Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: For His Pleasure

For His Pleasure (Playboys of Boston #2)On the surface, Arianna Perconti is a poor little rich girl with a big heart. Her family's hotel empire is in danger of collapsing and her brothers allow her to run a charity sponsored by the hotel to keep her busy. Ari is willing to do whatever her brothers ask of her, including enter into a business-marriage with a man who is in the closet. She was willing, that is, before it became apparent to her what the toll of the business has taken on her overbearing brother; despite his issues he fell in love and Ari realized that she wanted love instead of an arrangement. Fleeing her wedding, she runs right into the arms of her family's biggest competitor, Jason Stone, whom she has been seeing secretly for months.

Jason is fond of Ari; certainly when they began seeing each other it was extremely beneficial to him to take some of the info Arianna unwittingly revealed about her family's business to his advantage. However, when he heard about her impending nuptials, he realized that maybe his feelings were deeper than he imagined.

Ari and Jason had some serious chemistry. They played some fun and kinky games; they were a hot pair for sure. If you are looking for a sexy billionaire story with a twist and a bit of intrigue, this book will be a winner for you. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Review: Calling Me (The Complete Series) by Louise Bay

Calling Me: The Complete SeriesI'm really glad I read this all together, but as a complete novel, I was able to enjoy Ashleigh more than I think I would have if I had read the three novellas separate, even if I got where she was coming from.

Ashleigh has been in love with her best friend's brother, Luke, for like, ever...over 15 years. In fact, the trio of them have been very close for years. As they got older and it appeared that Luke would never see Ash as anything more than a sister, she decided to date, live her life, and be as content as she should with their relationship. Meanwhile Luke, who has been in a long term relationship for three years with his live in girlfriend, is astounded when she gives him an ultimatum to marry her or quit wasting her time. Realizing he never planned on marrying anyone, Luke seeks out Ash for advice, and it's like he is seeing her for the first time.

Luke fell instantly (well, after nearly 20 years of friendship since childhood) in love with Ash. Boom! Done. Calling me chronicles the way they have to navigate their relationship and the way they have to navigate their own well as deal with the chemistry and fallout of friends who turn to lovers.

Ash wanted to make sure that Luke was in it for the long haul; I get that but she drove me nuts sometimes! I did really like, however, that Luke was so committed to her that he was willing to do whatever it took to get her in his arms. This was a nice read, and I'm a sucker for the friends to lovers trope!

Review: Fighting for Devlin by Jessica Lemmon

Fighting for Devlin (Lost Boys, #1)Devlin is a young restaurant owner, and Rena is one of his waitresses. Not even a great waitress, at that, but she is learning. Devlin is hot, has a photographic memory, and is using his restaurant to collect bookie payments for a well known mob boss who is a father figure to him, albeit a dangerous one. Rena gets involved one night when Devlin get jumped during a collection gone bad, and the chemistry that sparkles during work hours begins to ignite.

There is a sexy, rich world here, with a lot of heart. Devlin's beginnings are complicated; his father was a man who committed suicide owing a notorious mobster and Devlin was taken in by his father's best friend, while being groomed by that same mobster to take over his father's restaurant. Rena is a loner with one close friend and the ghosts of a dead boyfriend chasing her. Together Rena and Devlin make quite the pair, but Jessica Lemmon tells their story in a captivating and sexy way. Two peope who don't think they are worthy of love find each other and slip, trip, and fall in love. Great read!

Review: The Truth About Him by M. O'Keefe

The Truth About Him (Everything I Left Unsaid, #2)
In the sequel to Everything I Left Unsaid, it looked like Annie and Dylan had hit a serious road block in their relationship, and that Annie was in some serious danger because her abusive husband had tracked her down to her unassuming trailer.

After some serious shit goes down with her hubby and Dylan runs to her rescue, the couple tries to figure out a way to be together that fits. They are no longer voices on a phone; they are real people connecting face to face and their chemistry cannot be denied. Just when it looks like they may be able to come together, they get another dangerous surprise thrown their way.

Annie and Dylan are sweet, dirty, damaged, and even funny. Two of the most unlikely people to live in the crazy world they end up in, we fall for them instantly; Annie's spunk and drive, and Dylan's balls to the wall alpha mentality and fragility. A great finish in this duo series!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Reaper's Fall

Reaper's Fall Reaper's Fall by Joanna Wylde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painter and Melanie's story has been much anticipated, especially considering we have been watching snippets of it in the background. Finally we get the whole story, and it was another great entry into the Reaper's saga by Joanna Wylde. It was so good in fact, that I forgot to add it to my reading list. It showed up on my Kindle and I proceeded to read it in (mostly) one day.

