Jagger by Heather C Leigh (Broken Doll #2) + GIVEAWAY

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Type: Romantic Suspense/Dark Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Liz

I sell drugs. Heroin to be specific. And I’m fucking good at my job. Enough to fight my way to the top position, controlling all of Austin’s supply.

So what if I had to kill the previous boss to do it. I do what has to be done. Never cared about consequences because I never had anything to lose.

Until I met Miri. My doll. She’s my weakness and somehow, my enemies found out about her.

If they hurt her, they will regret the day they ever heard my name. Boss. They call me Boss for a reason. What I say goes, including the price on the heads of anyone who dares to fuck with what belongs to me.

My Miri.

I could not put this book down. From the first page to the last I was drawn in. This was one wild ride with so many twists and turns, that we never get a chance to catch our breath.

Jagger picks up right where Junkie left off. Miri is gone and Boss is determined to get her back, at any cost. The woman who stole his heart when he least expects it, when he never expected to love again.

I loved the different side we saw of Miri in this book. In Junkie she was weak and almost destroyed by what she has had to endure, however, in Jagger, we get to see her become, or maybe she always was, but was lost for a bit, the strong woman she wanted to be. We saw her strength and determination grow, even when others would have been broken.

Jagger on the other hand, truly embodied Boss to get back what is his and exact revenge. Though Boss thought Jagger long dead, Miri slowly brought him back to life, but now she needed Boss and he was up for the job, even if it was the last thing he did. Through the first half of the book, we saw how determined and furious Boss was but we also begin to see what Miri meant to him and how much she affected his life and future.

Both Jagger and Miri were hopeful to find each other again, but hopeless that it would happen with each passing day. Surrounded by deceit, pain and loss, neither knew who they could truly trust or where to turn. Both of them were so broken and lost, that is seemed there was no redemption for them. However, once they found each other, they were exactly what they needed for each other.

This story flowed quickly, was very intense and the emotions were all over the place. This book was much darker than Junkie. We delve into the dark world of criminals, sex and drugs. It is not an easy journey to travel but I am a big fan of dark stories and Jagger did not disappoint. There is so much I want to share, but this is a story that needs to be experienced and not spoiled, but it is so worth it.

This duet is a must read, especially for those who loved dark romances. There are some part that are very hard to read, but the journey is truly that of two lost, broken people who find what they need with each other.

Jagger by Heather C. Leigh was a 5-star read for me!

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heather-c-leigh-bioHeather C. Leigh is the author of the Amazon best selling Famous series. She likes to write about the ‘dark’ side of fame. The part that the public doesn’t get to see, how difficult it is to live in a fishbowl and how that affects relationships.

Heather was born and raised in New England and currently lives outside Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 kids, and French Bulldog, Shelby.

She loves the Red Sox, the Patriots, and anything chocolate (but not white chocolate, everyone knows it’s not real chocolate so it doesn’t count) and has left explicit instructions in her will to have her ashes snuck into Fenway Park and sneakily sprinkled all over while her family enjoys beer, hot dogs, and a wicked good time.

My favorite authors are Dan Wells, Ken Follett, and Stephen King.

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Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee (Not Quite #5)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Montlake

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Mary Kildare knows how to read people. It’s both why she makes a great therapist and why she refuses to trust the average bachelor. Staying fiercely independent has been her primary relationship strategy—until wealthy playboy pilot (and commitment phobe) Glen Fairchild reappears in her life. After a yearlong teasing tug-of-war, Mary and Glen test the waters of attraction, only to find that their physical chemistry runs deeper than flirtation.

At first, a bicoastal romance suits them both—especially since Glen can swoop in and whisk Mary away on one of his company’s planes. But no matter how close they get, they’re still three thousand miles apart. And when Mary’s life is threatened, Glen realizes the one luxury he doesn’t have is time. Can he close the distance between them before it’s too late?

I adore anything Ms. Bybee writes and this was no exception. The characters are engaging and the dialog witty and fun, and the slow build-up of romance between the hero and heroine is well worth the wait.

Mary and Glen met a year ago and although they exchanged numbers, they never contacted each other. However when Mary needs help finding someone, she calls him as a last resort, and he is intrigued when he finds out she had memorized his number.

Mary grew up as an orphan and is a bit leery when adding friends to her circle because she considers them family. When she met Glen a year ago she immediately identifies him as a player and stays as far away as possible even though she is interested. Helping her keep her distance is the fact he lives clear across the country and they rarely saw each other.

