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Friday, February 5, 2016

4/5 Review: Status Update by Annabeth Albert




Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He's a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister's wedding. But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he's left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.

That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah's hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.

Something doesn't add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he's ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it's even begun?

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Noah is a professor at a very religious university.  He is on the road taking a sabbatical while he writes up his research book.  While parked at one of the trailer parks he hears his neighbors.  He realizes that he met one of them while walking his dog Ulysses.  He doesn’t like to be so outspoken or emotional so he has become a lonely man.  He doesn’t talk to his family much and the only time he really speaks out is when he is front of his students.  He hears an argument and realizes that Adrian and his friend are fighting.  Adrian is left at the trailer park with nothing, not even his shoes.  Noah offers to take him in for the night and they begin to get to know each other.  Adrian is seen by his family as the one that always needs to be looked after.  He is impulsive and had the worst luck in men.  He doesn’t think that he deserves to have someone there with him who loves him for him.  Noah sees Adrian as someone who looks after others, and has a selfless heart.  Adrian doesn’t see himself that way, he has let the way he thinks his family sees him to cloud the way he sees himself.  They help each other really see what they are and how much they need each other.  Adrian helps Noah come out of his shell but without completely overwhelming him.  There is one instance where he became separated from Noah but as soon as he realized it, he went looking for him.  He found him with his two nephews playing a video game.  He realizes that he loves the interaction between Noah and his nephews and can imagine him as a father one day.  As Noah and Adrian get closer Noah becomes scared to open himself up more to the possibility of coming out and making his sexuality a known thing.  As he realizes that he can lose something important he begins to see himself as a coward.  He knows that he can’t live his life closed off the way he has been, and must decide if he is going to fight for what is important to him.  I enjoyed this book and will look for other work by this author.  I enjoyed Noah and Adrian’s journey to discovery and love. 



4/5 Review: Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden





He's raising the stakes.

International playboy Alex St. James always plays to win. Whether it's betting on a high-stakes card game—or bedding a high-class socialite—the gorgeous world-class gambler knows how to beat the odds using his brains, his body, and a whole lot of charm. But there's one woman who's immune to Alex's bag of tricks—which makes her the perfect challenge…and the ultimate prize.


She's going all in.Once a special operative in her native Russia, Katya Ivanov knows what kind of man Alex is. As his personal bodyguard, she's seen him seduce the richest women, place the riskiest bets, and break the hardest players. But to even a score from her past, she's willing to take a gamble on her reckless boss. Even if she has to pretend to be his lover. Even if he drives her mad with desire. And then she never wants this dangerous game to end…


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When I first started reading Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden, I was not an Alex fan.  He was arrogant and too self absorbed.  It was as I read further that I realized that he was using that as a cover to hide who he really was.  He was obviously not over what happened to him in the past and used his charm and quick mind to become who he is.  He is great at reading people, making him one of the best card players.  When he sees an opportunity, he takes it.  Take Katya for example.  She is his bodyguard, the best of the best.  She shows no emotions, gets the job done and has the hots for her boss.  Once Alex sees the flicker of emotion in her, he pounces.  She is his target.  Knowing she has a last minute rescue mission in Russia and needs his resources, he uses it to his advantage.  Before he helps her she needs to help him. 
The way the story unfolded was incredible.  It starts you off slow and gives you a small taste of what to expect then it grabs you and will not let go until the last page.  I admire Katya.  Her sense of honor and duty are amazing but once she gets a taste of Alex she doesn't want to let go.  Jackie did an incredible job with this story and it is a definite recommendation of mine.
 




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Release: THE HURRICANE by R.J. Prescott + GIVEAWAY!!!



Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree. Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.

Cormac "the Hurricane" O'Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the misfire. He's never been knocked out before, but when he meets Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he's ever met, she doesn't want anything from him. Just being around her makes him want to be a better person. They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.

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USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales, and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later, she convinced her crazy, wonderful firefighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons.

