Monday, February 19, 2018

Eulogy (Eagle Elite Book 9) by Rachel Van Dyken

 
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All is lost.
All.
 I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore.
 My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage.
 I've lost my soul.
She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been.
 Sixty lives are mine to take.
 Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance.
Sixty lives plus one more.
 Mine.
 When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled.
 Only one person stands in the way.
She doesn't realize I'll kill her too.
I don't own a heart.
And even if I did — I wouldn't fall prey to its lies again.
 I am Chase Abandonato.
Heir to a legacy of betrayal.
 And I will kill them all.
Even if it means pointing the gun at myself.
A life for a life.
 A soul for a soul.
Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Blood in. No out.

MY REVIEW

 
In Eulogy, book 9 of Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series, you’ll follow Chase in the aftermath of a loss he can’t quit get a grip on “A Eulogy – she did not deserve.” a betrayal amongst “Royalty.” One he’ll lose himself in before it’s all done.  – Enraged, book 8 is a must read beforehand. All consuming revenge that will end one way.  Luciana is the complete opposite of any woman this Mafia family has ever seen “She wore headbands! I killed people. She had pearls.”   

A story of violence & rage “Nothing helped. Nothing but blood.” lies, betrayal & brokenness, with feral attraction & twists that will have you reeling.  As witty & funny “How dare he go from threatening to kill me to drawing me a freaking bubble bath?”, as it is sexy, violent & disturbing.  Hitting the ground running, told in first person from multiple perspectives, with flash back action, this is a book you won’t be able to put down.  “Beautifully cruel.” twists & turns that will keep you guessing as all the pieces start coming together secrets & surprises revealed!!!  Loyalty, honor & discovering what it really is to love & to be loved “Our love had been a lie. Her betrayal my only truth.”  Everything you’ve come to expect from this series & So. Much. More.  “As the broken…By finally shattering…Became whole.”

I love the way these characters find love in darkness.  The protection & loyalty of these families – men & women alike can’t be underestimated & I simply can’t get enough of it.  SO GOOD!!!
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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Schemer (Harbor City #3) by Avery Flynn

 
Tyler Jacobson has a plan for everything—except how to handle his completely annoying, utterly frustrating, and totally sexy upstairs neighbor. He couldn't care less if Everly Ribinski thinks he's equally irritating—until he discovers she's the only one who can help him land a business deal that will finally make him feel like he's more than just a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Color him shocked when Everly refuses to help, insisting she should have run him over in the parking garage when she had the chance. Harsh. But possibly deserved. Tyler may have spent the last few months reveling in annoying the fiery gallery owner with a dark past, but he's got secret leverage she can't refuse.

If only one meeting didn't turn into a fake date that turned into more. Way more. Like naked and hot as hell more.

The last thing either of them wants is to catch feelings for someone who is so obviously not their type. Good thing that will never happen. Right?

Each book in the Harbor City series is STANDALONE:
* The Negotiator
* The Charmer
* The Schemer
 
 
  The Schemer, the third in Avery Flynn's Harbor City series can be read as a standalone as the other two, but I don't recommend it.  The Negotiator (Harbor City #1) & The Charmer (Harbor City #2) are absolute MUST READS - so why not read them before this newest release?  Get to it & then pick up Tyler’s story – a man after my own heart… “Honey, I am a book nerd.” & the woman that will give him a run for his money in a “…full-on bad girl, somebody-hold-my-earrings kinda way.” 
 
Told in third person, from dual points of view, full of fun movie references, this story is funny “He was as close to being an *ss as  donkey.  Too bad he kissed like a god.”, & sexy – leaving you “…hot and expectant.” Full of sizzling passion that two words sum up– “Good God.” Also, heartfelt & sweet, “…beyond wrinkled sheets and sweaty satisfaction.” with a wonderful spark between characters & their surprisingly emotional pasts.  These off-limits neighbor nemesis’ clash in the most delicious ways “She was layers of intelligence and motives—like a @#$!ing parfait.”  Strong family ties shine through “…when your grandma, along with her circle of cutthroat bingo partners, practically raised you…”  See what happens when “…emotion & passion mixed: temporary insanity…”  Wonderful secondary storyline I wasn’t expecting, but as a fan of the series really enjoyed ~ “…second chances don’t come around every day, and when they do, you must seize them.”
 
I love the strong friendships & family bonds that Avery brings to these stories.  The importance of love & loyalty– “…love was loyalty and always being there for the other person.” Loyalty wasn’t just a thing—it was the most important thing.” And the push-pull flow that takes you exactly where you want to be.  "It was fantastic." 
 
