Release Day, Excerpt, Giveaway, & Review: One Snow Night by Jill Shalvis

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella! ONE SNOWY NIGHT is out now! Grab your copy for just $0.99 today!

 

 

 

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About ONE SNOWY NIGHT:

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

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EXCERPT:

Christmas Eve had the nerve to show up just like it did every year: way too quickly and with ridiculous fanfare.

The nerve.

Rory Andrews stood in the courtyard of the Pacific Pier Building in San Francisco, surrounded by sparkly holiday lights and enough garlands to give the place its own ozone, and told herself things could be worse.

She just wasn’t sure how.

It was the unknown, she decided. Because this year, unlike the past six, she’d be spending Christmas with her family, a thought that caused a swarm of butterflies to take flight in her belly.

Not an uncommon feeling since she’d turned twenty-three a few months back and decided it was time to become a person she could be proud of if it killed her. And given the guy leaning against one of the lamp poles clearly waiting for her, arms crossed, frown in place, it just might.

Max Stranton. At his side sat Carl, his huge, eternally hungry, adorable Doberman.

“No,” she said, not to Carl but to Carl’s owner. Who was not lovable. “No way.”

As always when their gazes locked, Max’s was a disconcerting mix of heat and…something else that she couldn’t quite figure out, as he was good at hiding when he wanted to be. She never quite knew how to take the heat because it seemed reluctant. He was attracted to her but didn’t want to be.

Ditto. He made her knees wobble. And also a couple of other inner reactions that shouldn’t be happening in public.

“Merry Christmas to you too, Rory,” he said, and damn. It wasn’t just his eyes. His voice was rough and sexy, and for that matter, so was the rest of him.

He worked for an investigations and security firm in the building. Basically he and the rest of his team were fixers and finders for hire. To say that Max was good at his job was an understatement. He stood there looking like sex on a stick with a duffle bag slung over a broad shoulder, his dark hair two weeks past needing a cut, and the icy wind of an incoming storm plastering his clothes to a body that could be registered as a lethal weapon.

“What are you doing here?” she asked calmly even if her heart was anything but, pounding all the way up to her throat and ears because she knew. She knew exactly why he was here. “I don’t need a ride home.”

A flash of wry humor slid in with all that sizzling heat. “Because you’d rather take two buses and a train than get into my truck with me?” he asked.

Well yes, actually.

 

 

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And don’t miss the first two novels in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES and THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, now available! Grab your copy today!

 

 

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jill-shalvis-headshotAbout Jill Shalvis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

 

 

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My Review

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It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE Jill Shalvis fan and love any and everything that she writes. I especially love her little in between the numbers novellas with her series they give you a look into minor side characters lives that you’ve always been wondering about. You also get a little something to tide you over until the next full length book is released. Also, if you’ve ever been curious about Jill’s funny, witty, and heartfelt writing, one of her novellas is a good place to jump in and try her out. They’re also read great as a complete standalone as her series are more about interconnected characters in the same town.

This story follows Rory and Max who are headed home to Tahoe on Christmas Eve and become unexpectedly stranded in the horrible weather. I loved this book because the pacing was perfect and and it also had just the right amount of steam and heart. This might just be a short story, but I felt that I really got to know Rory and Max as people and why they care for each other so deeply. The evolution of their relationship never felt rushed. This was easily another 5 cubes of sugar rating for me and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the Heartbreaker Bay series.

 Until Next Time

XOXO, 

-M 

 

ARC Review: A Sure Thing by Marie Harte

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  • Adult Contemporary Romance
  • Published: November 1, 2016
  • Series: The Donnigans #1
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  • I received an ARC via the publisher in exchange for an honest review

 

BLURB

“A blazing hot, emotionally intense love story launches a new series from an author on the rise.” Kirkus for A SURE THING

Praise for Marie Harte’s McCauley Brothers series:

“Funny, addicting, and full of hot sex scenes.” – Booklist

Meet the Donnigans

With the eldest Donnigan brothers adjusting to civilian life, their younger sister constantly in trouble, and their little brother clueless about life in general, falling in love is the last thing on anyone’s mind…

Can this Bossy Badass Marine…

The Marine Corps was everything Landon Donnigan ever wanted in life…until a bullet sent him home with a medical discharge. Teaching a self-defense class at the gym is old-hat for a marine, but when he meets sexy Ava Rosenthal, his combat skills are useless for protecting his heart.

