Sunday, 26 March 2017

REVIEW: Mr. and Mr. Smith (Tough Love, Book 1) by HelenKay Dimon


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Blurb

Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.

Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—and his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything. . . .

Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.


Review

RATING:




First HelenKay read for me and in retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have had it lingered in my TBR all this time. This story line is the kind I gravitate towards in a movie; full of action and suspense. In a book, even better, because you can add some heat:p

Fisher and Zach are CIA agents playing from different sides. All these secrets and lies, oh my! Fisher was meant to be just a job for Zach, but you know how those things work out, they don’t. Feelings become involved. Feelings get hurt and turn distrustful. Then how do you fix that? While sticking to your mission, to boot!

I understood to a degree why Fisher felt the way he did. The back and forth emotion did tire me out a little at some point. I thought Zach made the better decision under the circumstances, and considering what was at stake at that! Overall though, I really enjoyed the dynamic between these 2… Natural conversations, a bit of levity, and the right chemistry…

The story itself moved at a good pace, like a good action film. It followed a nice arc.

Lastly, I have to give a shout out to Nate and Seth, and the extra humor they added, the kind that you see amongst good friends.

So yay!


About the Author

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin, Samhain, Carina Press, and HarperCollins. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.





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Friday, 24 March 2017

REVIEW: Singe by Aly Martinez

SINGE is the first book in an ALL NEW smokin-hot standalone series by Aly Martinez!




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Blurb
She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her.
I hadn’t been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.
Heroes aren’t always saints. Sometimes, we’re nothing more than jaded sinners driven by sleepless nights and hearts full of darkness.
And then I met her. She was a dreamer who managed to soothe my scars and heal my wounds.
But, as the flames closed in around us, I feared I wasn’t the right man to save her. That is until I realized she was the one woman I’d burn the world down to protect.


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Review
RATING:



Aly is one of the authors whose books I will pick up sight unseen and all. Interestingly enough, her cover and blurb is what caught my eyes the very first time I picked up her book.

With this book, whether I want to or not, the cover definitely hooked me right in. Hello! You gotta be blind to not fall in love with that! No? It’s just me? Anyways, the cover alone was enough for me. Did I pay attention to the blurb? No, not really. Like I said, this is Aly after all. And because I didn’t read the blurb, I thought it actually worked out for me.

On that note, I must say the first 15% threw me off a bit. There I was wondering who these nasty people are and what parts they play. Then I was wondering who all these alpha dudes are and what parts they play. Then the story opened up and in true Aly form, you see the angts-y passionate pull b/w Jude and Rhion.

Jude and Rhion’s past history is brimming with scars and regrets. When they met again, there was much to be said to one another. Unexpectedly, in their own way, they’ve become each other’s salvation.

Rhion, the secret writer that she is, paid homage to other popular writers and tropes in the current romance scene, which was cute. She’s got her demons to fight but she didn’t lose her humor, luckily, and her quirky behaviour. Jude can be intense at times but he also made me laugh. And he made me swoon. The heat b/w these 2 is like a given, yowza! But one thing that stood out in my head is their humorous interaction. This one small scene about the biscuits just makes me smile every time I think of it. Don’t ask my why!

The suspense part nicely tied in their past. I had my suspicions but it still surprised me. That bonus POV definitely piqued my interest.

As the start of a new series, it is a standalone but it also introduces a lot of characters who will get their stories later. Alpha dudes who I can already tell will melt my heart, eek!

At this rate, my love for Aly’s books just keeps growing exponentially. I’ve yet to read a book from her that misses the mark. It’s a lot of pressure to put on an author, I realize that, but I think she’s up to it. So just putting it out there… is all…



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.



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Thursday, 23 March 2017

REVIEW: Drowning by Marni Mann & Gia Riley

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Synopsis
Clay ran from his family, his career. From every dream he ever had. He ran until he crashed.   Andi escaped the screams, the fists. The pain that knocked her down. She ran until she was thrown.   Brought together by a world of darkness and deceit, all they have is each other. Freedom is what they want. Though it comes with a price.   Because the second they stop running, they'll drown.
   
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REVIEW

RATING:




Before anything else, let me just say that this is another case of “it’s not you, it’s me” sadly. I honestly don’t know what happened. While Gia is a new-to-me author, Marni isn’t. I’ve highly enjoyed Marni’s previous works. So I’m thinking this is just me.

It’s a good story, with lots of good source of angst, suspense and all kinds of hotness. The h (eek, I don’t even remember her name... *reads blurb* oh yes, Andi), running away from a terrible situation and the H, Clay, running away from his present as well. Despite all the ugliness in their lives, they realized they have each other. They ran, they tried, they failed, they succeeded but at a high price, and they fixed things.

Both characters are layered but I felt detached from them and all the events happening in their lives. Rather than being immersed in the scenes, it felt like seeing things from a bird’s eye view. Tried as I could but sadly, the feelings stayed til the end.