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EXCERPT

He grabbed my hand and pulled me to a stop facing him. He moved in so close that our noses were almost touching.
“Tell me you can feel this. I need to know I’m not the only one,” he spoke gently.
“I feel it,” I whispered, staring at the ground. “But I’m not doing anything about it. Everything that you make me feel is completely overwhelming, and I can’t give you what you need, not even close. I don’t want to talk about why I am this way, but just offering you friendship is a big deal for me right now.”
I finished my rant feeling more desperate than ever. This big, strong, beautiful, terrifying man had feelings for me, but seriously how long would they last? I was getting better, but I was afraid of my own shadow most of the time. I was small, weak, and lacked any self-confidence. O’Connell was dangerous, addictive, and so sexy that I was consumed by lust every time we were in the same room together. He used his body like a weapon and the danger attracted women like a magnet. With that many women, all vying for his attention, what little charm I held for him would fade like mist in the morning sun. If I let him in, he had the power to break what little of me was left whole when I couldn’t keep him. 

Reaching out one giant, scarred and calloused hand, he tucked a wayward curl behind my ear. He lifted my chin with his knuckle forcing me to meet his gentle gaze. He looked so happy and intense right now that I could feel my eyes welling up. I never thought that anyone would ever look at me like that.
“I know I’m scary and loud. I’m fucked up, and I’m gonna fuck up with you a lot because I’ve never done this before. I don’t date girls, I fuck them and walk away because that’s what they expect. It’s all they think I’m good for. I’m not smart like you, and I know I don’t deserve you. Right now, I’m dirt poor, but one day, I’m not gonna be. I will fight to make something better of myself, to be someone better. Someone you can be proud of. If you need time, then I’ll give you time. If you need friendship, then I’ll give you friendship. But you’re mine, and when the time is right, when you’re ready, I’m coming for you.”
I nodded, so close to tears I knew that if I tried to speak, I’d completely break down. I swallowed hard, and the tears fell anyway. O’Connell wiped them away with his thumb and gently pressed his big firm lips to mine. Just like that, my fears were forgotten. The kiss was gentle, but fireworks exploded all over my body. It was like he had invigorated every cell with life. The touch of his lips wasn’t enough to satisfy, only to feed my addiction. I knew in my head that I wasn’t ready for a relationship, but my body wanted to drown in the revelation that it could feel something other than cold, hunger, and pain. It was a kiss both chaste and pure and everything I hoped that my first kiss would be, because everything I gave to him, I gave freely. Slightly out of breath, our lips parted, and he rested his forehead back against mine.
“I’m gonna give you the fuckin world, baby,” he whispered against my lips.
He kissed me again quickly and grinning like a kid, threaded his fingers through mine.
“You know friends don’t hold hands,” I whispered, knowing that there was no way that I was letting go first.

“Huh,” he grunted. “Me and Kier hold hands all the time.” 

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Release: EXTREME EXPOSURE by Alex Kingwell





NOWHERE TO RUN 

Emily Blackstock is running for her life. She thought she'd escaped the men who murdered her cousin, but one terrifying night proves they mean to kill her, too. Trusting a rugged stranger to lead her to safety is risky, but Emily has no other choice...
EVERYTHING TO HIDE

A former Marine, Matt Herrington has seen his share of active duty and knows what it takes to survive a ruthless killer. Protecting Emily is second nature, but as they trek through the wilderness together she stirs something within him that he's never felt before. Now the only thing more dangerous than keeping her alive is falling in love with her . . .

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An award-winning writer of romantic suspense, Alex Kingwell is a former newspaper reporter, columnist and editor who much prefers spending her days making stories up. When she's not writing or stuck with her head in a book, Alex can be found running with her dog, obsessing over tribal textiles or watching offbeat movies with her husband (not necessarily in that order). She lives on the Canadian Prairies.

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EXCERPT

He caught her hand. “Where are you going?”
“For a walk. I have to get out of here.”
He shook his head in disbelief. “Am I missing something here? I just don’t want you to get hurt.”
“And it’s okay if you do?” She pulled her hand away, rubbed her wrists. “How does that make sense?”
“You’re right, it doesn’t. I just feel protective of you.”
“You don’t think I can look after myself, is that it?” Eyes lit with anger, she turned toward the door again.
Scratching the back of his head, he studied her. “So now you’re going to go? Is that it? Just walk out?”
“It was a mistake, right from the start, trusting you. Letting you get close.”
He scoffed. “You haven’t let me get close. You’ve done everything you could not to let me get close.”
He had hit a nerve. She froze, seemed to be trying to think of something to say.

