Claim & Protect by Rhenna Morgan (Haven Brotherhood #3)

Available: June 12, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Carina Press

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society’s expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other’s backs.

Trevor Raines lives on the edge of legal. A good guy doing bad things to save lives, the only rules he follows are the Brotherhood’s, and there’s nothing in the world that will change that. Until Natalie Jordan walks into his life…

Natalie’s only interest is in making a fresh start. She’s a woman with a plan, and the plan doesn’t include a man with secrets, no matter how kind—or intoxicating—he is. But this cowboy is determined to break down her walls, keep her safe and make her his.

Trevor had no interest in settling down, but there’s something entirely too appealing about the woman he can’t stay away from. There’s only one thing to do—change his plans…and hers. When Natalie’s ex resurfaces to threaten her new life, Trevor will move heaven and earth to make sure the bastard can’t hurt her again. Except saving Natalie means outing his own secrets—and it could mean losing her forever…

Here we are, book three in the Haven Brotherhood series by Rhenna Morgan. This is normally where I hit a stale point in a series. I am so happy to say that Morgan once again wowed me with her work and left me wanting more more more from this world she has built!

Living in a world of their own making, Trevor and his brotherhood are used to doing things their own way. They may not always be the legal way, but they get shit done and they do it on their own terms. Trevor has noticed his new waitress Natalie is taking a lot of personal calls and being distracted from work which is unacceptable. Approaching her gives me no clue other than her desperate need to keep her job and her skittishness when asked about her personal life. Intrigued by her, Trevor makes it his business to find out her secrets and what he finds past those walls riles every protective instinct he has.

With an abusive ex to keep at bay and a young son depending on her, Natalie knows she needs to keep her head on straight. A dalliance with her boss might just give her ex the fuel he needs to take Levi from her out of pure spite. But the meddlesome overgrown cowboy has a different plan. One that involves a sense of security that Natalie isn’t accustomed to and that she doesn’t trust.

While I loved the relationship progression of this book, the real star was Natalie’s son Levi. He stole the scene every time he graced the pages. A precocious young boy in real need of a father figure, he instantly attached himself to Trevor. In return, Trevor took on the role with seeming ease, teaching him manners and how a real man should act right from the start. For a man who said time and again he wasn’t ready to settle down, his actions certainly spoke louder than his words. It was heartwarming each and every time Trevor showed the little man affection, something Levi hadn’t had from anyone other than his mother and grandmother.

While this relationship did take a bit longer to ignite, it was true to their characters and unique to their story. Natalie was understandably reluctant and it took a while to break down those walls. Faced with a man who lives by his own terms was eerily familiar to her and she had a hard time separating the upstanding man Trevor was to her slime of an ex.

Overall, this was a strong story focusing on moving on, understand differences and learning who you are in the face of secrets. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for more!

I give Claim & Protect by Rhenna Morgan 4 stars! 

Just One Touch by Maya Banks (Slow Burn #5)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Edelweiss

Reviewer: Nikki

Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal—and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cult’s bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman…or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape.

When a terrified young woman tries to steal the SUV of Devereaux Security’s toughest recruit, Isaac’s anger quickly turns into a strange sort of protectiveness for the beautiful, bruised stranger. But when they are caught in a firestorm of bullets and Isaac is hit, he’s sure the end is near, until Jenna touches him and closes his wounds. As he tries to bring Jenna to safety, she refuses to tell him what danger haunts her or how she healed him, but Isaac vows to do whatever it takes to gain her trust…and her heart. Because with just one touch, Isaac knows he wants Jenna to be his—forever.

This is one of those books that I dread writing the review for because even after pondering I still don’t quite know how I feel. To read this book you need to suspend your beliefs, which sounds weird seeing as how I have it labeled both Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance right? Just go with me here. Of course when you read anything with paranormal elements you have to suspend belief. It’s impossible, it cannot happen. That’s not exactly what I am talking about in the case of Just One Touch.

Jenna has the ability to heal someone with her hands. Gun shot wound? No problem, she just puts her hands upon you and God’s will heals from within. She’s like a televangelist, but real. She’s been raised by a religious cult since the time she was four years old. She’s had no contact with the outside world, she fears any kind of technology and she’s aghast at a normal man/woman relationship. Yet inexplicably she knows of things she should have no business knowing. This is where you need to just suspend your beliefs and just blindly follow the author and ask no questions. Like, how does she know what a Goodwill or Salvation Army store is? Or how does she know how a man proposes to a woman? If she was taken at four years old, and remembers virtually nothing of the outside world she shouldn’t. But throughout the book, little things like that continually jumped out at me.

