The Czar (A Standalone Hockey Billionaire Romance) by Selena Laurence

The Czar (A Standalone Hockey Billionaire Romance) by Selena Laurence

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4 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of The Czar by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Mick Petrovich’s life has been built around playing professional hockey and enjoying no-strings-attached time with the puck bunnies. When an injury puts him out of hockey for good, it throws everything he’s lived for into turmoil. His father’s pressure to join the family business only makes matters worse. Mick has very personal reasons for wanting to stay as far away from the vodka business as possible.

Solana Werner has just landed her dream job in the marketing department of Petrovich Vodka. She’ll let nothing stand in the way of proving herself in the corporate world, and she may have something to prove in her personal life as well. Her growing attraction to the heir-apparent of Petrovich Vodka, Mick, is dangerous in more ways than she ever imagined. Both Mick and Solana need to figure out what they really want out of life before it’s too late to have it all.

The Czar is a standalone romance from trusted romance author Selena Laurence. Ms. Laurence can always be counted on to deliver a solid plot and well-developed characters, and this book is no exception. Ever the playboy, Mick’s career-ending injury forced him to wake up and take a hard look at his life. From the beginning of the story to the end, Mick worked his way through a life-changing journey to figure out what came next. In addition to the romance between Mick and Solana, Mick also had to choose a new career path and resolve relationship conflicts with his father over the family business.

One of the things that drew me to Mick beyond the sexy hockey player persona was his Russian heritage. It was incorporated into many aspects of the story, from the food to his nickname for Solana, and gave more depth to his character. I also enjoyed reading about Solana’s Hispanic background and how each character respected where the other came from.

The relationship developed at a nice pace with both Solana and Mick having to come to terms with their feelings for each other in their own time. The only minor drawback from this story for me was that the problems in their relationship could have been avoided, but the growth of each character kept me engaged and turning pages.

Overall, it this was another enjoyable book, and I will continue to read Ms. Laurence’s work as I can always count on an appealing story. All of my reviews of Ms. Laurence’s books can be found under the Author Spotlight tab.

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Rach

Book Piracy is ILLEGAL!

Never thought I’d have to say this to others who love reading as much as I do. BOOK PIRACY IS ILLEGAL. Please don’t do it! People who use these piracy sites (and let’s face it, if you didn’t purchase–even for free–from a major retailer or the author’s own website, you’re likely on a pirate site) figure “I’m just one person and it won’t matter.” But here’s the deal, people: every single download hurts the author. And in addition to stealing the money the author deserves for that one download, there are other more far-reaching issues that can happen. Please take a moment to read what has happened to Emma Scott, one of my favorite authors (my 5-star review of the book in question):

So here’s the post I’ve been hoping I’d never have to write. I will be posting in on my author page as well, so you might see it twice.

Book piracy is stealing. When you (the generalized ‘you’) download a book from a free book site, you are taking money out of the author’s pocket in more ways than one. The obvious being that we are not being paid for the hundreds of hours of love, sweat and tears that go into writing the novel, to say nothing of the actual money we spend to market it, to have it edited, to have a pretty cover, to have it formatted, to mail it to blogs, to take it to book signings, etc. The former are all necessary actions I have to take to ensure the book is of a high enough standard fit for publishing. And it is expensive.

When the book is downloaded off a free site, I lose money. That’s obvious and a no-brainer. One download might not seem like much. “But it’s just one download,” the person might rationalize. But imagine that person x 100 others who had the same thought. If 100 people illegally download my book, I’ve just lost $200 that would have gone to recoup the costs of publishing in the first place. It is STOLEN from me so that I can’t contribute to my household’s income; to pay my daughter’s medical bills, or to even buy something trivial because it was MY money to spend. I created a product and it took a lot to do so. A free download site (which is the charitable name for PIRACY) has stolen that product and is giving it away.

Some might say, “Well, I can’t afford books. My life is hard; it’s my only escape.” I’ve seen this as an excuse, and I’m sorry, but that’s all it is. An excuse. You have my sympathy. Life is hard. You DO NOT have my blessing to steal from me or ANY other author who has worked just as hard to put a little piece of their soul out into the world. There are libraries. There are giveaways. There are lending programs. USE these resources. DO NOT steal from us.

