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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Resplendent Rush by Bella J (Cover Reveal)


Lexi is a vivacious, quirky, and fiercely independent woman with enough attitude and wit to intimidate even the most confident of men. Levi is a sexy-as-hell, cocksure, smoldering hot marine blessed with smooth swagger and cool confidence to charm his way into any woman’s bed. The one thing they have in common, though, is their disinterest in finding love. She’s determined to not let love interfere and dictate her life. And with his career, he doesn’t need the emotional ties and baggage of love, and dreams of white picket fences.

But a few chance encounters have these two tangled up in one wild, passionate, explosive ride which neither of them expected, and which leaves them completely and utterly addicted to each other. Already in too deep, Lexi stubbornly fights her growing feelings for him and refuses to become vulnerable against the power that love seems to yield. She has witnessed firsthand how loving someone can destroy a person, leaving him defenseless against a life of emotional turmoil. She refuses to let it happen to her.

Levi knows that Lexi is holding back. He knows that she is keeping a part of her heart guarded. He’s determined to burn down the walls she so desperately clings to, and make her surrender her all to him. But with his long-lost brother’s unexpected return comes an inexorable danger that he will do just about anything to protect her from—even if it means losing her, and in the end, breaking her heart.

Hey!  So not too long ago I reviewed Resplendent Ruin.  Now I am back with Resplendent Rush, which is the story of Lexi, Juliette's sister.  Lexi is a bit more wild and carefree, so I am definitely interested to see how this goes!!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

When We Fall by Marquita Valentine (Review)

Title: When We Fall
Series: Take The Fall #2
Author: Marquita Valentine
Release Date: December 8, 2015 - Loveswept
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 202 Pages per Goodreads

The last time Piper Ross saw her best friend’s sexy older brother, Jase Simmons, he was being taken away in handcuffs. Seven years later, two things haven’t changed: Piper is still head-over-heels in love with him . . . and Forrestville’s chief of police—Piper’s dad—still hates his guts. So when Piper sees a chance to get close to Jase, she makes her move—literally. As his new roommate, and as the office manager of his tattoo shop, Piper won’t be satisfied until Jase knows that she wants to be his.

The quintessential good girl, Piper is pure temptation for Jase. The only reason he’s always kept his distance is because she’s the last person he’d ever want to hurt. But once he realizes that Piper is ready to take the leap, everything just makes sense. Suddenly Jase feels like a new man—until nasty rumors start swirling and Piper’s heartless father stirs up even more trouble. Now Jase must convince Piper that she wasn’t wrong about him . . . because falling in love never felt so right.

Ok, so when I read this book I didn't realize it was number two in a series.  In fact, I didn't realize til just now.  So if you have any questions about whether you can jump right in, the answer is yes.  If you have any questions about whether you should jump in, the answer is hell yes.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lawless by TM Frazier (Review, Excerpt, Giveaway)

Title: Lawless
Series: King #3
Author: TM Frazier
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 231 per Goodreads

Thia is prim and proper.
Bear is leather and lawless.
It will never work between them.
It's a lie they almost believe...

It is necessary to first read King and Tyrant to fully enjoy Lawless.





Ok, first - let's all take a moment to admire this cover.  Go on, look.  Get an eyefull for a couple minutes.  I can't blame you, I've done the same thing over and over.  Oh my...

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Caught For Christmas by Skye Warren (Review)

Title: Caught for Christmas
Series: Stripped 3.5
Author: Skye Warren
Release Date: December 7, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 93 pages per Amazon

I’ll be home for Christmas…

The plan is simple. Break into the club and steal the money I need to save my father. The ex-military bouncer isn’t going to stop me, even if he is hot as hell.

If only in my dreams…

Except he has a curious knack for knowing my next step.

And there’s something dark underneath his desire, something dangerous. If he catches me, he might not let me go.

