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Betrayed by Rebecca York Blitz & Giveaway

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I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for Rebecca York’s latest romantic suspense novel Betrayed.

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BETRAYED
Author: Rebecca York
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Summary

There is a spy in S&D systems who is leaking top-secret information that could lead to extreme disaster. It’s up to Shane Gallagher to uncover the mole and set things right.

Systems analyst Elena Reyes had no intention of stealing company secrets until her brother’s life was threatened by the cruelest of mobsters. When Elena finally confesses her deeds to Shane, he’s ready to do everything he can to keep her out of danger. But will Shane’s help be enough to protect them, or will his good intentions leave them all for dead?

Excerpt

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Elena had never thought about seducIng a man. She wasn’t even sure of her moves. But she knew that Shane wanted her, even if he wasn’t prepared to admit it. She also knew he felt protective of her, which was probably part of the conflict he must be feeling.

Before he could come up with another objection, she cupped the back of his head with her hands and brought his face down as she raised her own head toward him.

She hadn’t been sure what would happen. Or perhaps she’d been afraid that he’d wrench himself away from her. But the danger must have affected his emotions as well as her own. When their lips met, it was as though someone had tossed a match into a pile of gasoline- soaked kindling. Invisible flames rose as heat flared between them.

She heard him growl her name and felt him gather her closer as he kissed her with purpose, running his hands up and down her back.

The heat coming off him made her dizzy. She should be afraid, but she kept kissing him, letting him feel all the passion that she’d held inside herself for so long.

Opening her lips, she invited him to explore her mouth, then did the same with him, absorbing his taste and the way the mouth-to-mouth contact sent shock waves to every part of her body.

“You know that you’re playing with fire?” he asked.

“I know what I want.”

“Then take off your clothes.”

Again, a dose of reality. Was she ready to get undressed in front of him? Or was she going to back away—the way he hoped she would.

She wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of scaring her off. Not because she was trying to score any points, but because what she wanted hadn’t changed, even if he was trying to make her take a step back.

She did step back, but only a few feet. She kept her gaze on him as she reached for the hem of the T-shirt and pulled it over her head, then let it drop on the floor so that she stood before him naked to the waist…

Buy Links

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Rebecca YorkAuthor Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca York’s writing has been compared to that of Dick Francis, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Maggie Shayne. Her award-winning books have been translated into twenty-two languages and optioned for film. A recipient of the RWA Centennial Award, she lives in Maryland near Washington, DC, which is often the setting of her romantic suspense novels.

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Website: http://rebeccayork.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebeccaYork43

Love Is A State Of Mind Review: To Follow

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The Christmas Inn by Stella Maclean

The Christmas InnI went into this with high expectations as the plot seemed like something right up my street. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered the writing to be pretty rudimentary and the storyline to be boring and repetitive.

Marnie goes back and forth through deciding whether to stop doing the questionnaire or not for her brother and every time she calls her brother, he manages to convince her to carry on. This happens multiple times. Luke keeps on asking her to help out at the inn even though she’s a paying guest. This happens multiple times.

Frankly, I would strongly suggest you don’t waste your time with this.

Book: 1*

Cover: 1*

Willow Springs by Toni Blake

Willow Springs (Destiny, #5)God I loved Amy so much. Out of all the romantic heroines out there, Amy is probably the one I could relate to the most in just about every way except I don’t have a sexy fireman best friend to be in love with (anyone want to lend me theirs?!). Loved her love of Austen and cats <3.

In spite of my love for Amy, this book has to lose a star because of Logan’s idiocy in the middle of the book.

Book: 4*

Cover: 3*

Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett

Sultry with a Twist (Sultry Springs, #1)I have read a LOT of small town contemporary romances over the past year but no debut novel has blown me away quite like this. Macy Beckett has a way of making you fall in love with the characters and care about them. She gives the plot time to play out so it doesn’t feel rushed, in a way reminiscent of Nora Roberts.

I can’t wait for the rest of the books in the series.

Book: 5*

Cover: 5*

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom In the West by Blaine Harden

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom In the WestYou know when you are driving along the motorway and pass a five car pile-up and you know you shouldn’t look because you’re not going to like what you see, but you can’t help but look anyway and then once you pass, you are filled with relief that it wasn’t you lying there under a crushed vehicle?

