Wednesday, 18 April 2018

✪ CHASER ✪ Kylie Scott ✪ Dive Bar 3 ✪ Excerpt!



©  Bianca  Janeane 




Book #3 in the Dive Bar Series
• 17 April 2018
• 288 pages
★★★★★
4.8 Stars

Chaser is the third instalment in Kylie's fresh, hilarious and sexy new series. Welcome to Dive Bar, where the tattooed bartenders keep the drinks - and romance - flowing with a perfect cocktail of heartbreak, humour and sweet, sexy romance.

Love isn’t always NEAT

Bartender and all round bad boy, Eric Collins, has come to a crossroads. It’s time to take life seriously and maybe even attempt to settle down. If only the person he was hoping to settle down with didn’t turn out to be pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labor during a snowstorm and her car slides on some ice, however, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?


We're back in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to finally witness the Happily Ever After of Eric and ... Jean?



Eric. We all remember him as the manwhore idiot who didn't really have a plan for his life.
He owns the bar with Nell and Lydia and he shows up for work on time. But people still don't trust him. His friends and family think he only lives for one-night stands and a fun time.
But he doesn't. Not anymore. He's been thinking of getting a real girlfriend!!! Yup.
But then Jean shows up in town and moves in next door. He's immediately attracted and interested... but she's kinda hugely pregnant. And he's not really yet gotten over Nell losing their baby last year.
But he also can't get Jean out of his head.....
Can he be only friends with a cute girl and her baby? 


What will happen with Eric and Jean?
Will there be a HEA for the 3 of them??
READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT!
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Book #3 in this great series!
And it was just as cute as the other 2!
We meet all the others again - Joe, Vaughn, Pat, Nell ... and even Mal ☺...
And we're back in the bar, of course.

Eric is part owner. And he loves his bar and his job as sexy barkeeper.☺



I SAID SEXY BARKEEPER ☺



But he doesn't love his life anymore. Not the way he's been living it for so long now. He wants something new, different. But a mother? He wanted change, but not that fast and that much. But he just can't stay away from Jean. So adorable!!!
The poor guy. He wants to prove to all his friends and family that he can be a real adult and that he can be trusted. But mostly he has to prove it to himself.

I really enjoyed reading this book!
It was such an adorable romance. Funny, cute, a bit moving and heartbreaking. I just loved those cute Eric & baby moments!

I wouldn't mind seeing the bar and everybody on TV one day!

Great Characters. Not much drama. Lots of funny moments and some sexy moments. Great, sweet Romance.
I really loved it! Eric is amazing. He's trying so hard - but nobody believes in him. But of course we know that he'll prove them all wrong in the end! ☺

CHASER was such an adorable & sweet & moving romance! About a guy who is finally ready to grow up and CHASE his happily ever after. Run to your nearest amazon for your very own Eric - this one is MINE!!! Even though I could do without the ponytail!☺

A tiny little thing that bothered me a bit. Why did Jean move to Idaho? Yes, she knows Nell from talking online. BUT?! She doesn't have a job, a career? What did she go to college for? Does she have any plans for her future? Nothing was mentioned about that at all. A bit weird.
Also, Nell ... I hated her a lot with the way she acted towards our poor Eric. She got better, but only in the very end of the book. She was really mean!
But still ... adorable book. READ IT!




ARC received from publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

Yes! It is time for all things Eric.  You may remember him as Joe's brother - you know, the one Joe pretended to be on his dating profile?

Well, now it is his story, and to me, Chaser is the best story in the series so far.

My heart hurts for Eric as everyone around him treats him like a no hoper, a man whore, leaving him feel useless.  No one even pays attention that he isn't the way he was, that he has been changing.

Gah, I wanted to slap the lot of them with my Kindle - especially Nell who I have always kinda adored.  But this book she is just a nasty b!tch to Eric for 95% of the book and I really disliked her.

