The Red by Tiffany Reisz

Available: July 11, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotica

Publisher: 8th Circle Press

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother’s art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it’s in the red. She soon realizes she has no choice but to sell it.

Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him for the period of one year.

The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting…but surely her mother didn’t mean for Mona to sell herself to a stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red…

After finishing The Red, I immediately had to take a minute to process what I just read. If you’re looking for a straight erotica book, keep looking because this one took several off the beaten path turns and deviated into territory the back cover blurb gives no mention of.

The story starts out normal enough with Mona Lisa St James (who works in the art business and is named after the famous painting) facing a sure closure of her gallery due to limited funds. Having promised her dying mother to do anything to keep it open, she’s struggling to find a way to make good on that promise. A mysterious man turns up in the gallery one night before closing and makes her an offer to become his submissive for one year, and one year only. No feelings, no entanglements, just down and dirty sex in any way he pleases. With her agreement he’ll save her gallery and ensure she never has to worry about it again.

Going into it you know Mona is going to say yes, and say yes fast because as an erotica book, not much of a back story is generally given. This holds true for The Red but after the first sexual encounter things go off the rails rather quickly with each subsequent coupling ratcheting up the “WTF” meter. Before I knew it this became a very convoluted paranormal erotica with no warning. Some weird shit goes down people…very weird shit.

Towards the end it comes back to normalcy with an ending that suited the story line. I was satisfied with the conclusion yet still perplexed at how I got there. The Red is definitely well wrote with the signature Tiffany Reisz style yet I was left feeling bereft for the book I was expecting and didn’t get. I just wish I had known what I was getting into before I was faced with some playful wood nymph orgies and borderline bestiality…

I give The Red by Tiffany Reisz 3 stars

Born To Be Bound by Addison Cain (Alpha’s Claim #1)

Available: Now Amazon

Type: I Have No Effing Clue

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Surrender is not survival.

Claire is desperate. Her once thriving city lies in ruins. The strongest of the three human dynamics, Alphas, have grown feral. Common Betas circle like vultures. The lowest in the hierarchy, rare and weak Omegas like Claire, are being destroyed. Sheltering amidst a dwindling enclave of frightened Omega women, Claire cannot provide enough to feed them all; her friends are starving.

All due to one escaped convict’s violent rise to power.

Shepherd is every bit as ruthless as his reputation suggests. Despite taking every possible precaution, Claire is captured and her worst nightmare realized. Shepherd, discovering a rare Omega in his midst, claims her like a prize, forcing a pair-bond that ties her to him forever.

She fights her instincts and his will, because no matter how manipulative the bond might be, she despises what he’s done to her people. If she cannot find a way to help her friends, if she cannot escape, everyone she loves will die.

This is NOT a romance. I repeat, this is NOT a romance. At least not yet and I highly doubt you’ll ever be able to convince me that it is. Although I’ve seen some books make me do a complete 180, so I guess we’ll see. Born To Be Bound is set in a world of Alphas, Omegas and Betas. A world were animalistic natures are the norm and a fierce hierarchy exists. Omegas are rare, few and far in-between and quickly dwindling due to an over turning of power and people reverting to a more feral approach in society. In a single word, anarchy.

Knowing her people are dying out, Claire goes to the one she sees as responsible for the burning of her world to seek food and safety for those she loves. Shepherd is ruthless, cold and immediately stakes his claim on the Omega who has suddenly come into her heat cycle at the most inopportune time. He sequesters her away underground, treats her as a possession and routinely takes her body and forces a mate bonding on her when she’s at her most desperate time in her cycle. While technically he does nourish her body, it’s for his own gain since the stronger she is, the better the coupling can be. He has fleeting moments of gentleness but offers no insight into who he is or why he has become the cold man he is today. When I say cold….I mean like glacially cold…

“With a stroke down her hip and back up again, the monster explained in a low, soft rumble. “If I ever smell another man’s scent saturating you again, I will hunt down the male and rip off his limbs while you watch… then I will fuck you in a pool of his blood”

Claire continually fights her instincts to submit to the Alpha, even managing to get away at one point. I felt for her, I really did. She was stuck between a bone deep craving for the man she was mate bound to and she hated it with every fiber of her being. But when your anatomy at the very core of your soul is changing, what choice do you have but to give in?  Her acquiescence was slow and I was equally parts upset and relieved when it started to occur. Mostly because I hoped that her giving in would reveal Shepherd in a different light and give Claire at least a little bit of peace. I was very, very wrong.

