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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.

 

deana

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.

 

 

deana

 

 

 

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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Review: Hard To Come By (ARC) by Laura Kaye

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Hard To Come By

Laura Kaye

Hard Ink Series, book 3

Published November 25th 2014 by Avon

 

Caught between desire and loyalty…


Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…

 

review5 Stars

 

Intense in action, intense in romance.

Emile had to make choices that would tear anyone apart.  Standing her ground, doing the right thing, changed the game for more than a few people. In turn changing her life forever, both good and bad. A sweet woman who has been burned, Emile’s trust has been shattered. Life has thrown her one hell of a curve ball, that has that fear all over it.

Derick is my favorite of the dishonored Heroes of the Hard Ink series. An easy going, light hearted, caring, gonna make you smile kind of man.  Not to mention incredibly sexy. He is the embodiment of strength. He has not let his disability get him down. Struggling through the pain and fighting to move forward, Derek is the kind of person that will always see the glass half full that. For as strong as Derek is, even loneliness it’s at eats at his soul.

Connection, chemistry and passion.  I think this may be Laura Kaye’s best book yet! Intense is almost to light a word for Hard To Come By.  I got chills as I was reading because it was too real!  Action is around every corner, more questions are asked while discovering the truth from a lie.  Emotions bleed from the pages, that in turn made me really care for these fictional characters. Not only care, want to just in and join their fight. Ms. Kaye caught my attention with the first book in the series, Hard As It Gets, with Hard To Come By she has 100% captivated me. If you want compelling characters, steamy romance, and a book that, is in my opinion is written with a lot of heart and soul, you have all that right here. A damn fine read.

 

Readers note:  Hard To Come By is the third book of the Hard Ink series. It could be read as a stand alone, I do feel reading the previous books will enhance and give a lot of understanding as to what is going on.

A review copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

 

deana

Review: Fight Faith by Brandie Buckwine

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Brandie Buckwine

ebook, 81 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by No Boundaries Press

Eric’s band is on the verge of making the big time and life is good. But, when he’s forced to work with Faith, a sexy but hateful videographer, life for the foreseeable future might be a little rocky.

The tension between Eric and Faith is nearly tangible. Their troublesome friction abruptly becomes a lust-hate situation, fraught with vicious barbs and spite, but an explosive sexual chemistry that could burn them both, leaving nothing but a pile of ash in its wake. But Cupid has a wicked sense of humor and the two of them will find that the person you hate the most can sometimes rock your world the hardest.
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3.5 Stars
A knock down, drag out, non stop hit you in the face story. Fighting Faith is truly a fight from beginning to end. At first meeting Eric is rubbed the wrong way by some constructive criticism from Faith. Taking the attraction he instantly has for Faith to level that has the fist flaring.  Raw, rude and nothing is fair in lust and war.  As the insults fly and the temperature rises, Eric and Faith will make your jaw drop. Good or bad?  That remains to be seen.

I really like the gritty rawness of the story.  I wish it had been a little longer. It moves fast and will more that catch your attention. Edgy and dirty, the one we care about the most can drive us insane the fastest.

This book is from my personal library!
deana

Review: Hollywood On Tap by Avery Flynn

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Avery Flynn

Sweet Salvation Brewery, Book 2

Paperback, 205 pages
Published November 3rd 2014 by Avery Flynn
For years, Sean O’Dell has hidden his past as a Hollywood heartthrob from everyone at the Sweet Salvation Brewery. However, the arrival of nosey efficiency expert Natalie Sweet threatens the status quo. It doesn’t help that with her glasses, buttoned-up sweaters and always pulled-back hair that she’s uncovered one secret already: His attraction for hot librarian types.Natalie has had enough of the strong-and-silent Sean submarining her efforts to change the brewery for the better. She’s ready to do whatever it takes to make her vision a reality, even if that means taking down the pig-headed and too-hot-for-his-own-good brewmaster.
Sizzling attraction battles stubborn determination as Natalie and Sean go head to head in a battle that’s anything but business as usual.
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4 Stars
 Snark, romance and mystery. Hollywood on Tap has reader laughing on one page and blushing on the next.Sean and Natalie are like a train wreck waiting to happen. He’s a quiet slob who is beyond sexy. She’s prim and proper with the crazy OCD issue. The instant attraction, chemistry and frustration surrounding these two are what really made the story for me. The two of them make each other crazy. Crazy in the head and crazy for each other.
They are each other’s Ying and Yang. And it’s funny as hell watching them figure it out.

Looking for a sexy read that is gonna make you laugh. Hollywood on Tap is that book. The snarky humor alone is enough to make this a great book. Combined with the steamy romance Ms. Flynn delivers makes Hollywood on Tap a very entertaining read.

I received an e copy of the book from the author/publisher for an honest review.
deana

Review: The Flame by Christopher Rice

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Christopher Rice

Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

www.christoperricebooks.com

IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT…

Cassidy Burke has the best of both worlds, a driven and successful husband and a wild, impulsive best friend. But after a decadent Mardi Gras party, Cassidy finds both men pulling away from her. Did the three of them awaken secret desires during a split-second of alcohol-fueled passion? Or is Mardi Gras a time when rules are meant to be broken without consequence?

