Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Release Day: Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid

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Woohoo! Grin & Beard It is finally here! If you know Penny's prior works then you know you won't want to miss this one! Go grab your copy today!

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Synopsis:
Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna. 

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston. 

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often. 

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart? 

About the Author:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she's not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Born (Born #1) by Tara Brown

Born
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Synopsis:

"It's us and them, Em. There are no regular people anymore."

Ten years ago when the world ended she ran for her life.

Five weeks ago the world she'd hidden from came knocking on the door of her secluded cabin.

Ten days ago she found salvation hiding amongst the dead.

Yesterday she went back for the living.

Today she wonders if she will live to see tomorrow.

What do you do when the world you were born to is gone?

Where do you hide when even your own body isn't safe?

Emma ran when her daddy told her to. She hid like he said she should. He was the first person she turned her back on. The first one she let die.

Ten years has gone by and she still lives by the simple rules he taught her when she was nine years old.

"Don't help anyone. Don't go where other people are unless you have to. Trust no one. Always pull the trigger."

Until one night she hears the worst sound in the world, a knock. A simple, timid knock, on the door to her cabin.

Only the voice of the brave little girl, ready to die for her brother, persuades Emma to open the door.

As her fingers turn the lock, she has a terrible feeling she will regret her decision.

But even as regret fills her world, so do love and companionship. Things she never imagined she would ever have again.

Everything comes at a cost; you decide what you'll pay.

Review:

*Note: Some slight spoilers ahead

Born started off so promising. I was drawn into the story and loving it until about half way through. Then things started to fall apart a bit for me. Emma started to becoming super annoying and a lame love triangle was developing and I just didn't enjoy the last half of the book. A good idea, but the main character, or really most of the characters, got on my nerves by the end of the book. So much so that I didn't want to continue on to the next one. 

Emma has been on her own for the past ten years. Ever since the world as we know it was destroyed and her father died. She has a pet wolf, but that has been her only companion since she was 9 years old. So she is not so good with people as she has hardly been around them. Her father taught her to survive, to take care of herself, to be independent. He taught her to not let other people in because that can get you killed. Stay by yourself, pay attention, don't do anything stupid and survive. So that is what she does. There are lots of bad people still living, seems like only the worst survived what happened, as well as the infected. I really enjoyed the world that was created. The ideas were pretty cool even if I don't know everything yet. The others, the infected, the breeding camps, everything was really fascinating and kept me wanting to read more. 

So Emma is on her own for years until one night she gets a knock on her door. A girl, Anna, who is asking for her help. Her brother Jake is stuck in a hole not too far away and will surely die if she doesn't help. Anna doesn't care if Emma kills her just as long as she promises to help her brother. And this is where Emma starts to change. Unfortunately we don't get to see the change happen, we are just told it does. The book just skips time and Emma is all caring about these new people now and not going to kill them, will do anything to save them, etc. I didn't really understand since I didn't get to see the change, but I just went with it. 

Then when Anna is in danger Emma runs off to save her. She meets some allies, a group of people who are actually living peacefully in the woods and trying to make a new life where they can. Through them she gets some help and starts to try and save everyone (though it was the beginning of Emma turning into a super annoying character). Once she meets everyone that is where the stupid love triangle comes in. She obviously likes one boy more than the other, but is very resistant to the idea. Plus the boy she likes is kind of a jerk and not cool at times. It was not so good. Then she risks her life to save one person, then decides she must save everyone! Every single person, except the people she indiscriminately kills because they are on the inside. Who knows some of them could be good people, she knows this as some of them helped her before, but let's not think about that. She gets all crazy by the end, runs off willy nilly and does whatever she wants. She won't listen to anyone, won't stop for a second and make a plan. Nope. If someone questions her she just gets angry and runs off by herself because that is smart. Good thing she is super awesome and nothing can stop her....

She also is super judgmental of most of the other people she meets. She hates the girl who also seems to like the boy she likes. She even goes off victim blaming her for being raped which is a HUGE no no. She was horrid. Absolutely horrid to the girl who wears clothing that Emma deems inappropriate. Plus thinks she is a whore because of said clothes and that the boy she likes likes that girl to. Or at least used to. Her and her judgmental self got on my last nerve. The victim blaming was the last straw. That happened near the end and really made me say nope to reading more of this series. I just can't stomach stuff like that. Not cool. Not cool at all. I just wanted to tell Emma to get over herself and stop treating everyone else like crap because you think you are so much better than them. I hated it. Such a shame as I did really like the first half. I was all in and couldn't put it down until Emma because someone I hated. Oh well. 

Rating: ★ ★

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Release Boost: Wasted Words by Staci Hart

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Wasted Words
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Synopsis:

Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.

She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.

Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.

