Monday, December 30, 2013

The Silver Chain by Primula Bond.... Review by Dawn

~blurb~
Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.
The Silver Chain is the first in the sexy, passionate and addictive Unbreakable Trilogy by Primula Bond.
One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…
Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.
To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.
As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?
 
 
 
Sounds great right???? I was sent this as an ARC from the publisher and was excited to get into a new series...  Well, I was surprised by just how much I disliked it. I know, I know... that is not very nice, and actually it's not the story that is bad, its the writing.  It was beyond annoying with the need to describe every detail in the book. From the wind, the thunder, the windows, floors, the water, the blankets... I am not kidding people, every detail is described at length ... Everything but the sex and this is touted as a EROTIC book! I was very confused by this...
The whole Silver Chain, is a bracelet that he gets for Serena. It has a very long chain that he attaches to his watch. It was pretty interesting, Gustav would use it to bind her wrists... She has hidden, or not so much hidden fetish about spanking that has never been acted upon. He spanks her... Yep, that would be the most salacious part of this EROTIC book.  
 
I will say this is written by a British author, and she uses a lot of terms that fall flat with this American ... I have read many other Brits and they didn't bother me like this one did...
I am probably not going to finish this series.. this was book one .... I feel bad for not completing the collection, but I had such a hard time with this one...
If you have read book one and two please feel free to inform me if it does get better... I was so hoping this was going to be something I could sink my teeth into .... I am giving it a generous 2 clocks..

 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 23, 2013

The G-Man Series by Andrea Smith...books 1-3... reviews by Dawn



Ok, first let me tell you that I am NOT going to do a full review until I have read the last book in the series, Night Moves. But I will tell you that I am seriously in LOVE with the G-Men!!!! Such amazing reads, I am loving them so much...
First we meet Eric "Slate" Slater and holy hell he is smokin' hot! He is mysterious, dark and oh so sexy. HOLY ALPHA MALE!
Sammie is in a loveless, secret filled marriage, that she has stayed in for way to long, for what she thought were the right reasons. One thing leads to another and Slate finds himself drawn to Diamond aka Sammie... The events that follow are full of mystery, intrigue and hot, hot lust! I LOVED THIS BOOK....


~blurb~

In the fall of 2010, thirty-five year old Samantha Dennison sending her only child off to college and is generally feeling F-R-U-M-P-Y. Her loveless marriage to 'the mannequin' has become intolerable; her daughter and best friend have both advised 'Sammie' to get a life of her own. Her husband has his own agenda which does not include her.

Sammie finally heeds their advice and starts with a Kickboxing/Pilates class; ultimately, learning to pole dance. From there, she is well on her way to finally carving out a secret life and identity all of her own. The thrill of the dance and sexuality she discovers within herself is a potent mixture. She gets a part-time job as a dancer in an Indianapolis Gentleman's Club called Jewels. She becomes the dancer known as 'Diamond' and very quickly catches the attention of a 'bad-boy' biker named 'Slate.'

Slate is the ultimate 'alpha' male; however there is a problem: he simply wants it to be about exclusive sex; Sammie wants and needs more from Slate. Sammie is certain that she has embarked on a dangerous, cougar-type relationship with the twenty-something biker and 'prospect' member of the notorious Outlaw Motorcycle Club. She soon finds out that she is totally out of her league with Slate and the dangerous people he associates with in Indianapolis during the summer of 2012. Something big is brewing in Indy; it ain't about race cars either.





 
 
 
I really didn't think I could love a G-Man more than I did Slate, well I was so, so wrong, HELLO TAZ!!!! Trace "Taz" Matthews is a walking wet dream, he is a HOT alpha male and not looking for anything serious.
Lindsey is broken, lonely and doesn't trust that easily. She is still a virgin and wants to get rid of her V-Card and she thinks she has found the perfect way and person to help her out...enter Taz!
Things don't always go as planned and when you add the attention of an fellow class mate, things get tense and drama filled fast.
I love that all our favorite players are back... and the intensity this story brings is AMAZING. I am not going to ruin it for you, but leave you with this... its heart wrenching, funny (Darcy is a riot) and sexy as hell.... I read this in 24 hours... I could not put it down!
 

~blurb~
 
It had been a year ago that 19-year-old Lindsey Dennison's life had taken an abrupt turn.
While away at Cornell for her freshman year at college, her parents' marriage had imploded. Lindsey learned the harsh truth about her father, and his involvement in criminal activity that was the focus of a major federal bust. Her father had slipped out of the country with his lover and cohort in crime, Susanne, shortly before the FBI arrest warrants could be served. He was now a fugitive from justice, deserting his only child. Lindsey was left trying to pick up the pieces of the life she now realized had been a house of secrets and lies for all of those years.

After her mother's marriage to Eric Slater (Slate), one of the special agents of the FBI involved in the federal investigation that occurred in their hometown of Indianapolis, Lindsey decides to start fresh at a new college close to where her mother, step-father and baby brother Bryce are now living outside of Washington, D.C.

Life is different now for Lindsey, but it is about to change even more. Her step-father's partner and best friend in the bureau, Trace "Taz" Matthews, is about to rock her world in more ways than one. Taz is nearly ten years older than Lindsey, but her initial interest in him is physical only. Lindsey has a problem that she is certain Taz can fix - but will he?

Despite their best efforts, Lindsey and Taz are tossed together by fate on more than one occasion, and this G-Man does not appreciate the distraction.

There are complications for Sammie and Slate along the way as well. A risky pregnancy for Sammie requires the family to pull together and Lindsey's life suddenly becomes increasingly complicated.

There is a budding romance on the horizon for Lindsey with a wealthy, Ivy-League type guy she meets at school by the name of Kyzer Stanfield. Kyzer's interest in Lindsey does not sit well for Taz. When Lindsey must leave school to return home to help her mother, Taz is relieved that she will be distanced from the pursuit of Kyzer. . . but not for long.

