Thursday, October 31, 2013

Seduce (Beautiful Rose 0.5) by Missy Johnson

Seduce is a Prequel to Beautiful Rose.

In Seduce we meet Jack Falcon.  Jack is rich, has an excellent job and he can get any woman he wants.  His friends tell him he will someday fall in love and things will change for him.  He doesn't believe it until he meets Belle.

Belle is a mystery to him.  She is beautiful, sweet and spontaneous. He meets her at a cafe and he keeps on coming back to see her again. He doesn't understand what's pulling him towards her.  He tries to stay away but he starts loosing the battle.  Just when he has given up on fighting his feelings for her, he learns a very compelling reason to stop seeing her.  In the end, there is a lot of guilt and devastation.

When I started reading Seduced I thought it was funny and Jack was going to find his HEA. I couldn't be more wrong.  I didn't expect the ending but I won't say anymore to avoid spoiling it.  Just be warned there is a shocking event. I can see now how Missy has woven the perfect background story for Beautiful Rose.

“Really, I’m not as bad as my reputation makes me out to be. In fact, I’d go as far to describe myself as a decent guy. I just have no interest in a relationship that extends beyond a quick fuck when it suits me. I really don’t see how it’s my fault or problem if a chick falls for my boyish charms. Every woman seems to think she can change me, that she somehow has something all the other notches on my belt didn’t have.”

3.5/5 Fangs

Sentinel Blog Tour: Spotlighting Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout & Huge Giveaway

As you guys know Sentinel is the final book in the Covenant Series. The series is written by the talented Jennifer L. Armentrout and she is one of my favorite authors. I love everything she writes and I'm ecstatic to be part of her Sentinel Tour.

Today, we are remembering Elixir (Covenant 3.5) which is my favorite book in the series.  Why, because it's written from Aiden's POV. This man is in love.  He will do anything for Alex.  His actions in this book made me fall in love with him even more.


Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex. 
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for. 

Even if it means making war against the gods.

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My review:
This novella starts where Deity ends. So if you haven't read Deity, don't jump to Elixir.

Alex has woken up but she is not the same independent girl. She is linked to Seth in a bad way. She only wants to escape. Luckily, Apollo knows a few gods to help him keep her safe.

It is heart-wrenching reading Aiden dealing with Alex. You feel every emotion he has. Some of the decisions that he made, which he thought were wrong made me like him even more.

I loved Elixir. It was perfect. Aiden has solidified as a true hero for me.

 My fist connected with his jaw before I even knew what I was doing. His head jerked back as he staggered to the side. I shot forward, grabbing him by his shirt, and slammed him into the wall, rattling several paintings.
 “Aiden!” Marcus yelled.
 “We are not going to harm Alex,” I snarled, lifting the Sentinel onto the tips of his boots. “We aren’t going to touch a hair on her head. Do you understand me?” Solos’ eyes bugged. “I know you love her—” 
“You don’t know shit. You sure as hell don’t know the lengths I will go to keep her safe.” I dropped him and he slumped against the wall. “And if that means killing one half-blood to make sure nothing happens to her, I won’t hesitate.”

 “As entertaining as you going all grrr on Solos is, we need to talk,” came Apollo’s booming voice from inside the den. “So knock it off, Aiden.”

 5/5 Fangs 

Meet Jennifer:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. 

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen. 

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Quick Q&A with JLA and the covenant characters:

For JLA – After writing the series from Alex’s POV, what challenges did you face writing from Aiden’s POV in Elixir?  It was hard to get into Aiden’s head because he was more of a challenge to write than I anticipated.

For Alex – Um…seriously girl, if I ever hear “My Seth” again, I may puke.  Is there anything about that time that you want to remember?  No.  Well, except Aiden because he believed in me. 

For Aiden – Where does your strength come from? Standing up to Alex and even the Gods, you were a rock during Elixir.  How did you do it?  It was all for Alex.  I love her and I wasn’t giving up.

For Seth – During the time where you didn’t know where Alex was, what were you doing to find her?  Everything.  I was gonna find her.

