Thursday, October 31, 2013

some new reads!!! this list will grow...


Full Exposure by Tracy Wolff
 Suspenseful, heart wrenching, creative and SEXY AS HELL!!!
Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.

I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.
 Amy Bennett has a type- tall, dark, and jerky. After being used and tossed aside one too many times, she decides enough is enough. No more pretty boys. Instead, Amy begins dating Grayson . Lean, quiet, and average looking, he’s the exact opposite of almost every man she’s ever been involved with.

Her resolve is tested when Troy Castillo moves into the other half of her duplex. He’s the embodiment of her usual kind of man; including the inconsiderate behavior. Within days Troy is making her nuts.

Things with Grayson start fizzling out and keeping Troy at arm’s length becomes impossible as someone begins to harass Amy. Harmless but obnoxious pranks soon turn violent and destructive. Troy refuses to back off and he is determined to protect her, whether she likes it or not.

Amy knows she can trust Troy to keep her safe but can she trust him with her heart?
 At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers -- all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.

At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano has a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.

Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent...

Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah.

Hannah's picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that's passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.



It’s a time of firsts for Jennifer Snow. Her first time living in New York. Her first real job after college. Her first bad breakup.

At least there’s the hot guy she meets in the elevator. He’s exactly the type she normally never goes for. Drake Tyler spends his nights rocking with his band and generally being a bad boy.

But he’s intrigued by the straight-laced Jennifer, who shows a bit of a rebellious streak of her own when she helps Drake out of a tight spot with the cops.

They’re supposed to be wrong for each other, but neither of them cares when the sparks start to fly and the rock really starts to roll.

Warning: this novel contains hot and explicit sexual content. Read it at your own risk!


KNIGHTS' SINNER by Bella by Dawn

Jackson is always considered the 'softie'. He's the first to help people out when they're in need. He's President of the Hell's Knights and he figures it's about time he shows the world how much of a sinner he can be.
Serenity has a dark past. Secrets haunt her and she has no way of escaping them. Hogan is the only family she knows and life with him is brutal. And it's about to get worse.
He sends her on a mission.
On a mission to destroy the Hell's Knights and the Heaven's Sinners.
Can she pretend with a club she doesn't know?
Or will she betray Hogan for the man she's falling in love with?
We meet Serenity when she stumbles onto the Hells' Knights compound, beaten and bloodied. How did she get this way? We learn quickly that her injuries were caused by her father when she confess it to Jackson (wait, I need a moment....ahhh, ok...) Offering up his house as safe place for her to recover. If he really knew her reasons for being there, would he be this nice...?
Jackson, GOOD GOD, Jackson, he is my new book boyfriend. He almost had love once with Addison's mom, but she betrayed him and he just doesn't trust women. But Serenity, she is slowly working her way in. Jack's fight's it, knowing he is too old for her, but he can't shake his draw to her.
After her first attempt at kissing Jackson, and being interrupted by Addison, Serenity rushes to her room to hide out....
Jackson walks in her room and she is confused until he says,
"You kiss a man, you do it fuckin' properly."
Then he leans down, scoops my head up in his arm gently, and crushes his lips against mine. I let out a pained gasp that quickly turns into one of pleasure. His lips consume me, and I can do nothing but whimper. His tongue finds mine, and desperately, I do
 my best to kiss him right. I've kissed a very few times in my life, and they were usually on the very few times I managed to sneak out without my father knowing, and went to parties. Jackson groans, using his free hand to stroke my thick hair away from my face. He presses his mouth harder into mine, and I reach up clutching his shoulders so I can deepen the kiss until we're all tongues and lips. When he finally wrenches his mouth from mine, we're both panting.
"Three things," he growls. "One, you're too fuckin' young for me. Two, because of that, don't ever kiss me again and three. fuck, darlin', you kiss like a fuckin' angel."

I pretty much fell in love with Jackson right about there. He was such a FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC character. Ms. Jewel wrote him perfectly. Now don't get me wrong, he is not always the nicest guy, but that is what makes him seem so real. He is a man struggling with keeping the MC members and their families alive when a HUGE threat is upon them.
I absolutely love, love, love Serenity...she was heartbreaking, beautifully written. Determined to keep her "family" safe, knowing full well she would end up crushing Jackson when all was revealed. She was a pawn used in a very dangerous game of cat and mouse. Doing her best to play both sides, knowing one way or the other she would end up hurt.
I was so vested in this book. I read it nonstop for 5 hours... When I finished, I was so emotionally drained. Talk about giving you whiplash. I loved Jackson, hated him, loved him, was mad at Serenity, felt bad for her, loved her and then had my heart break... IT WAS AWESOME!
Let's talk about how freaking hot this book was, shall we? HOLY SHIZ BALLZ was it HOTT! Seriously I didn't think her writing could get hotter than Cade and Addison on the motorcycle and upside down. Let's not forget Spike,Ciara and the sex club! But Jackson, Serenity and Muff...HOLY SHIT!!! I shut the book and took a minute to wrap my head around what I just read. I am telling you, that was some smokin' hot writing. In my head, I have to believe this is real... I just have to.
I can't make you read this, but if you do not, you are missing an incredible story. This series just got better and better with each book. You will not be disappointed!
I am giving Knights' Sinner, 5 AMAZING, FANTASTIC, GLORIOUS CLOCKS!!!!


Malicious Mischief by Marianne by Kathy

Is it strange to have the unemployment office on speed dial? Not for twenty-four-year-old college dropout Rylie Keyes. Her current job at a small retirement home is worlds more important than all her past gigs, though: if she loses this one, she won’t be able to stop the forced sale of her and her grandfather’s home, a house that has been in the family for ages. But keeping her job means figuring out the truth about a senior citizen who was found murdered while in her care. Explain that one, Miss Keyes.

