Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Beast Within (The Conversion Series Book #5) by S.C. Stephens

 
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Nika Adams has had a challenging year. She gave her heart to Hunter Evans, only to have him break it. But Nika refuses to give up hope. Not when there's a chance she can save her true-love—even if she must save him from himself.

Julian Adams finally knows what he wants, and is truly happy. But when he gets mixed up in Nika's suicide mission to save her wayward boyfriend, he begins to wonder if his dream girl can handle the dangerous life that comes with being an Adams 

MY REVEIW

From S.C. Stephens, The Beast Within starts right where The Next Generation leaves you.  Told in first person, from dual perspectives, the continuation of this story will not disappoint.  You'll appreciate way S.C. brings you back up to speed with all the players.  Prepare to be entranced by bonds that may not always remain unbroken.

As Hunter Evans begins working through the reality of becoming what he's been taught to hate - "And who wouldn't struggle with becoming a bloodthirsty nightmare?" He will do what ever it takes to put things right, to avenge his lost soul, bring his unbeating heart peace & justice to this new life.  In the meantime, Nika is left reeling with the remnants of a shattered heart, & feeling every moment of bliss her brother has with his new love, through their ever present emotional bond. 

This story paranormal romance has it all, love, romance, action, surprise twists & an ending that will keep you begging for more.  Heartbreak like no other "Even though we could both potentially live for several millennia, there was no future for us."  Deciding whether to fight, or to let go for self preservation & that of the one held most dear.  Dealing with loss - "My entire life swept away in one painful bite, replaced by a life I barely recognized, and didn't want."

So much emotional turmoil, "I felt lost as I stared into her eyes. I also felt found." - your heart will race, you will get choked up, giggle, worry & feel relieved - all while these characters are learning to accept the new normal & coming to understand that the most important bonds aren't always what you might expect.  Delivering heartbreak & breaking bonds between one another to protect those they love the most, even if - "Her ache was my ache."  Surviving betrayal & abandonment of the worst kinds.  Loving the family who live & fight & put their lives on the line for one another, without thinking twice.  "So long as my undead heart still had life in it, I would use it to protect them. They were all that mattered now."

Have I mentioned how great it is that S.C. throws in some pretty funny dialogue along the way - "Wow, I was about to get staked, just like in some lame vampire flick." LOVE ~ I love that these characters continue to grow & learn life lessons - you can't hate what you don't understand "...see past the species, to the person beneath it."   That they continue to care even when they think they shouldn't & begin to find the beauty in the darkness.  I couldn't get enough of the strong family ties "Family is important. It's possibly the most important thing there is."  I simply can't wait to read more ~ Family is Forever: The Conversion Series Book #6 coming next year

"I'm not scared of you. I'm in love with you."

"So...good..."

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The V Card by Lauren Blakely & Lili Valente


 

A brand new sinfully sexy standalone romantic comedy from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente!

 

When you think about how easy it is to lose keys, phones, sunglasses and your dignity on social media, you might figure it'd be a cinch for me to ditch my V Card.

 

You'd be wrong.

 

At 25, I run a successful business, live in a fantastic apartment, and have fabulous friends to go out with any night of the week. And yet I'm still a card-carrying member of a club I don't want to belong to anymore. Good thing I know just the man for the deflowering job—my brother’s business partner and best friend.

 

Graham Campbell is charming, smart, and, I’m told, oh-so-skilled in the sack. As long as I keep my eyes on the prize, there’s no way this pluck-the-flower project could possibly complicate matters.

 

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Work and pleasure. As the CEO of a fast-growing company, I've been enjoying both to the fullest. What do I do when the board throws me for an unexpected loop so I can keep my business in my hands? I enlist the help of my best friend's little sister since she holds a big stake in the company. But then I learn there's another big stake she wants.

 

The one between my legs.

 

I can do this. Seven nights to teach her everything I know in the bedroom. There's no way I'll fall for her, even though she’s earning top grades in every single sinfully sexy lesson. And turns out I’m learning something too. The trouble is I don’t have the answer key to what to do when I fall hard for her.

 

And that throws a whole new hitch in my plans.