Covenant series reading order:

Sentinel is coming out on November 2nd.  I'm going to miss this series.

It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Torn (Connections #2) by Kim Karr

I would strongly recommend reading Connected before you read Torn.

Torn starts just where Connected left us. And what an ending that was!

I fell in love with River almost at the same time Dahlia did but in this installment it is pretty hard not to fall further in love with him..
He was everything Dahlia needed.  Very protective, supportive and yes majorly alpha.  He made his feelings clear to Dahlia. Yes, he made mistakes.  He hide things he shouldn't but his heart was in the right place.
Dahlia spent sometime being confused.  Someone that she loved dearly is back in the picture and she doesn't know if she should still love them or let them go.  She thought she was happy and in love with River until this chaos was brought back into her life.

What I love the most about this book is that Kim didn't make us suffer through a lengthy triangle.  Pretty soon we know where Dahlia's heart is going and I couldn't agree more with her decision.  Very happy with the conclusion of Torn.

There are some seeds planted for future books and I already added Xander's book to my TBR.  I'm sure it will be amazing.

"My father always told us that scars are the road maps to one's soul.  It took me forever to figure out what he meant, but I did when I met you."

4/5 Fangs

In Too Deep (In Too Deep #1) by Michelle Kemper Brownlow

In Too Deep
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

In Too Deep is the story of Gracie Jordan who falls in love with a college boy who has a reputation for sleeping around.  Gracie worked at the same pizza place and at he beginning she tried to avoid Noah. Noah pursues Gracie until he finally has her.
They make plans to get together at the same college. Gracie transfers to Knoxville to be closer to Noah.
Noah moves into a fraternity and this is where everything goes wrong. The parties, the girls, the lying.
Poor Gracie suffers tremendously.  Her savior comes in the form of Noah's ex roommate, Jake Rockwell.
Jake is everything Gracie needs.  He listens to her. He gives her advise.  He is her shoulder to cry.  But is it too late to break away from Noah?

This is the story of emotional abuse. It is the story of an innocent girl who got in too deep with the wrong boy. Not everyone is willing to change and Noah is the perfect example. The things that he does and says are so cruel.
I'm just glad that Gracie had Jake.  Jake was the real hero in this novel. He was Gracie's support and friend through it all.

“There you go.” He smiled a smile that took my breath away. 
“Smiles, holding hands, sunshine, two hearts intertwined, two people walking in the same direction…what’s the word for that description, Gracie?” 

“Soul mates.”

3/5 Fangs

Better (Too Good, #2) by S. Walden Cover Reveal

Title: Better (Too Good #2)
Author: S. Walden
Expected Release: November 19, 2013
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Their relationship has been exposed, and now their lives are changed forever.

For Cadence Miller, the fast track to adulthood proves intimidating and frustrating. She’s a little girl lost—abandoned by her parents and uncertain of her future. She doesn’t think she “fits” anywhere. She’s eighteen. She wants to be older. And the result is both comical and heartbreaking.

Mark Connelly will do anything to provide Cadence a stable, loving home—to be her protector. But he’s just as broken and lost, and his heart won’t let go of his past so easily. He knows he must share his secret with Cadence. And he hopes his revelation won't tear them apart. He hopes it will draw them closer, and make their love better.

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S. Walden
S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.

She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at and follow her blog at where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.

Twitter: @swaldenauthor

She made sure to look as inconspicuous as possible for her first day of classes: jean shorts, tank top, flip flops. She kept her hair down but pulled it off her face with a headband. She wore a tad bit of makeup. Nothing showy, but she thought first day classes warranted mascara and lip gloss, at the least.

She slid into a seat in the row closest to the windows. She didn’t bother to look for Michael. Or save him a seat. She still wasn’t sure about that guy. She felt guilty for not telling Mark about Michael’s kissing comment. She wanted a friend, but she was unsure if he was a good one. She scanned the room for somebody better. She needed a girlfriend. And there was one sitting directly behind her.

“Hi,” Cadence said tentatively.

“Hi,” the girl replied.

