Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blog Blitz: WANT IT by Jennifer Chance - plus a review



Jennifer Chance returns with another novel that'll keep you hooked.

Erin Connelly meets alpha male Zander James in WANT IT, the third novel in Jennifer Chance's sizzling Rule Breakers series! This one is not to be missed by readers looking for their military romance fix!



Want to get to know Jennifer better? Check out this exclusive interview!


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About WANT IT:

In the latest tantalizing Rule Breakers novel from Jennifer Chance, an irresistible alpha male follows his ex into a deadly standoff—and reignites a heated affair.

For Erin Connelly, being a good girl isn’t such a bad thing. She’s working her dream job at a Boston art gallery and staying out of trouble, which is more than she can say for her deadbeat mom. Unfortunately, her mother’s latest misadventure lands her in the clutches of a Mexican drug lord. Now the only person who can save her is the one man Erin has no business asking for help: the sexy-as-sin army ranger who just so happens to be her former high school sweetheart.

Zander James is no gentleman—and no officer, either, thanks to Erin. Four years ago, she made a call that terminated his highest aspirations ... and their relationship. He’s never forgiven her, but when he learns that Erin’s embarking on a half-baked rescue mission, he sure as hell can’t let her go alone. Now, with a treacherous enemy lying in wait, the electrifying tension between them may just be Zander’s undoing. Because while he may be able to keep Erin alive, he can’t promise to keep his hands off her.


Also in the Rule Breaker series: Rock It (Book #1) and Fake It (Book #2) by Jennifer Chance!



About Jennifer Chance:

Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series, which feature sexy, wish-come-true romances that launched with ROCK IT and FAKE IT in 2014. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio.





Excerpt 2: Why Not?

A note to readers from author Jennifer Chance:

In this scene, Erin is getting all tripped up in her own conflicting emotions, beliefs and memories about Zander, especially since seeing him again has made her doubt her own decisions so completely. She’s just explained to her housemate Dani everything that happened that fateful night, and Dani, being Dani, blows through all of her protestations and cuts to the important part: Erin and Zander will be in the brownstone, together and alone, for the first time in four years. Even as Dani suggests what obviously might happen in such a situation, Erin resists… for what she thinks is a very good reason.

“I’m serious, Dani,” Erin snapped. “I made the call that got Zander arrested. You can’t get into West Point if you’ve been arrested, or if you can, Zander’s father either didn’t have that kind of pull or refused to exercise it. And Zander knew that immediately, the night this all happened. I didn’t understand at first, and by the time I did, it was all over.” Erin drew in a shuddering breath. “So Zander ended up enlisting the very next day. I think Gran Ginny told me that, actually, days later. God knows I never went out to the cape again after that night.”
“And you never spoke to him again,” Dani said.
“Not really,” Erin muttered. There had been one time, yes. And hadn’t that been an epic fail.
But Dani wasn’t done yet. “So that was it for you guys. Four years in the military, and neither one of you unbent enough to admit that you were wrong and ask for forgiveness?”
Erin scowled at her. “Since when do you ask for forgiveness?”
“I don’t.” Dani shrugged. “But I’m not you. Making things right is important to you, and if your Zander’s as Boy-Scouty as he sounds, it’s important to him, too. But not so important, apparently, for either of you, that you’d actually give up anything for it.”
Erin’s frown deepened. “Aren’t you supposed to be helping here?”
“Nope.” Dani grinned at her. “But I’m about to. He’s coming over tonight, isn’t he? You want me to find somewhere else to sleep?”
“What? No.” Erin’s eyes widened. “Dani, it’s not like that. It’s food and conversation, nothing more. I’m not even expecting him until six or whatever. I figured I’d just paint upstairs until dinner is done, then come down and get everything together. But we’re just going to talk, seriously. I’m not turning the entire brownstone into some sort of love nest.”
“Why not?” Dani asked. “He’s home, what, for just a couple weeks? Why not make things right while he’s still in town?”
“Because he hates me, maybe? That seems like a pretty good reason.”

My Review:

As the third book in the series, Want it visit Dani's life and her past love, Zander. The chemistry between the two is so intense - I could envision the smoke coming off of my Kindle! 
Dani is very naive and looks for approval from those in her life. A people pleaser, she can't help but want to rescue her mother from Mexico.  On the other hand, Zander is about fun and living life to the fullest. He insists on going with Dani to Mexico, and they fall back into each other's arms very easily. 

