Papi by JC Valentine

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My copy: Sent (ARC)

Reviewer: Liz

Dating is hard.
Especially when it’s a younger man.
Alejandro is everything I ever dreamed of:
Sexy.
Driven.
Dominant.
He’s my Spanish lover.
My every fantasy come true.
My weakness.
And he wants me. All of me. Maybe even more than I have to give.
But the way he talks to me…looks at me…touches me drives me crazy in the best way possible.
And he knows it.
He knows the power he holds over me…and he wields it like a blade…
Straight through my heart.
Everything I have, everything I am, is in his hands…
Because Alejandro is everything and nothing I expected.
He may be my downfall…
But I am more than eager to take the plunge.

Papi by J.C. Valentine is a short novella about a soon to be divorcee trying to navigate through her new life. But dating is hard, especially when you have kids, responsibilities and are no longer young. I loved this short story. It was hot and steamy and so much fun, but also felt real and honest. And just enough of a taste to fall for Alejandro.

Julie is staring over. She finally decided to ends things with her cheating husband. She knows she deserves better and wants to give her children a good life. But she also wants to start dating, but where does she start? She decides to explore online dating. Once she does, she “meets” Alejandro online and they hit it off.

I loved seeing that both Julie and Alejandro had concerns. Life is not perfect and letting someone new into your life after so long is not easy. Julie had insecurities and self-doubts. They got in the way of following through at first. Then reality sets in and decisions need to be made.

I loved this story. Julie and Alejandro were captivating and the chemistry was dripping off the pages. And that ending! I hope there is more where this came from!

I give Papi by J.C. Valentine 4 steamy stars!

Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins (Something in the Way #1)

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Type: New Adult/College

Publisher: Self pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

I feel odd saying this, but this is my first Jessica Hawkins book. I adore the cover and the blurb really peaked my interest. However, that’s where it all ended.

Lake and her sister Tiffany could not be any more different. Lake makes her dad proud, accomplishes academic excellence whereas Tiffany just barely skated through high school and is still not mature enough to make it in the world. Their parents let Tiffany do whatever she wanted, hell, she’s 19 and has no job, lives at home and spends their money like it’s her job. Lake just feels she’s not as pretty and is not permitted to do things Tiffany did at her age and is EXTREMELY naïve.

My issues were this story are this…

It was just way to slow. It goes on and on how Lake is smart and Tiffany is a freeloader. Yeah, I think we all figured that out in the first two chapters.

Lake seemed extremely well educated but way to immature for a 16-year-old. I have a 16-year-old who has a 4.4 GPA but you know what? She knows what goes on at parties, and knows about sex, and what kids her age do. I’m sorry but no one at the age of 16 is that naïve.

Manning, he seems like a lovely guy. Maybe he would be even better if he hung out with people his own age. A 16-year-old, a 19-year-old and a 23-year-old hanging out just gives me the creeps. If he were 17 or maybe even 18, it probably wouldn’t bother me but the age difference was just too much. He seemed ok using Tiffany to stay close to Lake. Huh? Why? Because you know it’s weird to be hanging around a 16-year-old!!!! And when Manning kept comparing Lake to his sister…uh…no thank you.

Something in the Way just was not the book for me. I ended up skipping just about every other chapter. I felt the story dragged on and on. At the end of the book, it just stopped. I didn’t feel as though it was a cliffhanger…it just stopped. I wasn’t intrigued as to what happens next and will not continue the series.

I give Something in the Way (Something in the Way #1) by Jessica Hawkins 1 star

Perfect for You by Candis Terry (Sunshine Creek Vineyard #2)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Declan Kincade has spent so much time chasing success he’s almost forgotten how to just live. Lately though, his all-business routine has been thrown into disarray. Brooke Hastings is the best employee Dec’s ever had: polished, capable, and intelligent. After four years, he’s just realized that she’s also smoking hot. But their working relationship is too valuable to stake on a fling, no matter how mind-bendingly pleasurable it promises to be.

What’s worse than never meeting the right man? Finding him, and then working side-by-side every day while he remains absolutely blind to your existence. That is, until one temptation-packed road-trip changes everything. Teaching her gorgeous, driven boss how to cut loose and have fun is the toughest challenge Brooke’s ever faced. But it’s one that could give both of them exactly what they need, if Dec will take a chance on a perfect—and perfectly unexpected—love.

Having enjoyed many books by Ms. Terry, I was happy to find myself revisiting the Sunshine Winery with the Kincade family, although they continue to struggle with a recent tragedy, it has brought the siblings back together. An emotional story full of heart and romance.

Despite his dyslexia diagnosis several years too late Declan Kincade has built a successful business away from the family drama of the winery. A workaholic by nature, he realizes with the death of his parents he needs to take some time and help his siblings deal with the family’s dire financial situation. Together they hope to find the answers to puzzling questions their parents left behind. However, his plans of flying up to Washington State to visit are waylaid by his assistant Brooke who believes Declan has forgot how to live and prepares for a remarkable road trip from Southern California.

Brooke had a miserable childhood which she managed to escape in her teens and rise above. She is an excellent assistant to Declan, working hard to make sure his business runs smoothly yet she is itching to free Declan of his rigid lifestyle. She looks and acts very professional, but she is determined to live her life to the fullest, never walking when she can run and never flying when she can drive and experience fun. When Dec decides to spend some time at the family winery, she jumps at the chance to break him out of his routine. The fact that she has always found him downright sexy is a win.

Even though Declan drags his feet and complains the entire trip, secretly he is opening up and realizing that Brooke is different away from work, he has always found her sexy but stayed away because of their working relationship, now he is enjoying the chance to get to know this person. I love how free Brooke is, she wants to experience the joys of life and introducing Declan to them is a definite plus. The two have amazing chemistry and the sparks between them surface during their long drive. When they finally get to their destination the two must reevaluate their relationship.

The Kincade’s are a welcoming family. They have gone through some devastating times recently and the bad news keeps coming, they must deal with money trouble as well as a newcomer to the family. There are still many unanswered questions that will continue throughout the arc of the series but the story flows well and I enjoyed the ride.

There are some emotional settings in this story, the only daughter Nicki has never felt loved by her father and is now struggling. A female stranger has come to town to talk to their deceased father and reveals something that deepens the family secrets and they continue to wonder about the missing money and financial troubles. This is the second book in the series, but can easily be read as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed this well written romance with heart; I am looking forward to more with this family.

I give Perfect for You by Candis Terry 4 stars!

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the-devil-you-know-for-webDamian Tate. One look into his sad green eyes and I was hooked. I wanted to be the one to make him laugh, to make him smile. I hadn’t expected him to be the one to make me blush, to make me hot…to make me fall in love. He was my first kiss, my first love, my first everything. I wanted forever with him, but life got in the way.

He enlisted, I went to college, and for years we were never in the same place long enough to pick up where we left off.

Thirteen years after he left, tragedy brings him home. The stoic boy I fell in love with grew into a quiet, dangerous and wildly sexy man. He still tugs on all the right strings for me, but he seems determined to keep me at arm’s-length.

However, when trouble comes knocking at my door, he is the one to put himself between that trouble and me.

Spending time with him might drive me insane, or it might be our second chance at first love.

 

**Review From Liz**

Devil You Know by L.A. Fiore is a story about love, family, loss and second chances. It was emotional and suspenseful. This was my second novel by this author and I am now a forever fan. This woman gave us Abel Madden, which I never thought she could top, but boy did she!

Thea Ahern met the love of her life her senior year of high school. One look and she lost her heart to him. I loved Thea. She was sweet and caring and loved with her all heart. She grew up in a loving home and knew how lucky she was.

Damian Tate knew happiness for only a short time early in life, but then everything changed. Growing up as he did, he thought very little of himself. But one day his friend Cam Ahern introduced him to his family and he found a home. A place he could belong. I loved Damian, but my heart also broke for him. He was a strong man. But a man with many doubts and insecurities. He knew he had to make something of himself.

I loved Thea and Damian. They loved each other. Knew their love was the forever kind. But sometimes life gets in the way of what you want most. Thea went to college and Damian enlisted in the army. Though they saw each other through the years, their timing always seemed to be off. But when tragedy strikes, Damian finally comes home. But what happens when so much time has passed and you are not sure you are the same people anymore?

What I truly enjoyed about this story is there was no outside drama between Thea and Damian. It was just wrong timing over and over. During their time apart, each grew in different ways. Damien came to realize his past did not define who he was and Thea learned letting go sometimes brings you exactly what you always wanted.

Add in some amazing characters and a mystery and you have a story that will captivate you until the very end. I loved Cam, Thea’s brother, their crazy friends, family and neighbors. You come to realize love and family does not always mean related by blood. It is those that stand by you no matter the cost.

After years apart, could Thea and Damian find their way back to each other for a second chance at love? Or would the danger surrounding Thea finally separate them forever?

This was a great read. I loved this story, the characters and the love between these two characters. Another must read.

Devil You Know by L.A. Fiore was an amazing 5-star read!

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STUDY ME

By Logan Chance

Release Date: March 9th

Cover by: Judi Perkins with Concierge Literary Designs

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Work, Study, eat, and repeat. For the life of a pre-med student Marley has her work cut out for her.

To make matters worse, her professor Houston Dale is one of the hardest teachers around. His sole purpose is to make each student suffer.

When Marley is asked to be his assistant for the semester forbidden sparks will fly between them.

Houston Dale hates teaching Anatomy. With a secret past he won’t let anyone get too close.

But, when his assistant lives across an alleyway and he can see all the naughty things she does in her bedroom at night, Houston can’t contain himself.

Forced to choose between his past and present, will Houston be able to be strong enough to withstand the temptation of his student?

This is a forbidden Professor/Student affair. Get ready as Houston and Marley heat up the pages and your hearts.

 

**Review By Liz**

Study Me is the next in the Sex Me Novella series by Logan Chance. These are standalone novellas with different characters. And though I have been a fan of Logan Chance from his first release, I found Study me to be very different from his other works. In such a wickedly good way!

We still get all the romance and erotic scenes Logan is known for, and his readers love, but we also get so much more! In Study Me, we not only get hot, steamy and forbidden love, but we also get so many feels. The emotions from the characters will consume you.

Marley Murphy is studying to be a doctor. For her that means school takes up most of her time. On top of that, she is the assistant to one of the hardest and most demanding teachers in school. And to make matters worse, she cannot stop daydreaming about him. But she needs to focus, because anything between them would be forbidden and the cost too high.

Houston Dale is demanding. He expects the very best from his students, because someday, lives will hang in the balance. Haunted by a past that chokes him, but one he wants to forget, he is barely living.

Then one day he takes a close look at his assistant and sparks begin to fly. He fights it. Build walls to ensure nothing can happen, but when he is consumed by darkness, how can he not let the one light in his life in?

Logan is so good at giving his reader hot steamy and erotic stories, but in Study Me, he also gave us an emotional story and I loved every minute of it. We slowly begin to see how hurt and broken Houston is. He heart is locked up tight, but Marley begins to slowly intrude into his solitary life.

This was such a good, quick read about a forbidden romance. One is happy and full of life. The other is broken and lost. Can Houston let go of his past and see what is right in front of him? Can he hold back the temptation or will he give in? A hot romance that will you breathless.

I give Study Me by Logan Chance 4-stars!

 

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Excerpt:

“Are you saying it was my fault?” This corner was a bad idea, because now
he’s pressed against me, his tall body encompassing the small space.

His dark eyes bore into mine. “Yes,” he says, matter of factly.

He’s refusing to whisper. What part of library does he not understand?

“Shhh.” I peek around him and the aisle is still clear.

His arms cage me in, and he eliminates every inch of space between us. “Do
not shush me again, Miss Murphy,” he dips his face down, close to mine,
“unless you want a repeat of earlier.”

Well, I do want a repeat, but it’s probably a very bad idea.

He leans close to my ear, brushing the hair away with his nose. “You want
me to whisper, Miss Murphy? How’s this?”

Goosebumps break out along my skin from the sensuous feel of his lips
against the shell of my ear. This is so bad. So bad. Anyone could come
around this corner and find us. And how did we get to this point? My
fingers grip the edge of his pockets when he whispers again, “Do it once
more and you’ll feel the sting of my hand on your ass, again.”

A soft “shhh” escapes me before I can stop it.

His teeth clamp down on my earlobe. “Fuck,” he whispers in my ear. “You
probably shouldn’t have done that.”

 

Author Bio:

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.

 

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So Screwed by Melissa Marino (Bad Behavior #2)

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Type: Contemporary Romance/Family Life

Publisher: Forever Yours

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Kim

He’s charming, wicked, and handsome . . . and she needs to stay away

For Evelyn Owen, work comes first. Being a wedding planner to the city’s elite fills her nights and weekends, and she doesn’t have time for distractions. Especially in the form of a sexy bartender with killer dimples . . .

Abel Matthews knows how to serve the ladies. But lately, the only woman he wants is just out of reach. That’s because Evelyn has already been warned about his playboy ways. Still, there’s something about her that makes Abel want more than a quick fling.

Evelyn knows that she shouldn’t trust Abel. Yet she’s seen a side of him no one else knows, and she can’t turn away. But Abel is hiding something from her . . . and if he doesn’t confess soon, it will tear them apart.

Don’t miss these other Bad Behavior novels:

So Twisted

So Wicked

I happened to stumble across this book while browsing on Net Galley awhile back. I loved the cover, loved the blurb and loved that this was a new to me author. I took a chance and it paid off. This book was outstanding! Now, I did not read the first book, SO TWISTED, but I could follow along ok. However, I would suggest reading it before reading SO SCREWED.

Abel, an aspiring teacher working as a bartender at WET, a secret speakeasy, and Evelyn, a wedding event planner should NOT be together. Abel is Evelyn’s best friend’s boyfriend’s brother (say that three times fast) and he wants her, BAD. Evelyn knows the right thing to do would be to stay as far away from him as possible but we’re all entitled to a little fun, right?

Abel is one of those “one look and he’ll have your panties on the floor” kind of guy. Evelyn, who was independent and a hard worker was also a “boxer-dropping” kind of gal. I love that she did just what he did and had no qualms about it!! Usually, the guy who is the “manwhore” so to speak, is interested in a simple, virginal girl. I LOVED that this wasn’t the case! Girl could give it out just as good as he could!

Evelyn called Abel out on everything which was fantastic. At times, I don’t think he knew what to do with her. Their banter was easy, their sex was incredible and they just balanced each other out so well. They both had their insecurities but sometimes I think Abel was so much more insecure, it broke my heart.

“I want to do everything better for you”

This story did not go in the direction I thought it would take. I figured something would go down, but nothing prepared me for what I read. Secrets in a relationship never end well and boy did Abel have plenty of them. I got to a certain point in the book where all I did was try to hold back the tears, which came anyway. I was completely heartbroken. A strong, cocky and confident man on the outside who was completely broken on the inside, it just did me in. I just wanted to fix him. Make him see what a good man he was. I think this story resonated with me so much because Abel and Evelyn have such a similar relationship to what my husband and I had in the beginning, it was like reading my life story from 20 years ago. Hell, all these years later and I think that I have finally shown that broken man that he’s not as ruined as he thinks he is.

The only fault I find in this book is when I hit that last page, I was looking for more. I was hoping for just a sneak peek if you will into their lives a few months down the road. All in all, this book was a great read and I will be going back in for a re-read along with purchasing the first book in the series.

I give So Screwed by Melissa Marino 4.5 stars!

Crossing the Friend Zone by Kelly Eadon (Belmont Beach Brides #3)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever Yours

My Copy: Net Galley

Reviewer: Kim

From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon’s Belmont Beach Brides series. Event planner Ainsley Sloan spends her days creating perfect weddings for her clients and her nights wondering if she’ll ever find her own happily ever after. So when her friend–and total manwhore–Ryan Lawhill starts making her skin tingle and her heart race, she’s determined to shut it down. The last thing she needs is another broken heart. But when these opposites attract, can true love ignite?

I started reading Kelly Eadon’s books with book #2 in the series, The Family Man, which I absolutely loved. It was a little confusing as I did not read book #1 prior to #2. Even though each can be read as a stand-alone, I would highly suggest reading all of the books in order.

Ryan is a lady’s man who was very funny and a total charmer. He has a number of different women and is not one to be tied down. Living life, family and friends is what is important right now, not a girlfriend nor a long-term commitment. However, Ryan seemed bound and determined from the start to get Ainsley to live a little after her recent breakup has her down despite his attraction to her.

Ainsley, recently dumped and very uptight makes a connection with the free-spirited Ryan. She decides to take Ryan up on the offer of living life his way even when she knows she has sparks with this man like no other before him. I honestly had trouble at the beginning liking Ainsley as she seemed a little too uptight and I didn’t see how the two main characters would connect.

The chemistry between Ryan and Ainsley was good, as was their banter. Two people so unlike each other really brought out the fun in each other.

Bringing Ryan and Ainsley together had me a little weary but it all came together in the end. Crossing the Friend Zone was a romance low on drama and the characters are very relatable. However, I did just not feel any certain way about this book. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. It really did not keep my attention and I found myself briefly skimming pages to get to the ending.

I give Crossing the Friend Zone by Kelly Eadon 3 stars.

The Highland Duke by Amy Jarecki (Lords of the Highlands #1)

Available: March 28, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

She’ll put her life on the line for him . . . When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she’s intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.

Yet she can never learn his true identity.

Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he’s the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she’s by his side day and night. But the longer he’s with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger-he will face death itself to make her his . . .

The Highland Duke had many of the individual qualities that normally add up to a complete winner of a book for me. I’m a sucker for big, tough Highlanders. I love opposites attract love stories, and you don’t get more opposite than a duke hero and a gypsy healer. I absolutely adored the last book I read by Amy Jarecki, so I was very excited to dive right in to this one.

Unfortunately I wasn’t bowled over by this book. I’ve read what other reviewers have said about it and I don’t think I was reading the same book! I loved everything about Amy Jarecki’s writing in the past, but this one felt different. I thought the beginning, when Akira finds Geordie and risks her life to save his, was very well done. It set the pace for a grand adventure, but after that it never really lived up to it.

I SO wanted to be able to join the others in giving a rave review of this book, but I just felt something was lacking. Geordie (gah – I hated that name!) was not a convincing strong, sexy Scottish hero. He seemed kind of beta to me, which was not the normal stereotype. He was protective of Akira and cared for her, but in my opinion he revealed a flaw in his character when he seduced her. After weeks of hiding his identity and convincing himself he can’t allow anything to happen between them, he gives in to his desires so easily, with seemingly no regard for the consequences for Akira. He’s a duke. He can do what he wants. She’s a poor commoner whose reputation will be forever altered by their dalliance. I never got the feeling that he was so overcome with lust or love that he couldn’t live without her. I felt like he just couldn’t control himself and didn’t give much thought to her.

I never got a good read on Akira. She was naïve and innocent and knew better than to get involved with someone like Geordie, but she fell for him hook, line and sinker. She was indignant and protected her virtue like a warrior….for a few chapters. Then all bets were off and she was letting him do whatever he wanted to her. I don’t really know what this book was about aside from the “I shouldn’t be with him, he’s a duke” and “I can’t be with her, she’s a healer” argument. Nothing really happened in the book to hold my interest.

I wanted to love this book, but Geordie and Akira’s romance wasn’t a love story I could fall in love with.

I give The Highland Duke by Amy Jarecki 3 stars

What I Need by J.Daniels (Alabama Summer #5)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.

