Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dirty Bad Savage (Dirty Bad #2) by Jade West

dirty bad savage
Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:

They say Callum Jackson's a savage.
No home. No prospects. No self-restraint.
He's red-flagged on my system, a grade-1 aggression risk, totally off limits for a woman like me.
But the rules don't allow for my dangerous games; they don't bend for my twisted desires.
Callum Jackson is the most beautiful beast. 
A beast I can't stop thinking about, can't stop wanting, can't stop hunting...
...I just pray to God this beast bites.

Sophia Harding runs a tight ship. She may work in the dregs of housing association slums, but her patch is on the way up. 
Anti-social behaviour is down, employment is on the rise, and she's even been shortlisted for estate manager of the year.
It's looking good. Really good. Until Callum Jackson completes his jail time and lands right back on her doorstep.
She could do without a guy like him on her books: a failure of the system and a pain in the fucking ass.
She should tick the boxes, do her job and keep her distance – that's what the handbook says. The handbook says no one-on-one contact, no at-risk situations, no direct confrontation of any kind.
But the handbook doesn't know of her craving for hardcore submission.
The handbook has no fucking idea how she yearns to unleash Jackson at club Explicit, where his savage can really run wild.
The handbook doesn't know shit...

Review:

Woah. Alright first things first. After Dirty Bad Wrong I expected Dirty Bad Savage to be a bit...dirtier. It was great, I loved it, it just isn't as dirty. I suppose not every story can have that level of amazing sexy time in it and still be different. But this was just as wonderful as the first. Really I have loved everything I have read by this author thus far. She is simply amazing.

So Dirty Bad Savage. What a fun story. Callum and Sophie were awesome together. Plus it is not the "normal" story, but I wouldn't have expected that from Jade. Callum is younger than Sophie, poor, doesn't believe in love or anything like that, really he is jaded. Very much so. And he has just gotten out of jail and is returning to the streets he grew up on. His only companion is a dog that he loves so much. He would do anything for his dog. He is all he has in the world.

Sophie is an estate manager and is in charge of where Callum grew up. She is from a well to do family and they all want her to do something else with her life, but she loves her job. She is also a submissive and has become increasingly frustrated with the lack of good partners for her. She wants to be dominated like Masque did, but she can't seem to find that right fit with someone. Until she meets Callum.

Now Callum has never been in the BDSM world so he is not sure what he thinks. He likes rough sex, but what Sophie really likes is a bit different, though they still make it work. They connect as people and that lets the other pieces fall into place. Oh, it was fun watching these two come together. Plus you get to see Callum's introduction into this new world (with some help from Masque! Eeek!) and it was wonderful. He had aspirations early to be an artist, but his mom always shot it down and made him feel bad about that. He hasn't really had many good chances in his life, but then Sophie shows up and things start changing. He was great. Rough around the edges, but he just worked with her. They were amazing.

Overall this was a great read. Not as dirty as the first book, but just as fun to read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Substitute (The Wedding Pact #1) by Denise Grover Swank

the substitute
Available on
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Synopsis:

The first book in a humorous contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Denise Grover Swank. 

Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it's time to come clean--a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her. 

With only one week left to save his business, Josh McMillan boards a plane to Kansas City in a last-ditch effort, leaving the details to chance. An unexpected answer is delivered in the form of the beautiful brunette beside him. Though she’s completely loopy, her honesty, openness, and humor charm him. So when she passes out before landing, he helps her off the plane--a good deed that leads to a colossal misunderstanding. Her parents assume he’s her fiancé. In a twist of fate, the mix-up might help Josh save his business, so he plays along, figuring he can help Megan too. All he has to do is stage a public break up convincing enough to appease her mother. 

Josh is only supposed to be a substitute groom, but the more time he and Megan spend together, the more their pretend engagement starts to feel real…and the less they want to break it off. Can a relationship that began as a farce turn into happily ever after? 

Review:

The Substitute was a fun read. Megan and Josh were so cute together and yes, I know things move quickly in this story, but it worked. They seemed to care for each other right away and it was fun watching them fall in love in such a short amount of time with such craziness around them. 

Megan is supposed to get married in a few days, only she broke up with her fiance 6 weeks ago. And she didn't tell her mom because she was afraid of what would happen if she did. After all she thinks her mom would just cut her off from her whole family if she upsets her enough and she doesn't want that. So she put it off and put it off and when this story starts she is on a plane going to see her family as planned. A few days before the wedding so they have a chance to get to know her fiance Jay as they have never met. 

Josh is trying to save his fathers company. He invented a great new thing that once patented will help keep his fathers company afloat. He doesn't want to see everyone lose their jobs or anything. Some people have been at the company for many many years and it would be rough to find a new job. Only another company stole his idea and submitted their patent paperwork before him. And now he stands to lose everything if he doesn't find evidence that the other company stole his idea. 

Josh of course is seated next to Meghan on the plane and she kind of gets herself into a bit of trouble mixing some medication and alcohol. It was fun. Josh of course helps her off the plane and then accidentally tells her parents he is her fiancé, and when he finds out her dad is one of the partners of the firm that stole his idea he decides to go with it. She gets a fake fiancé, he will break up with her before the wedding so her mom is not angry with her, and he gets to try and find his evidence. Only of course he starts falling for her and then things get tricky. It was so cute. I loved it. They really went well together. They keep going and going with the charade which makes it harder to come clean and it was just a lot of fun. I forgot how much I enjoy the authors books until I read this one. I really need to check out more of her work.

Oh also what is Blair's deal? I really did not like her in this story. She is supposed to be bff with Meghan, but she sure doesn't act like it. Lily, on the other hand, was so sweet. I loved how she had Meghan's back and was trying to push Josh and Meghan together. I can't wait to read her story. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Beneath These Lies (Beneath #5) by Meghan March

beneath these lies
Available on
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Synopsis:

Look, but don’t touch…she might as well wear a neon sign that says it. It just makes me want her more.

