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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In the Age of Hysteria Blog Tour - Book Review + Giveaway: In The Age Of Hysteria by Thomas Briar

Author: Thomas Briar
Pages: 150
Re-release Date: June 26, 2013

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
: Erotic Romance/Historical Romance
Presented byBewitching Book Tours

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Synopsis from Amazon
Dr. Joseph Banner, a twenty-two year old graduate of medical college, has a natural gift for treating hysteria, circa 1878. The only problem is none of his peers in Boston, Massachusetts will offer him an assistantship due to a supposed moral indiscretion on his part. Without obtaining an assistantship he cannot enter the medical field to build a reputation as a competent doctor. Or, so he believes.
The beautiful and affluent Ms. Mary Pyre, a twenty-six year old businesswoman, has heard whispers of Joseph's proficiency in treating the disease. She seeks Joseph out and hires him as the attending physician at her Women's Health and Revitalizing Spa. Though Joseph and Mary are attracted to each other, unfortunate circumstances make them keep their romantic feelings for one another at arm's length. It is only when he learns she needs his expertise to overcome her chronic sexual impotence toward men that their relationship has an opportunity to move forward.


     In the Age of Hysteria is a super erotic story set in the Victorian era. This story follows a graduate named Joseph. He is a doctor specializing in treating hysteria in women. Hysteria is what a woman goes through due to sexual frustration. And yes, this was a thing. I have learned so much reading this. Since society frowned upon women expressing themselves in public or in private, it was easier to classify this as a "disease" for someone to "treat". That is where Joseph comes in. Problem is, he is down on his luck and no one is hiring until Mary and her best friend track him down. What begins as a new business adventure slowly turns into something much bigger.

     I liked this little story. I had no idea what the hell I was getting into, but I was curious. I had no idea this was a thing back in the end. Briar has clearly done some research. He does such a great job really going into the hypocrisy of it all while also being a very sexy read. I love the connection between the characters a lot as well. Joseph is a very interesting man. I don't know how he did his job without seeming like a huge perv or con man, but he did. I loved how much he respected the women around him as well. In a day and age where women weren't respected especially in the medical field, he listens to them and is interested in what they want. I had a lot of respect for him from the get go. I loved Mary and her friend, Susan. They are clearly very independent and know what they want. I loved how open and modern they were. 

     I loved Joseph and Mary together. It was insanely steamy. Briar really knows how to write an erotic story. I am very curious about his other works. I think both men and women will enjoy this. But be warned, this is an erotica. It is graphic, so if that is not your thing, don't even bother. This story is quite short, so things aren't as rounded out as I would like. I would have liked to get to know more about the characters and more of their personalities as well. For a book set in the Victorian era, the characters are quite modern. I did enjoy that they were so open in their conversations when society would frown on them otherwise. 

    This is a good read if you want something short and sexy. It is a great read into the exploration of hysteria. I am new to Briar's work and I am looking forward to reading more of it. He has a very intriguing style. He really understands the female mind. This is definitely worth checking out.



About Thomas Briar

Edgy and provocative in his writings, Thomas Briar strives to exalt the virtues of love and lust in every erotic story he creates. To date, he's garnered eleven publishing contracts with three different publishers and has seven published books in the marketplace. 

When he's not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, taking long walks, and people watching. Yeah, he's always wondering what makes people do the things they do. He knows it's usually something hidden in plain sight. He just has to figure out what it is, much like the motivations of the characters in his stories.

Five Revelations from Thomas Briar

• I was once a very religious young man. The ladies in the church I attended wore their hair in buns and their dress-tails brushed against the hardwood floor. Considering the explicit sexual content in my books, who would ever suspect that I came from such an austere environment…right?

• At twenty-five years of age I discovered Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries and Anais Nin. The course of my life was forever altered. However, due to my religious upbringing, I suffered quite the emotional dilemma: either reinvent myself into who I wanted to be or continue to live out my life in religious austerity. I honestly believe I made the right choice.