Mel and Painter met when Mel was a teenager, and Painter was in charge of keeping her out of the way and keeping her entertained. When some bad shit went down, Painter took the fall for the club and went to jail. Mel wrote him religiously, but when he got out he ignored her. This push and pull of passion and silence would continue to happen on both sides for years until finally the gauntlet gets thrown down.

This book is as wild a ride as any of Jo Wylde's reads are, and all I have to say is keep 'em coming!

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Review: Hold Me Close by Megan Hart

You can always count on Megan Hart to tell a heartfelt and subversive story in the erotica genre, and for that I am grateful. In this tale, we have Effie and Heath. They were kidnapped and held against their will for 3 years in the basement of a psychotic man's house. There they forged a life long bond. There, Heath knew that he would love Effie forever. There, Effie knew she needed to experience more than Heath, more than life had given her up until that point.

Obviously they escaped and years later Effie and Heath are still in this holding pattern where they are best friends, and Heath's love for Effie and her daughter Polly (not Heath's child) is obvious with every action and move Heath makes. Effie is still looking for love elsewhere but when she and Heath come together, it's beyond chemistry. Heath and Effie know everything about each other, including where to bite and how hard to slap. We know they belong together, but the real question is, will Effie figure that out when it's too late?

The current story is told parallel to the teens' captivity, as well as parallel to Effie returning home. Time jumps a bit here but it is easy to follow once you get the rhythm of the pacing. Effie's story is complicated, messy, and full of triggers for some people. Effie's world in the present is finally reconciling with the past and she is facing those demons head on. Another great deep erotic read by Megan Hart.

Review: The Bad Boy CEO by Sugar Jamison

Colt King and his brothers have been summoned back to their hometown of Destiny, Nevada. His aunt, the woman who raised them, is sick, like hospitalized sick, and her request for her grown up boys is the only thing that can get them to come back to town. The King brothers have a sordid history with the town which has affected them in different ways; for Colt, he became a ruthless and cold businessman who would love to see nothing more than the town of Destiny wiped off the map, and he could probably buy the city and make it happen if he really wanted to. What he doesn't count on is running into the gun toting Zanna, who is staying at his aunt's house as a tenant.

As the time passes it becomes apparent that this clever aunt has plans for her three nephews that include women she knows will be their kryptonite. For Colt, Zanna is the fire to his ice. They argue like cats and dogs but are attracted like the strongest of magnets. Their banter is hilarious and sexy, and their chemistry is off the charts. Zanna has lived in the big city, and has a low level thug ex boyfriend to prove it, but she is ready to start over in a decent place like Destiny. As long as her past doesn't catch up to her, things should be great right?

I look forward to reading about the other King brothers and their romantic entanglements. This story between the ice hot Colt and the fiery but sweet Zanna was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Reap by Tillie Cole

When we meet the man called 221, he isn't a man. He is a beast with one sole purpose: to kill for his master at his master's whim. His real identity is Zaal Kostava, the last heir to the Kostava Georgian Mafiya family, and he was kidnapped by one of his father's allies and forced to become his slave and guinea pig for experimental drugs. Zaal's family is mortal enemies with Talia Tolstaia's family, so of course these two have to do the star crossed lovers thing and fall in love.

This was a sexy read. Zaal is dangerous and unpredictable because of the obedience drugs in his system, but when he sees Talia and thinks that she is a gift from his master, he protects her with a fierceness that will make you swoon. He immediately falls for her, and she for him. The external dangers and family dynamics keep this book moving fast and make it an exciting read.

Zaal and Talia have some hot chemistry, and the way it is written, I could hear the hot Eastern European accents in my head the whole time. Fun, hot read!

Review: Before the Dawn

Before the Dawn Before the Dawn by Lindsey Fairleigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Before the Dawn delivers with action, adventure, resolution, and drama in a huge way!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Review: Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O'Keefe

It's always so nice to read something that feels different, even if it takes a simple concept and puts a fresh spin on it. Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O'Keefe takes perfect strangers with dark secrets and turns them into the most unlikely of lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and can't wait to read the next in the series.

Annie is on the run from an abusive husband. After years of mental abuse from her mother, she entered into a marriage way too young to a man who mentally and physically abused her...until she decided to make a run for it. She found herself at a run down trailer park a few states away and on her first day there, a cell phone stuck in the cushions of her couch began to ring. Dylan was on the other line. And that's when the story gets really interesting.

Dylan and Annie had this super sexy relationship and I loved how it progressed through the phone. The phone allowed both of them to be versions of themselves that maybe they needed to grow into. Seriously sizzling phone boning aside, these two had a connection that would not be denied. Dylan was seriously alpha and protective; Annie was coming into her own assertively and owning her own sexuality. Panty dripping hot interactions between these two and I can't wait to read more!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

What is Dark Romance?