Glen is a pilot and CFO of a worldwide charter company and fully admits to being a player but his sister believes in him and as I got to know him, I developed a soft spot for him as well. He connects well with people and really cares for his family and friends. When he meets Mary again he is willing to reevaluates his ways, questioning his phobia for commitment. And when Mary is in trouble he knows that he can’t live without her.

This is another winner for Ms. Bybee. This is the fifth book in the series and although many characters are those we have met before, it can easily be read as a standalone; the author keeps both new and returning readers fully engaged.

Mary is very likable; she is a giver and wants to help others. She is a therapist and often takes her work home with her as she councils others through their problems. When she first met Glen she was attracted and often thought of him, even memorizing his phone number when she lost most of her contacts, however she will deny it if asked. As Glen flies from his home to see her, she starts to see the real Glen, not the person others perceive.

Glen is a great hero; although he enjoys jetting off to places unknown and is seen with many women, he likes when Mary contacts him and wants to get to know her more. The sexual tension between them is palpable and I enjoyed several humorous situations when their friends and family see the connection that these two just can’t seem to catch on to, but oh boy the scenes sizzle when they finally connect.

The pace is done well; the romance builds slowly which works with these two. Rounding out the romance is a bit of danger and mystery because of a client of Mary’s, and Ms. Bybee joins everything together nicely. I loved several of the secondary characters we reconnect with and are introduced to; Mary’s best friend and Sister Mary Frances added so much to the story. All in all a truly enjoyable romance, Ms. Bybee writes stories with depth and compassion and I look forward to reading anything she writes.

I give Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee 4.25 stars!

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.

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The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (Heartbreaker Bay #2)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

If she has her way …

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her …

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him …

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice …

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work …

Jill Shalvis is a master of her craft. It takes a special kind of author to be able to consistently write exceptionally funny, romantic books without repeating the same story over and over. Shalvis has the knack. I wasn’t sure I would like another series as much as I adore her Lucky Harbor series. After reading this second book, I’m quickly falling in love with Heartbreaker Bay. I adore the characters, San Francisco is a fabulous setting, and her alpha heroes are to die for.

Willa Davis loves with her whole heart when it comes to her friends, her pet shop clients and the “strays” she brings in – young women who find themselves in trouble with nowhere to go. Willa has no problem letting people – and pets – into her life, and she quickly becomes attached. The one exception is her love life. Having been ignored and devastated in high school and then abused in her last relationship, Willa is adamant that love is not in the cards for her. She is perfectly fine not opening her heart to that kind of hurt again.

Then one morning her teenage crush shows up at her pet shop desperate for help. Keane Winters has no clue that he’d unintentionally broken Willa’s heart as a teenager. He honestly has no idea who she even is. All he knows is that he needs someone to take care of his aunt’s cat so he can get some work done, and the beautiful, petite shop owner giving him attitude is his only hope. When sparks fly between him and Willa, he is more than willing to explore the possibility of her becoming more than his cat-sitter.

The attraction between Willa and Keane was instantaneous. Their chemistry sizzles, and it doesn’t take long for Willa to realize that Keane has grown up, and not just physically. He’s no longer the arrogant, popular jock. He is funny and sexy and hot as sin. He’s a hard worker, he takes care of the aunt he’s never been close to, and he looks out for Willa the same way her closest friends dos. He claims that he doesn’t do permanent, but despite his so-called inability to commit, she sees the way he has become attached to the house he plans to sell, the cat he says he doesn’t want, even in the way he gently pushes her to let him in.

Willa wants Keane in her life. She loves the way he makes her feel, she loves making him smile and laugh, and she wants nothing more than to belong to him. The fear of being abandoned, of it not lasting, is larger than life for her and almost costs her a chance at true, long-lasting love. Fortunately Willa has friends who repeatedly talk sense into her, and Keane sees through her fear and is willing to take whatever she can give until she can give him everything.

One thing I’ve noticed recently about Jill Shalvis is that she writes stories with less heat than her earlier books. While I love a good steamy romance, I don’t think this detracts from her books at all. It just seems like a different style of writing for her. There are three things you can count on from a Jill Shalvis book: women you want to be friends with, heroes you fall in love with and towns you want to live in. The Trouble with Mistletoe delivers on all three.

I give The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis 4.5 stars!

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Chandler by Laurelin Paige (Fixed #5)

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Chandler by Laurelin Paige

A Fixed Trilogy Spinoff

Release Date: September 20th, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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Synopsis:

 

I’m good in a boardroom, but I’m better in the bedroom. Much better. I can charm the skirt off any woman in one encounter. I’ll even give her an orgasm before I put her in a cab. Or three. No more or she’ll start making plans for the future and I’m not into that.

