Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Children Of Vice by JJ McAvoy ...Review by Dawn

Children of Vice by [McAvoy, J.J.]

From the Ruthless, Vice shall Rise.

I, Ethan Antonio Giovanni Callahan, first son of the former head of the Irish mob, Liam Alec Callahan, and former head of the Italian mafia, ex-governor, Melody Nicci Giovanni Callahan, solemnly swear to ruthlessly protect our family name, business and way of life, no matter the cost to me or anyone else. I shall show no mercy; I shall offer no forgiveness; there will be no peace for those who stand against me.

I will live for my family.
I will kill for my family.
I will marry for my family.

I, Ivy O'Davoren, the only daughter of Shay O'Davoren, solemnly swear to ruthlessly and mercilessly exact revenge on the Callahans and all those who betrayed my father and family. 

I will live for revenge.
I will kill for revenge.
I will marry for revenge.

You devoured the Ruthless People series. Now it’s time to revel in the reign of the Callahan children…

My Review

First off let's talk about this author. JJ McAvoy writes beyond her years. Her voice is something that is missing in this saturated industry. Her characters are deep, and filled with so much richness, I am often rendered speechless. This is a spin off of her amazing Ruthless People series, The Children of Vice is Ethan's story. In reality it is the beginning of what I am positive is going to be her best story telling yet.
I never thought someone could take Melody's place and Ivy is not trying to, but she sure is giving Mel a run for her money. Ivy is smart and cunning, I like her and am excited to see more of her and to see her go up against, someone in the family. 
Ethan, he just makes me happy. He takes his position very seriously and I love that! He was born and raised to lead "the family." He is strong but can be brought to his knees when it comes to Ivy. He has tried his entire life to not let anyone have that sort of "power" over him. But when it comes to Ivy, the girl he has loved his entire life, he is weak. That is not good when you are head of the Irish/Italian Mob. Ethan is everything his parents would want in a son and a Ruthless leader.
We get to catch up with most of the Callahan clan's children and see what they are up to . I love that they are still in the picture as this is the next generation. Evelyn is still vital and I cracked up when she laid it all out for Ivy. We see that Dona and Wyatt are not exactly the people we thought they were. Wyatt is the outcast, choosing to help people by becoming a doctor. But was it really his choice? And Donatella, well she is dealing with "the family" the way she was taught. Always keep an eye on everything and everyone and never miss an opportunity to better one's position.   
To the very last page Children of Vice is brilliant! I am more than excited to see where Ms. McAvoy takes us in the next two books. 

5 Clocks BRAVO!

J. J. McAvoy

J.J. McAvoy was born in Montreal, Canada and is currently studying Humanities at Carleton University. She is the oldest of three and has loved writing for years. She is inspired by everything from Shakespearean tragedies to Pop Culture. Her novel "Ruthless People", out July 17th, hopes to push boundaries and take her readers on a ride through the dark side. Please feel free to stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and youtube, where she video blogs.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Buns: The Hudson Valley Series by Alice Clayton....Review by Dawn


Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.


I have read the two previous books in this series Nuts and Cream of the Crop, which I just loved! Buns, well it fell a little flat for me.  
I remember in the other stories I cracked up and laughed so much. This story did have it's humorous moments, but I found that most of those occurred when Roxie and Natalie were around. Clara and Archie had chemistry, and I loved that the arguing let to love and some pretty implosive heavy making out. Again, it lacked in the sexiness for me.
The picture that Ms. Clayton painted was stunning. I could picture the Bryant Mountain Home perfectly. I really loved Clara being dedicated to her work and her love for helping these businesses that hired her. Archie was so funny when he let go. I loved his stuffy buttoned up structured type, playing off of Clara's bossy nature. That was for me, what worked best in this book. 
Clara's past was present every waking moment and sometimes it felt a bit suffocating. BUT, understandable her life was not easy and it haunted her. Much like Archie's haunted him. I really enjoyed that he was willing to let go and take the next step only to be met with Clara running.... again. 
I was hoping for more fun, and there is some, just not what I am use to from Ms. Clayton.  I honestly can not remember if Clara ever did taste the Hot Cross Buns, I'm not sure if that was an oversight on my part or if it never happened.   

