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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.





Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Release: EXTREME HONOR by Piper J. Drake + GIVEAWAY!!!




HONOR, LOYALTY, LOVE
David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier's toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope's Crossing kennel can break through the animal's grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility . . . and into Atlas's heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde's mesmerizing effect isn't limited to canines. But when Lyn's work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her.

Lyn realizes that David's own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he's gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else-and he's willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn't want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both . . .


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Piper J. Drake (or "PJ") spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every interesting novel she could find at the library. After being introduced to the wonderful world of romance by her best friend, she dove into the genre. PJ began her writing career as PJ Schnyder, writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk, for which she won the FF&P PRISM award as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. PJ's romantic suspense novels incorporate her interests in mixed martial arts and the military. The True Heroes series is inspired by her experience rescuing, owning and training a variety of retired working dogs, including Kaiser, a former guard dog, and Mozart, who was trained to detect explosives.

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His kiss wasn’t light or gentle or teasing. His lips came down on hers with heat and firm pressure. His hand moved from her chin to cup the back of her head, urging her to tilt for him. She did, opening her mouth and giving him access, too. His tongue swept in, hot and searching. She answered in kind and they explored each other.
This was . . .wow. More than wow. Heat swept through her and she reveled in the sensation he sent coursing throughout her body with his kissing.
It was a long time before he let her up for air and when he did, she realized she was clutching the front of his shirt with both hands. Oh hey. How about that?
“You need to get over this.”
What?
Shocked, she started to step back but David’s hand was still on the back of her head and his other arm came around her waist. Tucked against him, she looked up to see him glaring at Atlas through the chain-link fence.
The big dog had reared up and put his front paws on the fence.
“You can deal,” David said to Atlas. “Don’t even tell me you gave Calhoun this kind of interference when he was with somebody.”

Butterflies tickled her and she buried her face in David’s chest as she giggled.
“What? That’s seventy-five pounds of canine jumping up on me if it weren’t for this fence.” Despite his words, amusement colored his tone and his arm remained firmly around her waist.
“With the two of you, there isn’t anything that can keep me worried.” She smiled up at him, enjoying the fit of their bodies against each other.
David gave her a lopsided grin. “Good. I’d like to say we make a solid team but Atlas here is working for you but not with me, if you get what I mean.”
“Ah well, he’s a free agent for the time being.” She didn’t want to ruin the mood. But it’d be stupid to pretend Atlas wouldn’t be returned to duty once they’d gotten him back to one hundred percent responsiveness. The big dog was too good to retire yet.
“True.” David pressed a kiss to her temple. “So.” She could barely believe her own audacity but the last few days, the last few minutes in particular, were all about personal evolution, apparently. “Where were we before Atlas expressed his opinion?”
Because she’d like to get back to that. And explore. In detail.
Okay, maybe she wasn’t as daring as she could be. Yet.
“Here.” David caught her mouth for another hot, fantastically mind-blowing kiss.


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Friday, January 22, 2016

4/5 Review: The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman





A PROPOSAL FROM A SCOUNDREL
Daphne Swift has not laid eyes on her devilishly charming husband, Captain Rafferty Cavendish, in quite some time. As a matter of fact, she wants the rogue to annul their brief marriage so that she can marry the reliable and estimable Lord Fitzwell. But the breathtakingly handsome Rafe is not interested in letting Daphne go-at least not without paying his scandalous price...



THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE
Rafe prefers to face the dangers of spying alone, but this time he needs his innocent, fiery wife to uncover the information he seeks. He has even agreed to release her from their marriage if she submits completely to his plan. However, Daphne's alluring combination of courage and curves makes her a dangerous distraction, and it is not long before Rafe is trading subterfuge for seduction in order to prove that Daphne is meant to be his and his alone...



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This book is the fourth in the series by Valerie Bowman The Playful Brides.  It has a similarity to the Philadelphia Story that most people will recognize. This historical romance is a romantic thriller spy story with lots of twists and turns that keep you on your toes trying to figure out what will happen next.

Lady Daphne wanted to do more to help the Crown with war efforts so she teamed up with her brother Donald and Captain Rafe, a commoner, to spy. That evolved in marrying Rafe to keep them undercover, but when she discovered the marriage was to be a business deal only she was not happy and wanted out. But after her brother Donald was killed, she had to stay with Rafe in order to find out who killed Donald.

