Review: The Bachelor Auction

The Bachelor Auction The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Release Date: October 4, 2016

One line drew me to requesting this book: "Cinderella never had to deal with this crap."

Yes! This was a humorous and modern retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. And I loved it!! Rachel Van Dyken injected this story with her own brand of laughs, feel good moments, and love. She took the classic and twisted it, flipped it on its head, and made it work. Not every remix will be golden, but this one sure was.

Aside from Jane's two sisters, who provide ALL of the angst in this story, I loved everyone in this book. Obviously the main characters, Jane and Brock, but also his twin brothers, Bentley and Brant. I even loved their grandfather Wellington and found him delightful (you little manipulator you).


Review: All or Nothing

All or Nothing All or Nothing by Hazel Jacobs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW!! I've just finished reading this book because IT'S LIVE TODAY!! And all I can say is WOW!! It's the first work I've read from Hazel Jacobs (won't be the last) and I loved it! I want more. I've got Black Lilith fever and I need more of Tommy, Logan, Slate and Dash! Damn, but these guys were so amazing and cute and sexy!

I'm not a huge fan of single perspectives in stories. I'll read it but it's not my preference. But Mz. Jacobs did such a great job with it, I didn't really miss Tommy's POV at all. I fell in like with Sersha right from the start. This character was given such a beautiful personality. I loved her vision, her thoughts, her feelings, and her artistry. What completely sold me on her though was her compassion. Her heart was so huge! Through her eyes, I got a clear picture of Tommy's talent, his pain, his sadness, his own huge heart, and of how much he came to care for her.

I loved how nothing really happened romantically between Sersha and Tommy for most of the books, and yet the story didn't drag or lose my interest. Tommy's pain was real and it wasn't brushed under the rug or skimped on. I appreciated that their relationship developed over time. But when it finally happened, HOT DAMN TOMMY!! Or as Slate would say "from zero to sixty like a rocket."

Fave Lines:
I want you all around me. I want to be smelling you on my skin for days." - Tommy

"I care about you, Tommy."
"I care about you too, Sersh,"

I recommend this to anyone who adores great chemistry, romance and hot AF rock stars!!

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Review: Legal Wolf's Mate

Legal Wolf's Mate Legal Wolf's Mate by Eve Langlais
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Told in 3rd person and dual POV, this book was the tale of successful attorney and werewolf, Gavin (who was extremely hot), working to exonerate Megan of murder. It didn't help that she seemed to be framed and that he didn't have all of the facts of the case. It also didn't help that someone out there was out to get her. Or that he was extremely attracted to her. Or that she was his mate! Did I mention that Megan was human? And that she was reluctant? Not to mention that her looks were quite deceiving?

Follow these two on a race against time to figure out who really did the killing. This was short, sweet and steamy with a quirky HFN.

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Review: Savage Beast

Savage Beast Savage Beast by Charleigh Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Calling all my bookwhores and booksluts... and HELL YEAH I count myself among them (#PervsUnite)... please look no further for your next read. This story was smut-and-cum-tastic! It had plot, interesting characters, suspense, and lots and lots of hot AF, steamy, raunchy, lick yo ass and cum-stuffing scenes to suit anyone's fancy.

There are times I really need a good porno read. It takes my mind and heart away from the stress of the dark and heavy reads I usually bog them down with. I need a refresher. A light course to make everything else a pleasure. I didn't expect that the pleasure would be in the light course! I'm astounded, stupefied, amazed and delighted!

I usually don't award 5 stars to smut-flavoured books. So you have to know that this book was in a league of its own. I was going to give it 4 stars, which is still pretty high, but somehow, somewhere and some way, Charleigh Rose pushed me into giving it a full rating. No, I don't mean they came to my house and coerced me into giving them this rating. I mean what they produced deserved it. I guess it all boils down to how much I really enjoyed myself with this story and how much "meat" the team of Charleigh Rose infused this story with.

