What the Cat Read is excited to be helping with the reveal of Kimberly Kincaid’s new novel, Reckless! =^.^=
Publisher: Zebra, Kensington
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Series: Rescue Squad #1
SOMEONE’S BOUND TO GET BURNED…
Zoe Westin may be a fire captain’s daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of Fairview is her number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect way to prove to her dad that helping people doesn’t always mean risking life and limb. But when she’s saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community service after yet another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.
Alex Donovan thrives on adrenaline, and stirring a pot of soup doesn’t exactly qualify. He’s not an expert at following the rules either, not even when they come from the stubborn, sexy daughter of the man who’s not only his boss, but his mentor. Determined to show Zoe that not every risk ends in catastrophe, Alex challenges her both in the kitchen and out. One reckless step leads to another, but will falling for each other be a risk worth taking, or will it just get them burned?
A Special Note from Publisher:
Kimberly is releasing JUST ONE TASTE, A Pine Mountain Novella on May 26th, 2015. Kensington Books is offering a fun exclusive deleted scene to anyone who pre-orders the novella! Just sign up here, http://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/justonetaste/, and you will be emailed the deleted scene from JUST ONE TASTE!
A little home improvement can go a long way…
Jesse Oliver was a medic in Afghanistan, but back home in Pine Mountain he’s happy to switch gears as the Double Shot bar’s new sous chef. When his apartment floods and his old Army buddy offers the family’s dilapidated lake house as temporary quarters, Jesse thinks a little remodeling on the creaky duplex sounds like a fair return favor. That’s before he sets eyes on the gorgeous woman moving into the other side of the cabin—and discovers she’s his buddy’s kid sister, a.k.a totally off limits.
Kat McMarrin has fought hard for her space, and she’s not too interested in sharing it. Of course, her job as a physical therapist means she won’t see much of Jesse, even if he’s a few thin floorboards away—unless she seeks him out. And with his sculpted body and slow-burn gaze, she might be tempted. Maybe the fixer-upper projects she has planned for the cabin will keep her mind off him. Or maybe her instincts to strip the place down will get out of hand…
About the Author:
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting crosslegged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber,” she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
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Publisher: Kats Kreative Ideas
Date Released: May 19, 2015
Series: Stories from Beauville #1
Compromise is a word Annabelle Macon knows well. Sacrifices at home, in college and with her career, have all given her the tools to be the person she is. Now it seems she must also make concessions for her long-time love, Jackson Storme.
Six months into their relationship, and he’s already making unrealistic demands. With distance putting that much more of a strain on their relationship, how are the two ever going to manage?
Old insecurities have a way of resurfacing, making Anna feel less than suitable for someone like Jackson. She’s worked hard to get to where she is now. Her life and her work are clashing, making matters worse. Bringing a whole new meaning to work/life balance. But Anna knows that with a little give and take everything will fall into place, regardless of the obstacles that may stand in her way.
My insecurities try breaking through the glass wall I built to hold it prisoner. I’m not going to let the past invade our future.
“I’m no Angel sweetheart.” Jackson smirks patting the empty spot on the bed next to him. I move without thought. I am so attuned to this man, and it scares me sometimes. But I quickly squash the rising fear. It’s Jackson, and he’d never do anything intentionally to hurt me. I’m like a moth to his undying flame. I’m forever drawn to him. The air he breathes is an attractant to me. The moment I hit the bed he pulls me into his lap, making me straddle his thighs. Face-to-face now, Jackson stares at me. His eyes search mine. Callused hands cup my face; his golden-brown eyes are piercing as he just stares. This close I can see there are flecks of yellow, green, and gold with an overcast of amber that surround his pupil. He has such an intense stare I almost look away. A rumble of a groan travels up his throat and I can feel the vibration through his fingertips as they touch my skin. He does hold me. Owns my heart, my soul. I’m a shell of a woman when it comes to Jackson Storme, and as pathetic as it sounds, I can’t let it overwhelm me. There is much more to me, than the love struck girl I seem to be whenever he’s near. His thumbs stroke over my cheeks, and his eyes penetrate the haze he’s cast over me.
“Baby, do you know what you do to me, how I ache for you?”
“Feelings mutual sheriff.”
“Oh, don’t I know it baby girl.” He whispers.
Warmth surrounds me as his lips graze my forehead. Jackson moves to kiss me softly against my lips.
“I wonder if you know.” He whispers against my mouth.
About the Author:
One of Tigris’ fondest memories, was in the sixth grade, when her teacher read her story, “The Case of The Missing Pepperoni”, out loud to the class. It was then she decided she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. But like all childhood dreams, reality has a way of crashing in and disrupting plans. But her imagination and the voices inside her head never stopped talking. Every dream she could remember was jotted down in her dream journals.
When she’s not writing Tigris marvel’s at life’s gifts. She likes to take pictures of beautiful things. She openly admits that what she may find beautiful another person might not, and she’s perfectly okay with that. She enjoys her music and doesn’t leave home without it. Long pillow conversations with LL about nonsensical things, and hanging out with her boys, when they deem her “cool enough.”
Tigris is a military brat who’s done her fair share of travelling, thanks to her Army father. She’s married to the infamous LL and has three boys. She currently resides in Houston and is actively seeking a book-buddy for the end of the world.
