Thursday, November 16, 2017

Constant by Rachel Higginson



 
Blurb
Fifteen years ago I met Sayer Wesley. I fell in love with him. I promised I would never leave him. I swore nothing could break us apart.

Five years ago I broke my promise. I ran away. I took the one secret that could destroy us both and disappeared. 

Five days ago I thought I saw him. 

I knew it was impossible. Sayer was locked away, serving a deserved sentence in federal prison. He couldn’t find me. 

He wouldn’t find me. I was too good at hiding. Too good at surviving. 

Because if Sayer ever found me, there would be hell to pay for a plethora of sins. The worst of which, he didn’t even know about. 

Five hours ago, I told myself I was crazy. 

Five minutes ago, I saw him again. 

Five seconds ago, I was too late. 

 
My Review
“We’ve heard the siren’s song and responded to her deathly lure. We’re not criminals. We’re artists. Con artists.” 
Told in first person, this romantic suspense is a steady read that will keep you guessing.  Taking you from the criminal underbelly of downtown DC to Midwest Colorado with flashbacks throughout that keep the twists coming to the very cliff hanger end.  It has who dun it mystery, light moments of humor & heart stopping ones all wrapped into one.  These characters have the most unconventional pasts, which lead them to go to great lengths in search of a life they can call their own for the future.  “We dreamed of distant places untouched by mafia and career criminals.”  A story of family, loyalty & betrayal.  How family isn’t always blood, “I knew from experience that blood could be bought and loyalty wasn’t an inherited trait.”  An intense second chances love story that is sexy, “…hungry, greedy, possessive.” It’s heartbreakingly intense “And it’s deep and wild and forever.”
I love the unique way these characters were brought together, their survival skills & protective nature.  Caroline is my hero, strong & brave even when she doesn’t believe it herself. Sayer – Oh Sayer – sexy, intense, feral “That’s why I keep kissing you.” love him!  I’m glad Rachel chose to turn this tale into a duet & am so looking forward to book two, Consequence, the conclusion to Sayer & Caroline’s epic love story – coming February 2018.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner


BLURB

What makes you happy?

That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.

And then, I got in his car.

It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.

We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers.

One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.

Discovering his journal changed everything.

I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.

I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked — until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.

Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could. 


MY REVIEW
Told in first person from dual perspectives in a unique way – via journal – with flashbacks along the way. This story is a steady read that you won’t want to put down.  Unexpected twists from the start, I was struck by honesty of difficult struggles & loss that will shred your heart with unexpected hope & strength found where it is lease expected.  A wonderful connection between strangers “He nodded, and though I hadn’t told him anything, he seemed to understand everything I didn’t want to say.” who are the same & so different all at the same time.  Risking it all to get more out of life & overcome loss, these deeply emotional, wild & wise characters are “…passion unleashed.” sexy & loving “It’s almost impossible to find someone who really loves you – the real you – flaws and all.”  From Alabama all the way to the California coast – you’ll experience not just a road trip but an important coming of age journey of self-discovery – healing of mind, body, heart & soul.  Putting the possibilities of coming back from being broken, stepping out of the box, & having faith that they will their place in this world. “You’re not getting kidnapped, you’re getting free ride to a new life.” 
I loved the way Kandi Steiner’s use of imagery makes you see & feel places, to such an extent they themselves are supporting characters.  “The way the sun always manages to come back, no matter how dark the storm, made me happy.”  I was gutted by the battles of depression & appreciated so much the level of honest truth with which this tough subject was written. “You are loved, you are understood, and you are needed.”
“What makes you happy?”
THIS BOOK!!!
“It’s about growing together. Changing. And figuring life out along the way,” 
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
 
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wicked Torture (Stark World 3) by J. Kenner

 
   
 
BLURB
Outwardly, Noah Carter is riding high as the tech world’s hottest new genius. Inside, he’s still reeling from the abduction of his wife and baby daughter eight years ago, and then the devastating discovery of his child’s body. For years, he kept up hope that his wife was alive, but now that she’s been declared legally dead, he’s thrown himself even more deeply into his work, cutting himself off from emotional ties because they just hurt too damn much.

Then he meets Kiki Porter, an eternal optimist with a killer work ethic and dreams of fronting a band. And everything changes. Even though he tries his damnedest to fight it…

Sexually, they are combustible together. But their true fire is emotional, though it is a slow to burn. But once it lights, it is all consuming. The relationship grows emotionally, the sex is hot, things are good.

But just when it’s looking like they might have a real future together, the past comes back to haunt them. And Noah’s going to have to decide what he’s willing to give up for love …
   

MY REVIEW

Although all of J. Kenner’s Wicked novels can be read as standalone, after reading Wicked Torture, I recommend reading Wicked Dirty beforehand as well.  Not only because you should be reading the entire Stark World Series because if not, you are missing out, but also since it will provide clarity a little sooner if you do.