Cadence wasn’t sure what else to say. Neither was the girl. That was until she recognized Cadence.

“You went to Crestview High.”

Cadence’s face fell. “Yeah.”

“My friend went there. She graduated with you.”

Cadence nodded.

The girl leaned in and whispered, “Did you really have an affair with your math teacher?”

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Still Human (Just Human #2) by Kerry Heavens

Still Huma
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

 If you read Just Human, you know that the first book ended with Danny and Olivia (Liv) away from each other.

Olivia is trying to deal with her life not including Danny anymore.  She has the support of her best friend.  She is hurting and misses Danny dearly.

Danny is as devastated as Liv is but when she gets hurt he wants to be there for her.  Now, he just has to convince Liv that they are meant to be together. Before this can happen they will have to clear the misunderstandings and move forward together.  They will have to learn to trust each other unconditionally. 

“You told me once that you were afraid I would turn out to be just human and that I would hurt you. I told you then that I am just human and that I could be hurt just as easily. Well I’m still human…I’m still me and I know we could still destroy each other. But I don’t care, because a life without you isn’t worth living…I dare you." He whispers, with a cheeky tone. "Let me back in, you won’t regret it."

Still Human is as good as Just Human
I love Liv and Danny equally. At times I felt like Liv was too hard on Danny.  Danny is full of patience and love for Liv.  There are so many great lines in this love story.  

“Like this tree, we stumbled and fell, but something so strong cannot be wiped out in one moment. You are always rooted here with me and together we are too strong to fade away.

I would love to see this book made into a movie.  It has the perfect combination of romance, humor, heartbreak and awesome secondary characters.

5/5 Fangs

Monday, October 28, 2013

Windows (Coming Home #1) by Emily Minton Book Blitz


  Lucas Beck crawled through Melinda James’ window every night. Each time, gaining a piece of her heart and leaving a bit of his behind.

Lucas was in love with the girl next door, but he ruined any chance he had of making her his. So, he moved on without her.

Lindy gave her heart to the boy next door, but he left her humiliated and heartbroken. So, she started a new life without him. 

They both head off to college, leaving the other behind. Lucas finds success then misery on the Football field. Lindy finds new love, but it never feels quite right. 

Years later, Lucas and Lindy find themselves back in their hometown. Will Lindy open her window again and give Lucas another chance?

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About the author .... 
I am the proud mother of two lovable but irritating teenagers. I have been married for over twenty years, but I would gladly trade my husband for Tatumn Jackson any day!
If you are wondering who that is, you need to read Sweet Dreams by KA now. Kristen Ashley is my queen!
I love to read. I am a complete mommy porn junkie! I have more books on my kindle than most people could read in a lifetime, but I will get to them all eventually!
I am also an avid blogger. I love to share my favorite books and pimp my favorite authors.
I have just finished writing my first book with the amazing Dawn Martens. I hope you all enjoy Whiskey Lullaby! I also just finsihed my first solo book, Windows.


Still Human (Just Human #2) by Kerry Heavens Blog Tour

Title: Still Human
Author: Kerry Heavens
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Blog Tour Hosted by: Romance Addict Book Blog
Still Human

Danny and Liv are back...

Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him because she ran without a word when she saw their future mapped out before her. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her and this time he doesn’t think he can move on.

Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her because he broke her heart in the worst possible way, right when things were falling into place. She knows she will never love anyone like she loves him and this time she doesn’t think she can move on.

They needed a second chance because they just weren’t ready for their first, but when events changed everything between them, they discovered they were just human after all. Now Liv and Danny have to find a way to survive being hurt by each other. 

They doubted, they underestimated and they did believe the worst, but only because they were too young the first time and too vulnerable the second time. But now they have changed and if they are not the same, surely things can only turn out differently?

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Just Human

Kerry Heavens

Terrible wife
Mediocre mother
Appalling housewife
Fashion graduate
Wedding coordinator
Sex toy salesperson
Shop manager Designer
Font collector
Romance addict
Fancier of nice men
Ok, fancier of almost all men
Awesome cupcake baker
Incessant singer
Film buff

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My review:

If you read Just Human, you know that the first book end with Danny and Olivia (Liv) away from each other.

