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Guest Post! Reading Travel Has No Restrictions by USA Today Bestselling Author Lucy Monroe

Guest Post! Reading Travel Has No Restrictions by USA Today Bestselling Author Lucy Monroe

All of us at Joyfully Reviewed are excited to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author Lucy Monroe! Her new book After the Billionaire’s Wedding Vows… is Amazing! You don’t want to miss it! Lucy has been kind enough to write a wonderful guest post for us. Enjoy!

I have always been an avid reader, but I don’t remember a visceral response to traveling via books until I read my first Harlequin Presents.  I was in sixth grade or maybe just beginning seventh.  I’d pilfered the book from my oldest sister’s nightstand. She didn’t know about me sneaking into her romances until decades later when I fessed up.  She was still appalled. lol

That first romance opened up a new world to me.  Yes, the concept of romance was too intriguing to ignore, but it was the setting as well.

I can’t tell you the title of that first Harlequin Presents I read, but I can tell you that it was set in Italy.

Europe and Australia became travel destinations for my mind.  Places I never thought I would actually get to visit were accessible to me via romance novels.

Some authors took particular care setting the scene, so I knew what a Greek villa looked like, or how a Tuscan vineyard smelled like warm earth and the sweet fragrance of grapes.

Many years later, I got to travel to those countries because I had become a writer of the very books that had first made them accessible to me.

My trip to Greece with my husband remains one of my favorite memories.  Walking on cobbled stones in towns where cars were not allowed in the central square, visiting monuments that harkened to ancient eras, seeing art that has been inspiring centuries of humanity.  I soaked it all in.

But it was the people that touched me the most.  The taxi driver who told us about his family.  The market stall owner that expounded on European politics.  The mother with her small children who was happy to sit a moment in the park while they played and chat with a people-watching tourist.

My mother used to say that travel wasn’t about places, but about people and she was right.

The places have value because of the people who make them their home now and who have done so in the past.

After the Billionaire’s Wedding Vows takes place in Greece.  Both the countryside and the city of Athens.  I enjoyed revisiting both places in my imagination so much.  But even more, I enjoyed the idea of taking my readers there with me.

Andros and Polly’s story is one of deep emotion and a marriage in peril.  They have to rebuild their HEA, but this strong minded couple are up to the task.

They both also love where they live and I think readers will get a chance to fall in love with the place as well.

Can this Greek marriage go the distance? Find out in this passionate and dramatic romance by USA TODAY bestselling author Lucy Monroe!

First came passion, then came vows…

What comes after “I do”?

Greek tycoon Andros Kristalakis knew that his white-hot whirlwind romance with Polly could end only one way—with her wearing his ring! He offered her his world of unbelievable luxury while he ruled his family’s business empire. But that was all he could give.

Now pregnant Polly has revealed that for the past five years she’s secretly craved more! With his marriage on the line, Andros must choose—because closing the distance between himself and Polly will mean destroying the protective barriers he’s long fought to keep intact…

With more than 8 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 75 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world.  While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all.  A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers.

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini SinghArchangel's Sun by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunters #13
Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by:Jo
Published by Berkley Publishing Group

The Archangel war is over and now it’s up to the surviving Archangel’s and their people to take care of the remaining reborn and the disease that has been left in the aftermath.  The worst of which is in Africa, the home of the new Archangel of Africa – Titus.  Titus is a man who expects those both in his command and those loaned to him to do what is needed to be done and just deal with it.  To the soldiers his way of commanding can seem harsh and plain spoken, but it’s not like he is not asking anyone to do anything more than he is right now.  However, when he asks the Cadre for more help he gets an answer he wasn’t expecting – the Hummingbird.

Lady Sharine, also known lovingly as the Hummingbird, is just now coming out of centuries of time where she barely functioned due to a horrible prank pulled on her by an Archangel she was in a relationship with – Aegaeon.  When Sharine was asked by the Cadre to take over Lumia, a place of Angel arts and history, she not only accepted the job but came out of her self imposed kaleidoscope of life.  Now she is being asked to go to Titus and help him save Africa from the disease still attacking it. 

Titus has no idea what to expect when Sharine arrives but it certainly isn’t the small woman who not only won’t take being put on a shelf and pampered by him and his court but demands to help with the problems.  Both Sharine and Titus are surprised as she remembers aspects of herself that were always there but life experiences had caused her to not use and started to help turn the tide in Titus’ efforts to clear Africa.  As Titus and Sharine follow the clues they discover as they travel Africa, it becomes clear that the diseased reborn was not all that was left behind.  Now it’s a race to see if they can find the cure to save humankind, Vampires and Angels from this new aspect of the disease before it’s too late.  Of course falling in love isn’t on either “to do” lists, but sometimes the fates have the final say.