Cole was freaking hot. One of the hottest characters I've ever read. He went from homeless and starving to a successful cage fighter who was well fed. He was obviously sexy, strong and fierce, but once he had Jade he became sensitive, considerate, protective and loving. These two characters were a match made in lust and I'm thrilled that despite the hiccup of the Italian mafia (you'll have to read this to find out), they got their HFN.

I'm excited for the next book, which features Carter and Quinn. They both seem to have interesting and traumatizing pasts, but unfortunately Quinn's past is still haunting her. Luckily Carter Savage is just the man to set things right. I do wonder: will there be a book for Sinclair? He was mighty fine as well and I'm definitely intrigued by him.

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Review: High-Sided

High-Sided High-Sided by L.P. Dover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date: October 4, 2016

This story was a fine example of a second chance at love. Although the plot was suspenseful, there was very little drama or angst, the couple was hot, their couplings were steamy, and their love was sweet.

Eight years ago, championship motorcycle racer Logan was involved in an accident at the trace and it left him paralyzed. Tormented by his injuries, he decided to let his love go and cruelly broke up with his then girlfriend, Kassidy, and subsequently left town. He went on to become one of the best FBI agents in the country. Now he's back because his best friend called him for help. There are strange events happening at the track and no one sees them as a coincidence. So Logan is determined to not only solve the mystery of these events, but to also find out who caused his accident and win back his true love, Kassidy.

The pacing was great. The chemistry and bond between the main characters were solid. The author definitely left me wanting more. I'd like to get more of this couple and I hope she writes a book for Micah and Madison.

Recommended for lovers of love and suspense.

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Review: Euphoria

Euphoria Euphoria by Amity Cross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm hovering between 3.5 and 4 stars. I still haven't decided.

I love retellings. Love them. I've read and watched the adaptations of many classics and I'm always interested in trying a new one. Getting a chance to see another perspective. See the characters in a whole new light and in a fresh and unique way.

This particular story is an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. I've read and seen several adaptations of this work but Amity Cross has brought something a little different. It followed the classic's storyline (mostly) with a modern twist. For instance, instead of Rochester falling off a horse, it's a motorcycle. There are also references to Facebook lol.

Jane and Edward meet in much the same way. He's just as dark, mysterious, moody, secretive and passionate as I expected. There are some strange occurrences in Thornfield and while Jane has embarked on an affair with Edward (a hidden one), she's determined to find out what exactly he is hiding.

There were two major drawbacks to this tale, for me anyway. As modern as it was, the author chose to use classic language. I've NEVER liked this. Although English in high school was an easy A, the reading wasn't easy AT ALL. And to be forced to read a modern rendition with old timey language was a bit hard to take. I didn't expect it and I didn't like it. Also, Jane came off as desperate and pathetic, which didn't jive with what I remember from this character. I recall her being strong and independent, almost fierce with her morality and her intelligence. I didn't see that here. She complained and moaned and whined way too much.

That being said, I am interested in reading more. I want to see how much the author will continue to follow the original and how much she will make her own. I shall eagerly await Paradox.

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Review: Black Swan Affair

Black Swan Affair Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story was absolutely brilliant! I have never liked stories that deal with multiple love interests and love triangles are a definite no-no. I typically stay away from them like the plague, so as much as possible. I do everything that I can to protect my heart. So with much hesitation, I started this story. And not only was I pleasantly surprised, but this author completely blew me away. Her writing was fantastic. The story flips from past to present to past and it was done fluidly. Everything she did worked and somehow she made this story easy and enjoyable for me to read. Kudos to you K.L. Kreig!!

I went into this knowing that my heart would be broken. In any love triangle, everything cannot come out roses. The main love focus will always be the bad guy because someone will be hurt. There is no way of avoiding that. Someone will not be chosen and that's a fact. So I knew that someone was going to be left broken. It was only a matter of who and when.


Review: Tease Me

Tease Me Tease Me by Roxy Sloane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"I get in, get off, and get the hell out before they have a chance to realize the best lay of their life is walking out that door."

