Monday, October 20, 2014

~Blog Tour & Review: Gage by Tess Oliver~


Gage is part of the Barringer Brothers series but can be read as a standalone.

After nearly losing his friend in a logging accident, Gage Barringer is convinced now more than ever that he needs to find a different job. But his side business of breaking colts at the small Montana ranch he inherited from his grandfather doesn't earn him enough money. He has his mind set on running The Raven's Nest, a popular bar and restaurant near his ranch. The original owner has died and Gage is waiting for it to be put up for sale. But there is a five-foot-four, brown eyed, obstacle in his way, an obstacle with lips made for sin and a voice made for breaking hearts. And Summer Donovan is one road block Gage Barringer won't be able to find a way around.

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Overall Rating:  5 Rockin’ ★★★
This is Gage’s story, the eldest brother in the Barringer Brothers’ trilogy. He is a gentle giant that is too sexy for most women to ignore unless they are blind or dead! Gage is a lumber jack and uses his size and strength to complete his work and at the same time keep those he works with safe.  He is a giving man that seems gruff and distant, but is all about his family. Recently he had started planning to purchase a restaurant and retire from work on the mountain logging. The only problem with the plan is the previous owner had left it to his granddaughter that lives in California. The restaurant is really losing business and Gage feels that it will not be long before she is ready to sell it.

Summer has the voice of an angel, that once heard is not easy to forget and with looks that enthralls most men.  She is true to her California lifestyle until the day she is hit on by a record company executive that wants her as part of the record deal, discovers her boyfriend in bed with her best friend and her controlling mother tells her it’s all her on fault!  What’s a girl to do, go to Montana and run her grandfather’s restaurant, that’s what you do! When she arrives she realizes she may have bit off more than she can chew.  The restaurant, The Raven’s Nest, needs lots of TLC plus some heavy duty cleaning.  She digs in and with the help of some of the employees; Summer begins to revive the business. 

Her grandfather not only gave her the restaurant and his house but enough money to kick start things.  When Summer meets Gage everything she thought she knew flies out the window! He is handsome, sex on a stick and a really big guy but Gage is so much more than his appearance indicates.  Gage is a hard man to get to know but the effort is worth the rewards of finding the man below the exterior.  Will Summer and Gage find their HEA or will the past destroy their chance?  Will they both be able to hold on to each other or will pride separate them?

Hero – Gage Barringer 5 stars
Heroine –: 5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 5 stars ‘
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a story that will pull at your heartstrings while making you cry like a baby.  Love knows the heart and in this story two lonely souls find each other’s.  There is hot sex, laughter and suspense when you least expect it.  Great read for those looking for a HEA!

Would I recommend this author: Yes! This an amazing author that only gets better with each book she writes.  I am always waiting to read her next release as soon as it is published.

            He looked at me a long moment.
"I want you so fucking bad, Summer, it hurts." He combed his long
hair back with his fingers and chuckled at some inside joke. "You have no
idea how bad."

            "Then what's holding you back?
It seems to me--"

            He shook his head. "Can't
explain it to myself." His dark lashes dropped as he stared down at the
floor, and when he lifted his face to me, I realized that I was falling hard
for him.

            "I guess I don't want to scare
you off." He shook his head. "Not that I'm scary in bed," he
quickly amended. "I don't want to come on too strong. Hell, I guess I'm
just trying to make a good impression."

            "Stop with the good impression
shit. I want a lasting impression, Gage."

            His pale blue eyes flickered in the
light as he looked at me. "I can do lasting." He crossed the room in
two steps. His arms curled around my back, and he pulled me against him. His
mouth covered mine. The kiss was long and hard and driven by that intense
longing that had been building up between us. He took hold of my good hand and
walked me down the short hall to my bedroom. He pushed open the door with his
boot and led me inside.


"I write romance for young adult, new adult
and those of us past the ‘new’ stage. My stories take place anywhere from 19th century England to 21st century California. And you can count on a super alpha in each book."

Tess Oliver is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Custom Culture Series. She lives in sunny California with her husband, kids and a herd of spoiled pets. 


Twitter: @Tess_Oliver


Author Rebecca Zanetti is taking over our Facebook Page!!!

Rebecca Zanetti - Author is taking over Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews on Monday, October 20 at 6:00 PM CDT/4 PM PDT. Rebecca is New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Dark Protectors, Sin Brothers, & Maverick Montana series. Make plans to join the fun.

Join the event at: Twin Sisters' Facebook Page

❤❤❤ All About Rebecca ❤❤❤
Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince. The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.

This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time. While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending. And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.

Rebecca attended Pepperdine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a Political Science emphasis. While there she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of The Graphic newspaper, a member of the Pi Phi Sorority and an intern for President Reagan, who still gave 3-5 speeches a week, even though he was no longer president.

After college, Rebecca worked as an art curator and a Senate aide before heading to law school, where she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho. She married Tony Zanetti in the middle of her second year of law school and became pregnant with their first child during the third year. She graduated law school, gave birth three weeks later, and took the Bar Exam three weeks after that. All she remembers about the bar exam is that it was so quiet in the testing room, she thought about taking a quick nap. But she continued on, passed the bar and became a lawyer. She worked for a large firm, then a small firm, then the county while also teaching legal classes at her local community college. Now she writes romances about vampires, cowboys, and soldiers.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day. Rebecca has completed several manuscripts, winning award throughout the writing industry for her work. She is currently writes the Dark Protector series for Kensington Publishing, the Maverick Montana series for Entangled Publishing, and the Sin Brothers series for Grand Central Publishing.

Release Day Blitz of The One by Kimberly Knight


Avery and Nicole's story.