I adore Jean the minute she walks into the bar.  Yes she has her secrets, and her baby, and that's all she needs in her life.  But Eric works his way into her life and her heart, she knows the man he is.

Oh my goodness, the cuteness overload with Eric and baby!

I really enjoyed Chaser.  I loved getting back to the Dive Bar, to the guys and gals that run the place.

Ooooh and there may have been a visit from my favourite blonde drummer and his band!

I loved Eric chasing his HEA and proving to himself and everyone around him the man he really is.

 Sweet, sexy, tender and loving with a few tears thrown in the mix, Chaser was one that I just couldn't stop reading.

Can't wait to see what Ms Scott brings us next.




♥ EXCERPT ♥

I’d been tricked. Betrayed.
After Andre and Jean ate their lunch, we headed outside to deal with her stuff. The cold wind suited my mood to perfection.
Talk about disappointed.
“Don’t lift that, it looks heavy,” I snapped.
Jean blinked. “It’s a pillow.”
“The world’s largest pillow ever. You can’t be too careful.” My gaze roamed over her swollen middle. “You’re . . .”
“Pregnant?” she asked with a voice dripping poison and sugar.
“Are you having trouble with the concept?”
“Absolutely not. I was just going to say huge, that’s all.”
She blew out an exasperated breath. “Thanks, Eric. That makes me feel so much better.”
“I just . . .”
“Don’t bother.” The woman turned back to her sensible, medium-sized SUV and got busy riffling through the contents. I was surprised she’d been able to squeeze into the driver’s seat.
Boxes and stuff took up almost every inch inside the vehicle. Each and every box seemed to have been neatly labeled with the contents.
The woman took her organization seriously. She looked over her shoulder. “You know, I can’t help noticing that Eric-the-smooth-moving-flirt has been suddenly replaced by Eric-the-awkward-jerk.”
“Well, you said you were single.” I folded my arms defensively across my chest.
“I am.”
And then there was an awkward silence.
“Yeah, but . . . I mean, in your condition . . .” I fumbled to a halt.
She turned, face all scrunched up. Like I was the one with the problem.
“Just hop out of the way so I can grab some boxes,” I said, voice gruff.
Still nothing from her. “It’s a second-story walk-up and you have a lot of stuff to get up there. You should be taking it easy.” Hands on hips, I tapped my black leather boot against the sidewalk, waiting her out. “Jean, I’m not trying to insult you. It’s the truth.”
She swore quietly, going back to fussing with the contents in the vehicle. I don’t think any woman has ever given me the silent treatment quite this quickly. Usually I’m good for at least a couple of hours after seeing them naked.
Man, I still couldn’t believe this was happening. God hated me or something. Pregnant women and me were enema. Anathema. Whatever. Now that I’d seen her out in the autumn light, however, she looked younger than I’d first guessed. Despite her tired eyes, her skin was smooth, soft looking. She was likely closer to her early twenties than mid.
“How old are you?” I asked.
“Why do you care?”
I shrugged one shoulder. “Just curious.”
“How old are you?”
“Nearly thirty.”
She sniffed. “I’m twenty-two.”
Young, like I’d thought. She was probably too immature for me, anyway.
“Come on, Jean. Let me get some of the boxes.”
Boyd ambled out of the Dive Bar, turning his head this way and that, looking up and down the street. I raised my hand and he started over in our direction. The big cook would make short work out of moving all this stuff. Behind us, Andre and Nell came out of the tenants’ entrance to the Bird Building. The place was a big brick building about a hundred years old. Just past the door was an entryway with stairs leading up to the second floor, followed by two empty shops, their windows covered in flyers about local events. Concerts and parades and shit. They’d been vacant for a while, unfortunately. Andre’s Guitar Den came next, then Pat’s tattoo parlor Inkaho, and the Dive Bar on the corner.
“Everything’s good to go. Alex and I gave it a cleaning last week just to be sure,” said Nell, smacking a kiss on Jean’s cheek.
“You’ll meet Alex later. She’s probably busy working or something now. She’s sort of a shut-in.”
“You two didn’t have to do that,” said Jean. “Thank you.”
“Anytime.”
Andre leaned against the SUV. “Your furniture got delivered yesterday too, so it’s all good to go.”
“Excellent,” said Jean. “I can’t wait to sleep in a decent bed again. Road trips when you’re seven months’ pregnant kind of suck.”
“I bet.”
“Who’s minding the kitchen?” I asked.
“Lydia will text Boyd if they need something,” said Nell.
“We’re only going to be a few feet away from the place.”
I frowned.
“I own the kitchen, Eric. Not you,” she said. “You’re in charge of the bar, that’s all.”
One of Jean’s eyebrows inched up slightly. So I might have implied that I was the sole owner. Shit happened.
I crossed my arms. “Fine. No need to bite my head off.”
“My best online friend just moved to town. We’ve been texting and skyping for months. She’s been an absolute rock for me through all the nerves of being pregnant again,” said Nell. “Stop messing with my happy.”
And then there was an awkward silence. Great. If only there was some way to get out of helping without looking like a raging asshole. The possibility of anything happening between me and Jean had been buried six feet deep, never to be spoken of again.