She might be above me in every way, but I still want her under me.

I’ve got no business touching her rich-girl skin, but that won’t stop me from stealing a taste. Because rules were meant to be broken—especially when the prize is so fine.

In a world where nothing is as it seems, what's buried beneath these lies? 

Review:

I have really enjoyed reading this Beneath series. All of the characters are so much fun to get to know. I remember first meeting Rix earlier in the series, but I never thought we would get a book with him as a main character! I loved it!

Valentina has had a lot of not so good things happen to her in her life. She has had her share to deal with, but she is trying to move on. She has her art gallery and she paints on the side (though she doesn't want anyone to know this) and she is just a girl trying to live her life. When the young girl she hired goes missing she will do anything she can to find her. Even get mixed up with the guy she shouldn't want to be with. The most dangerous guy in the city who inexplicably makes her feel safe. He shouldn't, but he does. She shouldn't be drawn to him, but she is. Only she is also a bit confused. She hasn't been with anyone in a long time and Hennessey is also going after her affections so things can get a bit heated. 

I really liked Hennessey from the prior books, but right from the start I was rooting for Rix. There is just something about a bad guy that draws you in. You can feel the connection between these two and I loved it. I loved watching Rix push Valentina to step outside her comfort zone in a good way. He thinks she deserves everything and he wants to be there for her even if he is not who she should want. He knows she could do better, but oh I loved the two of them. Valentina is still a bit broken when they first meet, but he doesn't fix her. As she says:

"Rix hadn't healed me, but he'd given me the motivation to heal myself."

I love that so much. I love it wasn't a magical guy who fixes everything, but someone who knows and cares about her who pushes her to fix herself. It was wonderful. They were really sweet together and it was exciting seeing the darker world Rix lives in, even if you just get a glimpse. Really a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Sunday, November 20, 2016

#BookBlogWriMo Day 19 & 20: Book Adaptations & Ones That Made Me Cry


Day 19: Favorite book adaptations?

Book adaptations are always hard. With a book you can get so much detail, so many thoughts and feelings, that are simply hard to get across in a movie or tv show or whatever. It is a different format, visual vs making up pictures in your head, and often times it doesn't work. Because you can get so much more from a book. Or at least I can. I always think I should watch a movie based on a book before I read the book, but then I usually read the book because I don't want it to be spoiled by the movie. Then the movie is rarely as good and yeah. 

For a while I only had a few book and movies that I like equally as well. One was Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr. I love love love dark depressing stuff and Hubert Selby Jr is about as depressing as you can get. I loved the book and the movie as they were the same, but different. They were both great. 

I also loved The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides. I remember hearing that was going to be made into a movie and thinking how in the world are they going to do this well? I was very pleasantly surprised when I watched it as it was great and felt very true to the book. 

I feel like there was a third one, but I can't think of it at the moment...Oh well. Some more recent ones that weren't bad were The Martian by Andy Weir. The movie wasn't perfect, and I think the book was much better, but for an adaptation I think it was pretty good. The Hunger Games was another good one. I did not like the first movie, but the other ones I enjoyed more than their respective books. The second movie was much better and more what I was expecting from the first one in terms of how the movie progressed and the games and all that. 

I also loved the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. As with The Hunger Games I didn't enjoy that first book, but I loved loved loved books two and three. I was really hoping we would get an American version of the whole series. The Swedish movies I didn't care for as much. They just were not as good. The ending of the third Swedish movie was especially a let down. The end of the book was phenomenal, but the movie was not as badass as the book. 

Oh, the Harry Potter movies were also really good. I am not a super fan, but I did enjoy both the books and the movies. I may even go so far as to say the movies, especially the first few, I enjoyed more than the books. 

I think that is about all. I'm sure there are other adaptations I have enjoyed, but I can't think of them at the moment. 


Day 20: #SobbingSunday – What book made you cry?

Honestly there is only one book that I have seriously cried at. Only one to make tears stream down my face. I am not a crier. I don't know why, but I just don't cry a lot. I tear up, I get choked up, but tears streaming down my face? It just doesn't happen. 

So what was the one book that had me crying so much? What book made me such a mess that when my husband came to say hello I had to just shoe him away cause I couldn't handle it? What book had me crying so hard I had to literally set the book aside at times because I could not read the words for the tears in my eyes? That afterwards my husband came to check on me and cuddled with me on the couch and put on My Little Pony (my happy place) to try and make me feel better? 

Bright Side by Kim Holden. Man this book. I...I am not a crier, but this book was intense. It was beautiful. It was wonderful. It was so much more than I had expected. I went into it knowing a lot of people cried while reading it so I knew something bad/sad/touching would happen. I started reading and thought okay. I think I know what will happen and I am ready for it. I am ready to read this and it won't be that bad. Only I wasn't ready. I don't think you can be ready for this book. Even if you know what happens, even if you are expecting it, the writing is so amazing you can't help but feel so much for these characters. Bright Side was seriously amazing and left me with such a book hangover I couldn't imagine moving on. Sure, sometimes I get a really intense book and it takes awhile to read something else, but not like this one. Thankfully Gus was already out. People said just read it. Read Gus, it will make everything better, and it did. It was hard, it was really difficult, but it was healing as well. 

There you do. If you want a good cry read Bright Side. Even if you know what will happen nothing can prepare you for this story. It was a remarkable read and it still sticks with me even today. 

When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle

when i was yours
Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:

“Marry me.”
“What?” I stared back at him, unblinking.
He moved closer, taking my face in his hands. “I love you, Evie. I look into the future, and the only thing I see clearly is you. Marry me.”

What’s an eighteen-year-old girl who was madly in love with her nineteen-year-old boyfriend say? 

Of course, I said yes.

Twenty-four hours later, I married Adam Gunner at a Vegas chapel to the sounds of “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Not the best omen. I get that now.

Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why. 

I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years.

Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers. 

Answers I can’t give.

Review:

I had high hopes for When I Was Yours as I read another book by this author and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately this one didn't work for me. It was predictable right from the beginning, I didn't understand the characters or why they did/didn't do things, and it just wasn't very good. 

Evie and Adam were in love at a young age. Adam didn't have a very good home life, his parents were a nightmare, not really caring about him at all. They wanted him to take over the movie business from his dad, but he doesn't want that. When he meets and falls for Evie he finally has something in his life worth sticking up for. Worth angering his parents and going off and doing his own thing. And Evie? Well her sister is really sick and dying when she meets Adam, her life is a bit complicated working to try and make money to take care of her sister and father. She doesn't have a lot of time, but when she meets Adam there is just something there between them. They fall in love quickly and when they graduate high school Adam asks her to marry him, so they do. It is wonderful until Evie leaves him without a word as to why just a few days later. He is crushed, he tried to find her and her family for years, but was never able to. 

The book opens when Adam is indeed running the family business, he still has a horrible relationship with is mother, and he is not very happy. He used to sleep with any girl who looked like Evie and pretend it was her, but he has been trying to stop. Until he sees the real deal again. Until he sees Evie. 

Now Evie hasn't had it easy these past years either. She never got over Adam and hasn't really been living since she left him. Now the story is told in current time with some flashbacks to what happened, and so this meeting comes pretty early on in the story. This is also where the story started to fall apart for me as I simply didn't understand Evie. She won't tell Adam what happened, why she left, and I didn't understand why. You have to wait until the very end before you get to know that what you probably guessed right away was actually what happened. And then I really didn't understand why Evie never came back to Adam, never told him what happened. It is not like she would be ruining something for him or breaking someones trust that she cares about or something. She had some super lame reason that I obviously thought was not good enough. Not good. 

Besides the story being predictable and not so good the writing was also not as good as I had expected. It was too descriptive and the beginnings of chapters read like an outline. It was very unexpected since I really enjoy the other story I read by this author. So yeah. Not the book for me. It could have been okay had Evie told Adam right away why she left and then they tried to work things out. Then seeing Adam work through everything and try to trust her again and all that would have worked. Instead the end was way too easy, Adam is upset then suddenly not and everything is fine and dandy. No. Just no. 

Rating: ★ ★

Friday, November 18, 2016

#BookBlogWriMo Day 12-18 catch up


Wow. So I started off this month thinking this would be great, I will have a different prompt to write about every day, no problems! Then things kind of derailed fairly quickly. The elections last week in the States played a big part in that. I'm still angry about that, about the fact that Trump will be president, and the need to try and do something and protest and have my voice be heard has been really strong. This is the first time I have ever felt the need to get out there and do something. To not just sit back and let things happen. It is the first time since I moved to Germany that I wish I were still living in the states. So it has kind of consumed my life. Though I think I am starting to get a handle on it and trying to do some constructive things to try and help. So I am going to try and get this all up to date and back on track for the rest of the month. We shall see how it goes.


Day 12: #SwoonWorthySaturday – What character are you swooning over?

Instead of listing characters from books that I love love love I thought I would go with more the characteristics that I love to read. Who, in general, do I swoon over as there are prompts later in the month for individual characters.

Now as I said the other day I am not super romantic. So super swoon-worthy, super romantic, super sweet usually doesn't do it for me. Some of my favorites of the tattooed guys. The guys with dyed hair and piercings. The guys that are so tough, but so sweet, and definitely a bit of alpha in there. Oh, alpha males are hot! As long as they don't get too out of control and are jerks and try to control someone in a bad way. But yeah, tattooed alphas? Yes please!

I also like broken people. I love broken people who learn to love again and everything gets better for them. People who have had horrible things happen to them, but they learn to overcome them. There is something about reading about someone who is so down, so lost, so sad and watching them become happier and oh I just love it.


Day 13: Where do you get your books from?

As I mentioned in a few different other posts I get a lot of my books from the library. I am so glad I can still check out ebooks from the library back home. I don't know what I would do without it!

I also get a lot of books for free on Amazon, when they are on sale. I have a problem for sure. There is no way I could ever finish all the books I already have in the cloud and on my Kindle and yet I still one click more if they look interesting and are on sale/free. Yeah.

I also get a lot of books for free for blog tours and to review. I love that. I love getting to help authors out by reviewing their books. I have found some authors I love this way. They contacted me to review their book and I said sure! and the book was amazing.


Day 14: #MotivationMonday- What is the most inspirational book that you have read?

I am going to keep this one short as I have no idea. Inspirational in what sense? When I think inspirational I think of books that I don't read. Like Chicken Soup for the Soul and stuff like that. Not that there is anything wrong with them, it is just not my cup of tea. 

Now as I am thinking about it and writing this maybe Kyland by Mia Sheridan. Kyland the character is one of the best I have ever read. He is so selfless it is incredible. The things he does for those he cares about is really humbling. He doesn't have much, all the characters don't have much, but they still are willing to help wherever they can. This book, this story, these characters, made me want to be a better person. A person who devotes more time to trying to help others. To trying to ease some of their pain if I can. It was a beautiful story and did inspire me to work to be a more selfless person. 


Day 15: #TackyTuesday – What the tackiest plot or line you ever read?

This one will definitely be short as I am not sure. I am sitting here trying to think of tacky plots or lines and...I don't know. I think part of it is I don't usually think of books or lines as being tacky. I like a lot of books, I like a lot of quotes, and I hate a lot as well. But tacky? I really can't think of anything. 


Day 16: #WomanCrushWednesday – Who is your favorite heroine?