Ha ha ha!! That was until Jase met Chloe and then it ALL changes. This book picks up right where the last one ended. The author even gives the reader a bit of a recap for those who haven't read the first book. Jase has learned a tough lesson the hard way and is desperate for Chloe. I enjoyed their back-and-forth and that it didn't take long for them to be scorching up the pages together again. We get more of Jase's inches, some more hot and steamy lovin', and a little suspense was also thrown in for good measure.

This duet is a wonderful addition to the other great work from Roxy Sloane!

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Release Date: October 13, 2016

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Review: Tempt Me

Tempt Me Tempt Me by Roxy Sloane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Roxy Sloane has introduced us to her new, hot, sexy and dirty talking hero. His name is Jase and he's confident (borderline cocky), arrogant, handsome, successful, and... you guessed it... a manwhore! He's a real hit it and quit it kind of guy but he at least guarantees orgasms aplenty. Oh and he likes to brag about his inches. A lot. He's set his sights on Chloe, a young woman who has endured some heartbreak and is trying to embrace a new life. This new life suddenly includes Jase. But there are secrets. And they could blow their blossoming relationship out of the water. When the secrets are revealed, will this couple stand together or fall apart? Read to find out and discover the awesomeness of Jase Banner, Private Investigator.

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Release Date: October 3, 2016

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Review: Cold-Blooded Beautiful

Cold-Blooded Beautiful Cold-Blooded Beautiful by Christine Zolendz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kade. Dark, twisted, sexy, and amazingly wonderful Kade. I've found a new book boyfriend! It was virtually impossible to stop myself from falling for him. Despite his obsessive and stalker-like tendencies (which were so freaking hot!), I couldn't help but appreciate his capacity to love so deeply.

Samantha was no slouch in this book. She endured far too much heartbreak and torment. She was betrayed by those she should have been able to trust the most, and in this book, it all comes to its chilling conclusion. She was beaten, tortured and almost killed, but she refused to be broken. She and Kade were true survivors and I loved how very much they loved one another. That they were even able to find each other.

Kade's journal entries, his POV and the epilogue were the icing on the cake and the strawberry on top of the sundae. I did want more from the ending but I think that's mostly because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to my boo!

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Review: Brutally Beautiful

Brutally Beautiful Brutally Beautiful by Christine Zolendz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whoa! Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa!!

This story was jam-packed with so many feels and I'm not talking the warm and fuzzy kind. Christine Zolendz did an incredible job of blending drama, family, friendship, chemistry, eroticism, pain, despair and trauma. She did all that and still found a way to inject a lot of humour along the way.

Samantha was a brilliant and renowned head trauma surgeon, but she was running away from her life. She was escaping a life filled with lies and was hoping to outrun and overcome her demons. My impressions of Sam were that she was strong, beautiful (inside and out), loving, generous, compassionate, intelligent, witty, and a freaking survivor with balls of steel.

Review: Reconcilable Differences

Reconcilable Differences Reconcilable Differences by M.A. Clarke Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The setting is 1997 and truth be told, this story actually read like it was written in the 90s. From the movie references to the ways of thinking, it felt like I was in a time warp.

Kate was a successful mediator. She worked with couples who are contemplating or have filed for divorce. The story also centers around the couple she was currently working on, D'arcy and Eli. D'arcy's lawyer was a formidable shrew named Sharon, who at some point added the drama to this story. The "shock" was that Eli's lawyer was none other than Kate's greatest love, Simon. During it all, Kate and Simon renew their acquaintance and eventually fall in love (or in Kate's case, kept on loving).


Review: Distrust

Distrust Distrust by T.L. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 "These characters are nuts" stars!!

You already know that I am a cover ho. Do you see that guy??? Hello???

So... I think it was another case of it being just me. I think I built this book up way too much in my head. With all of the social media hype that I saw for this book (and participated in), when I got the ARC I was sure that the book would be phenomenal. Especially because reviews had already been posted. So I went in with some pretty high expectations. And then...