He pushed. “Why is that?”
“Why are you making this my fault?” She crossed her arms over her chest.
“You’re avoiding the question. Why won’t you let me get close?”
“This is hardly the time to be having this discussion.”
“You want to get close. I can see it.”
She looked down, not saying anything. He waited, let the silence stretch between them. When she looked up, all traces of anger had vanished, replaced not by that cool and collected game face he’d expected, but by a look so raw and unfiltered his heart clenched.
She said, “Because if you get too close, you’re not going to like what you see.” Her eyes, deep and vulnerable, burned holes into him.
Walking over, he took her hand, recognizing the courage it took for her—especially for her—to expose that vulnerability. “It’s the opposite. The closer I get, the more I like what I see.”
She stood frozen in place, her eyes glassy with unshed tears.
He said, “I think you’re the smartest, gutsiest, most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. What’s not to like? Never mind that I can barely keep my hands off you.” She stood, open-mouthed, not seeming to believe him, unidentifiable emotions flashing across her face. He said, “Tell me what you’re thinking.”
She said, with a kind of desperation, “You know, the usual, what a mess I’ve made of everything.”
Tilting his head, he looked at her closely. “Did you ever think it might be the other way around, that things have made a mess of you?”
Her moist, expressive eyes looked huge in that pale face. “I think that’s just about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.”
He smirked. “Really? It wasn’t that nice.” The soft swell of her breasts was clearly visible under her T-shirt. He clenched his fists to stop himself from reaching for her.
She said, “It’s funny what you said about having trouble keeping your hands off me.” Something new and dark lit those eyes.
“Why is that funny?” he said, throat dry.
“I was thinking the same thing about you.” She wet her lips, and reached up to stroke his cheek with long, pale fingers.
Her touch sent a surge of blood racing to his groin. Standing on her toes, she brought her lips to his. He shouldn’t, he knew that, but couldn’t stop himself. He’d waited too long. Sucking in a breath, he kissed those warm, soft lips, wanting to go slowly, taste every inch. His hand stroked the silky white skin of her neck.
Tentative at first, she put her arms around his neck and drew him close, swirling her tongue in his mouth and pressing herself against him. She was hurrying, trembling fingers struggling with the button of his jean shorts.
Pulling away, he looked into those gorgeous smoldering eyes. “Emily…”
Her hand went to her lips and she stumbled back. “Is something wrong? Did I do something wrong?”
He shook his head. “Are you sure you want to do this? No regrets?”
She was breathing heavily, the soft swell of her breasts rising and falling through the T-shirt. “No regrets.”



Monday, February 1, 2016

Release: Hearts on Fire by Cole Jaimes


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Hearts on Fire Series: Heart’s Revenge #2 
Author: Cole Jaimes Release 
Date: January 31, 2016

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Synopsis:

Aidan Of course it was never going to be perfect. Of course it was always going to be wrong. When Essie Floyd snuck out of his apartment in the early hours of the morning, Aidan Callahan pretended he was still out cold. The truth was he’d never even fallen asleep. How could he, when the girl he should never have developed feelings for, a girl he never thought he’d get, was finally lying in his arms? It was obvious she was going to run. Ever since she walked into his office, she’s playing games. Now only one question remains: Will she stop playing long enough to realize this thing between them is real?

Essie How could she do it? How could she enjoy it? Guilt is a wicked thing. It will never leave Essie be. It’s not the intense, incredible sex that’s tearing her apart, though. Sex has always been a weapon, a tool, something to be used as and when necessary. No, it’s not the sex. It’s how she felt when Aidan was inside her. How she felt when he kissed her so deeply. How safe she felt when she woke in his arms. Her wretched heart has betrayed her, and not only that. It’s betrayed her brother, too. Now, the only way to make amends is to focus on her original plan: She must break Aidan Callahan at all costs. If she doesn’t, she’ll never be able to forgive herself.

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Heart’s Revenge (The Heart’s Revenge Series Book 1)

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About the Author:
Cole Jaimes caught the travel bug young. He spent years honing his skills as a writer while he island-hopped and caught some of the most incredible waves in the world, fuelling his addiction for surfing. Along with his adorable French wife, Cole now calls Los Angeles home. You can usually find him procrastinating on Facebook, or watching Game of Thrones for the seventeenth time on HBO. Heart's Revenge is his first contemporary romance series.