As a personal general rule, I stay away from Christmas books.  I'm not even sure I have an exact reason, I just don't like to really get inundated with that seasonal...mush. However, this is Skye.  If anyone could make me like a Christmas romance, it's her.  So did I?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan (Review & Giveaway)

Title: Perfectly Imperfect
Series: Standalone
Author: Harper Sloan
Released: November 17, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 408 per Goodreads

Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?

I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretendingthey were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’

And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.

The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.

The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.

Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.

No. That will never be me.

Because I’m completely imperfect.

And … I hate myself.

I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
 

While I ultimately enjoyed this book, there are parts that I had mixed feelings about.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Reaper's Fall by Joanna Wylde (Review)

Title: Reaper's Fall
Series: Reapers MC #5
Author: Joanna Wylde
Released: November 10, 2015 - Berkley
Format: Galley
Pages: 384 per Goodreads

He never meant to hurt her.

Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.

Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.

Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.

Oh Reapers Reapers... I love you guys!  This is definitely my favorite MC out there, and Joanna Wylde is an amazing author for bringing them to life, book after book.  Reaper's Fall is all about Painter and Melanie, and it's a definite ride!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tough Enough by M Leighton (Review)

Title: Tough Enough
Series: Tall, Dark and Dangerous #2
Author: M Leighton
Released: November 3, 2015 - Berkley
Format: EGalley
Pages: 336 per Goodreads

He’s a fighter who never loses, but is he tough enough to win her heart?

There was a time when I had everything–a wonderful family, a bright future. Love. But all that was taken away in a single night, torn from me like flesh from bone. Since then, I’ve hidden away in my second-choice job as a makeup artist. But I prefer it that way, actually. I’m comfortable in the shadows, where no one can see my scars.

Kiefer Rogan literally took my breath away the moment I met him. MMA champion-turned-actor, notorious playboy, charming to a fault—he’s everything I vowed to avoid.

But he just wouldn’t stop until I opened up and let him in. Maybe I should’ve tried harder to resist him. Maybe I shouldn’t have fallen in love with him. Because I, of all people, know that everyone has secrets. Scars. And that they’re usually ugly and painful and destructive to the people we love most.

I just never guessed that they could be deadly, too.
 

Where Strong Enough was a brute force hit full of excitement, Tough Enough travels more on the emotional side and deals with some very sensitive subjects.  Tough Enough has cemented that this is a series to watch.  M Leighton smashes it again.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Crave by JC Emery (Review)

Title: Crave
Series: Bayonet Scars #5.5
Author: JC Emery
Released: November 1, 2015 - Left Break Press
Pages: 79 Pages per Amazon
Format: Ebook received for review

SHE’S HEARTBROKEN. HE’S A HEART-BREAKER.

Elle Phillips’s relationship with the Forsaken Motorcycle Club is strained, much like the relationship she had with her father, a Forsaken brother, before he died. The only piece of Forsaken that Elle wants to hold onto is their sergeant-at-arms and her former lover, Sterling “Bloody Knuckles” Grady. Unfortunately, Grady’s moved on and he doesn’t seem to be coming back. With her heart hurting over one man who’s died and another who’s practically dead to her, Elle throws herself into her work as a private investigator and tries to keep a low profile where the club’s concerned. But when a case comes along that she can’t refuse, she finds herself embroiled in club business in a way that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about Forsaken.

Diesel knows that keeping tabs on Elle Phillips is going to bring him trouble. He already loves her even though he barely knows her, but when Grady asks Diesel to keep her safe, he can’t say no. His patience has run out and he’s going to do anything to get Elle to realize he’s the man she’s been craving— even going behind the club’s back to help her solve a case she shouldn’t be working.

Real love is always the cure.
 

