Cover Reveal: Four Weddings and a Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

Today is just a teaser – but you can (and should – I did) go and Pre-Order this book now.  Fireman = heat.  Heat claims Hearts.  And don’t we all love Avon Romance?

It takes a certain kind of man to stand out among the
Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel.

Firefighter Derek “Vader” Brown is one of a kind—six feet of solid muscle with the heart of a born hero. It’s that protective streak that has him pursuing a promotion to Captain to pay for his mother’s home care. And it’s why he intends to figure out why his sometime girlfriend Cherie Harper runs hot as hellfire one minute and pushes him away the next.

Cherie’s got it bad. Vader sweeps her off her feet—literally—and their chemistry is combustible. There’s just the little problem of a nightmare from her past she was desperate to escape. And then her sister Trixie arrives, causing havoc for Cherie and the male population of San Gabriel. Cherie doesn’t want her past to complicate Vader’s life or his career. But there’s nothing like a firefighter for breaking through all your defenses, one smoldering kiss at a time…

FourWeddingsFireman.LoResSo – what to do now?  Go and Pre-Order it from
Amazon  §  Barnes & Noble 
Releasing 25 February, 2014 

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Jennifer Bernard is the author of the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series for Avon Books, including The Fireman Who Loved Me, Hot for Fireman, and Sex and the Single Fireman. She’s a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings. 

You can learn more about Jennifer at her website, enjoy giveaways and sexy firemen at her Facebook page, hang out with her on Twitter as @Jen_Bernard, and sign up for her newsletter for exclusive excerpts and contests. 

The Silver Chain: The Unbreakable Trilogy #1 by Primula Bond ~ Review

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Title: The Silver Chain
Author: Primula Bond
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Imprint:  Mischief / Avon
Pages:  400
ISBN:  978-0007524174
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: The Unbreakable Trilogy # 1
Best Read in Order: yes
Stars:  4
Flames:  4
Purchase Now:  Amazon § Mischief Books § iBooks § Kobo

About the Book:

Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.

One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…
Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.

To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.
As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?

Book Review:

I was intrigued by the title and the premise of this book, and while I found it similar to FSOG in only the most general sense (older millionaire male, younger struggling female) this book was far more interesting for me. Primula Bond has a facility with the English language and descriptions that are as lushly detailed as they are beautifully crafted. This does lead to occasions of overload where the story seems to divert from the plot moving forward, and while many of these passages served to provide some interesting background information on the characters, it did break the flow of the reading.

We first meet Serena as she is running from something: it isn’t until further in we realize that she is running from a life that to this point has been abusive and dream crushing, and only running away will let her follow her dream of being a photographer. She has a fairly lonely existence, with horrible parental figures and not much support or belief in her: so the interest in Gustav is understandable.

Gustav is far older than Serena, well placed in his gallery and quite successful his last relationship sounded the death knell on his ability to trust in a relationship. While I had moments of thinking his behavior excessive, when the saga of the dissolution of his last relationship is shared, his reactions became more understandable, if not any more attractive.

There were moments that were far more fantasy than workable reality for me: the Silver Chain for a start. While a description of a small silver chain bracelet that Gustav bestows on Serena to remind her of him, it also becomes a harness of sorts; linked from the bracelet then to himself signifying their togetherness and connection is a romantic idea, if immature. More troubling is the bracelet being used as a shackle, she can move freely within the house, but it will not allow her out the door: can you say tangled mess? There is a sense of the Dom within Gustav, but not in the more traditional sense, he isn’t looking for submission as much as it feels he is seeking control, allaying his own insecurities. The scenes are far more erotic and less BSM flavored than I expected, which wasn’t a bad thing: it kept the story feeling more authentic to the characters as I was coming to know them.

For something totally different with eloquent prose that is rare in the genre, Primula Bond has created a story that starts the series beautifully, and with an interesting twist at the end makes me anxious to read the next in the series.

I received an eGalley from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:

Oxford educated mother of three boys masquerading as respectable pillar of society but harbouring secret ambition to be considered a MILF. Writer of freelance features on single motherhood, older parenthood, MS and erotica. Published erotica author of ‘Country Pleasures’ ‘Club Creme’ and ‘Behind the Curtain’ for Black Lace; ‘Random Acts of Lust’ and ‘Out of Focus’ for Xcite Books’; and ‘Sisters in Sin’ for Mischief. First part of trilogy ‘The Silver Chain’ out in August 2013 for Mischief/Avon.