When you have a rough and tough Archangel and an ancient angel whom most believe must be treated with kid gloves thrown together, the outcome is remarkable to say the least.  I know that this story was about the Archangel, but to me it was Sharine’s story with Titus as her fitting partner.  I loved learning more about both Titus and Sharine, but I admit I was rooting for Sharine the entire way.  I really enjoyed watching as Titus and Sharine fell in love while battling the reborn and the aftermath of the version of the disease that was let loose in Africa.  When the cure was revealed, I was shocked at what it was but it fit so perfectly once I thought about it.  I also admit to hoping that Aegaeon gets more karma after learning just why Sharine lived in her kaleidoscope for so long.  The very best thing was watching Sharine learn to use her gifts and strength and learning that Titus is an Archangel with a marshmallow inside for the woman he loves.  Archangel’s Sun takes you on an emotional journey in so many ways that I could not even begin to list them all, but the journey is well worth traveling.  Titus and Sharine’s story is also Joyfully Recommended from me as a must read if you have been following this story line.

Deal With The Devil by Kit Rocha

Deal With The Devil by Kit RochaDeal With the Devil by Kit Rocha
Series: Mercenary Librarians #1
Genres: Science Fiction
Reviewed by:Jo
Published by Tor Books

The world is no longer as we know if after all known conveniences and governments were destroyed after the world was bombarded by the Flares.  Now things are run by corporations and its a serious divide of the haves and the have nots.  Another thing that these corporations have done is mess with humans, with technology, and new science.  As such not everyone is what or who you think they are.  It’s in this world that Nina and her roommates (and best friends) are living in. 

Nina is an information broker who uses anything and everything she can lay her hands on to help the helpless in an America that barely struggles along.  Nina and her roommates are know as mercenary librarians and they are as deadly as that sounds, if needed to be.  When Nina is approached with job that could possibly get them access to part of the Rogue Library of Congress she agrees to the job as that knowledge would be priceless to obtain. 

Garrett Knox, known as Knox, is the Captain of the Sun Devils, he is trying to pull his team out of the job of taking care of anyone TechCorps wants to be disciplined in some way.  The major problem with this is that once your are part of these teams, the only way to leave is death.  Another is that the teams have been biologically changed and the medication they need to keep them alive is strictly produced and protected by TechCorps.  The team is basically on a countdown towards their own death unless they can get access to this medication. 

Knox has one way to get the access he needs to this life saving medication and it involves turning Nina over to someone he doesn’t know.  Getting Nina to agree to the job was one thing, but as he gets to know her better, Knox knows he can’t do it. Nina and Knox are becoming involved but both have secrets they’re keeping from the other.  Just when they both are ready to tell the other the first of their secrets, the group is ambushed by the person who wants Nina.  It’s going to take trust in several areas if everyone is going to come out alive at the end.

When the world has been shaken upside down and only partially put back together, Nina and Knox find each other but only their smarts, fast actions and trust will allow them to find a future together.  I was fascinated by this new world that Kit Rocha provided.  At first I did not see how Nina and Knox could ever overcome all that was between them to get together.  But the twists, turns and a few OMG surprises showed me that not only could they become a couple but that they could continue to help the helpless and prevent the corporations from destroying what was left of civilization.  I seriously can’t wait for the next mercenary librarians book. There were so many loose threads that were left dangling.  Deal with the Devil has many surprises and just learning about this new world had me engaged from the first page and then Nina and Knox pulled me along as their story rolled out. 

Hot New Release! In His Arms by Joey W. Hill

Hot New Release! In His Arms by Joey W. Hill

In His Arms, an intensely moving and provocative standalone from award winning author Joey W. Hill is available now!

Rory has grown up in a small North Carolina town. In high school, he was the popular football player. When he graduated, he saw himself running the general store his father started. Maybe eventually getting married to one of the pretty cheerleaders who liked him in school, having kids. His siblings can live big lives in big cities. He’s not that complicated.

Then an accident puts him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. And Daralyn, a neighbor with a horrific past, comes to live with his family. Everything is suddenly a lot less simple. Because the way Rory wants her is keeping him up at night.

