5.31.2017

Review: This is the End, Baby

This is the End, Baby This is the End, Baby by K. Webster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm going to keep this brief because this story was short and I refuse to spoil this brilliant conclusion for the rest of you.

Albert Einstein stated that the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." This is a quote I repeat often in my life to myself and those I love. It's the quote that rang true through my mind the entire time I read this book.

Darkness. Holy crap, this book was short and yet it was packed full of darkness. So much happened and I can't wait for you to read all about it. I'm still finding it hard to let go of these characters. Who knew that when K. Webster introduced the first book of this series that not only would the villains redeem themselves, but that we would grow to love them? Don't even play yourself right now. I know I'm not the only one.

I took away one quote from this book because not only was it beautiful, but it spoke to me and set my heart at ease:

"The love is all inside. It's locked up but it seeps out through my cracks. This love belongs to him and our babies. One drip at a time might be all they get, but it's theirs. And there is so much more where that love came from. I just don't know how to make the holes bigger."

Now I'm gonna patiently wait for the spin-off.

Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre: Dark Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4.5 out of 5
Book Type: Epilogue - Book 6.5 of the War & Peace series


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5.29.2017

Review: Found Underneath

Found Underneath Found Underneath by K.L. Kreig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 "Hold My Hand" Stars!!

The conclusion to the Finding Me duet was absolutely stunning! And no, I'm not biased by my love of all things KL Kreig, although there seems to be no limit to her literary magic. This story and its predecessor had all of the makings for an epic duet. As is typical with this author, the writing was beautiful, fluid, eloquent, poignant and evocative. The plot and its characters were not only moving, but realistic. I also have trouble voicing and trusting my feelings and often get stuck in my own head so I found it quite easy to relate to Willow's character. These are just some of the reasons that earned this book its 5 stars. Read it for yourself to find the other reasons why.

"Everything before her is blank, empty. Everything after her is life."

Once again I was immediately captivated by the connection shared between Shaw and Willow. Their resistance to commitment was all but obliterated in the face of their deep and abiding love for one another. However, old habits die hard. Not only do they have to find a way to open up and truly make themselves vulnerable to each other, but past hurts suddenly become present torment, rocking the very foundation of the shaky relationship that Shaw and Willow are building.

"You are different because I'm in love with every last piece of you. The scared, the scarred, and the sacred."

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. What will the path to forgiveness even look like, if it even exists? Will these two beloved characters be holding onto each other in the coming storm? READ THE BOOK!! See for yourself how each character has grown and how their feelings have only further blossomed and witness their hard-fought journey to a possible happy ending.

I'll repeat my warning from Lost in Between: this story is not only heartwarming and profound, it is a freaking scorcher. No two ways about it, Shaw will melt your heart and your panties. KL Kreig is a master at writing truly beautiful erotic scenes between her lovers. This tale was sweetly romantic with a heavy contemporary feel and it was easy to fall in love with it and its characters. Although it was hard to say goodbye (you better believe I savored this read right to the end), I'm more than satisfied with where the author left things.

I highlighted pretty much the entire book but obviously can't include it in my review. However, I'd love to leave you with this final quote:
"There's no one here but you." I grab her hand and place her palm flat, right over my heart. It's racing. Beating for her. "No one else has ever been in here before. No one will be again." I didn't understand that crushing loneliness took up that space, but it's noticeably absent now, replaced with the only woman I'm convinced can breathe the very life into me."

That's just one example, out of many, that showcase how utterly swoon-worthy Shaw was!

Release Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4.5 out of 5
Book Type: Book 2 of the Finding Me duet


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5.27.2017

Review: Hot Blooded Prizefighter

Hot Blooded Prizefighter Hot Blooded Prizefighter by Mickey Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great banger from the partnership of Mickey Miller and Holly Dodd. I was impressed with their first venture, Dirty CEO (loved me some Vince), and book two of this series has cemented my fandom. I was already intrigued by Connor (he had me laughing in book 1) and so I was happy AF to get the chance to read his story.

