ARC Review, New Release & Giveaways: BOHEMIA NIGHTS by Lucy Lakestone

Bohemia Nights by Lucy Lakestone

A DELICIOUSLY INDECENT PROPOSAL …

Thea McKay likes her quiet, private life well enough. She creates pop-up paper art that no one ever sees, hangs out with her friends and admires men from afar. But then, at a play premiere, she meets gregarious video blogger Duncan Flyte. An incorrigible charmer with dubious motives, he’s handsome, hilarious and overwhelming. When he says he won’t stop showcasing her to his legions of fans unless she agrees to spend seven nights with him, her world turns upside down. The offer is both outrageous and tempting. Those seven nights don’t have to be passionate, but what if Thea wants them to be? Can she raise the stakes with this adorable Scottish import — especially when Duncan’s cheerful campaign to woo her may be just one more spectacular lie that will break her heart?

This is the fifth novel in the award-winning Bohemia Beach series, each a steamy standalone romance set among a circle of young artists in the enchanting Florida city they call home.

Review By Tamye

Disclosure:  I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Oh my sweet bananas!  I absolutely fell in love with this book and its cast of characters.

While this is the fifth book in the Bohemia Beach series, it was the first book I’ve read in this series, and by this author.  It definitely stands well by itself.  No need to have read the previous four books to understand the story. That being said, I now want to read the first four books because the lead characters from each book were in the fifth book and I’m dying to hear their stories as well.

I glanced at the first paragraph and I was hooked.  I only wanted to see what point of view the book was written in, as I was in the midst of reading something else. But I couldn’t put it down, I had to to read more.  I had to know why Thea McKay thought Duncan Flyte was a ……. nope not saying.  Get the book and see for yourself.  But be warned.  You will be hooked as well.

The story easily comes to life.  Plopping you smack dab in the middle of this exciting set of friends, with a snarky, yet insecure heroine, who has no idea why this sexy Scot would want to have anything to do with her.  Therefore he must be using her for publicity.  Right? Smart guy that he is, Duncan uses Thea’s dislike of being in the public eye to his advantage.  In exchange for her spending seven night with him, Duncan promises to refrain from featuring Thea on his vlog every night during that time.  Then if at the end of the week she still wants him to get lost, he will.  Or course, Duncan is going to do his best to change her mind.  Thus the fun begins.

Thea agrees despite her certainty that Duncan will break her heart. Somehow her mouth said yes, while her head was saying, “No freaking way!”  It could have been her hormones, and she might have a bit of a crush. One she would deny to everyone, including herself.

Kudos to the author for weaving this tale in a such a way, that while being lighthearted and fun, it also had depth, self-discovery, and enough heat at times to light a fire.

I recommend this to anyone who wants a contemporary love story, that goes from “Hell No!” to “Oh Yes!”.  One that will make you yearn for one of your own.

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The nitty gritty on Bohemia Nights

A New Adult/Contemporary/Erotic Romance novel by Lucy Lakestone (Bohemia Beach Series, Book 5)
Publisher: Velvet Petal Press
Fiction > Romance > New Adult
Publication date: Aug. 11
List price: $3.99 ebook; $14.95 trade paperback
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-943134-10-6
Kindle ISBN: 978-1-943134-11-3; ASIN: B07487Z6K3
ePub ISBN: 978-1-943134-12-0

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Lucy Lakestone, author of the “Bohemia Beach” series. Photo by Kathryn Gonzalez

Lucy Lakestone is an award-winning author who lives on Florida’s east central coast, among the towns that serve as an inspiration for the hot romances of her Bohemia Beach Series. She’s been a journalist, photographer, editor and video producer but prefers living in her imagination, where the moon is full and the cocktails are divine. Lucy is also a launch author for the Barefoot Bay Kindle World with a novel of romantic suspense, Desire on Deadline.

The books in the Bohemia Beach Series can be read as standalone romances, but they have connected characters and settings, so you may wish to read them in order:
Bohemia Beach (a Golden Quill finalist)
Bohemia Light
Bohemia Blues (winner of the Golden Quill and a National Readers’ Choice Awards finalist)
Bohemia Heat
Bohemia Nights

You may contact Lucy here.