Olivia is trying to deal with her life not including Danny anymore.  She has the support of her best friend.  She is hurting and misses Danny dearly.

Danny is as devastated as much as Liv is but when she gets hurts he wants to be there for her.  Now, he just has to convince Liv that they are meant to be together. Before this can happen they will have to clear the misunderstandings and move forward together.  They will have to learn to trust each other unconditionally. 

“You told me once that you were afraid I would turn out to be just human and that I would hurt you. I told you then that I am just human and that I could be hurt just as easily. Well I’m still human…I’m still me and I know we could still destroy each other. But I don’t care, because a life without you isn’t worth living…I dare you." He whispers, with a cheeky tone. "Let me back in, you won’t regret it." 

Still Human is as good as Just Human
I love Liv and Danny equally. At times I felt like Liv was too hard on Danny.  Danny is full of patience and love for Liv.  There are so many great lines in this love story.  

“Like this tree, we stumbled and fell, but something so strong cannot be wiped out in one moment. You are always rooted here with me and together we are too strong to fade away. 

I would love to see this book made into a movie.  It has the perfect combination of romance, humor, heartbreak and awesome secondary characters.

5/5 Fangs


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Making Faces
+5 Fangs

Making faces is the story of Fern Taylor, her cousin Bailey and Ambrose Young.

Ambrose is a high school super star. He is gorgeous and an excellent athlete.  Everyone wants to be his friend.  He has four sport buddies and they do everything together, including going to prom without dates.
Fern is in love with him but he has no idea of the extent of her love for him.  She is quiet, shy girl who is not gorgeous.  She is very self conscious about herself.

“If God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made me? Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see? Does he curl the hair upon my head 'til it rebels in wild defiance? Does he close the ears of a deaf man to make him more reliant? Is the way I look a coincidence or just a twist of fate? If he made me this way, is it okay, to blame him for the things I hate? For the flaws that seem to worsen every time I see a mirror,For the ugliness I see in me, for the loathing and the fear. Does he sculpt us for his pleasure, for a reason I can't see? If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?”

Her only saving grace is her cousin Bailey.  He is her strength and she is his.

Brosie and his friends enlist and go to war. Tragedy strikes and Ambrose is hurt badly.  From here on
Ambrose Young is a broken soul.  He is living his own hell and he has so much guilt that it takes away everything that he cares for.  He becomes almost a recluse. The only thing that changes him is Fern. Fern's love for Ambrose is absolutely wonderful.  She is the salve to put him back together.  She is his best medicine.

Let me start by saying that this book is an inspiration. I'm usually not a fan of third person but Amy makes it work.
The blurb is enough to make you want to read this book but it actually doesn't do it justice.
Once you start you won't be able to put this book down. Even while writing my review my eyes are getting misty just remembering these characters. I can't tell you how beautiful this book is. Like I said before it's an inspiration.  I cried. Some very sad tears, some happy tears. The end broke me. It was beautiful. The last line should be expected but it took me completely by surprise.

If you haven't read this book you are missing out on a soul searching, wrenching, amazing, beautiful craft story.

“I've been in love with you since you helped me bury that spider in my garden, and you sang with me like we were singing “Amazing Grace” instead of “The Itsy, Bitsy Spider.” I've loved you since you quoted Hamlet like you understood him, since you said you loved ferris wheels more than roller coasters because life shouldn't be lived at full speed, but in anticipation and appreciation. I read and re-read your letters to Rita because I felt like you'd opened up a little window into your soul, and the light was pouring out with every word. They weren't even for me, but it didn't matter. I loved every word, every thought, and I loved you . . . so much.” 

More than 5 fangs- just read it.


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The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan
(Summer #1)

The Boys of Summer

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is the story of Tess and Toby.

