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ARC Review: Tripped Out by Lorelei James 

 Tripped Out 

Lorelei James 

Blacktop Cowboys Series

1001 Dark Nights 

Where there’s smoke…
Stirling Gradsky abandoned the corporate rat race for a more laidback lifestyle. So it’s ironic she’s stuck working with a hard-bodied, know-it-all scientist who treats her like a stoner instead of a stone cold business woman capable of running a large scale cannabis operation. Dr. Hot and Tattooed with the big…brain needs to stop sampling their product; he’s under the half-baked idea that he’s the boss.
Dr. Liam Argent’s doctorate isn’t in chemistry, but from the moment he meets his sexy new coworker, there’s enough heat between them to short out all the lights in the grow house. First item on his agenda? Clearing up the sassy, blunt blonde’s hazy notion that she’s in charge.
Sparks fly as their attraction blazes. But can they weed out their differences without getting burned?

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.5 Stars 

Funny with a good helping of sexual tension. 
Lorelei James has me cracking up laughing with Sterling and Liam in Tripped Out. Sterling’s way of fighting fire with fire is something to behold. She’s strong and tenacious, I really like that about her. Liam is the don’t judge a book by its cover kind of man. He’s confident and professional by day and a dirty talking man by night. Liam has an amazing about of depth to him. Many layers that him to be the wonderful man that his is. Two very strong willed and stubborn people butting head in a way that creates this slow burning sexual tension and attraction. Talk about banter. Liam and Sterling have it down. I love they way their chemistry built, fueled their passion and ignited something much larger.
Tripped Out is hands down one of the funniest books I have reads this year. I so enjoy Ms. James writing style. She knows how to rope the readers in. Tripped Out was a quick, one sit ready that kept me entertained from beginning to end. 

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review. 

Review and Giveaway: Rock Steady by Dawn Ryder

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Series: Rock Band, Book 2

ISBN: 9781492616795

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Genre: Erotic Romance

 

About the Book

Second in Dawn Ryder’s sizzling new Rock Band series.

 

HE KEPT IT CASUAL

Superstar guitarist Ramsey’s reputation as a bad-boy rocker is exceeded only by his dedication to his music. He’s worked hard for the success of his hit metal band Toxsin, and he intends to enjoy it—completely. When a jilted groupie gets back at him for a one-night stand with an intimate—and completely inappropriate—tattoo, he needs it fixed, and fast. Sparks fly between Ramsey and his new tattoo artist, and Ramsey finds himself hoping for more than new ink.

 

UNTIL SHE MADE HIM WANT MORE

When a high-profile tattoo job lands Jewel an invite on Toxsin’s latest tour, she can’t say no. It’ll be great exposure, after all. What she’s really worried about is ruining the gig by hooking up with the first guy to completely rock her world. She knows she should resist—Ramsey’s not the kind to stick around for a morning after. But the way he makes her feel—as an artist and a woman—could be worth any risk.

 

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About the Author

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Dawn Ryder is the erotic romance pen name of a bestselling author of historical romances. She has been publishing her stories for over eight years to a growing and appreciative audience. She is commercially published in mass market and trade paper, and digi-first published with trade paper releases. She is hugely committed to her career as an author, as well as to other authors and to her readership. She resides in Southern California.

 

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Website: http://www.dawnryder.com/

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Giveaway

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Letter from Dawn

Summer-

 

That word brings a ripple of anticipation to everyone who has been longing for warm weather, sandals, beaches, carnivals, and so much more. Rock Steady is the perfect summer time read. It’s hot, it’s edgy, it’s got bad boys—hey, what would summer nights be without a little misbehavior? And the one thing I really wanted Rock Steady to have was a lack of people shooting at people.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love to write a hard suspense plot but sometimes, you want to read a good, hot, romance without all the life and death struggle. All the edge, all the heat, but with a focus on the personal issues that come with having to make a relationship work beyond the physical attraction.

 

Rock Steady will take you back onto the road with Toxsin. Now for anyone who thinks Rock Stars have it all easy, take a look at Rock Steady and you’ll get a little taste of the dedication it takes to be a mega super star. Personally, I have a deep respect for those who can apply their talent to the concert stage. It’s a hard job, one that requires team work to accomplish a show that is mind blowing for the ticket holders. A fabulous voice isn’t the only requirement.

 

For those who picked up Rock Me Two Times, you going to get the chance to see Ramsey, god that he is, meet his match. It was a blast to write this book and I’m eager to present it to all of you.

 

Cheers!

 

Dawn Ryder

DawnRyder.com

 

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Excerpt from ROCK STEADY

“Pissed off your girlfriend?” she asked pointedly.

“She wasn’t really a girlfriend.”

Jewel clicked her tongue and looked back at the cheery blossoms. “By the look of that, she disagreed with you on the topic. She must have taken you to Spike Collar.”