You can also find her at the following sites:

Follow Lucy Lakestone on BookBub   Lucy Lakestone's Amazon page   Follow on Goodreads   Facebook   Follow on Twitter   Find on Pinterest   See on YouTube

Giveaway from Lucy Lakestone

Lucy is giving away a signed print copy of Bohemia Nights and a pop-up card (pictured below) from Lovepop to one lucky winner (US Postal Residents only).  Or an ebook of Bohemia Nights if the winner is international.

Guy in the hammock popup card by Lovepop.     Bohemia Nights Paperback

To enter: Comment separately in response to one or all of the three options listed below .  Each question below is worth one entry.  Total of three entries per person possible.   Winner picked with the help of random.org and will be announced Monday, August 21st.

1) Which book in Lucy’s Bohemia Beach series tempts you the most.  Why?
You can find them here.

2) Have you every tried to do pop-up art or have you every had a pop-up card or book?  I think they are fascinating, but I doubt I would have the talent or patience to make one.
What about you?

3) Like this post.  (Only if you did – If not, tell me what you didn’t like.)

*To comment click on the little message bubble in the upper right-hand corner of this post.
Good luck!

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Mardi Gras Party at the Witchy Librarian

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Calling all Witchy Readers! This Mardis Gras Day it’ll be raining books instead of beads (although we encourage wearing anything that sparkles or spits fire). Join the festivities  on the Witchy Librarian Page where a slew of authors will be chiming in on your favorite witches, vamps, weres, and more! We’ll have fun trivia, Authors Q&A and a float load of prizes!

When:  Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (3PM – 6PM)

Authors include: Barbra Annino, Tonya Kappes, Christiana Miller, Rose Pressey, Angie Fox, Renee George, Cynthia St. Aubin, Robyn Peterman and Liz Shulte

Mardi Gras Party Link:
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Author Lineup:
3:15 Tonya Kappes
3:45 Author Barbra Annino 
4:00 Rose Pressey
4:30 Christiana Miller
4:45 Angie Fox
5:00 Renee George
5:15 Cynthia St. Aubin
5:30 Robyn Peterman Zahn
5:45 Liz Schulte 

Aleya Michelle is taking over Books, Coffee, and Crafts News’ Facebook page. Wednesday, Oct 19th, 9-10 pm EDT

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Come join Aleya Michelle as she takes over our Facebook page.  Lots of fun and giveaways to be had. —> Books, Coffee, and Crafts News’ Facebook Page.

Aleya Michelle is the Austrialian author of three titles in My Heart series. Book One in the series, Breaking my Heart released in May of 2014 and book two, Healing my Heart released in September 2014. The final book in the series Forever my Heart released in February 2015

Next up Aleya released a Billionaire / Rockstar Romantic Suspense novel in September 2015, Tainted Deception was a huge success with Chase Hudson becoming a popular book boyfriend.

Tyson Caine is Aleya’s latest book and the first in her Brother’s in Arms series. Tyler Caine is book 2 in the Series and will be coming out in January 2017.

Also a mother of three (somewhat crazy) children and happily married, free time is not something that is a daily occurrence. However Aleya is an avid reader and loves nothing more than reading a great book or watching a romantic comedy.

You can find Aleya at the following links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aleyamichelleauthor/
Website: https://aleyamichelle.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AleyaMichelle
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Aleyamichelle/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/113622301829305170085/posts

 

 

 

The Beast Within by Rachel M Raithby Release Day Blitz

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Trapped in an abusive relationship for two years, leaving could prove deadly for Becca Kian. But when she’s pushed a step too far, Becca has no choice but to flee. After an accident that leaves her unconscious, Becca wakes to find herself in the cabin of a man who’s as entrancing as he is dangerous. Because this man makes her want to dream — dream of a world where Alex Scar doesn’t exist.
Both Minotaur and human, Aster Tavros is a shifter in hiding. Living in Woodland Creek, he’s made no effort to form relationships, too afraid to allow others to see his true nature. Because when they do, they run. Yet when Becca comes crashing into his life, he ignores every one of his rules. Passion ignites between them, but when secrets and pasts collide, Aster has a choice. He can hide his identity, or reveal his true self to save Becca, all the while, risking losing her forever…

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Woodland Creek Series.
30 Authors. 30 Shifter Stories.

