never been something I could wrap my mind around, so why bother? I know what I’m good at. I’m a great friend, have a passion for healing others, and a way with horses. I can be all those things at the same time without ever discussing my own feelings.

Until him.

Lawrence

I’ve always been told I have a way with words. It’s one reason I manage the family business so well. I can wine and dine with the best of them, selling bloodlines and high-priced stallion services over a five-course dinner. I’m able to talk myself into or out of just about anything and anyone.

Until her.

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Young and carefree, living worlds apart, they indulged in what seemed like the perfect fling.

Until Lawrence decided he wanted more.

Until Steph’s careful world fell apart.

Until they had to decide if love was worth the fight.

My Review

Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I finished reading “Swoon” by CM Foss a couple of days ago, and I cannot stop thinking about it! This book…well, I hardly know where to begin. It is romance at its finest…it is funny, heart-warming, a bit sad, and just have this feel-good vibe I love to be left with after I have reached The End.

The love story of Steph and Lawrence is one filled with a few bumps, and one that leaves a few bruises as well, but that is exactly why I love it: it feels so incredibly believable to me. Because life is not an easy road – for any of us, in my opinion – so why do we sometimes expect that of the characters in the books that we read? I, for one, do not.

Steph comes from a rather loveless family which forced her to become very independent at a young age. Lawrence’s background is entirely opposite, so when these two meet and find that they have an incredible chemistry, it is only to be expected that their journey is not an easy one.

What really endeared me to Steph is the fact that she finds herself in a situation she cannot seem to get out of, and instead of facing it head-on, she is in denial. For a long time, actually. And that, my dear readers, is so realistic when we are dealing with people in their early twenties. Because it is not always easy to just shrug everything off and move on. Sometimes, you need a person to come along and push you in the right direction – but once Steph gets that push, she is a force to be reckoned with. I loved how she only becomes stronger and more determined the older she gets, but she is also a truly quirky, funny, and loveable character. All in all, I can now say that I have such a girl crush on her, and that I also wish she was real – because I want her to be my new best friend. 😉

Lawrence…oh be still, my beating heart! What a truly fantastic person he is! Yes, he made me swoon – over and over again, in fact – and just like Steph, he seems so real to me now. Can he be annoying? Yes. Does he have the ability to push the wrong buttons? Oh, indeed. But here is the thing: he is a guy – which, you know, kind of says it all – and just like all men, he has to learn patience and perseverance when it concerns dealing with women. Or, well, just one woman: Steph. 😉 Lawrence is not one to back down from a challenge, however, and once his mind is made up about certain matters, he goes after what he desires. And you have to admire and appreciate that kind of stubbornness in a man.

The passion with which Miss Foss writes is clear on every page. You can just feel how much she cares for her characters; the equestrian world is, once again, evident in “Swoon” as is the case with her previous novel, “Shiver” (also a favourite book of mine). I do not believe that you have to be a horse lover to enjoy her writing, though, because, overall, this is a love story, and that is what you are looking for, is it not?

Technically, this is a standalone novel, but I strongly recommend that you read “Shiver” first because it will give you a better understanding of the background stories of all the characters. Lissa and Ethan – the main characters from Miss Foss’ previous book – play a prominent role in “Swoon”, but we are also introduced to some new – and rather interesting – secondary characters.

Before I let my words run away with me, I will end my review here by simply asking you a few questions:

Do you love romance novels?

Do you like a bit of drama?

Do you want to laugh when you read?

Do you like steamy sex scenes? 😉

If your answer to these questions is a big, fat YES, then buy this book – do not wait, do it today. I am certain that you will not regret it.

