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Eye Candy Friday: Hawke Snow from Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Posted October 28, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

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This week’s Eye Candy Friday guy is one of my favorite heroes in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings series. He’s a great leader, a stubborn alpha but a big ol’ softie at his core. I loved how there was so many different sides to Hawke Snow but every single side made for one dynamic leader and compelling character.

Here is his book info:

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 330

Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules-and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home-and the alpha who is its heartbeat.

Hawke and Sienna don’t get their story told until Book 10 of the Psy-Changeling series and there was a lot of lead up to it. There’s Sienna’s transition from living in the Psy world to living with Hawke’s Changeling pack and then there’s Hawke’s history and his mate that died and the feelings he was denying himself over a certain feisty Psy, the age difference between Hawke and Sienna was another thing that stood in their way of true happiness and I think that Nalini Singh handled every single obstacle that was thrown their way wonderfully.

Hawke Snow was the kind of leader that inspired loyalty in the pack. He was fiercely protective of his pack and his leadership was a thing of beauty. He was flexible when he needed to be but he ruled with an iron first when he needed to. There was a complexity to his character that I was completely drawn to and I loved the hell out him right from the very beginning.

On top of being drop dead gorgeous and the ruler of the SnowDancer land, he said things that would bring a grown woman to her knees.

“You have the power to tear me to pieces, to wound me so deep and true that I’ll never recover. What Rissa’s death did to the boy I was? You have the ability to do a thousand times worse to the man I’ve become.”

*swoony sigh*

“Pack is built on the bonds of family, of mating, of love. You come first. You always will.”

Some more *swoony sighs*

“You are in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love´s not a strong enough word. You have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It will never be enough. I want eternity.”

Gah. I’m just a puddle of lust for this guy and if you haven’t read this series, or know who Hawke is…I beg you to fix that because you won’t regret it. Hawke Snow is all that is right in the world. So much goodness and here’s how I picture him in my head:

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Go forth and read his book. But first read the first 9 books to really appreciate Hawke Snow. You know you want to…:)

Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changelings #10) by Nalini Singh
May 31, 2011
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Series Order


Slave to Sensation | Visions of Heat | Caressed by Ice | Mine to Possess | Branded by Fire | Bonds of Justice | Blaze of Memory | Bonds of Justice | Play of Passion | Kiss of Snow | Tangle of Need | Heart of Obsidiant | Shield of Winter | Shards of Hope | Allegiance of Honor

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Eye Candy Friday: Carter from Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia-Williams

Posted October 21, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve read Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams but when I was prepping for this post, I picked up the book to browse it only to close the book at 2 in the morning, having read the entire book all over again. I did the same thing with Crosbie Lucas’ post.

Carter is Arizona’s best friend. He’s loyal. He’s caring. He’s everything.

Here’s his book info:

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Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend…

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

It didn’t take much time for Carter to win me over. He was just so insanely cool and confident that I ate up every scene he was in. There wasn’t a thing that Arizona couldn’t talk to him about or ask him for that he wouldn’t do for her. He had her back and knew implicitly that she had his. They’d never crossed the line with each other, have kept their friendship completely platonic but you know that it was only a matter of time.

I loved the gradual pull between Carter and Ari but what I loved most about it was how Carter never wavered either way. When they were just friends, he was firmly in the friend zone. When they became more than friends, he moved himself firmly into the more than friends zone. There wasn’t any of that messy flip flopping for him. He said things like this that completely melted me.

“You belong to me, Ari, and you always will…You’re more than ‘just’ my best friend, and I never want to be ‘just friends’ again.”

In any situation, Carter just owned it. He was unfazed by most everything. He was just inately cool. The morning after they finally do the deed. Arizona is set in the “let’s not talk about it or tell anyone what happened” phase. They’re discussing where to meet and Carter suggests his place.

“What’s wrong with my place?”

“I would answer that, but it never happened…”

Haha, I loved this scene. There are plenty more scenes like that so really, give this book a go. Will ya?

Here’s who I picture as Carter:

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This guy is all that and then some. You should read his book and fall in love with him just like I did.

