Fresh Face Friday: Playing For Keeps by Kelsie Belle

Hi Everyone!  It’s Friday at last and you know what that means…another addition of Fresh Face Friday.  This week I have a great erotic romance that will be sure to steam up your tablets or burn your fingers turning the page.  Kelsie Belle’s Playing for Keeps is a hot little romance that is also emotionally poignant at times.  This story will definitely have you turning through the pages wondering what will happen next.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

21493048Book Blurb:

Left broken and bleeding, night club owner and accountant
Cassidy Samson did her best to pick up the pieces of her broken self and move on with her life. She vowed never to let anyone get close to her heart again…until the potent force of a pair of green eyes threatens to bring her to her knees.

Hired as the new guitarist in the band at the Escape Lounge,
Cameron Chase is intrigued and aroused by Cassidy’s tough-as-nails attitude and sets out to barrel through the formidable wall she has constructed around her heart, to get to the real woman behind the façade. He agrees to play by her rules in a reckless game of lust in hopes of finding love.
But will Cam be able to chase away the demons of Cassidy’s past that threaten to consume her? Will his love be strong enough to make her whole again?


Cassidy is a successful bar owner and is pleased with her life.  She has overcome the past and is running her life the way she wants it without anyone else.  That is until her house band hires a new guitarist, Cameron Chase.  When Cassidy and Cam meet for the first time the vibe is electric and this scares Cassidy.  She is not interested in any kind of relationship or getting closer to any man other than an anonymous roll in the hay.  Unfortunately, the very persistent Cam has other ideas and he won’t let up until Cassidy will let him in.  How long will Cassidy let the past dictate her future and if she can move passed it will Cam still be there to love her?

This was a great little novel.  It had lots of steamy sex scenes that spice up a story that can have very emotional turns.  I really loved Cam.  I think he is definitely a guy that any girl would want chasing her.  Cassidy eventually grew on me but it took time.  It was a bit tiresome the way she continually snapped at people and how her emotions were not controllable.  At times I felt like she was almost too off-putting.  I understand why her character was the way she was but it felt a bit extreme to me.  The story was good and I liked the little bit of intrigue that was thrown in there.  Though it was predictable who the bad guy was.  Overall, I think it was an enjoyable read and would recommend it to anyone look for a some spice and a good story.


Coffee and a Review with Redeemed by a Rebel by Cynthia Woolf

cce0021a57d6e89179f19510840bebc0Happy Memorial Day those of you celebrating.  For the rest of you Happy Monday!  Today I am spotlighting a book by Cynthia Woolf called Redeemed by a Rebel.  This is great historical romance with a little spice added in.  If you want some fireworks to start off your week then you definitely will want to pick up Redeemed by a Rebel.  As always for my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

20795188Book Blurb:

Jake Anderson killed a man defending his fiancee from a brutal attack, but lost her and his freedom in the process. Now he’s on the run, hunted by one of her murderers and tormented by the need for vengeance. Becky Finnegan will do anything to escape her drunken father’s fists, including slave away at their mine. Her only hope is to strike gold and make a new life for herself somewhere far, far away from Deadwood. But then Jake arrives and does the unthinkable…forces her to feel, to hope…and to love. Jake would give his life to protect Becky, but all he can offer her is a broken heart, a criminal’s life, and a past haunted by failure. How can he save her when he’s already lost himself? When the devil catches up to him, will he destroy everything, or can the beautiful rebel redeem Jake’s lost soul?


Jake and his brother Zack find themselves on their brother’s doorstep running from the law.  In that moment, Liam Anderson realizes he will be bringing two more people with him to his gold mine in Deadwood.  Meanwhile, in Deadwood Becky Finnegan works her fingers in her father’s claim only to fuel his alcoholic nature.  Little by little she saves until the day she will one day be free.  This all changes when she meets the handsome Anderson brothers.  But, only one in particular calls to her.  Jake immediately feels a protective need towards Becky.  This is only solidified when he meets her abusive father.  He realizes he can’t let Becky alone and the more time he spends with her the more he realizes it’s not just to protect her.  Unfortunately, Becky is used to taking care of herself and isn’t that receptive to Jake’s need to protect and care for her.  Quickly things change when bounty hunters seek Jake and Becky’s father tries to sell her to another miner.  Can one impetuous decision make for a happy ending or will their fates be ripped apart by those who mean harm?

I really enjoyed this novel.  It was a fun historical read.  Who doesn’t like three good-looking men who only want to protect and care for you?  I know I don’t mind reading about those kinds of heroes.  I really loved Becky and Jake.  I felt like they were relatable characters.  I also loved those supporting characters like Zack, Liam, Hannah and David.  I definitely feel like there is a future for these Anderson brothers.  I’d love to see Zack and Liam find their happily ever afters also.  Overall, this was a great historical romance and I would recommend it for anyone who likes a good western romance too.

