Saturday, January 12, 2019

Good Time by Jana Aston......... Review by Dawn

Good Time by [Aston, Jana]
Marrying a stranger tops the list of things you should never do in Las Vegas, but I did it anyway.
The entire night was my idea. I was the one who suggested a wake-up-with-a-tiger kind of night. Instead, I woke up with a ring on my finger and Vince Rossi in my bed.
Vince, who was nothing like I thought he was and everything I never knew I needed. 

Suddenly I was falling head-over-heels in love with my accidental husband and the idea of ending this union was the last thing I wanted.
I wanted forever.

So what if we barely knew each other? Statistically speaking, our odds were as good as anyone’s. 

Until the annulment papers landed on my doorstep…

Dawn's Review

Long time reader, first time reading Jana Aston and I am hooked! I loved this book so much! It was such a fun read. I read a lot of heavy darker books. I was looking for something to make me laugh and a quick easy read, Good Time delivered. 

I was literally giggling and LOLing at 4am. I really enjoyed Payton's quick whit and hilarious inner monologue. Her habit of making up words and using them in normal conversation, right along with her using words at the wrong time, had me rolling. Payton, is a woman who knows what she wants and it not afraid to say it, even if it is unintended. She believe's in laying it all out there and letting the chips fall as they may. When presented with an opportunity to spend the evening doing Vegas, with 3 men, 2 whom she works with and one who she wants...Vince. This is not the first time Payton has laid eyes on him and claimed him as her "future husband and baby daddy." But it is the first time she gets to let Vince, know she is giving him a "fast pass" to all things Payton. The only question is, does Vince want the golden ticket?

Vince Rossi, is the owner of a strip club in Vegas. You know the type, fat, greasy, stale cologne...that guy. Well, Payton was sure in for a surprise when Mr. Sex on a Stick, walks in and introduces himself as the owner of said strip club. Vince, is mysterious and so very inviting to Payton. He is shocked with her "hold nothing back" kind of attitude, shocked that she is putting it all out there. When he agrees to be apart of the rouse to get Lydia (Patton's bestie) and one of his customers together, little did he know it would change his life. A simple game of A or B leads to a marriage Vegas style and a wife that has disappeared the next day! 

The hilarity that ensues between, Payton, Vince, Canon, Mark and Lydia, is top notch. Canon, being the maid of honor and taking it upon himself to hack all of Payton's info, had me cackling. Payton, making Girl Trooper badges for Lydia, as she is discovering her sexual desires, had me in a giggling fit. Mark, is Payton's work husband and their banter and playing off each other, was so much FUN! While reading this story I send a message to my friend and told her that it reads like any conversation that I would have with her or my life long best friend. I literally pictured myself saying 90% of the dialogue.

This is a super fun read and I highly recommend it!

5 Clocks for Good Time 
by
Jana Aston
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Friday, December 14, 2018

Beautifully Broken by KB Winters ..... Review by Dawn




Beautifully Broken (Reckless Bastards MC Book 1) by [Winters, KB]


As an ex-Navy SEAL there are a few guarantees in life.

Avoiding relationships is one of them. Dealing with PTSD is another. 
So when I come across the Reckless Bastards MC, it’s perfect for a man like me.
Last thing I expect is to encounter Jana Carter at a painting class. Don’t ask why I was there.
I can hardly keep my eyes off of her. She’s a shy, sultry vixen, and she grabs a hold of me so hard, I can’t let go.
But, I don’t expect to fall for any women—much less find one who can deal with me and my messed up past. 
Just when I thought I’d built strong walls around my heart, I discover her walls are reinforced with steel. She’s so pure, so innocent—and hard.
Against all the odds, I want her.
I’ll do anything to have her, to make her mine.





This is a new to me MC author and I will have to say that I did enjoy this book. NOW, with that said, I hardly found this book to be a "true" MC book. The club was a pit stop and not the destination. With being touted as MC, is sorta of a stretch. BUT this is BOOK 1 so maybe that was the intention of the author to introduce the characters in this manner.... Still, it bothered me because we really never met "the club." To me this was a guy who knew members of an MC. JUST MY OPINION ! 

 Jana, was incredibly likable. Her smart mouth and quick wit were hilarious and at times heart breaking. She and her best friend Teddy, are a flipping dream team. They call each other out on their bull and pull each other up when they are down. Being that Jana, is scared and wants to live a life in isolation, Teddy makes it her job to bring her out in public. Jana's story is heart wrenching and I honestly thought we would get more of it. I thought past people were going to show up again, but they didn't and I am not sure how I feel about that. 