I love the Forsaken MC!  I know I have said it before haha.  JC Emery really has developed a terrific series here, with characters that I really care about.  I think that is quite an accomplishment, to create something that the readers (and definitely not just me!) connect with.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Resplendent Ruin by Bella J (Review)

Title: Resplendent Ruin
Series: Resplendence #1
Author: Bella J
Released: November 16, 2015 - Liquid Silver Books
Pages: 182 per Goodreads
Format: Ebook received for review

Juliette Mason had it all—the perfect job, the perfect home, the perfect fiancĂ©. She lived the perfect life. Until everything started to slowly fall apart.

Daniel, her attractive and success-driven fiancĂ©, was the love of her life. For years she wanted nothing more than to finally walk down the aisle, to be Mrs. Daniel Clarke. But as time went by, the cracks in their relationship started to come to the surface, and Juliette found herself in a place she never imagined she would be. It was a place where she started to question everything about her life and her dreams, a place where nothing about her life made sense anymore—a place where she found Knox Taylor.

Knox didn’t count on falling in love. In fact, Knox didn’t count on anything really. He was blissfully happy living a fast life of reckless behavior, impulsive decisions, and beautiful women. He lived the perfect life of a flourishing bachelor—but then she happened.
 


Well, this was certainly an interesting book.  The issue of fidelity wouldn't be for everyone, and things like that are probably known ahead of time.  I know a lot of people who won't even pick up a book if it contains infidelity.  Aside from that, I found this to be a pretty good "enemies to lovers" type romance.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Strong Enough by M Leighton (Review)

Title: Strong Enough
Series: Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #1
Author: M Leighton
Released: August 2015, Berkley NAL
Format: EGalley
Pages: 304 per Goodreads

Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her? 

How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.

That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.

Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.

Any time I start a new series, I have a bit of fear.  A panic rush.  What if it isn't great?  Well, with M Leighton, that has never been a problem.  Leighton continues her fantastic writing with Strong Enough, starting off the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series.  I was instantly enveloped in the story, and her writing is, once again, spot on.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (Review)

Title: This Is Where It Ends
Series: Standalone
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Release Date: January 2016
Format: EGalley
Pages: 292 per Goodreads

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


Yep, this book doesn't come out til January, and I am review it now.  It's been staring at me on my kindle for a while, and I kept trying to put it off so I could review it closer to the release date.  But I couldn't take it anymore!  And HOLY SHIT.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Love Unspoken by Lisa DeJong (Review)

Title: Love Unspoken
Series: Flawed Love #2
Author: Lisa DeJong
Released: October 19, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 252 per Amazon

I lent my heart to the bad boy, and he did exactly what I expected he would. He broke it.

And the guy I should have been with—he’s still here. He tries to take my mind off everything I’ve lost while showing me what I could have. I’m ready for a new start, to fall in love again … to do what I should have done in the first place.

Everything seems perfect.

Then the past comes walking back in. I thought I was over him, but one look and I know that’s not true. We went through too much together for those feelings to completely fade away.

When my past and present collide, how am I supposed to choose? They both love me, and I love them.

A heart will be broken … and it could be mine.


Well, yep.  I should have read book one, Lies Unspoken.  I didn't realized how closely related the two books were, and I think coming into Love Unspoken blindly definitely shaded my view on the subject.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Prisoner Of Love by Cathy Skendrovich (Review)

Title: Prisoner Of Love
Series: Standalone
Author: Cathy Skendrovich
Release Date; October 19, 2015 - Entangled
Format: EGalley
Pages: 171 per Amazon

Risking his own life is one thing. Risking hers is another...

It was supposed to be a girls-only weekend in the California mountains. But when Lucy Parker is carjacked by an escaped prisoner, her fun weekend takes a nighmarish turn. Now she's caught up in a dangerous world of stolen money, vicious drug dealers, and murder, and the only thing keeping her alive is her oh-so-hot captor.

Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, undercover cop Jake Dalton wants answers-now. Worse, he's dragged Lucy into the mix, and she's now guilty by association. With their lives on the line, the race is on to get to Las Vegas before they're killed...and they're running out of time.


