Friday, September 25, 2015

Release Blitz: Bad Wicked Twisted by Ilsa Madden-Mills #Giveaway

FOUR red-hot stories about the bad, wicked and twisted characters of Briarcrest Academy, featuring a dirty-talking gym owner, a football player, a sexy rock star, and a British bad boy.


“I’d like to sleep for a hundred years, wake up and try again.” – Nora Blakely

“Drop the paint and turn around slowly with your hands in the air.” The loud command was said with a deep voice. “I’ve got a gun, asshole, so move nice and slow.”
I bent over and placed the can on the pavement. I started to turn when— “I said put your hands in the air!” he yelled.
I yanked my hands up and eased around to face the owner of the voice.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Review: Sinful Desire (Sinful Nights #2) by Lauren Blakely #Giveaway

Ryan Sloane doesn't trust anyone enough to let them get close and he doesn't do love. Love is a lie. The only people who get that emotion from him are his family and he has no plans to change that. Until he sees her. The gorgeous Sophie elicists instant lust in him and he must have her. This will be nothing more than sex. Mind blowingsex. Except, it's already been more from the moment he laid eyes on her.

So I love Lauren Blakely books but this series has really taken it up a notch for me. Not only do we get the really hot sex that we love (and we DO love it), but there is also the story of the Sloane Siblings' cookoo mom in prison. Ryan is by far the hottest and dirties Blakely Boy yet and dammit he was delicious. I loved hoe he was both demanding and tender and despite what he believed about himself, very much capable of loving someone. And loving them beautifully at that. Sophie was strong and independent and I loved how she could stand on her own as master of her own universe, but then just as easily submit to Ryan in the bedroom. They were perfect.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book Review: Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward #Giveaway

The first half of the book was everything I've come to know and love about Penelope Ward's writing. It was deeply emotional, beautifully written and it sucked me right in. I fell for Sevin and Evangeline, despite their sneaking around. Their chemistry and the tension was just so strong I could feel it burning off my Kindle. I wanted them to find a way out of this mess and be happy together.

Then the second part of the book happened and I had issues. I was not a fan of what happened from this point on. It was still well written and emotional, I just hated the turn everything took. I mean how much bad shit can happen to one couple? The author kept piling on these awful, painful things and I just felt like it was too much and over the top.

Despite the fact that the second part of the book didn't work for me, I absolutely LOVED the first part. L.O.V.E.D. Which is why I'm giving it 4 stars. The good far outweighed the bad here for me and despite my issues, I do think Penelope wrote another moving and wonderful story.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Book Review: With Visions of Red (Broken Bonds #2) by Trisha Wolfe

Holy. Crap.

I have absolutely NO IDEA what is really going on but hell, I love it! We pick up right where we left off in book one with a sadistic serial killer on the loose and anyone could be him. One of my suspects has been cleared, but a new character has come into play and now I am torn in so many directions. When I say the killer could be anyone one, I literally mean ANYONE!

I didn't think it was possible to get sucked into the story even more, but I did. This second installment was even better than the first, which is saying a whole lot. Once I started it I could not stop. I'm not even sure that I blinked. it held me captive and at the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next and looking for clues. And then mixed in with the suspense and guessing who it is, there is Colton. Sigh. Colton is amazing. The book alternates between Sadie's, Colton's and the killer's point of view and being inside of Colton's mind is my favorite. He is so intense and passionate and when he unleashes all of that on Sadies? GAH! Hot does not even begin to describe it

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review: Sweet Sinful Nights (Sinful Nights #1) by Lauren Blakely

Brent knows that ten years ago he made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from Shannon. He might not have seen her since that fateful day, but he's never stopped thinking about her. Shannon never got over her broken heart from Brent, the only man she has ever loved. Now fate has thrown them together again in Sin City and there is absolutely no way Brent is letting her go again. While their passion is still as hot as an inferno, can Shannon trust him not to hurt her again? And when she reveals the secret she's been keeping, will he walk away from her yet again?

Let me tell you something, those Nichols men sure know how to seduce a woman. Those dirty mouths? Dear lord! So Lauren gets right into it here with a heartbreaking prologues. I knew I was done for when the first few pages of the book made me a sobbing mess. But see, the pain was worth it because when we get an entire book of Brent grovelling and trying to make up for his assholery.

Shannon could have really held a grudge here and no one would have blamed her. But I admire her for being able to move on and not dwell too  much on the past. They were just so smokin' hot together and made for a perfect second chance romance.

