Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Review: Until You (Fall Away #1.5) by Penelope Douglas

I absolutely love when an author writes a companion novel from the male's POV. Some people are hesitant for fear that it will just be a regurgitation of the first book, but I promise you that is not the case with Until You. In this book, we finally get inside of Jared's complex head to find out what motivated him to be so cruel to Tate for so long. He pissed me off so much in Bully and he finally got the redemption I don't feel he had gotten or earned by the end of the first book. Getting a first hand account of what went down the summer he spent with his father was heartbreaking. The new insight that we get into Jared helped me to understand why he did what he did. I am not saying I agree with his actions, because I definitely don't, but I get it. There are points where you can tell he doesn't really like hurting Tate, or when we can sense a hint of regret, but he can't stop himself.

I found Until You to be a bit steamier than Bully, and more steam is always a huge plus in my book. It is expected to have a bit more focus on sex, we are in the head of a teenage boy after all. And all of the sex scenes that we have already experienced through Tate's eyes are ten times more sexy from Jared's perspective. Oh so hot.

I was throbbing so hard. I needed to get inside of her, but I damn well gave a fuck about Tate, and I wasn't going to take her. i wanted her coming back for seconds, thirds, and forever.

Cover Reveal: A Tragic Wreck (Beautiful Mess #2) by T.K. Leigh

How can you continue living when you’re living a lie? How can you convince your body to stop feeling, your soul to stop caring, and your heart to stop beating?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Review: Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas

Tate and Jared used to be best friends. They loved each other - or at least she though they did. Then when they were 14 everything changed. Jared went from a loving friend to a bully for no apparent reason. He made it his mission in life to ruin high school for Tate. She got a brief reprieve from his torture for year, studying abroad in Europe. Now that she is back, she wonders if Jared will go back to tormenting her or if maybe he has forgotten all about her and moved on. Regardless of what his plans are, Tate vows to herself to not let him ruin her Senior year. If he is going to pick up where he left of, then this time she will fight back.

I was so hesitant to read this  book because the idea of falling for your bully kind of annoyed me. But after reading so many great things about it, I decided to give it a shot. Let me tell you, I am so glad that I did! Tate - my heart broke for her repeatedly for everything she endured at the hands of Jared. I mean, how much can one teenage girl take before she breaks? But Tate is too strong for that. She took a much needed time out from Life with Jared and came back from Europe and more self confident young woman. The Tate that came back home for her Senior year had a lot more attitude and was finally ready to stand up to him.

And then there is Jared. Sigh. How I hated him through the majority of this book. And I'm not talking about a little hate, but full blown, I want to throttle you hatred. When Tate give her monologue in class and it is clear that Jared is emotionally affected by it, I realized there was a world of pain hidden beneath the bully veneer. At that point I started to forgive him and I want them to rebuild what once was an amazing friendship.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review: Pieces For You (For You #2) by Genna Rulon

Samantha (Sam) Whitney was the victim of a brutal rape and beating at the hands of a sociopath.. Nearly six months later, she needs to learn how to move from just surviving to living again. Sam knows she will never be the same girl that she was before the attack, but she hopes the new Sam can be just as good. Griffin Evenson has loved Sam from a distance for two years, but he was waiting to make his move. His biggest regret was not going for her sooner therefor not  being able to protect her. He vows to never let anything happen to her again while taking his time building a relationship with Sam.

While Same never thought of him as more than a friend, it is pretty hard to ignore the new, bulked up Griffin. The connection they have is sweet and intense but so much more than physical attraction. And most importantly, Sam trusts Griffin, which isn't an easy thing for her. But as she picks up the pieces of her life and tries to glue them back together, will she be able to let a man all the way into her heart? Does she even think she deserves it?

I already loved Griffin by the end of the first book. He was my unsung hero who also happens to be a hot, guitar playing, singing sweetheart. It was obvious even then how much he cared for Sam. Then Genna Rulon had to go and make him even hotter. The months that Sam was away, Griffin spent taking his frustration out at the gym. So now he is a massive, 8-pack toting, guitar playing sweetheart. Is she trying to kill me? Seriously, all that is missing is a sexy tattoo and I would have hopped on the train to New York searching for Griffin to keep for myself. He is beyond patient with Sam as she tries to rebuild herself and takes things slow for her.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: No In Between (Inside Out #4) by Lisa Renee Jones

The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sarah's relationship and leads into Mark's story.