It pulled nothing from me. That's not to say it wasn't good. It's just that it didn't touch me. That's on me. However, there were many things that I did like, and I'm going to list them.

1. Kazier's name - I still don't know if I was pronouncing it right.
2. Kazier's obsession with Elina.
3. Kazier's entourage/soldiers/cousins - Anton was a jokester. Viktor was Mr. Serious. And Death... well he was just like what his name is. Deadly and absorbed by death. I liked their individual personalities and their loyalty.
4. Kazier's OCD with drawing blood or watching blood or touching blood. He was VERY descriptive.
5. The way the author wrote of the feuding between the Bratva and the mafia. I wanted more.

I think that was part of the problem. I kept wanting more and the more was out of reach. My biggest peeve about this story was the lack of true chemistry between the main characters. There was sex, but it wasn't sexy.

Can we say awkward??? It really threw me off. I also didn't care for the introduction of Freya. She was unnecessary. The story really would have been fine without her. It seemed like an obvious ploy to add even more drama. As I said... unnecessary. There was already enough killings and betrayals and drama to go around.

In conclusion...

Would I recommend the book? Yes. Please don't take my word for it.
Would I read from this author again? Most definitely.

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Review: The Mission

The Mission The Mission by L.J. Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story picks up where Ruby Ink left off. It switches from the past to the present and back again quite smoothly. I enjoyed how Evie and Sebastian discovered each other and revealed how different the worlds that they belonged to really were. Evie's background was almost cult-like. Her sect was at once free but strict. Evie seemed to have an innate curiosity that the other members lacked and it helped her to form a connection with Sebastian.

Meanwhile, in the present, Alec and the rest of the Tribe of Five (Aaron, Jake, Troy minus Honor), along with Jess, are trying to find clues that will explain the strange disappearance of their parents (Evie and Sebastian). As we learned in the first book, their parents were believed to have died in a plane crash in Columbia, but the plane and their bodies were never discovered. However, while on assignment in Columbia, Jess finds the plane with minimal damage, no bodies, and a message written in what could be blood to the Clairmont children. Thanks to her investigation, the search for their parents is back on!

All roads lead to Good Hope and the answers lie with the people of the sect. And those answers are mind-blowing! When is the next book coming out???

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Review: Ruby Ink

Ruby Ink Ruby Ink by L.J. Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like when I choose a book, start reading it, notice that the writing is completely different from what I'm used to, and I still enjoy the heck out of the read. This book did that. The author's voice is brand new to me and after some adjustment, I realized I wanted to hear more!

This was a second chance love story buried beneath secrets, lies and betrayals. There was so much going on but at the heart of it was the epic love of Aaron and Ruby. Seven years ago, Aaron did the unspeakable. He ultimately betrayed their love. Or did he? See, no one believed he was capable of the charges he got convicted for. Seven years into his prison sentence, Aaron is released and all he wants to do is pick up the measly pieces of his life and try to move on. Except he can't. He can't let go of Ruby. However, he knows that she's gone... until fate steps in and gives them another chance.

Conspiracies and coverups are revealed. Aaron and Ruby get to love and heal. And the ending seems to be a great lead-in to book 2, The Mission.

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Review: Threat: A Blood Riders MC

Threat: A Blood Riders MC Threat: A Blood Riders MC by Tia Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly given in exchange for an honest review
Expected Release Date: October 3, 2016

It could be a case of "It's just me".

I had previously read Tia Lewis's Stadium of Lights: A Second Chance Sports Romance, which I really liked, but this story was completely different. For one, it was about a MC Club, not sports. For another, there wasn't just angst and drama, there were elements of danger and suspense as well.

As a huge fan of dark and romantic suspense novels, I'll say that this story had a lot of potential. However, I felt that it lacked depth. The plot was rushed and unrealistic (timeline-wise), it needed to be fleshed out more, and there was almost no character development. so although the characters seemed to be likable, I couldn't connect because there wasn't enough to hold on to.

Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this one as much. However, I do look forward to more from this author because I did enjoy her previous book.