Taz was typing into his cell phone as she spoke. “Makes sense. You surfaced right around where that tattoo parlor is on the map.”

“Just don’t go back there,” Jewel warned as she went behind the counter and pulled a blank sheet of paper in front of her.

“Why not?” the blond asked. “I’ve got half a mind to have my lawyer pay them a visit.”

Jewel didn’t look up from what she was drawing. “Won’t do you any good. They never touch a client without a release of liability signed and sealed, with video footage to back it up. Whoever was gunning for you did her homework. The gals at Spike Collar don’t like guys, and they really don’t like any males who try to charm them.” Jewel cast a look at Ramsey. “You are exactly the sort they hate. Bet they popped a bottle of champagne the second you cleared the doorway with that little gem.”

Taz made a low sound under his breath.

But Ramsey was watching her. She felt his attention tightening, focusing on the motion of her pen as she inked a design on the paper. He’d sent a shiver down her spine before, but now he was warming her insides, melting her core slowly with the absolute devotion he was giving her. She looked up, locking gazes with him.

Her insides churned.

And her toes curled.

She’d never felt so connected to another soul. It was his doing, and she realized that his arrogance was something he’d earned.

That fact slapped her across the face and sent her into a full meltdown. He was the sort who could captivate.

Which was a damned dangerous place to go.

It wasn’t like she had any personal experience with it. Still, she felt like she was on pins and needles. The sheer level of sensitivity the guy was able to elicit from her was off the scale. It was fascinating to say the least.

As well as a really bad place to go when he looked like he could afford to hire her.

She looked back at her work, forcing herself to focus on the art and get a grip on herself before he knocked her flat. Sweat popped out on her forehead, but her hands responded perfectly. Art was like a living force inside her. A place she could take refuge in as well as being a gift she might share. She let it consume her, the drawing coming to life beneath the strokes of her pen. It was a little like giving birth: first she had to let it grow and form before it was ready to breathe.

“That is smokin’ hot,” Taz said as he leaned on the counter to peer at her work.

“You’re good,” the blond said in a tone full of awe.

Ramsey reserved judgment until she’d shaded in the last few areas on her sketch. When she lifted her pen, he swept it up and studied the drawing. It was a metal dragon crawling down his abdomen toward his cock. Its front claws would be where the cherry blossoms were, and its tail would wrap around his lean hip and onto his lower back. It wasn’t a reptilian dragon. It was a steel one, a merging of metal and mythical creature.

His eyes narrowed as he studied it, seeing more than just the black lines. He was seeing the attitude she’d tried to capture and portray. His expression gave her a hint of the man inside him. She got the impression he spent a lot of time covering up that man with his didn’t-give-a-rat’s-ass attitude.

But she saw it.

His attention shifted to her, their gazes locking over the edge of the paper. For a moment, she caught a flicker of understanding in his eyes. Just a moment of awareness, a few seconds when he admitted to himself that she saw him.

Really saw him.

It didn’t last long. In fact, she found herself questioning if it had really been there, when his gaze hardened and sealed her out of that place he was determined to keep private.

“You recognize me,” he said.

It wasn’t a question, but she felt inclined to answer anyway. “It isn’t hard to peg you for a metal-head when you’re wearing nothing but leather and have a stud bar through your nipple.”

“I’m a metal god,” he said.

“Right,” she countered, feeling a rise of heat in her cheeks. “I’m good at what I do.”

“You are,” the blond interrupted. He was studying her portfolio. “So why are you working the graveyard shift?”

“I wanted to work at the best shop in town. That left me to choose between Spike Collar and here,” Jewel said without hesitation.

“But you’re not a lesbian,” Ramsey finished for her. “Bet that was a bit of a problem with getting hired over at Spike Collar.”

“Definite ripple in the pond,” she confirmed. “Not on my side, mind you. They just don’t like straight girls. Shame really, they know how to do tats.”

“So do you.” Ramsey was thumbing through the pictures of her work. He had that businessman expression.

“Who are you?”  she gave in and asked. All three men looked up at her. “I mean, since it sounded like you were trying to impress me.”

“Impressing you will involve more than my name,” her client said.

His lips curved, and his expression became sensual. He flattened his hand on the counter between them and leaned toward her. In one flat second, it felt like her breath caught in her lungs. She was hyperaware of him, fighting not to take a step back. There was a flicker of approval in his dark eyes as she managed to stand her ground.

“Count on that fact.” Her voice had turned raspy, but his arrogance was rubbing her pride raw. “I do tats. Only tat’s for pay. So if you’ve got a problem understanding boundaries, the door is behind you. There’s another place up a couple of blocks that opens in a few hours.”

Taz reached over and shoved Ramsey. “I told you not to piss her off.” He shook his smart phone in the air between them. “She’s the best in the nearest three cities—checked her out.” He turned to look at her. “Your references rock. Why are you working in this dump?”

