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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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: Undeserving

Undeserving Undeserving by Madeline Sheehan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This will be a spoiler free review.

I have been huge fan of the Undeniable series since the first book. Undeserving was beautifully written; full of all the love, heartbreak, joy, and and tragedy that we have come to expect from this series. Going back in time and seeing the younger versions of the patriarchs and matriarch we have come to know and love was mind blowing, and even getting to meet people we have only heard about was so well done.

Debbie and Preacher's story, like all the others in the series, are not tales of love going to easy way. Debbie was a runaway and ran right into Damon "Preacher" Fox literally, when he caught her trying to pick his pocket. Their connection was instant but wary, and as their story unfolds and careens to its conclusion I couldn't put the book down. In the gritty MC world portrayed in this series, every love match has a hard road to haul; each book reminds me why this is one of my most re-read series.

Also, I cannot WAIT for ZZ's book!!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: Beyond Doubt

Beyond Doubt Beyond Doubt by Kit Rocha
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We all know I am a huge fan of the series, and this slice of life novella was just what the doctor ordered as I wait for Deacon to arrive in August (YAY!)

We check in on Six and Bren in Sector 3, post winning the war against the evil forces in Eden. Now, the cleanup is underway and as with all wars, the most vulnerable of the victims need assistance: the street children. Six and Bren both know what it's like to live the hard life on the streets and encounter a group of kids who may make them feel even more complete that they already do.

You can count on Kit Rocha to make room for sentimental moments, hot sexy time moments, and hints of what is to come in the O'Kane world. Another wonderful read!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Wrong

Wrong Wrong by Jana Aston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a dirty piece of filth, and I predict that I will devour the rest of the series this week. A virginal college co-ed finally decides to go all the way with her boyfriend and it turns out that the gyno she sees to get her bc pills is the older hottie that comes into her coffee shop on Tuesdays. Luke is indeed a rich, hot dirty talking doctor, a specialist with exclusive clientele, but he volunteers every Tuesday. Sophie is young, a little annoying, but their chemistry and downright dirty sexy times made me smile. A lot.

Also, as a Philly chick, it's always nice to see someone writing about Philly that gets geography/landmarks right.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: The Last True Vampire

The Last True Vampire The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book as part of the Heroes and Heartbreakers Book Club and loved it. I hadn't read Kate Baxter before, but I will be reading more from now on.

Mikhail (Michael) is the last vamp on earth. After barely surviving an encounter with the mortal enemies of vampires, the Sortiari, he has laid low for hundreds of years...until he discovers professional hustler and amateur server Claire. A vampire knows when they have found their mate because their soul is returned to them. It's fate. But could his mate be this human? And despite their seriously hot chemistry, could he convince her of that, all while keeping her safe from his enemies?

This book gave me shades of Dark Lover by JR Ward, but when I say that I mean despite some superficial similarities this book stands alone in it's world building, but it reminds me of why I love vampire romances in the first place. Off to grab the second in the series since it looks like I'm behind!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: Shade's Lady

Shade's Lady Shade's Lady by Joanna Wylde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shade's Lady is a welcome addition to the Reapers MC series. Shade is all the broody, alpha, sexy man that we have come to enjoy in this world and Mandy is all the quirky, clever, and sexy woman we have come to expect as well.

Mandy doesn't have good luck with men, as proven when the biker she was dating traded her to Shade for a motorcycle. This storyline gave me the good feels from Reaper's Property, and reminded me how much I enjoy this series. It's a novella, but a long read for a novella. As usual, I can't wait to read more. In fact, I went back and reread the series after reading this novella!

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Review: More Than Want You

More Than Want You More Than Want You by Shayla Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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More Than Want You by Shayla Black tells the story of a tightly wound arrogant and power hungry realtor who meets his polar opposite, a meditating/yoga bending/karaoke singing free spirit. Take the opposites attract trope and mix it with a dash of a harebrained scheme trope and none of this should work! But damnit, it does and now I’m going to be super impatient until the next book comes out.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ARC Review: Ashwin (Gideon's Riders #1) by Kit Rocha

Ashwin (Gideon’s Riders, #1)If you know me you know that I am a huge Kit Rocha fan. Honestly it’s not a secret. Like at all.
When news broke that the Beyond series was ending, I was so happy to learn that we would be hearing more stories about the sectors, and specifically moving to Sector One with Gideon’s Riders. 

We have met Ashwin before; he is a Makhai soldier, genetically altered elite of the elite in Eden’s ranks. Makhai are raised from birth to be super soldiers. Every soldier needs a good nurse, and that’s where Ashwin met Kora. His conditioning isn’t designed to accommodate romantic feelings, and at the fall of Eden, when Ashwin’s infatuation with Kora scares her and puts her in danger, he decides to go back to the Base and be re-conditioned. Before he leaves, he makes his old friend Cruz promise to hide Kora from him.

