Book Tour – Nora’s Promise by Sedona Hutton

Publication date: October 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

REVIEW

When the past dictates your future can you learn to live in the now?

That is the question that keeps coming back to Nora Williams. Having been let down by men in the past she finds it very hard to trust, and this goes double for racing driver, Davey Johnson. When Nora learns that Davey is her nine year old nephew’s father, she must strive to trust him for Ben’s sake. The longer they spend together the more their views on life change.

Davey has been against romantic relationships since his mother walked out on him as a child. Distorting his views of ‘happily ever after’ he has gladly taken on the role of playboy, that is until he meets Nora. Finding her views on life, love, and the fact that she doesn’t fall at his feet, intriguing, Davey wants to spend more time with her and his newly found son. When his racing and sponsorship impact with his family commitments, Davey must make the ultimate choice – career or love.

This story has a interesting twist to it. It is not just an contemporary romance, there is a touch of mysticism involved. Nora has unique abilities. She can converse with the spirit word, namely her Grandfather. She also has a talent for animal whispering. Nora is a devote Vegan, she can sense the pain and suffering of animals and, as such, sets out to relieve as much of their torment as she can.

I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but I do like animals (I have a pet snake). I understand the views and principals that others have when they decline to eat meat for whatever reason. I fully understood Nora’s opinions on this matter and felt her sorrow at the separation of the cow and calf, the author has expressed the views of the main character in a non-preaching manner. I’m not sure that I would have been as quick to convert as Davey was, however I don’t own a cow and wouldn’t dream of eating a snake, so I guess I can see his point.

A really enjoyable read. I will definitely be reading the next story about AJ and Ella – The Perfect Lap – and like the look of Cloud Whispers that I will hopefully be reading soon.

Rating 4/5

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Synopsis

She trusts animals more than men. He runs through women like tires. Will an orphaned child force them to change gears?

With her sister’s death, Nora’s life changed in an instant. Forced to raise her orphaned nephew, the animal rescuer doesn’t expect to be dumped and fired by her kid-hating boyfriend/boss. After her own close call and a message from beyond, Nora introduces the little boy to his handsome, fast-living absentee father.

Davey Johnson is a hot-shot NASCAR driver who never wanted to be slowed down by fatherhood. But when he finds out he has a nine-year-old son, he vows to be a better father than his old man. When his first efforts fail in a big way, he enlists Nora’s parenting help. But what starts as a chore transforms into something way hotter than a final lap.

When Davey’s sponsors clash with Nora’s vegan ways, he’s forced to choose between his passion for racing and his love of Nora. Will they be able to blend their lives or will their romance run right off the track?

Nora’s Promise is a contemporary romance with a new age twist. If you like fast cars, caring heroines, and sizzling chemistry, then you’ll love Sedona Hutton’s contemporary love story.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Author Sedona Hutton finds inspiration in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and curly-coated retriever. In addition to writing, she’s a Reiki Master and a certified Chopra Center Meditation instructor. She enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, playing with her dog, and riding motorcycles. Sedona’s novel, Cloud Whispers, was selected as a Finalist in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Contest and an Official Selection in the 2018 Summer eBook Awards for New Apple Literary. Her “Peace, Love, & Joy” blog can be found on her website. Visit her at www.SedonaHutton.com, Facebook @SedonaHuttonAuthor, and Twitter @SedonaHutton.

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No Match for Love Volume One Box Set: Miss Match, Not Your Match, Mix ‘N Match – No Match for Love #1-3 by Lindzee Armstrong

REVIEW

This is a lovely compilation of romance novels that begins the No Match For Love series.  Based around the workings of a match-making agency, Toujour, the stories bring together couples who may not have otherwise found each other.  Each story focuses on a different couple and follows the ‘will they, won’t they’ plot of a contemporary romance. You will also recognise characters from the other books and see them achieve their happily ever after.

If you want a series to get lost in on a cold winters day, curl up in front of the fire, pour a glass of wine and enjoy the flirty fun that comes when finding your ‘one’!

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

Miss Match Playing cupid may break her heart. With the matchmaking company she works for in decline, Brooke is desperate to sign Luke, her billionaire best friend, as a client. But Luke is more interested in capturing Brooke’s heart. Escape into this lighthearted romantic comedy today, which InD’Tale Magazine calls a “feel-good romance that will leave you swooning.”