At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer―a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.

Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.

Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?

Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.

Not with him sleeping down the hall…

I must confess, I love J. Daniels. I have read every single book she has put out and loved it. Her stories just resonate with me. All of her alphas are extremely sexy, fun and dirty. Not to mention they are completely full of love for their women. All of the heroines are genuine and there is always is some sort of drama (not too excessive though) for these couples to overcome. Four Letter Word and Hit the Spot are definitely two of my most favorite but I am so glad we got back down to business with the Bama Boys and finally got CJ’s story. It was more than I could have imagined and so very worth the wait!!

Every single Bama boy is hot. Period. Like I want to move down south and stalk them hot. There HAS to be men down south like this, right????

What I Need is CJ Tully’s story, co-worker of Ben and Luke and friend of Reed. If you’ve read the other books in the series, you know these men are panty melting hot (if you haven’t read them, GET ON IT). The story is told in an alternative hero/heroine point of view from the connection at the wedding to becoming more then friends.

Riley is in a relationship that has hit a bump. After breaking up with her boyfriend and heading to her brother’s wedding, she meets CJ and they immediately click. CJ could tell that the man in her life has not done a good job of being attentive to her so CJ made sure he went out of his way to let her

know exactly how beautiful she was, how she should be treated and how special she was to him. When Riley returns home and learns that she misunderstood the situation with her boyfriend, she thinks that her chemistry with CJ is just a fluke…right?? They can just be friends. SURE they can.

“I am the worst friend this girl could possibly have, because that’s the last thing I want us to be.”

This is a friends to lovers story that has CJ becoming the book boyfriend to end all book boyfriends. FOREVER. He is so very attentive to Riley, shows her how much he appreciates her and just is an all around good guy. CJ and Riley share so many secrets, many laughs, stories and they both enjoy their time together.

“And if it’s possible to look inside another person’s soul, I swear CJ doesn’t just peer at mine. He stares and studies it like I mean something to him.”

Every time CJ said “Darling’” I fell in love even deeper. I like my guys in suits but hell, I like CJ and his police uniform much better! And every time she called out his REAL name….ugh! I could just imagine the look on his face!

This line, however, is probably the best line of them all….

“He’s such a good man, Beth. And he says things to me and I think, every girl needs to be with someone who talks to them like this. He’s that guy. There isn’t better. I know in my heart there isn’t.”

Every girl DOES deserve someone like CJ Tully. This story really resonated with me because of the way CJ made sure that Riley knew she was special, appreciated and loved. He would do anything and everything for her, even though they were “just friends”. Reading this story made me think about how many of these things my husband does for me…and how I need to tell him just how much I appreciate it!

I am completely smitten with the story of Riley and CJ. I will be re-reading this book because it is utterly perfect. And I cannot wait for Say I’m Yours, CJ’s brother Jake’s!

I give What I Need (Alabama Summer #5) by J.Daniels 5 stars!

Blackbird by Molly McAdams

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Title: Blackbird

Author: Molly McAdams

Series: A Redemption Novel

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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From New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams comes a powerhouse romantic suspense that will have you questioning your morals and second guessing your view on love.

I live in a world few know exist. I’ve trained for this. I know what to say, what to do, and how to act. I’ve perfected the lethal calm required for this life.

Now it’s time to buy my first girl. But all it takes is one look at the brave girl who starts singing mid-auction for that calm to slip.

Briar Chapman is going to be the death of me, and I don’t care. I’ll take every day with her until that death comes, and I’ll welcome it when it does.

On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel that his very presence instills fear.

But beneath his terrifying, ever-calm exterior is an affectionate man haunted by a past that refuses to stay buried. And Lucas looks at me as though he’s finally found the only person who can make it all go away.

We’re a battle of the brightest day and the darkest night—and I want to lie in the wake of our war.

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Blackbird by Molly McAdams consumed me. Devastated me. I could not stop reading. What would you do if one day you were taken away from everything and everyone you knew? Then sold and stripped bare and with no one to turn too?

Briar Rose Chapman was happy. Engaged to a man she loved with all her heart. Everything was perfect. Then she was ripped away from the life she knew. Stolen and taken, she is scared. Then she is sold and is terrified. How could this happen to her?

I loved Briar from the beginning. She had moments of despair, but she was determined and in her way strong. The devil had her in his grasp, but was he really the monster he portrayed? She never gave up hope and continuously fought for her freedom.

Lucas Holt is a man shrouded in darkness. He lives in a world where others could not even imagine exists. He has been groomed and trained for this moment. He knows what is expected of him. The demands from this world are precise and varying from them could cost you everything. So, he sets out to buy his first girl.

Lucas was determined to do what is expected of him. But once he heard her sing at the auction, he knew she was his. He was cold and calculated, but so damn beautiful. How could the devil be that beautiful? But is he really that man? What secrets drive him? What haunts the man within?

Lucas and Briar should never be. He lives in a world of darkness and horrors. She is the light and full of happiness. But when their words collide, will his cruelness overshadow her light? Or can her light bring sunshine into his darkness?

This story was heartbreakingly beautiful, all-consuming and full of suspense. He was her darkness and she was his light, but could that be enough to save them both? I was captivated from the start and as I continued to read their story, I began to question what was truly right. Does it matter how two people meet?

I give Blackbird by Molly McAdams 5-stars!

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She closed the distance between us, each step slow and calculated. Once she was close enough, I slid one hand around her waist and the other around the back of her neck, using her hair to tilt her head back so I could study those eyes that captivated me.

“I hate that you have so much money that you buy women. I hate that you bought me at all, but mostly that you bought me because I started singing. I hate the circumstances that brought me to you, but I love you and am thankful I’m here with you all the same.”

My chest ached and filled with warmth. I wanted to kiss her and thank her for trusting me with her past. I wanted to erase every bad memory and replace them with ones of us now, but she didn’t realize what she’d just said . . .

As much as I wanted what she was saying to be true, it wasn’t, and it never would be. It couldn’t.

“You don’t,” I said thickly, forcing the words out through the tightness in my throat.

Confusion covered her face and her brows drew together. “I don’t what?”

“You don’t love me.”

I felt the shock that went through her body, but she didn’t try to pull away from me. Instead, she gripped my shirt in her hands like she was pleading with me in her touch alone.

“Lucas . . .”

My eyes slid shut, and I released a slow, weighted breath. “You don’t, Briar.”

“I know you think you don’t know how to love someone, but you do, you have been. You know what love is, and I have never been more aware of how loved I am by someone than I am by you.”

I ground my jaw and finally looked at her again. Instead of disagreeing with her, I said, “You can’t love me, because you don’t know me.”

I hated the hurt in her eyes. I hated that I was putting it there. I hated everything I was, hated that I would never be enough for the girl I didn’t know how to let go of. Couldn’t let go of.

“Yes, I do,” she choked out. “I’ve seen it, I’ve felt it, I’ve experienced your darkness and your monsters, and I’m still here. Haven’t I proven myself yet? Haven’t I proven I am not going anywhere? That you can’t make me run?” Her gripping hands flattened and moved up to curve around my neck. “I knew to fall in love with you I had to fall in love with the devil, too. I am not as naïve as you think I am.”

“But you have no idea exactly how heartless your devil is,” I said darkly.

“Then let me see—”

“I won’t let you into that part of my world,” I said on a growl. Just the thought of her being in a situation to see me like that—to see that part of my world—chilled me in a way that made me feel sick. “All of this will change the minute you see it. Trust me when I say you’ll

never be able to look at me the same, and I won’t be able to live with myself if that day ever comes.”

“You can’t know that,” she argued, her words still sounding like a plea.

“Think of your worst memories with me, Blackbird,” I ordered gently. “Think of what I told you about the shootout with my brothers. Think about what William did to you. Now try to grasp that all of that is nothing compared to what I have done, and what I do, without feeling a thing.”

I waited for it to sink in, and after a few moments, it did. And there was that look in her eyes I’d come to dread and hate—fear and uncertainty. But I could still see her love for me.

Unfailing and undeserving.

“Didn’t you hear me the first time?” she finally asked as tears filled her eyes. “The darkest part of your soul terrifies me, but, Lucas, I’m not going anywhere.”

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Delude by Jacob Chance

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Release Date: March 2nd

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She wasn’t part of my original plan for revenge, but one glance at her and I was entranced. I followed her for weeks, observing her habits. I’ve been in her apartment numerous times, learning anything and everything I can about her. She’s become an obsession and I’ll do whatever it takes to make her mine.

It’s only a matter of time before I have her where I want her…on her knees and at my mercy.

Soon, there will be no secrets between us.

**Review From Liz**

Delude by Jacob Chance was an unexpected surprise. Truly cemented Jacob Chance as a must-read author for me. Delude is set in the world of his previous books, Quake, Quiver, Delve and Tied, but can be read as a standalone. However, you get so much more from the overall story if you at least read Quake and Quiver.

After suffering a huge loss that left her devastated, Lana needed a fresh start. So, she moved from Seattle to Boston and started her new life. As part of KD Investigations, she liked the cyber investigation work she did for the owners, Kyle and Derek. And becoming friends with them and their girlfriends and friends helped her get settled.

Not sure how much to say about Zach, as I do not want to spoil this for anyone who has not read the other books. However, from the blurb, you can tell Zach is not a good man. He has many secrets and obsessions, but something about Lana calls to him and makes him want to be a better man for her. But can she forgive him for the things he has done in his past?

I really liked Lana. She was heartbroken and a bit lost, but always in good spirits. She was a very likable person. She was hesitant when she met Zach, but also open and honest. Easy to see how someone like Zach was drawn to her.  And as they got to know each other and spend time together, you see her finally opening up to him and slowly letting him in. But is he the right man to let in?

The title of this book was perfect in so many ways. Not only was Zach not who he appeared to be when he met Lana, but we also see him change and grow as they spend time together. We also begin to see what made Zach into the man he became and some of the horrors of his own past. Together they were perfect for each other. Their romance was such a sweet, slow burn.

This was a great quick read. Characters you come to love, even the ones you may not have liked at first. But to me, that is a sign of an amazing writer. I have followed Jacob from his first release and continue to be amazed at the characters and stories he gives us. And now, there are no more secrets.

I give Delude by Jacob Chance 5 stars!

 

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Sobs fill the silence of the room. “Dad, leave mom alone,” I shout, pushing
on his chest and shoving him back a couple of feet. Like a tenacious pit
bull after a chew toy – this fucker just keeps coming.

Each time he comes back harder, finally snaking by me. Gripping her upper
arm in his meaty fist, he digs his fingers deep into her skin, and uses his
other arm to block me.

Cries from the pain and the fear he instills mix with the stench of alcohol
emanating from his body. His other hand goes to her neck, gripping under
her chin. The shriek piercing my ears is cut off when he squeezes.

Her face changes color.

Red. Then purple. Finally, heading into the blue family. Blue’s always been
my favorite color, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen this exact shade before.
It’s the color of sadness and the ocean of tears my mom has cried over this
asshole.

Everything happens fast. Her eyes open wide and bulge as the pressure of
his fingers increases.

She can’t breathe and I’m paralyzed standing behind him, watching it
happen.

Transfixed with fascination, I stare. Her eyes lock on me, her love shining
through the agony she’s experiencing. The terror and pleading in her eyes
fades to acceptance.

She knows this time she’s going to die.

Tears flow uncontrolled down her cheeks and a sense of relief washes over
me.

This is the last time he’ll ever make her cry.


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Bound Together by Christine Feehan (Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart #6)

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Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Jove

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Michelle

The Sea Haven series comes to a climactic end as the mysterious man from Blythe Daniels’ past re-enters her life in a dramatic way. Viktor Prakenskii had always intended to come for Blythe after his work undercover was at an end, but with a dangerous enemy heading towards Sea Haven, he knows he cannot wait any longer or he will jeopardize the woman he loves. His arrival sets off an explosive chain of events, and everyone in the small community of Sea Haven, including the Drake family, will never be the same.

I want to move to Sea Haven and marry a Prakenskii. That’s all there is to it.

Bound Together is the final installment in the Sisters of the Heart series. I didn’t want to love this series as much as the Drake Sisters, but I can’t help it. Christine Feehan conjured up six amazing brothers for Ilya Prakenskii and gave them all fabulous women to fall in love with, all set in the perfect small town of Sea Haven. How can I not love that?

Up until now, Viktor Prakenskii has been an unknown. The oldest of the Prakenskii brothers, he has devoted his life to keeping everyone he loves safe. To that end, he has had to live a life apart from his birth brothers in order to protect them. He has seen and done things that have scarred him forever and made him a man to be feared. He’s spent the better part of his life ridding the world of drug running, human trafficking pedophile scum. The people he surrounds himself with, men and women made into brothers and sisters because of their shared experiences, have all endured the same horrific upbringing as Viktor. He managed to save not only himself but seventeen others and gave their lives a purpose.

Five years ago Viktor met Blythe Daniels, and as with all of the Prakenskii men, he instantly knew she was the one. He swept her off her feet and married her within weeks of their first meeting….then he disappeared without a word. During the past five years, Blythe has worked hard at moving on with her life, making a place for herself and her “sisters” on their farm. She has tried to put her romance with Viktor out of her mind, even though she gave herself to him heart and soul. With no word from him for years, Blythe knew she’d been played and is certain their “marriage” isn’t even legal. When Viktor blows back into Sea Haven she is completely unprepared. She has had five years to get over the man who loved her so completely and then left her…..but she never did. Seeing him again brings all of her feelings right back up to the surface.

I adored Blythe. She was smart and genuine and so compassionate despite the tragedies in her own life. It didn’t take her long to realize that despite her hurt, Viktor is her soulmate and she wouldn’t change that even if she could. I loved the way she opened her heart, not only to him, but to the motley crew of brothers and sisters he brings with him. Viktor was….well…. a Prakenskii. He was alpha to the core, protective and bossy and sexy. He was so strong for everyone else but had a weakness for Blythe. After living with violence for decades, he needs the peace and light that Blythe gives him.

I only have two complaints with this book: I know her connection with Viktor was incredibly strong, but I felt like Blythe accepted him back a little too easily. He did leave word for her and sent hundreds of messages to her and his brothers (which none of them received), but she didn’t know that until after he reappears in her life. She went from being devastated at seeing him again to forgiving him in record time. I also feel like the climax with the villain was a little too tame. The criminal that threatens the lives of Viktor and his brothers, as well as most everyone associated with the Prakenskii brothers and the Drake sisters, was built up to be this unstoppable, powerful monster, but he was taken down so easily. If it hadn’t been for those two things, I would give this book five stars. I love Christine Feehan’s writing, I love her heroes and I look forward to what I hope will be a spin-off series with the men and women of Torpedo Ink.

I give Bound Together by Christine Feehan 4 stars!

Throne of Truth by Pepper Winters (Truth and Lies Duet #2)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

The thrilling conclusion to Crown of Lies from New York Times Bestseller, Pepper Winters

TWO YEARS

Since my life changed for the second time and not necessarily for the better. Two years since I traded prison bars for streets and hunted a runaway who I’d met in an alley.

TWO DAYS

Since I forgot how to lie, woke to fists, and chased after the girl who’d been stolen from me.

TWO HOURS

To save her, rescue her, keep my lies intact. She looks at me full of hate. I look at her full of confession.

TWO MINUTES

For our relationship to switch from mutual dislike to floundering with unknowns. I’ve hurt her. Now, she’s hurt me. I guess we’re even.

TWO SECONDS

For her to listen, to see, to finally know who I am. The answer comes with hardship. The answer isn’t what she wants to hear.

TWO BREATHS

For me to walk out the door.

TWO HEARTBEATS

For it all to be over.

Crown of Lies is a MUST read to be able to read this book.

With the epic way that Crown of Lies ended everyone was wondering exactly WHO is Penn Everett? Who really is Nameless? Well, you’re about to find out…and it is mind-blowing.

I have to say, the cover is absolutely exquisite! I love the Crown of Lies cover but this blows it out of the water. I usually purchase my books only on my Kindle but I will definitely be purchasing both of these stunning paperbacks!

Throne of Truth is a powerful journey that starts right where Crown of Lies left off. Elle has been taken by a devious, conniving Greg to a secret location where he plans to make Elle his for life…or at least until he gets what he wants. Penn is payed a visit by hired assailants when he realizes that Elle didn’t just walk away from him, she’d been taken.

“Penn and I were over before we even began.”

Now usually I’d go on and on about what goes on throughout the story. With this, I just can’t. I cannot ruin for you what is the most spectacular conclusion to a duet I’ve ever read. I will tell you this, Penn POV is incredible. There is so much emotion in his story and his perspective made me absolutely change my mind about how I felt about him at the end of Crown of Lies. I loved all the background information that was given and was itching for even more. I wanted to know this man inside and out.

All of your questions are answered and there is so much drama for Elle and Penn to navigate through but they do so perfectly. I loved the undying devotion that Elle gave to Penn. You could honestly just feel the love between them and more than once it had me in tears. Both of them strong individually but made invincible with their love for one another. Once again, the chemistry between Elle and Penn is even more intense then the first book. Danger, the passion and then finally the truth will have your head ready to explode.

Throne of Truth was honestly the most epic and unforgettable journey that Pepper Winters has ever written. I truly enjoy all of her work but this story will be one I come back to for years to come. It was an undeniably spellbinding conclusion to one of the greatest stories I have ever read. I did not expect anything of what happened in this book but LOVED every single word of it.

I give Throne of Truth (Truth and Lies Duet #2) by Pepper Winters 5+++ stars!

The Hot One by Lauren Blakely (One Love)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

A new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely…

At first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend’s place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her back.

But trust me on this count – she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you’ve got to play to your strengths when you’re fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I’m prepared to fight hard for her. I might have let her slip through my fingers the last time, but no way will that happen twice.

He’s the one who got away…

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that, stripping at my job, showing off his rock hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky, arrogant jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he’s not…?

He’s the one I’ve tried like hell to forget but just can’t. Maybe I’m cursed to remember him. My money is on him being the same guy he always was, but what’s the harm in giving him a week to prove he’s a new man? I won’t fall for him again.

But how do you resist the hot one…

With every Lauren Blakely book, you get a new book boyfriend that you swear is better than the last one. Clay has always been the first and best Lauren Blakely book boyfriend for me (get First Night if you haven’t met Clay yet) but his cousin Tyler just gave him a run for his money!

Delaney and Tyler were together in college when Tyler made this biggest mistake of his life, he let her go. Now Tyler is an entertainment lawyer and Delaney owns her own spa, Nirvana, when a chance encounter in New York City a decade later has both Tyler and Delaney wondering what path they each have taken. Neither one of them has really even gotten over each other, even if they don’t want to admit it. Social media stalking commences and Tyler reaches out to Delaney just to catch up. Now let’s be honest here, the man knows he screwed up. After Delaney keeps pushing him off, Tyler decides he’s not going down without a fight. He is after all, Bungee Jump Tyler!

Delaney is just such a warm, likable character. I thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent with her girlfriends and how they came together as their own little family. Delaney decides to take a chance on Tyler, give it a week, to see if what they had so many years ago, can be rekindled. I’m sure she had no idea what she was in for with Tyler!

“Now, I hope to hell I’m the man she lets back in. And make no mistake, I want her heart badly. How to win it is the big question.”

