Review – Asphalt Cowboy’s Girl by Marie Savage

Asphalt Cowboy – a man (country boy) who works on the road. he is always gone, traveling to different states due to his line of work.
an asphalt cowboy could be considered a truck driver, iron worker, etc.

I was provided an ARC of Asphalt Cowboy’s Girl for an honest review. Asphalt Cowboys Girl Marie Savage E-Cover

In this steamy contemporary romance by Marie Savage, we meet Luke McIntyre and Aimee Jo Elliott.  Luke a loner, travelling the highways with his rig, living life by his terms,  finding temporary lovers along the way.  Aimee Jo, a young, trusting, naïve woman, fleeing her life in Georgia, hopeful of a new start in California. Unfortunate circumstances have the two crossing path at a truck stop in Mobile Alabama.  What should have been an easy 4 days together turned out to be anything but.

This was my first read by Marie Savage.  I really enjoyed the overall plot line of the novel.  The book was a very easy read and easily devoured in one sitting.  The story line flowed seamlessly throughout the entire novel.  I also really liked that Miss Savage chose to write the novel from a dual point of view.  One of my favourite things about any romance novel is reading it through the males eyes.

While I generally like my lead females to be strong and fierce, I found that Marie Savage wrote Aimee Jo’s character to perfection.  Her skilled words brought Aimee Jo to life, as she saw her, on each and every page.  cag1

The steaminess really builds in Asphalt Cowboy’s Girl until it was thick with sexual tension.   Add in a unexpected threat from a dangerous ex and you having the makings a of a well rounded book.

Overall I rate Asphalt Cowboy’s Girl 4 Stars.  I’m looking forward to reading what Marie Savage will produce in the future as she grows as an author.

Asphalt Cowboy’s Girl is one click away at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Release Day Post for Asphalt Cowboy and more on Marie Savage can be found here.

 

 

Review: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

As per my MO, I usually end up plucking a book out of a long list of offerings based on the cover. This was no different with Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas.  Having read other novels by Miss Douglas I didn’t even read the blurb, just dug right in.

JORDAN

He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.

He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.birthdaygirl

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.

I have to stop this. It can’t happen.

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.

Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.

I am.

PIKE

I took her in, because I thought I was helping.

She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.

And her boyfriend’s father.

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

What I loved about Birthday Girl was that it was written as a love story and not the typical girl porn, older man/ young girl, taboo erotica novel.  Penelope Douglas wrote a strong, enticing and sexually tense romance novel about two people in an untypical, society challenged situation. She attests that two people can overcome barriers and prove that love is not a number but a state of mind.

If you are a fan of Penelope Douglas or you decide that Birthday Girl will be your first dip into the Douglas pool, you won’t be disappointed.  With the fun references to the 80’s, the touch of the forbidden, lots of tension and the ever so important sizzling sex scenes, Miss Douglas has cleverly weaved a novel that will ferry your mind on a sea of emotions.

5 Stars from Whiskey Angel for Birthday Girl!

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Even Money/Cover Reveal – Alessandra Torre

unnamed1One of my favourite authors, Alessandra Torre, has a new book duet series, All In, on the way, with the first of the duet, Even Money, set to release on June 4.

Today we get to take a look at the stunning cover for this romantic suspense novel.  Even Money is up for pre-order on both Amazon and iBooks.  Also add, Even Money to your Goodreads TBR list and you will be automatically entered to win 1 of 4 $50 Visa Gift Cards.

 

Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a unnamedquickened heartbeat, and everything changes.

I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless sex.
He owned half of Vegas and had the reputation to match.

I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer.

Then, the lies started.
Rumors spread.
Stalking commenced.
And someone died.

None of it stopped me from falling in love

 

Friday Fivesome with Amanda V Shane

Friday5I had the pleasure this week to rope Amanda V Shane into being a part of my Friday Fivesome.  She is a hidden gem in the world of Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal writers. Her first book, The Snow Maiden, is magically enchanting and oh so steamy, from cover to cover.  36679087

As well, Amanda has started a new series, The Tide of Atlantis.  The firs book in the series, Moontide, has already been released, while readers eagerly await the release of book 2, Crystal Tide.