Of course, Jenna is also a virgin, because that seems to be a trope Banks loves a lot. I understood with the story line how that would be possible in this case though so I won’t comment much on it. Other than to say the inst-love between Jenna and Issac was predictable yet enjoyable.  It was sweet, in ways and over the top in others. Issac is convinced he can keep Jenna safe from the cult and the drug cartel who wants to buy her, but time and again, he cannot. She’s a lose cannon and her naivete gets her into trouble a lot. Issac spends a lot of time either professing his undying devotion to her or crying in the second half of the book. He’s that emotional ya’ll. He cries. A lot.

The action sequences were well wrote and kept me focused on the journey these two characters were taking. I love the incorporation of all the past characters in the series and how they banded together for one of their own. This series definitely has similarities to another of Banks’ work, the KGI Series.

I am really hoping we get a Beau and Tori story next since that’s where this book seemed to be pointing. Tori is pretty damaged from her time at the hands of a killer and she’s been physically assaulted as well (another one of Banks’ tried and true formulas) but I liked the glimpse into Beau’s protectiveness that this book afforded readers.

Overall, if you can look past some of the glaring tropes and just follow the author down the rabbit hole without asking questions, then you’ll enjoy Just One Touch. This reader was “meh”.

I give Just One Touch by Maya Banks 3 stars

When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann

Available: Now

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My copy: Sent

Reviewer: Liz

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.

He also has a wife.

Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann is a story about, well life. Life is never easy. Choices can irrevocably change the course of your life. Sometimes life happens and there is nothing you can do about it. And sometimes the path you take in life takes you where you needed to be after all, you just needed to learn a few things along the way. I absolutely loved this book. It was such a sweet, funny, at times, and heartbreaking story.

Parker Cruse’s life is not going exactly the way she thought it would. After catching her twin sister and her boyfriend having sex and severing her relationship with her sister after an evil prank at her weeding, to her ex, her life spiraled out of control for a while. At twenty-six she is ready to make a change. First, move out of her parent’s house. Second, find a job using her degree. Simple, right?

But what happens when life throws a curveball at you that you never saw coming? After moving out of her parent’s house, Parker meets her neighbor and his dog. Gus is an electrician and just what she needs to help her settle into her new place. But he also makes her feel things she should not, since he is very much married.

The last place Parker ever imagined herself in was falling for a man that is already taken. She knows what it feels like to be hurt in a situation like this. She is determined to stay away, but when his wife, Sabrina, offers her an opportunity to be her personal assistant, the offer is too good to pass up. But can she do her job and stay away from her husband?

When Life happened is such a beautiful story of love, loss and forgiveness. Parker is a bit lost at the beginning of the story. She had envisioned this life for herself, but her current situation is anything but what she dreamed off. She needed to find her way, but had to face some obstacles before getting there. When life took yet another twist, she was left heartbroken and devastated.

There is so much I want to share, but this is a story that really just needs to be read and experienced. It is unexpected. A roller coaster of ups and downs. A beautiful story about what happens when life happens. I know many will stay away because of the blurb, but if you are willing to give this story a chance, it is so worth it.

I absolutely loved When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann. I loved every single one of her characters. They were real and raw. The honesty, love and words in the second half of this book gutted me and filled me with so much emotion. I was consumed from the first page to the last. A must read I highly recommend.

I give When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann 5-stars

Break Me by Logan Chance (Sex Me #4)

BREAK-ME---FB-BANNER.jpg

Break Me

A Sex Me Novella

By Logan Chance

Cover by: Judi with Concierge Literary Designs

Release Date June 5th

Hosted by Chance Promotions

#99cents or FREEKU

Add to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32509878-break-me

You can’t help who you fall for.

Katy Vanderlin has a problem. A man who won’t leave her alone. Until he proposes to her in front of her company as a joke.
Wanting to make partner at her consulting firm, she sees an opportunity arise. Hire the man to be her fake fiance until after the holidays.
Extravagant parties, company get-together’s and it should be a shoo-in for her.

One problem, Pollux Clark.

Pollux is hired to be her fake fiance if he can not mess it up, she might possibly become partner.

If he can just keep his past hidden well, and his reasoning for being near her contained he may just make the pay out of his lifetime.

But for these two the fun is only beginning. Until one of them breaks. Who will be first?

