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Review: Desired by Stacey Kennedy

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{Launch Day Extravaganza: Excerpt + Giveaway} Desired by Stacey Kennedy


Desired by Stacey Kennedy
Publisher: Loveswept
(Random House Publishing Group)
ISBN: 9780553391183
Release date: July 22, 2014
“Characters you care about in a fast-paced story . . . one heck of a sexy read!”—New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black
Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey are sure to love Desired, Stacey Kennedy’s latest seductive, electrifying novel of Club Sin, where fantasy becomes reality.

Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.

After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they must come to light. Submission alone may not be enough to save her, leaving her Master with only one question: How can he help Ella heal while unlocking the deep pleasures she craves?

Desired is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Don't miss my 4 star review: DESIRED REVIEW

Buy links: Amazon | B&N  More buying options

About the Author:
STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy.

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DESIRED EXCERPT:
Forgive me.
Ella’s shoulders slumped and she sighed at her phone. Laughter and joy surrounded her, music and happiness, but her stomach plummeted as she read her husband, Rory Snow’s text. When would he give up? Didn’t a domestic violence protection order say This relationship is over?
As the band played a slow song, she ran her fingers over the scar by her right eye. The mark was a constant reminder of Rory. Every day she looked in the mirror she saw it and thought of him.
All she wanted was to forget. Heck, she’d been doing exactly that. Rory was the jackass who couldn’t let it go. Ella knew she should probably call the Savannah police department to inform them that Rory was contacting her, but she was so damn tired of it all. She had moved on and put Rory into her past of big mistakes.
She’d hoped Rory would do the same.
That didn’t look like it was going to happen anytime soon.
With a grumble, she slipped her phone into her dress pocket and zipped it closed. She scanned through the crowd on the dance floor and her gaze landed on the bride. Aidan’s new wife was beautiful. Thin and elegant, Cora belonged on a magazine cover.
Ella’s heart twisted in the midst of memories of her wedding. Her day hadn’t been so lavish. Rory hadn’t rented out an entire resort at Lake Las Vegas for the event, ensuring their guests had a place to stay. Her wedding had cost all of two thousand dollars, but it had been enough for her.
She’d loved the high school sweetheart she’d met when she was fifteen and married five years later. Had loved him. Right up until Rory started drinking and drowning himself in booze.
Sober Rory was a good man.
Drunk Rory had a violent side.
That violence had shoved Ella face-first into a table. The night she’d got the stitches was the night she’d walked away from him. Six months later, she had left her life in Savannah. She moved to Vegas for the excitement, landing herself an amazing job at Knight Law Firm, working as the assistant for a highly respected defense attorney.
Ella enjoyed working for Aidan, and actually liked him as a person, too. He paid her almost triple what she had made in Savannah. Her professional life couldn’t get any better. It was the personal side of things that remained murky.
As she watched Aidan twirl his new wife around, dancing proudly for all to see, Ella tried to find her smile, but it remained hidden behind pain. Even if ten months had gone by since the night of the abuse, she couldn’t ignore the dark thoughts and her failed marriage.
It took six months to find the courage to file divorce papers, and another four months since leaving Savannah to pull herself together again, but she was over Rory in every sense of the word. She refused to let him ruin this special occasion. Grabbing her wineglass, she downed the remaining contents.
Tonight she hoped for a little liquid happiness.
When she lowered her glass to the table, a tingling sensation spread across her skin. Lifting her head, she gazed across the patio, and sitting at one of the patio sets was one of Aidan’s groomsmen. She’d never seen him before today, but that wasn’t a huge surprise, since she didn’t know most of the people at the wedding.
Except for a bunch of lawyers from the firm and Aidan’s parents, everyone else was a stranger. Aidan never mixed pleasure with business, and in the four months she had worked for him, she’d never met a single friend of his. Heck, she hadn’t known Aidan was dating. One day she’d thought he was single; the next he told her he was getting married.
Oddly enough, she was drawn to Aidan’s groomsman. Staring into his warm blue eyes, pins and needles and other sensitive feelings traveled up her body, settling between her thighs. She squirmed against her seat, avoiding the heat, and the side of his mouth curved. Her heart tripped and she glanced to her high-heeled shoe dangling off her toe.
Geebus, if he didn’t stop looking at her with those piercing eyes, she would combust. All night he’d been sneaking glances at her. They weren’t simple interested looks, either; they were outright assaults on her hormones. But a man’s attention was the last thing she was looking for.
No, thank you.
When she still sensed his gaze, she peeked to discover she wasn’t wrong. His intense stare was right on her. The power of it sucked the air from her lungs. Though she’d never believed in lust at first sight, perhaps it was because she had never experienced it.
Whoever he was, he was hot!
“More wine, miss?”
Ella gasped, looking up to the waitress standing next to her holding a bottle of white wine. She gave a shaky laugh. “To the top, please.”
The waitress smiled, filling the glass to the rim. “Why aren’t you dancing?”
“I look like a dying fish when I dance,” Ella said with a laugh. “I have two left feet.”