Max, is carrying scars of his own. Suffering from PTSD, he is suffering nightmares and drinking too much just to cope. He is seeing a therapist on the regular, but it is not helping all that much. When it is suggested that he get back to things he enjoyed doing before the military, like sex ... so he goes back to painting. Attending a class that does in fact change his life, when he meets Jana. 

The friendship that develops was really a beautiful read. Max, by no means hides his attraction to Jana, but he lets her make the moves (not very MC.) But once she does, they are explosive!

Now, this is how the club is involved. They happen upon Jana one day at the grocery and insult her...YEAH. Max, catches it and well loses his mind, but still it is never really resolved. (Not very MC.) Max, goes to the club that he has not visited in months (um, hello?) and they are all just welcoming... I had a hard time with this, he was a dang nomad at this point, not a member.
Overcoming their pasts and being honest is difficult for both Jana and Max. It is especially hard when Max, runs at the first sign of trouble....many times. He is suffering and refuses to let Jana in . Jana on the other had, has made her mind up. If he can't be there full time, he isn't allowed to be there at all, even if she is in love with him.

This story does have a very good message about excepting help from other and overcoming your monsters to see the beauty right in front of your eyes. For that reason alone, this book gets 4 clocks. I just wish it was either a TRUE MC or not described that way. AGAIN, these are just my opinions. 





4 Clock for Beautifully Broken 
by
KB Winters



Owen , An Undercover Billionaire Novel by Melody Anne. Reveiw by Dawn


Owen (Undercover Billionaire Book 3) by [Anne, Melody]




There was a time when Eden’s entire world revolved around Owen Forbes. They were inseparable childhood sweethearts. They planned a life together. Then, without so much as a goodbye, Owen vanished. Now, after ten years, he’s returned to town as the hottest new firefighter on the force. Whatever secrets pulled them apart, Eden can’t fight the sparks reignited by the man who broke her heart.
Owen knows he did Eden wrong. If only he could tell her why. As body meets body, he’s whispering for a second chance—wanting her back so bad it hurts. It can also be dangerous. An arsonist is targeting the small town of Edmonds, and Eden with it. And it’s Owen himself who’s become engulfed in suspicion.
Eden knows that with a past as hot and mysterious as Owen’s, their future together could go up in flames. Because the one man she’s afraid to trust is the only man she desires—and the only one who can save her.






Dawn's reveiw

This is a second chance romance that is told through dual pov's and I appreciated that. I did think this story was a good addition to the Undercover Billionaire's series by Melody Anne. I just didn't love it. It was sexy as we know Melody, does really well. It was full of angst, mystery, love and resolution for Owen and Eden. 
I loved that she made Owen a fire fighter, that in itself made him very likable. Eden, was a strong "I can take care of myself" kind of leading lady. It was tiresome at times, but she was determined to show just how strong she was, almost to a fault. 

Owen and Eden, I really wanted to love them and I did for the most part. I did grow tired of the back and forth and continued beating a dead horse, it was a lot.  It really became very hard to keep my mind on the book, because I knew it was coming ...AGAIN. 
There were many things I did like about the book. The angst and suspense were on par and really kept me vested in that part of the story.  Owen,  was likable and I sorta of wanted to be mad at him for just up and leaving Eden. Once the reasoning behind it was revealed, he became a bit more likable, but I still didn't love him. He cut everyone off and it was just "OK he's back, all is good."
Eden, I was a little more on the fence about. OK, you love him have always loved him, but you were completely heart broken by him , but you jump in bed with him at any given time.????  I wanted her to quit going rogue and doing all this crazy dangerous stuff, when warned that she was in danger. 
I am still at a bit of a loss as to why the Forbes are targeted. I am however looking forward to Declan's book. He has been a mystery all this time and I am curious about him. 



3.5 Clocks for Owen 
by
Melody Anne

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by NetGalley




Saturday, December 1, 2018

Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynne......... 5 Clock review by Dawn


Moonlight & Whiskey by [Lynne, Tricia]When life gives you curves, you gotta learn how to rock them.
Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?

Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.

As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.


~Dawn's Review~

I love finding new author's! I am so stoked to have found Moonlight & Whiskey just waiting on me to devour in a DAY! 

