Finding Forever

Finding Forever

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Claiming Carlos Release Day Blitz!

Title: Claiming Carlos
Series: Sanchez Sisters #2
Author: Rachelle Ayala
 Release Date: October 22, 2014


Choco Sanchez is stuck in a rut. She’s never hit a softball and has been friends forever with Carlos Lopez, the head cook at her family’s Filipino restaurant. When flashy restaurant consultant Johnny Dee hits her with a pitch, she falls head over heels and gets a makeover.

Carlos Lopez is not about to lose one for the home team. When Johnny launches a full scale change on the menu, Carlos sends him straight into the dumpster. Claiming Choco’s heart proves more difficult, especially when her secrets threaten to doom their love. But never underestimate a man who can cook hot, spicy, and steamy, and we ain’t talking just food. 
Steamy love scenes and language. Suitable for readers 18+.

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Humor, food, hot cook, smoking hot passion... And quite the plot twists, what better combo could you ask for? Add Johnny FREAK and his gaggy mother and you've got great entertainment, even if they are villains.

The first 28% of the novel took me a bit to get into because there was a lot about food, prep, ect., but once I got past that part, I realized it was all necessary since a portion of the story revolves around Barrio XO, a restaurant Choco's family owns.

Oh the drama! Of course I love the drama and the jealousy! Makes for an angsty read, especially when it's Choco's cousin, Julia, who's set up with Carlos. Too bad it backfired for Choco, but all for a good reason.

And then we have Livy. Oh how I loved Livy! Cracked me up big time. But here's the thing, there is a story behind Livy, one that I didn't see coming, and let's just say it was an excellent twist in the story, along with the other plot twists I didn't see coming. But of course, Rachelle Ayala is a master at throwing suspense into her novels and I love it!

The entire story was excellent and I love the passion between Choco and Carlos, and the bickering.

Claiming Carlos was a fun, steamy, twisty novel and I totally needed that to break up some of the darker, more depressing reads I've read lately.

Love the fantastic teasers too!

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Author Bio

Rachelle Ayala is an author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

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Fiction: Michal’s Window, Broken Build, Hidden Under Her Heart, Chance for Love Boxed Set, Knowing Vera, Taming Romeo, Whole Latte Love, Played by Love, Playing the Rookie, A Father for Christmas, Claiming Carlos

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Yeah baby! Lost in the BEAT is LIVE!

Available September 23rd!

Rhythm is the heart of every song.

Jase Collins lives for the stage and the perks of rock stardom. His wild antics and high-profile affairs have earned the sexy drummer the title of Hot Wired’s bad boy. He’s not quite as jaded as his fans think—but just jaded enough not to recognize the best thing that’s ever happened to him until she walks out of his life. And he doesn’t even know her name.

But without harmony a man is lost.

Fallon Morgan has had her life mapped out since high school. She’s earned a full ride scholarship to UCLA with the driving goal of earning her doctorate. Nothing can derail her dreams—except maybe a one-night stand with the infamous Jase Collins. His chilly reception the morning after convinces her to put her biggest mistake in the past and move on without looking back.

When two hearts begin to beat as one…
When Fallon’s life takes a dramatic turn, she finds herself with no one else to turn to for help. Jase is obnoxious, demanding, and yet surprisingly tender. Though it chafes her to depend on him, the more time she spends with him changes her perceptions of the bad boy rocker. With each passing day she finds more and more faith in the man behind the public persona. If she can learn to trust her feelings, she might be willing to risk her heart.

They could find themselves Lost in the Beat!