“We’ll need to work on that, won’t we?”
The waitress was looking over Ella’s shoulder with wide eyes. And something in that masculine voice made Ella stiffen in her seat. The tone was low and seductive, but mischievous all the same.
Then he was there.
The groomsman who’d been staring at her from across the patio now stood in front of her. Ella’s mind went blank. He smelled of sandalwood, and the rich scent puckered her nipples. From afar she thought he had blue eyes, but up close she realized they were a blue-green color. Pretty. In fact, the whole package was beautiful, especially covered in the tux.
He leaned down toward her and offered his hand. His messily styled light brown hair dangled over his forehead. He was tall, much taller than she, and he filled out his tux nicely.
Hell’s bells!
“Dance with me,” he said.
Ella quivered under his clever smile, and a slow heat slid through her. He happened to be one of the hottest guys she’d ever seen. Well, in person and not on some magazine she figured was Photoshopped. Though, hot or not, there was still a problem. “I’m sorry, but I can’t dance.”
“Everyone can dance.” His potent stare held hers and his hand never lowered. “It’s all about who is leading.”
Persistent sexy man.
Under his intense scrutiny her insides went mushy. The power this man exuded burned through her, reminding her she hadn’t felt this way in a long time. The attraction was intoxicating, and something needy inside her unfurled, yearning to explore it.
No, her mind argued.
At her pause, one sleek brow arched. “If you wait any longer to take my hand, you might give me a complex.”
The waitress hadn’t moved, watching the exchange. Even if Ella hated dancing and wasn’t looking for a relationship, she couldn’t refuse the urge to be squished up against him. Besides, what was a dance? This hunk was the perfect way to get her mind off Rory and onto something a lot better.
As she rose and slid her fingers into his warm grip, his gaze remained on hers. Heat stormed into her, spiraling low in her body with a wicked thud. She didn’t doubt that smile got him into many women’s beds.
It had power and charm.
He tightened his fingers around hers, and something passed in the air between them, so hot and so damn unforgettable, her body all but liquefied. He tugged her closer and she felt something odd inside awaken, something she couldn’t quite put her finger on.
Something she wanted to lose herself in.
A sensation that made her mind shut off.
He led her into the middle of the crowd on the dance floor, pulling her tight against him as if she belonged right there in his arms. He had no hesitation about placing his hand low on her back, quite close to her bottom, and sandwiching their bodies together.
Ella swallowed and avoided his gaze, staring at the band as they played a classic song. She wasn’t blind to the glaringly obvious fact that the groomsman had an erection. She thought she should be offended or something, but found herself fighting against the desire to rub against him.
“Ella, right?”
She cleared her throat, angling her head. His face was chiseled and smooth, but his eyes were what made this man sexy. They held mischief with a sense of confidence. “Yes, and you would be?”
“Kyler Morgan.”
Of course, the sexy man came with a sexy name. She swayed her hips, trying to follow his movements, only feeling more uncomfortable. Not a second later, she stepped on his foot. “Oh, shit!”
He chuckled. “It’s a foot. I’ve got two, so it’s okay.” He pressed his hand tighter against her back, erasing the distance. Then he shook their clasped hands. “Stop fighting me. Relax.”
Ella sighed. I suck at this!
He leaned down, placing his mouth near her ear, and whispered, “So you work for Aidan, yes?”
His voice raised goose bumps across her flesh, and she shivered. “Yes.” She glanced to the others on the dance floor. It pleased her that no one was watching her horrible dancing skills. Then she stared up into Kyler’s handsome face, since he didn’t allow her any room to do otherwise. “Since you’re Aidan’s groomsman, you must be a good friend.”
A low noise hummed in his throat, and the sound spoke to her on a level she couldn’t have anticipated. It warmed her from head to toe, and her muscles went lax. His fingers slid across her lower back, squeezing her against him, and the heat of his touch burned to her core. “Been good friends for a long time now.”
Good grief, the man seemed not to care they were strangers. He touched her as if they were well acquainted. In the midst of that confidence, Ella forgot the world around her. Her mind focused on him and the way he moved her across the dance floor.
He continued to guide her movements and never once took his eyes off her. “I didn’t see a date with you tonight. Are you unattached?”
Her insides somersaulted with his question, as he appeared interested in finding out if anyone stood in his way. She pondered whether to spill out the details that she was in the process of getting divorced and not looking for another relationship. Well, she would be if Rory’s lawyer stopped dragging his feet. But why tell that depressing shit to a smoking-hot man sandwiching her against the hard planes of his body? “Nope, not attached.”
His chin dipped, bringing his mouth within centimeters of hers. “A good thing for me, Ella, since I’m enjoying this.” The music soared through the air, and as her hips swayed with his, his erection pressed against her stomach.
Trapped in his intense gaze, her body flushed as desire simmered. Holy Jesus, she hadn’t felt this aroused in the presence of a man. No one had ever made her burn with a dance, a look, or the sound of his voice.
Ever.
Kyler’s mouth twitched as he ran his thumb over the top of her hand. “See, sweetheart, you can dance.”
She blinked, realizing she had completely relaxed in his hold, and he was moving her around the dance floor, effortlessly. She leaned in to him, consumed by the strength of his hold. “Apparently, you’re a good teacher.”
He winked. “You bet your pretty little ass I am.”