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

4/5 Review: Wicked for You by Shayla Black




Ever since he rescued her from a dangerous kidnapper, Mystery Mullins has wanted Axel Dillon. When he returned her to her Hollywood father and tabloid life, she was grateful…and a little in love. Mystery wasn’t ready to let Axel go, even after the soldier gently turned her away because, at nineteen, she was too young.

Now, six years later, Mystery is grown, with a flourishing career and a full life—but she’s still stuck on Axel. Disguised, she propositions him in a bar, and the night they spend together is beyond her wildest dreams. Mystery steels herself to walk away—except the sheets are barely cold when her past comes back to haunt her.

Once he realizes Mystery isn’t the stranger he thought, Axel is incensed and intrigued. But when it’s clear she’s in danger, he doesn’t hesitate to become her protector—and her lover—again. And as the two uncover a secret someone is willing to kill for, Axel is determined to claim Mystery’s heart before a murderer silences her for good.

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I started reading Shayla Black years ago when I stumbled upon The Wicked Lovers series while looking through suggested books on the Barnes and Noble website. It quickly became one of my favorite series.  Shayla Black never ceases to amaze me. This book, Wicked For You, is number 10 in the series and it is no less as fantastic as the others. Although I think i can honestly say I loved this book the most! Wicked For You is filled with suspense, drama and romance. It definitely wasn't filled with as much BDSM as the others (considering parts took place at a BDSM club featuring Axel who is part of that scene) it was still great. The second I picked up this book I was hooked.  I love how Shayla makes all her books their own. Many series I have read tell you the same story in a hundred different ways, but Shayla does not do that. Her books can be read as a whole or stand alone. Tho I wouldn't miss reading anything she's written.  Can't wait for number 11!!


 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Release: SIN & SUFFER by Pepper Winters + GIVEAWAY!!!



"Some say the past is in the past. That vengeance will hurt both innocent and guilty. I never believed those lies. Once my lust for revenge is sated, I'll say goodbye to hatred. I'll find a new beginning."

She came from a past Arthur "Kill" Killian never forgot. She made him sin and made him suffer. She tugged him from the shadows and showed him he wasn't as dead as he thought. And with her resurrection came betrayal, deceit, and war.

But then they took her. Stole her. Imprisoned her.

Now Kill's carefully laid plans for vengeance are complete. He craves action, retribution-the blood of his enemies. War has begun. War is all they'll know until they've paid their penance. He will get her back-and rewrite their destiny . . .

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Author's Bio:

Pepper Winters is a New York Times and USA Todayinternational bestseller. She loves dark romance, star-crossed lovers, as well as the forbidden and taboo. She strives to write a story that makes readers crave what they shouldn't, and delivers complex plots and unforgettable characters that keep readers talking long after the last page is turned.

On a personal note she loves to travel, has an addiction to creme brulee, and is married to an incredible Canadian who puts up with her endless work hours and accompanies her on signings. She's also a firm believer that the impossible can become possible.


EXCERPT

“Let’s go.” Mo cocked his head at the undergrowth. “The sooner this is over, the sooner we can blow some shit up and get home.”
I tried to hide my slight sway and the way even the darkness hurt my eyes. But of course, he saw right through it.
Mo came closer. “You’re the prez, Kill. You’re the one pulling the strings on this party. But tonight, let us be the ones in front, yeah?”
Grasshopper froze. I was well known for being on the front line. I never asked others to do what I was afraid to do myself. I shook my head, then stopped immediately.
Motherfucker, that hurts.
Swallowing my groan, my shoulders slumped. “Normally, I’d take a swing at you for sprouting such bullshit. But . . . you might be right.”
Honesty was a weakness, but it was also a strength. My men trusted me because I wasn’t stupid. If they had a better idea, I listened. If they had reasons to avoid something, I paid attention.
And this was one of those times.
Grasshopper’s boots crunched a twig as he shifted. “You’re still the boss. We aren’t protecting you or doing shit on your behalf; you’re just doing us a favor by not getting in the way.”
As if anyone believes that shit.
“We’ll get her back, dude. And we’ll destroy those motherfuckers.” Grasshopper slapped a hand on my shoulder.
I winced as my headache flared, but I appreciated the gesture. Fuck, I appreciated everything he’d done—even if I was livid.
I owed him. 

