Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Release Day Launch for Rising Storm Season Two: Episodes 1-8

Welcome to Storm, Texas…

A town nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, where everything seems like perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade.

Dark and powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. That can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams.

Rising Storm is a soap-opera style drama. A powerful series conceived by Julie Kenner and Dee Davis, full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

…get caught in the storm!

Experience Rising Storm Season Two: Episodes 1-8 Here!
A new season…a new storm - get caught!

Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

Episode One: 

AGAINST THE WIND by Rebecca Zanetti

As Tate Johnson works to find a balance between his ambitions for political office and the fallout of his brother’s betrayal, Zeke is confronted with his brother Chase’s return home. And while Bryce and Tara Douglas try to hold onto their marriage, Kristin continues to entice Travis into breaking his vows…

Episode Two:

STORM WARNING by Larissa Ione

As Joanne Alvarez settles into life without Hector, her children still struggle with the fallout. Marcus confronts the differences between him and Brittany, while Dakota tries to find a new equilibrium. Meanwhile, the Johnson’s grapple with war between two sets of brothers, and Ian Briggs rides into town…

Episode Three: 

BRAVE THE STORM by Lisa Mondello

As Senator Rush’s poll numbers free fall, Marylee tries to drive a wedge between Brittany and Marcus. Across town, Anna Mae and Chase dance toward reconciliation. Ginny longs for Logan, while he fights against Sebastian’s maneuvering. And Hector, newly freed from prison, heads back to Storm…

Episode Four:


As Ian Briggs begins to fall for Marisol, Joanne and Dillon also grow closer. Joanne’s new confidence spreads to Dakota but Hector’s return upends everything. A public confrontation between Marcus and Hector endangers his relationship with Brittany, and Dakota reverts to form. Meanwhile, the Senator threatens Ginny and the baby…

Episode Five: 

FIRE AND RAIN by R.K. Lilley

As Celeste Salt continues to unravel in the wake of Jacob’s death, Travis grows closer with Kristin. Lacey realizes the error of her ways but is afraid it’s too late for reconciliation with her friends. Marcus and Brittany struggle with the continued fallout of Hector’s return, while Chase and Anna Mae face some hard truths about their past…

Episode Six: 

QUIET STORM by J. Kenner, writing as Julie Kenner

As Mallory Alvarez and Luis Moreno grow closer, Lacey longs for forgiveness. Brittany and Marcus have a true meeting of hearts. Meanwhile, Jeffry grapples with his father’s failures and finds solace in unexpected arms. When things take a dangerous turn, Jeffry’s mother and sister, as well as his friends, unite behind him as the Senator threatens his son…

Episode Seven: 

BLINDING RAIN by Elisabeth Naughton 

As Tate Johnson struggles to deal with his brother’s relationship with Hannah, hope asserts itself in an unexpected way. With the return of Delia Burke, Logan’s old flame, Brittany and Marcus see an opportunity to help their friend. But when the evening takes an unexpected turn, Brittany finds herself doing the last thing she expected—coming face to face with Ginny…

Episode Eight:

BLUE SKIES by Dee Davis

As Celeste Salt struggles to pull herself and her family together, Dillon is called to the scene of a domestic dispute where Dakota is forced to face the truth about her father. While the Johnson’s celebrate a big announcement, Ginny is rushed to the hospital where her baby’s father is finally revealed…


About the Rising Storm Season Two: Episodes 1-8 Authors

Rebecca Zanetti:

New York Times Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the USA TodayNY TimesAmazonBarnes and Noble, and iBooksbestseller lists. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Her current series are: The Scorpius Syndrome, The Dark Protectors, The Realm Enforcers, The Maverick Montana Cowboys, and the Sin Brothers series.

Visit Rebecca Zanetti’s website.

Larissa Ione:

Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

Visit Larissa Ione’s website.

Lisa Mondello:
New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published author is the last job she’ll ever have. She’s not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she’d still be penning stories with paper and pen. Her book The Knight and Maggie’s Baby is a New York TimesBestseller. Her popular series includes TEXAS HEARTS, DAKOTA HEARTS, Fate with a Helping Hand and the new SUMMER HOUSE series. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List and was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012.
Visit Lisa Mondello’s website.

Lexi Blake:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.
Visit Lexi Blake’s website.

R.K. Lilley:
R.K. Lilley is the best selling author of the Up In The Air, and Tristan & Danika, and The Wild Side series. She lives in Texas with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She’s had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She’s been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day.
Visit R.K. Lilley’s website.

Julie Kenner:
Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) is the New York TimesUSA TodayPublishers WeeklyWall Street Journal and #1 international bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas, and short stories in a variety of genres.
Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” JK writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense, paranormal mommy lit, and, with Rising Storm, small town drama. Her trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries, and her Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series (written as Julie Kenner) has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for the CW Network.
A former attorney, JK lives in Central Texas with her husband, two daughters, and several cats. One of her favorite weekend activities is visiting small towns in the Texas Hill Country.
Visit Julie Kenner’s website.

Elisabeth Naughton:

Before topping multiple bestseller lists–including those of the New York TimesUSA Today, and the Wall Street Journal–Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home.
Visit Elisabeth Naughton’s website.