Not Your Match Sometimes it takes dating Mr. Wrong to find Mr. Right. Dating the wrong people has convinced both Ben and Andi that what they really want is each other. All that’s standing in their way is a fake boyfriend, a jealous ex-fiancée, and being afraid to risk their hearts. Explore this emotionally-charged romance today!

Mix ‘N Match Fire and ice aren’t meant to mix. Zoey and Mitch couldn’t be more opposite. One passionate kiss has convinced them they’d never work. But two weeks in Paris could change everything. Take a trip to Paris in this fun-filled romantic comedy!

The No Match for Love series follows the matchmakers and clients of Toujour on their journeys to love. Each story can be read as a stand-alone, so start with whichever book catches your interest the most!

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31816677-no-match-for-love-volume-one-box-set)

What I’ve Done – Morgan Dane #4 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Fear-inducing and tear- inducing all in one exciting story.

Morgan Dane is finding it hard to work as a defence council, especially when she has clients like her current one. But when a friend of Sharp’s ask for their help to defend her daughter, Morgan and Lance will do everything they can to prove her innocence.

Morgan is one of my favourite female lead characters.  She is intelligent, caring and loves food! She also loves her family unconditionally.  Her Grandpa and three little girls are the backbone of her existence, with Lance being her shoulder of strength to lean on when times get hard.

Intrigue and suspense are in full flow in this story.  Hayley, who is being accused of murder, having been found covered in the blood of the victim and holding the murder weapon, has no memory of the nights events.  Morgan and Lance set out to investigate the night of the incident but in doing so ruffle some very uneasy feathers. As things heat up, especially for Lance, he and Morgan race to find the answers before it is too late.

Loved the ending, have tissues ready!

Rating 5/5

Listened to via Audible, Narrated by Cris Dukehart

 

Synopsis

Haley Powell wakes up covered in blood, with no memory of the night before. When she sees a man lying in the backyard, stabbed to death, she has only one terrified thought: What have I done?

Agreeing to take the case as a favor to her PI friend Lincoln Sharp, Morgan must scale a mountain of damning circumstantial and forensic evidence to prove her client innocent. Haley couldn’t appear more guilty: her bloodstained fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and she has no alibi. But Morgan can’t shake the feeling that this shocked young woman has been framed.

Someone out there is hell-bent on sabotaging her defense, targeting Morgan, her partner, and especially Haley. Someone who will stop at nothing—and whose next move will be deadly.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37759102-what-i-ve-done)

 

False Hope – False #2 by Meli Raine

REVIEW

Put up the ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs, find a comfortable seat and settle in because this book needs your undivided attention!

As Lily slowly recovers physically from the traumatic experience of being shot in the back of the head, her emotional well-being is under constant attack.  Someone is still trying to kill her and her trust in everyone around her is put to the test. As Lily and Duff become closer, secrets are revealed that could endanger both their lives.

This story is told from Duff’s point of view and gives us more of an insight into his past and the personal mission he is undertaking. Duff is in unknown territory when it comes to Lily. The feelings he has for her are new and he is struggling with how to deal with them especially when he is not sure if they are reciprocated.  But when they are, he knows he will do anything to protect her, and not because it is his job, he will do it in order to protect his own heart.

The ending of this book leaves us once again on a cliff hanger, and that is after Duff and Lily have had their own deadly experiences on the edge of a cliff!

Every time I have read one of Meli Raine’s series the main male character has always struck me as an annoying, pig-headed idiot that wouldn’t know how to have a relationship if it came up and bit him on the butt, but by the middle of the second book they have become one of my new favourite leads.  This has once again happened and I now wait on tender-hooks for the third and final installment in the ‘False’ Series – False Start.

If you are after excitement, intrigue, suspense and a whole heap of sexual tension then this series is what you need.

