Monday, September 15, 2014

REVIEW: Melancholy by Bella Jewel

Melancholy (Jokers' Wrath MC, #2)Melancholy by Bella Jewel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review and must stress that you should read the first book – Precarious – before you read this book to get a feel for some scenes and people in the books.

We were introduced to both Maddox and Santana in Precarious. Maddox is the Club President of the Jokers’ Wrath MC. He saved Santana a few years back, got her off drugs and cleaned her up and protected her, all the while keeping his love for her hidden from her.

In Precarious, Maddox… the man slut that he is… does something stupid that a house “bunny” rats out to Santana that causes Santana to leave the compound.

In Melancholy, Maddox and Santana’s story is told in flashback paragraphs.
Santana is in denial of her feelings for Maddox and believes she loves a “good boy” who, well, in my opinion, is a scuzzbucket (is that even a word?). But once again, Maddox comes to her rescue. He always comes to her rescue.

Melancholy is the journey of a hardcore biker who has a soft spot for the girl he watched grow into a young woman that he rescued from the streets who must admit to her about a lie that he’s had her believing since she got cleaned up because he was afraid she’d leave.

It’s also about Santana. We see her struggle with her love for Maddox and her resolve to find something that belongs to her that’s been missing.

As Maddox and Santana come to realize that the other is what they want, they must battle outside forces and human trafficking to get what they want and survive.

A fight or two, a gunfight, and lots of sex are included.

We are treated to some Krypt and Ash scenes and interactions with Maddox and Santana and crew.

I found myself enthralled with this second book and cannot wait for the next.
Thank you Bella Jewel for the gifted copy and for writing characters that make me want to come back for more.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

REVIEW: Precarious by Bella Jewel

Precarious (Jokers' Wrath MC, #1)Precarious by Bella Jewel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I first decided to read this book it was because someone recommended this as a change for me from my sappy and paranormal romance stories. This is a story that gripped me from the beginning because I have never read anything like it. I've read other MC stories before, but this one was different and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This story is about Ash (Prison Guard) and Krypt (a.k.a. Beau - MC Club Vice President) and the Jokers' Wrath MC.

It has fights, guns, kidnappings, action, love, sex, and betrayal.

Yes, Krypt is your Alpha male to the core, but Ash is who kept me reading the book, even when she had me cringe when she did something so stupid that threatens her budding friendship with a young lady under the protection of the club president.

Pulling no punches, this book is not sappy, nor paranormal, but it was just what I needed.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

REVIEW: Withstanding Me (Breakneck, #2) by Crystal Spears

Withstanding Me (Breakneck, #2)Withstanding Me by Crystal Spears
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you don't like reading about Biker Bad boys that ride hard, fight hard, love hard... then this book isn't for you (and neither is Seize me, Breakneck #1). As with Seize me, the author warns us at the beginning of the book about how dark these books are. She grabbed me at the honesty in that at the beginning of each book and it prepped me for what I was about to read.

I admit... I wanted to read this book because Greg Cage (from the Corps Security books by Harper Sloan) makes an appearance in this book briefly but I had to read Seize Me first to get to Withstanding Me.

ZZ, aka Mason - Big, bad Biker Boy whom became a dad at 13, swears off falling in love with a woman.
Storm - Won't sleep with ZZ as she's not looking to be a one night stand or some MC gal that gets passed around between the members of the club.

For the first half of the book or so, there are several POVs. While I found that I liked it, I kind of feel that Storm and ZZ got cheated a little out of their story. However, Braxx and Winter and Tatiana as well as some other surprises are in the story and the plot line got to me nearly as much as the sub-plot in the first book.

This was a quick read for me, but note that you really need to read Seize Me before you read this book as this is not a standalone book and if you read it as such, you will be lost.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly LoveUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ugly Love = Ugly Cry --- just warning... you will need tissues and if MAYBE SOMEDAY is currently your favorite Colleen Hoover book, this one will make you rethink that.

"You make it so hard to breathe." - Miles to Tate, page 86, Ugly Love

First and foremost, this is not a LOVE TRIANGLE... those of you that have read the synopsis and think that... really should read the book first before you say that.

Now... where was I... oh yeah... Miles and Tate.

Tate moves in with her brother when she moves up to San Fran to finish her education as well as work part time on the weekends as an ER nurse. She comes from a family of pilots. Her grandfather, her father, and her brother. All pilots. The night she arrives on her brother's doorstep, there's a very drunk and handsome man passed out in front of the apartment door.

Miles.... Miles, Miles, Miles... when we first meet Miles, he's the drunk and handsome man passed out in front of the apartment door.

Miles chapters start out six years prior and we learn of his first love. We learn of their trials and tribulations while being interwoven in the present of how his relationship with Tate evolves from neighbors to friends with benefits.

Because of what's happened in his past and the heartache he suffered, he isn't willing to move on yet. He can't.

This story, for me was beautifully written. No matter that Tate isn't promised a future with Miles, she doesn't give up on him for the longest time and then she realizes she wants more. But can Miles finally let go of the pain of six years ago and move on? That's the million dollar question.

We meet the protective big brother - Corbin - as well as Miles' best friend - Ian. But there is another character we meet that is a character all his own and that is Cap, the 80-year old elevator operator. He is there for both of them to dole out advice and one liners as well as to listen and for Tate, he becomes her best friend. She seeks solace with him when she can't sleep because of things with Miles.

I found myself laughing out loud and crying as well as ugly crying all throughout the book.

I had to ask myself several times until I found out the truth just how one could be so callous and yet so obviously have feelings for someone else the way that Miles does and when Colleen gets you to that point in the story, it all just clicks.

This is a love story. It's also one about loss and how one copes with it until the lightbulb turns on and they're ready to open up again.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

REVIEW: Seize Me by Crystal Spears

Seize Me (Breakneck, #1)Seize Me by Crystal Spears
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is not for the weak of heart. If you are looking for something that is sweet and lovey dovey and romantic and nothing bad happens, this is not the book for you.

This is a book about a girl who runs away from her life as a Russian Mafia Princess after her father kills her man right in front of her. It's about how she moves on to only become involved with drugs, guns, and the Prez of a Motorcyle Club.

She is all strength and bad ass when she needs to be and a mumbling mess at other times and her Prez is all over his Angel.

I do NOT recommend this book to just anyone. It has some real violent darkness to it that even I had a hard time reading. Because of this, I can only give it three stars. And it will not stop me from reading more of this MC or more of the author's books.

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REVIEW: The King by J.R. Ward

The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12)The King by J.R. Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really wanted to give this book five stars. Truly, I did, but the problem I had with this book was too many side plots and not enough of the Brothers.

Don't get me wrong, I found I enjoyed Assail and Sola as well as Trez, iAm, and Selena but there wasn't enough of the Brotherhood and the Lessers and the fighting for me. In fact (SPOILER HERE), there were only two MINOR instances of Lesser involvement and the Brotherhood only got involved after Trez called them to come clean up.

So about my review... well... what did I like? I loved reading about Wrath and his past and how his present was sort of paralleling in a way with the past. While Beth (SPOILER HERE) is not poisoned, it is because of her that people seek to remove him from the throne.

We see the true love and strength that Beth and Wrath have for each other and the lengths that they will go to for the other to make them happy. We see them both struggle with her Needing and whether or not to allow it as well as whether or not to have a baby.

