Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cris Reads: MASTERED (The Enforcers #1) by Maya Banks


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy and the Breathless Trilogy knows what makes readers hot. Now she turns it up in Mastered, the explosive first book in a new series of a desire too dangerous to resist.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Reading: ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A DUKE

Four popular romance novelists come together to bring readers delightful tales of Christmas Magic and the dukes that make us swoon… The holidays are a time for dining, dancing, and of course—dukes! Celebrate the Christmas season with this enchanting collection of historical romances featuring the most eligible bachelors of the ton…

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Monthly Beauty Favorites | November 2015


Though I've been trying lots of new products in the last month, I don't think I'm necessarily ready to call any of them favorites. I have found several lovely new products that have been rocking my socks lately and I thought I'd share them all with you.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gift Ideas for Romance Readers


Shopping for a book lover can be a bit difficult at times. On the one hand, you could probably just give them an Amazon gift card and call it a day, but that can seem a bit lazy. If you know someone's TBR pile is already a mile high, you might not want to give them yet another novel to add to the list (and risk having it be something they aren't even into). Sometimes you just want to give those quirky, fun trinkets that put a smile on someone's face. I've put together a list of things I think a fellow romance reader might enjoy receiving this holiday season. Keep in mind that there are many different kinds of romance readers in the world, so I've tried to capture different aspects with different items. I've even got some things thrown in that a general book geek would enjoy. Though some of the items are very straight-forward in their bookishness, some were chosen more for their spirit and the fact that I think certain romance lover would enjoy them. I've broken up the gifts into several different categories to make the guide a bit easier to navigate.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The In-Between Clean




I recently purchased the Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge Cleanser thinking it was a spot cleanser that I could just spritz onto my brushes and wipe clean. Let's just say there's a reason you should always fully read labels before purchasing. The spray is actually a cleanser that needs to be applied to damp brushes and washed out like a traditional cleanser. Womp womp. Though it didn't work in the way I had expected, I've found the perfect way to use it.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Cris Reads: DIRTY DEEDS (Mechanics of Love #3) by Megan Erickson




SYNOPSIS

Alex Dawn is saying no to men. No to bad relationships, disappointments, and smooth-talkers. Focusing on her family and her job at Payton and Sons Automotive keeps her mind occupied and her heart content. She doesn’t really miss a man’s touch, until one night, one shows up with the body of a god and a voice from her dirtiest dreams.

L.M. Spencer is only in Tory, Maryland, to scope out the town as a possible site for one of his company's hotels. The British businessman didn’t expect his car to break down or to find the hottest little American he’s ever seen holding a tire iron, piercing him with bright blue eyes.

They agree to one hot night, one dirty deed to burn out the chemistry between them. But from their first kiss, Alex can’t stop saying yes to this man. And when Spencer’s company threatens everything she cares about, they must make the choice to stand together or apart.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Beauty Stocking Stuffers Under $16


My favorite part of a Christmas gift to shop for (and sometimes even to receive) is the stocking stuffer. It's those sweet little extra trinkets hidden away in your stocking that can often be the most fun or useful items. I've put together a list of some very affordable little beauty kits that would make an amazing stocking filler. These are also great options if you just need a small gift for someone or are participating in a White Elephant or Secret Santa exchange. Apart from the mini value kits I've also found some individual items that I've either tried and love or think are would make a great gift.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A NYX Haul & First Impressions


I've been in a very hauly mood lately, which is obviously not the best for my wallet or my dwindling makeup storage space but great for playing with new products (and posting about it). I placed an order to NYX recently to pick up a few old favorites I needed to stock up on and try some new products and saved quite a bit with a 25% off code. Here's what I got and what I thought.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cris Reads: THE WINTER LAIRD by Nancy Scanlon





Synopsis:

THE PRESENT
Successful matchmaker Brianagh O’Rourke believes in happily-ever-afters...just not her own. She’s convinced passion only exists in her dreams. When she reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal, Bri decides she needs a vacation―but she didn't expect it to be in 13th century Ireland.

THE PAST
Laird Nioclas MacWilliam just wants peace for his clan. The time for him to marry has come, and after waiting years for his ally to present their daughter, he’s agreed to marry another. But on the eve of his nuptials, a daring rescue brings his missing betrothed right into his arms.