Oh, and she has some of the most stunning books covers that I have seen.

So here it is, 5 random questions for Amanda Shane:

1.  What song almost always ends up on your playlist?

“Funhouse” by Pink

2.   You don’t know where you are going, but you can only pack 3 items to take on vacation with you. What would they be?

Lighter, pocket knife, mascara (I’m a survivalist )

3. What is your favorite quote or saying?

“Romantic art is the fuel and the spark plug of a man’s soul; its task is to set a soul on fire and never let it go out.” ~Ayn Rand

4.  If you could co-write with any author, who would it be?

Karen Marie Moning – I’m a huge fan of her books.

5. What’s your favorite colour? Now make up a cocktail name using that colour.

Green – The Green Sea Demon

Bonus:  What’s your pet peeve?

Eating sounds and milk mustaches. Those ads they did of the celebrities with the milk mustaches a few years ago were an absolute nightmare for me, lol.

About Amanda

Amanda V. Shane is a Colorado native and fully admits to having been a library dork headshots-002growing up. To this day, she loves the smell of book paper on an almost fetish level (okay, maybe not, but that gives you a peek into the dark and twisted mind of this author). One of her first book romances came at the age of nine when, in a far back aisle, she found the story of King Arthur and was entranced by the blood purple canvas cover with gold leafing – she likes shiny things.
Since then, she’s been hooked on stories with magic, mythical beings, daring heroes and, of course, desperate romance.
Today, all of the thumbnails on her e-reader sport book covers with chiseled jaws and “shiny” abs but the stories are no less magical, no matter what genre. She writes paranormal and fantasy romance from her home where she lives with her family and a Bassett hound who she routinely has to fight for the “soft” end of the couch to set up with her laptop. She likes chocolate, wine, coffee and kids, in no particular order ;).

If you’re distracted by shiny things too, visit Amanda on the web  and join her mailing list for news, upcoming events and freebies! (shiny freebies)

Friday Fivesome with Author Kayley Loring

Friday5Welcome to my first and what I hope to be many, Friday Fivesomes, where I ask an author 5 random questions about themselves.

This week, I was lucky enough to have Kayley Loring, author of Cocky Nerd and the Work Less, Play More Series, agreed to play along.

Also check out my 5 Star review of Cocky Nerd here!

Let’s see what Miss Loring had to say:

1.  A new crayon is being named after you.   What colour would it be and what would it be called?

It would be called Dork Red Lipstick, and it would be a bold red for drawing the lips of shy lady dorks like me who try to hide their shy dorkiness behind a veil of wit and sophisticated cosmetics.

2.  You’re getting a reality show.  What would it be called?

It would be called, “Oh My God – WHAT -NOW?!?!?”

It would be me yelling at my printer every day. Half of my dialogue would be bleeped out, but the conflicts would be real, and I’d wear cute outfits.

3.  What song almost always ends up on your playlist?
“Waiting In Vain,” both the Bob Marley and the Annie Lennox versions.  Which is ironic because I’m so impatient.

4.  If you were to name your child/ pet after the last thing you ate, what would its name be?

Overpriced organic gluten-free dairy-free non-gmo matcha energy bar.  Matcha Bar for short.

5.  What is your favourite quote or saying?

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  Winston Churchill

 

About Kayley Loring

workation-blog-titleKayley Loring has, until recently, been a borderline workaholic living in Los Angeles.  In the summer of 2017 she moved her adorable family to a beautiful suburb of Portland, Oregon.  She can now breathe clean air while enjoying the great outdoors, and drive around without swearing at strangers.  It’s pretty great.  When not writing, she can happily channel her obsessive energies into plant hoarding, book hoarding, and Anglophilia (ie. being a Hiddlestoner, a Cumberbitch, whatever you call a Luke Evans fan, and binge-watching Harry Potter movies and BBC mysteries).  The rest of the time, she’s feeding indoor cats, outdoor birds and squirrels, telling herself she should do more yoga, and looking for the perfect pair of boots.

The Work Less, Play More books are a series of standalone romantic comedies that are connected by theme.  They are all about work-obsessed women and men who learn to love and relax more while they are on mandatory vacations.

Check out my 5* review of Cocky Nerd here