I struggled with reading this book... it took me a month and the only books that do that are ones that I cannot get into. I grounded myself this weekend to finish this book and I'm glad I was able to focus on the story once I figured out why I couldn't get into this book.

Will the fact that I had such a hard time getting into this book stop me from reading other BDB books in the future, heck no. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood and hope for many more books about them and their world. I just wish there was less side plot and more history of how Wrath came to be as well as more of the Brotherhood in this story.

Although it was implied that Blay and Quinn were in the house in several scenes, I cannot recall actually reading about them in the book.

And Layla and X'Cor... I'm sorry... but her sneaking out and him now knowing where the BDB are I am not happy with. Layla may think she was doing good to promise herself to X'Cor (SPOILER HERE) if he gave up his vengence to dethrone Wrath, but honestly the baby needs to be born and she needs to be gone from the mansion. End of.

However, I did fall in love with Trez and iAm and cannot wait to read more about them when their story comes out.

And that's my review in a nutshell.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

REVIEW: Lead by Kylie Scott

Lead (Stage Dive. #3)Lead by Kylie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know, I thought I loved "Lick" and "Play" but nothing could prepare me for the emotional roller coaster that is "Lead".

I didn't like Jimmy Ferris in "Lick" . I didn't want to know him, I didn't care about him, I thought he was a waste of space. I honestly did. Anyone who is that much of a self-absorbed alcoholic and drug abuser, I have no sympathy for. But, I didn't know his story... truly. Just what David shared in "Lick". Already knew his past wasn't pretty.

But, if you've read "Lick" (if you haven't... SPOILERAGE ALERT and GO READ IT RIGHT NOW), then you know that he went to rehab before the group relocated to Portland.

Well, Jimmy's out of rehab and the band is in Portland. They've hired Jimmy a new "sober" partner/assistant in the form of Lena. Lena doesn't take crap from anyone as was evident when the group were at Adrian's office and when Adrian gave her a hard time, she sassed him right back before he fired her. That had the gang sold on her.

Lena's past is something she doesn't like to dwell on. She left home after her ex cheated on her and hasn't been back since. She has no plans to attend her sister's wedding either.

Lena is there to keep Jimmy sober. She lives in the house with him. When things happen at Mal's mom's funeral, she begins to see the man behind the mask that Jimmy has had firmly in place. She knows he's flawed, but she falls for him.

When they return to Portland, her feelings intensify and it becomes harder for her to ignore. Jimmy begins to call her out on glancing at him and when she finally admits she has feelings for him, they come up with a plan for her to get out of the house and date.

When the plan works too well, jealousies come out to the point that she leaves and goes home while he goes to L.A..

How does this end? Ha... not tellin... Read on though for my thoughts.

I heart Malcolm, I really do. He brought the humor whole heartedly at times when I wanted to kick Lena or kick Jimmy. The gang was in full force to lend their support throughout the book, even Killer the puppy.

We see the Ferris brothers disagree, make up, and bond and I love that. I love that Jimmy and his flaws made me go from hating him/not really caring about him, to loving him and wanting him and Lena together.

Lena and her strength at being there for Jimmy at the funeral and then when things came ahead not once, but twice where the Ferris' boys mother was concerned, I believe, is what cracked through Jimmy's walls and Jimmy harbored feelings for Lena from the get go... I'm convinced of that.

I though "Play" was my favorite of the series because Mal makes me laugh and I adored his book, but Kylie redeemed Jimmy for me. You have to read the series to discover Jimmy and his flaws and you won't be disappointed. While Jimmy is always gonna be an addict, he owns up to that and doesn't hold back about it and instead gets through the day one day at a time and by the end of the book, he's got me in his corner.

And now we wait for Ben's story... and I'm hoping to see lots of Jimmy and Mal and David involved in there.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

REVIEW: The Arrangement: The Seduction (Kindle Worlds Novella) by Carly Phillips

The Arrangement: The Seduction (Kindle Worlds Novella)The Arrangement: The Seduction by Carly Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The way Carly Phillips wrote this novella you do not need to have read The Arrangement series by H.M. Ward but you're going to want to when you're done with this. I haven't read it and I want to.

Chloe is a college senior working on her business degree with dreams of becoming a chef. A stupid mistake with her now ex-boyfriend has her already frigid parents even moreso with her and glad to have her move to the dorms for the rest of her senior year. When this happens, she gladly gets a job at a bar/restaurant as a waitress.

Zach is a PI bent on revenge on Chloe's old neighbor, Sean Ferro, for what he did to his sister, but when he starts in on his plan, he doesn't plan on falling for the girl he plans to hurt.

Zach comes to Chloe's aid when a college kid gets rough with her and slashes her tires. He befriends her, gains her trust, and ends up falling in love with her.

Chloe is cautious with men since her ex and the sex tape scandal. When Zach comes to her aid, she still doesn't want to trust him, but finds herself doing so as he becomes her friend and protector and something much more.

When Sean finds out Zach's name, he finds out who Zach really is and goes to him.

When Chloe finds out the truth, does Zach get his revenge? Does she forgive him and move on?

This short novella was enough to get me interested in H.M. Ward's The Arrangement series. A quick read that had seduction, love, action, and heartache. I loved it.

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REVIEW: Dare to Surrender (Invitation to Eden) (Dare to Love Book 3) by Carly Phillips

Dare to Surrender (Dare to Love, #3)Dare to Surrender by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m biased. Carly Phillips could probably just write the alphabet or the phone book and I would read it. Period.

Dare to Surrender is the third in her Dare series. Gabriel Dare is the cousin to Alex and Ian Dare and their siblings whom we’ve met in the previous two installments. Gabe’s got power, influence and money and girls willing to be with him but one eludes him. He sees her attached to her husband at social functions as they run in the same circles and she intrigues him. But all is not what it seems.

Isabelle Masters thought she was marrying someone who loved her. She learned quickly that he was a lying, cheating scumbag and after she discovers his cheating ways, she doesn’t let him talk her back into staying to be his wife and house maid. She gets in her car and drives off.

Getting arrested was not her plan, but as she sits in the police station, handcuffed to the chair, Gabriel comes to her rescue. Her arresting officer is his brother.

Gabe convinces her to let him take her to his place as she has no place else to go. Their coupling is quick and intense and too intense for Isabelle at first. She needs to know she can stand on her own again so she leaves to do just that.

She is an interior designer… Queue three months later and Gabe’s sister has asked for Isabelle to help design the newest nightclub her brother owns. It’s on an Island near the Bermuda Triangle.

Isabelle has missed Gabriel and doesn’t realize just how much until the moment she hears his voice upon arriving on the Island.

Will her insecurities about their relationship and what he wants from her as well as his dominating ways tear them apart for good this time?

This book can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend reading the others in this series. This book is also a little shorter than the others and is part of a series of books supposedly centered around an Island called Eden.

I’ve enjoyed the Dare series and hope everyone else does as well.

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REVIEW: Silent Bite: A Scanguards Wedding (1001 Dark Nights) by Tina Folsom

Silent Bite: A Scanguards Wedding (1001 Dark Nights) (Scanguards, #8.5)Silent Bite: A Scanguards Wedding (1001 Dark Nights) by Tina Folsom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you love the Scanguards Vampire series by Tina Folsom, then you should definitely read this story. It is the follow-up novella to Oliver’s Hunger. In Oliver’s Hunger, we were introduced to Ursula and her special blood. In Silent Bite, we go through the wedding prep with her parents and a former bad guy supposedly reformed who discovers that not all the girls with the special blood have been sent home and that he hasn’t been cured. Add to that, he believes the Scansguards company has screwed him big time.