Looking at GR reviews, I’m in the minority, and I’m glad I am. 
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About the Authors
Marni Mann:
Bestselling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their two dogs, who have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.    
Gia Riley:
Author Gia Riley has been in love with writing romance since high school when she took her very first creative writing class. From the small but mighty state of Delaware, she’s a country girl at heart, traveling back to her roots in Pennsylvania as often as she can. She’d rather pick truth than dare, bake than cook, and will always choose coffee over tea. Just like life, her stories always have a mixture of heart and humor. You can connect with Gia on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. She also has a reader group, Gia Riley’s Books, on Facebook. Stop by anytime, she loves hearing from readers!  
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

RELEASE BLITZ: Unprofessional by JD Hawkins

 

Unprofessional by JD Hawkins

Release Date: March 22nd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Blurb

What happens when the internet's favorite playboy falls in love?
I have the best job in the world. Date beautiful women and write about it.
But I want to take it to the next level: instead of writing about my experiences make it into an online reality show.
But here is the catch. My boss wants me to share the show with a woman co-host. And he wants that woman to be my best friend and co-worker, Margo.
I’ll date beautiful women and she’ll date hot men. Sounds fair enough.
So now I have to watch her fake date hot men. I used to love going home with a different woman every night, but suddenly this isn’t as fun. Seeing Margo with anyone else is driving me crazy.
And the more time I spend with her working on the show, the less I want to keep our relationship in the friends’ zone. And the harder it is to stop myself from imagining her bent over the copier.
Things are about to get unprofessional.

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EXCERPT:

 
“Thank god you live on the ground floor,” I say, as I rummage for her keys in her bag with one hand while keeping her from falling with the other. It’s not that I haven’t been to Margo’s place before, but when we hang out it’s usually at work functions or the occasional bar, and at the moment I can’t shake the feeling that I’m intruding a little.
“You know, you’re really f*cking hot,” she slurs, giggling. My c^ck stirs at the brush of her lips so close to my neck, her warm breath against my skin. I have to shake it off.
“And you’re really f*cking drunk,” I reply with a forced laugh, as the key finally catches and I kick the door open.
“No…I mean it,” she says as I step into her apartment, still holding her in my arms. “You’re like…the most beautiful man.”
“That’s very sweet of you,” I say, as I open a few wrong doors (closet, bathroom) until I find her bedroom. I walk in and lay her down on the bed, then pull away, setting her bag on the night table. “You should probably just rest a bit, let it pass.” I unlace her boots and ease them off gently, setting them on the floor before straightening up to go. This feels familiar, although I haven’t carried a too-drunk Margo home from a party and put her to bed since our undergrad years. “You need anything? Water, or—”
“Yeah.” Margo smiles.
“What?”
Instead of answering, she mischievously beckons me closer. I look at her, dress rolling up around her thighs, twisting her body up in the sheets, my imagination starting to whirl a little.
“Come here!” she yelps impatiently.
This could mean trouble—the problem is, I like trouble. I groan and go nearer to the bed.
“Closer,” she giggles, and I’m taken with the smile, the way she grinds into the bed…
“What?”
Her hand pulls on my shirt, her smile goes and instead her mouth is open now, weakened like she’s preparing to kiss me. I could so easily fall into her here, so easily bring my mouth onto hers, put my own hands under her clothes. I can almost taste her, appetite stirring…
Except being a real man doesn’t just mean knowing when to make a move, it also means knowing when you shouldn’t.
“Nice try,” I say, pulling back.
Margo laughs and pounds her fists onto the bed with disappointment.
“But I need to see what’s under your shirt. You still got those Grand Canyon abs, I bet.”
“Ok. That’s my cue to go,” I say, half-out the door. “See you tomorrow.”
“No! Come on! Please! I remember the view was f*cking amazing. Just a little peek. A tiny little peek for old time’s sake. Come on, Owen! Don’t be an a$$hole. You know you want to show it off.”
I look back at her, hand on the doorknob, and find myself laughing.
“Happy now?” I say, pulling up my shirt a little way.
Margo screams and falls back onto her pillows laughing.
“I knew it! Just as perfect as that night you got locked out of the girl’s dorm,” she says, as I close the door and leave.
When I get back to my car, I’m still smiling.
    
  

About the Author:

JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independent women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn't writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He's always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.

 

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

COVER REVEAL: Wicked Favor & Wicked Wish by Sawyer Bennett

Sad to have seen The Wicked Horse come to an end? Well, a new one’s been opened in Vegas and it’s hotter than ever! Wicked Favor & Wicked Wish are the first two books in the new series from New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett.

Wicked Favor releases June 5th and Wicked Wish releases August 15th, both are standalones.