My novel, Full Tilt, has been pirated enough now that Amazon thinks it no longer belongs to me. They are making me prove I am the rights holder instead of taking a good hard look at the actual site it believes I’m “selling’ the book on, therefore breaking my KU contract. Because of book theft, not only am I losing money due to pirated copies I receive no money for, Amazon has PULLED Full Tilt off ebook retail and I am now losing sales there too until I can prove that I own the book that I wrote. If you wanted to buy Full Tilt as an ebook, you can’t. Not until I’ve convinced Amazon that the book is mine and/or I’ve gotten the piracy sites to take it down.

Full Tilt is no longer for sale, but it IS available to be stolen from me.

To say I am heartbroken would be an understatement. I now have to pay more money per month to a site that monitors book theft and works to take down my titles from piracy sites. More expenses. Some might now say, “Hey, those expenses are part of doing business nowadays.” To that I say, bullshit. Piracy is theft, plain and simple, and while people still illegally download books, these sites flourish.

Please consider this if you have ever downloaded a book for free. It is NOT, no matter what the site tries to tell you, authorized by the author. Never. Not once. Not ever. It is thievery, and it hurts.

This is the full post by Emma Scott if you’d like to view it on Facebook.

Please, dear readers, don’t steal. You know it’s wrong. Would you let your kid steal just one piece of candy from a store because “it’s just one piece”? No. You’d teach them that stealing is wrong. This is no different. Do not take what doesn’t belong to you. If you want a book badly enough, ask your library. Many times they are all too happy to acquire it for you, and then that allows the author to get paid, you to read the book, AND many others to have it LEGALLY available as well.

Happy (legal) reading,

Rach

Now Available – The Czar by Selena Laurence

The Czar by Selena Laurence

“Smart and Sexy. Selena never disappoints.” — Jennie Marts, USA TODAY Bestselling Author.

The_Czar_600x900 copyThey call him The Czar, the heir to a billion dollar Vodka fortune and Chicago’s homegrown NHL superstar. But when Mick Petrovich sustains a career-ending injury, life seems hopeless until he sees a blonde trying to unlock her apartment door.

Solana Werner spent six years working for one thing–a job in marketing at Petrovich Vodka. While her mother, father, and ex-boyfriend might all have left, she knows corporations are forever, and Petrovich will never abandon her.

Then Solana meets her new neighbor, he’s hot, tortured, and none other than hockey’s Czar, her new boss’s son. But employees aren’t allowed to date Petrovich family members, and Solana wouldn’t do anything to risk her dream job…would she?

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Last Chance! Sale ends at midnight! Path of Destruction by Cara Dee

Path of Destruction by Cara Dee

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Path of Destruction will be available everywhere on March 16, 2017

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The first time Adeline Ivey danced into my life, high on ecstasy instead of life, was at the party before the kickoff of our seventh tour. I spotted her out on the lawn, a gorgeous girl spinning around in circles with her arms wide and a big smile directed at the Los Angeles sky.

We shared an insane summer on the road, surrounded by sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll—a combination that could only end in disaster.

That was ten years ago. The world has forgotten Lincoln Hayes, rock god and guitarist in Path of Destruction. As the date of my parole hearing approaches, I’m nothing but a number in the system of the Michigan Department of Corrections. And as much as I want to forget the events of that summer and move on, the girl I can’t get out of my head is trying to make an encore appearance in my life.

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Hinged (Soul Mate Rescued Book 2) by Char Sharp

Hinged (Soul Mate Rescued Book 2) by Char Sharp

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3 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Hinged by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Seven years ago, Cooper Baron lost the love of his life. Robin Finch disappeared, and no matter how hard Coop tried to find her, it was like she no longer existed. But he didn’t give up, and he won’t until his soul mate is back in his arms.