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Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.



Tuesday, 17 April 2018

✪ Leading The Witness (Conflict of Interest #4) ✪ Chantal Fernando ✪



Title: Leading the Witness
Series: The Conflict of Interest Series #4
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2018


New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando turns up the heat (RT Book Reviews) in this steamy standalone novel when a divorce lawyer finds himself stuck between his client and the woman he desiresand soon hell be forced to choose sides.

Hunter Brayze doesnt always like his clients but as the divorce attorney for Bentley & Channing Law, he doesnt have to. So when he meets his latest client, even though he cant stand the guy, let alone understand how any woman would ever marry him, he is still determined to win his case. But he never expects taking this client would turn his entire world upside down.

When he comes face to face with his clients soon-to-be ex, hes shocked to see Riley McMahon, owner of his local pub and the woman hes wanted ever since he first laid eyes on her. He didnt even know she was getting a divorce, and now hes stuck defending the man who wants to screw Riley out of everything. Feeling like hes betraying her, Hunter vows to settle this case as quickly as he can by any means possible. Because after months of flirting with Riley at the pub, and now knowing that shell soon be free, Hunter is determined to make her his.

But as the proceedings get messier and secrets are revealed, Hunters running out of tricks to keep both parties happy. And when someone sets Rileys pub on fire, he cant help but suspect his own client. Torn between his professional code of ethics and his intense connection with Riley, Hunter finds himself at a crossroads wondering whose interests hell ultimately protect.
 




ARC received for an honest review

I have adored everything I have ready by Ms Fernando, and I am a big fan of her Conflict of Interest series.

I have been waiting for Hunter's story, and Ms Fernando certainly did not disappoint.  He is the hottie lawyer, hiding his tattoos under expensive suits.  However he does wear his heart on his sleeve, and he has been wearing it for Riley for a long time. 

I love the banter between our lovelies, and sparks sure do fly between them.

I love Riley's kick ass, I don't need your help attitude, even when it is to her detriment.  I also love that she will take the help - albeit reluctantly at first - when it is offered.

Hunter's name says it all.  He goes for what he wants-eventually! And oh my, how wouldn't want to  be hunted by Hunter?  I adore that he is so protective of his friends, would go to bat for any of them if they needed it.

I freaking love love love the banter between the guys an gals from the previous books. They are such a close knit group of friends, and they are full of bite and snark and taking the p!ss out of each other.

I don't want to say too much about the story, just know that I think it was my favourite in the whole series - so far.

I can't wait to see where Ms Fernando takes us next with these illegally hot lawyers.






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New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty-one years old and lives in Western Australia.

Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon's Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

Chantal loves to hear from readers.