Saturday, 20 December 2014

Review: A Crazy Thing Called Loved by Christina C. Jones

The Blurb
Simone is a woman on a mission: Stop being boring, and fall in love.

That's easier said than done with no prospects on the table... or under the table... or near the table. Her luck changes when fellow neighborhood business owner Roman Taylor walks through the door of her flower shop.

Roman is single, successful, and sexy — everything Simone is looking for to embark on a whirlwind summer romance with the potential to spark an everlasting love.

But things are never as "perfect" as they seem, and Simone — and Roman — have to decide if they're willing to risk their hearts when things get a little messy in their pursuit of a crazy little thing called love. 

My Review
I bought this book as soon as I saw the cover and read the blurb. Then I let it sit on my Kindle for some unknown reason. Only to try to reorder it again when it came into my sphere once again because I really liked it (don’t you hate when you attempt to order books you already own?).

A lovely contemporary romance that added a definitive African American flare to it, such as a small bit of slang, style and a wonderful amount of success.  The book was filled with successful small business owners, which I loved.

Can we say drama? But not in the typical way you might think. Through the well written characters Ms. Jones had us fall in love, get angry, say “Oh, no he didn’t” ( a few times), want to weep for the tragedy that occurs, and then sigh a the happily ever ending. Simone and Ramon have a tumultuous relationship, but it all works out in the end.

I give this book four out of five coffee shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased the book from Amazon.

Review: Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

The Blurb
I know what they see when they look at me. The charming, soft-spoken dragoness bred from the most powerful of royal bloodlines. A disguise strong than any battle shield that allows me to keep all suitors at tail's length. A technique that's worked until him. Until Ragnar the Cunning, handsome barbarian warlord and warrior mage from the desolate Northlands. Unlike those who've come before him, he does not simply submit to my astounding charm and devastating smile. Instead he dismisses me as vapid, useless and, to my great annoyance, rather stupid.

Yet I'll allow no male to dismiss me. Soon he'll learn my worth, my many skills, and the strength of my will. For this one challenges me enough to make me want to ruthlessly taunt him, tease him and, finally, when the trap is set, bring him to his knees.

My Review
In this book we learn that Keita is more than the slut we all presume her to be. As I read books 1-3 and noticed Keita’s behavior, I presumed (and feared) Ms. Aikens would get really raunchy with this story. I was wrong. The romance was sweet in many ways. Even the sex scenes were tame compared to the other stories. I enjoyed that Ms. Aikens thwarted me, once again with her brilliant writing.

I liked Ragnar from book 3. He’s perfect for Keita. He’s as logical a thinker as she is (although she throws more emotion into her schemes).

As always I loved how I got to catch up with the other characters. Annwyl is still the most awesome heroine!

I give this romance four out of five dress shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon as a book bundle. If you only want the individual book then click here.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The author buzz is all about ... well me! #Romance #Multicultural

Every word you are about to read is true (Or it will be very soon!)

These days everywhere you turn, people are talking about Nana Prah. Not for her fantastic teaching skills of student nurses or her brilliant smile, but because she’s one of the hottest authors on the planet. No one can quite figure out where she came from. One day she sold a few books and the next the next – BAM! Best seller lists all over the place.

With multiple books to her name she’s been around for a few years. But what makes her so spectacular?  She says she writes books that she’d want to live in herself. It turns out that the people can really relate to her stories because they are buying them in droves.

Look at what people are saying:

Love Undercover
I knew Nana Prah could write, but she blew me away with this tale. I hung on the edge of my seat throughout, couldn't turn the page quickly enough to get to know what happens next. The characterization is amazing - I felt like I knew Sarita, Matt, and even Rhee Hana, not to mention the other inmates in the jail.       ***** Zee Monodee   
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Midwife to Destiny
This story was so touching, tender and steeped with goodness. I loved the natural, real feeling of the characters, settings and plot. Some characters in romances are cardboard cut-outs. These characters are unique, real and deep. I loved reading about how Ora had to face up to her deep-seated fears and pain. I loved the process she went on.       
                         ***** Leen  
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Love Through Time

Her debut novel is well written and explores the area of past lives that leaves the reader wanting to know more. Prah colorfully expresses family dynamics through sassy dialogue, flippant attitudes, and loveable characters.      ****Ready Reader   

Buy Links: Black Opal Books | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | ARe  

If you haven’t gotten a Nana Prah romance yet, then head on over to one of the following sites and pick up a copy. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Color of Love Blog Hop Winners

The Color of Love Blog Hop is over, but it was a good time. I bought some new books and discovered new authors and blogs. 