• My wife is the most fun I've ever had. And I suspect she always will be. I met her when I was twenty-two and she was nineteen. I knew I was going to marry her three weeks into our relationship but I waited eight months before I actually asked for her hand in marriage. We've been together twenty-one years. She's the love of my life.

• I'm no stranger to manual labor. My father put me to work at six years old. I chuckle now whenever I think back at how I considered it a travesty that my younger brother didn't have to start working until he was seven. My brother and I are still the best of friends all these many years later.

• I love writing erotica and erotic romance. Every time I publish a new story I feel like I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing with my life.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Rock Hard Blog Tour - Spotlight + Excerpt + $50 Amazon Gift Card: Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh

Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Rock kISS
Number in Series: 2
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance/New Adult/Sports Romance
Presented byTRSOR Promotions

Synopsis from Goodreads

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past… 
Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.
And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.
Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.
If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.


Charlotte arrived at work at seven thirty the next morning to find Gabriel Bishop’s office door open, but no carnivorous predator inside. A fresh suit was hanging on the back of his door, however, which meant he’d been in already.
Deciding to catch up on e-mails that had come in overnight from international suppliers as well as stores involved in a stock take, she was typing a reply when a sweaty Gabriel arrived fifteen minutes later. He was dressed in black running shorts and a faded University of Auckland T-shirt that was currently sticking to his body.
She’d known he was in shape, but now she realized none of it was an illusion created by his well-cut suits. Okay, she’d already known that, but seeing his muscled body in the flesh was a whole different ball game. He was built like a tank, hard and powerful.
Each of his thighs was thicker than both of hers put together, his biceps toned, his shoulders appearing even wider than usual. Everything about him was big
. Civilized clothing didn’t make him look better, she realized—it toned down his intense masculinity. Out of his suits, with the ink on the upper part of his left arm exposed, as well as that on his opposing thigh and…
Her skin hot and lower body clenching, she just nodded in response to his “Good morning.”
Disappearing into his office, he returned with his suit pants and a fresh shirt slung over his arm, along with a sports bag. “Push the meeting with Sales to nine, will you, Ms. Baird? I need to talk to HR about something before then.”
“Yes, sir,” Charlotte said almost soundlessly, but he was already gone, heading toward the employee shower one floor down.
The thigh tattoo went all the way around, the design intricate.
Heart rate a rapid stutter, Charlotte got up after he disappeared and decided to go grab him a coffee. He’d bought her one yesterday after all. She was just being nice. “Oh, shut up, Charlotte,” she muttered once she was in the elevator, and slumped her face into an upraised hand.
The truth was she was running away. Only for a few minutes, but that’s what this was: strategic retreat. Gabriel Bishop was overwhelming. Once, before she’d ever met him and under the influence of cocktails, she’d told Molly she wanted to rip off his shirt and sink her teeth into his pecs.
That desire hadn’t waned even now that she knew he was a T-Rex. Of course, the desire was all strictly in her imagination. The idea of actually handling him in real life? So impossible as to be laughable. Charlie-mouse was not about to play with a predator who could eat her alive and not even notice the bones. The good news was that she could admire him in relative safety—there was no chance in hell he’d ever notice her as a woman.
Getting the coffee from a nearby café, she took it back upstairs. He was in his office when she entered, the striped dark gray of his tie hanging around his neck and his damp hair roughly combed. The scent of clean, fresh soap over warm skin permeated the office. Shooting her a smile that turned him from gorgeous to flat-out devastating, he flipped up the collar of his white shirt to get the tie in place. “Thank you, Ms. Baird.”
Nodding, Charlotte escaped, though she really
wanted to stay. She’d never realized how erotic it was to watch a man dress until this precise moment. And she shouldn’t be having these thoughts about her boss—especially since she couldn’t keep from quivering like a rabbit in his presence. Sometimes she just annoyed herself.
“Get to work,” she muttered and knuckled down.
Gabriel was fine for the first hour, but then he began barking orders even a six-armed woman with a split personality would have had trouble handling.
Finally, pushed to the edge, Charlotte snapped. “I’m going as fast as I can!” she yelled when he asked her for something a minute after he’d asked her to complete another task.
He scowled and held out a file. “This is a priority.”
Grabbing it from his hand, she said, “Fine,” and slapped it down on her desk.
It was over an hour later that he disappeared for ten minutes. When he returned, it was to put a small bakery box on her desk. “I think you need something to sweeten your mood today, Ms. Baird.”
What she needed
was for the T-Rex who was her boss to stop snarling and growling, she thought as he returned to his office. Not opening the box until her curiosity had almost killed her, she found it held a slice of decadent chocolate cake with a white-chocolate ganache topped with curls of both white and milk chocolate. “I cannot be bribed with cake,” she muttered, eating a bite nonetheless.