Fantastic Friday with Melissa Snark and a review of A Cat’s Tale

Happy Friday!   I know your used to my Fresh Face Friday editions, but I am gonna flip things around today.  Today I have a wonderful guest post from Melissa Snark.  She will be talking about writing an abused heroine.  With Melissa stopping by today she is also sharing with us her tour giveaway that I will post at the end.  Also, with a Friday comes my review of A Cat’s Tale.  So like all other days keep reading and you will find out my thoughts on A Cat’s Tale.  So without any further adieu here is Melissa Snark.

How to Write an Abused Heroine

Heroines who have been the victims of emotional or physical abuse are common in romance novels. Her suffering provides an immediate conflict to be overcome and also makes her empathetic to readers. However, handling such a profound topic with sensitivity and realism is a challenging task. Inevitably, there is a reader out there who will challenge any expression of sexual desire in a heroine who has been raped, or call a heroine who cries a whiner.

The author wants to portray her in a sympathetic light without crossing the line into “annoying” or “whiny”. If she was raped, then approach love scenes with great care for how she overcomes her fear of being hurt again. The same delicate approach should apply to a heroine who has been emotionally abused. Trust will certainly be the #1 challenge facing the hero and heroine, so how the hero handles the heroine’s vulnerability is just as important as how she reacts to it.

In A Cat’s Tale, my heroine, Josephine Young, is a Siamese werecat who has spent the last three years of her life in a vampire’s dungeon as a blood slave. She is forced to do terrible things, including luring Alpha werewolf, Jared Kohl, into a trap. When they are forced into a cage together, her betrayal serves to drive the tension for the rest of the story.

While fleshing Josephine out, I drew on real life experience to give her dimension. In my twenties, I volunteered to work at an animal rescue and observed cats that had come from abusive homes. Often, they would hiss, scratch, or claw despite having been placed in a nurturing environment where only kindness was offered. Once an adult cat experiences cruelty, it takes a long time to gain her trust.

Throughout much of the story, Josephine desperately wants to trust Jared but is unable to because of her victimization. More than once, she lashes out and scratches him, seeking to provoke a violent reaction. Hers is a battle of hope versus hurt. Jared, in turn, recognizes that she has been abused and desires to get past her barriers and gain her cooperation so they can both escape alive.

So does the wolf win the kitty’s trust? You’ll have to read A CAT’S TALE to find out…

catstale_750Book Blurb:

Alpha werewolf, Jared Kohl, wakes up in a vampire’s dungeon, swearing revenge upon the wily Siamese werecat who lured him there with her sultry lips and the sweetest tail. To escape his undead captor, all he has to do is seduce the skittish puss and show her that trust is often a hot and hard lesson to learn.


Enslaved feline shifter, Josephine Young, has learned the hard way not to believe in anything or anyone—not men, not love, and certainly not the blood-sucking mistress who tossed her into the cage with the hungry beast she’d betrayed. But Josephine does what she must to survive, including tempting the dominant werewolf to give her more than promises.


Imprisoned for their blood, Jared and Josephine fight for survival and discover a passion that neither can walk away from. Can these two predators survive long enough to prove that cats and dogs can be more than enemies?


All Jared wants when he walks into the dark bar is a beer and some burgers.  What he finds is in his opinion much better.  The sexy werecat, Josephine, approaches the sexy werewolf with a proposition he can’t dismiss.  Unfortunately, that lands him in the clutches of a vampire that was using Josie to get a new blood pet.  Once Jared is trapped he realizes that Josie is trapped also and bargains with the vampire to keep Josie in his cage with him.  As he plots to get out of the trap his tumultuous relationship begins to grow into more with Josie. But sadly with one last betrayal Josie is left wondering if she was being abandoned yet again or will her werewolf live up to the promises he made?

This was yet another great read by Melissa Snark.  This story had lots of sensuality along with the paranormal romance.  Though this is shorter novel it is quite thorough in its character and story development.  Jared and Josie are wonderful especially when they are snipping at one another.  This is definitely steamy read.  I was reading this at work and kept looking around wondering if anyone saw my screen steaming up.  Overall, this is a great, quick, spicy novel that will leave you wanting more Jared and Josie.

MelissaSnark author photoAuthor Bio:

Fast Facts About Melissa Snark:


  • Melissa Snark is published with The Wild Rose Press & as an Indie author with four different titles.
  • Her Loki’s Wolves series includes THE CHILD THIEF, HUNGER MOON AND BATTLE CRY (to be released June 2014).
  • Her novel THE MATING GAME, an erotic paranormal title will be released in Spring 2014.
  • She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, three children and a glaring of cats.
  • She blogs about books and writing on The Snarkology.


