Holiday Recs Part 1

Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holidays are coming ’round the corner. Have you bought your presents yet? While the crowds haven’t congregated on the malls yet, I’m off to do some holiday shopping this weekend. That includes books for myself, because of course, books are all I want for Christmas. There, easy to get me a present, right? LOL

Oh, or you could get me this T-shirt:

Or any of these. I can’t decide! All of them are pretty funny and cute:

       

They’re also on promotional price right now, if you’re thinking to get one for yourself or your family and friends.

But enough about T-shirts! Here are some holiday reads, recommended by TRR reviewers, to get you in the mood:

Christmas Surprise on MacLean Mountain by Randi Alexander (Amazon)

Doctor Booker MacLean is shocked when his estranged wife calls and asks to talk to him in person. Is Sybil back to finally ask for a divorce? Three days before Christmas? He hardens himself for the blow that’s sure to come

Sybil MacLean has been gone from MacLean Mountain and from her husband for seven long months, and now she’s back to admit that leaving was a terrible mistake. She has a secret, but won’t share it with Booker unless he forgives her and takes her back first.

As a powerful blizzard moves into the Colorado Rockies and Sybil and Booker are stranded together atop MacLean Mountain, will his fierce pride and her need for his understanding keep them from spending Christmas with the one they love most? Continue reading

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Fakeship

Contributed by Ashia (Romancing the Books and More)

Recently, I learned a new term called “fakeship”. This is the story of a pretend girlfriend/boyfriend or fake engagement/marriage storyline, and it’s a trope that I like a lot. It doesn’t matter if it’s between best friends or enemies who needed to call a temporary truce to work together, as long as it’s a fake relationship they have to present to their friends and family. What I love here is the fun, spine-tingling moments when the main characters are forced to be together to keep up the charade.

Here are some upcoming books that feature this trope, books I can’t wait to get into:

Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn (Amazon)

Oh the classic fake engagement for the sake of getting the inheritance.

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This marriage is strictly business . . . until the temptation gets way too real.

Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.

Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé. Continue reading

The Grand Gesture: A Drop of Paradise by Alex L. Michaels

Here at TRR, we have some new changes going on, one of which is to have new content for everyone to enjoy. One of these is a featured article column called THE GRAND GESTURE.

In the story, we sometimes have the hero being a jerk to the heroine or somehow hurting her due to some actions or poorly-thought words. We hate him, too, on behalf of the heroine, and we want him to get down on his knees and do some mega-groveling to be worthy once again of the heroine (and satisfy this white-hot anger burning in our heart). Or it could be vice-versa. When done right, we close the book with a satisfied sigh, but when not…well, let’s just say it might involve some book-throwing against the wall.

Alex L. Michaels shared a grand gesture from her book, A Drop of Paradise (Amazon). Enjoy!

He swiftly stood up and started to pace before her, staring at her with a wild look in his eyes.

“You know what,” he growled, “I’m going to wring your neck. And then I’m going to kill you, and then I’m going to…”

She managed to slowly stand up, her legs still wobbly.

“How could you do something so stupid?” he said, staring at her murderously.

“I just wanted to take a quick look around,” she said, lowering her eyes, “to see if I can find my bag. I didn’t even go that far, but suddenly you were all gone—”

“A quick look,” he snorted, shaking his head.

“And then I heard a gunshot and tripped, and fell right into this hole.”

“A gunshot,” Mike said, turning around swiftly and looking at her, “what gunshot? Who shot at you?”

“I don’t know,” Jessica said with a frown, “I fainted, remember? And I didn’t say that they shot at me, only that I was in the near vicinity of the bullet when the gun fired.”

“Jesus,” he said, running his fingers through his hair.

“Look,” she said with a sigh, “let’s just go back. I give up! I’m tired and my head hurts, and this vacation is starting to be much more than I can handle. Let’s just go back to the boat.”

“What boat?” he snorted, grabbing the rope and shoving it back into his bag.

“What do you mean what boat?” she said, blinking in confusion.

“The boat left,” he said, without looking at her.

“What do you mean it left?” she said, as her voice filled with alarm.

When he didn’t answer, she stared at him for a couple of seconds then laughed out loud.

“You’re joking, right? You’re just trying to get back at me for freaking you out, right?” she said.

He sighed heavily.

“Look,” he said slowly, rubbing his forehead, “when we arrived at the beach, you were gone. The storm was coming… or better yet, still is. I had to think of the safety of the passengers, so I told Pedro to take them back. And after that, I went to look for you and it took me an hour to find you. They are long gone by now.”

“What?” Jessica exclaimed, staring at him in disbelief. “How could you do that? How could you let them leave without us? Have you lost your mind?”