You know how sometimes you read a story and the couple is just everything together? Yeah, well that’s Delaney and Tyler. They just fit together like a glove. He’s cocky as hell with a huge heart and she is sassy, fun loving woman. Together their chemistry is off the charts! Their story was just the sweetest story with the right amount of sexy times, fun, good friends and shoe shopping any girl could ask for!

I love these second chance romance stories and this one is most likely one of the best I have ever read! Tyler and Delaney FTW!!!

I give The Hot One by Lauren Blakely 5 stars!

From A Distance by L.M. Carr

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After an intense whirlwind romance, Karrie Parker thought she had it all: a sexy husband, a loving family, a great career and a beautiful home.

Together they lived a life fit for royalty.

But when tragedy strikes, Karrie is devastated and left to face the consequences of her husband’s deepest, darkest secrets. Discovering the strength to carry on while making important, life-changing decisions, she finds herself desperate for answers. And holding the key to the puzzle is the one man she loathes immensely.

For up and coming motorcycle drag racer Tyler Strong, keeping painful secrets was never part of the plan. Racing motorcycles and winning was all he ever wanted to do. But when his best friend’s lies begin to unravel, Tyler is sent into a tailspin when he’s forced to come face to face with the one woman he vowed to stay away from. The woman he refuses to speak to, the woman he avoids, the woman he watches…from a distance.

As the truth becomes clear, will destiny bring these two unlikely souls together or tear them apart forever?

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**REVIEW BY LIZ**

From A Distance by L.M. Carr was a great, unexpected surprise. A beautifully written story of love lost and found and betrayal and hope. Of finding a second chance where you least expect it. This was my first book by this author, but most definitely not my last. It was an all-consuming and heart-wrenching read.

Karrie Parker had it all. Married to a man she loves and finds incredibly sexy, a career she loves, a family who loves her and a beautiful home. But sometimes looks can be deceiving. The man she married, Alex Parker, is not the same man he is now. Distant towards her and rejecting her more often than not, she blames Tyler Strong, his best friend, for distracting him and taking him away from her due their motorcycle drag racing.

She knows Tyler does not like her and from the continuous stories Alex tells her about his womanizing ways, she keeps her distance from him. Resenting the part of his life that keeps him away, she finds herself more and more lost and lonely. Then tragedy leaves her world crumbling and only one man has the answers. The one man she has always hated.

I loved Tyler. He was amazing, sweet and so caring towards Karrie. As Karrie’s world crumbles and she finds out who her husband really is, it is Tyler who helps her along the way. Tyler who always kept his distance, but watched her from afar, because it was Alex who had her. She begins to see a side of Tyler she never knew or expected and not the one her husband described. Though he is not perfect, he made mistakes, but he comes cleans to Karrie, even as it hurts her.

As to story progresses, we also begin to see how much Alex changed and hurt Karrie. He was not the man the world saw, but she always hoped to see the man she thought she married. As Alex’s lies and deceit start to unravel, Tyler and Karrie come to terms with what they feel and want, but can they overcome all the hurdles and be together?

Though at the beginning, we see how Alex crushed and hurt Karrie repeatedly, we also see a part of her that is strong and determined.

I loved From A Distance. The story was a heart-wrenching, but behind all the pain, hurt, lies and deceit, can two people meant to be together find their way to each other? The emotions evoked while reading this story will haunt you, but at the end, this is a beautiful story of hope, love and second chances. A must read for 2017.

I give From A Distance by L.M. Carr 5 amazingly beautiful stars!

About the Author:

L.M. Carr, author of The Giving Trilogy, is a wife, a mom, an educator, a reader and a writer who lives in central Connecticut with her family and two dogs. When she’s not sitting at her computer writing, she loves to read or spend time with family and friends.

The idea for the trilogy formed in the summer of 2013 and wouldn’t leave her alone, until she picked up a pen and jotted the thoughts down. Before long, words flowed as the story began to unravel.

L.M. Carr is a lover of “Happily Ever Afters” because the world is filled with enough sadness. Reading is an escape in which anything is possible. But like in reality, stories sometimes take you on a journey through Hell before you can reach Heaven.

Follow along as we begin this journey together.

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Pucked Off by Helena Hunting (Pucked #5)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Sports/Contemporary romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

*A Standalone novel*

I’m NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance.”

I’m notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I’m a player on and off the ice. I’m the one women with no inhibitions want.

Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don’t know how to be any other way.

I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does. I should cut ties. But she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve.

At least that’s what I believed until someone from my past gets caught up in my present. She’s all the good things in this world. She lights up my dark.

I shouldn’t want her.

But I do.

I should leave her alone.

But I won’t.

I have to start by saying that I was just not expecting these type of emotions in Pucked Off. Most of the Pucked Series is light hearted, sassy, fun loving with a little bit of drama thrown in for good measure. But this…THIS…ALL THE FEELS!

Lance Romero is one HELL of a damaged soul. Family issues, guilt over a death, and a beyond crazy ex-girlfriend are enough to send anyone over the edge. It messes with you and at a very deep level. The first chapter alone, HOLY HELL! It broke me. TEARS people, honest to goodness tears for Lance and the damaged man he had become. He literally trapped me and I just was sucked into the world of Lance. His distorted view on things and the destruction that is coming his way just make you completely feel for him.

Poppy is a blast from Lance’s past. Working as a massage therapist who takes Lance on as a favor, Lance is immediately smitten with the one woman who can touch him and not make his skin crawl. What Lance doesn’t know is that he has a past with Poppy. They met when they were teens and she’s always held a special place for him in her heart. A chance meeting at a bar got the two of the reconnected but not in the way Poppy had hoped. Poppy’s friend took her “Puck Bunny” opportunity to the limit and Poppy just decided it wasn’t meant to be with Lance.

“Because now I’m not sure what’s going to be worse: him finally remembering who I am and how we know each other, or me realizing I never left enough of an impact to warrant being remembered at all.”

Poppy was such a breath of fresh air in this story. The way she dealt with Lance even when he was trying to get to know her but yet had no recollection of who she was, I was overwhelmed with her generous, kind and forgiving attitude. And when he did start to remember her…. I fell in love with the both of them a little more.

The thing I liked most about Lance, he was not the typical alpha male. His struggles in life made him so tangible and so very relatable. Lance is loveable because he is so REAL and utterly broken. You just want him to be fixed, to be happy.

“I have the real him right here with me now, too. I have a broken boy who’s become a broken man, and as stupid and naïve as it may be, I want to be part of what heals him.”

I completely accept that this book made me shut down. The story line, the angst, the love between them? Phenomenal. Amazing. Overwhelming. This book was EVERYTHING. Everything I never knew I wanted in a story but one I completely fell in love with. Both Lance and Poppy drew me in like very few characters have before. Honestly, I will not be getting over Lance and Poppy anytime soon! This book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend every single one of the books in the Pucked Series.

Hell. I honestly don’t know that I will ever recover from this book.

I read quite a bit. Some are good, some not so much, some confuse me. But Pucked Off was BEYOND my expectations. Period. This book….THIS is why I will forever be a fan of Helena Hunting!

I give Pucked Off by Helena Hunting 5+++ stars!!

Switch by Adriana Locke (Landry Family #3)

Available: Now 

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Mallory Sims is late for her first day of work.

After spilling her tea, she discovers she has no gas in her car. Add that her arm keeps sticking to her dress from syrup left on the console of her car, flustered feels like an understatement.

Then she sees her new boss.

Graham Landry is the epitome of NSFW in his custom-fit suit, black-rimmed glasses, and a look so stern her libido doesn’t stand a chance. Being flustered is just the start of her problems.

Her punctuality is only the start of his. With a pink slip in hand, he’s been waiting on his new secretary to show up only to let her go. Then she rushes in with her doe eyes and rambling excuses, smelling like bacon and lavender. The termination paper falls to the side as she falls in his arms.

This is a disaster in the making. Not because of his pinpoint exactness or her free spirit, but because when they’re together, the sparks that fly threaten to burn the whole place down.

With every Landry boy that Adriana Locke writes for us, I fall in love all over again. I adore Barrett, I worship Lincoln, I’m intrigued by Ford, but Graham? I was a little hesitant about Graham. I was a little concerned that the man in the suit wouldn’t be as charming and sexy as the rest of the boys…I’m glad to say that I was SO very wrong!

Graham Landry is the reliable Landry brother, the one that runs Landry Holdings. He is the one making sure his entire family is very well taken care of. Failing is not an option when it comes to Landry Holdings and his family. Graham is powerful, controlled and just has a presence that will make you take notice of him, and he rocks a suit like no one else. But the wall he has built is about to coming crashing down when Mallory falls into his arms.

Mallory is a complete badass chick. She’s an extremely hard worker and takes no crap from anyone. She made the decision to live her life for herself and is working it like a Rockstar. Mallory also sees how hard Graham is on himself and does her best to alleviate some of the stress he’s under which is something he cannot ignore for long. The two of them work together flawlessly except for that little thing called attraction.

The interaction between Graham and Mallory was incredible. From the moment they met, Mallory really held her own against Graham which took a lot of balls! Graham started slipping from his structured life the moment he took one look at her. The two of them had the best banter I have read between a couple. It was hot, full of angst at times, and yet so very emotional. And who knew that Graham was such a dirty talker 😉

I loved seeing Graham react to falling in love and how he changed as a person. I appreciated how he completely came undone and changed, to the best of his ability, for the woman he loved.

If you have read the other books in the series (and if you haven’t, you NEED to), you know that each Landry boy has their own steamy sex scene with something that you usually find in the kitchen. Let me just tell you, Graham does NOT disappoint.

One of the things I absolutely adored was getting to see what the rest of the Landry Family was up too. It was so great to get a glimpse into what the family was up to and they all play a pivotal part in this book. I don’t want to say to much about it, but there is a part we who have read the other books have all been waiting for and it was all so very beautiful and had me in tears. Even though it’s just a story, this family is one where you just want to belong.

I give Switch by Adriana Locke 5 stars!

Flash Of Fury by Lea Griffith (Endgame Ops #1)

Available: March 17th 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Sourcebooks

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Their spark is immediate

Kingston McNally lost men when someone betrayed his team, and now he’s out for retribution. His quest for the enemy’s courier leads him to Cameroon and Allie Redding, a petite Peace Corps volunteer as stubborn as she is brave. Their attraction is immediate, but Allie has secrets of her own…and she’s not giving them up easily.

But their secrets could burn them both

Allie’s life has been spent hiding in plain sight, but she’s had enough of her cloak-and-dagger existence. On her way home, her plane is hijacked-and King saves her life. But that doesn’t mean she owes him anything…even if he is the most damnably sexy man she’s ever laid eyes on. He’s got black ops and secrets written all over him, and trust is a two-way street.

Flash of Fury has got to be one of the best, first in a new series, black ops books, I’ve read in a very long time. Not since I picked up Maya Banks KGI series have I ever been so riveted by a military based romance. Lea Griffith has most definitely outdone herself with this one.

King and his men live under the gray cloak of black ops. They do not exist in any sort of official capacity, and it’s very important they stay that way. Having been betrayed by the very people who employed him, King has learned the hard way not to trust anyone associated with the government. Saving a woman from a hijacked plane may be his job, but the surge of protectiveness he instantly feels definitely is not. Especially since this particular woman may be the key to unlocking his own betrayal filled past.

Allie may not be a part of secret government group, but that doesn’t mean she can’t protect herself. Her daddy made sure of that. She never planned on living out the very situations her father drilled into her head for years. Yet, now she is, except she has the very sexy King at her side. He thinks she’s keeping things from him, and maybe she is, but the truth isn’t something she can, or will, part with. No matter how good his hands feel on her body.

Damn. This book was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! Seriously, from the first page until the last word, it sizzled and pulsed with electricity between the characters. It was well paced, King and Allie were amazingly lush and there was action in spades. It gave me every single thing I want in a romantic suspense.

The relationship between Allie and King grew throughout the book, just like I love, but the interactions between them is what I found the most delightful. King was very stoic and grumpy while Allie was the exact opposite. She was warm, and funny and even though she didn’t want to admit it, completely out of her element. Watching the push and pull between them as Allie grated on Kings nerves just as much as she turned him on, was damn good reading. I found myself chuckling at his resistance because, lets face it, it was futile. When his soft side emerged, even for fleeting moments, I sighed with contentment.

King’s brothers in arms are a vastly different group who all intrigue me in different ways. Especially those who were labeled as traitors who may or may not actually be working with the bad guys.  Because in this world, nothing is ever what it seems and everyone has secrets. Secrets which could lead to being deep undercover in a world not of your choosing for years. That kind of dedication to the cause is unfathomable to me, yet I think that may be where this series is headed in the long run.

The complexity of the groundwork Griffith has laid in this book only promises to get better as the series progresses. There are sure to be even more twists and turns ahead and I can’t wait to read them all. I can wholeheartedly recommend this one and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

I give Flash of Fury by Lea Griffith 5 stars!

Turbulent Waters by Melody Anne (Billionaire Aviators #3)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary

Publisher: Montlake Romance

My Copy: Netgalley

Reviewer: Kim

A daring pilot finds himself in danger of losing his heart.

Coast Guard pilot Nick Armstrong savors the taste of danger. But after his helicopter crashes into the ocean during a mission, shattering his knee, he encounters a whole different type of thrill when he meets his new physical therapist. Maybe being grounded isn’t so bad after all.

Smart, sexy, and deeply guarded, Chloe Reynolds is the type of woman who drives Nick crazy for all the right reasons. But as she tries to help him heal, Chloe struggles to keep her heart—and secrets—safe.

For years, she has been told that Nick is responsible for her brother’s death, a “fact” that she slowly learns may not contain the entire truth.

But can Chloe’s growing feelings for Nick, and their undeniable chemistry, really overcome a years-long family feud? Or will the past ultimately destroy the future they both desperately want?

This is book #3 in the Billionaire Aviators Series by can be read as a stand alone.

Coast Guard Captain Nick Armstrong is lucky to be alive. After his crash, Nick is slowly making progress rehabilitating his body but is frustrated beyond belief that he is not anywhere close to where he needs to be.

Chloe Reynolds is an orthopedic physical therapist hired by Nick’s uncle to get him rehabilitated after his accident. Six weeks with a man she absolutely despises, after all, he is the reason her brother is no longer alive. Chloe is working with her father, a man she absolutely fears, to seek revenge and personally destroy Nick.

Nick is completely and utterly attracted to Chloe, and makes it well known to her. Chloe is bound and determined to not take their relationship to somewhere other than patient/therapist. Chloe is there to do a job, rehabilitation and revenge, and cannot possibly fall for Nick. However, working with Nick, Chloe realizes all is not what it seems and their relationship blooms. Until all of the lies are revealed and everything comes to a head.

“We have to appreciate the calm before the storm to make it through the turbulence about to come.”

Nick and Chloe’s story was fun, flirty and had a great storyline that kept me interested. Right from the first sentence, I knew I was in for a wild ride. Nick is gorgeous and he knows it. He is cocky and usually gets what he wants, when he wants it and he wants Chloe. Chloe is sticking to her mission but is attracted to Nick and his advances. It is a great story and definitely worth the read.

I give Turbulent Waters by Melody Anne 4 stars!

Where Promises Die by R.C. Stephens

Title: Where Promises Die
Author: R.C. Stephens
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Haunted by a childhood trauma that leaves her orphaned, eleven-year-old Grace finds herself on the doorstep of the Duncans, her new adoptive family, broken and unable to speak. Catapulted from a bustling New York City life, she must find a way to call the rural town of Sade, Iowa her new home. Twins Eisav and Jacob Duncan immediately take a liking to Grace, wanting to erase the dark shadows etched on her perfect features.


As the twins vie for her affection, it becomes clear which one makes her smile.

Grace never has a choice for falling in love.

What starts as a way to coax his adopted sister to speak and smile, blossoms into the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.

In this small town it shouldn’t be a crime to fall in love . . . 

Isaac Duncan warns his son to stay away from the forbidden fruit. Eisav never listens. 

Now an intricate web of lies and secrets stand in the way of Eisav winning back the only woman he has ever loved.

In a place where yesterday’s promises were broken, Eisav must learn what it truly means to love and cherish . . .

But is he too late?



**REVIEW FROM LIZ**

What a beautiful story of love and hope that will take you through a roller coaster of emotions. Where Promises Die by R.C. Stephens is so full of angst, you will feel it in your soul. I was literally held captive by this story. Drawn in and terrified at the same time.

Grace finds herself plucked from everything she knows after being orphaned and dropped in the middle of nowhere Iowa. Now she must find a way to fit in a rural and religious town after the tragic loss she suffers. Taken in by the Duncan’s, her world has turned upside down in an instant.

Eisav Duncan has always been the black sheep of the family. He finds it very hard to conform to what is expected of him. Always compared to his twin brother, Jacob, he finds a kindred spirit in Grace when she comes to live with them. But his father warns his sons to stay away from her, however, it is the last thing Eisav wants.

Eisav and Grace find a connection early on. In Eisav she finds someone she can trust in and who slowly brings in the sun again. Eisav is simply taken by Grace. She understands him in a way his family never has and accepts him for who he is. As they spend time together, feelings emerge. But soon obstacles begin to develop that may not be easy to overcome.

But Eisav struggles with the expectations and demands that are placed on him by his very religious family and specifically his father. When things begin to get complicated and difficult, Eisav makes a decision that will alter their lives and hurt the woman he loves. Can he win her back and show her what she truly means to him?

I found this story to be heartbreakingly beautiful. So many secrets and lies impact not only the main characters, but the family as well, that no one is left untouched. The struggles endured would easily break some, but Eisav and Grace have a love that just may conquer all. A stunning story that will consume you.

Where Promises Die by R.C. Stephens was an emotional and stunning 5-star read for me!

R.C. Stephens was born in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from York University with a Master’s Degree in Political Science.

Her debut Novel Bitter Sweet Love is book one of the Twisted Series. Followed by Twisted Love to be released May 31st 2015.

R.C. is an avid reader, so when she isn’t cooking for her clan or on her laptop writing, she’s snuggled tight with her Kindle devouring any romance novel she can. Okay, with the exception of Thursday nights. She makes time for Scandal and Vampire Diaries. She’s a fan of drama and suspense but she’s also a sucker for a happy ending.

Her husband was her first teenage love. They live together with their three children in Toronto. Loving Canadian winters she could never think of living anywhere else.

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Yours And Mine by Christine Duval (Freshman Forty #2)

 

Yours And Mine
Christine Duval
(Freshman Forty #2)
Publication date: February 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

The highly anticipated sequel to Positively Mine….

Picking up from the dramatic ending of Positively Mine, Yours and Mine continues the Freshman Forty series as we meet Danny Santoro, Laurel’s baby’s father, for the first time.

It’s been almost a year since he last saw her, that sultry morning she walked off the beach before dawn had even cracked the August sky. It seemed from her silence, she was out of his life forever.

But Laurel’s timing couldn’t be worse to tell him he’s a father. The last year hasn’t been easy. Danny’s own father was arrested for a DUI, his mother moved out, and Danny started sleeping with his brother’s old high school, drug-abusing girlfriend.

After Laurel shocks him with the news, she attempts to relinquish Danny of any parental responsibility leading to a heated custody battle. In an unorthodox arrangement, an eccentric judge orders Danny and Laurel to spend alternating weekends with each other for the upcoming school year.

Told from Danny’s point of view, Yours and Mine explores the second chapter of a romance that never got off the ground, the challenges of young parenting, and the hope of rekindled love.