*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

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About the Author:

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book Tour: Until June (Until Her #2) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Synopsis:

June Mayson and Evan Barrister’s whirlwind courtship resulted in a secret marriage right before he left for boot camp. Evan knows deep in his gut that June is too good for him, but after getting a taste of the beautiful life they can have together, he’s unwilling to let her go. June promises to wait for him, knowing neither time or distance will ever change her feelings for Evan—that is until she’s served with divorce papers while he’s overseas and she’s forced to let him go. Her marriage and divorce a well­ kept secret, the last person June expects to run into when she moves back to her hometown is Evan. Angry over the past, she does everything within her power to ignore the pull she feels whenever he is near. But how can she ignore the pain she sees every time their eyes meet? How can she fight the need to soothe him even if she knows she’s liable to get hurt once again? Is it possible for June and Evan to find their way back to each other again? Or will they be stopped by an outside force before they ever have a shot?

Excerpt:

Seeing Evan again is taking a toll on me, I can’t sleep and my mind is in a constant state of turmoil. I wake up in the middle of the night from dreams of us. The memories of him, of us are too much. Some memories have the ability to heal. The ability to light up the dark because the beauty of the memory is so bright you’re still able to bask in it.

But the memories of us are killing me slowly. They remind me that for one moment I had everything while reminding me it’s gone. It’s the realization that we’re done that’s killing me. The realization that I can see him but can’t touch him that he exist but he’s not mine is agonizing.

About the Author:

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Locke (Corps Security #5) by Harper Sloan

Locke
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Synopsis:


Darkness is the only thing I see. Ever since the day my life changed. The day that everything and everyone I held close to me ceased to exist. The day I lost it all and the demons of my past consumed my every waking moment. I tried to keep others at arm's length. Tried not to let my darkness taint them. Ruin them. Harm them. And whether I want to admit it or not, as much as I wish I could keep them locked out, they refuse to leave. Refuse to let me suffer alone. If I hadn't been so focused on keeping those demons from flying free, I wouldn't have missed how one perfect angel was able to sneak her way under my skin-refusing to let go. Making me want things I don't deserve. She consumes me. Her beauty knows no end. The love she promises tempts me every time she's near. But that pure heart that makes her MY Emmy is the one thing I'm convinced I'll destroy if I ever let her close. I'm a broken man. A broken man with too much darkness in his soul to ever let her light shine upon me. But even that doesn't stop me from craving her with every single breath in my body. 

**This is the final book in the Corps Security series. This book is not suitable for younger readers. There is strong language, adult situations, and some violence.**

Review:

From the very first book in this series I have been waiting to read Locke's story. Emmy is so sweet and she had been just waiting around for Locke to finally open up, but it never seemed like he would. When she runs after everything happens with Cooper he doesn't want to just let her go away. He tracks her down to bring her home again. 

Oh, Locke. He is so broken, thinks he has such a bad soul that he will taint everyone he gets close to. He doesn't think he can be around someone so good, so pure as Emmy. He doesn't want to destroy her like he has everyone else in his life. When you read about his family oh man. His mom and brother are really something. And his fiancĂ©? Wow. I just...yeah. That plus everything that happened when he was in the military and it is easy to see why he is not able to open up to others. How he might not want to let someone in. 

Emmy is so sweet. Though when Locke finds her at the beginning of this book I was shocked. I couldn't believe it. She is so strong just like all of these women in this series. She has been through so much and I never would have guessed what her life up until she came to Corps Security was like. Man...it was rough. Though why she would run back to that I have no idea. I couldn't understand why her not being able to be where she is meant means that she had to run home. Why not just start over somewhere else? I mean....her home is not good. Not good at all. 

So Locke finally gets Emmy and brings her home and they have a rough go of it. Locke wants to open up to her, wants to move on from his past, but it is not as easy as just letting everything go. Good thing he has her there to help him. Sure it is really hard to get to the point where he is really trying hard to open up, where he is really all in with Emmy, but I loved reading it. I just wanted the best for both of these characters and wanted them to get their happily ever after. They are just great together and oh Locke. He is such an amazing guy and I was so happy when he finally figured that out. This was a wonderful end to a wonderful series. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cooper (Corps Security #4) by Harper Sloan

Cooper
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Synopsis:

Do you take me seriously? Because I don’t. I use my jokes and easygoing personality to hide the pain I’ve felt since he took his last breath. I’m adrift without my partner in crime, my best friend…my brother. I can taste the vengeance just within my grasp. 

Until she barges into my life. Promising me happiness and a peace I’ve been craving for years. She is the sun to my darkness, the happy to my despair. 

But she holds secrets. Just like I do. She holds hers close, where I just pray mine don’t rock the walls we’re trying to build. 

Now I’m stuck at a crossroads between my desire for revenge and my craving for her and the life we could have together—and I have no idea which road I should travel. 

All I know with crystal clear certainty is that the past has the power to destroy it all. 

No cliffhanger. This book is not suitable for younger readers. There is strong language, adult situations, and some violence.

Review:

Cooper was my favorite in this series thus far. Just a note - while you don't have to read these books in order there may be some plot spoilers for the prior books if you just jump right into this one. So slight plot line spoilers ahead for the first three books ahead.

When I first saw Cooper as one of the books in the series I just figured it would be the Cooper I had already met and was interested in reading his story. Only after everything that happened at the end of Beck obviously that couldn't happen. So I was excited to get to know Ash and know Chelcie a little better.