The late Otto Weiner was thought to be a penniless Nazi concentration camp survivor with a silly grudge against Rylie. However, Otto was not a liked man by any means, and his enemies will stop at nothing to keep their part in his murder secret.

Forced to dust off the PI training she has to keep hidden from her ex-detective grandfather, Rylie must align with a circus-bike-wheeling Samoan while juggling the attention of two very hot cops who each get her all hot and bothered for very different reasons. And as she trudges through this new realm of perseverance, she has no idea that along the way she just might win, or lose, a little piece of her heart.
This is Marianne Hardens debut novel. It is also the first in the Rylie Keyes series.
So lets start at the beginning.....Rylie is a woman who has a hard time keeping a job. She really wants to be a PI but her grandfather does not want her to be one. She has been in love with her friend Zach for years. Her  best friend is a former NFL lineman turned circus bike rider named Solo.  She has kept her job driving seniors for the Fountain of Youth (FOY) retirement community for 4 months. In one night though she has 2 accidents and 3 dead bodies. She has just a few days to solve the crime while her grandfather is away. She has to deal with Lipschitz, a douchebag detective who wants her. A hot new detective, Scottish Thad Talon, who is new. Nymphomaniac seniors with herpes. Dead Nazi's. Family legacies. And that's just the first day.....

"Suicidal jumpers need professional help,"he said. " Not amateurs."
"Have you forgotten my suicide prevention training?"
"Two weeks preparing for the hotline doesn't make you a professional."
I caught his tone: frustration. "But you said I was perfect for the job."
"And you're the one who messed up your first call by answering 'Poisons to go. At the end of your rope, we got your dope," he sing-songed.
"That's not fair,Zach."Shame and irritation swamped me. "You of all people know that's just not fair. I made a mistake. I accidentally leaned on the LIVE button.I thought the incoming call was a practical joke, not the real thing."

I couldn't stop myself from looking. Her face was indeed colorful. And bloody. My eyes popped wide at the sight of all that red. Gulping breaths, I told myself not to faint.
"Hey, girlie, you think I should tell Maybelline about fish blood? Might be a little lolly in it for me--" Cokey Bill broke off with a gasp. "Blimey, look at that, your arse is bare."
 I managed to look down. Froze. Zach's jacket had somehow twisted to the front, leaving my butt out in the open. I started to tug it back into place, spied a huge pool of blood nearby, and keeled over. Splat.
"Isn't that somethin', you're  wearing a pink thong." Cokey Bill's voice sounded distant.
"Doris won't wear one, on account of her incontinence."
Dizzily, I struggled to my knees, staggered a little, then righted with a hand to one of the orange boxes for support. "Mr. Oley--we need to get--help. Doris needs--help.
"Ah, that's the sweetest thing, you moving over like that. I got a nice view now."
I lapsed into a moment of stillness, hand to my heart. I had a strong feeling nothing could be done for Doris, so I wanted to give Cokey Bill a moment with his wife.
"Rare and beautiful thing, a nice ass," he said.
Omigod! " Are you kidding me?You pervert. You're looking at my butt!"
"I'm a simple man," he said.
"You should be ashamed--" I broke off when his eyes went glassy. "Mr. Oley, are you all right?"
He sunk lower in his seat, grinned, and sagged against the steering wheel, making the horn blare with his pointy nose.
I couldn't move, couldn't blink. This wasn't happening.

So much happens to Rylie. I loved it. I was cracking up at some of the things she got into while trying to prove to everyone that she has what it takes to be a detective. Talon was ahhhhhh. Love a man with an accent. Very mysterious but yet yummm. I wish there had been more with the 2 characters. This is not a romance. This is a mystery with a little romance thrown in. Hopefully as the series progress's we will get more of the yummy Scotsman.

The dynamics with Rylie and Zach were interesting. I don't want to give anything away but its obvious they care about one another, they just both need to be on the same page. Solo is a great sidekick. He is all about keeping in balance, but wants to help Rylie any way that he can. The seniors in the book just cracked me up. There is a lot  of humorous parts to the book. This is not a HEA book but a new mystery series. If you like Janet Evanovich or Camilla Chafer's books, you will love this new series.There is an excerpt from the 2nd book in the series at the end. I will definitely be checking out that one when it comes out. I am giving this one 5 clocks. Great debut book.


The Perfect Match by Kristan by Kathy

What if the perfect match is a perfect surprise? Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now—a mere three weeks later—Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off and get back out there…or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn't easier said than done.

Charming, handsome British professor Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his visa is about to expire. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States—and leave Charlie behind.

In a moment of impulsiveness, Honor agrees to help Tom with a marriage of convenience—and make her ex jealous in the process. But juggling a fiancĂ©, hiding out from her former best friend and managing her job at the family vineyard isn't easy. And as sparks start to fly between Honor and Tom, they might discover that their pretend relationship is far too perfect to be anything but true love….

So what do you do when you turn 35 and have been told by your doctor that you aren't getting any younger and that the years are precious, egg wise? You start thinking about the years that you have been having sex with your best friend. You start dreaming about marriage and kids. You decide to take the matte into your own hands....

Now or never. Honor untied her sash, closed her eyes and opened the coat, and let it slide to the floor. Oh, crap, she was standing in front of the table, so his view would be blocked. Stepping around it, she waited. Buck naked. Shock and awe, shock and awe... It was chilly in here. She swallowed and waited some more.
Brogan's father poked his head into the kitchen. "Smells good--oh. Hello, Honor, dear."
Brogan's father.
Brogan's FATHER.
Oh, fungus.
Honor dove under the table, knocking over a chair with a crash, crawled a few paces and grappled for the damn coat. Held it in front of her.

She crawled out, then stood, wrapping the coat around her. Tightly.
"Surprise," she said, her face on fire. "Sorry. I'll try never to be spontaneous again."
He tipped her chin up, and there it was that mischievous, slightly lecherous smile, dancing eyes, Her skin tightened, lust mingling with mortification. "Are you kidding? My father will like you even more than he already does."