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***REVIEW BY LIZ***

Yours and Mine by Christine Duval was such an emotional read. I found it genuine and heartbreaking to see what Danny and Laurel went through as young parents. I do, however, must admit I did not read the first book, but will do so as soon as possible. Though I did not feel totally lost, the first book deals with how Laurel dealt with being pregnant and alone (by her own choice).

In Yours and Mine, Danny only finds out about the baby after she is born. It’s been almost a year since he last saw Laurel and he thought that had been the last of it. But now she is back and telling him he is a father. Oh, and letting him know she is okay with him relinquishing all his rights. She is setting him free of all responsibilities.

But Danny has other ideas. It has not been an easy time for him in the last year. His father was arrested for a DUI, he started sleeping with a girl who is older and abuses drugs and is going to

school. But he is not ready to relinquish his parental rights. He wants to be a part of his daughter’s life. But Laurel is not ready to share her daughter either. And so, they head to court.

Laurel, though a mother, is still very young and had a lot of growing up to do. She loved her daughter, but it also seemed like she wanted to have a normal college experience as well. Which is really a hard thing to do. She was a bit irritating at times with her demands, requests and actions. But we also see her slowly begin to mature.

On the other hand, I really liked Danny. He was not perfect in any way, but he immediately, once the shock of learning he was a father wore off, wanted to be a part of his daughter’s life and fought for his rights. He did not settle for what Laurel wanted to give him. And once he realized there could be something there with Laurel, he went after her as well.

It was interesting to get this story only from the male point of view, but it was also refreshing to see him involved in and wanting to be a part of his child’s life. And while Laurel attempted to have as normal a college life as she could, Danny arranged his life to be a father. It was an interesting contrast. But after the courts dictated an original custody agreement, you see these two connect and get to know each other all over again.

I enjoyed Danny and Laurel’s story. It was a bit angsty, but also filled with hope and possibility. Their journey was not easy, as finding your way as young parents never is, but we get to see them both grow, learn what is truly important and open up to possibilities.

I give Yours and Mine by Christine Duval 4-stars!

Author Bio:

Christine Duval lives in New Jersey with her family. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Women Who Write, and the Authors Guild.

When not creating fictional characters or organizing carpools, you can find her walking through houses and writing about them for an upscale real estate company. She also has an extensive social media background and has worked for several well-known magazines.

Find her online at www.christineduval.com or on Twitter @christineduval1.

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Nine Kinds of Naughty by Jeanette Grey (Art of Passion #3)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Kim

NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK

Lexie Bellamy can handle a boardroom. Relationships, however, are a minefield that always blow up. When a business trip takes her to Spain, Lexie knows she’ll have no problem closing the deal. But spending uninterrupted one-on-one time with her crazy-hot coworker might be more than she can take.

At the office, Lexie gets to call the shots. But this trip is the perfect opportunity for Dane Huntley to show his gorgeous boss how good it can feel when someone else takes charge…

Miles away from home, giving in to Dane’s naughty commands feels so easy. But when the trip is over, Lexie’s determined to go back to their professional relationship. Dane, though, has other ideas. He’ll have to prove that what they’ve found together is real… and he has no intention of letting go.

Jeanette Grey is a somewhat new author to me. I just recently read Let It Snow and am glad to read yet another great story!!

Lexie Bellamy is the definition of a strong, independent boss lady. She’s extremely smart and has so much going on trying to have control and prove her worth, Lexie hasn’t just let go in some time. She is bound and determined to show her brother that she is perfectly capable of running their company.

Dane Huntley is an extreme thrill seeker trying to mask the pain of losing his brother. Dane is playing work life safe for his mother, working as Lexie’s assistant even though the corporate world is just not for him. Dane knows Lexie desperately needs to lose control and he wants to be the one to show her how. But how exactly do you get your boss to explore the BDSM lifestyle with you?

Nine Kinds of Naughty was EXACTLY that…so very naughty. Lexie and Dane are both strong characters who try to keep their vulnerability close to the vest. Their chemistry, in and out of the bedroom, is very sexy. Now, there is A LOT of BDSM which I thought might make me a little uncomfortable (it’s just not my thing) but I feel that the storyline was done very tastefully. I kind honestly say that Jeanette Grey has changed my mind about the BDSM storyline. I loved the fact that Lexie was the boss and that Dane was the assistant out in the professional world. Yet in private, Lexie was the one doing the submitting. The role switching really peaked my interest and made the story very appealing to me.

Though there is A LOT of sex, I enjoyed watching Dane and Lexie build their relationship based on trust. I loved how it evolved into something more and how Lexie learned to let go.

There are two other books in the Art of Passion Series which do not have to be read to follow this book. However, I will definitely be checking the rest of the series out!

This is one of the most sensual, sexy and irresistible romances that I have read to date. I could not put it down and finished it in an afternoon!

I give Nine Kinds of Naughty by Jeanette Grey 4 stars!

Unexpectedly Hers by Jamie Beck (Sterling Canyon #3)

Available: February 21, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Montlake

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Kim

By day, bashful wallflower Emma Duffy works at her family’s bed-and-breakfast. By night, she secretly pens erotic romance hot enough to melt the snow in their cozy Rockies town.

But Emma’s real life is about to heat up when her mother books the entire inn to a professional snowboarder, hoping the publicity will put them on the map. In a karmic twist of fate, that guest is Wyatt Lawson, the man with whom Emma had shared the secret one-night stand that became the inspiration for her novel and its dreamy hero. Worse, a film crew is documenting his comeback just as her debut is about to hit the shelves. Emma’s only saving grace is that Wyatt doesn’t remember her—and hopefully he never will.

When Wyatt arrives in Sterling Canyon for several weeks of intense training, the last tumble he expects to take is falling for a girl, especially one as shy as Emma. Unlike groupies with their hidden agendas, she isn’t using him—or so he believes…until the film crew uncovers Emma’s pen name and steamy novel.

Wyatt’s comeback run can withstand a fall or two, but can his heart recover from this crash and burn?

Unexpectedly Hers is the third book in the Sterling Canyon series by Jamie Beck. Ms. Beck is a first-time author to me. This book can be read as a stand alone novel, and it is not necessary to have read the first two books to be caught up with this one. Hopefully, the other two books were better than this one but at this point, I really am not interested in finding out.

I am usually very excited to give new authors a chance but this book really disappointed me. So much so that I skimmed almost the entire book.

Emma is a 31-year-old mama’s girl working at her mother’s B&B in the mountains. What her mother doesn’t know is that Emma is writing erotica under a pseudonym right under her nose. Her entire story is based on a one night stand she had with Wyatt when she was pretending to be someone else.

Wyatt ends up staying at the inn while her mother decides to leave town, leaving Emma to run the entire B&B. Wyatt has no idea Emma is the girl from the one night stand a few weeks back. He is in town filming his comeback story as a professional snowboarder.

The relationship between Emma and Wyatt is just strange. She is mad because he doesn’t remember her, yet she does not want him to remember her. Emma stays away from Wyatt as much as possible but yet goes out of the way to help his brother, Ryder, who obviously wants nothing to do with his brother or this movie being filmed. Wyatt is all about getting into the pants of the girl who does nothing but ignore him. Now you know they finally get together and have sex. Even that is strange. Sneaking around, I want him but wait, no I don’t.

Needless to say, everything comes to a head and things don’t go as Emma planned. I honestly found myself hoping that Wyatt kicked her to the curb or that Emma hooked up with someone else by the end of the story. I just did not feel this story, at all.

I give Unexpectedly Hers by Jamie Beck 1 star

Brighter Than The Sun by Maya Banks (KGI #11)

Available: March 7, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Jove

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering.
Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t…

As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he’s assigned to, but when it comes to love, he’ll keep his distance. He’s content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated.

Zoe’s had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she’s determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly. But it’s the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface—and threaten to tear them apart…

Running from a life she never chose, Zoe has created a new identity for herself with the help of her best friend Rusty. Never having been allowed to be herself, Zoe has no clue how to act without the barrier of designer clothing and a ton of makeup. Insecure and nervous of being found and forced back into a life she doesn’t want by an unloving father, Rusty takes her home to the family compound before her last journey to freedom.

Joe knows his mother wants him to find “the one” and settle down to make some more Kelly babies just like his brothers but that’s just not him. He loves being free from responsibilities outside of his KGI ones and has no need for a permanent woman in his life. Rusty’s new friend Zoe immediately triggers all his warning bells with her skittishness and vague background information. Telling himself he’s just protecting his family, he attempts to get close to her to learn her story.

Zoe knows she can’t tell Joe the truth about her past. She’s everything he stands against while fighting the bad guys. As they get closer and feelings get deeper, Zoe is either going to have to trust him……or let him go so she can protect him.

So here we are. Book 11 in probably my favorite series ever. The KGI series by Maya Banks. A series that has most definitely had its ups and downs. Several downs in fact. A few downs that had me almost quit reading the series. It took me a year to read book 9 because book 8 pissed me off so much. But I eventually came back and was pleasantly pleased with book 9. I read book 10 and gave it a solid 3.5 stars, even if the majority of the book I was seriously pissed off at the “hero”. That brings us to book 11, Joe’s story. The twin I wasn’t sure would ever get his own happy ending. The last remaining Kelly brother.

I found Brighter Than The Sun to be well done. Not too long like has been a problem in the past, full of engaging dynamics between characters and perfectly paced. I enjoyed the progression of the relationship between Joe and Zoe. I thought it was done with an honesty and an air of reality. It just felt real to me. Even with the weird paranormal thread that was introduced that I know lots of readers detested. I mean, at this point, there’s no taking it out, so I thought it was used well but not overly so. I think Banks realized her misstep in adding those in and has used them as little as she could since then. Zoe is terribly insecure and obviously nervous about her future but Joe manages to draw her out. I wish we would have gotten more backstory on her though. I understood the gist of her background but it felt a bit glossed over and unimportant, when it should have been highlighted more so readers could understand her character better.

The suspense aspect really doesn’t kick in until close to the end. Up till that point it’s a straight contemporary romance with some military/black ops aspects thrown in. However, it’s full throttle from then on out. It almost came out of nowhere. One minute nothing and then BAM, hit the ground running. I enjoyed the amount of characters in those scenes because there were a ton. This group of men and women who make up KGI, work so well together and I love to see their personalities mesh so well on the page. Even the new recruits were entertaining.

I think my favorite thing about this book though was Rusty and her budding relationship with the town sheriff. Her and Sean have been going round in circles since the beginning and I cannot wait for them to finally get a story. It appears I might get my wish soon since they got awfully close in this book. Fingers crossed.

Overall, Brighter Than The Sun got much, much closer to returning to the books I loved from earlier in this series. Providing there are no weird paranormal curveballs again or over the top, long drawn out story lines, I think Banks has returned to the author I love.

I give Brighter Than The Sun by Maya Banks 4 stars!

 

 

 

Love Story by Lauren Layne (Love Unexpectedly #3)

Over the course of one wild road trip, 

feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love.

LOVE STORY

a Love Unexpectedly novel

Lauren Layne

Releasing February 14th, 2017

Loveswept

 

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

Although listed as a title in the Love Unexpectedly Series, all books in the series stand alone.

 

**Review From Liz**

Love Story by Lauren Layne is a story about second chances, even if it’s the last thing they wanted. When childhood friends turned lovers, turned enemies of sorts, embark on a two-week road trip, the shenanigans begin!

Lucy Hawkins has always been drawn to Reece Sullivan. Even if he was her older brother’s best friend, he never treated her like a pest. Over the years, they developed their own friendship, until one day they both realized it was so much more.

Lucy is set to move across the country to start her new job. She is excited. As part of this journey, she planned on taking two weeks to see the country. But fate has other plans. When her car finally breaks down, her family jumps in to save the day, by offering the keys to their old family station wagon. But there is a catch. The first and only boy she loved, gave her virginity too, and broke her heart the next day, comes along for the ride as well.

I loved Lucy Hawkins. She was strong-willed, determined and passionate about life. Once she set her mind on something, she jumped in with both feet. Always thinking of the endgame. But no matter what, she wanted Reece Sullivan to be a part of that endgame.

Reece, on the other hand, has not had an easy life. Losing so much as a child, he gravitates to his best friend’s family, where he is accepted and treated as one of their own. But always feeling inferior, he lets his insecurities and self-doubt stand in the way of what he has always wanted. Finally needing a change and a fresh start, he takes a job across the country.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend time together, much less in a confined space for two weeks. But neither wants to disappoint her family and really, it just makes sense. Right from the start, these two were constantly bickering or totally avoiding each other. So many moments I found myself smiling. Other times they just broke my heart.

These two really cared so much for each other, but let misunderstandings and doubts come between them. Both determined to forget, neither really could. Both held secrets from each other, that in the end, put so much space between them.

I loved how author not only gave us both points of views in this story, but also glimpses of Lucy and Reece’s past. As we got to see their interactions in the present, we see how they became friends, found love and then lost everything. It added so much to the story.

I enjoyed reading Love Story by Lauren Layne. It was a sweet book, with laugh out loud moments and two very likeable characters. Lucy and Reece were so good together, even when they were constantly fighting, that you are immediately drawn into their story.

I give Love Story by Lauren Layne 4-stars.

 

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies. A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

 

 

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Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

THE PRINCE OF PARK AVENUE FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH IN A FEISTY MANHATTAN PRINCESS.

I’ve made every one of my billions of dollars myself—I’m calculating, astute and the best at what I do. It takes drive and dedication to build what I have. And it leaves no time for love or girlfriends or relationships.

But don’t get me wrong, I’m not a monk.

I understand the attention and focus it takes to seduce a beautiful woman. They’re the same skills I use to close business deals. But one night is where it begins and ends. I’m not the guy who sends flowers. I’m not the guy who calls the next day.

Or so I thought before an impatient, smart-talking, beyond beautiful heiress bursts into my world.

When Grace Astor rolls her eyes at me—I want to hold her against me and show her what she’s been missing.

When she makes a joke at my expense—I want to silence her sassy mouth with my tongue.

And when she leaves straight after we f*ck with barely a goodbye—it makes me want to pin her down and remind her of the three orgasms she just had.

She might be a princess but I’m going to show her who rules in this Park Avenue bedroom.

A sexy, standalone, contemporary romance.

Grace Astor, Park Avenue Princes. Gallery Owner. Fixer of men. Grace wants to believe that there is not an ounce of truth to that. Grace is bound and determined to make it on her own. She owns her own art gallery which she will do anything to keep open, even if it means featuring artwork from a two timing ex-boyfriend. At that opening, she meets the gorgeous and charming Sam Shaw.

Started at the bottom, now he’s here 😉 Sam Shaw, Park Avenue Prince. Sam learned at a very young age to not form connections to anything or anyone. Orphaned when he was a child, he learned to be tough in all aspects of his life. That tough guy attitude is about to fly out the window once he spends time with Grace.

Sam is totally intrigued with Grace. She has him feeling all sorts of things he has never felt and taking risks he has never taken before for her. Grace is just trying to find out what makes Sam tick and do what she does best, fix him. Grace pushes Sam, Sam pushes right back.

“He was everything I shouldn’t want – everything I’d spent my life rejecting and here I was, wanting him so badly I could barely breathe.”

Park Avenue Prince was a well written, romantic book. There was just something about the sex between the couple that was remarkable. I also loved the secondary characters. I enjoyed Grace and Sam as a couple as well as on their own. Grace was very down to earth and a take no shit kind of girl. Sam was the one who harbored the most pain. Being a child growing up in the system and only having one true friend, certainly shaped the man he became. But it was lovely to see that all fall apart as he fell for Grace.

I give Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay four stars!!

PROMO: Keeping Her Wet by M. Robinson

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Erotica

Publisher: Self

My copy: Sent 

Reviewer: Liz

A Novella from USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. ROBINSON just in time to spice up your Valentines Day!

Ten couples.

Twenty characters.

Ten chapters.

A collection of ten hot scenes from all ten of M. Robinson’s standalone books. Each couple will have a chapter dedicated to them. New and never read before.

Sebastian and Ysabelle- The VIP Trilogy

Mika and The Madam- The VIP Trilogy

Devon and Brooke- Tempting Bad

James and Gianna- Two Sides Gianna

Lucas and Alex- Complicate Me (The Good Ol’ Boys)

Jacob and Lily- Forbid Me (The Good Ol’ Boys)

Dylan and Aubrey- Undo Me (The Good Ol’ Boys)

Austin and Briggs- Crave Me (The Good Ol’ Boys)

Martinez and Lexi- El Diablo

Creed and Mia- Road to Nowhere & Ends Here

*Note: You do not have to read the books above to read Keeping Her Wet!

Keeping Her Wet by M. Robinson is a must read for all her fans! A novella with a chapter devoted to each of her couples to-date full of hot, steamy scenes that remind us why we love her characters and stories so much. And not to worry, if you are new to M, this is a great introduction to her characters. Absolutely no spoilers.

Each couple is given one hot sexy scene together with both point of views. Some were so surprising and may include more than anticipated, but every single chapter will keep you captivated.

This was a great read! I loved every chapter. Every single, steamy, sexy chapter. Perfect timing with Valentine’s Day around the corner. One quick note, this is an erotic novella, so expect a lot of sex from your favorite couples.

A fun and sexy quick read for fans of M and newbies as well. A must read for sure and one I highly recommend.

Keeping Her Wet by M. Robinson was a 5+ hot and steamy stars for me!

A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

 

 

 

Title: A Thousand Letters

Author: Staci Hart

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 9, 2017

Blurb

 

Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey bought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*

 

Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited

 

 

*****REVIEW FROM LIZ***** 

A Thousand Letters by Staci Heart was such an emotional roller coaster. I love angst, I mean for me, the more the better, but this book really took it to the limit. I could not put it down, even as my heart hurt.

Wade and Elliott were high school sweethearts. Happy. Until they weren’t. They went their separate ways. Lived their separate lives filled with regrets. Seven years later, he came back. But things are different now. They are different people now. Too much time and hurt has passed, but have all the feelings?

I loved this story. It was a beautiful story with all the feels. Choices were made that could not be taken back and now he was finally back. But not for her.

This story was so much more than just a second chance romance. It’s hard to talk about without giving away spoilers, but it was also about family, friends, loss and finding your way back. It was about letting go. When I finished this book, I needed a moment. This is a book I will think about for a long time to come.

I was drawn in from the start. My heart hurt. With every word, I was drawn in to their devastating journey. Will they find their way back to each other? Can you learn to put the past behind you to move forward? This was a heartbreaking story of two lost and broken people possibly finding their second chance.

I give A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart 5-stars!

Author Bio

 

 

 

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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Ex-Con Part 1-3 by Katana Collins (Harrison Street Crew)

Available: Part 1 – January 7 2017 Amazon/B&N

                  Part 2 – February 7 2017 Amazon/B&N

                  Part 3 – February 14 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Swerve

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Ex-convict Shane McGill is as rugged and wild as they come. Bad to the bone and back on the streets, he’ll do anything and say anything to survive. Even if that something means joining the one car club he had worked so hard to avoid. But there’s one person out there who can match him toe-to-toe…the hot mechanic pin-up doll of a woman with the body of a goddess and tomboy attitude would even give him a chance.

Is Fast and Furious your favorite movie? If you answered yes, well then this is probably the book for you. Because reading this book was a lot like watching any of the movies in that series. Lots of street racing, lots of gear wrenching and just enough sexual tension to keep you on edge.