Miss Foss: thank you for making me swoon! This is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favourite novels, and I hope that we will get to meet Lawrence and Steph – as well as Lissa and Ethan – again in the future. ❤

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Ten minutes later, I had to walk back through the kitchen to get some laundry from the dryer in the mudroom. I had a towel wrapped around my waist and that was it. Steph’s eyes followed me, her eyebrows raised as she sipped on a glass of wine and lazily stirred whatever was in the pan. I winked as I passed by.
I returned a minute later dressed in sweatpants and a T-shirt. 
She was still in the same position. “That was indecent.”
“What? The towel?”
She pursed her lips and nodded.
“Sweetheart, you’ve seen me in less. And what we’ve done together could never be considered decent. You’re lucky I was covered at all.”
She laughed loudly, taking another long sip from her glass and turning back to the stove. 
I reached into the fridge for a beer and popped it open. “Sure you don’t need me to help?”
She responded without turning around. “Nope. Why don’t you find something on TV to watch and I’ll bring dinner in just a sec.”
I nodded as I walked to the living room, really just to myself since she wouldn’t look at me. Sighing heavily, I sank down on the couch and closed my eyes for a moment. I’d lied earlier. I was tired. Not only was I pulling long hours in the saddle, but I’d been spending most of my free time on the phone with clients from home. A couple of them were causing problems, and my dad needed me to talk them off the ledge. It’s what I excelled at.
I was startled awake by the sound of a plate being set on the table in front of me and the feel of the couch dipping as Steph sat down, smirking.
“Gosh, you need to get in better shape.”
“Shut up,” I muttered as I sat up, rubbing my hands over my face. At least now she seemed infinitely more comfortable in her own skin since she had something to tease me about. “I was just resting my eyes.”
“You were snoring.”
“I was not.” I started to laugh.
“Totally snoring.”
“I don’t snore,” I insisted. 
“How would you know? You’re sleeping.”
“Someone would have told me.”
“No girlfriend would ever mention it,” she pointed out.
I shook my head. “I wasn’t talking about a girlfriend.”
“No one-night stand would ever mention it.”
“You just did!”
There was a moment of silence after I blurted that out. Steph’s eyes were wide, but when they met mine, we both erupted into laughter, doubling over, shoulders shaking. My stomach actually hurt by the time we were finished. Steph wiped under her eyes and I took a deep breath, relaxing back into the couch with a sigh.
“Let’s face it,” she said. “I’m more than just a one-night stand.”

I live in beautiful Northern Virginia with my incredible husband, two awesome kids, three dogs, and two budgies. My husband and I both grew up riding and competing horses and have our own equestrian operation that we run together. In my spare time, I read through the hundreds of stories awaiting me on my e-reader.
My love of books started early, and my mom used to ration my reading time so I didn’t go through them too quickly. I love all things romantic, whether it’s dark or light or silly or dirty, but I really love a happy ending!
In my small moments of quiet time, you’ll find me sipping on wine and reading while any movie where people randomly burst into song or dance plays in the background.

Review Tour: “Rusty Nailed” (Cocktail #2) by Alice Clayton

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Title: “Rusty Nailed” (Cocktail #2)

Author: Alice Clayton

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 24th June, 2014.

SYNOPSIS

In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!

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My Review

Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 by Miss Clayton: it had been such a long time since I had read a book that could make me laugh until I cried, yet at the same time make me swoon into a puddle of mush. I also remember feeling, when I first learned that a second book about Caroline and Simon would be out, a bit apprehensive, because even though I really adored this book couple, I was unsure whether or not it was necessary. I mean, would a second book be just as good as the first one? I suppose many readers feel that way about their favorite authors, and I am not afraid to admit it.

Nevertheless, I confess that I have been really looking forward to getting my hands on “Rusty Nailed”, and now that I have finished reading it, I have a massive book hangover! Because yes, I really loved it! My earlier concerns were very much unfounded, and I hope my love for this book couple will shine through in my review.

The story begins with us learning how Caroline and Simon manage their long-distance relationship – it is not an easy feat, of course, but they are young, and they manage pretty well. Obviously, they miss each other when they are apart, but that is as it should be, and Caroline, for one, actually prefers having some alone time every once in a while (something I can really relate to, because I am the same way). Caroline is feeling some pressure, though, because her boss, Jillian, is off to her honeymoon soon, thus putting Caroline in charge of running the firm on a daily basis, and if you are a 27-year-old designer who has never held such a position, I have a feeling that you would be pretty scared out of your mind about it! But that is what life is about: taking chances, both personally and professionally, and Caroline knows and understands this.