Avery Scott is a hopeless romantic, the complete opposite of his best friend, Easton. For most of his life, he’s been searching for that someone special to spend the rest of his life with. The problem is, he’s had nothing but bad first dates with crazy women he’s met online or at his bar, Halo. When he hears about a singles cruise, his plan is to meet a lot of single women, to test the waters, but when a blonde consumes his every thought, he throws that plan overboard.

Nicole Chambers has had her fair share of heartbreaks. She’s tired of being single or dating guys with girlfriends. She wants to find The One. So she convinces her best friend, Brooke, to go on a singles cruise with her. What she doesn’t expect is to fall head over heels with the first guy she meets.

But what happens once the cruise ends? 

Life isn’t always fairytales and rainbows…

And meeting The One doesn’t always mean finding your happily ever after. Because life can give you a precious gift and then dangle it in front of your eyes and you’re left questioning where to go with your future—or if you even have one.

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Kimberly Knight portrays a love at first sight relationship in this intriguing novel.  Both Avery and Nicole are from different worlds but both are looking for love that lasts a lifetime. They both decide to drag their best friends on a singles cruise in the hopes of finding the one.   Avery is drawn to Nicole inexplicably.  He can't take his eyes off her.  Nicole feels the same powerful draw that he does.  They fall down the proverbial rabbit hole together.

Soon they find out they are compatible in every way.  Their passion is intense.  By the time the eight day cruise is over they have laid the foundation for developing a meaningful relationship.  Avery and Nicole don't want to leave each other's arms to return to their respective worlds.  Soon the issues of a long distance relationship rears its ugly head and tries to take break them a part.  An unexpected pregnancy cements their relationship and Nicole is soon making plans to move to New York.  Avery asks for her to marry him and life seems utterly perfect.

When tragedy strikes, the couple must come to terms with what their relationship was built on.  Were they supposed to be together? Is Avery ‘The One’ meant for her?

There is a side story here.  Both Avery and Nicole's best friends also have cupid’s arrow aimed at them.  Brooke and Easton both fight their attraction from the beginning. Easton is a widower.  Brooke has a boyfriend that is undeserving of her love.  Easton fights his attraction to her but finally gives in the last day of the cruise. Brooke and Easton fight it but they are destined to be together as well.  When a diagnosis from the doctor puts Brook’s health and well-being in jeopardy, Easton is crazed by the notion he may lose her.

Hero: 4.5 stars
Heroine: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5
Steam level: 4.5
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes. This is a feel good book that also has intense elements of love, passion and boy meets girl!  You will find yourself pulling for Avery and Nicole that they will find their HEA.

Would I recommend this author: Yes. Kimberly Knight’s books never let her readers down.  They are beautifully written and all you want is to read more by this amazing author.


“Come with me for a second?” Avery asked, whispering into my ear.

I shivered as his breath tickled my ear, causing goose bumps. I looked up at him silently questioning where he wanted to take me, but really, it didn’t matter. “Okay.” I stood.

“We’re going for a walk,” Avery murmured to Brooke and Easton. They barely registered what he’d said. Brooke was laughing with Easton—something that I hadn’t seen her do in a long time. Even her beautiful brown eyes had a twinkle to them.

“Where are we going?” I asked as we started to walk through the crowd.

“This way.”

He linked our hands as we walked to the lounge through the doors that led to the side deck. It was quiet, just a few people making out. We stood against the railing looking out into the open water. All I could see was the Pacific Ocean. No birds. No land—just calm blue water and the ship making little waves as we parted the water.

The heat from Avery’s body radiated off him as his left arm pressed into my right. I wanted more than just his arm touching me. I wanted to know what his mouth felt like on mine. I wanted to know the way he tasted, and the way his hands felt on my body.

“It’s crazy that we’re surrounded by nothing but water,” I said, the wind whisking around us causing my hair to fly in my face.

“Yeah, it is.”

I looked over at him as he spoke, his mouth moving closer with each word. I licked my lips, anticipating the moment his mouth met mine. The seconds felt like hours, and everything was in slow motion as he leaned down, brushing my hair aside with his hand before his lips finally met mine.

It started off slow, like he was testing the waters, testing my reaction. I felt his tongue slip out between his lips, silently asking me to open to him. I moaned, doing what he asked and opened up, allowing his tongue to slip in and take a swipe to taste me. I’d never had a kiss be so slow. So passionate. So right.

Avery’s lips were soft and they fit perfectly with mine. Like they were made for me to kiss…only me.

My hands reached up, running through his silky hair, our bodies stepping closer to one another until they were flush. I felt Avery’s arousal and if he could feel mine, he’d know I want to do more than kiss.

Just as our kiss intensified, we were bumped hard into the railing. I broke our kiss, looking at the couple stumbling as they tried to walk. They didn’t even bother to say they were sorry for running into us.

“Are you okay?” Avery asked.


“We should get back to our friends,” he said with a tight smile. Avery looked as bummed as I felt about the assholes breaking up our kiss.


He reached down and grabbed my hand again. I smiled because even though we’d lost our moment, what was happening between us wasn’t going to stop at one kiss. Maybe we would just talk, get to know each other. But if I was right, his lips were made for me and I wasn’t going to let some drunk assholes ruin my moment.

Wait.” Avery halted us just before we rounded the corner to the pool. “I want to do that again. Tonight,” he said, looking at my mouth.

I smiled. “Me, too.”

Good.” He smiled back.

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About the Author

Kimberly Knight lives in the mountains near a lake with her loving husband and spoiled cat, Precious. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite reality TV shows, watching the San Francisco Giants and San Jose Sharks kick butt, crushing candy on Candy Crush, playing computer games like World of Warcraft with Audrey Harte and online poker. Now that she lives near a lake, she plans on working on her tan and doing more outdoor stuff like...watching hot guys ski. However, the bulk of her time is dedicated to writing and reading Romance and Erotic fiction.

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