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

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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.
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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****







Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tossed into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds ....... review by Dawn







Libby Reed is over it. Or that’s what she tells herself. She’s lusted after one of New York’s bravest for years, but firefighter Antonio Moretti has doused her interest for the last time. As much as she wants the arrogant jerk (in a bad, bad way), they can’t even be in the same room without setting each other off…which might be a problem now that she’s volunteered to help out in his family’s restaurant.
Antonio’s been burned before. Now he knows better than to trust a pretty face and follow another pair of long, beautiful legs into heartbreak. But while Libby might rub him the wrong way, he can’t deny the heat between them. And it only burns hotter when she steps up in his time of need. The closer they get, the more he realizes he may have misjudged her. Then again, he doesn’t know the secret Libby’s keeping that could send their relationship up in flames before it’s even begun.




Dawn's Review

This is my first read in the Fluke My Life series, yes, I am starting at book 3 and I had zero problems. Each book is a standalone in the series. Characters crossover but it is very easy to follow. 

Libby, is absolutely adorable. I instantly liked her. Her crush on Antonio, has been going on for years. Libby, has made a name for herself in a profession that she is not passionate about any longer. She is longing for a change and to do something that makes her truly happy, enter Antonio's family’s restaurant. Although he is a firefighter, he is running the place since his father has recently suffered a heart attack.  Antonio, has a chip on his solders when it comes to the Pizzeria. His father sacrificed everything, even family to make the business a success. Where Libby loves the place, to Antonio, he can not get out of there fast enough. 

Libby, starts helping out in the pizzeria much to Antonio's disliking, but Libby, simply does not care. This is her calling and she will not let anyone, even the man she has loved in secret for years stop her. 

They story is very well written and the flow is nice and easy. It has the hilarity we would expect form Aurora, with just enough drama to make you keep turning the pages. 


This is a feel good story that I believe brings this series to a conclusion.  I 
highly recommend this if you are looking to get your HEA fix.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Dirty Defiance by Chelle Bliss & Brenda Rothert

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My husband and I know how to fight. We perfected the art when running against each other for Congress. But that fighting revealed a passion for each other that we couldn’t deny. Battle lines were erased as enemies became lovers. But now we’re in the fight of our lives – we’re battling a smear campaign as he runs for governor. And again, we find ourselves drawn to do what we do best. I won’t be controlled, even by the man who owns my heart. But as tensions escalate to a boiling point, I discover there is one place I like checking my defiance – the bedroom. As Jude takes his dominance over me to a new level, I discover that submission can bring me to places I’ve ever known.

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BRENDA ROTHERT - AUTHOR BIO: 

Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.





CHELLE BLISS - AUTHOR BIO: 


Chelle Bliss, USA Today Bestselling author, currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She's written over thirteen books and has three series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.
Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master's degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor's in history. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can't imagine doing anything else.




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I don’t pay much attention to what I’m throwing into my suitcase as I pack. Some of the clothes are still in their dry cleaning bags. I’ll manage a few work outfits out of all this stuff.
I’m pretty pissed. After three weeks apart, Jude took off on me and won’t answer my calls or texts. I missed him like crazy, playing the role of doting politician’s wife while he campaigned.
He knows how much I was dreading that fucking interview and photo shoot for a magazine spread about our home life. Even with the cleaning and decorating help his staff hired, I had to make sure everything was just perfect myself. When a photographer is coming into your home, you have to make sure every last thing is on point.
But I gladly did all of it for him. He’s only home for two days before he hits the campaign trail again, and I’m livid that he fucked me and hardly said two words to me before storming out of here.
We agreed before we got married that nothing would ever come between us. Not politics, not my father—our marriage comes first.
But today his fucking ego came first, and I’m not waiting around until he decides to come home.
I’ve been sidelining my work for months now, focusing on helping Jude instead. And that’s been hard for me, because I’m passionate about my work. I’m the US Congress liaison for The Lancet Foundation, an organization founded two years ago to advocate for bipartisanship.
Jude and I have become the poster children for crossing party lines to find common ground. As Congressional opponents, we should have been enemies. For a while, we kind of were. But I quickly fell for him, seeing that what brought us together was more important than what we disagreed about.
I didn’t drop out of the race because of our relationship, but because the revelation about my father’s secret family made me reevaluate what was really important to me. But I’ve taken lots of hits from women’s groups within the Democratic Party for stepping aside for my man.
Fuck them. They don’t know me, and they don’t know us.
I add a couple pairs of heels and my travel makeup bag to the suitcase, zipping it closed. When I pick up my phone, I see a text from Julia, my assistant. She’s booked my flight and arranged for me to be picked up in DC when I arrive late this afternoon.
I’ve been pushing this trip back for weeks, prioritizing Jude and his campaign. No more. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Even Money and Double Down by Alessandra Torre...... Review by Dawn



Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.

I was a cocktail waitress with a fondness for partying and meaningless sex.
He owned half of Vegas, with the reputation to match.

I should have turned away. Instead, I stepped closer.

Then, the lies started.
Rumors spread.
Stalking commenced.
And someone died.

None of it stopped me from falling in love.