The sex in this book is not consensual in the least, even if Claire was literally begging for it in spades. She was coerced at every turn, blinded by the chemical reaction in her treacherous body both naturally and pharmaceutical induced. She was segregated and kept in the dark. Through it all she remains steady and strong even at times when she feels at her breaking point.

Born To Be Bound is an incredibly dark book that deals with the manipulation of the mind. This is not to be read lightly and if you even have a hint of a trigger issue, you should stay far away. I do think that triggers aside, the world building was very well done. It has strong dystopian themes coupled with straight erotica elements.  If you do decide to read it, be prepared to feel as conflicted as the heroine. Both distressed and intrigued, wanting to put it down and yet soldiering on. It also ends in a massive cliffhanger which came without warning enticing you into getting book two immediately. This is definitely a book that is not for the average reader and something that will leave its mark on me for a while.

I give Born To Be Bound by Addison Cain 4 stars

 

 

Promo: Gone To Dust by Liliana Hart

About the book:

GONE TO DUST

Liliana Hart

Book 2 in The Gravediggers Series

Pocket Books

June 20, 2017

9781501150050

$7.99

Praise for Gone to Dust, Book 2:

“Lucky fans of the super-talented Hart don’t have to wait long for the second installment of her new romantic suspense series Gravediggers, as the installments are being released back to back. In the first book, Hart set up her world where five men, declared dead to the world at large, work for a super-secret anti-terrorism force. Hart’s new heroine is a very talented romance writer who takes no crap from anyone — even secret commandos. Miller and Elias are both funny and sexy together, which helps make this book nonstop entertainment, with plenty of witty bantering and thrilling adventure!”

—RT 4 ½ star TOP PICK Review

 

“Modern Cliterature…Enjoy [this] lusty [passage] adapted from summer’s raciest reads…”

Cosmopolitan, July 2017

 

Praise for The Darkest Corner, Book 1:

“Gritty, deadly, and peppered with unexpected humor, this supersexy, adrenaline-charged story will keep readers on edge and breathless until the last page.”

—Library Journal

 

“Liliana Hart sets up a fascinating and intriguing premise of individual men forced into taking extreme steps. Her heroine’s reluctant immersion into this world allows readers to discover the treachery and danger looming all around…a thrilling series!”

—RT

“A cool blend of entertaining antics and suspenseful moments, with a slightly morbid sense of humor thrown in for good measure. (Our heroine was a mortician, after all!) I had a blast getting to know this cast of characters and can’t wait to see what exciting things Liliana Hart has in store for us next.”

—Harlequin Junkie

 

About the book:

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s second book in her sexy, suspenseful Gravediggers series, GONE TO DUST, features an elite group of mysterious men who might be dead to the world, but are also tasked with saving it—and no one can ever know.

The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families. Sometimes the dead do rise…

Miller Darling is one of the most popular romance novelists of her time. Not bad for a woman who doesn’t believe in romance. She’s as logical as they come, and she doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters. What she does believe in is family, so when her brother disappears, she doesn’t think twice about packing her bag and her laptop and heading out to find him.

Elias Cole lived and breathed the live of a Navy SEAL. Now he’s “dead” and his hero’s honor tarnished. The only thing keeping him sane are the men who are like him—The Gravediggers—and the woman who makes his head spin. He’s never met anyone like Miller Darling. Her smart mouth and quick wit keep him on his toes, and damned if he doesn’t find that appealing.

When Miller receives a package from the brother who abandoned her asking for help, it’s clear she’s in over her head with the mess he’s gotten himself into. She needs a professional, and Elias is just the man for the job. Only her brother is a former SEAL—the man who left his team to die—and Elias is more interested in vengeance than saving his life.

Gravedigger Giveaway:

For the Gravedigger Giveaway, we are giving away one review copy of Book 1, The Darkest Corner! Be sure to check out all participating sites on the blog tour for more Gravedigger Giveaways. And note that RT will giveaway three bundles of Book 1 and Book 2, with the drawing to be held Monday, July 10th. Please note, you can only win one giveaway and must have a U.S. address.

