Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Release Blitz: Balancing Act by Jill Blake

Title: Balancing Act
Author: Jill Blake
Series: Santa Monica Trilogy #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 11, 2015
Summary:
When Angie goes head to head against her old nemesis Zach, “backroom negotiation” takes on a whole new meaning. As lawyers on opposite sides of a case, they’ve got plenty to argue about. She’s an environmentalist. He’s in-house counsel for a land developer.
But handling difficult clients, interfering family and friends, as well as courtroom battles proves easier than facing a growing mutual attraction that threatens to spin out of control. While Angie wants to believe there’s more to life than legal briefs, she’s been burned before. Can she learn to trust Zach, or will complications of his playboy past derail any chance of a happily-ever-after?

(Please note: Though this is the third book in the Santa Monica Trilogy, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.)


“Heard your dad’s company is getting sued.”

Zach dove for the ball, slamming his shoulder against the floor. “What?”

Mike gave him a hand up. “It was on the CNS dinger this morning. You didn’t know?”

Zach scowled. As in-house counsel for Stewart & Landry LLC, it was his job to know. That’s why he regularly monitored the Courthouse News Service, and kept tabs by phone and email. It figured this would happen the one day he headed out the door without checking.

He swiped an arm across his sweaty forehead and readjusted his grip on the racquet. “Your serve.”

Another minute passed in silence, punctuated by grunts and the slap of the ball against polyurethaned hardwood and tempered glass.

“So who’s the plaintiff?” Zach asked when the volley ended.

Mike shrugged. “Some woman claiming CEQA violations.”

No surprise there. The California Environmental Quality Act was the bane of every developer’s existence, and a cash cow for any shady real estate lawyer who could find a tree-hugger willing to take up the cause.

“Damn leeches,” he muttered.

“What’s that?”

“You’d think people would be grateful that we’re infusing life into a sluggish economy.” He struck the ball with such force that it rebounded off the back wall and would have hit Mike if he hadn’t jumped out of the way.

“If not for us redeveloping the area, they’d have nothing but urban blight on their hands. Some of those buildings are barely standing, with so many code violations they should have been razed decades ago.”

“Hey, don’t kill the messenger. If you want to be angry, take it out on the plaintiff’s attorney.”

“And who’s that?”

“Judge MacDowell’s daughter. Alice? Anna? Something with an A.”

Zach drew up short. “Angie?”

“Angela. That’s it. Pretty hot commodity in real estate law, from what I hear.”

“Yeah.” Zach forced his attention back to the game.

“Pretty hot in all respects, come to think of it.” Mike grinned. “The ass on that babe…”

Zach gritted his teeth. “Grow up, would you?”

“Oh, please. Like you haven’t thought the same thing?”

“Not about her.”

“What, are you blind?”

“No. But her sister’s a friend of the family.”

Mike blinked. “Then what’s she doing suing you?”

“I don’t know. But I’m sure as hell going to find out.”

*****
The raised voices outside her office gave Angie a few seconds’ warning before the door burst open and a glowering Zachary Stewart stormed in.

“What is this crap?” He flung a large manila envelope on her desk.

“Hello, Zach.” She got up slowly. “I see the process server found you.”

“What the hell are you trying to pull here?”

Angie took her time responding. It wasn’t every day that six feet of ripped, fire-breathing male invaded her office. Her gaze slid down the broad shoulders and lean waist. Oh, my. The things he did for a navy pinstriped suit and oxford shirt should be illegal.

By the time she’d worked her way back up to meet his gaze, she could almost feel the anger rolling off of him in waves.

“You seem a little hot under the collar, Zach. Would you like an ice water to help you cool down?”

His blue eyes narrowed. “Knowing you, that water would likely get spilled ‘accidentally on purpose’ down my suit. No thanks.”

“You overestimate my aggressive tendencies.”

