Friday, June 15, 2018

Ghostgirl by JB Salsbury

 She was brainwashed into believing she could save mankind.
Now, she’s the one who needs saving.

Abandoned with his two younger brothers, Milo Vega was placed in foster care. Now a twenty-year-old high-school senior covered in gang tattoos and working as the school’s janitor, he is living a life vastly different from the one he was destined for.

When another foster joins the family, this one from the psychiatric facility, Milo’s skeptical. A rare genetic condition makes her unlike any girl he’s ever seen, and he wants nothing to do with the one he calls Ghostgirl.

Despite his reluctance, his protective instincts flare when she enrolls in school, and eventually, an unlikely friendship grows between them. When a tragic event snaps her fragile psyche, Milo is faced with the possibility of never seeing her again.

Unless he risks it all to save her.


Ghostgirl by JB Salsbury is a contemporary romance like none I’ve read before.  Characters so different & intriguing from the start – this is an addictive contemporary romance full of mystery, angst & heart wrenching emotion “I felt that shit everywhere.”  All while funny, sexy & sweet.  Family ties that are blood ties, for better or worse.  Attraction that is as unusual as it is undeniable.  Secrets are revealed, with a cliffhanger that will have you ready for more. 

Told in first person from dual perspectives, with flash backs throughout.  Milo~a boy whose had to grow up to fast, he is fierce & protective of those he calls his own with “…gang affiliations inked all over my skin and the hundred-pound chip on my shoulder…”  A guy after my own heart “Call me a pussy, but it’s the truth. No matter how old I get, I hate being sick without my mom.” Ghostgirl~who is she?  Where did she come from? Can she save mankind?  “Vulnerable, shy, and so modestly sexy…” She is the ultimate mystery.  A story of overcoming pasts that haunt, finding hope & freedom with self-sacrifice at the same time, toward a future not thought possible.
I loved the sarcastic wit, emotional depth & secrets that unfolded through to the end.  
“It’s all too much yet far from enough.”  

Looking forward to the conclusion to their story in Saint.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Confessions: Julien by Ella Frank

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People are complex.
Love a double-edged sword.
And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time…
For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about.
To the outside world, he has it all.
A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life.
But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.
But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out.
And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did?
Only time will tell.

My Review
Confessions: Julien, book two in the steamy contemporary MMM Confessions Series from Ella Frank.  Starting right where we left off with Robbie, Julien & Priest in Robbie, book one of this Confessions series.  Riddled with flashbacks to Julien’s past, this story is full of mystery, angst & steamy hot sexy times.  A new level of ‘tissues required’ emotion will have your heart reeling for these characters, broken & tortured on the inside “…not all demons were the same.”.  Connections intensify, secrets are revealed, honesty is given & trust is built, only to be threatened before it’s all said & done.  “This was it, their final piece of baggage—and it was heavy.”  Be prepared to leave yourself wide open to double the intensity that only this threesome can offer. “…there were a whole lot of “never befores” going on.” 
“There is strength in numbers. Those on the outside protecting the one within. That is us. One. Two. Three.”
My adoration for Julien- the man with “A broken heart of gold…” only increases as we learn about all he’s had to endure over the years.  While my addiction to Priest – the protector continues to intensify & I simply can’t shake the stupid smile I wear while reading Robbie – who makes everything sparkle.  I love that Ella continues to give us what we want with a few cameos from our guys from whom this series was spun.  
Looking forward to the third book in the Confessions series:
~Confessions: Priest~
“I used to be scared of storms. Until I realized with a storm you have warning. Now it’s the calm I fear.”
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Mogul by Katy Evans

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He's my most delicious secret.
The hot Suit I had a one-night stand with one evening.
I didn't know anything about him, not even his name.
Only that we shared a taxi, and he was staying at the hotel where I worked.
We met in room 301. Where he commanded not only my body but my soul.
The next day he was gone and I only had a memory of him.
I could still taste his kisses, feel his demanding touch.
I searched for him for months. Daydreaming about him. Wondering if I'd ever find him.
Until the day I find myself staring face to face with his jeweled black eyes again.
He says lets keep it casual, and my heart knows that falling for this workaholic in a three-thousand-dollar suit is off the table.
Because he has a secret. One that's a deal breaker for me.
My Suit has a name.
Ian Ford.
And this is our story. 