Things are never quite as they seem. Lindsey will learn a brutal lesson about trust, compassion and strength. Taz will learn lessons about love, intimacy and honor, and that sometimes doing the right thing has consequences.
 
 
 

There's a new Alpha in town . . . and he's a Brit!

Darcy Nicole Sheridan, is 22 years-old, beautiful, single, spirited, sexy and - spoiled. She knows that about herself. Raised by wealthy (and doting) parents as an only child, Darcy pretty much coasts through life until her heart is inexplicably broken by her G-Man, Darin. Darcy doesn't handle rejection well; she isn't used to it.

To ease the pain, Darcy flies to Belize over the Christmas holiday fully intending to wallow in self-pity and distance herself from D.C. and the pain that originated there. Her pity party is short-lived however, after observing a very handsome, very intriguing man on the beach with a beautiful blonde. The blond gets ditched and it's Darcy that becomes the focus of the smokin' hot, wealthy and somewhat mysterious 'E.J.'

Some very interesting things happen in Belize, but it doesn't end there. Once back in D.C., there are even more surprises in store for Darcy, including a new male roommate, her best friend Lindsey's wedding, and a surprise encounter with "E.J." that leaves Darcy confused in more ways than one! Shortly thereafter, surprising changes are in store for Darcy's career, love life and even a repentant Darin shows up in the mix.

Readers will get a bonus glimpse of Taz and Lindsey's HEA and perhaps even see some loose ends tied up with respect to the Rat Bastard!

As always, this latest release of the "G-Man Series" will keep you on the edge of your seat through the laughter, tears, angst, drama and mystery. Easton is sure to be a favorite 'G-Man' of many in this newest release of the series! He's an alpha like no other . . .


 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sliding Home by Pina Bruni.....Review by Kathy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blurb-
Their relationship begins on the playground at the tender age of seven. Love grows from an innocent friendship for Terri Marino and her pal Vinny Coletti. A mutual crush naturally matures into a loving bond. One is drawn to the other until a union is an unstoppable force.

Time passes and happiness is in abundance for the young couple. Their adolescent years are filled with fun and adventure as they explore their boundaries. As the early stages of adulthood creep up, both have similar ideas for their future together, although not necessarily in the same time frame. While one is in a rush to get there, the other is searching for direction.

In a whirlwind of immature and insecure decision making, a very young Terri finds herself far from home with a picture of life that looks nothing like her dreams of only a short time earlier. Vinny too is nowhere near his dreams, but he hasn’t much of a choice. His dreams up and left with little explanation. Life goes on as each one learns to live without the other while silently hoping for the best.


So what happens when your happily ever after isn't what or when you expect it. Can you ever really go home? Can you go back to that one special person that was "meant to be" no matter what you have done in the past? That's what I was asking myself while reading the blurb. Then I decided to just try the sample to see if it was something I could get into......

I rang the bell and waited. No one answered. I tried again and turned the knob. It was locked. Her car was parked out front. She couldn’t have gone far. I gave thought to dragging my butt uptown to Heavenly Hair, my friend Annie’s salon, before Mrs. Dempsky came to mind. Mom’s next-door neighbor held a spare key for emergencies. I moseyed over and explained my predicament. After unlocking the door, I returned the key with my gratitude. Bringing my bags into the foyer, I kicked off my sneakers and collapsed onto the couch. My eyelids lowered and sleep came automatically. Within minutes, I heard voices.
“No, no, stop that Harry! I’ve tried it and I didn’t much care for it,” she said giggling.
“Oh come now Jo, you’ve never tried it with me. Give me a chance. Let’s get you up on that kitchen counter,” he said eagerly.
My eyelids lifted as I tried to focus. Where was I ... and who the hell was Harry? I raised my head to see a woman backing out of the hall that led to the bedrooms. She wore high heels, fishnet stockings, and a black teddy. Her hair was a golden brown and styled in a bob. For several seconds my mind was dormant, but in the blink of an eye, I comprehended the embarrassing situation I unknowingly stumbled upon. I jerked straight up into a seated position. My mother!
Suddenly a man came into view. He was short and pudgy with graying hair and not much of it. He hadn’t a stitch of clothing on and was extremely excited. Harry, I presumed.
A high-pitched screeching sound came from my voice box right before I cried out, “Mom!”

Yes, the second page into the book and I was already cracking up. I mean can you imagine catching your mother...... OH MY GOD....

Terri has been gone from home for 7 years. She has only come home occasionally or for family emergencies. She didn't want to see Vinny. He was her one true love and she ran away from him and married someone else. How could she come home when Vinny was there? She needed to be home. Her best friend Annie finally talked her into coming back.

Vinny loved Terri. He wanted to be her one and only. Just not so soon. He needed to do some other things. Like join the Army. Do his duty. She promised she would wait...She lied...She married someone else. Now their friend Wild(Annie) had got her to come home. Can he convince her that he still loves and wants her. Can they finally have their happily ever after?

I cracked up over the things Wild did and said in this book. She stole some scenes for me. What can I say about Jo, Terri's mom.... Oh lord thankfully she isn't my mother... The things this lady was doing....Poor Terri...I mean really how many men can you meet that your mom is sleeping with...The things that Terri does to avoid seeing/hearing things..Had me laughing out loud and my husband asking me what was so funny... This is Pina's first book and I think it was excellent. She is writing the sequel "Sliding Home ll: Safe at Home". I am giving the book 4 clocks. Looking forward to book 2.

Last Hit byt Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick....review by Kathy

-Blurb-
Nikolai:

I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have. I have ever been the hunter, never the prey. With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.

Daisy:

I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Home-schooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best in people. Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk..and also, my life.

I read the blurb on this and was immediately intrigued. How does a contract killer fall in love. Does he share all of his secrets with her? Does he lie and say he is someone else? Can she ever really be sure of him? What about his past employers? Will they want her dead or as a tool to make him behave? So many questions from such an innocent little blurb.....