Prisoner Of Love was a pretty good book.  It was also nothing that I was expecting.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pretty When You Cry by Skye Warren (Review)

Title: Pretty When You Cry
Series: Stripped #3
Author: Skye Warren
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review

I came from a place of dirt floors and holy scriptures. They told me the world outside was full of sin, and the first night I escape, I find out it’s true. Ivan saves me, but he does more than that. He takes me. He makes me his own girl.

My conditioning runs too deep. Ivan sees what I am.

That’s the thing about showing a mouse to a cat. He wants to play. And it’s terrifying, even for me. Because the only thing darker than my past is his.




You all know I love Skye Warren.  I do.  No way around it.  Pretty When You Cry continues the Stripped series, and brings another new dimension to the men and women at The Grand.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Taken By The Haunted HDMI Cable by Sinn Lee (Review)

Title: Taken By The Haunted HDMI Cable
Series: Standalone
Author: Sinn Lee
Released: July 2014
Format: Free ebook on Amazon
Pages: 11!!!

Sarah has always been fascinated by haunted houses. It's no wonder that she buys the one in her hometown the first chance she gets. She's going to prove to everyone that she can live in a haunted house longer than anyone. She's ready for strange noises and moving furniture, but what she doesn't expect is a haunted HDMI cable with her in its sights. This sexually charged video cable intends to give her a night she never forgets. 




Am I really reviewing this?  Yes.  Yes I am.  Hey, let's have a little FUN.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sinner's Steel by Sarah Castille (Review)

Title: Sinner's Steel
Series: Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club #3
Author: Sarah Castille
Released: October 6, 2015 St Martins Press
Format: EGalley
Pages: 352 per Goodreads

HE'S HELL ON WHEELS.
Tall, dark, and dangerously handsome, Zane "Tracker" Colter is the strong, silent type of tattooed muscle biker who drives women wild. But as a master of strategy for the outlaw MC club, Sinner's Tribe, he doesn't have time to play around with groupies and biker chicks-especially when he can't stop thinking about Evie, the girl who got away...

SHE'S PLAYING WITH FIRE.
Evie's been in love with Zane ever since they were children-until he broke her heart and disappeared. Now he's back in her life, bigger and badder than ever. Zane is stunned by how beautiful and confident Evie's become, using her artistic talent to customize motorcycles. He wants her so bad, he'd ride through fire to win her back. There's one problem: Evie is dating his deadliest rival-the leader of the Black Jacks-and if Evie and Zane hook up, there'll be hell to pay...

The Sinner's Tribe series is an excellent example of why I love motorcycle club romances so damn much.  Sarah Castille takes this group of outlaws that err on the side of good, and really peels back the layers so you get to know each member.  Sinner's Steel is Zane's book, and if you think Zane is cold (as his first impression often is!) then you are dead wrong.  And if you mess with him, you're just dead.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Normal by Graeme Cameron (Review)

Title: Normal
Series: Standalone
Author: Graeme Cameron
Format: EGalley
Release Date: march 31, 2015 - Mira
Pages: 300 pages per Goodreads

"The truth is I hurt people. It's what I do. It's all I do. It's all I've ever done." 

He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving you into the lane ahead of him. 

What you don't know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he's carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he's holding there against her will—one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her. 

This is how it's been for a long time. It's normal... and it works. Perfectly. 

Then he meets the checkout girl from the 24-hour grocery. And now the plan, the hunts, the room... the others. He doesn't need any of them anymore. He needs only her. But just as he decides to go straight, the police start to close in. He might be able to cover his tracks, except for one small problem—he still has someone trapped in his garage. 

Discovering his humanity couldn't have come at a worse time.


