Book Review: Protecting Portia

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Title:  Protecting Portia

Series:  A Sugar House Novella #2 (Stand-alone Series)

Author:  Pavarti K. Tyler

Published:  May 19th, 2014

Publisher:  Evolved Publishing

Word Count:  38,000

Genre:  Erotic Romance

Content Warning:  Erotic sexual content

Recommended Age:  18+


Synopsis:

Jackson Grady met the love of his life. Unfortunately, he was running drugs for a pimp named Sasha at the time, who asked him to keep an eye on their new acquisition from Russia, the bedraggled beauty named Portia. She touched his heart and forced him to confront the kind of man he’d become.

Now, Portia and Jackson both work at The Sugar House. He continuously looks out for her, and longs for her with his every breath, but knows he is unworthy of such an angel. What will Portia do to win not only the heart, but also the body, of the man she loves?

Welcome to the world of The Sugar House, and the men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?



Excerpt from Protecting Portia:

The world has no place for men like Jackson, no place for the kind of man his Grams raised him to be—for heroes or gentlemen. At least that’s what he believes.

The scars radiating from his shoulder down his chest are the only physical manifestations of the damage he endured. The VA stitched him up good, discharged him with honors and sent him on his way, promising to help him find a job and follow up doctor visits that never came. No, even Afghanistan had no use for men like him.

Memories shadow over him, threatening to drag him down by the sleeves. The silence in his apartment buzzes with the cries of long dead friends. An image of Chuck lying in the sandy street of Ghazni, his arm sliced clean through, flashes through his mind’s eye.

The sticky blood sprayed across Jackson’s face, but his life marched forward as Chuck slowly died.

His heart begins to race and his temperature rises as the fight or flight response kicks in—he was always one to choose fight. He stretches his back and flexes his fingers, shaking them out to get the blood flowing again. Circulation does wonders for the human body—when it stops, that’s when everything goes to shit.

Most of the time, he doesn’t think about the past. He occupies his nights watching Portia and making sure everyone who works for Miss Necia is safe.

He inherited the management of the security team when he took over for Donovan. A good guy, Donovan—the kind you’d value having on your side in a fight—but also the kind of guy who wore down after too many years doing work like this.

Jackson has seen too much of human nature to get any further down. He’s already seen the worst of it. What could the occasional psychopath do to him after everything he’s witnessed over the last year?

Humanity is a wasted species, taking up far too much space while killing themselves and the world around them. When pushed to the point, he finds himself unable to come up with a single reason why the human race should even continue to exist.

Thoughts like that don’t get him anywhere though, so he spends his time watching Portia. The glow of her platinum hair lends her porcelain face a halo, giving him something good and pure to focus on. He makes sure she’s safe, and keeps his love hidden away until the day she might return it.

The idea Portia could ever love him back is more than he could imagine being granted. The gods frowned on him before he ever had a chance to try. He was born into nothing, and his mama left him nothing. His Grams tried to give him a better life, but all he managed to do was bring himself back down to nothing.

And that’s all he’d ever be.



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About the Author:

Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and penning her next genre bending novel.




Giveaway Details:

There is an International tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

Two winners:

         $10 Amazon gift card
         Erotic eBook Bundle w/ 3 eBooks  
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Whew! This is one hot tamale of a novella! I was given this one and the prior one in the series and I could not put them down! Yes, these are certainly 18+ due to some of the naughtier content, but let me tell you, this author backs up her sex with great storyline. When I finished the book, I just wanted more. In fact, you may find me begging the author to let me review the third novella in this series. I want more of these characters and the amazing lives they're leading. In fact, I would love to see a full length series set in The Sugar House, delving into the type of lifestyle that few of you will ever see.


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Book Review: Just Desserts

Posted by Katrina Roets at 6:00 AM

When her friend Julia needed help forming a revenge plan against her ex-boyfriend, Ava was happy to lend a hand. She never expected that in the course of making Liam pay, she'd be the one to fall hard. . .for the one person who was absolutely off-limits. Crushing on the guy who humiliated her best friend is definitely against the girl code.

Besides, Ava has goals. Her life is all about graduating with honors and landing the perfect job. And Liam Bailey—sweet-talking, complicated son of a well-known local politician—isn't part of those plans.

But Liam doesn't give up easily. And he doesn't intend to let their friends' opinions, his parents' disapproval or Ava's past get in the way of what he wants--Ava's heart.

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In this follow up book, Tawdra tells us the story from Ava's side and I loved it just as much as the first book. All of the characters are real and even more so if you've read the first book, Best Served Cold. You can't help but relate to Ava as she worries about breaking the girl code, living up to expectations and whether or not she should change her plans. If you haven't picked up these books, I highly suggest that you skip right over to Amazon and download the Kindle formats..assuming you're as impatient as I am for new books to arrive. ;)

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Book Review: Lady Phillipa's Peril

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Friday, July 25, 2014

Travelling to her fianc├ęs estate for her forthcoming marriage, Lady Phillipa Frencham counts herself as the happiest of young women. She is to wed Lord Hector Thurston, Baron of West Mead. The only bane in her life is her treacherous brother-in-law to be, Lord Demetrius who takes every opportunity to seduce her. How can she tell Hector of his brother’s ardour for her? To do so could result in a duel and ruin the wedding, even tear the family apart. However, she is unaware that Hector too may not be all he seems; and who is the new comer, the charming Lady Amaryllis Wilbraham?
On her arrival at the Manor, Phillipa receives a threatening note, ‘Marry at Your Peril’ which Hector casually dismisses as a poor joke. Enter the Duke of Denfordshire, who immediately enchanted with Phillipa, is determined to make her his own. Phillipa in turn fights with her heart, and her conscience, as danger besets her from all sides.