This is just the book I was looking for and a new author, which I have been craving.  The writing is really fantastic! I am a super smart mouth so I related so much to Avery on so many levels. I am also a curvy girl who loves my curves and have a man who loves them as well.  This story is a lesson in self acceptance and loving one's self for exactly who you are. Even the "beautiful people" have self doubt and are always finding some flaw, we all do. When Avery and Declan meet, it is fireworks instantly and I was 100% in. The verbiage used to describe our leads, was spot on, I had a clear mental picture of what Avery and Declan looked like and my imagination went wild. 

Avery, is everything we want in a leading lady. She doesn't hold back on much of anything, she says whatever comes to mind and sometimes that gets her into trouble... or asked out. 
Declan , is a super hot guy, a sexy rock singer and so much more. He has no business being attracted to Avery (according to Avery) but oh, is he. One touch and the electricity shoots through both of them and there is no denying something is going to happen.  
Explosive does not even begin to cover the fireworks that Avery and Declan share when they decide to give into their shared passion.   What is suppose to be a vacation fling is setting up to be something that is so much more. Both Avery and Declan,  are harboring secrets that are eating them up inside. Avery, is afraid to let herself go and just live her best life, free of judgement and consequence. While Declan, has some serious issues with his past and is steadfast in believing, if he falls for someone he will end up just hurting them, so why bother? He never counted on Avery coming into his life. 
It is a very interesting story as we see Avery, come into her own and accept herself for the fabulous person she is. She realizes that she is worthy of a good man and respect from her job. NO more is she willing to be the doormat to be walked on, by anyone. 
Declan, on the other had is having a tough time figuring out how to come to terms with his feelings for Avery. He feels like he will never measure up to the people in Avery's life. Little does he know, he is far beyond better than the narrow minded people Avery works with.
The author went deep with the supporting cast. Avery's best friend is the best kind of friend. Kat, calls Avery to the mat when she is too hard on herself, she is supportive and hilarious!  Kat and Avery, could easily have a series of books written about their adventures. Jamie, Shaun and Mattie are the band members, but each of them play a part in this story that leaves us wanting to know more about them. I want their stories as well. The cast is rich and wonderfully developed. 
Moonlight & Whiskey, gives you angst, humor, sexiness and resolution. It is a fantastic read. I connected with Avery, in a way I have NEVER connected with another leading lady.
This is Author Tricia Lynne's, first book and I am here to tell you, that I am IN for everything else she has coming! 




5 Clock's for 
Moonlight & Whiskey
by Tricia Lynne


book provided by NetGalley 
for review. 









Thursday, October 4, 2018

Flow: Men of Inked: Southside by Chelle Bliss...... Review by Dawn









Flow (Men of Inked: Southside Book 2) by [Bliss, Chelle]



The moment I looked into his eyes, I knew I was in trouble. 

The second I heard his name, I knew I should stay away. 



Our fathers were mortal enemies—Chicago crime bosses from rival families.



But that didn’t stop Leo Conti from pursuing me. 

Being together was dangerous, reckless, and totally hot.
He wanted me. I wanted him.



What could possibly go wrong?



Dawn's Review


There is absolutely nothing wrong with more Gallo's, even if they are the Southside Gallo's. You know exactly what you are going to get with a Chelle Bliss book, a steamy, sexy, intriguing, often funny good read! Flow does not disappoint, Daphane and Leo, are explosive. 
This is reminiscent of a modern and much dirtier  Montague's and Capulet's! Fathers that are mortal enemies, forbidden passion... All boxes are checked.
Daphane, is in true Gallo female, take not crap and give the crap she does take, right back.  I like to call her Izzy 2.).
Leo, is the sexy smoldering wild card. Showing up at Lucio's wedding just to see if the rumor is true, "is Santino Gallo out of prison?" Never expecting to have the sexiest woman he has ever seen land in his arms. Nor, did he ever expect it to be Daphane Gallo. He is determined not to let his father's issues become his, he wants Daphane to be his. 


Sparks fly, will bullets?
This is an excellent addition to the Gallo Family saga's, even if it is the Southside Gallo's . My only issue is I wanted it to be longer. I feel like there could have been more angst and family drama. But that may be me just being greedy.




4.5 Clocks for Flow by
Chelle Bliss





Thursday, August 30, 2018

LIVE..... Even At Your Darkest by AJ LOVE

 •.☆.•Even At Your Darkest by AJ Love Release Day•.☆.• 

AJ Love brings you a contemporary romance with a dark twist. This shady romance will take you on a rollercoaster as Layton and Kane fight their way through the bad, the tragedy, to find each other as well as their own peace.
Check out the synopsis below and get that one clicking finger ready!
Synopsis
Life being Layton Parks isn't easy. Everything she touches seems to just fall apart at her fingertips - the air conditioning, the coffee maker, her ability to say no. A push over at heart, Layton does what she's told, when she's told. With two jobs bleeding her dry, she barely has time to register the rut she seems to have fallen in. Despite this, she's okay with her life. It's simple and uncomplicated.