Omg.  I just had a total blogger fail moment.  I requested this book a few months ago for review, then I read it, LOVED it, dished about it with my friends, and.... forgot to write my review.  D'oh!  Despite my brainfail, I think the upcoming spooky season is a great time to read this truly terrifying book.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Brother by Ania Ahlborn (Review)

Title: Brother
Series: Standalone
Author: Ania Ahlborn
Released: September 29, 2015 - Gallery Books
Format: EGalley
Pages: 336 per Goodreads

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…


If you are looking for a great book to put you in the mood for autumn and for Halloween, I definitely recommend Brother.  This book was freaky and gruesome, and full of sick goodness.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Begging For It by Lilah Pace (Review)

Title: Begging For It
Series: Asking For It #2
Author: Lilah Pace
Released: September 1, 2015, Berkley
Format: EGalley
Pages: 341 per Goodreads

Some secrets should only be shared in the dark.

Jonah and Vivienne’s erotic bond—living out raw scenarios of captivity and force—began as no-strings sex between strangers who shared the same desires. Now the intimacy between them is turning into love, but it’s a love built on fantasies so extreme that exploring them makes guilt inescapable. But the risks they're taking are far more dangerous than they'd imagined.

A stalker is terrorizing the city, and one of Jonah’s ex-lovers names him as a potential suspect to the police. Standing by a man under suspicion could cost Vivienne everything. But when Jonah’s stepfather takes advantage of the scandal to seize control of the Marks family fortune, Vivienne is drawn into her lover’s broken family and twisted past. Only then will she learn how dark the truth really is...
 

Hmmmm.  I really have mixed feelings about this book, which I wasn't prepared for.  I really loved book one, Asking For It. But in Begging For It, I felt like it all became a bit ordinary.  It lacked the excitement that I was hoping for.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Even Better by Skye Warren (Review)

Title: Even Better
Series: Stripped #2.5
Author: Skye Warren
Released: September 20, 2015
Format: Ebook
Pages: 91 per Amazon

A story about how coming together can break us apart…

An old military friend of Blue’s comes to stay with us, and suddenly I have two muscled men surrounding me. Before I can take a breath, we’re diving into something dirty together—something dangerous. Dangerous because three is a crowd.

This is Blue’s best friend, and one of us will have to leave.


We met, and consequently fell in love with, Blue and Lola in Better When It Hurts.  Theirs is a complicated relationship, and still very new.  However, I believe they are as rock solid as any couple could be.  That is, until I read the blurb for Even Better.  Was it true?  Was Skye Warren going to rip apart one of my favorite couples?? There's no way I could just let this sit.  I had to find out!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vice by Rosanna Leo (Review & Excerpt)

Title: Vice
Series: Standalone
Author: Rosanna Leo
Release Date: September 22, 2015 - Samhain
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 226 per Amazon

As a Vegas singer and volunteer counselor, Kate Callender has experienced life on both sides of Sin City’s bright lights. The thrill of performing, and gambling’s devastating effect on the addicts’ families.

Liam Doyle is just the kind of man she despises—a handsome, enigmatic businessman with a knack for seducing customers into his casino hotels. Determined to put a lid on his growing influence, she prepares to picket the opening of his newest casino, Vice.

When Liam spots the lone protestor hassling his customers, annoyance wars with instant attraction. And he quickly discovers the leggy redhead not only can’t be bought, she tempts him the way the sound of a roulette wheel lures a gambler. 

They are natural enemies, but when a vile attack sparks Liam’s protective instincts, they begin a sexual odyssey that dances on the edge of addiction. Dangerously close to losing control...and losing themselves.