Every cell in Fallon’s body wanted to rebel on principal. Like the good girl she was, she succumbed to Jase’s demands. “Do you ever not get what you want?”
“Yeah.” He stepped right into her personal space, knocking his very naked chest against her breasts.
The way her nipples protruded upon contact, they might as well have been naked against his flesh. The simultaneous dampness in her panties unnerved her. Damn her traitorous body! She ignored the pulsing between her thighs and coerced her libido to focus on him and not her body’s yearnings.
He lifted his hand and wrapped his fingers around her ponytail. A slow, gentle pull on her hair and he notched her head back. “Twice last year I didn’t get what I wanted.” He sounded put out by the inconvenience.
Proof he lives a charmed life! That was as good as always getting his way in her valuation. She’d endured many more disappointments than that in the past year.
His sapphire-blue eyes looked black in the dim lighting. “Care to know what those two were?”
If she said no, then he’d suspect she predicted those disappointments centered on her.
“I’ll take your silence as a yes. Number one…I didn’t want Sam and Fang together.” Surprised, her eyes widened at his confession. The tabloids would pay good money for that juicy tidbit. “Didn’t think they were right for one another. Gave them a lot of hell for that.” He shrugged. “My accident—you heard about that, right?” At her nod, he went on. “It reminded me how short life is, so I gave them my blessing to be together.”
Fallon licked her lips, suspecting his sister hadn’t really needed his blessing to do what she wanted. “It was the right thing to do.”
A humorous glint sparkled in his eyes. “I’m not known for doing the right thing, darlin’. Like now.”
She frowned. “What do you mean?”
He adjusted his hand, sliding it along her ponytail, before burying his fingers into the coil of her strands beneath the snug grip of the rubber band. His other arm curled around her shoulders, drawing her tight against his frame. Her heart pounded in her ears, and he smelled good.
Jase nipped her bottom lip and at her sharp gasp, he took advantage and slid his tongue into her mouth. The cool minty taste of him verified he’d taken the time to brush his teeth.
Her eyelids fluttered shut, and she groaned upon his first contact, a slow drag of his tongue against hers. The immediate surge of wetness that drenched her panties scandalized her.
Her eyelids snapped open, and she spied him watching her. Fine lines creased the corners of his eyes. Again and again his tongue caressed hers, reminding her how he’d licked her breasts and between her legs.
More moisture dampened her panties, and her passage clenched in need. She compressed her thighs, but that action caused her ache to grow instead of abate as she’d intended. He withdrew from her mouth, and she almost botched stifling her groan of disappointment. Awed by the effect Jase asserted over her body, she stared at his lips. She’d lost all sense of restraint when he’d put them on her.
Just like the first time.
“You were the second thing I wanted last year.” He removed his arm from her shoulders and ran his thumb along her jaw. “I had private investigators search for you, but they repeatedly came up empty-handed.”
Stunned by the admission, she wasn’t sure what to make of it or if she even believed him. “Why’d you have P.I.’s looking for me?”
“Because you’re the one that got away.”
Jase looked serious. He didn’t flinch away from her direct stare. Didn’t grin, didn’t even blink. But the idea that she was ‘the one that got away’ was ludicrous…Fallon snorted, calling bullshit. She bet he said that to every woman he wanted to screw. While he could have his pick of women, she was a convenient lay.
I am no one’s dupe.
“This chick isn’t stupid enough to believe that line.”
A flash of hurt pinched his features. His mouth parted as if he’d say something, but he settled for shaking his head and dragging his fingers through his hair.
Their sultry spell demolished, she watched him, refusing to allow herself to regret her callous honesty. He could have any woman he wanted, but she wasn’t for sale.
Jase released his hold on her and picked up the keys and cell she’d dropped on the floor. He placed them on the counter and met her gaze dead-on. “You’re obviously not as intelligent as I thought you were either.”

I am certainly a fan of all things Hot Wired! My first love was Fang, the lead singer and Hero in Rockin’ The Heart, book 1 in the Hot Wired series. I was absolutely excited and could not wait for Jase’s story, so, let’s get down to the review!

Jase shocked me a bit with his attitude. Yes, I knew he could be an a*shole, what band member, or male at that, isn’t? I could, but will NOT, give away what peeved me most, as it has to do with the plot of the story. But, at the same time, I understood where he was coming from. He was kept in the dark about a major event that involved him. So this brings me to Fallon.

Fallon, Fallon. What were you thinking, girl? I understand why you didn’t want to generate attention, especially from the media, but when two parties are involved and the main player isn’t informed of his superb little swimmers hitting a home run, well, that’s kind of a strike out on your part. But then there were no other choices and you finally made the right call so I have to give the girl credit for that. Andddd! I ended up truly loving Fallon. Mostly for standing up to Jase when I wanted to punch him and kick his a*s out.

Of course, all good story tellers create plenty of angst, piss you off moments, want to hurl the hero, and then the heroine, and by the end of the story, you love every single bit of it because it all works out one way or another. For me, that’s what a good read is all about. So here is me grabbing Gracen Miller by the cheeks (face cheeks, jeez!) and telling her “Excellent Job! I heart your Hot Wired series!”

5 Sizzling Hot Wired Stars for both Rockin’ the Heart and Lost in the Beat! Did I mention I LOVE the covers? I LOVE THE COVERS! And since I bought the paperback for Rockin’, I’ll have to have this one as well, just because! Mwahhhhh!

Yours truly,
Hammy aka Hamgasm! 

Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/lacrosse/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband of over twenty years. She has an unusual relationship with her muse, Dom, but credits all her creative success to his brilliant mind. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels and movies, Alabama football, and coffee...addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and when blending coffee and writing together it generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs and Dom’s aggressive demands. To learn more about Gracen or to leave her a comment, visit her website at