“Because my boss might be a prick, but he’s also got twenty-five years’ experience, and references to top mine. I want to learn from the best, and there are a few things you can’t learn from anyone but a master.”

Taz nodded. “True, even if some masters are egomaniacs.”

“You didn’t answer me.” Jewel aimed her inquiry at Ramsey. “Who are you?”

“Ramsey, Taz, and I’m Syon,” the blond answered. “We’re members of a band called Toxsin.”

She bit back the snide, Yeah, right, that tried to escape her lips.

No way.

But they were all standing there looking pretty confident. She reached over and tapped “Toxsin” into the laptop on the countertop. Their website was the first thing to come up. She clicked on the link.

“What the fuck are you doing roaming the streets?” She looked between the screen and the three guys  standing in front of her. It was weird, to say the least, to have the pictures from the screen living and breathing in her shop. “Don’t you have people to deal with stuff like this?”

Ramsey eyed her from where he was lying on the counter. “I’m a hands-on sort.” He covered her hand with his, stroking the back of it.

Jewel ended up taking that step back. Victory flashed through his eyes as she sent him a sharp look.

Taz punched him in the shoulder again.

“How’s that ‘hands-on’ thing working for you tonight?” Jewel said. It was a barbed comment, a challenge. Hell, it felt like she’d smacked him across the jaw with a white glove and dropped it at his feet.

The way his eyes narrowed confirmed he felt the same way. For one split second, she half feared he might just flip the counter out of the way or jump over it.

“Let’s focus on the problem,” Syon said. “We need this fixed—discreetly, quickly.”

“No joke.” Jewel happily changed thought tracks. She pulled one of the shop disclosure agreements up onto the counter. The tightly packed lines of legal mumbo jumbo didn’t give her the same sense of comfort they normally did. Ramsey grabbed it and yanked the top off a pen before boldly scrawling his signature across the bottom line.

Taz was flipping the lock on the front door.

“Good idea,” Jewel agreed. She didn’t care for the fact that she had to take a breath before getting her feet to move.

Ramsey flopped down on her worktable, popping his pants open. They were custom, all right, the right side of them shaped perfectly to contain his cock.

The guy had an impressive package.

She ended up stopping halfway around the counter, earning a smirk from him.

“Don’t let my fame make you nervous,” Ramsey teased her.

“Typically, I worry about my clients taking their displeasure out on my hide.” She made it to her stool and sat down. Her workstation was normally the place she felt most comfortable.

Today, she felt like the padded stool was full of spikes.

“So what’s your problem with me?” Ramsey asked.

She wasn’t going to answer that.

Nope.

Not a chance.

She turned half away from him and sterilized her hands.

“Cat got your tongue?” he asked.

Jewel turned back toward him and swallowed the lump that had formed in her throat.

What a man animal.

She really needed to get a grip and enjoy the moment. She was pretty sure she was never going to get the chance to work on so fine a specimen again.

“I’m thinking you wouldn’t think twice about filing a lawsuit against me, signature on a release form or not,” she said.

His expression turned serious , his eyes narrowing, his lips thinning. “I don’t get my kicks out of using my money to pin my mistakes on other people. I own my fuckups.”

It wasn’t what she’d expected him to say.

But she liked it.

A whole lot.

Integrity was something most people sold out on. Especially when it came to admitting they’d made dumb mistakes.

“I’m beginning to see why the gals at Spike didn’t refuse to do your girlfriend’s dirty work.”

Ramsey leaned his head back. “She wasn’t my girlfriend.”

“I’m guessing that was the problem.”

He’d closed his eyes but opened them and looked at her. “Guess it was. But I didn’t lie to her.”

He really did own his screw-ups. It was there in the flat acceptance on his face. He looked past her to his bandmates. “I’m good. You guys can shove off.”

“Not a chance.” Syon settled himself on the other worktable. “Those little pink flowers will take us all down.”

“Yeah.” Taz sat down behind the counter and claimed her laptop. “Besides, I don’t trust you to be polite. Jewel is a lady.”

Ramsey made a low sound under his breath. “I bet she gets naughty with the right company.”

Jewel didn’t look up from where she was cleaning the skin on his abdomen. She was no stranger to personal jabs, especially off-color ones.

What surprised her was the way her pulse leapt.

She needed to get a grip.

“That’s what I’m talking about,” Taz said. “She’s an artist, like Kate.”

“Yeah,” Ramsey agreed. “Sorry, I’m still a little buzzed. Talking out of my ass.”

Jewel warmed under the single word of praise. She got the impression Ramsey didn’t hand out undeserving compliments. She ended up looking into his eyes because he was watching her.

“Kate made my pants.” He gestured at his buddies. “She makes all our leather gear.”