Connor was an Irish-born MMA fighter whose trash-talking had him appearing as an unsafe bet for endorsements. What he needed was an image consultant and Crystal was just the right woman for the job. The chemistry between these two was instant and hot as hell. They were freaking combustible. While Crystal didn't really do it for me (she actually annoyed me with her judgmental attitude and at times I found her not only rude but disrespectful), Connor more than made up for her deficiencies. He was raw, real, open, humble, funny, honest and caring while managing to be quite dominant, alpha, and a successful fighter. I even adored him when he was being arrogant, rough, aggressive or obtuse. I appreciated the deviation from making all heroes unrealistically drop-dead gorgeous. The authors made Connor seem so real.

There's insanely hot sex, interesting dialogue, some drama thrown in to keep things spicy, and a sweet love story to boot to keep any romance reader happy. I'm eager to see what these authors will collaborate on next.

Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance - MMA fighter
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 2 of the Windy City Bad Boys series


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5.26.2017

Review: Guarded

Guarded Guarded by Kayla White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hannah was hard to like but I think that was intentional. I started to like her towards the end because she seemed to finally grow up a bit and changed for the better. Parker was always a likable character, however, as hard and as tough as he was made out to be perceived, he really wasn't. I think what bothered me most was the fact that the cover claims this book to be "A HOT STEAMY ROMANCE", but that's not what I got. At least it didn't come across like that for me. It has a heavy contemporary feel with one good does of steam. Which floats the boat of many good people. I'm just not one of them.

While I liked the premise of this story, my heart just wasn't in it. If I'm being completely honest, I almost gave up on it. Luckily the story started to pick up at around the 40% mark and I began enjoying where the author was taking me. Unfortunately the story ended at the 64% so I only had roughly a good 20% to base this review on. Overall, a fine read. Would I try this author again? Yes. I liked her writing style and things can only get better from here.

Release Date: May 2017?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 3 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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Review: His Dirty Girl

His Dirty Girl His Dirty Girl by Jax Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quick and dirty, fun and flirty! The story of nurse Ashley and Dr. Seth was a sweet, short and smutty read. It's clear that they're both incredibly attracted to each other but are unsure if the feelings are reciprocated and they're both fighting the intense chemistry that sparks between them. There wasn't much on plot but I certainly enjoyed the way this story was structured and I look forward to more from this new-to-me author.

Release Date: May 21, 2017
Genre: Erotic Romance/Smut
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone novella



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ARC Review: Grayson by Crimson Syn

Grayson Grayson by Crimson Syn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

WOWSA!! Grayson and Rahyne's story was really short but really hot. The author did a fine job of mixing smut and plot. Who could ask for more? I was already fascinated with Grayson's happy ending when I met him in Wolf and I'm pretty satisfied with the way it was accomplished. The Hell's Lovers are at war with the Moreno brothers and I can't wait to see how the story arc will play out when we get Rigg's story in August!

Release Date: May 25, 2017
Genre: MC Club Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 2 of the Hell's Lovers series with character crossover

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5.25.2017

Review: Sexy Jerk

Sexy Jerk Sexy Jerk by Kim Karr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 "Sexy Jerk turned Sexy Forever" stars!

Ever meet someone who gets on your last damn nerve? Someone who, no matter what, never leaves you with a good impression of them? Imagine being stuck with this person while babysitting your bestie's child for two weeks. Oh, the horror.

Well, Tess has always viewed Nick as a jerk. There was absolutely no love lost between them because Nick thought she was a stuck-up something or other. But he didn't really think that. He thought she was not only sexy and stunning, he knew the awesomeness that she was. Unfortunately, Tess was a judgmental tool and based her entire perception of Nick on face value. She almost cost this story its 5 star rating, truth be told. Most people who read my reviews know that I'm quite picky when it comes to the heroines I like or love or would rather pass on. This is mainly because as a woman, I find that I'm more likely to want to connect to the female lead than the male. Obviously. So when a heroine is depicted as someone who would be irksome in real life, someone who I wouldn't associate with, I'm like...