So Honor decides to ask her best friend/lover Brogan to marry her.....

"It's just, you know, we're good friends. Good, good friends. Really good friends." Oh, youch. Stop talking. You sound like an idiot. "You know, we've been friends for ages now. Long time." Her tongue felt like a piece of old leather, and wasn't that an attractive image! Would you like to kiss my shriveled, dry, leathery mouth, Brogan? Because the years are precious, you know. Egg-wise.
She forced out an awkward laugh, then wished she hadn't."Just putting that out there, It's been, what? Seventeen years that we've been together?"
"Together?" he said, sitting up abruptly.
"Uh, sort of. We always, um, fall back on each other. " She sat up, too, leaning against the leather upholstered headboard. Tears stung her eyes, and she immediately ordered them back. She cleared her throat. "I mean, we're such good friends. And then there's this. Sex."
Brogan was quiet for a minute. "You know how I think about you On?" He turned to see her face. " I think of you like an old baseball glove."
He nodded. "Like an old friend, something you turn to when you need it."
"Is's like Jeter once said. Or maybe it was Pujols. Yeah, because this was back when he played in Saint Louis. Wait, was it Joe Maurer? No, because he's a catcher, so that's be a mitt. Anyway, whoever it was, he was talking about how when he's in a slump, or when he doesn't feel right about an upcoming game, he puts on his old glove. he's had it for years, right? And when he puts it on, it's like an old friend, and he knows he'll have a better day because of it." He tuned to her, tipping her chin up. and she blinked, her eyes feeling like two hot, hard stones. "But you don't need that glove every day."

So that didn't go well.. She goes to her friend Dana. Let's her know everything that happened and even gives her the coat. She wants nothing to do with him, right? I am just going to say it straight out. I really really really didn't like Dana. Wanted to have Tom teach me to box so I could punch her. That being said.....

Things for Honor just go down hill from there..... I don't want to spoil anything. Then she meets Tom Barlow.. He needs to get married to stay in the country to be by his stepson Charlie.
Let's just say that the first couple of times they meet. its not a good thing. They do eventually get to know each other and that is where the main romance takes place.
I know you are probably waiting for me to tell you what a douche Brogan is and how he should be taken out back and ....... but he was totally clueless about so many things by the end of the book I wanted to hug him and then punch the shit out of him.  Tom was swoon worthy. Those foreign accents get me every time but, he wanted to be there for his (not really) stepson. He was kind and caring and would do anything for him. Had been trying to reach him for years after his mother passed away. This was a great story. It does have a HEA. This book did bring out a few emotions from me. My husband was shaking his head at me laughing so hard and then wanted to know why I got so mad. 5 clocks for this very enjoyable book. Great job Kristan. Looking forward to more from Goggy and Pops and the whole Holland clan.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills...Review by Dawn

Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She's an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She's perfect. Or is she?

Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she changes the course of her life, becoming a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.

Then through a chance encounter, she meets her soul mate. But he doesn't want her.

When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about...until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.

As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy...where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.

Nora Blakely is about do make changes in her life that are going to have an impact that she never imagined. Unable to live up to her Mothers (BITCH FROM HELL) expectations, she is rebelling in ways that are so out of character for her, she may finally feel something, anything besides fear and alone.  Her father is a little (and I do mean fractionally) better than her mother. He chooses to just sit back and accept things, even things he knows nothing about. Giving a speech as the class president of a private school, was nothing new to Nora, she was a spelling bee champion, honors student and all around good girl....until today. Unable to take it anymore she feels herself slipping into panic mode, and can't make the words come she says what she feels for the first time in her life.

Clearing my throat, I leaned over the podium until my lips were right on the microphone and delivered my new opening remarks, "Fuck, Briarcrest Academy, and fuck you all."
Finally, some of the pain and darkness that had been wrapped around my soul fell away.
I smiled for real this time without even trying.
It felt good to be bad.
Leo Tate was in the audience, he is 25 and guardian of his brother Sebastian, who is new to Briarcrest. Leo was shocked to see this perfect girl, up on stage telling everyone to "F off," but he was fascinated with her. She looked lost, hurt and in trouble. And boy does she give him lots of trouble!
I really feel like I can't give you much more, it would be doing you a HUGE injustice. This book is so freaking fantastic!!! I thought I would have issues relating to a 18/19 year old girl, but good lord you do not! I assumed many things about Nora, spoiled little rich girl just acting out...Well, let me tell you I was dead WRONG. She had so many layers and was beautifully written.
The depth the author goes into with each character is just spot on perfect! I loved Sebastian, he was just one of those good guys... I mean we all know that one guy who is just fun, kind and a good guy. I know I had a friend like that in high school. Sebastian make me smile so much.
Aunt Portia was so lovely. I loved that Nora had her in her life.
Mila, Nora's BFF was fun, and fierce. She may look all polite and innocent, but she had a bit of venom, when pushed.
Teddy, he was so refreshing and just sweet. I loved the interactions with Nora.
Leo, good lord Leo... he was damaged and guarded. BUT, his natural instinct to protect and care are so wonderfully delicious. He is trying his best to ignore the pull he feels for Nora, to the point of having to hurt her.
I loved the back and forth of these two, he would give her an inch and she would shoot right back at him, giving him an inch x10... The dynamic between these two was AMAZING. The chemistry was off the charts! You just know its going to be explosive when or if they get together.
The only complaint I would have, is the unfinished business with her Mother, aka, Bitch from Hell. I really wanted her to have a conclusion, but when you read it, it makes sense, I wouldn't have a thing to do with that women and what she did.
Guys, this book is so freaking amazing... I loved it... I mean could not put it down! I finished it in a day.  Very Bad Things gets a 5 clock review across the board from me. GO GET IT, READ IT!!