Told in first person from dual perspectives Mogul by Katy Evan includes characters from her book Tycoon.  This story hits the hot early with instant chemistry "...the most sexual being I have ever known." "He has lit my fire and no one can quench it but him."   This Dirty Workaholic, aka hot Suit is ambitious, sexy, protective & possessive in all his perfectionist glory.  It only takes one night for him to turn Sara's life upside down, but she might be the only thing to make him consider a new beginning.  With raw, vulnerable romance & lessons on love learned " can be lost at any moment, but it can also be found. It can change and grow and shine and hurt..."   Trust is put to the ultimate test, "Communication, understanding, patience, loyalty-that's the stuff that makes it last." 
I enjoyed Sara, her free spirited brazenness mixed with a cautious nature, although maybe a little to cautious at times.  Ian - pure alpha character that would make any girl blush.  " was heart-stopping, toe-curling, panty-melting, and a little bit soul-wrenching--" 
Intrigued to see what Becka's story holds - coming next "Yes, please, and thank you,"

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely



I’ll say this about Christian — he made one hell of a first impression. When I first saw the strapping man, he was doing handstands naked on a dock along the canal. His crown jewels were far more entertaining than anything else I’d seen on the boat tour, so I did what any curious woman would do — I took his photo. I might have looked at the shot a few dozen times. Little did I know I’d meet him again, a year later, at a secret garden bar in the heart of the city, where I’d learn that his mind and his mouth were even more captivating. But given the way my heart had been trampled, I wanted only a simple deal — No strings. No expectations.
Our arrangement worked well enough until the day I needed a lot more from him…

Let me just say, this whole part-time lover thing was her idea. I’d have gone all-in from the start, but hey, when a gorgeous, brilliant woman invites you into her bed, and only her bed…well, I said yes.
But then, one hysterical phone call from my brother later, begging me to find myself a wife so grandfather’s business stays in the family, and I need a promotion with Elise. Turns out a full-time husband suits her needs too, and a temporary marriage of convenience ought to do the trick, until we can simply untie the knot…

As long as no one finds out… As long as no one gets hurt… As long as no one falls in love… But our ending was one I never saw coming.

Part-time Lover by Lauren Blakey is a wonderfully sexy contemporary romance follow up to her Wanderlust.  This story of a mutually beneficial part-time love affair, is told in first person from dual perspectives, with flashbacks & crossover characters from Wanderlust - this book is angsty, witty, clever, funny, sexy & emotional.  "I love that it's completely haphazard and completely meaningful in a whole new way."

Elise is a woman on a mission - rebuild, recover & be happy - minus the risk of a broken heart.  Christian is a persistent twenty-nine year old retiree with the body of a god "Let the record reflect, the Danes make the best-looking men."
  These two characters reflect on past relationships & loss, to discover a "...connection--it was the most intense..." that  just might be worth taking a risk for & see through to the other side "The side of letting go, of being free."

Elise with her caring heart & fierce determination & Christian with his kindness, intellect & patience of a saint, I couldn't get enough of the honesty, openness & ease of their relationship.  I love the connection these characters have across the board - with friends, family, cities, towns, places & people.  The way Blakely activates all your senses, sight, sound, taste, smell, touch... That belief in what life can hold if you trust in fate - "To the realization that all I have to do to find happiness is step off the cliff."

ARC received in exchange for an honest review. 