I watch her through my bathroom window. I've placed one of my four rented chairs in here for that express purpose. I tell myself it is not creepy, as the American girls would say, because I watch everyone. But really I watch only her.

I cannot see everything. I've never seen her nude. I've never seen inside her shower. Smartly there is no window there. But I can see her bedroom and her living room and beyond that, with my scope, her kitchen. I know her schedule. When she gets up in the morning, when she returns to her apartment. If she were a mark, I could've killed her a dozen times over by now and been in the wind.

She throws her bag onto her bed and then lies down next to it. It takes many muscles to smile, more to frown but only a few to pull the trigger. I peer down the scope and place my crosshairs over her forehead. Puff, dead

Nikolai is an amazing hit-man. he has been brought up killing. He is ridiculously good at it, and doesn't fail. He spends hours/days/weeks finding out everything about his targets to make sure that the job gets done. He has done this for so long and is so cautious until Daisy. She is quickly becoming his world. He was never supposed to talk to her.He was only going to watch her. He was supposed to be watching his mark, but Daisy was what he wanted. Then he talks to her and knows he has to have her. To protect her. To be there for her always. He would need to stop the killing.

Daisy is newly free from an oppressive childhood. Her past has so much pain in it. She finally was able to run away from it all. She had no clue that HE was watching her. That he wanted her. That he would do anything for her. Then she meets Nick and her world changes. Everything is different. Nick is loving. He wants to protect her and tells her she is beautiful. He helps her to see that you can overcome things. He is also the her first kiss, first everything. She is in love.

Then the unthinkable happens. They take her and her roommate. They want Nikolai. They tell her everything about the man she loves. What he has done. Who he has killed. Can he save her and her friend? For someone who has always worked alone, he must now trust others to help him get his Daisy and her roommate.

 I absolutely loved this book. There was a point that I was screaming at my kindle. Yelling NO. I cried. My heart was breaking. I was shocked because I honestly didn't see certain things coming in this book. I was amazed by the writing. It had me by the throat and heart all the way through it. I even had to discuss it with my husband( To his utter disbelief.He didn't really need to check Facebook right?) I was going to add other quotes and then thought nope. You guys have got to read this book. There was some very steamy sex scenes and some great foreplay in a car.
I give this book 5 clocks. This is the start of a new series and the second book "Last Breath" will be released in 2014. I am so looking forward to that one. Has characters from the first book in it and you just know its going to be another grab you by the balls and heart all out, holy s@#t how did I not know this was going to happen book. Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick freaking rock.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Hot Mess (A Hostile Operations Team Novella) by Lynn Raye Harris...review by Dawn







~blurb~


English professor Dr. Georgeanne Hayes has a problem. Her star pupil, an Army sergeant who works in a Top Secret government program, is missing—and someone tried to push her in front of a train last night.

Sam “Knight Rider” McKnight is used to looking out for Georgie. When they were kids, she was just his best friend’s baby sister. But Georgie’s not a baby anymore and Sam is getting some very male—and very dirty—thoughts about the girl he knows he can never have.

When someone threatens Georgie’s life again, Sam will do anything necessary to keep her safe. Even if it means spending the next few days locked up in a remote house on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her.

Sam might be used to denying himself what he wants, but he’s about to find out that being cooped up with Georgie will push him to the limit. And maybe beyond.


I am usually not a fan of "the novella" so I thought I would give this a try, since it was sent to me by a publisher. People, I really liked it!! It was a complete story, even if it was 33,000 words.

Sam and Georgeanne "Georgie" chemistry was awesome! Sam the best friend of her, very protective older brother and the guy she always lusted after. He never thought he was good enough for the country club life,her family led. He left and joined the military.

Georgie, did it all right, college, marriage to the perfect man, she was the princess of the family. Until she caught her perfect husband cheating on her. With her self-esteem taking a huge hit, Georgie dives into her career, as a college prof.

Sam and Georgie are thrown together when a student from her class has gone missing and the bad guys think she knows more than she is saying. Sam, takes it upon himself to be her protector... and that is where the fun begins....
Georgie, is not letting Sam look at her like a "little sister" anymore! She makes her intentions clear and Sam can't help but react to her and it gets HOTT!!!!!!

Really for a novella I felt this was a pretty good one! I did hate that the bad guys, just kind of went away. But this is a series so hopefully they will make an appearance in the next books!
I am giving Hot Mess 3.5 clocks...




Tuesday, December 3, 2013

COVER REVEAL....KAYDEN:THE PAST by Chelle Bliss....



Kayden Michaels has a past filled with sex, addiction, and heartache. A past that he’s avoided sharing with the love of his life, Sophia, and held close to his core not risking rejection. Needing to get his addictions in check and gain control of his life for the sake of his family, Kayden is forced to confront his past and make amends for the path he’s walked.

 

 Kayden must recount every carnal act and the betrayal from those he’s loved to identify the triggers that spur his addictions and overcome it all to be worthy of Sophia’s love – his sole reason to exist.
 
 
 
 

Release Date ~ January 2, 2014




 
 











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Monday, December 2, 2013

Phenomenal X by Michelle A. Valentine....

HOLY CRAP BALLZ....DID YOU SEE THIS YET?....LOOKS AMAZING....










Synopsis:

Good girl. Notorious Bad Boy. One phenomenal love.


From the mean streets of Detroit rises the newest superstar of professional wrestling, Xavier Cold, better known as Phenomenal X. His muscular physique makes men cower before him and woman lose their minds with desire.

Anna Cortez is fresh out of college and naive to the harsh realities of the real world. Tired of living under the thumb of her conservative family, she defies them when she accepts a job as the assistant to wrestling’s most notorious bad-boy. Phenomenal X has an animalistic nature that even good girl Anna finds hard to resist.

