Friday, September 22, 2017

The Scoop on Passionflix's Hollywood Dirt


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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!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

First Look: Breaching the Contract

Breaching the Contract by Chantal FernandoHey! I read Breaching the Contract by Chantal Fernando and loved it. Check out my post over at Heroes and Heartbreakers to see what I had to say!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Burning to Ride

Burning to Ride Burning to Ride by Michele de Winton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Burning to Ride contains two novellas: Burned by Lust and Burned by Blackmail. Both of these novellas seemed more like the slice of life extras that one would read after they know and care about the characters that are featured. As far as expectations of an MC book, they are both more MC adjacent. You get peek into the world but the novellas don't live there. The novellas live at Wilde's Hotel bar, which is just fine, but it's not the club's actual clubhouse or place of business. It's a place they go to in order to drink and have fun but there is 75% of the MC lifestyle missing for those of us used to reading MC books.

In Burned by Lust, we meet Hade and Lee. Lee is running from her past and ends up hooking up with Hade. They quickly fall for each other, but Hade's MC has this rule that the President can't have an old lady...and Hade is next in line. On one hand, I enjoyed the randomness of their relationship. Lee was this nomad that showed up and ended up never leaving. On the other hand, I never got the chance to really be invested in their relationship.

In Burned by Blackmail, I actually was able to be more invested in the relationship, but the premise was a little silly. Briony, the owner of Wilde's Hotel, is being pressured to sell her hotel. The developer, Cole, come into the bar and they end up having a steamy one night stand. Neither of them knows who the other is somehow. Briony takes the advice of the MC President and decides to blackmail him into marriage, as part of their one night stand gets caught on camera in the hotel garage. Moving past that premise, and I do love a marriage of convenience or other circumstances, and Briony and Cole grew on me.

If you are looking for an MC read, this isn't really it, but if you are looking for a couple of stories about some rough people who fall in love, these two novellas might be what you are looking for.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Review: Deacon by Kit Rocha


Kit Rocha has done it again with Deacon, the second book in the Gideon’s Riders series. This sexy, smart, and action packed read will have you flipping the pages in anticipation of all kinds.

Set in the dystopian landscape we know as the Sectors, Gideon’s Riders are the personal guard of the Rios family, the sacred family of Sector One. Deacon is the leader of the Riders, personally appointed by Gideon himself. While his past demons give him plenty of torture material, his present torture comes as the result of his attraction to fellow Rider, Ana. Meanwhile Ana is dealing with the pressure of being not only the sole female and a legacy Rider to boot, but the ramifications of acting on her attraction to her superior Deacon, which could ripple uncontrollably through her life.

When it looks like Deacon’s past is coming back to haunt him and the other Riders, he has some serious decisions to make. On top of all of this, Ana is working closer to Deacon than ever and their chemistry is boiling out of control.

This was so good. It was everything you come to expect from Kit Rocha: Steamy scenes, ridiculous action, the perfect amount of angst, and an HEA that the characters deserve. It’s always nice to get a glimpse into what’s happening in other storylines and other sectors; we get to see Six and Bren (yay!) and even get a little taste of the chemistry between the couple in the next book. Of course, I can’t wait.  I have said it before but I have to say it again: one of the many things I love about reading a Kit Rocha book is that their world is so diverse. The time is taken to have characters from all walks of life, all cultures, and quite often people who don’t look the same fall in love, just like in real life! Keep it up, and I will keep reading!

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Ana has trained most of her life to achieve one goal: to prove that anything men can do, she can do better. Now she’s Sector One’s first female Rider, and being the best is the only way to ensure she won’t be its last. Distractions aren’t allowed–especially not her painful attraction to the reserved but demanding leader whose stern, grumpy demeanor has already gotten into her head.
Deacon has spent the last twenty years trying to atone for his past, but the blood he spilled as a mercenary and assassin will never wash away entirely. If his Riders knew the extent of his sins, he’d lose their trust and respect. It’s easier to keep them all at arm’s length, especially Ana. But his newest recruit’s stubbornness is starting to crack his defenses.
And their sparring matches are driving him wild.
The passion sparking between them can’t be denied, but neither can the vengeance barreling toward Deacon. When his old squad comes back to punish him for his betrayal, Ana and the Riders are squarely in the line of fire. The only way to save his people may be to make the ultimate sacrifice.
But first, he has to convince Ana not to follow him straight into hell.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Review: Protecting Their Mate: Part One

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

Ashley, our plus sized heroine, is locked in her parent's basement when she is rescued by the huge and hunky Blake. Ashley's family shunned their werewolf lifestyle to live among humans and Blake was sent to find her, and when he did their connection was a perfect mix of hot and sweet.

This is part one of a trilogy; a quick and dirty (literally and figuratively) read that promises so much more in the coming novellas. Very well written, as we have come to expect from Moira Rogers, and the story is great. I'm excited to finish the trilogy!

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