***REVIEW FROM LIZ***

Break Me by Logan Chance is the fourth novella in his Sex Me Novella series. A series of standalone novellas that are sexy, steamy and tantalizing stories.

Can you help who you fall for? Especially if not everything is what it seems? What happens when it all falls apart? This is the story you get when you read Break Me. Prepare for a roller coaster of a ride that will be hot and steamy and heartbreaking.

Katy Vanderlin has one goal in mind. To make partner in her consulting firm. After her divorce, she wants to prove to everyone she can do this. I loved Katy. She is strong, independent and very determined. So focused to reach her goal, she sometimes forgot to enjoy life.

Pollux Clark is a man on a mission and nothing will get in the way. Not even the beautiful woman who intrigues him. But maybe she can help him achieve his goal, without even knowing it. Pollux was so charming and such an alpha. He knew what he wanted and went after it. But he was also so sweet and open when needed, you can’t help but love him.

Katy met Pollux just when she needed it. He gave her a distraction at the right time, but it was supposed to be a one-time thing. But when they run into each other again, an opportunity arises and before she knows it, she is hiring him to play her fake fiancé. Only until after the holidays and she makes partner. No problem, right?

But as Katy and Pollux spend time together, there is no denying their chemistry. As they begin to slowly open up with each other, feelings begin to emerge. But what happens when secrets from the past emerge that may tear them apart?

I loved the chemistry between Katy and Pollux. Together they were unbelievably hot and steamy. And Pollux allowed Katy to realize there is more to life than reaching goals you set for yourself.

Logan Chance gave us a story of finding what you needed, even if you did not know it, when you least expected. He also gave us an unexpected twist that blew me away. Break Me was a steamy read that will tug at your emotions.

I give Break Me by Logan chance 4.5-stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Logan Chance enjoys the simple things in life. Star Wars, music, and pretty girls. Always in trouble at school, he was made to copy the dictionary while the others played. This began his word fascination.

With a love of words, he then realized he loved stringing those same words together to create stories to inspire all.

From Boston, and relocated to Florida, he lives out his days writing, reading, and avoiding the beach.

Not afraid to tell it how it is, Logan is definitely a man of his own.

Sign up for Logan’s newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cFmhXz

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15095061.Logan_Chance

Twitter


Instagram

www.instagram.com/loganchance85

Facebook

www.facebook.com/loganchanceauthor

Amazon:

http://amazon.com/author/loganchance

Buns by Alice Clayton (Hudson Valley #3)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Gallery

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

What a great book! I absolutely loved this one! Although Alice Clayton is normally a win for me anyway, I just knew I had to try this one when I saw that cover and that title. I will admit to chuckling as soon as I picked it up. What I found within this book was a thoughtful love story sprinkled with a sweet humor that is clearly Clayton’s signature.

Clara is a hotel re-branding consultant who has been hired to bring fresh ideas to a mountaintop resort in New York. She’s sought after, intelligent and always able to produce a positive result. When she arrives at the Bryant Mountain House she’s immediately met with hostility from the owners son and heir. They butt heads constantly throughout the progression of the book which I found both charming and honest.

Archie is still mourning the loss of his wife who was taken much to young by cancer. Unable to fully move past her death he has buried himself in work and secluded himself to the hotel with little to no social life. Meeting Clara both intrigues and pisses him off right from the start. He finds her loud, annoying and rude yet he also finds himself drawn to her in a way he hasn’t ever felt, even with his wife.

I found these characters to be refreshingly down to earth and real. They both fought demons of their own, but they were normal, everyday problems. Archie really struggled with the idea that he was moving on after his wife’s death even though it had been several years. He felt as if he was betraying her memory by finding qualities in Clara that aroused him in ways his wife never did. Clara really fought the fight or flight trait she had honed so perfectly in her past. She wanted to be the one to do the leaving since it always seemed to be reversed in her childhood. Never having roots meant never forming a connection with someone who could hurt her when they left.

As both worked through their hangups their love/hate relationship slowly evolved into something more. The humor and secondary characters moved the plot along nicely and by the last page I was swooning. Definitely a great read from Alice Clayton!

I give Buns by Alice Clayton 5 stars! 

Detour by Kacey Shea

Available: Now

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Liz

Trent Donavan is the golden boy of the rock world. As lead singer of Three Ugly Guys, he’s every fangirl’s dream, and with his newfound fame the women flow as readily as alcohol and drugs. There’s no doubt women are Trent’s preferred indulgence after a successful show.

That is, until the feisty little blonde joins the tour.

