Friday, July 15, 2016

Enough, Jericho Brotherhood book 1 by Jade Chandler....... Review by Dawn

She wanted nothing to do with me. Well, that's too f*cking bad.

My MC brothers call me Dare for a reason. I never back down from a challenge. And Lila was the sweetest challenge I ever faced.

From the moment she walked into my tattoo shop, she was going to end up in my bed. Tied up, moaning my name and begging for more.

Her past was a nightmare and I couldn't guarantee her a future. But I could promise her a good time.

I didn't know what we would turn into, let alone how hard it'd be to stay away after my selfish ass sent her packing.

Problem is, my girl is hot, so the same men I call brothers tried to claim her.

There's not enough bourbon in the world to help me forget the love we shared. But to get her back, to prove she's more to me then a quick lay, I'll have to tell her the secret I've been hiding from everyone.

Before she's gone forever.

Book one of The Jericho Brotherhood

I am a big fan of MC romances and this did not disappoint. I new to Jade Chandler and let me tell you, I will be back!!!

I was drawn into this story by the really powerful writing, I felt it all. This book made me emotional. You have two leads that have these horrible pasts and you can fill the pain when they reveal them to each other. 
I trusted Dare, I know that sounds strange, but I did. I knew he would keep his word to Lila, he would never hurt her. Their relationship starts out innocent enough "friends with benefits" we all know that never works, EVER. This story has some of the best and steamiest sex scenes in it, that I have read in a very long time. It is without a doubt very sexual and I thought it was delicious.
I really think the depth of the cast is going to play out very well in this series. You get a glimpse of a the MC members and I am very intrigued. Zayn, has my interest more than the others. I loved the friendship he showed Lila and I just know that is a bad boy under all the kindness he showed her. Bear had me loving him, he is funny and I loved that he took to Lila, although he wanted her to do porn! The group of friends Lila assembled were such a fun treat to get to know. I am ready for book 2!
This series has so much potential and I am dying to find out what happens next !
I did encounter one thing that makes this a 4.5 Clocks instead of 5. I am still confused as to what the heck Jericho was trying to do when he played with Dare and Lila. I am still lost a bit on that.
But this is a great story and I will be back for more!


Gun Runner, Mafia Made Book 1 by Scott Hildreth...... 5 clock review by Dawn


Once, I took down terrorists on the front lines as a marine.
Now I'm in the business of bad.
I've sold guns to people others might not approve of.
I've eliminated the criminals, the lowlifes and the thugs who've tread on my turf.
And I looked the Sicilian Mafia boss in the eye and told him to f*** off.
No one tells me no, unless it's their last word.
I didn't just act the part of bad—I lived it. Then she stumbled into my life.
I tried to stay away from her. Tried focusing on moving my merchandise. But one smile from Terra was like a shot to the heart.
She's mine now. And no one threatens what's mine.


I've seen a lot of terrible things in my life.
I grew up around lies and deception, and I ran away from all of them.
Until I met him.
I knew he was corrupt. I knew he was dangerous.
I should have stayed away, but my attraction to him, my need for him, overrode my logic.
Now I love him.
If he finds out who I am, we're done and I'll be nothing.
I never wanted to be the Mafia princess they tried to make me, but mia familia had other plans. And what mia familia wants…it gets.
Only Michael Tripp can save me.

Book one of the Mafia Made series

I LOVE mafia stories and I feel that I have read enough to say, that I can be pretty particular about my  Boss, Capo, Cosa Nostra, Don's... you get my point. So I get irrationally thrilled when an author nails it and Scott Hildreth, does. He nails this so hard. 

I read this book in 6 hours, I could NOT walk way. I broke my reading rules, I let my kids go chase Pokemon', I just could not put it down. There is no pussyfooting around, we jump right in, Terra is in danger and is helped by a handsome stranger Tripp. Helping her out was easy, staying away from her and keeping himself focused is the hard part. 
Terra is smitten with her rescuer, she wants to know more about him. But when she digs deep and finds out his true career path, can she live with Michael Tripp being a Gun Runner?  
This is a sexy and thrilling read! There is just something about the way Mr. Hildreth writes a leading man. I want to say it's because he is a dude. He just gets it, he writes these manly men that we all want and Tripp, does not disappoint. He is blunt and to the point, he has no time for BS. An ex Marine who has a special skill set that may or may not make him a Bad Guy. 

