Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book Blitz: His Undercover Princess by Avery Flynn


Stylist Elle Olsen lives in fear of someone discovering her secret identity as Princess Eloise. But the men who killed her entire family in a bloody coup have done just that and now they’re coming for her. All Elle wants is to disappear into anonymity again, but the panty-melting billionaire who kidnaps her isn’t about to let that happen.
On the society pages, smoking hot financier Dominick Rasmussen is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. As a secret resistance fighter, his one goal is to get Princess Eloise on the throne and restore the monarchy. The biggest problem? His stubborn and sexy undercover princess has no interest in ever wearing a tiara again.

Their goals couldn’t be more opposed, but neither Dom nor Elle can deny the attraction bringing them closer together. As the stakes rise and danger increases, they are forced to choose between love and country…

About Avery Flynn:

Award-winning romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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The rest of the sentence was smothered by the white cotton cloth he held in his free hand and forced against her nose and mouth. Shock froze Elle to the spot. She couldn’t blink. She couldn’t breathe. All she could do was feel the banging of her heart as panic sent it into overdrive. The people who killed her family had found her.
“This is for your own good,” he said as he looked down at her. “I couldn’t take the chance you’d fight me, and there isn’t time to explain.”
Too damn bad for him, because her fight-or-flight response zinged into action. Whatever was in the cloth, she didn’t want to breathe it in. Adrenaline clawed at her, demanding life-giving oxygen, but she refused to give in. They might have murdered everyone she loved and sent her into hiding, but she wouldn’t go down without a fight. She grabbed his arms, yanking and stabbing her nails into the sliver of his wrists not covered by his shirt. He didn’t flinch.
Dom kept his cold gaze on her, a icy determination making them even bluer somehow. “Just relax and breathe.”
Fat fucking chance. Holding on to his forearms for leverage, she slammed her knee upward, aiming for his most vulnerable spot. He deflected the move with an ease of a natural athlete or a man trained to do whatever it took to force the world to do his bidding.
She fought against him, kicking and hitting, but he kept the cloth pressed against her nose and mouth. Her lungs burned with the effort not to breathe as she struggled in his iron grasp, but it didn’t do her any good. Blackness ate around the edges of her vision, the lack of oxygen taking its toll. She didn’t have long before she’d pass out, with or without the help of whatever chemical was in the cloth.
Ten years. She’d made it a decade without anyone finding her, without her secret coming out. Foolishly, she’d thought she was finally safe. Now she’d pay the price for a crown she’d never worn and a kingdom she’d never ruled. Dom pulled her close to his hard chest so she wouldn’t fall to the cold marble floor, holding her tight but without cruelty. No doubt that would come later.
“Everything is going to be okay, Princess Eloise,” he whispered against her ear. “I promise.”

But it wouldn’t. She knew better than to ever trust a man who promised happy endings in the middle of a kidnapping.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bliss Release Day Blast: The Bad Boy's Baby & The Wedding Wager

Do you love a sweet small town romance? Then get ready for Bliss's two new May releases, The Bad Boy's Baby by Cindi Madsen and The Wedding Wager by Barbara DeLeo.

The Bad Boy's Baby by Cindi Madsen

There are certain words that have always described Cam Brantley: Town bad boy. Soldier. Protector. But never, everdad. Until he returns home from his latest military tour to discover the girl he had one smoking-hot night with is now mom to the adorable two-year-old Zoey. Who has his eyes.

Plenty of words could describe Emma Walker these days. Mom, dutiful granddaughter, budding designer, the town’s golden child. But when her longtime crush Cam Brantley comes back to town, she knows the perfect word to describe herself: screwed.

Cam and Emma are both shocked to discover he truly wants Zoey in his life. But Cam’s not sure he’s ready to be a dad, and Emma can’t gamble her daughter on maybes. As the long-simmering heat between Cam and Emma reaches a boiling point, he’ll have to work past his demons in order to be the man both girls need.

The Wedding Wager  by Barbara DeLeo

Nick Katsalos has a foolproof plan to save his parents’ floundering wedding venue. The last thing he expects is for Erin O’Malley, the captivating daughter of his parents’ biggest rival, to waltz in and charm the client who could finally get the family business back on track. Nick would be furious–if only he could stop thinking about her.