And she does not want to be there.

THE FUTURE
Brianagh has to return to the future. Nioclas has to marry. He offers a solution for the both of them: She marries him and stays for three months, and they work together to convince his clan they are a love match. In return, he vows to safely return her home. But as the days turn to weeks, they both begin to see what a happily-ever-after could be. And when the time comes, does Brianagh return to the life she’s built, or does she remain in the past for a chance at true love?


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Playing With Crayons: Clinique's Whole Lotta Chubby Set


I recently came across this adorable little set of Clinique Chubby Sticks on Sephora's website and just had to pick it up. I'd never actually tried any of their Chubbies but had heard great things about them from various bloggers. I love using products in a crayon format because they make getting ready so much easier. You just dab on some product, blend it with fingers and you're set. For a lazy beauty lover who's always running late a whole set of crayon products sounded like heaven. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monthly Beauty Favorites | October 2015

Yes, I realize that we're already over half way through November and I'm just posting my October favorites. That seems to be the way it's been going every month lately. Think of it as a special mid-month treat. Here's what I've been loving in the last month:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cris Reads: To Dare A SEAL (Sin City SEALs #2) by Sara Jane Stone


A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

One dare will bring him to his knees . . .

Playing best man in his teammate's Las Vegas wedding is not U.S. Navy SEAL Jack Barnes' idea of a vacation-especially when the maid-of-honor is the one woman who knows how to push his buttons. Now his teammates are taking bets on whether he'll end up in the fiery bartender's bed. Not one to turn away from a challenge, Jack vows to seduce Natalie Lewis. And he'll do so on his terms-demanding complete control.

The tantalizing SEAL may have a hand-over-your-panties smile and a body she'd love to explore, but there's no way Natalie's falling into his bed. No, she's going to get revenge. After bringing Jack to his knees with a series of Sin City dares, she'll walk away. It's the perfect plan-until it backfires. Beneath his devil-may-care attitude, Jack's unbridled desire proves irresistible. But he also requires the one thing Natalie can't give. Control.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Quick Review of My October Allure Beauty Box



If you read my review of my September Allure Beauty Box you'll know that I fell in love with the subscription box because of the quality and value of the products I received. Though I didn't expect for the October box to top it, I was still hopeful that I'd find some interesting products and something that worked for me. Suffice it to say the October box was a total bummer and even the products I was excited to try ended up being flops. In the interest of full disclosure, I figured I'd put together a quick review of what I got and why it didn't work for me.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blog Tour Review of NO GROOM AT THE INN (Dukes Behaving Badly 2.5) by Megan Frampton




In this Dukes Behaving Badly holiday novella, a young lady entertains a sudden proposal of marriage-to a man she’s only just met.

What does a lady do when a man she’s never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn’t scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what’s her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring for six children and a barnyard full of chickens?

James Archer has roamed the world, determined never to settle down. He’s faced danger and disaster…he fears nothing and no one except his mother and her matchmaking ways. So when ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with holiday cheer and simpering young misses, he produces a fiancée!

Sophronia and James vow to pretend to be in love for one month. But when they each promise to give each other a Christmas kiss it becomes clear that this pact made out of necessity might just be turning into love.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Derma E: A Brand That Truly Delivers


Derma e is one of those brands that doesn't have much hype surrounding it in the beauty world but always impresses me with their products. I've tried several of their exfoliating products through subscription boxes in the past and have been very pleasantly surprised. After receiving a 20% off coupon code for their website last month I decided to scope out their product range and found some items that really intrigued me. I've given them all a thorough trial run and was even more pleasantly surprised by the results! Here's what I got and what I thought.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Finding My Perfect Fragrance With the Commodity Fitting Kit


While perusing Sephora's website a few months ago I came across an intriguing new fragrance brand, Commodity, whose clean, minimalist packaging and personal approach to fragrance just really appealed to me. I checked out their website, read a bit about their ideas for creating an individualized scent cocktail and discovered that you can get a fitting kit with a sample of each of their 10 fragrances sent to your door. This lets you spray and play on your own schedule and pick up the scent (or combo) that works best for you.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Blog Tour Review: I NEED A HERO (Men in Uniform) by Codi Gary


Sergeant Oliver Martinez joined the military to serve his country—not plan parties. But after a run-in with his commanding officer, Oliver is suddenly responsible for the Alpha Dogs Training Program’s upcoming charity event. Worse, he’s got to work with the bossiest, sexiest woman he’s ever met—who just happens to be the general’s daughter.

