Joy of Romance XOXperts Blog Hop & Giveaway

Posted August 27, 2015 by Kathy in Giveaway / 4 Comments

Welcome to the Joy of Romance XOXperts Blog Hop! A big thank you to Victoria at Arts Books & Coffee for organizing this hop!!

This is my first year as a member of the XOXperts Street Team. I was so excited for this opportunity to work XOXO After Dark (a division of Simon & Schuster) and also to meet an amazing group of bloggers. We all share a passion for reading and this month we are sharing our love for romance. As a XOXpert I have been introduced to new authors and romances (ranging from the sweet to the erotic). Here are some of my favorites from this year:

Women’s Fiction

The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel

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The Life IntendedFrom the author of the international bestseller The Sweetness of Forgetting, named one of the Best Books of Summer 2012 by Marie Claire magazine, comes a captivating novel about the struggle to overcome the past when our memories refuse to be forgotten. In this richly told story where Sliding Doors meets P.S. I Love You, Kristin Harmel weaves a heart-wrenching tale that asks: what does it take to move forward in life without forgetting the past? After her husband’s sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she’s planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn’t she more excited? At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she’s really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband’s hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.


Small-town Romance

Feeding the Fire by Andrea Laurence

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Feeding the FirePepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series! Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap. When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.

Historical Romance

Wildfire in His Arms by Johanna Lindsey

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Wildfire In His ArmsWith his work in Montana completed now that the Callahan-Warren feud has ended in marriage rather than bloodshed, Degan Grant sets out for California because it is far away from the home he wants to forget—until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is apprehend three outlaws on the marshal’s list and turn them over to the law. Easy enough, he figures, for a man no one wants to tangle with. But then a bold young woman crosses his path. Maxine grew up so pretty and attracted so much unwanted attention in her Texas hometown that events spiraled out of control. She will try anything to escape the handsome, enigmatic gunfighter who intends to turn her over to a corrupt sheriff who will hang her instead of putting her on trial. Saddled with a sassy, spirited young woman who insists she is innocent, Degan must hunt down a vicious killer and keep an old enemy at bay. But forced into intimate proximity with his beguiling prisoner, he finds his desire sparking into a wildfire of passion, and he can no longer deny that it is time for them to risk confronting their pasts so he can have a chance at a future with her in his arms forever.



The Master by Kresley Cole

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The MasterA need colder than Siberian winter meets an attitude hotter than the Florida sun in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sultry new Game Maker novel. Everyone fears the Master… Rich, irresistible politician/Mafya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his… complicated desires. That is, until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint. Except her. Catarina Marín was a well-off young wife until her world fell apart. Now she’s hiding out, forced to start working as an escort in Miami. Her very first client is beyond gorgeous, but when he tells her what he plans to do to her, Cat almost walks out of the door. If pleasure is a game, play to win. After their mind-blowing encounter burns out of control, the lovers crave more. If they escape the deadly threats surrounding them, can Maksim overcome his past—to offer Cat his future? Only then will she tempt him with what he really wants: her, all tied up with a bow.


So no matter what level of heat you prefer XOXO After Dark has a book that you will swoon over!

Visit all the blogs and XOXperts this month!

August 1st
Victoria from Art, Books, & Coffee

August 5th
Katrina from Bookish Things & More

August 6th
Kat from KT Book Reviews

August 9th
Chrissy from Reading Past My Bedtime

August 15th
Tammy from Reviews by Tammy and Kim

August 19th
Samien from Wild Wordy Women

August 21st
Alana from Dark Obsession Chronicles

August 24th
Nina at The Literary Gossip

August 25th
Kimberly from Caffeinated Book Reviewer

August 27th
Kathy from My Nook, Books & More

August 30th
Shelley from Tsk Tsk What to Read

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