As with most weddings, the planning doesn’t go smoothly the moment Ursula’s parents arrive. Add to it that Oliver must stay somewhere else for the week and you’ve got one moody vampire and one moody bride to be.
All of the gang is involved in this novella in one way or another and it’s a quick read and great companion to Oliver’s Hunger.

Even though I knew this wasn't a full novel, I just felt like this novella was rushed and that there could have been more mystery and intrigue (like Ursula's father's illness). Regardless, I did enjoy this book.

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REVIEW: Cooper by Harper Sloan

Cooper (Corps Security, #4)Cooper by Harper Sloan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you haven't read the previous books in this series, please do (Especially Beck), because Chelcie and Asher are introduced in previous books and while this is their story, events from Beck play into this book as well.

I was a wreck in Beck because of events that brought Asher Cooper to town, but I didn't know how wrecked I'd be as I read about Chelcie's and Cooper's story and how those events would play into it until I was buried deep into this book.

In other words, especially if you have read Beck, have tissues at the ready because if you're a crier like me... you're going to need them.

We saw Asher Cooper begin his downward spiral in Beck and he was really down there at the beginning of Cooper when he's calling a woman by another's name (Chelcie) and Locke's cat is missing. He comes to realize that the one woman he doesn't deserve or shouldn't want, he wants. When he's around her, things are just better.

Chelsie wants nothing more from Cooper thank a distant friendship, yet she knows she needs to tell him about the secret she's keeping but because of how he's been, she's not sure she should. He has a right to know, but she knows she isn't ready to tell him yet.

Cooper and his Alpha ways and Chelcie and her strength, love, and encouragement help each other with their pasts, their building love, and telling each other their secrets.

At first, Asher is upset, but he comes around and it makes him love Chelcie and bond with her even more.

Will a woman from Cooper's past though, tear that apart?

I admit that because Asher wasn't truly a part of the other books until Beck and that I didn't grow to love him already in the other books, that I had my misgivings about this book and that I wasn't prepared to commit fully to it like I had the other books. I was kinda pissed actually that Coop didn't get his own book. But in a way, he did. To me, this was not only Asher's story, but Coop's story and Coop is very much a part of this book.

Harper not only showed Chelcie's strength and determination from the get go, but she made me root for Asher as he looked for Locke's cat and bega to fight for Chelcie and for a life with her, a family with her.

Having appearances by all the gang, from Sway to Emily (the way Emily showed up was AWESOME) just helped with the closeness of the characters and drew me into the story even more.

I laughed, got angry, cried, and cried some more, but in the end, Harper Sloan soared with this book. It is not a filler before Locke's story. It is the story of two brothers and how one woman made their family stronger and filled with more love than ever.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

REVIEW: Unbreakable by Abby Reynolds

Unbreakable (Forehead Kisses, #1)Unbreakable by Abby Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First and foremost, thank you to Abby Reynolds for asking me to review this story by gifting me with a copy of the book. My apologies that I took so long to put up my review.

From the get go, we learn that something tragic happened in Kiera's past that keeps her living in fear of trust, love, companionship and friendship with one exception. Her cousin, Scotty. She doesn't go anywhere except school without him and even gets him to move in with her.

Scotty moves in and immediately tells her she's going to start getting out again. This is how Liam starts to come into Kiera's world.

Liam has a past he doesn't like to talk about and would much rather fight out his anger that talk about it.

When Liam meets Kiera, despite her initial fear of him, he knows he has to have her in his life and begins to patiently work his way into her life and her into his. He gains her trust and friendship and eventually her love.

When Scotty sees just how close Liam and Kiera are becoming, while he's happy for her and the protective big brother, he lets Liam know she doesn't like fighting. Liam knows he has to tell her and plans to after one last fight.

How does Kiera find out? What happens afterwards? Do they end up together? I'm saying no more. You need to read this. It can be read as a standalone.

I did feel that a few sections moved way too quickly, but otherwise, I loved this book and hope to see a book about Scotty soon.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

REVIEW: Seduce Me by Ryan Michele

Seduce Me (Ravage MC, #2)Seduce Me by Ryan Michele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First and foremost... if you haven't read Ravage Me (Ravage MC #1), then stop now and go read that book... go on... I'll wait.

Oh, you've read it... good... carry on then.

So in Ravage me, we're first introduced to Casey and G.T. Casey is Harlow's best friend and G.T. is Harlow's brother.

I'm gonna try to give nothing away but please... if you haven't read Ravage Me yet, don't say I didn't warn ya... SPOILER ALERTS MAY BE AHEAD. There, I said it.

So, Seduce me starts off somewhat prior to before Ravage Me ends.

Casey's car is packed and she's heading away to college and to start life somewhere new. Reasons also include G.T. and his womanizing ways and that since her father died, she hasn't felt like a part of the MC family.

G.T. is used to sleeping around, but he was drawn to Casey and they had a wild time together, but he believes Casey deserves better than him and pushes her away.

After she's been away a few weeks, makes a few friends, and goes through something that nearly kills her, Harlow calls her home. (HERE COMES THE SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN'T READ RAVAGE ME --- WHY HAVEN'T YOU READ IT?) While out conducting MC business, the club president is killed and G.T. is seriously wounded and needs to remain in bed.

G.T. is ordered to bed rest and knows that Casey is coming home. When Casey returns, he's determined to win her back and not let her go again. This is his chance to make things right by making her his.

She makes him work for it though and does not tell him her secret at first.

Can her secret and the ongoing trouble that started for the club in Ravage Me, tear them apart or make them stronger? I'm not tellin!

I know I rate most of the books I read as five star. I do so because they entertain me. If I'm entertained, I think the reader has done their job. Did Ryan Michele make me laugh - yes; cry - yes; get angry - yes; sob like a baby - yes; smile like an idiot - yep... well then, the author did their job.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

REVIEW: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young

Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street, #4)Fall from India Place by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even though I knew this book was about Hannah and Marco, I hoped we'd see the whole crew from the previous three books in this series and we do. She and Jo's brother, Cole, end up becoming best of friends after her heartache.

In high school, Marco protected Hannah from bullies, boys like him, and even himself until they had one night where they finally gave in to their feelings. A family emergency sends Marck back to the states the next day without an explanation to Hannah and leaving her brokenhearted.

Five years later and Marco's back and has been for awhile. Turns out he works in construction for Braden, Hannah's older brother.

Marco wants Hannah back in his life from the moment they see each other. He wants to explain why he left and why he didn't seek her out when he came back. He's no saint and has a secret that he isn't ready to share, afraid for his own reasons of what it would do their budding relationship.

Hannah learned to protect her heart because of Marco leaving. Marco works his way back into her life, and works at keeping their friendship going and building. When things start to progress, she knows she has to come clean about the secret that she's been holding for five years.

Although, for me, this book didn't flow as fast for me, I enjoyed it. Marco is no Braden and I think that was my problem. I compared Marco to Braden and I really shouldn't have.

I still gave this book five stars because I enjoyed the sub-stories that innertwined with Hannah and Marco working to find their way back to each other.