He wants her to belong to him. He wants to command her, protect her. Hell, he can barely say it to himself. He wants to dominate her. The craving is a primal drumbeat in the center of his soul.

How does he deal with that? Especially when her need to trust is so desperate, and her eyes are so full of hunger for what love should be. But he’ll figure it out. He’s going to make sure Daralyn finds everything she needs in his arms.

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Slowly, Daralyn turned to face him. “You said that to tease me.”

“Yeah.” Rory cocked his head. “It got you riled. A riled woman has a special light to her. My dad used to say that to my mom when she was getting worked up. It usually made her smile. Unless his timing was off, in which case she might swing a skillet at his head.”

“Hmph.” She moved to the sink, lifted the bottle of dish liquid.


But she’d already pivoted and squirted it, a strong blue stream that hit him mid-chest and would penetrate his shirt like cold fingers.

She’d done it so quickly, her impulsiveness hit her a beat after the fact, giving her a surge of near-terror and an inexplicable burst of laughter, captured somewhere under her breastbone. He put his hands on his push rims.

“Give me that bottle.”

She scampered in front of the table as he pursued, but she had to be quick. His current chair was designed for optimal maneuverability. Just like an experienced bike rider, an advanced wheelchair user like himself didn’t need the additional stability of wider or heavier equipment.

However, a small space was a small space, and it worked against him. It worked against her, too. She’d slipped by him into her bedroom, and that was where she made her mistake, because now he blocked the door. The only way out was the window.

He gave her an amused look as she eyed it. “Really?”

His teasing was making her feel better about her anxiety over attending classes. He’d said he’d go with her. And if he went with her, she could do it. Maybe she should be ashamed about that. Or maybe she could trust him when he said that it was nothing to be ashamed of at all.

Her bed was between them. She considered her next move, which might be dashing over the top of it if he tried to come around, but then he took a different tactic. One she had a really hard time resisting, especially when the smile on his face gave way to something else. Something quiet and considering. Intent.

“Come here,” he said, holding out his hand.

When he used that tone, everything inside her became still. Thought and movement aligned, both focused on what he was telling her. That was happening more and more when she was around him.

She came out from behind the bed. He closed a hand around her wrist, above the bracelet he’d put on her earlier. “I should spank you,” he said quietly. “What do you think of that?”

She suspected he’d intended it to come out as more teasing, a joke. But her reaction wasn’t that way at all. Her stillness became a complete lack of motion, her breath held, while her heart thudded a little more powerfully and her fingers curved over his hold on her wrist.

She’d never been spanked. She’d only seen it on TV, a parent doing it to prove they cared about a child by offering discipline, structure, love. Thinking about that gave Daralyn an odd mix of feelings, emotional and physical. Her fingers had tightened further over his, and his gaze had heated. It moved from her fingers, up to her parted lips.

“I think you like the idea,” he said. “I know I do. You gonna squirt me with dishwashing liquid again?”

She felt unsteady on her feet, everything throbbing. “I don’t know. Maybe.”

“Good answer. Best answer possible. I’m taking you to dinner Friday. All right?”

“Okay. Yes.”

“Wear a dress and leave your hair down,” he said. “Like you did for church last week.”

Now he’d surprised her enough she ventured a question. “Why?”

He smiled a smile that didn’t reach his eyes. A whole lot of other things took up the space there as he looked at her. “Because during the service, the morning sun came through the windows. The light touched your hair and haloed you in different colors, like the angel you are.”

He tightened his grip, watched her lips part again. “I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since.”

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About Joey W. Hill
Joey W. Hill writes about vampires, mermaids, boardroom executives, cops, witches, angels, simple housemaids . . . pretty much wherever inspiration takes her. She’s penned over forty acclaimed titles and six award-winning series, and been awarded the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Erotica. But she’s especially proud and humbled to have won the support and enthusiasm of a wonderful, widely diverse readership.
So why erotic romance? “Writing great erotic romance is all about exploring the true face of who we are – the best and worst – which typically comes out in the most vulnerable moments of sexual intimacy.” She has earned a reputation for writing BDSM romance that not only wins her fans of that genre, but readers who would “never” read BDSM romance. She believes that’s because strong, compelling characters are the most important part of her books.
“Whatever genre you’re writing, if the characters are captivating and sympathetic, the readers are going to want to see what happens to them. That was the defining element of the romances I loved most and which shaped my own writing. Bringing characters together who have numerous emotional obstacles standing in their way, watching them reach a soul-deep understanding of one another through the expression of their darkest sexual needs, and then growing from that understanding into love – that’s the kind of story I love to write.”
Take the plunge with her, and don’t hesitate to let her know what you think of her work, good or bad. She thrives on feedback.