That's just me. I don't have time to suffer small or closed-minded fools. Anyhoo, if you don't believe me about Tess, Nick summed her up quite nicely:
"She's a little too uptight.
Bitchy even.
Judgmental.
Complicated."

Catch my drift?

So... in the beginning I didn't much like Tess, but towards the end, I realized that she really grew on me. I think a lot of that had to do with the way she tried to put aside her assumptions and opinions and snap judgments and have a more open mind.

I had no problem with Nick. Bash me all you want. I don't give a fluck. I didn't have a problem with him at all. He was handsome, sexy, dirty, successful, cautious, had some mommy issues, and he was most definitely multi-layered like an onion. I loved the chemistry between him and Tess and how the author allowed them to take a leap of faith with each other. This story was hot, sweet, and messily romantic and I can't wait to get to see more of these characters and get to know one of the side characters a little better. Jace is next in Big Shot.

Release Date: May 25, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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5.24.2017

Review: All of You

All of You All of You by Callie Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 "I'm all in" stars!!

I think most people, by now, know that I'm a huge fan of Callie Harper's. HUGE FAN!! She lures me in with her tender yet hot as hell alpha heroes and her sweet as pie yet sassy heroines.

Jax and Sky immediately won my heart over. Sky was a nurse's aide at a retirement home with a penchant for baking pies. The emphasis on her baking abilities did get on my nerves but it did serve a purpose. Jax's grandfather was a resident at the home. He typically visited every Monday and soon Sky learned to anticipate and eagerly look forward to her Mondays at work. The problem: she was married. Sky was in an abusive relationship and was constantly making excuses for his behavior. She was caught in a cycle and no matter how much others tried to show her the truth or tried to help her, she wasn't hearing it. One day she finally had enough. Yet she still wouldn't turn to Jax... until she had no choice.

If I were to nitpick, my issue was with the way Sky handled everything. I wasn't a huge admirer of hers. She was careless and inconsiderate while supposedly having a huge and compassionate heart. I didn't get why she couldn't see what she was doing. She knew Jax was her symbol of hope and love, her light in the darkness, yet she constantly turned him away. I was in love with Jax. He got all of the stars of this review. He had a rough beginning and as a grown man he had the look of a badass, but for the most part he wasn't. He lived legit, had his wits about him, was a successful entrepreneur, and had a heart of gold. A heart he continuously offered to Sky.

Despite the fact that here was obviously cheating in this book, it was in no way distasteful. In truth, it didn't feel like cheating, although it most definitely was, and I was cheering these characters on. I just wanted Jax to get his happy ending. He was never the side dude. He couldn't be anything less than everything. If you're looking for a hot and steamy romance, and I mean HAWT, you can't go wrong with ALL OF YOU. I'm sure Jax will conquer your heart as completely as he did mine.

Release Date: May 24, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 3 of the All In series with character crossover


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5.23.2017

Review: Taken

Taken Taken by N. Isabelle Blanco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As the first installment of the Voyeur series, TAKEN was short but packed one hell of a punch. Ivy and Noah are best friends who have woken up in a strange room only to realize that they've both been drugged and kidnapped. With more questions than answers, they're not left wondering for too long because their captor(s) make it clear that they are toys/pawns/victims of a very sick game. They don't know who took them, why they were chosen, what the captor(s) end game is, or whether or not they will even survive.

This story is chilling, dark and erotic. I liked the play on hidden emotions. It's very clear that Ivy has strong feelings for Noah, which she has forced herself to hid to protect herself, but this intense situation is forcing them to the surface. I also liked how protective Noah was and how it seemed that some of those feelings were reciprocated. I can't wait to see how this story develops.

I'm not a huge fan of cliffhangers but the authors did a great job of sucking me into this story and I for one am anxious to find out the answers to all of my questions and how things will play out for these characters.