Gone to Dust blog tour:

June 20

Moohnshine’s Corner

RT Book Reviews – Gravedigger Giveaway Bundle (Book 1 and 2) drawing opens

For the Love of Books and Alcohol

Dirty and Thirty

The Reading Cafe

Red Carpet Crash

Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Booktalk with Eileen

June 21

Book Sniffers Anonymous

Abigail Books Addiction

Crossroads

Fandemonium Network

Little Black Book Review

Blonde Bookworm

Eye on Romance

June 22

Read Your Writes

Three Boys and an Old Lady

Rock Stars of Romance

A Midlife Wife

Tigris Eden

Under the Covers

Positively Book Crazy

June 23

Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind

Once Upon An Alpha

Reading Diaries

WTF Are You Reading

Thoughts in Progress

The Lovely Books

June 24

Romance Junkies

June 26

Reviews by Crystal

June 27

Pick of the Literate

The Reader’s Den

June 28

Dew on the Kudzu

Read for Your Future

June 29

Bea’s Book Nook

JoJo the Bookaholic

June 30

Readaholic

The Book Avenue

July 5

Caffeinated Book Reviewer

July 7

Romance Reviews Today

July 9

RT Book Reviews – Gravedigger Giveaway Bundle (Book 1 and 2) drawing date

September 25

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – Gravediggers Series interview

About the author:

Liliana Hart is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than forty titles, including the Addison Holmes Whiskey and J.J. Graves Mystery series. Since self-publishing in June 2011, Liliana has sold more than four million ebooks. She’s hit the #1 spot on lists all over the world, and all three of her series have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Liliana is a sought-after speaker who’s given keynote speeches and self-publishing workshops to standing-room-only crowds from CA to NYC to London. Visit LilianaHart.com, facebook.com/lilianahartauthor,twitter.com/Liliana_Hart.

In His Hands by Adriana Anders (Blank Canvas #3)

Available: August 1, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Michelle

He is Her Salvation

Abby Merkley has been a member of the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith since she was a child, and there’s no way out―except death. She will fight the odds to survive, but there’s no one in the world she can trust, nowhere she can run that the cult can’t find her…until her handsome, brooding neighbor takes her into the safety of his arms.

Luc Stanek craves a quiet life. But he doesn’t hesitate when a desperate woman lands, bloodied and branded on his doorstep. Soon he finds himself drawn into her chaotic world, caught in the center of an apocalyptic war…and determined to save the fierce beauty no matter the cost.

I don’t even know how to begin writing a review for this book. It was amazing and unusual and emotional and surprising and downright beautiful. This is the third book I’ve read (and reviewed) by Adriana Anders and she can’t write fast enough for me. In His Hands is book three in the Blank Canvas series, and while some of the characters from the other books make appearances, this can definitely be read as a standalone. In fact, for the first third of the book I was wondering if it was even part of that same series.

In His Hands is the story of Abby Merkley. Yes, it is a romance, and yes there is a lovely hero (Luc)…. but this is really Abby’s story. Down on her luck with nowhere to go, Abby’s mother eventually found a home with the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith. The simple life, religious routines and members they call family are all Abby has known since she was seven years old. As she has grown older and matured, Abby begins to wonder if their way of life isn’t the only way. The pieces of the outside world she has experienced – working at the market, or watching her grape-growing neighbor – have fueled a curiosity she can no longer ignore. When Sammy, a teenage Church member she is close to, is denied medical assistance (modern medicine is against their beliefs) and Abby is punished for pushing the issue, she knows the only answer for both of them is to get away.

Luc Stanek lives a quiet live. Estranged from his wealthy vintner family in France, all he wants to do is grow his grapes and tinker with making his own wine. He keeps to himself on his mountain, venturing into town only when necessary. His day to day routine is disturbed when a woman from the neighboring church shows up asking for work. He doesn’t want help, or company, and he doesn’t want anything to do with the freaky cult church people next door. There is something about the young woman that draws him in, though, and Luc is unable to turn her away.

Over time, Luc learns that there is more to Abby than the innocent, naïve girl he expected her to be. She is strong and resilient, inexperienced but mature, and soon he forgets that he wanted to be left alone.

The night Abby shows up, beaten and bloody at the hands of her church “family”, Luc knows his peaceful existence has been shattered forever. This woman has worked her way into his heart and he will do whatever he can to help her. Abby has watched Luc from her side of the fence for years. For her, he represents freedom and a new life. In her mind, he has been her savior – the strong, capable, silent man who will offer her an opportunity for a new life. She has pinned all of her hopes on him as a way out, but she never counted on losing her heart in the process.

