★5 Forbidden Stars! ★
"I won't loose you again. You're mine, Lillian."-Jacob
Forbid Me is the second book in The Good Ol' Boys Series and it was a thrilling read. Lily and Jacob were magical together and every moment with them was simply unforgettable.
"Have you ever wanted something so badly that it consumed your very being? Something that you could practically taste on your tongue. Something that was all you thought about, day in and day out?"-Lily
We met Lily and Jacob in the first book of the seriesComplicate Me. Lily is Lucas' younger sister and Jacob is Lucas' best friend. Following the theme of the first book in the series, we have a case of "forbidden love". Jacob is seven years older than Lily. Although he should be feeling "brotherly" love for her, when Lily blossoms into a young woman Jacob feels something completely opposite of what a brother should feel for a sister. Additionally, Lily is head over heels in love with Jacob. Can they ever find a way to overcome the age difference and the judgement of their family, and friends?
"Every time I pictured my future, it was always with Lily by my side."-Jacob
As Forbid Me shifts between the present and the past, we experience the developing friendship between Jacob and Lily and the undeniable attraction they share. Although Jacob tries to do the "honorable" thing, Lily is a vixen that will stop at nothing to be with him. The constant push and pull was invigorating with the intense sexual chemistry building and the continuous battle of the wills between Lily and Jacob! Perhaps one of the most refreshing elements of this read is the tenacity of Lily! Jacob makes plenty of mistakes and when he "comes back" to "claim her", he has to work for it! (Which, might I add, just made the chase even that more exciting!)
"His love fucking consumed me."-Lily
Both Jacob and Lily are complex characters with a great deal of heart! The fact that they must face circumstances that are continually ripping them apart only makes their reunion that much sweeter! To have a read where both the hero and the heroine are so well matched for one another is like winning the lottery! The passion between these two was smoking hot.
"I want you in my mouth, Lillian. I could taste you in my dream. I woke up knowing what I wanted for breakfast. I want you in my bed."-Jacob
Told in dual POV, Forbid Me offers a perfect blend of romance and steam. The supporting characters continue to play a vital role in the plot development and enhance each moment with their strong connections to each other. With a well constructed story arc, witty dialogue, and unforgettable characters, this is one read you do not want to miss!
"Just her. Always her."- Jacob
"Just Jacob. Only him."- Lily
Overall, Forbid Me is more than just a 5 star read. It is a "must drop everything on my TBR shelf" and "read it NOW"! I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. I have already been back to my kindle to re-read my favorite scenes (several times). Additionally, I will be counting down the days for the next Good Ol' Boy to hit my kindle. Bravo M. Robinson! Bravo!
***The Good Ol' Boys Series***
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!~
"Sexy. Beautiful. Toxic."
Reaper's Fall is the fifth book in the Reapers MC Series. The Reapers Men are one set of bikers that never fail to get the blood pumping. With action, steam, and temperamental characters,Reaper's Fall continues the tradition of fast bikes, rough men, and their spirited women.
Painter and Mel are not new characters to the series. Both made appearances in previous books. Painter has been with the club for a long time and Mel is a good friend of the club because of her close friendship with Jessica (London's niece). Painter and Mel have always had a history of attraction and a bit of a “young crush” has been an ongoing development between the two. While Painter was serving time in prison, Mel sent him letters and their friendship only continued to blossom.
"You're the most beautiful thing I've ever seen."-Painter
When Painter was finally out and able to resume his work in the club, Mel was surprised that he wasn’t interested in getting anything started with her. Both WANT to start something and yet, Painter has been holding back because he just doesn’t think he is good enough for Mel. When the two finally get together, the chemistry between the two was intense to say the least. Finally, all of that sexual tension has no problem busting loose! Because they had such a strong friendship (at the core of their relationship), it only made the two of them together more endearing and yet "red hot"! As Painter continues to balance his priorities between the club and Mel, things begin to get complicated. Mel must decide if she is ok playing second fiddle to the club. After a serious case of the back and forth, the two finally realize they simply cannot stay away from each other.
"You'd really start a war over this girl?
Reaper's Fall was a good read. However, what was slightly problematic for me was the pacing throughout the first half of the book. The prologue begins with a bang. Then when we jump a few pages to the first chapter, you find yourself five years in the past. Therefore, the anticipation is high for the first half of the book. The tension, at times, felt forced and slightly "over the top". Painter and Mel were both complex characters and both had personality traits that were less than desirable. And yet, as the plot continues to develop, the tempo picks up significantly. I began to to invest in the story and both of the main characters became just like all of the other characters in this series. (People I cared about and wanted to find happiness in each other.) Told in multiple POV, Reaper's Fall is a must read for Reapers Fans. Although it wasn’t my favorite in the series, Mel and Painter have a unique story and I am so glad that I read it.
"This isn't over. It would never be over between us."-Painter
Overall, Reaper's Fall is another winner in the series. Despite my moments of frustration, there were moments of passion and tenderness that should not be missed. I enjoy the writing style of this author and throughout each book, my love for these bikers continues to grow! Although each book can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend taking the time to read the series in full from Book 1. What better way to become acquainted with some of the sexiest bikers around?
~BR with my girl LOYDA!!!!
***Reapers MC Series***
~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY and Berkley/NAL Publishing in exchange for an honest review!~
~5 Daring Stars~
“To girls with broken hearts and vengeful souls. Go forth and raise hell.”-Alessandra Torre
If You Dare is the third book in the Deanna Madden Series. InIf You Dare, Deanna shocks us once again with her flair for blood, desire for love, and unending quest for normalcy.
"I AM NOT a normal individual. I've known that for quite some time."-Deanna
"I love him because he looks at me like I am normal."-Deanna
One year after Do Not Disturb and Deanna has finally found a slice of happiness with Jeremy. Although she recognizes she will never have the entire pie, she is able to find a steady routine that keeps her illness under control. She has maintained a friendship with Mike and sustained her routine therapy sessions with Dr. Derek. Just when we think everything might just turn out alright for our devilish heroine, in true Deanna style, everything comes crashing down.
"My love for him is selfish and wishful. His love for me is pure and naive."-Deanna
Deanna must find the inner strength to recognize exactly "who she is" and "who she can never be". However strong her love for Jeremy "might" or "might not be", she is forced to reconcile the delicate balance between love and reality.
"I'm sorry that my heart is black and I didn't let you see that until now."-Deanna
Told in multiple POV, If You Dare is a stunning addition to this series. The text is thick with tender emotion, action, and wicked sex! Deanna is a complex character and to experience her interactions with her "friends" and "neighbors" is like nothing you have ever experienced before. Deanna's inner monologue will keep you laughing, crying, and cringing from one beat to the next. Each moment is sequenced with ease as the story shifts between the present and the past. The anticipation of not knowing what happened until the very end will keep you glued to the text. The dynamics between the tender moments are such a stark contrast to the blood lust Deanna experiences throughout the read. This causes any "normal individual" to struggle with the knowledge of knowing "what you want for Deanna" but also knowing "what is best for Deanna". However hard I tried to come to terms with that central question, the result was always the same. Deanna is unique and powerful creature and she will never be held down by any person or thing.
"I will not be harnessed, I will not be kept; I am freedom, and my name is Deanna."-Deanna
What is most notable about the Deanna Madden Series is the relationships between Deanna and the three men in her life. Throughout each book in the series we have been witness to the growth Deanna and three men. Her friend Mike, Dr. Derek, and Jeremy. Each individual plays a significant role in her life. I have adored every second of this series and If You Dare only strengthened my love for Deanna and my addiction to escaping to her world.
"The madness in me, it is pushing, stretching, filling my body down new and unique paths, my skin growing accustomed to its heat, it's darkness."-Deanna
Overall, If You Dare is a must read for readers who love a suspenseful erotic thriller! If you are willing to live beyond the fringe, Deanna will take you there. Alessandra Torre is a brilliant author who never fails to amaze me. Her writing style is diverse, unique, and rich with description. I simply devoured this read and I can only hope that there will be more to come for Deanna. I am rooting for her. I will never stop rooting for her!
***Deanna Madden Series***
~ARC graciously provided from the author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you AT for sharing your work with me!!!~
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~F (BR) with Shh... in honor of The Deanna Madden Series Epic WORLDWIDE (F) buddy-read for If You Dare November 8-14!
"She was sheer unadulterated sexuality~like a pagan rite of
Sinful is my first Historical Romance read EVER! Diving in, I didn't quite know what to expect! Sinjin certainly did not disappoint! Sinful is set in the United Kingdom in 1787. So jump into your time machine and get ready for horse races, horse breeding, British Royal Society, parties, carriage rides, harems, kidnapping, sea voyages, duels, and indiscretion at it's finest.
"I'll be a spinster and wear mucking boots and smoke a pipe with the stable lads. And stay with my horses."-Chelsea
Chelsea Fergusson is doomed. As the daughter of the Earl of Dumfries, she is destined to be married off before her 18th birthday. However, Chelsea has bigger dreams for her life. She is a strong willed independent woman who wants to ride horses and stay with her brothers and father forever. When her father tries to arrange a marriage to a high society English Man, Chelsea takes matters into her own hands. She decides to seduce "London's most infamous libertine", Sinjin St.John, Duke of Seth, “the Saint.”
"Despite his reputation for sexual excess, women had always played a relatively minor role in his life."
Sinjin is a well versed in the ways of women. At first when Chelsea tries to draw him in (literally), Sinjin is able to resist temptation. However, later Chelsea finds a way into his bed. After one night, Sinjin recognizes something different about the young vixen. They form a friendship of sorts. In addition to friendship, the two have formed a passionate sexual bond that brings them both a great deal of satisfaction.
"He drove into her deeply as if the answer to his unease could be physically assuaged, as if the powerful rhythm of thrust and withdrawal would clear away the enigmatic conundrum, as if his strength could overcome her bewitching allure."
After their time together has passed, Chelsea and Sinjin go their own ways. Although they believe they will never see each other again, circumstances change and they are forced back together. Sinjin must then decide if he is truly able to be a "kept man"? Does Chelsea have the staying power to keep Sinjin satisfied for a lifetime?
Sinful is truly a delectable read. The combination of the rich text and clearly defined setting allows you to feel connected to the characters and the time period. Although I am not a historian, I was completely absorbed in the story and felt like I had a good grasp on the dynamics of that time period. Both Sinjin and Chelsea are extremely likable characters and although there story is set in the 18th Century, I feel that their story could have been unfolding in the 21st century. The sexual chemistry between Sinjin and Chelsea was quite scandalous and although Sinjin is a bit of a bad boy, it didn't take him long to win me over! Regarding the story arc, there were aspects towards the end of the read that seemed a bit disconnected from "the core" of the story and yet, I found the addition only heightened the dynamics between Chelsea and Sinjin.
"Everything about you matters."
Overall, Sinful is a spectacular Historical Romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip to the past and will definitely continue reading this series. I understand Wicked is about Sinjin's son. As we know, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Therefore I, for one, am ready to get to know the grown up Beau! My kindle will be ready!
***St. John-Duras Series***
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~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you Ms. Johnson for sharing your work with me!~
~Special thanks to my sweet friend SueBee for introducing me to SINJIN!~
~5 Stunning Stars~
"We were kids. The whole world was watching us. We couldn't breathe. We were trying to grow up, deal with the media, expand our careers, and hold on to each other."-Noah
Childstar 3 is the third novella in the Childstar Trilogy and it was a non stop action packed read full of passion and desire! Every question is answered and the stakes are high as Amelia and Noah hold on tight to each other. In fact, Noah holds her so tight that sometimes she gets bruises! (Some might not be into the tough love thing...I just think YUMMY!)
"In the mirror, I could see light bruises, marks from his hands, that I was sure would look worse in the morning. However, I took them with pride."-Amelia
Childstar 3 picks up as the aftermath of Childstar 2 is beginning to settle! Noah and Amelia have a mess on their hands. Despite the turmoil surrounding them, they both recognize the importance of staying strong together. Even when everything is burning up in flames around them, these two refuse to give up.
Amelia and Noah must continue to film the movie, cover up their mistakes and continue to maintain an unblemished reputation in the press. With every step forward they take, the demons of their past are constantly dragging them two steps back.
In addition to the rising tension in the plot, the secondary characters begin to play a more prominent role. I relish every second of Ms. McAvoy's writing. As Noah and Amelia are both evolving as a couple, we see them transform into strong individuals who will do anything to protect their love for each other.
"My mouth dropped open from the sheer pleasure of it. He waited only for a second, if that, before pulling out and burying himself again, even deeper, over and over again."-Amelia
Told in dual POV, Childstar 3 was a perfect ending to this trilogy. The dialogue is rich with texture, the action scenes are intense, and the sexual escapades between Noah and Amelia only get hotter with each book! When reading Childstar 3, I experienced every emotion of the spectrum. I felt transported to another world in which, I never wanted to leave! This series has a unique plot, well developed characters, and a perfect story arc. I especially loved the epilogue! Nothing is better than walking away from Noah and Amelia with a huge smile on your face!
"My dream? The both of us, married, kids of our own, still acting. It was all possible~ after we healed from this."-Noah
"What can I say? I grew up and changed the rating of my life."-Amelia
Overall, Childstar 3 is a must read! I simply cannot rave enough about this series. Everyone needs to meet Noah and Amelia now! Get your kindle ready because this is one series you do not want to miss!
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~ARC graciously provided via J.J. McAvoy in exchange for an honest review! Thank you for sharing your work with me! I simply cannot get enough!~
~5 Can't Get Enough Stars~
"She wasn't under my spell. I was under hers."-Noah
Childstar 2 is the second novella in the Childstar Trilogy. With fast paced action, sultry steam, and complex characters, Childstar 2 is a must read!
Childstar 2 begins in the same hotel room where Childstar 1ended. Amelia is coming to terms with "the big reveal" and Noah stays right beside her the entire time. With the understanding that they are committed to each other, Amelia and Noah must face down their adversaries, keep their managers satisfied, and continue to film the movie Sinners Like Us , all with smiles plastered on their faces!
"Being an actor was great at a time like this. All of those years of training on how to give an emotional performance that resonated with viewers came to the forefront of my mind."-Amelia
Amelia and Noah don't have long to bask in the glory of being together before mayhem irrupts around them. Amelia makes the choice to do whatever it takes to protect him. She exposes herself emotionally in every way in order to protect her love. I loved her transformation from the timid "Hollywood Good Girl" to the "Bad Ass Bitch" that will battle anyone who tries to tear them apart! Amelia is able to enlist support from some very surprising places!
"To kill a lion, you can't be another lion, you've got to be the motherfucker with the gun."
"Sinners Like Us was the metamorphosis of Amelia London."-Noah
In addition to the mystery and suspense surrounding our lovers, Noah displays a tender side that only enhances my love for him. What I want is a bad boy. What I really want is a bad boy that knows how to make his woman feel good in every way! Noah knows how to deliver and his delivery is "first class" every time! He and Amelia have an explosive sexual chemistry that has only intensified after the years they were apart. Additionally, the emotional connection is strong.
"You worry about me, and I'll worry about you. That's how we work."-Noah
Told in dual POV, Childstar 2 is an addictive read that is sure to please action/romance readers everywhere. The plot is well developed, the characters are complex, the pacing is upbeat, and the romance between Noah and Amelia will leave you breathless!
"A decade of Amelia. I wasn't a fortune teller, but I was sure that would involve us spending most nights alternating between work, sex, and Netflix. Every once in a while, we might do something crazy like socialize with other human beings. Sounds like paradise!"-Noah
Overall, Childstar 2 is a must read! This trilogy is sure to put a smile on your face and leave you wanting more. There is just something special about a couple that takes on the world together. I find myself married to my kindle as I offer commentary throughout the entire read. When it comes to Noah and Amelia, I am their champion and biggest fan! Get your kindles ready...you don't want to miss this read!
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~ARC graciously provided via J.J. McAvoy in exchange for an honest review! Thank you for sharing your work with me! I simply cannot get enough!~
"Stupid, naive people. Happiness in another person wasn't real. All people did was betray one another: if not on the first date, then eventually."
Betrayal is the first installment of the Infidelity Series. Aleatha Romig doesn't disappoint with her stellar writing rich with complex characters and sexy overtones. I find myself enraptured every single time I read one of her books.
Alexandria Collins comes from southern money and the world of old school charm. Her mother and stepfather ooze power and prestige and feel that they have ownership of Alex. However, Alex is determined to become something great and she is able to escape the prison of that world when she moves to California for college. After graduation, she takes a quick trip with her best friend and she meets Nox.
"His unique combination of force and tenderness should be illegal, because with just one taste I was instantly addicted."-Alex
Nox Demetri is a successful business man who charms Alex with his devilish smile and dashing good looks. There is an instant attraction between the two. Alex is hesitant to reveal her identity and therefore they decide to have one week of fun together. After a week of courting and some intense exploration of each other's bodies, they part without ever revealing their true identities.
"Breathing no longer mattered as my back arched and I pushed pebbled nipples against the hardness of his chest. We didn't rush. For was seemed like an eternity, we lost ourselves in one another."-Alex
Before Alex settles in New York for Law School, she takes a detour back home in order to deal with some family business. She is immediately transported to a world that has only brought her pain. She is determined to escape and return to her freedom. However, when she discovers her inheritance has been put in jeopardy, she feels her future slipping between her fingers. With the hope of overcoming her adversaries (her parents), she moves to New York in order to start Law School and find a way to keep her future secure and put her past behind her forever.
"Montague name didn't own me-no one did."-Alex
Despite her past and current plight, Alex is determined. However, Nox has left a vacancy in her heart. Never far from her mind, he constantly lingers like a ghost in her thoughts.
Told in first POV, Betrayal shifts from the present and the past. In the past, we experience her love affair with the mysterious and "sexy" Nox. In the future, we experience the horrors of her family and their dysfunctional lifestyle. Although I understood the importance of the time shift, I found myself anxious the majority of the read waiting for the timelines to match. Still, the plot is well developed and the characters are quite intriguing. I felt that the tempo was generally a little slow for my taste and yet, in true Aleatha fashion, the plot development towards the end of the book left me desperate for more. The chemistry between Nox and Alex is undeniable and I have no doubt the next book will bring even more mystery and intrigue to the plot. The dynamics between the characters are intense and the setting is rich with description.
Anticipation is the name of this game and it's a game I want to play!
"He set his sight on you."
Overall, Betrayal was an intriguing read and I will certainly be looking for the next installment in this series. There is a slight cliffy in this read. Although it is completely bearable, it certainly left me anxious for the next book. If you are a fan of Aleatha's work, this is a must read! You will not be disappointed with the time you spend with Nox and Alex!
~BR with my girls WAR and CC.~
"My love, you were so worth the wait."
Affairytale is a unique read exposing the the ugliness of a broken relationship and the transformation of one woman who found her true love before it was too late. In reality, I am not a fan of books with cheating. Being a married woman myself, I don't want to question my own marriage. I don't want to expose the cracks that surface when times are difficult. I don't want to experience the anxiety of what if or why not? And yet, as I fearfully made my way through this read, I found admiration for a woman who never stopped fighting for herself. I found courage in the knowledge that I am exactly where I am meant to be. And as I finished this read and snuggled closer to my husband, I found peace in his arms.
"Emotionally exhausted and on the brink of a meltdown, I was a felony disaster."-C.J.
C.J. married her husband Levi when she was very young. Together they had a beautiful daughter but not a beautiful marriage. Although C.J. felt like she was doing the right thing by committing to the father of her daughter, the reality is they were toxic to each other.
"The resentment ate at me from the inside, callousing my heart and turning me into someone I was not."-C.J.
They each brought out the worst in one another. C.J. always felt a magnetic connection to her brother's best friend Grant. Despite her best efforts to stay away, eventually C.J. and Grant recognized their need to be together.
"A spark ignited inside of me that night which could never be extinguished."-C.J.
As the ugliness between C.J. and her husband continues to build, the solace she finds in Grant intensifies. C.J. has to make the choice. Does she stay with her husband or follow her heart? What will people think of her? What about her little girl? What about Grant?
"We were perfect for each other in that way, too cowardly to leave, too selfish to change, yet too wounded to be happy."-C.J.
As C.J. matures, she discovers what she has known in her heart all along. She has an internal battle with herself over making a decision that will change the course of many lives. She experiences guilt, shame, joy, passion, pain, peace, and everything in between.
"Levi was the man I couldn't live with, and Grant was the man I couldn't live without."-C.J.
Affairytale catalogs years of C.J.'s life. We experience the highs and lows of every hill and valley she lives through. The emotional turmoil leaves her shattered. The pain cuts deep to your gut as you long for her and Grant to find a way to be together. Told in first person POV, the description of each emotion is colored brilliantly throughout the text. The clever usage of real text messages and journal entries in the text only intensifies the experience of this read. These are not characters in a fictional book. These are real people. This is my neighbor. This is the woman in line next to me at the grocery store. This is me. This is real.
"I needed him in my life like I needed air to breathe."-C.J.
Overall, Affairytale is a must read! The minute I began this journey with C.J., I made a commitment to myself to feel deeply and open my heart to this beautiful "real life" love story. What did I discover? Everyone deserves to be loved unconditionally. It's never too late to find joy in your life. Sometimes people get hurt and that's just the way it goes. When the hurt fades away, joy remains. Unsurmountable joy!