Until it isn't. Kane Thatcher doesn't need any help in being broken because he's already a walking mass of shattered shards. Unlike Layton, Kane is no one's Yes Man. After a split decision three years previous turned his world upside down, he's finally living independent, with no one to worry about but himself. Until he isn't. He's curious about her, and determined to make her stand up for herself and be who she wants to be. She's a little scared of him, yet knows there's a softer side of him hiding behind all the hate. Will they bring out the best in each other, or will outside obstacles force out the worst? Will hate win over love, or will they be able to navigate their way through it together?

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Even At Your DaRkEsT by Author AJ Love ..... 5 Clock by Dawn




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Life being Layton Parks isn't easy. Everything she touches seems to just fall apart at her fingertips - the air conditioning, the coffee maker, her ability to say no. A push over at heart, Layton does what she's told, when she's told. With two jobs bleeding her dry, she barely has time to register the rut she seems to have fallen in. Despite this, she's okay with her life. It's simple and uncomplicated.
Until it isn't. 
Kane Thatcher doesn't need any help in being broken because he's already a walking mass of shattered shards. Unlike Layton, Kane is no one's Yes Man. After a split decision three years previous turned his world upside down, he's finally living independent, with no one to worry about but himself.
Until he isn't. 
He's curious about her, and determined to make her stand up for herself and be who she wants to be.
She's a little scared of him, yet knows there's a softer side of him hiding behind all the hate. 
Will they bring out the best in each other, or will outside obstacles force out the worst? Will hate win over love, or will they be able to navigate their way through it together?




Dawn's Review 

This is my first time reading AJ Love, and I am a FAN! I loved this story so much. It wasn't pretty, at times it was down right ugly, in the BEST possible way. We have two characters that are broken, each in a different way. Kane, thinks that his past makes him unlovable because of a single act that changed his families dynamic.  Layton had it all, a family that loved her, finish high school. college, marriage and motherhood. That, was not what Layton, wanted. When she got her chance she quit school and left with her friend Morgan, heading from Louisiana to Texas. Life was not on her side. Working two jobs, one at a grocery store and the other... well, I'll let you find out on your own. 
Kane, has had plans in the works for years for his brother and himself to open a garage. With his brother gone now, it is all on Kane and he is determined to make it a success. He has his Mom in his life and a father that is useless and gone. It is all on Kane to take care of his mother and live with guilt and keep everyone at arms length with his off putting attitude and constant scowl. 

Kane and Layton, live in the same rundown apartment complex and literally trip and fall into each other's arms. The attraction is instant and palpable, but unwanted by both.  Layton. is having a serious run of bad luck and has about reached her limit. When Kane, offers to fix one of her problems, her air conditioning. This leads to Kane, stepping up and doing other odd's and in's for Layton, but for Layton this leads to her unstoppable need for Kane. Unbeknownst to her, Kane, is feeling the same way. Their lives are full of secrets and unknown trouble coming their way from an enemy that Kane, is aware of. His need to protect Layton, has him relying on the local MC ,that he has become friends with. Kane and Layton are explosive and have amazing chemistry! When they decide to give in and see where this could lead, once their pasts are shared and they decide they are worth a chance. 

There are twists and turns and then MORE twists and turns. I was reading and then "RIGHT TURN CLYDE," I was stunned at what happened. The tension was building and you just knew something was going to come along and try and destroy what Kane and Layton, were trying to build... and it is a BIG thing. The Author does not sugar coat it,but still tells the story and makes it so believable. It was tough to read and I LOVE that she made me feel all the feels! 
The supporting characters offer some comedic relief. The MC brothers really give Kane, a lot of crap and it is fun to see. But Jackson, he is EVERYTHING. Layton's gay bestie is so funny and her prefect match. I loved their relationship. 

I loved this story so much! I had so many emotions and to be honest, it has been lacking recently with most of my reads. I was brought out of my book funk and thrown into a book that grabbed a hold of me and kept my attention from page one to the last. 


5 Clocks for Even at Your Darkest by
AJ Love
  

**** if you are triggered by dark situations, please read with CAUTION****