Dee Davis:
Bestselling author Dee Davis has a masters degree in public administration. Prior to writing, she served as the director of two associations, wrote award winning PSAs, did television and radio commercials, starred in the Seven Year Itch, taught college classes, and lobbied both the Texas Legislature and the US Congress.
Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything In Its Time, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she’s won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards.
Recently she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Romance Writers and has also been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award for romantic suspense from Romantic Times. In addition, she is Hall of Fame member of the New Jersey Romance Writers and was awarded an Odyssey Medal from Hendrix College.
To date, she has written over twenty-five romantic suspense, time travel, and women’s fiction novels and novellas. Among her latest books you’ll find her A-Tac, Liar’s Game, and Last Chance series.
She’s lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now resides in an 1802 farmhouse in Connecticut, she still calls Texas home.
Visit Dee Davis’ website.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Rising Storm Season 2: Episodes 1-8

I was lucky enough to be allowed to receive ARC’s for all 8 episodes of this series. Below I have listed my reviews for each book, I tried hard not to give away any spoilers, especially as I am reviewing all eight books in one post. So sorry for the vagueness but personally I just hate finding out TOO much!!!

Episode 1: Against the Wind by Rebecca Zanetti

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  So this season starts off a month after the last book.  A little bit about most characters are mentioned, which is a good refresher since the last books were a few months back. A couple characters hash out their problems in a physical way… which we all suspected was bound to happen, while other characters I think really need to take a look at their life… The pace of this book was good, it’s a lot of information to get going and revisit.  I was happy to see some of my favourite characters again!

Episode 2: Storm Warning by Larissa Ione

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½  This book had lots of good parts to it. Some nice romance and some crazy intrigue. I am totally hoping certain people get together!!  You can feel the episodes building and there is going to be something big coming!!!  The writing was well done and pulled me right in.

Episode 3: Brave the Storm by Lisa Mondello

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book is dealing more with Chase’s story. As he is a relatively new character I don't feel as invested in him.. that said this book was well written and I like how he was brought in at such a late date to the series, yet they have integrated him well.

Episode 4: Lightning Strikes by Lexi Blake

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Someone's back in town and things are getting intense! A few little tidbits are being revealed, here and there, which give me hope, and nice little romance is sparking…  This book totally kept me reading and I can't wait to jump into the next one.

Episode 5: Fire and Rain by R.K. Lilley

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ We get to see more of the Salt and Alvarez families in this book. Dakota’s obliviousness is almost unbelievable though perhaps she is starting to wise up.  Joanne is in a bad situation and I hope she comes out of it well.  These books are blending well together.

Episode 6: Quiet Storm by Julie Kenner

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Glad to see some people are trying to mend some friendships. New relationships are starting to blossom. So proud of one of the characters. ..  that event has be needed for a long time! This is a feel good book…

Episode 7: Blinding Rain by Elisabeth Naughton

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ There were a couple major reconciliations that have begun,  which I think is great. I LOVED the chemistry between Tate and a certain someone…  ooh yeah.. that first kiss was sweet!  Now if only two more things fall into place I will be super stoked! I am on to book 8 with high hopes!!!  

Episode 8: Blue Skies by Dee Davis

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book is full to the brim with major events. It was emotional and well written. I cheered, I had tears in my eyes.. It was great! So much happens that it feels very much like all the ends have been tied up. I quite enjoyed it and I wonder if there will be a season 3.

Overall the books in this season felt smoother, the transitions and flow from one book to the next were flawless and the writing styles seemed very similar to each other. More so, than in comparison to the first season I thought, which made reading these books back to back easy and enjoyable.  I would recommend this series!

*I received ARC’s in exchange for honest reviews*

Friday, September 16, 2016

Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Ashford McNab

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ This book was great! I loved Winter Makepeace. He is such an honourable man and he keeps himself this way until Lady Beckinhall threatens his sanity. These two together are fantastic! I loved how the roles were reversed, she the more experience and he the innocent. She the aggressor and teacher, though Winter stole that role some times.

There was some great action.. How could there not be when the Ghost of St.Giles is around. The lead characters had some wonderful moments, great banter and awesome chemistry. Who knew I would have to say yet again: that this is my favourite of the series so far!!   
This may sound foolish, and I know they are just children… but I really want Joseph Tinbox and Peach to get a story later in this series. He could be all grown up and comeback to her after years of letters.. Yes.. I know, I am ever the romantic!!

I have already downloaded book 5 in this series and can’t wait to read it! I am sad to see that the narrator is not the same... as Ashford McNab is fantastic! Here's hoping this new narrator can compare!

The Blurb:


Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.


Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society-flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons-Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar-and his lips so tempting.


During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed . . . But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything-the Home, Isabel . . . and his life.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt (Audio Edition)

Narrated by Ashford McNab

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I Loved the Mickey O’Connor! He was the perfect bad boy who falls in love with a good girl and everything changes. He and Silence made a wonderful pair. Perfect opposites. I also loved that you could see O’Connor’s men start to care for Silence as well and we get watch Mickey start to love his daughter.

I do have to comment though: “The home for unfortunate infants and foundling children.” The amount of times this was said in the book.. well, you could almost do a shot game for this! Then they added “The ladies syndicate for the benefit of...” to the beginning of it, and wowsa… a wee bit much I’m thinking… I did have to laugh when a character in one of the books actually commented about how the name itself is crazy.

Ashford McNab really made this story come alive for me. She did a lovely Irish lilt for Mickey’s voice and it was great to listen to. This book, I think may be my favourite of the series so far. Can’t wait to start the next one!

Here's the blurb:

Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman's heart?
Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind--and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back...and he's asking for her help.

"Charming" Mickey O'Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London's criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he's never been able to forget the naive captain's wife who came to him for help and spent one memorable night in his bed...talking. 

When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap--her mother having died--Mickey couldn't resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence's doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies and he'd also bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter.