Blog Tour: Bad For Her by Christi Barth #Excerpt & #Giveaway

SA Today bestselling author Christi Barth launches a sexy new series about three bad-boy brothers in Witness Protection who are about to learn that going good is harder than they thought…
Doctor Mollie Vickers loves the tight-knit community of her tiny Oregon town. But she’s not a fan of the limited dating options. Sleep with a guy who tried to copy off her in junior high? Pass. Mollie’s sex life is flatlining… until a deliciously handsome man she’s never seen before stops to help her fix a flat tire.
As an ex-mobster, Rafe Maguire’s no saint. But he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. Although he probably shouldn’t kiss the hot doctor on the side of the highway. Or suggest a no-strings fling with a woman he has no business pursuing. Rafe’s life is too complicated for love—his new WITSEC-provided identity doesn’t fit him at all and there’s a U.S. Marshal watching his every move. He can’t tell Mollie the truth… but their chemistry is scorching and being good doesn’t mean he can’t be a little bad.
Mollie can’t resist the guy who looks rough, talks tough, and is loyal to the bone. But it’s obvious Rafe is keeping secrets. When the truth comes out, Mollie must decide if she could ever love an ex-mobster… or if this bad boy has truly gone good.


After laughing again, Mollie asked, “Do you like it here?”

Shit. Talk about a loaded question.
Rafe hated it here, because it wasn’t Chicago. Because he heard freaking crickets at night instead of traffic and people hustling. Because there wasn’t any deep-dish pizza. Because of no jazz clubs like the Green Mill. 
Because it wasn’t home.
But . . . yes.
Because this new place would keep his brothers alive. It was their shot. Their best shot. Their only shot. And if he didn’t somehow find a reason to like it here, Rafe was screwed.
None of which he could say to Mollie. So he kept it simple. Shifted one knee to the ground so he could twist to look up at her and said, “I’m a big fan of the roadside attractions.”
She pursed her lips, slicked the same orange as her top and shoes. “Before you were hitting on me. Now you’re flirting with me. What’s with the change in tactics?”
“Figure I’ll just throw everything at the wall until something sticks.” He stood. Crowded right up into her space. Used his thumb to tuck a long strand of hair behind her ear. Watched her chest rise and fall twice in rapid succession before continuing. “You let me know when that happens, Doc.”
“I will,” she said. Pretty much breathlessly.
This had all the markings of a slam dunk. “You’re good.”
“How do you know? You haven’t even kissed me yet.”
That was it. He could hear the swish of the ball going through the net. “Your car.” Rafe edged to the right to kick the replaced tire. “The tire’s changed out. You’re good to hit the road.”
“Oh.” Her eyelids fluttered down.
“But now that it’s on the table, I want to know.”
“What?” And back up those long, dark lashes came. She had him locked in her sights like a laser.
Rafe moved to cage her against the car with his arms. They weren’t touching anywhere, but he hadn’t left room between for daylight to pass. “How good you are. Better yet, how bad you are.”
Then he waited. Didn’t move a muscle. Because it needed to be Mollie’s choice. Mostly because they were on the side of a semi-deserted highway. The sun—or Oregon’s pale version of it—was streaming down from overhead, and they were still on the blacktop. Rafe knew, though, that it could be seen as a potentially risky situation. He didn’t want her to feel pressured or scared. He just wanted to keep having fun with her.
But he’d read all the signals right and didn’t have to wait long.
“Stop flirting. Start doing,” she ordered. And then Mollie crooked her leg around his calf in an invitation about as subtle as a gun to the head.
Rafe was a big fan of going for the obvious. It made life easier. So he leaned forward the extra eighth of an inch to bring their bodies flush. Waited again. The second she tipped her chin up in anticipation, then it was go time.

About The Author

Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.  

A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Boundseries. Christi can always be found whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

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Bookworm Candles & Crafts- September Mini Starter Candle Box unboxing & thoughts

All bookworms love bookish merch, I haven't come across any that don't like some sort of bookish merch from bookmarks, to candles , to art prints and all the fandom cushions and throws. I have recently started to get into bookish merch, collecting bookmarks, art prints and pins but just recently I was on the look out for some bookish candles, and I came across Bookworm Candles & Crafts VIA Donna from a Book Passion For Lifes, Instagram, (you can check out Donna's Instagram here ) and have been meaning to check them out. What better way than to try their candles than there September mini starter set as this months past theme was Second Star On The Right And Straight On To Morning. Guys Peter Pan themed how could I pass this up!

First up I want to give you my thoughts on the box over all and show you all the items included and my thoughts on each item.

So as this is a monthly box it goes on sale between the 5th-1st of each month and then ships 5th-10th of the following month. My box arrived promptly and packaged really well. Within the box you get 4 2oz candle glass jars (that last between 12-15 hours), and some extra goodies, this month it was a thimble necklace, Tinkerbell bookmark, some cute glass fridge magnets and a silhouette sticker which I have put on my kindle. 

So my first thoughts was this is such a cute box, everything fits the theme perfectly, and it looks cute. I love all the little extra bits and pieces, especially the thimble necklace *heart eyes* and the candles look and smell amazing. 

Apart from the awesome products I also really like that this is a UK creator, I find it so hard to find bookish UK creators and I am so excited to have found this one. I also think this box is really good value. The monthly box is £12 plus shipping and to me it meets and exceeds that price, and unlike subscriptions boxes you just order month to month. Now a closer look at the products!

Look at all the cute goodies!

So the first candle is the Skull Rock candle jar, that looks and smells really good. My first thought is it smells of flowers and I was right as it has notes of Coral and Hibiscus. As sore as you open the lid you are hit with the smell, which I want in a candle, I want to smell it even if it isn't lite 

Next is Magic Lagoon which is such a pretty color and of course it smells lovely. On the spoiler card it says it has a "gorgeous marine scent".

Next up is Happy Thoughts which is my fave candle out of the four, which is hard to say as I really like them all. This smells of coconut milk and lavender. Now I am not a big lavender fan unless its mixed with another scent and as this is mixed with one of my fave scents I really like this!

Finally we have Pixie Dust which has a really sweet scent. I love sweet smelling candles and this smells so nice. It reminds me of sweets I ate when I was younger and it just smells good enough to eat.

Overall I love this box. I brought this box myself and decided to review it as I think its a box alot of people would enjoy. It is great value for money, it looks great and has amazing handmade products. 

You can check out Book Worm Candles here , as well as the bookish boxes the site has so many candles. I have 10 on my wishlist, and some of them will be in my shopping basket for the end of this month as a birthday treat to myself :) I am also really excited that hopefully there will more more A Discovery Of Witches candles in store soon as it is my fave book and I have found it hard to find ADOW merch I like. They currently have one which I need so bad and I can't wait to see what else is added to the store in the coming months. 

You can also still get this months mini starter box which the theme is Toil and Trouble, perfect for fans of perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Harry Potter or A Discovery Of Witches!

Recently Added To Goodreads- October Edition

Its time for another, recently added to my Goodreads TBR . You can check out my previous recently added post here. Today's edition is full of awesome books that I really want to read. So many books, so little time!

*Lie To Me (Between The Sheets #2) by Melinda D Lorenzo - Adult Contemporary Romance- Released this past September 18th- Even though this is the second book I am 99 per cent sure you can read it as a standalone!

*Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1) by Christina Bauer- YA Fairy Tale Retelling- Releases October 31st 

*Captain Hotness by Weston Parker- Adult Contemporary Romance- Released this past August- This has a hot guy, who happens to be a single dad and firefighter. Fun Fact this book is written by a duo, a brother and sister duo!

*I Stole His Car ( Love At First Crime #1) by Jessica Frances- Adult Contemporary Romance-Released this past September.

*My New Crush Gave To Me by Shani Petroff- YA Holiday Romance- Releases October 31st 

*Misadventures on the Night Shift (Misadventures #6) by Lauren Rowe- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases November 7th- So a fun fact about this series, is each book is either written by a different author or co authored, therefore each book can be read as a standalone.

*Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason- Adult Holiday Romance- Releases October 31st 

*The Truth And Lies Of Ella Black by Emily Barr- YA Contemporary- Releases January 2018- This book now does have a cover, head over to Goodreads for a look. I am lucky to have a copy of this book for review, hence it's on my TBR.

*Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles #1) by Connie Glynn- YA fantasy, retelling- Releases November 2nd- I have a copy of this book for review and even the proof is stunning, just look at that cover. Even though this is a fantasy, from what I have read, am getting a contemporary feel to it as well, as the fantasy element.  

*Cuffed (Everyday Heroes #1) by K.Bromberg- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases October 23rd

*Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic #1) by Molly Harper- Adult Contemporary Romance-Releases November 21st- I love this cover!