“She’s good.” Jewel picked up her sketch and began to position it. “I see my share of leather around here. The good, the bad, and mostly the ugly.”

“She’s the best,” Syon added without opening his eyes. “Even has good taste in men.”

Ramsey snorted. Syon offered him a single-finger salute.

“Aren’t you guys cute,” Jewel muttered.

“There’s nothing cute about the part of me you’re looking at.”

She should ignore him.

Should, but she wasn’t going to. Jewel looked up and caught Ramsey grinning at her. “Did you want this done sometime before Christmas?”

“You wouldn’t let me go on stage wearing flowers…would you, Jewel?” He tried out his puppy eyes on her.

“The idea is growing on me.”

He made a soft humming sound beneath his breath. “I like a girl who plays rough.”

“I bet you do.”

Which was just enough of a reality slap to get her focused. He was an animal, the prowling kind.

And she was already living on the edge enough.

She got the drawing in position and transferred it onto his skin.

Canvas.

Normally the word helped her tune out everything but the art.

Yeah, well there wasn’t much of anything that was normal about Ramsey.

 

review

5 Stars
Ramsey is the definition of a rock star bad boy. Raw, egotistical and all Alpha. The man is confident in every sense of the word. Ramsay lives up the rockstar life to the fullest until he gets his ass handed to him, potentially scarring his and the band’s image by a vindictive woman. When taking corrective measures Ramsey gets blindsided by an amazing artist who twists him in every way possible. His talent and cockiness make you want melt and smack him one in the same. 

Jewel is a spitfire of a woman struggling to make her name as a tattoo artist. An intelligent woman with a background in marketing that is too stuffy to allow her artistic side to breath. Jewel gets the score of a lifetime when the lead guitarist of highly famous band rolls in the tattoo shop during one of her many midnight shifts. She counters his sarcasm with sass, leaving a deep impression with more than just her ink. That impression leads to what could be the biggest opportunity of her life or the hardest fall she will ever take.
Dawn Ryder entices, titillates and seduces readers with artistry, passion and raw emotion with Rock Steady.  
Ramsey and Jewel are fun, feisty and have chemistry off the charts. They challenged each other, hit all the right buttons to infuriate and captivate all at the same time. They are overwhelming and wrong hit all the right buttons to infuriate and captive the all at the same time. 

Jewel and Ramsey are overwhelming and combustible. The chemistry intense and the passions on fire.
Ms. Ryder’s attention to detail not only shows her talent as a writer but as an artist as well. Intricate details paint an in depth picture and project the feelings within the music and the art.  

Combined the personality, charisma, and charm of the characters, a fast-moving plot and feeling like you’ve been sucked into the rockstar life, Ms. Ryder gives her readers the Rockstar fantasy with Rock Steady. 
Rock Steady is the second book of the Rock Band series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. However I recommend reading Rock Me Two Times to enjoy this series to it’s fullest.
A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team selection. 

A complimentary copy was provided by netgalley for an honest review. 
deana

 

ARC Review: Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: May 3, 2016

Blurb

She was off limits,
But he couldn’t resist.

There are just some guys you don’t touch–even someone as innocent and inexperienced as Ella Shaw knows that. But when her brother’s best friend is up for grabs and willing, she can’t resist. After all, she’s wanted him for years…

On leave from the army, Tyler Dare WAS just looking for a little fun, but his best friend’s sister is off limits. Yet unable to deny how sexy and alluring she is, he finds it all too easy to succumb to a night of passion and heat that ends the next morning in the worst way possible.

Now years later, Ella is stranded on a tropical island with a hurricane bearing down, and only Tyler can save her. It’s his chance to make amends for the past and show the woman he’s never forgotten that he’s coming after her . . . in more ways than one.

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About Carly Phillips

After a successful fifteen year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at http://www.carlyphillips.com.

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Teaser

The sun shone overhead, the temperature neared ninety, and the humidity was hair-curlingly high on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, making it hard to believe a hurricane was coming soon. Ella Shaw glanced up at the blue sky, knowing it wouldn’t remain pristine for long.

The calm before the storm.

She pulled her hair into a high ponytail and headed out of her hotel, determined to hit the local gift shop she’d caught sight of on her way to the photo shoot yesterday. She’d seen long, draping, blue-beaded necklaces from the storefront window, but she hadn’t had time to stop. Her boss was a stickler for getting the right shot in the exact light, and they’d worked well past dark. By the time they’d wrapped for the day, the store had been closed.

As an assistant for Angie Crighton, a fashion designer based in Miami, Ella was responsible for the little details involved in a photo shoot. And though Angie, the photographer, and models had left the island this morning, Ella had stayed to make sure the shooting site was clean, the hotel pleased enough to allow them back another time. And if she were honest with herself, she liked the downtime after the craziness of a photo shoot, the rushing around of the crew, the bossiness of some of the models and, of course, of Angie herself.