Man Ash is not in a good place when this book opens. I understand, but man. He is just drinking his way into oblivion and hooking up with random ladies all the time. He doesn't even remember them the next day or the things his says and does while drunk. He is definitely not a happy drunk.

Chelcie is trying to hold it together as well. She has some secrets, some things the rest of the friend family doesn't know, but the worst is how she feels about Ash. From the first moment she sees him there is just something there. She likes him, really likes him, but once he finds out everything he probably won't want to be with her. That and he would have to be sober long enough to actually have a conversation. They have been creating a fragile friendship in his sober moments, but it is not really stable.

When Chelcie knocks on his door one night when he is really wasted he says some things that he definitely doesn't mean and doesn't remember. They hurt her and she tries to keep her distance. Only then Ash sobers up, decides he needs to stop drowning his sorrows, and that Chelcie is his. He is going to stop fighting the draw she has on him and they are going to be together. Oh if only it were that easy.

Now after Beck when I realized what this story would be, what Chelcie's secret is, who Ash is, everything, I wasn't that excited about it. I just didn't think it would my favorite, but it was great. I really liked both of the main characters and loved reading their story. Chelcie is so great with Ash, so helpful and strong and there for him no matter what. Asher wants revenge, but can he do that without sacrificing everything? Oh it was such a great read. I really enjoyed this book.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blog Tour: Wasted Words by Staci Hart



Wasted Words
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Synopsis:

Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.

She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.

Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.

*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

Review:

Wasted Words was such a sweet read. This is only the second book by this author I have read, but they have both been really cute, fun, sweet reads. That is not to say there are not some hot moments, but overall the story just makes me happy. Wasted Words was a lot of fun to read and I couldn't put it down once I started. 

Cam is a bit of a nerd. She loves reading and comic books and helping set people up. She sees connections between people, sees who would work well together, and loves seeing others happy. She is not too concerned with herself and if she ever finds someone, she just wants to help others. She also puts people into different categories and she knows you should stay within your own category when you date. She definitely does. It won't work if she wants to date someone on a different shelf. They would just be too different. 

Tyler is Cam's roommate and not at all on the same shelf as her. He was a football player, a jock, someone who would never go for someone like Cam. I mean he dated models! And Cam is no model. So even though she is attracted to him (duh! Who wouldn't be?) she knows they would never work. He is too different from her. She tried that once, tried to mix across shelves, and it didn't work so she is not going to be going there again. 

Tyler has always like Cam a bit, but she made it perfectly clear that she doesn't like him like that. He hasn't really dated much since his last disaster and he is fine with that. Only when Cam tries to set him up things get interesting. She should be happy that she found someone that is perfect for him, and she is, but she also isn't. She doesn't want him to find someone else. She kind of wants to be with him, but how could that be possible?

For his part once he tries to date someone that Cam wants him to he just realizes how much he does like Cam. Oh these two were cute. Cam could be a bit frustrating at times, not letting people decide what they want for themselves, trying to push what she wants, what she thought was right on other, never able to acknowledge that she might be wrong. That plus all of her insecurities about how different she is from Tyler so if/when they start dating it is not sunshine and roses. She worries so much that he will break her heart, that he doesn't really like her, that he will leave she ends up sabotaging herself. Her friends try to help, try to get her to see how awesome Tyler is and how much he cares about her, but years and years of insecurities won't go away overnight. Tyler is so sweet I just loved him. He knows Cam is a bit crazy, but he is there for her trying to get her to see how great they could be together. 

Overall this was a really great read. I loved watching Cam and Tyler figure everything out. Even when she was driving me crazy I still wanted everything to work out for these two. Such a sweet, cute, fun read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

About the Author:

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blog Tour: The Spiral Down (The Fall Up #2) by Aly Martinez

Spiral Down
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Synopsis:

Standalone M/M romance.

I was afraid to fly.
He made me soar.

After years of climbing the ladder of success in the music industry, I finally had everything I could want. 
Yet I still found myself wandering through life alone.

Captain Evan Roth was the one man I never saw coming. 
Tall, dark, mysterious… Straight. 

We were both damaged beyond repair and searching for something so elusive we weren’t sure it even existed.

But, when two broken souls collide in midair, falling is a given.

I just never expected to crave the spiral down.

Review:

The Spiral Down was an amazing read. Henry and Evan were so sweet together I loved every minute. I never wanted it to end it was that wonderful. 

Henry is a superstar. He tours the world playing music and loves his life. Only he is a bit lonely. He sees what Levee has, the one person closest to him in the world, and he wants that. Only he doesn't know how to get that. To get someone to love him like that and have the happily ever after. He has a lot of insecurities and issues because of the way he was raised. Being the gay kid in foster care is not very much fun. He is always worried that people will leave him, that those he care about will walk away like most everyone in his past has done. He was so tragically broken that you can't help but want everything for him. Here he is this big star, this man everyone adores for his music, and yet he is so very insecure and vulnerable and hurting. He broke my heart every time. I wanted nothing but the best for him. And in order to try and not be heartbroken he only dates straight men. He loves the trill of getting a straight guy to give into him, plus because they are straight they never want to stay for long afterwards. Yes, that spiral down, that rejection afterwards hurts, but the thrill at the beginning is too good to give up. 