*Kiss Me In New York by Catherine Rider- YA Holiday Romance- Released earlier this month

*Ruthless King (Mount Trilogy #1) by Meghan March- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases October 17th

*Bad For Her ( Bad Boys Gone Good #1) by Christi Barth- Adult Contemporary Romance- Released earlier this month

*Mrs Fletcher by Tom Perrotta- Contemporary Fiction- Released this past summer

*Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm- YA Contemporary Romance- Releases December 19th

*American Panda by Gloria Chao- YA Contemporary- Releases February 2018

*Extreme Exposure (I-Team #1) by Pamela Clare- Adult Romantic Suspense- Released 2005

What have you recently added to your TBR?

Release Day Blitz: Fall Into Romance Anthology

Happy Release Day to the Fall Into Romance anthology. An anthology of Sweet fall contemporary romances. Grab your copy today for 99 cents!

Blurb: Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. 

Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town—its people—and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.
Take a trip to Romance, Oregon, where falling in love has never been easier and happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

Finding Forever in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker 

Brent's hands are so full he doesn't realize his heart is empty. But how can he convince Nicole to trust him and give them all a chance at the forever family they deserve?

Lost in Romance by Stacy Claflin

Work is Alisyn’s life. Everything is perfect until the day her boss’s son comes to town and takes her breath away. Will she risk it all for love?

At Second Glance by Raine English

Can an ornery French bulldog help a mismatched couple find love?

Blown Into Romance by Shanna Hatfield 

Free spirit Brooke Roberts blows into Romance like an autumn storm, unprepared to fall for the handsome rancher who gives her a reason to stay.

Wired for Romance by Franky A. Brown 

Electrician Josh Chadwick can rewire his new client’s house, but he can’t do a thing about the electricity sparking between them.

Restoring Romance by Tamie Dearen

She’s a big city chef who likes cats. He’s a small town mayor who restores antiques. But even with feline allergies at play, true love is nothing to sneeze at.

Finding Dori by J.J. DiBenedetto 

She’s a loud, pushy New Yorker who drives him crazy. He almost ran her over with his truck. Of course they’re perfect for each other…

Katie’s Chance for Romance by Jessica L. Elliott 

Five years ago she pushed him out of her life, but she couldn't force him from her heart.

Chasing Romance by Liwen Y. Ho 

When pop sensation Chase Lockhart wants more than a room at Izzy Sutton’s Bed and Breakfast, she must decide whether it’s worth opening up her heart to him, especially when he’s eleven years her junior.

Lessons in Romance by Kit Morgan

A rooster, a tortoise and love, oh my! Now if the humans could just figure out the love part, they might all live happily ever after.

Author Bios: 

Franky A. Brown

Franky A. Brown has always called the South home and loves to write about it. She holds an English degree from the University of South Carolina and can’t seem to stop reading. She is the author of women’s fiction and chick lit about life, love, and Southern women.

Stacy Claflin

Stacy Claflin is a USA Today bestselling author and a lifelong storyteller. When she was a child, she would get into trouble for trying to convince others that her stories were real. She scarred her younger cousin for life with her Cavity Monster tale. Another time, she convinced her friends that her grandfather had made her a robotic unicorn.

Now she saves her creative imagination for novels. Whether Stacy's writing urban fantasy, suspense, or contemporary romance, she always has thrills, twists, and turns.  You can count on surprises and an enjoyable escape.

Tamie Dearen

Tamie lives with her very romantic husband of thirty-three years. They have two grown daughters (the inspiration for the daughters in The Best Girls Series) and one grandson, and a twelve-year-old boy, recently adopted from Ukraine. Tamie loves to play, sing, and write music. She started writing books in 2013 and published her first book in October of that year. Since then, she’s published six novels and a novella. She also wrote a free serial romance on her weekly blog, A Rose in Bloom. And in her spare time, she’s a dentist. (But she’s painless.)

Tamie met her husband as a freshman in college when she acted out of character on a whim. One night in the library lobby, she spied a cute guy with his first name written on the back of his shirt. She called out his name. When he approached to talk to her, she pretended that she’d met him before, asking about his classes and how he liked college. To her surprise and delight, he also pretended that he knew her, but of course he didn’t know her name. They continued this false relationship for two months. Each time they saw each other, an event which occurred three times per week at the cafeteria, he would pretend he knew her. Meanwhile, all of Tamie’s friends were careful not to reveal her name to him. When he finally admitted his ignorance of her name, he was astonished to learn the truth. And the rest is history.

J.J. DiBenedetto

J.J. DiBenedetto is author of the Dream Series and the Jane Barnaby Adventures and lives in Arlington, Virginia with the love of his life and a white cat who rules the roost. His passions are photography, travel, the opera, the New York Giants, and of course writing.
Mr. DiBenedetto is devoted to writing books with a sense of mysticism to entertain and perhaps invite his readers to suspend belief in a way they might never have.