That is what reading this book was like.

It was so horrifically fascinating that you can hardly believe this is real life in the 21st Century rather than a dystopian fantasy.

Everyone should be made to read this book just so they truly appreciate they were not born in North Korea.

I learnt more from this book than I did in entire Secondary school’s worth of history lessons.

I understand the reasons politically why the rest of the world has never physically intervened in North Korea but morally how can we as a free world live with ourselves if we just stand by and accept that there is an entire country suffering like this?

Book: 5*

Cover: 4*

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee

The Piano TeacherIt has been a long time since I’ve read a book that moved me so much. This book showed me a whole different side of Hong Kong and the horror of what Chinese/English people went through during the Japanese invasion of WWII. I’m not going to lie, it made uncomfortable reading sometimes but it was well written and whilst I didn’t care too much for the characters, it was more the circumstances they were in that were really moving.

And Trudy! The opinions that the characters have about Eurasians really hit home to me. There was one quote about how Eurasians are lost, looking for their place, not really accepted by either culture that really got to me.

Anyway, this book really opened my eyes to what it was like during that period of history and I only wish there were more books out there set during this time and in Hong Kong.

Book: 4*

Cover: 4*

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual VacancyI did not go into this expecting Harry Potter 2.0. I decided to approach it as a book by an unknown author I saw on the best sellers list and was intrigued to find out what all the fuss about.

Well, the first thing to say is that this book is long. LONG. If it were half as long, it would probably make the book better.

Overall this book does what it sets out to do: it paints an exaggerated view of traditional English village/small town life with all the stereotypes you would expect. I think most English people can admit to having come across at least a few of the characters described in their day-to-day life and will enjoy the book for that reason alone. I am not sure how relevant, and therefore appealing, it will be to everyone else.

Book: 3*

Cover: 3*

One Shot by @LeeChildReacher

One Shot (Jack Reacher, #9)Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book and it was well above average by normal standards but I hold Lee Child/Jack Reacher to a higher standard and this book just wasn’t as exciting as some of the others which leads me to the main point of this review: I am completely and utterly baffled as to why out of all the Jack Reacher books already published, Hollywood decided to turn this one into a film.

There are so many more exciting Jack Reacher books they could have chosen. At the end of the day this book is just Reacher Vs the Russian mob and corrupt law enforcement. Nothing very original in that.

Book: 3*

Cover: 2*

The Woman Who Wasn’t There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception by Robin Gaby Fisher

The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible DeceptionThis is one of those books where you can scarcely believe it belongs on the non-fiction shelf rather than the fiction.

How could anyone live a lie like that and still live with themselves. Tania is surely one of the most sick and twisted human beings on the planet – why would anyone decide to lie about being in the twin towers and losing a husband?! And the fact that so many people bought into her story and she became so famous in the 9/11 circles is horrifying.

This book is sickenly fascinating and it is incredulous that anyone could invent such a story.

Book: 4*
Cover: 3*

A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton

A Week at the Airport2.5*

What a disappointment. As someone who is fascinated with the sub-culture of airports, I wanted this book to deliver so so much more than it did. I wanted it to resemble something like the old ‘Airport’ or ‘Airline’ shows on BBC / ITV, now on endless repeats on a Freeview channel. I wanted to hear about funny incidents that happened like delusional people trying to smuggle a monkey onto a plane or a list of weird items confiscated by customs.

Sometimes he mentions things but does not go into enough detail. For example one way in which the book was lacking is the fact that the author talks about doing a walk of the runaway in the middle of the night to check for debris and yet we do not get told if he found anything and if so, what.

The book was mainly a description of the terminal and although beautifully done, wasn’t really informative as it’s something we can all notice for ourselves when visiting Terminal 5 (well, maybe not the Concorde lounge but a girl can dream right?!).

I suggest Mr de Botton goes back to Heathrow and lives there for a month or two so he can get us the juicy stories we want and do a sequel to this book.

Book: 2.5*

Cover: 2.5*