Tess is seventeen and she has loved Toby Morrison from afar for many years.  She has always been shy and her ex-boyfriend making her life miserable has not helped with her confidence.
Tess has two great friends, one is Ellie who is a party girl, extrovert and happy.  Her other best friend is Adam who is very supportive of both girls.
Adam convinces both girls to work at the Onslow Hotel during the summer.  At the beginning, Tess is not sure about it but in the end, she caves in.
Tess is working when Toby and his friends walk in. Toby is twenty-two.  He and his friends are known as the Onslow Boys.  Tess can't keep herself away from the group for too long and it seems that Toby can't keep his eyes away either.
There is only one problem, Toby already has a gorgeous girlfriend.
How can Tess compete with her?

This was a perfectly sweet book to read. It's set in the '90s in Australia.
It was refreshing, a fast read without major drama or love triangle.  Toby and Tess made me happy. Their love felt natural and honest.
It was nice to see how Tess was able to mature through the book and I was happily surprised with all the Onslow Boys. Especially with Sean.
I have recently stayed away from YA but I was happy to read this one.
I'm in love with the Onslow Boys and I can't wait to read Sean's story.

“Can we get out of here?" 
"Your chariot awaits." 
"In the form of a blue Ford ute?" I curved my brow. 
"But of course," he said in an over-the-top French accent. 
"Sacre blur, bad accent alert!"
 "Wow," he said, "Le rude?"
"Le sorry?" 
"Le hurt." Toby clutched his heart. 
"What can I do to soothe your shattered ego?" 
Toby drummed his chin thoughtfully, pacing around me. He stopped just near enough to whisper in my ear. 
"Le kiss?” 

 4/5 Fangs

Learning to Live By R.D. Cole Blog Tour

Trudy Love is used to being on her own and has rarely been shown affection. Between growing up in foster care and her abusive boyfriend she has no idea what life can be. At 19 she goes through something no one should ever experience and is left alone once again. Six months later she moves to Mobile, Alabama where she meets someone whose eyes bring back memories of the one person she misses every day. Too late she finds herself caught in a storm of emotions that are unwanted, but she's determined to fight them off.Jaxon Coleman has a good life, and for him to attend one of the finest med schools in the country and follow in his dad's footsteps is a dream come true. However, dreams can change in life and when he meets Trudy he knows his will never be the same. Jax knows she has secrets she is unwilling to share, but he's never given up on something he wants and he wants Tru.Can Trudy stop resisting her feelings and welcome the chance to live a different life than she pictured or will her defiance and haunted past eventually take her out of Jax's reach? After tragedy living is not easy, but with the right person it can be learned.


Trudy Love has a beautiful name but has not had a beautiful life. She has been in the foster care system until she turned 18. She moves in with her boyfriend who turns out to be a cousin of the devil and so are his junkie friends. Let's just say that she experiences horrible abuse.
At 19 she has moved away from all her recent horrible experiences and starts college. She gets a new roommate, Jasmine Coleman (Jazz) and meets her brother Jaxon.

Jaxon Coleman's life changes when he meets Trudy.  He falls for her almost from the moment he notices her.
They have an attraction that Trudy tries to avoid but Jax is persistent. (yes he goes by JAX- so I immediately loved him).

"I move so I’m less than an inch from her beautiful lips and whisper, “If you’ve already convinced yourself of reasons why you shouldn’t like me, then it’s only fair that I get to argue my reasons as to why you should.” I slowly put my lips on hers and feel, for the first time, that I’m where I belong."

Trudy has a hard time opening up to anybody. Even a hug can be overwhelming. She has had no love in her life until now. I can understand how hard her situation was.  Little by little she will experience everything she has missed in her life and it is wonderful to read about it.
I love Jax's POV as well, he is such a guy.
There are sad parts in this book.  You can feel the pain Trudy has gone through.  She is stronger now than she was at 18.  There is a huge reveal at the end.
Now, I'm eager to see where the next story is going.  Thanks Kimmie for recommending the book!

"The right one is always worth the struggle."