Since he was very young, he has always been intrigued with the supernatural and things that can't be explained rationally. By always asking way too many questions, it piqued his interest to the point of setting his writing off and running when he grew up! All the curiosity building up all those years was finally put into words to captivate readers. And it hasn't ended. His main goal is to share all the stories he has inside, putting pen to paper. And that's how the Dream Series was born.

Jessica L. Elliott

For as long as she can remember, Jessica L. Elliott has been telling stories. As soon as she could grasp a pencil she began writing those stories down. Reading fueled her imagination, as did spending time with her five younger brothers and sisters. Everything was an adventure, something to be treasured and stories were her first love. Jessica began seriously writing in high school and continued into college while attending Emporia State University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She wrote and released her first novel, Charming Academy, in August of 2011. Jessica currently lives in southwest Kansas with her husband and children.

Raine English

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, paranormal, and romantic suspense. She's a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and a Daphne du Maurier Award winner. Raine lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.

Shanna Hatfield

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Liwen Y. Ho

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She penned her first children's picture book, "A Rainbow of Nine Colors" in high school (now available at and has been writing for grown-ups since 2014.
She also enjoys writing about real-life matters, such as marriage, parenting and faith because truth can be as strange and entertaining as fiction. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including and, and she is a contributor at

In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at

Kit Morgan

A consistent Top 100 lists bestseller, Kit Morgan, aka Geralyn Beauchamp, has been writing for fun all of her life. When writing as Geralyn Beauchamp, her books are epic, adventurous, romantic fantasy at its best. When writing as Kit Morgan they are whimsical, fun, inspirational sweet and clean stories that depict a strong sense of family and community. 'His Prairie Princess' is the first of the Prairie Brides books and the first in the series of a long line of stories about Clear Creek, Oregon. One of the wackiest little towns in the old we
st! Get to know the townsfolk in Clear Creek and come sit a spell!

Melanie D. Snitker

Melanie D. Snitker is the author of the inspirational romance Love’s Compass series. She has enjoyed writing for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crochet, baking, target shooting, camping, and hanging out with family and friends.

Book Blitz: The Baby Business by Heatherly Bell #Giveaway

Today I have a book blitz for The Baby Business by Heatherly Bell. Check out an excerpt and giveaway below.

This Baby Business by Heatherly Bell 
(Heroes of Fortune Valley) 
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Strictly business…or is it? 

Air force pilot Levi Lambert has seen plenty of danger—but his infant daughter might be the death of him. Fortunately, Levi’s found the answer to his sleep-deprived prayers: his next-door neighbor! Carly Gilmore is willing to be his nanny…until a small white lie turns their arrangement from business to very personal. The fake engagement was intended to keep Levi from losing custody of his baby girl, but is causing all sorts of new problems. Not only does Carly attract trouble like bees to honey, but there’s the little matter of Levi’s smokin’-hot attraction to her. The last thing he needs is to fall in love…


Carly sat on a chair in Stone’s office, streaks of mud on her chin, cheeks and nose. Blond hair wild and unruly. Short dress muddy. Even her sandals had been through the wringer. She looked like she’d been in a fight with a…well, a pig. Which told him two new things about this woman: she did not give up easily, or mind getting a little dirty in the process.
Good to know.
He wiped mud off her chin with the wet towel Emily had given her and bit his lower lip. “There’s an old saying. If you wrestle with a pig, you’ll get dirty. And the pig will only—”
She held up her index finger. “Don’t finish that sentence.”
He grinned.
“You’re enjoying this, aren’t you?” She grabbed his hand from where it was busy cleaning off her nose and brought it down.
He took control back, and went back to wiping at her cheeks. “Enjoy is probably not a strong enough word.”
“This is so embarrassing. Petunia was supposed to be trained, like a dog. That’s what her owner said.”
“You can take the pig off the ranch, but you can’t… I forgot how that one goes.”
“Thank God.”
“You’re pretty sexy when you’re mud wrestling, you know?”
“How can you laugh about this? I looked like a fool in front of the Lanes. That can’t be good.”
“Nah, you just looked like someone who takes her responsibilities seriously.”
“That’s what I was going for.”
“I’d say you got it done.”
She brought his hand down again, and this time he allowed it. “Thanks for taking care of me like a good fiancé might do.”
“No worries, though I don’t think they noticed me bring you inside. They’re with Cassie and Grace now.”
“So no one saw us come in here?”
“Don’t think so. Matt’s washing twice the number of pets right now, which is fine with me.”
“If I haven’t said it enough, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make life harder for you, pretending to be my fiancé. I should have considered you might be interested in, or dating someone else. It was shortsighted of me, I know. I just…reacted. I’m really sorry.”
“Being your fake fiancé is not the worst thing to ever happen to me.” Not even the second or third, but he wasn’t going there.
“Were you dating anyone here?”
Seemed like a crisis of conscience had overcome Cute Stuck-Up Girl. Cute Sexy, now. “A coffee date with Lily Hamilton. I was supposed to call and follow up for dinner.”
She closed her eyes, then opened them again. “Lily. She’s so nice. I’m so sorry, Levi.”
“It wasn’t a thing. And you should know, anyway, after you and I kissed, I had no intention of calling her. I haven’t had time to…date. Or anything.” And it had been far too long without the or anything. Also not going there.
“Me, too. I think I forgot how to act around someone of the opposite sex.”
His gaze heated. “You did fine the other night on the couch.”
She coughed. “Yeah. Thanks.”
“What’s wrong? You don’t normally wrestle a pig in front of a guy? Because that can be a mating call in some countries.” He managed to keep a straight face.
She rolled her eyes at him. “No. I don’t have the most stellar history with men.”
“Get out. My fiancée? How did you catch me, then?”
 She didn’t laugh. “I wouldn’t normally go out with a guy like you, anyway. Guys like you don’t go for girls like me.”
“Guys like me?”
“I know I’m not sexy, or anything.”
“Yeah, you are,” he said. “Otherwise, I don’t think we’d be engaged.”
“That isn’t funny.”
“It’s a little funny.


