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

***Thank you to the author for an ARC copy. May or may not contain spoilers***

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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