To my cohosts Empi Baryeh, Kiru Taye, and Love Bites and Silk - you are the best!

Here are the winners from the recent Color of Love event. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped make it a huge success.

Congratulations to:
  • Tonni Brown
  • Kyra Tinker 
  • Wanda Dixon
  • Vicki Potter
  • Jen CW

Monday, 15 December 2014

Love Undercover on your blog - Yay! Sign up

Huge announcement. 

I'm going on a blog tour organized by Love Bites and Silk for the month of January.

Not squeal worthy, but still great news. I'm spreading the word about my latest romance, Love Undercover. My most controversial book to date. Dealing with the issues of immigration and deportation all under the umbrella of an unwanted illicit love affair.

If you are interested in hosting Love Undercover on your blog then please click here.

I'm sharing a song that always pops into my mind when I go on a blog  tour. It tickles me pretty when I replace "We on award tour" with "I'm on a blog tour." 

 A Tribe Called Quest is legend. "There's no one else who could drop it on an angle - acute at that."

Genre: Contemporary Multicultural Romance
Heat level: Sweet
Publisher: Black Opal Books


The last thing she expects is to fall in love with a prison guard…

Hotshot Secret Service Agent, Sarita Cerez is thrown into a medium security prison—for work. Her job is to protect the daughter of the president of South Korea. She never envisioned making friends with illegal immigrants or falling head over heels for one of the guards. Now the clandestine activity, which is integral to protecting her charge, may destroy her only chance at love.

He's never fraternized with the inmates—until he met her…

Matthew Carter always plays by the rules, which includes maintaining a strictly professional relationship with the inmates in his charge. But when Sarita saunters onto the unit, all bets are off. Her status as a deportee with a permanent ticket to Columbia means they can never be together, but try as he might, this doesn’t stop him from risking his career for her.

He's a man who values honesty above all else, and she lies for a living. Can two people from such different worlds find any common ground?

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Review: The Santa Drag by Liv Rancourt #ChristmasRomance

The Blurb

Things aren't always what they seem, and this shopping mall Santa has a secret that only true love can reveal. 

Mackenzie's an out-of-work actress who takes a job as a shopping mall Santa to pay the rent. She fools everyone with her Santa drag, until the day Joe McBride walks into the mall. Joseph Timothy McBride - the real-life, got a soap opera gig and you saw him in Scream II actor. The only guy she ever really loved. Can Mack stay in character, or is it time to strip off the red coat and peel off the beard for good? 

The Santa Drag is a 6,000 word short story with a Santa who's more than he seems to be, stressed out parents in the mall, and one very handsome actor. 

My Review
Funny, romantic and short. Of course it’s a short story, but I would have loved to see this as at least a novella. I’ll consider it a romantic Christmas treat. More like a single Hershey’s kiss than a bar. And yet still so delicious.

I give this short story five out of five Hershey’s Kisses.

I got my copy from Amazon for 99 cents

Review: What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken #Fantasy #Romance

The Blurb
Only for those I love would I traipse into the merciless Northlands to risk life, limb, and my exquisite beauty. But do they appreciate it? Do they say, 'Gwenvael the Handsome, you are the best among us - the most loved of all dragons?' No! For centuries my family has refused to acknowledge my magnificence as well as my innate humility. Yet for them, and because I am so chivalrous, I will brave the worst this land has to offer. So here I stand, waiting to broker an alliance with the one the Northlanders call The Beast. A being so fearful, the greatest warriors will only whisper its name. Yet I, Gwenvael, will courageously face down this terrifying...woman? It turns out the Beast, a.k.a. Dagmar Reinholdt, is a woman - one with steel-gray eyes and a shocking disregard for my good looks. Beneath her plain robes and prim spectacles lies a sensual creature waiting to be unleashed. Who better than a dragon to thaw out that icy demeanor? And who better than a beast to finally tame a mighty dragon's heart? 

My review
I still proclaim that G.A. Aiken is writing genius.

For me Gwenvael is the most entertaining dragon in the whole series. As I read through the first two books, I wondered just who would snag the charismatic, funny, dragon/whore. Dagmar was perfect. She’s an intellectual who fears nothing because reason and logic are her greatest allies.

The story was amazing, filled with my favorites: action, romance, and situations that made me laugh. I’m still smiling remembering some of the lines.

Ms. Aiken is a heartless author. She made me go through a traumatic event during the book that made me say “No! Say it isn’t so!” and almost skip ahead in the book to see if it was true. I’m shaking my head thinking about it.
I give this book five out of five thick spectacle (glasses) shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon (as a book bundle - one of the best investments ever!)