Or I wasn’t until Genevive Fasbender. She’s the first woman in five years that I want to spend the whole night with. And she’s the first woman who’s told me I’m not what she wants in a lover, even after multiple O’s. She’s brash and bold and stubborn as hell, and she doesn’t believe it’s possible to satisfy her.

But I’m up for the challenge.

And after an incident in my brother’s office closet―a downright dirty incident―I think I’m just the guy to deliver.

Genevive Fasbender will never know what’s coming.

 

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Five minutes later, the valet pulls up with my car. Genevieve raises an eyebrow. “A Bugatti?”

I’m so impressed she can name the model that I practically jizz in my pants. “It’s the best.”

She shakes her head, and I swear I hear her mutter something about rich men and their toys, but I don’t respond, too occupied with inspecting my car and then passing the attendant the cash I promised him earlier for returning my vehicle in perfect condition.

I slide into the driver’s seat, and when I look over at Genevieve as she buckles her seatbelt, a wave of pure, unadulterated lust rolls through me. I’m very aware that I’ve trapped her, that she’s now defenseless to my whims. Not that I’d take advantage, but goddamn, to think that I could…

I nearly shiver at my own vile thoughts.

Glad she can’t know what I’m thinking, I flash her a smile. “So. Where am I taking you?”

“I’m staying at the Park Hyatt on 57th Street.”

“Fancy.” The Park Hyatt is one of the nicest luxury hotels in New York. That means this girl has money, which isn’t a bad thing. Just, the swell of my wallet in my back pocket is usually one of my better attributes. If wealth doesn’t attract her, I hope I’m not shit out of luck when it comes to getting an invitation up to her room.

Apparently, I’m transparent because she asks, “Not impressed?”

“Quite the opposite. I’m worried you won’t have a reason to be impressed with me.” Now I’m the one who can’t believe how honest I’m being.

“It’s a valid worry,” she says after a beat, and I can’t tell if she’s teasing or being blunt. Can’t tell if I should prepare for gut-wrenching disappointment or dive into another round of sexy banter.

I concentrate on my driving instead, speeding up before slipping expertly into a tight opening in the adjacent lane.

I’ll admit I’m showing off.

“Smashing,” she says with a tone that vibrates through my body like I’m a tuning fork.

Then, abruptly, she laughs, and I turn my head toward her, alarmed at the source of her amusement.

“I still can’t believe you drive a Bugatti in the city. I can’t decide if that makes you brilliant or as mad as a bag of ferrets.”

“Brilliant, of course.” Though, with her so close, I feel more like I’m going crazy. “What can I say? I like things that are fast.”

“Of course you do.”

“You don’t?” I raise a questioning brow. “Maybe you don’t understand how awesome fast can be.” I put my foot on the gas and race down the next block to prove my point.

The traffic light turns red as I approach the intersection, and I ease the brakes. “See? Fast is fun.”

“The problem with fast is it’s over too quickly.”

Is that innuendo? Her gaze pierces into me, and the air around us feels tight and charged, and I’m suddenly certain that I will die if I don’t get to taste her tonight.

Even if she didn’t mean anything more when she made her statement, I certainly do when I say, “Don’t worry. I know when to take my time.”

She exhales, slowly, and I swear I can feel it. As though she’s already in my arms and her breath is grazing every inch of my bare skin. No matter what happens after this, I know she at least feels this…this attraction. Or whatever it is.

Her voice is low and sultry when she replies. “You’re not talking about cars anymore. But do you really take your time? I’d guess you bolt the minute you’re finished.” She’s so blunt, so direct, and I don’t know if it’s a her thing or an English thing, but I like it.

I also like this conversation we’re having. Because we’re drawing the lines, and that means the potential for tonight is high. So I answer with a nod, making sure she understands that she’s correct in thinking I’ll bolt. Because I will.

 

**Review From Liz**

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So Laurelin Paige gave me one of my top five book boyfriend ever in Hudson Pierce. I love Hudson. Love his brooding, controlling alpha personality. Chandler Pierce is nothing like him, but nonetheless amazing in his own ways.

In Chandler we meet Hudson’s younger brother all grown up. And though he is own man, he does share a confident personality with his brother, just in a different way, but he is charming, sexy and much more easy-going. And seeing him through his eyes, the story is in his point of view, had me laughing at times. He was a man that could laugh at himself easily and did not always take himself serious.

British Genevive Fasbender is confident, determined and a woman with a plan. She needs to show her father she can be a part of his business, even when all he is just his daughter, and not the strong business woman she is. She definitely has no time for charming, sexy Chandler Pierce. One night. That was all she had to offer him, but she had no idea what a determined Pierce man will do to get what he wants!