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Hot New Release! Burning Ash by N. J. Walters

Hot New Release! Burning Ash by N. J. Walters

Today we have the excerpt tour for N.J. Walters’ upcoming release, BURNING ASH! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: Burning Ash

Author: N.J. Walters

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: September 21st

About Burning Ash:

No one is more surprised than Asher, one of the oldest vampires on Earth, that he’s attracted to vamp hunter Jo Radcliffe. She’s smart, a talented slayer, and she’s gorgeous. Something about her pulls at him, like no one ever has before. For a man, whose name strikes fear in everyone––this is something new and intriguing. And quite possibly deadly, if she discovers his secret.   Jo has two things in common with the handsome Asher––they are both slayers and someone is messing with them in a very-much-trying-to-kill-them way. She’s not so happy about joining forces with a dude she doesn’t know. But he’s sexy as hell and really good at his job as one of the Forgotten Brotherhood, whose business it is to execute misbehaving paranormals.   She knows she’s bait in a larger plot to harm Asher and the Brotherhood. And there is nothing he won’t do, no line he won’t cross, to keep her safe––which may be the weakness that destroys them both.  

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“Who the hell are you?” she demanded of the tall, lean man who was still mostly in the shadows. Whoever he was, he was dangerous, maybe even more so than the creature she’d just beheaded. He’d come out of nowhere and snatched the crossbow bolt out of the air like it hadn’t even been moving. A shiver raced down her spine. Dressed all in black, he blended with the dark. She hadn’t known he was there until he’d deliberately come forward. And she always had total situational awareness. It was a matter of survival. Her profession had a very high mortality rate. A nudge of his foot sent the vampire’s head rolling back toward the body. The undead would need to be burned if he didn’t start disintegrating soon, but she was keeping her distance from the man in black. “Asher.” He gave her a half bow. “And you are?” A quick shake of her head. “You don’t need to know.” “That hardly seems fair considering I saved your life.” “It didn’t need saving,” she asserted. “I’d already moved.” “True,” Asher conceded. “You’re fast, but I didn’t know that. I should get points for the attempt.” He sauntered out of the dark and fully into the candlelight. The flames flickered over his face, exposing a strong jaw, straight nose, and high forehead. His blond hair was pulled back in a short tail at his nape. His skin was olive-toned or tanned, hard to say. Piercing brown eyes stared at her. Good looking was much to tame. Handsome didn’t fit either. There was something dangerous and predatory lurking beneath the surface. Primal. Compelling. Yeah, that was it. It was time for her to leave. “While I appreciate the assist, I’ve got this.” She jerked her head toward the door, hoping he’d take the hint. A ghost of a smile flickered on his full lips before it disappeared. “I’ve got nowhere I need to be.” “Great,” she muttered. His laugh slid down her spine, a whisper of heat. Her nipples puckered and rubbed against her bra. Uh. No. The last thing she needed was some kind of fatal attraction. Because he was one of two things—a fellow hunter or another vampire. Neither of which were good for her. “Come now, I’ll help you clean up this mess. Then we can get a cup of coffee somewhere, maybe talk.” “It’s almost one in the morning. Nothing around here is open.” God, she was tired. She just wanted to fry this vampire and leave. Usually they disintegrated fairly quickly. This one was taking his sweet time. He either wasn’t truly dead yet or he was very young. The older they were, the quicker they turned to ash. Ash. “Your name is Asher?” He inclined his head. “At your service.”

About N.J. Walters:

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.  

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Hot New Release! TEMPTED BY LOVE by Melissa Foster

Hot New Release! TEMPTED BY LOVE
by Melissa Foster

Enjoy heart-meltingly beautiful and toe-curlingly sexy romance in Tempted by Love, an emotionally riveting story about a man who has lost it all and carries a torturous secret, a divorced single mother who has everything to lose, and the little girl who helps them heal. Fall in love on the sandy shores of Silver Island,Continue Reading

Hot New Release! Colton’s Secret History by Jennifer D. Bokal

Hot New Release! Colton’s Secret History
by Jennifer D. Bokal

Happy Release Day Colton’s Secret History! We will have a review coming soon! It’s their second chance at love. Will the truth come between them? Returning to her hometown, health investigator Bridgette Colton is reluctantly reunited with old flame Luke Walker. For years, emotionally scarred Bridgette has kept a life-changing secret from Luke. But now theirContinue Reading