Terra, well she is Mafia royalty and loves her family, just not their business. She decides she wants to get to know Michael, but not let him know exactly who she is. I was a bit put off by the fact that she got so angry with Tripp when she found out what he did for a living. Mad that he was less than truthful to her. Um, Hello sweetheart, you are lying as well !!! I mean I knew it was going to happen, because this is book 1. Honestly, I usually will not read a series until all the books are published... I'm a greedy gal... But when I saw a Hildreth book up for ARC review, well I HAD to have it.

For those people who say "men can not write a sex scene" you need to read this!! I found it so sexy and erotic. It was not nasty, it was very loving at times and 
animalistic at other times and HONEY, it all WORKS!!! 

The supporting cast I am thoroughly intrigued by, Cap and Michelle I am dying to see what happens between them. Michelle is my kind of girl! Cap, had me laughing so hard. His love of Netflix and basically all things TV, had me cracking up. He is a wise man and I am so invested in him. 

Book 2, is going to be a book that I will be feening for. I am so ready to see what is going to play out. So many variables, so many ways this could be played out! UGH, waiting is not my strong point. 

Gun Runner by Scott Hildreth gets 5 Clocks 
from me!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dirty Work by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert....... Review by Dawn

After serving his country with distinction on the battlefield, there’s only one place left for Jude Titan to fight – Washington, DC. The people of the great state of Illinois welcomed home their hero, and it’s because of them that he’s running for Congress. #TrustTitan

But there’s a problem. His opponent, Reagan Preston, is a temptation he can’t afford.

Reagan Preston grew up in politics, groomed from an early age to carry on the family tradition. She’s in the biggest fight of her life against the golden boy, Jude Titan. It’s an uphill battle against one of the most eligible bachelors in Chicago, but she’s ready. With the backing of her family and friends, her campaign is a force to be reckoned with. #PurePreston

What starts out as a fight for the ages turns into an attraction so intense they’ll both risk ruin for it. #PoliticsIsFilthy #DirtyWork

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I VOTE FOR JUDE TITAN!!! Wow, it takes a lot to really get me falling for one of our leading men. Sure I can like them, swoon over them and even put a face to the man. But Jude, well he is just so delicious and I crushing hard on Mr. Titan. He is a man of substance and I appreciate that. I was so happy that they didn't make him a complete slime ball politician. He stands for what he believes and will stop at nothing to get his voice heard. The authors made him very believable, his stance on the way veterans are treated in this country after they return home is certainly very relevant. The timing of this book is spot on, with a BIG election coming up, it really does make you think about what you want in a leader.   

Now, Reagan Preston...WHAT A SPITFIRE!  I really enjoyed reading about her. She believes in the government that she has served. Her father has prepared her for this her whole life, but nothing could have prepared her for Jude Titan.  She really wants to win, but is she in it for the right reasons? I found Reagan to he hilarious, the banter between Reagan and Lexi, her bff and campaign manager,  was so funny. I was cracking up! 

Reagan and Jude's attraction is instant and undeniable. The debates bring out a passion in both of them, the spark it ignites, is explosive. When they start to become friends you really can see how this could happen. They have much in common and yet, they are vastly different. Both believe in their causes and will stop at nothing to make sure they are addressed. Even a friendship is dangerous between Jude and Reagan...ruthless campaign managers, overbearing parents, OH! and of course that pesky "one is a Democrat and the other is a Republican thing"... there's that.  But denying it is far worse than acting on the attraction.  
Hot and steamy is a gross understatement!!!  Just wait until you meet Jude and Reagan... you can thank  me later. 


Preppy, The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater 

by T.M. Frazier
October 25th
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Bowtie...'till I DIE.
Samuel Clearwater, A.K.A Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f*ck. 

He’s worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he’s always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he’s torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves. 

Andrea ‘Dre’ Capulet is strung out and tired. 

Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she’s become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever.  

And their deaths. 

For most people, death is the end of their story.
For Preppy and Dre, death was only the beginning. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Bloody Kingdom (Ruthless People book 4) by JJ McAvoy..... 5 Clock Review by Dawn

It has been eight years since the Callahans defeated Avian Doers and conquered Chicago. Melody is now the Governor and public face of the family, while Liam rises as the Ceann na Conairte of both the Irish and Italians.

