Aloha Friday… Sangria

 In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays Kailani takes it easy on posting and just asks one question! So go link up and check out the other blogs that participate at An Island Life and ask your own question.

Our question this week is…
Have you ever tried Sangria??
san·gri·a  – A Spanish drink of red wine mixed with fruit or fruit juice, and/or soda water.
My lovely friend Kelly from Texas Type A Mom was gracious enough to share this yummy deliciousness with me 🙂
Kelly - Texas Type A Mom Sangria
You cannot really tell because wine of any kind goes really quick in my house and we almost drank it all before I snapped a pic,  but it was SOOOO good! There was fresh fruit that made it so refreshing!! I think it was the best Sangria I have had!!
Turning-Leaf-Refresh-Texas-Sangria-Recipe
Make sure to check out Kelly’s recipe to try it for yourself!!

Review: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones

 
Releasing July 22

Synopsis:

 Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard down, the ghost’s of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

Review
Escaping Reality captures you in from the first couple of lines. “Amy” realizes she is in danger and needs to drop everything at that moment and flee. Unfortunately this is a familiar scene to her. She finds herself in the airport with a new identity and headed across the country. It is there she is pulled towards Liam. Liam is a strong personality who is running from his own demons. He is strong confident and sexy. Liam is determined to pull Amy into is life. Their relationship starts off fast and spiraling out of Amy’s control. She does wants to let go even though everything is screaming at her to not let Liam in. Liam is as open as he can be towards Amy letting her know he can trust him. Their relationship is intense and erotic. My heart broke for Amy in some of her scenes from her past and everything she has had to endure to survive. This is a cliffhanger ending that will leave you wondering what will happen and also what the hell just happened.
 
In true fashion to all of Lisa’s work she had my mind working overtime to figure out the story. I was applauding her brilliance but yet cursing her at the end.
 
I absolutely loved this book. This is a new writing venture for Lisa Renee Jones and she did a fabulous job.
 
Infinite Possibilities is the 2nd book in this series. There is not currently a release day, but I can guarantee I will be looking out for it.

Blog Tour Devotion by Nicole Edwards

Warning****

If you have not read Temptation that is a must before reading Devotion
Temptation Link

Ever wonder what life is like after the happily ever after?

Attention: Devotion is the follow up story of Luke McCoy, Sierra Sellers and Cole Ackerley from Temptation. This will contain spoilers of the other books within the Club Destiny series.

For two very complex, very alpha men, life after love isn’t necessarily an easy thing to embrace. Although Sierra Sellers is, and will always be, the lifeline between Luke McCoy and Cole Ackerley, everyday life proves to be the true test of the bond the three of them have forged.

No one ever said that life was going to be rainbows and butterflies after the three of them admitted their love for one another. Between their own personal insecurities, a relationship that falls well outside what most people consider traditional, and a baby on the way, the three of them find out that there are still going to be a few ups and downs.

With insecurities comes doubt, and no matter what obstacles fall into their paths, the one thing the three of them aren’t willing to sacrifice is their devotion to one another.

Warning: This book contains sexual encounters and graphic language that some readers may find objectionable, including, but not limited to: m/f, m/m, m/f/m, m/m/f encounters, anal sex, exhibitionism, and voyeurism. Contains graphic material that is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

                                REVIEW

Nicole Edwards always manages to take characters you love and fall in love with them even more. The book takes place as a continuation of Sierra’s, Cole’s and Luke’s story. There is a real big focus on Luke and Cole which I loved.

Devotion starts with Sierra. She is pregnant. Yes we do find out the father, but I am not spoiling that. Sierra in this book becomes the glue that hold all together. She actually takes a backseat in this book for the purpose of Cole and Luke to strengthen their relationship in their ménage. We do get to see a stronger determined Sierra. I love her in this book.


Luke in this book is the typical alpha self but we also see him grow so much and start to really open himself up in this story. He has insecurities about the relationship, what he wants from it and also about the birth of their child. He also has a new club they are opening. Luke was my absolute favorite in this book. I was able to see a softer side to the strong dominating type. Don’t worry the sexy alpha is still there .


 Cole has so many inner struggles in this book and I think he grows the most. He is feeling pressure with a new baby, the dynamic of the ménage relationship and his job. He has sexual desires he wants with both Luke and Sierra and he is not sure how to go about achieving them. With all the pressures going on he snaps and it takes Luke to bring him back. The relationship between these to alpha really evolves and the outcome is beautiful.

Again such a wonderful job with the chemistry. Not to mention as always Nicole has written some major hot scenes. We are also introduces to Xander and Trent the 2 business partners in the new club. Nicole Edwards has confirmed another book in this series featuring Xander. I am so excited to hear all about him because Nicole leaves us with a hot pre-scene to let my imagination run wild, and I want to see what she has planned.

Next up for Nicole Edwards will be Travis in the Alluring Indulgence series.  The release date is July 30. You also get a great excerpt at the end of Devotion. Add Travis to you Goodreads here

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