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So often we see romances where the woman is with the wrong man and for the wrong reason. It was a lovely change of pace to see one where the lovely lady is with one because they really love them, even if it's the wrong type of love.

This book was filled with amazing imagery and a story that with its humor, excitement and love. Phillipa is certainly a woman of her time, but she's also one who is feisty and knows what it is that she wants. A very good read and for the kindle price, you can't go wrong!

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Book Blast: Second Chance Bride

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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After being jilted, practically at the altar, Genie Wainwright heads to Hawaii to escape the well-meant pity party her friends and family are bound to throw on her behalf. What she never expects is to find someone to help her mend her broken heart. Donnie Taylor, owner of the posh Sapphire Bay Resort, has no interest in marriage—until he meets an unforgettable guest at the hotel. What starts out as a kindhearted gesture brings Donnie something he never expects—love!

Buy on:
Amazon | B&N | iTunes (Preorder on Aug 15th)
 

About the author:

Author Sandra EdwardsNEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sandra Edwards writes award-winning romance in a variety of subgenres such as paranormal (mostly time travel and reincarnation), contemporary, and suspense. She lives in the U.S. (west coast) with her husband, two kids, four dogs and one very temperamental feline. Sandra's books often push the envelope and step outside the boundaries of conventional romance. For more info on Sandra's books, visit her website at www.sandrawrites.com. Sign up for Sandra's NEW RELEASE ALERT at http://bit.ly/1k31XDr.

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Jaded

Posted by Katrina Roets at 11:59 PM

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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New Release!



To what lengths will a man go for the woman he loves? Reed Dartmouth will learn the answer to those questions time and time again throughout his relationship with Jade Montgomery. When he first meets her as a young, gentle boy the heartache from losing his mother only a year before is still fresh and painful. Jade is different from anyone else he’s ever met; tough, sassy, and even a bit cruel. But she’s also the same as he is: she knows what it’s like to lose a parent. Their friendship begins and a bond like no other is formed. Time passes and Reed learns that not only are Jade’s parents dead, they were murdered and she’s made an oath to one day bring them justice. No matter the price. As they grow older their love evolves but for Jade, old habits die hard and she can’t stop hurting those she loves the most. Even in the midst of searching for her parents’ killers, passion ignites and jealousy burns as Jade tests Reed’s devotion for her. Will she push him too far?

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Michelle BellonAbout the author:

Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children. She drinks ungodly amounts of coffee and has an addiction to chapstick. She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won three literary awards.

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Book Review: A July Bride

Posted by Katrina Roets at 2:22 PM

A year's worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed. Can she forgive the man who left her at the altar? Alyssa Pennington dated Brendan Myers for three years before she accepted his proposal. For almost a year, Alyssa's friends and family helped her plan a lovely wedding to take place in the church she'd grown up in. It was the happiest day of her life when she walked down the aisle to be united with the man of her dreams. But when Brendan left her at the altar, Alyssa was consumed by humiliation, embarrassment, and a broken heart that wouldn't allow her to trust anyone. Especially Brendan. Brendan Myers knows he will spend the rest of his life regretting what he did to Alyssa, the only woman he's ever loved. Without her, his life is empty. In one fateful moment, he'd panicked, destroyed their future, and ruined everything. Now he plans to win her back. But winning back his bride might prove much more difficult than he can imagine. And even if he does get her to the altar again, will she think turnabout is fair play?

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I cannot begin to say how much I've enjoyed this series of books. So, it's no big shock when I was offered this one, I jumped on it. Not only that, but I downloaded it immediately and had it read in a couple of hours. Seriously. Best part? I wasn't disappointed. A July Bride gave me everything I love in a novella. It flowed beautifully, the characters were real and their story one that intrigued me. If you get the chance, pick up this novella and enjoy another love story.

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Book Review: The Chopped Cookbook

Posted by Katrina Roets at 4:59 PM

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ver again let the question, “What's for dinner?” stump you. The Chopped Cookbook features secrets for combining pantry staples to make exciting meals.
 
If you’ve ever looked into your fridge, hoping for inspiration to strike, let The Chopped Cookbook help you shake up weeknight dinners. Just as each basket on Chopped has many tasty possibilities, so, too, do the contents of your refrigerator. By showing you how to spin your favorite ingredients into 188 fun, doable, and delicious recipes—including go-to guides for making salad dressings and pan sauces, four-ingredient market baskets that can go in many tasty directions, and ideas for ways to reinvent pasta dinners—the culinary masterminds at Food Network set you up for mealtime victory every night.

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I have a major weakness for cookbooks. Just ask the bookshelves in my kitchen! So, when the opportunity came up to review this one, I couldn't resist. I'm a big fan of the show. Now, if you're also a fan of the show, you're probably worried that this book is filled with recipes with insane ingredients like they use.  I am happy to report that I didn't see a single ingredient that I haven't used in recipes before. Whew! Plus, nearly every recipe includes a gorgeous photo of the completed food. I loved the fact that it gave a list of ingredients that could add specific types of flavor to your food. It also includes a great section on how to choose fresh fruits and veggies. If you love to eat, love to cook and love food porn..or heck, any of the above, I highly recommend this cookbook!

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