I have to admit first off, that one of the sole reasons I picked this book up was the ex-con draw. I feel like those heroes are generally the underdogs and I love that type of hero. Plus there is the whole bad boy thing that totally gets my *ahem* motor running. Shane wasn’t an overly complex character, but I felt from the beginning that he was missing part of the backstory to the Harrison Street Crew he was trying so hard to avoid. It was pretty annoying too that none of the other characters clued him in for so damn long. In fact, that was my main gripe about this book overall. Everything was so long and drawn out. And not in the sexy way you’re hoping I mean it for.

Charlie is a female mechanic/ shop owner in a very rough area of town. She’s looking for street cred by street racing to break into the inner circle of all the car owners looking to take their vehicles in for upgrades. She knows her stuff and craves the thrills but it often leads to her taking unnecessary risks. With mounting bills she’s gambling every time she buys into yet another race, especially those against the famed leader for the Harrison Street Crew, but it’s her only option in making enough money to cover another months bills. When the HSC newest driver turns out to be her newest employee she’s conflicted about keeping him on. Ultimately her attraction to him wins out as she begins to trust the stranger who claims to have been “out of town” since she moved in.

Of course, by “out of town” Shane means maximum security prison, but the pretty mechanic surely doesn’t need to know all that. Especially since he just needs to make enough money to get his cherry ride running again so he can flee the state and break his parole. Except the more Shane learns about her plight and the shady characters who seem to be tailing her, the more he wants to stick around to protect her. But sticking around might mean both their deaths.

At the heart of the story I really enjoyed it. The ex-con/female mechanic aspect was awesome, original and something that instantly drew me. I liked both Shane and Charlie too. The sex was good but felt a bit to scripted and predictable. Except maybe the hood of a car scene, that one was pretty hot. I found the stalker aspect of Charlie’s ex the most interesting parts of the book. I hated how she was unable to confide in her best friend or her family about their past and his abusiveness and I understood her reluctance to get involved with a man like Shane because of that past. I was rooting for Shane to really show her he was different. Which of course he did.

The problem for me was the slow pace of the entire book (or 3 sections depending on how you’re reading this one). It was SOOOOOOOOOOOO slow. Nothing much happens for parts 1 and 2. The action doesn’t actually rev its engine until part 3 and then even that is fleeting. I found myself skipping around way to often for my liking.

I do think future books might be better executed due to not having to cover so much information, so I will be looking for those when they come out. However, this one was a bit too slow for my overall liking.

I give Ex-Con by Katana Collins 3 stars!

 

Royal Affair by Parker Swift (Royal Scandal #1)

Available: February 14, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever Yours

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Kim

One seriously sexy son-of-a-duke . . .

Behind the posh British accent, Dylan Hale possesses a down-and-dirty sexiness. Off-the-charts gorgeous, a ruthless architect . . . and did I mention he’s a future duke? Every time we touch, it’s wildfire. All need and lust and heat. But Dylan has rules: just sex, no one can know, and in the bedroom he gets complete control. All I have to do is follow the rules, because falling in love with Dylan Hale is all it would take to screw everything up . . . royally.

 

Royal Affair is the first book in a three-book series and the debut of author Parker Swift. I enjoyed this cover of this book and was surprised by the British hero, Dylan Hale. I enjoy a dirty talker and man, Dylan did not disappoint!!

Lydia, an American who is trying to make a life for herself after her father passed away from cancer. She had been a nanny for a very well to do family for the summer before starting her life in London as a fashion designer. She runs into Dylan Hale, a gorgeous British architect, on her last day of her nanny job and has no idea how life is about to change from that one chance encounter.

There is instant chemistry between Lydia and Dylan and but yet Lydia thinks that they will never cross paths again. Dylan gives her his number and the craziness begins. Lydia quickly learns that there are ties between the people she is working with and Dylan. She also learns that he is a Duke…totally out of reach for someone like her. However, Dylan will just not let this thing with Lydia die. He proposes a secret “relationship” (in other words, let’s just have lots of sex) and no one can know about them, at all. Dylan does not do relationships and this will keep her out of the press, so he thinks. Of course, Lydia is ok with it but then changes her mind when she feels he is not being truthful.

Royal Affair is a very fast paced, instant love kind of story. It was good but reminded me a little too much of 50 shades. A truly naive woman mixed with a very rich (and British!!), experienced dirty talker who demands total control in the bedroom. The book finished with a cliffhanger and I am intrigued as to what the next book holds.

I give Royal Affair by Parker Swift 4 stars!

Close to Home by Lily Everett (Sanctuary Island #5)

Available: February 7, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

My copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Liz

The best journeys take us home…. When Tessa Alexander came to Sanctuary Island, she left behind a marriage to a man who didn’t love her the way she loved him. When she finally found the strength to set them both free, she discovered friendship and self-acceptance in her adopted hometown. Now she’s settled into a quiet life on her own—never expecting to see her husband again.

Johnny spent almost two years deep undercover, unable to let his wife into his cold, dangerous world. He’s shaken to the core when he comes home to find her gone. It’s painfully clear that Tessa is no longer the timid young woman he married—she’s become a force of nature, a brave and determined beauty. Johnny can’t let her go without a fight so he sets out to seduce his own wife. But will passion alone be enough to convince Tessa that her new life should include a second chance at happiness with a man who must learn to believe in love?

Fixing Fate by Anna Brooks was a great read. This story had a little bit of everything. From humor, to romance to suspense and some off the charts chemistry.

Home is where your heart is. What do you do when you realize what matters most is no longer there? Close to Home by Lily Everett is a story about losing what matters most and fighting to get it back.

Tessa Alexander ran away from a home at a young age to save herself. With nowhere to go, she finds a savior when least expected. But after years of longing for her husband and knowing she is not loved as she loves him, she decides to set him free. He helped her when she needed it most and will always be grateful, but now it’s time to move forward.

Tessa starts over on Sanctuary Island. A new name, a new job, a new chance. Wanting to put the woman who was timid and lived in the shadows behind her, she finally finds herself and a new life. Though we do not get to see a lot of Tessa’s past besides memories, I loved the new woman she became. It was very clear she was now a different woman. She was strong, determined and very likable.

Johnny Alexander was a man that always did the right thing. He lives with guilt from the past and promised himself he would do whatever it took to protect the innocent. But how far would he go to protect someone he cared about? I loved Johnny, but he also held himself on such high standards, he missed out on something right in front of him.

Determined to be a good man, he protects the woman he married to save her, even when he desires her more than anything. But does he love her? I found the blurb so interesting, I had to read this one as soon as I saw it and I was not disappointed.

After being undercover for two years, Johnny comes home to discover his wife has left, supposedly to set him free. But it was thoughts of her that helped get him through the dangerous world he was submerged in. He decides he can’t let her go, but he has a fight ahead of him to win her back. The woman he married has changed and has her own wants and desired now.

I loved Johnny and Tessa. They cared for each other, but had to face some obstacles and learn how to communicate. This was not an easy task. Could each of the set aside their desires to find a compromise to finally be happy? Could Johnny see past the girl he saved to the woman that now stood in front of him?

Close to home was an enjoyable read. Two main characters that are easy to like and root for, island residents that kept us laughing, a bit of suspense and look at the next romance. I would definitely recommend this book.

I give Close to Home by Lily Everett 4-stars!

 

Fixing Fate by Anna Brooks

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Self

My copy: Sent 

Reviewer: Liz

Mellie Jamison is afraid of the world after her security and innocence were stolen as a teen. Now in her early twenties, she’s content with her secluded lifestyle and her cat… at least, that’s what she tells herself. When a grandfather she never met leaves her an abandoned house, she has no choice but to set out on a journey she never wanted to take.

Smith Porter was living his dream until he was forced to give up his job as a police officer and return home to take over the family business. He’s now alone in the world, merely surviving on memories and emotionless attachments. So when his old partner calls in a favor, Smith agrees to flip the neglected house and keep an eye on Jay’s baby sister.

He’s a master at restoration and rebuilding, but Smith never expected that tearing the walls down around Mellie’s heart to be his most difficult project yet. And when her life is threatened, keeping her safe is the most important job he’ll ever have.

Fixing Fate by Anna Brooks was a great read. This story had a little bit of everything. From humor, to romance to suspense and some off the charts chemistry.

Mellie Jamison’s life has not been easy. She finds herself living alone and isolated from the world, just how she wants it, or that is what she tells herself. Afraid to put herself out there because she is having such a hard time moving on from a difficult past.

Smith Porter finds himself barely living. Giving up his dreams, he is now just getting by. Preferring to be mostly alone, rather than dealing with emotions. But as we get to know him, we begin to see his protective, caring and possessive side. He is an alpha through and through.

Mellie and Smith both have difficult histories that hold them back from really living and moving forward. Can they break down their walls and see what is in front of them? We see them go through so much, felt so much for them and cheered them on. Add in some suspense and unexpected twists, can these have a future together?

I enjoyed reading this book and seeing both Mellie and Smith’s walls slowly broken down. Mellie was in her way, learning to be strong and overcome fear and Smith was determined to help her. His resolve to help Mellie and be there for her helped him overcome some of his own fears and reservations. .

I found Fixing Fate a beautiful story of two lost souls who found each other right when they needed each other. Right from the start you are drawn into the story and Mellie and Smith’s journey.

I give Fixing Fate by Anna Brook 4.5 stars!

Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters (Truth and Lies Duet #1)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Self 

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

“I met the man I wanted. But then he vanished, and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a stranger.”

Noelle Charlston lives a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.

However, two meetings with two men changes her happy existence forever. First, she meets the man who makes her heart sing. Three years later, she meets the man who makes her blood quiver.

Broken-hearted from a teenage romance, Noelle’s freedom is no longer hers. It belongs to the stranger her father believes is her perfect match. The stranger who pulls his lies over everyone he touches.

Including her.

Seduced and manipulated, Noelle gives into the mysterious Penn Everett. The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he weaves—it’s all enough to slowly erode the woman she is and turn her into something else.

Until her past collides with her present.

And it’s her turn to lie.

To everyone…including herself.

Retail heiress, Elle Charleston, has been groomed for her entire life to run the Belle Elle retail chain. She will become one of the most powerful women in the United States.

After the death of her mother, Elle had to grow up very quickly. She spent her childhood being an adult, reading spreadsheets and ledgers rather than playing with friends. Elle has become socially awkward and is only comfortable in the world of business, where she belongs.

On Elle’s 19th birthday, she makes the decision to see New York City on her own. She can run a multi-million-dollar company but cannot make her way around the town on her own. That one decision will change her life forever as a celebration of life turns into paralyzing terror, until a young man in a hoodie saves her and turns her world upside down. The time spent with the man in the hoodie, or “Nameless”, leads her on an adventure, along with her first kiss, and then it is entirely ripped away from Elle leaving her shattered.

We then come to see Elle, three years later, a totally different woman who has accepted her fate as heir of Belle Elle after her father’s heart attack. She has pushed aside the young, naïve girl she once was along with any ideas that she had about love. Now, two men are in competition for her love and affection. One of the men is a family friend’s son who Elle has known her entire life. There’s no love, no spark, but Elle knows this is strictly business and to become a partner in the business of Belle Elle.

“He looked artic and unreadable. He smelled expensive and impenetrable. He sounded powerful and untouchable. My worst nightmare wrapped in perfection.”

But then there’s this other man, Penn Everett. One is who full of mystery and lies making Elle uncomfortable in so many ways. Yet this man awakens something in her that she has tucked away safely from everyone in her world. Can Penn be the one to get Elle to step outside her carefully crafted life and really live?

“He was pure, one hundred percent male, and he watched me as if I was a woman who’d already sacrificed herself on his ego temple, and he was about to dine on her soul.”

Crown of Lies is an astoundingly beautifully written story with many complex characters. You truly become one with the story and experience every single emotion along with each character. The chemistry between the two main characters is one of absolute wonder. The back and forth between Elle and Penn is a true flawlessness along with an abundance of sexual tension. As much as Elle denies the attraction, Penn comes right at her ten-fold. When they do finally come together, it is outright perfection.

Crown of Lies has left me with so many emotions and just as many questions. What is the real truth? Who really is Penn Everett? Who exactly is telling the lie? Who is the real immoral guy in this story? Will Elle ever become free? We will all find out together on February 28th with the conclusion in Throne of Truth.

Crown of Lies is another brilliant story by Pepper Winters. I am in awe of the blend of suspense, mystery and the insanely fiery sex in this story. Beautifully written and absolutely captivating!

I give Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1) by Pepper Winters 5+ stars

Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .

Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his prim and proper adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she’s become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.

Wes Sinclair is the top realtor in Chicago. Wes is also confident, cocky and beyond sexy. He can definitely have any single woman in the city but the one he really wants is totally off limits to him. Wes stays as far away from Natalie Prescott as humanly possible. Hell, Wes wouldn’t even let Natalie join the business that he works in with her brother because he knows he wouldn’t be able to stay away from her. Which just pushes Natalie even harder to do the better then Wes. And she is more than achieving her goal.

Natalie Prescott has always just been Connor’s little sister. Annoying, a few years younger, and just not up to the standards of an older man. However, she has grown into a brilliant agent in real estate and has quickly become Wes’ competition. Wes purposely pushes her buttons just to piss her off and keep her as far away as possible.

After finally biting the bullet and congratulating Natalie on a huge win, Wes proposes a bet. One which Natalie cannot refuse. She has to do whatever he wants but what Wes doesn’t know is just how far she is going to push his limits. Let’s just say the show Natalie puts on puts Wes between a rock and a hard place. All Wes can think about is what her brother Connor will do to his manhood if he finds out exactly what he wants do to Natalie 😉

Wes and Natalie have incredible chemistry. The sex is absolutely amazing but the love story between the two of them is even better. I enjoyed the relationship and watching them each develop such deep feelings. I was extremely happy with Natalie and how she was portrayed. I’m tired of the woman who do what they think the men want. This chick knew what she wanted, what she needed to do and did it…. hot man be damned! I also loved her brother Connor in the story. I was hoping for a fight between Wes and Connor but I was truly surprised on how that all went down!

Big Shot was a great way to start off 2017! This is an outstanding book from Carly and Erika. I’ve never read them until now but I sure will be looking into all of their other books ASAP!! Wes and Natalie for the win!

I give Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde 5 stars!

Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan (Haven Brotherhood #1)

rough-tumble-by-rhenna-morganAvailable: Feb 20, 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Carina

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.

A self-made man with his fingers in a variety of successful businesses, Jace Kennedy lives for the challenge and he always gets what he wants. From the start, he sees Vivienne Moore’s hidden wild side and knows she’s his perfect match, if only he can break it free. He will have her. One way or another.

Vivienne’s determined to ditch the rough lifestyle she grew up in, even if that means hiding her true self behind a bland socialite veneer. Dragging her party-hound sister out of a club was not how she wanted to ring in the New Year, but Viv knows the drill. Get in, get her sister and get back to the safe, stable life she’s built for herself as fast as humanly possible. But Viv’s plans are derailed when she finds herself crashing into the club’s clearly badass and dangerously sexy owner.

Jace is everything Vivienne swore she never wanted, but the more time she spends with him, the more she starts to see that he loves just as fiercely as he fights. He can walk society’s walk and talk society’s talk, but when he wants something, he finds a way to get it. He’s proud of who he is and where he came from, and he’ll be damned if he lets Vivienne go before showing her the safest place of all is in the arms of a dangerous man.

Where to start with this book? First, I need to thank Rhenna Morgan for pulling me out of yet another reading slump. It seems as the years pass it is getting harder and harder to impress me as a reader. I’ve read so much. I’ve read it all. Sometimes I just have a month or two where I just can’t get into a book. Nothing catches my gaze. Nothing holds my interest. Then I got a request for Rough & Tumble from the publisher. Followed that evening by a friend who recc’d it to me and this friend knows her shit. She knows what I like. Then the author contacted me about doing a review. Well, by God, I knew I needed to read this book. What I found was a gem of a contemporary romance. One I definitely need in paperback displayed on my shelf along with my digital copy.

Jace is everything gray in a black and white world. He and his band of brothers live by their own rules, serve justice as they see fit and take care of each other. He is alpha to the core and it shows in everything he does. Yet, he is also often misunderstood. The journalists paint him as anything but law abiding. The locals think he’s a thug. It couldn’t be further from the truth but no one bothers to look deeper.

Living life on the edge of the legal system is not something Vivienne wants a part of. She’s been there. Done that. Taking care of her troublesome sister and trying to keep her event planning business afloat take up all her time. When she sees Jace she’s immediately enthralled with him. When she’s asked to do plan some high profile events for his businesses she’s weary.  Getting involved with him may make her feel amazing but letting go of the stranglehold she has on her life isn’t something she’s prepared to do. Ever.

Rough & Tumble is an excellent first book in a series! Vivienne and Jace set fire to the pages with their smoldering intensity that built throughout the book. I loved how Jace insisted on bringing out the Vivienne she had tried to bury a long time ago. His focus was unbreakable. His intent admirable. Both scary and gentle, he was a complex character that often surprised me as I was reading.  I loved the fierce protectiveness he had not only with Viv but his brothers as well. I look forward to reading each of their stories in turn as the series progresses.

Viv was a character you instantly love. She was selfless, always putting the needs of her strung out sister first. Yet in doing so she’d had to give up much of herself along the way. When confronted with a man like Jace, she resisted naturally, not wanting to fall into a hole like her own father and sister. Yet Jace was persistent and she quickly learned that giving herself over to a man like him meant protection, not fear.

Morgan has laid some incredible groundwork for future story lines and I have a feeling each book will only get better. Rough & Tumble was sexy, fun and un-put-down-able!

I give Rough & Tumble by Rhenna Morgan 5 stars!

 

The Knight by Skye Warren (Endgame #2)

Available: January 31, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My copy: Sent 

Reviewer: Liz

The power of pleasure… Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what’s mine. He thinks he’s beaten me. He thinks he’s won. What he doesn’t realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen. And the game has only just begun. THE KNIGHT is book two in the Endgame series from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.

I am seriously loving this series! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Who is Gabriel Miller and what is he really after? This second book in the series was so intriguing and suspenseful and continued to keep me captivated.

Avery St. James is now on her own, broke and lost, but also determined to get back what she lost. We begin to see some strength in Avery as well, but she has hit rock bottom. Where does she go from here? She knows Gabriel is not to be trusted, but she can’t stop wanting him. And to make things worse, he is now even more cruel to her. And as Avery finally begins to get answers, more questions and secrets arise.

Gabriel Miller on the other hand, continues to be emotionless and callous at times. He is possessive and determined, however, we slowly start to see other sides of him. Sides that are confusing. Who is he and what does he really want?

In this second installment, I still loved to hate Gabriel, but he also won me over. He could be a bastard, but who does not love the bad guy sometimes? I loved seeing these two moving through all the pieces and how it affected them. Their chemistry continues to drip from the pages.

And now there are more players in the game. Who can be trusted? What does her mother have to do with any of this? Why is it so important to others to stop her from digging too deep? So much is woven into this story, we do not know which way is up.

I could not read this book fast enough and yet, I never wanted it to end. I was so consumed. This book was so twisted and filed with so much angst at every turn. I loved the writing. The chemistry. The added suspense. A great read. I cannot wait for the final book in this series.

I give The Knight by Skye Warren 4.5 stars!

About the Author:

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.

