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Book Review: Last of the Red-Hot Cowboys by Tina Leonard

What do you get when you take one red-hot sexy cowboy and mix in a beautiful horse riding princess? You get an epic explosion!!! Bull trainer Trace Carter gets a visit from Mayor Judy. One that he is not happy about. Seems that Mayor Judy has a trick up her sleeve, and is bringing in three girls to be the Hell’s Belles. They will represent the male overtaken city of Hell, Texas. One slight problem, Judy wants Trace to train the girls to be bull clowns. You know the ones that help get the bull back into the pen after the rider is off the bull. Nope, that will not work for Trace and his brothers in arms. You see Trace and his friends run the Hell’s Outlaws Training Center.

5 Things Every Woman Should Know Before Shopping Online

After many frustrating experiences with online shopping I thought it might be helpful to share the 5 key things I will never forget to check when shopping online. Please share any other learning experiences you've had too - I think it would be helpful for us all - right?

Deceptive Innocence, Part 2 by Kyra Davis

Deceptive Innocence, Part 2 February 18/Pocket Star/$1.99 A beautiful young woman is out for revenge—only to find the man she’s targeting has secrets as dangerous as her own, and a passion she cannot resist. Ever since her mother died while serving time for a murder she didn’t commit, Bell has been focused on one thing: revenge. She knows her mother was set up by the head of the powerful Gable family, international bankers who will crush anyone for profit, or amusement. Now she’s determined to take the Gables down—from the inside. Seducing her way into the life—and bed—of the family’s rebellious youngest son, Lander, she figures it should be easy to uncover the secrets she needs to destroy the Gables. But Lander turns out to be much more complicated than Bell ever could have imagined. Continue
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Review: The Professional, Part 3 by Kresley Cole

He makes the rules . . .
Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms. In this third serial installment, the sexual and emotional dynamic between Natalie and Sevastyan is a dizzying volley of dominance and submission, openness and secrets, generosity and brutality. Natalie and Sevastyan are in hiding now that her father has been killed and all hell has broken loose in the Russian Mafiya turf wars. On the relationship front, things are just as volatile: Now that Natalie and Sevastyan have consummated their relationship, it is expected that she belongs… Continue

Where do you find new authors? by Sharon Cullen

The other day, while I was taking my nail polish off, I had this thought. Do cotton manufacturers deliberately make small cotton balls so they can sell triple sized cotton balls? Because I’m a triple-sizer, myself. I don’t want any small cotton balls to try to tackle the task of taking off my nail polish. Yes, these are the things I think about. Weird, I know. But that got me to thinking about marketing. Do they market cotton balls as triple sized because we consumers think we’re getting more for our money?

#BookReview: Falling for the Backup by Toni Aleo IS “…extremely cute and sexy!” ~Under the Covers

“…extremely cute and sexy!” ~Under the Covers Jordan Ryan was the star goalie of the Assassins until an injury put him out of commission. After his recovery, he’s come back to the team only to be on the bench at every game. He feel he still has many good years of play in him but with the new star goalie working out so well for the Assassins, he sees he will never get any ice time if he stays with the team.

Book Review: Farrah Loves TEMPTING A DEVIL by Samantha Kane! Stop by & see why

Another great book the this series! Tempting a Devil was a wonderful historical romance. It was perfect, brilliant, fantastic! Loved it! Samantha Kane had a gift creating unique historical romances. This book definitely didn’t lack in originality. A desperate widow trying to ruin herself with a rake that just discovered his morals in order to avoid the man who wants to trap her in a marriage (and there’s a whole other story going on there). This story took me on a wild ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.

New Release: The Hunter by Monica McCarty + 6 book Backlist #Giveaway

The war for Scotland’s freedom continues as King Robert the Bruce battles on. At his command is an elite army of trained warriors, soldiers dedicated to their king, their country—and to the remarkable women they love.
It’s available, THE HUNTER, by Monica McCarty – see what readers are saying: Great book.. one to dive into. It can certainly stand alone but the rest of the series is just as awesome!! ~Shauni, Goodreads

The Making of SINS OF INNOCENCE By Jean Stone

The year was 1968, a turbulent, confusing year of assassinations, flower power, Vietnam. The times indeed, were changing, but one thing remained constant: love. In 1968, when a teenage girl got pregnant her choices were limited. She could quickly get married (and hope no one could do the math), search for a back-alley abortionist, or she could have her baby in secret and “give it up” for adoption.

Guest Post: Regency Etiquette for Young Ladies and Riding Astride + GIVEAWAY!

Dear readers, One of my all time favorite romance novel lines is . . . .
“I know what I’d rather be riding,” and the hero wasn’t talking about a horse!
The first book in my Wicked Wagers trilogy, which was a Top 5 Finalist, Kindle Book Reviews Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, starts with my heroine, Caitlin Southall, caught by my hero, Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, riding a stallion (yes a stallion) in men’s clothing. She had to wear trousers, and sit astride, in order to control the beast.