Part of this story is on Captain Rafes boat; could closer contact bring them close together, Rafe sure hopes so.  One of the fun characters is Daphnes 12 year old cousin Delilah, who is a little pest but oh so funny and such a stinker. The characters are well developed and very intriguing which makes this a great read.









4/5 Review: His Kind of Trouble by Terri L. Austin




Rougher."
"Oh, Miss Prim likes it rough, does she?"
"Yes." With every twist of his fingers, a hot spark shot straight through her. It was almost unbearable. The desert wind whipped around the car, causing it to shudder. She shuddered right along with it.
Monica Campbell may have a history as a wild child, but she's changed her ways. She's respectable, responsible-and, most importantly, she's sworn off bad boys. That is, until Callum Hughes roars back into her life with his sexy British accent and killer smile.
Cal remembers every steamy moment he shared with Monica, but he barely recognizes the straight-laced woman she's become. Determined to lure Monica into letting go of her inhibitions, Cal will use every trick he knows to fire her blood and tempt her body...reminding her
just how good it can feel to be bad-and his.

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Cal and Monica meet again after their first wild hot encounter.  Back then Monica was a wild child but now she is on the road to self discovery. She wants to do well in the charity honoring her mother. She scared to gety back with Cal because he's always off and running and she wants a stable life now.

Cal the sexy rich jet setter with the British accent wants to get back together with her now. He is big on his work and manages his family.

After the years apart and the changes will they be able to become a couple? This book is well written with great backgrounds, sexy scenes, funny, believable and the characters are well described. Great easy reading.




4/5 Review: One Rouge at a Time by Jade Lee




A brown-eyed bastard with nothing to lose
As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He's carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose... and he's exactly what Maybelle "Bluebell" Ballenger needs.


Meets his match in a blue-eyed beauty with everything to hide
Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she's hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle's love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.


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Jade Lee has done it again.  This is definitely one of the historical romances you will not want to put down.  It has it all, every emotion will pass over you in this incredibly written story of a bastard son of a duke and a heroine denied her place in society. 

Bram and our lovely Bluebell do not see eye to eye at first.  The romance builds over time and that is one of the appeals of the story.  It shows you how the love develops as opposed to instant love that quite frankly I do not enjoy as much.  I love to see the hate or rather distrust turn into something more.  This is what happens with these two.  They are both trying to claim their rightful place in society.  What better way than for the charmingly educated rouge and the cunningly beautiful Bluebell to team up and take what's theirs.  Simple?  Of course not.  Can they over come the barriers that can crumble a love so quickly?  Is their love strong enough to survive Bluebell's secrets?

I must say that this is indeed a book to read.  It had me feeling every emotion imaginable.  I laughed.  I was angry.  I was scared.  I was sad when it was over.  This book has found a place on my "Books to re-read", shelf. 




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

5/5 Review: Heartsong Cottage by Emily March




Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn't found a way to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in the small mountain town of Eternity Springs...and meets a beautiful, intriguing woman who offers a glimpse of something Daniel thought he'd never have again.

Sometimes life gives us
a second chance at love.



Shannon O'Toole isn't looking for romance. Ever since her fiancé's death, she created a quiet life for herself restoring Victorian cottages. Still, she can't deny her attraction to the handsome, broad-shouldered stranger. Daniel makes her feel things she's hasn't felt in years-including the desire to share her secrets. But can Shannon trust a detective when doing so could bring danger to her cottage door? In Eternity Springs, anything-and everything-is possible...


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Heartsong Cottage is the 10th in the series Eternity Springs by Emily March and can be read as a stand alone book too. I loved the characters and the great community of Eternity Springs and will be reading all the other books in this series.

Daniel suffered the tragedy of his son being abducted and killed and then his wife unable to cope committed suicide.  He wants to help other families find their children so he becomes a private eye and travels back to Eternity Springs on a case. There he meets Shannon who is lonely and has come here after her fiancĂ© died. She is being stalked, afraid and has secrets that she has to deal with. They both attend a wedding and then have a one night stand. There are several storylines going on that are fascinating and bring these two into further contact. They both have a hard time trusting and are afraid of being hurt again, but they both want to love again.

This story is so sad and tragic but with some hope of love and peace for the future.




 






5/5 Review: Seduction in Session, by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake




Privileged, wealthy, and wild: they are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy. But the threat of a scandal has one of them employing his most deceptive—and seductive—talents…
Recruited into the CIA at a young age, Connor Sparks knows how dirty the world can be. Only when he’s with his friends can he find some peace. So when an anonymous journalist threatens one of the Perfect Gentlemen, Connor vows to take down the person behind the computer, by whatever means necessary—even if it means posing as his target’s bodyguard.