One night forced to share a bed in a sold-out hotel, lines blur between them and they quickly learn that one lustful night changes everything and neither one of them will ever be the same.
An Excerpt:

His lips pull into a tight line, and I fully expect him to release me, but he doesn’t. Xavier’s grip stays firmly in place. “It’s fine if you don’t want to say what’s on your mind. I get that, but no more frowning for the rest of this trip, or I might be forced to find other ways to make you smile just to piss your boyfriend the fuck off.”
My mouth drops open and I can’t stop myself from asking, “What kind of ways?”
Damn my stupid curious brain. That just set him up for all kinds of more dirty talk.
He tries to fight back a smile, but it doesn’t work. It comes at me in full, glorious force. “More ways than that sweet brain of yours could ever imagine.” He leans into me and I tense while he still holds me in place. He’s close enough that if I pushed forward a couple inches our lips will meet in what I imagine would be an earth altering kiss. “I could do things to your body that most women only dream about while reading their dirty, porn romance novels, and I promise you’d fucking enjoy it.”

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tempting His Mate ...by Savannah Stuart...review by Kathy



-Blurb-

Tempting His Mate (A Werewolf Romance)

NOVELLA length

She ran from him once…
Wild one night stands are not Ella Hayes’s style, but with her confidence at rock bottom after a devastating betrayal and her painful departure from her jaguar pride, who could blame her for falling into bed with a sexy wolf? She never thought she’d see him again. And never in her craziest dreams did she expect to come face-to-face with him on her first day with the Kincaid wolf pack. Sleeping with Asher had been one of the most intense experiences of her life—but now she wonders if they could have more.

He’s not letting her go again…

Tired of life as a lone wolf, shifter Asher has joined his cousin’s pack. The last person he expected to see was the sexy woman who ran out on him in the middle of the most incredible night of his life. The Ella he meets now is nothing like the wild, sensual woman he let his guard down with, but he likes both sides of the complicated female. But now somebody—or something—sinister is targeting Ella, and Asher moves quickly to get her under his roof and under his protection. Keeping the sexy female safe and proving they belong together are two missions he doesn’t plan to fail. Because this time, he’s playing for keeps.

Crescent Moon Series, #3
Author Note: Tempting His Mate is the third story in the Crescent Moon series but can be read completely as a stand-alone.


I am delving more into some of the paranormal romances. This is a novella. The author is Katie Reus writing as Savannah Stuart. I was intrigued by the blurb on this and having previously read Katie thought it would be a good book.

I found the main characters really likeable. I thought I would have an issue with the length of the book but it was well written and the characters had a depth to them. I loved that Asher was all alpha but wasn't THE Alpha. He knew that he had a past and that Ella did too. He wasn't afraid to let her have her own way sometimes, but was dominant in the bed room. The book is hot. I loved that the first time they saw each other the chemistry was jumping off the page.

Though she tried to stop herself, her gaze trailed down his beautifully sculpted body and landed on the impressive display between his legs. Holy mother of...
As he cleared his throat, she looked up and felt her face flame at his almost arrogant grin. "You all right?" he asked.
 She nodded and tried not to melt into a puddle at the sound of his deep voice. She could totally get off to that voice alone. Clearing her throat, she said, "Yes. Thanks for what you did,but I had it under control."
His dark eyebrows raised a fraction and his wicked grin grew even wider. "I'm sure you did, but no one treats a female like that in my presence and gets way with it. Ever."
"My name's Asher, " he rumbled in that deep voice and she realized she'd been blatantly staring.
"I'm Ella." And she wasn't going anywhere, she realized. Not until she got a taste of this sexy male. Something told her one taste wouldn't be nearly enough.
She is a jaguar shifter. He is all wolf. They work well with each other. They need to find out why someone is after Ella. I liked the suspense part of the book. I will give this a solid 4 clocks. Honestly wish it had been longer but I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Take a Breath by Jaimie Roberts... review by Kathy







~Blurb-


Ana Sinclair has not led the most ordinary life. From a child she was plucked from one home to another, as her mother went through men, like some women went through chocolate. Now at the age of 22 she has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, has a fantastic job as a Crime Analyst and lives and works with a man called Jake Bennett, who she cannot shake out of her head no matter how hard she tries. This man has been her obsession since the first day they met, but there is one major obstacle standing in her way. He’s getting married to her mother.

When her mother, Stella decides to suddenly flee once more, Ana and Jake are left with his 16-year-old son, Matthew to carry on with life as normal. But an unexpected turn of events pushes them both closer together, creating the most intense mind-blowing relationship any of them have ever encountered. The chemistry between them is electric and Jake’s caveman tendencies has Ana both irritated and turned on all at the same time.

Unfortunately for them, all is not perfect in the Bennett household when a serial killer on the loose seems to have an unhealthy obsession towards Ana. Jake, being Captain of Fairfax County, tries his best to keep Ana safe and protected from harm, as Ana tries desperately to keep a dark skeleton hidden in her closet from leaking out to the ones she loves. The situation takes a turn for the worse when Ana discovers a note on her pillow from the killer, and the events that unfold from that point on, threatens to tear their relationship apart, forever.


I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book or honestly even finish it because of the blurb. It is a little deceptive. It doesn't tell you that Jake is only 33 and that he had his son when HE was a teenager. Once I got that out of the way, I was all into the book. I do want to let you know that this is a series. There is a cliffhanger. If I had known that I wouldn't have read it, but I would have missed out on a good book. So let's get on into this book.....


What, did I just hear him correctly' he wants to go for drinks? I look at him in awe. He has the most beautiful physique. He is 6'3" and is very fit. He likes to work out in the gym so is nicely compact. He has dark brown hair, almost black slicked back and spiked at the front with the most piercing green eyes I've ever seen. Why does he have to be so damn godlike? "Yes, that's fine,"I answer. " I think a few are going."
"I thought so, that's why I want to come. I think Tony has his eye on you and I want to make sure he behaves himself after a few beers."
I think my jaw just dropped to the floor, he spied me and obviously notices my reaction.
"Sorry, just doing my protective fatherly thing."
Oh great, can the floor of the car swallow me up right now?Father, he's only eleven years older than me. I want to die.