While Dani's naivete was annoying at times, I really enjoyed how her and Zander complemented each other. This is a book, and series, well worth the read!

My Rating: 4 Stars!

*I was given an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

RELEASE DAY!! Through the Veil by Christi Snow



Title: Through the Veil
Author: Christi Snow
Genre: Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Paranormal Romance
Where to buy: 



About the Story:

58 years ago a gorge opened up from Mobile, AL to Quebec City, Canada to split the United States into the Western States (WS) and the Eastern States (ES). 

40 years later a fog rolled in on the WS that they called the Veil. Within twelve hours it formed an impenetrable wall between the two sides. 

It’s been 18 years since anyone has known what’s happening on the other side of the Veil. 

Now, Lori, an Other, in a desperate attempt at escape from the ES’s torture and experimentation, has crossed the Veil and found a world beyond belief. 

Marcus is a Warrior, but when Lori collapses at his feet wounded and exhausted, he knows he has to protect her. But seeing that she’s the first person he’s seen in 18 years without wings, he’s worried about what her appearance means for his people and the world they’ve created since the Veil fell. 

Two new societies: one built on a respect for the natural order of nature and the world, the other built on mistrust and corruption. Can they learn to co-exist once again?


My Review:

This is a book unlike any other I have read. The world that the author created is so unique and creative, keeping the reader wanting more!

For the last 18 years, the East and West have been separated by a thick fog that is called the Veil. No one can penetrate it....until now. Lori is an other and has the power to go through the Veil, which she does. She falls at the feet of Warrior Marcus and thus the story begins. 

Marcus and the rest of the Warriors from the Western States live in TREES. They built tree houses for them to live in and escape the predators that live on the ground. They get there by flying up to their house. Yes!! The Warriors all have beautiful wings!

This story is so complex and unique in a good way. The chemistry between Lori and Marcus is fantastic!! Even the secondary characters have such a strong bond with each other, making the wait for book #2 difficult! There is suspense, love, romance, fantasy, and so much more within this book. The Warriors are so sexy and HOT!! The leaders of the Others are intense and sinister. There is something for everyone within this one story!

I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading. FIVE STARS from me!!

My Rating: 5 amazing Stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 



Monday, August 25, 2014

Campus Cravings Release Day!!



It's release day for Campus Cravings, a m/m anthology, featuring an assortment of amazing authors!

I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC and let me tell you, they are so darn good!!

Two standouts for me are:

Private Lessons by KyAnn Waters
and
Switching Leads by Mia Downing

Oh my hotness!! Both are 5 star stories for me!!


My review of Private Lessons:

Ryan Kane could lose his scholarship and his position on the pitch. Jake Finely offers to help. Only Ryan and Jake discover their private lessons have more to do with sex ed than Business Ethics. When a tenured professor offers Ryan an indecent proposal to make the grade, will he choose soccer or Jake?

Poor Ryan is trying to keep his grades up while playing on Cathia's soccer team. Little does he know that his professor loathes jocks and thinks Ryan is just another stereotypical one. Assistant Professor, Jake, offers to help tutor Ryan which leads to some very steamy and heated sessions. <

The story ended a lot differently than I expected...in a good way!! I love the chemistry between Jake and Ryan. Ryan's teammates also react unexpectedly,which made me smile. 

I give this story a 4.5 Star Rating


My review of Switching Leads:

Coach John Graham needs a new assistant for Cathia U's equestrian team. The last person he expects to get the job walks into the barn and stops his heart. How is he supposed to focus on the team when his ex-lover—sexy horse trainer Finn Parker—wants back into his life…and into his bed?

First of all, the chemistry between Finn and John is SMOKING HOT right from the get go. Finn sees a sexy behind underneath the hood of a broken down car. Being the nice guy that he is, he goes to help and find that the sexy behind belongs to his college boyfriend, Finn. Finn is injured and in need of a job, so the Athletic Director names him Assistant Coach of the equestrian team. Too bad John is the head coach and wants nothing to do with Finn.

Throughout the story, the tension between John and Finn is steamy. John has issues going on at home and he needs a good assistant to help take the load off. But, he doesn't want that to be Finn. Seeing him all of the time hurts and creates more stress for John. The scene in the bar where Finn confronts John is one of my favorite moments in the entire story. 