And now Chandler and Genevive are finding themselves mixing both work and pleasure, which cannot possibly end well. Now Chandler, who has sworn off relationships and commitments, wants more with Genevive, even as he does not understand it. Instead of falling at his feet, he has to show her he can be just want she needs. Even if he does not know what exactly that means.

It was great to enter the Pierce universe again and catch-up with some beloved characters and get to see Chandler as a man. The story was fun, steamy, and hard to put down. I also loved the banter between the two main characters and though they were very different from each other, they seemed to compliment and balanced each other as well. Then throw in a touch of mystery behind the scenes and you have one hot steamy Laurelin Paige romance!

I give Chandler by Laurelin Paige 4-stars!

 

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Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She’s a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters.

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Stadium of Lights: A Second Chance Sports Romance by Tia Lewis

 

Stadium of Lights: A Second Chance Sports Romance
Tia Lewis
Publication date: September 19th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

He can’t help claiming her. But can he love her?

Max Anderson enjoys all the perks of being a star NFL quarterback―including the women. He has no intention of changing his carefree, hard-loving lifestyle … until a twist of fate reunites him with the girl he knew growing up.

Abby Morrison has worked hard to become a physical therapist. She knows she needs to keep things professional with Max — but the truth is, she’s always loved him. Back then, she hid it. Now, it’s not so easy.

As they rekindle their friendship, the heat between them is impossible to ignore. Soon it flares out of control, and the fallout threatens to ruin everything. Can they salvage a future together … or will the consequences wreck their lives?

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I thought back to all the times she had stood by and watched me with my many girlfriends and hookups. Whenever I had a problem with any of them, I’d ask her what to do since she was a girl. I never once thought of her the way I thought of them, not once. And when I met her again, that same old image was in my head. The dorky, geeky girl with glasses who always bumped into things and knocked them over, who didn’t have any friends except for me. When the other kids would ask why I was friends with her, I could never explain why. It was probably because of that early friendship, back when we were little kids. I couldn’t just drop her because she wasn’t cool. She was my little sis.

My little sis had grown up, but I made her cry when I reminded her of the girl she used to be. How stupid! I finally understood why she had cried the day before. I kept thinking of her as the old girl, who she obviously hated. I wouldn’t let her be the new person she’d become. I was so blind.

It was actually sort of funny, watching the guys trade places just so they could sit with her. When Trey got up for another plate, Joe took his place. Brett took Randy’s place. On and on, and Abby just kept drinking her wine and laughing and having fun. I just kept watching to see who would ask to take her home.

The time came around nine o’clock when we’d all stuffed ourselves. Abby stood up from the table, a little wobbly. I swooped in, waiting for her to decide it was time to go.

“Come on. I’ll take you home,” I murmured, taking her by the elbow. She looked up at me.

“No,” she murmured.

“What?”

“No. I don’t want you to take me home. Now will you move?”

“Wait. Slow down.”

“I want somebody else, Max. Now move.”

“Who?”

“Anybody. It doesn’t matter. Just not you.” She shook me off—thank God we’d both been whispering, or practically, because it didn’t seem like anybody else noticed. I followed her out the door to the restaurant’s entrance.

“You can’t drive in this condition,” I warned her.

“Then I’ll get a cab. You can leave now.” She glared at me, her cheeks flushed.

“What?”

“You ruined it. You always ruin it.”

“How the hell did I ruin anything?”

She looked back into the restaurant, frowning. “I was having fun. People were talking to me, seeing me, liking me. And you had to take over like you always do.”

My car pulled up in front of us, and I took the keys from the valet. “Come on. I’ll drive you home, and we can talk about it on the way.” I practically threw her into the car before she could curse me out, then got in myself. Once I locked the doors from my side, she couldn’t open them.

“What the fuck Max!” She slapped the dashboard, then sank into her seat with a groan. “I was having fun. I was about to get laid, damn it!”

I bit my tongue until I calmed down. “By whom?”

“I don’t know! What did it matter? I was gonna get some for me, for once. And you won’t let me. I have to always be there for you, but you can never be there for me. You couldn’t just let me enjoy myself. No, you probably wanted to tell me all about your stupid fucking cheerleader girlfriend and ask me what you should do about her!” There was so much venom in her voice. She hated me.

I pulled over to the shoulder of the road. “What are you doing?” she asked. I unbuckled my belt without saying a word, then turned to her.

“You wanna know why I wanted to take you home?” I reached out, grabbing her by the shoulders. I pulled her to me before she could push me away and crushed my mouth against hers.