Read more on the Book Series Website

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An innovative and collaborative collection of Shifter stories set in one town, with a guaranteed Happily Ever After.

Authors included:

Scarlett Dawn, Aria Kane, Lia Davis, K.N. Lee, Calinda B, Kate Corcino, J. Rose Alexander, J.M. Witt, Carina Wilder, Sarah Makela, Tasha Black, Emily Walker, Michele Bardsley, Elle Thorne, Renee George, Nicole Blanchard, Mandy Rosko, J.D. Hollyfield, Mindy Larson, M.C. Cerny, Xandra James, Raci Ames, Isobelle Cate, April Aasheim,
Cherie Marks, Rachel M Raithby, Eden Butler, Ever Coming, Jenni Moen, and K Webster.

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She woke in a strange bed, surrounded by unfamiliar smells and in a world of pain. Yet she wasn’t in a hospital, so that meant the man who’d ran her off the road had heard her desperate plea.

Attempting to sit up, Becca gasped as her skin stretched, igniting fire through her nerves. Feet sounded from the other room and a second later, a man appeared at the door. He was huge. Alex had been well built, and covered in sleek muscles, but this guy was on a whole other level. He filled the doorway, to the point where Becca thought he’d have to turn slightly sideways to fit through. His arms bulged with layer upon layer of pure, lethal strength. She was sure she’d be unable to wrap her fingers around them. A tight T-shirt stretched over the chiseled planes of his chest and stomach, and seemed to be painted to his skin. Becca gulped as her eyes traveled up to his face. She’d never met a man like him. Rough, masculine beauty, with skin of bronzed gold and hair of the darkest ink, he made Becca’s skin flush hot, and her mind scramble.

“You’re awake.”

She didn’t answer, her voice lodged in the pit of her stomach.

“Are you okay?”

The same stupid question snapped Becca from her daze. “You ran me over. Of course I’m not okay.”

An unreadable emotion flashed across his gaze, before he said “Hmm, yeah, sorry about that.” He rubbed the back of his neck in an awkward gesture. The movement scattered Becca’s thoughts, her eyes focusing on the flex of muscle and stretch of clothing.

“So, why no hospital?”

Her eyes zeroed in on his face, narrowing; she’d not be telling her secrets to another man again. She’d learned her lesson. “None of your damn business.”

Deciding it was time she was back on the road, running from her demons, Becca forced herself up. She couldn’t stop the noise of pain, even though she’d bitten her lip in hopes of doing so. From encountering years of hurt, physical pain wasn’t anything compared to months of mental torture.

“Wow, what are you doing?” He entered the room, seeming to take up every inch of space. “Get back in bed. You’re in no state to be going anywhere.”

Becca ignored him and glanced around the room. “Where’s my jacket and boots?” Her muscles protested with each miniscule movement.

“Get back in bed before I put you there.”

She would never follow orders from a man again. “Listen to me, asshole, I don’t take orders kindly, and definitely not from men who’ve run me off the road.” Fire filled her words, an old anger awoken.

Forcing herself to take a step, her head swam. A wave of dizziness passed through her like a drug. Her limbs went limp, losing any energy she’d had. Breath rushing out in a startled gasp, Becca’s knees gave way, and she braced for the pain that would follow from hitting the floor.

It never came. He’d moved with such speed, she’d not been aware of him reaching for her. He held her as if she weighed nothing, his strength and heat almost overpowering.

“I said, back in bed.”

Becca narrowed her eyes, mustering as much defiance as possible into her tone. “I want my jacket, boots and bike.”

Ignoring her demand, he carried her toward the bed. Becca struggled, though the effort was painful and pointless. Even fully healed, she’d have had no chance against this man. Mouth set in a hard line and eyes blazing with rage, Becca attempted to hold her ground and masked the fear within.