I give this story a solid 5 Star Rating



All of the other stories are just as good, but these are the two that really stood out to me. If you are new to the m/m genre, or are looking for a really good m/m read, you will LOVE this group of stories!!

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Campus Cravings M/M Bundle Cover Reveal

Today I am happy to be a part of the Campus Cravings M/M Bundle 
Cover Reveal!

Isn't he just yummy?



Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today's hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, with over 200,000 words featuring sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love.

Annabeth Albert: Winning Bracket 
Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock
Dalton Diaz: Lesson Learned
Mia Downing: Switching Leads
Whitley Gray: Artistic Endeavor
Bianca Sommerland: Solid Education
KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons
LA Witt: Did Somebody Order a Pizza?
Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life

The Campus Cravings male/male bundle will release on August 25th! 

Add Campus Cravings to your Goodreads to-be-read-list here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22738703-campus-cravings

Monday, July 7, 2014

LOVE TIES by Em Petrova BLOG TOUR



Hi everyone!! Today I am posting as part of My Family's Heart
Book Review and Tour

Presenting 

LOVE TIES

by

Em Petrova




TITLE – Love Ties
SERIES – Club Ties
AUTHOR – Em Petrova
GENRE – contemporary erotic romance
PUBLISHER – Taliesin Publishing
WHERE TO PURCHASE -   

About the Book:

You can take the motorcycle chick out of the club, but she’ll always come back.

When her momma saddled her with a name like Ever, she didn’t have a prayer of a normal life. Mix in a motorcycle club and a lot of rough adoptive fathers, and Ever is raised not to take any flack. Five years ago she battled her way out of the Life, got a degree and a good job. The only thing that would bring her back to Heller’s Gap and within range of her ex is revenge.

Jamison’s motorcycle club doesn’t live, breathe, and ride for drugs and guns, unless they’re fighting to uncover the roots of the crimes. After years of watching his friends and loved ones die, Jamison’s only desire is to stop more of the trade from coming into Heller’s Gap. At least until he gets an eye—and hand—full of the redheaded vixen, Ever.

In spite of the world she hates, Ever can’t stay away from the god dressed in black leather. When he discovers she’s practically MC royalty, and that she’s being hunted by her ex and his gang, Jamison’s instincts to protect rev to new speeds. He’d do just about anything to keep her, even help her get the revenge she craves…if it doesn’t break him first


Excerpt:


The instant he walked into The Gearhead bar, she knew it. Chatter stuttered to a stop, and the cover band seemed to trip on the beat. Without looking over her shoulder, Ever felt Jamison’s heavy stare.

A shiver raced down her spine, but she managed to keep from contorting into a strange shape on the barstool. Jamison Montgomery. Hell, even his name had serious swagger.

Gripping her glass, she stared at the green contents. Sex with an Alligator was her drink of choice, which had amused the hell out of Jamison from the very beginning. Ever hitched her boot heel on the stool rung and tried not to squirm.

From the corner of her eye she glimpsed the man who stopped every lady—and quite a few men—in their tracks. Six-foot-two with a chiseled chest that served as a fine pillow. Not that she’d admit it to anyone.

The pretty bartender leaned across the polished surface. “Wow, look at him. I bet a girl could ride him to Sturgis and back.”

As if she didn’t know exactly who the brunette referred to, Ever glanced around. And instantly regretted it.

Jamison’s deep hazel gaze latched onto her like a motorhead attached himself to a restored Harley. Ever’s skin broke out in goose bumps at the sight of the same five o’clock shadow that had burned her skin so deliciously not twelve hours ago.  

She clenched her knees together and took a slug of the green drink that tasted like a sour apple hard candy.
“Do you know who that is?” the bartender asked.

Barely turning her head, Ever tried not to let him catch her gaze again, but damn if he wasn’t a professional at it. She let him consume her with his eyes a heartbeat too long. Then shaking her head, she dragged her gaze away from his ruggedly beautiful face and tried to play it cool. “Just some dirtbag.”

Her drawl was Deep South even to her own ears—something Jamison had commented on. That and her name. There weren’t a lot of girls named Ever on the big blue ball they called Earth. When explaining her name, she always claimed her mother had named her this, because given a choice, she’d never, ever get pregnant again.