Be her Mr. Right?

Ava can take care of herself and likes quiet, bookish men-not muscular warriors who think women need to be coddled. But Landon is more than he seems, and when they come together, the results are explosive.

My Review

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I’ve always loved how easy it is to get into a Marie Harte book. And even if you’ve never read her McCauley Series, a new reader would have no problem jumping feet first into this world with the Donnigans. But the thing that I loved most about this book was how interconnected the McCauley’s, Bad Boy Body Shop, and Donnigan series are. It’s so nice to see other characters popping up to make cameos, or hearing about how a favorite couple is doing. Totally warms my heart. These books all have a small town feel without feeling like you’re jumping into the middle of a 15 book series and being lost because you didn’t start at the beginning.

I have been patiently   waiting to hear about the Donnigan family who just happen to be the McCauley’s cousins. I am beyond happy to be back in this world that takes place in Seattle and the cozy Queen Anne neighborhood. I absolutely LOVED Landon and Ava! These have to be two of the most fleshed out romance characters that I’ve read in a long time. Maybe, EVER! And this book was laugh out loud funny! I was hoping that people couldn’t hear me snort laughing in my car while I was reading during my lunch breaks.

Landon Donnigan is one of the most complex alpha characters that I’ve read and it just made me love him even more. He’s type A. bossy, smart, quick on his feet with a comeback, protective, sweet, and sexy. Landon is recently out of the military and adjusting to civilian life. He’s been casually dating, but hasn’t found a woman that he really wants to spend time with until he meets Ava at the gym. When they first meet, they have serious burn your e-reader to ashes chemistry. I’m still fanning myself. Dr. Ava Rosenthal is a clinical psychologist who is a woman I could easily be best friends with. She’s sarcastic, snarky, intelligent, independent, witty, and sassy.

Landon and Ava together are serious real life relationship goals. Their witty back and forth banter is what dreams are made of. I love how much they were able to have fun with each other in and out of bed. And how much they actually truly got to know each other. Nothing was implied, you felt like you were getting to know them as individuals and as a couple. I really enjoyed how this book wasn’t just about Landon and Ava, but also the supporting cast of characters as well. Both of their families play major rolls in their lives, and you can tell that how much they all love and care for each other. Even when they are annoyed and feel like punching someone in the gut. Elliot, Ava’s cousin and best friend has to be one of the best supporting characters in this book. He has some of the best one liners and had me cackling to myself like a crazy person.

“Oh? Want to bet on the size of his package? I saw you’re wrong about it being tiny. That man is totally rocking the hammock.”

“The what?” 

He grinned. “The banana hammock? You know, his stretchy underwear to make room for all that…maleness.” 

HA! The man could totally be on a character on Will & Grace! I’m holding Marie to writing a book for Elliot and his smexy love interest. I need and want! Have to have it! I also can’t wait to have the next books in this series. JUST THE THING isn’t out until July 4, 2017. *Sad jazz hands* Until then, I at least have the first two books in the Body Shop Bad Boys series to keep me occupied.

Even though this book wasn’t all about the sexy times with Landon and Ava, when we finally did get to them, they were complete FIRE. Just an amazing balance of dirty, sweet, and sexy. Really the whole book was a great balance between substance and sex, so I’m easily calling this now as my #1 favorite book of 2016. It really was just perfect. Between the fun, witty one-liners and how much Marie made it a point to show that it’s ok to seek out therapy and how normal it is, no matter how strong you are or are perceived to be. With each new book that she releases, her writing skills just become better and better. She will always be an auto-buy author for me.

So if you love Jill Shalvis and Tessa Bailey, then Marie Harte is a perfect combination of the two and she will end up becoming one of your favorite authors as well.