Learn more about Melissa Snark:

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Review: Dancing in Circles (Circles Trilogy #1) by Victoria Adams

Today I am spotlighting Dancing in Circles by Victoria Adams.  This was a new take on a Romeo and Juliet story.  This was a refreshing and addictive read.  You definitely will get wrapped up in the lives of Julie and Robert.  Be sure to check out my full review after the book blurb.

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Julie Anderson was born into privilege and a charmed life. She is surrounded by love, friends and family. She secretly dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

Robert Holiday was other born into a life of violence on the streets of North Shore. Initiated into the Shorsemen gang at a young age, he rises to the level of leader.

Can a young, idealistic co-ed, crack a jaded gang member’s icy shell and allowing the warmth of her love to awaken his soul?


Julie and her friends see the hot new student, Robert.  It isn’t long until they discover he is just a student he is a student from the bad side of town.  Julie is intrigued and attracted to this bad boy.   Robert finds he is drawn to Julie too.  When Julie tries to befriend Robert he is skeptical of her motives, but Julie will not give up.  The two become close and Julie learns all the Roberts dirty secrets and what he is ashamed of.  As these two friends learn more and grow closer feelings turn to love.  Can the love flourish between this Romeo and Juliet or will their different worlds crush it?

I really got sucked into this story.  The drama mixed with the love story was wonderfully woven.  I felt that for a Romeo and Juliet like story this was unique yet realistic.  The conflict between the two social classes was done well.  I also loved the depth of the characters.  None of the characters, even the supporting ones, were flat.  They all had multiple facets to their life.  This was one of the best parts of this book.  The only complaint I had was the way it was written.  I know there is a bit of a warning at the beginning of the book regarding the storytelling method.  It was a bit tough at the beginning and a few times throughout the story I wasn’t sure who was speaking and got a little lost, but once you over come those little bumps you find yourself drawn into the story and can’t help but want to read the whole trilogy in one sitting.  Overall, I felt this was a good novel that definitely surprised me.  When you read the first book you will definitely want to go on to the rest of the trilogy.  I know I am anxious to read the next two books.


Review: Covert Exposure by Valerie J. Clarizio

Today I am reviewing a great suspense romance novel, Covert Exposure.  This is the first in Valerie Clarizio’s Nick Spinelli Mystery series.  This was a fun suspense filled novel that will keep you on your toes.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a great Tuesday.

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Detective Spinelli’s life is tossed sideways when he is reassigned from the Homicide division to assist in the Child Services division of the Social Services Department for the holiday season. From the beginning, Spinelli and Caseworker Shannon O’Hara generate their own kind of fireworks, causing more than the normal workplace stress. They both have their own philosophies for dealing with the clientele. However, the forces of nature have their own plan for Spinelli and Shannon.

Shannon moonlights as Santa Claus’ little helper at the mall, and when Santa and an elf turn up dead Shannon appears to be next on the killer’s list. Spinelli is placed back on homicide and goes undercover as Santa to help capture the killer. He catches a great deal of grief along the way but will he capture the heart of his little Santa’s helper as well?


Spinelli has had a tough day.  First his mentor and father figure retires and then he is reassigned to the Child Services department.  But, the bright spot in his day is when he meets his partner, Shannon O’Hara.  His bright spot quickly becomes dark when they can’t seem to work together.  The more they fight and hate each other the more they start to feel for each other.  When the Santa and an Elf that Shannon works with at the Mall are found dead she is soon dragged into a case that Spinelli is working.  The closer Spinelli gets to both the killer and Shannon the tougher it is for him.  Can he manage to find the bad guy before they find Shannon?

I really enjoyed this book.  Spinelli was a fantastically fun character.  It wasn’t just Spinelli though.  The story was a great story that unfortunately we could possibly find in the newspaper.  That aspect alone gave this story a level of realism.  With the realism, the fun characters and the spicy love story between Shannon and Spinelli join together for a great book.  I am so glad this is only the first book in the series because I can’t wait to read the next book.  I definitely enjoyed the book, the characters and the story.  Valerie Clarizio did a phenomenal job and she has found a fan in me.


Review: Immortal Reborn: Arianna’s Choice by Natalie D. Wilson

Today is going to start a week of catch up for me.  Last week was quite hectic and left me behind on my reviews.  So, today I am spotlighting Immortal Reborn: Arianna’s Choice by Natalie D. Wilson.  This was a great novel.  This is the first in the series and the series definitely has promise.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to keep up this week for all the great reviews that will presented.