Release Date: May 24, 2017
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
POV: Heroine - 1st person
Steam: 4.5 out of 5
Book Type: Book 1 of the Voyeur series


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5.22.2017

Review: Mr. Fiancé

Mr. Fiancé Mr. Fiancé by Lauren Landish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you've read Anaconda, then you've already met Brianna's bestie, Mindy, who appeared to be unfiltered and unapologetic. If you haven't read that book (and you really should if you haven't), get ready to meet and fall for her and Oliver just as I have.

Mindy's mother is getting married and is adamant that Mindy attend. She also expects her to bring her dear fiance, Harold, the man she's been engaged to for a year, as her plus one so everyone can get the chance to meet him. However, there's a slight problem with that. You see, Harold doesn't exist. Rather than admit to her lies, Mindy enlists the help of Brianna and her husband, Gavin, in order to find her a stand-in. Gavin finds his friend Oliver to fit the bill. It doesn't hurt that Oliver owes Gavin $500,000 after a poker loss and doing this one favor will wipe out that debt.

Both characters... actually I enjoyed ALL of the characters in this book. Mindy's family was... interesting... and I found them as open and honest as she was (well as she was most of the time). It was hard to stomach Mindy's weakness and her need to lie, but her coming-of-age moments where worthwhile and gave her character true dimension. I also liked watching Oliver and Mindy fall for one another and how, for the most part, they lived in the moment and didn't try to hide or fight it.

I'm guessing Mindy's sister, Roxy, may be getting a story of her own. That's my prediction and I think it would be fun because that girl is a riot!

Release Date: May 20, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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Review: Tyson

Tyson Tyson by Kathy Coopmans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That cover?! Honestly, as soon as I saw it, I had to read this. No disrespect but this model made a fine ass Tyson.

I know what it’s like to have your heart split down the middle.
One-half chases her. The other half chases after the lies, deceit, and betrayal.
It’s a burning ball of hell.
Seconds, minutes, hours, and years all spent endured the depth of my own burning inferno.
All of it runs together while life passes me by.
Thirteen years ago, the woman I was in love with left me standing at the altar.
Hurt.
Broken.
Humiliated.
Some say thirteen is a lucky number.
Me? I curse the number.
Now she’s back.
Reminding me.
Torturing me.
She says things are not what they seem.
That they weren't then either.
Do I believe her?
Do I forgive?
Forget?
Time and truth will tell.


To sum this up without giving anything away... if you like over-the-top characters, never-ending drama, unrealistic circumstances and reactions, overwhelming metaphors and synonyms of pain, with a sweet HEA, you've picked the right book. Tyson and Lynne were more in love than over and although they had a steady uphill battle towards their happy ending, at least they fought it together at last.

Release Date: May 22, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance - 2nd chance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 3.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 3 of The Saints series with character crossover


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Review: Just a Little Junk

Just a Little Junk Just a Little Junk by Stylo Fantome
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story was a laugh and a half, a freaking riot, and read like a comedy with a little love story thrown in. It was something different from Stylo Fantôme and I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Archer and Jo have been friends forever. After a night on the town, a night we the reader get a glimpse of, Jo wakes up to a dead body in the trunk of her car and no memory of what happened the night before. Best friends who help take care of a dead body together stay together and so Archer helps Jo to retrace her night and discover who the dead guy really is.

These two were jumping out of buildings, dodging bullets, and somehow finally gave in to the feelings they had for one another. While I loved the high intensity of each scene, I wanted the ending to give me more, to convince me of this couple and assure me that it was truly a happy ending. However, there wasn't anything in this story to really complain about because this author gave me something special - a crazily unique storyline.

Release Date: May 22, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 3rd person
Steam: 3.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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5.21.2017

Review: The Bad Guy

The Bad Guy The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 "I loved Sebastian" stars!