Blog Tour: Evolve Series Box Set by S.E. Hall

I have really gotten into the New Adult genre over these past few months and the Evolve Series by S.E. Hall is one of my favorites. The first book, Emerge, blew me away and each book since then has only gotten better. If you haven't read this series yet, now you can get the first 3 books all together in an eBook box set.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cover Reveal: Legal Affairs #1: Objection by Sawyer Bennett

Legal Affairs is a serial romance with a whole lot of hot and a little bit of funny. It has six volumes that will be released every two weeks, the first one, entitled Objection, on January 10, 2014.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Review: Wild by Adriane Leigh

Kat is running from a past that she would love to forget. She figures that the small town of Rock Island, Maine is a good place to start over. She's not looking for a relationship but one night with Wild thwarts her plans. Lane Wild usually doesn't go back for more than seconds with a girl, but there is something about Kat that he is addicted to and he can't get enough of her. They agree to a no strings, friends with benefits "relationship" but they don't realize how quickly they are getting under each other's skin. Can they both shove aside their demons and open up to something more? Or will Kat's past catch up with her and destroy the new life she has started to build?

Sometimes a girl just needs a fun, smutty and well, wild, read and that is exactly what author Adriane Leigh provided. Yes there is some angst and emotion and even a good dose of suspense. But what Wild is overflowing with is hot, dirty, smutty sex. And I loved every damn minute of it. Lane Wild has a filthy mouth and a cocky smirk and really, how can a girl not fall for that? This book delivered just what I needed and I'm looking forward to Ridge's story next. This was the first time I've read anything by Adriane Leigh and after spending time with this smuttastic book, I plan on reading all of her past novels as well.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cover Reveal: Beauty From Love (Beauty #3) by Georgia Cates

The epic romance between an all-American beauty and her Aussie continues in this final installment of The Beauty Series.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Cover Reveal: Forever with You (Fixed on You #3) by Laurelin Paige

Alayna Withers relationship with Hudson Pierce has tested both her and his ability to trust. They decide that the only way they can move forward together is with open doors and transparency. It won’t be easy for the scarred lovers, but they’re committed to each other more now than ever. Alayna, in particular, has grown through their trials, and has emerged more confident and faithful to the man she loves.

Cover Reveal: Give In To Me (Heart of Stone #3) by K.M. Scott

The third book in the Heart of Stone series concludes the sensual and emotional story of Tristan and Nina that began in Crash Into Me and continued in Fall Into Me...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Review: Fall Into Me (Heart of Stone #2) by K.M. Scott

A car accident has left Nina Edwards with no memory of the last four years. She has no recollection of her father's death, how she met Tristan Stone, how they fell in love or of the secrets that he kept from her. Tristan spends the weeks after Nina's accident showing her how much he loves her, how much they love each other, while also investigating what information her father had uncovered. It doesn't take long for Nina to fall in love with him all over again, despite the memory loss. I was not Tristan's biggest fan in the first book, because of that heart of stone of his. Here we finally get to see a softer side to Tristan. But when he finally discovers everything Nina's father figured out four years earlier, it shatters him and those walls start getting thrown back up.

Tristan knows it is only a matter of time before Nina's memory returns and she remembers the secret he kept. While he know he should tell her before that happens, he just can't bring himself to do it. Will she run from him like she did the first time?

While I enjoyed Crash Into Me, Fall Into Me was just so much better. I felt like the author really grew leaps and bounds and put forward a more well rounded, developed story. I went from not particularly liking either character to loving them both. I could feel their happiness and their pain, especially Tristan's. Fall Into Me is filled with love and passion, pain and betrayal and even some suspense and  it has left me desperate for the final book!