And yes, you really should read the other books, in order, before reading this one. It's worth it.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

REVIEW: Crashed by K. Bromberg

Crashed (The Driven Trilogy, #3)Crashed by K. Bromberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aaahhh, the last book in the trilogy… I had to read this and I did… in one sitting. I needed to know what happened to Colton and if it was the end of he and Riley and what would happen to her boys. I stayed away from spoilers the best I could and settled in.

I loved the build up of Rylee’s and Colton’s relationship in Driven and Crashed because it showed the strengths and weaknesses of them both. The best part of this entire series was seeing a closed off man like Colton was open up his heart to not only Rylee but the boys she takes care of and his soul to Rylee and love her and allow her to love him back.

I haven’t really mentioned the other characters in the book in these reviews because although they make for great story, my focus was on how Colton would change from the beginning of Driven to the end of Crashed and K. Bromberg wrote one helluva trilogy.

I hate that people compared this series to FSoG and the Up In The Air Series because, well, let’s face it, as much as some of us love FSoG… it’s not well written. And you just cannot compare James Cavendish to Colton Donovan. They are both dangerous men in their own rights, but I found much more depth and plot with the story of Colton.

You don’t have to be a racing fan to read this trilogy. Racing is a part of Colton and his life, but his backstory and Rylee’s story are the draw to these books. Racing does play an important part at the end of Fueled and into Crashed though.

This is a series that I know I’ll read again and again and I hope that others will too.

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REVIEW: Fueled by K. Bromberg

Fueled (The Driven Trilogy, #2)Fueled by K. Bromberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So… how do we start off book 2 in the Driven Trilogy? We get Colton’s POV of the dream he had and why he screamed at Rylee to leave… then we see him in the shower. Completely broken. He didn’t want to chase Rylee away but the dreams… they are the reason he keeps women at arms’ length. He doesn’t believe anyone could ever really understand.

Rylee flees at first, but turns around and comes back and that sets up book two. It is told in both POVs and has more angst, drama, and tension.

We finally get more of a glimpse of Colton’s past in this book. We also get him allowing himself to feel with Rylee while doing what he loves… race. And more interaction with the boys that Rylee takes care of.

All of this leads to another cliff hanger, but not because of their relationship. I thought Driven was a good book, Fueled is even better. Did not take me nearly as long to read because of how invested I had become in Rylee, in Colton, and the boys that Rylee takes care of.

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REVIEW: Driven by K. Bromberg

Driven (The Driven Trilogy, #1)Driven by K. Bromberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t fall in love with Driven because Colton is a race car driver… I fell in love with Driven because of Rylee and her fight for a new home/center for the boys that she oversees, her determination to not be inconsequential to Colton and her strength to want more from him.
Colton is a player… p-l-a-y-e-r… he has a bevy of women and likes it that way. Does not want or need a relationship or anything else from a woman than a good time. Love `em and leave `em.

They’re introduced at a fundraiser when he saves her from a locked closet. The chemistry is there the moment she falls into his arms. But they both have pasts that haunt them. For her it’s the loss of her husband and child, for him it’s a bad childhood that has him swearing off needing or wanting anything more from a woman.

This book… full of tension and angst… while Rylee is trying to move on from her past, Colton won’t let go of his. I have read other books with the similar theme, but this book captured my attention because of how quickly Rylee was established to be a strong woman willing to fight for Colton and what she wants.

I have to admit it took me a while to read this book because I knew it was part of a trilogy and I honestly was tired of cliffhangers and trilogies and alpha-males… but by the end of the book, I was hooked and quite ticked at Colton.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

REVIEW: Lovely Trigger by R.K. Lilley

Lovely Trigger (Tristan & Danika, #3)Lovely Trigger by R.K. Lilley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After the way Rock Bottom ended, I just had to dive right in and find out how Danika and Tristan move on and overcome what happened. Would they ever come to terms with what happened? If so would they, could they move on together?

At the beginning of the book, we see them part and go their own ways because when they're together, bad things happen and Danika can't do it anymore.

Six years later and Danika now oversees the Vegas art gallery in the same hotel that Tristan has his own Magician show. Despite Danika's warnings for Tristan to stay away from her, he works at it until she agrees to lunch/dinner. They both work at their friendship even though Tristan admits he's never stopped loving Danika after all their time apart. Danika keeps her feelings to herself for a bit as they deal with other people and their issues.

I admit in book 1 I didn't think Danika was that strong of a character, but as I read each book, she blossomed into one hell of a very strong woman. Tristan? His love for Danika never wavered and he kept up on where she was and how she was doing.

Keep the tissues handy from Book 2 and make sure you have another box or 2 by your side because you'll need them. In the end, the tears are so worth it.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

REVIEW: Rock Bottom by R.K. Lilley

Rock Bottom (Tristan & Danika, #2)Rock Bottom by R.K. Lilley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me start this brief review by saying that, in my opinion, you need to read the Up In The Air series and Bad Things (Tristan & Danika, book 1) before reading this book.

Any review I write will not do this book justice.

Told in both POVS, we see how this sweet relationship turns bad over the course of the book and by the end of the book, the shocking ending left me sobbing for quite a bit afterwards and had me believing that this relationship was over for good.

R.K. Lilley had me curious about Tristan and Danika in the Up In The Air series so when I found out that she was writing a series for them, I was happy because I wanted to know what happened between these two and how Danika's injury happened. What I didn't plan on was how dark book 2 became for me. I know it's just a book, but dang it if I don't feel like the characters are family when I invest a few hours into these books just by reading.

I can understand why the title is Rock Bottom.

This story definitely needed to be told and I'm glad that R.K. Lilley told it. I love her imagination.

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REVIEW: Dare To Desire by Carly Phillips

Dare to Desire (Dare to Love, #2)Dare to Desire by Carly Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wondered about Alex and his playboy ways in Dare to Love and now we get his story and it's a good one.

So... what do you do when an injury ends your pro football career? You throw away the girl and hide away from life until your half-brother convinces you to come work for them.

There's a catch though. That girl you threw away before, you'll be working on the project with her.

This is book two in the Dare To Love series by Carly Phillips. Alex Dare is the half-brother to Ian Dare, whom we got to know in Dare to Surrender. Anyway...

Alex agrees to go to work for Ian and vows to make things right with Madison, the girl he threw away, by working with her and winning her back.

Madison, the girl, is determined to keep things professional at first. The more time they spend together though, the more she finds herself falling for him and back in his arms.

Once they are back together, will a new job offer for Alex and Madison's foster mother's biological son tear them apart once and for all?

Both Alex and Madison fight through their issues throughout the book and Ian and Riley make an appearance. You can read this as a stand alone book but I highly recommend Dare To Surrender as a read as well.

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REVIEW: Capturing Peace by Molly McAdams

Capturing Peace (Sharing You, #0.5)Capturing Peace by Molly McAdams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When her jerk of a boyfriend leaves her in high school because she wouldn't get an abortion, Reagan immediately learns that men leave. She has the baby (a boy - Parker) and life revolves around him from that moment on. She is a strong, independent woman and the father figure in her son's life is her older brother.

Coen is a friend of her brother's now retired from the Army and pursuing photography full time.

Coen and Reagan's first meeting doesn't go off too hot as they're both headed to lunch with her brother and when she realized her brother set her up, she leaves, furious. Another run in at the park while Parker is playing and the sparks fly even more.

Reagan and Coen come to an understanding at first and decide to just hang out and get to know each other better.

