CRUSHING ON LOVE by Melissa Foster #BookReview @TastyBookTours @Melissa_Foster

A Sexy Mountain Man with a BIG Ax….Meet “Grizz”!


The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor #4
Melissa Foster
Releasing Sept 21st, 2016
World Literary Press


Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance.

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?


I love reading series of books. I love getting to know the characters in a story. This one about Shannon and Steve was fun to read.  I really loved the plot, the story of Shannon and Steve. Shannon was in Colorado doing some field research. Shannon had met Steve at her cousin’s wedding and decided to go back and see if there were any sparks. I thought the story started kind of slow. Even though this is part of a series and can be read alone I had a little trouble remembering how all the people fit in. That isn’t really important though. I think it is just me. I thought Shannon was sweet happy go lucky type of gal. Steve who works as a ranger and loves his solitude in the mountains wasn’t too excited to see her come back to his mountain to work.  Then again he was very happy to see her. As I kept reading the story, I loved how the story went. I loved the detail of the story. The characters Shannon and Steve worked well. I also thought how they came together to work on a project that was so important to Steve and he was amazed at how good Shannon did to organize the event and make something happen that Steve never thought could. I don’t like to give away the plot. For me this was a good happy book. A Sweet romance, with lots of steamy romance.  I also want to mention I love the nicknames. So perfect!!

The author Melissa Foster does well with writing this series and leaves me wanting to read more. I have read a few others and I do love the character’s.

I want to thank Tasty Book Tours and Melissa Foster for the ARC.

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Hit the Road, Jake! (The Lindsey Lark Series book 3) by Cricket Rohman #BookReview



Hit The Road, Jake! (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 3)

by Cricket Rohman



Thrilling, romantic, and sprinkled with humor, HIT THE ROAD, JAKE! reinvents the ‘buddy movie’ concept with the written word … and a pretty woman. Jake and Lindsey are good at tracking down offenders responsible for petty theft and blackmail, but when new mysteries become personal—slashed tires, spattered blood, steamy love letters, a stolen pet—everything changes.

Who is this enemy that secretly harasses them from town to town? Jake calls in some favors and manages to finagle the DNA testing of several blood samples. The results are shocking, and the dangers they face become deadly.

Practically newlyweds, the couple thought they’d created the perfect win-win plan. While traveling between Tucson and Estes Park in their RV, Jake would solve embarrassing mysteries that schools wished to keep under wraps, and Lindsey, being the ‘cover’ for their presence, would conduct workshops for teachers. Then all hell broke loose.

“Cricket Rohman really nails it! She gives her readers a ton of depth in both the story line and character development. A great, fun read!”
—Lala Corriere, author of Bye Bye Bones: A Cassidy Clark Novel

My Review

Hit the Road, Jake! (The Lindsey Lark Series book 3) by Cricket Rohman is the third book I have read by the author. I really like her style. I love the fun, and dialog between the characters. The plots are fantastic and I like how the author timed the twist in the plots. It is fast paced and twist that I wouldn’t have guessed. I really love that I couldn’t guess the twist in the plots. Some books you can figure it out pretty quickly but Cricket Rohman seems to write the story and keeps her readers guessing and wanting more.  I am of fan of cozy mysteries and then was fits perfectly.

I don’t think you have to read the first two in the series but I highly recommend it that way you can understand the characters better. This story is about Jake and his new bride Lindsay with their dog Wendell, if you love dogs you will love Wendell. I want a Wendell. Oh and yes their pet bird Malcom. Jake wants to write detective stories and Lindsay is a teacher but she goes around teaching other teachers her art journal method of teaching kids. Such a great idea. I wish I had a teacher like that when I was young. I loved art.

When a school invites them to come and do a workshop, there is usually a mystery going on at the school, Jake is kind of undercover and works with the person who wanted them to figure the mystery out and Lindsay teaches the teachers.  I also love that they are from Arizona, since that is where I am from and love reading what the author writes about the cities. I am personally needing a little weekend away trip to Flagstaff.  They also visited New Mexico and Colorado in their RV with their animals. Of course there are plenty of adventures on their trips.