A part of her wondered if she’d run from one abusive man and straight into the arms of another. Would he hold her captive? For all she knew, this man could be even worse than Alex. Yet even as her pain whispered her fears, her instincts didn’t tell her to run. That was why she fought him when she knew he was right, because her first instinct was to melt. But her instincts had been wrong before. She’d never suspected Alex to be the man he was.

But you were innocent then, the seductive voice whispered. You’re not innocent anymore… Melt!

Shaken by the direction of her thoughts, Becca lost her fight and succumbed to being pressed tightly against his body, her breasts crushed against the heated wall of his chest.

“Bed,” he whispered roughly.

Her mask slipped for a second as she pictured not this stranger’s face, but Alex’s with his lips curled in a cruel smile, and the look in his eyes telling her he intended to hurt her tonight. Cold air replaced what had once been sizzling heat. Loss and loneliness pulsated through her, and she bit her lip to keep the desperate, needy sound inside her contained.

Placing her onto the bed, he retreated immediately. Becca stared at the man who’d been manhandling her a second ago, but now watched with concern from across the room.

“I won’t hurt you.”

“Too late for that,” Becca muttered before she could stop herself.

“Not intentionally. If you would really like to leave, then be my guest, but your bike won’t start and the more you move around, the longer it’s going to take for your back and hands to heal.”

At the mention of her wounds, Becca felt the full extent of her pain. She’d been so determined to escape that she hadn’t felt the stab of agony as she flexed her hands, or moved her back. Looking down, Becca gazed at her torn fingers. Slowly turning her hands over, she inspected the pads of gauze taped to each palm.

“You should have worn gloves,” he murmured softly. Though Becca was certain she heard a thread of anger.

“Didn’t exactly have much time,” Becca whispered, not bothering to look up.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” he asked, taking a step closer.

“Nothing.” Looking up, she met his gaze. “What’s your name?”

“Aster.”

“Aster. I’m Becca. I’m gonna take that offer of rest now.”

He smiled and it was completely disarming. Aster had a dominating, lethal presence, but when he smiled with a softness in his eyes, it made her relax and forget the walls she’d built around herself to keep people out. “I’ll see you in the morning then. Shout if you need anything.”

The door closed with a soft click, and a heaviness spread throughout her body. Lying back, she pulled the covers over herself and succumbed to sleep. She should have been frightened; after all, she’d killed a person earlier that day, and Alex would be hunting her down. But even though she was in a stranger’s house, and her only mode of transport was broken, safety wrapped a protective arm around her as she relaxed, preparing for sleep. It was silly, and irrational, but still, she felt safe.

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Rating:  5 ✩✩✩✩✩

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it most definitely won’t be the last.  It should be packaged with the following label. “WARNING!  Nothing will be done, food prepared, fires put out, etc. Until the reader has completed the final chapter.”  Because that’s what will happen.

I had no idea what to expect from this book.  I accepted it as an ARC for my blog, so I knew the blurb must have interested me, because I’ve severely cut down the amount of books I take in to review.  My TBR short list, is a mile long.  But when I downloaded the book to my Kindle, I was clueless in what to expect.  

I read the first paragraph and BAM I was hooked.  Breakfast and lunch were made and consumed while reading.  I might have burnt something.  I was enraptured.  The pacing was perfect which kept me turning the pages, having to find out what happened next.  The characters were well fleshed.  In Aster’s case extremely well fleshed.  He and his beast are so going on my Book Boyfriend list.  And Becca makes me want to alternately hug her close, or shake some self confidence and self worth into her.  I love that the main characters have to grow in some way before they are able to accept each other.  They are not perfect people, but you want to root for them and cheer them on, when they finally realize, that they don’t have to be perfect to be loved..

This book touched me on many levels.  I look forward to exploring more books by this author.  I would recommend this book to anyone who like paranormal shifter romances.  

Disclaimer:  This book was given to me for an honest review.

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True love is powerful, but some people will go to any lengths to destroy it.

Book 1 – Winter Wolf

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Book 2 – Wolf Dancer
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RELEASE DATE January 2016
Due to Winter Wolf being picked up by Skyskape Publishing Rachel has had to postpone the release of Wolf Dancer until January 2016.