Full two-chapter excerpt available on Nalini’s Website:


About Nalini Singh

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars (and one gorgeous ex-rugby player). If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website
. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don't forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Reaper Madness Blog Tour - Book Review: Living Dead Girl (Living Dead World #1) & Spotlight/Excerpt Reaper Madness (Living Dead World #2) by Nessie Strange

Author: Nessie Strange
Series: Living Dead World
Number in Series: 1
Pages: 234
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Publisher: Etopia Press
: New Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Presented byRed Moon Book Tours

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Jen MacLellan has hit a dead end... 
Jen knows tattooed, blue-haired Jack Norris is trouble the minute he opens his front door. And being a mortician in the avante garde East Side of Providence, Jen has seen a lot. Jack has recruited Jen's teenage brother Drew to play drums for his less-than-respectable punk band, and Jen has no choice but to follow their gigs to keep her little brother out of trouble. But when Drew goes missing, she finds herself in the awkward position of asking for Jack's help. Shocked that he agrees, Jen decides she may have misjudged him. Worse, she might even like him.
But when Jen is brutally attacked, she awakens in the hospital where a Sid Vicious look-alike greets her with the news: she's dead, and he's the reaper assigned to take her away. Yeah, not so much. Refusing to leave, Jen's spirit watches helplessly as her loved ones suffer, powerless to ease her family's grief or prevent the police from accusing Jack of her murder. Desperate to help them, Jen convinces the reaper to bring her back. But reanimating corpses isn't as easy as it looks, and neither is finding a killer before it's too late... 


     Living Dead Girl is a story about a young woman named Jen with a very interesting job. She is a mortician who works with her dad. Things are going fine at home except her brother seems to be getting himself into trouble. One night when trying to get him out of trouble, she meets a man named Jack. Jack seems like someone who is bound to get her and her brother in all sorts of trouble, so she instantly hates him. But things change when she realizes she misjudged him. They fall in love, but it not everyone is happy about it. Someone is after Jen, but she has no idea how bad it is until it is too late.

     Holy crap, this quite the read. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in a day. Once I saw that this was an Urban Fantasy book, I jumped at the chance to read it. But the first half of this book feels more like a Contemporary Romance. I don't mind that because this was still amazing. 

     Jen was a great leading character. She is strong and doesn't take any crap. She is obviously the head of the house. Her father isn't the disciplining type and her brother is in his rebellious stage. She is there to protect them both. She lives a very strict and very predictable life (uptight really)...until Jack. Oh my goodness, I loved Jack. I want to marry Jack. He is funny, full of charisma, lovable and just all around amazing. It was amazing seeing how much he loved Jen. Jen is already with someone (who I couldn't stand from the very beginning). Jen is so strong, so it baffled me how she allowed her boyfriend to treat her in this book. The chemistry between Jen and Jack made my ereader steamy. I loved seeing the journey of them getting together, Jack never gave up on her even though he wasn't sure about how she would feel about him.

     The story is quite an interesting one. It takes so many different turns you just don't see coming. Like I said, the first half of this book feels like a Contemporary Romance. Then it goes into Urban Fantasy territory. Something tragic happens to Jen and it changes her life for the worst, But even then, she is not going to let anything stop her from being with Jack. This book will take you through so many emotions. You will feel the desperation and panic of Jen and the love she has for Jack. She will do anything to help and protect him. She knows she is the only one that can and she will do whatever it takes.