“I don’t think so. I still remember how you negotiated your sister’s settlement. You could teach a Doberman a thing or two about aggression.”
She folded her arms across her chest. “Roger and your dad started S&L together. It was only fair that Roger’s widow get compensated for his share of the company. And in case you forgot, there was no buyout agreement in place when he died. I wouldn’t have had to push so hard if there had been.”

“A buyout agreement wouldn’t have covered all the legal problems Roger caused,” Zach retorted. “In case you forgot, he was dabbling in suspect investments on the side.”

Angie bit her lip. Zach didn’t even know the half of it. Luckily, Eva had managed to emerge—with Angie’s help—from the legal and financial nightmare following her husband’s death. She’d had to sell her house and scramble for a job, but in the end, everything had worked out for the best.

Zach’s voice interrupted her thoughts.

“In any case, that’s over and done with. But this—” he leaned forward and jabbed a finger at the paperwork he’d tossed on her desk “—is ridiculous, and you know it. S&L has jumped through all the regulatory hoops mandated by state and local government. Your client had plenty of time and opportunity to voice her concerns. The Environment Impact Review was released for public comment over a year ago. And in that time, the city council, planning commission, and rent control board have held dozens of hearings. Everyone’s objections were duly noted and addressed.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me. The objections were swept aside and ignored. A de minimis change in your developmental agreement that doesn’t trigger further review of traffic and environmental impacts makes a mockery of the whole process. The city council basically rubber stamped whatever plans you put in front of it, with complete disregard for the residents’ concerns.”

“Everything S&L did was by the book,” Zach said.

“Maybe in your view, but my client sees it differently. And at this point, the only way to get the city council to sit up and take notice and hopefully redress her grievances is exactly this.” She nodded toward the manila envelope between them. “And while the courts re-examine everything, the injunction we’re requesting will at least prevent you from demolishing my client’s home.”

He scowled. “This is extortion, plain and simple. S&L made a more than generous offer for relocation payments to the residents. Your client was the only one who refused to sign.”

“She had good reason.”

Zach took a deep breath. “Look, let’s cut to the chase here. What will it take for this to go away?”

“If you’re asking me that, you obviously haven’t read our complaint carefully enough. It’s all spelled out in black and white.”

“I read it,” he said. “And it’s complete bullshit.”

Angie shook her head. “For shame, counselor. Is that the kind of language they teach you at Harvard Law?”

A muscle ticked in his jaw. “Angie…”

“You know the drill, Zach. Thirty days to file your answer.” She ushered him toward the door. “I’ll see you in court.

Author Bio:
Jill Blake loves chocolate, leisurely walks where she doesn’t break a sweat, and books with a guaranteed happy ending. A native of Philadelphia, Jill now lives in southern California with her husband and three children. During the day, she works as a physician in a busy medical practice. At night, she pens steamy romances.


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Vegas Miracle by Liz Crowe

Title: Vegas Miracle
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: MMF MΓ©nage Romance
Re-Release Date: May 5, 2015
Summary:
Ryan and Grace Sullivan have all the outward indications of a happy life: money, success, an undeniable physical attraction that quickly evolved from whirlwind relationship to marriage. But lately, Ryan's become moody and distant. As their relationship starts to crumble, Ryan discovers something about himself he can't admit just as Grace realizes the young man she encounters at an invitation only party, Henri Christophe, a celebrity chef with the most successful restaurant in Las Vegas, is her husband's lover. But Henri holds a secret himself. He wants to be more to both of them.
As they attempt to make their unconventional arrangement work, Ryan's deep-seated fear of relationship failure continues to thwart everyone's happiness. When he finally walks away instead of confronting the emotional connection the trio shares, he returns to find their lives flipped inside out. A sought after hotel and resort consultant, Ryan has yet to meet a problem he couldn't solve. But when it comes to his own heart, he may be too late.