Monday, July 21, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of This Summer by Katlyn Duncan


This Summer by Katlyn Duncan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Contemporary Romance
RECEIVED: NetGalley | Rockstar Tours
TOUR: Tour Schedule

BLURB:
Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas - ex-boyfriends who don't seem to know what 'ex' means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn't anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.

Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt - for leaving, for coming back... Now he's just passing through to tie up loose ends but it's clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it's built on two years of lies...

This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change - again?

REVIEW:

Oh the fond memories of summer camp, it was like a trip down memory lane with this story, except I didn’t get the excitement and drama of romance. I had some love hate moments with this story, mostly in the beginning because the pace was a bit slow for my liking. This being the main reason I didn’t get five stars, I need to be hooked and I had to wait until almost the middle of the book to get there. The characters and their side stories were what will hook any reader that is a hopeless romantic like me, I always root for the underdog or the sad story just hits me, it just works.

This Summer follows Hadley, who is about to spend her last summer before college helping at her dads summer camp. This is the usual routine except that now she is single and has to deal with her ex working at summer camp with her. But the major difference is her best friend Will is back in town, he broke her heart and took off without a word years ago. Needless to say she has a lot of drama and tension to get through with her last summer camp.

Hadley is just an average sweet girl who is helping out as a counselor at her father’s summer camp. She is dealt with many problems right of the bat, with her ex steal wanting to be with her, her best friend Will coming home for the summer and her best girl friend being seriously over protective, all in all a very eventually summer is ahead for her. I liked Hadley’s character as the story moves forward; at the beginning I didn’t really understand why she broke it off with her boyfriend until Will was introduced. Her relationship with her best girl friend Lily was hilarious; they were trouble together, mostly because Lily is a wild child. But the major focus was on Will and Hadley, I liked that their relationship wasn’t instantly fixed; they had issues to figure out. Plus Will’s life is in a downward spiral, his family isn’t in a good place and his secrets are the real problem with Hadley. The parts of the story written from Hadley’s POV were sweet and I really felt for her, Will confuses her with his hot and cold moments and her heart is still hurting.

Will is a twenty year old who was forced to grow up fast, dealing with his unstable father and the impact of his mother’s absence. Will is much happier being back to his hometown and near the one person who made everything better, Hadley. Their relationship was always close, being best friends for so long. But after a kiss and his fathers shift, he had to make a life change by moving away. Now being back he is getting a much-needed break from his father and realizing the mistake of leaving the love of his life. The best bits for me were reading from Will’s POV, he has the most character development and the poor guy has a lot on his shoulders. But the best were every moment with Hadley, the way she made him feel and the protectiveness he still felt for her. Overall their relationship was challenged and grew stronger, they must come to terms with what both of them want and make it their choice.

Overall, this was a great summer read, as I said before all hopeless romantics will eat this book up with a bowl of ice cream. There are strong secondary characters with Hadley’s brother Ethan and her best friend Lily, as well as Will’s father who adds some major tension. I look forward to more stories from Duncan and hope that maybe Will and Hadley’s story will continue.

RECOMMENDATION:

This is a young adult novel with some minor sexual content for mature readers. Fans of Jennifer Armentrouts Wait for You and Abbie Glines Sea Breeze Series will enjoy This Summer by Katlyn Duncan.

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Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.




Friday, July 18, 2014

{Cover Reveal+ Giveaway} Red Hot blues by Rachel Dunning

Red Hot blues by Rachel Dunning
Release Date: July 2th

BLURB:
For fans of J.A. Redmerski's EDGE OF NEVER comes a new SUMMER ROMANCE that will tear your heart apart and leave you wistfully dreaming about the characters long after you've put the book down.

Meet Ginger -- twenty-one, a father long since gone, a mother who marries for money, a body that's forty pounds overweight, and a voice from heaven itself. At seventeen, she gave the gift of herself to the boy she loved, the most wanted guy in school, and then he stood on it, left her hanging, walked away, and left her scarred. Forever.

Now? She prefers to be alone.

Meet Ace Travers -- roadhog, running from a broken home, a loveless childhood, talking with his fists and his smoking electric guitar, trying to keep the memories from hemorrhaging inside his mind. Memories of when he was beaten, when his father tried to take his little sister...

Memories he can never get away from.

Until he hears her sing. Ginger.

