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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z - R is for Roni Loren

A to Z Challenge - R

R is for Roni Loren

Drea says: This two-for-one review includes a new-to-me author and two titles toward my book challenges.  Read on!

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: O, P, Q


Title: Crash Into You
Author: Roni Loren
Series: Loving on the Edge, #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Length: Novel (336 pages)
Genre: Erotic Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars 

Monday, April 20, 2015

A to Z - Q & A with Drea & Melissa

A to Z Challenge - Q

Q&A with Drea & Melissa

As most of you know, we're the ladies of LilyElement. We decided to do a little random Q&A.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: N, O, P

We couldn't think of a decent topic for Q other than drag queen, so we decided to interview each other so you could find out more about your reviewers.

Melissa: *throws glitter*

Drea: *growls and dusts off* HEY. Save it for the hookers.

Melissa: But, why do they get to have all the fun?  

Drea: Cuz they have the blow? IDK. Glitter sucks llama ballz. That brings me to my first question: What is your fascination with glitter anyway?

Melissa: Herpes of the craft world, I guess that's why I think of hookers :P

Drea: Ooh, that makes sense now. Kind of. Are you a part of the craft world?

Melissa: I try to be, but wind up giving up after I learn a bit of it. I've learned basic knitting and crochet, a little bit of chainmaille and some sewing.

Drea: Cool! Are you going to make crochet banana hammocks?

Melissa: I'll have my boyfriend model his *cough* Okay Miss Drea! Let's see… Hmmmmm.. We'll start out easy, like the hookers... ;) What's your favorite guilty pleasure read? (Mine are cowboys *drools*)

Drea: Umm...most of what I read feels like a guilty pleasure. Maybe YA is the guiltiest? Especially stuff with love triangles.

Melissa: Don't get me started on the love triangles!

Drea: I don't know why they get such a bad rap.  

Melissa: I think it might be because in books without them you know who is going to wind up together. In books with love triangles you could spend the entire book rooting for the losing person.

Drea: That makes sense. I usually root for the heroine to end up with BOTH :D (super guilty pleasure lol) So what genre are you most afraid to admit you adore? Cowboys or something else? 

Melissa: I'll have to say I've been enjoying erotica books lately, which is something I normally don't read. As my boyfriend calls ALL the books I read "porno books" he'd be terrified to hear the audio I just listened to mwhaha

Drea: Ooh, which one was that? 

Melissa: The Master by Kresley Cole. It was soooo dirty, it would make him blush. I still think I should record him reading a paragraph or so from an erotica book.

Drea: Yep. You should. Especially one of the weird ones.

Melissa: His reaction would be priceless. I can hear it now "WHY IS THIS HOE DOING THIS?!?!!?"

Drea: He sounds like a hoot. Do you have any guilty pleasure TV, movies, or songs?

Melissa: I occasionally watch Project Runway or other reality game show things. MAKE IT WORK!

Drea: Oh, so you've watched Jersey Shore :D

Melissa: I wish!! I got sidetracked one day and started watching some special effects makeup show when I was going to watch Jersey Shore jkjk.

Drea: If you could go out in any costume, and money wasn't an issue, what costume would you wear?

Melissa: BATMAN! Errr Batwoman? *hums Batman song* That costume might get hot in TX though :/

Melissa: Are you a fan of books that turn into movies/TV shows? 

Drea: Most of the books I'd love to see turned into movies don't. But the ones that have aren't too bad.

Drea: If you got to become a superhero, would you want to be like Batman (rich with gadgets) or someone with special powers?

Melissa: Ohhh I'd have to go with the special powers, depending on what the power is. If it's something lame I'd go with the gadgets instead. 

Drea: In books, what really burns your butt?

Melissa: I'd say love triangles but I can tolerate those for the most part. I'd have to go with an ignorant main character. If I can tell something but they can't until the end of the book it irritates me.

Melissa: What's a weird were shifter that you’d like to read in the future (one you haven't read before). np lol

Drea: I'm with you on the ignorant MC. 