I loved the whole plot and the twist and the way she brought in other characters from the previous books. I loved the ending and I am hoping there is more. I am not a writer, but I can think of a few more books in this series.

I give the story and the series five stars. I loved it all. The summer is hot here in Arizona and I enjoy reading a good story.

I received a free copy of a book in exchange for an honest review

Personal note:

I was asked to read and review this book, I didn’t realize it was the third in the series. I prefer to read books in order if I can. I did purchase the first two in the series and thought they were great as well. Labor Day weekend and leading up to the weekend is hard for me and I really needed something fun to read. This series was really fun to read. I could not guess what the author was planning next and I really love reading a story and not knowing what is going to happen. I am hoping there are more in this series. I really enjoyed the authors writing style and thought it was fun. I am not a writer just a reader. I loved to read books. I also love to craft and have started a few art journals. But right now my passion is reading.

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Wanted: An Honest Man by Cricket Rohman

The Lindsey Lark Series Book 1


With a little mystery and a little romance, WANTED: AN HONEST MAN captures the bittersweet growth of a young woman trying to make sense of her turbulent life.

Lindsey, a beautiful, talented teacher is a fighter and a positive thinker, but after the man of her dreams betrays her, then steals her beloved dog, she struggles. Strange, threatening phone calls begin to haunt her. A stalker, perhaps? Though she doesn’t want to be alone, she isn’t ready to go looking for new love, but men find her anyway.

A handsome college student involved in some tricky human research gets into trouble in more ways than one. His inherent propensity to play detective, though helpful at times, seems to attract Murphy and his darned Law far too often … and now his eyes are on Lindsey. Will his heart follow?

My Review

Wanted: An Honest Man (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 1) by Cricket Rohman is the first book I have read from this author. The first book in three.  The first thing that intrigued me about reading this book was the fact that the characters live in Arizona. Yeah same place that I do. I will say the author was right on spot with all her Arizona references which makes me really happy. I also love this genre, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Contemporary and some action and adventures. There are lots of twists to keep your mind thinking of what is going to happen next.

I also enjoyed reading the story, Lindsay is a kindergarten teacher, she is sweet and smart when it comes to being a teacher. But her personal life is not going well.  She is married to Anthony and well he leaves her for Shawna, a young stripper. Oh and by the way he is a doctor. She also has her best friend Laurie who is also a teacher with her at school. They grew up together in foster care. Lindsay seems like the perfect teacher, and that she really enjoys teaching her students. I really felt the author did a fantastic job with Lindsay’s character. She is very likeable and maybe a little gullible but we can all grow and she is young.  Oh and there is the young cute Chinese food take out driver. Jake, what a great character, I wont tell you to much about him but I like him. All the characters are interesting and make the story.

I really loved the book right from the start, the plot moved along at a perfect speed, the story was never dull and I couldn’t wait to read the whole book. The adventures of Lindsay were fun. The very last adventure I felt was a surprise, I know I would never do that. I can’t tell you what it is, you will have to read the book. I enjoyed the writing style and felt the author did a great job. I felt the twist in the story were fun and some unexpected. For me the book was nice and fast paced. I can’t wait to read the 2nd book in the series.

For the most part this is a clean romantic book. But there was sex, not really descriptive and some swear words. There were some issues with a few of the children and I loved how Lindsay handled that. I mean being a teacher you have a lot to deal with. This book was fun and seem so real life. I give it 5 stars for being really good, entertaining me and making me want to read the next book.

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Letters, Lovers, & Lies (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 2)

By Cricket Rohman


Mysterious, romantic, and sprinkled with a few heartwarming students and a delightful dog, LETTERS, LOVERS, & LIES captures the importance of persistence and the power of love. Jake and Lindsey are in love, but so much stands in their way. Letters from a dead man. Unwanted advances from a transgender acquaintance. Separation and jealousy. A few things in the couple’s favor? They are smart, multi-talented, and they love to laugh.