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New York Times bestselling author, Sawyer Bennett, is happy to introduce a new Wicked Horse club in Las Vegas and you’re cordially invited to attend the grand opening... As the owner of The Wicked Horse, an elite sex club located along the Vegas Strip, Jerico Jameson never spends the night alone. Gorgeous, ripped, and totally alpha, Jerico doesn’t grant favors and will rarely give you the time of day—unless he wants you in his bed. So when the sister of his sworn enemy shows up asking for help, saying no should be easy. But when Jerico takes one look at her and sees an opportunity to help this beautiful woman while exacting revenge on her brother, he’s not about to pass that up. Beaten and bruised, Trista Barnes is running out of options, and Jerico is her last chance to get out of the mess she’s in. She doesn’t know why Jerico despises her brother so much, but as long as he can help her, she doesn’t care. Jerico offers her safety while opening her up to a sinful world she never knew existed. As she succumbs to Jerico’s erotic charm, Trista lets herself fall into the wicked world of guilt free pleasure with no regrets. Under his strong alpha hand, she blooms, and so does Jerico’s possessiveness. But what happens when Trista finds out she was a pawn in Jerico’s game all along, and that the price for his favor was steeper than she ever imagined – her heart.

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In celebration of the opening of The Wicked Horse Vegas, you can now purchase The Wicked Horse series as a boxed set! The Wicked Horse Boxed Set is available for a limited time only.

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Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside to make every one of your dirty fantasies come true.

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Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.



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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

REVIEW: Worth of Waste (DeLuca Duet, Book 2) by Bethany-Kris



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DeLuca Duet, Part Two

The Chicago Mob is the same as it has always been—violent, greedy, and excessive. The Outfit families have turned their backs when they were needed the most one too many times, but Dino DeLuca didn’t expect anything different.

His whole life has been lived for the Outfit—for his family.

He has a whole new set of reasons to live and fight now.

Karen Martin makes Dino change all the rules.

He’s finally ready to show everyone just how much waste is truly worth in the mafia, and just how far one will go for freedom from it all.

He’s learned these lessons well.

Too well.

Author’s Note: The DeLuca Duet is a standalone duet with a HEA ending that can be read independently.


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REVIEW

RATING:




Wow, this was sooo not an easy road for Dino and Karen!

This picks up right where the first book ended. Right from the get go, I wondered how these 2 will ever find their happy ending. Dino, as you learned from the first book, has not had an easy life. And he was in prison, for cryin’ out loud!

But when there's a will, there's a way, as they say. Lucky for Dino, Karen loves him unconditionally. It allowed Dino to plan knowing that Karen is there for him. It’s poignant and commendable to see how these 2 fought for what they want, especially Dino.

Dino’s a made guy but he’s not high enough in the pecking order. So Dino has very little control over his own life. And to have a family member above him as vile as his uncle, it was a harsh life. Karen just wants to be with Dino. But as an outsider that Dino wants to stay as an outsider, it’s not easy street for her either.

This might sound weird but Dino and Karen’s story made me melancholic. For a couple of people who wants the simple things, it was anything but. The measures that Dino had to take to get to their HEA had me jumpy the whole time because it truly felt the rug can be pulled underneath them at any second. Along the way, their times together felt so limited that you can’t help but savor it the way they did.

Their HEA ending was probably the best outcome anyone can ask for given their circumstances. I’m just glad these 2 got to that point in one piece. Sigh…





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Friday, 10 March 2017

BLOG TOUR: The Cad and The Co-Ed by Penny Reid & LH Cosway

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The Cad and The Co-Ed, a quirky and sexy romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is available now!!

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THE CAD
Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.
Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.
The only problem is, no one believes him.
THE CO-ED
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.
The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.
THE PLAN
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.
Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.
But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

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REVIEW

RATING:




As I write my review, I put myself thru the exercise of going thru parts of a book to try to remember if there are things that I questioned or didn’t enjoy at the end of it all, and when I can’t think of any, that’s how I know it’s a 5-star read.

Such is the case with this 3rd standalone installment by Penny Reid and LH Cosway. I’ve still yet to read the 1st book (for shame!) but I can see that this series just keeps getting better.

Bryan and Eilish have quite the interesting start. It’s not quite second-chance rom but I suppose it is their version of second-chance. A one-sided one-night stand that went awry really fast, with quite an “evidence” as proof. Five years later, their paths crossed again.

First off, I love the humor and the sentiment. If this were a movie, it would’ve been one of those well-crafted comedy-drama flicks.

I love being both in their heads. They’re both so funny. I love seeing their vulnerabilities and how that translated with their words and actions in a way that I was constantly cheering them on, even in the midst of their misunderstanding. They both have to go thru their respective growth and I love the path it took them.

Eilish is a good h. I understood her motivation. But I must say, I’m all about Bryan. I could’ve stayed in his head the entire time and I would’ve been ok. Not that Eilish was a foregone conclusion; it’s just that Bryan had more at stake, so to speak. He had me cracking up and at the same time, I just wanna put him in a bear hug.

And if you’re a fan of the series, you’ll be happy to hear that you’ll see familiar names. Sean, in particular, continues to steal the scenes, as far as I’m concerned. Oh, Sean! These rugby fellas, I tell ya, you gotta love them! I feel one will be getting his turn soon. And if I may just say one last thing, I enjoyed the headings of each chapter. Those Twitter convos alone got me smiling goofily.

So far, I only have 3 fave author collabs, and Penny and LH are definitely one of them... If it’s up to me, they can keep writing this series and I’ll keep reading. I totally heart this series!

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling 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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Meet L.H. Cosway:

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.
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