     I can't believe where this book went. I didn't see that coming. All characters play quite the role especially PJ, her best friend. Wow, just wow. I have no words, but just know you will be floored where she is concerned. This book will anger you in the best way. The emotions, oh the emotions. It was too much. This is my first read from Strange and I plan on reading everything she will ever write or has written, Her storytelling skills are out if this world. She knows how to connect with the audience and make our imagination go wild. This was such a creative read, it made me fall even more in love with it. This was another great read that I just got lost in. I already have book 2 which I intend to start pronto. Highly recommend this read to anyone looking for something different and addictive. Trust me, it is an addictive read.



Author: Nessie Strange
Series: Living Dead World
Number in Series: 2
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads
This isn’t the afterlife she expected...

Jen MacLellan can’t get the hang of being a reaper. She’s been separated from Jack, the man she loves, and is stuck with an annoying telepathic link to her ill-tempered mentor, Sam. Now Death is breathing down her neck, promising to remove that annoying link if she gives him what he wants. But when reapers begin to disappear back on earth, leaving behind walking, talking dead people, Jen and Sam are thrust into a dangerous mission to recapture the souls, and a passionate physical relationship that complicates everything.

Jack Norris has no memory prior to waking up on the half-demon Nulcifer’s couch six months earlier. As he begins to investigate his past, he discovers a string of past lives tied together by a beautiful, mysterious brunette. Who is she? And why does finding her seem like a life or death proposition?

When Sam falls victim to fate during a routine visit to earth, Jen’s devastated. Desperate to get him back, she runs smack into the man she never thought she’d see again—Jack. She tries to keep her distance, but there’s no time to be awkward if they want to save Sam. When sinister plots are revealed, and betrayals threaten everything, she’s forced to make some tough choices—and learns that life is just as difficult when you’re dead.

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Sam wasn’t kidding when he said I had no idea what I was getting into. And now, as I stared Death in the face—literally—from an uncomfortable black leather executive chair, it occurred to me for the first time that I was in way over my head. Between the pinstriped suit and dark, slicked-back hair, he resembled a character from The Godfather more than a deity who ruled over the dead and dying. Death was one scary motherfucker. And he was smiling.

“Care for a drink, Jennifer?”

I shook my head, but he rose anyway, retrieved two glasses from the cabinet behind him, and filled both with amber-colored liquid. “Relax, I’m not going to bite.”

That wasn’t what I was worried about.

“Now, how long have you been with us? About six earth months?”

I cleared my throat. “Ah yes. About that long.”

“I find it intriguing,” he said. “You have been telepathically linked to one of my reapers this entire time, yet you really demonstrate no capability when it comes to this job. One would think that would give you an edge, hmm?”


“You’d think,” I laughed. OK, I sucked at it. It was only recently I’d been allowed to travel back to earth to help retrieve souls. Sam did most of the work, while I trailed behind, like one of those ankle-biting little purse dogs. What I wanted to know was why he’d insisted I do the job in the first place. I’d never asked to be a reaper. It wasn’t like I wanted this.

“The occupation listed from your most recent incarnation on earth was a mortician, was it not? So you should be accustomed to working with the deceased and the sensitivities that go along with it.”

“These two jobs are absolutely nothing alike.” Shit. I’d reacted again, lost my cool because of something he said. Now that my brain had caught up with my mouth, the fire snuffed out and with it went my nerve. I needed to learn to bite my tongue. Considering the habit crossed over with me from my last life, maybe that was wishful thinking. “Well, I mean, because when I was a mortician, those people didn’t talk back to me.”

Death studied me. “No, I don’t imagine they did.” He scrunched his lips up, his brow furrowed—the only hint of emotion I’d seen from him—but it quickly faded. “What exactly is it that’s holding you back or hanging you up? I’m just trying to understand here.”

“Well, I guess some of it is that I feel bad for them. I want to make things easier, but Sam’s all about scaring them and intimidating and manipulating them. It doesn’t seem right. I mean, we’re their first point of contact with the afterlife; why does it have to be frightening?” I was doing it again. OK, I needed to breathe. “I just… I see the fear in their faces, and it tears at me. It doesn’t feel right. It’s not me.”