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Review: Deathless & Divided

Deathless & Divided Deathless & Divided by Bethany-Kris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When it comes to mafia romance, Bethany-Kris brings it!

Lily was a little hard to like at first but Damian was easy to love. I loved how disciplined he was. He was a killer/hitman for the mob and had no qualms about his jobs. No conscience. No shame. No regrets. And yet he had so much heart, especially when it came to Lily. I loved the lengths he was willing to go to in order to protect her. I loved his stillness, his silence, his observations and his intellect. I loved how he loved Lily.

Now there's a war amidst the family (thanks Dino!) and I wonder if Damian and Lily will remain safe. I wish book 2 was also about them, but alas it was not meant to be. Who will come out on top in the end?

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Review: Levi's Blue

Levi's Blue Levi's Blue by M. Leighton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 "I LOVE Levi and his Levi blue skies" stars!!

This story was chock full of feels. So many feels. I couldn't help but sympathize with Evie's (h) plight. As her story started to unfold, my compassion for her only grew. I cannot imagine what this must be like (sorry for being vague but I don't want to give away the plot), but the author created an incredibly fierce character that I couldn't help but like. Evie was beautiful, strong, talented, adaptable and a great maker of cold beverages.

Levi (H) ... I LOVED this character so much and despite (or maybe because of) his past and his past actions, he became a better man for Evie. He found the meaning of his life with her. Their relationship was so sweet, the banter was so witty, and their chemistry was so off-the-charts hot! What I loved the most about Levi was how far he was willing to go to achieve a HEA with Evie. I'm a real sucker for a man who knows how to humble himself for his woman.

Nothing. Better.

There was obviously some conflict and there were plenty of people I wanted to throat punch. *cough* Julianne *cough* M. Leighton even handled the angst in a way that made me love this couple even more. The story was beautifully written with amazing characters and the epilogue was absolutely amazing. I couldn't have imagined a better ending for these two.

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P.S. In the acknowledgements, the author gave a link to John Bramblitt's work and it is remarkable. I'm not an art connoisseur or anything, but I do believe that his work is not only unique because he is blind, but it is better than a lot of what I've seen from those who CAN see. You should check it out: http://bramblitt.myshopify.com/

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Review: Can't Touch This

Can't Touch This Can't Touch This by Tess Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think this was the only time I gave a Pepper Winters book less than 5 stars but it came pretty close. I really tried to, but the FMC, Vesper, got on my nerves one too many times.

I loved that this was such a departure from what I've come to know and love from this author. There was none of the darkness, no suspense, but the underlying theme of love still remained and boy can this author right about love. This story was light and sweet and refreshing, and the only angst was that which the characters created within themselves.


So swoon-worthy that I have to repeat myself!

He was such a lovable character. So freaking sweet, sarcastic, humble, sexy, gorgeous, generous, compassionate, etc. I LOVED him so much. He had devoted his life to rescuing animals and it only served to further endear him to me. Vesper was a vet who had a huge heart for animals as well. Together they just worked. They fit and their union was almost seamless.

Can't Own This is next and I'm so excited to see what PW has done with it. The blurb for it is so interesting!

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Review: The End of Tomorrow

The End of Tomorrow The End of Tomorrow by Tara Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Honestly, I don't know what is happening with this series. I'm lost. I'm so freaking lost!

I love both MMCs. Coop and Servario have everything to offer a woman and they are both offering it to Evie, who I think, right now, is undeserving. Yes, I said it and I stand by it because that is how this book made me feel. I cannot BELIEVE the direction that this love story has taken!

mKay so the action, suspense and thrills were definitely there in this installment. More secrets behind the Burrow and the Organization conspiracies were revealed. The team, with Servario, are still trying to figure out a way to save the world from these two factions. And book 4 is nowhere in sight :(

I really need the author to just give me what I want. Thanks!