Head on over to Heroes and Heartbreakers to see what I had to say about the definition of Dark Romance and see what recent Dark Romance reads I recommend!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Review: Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley

Outstanding book, just to get that out of the way. I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Talk about the second chance romance to end them all, this is it! The fact that this is set in a motorcycle club is incidental, so if MC reads aren't your thing, this is the exception to break through to this genre.

Millie has been living her life for 20 years, existing really. On the other side of town Logan, road name High, has been existing the same way. Once upon a time these two were inseparable. Then one day Millie ended it all and broke not only Logan, but herself. This book chronicles their past and their present, helping us understand what happened and why, while helping these two get back on track.

If you know Kristen Ashley's heroes, you know they talk a certain way, are dangerous but live within a moral code, and they love hard. In Walk Through Fire we meet a heroine who loves harder than these heroes and makes a sacrifice that is unimaginable. This was so well written, kudos to Kristen Ashley for this comelling story. The pacing was spot on, especially with the dual timelines which can be tedious if done sloppily. Millie and Logan are written to make you believe every second of their 20 years of anguish without the other by their side. Reading their story was like catching up with your best friend from high school as she told the story of the last 20 years. Amazing, amazing read. Easily my favorite of the series.

PS Can we get an Elvira novella???

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Review: Body Shots by Anne Rainey

Body Shots tells the tale of Crystal Shaw, a woman who has an abusive ex husband in her near past, and the co-owners of Kinks club, Trent and Mac. At her bestie's urging, they go to Kinks in the hope that Crystal makes a connection with someone and maybe learn more about the BDSM lifestyle. She gets more than she bargained for when both men approach her and ask her to spend the night with them. From then on, the trio navigate a poly triad relationship.

This trio fell hard and fast. Trent and Mac were best friends and business partners, and while they have shared women sexually before, they never felt strong enough to share a woman in a committed relationship before. These three had plenty of hot scenes and obviously were fond of each other, but untlimately I don't know if I believed Crystal's six month turnaround from abused housewife of several years to poly double penetration queen. (Don't even get me started on her mother's 360.) Perhaps it was the pacing and the short amount of time the whole trio spent together; after the first explosive night the men wooed Crystal separately.

I enjoyed a lot of things about this book. The men were hot and passionate, Crystal was sweet and willing, and they made a great triad. The sex scenes were often and long, so if you are looking for a hot triad read, this is it!

Review: Once Kissed

Once Kissed Once Kissed by Cecy Robson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once Kissed was a delightful and sensual read with a cheeky hero and a sharp heroine. We also get a hilarious clue as to who the next O’Brien sibling will be to find love when Declan, who is used to being a smooth talker, makes the ultimate flub. In the meantime, Curran and Tess will keep you enthralled!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Review: Grit by Margaret McHeyzer

Jaeger Dalton isn't a nice guy. As the President of his motorcycle club, he probably shouldn't be and definitely can't be, and I didn't really like him at all, so there we go. I have read my share of Alpha-holes, and Jaeger is definitely more "hole" than "alpha", but he also has to be a little bit charismatic in order to hold office. It's this bit of charisma that kept me reading, and this bit of an honor code that his club had that kept me reading, as well.

Phoenix Ward knew her dad left her with some problems, but she didn't realize how many problems until Jaeger's club rode in on her farm. They were trouble enough, but the club that rode in after them were the REAL problem. Her father's gambling and drinking had deteriorated to the point that he gambled away her precious farm to Jaeger's club; according to the other club her father had gambled away HER. When Jaeger offered her protection (well, he demanded she come with him) she really didn't have a choice. But she planned on getting on her feet and going on about her business.

Nix and Jaeger were quite the pair. They fought like cats and dogs, usually because he said something idiotic. Even Jaeger's MC brothers would call him out on his arrogance and lack of filter, which I seriously appreciated, but I did find myself chuckling to myself during some of these moments. These two are not star crossed lovers, nor do they have a pretty romance. If you are looking for a gritty, sexy read with an arrogant hero, this is a perfect read for you!

Monday, November 2, 2015

ARC Review: Darker the Release by Claire Kent

Revenge is still the name of the game in Claire Kent's Darker the Release. We met Kelly Watson and Caleb Marshall in Sweet the Sin when Kelly organized an elaborate deception in an attempt to get close to Caleb. She needed to find out if he or anyone at his company was responsible for her father's murder. The plan was to make him fall for her, and that was a slam dunk. The plan was NOT for her to fall for him, and unfortunately for Kelly that is what happens. In Darker the Release the stakes are raised even more as the truth about her charade chases Kelly and the truth about her father's murder continues to elude her.

Kelly and Caleb are raw and carnal with each other. In fact, the most honest they are to each other is during intimate moments. Their chemistry is off the charts and hot to read. This was no silly caper; Kelly was on a dark mission and willing to sacrifice her feelings for Caleb to find out the truth, even as her growing feelings for him hoped against hope that he was not responsible for her father's murder.