Cover Reveal: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Book Review: Paper Hearts (Hearts #2) by Claire Contreras #Giveaway

When I read the prequel to this, Torn Hearts, a few weeks ago, I was immediately hooked into this sad story and I couldn't wait to get my hands on Paper Hearts. I enjoy a good second chance romance but I also needed to see if and how this couple could overcome such devastating heartbreak.

Mia and Jensen fell in love as teenagers, but him going to college on the opposite coast and the situations that came with it tore them apart. Now five years later, Mia is in New York City on a temporary job before she starts her permanent one back home in California. But her temp job happens to be for the same publication Jensen works for. She thought she could ignore him, ignore the pull to him that is still there, but she is very, very wrong. Cans he finally move past the pain that tore them apart and find a happily ever after with Jensen? Or will this just be the closure that both of them need to finally move on?

I fell in love with Claire's writing in Kaleidoscope Hearts and this was another beautifully written story. I felt like I was living Mia's pain for her. The book is predominantly from her point of view, with some from Jensen in the form of his blog posts/articles. I enjoyed that unique way the author added Jensen's voice to the story. However, I struggled a bit with Jensen himself. He held anger towards Mia  because she never forgave him and let him back in. Excuse me Mister, but YOU are the one who screwed up. YOU were the one who walked away. I very much felt Mia was justified in reaction and I know I probably who have reacted the same way. So I had a hard time connecting with Jensen because of this. That being said, I did like everything else about him (hot dad alert!) and I very much wanted a happily forever after for these two. It was heartbreaking and painful at times but oh so good.

Marianna's Rating:

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


I don’t take ownership in a lot of things. I rent an apartment, lease a
car, and go to a no-contract gym. I have a wandering heart—an
incessant mind. It’s hard for me to look at something and see forever;
though I had a forever once.
I let her go, not because I loved her too much to ask her to stay,
but because I couldn’t bear to hear her tell me she wouldn’t. Still,
every once in a while I wonder.
And nothing is more haunting  than regret.

Read the first chapter HERE!

Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Claire Contreras
Series: Hearts #2
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
I lost her.

No, I didn't lose her. I threw her away.

She was my best friend.

I was never supposed to fall in love with her.

I was careless.

She was heartbroken.

I was doing fine until she came back into my life and reminded me what love was supposed to feel like.

When it's all said and done, she may not want to stay, but this time I'm going to do everything in my power to not let her go.


About the Author
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. Shelives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

Twitter: @ClariCon

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Book Review: Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey #4) by Sawyer Bennett

Ryker Evans is the hottest goalie in the league right now; he's settled into single fatherhood with his two girls and life is pretty darn good. When the team announced that Grayson Brannon, daughter of the owner, is taking over as general manager, he's the only team member not phased by the change. He doesn't care if she's a woman, a gorgeous woman at that. He's going to give her a fair chance and see what she can do. She did, after all, give him his chance on the Cold Fury.

Gray knows that being the first female GM in hockey is going to be a battle, but she also knows she is the perfect woman for this job. She expects the the criticism, the naysayers and yes even the sexism. What's she didn't expect though was to fall for her star goalie.

When the attraction becomes too much to ignore and they finally give in, they are forced to keep it from the world. Are they strong enough to survive the pressures of a secret relationship? And if their cover is blown, will it put a quick end to the career Gray has worked so hard for?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Book Review: With Visions of Red (Broken Bonds #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Police profiler Sadie always distances herself from the victims she's working with. She has to in order to do her job. But this latest case hits a little too close to home for her. She can't shake the feeling that something about this killer and crime scenes is somewhat familiar. That this is somehow personal. As more bodies are added to the killer's list, the darkness inside her seems to be growing. She's been repressing it for so long that when she meets Colton, she has little choice but to give in to him and finally let her dark side free.

Erotic thrillers aren't something I read a lot of and I am just now realizing what a shame that is because this one was fantastic. The author drew me in from the beginning and I was almost hypnotized by the story. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the next victim while searching for clues. And while all that nerve wracking crazy is going on, I'm also dying with anticipation to see where Colton can take her. When the two get near each other, I can practically feel the sparks. Where will they go from here? We know about Sadie's past and how it's made her into a damn fine profiler but Colton is a bit more of a mystery. Is there more to him than we realize? I'm really curious as to what his full story is.
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