Rating 5/5

This is an ARC review courtesy of Meli Raine

Synopsis

She thinks she’s fooled me. But I’ve known all along.
Almost.
Lily is hiding something, a secret so big, she came out of a year-long coma and her first instinct was to lie.
Who does that? Someone who is afraid. No—not afraid.
Terrified. And it’s my job to take that fear away.
My partner and I have spent countless man-hours hunting down the cold-blooded killer who did this to her. Meanwhile, Lily’s spent her waking hours recovering. Getting stronger. Getting smarter.
Staying beautiful.
Never get involved emotionally. That’s my dictate. Never get attached.
When you realize you’re caught in a triangle, it turns out there is no exit.
Crossing a line is easy. Holding a line takes strength.
Lily’s shooter knows that she’s my weakness.
And he’s about to exploit that by breaking a line and escaping, claiming a hostage in the process.
One I have to get back.
No matter what it takes.

(https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/false-hope/id1421994196?mt=11)

Bones Don’t Lie – Morgan Dane #3 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

A step into the past leads to a shocking discovery.

When a car is pulled out of a local lake, PI Lance Kruger becomes embroiled in the 23 year old case of his father’s disappearance. As Lance and Sharp investigate the remains found in the car, someone is one step ahead and killing anyone associated with the original investigation.  Getting on the wrong side of Sheriff King requires the constant need for legal representation, fortunately for these PI’s they have a lawyer at hand in the form of Morgan Dane.

This is a very emotional story for Lance and it takes him time to let Morgan help him.  I loved the talk Morgan had with him about letting her in and the dedication and unconditional support that love entails.  They make a great partnership and know when to keep things professional and when one really needs the other.

I really was not expecting the ending that this book had, it came as a total shock.  It was one of those moments where I was listening to the book and thinking “no, it can’t be. Surely not. OMG it is!”

A great third instalment in the Morgan Dane series, filled with murder, suspense and a thrilling ending.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Cris Dukehart

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Private investigator Lance Kruger was just a boy when his father vanished twenty-three years ago. Since then he’s lived under the weight of that disappearance—until his father’s car is finally dredged up from the bottom of Grey Lake. It should be a time for closure, except for the skeleton found in the trunk. A missing person case gone cold has become one of murder, and Lance and attorney Morgan Dane must face the deadly past that’s risen to the surface.

For Lance, the investigation yields troubling questions about a man he thought he knew. But memories can play dirty tricks. For Morgan, uncovering each new lie comes with a disquieting fear that someone is out there watching, because someone is killing every witness tied to this decades-old crime. Morgan and Lance follow in the shadows of a relentless killer and walk right into the cross fire.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35531822-bones-don-t-lie)

 

Her Last Goodbye – Morgan Dane #2 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Morgan Dane is back in the thrilling second book of the series.

On the hunt for a missing young mother, Morgan Dane enlists the help of PI Lance Kruger.  As they delve deeper into the case, it becomes increasingly clear that Chelsea Clark did not walk away from her family,  but the longer it takes the more Morgan worries that they may not find her in time.

Working close to Lance again brings feelings that she is not sure she wants to face.  Losing her husband two years ago was a traumatic experience, opening up her heart to someone new seems both wrong and dangerous.  When Morgan’s life is put in danger Lance knows that he would do anything for her but is Morgan ready? And is it fair to bring his personal problems into Morgan’s already hectic life?

Elements of this story where quite graphic, particularly the scenes of Chelsea’s capture and imprisonment.  It explores how a violent and domineering mentality is often covered up by friends and family and the denial that some people exhibit even when faced with the truth.

I really enjoyed this book and the growing connection between Morgan and Lance.  Looking forward to seeing what the next book in the series brings.

Listened to via audible. Narrated by Cris Dukehart.

Rating 4/5

SYNOPSIS

Young mother Chelsea Clark leaves the house for a girls’ night out…and vanishes. Her family knows she would never voluntarily leave her two small children. Her desperate husband—also the prime suspect—hires Morgan to find his wife and prove his innocence.

As a single mother, Morgan sympathizes with Chelsea’s family and is determined to find her. She teams up with private investigator Lance Kruger. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier their investigation gets. When Morgan is stalked by a violent predator, everything—and everyone—she holds dear is in grave danger.