She only fought me for a split second before giving in. She sighed, relaxing, and I wrapped my arms around her. Her lips were so sweet, soft and yielding. When I slid my tongue between them, they opened to give me better access. I tasted the inside of her mouth, taking my time. This girl who had been my friend for so long, and she was

right—I’d used her in a way. This girl who was always there for me without asking anything in return. This sexy, incredible girl.

The kiss deepened, with her tongue dancing alongside mine. She wrapped her arms around my neck, almost growling. Sounding hungry, desperate. I ran one of my hands over her body, listening to the way the breath caught in her throat. She whined a little, pressing against me, and when I made contact with her tits she moaned into my mouth.

By the time the kiss ended, we were both breathless. Her eyes were wide, stunned.

“That’s why,” I whispered, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear.

 

**REVIEW FROM LIZ**

This is my second Tia Lewis book and her second sport romance. Which she does well with, at least so far. I do, however, have to admit I have a slight weakness for sports romance, but especially for sport stories around football players. Who does not love a cocky football player? Especially one with a bit of a twist!

In Stadium of Lights, we meet Max Anderson. A very cocky, hot and top-rated NFL quarterback at the top of his game. He is loved by fans and literally adored by his female fans. He is loving his life and has no intention of changing his ways any time soon.

Abby Morrison grew up in the shadows of everyone else. Feeling like the ugly duckling, she never felt she fit in anywhere. But through it all, her friend Max was always there for her. Did it really matter that he never saw her as nothing more than a friend? Even if she always loved him and he never knew.

Ten years later, Abby is all grown up and is a successful physical therapist for professional sport teams. She is very good at her job and is even sought after by some of the top teams. And now, ten years after leaving Max behind, she is back and working for his team. But now she is a confident, successful and very attractive woman.

Max takes one look at her and knows he wants her, but also realizes she is not one of his typical conquests. Can he claim her and walk away? Or can he be what she wants and needs this time around?

I loved Abby. She was smart, sassy at times and stood up for what she wanted and knew she deserved. Once she saw Max again, she remembered why she once loved him so much and even though she told herself she would be professional, the attraction was instant and steamy!

On the other hand, Max was not ready for more than a little fun and he knew that about himself. He even tried to stay away from Abby as long as he could. Determined to be just friends with the girl that was once like a sister to him. But the more time they spend together, the less he sees his old friend and the more he sees the woman she has become.

I enjoyed this story. The attraction was off the charts, it had a good amount of angst, but still flowed quickly and kept me intrigued. There was a bit of back and forth with the hero, before he could admit to himself what he really wanted. I did feel the ending was tied up a bit too quickly and neatly, I did enjoy the story overall.

I give Stadium of Lights by Tia Lewis 4 stars!

 

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Porn Star by Zara Cox (Dark Desires #1)

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Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Forever

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Reviewer: Nikki

My name is Quinn Blackwood:

By day, I’m a billionaire CEO. Rich. Entitled.By night, I’m the exclusive porn star only known as Q.Why? Because I love women. If I believed in an almighty being, I’d thank him for creating them. They’re by far his most perfect creation… especially when I’m fucking one of them.

Oh, did I mention I’m an asshole? Fuck yeah. According to my shrink, I’m one twisted motherfucker. And that’s just the way I like it. Until she walks into my life…

My name is Elyse Gilbert, nicknamed ‘Lucky’ because according to my dad, I’m the unluckiest person alive, and I’ll die the same way I came into the world: naked, screaming, and dirt poor.

Yeah, my life is a twisted, seething mess. But that life changed the day I met HIM. He made me forget the cameras. He made me forget I was doing this for the money. He made me forget my shame. He made me forget everything. I was consumed by him. Only him.

If you’re looking for an unconventional, twisted, dark romance…yeah, I’ve found it for you. Porn Star is the first book I’ve read by Zara Cox, but I guarantee it will not be my last. This one had me turning the pages way later into the night than I care to admit just to find out what happens as the sexual crescendo built to its breaking point.

Quinn is a grade A asshole. He pays his women well and they get pleasure in return, but no emotions. Ever. His end game is one borne of revenge and nothing is going to stand in the way of bringing those people down he holds responsible for his past. When he hires Lucky to play the last part in his “porn” he instantly knows she’s different, special in a way he’s never encountered. Their elaborate sexual games play out for the cameras but he keeps himself shrouded in mystery with a voice changer, a mask and a blindfold.

Elly is on the run. She’s a whore by necessity and also unfortunately by trade. It’s all she’s lived for the last several years. Certainly not by choice. The payday the mystery man is offering for sex on screen can buy her life and perhaps the freedom of someone dear to her. She figures it’s just another payday. A means to an end. Then she meets the mystery man and everything changes. His robotic voice and his sexual needs do something to a part of her she’s rather not acknowledge. Feelings grow, needs change and all of a sudden Elly finds herself craving the attention of two very similar but strikingly different men.