Buy the Book

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams
Sincerely, Carter #1
Released on April 30, 2015
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Series Order

Sincerely, Carter | Sincerely, Arizona

Until next week…enjoy!

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Eye Candy Friday: Crosbie Lucas from Undecided by Julianna Keyes

Posted October 14, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

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Crosbie Lucas won me over in his book Undecided by Julianna Keyes. Crosbie is known as the party boy sidekick to his best friend, Kellan. He holds his own with the ladies but Kelan is the popular draw. He’s had his fair share of girls using him to get to Kellan but when he meets Nora, insecurities pop up because for the first time ever, he wants this girl. He wants this girl to want him and not his best friend.

Awwww.

Here’s his book information:

Undecided (Burnham College #1) by Julianna Keyes.

ALTERNATE COVER

Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding…

Crosbie’s feelings, his insecurities and how he fumbles through his feelings for Nora were everything to me while I read his book. As much as I liked Nora, it was Crosbie that drew me into the story. I wanted him to get his girl. I know all about having hot friends and loving them even though you don’t shine nearly as bright as they do. I was so Team Crosbie because he won me over with how thoughtful he was where Nora was concerned..and with how funny he is.

He invites us to a Valentine’s party at one of the sororities, but Crosbie demurs, saying we have plans. Kellan gives a lascivious waggle of his eyebrows, wishes us luck, and speeds off.

“Jealous?” I ask, when Crosbie exhales and watches them go.

He looks over. “Of what?”

“Of that. Of the…variety.”

“Are you kidding?” He pulls into the road and starts driving back toward Burnham. “I’ve got Nora the Nerd, Nora the Assistant, Nora the Convict, Nora the Party Animal… Your multiple personalities provide all the variety I’ll ever need.”

“I don’t know what I see in you.”

He flexes his arm, and even in the dim light from the streetlamps it’s obvious he has very impressive muscles. “It’s probably these guys.”

Here’s what the author thinks Crosbie looks like and I’m so on board with this because hot damn, Crosbie!

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“You take any astronomy courses last year?” Crosbie asks.

“No. You?”

“No. I don’t know what the hell we’re looking at.” He fumbles in his jacket for something. “But I do know this.” He passes me a manila envelope and watches as I open it, pulling out a piece of Heavyweight paper with fancy script printed across the top. It’s a Star Certificate, complete with coordinates for where new star Nora Kincaid can be found, and stamped with an official gold seal.

“Crosbie,” I mumble, touched. “You…”

“I gave it some thought,” he says, “and I know how desperate you are for attention. Now you’re a star.”

Crosbie Lucas was hot, he was sweet and he was extremely funny. He was also incredibly loyal and sensitive and just everything that I love. If you haven’t met him yet, you should definitely fix that because he’s all that and a bag of chips. 🙂

Buy the Book

Undecided (Burnham College #1) by Julianna Keyes
April 4, 2016
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Eye Candy Friday: Garrett Graham from The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Posted September 16, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

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This week’s Eye Candy Friday guy is Garret Graham from The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Oh man, this guy. I loved him. Adored him. Wanted to marry him, I loved him so much. He was my kind of love interest because he was everything in this book.

His book information:

The Deal

She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Garrett was a cocky athlete who knew what he wanted and went after it. In the beginning, he was a hockey player who needed to pass a class in order to keep being eligible to play his sport for his school but the one girl who aced the test nobody else did; wanted nothing to do with him. He was blown away that there was a girl on the planet that was immune to his hotness and celebrity status on campus.

He said things like this:

“Just out of curiosity,” she says, “After you wake up in the morning, do you admire yourself in the mirror for one hour or two?”

“Two,” I reply cheerfully.

“Do you high five yourself?”

“Of course not.” I smirk. “I kiss each of my biceps and then point to the ceiling and thank the big man upstairs for creating such a perfect male specimen.”

He could not get Hannah Wells to change her mind about tutoring him. Nothing worked on her but he didn’t give up. He found out what she wanted most and offered an exchange. For her help in class, he would help her land the guy she wanted. The more time they spent together, the more time he wanted to spend with her. When his help turns physical, he completely won me over.