And now he can't stay away from her.

And she can't help herself from being attracted to him. Despite all the reasons she shouldn't be...



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{Review} of The Will by Kristen Ashley

The Will by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME: Family Drama
RECEIVED: Bought

BLURB:
Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.

While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.

But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it.

Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.

REVIEW:

Continuing on with my addiction to Kristen Ashley’s wonderful intense and always entertaining writing about two destined people, The Will takes an interesting and wonderful twist at love. This novel has only been out for a couple of months and already has 1500 reviews and has 4.3 stars, an obvious sign on how goo this book seriously is and how much I totally agree with everyone else.

The will follows Josie Malone, who has just lost the most important person in her life, her Gran. After a terrible relationship with her parents, the one who raised her was her Grandmother. But as all people who love someone do, especially the granddaughter, her gran did something unexpected in her Will. Josie is surprised to see someone else sitting along side her when her grandmothers will is being read, a man whom she can’t seem to figure out. But she’s about to get a surprise as this man, Jake Spear, was very important to gran and the one man she wanted for her granddaughter. Thus she leaves Josie to Jake in her Will. Shocked by her request they both come to an agreement and understanding that there might be something that neither were expecting.

Josie is a prim and proper type of woman, talking like she’s from the olden days and in a way it was a bit annoying and my major negative point about her. Nonetheless I loved her innocent mind; though an adult she truly is a sweet and caring woman. She adored her grandmother and shocked by the outcome of her request for Jake to take care of her. She and Jake don’t actually see eye to eye, where Jake knows a heck of a lot more about Josie than she does him. Plus with Jake being an alpha male and wanting to control the situation, Josie is having none of it. It was entertaining to see how these too opposites fall for each other. There were a ton of ups and downs, lost of obstacles trying to tear them apart, but for them the love of her Gran was strong with pushing them together. Josie also has to deal will her family issues, as her uncle wants to take her home from her, a jerk of a businessman pressures her to sell her Grans house and Jakes complex past love life seems to make their connection break.

Jake Spear is one heck of a mans man, a former pro boxer, who now owns a gym and still boxes to keep in shape. He also owns a club that might not be ideal, but to take care and support his three children, he’d climb through hell and back for them. Josie is an unexpected surprise for him; he avoided their meeting for so long, but cant resist the sweet and caring woman who makes his heart catch fire. Plus the way she protects and adores his children makes him sure that she’s the one.

Overall this was a big two thumbs up to Ashley’s fantastic writing and character development. Her characters are so strong; the readers will get so involved and connect to each one, no matter how small their role is. The romance is hot and heavy, it’s passionate from beginning to end and I loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to see how Ashley writes about next in this series because there were some great secondary characters introduced.

RECOMMENDATION:

This is an adult novel meant for mature readers over the age of 18, for its sexual content and adult language. Fans of Jennifer Armentrout author of Be With Me and Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren, will love The Will by Kristen Ashley.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

{Paperback Release Blast} of Light In The Shadow by A. Meredith Walters


In the bestselling sequel to Find You in the Dark, A. Meredith Walters continues the emotional story of Maggie, Clay, and the power of unconditional love.

How do you keep going when you feel like your life is over?

Maggie never thought she’d see Clay again. So, she attempts to put her life back together after her heart has been shattered to pieces. Moving on and moving forward, just as Clay wanted her to. Clay never stopped thinking of Maggie. Even after ripping their lives apart and leaving her behind to get the help he so desperately needed. He is healing…slowly. But his heart still belongs to the girl who tried to save him.

When a sudden tragedy brings Maggie and Clay face-to-face again, nothing is the same. Yet some things never change. Can the darkness that threatened to consume them be transformed into something else and finally give them what they always wanted? And can two people who fought so hard to be together, finally find their happiness? Or will their demons and fear drive them apart for good?

The thing about love is that even when it destroys you, it has a way of mending what is broken. And in the shadows, you can still see the light.


EXCERPT

"I was very close to running out the side door and never looking back. Drive straight to the airport and jump on the first available flight out of fucking Virginia.

I had almost talked myself into it when I felt a stirring in the air. It was an intense humming that took my body completely by surprise. The hairs rose up on the back of my neck and I just knew. 

She was here.

Maggie.

And just like that, the fuzzy black faded and way and everything clicked into place. My heart thudded into overdrive and my palms started to sweat, so I shoved them into the pockets of my slacks.

Of course she came. I knew she'd be here. And though I tried not to allow myself the hope of seeing her, I couldn't deny that I had longed for it all the same.

And here she was, looking the same, only better. Her dark hair looked shorter and was pulled back in a low ponytail. She wore a black wool coat over a dark green dress. She looked beautiful and perfect and the embodiment of everything I had always craved.

She walked into the church, flanked by her parents. I barely noticed them or the fact that Rachel and Daniel followed close behind. My eyes were only for her. I knew I should go to Ruby. But I couldn't make myself move. I stood there, rooted to the spot, not sure if I wanted Maggie to see me or not, even as I screamed at her in my head to look at me.