For sure Alice from The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons. She is my all time favorite heroine. She is so badass but also fragile. She will go on the warpath and take down anyone who dares to hurt those she cares about but, as she says, her bones are like glass which can soften and melt so easily when something happens to those she loves. She is so beautifully written. Smart and fierce and everything all rolled into one. She can take care of herself and others, but she can also let them take care of her when need be. She would get angry when someone tried to mess with those she cared for, but she didn't run off half-cocked without a plan to get revenge. She took those minutes or hours she needed to get everything organized so she can take the bad guys down. I loved that she wasn't just a super badass female character. She had depth and was a fully rounded person. She was fragile at times which actually made her stronger. I love her so so much. If you haven't read these books you should. She is freakin amazing. 


Day 17: #ThrowbackThursday -What was your favorite book growing up?

How much time do you have? That is like saying what is my favorite book right now. I could go on and on. I have always been a reader. Always. From my parents reading me books when I was little, to getting books for Christmas, to going to the library every few weeks to get new books, I read all the time. So instead of listing them here I am going to link back to a post from the 2014 BookBlogWriMo talking about my favorite books as a child. It covers a lot of the ones I remember loving and still have fond memories of. You can check it out Here


Day 18: What book events are you most anticipating?

My friend and I go to one book signing every year. It started two years ago when we went up to London to meet a favorite author of ours, only she ended up not being able to attend. We just went to see what it was all about since we had paid for our tickets already and ended up having an amazing time. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by people who also love books and the same kinds of books as I do. To talk to people all day about what you read, who you read, everything was amazing. We knew hardly any of the authors, but we talked to almost all of them and had such a good time. So we then decided that every year we would pick out one to go to and get our book fix again. 

This year we went to Four Brits Book Fest which was awesome. Next year we are going to RARE 17 right here in Berlin!! That is very exciting!! To have such a great author event right here in my adopted hometown! Oh, I can't wait. I am still working my way through the authors I haven't read before (and finding some amazing new authors to follow). It is going to be great!!


Phew! There you go. The last few posts so I am all caught up. Now to see if I can stay on track and post every day for the rest of the month...

Coast (Kick Push #2) by Jay McLean

coast
Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:

One life-changing summer. 
One boy.
The boy.
The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles - smiles he shared with his son.
We filled our days with porch-step kisses, 
filled our ears with laughter, 
filled our hearts with love. 
Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.
But love is misleading.
It's an invisible, fleeting moment.
Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.
It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it, 
who know better than to expect it.
Love is relentless.
Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing, 
turns to pain. 
Love should heal you. 
But it can also break you. 
Believe me, I know...
Because I'm Becca Owens - a broken girl...
...And he's Josh Warden - the boy who broke me.

Review:

*Note: This is the second part of a continuous story. You should have read Kick Push prior to reading this book. Spoiler for that first book ahead*

Oh, Josh how I loved you. If not for him I am not sure I would have enjoyed Coast as much as I did. Really he and Tommy won me over in Kick Push so I wanted them to get their happily ever after. I wanted Josh to have everything he ever wanted, everything that would make him happy, even if that means he is with Becca. I didn't really connect with her in the first book and she annoyed me at times in this one, but she is who he wants so I wanted it to work out for him. He is so sweet, and cute, and funny, and wonderful.

When I first started reading I was reading Becca's sections about how she is afraid of Josh, how he did such horrible things to her and stuff, and I was really confused. How she went on about it I kept thinking did I miss something? I remember Josh had a meltdown at one point when all of the stress got to him in Kick Push, but he just destroyed some things and yelled at everyone, then felt really bad about it. It was understandable, but he never went to physically hurt anyone, and even what he yelled at Becca was heartbreaking for me. He was hurt that this girl he fell in love with was just going to leave him and not tell him. I got it then and still get it now, but I kept thinking there had to be something else. Something to make Becca genuinely fear being around Josh, and not just fear the feelings he brings out in her. So I went back and re-read a bit of Kick Push and didn't see anything 'super horrible terrible he is the worst' that happened. I know she has issues from her mom, but she has been going to therapy and trying to work through them. Even writing this after finishing the story I still don't really understand why she was so afraid of him.

So yeah I didn't care much for Becca. She pretty much didn't ever consider Josh and his feelings, what he is going through, and I hated that. I loved him so much I disliked her because I just wanted him to be happy. He hasn't been able to move on with his life, hasn't been able to move on with anyone else, and he is just going through the motions. He goes back to his hotel room every night sad and alone and missing Becca. He blames himself for breaking her, breaking them, but he really didn't. Even without his meltdown things wouldn't have been super happily ever after because she was already broken. Something would have happened to tear them apart because she needed to work on herself before trying to be with someone like that. Now he still hasn't been able to move on, he still loves her, still wants to be with her, but she is too afraid to. I know she is broken but gah!

The first part of the story was just me yelling at Becca for being so afraid of Josh. For being so cruel even if she doesn't mean to be. For not being strong enough to see that he is one of the sweetest guys ever. Then things start getting better. Josh and Becca slowly start to heal what was broken. And then it was kind of sweet. Seriously Josh is amazing and I loved the slow coming together again of these two characters. After all she has been through and all she feels there is no way they could have just instantly jumped into everything full on. So it was nice. And I was happy. Josh was happy, Tommy was happy (and super cute!) and so it was all good. I'm glad Josh was able to get everything he wanted even if the journey annoyed me at times. This was still a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Beneath These Scars (Beneath #4) by Meghan March

Beneath these scars
Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:

I’m the guy you love to hate. 

In every story in my life, I seem to end up playing the villain—and I’ve got the scars to prove it.

That role works fine for me, because I’m sure as hell not anyone’s hero. 

I run my life and my empire with an iron fist—until she knocks my tightly controlled world off its axis.

She’s nobody’s damsel in distress, but I can’t help but want to save her anyway.

I guess we’re about to find out if there’s a hero buried … beneath these scars.

Review:

Lucas is a good guy who always tries to act like a bad guy. People don't like him much because of this, but deep down he cares about people. If you can get past his defenses he would do anything to keep you safe. 