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Married at Midnight by Gerri Russell

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Montlake

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Kim

Ellie Hawthorne’s event-planning business desperately needs a jolt of life. Determined to drum up leads, she heads to Las Vegas for a trade conference—and has one too many shots of tequila. The next morning, Ellie wakes up with a ring on her finger and next to the last person she expected to see again: Connor Grayson, the high-school boyfriend who broke her heart.

Connor is in Vegas to secure funds for his self-driving car project. He’s as shocked as Ellie is by their accidental marriage. But when he finds out that his beloved grandmother Viola has suffered a heart attack, he begs Ellie to keep up the charade—just until Viola recovers.

Neither of them could have guessed what Viola has planned. And Ellie starts to think that maybe she got luckier in Vegas than she could have ever imagined. With a little help from Viola and four elderly Elvis impersonators, can these former sweethearts find lasting love?

Lately, I’ve been trying to get into the whole married by mistake/love in Vegas stories. To this date, I’ve only read one of those stories that I have truly loved. I saw Married by Midnight on Net Galley and loved the blurb! Exactly what I was looking for and Gerri Russell is a new author to me so I thought I’d give it a try.

Ellie Hawthorne is in Vegas trying to revive her failing event planning career. One to many tequilas later she wakes up in bed with some strange man. Actually, it turns out to be someone she knows very well, her high school ex-boyfriend Connor Grayson. To top it all off, they were married at an Elvis wedding chapel.

Connor Grayson is just as confused as Ellie when he wakes up. However, things take a quick change when he receives a phone call that his grandmother is in the hospital. Connor’s grandmother has a dying wish to see her grandson married. Reality is, even though neither of them remembers, Ellie and Connor are married. Connor asks Ellie to keep up the ruse and stay married just until his grandmother leaves the hospital.

The story was great right up until that point. Once the meddling grandmother is brought in and the four Elvis impersonators, I lost interest. If it would have continued with two people falling back in love with each other and the grandmother would have not been butting in, I think the story would have been different for me. I was really put off that these two very intelligent human beings NEVER put two and two together to figure out that someone was trying to force them to be together. And the Elvis impersonators? The author totally lost me on that one.

The one thing I did enjoy was the little twist at the end. That was a surprise and I never saw it coming. All and all, I enjoyed the beginning and the end of this book but feel the storyline should have gone differently.

I give Married at Midnight by Gerri Russell 2 stars

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen (Season for Scandal #3)

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly BowenAvailable: January 31, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Their love was always in the cards. He should have thrown her out. But when club owner Alexander Lavoie catches a mysterious blonde counting cards at his vingt-et-un table, he’s more intrigued than angry. He has to see more of this beauty—in his club, in his office, in his bed. But first he’ll have to devise a proposition she can’t turn down.

Gossip said he was an assassin. Common sense told her to stay away. But Angelique Archer was desperate, and Lavoie’s club offered a surefire way to make quick money—until she got caught. Instead of throwing her out though, the devil offers her a deal: come work for him. Refusing him means facing starvation, but with a man so sinfully handsome and fiercely protective, keeping things professional might prove impossible.

I have yet to read a book by Ms. Bowen that I did not give over 4 stars to, which is unheard of for me, she writes amazing historical romances, stories full of suspense, intriguing characters and of course romance.

We are again treated to seeing the people who own and work for Chegarre and Associates, a mysterious business that has a way of making bothersome things disappear for those with enough money. Alexander Lavoie works with his sister at the agency however he also owns his own gambling hell. He is rumored to be a spy and an assassin and is intrigued when a beautiful woman comes into his club who not only wins but does it without others realizing what she has done.

Angelique Archer is desperate for money and uses her skill at numbers to beat the system at Lavoie’s club. She makes sure she loses enough so she is not noticed, but Alex has had his eye on her from the first time she came to his club. Before he even knows who she is, he is giving her a job as a dealer. When it is revealed that she is the sister of a down on his luck Marquess, Alex is even more intrigued and uses his knowledge and the resources from the agency to find out about the mysterious woman.

Angelique and Alex find themselves looking at her family and her brother’s friends when tragedy strikes and she is frantic to help her brother. Betrayal, family secrets and mystery are unraveled as the two uncover the answers to her past. As they become close, they realize how much they mean to each other yet danger is just around the corner.

Again, I am shouting out about how much I love each of Ms. Bowen’s stories. I have been in a slump of reading lately but when I picked this one up, I had a hard time putting it down until I finished it. Secrets, lies, lost fortunes all amount to an exciting story.

When we first meet Angelique, she is a very composed and strong woman, yet we get a glimpse of a woman who has had to grow up quickly in order to take care of her family after her parents are gone. She is a wiz with numbers, a savant of sorts and I love that about her, she amazes people with her ability. She is cautious when she first meets Alex but realizes he is exactly what she needs, both to help her with her family crisis and when she realizes how much he means to her.

Alex has been one of my favorites since I first met him, in book one. He has always been a little on the dangerous side, but I love how he gets along with both his sister and “the duchess”, Ivory, they have a great report together, the banter is fun to read. Angelique captivates him from the beginning and he treats her with awe and respect. When they find their attraction is too hard to resist, the chemistry is electric and the passion sizzles. Their romance is one for the ages and I enjoyed their journey immensely.

The story is engaging from beginning to end and I enjoyed seeing past characters as well as meeting new ones, however this can easily be read as a standalone. I love King, the charismatic gentleman who is an enigma, and wonder if we will ever know his story, such a mystery. All in all a great romance with elements of suspense and intrigue.

I give Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen – 4.5 Stars!

Tempt by Remy Blake

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Tempt By Remy Blake

 

Release Date: January 26th

Genre: Erotic Romance

Hosted by Chance Promotions

 

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Tempt Remy Blake Ecover.jpgThey say age is nothing but a number.

Lucas Rockwell isn’t just ten years younger than me, he’s my deceased husband’s son.

Tainted by secrets, everything about us is wrong and forbidden.

Like fire and gasoline, we’re an explosion waiting to happen.

We’re tempting fate with every touch.

***REVIEW FROM LIZ***

Tempt by Remy Blake, a new male and female author duo, was a hot, steamy, forbidden quick read. Sometimes that is just what you need.

Charlotte Rockwell, Charlie, has been living a lie. Trapped by secrets, she is ready to move on with her life, once she says goodbye to her husband. But she is not prepared to her reaction to his son.

Lucas Rockwell is devastated. His dad is gone. All he ever wanted was to prove himself to his father and work side-by-side with him. Now he will never know how his dad felt about him or if he ever truly mattered to him.

When Charlie and Lucas come face-to-face for the first time, their reaction to each other surprises them both. They can’t keep their eyes off each other, but both know nothing can come from this.

Lucas is ten years younger and Charlie is, for all intents and purposes, his stepmother, even if he has never met her before. But after so much loss and hurt, can it be so bad to give in? What if they are exactly what they need now?

This was a fun read I really enjoyed. Hot and steamy scenes with a touch of the forbidden. Definitely worth the read. I am excited to see what else we get from this duo.

I give Tempt by Remy Blake 4 stars!

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EXCERPT:

A hand on my arm stirs me from my deep musings. “Lucas, are you okay?”

My head turns and I find Charlotte standing beside me. The first thing Inotice are her large tits and how close they are to touching my arm. If I shift a fraction of a step to the side I could feel them press against me. My eyes move up over her delicate collarbones. I want to place a kiss between them and then lick my way up her graceful neck until I reach her red mouth. Fuck me. She has the mouth of a fucking porn star. I wonder if she sucks dick like one?

“Lucas.” She rubs my arm, pulling me back to the present.

My eyes leave her enticing lips and raise up to meet her enthralling blues and I finally find my voice. “Yeah, I’m fine.” I turn to face her, our gazes never breaking contact. With her heels she stands only a few inches shorter than my six foot one inch frame and the tips of her breasts are pointing at my chest. Being this close to her has my dick hard. I’ve never had such a strong reaction to a woman before. A few seconds in her company and my cock’s ready and waiting.

“Can I get you anything?” she asks, rubbing my arm again.

That’s a loaded question if I ever heard one.

“I don’t know. Can you?”

Her hand falls from my arm. “If you want something, I’ll get it for you.”

I inch forward until her tits are touching my chest. Her eyes go wide. “I want a lot of things Charlie.” I let my hand caress over the curve of her hip down to the top of her ass as I reach behind her to pick up the refill the waitress placed there for me a few minutes ago. I take a step back, lifting the drink toward my mouth. “Right now I just want another beer.” My lips close around the bottle and I take a large gulp. Jesus. I need a cold shower after being this close to her.

Her porn star lips open in a silent oh at my reply. She flashes me a tight smile and looks down at the diamond encrusted Rolex on her wrist. “The limo will be here in twenty minutes to pick us up.”

I nod my head before tipping back the beer. If I drink this one straight down I’ll have time for one more.

Charlotte takes a dainty step back still looking at me and then pivots around to walk back into the reception room. My eyes follow her, locked on the generous curves of her ass. Fuck. I no longer need to wonder or speculate about what my father saw in her. It’s the same thing every red blooded guy sees when he looks at her. SEX. Between her large rack, her full lips and her heart shaped ass, I don’t know which I’d like to bite more. But I’d sure like to find out.

 

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About the Author:

Remy Blake is a male and female author duo, who paired up to have some fun writing steamy, short reads, with insta love/lust and a HEA. You can expect twice the debauchery in every novel they write.

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Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn (Larson Brothers #1)

Available: January 24, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary romance

Publisher: Swerve

My copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Liz

Savannah’s brother was killed in a cage fight with Mike “Red Reaper” Larson after a savage punch to the head.

When Mike shows up at the funeral, he’s nothing like Savannah expected. Gone is the fierce, brutal beast she’s seen in the cage. In his place is a beautiful man torn with guilt, seeking forgiveness, and willing to do anything to ease her pain.

Her family doesn’t approve, but her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither of them can deny the intoxicating desire unleashed between them, turning their pain into the most exquisite pleasure.

But every time Mike steps into the cage, Savannah knows she could lose him too. She can’t go through that again, but how can she let go of the one man who sets her body and soul on fire?

Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn was such an emotional read. I love MMA heroes, but this was more than just a MMA fighter to love. What do you do if the man occupying time in your head and heart is the same man that was in the cage fight that caused your brother’s death?

Savanah Dugas’ brother is dead. Her family is devastated. Her sister-in-law is barely surviving. And Savannah misses her brother something fierce. Everyone in her family blames Mike “Red Reaper” Larson for his death, though he was officially cleared of any wrong doing. The last thing she expected was seeing him at her brother’s funeral.

Mike is beside himself. Every time he enters the cage, it is with the intention to winning, but never intends to do life-altering damage. When a man he is fighting dies, he wants to do something for the family, but does not know what he can do. Apologizing and offering whatever he can to the sister and wife leaves him no better off than he was, until the sister reaches out.

Savannah loved her brother, but also understood the risks every time he entered a cage. She sees the broken man who is devastated with guilt over what happened. So, they begin to heal each other through a forbidden journey where the cost may be too high.

I loved Mike. He was a strong and passionate man that learned early on he could only count on himself to take care of his brothers. For him that meant using his fists to succeed. It allowed him success and to care for those that mattered most to him. But underneath the hardened exterior is a man that is caring, gentle and loyal.

After Tommy’s death, Savannah finds herself holding her family together, but especially her sister-in-law. But while her family sees a killer when they see Mike, she sees a man that is also grieving and looking for redemption. I loved her determination to give him a chance and see him for who he is, not wat he is portrayed. She was kindhearted and strong in her way as well.

As they talk to each other a few times, Mike offers to do something for her sister-in-law to help in her grief. Mike and Savannah spend time together and get to know each other. Their connection and attraction is strong. Can they fight it? Should they fight it? What about her family? Could she do this to her family? Would they ever accept Mike in her life? And above all, could she be with Mike when she could lose him as well?

This was such an emotional ride. A forbidden love story of two people who could not be more right for each other, but who had so many obstacles in their way. I found this story to be sweet and touching, heartbreaking at times and so hot and steamy. Which at the end leads to an amazing, hard to put down book. This was my first book from this author and I loved it. I cannot wait to read more in this series!

I give Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn 4.5 stars!

Raw Deal Blog Tour: Author Q&A

How would you describe Raw Deal using no more than 140 characters (a la Twitter)?

Undeniable passion ignites between a fighter and the heartbroken sister of the man he accidentally killed in the MMA cage.

Which scene would you say was the hardest for you to write?

Definitely the final fight. Any time I write something action-heavy, which isn’t very often (unless it’s sex, haha), I find it terribly difficult and tedious. “This happened and that happened and so on.” And then to take it and make sure it doesn’t look like I found it difficult and tedious presents its own set of challenges. I can only hope I pulled it off, because I’m a terrible judge of my own work.

Where do you get inspiration for the names of your characters?

Michael’s and Savannah’s names simply came into my head and felt right. A lot of times, however, I torture myself trying to find the perfect character name, poring through baby name websites for inspiration. Some characters are named by accident. For instance, when I first introduced Brian Ross in Unleashed, I never planned for him to have his own book. So I just sort of stuck a name on him. But he turned out to be one of my most popular heroes (Rock Me), and same goes for his best friend Ghost (Leave Me Breathless). So, some come easily, some are like pulling teeth, and some are happy accidents. 🙂

You’re known for creating characters with a lot of depth and a full range of truly human emotions. What experiences do you draw on to make your characters feel so alive? 

Oh, so many. But I don’t think my experiences are so different from most other people’s. We’ve all been heartbroken. We’ve all felt loss. We’ve all felt joy. I just take those feelings and channel them as best as I can. I also listen when other people talk about their own feelings and experiences that might be different from mine, and I listen to a lot of highly emotional music. But there are things in my books that are drawn from personal experiences. The eagle in Raw Deal, for example, was taken from something similar that happened at my grandfather’s funeral a couple of years ago. I like to think whenever I see an eagle now, it’s my grandpa saying hello.

What do you love most about Mike and Savannah?

I love Mike’s fierce loyalty. I love Savannah’s mostly level-headed approach, the way she’s able to give him a chance despite her emotions and her heartbreak. I love the comfort they find in each other. They were very easy characters to write. I’m not sure if that’s because I was coming off my Ross Siblings series and invigorated by starting something brand new, or if they simply resonated deeply with me (a little of both, I suspect), but I *loved* writing their story. They still give me butterflies!

How much research did you have to do on MMA for the book? Are you a fan of the sport?

I am! But my husband is an even bigger fan. He was a great source of information, and I probably pestered him to death. I looked up so much equipment on Amazon that I kept getting ads for weeks—they obviously thought I was a fighter. I watched fights on YouTube and I read articles. And although they’re about boxing and not MMA, I’m a HUGE fan of the Rocky movies. I figured the passion, motivation, hunger and discipline would be the same for a fighter of either sport, so I drew a lot of inspiration from that. And yes, a couple of Rocky references pop up in the book! I couldn’t resist.

Did you always want to be a writer?

For as long as I can remember. As far back as third grade, you could find me writing stories that my teachers would have me read to my class. Everyone thought I was a little weird, I think. As I grew up, I wrote stories for fun and for my friends. Almost all of those involved a romance, and this trend continued as I would sneak into my mom’s stash of steamy romance novels for inspiration. 🙂 I sought publication as far back as 2000, but that didn’t work out. It wasn’t until 2008 that I tried again with what would become my first published book. It’s been an amazing, lifelong journey!

Who are some of your favorite writers/writers that inspire you?

I read all over the place. Right now, I’m loving Alessandra Torre. She’s amazing. I’m also so obsessed with the A Song of Ice and Fire series that I’ve been reading them on repeat for two years now. I finish, I start over. Such incredibly rich and effortless world-building. (Hurry up with Winds of Winter, George!) I’m also loving Sarah J. Maas. For my horror needs, I read Stephen King and Joe Hill. I must admit, the idea of a straight-up horror romance intrigues me…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staying for Good by Catherine Bybee (Most Likely To #2)

Staying for Good by Catherine BybeeAvailable: January 24, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Montlake Romance

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Zoe Brown may have been voted Most Likely to Never Leave River Bend, but the paper-thin walls and suffocating air of her family’s double-wide trailer were not what she wanted for her life. Other than BFFs Melanie and Jo, the only thing that kept Zoe sane during high school was her boyfriend, Luke.

She didn’t just leave, she escaped—turning her back on the shame of her black-sheep siblings and imprisoned dad. Now a celebrity chef in Dallas, she can afford all the things she never could have growing up. But when she returns to rustic, ruggedly beautiful River Bend, Zoe has to face all that she abandoned—including Luke.

While Luke was a refuge for Zoe in the past, he knows they inhabit totally different worlds now. Anchored by his parents and his job as a mechanic in his father’s shop, Luke never felt the urge to leave River Bend—until Zoe’s return.

But when the two rekindle their old flame, Zoe is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: remain in River Bend and confront her past before it destroys her, or say good-bye to everyone she’s ever loved…again, this time for good. Life is good when I get to read a Catherine Bybee story, she writes characters that are intriguing and genuine.

This is a second chance story that brings us back to River Bend, a small town with drama and secrets but good friends and special people that bring a wayward gal back home.

Zoe could not wait to get out of River Bend after high school, when she was voted the most likely to never leave, she was bound and determined to not be “that” girl. She grew up in a rundown trailer with an abusive father, who is now in prison and a mother whose self esteem is nonexistent. When she left, she not only said goodbye to her two best friends but also a special someone who stood by her through all the heartache. She visited at times, her siblings are still there along with her mother and her friends Mel and Jo and even saw Luke at times, but still left to the life she built for herself in Texas as a very famous chef.

Luke never left River Bend and although he has a successful business in town with his father, has never really felt he has done much for himself since Zoe left. He still thinks of her and wonders what might have been and when the opportunity to visit her comes along, he jumps on a plane (with some prodding from his friends) to see if things are still the same between them.

Neither Luke or Zoe moved on from where they were in high school, sure, if you looked at their careers it seems like they are doing well however emotionally, they were stagnant. When they get another chance they both realize their feelings have not changed and they will do anything to make it work, even dealing with her drama filled family.

This is a sweet romance, Ms. Bybee always draws me into her stories and this was no exception, as I rooted for this second chance romance through laughter and drama, until the end.

This romance had a different feel for me, it was as much about Luke and Zoe finding their way back to each other as it was a story about family and friends. You could tell fairly quickly that the two still had feelings for each other, so for me the story took on a different tone. As she comes back for Mel’s rehearsal dinner, it is more about the crisis her family was facing, then about their romance. They had already decided it was their turn at happiness, they just had to make decisions on how to make it work.

I love the relationships in this series, Mel, Jo and Zoe have a great friendship that has lasted for decades, you can feel the love between the three and I loved their trip to Las Vegas which is full of fun and mischief. I also enjoyed the many characters living in this small town, quirky and fun people who bring so much to the story. Zoe’s family is hard to take, but Ms. Bybee shows a realistic view of abuse and how some are dragged down by circumstances and emotional issues. Zoe rises above her childhood trauma and she has high hopes for her family as they rebuild their lives. This can easily be read as a standalone, and as usual it is a great romance from an author who is on my auto buy list.

I give Staying for Good by Catherine Bybee 4 Stars!

Taking Turns by J.A. Huss (Turning #1)

 

Taking Turns by J.A. HussAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Self Pub

My copy: Sent 

Reviewer: Liz

I’ve never been afraid of the dark…but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.

Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.

Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.

Number Three is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg. It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic.

That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden. I just didn’t expect to like them.

This author continues to amaze me! I continue to believe her mind is a very wicked, scary place indeed and we love every minute of it! Once again, we are thrown into a very twisted new world in J.A. Huss’ new series, Turning, in book 1, Taking Turns. You will be left wondering what did I just read and when can I get my hands on the next book!

Though I loved the blurb and was immediately intrigued, I have come to always expect the unexpected with J.A. Huss! She gave us a story of four different people who play a game of exploring their wants and needs. Three very gorgeous, alpha males who share a woman. But when that woman leaves, there are rules to follow. But before running away, she left something behind.

And so we meet Cella, Quin, Smith and Bric. And we get all their point of views! Every single, hot, tingling one! It was a very interesting approach to tell the story and allowed us to connect with each character individually. Each harboring their own secrets and desires, but who somehow fit together.

Bric, Quin and Smith have been playing a game with Rochelle for the last three years at the Turning Point Club. It’s a place where you can come and live out your fantasies. But when Rochelle leaves, they are left wondering why and why did she leave a replacement behind.

What a wonderful, taboo story that pushes all the boundaries and limits. And though we get some very hot, steamy scenes, we also get a story about secrets, desires, hope and so much more. There is so much I want to share, but it is also a story you must experience for yourself. Every twist and every turn. Another great read from J.A. Huss.

Taking Turns by J.A. Huss was an amazing, steamy and erotic 5-star read for me!

Next To Never by Penelope Douglas (Fall Away #4.5)

Next To Never by Penelope DouglasAvailable: January 17, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Intermix

My copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Liz

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.

Next To Never by Penelope Douglas is what I would call a transition novella to continue a series loved by so many. And what a great continuation it is. We get to see what our favorite couples are up to. How life has been for them and meet the next generation of characters to love. We also finally learn about Katherine and Jason’s past. Really, what is there not to love about this! Especially if you have been a fan of the Fall Away series.

In true Penelope Douglas style, we get a beautify crafted story that we love to read and find hard to put down. We see Quinn as she comes of age and begins to plan for her future. We learn what she dreams of, wants and how much she has to deal with in regards to her older brothers. Though we cannot really be surprised considering how we know Jared, Madoc and Jaxon.

We also get to learn about Jason (Madoc’s dad) and Katherine (Tate’s) and their history together. Their love story really. Though I loved learning their past, it was also at times so sad and emotional to read. What they went through, what they lost and so much wasted time. And though it was a hard road for them, we see how they found each other again. Not a spoiler, as you should read the all the books before this to really understand this story and the impact it has.

At the end, this was a great closure to the one story we did not have, a great way to catch up with beloved characters and a smart way to set-up the next generation. I cannot wait to get Quinn’s story. After what older generation went through and the trouble they got into, this new generation is going to be a lot of trouble. And I, for one, cannot wait!

I give Next To Never by Penelope Douglas 5-stars!

Everything in Between by Melissa Toppen (Everything After #2)

 

Title: Everything in Between

Author: Melissa Toppen

Genre: Contemporary/New Adult/Rocker Romance

Release Date: January 13, 2017

Blurb

Gabe Preston.

The man who wrecked me; who tore through my life leaving no stone unturned and then simply walked away.

It took me two years to piece my life back together in the aftermath of his storm. Two years and still even the mention of his name causes my chest to constrict.

I hate him. I hate everything about him. I hate how he thinks that he can walk back into my life after all this time and I’m just going to melt at his feet. If he thinks his newly found ROCKSTAR status holds any power over me at all, he couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, it makes me hate him more.

Only I don’t hate him. Not even a little. One smile and the last two years all but vanish.

But I know what loving a man like Gabe Preston will do to a girl. I’ve lived it firsthand. I won’t make the same mistake twice. Not knowing what I know.

He may be used to having all the power, but I’m the one with the secret that will change everything.

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A Rockstar and a second chance love story…seriously what is not to love about that? This is what Melissa Toppen gives her readers in Everything In Between.

Gabe Preston is part of the very up and coming band Everything After. After touring the country for nearly two years and hitting it big, they are going home to Georgia to prepare for their next album. However, Gabe bandmates are worried about him. Constant partying and women are affecting his performance. Ready for a break, they head home.

Raelyn Abbott has spent the last two years trying to get over Gabe. Two years ago, they spent a little over a month together in what she thought was blissful happiness. Then he walked away without a word or backward glance. She was left heartbroken and devastated. And with a secret she would guard over everything.

Rae is determined not to make the same mistake twice. She reads the tabloid and magazines and knows Gabe’s reputation with the ladies and parties. But one look at him and her heart says otherwise. Gabe never thought of Rae after he left, until he sees her again. He begins to wonder why he left her behind.

I really enjoyed how the story played out. Rae was so heartbroken after Gabe left, but she worked so hard to build a good steady life. Gabe did not realize how much he was missing out on until he saw Rae again. He wanted to be a good man, the kind of man Rae deserved. But is it too late for them?

This was a story about second chances and learning to trust again. It is not always easy to forgive someone who hurt you. And though it is not an original story, it was well done and kept me interested.

I give Everything In Between by Melissa Toppen 4-stars!

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Melissa Toppen is a Reader’s Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Romance Author of New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic and Romantic Suspense. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.

Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and now resides in Cincinnati with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.

In addition to spending time with family and friends, Melissa loves going to concerts and is obsessed with the T.V. shows Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and Outlander.

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Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders (Blank Canvas #1)

under-her-skin-by-adriana-andersAvailable: February 7, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Michelle

A darkly possessive relationship has left Uma alone and on the run. Beneath her drab clothing, she hides a terrible secret—proof of her abuse, tattooed onto her skin in a lurid reminder of everything she’s survived.

Caught between a brutal past and an uncertain future, Uma’s reluctant to bare herself to anyone…much less a rough ex-con whose rage drives him in ways she will never understand. But beneath his frightening exterior, Ivan is gentle. Warm. Compassionate. And just as determined to heal Uma’s broken heart as he is to destroy the monster who left his mark scrawled across the delicate tapestry of her skin.

When I downloaded this book I had no idea it was a debut effort by Adriana Anders. Now that I’ve finished it, I still can’t believe it was a debut effort. This book grabbed me from the first page and I was sucked into the story the entire time. Anders’ writing is excellent and she delivers a gritty, emotional, heart-warming romance between two people who deserve a happy ending more than any characters I’ve read this year.

The book opens with Uma, broke and broken, answering an ad for a live-in helper. On the run from her abusive ex with nowhere to go, she hopes a job that provides a roof over her head while being able to stay under the radar is the answer to her prayers. Uma carries so many scars, both physical and emotional, and she is determined to keep her secrets to herself. A panic attack almost sends her running before she even gets hired, and her rescuer arrives in the form of big, burly, gruff next door neighbor Ivan and his dog.

Ive doesn’t know what to make of the pretty woman cowering beside his neighbor’s house. Her demeanor and the stark fear in her eyes call to the protector in him and he instantly tries to put her at ease. He knows she is hiding something, but with his own troubled past, he has no issues with Uma keeping her secrets. She needs a friend more than anyone he’s ever known, and his quiet and steady patience wear her down enough that she eventually opens herself up to the possibility of him becoming more.

Ivan is everything that is strong, steady and safe, and Uma wants nothing more than to burrow into his arms and let the world melt away. Unfortunately her past is still hanging over her, and trusting Ivan means revealing her deepest, darkest secret. The last thing she wants is to send him running, but the desperate need to open up to Ivan forces her to lay her burden at his feet and show him the proof of the abuse she suffered.

Although Ivan is an ex-con with a history of violence, he is nothing but a gentle giant with Uma. He cares for her almost immediately, and wishes he could be her knight in shining armor. When he finally discovers what Uma has been hiding, the rage constantly simmering beneath the surface explodes into a white hot fury that almost takes him away from her. The proof that someone damaged this beautiful woman so badly eats away at him until he’s forced to make a decision that could ruin their future.

The emotional pull between Ive and Uma was portrayed so beautifully, and the romantic scenes were so sexy they were borderline erotic. Anders has a way of building intensity and passion without being extremely explicit or crude. Even though Ive and Uma’s romance happened quickly, the pacing of the book was perfect. Ive is a protector by nature and Uma showing up in his life gives him someone to focus on and care for. Uma needs a calm port in her storm, and she finds that with Ivan. While the subject of abuse is dark and scary, this book was full of sweet emotion and gave them a perfect happy ending.

I give Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders 5 stars!

Hollywood Prince by Kim Karr

hollywood-prince-by-kim-karrAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Kim

Brooklyn James should know better.
Born into Hollywood royalty, the brooding prince has a reputation as being a player. A manwhore. A womanizer.
Adoring fans are his thing.
His best friend’s little sister is not.
Even thinking about her the way he is isn’t cool.
Not cool at all.
And yet every time she pouts those sexy lips at him, she turns him inside out. Makes him harder than he’s ever been. Drives him to the brink of insanity.

Amelia Waters has always idolized her big brother, and the last thing she wants to do is disappoint him.
Falling for her brother’s ex-roommate is off-limits.
She knows this, but she can’t help herself.
The way Brooklyn looks at her with those smoldering blue eyes makes her wet in an instant. Turns her into a shivering, shaking mess of sexual frustration. And soon the idea of spreading her legs for him is the only thing she can think about.

She wants him.
He wants her.

When they finally decide to give in to their insane attraction, they agree it will remain between them. That their illicit affair will be short-term. No strings. No baggage. No messy ending.

But when the first night of mind-blowing sex leads to another, and another still, how long can the endless hookups go on before Amelia’s brother finds out? Or worse yet, before feelings develop?

Brooklyn and Amelia know they need to walk away from each other before either of those things happens.

The problem is doing it.

Talk about a mess.

 

Amelia Waters is looking for her own personal fairy tale right along with Prince Charming or her Mr. Right. Amelia is constantly doing what she needs to please her family and most importantly, her father. Working in the family business in New York is what she has to do but yet dreams of being a photographer. Amelia is considered the princess by her family, the girl who always does what is right. Well now Miss Little Right wants to be oh so bad.

Out on a blind date set up by Amelia’s best friend, Carter, she meets Landon Reese who quite possibly can be her Mr. Right. Yet, on that blind date, she finds out the most horrific news about her father and runs off to Laguna Beach to talk with her older brother Cam.

Brooklyn James is a manwhore or better known as the pantydropper. He is an ex-reality T.V. hunk and currently a lifeguard/screen writer who just so happens to be the son of Hollywood Royalty. Brooklyn doesn’t do relationships or love.

But when Cam’s neighbor and best friend finds Amelia on her brother’s doorstep, drunk out of her mind, just what is Brooklyn to do? He’s known Amelia for years, hell, he even pretend married her when they were kids.

There is an instant spark between Amelia and Brooklyn but they both know what a bad idea it is. Amelia wants to get down and dirty with the bad boy who has cleaned up his act. Brooklyn tries to keep her at arm’s length until they both can’t resist temptation. An uncomplicated, sex only relationship is the plan for both of them. But I’m sure you know just how well that will turn out….especially when Landon isn’t really out of the picture.

“Am I willing to give up someone who could be my Mr. Right for Mr. Oh So Wrong?”

The chemistry between Amelia and Brooklyn is out of this world! They mesh so well together and quickly you see the relationship starting and how they become completely addicted to each other. The sex scenes…oh my, can Kim Karr write sex scenes!! Get it girl!! The name pantydropper describes Brooklyn perfectly 😉

In the end, Amelia finally got what she wanted. Freedom from being the “princess” of her family, the choice to make her career what she wants it to be and lastly, her prince. In fact, she got two. Now she just has to decide between Mr. Right and who she feels is Mr. Oh So Wrong. But is Mr. Oh So Wrong really that wrong for her? Is Mr. Right safer? When life throws Amelia a curve-ball, who will she choose? Or does she get to choose at all?

I just started reading Kim Karr’s books last year when I read Bedwrecker (another HOT book, check it out). I love Keen…I REALLY love Keen. I’ve got to tell you though, Brooklyn has totally outdone Keen in my opinion.

I absolutely loved Hollywood Prince! This story of friends to lovers was amazing and so much more than what I expected. I don’t want to give anything away but the scenes in the strip club??? OH MY LORD! I used to go with my husband when we were younger…we may just be taking a trip again sometime soon 😉 And can we just talk about that cover?!?! Holy Hotness!!

Hollywood Prince can be read as a stand alone although I highly recommend reading the stories of Cam and Makayla (No Pants Required), and Keen and Maggie (Bedwrecker).

Friends to lovers stories have now become a favorite of mine. Hollywood Prince is a great way to start off 2017! I look forward to all Ms. Karr has in store for us this year!

I give Hollywood Prince by Kim Karr 5 stars!!

It’s In His Arms by Shelly Alexander (Red River Valley #4)

its-in-his-arms-by-shelly-alexanderAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

 

Publisher: Montlake 

My copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Liz

After a life full of cruelty, Bree is left with no one to turn to—except him.

Lorenda Lawson has built a safe, sheltered life for her two young sons since their father was KIA several years ago. She has a beautiful cottage and a support network of family and friends. No one in Red River suspects that her marriage to Cam was ever less than perfect. Nobody, that is, except the gorgeous ex-SEAL who’s shown up after a long absence: Cam’s notorious twin brother, Mitchell.

Mitchell Lawson was a teenage rebel who fled Red River after the local watering hole burned down, choosing the military over jail. Now he has a new mission: making amends with the town and his sheriff father for his hell-raising days, while resisting the woman he’s always wanted. Between Lorenda’s warmth and sensuality and her boys’ mischievous matchmaking ploys, it won’t be easy.

When a string of fires breaks out, suspicious eyes turn toward Mitchell. Lorenda risks her reputation for his sake—but she’ll need to risk her heart, too, to bring this onetime bad boy home for good.

Sometimes all you need is a sweet romance. Add in some light angst and suspense and you will not be able to put the book down. That is what It’s In His Arms by Shelly Alexander was for me.

Lorenda Lawson is okay being alone if it means a safe and happy home for her children. They mean everything to her and she would sacrifice anything for them, even being lonely. She has her friends and family, a good solid community behind her and a decent job.

Then Mitchell Lawson comes home. Mitchell the town hell-raiser who joined the military rather than going to juvie after a local business burns down. And the twin brother of the husband who was killed while serving his country. Her husband, the town hero, who wanted nothing to do with her or their two children.

Mitchell Lawson is back home, the last place he wants to be, but knows it’s finally time to make amends with his family and community. But no one, including his father, wants him home. No one, but the one woman he should not want, his brother’s widow, and two nephews.

Mitchell harbors secrets that could easily mend his ties within the community, but revealing those secrets may beak the people he cares about. He does not want to take that risk. So instead he takes baby steps, but is it too late?

Lorenda suffered rejection at the hand of one Lawson twin, the last thing she needed was to fall for the other. But when it seems she is in danger, Mitchell steps up to protect her. But will it cost her too much to stand by him?

This really was a sweet story about love and redemption. About coming home and finding where you belong. I loved how the kids played matchmakers and how their bond grew and as the community lashed out at them. Sometimes all you need is that one person to believe in you.

There was also a bit of angst, as Mitchell was the town bad boy and twin brother of the town hero, but that was handled really well. Sometimes it’s just about the here and now. The added suspense of who was behind Lorenda’s attacks and the recent strings of arson added to the angst as well and though you quickly figure out who is behind it, it kept me interested in the story.

I really loved the way the author told this story and kept us drawn in and invested. I plan on reading the other books in the series. (Side note, these are interconnected standalones, so you do not have to read the other books first. I did not and never felt lost.)

I give It’s In His Arms by Shelly Alexander 4-stars!

It Started With a Kiss by Marina Adair (Sequoia Lake #1)

it-started-with-a-kiss-by-marina-adairAvailable: January 31 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Montlake

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

With a kidney transplant behind her, Avery Adams is determined to channel her inner adventurer and explore everything life has to offer. Only problem is, the closest she’s ever come to a real-life adventure was sixth-grade science camp. So to seize the summer in her rustic Sierra Nevada town, she takes a job as a guide at the local adventure lodge. But Avery doesn’t realize her biggest challenge will register at six-plus feet of rugged good looks and alpha-male charm.

As a member of the Sequoia Elite Mountain Rescue team, Tyson Donovan has made a life out of cheating death and rescuing weekend warriors from the treacherous terrain. “The world is my home” is more than just a motto; it’s what scares off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. When his dad’s health lands the family’s adventure lodge in serious danger of going up in flames, he moves home—and quickly remembers why he left. Until he meets Avery, the irresistible new guide who makes him want to stay.

Tyson gives the inexperienced Avery a lesson in romance that her books could never teach her. And with her undeniable spirit for life, Avery shows Tyson the healing power of love. But with one misstep, everything comes crashing down, and they’ll both have to take the biggest leap of all—into the kind of adventure that lasts a lifetime.

I had to put this book down, pick it back up a few times and get about a third of the way through before Marina Adair caught me, but she did… hook, line and sinker. A slow start and seemingly familiar characters kept me from becoming engrossed in this book right away, but as always, Adair’s writing drew me in and won me over with another emotional, heartwarming romance.

Avery Adams has spent most of her life dealing with kidney issues: first her mother’s and then her own. Having lost her mother as a girl and enduring years of treatment and eventually a transplant surgery, Avery is finally healthy and hopeful, and determined to finally live her life. The first step in doing that is taking a job as a guide at the local lodge in hopes of bringing some adventure into her life. And boy does it ever.

Adventure comes in the form of rugged water rescue alpha guy Ty Donovan… a.k.a. son of the lodge owners. Ty is sexy, strong and so confident that Avery takes one look and falls head over heels. It doesn’t matter that he’s only in town temporarily, or that he has a rule about romance with the employees. The chemistry between them is off the charts and they can’t seem to fight it. At all. In fact, that was one of the things I loved about this book. Even though there were warning signs and roadblocks along the way advertising the heartache you just knew was coming, Ty and Avery both dove in and gave up their hearts because they couldn’t do anything else.

There were some wonderful secondary characters (I can’t WAIT for Liv’s story, and Harris) that helped deliver the hometown feel that I’ve come to expect from Marina Adair. Ty’s relationship with his family was so complicated but written so realistically, I wanted to hug him and make everything ok the way Avery did. Ty wasn’t looking for a reason to stay, but he found that and more in Avery. The courage that each of them showed in working through their feelings for each other was so incredibly touching.

It Started with a Kiss is the first in a new series and I can’t wait for the next one. Marina Adair’s books are chock full of heart, heat and happiness and this one was no exception.

I give It Started with a Kiss by Marina Adair 4.5 stars!

Best Books of 2016, Ramblings Style!

2016

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***Nikki’s Picks***

Well, 2016 has come and gone. Like most of America, I’m kind of glad it’s over. It was a long year full of trying times. 2016 did find me adding two additional reviewers (Liz and Kim) into the mix who have really been a blessing. Seriously, without them, and my original two reviewers (Pam and Michelle) I never could have kept going this long. On the book front, I didn’t get to read nearly as many as I would have liked, but the ones I did finish were mostly fantastic. Thank you to my reviewers, the readers, all the authors and all the publishing houses!