Suddenly I feel a pair of hands on my hips and an unwelcome crutch pushing into me from behind. I turn to face who it is thinking that it's Tony when I face a man I 've never met before.The guy with dark blonde spike hair and a silly drunk grin on his face looks down to me.
"Hi babes, you're looking mighty fine there so I thought I may join in, you don't mind do you? You're a great dancer'"
I'm angry; who does he think he is? "Actually I do mind, now can you get your hands off me?" He's looking angry now, I try to push his hands away and he just grips harder.
"Don't try to fight me off lady, you dance like that and expect no one to notice and want to join you."
I try to wiggle myself away from him when the spiky blonde guy is suddenly yanked off me by the scruff of his neck and there stands Jake, Tony and a bunch of guys from work surrounding him.

I run over to Tony and Jake and I put my hand on each of their chests. The electricity that bolts through me has me spellbound, as I stare into Jake's eyes for a second. He makes an ever so slight gasp like he feels it too and I can feel Tony's eyes go from me to Jake.
"Thanks guys, but I don't want any trouble caused over me, and besides he's not worth it. I think it may be best if we leave now, don't you think Jake?"
"Wow that was intense. I thought they were going to start pissing on you for a minute there. "
I smack her arm,"Jessie, that's disgusting. I'm going home before I cause any more trouble.How are you getting back, have you got a ride?"

What I liked about the book:
This is more of a romance book then suspense but, they suspense defintely added to the story. I love those. I do have to say that I figured out the "bad guy" early on but was still enjoyed it. They chemistry between Ana and Jake is ridiculously HOT. They jump off the page. I was truly into the book and didn't want it to end.
Ana has a British accent. Having lived in England until she was 11. I could hear her in my head talking and I loved it. She does have some very dark secrets in he past that she needs to deal with. She needs to let Jake know so he can help her but, chooses not to yet. Once her mother Stella takes off for parts unknown, things with Jake heat up fast. He is a dominant alpha male who feels guilty because of his feelings for Ana. He is worried how everyone will react especially his son.  Once these two realize that they share the same feelings...WOW....He is ridiculously  jealous of any guy who looks at or touches Ana. I was worried that this would be a bad thing but, I loved that he loved her so much. I don't want to spoil anything else soooooooo.........

What I didn't like about the book:

There are some definite editing issues with the book. I found myself distracted by it a couple of times in the story. I hate when that happens. I would have preferred a bit more suspense and not to have figured out the bad guy so quickly. I didn't like that this was a cliffhanger. I was literally yelling at the end of the book. Okay, a little cussing too. Was shocked but, that would spoil it for you.......

I would recommend this book and will give it 4 clocks. It could have been 5 had the editing issues not occurred. I am awaiting the second book which should be out at the end of November. I also want to say that Jake gave me some great dreams too.... HE IS A HOT ALPHA MALE.....Whew is it hot in here?


 

Friday, November 22, 2013

A little of what I have been reading this week, Dawn




 ~Blurb~
Art was not only a passion of Machiko Barrett, but also a destiny--a way of life she has known since her talent was discovered at three-years-old. Caught in a turbulent storm of celebrity, scandal, and corruption, she disappeared from the art world only to re-emerge 15 years later. Her sheltered existence is disrupted when she is lured back to her one true passion: painting.

While she struggles to discover her own identity through her art, she encounters a man who opens her eyes to the art of sensuality, and awakens the woman buried deep inside the broken girl.
 
 
I read this book this week and I really enjoyed it. It does take a few chapters to get going but once it does it's a good read!
Their relationship is filled with Drama and angst, so if you love that, this is the book for you.
Really great supporting characters and funny.
I am giving Brush with Desire 3.5 clocks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Eric Hublot's sociopathically pornographic, bizarrely philosophical debut novel follows the life of anti-hero Jerome Esterson. Jerome has everything - looks, money, women, friends. And yet, he seems to be fighting a losing battle with reality. 
From the story's reckless opening to its unforgettable conclusion, And Then Run's net of desire, psychosis, and philosophy keeps readers unwillingly identifying with Jerome s psychopathic tendencies, and wondering about the boundaries of their own personal realities.
 
~ I started this last night and HOLY BALLZ! it is a trip... I am very excited to see where this leads me. I mean with a description like that, how can I not read it? I hope it stays as interesting as the first few chapters.....Stay tuned...~
 
 

Before Midnight by Jennier Blackstream ...Review by Kathy






-Blurb-
Loupe always dreamed of getting married. She yearned for a caring husband who would take her away from her servant-like existence at home with her stepmother and two stepsisters, a man who would love her forever. Those dreams ended the day she was bitten by a werewolf. Now she’s a mindless beast on the night of the full moon—a condition that forever prevents her from sharing a marriage bed. Not even the attentions of a handsome and endearingly strong prince can convince her that the life she wants is still possible.

Etienne is a prince in need of a werewolf. A werewolf himself from birth, Etienne and his family have protected their kingdom with tooth and claw—literally—for thousands of years. Unfortunately, the spell of a well-meaning witch is slowly turning him human. Only the bite of a cursed werewolf, one who was not born with the beast inside, can save him from becoming human. He has no time for anything that will not lead him to a cure for the cure. Not even the beautiful maiden whose gentle nature soothes his soul can take his mind from his goal.

Love cares little for the best laid plans or the impossible. A grand ball. The stroke of twelve. A magic “slipper.” All kinds of things can happen when you don’t leave the ball…Before Midnight.

"The werewolf, the vampire,the demon, the angel, and the god. Oh, Blessed Goddess, I have my work cut out for me."
Sounds like the start of a joke right? Well it's not, it is a new 5 part series by Jennifer Blackstream. I read this book because the cover caught my attention and because with in the first 3 lines of the book my attention was peaked. What do those 5 have in common and why is Eurydice (Greek Mythology) and the world tree together. Yup, my attention was definitely grabbed. Yes, I like Greek mythology and that may have helped as well, but I was not disappointed at all. Plus there is the added bonus that this read similar to Cinderella but twisted.