Yve has a past. A past that she doesn't want anything to do with. Her family is made up of women who are mistresses and her ex-husband...well he is not a good guy. He finally made a mistake that sent him to jail, but he is about to get out. And Yve doesn't know what to do when it looks like he is back and messing with her. She is afraid, but is stubborn and determined to never rely on anyone. To never ask for help. 

When fate intervenes and these two start to spend more time together the sparks fly. Lucas knows that Yve wants him even if she doesn't want to. And when she makes him an offer he can't refuse they start to spend more and more time together. And grow closer and closer. Only Yve doesn't want to really let him in and tell him her past, and he doesn't want to open up his own old wounds. The first parts of the book end up being a lot of super hot sexy time since that is their deal, but it was awesome. I loved getting to know Lucas more, especially after reading him in Beneath This Ink. I am glad to see he is not the super jerk everyone thinks. He just has his own demons to fight. 

And It was super sweet to see Yve let someone in and have someone to lean on. I loved it. Both of them are strong, stubborn people used to getting their own way so it is not easy to get to happily ever after, but they work. 

Such a fun read. I can't wait to read more from this author!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Saturday, November 12, 2016

#BookBlogWriMo Day 11: What is the most romantic line you have read?


Day 11: What is the most romantic line you have read?

Todays prompt is a hard one for me. I read a lot of romantic books, but I wouldn't say I am a really romantic person. I know that might seem odd, but it is true. I don't really get grand romantic gestures and stuff. I don't know. I am weird. I read romance novels, but I don't like them really sappy and romantical and everything. Does that make sense? I can't do them when they are over the top romantic. Except for one of my all time favorite books, Beauty & the Mustache by Penny Reid, which is that super romantic story, but I love it. The author is an evil genius who managed to turn something I usually don't like into something I love more than anything. It is amazing.

Now what does this have to do with the most romantic line I have read? Well since I am not really super romantic...I don't have one. I have some lines that while reading I thought were super sweet, but that is more about the context of the story. When I just read them as stand alone line I just think eh. But when you wrap them in the story with the people you care so much about and what is happening then they turn into wonderful things. So I don't have one. I don't have something that I can so oh, this is soooo romantic and I love it. I just like romantic books, but not super sappy romantic books. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Blog Tour: The Lost Codex (Collectors' Society #4) by Heather Lyons


Now Available on

Synopsis:

Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.
An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.
Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.
Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.
For what is written can still be erased.


Review:

Oh The Lost Codex. I feel like I have been waiting for this book forever, and I only starting reading this series just as The Forgotten Mountain came out. As a side note you should have read the prior three books before this one. These are not stand alone stories. This is the continuation of the last book and picks up right where that one left off.

One of my favorite things about this series is Alice. I heart Alice so so much. She is by far my favorite female I have read. She is everything. She is so strong, such an amazing fighter, but she is also vulnerable at times. She is a lot like me. She will take you down if you hurt someone she cares about. It doesn't matter who you are you do not mess with her. She will be on the warpath until you are dealt with. And I get that. That is how I am. But she is also really vulnerable at times which makes her even stronger. There were parts in this book where she was talking about how her bones are like glass and they can soften and melt so easily, and they might, but that doesn't stop her. That makes her better. I love Alice in this series. She is such a strong character. I could have hated everyone else, everything else about this story and still loved it. That is how amazing she is. She is so strong but vulnerable. She takes charge and takes action, but thinks through her actions as well. She gets things done but is not reckless. You really don't want to mess with her. Amazing.

Now this story was just like the last one for me. So intense. Such a great ride. I swear I have read all of these books on the edge of my seat reading as fast as I can to see what happens next. There are so many twists and turns, so much to deal with, so many villains to try and defeat, but through it all there is always Alice and Finn. Her North Star. Her binary star. They have true love on their side and they will fight against whatever comes at them. When one is weak the other is there to support them. I love them so much. I really cannot say enough good things about this book. You should just go read it. Really if you have read the prior books why wouldn't you be excited for this one?

Through this story we do get a lot of answers. We find out more about the Librarian and I must say I enjoyed her. I had to do some reaseach on her story, but it was fun. And Victor. And Mary who I liked more in this story than in the prior ones. And all of the characters. My heart broke so many times for them for various reasons. I loved this story, I love this world the author created, I love how intense it all is, how much I get into the story. How I was reading most of it with my heart racing hoping everything would work out okay in the end. I am so glad someone chose The Collectors' Society for book club one month. Otherwise I might not have found this incredible series or this author who quickly became one of my favorites. I was so sad to think that this story was coming to an end. Really I hope that is not. That somehow we will get more. That there are more stories to tell. But if not I will have to settle for re-reading this one again and again and again.

Now I do have to add in one thing here. If I loved this story and charaters so much why is my rating not higher? Well, honestly, it is because of the ending. It was okay. It was good. I didn't hate it or anything, but...it was just good. I wish we could have gotten a little bit more. Just a little. But that is the way it is. I know most people loved it, and I enjoyed it, but not as much as the rest of the story.

So overall this was an amazing read. I love Alice so much. She is my favorite female character ever. And this world the author created is so interesting, so different, I wish it were real. Imagine being able to interact with your favorite book characters. It would be wonderful! Oh if only. So go. Grab a copy of The Lost Codex and read this thrilling final chapter in this series. You really don't want to miss it.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating:  ★ ★ 1/2


Prior books in the series: 

About the Author:
Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she's also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 9: How do you feel about annotating books?


Day 9: How do you feel about annotating books?

My opinion on annotating books has changed back and forth over the years. Growing up of course I couldn't write in all my library books and I honestly never even considered writing in any I owned. It wasn't until high school when I had a teacher who strongly encouraged us to write notes in the margins of books. To underline passages. To write all over them. Then I really got into it. It was like the floodgates had opened and I wrote notes in my books as I read. We used the same books year after year and I loved seeing what prior students had written in the margins. It was fun. 