Craving Constellations by Nicole by Dawn


How could someone make decision after decision attempting to get away from their past and somehow end up right back where they started? When Brenna decided to leave the only life she’d ever known, she swore she’d never go back. Now, five years later, she’s running from her clean-cut husband straight back to the motorcycle club that raised her… and the man she left behind. She left with a secret, and the truth will soon break her carefully constructed life wide open..
We are introduced to Brenna as she is making a decision that is going to change her life, not only hers, but everyone in her life. She ran away from the MC she was raised in to attend college, only coming home for visits every so often. On the last visit she meets Dragon and is taken by him instantly. Dragon has no idea who Brenna is and just does what comes naturally to him.
"Um, hey. Have we met?"
Christ. Her voice was sugar and spice and every fuckin' fantasy I'd ever had.
"Nope. I would've remembered that. You're fuckin' gorgeous." God, could I be more of an asshole?
"Ha. Thanks. You mind moving back a little? The hood of this car is still a little warm, and I'm burning my ass here." She blushed.
I really enjoyed the intensity of this story, and it was very intense. The story was full of angst and betrayal. There were layers upon layers of discoveries that I really didn't see coming. I really liked the "well, I didn't see that coming" aspect of it.
Now, what I didn't care for. The lack of depth, I know that is kind of confusing considering just said it was intense. I felt it just scratched the surface of most things. I LOVED Poet "Pop", and he was in the back ground so much, I just wanted so much more of him. I loved how his Irish accent would come out when he was pissed or excited.
I know there are more books coming in the series, so maybe that will help in adding depth to the characters. Grease and Casper, were really great and I wanted more of them. 
I even wanted more information on Tony, King of the assholes!!! I wanted to know why he was capable of doing the horrible things he did. Oh, and I wanted to read what went down when Pop found Tony... I mean we do know how it ended up, but I wanted the details. I am kinda weird like that.
All in all, I would give the intensity of this story a 4 but the lack of details is keeping me from giving the book as a whole a 4 clocks. So I am settled on giving it 3.5 clocks. I know many people loved this book and I agree its good, I am just hoping the books to follow answer some of my questions.  

Friday, October 18, 2013

Willing Captive by Belle Aurora....Review by Kathy

Delilah “Lily” Flynn is used to her drab existence. Lily’s been living it for twenty two years.
Her boring life is suddenly turned on its head when she’s rudely kidnapped from her bedroom.
Or so she thinks.

Nox Taylor is far too high up in his field to be assigned a babysitting job.
There’s nothing more he wants than to complete his mission so he can be rid of the smartass tomboy, Lily.

Day after day, Nox watches Lily and her strange ways. She’s unlike any woman he’s ever met.
Getting close to the girl is purely for her own protection…right?

Lily never imagined she’d make her first real friends in captivity.
What lengths would she go through to keep them?

The book starts off with sisters Lily and Terah discussing sneaking out of their house. Their dad is very protective of his daughters. Seems he has a reason when they come up to rooms with masked men in them. Though she fights Lily is thrown over the shoulder of a humongous man and he runs out of the house with her. She has just been KIDNAPPED.

She is thrown into a van and taken to a different location. She is terrified. What is going to happen to her... Then she finds out that she was actually taken to save her life. Someone is out to kill her. Her dad is paying the obnoxious guy to protect her. She hates him. He is an asshole. Ok he is a cute asshole but still..They fight all the time...

 Nox sighs loudly before asking  that deep husky voice, "What is it, princess?"
 I know he says this in a way that's meant to be derogatory, but I don't care. If I tell him how much I like that he calls me that, he'll stop on principle.
And I can't have that. The only thing that stops me from going crazy in this safe house is my daily argument with Nox.
Nox isn't the best looking guy I've ever seen, so why does he have this stupid freaking hold on me?
 You know why.
I menatlly rip my hair out and shriek to high heaven.
 I do know why, dammit.
 He's like a fairy-tale hero for Christ's sakes. I know he's ordered to protect me and all, but he does such a great job of it. He makes it look effortless. He's all like "C'mon, pack your shit' and I'm all like 'No, I like it here' and he's all 'Not safe here, princess' and I'm all like 'Sigh. Okay.'
That's the basic conversation every freakin' time.
All he has to do is princess me and I'm tripping over my own feet. I don't know how he does it.
 So let's talk about Nox. He is the boss on this particular mission. they do not exist. Lily's dad is paying an obscene amount of money to have him protect her. He had originally turned down the job. Thought it would be too much trouble.....Yeah she was trouble all right...Nox is a badass. He knows he can protect her and he took her on the day that he received a contract to kill her. He will do anything to protect his princess....
 Rock and Boo are his friends and help him to keep her protected. They have her in a safe house. They are all getting close to each other. Becoming friends and more... But how much time in a safe house is too much? What happens if you let your guard down? Can you really fall in love and still protect someone?