Even though their friendship blossoms, they both must deal with their fears. For Coen, it's his PTSD. For Reagan, it's of Parker's reaction to if the relationship doesn't work and Coen steps out of their lives for good.

When I started this book, I immediately sided with Reagan and saw just how strong and determined that she was. When Coen broke through her walls, I hope that he would let her help him break his own walls down and by the end of the book... I was a blubbering mess.

This was the perfect book to start the Sharing You series.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

REVIEW: Play by Kylie Scott

Play (Stage Dive, #2)Play by Kylie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We met Mal in the first Stage Dive novel (Lick). He befriended Ev in L.A. when things got out of hand with the lawyers the first time and took her to his beach house... anyway... I digress.

Mal's humor from "Lick" comes through even more in this book. But behind his humor is a man in pain. Pain he hides from everyone for as long as he can.

He's at David and Evelyn's place, out on their patio when Anne comes out and takes a call from a friend of hers. She has her own problems. Her roommate moved out without paying her the money she owes her as well as taking most of the furniture and now she's in a bind.

Mal hears her end of the conversation and after some banter, decides she's his girlfriend.

While she's at work the next day, he gets Lauren's help in him moving into Anne's place. States he's her roommate. When she gets home they make a deal. She's his fake girlfriend and he's her roommate.

These two are total opposites. But they click. This fake relationship becomes a friendship and much more for both of them.

I love that Anne never backed down with Mal. She is one strong-willed woman with responsibilities and learns to loosen up a little around him while getting him to open up with her.

I know I fell in love with Mal in "Lick", but in "Play", I became head over heels for him. I need another book focused on him and Anne or just him. I think there is still more story to tell with him, but alas... I'm not the author.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

REVIEW: Lick by Kylie Scott

Lick (Stage Dive, #1)Lick by Kylie Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yep, I read this in 2013 and did a quick re-read before Play came out so this review may not be all the best to judge from but hey... I loved this book regardless.

- Go to Vegas to celebrate 21st birthday with best friend - check
- Wake up with one helluva hangover - check
- With no memory of the events of the night before - check
- With one hunk of a man taking care of you - check
- minus his shirt - check
- but with your name tattoo'd on his bod - check
- and his name tattoo'd on your... ruh roh
- With a rock on your finger - with a wha?

That's right babe... Congratulations... You're married to a Rock Star!

Evelyn and her best friend go to Vegas to celebrate her 21st birthday. While out, she meets a guy and they spend the night talking, drinking, and getting tattoos. Next morning, she's sick with the worst hangover and no memory of the night before. This does not make the shirtless hunk happy.

David - Mr. Rock Star - is part of a band called Stage Dive. The girls love him, but Evelyn isn't like other girls.

Evelyn panics from the news that they're married and flies home but what happened in Vegas flew outta Vegas and spread like wildfire before Evelyn woke from her drunken escapades.

From the moment she steps off the plane to go home, it hits her that her life isn't private anymore. They make it home but when David gets word of what they had done was out, he sends his trusty Security guy to her rescue and has him bring Evelyn to him with the promise that they would work out the divorce/annulment over the course of the next few days.

Jealousy on both parts is evident from the moment Evelyn arrives at the house in L.A. to a party.

Only when his bandmate Mal takes Evelyn to his beach house to calm down does David chase after her and takes her to his house that he barely uses.

Why does he barely use it? It was supposed to be the dream house of his and his ex's.

By the way, his ex... her brother's in the band AND she works for said band.

But I digress.

David and Evelyn start to get to know each other while at the his house and overcome a few obstacles and decide to give their relationship a try until Evelyn catches David in what she thinks is a betrayal. That is just the start of of it for David because as she's leaving... the band is falling apart.

What happens next? It was at this point that I knew I needed to keep reading the book because I had to know whether or not they end up together. So I'm not going to tell you. You gotta read it for yourself.

This is a sweet story and is the first book in the Stage Dive series. I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down. I loved how they fought as hard as they loved and how, they both grew up and took responsibility for their roles and their own lives.

When I finished this book, I knew that I was hooked on this author and could not wait for the next book to come out. I like when that happens.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

REVIEW: Shattered Ink by Laura Wright

Shattered Ink (Wicked Ink Chronicles, #2)Shattered Ink by Laura Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a continuation of Rush and Addison's story from First Ink. Rush and Addison decide to give their relationship another try but obstacles stand in their way beginning with it being a long distance relationship as she's still in college, his ex, and Addison's insecurities.

As with First Ink, you get both his side and her side of their story.

We also get more of Lisa (her best friend) and Vincent (his best friend) and what goes on between those two as an introduction into "Rebel Ink".

While both First Ink and Shattered Ink were too short in my opinion, I was caught up in each book, wanting and hoping that Rush and Addison would have a HEA. Do they? You should read the book to find out for yourself.

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REVIEW: First Ink - Laura Wright

First Ink (Wicked Ink Chronicles, #1)First Ink by Laura Wright

Book read in March, 2014

Addison - broke Rush's heart one day in high school. Cannot forget him and follows his career while she attends college. She thinks the only way to ask for his forgiveness for hurting him is by having him ink her with her first tattoo.

Rush - After being rejected by Addison, Rush gets outta dodge, starts Wicked Ink and becomes an established, sought after Tattoo artist.

When Addison shows up at a convention where he is giving away tattoos, she is chosen as his last canvas of the day. Rush decides the tattoo he will put on her and it's something he won't let her see.

The tension and story line amp up from there. Does this tattoo end up being a revenge tattoo that pushes them further apart or a tattoo that brings them together again?

A friend recommended this book to me late last year, but I had it on my TBR for awhile and then decided to read it after a few others said it was a great, quick read. I found myself grasped in their story and rooting for them both.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Reviews: Revenge Volumes 3, 4, & 5 by J.J. Knight

Revenge, Volume 3 (Revenge, #3)Revenge, Volume 3 by J.J. Knight
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, now that I've been able to read the entire 5 "volumes", I still think this could have been broken into two books, maybe three. Five is a little much, and these are not "volumes". They are barely novellas by themselves. Regardless, I ended up liking these as a whole.

Revenge, Volume 3

Between Dylan and his mood swings and the naive Jess, you can't help but continue reading this volume to see what kind of a train wreck this book is. Throw Riley into the picture for Jess and her life unravels a little more... And as for Nick... just what is Nick up to where Jess and Dylan are concerned?

Revenge, Volume 4

Dylan's smitten, Q's true identity is out, and Jess is beginning to put pieces together between Q, Dylan, Morris Music, Nick and Nick's mother. I finally enjoyed this "novella" more than the first three "novellas".

Revenge, Volume 5

So I finally get to enjoying this little series and bam... no explosive conclusion. I feel let down despite actually ending up enjoying the story of Jess and Dylan.

If you decide to read Revenge, you must read them in order. Each "novella" is a short, quick read in which you could read them in the course of a weekend or over a few weeknights after work.

All in all, I must admit that I'm looking forward to more from J.J. Knight, but the next title is also a series so I will wait to have the entire series before I read them.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: Dear Rockstar by Emme Rollins

Dear Rockstar (Dear Rockstar, #1)Dear Rockstar by Emme Rollins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me just preface this with saying that I grew up in the 80s and still love 80s music to this day. Okay... on with the review.