Website § @primulabond

AudioBook Review: Cat Cross Their Graves: Joe Grey #10 by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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Title:  Cat Cross Their Graves
Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Narrator: Susan Boyce
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook and AudioBook
Publisher:  Avon / Harper Collins
Audio Producer:  AudioGo
Pages: 400
Length:  11 Hours, 7 minutes
ISBN:  978-0060578114
Source:  Audio Producer via AudioBook Jukebox 
Genre: Mystery
Series: Joe Grey # 10
Best Read in Order: Not Required
Stars:  Overall: 5 Narration: 5  Story: 5
Purchase Now:  Amazon §  Audible § Barnes & Noble § AudioGo

About the Book: 

The beautiful, serene village of Molena Point, California is the type of place where people go to get away from the harsher realities of life––which is what attracted classic film star Patty Rose to buy the village inn, and settle down to enjoy her golden years. But as the town gathers to celebrate and honor the beautiful, aging actress with a festival of her old films, Patty is brutally murdered––to the horror and shock of this peaceful burg.

A gentle tortoiseshell cat, Kit, has been enjoying a retreat to the animal–loving actress’s inn, where she’s spending time with her feline friends Dulcie, and the slick tomcat sleuth, Joe Grey. But her relaxation is cut short when she hears the gunshots that end Patty’s life, and sees her dead body sprawled on the inn’s front steps. She glimpses the killer racing into the parking garage, and soon follows his trail.

Joe and Dulcie must now follow the naïve Kit’s trail, and keep her from getting into serious trouble. To complicate matters, Joe discovers that Dulcie has been hiding a runaway child––one of the lucky humans that these special cats choose to talk to––who has now been kidnapped, likely by the same man who killed their famous friend. In the end, the little girl’s abduction leads them to Patty’s killer, and the feline friends are all united––but they all must mourn a departed friend as they stand beside the newly laid grave of Patty Rose.

Book Review:

This is a deliciously clever story: murders, secrets, runaways and above all the three clever cats that drive the story forward as they work to solve the mysteries. This is my first introduction to this series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy, and it most certainly will not be my last. The mystery was cleverly plotted, if on the darker side as it touched on themes of missing and exploited children all kicked off with the death of an aging film star.

While the human characters are well developed and are developed in ways that serve their purpose in the story, their development in relation to the cats that are the stars of the story. Joe Grey is the ringleader of these sleuths, even if only in his own mind sometimes. His manner is completely well developed with even an eye for the “fantastical imaginings’ of the females he encounters. His romantic attentions are centered on Dulcie, one of the two female felines in his little group, and she is the more centered and grounded of the two, even as she is keeping a massive secret. Kit was the one to witness the first murder, although she never saw the killer’s face. Not unsurprisingly, the humans don’t realize that these cats not only can and do talk, but are working to puzzle out the mysteries that have been unearthed in this story.

Narration is provided by Susan Boyce and the pairing is spectacular. Susan’s voice is perfectly modulated without overuse of vocal manipulations to provide character distinctions, instead choosing pacing and inflection to indicate the characters. Particularly effective is the dreamy quality of Kit’s voice, and the sometimes exasperated tone that emanates from Joe Grey. Her narration was smooth and easily understood, with inflections and moments of tone variation that perfectly suited the text of the story.

The writing is so cleverly done that a listener / reader doesn’t even come close to missing a greater interaction from the humans in the story. There are enough twists and clues to nowhere that keep the mystery alive, this is no simple mystery that is a direct line to the killer. With the clever interjections from the cats, and the humans who exist in their investigations this was a story that flew by, and was wholly enjoyable.

I received an MP3 download from AudioGo via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review for the Heard Word. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:
Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the author of Cat in the Dark, Cat on the Edge, Cat Under Fire, and Cat Raise the Dead, and has received five Council of Authors and Journalists Awards for previous books. She graduated from San Francisco Art Institute, has worked as a commercial artist and has exhibited paintings and sculptures extensively on the West Coast. She and her husband live in Carmel, California. Their cats have included a tom that twice warned them of burglars in the middle of the night by growling, and a cat that liked to ride horseback.                                                 Website

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