Ella appreciated the fact that she had time to souvenir shop for her best friend, Avery Dare. How ironic was it that the two girls from very different worlds had met at all? But they had. And it was Avery who’d introduced Ella to the finer things in life, leading her to seek out a job with an haute-couture designer. Whereas Avery came from a wealthy family, Ella had been raised firmly middle class, but the two girls had bonded instantly. They’d even shared an apartment until recently, when her best friend had moved in with her rock star boyfriend, Grey Kingston.

Yep, two different worlds, even now, Ella thought wryly. But their friendship was solid. Which reminded her, she needed to let Avery know she might not make it back to the States tomorrow as planned.

When Ella had heard about the storm changing course, she’d tried to book an earlier flight out, without success. She shivered at the possibility of being stranded here alone during a hurricane and knew Avery would like the news even less. Her best friend suffered from severe anxiety, and Ella didn’t like to make her worry.

She’d just buy Avery an extra gift to make up for it, she thought, walking into the shop. She immediately headed to the turquoise-blue beads she’d seen through the window. The shopkeeper claimed they were Larimar beads. Even if they were fake, the beads, popular in the Caribbean, were said to have healing powers. Ella purchased two dozen, a mix of bracelets and necklaces, so she could share with the children at the cancer treatment center where she and Avery volunteered.

Avery had been nine, Ella ten years old when they’d met at a Miami hospital, both donating bone marrow, both there at the behest of a parent. Neither of them really understanding what was happening. All Ella had known was that she was doing a favor for her father, helping the stepmother Ella didn’t like all that much to begin with. Even at a young age, Ella had been a good judge of character, a better one than her father, obviously, because shortly after Janice had gotten well, she’d left Ella’s dad. And both her father and Ella’s life had gone downhill from there. Ella shook off the thoughts of her past before she could go deeper and darker, and focused on the pretty jewelry.

She spent some time choosing a thick turquoise bracelet for Avery and a similar one for herself before paying for everything and waiting for the shopkeeper to wrap things up.

Bag in hand, she started back to the hotel, cutting through side streets and looking into the windows of the stores, soaking up the culture along the cobblestone streets before heading back to Miami tomorrow. At least, she still hoped she’d be home. Knowing she couldn’t change the outcome, she pushed her worrisome thoughts aside. She’d deal with the situation as it came.

Sweat dampened her neck from the humidity of the island, and she contemplated taking a cab back to the hotel. She reached into her straw bag and pulled out her cell phone to make the call, when, without warning, she felt a hard jerk on her purse.

“What the—?” She spun around, but whomever wanted her purse was quicker.

She barely caught a glimpse of a tall guy with dark hair as he yanked harder, nearly pulling her shoulder out of its socket before slamming her against the nearby building with his other hand.

Her head hit the concrete wall, and spots immediately appeared behind her eyes from the impact. As she struggled not to pass out, the man grabbed her purse, along with her cell phone that had fallen to the ground.

She opened her mouth to scream, but nothing came out. Her legs collapsed beneath her, and she fell to the ground, her head smacking the sidewalk before everything went black.

 

 

review

4 Stars

Carly Phillips concludes the Dare to Love series with Dare to Take, a second chance story with the raw emotion and intense passion that the series is known and loved for.

 

Tyler and Ella are both complex and likable characters. Both suffer from deeds of their fathers that have left them both with issues that plague them to the present day. Tyler and Ella also share a history of only their knowledge. Their chemistry and mixed up emotions towards one another created a foundation to something neither one saw coming.  Grab your tissues, the emotions hit hard.

 

Emotional, passionate and real. Carly Phillips gives readers a story to get lost in, feel with and raise your body temperature.  Tyler and Ella confront the past while learning that sometimes it ok to lean on someone else. Learning to love when your heart has been broken too many times. Visiting with the Dare family is always a treat. See the siblings living their lives and their happiness that was so earned was bitter sweet. I love the HEA, I don’t like endings. As they say all good things must come to an end, Ms. Phillips does it with passion and beauty.

 

deana

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: Bennett by Seraphina Donavan

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Seraphina Donavan

Bourbon & Blood #1

 

 

Mia Darcy plays by the rules, and her Daddy, Samuel, for better or worse has made them all. She takes care of her ailing mother, she manages PR for the family’s distillery, Fire Creek. And every day she quietly resents the fact that he stepped in and kept her from being with the one man she loved… a man who still lives there in their small town of Fontaine, Kentucky and who haunts her every minute of the day, waking or asleep.

Bennett Hayes has loved Mia his whole life, and for one brief moment, when they were young and full of hope, it seemed like even the long history of bad blood between their families wasn’t enough to keep them apart. But he’d been wrong. Mia never showed the night they were supposed to run away together and when he confronted her about it, she broke his heart.