The book is told in Sara's POV in 80s Jersey. She loves Art and a rock god. Dale is an up and coming musician who moves to Jersey from the west coast and ends up in the same school as Sara. Sara and Dale are strangers when they meet up in an alternative school due to other circumstances that happen in their separate pasts. Dale ends up sitting next to her in one of their classes and feeds her Skittles - SKITTLES - um... adorable.

Sara manages to keep her home life from her friends and from Dale for the most part all while falling in love with Dale. Dale has his own issues stemming from his mother having an affair that had been going on for years.

Dale is the protective, encouraging boyfriend.

When truths come out about Sara's home life, Dale and his father step in but when opportunity comes for her on the same day as Dale's big performance, does she stand by her man or go off on her own?

This book had me enthralled as you don't really know why Sara is going to the alternate school until the book is nearly over. You get a sense of her fears and yet you see just how strong she truly is. With and Without Dale in her life.

Dale may have his issues, but with a positive father that keeps him grounded, he doesn't get too cocky.

Now, I've just learned there's a sequel to this book so now I need to get another Amazon Kindle gift card so I can get it and read it.

If you are looking for a book that doesn't have angst or sex, this isn't it. There isn't alot of sex in here, but it's there.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: Revenge 2 by J.J. Knight

Revenge 2 (Revenge, #2)Revenge 2 by J.J. Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

People shouldn't review this until they've read all 5... it's like all we're getting is a few chapters at a time. I don't think I can give this a FAIR review until I've read all five and I did read part 2 today. I liked it until the end when I decided that he's a scumbag for doing what he did. Going to be interested to see if he's redeemable or if she burns him over. Not holding my breath though, but better than Part 1.

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Review: Tame Me: A Stark International Novella (1) by J. Kenner

Tame Me (Stark International, #1)Tame Me by J. Kenner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Jamie and Ryan --- Nikki's best friend and Damien's head of security.

Jamie and Ryan are in charge of Nikki and Damien's wedding and cleanup. Jamie's set on heading back to Texas and sticking to "The Plan". Ryan coyly plays with her and when she gives in, he says no.

After one night, she takes off (escapes) to Vegas with Ryan not far behind. He comes to her rescue, takes her to Vegas and treats her like a queen. They get to know each other.

Jamie doesn't want to get too attached and refuses to fall... Ryan falls even thought they agree that this is just sex. Yada Yada Yada... this takes place over three-ish days.

Are the scenes hot? Some of them.

In case you are not aware --- this is a NOVELLA... not a full length novel and that was a disappointment for me. I felt the story was rushed and if I had a physical copy of the book, I probably would have thrown it a few times out of frustration and disappointment. Book could have been better.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe SomedayMaybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMGosh... how can I describe this book without giving spoilers - AMAZING would be one word for certain.

I love music and I love books. I love rocker romances and I love rockers. Ridge is not your average rocker. Not by a long shot. Anyway, that's not how I wanted to start this, but I had to get that out. LOL.

Soooo... where to begin... Sydney is putting herself through college, has a boyfriend she loves dearly, and is content with her roommate, Tori. She finds herself drawn outside to her patio nightly at the same time to listen to an impromptu acoustic concert by a guy in an apartment in the complex.

They connect because he needs her help writing lyrics, but then one night changes their relationship when her world crashes and he helps her out.

This is my favorite Colleen Hoover book to date. I found myself lost in the story of Sydney and Ridge and their writing. From their friends and his girlfriend and her ex, you can't help but feel for these two throughout the book.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Review: Then Came Alexandra (Southern Love #1) by E.L. Todd

Then Came Alexandra (Southern Love, #1)Then Came Alexandra by E.L. Todd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*****Thank you to E.L. Todd, the author, for gifting me with a complimentary copy of this book*****

After blaming herself for something that happened while she was a nurse at a hospital in New York and pushing her boyfriend away, then breaking up with him after accusing him of cheating on her, Alex closes herself off from her life there and goes to her Aunt's cotton farm in Georgia.

Her plan, go back to school, get her own place, and move on. She ends up helping her Aunt with her cotton farm, making new friends, and quickly falling love with a young, wealthy, cotton farmer with his own secrets - Blaise.

Alex's Aunt tells Blaise to tell Alex what's going on in his life and to not break her heart, but when Alex finds out from her friends by accident, it shatters her and nothing prepares her for what happens next.

Fair warning gang --- this is a CLIFFY... but, instead of me getting ticked off because it's a cliffy, the book left me wanting to know what's gonna happen next in a good way. I totally didn't see this cliffy coming at all and you may not either.

E.L. Todd has quickly become one of my favorite authors. The way she writes, has my imagination picturing the scenery around the characters as they are interacting moreso than other authors. I love that sex isn't the main portion of her stories as well. It happens, but it isn't the majority of who the characters are.

Another great beginning to an E.L. Todd series.

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Review: Sinners At The Altar (Sinners On Tour) by Olivia Cunning

Sinners at the Altar (Sinners on Tour, #6)Sinners at the Altar by Olivia Cunning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you have not read the Sinners on Tour series by Olivia Cunning (Backstage Pass, Wicked Beat, Rock Hard, Hot Ticket and Double Time), then you should not read this book yet. Spoilers are abound for you. Heck spoilers are ahead for you even if you've read the book – YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.

This book is about four of the five Sinners weddings – Brian and Myrna from Backstage Pass (Appetite for Seduction), Eric and Rebekah from Wicked Beat (Sweet Love Of Mine), Sed and Jessica from Rock Hard (Patience), and Jace and Aggie from Hot Ticket (November Rain). Olivia Cunning has said that we'll get Trey's wedding in Regan's book (from the Exodus End series that she is writing). And don't worry... we do get Trey in these stories as well.

From a Vegas wedding to one on the beach in the rain to one overseas with ghosts and a castle to one that changes venue, all of these scenarios have our Rock Gods and their woman saying their vows.

These wonderful, sexy, alpha Rockers and their woman bring the sex and the love with as much passion as in the Sinner on Tour series. You get to know each of these couples even more and that makes you fall in love with them even more.

I honestly thought out of these four that I would love Brian's story the most, but honestly, I can't choose. Sed's story was winning until Ms. Cunning brought a little bit of the paranormal into one of the other stories that made me love that one the most in this book. I do love my paranormal romances.

If you've read the Sinners on Tour series, you will love this book, no doubt.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: UnCaged by Harper Sloan

Uncaged (Corps Security, #3.5)Uncaged by Harper Sloan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*** May contain spoilers ***

This novella is a continuation of Greg Cage and Melissa's story told mostly from Greg's point of view with a little of Melissa's point of view and Cohen' point of view. This is meant to be read in order after the other books in the series and should not be read as a solo book.

The Cage family is expecting and bring us along for the ride. When tragedy strikes, the humor and love and bond that the family has grows stronger. The Corps Security team is also along for the ride and make brief appearances as does Sway and even Maddox.

This novella had me laughing and crying... hell, it gutted me for a bit. Harper Sloan sure can write characters that can be all alpha, but also sweet and kind and loving... tender, and emotional. She's become one of my favorite authors.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: Snowed In by Melanie Shawn

Snowed In (The Hope Falls Series, #7)Snowed In by Melanie Shawn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***THANK YOU to the author for an ARC copy. This review may or may not contain spoilers***

What happens when the Flight Attendant and the Politician ignite sparks from a one night stand?