4.5/5 Fangs

About the Author
My name is Robin and I live in Alabama. I grew up an army brat and traveled a lot until we finally settled down along the Gulf Coast when I was 4. My husband is 9 years younger so I guess that makes me a COUGAR. I have a little girl who is 9 and is blind as well as autistic. My life is not boring with them two in it. Believe me.
I have always loved creating and I would constantly draw on my walls. I love painting and reading. Writing is something I wanted to do but didn't think I could, until I woke up at three a.m. a few months back and started writing. Life has a way of throwing rocks at you and putting cracks in your soul. Either you can duck and cover or you can make something beautiful from the cracks.
After that, the story took over. Even though some pieces of my life experience are within it, it is Tru and Jax’s story now. I have truly fell in love with this story and hope you all do too.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Throwing Heat (Diamonds and Dugouts #3) by Jennifer Seasons

Jennifer Seasons
October 15, 2013
Avon Impulse
Electronic book text
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
$1.99 US / $4.99 Can. / £3.99 UK / 2,73 € EU

The sexy baseball players of Jennifer Seasons' Diamonds and Dugouts series slide into home with a final fiery romance worthy of a World Series win. Nightclub manager Leslie Cutter has never been one to back down from a bet. So when Peter Kowalskin, pitcher for the Denver Rush baseball team, bets her that she can't keep her hands off of him, she's not about to let the arrogant, gorgeous playboy win. Especially when the prize could put her business on the map. She's got this in the bag, just so long as she can stay out of his arms … and his bed. Peter struck out once before with Leslie, but this bet is sure to be the second chance he's been waiting for. Determined to stoke the passion he knows is there, he'll do anything to win—even if it means playing a little dirty. But as things heat up, this combustible pair will have to decide just how much they're willing to wager on one another … and on a future that just might last forever.

With the World Series just around the corner, fans of baseball and steamy romances alike will LOVE Jennifer Seasons final installment in the Diamonds and Dugouts series, THROWING HEAT (available now, Avon Impulse, e-book ISBN: 9780062271488, $1.99). The team’s own World Series may be on the horizon, but with a second chance at love at his fingertips, there’s more at stake for sexy pitcher Peter Kowalskin than just the game! Fans have been eagerly awaiting Peter and Leslie’s story, and there’s no denying the passion between this combustible pair. Filled with playful antics, steamy scenes, and an exhilarating love story, THROWING HEAT slides into home as the final fiery romance of the Diamonds and Dugouts series—one worthy of a World Series win.


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The Summer Series by C.J. Duggan


It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget. 

It will be a summer she will always remember. 

Links to buy: Amazon US // Amazon U.K // Amazon Canada // iTunes // B&N

Excerpt 1

“Don’t you dare.” I grabbed his arm, pulling him backwards. His eyes darted to where my hand rested on him. I didn’t move my hand, I couldn’t physically bring myself to break the contact; all of a sudden there were no smiles, no jokes, just him and me and our space on the couch. I could only hear the music and be aware of the heat of his skin and the rapid rise and fall of my chest in this moment.
The only thing that snapped me out of my daze was Toby’s words which seemed low and raspy.
“Is Adam your boyfriend?” His gaze flicked over my face as he waited for my answer. My mouth gaped open; I couldn’t hide the fact I was dumbfounded by the question.
I blinked quickly and took my hand from his arm. I struggled to construct a legible sentence. 
“Oh – um, no, we’re just friends, it’s not like that.”
His stony expression didn’t falter, didn’t reveal any kind of emotion. He was so hard to read, and I wanted to read him so badly. He gave a small nod and handed me the CD cover. 
“Better go and make sure these guys aren’t cheating.” And without another word, he got up and headed towards the pool table.


Blurb: Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study. “Come on Amy, I saved you once, I’ll save you again.” I met his stare unflinchingly. “I don’t need saving.” A wicked grin formed slowly. “Don’t you?” After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment: Boarding School. Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colorful conversations are in the distant past. How had her dad let it come to this? With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good. In an endless summer, Amy soon realizes that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.

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Meet the Author:
 C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series. 

Author Interview:
What inspired you to write the The Boys of Summer?