"Everyone gets a do-over."-C.J. English
I simply cannot rave enough about this book. This is a must read! Ms. English, I applaud your bravery and willingness to share your story with the world. You have truly moved me! Your story will be with me forever!
~This was a BR with my Shh... sisters in honor of the amazing IndieSTAR chat with Leighton, French, James & English!
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!~
"I had a past that kept me in shackles until I freed myself with excellence. It was my camouflage, my way of escape. I became bulletproof."
Camouflage is a sexy, action packed, thrill ride that you do not want to miss! Angelica Chase's new creation is going to blow you away! Camouflage is the first book in the Predator and Prey Series.
Taylor is hard working professional who has overcome a difficult upbringing.
"I lived in a constant state of fear the first ten years of my life."-Taylor
She has transformed herself into a hard working, successful, and wealthy professional. Taylor has good friends and likes to frequent the Rabit Hole (a local BDSM club). While at the club, a certain someone catches her eye. Enter the mysterious Daniello.
As Taylor and Daniello begin an intricate game of cat and mouse it is left to be decided, who is the cat and who is the mouse? Taylor works diligently to keep her emotional distance from him and yet, allows him complete control over her body. Sexually, the two explore each other in every way possible. However, Daniello is careful to keep the boundaries clear.
"I am the man who will disappear from your bed one night without any explanation."-Daniello
"He kissed me deeply and threaded my fingers through his hair, pulling him as close as I could, unable to get close enough. I'd never been kissed that way, touched that way, coveted that way, fucked that way, and I was truly addicted."-Taylor
The sexual charge between Daniello and Taylor is raw, rough, and intoxicating. Additionally, the emotional bond the two characters begin to form is intense and, due to their circumstances, quite unique. They both harbor deep secrets. Taylor has a "past" and Daniello is living a questionable "present". When Taylor's past meets Daniello's present, the action moves at warp speed.
"I know hardly anything about him except that I lose myself in him so easily."-Taylor
Camouflage has all of the ingredients of a blockbuster movie hit. I enjoyed every single second of this read and simply could not put it down. With in-depth character development, heart stopping action, and intense sex scenes this book has something for everyone. Told in Taylor's POV, we experience glimpses from her past that will bring you to your knees. Taylor can be one tough bitch and yet as the layers begin to peel away, I had nothing but respect for her. When it comes to Daniello, he is one dynamic alpha male who has ever intention of making sure Taylor is satisfied. (Who doesn't enjoy a hero with those character traits?) Together, they are a perfect match and I have no doubt the next installment will only heighten my admiration for them both. The tempo of the read was steady and the satirical banter between the two had me grinning the entire read.
"I save your life and you still correct my English?"-Daniello
Overall, Camouflage is a must read! No one writes erotic suspense better than Angelica Chase. I was captivated completely by Taylor and Daniello's story. I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a sexy action packed erotic read! How can you go wrong with fast cars and smoking hot sex? Well done Ms. Chase! Please keep writing because I cannot wait to read more!
~BR with my Sista' CC! Thanks for taking this ride with me! I look forward to many more!~
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!~
~5 Can't Get Enough Stars~
"It’s just an illusion to hide the nightmare beneath. I’m not for you, dragon. No matter how much I wish I could be. The longing and regret in her tone was destroying him."-Delia
Searing Ecstasy is the seventh book in The Guardians of the Realms Series. This series is by far my favorite Paranormal Romance Series. The Guardians are powerful beings that are trying to protect the four realms, keep a solid balance between evil and good , and somehow manage to find their mate.
Searing Ecstasy is the long awaited story of Drake the leader of the guardians. He works to maintain control over the guardians and at the same time battles his own raging dragon that lives within. In Binding Ecstasy, Drake discovered his mate Delia. Alas, they cannot be together because of the workings of a wicked man. Although he has been destroyed, the aftermath of his terror has left irrevocable destruction. Drake has rescued Delia and is trying to keep her safe in the Guardian Manor. Although he is trying to keep her comfortable, the pain of the two being apart weighs heavy on his heart and causes his dragon to rebel.
"He couldn't get anywhere near that fucking link. The connection was only getting more sensitive. Fighting the dragon didn’t alleviate the desire to fuck, not even marginally. He still felt the echoes of her mental touch even though they’d severed all contact."
Delia had been badly beaten physically and emotionally and after enduring painful "medical testing" has been left with two beasts living inside of her. If she were to try to mate with Drake, she would then have a third beast (a dragon) housed in her body and she would be destroyed. Because Drake and Delia cannot be together, the pain is excruciating on them both. As Drake tries desperately to heal his mate, the emotional bond between the two continues to strengthen. Drake's ability to lead the guardians is wavering as he mourns over the separation from Delia. Additionally, Drake has to contend with two Gods now on the loose.
In addition to Drake and Delia's story, we also get an extra bonus of the continuation of Sander and Nastia's story. Nastia is a fiery female who will not submit to anyone. Until of course, she meets her match. Nastia and Sander are intense together and their witty banter made me smile the entire read!
“Let’s go, so you can get to fucking my brains out, nasty girl.”
The camaraderie between the Guardians is unique as they live together as a family. The emotional investment the reader makes in each character is rewarded in full as their stories continue throughout each book of the series. Imagine reading your favorite book over and over again but not getting bored because it just keeps getting better and better!
Searing Ecstasy is a phenomenal read with it's thorough character development, engaging plot, and "smoking hot" sex scenes! Having the word ecstasy in each title of each book could not be a more appropriate description of what you will experience while reading this series!
"It was a desperate mating of their mouths that he leaned into and managed to control without even using his hands. She was dizzy with it by the time she broke away to caress every inch of his throat and chest as she moved down, straddling one thick thigh, rotating her hips as she licked and sucked her way to her prize."
Told in multiple POV, I simply did not want this story to end. The action was well paced and the descriptive writing of Ms. Jay establishes the believability of this paranormal world with ease! The scope of emotions felt while reading Searing Ecstasy was vast as I felt pain, fear, sadness, passion, and utter joy right along with these characters.
Overall, Searing Ecstasy is a must read for Paranormal Romance Fans. This series just keeps getting better with each book. I simply cannot rave enough about The Guardians of the Realm. As for which Guardian is my favorite, I can only say I love them all. I simply cannot wait to see what happens next in this fantastical world. Bravo Ms. Jay! I will be anxiously awaiting the next Guardian's Story in this series!
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!~
"My affection for this man swelled to fill my every cell. He was perfect for me. In every single way."-Talia
Reap is the second book in Tillie Cole's Scarred Souls Series. Once again, Tillie Cole has brought me to my knees and I enjoyed every single second of it! I am in awe of Ms. Cole's ability to weave action, romance, steamy sex, and a touching story of perseverance in one read. She hits the magical blend every single time! Fans of Raze will be thrilled to be back in the dungeon with the Bratva men and their women.
Talia is a Russian Bratva Princess. She works hard to help support the family business. Although she seems to have it all together, it is simply a facade. She is playing the role she should play as the daughter of a powerful man. But, as her best friend Kisa has found love (with her brother Raze), the void in her life begins to consume her. Talia decides a much needed trip away is exactly what she needs to clear her head from the violent life of the Bratva.
"I needed this break. I'd earned this break. I wanted to be normal. I wanted to be plain old normal Talia from Brooklyn, if only for a little while."-Talia
Raze, Talia's brother (and the damaged hero from the first book in the series), is working hard to avenge the death of his friend. Additionally, he is trying to make peace with himself so that he can become the new Bratva Boss. Before he can move forward with his life, he must locate his friend's twin brother and rescue him from the clutches of an evil captor. However, as fate would have it, the man he is trying to save is a member of the Georgian Mafiya Family and therefore an enemy to the Bratva Family.
"I gutted. I culled. I fucking slaughtered them all."-221
Fighter 221 is being forced to battle to death in the cage, rape women, and face deplorable physical abuse from his master. He lives in the darkness and has no memories of his life before captivity. When Raze rescues 221, he is violent and dangerous as he begins to detox from the drugs that are in his system. Raze delivers Zaal (221) to the Bratva family home in the Hamptons in hopes that he can become human again. Talia is there on vacation and comes face to face to the enemy of her father. Yet, all she sees is a broken man that needs her help.
Despite her fears, Talia begins to heal Zaal. They form an instant bond. Although it begins physical, it rapidly transforms into a deep emotional connection. Zaal and Talia have many barriers to break through. Their story is painful and yet so very beautiful!
"Zaal roared into my mouth. He devoured me with his mouth. He dominated me with his strength."-Talia
"Zaal was in my whole heart."-Talia
Reap is a stunning read full of maximum steam, action, and just enough darkness to enhance the characters within the walls of the Bratva Mafiya world. I adore the dialogue in this series because the Russian language is so beautiful. The plot is well developed and the multiple POV gives us a panoramic view of the emotions felt by each character. The pacing is spot on with enough intensity to keep you on the edge of your seat but it is not in excess where you feel uncomfortable or "angsty" about the outcome.
"Zaal Kostava, you've stolen my forbidden heart."-Talia
Overall, Reap is a must read! It has something for everyone! Tillie Cole is an automatic buy for me and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! If you haven't met Raze or Zaal yet, get your kindle ready because this is a must read for 2015!
~ARC graciously provided via publisher via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~
"There's no turning back now."
Uncovered is the second book in the Colours of Love Series.Unbound, the first book in the series, had quite a cliffhanger at the end. I was anxious to find out what would happen next to the "sex god" Jonathan and the "young and vibrant" Grace.
At the conclusion of Unbound, it was unknown if Jonathan would be willing to walk away from the illustrious sex club he frequently visits in order to pursue a genuine relationship with Grace. Grace is only in London for the duration of her internship. When the internship comes to an end, will Grace stay in London with Jonathan or will she return home to the United States?
"There really is a connection between us, one that he won't be able to deny. That's why I'm still here, why he isn't able to drive me away with his domineering ways."
Grace and Jonathan have the makings of a beautiful relationship. However, Jonathan has demons from his past that have held him back from truly giving himself to someone. When Jonathan begins to draw closer to Grace, he is constantly at odds with himself. Grace begins to doubt if she will be enough for Jonathan. She is desperate to draw him in and yet keep her dignity intact!
The sexual chemistry is off the charts between these two. Although Grace may have started out relatively innocent, Jonathan hasn't wasted anytime catching her up on all things "wild and crazy" in the bedroom. It is the intimacy shared between the two that finally begins to breakdown the barriers. Jonathan begins to want more with Grace. As with most relationships, there are elements of tension rising all around them.
"I'm ablaze with desire and abandon myself completely to his rhythm."
Uncovered is a perfect read for people who enjoy the "sexy business man falls for his innocent intern" plot line. The writing is heavy on the narrative side and yet, I felt like it worked well in this installment. The characters were much more developed in this book and I was pleasantly surprised with how things progressed. In addition to liking the main characters, I really enjoyed getting to know the secondary characters as well. Of course, my favorite element of the read was the setting. Who doesn't love a good read set in England?
"I've decided not to give up, to fight for him..."
Overall, Uncovered was a winning read. I highly recommend it for my friends who like Bared to You or 50 Shades of Grey. This was definitely my favorite of the two books and I am sincerely looking forward to reading the third book Unleashed!
~BR with my girl SHARE!~
~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~
"Change is a choice. It's long and it's slow."
The Truth About Him is a stunning follow up to Everything I Left Unsaid. This read is raw and grips your heart in a vice as the truth is unveiled layer by layer. I was truly taken in by this fantastic read and I cannot wait to read more from this author!
At the conclusion of Everything I Left Unsaid, everything is left wide open. Annie and Dylan are in danger both physically and emotionally. As the physical danger subsides, the emotional trauma intensifies as both characters must find their way. The question remains: will they find their way together or apart? Annie is working hard to heal the brokenness she is harboring inside. Dylan wants to keep Annie beside him and yet, he feels like he will only bring her more pain and heartbreak.
"But Annie deserved someone good. And I used to think I could be the guy to give it to her. But it looked like that was only a dream."
The mystery surrounding the supporting characters begins to surface to the forefront of the story. The plot is riddled with conflicts and the transformation each character takes along the journey is pivotal to the story. Every moment holds meaning and is emotionally exposed so that the reader experiences every heartbeat right along with the characters.
"I thought. It was a leap of faith. Scary as shit."
The physical connection between Dylan and Annie is quite unique. Annie is growing sexually and wants to explore every inch of Dylan. Although he is hesitant, due to his own insecurities, he submits to her and the combination is sexy, raw, and smoking hot! I simply couldn't get enough of these two together!
"Baby, I'm going to want to have sex with you until the day I die."
"I'm not letting you go."
Told in dual POV, The Truth About Him has a unique plot line and real characters (with all of the beautiful flaws and imperfections) to explore. The action is set at a moderate pace and coupled with the "sexy steam factor", I simply didn't want this one to end!
"Because I am his. And only his."
Overall, The Truth About Him is a fantastic read. I thoroughly enjoyed Annie's transformation from Everything I Left Unsaid and was quite humbled by the love she found with Dylan. If you are a fan of flawed characters and second chance romance stories than this is the read for you. I only hope Ms. O'Keefe will continue this journey and expose more from the secondary characters. Because I, for one, simply cannot get enough!
~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~
~4 Mysterious Stars~
"It's dark. Warm. Sounds of pleasure, sounds of pain, echo around me and I close my eyes. The air in here is different from anywhere else. Here is where I come to forget. To let go. Here is where I come to be alive."
The Raven Room is a contemporary blend of mystery, romance, kink, and passion. The hero is quite damaged and seeks fulfillment in some very dark places!
Julian is a well educated child psychologist. He appears to have everything together. And yet, Julian has dark desires that he explores in The Raven Room a secret sex club nestled in the bustling city of Chicago. In addition to his frequent trips to the club, he has fallen into a comfortable sexual relationship with a young journalism major named Meredith.
"There were no demands or expectations. Their time together was fun, passionate, and carefree. Just what he needed. To Julian, that made her the perfect lover."
Meredith enjoys sex with Julian and yet, she has an even deeper desire to excel in her career. She hopes to use her relationship with Julian to investigate the secret sex club and write an expose' that will give her notoriety in the journalism world.
"The Raven Room draws the most powerful people in the city and I'm going to write a piece about it and one of its members."
The Raven Room's patrons are among Chicago's elite and they are able to "play" under the mask of anonymity. However when a dead body is discovered, questions are asked and the patrons of the Raven Room are all suspects! While Julian is thrust into the middle of the investigation he becomes enraptured by a young girl he met at the club named Alana.
"In that moment Julian knew he wanted her."
"You're a man easy to fall in love with but a hard one to love."
Told in multiple POV, The Raven Room is full of intrigue and mystery. With an undertone of "sexy kink" and a heavy dosage of emotional turmoil, the characters undergo extreme transformation. I found particularly drawn to Julian as he is such a emotionally driven individual. Additionally, I was quite intrigued with Meredith and her tenacity. Alana is still a bit of a mystery to me. As a reader, I wasn't able to identify a central couple in this book. In my opinion, this book is focused on Julian. Although Meredith and Alana play a critical role in the story, for me, it was unclear who Julian should ultimately end up with. I wouldn't identify this read as having a love triangle per say. However, the dynamics are unstable as the plot continues to develop. Ms. Medeiros has created a unique plot line with intriguing characters. What is most appealing to this read is the alluring setting of the Raven Room and the mysteries that are hidden behind those closed doors!
"The Raven Room gives everything. Takes everything. It will do the same to both of us."
Overall, The Raven Room was an enjoyable read. I felt like the central plot could have been a bit more streamlined however, I anticipate the questions that I have will be answered in the next installment of the series. I look forward to seeing how this story progresses. If you are a fan of murder/mystery books (and you don't mind a touch of the "dark and sexy genre") then this is the read for you! I can only hope for a HEA for Julian, Meredith, and Alana! Until then, my kindle will be waiting!
~BR with my girl SueBee! As always, such a pleasure!~
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!~
“Look, baby. Look at how you wreck me.”
Playing with Fire is a smoking hot feel good read! If you are looking for a "quick and delicious" delight than look no further! This was my first Kate Meader read and it certainly will not be my last!
Alexandra Dempsey is a hard working fire woman. As the only female firefighter at Engine Co. 6, she has always had to battle her way to the top. She works hard everyday to prove her worth and make it known that she is just as capable as her male counterpoints on the squad! However successful her career, Alex is in a bit of a dry spell when if comes to men. The combination of her work load and her overbearing brothers has left her single and free to date the countless "losers" that darken her doorstep.
“Knowing what she did to him made her feel powerful, just as knowing what he did to her made her feel weak.”
Eli Cooper is the Mayor of Chicago. He has always had his eyes on the fiery firefighter Ms. Dempsey and when there is a fire at a campaign event, Eli finds himself right in the arms of the woman of his dreams. Eli takes advantage of the situation and asks Alex to date him in order to boost his campaign ratings.
“Dammit, nipples, stand down. It's just publicity.”
While Alex and Eli grapple with the daily drama of the campaign, they both begin to recognize that true feelings are blossoming and the sexual tension is about to burst between the two!
This was a light and whimsical read perfect for anyone looking for a sexy contemporary romance! Told in dual POV, the dialogue flows effortless between the characters. The plot was well developed and both main characters were extremely endearing. Another winning element for me in this read was the natural build of the plot and the well developed end! I love it when an author leaves no question in my mind regarding the fate of the main characters! Although it is possible to read this book as a stand alone, I did feel a bit "out of the loop" throughout the read as there were multiple references to past story lines from the series. Still, it didn't detract my enjoyment from this book but instead makes me want to hurry up and go back and read the other books in this series!
"Whatever happens, Eli Cooper, you'll always be the tricky, complicated, sexy devious bastard I love."-Alex
Overall, Playing with Fire was a winning read. Anything that can make my heart swoon and leave a smile on my face the entire read is one read you don't want to miss!
~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~
~4.5 STUNNING STARS~
"Ice is beautiful and enticing; cold and hard and uncompromising."
Surviving Ice is my second K.A. Tucker read. Once again, I stand in awe at the rich and lyrical writing style of Ms. Tucker. She has the ability to draw her readers in and hold them captive by the endearing, and yet, complex characters she creates. I thoroughly enjoyed being back with her writing and I feel likeSurviving Ice was like a homecoming party. With it's edgy characters and action packed plot, this read is not to be missed!
Ivy is a bit of a drifter. As a tattoo artist and street graffiti artist, she lives a simple life working for her uncle in his tattoo shop in sunny California. When it comes to her family, her uncle has always been her only support. When Ivy witnesses his brutal murder, she is left grappling with emotions in which she has no idea how to cope with. Although she has the support of her friends, she only desires to run away.
"Ned who made San Francisco feel like home, because now he's gone, I just want to get the hell away."-Ivy
Sebastian is a former Navy Seal. After an "other than honorable" discharge from the military, he has found success working in private security for an old military friend and mentor. When he receives the call to return to his home state of California for a special mission, he returns home to work a job that will be the catalyst for changing his life forever.
"Ivy is fierce, and stunning, and captivating."-Sebastian
Sebastian doesn't know anything about the "reckless" woman that he has been charged to follow and "get to know". He only knows that she has answers and it his job to retrieve them. He never expected to fall in love with her. When it comes to Ivy and Sebastian, the saying "opposites attract" really does ring true. Ivy is edgy, artsy, and a true free spirit. He is a straight laced former military man who thrives under structure and living his life under the straight and narrow. As a fast friendship is formed between the two, which naturally progresses to much more, Sebastian begins to feel guilt for deceiving Ivy. When his boss begins to take alternative precautions for the job's sake, Ivy's life is put in danger. Can Sebastian save Ivy and find the answers he is searching for? Will Ivy ever forgive the man who has stolen her heart when she finds out the truth about him and "the mission"?
"I wanted to fill her with me. I wanted to mark her, in a way."-Sebastian
Surviving Ice is an addictive read full of action, mystery, and the steam factor is "off the charts" aka HOT! Told in dual POV, the characters are extremely likable and the plot is well developed throughout. The pacing of the story is steady and the dialogue is rich with sarcastic banter between Noah and Ivy. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this read. The setting of the story is well established as every detail is colored perfectly on the page. Additionally, the story arc is nicely crafted with a well developed beginning, middle, and end. These are just a few reasons why I enjoyed Surviving Ice.
"What are you doing?"-Ivy
Overall, I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a good action/mystery/romance! I have always been a fan of Ms. Tucker's writing and this read just reaffirms my desire to read more of her work! Ivy was such a unique creation and she and Sebastian will stay with me always! Bravo Ms. Tucker! Bravo!
~Read as part of the Shh...for the IndieSTAR chat with Probst, St. Germain, Tucker & Rose: Oct. 4-10!
~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~
~5 MIND BLOWN STARS~
Everything I Left Unsaid is like nothing I have EVER read. It has an impeccable blend of sexiness, mystery, action, intrigue, and romance all wrapped up into one power punch of a read! As I feel it is imperative for every reader to go into this one blind, I will avoid spoilers at all cost in this review.
"No one missed me. Or worried. Or wondered. I'd vanished and the world just kept spinning."
