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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Magic of Books- Petie McCarty


BETTING ON CINDERELLA
The Cinderella Romances, book 2

by Petie McCarty

Genre: contemporary romance





Garrett Tucker inherits his grandfather's casino empire and steps into the reclusive billionaire's shoes as the "Prince of Vegas." His first act is to buy a bankrupt casino in Biloxi. When he discovers embezzling in his new operation, Garrett goes in undercover. His prime suspect is the new finance supervisor—the spitfire brunette who stole his heart at first sight.


Andi Ryan moves to Biloxi to care for her godmother and takes a job as finance supervisor for the renovated Bayou Princess casino. She discovers someone is skimming from the till and starts her own investigation, worried she will be blamed for the theft when the new owner discovers her godmother has a gambling addiction.


Garrett's rival Vegas competitor has sent a spy in to ruin the Bayou Princess, and Garrett and Andi are forced to work together to prove her innocence and discover the identity of their casino spy.




Garrett mentally kicked himself. He had gone and scared her.


Too much. Too soon. 


But he couldn’t make himself move. He could lie here forever with Andi in his arms.


She wriggled from his grasp to sit up. “Um . . .”


“What?”


She looked too uncertain.


Not good. 


He was okay with, “Not now, but maybe later.


“I can’t,” she whispered.


Good thing he was sitting down. The jangle of fear that hit him could have knocked his knees out from under him.


“Can’t or won’t?” he forced out. No maybes on this one.


“Both.”


What the hell? Can’t and won’t?


All his uncertainties flooded back. Flora had said Andi and Peters were just friends. Was that friends with benefits? And what about that damn Drakos pawing her last week? No, he wouldn’t let those doubts crowd them here on the couch.


“Too soon?” he tried.


“Partly.” She looked away, and his heart sank amongst the growing heap of doubts.


“There’s someone else,” he said flatly, working to keep his expression blank and the hurt at bay.


She met his gaze square on then, no doubt trying to muscle her courage. “There’s something I should tell you.”


Damn.


“I’m—” She exhaled hard. “—no good at it.”


What? Is that all?


He fought back a grin of pure joy. “I’ll give you lessons.” He pulled her back for another kiss.


She shoved at his chest. “No. I don’t think I should.”


She flinched at his expression, and he worked to smooth his scowl.


“Go ahead. Spit it out.” Even he didn’t like his tone. “You’re sleeping with someone else, right?”


He should have done his homework before he went off half-cocked with all the flowers and balloons, trying to woo her.


“No, and I should slap you for that, suggesting I’m loose enough to go out with you while sleeping with someone else.”


“Then what the hell is it?” he shouted, forgetting all about Flora at the back of the house.


“I’ve never done it before!” she shouted back.


“What? Slapped someone?”


“No, you jerk. Slept with someone.” This, she didn’t shout.


He froze, right down to his heartbeat, and stared at her bright-pink cheeks. Could it be? Was she? A virgin?


“Holy smokes,” he wheezed.


She stared at her untouched glass of wine. “I’m not saying you and I will never,” she said softly.


Relief, warm and desperate, allowed his muscles to finally move. He gently traced the line of her cheek with his finger, a lump forming in his throat at the touch of something so rare and priceless.
“Glad to hear that.” He brushed his lips across hers, light as a whisper. Once. “My little sweetheart.” Twice. “My precious—” Three times. Always a charm.


“You’re not mad?”


Those big blue eyes stared up at him with an innocence that made his too-experienced heart ache with emotion.


“Mad?”


Should he tell her he wanted to go outside and howl his joy at the moon? To yell to the world what a lucky son of a gun he was? His Andi would be his Andi—proprietary, like his stock portfolio. All his. No one else. A primal sense of possessiveness overwhelmed him.


“No, sweetheart, not mad. Glad,” he managed, then tugged her close and let his kiss show her exactly how he felt.


“When you’re ready,” he said against her lips. “Only when you’re ready.”


He had finally said and done the right thing, for she grabbed his shirt and laid an eye-crossing kiss on him.







Cinderella's fairy tale moves to Jupiter Island, Florida where Lily Foster, owner of an eclectic landscape nursery, is mistaken for a wealthy socialite by billionaire resort developer Rhett Buchanan. Overdue for a little romance in her life, Lily is anxious for one fabulous date with her handsome prince, so she cultivates her inadvertent masquerade.


Rhett Buchanan has become jaded with the Palm Beach social scene, dominated by scheming women desperate for more money -- his money. Rhett falls hard when he meets Lily Foster. She is a breath of fresh air after the smog of gold diggers constantly surrounding him.


For Rhett and Lily, it's love at first sight until her deception comes to light and pitches their relationship into a disastrous tailspin. Well-meaning friends are determined to intercede and resort to inept high jinks to reunite the estranged couple while a wicked ex-girlfriend plays dirty to keep the couple apart.





Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World -- "The Most Magical Place on Earth" -- where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her mystery-romance-with-elements-of-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.


Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.


Visit Petie's web site online or her Facebook page.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Magic of Books- Marie Harte


ALL I WANT FOR HALLOWEEN
by Marie Harte

Genre: Contemporary Romance



Tonight, she plans to let go.


Dressed up and anonymous, Sadie Liberato feels powerful, sexy and free. Where better to lose herself than a masked party?


Gear Blackstone's cheating ex and scheming best friend have managed to spin his life into a serious downward spiral. At least with a mask on he can cut loose for one night. And cut loose he does―with the sexiest, snarkiest chick he's ever met.