When it comes to military men, Evelyn Reynolds is not interested. And with the opportunity to launch her new PR firm at the charity event, she doesn’t have time for some sexy, arrogant jerk with a hero complex. Evelyn is determined to keep things professional—if only she can ignore how Oliver’s muscles fill out a t-shirt and the infuriating way he makes her heart pound.

But when tempers flare and a scorching kiss turns into so much more, Oliver and Evelyn will have to decide if this attraction is forever…or just for now.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fun, Frugal Ideas For a Fall Night In



As much as I love having nights out with friends, I, like most people, have a budget I need to adhere to and nights out can really add up. But saving money doesn't always have to mean sacrificing fun, so I've come up with a few ideas for a memorable night in that won't break the bank.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Monthly Beauty Favorites | September 2015


It's that time again and you know the drill! I've put together a round-up of the products I've been loving in the last month and here they are:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Rebecca Minkoff Dupes Under $35



While perusing the Forever 21 website recently I came across several bags that are dead ringers for some gorgeous designs by Rebecca Minkoff. I'm a huge fan of her handbags and although I only own one, I am constantly scoping out sales to see if I can find a new addition to my collection. Most of her bags come with a $175+ price tag, and that isn't necessarily in everyone's budget, but now you can get the same look for a fraction of the price.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Makeup Storage Ideas to Suit Your Needs


Figuring out the best way to store your makeup is never easy. There are always so many factors to take into account. Between storage amount, visibility, proximity to where you get ready in the mornings, design and just plain practicality, choosing what's right for you can be a bit daunting at times. Luckily, I've put together a ton of ideas and some simple storage solutions you can use to keep your makeup collection organized no matter the size of your stash or your space.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Julie Anne Long Defies Expectations With THE LEGEND OF LYON REDMOND


Bound by centuries of bad blood, England's two most powerful families maintain a veneer of civility . . . until the heir to the staggering Redmond fortune disappears, reviving rumors of an ancient curse: a Redmond and an Eversea are destined to fall disastrously in love once per generation.

An Enduring Legend

Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmond's heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won her—which is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscount's proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decade . . . and wagers on the return of an heir.

An Eternal Love

It was instant and irresistible, forbidden . . . and unforgettable. And Lyon—now a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating man—decides it's time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families apart . . . or the stuff of which legends are made.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Allure Beauty Box Reveal & Review | September 2015



I recently decided that it was time to break up with Ipsy and move on to a different beauty subscription service. Well actually, I decided a couple of months ago but kept forgetting to unsubscribe. Suffice it so say that September will be my last Ipsy Glam Bag for the time being but I've moved on to greener pastures. A few months ago Allure revamped their beauty subscription service, formerly known as Sample Society, into the new and improved Allure Beauty Box. I've been keeping my eye on their recent boxes and when I saw the spoilers for September's box, I knew I had to have it. Here's a look at what came in the box and what I thought:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Must Read: BADGER by C.M. McKenna


Adrian Birch is nobody. 

She once sold her sister’s engagement ring to get numb on Vicodin. Now in recovery, out of work, and burrowed in a dingy Boston apartment, it’s clear sobriety doesn’t make her somebody.

The first time she feels something isn’t when her wrist is broken from a hit-and-run but when the accident is avenged by a local antihero, the Badger. Then Adrian isn’t numb. She’s obsessed.

She scores her next hit of the Badger by faking a suicide attempt on a bridge over the Charles River. After her rescue, she takes what she needs however she can get it — following the hooded vigilante through the streets of Boston, forcing encounters until she knows better than anyone alive that the Badger is trouble. 

He has no remorse. No moral code. He’s nothing but a ball of human impulse racing through the streets on a ten-speed with a paint gun weaponized against petty injustice. But he’s her buzz that kills the numb. Just the latest addiction Adrian can’t seem to quit.