Book Review: If I Return by Sawyer Bennett, The 12 NA's of Christmas

The novellas written by the 12 NA’s of Christmas will be on sale beginning December 1st! From December 1st-11th, each day one of the novellas will be highlighted around the book community. Today, the novella spotlight is If I Return by Sawyer Bennett. Check out the excerpt and enter the giveaways! You can buy any of the 12 NA’s of Christmas titles on Amazon.

Hope let her sister, Audrey, talk her into attending a week long wedding event. Why she agreed, she has no idea. Audrey thinks that Hope needs to live a little and be wild. Maybe even have a vacation fling. But Hope is perfectly content hiding in her hotel room with a good book, even though on some level she knows her sister is right. When she literally stumbles into sexy army helicopter pilot Jack, she thinks maybe she should go for that fling after all.

Staying at the same hotel to attend their mutual friends' wedding, they spend the next few days learning about each other's lives and bodies. It's clear that they already care deeply for one another, but Jack's redeployment looms over them like an ugly black cloud. When Jack sets off back to war, Hope fears that she will never see or hear from him again?

This was such a sweet holiday read filled with the spice that I love from Sawyer Bennett. Hope is a bit of an introvert, much like myself, and I can totally relate to the comfort she finds in playing it safe. She can't help but be drawn to Jack and the few days they spend together are filled with tenderness and passion. I was surprised with Jack and how he acted after their time together and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if they would meet again. Definitely a great holiday story!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Book Review: Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno #3) by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture were the first books I read after completing the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and I loved them. I mean 5 star, head over heals in love with them and Professor Emerson! When I heard that there was going to be a third book, I was of course excited. That being said, I didn't love Gabriel's Redemption. I certainly liked it, but not how i did the first two books.

The book starts 6 months after Julia and Gabriel are married. He is a professor at Boston University and she is a graduate student at Harvard. Julia is under a lost of pressure and stress in her program and couple that with being newlyweds and discovering how to live with one another and there is bit of conflict between the two. Gabriel wants what he wants when he wants it and he has to learn that this is not how a marriage works. He wants a baby but the thought of children add another level of stress to Julia. While she does want a baby some day, she understandably wants to wait till she is finished with school. This topic is a reoccurring issue throughout the book but if they would just truly listen to each other, it wouldn't need to be. 

Both Gabriel and Julia have very similar self worth issues to work on and they try to help each other through that. It was also really good to see a softer side to Gabriel. He still has a tendency to to lose his temper and go all caveman but you can see that he is really trying to work on that.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Book Review: The Thrill Of It (No Regrets #1) by Lauren Blakely

Harley is a nineteen year old call girl. And a virgin. Which seems impossible given her secret profession. But it's not sex that she loves, its the power. She is addicted to the thrill of men falling at her feet and the power her beaut has over them. But she gets caught and now she has to the pay the price. Her blackmailer is not only making her write a book about being a teenage call girl, but also attend a sex and love addicts support group.

Trey is addicted to women. Specifically older, usually married women. To mask his own pain, he has slept with virtually every older woman in is parent's apartment building. It too for him to hit rock bottom before seeking help from the same support group.

The night before the first group meeting, Harley and Trey meet for the first time and have an amazing night of walking and talking and okay, a lot of making out. But it can't go beyond that since in 24 hours, they are starting over. Little do they know that they are both in the same group. As the two battle their own personal demons, they also have to battle their intense attraction to one another. Can they make it through an entire year without giving in? Or will they relapse and dive back into the life they are trying to leave behind?

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Start of Us (No Regrets #0.5) by Lauren Blakely

A new adult story of First Times. Last Times. Connections. And No Regrets...

Cover Reveal: Letting Go (Anchored Hearts #1) by J.M. Witt

When your past threatens to destroy your future; how long will you hang on before Letting Go?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Review: Searching For Someday (Searching For #1) by Jennifer Probst

Kate has a special ability that goes back for generations of women in her family. She has a special touch that not only will tell her who her true love is but helps her find true love for others. She uses that to help with her matchmaking business, Kinnections, that she started with her two best friends. But while she is great in sensing that electricity between others, she hasn't felt it for herself yet. Until him.