Wicked Torture, the third in the Stark World Series from J. Kenner.  Featuring Noah, a man who needs “…to slide back into the world.” & Kiki, who has just gotten her life back on track.  An unexpected coincidence brings them together again after almost a decade leading straight to “Desire mixed with anger. Fury bolstered by memory.”

This very, very sexy, second chances romance is told in third person, with a lot of flash-back action throughout.  Moving along at a steady pace, this is a story riddled with – “…deep emotion and strong passion.”, guilt, loss, heartache & self-reflection.  Broken hearts are healed, lovers have moved on, only to be tested with the possibility of another chance at a love – “…a mixture of both longing and regret.”  The search for trust & commitment, to be better than those before, to do the right thing, all put to the ultimate test with a twist to the tale, before all is revealed.  “…where ghosts and fears and everything he thought he’d gotten past were right back beside him again.” 

Though the storyline did not flow as smoothly as I’d have liked, “…it’s on the shiny side of good.”  Noah & Kiki’s story was interesting & I always enjoy the strong friendships & cross over characters from Wicked Grind & Wicked Dirty.

“…we fit. We’ve always fit.” 

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Prince Roman by CD Reiss


About PRINCE ROMAN:

Rules for my new job: 1) Do not have sex with a man in the office (again). 2) Do not break Rule #1

I’m playing it cool, clean, and professional…until I meet Roman Bianchi. He’s not an insecure nerd or an ego-hole like the other kings of Silicon Valley. He’s charming and handsome. He’s fun, funny, and smart.

He’s also in the office across the hall.

Two broken rules waiting to happen. I can’t lose this job over some guy. But Roman’s not just some guy. Under that suit and cocky smile, he’s a prince.



 
Prince Roman is a sexy romantic novella accompaniment to CD Reiss' King of Code novel.
Raven, is making a fresh start toward stability – “…stock options and a pension.”– Roman, is not what you’d expect in an ace lawyer working to make partner & take the firm to the top.  Trouble is, their jobs are to oversee the implementation of human resources software meant to protect the company from liability resulting from issues such as fraternization… They’re putting the system to a true test in good ole Silicone Valley where “The weather was standard-issue California perfect…”. 
Told in first person, this smart romance is a sexy, funny “If I sit in one more meeting, I’m going to throw my degree in the trash and join the circus.”, sweet, fast read.  Diving right in to fighting mutual attraction, you will love the smart banter between these tech savvy, oh so sexy characters & seriously hot romance “…a subtle sexuality that made me uncomfortable in the most sexy way.”, with a sweet side “I didn’t need to get attached to her, but I hadn’t had a choice either. She was like an orange with a tough, attractive skin. Once peeled, she was soft, sticky, sweet.”  It goes deeper, taking a look at the choices we make when it comes between our biggest aspirations & love. Maybe they are one in the same.
Really enjoyed this smart, sexy & fun – gamer nerd romance!

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Darkest Temptation by Rachel Van Dyken







I'm a werewolf King who chose to step down out of grief for my mate.
For centuries I've been alone, choosing to live a life of modesty despite the wealth surrounding me.
I deserve to be punished.
I crave things I have no business craving.
And it is manifesting itself in a way I'm terrified I won't be able to control any longer.
Especially since she arrived.
Vampire. Orphan. Beaten beyond recognition.
My blood calls to her in a way that makes no sense.
I'm a wolf.
She's a vampire.
The two don't mate.
They barely tolerate one another.
All it takes is one slip of control on my part — one taste.
And I doom us all.
Then again, I never knew what is lurking inside has the power to balance good and evil.


Darkest Temptation, a new standalone in The Dark Ones Saga by Rachel Van Dyken is a hit the ground running paranormal romance.  Told in first person, from dual perspectives, including visions & flashbacks, you’ll want to rush through, but will need to take a little time to make sure you can keep track of who’s who in this multi-layered storyline “…of a legend, of love and loss.”


In this sexy & funny at times “Demons, wolves, vampires, angels --- it was a gas, our fun little immortal world.” paranormal romance, Mason is caught between finding his place in this world & fulfilling his destiny to ensure “…his bloodline would rise up and restore what had been broken.” – “to restore the connection between the fallen and the heavenliness…”  To do this he must be strong “And the only way for him to be strong is to make sure he has both bloodlines.” ---he must find another mate.  “Wolves mated for life…” There is instant attraction & an unexplained connection the moment Mason & Serenity meet.  An eternal love, lust-riddled & sexy “He was all predator. And she…she was prey.” These characters discover the truths behind what links them & come together to unravel mysteries they didn’t even realize where there.  And face demons of the internal kind, find their destined places & warring together for the greater good of all kind.


“We all work together for the greater good, and one day, that work will all have been worth it. Because the Wolf is coming—and he will save the world as we know it.”

I enjoyed the sexy & mysterious aspects of this book, I wanted to love it & really liked it.  Going a bit quickly from serious & intense one moment to silly & trivial the next. Ultimately a sexy & intriguing read!

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sacred by S.L. Scott


SYNOPSIS

The war was waged. The king got his queen, but where did that leave me? 