When Boston police put a price on the Badger’s head, her actions spawn a movement she can’t control, and Adrian can’t guess if she’s saving the Badger, the city, or herself.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Deep Cleaning Your Brushes With Sigma


A few months back, my lovely sister-in-law, Mary, gave me the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat for my birthday. At the time, I had seen their brush cleaning glove and knew about the basic concept but didn't really think it would make that much of a difference in the cleaning process. Although I had meant to try it a few times since receiving it, I kept putting it off because I was either in a rush or it completely slipped my mind. After going wayyyy too long without washing my brushes thoroughly (and seriously breaking out as a result) I decided to give my brushes a bit of a spa day last weekend and cracked out the Sigma Cleaning Mat for its debut. Here's how it went.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog Tour Review | Sarah's Surrender by Lavinia Kent


In Lavinia Kent’s scorching new eBook original novella, two wounded hearts find that only the sweet release of temptations long denied can heal the pain of past sins.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Blog Tour Review | DIRTY TALK by Megan Erickson

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Brent Payton has a reputation for wanting to have fun, all the time. It’s well-earned after years of ribbing his brothers and flirting with every girl he meets, but he’s more than just a good time, even though nobody takes the time to see it. When a new girl walks into his family’s garage with big thoughtful eyes and legs for days, this mechanic wants something serious for the first time.

Ivy Dawn is done with men, all of them. She and her sister uprooted their lives for them too many times and she’s not willing to do it again. Avoiding the opposite sex at all costs seems easy enough, until the sexy mechanic with the dirty mouth bursts into her life.

Brent can’t resist the one woman who sees past his devil-may-care facade and Ivy finds it harder and harder to deny how happy he makes her. But Ivy has secrets she hasn’t shared and when the truth comes out, she must decide if she’s willing to take one more chance on love or let him go forever.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Monthly Beauty Favorites | August 2015

After taking a couple of weeks off from blogging to take care of some family business, Cris Conquers is back with a typically belated 'Monthly Beauty Favorites' post! I haven't been playing around too much with my makeup but I've found a couple of new products and some old favorites that were really working for me last month. Here's the breakdown.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blogiversary Giveaway #4: Three Fantasy Romances by Jeaniene Frost


In case you haven't been keeping up, this month I've been hosting a different romance novel giveaway each Thursday to celebrate my first blogiversary! Each giveaway lasts a week and features different romance novels and authors. This is the final giveaway of the month and I've got three great fantasy romances by Jeaniene Frost up for grabs! Here's a breakdown of the prize:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Budget Fall Fashion Buys: Old Navy

My favorite part of the end of the summer is always checking out all the new Fall fashions that are hitting the shelves (and web). Being that I'm a savvy shopper (aka super cheap) I like to look for great deals that still embody those brand-spankin'-new trends and fresh finds. I've always been a big fan of Old Navy and their inexpensive approach to style so it's no surprise that I've been scoping out their new arrivals this month. Here are some new pieces that I think will make your transition from Summer to Fall a stylish one, without breaking the bank.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Stuff



For me, the perfect Sunday is filled with relaxation and pampering. I'm all about those lazy Sundays where you sleep in late and spend a good chunk of the day just reading. Here's a look at how I spent my Sunday.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Worth the Hype? The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

There's been so much chatter in the beauty world about Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and how it measures up to the cult favorite NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. A few months ago I picked it up after hearing Lily Pebbles rave about it and have been testing it on and off to see how I really feel about it. Here's what I've discovered.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blogiversary Giveaway #3: Three Historical Romances by Sarah MacLean




In case you haven't been keeping up, this month I've been hosting a different romance novel giveaway each Thursday to celebrate my first blogiversary! Each giveaway lasts a week and features different romance novels and authors. This week I'm giving away three fantastic regency romances by Sarah MacLean! Here's a breakdown of the prize:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Week of Romance | #RWA15



About a month ago the Romance Writers of America Conference was held in New York City, and although I wasn't registered for the conference I was able to attend several romance events that week since I'm just a short subway commute away. Even though it's so much time after the fact (typical Cris), it was such an amazing, inspiring experience that I really just wanted to share some thoughts and photos with you all. Let me preface this post by warning you that most of the pictures I took that week turned out either blurry, dark or I forgot to take pictures all together, so try to keep your visual expectations in check. Plus, I constantly switched from my camera to my phone so the quality of the shots will differ from one to the next. Prepare yourself for a wild ride.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Release Day Review: UNEXPECTEDLY HIS (Smart Cupid) by Maggie Kelley


A match made in Manhattan...

