Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carnal Beginnings Review






Carnal Beginnings

By Reily Garrett 


Adara’s enigmatic and sexy boss asks her a simple question. “How are you going to celebrate your twenty-first birthday?” Sounds innocent enough, until he suggests she go to Ambrosia, the infamous BDSM club. To volunteer for scars and bruises is not on her to-do list. Yet when Julien invades her personal space, her body goes into panic mode and fails to respond appropriately. Since her adoptive parents died six years ago, she’s endured horrific tortures at the hands of her sadistic and perverted uncle and cousin. 



Her long-awaited birthday, and inheritance, are days away. She longs for and plans to escape. 



Julien Crofton is an ex-Special Forces private investigator. Since hiring Adara six months ago, her subtle signs of ongoing abuse have tied him in knots. And not the good kind. Time and again, he’s encouraged her to open up and talk to him. After disastrous results in a previous case where a client refused his help, he’s determined history won’t repeat itself. Surely he could help her and keep his heart intact. The fact she’s as beautiful as sin should have no bearing on his intent to teach her to not fear men. When he resorts to an underhanded tactic to crack her invisible suit of armor, he’s unprepared for the tidal wave of lust and protectiveness that swamps him. 


Even while evading her family and an unknown psychopathic stalker, passion ignites. In progressive increments, Julien kindles her spark of infatuation into a raging inferno. Can Adara learn that perhaps not all men are evil and maybe…whips can be fun? 

WARNING: This book is not suitable for a younger audience.
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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF CARNAL BEGINNINGS***

Julien knows the telltale signs of abuse, and he sees them all in Adara, his assistant. He didn’t know that Adara had taken this job at his private investigation firm to learn all she could about disappearing forever. Being tortured for the last 6 years by her uncle and his son, all she cared about was gaining her freedom. When Julien witnesses one of Adara’s former co-workers physically harassing her, he decides to take her under his wing and desensitize her in order to overcome her demons and live freely. But can he fully protect her from her family when he has his own demons to overcome.

Normally erotica is not my genre, but the plot of this story really drew me in. With such interesting characters, I couldn’t help but like it. Since I’m not very experienced in the subject, I felt like I was learning along with Adara. It’s hard to imagine such cruel people, but when faced with it, it’s pure pleasure in getting revenge. 

My review can also be found at:
    AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE     GOODREADS
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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cricut Explore Air

Just when you thought that Cricut's Explore® machine couldn't get any more amazing, they are now introducing their Cricut Explore Air!



This new machine has all the incredible features of the Cricut Explore®, but now it has built-in Bluetooth technology - so your projects can go wherever you go! In addition to being able to cut just about anything, including leather, balsa wood, fabric, vinyl, craft foam, and even silk, cartridges are also included in the software. So anytime you want to use a different cartridge, you just do a quick search on your iPad and it brings up all the images on the cart. How efficient is that?! 

By far this is the most advanced electronic cutting machine on the market with an unbelievable amount of helpful, time-saving features. While there are almost too many to mention, I can't resist sharing a few more of my favorites:
  • It's wireless and compatible with Cricut Design Space iPad app.
  • Since it's wireless, all projects can be saved to the cloud, which allows users to conveniently swap between their laptop and iPad.
  • Cartridges are linked to your Cricut ID and delivered over the cloud. So once you've loaded a cartridge, you have it everywhere you go.
  • There's no overlay simply because it's not needed! You just lay all of your cuts out in the Cricut Design Space app and you can see everything you are cutting all at once. So goodbye handbooks!
  • It comes with a ton of "make-it-now" projects. You just send them straight to the machine and they are ready to go. You can also customize them with your own font and images!
  • Fonts and images can be uploaded for free - the machine can actually print writing that looks just like handwriting! You can also draw and upload pictures to the machine without having to cut anything out.
The Cricut Explore Air is really just amazing - and so fun to use! If you've been thinking about upgrading your cutting machine, now is the time to do it! Especially since you can get free shipping with the code MARCHSHIP. Now you can really cut a rug to celebrate!
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Coordinate Your Big Day!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hot Flash Book Tour and Giveaway




hot flash
What's the recipe for a happy marriage?


That's what chef Jill Morgan Storm wants to know, and according to responses to the "Marriage Satisfaction Surveys" she and her closest friends cooked up, the answer is to marry a traveling salesman who is rarely home.

And Jill certainly deserves some happiness, after everything she's been going through. Her teen-aged son, who only speaks to her in French, needs college tuition. Her crazy mother is determined to find her a man—and only brings her unsuitable ones. A pesky schoolteacher keeps annoyingly trying to fix her life. Her sous chef job is in jeopardy, and, most aggravating of all, her ex-boyfriend has absconded with her favorite skillet.

What's a single mom to do?

Faced with the answers to her surveys, she sets off to find the traveling salesman who can share her dreams. Along the way, can she find herself and a man who will claim her heart?

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"Witty dialogue and wickedly funny characterizations make Kathy Carmichael’s Hot Flash a jewel among romantic comedies. Great fun!"
~ Eve Gaddy, Harlequin Superromance author

"Hot Flash is a keeper! It has heart, and I’m going to read it again. And again. Wonderfully well done! 
~ Kay James, Romance Reader at Heart

"I have never laughed or cried so hard as I have with this truly wonderful book!" 
 —Kathy Boswell, managing editor, The Best Reviews

"I highly recommend Hot Flash to anyone who loves to read romance. You will not be disappointed." —Romance Junkies



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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF HOT FLASH***

Jill just can’t seem to get her love life together. Her ex-husband changed genders, and her ex-boyfriend won’t return her favorite skillet. Needing fast cash to send her son to college, she devises a plan to marry a traveling salesman. She figures he would have money, and not be around to cramp her style. But her plan begins to backfire as each candidate falls short of her expectations. Then throw in her son’s former third grade teacher who continuously shows up at the most inopportune moments, and you have a recipe for disaster.


The slapstick comedy had me laughing from cover to cover. You can’t help but love each of these characters. There were so many memorable phrases in this story, it can’t help but be unforgettable. This is the second book by this author that I have read, and I loved both, but this one is definitely my favorite so far. 

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About the Author


USA Today Bestselling author Kathy Carmichael resides on the west coast of Florida with her Scottish husband, two not-so-wee sons, three cats, a part-time dog, and a huge collection of dust bunnies.



Kathy writes award-winning romantic comedies and humorous mysteries. Her Texas Two-Step romance series is a reader favorite. Kathy's romantic comedy, Hot Flash, was named by the American Library Association's BOOKLIST magazine as one of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles for 2009.



In addition to her novels, she’s sold short stories and wrote a bi-monthly column on the business of writing for a national writing trade magazine. Kathy is also a contest judge for Writers Digest. She’s a member of the International Thriller Writers, an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-in-Crime, Novelists Inc., the Florida chapter of MWA, is the published author liaison of the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and is an active member and past national board member of the Romance Writers of America.



Kathy loves hearing from readers.


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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.





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