Their reach is limitless; their power endless...but is it possible to have too much power? Can Liam and Melody raise a family, a city, and an empire?

Only a fool would try to stop them now

What an amazing ending....or is it? I just finished A Bloody Kingdom and rushed right into my review. The thoughts running through my head have got be put to paper. This was EPIC!!! Is that word still a thing? Anyway, holy hell this was everything I wanted it to be. EVERYTHING!  

Was there really any other way that it could have went? You have these two people who do horrible things, although most of them deserved it... but still.
This story made me sob and I mean SOB. I sent the author a nasty message, I stopped reading it because I just knew something bad was going to happen to one of my beloved Callahan's. Never did I EVER think this was going to happen. I knew, Author JJ McAvoy was wanting to take this in the direction of the kids growing up, so I was expecting something BIG and well, she delivered...

I just didn't think I would feel so emotional towards Melody. I sorta hated her, when she started training the kids. OH! and what Dona was put through. OMG I hated Melody for that. Reading how it effected Declan and Liam, I was sure one of them was going to kill Mel. I wanted to!

Liam, you sexy beast have grown on me so much. I will always refer to you when I read other Mafia books. You will always be the BOSS I compare every other head of a family to. You are Ceann na Conairte, my Alpha Dog! No one will ever replace you.

Mel and Liam, they grew so much in this series. I believe this was handled perfectly by Miss. McAvoy.  We saw an arranged marriage become more than a business transaction, we saw an understanding form between them, neither one was more important than the other. Their mutual respect for each other was made clear throughout the series. But, their LOVE... their love for each other was so strong in Bloody Kingdom. I was a mess in the last 12 chapters! I cried for Liam, then I cried for Melody.  I LOVE THEM! 

I am excited to know what is going to happen next. I look forward to finding out what the kids are going to do in their  lives . I am very intrigues about what Ethan is going to do now that he is head of the mafia.... and that is all I am giving you .... 

Bravo, Bravo, Bravo Author JJ McAvoy, A Bloody Kingdom is phenomenal!!! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 Clock Review .....Cream of the Crop: The Hudson Valley Series by Alice Clayton..... Review by Dawn

Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it

I often want to kick myself for waiting so long between my Alice Clayton books! 
THIS IS FANTASTIC!!!! The story of Oscar and Natalie is just so many things... 
its sexy, its funny, its empowering to women!!!! I fell in love with the setting the sub characters, Chad and Logan gah, I just want to hang out with them. Roxie and Leo are just so much fun and little Polly and her swear jar!!! It is rich in characters, as well as story.
I found Natalie to be in inspiration. Her self acceptance and flirtatious nature just made me want and long to be friends with her. She is an amazing leading lady! I can honestly say that I am a changed woman after reading this story. I am no longer going to focus on all my flaws and instead, I am going to embrace them and ROCK IT! Her story is like many of us Curvy girls story, (well maybe a little less sex...) overcoming ones self is often the hardest hurdle. She is easily in my TOP 5 leading ladies of all time!!!!Oscar, holy cow <--- (see what I did there?) He was described in such detail I have the perfect picture of him, and me likey! A man of few words, but those words are often very meaningful and usually very humorous. He is a man with a big heart and sometimes that leads to misunderstandings. Oscar and Natalie take the saying a "roll in the hay" to a whole new level and it is delicious. His infatuation with Natalie's posterior, is hilarious! The banter between these two is nothing less than , AMAZING! Ms. Clayton has a way with words and I ate each and everyone of them up!!!
This is such a sexy story and when I say "sexy" I mean holy hell, get me a fan and a glass of ice cold water!!!! What makes it even sexier is Natalie and her confidence. She is a curvy girl and makes no apologizes for it. Natalie is more of a "real" woman  and that made me connect with her in a way I never have with a leading lady. We need more Natalie's in the romance genre. She needs to be the new norm!!!  

BRAVO and CONGRATULATIONS to Alice Clayton on writing a Phenomenal story that needed to be told.    
I am hooked on this series and look forward to book 3 !!!!

5 Ecstatic Clocks for 
Cream of the Crop  

Friday, May 13, 2016


Realization hit me like a ton of bricks.
I was never a choice.
I was not even in the running.
I was never good enough.

CRAVE ME by Bestselling Author M. Robinson
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