Evan is just as broken as Henry. He is not straight, but he is not gay either. I loved his thoughts on labels. He likes who he likes regardless of their packaging. Only he was really hurt in the past so he is trying to not go there again. He wouldn't be able to take it if he fell for someone again and they walked away. So when Evan first meets Henry he tries to stay away. He wants him, but at the same time doesn't. He is very afraid that Henry is not in this for him, that he has many admirers and he will be forgotten once he has had his fun. So he tries to keep his walls up and not let things get too serious. Only how can he not want more once he gets to know Henry?

These two were a joy to read. I loved watching them fall for each other. They are so similar in a lot of ways, both have the same insecurities, and both can't help how they feel towards the other. It was sweet and heartbreaking and wonderful to read. These two just get wedged into your heart and you can't do anything about it. Henry was so fragile and Evan so wonderful with him. I loved it. This was truly incredible read. 

Now before I wrap this up just a note on the m/m aspect of this book. I know some people might be hesitant as that is not your thing, but you shouldn't be. Yes it is two guys who fall in love, but really it is just the story of two people who fall. Two wonderfully amazing people. I haven't read a lot of non-m/f romance, but that is because most I have found and tried are not very good. They don't have a good story or characters that stick with me. They are just blah, so I was so happy to see an author I already love coming out with a non-m/f romance since then it would hopefully be a good read. Only it was an amazing read! This book had everything I want in a story, everything that makes a story one of my favorites, and it just happens to star two guys. I loved this book so so much. My favorite by the author thus far as these characters just won't let me go. I wish the story had never ended. I want more time with them. Simply amazing. A wonderful read. Definitely don't miss out on this one. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Excerpt:

Henry
“How about you and one of your girls come out to my show in L.A. next week? My treat. Dinner, drinks, the whole deal. Evan and I would love to take you two beautiful ladies out for an evening.”
“Excuse me?” he exclaimed, cocking his head to catch my gaze.
I leaned back into my seat and lifted a hand to massage his shoulder. I was barely able to suppress a moan when the angle of his firm trap muscle met my palm.
Fuck, this guy was built like a brick wall. And I was going to love every second of watching him crumble for me.
“Oh, come on, Evan. It’s the least we can do. Double date.” I winked at Jessica. “You can fly them out! My plane should be ready by then.”
Jessica’s eyes jumped to Evan’s. “You’re a pilot?” Her smile spread irritatingly wide.
Back off, Ginger Spice.
Snapping my fingers in her direction, I corrected, “He’s my pilot.”
Subtlety was not a virtue I possessed. Was subtlety a virtue at all?
“Your temporary pilot,” he amended before shaking his head and then tipping his beer to his lips for a long pull.
“Anyway. Do we have a date?” And, by date, I meant feeding her dinner while I attempted to work my way into Evan’s pants.
She pressed one finger to her lips and then nervously flashed her eyes around the cabin.
“Oops. Sorry.” I shrugged sheepishly. Lifting my drink to my mouth, I discreetly passed her my cocktail napkin and then not-so-discreetly brushed my forearm against Evan’s chest as I pulled away.
He offered her a tight smile just before she disappeared.
I grinned proudly.
“What the fucking hell was that?” he whisper-yelled at me.
“That was me getting a woman’s number.”
He arched an eyebrow. “A woman. Really?”
“What? Is that not allowed?” I feigned innocence.
He clenched his fist in his lap, and it made me suddenly aware that my own hands had stopped trembling—and in record time, I should note. Evan seemed to be quite useful in the art of distraction.
He leaned closer. “Don’t bullshit me. I looked you up. You’re…” He stopped, unwilling to say the big, bad “G” word.
“I’m what?” I taunted.
He rolled his eyes and chugged the rest of his beer.
We went back to silence until Jessica came back by with another drink, complete with her phone number written on the napkin.
“I’m not going on a double date,” Evan said as I tucked the napkin into my pocket. “You want me to fly them out? Not a problem. Schedule it with Jackson. But that’s the extent of my professional responsibilities. And, since I’m off the clock right now, I’d also like to mention that I think whatever play you’re planning to run on that woman is fucked up.”
My head snapped to his. “I’m sorry. Play?” I asked with more attitude than I had originally planned.
“Yes. Play,” he sneered.
I stirred my drink. “Let me get this straight. I’m offering to fly her out in a private jet, feed her dinner at one of the best restaurants in the city, and put her front row at a concert that has been sold out for over a year. That doesn’t seem like a play to me. It sounds like I’m trying to do something nice for a woman I was rude to earlier.” I casually leaned back in my seat. “My conscience doesn’t ‘play’ when it comes to apologies.”
“Right. Well, maybe you should have a chat with your conscience, because she looks like she just won the date of a lifetime. Meanwhile, you don’t even like women.” He stalled, no doubt looking for just the right word to express his disgust without sounding like a bigot. Judging by his gentleness when we’d taken off, he wasn’t the type of guy to go for the fag bomb.
I watched him intently, excited to see how he was going to handle this.
“You’re gay.”
I frowned at his lack of creativity. “Not that it’s any of your damn business. But I’ll have you know I love women.”
It wasn’t a lie. I adored women. Especially Levee and Robin.
I just didn’t like pussy. Meh. Semantics.
He gaped. “You’re bi?”
“And I’ll repeat: None of your damn business. But yeah. Do you have a problem with that?”
Again, it wasn’t necessarily a lie.
Was I bisexual? Fuck no. My cock was in no way an equal opportunity employer.
I was somewhat bilingual though. I knew how to ask for a blow job in English and Spanish. I pretended that was what he meant.
Chupame la verga.
About the Author:

