Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Brunch #8 + Giveaway: Cole McCade

Today we chat with
who's latest title, The Lost, just released this past Tuesday.

If people were thrown in jail for bad habits, what would be your crime?
Forgetting to lock and sometimes even fully close the front door. Anyone could walk in our house, half the time.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Metamorphosis. To be able to change my appearance at whim, in subtle or even drastic ways.

What would your superhero name be?
Shiki. It's actually my nickname among friends because I look like an anime villain, to them. It's a Japanese male name that also means "time of death."

Chunky or Creamy?

Who is your favorite Disney Princess?

If you were a stalker, would you be good at it?
Yes. I'm very good at finding information when I need it, and people tend to trust me with pretty much their life stories and most personal details. Not that I'm proud of the fact that I'd be a good stalker.

You are forced into karaoke, what song do you sing?
One Direction's "Drag Me Down."

Godzilla or King Kong?

You are an alien with your own spaceship, who do you abduct?
That's a hard one. Um...Tilda Swinton. I'm not 100% convinced she isn't one of us anyway, if I'm an alien...but she's stunning and strange and I love her.

We come to your house for dinner, what are we eating?
I probably won't know until 5 minutes before you get there. I'm an improvisational foodie. I make up recipes on the fly. Whitefish marinated in champagne and nutmeg, then garnished with mint and almonds, wrapped in palm leaves, and baked.

Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
Lucy Liu and Tom Hiddleston.

Series: Crow City
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Cole McCade
Genre: Dark / Erotica

There's something wrong with Leigh.

She's known it her whole life. She knows it every time she spreads her legs. Every time she begs for the pain, the pleasure, the heat of a hard man driving deep inside. She's a slave to her own twisted lusts--and it's eating her alive. She loves it. She craves it. Sex is her drug, and she's always chasing her next fix. But nothing can satisfy her addiction, not even the nameless men she uses and tosses aside. No one's ever given her what she truly needs.

Until Gabriel Hart.

Cold. Controlled. Impenetrable. Ex-Marine Gabriel Hart isn't the kind of man to come running when Leigh crooks her pretty little finger. She loathes him. She hungers for him. He's the only one who understands how broken she is, and just what it takes to satisfy the emptiness inside. But Gabriel won't settle for just one night. He wants to claim her, keep her, make her forever his. Together they are the lost, the ruined, the darkness at the heart of Crow City.

But Leigh has a darkness of her own. A predator stalking through her past--one she'll do anything to escape.

Even if it means running from the one man who could love her...and leaving behind something more precious to her than life itself.

This book contains material that may be triggering or deeply disturbing to some readers, including scenes discussing or detailing rape, physical and emotional abuse, and incest. Please focus on self-care and, if this book is triggering to you, do not be afraid to put it down and walk away, or skip certain chapters. Be good to yourselves.

Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in the metropolitan wilds of the American Midwest. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant, and his nights writing romance novels. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts:

To win one of two ebooks of The Lost - answer this question below:

You are forced into karaoke, what song do you sing?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Reading Guide to Tillie Cole

Have you been dying to start reading books by Tillie Cole and don't know where to start? Did you just finish a Tillie Cole book and want to find more books by her?

Black Heart Reviews is here to help you!

From contemporary romantic comedy, Russian Bratva, SEC football players, and sexy, bearded bikers, Tillie Cole has a wide range of books to offer you. 

Contemporary romantic comedy about a foul-mouthed, voluptuous Brit who moves to Canada and falls for a ‘in-between movies’ Hollywood mega-star.

Book #1 - Eternally North

Book #2 - In His World
*In the works. No release day set.*


New adult contemporary romance series that tells the romantic tales of University of Alabama football players and the women they fall in love with.


Book #1 - Sweet Home

Book #1.5 - Sweet Rome

Book #2 - Sweet Fall

Book #3 - Sweet Hope


Dark and gritty contemporary romance series that tells the intense, tragic, gripping, emotional, and heartbreaking breaking stories about former members of a religious cult and the men of an outlaw MC that they fall in love with. 