But fate and circumstance throw them together again and the fire that raged between them at eighteen is even hotter now. The burn is inevitable. But there are forces at play, people on the periphery of their lives whose agenda goes far beyond just keeping them apart… they want Mia dead and will stop at nothing to make that happen.

 

 

 

review

 

4 Stars

Mia does what is expected of her. She plays by the rules her father has set , takes care of her mother and helps save the family business from going under.  A good woman who is caught in the rut of her father’s lies.

Bennett is what I like to call the southern bad boy.  He’s sexy as sin and exceptionally good with his hands. He’s loyal to the core with those he considers family and friends.  Bennett’s heart as also stayed loyal to one woman. A woman he can’t have, shouldn’t want, and never seems to be far from his mind.

Family drama, forbidden romance and a good dose of Southern charm.

Feuding families, old money, long time scandals and second chance love.    Personalities really stand out giving not only the primary but the secondary characters flair and spunk. Mia and Bennett’s tension, loyalty and passion pull the reader into this suspenseful and emotional story. Sound writing with a good bit of humor,  twisty plot and fun characters,  Ms. Donavan hits it all in the first book of the Bourbon and Blood Series, Bennett. I am very much looking forward to reading more from Ms. Donavan.

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

deana

ARC Review: Protecting the Future by Susan Stoker

futrueProtecting the Future

Susan Stoker

SEAL of Protection Series, Book 8

Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Published January 12th 2016
Wolf and his fellow SEAL team members have saved many lives, and been in even more harrowing situations, but their latest mission might prove the most difficult of all. Charged with rescuing American soldier, Sergeant Penelope Turner, from the clutches of ISIS, the men infiltrate the refugee camp where she’s believed to be held. The conditions are horrific, the search nearly impossible, but Penelope herself could prove the key to their success…if the SEALs can interpret her clues.

An unforgiving desert, perilous mountain terrain, a rising body count and insurgents on the hunt…all of this and more stands between the SEALs completing their mission and returning home to their women, left to bravely deal with fears of their own stateside.

Sometimes a mission is more than one team can handle. With a little help from newfound friends, the SEALS won’t stop until they’ve won the day. Failure is not an option.

** Protecting the Future is the 8th and final book in the Seal of Protection Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

review
4.5 Stars

Susan Stoker overwhelms readers in the best  way with the conclusion to her Seal Of Protection Series, Protecting the Future.
This was a book you didn’t just read, you felt it. Passion, joy, worry, friendship, faith and hope grip your heart as you hold your breath with the turn of the page.  As the Seal Team heads out for their lasted mission Ms. Stoker reminds readers of why all the men fight for what they do and women who stand beside them.
An overwhelming good book. Drama, passion and danger keep the story moving. While love, anticipation and family give the reader all things we love in a romance.  Ms. Stoker’s intricately written words take the reader into the story.  Making it more of an experience than a read.
A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Playing with Pleasure by Erika Wilde

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Erika Wilde

The Players Club, Book 3

Kindle Edition, 218 pages

Expected publication: July 13th 2015

 

Paige Moore has a fulfilling business designing couture corsets for her high profile clientele, but her love life is sorely lacking. Being burned in the worst way possible by Sawyer Burrows has left her guarded and wary when it comes to men and their motives. When her best friend presents her with an invitation to The Players Club, she embraces the chance to enjoy a hot night with a stranger, and finally put her past heartbreak, and Sawyer, behind her.

Sawyer knows he devastated Paige with his careless actions a year and a half ago, and he’s lived every day since with those regrets. Now, seeing Paige at The Players Club, he knows this is his chance to make amends and prove that there is still something between them worth pursuing. If sensual pleasure is what Paige is looking for, then he intends to be the man to spend the night seducing every part of her.

Paige’s surrender is Sawyer’s ultimate goal, but once her desires are sated, will she give them the second chance they deserve?

 

 

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4 Stars

History makes the passion more intense!

Erika Wilde blew me away with this one. Paige and Sawyer’s chemistry and passion are natural, powerful and explosive. The want, need, intensity and history of the couple makes the story all the more sexy!  Fighting pain and feelings that never faded, while lust burns the pages.  Ms. Wilde gave the readers a hot flippin’ book!  Impressing this reader with not just the pleasurable side of BDSM, revealing a bit of psychological side as well.  Seeing into both Paige and Sawyer’s heads was a an added bonus to this read!

 

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ARC Review: Tempting Boundaries by Carrie Ann Ryan

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Carrie Ann Ryan

Montgomery Ink Series, Book 2

www.carrieannryan.com

 

Decker Kenrick knows it’s wrong to have feelings for his best friend’s little sister, but that doesn’t stop his thoughts from going down that path. No matter how hard he’s tried to stay away from Miranda, once she gets her sights on him, there’s no backing down.

