Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Our October Book of the Month Picks and Giveaway Are All Treats and No Tricks

Cheers, everyone, and welcome to our Spooktacular October Book of the Month picks from your friends at The Novel Approach Reviews! I’m always so grateful to Mary for allowing us to squat in her space each month, so without further ado, here are the books we loved in October. And also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the chance to win two eBooks from our picks!

Hiding From Two by Morticia Knight - The Soul Match series has fascinated me since the first book, in the way Morticia Knight combined aliens and BDSM in a way that fit the culture of the aliens without making it seem strange. I enjoyed the first two books that focused on Chris, Nary, and Lasar as they discovered the depth of their connection and how they could manage being three together when a soul match is meant for two Alasharians.

This series also must be read in order because the events from this book directly follow events from the previous book, and it would be incredibly confusing without the background information.

I highly recommend this series, though! It was enjoyable and I cannot wait for the next book!

Recommended by Jennifer

Strike Up the Band by Sam Burns - I had the pleasure to review the prior two books in this series, Straight from the Heartand Sins of the Father. If you have read those reviews, I hope my love for the characters, and mostly cheerful character driven stories, made itself known. So, when Strike Up the Band was made available, you can probably guess I was all over it like a morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine after a hard day.

I had come to expect a certain tone from the previous two books, so imagine my surprise when Sam Burns throws a whopper out there in the first three pages, in an astonishing plot development I never in a million years would have even considered. From the beginning I could already tell this particular book was going to have an entirely different tone than the prior installments. Honestly, it was a complete game changer, so startling I could even say I was gobsmacked, as it was so at odds with everything I had come to expect.

Intrigued yet? You should be.

Recommended by Lindsey

Facing West by Lucy Lennox - Oh my! The chemistry between these two, from hate to love to everything in between, is freaking off-the-charts! Nico and West’s road isn’t a straight one; there is no insta-love here. Lennox creates believable, real world scenarios in her books, and every question you think up, she answers in the dialogue. You WANT these two men to work it out because Nico NEEDS someone to be a champion for him for once. And when West turns all of his love and attention on Nico and really sees the man, whew! ::fans self::

I am soooo looking forward to Felix’s story. Frankly, the setup for it was the perfect hook with a nerdy bookworm who has mommy issues, and a possible Scottish hunk. This book cannot get here fast enough!

Yes, I recommend Facing West; isn’t it obvious? It’s got a feisty rainbow brite of a guy mixed with a hunky cowboy doctor guy who each truly learn to see the other and fall in love.

Recommended by Carrie

We Met in Death by K.A. Merikan - We Met in Death is a dark romance with fast-paced action and a message about always being able to turn your life around.

The main characters did things that can’t be forgiven or undone, but since this is fiction, I’m not going to focus on that. Instead, I’m going to emphasize the fact that they were able to change the course of their lives, and make a new start. Robert, more than Nathan, had a lot on his conscience and, for many years, did awful things. But, he was able to put all that behind him and make something better of himself.

On the night Robert had planned to end his life—because that was the only way out of his current situation that he could think of—he came across Nathan in a cemetery. It was the night Nathan was supposed to die too. But what was to be their last night, turned out to be the beginning. They went through way too much together. They ran and they went into hiding; they broke many laws; they faced betrayal and prejudice. They also witnessed kindness and support from people who seemed the least likely to help them.

Recommended by Ky

Psycho Romeo by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott - Psycho Romeo is a great debut in the Ward Security series by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott, and the cover by Stephen Drake fits the storyline. I have to confess I stayed away from the little excerpts/peeks the authors gave to their group, so I was really surprised. I had a totally different impression of Sven and Geoffrey, and I’m seeing them in a different light now. This is an in-depth look into both of these men’s lives; they had been a big part of the Unbreakable Bonds series. The plot was suspenseful and has a lot to do with social media. Quinn is in the spotlight with his expertise in IT, and I thought the concept of the new app Geoffrey was creating was unique (I don’t know if there is such a thing, but it would be nice to have a site where you can connect with just authors or music artists without all the ads, politics, and miscellaneous noise). When Geoffrey’s stalker becomes a more serious issue, we get a deeper look at some of the other Ward Security team—Royce, Dominic, and Quinn, just to name a few.

Recommended by Maryann

Oscar Down Under: Part One by Jack Ladd - I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Oscar Down Under: Part One when I first began it. It starts out with a lovely prologue which uses surfing as a metaphor for life and love, the different types of waves signifying the different moments and turning points in one’s life. Really beautifully done. Then, in the first chapter, it jumps to the “not-so-distant future” wherein, over dinner and drinks, Oscar is asking someone to consider making their relationship permanent and building a life together. Also engaging and had me wondering what was to come. THEN, in chapter two, we jump back fourteen years to when Oscar was offered a chance to change his life, and jumped on it. Here is where we really begin to get to know our title character. As much as I didn’t know what to expect in the beginning, I became more intrigued and invested with every page I turned.