Double Down (All In Duet Book 2) by [Torre, Alessandra]








In Vegas, there was one man who was off limits. One man... and I fell for him. 

I knew there were risks. Still, I played the game. When Dario Capece called, I answered. When he beckoned, I came. When he broke all my rules, I looked the other way. 

I knew there were risks. I just never realized they included death. 














Dawn's Review



Bell, was a character that I loved... in the beginning.
Dario, was someone who bothered me, but then grew on me.
I really did enjoy this story and the second book Double Down as well.  I thought the plot was interesting and kept me engaged. I was far more interested in knowing more about Dario and Gwen at cretin points in the book. We did get the full story and I was really vested in their "marriage."  It was believable and made my heart heavy for poor old Gwen. I was really happy to see that she did love "Ranch hand Nick," see everyone was happy.
Now, with Bell's past and it being mentioned many times, when she felt uneasy, I was left saying 'GIRL, WHY ARE YOU NOT LISTENING TO YOUR GUT?" I just thought since she had this "feeling" why did she ignore it. Of course, we are readers and we pick up on it, because we are getting the entire picture and have to wait on the character to "get it."
Dario, was truly a gentlemen, he treated Bell with respect and let he know right from the start that he was married and the reason for his wedding.  I believed him, I really did, he married Gwen, for her protection.  Dario and Bell, has amazing chemistry , sparks and super sexiness!
The supporting cast were FANTASTIC. I loved Lance and Rick, they were hilarious and so fiercely loyal to Bell.  Bell's roommates were fun to read about. Meredith and Bell, had me cracking up!
It is a dark read at times, kidnapping and rape are discussed, many times. I didn't mind the darker side of this story, as it was not a constant conversation.
The story did get a bit wordy at times, but other than those few things, I did really enjoy it.
The ending to Even Money, left us with a cliffhanger, I KNOW! But Alessandra, being the giver that she is, only made us wait a week for book 2, Double Down, so cliffy be damned!

The Double Down, picks right up where Even Money left us, with a dead body, but who's?

STOP READING THIS REVIEW.....SPOILER ALERT

 



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Bell, lives and Gwen dies. I mean I saw that coming but it still was a shock. I believed Dario's pain, he lost his best friend, but his true love was in the very room, suppose to be dead. All of this leads to Dario, swiftly getting Bell out of Vegas and sending her to the only person/people he trusts. 
Things transpire between the local police, the feds and Gwen's father Hawk. Talk about a character that had zero redeeming qualities. I hated that man, like to his core. I was so happy when he died. I took a minute to let myself enjoy his death, although it was a bit rushed, I needed Hawk to suffer...A lot.
Dario and Bell, still had the same chemistry and they were brought even closer with the constant threat of who wanted Bell dead. Even with Hawk, gone the threat was still there.
The dark underlying topic in this story was Hawk's penchant for kidnapping young women and breaking them.  The FBI was on the trail with Dario's help. This played out and was a huge part of the book and sometimes I felt a little uninterested. I didn't have a connection to these victims, and I was glad for that, because this story had enough players to keep up with. 

I love that this was left a bit open ended. Not everything was wrapped up and that is exciting! This duo is worth the read and you will enjoy it. Alessandra, tells a story that is steamy, drama filled and always with her tendency to go a little twisted.  



4 Stars for Even Money and Double Down by Alessandra Torre
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Arden: An Undercover Billionaire Novel... Review by Dawn ....SPOILER



No one would guess that dedicated teacher Arden Forbes is a billionaire. His profession gives him a purpose that wealth alone can’t provide. He’s developing another passion, too, for Keera Thompson, the new principal. She’s beautiful, enigmatic, guarded, and—after a series of violent school break-ins—in need of protection. And Arden is eager to supply it. But what he wants most is to unearth the mysteries that surround her.
After a troubling past, Keera thought she’d be safe in this sleepy town and that she’d never be shaken again. Yet nothing has unsettled Keera more than her desire for Arden—honorable, gorgeous, and available when she craves him. But despite their explosive chemistry, when it comes to letting Arden in, Keera has her limits…and her secrets.
As the threats escalate, Keera fears that everything she’s been running from is closing in, and there’s only one man to trust. But will the truth drive Arden away…or will it bring the two closer than ever before?

Dawn's Review

This is the second book in this "standalone" series by Melody Anne and I will have to say that, it is not a favorite.
Arden, was perfectly likable and sweet, but he did not leave a lasting impression on me. I sort of felt like this was a filler book so we could get to meet the rest of the brothers, that will get books. I'm excited for Owen and Declan's books, at least they were more memorable.
Keera, was the same amount of excitement. She had a bad past with a dead brother, dead beat drug lord father, mom died, just a lot of things that had potential, but yet, her biggest fear was falling for Arden? OH-KAY!?!
I often have issues with second book in a series or in a standalone, connected characters stories. This was just not my cuppa.
This story just fell flat for me, especially with Ethan, being the bad guy. Who didn't see that coming from a mile away? The step brother/half brother thing was literally the only twist. I finished it and was glad that I did, but just for the reason that I want to know who's book is next.
3 Clock for Arden by Melody Ann
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