Saturday, March 28, 2015

Night Shift Anthology Review and Promo

Night Shift is now available 6 NEW novellas -- Never Before Released 100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity
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Authors: Toni Aleo, Kindle Alexander, Sawyer Bennett, Chelle Bliss, Eden Butler, and Brenda Rothert
Synopsis:
Summer in the Big Easy is hot. Inside Tulane Medical Center the temperature is on the rise. A doctor nursing a broken heart. A wounded warrior with no interest in love. A single father finding the girl who got away. A combat nurse trying to adjust to civilian life. Two lost souls looking for love. A former detective looking for answers and an FBI agent who finds more than he bargains for.
Desire. Lust. Excess. New Orleans will never be the same. Six never before released stories that will leave you breathless. Dirty things happen in the dark.

  Learn More About These Authors 

Toni Aleo is the author of the Assassins Series, Bullies Series, Whiskey Prince, Let it be Me, and the Spring Grove novels. She lives in Clarksville, TN with her husband, and two beautiful children. She enjoys taking pictures, writing, shopping and going to as many hockey games that she can! Click here to visit her website.

Kindle Alexander, best selling and newly award winning author, is an innovative writer and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next! Happily married with too many children, and dogs, living in the suburbs of Dallas. Click here to visit her website.

Sawyer Bennett, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. Click her to visit her website.

Chelle Bliss, USA Today bestselling author, writes stories about real-life scenarios with fantasy Alpha males. Her works include humor as well as steamy sex. Her work includes her best selling series Men of Inked. Click here to visit her website.

Eden Butler is an Amazon best-selling editor and writer of Romance, Mystery and SciFi and Fantasy novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary Romance, "Chasing Serenity" launched October 2013. Since that time Eden has published six books and novellas including the Amazon best seller, "Thin Love". Click here to learn more about her.

Brenda Rothert is a proud indie author who loves writing stories that make readers laugh, cry and occasionally, yell at their e-readers. Her Contemporary Romances include Unspoken; The Now Series - Now and Then, Now and Again and Now and Forever, and The Fire on Ice Series - Bound, Captive, Edge, Drive and Release. Her latest release is Killian, the first book in her new hockey series, On the Line. For more information about Brenda’s books, visit her website at www.brendarothert.com.

100% of the proceeds will be donated to:

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The Keith Milano Memorial Fund - The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating deadly disease that is Mental Illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Click here to learn more   pancanwhite
Pancreatic Action Network - The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is fully committed to providing the most comprehensive set of programs and services to fight this very difficult disease. Our commitment and passion are driven by our mission: to advance research, support patients and create hope for anyone facing pancreatic cancer. Click here to visit the Keep the Memory Alive page   preds
Nashville Predators Foundation - At the inception of the Nashville Predators' franchise in 1997, we not only made a commitment to develop a successful hockey team and organization, but also believed and committed to fulfilling a recognized responsibility to play an important role in our home community. Click here to learn more  

Averaging out my reviews for all 6 novellas, I rate the anthology as a B+ overall.


Blurb: As a member of the New York Fire Department, single father Tim Davis is about as tough as they come. But underneath the muscles and tattoos, he still nurses a bruised heart handed to him courtesy of his first love. While on vacation with his son in New Orleans, Tim runs into the very woman that taught him about love before pulling it all away.
Holly Reynolds is rebuilding her life as an orthopedic doctor, far away from her home in New York City and her controlling father… the man responsible for tearing her and Tim apart. While she knows the hurt she caused Tim could never be forgiven, she can’t help the overwhelming feelings she still has for her first and deepest love.
Truths are revealed as lies are exposed.
Two people come back together again to explore the fragile emotional bonds that still keep them tethered, even as their passion ignites hotter than any fire Tim has ever had to put out before.

Off Duty by Sawyer Bennett
My Rating: B
My Review:
I do enjoy stories about second chances and this one was pretty cute. Ten years ago, Holly's father managed to rip apart Tim and Molly their senior year in high school. Neither has ever fully recovered from that, although they have managed to move on in their lives...until they meet unexpectedly again in the ER.

The saying Love is Love tends to be used in LGBT couples (at least in my experience, but I may be off here), but I really loved the twist on it in this relationship. I love that theme and the fact that these two were in love as teenagers. I enjoyed the set-up and pretty much everything about the overall story. That being said, the romance felt a little too soon for me. I understand it's a novella, but I needed just a tiny bit more of anticipation and exhilaration between the two. Just a tiny bit. I did like that there was resolution between Holly and her family, too. It was fun and sweet. Overall, I liked it.


Blurb:
After losing the love of his life to another man, Flash is heartbroken and lost. Wanting to forget, he heads to New Orleans. He finds the unexpected. A chance encounter could alter his fate or will she become his rebound?

Rebound by Chelle Bliss
My Rating: B-
My Review:
Short stories can be hit or miss for me, because it is really hard to develop a full story in a few words. I realize that, so I admire authors that do it well for this picky reader. This one didn't quite make it for me. While the book was really, really hot. The development and chemistry between the two characters happened off the page and the reader was just told how well they meshed in every aspect. I needed just a bit more of that shown in the story for me to connect with the characters.