Miranda Montgomery might be the youngest of the Montgomery clan, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what she wants. Namely—Decker. She’s loved him for as long as she can remember and won’t walk away until she gives it her all.

But once they give in, not all is at it seems. Decker’s father’s out of jail and someone from Miranda’s past isn’t happy with the new relationship. Even as they start to move on and overcome their pain, they’ll find that their inner obstacles are the ones they’ll have to face first.

 

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 4.5 Stars

Miranda is the youngest of the Montgomery children. Although they are still treat her as if she is the little girl, she is very much an adult and a woman. Miranda is independent strong and caring. She has an underlying wild streak that only a few you get to see. One of the things I like most about her is that when she wants something she won’t stop till she gets it.

Decker Kenrick has gotten a piece of my heart. He has passion, loyalty, talent and a few demons. Decker is a few dashes of sweet with a big heaping cup of hot. Woot! This bearded, tattooed man will get under you skin.  His past is not a pretty one. That draws him to me in more ways that I am willing to go into. Enduring things that no one should have to go through, Decker learned what Family truly is with the Montgomery’s.  With his tender heart, tattered soul and amazing hands Decker has the best teachers as to what being family really is.

 

Chemistry, passion and feeling is what Carrie Ann Ryan gives her readers in Tempting Boundaries! Decker and Miranda heat the pages while fighting for something worth fighting for.  The two were made for each other. Knowing there was more to the two them than family/friends thing they test the waters ad push the boundaries.  Finding out a deeper story that will cut your heart. You can’t help but to feel for them.  Showing a family that will open its arms even if fists fly from time to time. One moment a tear will fall because of raw emotion the next your hot damn that is flipping hot. All while diving deeper into the Montgomery clan. A damn fine read and my favorite of the Montgomery Ink series thus far.
A complementary copy of this title was provided by the author/publisher for an honest review. Receiving a complementary copy does not affect the impact on any review.

 

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Review: Lilith by Kelli Maine

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Lucifer’s Legion Motorcycle Club #1

Kelli Maine

ebook, 74 pages

Published November 12th 2014

 

Who am I?
I’m every woman’s worst nightmare.
A taker of lives.
A trainer of slaves.
You can call me Lucifer.

Luc “Lucifer” Bontrager is a nomad in Lucifer’s Legion Motorcycle Club. Traveling chapter to chapter, he brings in big money kidnapping women, training them and selling them as sex slaves. He’s heartless, brutal and all business.
And then he meets his match.


Lilith. Every man’s worst nightmare. A taker of lives. A sociopath on the run.

Inked up with satanic symbols and verses, she’s fearless and completely insane. Luc can’t train her, he sure as hell can’t sell her, and—for the first time in his life—he can’t bring himself to put a bullet in the bitch’s head either.

She’s his worst regret.

Her words and cold, calculating eyes haunt him. She’s the devil on his shoulder, reminding him of all his sins. He should’ve killed her when he had the chance, because when the unthinkable happens and Luc falls for the young, innocent girl he’s training, Lilith seeks her revenge, targeting the only girl he’s ever wanted to keep as his own.

 

 

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3.75 Stars

Luc “Lucifer” Bontrager is the textbook version of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He’s pretty much an asshole all the time.  Then there will be these moments that its  like a light shines through making something about this monster  into someone almost beautiful.   Then you take a breath and realize he is straight from hell.

 

Lilith is like the total psycho Spawn of Satan. Crazy and proud of it.  I don’t even think I can put words to this woman. And the sad thing is I really don’t know which of the two of the was the worst.

 

This book is not for the faint of heart. It is truly a messed up story with messed up situations and severely messed up people. Somehow I could not put the damn thing down. The author gives the reader a warning at the beginning of this book, the morning was very accurate. Somehow I got very intrigued by these characters enough to keep turning the page and learning the story. Again it’s not pretty, I wouldn’t call it entertaining.  However something about it made me want to keep reading.

 

This title is from my personal library.

 

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Audio Review: Death Watch by Dana Marton

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Dana Marton

Broslin Creek Series, Book 1

Audio version: 5 hrs and 54 mins

 

As the only person who can identify the most notorious hit man in the country, Kat Bridges is running for her life.

Murphy Dolan is in the Army Reserves, returning from his 2nd tour of duty, only to find a stranger hiding in his house. She’s scared spitless. He’s completely burned-out on violence. Neither of them has any trust left to give.

If the best of the FBI couldn’t protect her from the country’s most notorious assassin, does a burned-out small town cop have a prayer?

 

 

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4 Stars

 

Kate witnessed a murder by highly wanted man, who even the FBI can’t protect her from. Sassy and cunning Kate goes into hiding in the town of Broslin.  She is the kindest of people. Even with the danger that breaths down her neck, she puts the need of other  above those of herself. Running for so long as worn this woman out, but trusting anyone is a danger. Loneliness does not suit Kate well. In walks Murphy. Changing everything all at once.