Annie is on the run and lands straight into a trailer park in the boonies of North Carolina. In order to escape her abusive husband, she has abandoned everything in order to survive. Moments after she has arrived in her new home (an RV trailer in the middle of a run down trailer park), she finds a phone. The phone rings and she meets Dylan.
"Daniels was the beast. He was the bad guy in the stories. Some other asshole could be the hero, save the day and get the girl."
Dylan is a recluse living in a mansion in the mountains. He has always had someone "watching" the old man living in the trailer park. When a new girl answers the phone, he realizes there is something different about her. Dylan has scars (both emotionally and physically) that have caused him to want to hide away from the world. Can Annie be the angel he needs to drag him out of his hell?
"The rules he was breaking were piling up around his feet like metal shavings, razor sharp and about to cut them both."
Honestly, this book was such a surprise. It was a bit of a slow starter for me because I was simply trying to gather my bearings. And yet, as the pieces began to fall into place, I could not put it down. With Dylan's guidance, Annie is discovering who she is. Dylan awakens Annie's sexual desires and once the temptation is awakened in her, she doesn't want to stop. The amount of passion and tension in this read is the driving force of the plot. It is silent but deadly throughout each beat of each moment. There are so many questions just desperately waiting to be answered. The secondary characters play a significant role in the story and thoroughly enhanced the plot. Of course, I was dying to know what happened to Dylan to make him 'the beast" that he has become? Who is the old man in the trailer park? Will Annie finally be free from the demons of her past? Is love really possible through so much pain? Told in dual POV, Ms. O'Keefe keeps the intrigue building and the tension doesn't stop. Not only is this a clever plot with well crafted execution but the sexy factor is off the charts. This book has something for everyone!
"Carefully, as if he were a live bomb, I wrapped my arms around his shoulders. I was struck with the very real fear that nothing was going to be enough with him. Not ever."
Overall, I cannot rave enough about this read. However, be forewarned, you will want to have the next book handy as this one ends in a huge cliffhanger! Thankfully, I was able to get the second book loaded on my kindle before I even finished this one. I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a sexy romance story with action, suspense, and a story full of heart! I am so glad that I read this book and I cannot wait to read more from this author!
~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~
"He was the one with the potential to break me into a million pieces."-Elizabeth
Dirty English is a FIGHTING ROMANCE lovers dream! With a tattooed fighting bad boy and a broken heroine, this is one read you won't want to miss!
Elizabeth Bennett is an intelligent hard working college student striving to overcome her upbringing. Straight out of the trailer park, she has managed to secure a scholarship at a prestigious university. Other than her two best friends, she avoids relationships like the plague. Facing the demons of her past, she has distracted herself with meaningless sex. Driven by order and meticulous planning, Elizabeth is just going through the motions of life. As she unpacks her life in her new apartment, she discovers that her new neighbor is tall, dark, and "super sexy"!
Declan Blay is a British transplant and works hard at the university and as a fighter in an underground fighting ring. His twin brother is his best friend and although they are opposite, their friendship is endearing and their support for one another is unwavering. Declan settles into his new apartment and notices his sexy and sweet neighbor Elizabeth.
"There was a connection between us, and I'm not stupid, I know it wasn't love at first sight-maybe lust-but he was definitely the hottest guy I'd been this close to in two years."-Elizabeth
When Elizabeth ventures out to a Fraternity party, she meets Declan. Although the attraction is immediate, Declan doesn't view Elizabeth as an "easy lay"! Elizabeth does everything in her power to get her "bad boy" neighbor between the sheets. Declan is weighed down by his ex girlfriend and fears that he will only hurt Elizabeth. Elizabeth is battling the connection she feels with Declan when her past slams into her like a tsunami. Can Declan and Elizabeth find a way to overcome their pasts and find a future together?
"I don't want to stay away from you. I want you to fuck me and stop making excuses for why you can't."-Declan
Dirty English is a pleasant blend of action, passion, romance, and just enough "college drama" to keep the read engaging the entire time! Told in dual POV, both Declan and Elizabeth were intriguing characters with a great deal of depth. The plot is very similar to other NA Fighter Reads and yet, if that is a combination that you enjoy than you will be pleased with this read! Beware, you may have to enlist a great deal of patience as these two waver between "to be together" or "not to be together". However in the end, it was well worth the wait!
Overall, I recommend Dirty English to anyone who enjoys a great NA Fighter Romance! I thoroughly enjoyed this read and will certainly be on the lookout from more from this author!
~ ARC graciously provided via publisher for BLOG TOUR!~
~5 RIDE THROUGH THE FIRE STARS~
In Walk through Fire, Kristen Ashley wows us once again with a passionate heroine and a bad ass alpha who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to shoot down the entire world to get it. It is a blissful "second chance delight" which will leave you wanting more.
Millie is a successful business owner who lives in a beautiful renovated house. She has no children, no boyfriend, and not even a cat to call her own. While out one night at the local Chipotle, she sees the love of her life. After a quick eavesdropping session, she realizes that he is getting divorced, has two children, and seems to be happy. Millie has spent the last twenty years in despair over the loss of his love in her life. In the haze of “coulda, shoulda, woulda”, Millie decides to approach her lost love and tell him why she left him all of those years ago.
"It was my job to make sure you had it all. It was my job to make sure you had everything. But you wouldn't let me go. You'd never let me go."
Logan is a rough riding biker making his way in the world as a CHAOS brother. He is tough, he is mean, and doesn’t put up with anyone trying to get in his way. When Millie breaks back into his life, he is furious. The audacity of her barreling back through his “easy ride” causes an avalanche of heartbreak and anger to burst forth.
Logan might be mad at Millie but the thought of how he can seek revenge overcomes him. After a few angry tumbles between the sheets, Logan recognizes that Millie is not the same Millie that she was when they were together. Logan and Millie have twenty years worth of heart break and miscommunication to work through.
Told in dual POV (with a shifting setting from past to present), KA offers another "second chance romance” served with a heavy dosage of steam and a side of light action. Both Millie and Logan were extremely likable characters and although the heart of their plight might be a bit "heavy handed", it is delivered in a manner in which I felt it to be sincere and completely realistic. There was no doubt in my mind that both characters were driven to the choices that they made and I enjoyed every moment of their reconciliation period.
"We stroked and we petted and licked, sucked, dragged, nipped until the urgency he built took over because Logan took over and all I could take in was his scent, all I could do was clutch him to me, my face in his neck, my his riding his fingers thrusting into me."
The passion between Logan and Millie is not only dynamic but also tender. The build up for the "big reveal” was well paced. Although I questioned her choices, I admired her ability to put Logan before her own selfish needs. I found Millie to be a delightful heroine who exemplifies a strong woman just putting "one foot in front of the other”.
An additional delight in this read is the continuity in Ms. Ashley's writing. She always offers glimpses of beloved CHAOS characters. Kristen Ashley knows how to weave and “reweave" the scenic locations and characters into a beautiful potluck shmorgishborg. I always feel like I am sitting right at the counter waiting for TEX to serve me a cappuccino or I am a voyeur in the bedroom with TACK and TYRA as they have yet another delicious duel of words (and tongues). As per KA standard, the written text is written in her own style and the characters' dialogue reflects the way they would sound when speaking.
"Walked into a party, fell in love with you. Walked through fire when I lost you. Got you back. Nothin', will make me lose you. Hear?"-Logan
Overall, Kristen Ashley fans will adore this read. Although she follows a similar formula in each of her books, my thought on that is, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it!” It always amazes me how I feel transported so easily in one of her reads. Every single KA release day feels like Christmas for me. I look forward to the next CHAOS installment as the action in the story is truly coming full circle! Bravo, Ms. Ashley for another amazing ride! My kindle and I will be ready and waiting for the next CHAOS BIKER and his CHICK!
~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~
~4.5 I NEED BOOK 2 NOW STARS~
"You poor things. You're going to have to struggle for a long time."
J.J. McAvoy has done it again! Childstar 1 is an addictive read that will leave you wanting more. It is a story of two children that were shaped into blockbuster actors. They fell in love and then fell apart. When the two are brought back together again, can their hearts survive another break?
Noah Sloan and Amelia London met as child actors on the set of a popular sitcom show. They transformed from friends to young lovers overnight. If only love was enough! Noah broke Amelia's heart when he cheated on her and left her alone with her overbearing "stage mom". Noah has become Hollywood's Bad Boy while Amelia has become the "washed up" America's Sweetheart! Now the opportunity of a lifetime is right in front of them. Both are cast in an upcoming erotic suspense blockbuster movie titled Sinners Like Us! Now, if only they can survive working together again.
"I was nothing. If I didn't act, I was nothing. It was just that simple."
"He was always Noah: the cocky, cold, and distant one."
Noah is falling apart. Drowning in alcohol and women, he is only trying to cover up the intense feelings he has for Amelia. Amelia never recovered from the heart shattering blow she was dealt when Noah walked away from her. When the two are brought together again, the emotions are raw. Both are sexually charged with penned up physical attraction and both have an overflowing abundance of feelings for one another. Can they find a way to film this movie with out killing each other or will they end up back in the arms of one another again?
"I don't like seeing you like this, so I'm going to hug you, and when you're back to yourself again, you can go back to hating me."
Childstar 1 packs a powerful punch to the system. It held me captive the entire read. I was drawn to the emotional growth in Amelia and the emotional breakdown of Noah. I enjoyed every second of this bad boy and beautiful girl coming apart while being pulled together. The sexual chemistry between the two was explosive and yet equally as remarkable was the tenderness between the two. Told in dual POV, J.J. gives us just enough of each character to feel the hurt, taste the disgust, and experience the anticipation of what could be! In true McAvoy style, as soon as you think you might have figured things out, revelations are made that will leave your jaw open and your heart rate on overdrive! I anticipate great things to come as the plot thickens with each installment!
"When it came to Noah, I was apparantly a masochist."
Overall, I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a sexually charged couple, damaged characters, and suspense. I was not expecting this ending AT ALL. So be prepared because you will be DYING to get your hands on Part 2! (I know I am!) Noah and Amelia's story just proves that LOVE might be enough after all!
~ARC kindly provided via author in exchange for an honest review!~
"All systems are primed and ready to go. I must seek and plunder."-Hayden
Screwed is a truly delightful read full of witty banter, clever dialogue, and likable characters. Like a package of pop rock candy it pops and gives you a shot of sugar to the system and leaves you floating on a sugar high!
Emery is a transplant to the big bad HOLLYWOOD! Upon moving into her new apartment complex, a neighbor warns her to stay away from the apartment complex "bad boy" Hayden. Not only is Hayden a well known "man-whore" but he also is her neighbor AND owns the apartment complex. Although Emery isn't looking for love, her attraction to the infamous bad boy is instant.
"Has my vagina now shame? There are probably cooties crawling up and down that overused flagpole."-Emery
Hayden recognizes the new tenant right away. Observing her being warned by a former flame, he immediately goes in for the kill. Despite the warning of his best friend and business partner, Hayden makes a "friend date" with Emory to show her around the town.
"Doesn't anyone think I can keep my dick in my pants? It only makes me want to prove them all wrong."-Hayden
Emery is all business. She is studying to pass her bar exam and wants nothing to do with Hayden. After some persistent behavior, Emery decides to take Hayden up on his offer. They begin to spend time together as friends. Before long the friendship blooms into more. Will Emery be able to tame this bad boy?
"Seriously, why would I take a chance on you and have my heart broken again?"-Emery
"Because I have a nine-inch cock and I know where the G-spot is."-Hayden
Screwed is simply hilarious! Although the neighbor "bad boy" falls in love with the good girl has been done before, I found this read to be unique because of the smooth tempo of the read and the well crafted text. I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters and the supporting characters really enhanced the story. Told in dual POV, we get a glimpse of the transformation taking place for both Emery and Hayden. Additionally, the steamy scenes were smokin' hot!!!! Although the build up was a bit long for my taste, when these two finally came together it was explosive. I thoroughly enjoyed the natural setting of the story and the way in which their relationship progressed. I only wish that there would have been more of them together at the end. Because together, it is just beautiful!
"And just like that, my heart soars. Her love feels so good. Like putting on your favorite T-shirt and lying in bed all day watching funny movies good."-Hayden
Overall, I recommend Screwed to anyone that is looking for a fun and sexy read. You will not be disappointed. Ms. Ryan brings a delectable blend of steam, likable characters, hilarious dialogue, and a great deal of heart in one beautiful package! This is one present I was happy to open up and enjoy!
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you Ms. Ryan for sharing your work with me!~
~4.5 Sinning Stars~
"That's the thing about love. It makes the impossible possible. And it won't be denied."
Sinner's Steel is the third book in the Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club. I have thoroughly enjoyed each installment in this series and Zane and Evie's story did not disappoint!
Zane aka "TRACKER" is a loyal member of the Sinner's MC! He is best friend's with the club president! The Sinner's have been at war with the JACKS MC for several years. While tracking a Sinner defector, they stumble upon a woman from Zane's past.
"Intimacy and connection only lead to pain. And she'd had enough pain to last a lifetime."-Evie
Evie is a single mom working hard to make ends meet. She has a precious little boy and has recently started dating a biker. Coincidentally, she is Zane's long lost love and the biker she is dating is none other than VIPER (the President of the JACKS MC)!!! Needless to say, this is a recipe for disaster! As Zane and Evie begin to reconnect, secrets are revealed. Lost love is rekindled and passion is reignited (like it had never died in the first place)!
"Never in his life had he felt such a complete and utter conviction that he was exactly where he was meant to be. Here. In Evie's arms."-Zane
Sinner's Steel offers a riveting concoction of action, bikes, deception, steamy sex, romance, and brotherhood "MC style"! The Sinner's MC is a perfect series for MC lovers that like to live "a little" on the dangerous side but not tread the dark waters of MC violence. In other words, it isn't unicorns and rainbows but instead more like "Sons of Anarchy Light"!
"Mine before. Mine now. Mine always."-Zane
The dialogue is witty, the character development is complex, and the story arc is well developed. Told in dual POV, Sinner's Steelis a beautiful story of redemption and second chances. I found both of the main characters to be extremely likable and well matched for one another. Additionally, Ms. Castille continues to develop the secondary characters (without hindering the plot line) in order to build anticipation for further reads in the series. Although certain elements of the plot were somewhat predictable, the manner in which the story unfolds was very entertaining! Not to mention the steam factor in this read is full speed ahead. Zane and Evie were simply HOT together!
"I don't want to hurt you."-Zane
"Only hurting that will happen is if you don't let me love you."-Evie
Overall, I highly recommend Sinner's Steel. Although it can be read as a stand alone, I recommend you read each book in the series (from the beginning) in order to truly understand the dynamics of the club as a whole. I will be watching for the release of book 4. I have no doubt this series will just continue to get better and better with each book!
~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~
~4.5 I NEED MORE NOW STARS~
Spiral of Need is another winner by Werewolf PRN Author Suzanne Wright! She has a formula for her alpha males and leading ladies that always draws me in and holds me captive until the last word is consumed!
As Spiral of Need begins, Ally "a seer" (a shifter wolf who has the ability to see the future) finds herself in a precarious predicament with her pack. She has been wrongly accused of injuring her BETA wolf. She is facing judgement and severe bullying by her pack mates. When Ally's childhood friend Cain hears about her troubles, he makes a call to an old friend.
Derren is the BETA wolf of the Mercury Pack. He receives word of Ally's plight. Although he is not a big fan of seers, Derren feels obligated to help her out. After he convinces his pack to take her in, he brings Ally home with him. He plans on watching over her until Cain is able to come and get her. Derren feels loyalty to his friend but is leery of Ally! To his surprise, she is equally as concerned with HIS presence.
"Remember: don't think about running. You wouldn't get far anyway. I have your scent."-Derren
"Let me assure you that if at any point I do decide to leave here, that's exactly what I'll do. But I won't run. I'll walk right on out of here while you watch."-Ally
Ally and Derren are an anomaly. Although Derren has a dislike for Ally's type, he is still drawn to her because she is a strong shifter wolf. Ally is a bit of a loner and yet, she finds herself enjoying Derren's company. The relationship builds at a decent tempo and the dialogue is full of witty banter between the two.
In true Suzanne Wright fashion, we have a heavy dosage of maximum steam. The sexual tension between Derren and Ally doesn't last too long. They quickly recognize that they are attracted to one another and additionally, they are very compatible.
"He kept her so flush against him, it was almost hard to breathe. His hands were firm, purposeful, and possessive as they roved and clutched her hard enough to bruise."
If you have read a Wright book before, you might be wondering if they Derren and Ally are "true mates". Part of the "extra" surprise with this read is the fun of trying to figure that out!
"Understand this, Ally. There is very little I consider an obstacle when I want something. And when I want something as badly as I want you, I won't let anything or anyone keep me from it."-Derren
Spiral of Need brings back some favorite characters from the Phoenix Pack as well as giving readers the opportunity to get to know the shifter wolves of the Mercury Pack! Ms. Wright offers a perfect blend of action, passion, and romance! PRN lovers beware~this series is bound to be just as addictive as the first! If you are a fan of "possessive alphas", Derren will give you everything you are looking for!
"He bit her. Just leaned down and sank his teeth into the crook of her neck, making Ally gasp in shock and pleasure. At the same time, his hand snaked under her T-shirt and closed around her breast; it was a hold so possessive, she reflexively growled in warning despite how good it felt. He released a growl of his own, rebelliously gripper her tighter."
Told in dual POV with narration, Spiral of Need can be read as a stand alone! The characters are complex and well developed. Any (and all) background knowledge was covered well so rest assured you will get the full experience when you pick up this book.
Overall, I highly recommend this read! I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Wright's writing style, strong alpha males, and their equally strong female counter parts. The action, romance, and steamy scenes will keep you engaged the entire read! Now, I just have to wait patiently for the next shifter story! Well done, Ms. Wright! Well done!
~ARC graciously provided via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review!~
"The Battle was about to begin...."
Unhidden is the first book in The Gatekeeper Series. This book sets the questions and answers of the who, what, when, where, and why of a supernatural place with many worlds. Dina Given paints a tapestry of many different creatures vying to take power and overcome their enemies!
Emma is a strong military operative. She has a few close friends that offer her love and support. She finds solace in many men and in her home in the BIG APPLE. When a mission goes terribly wrong, Emma is injured and her life is changed forever.
She meets a man that on one hand seems to be in love with her and yet, he is continuously trying to kill her. Emma spends the majority of this book trying to figure out who she really is. Who her friends are and overcoming the deadly creatures that want to overtake her.
"I don't think you would or could. After all, you still love me. Fortunately, I don't have such emotional weaknesses and plan to kill you without any remorse whatsoever."-Zane
Unhidden is told in multiple POV. The action is intense. The characters are complex and the physical descriptions of the places, sights, and sounds are described down to the detail. The only detraction for me in this read was the lack of physical connection between Emma and Zane. I understood the need to build the suspense in their relationship and yet, I am a romance lover at heart. I would have loved for the connection between the two to have been longer and a more prominent element of the read!
"I didn't know where that was; however, for some reason, I trusted him. I would figure the rest out later."-Emma
I highly recommend Unhidden to action/Sci-Fi/PRN fans! This book has vampires, demons, elves, evil spirits, dragons, and many more mythical creatures. The author does a fantastic job drawing you in as you take off on this magical read! Just be aware the love story is definitely a background element in this read. Still, I look forward to reading more of Emma's journey of discovery, her burning connection with Zane, and her quest to find peace. Emma is one amazing heroine!
~ BR with my girl LOYDA!!!~
~4.5 AVENGING STARS!!!!~
"I don't suppose the saying, 'Better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all' means anything to you?"
Soul Avenged is a delicious blend of paranormal creatures, passion, romance, action, beautiful heroes, and one bad ass heroine! It is an addicting read that once it was started, I could not put it down!
Ayden is a Slayer. She is a crafted warrior who has the ability to take down evil with one swipe of her blade. She hunts her enemies, the Lycans, with a vengeance. She has allied herself with a broody bunch of "alpha male demons" who will protect her with their lives! She is a defector of an underground army of soldiers, the Alexi, led by her arch nemesis Wade. While hunting one night, she comes across an injured man. He has been infected by a Lycan bite and will transform into a Lycan in seven days. There is something different about this "Lamb". When Ayden touches him, she feels a surge of memories. In order to cling to the memories he has evoked, she brings him home with her to uncover the truth to her past.
"Ties, costly to someone like her, were best unmade."-Ayden
Kane is a doctor who is caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. Attacked by Lycans, he is left injured and his life is forever changed. Ayden, his captor, is a force that he cannot overcome. However hard her exterior seems to be, Kane sees beneath the wall of steel and discovers a broken girl longing for love. Can these two find solace in the storm and make a way to be together? Will Ayden have to kill him?
"I'm broken. And neither you nor anyone else can ever fix me again."-Ayden
In addition to the blooming romance between Ayden and Kane, the secondary character development kept me intrigued the entire read. Instead of being a distraction, I wanted more from the brothers and to discover their plight as well! Gavin, the leader of the brothers, has a history with Ayden and wants nothing more than to mate her and make her his. No matter how tender (and sexy) Gavin is with Ayden, it is unmistakeable that the two were never meant to be more than just friends. Gavin is the ultimate "alpha male" and a small part of me hoped that Ayden would make away with him. And yet, when Ayden and Kane come together there was no question in my mind that they were a perfect match for one another.