Lindsey Lark, keynote speaker, goes on tour while her boyfriend, Jake, writes a detective novel. Sounds simple enough, but a mystery soon dominates their lives when bizarre notices of her ex-husband’s funeral arrive. Foul play is suspected and murder is on someone’s mind.

Lad, a retired Secret Service agent, is Lindsey’s right-hand man for the duration of the tour. He’s handsome, he’s a man of few words, and, as the list of threats lengthens, he takes on the role of bodyguard, much to Jake’s dismay.

“Cozy mystery lovers and romantic drama buffs will enjoy the twists and turns as Jake and Lindsey rush to solve their personal whodunit before it’s too late.”
—John Reinhard Dizon, author of The Nightcrawler Series

My Review

Letters, Lovers, & Lies (The Lindsey Lark Series Book 2) by Cricket Rohman was an exciting second book to read in this series. This is the 2nd book I have read from this author.

I found that I loved the way she continued the plot line and characters from the first book to the second flawlessly.

The story is about Lindsay and now she is a keynote speaker teaching teachers how to teach writing through art journaling. Great idea in my opinion. Her boyfriend is trying to write a detective novel. There are quite a few mysteries and plot twist throughout this story. While she is traveling with the tour she has a “bodyguard” Lad who makes sure Lindsay has everything she needs to be able to do her job. There is so much packed into this story. The characters are fun and unique and also creepy as well. I love how the story is written and kept me guessing throughout the book.  The ending of this book is fantastic. I loved it.

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Dirt on the Diamond by Amelia J. Matthews & Heather Young-Nichols #BookReview

Baseball Duology
Home by Amelia J. Matthews
Behr knew two things: baseball and bloodshed. A proud warrior of the Ojibway
Tribe of Saginaw, he’d given up the first to fight for his country in World War
II, only to find himself mired to his knees in the latter. Now home, Jack
struggles to readjust in a place that valued his scouting and marksmanship
skills on the battlefield, but has little use for him anywhere else in
“civilized” society.
Fitzgerald had finally realized a lifelong dream: to make a living, though
meager, playing a sport she loved. As the brave men of the country battled
enemies overseas, Kitty battled foes on the diamond. She did her part to
encourage morale during this trying time, and relished the experience, knowing
it could end all too soon.
Kitty met Jack.
was never one to stand for intolerance or hatred, and sometimes her temper took
control. Returning home from batting practice one evening, Kitty witnessed a
uniformed soldier being attacked. An Indian soldier. Charging in with her bat,
Kitty knocked out Jack’s assailant and tripped right into his heart.
shared love of the game brings them together, but will Jack’s battle scars and
society’s prejudices pull them apart? Or can they mount the obstacles and
realize that their love for the game, and one another, is stronger than anyone
trying to throw them out for Stealing
in the Game by Heather Young-Nichols
Cohen dreamed of playing professional baseball since he was a little kid. After
opting to finish college before going pro, he finds himself stuck in the
minors. Right as the majors start paying attention to him, he loses his swing.
His defense is better than ever and until that point, so was his offense.
Behr was raised on baseball. Her father played pro and is on the verge of
entering the Baseball Hall of Fame. His father had already earned his spot
there. And, what most people don’t know, is her grandmother played in the
All-American Girls Professional Baseball league. The sport is in her blood. As
a girl, she’ll never play in the major league and instead focuses on her
Master’s degree in psychology.
his lost swing, Zev’s coach suggests he talk to a psychologist, who happens to
be Wrigley’s mentor. Wrigley is beautiful, knows baseball, but worst of all can
see every one of Zev’s faults. He doesn’t have time for distraction, she
doesn’t date ball players, yet their attraction is undeniable.
Wrigley be the thing to draw Zev’s focus from his life’s dream or can she help
him get his Head in the Game?