It was something that has been churning in my mind since I was a little girl, even if it was something no more mapped out than a group of friends hanging lakeside over a summer. It was an idea that has manifested into an entire world and I felt that I owed it to that eleven-year-old little me to develop it into a story. I know I was eleven because I had found an old exercise book with the story plotted out in my child-like handwriting and I could seldom believe it was something that had been swimming around in my subconscious for so long. It fell perfectly in line with me doing NaNo that year (National Novel Writing Month) and that was that, in one month I smashed out the bones of ‘The Boys of Summer’ (TBoS). In writing TBoS I really wanted to capture the essence of growing up in Australia. I set it in a small fictional lake side town in the 90’s to give it a certain flavor and provide a rich setting for a coming of age story, it is an absolute labor of love.

Does The Boys Of Summer have any parallels that could be drawn from your life?

I grew up in a small country town in Australia so I am well aware of what it’s like to have to make your own fun. Unfortunately our town wasn’t set on the banks of Lake Onslow but it was still a nice place to live. My first job was working as a barmaid at the local hotel and I remember the fear of my first shift and learning the ropes. The one thing I do love hearing is when a reader connects with my characters, I think there are parallels in not only my life when growing up but for many others too.
How long did it take you to write The Boys of Summer?

The Boys of Summer has proud roots formed in November 2011 NaNo month. National Novel Writing Month is a global activity where anyone can join in in the attempt to write 50k in one month. I thought it would be a bit of fun, and initially planned to tackle a edgier world gone wrong drama, but then The Boys of Summer seeped into my subconscious and completely took me over. I had such a clear, concise direction the characters had me going. I wrote in my blog the fear of not being able to ever replicate the joy of writing like I had writing the BOS. I managed to smash the quota with 77k for the month, and It took me  5 months to complete the first rough draft, and it was very rough! Then in a few months it was edited, re written, completely run through the ringer until it was polished. It took over a year in the mechanics to build the story, but it is a story that has been waiting to be written for a very, very, long time. It all just clicked in to place I am really fortunate that I had such a great time creating it.

What would your dream movie cast be for The Boys of Summer?

The Boys of Summer characters are so unique in my mind it’s hard to match them with celebrities (which is what I usually like to do) So I had to have a bit of a think on this one. Plus it’s an Aussie story so picking Australian based actors is really hard, so let’s just go with fantasy.
A young Matt Bomer would make a dreamy Toby. And Channing Tatum would be the perfect Sean Murphy (I defy anyone not to swoon over them) And I have a particular fondness for Adam Brody who would make a great Adam. That would make for some serious swoony, romantic, fun!

Future Books in the works?

An Endless Summer (Summer Series Book Two) 
Available Now.

That One Summer (Summer Series Book Three) 
Release Date: December 2013

Forever Summer (Summer Series Spin-Off Novel)
Release Date: TBA 2014

Someone Like You: (Stand alone novel) 
Release Date: TBA 2014. 


Music to me is such a huge source of inspiration for my writing. It can set a mood, evoke a memory, transport you to an imaginary time or place, it's a powerful, magical thing.

Here is a list of what I was listening to at the time I was writing my novel. Some will be story specific and others are just what I happened to be into at the time. 
So sharing is caring and hopefully it will also help set the scene and feel of my stories for you the beloved readers.

The Boys of Summer
Novel Specific

Linger - The Cranberries
Lightening Crashes - Live
Foreigner - Urgent
Bow River - Cold Chisel
Heartache Tonight - The Eagles
I Can't Tell You Why - The Eagles
A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
Cupid - Same Cooke
Wonderwall - Oasis
Flame Trees - Cold Chisel

The Boys of Summer
Writing Music

That’s when I think of you - 1927
We found love - Rihannah
Endless Summer - The Jezabels
Helena Beat - Foster the People
Pumped up Kicks - Foster the People
Heartbreak Warfare - John Mayer
Gotye - Save Me
Young Blood - The Naked and the Famous
Sunshine Eyes - Paul Mac feat Peta Morris
Hand on Your Heart - Jose' Gonzalez