“Yes,” Mike shouted, looking at her as if he is going to strangle her, “I have lost my mind the first time I saw you, that’s when. When I should have kept my mouth shut and avoided you like a plague! And now you disappeared without a word, thinking only of yourself… you spoiled, selfish, little brat! You should be grateful that I came back for you in the first place, because if I didn’t, you would probably be dead!”

Author:

Alex L. Michaels has been an avid reader since childhood and books have always been an integral part of her life. She always wanted to be a writer, but it took her a long time to get there. She writes poetry and romance novels. Her heroes are roguish and charming, while her heroines are cheeky and courageous. She is currently working on her second novel.

Check her website:  https://alexlmichaelsromance.wordpress.com/

Excerpt: Something Down There by Nancy Widrew

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SOMETHING DOWN THERE
Nancy Widrew
Something Down There
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: November 15, 2017)
Not all caves are uninhabited
Horror erupts when newlyweds, Karen and Jeremy, cross paths with members of a diabolical cult inside a West Virginia cave. Living below the earth’s surface has triggered mutations, rendering the cult members nearly infertile. Their leader, a wild-eyed, cunning brute, refuses to let the couple leave, believing they and their potential offspring hold the key to surviving underground. Are Karen and Jeremy doomed to spend their lives inside this sunless, subterranean wasteland, or do they escape before their minds shatter and their bodies betray them?

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New Release: Master Me, Please by BJ Wane

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MASTER ME, PLEASE
BJ Wane
Series: Miami Masters Book 2
Genre: Erotic Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Blushing Books
Publication Date: November 10, 2017
He gambles everything to help the one woman he should stay away from. When the truth comes out, will her feelings be strong enough to forgive him, or did he gamble everything only to lose it all in the end?
Master Me, Please
Krista Matthews thought nothing could be harder than losing her husband and Master to suicide until the man he’d entrusted her care to left her also. By the time Dr. Dax Hayes returned from an overseas, volunteer medical tour, she thought she was over his deflection and ready to re-immerse herself in the BDSM world she needed and missed so much without his help. One scene proved how wrong she was and after Master Dax’s timely rescue, she agrees to let him tutor her back into the lifestyle. She hadn’t counted on her growing feelings for the strict Dom or his refusal to take her over completely, like she craved.
Dr. Dax Hayes fell for Krista Matthews the minute he looked into her blue eyes and saw the sated, content look she shared with her husband, Dr. Kurt Matthews. He managed to keep his feelings and lust under control until his friend and colleague asked him to join him in gifting Krista with a menage for her birthday. Knowing it was a mistake, but unable to resist, Dax succumbs to the temptation of this one-time scene, never realizing where it would lead. A year later, after sealing his fate with a questionable act, he flees on a guilt trip only to return and discover nothing had changed-he still wanted Krista Matthews with an ache that wouldn’t be assuaged by anyone else.
Unable to resist stepping in when she gets herself in trouble, Dax again gives in to temptation and aids the one woman he can never have back into the lifestyle her submissive nature needed. When Krista learns the truth, will her feelings be strong enough to forgive him, or did he gamble everything only to lose it all in the end?
DISCLAIMER: This book is intended for adults only. It contains elements of power exchange, BDSM, including explicit sexual scenes and anal play. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.

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Get it now! 20% Discount on Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens

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SILENT MERIDIAN
Elizabeth Crowens
Silent Meridian
Series: The Time Traveler Professor Book 1
Genre: Speculative Fiction, Gaslight Fantasy, Alternative History
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2016
A 19th century “X” Files meets H.G. Wells’s “Time Machine” featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and partner
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert musician and paranormal investigator. Although in his humble opinion, Scott considers himself more of an ethereal archeologist and a time traveler professor.
Together they explore lost worlds and excavate realms beyond the knowledge of historians when they go back in time to find it. But everything backfires, and their friendship is tested to the limits. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.
SILENT MERIDIAN reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung and other luminaries in the secret diaries of a new kind of Doctor Watson, John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. Stay tuned for A Pocketful of Lodestones; book two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens.

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New Release: Something Down There by Nancy Widrew

Something Down There
SOMETHING DOWN THERE
Nancy Widrew
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: November 15, 2017
Not all caves are uninhabited
Horror erupts when newlyweds, Karen and Jeremy, cross paths with members of a diabolical cult inside a West Virginia cave. Living below the earth’s surface has triggered mutations, rendering the cult members nearly infertile. Their leader, a wild-eyed, cunning brute, refuses to let the couple leave, believing they and their potential offspring hold the key to surviving underground. Are Karen and Jeremy doomed to spend their lives inside this sunless, subterranean wasteland, or do they escape before their minds shatter and their bodies betray them?

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