Obviously, the support from Simon and her friends, Mimi and Sophia, help, but as time passes, Caroline starts to question if she really wants to the boss of everything? What if the expectations from her surroundings are too high? And what happens when Simon throws her for a loop, completely surprising her with his decisions about his own future?

As usual, my review will be completely spoiler free, so you will have to read the book if you want to know the answers to these questions.

I really enjoyed getting to know Caroline more in this second book: she is still a bit nutty (but that is a good thing), feisty and just a tad bit dramatic. Again, this is a good thing. The fact that she gets more and more snarky and stressed out as the months pass actually makes her feel very realistic to me, because it just goes to show that even though we may wantto handle everything – we also have to realize that that is just not always possible. Furthermore, the feelings of resentment and insecurity about her relationship with Simon come across as believable and even just to me.

I loved getting to know more about Simon this time, and he shows a great deal of emotional growth, in my opinion. Oh, he is still very much the same sexy, adorable Wallbanger as always, with a deviously delicious mind, but he, too, has to face his demons. Mainly his past and the fact that he has not been back to his hometown since he graduated from high school.

Ultimately, both Caroline and Simon have a lot of growing up to do in this second part of their story – but apart from becoming more mature, they also have to acknowledge that it is more than acceptable not having all the answers all the time. That even though their relationship progresses in a certain pattern, they are more than allowed to have fun and simply wing it – and, in the end, they will both have to face the importance of communicating with each other.

Apart from enjoying the main love story, it is also fantastic being back with the whole gang again – well, minus one. I absolutely love both Mimi and Sophia, and yes, a lot of the drama in this book is because of them. (No spoilers, I promise.) They provide some pretty laugh-out-loud moments, of course, and you just wish that they were real persons. Clive the cat is also back and he delivers his own kind of entertainment – he would not be Clive if he did not.

Now, I have to say that I am one of those book nerds who actually like a bit of a slow build-up to the big, dramatic finale: I enjoy taking my time with getting to know the characters in the books that I read, truly getting inside their heads, and once I feel comfortable with them – please, by all means, surprise me and blow my mind! What I love about this book, in particular, is the fact that every scene, every emotion, is described in great detail even though the pace is rather fast – and I have to confess that Miss Clayton has made me laugh until tears ran down my face again. She has a certain way with words that just gets to me, whether they are funny, sexy or sad, and that is part of the reason for my high rating. The issues Miss Clayton confronts through Caroline’s words and actions are very honest, scary, and just plain real.

So to sum up: if you want a fun, sexy (and steamy) romance, but one which also addresses many real-life problems, I heartily recommend “Rusty Nailed”. My eyes were glued to the pages until the very last one, and I was thoroughly satisfied when I reached the ending. There are plenty of tender moments between Caroline and Simon, the cast of secondary characters is perfect, and I just feel that if you loved “Wallbanger”, you will not be disappointed.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!


After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.
Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.
Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.
Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

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Review Tour: “Blissful Surrender” (Bliss #3) by B. J. Harvey – My Review & Giveaway

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Title: “Blissful Surrender” (Bliss #3)

Author: B. J. Harvey

Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance/Erotica

Release Date: 4th May, 2014.

Synopsis

This is a story of Sean Miller, a dom that will have your panties diving for cover with an eyebrow quirk. That will have even the strongest woman dropping to their knees in submission with a piercing stare, and Samantha Richards, a female cop who’s tough, seemingly impenetrable shell is strong enough to resist everyone except the one man it was build up to protect her against.

**Disclaimer – If you thought the first two Bliss books were hot, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Creative use of handcuffs, batons, a club scene you have to read to believe, and a tough as nails dominant who is blindsided when the one woman strong enough to disarm him threatens his resolve not to let his past dictate his future.**

Like the other books in the Bliss series, this book can be read as a stand alone. There are common characters in the books but it is not necessary to read the first two books in the series to read this one.