I love Rosanna Leo.  She is absolutely one of the nicest authors I've had the pleasure of getting to know, and I've worked with her quite a bit.  So when the offer for Vice came along, I was more than happy to take it on for review.  I'll be the first to admit - the billionaire and the broke (as in poor) woman is not my favorite plotline.  However, Vice also offers romance by the way of enemies-to-lovers, which I love.   There are also some pretty heavy subjects explored in Vice, so I was a happy reader.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Aflame by Penelope Douglas (Review)

Title: Aflame
Series: Fall Away #4
Author: Penelope Douglas
Released: April 21, 2015 - Penguin
Format: Egalley
Pages: 262 per Goodreads

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

Man, I love this series.  It is undoubtedly one of my favorites.  Penelope Douglas ends it on a perfect note, revisiting Tate and Jared in Aflame, too.  If you haven't read this series, I implore you to.  Seriously - you will not regret it.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Call On Me by Roni Loren (Review)

Title: Call On Me
Series: Loving On The Edge #8
Author: Roni Loren
Released: July 7, 2015 - Berkley
Format: EGalley
Pages: 448 Pages

Oakley Easton wants two things: to be a good mom to her daughter and to ditch her less than ideal night job. Hooking up with bad boy drummer Pike Ryland? Not on the agenda. She needs a promotion. Not sex, tattoos and rock ’n’ roll.

Pike isn’t about to let Ms. Prim and Proper shut him down so easily, especially when he stumbles upon Oakley’s sexy night job. She’s only playing a role on those late night calls with strangers, but when he gets her on the line, all bets are off. He won’t stop until that sultry voice is calling his name for real.

But as they move from anonymous fantasies in the dark to the flesh-on-hot-flesh reality of the bedroom, the risk of falling in love becomes all too high. And the safe, quiet world that Oakley’s worked so hard to create is about to be exposed to the one person who could ruin it all.
 


I'd read another book in this series, and it wasn't really for me.  But then my friend Christy from Christy's Love of Books insisted that I read Call On Me.  I was hesitant, I won't lie.  I kept putting it off and putting it off.  Big mistake.  This book was beyond awesome, and I loved every minute!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Borden by RJ Lewis (Review)

Title: Borden
Series: Borden #1
Author: RJ Lewis
Released: August 1, 2015 - Millstream Publishing
Format: Personal Purchase
Pages: 281 per Goodreads

Marcus Borden has always been used to power and control. After a crime-filled upbringing in a very harsh neighbourhood, Borden leaves his hometown, returning four years later mysteriously rich and unrecognizable, with one woman on his mind. 
A woman he'll never have. 
Pained by his devastating loss and filled with rage and guilt, Borden's world turns dark. 

As a fiercely independent woman, Emma Warne knows all about hard living. Having kept to herself most of her life, the last thing she expects is to be thrust into the world of infamous criminal Marcus Borden, the dangerous man the entire city fears and loathes. But the more she pushes him away, the more he comes back, taking over her life and stripping her of her control she desperately clings to. 

Once Borden has his sights on her, Emma is going nowhere anytime soon, and what she doesn't expect least of all... is that she may not want to either.


Ok, before reading this book I'd never heard of this author or this book.  Now I've read Borden, and I am instant fan - and eagerly awaiting book two.  Borden was a fantastic story that sometimes took a route I wasn't expecting, and I loved it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Protecting The Dream by Michelle Sharp (Excerpt & Giveaway)

Protecting The Dream
Michelle Sharp

Detective Jordan Delany is back and contemplating her most challenging mission to date—moving in with Tyler McGee.

After receiving commendations for their last successful drug bust, Jordan and Ty are planning a vacation.

Or are they?

Jordan allows Ty to keep their destination a surprise. But instead of whisking her away to a warm Caribbean beach, as her not-so-subtle hints alluded to, he detours to an old estate that he has loved since childhood and asks her to move in with him.

Sparks fly when Jordan is blindsided by Ty’s proposal. He wants to buy the aging horse ranch, start renovations, and begin a life with Jordan. But can Jordan overcome her deepest insecurities and commit to living with Ty? And if so, will she be able to navigate the one other minor hitch: the spirit inside the house who is determined to show Jordan the home’s deadliest secret?