I received an ARC for my honest review
4 Clocks

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

LIVE! Worship Me book 7 in the Men of Inked series by Chelle Bliss... Rafflecopter giveaway and Review


from USA Today bestselling author, Chelle Bliss, comes the seventh book in the 
Men of Inked series. 

James and Izzy are back and they're hotter than ever. 
Don't miss the next installment in the Men of Inked series.

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James Caldo needs to control everything in his life, even his wife, Izzy Gallo. But she’s headstrong and has a need to test her husband’s limits as much as he pushes hers. When a case at ALFA Private Investigation takes a dark turn, James is forced to get Izzy involved in an undercover sting, and the assignment will test her sexual boundaries as well as the very foundation of their relationship. Can Izzy hold her tongue long enough to keep them both safe? Or will her unwillingness to fully submit draw the eye of the very man they’re after?


Ahh, it was just like going home and visiting my favorite "not real but real in my head" family. James and Izzy, it ws so much fun catching up with them and HOLY HOTNESS! James never disappoints to deliver the sexiness. 

The story picks years later and you know how marriages are, the highs and lows, and that is where we find The Clado's . Not that they do not love each other, it's that point where the kids are needy and attentions get diverted. So when this case happens upon ALFA Investigations, James needs a submissive to work the case and we all know Izzy isn't going to let that happen. So of course James asks his wife to go undercover with him. Boundaries are tested and it is SMOKIN' HOT. I would have loved a little more drama involving the case, but the story still has a strong foundation. 

Izzy and her "sister" still make this series for me. When they all get together the hilarity ensues. When Izzy is looking for a new artist to join the shop and the ladies find out that her intent is to hire a female, I laughed so hard. The familial bond these women have makes me somewhat jealous and it's s BOOK! That takes talent of the author to make the reader long to be included.

At one point I thought I was going to have to hop on a plane and hunt down Ms. Bliss. When there is a cancer scare and who it happens to... I was not going to allow Ms. Bliss to do it, nope, not happening. She chose wisely. I know if this series is to continue someone is bound to die, I know this, but I do NOT accept it. The Gallo family is my favorite literary family and I need them to stay in tact.
Izzy is her normal hot head self and James is the only one who can tame her but can he tame her long enough to keep her safe?

 4.5 Clocks for Worship Me

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Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers. To learn more about Chelle, please visit

Monday, May 1, 2017

Double Cover Reveal and Preorder Acquisition and Merger by Chelle Bliss

A double cover reveal & preorder for
  Acquisition and Merger
from USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss.
The Takeover Duet releases in Fall 2017.


A Driven CEO. A Ruthless Rival. And a Sexy, Uninhibited Weekend.
Ambitious, high-powered CEO Lauren Bradley is one press release away from catapulting her company, Interstellar Corp, to new heights. Her industry-leading team is on the verge of unveiling new, cutting-edge technology that will revolutionize travel as the world knows it. The one thing not going according to plan...Lauren's love life. But a hot hook-up with a stranger from the hotel bar could change everything. When Lauren is ambushed the next morning, she comes face to face with Antonio Forte, the reclusive CEO of Cozza Industries, Interstellar's biggest rival. Antonio's arrogant, controlling, and sexy. She should know, since Antonio is the one-night stand she thought she'd never see again. He makes it very clear that he wants Interstellar just as much as he wants Lauren and he'll stop at nothing to make it happen. But she'll do whatever it takes to keep her company―and the ground-breaking innovation they've discovered. Neither of them will back down. Both are used to winning. But surrendering can be so delicious. Let the games begin...
Two Rivals. One Enemy. And an Ending No One Saw Coming. When Antonio Forte met Lauren Bradley, he never expected that making the choice between a possible relationship with her or destroying her company in a hostile takeover would be a hard one. Antonio has always put business before pleasure, but for the first time, he wants both. After proposing a merger of their two companies, Antonio is hoping Lauren accepts his offer so he can show her the world and together they can have it all. In a world dominated by men, Lauren's leery of anyone willing to show mercy―especially the very handsome, smooth-talking Antonio. Lauren doesn't trust easily, especially when it comes to someone who is threatening to dismantle her company, but she'd be lying if she said she didn't find his offer tempting. After finally deciding the path she will choose, a bigger problem emerges―the real enemy is lurking in the shadows and closer than she ever expects. Merger is the follow-up to Acquisition in the Takeover Duet.
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Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex-high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers. To learn more about Chelle, please visit her website.
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