 
 
 
The V Card is a super hot contemporary romance on "...lessons in seduction..." CJ is a girl after my own heart "...an unrepentant bookworm..." focused on "Operation V Card." losing her V card while keeping her friendship & heart safe.  Enter Graham, the only person CJ trusts enough to get the job done-only there are two problems with her plan 1.) Graham is her brothers best friend 2.) who also happens to be on a "Sex-batical..." to ensure focus on the love of his life - the business he built from the ground up with CJ's brother. 
 
Told in first person from dual perspectives, this story is sexy "This is kissing like I've never been kissed before.", funny "It's a win-win. All win. Total win." And I just said "win" four times." & clever.  Surprisingly sweet & sentimental-learning "...how short life can be and how imperative it is to be brave." So very sexy- "It's such an intoxicating mix of soft and filthy at the same damn time."
 
"You're going to be hooked in one go, like a drug addict..."
 
I loved that these characters are sexy, fun & sweet & know each other so well.  I enjoyed the funny banter, sexual innuendo's, the movie references.  "This is wonderful and wicked..."
 
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
 
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Everest by S.L. Scott

SYNOPSIS
Six foot three. Dynamic green eyes. Utterly irresistible.
Ethan Everest stole my breath the first time I saw him. He romanced me with skill, dazzled me with his charisma, and proceeded to steal my heart right after.
I might have fallen for his easy going smile the first time we met, but I fell for him the second time.
 
Honey-colored hair. Cherry-kissed lips. Captivatingly gorgeous.
Singer Davis was the first, and only, woman to ever intimidate me. She spoke to my heart with her wit, seduced me with her eyes, and became the only thing that made sense in a world that made none.
 
I let her slip through my fingers once. I won’t make that mistake twice.
Secrets broke us apart. Can a second chance bring us back together?

My Review

 
“Ethan Everest. The Man. The Myth. The Mountain.”, a Texan through & through, carefree, with the world at his feet – but all of that changes in the most scandalous of ways. Everyone seems to want something from Ethan, everyone except Singer Davis. They met one night in Brooklyn, only to be pulled apart, only to get a second chance to play out the “what if’s”… “Tales of unsettled hearts, otherwise known as a romance novel.”
Told in first person from dual perspectives, Everest is a second chance mystery romance with more emotional intensity, suspense & intrigue than I ever expected.  Set in the big apple, the city that “…eats up dreams and spits them out.”  Full range of emotions - fun banter, witty, romantic, sexy “The chemistry…combustible.” & heart wrenching “…overflowing emotions…” With flashbacks throughout, these characters reconnect only to throw mixed signals at each other while struggling with secrets & burdens of their own.  She wants so much to make it in life & in love but is cautious, wanting to “…protect myself and my heart.” While his trust issues have caused him to swear off connections of any kind, dating is not an option “I think I’ve been friend-zoned, and you know there’s no coming back from that.”  Thank goodness “They’re called friends-to-lovers romances for a reason.”  With a mix of strong, friends who are family & love deeply-for a lifetime bond, to those who commit ultimate betrayals that destroy lives.  Secrets are exposed, surprise gut-wrenching twists that will have you gasping out loud…on the edge of your seat until the end.  “The universe sometimes has a mind of its own. But no matter what has happened, we fought our fate and found our destiny.”
I love that he loves sports & she loves books.  Couldn't get enough of Singers genuineness & the way she empowered Ethan – simply by accepting him for who he is.  The intensity between all of the characters, loyalty & love, is so good! 
Thank you S.L. – like Singer, “I love getting lost in a good book.”
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
 
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Villain (Hero #1.5) by Samantha Young



Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal - a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.

Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.

When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.

An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.

After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…


A fun novella accompaniment to her novel Hero, Samantha Young’s Villain:  Told in first person from Nadia’s point of view, this is a fast paced, sexy read that has angst, is sexy, funny & witty.  Set in Boston, where the city has a romantic role of its own.  Intriguing twists, both Nadia & Henry have secrets they are protecting.  They share an attraction of “…base need.” “Affection and heat…”– while finding trust & a shared honesty – to something real. “This is happening between us and it’s real.” Family bonds are tested while friendships are made & only grow stronger.  It was nice to read more of Caine & Lexi’s story while Henry & Nadia’s unfolded.