After a scorching-hot encounter, Sadie and Gear are desperate to find each other in real life. But can the heat last when the masks come off?


“Harte pens a sizzlingly sexy romance that is both playful and meaningful, exploring real and metaphorical masks, perception, and reality.” KIRKUS




He grabbed the TV remote from her hands, lifted her up and settled her on his lap while he flicked through channels.


“Hey. That’s mine.”


“I’m a guest.” He batted her grabby hands away.


“Well, you can’t stay late. I have to be up early tomorrow to set up for the festival.” Sadie told him about Sofa’s stand, where they’d be selling hot cider and goodies.


“Are you there all day? I’d call and ask you about it tomorrow, but we both know you never answer your phone.”


“Shut up about that already.” He’d swear she sounded embarrassed. “I said I’d talk to you the next time you called.”


“Gosh, Sadie. I’m the luckiest man on earth,” he said in his best Lassie’s-the-best-dog-in-the-world voice.


She shook with laughter, then yawned.


“Ah, I win. I outlasted the mean chick.”


“We’re playing a game?” she asked.


One where I win the girl if I’m careful. Oh hell. Do I want to win the girl? Then Sadie kissed the underside of his chin and snuggled close. Sugar and cherries hit him hard.


“No game, Sadie. I’m not good at playing them.”


“Me neither. I’m a lightweight. It’s sad.”


He smiled and rested his chin on top of her head. “I wouldn’t call you a lightweight. More like welterweight. Maybe light middleweight.”


She chuckled. “You’re a funny guy.”


“Don’t sound so surprised.” He kissed the top of her head.


“Mmm. I like that. You’re warm.” After a pause, she rubbed his pecs, and his heart gave a strangled leap. “If you’re free tomorrow, you should stop by. I’ll give you free cider.”


“Well, for free cider, I might have to.”


She nodded, her breath warm against his chest. A few moments passed, her breathing growing deeper, more even. “Gear?”


“Yeah, honey?”


“Am I boring?”


He frowned. “You? Boring? You’re the least boring person I know. Scary, cantankerous—and yes, I know what that means. I do read, you know. Oh, and obnoxious. But boring? Hell no.”


He felt her smile against his chest. “Good. You aren’t either. And I’m glad Sahara cheated on you.”
The hurt he felt surprised him, mostly because he hadn’t expected Sadie to be cruel.


“Because you deserve so much better than her.”


He relaxed, stunned to go from feeling high to low and back to high again. “Boring, Sadie? You? Never.” He stroked her hair, loving that she left it long, out of a ponytail.


She fell asleep in his arms, and he wondered how he could feel such bone-deep contentment with a woman he’d met only a week ago. A woman he didn’t want to leave, even though he knew it would be best for both of them in the long run.


But Gear had never been all that smart. So he carried her into her bedroom and tucked her in. The soft blue room needed further exploring, but not now. So he kissed her goodbye, fit her into a compartment in his brain, and his heart, and left, locking up as he walked out.


Once home and in bed, he set his alarm for ten. He had things to do in the morning. And people to see. One dark-haired siren in particular.








✯✯✯✯Fun and Sexy Read
By bookjunkie on October 1, 2017


All I Want for Halloween is a quick fast read that is more about finding yourself and love rather than the day itself.
Sadie Liberato, a career gym rat is forced by her brother to attend a Halloween party where she has to interact with people when she'd rather sit at home all night on the couch and watch tv. But she happens to run into Gear Blackstone, the reality tv star of Motorcycle Madnezz. One thing leads to another and they find themselves in a compromising position.
The attraction between Sadie and Gear is instant and even though the timeframe for their relationship is slim, the author does not make it cheesy. They have some hot and heavy sex scenes which makes it all the better.
This is a fun and quirky novel. The banter between the characters will have you laughing out loud and wondering if these people exist in real life.
This is my first book by Marie Harte, but I do plan to read more of her works in the future. Hopefully some of the supporting characters in this book will star in their own.


✯✯✯✯✯Totally loved this "tell it like it is" couple.
By Marsha @ Keeper Bookshelf on October 1, 2017


I absolutely adored Sadie and Gear, they are unique personalities and their total honesty set the pace of this book. I do believe though that All I Want For Halloween won’t be for every reader. Now, I happen to love Marie Harte’s work and would never hesitate to pick up a book by her. Yet Sadie and Gear are completely in your face, tell it like it is if you don’t like it tough, a bit of a mean streak, definitely snarky, sassy and hot. They are real life-like in many harder ways. This is not your swooning, anything you say is fine babe type of couple. And I loved them even more for their reality punch.
Neither Sadie nor Gear have a filter between their thoughts and their mouth. If they think it, they say it. I have a friend like them, if you don’t want her honest opinion… don’t ask because she’ll tell you far more than you ever wanted to hear. So, I’m comfortable with these characters for I “get” them.
One Halloween party to cut loose, let whatever happens just happen and forget about the troubles of the rest of the world for a few short hours. What Gear and Sadie discovered was a hotter than hell relationship that fit them perfectly. Sure, there are some bumps along the way, but at their core they understand each other as no one else seems to. They’ll work out just fine, once they get over themselves.
I’d recommend All I Want For Halloween to any Romance reader. Allow yourself to understand two hard, in your face people and watch how everyone has someone that is simply perfect for them. Full of hotness, humor, secondary characters that I want more of and a truly real life couple.





Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit Marie's website and fall in love.