I’m super interested to see where Jack Ladd is going to take this series. I know he has said that Oscar Down Under is based on true events, and I have to say that it felt autobiographical. It really did feel very real and honest. I absolutely want to know more about Oscar and how he gets from where we leave him in Australia to the not-so-distant future of the first and final chapters in this installment. Go check this one out, folks!

Recommended by Jules

Model Exposure by Lissa Kasey - I am so sad to see Lissa Kasey’s Haven Investigations series end. I have enjoyed these novels, from book one to this, the fourth installment, Model Exposure, thoroughly, and have grown to love Ollie and Kade as I am sure most of the fans of this series will have as well. The love story that Ms. Kasey has created for these two is strong and lasting, and it’s had to be, considering everything these two men have been through on their journey together. Having survived yet another kidnapping by his maniacal father, and finally discovered just who has been behind all the vile acts that had been attributed to Kade all these years, one would think that life would begin to normalize for Ollie and Kade. Both are recovering from trauma—Ollie a stroke that leaves him susceptible to life threatening seizures, and Kade, now an amputee struggling with PTSD and a sketchy memory, at best. The two men deserve a rest, but, unfortunately, life is not done with them yet.

I cannot say more than this: If you have not read the Haven Investigations series by author Lissa Kasey, you are truly missing out. This last book, Model Exposure, is a phenomenal ending to a stellar group of stories, and one I highly recommend to you!

Recommended by Sammy

Hexslayer by Jordan L. Hawk - Jordan L. Hawk is not only an author who strives, and succeeds, to offer readers unique stories set in some sort of fresh-hell mystery and dangerous dramatic arc, but she also continues to deliver those stories through characters who are charming, flawed, cheeky, otherworldly, every so often a bit broken, and manages to make me fall in love with them. I know there are more than a few Whyborne & Griffin fans out there who’ll vehemently disagree with me on this, but I have to say that the Hexworld series is my favorite, hands down, of this author’s overall outstanding body of work.

Hawk makes the setting and atmosphere of this novel come to life, as if it is itself a character that shifts and sets the tone and mood of each scene simply by being present in the narrative. It’s some powerful good scribing when you can ‘feel’ a scene through the author’s choice of words, and it’s one of the things that makes this author’s books so much fun to read—the ability to disconnect from reality amidst the sights and sounds and smells of another world, and then emerge on the other side of it with more characters to love. I always love the animal mannerisms that emerge from the human side of her familiars, as well. It’s such a fun method of layering their characters with distinction.

Recommended by Lisa

And that does it for this time around, friends. Until next time, happy reading!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Audio Tuesday with Jessie Potts

Hello all, welcome to another Audio Tuesday, and Jessie Potts is here again from the HEA blog to talk about some of her most recent audio recommendations.


 This was a great week for romance. For steam, for chemistry, for connection and everything that goes on behind closed doors! Sit back and treat your ears to the smooth drawls of a British doctor and American nurse, a post apocalyptic romance filled with combustion, and the intriguing romance of a man who may have a childhood love for the wrong brother. Enjoy!

Dear Bridget, I  Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland. Narrated by Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt
The writers are such an amazing duo together, and I have loved everything from this team! Also? You can’t go wrong with Andi Arndt narrating so it’s a win win! Simon is just… Simon man! This is a doctor/nurse trope that is really well done. You’ll love Bridget with him because she is his perfect match in everyway. She calls him on his crap, she gives as good as she gets, and the chemistry and sparks that fly between them is to die for! I did think the ending was a bit rushed, I wanted more from them, so maybe a sequel? Mayyyybe? :D 


Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti. Narrated by Michael Pauley
I love the Scorpius Syndrome books and Michael has this gravely voice that fits perfectly with the characters and the apocalyptic setting. This was Greyson’s book and dannnnnng I loved listening to him! The steam is dynamic, the harsh lines of Greyson being softened by Maureen is just fantastic, and I have always been a sucker for end of the world romances. We also get more of the Mercs and the Vangauard. Please start this series with Mercury Striking… hot! 


Return of the Chauffeur’s Son by Tara Lain. Narrated by Greg Tremblay
I didn’t know what to expect with this one and it’s so cute and perfect! Greg of course completely owns any role he steps into, and Tara is a gifted storyteller and connoisseur of romance. From the outside I wanted to shake Luca many times and point him in Dylan’s direction, but watching the romance unfold was so worth it. I do wish we could have seen/listened to how Dylan felt as a child and had more scenes were Dylan really noticed Luca, but that would have just been extra icing on the cake! 

Hope you enjoy, see you in two weeks! :)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Spotlight on Andrew Grey

Good morning all, I'm so excited to have Andrew Grey on my blog today to share and excerpt from his new book, Taming the Beast which will release on Friday October 13th, tomorrow, yeah!


I want to take a minute to thank Mary for having me.  She is a wonderful friend and her work helps inspire some of my own.  For me Taming the Beast is a special story.  I love the Beauty and the Beast movies and I have always loved the archetype. Opposites who see more in each other than anyone else.  