Readers love Shana Abe’s THE SWEETEST DARK

The Sweetest Dark, by Shana Abe tells the story of Eleanor “Lora” Jones, a young girl who hears songs no one else can hear and has vivid dreams of smoke and flight. A romantic story with beautifully complicated characters, The Sweetest Dark is making a big splash even though it isn’t officially out until spring. With four and five star reviews already popping up all over, it’s an upcoming title you won’t want to miss. Read a few of our favorite reader reviews below.

Book Review: Bea Reviews – Until There Was You by Jessica Scott

Book Blurb: He plays by the rules, she’s not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed army captains will prove that opposites attract . . . A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Fangirls of Poe’s THE RAVEN: Nancy Holder & Leanna Renee Hieber!

Award winning, bestselling paranormal authors Leanna Renee Hieber and Nancy Holder, both avid Edgar Allan Poe fangirls, share their take on the film The Raven. Leanna Renee Hieber’s take: “I loved every minute of the film. No, it wasn’t historically accurate. Positing Poe as a detective in the last harried, mysterious days of his life is utterly fiction. Truthfully he was probably far less cogent and well off the deep-end. No one can say his death was not a tragedy. I’d have loved whatever else his broken heart and sad soul could have offered us but like many gifted persons, his candle simply lost flame. I loved the film’s visual landscape; Gothic and stunning. Cusack looked delicious. Bring on men in frock coats and billowing black great-coats! I enjoyed an active, vibrant Poe. I appreciated… Continue

Romance Author – Sophia Nash, Tough Heroines Finish First + Giveaway!

Sophia Nash, Bestselling author is our guest today on Romance At Random – Enjoy! A recent Washington Post column stated, “Well-behaved women rarely make history, and it turns out that they rarely make recommended reading lists, either.” The article referenced a slew of strong heroines who had one trait in common: they were tough and refused to depend on anyone except themselves. In the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen saved herself and the boy Peeta. And who can forget Jo March in Little Women, turning down marriage in favor of spinsterhood and the uncertain life of a writer? But the true story of Karana, the girl in Island of the Blue Dolphins is the ultimate heroine to me. Left alone on a deserted island, she survived by her wits alone. These heroines had grit and… Continue

Weekly Winners on Romance at Random

Congrats to the Romance At Random Blog Winners!
Happy Sunday! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com so we can get you your book! International commenters please provide us your email addy so we may prepare your preview book in Net Galley. Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included!
Congratulations to these ladies! Diane Michelle NataliaJ Maryc bn100 Congrats all — see you again this week – be well, from your friends at R@R

Reviews, who do you follow that makes you want to buy? + Giveaway

Are there any romance bloggers or websites that you review often to see how they rate new releases? Is there someone that you put your faith and hard earned dollars behind, so when they give a book the A+ rating you spend your money to make that purchase? I certainly rely on friends, co – workers and others that are close to me and know my tastes in books, movies and so forth, but I have to admit, I’m not a big one for reading reviews and running out to see a movie or buy a book. In fact, the movies that usually are rated the best I typically will not enjoy — is it just me?
And then I’m always skeptical – what is in it for the reviewer . . . is it… Continue

HEA USA TODAY reviews RIDE WITH ME – Thanks Mandi!!

REVIEW By Mandi Schreiner , USA TODAY CAPTION$2.99 Genre: Contemporary romance Tom Geiger is ready to cycle across the United States on the TransAmerica Trail. Planning to start in Oregon and ending up in Virginia, he is looking forward to a couple of months of peaceful cycling and sightseeing as he heads east. But his sister, Taryn, has other plans for him. Worried that he is too much of a loner, she secretly places an ad for a riding companion for him and finds someone named Alex. She arranges for Alex to meet Tom at the starting point of the trip, much to Tom’s dismay. But since Taryn is really his only friend, he doesn’t want to disappoint her. “Please, Tom. You can’t ride your bicycle across the country alone. It’s insane. You’ll end… Continue

Chili, autumn, rain, a good book and a giveaway!!

Chili, autumn, rain, a good book and a giveaway (not necessarily in that order)
by Erin Quinn I moved around a lot when I was a kid—Maryland, Illinois, Kansas City and then Denver. No matter where I lived though, the smell of autumn made me feel at home. I’m in Arizona now, and when I think of all the things I miss about the other places I’ve lived, that wonderful chilled smell is the one I miss the most. In Arizona we don’t really have seasons—not like the rest of the country. That is to say, we don’t have four seasons. We have two and half. Summer, spring, a very brief winter and then spring again. That’s right, two springs. One in—well—spring and the other during those months that should be fall. (You can’t make… Continue