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

The Masked Maiden (Aria Fae #2)

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Synopsis:

HERO OR VILLAIN? YOU DECIDE. 

When she decided to become a vigilante, no one told 17-year-old Aria Fae about the possibility of public backlash, or the attention the media would garner by dubbing her The Masked Maiden of Grant City. 

On top of this added heat, a rogue supernatural known as The Scarecrow has escaped his prison, and his history with Aria makes her the crazed warlock’s obvious target. 

Now, she must face her past and defeat The Scarecrow once and for all, or die trying. 


When things reach their worst, will The Masked Maiden be the hero Grant City needs, or the villain they’ve made her out to be?

Review:

The Masked Maiden was a fun second chapter in the Aria Fae Series. If you like superhero stories than this is a series for you. Note: This is a continuation of the same story from The Halfling, book one in the series.

Area Fae is a vigilante. She roams the streets of Grant City, with the help of her friends, trying to stop crime. She is doing good, helping people, but not everyone sees it that way. She is starting to see some public backlash from the good deeds she has done. Some people are saying she is a menace and should be stopped. And she doesn't really know what to do with that. She always thought she was doing good, so why are people not happy?

Add to that an escaped warlock who is out to get her and things are not so good for our Aria Fae. She has a lot on her plate as it is, but right from the start things keep piling up. Her crush and old partner from the Peace Brokers comes back and offers her what she thought she always wanted - him and a chance to go back to her old life. If he would have shown up before she got settled there would be no question that she would go back, but now can she really leave? Can she go back to the people who kicked her out not that long ago? Or will she stay and help protect Grant City and the people she has grown to care about there?

I really enjoy these Aria Fae books. She is fun to read and such a selfless person most of the time. Once she hears someone in trouble she has to go help even if it means putting herself in grave danger. She is conflicted at times about what to do, but she is also really young. She is only seventeen and you can see that. Not always, but as the stories go I hope we get to see her grow and become stronger. You get to see a bit of that in this book, facing her past and trying to move forward with her life. These are just fun reads.

Now there is one thing that did bug me about this story and that was all of the guys who like Aria and how she treats them. It seems guys cannot help but want to be with her, which is fine, but Aria just makes out with and uses whoever is around at the time. She never thinks like maybe I shouldn't make out with this other guy since I was just kissing a different guy yesterday and telling him how much I liked being around him. It was a bit frustrating as she had no consideration for them, for what they might think or feel if they find out she is doing whatever with everyone. She didn't know at all what she wanted (even though it is a bit obvious she feels more for some than others, or what she should do in a situation) and could be a bit whiny about it. Hopefully as the books progress she can at least take others feelings into consideration. A small thing in the grand scheme, but bugged me none the less.

Overall this was a good read. Fun and exciting and I can't wait for the next installment.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Blog Tour: Teach Me Dirty by Jade West



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Now available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:

They tell me it’s unhealthy, just a stupid crush. They tell me it’s infatuation, and will never come to anything. Never mean anything.

Because what would I know, right? 
I haven’t even finished school. I’m just a silly little girl. 

And no little girl should want the things I want from him. 
No little girl should have the thoughts I have… 

But they’re wrong. 
I really do love Mr Roberts. 

I love Mr Roberts because he’s the most amazing man, the most amazing artist, the most amazing teacher that could ever have existed. 

And what if… just what if Mr Roberts wants me, too? 
What if Mr Roberts really does want to Teach Me Dirty?

Review:

Phew! Jade West really know how to write one hot, sweet, sexy, amazing book. I am really glad I found her books as they are now some of my all time favorites. Definitely the best in the genre that I have read. She creates such wonderful characters who have such hot sexy times, but it is not just that. There is a really great story that goes along with it which you don't always get with super hot reads. You get a bit of everything with her books and I am left wanting more.

Teach Me Dirty was an amazing read. Mark and Helen are not the usual couple. Really I should have not enjoyed this story as much as I did. The age difference would usually get to me, but with this story I couldn't help but want these two to figure everything out and get a happily ever after. I just loved it.

Mark Roberts is an art teacher. He loves his job, loves where he is, but is not fully living. He has given up on his dreams, since they seem to have died for him, but he is not content to let others do the same. He tries to teach, to lead, to really get his students into art. Not all of them care or really pay attention, but he loves it. He is also really good looking so the girls have crushes on him and whatnot. No big deal, he can handle it, until he can't.