Book #1 - It Ain't Me Babe

Book #2 - Heart Recaptured

Book #3 - Souls Unfractured


Scarred Souls is a dark romance series set within the inner workings of a Russian Bratva family and their underground fighting dungeon.


Book #1 - Raze

Book #2 - Reap

After years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or in her dream of pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap, Stetson-wearing cowgirl... Ye-haw!

Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her mother -- a farmer's daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.

Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish, which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Stalk Tillie
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Friday, August 28, 2015

RERUN Reviews: Back to You by Priscilla Glenn

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe -- and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

Series: Standalone
Release Date: October 20, 2012
Publisher: Priscilla Glenn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★★

When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

Sometimes if something is really important to you, it gets stuck in your body. So even if your mind thinks that it's gone, it's still there, kind of hiding inside of you, just waiting for you to remember. It never goes away.

BACK TO YOU begins with our heroine, 26 year old Lauren Monroe, applying for a preschool teaching position at Learn and Grown Day Care. After impressing the head of the school, Lauren is immediately offered the position. On her first day of school Lauren welcomes a new student to her class but is stunned and surprised that she's the daughter of her ex-best friend from high school, Michael Delaney. Seeing Michael after eight long years automatically floods Lauren's mind with the memories and strong emotions she had kept tucked away or tried to forget. Being that she's Michael's daughter's teacher, Lauren is unable to avoid him forever and must face the man that changed her so many years ago. Michael Delaney was the only boy in Lauren's life that had totally captured her heart but would ultimately break it and leave her unable to truly give herself away to another man. 

She couldn't help but smile at the irony of the fact that the baddest boy in school could somehow always make her feel like the world was good.

The story of BACK TO YOU is told between the present and flashbacks from Lauren and Michael's time in high school and moments in Michael's younger years. Lauren and Michael were an unlikely pair from the time they met and became friends back in high school. Lauren was the sweet, quiet, and follows the rules by the book kind of girl while Michael was the mysterious, volatile, and troubled teen. Although there were several rumors floating around about Michael, Lauren feels drawn to Michael and befriends him. Over the years the two become best friends and carve a special place in each others lives. 

Michael was a misguided teen and lacked the love and an attention a young boy should have been receiving from his mother. The guilt his mother had been burdening him with over the years eventually leads him to believe that he will never be good enough for anyone. For Lauren, Michael was everything she'd ever wanted. Even with all of his faults and issues, Michael was all she ever wanted. But no matter how hard she tried to penetrate the wall he'd erected and show him how much she loved him, Lauren was still unable to convince Michael that he was not the bad person he'd been led to believe. It's Michael's fears of being a disappointment that eventually leads him to break Lauren's heart and leave her feeling betrayed. 

I always knew I would fall in love with you, but you were never supposed to love me back.

While the story of BACK TO YOU isn't all that new or unique, it's Priscilla Glenn's execution that makes it distinct and beautiful. You discover these two characters when they are young and vulnerable teenagers and then as adults who are still coming to terms with the consequences of their actions. Lauren still struggles with the heartbreak she suffered by Michael. Michael was her first and greatest love and one that she obviously isn't able to forget. Michael has settled down since his high school days but still carries the same insecurities and emotional bruises from his childhood. Priscilla Glenn lets you fall in love with Lauren and Michael's love story not only when they're teenagers but as adults. For Lauren, this story is about her finding the love she had lost and getting a second chance at holding on to that love and never letting go. She rediscovers why she fell in love with him in the first place through her memories from the past and spending time with him and his daughter in the present. As for Michael, it's about his redemption, forgiveness and regaining the trust he'd lost so many years ago.

For lovers of contemporary romance, or for those who are looking for a sweet, emotional story full of love, second chances, and redemption, then BACK TO YOU is one book you'll want to add to your library. Priscilla Glenn has definitely made her mark with this touching story that will leave you laughing, crying, and discovering ever lasting love.

Review originally published January 15, 2013

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