Slade is a top divorce lawyer in New York City, a career that has left him more than a little jaded on love and relationships. Bottom line: he doesn't believe in love or a happily ever after. When he discovers that his little sister is using Kinnections to reenter the dating world, his over protective nature kicks into hyper-drive. He storms in there determined to prove them all frauds but he wasn't expecting to be attracted to co-owner Kate. Or to get knocked on his ass by the zap of electricity that hits them when they touch. To keep an eye on his sister, Slade signs up for Kinnections to help him find the perfect woman. But how can he date when the only woman he wants is Kate? Will Kate be able to keep denying that electricity between them or that her gift says that he is the one?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: Pieces For You (For You #2) by Genna Rulon

Samantha Whitney survived unimaginable tragedy only to discover she had been betrayed by a man who claimed to love her. Shattered, Sam spends months at a safe haven trying to piece herself back together. Ready or not, the time has come for her to return home.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review: Infinite Possibilities (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Infinite Possibilities picks up where Escaping Reality left off - Amy has just overheard Liam and Derrek having a discussion about her and it did not sound good. it sounds like Liam is keeping secrets from her and isn't who he says he is. Is he one of the "bad guys" she has spent her life hiding from? We don't get a chance to find out as Amy does what she does best: she runs. But she's delusional if she really thinks Liam will let her go that easily. When he catches up with her, will we find out what that discussion was about and what his true intentions are?

Once again, Lisa Renee Jones weaves an excellent web of deceit, suspense and super hot sex. I almost forgot how delicious Liam was since I read book one, but there is no way I am forgetting tat now. He is passionate and possessive and alpha all the way. And I  love it! Although Liam denies any involvement in Amy's past and says he is just trying to protect her, I was left questioning him through most of the book. The author did a great job of keeping a mysterious air about him, not allowing yourself to fully trust Liam 100%.

As Amy's blackouts/flashbacks become more frequent, she starts to put together the pieces of the puzzle that make up her past. She remember more about suspicious interactions with her family and more of what happened the night of the fire. As it all starts to slowly come together I kept wondering just what in the hell her family was involved in!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Review: Disclosure of the Heart (Beside Your Heart #2) by Mary Whitney

In Beside Your Heart, we followed the story of Nikki and Adam as they fell in love as teenagers. We felt their happiness as well as their heartbreak as an ocean separated them. Then we concluded in present day with them both working in the White House and seeing each other for the first time in sixteen years. This book picks up where the first left off. Nikki is the deputy press secretary to the President of the United States while Adam is the BBC White House corespondent. After not seeing each other fro more than a decade, now they will be working together every day. It is quite obvious that they are still attracted to each other but they are both trying to cover up the deeper feelings they still have and try to be "just friends."

While I was happy to see them building their friendship again, it was hard watching them skirt around their true feelings. And the most frustrating is Adam because he doesn't explain why after all of this time he is here now. Is it a coincidence that he has a job that puts him near Nikki or did he arrange it intentionally? If he did - why? I swear it felt like forever before we got a straight answer out of him and forever before they finally give in to their desires.

I did enjoy their banter once again and Adam has grown into a sexy man who's accent that I hear in my head slays me. I only wish there was some more interaction between Adam and Nikki. No, I don't mean just sex... OK fine, I mean more sex. What can I say? I just felt that by the time we got to it, the book was over. And they are just so good together that I wanted more.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cover Reveal: My Beautiful by J.M. La Rocca

It has been eight months since Scarlett Moore last saw Kade Evans. After being left hurt and confused she tried to forget about him, but he wasn’t easy to forget. She found herself thinking about him often. Even her best friend Jules did her best to get him off her mind by pushing her toward Bryce, the one person Scarlett was not sure she wanted to be involved with.  When a new job opportunity is offered to her and Jules, they jump on it. The idea of starting over again and forgetting the past is enticing to Scarlett even if it moves her to Los Angeles, the same place Kade lives.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Alice Clayton Announces Sequel to Wallbanger

Hold on for just a second...