Nikki Maguire and Mike Gowan are two strangers that are stranded in a hotel due to bad weather. He needs to get back to DC and she was headed home to Hope Falls.

He saves her from unwanted advances from another man and she likes that he's easy on the eyes. The conversation is free flowing for these two and while they notice how attractive the other is, nothing happens until after they survive being stuck in the elevator for a little while.

What happens when they both believe that what they shared was just more than great sex and they can't get each other out of their heads? Nikki enlists the help of her Book club besties and her sister to help her navigate whatever this relationship is and Mike deals with the overcontrolling mother and assistant and the ex that just refuses to go away as he pursues Nikki.

When it all comes to a head, will these two admit their love and weather the storm?

This series is my guilty pleasure that helps me destress from a long day at work. Jake and Tessa (Let It Snow, book 8) are my favorite couple, but I have the first four to read yet and will do that soon.

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Review: Snow Days by Melanie Shawn

Snow Days (The Hope Falls Series, #6)Snow Days by Melanie Shawn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Amy Maquire is a 29 year old single lady that decides to create a 3 phased plan to great, passionate sex.

Matt Kellan is a widower of 5 years who moves to Hope Falls at his uncle's (the Mayor's) suggestion to fill a postion that has opened up at the high school.

When Amy and Matt are thrown together, he learns of her secret that she's been careful to protect and volunteers to help her.

She learns to let go, feel, and love while he learns to love differently and let go of his first love.

Will these two tell each other the truth about their feelings for each other or will they stick to their friends with benefits plan?

I loved this book because of Amy's shyness at times and her professional way at times that she dealt with this little project of hers. She made me laugh as well as cry. She has a beautiful heart and a wonderful soul.

I also loved this book because of Matt. His patience with Amy and his heart to heart with his uncle embedded him in my heart for certain.

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Review: Snow Angel by Melanie Shawn

Snow Angel (The Hope Falls Series, #5)Snow Angel by Melanie Shawn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***The author kindly gave me an ARC of this book. Although they did not ask for a review, I wanted to give one and say THANK YOU.***


Eric Maquire has recently been appointed the Police Chief. He's got a nice house, hot tub, and a dog. Sick of casual hook ups, Eric's eye catches the new girl in town.

Lily is new in town with a past that she'd rather have stay buried and hence why she never stays in one place for too long. She comes to town to choreograph Karina Black's winter tour. She ends up renting the house next door to Eric.

What happens when they both agree to an exclusive friends with benefits relationship and someone from her past comes to threaten her present and future? Does Lily leave the community she has come to adore? Does Eric let her go? Meh... I'd read this one if I were you.

I fell in love with Hope Falls when I read Let It Snow (book 8). This is book 5. And like Let it Snow, I feel that it can be read as a stand alone.

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Review: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest High, #1)Fallen Crest High by Tijan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sam's world is shattered when she comes home to her mom packing them up and telling her that she and Sam are moving in with the man she's been having an affair with. Sam's not happy about it, but packs up and moves into the house of the two prized richboys of her school's rivals.

Sam's plan? Steer clear of Mason and Logan Kade, keep what's happening in her home life away from her friends at school, and run to cope with it all, all while not giving a damn. She's just trying to survive high school.

High school drama ensues and she learns to coexist with the Kade brothers.

She rebels a little, breaks up with the cheating boyfriend and learns that some friendships were nothing but fake.

What happens when she finds herself attracted to her future step-brother? I'm not tellin... you gotta read this book!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review: Breaking Spades by W. Ferraro

Breaking Spades (Hamden, #4)Breaking Spades by W. Ferraro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spoilers may be ahead - YOU'VE BEEN WARNED !!!

Another Hamden man... troubled in his own way, demons of his own to battle, makes a huge mistake thirteen years prior when he loves and leaves a girl. That girl - CeCe - manages to get past the hurt he made her feel and move on with her life. Flash forward thirteen years. CeCe has her own clothing store, is successful, and seeing someone. When someone starts stalking her, her self-appointed big brother calls his PI friend to take the case. Not knowing just what happened between the PI and CeCe all those years ago.

CeCe and Jarod keep their walls up, but slowly they break the walls down. They battle each other every way while the stalker continues to lurk.

It all comes to a head and when it does, you'll need tissues.

So now that I've read all four of these books... my Hamden men order is 1. Dylan; 2. Jarod; 3. Wes; 4. Seth. If there are any more Hamden men coming, I'm anxiously waiting!

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Review: Three of Diamonds by W. Ferraro

Three of Diamonds (Hamden, #3)Three of Diamonds by W. Ferraro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The following review may contain spoilers - read at your own risk.

We were introduced to Wes in the first two books of this series as Wes is best friends with both Seth (Book 1) and Dylan (Book 2). I don't know why, but I believed that Wes was just some stiff suit shirt and I was so far from the truth. Ladies, this man is just HAWT! To say he's an "Adonis" is putting it mildly. His Alpha male tendencies sometimes take a backseat to the soft touches of a gentle man with how he deals with Lola and her brother, Boyd.

I love this book for everything that Lola and Wes are both apart and together and seeing how family is such a big part of this series, to see how Wes becomes such a big part of a brother figure and authorative figure to Boyd just melted my heart even more.

Lola is another spitfire of a woman that despite the trials she's gone through has come through it on the better side without a man to show her the way. She's raised her brother and volunteers for a place that is a place for children with special needs.

Their first encounter, they both felt the electricity. Their second encounter, was masked... but then Lola figures out who he is and how she knows him when he comes into the bar she just started working in.

He is intrigued by her and wants to get to know her better but can't understand why she is so frosty to him. When he figures it out, it's a big elephant in the room.

Whenever they are together, there are questions that need answers and secrets that they keep to themselves and that he's kept from his friends.

Enter Mae and Natalie as well as their men to lovingly interfere a little and show family unity and love.

This series not only is about the love of a man and a woman but about family and I love to see how that is interwoven.

Off to read Breaking Spades and root for CeCe and Jarod.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Review: Three of Spades by W. Ferraro

Three of Spades (Hamden, #2)Three of Spades by W. Ferraro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started out going to read Breaking Spades earlier this week and realized I hadn't read Books 2 or 3 of this series yet so I was very excited... I've got three books to read... all about the Hamden men. Woohoo!

Anyway... so, we were first introduced to Dylan Cross in the first Hamden series book - Three of Hearts. Notorious playboy and one of Seth's bet friends.

Let's meet Natalie - devoted daughter, kindergarten teacher, nerdy bookworm.

Family drama leads Natalie to do something she never would have done. She goes to a bar hoping to proposition someone to be her boyfriend to make her mom happy. She ends up literally bumping into Dylan and they are both stunned by the other.

These two are total opposites, but something is there and Dylan feels it. He brings Natalie into his circle of friends and finds himself doing things with her that he normally wouldn't do with any other woman. Natalie experiences many firsts with him, including jealousy of other women. They go on dates, he meets her family, he sticks up to her brothers on her behalf.

Good things never last right, and she did expect whatever they had to end, but does it and just what did Dylan write on that piece of paper and seal in that envelope?

All I know is that there were certain places in this book where I actually could here Bruno Mars' song "Just The Way You Are" playing in my head. I fell for Dylan, hook, line and sinker and the last name Cross is no longer related to some billionaire business owner in New York. LOL

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: Rare & Precious Things by Raine Miller

Rare and Precious Things (The Blackstone Affair, #4)Rare and Precious Things by Raine Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The past comes back into both Brynne and Ethan's lives as they prepare their wonderful new (old) home for the birth of their little peach.