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Review: The End of You

The End of You The End of You by Tara Brown
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm incredibly disappointed with the direction this story is taking. I hate... hate... hate... HATE what is being done to Coop. I'm so unbelievably pissed off about the FMC, Evie, getting away with her crap! Why?! Why am I supposed to condone her behaviour??? I believe that if she truly loves Servario, she should be with him and stop with the nonsense. Leave poor Coop the fuck alone!!!

Ok, so the action was good. Everything else was swell. Otherwise...


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Review: The End of Games

The End of Games The End of Games by Tara Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was intense. Evie has really gotten the hang of being an agent/spy again. She's stronger, faster, fiercer, she's using deductive reasoning, etc. This volume was action-packed, thrilling, scary, sexy and I loved it!

There was so much humour amidst the chaos.

"He sighed, making the thick nose hairs shudder. The same ones that had bothered me ten years ago, and yet were still somehow in the meeting with us today, living the dream." Evie about her boss

"The tight jeans were too much. I could see birthmarks and his religion in those jeans." Evie perving on Coop

If there was one thing I really didn't like about this book, it would be that Evie kept leading Coop on. She needed to leave him alone once and for all and stop being damn selfish. I need Coop to have a love interest outside of the group. Thanks!

Anyway, Evie and Servario were finally somewhat honest with each other:

"I think I love you most days... I love you, a lot. I always have." Sevario
"I love you, Gustavo. I have loved you all along. You scare me, but I love it." Evie

Coop and Evie were finally opening up about their feelings as well:

"If I let you in, Evie, it's going to be all the way and then neither of us is ever going to go back."

I find it amusing that Evie's husband NEVER wanted her. He seemed to want everyone else but her. But yet here are these two incredibly handsome and sexy men who are practically salivating all over her and tripping over themselves to get with her. It was nice to see her get her groove back, but not at the expense of the feelings of these men. I hope she's soon forced to make a final decision.

I think the most surprising thing to happen was discovering the secrets of Evie's mother!

So badass!! So. Freaking. Awesome!!


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Review: The End of Me

The End of Me The End of Me by Tara Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was sitting on my TBR for a while now and I'm a bit peeved that I didn't get to it before. Tara Brown has put herself on my Watch List with this book.

Evie has been made into a widow recently. Her rotten, cheating husband got himself killed and she's left picking up the pieces for their two children. Her world has been rocked but she has to remain strong. Unfortunately, her life is not what it seems. Her husband left her in some big doo-doo and she gets called back into serving with the agency she used to work for, Counter Intelligence (CI), prior to starting her family.

Secrets and betrayals abound. Conspiracies are revealed. Throw in two hot as sin men, one an agency man (Coop) and the other a drug runner/arms dealer (Servario) and this author has created a winner.

I'm a bit twisted but I'm sorta #TeamServario. I think it's because I'm a sucker for the anti-hero and he's definitely that. But I also caught many glimpses of his true heart in this book and I couldn't help falling for this character. Not to mention he was incredibly sexy. But then again, so was Coop. Gosh it's so hard to choose. Can't Evie have them both???


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Review: The Playbook

The Playbook The Playbook by Missy Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was surprisingly short and ends on a cliffy. I didn't even know that it was part of a 5-part serial until I got to the end. Imagine the frustration! I need book 2 now!

Jake was a footballer (or what I call a soccer player) and a real manwhore. Seriously. Dude was cocky, arrogant, cavalier, reckless and irresponsible. His career was heading into the crapper due to his scandalous ways and he was traded to a bottom run team that was unwilling to put up with his well-earned reputation. He had to either shape up or ship out.

There was a little known blog that kind of blew up overnight. It was owned and operated by Abby, a woman who was often overlooked and had a poor opinion of herself. She had absolutely no love for footballers and her blog was dedicated to anonymously airing out their dirty laundry.

Will her feelings change when she meets Jake? Will Jake finally take life seriously? I guess we have to stay tuned to find out.


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Review: Rhapsody

Rhapsody Rhapsody by Cecilia London
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Buy Links:

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Pre-Order Links:
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And don't forget to check out the author's facebook page for a giveaway of the first 4 books of the series: http://facebook.com/authorcecilialondon/

psssssssst... Cecilia... CECILIA!!