Three stools down, the scrape of metal legs on the dusty wood floor made Ever’s skin prickle. Anything the man touched or looked at turned her into runny grits. The bartender smoothed her hands over her perfectly trim hips before bouncing down to take his order.

“What can I get ya tonight, loverboy?”

“Double of Jack.” When he spoke, his gritty tone ignited Ever. Too well she recalled him calling her baby in the same voice, sounding as if he’d swallowed gaskets and chased them with moonshine.

Ever’s fists clenched with fresh need.

She’d regretted coming back to this Podunk town where she’d spent too many years as someone’s wife. Then the purdiest man in the state of Alabama had wandered through the door.

Too bad he was not a cowboy. Or a banker. A post office worker. Hell, she’d prefer a sewer employee over another man wearing leather and sporting too much horsepower. 

She shifted in her seat, aware of Jamison’s gaze. She didn’t dare turn her head because her face would light up like the Fourth of July. With a complexion like hers, she had little control over her blushes.

Last night Jamison kissed her heated cheeks and rumbled a laugh. “You match your hair,” he’d said.

“I’ve gotta use the lady’s room. Save my drink.” Ever’s mutter to the waitress didn’t go unnoticed by Mr. Tight Jeans. She didn’t get halfway down the corridor leading to the restrooms when leather and earthy aftershave overwhelmed her.
He grabbed her elbow and whirled her. Her back struck the wall, but he slid a hand behind her in time to cushion the impact. As Jamison leaned in, breath minty and lips inviting as hell, she panted for control.

“Just some dirtbag, huh?”

He was dressed to kill in those dark jeans, his motorcycle club T-shirt, and a black leather vest that fitted to every muscled inch of his torso. Ever’s knees sagged, and he trapped her more firmly against the wall.

Dipping his head, he nuzzled her throat. She sucked in a harsh breath and fought the urge to twist her fingers into his leather cut and yank him down. The memory of those heated lips gliding over her flesh was almost too much to bear.
“Was I just some dirtbag to you last night?”

“Y-yes.” Her whisper was a lie, and they both knew it. God, how was she going to continue to resist this man? Every nerve ending in her body begged for his callused touch. But no, she had too much to lose.

Going back to the Life wasn’t an option. She’d busted her ass to break free of the world of guns, drugs, and anything on two wheels.

In the background the band struck a new song, the drummer a little too enthusiastic. Heller’s Gap had never been known for its musical talent, but someone had to keep couples revolving on The Gearhead’s dance floor.

What the hell had she been thinking to even come into a biker bar? Old habits would kill her in the end.


My Thoughts:

Where do I even begin? Oh, Jamison. You stole my heart and I don't want it back!

This is a MC book like no other. Jaimson is part of the Hell's Son's MC and they are "good". Fighting drugs, crime, and with the law on their side, they keep the streets clean in their town. Ever comes back to town for revenge and sets eyes on Jaimson. Not wanting to be a part of The Life again, she tries to fight her desire for Jamison. But, that is just a waste of time because he wants her and he wants her BAD. The passion between these two is combustible! 

This book has everything I LOVE in a story - HOT guys, SUPER HOT hero, a kick ass heroine who can fight for herself, but is ok with letting her man fight for her. Did I mention the hero, Jamison? I pictured him as a cross between Jax (from SOA) and Joe Manganiello. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm.  I did not want to put it down and even dragged out finishing it. I DID NOT WANT IT TO END!! I definitely have a massive book hangover from Love Ties. 

My Rating: 5 AMAZING STARS




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Friday, June 13, 2014

Overwhelmed by You - by Nashoda Rose





Title: Overwhelmed by You
Author: Nashoda Rose


About the Book:

KAT 

I don’t beg.
I don’t cry.
And I don’t give second chances.

Ream, the lead guitarist of the rock band Tear Asunder, deserves a gold medal for best dick move ever when he ran the moment he discovered my secret after two days of hot sex. Then he brings some chick to my coming home party from the hospital—after being shot. 
I hate him. 

Until … 

Ream’s six foot two frame unfolds out of the car after being gone on tour for eight months. I stared. And in my defense, any girl would stare. It would almost be rude not to because Ream was the type of guy who stood out. Not because he was loud and obnoxious. No, it was because he was the complete opposite. Subtle and dangerously quiet. If he spoke, you’d better hope he liked you because otherwise you’d be falling at his feet begging for mercy. Except me … I don’t beg—ever. 
But when our eyes locked, it was Ream’s steady confidence that had my nerves shooting off like jet sprinklers. 