Rough and Tumble by Rhenna Morgan – What a fantastic book one in a new series! Viv and Jace dominate the pages and light them on fire! Sexy and action packed this one had me begging for more by the last page. I cannot wait to get more from this series! This is a cheat for me..well, for you readers, since it’s not out until Feb, but PREORDER THIS ONE!

Porn Star by Zara Cox – Porn Star was a fluke, surprise romance that I could not get enough of. I stumbled upon it and was quickly sucked into this world Cox had created. Her character building and supreme story telling ensured I will be back for more in 2017. Her hero, Quinn seems nearly nonredeemable, yet Cox managed to make me not only care about him, but end up loving him too. Definitely one for my keeper shelf!

Stoned by Mandi Beck – If you love unconventional romances, this one is for you. It skirts the line of acceptable in the genre and that’s definitely a draw for me personally. While it was at times hard to read, dealing with topics that are hard to get past, Beck weaves a tale of true love conquering all.

Beautifully Decedent by L.A. Fiore – Fellow readers have been telling me forever to try Fiore’s books. I picked this one up on a whim and instantly fell in love. While it’s 3rd in the series, I had no problems reading this one and I can’t wait to get my hands on some more. Dessert chef heroine and a hero who works with his hands? YES PLEASE.

Flight From Mayhem by Yasmine Galenorn – All the yesses to this urban fantasy that is #2 in a series about a paranormal investigative group. You do need to read these in order, but trust me, you’ll thank me. Superb world building and engageable characters, mixed with action packed pages? Perfection!

Appealed by Emma Chase – Male POV at it’s best. I loved everything about this book and then some. It was as hilarious as it was sickeningly sweet. I adore Emma Chase and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in 2017!

The Deepest Well by Juliette Cross – Historical paranormal romance get you going? Then you need to read this one! I generally love everything Cross writes, but this was definitely the high point so far! You do need to read the prior series in order to fully understand the dynamics at work in this one, but you’ll love those too. An urban fantasy/paranormal romance hybrid with enough heat to have you fanning yourself….

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti – Zanetti is an auto buy for me. Always has been and probably always will be. Ever since I found myself riveted by her first book. Now she’s writing post apocalyptic romance and it’s a certified winner with me. Believable and heartfelt with edge, Mercury Striking sets the precedent for other authors trying to compete.

Ladies Man by Katy Evans – Another male POV book that had me cracking up and sighing with contentment. Tahoe (yes, that’s his name lol) was cocky and alpha and everything awesome. I’ve never seen a hero fight himself as much as he does. This is a book I could read again and again and still never be tired with!

The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas – God, I lived and breathed this book while reading it! It was everything I want in a romance. Hot interludes, action and intrigue all balled up into an amazing storyline. I had to re-read this one almost immediately upon finishing it the first time. I still find myself thumbing through the pages to get to my favorite parts from time to time. Can’t recc this book enough!

Flash Of Fury by Lea Griffith – Yeah, I’m adding a number 11 because I couldn’t just pick 10. And it’s my blog, sooooooooo. You need to preorder this book RIGHT NOW! It debuts next year. It’s amazeballs to the millionth percent! Lea Griffith has struck gold with this new black op, military series. Action, smexyiness from page one and just downright gripping, this will break records next year, mark my words.

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***Liz’s Picks***

Sweet Talk (Previously Models On Top) by S.L. Scott – After meeting Danny Weston in other books by S.L. Scott, not to worry, you do not read any other book to read this one, he finally gets his own book. I loved every minute of this second chance at love story. Danny was sweet, caring, loving and downright gorgeous. You can’t help but fall in love with and root for Danny and Reese.

Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn – This was probably my favorite book I read in 2016. I have already read this book five times, both the book and in audio. This book broke my heart. Shane treated Kate horribly. The guilt he felt for sleeping with his wife’s best friend nearly broke him, even if his wife died a year ago. Their journey was long and hard, but love always finds a way. Nicole gave us a story that truly captivated us and made us feel so much.

Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michael – To me, this is Corinne’s best work to date. I loved this book. This second chance at love story stayed with me for a long time. The story, the characters and emotions gripped me from the start. Presley and Zach were each other’s first love. Choices separated them apart and years later they are both dealing with regret and loss. Is there any chance left for them?

El Diablo by M. Robinson – So I binged-read M. Robinson in 2016. I had heard of her and her books for some time, but just had not had a chance to read her books. Let me tell you I was missing out! She is an amazing writer. El Diablo gutted me. Consumed me. Devastated me. This story spanned decades. So much regret, loss, death surrounds the man known as El Diablo, Martinez. Can he ever find love and happiness?

Loving Amber by Roya Carmen – This is a second chance love story with a bit of a forbidden twist. Amber lost her husband and brother two years ago, and she blames one man, Aiden Rogers, for their deaths. Aiden has always loved Amber, but one of his best friends won her heart first. Now she is within his reach, but he is everything she does not want. Can he show her how good they can be together?

Dirty by Belle Aurora – This book was a long time coming. We wanted more Twitch and what we got was a whole lot more! The twists and turns had me reeling. While some answers were provided, we end up with so many more. We get Julius story, with a little of Ling, and a whole lot of Twitch. I was at the edge of my seat throughout the story. I loved every word and cannot wait for the final book in the series.

Collecting the Pieces L.A. Fiore – I love the emotions depicted in this story. Some people are lucky enough to find love once in their life. But when you lose all you ever dreamed off, can you find happiness again? In this story, Sidney had a hard-young life. Never finding a place for her, she finds love and family when she meets Jake. He brings so much to her life. Tragedy left her shattered and starting over, even if she knows she will never love again. What she finds Abel Madden. And he makes her question everything. Can she find a second chance at love?

Mr. Match by J.A. Huss – I am cheating a bit with this one, as you have to read all four books before the final book in this series, but they are so worth it. In this book, we finally get all the answers to what has driven all the mysteries in the previous books. We find all the Misters and Mrs. working together, as we finally get Oliver Shrike’s and his Mrs. story. The twists and turns will keep you drawn in from the first word to the very last. Worth reading every book!

Road To Nowhere by M. Robinson – This story destroyed me. Creed was such a broken man in his short life. He has seen and lost so much. The only good thing in his life is Mia Ryder, the baby sister of one of his closest friends and nine years his junior. From their first meeting and through the years, she leaves quiet the impression on his life. In Road To Nowhere we get their journey through the coming years after they meet. It is not always an easy one, but you expect no less from this author! I cannot wait for book 2.

Trust by Jana Aston – I really enjoyed this story. Loved it! I laughed out loud so many times. This romantic comedy will make you laugh and just feel happy. Chloe and Boyd are amazing together. Chloe’s awkwardness is endearing. Boyd is hot, sweet, caring and just about everything we want in a man. I got lost in the story so many times. An amazing read and one of my very top favorite of the year.

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***Pam’s Picks***

Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen – I am such a fan of Ms. Bowen’s, her previous series blew me away and this new one has started out the same. I love the characters she has created, the heroine is a strong woman on her own and the hero compliments her perfectly, their road to love is hard to resist.

Blood Kiss by JR Ward – I have loved the Black Daggar Brotherhood series from the first time I picked up Wrath’s book, the alpha males and the amazing women who are their mates make this series fun, exciting and very sexy. I have missed a few here and there and know that someday I will eventually go back and read them, but when this book came up to read I was hesitant, not sure I wanted to hear about a younger generation, however I am so glad I did as it took me back to the Brothers and the entertaining and thrilling story telling of Ms. Ward.

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt – This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I love how well Ms. Hoyt writes this tale of an irredeemable man, yet she weaves her magic and I am in love.

Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee – I have loved many of Ms. Bybee’s books and was very excited to see she is starting a new series. Her character development and intriguing stories are always entertaining and this is no exception. Wyatt and Mel are perfect together, their relationship starts out slow but if he could have changed the pace he would have. The chemistry between them sizzles and the time they are able to steal away by themselves is amazing.

The Angels’ Share JR Ward – I enjoyed this second book in the Bourbon Kings series immensely! Filled with emotion, mysteries and secrets, we are treated to a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. With family drama on the forefront, Ms. Ward keeps the romance between characters light. This is filled with a Soap opera essence that has me waiting anxiously for more. It has the pull of a train wreck, you hate what is coming next but you can’t look away because you might miss something.

A Covert Affair By Katie Reus – This is another thrilling romantic suspense in the Deadly Ops series. I have enjoyed each book, filled with danger and romance as we meet these enterprising heroes and heroines working under extraordinary circumstances.

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen – This author has become one of my favorites, she writes fun, witty historical romances where the hero and heroine are a joy to read about. This is the second in the series that features a business called Chegarre and Associates, a unique partnership that helps the London aristocracy with troubling problems that are not to be mentioned. I loved these two; their witty banter had me smiling throughout. Yes, there were some sorrowful times when they each remembered painful pasts and a future that at times is unreachable, but the author used compassion and humor to create a wonderful tale.

Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh – I loved this one; we experience the conclusion of one story arc and the beginning of another. The change is smooth as the new story builds on the fall of Silence and what will be in the future. We were treated to visiting all previous characters that we have grown to love and then meeting some new ones that I hope will be part of new stories.

A Season of Ruin by Anna Bradley – I have been looking forward to this book since I finished A Wicked Way to Win an Earl. This author is a joy and her book continued my love of her voice and character driven stories. The hero and heroine go through transformations that had me wanting to read even when real life interfered.

Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee – 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.

 

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Allegiance of Honor by Nalini SinghA Season of Ruin by Anna Bradley

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***Kim’s Picks***

2016 has brought a lot of changes for my family and myself. I am thankful for so many things but I am so very happy to see the end of 2016.  I was extremely excited when the opportunity came for me to review books with the Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind crew.  I managed to review over 40 books and surpass my Goodreads challenge by 14 books this year.  With a TBR of over 300 books, it looks like 2017 will bring lots of good reading.  Happy reading to you all!

Boss by Sierra Cartwright -We’ve all read some books with a BDSM story line and there is almost always a portrayal of a uniformed and virginal woman. This is totally not the case in Boss, the story of Kelsey and Nathan. It was nice to read a story about a women who knew what she liked and didn’t act timid and shy. A definite change of pace! *May be a bit graphic for some readers*

Can’t Touch This by Tess Hunter – A brand new release from a new author, Tess Hunter, also known as Pepper Winters hit it out of the park on her first try. Who knew the queen of darkness was so funny?? 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.

Bedwrecker by Kim Karr – Kim Karr is a new author to me but I will tell you that i now anxiously await all her upcoming releases! I loved Keen and Maggie and Bedwrecker is an all around SEXY read!

Four Letter Word by J. Daniels – J. Daniels is my go to author. Ever since I picked up her first book, i stalk her on every platform to see what is coming next. All her books are divine by Four Letter Word has become THE book to put her right on top. Or so I thought….

Hit The Spot by J. Daniels – Well, she did it again. I really, REALLY loved Four Letter Word but my God, Jamie and Tori, characters from Four Letter Word, Book #1 in the Dirty Deed series are AMAZING. I really didn’t think she could top FLW but Hit The Spot is just spot on. I will continue my stalking to see if there are more books to be coming in the series. In the meantime, which are you….#TeamLoser or #TeamLegs???

Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke – Written in the Scars is not just a book, it is the story of life. The story of love, sadness, misunderstanding, every single emotion that you can think of rolled into one AMAZING story. I can honestly say, without a doubt, this is THE story of 2016. You will never, EVER forget this book. I truly believe this is Adriana’s best work to date.

Love Rehab by Louise Bay – Love Rehab is a really fun and sexy read. I enjoyed Mackenzie and Blake and their one night stand that turned into something so much more. Join them on the road to realizing just what they both need in their lives. You really find yourself rooting for these two characters to get it together and tell each other how they feel before it’s too late.

Mister O by Lauren Blakely – I have a girl crush on Lauren Blakely, plain and simple. I have yet to come across a story of hers that I didn’t like. Nick is trying to teach Harper how to date…although it is killing him to think of her with other men. The sex in this book….WHOA. From the role playing to the sexting to Nick’s fantasies about Harper, it was way beyond HOT. It will definitely give you some ideas 😉

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely – Again…this woman just knows how to write. A sexy single dad Simon, who has nothing but love for his daughter’s nanny, Abby. What i really enjoyed was there was not too much angst, a light hearted read for a change of pace. I love how you can just feel the attraction Abby and Simon jumps off the pages!!

Uncontrollable by Shannon Richard – This book completely caught me off guard. I have never read Ms. Richard before but I absolutely adored this book. Beth and Tripp will steal your heart. Beth is now the legal guardian of her nieces and nephew after their parents die. Tripp is the neighbor Beth despises, until she sees him for who he really is. I adored the characters, the plot and the emotions in this book. This is not a book about sex (although it was very HOT) but a book about a relationship between a man, a woman, and all the “baggage” that comes with her.

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***Michelle’s Picks***

Every December when this post rolls around, I expect to be mildly disappointed with my year of reading. Then I look back through the books I’ve read and I realize there were some damn good reads this year!

Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy – I loved everything about this book. The supporting cast of Jim Morgan’s men was a great mix of all kinds of badass alpha heroes. The hints at a future story between Liam and Sullivan were reminiscent of Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series with Jules and Robin – one of my all-time favorites. This book was more than fine as a stand-alone, but I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I had read the series from the beginning. Elle Kennedy knows how to create a larger than life hero. The romantic scenes between D and Sofia were HOT. Just when I thought D had crossed the line one too many times, he would redeem himself in an endearing way that softened my heart right along with Sofia’s. My chest actually hurt at the end.

The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter – If you can get past the ridiculous female names in this series, you’re in for a treat. I enjoyed the first two, but I almost dreaded reading this one because West was such a needy, moody ass in his friends’ stories. I had a hard time imagining him as hero material. Boy was I wrong. Talk about two people who want each other but are afraid to want each other. I loved his protectiveness and Jessie Kay’s (ugh} ability to talk him down from the ledge time and again. He was neurotic, OCD, overprotective…. basically full of psychological issues. Jessie Kay knew when to push and when to just deal, and it worked so well. Once they got past the “I want you so bad so I’m going to act like I hate you” phase, their romance was a pure delight.

The Obsession by Nora Roberts – Nora Roberts is a master storyteller, and this book is a prime example of why she has had dozens of bestsellers throughout her widely successful career. While some people complain about her often formulaic approach to writing, my theory is, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m more a fan of romance with a little suspense than mystery/suspense with a little romance, but I can make an exception for this book. This book was gritty and sometimes grisly, violent and emotional, with just the right amount of romance to make my heart happy.

Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis – It wouldn’t be my top 10 list without a book (or two) by Jill Shalvis. I loved everything about this book. Jacob was a wonderful hero. Tough, protective, smart and sexy – totally alpha without being a jerk. Sophie was funny and unpredictable and so perfect for him. I thought the way Jacob was integrated back into his family was done just perfectly, and when he and Hud finally mended their fences my heart melted. This book was warm and funny, emotional and steamy – just what I want out of a romance.

Chaos Bound by Sarah Castille – There is something about Sarah Castille and her tribe of Sinners that gets to me. Every.Single.Time. I’ve loved all of the books in this series, but something about this one really struck a chord in me. Chaos Bound is Holt’s story. We knew him as T-Rex in the previous books, but in this one we are introduced to a changed man. And WOW! He’s full of surprises and does not disappoint.

Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan – I could go on and on about this book, but nothing I could write would even come close to touching on how… larger than life Stefano and Francesca were. They started out with a kind of cat and mouse flirtation, which turned into a sexy seduction, and resulted in Stefano binding her to him so tightly she couldn’t leave if she wanted to. This book was the epitome of the damsel in distress being rescued by the white knight, or in this case the rich, powerful shadow rider who has money and power at his disposal. It was a slow journey for Francesca to find her way to trusting Stefano, but in the end they formed such an incredible partnership that he even learned to lean on her. I can’t wait for more books in this series!

Falling in Deeper by Shayla Black – Man oh man oh man. I was almost speechless after reading this book. Shayla Black has been one of my favorite authors for years, and the Wicked Lovers series has been satisfying to say the least. Sometimes, though, when I’ve been away from a series for a while, I’m almost afraid to delve back in because I don’t want to be disappointed. I felt that way when I started Falling in Deeper, but those feelings evaporated – quickly. What I loved the most about this book was the way the characters were transformed as their relationship grew stronger. Stone is determined to win Lily over as her Dom, keeping her safe and taking care of her every need. He is sexy and playful and understanding, but he knows when to be strict with Lily so her fears don’t overwhelm her. He tests both of their limits until they become comfortable with the D/s aspect of their relationship. I liked that the book wasn’t overwhelmed with Lily becoming Stone’s submissive. Shayla Black made it seem like that change in their relationship was a natural progression and exactly what Lily needed.

Good Earls Don’t Lie by Michelle Willingham – Oh, how I love to discover a new to me author who has an entire backlog of books I can look forward to reading. Michelle Willingham has been on my radar for some time, but I haven’t gotten around to any of her books until now. Good Earls Don’t Lie had everything you could want in an historical romance: emotion, humor and likable characters you will be rooting for.

One in a Million by Jill Shalvis – Wow. Just wow. Just when I thought I was getting to the point of “read one Jill Shalvis book, you’ve read them all”, I fall totally in love with another one. Tanner Riggs was NOT what I expected. I thought he’d be a moody, broody, tough to catch hero. Instead he was steady, sexy, caring and sweet. Callie was the one who was tough to catch. I loved him, I loved them together, and this book made me fall in love with Lucky Harbor all over again.

Nico by Sarah Castille – All I can say is merry early Christmas to me. I read Nico in one sitting, not because it was short (it wasn’t) or an easy read (it wasn’t that either), but because I.COULD.NOT.PUT.IT.DOWN. I don’t know how Sarah Castille did it, but she made me fall in love with a mob boss. She has a talent for taking larger than life heroes and making a romance with them seem attainable for any woman.

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Hot Winter Nights by Codi Gary (Bear Mountain Rescue #1)

hot-winter-nights-by-codi-garyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Bookshots

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

The Bear Mountain days are cold, but the nights are steamy….

Allie Fairchild made a mistake when she moved to Montana. Her rental is a mess, her coworkers at the trauma center are hostile, and her handsome landlord, Dex Belmont, is far from charming. But just when she’s about to throw in the towel, life in Bear Mountain takes a surprisingly sexy turn…

Hot Winter Nights is a fun, novella length contemporary romance that is sure to please romance readers who are craving something short and sweet. Codi Gary is a new to me author and I actively enjoyed this short romance and can’t wait for more from this series and this author.

Allie has just arrived in the middle of nowhere, to a run down rental and a demanding new job. The last thing she needs is a surly landlord who wasn’t very upfront in his rental description who also looks amazing in his jeans and tool belt. The safer bet would be her equally hot coworker who has direction, is steady and stable. Making the decision should be easy, but the heart wants what it wants and maybe that’s not the safe bet.

Allie and Dex had a tumultuous relationship from the start that often had me chuckling while reading. Allie was often prickly (probably had to do with all her uptightness) with Dex which set off his obstinate nature. That, in turn, ramped up the building emotion making the romance aspect burst into flames. While it was light on actual sex, the banter foreplay more than makes up for the lack of the physical. There’s even a love triangle, you know, if you like that sort of thing.

I really liked how the author managed to get such a full story into so few pages. Read in one lone sitting, I didn’t feel deprived at all. Plus, I’m already hooked for whenever book two releases. That’s pretty special.

I give Hot Winter Nights by Codi Gary 4 stars!

 

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