 Okay, so that's an exaggeration, but I'm pissed right now. And with good reason.
 He looks from me to the package and says stonily, "What now?"
 Throwing the package onto the desk, I tell him,"They aren't the right ones."
 He scowls and picks it up to get a better look at it.He reads for a moment theb says, "Yes. They are."
 Unable to mask my look of disbelief, I ask sweetly, "And how would you know?"
 He looks up at me, throws the package towards me and says, "That's what it says it's for."
 I cross my arms across my chest, lean my hip on the desk and retort, "Well, it's not the right one. I would know. I'm the one who uses them."
 His shoulders slump and he sighs. Taking another look at me, he scowls again before picking up his handheld two-way radio and presses the button, causing a staic noise to sound. Someone at the other end says, "Vito"
 Nox continues to glare at me while he speaks into the radio,"She says they aren't the right ones."
 Vito doesn't answer for a moment before he responds, "Come again, boss?"
 Nox lowers his head, shaking iy and repeats through gritted teeth, "They aren't the right ones, Vito."
 Vito utters, "But it said on the pack-"
 Nox cuts him off with,"I know! I know what it said. She says no."
 Vito sighs, "What the fuck does she need, then?"
 Nox's eyes widen at me in an expression that shouts WELL?
 I snatch the radio out of his hands, press the button and almost shout, "Heavy flow! You know? For heavy flow, because I flow heavily during my menstruation cycle, because I'm a girl   and that's what we do. "He doesn't respond, so pressing the button again, I add, "Bleedin' for days here, Vito. I need comfort."
 Nox chuckles his deep sexy chuckle, and I throw the radio at him. Hard. He catches it without effort, smiling. I stomp out of his office muttering, "Freakin pussies."
 As I exit the room, I hear Nox buzz the radio again and ask Vito, "Got that?"
 Vito responds immediately, "Every gross detail."
 I hear Nox laugh from all the way down the hall.
 I won't ever tell him how much I love that sound.
I was totally surprised by the humor in this book. I knew it wasn't a dark romance but this was such a great surprise. Don't get me wrong there is very real raw emotion in the book. I admit I needed tissues on parts of the book. I love Nox. He is amazing. The ending of the book is just WOW. Couldn't have asked for a better ending, truly. I loved Lily. She was sweet,funny, fearless, and strong. I can only hope that everyone has the love that these two do. I give a HUGE 5 clocks to this book. Will be waiting for RAW to come out for more Lily and Nox.
Review by Kathy Lee Herbst


Permanent by Kim Carmichael ....ARC review by Kathy

~Blurb-What is Permanent?

Always on the outside looking in, accountant, Lindsay Stevens, has calculated her transformation from a small town, nerdy bookkeeper to a sleek, high-powered accountant down to the last penny. With all her checks finally in balance, she moves to California to start a new life free of her embarrassing past she never wants revealed.

As Hollywood's hottest tattoo artist, Shane Elliott thrives on standing out. Charismatic and free of commitments, he travels through life with a wink and a smile, hiding the letters he receives from the IRS as if they don't exist. Now with bills to pay and tax collectors breathing down his back, for the first time in his life Shane can't charm his way out of his situation. However, when his new neighbor literally falls into his life, he knows he has struck gold once again.

Though Lindsay tries to keep her distance, she suddenly finds herself trying to hide her true self as she thrust into a world she doesn't think she belongs, but can't resist. In his good-time life, Shane must discover there is more to life than a party if he wants something more.

With their lives intertwined, the two must learn accept each other, themselves and their love.

Worlds collide as they decide what is truly permanent.

Permanent is the first book in the Indelibly Marked Series that follows the lives and loves of those surrounding Permanent Tattoo.

 This book is about Lindsay and Shane. She is Shane's new neighbor and a buttoned up accountant. Shane is the hottest tattoo artist in Hollywood. He knows everyone and everyone loves him. They meet the first time 4 days after Lindsay moves in next door. There is a minor accident that requires medical attention.

"My name is Lindsay Stevens." her knees buckled.
He rushed to her side. Her tremble vibrated through him,but she managed to raise her head.
"I'm your neighbor."
 "I gathered." He chuckled and pulled her toward him for support and a chance to take another peek at those good girl baby blues. She was exactly the type of girl that loved but hated his type. His gallant efforts were the key to winning this woman over.
  Carson returned. "What's going on?"
 "This is Lindsay." With his arm around her he guided his little charge toward the door.
  Before they stepped outside she stopped and looked up at him, her focus going right to his Mohawk.
 "I'll take you to Urgent Care and then I'll marry you."He tilted his head down. Girls loved the Mohawk. "The odds are with you on that one."
Shane is in dire need of an accountant and talks Lindsay into helping him out with the IRS. Lindsay is used to people just wanting things from her and not wanting her.There is chemistry with these two but lots of misunderstood emotions.

There is a great group of people at Permanent Tattoo. Ivan is Shane's best friend. Emily is his sister. Carson is his younger brother and apprentice. Then there is Dillon his older brother. Let me just say that Dillon is a Douche. I did not like him, thought he was an ass and well a douche. He kept getting between Lindsay and Shane and trying to make them doubt each other.

 The woman nodded. "Some girls love the bad boys."
 Lindsay wiped a small trickle of sweat from her temple while she ached to enlighten the woman on who the bad boy in the family really was.
 "Shane just wants to parade her around as part of a show," Dillon whispered.
 She couldn't help but straighten, priming for action, she just didn't know what kind.
 "That place is disgusting.She's trying to be something she's not and once she realizes that, or the place goes under, she'll run back to where she belongs." He punctuated his statement with a nod.
 Words could be worse than weapons. She tossed the spoon aside not even realizing she stood until she glared down at Dillon. " I can tell you what's disgusting."
 He looked up at her with a cocky grin. She had vowed never to take that kind of crap from anyone again. She slapped his face. The sting resonated from her palm throughout her body, and silence enveloped the room. One glance told her she'd made a terrible mistake and she ran.
 Shane watched Lindsay race from the room as if it was on fire.
 "What the hell?" With his hand over his cheek, Dillon stood and pointed at his brother. "She's psycho!"
 "You ass." Emily threw her glass at Dillon splashing water across the table and dousing him."I hate you."She burst into tears.
 Shane shot up fast enough to knock his chair over and grabbed his brother's collar, thrusting him back. "What did you do?"
 Dillon tripped and fell, toppling both his chair and Lindsay's.
 Emily pointed. "He's a jerk and Lindsay put him in his place. I only wish she would have kicked him where it counts."
 "You're a dead man." Every protective DNA molecule in his body fired off at once and Shane dashed after Lindsay, stopping in front of the bathroom to the sound of her crying.