Talk about a total mind fuck of a book. Porn Star had me equal parts cursing Quinn/Q and swooning over the rare glimpses of emotion he let through. It took quite a while for me to understand exactly what was playing out in this one and until then I teetered on a love/hate edge with him. His backstory is twisty, dark and got increasingly sad as I kept reading. The man he has become, the one hell bent on revenge, borders on being sociopathic at times. Yeah, I know, that doesn’t sound sexy at all. Just trust me…it works.

If I felt bad for Quinn/Q, my thoughts on Elly/Lucky were double that. The woman had been basically shackled into life at a whorehouse by her own father. Her desperation leads to a dead body, a burning building and stolen secrets. On the run from someone who seems to have unlimited resources, she’s hoping the million dollar payout offered by Q will be enough to buy her freedom. All she has to do is have sex on film with the masked man on film. The shame that comes with the job is something she deals with as gracefully as one can who has no other options. Her guilt on enjoying the encounters becomes a central theme throughout. She’s never had someone attend to her needs. Sex before was always for the clients needs yet Q gives her more pleasure than she ever thought herself capable of feeling, regardless of the cameras being present.

A chance meeting with a billionaire CEO gives Elly yet another thing to be conflicted over. The CEO, Quinn entrances her and makes her crave the ability to be a normal woman, one who might be able to help him break free of the shackles she’s sure he wears.  Unbeknownst to her the two men she’s falling for are the exact same man. Quinn/Q plays his roles well, but he never expects the line to get blurred between fantasy, reality and revenge. By the time he realizes what is happening, the game is already in motion, the revenge is set and Lucky/Elyse is going to be collateral damage in what he thought would be his shining end game.

A page turner until the very end. Shockingly erotic, dark and tumultuous, Porn Star will test your boundaries as a reader, and you’ll love every minute of it!

I give Porn Star by Zara Cox 5 stars! 

**originally self pubbed under the title “I, Porn Star”**

 

 

 

Can’t Touch This by Tess Hunter

cant-touch-this-by-tess-hunterAvailable: Now Amazon

Type:Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Purchased

Reviewer: Kim

I don’t want to touch it.

I really, really don’t.

He’s egotistical, crass, and my patient’s owner–which makes him totally off limits.

Yep, that’s right. He owns the wiener I’m currently working on.

A wiener dog–get your dirty mind out of the gutter.

I’ve also worked on his Spoodle, his Cocker-shitzu, and a Cheagle–don’t ask. (And no, it’s not a sexual position).

It doesn’t help that he also represents most of my joint-owned veterinary practice’s small clientele. We’d only just opened the doors a few months ago, and in he strode with a yelping Taco Terrier. One haughty look at our sparkling new facilities, he’d demanded royal treatment, even though I was currently finger deep up a squalling tom cat.

Ever since then, he expects me to serve him.

Any time. All the time.

Him and his revolving zoo of dogs.

One of these days, I’m going to swat him for being such a pompous ass but I can’t deny the way he handles his charges makes me want to see past the ‘do as I say and don’t ask questions’ barking exterior.

But then last week…he caught me staring at his um, cough, package.

His bossy commands switched to a cocky smirk.

He gave me permission to do something I promised myself I would never ever do.

I can touch it.

If I want…

The Queen of Darkness just became the Queen of Comedy! Pepper Winters, writing as Tess Hunter, has completely blown my mind! I am addicted to her dark and twisted stories so much that I usually pre-order them without a synopsis, because she is that damn good. Sight unseen, I know that Pepper will deliver. Can’t Touch This has me laughing my A%$ off and I am completely smitten with Tess Hunter!!

First of all, that cover. THAT COVER!!! I was like a love sick puppy drooling over that cover. I mean…WOW. I just knew that this book would be completely different, a unique story that i just wouldn’t normally expect. I knew it would be hilarious, but heart warming? Make me cry? Totally unexpected and so very worth it.

Vesper Fairfax is a blonde, blue-eyed, and long-legged veterinarian who commits her life to her four-legged friends and her best friend, Polly, leaving no time for a guy. Except for the one guy who keeps bringing a spectacle of injured dogs to her vet. He goes out of his way to harass her, making her so very uncomfortable.

Ryder Carson with his hazel eyes, dark hair, and tall and muscular body is amazingly sexy. And so very annoying. Ryder loves to rescue dogs and more importantly harass the local veterinarian making her so uncomfortable he finds it funny. Ry is an all around good guy, helps people and animals all the same. There is no ulterior motive with him, he is very blunt when he tells Vesper he is interested in getting her to bed.