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Signed by Marni Mann

 
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A one-night stand with James Ryne, the hottest actress in LA, was a night I’d never forget…

James: I can’t stop thinking about you.
Brett: I didn’t know America’s sweetheart was such a dirty girl.
James: It gets better.
Brett: You’re too young for me.
James: Eighteen’s the age of consent.
Brett: The things I want to do to you right now…
James: Are you ever going to tell me who you really are?
Brett: The best you’ve ever had. That’s all you need to know.
James: When are you coming back to LA?
Brett: Next week—and you’d better not be wearing panties.
Brett: What the hell did I just watch?
James: Oh my God, Brett! It’s going viral!
James: My life is ruined. My career. My reputation.
James: Are you there?
James: Will you let me explain?
James: Brett?
Brett: Forget everything I said before. Forget us.

I tried to forget her…until she walked into my office, begging to get signed.
 

Marni Mann’s Signed is a hot contemporary romance - “It was hotter. More intense.”  Told in first person, from dual perspectives, the struggle is real as James works through salvaging her career & reputation after a scandal of Hollywood proportions “…she was taking her situation by the balls, and she was trying to make it better.”  Brett is just the man for the job – but can he move past the instant attraction & reservations “…one of the things holding me back was her age…” to do what he does best?  Sexy & emotional, James is “Tired. Defeated. And sexy as f*ck.”  These characters are shaken by secrets, lies & betrayals.  Trust is tested & feelings are put on hold to focus on putting careers first, while managing matters of the heart.  The paparazzi are relentless in this tale of hot sex, lies & video tape. 
I love the way in spite of everything James isn’t afraid to go after what she wants.  That there wasn’t enough restraint for Brett to resist his attraction.  The supporting characters were sarcastic & funny. 
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Desire (Twisted Hearts Duet, book 1) by Max Henry

Synopsis 

Four simple rules when you’re a man on parole: 
1. Don’t lust after your best friend’s daughter. 
2. Don’t get into a physical fight over her. 
3. Definitely don’t f*ck her. 
4. And whatever you do, don’t fall in love. 
I have a bad habit of breaking rules.

My Review
Desire, book one of Max Henry’s “super angsty & taboo” Twisted Hearts contemporary romance duet will leave you ready for more.  Loaded with angst, “language” & some of the most lust filled romance-- you will not be able to put this book down.  This story really does have it all “Love, relationships, heartache, and suffering…” Realities of adulthood are realized “School’s out motherf*ckers- welcome to adulthood. Where mistakes are made, and dreams are shattered. Living the dream.”  Friendships are tried & torn apart “What the f*ck happened to Thelma and Louise? Seems Thelma found Brad Pitt is what.” only to be found again in those you’d least suspect.  Family bonds are tested & secrets, lies & betrayals are revealed in a surprising twist.  Mutual attraction – doesn’t even touch what these characters feel for one another “She was built to lie with me, and I was built to love her.”  Drawn together by the way “…you were the only one I saw. The only one who saw me, too.”  So incredibly sexy – “You taste like the best kind of sin, dove.”  Tormented by forbidden desires “…the warm kiss of a girl who could never be mine haunts me every hour of every day.” & the pain of rejection “The risk is too great, the chances too high. A fire that burns as bright as ours will barely last the night.”  Ultimate lessons of acceptance, sacrifice & never settling “Don’t settle. Always look for more.” 
 
I have to say, at the start I was hooked.  Then I began to question myself – that I was enjoying the story too much “It might not be wrong, but it isn’t exactly right either.”  By the end HOLY CRAP I couldn’t get enough of Belle & the way she lives in the moment & owns it.  Zeus with his fierce protective nature, oh my.  I simply can’t wait to see what book two brings because “I. Want. More.”

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.



xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan

The first time we met was at a party.
 

Your ex arrived to show off the person he'd left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date.

 

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty--and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days.

 

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

 

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact.

 

I know I'm crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that's the only reaction I can get out of you, I'll gladly take it.

 

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

 

I think I'm falling for you, and I know it's wrong. I know that I'm only supposed to be your adviser and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too.

 

xo, Zach


xo, Zach is a hot forbidden contemporary romance “God, why did the word forbidden make me feel even hotter?”  Told in first person from dual perspectives, full of sexual innuendo riddled banter, it is witty & funny “The truth was, the only thing that went down on me this weekend was my Wi-Fi.”  Surprisingly emotional at times ~ hopes of bringing meaning & purpose to each other’s lives.  You won’t be able to put this page turner down. 
 