What i liked about the book...
  I loved the flirting from Shane. He made me laugh. I loved that Lindsay thought that his tattoo's are art and not just flash. The whole opposites attract theme is especially dear to my heart and they are definitely opposite. She didn't even have pierced ears but she could tell you the difference in the types of tattoo's. I loved that the author included that information in the book. I think it made the book much more believable. The family love that you could see straight from the start. Whether it was true family or friends that were like family.

What I didn't like about the book...
  I didn't really like the subplot with her "Real" job. I found it a little disappointing that she knew that they were doing wrong but she didn't do anything about it. I didn't like that the book did not go into any real depth with Dillon or what happened. No I didn't like Dillon but would have liked to know if he can be redeemed. And as this is the start of a series that may happen later on but, i want to know now. I found it a little slow in places. I didn't like the letters Shane kept from her.

 Overall I liked the book and will catch the others in the series. I really need to know why Dillon is such a Douche. I am going to give the book 3 clocks.
Review is based on ARC copy. Review by Kathy Lee Herbst.

Monday, October 14, 2013


The only thing that is obscene is censorship. Craig Bruce

I am a person who is very capable of choosing what I like and what I don't . If I am not interested in a book, hey I DON'T BUY IT... its that fucking simple. I do NOT need someone doing this for me. I have a right to choose, the right to say "not my cup of tea.", I have the right to say "HELL YEAH I want to read that!"... You sirs are not going to do it for me.

There are those of us who like a type of genera, it may not be what you consider "proper" but hey, you are not living with me or a factor in my life so butt the fuck out... You have no right to tell me what is "best for me." You have a company and are covering your ass, I understand that. But are you doing this at the expense of us who are loyal to you? I have no problem walking away from sites doing this. You seem to think you are doing all of us a favor, but you sir, are speaking FOR me and I did not give you permission to do so. You do not speak for me, so please STOP!!!

Censorship, is a very bad thing and you seem to think you are protecting us. I am of the thinking that we need to be protected from you and your judgment. You are under the impression you are doing this for the greater good, well sir, if you had better age restrictions you might not find this an issue. My 10 year old can purchase anything and get away with it... so whose at fault? We as parents, are responsible for making sure our locks are on our computers, approving website and making sure all safe guards are in place. But what responsibility lies on you? You are clearly selling violent games, music and movies. Is that my fault? Where do you draw the line?

Send an email to, telling him to stop censoring/targeting books!!!!

I assume since you are doing this in the literature department, you are also doing this in ALL media outlets.... Video games, movies, music..... I mean its only fair if you are removing "smut" you should be doing this across the board right? Well let me help you out...found these right on your Instant Video....

What about the series of Grand Theft that you so proudly sell?
God of War
And how many "explicit lyrics" mp3 or disks do you sell?
How about Anime?
It only seems fair if you are going to pull books you should be doing this SITE WIDE.

Requiem for a dream
Evil Dead
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Hills Have Eyes
Flowers in the attic ,Pretty much anything by VC Andrews
The Thorn Birds
There's an entire list that goes on and on.
May as well not sell French movies or anything foreign.

Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off. Richard King
The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen. Tommy Smothers

Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice. Henry Louis Gates

Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. Henry Steele Commager



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Jagged by Kristen Ashley...Review by Dawn


An old flame rekindled . . . Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn't interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara's lost her business, her marriage, and she's barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara's plight, he's on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers. Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham's faced his own demons, and he's learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he's meant to live. So when he hears that Zara's having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he's a changed man.

**We first met Graham Reece in KA's first book of the 'Burg Series, when he was attacked by an hatchet wielding, crazy psychopath. You will NOT be lost if you didn't read it. I just want to state that first.**

We meet Zara 3 years after she has told Graham "Ham" Reece that she was moving on. She has ended her marriage and her life is falling apart, when she hears the news report of Graham's attack. Calling him, and hearing his voice is all it takes for every memory of the time they spent together to come rushing back and making her heart ache, knowing he is the only man she has ever truly loved. Graham show up on her door step the next day and well, things don't go as all.
Graham is KA's typical  HOT alpha male, and I am so happy she keeps giving us these amazing men. Zara is no slouch either, having a horrific childhood could have easily turned her into a bitter person, but she isn't, I found her to be lovely, but she is one tough "cookie"...

"You didn't find a good man, babe. You settled."
God, when had he become so stubborn? I was already angry but I was getting angrier.
"Ham, this is none of your business." Ham ignored me. "I know this because no man who's a good man cleans out his wife like this fucked-up shit." He uses an arm to indicate the space and turned back to me. "We're talkin' about this."
"I also told you , he fucks you over, he did you wrong, you call me. You did not call me Zara."
What the hell? "Are you serious?" I whispered.
"Fuck yeah, I'm serious," he shot back.
"Rethink that answer, Ham," I returned.
"No, babe you think back to that shit your parents pulled, how that shit meant you landed in my bed and I kept you there and took your back through that nightmare."
Again, memory lane, but this time, not such good memories.
"That was more than eight years ago, Ham."
"Yeah it was. And my point is, over eight years, I've always been there for you."
"Only when you weren't gone."
His face turned to stone. "Bullshit, Zara and you know it."
I LOVED, the intense volatile relationship they had. He was brutally honest and she would call him on his crap at the first chance. I was laughing and finding myself saying " OH, NO HE DIDN'T!"  I did this throughout the whole book, there are so many great scenes that I am forcing myself to stop... I swear if I could, I would tell you every damn detail!!!
This is such a great addition to the Colorado Mountain Series. I loved that some of our favorites come aback! Seriously, who doesn't love them some Nina Maxwell? She is in kickass form and I loved visiting her again. Cotton, just makes my heart happy.  I am not going to tell you everyone who makes an appearance, because I want you to experience the reunion for yourself.
Jagged, was for me an emotional story, the twists and turns had my heart breaking, I was excited and I swear when Ham said "Bury him. You can land his ass in jail, do it. I want him fucked up, Nina. I want fuckin' blood." I had to stop reading to have a little "squee" moment!!!!  I can honestly say, KA's books are some of the very few that get me this invested.
 I haven't even gotten to the steamy parts.... WE ARE NOT LET DOWN!!! I really didn't know if I could love another one of her Mountain Men more than Tate, wait,, Max, ah hell, its to hard not to fall for Graham Recce...
I highly recommend this book and give it a GLOWING 5 clocks, happily and lovingly!
Review based on ARC

Untangle Me by Chelle Bliss....Reviewed by Kathy

Blurb-Kayden is a bad boy that never played by the rules. Sophia has always been the quintessential good girl, living a life filled with disappointment. Everything changes when their lives become intertwined through a chance encounter online.

