Friday, November 25, 2016

Waves of Fiction: Follower Appreciation Giveaway #1

Hello fellow readers! Waves of Fiction has a surprise for all of you. We are hosting two Follower Appreciation Giveaways!  For this week, I have five books in this bundle for one lucky winner. Be sure to visit next week to see what we have in store. 

Thanks for all your support these last few years!
Be sure to fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win, and let us know what book you're interested in reading. Because of the number of books we'll be shipping, this giveaway is open to US Residents only. 
This week we are giving away the following, some of which are ARC editions:
Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh (ARC Edition different art cover)
Confess by Colleen Hoover (Paperback Edition)
The Rise by Julie Plec (Paperback Edition)

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from Waves of Fiction!

Waves of Fiction would like to wish our fellow readers a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you get to spend time with family and friends to share what you're most grateful for this season. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Review: The Doll Maker by Mary Burton

Publication Date: November 15th 2016 by Montlake Romance
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the book:

Dr. Tessa McGowan had never seen anything quite like it. But the mutilated bodies on her exam table tell a stunningly macabre tale: someone with a twisted mind is kidnapping women and altering their faces to resemble real, life-size dolls. As a forensic pathologist, it’s her job to aid the agent leading the case—even if that agent is her estranged husband.
Twelve years ago an unspeakable tragedy destroyed Dakota Sharp’s world. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, he’s devoted himself to capturing killers. His only regret is that it cost him Tessa. Now, as the Dollmaker case brings them together—and raises his suspicions that he’s crossed paths with this deranged psychopath before—they may just have their second chance. But it seems Dakota’s not the only one who wants to make Tessa his own…
She may be the Dollmaker’s next target, but Tessa has no intention of winding up as another toy on his shelf. Can she and Dakota stop this ghastly killer before his next deadly playdate?

My Thoughts:
The Doll Maker is part romance (second chance/estranged marriage), part murder mystery and suspense, and I enjoyed each aspect thoroughly! 

Dr. Tessa McGowan is back in town after a rift in her marriage made working abroad seem like a good option.  But the months away clarified her priorities and Tessa’s back to stay. 

Agent Dakota Sharp harbors guilt and anger over the death of his younger sister.  Her death was ruled an overdose twelve years back, but his family never accepted the ruling. Dakota feels Tessa deserves better than he’s able to give, but his feelings for her are a hard thing to fight. 

Two murders connect the past and present, and the fact the killer may be after Tessa as well, force these two to work together, making it impossible to deny the intense connection they share.

I’ve read a lot of mysteries in the past, and even though I did think of the murderer in passing as a possibility I was surprised by his/her identity in the end. There were plenty of twists that kept me guessing.   The Doll Maker was a well plotted mystery with a very creepy edge! I read it late into the night and ended up lying in bed a little spooked envisioning all the sinister possibilities beyond my bedroom door!  

4 Suns

Monday, November 14, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Looking Inside by Beth Kery

Looking Inside by Beth Kery
Publication Date: November 1st 2016 by Berkley
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the book:

The New York Times bestselling author who brought you Glow, Glimmer, and The Affair is back with a new novel that will have you leaving the curtains open.
Are you just going to stand there and watch?
Eleanor Briggs just can’t help herself. Every night, the sight of the man in the high-rise across the street is driving her wild. She longs to feel his touch up close and personal. To win him over, she’ll need to shake off her wallflower sensibilities and become the seductress she never imagined she could be. The only trouble will be finding the perfect way to meet him…
Or are you going to join in?
Sex is easy for millionaire entrepreneur Trey Riordan. Finding something of substance, however, seems impossible. That is until a simple night of reading at a local coffee shop becomes something far steamier when a beautiful brunette comes by and leaves a note telling him to look out his bedroom window at midnight. But when the time comes, neither of them will be truly ready for what follows…

My Thoughts:
Eleanor has witnessed Trey Riorden from her bedroom window in “agonized longing” many a time and wished she were the woman he was focused on.  As somewhat of a wallflower all her life, hatching a plan to seduce Trey is well out of her comfort zone, but an opportunity presents and Eleanor takes it. She’s determined to be the kind of woman Trey would notice even if that means being daring and bold, and it works!