By-the-book Marianne McBride wants to prove she's more than a computer geek in a pair of horn-rimmed glasses. But how did she end up hiding in a cake, waiting to sing "Happy Birthday" to Nick Wright, a sexy and arrogant serial-dater? Not exactly part of her plan. Especially when she finds herself kissing the birthday boy, and then running like hell...
Nick falls for no woman. No strings, no commitments, and no relationships. Not even with the sweetly curvaceous bombshell from his birthday. But then he's hit by a bombshell of his own. He needs to find the perfect faux fiancée, or kiss his key to the executive washroom goodbye. Fortunately, his matchmaker sister has the perfect girl in mind.
Now Nick and Marianne have to pretend they're in love for six weeks. No dating. No sex.
And definitely no acting on the wickedly-hot chemistry that could ruin everything...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Blogiversary Giveaway #2: Contemporary Romance Prize Pack


This month I'm hosting a different romance novel giveaway each Thursday to celebrate my first blogiversary! One whole year of books and beauty! Where has the time gone? Each giveaway will last a week and will feature different novels. This week I'm giving away three fantastic contemporary romances to one winner.  Here's a look at the novels in the prize pack:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cris Reads: MAKE ME (Broke & Beautiful #3) by Tessa Bailey


Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she'd stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.
With the future of her family's hedge fund on her shoulders, Abby barely has time to sleep, let alone find love. And her best friend Russell acting like a sexy, overprotective hulk any time their Super Group goes out in public definitely isn't helping her single status. But after a near-tragedy lands Russell in her bed for the night, Abby's suddenly fantasizing about what he looks like shirtless. Chest hair and tattoos—who knew?
As Russell struggles to keep Abby at a safe distance, she begins to see through his tough-talking exterior—and acknowledge her own feelings. Now she's ready to turn the friend-zone into foreplay…and make him lose control.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monthly Beauty Favorites | July 2015



It's that time again where I share the beauty products I've been loving during the past month. July's round-up is a bit more random than usual but features some great products that have really been working for me. Here's the break down.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Cris Conquers Blogiversary Giveaway #1 - Three Copies of BROKEN by Cynthia Eden


To celebrate Cris Conquers' first blogiversary, I'll be hosting a different romance novel giveaway each Thursday in the month of August. Each giveaway will last a week and will feature different novels. To start things off I'm going to be giving away 3 copies of BROKEN by Cynthia Eden. Here's a look at the novel itself.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Drugstore Beauty Haul & First Impressions



I recently picked up a few drugstore beauty items from Walmart that I'd had my eye on and thought I'd share my thoughts on how they all worked out for me. Some of them were better than expected and some were much worse. Let's take a look.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Excerpt & Giveaway | ALL THE WAYS TO RUIN A ROGUE (Debutante Files) by Sophie Jordan




New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sophie Jordan continues her new series, The Debutante Files, featuring debutantes on the hunt for Mr. Right.

First friends, then enemies...

Lady Aurelia hasn’t always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother’s best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention—sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can’t deny Max drives her to distraction—even if she tries to pretend otherwise.

Now something more...

Max cannot recall a time when Aurelia did not vex him. If she was not his friend’s sister, he would stay far away from the infuriating vixen. Unfortunately, they are always thrown together. At parties and family gatherings…she is always there. Mocking him, tossing punch in his face, driving him mad ... until one night, she goes too far and he retaliates in the only way he can: with a kiss that changes everything.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog Tour Review: NEVER LOVED (Dark Obsession #1) by Charlotte Stein



Blurb
Perfect for fans of Abbi Glines, the first novel in the Dark Obsession series tells the story of a beautiful wallflower who falls for a chiseled street fighter—and learns just how dangerous love can be.