Then…

Ream told me he didn’t need a second chance because he was still working on his first.


REAM

Sex is ugly. It’s using someone for your own narcissistic pleasure. I did it, but hated it—until her. She was unfuckinexpected. Then I had to wreck our beginning with my screwed up past. I don’t deserve her, but I’m selfish and I’m taking her anyway. This is who I am and it’s too late to change me.


*Warning contains violence, sexual content, and coarse language. Some scenes may be triggers. Mature audiences 18+ 

A contemporary romance with lots of angst


My Thoughts:

Ms. Rose...you did it again. You made me love a dark, angsty book. Overwhelmed by You is book #2 in the Tear Asunder series. The first book (and novella) was dark and full of unexpected twists. This one is no different. Just when I thought things were calm for Kat & Ream...BAM! More angst and surprises.

It picks up 2 years after book one. I did not see Kat's life heading the way it did, but I loved it. Also, I was in way prepared for her secret! WOW! Talk about a doozy! 

Ream is broken. So very broken. But, he loves Kat and promises to make her his. Just when things were good and I thought they would get their HEA, something happens to change that. 

I am really looking forward to more from this author. She has won me over with this series! 

My Rating: 5 Amazing Stars

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Diesel by Piper Malone



Title: Diesel
Author: Piper Malone
Genre: New Adult


About the Story:

Is he a snake in the garden…
Diesel guards her loyalties and her privacy fiercely. In order to protect both, she never wavers from her ironclad shell of self-control. So when intrepid entertainment blogger Elliot Archer breaches the gates of Eden, the nightclub sensation over which she reigns, her defenses heighten. Is Elliot here to document her kingdom, or tear apart her paradise? 

Or the key to her salvation…
Just as she feared, Elliott begins to break down her walls. Her desires stir, ignited by his sinful body and heated stares. With his tender words, strong heart, and quest to make her whole, Elliot opens her soul as no one ever has. 

Or the push to her downfall? 
When Diesel finally releases the last pieces of herself to Elliot, her kingdom is set ablaze, scorching the heart she safeguarded for years. Can Elliot’s love be enough to heal her wounds before it is too late?


My Thoughts:

Diesel is by a new to me author, Piper Malone. The story starts out with Elliot being forced to check out a HOT new club in NYC and meet with the club owner, Diesel. Assuming Diesel is a 'he', Elliot is stunned at their first meeting. Diesel keeps herself at arm's length from anyone wanting to get too close. However, Elliot is one hot male specimen and D can't get him out of her mind.

This book has all the potential to be an amazing story! The writing is really great and has just enough details without being too much. The sexual tension between Elliot and Diesel is HOT, HOT, HOT!!  Unfortunately, the story fell flat at the end and became predictable.  The conflict between them was so out of character for Elliot and could have been resolved if he listened. His reaction to the situation was contradictory to how he acted throughout the rest of the story. It ended the way I assumed it would and didn't wow me. 


My Rating:  3.5 Stars

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Snowcroft Lost by Christi Snow....Release Day and a Contest!!


Snowcroft Lost Release Day! 

Snowcroft Lost (Book #1 Snowcroft Men) is Christi Snow's newest series set in a sleepy little mountain town in New Mexico. There are secrets, lies, and intrigue in this friends-to-lovers, male/male, romantic suspense.


 Snowcroft Lost is available now on Amazon for $2.99! Prefer print? Buy Snowcroft Lost in paperback and the Kindle edition will be offered for .99! 


Stay tuned for a contest! A signed Christi Snow book, a mug, and some swag are being offered as a special prize package. Details to come after a look at the Snowcroft Lost cover and description. 








Story Description...

Secrets and Lies…
Everyone has them. Big ones. Little ones.

For Trevor Mayne and Jamie Vaughn, secrets and lies are how they’ve made their fourteen year friendship work. Don’t talk about it. Ignore it and it won’t be real. Pretend like everything’s fine between the two of them.

Jamie can’t live like this anymore. He’s in love with Trevor, his best friend who just happens to be straight. Tired of hiding his feelings, he decides to walk away. From their friendship. From his hometown. From his business.