I don’t know how Adriana Anders did it, but she captured the essence of these two characters so perfectly. I could almost believe that she herself had grown up in a cult-like church and then broke free, her depiction of Abby was that amazing. She was remarkable in her innocence, with a thirst for knowledge and experience, and she was not afraid to stand up for what was right. Luc was an amazing hero. Not perfect, but none of this author’s heroes are. He was lonely and alone, brooding and scarred, but to Abby he was everything she could ever want. This romance was unlike anything I’d ever read before and I did not want it to end.

I give In His Hands by Adriana Anders 5 stars!

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #17)

Available: July 11, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Ballantine Books

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Michelle

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

To say I was happy to be back in the world of the Troubleshooters is an understatement. Even though I don’t remember being introduced to Peter Greene in previous books, it doesn’t matter. He was memorable enough in this one, and there are enough visits from previous heroes and heroines that I felt right at home. Suzanne Brockmann is a master of romantic suspense, and when you throw in a military hero, she’s that much better. Some Kind of Hero would be fine as a stand-alone, but you will get more out of it having read the previous books in the series.

There aren’t too many men who would adapt perfectly to sudden single parenthood. When you’re talking about a never-been-married navy SEAL, perfectly is not even remotely the word to use! Lieutenant Peter Greene knows how to handle just about any situation…except fatherhood. He has had a long-distance, practically nonexistent relationship with his daughter Maddie since he and her mom split up years ago. When his ex dies and Maddie comes to live with him, he is immediately in over his head. He has no clue how to relate to a fifteen year old girl, especially one who openly resents him and is drowning in grief over losing her mother.

Shayla Whitman has seen her hunky neighbor plenty of times since he and his daughter moved in, but she hasn’t had the chance to introduce herself. She gets to do that and a whole lot more when Peter flags her down one day, desperately needing a ride. Peter has never met Shayla and has no idea she is his neighbor, but she doesn’t escape his notice for long. Even in the midst of a parental crisis, everything male in him wakes up and pays attention to the beautiful woman willing to drop everything to help him.

The fact that Shayla is a romance novelist is ironic: she does not have a good track record with her own love life. After a failed marriage, she is content to raise her two teenage sons and focus on the love stories in her head. When sparks fly between her and Peter, she is game to explore the attraction but doesn’t expect anything to come of it. Peter is… well…. Peter. A sexy, strong, gorgeous navy SEAL who could have any woman he wanted. She is just average, and older than him to boot.

This book was a little different from most romances in that when trouble came calling, it wasn’t because of either of the two main characters. Peter and Shayla were thrown together in the middle of his trying to locate his runaway daughter. The more leads they explored, the more they learned how deep Maddie’s problems ran. With Peter’s connections and Shayla’s brilliant writer’s mind, they slowly began to piece together the complicated, dangerous situation that Maddie found herself in.

Some Kind of Hero is typical Suzanne Brockmann in that nothing about it is typical. Peter was the type of alpha hero that many authors don’t write about. He’s strong and powerful and protective, but he’s not a jerk. He’s smart and polite and thoughtful, and he appreciates Shayla’s mind as much as her sexy body. Shayla was so normal she was easy to relate to. She was fearful of giving her heart to Peter, but willing to indulge in some sexy time with him. The timing of their romance was extremely quick, but believable. Even though his life was turned upside down and Peter and Shay spent most of the book searching for Maddie, I thought their romance was thrown into the mix perfectly.

I give Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann 5 stars!

Second Chance Season by Liora Blake (Grand Valley #2)

Available: June 20, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance 

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Garrett Strickland is unapologetically country, fiercely loyal, and all about living in the present and not dwelling in the past—even if he was once on his way to a lofty agricultural sciences degree that would guarantee the brightest of futures, only to end up back home when his old man died, leaving behind a debt-ridden family farm that was impossible to keep afloat. After that, it was easy to see why dreaming big wasn’t worth the heartache of losing everything. And until he crosses paths with a city girl who’s hell-bent on kick-starting her own future, he’s sure that good enough is just that.