Please.

As much as I missed her and dreamed of this moment, I was scared of it. Too much had changed.  Yet after I saw her, my heart and body reacted the same as they always had.  She had been my crutch and now she was something else entirely, a painful reminder of all the ways I had screwed up. But watching my gorgeous girl move through the crowd of people, I only saw the person I had pinned my future on. And that was both exhilarating and terrifying.



The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

Friday, July 11, 2014

{Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway} HUSSON by Laurelin Paige

Title: Hudson
Series: Fixed #4
Author: Laurelin Paige
Release Date: July 8, 2014

BLURB:
"I can easily divide my life into two parts—before her and after."

Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he's wanted for almost nothing. He's never experienced love, however, and he's seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He's studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it.

Until he meets Alayna Withers.

Now, the games he's played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end. Or are they just beginning?

Told from his point of view, Hudson fills the holes in his love story with Alayna Withers. His past and relationship with his long-time friend Celia is further revealed and light is shed on his actions during his courtship with Alayna.

MUST BE READ AFTER THE FIXED TRILOGY.

Book One: FIXED ON YOU
Book Two: FOUND IN YOU
Book Three: FOREVER WITH YOU


Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N (Soon) | iBooks  (Soon) | Kobo  (Soon)

About Laurelin: Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

{Review} of Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley

Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME: Mystery, Mature
RECEIVED: Bought

BLURB:
She's ready for the ride of her life . . .

Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba's. It's a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn't want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he's also the bar's part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.M

REVIEW:
Bah!! I’m so hooked on anything written by Kristen Ashley right now it’s not even funny! Ashley has a knack for writing an intense mystery storyline revolving around one couple and showing the ups and downs they go through. The mystery is just as intense as in the first book but its located in another part of Colorado called Carnal, a biker town. With my husband being a biker man himself I was totally down to read this one.

Sweet Dreams follows Lauren Grahame who has been dealt a hard blow with her husband cheating and leaving her for her friend. She decided it was time for a fresh start and got the hell out of dodge and into a small town called Carnal. Lauren charms and sweet attitude get her a job as a waitress at Bubbas a local biker bar, where she meets and deals with a not so nice boss. Tate Jackson is a downright jerk when he first meets Lauren, not understanding she isn’t like the other girls who coming rolling into town. They soon begin to understand each other and even more so when one of the waitresses is murdered. Tate wants Lauren safe as well as his town, as a bounty hunter he’ll stop at nothing to keep what’s his safe, and that includes her.

Lauren is a sweet and social woman who has lived her life with a man who just didn’t get her. Her new life in Carnal is a welcome to her, making friends easily with the owners of the hotel she’s staying at and the local hippies that own a coffee shop. Going from her prim and proper suburban life to a biker town is a learning experience for her, but in Carnal it feels more of a home than anything did in the past. I really liked how Lauren didn’t care if she didn’t fit in, she wanted to earn her place and discover the side of herself she was missing. She really earns the love and trust of the locals too, plus having Tate watching her back makes her feel safer. The dynamic between Tate and Lauren is intense, they’re always bickering, misunderstanding, and protecting each other but show so much passion through all of it. Their connection is deep and Lauren accepts his abrupt and alpha persona, even when he acts like a jerk they figure it out.

Tate is a man with an interesting past, a former pro football player, cop and now bounty hunter he has and more down than ups. He deals with a terrible ex who holds his son has a bargaining chip, which makes him hate her even more. Lauren is a diamond in the rough; he can’t understand how he got lucky that she took a chance with him and his son. But his past severely affects them moving forward and the dangers of the murder in their town makes him worry about her even more. Tate was a whole lot different than Max in the first book, still an alpha male in charge but majorly rough around the edges. However his softer side for his son and Lauren is sweet to the core.

Overall I really got hooked into this one like the last; once again Ashley created another story full of colorful characters and creepy murder mystery. This is another long book too running over five hundred pages, which actually goes by fast because every chapter had asking questions. I don’t know how Ashley does it but her strong character writing is what keeps me coming back, I haven’t read too many author like her and she is one I highly recommend reading.

RECOMMENDATION:
This is an adult novel meant for mature readers over the age of 18, for its sexual content and adult language. Fans of Jennifer Armentrout author of Be With Me and Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren, will love Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

{Early Review} His Every Need by Terri L. Austin

His Every Need by Terri L. Austin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Adult
THEME: Contemporary Romance
RECEIVED: Won
RELEASE DATE: August 5th

BLURB:
How far will she go to hold on to her family home?

When Allie Campbell's father loses their home to British tycoon Trevor Blake, she pleads for more time to pay off the loan. But Trevor refuses to acknowledge his own family, so he's completely unconcerned with hers. Allie impulsively offers to do anything to keep the house, so he teasingly tells her to move in with him and cater to his every need. To his amazement, she agrees..