Drea: I think you mentioned someone was doing phoenixes, I'd like to try one of those. Er...read one of those ;)

Melissa: Oooh yes, Keri Arthur! I've been wanting to read book one. I've seen pretty positive reviews for it so far.

Drea: Okay, one last question from me: What's the one new author/book/genre you're going to do this year? 

Melissa: I think I'd like to try out a few more erotica books, and would appreciate book/author recs in that genre since I'm not very familiar with it.

Drea: Then you have to read tomorrow's post on Roni Loren. She's my new favorite erotic author.

Melissa: Will do! I've seen her name around, but never actually looked at her books just yet. 
Melissa: Are there any new author/book/genre that you plan on reading?

Drea: Yup! I signed up for the New-To-Me challenge this year, so I'm all about new stuff. My goal is to also dive into some multicultural/diverse stuff as a part of that. So I'll be checking into Holley Trent's post from the other day. *nods*

Melissa: Can't wait to hear your thoughts on those!
Melissa: Thanks for doing the random Q&A with me Drea <3

Drea: lol no problem...well...one problem. I'll never get the glitter off everything *glares*

Melissa: *throws more glitter* :D

Drea: *shakes fist and shouts* MELISSSSSSSAAAAA!

New Releases 04/21/2015

Fringe Benefits - Sandy James
When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Danielle Bradshaw deserves a happily ever after, and the Ladies Who Lunch are determined to deliver Mr. Right.

HOT FOR TEACHER

As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn’t have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance—or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won’t be easy, especially when his incredible body and equally disarming charisma are enough to make her heart skip a beat . . .

Nate may be fresh out of school, but he’s confident in his teaching skills—and in his feelings for Dani. But while she’s everything he’s ever wanted, he knows his place on her staff—and his age—may be problematic for his sexy boss. How can he convince her to ignore the gossip mill currently in full swing in the teacher’s lounge and surrender to what’s meant to be?



Beauty's Kingdom - A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Before E. L. James and Sylvia Day, there was Anne Rice: Discover Beauty’s Kingdom, the fourth novel in the bestselling Sleeping Beauty series

Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, returns to the mysterious kingdom of Queen Eleanor in this new chapter of her Sleeping Beauty series. When the great queen is reported dead, Beauty and Laurent return to the kingdom they left twenty years before. Beauty agrees to take the throne, but she insists that all erotic servitude be voluntary. Countless eager princes, princesses, lords, ladies, and commoners journey to Beauty’s realm, where she and her husband usher in a new era of desire, longing, and ecstasy. Provocative and stirring, Rice’s imaginative retelling of the Sleeping Beauty myth will be adored by her longtime fans and new readers of erotica just discovering the novels.

This book is intended for mature audiences.



Garden of Lies - Amanda Quick
The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.

Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes…

If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…



One Night - Eric Jerome Dickey
For one night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel. The pair seem unlikely companions, from opposing strata of society, but their attraction is palpable to all who observe them—or overhear their cries of passion. In the course of twelve hours, con games, erotic interludes, jealousy, violence, and murder swirl around them. Will they part ways in bliss, in sorrow, or in death?

Filled with all the hallmarks of an Eric Jerome Dickey bestseller—erotic situations, edge-of-your-seat twists and turns, and fun, believable relationships—One Night will delight Dickey’s existing fans and lure countless new ones.



Asa - Jay Crownover
Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.



Just Three Words - Melissa Brayden
Sometimes the one you want is the one you least suspect...

Accountant Samantha Ennis craves order and structure. As the bookkeeper at the boutique advertising agency she owns with her three best friends, it’s her job to apply logic to the chaos. When one of those best friends, laid back Hunter Blair, moves in to share her loft apartment, Sam’s carefully organized world is thrown wildly askew.

Hunter Blair’s been the coolest one in the room since elementary school. Until recently, her biggest worry in the world was which of the girls in her cell phone to call on a Saturday night. But it’s not long before Samantha sparks a fire in Hunter that has her questioning her old habits and longing for new ones.

