Friday, August 5, 2016

~*★Book Blitz with Review★*~ Tapped (Love on the Rocks #1) by Cora Cade

Title: Tapped
Series: Love on the Rocks #1
Author: Cora Cade
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 17, 2016


One night is all she expected.

Georgia Burke is on a mission to find a sexy one night stand. After she catches her cheating ex with her friend, in Georgia's apartment no less, she visits her brother in his sleepy lakeside town to regroup. Her first night at Fox Lake and she finds the Drunken Duck pub and puts her plan into motion. Almost.

Will Calder is looking for the real deal. He's done with the short-term flings and wants to find a woman ready for everything he has to offer. Will's determined to show Georgia more than just a single night of debauchery and he'll do everything in his power to keep her close.

Georgia's going to find Will's idea of the perfect woman isn't what she expected. She'll have to face her own insecurities to land the sexy contractor or settle for the vacation fling she anticipated.

Warning: Contains a curvy woman with a geeky streak and the contractor out to win her heart. Expect a sexy romp with a man who knows how to work with his hands.

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Chapter 1

Georgia Burke slipped a hand down her hip, smoothing her favorite skirt in place as the summer breeze whipped across the lake. The last thing she needed was to flash the Drunken Duck patrons on the patio a look at her girly bits. Granted, they were covered in her sexiest pair of cream lace panties, and she was here to pick up a hot man to do the dirty with, but her newfound brazen spirit only went so far.

If she was lucky it would actually survive until she ordered a drink at the bar.

Georgia's confidence crumbled as she made her way to the front entrance of the pub and a group of guys on the patio started laughing. Two pointed at her and the third whipped his head around to see her. They all had classically good looks, short hair and lean muscles behind fitted t-shirts. Young. They snickered at her expense again, but she squared her shoulders and moved into the interior of the pub.

Fuck them and their frat boy mentality.

Women came in all shapes and sizes, and if they expected every female to fit their version of sexy, they were going to be sorely mistaken when they got out in the real world.

Georgia put a little extra swing into her walk as she gathered her confidence again. She had great tits and a curvy build with no shame in showing off. It might've taken years to find that confidence, only to have it knocked back by her last boyfriend, but she wasn't letting any man dictate how she felt about herself ever again.

Fuck that and fuck them.

And with that final thought, she took her size sixteen ass straight to the mahogany bar and ordered a very nice local craft beer on tap. The little pixie behind the bar served it up without fuss and started Georgia a tab.

While she was sipping at her beer and scoping out the crowd, a body bumped into her right arm. The beer splashed down the front of her fitted, white shirt, highlighting the lace bra underneath for anyone to see. After setting her half empty beer down, Georgia turned to face the guy who had yet to apologize or acknowledge he was most definitely in her personal space. It might be a Friday night on the lake, but it was still relatively early and the place wasn't busting at the seams yet.

It was one of the college boys from the patio. He had a self-satisfied smirk on his face, staring down Georgia's top but never really looking at her face.

"Nice rack for a fat chick."

Before she could speak up, the petite bartender scooped up her glass and handed over a stack of bar napkins. "Apologize to the lady."

"It was an accident."

The bartender, all five feet nothing of her, leveled the kid across from her with a glare that could melt the skin off his face and said, "Acting like a dick in my bar will get your ass kicked out. Now apologize."

"Babe, this isn't even your bar. And I'm a paying customer. No one's kicking me out."

Georgia raised a lone eyebrow at the kid's audacity, but the bartender across from her just threw her head back and laughed. And laughed some more.

When she dropped her head back down there wasn't any lingering humor on her face. She was all business and looked a little bit deadly.

"That mountain standing behind you," she lifted a finger to point at a very severe, and very large, man that appeared behind the frat boy, "is my husband."


Georgia did a double take when the massive man slapped a hand down on the kid's shoulder. He was tall, well over six feet, built like a brick house, and completely bald. Dead sexy as well. But that was all secondary to how quickly the frat boy paled when he turned to face Molly's husband.

"Cal, be a doll and show this dick and his friends off the property."

The kid sputtered as Cal led him away with a firm grip without another word.

Georgia turned around and faced Molly behind the bar. "Thanks, but you didn't have to kick anyone out because of me."