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A sweet, fun read in what promises to be the start of a great series, this is a book that fans of Bella Andre and Melissa Foster will want to check out.
I’ve read some of Andre’s novels before, but am new to Foster’s writing, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I picked up this title. Admittedly it was Bella Andre’s name on the cover which drew me to the story. Having read her Sullivans series, I was hoping for a similar feel and I was happy that this book didn’t disappoint. As a writing team, Andre and Foster make a great pair and I’m looking forward to seeing where they take the remaining books in this series.
Shelley is a sweet character. I loved that even though she comes from a wealthy family, she doesn’t let her family name define her and that she prefers to work hard for what she wants rather than riding on her father’s coattails. I also admire her adventurous spirit and that she’s not afraid to experience life by herself. The idea of going on a solo honeymoon isn’t something I would have ever thought to try and do, but now it’s got me wondering what it would be like. Quinn strikes me as a great guy whose only drawback is his habit of putting work before anything else. He’s almost too good to be true though, mostly because once he realizes that this habit of his could result in losing out on his chance with Shelley, he instantly begins to change his ways. I have to give him credit for realizing that this behavior is more harmful than good, but I did arch my brow a bit with how quickly he not only came to this realization, but actually went about trying to change the behavior. It’s not that simple, and it certainly isn’t something that can be changed as rapidly as it is in the story.
Regardless, both are enjoyable characters whose relationship, while instantaneous, is easy going and sweet. Yeah, this book is all about the insta-love, but despite this, and the fact that there isn’t a whole lot of conflict between the characters when you get right down to it, the relationship works. It’s not overly complicated, and the baggage that both characters carry is manageable.
I also liked getting to know the other members of the Rockwell family, and as I mentioned earlier, I’m looking forward to reading their stories at some point. And I’m very curious to learn more about Quinn’s grandfather, Chandler. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like the patriarch of the Rockwell family, and after having read this book, I’m still not entirely sure how much of my like for him leans toward tolerance or genuine respect. Trent is a fascinating guy, and I absolutely love Sierra. Derek strikes me as a bit of a hot head, whereas Ethan seems more like the boy next door. Overall they’re a wonderful, multifaceted family who I hope will prove to be worth reading more about.
The overall pacing of the story was good. It never felt like it lagged, but it also didn’t feel like it was rushed. You could easily read it in one sitting if you so desired. If I’m to be nit picky, I found the book to be a bit anti-climatic. It is a simple romance novel, but it’s a good romance nonetheless. I actually found it a nice change from some of the stuff I’ve been reading of late.
Having said that, if you are a fan of family romance series, you’ll enjoy this book immensely. So if you are looking for a sweet romance or if you are wanting to try something new, grab a copy for yourself and give the Rockwell family a try. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.
About the Authors:
Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
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I shall admit that I approached this book with just a tad of apprehension, especially after having been a bit dissatisfied with the first book in the series. As much as I knew I expected to end up enjoying Simon and Maggie’s story, I was worried that I would dislike them by the end as I did Nick and Julia. Thankfully that was not the case and I found myself liking this book and its characters greatly.
I adored Simon in Shupe’s first novel, so I was keen to read this book and find out what happens with him. I also wanted to see just how much he would change, if at all, between books and was happy to see that Simon is still in many aspects an intelligent, driven, caring individual who means well. However, he falls woefully short where Maggie is concerned and on that one point only was I annoyed with him. He so easily believes the words and “proof” of another man rather than seek out the truth from Maggie that I just wanted to smack him a few times. Yes, it is fair to say that his behavior in this isn’t all that different from what one would expect of the ton during the nineteenth century, but it irks me nonetheless. Still, at least he’s not the arrogant, pompous ass that Nick was in book one. I liked Simon just as much in this book as I did in the first one. Maggie’s a fun character no matter how you look at her. Strong, independent, stubborn at times, and not at all willing to let society continue to get her down, I greatly admired her determination to help those in the brothels and was rather amused by her poking fun at Simon and society in general through her artistic talents. The two work well together as a couple and I found myself rooting for them both as the story progressed. I really wanted them to find their happy ever after together.
Meanwhile I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my appreciation for Nick and Julia from the first book increased with this read. Shame that it took placing them in a supportive role rather than a lead for me to really start to like them both, especially Nick. It was fun to see their back and forth banter at play, and I’ll admit that I’m looking forward to seeing them both in the third book in the series. And I can’t wait to read Quint’s story! Out of the three main male characters, I’d say he’s my favorite, so I have great expectations where he is concerned. I was also greatly pleased to see the return of Pearl Kelly, though she wasn’t nearly as involved in this book as I would have liked. My only big disappointment was that Shupe didn’t bring Fitz and Aunt Theo into the mix outside of brief mentions. I’m still hoping that they will get their own story at some point, even if it is a novella.
As for Shupe’s writing, it continues to remain strong and solid. While there wasn’t as much mystery or suspense in this one as there was in the first book, I was still drawn in to the story and compelled to continue reading long past the time when I should have called it quits for the night. It really was a fun read and it made me anxious to start reading book three in the series.
Overall, I would say that this book lived up to the expectations that I have for the second book in a series. If you read and enjoyed The Courtesan Duchess, you’ll equally enjoy The Harlot Countess.
About the Author:
Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.
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