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REVIEW TOUR ~ DEEP DOWN by Mia Hopkins


DEEP DOWN
Kings of California, #1
by Mia Hopkins

Publication Date: November 20, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 

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Synopsis:

Sex, drugs, and spicy tuna rolls? Resilient and disciplined, tsunami survivor Eve Ono moves to California from Japan looking for a position as a sushi chef. When she’s suddenly fired from her restaurant job, desperation drives her to find work on a fishing boat despite her fears of the ocean. To make matters worse, she’s stuck in close quarters with her new captain—a man whose raw physicality drives her out of her mind with lust.

Free-spirited and roguish, Sam Lamont is a commercial fisherman aboard his own dive boat, the Bravado. When he makes a bad deal with a deadly loan shark who threatens to take his boat, Sam is in danger of losing both his business and his way of life. On top of that, he’s got to train his new deckhand—a beautiful hard-ass who just so happens to be sexy as hell.

A female sushi chef with mad knife skills. A deep-sea diver who’s pissed off a Mexican drug cartel. Together, they’re in trouble, and the only way out is down.

*AUTHOR’S NOTE* While this book is a part of a series, it can be read completely as a STANDALONE.

 

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EXCERPT:

Eve stood still as Sam took everything off.

Everything.

She tried not to look. But on the sunny deck of the Bravado, buck naked and shameless, Sam had the body of a Greek god.

He was big and scruffy and aggressively masculine. His heavy jaw was covered in shadow and he wore his dark, wavy hair a little long. This theme carried down to his chest and torso, but not even a healthy coat of dark hair could hide the sharply defined muscles of his pecs and abs. His nipples, one shade darker than his tanned skin, were tiny. A thin trail of hair led down his torso, dividing the muscles of his six-pack before widening and gathering past his shallow belly button.

She didn’t dare look lower.

“The next part is kind of gross,” he said.

He took a bottle of hair conditioner and squirted some in his hand. He rubbed it all over his body like lotion until his skin glistened in the sunlight and the air filled with the ladylike scent of fresh herbs and strawberries.

“What’s that for?” she asked, pretending to look at the instrument panel. Her skin tingled as if his hands were on her body instead.

“It helps me get my suit on easier.” He grabbed his wetsuit and pulled it on up to his waist. The black neoprene clung to his rock-hard thighs and round ass. When he turned around, Eve caught the outline of his enormous package before she could look away again.

“Hand me my mask, will you?” he asked.

It hung inside the wheelhouse. As Eve handed it to him, he made eye contact with her. His unusual mismatched eyes seemed to burn into hers, and in an instant, she sensed he was trying to get a rise out of her.

Jackass.


PLAYLIST:

Music from DEEP DOWN

When I came up with this playlist, I imagined a busted-up radio playing on Sam’s old fishing boat as it bobbed up and down in the Pacific. I imagined Eve and her roommate Tiffani goofing around while pole dancing. Eve spent many years in Japan, so I’ve included a song she might like. I pictured Sam visiting his cowboy hometown in the Central Valley. Most of all, I remembered what it felt like to drive up the Pacific Coast Highway for the first time, windows down, my heart full of sea air and sunshine. Hope you enjoy the music! 

– Mia Hopkins

Playlist Direct Link: 

  1. Going to California – Led Zeppelin
  2. Breakdown – Jack Johnson
  3. Love Come Down – Evelyn Champagne King
  4. Spooky – Dusty Springfield
  5. Blurry Eyes – L’Arc en Ciel
  6. Diamonds on the Inside – Ben Harper
  7. If You Want Me to Stay – Sly and the Family Stone
  8. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
  9. Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley
  10. You Can Get It If You Really Want – Desmond Dekker
  11. Bam Bam – Sister Nancy
  12. Pressure Drop – Toots & Maytals
  13. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
  14. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  15. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

BLP REVIEW ~ Tracy

I thoroughly enjoyed Deep Down. Mia Hopkins gave us characters that were likable, interesting and they both had faced difficulties that had left them a little bit broken.

There was an attraction from the first time they encountered each other but holy hell, when this pair actually got it on they were smoking hot…. nah, that doesn’t come anywhere near what they are when they get down and dirty – and they got dirty a lot, A Lot, A LOT!!!!!