Hey everyone!  Welcome to Tuesday!  Today I have an awesome book, excerpt, and giveaway to share with you.  Take a peak and tell me what you think!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Creak by Elizabeth Morgan (Review)

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Title: Creak
Series: Standalone
Author: Elizabeth Morgan
Released: September 7, 2015 (2nd Edition)
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 92 per Amazon


“What happens in Silver Creek…stays in Silver Creek.”

After spending the summer as a recluse due to a bad break-up, Nicole Saunders agrees to go to The Heat Wave Festival with her best friends, Kacey and Tyler.

Along with three other friends, they plan to take a shortcut through the small town of Silver Creek. The last thing any of them expect is to become lost and end up pulling into a motel for the night.

The Creek Motel is isolated and the last place Nicole wants to be, especially after meeting the glacial owner. But her discomfort is soon forgotten as she finally gives in to her feelings and asks Kacey and Tyler to spend the night with her.

This should be bliss, but it quickly turns into a nightmare when she discovers that one of their friends has mysteriously disappeared from her locked room in the middle of the night.

Worried, Nicole presumes the worst, but she will soon discover that isolation can be the perfect stage for those who have something to hide…and that Jayne's disappearance is more disturbing than any of them could have guessed.


I love Elizabeth Morgan.  She writes horror perfectly, and she manages to slip in the sexy.  Eroti-horror... is that a genre?  If not, it should be, because it's one of my favorites.  And in Creak, she definitely turns it up a notch.

This is the type of story that makes a perfect date movie. Nikki is getting over a douchebag ex, and her two best friends, Kacey and Tyler, are going to try to help her get out of her self imposed hibernation.  Oh yeah, Kacey and Tyler are both guys.  They help her, alright!  Hint hint, baby.

Road trip!!!  What good horror story starts any other way?  Creak was creeptastic, and Elizabeth Morgan set it up so well.  A group of twenty-somethings on their way to an awesome time get sidetracked and need to pull over for the night.  One thing leads to another, drinks are drank (drunk? ahh, who knows), and the temperature gets hot for our heroine.  We are talking m-f-m hot.  Let me tell ya - it was fantastic.  It made me forget for a brief moment that something bad was supposed to happen.  But bad is coming, and it a big way.

Creepy motel, drunken friends, dark of night.... I won't spoil it for you, but Morgan did a fantastic job of giving me the chills.  If you are a fan of horror movies like I am, then you are going to love this one.  Just be sure to leave the light on, and ignore that noise you heard behind you.  It's an old building ya know, sometimes it creaks.



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Friday, August 28, 2015

Released by Shay Savage (Excerpt & Giveaway)

Released, Caged #3
Shay Savage

Oblivion is a sweet, sweet place.

No pain. No disturbing thoughts of the past. No guilt from my recent actions.

Deep down, there is still a part of me that knows how screwed up I am. I don’t see a way out, not now. Tria’s gone, and the possibility of her forgiving me in my current state is exactly zero. I know I have to pull myself together, accept my responsibilities, and try to make amends, but I have no idea where to start.

No job. No apartment. I’m living on the streets with the other junkies. As little as I had to offer Tria before, I have nothing to give her now. The only way out is to come clean and tell Tria the truth about my past, but the idea of reliving the memoires is so painful, I can’t think about it long enough to figure out a solution.

I’ve hit rock bottom, and I don’t even know which way is up any more.

Doesn't this series look awesome?!  I can't wait to read it, myself!  I hope you all enjoy the post, let me know what you think.  Have you already read some of this series?  What about the author, Shay Savage?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jake Undone by Penelope Ward (Review)

Title: Jake Undone
Series: Jake #1
Author: Penelope Ward
Released: October 2013
Format: Amazon Borrow
Pages: 337 per Goodreads

Nina Kennedy was alive…but not living…until she met him.

Planes, trains, heights…you name it, Nina was afraid of it and led a sheltered life ruled by irrational fears and phobias. When she moves to Brooklyn for nursing school, that life is turned upside down, as she develops an intense but unwanted attraction to her gorgeous roommate, who’s pierced, tattooed and just happens to be the smartest person she’s ever met.