If it hadn’t have been for Hopper, I might’ve bled out or turned into a damn zucchini before anyone noticed. He’d been the one to pop around when he couldn’t get me on the phone. He was the one who found me passed out.
Mo pulled his gun free and clicked off the safety. “Let’s go.” Like an evil spirit, he dissolved into the tree line.
Grasshopper took off after him, leaving me to bring up the rear—like a rookie or some idiotic prospect.
The trees were watchdogs.
The shadows were death’s pockets to hide in.
We remained silent as we merged with the darkness, slinking stealthily through leaves and cobwebs.
Every step throbbed my head.
Every duck to avoid branches sent queasiness splashing through my skull.
Cleo was nearby and we were about to rescue her.
That was all the incentive I needed to do my fucking job as a Pure Corruption president and lover to my woman.
I’m stronger than a damn concussion.
However, the closer we got to the large wooden fence barricading Dagger Rose, the more I feared I might not be a help but a hindrance. Mo was right to put me at the back. My muscles trembled and the cold sweat of illness never let up. I could barely stomach the pain of walking, let alone running into battle and firing a loud gun.
Shit.
Moving past the glade where I’d brought Cleo, my fists tightened as I recalled her peering through the hole in the fence and witnessing her old home.
It hurt like hell that she couldn’t remember everything we’d shared, but at the same time, I was glad. Glad that she couldn’t recall the night we both lost everything.
My stomach convulsed as a rancid thought crusted my mind.
She’ll know.
She’ll remember what I did.
My father would’ve had ample time to tell her what happened. To show her the false statement and guild lies into truths.
Everything he said would reek of dishonesty—but one fact remained.
One undisputed fact that would make her hate me for eternity.
What I did was unforgivable.
I was the one who pulled the trigger.
I was the one to slaughter the two people she cared for most in this world.
How can she ever forgive me once she knows?

Excerpted from SIN & SUFFER by Pepper Winters.
Copyright © 2016 by Pepper Winters. Used with permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.




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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

5/5 Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones




With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can't get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.


Charley's been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can't traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn't know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he's near, but naturally he swears he's fine.


While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they've accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don't last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….


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I want to start off by saying..... I can't believe what I have missed.  This is the eighth installment of the series and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to follow along since it is my first time reading on of Darynda's books.  I have to say that getting thrown into the action as I was, was both exciting and a little overwhelming.  I definitely need to read the first seven books as I know that it will only increase my love for this series.  

Charley's character is so we developed it is ridiculous.  I felt as if every time she spoke or did some thing I was hearing or seeing it as if it were really happening.  Another favorite is of course Reyes.  Reyes, to me is the ultimate fantasy.  His character is so delicious it's bad.  He is a typical male.  He has his stubbornness.  I kept getting frustrated with him every time he denied something was wrong.

I recommend this story not only to Supernatural fans but those who love a great story.  I am in need of the first seven books then it's off to the ninth for me.  Darynda Jones is now on my list of amazing authors.





4/5 Review: House of the Rising Sun by Sherrilyn Kenyon




The eldest son in a family of three boys, Aricles had no desire to be a soldier, even though his fighting skills were among the best in the world. He was more than content on his small Atlantean farm, living a quiet, uneventful life. But when his brother is determined to don a soldier’s uniform, Aricles joins him with a promise to their father to bring his brother home in one piece. What he never counts on is how much their new lives will forever change them, or what the risk of a forbidden love will ultimately cost him.




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I haven’t read Styxx  and I was glad I hadn't  since House of The Rising Son is a prequel to Styxx.This story lays the ground work for Styxx's romance, so if you haven't read Styxx yet, read this first. If you have read Styxx,read it again after reading House of the Rising Sun, you will have a brand new love for Styxx's.Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of the best selling authors out here with many of her series intertwining with one another creating a unique reading experience simply not found elsewhere.

This is the love story of the Egyptian goddess, Bathymaas, and the human farmer/warrior, Aricles. I absolutely LOVE this story. Aricles’s chivalry and chaste love for his goddess totally made me smile. It is a beautiful love story that ends in tragedy and completely broke my heart in the process.Bathymaas and Aricles’s story is not over, it is continued in Styxx. If you have an open mind you will be hooked you with ‘House of the Rising Son’, and if not already a fan you will be. I hope you have some vacation time saved up. Kenyon’s character and world building is unique and vividly draws the reader into the stories. I can definitely recommend this book to any reader who enjoys paranormal books.