Until next time

XOXO, 

-M 

Release Blitz: A Sure Thing by Marie Harte

 

 

 

Title: A Sure Thing
Series: The Donnigans #1
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Blurb

“A blazing hot, emotionally intense love story launches a new series from an author on the rise.” Kirkus for A SURE THINGPraise for Marie Harte’s McCauley Brothers series:

“Funny, addicting, and full of hot sex scenes.” – Booklist

Meet the Donnigans

With the eldest Donnigan brothers adjusting to civilian life, their younger sister constantly in trouble, and their little brother clueless about life in general, falling in love is the last thing on anyone’s mind…

Can this Bossy Badass Marine…

The Marine Corps was everything Landon Donnigan ever wanted in life…until a bullet sent him home with a medical discharge. Teaching a self-defense class at the gym is old-hat for a marine, but when he meets sexy Ava Rosenthal, his combat skills are useless for protecting his heart.

Be her Mr. Right?

Ava can take care of herself and likes quiet, bookish men-not muscular warriors who think women need to be coddled. But Landon is more than he seems, and when they come together, the results are explosive.

 

 

 

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Excerpt

 

“Can I kiss you goodnight?” Charles asked. A gentleman to his bones.

“Please.” She met his kiss on her cheek and blushed. “I look forward to our dinner.”

“Me too.” He looked flushed and brushed back a strand of hair that slipped over his forehead.

“Can I walk you to your car?”

“I’m parked right next to yours.” Which sat directly out front thanks to the timely departure of two couples earlier. “But I need to use the facilities before I leave. Go on without me. I’ll call you later in the week.”

He nodded “Sounds great. Have a good day tomorrow, Ava.”

“You too.” She watched him leave, ignored blond guy staring at her with what seemed to be a smirk, then searched for the ladies’ room. Once finished, she had every intention of leaving and not looking back.

But she paused next to blond guy and, noting the still-open seat, she sat.

“You.” She glared at him.

“Ava, huh? Pretty name.” He turned in his seat and grinned down at her while guzzling a beer.

“And you are?”

“Landon.” His grin nearly did her in, because his whole face lit up with joy, making it seem as if he’d brought the sun into the darkened restaurant. “But I’m sure there are a few other names you’d like to call me.”

“What is your problem?”

“Me? I’m good.” Before she could lay into him, he added, “But you’re not.”

She blinked. “What’s my problem, besides you?”

“You and boring guy.”

She frowned. “That’s not a nice thing to say.”

“Yeah, I’m not known for nice. But I’m honest. Honey, Charles is not the guy for you.”

“Excuse me, but Charles was a perfect gentleman.”

A jazz band started playing in the corner, making it harder to hear, so he leaned closer. Unfortunately, she got a good whiff of his cologne, and it went straight to her head. Just her luck Landon smelled like a dream.

She cleared her throat. “And my name is not ‘honey’. It’s Ava.” She would have added Dr. Ava Rosenthal in a haughty tone, except Landon’s breath brushed her ear, and her entire body locked up. Tight.

“Ava, you need someone that makes you hot. Boring is no good. Not for someone like you.”

She’d swear his lips touched her, and her system seemed to go haywire. Her breasts tightened, she got a funny feeling in the pit of her stomach, and she clenched her thighs together, feeling a lower torso shiver from out of nowhere.

“Like me?” She felt weak and slowly pulled back.

Except that put her at eye level with the man a breath away. He was so close she saw gold flecks in the irises surrounding pinpoints of focus, directed at her. His cheekbones were high, his nose straight, arrogant, his chin square. Manly. His firm lips parted when he inhaled, as if breathing her in.

“Like you.” He leaned closer and kissed her with the softest press of his lips, then pulled back as if he’d never been there. “Damn.” He drained the rest of his beer then asked for his tab. After taking a deep breath, he let it out and turned to her once more. Landon stared at her mouth, then at her top, still visible because she hadn’t yet zipped up her coat.

Despite the sweater that covered her from neck to waist, she felt almost naked as his gaze roamed her breasts before lazily working back up to her face. “When you come back to the gym, ask for me.”

“Wh-what?” she put a finger over her tingling lips. “Why?”

He chuckled. “Suspicious little thing, hmm?” He pulled at her hair, tugging on the long strands.

She frowned and tugged it back.

His smile grew. “We’re thinking of starting a self-defense class at the gym. It’s a good thing for women in the dating scene, especially.”

“To protect them from pawing men?” She glanced at her hair, then his hand.

His eyes glowed with mirth. “You should always know how to protect yourself.” He leaned closer. “But never from a guy like me.”

 

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Author Bio
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 http://marieharte.com and fall in love.
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