Hundreds of miles separate them, but the connection that draws them together is too much to be denied. As the layers of their lives peel back, Kayden keeps the dangerous parts of his past hidden to protect the woman who is becoming more important to him than he should allow. What starts as a pursuit of carnal pleasure turns into a complicated love story. His past is a tangled web filled with addiction, an obsessed ex-girlfriend, and problems with the law.

One mistake he thought he had left behind may end up ruining it all.

I had this book come up as a recommend from Amazon. I was supposed to be reading a different book for review. I decided that I would just check out the sample maybe for my TBR list. I loved it from the beginning and totally forgot that I was to supposed to be reading a different book. All I can say is Thank You Amazon for my recommends list.

This book gives you both Kayden's voice and Sophia's. Normally I am not a fan of this. Chelle Bliss did a great job of switching from one to the other. It worked very well in the book. I think it actually made the whole thing better.

Sophia and Kayden start talking via Facebook. He sends her a friend request. She isn't sure if she should accept it, especially since she doesn't know who he is. They have mutual friends and he even knew her brother in high school.
Me:Do I know you?
 Clicking on his photo, I studied his face. He had warm green eyes, a shaven head, a sinful grin framed by a goatee, and dimples....fucking hell, he's got dimples. His facial hair was a mix of brow and gold, but the rest of him was smooth. He looked like the quintessential bad boy, a type I steered clear o my entire life, but visited nightly in my fantasies. As I stared at my screen, a message popped up, blocking his face.
Kayden:Not yet.
 I stared at the screen, tapping my finger against my lip, my finger hovering over the decline button before his message stopped me.
Kayden:I saw your post to Freddie,we went to school together and I knew your brother.
Me:Freddie's such a nice guy; I've known him for as long as I can remember.
Kayden:I don't remember you hanging out with us  back in the day.
Me:I'm younger than my brother and didn't really hang out with them.
Kayden:Probably for the least for you, not for me.

 Kayden is a bad boy who has been burned by love before and has decided that it is better to just have a strictly physical relationship.  Sophia is the good girl who hungers for the bad boy but always sticks with the safe ones. She has a navy blue life.
Kayden: Slept like a baby. What did you mean last night about being navy blue? You intrigued me with that statement.
Me: I don't know how to explain it. Is navy blue an exciting color?
Kayden:Umm, not really.
Me:Well, it's the color of my life.
Me:Entirely true.
Kayden:Come on, your Mike's sister and you're hot as hell. No way that you're boring.
Me:I'm nothing like my brother,Kayden. I learned what not to do by watching him.
Kayden:I never thought you were, you just share DNA. That doesn't make you navy blue. Tell me more about yourself. Are you seeing anyone?
They spend a great deal of time talking on FB,the phone and on skype during the book. As they get closer to each other via FB, Kayden tries to get Sophia to come vsit him in NOLA(New Orleans). Once they finally meet in person, holy hell, it gets smoking hot. Kayden has a lot of things in his past that he is ashamed of, he also has very real feelings for Sophia and vows to tell her it all.
 He has a psycho ex girlfriend named Lisa. She is determined to get Kayden back, no matter the cost. She is sneaky and manipulative. I have to say that Chelle did a superb job of making me totally hate Lisa.
 They have to deal with a long distance relationship and the perils of that. They also have to deal with Kayden's past. It is not pretty or easy and may be the thing that breaks them up. Can Kayden and Sophia get past it all and still come out of it as a couple?
 You will be taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I laughed out loud at the banter between the characters. I sighed at the romance. I gasped at parts and I even cried. This is an amazing read. I loved it so much that after I was done, I had to go back and start re reading parts. I give an enthusiastic 5 clocks.  I am looking forward to the next book from Chelle Bliss.

Review by Kathy Lee Herbst


Saturday, October 12, 2013

By Proxy by Katy Regnery....Review by Kathy


Sometimes love finds you.

Stubbornly small-town Jenny Lindstrom has misgivings when she promises to stand proxy in her best friend’s wedding—misgivings that are fulfilled when tall, handsome Sam Kelley walks into the courthouse an hour late. In order to keep her promise, an afternoon favor turns into a weekend of startling but undeniable attraction, threatening the well-ordered world that keeps her heart at arm’s length from any more pain.

Sam’s plan is to fly to Livingston, Montana, take vows for his favorite cousin, and return to Chicago as quickly as possible. But his plan is turned upside-down when he must spend a weekend with Jenny in Gardiner to keep his word. He doesn’t want to fall for the prim, proper schoolteacher whose small-town life seems to him like selling out, but the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to say good-bye.

When city and country come together for Christmas, the unexpected gift is true love.

This is the story of two people who are trying to do the right thing to help a friend and family member. Their friend and cousin are in the Military and are in two separate countries. In Montana you can legally get married with a two person proxy. Sam the hero had looked it up on Wikipedia after getting an email from his cousin Kristian.

