Spotlight: Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey and Giveaway!

Tessa Bailey, one of my new favorite authors, has a new book releasing today!  To celebrate, Tessa and Entangled Publishing are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!  Read about the book and enter for your chance to win!

Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

Title: Officer Off Limits (Line of Duty #3)

Author: Tessa Bailey

Release Date: June 10, 2013

Imprint: Brazen


His need to possess her is non-negotiable.

Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.

Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.

Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive?”

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Novella Review: The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle


Title: The Misbehaving Marquess

Author:  Leigh LaValle


May Contain Spoilers

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Please note- This novella was previously released in the anthology ‘Three Weddings and a Murder’.

Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir-immediately-she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again?


I have been in the mood for shorter reads, so when I saw The Misbehaving Marquess on Netgalley, I put in a request for it.  I have been reading so many contemporary romances, too, and thought it would be a nice change to try a historical.  Though I thought the conflict between the protagonists was a little weak, this turned out to be a satisfying read about a husband and wife who  allowed pride to get in the way of their happiness.

Catherine has been waiting five long, lonely years for the return of her husband, Jamie.  Jamie left the country in a snit, and hasn’t been back since.  Why did he leave in a huff?  Because Cat, in an effort to save her friend from being ruined, was caught in a compromising situation instead.  While a united front and a lot of PR could have staved off the worst of the rumors, Jamie decides to believe the worst of his wife and allows his ego to rule the day.  Off he storms, not to be heard from – again, for five years.  Ugh.  Cat had every right to be pissed at her husband for not even bothering to hear her side of the story.  This was especially disappointing because Cat and Jamie had been best friends for years prior to their marriage.  Cat is now a seething, simmering mass of rage because Jamie was off pouting for so long, traveling the world like a spoiled brat with nary a letter spared for his wife.  When he does show up back home on his estate, he doesn’t even bother to let her know he’s back.  Nope!  Add another straw to the camel’s already straining back!

Cat learns that Jamie’s back for one reason – he needs an heir.  And isn’t that just too bad?  There was so much anger between these characters that I wondered how they would ever find a way to sooth the  hurt feelings and misunderstandings raging between them.  In addition to all of their other problems, Cat is also fearful that Jamie will put an end to her pet project – providing widows and their children with a way to be independent.  She’s refurbished the tenant cottages on the estate and had a small workshop made so the women can make lace.   I enjoyed this story thread and thought it rounded out Cat’s character.  I actually cared about her succeeding in this venture, and wondered if Jamie, who has already proven to be a bit of a brat who didn’t care about anyone but himself, would interfere.

Once Cat and Jamie opened a dialog with each other, I started to hope that they could work through their problems, because they really did care for each other, and that’s the reason they were so angry with each other.  While I have a few doubts about their HEA, I mean, Jamie’s already ditched Cat once, for an extended period of time, without bothering to even hear her side of the story, I did enjoy this novella.  I’d like to read a longer book by  Leigh LaValle in the future.

Grade:  B

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Guest Post: Rachel Carrington, Author of Extreme Measures


What If? By Rachel Carrington

My beta reader posted a comic on her Facebook page the other day which you can see below. After you read it, think about it for a second. What it that was really true? Which character would you like to be? Out of all the stories you’ve ever read, which one would you want to be immersed in forever?

I used to think I’d want to be in Emma or anything in the Regency period, but then I remembered what I know about that time period, you could put in a thimble. I think I’d like to be in a place where I could still use the knowledge I’ve learned in my 21st century life. Maybe milling around with Christine Feehan’s Carpathians? I don’t think I would mind being trapped in a world with Darius from Dark Fire as long as I got to be Tempest.

But as much fun as that sounds, I also have to remember life is a bit rough for those characters. There’s peril and drama around every corner, and that’s okay for the couple of hours it takes me to read the book. But would I want it to go on infinitely? Would you?

So if you had to choose a character’s life, whose would it be? Out of all of the lives in between the pages of millions of books, whose life would you be willing to trade yours for?

About Extreme Measures, my latest book release

Four years ago Erin’s life changed drastically. Her drug-addicted brother killed her parents, and her marriage disintegrated. Her husband, Matt, an FBI agent, had done his duty when he’d arrested Stuart, but she’d been too caught up in her own grief to allow him to help her move through the shadows of pain.

Now Matt is back, but it isn’t to attempt reconciliation. Her brother has escaped from Attica, and Erin is his next target. Matt will stop Stuart by any means necessary. But Stuart is a desperate man, and desperate men will do anything to get what they want.

Thrown together by treacherous circumstances, Matt and Erin fight a battle to stay alive and possibly figure out how to put the pieces of their destroyed lives back together again.

Available now from, All Romance eBooks, and Barnes and Noble. Coming soon in audiobook!

About Me

I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.

After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense. I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read, create videos, keep Target in business, play visitor in my city, and drink lots of coffee.

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