Deep Down was well written, as I’ve come to expect from Mia. I really like the description and detail in her books and the imagery her stories invoke. There was humour, heat, some family drama, a bit of a bump in the road and a cast of supporting characters (good and bad) that all added up to a really well rounded, engaging read.

The only little thing I would say is that I would have liked was an earlier explanation of what happened in Sam’s past that had him so full of doubt and made him feel ‘less’ than he was and the epilogue, while I enjoyed it, I would have liked to know more about what happened came about.

Overall a great read and the start of a series that I’m looking forward to reading more of.

I’ve giving Deep Down 4.5 down and dirty stars.



ABOUT MIA HOPKINS


Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends.
When she’s not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good “teacher voice” and “teacher stare.” She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.

 

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RELEASE BOOST ~ Worth the Wait by Claudia Connor

 

Title: Worth the Wait
Series: McKinney/Walker #1
Author: Claudia Connor

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 10, 2017
Blurb

The first in a spin off series of the New York Times Bestselling McKinney Brothers, WORTH THE WAIT takes readers on a journey through young love into adulthood in a heartwrenching, second chance love story.
 

Nick Walker thought nothing could destroy what he had with Mia. He certainly never thought he would be the one to destroy it.Now ten years later, Mia James is in Special Agent Nick Walker’s path once again and this time he’s determined to shed the weight of regret and finally claim the future that was always meant to be theirs.It won’t be easy. Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick and now, just when she’d pieced it back together, it’s been broken again, bringing their past to the surface, including her own secret about that day everything went wrong.

***Every title by Claudia Connor is a Contemporary Romance and a full stand alone novel. No cheating, no love triangle, no cliff hanger.

 


 
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AMAZON: US / UK / CA / AU

 


 

Excerpt
 
 

~twenty-four years ago

Nick pressed two fingers into the sleep deprived headache pounding in his temple and tried to concentrate on professor Jenkins’s explanation of ideal gas law. He circled a line of notes, ignored the knock on the auditorium door until he heard the familiar cry. Hannah, who he’d left in the university daycare two hours ago.

The high pitched wail wasn’t his two year old sister’s hurt cry. It was her scared cry with a touch of pissed off. In the six months since their parents’ death, he’d learned to tell the difference. He’d learned a lot of things. Like if he didn’t take her to the bathroom, she’d likely wait too long and have an accident. Like green beans made her throw up, but she’d eat them if he told her to. And she would never, ever go to sleep without Mr. Bunny.

He was up, out of his seat, and halfway down the auditorium stairs before his professor laid his pen down.

Nick’s eyes narrowed on the young blonde in an oversized sweatshirt with silk greek letters sewn on the front. She held a sobbing Hannah dressed in the sunny yellow sundress he’d picked out that morning. She hadn’t been crying when he left her. Now her eyes were red and snot mixed with tears dripped into her mouth. Hannah lunged for him. His arms engulfed her small body and his heart squeezed like it always did when she held onto him.

“I stay you,” Hannah said. Each word tumbled out of her with a jerk of her tiny shoulders.

“What happened to her?”

“Nothing happened to her. She hasn’t stopped screaming for the past hour and she bit three people. We can’t keep her like that.”

Several responses came to mind.

She’s just a baby.

She missed her nap.

And the loudest of all, it was my fault for leaving her.

Hannah raised her head to look at him, giant tears hanging from golden lashes. “I bite.”

“Well. At least she’s honest.” Professor Jenkins turned his questioning eyes to Nick. “She yours?”

He hesitated, but only a second. “My sister. But yes, she’s mine.” And at that moment she became even more his, which seemed to be the case every day. Every day, a little more his.


BLP REVIEW ~ Rebecca

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Author Bio

Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Her debut novel, WORTH THE FALL, hit the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2014 and received numerous Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 accolades.

Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for ten years, she retired to be a full-time mom to her three daughters. Always a lover of books, and always one to have stories playing in her mind, she decided to try her hand at writing. It took seven years to finish her first novel and a new love was born.

Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a singer-songwriter Siberian Husky. She continues to write warm, heartfelt, and emotional romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after. 

 
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RELEASE BOOST ~ Still Air (Portland, ME #4) by Freya Barker

 

Title: Still Air
Series: The Portland ME Series

Author: Freya Barker

 

Genre:
Contemporary Romance, Multicultural, Women’s Fiction
 
 
 
Deprival haunted her…

Regret troubled her… 

Silence left her detached… 

A life in the service of others is both penance and a blessing. She soothes her personal hell by pulling victims from theirs, helping them on their path to survival; never finding her own.