3/5 Review: For Love Or Magic by Lucy March




Eliot Parker's good-for-nothing deceased husband has left her a new lease on life: a house in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York. But his offer comes with a cost: his ghost...


As if being married to him wasn't hard enough! Nodaway Falls turns out to be a town with more than a little magic in the air. Eliot swore off using her own powers sixteen years ago, thanks to one catastrophic day when she lost the only people who ever mattered to her, and ran away from her spellbinding father and his reckless enchantments. Now, when a chance encounter with quiet, handsome Desmond Lamb results in a magical explosion that rocks Eliot to the core, she can't help but wonder: Has her heart fallen under some sort of spell? Or is this what true love really feels like? The real question, of course, is whether her husband will stop haunting her...and let Desmond give her a chance at happily ever after?


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This is my first book by this author, and I was excited about reading this  book. Unfortunately, my excitement dissipated with every page. This book is for lack of a better word "boring". There is barely any action to speak of. I felt like I had to go on a hunting expedition to find a sentence that actually meant something (i.e. had some action or dialogue) rather than the endless sentences describing everything in detail. Though there were several scenes that took place in a bar or in someone's home, I felt more like I was stuck in a boring play. There was very little humor to speak of, hardly any snark. I couldn't connect with the characters at all.

I felt completely disconnected from the characters. When I read a romance, I like to be sucked into the emotions of the characters and their responses to one another. Isn't that the whole point of a romance? I can forgive a lot, in terms of poor character development and major plot holes, if I can buy that emotions between the main characters. Unfortunately that was not the case here. I felt more like a casual observer, rather than being emotionally invested in these characters. Logically, I can understand their connection: as  Eliot and Desmond  they were both essentially outcasts from their societies. But emotionally, I totally missed the build-up of the connection and trust between them.

I had to force myself to keep reading hoping the story would grab me in some way, unfortunately it didn't.I think because the author tried too hard to force humor rather than just letting it flow naturally from the characters. I don't think that I will be reading anymore of her books




5/5 Review; Off the Clock by Roni Loren





Overtime has never felt so good…
Marin Rush loves studying sex. Doing it? That’s another story. In the research lab, Marin’s lack of practical knowledge didn’t matter, but now that she’s landed a job at The Grove, a high-end, experimental sex therapy institute, she can’t ignore the fact that the person most in need of sexual healing may be her.

Dr. Donovan West, her new hotshot colleague, couldn’t agree more. Donovan knows that Marin’s clients are going to eat her alive unless she gets some hands-on experience. And if she fails at the job, he can say goodbye to a promotion, so he assigns her a list of R-rated tasks to prepare her for the wild clientele of The Grove’s X-wing.

But some of those tasks are built for two, and when he finds Marin searching for a candidate to help her check off her list, Donovan decides there’s only one man for the job—him. As long as they keep their erotic, off-the-clock activities strictly confidential and without strings, no one will get fired—or worse, get attached…


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Off he Clock is the first in the Principles of Pleasure Series by Roni Loren. It's the first book I've read by this author and it certainly won't be the LAST! 

Marin Rush is a college student helping out with research in the sleep lab, late one night she is wandering the hallways and overhears what she thinks is a extremely hot sex romp. Turns out it is Donovan West, taping scenerious for a college sexual research study. Marin has had the hots for Donovan for months (unrequited TA). Donovan asks for Marin's perspective on the scenerious to see if she thinks they would be a turn on. Well, they are and she takes notes and things into her own hands. One fateful night Donovan and Marin consumate their attraction and then she runs away. Not from him persay but yeah he is a dick.

Fast forward nine years, Marin is now sort of a single parent to her 18 year old brother and is now a researcher assistant, that is about to lose her funding. The doctor she works for encourages her to take an interview and get out of research and start practicing what she has learned. Off she goes to an interview at an exclusive therapy center. She litteraly runs into Donovon, who turns out to be in charge of the X Wing (wing for the rich and famous with sexual addictions). 

Donovan - knows he has to find a way to make things work with Marin as a co-worker and needs to get his act together. Although, he is amazing therapist - his personal life is in ruins, still years after losing his family to a home invasion. He drinks too much, sleeps with a co-worker who is a hot bitch, shows up late for work, ect.