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A Children of Angels Novel:
When Alexandria Grace Groaban was a child, she learned she was very different from other children and adults she encountered. She saw and heard things that no child should ever bear witness to. She knew details of things and people long since passed, and she could hear voices and repeat them in whatever language she heard during the scenes which played out before her young and impressionable eyes. Through an encounter with someone she thought to be her guardian angel, Alexandria was given a reprieve so that she might know some normalcy in her childhood. But at the age of twenty-one, Alexandria returned home to her family’s small estate outside Oxford, England for Christmas, and learned the hard way that her grace period was about to come to an abrupt and vicious end. Now, whether for better or worse, she will find herself on the edge of a great precipice. One that will call her into action and into a world that she could never have fathomed existed. For Alexandria to know who and what she truly is, she will have to rise to the challenge of a battle that has been waged for millennia by beings first spoken of in Genesis, and embrace that which has lay dormant within her since she was a child


Alexandria’s family has always known she was special.  She would be able to see the history of any object she touched.  This happened until her guardian angel Ganymede offers her a reprieve so she may have a normal childhood.  This reprieve is only temporary until a time in the future.  Alex’s reprieve ends when she is attacked at a ball.  It is only when Ganymede comes to her aid that things start to be revealed.  Alex learns that her soul is that of a Nephilim or a child of an angel.  Once she learns of what she is she want to learn more and leaves to go to a “retreat”  to recover from her attack.  It is at the “retreat”  that she really meets many Nephilim.  Most have known her when she was alive previously.  As she meets other Nephilim she also learns the powers she has and how to control them.  As she dives deeper into herself and into her powers she realizes she will need to make a decision to either stay mortal or choose an immortal life.  Though Alex knows she needs to make a choice soon but will she have enough time to decide or will her choice be made for her.

This was a great novel.  It was a clever and refreshing story.  Alex’s character was fantastic.  You actually saw her develop and change as the story went on.  It’s not just Alex that makes this story great.  I think the rest of the Nephilim with their unique abilities and personalities.  They are all fun and add an additional level.  Since they all knew Alex as Arianna they already care for her in ways that would take ages.  I think another level is the love triangle between Alex, Jackson and Gaius.  I definitely don’t envy Alex having to choose between these two men.  I did notice that this is a very religiously based story.  It’s not surprising since this is a story about angels but the story does focus on some specific scripture.  This aspect may turn off some readers who do not share certain beliefs.  I personally thought it was a new take on angels and their children.  Overall, I felt this was a good story with a lot of potential in the series to come.

Coffee and a Review with Witcha’be by Anna Marie Kittrell

images_2Happy Monday!  This week I’m starting you off with a young adult book.  It’s a pretty typical teen book with the one exception of one of the characters being a wanna be witch.  She uses this fact to bully another student.  Though much of is this unrelatable through the witch part I think everyone knew or knows a teen like Bianca, the Wicha’be.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

19454356Book Blurb:

New to the small community of Redbend, Molly Sanders is delighted when she and Lenni Flemming become instant friends during the final weeks of her first Oklahoma summer. However, Bianca Ravenwood, Lenni’s best friend and self-proclaimed witch in training, is less than thrilled. In fact, she’s cursing mad, vowing to destroy Molly while honing her craft in the halls of Redbend High School.

Molly’s new school becomes a waking nightmare as Bianca, beautiful wannabe witch, targets her in a jealous rage. Plagued by terrifying, inexplicable occurrences and an embarrassing case of panic-induced hiccups, Molly is unable to escape Bianca’s snare.

But if Bianca refuses to back down and Molly refuses to stand up, not only will Molly lose the best friend she’s ever had…she may also lose her sanity.


Bianca is a wannabe witch or a witcha’be.  When Molly finds this out she becomes terrified of Bianca.  Her best friend Lenni is also best friends with Bianca.  This poses a problem when Molly realizes Bianca hates her and has it out for her.  Molly soon becomes convinced that Bianca is casting spells against her.  Lenni tries to get Molly and Bianca to be friends but after a horrible experience at a concert, Molly is convinced there is no hope.  That is until the church Molly has started going to convinces her other wise.  Molly comes to understand Bianca a lot better when she learns to focus not on the outside of a person but the inside.  Soon things change and Molly and Bianca come to understand each other.  But, can the hurts that were caused be forgiven or will the change only be temporary.

I thought this was an interesting young adult book.  It had a bit of a slow start-up but when the dream journal project comes into play things really catch fire.  The magic and witch part of the book is quite interesting.  I think a lot of teens with challenges in their life can relate to Bianca and relate to the reasons Bianca does what she does.  On the flip side of things, Molly can also be relatable.  With her being bullied, sadly, more kids will be able to relate to this.  But, what makes this unique is the way the bullying is pulled off.  In the end we get all the answers regarding Bianca’s witchiness, but until then it is very believable.  I have to say I really liked the lessons learned and how deftly the use of bible verses were added into the book.  Overall, I think this was a unique young adult novel that had some added depth that wasn’t expected.  This is definitely a good one for teens to read.

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