"She belongs to me."-Kane
Logan is the brother who brings the most humor to the read. He is big, broody, and brutal! With the way this read ended, I cannot wait to see what is in store for him next. Calix is the boy scout of the group. Although he tries to stay out of trouble, he seems to attract it wherever he turns. Zeke is the playboy of the bunch. Finally, and perhaps the most appealing to my ovaries, Zayne is a perfect blend of jock and goth. Tatted and pierced, he has been in mourning for loosing his mate. (Be still my heart....if only I could heal his pain!) This delectable band of brothers holds the promise of many more amazing heart stopping moments to come. Can we say, one click the entire series now? Yes! Yes, we can!
Overall, I simply cannot rave enough about Soul Avenged! I have been a huge fan of Keri Lake ever since I discovered her work. She is a skillful writer who paints every single picture (page to page) for her reader. Each moment is sequenced beat by beat. Every character is complex and developed down to the most minute detail. Additionally, the passionate moments between the sheets left me aching for more!
"Gentle and slow, he brushed his opened mouth across hers. Her breaths, so warm, hit his face in a pant. He closed the small space and took her fully. So soft, her lips against his. His body stirred with the kiss, becoming restless, wanting more."
This is by far a perfect example of why I read PRN and LOVE IT! When an author can transport me to another world, offer a beautiful romance story, and insert heart pumping action throughout, I become one with my kindle and there is just nothing better in the whole wide world! My only complaint is that I can't jump directly into the next book right now! But have no fear, my kindle will be stocked full with Keri Lake! Don't miss out on this gem! If you like PRN, action, passion, and romance, this is the read for you!
~BR with my girl LOYDA!~
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you Keri for sharing your work with me!~
for an honest review."
"Hope could change the tides of war and save the souls of men."-Emma
Unraveled is the second book in The Gatekeeper Series. Dina Given offers up another supernatural mix of mysterious creatures, heart stopping action, and a constant undercurrent of romance to keep your blood pumping the entire read.
As Unraveled begins, Emma (Ashnan) is still recovering from the mighty battle that took place in the conclusion of Unhidden. She has the Sharur (the magical ax) and Eddie by her side. Alex is recovering from his injuries from the battle and Jason has gone into hiding with Lilly. Zane is still out there and still wants her but yet is driven to kill her by the evil magic seeping through his soul. Emma is experiencing self doubt over her past choices and she is striving to overcome her fears for the future.
No one can be trusted. The Sharur calls to Emma and longs to find that spiritual connection with her. She is resisting. Alone in New York and unsure of her allies, Emma longs for her love for Zane to heal him. She longs for her friendship with Alex to be healed, she wants protection for her friend Jason, and for the evil forces to be sent back to their world forever. Through it all, Emma maintains a witty spirit and a she carries a spark that leaves a smile on your face the entire read.
"I should have been dragging the woman out of the restaurant by that point. She screamed bloody murder at the scene. I couldn't blame her, but God help me, I wanted to slap her and tell her to shut the hell up. Some savior of the human race I was."-Emma
Told in multiple POV Unraveled offers up another fresh blend of "comic con" type creatures, fierce action, some sexy heroes, and one bad ass heroine! The characters are well developed and their connections are clearly established throughout the series. There are several secondary characters in this series. I feel that you must be 100 percent invested in order to follow all of the twists and turns in this plot. As the action in the story intensifies, the love story continues to deepen. Emma is obviously meant to be with her first love Zane and yet Alex is able to offer her the comfort and care in her darkest hours. (Not to mention the loyalty and deep friendship she feels for Jason.) My heart broke for these characters as they grappled with finding solace in their situation.
"The fruitless hope that we might be together again was the only thing keeping me connected to the last thread of humanity I had left. I clung to it like a drowning man thrown a life preserver."-Zane
Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this series to all Paranormal/Sci-Fi fans. This series has vampires, demons, dragons, spirits, elves, and much more. However sexy Emma and Zane are together (or could be together), the romance element is definitely secondary in this series. Although it enhanced the tension in the read, I was sadly disappointed that there wasn't more physical connection between Emma and Zane. I guess we will have to find out what happens in the next installment of the series! The tempo of the writing is steady as the sounds and sites of New York City come to life and battle the mystical creatures of other worlds. You are truly transported to the battle field and immersed into this fantastical mystical world. No doubt the ending left me on pins and needles. My kindle is ready and waiting for more!
~BR with my girl LOYDA!
"ARC kindly provided by Author via Blog Tour, in exchange for an honest review."
~4 FANTASTIC LOVIN' the FIGHTIN' IRISH STARS!~
"We are different together. I am yours. You are mine."-Rory
Breaking a Legend is the first of the Kavanagh Legends Series. The Kavanagh Clan is an Irish Family living in Woodlawn, New York where they own the Legends Training Gym. Each brother is uniquely passionate about their family and the women in their lives!
"We're a very accepting family. Unless you hurt one of us-then you should probably run and hide."
Rory Kavanagh is the oldest of the Irish clan. He is known for his success as a professional MMA Fighter. Rory was recently injured in a fight and has lost everything because of the injury to his leg. He is no longer able to do the only thing that he loves. Because of stress and depression, he has turned to drinking, women, and prescription drugs to fill the void that the loss of fighting has left.
Clare Ivers is new to the Woodlawn Community. She has made her way by tending bar at the local pub. When she meets the infamous Rory Kavanagh, there is an instant connection between the two. She is so taken with him, it takes a huge amount of willpower to remind herself to stay away. She did not move to New York for romance. However, when Clare decides to take a self defense class at the Legends Gym, she and Rory begin to see more of each other. It becomes evident that these two are meant to be.
"Clare, I'm swinging in the dark here. I've no clue what I'm doing. All I know is that this is different. I don't want to just have one night with you. I think I might want every night with you."-Rory
The relationship starts as friends. Rory walks Clare home from work every night and their friendship quickly develops into something more. However, the road to a happy ending isn't smooth for Clare and Rory. They both are harboring secrets that will ultimately hurt each other. Clare has been running from an abusive ex and Rory has been trying to overcome is dependency on alcohol and prescription drugs. Will Clare be able to escape her past? Can Rory find the inspiration in Clare to give up his dependency on the things wrecking his life?
"He wanted to change. He wanted to be the person Clare knew he could be. He wanted to be the legend his father was."-Rory
What is most refreshing about this read is the family dynamics. The characters are well developed and care deeply for each other. The writing style is natural and fluid. The love connection happens pretty quickly between Rory and Clare and yet the journey they take together is slow and steady. Although I feel this plot "idea" has been explored in other reads, this author offered a fresh perspective to the conflict. The story is told in dual POV. Additionally, I cannot fail to mention the explosive chemistry between Rory and Clare. The steam factor in this read is certainly off the charts! The fighting action was realistic and the tenderness between Rory and Claire had me swooning the entire read.
"I will never let anything happen to you. No one will ever touch you. As long as I'm breathing, you are safe. You're with me now."
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good Fighter Romance. This was my first Sarah Robinson book and I assure you it will not be my last. I can't wait to meet the next Kavanagh brother! Bravo Ms. Robinson!
~"ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review!"~
~4 Love Can Be Complicated Stars~
"When you're that young, you don't realize how short life truly is. You think you will have all the time in the world to be and do whatever your heart desires. It will eventually get there; it's bound to happen. One day."-Lucas
Complicate Me is exactly what the title says~complicated! It is a story documenting the life and times of a group of friends stumbling through the awkward "coming of age" stage of life. It is the story of two of those friends who fell in love and didn't know what to do about it. When the pressure of doing what you are told is right or making the choice to be with the one you love is asked, what would you do?
"Our relationship was filled with what ifs, and maybe some days...it was complicated. It was messy. It was us. I couldn't take her in small doses and I couldn't take her in large ones."-Lucas
Alex and Lucas grew up together in small town with a tight group of friends. Alex was the only girl in the group and "the baby" of the bunch. They spent summers swimming, surfing, riding bikes, playing tag, and just growing up. Not only is the crew close but their parents are close as well. As the group begins to age, Lucas realizes that he feels a little more than brotherly love for Alex. Although he is supposed to only love her as a sister, he realizes that in fact, he loves her for so much more. Alex and Lucas are so young. The boys in the group are older and as they begin to mature the pressures of growing up begins to weigh the group down. Although Lucas knows he has feelings for Alex, he recognizes that she is too young for him to act on it. Additionally, he feels pressure from his friends to love her like a sister and protect her. As all boys do (at that age), he meets other girls and experiences the triumphs and fails of all of the "firsts". He maintains his friendship with Alex but begins to explore. While everyone is growing up, Alex is left as a spectator on the sidelines.
"You're a good girl, Alexandra. That's what makes you my Half-Pint. You're the calm to my storm; it's always been that way. You're my refuge."-Lucas
Alex and Lucas maintain a close friendship. There is no doubt that they both have feelings for each other and yet the constant pressure from their friends (and parents) keep them from being together. The story really begins to take off when Alex grows up. All of a sudden Lucas feels a pressure in his heart that he hasn't felt before. Can he honestly sit by and watch "his brown eyed girl" be with someone else?
"She was mine. I didn't want to share her. Not with Cole. Not with anyone. How do you explain something you don't even understand?"-Lucas
Lucas and Alex experience heartbreak every step of the journey. The way that they feel for each other can't compete with the realities of life and in their life time is a bitch! Sometimes time is not on your side. Sometimes by doing what we think is right, we make mistakes and we loose the people that we love. When the damage is done, can we really go back and make everything ok?
"It overwhelmed me and consumed me. It hurt me and slayed me. Like a giant blade was driven directly in my heart."-Alex
What happens when too much time is passed and too many mistakes have been made? Could it be too late to be with the one we love?
"I loved you then, I love you now, I'll love you always."-Lucas
Overall, I truly enjoyed Complicate Me. Days later I am still pondering the journey these two characters experienced. Every time Lucas walked away to be with another girl, I cried with Alex. Every time I thought Lucas was going to declare his love for her but didn't, I wanted to throw my kindle against the wall. This writing is raw and offers an accurate depiction of life. Told in dual POV we experience "both sides of the story!" The friendships are thoroughly felt through the complex character development and intense situations. The sexual tension in this read is intense and the tender moments between Alex and Lucas left me breathless. I would definitely recommend this read to anyone that is drawn to emotional reads with a heavy dosage of angst. I am not going to lie...my stomach and heart hurt the entire time I was reading this book. Once I started it, I couldn't stop until I reached the end. The anxiety I felt for both characters was magnified with every new challenge they were forced to face. However difficult the journey, the final result was well worth it! My only complaint is that we didn't get more time with Alex and Lucas at the end. I can only hope this means we will see more of them in the rest of the series! This is my first M. Robinson read but it will not be my last. (Only now I know I need to get my tissues and favorite bottle of wine ready!) My kindle will be ready and waiting for more.
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!~
~5 Dirty Stars~
"Dedicated to the ones with the black hearts and dirty souls."-Halle
Dirty Promises is the third book in Karina Halle's Dirty Angels Series. This book has an intoxicating blend of action, passion, violence, romance, heartbreak, and brutality. It was ugly. It was raw. It was perfect! Readers should pay close attention to the NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR in the beginning of the book. Ms. Halle was not exaggerating!
"The two of us sat on our thrones, king and queen, with the kind of ease you’d find from an old married couple on a broken down porch, mosquitos buzzing hungrily at their ears. But the mosquitos drew more blood each time. One drop here, one suck there. Eventually you’d be hollowed out. It didn’t matter how content you were, how little they took. Bloodsuckers never rest until they’re full."-Javier
Luisa and Javier were last seen as the queen and king of the Mexican Cartel. They had been ruling in unity and were viewed by all as a mighty force of nature. Now everything has changed. The death of Javier's sister has left him spinning in a tailspin. Life isn't always fair in love and war.
"Rage. It fueled me. It whipped me. It begged me. I would not stop until everything was mine again. Until the heads rolled on the dusty floor."-Javier
As Luisa and Javier navigate the murky waters of deceit, their marriage is failing. No one can be trusted. Nothing is as it seems. Luisa and Javier become dirty from sins against each other and sins against themselves. Javier is clinging to his empire and will stop at nothing to maintain his reign as King. Can he survive and still have Luisa seated next to him?
"Family is everything. That is the creed in this country. But that creed gets others killed. And it slowly kills you. Your family is the first thing you’ll lose. Your soul will be the last."-Javier
Although I would love to explore the plot more with you in this review, the truth is I feel like you need to experience each moment for yourself. I will just share that I started the book in the afternoon and stayed up all night to finish it. So make sure you have some time to devote to all things Javier because he will dominate every minute he has with you!
"In Javier’s case, I likened his soul to a dirty window. The glow was muddled, and what did come through was in little cracks and smudges. But those little cracks held the brightest light, piercing through the darkness and shining a spotlight in some of the blackest places of the heart. Javier had those cracks, that sharp light, and it was blinding sometimes. I felt I was special just to witness it."-Luisa
Overall, I simply cannot rave enough about this read. Karina Halle has certainly raised the bar and busted through the roof with this masterpiece. She paints an authentic "vivid" picture of the brutality of living in the drug lord lifestyle. It is so vivid I could almost taste the blood in my mouth after it rained all over my face. The read is written in mostly dual POV (with a third POV from the villan's perspective). Each violent act is described with precision so there is no question as to the level of brutality these characters are experiencing.
"Our marriage had been obliterated, and this was all that was left. I was going to hold on to that until my fingers were raw."-Javier
The characterization of these characters is in a caliber of it's own. Meaning every aspect is explored thoroughly to include physically, emotionally, spiritually, and (my favorite) sexually. Because these characters have been growing and developing over the coarse of many years, we see every flaw and perfect imperfection. The tempo is fast paced and the dialogue is rich with texture. Personally, I have been a fan of Javier from the beginning of his creation in Sins and Needles Series (Don't worry Camden is still my number one man!). It takes a great amount of talent to take a villan and make him sexy and even tender. Additionally, Luisa is full of fire and a perfect match for Javier (well besides me of course). The emotions evoked in this read are intense. I certainly don't feel like this series is for everyone. However, if you enjoy a good action romance with steamy sex, intense characters, and a complex plot than this is the series for you. Karina Halle really exceeded expectations with this ending. I will never forget Luisa and Javier! I imagine they are still living on and ruling the world!
"It was only him and it was only me. King and Queen. That’s all that existed in this rusty, bloody space, between these two tortured, filthy souls."-Luisa
~BR with WAR and CC...thanks for allowing me to watch!~
"Real love stories never end."
Paper Hearts is the second book in Claire Contreras' Hearts Series. Although it can be read as a standalone, you should most definitely read the novella Torn Hearts in order to get the backstory of the main characters. I will also add that the first book in the series Kaleidoscope Hearts is a must read! All of the characters are inner connected and beautifully written.
"Ours was a story that would remain untold, because living it was painful enough."-Mia
Mia is a flourishing photographer. Although she has spent her entire life in sunny California, she has been given the opportunity of a lifetime in New York City. She has been hired to work for a magazine on a special piece on second chances. As Mia ventures off to the big city one question is weighing her down, will she run into the man who broke her heart?
"I let her go, not because I loved her too much to ask her to stay, but because I couldn't bear to hear her tell me she wouldn't. Still, every once in a while I wonder. And nothing is more haunting then regret."-Jensen
Jensen is a popular author and blogger. He loves life in the big city and writes about his adventures in dating "as a single dad in the big apple". Jensen has always regretted loosing his first love. When Mia and Jensen cross paths, all of the feelings come crashing in like a tsunami.
Mia and Jensen grew up together and travel in the same group of friends. Although Jensen and Mia have always had success with keeping their relationship civil, being face to face again on a daily basis shifts the balance between the two. Being together for the first time is like adding fuel to a slow burning fire.
"This was real, cut throat, I hate you and want to choke you, tension."-Mia
Jensen is desperate to prove to Mia that the love they had between them never died. Mia is determined to protect herself from the pain. If she can just manage to make it through this assignment, she can return to California and forget about seeing Jensen again.
"Because every time he looked at me that way, like I was special, like I was some sort of medal he wanted to win, I felt like melting."-Mia
Every time I felt sorry for Jensen, I remembered why they were torn apart in the first place. Although I still felt sympathy for them both, I felt a kinship to Mia and I felt like her actions were more than understandable. And yet, aren't we all guilty of making mistakes? Are we meant to pay for them for eternity?
At first glance, it might appear that Paper Hearts is just another second chance romance full of angst and "gooey feels". However, I found Paper Hearts to be a truly cathartic read about transformation, growth, and the sensibility of learning from your past experiences. Jensen and Mia's journey thoroughly explores every aspect of being broken down and the beauty of being put back together again.
"I think following your heart requires the right timing, and I haven't had great luck with timing thus far."-Jensen
The writing is told in dual POV. Mia's POV is first person and Jensen's POV is shared through the writing of his blog. Both characters are complex and well developed. The setting of the book comes to life making both NYC and Sunny CA additional characters in the book. The secondary characters were also unique to this read because their input and support became critical to the success of Mia and Jensen's reconciliation.
"Home is where I am."-Jensen
Overall, I cannot rave enough about the beauty in Paper Hearts. I could not stop highlighting the text because the writing is so well crafted. The emotions are explored so thoroughly that I felt the tension and release right along with the characters. The flow of the writing is intense and yet the witty banter between Mia and Jensen kept a smile on my face the entire read. Additionally, the passion between this book couple was on maximum steam. Imagine how you would feel being together again after spending years apart? It is simply raw and beautiful!
"I want to get inside you and f*ck you endlessly. I need to erase any memory this has that doesn't involve me."-Jensen
When it comes to second chance romances, I am a huge fan. However, for me, Jensen and Mia's story is more than just a "second chance romance". It is a story about forgiveness. It is a story about adapting to life even when things don't go the way we expected them to. We don't always get the chance at winning back "the one that got away." Paper Hearts is a beutiful reminder to live the life you have to it's fullest. Love as many people as you can. Be an inspiration to many. Most of all, have faith that love truly will prevail. Thank you Ms. Contreras for creating another masterpiece. I have enjoyed every piece of literature that you have created! Paper Hearts is a must read for contemporary romance fans and it definitely tops my favorite of 2015! Don't miss this amazing read! Claire Contreras is a one click buy for me and I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series!
~ARC graciously given by author in exchange for an honest review!~
~5 Torn Heart Stars~
Jensen and Mia are simply meant to be together. They are like two two music notes that when played together make perfect harmony. They are two halves of one whole. Suddenly, Jensen makes a mistake and Mia and Jensen are no more. The break is final. The act is one that cannot be undone.
"You deserve everything, Mia."-Jensen
"I only want you."-Mia
"You have me, baby. You'll always have me."-Jensen
Torn Hearts is a gripping novella that offers us a peek into the history of a beautiful couple that were ripped apart by life circumstances. It is told in both the present and the past. It is an introduction to the full novel Paper Hearts. If the purpose of Torn Hearts was to rip my heart open, it succeeded. Reading Torn Hearts left me raw, angry, turned on, broken, and these few chapters were like a down payment on the purchase of a beautiful story I will never forget.
"Do you love me, Jensen?"-Mia
"More than anything."-Jenson
Overall, I highly recommend anything written by Claire Contreras. Her writing style is fluid, full of emotions, and her characters are well developed. Although this was a quick read, it packed quite a punch! Additionally, I can now say with certainty that Jensen and Mia are my favorite of all of her characters to date. Don't waste another minute. Check out this novella now and prepare yourself for the beautiful broken tale of Jensen and Mia. Surely everyone deserves a second chance.
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest review!~
~4.5 City Boy and Country Girl Stars~
"I'm so glad that Hollywood and dirt roads met in the uniqueness of Quincy."
Do you remember the popular gum from the 80's called Freshen Up? Imagine the sweet hard gum as it makes contact with your teeth and the first taste of sugar invades your system followed by the bite down on the gum which leads to a delicious burst of syrup to sweeten your body all the way from your mouth down to your toes! And that my friends is how I feel about Hollywood Dirt. It is a sweet read with witty text, complex characters, down home country and city scenes, sprinkled with some steam, and it all equals up to one power packed burst of sweetness that I will never forget!
"Smile. Treat your neighbor as yourself. Be gracious. Keep your secrets close and your enemies closer."
Summer is a small town country girl living in Quincy, Georgia. She has enjoyed her simple life. She has overcome adversity and has dreams of leaving Georgia for a better life. A life where she can start fresh. She only needs to find the means to do it. When a hot shot movie star decides to make a movie in her small town, Summer realizes she may have just discovered her way out of Quincy. But, can she manage to accomplish her goal with her heart still intact?
"Quite possibly the most beautiful man to grace Hollywood in the last decade."
Cole Masten is a "sexy movie" god! After reading the 72 page book The Fortune Bottle, Cole made up his mind that he wanted to produce and act in a movie version of the book. The movie would portray the story of the small town of Quincy's multi-million dollar rise to fame through the creation of Coca-Cola.
"Coke. Say the word Pepsi in this town, you best watch your back on the way out."
Sounds like a simple business venture for this Hollywood Socialite. However, with his marriage going down in flames, an ugly public divorce, and a possible undeniable attraction to Summer (his link between making the movie and the small town of Quincy) things are bound to be trouble for poor Cole.