Helen Palmer is an artist. She is 18 and still in school. Still has Mr. Roberts as a teacher and she doesn't want that to ever change. She has been in love with him for as long as she has known him. Since she was twelve. Much too young to really be able to tell that you would think, but reading her, seeing how she thinks and feels about things, I believed it. I believe she knew at such a young age that their two souls were meant to be together. That he was it for her and she could be it for him if only she could get him to see her that way. If only he loved her too.

Mr. Roberts for his part tried really hard to not go into an inappropriate place. Even though she is legal and he wouldn't go to jail or anything, he would still lose his career over something like this. Only Helen is too much. Too sweet and innocent. Too kind and caring. Too loving. Too wonderful. Too much for him to stay away from. When the walls between them start crumbling it was painful to read, but also wonderful to watch. Both of them keep trying to do the right thing, but also try to be happy.

Helen does read as a young lady. She definitely felt like a teenager where Mr. Roberts did not. As I said usually that wouldn't work for me, but these two just did. The way they were written it was like they were meant to be. Helen helped Mr. Roberts live again. Helped him be happy again when he thought that wasn't possible. Helped him in so many ways, and he her. She has loved him for so long, and now, finally, she can be with him. Only in secret because of the nature of their relationship.

This story was full of ups and downs. Moments when my heart broke for them as they are in a tough situation. I am sure most people on the outside would judge them harshly, but reading them you can't help but feel it is just right. And boy oh boy were they hot together! Really Helen and her sketchbook in the beginning...yeah. She has a great imagination that I wish I could have seen more of in her real life. It was...yeah. They just work. I loved this story. It was better than I could have hoped and it makes me want to read more by this author. Do yourself a favor and give this story a read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

About the Author:

Jade West is a contemporary erotic author, real life submissive, and former sex chat-line operator, who is plenty used to getting people all steamed up with her dirty mouth. Her debut release, Dirty Bad Wrong, smashed into the Amazon top 100 in February 2015, followed by Dirty Bad Savage in June - an Amazon top 100 bestseller in 4 countries. Dirty Bad Strangers topped the erotica chart, reaching an impressive 13 overall in the US Kindle Store, and the latest tale of debauchery, Dirty Bad Secrets - returning to the heart of Club Explicit has just been unleashed on the public.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Heal My Broken Heart (Gold Coast Romance #2) by Elle G. Mraz

Heal My Broken Heart
Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:

Kendall Matthews has been a widow less than a year, but she can’t help falling for her colleague and lover, Dr. Anson Allaway. And now he said he loves her. But with so much of his past unknown and her future plans still up in the air, is it the right time to commit to their relationship?

After book one, Love Me Back to Life, book two of the Gold Coast Romance series, Heal My Broken Heart, continues the saga between Kendall and Anson as they sort through their fears and reservations of finding love, letting go of it, and making it last a lifetime. It may not always happen the way they expect it to, but in the end, with the support of their friends and family, they wouldn’t want it any other way. 

Review:

*Please note: Heal My Broken Heart is a continuation of Love Me Back to Life. You should have read that book already before reading this one. Also I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Heal My Broken Heart is part two of the story of Kendall and Anson. These two really get to me. I can be just so so on stories where someone is moving on from the loss of a loved one, especially when they are moving on so quickly, but this one is beautifully written. Kendall lost her husband less than a year ago and accidentally found someone she really cares about while she was trying to learn to live again. You saw a lot of her ups and downs trying to let Anson in in the first book, with even more so in this one. She still struggles with the timing of everything. She is not really ready to completely move on with someone else, to get married again, any of that. But she does care greatly for Anson. She wasn't expecting that and she doesn't always know what to do with it. Plus he doesn't make it easy for her in this section of their story. He has his own issues, his own hangups, that lead to problems between the two of them. 

Anson is all in with Kendall. He loves her and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He lost his fiancee years ago and doesn't want to make the same mistakes he made then. Only now that leads to him trying to rush things and not let Kendall adjust and move at a pace that would be okay with her. That and not really talking about his past so it keeps coming up and causing issues again and again. He is always afraid that if she really knows what he was, how he was, what he is still doing, she will leave him. And he is terrified of that. She has breathed new life into him and made him happier than he has been in a long time. He doesn't want to let that go. 

Things are not always sunshine and roses between these two, but when they are it was so sweet. You can see how much they both care for each other, but the timing is not always right. This is one of those just because you love each other doesn't mean you should be together situations. At least not right now. It breaks my heart to think that, but it is true. Sometimes you need a bit of a break, some time to work things out, and then you can hopefully come back together better and stronger and greater than before. They have a lot of outside stressers to deal with, Kendall's mom is not an Anson fan when she finds out some of his secrets, his brother can be kind of a jerk towards their relationship when he is trying to be protective if Anson, Kendall's friends, everyone seems to be a bit hesitant about them. Most of them like them together, think they are great, but worry that she will break his heart in this chapter of their lives. 