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Demise of the Moon by Audra Hart ~ COVER REVEAL Party – Last Day

Third day of an awesome book party. Guess who’s in today’s line -up? Yep, that would be me. So come by and see me and all the wonderful authors and bloggers. Contests are opens for a various length of time. Mine will be open until 7pm Thursday.

Change of Schedule:  Michele Bardsley at Noon EDT

Event Link: http://bit.ly/DOMparty
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Contest Links & Winners: http://bit.ly/DOMcontestLinks

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Kindle Unlimited Extravaganza – Last Day!

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A party you don’t want to miss!  Wednesday – April 1st, 2015
Contests are open through April 2nd 11 pm EDT

KU extravaganza Event

It’s to introduce readers to Kindle Unlimited authors in all genres of romance, fantasy, and science fiction–from passionate paranormals to curvy girl contemporaries.

All contests and games will be open until Thursday, 4/2/2015 11 pm EDT. (24 hours after the final author takeover).

Authors Line Up!
Contests remain open for an additional 24 hours after the last author take-over.
10:00 am EDT: Ciana Stone – Livin’ and Lovin’
11:00 am EDT: Author Dawn Montgomery
12:00 pm EDT: Sam Cheever Author
01:00 pm EDT: Charlene Hartnady
02:00 pm EDT: Belinda McBride
03:00 pm EDT: Michele Bardsley
04:00 pm EDT: Renee George, Author
05:00 pm EDT: SE Smith
06:00 pm EDT: Madison Sevier, Author
07:00 pm EDT: Cristina Rayne
08:00 pm EDT Renea Mason
09:00 pm EDT: Jaimie Hope
10:00 pm EDT: R.L. Merrill – Author

 

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Awesome prizes:  Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD 6″, a six month subscription to Kindle Unlimited, Gift Cards, Books, and Swag.

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My Grandma Corky’s Fresh Apple Cake Recipe – Great Party

GA McKevett contest

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Grandma Corky’s Fresh Apple Cake Recipe
Like” recipe entered by Tamye Davis Whitener
Click on the above picture.  It will take you to the contest.

The most “Likes” win.  And I really want to win.
I even put substitution directions to make it gluten free.

I want to win GA McKevett’s new book, “Dream Carver”.
I need the most “Likes”. All contests are open until Sunday morning at 10 am EST.

If you want to check out everything else once you like my comment, go for it. 🙂

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Lucky Friday the 13th Release Party

The Lucky Friday the 13th party contests and games are open until 10 am Sunday morning.

Cover Reveal & Release Party Jack Back’s by Cynnara Tregarth

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Jack’s Back by Cynnara Tregarth​ is now available for pre-order for the limited time price of 99 cents. Hurry and get it before it goes up to the regular price of $2.99

Blurb:
Tiana Wells is a practicing Druidic pagan. So when a best friend discovers she’s magically bound, it doesn’t take much prodding to get Tiana to do a ritual of unbinding. But something evil is released, and the next thing Tiana knows, she’s investigating a string of grisly killings with, Ian Spencer, the sexiest detective in Scotland Yard. There’s nothing she’d like more than to fall into his arms – but she’s desperate to catch the killer without Ian learning she may be responsible for it.

The first time Ian Spencer sees the lady anthropologist, he knows he’s a goner. No matter that he and Tiana are hard on the trail of a serial killer, whenever he’s with her, his mind turns to sex. He can’t do anything that would jeopardize the case, or worse, put Tiana in danger. But it’s torture to work so close to her and not be able to have her.

Their passion rises with each body found, and so does the danger. But desire may be a lethal distraction, now that Jack is Back.

Amazon Kindle​ links:
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Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/JacksBackAmzUK
Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/JacksBackAmzAU
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/JacksBackAmzCA

Available soon at other eTailers.

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Lucky Friday the 13th Release Party
Cynnara Tregarth & R.L. Merrill


Don’t miss the release party this Friday and Saturday
– Tons of great authors, contests, games, and giveaways. To celebrate the release of “Jack’s Back” by Cynnara Tregarth and “Teacher” by R.L. Merrill
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