When a crippling blow finally evaporates her last hope, the temptation to give up is strong. Still, she can’t find it in her to turn her back on those who need her: the innocent, whose rescue is her perpetual goal. 

He was blind, but now he sees how his family has sifted through his fingers. The reality hits hard when his son becomes a stranger, slipping deeper into transgression. Concern has him call on the one person he fears will see his own failures all too clearly. A woman he’s kept his distance from for his own protection.
 
What appeared to be an incompatible pairing, turns out the unyielding bond needed to heal them all.
 

 

 

 

 


 
 

“Still Air was insightful, eye-opening, and I paused numerous times to think about my relationships with my own children. Anytime a book can evoke a myriad of emotions while teaching life lessons you’ll continue to carry with you, it’s a 5-star read.” ~ Author CP Smith

 

“The one thing you can always be sure of with Freya’s writing is that it will pull on ALL of your emotions; it’s expressive, meaningful, sarcastic, so very true to life, real, hard-hitting and heartbreaking at times and, as is the case with this series especially, the story is at points raw, painful and occasionally fugly BUT  is also sweet, hopeful, uplifting, humorous and heart-warming.” ~ Book Loving Pixies

 

“In my opinion, there is nothing better than a Freya Barker book. With her final installment in her Portland, ME series, Still Air, she does not disappoint. From start to finish I was completely captivated by Pam, Dino, and the entire Portland family.” ~ Author RB Hilliard

 

“Freya Barker has woven a rich tapestry of words that draws the reader into the world she has created in her Portland, ME series. She wraps up the reader in a cocoon of well-written, tightly plotted words and emotions.” ~ Barren Acres Editing

 


 

 
 

 


BLP REVIEWS

Tracy

I remember the first book of Freya Barker’s that I read – I went in to it wondering if I’d like it, hoping that I would and worrying that, gods forbid I didn’t, how could I tell her, someone that I knew and really liked, that I just couldn’t take to it…. well, the worst never happened, the story was excellent and that concern turned out to be so far from an issue that I’d actually completely forgotten my worry until I was recently looking over some of my reviews of Ms Barker’s previous books..

Ok, I’ll stop digressing and actually move on to what I want to say….

Still Air was an absobloodylutely fantastic read – let’s face it, that’s pretty much a given when it comes to this series!! The one thing you can always be sure of with Freya’s writing is that it will pull on ALL of your emotions; it’s expressive, meaningful, sarcastic, so very true to life, real, hard-hitting and heartbreaking at times and, as is the case with this series especially, the story is at points raw, painful and occasionally fugly BUT is is also sweet, hopeful, uplifting, humorous and heart-warming, her characters shows the true beauty and importance of friends and family (of choice and not just of blood – hell, at times often in spite of blood!!) and that now and again we have to wade our way through the seemingly never-ending crap continually thrown our way to get to the HEA that, in our darker moments, seems just that little bit – or possibly too far – out of reach!!

I FLOVED Still Air (just in case you didn’t get that vibe already!!) What a way to end the series!

We saw a very different side to Pam than we had previously – where before she was the strong, resilient, confident woman this time, in her own story we found that Pam had so many layers, had dealt and was still dealing with so much heartache and she suffered from as many, if not more, feeling and insecurities that the people that she took care of and supported. Afraid to open herself to anyone because she didn’t feel deserving of love, care and a happy future, she kept everyone at arms length, especially Dino – until things happen and she can no longer avoid him!
Throughout the other books in the series, Dino has been the voice of reason, the strong one who could see and read more about people that they were comfortable with but lately he hasn’t had the easiest of times himself, between his wife and all of her issues, his responsibilities to his kids and his feelings of having let his kids down and everything that happens in this book, it doesn’t seem like he has time or should be looking for anything for himself…. until he gets close to Pam and they find out that they hit it off more than either of them expected.

If you haven’t checked out the Portland, ME series, or for that matter, any of Freya’s other books you are sorely missing out!!!!

I rate this fabulous read 5* – but if I could, I’d mark it way, way higher as five stars don’t truly tell how good this book is!!!

Rebecca:



 

 


 
 
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Freya Barker
inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.
 
Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

 
 

 

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