Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: Make You Burn

Make You Burn Make You Burn by Megan Crane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A full First Look is coming from Heroes and Heartbreakers!
This is a fiery matchup between an all grown up biker princess and the gritty man who has come back after ten years to take his place as president of the MC.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

ARC Review: Stepbrother Mine 1 by Opal Carew

Dana is in serious trouble. Her mother, a serial marrying evil jerk, has decided that Dana doesn't need to pursue her Master's degree and should go out and get a real job. She has cut Dana off financially with no warning, and refuses to co-sign any student loans for Dana as well. In desperation, Dana takes advice from a friend and decides to auction off her virginity on a website that specializes in wealthy clientele. What Dana doesn't know is that her stepbrother Mason, from a couple of her mother's marriages ago, is a Dom and bored with his slaves. When his friend tells him about the exclusive virgin website, he isn't interested, but decides to browse anyway. Imagine his surprise at seeing Dana's picture there. He acts immediately and purchases the rights to Dana's virginity.

When Dana and Mason reunite after years apart, we learn more about Dana's teen years and their life as a family (if you can call it that) together. Mason, a hardworking young man ten years Dana's senior, took an interest in her. A welcome interest considering the selfish people they were raised by. Dana had a terrible crush on Mason, but when she turned 18, he left the home and shortly after that their parents divorced. She hasn't seen him in years, but when they meet up again, the sparks fly like she wished they would have when she was a girl.

This is part one of an erotic trilogy, full of passion and dark chemistry. I'm excited to read the next chapter in this series!

ARC Review: Insider by Olivia Cunning

Fans of Olivia Cunning's Sinners series will love the band members from Exodus End. In this first book from their series we meet Toni, a creative multimedia journalist who is set to inherit her mother's publishing empire, whether she wants to or not. While her mother was out conquering the world, a young Toni home schooled and raised her younger sister with special needs. Now, finally, she has the opportunity to do some things for herself; lose her virginity, travel with the band Exodus End for a month, and create an interactive travel journal that the fans would love. However, Toni has to get the band to open up and trust her. Bass player Logan Schmidt is a womanizer of the highest level. He loves women and as soon as Toni steps on the tour bus, everyone can see Logan has his sights set on her. They have an instant attraction and great chemistry, but what they both weren't counting on was feeling something more.

This was a super sexy rock star romp of a story. Olivia Cunning's rock stars are carnal, charming, yet vulnerable in some way. Logan and Toni both have family issues that are integral to who they are; these unexpected similarities bring them closer together when they both assumed their relationship would be temporary and without strings. However, as time passes and Logan becomes deliciously and uncharacteristically jealous of every person who even looks at Toni, they both realize that maybe something more is there. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Review: Craving Trix: The Aces' Sons

Craving Trix: The Aces' Sons Craving Trix: The Aces' Sons by Nicole Jacquelyn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The next generation of The Aces is here, and damn if this read didn't make me want to go back and reread the whole series from start to finish. This MC as a whole has dealt with a lot, and individually we know most of their stories. Trix, Dragon's daughter, has followed around Cameron, Casper's adopted son, since she arrived at the compound with her mom Deanna. Over the years her feelings for Cam blossomed into love, but Cam wouldn't allow a romance since he was several years older. Now that they are on an even playing field as far as age is concerned, and a threat is pulling everyone in to be safe, Cam aka Hulk has decided it's time for him to claim Trix, her hurt feelings over the past be damned.

So many things I loved about this book; Nicole Jacquelyn made the fictional world of an MC come alive with sharp doses of realism and romance. I fell in love with Cam and Trix, and can't wait to see what the rest of these second/third generation Aces get up to.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

ARC Review: The Bourbon Kings

Folks, we aren't in Caldwell, NY anymore, and as much as I have loved that world, the deep, rich, melting pot of the south is an awesome place to be. Anyone who has southern relatives or has spent some time in the south will easily recognize and appreciate the old wealth, the nouveau riche, the mistrust of anyone born above the Mason-Dixon line, and the particular opulence that the south still manages to capture in the wealthy and affluent families of, in this case, Kentucky. The Bourbon Kings is a love letter to the land where northerner JR Ward transplanted. Fans of the BDB series will recognize her style and love it, while those fatigued with the BDB story lines will find a refreshing newness (think Downton Abbey in modern American south) in this non-paranormal offering.

Lizzie King is the head gardener for the wealthy Bradford family's Easterly estate. The extensive gardens are akin to a national park; her credentials include a post graduate degree from an Ivy League school. Even still, she is the "help" and two years ago she went against everything she believed in and got involved with the brash and distractingly attractive Tulane Bradford, middle son. After he promptly broke her heart, he ran away to New York and hasn't been back to the estate since, however, he runs back when he hears that a beloved one is ill. He extends his visit to take care of some personal business, most notably getting Lizzie back. Then the deaths start. And lots of other crazy things. And through it all, Lane and Lizzie get a second chance to make their relationship work despite it all.

I enjoyed this so much! I'm very excited to read what comes next in this series, and it made me miss the south (or at least southern men) something awful.

If you don't know about JR Ward, she is a master world builder and uses multiple story lines to build and move the story along. She does the same here, but the world is tight enough that the additional story lines are relevant and interesting. They plant the seeds early for future books to the reader's delight, and as for the main couple? The WARDen keeps us hanging on until the very end.