Lexi Marx loves music. It runs in her blood and flows through her soul. As the illegitimate daughter of a rock legend, she’s determined to make it in the music industry on talent alone. So when her agent scores her the opening act gig for the next 3UG tour it seems her hard work, hopes, and dreams have finally come to fruition.

Until she spends time with the band. More accurately, Trent Donovan. She’d feel better if that arrogant manwhore of a lead singer would stop hitting on her with his dreamy eyes, witty comebacks, and voice that melts the most jagged of hearts. But Trent is determined to prove to Lexi he’s not such a bad guy, and as music binds their friendship, Lexi’s left with the most confusing of emotions. Could this be love or an uninvited distraction? She can still have it all, if only her heart doesn’t lead her off track.

Detour by Kacey Shea was a fun, sexy read with a touch of angst. Who does not love rockers and the woman who goes toe to toe with them?

Trent Donovan and his band, Three Ugly Guys, have worked long and hard to make it in the music industry. All their dreams are finally coming true. He is living the life of a rock star! Women, fame and parties are his life now. He is content. What else could he ask for?

Lexi Marx is ready to hit the music industry by storm. She has been surrounded by music all her life, but is determined to make it on her own merit and talent. She does not need her absentee rock legend of a father to open any doors for her. When she finally gets the break she needs, she is determined to put her mark on the world and stay away from the members of the rock band she is opening for. No one knows better than her the consequences of falling for a rocker.

I loved Trent. Yes, he was cocky and confident, but he earned that right and never lied or made promises. The ladies knew who he was and what he wanted. He gave them what they desired and everyone was happy. That is until he meets Lexi. She rocked his world and seemed to bring out the softer side of him. A side that wanted to be a better man for her.

Lexi, on the other hand, was hard around the edges and protected herself fiercely. But as we learn her background, we understand why she is the way she is. She never lets her defenses down. But when Trent comes to her defense and they begin to spend time together, everything changes and she begins to see a different side of him.

I enjoyed reading a heroine that was not afraid to stand for what she wanted and believed in. She gave just as much as she took. I loved seeing a hero who knew what he had in a woman and did all he could to show her who he really was. Seeing the romance blossom between Trent and Lexi was frustrating at times, but also very sweet.

I enjoyed reading Detour by Kacey Shea and hope to see the other band members get their stories as well. I was intrigued with the slow burn of the romance, the friendships between the band members and with Lexi and I loved Trent’s mom. This was another great read from Kacey Shea.

I give Detour by Kacey Shea 4-stars

My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn

Available: Now 

Type: Romantic Comedy/New Adult

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

When I found an eviction notice taped on my apartment door, I had two options: find a comfortable cardboard box to call home, or move in with Tucker Jameson.

Seeing that cardboard makes me feel itchy, I chose the latter. Which shouldn’t be that big of a deal Tucker is one of my good friends. And because he’s still pining after his ex-girlfriend and I’m trying to finish my nursing degree, there is nothing to worry about in the romance department, making my last semester an easy one to conquer.

Boy, was I wrong.

Rules are set, dinners are made, conversations are had, and a shirtless, swoony roommate walks around in nothing but a pair of black briefs, ruining me for every other man.

Before I know it, I turn into a panting, lust-filled woman begging for Tucker to kiss me, touch me, and show me exactly what is hiding under those briefs.

But with great orgasms, comes great consequences.

Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language.

Meghan Quinn is someone I’ve never read before. I’ve got a few books on my kindle but haven’t had the chance to buckle down and read them. However, when My Best Friend’s Ex showed up on my kindle, I decided to dive right in.

To me this book just screamed “girl code” and I knew from the start it was going to be broken. But what a way to break it…

Emma and Tucker have known each other for a long time, since high school. Tucker dated Emma’s best friend, Sadie, and they were inseparable. They loved hard and fought hard as well. Sadie ended up pregnant and Tucker did what he thought was right…bought the house with the white picket fence in hopes of the perfect family. However, Sadie lost the baby and all of their dreams fell apart.

A few years later, Tucker has still not moved on. He is still in the same house, barely living, when he sees his friend Emma at a local bar. As luck would have it, Emma is looking for a place to stay after being evicted and Tucker offers her a room in his home. I mean, they are just friends, right??

From the moment Emma moves in, the banter between her and Tucker is friendly and yet flirty. He pushes her to work hard and play harder. He goes out of his way to make her comfortable in her home, cooking, spending time with her, buying furniture and making it a home, something he never did after Sadie left him.