While I admit there were a few scenes that got to me emotionally, I felt that a little more drama and jealousy could have been added to how they handled both their own pasts and each other's in this conclusion to their story (at least for now).

I loved how they worked through things, but Ethan didn't push Brynne in this book the way he did in the first three and vice versa and that's what I missed even with the intense chemistry they shared.

I don't want to give away any SPOILERS so I'll just say that if you absolutely adored the first three books, go into the fourth book with no expectations as to outcomes. I think that was my downfall. I had read leaked scenes and allowed my imagination to wander and I normally never do that with a book I've been waiting for.

I'm sad to see them go, but I hope that if Raine writes about others in their circle that they'll appear from time to time so I can swoon over Ethan and root for Brynne to really show him who's boss in the relationship. Ha!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Let It Snow by Melanie Shawn

Let It Snow (The Hope Falls Series, #8)Let It Snow by Melanie Shawn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off, if you're like me and you like to read a series of books from the beginning, go read the other seven books. They are now on my TBR wish list because I DID NOT REALIZE that this was actually book 8 of the series. Can this be read as a standalone --- I believe so, but I really would have loved to have gotten to know the town and characters more since this is book 8 of the series before I read book 8 of the series. Shame on me... but when one of my favorite authors said --- You gotta read this book... well, I blindly went and one-clicked over at Amazon and began reading. So.. onto my review.

Tessa Hayes is heading back to a place she called home for a year thirteen years after she left, heartbroken and believing she was doing the right thing.

Jake Maguire's world crashed from high to low over the course of three days thirteen years ago and now he was bitter, angry, and still not over his broken heart.

Tessa comes to town only because she needs to settle her grandmother's estate. She hoped to slip into town and not run into Jake right away, but her small bladder has other plans.

Jake's at the bar entertaining some of his underlings as one of the B.B.B.s tries to get him to take her home for the evening when his brother comes into the bar to tell him that Tessa's in town. As he's telling her, Jake sees Tessa as she tries to make her way back to her car with little to no contact.

Jake's looking for answers to why Tessa's back and why she left. Tessa's just wanting to fix up and sell her grandmother's house so she can go back to southern California and start her own photography studio.

Family and friends help to remind Tessa of how happy she was in the town and a talk or two with Jake about what happened thirteen years ago and why she left have her wavering though until the first snow of the year and Jake is upset with how she chose his life for him thirteen years prior.

Will the sale of her grandmother's home lead her to stay or on her way out of town for good?

You should read to find out... ha!

This is an awesome story of a true love that reconnects and overcomes obstacles that are thirteen years old, but stubborness may keep them apart. I enjoyed this book and now I need more fundage for my kindle account to go back and get the other books to read the series. I look forward to reading them as well as other works by Melanie Shawn in the future.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review: Revenge, #1 by J.J. Knight

Revenge (Revenge, #1)Revenge by J.J. Knight
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From dust to dolled up in three days.

***I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

My main reason for only giving this three stars is because it is the first of five parts. To me, a good portion is fluff... from the skanky roommate to the security guards at her new job to the vice-president. I found myself asking just how important is the skanky roommate to the story?

This story opens with Jess on her second day in Los Angeles. Why is she out there? To start an internship at a Music company that stars with an M. She finds a street performer that she is attracted to immediately. She gets mugged at the end of his performance, he chases after the guy while she broods about and wonders if he gets hurt.

She starts in the archives of her new job the next morning and gets send up to see the vice-president, gets questioned about the guy in the video that is going viral and gets sent right back down to archives to finish out the day.

Day two - as soon as she gets into the office, she's sent up to see her new supervisor and becomes Eye Candy - aka Talent Coordinator... her mission - bag Brandon. Who's Brandon she wonders. She'll find out on day three AFTER she goes shopping on the company's dime to doll up.

Day three - she's late to a 9am meeting at which Brandon is the video guy - aka Dylan. After he storms out of the meeting, she's sent after him to find out where he's "stashed" Susan.

She and Dylan talk outside of the office as he goes to his car. He gives her an ultimatum and then this book ends. You may call it a cliffhanger... I call it bs. I'm not sure if I want to read the rest of the story... this first one did nothing for me.

But because I thought that it built her up pretty well and the attraction she had for Dylan and all his sexiness, I refuse to give this one or two stars.

I think I'll wait until the other four are out to read the rest of the series at once.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review: Perfect Together (Serendipity's Finest, Book #3) by Carly Phillips

Perfect Together (Serendipity's Finest, #3)Perfect Together by Carly Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the last in the Serendipty Finest series of books that Carly has written. While on her site, it looks like there will be a book for Tess Barron, I honestly haven't searched to find out if she's still writing that book. I have fallen in love with this town so much that Carly gave me a serious book hangover after each one. This last, no exception, was the hardest though.

While you don't have to read the Serendipity Series before you've read this series, I guarantee you'll fall in love with the town and the characters she introduces you to and they are mentioned a little in this series.

But I'm not here to leave a review of the other books and novellas related to Serendipity. I'm here to give a review of Perfect Together.

Perfect Together is the story about Sam Marsden and Nicole Farnsworth. We've gotten to know Sam through the Serendipity's Finest series as a brother and friend. Now we get to know him as a man who's been hurt in the past and isn't looking to get hurt again.

We were introduced to Nicole when she came to town in a previous book (I'm not going to mention which one because I want you to read the other two books in the series if you haven't) to warn Sam's sister and to get her sister the help she needs. There were sparks between Sam and Nicole then and Nicole never forgot that when she went back home. Neither did Sam.

The story picks up a few months later after Nicole realizes that her life is not the one she wants. She ends her engagement and moves to Serendipity to open a specialty bake shop after she discovers that her ex-fiance's father is up to some illegal dealings. She doesn't think that they believe she heard anything. Not sure of how to tell her father, who is partner's with her ex's father, in the business, she leaves.

She comes to town and immediately forms a friendship with Macy who invites her to ladies' night at Joe's Bar. When she doesn't meet Macy there and Macy asks Sam and the gang if they've seen her, she also blurts out that Nicole lives above the bar now and Sam volunteers to go get her.

The sparks are still there from the moment they meet. From their very public kiss in the town square to even when both of them are attempting to push each other away, it's always there.

When Nicole's ex shows up because daddy orders him to bring Nicole back home to get married, Macy tries to discourage him as she is looking out for Nicole. Macy and the ex hang out and the ex begins to see that Nicole was right about their relationship.

Nicole keeps what she knows about her ex's dad from him and from Sam and she doesn't know that her ex knows. When some out of town art dealers come for the local art fair and the ex sees them, he knows it's not good and when he looses sight of Nicole, he goes to Sam. It was then that he knew he was falling for Macy and had let go of Nicole.

Sam and the ex work together to keep Nicole safe and nail his father.

Meanwhile, Macy's falling for the ex and gets upset when he leaves with barely saying goodbye, but he leaves her with a plea.

Characters from the previous books are in this story and we get updates on Sam's family.

I am not giving away anything more.

Am I sad that Serendipity's Finest is finished? Yep... but I will be coming back to visit them often. The Marsden family is a loving family with faults and all that fights for each other and for the town's residents and visitors from the moment you meet them.

Farewell Sam and Mike and Erin... for now.

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