Then I got to college and didn't have much time for pleasure reading. A few years of reading books for class, textbooks, etc, which I never wrote in so that I could sell them back at the end of the semester. I slipped back into the non-habit. Then it was back to all the library books and so I never really made notes in my books again. 

Now I read a lot of e-books which is much easier to make notes in. I did turn off the feature where it shows the most highlighted passages from others, I found it very distracting. I still don't highlight things very often, only when it is something that I absolutely love or really hate, something I want to make sure to remember in a review when I eat it later. There are a few authors that I love so much that I end up highlighting everything, but usually I go through a book without any notes. Plus my paperbacks are all books I have read already. They are all signed, but other than that I want them to stay nice and neat and beautiful. Yeah. So now I am on the highlight some passages in e-books, but no writing in real books camp. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Christmas on Pointe by Samantha Chase

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Synopsis:

It’s Christmastime again in Silver Bell Falls and the whole town is getting in the spirit to help ballet teacher Abby Foster achieve her dream of opening her own dance studio!

Dancing has been Abby’s dream for her entire life – but more than anything, she wanted that dream in her beloved hometown of Silver Bell Falls. Teaching ballet to children at the community center is fine, but she’ hoping for so much more – her own studio, her own business…not to mention maybe meeting Mr. Right and having a family of her own. For almost a year, she’s been picturing Dean Hughes in that role and if he wasn’t such a darn recluse, maybe she’d have a chance.

Solitude and Dean Hughes have always gone hand-in-hand. It wasn’t by choice, but because of circumstances beyond his control. And once again, things are out of his control when he finds himself being named permanent guardian for his five year old niece just in time for the holidays. Dean had always imagined that he’d have a family of his own someday, just not quite like this. With the support of his hometown friends, he knows he’s going to be okay. But it’s Abby’s help with his niece that’s making the biggest difference.

This isn’t the Christmas either of them has planned, but maybe it’s the chance for the most perfect one yet!


Review:

Christmas on Pointe was such a cute read! Perfect for the holidays. 

Abby has always been a dancer. She is back in her hometown teaching ballet at the community center and working at the diner. She has always dreamed of having her own dance studio, but she just doesn't see that that will ever happen for her. She can't afford to build a place let alone find a place in town that would work. She also has a huge crush on the town recluse, Dean. He comes into the diner every morning for breakfast and she is hopeful that one day he will notice her. One day he will talk to her besides just ordering food. 

Dean is the town recluse. He is a good guy, but his family, especially his sister. was a bit of a mess growing up. In the hopes of not being compared to her he tries to be perfect and eventually just stays away from people all together. He is fine, but when his world gets turned upside down, when he has to now take care of his five-year-old niece, Maya, he has to get out into the world a bit more. He has to be part of the community again and try and figure out this single parent thing. 

Luckily for both of them Dean's niece wants to take dance lesson. She loves ballet and wants to be a ballerina. And Abby wants to teacher her, to help Dean, to do whatever she can for them. That is just the way she is. She always puts other people before herself. Always willing to help out when someone needs it. And she loves Dean and Maya and it was a really cute read. I loved the three of them together, I loved them trying to figure everything out. This was a really fun read and perfect for the holidays.


*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

#BookBlogWriMo Day 8: What are your book peeves?


Day 8: What are your book peeves?

Book pet peeves are hard for me. What don't I like? The biggest one is probably people who are too stupid to live. I can't stand that. Not everyone has to be a rocket scientist, but it is usually the girls who are just sooooo stupid and I can't stand it. It is not good.

I also can't stand super descriptive writing. When I could draw you a picture of the entire room that the characters walk through quickly, what they are all wearing at every moment, what they have eaten for every meal since the start of the book, etc it is too much.

That is all I can think of right now. I am a bit behind as life intervened, but I m trying to catch up and get back on track once again. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dirty (RAW Family #2) by Belle Aurora

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Synopsis:

My marriage seemed perfect from the outside looking in.
People envied me. They wanted my life, wanted to be me.

Mrs Alejandra Gambino.
Wife of Dino Gambino. Daughter of Eduardo Castillo.
Respected. Loved. Mob royalty.

They had no idea of the horrors that lurked behind closed doors.
They didn't know I was at the lowest point a person could reach.

Enter Julius Carter.
Aloof, handsome, blue-eyed Julius Carter.

He saved me.
I screwed him over.

Now everybody was after me. My life was forfeit.
It was only a matter of time. I was a dead woman walking.

The question was, who would get to me first?


Review:

Dirty is the second book in the Raw Family series and man was it good. It has been a while since I read the first book, and I don't remember much except the ending (btw you should really read Raw before reading Dirty - there are spoilers for Raw if you read on!!), but as soon as I saw this book was coming out I was excited to read more. I knew it wouldn't be about Twitch, but still I couldn't wait. I wanted to get to know some more characters and see where everything would go from the last one. 

This book was so much fun to read! Julius and Ling Ling and Alejandra and everyone were just so much fun! I loved Julius hardcore. He was really close with Twitch and when he died Julius took it hard. And his partner Ling Ling as well. Okay, I love that he calls her Ling Ling cause it always makes me picture this little Asian girl who is harmless, but we all know Ling will mess you up. I love the contrast so so much. The two of them get called in to settle a dispute between two families, two Mob families, and Alejandra gets mixed up in all of it. 

Now Alejandra? Oh goodness did I love reading her. She is one of the strongest, smartest, best females I have read. Loved her. She is an amazing actress, can put up with so so much, more than anyone should have to, and still be able to do what she needs to when the opportunity arises. I loved her so much. Her marriage looks good from the outside, they look like the perfect married couple, but oh they are not. Man her husband and his brothers are messed up. Seriously. I don't know how she survived living with them. She is so strong. 