Alright, now that I have gotten that out of the way, let's move on to the juicy details.We aren't talking about just any old book here. We are talking about a sequel to Wallbanger! Wallbanger is one of my all time favorite books and also happens to be the first review I ever posted on this blog. All of Alice Clayton's books are the perfect blend of sexiness and humor and to say I am excited for this is an understatement.

But wait, there's more! Not only are we going to get that sequel, but also two more books after that in what is now called the Cocktails Series:

1. Wallbanger - My Review | Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo
1.5 Last Call (January 2015) - Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo
2. Rusty Nailed (June 2014) - Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo
3. Screwdrivered (September 2014) - Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo
4. Mai Tai'd Up (December 2014) - Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

If that wasn't enough, in January 2015 she will be releasing a novella that will be the start of her new Hudson Valley series. As someone who grew up in New York's Hudson Valley, I cannot wait for this!

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Website: www.aliceclayton.com
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Twitter: @alice_clayton

One (1) winner will receive a paperback set of the Redhead Series by Alice Clayton, which includes The Unidentified Redhead, The Redhead Revealed and The Redhead Plays Her Hand. Open to US/Canada residents only.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Review: Crossing the Line (Battered Hearts #3) by Kele Moon

Wyatt has only ever loved one girl. When she left him without a word more than 10 years ago, she took his heart with her. Now she is back in Garnet and no one is going to stop him from seeing her. Tabitha didn't leave Wyatt because she stopped loving him; she left to protect him. But protect him from what, only her and a few other people know. Now that she is in town to help her sick mother, she will have to come face to face with the man she broke. Do they have any chance of reconciling with her secret still looming over them?

I have to say that I was apprehensive when I started this book because I wasn't very fond of either character. From the bits and pieces Jules mentioned of Tabitha in book two, I hated her fro breaking Wyatt's heart. But then I also thought Wyatt was a complete jerk for saying some hurtful things to Jules when she finally found her own happiness. It didn't take me very long to change my tune though.

This book is broken up into several "parts", many of which take place in the past showing us how Wyatt and Tabitha got started. Tabitha was the poor girl from the other side of the tracks while Wyatt was part of the well loved Conner family and grandson of the Sheriff (and then son of the Sheriff). At 5 years old, Wyatt didn't care about their differences. All he saw was the pretty red headed girl whom he instantly fell in love with. Over the years, with his ridiculous persistence, Wyatt wormed his way into her life and her heart and they become good friends. However she never let on how bad her home life is with a neglectful alcoholic mother and a verbally and physically abusive older brother. I could tell the direction Tabitha's story was going in and it broke my heart.

Book Review: Star Crossed (Battered Hearts #2) by Kele Moon

Juliet :Jules" Conner is a strong independent woman who also happens to be the only lawyer in town plus a Sheriff's deputy.  As co-owner of Garnet's MMA training center with her brother Wyatt and long time friend Clay, she has also spent considerable time training in the ring. The last thing she expects is to finder herself in bed with their enemy.

Coming off his devastating loss to Clay Powers, Romeo Wellings is beyond frustrated with the people controlling his life. He wishes there was an easy way out for himself and his brothers. After becoming their sole guardian when he was only a teenager, this isn't the life he wanted for them. For one night he puts his problems away when he hooks up with Jules and the sparks fly. One night of incredible passion leads to months of texting, phone calls and video chats. And oh yes, that also means month of really frickin hit phone and video sex! But how can they be together when so many outside forces threaten to keep them apart?

Book Review: Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts #1) by Kele Moon

Melody Dylan has finally gotten away from her abusive husband and she is starting over in the small town of Garnet. Having left him with only the clothes on her back, she is starting from scratch and struggling to make ends meet. Her own problems don't keep her from doing something nice for a stranger. When she sees the handsome man sitting all alone in her station on Thanksgiving and looking a bit forlorn, she can't help but reach out to him.

Garnet is known for breeding world class UFC fighters and Clay Powers is the biggest and best of them all. While he loves fighting, and has multiple championship belts to prove it, he hates the media circus that comes along with it. His gruffness and surly demeanor keep most people at arms length. But that doesn't put Melody off which both surprises and entrances him.