When Erin and Nick enter into a wager to determine who will win the contract she prepares for the worst…and is surprised by the glimpses of warmth she sees in the man behind the numbers. But Erin isn’t about to forfeit what could be the biggest wedding of the decade to a man as cold as Nick. Especially since securing it means she could finally prove to her father she’s just as capable of handling the family business as him.

But as the competition heats up, Erin and Nick must decide what’s more important—winning or love.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Book Review: Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

Dare to Take (Dare to Love #6)
Author: Carly Phillips
Published by: CP Publishing
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Page Count: 292 (paperback)
Buy it at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Adult (18+)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Dare to Take is the 6th (and what appears to be the last) book in Carly Phillips’s Dare to Love series. I was a little nervous that I would be missing important pieces to the story since I have not read any of the other books in this series, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it reads well as a stand-alone. Ella and Tyler’s story is one of second chances.  He is the cliché older brother of her best friend, and Ella has always had a crush on him until the one and only night they spent together years ago after which he broke her heart. Now Tyler is there to rescue her, at his sister’s request, and he and Ella have a second chance at love. It’s a cute story, short and sweet, but there were elements that just felt shallow to me.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Dare to Take & Club Shadowlands

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

"Ella woke up on the hospital waiting room couch, stretched out beside Tyler. Every muscle in her body cramped from the uncomfortable sofa and the unnatural position in which they'd slept. She wondered what had woken her, then she heard the distinctive sound of throat clearing."
-- Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

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"Being in control in bed isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially for a woman," he murmured. She stiffened a little. *He really did read minds, didn't he?* "Seems like the world expects you to have to do everything these days: care for yourselves, your families, your children, your jobs... Who takes care of you, Jessica?" 
--Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Giveaway: Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

I loved Laura Kaye's Ride Hard so much that I'm giving away a copy here on Reading Lark After Dark! Entering is easy... Just 3 steps:

1. Follow Reading Lark After Dark on GFC.
2. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you want to win a copy of this book!
3. Fill out the form to enter.

A winner will be chosen using this Friday, May 13, 2016. You have until 11:59PM Central Daylight Time to enter. The winner will be announced Saturday evening. Good luck!

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

What's Your Status? 5/9/16

Check back each Sunday to find out what's been keeping the Dark Larks busy all week.

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What have you been reading this week? Have you added anything new to your To Be Read Pile? We'd love to hear from you!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Feature & Follow and Book Blogger Hop

Friday Feature & Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. To participate, follow both of our hosts, as well as the two featured blogs, and make a post on your blog! Add your blog to the linky on one of the host blogs, and spend some time networking with the other participants. 

This week’s question – What are your favorite genres in books?
I have always been an avid reader, from The Baby Sitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins/High to Linda Lewis's "Linda Stories", the romantic in me has been drawn to the love stories. I picked up my first adult romance, an historical romance by Kathleen Woodiwiss, "The Flame and the Flower" while I was babysitting one evening and that's when the real love affair with romance began. I still love any kind of romance. From YA books with a romantic theme (paranormal and dystopians are my favorite) to contemporary and paranormal romance all the way down the line to erotica, I love to get lost in a romantic fantasy world.

Topic of this weeks hop: Why did you start your blog?
I started Reading Lark, the YA/Clean Adult (PG) sister to Reading Lark After Dark, with my best friend Andrea, way back in 2010 because we wanted an outlet to share our love of reading with others. We had several blogger friends who helped us get started and we spent a lot of time building and developing the blog, and we had a blast doing it. The bigger  Reading Lark got, the harder it became for Andrea and I do do everything ourselves, especially since we are both teachers by day. So we enlisted the help of friends to join our blog/reviewing world. At first, Reading Lark was multi-genre, but after the first year, we noticed a need to keep the 18+ reviews separate from the PG reviews. That's when Reading Lark After Dark was born. Because that area is my specialty, and the PG realm is Andrea's specialty, it made since for me to take over Reading Lark After Dark. I took a 2 year break from blogging and have recently returned. My reason for returning is the same reason that I started blogging. I feel passionate about sharing the books and authors I love with others.

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