     "Please trust me, Grace." His voice soothed. Henri’s lips disappeared for the moment and she started to glance down towards her feet where he’d just been when her vision went black.
     "What the…"
     "Just let go." Ryan’s voice near her ear as he pulled the blindfold over her eyes, quickly joined by Henri’s sing-song accent brought a strong chill and shiver. “Trust me, my love. I would never, ever hurt you.”
     "Yes, Grace, let go. Let us do this for you."
     When one set of lips encircled her nipple and another started nibbling up the inside of her thigh, she finally did just that, sighing in relief. Letting the two men take over, giving into the moment, Grace’s entire body felt licked by flames up as the lips became insistent and the bondage chafed at her wrists.
     "Ah shit, Ryan," she mumbled, not even sure what she meant but since she was in a “going with it” frame of mind, she said it.
     "I’m gonna make it okay, I promise." Her husband’s voice had gone husky with lust.
     She shivered, sighed and bent one leg up, allowing Henri full access to her still wet center from their earlier encounter. In a quick movement, the men changed positions. Now Ryan’s lips caressed her pussy, pulling her clit into his mouth, sucking and tasting her. She started to shift her hips, realizing he had to be tasting Henri. But the constant suction and pressure on her flesh combined nearly sent her over the edge again. Then Henri’s mouth closed over her nipple, his teeth, a quick nip, the sharp pain making her squeal and her body pulse with a sudden, knee jerk orgasm.
     "Mmmmm," Ryan’s voice echoing between her legs her flush red from head to toe.
     "Jesu, that was gorgeous," Henri whispered in her ear, his lips trailing around her jaw line. He ran a hand up and down her stomach past her rock hard nipples, just brushing them as her body calmed. She flexed her wrists against their bonds, wanting to touch all the male flesh around her, whimpering in frustration. But the warm friction felt pleasant, sexy even, and she arched her back, on fire with urgency.
     "I want to be inside you Grace." Ryan’s was hoarse voice near her ear.
     "No, I want to be inside you." Henri’s lips tickled her other ear. Grace grinned.
     "Well, boys, we have a dilemma." She snuggled down into the soft pillows again, skin pebbling in anticipation. "Untie me and let’s see if we can solve it." The words coming from her mouth surprised even her. A quick flick of a wrist and her hands were free but the blindfold remained in place. Hands pulled her up, lips covered hers. She was no longer able to determine which of the amazing men was doing what, which somehow seemed appropriate.



Author Bio:
Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction hybrid, “Romance. Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.


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Seeking Justice by Rivi Jacks

Title: Seeking Justice
Author: Rivi Jacks
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 8, 2015
Summary:
Young investigative reporter, Cait Shaw, is not happy about her new assignment; investigating what she deems to be a “seedy” part of Chicago’s more questionable businesses. But her editor seems to have a personal vendetta against the elusive Mr. Justice, leaving Cait with little say in the matter.

Cait is especially shocked and conflicted by her attraction to the irresistible charms of Liam Justice. Liam is like no man she has ever known and she is totally captivated and unprepared for the sinfully erotic, passionate affair they enter into.

As her world is turned upside down, Cait must cope with her growing affection for Liam and his shadowed past.