REVIEW:
I love being surprised by a random read, after winning Terri Austin’s newest series I was not sure what to except. Wonderfully this was an unexpected romance with family drama, humorous moments that push two people who would of never met in a normal situation together.

His Every Need follows Allie Campbell who has recently lost her mother to an illness. Her father is lost and has no idea how to take care of his family thus leaving Allie to take care of her two younger sisters. But the situations becomes worse for Allie when she finds out her father has lost their house, she refuses to let her family become homeless for her fathers mistake. She goes straight to the source, meaning Trevor Blake, a wealthy businessman who now owns her home. She makes a deal with him that he surprisingly didn’t think she would accept. She must now tend to Trevor’s every need and will let her family keep their home, but Allie is about to discover Trevor isn’t as bad as he seems.

Allie is a hard working young woman, leaving college when her mother got sick she did all she could to help her family through the hard times. But when she can’t pick up the pieces and her father is useless to even care to help her, she agrees to “work” with Trevor. It goes to show how people would do anything to protect and care for their families in tough situation, especially when children are involved. Allie has two younger sisters, one being a rebellious and rude eighteen year old, who doesn’t care that Allie gave up everything to help them. And Allie’s youngest sister, who knows that Allie has been the parent and hates the fact that she’s leaving to live with Trevor. I liked the dynamic between Allie and her sisters, each dealing with the loss of their mother in a different way. Allie also has to deal with what exactly Trevor wants with her, as their relationship doesn’t start off like she thought. He’s hot and cold, all business and then caring about her family the next. Plus the addition of his chaotic parents whom he despises making a dramatic entrance and nosing their way into their relationship. Allie in the end is all about her family but soon learns that she needs to start focusing on her happiness and the possibility Trevor might be apart of that.

Trevor is a complex man, whose parents divorced and went from new lover to new lover. He’s a very closed off person and thus having a misunderstanding with Allie leading to her living with him. But what I liked about how everything started was that Trevor didn’t automatically jump in bed with Allie, they learned about each other and their chemistry started to build each day. There are some steamy scenes but its seriously all normal and intense love scenes that build up to something more. My favorite tidbits about Trevor is that he wanted nothing to do with Allie’s family and some how kept getting himself involved to help her, thus showing he started to care for her. It was cute and sweet how he kept changing and starting to open up.

In the end the writing and pace was perfect, I was hooked in each chapter and they weren’t always focused on the main couple but the families too. It was a nice change to see a romance novel that didn’t push the sex scenes but carefully placed them around a wonderful storyline so that they didn’t overwhelm. In the end this was a great start to a new series, the readers will be pleased as this seems like a stand-alone and the next will focus on another Beauty and Brit. I look forward to continuing this series and reading more from Austin.

RECOMMENDATION:
This is an adult novel meant for mature readers over the age of 18, for its sexual content. Fans of Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street and Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, will love His Every Need by Terri Austin,



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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

{Review} of The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

The Gamble by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
THEME: Mystery, Mature
RECEIVED: Bought

BLURB:
Love is the greatest gamble of all . . .

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

The owner of the house, Holden "Max" Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max's past emerges-and threatens to end their love for good.

REVIEW:
Oh boy…or should I say oh man! I’m a new fan of Kristen Ashley and was so excited that author Jennifer Armentrout recommended her writing. There is so much about the Colorado Mountain series that I adored, from the heavy length of the novel; meaning well thought out character developments, steamy romance, and a fantastic murder mystery was all put into this storyline.

The Gamble follows Nina Sheridan, who decided she needed a breather from her fiancé and took a far trip to the Colorado Mountains to do it. A long way from England and a little irritated with her fiancé she cant wait to get out of the car and into her warm bed at her rented A-frame. But to her shock, she isn’t alone, the owner, Max is just as surprised to see her in his house. After learning about the mix up and some much heated arguing, Nina finds her self-driving to a hotel, to only get stuck in the snow a few miles down. She wakes up warm and bundled and the arrogant and handsome Max who kicked her out is now taking care of her. Max starts to fall for this fierce and tiny woman who lights up every time they argue and every time he gets close to her. But everything changes when the cops come knocking on Max’s door and a murderer has come to town.

Nina has been living in England for many years, practically going through the days. After losing her brother she hasn’t been the same and her fiancé practically ignores her half the time. She needed a fresh look at her life and wanted some space, which her fiancé didn’t seem to mind…of course… Nina is such a well-developed character; she’s had a tough life with a terrible father and the loss of her brother who was also her best friend. Taking a trip to Colorado changes her outlook in her life and makes her realizes she hasn’t been living. Max shocks her with his aggressive and overprotective nature, but his kindness towards everyone he knows and how much he adores his home and town. It makes Nina fall for him each day. I was so curious on what Nina would do after getting to know and adore everyone in this town would she marry? Or would she take a chance and start over? Ashley does an insanely good job writing the progression of Nina’s change, she is so different at the beginning than the end, in a good way. The way she befriends people in town, her relationship with her mother and the deep love she has for standing up for good people makes her character easy to love.