"When Cole Masten loves, it is scary."
Things do not start off smoothly between Summer and Cole. There is an obvious physical attraction between the two, and yet, it is like mixing oil and water. When Cole decides that Summer should be his co-star in the movie, it is questionable on if they will kill each other before the movie wraps. The relationship between Summer and Cole is a slow burn. They build a friendship of sorts first before they come to the realization that a future together might just be the answer to all of their needs. But are they strong enough overcome the obstacles of Hollywood, the movie, exes, and small town trash talk?
"Before Cole, I had never been half of a whole, a pair of two joined so closely that it was hard to see where one personality ended and the other began."
Hollywood Dirt offers a perfect blend of sweet and spicy. The characters are well developed and the constant advance/retreat between Summer and Cole left the sexual tension building the entire read. The secondary characters enhanced the plot with their presence by offering more sweetness and witty banter throughout. The descriptive writing of Ms. Torre painted a vivid picture of each location. Each moment was well scripted and felt thoroughly. As each of the five senses come to life, I actually felt hot and sticky as I was reading about the stifling heat in Georgia. There were several instances where I would put my kindle down to grab a glass of tea to cool off!
Overall, I cannot rave enough about Hollywood Dirt! It is truly a feel good read! If you are looking for a light romantic read with complex characters, then look no further. What is most refreshing about this read is that the author has once again blown me away with her mad writing skills. It appears that if you are in the mood for something dark and sexy, Alessandra Torre is the author to check out. If you are looking for something erotic and passion driven, Alessandra Torre is the author to follow. And now, she has mastered a completely different type of read with ease and to the sheer delight of her fans! I will certainly continue to follow this author because honestly whatever she writes, I want to read it! My kindle and I will be waiting for more!
~Read as part of an Epic WORLDWIDE BR with my girls at Shh...! As always, it has been a pleasure!https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...!~
~ARC graciously provided via author in exchange for an honest reivew! Thank you Alessandra Torre for sharing your brilliance with me!~
~4.5 GOOEY STARS~
"We lay together, connected, a girl who never allowed herself to dream, lying on top of a dream come true."-Cher
Hold On is the sixth and final installment in Kristen Ashley's popular The Burg Series. Set in a small town in Indiana, The Burg explores the lives of small group of friends. There is always some sort of trouble brewing in the Burg and while love is always on the horizon, inevitably there is heartbreak to overcome first.
Cher is a single mom who is revered in the Burg for her down home personality and her take no prisoners spunk. She has secretly carried a flame for her friend and Burg police detective Garrett "Merry" Merrick. Alas, as a former stripper and a woman with a sordid past she has never been able to catch his eye past friendship. Lieutenant Merrick has finally made his divorce final from his small town wife and finds himself seeking comfort from Cher one night at the bar. One thing leads to another and before you know it, everything has changed!
"It would be okay."
"Okay, right. Not really. That thorn had driven itself deeper, knowing how he kissed-the range of intensity, the level of expertise-not to mention knowing a whole lot more about what Garrett Merrick could do."-Cher
Cher decides to try and move past it and maintain their friendship. However, fate has other plans in store for them. When a piece of Cher's past surfaces and creates trouble, Merry is there and decides that he wants to give Cher his protection and experience a little more of that spark that they shared.
"So now that she had the possibility of trouble, he was going to take hers. If she wanted him or not to."-Merry
Cher is hesitant to accept that things can really be good in her life. Although she has boundless amounts of love for her son Ethan and her mom, she has never really had a chance with love from a man that will cherish her.
"I forgot. I wasn't the kind of girl who got what she wanted. Not once. Not in my whole life."-Cher
Merry is constantly warring with himself over his inability to move past the demons lurking from his past. And yet despite the drama swirling around them, Cher and Merry build something beautiful.
"It was memorizing. Basking. Worshiping. I was into him, it was unreal. Listening. Watching. What a touch would do. It might have been fifteen minutes; it might have been three hours. All I knew was by the time he was finally ready to give me what I needed, I was more ready to get it than I'd ever been in my life."-Cher
Hold On is a beautiful read full of everything KA fans adore. It has maximum steam in the bedroom, a dirty talking alpha male, a strong heroine, a plot with action, and a strong theme of friendship and family. If you are a Kristen Ashley fan, then this is a must read! I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute. Ms. Ashley, as always, is descriptive in her writing and seamlessly creates complex characters that feel like your best friend and neighbor. Although The Burg isn't my favorite KA Series, I found Merry and Cher's story to be a beautiful ending to a journey that I have been on for the past couple of years. It is always bitter sweet to say goodbye to characters that we have grown to love and yet, with an epilogue like the one featured at the end of this read there was only room for joy!
Overall, Hold On kept me engaged the entire read. There were moments where I would have liked for the action to have been a little more intense and yet, when the physical action was slowing down the physical action "between the sheets" was burning hot! Kristen Ashley is a one click buy for me. For me, she brings it every time. The Burg fans will surely enjoy this final installment. I have decided not to mourn to much that it is over because the next CHAOS novel will be out October 27th, 2015. Until then, I have a kindle full of KA to tide me over. Thank you Ms. Ashley for giving so much love to these characters and sharing them with all of us. They will be missed!
~This was a BR with my girls at Turning Pages at Midnight! Thanks ladies for another amazing BR!~
"Whatever horror my mind would fabricate in dreams couldn't be any worse than the reality that now surrounds me. A reality in which the man I love desperately is suspected of murder."-Sylvia
Under My Skin is the long awaited conclusion of the Stark International Trilogy. We have seen Jackson and Sylvia face obstacle after obstacle and yet, through each trial they have been able to overcome! If you haven't read the first two books in this series, then I recommend waiting to read this review.
"Jackson is not a man to let circumstances get the better of him,and he is not a man who will let an injury go unavenged."-Sylvia
At the conclusion of the second book On My Knees, Jackson is facing jail time for possible murder, Sylvia has just discovered that he has a daughter, the business project they have together is in danger and the two are left in a state of limbo. Sylvia cannot help but fret over the future of their relationship. How can it be possible for them to continue living in the present when their future is so unknown?
"He is a man who protects what he loves, and I know with unwavering certainty that the two things he loves most in this world are his daughter and me."-Sylvia
Under My Skin doesn't waste anytime jumping back into the action. Although Sylvia and Jackson have always found a way to healing through sex, I am happy to report that these two finally found away to talk to one another. They formalize a plan to battle the paparazzi, law, and looming murder investigation. However, don't fret because the sexy time between these two is always smokin' hot!
"Decide how you want to play the game, sweetheart. But know that I'm only willing to play by my rules."-Jackson
As the plot develops, we witness Jackson growing closer to his brother and Sylvia coming to terms with possibly becoming a mother to Jackson's little girl. The internal struggles they both face are extreme. Jackson questions his ability to hang on to Sylvia because he doesn't know what the future holds. As Sylvia's secrets are revealed to the world, she battles with her desire to isolate herself and run from her problems.
"You're my miracle"
Overall, I would have to say the tempo in this book was slightly slower than its predecessors. The plot was well developed and yet, I was waiting for more to be revealed. It is the love that I have for these characters that kept me pushing forward! In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey that Sylvia and Jackson took together. The dual POV assisted greatly in this read as I wanted to thoroughly understand each character. Additionally, as I stated earlier, Jackson is one dominant lover and each moment spent with him is a moment well spent! I feel like the series as a whole has a complete story arc and I was very pleased with it's conclusion. The epilogue alone made this book worth the read. Who doesn't love a story of second chances? I am quite a fan of this authors work and I will certainly check out more from her in the future!
~BR with my girl Casey! I cannot wait for our next read together! Thanks for taking this journey with me!~
~ARC graciously received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!~
~5 LOVING Flame and Maddie STARS~
"For fractured souls are like magnets. Drawn to collide into an impossible bliss."
Souls Unfractured is the long awaited third book in the Hades Hangmen. The entire series is centered around three sisters and their escape from a cult. They have found a safe haven in the Hades Hangmen MC! In the previous books, we witnessed Mae and Lilah find happiness with their motorcycle men and now it is time for the youngest sister Maddie to find her piece of happiness.
"The flames never calmed. They forever f*cking burned. But with her...I wanted to grip her tighter. I wanted to hold her closer."-Flame
From the moment that Maddie was rescued from the horrific world of the cult she had her heart and soul bound to one man. FLAME! Flame is a mystery. He keeps to himself and is different from the other men in the club. Flame has demons that cause him great pain. He finds relief for his pain by cutting himself. He is afraid to touch anyone because he believes he is toxic. And yet, somehow Maddie has captured his heart. Even if he doesn't quite now how to express himself, there is one thing he knows, Maddie is his!
"Because she was mine."-Flame
Flame has found solace just being near Maddie. He won't touch her but he can't stay away. Maddie is equally damaged by the atrocities she has faced from her life in the cult. However, being near Flame has given her hope for a better life. Could there ever be a future between the two?
"He was still the man who protected me. He was still the silent shadow that kept me safe."-Maddie
As Flame and Maddie find away to be together their past demons surface. Individually they are both sick and broken souls and yet, together they seem to find a way. It is a painful journey stifled by dirty memories that will cause your heart to ache and your stomach to churn. And yet, the tender moments where peace is discovered will fill your heart to the brim with love. Additionally, for me, the sexy scenes were even more sexy because truthfully the anticipation of these two coming together was so worth the wait! There is a a great deal of love blooming between the two as the plot develops. And when they finally come together, it is explosive and so beautiful. The dual POV really offers the full spectrum of the story and the tempo was consistently steady with dueling moments of intensity and sweet moments of relief.
Overall, I can honestly say everything about this read was captivating! The characters are complex and thoroughly developed by the author. Each individual story line continues to flourish as the books progress. I have been anticipating Flame and Maddie's story from the moment I finished the first book and thankfully Ms. Cole certainly did not disappoint. As par for the course, for me, she delivers every time! I think it's critical to prepare my tenderhearted GR friends. Flame and Maddie's story isn't an easy one to get through. If you like gritty romance stories, then this is the read for you. In order to experience the full arc of the story, you should start by reading the first book! I promise, you will be so glad that you invested in these characters. Thank you Ms. Cole for giving us such a magnificent love story between two broken people. It serves as a reminder that it is never too late to find love.
We are never so broken that we cannot find a way to heal. It is never wrong to be the person you were created to be. We are all worthy of more than we ever wished or hoped for! This is one story I will never forget!
~ 5 FANTASTIC HEART RACING STARS~
"Never be scared. I never want you to be scared, ever again."-Marc
Lights, camera, action! Every time I sit down to read a STYLO book I experience the same anticipation I feel before watching a well staged play or a blockbuster movie! The anticipation is always great because I know I am in store for one fantastic ride. Best Laid Plans far exceeded my expectations by the colorful characters, detailed plot, off the charts passion, and intense action. The only question on my mind at this point is, how am I going to wait patiently like a good girl for the next book to be released?
Lily and Marc are both living "undercover" in Liberia. They both are leading different lives and they both work for bad men. Marc is a freelance contractor. He is called in to get a job done quickly and then get out. Simple! However, when he meets Lily, a transporter, at the safe house he is living in nothing is so simple anymore. Lily and Marc share a night of passion before fate deals a "doozy" of a hand to them both!
Lily has been living this life in order to seek revenge. She is insistent on following through with her plans. When she and Marc get tangled up in a wild web of lies, it is unknown if they will end up killing each other or be lost forever in the rapture of passion.
Marc has just completed a major heist when he becomes a pawn in the mafia's plans. He suspects Lily of being involved with his demise. When Marc realizes how deeply entrenched Lily is, he immediately comes at her "guns a blazing"! The only problem is, Lily is no one to be messed with.
"Men were the worst. Men could do whatever they wanted. Men were not to be trusted."-Lily
She is full of fire and she certainly isn't afraid of some mercenary (even if he is one hot lover beneath the sheets). To put it plainly, Lily is quite the bad ass! Marc recognizes right away that he has his hands full with this girl.
"What had turned strawberry shortcake into a fighting machine that did dirty work for a Russian Bratva?"-Marc
As the plot thickens, the action intensifies and neither Marc nor Lily know who they can trust.
"Why are you being so nice to me?"-Lily
"Because I don't want to drag a dead body in this heat.
They only known factors are they have feelings for one another and an undeniable attraction to get to know each other as intimately as possible. And yet, surely it is a bad idea to explore that avenue together.
"No sex. Not between us. Not ever again."-Lily
Will Lily be able to get her revenge? Will Marc be able to clear his name? Or will they kill each other before they make it to their destination? And most importantly, can they keep their vow to stay away from each other?
"His voice was soft and simple, and it wasn't exactly poetry, but it caused a pain in her chest. Like he wasn't used to seeing beautiful things. Like she was a gift."
"Only you. Only your eyes."-Marc
Overall, Best Laid Plans is a perfect blend of action, romance, mystery, and suspense. I thoroughly enjoy a read that keeps me engaged and invested the entire time. This action romance kept me on the edge of my seat through each gun fight, car chase, car jacking, and, as I have already mentioned, the steamy sex! Not only is the plot well written (and developed), the characters are complex, gritty, likable and yet (just like I like them) full of flaws. This naturalistic approach to writing makes Ms. Fantome a must read in my book. The text flows between the pages at a fast pace and yet, the tender moments were like a suspended melody constantly battling the upbeat tempo of the action. This magical mixture will keep you engaged the entire read. I simply cannot rave enough about this book. What is most outstanding about this author is her versatility. She is consistently willing to step "out of the box" and commit fully to whatever she writes. I simply cannot wait for more Lily and Marc! To Ms. Fantome, I say "BRING IT!".
~This was another heart stopping BR with my girls from Shh...! Thanks ladies!~
~ARC generously given by author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you Stylo Fantome for sharing your work with me!~
~4.5 BEAUTIFUL SUGAR BABY STARS!!!!~
"When I'm with her, I'm the happiest I can be."-Theo
Sugar Baby Beautiful is exactly what the title says...it's sweet and it's beautiful. This is my second J.J. McAvoy book and after reading this amazing book I am smacking myself for not finishing the Ruthless People Series before now. Why do I feel so strongly about this book? I am so glad you asked. The writing is fresh, raw, and easy to connect with.
Sugar Baby Beautiful was simply perfection at it's best. It's the type of read you want to curl up with your favorite blanket and read in one sitting. The best part is I HAD NO IDEA it was going to be such a fantastic read! I have faith in Ms. McAvoy to deliver a great story but I didn't realize it would be the type of book that I am reading at stoplights and reading in line at the grocery store because I couldn't put it down (Yes, I think my excitement over this book warranted that run on sentence.)! Looking for a book to make you smile, swoon, and get your libido pumping all in one breath? Look no further! One click this book now!
Felicity is a workaholic. She is a waitress, school janitor, and a phone credit card collector. She stays busy in order to feed the loneliness that she feels. After the probing and prodding of her two best friends, she decides to attend a Sugar Baby Party! Although, she is clearly not the typical "sugar baby material", she is simply a free spirit longing for a connection. At the party, a connection is exactly what she gets!
Theo is disgruntled by his brother's inept ability to always cause chaos and mayhem wherever he goes. He wasn't at all happy with the big "party" that was being held at his house. As soon as he meets Felicity, everything changes for him. He decides he is very interested in the party. Or more specifically, one girl at the party.
Theo and Felicity meet and an instant chemistry blooms between the two. The two explore their sexual desires with each other (insert extreme heat) and begin to form a tender relationship (insert warm and fuzzy feelings here). Eventually the relationship develops into so much more.
"This morning and last night was...wow. There was no other way to describe it. I felt like his private porn star. Dirty. Sexy. Sinful."-Felicity
"This was exactly how to handle her. This morning I'd been sweet, this evening rough. The lover and the alpha. I was going to show her she could have both."-Theo
Both Felicity and Theo have difficult pasts to work through. Now before you disregard this read as another "millionaire romance", let me assure you it is not at all what it seems. The twists and turns in this read were completely brilliant. At no point in time did I ever expect for the plot to veer in the direction it went. Theo and Felicity are both unforgettable characters. I absolutely adored the easiness they shared with each other. The free spirited Felicity has a "sassy glow" about her that makes this such an addicting read. I love a good hero but when the heroine is someone I would love to spend a "girls night out" with, I know I have hit the jackpot! Most importantly, I found the genuine sincerity in the relationship between Theo and Felicity is what kept me 100% engaged the entire read! There was no needless drama between the two (thank you!)!
"Happy, sad, I don't care. I just gotta be next to you because I love you, and that's what love is. So get in the car."-Theo
"Sugar Baby Beautiful. I'd like to think it means the kind of beauty even the richest people can't buy."-Felicity
Overall, I cannot rave enough about this book. Fantastic writing, characters, plot development, romance, passion, and true matters of the heart are what's on the menu when it comes to Sugar Baby Beautiful. I only hope that J.J. writes more on these fantastic characters. I, for one, will be first in line! You simply must invest your time in this book. You will be sorry if you don't! It's just that good!
~ARC graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you J.J.!~
~4.5 Take My Breath Away STARS~
"Are we ever able to truly understand the 'why' or do we simply yearn for labels and boxes to organize the chaos we can't control."
The Paper Swan is my first Leylah Attar read and what a debut it was! I entered this read having no idea what to expect! Imagine my sheer delight when I was swept away into a story with depth, heart, passion, and truly endearing characters. This story is told in dual POV and the time shifts seamlessly between the present and the past.
Skye is a wealthy young woman living the high life. Although materialist things keep her occupied, she only has her father in her life and a few precious memories form her childhood. When she was young, she had a very special nanny named MaMaLu and a best friend named Esteban (MaMaLu's Son). As our story begins, Skye finds herself in a truly terrifying situation and she is desperate to find her way out.
"My life was set to be a series of standing ovations: graduation, wedding, a house worthy of being showcased in a slick magazine, two perfect kids. Yet here I was, on my knees, a sack over my head, the cold barrel of a gun against the base of my skull."-Skye
Damian is a man on a mission. His mission is vengeance, pain, and death. He has been robbed of all happiness and left emotionally bankrupt. Skye is exactly what he needs to make everything wrong in his life right again. He will not stop until he collects on the debt.
"Friends aren't forever. Everything will break. People say goodbye. Get too close and you get hurt."
Skye and Damian have a very volatile relationship at first. They are caught in an emotional battle for control over one another. They must navigate through the murky waters of pain and dissapointment. Damian wants revenge and Skye wants him to find redemption. Will they be able to find a way? Eventually the walls are torn down and what is left is what I like to call a beautiful disaster!
"Damian had thieving, stealing contraband eyes, and when they fell on my mouth, they robbed me of all breath and thought."-Skye
Honestly, I simply cannot tell you any more about this book. You just have to go in with an open mind and an open heart. The writing is flawless and beautiful. I felt like the rich character development really enhanced this read because I had a clear picture of each character. I could envision what they looked like and I could certainly feel the emotions they were experiencing. Without a doubt, I felt connected to the story and invested in the future of Skye and Damian. The shifting POV really helped understand the history behind the actions of Damian. When everything is revealed, the plot still continues to twist and turn. I felt like the action was intense but not overtly violent. The passion between Damian and Skye is truly a heart stopper. Additionally, there are many life lessons to be discovered in this read. I love the feeling when I walk away from a book and take pieces away with me!
"We are a question that hasn't been answered yet, a hiding place that hasn't been found yet, a battle that hasn't been fought yet."
Overall, I highly recommend this read to friends who enjoy a bit of a mystery with their read. The Paper Swan is a passionate love story that will leave you wanting more! I know that my description has been vague and yet, I simply cannot say it enough...you don't want to ruin the reveal of this story. Just trust me when I say, you will not want to put this down. I am so excited to have discovered another writer to follow. Well done Ms. Attar! I will certainly be investing in more of your books!
"In the grand scheme of things, we do the best we can, all of us, and we make up our stories as we go along; we write them and direct them and project them into the world. And sometimes we get other people's stories and sometimes we don't; but always there is a story behind a story behind a story, linked in a chain that we can only see a small part of, because it' there when we're born and it continues, after we're gone."
~This was a special BR with my girls at Shh... ! Thanks for another amazing BR ladies!~
~ARC graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.~
*4 Fighter loves a good girl stars*
"Something about this felt different-not quite as dreamlike but still surreal."-Liam
Shay Savage is by far one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy her unique writing style because she really knows how to write a man's POV! Caged: Takedown Teague was quite different from her other work and yet i thoroughly enjoyed meeting Liam and Tria and reading their story!
"There was no referee. There were no rounds. There was only one rule-whoever taps out or goes unconscious loses."-Liam
Liam is a fighter. He works in a seedy underground fighting circuit in order to pay the bills. We discover rather quickly that he is a man that comes from money and yet, he is living far from the lap of luxury. One night, after a fight, he sees a beautiful young woman walking home alone. Of course, she is thrown into a scary situation and although he is hesitant, he is happy to intervene and offer her help. After saving the day, Liam walks Tria home and they discover that they are neighbors.
Tria is a mystery. She exudes independence and seems to have it all together and yet, she lacks the understanding of day to day living in the slums. Liam is happy to help her.There was a definite attraction between the two, but Liam makes it a point to focus on his friendship with Tria. As time passes, Tria and Liam become inseparable.