Sizzling intrigue and sexy times - a great read!

ARC Review: All I Need is You by Wendy S. Marcus

Neve James and Rory McRoy are not your typical romantic hero and heroine, and thank goodness for that. While it's not that uncommon for a tiny, petite woman to be a lead love interest, it is pretty unconventional for him to be 5'4". Neve is a dancer/gymnast and hopes to be picked up by Cirque du Soleil; Rory is a military man with what I call a "Mighty Mouse" physique. He is plenty strong and a Boston boy who is inextricably involved in his family's bar, and always has been.

While overseas, Rory finds himself the recipient of a pen pal letter from Neve, a woman who has no problem with her sexuality or owning the fact that she enjoys it. Their exchanges are hot and sweet at the same time; when Rory has some leave, Neve decides to surprise him, but a misunderstanding derails the beginnings of a hot relationship in real life for these two. Determined not to let that misunderstanding keep him from pursuing Neve, the next time Rory is home, he is home for good, and he decides to go for what he wants: Neve.

I loved these two so much. Neve showed the perils and freedom of being a woman who has her own agency. She has a close relationship with her brother, but for the most part her self worth was damaged at a young age. The opposite, Rory came from a place where he always new exactly what his worth was; his family was a close Irish Catholic family that ran a successful but busy bar in a neighborhood where everyone knew everybody else. He knew he was loved and needed but that could also be overwhelming. Together, these two made life make sense for them, and it was a seriously sexy ride. Great read!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Review: Breaking Bailey's Rules

Breaking Bailey's Rules Breaking Bailey's Rules by Brenda Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Breaking Bailey’s Rules so much because of the fun and sexy tone that Brenda Jackson delivered.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review: Slashed by Tracy Wolff

In Slashed by Tracy Wolff, besties who have previously had a one night stand are months later still living in an awkward phase where each thinks the other isn't into them. Pro and semi pro winter sport athletes, Cam and Luc have crossed the line, and we get to see them try and come back together again.

Cam is a successful snow boarder and has lived life at home taking care of her dad, even when she could have moved out. But one day she comes home and the mother who abandoned her family 17 years ago is back. Despite the awkwardness between she and Luc, she runs to him for a place to stay when she gives her father an ultimatum. For Luc, Cam is home. He may not be as "talented" as his besties, who are all well respected athletes, but he has his own style that has worked for him. His happy place is being with Cam, and this gives him the opportunity to make her believe they can be together, even if she still has lingering feelings for their other friend, Z. What Luc doesn't know is that Cam has been over Z for a while, and would love to have Luc all to herself.

This was a great new adult read, very sexy and enough angst to keep you interested but not so much you feel put-out. Cam was strong and a very relatable heroine and Luc was a young and hot alpha/beta hybrid. My first read in this series, and I think I want to go back and read the others!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review: Breaking a Legend by Sarah Robinson

Clare and Rory are a delicious opposites attract couple; he is a hulking former MMA champ permanently sidelined by an injury and she is a quiet but strong woman with a mystery past. Their chemistry is both hot and cautious, which sounds weird but it worked so well!

Rory is dealing with a lot of pain. At the top of his game he suffered a debilitating leg injury and along with his depression came addiction. Rory comes from a close family that owns a gym and a tight neighborhood where everybody has known everyone since they were born. On the other hand, here comes Clare, a relative stranger and woman with no family. Since a lot of gym members hang out at the bar she works at, she develops an attraction and friendship with Rory that quickly turns into something much more.

I really enjoyed this book, and as advertised, anyone who is a fan of Katy Evans or Cecy Robson will enjoy it, too! (And there are more books to come!)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Review: The Bollywood Bride

I loved this second chance romance by Sonali Dev! Ria has a tragic past, but summers in suburban Chicago with her cousin Nikhil and his distant cousin Vikram got her through a challenging adolescence. Unknown to everyone in their circle, Vikram and Ria fell in love and had made plans for the future, but life made other plans. Years later, Ria is a Bollywood star who left her family behind, but of course she kept in touch with her surrogate parents; her aunt and uncle, Nikhil's parents. Nikhil is getting married, and Ria needs to come home.

When Ria returns and Vikram is there, the old feelings are obviously there, but the old bitterness over their breakup is still a living, breathing beast that lives within Vikram. These former lovers are strangers now, but Ria can feel the attraction that never left and she knows that acting on that passion leads nowhere. She is returning to her career, as it is, in Mumbai and Vikram will be in Chicago with his girlfriend. Except if things were that easy, there wouldn't be this delicious book to read.

Vikram is pissed at Ria, and at the way she left their relationship. He is truly swoonworthy, and everyone needs to meet him. Ria is a complex, sympathetic but strong character that I loved getting to know. The peek into the rich customs of the Indian culture were wonderful and there were more aunties than you could shake a stick at. This was easily one of my favorite books this year.