Molly frowned. "Honey, those fucking clowns needed to go. They're predators and it was just a matter of time before Cal throat punched them. It was my pleasure."

Even though she smiled, Georgia didn't know what to say in response to that, so she just started to mop up her wet shirt.

"You vacationing here? Haven't seen you around before."

"My brother lives here and I'm house sitting while he's road tripping with my nephew. I just got in this afternoon."

"You're Dane Burke's kid sister? Georgia, right?"

Georgia's head snapped up. "You know Dane?"

Molly shrugged. "Small town. He's neighbors with a good friend of mine. Nice guy. Great kid."

"Yeah, they're both pretty great."

"Welcome to Fox Lake." She paused, placing a fresh beer down. "Your neighbor in the bungalow is Emma Rae, and her man is Gabe. You let any of us know if you need something while you're here."

Georgia nodded, then sat back and took in the petite woman. Small town hospitality at its finest. She might actually like it here. "I appreciate that. I'm a little out of my element right now."

Molly leaned forward and rested her arms on the bar before speaking. "Stop back in through the week sometime. It's typically quieter, and I'll buy you a drink. We're going to be friends, chick."

Georgia let a slow smile spread across her face. "I'd like that, Molly."

"Good. I'll be back to check on you in a bit. Crowds going to be picking up soon." She slapped a hand down on the bar before walking away.

Georgia scanned the area again. It looked like everyone was paired off or in groups. So much for her grand plan to score a hot guy for some dirty sex. It was probably a dumb idea anyway. Just because you found your jerk boyfriend sticking it in your friend, in your bed, and in your apartment, doesn't mean snapping up a random dude at a bar was a good idea.

But it definitely sounded like fun.

Title: Tapped
Author: Cora Cade
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series Novella (Love on the Rocks #1)
Rating: ★★★1/2 Stars (Rounded to 4 for Goodreads and Amazon)
Reviewer: Melyssa

I’ve never had the pleasure of reading this author before, but given the blurb, it definitely sounded like a book that I wanted to give a try. So give it a try I did and here we are.

This is a read that’s on the shorter side, but one that doesn’t stop moving. It features something that while very real, often times isn’t seen a lot in fiction. At least not in any of the books I’ve been reading as of late. A heroine that wasn’t model level thin. One with curves and a heart to match, but also one that could give as good as she could get. A quirky woman that didn’t waste time weaseling herself into my good graces. Will’s too based on the story I read. I LOVED that aspect of this story. I really liked Georgia. She came across pretty damn cool.

Enter Will. Another anomaly really. He wasn’t a bad guy. He wasn’t a jerk or an ego driven manwhore. He was just a hard working guy determined to settle down. He’s over the flings and the one night stands and he wants a woman he can settle and have a real connection with. He was sweet. He seemed to care and overall, he was definitely a hero I could get behind.

I enjoyed these two together. I think they played very well off each other even if some of the situations they found themselves in were a little out of this world. (Georgia got more than she bargained for in her plan with that mom I tell ya lol) But with the shortness of the story, I did feel as though there was a lot missing. That it moved a little too quickly for my liking (and not in the insta love way). I would have loved more with them to connect with them as a couple more. That was missing for me here. I enjoyed them individually and even felt they were cute together at times, but the pace, well it didn’t lend well to a deeper connection.

The humor was great. There were some awkward situations that made for some funny times and overall this was just a feel good novella. So if you’re into that kind of book, one with minimal drama that reads very quickly, I think you’ll really enjoy this.

Apart from the pacing (this was a novella after all), the writing was great. I had no issues following along, I didn’t feel lost or there was no point at which I felt information was there that didn’t need to be. It was so fluid that my only real complaint is that I wanted more. More time with this couple, more depth with them. I really did want to see them grow into their relationship. The one born of the silliest idea ever, but that just worked for both of them.

I’m interested in seeing where the author plans to take this series next. What characters that appeared in this one will be next and whether we’ll see more of Georgia and Will throughout.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this before official release.

Author Bio

Nestled away in a small town in Ohio, I spend my days adding delicious books to my library, snuggling with my three rotten dogs, and debating the finer points of life with the dear husband. When I'm not tucked away with a book you can be find me tapping away at my laptop. With coffee. And my playlist.

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