One of the things I love most about reading is finding something to love despite not absolutely loving the story itself. Celia Aaron has a quirky and slightly dark way of looking at love in THE BAD GUY. For all intents and purposes, we should want to see her hero suffer, but I couldn't help but root for him to have a happy ending. Diagnosed as a psychopath, Sebastian has spent his life mimicking "normal" behavior, until he comes across Camille. He becomes obsessive and possessive and not even her boyfriend can keep them apart. Taking a page from one of my favorite tropes, Sebastian was the benevolent captor to his captive, Camille. Surely, given enough time, she too would see how perfect they were for one another.

And there lies my problem with this book. I was expecting it to be darker. This was more dark-lite. Sebastian, although crazily, insanely controlling and dominant, wasn't crazy or insane enough. I still really liked him. I liked that when he was with Camille he was finally able to experience what "normal" was. I truly enjoyed how he described how he was feeling, especially after never feeling anything before, whether it be love, hate or jealousy. The author created a wonder in Sebastian and maybe I wish there was more to the story so that it could develop into something darker.

Release Date: May 21, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Pseudo-dark captor/captive)
POV: Multiple - 1st person
Steam: 4 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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5.17.2017

Review: Dane

Dane Dane by Leddy Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first time reading from Leddy Harper and I wish someone had warned me about the angst. This author knows how to tug on the old heartstrings. She pulled so much out of me and held me completely captivated by her characters and their plight.

As much as this story was about Dane and Eden finding a way to be together, I felt it was more about Dane and Gabi. Unfortunately I wasn't sold on the grand love that was supposed to exist between Dane and Eden and found their relationship lacked real passion. It could be because they were overshadowed by what was going on with Gabi. Or the strong and passionate feelings Dane had for her. He was invested, devoted and protective of Gabi in ways I couldn't see him being with Eden. I couldn't connect to Eden and so my affection for her suffered. It could also be because not enough time was spent on them as a couple. The entire book Dane is with Gabi and very little time was left to convince me of Dane and Eden's love everlasting.

My heart broke for Dane and Gabi. The author did an incredible job of cataloging her depression and its effects on Dane. Leddy Harper took me on a journey of pain that seemed to tear a hole right through my gut. I wasn't sure how it was possible, but I wanted each character to attain their own version of happiness. Each and every one of them deserved it, in my opinion. I loved that this story had no bad guy, just three broken souls that needed repair.

Aside from the fact that I found the ending not to my satisfaction and found it lackluster, I enjoyed the heck out of the rest of the story. If you're looking for a story that takes a firm grip of your heart, alternating between a brutal squeeze and a loving massage, you'll find it with DANE. I know I did.

Release Date: May 18, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Hero - 1st person
Steam: 2.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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5.16.2017

Review: Duke of Manhattan

Duke of Manhattan Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 "Fall in love with your fake wife/husband" stars!!

I'm loving this cover and I found it fitting for the depiction of Ryder and his story. Scarlett's been divorced for two years from her high school sweetheart and her hearts still floundering. Finding the entire dating scene a total nightmare, she has thrown herself into the company she founded with her old college roommate, Cecily. Although they're amazingly successful, their loans are due and they need an investor ASAP. Ryder is the heir to a dukedom but he started his own investment company without cashing in on the family estate. He's incredibly close to his sister and grandfather, but with his grandfather being up in age and with a bad heart, his inheritance, his sister's way of life, and the company he's built are in jeopardy if he doesn't find the last thing he ever wanted - a wife.

I loved Ryder. LOVED HIM!! He had no shame to his game, he was a known womanizer, AND he was intrinsically a good person. Go figure. He was obviously insanely hot, honest, honorable, etc. His character never let me down. The same cannot be said for Scarlett. I also loved her, for the most part, but there were times that she frustrated the heck out of me. However, I do understand that insecurity can make people behave irrationally so her actions were easy to forgive. Scarlett was beautiful, generous, and stringently independent and I absolutely respected the heck out of her. I really liked how the author showed her progression as a newly single woman with all of its pitfalls and the loneliness she suffered as a result of the divorce, but never made her ex out to be a monster. Thank you for that! I wavered between giving this story 4 and 5 stars because I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending, despite the epilogue, so I had to settle with 4.5 because overall the story of Ryder and Scarlett was just that steamy, just that delightful, and just that awesome.

Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone

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Review: Pierce Me

Pierce Me Pierce Me by Simone Sowood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eloise has never had an orgasm. Never. Not even one of the self-induced variety. Bummer. When she comes across a magazine article that almost guarantees her an orgasm if she gets a particular piercing, she finds a way to convince herself to get on board. That's what leads her to walk into Gabe's tattoo parlor. But before he gives her what she came for, he's determined to give her what she's really after - the big O.

This was another sweet and steamy read by Simone Sowood. I really liked Gabe and enjoyed how this story seemed to feed off of his pain. He was real and he was a good person. And while I liked Eloise for the most part, my kind feelings towards her had to be earned because I found her to be judgmental, condescending, close-minded and immature at times. In some instances, she appeared to be repressed and reserved, which conflicted with her thoughts, her friends, and her environment. However, I couldn't get enough of the way she finally opened up for Gabe and it was cool to watch these two navigate through their emerging emotions.

Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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5.15.2017

Review: Lily

Lily Lily by Michelle Horst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My word is bond I swear that this story read like it was 10 pages long. I couldn't put it down and I read it so quickly. This is the second installment of MA Horst's A Force Of Nature Fairytale series and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. Hail falls in love with Lily from her photograph and chooses her for his bride. They've never officially met so Lily is a bit reluctant. However, when her mother presents her with another suitor, a man she'd like to do business with, Lily holds out hope that Hail will be the knight in shining armor she's always dreamed of. With oodles of insta-love and some slurp-tastic times, this story is sure to hit you in the right smut spot.

Release Date: May 15, 2017
Genre: Erotica/Smut
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 2 of A Force Of Nature Fairytale series


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5.14.2017

Review: Riot Street

Riot Street Riot Street by Tyler King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever read a book's blurb and were still unprepared for the story held within its pages? That was me with RIOT STREET. I didn't expect half of what I got and I think that was what I loved most about it.

What else I loved:
📰 How naked and exposed the author allowed her characters to be. Both Avery and Ethan were devastatingly broken and at times neither one seemed able to subsist, mush less support the other.
📰 How the author tackled cult culture, not so much the day-to-day of that life, but it's aftermath. What was captured didn't appear to be contrived and had an honest if somewhat traumatizing feel to it.
📰 The way the author wove the authentic feel of journalism and I'm guessing that's from her own experience.

What didn't work for me:
📰 I was okay with the entire story being told from Avery's POV, although I felt that Ethan's perspective would have given these characters and their story more depth and more connection. However, I felt overwhelmed by the heavy usage of similes, metaphors and idioms. It was as if I couldn't go a whole passage without being bombarded. It happened during Avery's internal monologues, her narration, her conversations, and even her intimate moments with Ethan. So much so that it took away from the impact each element should have had.

At the end of the day, did I enjoy this story? Heck yeah. Avery and Ethan both found their way into my heart and I would definitely read from this author again.

Release Date: April 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Heroine - 1st person
Steam: 2.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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5.12.2017

Review: Dama X

Dama X Dama X by J.T. Bock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was another thrilling chapter of the UltraSecurity series and it can be read as a standalone because the author was kind enough to fill in any potential blanks you may have. On the heels of Raven and Surefire rescuing the world from near disaster, Oracle has taken a break from her psychic abilities. Her rest was almost over before it could really begin when she's called to help on a case involving a new drug that had disturbing side effects. This case ties in with Pax's mission to defeat another threat to man and transhuman kind - she goes by the name of Dama X and she's the leader of a Mexican cartel. And... Oracle has discovered a new strength to her power which only serves to complicate matters even further.

To quote the author: "Super powers, romance, demi-gods, and unexpected twists..." Yup, that about sums up this story perfectly.