Review: Swings by Corbin Lewars

Some working women want it all; a fulfilling job, the perfect family, a great marriage. Stay at home mom Sadie has her world view expanded significantly when she meets John, a stay at home dad in a parent group of seemingly judgemental moms. He appears to have it all together; his daughter always looks great, he looks great himself, he is always out and about, and he never forgets anything in his diaper bag. He has a wife who works. He also has a girlfriend, and it looks as if he and his girlfriend may be seriously into Sadie. But is she into them?

Sadie's mid-mother crisis hits any mom who is at home and feels guilty about wanting to return to work. While this book doesn't answer questions about staying home versus being a working mom, the overall theme that I loved in reading it was that it was okay to make the choice that was best for you. Another theme was that if you have a partner, let them be a part of the process of bonding with your baby. Partners should be best friends, and adding a child in the mix tests your friendship to the max.

There were laugh out loud moments, seriously sexy moments, and extremely relatable moments for any wife or mother, best especially for those who have sought a walk on the wild side.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: Owned by M. Never

Owned is a dark erotica with kidnapping, sexy times, bondage, and lots of danger. Part one of a series, I can't wait to see what comes next for Ellie and Kayne!

Execute Assistant Ellie Stevens has had a longtime crush on client Kayne Roberts. Whenever he comes by the office to meet with her boss, the sparks fly, and on a night that seemed like they would cross the line from professional to personal, Kayne kidnaps her and forces her to become his personal sexual slave.

Kayne is a businessman and much more than that, we realize. He is a BDSM Master, and has taken Ellie on as his personal slave; however he also runs an exclusive BDSM brothel where the women there are employees by choice and well taken care of. We get that Ellie is special to him for more than the standard reasons, and a sinister underworld acquaintance is to blame.

Owned is the real deal. It is gritty, gratuitous, adventurous, and erotic. All in all, captivating storytelling and there is more to read!

Monday, September 28, 2015

ARC Review: Sinner's Steel by Sarah Castille

The Sinner's Tribe MC is back with the most enigmatic of their members finally getting his story told. Zane has always been derisive about love and in this sexy second chance romance, we find out his history at last!

Sarah Castille has written another fast paced and gritty story featurinng Evie, a single mom who has been in love with Zane since she was a teenager. Best friends as kids, Evie, Zane, and Jagger were just heading towards making the decisions that would shape their adulthood. Jagger was going into service; Evie was soon heading to college but was a little younger than the boys; Zane only knew he didn't want to follow in his father's criminal footsteps and he wanted to be with Evie. The best night of Zane's life turned into the worst as he won and lost Evie in a matter of hours. When he went back for her, it looked like she had moved on.

Meanwhile, Zane is the only man Evie ever loved, and seeing him so many years after waiting for him to come back to their hometown was jarring to say the least. Now that they are in the same city, Zane has decided that she is his, which is complicated because she is kind of dating Viper, the President of their arch nemesis MC.

I basically read this in one sitting. Between the secrets, lies, and sexy times, I soaked it up and went back back for more!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Empire is Back!

Cookie and crew on #Empire showed up and showed out last night! Go to Heroes and Heartbreakers to check out my recap!

They even have to laugh at themselves!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

ARC Review: To The Moon and Back by Jocelyn Han

This book is also known as Fly You to the Moon, so if you think the premise sounds familiar, that may be why. In the not so distant future, Ava is sent to the moon to live with Nicholas, her "uncle" on paper but not by blood. Although she is technically an adult, she is considered a ward of Nicholas under his Elite status until she is at least 21. Ava was expecting a old stuffy fogie, but she got the much younger and hotter Nicholas who more carefully follows her deceased father's belief system that the Elite class aren't better than anyone else.

This short and sweet erotic novella introduces us to this futuristic world of classism and interstellar travel. Ava and Nicholas' story takes the stepbrother trope in a new and sexy direction. They have amazing chemistry, and everyone around them can see the sparks fly. When they finally succumb, the pages catch fire! A hot read that is the start of a new series - good news considering the world this story is set in and the great characters we were introduced to.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin Review and Blog Tour!

It's my stop on the Bad Romance Blog Tour! See below for an exclusive giveaway and review!

A Stepbrother Novel
Jen McLaughlin
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In this explosive novel from bestselling author Jen McLaughlin, a good girl falls for the ultimate bad boy: her stepbrother. Perfect for fans of Sabrina Paige, Caitlin Daire, and Krista Lakes, Bad Romance proves that passion can be so wrong it’s right.