Have I told you lately that I love you? That I appreciate you? That you are awesome???


Sorry for the swearing!

Here's what I love about Cecilia London

Her creativity. Her debut novel, Dissident was fire !! It blew soooooo many books out of the water. And I read a lot of books. It was life changing. That's right. The evolution of this series has been life changing.

Her authenticity. She's so real. So real, in fact, that she created real characters, real actions and reactions (cause and effect), realistic settings, real emotions, etc. There was no way that I couldn't imagine myself in every scenario (even the scary ones). With every scene, I stopped to ask myself "How would I react?" and the answer closely resembled what she put on these pages. I've suffered loss and grief so I felt Caroline and Jack's pain. I've been desperate and confused so I suffered through their denials and their fights. I've seen a glimmer of light within darkness so I ran right alongside them towards it.

Her patience, dedication and commitment. Although I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this series in Triumph, I will NOT rush the process of Cecilia's artistic genius. Not once during this journey have I felt that the story lagged. There were no unnecessary bits and no instances where I had to skim through. It would have been impossible (and a great disservice) to consolidate each book into one. I can't even imagine how it would be possible. One book alone couldn't encompass all of the emotions, the love, the sensuality, the growth, the tears, the laughs, the highs and lows, the lessons learned, the struggles endured, the hard won triumphs, or the absolutely fantastic and worthwhile saga that is Caroline and Jack.

Her relevance. I can see this saga standing the test of time. There will always be political upheaval, especially during election time. Civil unrest still lingers. And yet this saga is about so much more than that. It's about hope, loss, family, friends who might as well be family, vengeance, revolution, honor, respect, integrity, principles, and most of all... love. So much love. And how could love ever become irrelevant???

I'm not going to rehash the plot. Caroline and Jack deserve to be read and I urge those of you who haven't had the chance to meet them to please pick up this series. You won't regret it.

As for you Cecilia...


Stay tuned for book 6, Triumph, coming out in 2017!


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Review: Torrid Affair

Torrid Affair Torrid Affair by Callie Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The title of this book is pretty self-explanatory. Some people, like myself, find it very hard to get into a story that involves cheating.

Usually I try my best to avoid these types of stories because not only are they painful, but I can never figure out how cheating can result in a HEA. However, this book was about so much more than a torrid affair. As a matter of fact, I found myself rooting for the characters that were involved in said affair.

I know. I even surprised myself.

This story is essentially about Brie, Del, Nate and Julian. I couldn't help but fall for Brie and Nate. Their love story was sweet and heartwarming and bitter and heart-wrenching. Their road to happily ever after was paved with good intentions. For the most part. My heart ran the gamut of emotions: from happy, to sad, to angry, to confused, to furious, to devastated, to hopeful, and finally to elated.

"I'm going to kiss you the way you deserve to be kissed. You'll be able to feel it. You're not spineless, nor are you broken. You're the strongest woman I know." - Nate to Brie

As previously stated, this story is about much more than an affair. It's about family, friendship, manipulation, betrayal, abuse, addiction, revelation, hope and love. I wanted more from the ending. More of a time jump for the winning couple. But it definitely had a decent HFN.

I recommend this book to those who don't mind putting their hearts through the wringer and those who believe in second chances.


ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Review: Stripped Bare

Stripped Bare Stripped Bare by Emma Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the first book I've read from Emma Hart and it was quite good. What I really liked about it was that it read like a RomCom movie, with some extremely hot scenes thrown in.

I developed a love/hate relationship with the FMC, Mia. She had an aversion to commitment after enduring many dating disasters. Her push and pull went beyond simple stubbornness. It was actually a bit OTT at times and left me a little frustrated with her. However, I really enjoyed her inner monologues, especially in relation to her friends and her mother. I did giggle a time or two.

The characters that stole the show for me were West and Beck. The author did a fantastic job with bringing them to life and West's hotness virtually leaped from the pages.