Clay soon starts spending every meal at Hal's Diner and the two spend some time getting to know each other and connecting even more. While the sexual attraction is undeniable, there is also something much deeper there. Clay has really never had a relationship before but he knows he wants it all with Melody. After all Melody has been through, can she learn to trust a man again - especially one that  makes a living fighting? And when her past threatens to catch up with her, will she give up something great to go on the run again?

Monday, November 11, 2013

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cover Reveal: Beck (Corps Security #3) by Harper Sloan


I’ve always been good at wearing masks. Not letting anyone see the real me. I’m content being the happy-go-lucky best friend. The strong willed boss. The independent woman who doesn’t need a man.

But the truth is I’m just as broken as the rest of you. I’m terrified that all it will take is one person to make all my carefully constructed walls crumble into fine dust. So I guard my heart with everything I have. Determined to never let anyone get close enough to hurt me again.

All is perfect until HE walks into my life. No…  he doesn’t just walk. He struts his good-looking, sex-oozing self right into my space and demands that I see HIM. Making me want what I know I can’t have.

So I did the only thing I know how to do.

I run.

But he just won’t let me go.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Review: Awakening (The Chrysalis Series #1) by Elene Sallinger

Claire Ryan has recently gotten out of a 10 year abusive relationship. The twist is that she is the abuser. Her body and mind crave physical pain so she would push her former lover to the point that he would hurt her. Not out of passion but out of anger. Now that they have finally parted ways, she needs to delve into that side of her and find out what it is that she needs. When she joins a book club at the local book store owned by Evan Lang, she is drawn to the erotica section and more specifically BDSM themed books.

Evan is still mourning the death of his wife and submissive, even many years after the fact. He refuses to let her go and move on with his own life. When Claire walks into his store, her vulnerability wakes the dominant in him, which pisses him off. He doesn't want to be attracted to another woman and he certainly doesn't want another submissive. Or so he keeps telling himself but his body has a mind of its own.

When Evan overhears Claire discussing her past relationship with their mutual friend Bridget, he realizes she needs some guidance into the BDSM world. Still refusing to be the Dom to instruct her, he continues to ignore her and instead he leaves appropriate books out where she will see them in his store. But how long can he keep lying to himself? How long until he gives in and gives them what they both need.

Cover Reveal: More Than Her (More #2) by Jay McLean

"For every action there is an equal or opposite reaction."
For every choice you make there are rewards, or there are consequences.
It was my choice to walk away the first time.
And my choice to chase her the second.
But sometimes you don't get a choice, and all you get are the consequences.

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Unless that someone is Logan Matthews.
Because loving him didn't give me the strength to walk away.
It didn't give me the courage to fight for him.
And when it was over, all it gave me was a broken heart.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cover Reveal: Wild by Adriane Leigh

Kat Kennedy moved to the rugged coast of Maine to start a new life, but encountered much more than she bargained for in dark, dangerous, and seductive Lane Wild…

Desire and temptation smolder before she succumbs to her darkest fantasies with the captivating stranger. She doesn't expect to see him again after an explosive one-night stand leaves her breathless and craving more, but just like lightning in the darkness, he shows up in her life at the most unpredictable moments.

A sensual game of cat and mouse ensues before the attraction between them reaches a fever pitch—the magnetism combustible, the sexual tension nearly unbearable—and Kat finally abandons inhibition and explores the cunning, selfish, and sexual side of a world she's never known.

They have the perfect non-relationship—passion-fueled nights with no strings attached—until lifegets real and the past and present collide in a dangerous storm of lust and obsession.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Book Review: Entangled (Evolve #2.5) by S.E. Hall

The Crew is back in this short, sizzling novella. And I mean sizzling. Entangled picks up where Embrace left off and gives us a peek at The Crew's summer through Laney's and Dane's eyes. Laney is set tipping up her duplex that Dane bought her and in the process their intimacy kicks up a notch. She is as stubborn and mouthy as ever which only fuels Deane's desire for her. W can see more of his dominant side coming out and it is magnificent and hot. I felt like there was more sex in this novella than in the previous full length novels and I loved envy single steamy second of it!