"I was lost. Completely and totally lost within her. I was f*cked. I wrapped my arms around her waist, holding her to me."-Liam
Although the attraction is evident between the two, nothing blossoms past friendship. When Tria's past plows it's way into her present, Liam is forced to intervene. The two finally recognize that they have feelings for one another and should definitely give their relationship a chance.
Don't expect "the standard" Shay Savage steamy love scenes in this read. This first book is all about the friendship between Liam and Tria. They both have such painful pasts that they must overcome before they can even consider a future together. What works well in this read is the character development that takes place within Liam. We get such a clear picture of the man he was, the man he is, and who he wants to be. Tria is still quite a mystery for me. I will also say that the big plot twist at the end really threw me! I would have never guessed the book would have gone in that direction. It left me at the edge of my seat and wanting more. Ms. Savage does a fantastic job of building tension and anticipation between the two main characters. There was a definite element of NA angst as we wait and wonder, will these two just get together?
Overall, I recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a good NA Fighter Romance Story. There were moments that I felt like the tempo of the story was a bit slow and yet, the twist at the end just made everything explode all at one time. Will Tria and Liam find a future together? Can they possibly overcome the demons of their past? I, for one, cannot wait to find out!!!
~4.5 I love you better STARS!~
Laid Out is a fantastic fusion of second chances, loving yourself, finding forgiveness, and giving yourself the permission to be who you are meant to be. This is my first Sidney Halston read but it certainly will not be my last.
Violet is a military brat. Cain and Jeremy are her two best friends and all three do everything together. In true military fashion, Violet's father is a bit domineering. Because Violet is a little plus size, her dad is always giving her grief about loosing weight. Violet struggles with bullying from her peers. She has always found peace with Jeremy and Cain and it is Cain who gives her her first kiss (right before he and Jeremy deploy to Iraq). Although Violet has feelings for Cain, it is Jeremy who makes the move on Violet. Violet and Jeremy get engaged. Cain is left as a bystander and now "the third wheel". Then tragedy strikes and everything is turned upside down.
Fast forward to the future....
Violet is working as a nurse and is in a bit of a dating slump. Although she has amazing friends and a stunning personality she has a gaping vacancy in the love department. I love Violet's glowing personality. She isn't someone who wallows in her grief. Instead, she knows what she wants and she isn't afraid to go after it.
"I don't want a man to fix me, I want a man that loves me just as I am. I don't need to be fixed. I'm not broken."-Violet
Cain has been in and out of Violet's life. They share a volatile relationship because of the tragedy they have both lived through. Violet and Cain are friends and yet they both have unresolved feelings for each other. I truly adored the way that Cain was so protective of her. Deep down in his soul he knows that Violet is his.
"Excuse us. She's mine."-Cain
Even though his feelings for Violet are undeniable, he just doesn't think he is good enough. Cain decides that if he helps Violet meet someone else he will be able to move forward and forget her. Cain is able to talk Violet into spending a week with him exploring everything regarding matters of sex and the heart. She agrees. Once the deal is set, things between Cain and Violet get very interesting.
Overall, Laid Out was a read that I could not put down. I had to know what was going to happen with these amazing characters. The writing is in-depth and the characters are well developed. The pacing was a bit slow at the beginning of the read but as the plot unfolds the action increases the tempo tremendously. At first, I struggled with the back and forth between Violet and Cain. However, I began to understand the depth of each character's personality and it helped me understand the gravity of tension they both are feeling.
The first half of the book is stock full of tension as these two try to establish a common ground. In addition to the endearing friendship between the two, the sexual chemistry between Cain and Violet is off the charts! The journey that Cain and Violet make both individually and as a couple is a journey that I will not forgot. I highly recommend this read to anyone who loves a friends to lovers story. I simply cannot say enough about my love for this book! I applaud this author for tackling so many serious issues (such as body image, PTSD, and a love triangle (of sorts)) all in one beautiful package. Additionally, I cannot fail to mention the boxing element that kept my heart racing! Bravo Ms. Halston! I will end my review with a quote from Violet. After reading this book:
"Wow, my cup runneth over."
RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 16TH, 2015
PRE-ORDER LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Laid-Worth-Figh...
~ARC graciously given by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!~
~5 Mind Blown Stars~
"I’d lost my body and soul, but I’d secured my sister’s future."
Insidious is the first book in Aleatha Romig's Tales from the Dark Side. After reading her Consequences Series, I became an instant fan of her work. Although I had heard Insidious was dark and mysterious, I assure you nothing could have prepared me for this unforgettable story. Days after reading/listening to this book, I am still in a state of shock and (a bit) in a state of melancholy. I highly recommend entering this read blind. Therefore, I will do my best to analyze the characters, the mood, and writing style of the book without giving anything away. So take my advice and grab a friend and dive into the dark side!
"The memories of him at the end won’t tarnish the other years.” Quite the opposite."
Victoria is a strong woman who is married to a wealthy business man named Stewart. As this tale begins, we learn that Stewart's health is failing. Because Victoria and Stewart signed a contract when they wed, Victoria is insistent on finding a way to ensure her best interests are secured "if or when" Stewart passes. The only problem is she doesn't know who she can trust. Victoria's life is not at all what it seems.
Brody is the handsome young attorney that works in the firm that represents Victoria's ailing husband. Brody is comforting and passionate about his feelings for Victoria. He recognizes that things aren't quite what they seem in Victoria's life. Can he be the one to protect her and keep her safe?
Travis is Stewart's confidant and right hand man. He and Victoria have always shared a disdain for one another. What will happen to Travis if or when Steward passes? Why is Stewart insistent on keeping Travis grounded in Victoria's life?
"I wanted a life: a normal life. A wishful smile came to my face. Could I ever have a normal life?"
Insidious has a complex plot full of twists and turns. It is a yin yang of intense highs and shattering lows. Facts are dispersed faster than can be processed and your mind is scrambling to catch up while your heart is being ripped into shreds. Who can you trust? What is good might not always be what is right. The tempo is fast paced and the sexual elements are (at points) intoxicating and (on other occasions) revolting. The story is told predominantly in the present however, Ms. Romig shifts seamlessly into Victoria's past. These moments are critical to the understanding of the story. Throughout the read one solitary question remains, who can you trust?
"I want to taste that freedom, to drink it."
Overall, I highly recommend Insidious to any reader who relishes a psychological challenge. If you don't mind your boundaries being pressed to the point of breaking, then this is a read for you. Ms. Romig had me on the edge of my seat the entire read. Had it not been for a good friend (that had already read the book) encouraging me throughout the read, I don't know for sure if I would have been able to complete it. Now that it is over, I am so glad that I did. The voice actors featured in the audio read were dramatic and had clear articulation throughout the read. My only warning to a person listening to the audio version of this read is to be cognizant of the facts. There is a lot going on and you won't want to forget anything. This is a unique book where everyone walks away with something different. Whatever differences of opinions this book might transpire, one thing remains~ anyone who reads this book will be changed. When it comes to an insidious tale from the dark side, Ms. Romig is the QUEEN!~
~Special thanks to my good friend CC for being my lifeline while reading this book. Before you dive into this read, make sure you have a trusty friend by your side!~
~Audible ARC graciously provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.~
~5 LOVING KING STARS~
"She owned me. Heart and black f**king soul." -King
Tyrant is the long awaited follow up to T.M. Frazier's KING which was released earlier this summer. King is a read that brought me straight to my knees. It's no secret that after King was released (and consumed), kindles were crashing, hearts were breaking, tears were falling, and alcohol consumption was at a high. How could it end with such a heartbreaking cliffhanger? I can personally attest to the torment my heart was feeling upon finishing KING. Whatever disease ate away at my heart, Tyrant was and is the cure! TYRANT was able to relieve any and all fears, heal all hurts, answer every question, and allow my heart to succumb to more tenderness than I ever thought possible from the infamous "bad boy" King!
King is in the clutches of a lawman and is being taken away. Doe is with her father "the senator" and, unbeknownst to her, she is a mother. Both main characters are thrust into the unknown. Both are experiencing the pain of being torn apart. Can they ever find their way back together after so much destruction?
"I kept telling myself I didn't have anything to offer her, but that wasn't true. I had love."-King
It takes King about one hot second to realize that he is in a bad situation. He grapples to find a way out. As he breaks away from the strongholds, he recognizes that he should have never made a deal with the devil.
"He took my girl. He wanted to take my life. His payment would be in blood."-King
Doe is in a state of confusion. When we first met her, she had no memory of who she was. Then she was consumed with KING and found peace in his arms. Now she is thrust back into the murky waters of the unknown. She fears the memories of her past. She questions her future. She doesn't know who she can trust. Doe now has her family and friends to help her find her way. Instead of finding answers, more questions weigh her down and she begins to feel like she is drowning. The lingering memory of King haunts her like a spirit that won't fly away.
"There was only one person whose very presence could quiet my overwhelmingly loud fear of the dark. King"-Doe
As the plot thickens, tension is high. King and Bear must battle the devils of their past and Doe must face the devils of her present. All while grieving the loss of their friend and feeling the pain of not being together. Can King and Doe find peace in each other's arms again? How did Doe loose her memory in the first place? Can we truly find peace after such a torrential storm?
"You can be pissed off and still love someone at the same time."-Doe
Tyrant is one action packed read full of passion, lust, desire, love, and tenderness. The characters are complex and thoroughly developed throughout. Each moment is set with precision and carried out with detail rich in colors. The ownership that King and Doe share for each other is unsurpassable by all of their enemies. I was clearly taken by the book from the first page but as the journey begins to really take off, I was unable to put the book down. Each twist and turn held me captive. The desperation I felt for both King and Doe was intense and felt deeply! With every question that was answered, a new question was asked. The story arc was well crafted with a complete beginning, middle, and end. It is unknown how T.M Frazier is able to break me and put me back together again and again. I only know that I look forward to every time she does it.
"This. You. This is everything."-King
Overall, I highly recommend both King and Tyrant to anyone who enjoys a dirty and dark romance full of passion and tenderness. I was moved by both the individual and collective stories of King and Doe. Additionally, the ever present supporting characters continue to bring humor and joy throughout. The sexual chemistry between King and Doe is erotic and the love they share for each other is truly the heartbeat of their story. I was beyond pleased to see some of my favorite T.M. characters resurface in Tyrant. It was a beautiful reminder that they are still living and breathing and happy. I simply cannot rave enough about the action, suspense, and mystery in this read. Simply put, Tyrant does not disappoint. As for Ms. Frazier, I am in awe of her mad writing skills and my kindle and I are anxiously awaiting for more. Bring it!
"I will always find my way back to you , baby. Always."-King
~ARC graciously provided by TRSOR Promotions in exchange for an honest review publisher in exchange for an honest review!~
~4 Give ME AN ENCORE STARS~
"She's everything I've ever wanted."-Rhys
Curtains is the fourth and final novella in the Sexual Awakenings Series. Each book has been engaging and the main characters have transformed significantly from the first book. We have seen Violet overcome her failed marriage and become a sexually charged creature that is not afraid to live life to the fullest. We have been with Rhys as he came to the realization that he is a Dom but he is also worthy of love.
After the Last Dance, the central conflict in the series has now reared it's ugly head. The characters are reeling and the future is suddenly unknown. Violet runs away in order to lick her wounds and try to give herself space from Rhys. The problem is Rhys has already consumed every piece of her heart and she really can't run away from him. Can Rhys and Vi finally find a way to make their dance work?
RHYS: Talk to me, Violet.
VIOLET: And exactly whom would I be talking to today?
RHYS: You don’t want me to give up any more than I’m willing to.
VIOLET: Maybe you should ignore that fact. I can’t trust you, Rhys.
RHYS: Maybe you could if you would stop f**king running away from me.
VIOLET: Maybe I would if you would stop f**king lying to me.
"And still I loved him. It was way too late to save myself from it."-Violet
The Sexual Awakenings Series is simply fantastic! It is erotica writing at it's best. What I find to be most appealing about this series is the manner in which Ms. Chase adds depth to her characters while keeping the sexy scenes "very sexy". In other words, this series is more than just the sex! There is complex character development, intense conflict, and "true to life moments" that will break you and heal you at the same time. The text is fluid and the tempo of the books are steady throughout. I have always been intrigued by BDSM Dom/Sub relationships and this series is BDSM writing at it's best. I never once felt uncomfortable or nervous for Violet. I only felt passion and love for both of the main characters. The dual POV seamlessly switches back and forth allowing the reader the freedom to experience the depth of feelings each character lives through. I should mention there was a little bit of "extra drama" in this installment. However, it was a reasonable timeline for Violet to realize what the rest of us have known from the beginning! Rhys and Violet are practically perfect for each other!
Overall, I cannot rave enough about this series. If you enjoy a well written contemporary erotica romance, then Sexual Awakenings is the series for you. If you love a strong male character and a female lead working towards a transformation, then this series is for you. This was my first Angelica Chase series and I assure you it will not be my last. Although the dance may be over, this reader is already hoping for an encore! Bravo Ms. Chase! Bravo!
"My love and devotion now came with a price: honesty, loyalty and everything in between. I would get as good as I gave and I would never settle for less, ever again."-Violet
~Special thanks to my sista' CC for this fantastic series recommendation!~
~4 Don't Stop Dancing Stars~
"I never meant to hurt you."-Rhys
At the conclusion of The Tango, Rhys and Vi were once again put to the endurance test. Individually they are both strong and yet, their weaknesses continue to hold them back from finding peace in one another. In order to come to terms with the twists and turns transpiring, Vi takes a trip away to gather her thoughts and feelings.
VIOLET: Hi RHYS: I can’t stop thinking about you.
VIOLET: I was sure you would have your number changed.
RHYS: Don’t regret telling me how you feel.
VIOLET: Right now I don’t trust how I feel.
RHYS: I’m calling you.
While Violet is away, she and Rhys have the chance to talk and actually start to get to know each other. Imagine the idea of being with someone sexually but not actually knowing their favorite color! These two lovers may have had success in the bedroom but during these moments apart it is almost as if they are meeting for the first time.
"Just come back to me!"-Rhys
After much trepidation, Vi decides to return home to Rhys. She knows that he has her heart. Despite all of the turmoil they have been through, she knows he is her home.
"I looked up at him with everything in me and said the words that had been on the tip of my tongue that I could no longer keep inside. “I love you.”-Violet
"I had something to walk toward. And for the first time in my life, I hoped I’d be enough for a woman."-Rhys
Although the lovers dance seems to be coming to a dramatic "HEA finish", trouble slams into them again! With each installment Ms. Chase builds the conflict and reminds us that a lovers dance never ends. The twists, turns, and dips continue to shake things up!
Overall, The Last Dance was a gripping addition to the series because the driving conflict crescendos to deafening levels for our sweet lovers. Rhys and Violet are trying to find their way together while Violet's ex husband and lover enter the scene to shake their resolve. Everything is chaotic and yet, Rhys and Vi seem to have found peace in the storm. Or have they? Now on to the conclusion. I hear the curtains are beginning to close!
~Special thanks to my sista' CC for this fantastic series recommendation!~
~4 Give Me More Stars~
"Normal was an illusion, and every single person on earth had flaws and idiosyncrasies, no matter how well they were hidden."-Violet
The Tango is the second installment in a four part novella series Sexual Awakenings. In the Waltz, we met Violet and Rhys. Violet is desperate to get out of her broken marriage and explore her sexual desires and Rhys is a Dom who happens to have fallen directly into Vi's path. The two shared a dangerous dance of seduction as feelings began to seep into their sexually charged relationship. When secrets were revealed at the conclusion of The Waltz, the dance stopped. Now Rhys is back and the rhythm of the dance will change drastically!
"I’d been too slow in leaving my worthless husband, who was now completely out of my life, divorce pending."-Vi
Vi has been a bad girl! Rhys caught her in a big lie and the deception has torn them apart. Rhys is completely barren when it comes to his emotional feelings for Vi. However, he is sexually charged and has decided to take Vi up on her original offer to be educated in all things sexual and free! When Vi shows up for her punishment, the pain and pleasure is almost more than she can take!
"God, that whole experience was incredible. And if loving it made me a freak, so be it; I had walked into the land of misfits and fit right in. I loved the power that man exuded. His influence over me, with only a gesture or one word command, was mind blowing. Without hesitation, I would do anything he asked. I trusted him, even though I had never seen him so angry."-Violet
"I either had to accept my fate as his new RED playmate, or move on. This was a dangerous game. My heart was involved."-Vi
The sexual chemistry between the two continues to build as both Vi and Rhys battle their urge to cling to emotions. But when something significant happens to Vi, all bets are off. Rhys breaks down and the tenderness he feels for her begins to spill over.
Just when you think these two have their dance cards straight another secret cuts in and the dance stops once again.
“I’m just the crazy lady on the porch with her heart in her hand looking completely idiotic with a plant… again,”-Vi
Overall, I found The Tango to be even more sexually charged than The Waltz. Rhys' passion for making Vi pay turns into a desire deep in his soul to keep her for something more. Violet is discovering so much more about who she is and who she wants to be. The plot development is intricate, the characters are complex, and the sex scenes are off the chain! Another great installment by the fabulous Ms. Chase! Now on to the next!
~Special thanks to my sista' CC for this fantastic series recommendation!~
~4 Sultry Stars~
"Come on Violet, divorce is not death and you’ve got a lot of living to do."
The Waltz is the first in a four part novella series by the outrageously talented Angelica Chase. Not only is this series sexy but the writing is well executed through the detailed plot, well developed characters, and the steady pacing set throughout the series.
"A year straight of eating alone will do that to a woman. I opted for another night of wine and my vibrator."-Violet
Violet is in a failing marriage. Devoid of both physical and emotional connection with her husband, she is headed straight towards the land of divorce. Her husband has been cheating on her and her life seems desolate. Violet decides to take control and explore the possibilities. She finds herself on a restricted website and she makes a connection with a Dom named Rhys.
"I had waited long enough. My body was starving for touch, my lips bankrupt from a lack of kisses. While a relationship didn’t appeal to me, at least not immediately, the thought of a good hard f**k made me insane with want. Not that I’d ever been satisfied sexually."-Violet
When Rhys and Violet meet she is intrigued, inspired, and literally brought back to life. The sexual connection between the two is off the charts. Because Violet is experiencing everything for the first time, as a reader, we experience the "magic of the first time" right along with her!
"I was sure it was showing in my face. It had been so long since I felt this type of affection, since I was this full, this appreciated, this … happy. I wanted it to last."-Violet
Rhys and Violet together is like magic! The two have instant chemistry and they both quickly realize there might just be more developing between the two than sex!
However, as you can guess, the water isn't smooth sailing between Rhys and Violet. They both have secrets that are bound to tear them apart. This book ends in a cliffy- so have the second book loaded and ready to go.
"RHYS: The Barracks. One hour. RED."
Overall, I found this book to be an enticing introduction to this deliciously erotic series. Ms. Chase has the technical writing skills of a goddess! She meticulously weaves a story full of steamy sex with a complex plot. Rhys and Violet are both likable, witty, and passionate characters that I cannot help to want more of! On to the next one!
~5 LOVIN' JAMESON and TATE STARS~
“Jameson,” she breathed, laying down on his chest. “Even when you piss me off, I am still happier with you than I have ever been in my whole life.”-Tate
Completion is the final installment of the Kane Trilogies. It is a very unique novella as it gives us a sneak peek into Jameson and Tate's world after Reparation.
Only two years have passed since Jameson and Tate have finally come together and yet, their relationship has transformed into a beautiful intricate dance. Tate has found a career to keep her busy. Jameson has continued to find success in his career. Sanders has found happiness living independently from Jameson and Tate. You might be wondering, why the need for more Jameson and Tate? The answer of to that is in the title of this novella. Completion!
"Then he stayed in her room, the entire time she'd been in the hospital. Didn't take one phone call, didn't see one client. Slept on chairs till she got her cast, then slept in the bed with her. Completely wrapped around her, like he was afraid to let her go."
I found this extra special slice of heaven to provide so much depth in the love between Jameson and Tate. (I mean the end of Reparation was fantastic!) Jameson takes Tate on a surprise trip to Hong Kong. She finds closure with her parents and a rebirth takes place. Hearing the tenderness in Jameson (which is such a contrast to his cranky/sexy persona) was such a delight!
There was more Ang and Sanders and even a little Nick to sweeten the read. The sex between Jameson and Tate is still smoking hot! Additionally, the heavy handed banter between the two main characters is once again unmatched by any other couple I have ever read!
“God, you're such a dick.”
“Good thing you love dick.”
“That's not even funny.”
“Yes it is.”
Jameson and Tate are perfect for one another!
"I wanted to save her. Took me all these years to figure it out, but even back then, I wanted to be her prince on a white horse."-Jameson
I would love to say more about the content of this final installment but the truth is I wouldn't want to spoil a thing. I am at peace with how things ended between Jameson and Tate and I will be forever grateful to Ms. Fantome for creating such amazing characters. Her writing style is fluid and her characters are flawed to perfection. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my summer reading! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a dark romance. P.S. The extra unedited scenes that Ms. Fantome shared with us made my smile even brighter! BRAVO! I am officially a "forever fan" and will read anything and everything that you write!
~This book was read in conduction with the INDIE STAR CHAT on SHH!