"Hot, successful, wealthy, good in bed?"

Yup. That he was. And he was faithful, loyal and ready to commit.

There was a quick HFN that lead into book 2, Stripped Down, which will be Beck's story.


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Review: Out of Plans

Out of Plans Out of Plans by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So good! Oh my gosh so good! Phenomenal really! This series had the perfect balance of action and suspense and intrigue and love and everything!!

Lily really came into her own with this one. She was already badass and Kingsley helped to make her even more so. I did want to punch her out for the first 25% of the book or so, but that's only because her thought process with regards to Marc was so freaking irrational. However, I always had mad respect for her. Lily, Marc and Kingsley once again turned out to be one heck of a team and I'm extremely pleased with the happy ending. It was as happy as these mercenaries could get and as realistic as the rest of the book.


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Review: Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans Best Laid Plans by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bloody Fantastic!! I've always been strangely fascinated by Stylo Fantome's writing and this story was exceptional. She has a knack for making an anti-hero, or unlikely hero (i.e. Jameson from Degradation), into someone I not only want to meet, but someone I'd like to know, to root for, and to eventually love. And I most definitely loved Marc.

"Never be scared. I never want you to be scared, ever again,"

He was one of the best mercenaries in the world. He did jobs for the the Russian Bratva, the Irish Mob, the Italian Mafia, etc. Although he sometimes worked with others in the field (i.e. Kingsley Law, whom I would love to see in his own book), he preferred to work alone as an independent contractor. Unfortunately he had no choice when, due to unforeseen circumstances, he was forced to work with Lily.

Now Lily was a badass herself and my preferred type of heroine. She had made herself into one of the world's most sought after transporters. And she could definitely hold her own against men. My favourite scene with her was when she kicked the car in reverse and shot a flare into the pursuer's vehicle. Badass!

I was intrigued with these two characters by the end of the first page. Their story had them traipsing through the deserts of Africa and as consumed as I was, at times even my throat felt dry from the dust, the sand and the overwhelming heat. I guess it didn't help that here in Toronto we had a mini-heat wave lol. The author was successful in making this book read like an action movie because every scene was thrilling and I can't wait for the sequel!

"... we don't have to be these people anymore ..."

This story was suspenseful, sexy and intense and I recommend it to all lovers of romantic suspense/thriller. I'm off to read part 2 in Out of Plans.


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Review: Stadium of Lights: A Second Chance Sports Romance

Stadium of Lights: A Second Chance Sports Romance Stadium of Lights: A Second Chance Sports Romance by Tia Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date: September 19, 2016

Tia Lewis thoroughly entertained me with this book. It was the first work I've read from her but it won't be the last. I've always had a strange fascination with sports romances. It could be because I have a slight obsession with athletic hunks *wink*. What I liked about this one is that it didn't follow the usual formula. It was one part sports, but it wasn't bogged down with sports trivia. It was one part the friends-to-lovers trope, which is always a favourite. It also had plenty of angst and drama and steam. These were the elements that kept me glued to the story.

Abby and Max were best friends growing up, but haven't seen or spoken to each other in 10 years. Max is now a star NFL quarterback and Abby is a successful physiotherapist. They try to rekindle their friendship, but past feelings, bad behaviour and miscommunication keep getting in their way.

Max was an a-hole. Seriously. I wanted to hit him upside the head so many times. He was cocky, arrogant and had a one-track mind. I didn't hate him but his actions and most of his inner thoughts didn't convince me to like him either. I will say that this character finally started to really thaw me out at the 90% mark. That's not to say I wasn't enjoying myself until then. When you read the book, you'll see why he frustrated me so much. I guess you can call it a love/hate relationship because at the same time he was incredibly hot! Oh, and lets not discount Abby's insecurities. She suffers from ugly duckling syndrome and fails to see and appreciate her own beauty. The fact that Max was an a-hole didn't help matters either.

This story was sexy and sassy and I recommend it to all lovers of romance.


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