Blurb: Jordie Thomas is looking for something to take his mind off of the woman he let go—or rather, pushed away—and the terrifying prospect of what will happen if his broken leg doesn’t heal. He’s ready to get back to his family and fellow teammates on the Nashville Assassins and get back onto the ice. However, with his injured leg in the way and his mind clouded by a certain woman, he needs a break that’ll help clear his head and his heart. With New Orleans in his sights, can this player—on and off the ice—find a way to get back to the crazy and reckless life he used to live? Find out and follow along as author Toni Also takes readers on one wild journey in this Assassins novella.

Wanting to Forget by Toni Aleo
My Rating: C
My Review:
Flat-out, I wasn't a fan of this novella. The story is about Jordie and is leading into the release of his novel, so it's showing where he needs to grow as a character. Unfortunately, there are too many problems revealed with him in this little story to the point that I didn't like him...at all. He's a jerk. He treats women like trash. He's in NOLA, trying to get over the girl he dumped because he loves her. (Yes, you read that right.) How he does that..by screwing as many women as possible. Yeah...NO!



Blurb: Dr. Derek Babineaux is intelligent, dedicated, and one of the best ER physicians in the fast-paced world of critical care at Tulane Medical in New Orleans. Always on top of his game, he’s thrown off balance when the newest staff member finally unleashes his hidden desires. Justin Delacroix’s job at the inner city’s busiest hospital might be just what he needs to ease back into civilian life after a long stint in the military. High-preforming shifts make working as a trauma nurse at TMC the perfect way to utilize his skills and quick reaction times. There’s only one problem, his attraction for one sexy ER doctor is off the charts, but he has his reasons for not returning Dr. Baby’s night shift advances. Or maybe he doesn't.

Closet Confessions by Kindle Alexander
My Rating: A+
My Review:
How did I not see that twist coming? But because I didn't see it, I LOVED it! Wow, this was a GREAT novella. I loved everything about this story. Justin's history and his difficulties with his partner, the hospital setting, Dr. Babineaux's aunt, the great, flirty nurses. It was all done so well  and so perfectly woven to create a great, romantic, sweet (and HAWT) story! Love, love, love. And that ending was simply perfection. If I had one complaint, it's that I wanted more...not because the story lacked anything (because it totally didn't), but just that I did really like these two characters. Maybe we'll get to see more of them in the upcoming SECRET. I can't wait!



Blurb: She spends her nights treating patients, but Dr. Jocelyn Drake’s own wounds are unfixable. Her ex-husband and his younger, bouncier girlfriend work just a few floors away at Tulane Medical Center, and they serve as a constant reminder of what Joss lost. But a fierce determination to continue her research project and a shred of remaining pride keep Joss from transferring out of the Big Easy. Carson Stephens recently returned from a tour of duty in the Middle East, and though willing women present themselves at every turn, his closest companion is loneliness. His night-shift work supervising the electrical and mechanical systems at the hospital is a perfect fit – it’s solitary work putting broken things back together. When the electrical system on Joss’ floor goes haywire, she’s frazzled by the sexy electrician who sparks her dormant sex drive. He’s brooding and cocky – so not her type. But if Carson has his way, his hands will work their magic on more than just the wiring, and he’ll show Joss a night of passion that restores her shattered confidence.

Healing Touch by Brenda Rothert
My Rating: A
My Review:
I liked this story a lot. It takes place over a single night, but the connection between Carson and Jocelyn felt real. That takes some real skill by the author to create a believable chemistry in such a short amount of time. I liked both characters and the glimpses of their back-stories...Jocelyn with her cheating ex and Carson trying to get on in the real world after life in the military. This is a Happily for Now story, but I could believe that it could easily turn into an Ever After story. I liked the characters and how they spent the night getting to know one another. And the Magic 8 ball was a really fun touch to the romance for Jocelyn.

Blurb: One lie can change your life. A web of lies can destroy it. Neil Ryan was a good Navy SEAL. He was an even better detective, but when an unmarked envelope lands on Ryan’s desk, long-buried secrets are resurrected and Ryan questions everything he thought he knew about justice, including who killed his mother. Now he’s chasing a ghost, swimming in the shadows of the past, searching for answers. All he’s found are dead ends and more mysteries. Ryan lands in America’s wildest, sexiest city tangling with a redhead, chasing down a dead woman, and trying to get his best friend to stop hounding him about a business he wants no part of. When a set up sends him straight to Tulane Medical, and into the care of the girl he never forgot, Ryan finds the strength and healing he seeks to unravel the mysteries of the past.

Swimming in Shadows by Eden Butler
My Rating: B+
My Review:
Hmm, this was an interesting story, but it's not a complete story. This is about Neil Ryan who is drowning...in life, in alcohol, in unanswered questions. He lost his job when evidence showed up that all wasn't right in the death of his mother. He can't give up the search, but he keeps banging his head against a solid wall. In the meantime, he's spinning out of control...and losing focus with the loss of his job. He needs to find out what actually happened, but he also has to start living again. Neither of those things happens in this novella, but it's an interesting set-up for his story which is coming soon. I think I could really like his character, but it's still a little too early in his story to tell. I do really like his friend, Sammy, and Sammy's cousin, who's also a very intriguing doctor. It's a good set-up book.



1 comment:

Diane McDaniel said...

Thank you for hosting on the blog tour today! I Loved Closet Confession too! I have not gotten a chance to read the rest of the novellas yet. Thank you for sharing your reviews with us! I am so excited by the generosity of these six authors. They make it very easy to be inspired to support this anthology and these three causes. I hope you will join me and #1click4charity today!!