*This book was highly recommended by my SHH SISTA' CC!!! Thank you for always finding the hottest men and then sharing them with me!!!
4.5 Action Packed STEAMY READ!!!!
"I'm going to carry you, Psihi Mou. I love having you in my arms too much not to."-Bastian
Binding Ecstasy is another home run for the PRN Romance Genre! I started this series about a week ago and I just can't seem to get enough! This read had double the action, double the matings, and double the fun!
The hunt for Apollo is on and Bastian is in the heat of the search. Drake (their leader) is working at half capacity as he is grieving over his sick mate. As Bastian is on patrol, he visits a popular sex club and the scent hits him hard. Although it takes him a while to identify his mate, when he sees her he immediately stakes his claim.
"Can you take the animal in me, or do you want the gentle lover this first time, Psihi Mou?"-Bastian
Natasha and her sister own the club and are also frantically searching for Apollo. They want to kill him for all of the pain that he had brought upon them when they were young. Just as they are working to make their escape and pursue the god, Bastian enters the club and claims every inch of Natasha.
"You're my other half, Psihi Mou."-Bastian
The other Guardians are unsure of Natasha and her twin sister because of their strong powers. They have been living their lives in hiding and trying to shield the fact that they too are Immortals. Bastian makes it his mission to ease Natasha's worries and bring her safely into the Immortal Guardian fold.
Compared to the previous books, I found that there is more action in this book. The tension in the series has been building up to this point. I am thoroughly invested in each of the Guardians and their mates and this book seemed to bring everything to an explosive level! Bastian is definitely the most "dominant" of the Guardians and the extra sliver of BDSM LIGHT really added to the passion between Natasha and Bastian.
"She felt more a part of something than she ever had."-Natasha
Overall, Binding Ecstasy has left me on the edge of my seat. Now I will be
stalking following Setta Jay's page as I anxiously await the release of the next book in the series. I have to know...will Drake and Delia find a way to be together? Will Alyssa be ok? What will happen with Apollo? This series is so addictive. I cannot wait for more! Bravo Ms. Jay! Bravo!
~ARC graciously provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!!!~
4.5 I LOVE IT STARS!
"She felt so much love she couldn't move, could barely breathe."-Ileana
Piercing Ecstasy is the 5th book in the Immortal Guardian Series. In this book we finally get to know "the broody bad boy guardian" JAX! A rogue god is on the loose and the Guardians are on the hunt to chase him down and keep peace in the realms.
Jax has the reputation for being the "man whore in the bunch". (Keep in mind they are all highly charged sexual beings so that is saying a lot!) He has never had a problem keeping a harem of women at his beckon call. But when Dacia's sister fell hard for him he knew that although she wasn't his, his mate was out there somewhere. He decides to try and change his ways. When he is called out on protection duty, suddenly he scents his mate. The attraction is immediate and he cannot control himself.
Ileana has always taken care of herself and lived a solitary life as a ghost. She is a warrior. After loosing her parents at young age, she has had to be strong. Although the attraction to her mate is explosive, she isn't willing to give up her mission to avenge her parents. She doesn't mind having a little fun but giving herself completely to another person terrifies her.
"You. Are. Mine. This is for f*cking eternity, and I take this sh*t seriously."- Jax
Because of the great transformation of both of the main characters, I found I enjoyed this read even more than the others in the series. I really loved both Ileana and Jax equally. They were both unique and strong as individuals and together they were a mighty force. I love the transformation that each character takes. Jax must learn to cope with having a strong mate at his side and Ileana has to learn to depend on someone else (other than just herself).
"Love seemed a week description of what they had, so the words didn't matter to him."
In true Setta Jay fashion, the passion between these two is off the charts. I especially appreciated the way that their mating ceremony took place. It was different from the others in the series and I found it to be beautifully intimate. We continue to explore the lives of the other Guardians and evil is always right around the corner. The search for Apollo brings extra intensity and adventure to the read. Once again, I found myself immersed in a different world.
Overall, Piercing Ecstasy is one fantastic read! I simply cannot say it enough...read this series NOW! Each book offers a beautiful story full of exotic locations, strong alpha males and their adventurous mates! You will be so glad that you did. Now, on to the next book! I have to know what will happen next!
~ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!~
4.5 LOVE to be TEMPTED STARS
"She'd never considered being possessed by a male, but that was what it felt like, being owned, but having just as much ownership over him. The big powerful male was hers."-Dacia
Tempting Ecstasy is the fourth book in The Immortal Guardians Series. With each book in the series, the plot continues to develop and the intensity of the bonds continue to build. What I have found to be most appealing in this series is the camaraderie between the guardians and the strength of their mated counterparts.
Dacia is a Lykos (immortal half wolf with the power of telekinesis). She is a loner but is passionately loyal to her family. Just as she is setting up a life for herself deep in the safety of the forest, Conn (a Guardian) scents her and recognizes her as HIS! Because she has spent her life on earth, when Conn enters the scene her entire world is turned upside down.
Conn, also a Lykos, recognizes instantly that Dacia is not quite ready to immerse herself into the Guardian Life. Conn makes the decision to wait for her to be ready to accept him. I thoroughly enjoyed the "advance/retreat" between these two. Conn and Dacia took time to build their friendship before they took their relationship to the next level.
"I've made my choice. He's who I want."-Dacia
When they do come together, it was full steam ahead. Ms. Jay certainly knows how to right a smokin' hot scene! In the meantime, the realms are under attack. Dacia's family is moved in with the Guardians and things are turned upside down as the tension builds. This read is action packed, full of tenderness, and suspense!
"He valued her. He saw her as a worthy partner."-Conn
If you have been following my reviews of this series, you know that the main theme of each book is based on a guardian and how he finds and claims his mate. I astonished at how Ms. Jay makes each book unique. Each guardian has different gifts and temperaments as do their mates. I have thoroughly enjoyed each book individually but also how it aligns with the series as a whole! Sometimes when you are reading a series you quickly forget about the characters that were featured in the previous books. I have found that in this series I only grow more attached to each of them and I love to see them developing and growing as the series develops. I have become a die hard Setta Jay fan and I already have the next book loaded on my kindle and ready to go! PRN Romance Fans you must check this series out!
~ARC generously provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!~
4.5 Mate me NOW Stars!
Denying Ecstasy is the third installment in The Guardians of the Realms Series by the gifted Setta Jay. Although each book is centered on the mating of the two main characters, each individual book offers it's own unique idiosyncrasies. Rain and Dorian's story is one of redemption, passion, and love.
Rain is a strong willed Mageia (which is an evolved human that is compatible to be an Immortal's mate) and she is best friends with Alyssa. In the previous read (Ecstasy Claimed), Alyssa and Rain were relocated to the Immortal Guardians Manor in order to be protected from the "evil forces" who only want to cause them harm. While in the safety of the Guardians protection, Rain catches the eye of one of the guardians. She is confused by his interest because he seems to have such disdain for her. While she is reeling trying to figure out what is going on, Dorian is brooding. Why you ask? When Dorian touched Rain, he realized that she was his mate!
"If he hated the idea of mating her, then why chance touching her and pushing them into this situation? The ugly sting to her ego wasn't making the reality any less true."-Rain
Dorian has an ugly history with women. One touch and Dorian is ruined! Although he cannot deny the feelings he has for her, he feels unworthy of her. He feels damaged because of his past. He tries everything he can to get out of mating her.
"If she's good and worthy, then I'm the last male she deserves. She doesn't even need to know how screwed she could have been."-Dorain
Both Dorian and Rain experience severe side effects from being near each other and yet NOT being together. Rain struggles with feelings of rejection and hurt. Dorian internalizes his desire to be with Rain and his feelings of guilt over his past. Once Dorian decides he can't fight the pull of her any longer, all bets are off! Rain, beyond so frustrated, plays hard to get. (And so she should!)
"Are you saying you don't want me, nymph? Because your pussy is calling you a liar."-Dorian
"Oh, my body wants you. It's my mind that wants nothing to do with you, my little guppy."-Rain
The push and pull of these two is full of intense tension and release. I felt such adoration for both of these characters as they struggle their way through. When Dorian and Rain finally come together, the mating is in place and the passion is off the chart.
"You're mine after this, Brianne. I won't ever settle for less."-Dorian
Not only do we witness the sweet redemption of Dorian but we experience the healing power that only Rain is able to offer him. These two are by far my favorite of the Guardian couples.
"She was so small and vulnerable, and he would keep her safe. She was his now, and his beast loved it."-Dorian
Overall, Denying Ecstasy offers up a magical combination of action, powerful males, mystical creatures, evil forces, and off the charts steam! The characters in this series continue to develop and intertwine as the action continues to build at a steady pace. The characters are unique and complex. The conflicts are intense and are explored to the fullest. The POV shifts seamlessly between the two main characters. I am amazed at how immersed I am becoming in this world. Before taking the plunge into this series, be prepared for anything and everything when it comes to sex. The Guardians and their mates are not afraid to lavish in anything and everything between the sheets. (Who doesn't enjoy a little naughtiness in their read?) Anyone who is a fan of PRN that has not read this series yet is truly missing out. I am so thankful that I discovered this series. Of course I am already reading the next book! What will I do when I have finished them all?
~Arc given by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!!!
4.5 Fantastic STARS
"Mates~Each Immortal has a rare and destined mate, their powers meld and they become stronger pairs that are able to procreate, usually after a decade."
After reading Ecstasy Claimed, it appears that I have discovered another PRN Series that I am dying to swallow up. The characters are magically enhanced with super powers, they are passionate about their mates, they are loyal to their friends, and they have one goal and that is to protect themselves and the human realm from evil.
Alyssa is a sheltered Immortal who has been kept hidden and safely secured from the world by her doting parents. She has one best friend who keeps her grounded and entertained. When Alyssa discovers that she has a mate who has not claimed her, she is devastated.
"Was she an embarrassment to him? He had to have some basis not to come for her. He didn't want her. Screw that."-Alyssa
Instead of wallowing in a hole, she decides that she needs to venture out into the world in order to "sew her wild oats". She and her best friend Rain take off for a magical island where "anything" goes!
Meanwhile her mate Gregoire (remember him from the first book?) has finally decided it's time to collect his innocent mate and take her home with him. When he goes to collect her, he discovers where she is and immediately unearths the fury of hell to find her and take what is "his".
"What was his little mate doing at an island known for sexual excess? Gregoire could barely contain the roiling possessiveness inside. It was new and uncomfortable. No one touches her."-Gregoire
Although their initial meeting was met with passion and uncontrollable drive (which is the standard protocol when mates are together for the first time), these two have quite a journey ahead when it comes to their emotional connection. While Alyssa and Gregoire try to overcome hurt and miscommunication, the evils of the realms are battling to take over. The new threat causes Alyssa's best friend Rain to move in with the Guardians (cue the next story line). Although the overall focus of this read remains on Alyssa and Gregoire, we have the bonus romance addition of Sam and Erik. (Those two made my heart melt with every moment they spend together).
The plot line in this book is well executed through the colorful writing and carefully constructed characterization. The romance element between all of the different couples is intense and once again, I found myself blushing through several of the more erotic scenes. After the first book, I was unsure how I would feel about this element continuing throughout. Well, I can say with complete certainty that I feel great! Ms. Jay is excellent at articulating the reasoning of her character's choices through their actions. In fact, the reasons that these characters are so happy to explore, experiment, watch, and simply enjoy themselves is because it is a vital part of their culture and well being. Because I had become so immersed in the story, it felt natural and I felt everything but uncomfortable. Simply stated: THIS BOOK IS HOT!
As far as the action in this book, I found it to be even more intense and engaging than the first book in this series. Now that I have a better understanding of the characters and their origins, I was able to sit back and enjoy the read. Mild warning- at times it can be a bit overwhelming trying to sort out all of the details. My advice with this read is to just go with it. As soon as I let loose and just absorb the story things began to click into place.
Overall, Ecstasy Claimed was an amazing read. Setta Jay is a master with the dialogue, character development, plot twists, steam, and the tender romances that she has created. I am beyond thrilled that I have discovered her writing and I look forward to reading more. Now, on to the next one! Rain and Dorian are waiting!
~ARC graciously provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.~
4 "Ecstasy Guaranteed" Stars
Ecstasy Unbound is a paranormal romance full of erotica, action, and romance. Setta Jay has created a magical world full of vampires, guardians, dragonesque creatures, and more unearthly beings! I thoroughly enjoyed every second that I spent exploring this world.
"The Creators had charged him and the eleven others with watching over and protecting the Four Realms of this world."
Uri is a Guardian and is charged with keeping the earth realm under control. He does that by hunting hell beasts and keeping humans in check. Uri has a big problem. He has been lusting after an Immortal named Alex.
"He wondered if it was the impossibility of the whole thing with his little Goddess that made it somehow hotter. The itch he had for her was a damned obsession."-Uri
Although they have never spoken, She has sought him out time after time in the various clubs he visits. Alex is a voyeur of sorts. She has no problem watching him. Although she wants to be with him, she is destined to stay away. If she were to ever approach a Guardian, she risks being banished from her home in the Human Realm.
Alex has many powers. She frequently transports herself into the minds of others who are in need. Alex and her two brothers are on a mission to help humans and keep them safe from the supernatural powers that surround them. When one of their "rescue missions" turns complicated, Alex knows she must risk banishment and approach Uri for help.
When Uri and Alex meet, they are instantly connected through the "mate bond". The passion is intense between the two. Alex and Uri together was simply amazing!
"What was happening to her? Breathe through it. She knew in some fundamental part of her being that she needed Uri, that he was the only one that could take the pain away."-Alex
What is refreshing in this read is that neither character fights their attraction to one another. They both come together beautifully and begin to forge an unbreakable relationship. All they have to do is merge their two families (Guardians and Immortals), help rescue a human girl (in dire need), and continue to keep the balance between the realms safe from turmoil. No problem! Right?
Overall, Esctasty Unbound was a solid 4 star read for me. Meaning, I enjoyed the read the entire time, I was invested in the characters and cared for their well being. There was quite a bit of information covered in this first book. At first, I felt quite overwhelmed however, I feel that Ms. Jay's smooth dialogue and constant reinforcement of the elements helped maintain a consistency in the read. I felt this was a unique paranormal romance because there were so many diverse creatures in this world.
"The races sought pleasure in any incarnation they desired."
Before you pick up this book, I feel I should prepare you for the extra curricular "sexy scenes" featured in this read. There is quite a steamy scene at the beginning of the read and later towards the end of the book involving multiple players. To be fair, I am relatively new to the erotica romance genre. (I know this is shocking to some of you)! I found the first scene was quite erotic and properly set the mysterious/sexually charged tone of the book. In other words, things start right off the bat with a bang. However, for me, I didn't quite connect with the last scene because I like my couples to just be together. However, I feel like Ms. Jay was establishing the raw truths of Alex and Uri life in a different world. They would most definitely experience things that would be far from our norm.
The sexual element in this read was full of high octane. I definitely felt like it challenged my comfort zone regarding sex with multiple partners and people (menage trois). I can't say that it detracted my overall impression of the book but it certainly affected my overall feelings regarding the main characters simply because I just couldn't understand it. It was nice and steamy and yet, a different experience for me. Upon further research, I have discovered there will be more of this "sexual exploration" in the upcoming books in the series. Because I am completely invested in these characters, I am willing to go the distance and continue reading. If anything, this series will continue to challenge me. To that I say, bring it on!
I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys the paranormal romance genre. This book is definitely in a league of its own.
~ARC graciously received via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.~
~5 Give me MORE Jameson STARS!!!~
"He had branded himself onto her soul. Like it or not, he was a part of her, and she was a part of him."-Tate
Reparation is the third book in The Kane Trilogy. We have witnessed the explosion that takes place between Tate and Jameson every time they are together. We have witnessed the destruction of their demise. We have witnessed the beauty of restoration when Jameson and Tate made their way back together. But is Tate really healed? Can Jameson keep her close and content? Is hot rough sex enough? What about love?
After making a horrible discovery about her best friend, Tate begins to plot her plan for revenge. She has been betrayed and now someone is going to have to pay. Although she works diligently to just be ok, Sanders, and Ang know that there is something terribly wrong. And Jameson is stirring feelings in her that terrifies her.
“He'll never love me back. I can't ..., that would be it. Game over. He would own me. I didn't want to like him. When this all started, remember? I just wanted to play. You told me not to lose my heart. What happened?”-Tate
Jameson is battling internally over his feelings for Tate. He knows that she has changed him. He no longer wants the "easy screw" from some random stranger. He wants Tate. Just Tate. When that realization takes place, he is shocked at himself. The only lingering question is~ does Tate want only him?
"I didn't want this, I wasn't looking for this, this isn't what I asked for. I wanted someone to play with, not someone for keeps. You changed the game on me.”-Jameson
As the plot continues to develop, the stakes are high. Tate tries to hurt the people she loves and yet only ends up hurting herself. When a certain ex-lover of Jameson's returns on the scene to stir the pot, all hell breaks loose! Tate does what she does best and she runs!
Can Jameson find the strength in himself to go and bring her back? Will Tate end up in the arms of another man simply because he is a "safe" choice?
“I want to be with you. I want you to be with me. What else do you want!? Do you want me to beg?"-Jameson
The journey that takes place in this series has been unforgettable. The colors of emotions that Ms. Fantome seamlessly paints on every page will leave you breathless. These two main characters are like the perfect opposites that together just fit right. Just when you feel like you cannot take another second of tension, the action snaps and you feel an immediate release!
This series has a perfect story arc with a well developed beginning, middle, and end. The character development is complex and layered over the conflict like texture on a masterpiece painting. The transformation that Tate and Jameson make is full of so much depth.
“Jameson. No one will ever be able to make me forget you.”-Tate
Overall, I simply cannot rave enough about Reparation and the entire series. The characters really resonated with me as a reader. I tend to live happily on the fringe of dark romance with a HEA! Jameson and Tate did not disappoint. Thank you Ms. Fantome for your work. I look forward to reading more! Now on to complete my review for the final book (of course, I have already read it and love it!!!).
This book read in conjunction with the INDIE STAR CHAT on SHH!
~5 Doesn't Get Better Than This Stars.....~
"That someone who caused her so much pain, could bring her so much pleasure, just wasn't right. Wasn't fair. His lips were soft, almost gentle, and made to fit her own."-Tate
Separation is the second book in the Kane Trilogy. This book picks up immediately where Degradation left us hanging (Thank you Ms. Fantome!). Tate and Jameson have run their relationship straight off of a cliff. Does Jameson have the strength to pull Tate back in?
Through her relationship with Jameson, Tate has experienced joy, pain, pleasure, and even love. After the way things ended, I wondered if Tate would be able to find herself again. Tate is completely broken. She gathers the courage to tear Jameson away from her life and tries to start again.
Tate finds solace in Sanderson and Ang. She even works to repair her relationship with her sister. And yet, she is missing something. Through giving up Jameson, she has lost a huge piece of herself in the process.
"Why can't I lead a nice, normal life?"-Tate
Jameson, feeling something that he can't quite identify, is willing to walk away from Tate. Or, is he?
"While he had been so busy trying to warn her away, he hadn't even noticed himself falling into her. Now Jameson couldn't tell where she began and he ended."-Jameson
Through the help of Sanders, Jameson is able to coerce Tate into playing one more game. Can he truly win her back? If he does win her back, will he be able to keep her?
"His voice was like silk, smooth and strong. Flowing over her. Covering her. Strangling her. She had to get out of there. Tate couldn't look at him. It split her in half. Her brain knew one thing. Her heart recognized another. And good god, her body was completely mutinous."
Stylo Fantome has done it again. She has managed to craft a story with deeply intense characters, dysfunctional (functional for them) relationships, a driving plot, maximum steam, and all set center stage with a beautiful scenic backdrop. Her writing style is fluid and natural and stock full of witty banter. The intensity between Tate and Jameson balances between "what is norm" and what is considered "toxic" to the average observer. Despite controversial choices of our two main characters, I find them both to be utterly perfect. I enjoyed wallowing in the depths of despair and soaring high through the moments of triumph with them. This certainly is not your average romance and yet the "push and pull" between these two characters displays more tenderness than any romance novel I have read to date.
"Tate couldn't get enough. She had always been an addict, and he was a drug. She wanted more. More than that, more than he was giving. All that he had to give."-Tate
Overall, this series is a creative genius. It is as if you are listening to an award winning orchestra. Through the painful moments the music crescendos into blazingly loud volumes and it decrescendos to a beautiful melody when Tate and Jameson find solace in one another.
If you read the first book and enjoyed it, than I can guarantee you will enjoy this book even more. There is more Tate and Jameson fighting to find their way together. Enhanced with a cast of amazing supporting characters and you have another home run!
"If necessary, he would probably kill for Jameson Kane. If asked, he would probably die for Tatum O'Shea. When the relationship between Jameson and Tatum."-Sanders
Can't chat anymore about this book because I am already on to the next one!
~This book was read in conjunction with the Indie Star Chat on SHH!
*This book was highly recommended by my SHH SISTA' CC!!!
*4.5 LOVIN' JAMESON STARS*
"He's going to turn me inside out."-Tate
In the beginning...
Tate is a highly intelligent young woman who is headed out to start her first year of college. She makes a trip to her sister's apartment and her sister's boyfriend is there. Tate has always been enamored by Jameson Kane.