Throughout the book, there is the sexual tension that is incredible. I was holding my breath just waiting to see if Tucker and Emma would surrender to their desires. The joking between the two, the things that just coming pouring out of Emma’s mouth and Tucker’s sometimes hot/cold attitude towards Emma leads to some mind-blowing scenes.

“He’s been preparing all his life to be the best at everything he does, and you, my beautiful friend, will be the one who benefits from the hard knocks he’s experienced. He will give you his soul, his heart, his love.”

Emma and Tucker’s story is fabulous. With the addition of some amazing friends and co-workers, this tale of friends to lovers is remarkable. My Best Friend’s Ex has plenty of fun, sexiness, drama and a whole lot of love. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Ms. Quinn.

I give My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn 4.5 stars!

Mami by J.C. Valentine (Papi #2)

MAMI, based on a true story

by J.C. Valentine

PAPI #2

Publication Date: May 23, 2017

Genres: Adult, Erotic, Short Story, Novella, Contemporary, Romance

BUY:

SYNOPSIS:

Readers asked for it, and JC Valentine has delivered!

Life has thrown me a few curveballs…

But nothing as sexy or devastating as Alejandro.

I never thought I’d see him again, but fate has seen fit to give us another chance.

Maybe this time we’ll get it right. Maybe this time he’ll stay.

Or perhaps my heart is about to be irrevocably shattered.

One way or another, our lives are about to change.

Only time will tell if it’s for better or worse, but one thing is certain…

Alejandro is a force to be reckoned with…maybe even best to be avoided.

But when it comes to matters of the heart, sometimes there’s no reasoning.

Sometimes…it’s pure instinct.

Taking a chance on him is like playing Russian roulette—it’s dangerous…foolish…and likely to kill me.

But what’s life without a little risk?

goodreads-badge-add-38px

**REVIEW FROM LIZ**

The novella, Mami, from J.C. Valentine is a follow-up to her Papi novella. Where Papi was more steamy and sexy, Mami serves a bit more of reality and adulting. Don’t get me wrong, Alejandro and Julie are still so very steamy together, it’s just the reality of being together takes more precedence in this story.

The story picks up right where Papi left off. Julie has not heard from Alejandro and now he is at her front door asking for another chance. But this time around there may be a lot more at risk.

I loved Julie. She is coming out of a marriage that left her hurt and trying to rebuild her life and that of her children. She is looking for a man who wants to be with her and make her a priority. But at the same time, she feels an attraction to Alejandro she cannot deny. Walking away from him may not be as easy.

Alejandro is sexy, hot and so very alpha. He drips sexuality in every page, but he has commitments that keep him away. I really wish we had his point of view in this story, but get why we did not.

This was another great novella by J.C. Valentine. I enjoyed the story, the characters and getting more background on both Alejandro and Julie. We even got a bit of angst as Alejandro and Julie work out their relationship. I loved the epilogue, however, it made me sad when the author provided the difference between Papi and Mami.

I give Mami by J.C. Valentine 4-stars!

ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

Sign up for J.C.’s newsletter and never miss a thing! http://bit.ly/1KxXWWB

WebsiteTwitterFacebook PinterestGoogle+Amazon Author PageGoodreads

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Swerve

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Kim

Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.

Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.

Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.

Helena Hunting can write some books ya’ll. I am an avid reader of hers and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pucked Series. I was a little scared going into this one because well, it’s not a Pucked book. However, I absolutely fell in love with Bane and Ruby!!

Pucked Boys be damned, there’s a new hottie in town and he’s got one hell of a dirty mouth!

Ruby has no idea what she is in for while attending her best friend’s engagement party. A run in with an incredibly hot guy in the hallway by the restroom leads to a heavy make out session which leads to all sorts of trouble for Ruby. See, the hot guy is sick with the flu, which he passes along to Ruby…disaster in the making.

Now looking for a job and an apartment, Ruby’s best friend sets her up with a job apartment/pet sitting for a friend, Bane, who just so happens to be the guy who kissed her and started this whole mess to begin with!

“You know, you can call me Bane.” “Like the bane of my existence?”

I thoroughly enjoyed Ruby! She is a woman who lives in the moment, a starving Broadway actress who is trying to make ends meet. Ruby has no qualms about saying what she means, like it or leave it. She is hilarious and I like how she knows what she wants. And that, my friends, is Bane.