As the assistant director of academic advising, Zach is a passionate writer in his own right.  His job is to ensure the success of the students he over sees - will he sacrifice a successful career & that of his newest advisee because of an off-limits attraction?  “We were supposed to be studying literature together. Instead I wanted to take her off the shelf, crack her open, and read the shit out of her.”  So very sexy, “Just looking at him made me feel like I’d committed a sin.” Poppy is a woman strong beyond her years – working hard for a life that is far from mediocre.  Ever-cautious to protect herself & those she holds most dear “We didn’t have much, but we had each other, and we had love.”  With “The constant look-but-don’t touch…” this story has so much angst!  A romance that is “Addictive. Enchanting. Impossible.”
 
With characters after my own heart -  “…both agreeing that the concept of having an actual favorite book was the most absurd idea we’d ever hard.”  I really enjoyed Zach’s close relationship with his “…adorably progressive.” mother.  Couldn’t get enough of our cheeky wordsmith, xo Zach!
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sex, not Love by Vi Keeland

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.
 
We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.
 
I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.
 
We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.
 
I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.
 
I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.
 
Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?
 
Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…  

Sex, not Love by Vi Keeland is a super sexy Contemporary Romance standalone.  Set on both coasts, Natalia & Hunter make a connection that unexpectedly sticks.  Natalia is doing the best she can to protect more than one delicate heart – while Hunter hasn’t let his truly feel for too long.  Both of them are holding on to a fear of relationships, even if for very different reasons.  But then again, “It’s not an adventure without a little fear.” 
Told in first person, from dual perspectives, with some flashback action- this is an angsty, funny, sweet, heartstring pulling & steaming hot read you won’t be able to put down.  “…extremely sexy. There’s some insane chemistry here, and I think we should explore it.”  SO FUNNY “Why am I attracted to assholes?”, “I’d just been schooled on life and love by a sixteen year old.” SO SEXY “I was eye to eye with his happy trail-and boy, did it make me happy.”  “It was so intimate, so passionate.”  These characters will wage a “…battle of head vs. heart.”, face their fears & decide whether or not to hold on to hope & take a chance.  And struggle to recognize that you don’t have to sacrifice in order to protect.  With beautiful family & friend ties along the way, sharing life lessons & wisdom “When you spend too much time looking back and trying to figure out what went wrong, you’re missing out on moving forward.” 
I love that these characters are both “…just as attractive inside as out.”  Natalia-such a strong, smart, loving woman, & Hunter OH HUNTER – forward & crude, easy going & open.  He is “A priest…” & one “…persistent man…” who you won’t be able to get enough of.
 "Life isn't about the big win. It's about the person you call first to tell that you've won."
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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Infraction (Players Game #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

  
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Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.

Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.

Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?

 
MY REVIEW
Infraction, book two of Rachel Van Dyken’s sexy contemporary sports romance series, starts right where Fraternization left off… in Vegas, “the morning after” with Miller “…the hottest tight end with a tight end made for sin.” & his quarterback besties little sister, Kinsey “…off-limits little firecracker-“.  Will this third wheel to Fraternizations love triangle get his happy ending?  “Everything in life comes full circle. Everything.”
Told in first person from a triangle point of view – the range of this story limitless – you won’t want to put it down.  From secret keeping, lies by omission, to heartbreak, loss, sadness & betrayal, this story is surprisingly emotional with its focus on how “It’s important to use every minute of the life you’re given…” because “…the future is never certain.” Connections between lovers, friends & family are so incredibly strong ~ “That deep-pull. The connection that you feel without using words.”  All the while funny "He made his coffee strong enough that I was worried that one day I’d wake up with chest hair.", witty, incredibly sexy “God bless football, and God bless the V,…”, & heart felt “I had a spot, they always made sure I had a spot.” This is a story of love, shared grief & mourning, of overcoming “Hurt. Sadness. Anger.” & realizing the importance of living life to its fullest.  What happens when it’s time to lose control & share the responsibilities of “…protecting everyone and everything around you, fighting for what’s good, what’s right.” These characters work through their pasts & fears so they can “…have the heart of a lion.” & take a risk for a future with a full life & heart.  “The heart is strong. The heart can convince the body of anything. It can convince your mind of anything. Your heart allows you to be whatever you want to be, you just have to trust it.”

Another impressive read from Rachel, whose ability to deliver a perfect mix of angst, humor & emotion never fail.  I cried, did I mention I totally cried?  Such a beautiful combination of a hot romance with gut-wrenching, heartstring pulling grief & the ability to survive loss of the deepest kind.  “My body is giving up. But my soul is a fighter, so when I leave this earth, I want you to remember that even though
my body’s broken, gone, dust, my soul’s free.”

“It may hurt, but it’s good. Life is good.”
So good – I’m hoping the next story will be a hero & his brazen little elf.

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