Behind Jake Green’s rough exterior and devilish smile, lies a heart of gold. He makes it his mission to change Nina’s outlook on life. When he agrees to tutor her, they forge a bet and the stakes are high as Jake forces Nina to face her demons. He just wasn’t expecting to fall hard for her in the process.

What Nina doesn’t realize, is that Jake has been living his own private hell. Once he drops a bombshell, will their love survive it?

Wow, I really have mixed feelings about this book.  Jake Undone started out perfect, just the way I want a New Adult read to go.  But by the end, I felt a bit differently.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Acts of Creation by Elisabeth Staab (Review)

Title: Acts of Creation
Series: Evergreen Grove #2
Author: Elisabeth Staab
Released: August 18, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 300 pages per Goodreads

He’s living a lie.

Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.

She’s living in the shadows.

Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.

Acts of Creation was a beautiful and awesome book that created big dreamy sighs in this reader.  Elisabeth Staab definitely delivers the story of the athlete and the artist to perfection. I know I said I wanted to move to Evergreen Grove before in Cassie and Jake's story, but let me cement my answer now by saying I'm already packing my bags!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tyrant by TM Frazier (Review & Giveaway)

Title: Tyrant
Series: King, Book 2
Author: TM Frazier
Released: August 16, 2015
Pages: 230 per Goodreads
Format: Ebook received for review

I. Remember. Everything.

Only now I wish I didn't. 

When the fog is sucked away from my mind like smoke through a vacuum, the truth that has been beyond my reach for months finally reveals itself. 

But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I'm more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King's bed.

Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know. 

I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul. 

I don't know if I'm strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day. 

He's already saved me in more ways than one. Now it's my turn to do whatever it takes to save him. 

Even if that means marrying someone else... 


You know, I fell in love with the book King, and I was sure that Tyrant couldn't be any better.  I mean, one of my favorite characters was gone, love was torn apart... it was a mess.  Well hello, Tyrant, you fucking rule!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Interview with Elisabeth Staab, author of Acts of Creation

Acts Of Creation
Elisabeth Staab

He’s living a lie.

Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.

She’s living in the shadows.

Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.

Good morning!  So today I have a quick interview that I did recently with author Elisabeth Staab.  In the next few days I'll have a review for Acts of Creation, but I can tell you right now - it's fantastic!  It definitely has all the magic that At The Stars has, so I know you all will enjoy it as much as I am! I hope you enjoy the interview in the meantime!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

With Visions Of Red - Book 2 by Trisha Wolfe (Review)

Title: With Visions of Red
Series: Broken Bonds Book Two
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Released: July 16, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 141 per Amazon

The UNSUB has made contact. 

After a rapid string of grisly murders shakes the usually peaceful city of Arlington, Virginia, the sadistic killings of young women lull into a deceptive calm. Agent Sadie Bonds knows the terror isn’t over; serial killers don’t stop until caught.

And this sadist has targeted the profiler, revealing pieces of her dark past and weaving her secrets into each gruesome crime scene. Is the killer someone from Sadie’s past, her present? Or is he part of a fated future she brought on herself? The answer lies within the riddle of the copycat killings, ones mimicked after the infamous Blood Countess.

As tension brews in the department awaiting the UNSUB’s next move, Sadie’s more than on edge—her deviant cravings for the possible perpetrator have ratcheted out of control. She needs the feel of Colton’s ropes binding her, sheltering her from stark reality.

Only Colton Reed has his own twisted secrets that threaten to unravel not only Sadie as they come to light, but the UNSUB’s carefully constructed web now entangling both the profiler and her sexy bondage rigger.

Is Sadie too close to this case to be objective, or is the UNSUB closer to her than she ever imagined…

Well Sadie and Colton are back in book two of the Broken Bonds series.  The mystery is definitely amping up while the heat between Colton and Sadie is heating up!