At the beginning of Ashwin, we find out that Kora has been hanging with the royal family in Sector One, The Rios family, and in fact has been adopted as a sister by Gideon himself. She is adjusting to the religion of Sector One, as well as adjusting to life as a royal. Image her surprise when the man she thought was dead, Ashwin, shows up with some of Gideon’s riders! The Base wants Ashwin in the Riders; Gideon is clever enough to know that, but is betting that Ashwin’s feelings for Kora could keep him loyal to the Riders.

The relationship between Kora and Ashwin is so sweet, yet so damn sexy. They both have this innocence about them, but they produce so much heat together. No spoilers here, but I will say that Ashwin is a giver, and I was pleasantly surprised! The road to an HEA is not easy for a man who thinks that feelings are a result of his faculties destabilizing and a woman who has abandonment issues, but you will be cheering them on. Kora is a woman that is driven to heal and help, and of course a man like Ashwin is drawn to her like a moth to a flame.  I fell in love with these two and with Sector One as a whole! The beautiful landscape, the ceremonies, the camaraderie of the Riders, and the love the Rios family has for their people has drawn me in. I can’t wait for the next book. I know, I’m greedy! 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: Nothing But Trouble by Lindsey Pogue

Nothing But Trouble (A Saratoga Falls Love Story, #2)The second book in the Saratoga Springs series brings the right amount of drama, romance, and angst to keep you flipping the pages. I think I actually liked it more than the first novel, which I happened to enjoy quite a bit. I relate to Mac and Colton a lot, so that explains the connection.

Mac has been taking care of the men in her family since her mother walked out on them when she was a tween. When she meets Colton, a new hire at her family garage, she thinks she knows all about him from one glance, but she couldn't be more wrong. Also, they have a very embarrassing meet-cute that was entertaining for me, at least! The funny thing is, when Colton meets Mac, he thinks he has her figured out as well, and despite his opinion of her, he is attracted to her in a major way.

As these two navigate their attraction and preconceived notions, they find out that life, work, and love is a lot more complicated than they expected. They have more in common than they think, as their lives start to entwine and push their boundaries. No spoilers here, but Saratoga Falls is a small town with a lot of secrets and I'm actually really excited to read book 3!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review: Perv and Filth by Dakota Gray

I'm reviewing these two books together since I binge read them pretty close to each other. 5 star reads, both of them, just to get that out of the way. I'm surprised I feel that way about Filth, but when we get there I will explain why.

Perv (Filth, #1)In Perv we meet Nate. Nate is a kinky, dirty guy with southern charm and good looks and a serious devotion to the most intimate part of a woman. The problem? He meets a mysterious woman at a bar who rings alllllll of his bells. Then she cuts him down and walks away without a second glance, in the name of revenge.

Nate can't get her out of his head, and pursues her like a mad man. Over the course of the book we learn that Robyn is the name of the beautiful, mysterious woman, and her best friend fell in love with Nate despite his honesty in telling every woman he is with that he isn't the settling down kind of guy.

Their courtship, as it were, is angry, kinky, pervy, but heartfelt and actually very sweet. In a landscape of formulaic romances, a subversive read like Perv stands out in the best way. Kudos to Dakota Gray for such a well written sexy but sweet series. I'm a new fan! Nate and Robyn both have more layers and depth than one would think at first glance, which brings me to Filth.

Filth (Filth, #2)As a rule, I am not a fan of "tell it from the other person's POV" stories. Typically it's rehashed information, and my investment in the characters demands new insight, new angst, and new scenes of interest. While Perv is Nate's story, Filth is Robyn's. I one-clicked it without reading the synopsis, and I'm glad I did. Nate's world is vastly different than Robyn's, and their story was big enough that they deserved separate treatments.

Robyn's conflict in falling for Nate and breaking the "girl code" among other spoilery things I won't mention here are so well addressed and written beautifully.

The best part is that we are getting more books from Dakota Gray in the Filth series! Nate's friends get the HEA treatment, and my review for Hardcore is coming soon. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: Whatever it Takes by Lindsey Pogue

Whatever It Takes (A Saratoga Falls Love Story, #1)This review is criminally late, but I promise that is not a reflection of the captivating story told in Whatever it Takes.

Sam has been living life by going through the motions; between dealing with a tragic accident that takes her father's life,  learning to live with her new stepmother and dealing with the haunted memories of her complicated romantic life, Sam has literally gone numb over the past several years. There is only one way she can allow herself to feel, and that way is damaging to her body and her mind. Luckily she has her father's farm and her two best friends, Nick and Mac, to keep her grounded.


Reilly comes back to town. Firmly entrenched in those messy romantic memories, at one time Reilly was the love of Sam's life, but his life had it's own complications, and in order to get away, he went to the military. Feeling abandoned, Sam moved on but several years later, he has come back and his presence has thrown Sam for a huge loop.

This second chance new adult romance is as always beautifully written by Lindsey Pogue, messy and complicated in the way real life is, and enthralling, the way true love is. Sam isn't perfect, and is perfect because of that; in fact sometimes she frustrated me to no end and I realized it was because I liked her and wanted her to make different choices. That in itself is very telling of how much I was pulled in to the story, and how realistic the storytelling is here. What a great read, especially if you are a fan of the new adult genre!