Trey has gone through meaningless relationships that more often than not turn toxic.  Swearing off women seems like the answer until he spies Eleanor in his reading group soaking up an erotic story à la 50 Shades.  She invites him to have a look out his window later that night and that puts an end to his ban on women! 

Trey and Eleanor can’t get enough of each other and their encounters were intense and made me very hot and bothered! I wasn’t all that thrilled with some of Eleanor’s dishonesty, but Trey saw right through them, so it wasn’t like waiting for a time bomb to go off when he found out the truth. I liked the growth and self discovery each character as they navigated their romance. 

One thing that did bother me about the story was the constant italicizing.  It was too much, to the point of distraction for me.  Also, the sensual dances that Eleanor performed went on a little too long for me, and I would’ve been fine with only one performance, but it was also an original sort of seduction I haven’t really encountered before. I’m sure others will find it pretty erotic.

This is the first Beth Kery romance I’ve read and I was impressed by Looking Inside.  She wrote Eleanor and Trey with many layers; their connection feel real and powerful, making the sex oh-so-hot!

4 Suns

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Ruled by Elle Kennedy

Publication Date: November 1st 2016 by Berkley
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

The latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, from the New York Times bestselling author of Claimed.
In the latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, one woman must choose between the two men who want to claim her...
...Or does she?

Despite his magnetic personality, Rylan can’t seem to seduce Reese, the deadly leader of their town of outlaws. Winning her over is a welcome challenge, but her indifference isn’t the only thing standing in his way. If he wants Reese, Rylan must also win over Sloan, her stoic protector...

Sloan has always loved Reese, but their painful past has stolen his chances of a future with her. Rylan’s interest in Reese only intensifies the tension—until Sloan begins to wonder if the reckless man might be the one person who can bridge the distance...

The last time Reese fell for the wrong man, she had no choice but to kill him. Now, she desperately wants to take what both Rylan and Sloan are offering. But if she makes the wrong call again, she risks losing them both.

My Thoughts:
Rylan has had it bad for Foxworth’s leader, Reese, but she keeps rejecting his offers.  Things change when her trusted friend and perpetual companion, Sloan, pushes her toward Rylan.  The three of them tangle together, heated bodies and hearts!  They must navigate this new dynamic while keeping one step ahead of the Global Council and the Enforcers that constantly threaten their survival.  Reese’s new plans could wipe them out or take the outlaws a step closer to living free of GC’s oppressive dominance. 

Ruled was wickedly hot! If you’ve read my reviews here, you know I usually don’t like multiples in a romance, but Elle Kennedy sold me on this threesome.  Rylan, Sloan, and Reese were magnetic together! Rylan has been hot for Reese for a while, and they definitely threw out sparks with every encounter in the last book.  I knew we’d get their romance, but the surprise came from the powerful attraction and chemistry between Sloan and Rylan! Add in Reese and their encounters were off the charts intense and combustible!  Ms. Kennedy made their connection feel real by making their relationship more than just sex, each provided comfort, understanding and support. 

Ruled was another exciting installment in the Outlaws series! A perfect combination of action, danger, and an intensely hot romance!