Heatherly Bell drinks copious amounts of coffee, craves cupcakes, and occasionally wears real pants.


Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)- 2x ebook copies of the first two books in the series
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October Releases I Am Looking Forward To

Yay for October, its Autumn my fave time of the year,  Halloween is coming up and it's my birthday month. We also have some awesome book releases. I have 19 books that I am looking forward to this month. So grab a cuppa and check out my list!

*The Note by Zoe Folbigg- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases October 1st VIA Aria Books- I am really looking forward to this one. I saw an interview with the author a few weeks ago and it brought this book to my attention. Zoe Folbigg meet her husband on a train and her love story inspired her novel. Check out the interview here I can't wait to pick this up on release day.

*Hold Her Again by Shannon Stacey- Adult Holiday Romance- Releases October 23rd VIA Carina Press- I have this book for review, so you will be seeing a review this month

*The Baby Business by Heatherly Bell- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases October 1st VIA Harlequin 

*Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase- Adult Contemporary Holiday Romance- Releases October 3rd VIA Sourcebooks Casablanca

*Totally His by Erin Nicholas- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases October 31st VIA Forever- I will have a review up later this month

*Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis- YA Contemporary- Releases October 3rd VIA Wednesday Books

*The Witches of Auburn: The Gifts of Our Mothers (The Witches of Auburn #1) by Hazel Black- Fantasy, Romance- Releases October 2nd VIA Brunswick House

*Fall Into Romance: A Boxed Set of 10 Heartwarming, Sweet Novellas by various authors- Adult Contemporary Romances- Releases October 5th VIA Indiewrites

*Ivy and the Inky Butterfly Coloring Book by Johanna Basford- Releases October 10th VIA Penguin- I love Johanna's coloring books and can't wait to pick up her latest one.

Can't Walk Away ( Nashville Dreams #1) by Sandy James- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases October 10th VIA Forever Yours- I will have a review of this book later in the month.

*Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life by Shelley Tougas- Middle Grade- Releases October 10th VIA Roaring Brook Press

*Christmas At Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer- Adult Contemporary Holiday Romance- Releases October 3rd VIA St Martins Press- I will have a review of this book later in the month.

*Bad For Her ( Bad Boys Gone Good #1) by Christi Barth- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases October 3rd VIA Avon Impulse - I will have a review of this book later in the month as part of the blog tour.

*Ruthless King (Mount Trilogy #1) by Meghan March- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases October 17th

*Cuffed ( Everyday Heroes #1) by K.Bromberg- Adult Contemporary Romance- Releases October 23rd VIA JKB Publishing

*Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason- Adult Holiday Romance- Releases October 31st VIA Forever - I will have a review of this book later in the month.

*My New Crush Gave To Me by Shani Petroff- YA Holiday Romance- Releases October 31st 

*The Wicker King by K.Ancrum- YA Contemporary Romance- Releases October 31st VIA Imprint

*Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1) by Christina Bauer- YA Fairy Tale Retelling- Releases October 31st VIA Monster House Books

What books are you looking forward to?