Robin Finch has no memory of her life prior to seven years ago. She’s been living with Dr. Ramsey Gunn, as his wife, but deep down she knows he’s not the love of her life. Robin and Ram have been on the run, hiding in the shadows with Ram erasing any electronic evidence of their existence before it can be found by those hunting them. Until the day Robin runs into Cooper Baron, and something in her mind—and her heart—is unlocked.

What should be a sweet reunion is in actuality confusing and life-threatening. Cooper will need to bring down the person who is trying to kill Robin before they can move on with their lives.

Hinged is book two in the Soul Mate Rescued series and can comfortably be read as a standalone book. It is a romantic suspense story with technology thriller aspects. The author’s style brings out a nice amount of emotion between the characters, and it’s easy to feel their love and despair right along with them. The idea of soul mates physically feeling the presence of their other half, though slightly farfetched for my taste, transferred well in this story. Robin’s amnesia and the subsequent recovery of her memory was handled in what seemed to be a realistic fashion.

The plot of the story focused more on the romance than the suspense or thriller aspects. It seemed to be missing vital pieces of information regarding the investigation into the threat against Robin, focusing instead on Robin’s life once she was rescued. Since it was told from both Robin and Cooper’s point of view, I would have liked to see what Cooper was doing behind the scenes to locate and take down the threat. Even after the climax, I wanted to know more about how the climax occurred since the reader wasn’t provided the information prior to that.

Overall, this was a good romance story, and if you enjoy reading a straight romance it could be worth your while. I would have liked to see it a little more rounded with the information that was brought into the plot, but I would probably still try another book by this author.

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Rach

Release Day – Hinged (Soul Mate Rescued Book 2) by Char Sharp

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Hinged FOR WEBShe can’t remember him.

He’ll never forget her.

When Robin Finch is abducted and tortured by an evil cybercriminal, her salvation comes in an unlikely hero, Dr. Ramsey Gunn. Gunn, a medical doctor and a computer genius, carried a long-festering secret love for Robin from afar, which placed her dead center on the enemy’s radar. Developing amnesia after enduring her captor’s sadistic torture and a blow to her head, Robin has no memory of her previous life. Dr. Gunn rescues Robin away from their captor and goes off the grid to keep her safe for years. But Dr. Ramsey Gunn may not be the savior he claims to be.

Upon his return from deployment, Navy SEAL Cooper Baron discovers his fiancé missing and presumed dead. Not believing she’s dead and hell-bent on discovering the truth about Robin’s disappearance, he will stop at nothing until she is back in his arms. Through the long years, searching for her in every woman’s face, he’s determined to locate the woman he lost. But finding Robin may put her in more danger than she’s ever faced before. Can Cooper’s love help her restore her memories without forcing her to confront the horrific reality of her abduction?

Once the reality is known, can their love survive the truth?

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Char Sharp lives and writes in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia USA with her husband and a spoiled Ragdoll cat named Purrcy. Her main objective is to entertain and enthrall her readers by writing emotionally romantic suspense stories with protective alpha heroes and strong heroines. A romantic at heart, she believes that love can be a true healer.

She started writing poems in college and graduated to business writing and sales in the transport delivery system and computer industries. In retirement, writing morphed into her true passion—novels. She studied music and business at Troy University, and with her love of music, she enjoys weaving a little music into her writing. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.

Char and her husband are the proud parents and grandparents of three grown children and five grandsons. She’s a coffee and chocolate caramel addict, enjoys a little red wine in the evening, and is delighted to have more time to write books and play with her grandsons.

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Pre-order SALE! Hinged by Char Sharp

Hinged by Char Sharp

The sale will only last until release day, which is March 14, so pre-order Hinged now!

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She can’t remember him.
He’ll never forget her.

When Robin Finch is abducted and tortured by an evil cybercriminal, her salvation comes in an unlikely hero, Dr. Ramsey Gunn, a trauma surgeon and a computer genius. Developing amnesia after enduring her captor’s sadistic torture and a blow to her head, Robin has no memory of her previous life. Dr. Ram Gunn rescues Robin from their captor and goes off the grid to keep her safe for years. But Dr. Gunn may not be the savior he claims to be.

