Saturday, October 21, 2017

Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts, #1)Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sexy and Intense

This book has been on my radar for a while and I devoured it in 2 days when I bought it. Nicholas and Livvy have a long complicated history, and despite family tragedies and small town drama they couldn't stay away from each other. Every year for the past 10 years they have had a standing appointment for a passionate encounter wherever Livvy has been in her travels. Now she is back home and that fire is burning brighter.

This is the first in a series but this book ends in an hea so the next book must be about someone else. Can't wait for that one! *Update* It's about Livvy's twin Jackson. YESSSS

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: Dirty Boxing

Dirty Boxing Dirty Boxing by Harper St. George
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Dirty Boxing, the first book in the Blood and Glory series by Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt, we meet a commitment-phobic workaholic and an MMA athlete in a sexy second chance romance.

Go to Heroes and Heartbreakers for the full review!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Dust and Shadow by Lindsey Pogue

Dust and Shadow (Forgotten Lands, #1)I love a good post apocalypse drama, even better when there are romantic elements and intrigue, and Dust and Shadow delivers on all fronts. Set in the dystopian presentish (!), the advent of the Industrial Revolution  brought about climate storms called the Shift. As a result, the small desert town that Jo lives in has depended on her family's farm to survive for generations. The Marshal, the leader of the town, and his cronies keep law and order in the town, but Jo is certain that the evil Marshal killer her mother 11 years ago, and she wants revenge.

There are so many secrets and lies and twists and turns, this was a delight to read.  Sometimes things aren't as they seem, and sometimes they are, and figuring out which is which was so much fun. Jo defied convention as a woman still living in Victorianesque times. She wore pants and tinkered with machines and had tons of ideas about everything - and wasn't shy about sharing them.  Coming from a family of healers on her mother's side, she was also a huge reader and healer herself. Jo's life was turned upside down when she discovers a huge secret and when the Marshal decided that she should marry his son, Clayton, then things were never the same again.

Despite his lineage, Jo is drawn to Clayton but she won't allow herself to act on her feelings to anyone in that heinous family, which means Clayton has lots of work to do, and as he moves from a free-wheeling playboy to a young man with a Marshal title to inherit from his father, he discovers that the town he knew is full of many secrets.

The chemistry between Jo and Clayton is a yearning thing; you root for Clayton and Jo and want them to give in to each other despite the distance, the secrets, and the lies that push them apart. Lindsey Pogue does an amazing job of weaving fantastic storytelling full of twists and turns and romance in a post-apocalyptic landscape. I can't wait for the next installment!

Review: Defending Their Mate: Part One

Defending Their Mate: Part One Defending Their Mate: Part One by Moira Rogers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read the first trilogy in this series, I was excited to get back into this world and see how Grace was doing. Grace was kidnapped by a bad group of wolves, and luckily for her, she was discovered by the same pack that found Ashley, the heroine of the Protecting Their Mate Trilogy.

Grace is more in touch with her wolf, but she is afraid of her. Having had to defend herself to the death, she is starting to feel comfortable with the wolves but uncomfortable with the fact that she may be a danger to them. She is drawn to Mac and Connor, which makes sense since they are used to having threesomes.

This is classic hot erotica - lots of steamy scenes with super hot guys (wolves!) and a plus sized heroine, which I love. There is a story here, as well, and I can't wait to read the next installment to see what happens. Enjoy!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Scoop on Passionflix's Hollywood Dirt

Passionflix is a shiny new on-demand channel that shows romatic movies from all genres and time periods but the most exciting thing about Passionflix is that this service is turning popular romance books into quality movies by authors we love!

Hollywood Dirt (Hollywood Dirt, #1)The first movie, based on Alessandra Torre's Hollywood Dirt, was released this week on September 20th. I'm familiar with Alessandra Torre, but I had not read Hollywood Dirt, so this past summer when I heard it was the first film in production by Passionflix, I decided to check out the audio book and I really enjoyed it! It's a great fish out of water, enemies to lovers romance.

Cole Masten is THE Hollywood "It" man. He has won numerous awards, is super attractive, and has a seemingly perfect marriage with America's sweetheart...except Cole comes home early and finds her screwing someone else. Summer Jenkins lives in Quincy, Georgia, where Cole's new project is being filmed. After a tense first meeting where Summer threatens to shoot him, Cole decides that Summer is just the woman to play his leading lady in the film. Hijinks, sexy times, and country politics ensue. It was a fun book.

Image result for hollywood dirt movieSo, how was the movie you ask? It was a fabulous adaptation of book to movie. This was so well done, and all of the pivotal moments that you expect from the book to be there were pretty much there. The movie had a two hour run time, my girl Mindy Cohn from the Facts of Life was in it, and Johann Urb and Emma Rigby had the kind of chemistry that makes you smile stupid while watching it. They also had a lot of heat and the sexy times scenes were hot without being lewd (and the perv in me was wondering how far those scenes would go!) I think the passion on screen matched the book perfectly, so I have high hopes for Jax and Gia in Passionflix's next venture, Sylvia Day's Afterburn/Aftershock.

The Passionflix subscription is only 5.99 a month, and the original programming combined with the old favorites like Moonstruck and Overboard makes it worth the small cost. Congrats to the women who started Passionflix - this freshman effort is making me look forward to more!