 

Murphy has seen and done to many thing at haunt him. Being a soldier does more to one’s being and body then one can understand. After being hurt in action Murphy comes home to his small town and a strange woman in his bed.  Being a cop and a military man, Murphy sees there is more to her story and being a man she does things to his body.

 

High five to Dana Marton!  Deathwatch is a great romantic suspense book!  I don’t think I have read a book where the balance between romance, comedy and suspense is perfect.   Kate and Murphy are great together and really make the book. Kate is hysterically funny!  For all the danger on her tail, that woman will make you laugh.  Murphy is protective and caring with just a touch of dominance which makes him almost perfect.  The romance and suspense will keep you moving through this fast-paced story.  I promise not only does the story deliver steamy romance, you will be laughing as well.

 

Talmadge Ragan does a great job of giving another voice to this book. The narration is flawless. You were easily able to distinguish the different characters voices. I also believe it intensifies the comic effect within this book.

I was given a complimentary Audiobook of this title for an honest review. Receiving a complimentary copy does not affect the outcome of my review.

 

 

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Guest Review by Slick Reads: Naked Desire by Desiree Holt

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Desiree Holt

Naked Cowboys, Book 5

ebook, 131 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Samhain Publishing
After a shattering divorce, Cynthia Dellinger is left with almost nothing except her most precious possession—her grandfather’s secret barbecue-spice-rub recipe, which made her ex a fortune.In Saddler’s Wells, she hopes to build a business—and maybe a new life—on the strength of that recipe. But she’s totally unprepared for her sizzling attraction to the artisan carpenter her new friends send her way.

Jesse Orosco is ready to roll up his sleeves to renovate Cyn’s storefront, but it’s the self-doubt lurking in her beautiful eyes he wants to tackle first. The five-foot-nothing red-headed dynamo makes his mouth water, and not just because of the tantalizing aromas drifting from the back of her shop.

The buzz about the rub’s mysterious ingredient has customers lining up for more, and soon everyone who tries it is making beautiful music in the bedroom—including Cyn and Jesse. But her reluctance to go public with their relationship—and someone in town with a jealous bone to pick—could drive a wedge between Cyn and her smoking-hot cowboy.

Warning: Contains a sexy carpenter with calluses in all the right places, a vulnerable woman who’s locked away more than a secret ingredient in her wounded heart, and a town full of matchmakers with an appetite for love.

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4.5 stars

I’ve been a lover of author Desiree Holt’s Naked Cowboy series since its inception and right now I’d like to give her a big ol’ smooch for writing an older heroine/younger hero story. Sure there are some books out there with this troupe but not near as many as the other way around and what I loved about this one is the hero was dead set on making this relationship a go from day one. Cynfully sexy (take my word you’ll understand that once you read the book) but mixed with humor and small town dramatics Naked Desire is another fantastic addition to an already great series.

Cynthia Dellinger has moved to Saddle Wells following a devastating divorce in which she got the one thing that mattered to her; her grandfather’s secret bar-b-que spice rub and sauce recipes which made her ex-husband a fortune at his restaurants. Now in the heart of Texas in prime bar-b-que country Cynthia is risking it all in hopes of making her store a success. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself attracted to her much younger contractor, Jesse Orosco. She really doesn’t expect to find that Jesse wants her and is willing to do whatever is necessary to make her understand.

First off, I love loved the interplay between all the women in this book. All of them are from the previous books in this series and while it is great for readers of this series to see them all again, this book can absolutely be read as a standalone story. I love how this group of women has become so close, how they are there to boost each other up, and to lend a hand or a shoulder when needed.   There is so much to be said for great friendship and this series proves that point time and time again. It helps that these ladies put Jesse in Cyn’s path and then encourage her when she is nervous about the age difference.

Jesse, wow…it was so easy to love this quiet man who knew what he wanted and went after it with his whole self. There is something so sexy about a man who chooses to pursue a woman and sticks to it no matter what obstacles get in their way or how many roadblocks she tries to throw at him. He was smart, sexy and very determined yet he was equally gentle, kind, and knew when to move forward and when to back off. While 8 years younger than the heroine he absolutely had a great head on his shoulders and proved time and time again his maturity.

I admired Cynthia so much for picking up her life, moving half way across the country, and starting over all on her own. Having her self esteem crushed, and not believing in herself was tough to overcome and I was so glad she found great friends and a man who helped her to see she was capable of doing whatever (and whoever) she wanted!

There’s never a dull moment in a Naked Cowboy story and Naked Desire is no different. If you enjoy lively characters, sexy romance, and some humor thrown in for good measure I urge you to check out this author and this series.

 

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