Dante desperately needs someone to see beneath his exterior and his self-imposed isolation, but he doesn't realize it.  Not until Beau, an ordinary looking man with an extraordinary heart, takes the time and the risk to try to see past the rumor and myth the town has concocted.  

I like to think that at some point in our lives we all need a Beau, someone to see us for who we are and to look further than our outer shell and even the walls we build for ourselves.

Andrew ~  


And now the blurb:

The suspicious death of Dante Bartholomew’s wife changed him, especially in the eyes of the residents of St. Giles. They no longer see a successful businessman… only a monster they believe was involved. Dante’s horrific reputation eclipses the truth to the point that he sees no choice but to isolate himself and his heart.

The plan backfires when he meets counselor Beau Clarity and the children he works with. Beau and the kids see beyond the beastly reputation to the beautiful soul inside Dante, and Dante’s cold heart begins to thaw as they slip past his defenses. The warmth and hope Beau brings to Dante’s life helps him see his entire existence—his trials and sorrows—in a brighter light.

But Dante’s secrets could rip happiness from their grasp… especially since someone isn’t above hurting those Dante has grown to love in order to bring him down.



Dante sat at his desk, looking up from his work and right at the framed picture the kids had given him. Every time he took a break, there it was. When he’d told Roberts to find an appropriate place to hang it, he hadn’t really meant on his office wall right in front of him, where he saw it every time he looked up.

For the last two weeks, he’d seen it and even stopped to gaze at the children’s drawings of themselves, and damn it all if he didn’t think of Beau and his intense eyes every time. Beau wasn’t handsome, or even generally good-looking in a conventional way, but he had spirit and fire and was willing to let them show. Dante had done his best to bury himself in work and in the preparations for his upcoming trip to Europe. He’d originally planned to leave in a week, but orders and the work they’d need to do at the plant to fill them had delayed his trip. So instead of going to London first, he’d moved that stop to last and kept the rest of his itinerary intact.

Roberts knocked and then entered Dante’s office with a tray. He set a cup of coffee on the edge of the desk, along with a plate of cookies. They were the oddest-looking cookies he’d ever seen, more oblong than round and a little lumpy.

“Did Harriet make these?” If she had, he’d begin to wonder if she was starting to slip.

“No. These were sent to you from the children.” Roberts pointed to the drawing on the wall.

“Apparently you were nice to one of them at the dinner and he wanted to say thank-you. He and his friends baked some cookies for you, and Mr. Clarity had them sent over.” Roberts left the office, and Dante picked up a cookie and took a small bite. They were good, if a little dry, but nice with the coffee.

He looked up once again and saw the picture. “Roberts…,” Dante called, and his office door opened, Roberts entering once again. “Please call the Community Center and tell Mr. Clarity that I’d be willing to volunteer… say, on an afternoon or evening later this week, to help out.” Dante smiled because he knew that somehow Roberts had a hand in this. “In fact, we’re all going to volunteer, including Harriet.” Misery loved company, after all.

“Very good, sir. I’ll make the phone calls and schedule it.” Roberts turned and left the office.

Dante went back to work, strangely excited about seeing Beau again. He wasn’t sure if this was a good idea or one of the stupidest notions ever conceived. But it would make Yates happy. Yes, that was it. He was doing this to help improve his image in the community.

Dante told himself that over and over that afternoon in the hope that he’d eventually come to believe it, but he wasn’t sure it worked.

Find Andrew here:

Facebook Group All the Way with Andrew Grey
Twitter @andrewgreybooks

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Audio Tuesday with Jessie Potts

Hello all, welcome to another Audio Tuesday, and Jessie Potts is here again from the HEA blog to talk about some of her most recent audio recommendations.


As usual, there have been so many amazing audio books released lately that I can barely keep up! I’ve abused my wallet by being suckered into the ‘buy 3 credits for only…’ 0-0 but… worth it! Here are a few that I just finished.

Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue, narrated by Nick J. Russo
This is one is all parWhat anormal and steam. Nick J. Russo also has a fabulous voice that narrates some of my favorites (Again, Friendly Fire, Good Bones, Truth in the Dark… just to name a few!) His voice perfectly narrates Talon and Finn’s romance as they are drawn closer together. I enjoy this series and listening to it brought to life is a treat! 


Soulless by Gail Carriger, narrated by Emily Gray
This is one of my favorite Steampunk series (Parasol Protectorate, isn’t it a cute name?) This book/series is packed full of witty dialogue, there’s paranormal creatures galore, funny situations and just too much to write. At first I felt like the narrator sounded a bit too old to play Alexia, but I became engaged with her after the first third. Good news the first three have been re-released on Audible.


What the Cat Dragged In by BA Tortuga, narrated by Joe Formichella
I’m about 40% of the way into this audio book. I’ve always enjoyed BA’s writing and Just Like Cats and Dogs (book one) was a cute listen. There’s hippies, shifters, poachers, and true love J. Also one of the main characters is Brock and that’s my favorite name! It does take a while to warm up to the narrator, but come on shifters and love? I’m there.


And that's it for this week, happy reading!