With the end of 2013 fast approaching, the reviewers here at Cocktails and Books have gathered all our favorite reads from this year. Now we’re asking for your help in deciding what the Best Books of 2013 are. We’ve moved onto the semi-final round. You can choose one (1) book in each category. The top three picks in each category will move onto the final round.
Today we’re celebrating the release of two New Adult books from Entangled Embrace!
Forged by Fate by Reese Monroe
Being the Gatekeeper to Hades is no small feat, and waiting almost a millennia to meet your mate is damn near impossible. But Theo Bradford’s mark has finally surfaced on his intended. Now all he has to do is find her and convince her to embrace her supernatural heritage.
Young genius, Sadie Nowland, has got life figured out. Graduating college at the age of eighteen and accepting a six-figure job is just what she needs to prove she’s made something of herself. But when a strange tattoo mysteriously appears on her shoulder and Theo starts talking about Mates, it catapults her neatly laid out life into chaos.
Targeted by a vicious demon escaped from Hades, Sadie is thrust into the volatile world of Shomrei warriors and a connection to Theo her brain can’t comprehend and her body can’t deny. That primal bond proves more imperative to their survival than either could have ever imagined—and just may be the key to the world’s survival. (continue reading…)
Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.
The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lies behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.
Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, and Empty Net. (continue reading…)
We are helping to spread the word about Tiffany Snow’s KATHLEEN TURNER SERIES. Each day for the next week, we’ll feature a character or one of the books in the series. We kick things off today with a character profile on the series heroine, Kathleen Turner. Enjoy!
Strawberry-blonde hair and blue eyes may make it seem she’s lived a perfect life, but at 23 years old, that couldn’t be further from the truth. An only child whose dad was a cop killed in the line of duty, her mother taken by cancer barely a year ago, Kathleen moved to Indianapolis to try to get a new start on her life. A law-firm runner by day and bartender by night helps make ends meet and while she may have a crush on her boss, high-powered attorney Blane Kirk, she knows he’s way out of her league and is content to admire him from afar. Until an unfortunate face-plant in his lap during a meeting, then she’s all about avoiding Blane at all costs.
Kathleen is loyal and trusting, though sometimes she trusts too easily and unwisely. She’s brave, sometimes foolishly so, and honest. She values family – especially now that she has none.
Gentle and sweet, Kathleen begins an adventure that will change her life forever in The Kathleen Turner Series. They say only by fire can steel be forged and that is true of Kathleen. Trials and danger threaten her, and her growing relationship with two men – Blane Kirk and Kade Dennon – will challenge everything she holds dear in her search for her destiny. (continue reading…)
We have a promo spot today for Susan Wiggs’ holiday release, CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS. Enjoy.
A single father who yearns to be a family man, Logan O’Donnell is determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O’Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, a postcard-pretty town on the shores of Willow Lake, a place for the family to reconnect and rediscover the special gifts of the season.
One of the guests is a newcomer to Willow Lake— Darcy Fitzgerald. Sharp-witted, independent and intent on guarding her heart, she’s the last person Logan can see himself falling for. And Darcy is convinced that a relationship is the last thing she needs this Christmas.
Yet between the snowy silence of the winter woods, and toasty moments by a crackling fire, their two lonely hearts collide. The magic of the season brings them each a gift neither ever expected—a love to last a lifetime. (continue reading…)
We have a guest post today from Laura Kaye, who’s introducing us to her hero and heroine from HARD AS IT GETS. Help me in welcoming Laura back to Cocktails and Books!
Introducing Nick and Becca from Hard As It Gets
I am absolutely thrilled to be celebrating the release of my sexy contemporary romance, Hard As It Gets, the first book in my new Hard Ink series. If you like sexy, gritty contemporaries, military heroes and themes, and even a little suspense, Hard As It Gets is the perfect book for you! *grins*
Today, I’d like to introduce you to Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt, the hero and heroine of Hard As It Gets. They just sizzled together on the page and I really enjoyed writing them. I hope you love them, too! So, without further ado, please meet Hard As It Gets’s Nick and Becca:
MEET HERO NICK RIXEY:
Becca’s first impression of Nick:
“I’m Nick Rixey. Who wants to know?” (continue reading…)
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Release Me comes an all-new erotic series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees. He is everything I crave, all I desperately want—and he is everything I can’t have. Evan Black embodies […](continue reading...)
In the town of Snowberry Creek, there is always hope…. Wounded in combat, Leif Brevik is haunted by survivor’s guilt. For the first time in his life—unsure if he still has a military career in his future—he feels completely lost. So when a war buddy calls for help with restoration of their fallen brother’s house, […](continue reading...)
Mirella often wonders what her life would’ve been like had she been born a princess, rather than the property of one. When a dark warlord from the north conquers her princess’ kingdom, however, he has plans for the dainty young future-queen. It makes the question all the more poignant, because now, more is at stake […](continue reading...)
Bad boy Neil Harrison may have sexy body and an even sexier smile, but there’s no way in hell architect Carson Kelly is falling for the elusive bachelor. For starters, he’s her boss, and getting intimately involved with the infuriating alpha male could be a career-killer. And secondly, he’s battling personal demons in one of […](continue reading...)
Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Release Me will be hooked on Ruined, an electrifying journey of emotional and sexual discovery that pushes two damaged souls to their breaking point—and beyond. He’s the last man Chloe Girard should love . . . but the first she ever could. Ethan Frost is […](continue reading...)
Cora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: […](continue reading...)
As the doctor for Climax, Montana, Nikki Meshevski counsels poly families. Rejected for her height, brains, and take-charge attitude, she’s still a virgin, but is eager to change her status to better serve her patients. When she sees engineer Eric Frost, home for a quick visit, she realizes her fantasies of domination and control could […](continue reading...)
Desperate to escape her scandalous past, Victoria Edison heads west to a respectable future. When a storm traps her for three nights on the J Bar C Ranch, she’s faced with a choice of marriage or shame. Jed Adams says he detests the shrew but she can cook and, since his partners want her, agrees […](continue reading...)
Athena Xanthopoulos is on a mission. She’s moved to Luscious, Kansas to reconnect with the parents she doesn’t remember and meet the siblings she’d only dreamed of having. But she didn’t count on finding men like Sam Carrington, Ethan Bartlett, and Brett Monroe. Sam, Ethan, and Brett love each other, and they’re committed to their […](continue reading...)