A memory rose up in her mind. She could see the carcass now, the one that hadn't been as dead as her stepmother had claimed it was. In her mind's eye, Loupe saw her hand reaching for the skin,the knife ready to make the first cut. Flashing yellow eyes flew open and lips pulled back in a snarl. Loupe screamed, dropping the knife as the animal lunged at her. Its teeth dragging over her palm as the creature used its last bit of life to mark her....change her.
Yes, this first book is about the werewolf. Loupe is a shy girl who is beaten down by her Stepmother and Stepsisters. She cleans for them, cooks for them, and skins the wolfs for them after they have hunted. She is also a werewolf or Loup Garou, one bitten and turned to werewolf. The hero of the story is Prince Etienne. He is a lycanthrope, or born werewolf. He has been  blessed/cursed and is turning more human everyday. His kingdom survives because his family is lycanthrope. They can defend against the others of the world. He is told that he has little time left as a wolf and will need to find a werewolf to bite him so that he may return to his regular wolf. He is told to throw a ball (Cinderella style)......

"The trick will be remaining calm through the social niceties of knocking on the wrong door's first if I don't get lucky and guess Loupe's right away."
"Ah, yes." the witch mused. " I would imagine many mothers and daughters will try to get you to stay a little longer in the hopes of ...distracting you from your goal." She paused and tapped her chin."Bring me the toe."
"I beg your pardon?" Etienne stared at her. His father, who'd been silently observing their exchange, looked just as shocked.
"Bring me the toe," the witch repeated calmly. "I will glamour it to look like the dress shoe Loupe was wearing. We'll say the young lady heard the commotion outside, became frightened, and fled.The entire kingdom saw the way you looked at her, danced with her. Your love for her was plain for all to see. No one will question how devastated you are at her disappearance and they will find it only too natural when you vigorously pursue her. After I cast the glamour, you will have a herald announce that the prince will marry the girl who fits the slipper."
"Don't be daft,"Etienne gasped. "I'll do no such thing," His mind whiled with all the possible maidens who might fit the "slipper." He had no intentions of blindly announcing a marriage challenge.
"The "slipper" will only fit Loupe. It is her toe after all."

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the new spin on the story and am awaiting the rest in the series. I am not normally a paranormal fangirl, but this book was well written with just enough suspense and romance to make me forget that. I give this 4 clocks. It would have been more exciting for me if there had been some sex in the book however, this was romance not sex. So if you are looking for a HOT paranormal this is not for you, but if you are looking for romance then this book is it. The next book in the series will be about the Vampire Prince and is a twist on Snow White.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Shattered by Fate (Part Two of Fate's Path) Jacelyn Rye




Synopsis:

One heart cannot remember. Another heart cannot forget. Both hearts reach toward something to grasp. For Sarah, it is her past. For Will, it is to bring that past back. The only thing standing squarely in their way — is their future. Each has promised their heart and life to another. But where happiness should be, instead are the dark billowing clouds of a storm of reckoning. The thunder of regret splits a horizon now raining down upon them in shards of shattered promises and unreachable memories. In Book One of this three-part saga, fate seemed it would not be denied, bringing Sarah and Will together in a turbulent world, uniting young hearts for the right reason: love. But — almost as if it has eyes — fate sees to it that no love that is meant to be is allowed to be, without it being tested to the passionate edges of chance. Accidents. Small ones are remembered and retold with a laugh. Useful ones are celebrated. But shattering ones — those are the ones that slip from the fingers of fate. The kinds that are followed by silence as it roars the sound of life changing. And it is this pounding drone that Sarah and Will — once inseparable — now hear when they listen to their hearts. After her accident, Sarah awakens in a hospital room and into a very different life. Will, accidentally buried by heavy timber when he heroically saves a fellow worker, is also delivered into his own unforeseen, disoriented new life. Destiny’s dust never settles. And nothing is clear when doubts appear. Sarah is betrothed to Adley, while Will is engaged to Margaret, yet both are still connected to each other by an indescribable draw seemingly groping out from the deepest reaches of fate. A fate that deliberately leaves the door of temptation cracked open, giving Will a yearning peek at the naked truth of Sarah, who reaches out with the same tortured passions. A fate that leaves both to fight the desperate desires of wanting what each knows they cannot have. A fate that dares them to ask, “What will happen if I finally feel you?”



Excerpt:

 

 
He carried her into her room, but paused to use his foot to swing the door closed behind them.  He gently laid her on the bed, pulled his arms from under her, and kneeled onto the bed. As he brought his body directly over Sarah’s, she looked up at him, both of their eyes pleading with the other for permission. 
No words would come.  The emotion flooding her body now was something completely new, yet so unbelievably familiar.  It was as if she were under a spell.  A wonderful, scary spell.  She reached up to his shoulders and ran her hands to the back of his head.  She gently weaved her fingers into his hair.  Her robe opened slightly with the movement of her arms. It was time.  Time to surrender.
He moved slowly toward her and stopped just above her waiting mouth.  “Sarah,” he whispered, so quietly that she barely heard.  “I’ve dreamt of this for so long.  Please tell me I’m not dreaming, now.”
She ran her hands through his hair again, and shook her head.  “Maybe, it is all a dream.  If it is, I don’t want to wake up.  Please,” she said, as tears filled her eyes, “please, kiss me
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Books in Fate's Path Series:
The books are not stand alone. For your reading enjoyment, please read the books in order.
1--Surrender to Fate
2--Shattered by Fate 
3--Chosen by Fate (Releasing Early 2014)  
 

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cover Reveal......Shattered Fate by Jacelyn Rye