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My Review

Complimentary copy given by the author in exchange for an honest review

I have loved the Bliss series right from the beginning, but I must admit that this third installment is my favourite of them all – so far, that is. There is just something special about a sexy Dom who yearns to reconnect with his college sweetheart. The one who, even though she was scared to admit it, submitted to his particular tastes in the bedroom but never in their day-to-day life. There is a very fine balance to be respected and upheld in such a relationship, and I think that this fact really comes across in this romance.

Sean and Samantha met in college, and became a couple, but Sam’s insecurities about her submissive nature made her question if Sean only wanted a woman to control instead of her. She never told Sean the truth about her reasons for breaking up with him, however, and even though ten years have passed, she has never fully recovered from her broken heart.

Sean has now become a very successful lawyer and if you have read the first book in this series, you will know that he used to be one of Mac’s friends with benefits.

Fate decides to step in and Sean and Sam meet each other for the first time since their break-up in the hospital where Sean’s younger brother, Ryan, has been admitted to due to injuries caused by his less-than-stellar ways of living his life. Needless to say, their meeting brings up a lot of memories and feelings  – both good and bad – and Sean comes to realise that he still wants Sam. She is the only woman who has ever made his dom persona completely content and happy. And this time, Sean is determined to make Sam embrace her submissive nature – and to admit to herself that he is the only man who will ever be able to fulfil this need in her.

Like I stated above, Sean is my favourite of Mac’s former harem. I love his dominant ways – and in case you are wondering: he is not a complete dominant insofar as he likes being the one in control, sexually, and he gets a certain satisfaction – a thrill, actually – from having a woman submit to him, but that is it. And I admit that I enjoy reading about these types of men – they are some of my favourite BBFs. But what makes Sean different from others, I believe, is the fact that he does not hide his emotions once he trusts a person. He lets his feelings come out, making himself vulnerable to the people around him. He is the type of man who loves with his entire being once he has let you in, and that is what makes him easy to relate to.

As for Sam… well, she is stubborn, perhaps a bit hardheaded, but her hard exterior hides a very vulnerable woman, at least when it comes to matters of the heart. There are many things I admire about Sam: she is sassy, smart, and sexy. She is the mistress of her own fate, and the fact that she is a cop makes her also very interesting to me. She just needs that little extra confidence in order to believe that she can be enough for Sean – and what kind of woman does not need some reassurance from time to time? I found it so easy to connect with Sam while I was reading her story, and at no point in time did her decisions make me grow impatient with her, and I honestly never felt that they were hard to belive – quite the contrary, actually.

This book is slightly different from the others in the series. There are still lots of amusing and laugh-out-loud moments but it has a more serious tone at the same time. Or maybe I should rephrase that: it seems to have a more mature voice, and I really like that as both Sean and Sam are in their thirties. It makes them become more real to me. I most definitely believe that Miss Harvey shows us, once again, that she knows how to be diverse in her writing: her characters are unique, quirky, and believable, and you feel as if you could read about them for hours because you just want to be a part of their company.

I could go on and on praising this book, but I will stop now and let you make your own judgments about Sean and Sam’s story. Naturally, this is also why I have, again, chosen to be very vague about the actual story line. I will finish my review by saying this: if you are looking for a great second-chance love story, with incredibly hot and steamy romance, some wonderful, real characters, and some funny moments: read this book! I honestly believe that you will not regret it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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BJ Harvey is the Amazon Bestselling Author of The Bliss Romantic Comedy Series and The Lost Romantic Suspense Series. An avid music fan, you will always find her with headphones when writing, and the speakers blaring the rest of the time. She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful children, and a full-time university student. BJ resides with her family in what she considers the best country in the world—New Zealand.

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Interested in reading the two previous installments in The Bliss Series? Take a look below!

Temporary Bliss (Bliss #1)
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True Bliss (Bliss #2)
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