Now when the opportunity arises to change her situation she takes it. She doesn't hesitate, she goes for it. She does what she has to. She fights. She doesn't back down. Even when she gets into a bad situation she fights it. Oh, it was great. Though when she ends up with Julius and Ling things do get a bit tricky. Ling is not happy, Julius is intrigued and shouldn't be, it all becomes kind of a mess. Then they all have to figure out what to do about it and how to get out of the situation they are in. 

I loved this story. I will say some of the characters surprised me and I cannot wait for the next book! I want to see some of the people get what they deserve. And I want to see how it will all go down. Plus, Twitch will be back! I am glad we got a bit of his story in here. What he has been doing since the end of the last book. What his life is like. I loved him, I loved Julius, I loved Alejandra, I loved them all! Go read this book. It was amazing and now I have to try and patiently wait for more...

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

#BookBlogWriMo Day 7: What would you put on your Christmas book list?


Day 7: What would you put on your Christmas book list?

What books would I put on my Christmas list? Since I wrote yesterday about how I borrow most books I read this will be a list of favorite books that I would like to own in paperback. Books that I don't already have, so not a complete list of favorites. Here we go!

Oh, one more thing - you can click the title to go to my review (for a series it is to the first book in the series). These are in no particular order, just how they came to me as I was writing this up and I might be missing some.

Kyland and Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan (Really all of the books in the Brothers Sinister series as they are all so so good)

The Martian by Any Weir

Pretty much any book by Laura Florand. My favorite is The Chocolate Touch, but I love them all

Butcher's Crossing by John Williams

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Collectors' Society series and Royal Marriage Market by Heather Lyons

Joe by H.D. Gordon

Trapped by Jack Kilborn

Dark Places: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Once Upon A Time by S.K. Hartley

The Janus Group Series by Piers Platt

More Than Forever & Lucas by Jay McLean

Bang Gang, Sugar Daddies and everything else by Jade West

Graffiti in Love by G.G. Andrews

The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

A Pound of Flesh series by Sophie Jackson

Wasted Words by Staci Hart

Imperfect series by Mary Frame

Beard Science by Penny Reid

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Release Day: The Lost Codex (Collectors' Society #4) by Heather Lyons


It is finally here! The fourth and final book in the Collectors' Society series!! If you have not read these book yet you really should. This is one of my favorite series ever. I heart Alice in this series so so much. So get reading and grab your copy of The Lost Codex today!

Now Available on

Synopsis:

Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.
An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.
Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.
Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.
For what is written can still be erased.


Prior books in the series: 

About the Author:
Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she's also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

#BookBlogWriMo Day 6: Borrowing books v. buying books


Day 6: Borrowing books v. buying books

Borrow or buy? I am a big book borrower. I have always been an avid library user. I remember every two weeks going to the library with my family and retuning all the books I had and checking out new ones. It was always so much fun. Rummaging through the stacks, finding a new book to read. Those were the best days. I still love going to the library or book store and just looking at books, making lists of ones I want to read. I haven't read a lot of classics that everyone else seems to have read and part of this is due to me just grabbing any book that looked interesting from the library. When you borrow books it doesn't matter if you end up disliking it as you just return it and get another one to read.

Besides using the library all the time I also bought a lot of books second hand when I lived in the states. I hardly ever bought any new, really in the states I rarely bought anything new as it is so easy to get good stuff second hand. Now since I live in Germany and am not quite fluent enough in the language yet to read books auf Deutsch I don't have as many books. I do read a lot of ebooks, I still get a lot of them from the library or when they are free/on sale. I rarely buy books from authors I don't know or haven't read yet. Once I have read a book, an ebook, if I absolutely love it then I will buy a paperback of it. Every year I go to an author event with a friend and I will buy some paperbacks of books I loved to get signed by authors in attendance. It is awesome as now my paperback collection is filling up with signed books. I love it! Still don't have that many paper books yet, but slowly but surely I am building my library.

So there you have it. I read so much there is no way I could buy all the books and still have money for food. The library is my best friend when it comes to reading. I get to read all the books I want then purchase the ones I love. That and ebook sales. I know I have said in prior days that I am not up on technology, and it did take me a long time to get on board with ebooks, but now I love them. I love this book related technology! Anything that lets me read so much but not go broke is a great thing in my book. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

#BookBlogWriMo Day 5: What is something that you want to improve about your blog?


Day 5: What is something that you want to improve about your blog?

What do I want to improve? Well I still have on my to-do list to update the look of my blog. I just have an idea of what I want it to look like, a different header and artwork and stuff, but I haven't gotten around to it. It is not that high of a priority at the moment and it entails me learning a bit more about computer programming and all that. I guess I could probably get my husband to help me since he does work in that field. Maybe I will move that up my to-do list for next year.

Something else I want to pursue, maybe not necessarily an improvement, but I want to start making some video reviews. Sometimes it is just easier to talk about a book rather than write about it. I get together with a friend fairly frequently and discuss books and it is so much easier. Especially with books I absolutely love. It is hard for me to really express how much I love something with the written word. But talking? No problem. Then you have all the body language and such to go along with it and I think it would be fun. It would probably be a bit easier for me. I could talk on and on about a book, love or hate or neutral. But writing? That takes me a while and I have to be in the right mood. At the moment I have a huge backlog of books to write reviews for, but part of me thinks that if I made video reviews that would be so much easier and quicker. I still don't think I am really a writer even though I have write reviews for a few years now. I am getting better (look back at some of my first reviews or when I am not in the mood to write and man they are not good). Writing was never my thing. I never cared for it that much, but I do like having reviews for books I read. I read too much not to. So maybe I will figure out this video blog thing next year and integrate that with this written blog. I still need to figure out how I would want that to work, how to write a small review to post on other websites as well, but I will get to that when I have the time to devote to it. 

Beneath This Ink (Beneath #2) by Meghan March

beneath this ink
Available on
Amazon.com * Amazon.de * Goodreads

Synopsis:

I’ve always known she was too good for me, but that never stopped me from wanting her. 