“Move your panties to the side,” he growls, voice and eyes hazed with lust and hunger, both imploring me before he leans down to suck along my chest, my throat, frenzied and impatient. “Do it, baby, just pull ‘em to the side, I need in you.”

“I love you like this, so untamed. You dance like you fuck, smooth and sexy.”

Meanwhile, Dane is contemplating making some big changes in his life. When his parents died, Dane was thrust into running a business that he never wanted to run. He doesn't hate it, but he doesn't love it either. He longs to be able to act more his age and be a part of Laney's college world. Can he make that transition without hurting the business and will his friends support him?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Review & Author Interview: Athena's Ordeal (The Haberdashers #2) by Sue London

Sabrina "Sabre" Bittlesworth is easily the leader of The Haberdashers trio. She may be petite and beautiful, but she is also extremely outspoken and can wield a sword better than most men. Quincy "Quince" Telford, Duke of Beloin, a fairly level headed man who is not driven by his baser desires. But when his eyes fall on the lovely Sabrina while visiting her older brother, he mistakes her for something she is not and impulsively asks that she be his mistress. Now on top of dealing with someone black mailing him, this insult sets in motion a force that Quince has absolutely no chance of fighting off. A force named Sabre.

We briefly met both main characters in book one as Sabre is Jack's best friend and Quince is Gideon's. I didn't see enough of Sabre for me t form an opinion of her before now, but I absolutely loved her in Athena's Ordeal. She is not afraid to go after what she wants. Sabre has her sights set on Quincy and she will not stop until she gets him. And she will get him, of that she has no doubts. I loved that her form of seduction was to plant herself into his daily life and basically take over running his household.

In Trials of Artemis it was quite clear that Gideon and Quincy had a strong difference of opinions in regards to politics. However now we see just how completely opposite they are which is actually quite amusing. Physically Quincy is handsome and blonde with perfectly coiffed hair while Gideon is dark and brooding. Gideon has a reputation as "Lord Lucifer" due to how he spent many years indulging in drink and women whereas Quincy always prided himself on not using women and was usually the person pulling Gideon from the gutter.

Book Review: Trials of Artemis (The Haberdashers #1) by Sue London

Jacqueline "Jack" Walters and her two closest girlfriends created a special group for themselves known as The haberdashers when they were just eight years old. These Haberdashers prefer boyish pursuits like weapons over girlish ones. Amongst the ton, Jack is known as a bluestocking and would rather spend time reading books than attending balls. So after two seasons, she has come to terms with not marrying and becoming a spinster. That is until an accidental encounter with an earl changes everything.

Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, has no intentions of on marrying. Ever. But when he is caught in a compromising position with Miss Walters, he does the only thing he: he offers to marry her. Jack is of course outrages as she has no intention on marrying either. She figures she will go along with the engagement for a few weeks and then break it off. But when someone leaks the scandal to the papers, it forces their hand into an immediate marriage. Can Jack survive a marriage to a brooding, overbearing man? And Can Gideon get used to his new wife's saucy mouth and headstrong ways?

While I may focus a lot on contemporary romance novels, I truly enjoy a good Regency Era historical romance story. The main characters in this are similar to what you may find on other books of this genre: a young virginal maiden and the older, rakish man. However the interesting twist here is the Haberdashers club and that Jack isn't your typical bluestocking. Not only is she smart and well read but she is also very accomplished in weaponry.

Gideon is exactly what I like in my English gentlemen as he has got that whole dark and brooding thing going on, with a slight air of danger. I loved how these two would butt heads and argue which would lead to incredible passion. I'm also a fan of stories in this era where the couple grows to care for each other after they are thrown together. This is a wonderful story that contained humor, a little suspense and a healthy dose of passion. I enjoyed all of it and dove right into book two: Athena's Ordeal.