Cara Cavanaugh is ready for more from life, even if that means changing everything; including dumping her longtime boyfriend, turning down a lucrative job at a major newspaper, and leaving behind the upscale suburbs of Chicago where she grew up. Now, she just has to pray that temporarily relocating to the middle of nowhere in Colorado will be the first step in building a career as a freelance writer—all she has to do is prove she’s got what it takes to make a name for herself. Unfortunately, her tony country day school is as close to country as she’s ever been. But when a goodhearted guy who looks like he just stumbled out of a country music video offers to help, she ends up falling hard…and discovering that the perfect story, as it turns out, is a love story. And it’s theirs.

Second Chance Season is a heartfelt, small town, country romance sprinkled with big city dreams and characters who’ll stay with you long after The End. Liora Blake is a semi new-to-me author, with book one of this series also being the first book I’d read by her. I adored that book and I am happy to say I enjoyed Second Chance Season just as much!

Garrett has resigned himself to his life and tells himself he’s okay with that all the time. Once a promising student, the passing of his father led him back home to a life he swore he wanted more out of. Now he’s working double hours at a dead end job and passing the time as any good county boy should, hanging with friends and hunting. Crossing paths with the city bred woman who is staying in his childhood home temporarily should have been a one time event. Offering to help her by introducing her to other area farmers to help her write a freelance piece should have been clue number one he was in over his head. Yet the more time he spends with his city girl, the more he yearns for something more. Something he hasn’t thought possible since he came home to a failing farm with no way out.

Being a freelance writer is something Cara has always wanted to pursue and just never had the nerve to. Coming from a wealthy family, she’s used to just towing the company line and doing what is expected of her. With her recent breakup still burning, she finds herself in a small town, on a writing deadline, with one chance to get her life right. A relationship is not in the cards, but Garrett is slowly stacking the deck with his country boy charm. They both know Cara is only around for a short time, but dreams don’t often come when you’re expecting them and they are both about to find out what happens when love pops up unexpectedly.

PERFECT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE! Hands down, Liora Blake has just got that “thing” that I crave. I read Second Chance Season in record time, ignoring real life while rooting for these characters to make that connection. This was a well flushed out story with characters you want to cheer on.

Poor Garrett just didn’t see he was living half a life, or more to the point, he didn’t WANT to see it. Ignoring possibilities for a future bigger than where you are now is safe and that’s how he lived his life after the passing of his father. Safe. Cara opens his eyes to those possibilities. Both for love and a future where his career dreams are seen to fulfillment. Their love is a sweet one that smolders from the get go and turns into something beautiful. Something that can stand the test of time. Something real and true.

Having ambition isn’t new to Cara. However, defying her family is. Coming from money means coming with a certain set of expectations on how you live your life. Having been sheltered, living on her own, on the other side of the country is scary but refreshing. She never imagined falling in love with not only her cowboy, but the terrain as well. I loved her tenacity, her drive and her ability to soothe Garrett’s soul.

Second Chance Season is definitely one for that keeper shelf!

I give Second Chance Season by Liora Blake 5 stars! 

Punched by Jacob Chance

 

Title: Punched

Author: Jacob Chance

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: June 15, 2017

 

Blurb

Reagan is the one who got away – or should I say the one I drove away? Now, four years later, she’s back to manage the gym where I train. Seeing her everyday is a distraction I can’t afford. I’m so close to achieving the big payoff I’ve been working for. Nothing’s going to keep me from winning this belt – not even her.  

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***REVIEW FROM LIZ***

Punched by Jacob Chance was a nice surprise. I found this story to be more lighthearted and romantic then some of his other more angst-filled books. Don’t get more wrong, this is still Jacob Chance after all, so we do expect some angst. He did not disappoint, he just gave us a different side of his writing.

Noah Nolan has worked hard to become an MMA champion contender. He has sacrificed more than he ever wanted too to reach this goal and finally, it’s within his grasp. Then she comes back. The one that got away, or the one he pushed away.

Reagan Collins left four years ago to get as far away from Noah that she could. And for four years she did not come back. But she is back now and ready to follow her dreams and stay away from the one man that broke her heart. But doing so is harder than she ever imagined.

Noah was such a strong and determined man. His life has not been easy and he learned early on what struggling really meant. But when it came to the one woman he loved, he could be gentle, loving and very caring. He has worked so hard to be where he is and he is ready to take that step. But one look at her and he remembers what she meant to him.

Reagan was so determined to stay as far away from Noah as she could. He broke her heart once and there is no way he would ever get the chance to do it again. But the boy who broke her heart is now a man that makes her quiver. Can she really stay away from him and does she really want too?