But before Jamie gets a chance to leave, a freak accident leaves Trevor with amnesia. A new blank perspective leaves him confused about the inconsistencies of what he’s told his life should be vs. the feelings that he knows he has. Now those secrets and lies, that should be safer than ever, are suddenly front and center and changing everything between them.

Their world is at risk because their secrets and lies aren’t the only ones at play here. There’s a bigger lie out there and it could just destroy everything as they get closer and closer to the secret hidden in depths of the Snowcroft forest.

Available now on Amazon



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And now for the contest!!!

Christi Snow is generously offering up the following prize package!



  • A signed, print copy of The Shadow of Mudflap (signed by both Christi and her co-author, M.F. Smith)

  • A special mug

  • Official Christi Snow swag




  • Contest runs from 3/19 to 3/26. Winner will be notified by 4/1/14. 

    Just enter your name in the Rafflecopter below to be entered. 






    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Keeping Secrets From Sir by Nese Lane


    Title: Keeping Secrets From Sir
    Author: Nese Lane
    Genre: m/m

    About the Story:

    While "hatchet man" Drew Chandler is both feared and revered in the boardroom, he is completely ruled by his need for submission in the bedroom. Dominance and pain give him that edge vital to his corporate success, but Sir has been unavailable and Drew's hold is slipping... 


    The D/s bond that Kane Devlin shares with Drew is the icing on the cake of their relationship. When problems at work force Kane to sacrifice time usually spent with his sexy sub, the loss of that connection becomes a source of frustration. His patience is tested further as Drew begins to keep secrets, but Kane plans to get to the bottom of things, from the top.

    My Thoughts:

    This story was recommended to me by a good friend. A new to me author, Nese Lane tells a tender, yet HOT story about Drew and Kane and their needs. Drew is a sub and needs Kane to Dominate him to relieve his stress. Kane doesn't realize that his busy schedule has affected Drew so much. 

    If you're looking for a short, HOT, story with male lovers, give this one a try! 

    My Rating: 4 Stars


    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It by Celia Kyle



    About the Book:

    The first day of Mia’s new life in Grayslake, Georgia is not going as planned. The house her grandfather left her looks ready to crumble, boxes cover every inch of the floor and—oh—there’s a bear cub in her pantry. It gets worse when the cub’s uncle comes by and busts out his fur and claws while on her front porch. Then it gets loads better because suddenly there’s a hot hunk of badge-wearing werebear on her lawn ready to rescue her. Yum. Of course, he has to ruin things by trying to take the cub out of her hands. Ha! The cub is hers… No ifs, ands, or bears about it. 

    Werebear Ty can’t seem to get the curvaceous, delectable Mia to understand that, even if she is one-quarter werebear, she isn’t keeping the cub. Ty is the Grayslake Itan, the clan’s leader, and the little werebear is going home with him… Unless it isn’t. It’s her smile. If she’d stop smiling and being gorgeous, his inner-bear would support him and Ty would get his way. But the beast wants to make their woman happy, so it’s perfectly content to let her do as she pleases. Then things change. Threats arise, danger comes close, and Ty demands she return to his den. No ifs, ands, or mates about that. 

    My Thoughts:

    Such a fun and interesting book! I have never heard of this author, but really enjoy shifter books of all kinds. A lot of the new ones feature bears, but this was only my second time reading any werebear story.

    I have to say, I really, really, really enjoyed Mia. She's strong, determined, and doesn't hold back what she wants to say. There are no qualm about how she feels and what she wants....and that is so refreshing in a heroine. Ty is big and strong and a true Alpha who only wants his mate (Mia) and goes all caveman to get her. Not good with a strong woman. I love that Gigi, his housekeeper, has the upper hand and acts like a mother figure to him. She tells him how to woo Mia, properly. It works and soon Mia realizes she is in love with the clan Itan. 

    The suspense part of the story line was enough to keep me entertained and engrossed, without taking away from the fun, love storyline. I hate when they are so different that they seem like 2 separate stories within a book, but this was not a problem. Having Parker, the cub, bring Ty and Mia together and also be the catalyst for the suspense drove the story and made me care more about the three of them. 

    I hope this series focuses on each of Ty's brothers and where they go in life. The detail and depth of their characters intrigued me and I want to know MORE and see them all find their HEA. 

