Sunday, September 30, 2012

Close Enough to Touch Winner

The winner of Close Enough to Touch is Regina. Email me at livelaughromance @ gmail . com (without the spaces). Let me know if you want Kindle or Nook format and what email to use.

Have a great Sunday, everyone! 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekend Reading & Giveaway - Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl

I'm looking forward to reading Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl this weekend. I want to share the love of books so I'm giving away an eBook copy of Close Enough to Touch in either Kindle or Nook format. 

What are you reading this weekend?

The giveaway is open through Saturday and the winner will be announced on Sunday. The winner will have one week to contact me. By entering you are agreeing to giveaway rules that are listed here

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday’s Anticipated Releases

 Run the Risk by Lori Foster

When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend’s unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her...

Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new “construction worker” who’s moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer’s crosshairs?

Available at         Kindle        Nook        Harlequin

Shades of Temptation by Virna DePaul


Carrie Ward understands dangerous men, and she's got the scars to prove it. These days, the Special Investigations Group detective saves her risk taking for the job. But when she's asked to pursue a high-profile serial killer, she'll have to join forces with the last man she wants to depend on-Jase Tyler, an ace senior detective who's as reckless as she is cautious. And despite her best intentions, the sparks begin to fly.


As Carrie and Jase race to try to save the next victim, the passion that simmers between them ignites. But a cunning killer at the top of his game is challenging Carrie to play to the very end. Now all she can count on are her instincts-and Jase, the one man daring enough to keep her safe....

Available at      Kindle       Nook       Harlequin

Monday, September 24, 2012

Updated - ARC Review If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones (Recommended Read)

IF I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones has a gorgeous new cover and buy links after great news was announced. The news is here on Lisa Renee Jones' blog. 

If I Were You is simply amazing! This book is a definite re-read for me. It left me wanting more of Sara and Chris and the intrigue around what happened to Rebecca (the journal’s writer).

The book is written in first person from Sara’s point of view. There were times I longed for Chris’ point of view. I wanted to know what was going on inside his head because he is such a compelling character. I wanted to know his deep dark secrets. However, the book wouldn’t work if we knew what Chris thought. To know the answers would take away from the intrigue and mystery of the book.

Sara is left with a storage unit and erotic journals to deal with when her friend runs off to elope. Sara finds she can’t sell off the belongings in the storage unit. The more she reads the journals, the more determined she becomes to find the owner, Rebecca, to return her possessions and figure out what happened to her. This desire leads to Sara taking Rebecca’s place at the art gallery, which starts Sara on a path to becoming what she wanted to be.

Sara is easy to relate to. She has a habit of rambling in uncomfortable silence or awkward moments. She’s someone you can see as having for a friend. She is torn between her desire to take the opportunity to change her life by working in the art gallery and finding Rebecca. Her relationship with Chris kept me turning the pages.

Chris is a mystery. He’s rich and famous but doesn’t act it. He prefers people to not know he is the famous Chris Merit. Chris wants to protect and care for Sara. His feelings for her make him act in ways that break the rules he has set out. He has a dark secret that he knows will make Sara run away. At the end of the book, we get a glimpse of his dark secret.

Sara’s new boss, Mark, is dominating. Mark and Chris seemed to have been friends once, but something happened between them. Adding another mystery to try and unravel.

The ending is a cliffhanger. I’m dying to know what happens. The second book, Being Me, is on my anticipated books list. I can’t wait for its release.

The romance between Sara and Chris made the romantic in my happy while the mystery behind Rebecca’s disappearance made the suspense lover in my happy. It’s a perfect blend of the two.

I recommend this book to any reader who is looking for an erotic romance with mystery, intrigue, and a hot alpha male who likes to take charge.

5 Stars = A Must Read (I will be reading this one again.)

Note: Review based on ARC provided by NetGalley.

Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away.

The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey. When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry. Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life.

Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.

Get your copy today!

Available at:       Kindle        Nook       

Pre-order at:        Amazon      Barnes & Noble

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

So Many Books, Not Enough Reading Time

I'm really enjoying Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire. Definitely plan to finish it this weekend. Also, I need to finish up In His Sights by Tina Beckett. Then I'm looking forward to diving into Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl.

So many books and not enough reading time.

What are you reading? How do you decide which book to read with so many great books to pick from?

Have a fabulous weekend! Happy reading! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

YA/MG Reading

I've decided to expand what I read for a variety of reasons. Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grade (MG) books are the latest additions to my reading. You may have noticed a YA/MG Reading Now section over in the right column and on the Books Read in 2012 page.

While I’m reading these books, I won’t be giving reviews on them. I haven’t read enough of the genre to feel comfortable reviewing them. However, I may still comment and talk about the books.

Anyone read books in YA/MG genre? Any recommendations? 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekend Reading & Reading More Than One Book

I’m reading In His Sights by Tina Beckett as well as Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire. Since the books are different genres, I’m able to read both at the same time. I’m hoping for more time to read this weekend, but I won’t be holding my breath.

What are you reading? Do you every read more than one book at a time? Or are you a one book woman or man? 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Reading Time

Since starting my new job, I don’t have as much time to read I would like. I’m working on making new habits to make sure I read everyday because I tend to get cranky when I don't make time to read. 

I’ve started reading one chapter before bed. Of course, I always have such a hard time reading just one chapter. It’s like eating only one chip.

I also read when I’m on the treadmill. Only lately I’ve found less time to get on the treadmill and when I do get on I find I’m doing other things like going through my many emails.

So, I’m still working on what will work best for me. I’m in need of some other ideas. Got any tricks or tips that work for you? 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Blog is Now on Twitter & Facebook

The blog now has its own Twitter and Facebook page. I decided the blog needed its own accounts. Please follow and like for blog updates and related stuff. Feel free to also follow me own my Twitter and Facebook as well. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Quiet This Week & Winners I Still Need to Hear From

This week will be quiet here on the blog. Next week might be too. I’m still getting used to my new routine. I love my new job, but it’s taking time to adjust to earlier hours. Also, I’m hoping to get some reading done this week. My to-be-read pile is calling my name.

I still need to hear from the following winners. You have another week to contact me to claim your prize. Email me at livelaughromance @ gmail . com (without the spaces).

If I Were You eBook Winner – Pam Howell

Lisa Renee Jones Guest Post Winner – Phuong

Blade Song eBook Winner – Stacy Wright

Have a great week! Happy reading!