Reagan and Noah found young love together and loved deeply. They had hopes and dreams of a future, but soon realized life is never easy and some choices change your life. As they begin to spend time together, even as they do not want too, they get to know each other again and find that attraction is still there. Can they have a second chance at love or is it too late?

I loved Punched by Jacob Chance. I loved the story, the flow and the characters. I found myself drawn into the story and loving every minute of it. Noah and Reagan had so much chemistry and were really just good together. Their family and friends were hilarious. I laughed, I hurt and I cheered for them. A great read.

I give Punched by Jacob Chance 5-stars!

 

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Author Bio

Jacob Chance grew up in New England. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

An author of erotic thrillers, he plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories.

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Dirty Like Brody by Jaine Diamond (Dirty #2)

Available: Now Amazon

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My copy: ARC 

Reviewer: Liz

He was all she ever wanted. Then she broke his heart…

As longtime manager of Dirty, the hottest rock band on the planet, gorgeous and brooding Brody Mason has had his share of beautiful women. Yet the only one he’s ever wanted is the one he never had—the one who tore his heart out.

Beautiful and elusive Jessa Mayes appears to have it all. Talent, money, and a glamorous life. But she also has a secret. Six years ago, she ran away—from her dream career as a songwriter with Dirty, and the only man she’s ever loved—without telling anyone why.

Now Jessa’s doing the one thing she swore she’d never do. She’s coming home—to be a bridesmaid in her brother’s rock star wedding… and face the mistakes of her past.

It won’t be easy.

Love this intense never is.

Dirty Like Brody is the second full length book in the Dirty series by Jaine Diamond. These are interconnected standalone books which can be read on its own, however the first book in the series is very good and worth the read.

Dirty Like Brody is Brody Mason and Jessa Mayes’ story. Brody manages the band Dirty and is very dedicated to his job. Brody grew up with some of the band members, which includes Jessa’s brother. When she walked away six years ago, she broke his heart. Never at a loss for beautiful women in his bed, the one that matters the most is unavailable to him.

Jessa Mayes walked away from everything and everyone and has not been back. But her brother is getting married and she needs to be at the wedding. The last thing she wants is to confront the past she walked away from. No one knows why she left or why she stayed away so long. But now she has no choice but to face that past head on.

Jessa was so sad and lost. She blocked out anyone that meant anything to her for so long, she does not know how to let them back in. Though she had real talent in music, she is now a successful model.

I loved Brody. We can feel what he is going through and how Jessa’s treatment of him affects him deeply. He does not know what drove her away, but he knows this time around he needs to protect his heart.

I loved not only getting both point of views, but also their history of how they ended up where they are today. They truly struggled to overcome all the secrets and tension between them. Could Brody ever give her a chance again? Why did she was walk away and stay away for so long?

This was a good rock star/band second chance at love story. They had so much chemistry, but also so many obstacles to overcome. I loved Brody and Jessa, the interactions between the band members and how the story flowed.

I give Dirty Like Brody by Jaine Diamond 4-stars!

All I Am by Jodi Ellen Malpas (This Man #3.5)

Available: June 18, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

I thought I had control. I was so, so wrong . . .

I don’t need a relationship.
I have Hux, a decadent club where I quench whatever raw desire I choose. I take pleasure and I give it—no strings attached. So when Raya Rivers comes in asking for someone cold, emotionless, and filthy . . . well, no man ever takes his wicked pleasure quite the way I do.
Only Raya is different. Vulnerable. And carrying some deep sorrow that gets past all my carefully constructed walls and inexplicably makes me care. Now craving controls me. Ice has given way to red-hot need.
But Raya has no idea about my other life—my real life. That I’m a daddy to an adorable little girl.
My two worlds are about to collide with the force of a supernova. And once Raya knows the truth, will she be able to accept all I am?

What an amazing return to an awesome series! Jodi Ellen Malpas is one of my favorite authors and All I Am did not disappoint!

Readers may remember meeting Drew in earlier This Man books. He was the quietly controlled, seemingly emotionless friend of Jesse who has a proclivity for some kink. Though he stayed shrouded in mystery, he definitely piqued my interest early on and I was ecstatic to learn we would get the chance as readers to delve into his character more thoroughly.