“I clench my teeth. “I’m not a virgin, Garrett.”

“You’re not a puck bunny either.”

“So that means I’m not allowed to sleep with a guy I’m attracted to?”

He rakes both hands over his scalp now, looking equally aggravated. Then he takes a breath, exhales slowly, and meets my eyes. “Okay, here’s the deal. I believe you’re attracted to me. I mean—one, who isn’t? And two, you moan like crazy whenever my tongue’s in your mouth.”

I bristle. “I do not.”

“Agree to disagree.”

On the surface, Garrett was this college playboy who loved hockey. He didn’t take much seriously (except hockey) and he lived his life in the fast lane. He partied, he practiced and he had fun with the ladies. That all started changing when Hannah came into his life. She changed him and she made him better. The stuff that he did to help Hannah went above and beyond what he signed up for but he never once looked back because once he decided he was all in. He was. I loved him to pieces…and that is why he’s this week’s book boyfriend.

“How did I go so long without noticing you, damn it? Why did it take seeing a stupid A on your midterm to make me notice?”

He sounds so genuinely upset that I scoot closer and kiss him. “It doesn’t matter. You know me now.”

“I do,” he says fiercely.”

*sigh* If you haven’t read his book, you should fix that because OMG, it’s so good. Here’s who I pictured as Garrett.

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In case you’re interested, here’s some buy links.

Buy the Book

The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Off Campus Series #1
February 24, 2015
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Series Order

Off Campus Series

The Deal | The Mistake | The Score | The Goal (Releases 9/26)

Until next week…enjoy!

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Eye Candy Friday: Nick McCall

Posted September 2, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

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This week’s Eye Candy Friday is coming a little late because I couldn’t make up my damn mind on who I wanted to feature this week.

Nick McCall is an FBI special agent in A Lot Like Love by Julie James. He won me over throughout this book because he was funny, he was protective as crap and I loved his gruff nature.

His sense of humor is all over this book and he was a huge reason why I loved this book so much. He’s actually my favorite hero out of all of the heroes in this series. He’s that lovable jerk that you can’t help but want.

He said things like this that cracked me up:

“Jack leaned over, “Ever get the impression that these women are way out of our league?”

“I shot the last guy who said that to me.”

He thought things like this that just kept right on making me love him:

“Nick watched as Jordan sipped her wine and made The Face- the seductive, the hell-with-wine-you-should-see-what-I-look-like-having-sex face. At least that was how he interpreted it.

Watching her with a predatory gaze, the douchebag grinned.

Apparently, he had a similar interpretation of The Face.

Something inside Nick snapped.

That was his fake girlfriend in there. Sitting at the table where they had just shared cheese fries the night before. And if she thought she could throw scorching hot sex-looks to any pansy-ass scarf-boy who wandered into her shop, she had another thing coming.

He had a look of his own to show the douchebag.

It was time to break out the don’t-fuck-with-me-face.”

And then he said things like this, that made me want him to choose me. Love me. Haha, sorry got my Meredith Grey on there for a minute.

“He gripped her shoulders determinedly. ‘I should’ve told you this earlier, Jordan. Now that I’ve got my chance, you’re going to hear it whether you like it or not. You came into my life and messed the whole thing up and now I’m screwed. Because I’m in love with you. As in balls-out, head-over-heels, watching-Dancing-with-the-Stars-on-Monday-nights, wine-and-bubble-bath kind of love. Hell, I think I’d even wear a scarf indoors for you.”

Nick is reason enough to check out this book but I promise the book is just as great as he is. Julie James has a really great knack of writing smart romances with fantastic characters and Nick is just one of the many reasons I love her stuff. Nick is the kind of hero that we all read romances for. He’s strong, he’s protective and he loves with all that he is and that’s only a small part of why he’s this week’s Eye Candy Friday.

This is my Nick McCall:

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Love him!

Buy the Book

A Lot Like Love by Julie James
March 1, 2011
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