    My Rating:

    4 Stars

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis



    About the book: 
    After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

    Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .

    Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?



    My Thoughts:
    Once in a Lifetime, by Jill Shalvis, is part of her Lucky Harbor series. So far, I have LOVED every single book in it. This story features Ben, the hometown hero/hottie and Aubrey, the hometown bad girl. Ben lost his wife a couple of years ago and has been afraid to move on. Aubrey has always felt unwanted and unloved. Aubrey walks into an AA meeting accidentally and heard the members speak about making amends. She decides to make a list and apologize to everyone she has wronged. Ben sees his name on the list and weasels his way in to driving her around town so he can keep tab on her. When these two collide, it's HOT and tender all at the same time. 
    Jill writes with hotness and humor all at the same time. If you ever need a book that makes you feel good, give this one a try!

    My Rating:
    5 Stars

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Bared by Stacey Kennedy



    Author: Stacey Kennedy
    Series: Club Sin
    Release Date: 2/10/14


    In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Stacey Kennedy returns to Club Sin with another wicked and wild tale of submission, seduction, and love.

    At Las Vegas’s exclusive Club Sin, Aidan Knight is the Master, unleashing the erotic yearnings of his submissive lovers. But his dominant fa├žade conceals a devastating loss—something he instantly recognizes in his personally trained submissive Cora Adams. Sworn to unearth her secrets, Aidan uses his seductive skills to ignite her wildest desires until Cora yields to the pleasure she can find only with him.

    Cora came to the BDSM club to act out her sub-and-dom fantasies without ever revealing the heartbreak that haunts her. But Aidan’s masterful touch is bringing her closer to the edge . . . and deeper into a world of control and surrender. He refuses to allow her to submit to any other man—nor does she want to. It’s a dangerous game they’re playing. For as they give in to passion, they must lay bare their souls for a love that could heal—and free—them both.

    My Review:

    WOW! What a emotional story! I can't even begin to explain how much I love this book and series! 

    Cora and Aidan have had a great D/s relationship for the last 2 years. Unfortunately, she has realized that she needs more but doesn't want to push Aidan away by demanding it. Her hurt really affected me and broke my heart throughout the story. Aidan lost his first love/sub in a tragic accident and doesn't realize that Cora helped bring him back from his grief. He tried to demand Cora to share why she is so upset,but it backfires and pushes her away. He has no clue that she is in love with him and has been for the last two years. 

    Both characters are so emotionally raw and damaged, yet they are so good for each other. I wanted to strangle Aidan for not seeing how good and in love Cora was with him! Cora's pain is so evident that it really shows throughout the story. 

    My Rating: 4 stars

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

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    Torn From You/With You by Nashoda Rose


    Author: Nashoda Rose
    Series: Tear Asunder

    About Torn From You:

    Love is like an avalanche. It hits hard, fast and without mercy.

    At least it did for me when Sculpt, the lead singer of the rock band Tear Asunder knocked me off my feet. Literally, because he’s also a fighter, illegally of course, and he taught me how to fight. He also taught me how to love and I fell hard for him. I mean the guy could do sweet, when he wasn't doing bossy, and I like sweet. 

    Then it all shattered.

    Kidnapped. 
    Starved. 
    Beaten. 
    I was alone and fighting to survive.
    When I heard Sculpt's voice, I thought he was there to save me.

    I was wrong.

    (It is highly recommended to read "With You" the novella first).

    *Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, strong language and sexual content. Over 18 years.


    My thoughts:

    First of all, this is a VERY dark romance. If you have have issues with reading about abuse against women, disturbing situations, and sexual abuse, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!

    Normally, this is not the type of book I want to read. But, this author weaves a story so intriguing and heartbreaking that I could not put it down! I laughed, I cried, I yelled at the book....at some points I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room! It really is such a disturbing tale, but I loved it anyway. It caused me to feel so many emotions while reading and isn't that what a good book should do? While the story itself disturbed me, the book just sucked me in and kept my attention from beginning to end. I won't summarize the story because that would give too much away, but I wanted to hate Logan/Sculpt. I honestly did not want Emily with him after all that happened. But, this author made my heart break for him and I thought of him as much as a victim as Emily. I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes damaged characters and a roller coaster story. 