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Monday, May 28, 2018

The Wright One by K.A. Linde

Secrets swarm all around.
My world is crumbling under the strain.
I don’t know if we can survive this.
My heart is in the Wright place.
But is his?
The Wright One by K.A. Linde is the angsty conclusion to her new contemporary romance duet, Wright Love.  As part of her Wright series, this duet, likely the last we’ll hear from the Wright family we’ve come to know & love, at least for a while.  You’ll get a nice final glimpse of the whole family with continued cross-over characters from The Wright Brother, The Wright Boss, The Wright Mistake & The Wright Secret.  Sutton & David’s story continues as Sutton, picks up the pieces of her heart, after putting it on the line while trying to find herself after the loss of the love of her life “If this was living, I didn’t want to be part of it.”  Now that the truth is out, David must decide if it’s worth the risk to work through regaining a trust that has been broken & proving he is who he always has been in spite of his namesake “Running had become second nature.”…”Or…I could stay.”
Told in first person from dual perspectives, you’ll go from feeling betrayed in a world that seems to keep shattering, to a second chance full of passion & possibilities & back again!  Sutton has the everlasting support of her family “They argued all the time, but they loved each other. That was a fact. The Wrights were closer than any family I’d ever known.” While David’s family brings a “…air-kiss-only…” kind of loyalty to the table – family is family.  I love that these characters journey together to realize it’s not about comparing or replacing but about finding the differences & embracing them anew. “No longer defined by what I’d lost. But what I’d gained.”  While also learning to understand their emotions, to work through grief, bring happiness & overcome heartache. “My heart had always been in the right place.”  Sexy & angsty, with a few laughs, secrets revealed & few new twists, this second chance romance left me wanting just a little bit more. 
A bittersweet unofficial end to the Wright family, who I’ll enjoy reading time & time again. 
“The moment felt final. Not an ending, but a beginning.”
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Rebel Heart (Rush Series Duet, Book Two) by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland


How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.

How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:
…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Rebel Heart is the conclusion to the Rush Series Duet by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland.  Told in first person, from dual perspectives, & picking up right where book one left off - this sexy contemporary romance book two will not disappoint.  Be prepared for a ridiculous amount of angst that will have you damn near coming out of your skin. "This shit was better than a Jerry Springer episode." A witty, sexy, & sweet second-chance romance that showcases uncertainty & resilience of the heart.
Rush & Gia have been through so much "...complex and amazing." in such a short time & " damn intense..." now they will face a truth that may very well break them.  The happiness they've had, sadly short-lived when a gut-wrenching twist of fate is revealed.  Journey with this couple as they work through life, death & shattered dreams to see what their hearts can hold & their future will be "The strength was within me all along. You brought it out in me." Still sexy in all the best ways, "...sweet, yet sensual and erotic." With continually loyal & protective friends & family.  A lesson in looking forward instead of back & letting love out weigh hate.
I loved this match from the start.  The way they both protect each other at the risk of everything they desire. "...the best and most bittersweet thing I'd ever witnessed."  The relationship & wisdom of Gia's dad "...kind and loving and the most dependable person on this planet." - simply love.
A beautifully complicated love story. 
"Life should be about living with uncertainty while we watch beautiful sunsets with the people we love."
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Wright Love by K.A. Linde

The Wright Love -- May 15th

I have the perfect life. Until the day my husband tragically dies. Being a single mom and widow was never part of the plan. When David Calloway enters my life, I have no room for love in my heart. But he’s determined to do right by me. Could he be the Wright love? The Wright Love is the first book in the Wright Love Duet, and Sutton and David's story will conclude in The Wright One—coming May 29th! Get ready for your newest binge read.  

 The Wright Love by K.A. Linde is the first book in her new contemporary romance duet, Wright Love.  As part of her Wright series, this duet includes the whole family of cross-over characters from The Wright Brother, The Wright Boss, The Wright Mistake & The Wright Secret.  You’ll follow Sutton, the youngest Wright as she journeys to piece back together “…a shattered mess inside.”  a year after the tragic loss of her beloved husband to “…find a tiny piece of the butterfly inside myself that had once been so joyous.”.  With David, the only person who lets her just feel.  “No bullshit. No expectations.”

Told in first person from dual perspectives, this story will take you from “…cathartic, wonderful, horrible, painful…” all the way to “Kind, sweet, happy and kind of wonderful.”  Filled with “…devotion and desire.”  Sutton is surrounded by a family after my own heart “They were wild and prone to addictions with skeletons in their closets, but they were mine. And I loved them.”  This fast paced read is as genuine in its gut-wrenching grief, as it is in a mothers love & conflict of the heart.  Secrets you won’t see coming are revealed – a cliff hanger that will have you gasping out loud!

Another enjoyable read from Linde, whose ability to bring a blend of romance & emotion can’t be beat.  I love Suttons strength – “She’d lost so much. She’d endured. And here she was, still as beautiful as ever, not falling apart because of it.” & the way David doesn’t take, but understands grief & heals with his soul heart.  This story - “…was heart-wrenching. And wonderful.”

On the edge of my seat waiting for the conclusion to Sutton & David’s story The Wright One releasing this month.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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