Teaser! Tempted by Love by Melissa Foster

Teaser! Tempted by Love by Melissa Foster

An emotionally riveting story about a man who has lost it all and carries a torturous secret, a divorced single mother who has everything to lose, and the little girl who helps them heal. Enjoy heart-meltingly beautiful and toe-curlingly sexy romance in TEMPTED BY LOVE, the first in the ALL-NEW Steeles at Silver Island romanceContinue Reading

Cover Reveal! Just Like Home by Diana Gardin

Cover Reveal! Just Like Home by Diana Gardin

The biggest secret in her past is the only thing that really matters… BrantleyIt’s the best, smartest decision I ever made. It’s also the one part of my life no one knows about. Until the day everything twists, changes, becomes something I never thought my life would be. Now, I have to trust the oneContinue Reading

SPOTLIGHT! Axel by Kat Mizera

SPOTLIGHT! Axel by Kat Mizera

Royal Protectors: Axel by Kat Mizera is now live! Amazon — Universal — Apple — Nook — Kobo — Google — As a Royal Protector, I can’t resist a damsel in distress… Being an official bodyguard to the royal family of Limaj, isn’t just my job, it’s who IContinue Reading



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I never dreamed I’d meet my celebrity crush while stealing every single pair of my best friend’s pants. Attracting Aubrey, an all-new not-to-be-missed standalone romantic comedy from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Avery Flynn, is available now! I never dreamed I’d meet my celebrity crush while stealing every single pair of my best friend’s pants.Continue Reading



Maybe the best way for two broken people to find true love is to jump headfirst into the deep end of desire. Loving Liv, an all-new sizzling, passion-filled BDSM standalone romance in the Gone Wild series by USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, is out now! USA Today bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy, returns to theContinue Reading



Gaming Grace, a sizzling new standalone romantic comedy in the Gone Wild series by Piper J. Drake, is available now! All work and no play is no way to enjoy this cruise. Executive Director Grace Kim figures this reunion with her college friends is the perfect excuse to prove that she knows how to keepContinue Reading



Maybe a party cruise wasn’t the worst idea after all… Kissing Kendall, an all-new, sexy standalone romance in the Gone Wild Series from New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert, is out now! All Kendall Barnes wants is a nice relaxing cruise to reconnect with her friends from college. Instead, they’re mistakenly booked on aContinue Reading


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SECRET HEIR SEDUCTION BY REESE RYAN Can he tell her the truth…this time? Will he risk everything for a reunion? Will she give him the chance? Discovering he’s a long-lost heir isn’t the only surprise awaiting Darius Taylor-Pratt in Royal, Texas. He’s next door to his ex after five long years. Darius broke off hisContinue Reading

Excerpt: WICKED AS SIN by Shayla Black

Excerpt: WICKED AS SIN by Shayla Black

He’s ruthless. She’s off-limits. But he’s just met his one weakness… Now nothing will stop him from making her his. Pierce “One-Mile” Walker has always kept his heart under wraps and his head behind his sniper’s scope. Nothing about buttoned-up Brea Bell should appeal to him. But after a single glance at the pretty preacher’sContinue Reading

The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride by Leslie North

The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride by Leslie North Series: European Tycoon #3 Genres: Contemporary Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Relay Publishing Leslie North’s The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride is a sweet and sexy read. A tropical vacation leads to a blistering relationship filled with a special surprise, speedy wedding and an HEA. Billionaire Anthony Charles Harrington V travels toContinue Reading

The Last Heist by Samantha Keith

The Last Heist by Samantha Keith Series: Pretty Theives #1 Genres: Contemporary, Suspense Reviewed by:AuthorPublished by Self Published Former thief turned all-star realtor Serena Metcalf is at the top of her game. She’s about to land her biggest client to date when her life is turned upside-down as her past comes back to haunt her.Continue Reading

Surrendering to Him by Hope Jones

Surrendering to Him by Hope Jones Genres: Contemporary, Suspense Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Boom Factory Publishing Investigative Journalist Phoebe Danvers finds herself in a bit of hot water. It’s a good thing former FBI Agent turned PI Huxley Carson has his eyes on her. Author Hope Jones’ Surrendering to Him begins quickly with feisty banter between theContinue Reading

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