"...tall, dark hair, bright blue eyes, killer smile; what girl wouldn't fall head over heels in love with him at first sight? But it had never gone beyond that, she knew Jameson was so far out of her league, she wasn't even visible to him."-Tate
After a few drinks, one thing leads to another and Tate and Jameson share an erotic experience full of rough passionate sex. Something seems to unravel between the two and connection is formed.
"Maybe I don't want to get away."-Tate
When Tate's sister enters the scene, the scandal is revealed. Tate's life is changed forever.
"Jameson had just blasted her into the stratosphere. She didn't think she'd ever come down."-Tate
Fast forward to the future....
"Jameson had awakened something in her, brought about her change, but she was responsible for her life. She had taken control. She had grown up. And he hadn't been there for that. He wasn't anything to her. Nothing at all."-Tate
Tate is no longer the ideal "preppy Ivy Leaguer". Instead, she is wild, happy, and comfortable in her own skin. She has variety of friends and lives life to the fullest. When she is called out on a temp job one night, she bumps into Jameson. Seven years have passed and yet, the sexual chemistry between the two is still very present. The passionate connection is resurrected like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
"Her sarcastic smile and smart mouth were a complete one-eighty from the girl he had known before; this woman was a new creature. And he wanted to find out exactly what kind."-Jameson
The passion between Tate and Jameson is electric. The interactions between the two are charged with seduction, violence, grit, and passion. There are moments of despair as we see Tate and Jameson challenge each other. They are continuously pushing and pulling the other to the point of no return. Tate likes to be "handled roughly" and Jameson is happy to dish it out. Jameson has a filthy mouth and Tate is hypnotized and energized by him. While the average woman would feel uncomfortable (and embarrassed) to be spoken to in such a manner, when Jameson talks to Tate it is as if he is performing a Shakespeare Sonnet. Not only does the man know how to talk, he is well versed on how to make Tate's body feel truly satisfied.
"When she was on top with him, he hit spots inside of her that might have actually been portals to other dimensions. She couldn't think, couldn't breathe. Just gasped and pushed and pulled."-Tate
While the relationship between Tate and Jameson is unconventional, it seems to work perfectly for them. Not only is the central conflict full of intrigue, the secondary characters add depth to the plot as well. Tate is pulling further away from her best friend (former sex buddy) Ang and Jameson's PA Sanders is a true specimen of greatness. Add a bitchy ex-girlfirend to the mix, and you have a dynamite plot with enough tension to cause the hoover dam to burst.
Stylo Fantome has an addictive writing style. The dialogue flows smoothly through every sentence of every page. The characters are complex and well developed throughout. The emotional connections are strong and allow the reader to empathize with every character regardless of their questionable (and moral) behavior. I was so enraptured by the story, I was unable to put it down. As soon as I finished this read, I downloaded the second book immediately. Degradation ends in quite a cliffy. If you are sensitive to "rough play", then this is not the read for you. If you don't like a dirty talking hero, then this book is not for you. However, if you like a strong female leading lady and a counterpart hero that knows how to meet her at every challenge, you must read this book! If you like to experience a dark romance with a hint of "psychological mind play", then this is absolutely the book for you. It has been such a refreshing journey to have discovered Jameson and Tate. I am completely invested in these characters and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Fantome does next. Onward to the next book!
~This read was read as part of INDIE STAR CHAT WEEK on SHH! Thank you STYLO for spending the week chatting with us!
4.5 Tyed to TY stars
"You're wasting your time, Barbie. I'm not giving you up."-Ty
Tyed is a heart pumping riveting tale of an MMA fighter and America's Sweetheart. It is full of action, tension, passion, tenderness, and romance. The story of Ty and Blaire is not your conventional fighter story. The writing is quick and witty and the in-depth characterization will have you hooked from the first word on the first page.
Blaire is a good girl just trying to finish her college degree. She has spent her life in the shadow of her twin sister Izzy. Izzy is a supermodel and seems to do no wrong in the eyes of their parents. Blaire, on the other hand, hasn't been able to finish anything. She is currently stuck in a rut and unable to feel passionate about anything. She finds medial comfort in her best friend Shane but overall, she is just waiting for something. Although, she really doesn't know what that something is.
"What am I doing with my life?"
"I want to feel as passionate about something as they do."
"I want to feel fulfilled and alive like them."-Blaire
When her journalism teacher gives her an unconventional assignment, that something will walk straight into her arms. All she has to do is interview some MMA fighters and write paper on her findings. No problem, right?
Ty is an MMA fighter. He is rough, tough, and full of tattoos.
"Final verdict? Ugliest tattoo to ever be inked on human flesh, but Ty somehow pulls it off without looking like a serial killer. The guy as such an attraction to death that I'm surprised he is still alive."
"Figures. Sucks to be him, or anyone else with a dick in this room, for that matter. Talk about alpha-male dominance."-Blaire
When Blaire steps foot into his gym, their initial meeting includes some verbal head butting and then the sexual tension begins. Blaire begins to immerse herself in the MMA world. As a non-sports loving individual, Blaire has a lot to learn. For the sake of research, she begins to train with the athletes. It doesn't take Ty long to make his first move on Blaire.
Initially, Blaire is hesitant to spend time with Ty. She knows that he is bad news. However, in order to complete her paper she must get that one interview. Ty uses the interview as bait to get her to agree on one date with him.
"I'm positive that if I'd let my guard down, he will crush me. Just like he does in the ring."-Blaire
As Blaire and Ty begin to connect, it is evident that these two were made for each other. Ty is so tender with Blaire. Their connection was sweet, passionate, and so endearing. I truly enjoyed every moment of these two together! However, the road to romance is full of roadblocks. Ty is harboring secrets and Blaire is very self conscious of his previous attachment to woman. Additionally, Shane seems to be showing interest in Blaire OR is he just harboring feelings that he doesn't know how to control? When Izzy returns home from jet setting, the conflicts seem to be never-ending. Can Ty and Blaire make things work between them?
What is so refreshing about this read is the funny dialogue between the characters and Blaire's internal monologue! I couldn't stop smiling with all of the pop references and the imagery that the writing evoked. I was quite fond of all of the secondary characters as well. Blaire's grandmother was a show stopper with her unwavering support for her granddaughter.
"Nanny Marty always tells me I'm a lot like her. Independent, stubborn and fundamentally bat shit crazy."
Additionally, I cannot fail to mention the interest that I have in exploring Ty's friends from the gym. Who doesn't like a good book about a hot athlete?
At times, I got very frustrated with Blaire. There was a certain point in the story where I felt like she really made the wrong decision. It was annoying and quite frankly painful for me to read. However, I cannot allow that moment to tarnish my overall feelings of her character. It was a gentle reminder that we all make mistakes in life and especially with the people we love. In the end, it was the redemption that both Ty and Blaire needed that brought them back together.
I simply cannot rave enough about this book. The writing style of Ms. Shen is fluid and the moments are carefully constructed to draw every emotion out of each scene. The action of the cage fighting was surreal and I felt like I was in the stands experiencing every punch, kick, and jab. Even though I felt frustration regarding some of the actions of some of the characters, I know it will only make the resolution down the road that much sweeter! I can only wait and look forward to more! I know that I have enjoyed a book when I feel all of the emotions come back when I go to write the review. I also know that there are a million books out there. If you love a rough tattooed fighting hero then you must add this to your TBR shelf right now. This is one amazing book.
~ARC received from author in exchange for honest review. Thank you L.J. Shen for sharing your work with me.~
~BR with my girls Loyda and Stacie. As always, it has been a pleasure sharing the joys of reading with my friends!~
4.5 Clearly Breaking Stars
"Life really can turn out beautifully."-Harper
When I opened this book, I truly didn't know what to expect. This is my first M.J. Summers read and I can honestly say it was amazing! I cannot wait to read more of her work. I was completely blown away by this beautiful tender romance!
When Harper returns to Boulder, she has a quick run in with an old high school friend named Evan. As it so happens, Harper had a crush on Evan all through high school.
"He wasn't just a man. He was the man. And she knew without a doubt that she would be utterly unable to resist shamelessly throwing herself at him if he paid her even the slightest bit more interest."-Harper
Evan is a recently divorced man. The marriage ended badly and he has decided to stay away from any serious relationship. Both Harper and Evan are down for some fun. They decide to have a relationship knowing that Harper will be returning to the big bright lights of NYC as soon as her dad is on the mend.
"We can have this simple, beautiful, sexy relationship and then move on."-Evan
The character development with each character in this read is utter perfection. I had a good understanding of all of the family dynamics and the emotions each character was feeling. Told in dual POV Ms. Summers offers the complete picture for us to enjoy. Harper and Evan both had some good friends that were amazing supporting characters. There was a constant push and pull between Evan and Harper. They are constantly trying to ignore the inevitable (they are falling in love) and only trying to live in the moment. Both Harper and Evan were amazing characters. They were well matched and I simply couldn't put the book down. Towards the end of the read, both characters made some choices that were beyond frustrating. However considering the history of both of these individuals, I can see why they needed to time to work through their emotions.
In addition to the central plot of the love story, we also see Harper's Dad dealing with depression as he begins to heal from his injury. We experience the love of two best friends (Harper and Megan). We see lives transformed by the circumstances life has thrown at them.
Overall, Breaking Clear is a fantastic read. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a tender romance, with a heavy dose of family connections, and a slice of angst. It is always such a delight when you find a read that takes you away. This is not only going on my favorites shelf but my favorites of the year. This is a tender romance with a lot of heart. Bravo Ms. Summers!
"She was his and he would let nothing stand in the way of this. She was worth the risk."-Evan
~ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review~
3.5 Rock-n-Roll Romance Stars
"I'm in love with a rockstar!"
The Insider is my first read by the amazing Olvia Cunning. Her writing skills are superb and the music seems to radiate right off of the pages.
In the Insider, we have a young nerdy journalist named Toni who is given the task to follow the band Exodus End and report on the "ins and outs" of the band lifestyle in a best selling book. She hopes to capture the essence of the band and create a masterpiece that will launch her career and paint the band in a glowing light.
"I'm here to write a book that shows all of you in the best possible light."-Toni
Before she has even had the chance to unpack her bag, she meets Logan. Logan is the bassist for Exodus End. Things between Toni and Logan develop very fast. They are together faster than the speed of light. They connect on a primal level and the "lust is in the air". I am normally not a fan of the curse of the "insta-lust" however, in this case, I felt like it worked. Logan and Toni are trapped on a tour bus and their feelings quickly develop past physical attraction and a deep emotional bond is formed.
"I'm not laughing at you, lamb. You make me feel happy."-Logan
"This is going to sound ridiculous and naive and probably a little desperate, but I need you to know that as long as I'm in your bed, I will not allow another man touch me. No man. Not even Dare Mills."-Toni
The Insider is full of smoking sex scenes, rock-n-roll, flawless writing, and great character development. What was slightly distracting for me in this read was the length of the story. Although the plot was well constructed, it felt like things were drawn out just a little too long. Additionally, I genuinely liked both of the main characters but couldn't seem to fully engage with either of them. I enjoyed the story but sometimes I found myself more interested in what was happening with the secondary characters of the band. Still, Toni and Logan were quite an endearing couple.
"I'm plenty quirky but mostly I 'm a slave to the happiness of those I love."-Toni
I will certainly read more of this series as I am quite certain the remaining band members will have quite the story to tell. I am quite pleased with the way that things ended with Toni and Logan. There were many moments of tenderness and individual growth for them both that in the end made the read worthwhile one! At the end of the day, who doesn't love a "rowdy rock star romance"?
"With the man she loved at her side and a bright future before her, Toni no longer had to reach for her stars. They were right there beside her."-Toni
~ ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!!!~
The Lessons is an upbeat romantic comedy made complete with quick-witted dialogue and in-depth characterization. Elizabeth Brown brings a common dilemma to the table ("the curse of the 30 year old virigin") and explores it through unconventional means. If the plot alone hasn't captured your attention, be assured that the racy scenes between the two main characters will bring you to your knees and leave you begging for more.
Natalie is a planner. (You know the type!) She has meticulously strategized a plan for her life and makes every endeavor to stick to the plan.
"I got out a big red pen. It was time to make some edits."-Natalie
Unfortunately, as in most cases, life doesn't always happen the way we expect (or hope) it to. Natalie has just approached her 30th birthday.
"Thirty. Nothing like a milestone birthday to make you take stock of things. And me? This birthday made me realize how ashamed I was and how far my life had swung off course."-Natalie
Natalie is unmarried, alone, and despite her attractive physical features and successful career, she has somehow managed to maintain "virgin status". At this point in her life, her virginity is weighing her down and causing her severe anxiety. Natalie bravely makes a "new plan". She decides to leave her current life in New York and venture to San Francisco where she will continue her professional success at a new job and turn in her V-Card!
"It's time to get off my ass and get my life back on track."-Natalie
What does one do when they want to safely rid of their virginity? Simple, they hire a sexual surrogate. Natalie is confident that once she has sex she will be able to move forward with her life and get back to "the plan". Things are bound to get better for her now that she is literally "open to business"!
"A sexual surrogate helps patients to fix sexual problems by serving as a stand-in partner with whom to share physical and emotional intimacy. The therapy may or may not include sexual intercourse. Surrogates are frequently certified in fields such as counseling, psychology or sexuality and they often work in conjunction with psychologists and other therapists to help the patient."-LivestrongHealth.com
Natalie settles in quickly to her new home. However, the anticipation of meeting her new therapist and sexual surrogate looms over her like a black cloud. When she finally meets her therapist, she does her best to shield her insecurities. The fact that Natalie is a product of the foster system and has recently lost her adoptive mother to cancer, has left her on the defense regarding her emotions. Natalie is gifted at self control and compartmentalizing her emotions. When she meets her teacher Ryan, her sexual surrogate, the line between lust and love blurs into one colorful mess. The lessons he has in store for her will demolish her self control and expose her to a completely different category of schooling!
"Uh, yeah, my patnies are wet and I need an infusion of Ryan Andrews cock, stat."-Natalie
Ryan is an upbeat successful guy. He has been working on his doctorate in psychology and in order to make some extra money he works as a sexual surrogate. He has never struggled maintaining professionalism and yet, when he meets Natalie everything he has ever experienced is thrown at the window. He quickly falls for her and begins to want more then the standard sexual surrogate relationship. He wants a genuine relationship with her.
"She was so soft, so delicate...! My new client was so f*cking hot it was messing with my brain."
"Natalie was such a puzzle to me. Coarse and rough one moment, with a tomboyish sass, and then innocent and unsure the next. It both confused and enticed me-it kept me on my toes, like a puzzle I needed to solve."-Ryan
Natalie and Ryan, who were brought together through unconventional means, form a quick friendship. They have so much in common and the sexual chemistry between the two is off the charts. Ironically, Natalie has nothing to compare it to, which allows the reader to enjoy each sexual experience through her eyes. Let's just say "the magic of the first time' never felt so good! Although the two try to maintain a professional "patient/doctor" relationship, their paths are continuously crossing and the notion of "sex without emotions" is quickly cast off.
"Yes, I called him mine. He'd put his mouth on my vagina, and I was a feeling a little territorial about the whole thing. Sue me."-Natalie
I throughly enjoyed the journey that these characters took together. Ms. Brown has an irrefutable ability to describe every detail with amusement, sensuality, and class. My heart broke for Natalie and Ryan who were both striving to find the good in life. Their journey is littered with rocky terrain as Natalie and Ryan grapple questions of morality, their past hurts, and their ability to admit their feelings for each other. It is when they come together emotinoally, that true happiness is found.
"I'd never wanted something, someone, so much in my life. I'm not ever going to make that mistake again. You make me so happy; you make me laugh."-Ryan
Overall, I cannot rave enough about this read. This fresh perspective on sexual norms and issues of the heart will leave you breathless. I laughed, I cried, and I swooned with these characters through each and every page. The dual POV gives you a clear panoramic view of each scene as the plot unfolds. Additionally, the glimpses into Ryan's past intensifies your empathy for his character. The supporting characters were intriguing and I hope that we will see more of this scooby crew. If you are looking for a unique romantic comedy, look no further. I anticipate amazing things to come from this author. I look forward to reading more of her work and I for one, hope that there will be more lessons to learn. If Elizabeth Brown is teaching, this student will be never be late to class.
~BR with Mer and War! Thank you ladies for learning some lessons right along with me!~
~ARC graciously provided by Elizabeth Brown in exchange for an honest review.~
~The Lessons was read as part of a special Author Indie Star Chat on SHH at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Thank you Elizabeth for spending a week talking with us about your work. It was an amazing experience chatting with you while reading your bookl!~
"No matter how many times I had her, it only made me want her even more."-Liam
Mel and Liam are violent and will stop at nothing to take down their enemies. Once these two have come together, hell hath no fury. They are focused on world domination and yet find time for tenderness with each other.
"God created her and then shattered the mold afterward, for the world could not handle two of her.”-Liam
Ruthless People is not a book for the weak hearted. It is over the top and the furnace is set on high burn for the entire read. Told in multiple POV, you dive deep into the souls of these characters. The witty banter and colorful text make this read beyond enjoyable. Once I started, I could not put it down. I love a read that evokes "the rainbow" of emotions! Mel was such a strong heroine. Even with her psychopath tendencies, I admired her. Was she crazy? Absolutely! I couldn't wait to see what she was going to do next.
Liam Callahan is her perfect match. He is just as motivated to take on the world. But with Mel, his primary motivation becomes teaching her to love. He is the ultimate protector. He is able to heal her.
The secondary characters made this story complete. The diversity in each family member weaved tenderness, tension, happiness, joy, and peace within the chaos. How can I not fall in love with these people?
There is a moment in this book where my heart broke. I had to put it down to catch my breath. I was amazed at how quickly J.J. McAvoy was able to reengage my drive to continue the story. The heartbreak was painful but the healing was beautiful. The fury that followed still has my mind spinning.
I cannot rave enough about this book. I know many readers that did not enjoy living in this world. As for me, my bags are packed and I'm ready to move in. I will be on to the second book very soon.
BR IN HONOR OF OUR STRONG MAFIA QUEEN Sasha Elle with the ladies of Shh… [Smut, Heroes & HEAs…].....Thanks for inviting me to the party!
"Moments mattered in life; they zipped by too fast, or you were looking the other way when you should have been paying attention. Either way you missed them."
When it comes to a modern romance, All He Wants offers a truly cinematic view of pleasure. The combination of descriptive writing and complex characters made this read a sheer delight!
Kate is a highly educated young professional. She has been recruited by Knight Enterprises to investigate losses in the company's financials. When Kate meets Dominic Knight, she is instantly put on alert by his domineering personality and kurt speech. Despite her reservations in accepting the job, she concedes and she takes off for Amsterdam in order to complete the work.
"Dominic Knight in all his dark, sensual beauty was standing there, up close and personal, his quick raking glance so casually assessing she should take offense, not feel a shocking rush of pleasure."-Kate
Dominic is a womanizer. After the passing of his wife, he has found pleasure in anything that he wants. He is taken by Kate but only because she represents innocence that he is desperate to taint and tantalize!
Dominic doesn't waste any time trying to seduce his young employee. After much uncertainty, Kate agrees to a relationship with Mr. Knight of JUST SEX for a few days. The two share and experience some highly charged moments of sexual pleasure together.
"This holiday was about sex and games of mastery and submission, power and control. Nothing else."-Dominic
They explore Amsterdam, Shanghai, and Hong Kong together. As in most cases when sexual chemistry is evident, these two begin to develop feelings for one another. Kate is terrified of getting her heart broken. Dominic has spent so many years keeping himself guarded from love and yet, Kate begins to spark a deep feeling of longing deep in his soul.
As the clock is ticking, I felt more and more love for these characters. Of course, I will have to continue the series to see what happens next.
"He was the only man she'd ever wanted, perhaps the only man she'd ever want. How would she survive without him?"-Kate
"It was like reaching home after an endless journey. Or finding safe haven from a storm. Or perhaps, finding love for those with an open mind."-Dominic
Overall, All He Wants was a very good read. At first, I found myself very frustrated with Kate. She was so uncertain about herself and what choices she should make. I thoroughly enjoyed observing the transformation that takes place in her as the story progressed. Dominic is no doubt a typical "alpha male" who is taken down a notch or two when Kate dishes out some highly charged verbal banter. I can honestly say once the book took off, I couldn't put it down. I did find the POV in the text to be a bit confusing at times. It shifts rather abruptly and if was slightly problematic to sift through especially during highly charged moments in the story. The sexual encounters between Kate and Dominic were off the charts! Ms. Gibbs is quite gifted at evoking every drop of emotion and sexual tension from these two. However, what makes this read so remarkable is the authors ability to paint the settings so vividly. Her descriptions of each location made me feel like I was on vacation enjoying the sights, smells, and sounds right along with the main characters. That, my friends, made this read a true winner for me! I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a modern romance that is staged in stunning locations. Although this was a slow starter for me, once the conflict was in place, I couldn't stop reading! I will certainly be following up with Kate and Dominic in the next installment of this series.
~BR with my girls at SHH! In preparation for an upcoming Indie Star Chat!~
~ARC graciously offered by author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ms. Gibbs for sharing your work with me.~