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shattered Synopsis 



One heart cannot remember. Another heart cannot forget. Both hearts reach toward something to grasp. For Sarah, it is her past. For Will, it is to bring that past back. The only thing standing squarely in their way — is their future. Each has promised their heart and life to another. But where happiness should be, instead are the dark billowing clouds of a storm of reckoning. The thunder of regret splits a horizon now raining down upon them in shards of shattered promises and unreachable memories.         In Book One of this three-part saga, fate seemed it would not be denied, bringing Sarah and Will together in a turbulent world, uniting young hearts for the right reason: love. But — almost as if it has eyes — fate sees to it that no love that is meant to be is allowed to be, without it being tested to the passionate edges of chance.         Accidents. Small ones are remembered and retold with a laugh. Useful ones are celebrated.  But shattering ones — those are the ones that slip from the fingers of fate. The kinds that are followed by silence as it roars the sound of life changing. And it is this pounding drone that Sarah and Will — once inseparable — now hear when they listen to their hearts.         After her accident, Sarah awakens in a hospital room and into a very different life. Will, accidentally buried by heavy timber when he heroically saves a fellow worker, is also delivered into his own unforeseen, disoriented new life. Destiny’s dust never settles.          And nothing is clear when doubts appear. Sarah is betrothed to Adley, while Will is engaged to Margaret, yet both are still connected to each other by an indescribable draw seemingly groping out from the deepest reaches of fate. A fate that deliberately leaves the door of temptation cracked open, giving Will a yearning peek at the naked truth of Sarah, who reaches out with the same tortured passions.  A fate that leaves both to fight the desperate desires of wanting what each knows they cannot have.  A fate that dares them to ask, “What will happen if I finally feel you?”
 
  
 
 
Jacelyn Rye Bio


Jacelyn Rye is many things. She can be as alluring as the love that flows from her pen: pure, honest, simple. But then, like a storm that suddenly appears over the mountain, she can also have you running for shelter where there’s no place to hide. Like life, itself, Jacelyn delivers the hard with the soft, the pain with the joy, the instant with the forever. All of it, for a reason. And it’s there that one can best enter her life.
 
“I believe in signs, I believe everything happens for a reason,” she’ll tell you. If you know someone like that, you already know a primal piece of Jacelyn — a person who actually listens to the Universe because there, she knows she’ll find more than answers, she’ll find reasons. And those reasons give her insights about nature, and human nature, both of which she invites us to explore with her.
 
Growing up in the blue sky country of Colorado doesn’t leave an impression, it becomes a lifeblood. For Jacelyn, the clarity of that truth flows through her stories, her characters and her inherent spirituality that somehow knows faith, in the end, triumphs over despair.  
 
Through her storytelling — firmly stimulated by that early country life that taught her to always be prepared when venturing forth — Jacelyn’s uncanny ability to “see” what could happen takes readers into a crystal ball where the future’s many possible outcomes await in a swirl of incandescence, right down to the details of smell, touch, fear, love.  
 
Because life also presents its possibilities in dreams, Jacelyn holds dear that open door. “My dreams mean a lot to me. I listen to them, solve problems in them, learn from them,” she confides. It figures, then, that when you read her stories, you’d best get ready for a trip with an original dream weaver.
 
And then, there’s serendipity. To know Jacelyn is to accept a dance with chance. She accepted one such chance when she moved from her beloved Colorado to an unknown life awaiting her in Southern California, where she lives today. “I knew another beautiful world was out there.  I was ready for adventure,” she says, with the confidence that proves her faith is more than just words. “I moved from Colorado as soon as I graduated from college, thanks to a great job offer. The night after I received my job offer, I saw a commercial that said, ‘California, find yourself here.’  In that moment, I stopped debating the move and took it as a sign that my adventure would be found in California.”
 
As Jacelyn does so well, she shares those adventures in her writing. In her first book series, you’ll find Jacelyn’s experiences of this major life change play out in Sarah, who also moves from Colorado to California. “What I’ve seen and felt enable me to write realistically about how a Colorado mountain girl feels about living in California.”
 
In the quiet mornings, you’ll find Jacelyn savoring her coffee, outside. To her, it’s all about listening, breathing in, appreciating being here for another day. And of course, there’s time spent in the mountains, fishing, wading in creeks with the people she loves. Curiously, this girl who comes from the mile-high mountains, still fears the miles-deep ocean she frequently visits, but only to sink her toes in the hot sand and watch, in awe and respect, the thundering surf.  
 
On any given day, be it in the mountains, at the beach, or on her terrace, Jacelyn is dreaming and writing, her way of sharing something meaningful with those who come to know her.
 
One thing is for sure, wherever she goes, wherever she’s been, Jacelyn is aware and thankful for the gifts around her. Indeed, although she does not get back to Colorado that often, she’s there in spirit, and in absolute detail, in a moment’s call. “The smells, the sound aspen leaves make when the wind asks them to dance, how tall pines gently sway back and forth against a backdrop of the bluest blue I’ve ever known.” That’s someone who takes it all in, who takes it all with her, and who offers it to everyone who opens her books.
 

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Whiskey For Breakfast by Liliana Hart....Review by Kathy









-Blurb-The Private Investigator's Handbook

Rule #1: Don't break the law

Rule #2: See Rule #1

...And then there's Addison Holmes, who makes up her handbook as she goes along.

Addison is licensed to carry and she means business. The only thing getting in her way is a sexy detective, a neighborhood watch from hell, a dead billionaire, a black market sperm bank, and a long lost heir.

Piece of cake..

Addison Holmes is freaking awesome. Unfortunately I think I might be channeling her at times (injury wise) but, I still wanna be her. She is by far one of my favorite PI's.  She is either the luckiest person or the smartest. Sometimes I am not sure which it is. She makes me literally LOL. I even found myself yelling at my tablet when she said something to Savage. Startled myself with that one. So let's get started.....


 My name is Addison Holmes, and I'm a private investigator in training for the McClean Detective Agency. That basically means I spend most of my time spying on adulterers, making coffee, and being babysat by my trainer since I have a tendency to get into trouble whenever I'm out on my own. But in my defense, I usually managed to get the job done. I had the scars to prove it.