I love how “…funny and down-to-earth. Real.” Nadia is & Henry’s sexy “…primal possessiveness.”  I couldn’t get enough of the push-pull between she & “Henry, when he wasn’t being a villain, was naturally flirtatious and charming.” or the witty banter between these sexy & confident characters.
 
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The Bachelor Contract (The Bachelors of Arizona Book 3) by Rachel Van Dyken


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She's everywhere.

Ex-wife.

Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see...ever.

And now that he's working beside her every day, he can't escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he'd only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things:
Alcohol wasn't going to solve this.
He really was losing his F-ing mind.

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

MY REVIEW
 
Told in third person from dual perspectives, The Bachelor Contract is a sexy & surprisingly emotional contemporary romance.  This second chance romance is a steady read, perfect for the hopeless romantic in all of us.  Full of heartfelt strong friendships & family bonds, witty & sarcastic banter.  These characters struggle to overcome gut-wrenching loss, “After, we were nothing, we were too broken, too damaged.” sadness, grief, guilt, broken hearts & “…anger. At her. At himself. At the world.” , to gain real closure & earn back trust.  They must choose to “Be brave.” & fight for peace & love, to “…go after what you want.”  A sexy & often funny, yet emotionally intense story of “…both closure and new beginnings.”
 
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Friday, November 24, 2017

The Bed Mate (A Room Mate Novella #3.5) by Kendall Ryan

 

I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.

Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before.

She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever.

Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my ... other parts ... all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But then her groveling ex shows up, and Maggie’s torn.

Am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more?

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

Told in first person, from dual perspectives, this perfectly paced novella from Kendall Ryan serves as #3.5 of her Room Mate series, but is a great standalone story.  A sexy “…hot and sweet…” & oh so funny “…after that brother-sister comment? Alcohol was the best idea I’d had all day.” , friends to lovers – opposites attract story. “We were as different as night and day, but for some reason, we clicked and I felt more comfortable around him than pretty much anyone else.”  Maggie is the ever so cautious, practical lover of everything wintertime.  While Sam is her opposite – fun loving, adventure seeking great friend.  They’ve been friends forever & know each other better than anyone else.  It’ obvious to friends to everyone, friends & strangers alike that they should be more. “Like we were fated to be.”  The perfect amount of angst, with a sweet ending that won’t disappoint.


I loved this little novella, perfect for a “…cozy evening by a crackling fire…”.  Couldn’t get enough of the ways these characters paid attention to all the little things & fit so well together, so romantic!

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Bodyguar by CD Reiss

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Protecting a celebrity in Hollywood isn’t easy, but protecting Emily could break his heart.
As a world-class dancer at the height of her career, Emily enjoys all the perks of fame—the parties, the glamour, the tours—but they’ve also attracted the attention of a dangerous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on getting her back.
Enter Carter Kincaid, a bodyguard so crushingly sexy he takes her breath away.
Carter’s the best in the business, and Emily is—professionally speaking—off-limits. But when it comes to stirring his desires, she’s making all the right moves. What’s happening between them is so hot it could get both of them burned. As Emily’s past gets closer, Carter is willing to break every rule of the job to save her. But letting Emily into his life also means letting her in on the secrets of his own past. For these two, falling in love could be the greatest risk of all.
 
Told in first person from dual perspectives, The Bodyguard from CD Reiss is a hot contemporary romance with a twist. Emily & her bestie were on their way to stardom when it happens for just one of them, their friendship only gets stronger. Carter is a protector not only professionally, but personally, it is who he is. Both dedicated to their careers as crafts, these characters are brought together by necessity beyond what you expect “I have the best security system money can buy.” “Yeah. And his name is Carter Kincaid.” An instant attraction, “Everything about her made me wild.” That leads to a super-hot passion – “…a whole new level of sexy.” & love “…let yourself fall a little in love. Just a little. See what happens.” Self-doubt, broken trust, surprise treats & secrets are revealed before it’s all said & done.
 
I enjoyed the angst & push-pull between these witty & strong characters. A wonderful twist to the story, the made my heartache.
 
 Another great read from CD Reiss!

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
 
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