Seven years in the army will change a guy. But after a shoulder wound ends his career as a sniper, Jackson Worthington finds himself back home, fighting a battle that’s all too familiar: keeping his hands off Lily Hastings. She’s still her rich daddy’s little angel, innocent, impossibly lovely, as squeaky-clean as Jackson is dirty. And she’s still his stepsister—forbidden but not forgotten, not after the soul-melting kiss that got him kicked out of the house at eighteen. He couldn’t resist her then. How the hell can he resist her now?

Lily is about to marry a man she doesn’t love, and commit to a high-stress job she hates, all to please the father who controls every waking moment of her life. On top of everything, her teenage crush is back, with a sleek, chiseled body and a trace of the rebellious boy whose lips sealed her fate. Jackson’s timing couldn’t be worse . . . or better. Because Lily’s all grown up, too. She’s aching for another taste. And for the first time, she’s ready to be a bad girl.

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Bad Romance is a sexy stepbrother romance about Lily, a young woman who has always does what is expected of her, and Jackson, who left their home as a teenager when he wouldn't do the same.  Seven years later their bittersweet beginnings have not been forgotten as Jackson returns home and encounters an older, sexier Lily. Both adults with responsibilities, the repercussions of stepsiblings being involved in a small affluent community are many; Lily has a responsibility to her father and plans to marry a man she doesn't love to combine family businesses. However Lily is tired of doing the expected for everyone else. She wants Jackson, and she wants him all for herself.

The chemistry between army man Jackson and society gal Lily is scorching, and always has been. Older, wiser, and with a more mature set of tastes, these two can't stay away even when they try. Sometimes in stepbrother novels the connection is watered down, which then waters down the taboo. However, Jen McLaughlin's Lily and Jackson are a perfect example of what a reader wants to encounter in this sexy trope.  Secret romances are hot, and stepbrothers are even hotter. Jackson's passion for Lily jumps off the page and grabs you by the feels. He isn't just physically attracted, but emotionally as well. Bad Romance is a hot read from cover to cover!

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin and Random House. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is also an USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Gypsy Brothers Release Blitz with Exclusive Excerpt!

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Confucius said, “Before embarking upon a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
I planned to dig seven.

Sometimes I don’t think about it for hours at a time. Sometimes, a whole day will pass, and it’ll be there, under the surface, burning my insides with the brutality of its truth. My truth.
And I’ll get home from my dead-end job in this dead-end fucking town in the asshole of Nebraska, and I’ll have almost made it through a whole day of not thinking about it, about my father and Dornan Ross and his sons.
But then I’ll do something without thinking, like undress to go to bed, or slide under the covers of my bed. And I’ll see the marks they branded on my right hip – seven horizontal lines, each stacked on top of each other, made by casting the blunt edge of a butcher’s knife into fire and then pressing it into my flesh. A line for Dornan Ross and a line for each of his six older sons. Notches on a bedpost. Scarred for a lifetime so that I can never forget. Some are thicker than others, some short and others long, but each one a devastating reminder of everything they took from me that night.
Even if I stay in my stale clothes to avoid seeing my scars, I still can’t escape them. I never sleep well. I toss and turn, fitful and drenched in sweat, awakening from nightmares where they find me and turn the knife to the sharp side. Where they don’t just brand me – they cut me until I am dead, so I won’t talk to the police. I know things, see.  I know things that the police don’t, about purchased alibis and body disposal spots, about too many girls who went missing and too many men who kept too many secrets.
I used to wish every day and every night to forget about my fathers murderer and what he did to us. Not anymore. Now I want to remember every tiny detail so that I can exact my revenge.
Tomorrow is different. Tomorrow is my twenty-first birthday, the day I gain access to my secret inheritance. The several hundred thousand that my father managed to hide before Dornan framed him for the murder of a policeman and his family, a crime that Dornan and his eldest son committed as retribution for a drug bust that almost wiped the club out. It might be dirty money – my father wasn’t above money laundering and drug manufacturing – but it was his money. Dornan managed to seize control of the rest when he enacted his devastating betrayal.
Tomorrow is truly my birthday, for I will become another person. Today my name is Juliette Portland, but tomorrow I will wake up as someone else entirely.
Someone who will bring Dornan Ross and the Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club to their knees.

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My father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the leader of the Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect.

Including my innocence.

When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old.

Before my father died, Dornan Ross and his sons stole my innocence, branded my skin and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer.
I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I'm out for revenge.

But I didn't expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club.

I didn't expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it.

Now, I'm faced with an impossible choice - Jase, or avenging my fathers death?
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ARC Review: Fire Me Up by Rachael Johns

This is a tantalizing tale about a biker who wants to ditch his one percenter past, starting with his new Aussie tenant, but he ends up taking her to his bed instead.