I was halfway down the hallway when I heard a horrible moan. My heart stopped and I turned around to run back from the way I'd come when I heard it again. And though it was horrible, it wasn't a death moan. I'd heard a few o those sounds over the past months. Back when I was having regular sex I'd even moaned like that myself. From the increasing volume I was guessing she was enjoying herself, whoever she was. Either that or she was declawing a cat without anesthesia.


Addison has 2 hot guys who want her. One is Nick Dempsey.He is a detective with the Savannah Police Department. The other is Matt Savage who is an FBI agent and lives across the street from Addison. Addison is extremely attracted to Savage but knows he isn't in it for the long haul. Nick broke her heart.

His jaw tightened again and I saw a vein throb at his temple. "I've been busy with work, I haven't had the time to date anyone. Besides, after dating you everyone else seems a little boring.They're certainly less reckless."
"And you were doing so well....."
"Listen, I'll pay you."
My eyes widened at that and my first thought was that I should be angry. I wasn't a hooker for crying out loud. But then the practical side took over. I needed the money.
"How much?"
"A hundred bucks."
"A hundred bucks? You're kidding me? Five hundred and you've got a deal."
"Five hundred dollars?" he choked. "Are you fucking serious?I could hire an escort for that and at least get sex out of it."
"Stop the car. I'll just get out here."
"Fine, fine." He raised his hands in surrender. "Five hundred dollars."
"Believe me, you're getting out with a bargain. mostly I still want to do bodily harm to you whenever I see you."
He slammed on the brakes and before I knew it my seatbelt was unbuckled and I was sitting on his lap, my empty ice cream container tumbling to the floor. His lips touched mine and every protest I had leaked right out of my brain.


Like I said Nick is HOT. The characters chemistry is sizzling. She also has some great chemistry with Savage. I would want them both, ahhh. Sorry got distracted.

This book really is laugh out loud funny. There is a scene about naked yoga and Addison's mother. OMG i laughed so hard I was crying. The relationship with her mother is so great. She always keeps everyone on their toes. Then you have NAD, the neighborhood watch from hell. Not sure how Liliana Hart came up with these characters but I want to meet people like this, I would have a freaking ball. I can't wait till the next Addison Holmes book comes out. She is always a fantastic read. I'd give Liliana Hart a standing ovation but, my stomach is still hurting from laughing.  I beg you to read this series! I am giving Whiskey For Breakfast, 5 big clocks. Oh and the last 2 lines of the book...... Yeah I screamed and cussed because I have to wait for the next book. Write fast, please.......
 

Wanted by J Kenner

 
 
 
 





For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Release Me comes an all-new erotic series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees.
 
 
~blurb~
He is everything I crave, all I desperately want—and he is everything I can’t have.

Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets.

My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan’s dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can’t fight.

And from the moment we touch—the passion between us consuming us both—I know that I will never be the same.
 
 
 
We Meet Angelina Hayden Raine, at one of most devastating times in her life. The loss of her beloved Uncle Jahn. The only person to every really understand her, to accept her.
Angie is the daughter of a United States senator and the sister of a murder victim, that is how she is known. She was taken in by her uncle after her sisters murder, being at home was just to much for her. But is her beloved Uncle the man she always new him to be or is there much more to this man she adored?
 
Evan Black, both came from money and had made is own fortune. The first time Angie laid eyes on Even, she was 16 years old. She was immediately attracted to him. She also met his best friends Tyler and Cole, all were students of Jahn's.  But it was Even she couldn't get out of her head.
 
"I tried to concentrate on television. On a book. On screwing around on the internet. But nothing held my attention. My mind was too full of Evan, and in the end I went to bed early. Not because I was truly sick, but because I wanted the pleasure of the dark. The thrill of sliding my hands down my belly and under the band of my underwear, then touching myself with my eyes closed as I imagined that it was Evan's fingers upon me. His fingers, his tongue, every decadent inch of him."
 
Now at 24, Angie still longed for Evan, and seeing him made her even more aware of her lust.
 
"He wore his hair long in the back so that it brushed his collar, and the natural waves gave it a quality of a mane - which only enhanced the impression that there was a wildness clinging to the man.
Wild or not, I wanted to get close. I wanted to thrust my fingers into his hair and feel the locks on my skin. I imagined his hair was soft, but that's the only part of him that was. Everything else was edged with steel, the hard planes of his face and body hinting at a dangerous core beneath that beauty."
 
Angie is "sorta" dating Kevin, an FBI agent. His feelings are much more intense than hers. Her parents liked him, and he was a distraction from her desire for Evan. But, Kevin didn't know her, she didn't open up to anyone, she has secrets, secrets that would cause problems for her father, who was in the running to be the VP.
 
 
Ok, so I have given you the basics... I am now going to give you what you want... I LOVED THIS BOOK! The chemistry of Angie or Lina as Evan calls her, was OFF THE CHARTS!  They were connected in ways I didn't see coming. Is he exactly what she needs to get back to the fun, free, life loving Lina she once was? Or was he dangerous in a way, that might cause those around her to be hurt?
Evan, has secrets and BOY ARE THEY BIG ONES! He knows what he needs to do to get out of his lifestyle, but upon the reading of Jahn's will, things change. But how will this change things between he and Lina?
The drama surrounding these two makes for really a great read. She is determined to make him want her and he is determined to fight it.
IT GETS HOT,  that is all I can say... HOLY ALPHA MALE!!! WOW...
 
The supporting characters are really well written. Tyler and Cole are your typical "big brothers" to Angie and they crack me up! I can NOT wait to read their stories ...
Flynn, Angie's long time friend is fun, he is her rock.
Her friend Katrina, is so funny and always has something to say making me chuckle...I hope we see more of her in the other two books!
Kevin, even being an ass, he was written in a way the story needed him.
 
 I really enjoyed this book, the drama, the secrets, the super steamy scenes... WOW! This series has the makings of a really great collection!!!! I am looking forward to reading the next book!
 
My review is based on an ARC copy. I am giving Wanted: A Most Wanted Novel 5 clocks!