Isn’t it a bad idea to fall for one of your best friends? Samantha and Hunter are about to find out.



The Wood's Edge - Lori Benton
At the wood's edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald's wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood's edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin's absence, another unaware of his twin's existence. And for Anna, who loves them both--Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A to Z + Review - Phoenix in My Fortune

A to Z Challenge - P

Phoenix

I <3 R.L. Naquin, but I'm so sad that this is the last book in the series.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: M, N, O

Title: Phoenix in My Fortune
Author: R. L. Naquin
Series: Monster Haven #6
Format: ebook
Release Date: March 2nd 2015
Length: Novel (180 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Friday, April 17, 2015

A to Z - One Night Stands

A to Z Challenge - O

One Night Stands

We're all familiar with the term one night stand. I've seen it a few times in romance novels and wound up enjoying the books.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: L, M, N

It kind of baffles me that one night stands aren't in romance books more. At least not the ones I wind up reading. I can only think of two books that had it, and I enjoyed both.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Sandy James
When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more than she wished for.

Juliana has spent thirteen years in the same teaching job. She’s ready to dive into a new career with both feet . . . when a run-in with the hottest man she’s ever seen knocks her head over heels. But with her failed marriage to a fellow teacher fresh on her mind, Jules can’t afford to lose herself in a relationship—no matter how perfect it may seem.

Connor Wilson has hit rock bottom when he loses his career as a top-notch Realtor because of a large gambling debt. Now, in a small town he finds a fresh start—and a gorgeous redhead who sparks new life into him. Together they start a successful real estate company, but when pleasure sneaks into the business, they’ll have to decide what they can let go . . . and what they can’t live without.

Take Me if You Dare - Nina Crespo
One decadent dare, one steamy night…

It’s been a year since Jasmine Stewart dumped her cheating ex, so when her best friend dares her to have a one-night stand during a business trip to Miami, Jasmine is all in. But just as she hits her cheesy-come-ons limit, a wickedly hot former soldier comes to her rescue.

Security specialist Ethan Worth’s instincts tell him the gorgeous woman at the bar is trouble. After a sexy dance and even sexier kiss, he knows she is. But when their scintillating night leads to more, the possibility of another long distance relationship sends Jasmine running for the door.

Until the unthinkable happens. Jasmine’s company assigns her to Bode-Wynn, the military security firm where Ethan works. Forced back together, the undeniable heat between them flares to life. But sex is all it can ever be, because taking it further goes against everything Jasmine wants…and everything Ethan fears.

Have you read a book with a one night stand in it and the couple wound up together? If so (and you enjoyed the book) let me know what it was below!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A to Z - Nail Art

A to Z Challenge - N

Nail Art

I suck at all things nail art but always want to try new ones. See below for the ones I want to try out next.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: K, L, M

One of my favorite people, Anya Breton is a goddess of all things nail art. I raid her pinterest every now and then to see what pretty nail art she pinned that I can suck at later when I attempt it. Here are a few that I want to try and hopefully I'll manage to do one correctly!

The images will be links to the tutorials, so click away ;)

Galaxy Nails

Lacy Stamped On Nails

Scrapbook Page Nails

The scrapbook page nails looks the easiest, so I'll probably try that out first. I still can't get the hang of nail stamping lol

Do yall have any favorite nail art tutorials I might not mess up? If so share in the comments!

Thrifty Thursday [108]

Free
Single Wolf Female - Jessica Sims

$0.99
Branded - Kelley Armstrong
Life Sentence - Kelley Armstrong

$1.99
A Hunger Like No Other - Kresley Cole
No Rest for the Wicked - Kresley Cole
Warlord Wants Forever - Kresley Cole
Touch of Frost - Jennifer Estep

$2.51
Kiss of Frost - Jennifer Estep
Dark Frost - Jennifer Estep

$2.99
Wild About You - Kerrelyn Sparks
Dirty Magic - Jaye Wells

$3.49
Crimson Frost - Jennifer Estep
Midnight Frost - Jennifer Estep

$4.99
Cursed Moon - Jaye Wells