Oracle and Pax were easy to like and they both had me on the edge of my seat as they worked together and separately to right wrongs, figure out what was really going on, and found a way to resolve the issues the world faced. In the midst of the action and the supernatural, the love between these characters was somehow always felt and I appreciated the weight their feelings were given when it came to the choices they each had to make. This author easily sucked me in, once again, into this world of humans with super powers. Now that UltraSecurity has a new ally and there seems to be a better understanding of the skulls, I can't wait to see what's in store for these agents. I wouldn't mind seeing more of Raven. *hint hint*

Release Date: July 31, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance
POV: Dual - 3rd person
Steam: 2 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 2 of the UltraSecurity series with character crossover


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5.11.2017

Review: A Surefire Way

A Surefire Way A Surefire Way by J.T. Bock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many of you may not know this, but I'm a huge fan, reader and collector of comics, graphic novels and manga. HUGE! And A SUREFIRE WAY read just like that. Well, without the pictures, of course.

Surefire is a transhuman who works for UltraSecurity, a firm contracted by the government to apprehend transhuman criminals. Raven is one of these criminals and Surefire is determined to succeed in catching him whereas other more experienced agents had failed. But she's having a hard time with that because Raven is unlike any transhuman she's ever met. Not to mention his questionable connection to an ancient goddess. It's complicated. Throw in a quack of a magician intent on raising an Aztec god so that he can be truly supernatural and a conspiracy for world domination, Surefire's mission suddenly takes on a life of its own. She's got to learn to work with Raven in order to try to save the world.

I adored Raven and my heart went out to him for all that he's had to endure. The author did a great job with his backstory and making him out to be a sympathetic character, despite his so-called crimes. I had a love/hate kinship with Surefire. In fact, in the beginning I almost quit this story altogether because she came off as too silly and immature and unworthy of my attention. Thankfully I pushed on because this story was about so much more than her. And she kinda/sorta grew on me. Raven definitely stole the show for me and I felt that all of the world building the author did only served to strengthen my heart-on for him. Along with Raven's awesomeness and huge doses of the supernatural, this book was an incredible introduction to this series.

Release Date: April 1, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
POV: Multiple - 3rd person
Steam: 2.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 1 of the UltraSecurity series


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5.09.2017

Review: Penalty

Penalty Penalty by Jacob Chance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ooh that cover! It was definitely appropriate for what I imagined Brady to look like. Hmmm... I can still picture him in my mind.

Brady was Boston University's resident player. He was the star quarterback, the center of attention, and he was used to getting what or who he wanted. His first real challenge came in the form of Harlow. Very much aware of his playboy reputation, she was at first resistant to his charms. But pretty soon she realized his sincerity.

Brady was hot. No question. He was a sexy, dirty-talking jock who discovered his heart when he met the right woman. He was easy to like and aside from some blips at the beginning, he seemed genuine. There was a bit of angst and tons of sweetness. I had an issue with the opening scene, but I get that it was necessary in order to show Brady's character growth and for added drama that came later. I just wish it wasn't as descriptive as it was. There were a few inconsistencies, such as time, and I didn't like how a huge revelation was dealt with because it was left unresolved. Wasn't there a crime committed??? Overall, it was a worthwhile and enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet and steamy story.

Release Date: May 12, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance - Sports
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 4 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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5.07.2017

Review: Going In Deep

Going In Deep Going In Deep by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I gotta be honest. I've been interested in finding out more about Julian and Kendall ever since I met them briefly in Going Down Hard. Sorry to say I haven't had a chance to go back to the beginning of the series so I knew very little about them going in. But I knew Julian used to be an addict and that Kendall struggled with her own bipolar issues and what wasn't there to want to learn more about? No worries though because despite my ignorance, the author truly wrote this book as a standalone and I was never lost.

Julian and Kendall shared an exciting yet painful history. He used her in order to hurt the ones she was closest to in the name of vengeance. Now he's back to make amends, earn forgiveness, and hopefully win back Kendall's heart in the process. Their feelings never really died and so they fell pretty easily back into each others arms. But their road to forever may not be so easy because not everyone is quite as forgiving.