When I thought there was no hope, that suffering this lonely life was my destiny, I saw her. The bubblegum pink skirt caught my attention, but her doe eyes captured my heart. Could she be my SAVIOR?

With her, I don’t have to hide the demons that haunt me, or to relive my darkest days alone. 

With me, she’s free to be whoever she wants to be. She’s amazing.

Together, we’re two people clinging to a ray of sunshine that only the other can see.

I let my guard down. I got too comfortable. I thought the war had been won when, in reality, it had just begun. When old debts accrue, past demons return to collect their dues. 

To find the SOLACE these young lovers crave, will they have to sacrifice the one thing they hold most SACRED?

From New York Times bestselling author, S.L. SCOTT, comes a new, emotionally driven, romantic suspense standalone. 

 
After reading the Kingwood Duet & Solace, I was happily surprised for more from S.L. Scott with Cruise’s story & she has delivered!  Although this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend that you read her The Kingwood Duet before Sacred – Cruise is a supporting character in the duet, & reading it will provide important background & ease you into Sacred.  See my 5 star reviews for The Kingwood Duet ~ Savage & Savior! 
 
Sacred, told in first person, from dual perspectives is a steady read that will have you hooked from the start.  Cruise is a rich kid with a dark past he can't seem to escape & Clara is the innocent girl next door type with secrets of her own. Can Cruise be her safe haven, can she pull him from the darkness into her light?  “…his dark melds into mine and together we become a lighter shade of gray.”
 
In this dark romantic suspense, emotions run deep with a story line that includes the very real effects of adoption, domestic & sexual abuse & the fight for survival. “I’ve experienced stuff I don’t want to talk about. Things that threaten to bury me daily.”  These characters are brought together by fate to meet their secrets & demons head on. “Lost. I’m lost to the demons that haunt me.” With flashbacks & twists from the start, in the end all is revealed.  So sexy “…together we like a little dirty with the love we make.” & romantic.  With strong bonds of friends who are “…more my family than my actual family ever has been.” & families that are broken.  A story of love, survival, & overcoming life-altering tragedies that threaten to consume, only to make you stronger if you let them.  “His rough to my soft. I wonder if that’s how we’ll always be. If two shattered souls are better apart or together.
 
For me, this was the best of the Kingwood Duet spin-off’s as of yet.  The instant mutual connection between these characters is palpable.  I love the easy soul baring banter.  Clara’s quirkiness & Cruise’s honest, protective nature.  Adored from start to finish, loved the ending & how everything comes full circle.  Another epic love story from S.L. & I look forward to her next. 
 
“We survive. We live. We love.” “Irrevocably.”
 
“Life is sacred.”
 
 ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
 
Amazon US/UK


Thursday, October 26, 2017

#1 Player by T. Gephart

 

BLURB

Lila Callan had an unconventional upbringing—unavoidable when your mother owns a brothel. But while she’d inherited some of her parents’ ‘wacky and offbeat’, she was also strong, independent and incredibly intelligent. The fact she was tall, beautiful and blond was a bonus she never really cared to exploit. She wasn’t uptight; it’s just that long term was more her thing, with zero interest in one-night stands.

Until she met Ryan York and then she isn’t so sure.

Blindingly good looking.
Insane body.
Infectious sense of humor.
And charm for days.
Ryan York was movie star material.
Except that he wasn’t.

He’d turned his back on the idea of hitting the big time, more content with being Eric Larsson’s—his best friend who was a movie star—right-hand man. Despite his laid-back persona, he was a guy who could get stuff done. And women lined up to be done by Ryan. He did not have a problem with that. Not. At. All.

Except his magical panty dropping powers didn’t seem to extend to the lovely Lila. And she wasn’t sure if she was going to teach the #1 player a new game, or find one herself.

One way or another, they were both getting naked.

MY REVIEW
#1 Player by T. Gephart is a very sexy, very funny, contemporary romance you’d have to be crazy not to enjoy.  Written in first person, this page turner will not disappoint.  With witty, sexy & hilarious inner dialogue “…it had been so long since I’d had real sex it was possible I regained my virginity.”  That matches the banter between characters & makes you look forward to what will be said next!  Lila is a woman who is just coming into her own in her career, the kind of girl we all can relate to “There was only so much joy I was capable of before ten a.m. and I was currently maxed out.”  While Ryan – oh Ryan, “…hand on heart, he was legitimately the most attractive man I’d ever seen.”, a man who is loyal & confident.  The chemistry is “nothing short of smoldering sexy—“  A true friends to lovers story that will have you entrenched in flirty sexual innuendo & angst as these characters put “…the ability to have sex and not get emotionally attached…”to the test.

I loved the honesty between these characters & the ways they meshed so perfectly as friends – as the reader I was desperate for them not to mess it up!  Have I mentioned how sarcastic & funny this book is – couldn’t get enough! The supporting characters of family, friends – “loyal and fearless” & Dick add so perfectly to this well written & very enjoyable read. 
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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