Then Came You by @JillShalvis Blitz & Giveaway


Today to launch my new website (, I am delighted to take part in the book blitz for Jill Shalvis’s new book Then Came You.  Jill is my favourite contemporary romance author and I can’t wait to read this latest addition to the Animal Magnetism series.

ThenCameYouBook Information

Author: Jill Shalvis
Release Date: July 1, 2014
ISBN: 9780425270172
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley


Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of the Los Angeles clinic she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.

Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor, but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans…



Emily sat on a fallen log and leaned back. When she was little, she’d loved to try to star watch. In LA, this was tricky because of all the city lights, not to mention smog. Doing it here, in the land of the big sky, was a whole new ball game. “I’m not lonely,” she said to the horse, who snorted again and swished his tail.

“Good. Cuz you’re not alone.”

Two long legs came into her peripheral. Wyatt crouched at her side and looked into her face. “How are you?”

“Fine,” she said.

Nodding, he sat on the log at her side and leaned back, presumably to look at whatever she was looking at. “Pretty night.”

His hands were behind him, his shoulder and a part of his chest brushing her arm and shoulder. Actually it was more like he was encircling her within his arm span, which was considerable. It was a guy move, an alpha guy move, and it made her feel … protected.

She was getting far too used to that, she thought with a sigh. “Where is everyone?”

“Gone,” he said, and there was an odd quality to his voice that had her taking a second look at him. He didn’t take his gaze off the sky so she got him in profile, the tousled hair, the fine lines crinkling the corners of his eyes from long days out in the sun, the square, scruffy jaw. A broad shoulder built to take on the weight of the world.

He’d been working his ass off, here at Belle Haven, helping Dell take up the slack for the out-of-town Jade, and then going home and helping his sisters with the monstrous house they were fixing up. He did so much for everyone, and she found herself wanting to do something for him. Make him smile. Make him relax. Make him forget, even for a few minutes… She nudged him with her shoulder.

He nudged her back and turned to look at her then, his eyes dark and unfathomable behind his glasses.

Chickening out, she turned her head this time, and stared up at the sky as he had been only a few seconds before.


When she didn’t tear her gaze off the stars, he leaned in and nipped her ear.

Sucking in a breath, she looked at him again. His was still dark, but there were things swirling in those dark depths now. Need. Heat.


He stole her breath.

“Let the record state,” she said, reaching out to snatch off his glasses, “that I don’t always make the first move.”

He blinked in momentary confusion, and probably also because he could no longer see. He opened his mouth to say something, but she sank her fingers into his hair and kissed him, hard and long and deep.

“Emily,” he said when they broke for air, his voice rough and husky.

She climbed into his lap and then pushed him backwards off the log so that he fell to his back in the wild grass with her straddling him.

Laughing, he slid his hands beneath her top and up her back, drawing out a delicious shiver from her. Then his hands slid slowly down her spine, and into the backs of her jeans. “Let the record also state,” he said in a delicious growl. “Who made the rest of the moves.”

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JillShalvisAuthor Biography

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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The Summer Shift

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Usually the summer means the premiere of USA Network shows for me but this year I am steering clear of those (Covert Affairs – spent years rooting for Auggie/Annie and can’t bear to watch the angst, White Collar, Suits ….) and spending the time to catch up on shows I’m behind on (NCIS: LA, Parenthood, the last season of Nikita which I can’t bear to see go).  However, one new summer show which I’m watching is The Night Shift.  I have been longing for this show to air ever since I read the synopsis for it at last year’s Upfronts.  Whilst I will probably never be able to give up Grey’s Anatomy, I have been longing for a new medical drama to sink my teeth into, and new pretty people to ship.  Thank you The Night Shift for delivering!

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Things I am hoping for:

1) That it gets renewed for a second season
2) We get a flashback episode to when TC/Jordan were dating the first time around
3) Ragosa/Landry develops into a ship
4) Jordan/TC <3

The Killing Season by @MasonCrossBooks

The Killing SeasonFor all fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, here is another crime-thriller series for you to fall in love with.

Written by a Brit but set in the USA, this novel was gripping from start to finish.  The story focuses on 3 main characters: Wardell the serial killer, Banner the FBI Agent and Blake the Jack Reacher type character who is hired by the FBI to help catch Wardell.  The book is written in 3rd person POV apart from the chapters written from Blake’s POV which are written in 1st person POV and I have to say this change does take some getting used to.  I would understand it more if the 1st person POV was used for the perp rather than Blake ….  However, once you get used to this, it doesn’t detract from the story.

I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait to read more books in this series.

Book: 5*

Cover: 5*

Tempting the Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

Tempting the BillionaireYes 1* and yes I resorted to skimming the last third of the book just so I could get to the end and write this review.

I can honestly say that there was nothing in this book that I enjoyed, nothing. Instead, here are some of the things I really didn’t enjoy:

1. The name Crickitt. Why, why, WHY?! (No offence to anyone reading this who may actually be called Crickitt)
2. A billionaire is a) attracted to a crying girl in a bar and b) offers said girl a job. Why didn’t anyone tell me this was the best way to go about job hunting?!
3. Said girl, with absolutely no relevant work experience, and let’s remember, was crying in a bar requests a six figure salary and gets it. WHY DOES THIS NEVER HAPPEN TO ME?! Oh yes I am well aware of nepotism and unqualified people getting paid tons but why on earth does the author think I want to read about it in a genre I read to escape from the real world?!
4. Shane regularly rides around town in a limo during his work day. I get having a driver, hell if I was a billionaire I would probably also have a Thomas in my life but with city traffic, a limo is just not practical, not to mention that unless you are going to a wedding or ball or the White House, it is bloody ostentatious.
5. Shane the workaholic billionaire decides to take Crickitt to the cinema in the middle of a work day. WTF?!
6. “OMG you’re my boss, I can’t continue sleeping with you but I just can’t help myself!” / “OMG you’re my employee, I can’t continue sleeping with you but I just can’t help myself!” aaaand rinse and repeat the cycle ad nauseam.
7. Crickitt crying in Shane’s office during one of those times she thinks he’s going to break up with her – what did you expect love?! a) He’s your boss, b) it’s only happened like a dozen times already and c) you’re called Crickitt, of course he can do better!
(Then I stopped reading but gathered enough to add the following to the list)
8. Crickitt’s stereotypical parents
9. Almost-plane crash. Seriously?!

In case you haven’t gathered from the above, I heartily do NOT recommend this book.

Book: 1*

Cover: 2*

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