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Pure Torture An Oblivion on Tour Novel, #3 by Tania Sparks @TaniaSparksAuth #ReleaseBlitz #BlogTour @bookenthupromo


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Book Title: Pure Torture
Author: Tania Sparks
Genre: Rock Star Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2016
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Cody’s the sexy drummer extraordinaire of the hard rock band Oblivion.

Kitty’s the little sister of one of Cody’s band mates and she’s had a secret crush on him for years.

When the band are back home for a few days, the chemistry between them is both unexpected and undeniably off-the-charts.

She quickly realizes that the prospect of having what she’s always fantasized about is a very real possibility.

He quickly realizes that although he feels this mind-blowing attraction towards her, she’s the little sister of one of his band mates – he would get his ass kicked from here to hell if he ever laid a finger on her!

But can Kitty convince him? After all, no one else needs to know, a one-time hook-up might suit both of them…or could it ruin everything?

Warning: This story contains hot rock stars, sizzling sexual encounters and language that you would expect from heavy rock musicians used to a life of sex, booze and rock and roll. Pure Torture contains graphic sex scenes and is strictly 18+ only.

This novel is Book 3 in the ‘Oblivion On Tour’ series. Each book in the series follows a different band member and tells the story of the women that steal their hearts. Pure Torture can be read as a stand-alone but you might also want to check out Heaven Sent (Book 1) and Bolt From The Blue (Book 2).



I love reading rock star stories as I have always loved rock music and have been intrigued by their lives. This story Pure Torture (Oblivion on Tour #3) is the first one I have read from Tania Sparks. I felt it was an awesome story and seemed like it could actually be true. Kitty is the younger sister of one of Cody’s band mates. She has had a crush on Cody forever.   I am sure it is easy to get a crush on older brother’s friends. Well, Cody is your typical rock star, sleeps with a different woman ever night.  Fantastic musician with an awesome band that has been together since they were young.  The band is back home for break in Oklahoma and in walks Kitty all decked out and grown up. The band is staying at the Penthouse of a local hotel. Kitty stopped by to see everyone.  There is a spark between Cody and Kitty, Cody wants to fight it, doesn’t want to cause any problems with his bandmate Nikki, Kitty’s older brother. Kitty wants to get Cody out of her system.

The title fits perfectly. I really loved reading this story. There is some issue with dialect, I did notice that there were a quite a few sentences where I had to reread to figure out what was going on.  It just didn’t feel like they were from Oklahoma. The dialect was off.  Now if I just ignore that part of the book, everything was great, steamy and who wouldn’t want to be with a rock star when they were young?

I also loved how the story turned out.  I am planning on reading the other books in this series because I did love the characters and they were a lot of fun to read about.

I did receive this ARC from Book Enthusiastic for an honest review.




Dancing Temptation

I sit down in an empty space on the chair right next to him. He can’t get up and move now, it would be way too obvious to the others that he’s trying to avoid me. I smile and sarcastically chirp, “You having a good time Cody?”

He groans and responds grouchily, “No, not really.”

I lean in close to him, so close that I can feel the heat from his skin. I place my hand on his knee and see him suck in a deep breath. I purr, “Why don’t you come up and have a dance.”

His response is abrupt. “No thanks.”

Hansen, who’s sitting on the other side of him punches him playfully on the shoulder as he reprimands, “Don’t be such a dickhead Sticks. If a beautiful lady asks you to dance, you fucking drag your sorry ass out of that seat and go and dance.” Hansen pushes him, nudging him roughly out of his seat. Cody tumbles off his chair but quickly gains his footing as he glares irately at Hansen.