Billie loves New Orleans and has made her dreams come true by moving there from Australia and opening her gallery, mostly frequented by tourists just off Bourbon street. Recently her landlord (and president of the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club) passed away, and it wasn't long before the sexy and irritating Travis, road name Cash, arrived to tell her he was selling the building, and he was staying there with her until he could sell it. However, the situation ended up a bit more complicated than that, as Travis was named co-owner of the property with the remaining officers of the Deacons of Bourbon Street MC. Travis made a new legitimate name for himself in Florida, and is trying to get out of New Orleans as fast as he can. He has a ton of NOLA baggage and wants to be rid of the city, but between his MC brothers investigating their president's suspected murder and Billie getting under his skin, he may end up taking another look at life choices.

Billie was a great match for Cash; they were the definitive opposites attract couple with her soft hearted but strong willed hippie ways against his either professional polish or alpha gruff biker persona. They had some serious chemistry and heat, and plenty of sexy times. Enjoying this series a lot! Can't wait for more!

Friday, August 28, 2015

ARC Review: Code of Honor by Missy Johnson

Code of Honor is a hot romance with a stepbrother-like theme, topped off with some mafia action. Overall, I enjoyed it but the story does not end with this book, and it actually ends in a cliffhanger.

Pietro's parents were murdered in his home when he was 15. He knew that his father was involved in the mafia, but the ramifications of that didn't hit home until he didn't have a home anymore. He was taken in by Giovanni Spontagio, an associate of his fathers, and moved with him to Chicago. Instantly he fell in love with Lucia Spontagio, Giovanni's daughter. They were raised together as practically brother and sister, but Pietro always knew his place with Giovanni, that he wasn't considered family as Lucy (Lucia) may have considered him. What Pietro didn't know is that Lucy had feelings for him, too. When Lucy decides to buck her overbearing father's ways and move to New York to pursue ballet, he sends Pietro there to clandestinely look after her.

Of course, Pietro could only keep up that ruse for so long, and the opportunity for their relationship to happen outside of Giovanni's constant hovering is full of hot and sexy encounters, but a lot of love between the Pietro and Lucia. The sex scenes were plentiful and enjoyable! And of course, there were some dangerous moments as well, since we are dealing with the mafia, after all.

Lucia was hard to like at times; despite the fact that she was constantly bucking her overbearing (and dangerous) father's overtures, she still came off as a spoiled silly brat in some circumstances. Pietro was smart but sometimes not necessarily clever. There were some missed opportunities for him to rise in his own power. Together they really had some amazing chemistry, and their love for each other came through clearly. Code of Honor had some scorching moments and should be a good read for anyone who loves a secret relationship trope.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ARC Review: Bring Me to Life by August Kert

I was not expecting for a zombie to make me feel any emotion, and certainly not believe that he could fall in love with a human, but I became a believer in the sweet and sexy(!) Bring Me to Life.

The dystopian zombie apocalypse world that Bring Me to Life is set in has zombies in different phases; the mindless hordes we automatically think of, and then there are the Remnants, the talking, thinking, and more humane versions of zombies that have started to pop up. When Lyric gets captured by a group of Remnants with their own set of Renfields working for them, she knows that she will do whatever she has to get free. Immediately she connects with Anson, a handsome Remnant whose interest in her does not seem to be strictly dietary. They strike up a deal; she talks to him and helps him figure out memories from his past human life, and he will protect her on the inside.

Lyric's attraction to Anson is depicted honestly; he is pretty hot, despite the grey tinge to his skin, and Lyric fights with herself the deeper she falls for him. Repulsion, lust, confusion, it's all there and I appreciated that authentic touch from August Kert. Anson feels more and more human as he spends time with Lyric. He admire her fight and of course her beauty; he discovers lust and desire for the first time as a Remnant with her and quickly falls in love. Anson was written so intelligently; he has a wish to be great like the men he sees in the books at the compound's library. Even more romantic, he wants to be great for Lyric.

Is there a squick factor? Possibly, but Anson is so sweet, you can forget for moments that he is a zombie of any kind. Lyric is a strong, smart fighter and they make a perfect match. I was intrigued by the thought of a zombie/human romance and I think Bring Me to Life does a great job with the possibilities of such a match.

Monday, August 24, 2015

ARC Review: Tough Love by Lori Foster

Tough Love is a sexy MMA romance with a hero that isn't sure he wants a commitment and a heroine who has plans to change his mind, to delicious results.

Vanity Baker has had her eye on Stack Hannigan for a while and decides the best way to snag him is with sex (all men like sex, right?) She propositions him to be her escort at their mutual friends' wedding and in exchange he is guaranteed a night he won't forget. For weeks Stack was taunted by Vanity's hair, body, hell, her whole essence. When the night of the wedding finally arrives, more happens than either of them count on.

