The three of us–Tori, Sibyl, and I–are still wildly great friends, but we’ve found that this whole author thing takes quite a bit of time! Who knew, right? We love it, but we’re going to say goodbye to our group blog and continue writing our books and popping in on other social media outlets. This blog will remain up so our posts won’t disappear, and we hope to see you around the internet!
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Off Base is the second Annabeth Albert book that I’ve read, and it featured a compelling love story with just the right amount of emotional weight and smexiness. The romantic leads, Zack and Pike, were both endearing with their quirks and personalities, and I fell in love with them both. Zack was facing extremely heavy pressure to stay closeted, and while I normally am not crazy about m/m romances dealing with people coming out to families and friends (just a personal preference–there’s nothing wrong with this as a plot point or even the whole plot), I believe it really worked well here.
Pike was hilarious as a person, but there was so much more to him–a vulnerability that made me feel rather protective of him when Zack made some choices that were not in either of their best interest.
This was a strong book with great characters, and I’ll definitely be looking for more of Albert’s books in the future.
Tori watches plenty of guilty pleasure TV. How about you?
The idea of a romance set on a reality TV show made me really excited to meet the author, Laura Heffernan, at an event at my local indie bookstore in May. Laura is awesome. Super intelligent with a dry sense of humor.
After a cool evening with her, I had to read her book. After reading the book, I never want to be on a reality show. Don’t get me wrong! The book is great. It offered such a comprehensive look behind the scenes, that I’m convinced no typical introvert author would ever put themselves through what Jen put herself through in America’s Next Reality Star. But it sure was fun to read about.
The ebook is currently on sale for 99 cents and Book 2, Sweet Reality, will release in September (and can be preordered now).
Tori has a confession to make.
I love reading Historical Romance.
Even though I have little interest in writing it, I do love a good historical romance. My TBR and already-read lists are filled with Courtney Milan, Elizabeth Hoyt, Theresa Romain, Hannah Howell, and now, Rachael Miles.
I was first introduced to Jilting the Duke when the author, Rachael Miles, and I did a romance author event together at my local indie bookstore. Rachael is lovely in person and I devoured the book description, so I just had to read it.
It doesn’t disappoint. Steamy without being explicit, plenty of suspense, and a tiny hint of paranormal. The story sucked me in from the beginning.
Jilting the Duke is the first book in the Muses’ Salon series. I look forward to getting on to the next one.
Wicked Sexy Liar, by Christina Lauren, is the fourth book in the Wild Seasons series. Honestly, I was worried that I wouldn’t like it as much as Dark Wild Night, (the third book), because part of what I loved about Dark Wild Night was the graphic novelist heroine, Lola. I loved how during critical moments, she’d have a flash of imagery as if the moment were happening in a comic panel. So cool.
But Wicked Sexy Liar did not disappoint in the slightest! The humor was still there, and the conflict and sexual tension were done very well. London and Luke were both endearing in their own ways, and I especially loved London’s attitude about sex, and Luke’s wake-up call, which seemed ongoing but delighted me throughout.
Bonus–this one had a fun short story at the end, featuring the character Luke’s friend and Oliver’s employee, Not-Joe.
News from Liza!
The fourth book in my Corona Pride series, Savage Thirst, is out today! To celebrate, here’s a love list of my favorite parts.
- vampire heroine who was a bandit in the Old West
- a mountain lion shifter hero who likes frilly drinks
- bad vampires
- good vampires
- bad shifters
- good shifters
- sexytimes in a semi-public place
- sexytimes in a car
- a hero who goes all in for the woman he loves
- a heroine who comes to terms with a heartbreaking past
Savage Thirst is available on Amazon – just 99 pennies for a limited time, and free to KU subscribers!
This book, you guys! It was soooooo good! Swoony but realistic. I won’t say anything more about the end because it would be a huge spoiler, but I will say that the whole thing is just incredible. This book encapsulates everything I love about YA contemporary romance–believable characters with real problems that didn’t feel orchestrated. Their actions were plausible, their voices distinct and youthful (I mean, they sounded like legitimate teenagers to my 30-something ears).
The story for the most part takes place over a single day, but I didn’t doubt for a second that these two fell for each other.
Nicola Yoon has another popular book, Everything, Everything, which I am very interested in reading. And I just saw a movie trailer for it, so that’s exciting!
To celebrate the publication of the third book in the Corona Pride series, the first book, Savage Yearning, is free on Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and 7th! Click here to head over to Amazon. As always, check the price before you hit that “purchase” button!
When a one-night stand feels like so much more…
Mountain lion shifter Laura Vidal has been given two choices: leave the territory to find a mate, or become a guardian of the pride. Unwilling to leave the only home she’s ever known, Laura chooses the rigorous and bruising guardian training. Honestly, she’s glad for the training because it keeps her too busy to see Dristan, the guy who rocked her world during an amazing one-night stand.
Dristan Rhees can’t forget the girl who stole his heart after a single night of unbridled passion, despite the fact that she now won’t give him the time of day. But when vampires invade their territory, he and Laura are forced to work together. In order to defend their pride, they must confront the desire that still threatens to consume them.
Like all of my books, this one’s got an HEA!
Book 3 of the Corona Pride series, Savage Heartache, is now available on Amazon (99 pennies for a limited time, and free for KU subscribers)! There’s a lot that I love about this one, so here’s a Love List!
- romance book blogger heroine
- literature professor hero
- older guy, younger woman
- blog posts that go along with the book (links in the ebook!)
- a group of different shifters–grizzly, wolf, mountain lion, foxes, and something else…
- all the references to alphaholes
- the heroine’s truck is named Phil
- we’ve been waiting so long for the heroine to find her HEA and SHE DOES!!!
The Hotel Safari Complete Collection has now released!
Hotel Safari is a series of interconnected, stand-alone shifter romance novellas, mostly set in southern Kenya at the Hotel Safari Lodge, owned and operated by the Kemboi family. Visitors and volunteers come for the wildlife and get much more in the bargain. Each novella ends with an HEA and is a little sweet, a little spicy, and recommended for ages 18 and up.
The box set includes all six Hotel Safari novellas plus a bonus short story and a sneak peek of an additional short story. So much hot romance on the hot savanna in one place!
You can find the Hotel Safari Complete Collection for only $3.99 at the following retailers.
Read what reviewers are saying about the Hotel Safari series
Tori Knightwood is a talented writer that knows how to put you right into the story.
Swoon-worthy romance, diverse characters
Had me hooked from the start!
Completely romantic, with fully realized characters.
Hot shapeshifters, spicy love scenes, and suspense–yes please, and thank you.
Super sexy, a must-read!
…absolutely sizzling hot!