Upon his return from a mission, Navy SEAL Cooper Baron discovers his fiancée missing and presumed dead. Not believing she’s dead and hell-bent on discovering the truth about Robin’s disappearance, he will stop at nothing until she is back in his arms. Through the long years, searching for her in every woman’s face, he’s determined to locate the woman who haunts him. But finding Robin may put her in more danger than she’s ever faced before. Can Cooper’s love help her restore her memories without forcing her to confront the horrific reality of her abduction?

Once the reality is known, can their love survive the truth?

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The Czar by Selena Laurence – Cover Reveal!

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THE CZAR: A Standalone Hockey Billionaire Romance
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Selena Laurence

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“Smart and sexy. Selena never disappoints.” -USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Jennie Marts

They call him The Czar, the heir to a billion dollar Vodka fortune and Chicago’s homegrown NHL superstar. But when Mick Petrovich sustains a career-ending injury, life seems hopeless until he sees a blonde trying to unlock her apartment door.

Solana Werner spent six years working for one thing–a job in marketing at Petrovich Vodka. While her mother, father, and ex-boyfriend might all have left, she knows corporations are forever, and Petrovich will never abandon her.

Then Solana meets her new neighbor, he’s hot, tortured, and none other than hockey’s Czar, her new boss’s son. But employees aren’t allowed to date Petrovich family members, and Solana wouldn’t do anything to risk her dream job…would she?

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Limited Time Sale! – Path of Destruction by Cara Dee

Path of Destruction by Cara Dee

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Path of Destruction will be available everywhere on March 16, 2017

but it is available now on Amazon for a special pre-order price!

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The first time Adeline Ivey danced into my life, high on ecstasy instead of life, was at the party before the kickoff of our seventh tour. I spotted her out on the lawn, a gorgeous girl spinning around in circles with her arms wide and a big smile directed at the Los Angeles sky.

We shared an insane summer on the road, surrounded by sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll—a combination that could only end in disaster.

That was ten years ago. The world has forgotten Lincoln Hayes, rock god and guitarist in Path of Destruction. As the date of my parole hearing approaches, I’m nothing but a number in the system of the Michigan Department of Corrections. And as much as I want to forget the events of that summer and move on, the girl I can’t get out of my head is trying to make an encore appearance in my life.

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Cade’s Loss (California Cowboys Book 1) by Selena Laurence

Cade’s Loss (California Cowboys Book 1) by Selena Laurence

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Cade’s Loss by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Cade Jenkins had to give up his whole life at only twenty-five years old. After his parents’ sudden death, he became the guardian of two younger brothers and was responsible for a large California ranch, putting his dreams of a professional surfing championship on hold indefinitely. Years later, he still feels responsible for keeping the ranch running and his brothers in line. When his brothers want to ride the ranch wave of the future—organic ranching—Cade can’t seem to move forward without feeling like he’s forgetting his past.

Organic consultant Nina Cline values her independence just slightly above the environment. She will never again be beholden to a man for her happiness. Meeting Cade in a bar was only a bit of fun for the night, but when he turns up at the ranch as her next client, the sparks begin flying thanks to their opposing outlooks. Cade becomes Nina’s biggest stumbling block. He not only wants to resist every change Nina suggests for the ranch, but she’s also in danger of losing her heart to him.

Cade’s Loss is a remarkable story about family, love, and letting go of the past. It’s a wonderful start to the California Cowboys series, drawing the reader in to the entire Jenkins family even though it’s a standalone book. And what could be sexier than a surfing cowboy with a tortured soul?

Cade’s personality made him easy to love right off the bat. He was a family man through and through, but he’d yet to realize his love for his family had become misguided. He still saw his brothers as needing guidance when they were not only capable of taking care of themselves but also more than qualified to run the ranch.

Nina was a strong woman who had been burned in her career by a man and wasn’t willing to let it happen a second time. Her strong convictions toward herself and the environment made her an endearing character, and her relationship with Cade made her a better person. The relationship between the characters occurred at a natural pace, with plenty of time to actually get to know the other person before falling in love.

The Jenkins brothers were an intriguing family, and I felt connected to the secondary characters and am looking forward to the rest of this series to read more about them.

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Rach