    ***In order to fully understand this story, read the short story With You BEFORE reading Torn From You.

    My Rating: 5 Stars

    Friday, January 10, 2014

    Remember When 3: The Finale by T. Torrest


    Author: T. Torrest
    Series: Remember Trilogy

    About the book:

    I’ve been in love with Trip Wiley since I was sixteen years old.
    Yep. That Trip Wiley. 
    Academy award-winning actor, known philanthropist, People’s Sexiest Man Alive two years running…
    Yeah. 
    It’s not like I’m some delusional stalker-fan. It just so happens that he was my high school sweetheart back in 1991.
    In the years since, he’s simply been The One That Got Away. 
    We just can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time.
    Our timing may have sucked, but the feelings had already been confirmed. Years ago.
    At least his were.
    He doesn’t know that I had chosen to love him back. 
    I need to fix that.
    And I need to do it now.


    Remember When 3 is the third and final book in the Remember Trilogy.
    It’s a story about taking chances and following your heart…
    and knowing that sometimes, you just have to learn when to let go.


    My Review:

    The third and final book of the series and I have to say...this one was the BEST YET! Now in their 30's, Trip comes home to bury his father. The first person he calls is Layla and of course she drops everything to help console him. Realizing that the last 4-5 years have been a BIG misunderstanding, they reconnect and proclaim their love for one another. 

    I laughed. I got mad. I wanted to smack people up-side the head. But through it all, I never wanted to put this book down until Layla and Trip got what they deserve....each other. 

    My Rating: 4 stars



    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Remember When - Book 2 by T. Torrest


    Book 2
    Author: T. Torrest
    Series: Remember Trilogy

    About the book:

    You know how sometimes, your high school crush grows up to be an insanely famous movie star? Okay, probably not. But I do. ~Layla Warren

    Back in high school, Trip Wiley’s fanbase only encompassed the denizens of the nothing little suburb of Norman, New Jersey. 

    Ten years later, all that is about to change.

    In the summer of 2000, Layla Warren is enjoying her career as a journalist in New York City (well, sort of), while Trip spends most of his time grabbing Hollywood by the balls. In the days before what will turn out to be his skyrocketing fame, they’ll find themselves confronted with some life-altering choices. 

    Remember When 2 is the second story in an NA romance trilogy. It will bring you back to that exuberant and riotous time of life in your twenties when you struggled to figure out your place in the world and the person you were meant to be…

    …and the person you were meant to be with.




    My Review:

    Book 2 picks up ten years after the first one and a LOT has happened to Layla and Trip. Layla now works as a copywriter for a newspaper insert magazine and Trip is becoming a big Hollywood star. He's in town, shooting a movie, and Layla pitches the idea of interviewing her high school "friend" for a story. Only problem is that her boss is also her secret fiance and he tries to give the story to a regular reporter. Layla gets the go ahead and sets up a one on one interview in Trip's family hotel. 

    Trip walks into the hotel room and that's when things change. There is the girl he has always loved. Problem is, she is engaged to someone else. Can Trip convince Layla that they are meant to be together even after all these year? Who will Layla choose? 

    This book lagged a little for me in the middle. I LOVE the idea of seeing the relationship from the POV of their 20's and all the added roadblocks that entails. 

    **Warning - this one ends with a HUGE cliffhanger! Be warned that you are going to be angry, confused, upset, and will want to read the final book right away

    My Rating: 4 stars







    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    Remember When Trilogy by T. Torrest - Book 1



    Remember When Trilogy
    Author: T. Torrest
    Series: Remember Trilogy
    B&N 


    About the books:

    Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.

    This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.

    In case you live under a rock and don't know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.

    And not just to casting directors, either.

    I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.

    I should know. I was one of them.

    And my life hasn’t been the same since.


    My Review:

    This the first book in a trilogy and it takes place during the high school years. Trip and Layla meet during their senior year of high school. Trip is a new student and Layla is your typical New Jersey teen. Did I mention it takes place in the 90's? Layla is instantly attracted to the new guy but thinks he is so far out of her league. It doesn't help that he shows up at the first party of the year with a slut who graduated the year before.

    The author takes us through the tough year of leaving childhood behind and graduating and becoming and "adult". The 90's jokes and banter had me laughing each time! If you are looking for a good laugh and something mild, this book fits the bill!

    Stay tuned tomorrow and Friday for my review of books 2 & 3

    My Rating: 4 stars