Max is one heck of a mountain man and I’m sure would scare the living crap out of me if I actually met him. He is all man and seriously intense, but he has such a soft side for the people in his life. He adores Mindy his best friend Brody’s sister and Becca, two girls who are like his little sisters. He is also the got to person if people need help and it seems like a lot of people trust his word. Max also has a really tragic past, losing someone he loved very much, which caused a chain reaction that caused a lot of hurt around town. But Nina changes everything for him; she opens up his heart and protective nature. I loved every scene they were together in, with all the angst humor and intense passion they had, it was easy to see how they connected. My only real issue was with how Max spoke; his sentences were a bit off for me, missing words here and there. I think it was on purpose, but it bothered me at times during an intense scene. Also he cusses like a sailor and has no problem with interrupting Nina every conversation. No matter that, he still won me over.

Overall this is a heavy book, with a fantastic plot filled with a murder mystery and lot of romance. I didn’t realize how long this book was until I was half way through, but with such a good story I easily got lost in it. Every character introduced, no matter how small, has a history and the readers will get to know a lot about them. I felt like I was actually living in this small town with all these great characters and seriously would love to live in a place like this. The murder mystery was a bonus, I was not expecting it to be so suspenseful but I was totally wrong on who was behind it all and I liked that. I’m already finished with the second book in this series and will now be starting the third, which obviously means I’m in this for the long hall. Ashley is just that good at writing unforgettable characters.

RECOMMENDATION:
This is an adult novel meant for mature readers over the age of 18, for its sexual content. Fans of Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street and Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, will love The Gamble by Kristen Ashley.



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Friday, June 27, 2014

{Book Tour: Review + Giveaway } No Apologies by Sybil Bartel


No Apologies by Sybil Bartel
My rating: 2.5/3 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Contemporary Romance
RECEIVED: Tour

BLURB:
Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He's flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there's anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn't prepared for what happens next.

Never fall in love

Two rules, that's all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has "relationship" written all over her. But Graham can't stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.

When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he's prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham's past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.

He should've known to walk away.

REVIEW:
This book carries a lot of emotion; I for one was having quite an argument with it for the first half of the book. My main argument was with the lead Graham, it was hard for me to like him and I always find that I care most about the lead character. But this time around it was the second lead that I was rooting for. Bartel does a wonderful job creating an emotional impact between each very broken character introduced. It sucked me in as the reader and also made me angry at a fictional character… obviously meaning the writing was spot on for this type of story.

No Apologies follows Graham Allen, who doesn’t like to apologies and doesn’t ever love anyone… those are his rules. But this rocker is about to get a wake up call from an innocent bartender, Carly, who seems to be letting her shields down for him. Both of these broken adults have no idea what to do about their connection, will they move forward from their horrible past to find a brighter future together? Or will Graham’s past come barreling in to ruin everything.

Carly is a sweet girl, as well as a writer and someone who has been scarred from her past. But she is also someone who doesn’t want to be broken and she sees that Graham, her crush, is someone who is broken too. I loved her bold and no nonsense attitude, she handles Grahams rude and over the top persona with stride and I applaud her for it. I thought she was a brave woman for giving this guy the benefit of the doubt even at his worst, howver she does put some space between them, but she also knew he was going through some tough times. Carly is definitely a character many people can connect too, her innocents and sad past make her vulnerable but also someone who the readers will root for and hope that she can get past it all.

Graham is a tough one, I had a bit of trouble connecting too him and not wanting to scream at him. He makes a lot of bad choices out of anger and in the heat of the moment. His past is so sad and I really felt for him, but he just kept shoving people away and thought drinking and sleeping with girls was the only way to get through it. It made me feel sorry for him mostly but also made me angry that he treated Carly and his friends like dirt. I give his friends a lot of credit for being able to let his rudeness slide. Carly was the one to finally get through and near the middle of the book I saw a major change in him and saw the potential. His past comes back like a raging bull but it brings along something positive that I just adored.

Overall I had mixed feeling about this story until I got a few chapters past the middle of the book. The writing was wonderfully done and made me feel so much for some of the characters, but I just couldn’t connect or root for Graham as much as I wanted too. I can ramble on for days and argue with myself but I know I might be the only one feeling this way. There are plenty of twist and surprises, which I felt boosted up the storyline and really got me excited to see how everything was going to come together. I look forward to reading more from Bartel and recommend giving this contemporary romance a try, even with my love hate feelings with the lead character.

MIXED

RECOMMENDATION:
This is an adult novel meant for mature readers over the age of 18, for its sexual content. Fans of Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard series and Love, In English by Karina Halle will want to get their hands of Desired by Stacey Kennedy.