 After he read Kristian's e-mail, he had consulted Wikipedia to confirm "Double Proxy Marriage" actually existed. It sounded like the implausible ploy of a bad movie: two people who couldn't bat the same place at the same time could be married legally if they designated two other people--Proxies--to take their bows for them.
 Sure enough, all-knowing Wikipedia had confirmed it was true, and San re-read the article twice to understand. Apparently it was completely legitimate, little-known legal loophole that existed only in Montana, almost exclusively utilized by servicemen and women--like Kristian and his fiancee Ingrid--deployed to different parts of the world. With Kristan in active service in Afghanistan and Ingrid serving at an Army hospital in Germany, their only option for an expedited marriage would be a double proxy ceremony in Montana.

So Sam and Jenny will be saying the vows for them. Their first meeting is memorable. Sam is late and Jenny is upset.

"You're Jenny!" he said, beaming at her.
"Sam?" she asked, bright blue eyes trained on him, cheeks flaming red.
 He nodded. For no good reason in particular, he had been expecting some thick -waisted, Brunhilde-type, big-boned Scandinavian country gal. Jenny's cheeks had the fresh color of a country girl, all right, but that's where the similarities ended. She wasn't a conventional knockout, but there was certainly something about her.
 Cute girl.Huh. Kristian hadn't mentioned that...
"You're very late," she said. She turned sharply and crossed the lobby with hurried steps, stopping at a bench beside the stairs to pick up her coat.
He had no choice but to follow behind her and rushed to keep up. "Yes. I'm late. Sorry about that. But,wow, that was --uh-- quite a welcome!"
"I didn't mean to bump into you. I slipped." Click, clack, click, clack. Her shoes echoed up the stairs."I've been waiting over and hour. "
Do to Sam being late they are not able to do the vows until Monday. He must stay in Gardiner. This is the small town that Jenny lives in. He is from Chicago and Jenny is expecting him to throw a fit about having to stay. When he doesn't she is pleasantly surprised. I liked both Sam and Jenny.

What worked for me....
  It was a very sweet and charming love that occurred with Sam and Jenny. He wanted her and let her know. There is no heavy sex theme with the book. There were some good kissing scenes in the book. The author did bring the Montana environment alive for me. Jenny and Sam did "fall" in love very quickly. When Sam had to leave he did ask Jenny to come to Chicago to be with him. She declined but, the time Sam had spent with her in Gardiner had already started reminding him who he really was. Sam had been kind of a player before Montana.There are also some intriguing secondary characters that we will get to know in her future books.

What didn't work for me...
  I was not expecting the strong Christian theme in the book. I did find that for me, I would just skim those parts of the book. For others it may be fine.

I am giving this book 31/2 clocks. Overall it was a good read and I would recommend.
Review by Kathy Lee Herbst

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster... review by Kathy


When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her step-grandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.

I want to say from the start that this book was given to me to read and review. When I first read the blurb on this book I wasn't sure if I would be able to get thru the book. It just isn't my normal thing. I am very glad that i was given the book to read.

The book is about a 16 year old girl who is accused of murdering her Step-Grandfather who is a Justice for California. She is accused of starting a fire that claimed his life. Josie Baylor-Bates is an attorney who is begged by the mother to take the case. Josie stopped being a high powered defense lawyer 3 years prior due to a client she got off on murder charges who was guilty and killed again. She is working in Hermosa  Beach at a small law office taking care of the local "weenie wager" and other small time clients. She is about to become a partner in the firm.

I loved Josie's character. She didn't want to defend Heather but since she was her attorney then she was going to fight for her. She was not going to let the girl down. Josie went in just for the bail hearing and then met Heather who was going to be tried as an adult, not as a juvenile. She was being told that Hannah was a sick kid and that she should take a plea deal to get the kid some psychiatric help.

"We're telling you we need this resolved now. We are the ones responsible for her. We're the ones who have to lie with her, not you."
Josie stood up. Kip Rayburn didn't have enough game to shut her down. She didn't care whose son he was, or who he was about to become.
"I'm Hannah's attorney and , as such, I am responsible for the welfare of my client. So let me tell you what I know. Hannah won't last a minute if she serves a sentence in a psychiatric facility. You think she's got problems now? Just wait until they release her someday and she shows up on your doorstep. I guarantee you won't turn your lights off at night. Or are you one of those bleeding hearts that think criminals actually go into those places for treatment?"
"Those places are dark, third rate institutions where overworked doctors make out reports and prescribe electroshock and pills that will keep Hannah so doped up she won't even know when one of the low life orderlies decides she looks like prime pickings. So he'll rape her, and she won't even know it. Or another inmate will..."
"Stop it! Josie, stop it!" Horrified, Linda cried out as she buried her face in her hands. It was Josie who got to her first. She took Linda's hands in her own and forced them down.
"Linda listen to me."
"Wait just a minute," Kip rushed to the sofa. Josie met him head on, daring him to interfere.
"Back off," she growled, tired of him now. "Linda, look at me. This is your daughter's life, It's not a game. It's deadly serious and what you do now is going to affect her whole life, Linda. You're her mother for God's sake. Do you really think she did something she should go to jail for?"

Linda Rayburn is Hannah's mother. Let me just say. I really didn't like this woman. As a mother I wanted to smack her and as a person I wanted to hit her harder. Then there is Kip Rayburn. Hannah's Step Father. He was unlikable to me as well. Both characters are definitely necessary to the story. I found that I was rooting for Josie and Hannah the more they had to interact with either Linda or Kip.

I have to say that there was one character that I wish had more time in the book. That was Rudy Klein the DA. I wanted to know more about him and what made him tick. I hope that in one of the subsequent books we get a closer view of him. I did like the love interest of Archer. He was affectionate and he seemed to honestly care for Josie.

There are a couple of humdinger secrets in the book that I was not expecting. Why was the Justice killed? How was he murdered? Was it really murder? Can Josie really help a girl who seems to have so many secrets? The secrets make the book into the page turner it is.
This is the first in the Witness series.
 I give 3 and 1/2 clocks
Review by Kathy Lee Herbst