4 Suns


It wasn’t a lover’s kiss. It wasn’t sweet or gentle or at all romantic. It was a feral attack by the animal Sloan kept caged. The one Reese had seen with Rylan. The one that prowled at the edges of what seemed to be his endless control.
He forced her mouth open, ravaging her with his tongue. She stood still for a moment, stunned by the power of his kiss, and then all of her inhibitions crumpled under the heat and pressure of his lust. With a strangled moan, she dug her nails into his shoulder and climbed him like a tree until her legs could wrap around his waist.
Sloan used his lower body strength to pin her to the wall. A commanding palm angled her jaw until he could plunder her mouth mercilessly. She dug her boot heels into his lower back and leveraged his own body against him, while her hands moved to claw his neck, score his scalp, marking him with everything she had.
“Fucking hell,” he groaned against her mouth. Then he grabbed her ass and held her while grinding his hips into hers. His cock was hard enough that it felt like iron between her legs.
She’d always worried about losing him. Always relied on his control whenever hers was weak. Except now he’d lost his, and if they were going to survive this, she had to find the will to break away.
But any semblance of rational thought was being pulverized with each invasion of his tongue, each pulse of his steel shaft against her core. The fervid attraction that had simmered between them for so long, that had been pushed back to the dim recesses of their minds, was coming to life. And it would devour them if one of them didn’t slam on the brakes.
As always, it was Sloan who found the strength. His lips gentled and the hand on her ass dropped away. He broke contact with her mouth and rested his forehead against hers, his chest bellowing like a thoroughbred’s. His heart beat wildly against her chest until he finally straightened and stepped away.
The loss was so acute, she nearly snatched him back. But if he could find his control, so could she.
“Go then and be careful,” he said gruffly.
Dry-mouthed and aching at the loss of his touch, she whispered, “Always.”
He drew a shaky hand through his hair before spinning on his heel. When he threw open the door, Rylan was behind it, his hand raised and a smile on his face.
One look at Sloan’s thunderous face and Rylan’s grin faded. “Did I interrupt something?”
Sloan didn’t look back at Reese, but she didn’t miss the slight slump of his shoulders. He thought he was being replaced, she realized.
But why? Why now? Sloan had never cared whom she slept with in the past. He’d always known that she relied on him more than anyone alive, but in that dip of his broad back, Reese now read fear. Fear that he was being replaced by the man in her bed.
She wasn’t sure if she should correct that assumption. If she did, she’d be risking a repeat of what had just happened. Sloan was her heart, even more than this town, and she refused to let her own selfish desires cost her the very last thing in her life that she cared about.
So she licked her lips and said, “No, Rylan, I need you.”
The words were like a shot to Sloan’s spine—or maybe a knife. He didn’t take Rylan by the throat, but he might as well have.
“She comes back with so much as a scratch and I’m peeling the skin from your bones, one painful inch at a time,” he hissed at Rylan. “If she dies, you better run, because when I catch you—and I will—you’ll wish you’d bled out beside her.”

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Going Deep by Anne Calhoun

Publication Date: November 1st 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the book:

After weeks on a sold-out tour, singer Cady Ward is coming home for the holidays. But after one too many episodes of fan-craziness, Cady’s manager decides that she needs protection—in the form of muscled cop Conn McCormick. Longing for peace and quiet to prepare before her next album drops, Cady doesn’t need a bodyguard just to deal with some vague email threats…though she can’t deny that close proximity to Conn’s body is a very nice place to be.
Conn is in the midst of a career scandal when his boss assigns him to pop-star guard duty. It’s a poor use of his skills, even though Cady’s feisty nature proves the perfect distraction for Conn while Internal Affairs investigates his case. What begins as a sizzling attraction becomes something deeper than either Conn or Cady could have expected. But when Conn uncovers the sinister plan behind the threats to Cady, he’s faced with a professional dilemma: To save her life, will he risk having a future with the only woman who’s ever touched his soul?
What these bestselling authors have to say about Anne Calhoun’s romances:
“Scintillating sexual chemistry!”—Lauren Dane
“Uncommonly good storytelling.”—Beth Kery

My Thoughts:
Anne Calhoun definitely has a way with writing chemistry between characters; Cady and Conn had some electrically charged scenes, enough to get me hot and bothered, and that was the best part of Going Deep to me.  I can't say that the story knocked my socks off or that is was particularly compelling, but it was entertaining. The romance was low in frustrating relationship drama, a plus for me.  

When a story is categorized as "romantic suspense" I look forward to some exciting twists and turns, some danger, and while it was a surprise to find out the identity of the stalker/saboteur I was a little disappointed.  The ending just sort of fizzled out for me, both with the mystery and the romance, even though I was happy about how things turned out between Cady and Conn.

Going Deep was an uncomplicated, nice romance, easy to fly right through.

3 Suns