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AUTHOR BIO:
I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but really, any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.

I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you really want to know about me.

I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

{Launch Party: Excerpt + Giveaway} Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule

RELEASE DAY SPOTLIGHT - #StarlightSaga
LOST IN STARLIGHT
Sherry Soule
Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us!
Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She will be publishing a brand new upper YA series: the “Starlight Saga” (paranormal romance with a Sci-Fi concept) with scorching-hot character chemistry and exciting suspense has been published today, June 26, 2014!!!
To help promote this interstellar love story, “LOST IN STARLIGHT,” Sherry is doing this fun virtual release party and $20 Amazon gift card giveaway all day to share the book love.
ENTER TODAY ONLY!
Please buy your copy of LOST IN STARLIGHT on June 26th 2014!

VOLUME ONE: Starlight Saga
High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.
Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.
They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.
Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life....
Excerpt:
I’m suddenly aware that Hayden Lancaster’s blatantly staring at me. Hard to miss. His messenger bag is in one hand, and drumsticks stick out of his back pocket. I lift my hand in a hesitant little wave. He doesn’t return my gesture, just continues gazing at me through those thick lashes that frame his unique eyes. My head goes all woozy. Even my limbs feel jittery. Frustration and confusion are warring inside me for having any feelings for someone like him.
And what’s with the stare?
A wave of nervousness hits hard.
Is there toilet paper hanging out of my jeans? Food stuck in my teeth? Or have Frankenstein bolts suddenly sprouted from my neck?
Being on Hayden’s radar is a little unsettling. I admit there’s something about Mr. Puppy Hero’s rare smiles, lopsided with an edge, that draw girls to him like insects buzzing a bug zapper. For better or worse, no one can resist Hayden Lancaster. Not even me…

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Random winner will be picked on June 27th 2014 and contacted by email. All prizes will be electronically delivered. Please review all terms & conditions before entering.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

{Early Review} of Desired by Stacey Kennedy

Desired by Stacey Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Mature Romance
THEME: Contemporary, BDSM
RECEIVED: Publisher (NetGalley)
RELEASE DATE: July 22nd 2014

BLURB:
Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.

After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they must come to light. Submission alone may not be enough to save her, leaving her Master with only one question: How can he help Ella heal while unlocking the deep pleasures she craves?

REVIEW:
After loving the first two and falling head over heels for both of the doms Dmitri and Aidan, I couldn’t wait to see what Kennedy was going to do with Kyler Morgan, police officer and majorly sinful Master in Club Sin. I have to say Kennedy out does herself again, I have never been bored with this series and each one is as surprising and passionate as the next.

Desired follows Kyler Morgan who is one of few Masters at Club Sin, he also hasn’t found that challenge or spark in a woman in a long time. But everything changes the night of his friend Cora and Aidan’s wedding, where he meets Ella. Her innocent eyes attract him and he sees the potential to be the one woman who will capture his heart. But Ella’s past is not something she likes to talk about and it seems to have followed her to Las Vegas. While Kyler slowly breaks away her shields, she is worried he might find out the reason she left home and is always looking over her shoulder.

Kyler was a fantastic character to get to know in the last two books. He really helped out with Aidan and Cora’s relationship, seeing how they were struggling and he knew they needed each other. I had a good feeling about him and knew that he was going to be a powerful and interesting dom to follow. Kyler comes from a family of law enforcement and knows the signs of someone who is hiding or has been hurt from something. He sees it in Ella but also sees that she need more than what she had, and Kyler can give that to her. I loved how he just went all in with her, trying to figure out their connection and protecting her no matter if she didn’t want it. In the end they learn that their chemistry and passion is what can help them move forward and heal what hurt Ella.

Ella was a mix of Cora and Presley from the first too; she had Presley’s innocence but Cora’s passion for romance outside of her normal comfort zone. I liked also her relationship was with Aidan, he was like a brother to her and made sure Kyler wasn’t going to hurt her as he knew something was off about her. She earned the friendship of all the girls quickly, which was great, it helps her understand the life she’s learning with Kyler. But the best parts were where she challenge Kyler and how she actually took control of an interesting situation that made me want to say “Go Girl!”

Overall I love this third installment and it’s so much fun to see how each couple has progressed from the past books. Kennedy’s writing is fantastic, she mixes, humor with intense drama and romance that pulls the story along at a nice pace. I’m looking forward to seeing how Kennedy handles Mary the sweet doctor who lost her husband. But I’m also hoping we get more of Sawyer, Porter and Kenzie, they are so much fun and great secondary characters, plus Kenzie always likes to get in trouble. If your looking for something steamy, passionate that will have your reading late into the night, than Desired is the book for you.

RECOMMENDATION:
This is an adult novel meant for mature readers over the age of 18, for its sexual content. Fans of Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard series and Love, In English by Karina Halle will want to get their hands of Desired by Stacey Kennedy.

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