Monday, May 30, 2016

Review: Betting the Bad Boy by Sugar Jamison

Betting the Bad Boy (Destiny, #2)In this second book in the Destiny series we have a second chance romance. Duke, the eldest brother of the three King brothers, is back in Destiny when their ailing aunt calls them home. While home, Duke discovers that the woman he was in love with years ago had a son - his son! - that she didn't tell him about. With a 13yr old broody boy just like him, Duke has his work cut out for him, and with a long time love that never went away, he is in big trouble.

Grace's father was against her dating one of those King boys when she was a teenager, but Duke was always good to her and wanted her to be something special; he dumped he when he found out she declined an Ivy League college's admission to stay closer to him. Indirectly, Duke ended up in jail because of her and she thought he hated her. It was never the right time to tell him she had become pregnant with his son.

I like this story even better than the first one; Duke and Grace had perfect chemistry and Grace was a woman who became tired of hiding what she wanted and decided to go after it. Duke was sexy and manly and just gruff enough to tickle my fancy.

Review: Strip You Bare by Maisey Yates

Strip You Bare (The Deacons of Bourbon Street, #4)Micah, road name Prince, is the last Deacon to get his HEA and Sarah Delacroix is a perfect match for him. When the Deacons discover that they own the deed to the old Delacroix mansion, it is Prince's job to investigate and find out why. What he finds is Sarah, who is trying to bring some respectability back to her family name after some family scandals. Prince wants to do his part in investigating their President's murder, then get back to his high rolling life in San Francisco; Sarah doesn't know how long he will be around but she knows that she has to throw caution to the wind and have a taste of this biker in a tailored suit.

Micah and Sarah were fun to read. They had the best chemistry and sexual tension, although Blue and Red are a close second to that. There were some super steamy scenes between the two of them! We also get answers to the questions that have been asked over the course of the 4 books, as well as some surprise reveals. New Orleans herself was a great character in all of the novels, from sights and smells to her people. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon

Forgotten PromisesIn this compelling read, Tucker is released from jail, hellbent on revenge on the chief of police who got him sent away. The problem? The chief is is father, and while he may be an upstanding member of society, Tucker knows all the dirt and has suffered from the secret hell of living in that house. Morgan should be celebrating her 21st birthday in style; instead she gets dumped by her boyfriend who has been cheating on her with her supposed best friend. When she runs into Tucker at the local convenience store, she is in for more than she bargained for.

This was a great read, with a lot more depth than you expect from the blurb. Tucker is not your average bad boy, and Morgan is not your typical spoiled little rich girl. Each of them has layers that are revealed through the course of the book, and the resolution has your flipping until the last page.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Review: After the Hurt by Shana Gray

Pepper took a break from life after her mother passed away; as a result she left behind a hunky husband, Tank, and a new business they were going to start together, a restaurant. Now that she has had six months to find herself, she finds her way home to get back into her life. Understandably, Tank is hurt and pissed and not really interested, despite the fact that he loves her.

There were some confusing things going on here in this book. There was a lot of internal monologue, which almost made sense considering Pepper's personality, but ultimately not what we want to read about. Pepper and Tank did have some nice chemistry, and I appreciated a story about characters who weren't spring chickens as it were. I would have liked to read about more interactions between the characters and less of Pepper's internal ramblings. Tank was a very interesting man, as well as his friends, and there seems to be some great storytelling opportunities there!

Review: Hold Me Down by Jackie Ashenden

Hold Me Down (The Deacons of Bourbon Street, #3)In the third installment of the Deacons of Bourbon Street series, Jackie Ashenden gets her turn as author in this MC erotica, set in the heart of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Blue and Red have some hot chemistry; what they do isn't exactly's more like fear-fucking. They can acknowledge their carnal attraction, but the heart of their attraction is actually their years old friendship and the hurt that both of them suffered because of circumstance.

Blue, aka Leon Delacroix, was sent away ten years ago by then president Priest. Now he has returned to avenge Priest's death. Blue has been laying low in the bayou, and the person he missed the most was Ally, called Red because of her hair. They were best friends; her father was a Deacon as well and passed away while Blue was exiled. While Blue was away, the Deacons lost their clout and the Graveyard Ministry moved in to their territory. Red's father became the Ministry mechanic and Red pledged her loyalty to the Ministry when her father died.  Now it looks like evidence of Priests death is pointing in the direction of the Ministry, and Blue and Red need to work together to make sure an all out war doesn't explode all over Bourbon Street. Enjoyable read!