I quickly take advantage of the opportunity by springing out of my chair and securing Cody’s hand in mine. I tug on his arm, “Come on Cody, it’ll be fun, I promise.” Cody just responds with a grunt as I start to drag him reluctantly to the dance floor. After a few steps he takes control and it’s him that’s practically dragging me as we push our way into the middle of the crowd. We’re so far into the vibrating and moving swarm of people that we’re completely out of sight from the VIP area. Until now Cody had kept his distance but as soon as we reach a spot where he’s obviously satisfied that we can’t be seen by his bandmates, he grabs me roughly around my body, one hand clasping my ass and the other around my waist as he crushes our bodies together. I can feel his hard muscled torso pressing against my soft curves and he feels so darned good. His eyes focus on mine and the heat and lust radiating off him is voracious. As he starts to move erotically against me he rumbles, “You’re fuckin’ killing me Kitty. I’ve tried to keep my distance, but you’re making it near impossible.” His face is so close to mine that I can feel his breath as he groans, “You’re such a massive tease.”


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meet the author

Tania Sparks is a romantic at heart who genuinely believes in true love and soul mates. She met her husband while still at school, she was sixteen, he was seventeen. They are high school sweethearts who more than twenty five years later are still very much in love and are happily married with two beautiful daughters.

Tania does have a full time job, but in her spare minutes enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and reading. She’s an avid reader who tends to chomp through a large volume of books, mainly in the romance genre. Her other major ‘hobby’ is writing steamy rock star erotic romances!

In 2014, after finding herself constantly being inspired by numerous romance novels, she decided to try her hand at writing. After penning her first scene she discovered that she enjoyed it immensely and so resolved to continue with the rest of the story that was swirling in her imagination. That story resulted in her first novel, Heaven Sent which is the first book in her Oblivion on Tour Series. This was soon followed by Bolt From The Blue and Pure Torture. Each book in the series is a stand-alone story which follows a different band member from a hard rock group called Oblivion – and of course the feisty ladies that steal their hearts! The other books in the series are at various stages of completion.

Now-a-days Tania finds it very difficult to control her imagination and swears that her rock stars are constantly chanting their stories in her head. She can’t wait to share them with you.

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Off the Hook by Laura Drewry #BookReview @lauradrewry



Fishing for Trouble #1
Laura Drewry
to The Buoys, a West Coast haven where love comes in with the tide. Perfect for
readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, the Fishing for Trouble series
features three unforgettable brothers—each of whom is a great catch.
Major league
pitcher Liam O’Donnell knows his best days are probably behind him, but that
doesn’t mean he’s ready to retire and become a fishing guide. Still, after all
the time he’s spent chasing his dreams, he owes it to his brothers to pull his
weight around the lodge. The Buoys is their father’s legacy, and they can’t let
some developer take it from them.

The one snag Liam isn’t counting on is a
blast from the past: his ex-wife.

The moment Kate Hadley steps out of the seaplane, she knows this assignment is
going to be trickier than she thought. She has to persuade the owners to
sell—and one of them is Liam O’Donnell. Ten years ago, she made the biggest
mistake of her life when she married Liam during a fling in Vegas. Now he’s her
only lifeline in the middle of nowhere. Kate’s trying to keep things cool, but
Liam just reminds her of the scorching few nights they spent together—and
tempts her to make new memories that are just as steamy as the old.


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I absolutely loved this story Off the Hook by Laura Drewry.  I loved the chemistry between all the characters. This story worked well for me.

Kate who is a city girl, not the type to go to the middle of nowhere and not really have anything. But her boss wants to buy this Fishing hotel and change it into a resort for the people who can afford it. Well Kate also knew that this property belonged to a Major league baseball player, and that 10 years ago they were married for the shortest amount of time. Kate’s job is to get them to sell the place.

Liam, and his brothers, along with Jessie who has been at the fishing hotel for years, want to make sure they can make this work. They do not want to sell their fathers legacy. It means a lot to them. They grew up there.

This was a fun read, I loved reading about Liam and Kate and meeting the other characters in the story.  I really enjoyed the way the author wrote this story. Almost makes me want to go fishing, yes almost, would rather read a book. I am not a fishing, outdoors type person, which neither is Kate and she jumped right in to help them out.

Awesome read definitely a five-star book.

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me an arc of this book. I received a free copy of a book in exchange for an honest review


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