When a newbie asks for a cold, emotionless Dominant, to help her forget her life for a few hours, everyone knows Drew is the man for the job. He shows no clinks in his armor, he doesn’t want any sort of emotional connection and his life is his own. When Raya and he meet there is an instantaneous attraction neither can fight. Drew struggles with his need to let her in to his tightly controlled life. He keeps a lot of secrets from her but he wants her to bare all hers to him.

Raya knows letting this thing with Drew become more is dangerous. Just out of a bad relationship and on the heels of a family tragedy she’s just not in the right place in her life to let anyone in. Each time she’s with Drew her confidence grows and soon she’s telling him everything even as he tells her nothing. I admired her resilience not only in her current problems aside from Drew, but with him too. She found a way to let him in way before he did and her acquiescence to give him time was very understanding, to a point. She was giving him space but still firm in needing him to trust her, which of course he faltered with.

The sex in this book was phenomenal, very hot and kinky enough without becoming erotica. There’s just something about a man who is able to dominate a woman but still giving her all the control that I find incredibly hot.

All I Am is a skillfully done addition to the This Man series that is able to take your breath away with its vivid romantic portrayal.

I give All I Am by Jodi Ellen Malpas 5 stars!

Twisted by Mandi Beck

Available: Now Amazon

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Three friends walk into a bar . . . One walks out the fake girlfriend of a hot, bearded Scotsman.

Fannin McGuire is up for promotion at Tate and Cane Enterprises, but first she has to make it through her stepsister’s wedding. To Fannin’s ex. Yep. Her ex-fiancé is about to be her new brother-in-law. One big happy family. And lucky her, she also gets to work with him.

While Fannin is putting all of her energy into her career, her ex is putting all of his energy into making her life hell. Just when Fannin is sure she’ll be attending the wedding without a plus one, in walks Jasper James to save the day. He’s the bartender at the Iron Flask, the account she’s trying to land, and everything she didn’t know she needed or wanted. Before Fannin knows what’s happening, Jasper is playing knight in shining armor and she likes it. And him. A lot. With his smooth Scottish accent, ridiculously good looks, and that beard? She doesn’t stand a chance.

Jasper isn’t in the habit of rescuing anyone. But when Fannin is confronted by her ex about her lack of a date for his upcoming nuptials, Jasper can’t help but step in. Her wild hair, violet eyes, and killer legs have him doing a few things he normally wouldn’t. Never mind that he shouldn’t be getting involved with the woman in charge of making the bar a global success.

Their fake relationship becomes more real than either thought it would. Now they’re at the mercy of their feelings when truths are twisted, and the lies don’t taste as smooth as the whisky.

What a refreshing voice Mandi Beck has in her writing! I absolutely adored Twisted with its simple formula, swoony Scottish hero and smart and sassy heroine!

When Fannin walks into The Iron Flask, leaving with a pretend boyfriend is not something she’s expecting. Yet that’s exactly what happens when bartender Jasper overhears Fannin’s ex-fiance and co-worker rubbing his upcoming wedding to her step sister in her face. Immediately drawn to her, Jasper is eager to pursue the unusual feelings she evokes from him with ease and so he steps in as her boyfriend and offers to take her to the upcoming wedding. The feeling is mutual and their attraction is instantaneous. They walk a fine line with Fannin’s firm being involved in the branding of The Iron Flask and her taking lead. Yet why try to deny something that feels so right?

While Twisted is a novella, it’s done so well that readers can expect a full story and not to be left feeling like it was missing anything. Jasper is hero material personified with his beard, Scottish accent and chivalrous demeanor. He was protective without being overbearing and he truly believed in Fannin’s abilities in her work to further the advance of The Iron Flask in the states. Her family is, simply put, a bunch of dicks, with the lone exceptions of her boss (also her cousin) and her father. How easily everyone else seemed to dismiss her feelings of humiliation and betrayal! Her over the top best friend brought some comedic relief with her brash and to the point personality and seemed to steal the scene each time she graced the page. Fannin herself is a strong heroine, determined to not only do the best job she can, but move on after catching her lecherous ex cheating. She’s headstrong and determined, courageous and proud.  A perfect match for Jasper in every way.

Beck really sets herself apart in the indie romance world with Twisted. She weaves Fannin and Jasper’s tale with smoldering heat and lighthearted encounters. It’s an easy read with real, heart-felt emotions that left this reader feeling lighter and better for it. Simply put, it made me happy.

I give Twisted by Mandi Beck 5 stars! 

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