About Nessie Strange

Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. Living Dead Girl and Reaper Madness, the first two novels in her urban fantasy Living Dead World series, were published by Etopia press in 2014.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

The Dressmaker's Duke Blog Tour - Book Review + Giveaway: The Dressmaker's Duke by Jess Russell

Author: Jess Russell
Pages: 373
Re-release Date: September 15, 2014

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
: Historical Romance
Presented byRed Moon Book Tours

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antitheses of his depraved father, repressing his desires so severely he is dubbed "the Monk" by Society. But when Olivia Weston turns up demanding payment for gowns ordered by his former mistress, Rhys is totally flummoxed and inexplicably smitten. He pays her to remove her from his house, and mind. But logic be damned, he must have this fiercely independent woman.
Olivia's greatest fear is becoming a kept woman. She has escaped the role of mistress once and vows never to be owned by any man. Rather than make money in the boudoir, she chooses to clothe the women who do. But when a fire nearly kills her friend and business partner, Olivia's world goes up in smoke and she is forced to barter with the lofty duke.
As their lives weave together, Olivia unravels the man underneath the Monk, while Rhys desires to expose the lady hiding behind the dressmaker. Will his raw passion fan a long-buried ember of hope within her? Can this mismatched pair be the perfect fit? 


     The Dressmaker's Duke is a romance about a woman named Olivia. She is a widow who has decided to make her own living as a dressmaker. One day she finds herself selling valuables of her late husband's for money when she runs into Rhys. They are both taken with each other and do their best to ignore the feelings. But fate had different plans for them.

     I don't normally read Historical romances, but I am glad I checked this out. What a beautiful romance Rhys and Olivia shared. I fell in love with them instantly. I fell in love with this book instantly. When I finished this, I went to look for more work from Jess Russell and I was shocked to see this is her debut. You honestly wouldn't be able to tell. The Dressmaker's Duke is so well written. It really grabs you and takes you along for the ride.

     Olivia and Rhys were such a perfect match. They both have their share of demons. It is easy to connect with them and root for them. I love finding characters that seem to breath life into each other. Their scars defined them, but they were able to get past it. This is one of my favorite love stories now. I can't wait to reread this to experience it again. It was just that good.

      I really enjoyed the plot of this story as well. It becomes a great blend of romance and suspense. Something tragic happens to someone Olivia knows and she has to go Rhys again for help. I love where the story goes here and no matter how hard they fight it, Olivia and Rhys always end up in each other's sights. It is so touching seeing them break out of their shells. Rhys is so isolated, he has been called "The Monk". Olivia used to be a lady, but she doesn't seem like it. She has a mind of her own and isn't afraid to show it.

     I think I could talk about this all day. This book was so enthralling. It is nice getting so lost in a book, you don't even pay attention to the time. Russell knows how to make magic with just pen and paper. I am so looking forward to what she has in store for us next. It will be worth the wait. This is not a genre I usually go to, but this was just amazing. Highly recommended.



About Jess Russell

As a girl Jess Russell escaped the world of rigorous ballet class and hideous math homework into the haven of toe wriggling romance novels. She never imagined in her dyslexic brain she would ever come to write one, but one small scene grew into 359 pages, and contest wins, and multiple contract offers. Dreams sometimes do come true, just like the happy ending in the stories she loves.

Jess lives in New York City with her husband and son and disappears to the Catskill Mountains whenever she can. She is a sometime actress, award winning batik artist, and accomplished seamstress. Along with her sewing machine, she loves power tools and, what’s more, she knows how to use them.

Jess is currently working on revamping her Manhattan kitchen as well as writing two other stories, (working titles), Heart of Glass, and Mad for the Marquess.

Jess Russell is a member of RWA, as well as the Beau Monde and the NY chapters of RWA. 

THE DRESSMAKER’S DUKE is a muti-award winning novel and now a best seller!

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