Now, Morgan must track down a deranged criminal to protect her own family…but she won’t need to leave home to find him. She’s his next target.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35074316-her-last-goodbye)

BOOK BLITZ – The Dirty Ones by J. A. Huss

Title – The Dirty Ones
Author – J.A. Huss
Publication date – December 4th 2018
Genres – Dark Erotic Suspense
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Synopsis:

They said write what you know so that’s what I did. I wrote dirty, I wrote erotic, I wrote the truth.
And then they called me a liar. But it’s not me who’s lying, it’s them.
Our story isn’t for everyone. It’s not even for us.
So if you’re looking for the fairy tale and the stupid prince on his dumb white horse, move along. You’ve got a hold of the wrong book.
This is not your story, this is not your life, and this is not your opportunity to dip your frightened little toe into the dark pool of water and “try new things” and then pull it out and decide… #NotForMe.
When you go in with us you go all in. So make a decision before you turn this page.
Because I’m making one promise with this book.
Just one.
We are The Dirty Ones and this is our truth.

The Dirty Ones is a brand new dark romance about the secret world of erotica authors.

 

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Excerpt:

In my dream we’re dancing. It’s a party, but not one I was ever at with them. Everyone is here. Hayes, Connor, Bennett all wearing tuxes. Me, Camille, Sofia all wearing gowns. They are the gowns we found in the basement room that first night with Louise.

I stop dancing when I realize that. I’m partnered with Bennett for some reason, which is also confusing. So I look around, searching for Connor, then Hayes. Connor has Sofia pushed up against a wall, his hand hidden beneath the long flowing layers of her elaborate skirt. Her head is tilted upward, mouth slightly open. And he’s whispering something in her ear.

I’m jealous, but turned on. So I lead Bennett over to them and take my place next to Sofia against the wall. Someone is kissing me. Bennett, or Connor, or maybe Sofia—but then I realize it’s Hayes. His soft lips caressing the side of my neck. His soft words wrapping around the tender skin of my ear just like Connor’s words wrap around Sofia. “Do you like it?” he asks. “I want you to like it.”

“What are we doing?” I whisper back. “When did this become who we are?”

And Hayes says, “It’s not real, so don’t worry about it.”

But it feels real. Camille is kissing Bennett now, her body pressing up against mine. Her soft, full breasts are bare. Somehow she’s gotten herself naked. And in my dream I laugh at that. Because it’s so typical of Camille to just take off her clothes and be indiscreet.

And then we’re all naked. All twisted together in the sheets of some giant bed. Camille’s bed, I realize. Now we’re at her Christmas party. And there’s butterflies in the air. Clear-winged butterflies like the ones at Connor’s parents anniversary. Dozens of them. No, hundreds of them. Their soft wings flutter around my hot, feverish skin like a summer wind. Making a cool breeze that feels so good.

But it’s not the butterflies. It’s Connor, blowing air across my pussy as his tongue laps against my folds, looking for the sweet spot. And when he hits it, I buck my back.

But Bennett is there, whispering, “This is wrong. This is so fucking wrong.”

And I reply, “Shut up,” because I’m irritated that he’s ruining the feeling of Connor between my legs. “Just shut up.”

And then he and Camille are gone and I get this weird feeling that they’ve left us. They figured it out—this wrongness—and left us.

But Hayes is there, saying, “Shhh, they don’t know anything. Don’t worry.”

But I do worry. Because I want to know what they don’t know. And Hayes is the secret-keeper and he’s close now. So close. “What don’t they know?” I ask him.

But Connor steals the words from my mouth with a kiss and it’s too much. I forget about my questions and how none of this makes sense and say, “It’s just a dream.”

And Sofia is touching me now. She was always so careful when she touched me, afraid she might do it wrong. But I used to tell her, “There’s no wrong way.” And that always made her happy for a little bit.

Which makes me think about her sadness. And her books. Those books she writes. The dark, sexy stories that steal your life away for days, or months, or years. And I say, “When did you change?”

And she just looks at me with her sad, sad smile that’s on her face so often now, I’ve grown used to it. She says, “You know when.”

But I don’t. I don’t really remember anything except that tower. And the book I wrote. And those dresses down in the basement. Why were there dresses in the basement?

“Kiera?”

It makes no sense at all. Why that guy had dresses. Did he have a fetish?

“Kiera?”

But they weren’t dresses, were they? They were costumes.

“Kiera!”

I open my eyes to find Connor on top of me. Holy shit, this is real.

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Author Bio:

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past four years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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