I laughed hysterically every time these two got together. Ryder gave it to her good and she wanted to give it back without going over the line. Ves was infuriated with Ryder but the small business that they owned really relied on Ryder and his rescues to help pay their bills as he was there a few times a week.

“Hot dog? I’d say it’s more like a giant salami…You can squeeze my salami if you want.”

The chemistry between Ves and Ryder is so off the charts hot, it is unexplainable. Ryder is one kinky guy and brings out a wild animal in Vesper! Someone who is so in control likes to be so out of control in the bedroom. Except this one time…which is really change your panties kinda hot… You feel everything, and I mean everything. The sexual tension from Ryder, the sass and lust coming from Ves, unreal. I was completely taken by this couple. The fun they have together, their sexual chemistry is off the charts, the shared love for doing good; Vesper and Ryder are just one of those couples that everyone wants to see as themselves.

There is so much lighthearted fun, great banter between the two main characters and so much great sex to this story, I cannot even begin to tell you everything. Nor do I want to because I’m going back in for a re-read right now. By the way, of course there’s a small “Oh My God, What?!?” moment towards the end be rest assured there will be a happy ending (in more ways than one) 😉

I give Can’t Touch This by Tess Hunter five++ stars!!

Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels

four-letter-word-by-j-danielsAvailable: October 4, 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type:New Adult/College

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.

Which four letter word will change their lives forever?

Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words “wrong number” in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend’s heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate-until Sydney’s wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .

Sydney was just surviving in her marriage, when her husband told her he was no longer in love with her and wanted out. While Sydney’s life was crumbling around her, her best friend Tori called with her own man problems. Something clicks in Syd and she packs up and leaves her husband to be with Tori in her time of need.

After both breaking down and sharing their gripes about the men in their lives, Sydney takes all the pain Tori is feeling along with her own and decides to call her best friend’s ex to tell him exactly where to go. Balls to the wall, Syd completely gives the caller on the other end a piece of her mind…but it is not exactly who she wanted to talk to. Dialing the wrong number may have just changed her entire life.

Brian is barely existing. Six months ago, an accident changed his life forever and he’s just trying to find a way to work through it all, which is not going very well for him. Brian gets a wrong number call from a wild girl who tells him exactly what she thinks of him…and he sparks back to life. The woman on the other end is so full of life and says exactly what she thinks, a need to continue to talk with her overwhelms him.

Brian can’t get enough of the wild girl and starts to text Syd, making her feel more loved and cared for than she ever did in her marriage. Texting leads to phone calls to which both have them have decided to keep this relationship just between themselves. Brian and Syd can so easily talk to each other and about almost everything. Brian is definitely keeping secrets from Syd as he just knows she will leave if she knows what he is hiding.

There are so many emotional moments dealing with guilt, love, family, cheating, lies, that this book will leave you completely awestruck. Conversations Brian and Syd have, things Brian does to try to clear his conscience, how close they were the entire time…I was on the edge of my seat. There are so many moments when I was just holding my breath while reading. I have to say that when Brian and Sydney finally meet, I stopped breathing. You could really feel the love, sexual tension and magic in that exact moment.

J. Daniels always writes with tons of humor and fun, but the emotion these characters went through left me downright spellbound. You honestly feel every emotion Brian and Syd endure, and then some. At times, it absolutely broke my heart to feel right along with them. I completely understood what both Syd and Brian were going through, I could feel it in my bones.

The supporting characters were amazingly written as well. I’m very excited to read about Tori and Jamie in the next book in the Dirty Deeds series, Hit the Spot.

I have read all of J. Daniels books and enjoyed each and every one. However, Four Letter Word has become THE book to put her right on top. Four Letter Word is a quick read full of emotion, fun and amazing sex. This is one of those books that you hope everyone feels the emotion just like you did when you first read it. I highly recommend purchasing this book.

I give Four Letter Word  by J. Daniels five stars!

Quiver by Jacob Chance (Quake #2)

quiver-by-jacob-chanceAvailable: Now Amazon

Type: Contemporary Romance/Suspense

Publisher: Self

My copy: Purchased

Reviewer: Liz

They met under the most unusual circumstances and fell deeply in love. Their relationship thrived, despite all the secrets Kyle kept from Janny. When the sordid details of his betrayal were revealed in the worst way possible, he had to fight to win her back. Now Kyle’s in the battle of his life and the obstacle in their path might be impossible to overcome. Will they continue working together and face the problem head on or… will this be the one thing their love can’t survive?