“You hardly seemed shocked by my attentions."
Jack gasped and looked up at him in outrage. "How dare you! Shocked is exactly what I was." She looked around to see that they had garnered the attention of a good number of the dancers. She grabbed Harrington's arm and dragged him toward the French doors that let out “onto the veranda. Once outside she pushed him into the shadows and drilled a finger into his chest. "What exactly is this about?"
"You say you were shocked. You say a lot of things. But your body says something else. And I'm more likely to suspect your words to be lies."
"You are the most outrageous-"
Jack's retort was cut short by Harrington taking her lips in a swift kiss. She started to pull away but he wrapped one arm around her back, his other hand cupping her face as he deepened the kiss. He licked and nibbled the seam of her lips until she surrendered and let him plunder her mouth. She had never felt this before, as though she was floating, all of her nerves tingling in sudden awareness. The sensations were new, novel, wicked. The warm, solid strength of him pressed against her. The band of his arm across her back. The swirl of his tongue in her mouth. The gentle strength of his hand holding her head while his thumb stroked her jaw. As she melted into his embrace he turned and now she was the one hidden in the shadows with her back pressed against the cool stone of the townhouse wall. His mouth moved down to kiss the side of her throat, her ear. His hand caressed one breast, finding and teasing the nipple that had peaked.
"See?" he whispered to her. "Your body welcomes my attentions. I imagine that with very little effort I could have you out of that dress and begging me for more. Why should I trust a woman who can be seduced by a man she doesn't even like?"

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: Trials of Artemis
Author: Sue London
Series: The Haberdashers #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/17912308-trials-of-artemis
Website: bysuelondon.wordpress.com
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Twitter: @cmdrsue

Book Blurb
Loving Lord Lucifer...

An independent bluestocking sneaks into a library to read rare Greek texts and ends up with a husband instead.

Jacqueline “Jack” Walters loves archery and Greek military history. In her third season she has failed to inspire so much as one marriage proposal and is planning to settle into the quiet life of a spinster.

Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, has been avoiding marriage but a case of mistaken identity in the library has left him saddled with an argumentative and unwilling fiancee.


Cover Re-Reveal: Lifeless (Lifeless #1) by J.M. La Rocca

After graduating from the University of South Alabama, Scarlett Moore discovers her boyfriend of five months is actually married with a child on the way. Feeling used and heartbroken, she decides it’s time to take her best friend Jules’ advice to move to Atlanta and live with her. There, Jules helps her get a job at Entertainment Atlanta, where she works as an entertainment insurance agent. It’s not Scarlett’s dream job, but it’s better than not having a job at all, and who would mind working with famous people, right?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cover Reveal: My Life For Yours by Margaret McHeyzer

He’s lived a life of high society and privilege; he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Senator.

She’s lived a life surrounded with underworld activity; she had no choice but to follow in her father’s footsteps and take on the role of Mob Boss.

He wants to stamp out organized crime and can’t be bought off.

She's the ruthless and tough Mob Boss where in her world all lines are blurred.

Their lives are completely different, two walks of life on the opposite ends of the law.

Being together doesn’t make sense.
But being apart isn’t an option.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Review: Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5) by Colleen Hoover

Dear Colleen Hoover: you are frickin amazing! I have not yet read one of your books that I did not love.

In Hopeless and Losing Hope, we get a few glimpses at Holden's best friend Daniel and Sky's best friend Six. While I honestly never gave much thought to Six, I loved Daniel and his sense of humor. So I was really looking forward to their story. Finding Cinderella is a novella about the journey of Daniel and Six from an anonymous school closet encounter to friendship and love. When they officially meet one year after their rendezvous, they don't understand how they can feel such an intense connection so quickly. They are so good together and I loved their back and forth banter. Daniel is absolutely hilarious, as is his family that we meet. When they finally figure out who the other is, there are some heartbreaking moments and painful truths revealed. I wanted nothing more for them to work it out and get the happily ever after they deserve.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: Entangled (Evolve #2.5) by S.E. Hall

Things heat up, and not just the Georgia summertime, when Dane and Laney go head to head over plans for her new duplex. But Laney's got his number, and knows just how to coerce her bossy, domineering man. Spend the summer with the gang and find out...just how many is a crowd?

The members of the Evolve Crew are getting older; so is the content. Mature audiences recommended.

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