     “There’s not going to be anything gentle about tonight, darlin’,” he rasps against my mouth. “I’ve waited all day for you, and watching you dance with those other men, letting them touch you, I’m going to punish you.” My body quivers at his words. “I’m going to fuck you so hard you won’t be able to walk tomorrow.”
     Holy shit!
     The sharp bite of arousal causes my stomach to clench in reaction as he grips my hand and pulls me through the apartment, not saying another word.
     The bedroom door closes with a soft click behind us as Liam continues to grasp my hand as if he’s afraid I’ll run if he releases me. He looks down, nailing me with his intense blue gaze, and my breath catches.
     “I have to call downstairs,” he murmurs.
     “Okay,” I breathe.
     His eyes are fervent as his gaze holds mine. He releases me, and I finally break eye contact, moving across the room to stand before the doors that open out onto a balcony.
     “I’m upstairs.”
     I turn to find him watching me as he talks on the house phone. I turn back to look out the darkened window. I feel awkward, not knowing what I should be doing. Undressing? I’m out of my depth here.      I don’t have experience in this type of situation. Are men put off by a woman’s lack of sexual knowledge? The thought that it might, flames my self-doubt, and I look back uneasily at Liam as I hear him say, “I’ll talk to you in the morning.”
     He sets the phone down on the bedside table. Then he crosses the room in long strides, pulling his shirt up and over his head, tossing it aside.
     Holy hell!
     My eyes greedily devour every inch of his hard, muscular perfection. The fierce hunger in his eyes, almost savage in its intensity, spikes my desire, creating a raw need that hits me like a physical blow.
     When he reaches me, he pulls me roughly against the length of his body as he wraps me in his arms and his spicy male scent. His mouth comes down on mine, and his tongue is forceful as he pushes it into my mouth. His kiss consumes, possesses and sucks every ounce of doubt from my thoughts. Our passion is almost tangible, and I strain to get closer as he grips my bottom, squeezing firmly. I smooth my hands across his broad shoulders, down his arms, loving the feel of his hard muscles as I run my hands over his firm chest.
     “Fuck, Cait,” he gasps against my lips. When he lifts me up into his arms, I press my mouth to his neck and suck against his skin. I nip and bite as he crosses the room to lower me beside the bed.
     “Fucking clothes off. Now!” he snarls as he jerks the duvet and top sheet off the bed.
     Our eyes lock as I hurry to pull my dress off as he slides his jeans and briefs down his legs, his erection springs free to stand tall and proud.
     I still, my mouth going dry. He is so freaking beautiful, I can’t take my eyes from him.
     When he grips his erection and pumps his hand along the length, I look up to meet his knowing blue gaze.
     “Is this what you want, darlin’?” he asks with a lascivious smile.
     I swallow with difficulty. “Yes,” I breathe.
    He walks slowly, purposefully toward me.
     “On your knees.”



Author Bio:
Rivi Jacks has a lifelong love of books, and she is a true believer in holding onto a good love story. One reason her attic and barn are full of the books she has collected through the years.

She lives in the Missouri Ozarks on a farm with her husband, and when not writing or reading, she likes to take long walks down country roads, cook, fish, and spend time with family and friends.


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All About Us by Ashley Erin

Title: All About Us
Author: Ashley Erin
Series: All or Nothing #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Summary:
Emma is broken inside. After tragedy strikes she returns to her childhood home in hopes to heal her heart. Reconnecting with old family friends, Emma is unprepared for the way her long lost friend, Dane, makes her feel. Emma fights the attraction, but Dane is a man impossible to resist. What she doesn’t expect is for Dane to pursue her with a determination that makes her resolve waver. His ability to calm the storm that rages inside her and the way he makes her pulse race is a dangerous combination. She is risking everything. Can Emma set aside her fears and give Dane a chance? Her walls will break, her heart will be tested and she will never be the same.

**All About Us is the first in a series of standalone novels. It does not have a cliffhanger, and can be read on its own. This novel contains sexually explicit material and is intended for readers 18 and older.**


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If you're looking for a sweet romance with just enough spice and angst to keep you wanting more, this is the book for you.  ~ Author Rachel Smith

For a first time author this is an EXCELLENT debut and honestly, hats off for a well written, engaging and beautiful love story of a love that was meant to be. ~ Romance Bytes

How freaking good is this book? Well let me tell you that it is fanfreakingrastic!!!! ~  For the Love of Books

Seriously, I'm not one to write reviews I just rate them. BUT... I loved this debut novel!! It was written very well. I felt a connection with the main characters. I'm quite positive that I will have a hangover for a couple days.. Dane is my new book boyfriend.. ~ Amazon Customer



Author Bio:
Ashley has a degree in Psychology and has worked in the Human Services field for five years. She loves reading romance, new adult, paranormal and fantasy novels.

She lives in Spruce Grove, Alberta with her boyfriend, two dogs and four cats. She also has a horse she loves with all her heart. When she is not working with the horses, reading and writing, you can find her on social media.


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