Kendall had some things come up that would have been big issues for anyone, let alone someone dealing with everything she has been in the past few months. She is so strong, they both are, but that strength and stubbornness drove me crazy at times. I wanted her to wake up and see how amazing Anson is. How he is perfect for her. How wonderful they are together and it is okay that it hasn't been that long. She could be really hurtful towards Anson when she was upset or trying to push him away and you get to see him push back a bit more. You get to see him hurt and not just trying to please Kendall. He does have his own demons and needs to figure out how to not try and make her move at lightning speed, but they are really great together. This book again doesn't end in a cliffhanger, but it does make me want to read more. I need to see how everything ends up with the way things were left. Kendall is too stubborn for her own good and I hope she can ease up a little bit. She's going to need to with everything that is coming. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Chimera by Stephie Walls

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Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads
Synopsis:

I couldn’t be anything other than a romantic at heart — it’s my nature, it’s who I am. But this isn’t a typical story of traditional love. It isn’t a fairy tale. No happily ever after neatly tied up with a shiny bow. It’s a memoir of the reality left behind in the wake of grief — the desolation, the resurrection, and final culmination life offers to the fallen. 

This is a journey through love…the love of self, love of a friend, and sometimes love is ugly, messy —destructive. 

My name is Bastian Thames…and this is my story. 

Review:

Chimera was an interesting read. Not quite what I was expecting, especially at the end, but a good read. It had a lot of situations that are familiar, but the circumstances were used in a way I haven't seen before. I really enjoyed that and would recommend giving this book a read if only for how different it is.

I don't want to say too much about this story as doing so would give away a lot. However I will try and talk about what worked for me without giving it all away. Bastian is a wreck. He has not really been living for the past five years. Ever since his wife died. He just doesn't know how to go on without her. He loved her deeply, and ever since then he hasn't done much of anything. He was a famous artist, but since her death he hasn't painted a single thing. He just doesn't have the inspiration, the need to paint that he once did.

The only reason Bastian has survived this long is his best friend since birth Nate. I really liked Nate. I felt for him. It can't be easy to constantly be worried that your best friend is going to off himself because he is so broken. Nate comes by every day just to make sure that Bastian is okay. That he is still there. That nothing happened. He is an amazing friend and you could be so lucky as to have someone like him in your life.

Now when the book opens Bastian has just seen Sera online. She looks just like his wife. They could be twins and because he is hurting so he reaches out to her. He hasn't really interacted with people besides Nate in a long time, but they quickly start hanging out and Sera brings Bastian back to life. He immediately starts creating again and people are loving his work. He is collaborating with another artist on some photo/painting things, he is getting out amongst people, he is having gallery exhibits, he is starting to become himself again. Only he wants Sera, but Sera has secrets. Here is where it got interesting for me because Sera's secrets are something I am interested in, but the context was used in a way I haven't seen before. The way the author dealt and talked about it all made me think she really knows her stuff. She was not one to mistake things for something that they are not, and I was really curious to see how it would all play out.

Now things aren't just sunshine and roses now that Bastian has found a new muse. He knows Sera is keeping things from him, knows that things aren't exactly as she says, but he can't really do anything about it. He is a bit dense as right from the beginning it was obvious what was happening and who was involved, but it takes most of the book before he figures it out. It was a tad on the annoying side since it was glaringly obvious, but whatever. Oh and once Bastian finds out most of Sera's secrets he starts to try and learn more. That was all interesting, some of the moments on his journey or knowledge were really interesting especially his conversations with Nate, but some of the storylines there seemed to just not go anywhere. I felt like I was left hanging or wondering what the purpose was other than to add something to the story that wasn't necessarily needed. Or it needed to be a bit more to really fit in or something. It was not enough to really work for me, but I did enjoy it. It was an interesting read and the ending was a bit of a surprise, I didn't see it going there, I just wish the rest of the story would have been a touch better to really get the full impact. It was a good read and kept me entertained and wanting to see what would happen in the end.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

About the Author:
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Stephie is a thirty-seven year old mother of one to the most adorable eight-year- old girl to ever walk. They live on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina where they house two cats (Annie and Gus) and a dog, Piper.

She has a serious addiction to anything Coach and would live on Starbucks if she could get away with it. She’s slightly enamored with Charlie Hunnam and Sons of Anarchy and is a self-proclaimed foodie. An avid reader who averages around three hundred novels a year and wishes she had time to read more.

She currently works full-time in the Greenville area and fill her "extra" time (haha) with reading anything she can get her hands on and writing contemporary romance novels with a hint of erotica.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Release Day: Chimera by Stephie Walls

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It’s release day for Chimera by Stephie Walls. I am so excited about this great contemporary romance! Check out the excerpt Stephie is sharing and grab your copy today!


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Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads
Synopsis:

I couldn’t be anything other than a romantic at heart — it’s my nature, it’s who I am. But this isn’t a typical story of traditional love. It isn’t a fairy tale. No happily ever after neatly tied up with a shiny bow. It’s a memoir of the reality left behind in the wake of grief — the desolation, the resurrection, and final culmination life offers to the fallen. 

This is a journey through love…the love of self, love of a friend, and sometimes love is ugly, messy —destructive. 

My name is Bastian Thames…and this is my story. 