Beatrix Becker spent most of her life under the thumb of her controlling, abusive father. And now that she’s free and attending her dream college, she has no idea how to act like the normal crowd: partying, going on dates, even having a conversation. Then she meets Serge Sorensen. Big and surly with a whole host of riotous tattoos, Serge is supposed to scare the hell out of her. But beneath his harsh exterior, Beatrix discovers a kindred spirit who knows what it’s like to be a misfit. Most exhilarating—and terrifying—is what he does for a living: illegal street fighting.

There’s nothing like the rush Serge gets from the intense athleticism and brutal glory of combat—though his chemistry with Beatrix comes close. Slowly at first, he introduces her to his world, where he lives by instinct, passion, and desire. He even helps her out with her equally traumatized brother. But when Serge gets in too deep with the wrong people, he ends up paying in blood. And suddenly, just as Beatrix has been drawn into Serge’s perfectly sculpted arms, she’s thrown once and for all into the fight of his life.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spotlight & Excerpt | HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips





The dead of winter.

An isolated island off the coast of Maine.


A man.


A woman.


A sinister house looming over the sea ...


He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.


But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.


It's going to be a long, hot winter.

Cover Reveal: I NEED A HERO (Men In Uniform) by Codi Gary



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Sergeant Oliver Martinez joined the military to serve his country—not plan parties. But after a run-in with his commanding officer, Oliver is suddenly responsible for the Alpha Dogs Training Program’s upcoming charity event. Worse, he’s got to work with the bossiest, sexiest woman he's ever met—who just happens to be the general’s daughter.

When it comes to military men, Evelyn Reynolds is not interested. And with the opportunity to launch her new PR firm at the charity event, she doesn't have time for some sexy, arrogant jerk with a hero complex. Evelyn is determined to keep things professional—if only she can ignore how Oliver’s muscles fill out a t-shirt and the infuriating way he makes her heart pound.

But when tempers flare and a scorching kiss turns into so much more, Oliver and Evelyn will have to decide if this attraction is forever…or just for now.

And here's a look at the gorgeous cover...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review & Giveaway | The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands



A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands.

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue-definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband…until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she’s far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel’s looks, a warrior’s temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he’s more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life…to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Why We, As Readers, Love Imperfect Heroes






At Sunday dinner with my family this past weekend the conversation somehow veered into a discussion on the Romance Industry. This isn't a typical topic for us, and though my family knows I read and review romance novels, they've never actually asked me any questions about the genre before. We got to discussing sub-genres and niches when I mentioned a question that I recently posed to a bestselling historical romance author which had really upset me at the time. I asked the author if she ever had or would consider writing a plus-size heroine, as the average dress size of the American Woman is a 14. Her response was something along the lines of “I'd love to but I don't think publishers would go for it”. My brother pondered that for a minute and responded that to a certain extent it made sense because people often look to romance novels for characters who represent ideals. But in my experience, the opposite is true.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

My Bronzer Collection


It's summertime, when everyone wants to look a bit bronzed and glowy. Since I usually try to avoid being out in the sun, I like to slap on some bronzer to give a touch of warmth to my pale skin and try to create that sun-kissed look. I've received quite a few from subscription boxes and friends, apart from the ones I've actually purchased for myself, so I've somehow amassed quite a variety. Here are all the bronzers I have in my arsenal.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Review & Giveaway | The Maddening Lord Montwood (Rakes of Fallow Hall) by Vivienne Lorret


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Frances Thorne learned at an early age to rely on herself. Yet, losing her job and her home and watching her father carted off to debtor’s prison all in one day, is too much for her to bear alone. When a generous offer of assistance falls into her lap, she ignores her better instincts and decides to take a chance. The last thing she needs is for the infuriating Lord Lucan Montwood to stand in her way.

The end of the bachelors’ wager is near, and Lucan Montwood can taste victory. Yet, on the precipice of finally gaining freedom from his debts, he’s incensed to learn that the beautiful Frances Thorne has fallen into an insidious trap in the guise of a new position. Lucan can’t deny the way her lips call to him and knows he must risk his own future to ensure her safety.

Convincing her to trust him is the hard part and resisting her is next to impossible. But falling in love with her? That’s far too simple.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monthly Beauty Favorites | June 2015

Per usual I'm late to the game with sharing my monthly favorites. I tried a lot of new products in June and found some new favorites already dwelling among my stash. Here's what worked well for me in the month of June.

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