This turned out to be a surprisingly sweet second chance romance considering the issues both main characters struggled with. They were really sweet together and their dogs were an extra bonus. There was a bit of character development but the author didn't go in too deep *see what I did there?* The sex scenes were hot and there was no question as to the veracity of their feelings and the intimacy shared between the two. Side note and an extra bonus: during their time apart, neither character was with anyone else. Can you really ask for more???

Release Date: May 9, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance - Second chance trope
POV: Dual - 3rd person
Steam: 4 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 4 of the Billionaire Bad Boys series with character crossover


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5.06.2017

Review: Poppy

Poppy Poppy by MA Horst (Michelle Horst)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story was short, dirty and sweet. It had insta-love to the extreme. I'm talking love at first sight kind of feelings and I loved it! As the story was quick there wasn't much in the way of plot or character development, but the author more than made up for all of that with some good old scorching hot sex scenes. I can tell this series is gonna be FUN!!

Release Date: May 8, 2017
Genre: Smut
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone novella - Book 1 of A Force of Nature Fairytale series


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5.05.2017

Review: Black Bullet

Black Bullet Black Bullet by L.D. Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In BLACK BULLET, L.D. Rose's writing is as strong as ever. There wasn't as much world building in this one because the heavy lifting was already accomplished in Book 1. I strongly suggest that you read Releasing the Demons before tackling this story.

My review of RELEASING THE DEMONS

Jon Kerr was once a former marine and FBI agent until a bullet to the heart took him out. Thanks to a vamp bite he suffered before his death and his hybrid besties, he's given a new life - as a leech (vamp). What no one counted on was his sire insisting on sharing his head space, threatening to take over his consciousness. Not to mention his sire's twin, Regin Ramsden, is back in town, giving new meaning to the words depraved and deadly.

Lawan is a hybrid. Separated from her brothers as a young teen, she's forged a life for herself out of her own pain and destruction. She has more than a few bones to pick with the Ramsdens after they tortured her to near death and has a rigid hatred for ALL leeches. Until she encounters the one vamp with warm obsidian eyes and a kind soul - Jon Kerr.

There's plenty of action, angst and bloodshed. This author doesn't seem to cut any corners when it comes to giving a story all she's got. She gives us the entire guts, glory and mayhem that make up this series and it leads us on an extraordinary journey. She captured the feelings of these characters so eloquently and each touch had a profound effect on how I interpreted each scene. She allowed her characters to be naked in body, mind, heart and soul and I couldn't help but be equally captivated and enamored by both their brokenness and fluidity. I have no clue which characters I'll meet next, but this author now has a new dedicated fan and if it's anything like what I've read so far, it will be a must-have experience.

Release Date: November 19, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance - vampires
POV: Mainly Dual - 3rd person
Steam: 3.5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone - Book 2 of The Order of The Senary


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5.04.2017

Review: Backseat With The Billionaire

Backseat With The Billionaire Backseat With The Billionaire by Lilah May
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 "Hello Mrs. Robinson" stars!!

Bobby was a bad boy. About to graduate college, he was an MMA Champion, a self-made billionaire, and a jack of all trades. He had almost everything he could possibly ever want. Almost. Because what, or rather, who he wanted most was the MILF he grew up with, who lived next door. With the addition of Lisa, his life would be complete.

Bobby was hot, dominant, possessive, determined, sexy, dirty and raw. He had no problem going after what and who he wanted. Lisa was a different story. For a woman in her late 30s, she acted more immaturely than the young buck who was pursuing her. Her excuses for continuing to push him away were not only hurtful and disrespectful, they were flimsy at best, especially the one about his parents disapproving. Didn't his mother suggest Bobby as a match?

Despite some minor discrepancies and mild irritants (such as scenes with OW), I enjoyed this story. In my opinion, it was a full-length smut-fest and a freak like me will never turn that down ;)

Release Date: May 4, 2017
Genre: Erotica Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Steam: 5 out of 5
Book Type: Standalone


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