And then I finally had her for one night. 

A night I don’t remember. 

I figured I’d blown my shot. 

But now she’s walked back into my life, and this time, I have the upper hand. I want my second chance. 

Will she be able to see the man beneath this ink?

Review:

Beneath This Ink is the story of Constantine and Vanessa. Con who blames himself for a lot of things. Con who didn't have the best start in life and seems to always loose what he hold most dear. Con who thinks Vanessa is way too good for him. And Vanessa who is a rich girl. Vanessa who always does what other people want. Vanessa who spent one night with Con a few years ago and hasn't been able to really get it out of her mind. Much like Con, but at least she remembers it. Then she left the next morning full of regrets and he hasn't seen her since. Until now. Until she needs something from him. 

Con and Vanessa were so sweet together. Once they were able to get past all of their insecurities and issues and actually talk to each other it was awesome. Con has liked Vanessa forever, but never let her know that. He couldn't be with her and it was a lot easier to pretend he didn't want her than to let her in. Same with Vanessa only her family wouldn't have approved of her being with him so she runs. Now she wants to be the director of the family non-profit, but in order to do so she must get some of Con's family land deeded to the organization. There was a mix up when she was originally planning and now if he doesn't give the land over she won't be in charge. She will have shown that she can't do it, that the test of her being able to run the place failed. So she sucks it up and goes to talk to him. Only he is of course angry. Angry that she left two years ago. Angry that she is only here now for the deed to some land. Angry that he doesn't remember their one night together. 

It was a lot of fun to watch these two. To get to know Con and see all the amazing things he is doing to try and help the kids on the street. To make sure they are fed and have a positive outlet. He was wonderful. And in order to get the deed she so wants she has to give him a chance. Actually date him, but in secret since if she did in public it would ruin her chances with the foundation anyways. It was so much fun watching Con figure out that Vanessa is not the perfect little stuck up rich girl he always thought. That she has issues to. That she wants him too. I really enjoy these books as the characters are just awesome. I loved both of them and seeing them overcome so much with the help of the other. 

There are some other things going on, such as Lucas blackmailing Vanessa and Con trying to find who killed his parents. It all comes to a head at the end in such a wonderful way. It shows how much these characters grew and care about each other. I loved it. Such a fun read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Friday, November 4, 2016

#BookBlogWriMo Day 4: Why did you start blogging?


Day 4: Why did you start blogging?

Why did I start blogging? Honestly? To get free books. That is how it all started. I was waiting for the next book in a series to come out from and author I like and she posted something that said if you have a blog and want an advanced copy to review let me know. And that was that. I had been kind of thinking about starting one before then, but was too lazy. My husband was always telling me I should start a book blog since I was reading so much, but I just kept putting it off. It is so much easier to just read books all day and not worry about anything else. That and I had started other blogs before, but never got anywhere with them as I didn't really make the time to update them as much as I should. So I figured book blogging would be the same. I would start a blog then it would fall to the wayside eventually I figured.

Only once I started blogging about books it was addictive. I loved it. I love the world it opened up to me. I never knew there were so many people out there who loved reading the same things I do. I never know how many awesome self-published authors there were. I never knew this amazing, supportive, awesome book loving world existed. I am so glad I started my blog. Yes, it was to get a free book at first, but it is so much more now. I still don't take the time to really do much with it besides post reviews and such, but I still love it. As I said before I don't take to new technology very well, I lag far behind everyone else it seems, but I do love how easy it is to connect and chat with fellow readers and authors. I am still not good with the online interactions, but I love that if I want I could write my favorite author and tell them how much their books mean to me. I love it and everything about blogging. Now to really learn German so I don't have to study so much and can get back to what I love - reading and writing about books. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Blog Tour: Bishop's Queen (Titan #8) by Cristin Harber


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Synopsis:

“I can't shake the feeling that somebody's watching me.”

One second Ella Leighton’s life was normal—the next, not so much. A social media maven who made her living saving sea turtles, the decision to join a reality TV show was a good one for the cause. But for her… the adjustment wasn’t easy.

Her publicist used phrases like online personality. An overnight celebrity. Everyone explained that was why she couldn’t shake the feeling. But none of their excuses could explain the letters. The pictures. And then her stalker crossed the line, triggering the demand for security.

Bishop O'Kane didn't expect to come face-to-face with his ex-girlfriend when Titan sent him on bodyguard duty. The woman he once loved, the same one he walked away from years ago, was now his responsibility. Opposites in every way, they couldn’t be more different, but maybe they had never needed each other more.

With the FBI falling short in their investigation, the Titan team must rally around the woman with millions of followers, protecting her from her own as Bishop and Ella forge a path of second chances and forgiveness, unburying the past in order to survive.



Excerpt:

His inability to protect her tore at his insides. He carefully stepped closer, knowing that it was a danger zone— her in a towel and crying. She was his weakness, and he couldn’t handle her seemingly so vulnerable and hurt. “We’ll get it figured out.”

“No. We won’t. No one takes this seriously.” She covered her face. Bishop gathered her into his arms. Her skin was semi-damp and warm from the shower, and Ella smelled like soap. She leaned into his arms, dropping her hands, and clung to him as though no one had hugged her in ages.

“You’re getting worked up. It’s fine. Get some shut-eye. It’ll seem less overwhelming in the morning.” He kissed the top of her head, wishing he could dissolve her fear. If only there were a way to drop-kick away every bad memory, every fear. He wanted to just absorb her pain and, God, he wanted to keep her close.

Shit. He was in deep. The tighter she held onto him, the more he needed to make it right.

She burrowed against him, her wet hair dampening his shirt. “I don’t want to sleep.”

He stifled a groan. Now wasn’t the time to follow through on every urge. Never was actually the time. But with her rubbing and swaying against him, this was painful.

About the Author:

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.