Bancroft “Bane” was refreshing. He was so much more than the typical rich guy. He spent a good part of his life doing what he wanted to do, which was rugby, but now is following in the family business. Having to travel for work, he has Ruby stay at his apartment to watch his unusual house pets. And his attentional to detail and organizational skills had me drooling like a baby. I mean, come on! Who doesn’t like a hot, sexy rugby player turned business man who has his shit together??!

“Bancroft is stretched out on the couch watching sports with Francesca curled up in his lap. Right on top of his penis. What a whore. I wish I was her.”

Bane and Ruby’s friendship was fun and lighthearted until it turned into something so much more. These two had unbelievable chemistry and great banter, and were so very attracted to each other, you’d have thought they would have jumped each other immediately. But no, you really get the build up with this one…. more than halfway through the book before any sexy times happen. Get yourself a fan, lock yourself if your room, grab a change of panties, whatever you have to do because when it does go down? HOLY SHIT. If you’ve read any of Helena’s books, you know her men have some dirty mouths. Bane is no different and it is UNREAL. The mouth on that man, I’ve got some ideas on what I’d like it to do 😉

Shacking Up was an enjoyable story that had a little bit of everything in it. A whole lot of sexiness, lighthearted fun, sexual tension that is off the charts, cute animals, sexy men, one HELL of a douchebag guy who you will love to hate…. all of which you will absolutely fall in love with!

I give Shacking Up by Helena Hunting 5 stars!!!

The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart (Gravediggers #1)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Michelle

Deacon Tucker is a dead man walking. A former black ops agent, he was disavowed and stripped of all honor before being recruited as a Gravedigger. But his honor and good name no longer matter, because no one knows he’s alive, and he’ll never get the recognition he deserves. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. That’s a rule punishable by death. The kind of death a man can’t be brought back from.

Tess Sherman is the only mortician in Last Stop, Texas. She has no idea how Deacon Tucker ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Deacon is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache. Deacon is on a mission to stop the most fatal terror attack the world has ever known—what’s known as The Day of Destiny—a terrorist’s dream. But when he discovers Tess has skills he can use to stop them, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And, most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart.

Even though I have a to-be-read pile taller than me, I’m always looking for new authors, especially new authors with a new series I can delve into. If I love a book, I love it even more when it’s a part of a series that I can keep revisiting. I’m partial to alpha heroes and military/special ops romance, so I figured this book was right up my alley. The Darkest Corner didn’t wow me, but it didn’t disappoint either. Liliana Hart has created an interesting spin on the former military hero storyline and introduced characters that were likable and believable.

Tess Sherman runs the only funeral home in the small town of Last Stop. She returned to her hometown after college intending to buy the funeral home when the owner finally decided to sell. Not only is it her workplace, but it’s also her home since she lives on the third floor. When an unknown buyer comes in and takes over, the only consolation Tess has is the fact that the seller/former boss made her continued employment part of the contract. Oh, and the fact that she now has a group of seriously hunky guys working for her.

Deacon Tucker poses as a funeral home assistant, but there is way more to him than meets the eye. Tess knows that he and the other guys are there in Last Stop for reasons other than helping the sole mortician with one funeral a month. Since they take care of everything around the place so she doesn’t have to, and they mind their own business, Tess is happy to let them have their secrets. Until the attraction between her and Deacon that has been sizzling on the back burner for two years finally ignites.

Deacon knows he has no business pursuing the sexy mortician. Thanks to his dishonorable exit from the military/government world he used to live in, he now is a man with no past and no future. He lives one mission at a time, his only priority to keep the world safe. What does he have to offer Tess, a woman with roots deep in the Last Stop soil? None of that can stop the chemistry between them from boiling over, and once they acknowledge their mutual attraction, all bets are off.

Things for Deacon and Tess are complicated even further when Tess is drawn into Deacon’s Gravedigger world. The last thing he wants to do is bring danger to her doorstep, but when he discovers she can help him, he has to figure out a way to utilize her talent while keeping her safe at the same time.

I wasn’t overly thrilled with the terrorist plot of this book. It seemed like most of the book was spent building up to this sinister world-ending attack, and yet it was handled so easily by the Gravediggers. I think I was hoping for more intensity or something. I also really disliked Eve. I think that was the point, but still. But all that aside, I enjoyed the romance between Tess and Deacon. He was a strong, caring man who only had eyes for one woman. She was awkward and insecure and wanted Deacon more than anything. Regardless of their uncertain future, they both dove into their romance whole-heartedly, and it made for a sweet & sexy read.

I give The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart 3.5 stars

1 2 3 4 5 231
, PHPlist