Tough Love was a hot read, with Stack as the giant alpha male with a code, and Vanity as the quintessential blonde bombshell who is looking for a person to call home. I loved these two together. Vanity calls Stack out on his shit constantly, but she isn't a nag or shrill annoyance. Stack realizes that Vanity is going to be more than a one night stand for him, and his territorial posturing with the other MMA athletes at the gym is hilarious. Of course there is the inevitable conflict, and I enjoyed how it played out. Lori Foster does a great job of creating strong characters, and the chemistry she creates with Stack and Vanity is at a constant smolder.

It's always nice to get a glimpse of the background characters, who were great support in this novel. The next couple from the gym are sure to be as hot as Vanity and Stack - I'll be there for sure!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review: Flash Bang by Meghan March

I am all for a lot of things this book is about; triad relationships, dystopian landscape, and tough as nails heroines. Rowan was raised by her doomsday prepared father with her sister and knew the moment when a strange electromagnetic pulse ended electricity, she needed to get out of Chicago and make it to to them in rural Illinois; her father had been training her and her sister for this moment for years despite the fact that Rowan thought this moment would never come.

Anyone traveling alone during the beginning of the apocalypse is in danger, but a woman even more so; luckily for Rowan she escapes the wrath of some "Deliverance" backwoods crazies into the arms of Graham and Zach, part of an organized group of ex military who are very well prepared for the new world order on a huge ranch. Quickly these three decide to embark on a menage relationship with the agreement that Graham and Zach escort Rowan to her family, however, plans change when outside dangers threaten the ranch and everyone in it.

I wanted to love this book more than I actually ended up liking it. The first half of the book was interesting and hot, but the last half left me a little frustrated; Rowan went from being smart, capable, and yeah, stubborn, to being infected with a little TSTL and a lot of dense. Maybe I just really empathized with Graham's feelings, but some of the finals conflicts didn't feel genuine, so the solutions couldn't feel as genuine either.

However, I did really enjoy the world, and as the first in this series, I can tell there are plenty more stories to tell. I'm interested in taking another look into the Flash Bang universe!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ARC Review: Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox

I love being a blogger because it means I get an early peek at a book like Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox (aka Kit Rocha aka Moira Rogers aka Bree Bridges and Donna Herren.)

This New Adult read has just the right amount of angst and drama, a serious dollop of heat, and a great hero and heroine that make you root for their romance. College student Hannah has had a crush on Sean for years, but that doesn't matter. He was her sister Cait's boyfriend, and despite the fact that her sister passed away years ago now, he has always been off limits. However, Hannah is back in town to deal with another tragedy; her father has passed away and her mother is only technically alive due to a terrible car accident. Hannah's home life was all about keeping up appearances and never admitting to weaknesses, or perceived weaknesses, and Hannah has been coping with whatever liquor is handy. Sean has mostly moved on from Cait's death, but he still feels incredibly disloyal to have the underlying feelings he does for Hannah. He has done pretty well for himself, but he definitely isn't one of the rich players in town like Hannah's family. He owns his own auto-body shop and races his car during the season in town but can he keep his head in the game when he decides to be Hannah's friend?

Hannah and Sean have such ridiculous chemistry, and don't let the New Adult tag fool anyone; Hannah's virginal encounters with Sean are hotter than some threesome scenes I have read. Their connection is real and the tragedies they both have to recover from are heartbreaking but triumphant. Anything But Broken is not surprisingly a great start to a new series. I can't wait for the second book in the Hurricane Creek series!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: Evening Storm

Evening Storm Evening Storm by Anne Calhoun
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Simone and Ryan are at their best when they are volleying quips back and forth. Ryan is used to hard work, but he is also used to pushing until he gets what he wants. Simone is strong and honest, and fights back with the blunt truth.

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ARC Review: Evening Storm by Anne Calhoun

In Evening Storm, Ryan Hamilton is a Wall Street roller who stumbles upon a Ponzi scheme created by his bank's owners. Without hesitation, he walks into FBI headquarters and decides to share his knowledge; they make him an informant and that's when his ulcers begin. To play the part of the high rolling wolf who wants in on the scheme he makes sure he is seen with lots of noteworthy women, and when he wanders into Simone Demarchelier's exclusive lingerie boutique, he is instantly attracted and intrigued by her. So much so that he takes all of his women there; and so it begins.

Simone is a self made woman, despite the fact that she is part of a powerhouse family of designers in France. She wants to make her own way, and has been successful in New York. It's just that damn Ryan Hamilton keeps coming in with different women, and despite it all they have a connection that even she can't deny. These two strike up what can only be called a sensuous friendship. They are very careful not to cross lines, but they become closer and closer. And Simone can tell that Ryan is holding something back, but he won't tell her what it is.

Simone and Ryan are at their best when they are volleying quips back and forth. Ryan is used to hard work, but he is also used to pushing until he gets what he wants. Simone is strong and honest, and fights back with the blunt truth. They are very sexy together, and they have what seems like an epic romance, until finally Ryan calls her to be at his side during the most difficult time in his life.