Although, Ms. Loren can write a steamy sex scene - her characters are full and well-developed. The story line flows and you will find yourself rooting for them, as well as the peripheral characters - I can't wait to see what happens next. If you are in the market for a quick hot romance, with a bit of darkness, but full of hope or need a little sex therapy for yourself - I highly recommend Off the Clock.



4/5 Review: The Secret of Hunter's Bog by Ally Blue






For Koichi McNab, the shop he and his twin sister Kimmy are opening in Hunter's Bog Mall is a fresh start after their old one burned down. A way to move on. Especially when he meets the hunky owner of the luxury camping goods store next door. Koichi's never been an outdoorsy guy, but Will Hood just might change his mind.
Will came to Southern Alabama to establish his own life away from his big, intrusive family-and in hopes of finding Anthony, the lover who vanished two years ago. But meeting Koichi throws everything off-kilter. Anthony was a long time ago. Koichi's right here, smart and funny and cute, and Will wants him.
As Koichi and Will become friends, then lovers, Will's past and Koichi's present tangle into a dangerous knot that brings them face-to-face with secrets, theft, treachery . . . maybe even murder. With their lives on the line, their only way to safety is together.



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The Secret of Hunter’s Bog by Ally Blue is a really good read.  I enjoyed it very much.  Koichi and his twin sister Kimmy had to relocate their store because of a fire that destroyed their previous one.  Since the fire he has felt that someone has been watching him and there was more to the fire than a simple robbery gone wrong.  While setting up the new location for the Grand Opening he hears loud noises coming from the store next door.  What he finds is the owner of the store, Will Hood.  He offers his help to Will and that is the start of a great friendship.  Will quickly becomes vested in the lives of Koichi and Kimmy and when he finds out that the fire and subsequent robbery might have been planned, he makes sure that he is around to be there as protection.  Will relocated from Houston so that he could continue looking for his previous lover, Anthony.  After spotting him in some possibly questionable activities, Will has some second thoughts on what he feels for Koichi and breaks off the best thing for them.  Koichi is heartbroken, but gives Will his space, after making sure he knows how much Koichi loves him.  Things become dangerous very quickly and Will needs to make sure he survives so that he can make sure Koichi knows how he feels.  I enjoyed the story and would read any of Ally Blue’s books.  I recommend this book for those looking for a little mystery and lot of love.   





5/5 Review: Faith and Fidelity by Tere Michaels




Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.

At the urging of his partner, Evan celebrates a coworker’s retirement and meets disgraced former cop turned security consultant Matt Haight. A friendship born out of loneliness and the solace of the bottle turns out to be exactly what they both need.

The past year has been a slow death for Matt Haight. Ostracized from his beloved police force, facing middle age and perpetual loneliness, Matt sees only a black hole where his future should be. When he discovers another lost soul in Evan, some of the pieces he thought he lost start to fall back in place. Their friendship turns into something deeper, but love is the last thing either man expected, and both of them struggle to reconcile their new and overwhelming feelings for one another. 


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Tere Michaels’ Faith & Fidelity is the first in a series of books.  This book is full of emotion and made me want to cry from the first page.  Detective Evan Cerelli lost his wife to a car accident and did not know how to continue living, even though he knew he had to take care of his children.  Evan shut down his emotions thinking that it was the only way to survive day to day without his wife.  He became a shadow of himself and everyone who knew him was very worried.  He went to a retirement party for a fellow detective and that is where he met Matt Haight.  Evan recognized the same loneliness that he was feeling and felt a need to reach out and connect with someone.  Matt was at a point in his life where everything felt like junk.  He felt that he was punished for doing the right thing, when he turned in dirty cops.  He was demoted to beat cop and so he left the force instead.  He is at lowest point, where missing a drink gave him shaking hands and sweating.  The friendship that forms between Evan and Matt becomes their lifeline in life.  They come to depend on each other for support as things happen in their lives.  Evan and Matt’s relationship progresses from one of friendship to one of love without either of them even noticing that it happened.  Matt finally felt that he was part of something that is good, he loved being around Evan’s kids and he got to experience the love a real family.  Which is why when Evan tells him that he can’t continue to be with him, it tears him up and almost sends him back to rock bottom.  Matt and Evan need to deal with their emotions and to get their lives together before they can actually come together as a unit.  Evan and Matt work out their issues and the way the book leaves it is as a happy for now, but very well done.   I am so glad that I began to read this series and look forward to the rest of the books in the Faith, Love, and Devotion series.