Excerpt:

When Sylvie died, it left a hole in my being that seemed prodigious. I adorn my face with the plastic appearance people anticipate from me, but internally, I weep. Continuing through the monotonous motion of my daily life, I increasingly find myself lost in what my friends—well, those who remain—refer to as a fictional world: novels, authors, artists, musicians, and the illusion of relationships on social media. The more time I spend on Facebook, the more entrenched I become in the fiction that exists on the screen. I believe these “friends” are truly concerned for me; they’re what relationships are in reality. Sadly, these seem to be the only things keeping me hanging on, but the thread threatens to break daily, frayed from top to bottom. The tightly woven fabric that was once my life has deteriorated beyond recognition.

That’s the crux of my juxtaposition. My life had value, it had meaning. It was everything I had ever imagined it could be. But without Sylvie, black clouds roll through my mind, hindering my ability to think, eliminating productivity, and stifling my creativity. My art is as dead as I am. But online…online I can be anything I want to be, whatever version of myself I decide to show to the world. I don’t have to be the pathetic artist who lost his muse. I don’t have to be the sweet, sensitive man Sylvie loved. I don’t know whom I want to reinvent myself as, but the idea of being whatever still exists in my soul doesn’t appeal to me. My craft has become recreating my persona, anything to escape the pain, the desolation, and the solitude. Surely there’s art in recreating an identity.

Most days, I find it difficult to even get out of bed. The colder it gets outside, the shorter the days are, the deeper I sink—sometimes only escaping the protection of my covers to take a piss or get something to eat or drink. Although frequently, I let those things go in favor of marinating in my misery. My laptop calls to me from my nightstand when the loneliness becomes too much to bear, the darkness too black to see through.

About the Author:
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Stephie is a thirty-seven year old mother of one to the most adorable eight-year- old girl to ever walk. They live on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina where they house two cats (Annie and Gus) and a dog, Piper.

She has a serious addiction to anything Coach and would live on Starbucks if she could get away with it. She’s slightly enamored with Charlie Hunnam and Sons of Anarchy and is a self-proclaimed foodie. An avid reader who averages around three hundred novels a year and wishes she had time to read more.

She currently works full-time in the Greenville area and fill her "extra" time (haha) with reading anything she can get her hands on and writing contemporary romance novels with a hint of erotica.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Release Day: Teach Me Dirty by Jade West

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Now available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:


They tell me it’s unhealthy, just a stupid crush. They tell me it’s infatuation, and will never come to anything. Never mean anything.

Because what would I know, right? 
I haven’t even finished school. I’m just a silly little girl. 

And no little girl should want the things I want from him. 
No little girl should have the thoughts I have… 

But they’re wrong. 
I really do love Mr Roberts. 

I love Mr Roberts because he’s the most amazing man, the most amazing artist, the most amazing teacher that could ever have existed. 

And what if… just what if Mr Roberts wants me, too? 
What if Mr Roberts really does want to Teach Me Dirty?

About the Author:


Jade West is a contemporary erotic author, real life submissive, and former sex chat-line operator, who is plenty used to getting people all steamed up with her dirty mouth. Her debut release, Dirty Bad Wrong, smashed into the Amazon top 100 in February 2015, followed by Dirty Bad Savage in June - an Amazon top 100 bestseller in 4 countries. Dirty Bad Strangers topped the erotica chart, reaching an impressive 13 overall in the US Kindle Store, and the latest tale of debauchery, Dirty Bad Secrets - returning to the heart of Club Explicit has just been unleashed on the public.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Uncaged (Corps Security #3.5) by Harper Sloan

Uncaged
Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Barnes & Noble * Goodreads

Synopsis:

Greg Cage’s life is more fulfilling than he ever could have imagined. He’s married to the love of his life, has an amazing son, and in a few short months, his family will grow again with the birth of his twin girls.

The past year has been a tough one for the Cage family, but they are now on the road to healing by learning to let go of the past and looking forward to their future.

When situations beyond his control threaten to take away so much of what Greg holds close to his heart, he has to learn that he doesn't always have the control he tries to maintain in their lives. Will he be able to handle the stress of knowing his wife and newborn daughters are beyond his protection?

Join the Cage family as they embark on yet another one of life’s journeys with a rambunctious four-year-old, pregnancy complications, and the fear of the unknown.

Will the love that Greg and Melissa share hold true as they fight to overcome the obstacles that face them?

UNCAGED is not a standalone. It is a continuation of CAGE. It is recommended that you read the first 3 books in the series before UNCAGED. 

Review:

I started Uncaged and just thought okay...this is just going to be like an extended extra scene. It was good, but just like extra sexy time scenes and such. I was just about to move on to the next book when it started to get better, when the newest obstacle shows up and then I really enjoyed the rest of the story. 

Greg and Melissa are so great together. Of course they can make their way through the latest situations, but it is not easy. Oh Greg...I just loved him. And Cohen? Oh he was so cute! I really want to read his story now. See what he is like when he is all grown up. If you liked Cage and want a bit more time with these characters than this is a good read for you. Even though the obstacles are stressful, it was a good, quick read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2