Quiver by Jacob Chance picked up right where we left off in Quake, after that huge cliffhanger. At the end of Quake, Janny and Kyle had finally found their happiness, but there was one more secret Kyle kept from Janny. A life changing secret. And so the wild ride that is Quiver begins.

This was a fast-paced, suspenseful and much darker book than Quake. From the start, readers are captivated and left wanting to know what happens next.

Janny is devastated by the secret Kyle kept from her. Life for them takes a huge turn she did not see coming. Janny now needs to make decisions and choices that are right for her and her future. But will they include Kyle?

Kyle is now facing challenges he never expected or saw coming. What future will he have? Does it include Janny? He never thought he would find love, but can he hold onto it? But at what cost?

Not only do Janny and Kyle have challenges and obstacles in their path that are unexpected, but what dangers loom ahead of them? Will they see them in time? This time around there were so many unexpected twists and turns and dark undertones that added so much to the story. But not to worry, we still get dominating, alpha Kyle.

The angst was definitely taken to a new level in this book. The emotions were all over the place. Then add in the suspense and you have a book you cannot put down. Jacob Chance gave us a great mix of romance, angst, and suspense. I cannot wait to see what else he gives us.

Quiver by Jacob Chance was a 4-star read for me

If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell (The Disgraceful Dukes #2)

If I Only Had A Duke by Lenora BellAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Edelweiss

Reviewer: Pam

After three failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family’s scheming. She won’t domesticate a duke, entangle an earl, or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt’s Irish estate for a life of blissful freedom. Until an arrogant, sinfully handsome duke singles her out for a waltz, making Thea the most popular belle of the season. The duke ruined her plans and he’ll just have to fix them.

Dalton, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for debutantes or marriage–he uses dalliances and public spectacle to distract from his real purpose: finding the man who destroyed his family. When his search leads to Ireland, the last thing he needs is the determined, achingly innocent Thea, who arrives in the dead of night demanding he escort her to her aunt. His foolish agreement may prove his undoing. The road to the Emerald Isle is fraught with unforeseen dangers, but the greatest peril of all might just be discovering that he has a heart…and he’s losing it to Thea.

This is the second book in the Disgraceful Dukes series and I thoroughly enjoyed this as much as the first one. I was looking forward to Dorothea’s book and I was not disappointed as we are treated to humor, danger and of course romance.

We met Dorothea (Thea) in the previous book; she caused a scandal when she left the Duke of Harland at the altar, through no fault of her own. She was manipulated by her mother who was incensed that her daughter had not found a husband after three unsuccessful seasons. Now Thea is happily exiled to Ireland where she is enjoying time with her aunt and trying to gain access to a neighboring duke’s attic for his paintings. When she travels to London because of her mother, she meets the neighbor, who promptly disrupts her future plans. Now she wants amends.

Dalton, the Duke of Osborne has been searching for the man who destroyed his family years ago. Never wanting to return to Ireland, he dismisses letters from a neighbor who wants access to some paintings of his fathers. When she comes to London, he assumes she is looking for a husband and after one dance he unwittingly makes her the bell of the ball, instead, she is angry and demands to be taken back to Ireland before her mother does something stupid like marry her off. And the antics begin.

What a fun, entertaining book. I was hooked from the beginning, the letters Thea and Dalton exchange before they meet are hilarious and I could not wait to get these two together.

Thea was intriguing from the beginning. I wanted to meet the woman whose mother tried to trick a duke into marrying her. Thea was always shy and often did not fit in with London society, and had a hard time talking to men. In the beginning I was not sure about her personality but she surprised me with her strength and independence and she was the perfect match for the duke.

Dalton was an amazing hero, albeit a bit preoccupied with the past and finding those that killed his brother. He thought he was doing something nice for Thea by dancing with her but instead found himself helping her escape her mother’s matchmaking threats. While on their way to Ireland, the two find danger and passion along with an unexpected revelation while investigating his past.

I loved the two together, the witty banter was hilarious and the undeniable attraction between them was extremely entertaining, they definitely had chemistry. I liked how they each received something from the other, she realizes that she can be happy and fall in love with someone and he learns that he should not dwell on the past. The pace worked well, a slow and steady buildup of their romance with spikes of dangerous and emotional scenes interspersed throughout. Secondary characters enriched the story line, especially Con and Molly. I also enjoyed seeing a few friends from the first book again, even if it had to be her mother. The ending came up a bit abruptly and there seemed to be some unfinished items from Dalton’s family, but over all a very enjoyable book. I am looking forward to more.

I give If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell 4 stars!

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