Publishing a tabloid revealing Washington’s most subversive scandals has earned Lara Armstrong the ire of the political scene—and a slew of death threats.  To keep herself from ending up a headline, Lara hires a bodyguard, a man as handsome as he is lethal.

When the bullets start to fly, Lara is surprised to find herself in Connor’s arms. But as they begin to unravel a mystery that just might bring down the White House, Lara is devastated when she discovers Connor’s true identity—and finds herself at the mercy of forces who will stop at nothing to advance their deadly agenda.

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Holy hell can these women write an intriguing and sexual book! This is the first time I've read a book written by the pair and I wasn't let down! I've read Shayla before, but am completely new to Lexi, so I wasn't sure what I was walking into. This book kept my interest from page one! It's the 2nd books in their new series,  but you don't have to read the first to understand this one, it flows very well, and they add the important details from the first book so you're not lost (I'm definitely going to be reading the first one now!) 

Connors character intrigued me, he wasn't the normal buff macho guy, don't get me wrong, he's definitely one sexy alpha male! But he has a tragic background and more of a sensitive soul and heart then even he wants to admit,  so I really enjoyed reading about Lara bringing that out in him. 

Lara is far from your normal character, such a complete opposite of myself that at first I worried that I wouldn't be able to relate to her, but she's so genuine that you can't help but root for her. (And when her dog makes his appearance I completely laughed out loud - we both have a feisty little Chihuahua!)

Their romance is not an easy one, and they have a long road to the end, but it's worth it. And I surprisingly loved reading about such powerful political characters! I strongly suggest this book!





5/5 Review: What You Need by Lorelei James




The Lund name is synonymous with wealth and power in Minneapolis–St. Paul.  But the four Lund siblings will each discover true love takes a course of its own. . . .
As the CFO of Lund Industries, Brady Lund is the poster child for responsibility. But eighty-hour work weeks leave him little time for a life. His brothers stage an intervention and drag him to a seedy nightclub . . . where he sees her: the buttoned-up blonde from the office who’s starred in his fantasies for months.

  Lennox Greene is a woman with a rebellious past, which she conceals beneath her conservative clothes. She knows flirting with her boss during working hours is a bad idea. So when Brady shows up at her favorite dive bar and catches her cutting loose, she throws caution aside and dares him to do the same.

After sparks fly, Brady finds that keeping his hands off Lennox during office hours is harder than expected. Though she makes him feel alive for the first time in years, a part of him wonders if she’s just using him to get ahead. And Lennox must figure out whether Brady wants her for the accomplished woman she is—or the bad girl she was.

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To start, know that I'm a huge fan of Lorelei James! What I've read from her are some of the sexiest books I've ever read, so I was expecting this book to be filled with lots of sexy times between the two main characters. However, this is not like her other books. The story of Brady and Lennox is a true love story, meaning it's an actual story about 2 people getting to know each other, and I loved it!

Even though Brady and Lennox are complete opposites, and grew up completely different, they manage to bring out the best in each other. Lorelei write this story beautifully and has out done herself. I love it when an author shows they can write different styles of books! (Not that there's anything wrong with one style!) 

Lorelei's new book is fun, flirty, wild and brings the sexy to Geeks! This is definitely worth the read! 



Friday, January 15, 2016

4/5 Review: Vampire Hunter by Victoria Danann




Vampire Hunter is the first book I’ve ever read by Victoria Danann, and it’s so good that I could read over and over again. Not to mention, I'm now tempted to get all of her backlist. I was expecting your average vampire book and this is anything but. Coming from Ram’s POV, the details gave me insight into the life of a young Ram and shape-shifted into the man he has become as a Black Swan member. When discussing geographical location and a fan of men in kilts & leprechaun, I thoroughly enjoyed the Irish narrative the author included. It showed Ram’s character was well researched and developed. It made me feel like I was right inside the story watching from afar. Another kudo to the story is the humor and quick wit. I laughed and smiled throughout the book, and feel that I was just steadily going along with Ram and his rambunctious friends.

Overall, Vampire Hunter was beautifully written and fresh. I enjoyed all the characters and now looking forward to reading My Familiar Stranger so I can immense myself in the world of the Black Swan. Definitely a great addition to the Black Swan series and I’d recommend it to all my fellow bookworms.