Only one thing is for certain—the chill that’s descended over her marriage, and her most important friendship, will soon turn into a deep freeze if she doesn’t do something. And soon.

LIGHT THIS FLAME AT THE SCENE OF YOUR GREATEST PASSION AND ALL YOUR DESIRES WILL BE YOURS.

The invitation stares out at her from the window of a French Quarter boutique. The store’s owner claims to have no knowledge of the strange candle. But Cassidy can’t resist its intoxicating scent or the challenge written across its label in elegant cursive. With the strike of a match and one tiny flame, she will call forth a supernatural being with the ultimate power—the power to unchain the heart, the power to remove the fear that stands between a person and their truest desires.

 

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4.5 Stars

Tantalizing, tempting, and erotic. Christopher Rice nails erotic romance.

The 11th installment of the 1001 Dark Nights series, The Flame by Christopher Rice is like an erotic assault on your senses. Mr. Rice’s talent for descriptive writing not only leaves your visual pallet stimulated, the aromatic descriptions make you want to close your eyes and let your sense of smell take you away.  It’s hard to believe this is Mr. Rice’s first attempt at an erotic romance. He writes it like a seasoned pro.

His characters are likable, the setting is amazing and the passion is beyond hot. In the short 80 pages Mr.Rice takes the reader on a mystical and erotic fantasy ride. Capturing a taste of New Orleans and the freedom she seem to instill on those that dwell within her!
I look forward to seeing what Mr. Rice has in store for his readers with his, Desire Exchange Series.  I have a feeling that many cool drinks with be need for this series , as the pages The Flame are steamy!

This title is from my personal library!

deana

 

 

 

 

Review: Long Hard Ride

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Long Hard Ride
Lorelei James
Rough Riders series, Book 1

www.loreleijames.com

Channing Kinkaid itches for a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Enter Colby McKay, bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper. He knows he’s found a woman who’s up to the challenge of cutting loose. Intrigued by Channing’s bold proposition to “horse around” on the road, Colby proposes sexual escapades not only in his bed, but in those of his two rodeo traveling partners. Can Channing give up total control? Especially when not all is as it seems with the sexy trio?

 

review5 Stars

 

I want to start out this review by saying this is the first Cowboy book I have ever read. They are not my cup of tea. I am one of those girls that likes those really bad boys, and thats not the way I saw cowboys. I was given the opportunity to read Ms. James book. I was very skeptical as to whether or not I would enjoy this type of book. When I finish I was more than surprised at the enjoyment that I got from Long Hard Ride!

Colby and Channing are in the same boat in two different worlds. Defying what both their parents want of them. Not ready to settle down and take on the ranch Colby continues on the rodeo circuit to claim the spot of number one ring and taking all the women he can find. Sexy and demanding, Colby caught me quick with his sweet smile and devil of tongue.

Channing is a prim and proper girl with an underlying naughty streak waiting to burst out. Embarking in a wild sexcapade that would leave any woman’s toes curled, Channing might as well been hit by a bull. Raw sexy and commanding men leave her more that lusting. More like down right wanting.

Who knew Cowboys were dirty talking naughty men. Talk about a book being sexy, and erotic, you will turn red just from reading. Ms. James held no bars in this book, including mild BDSM, ménage and a super hot m/m scene. And lots of naughty men. Woot! Formost this is an erotic story and sex content is high. Ms. James also gives a colorful story and deep, heartwarming characters that kept this reader turning the pages.

Long Hard Ride was truly a surprise read for me. I never would have that I would have liked let alone love a cowboy book. Ms. James layed this erotic tale with personality, charm, and passion. Hot and sweet! Ms. James made me like a cowboy book. That something I never thought could happen. Major props to you, Ms. James.

 

deana

Review: Dare to Love by Carly Phillips

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Carly Phillips

Dare to Love Series, Book 1

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published January 10th 2014 by CP Publishing

New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family… siblings shaped by a father’s secrets and betrayal.

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she likes it. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything.

 

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4 Stars

Ian is dominating and controlling. When the past he has, you understand why he is this way. Sexy is an understatement. He is throw for a loop when just the sight of a woman get him tangles. Even with his controlling ways I liked him a lot.

Riley is a strong, independent and headstrong. Sassy and fun. She has a broken past and has faught every step of the way to be where she is now. She will stand up for herself even when asking for help or when a man is trying to dominate her.

Dare to Love is my first Carly Phillips book and will not be my last. I enjoyed everything from the concept of the stroy to the awesome characters she has written. A sexy and fast read, with a lot going on that will get the blood moving. When I first started reading I was not sure this would be the book. A few pages later, I was sucked in. Dare to Love is a great start to the series and I am looking forward to reading Alex’s book.

 

deana

Review: Second Chance Love by Laramie Briscoe

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Laramie Briscoe
Heaven Hill, MC- Book 6

www.laramiebriscoe.com

Expected publication: November 7th 2014

Mistakes
Secrets
Second Chances

Sharon “Roni” Walker and Brandon “Rooster” Hancock have a past. As teenagers and young adults they were lovers, sneaking around, hoping not to get caught. When Rooster took the fall for her, in a crime he didn’t commit, a string of events were set forth that changed lives and ruined friendships.

Seventeen years later they are at a turning point. Secrets have been revealed, mistakes have been forgiven, and now it’s up to them to choose the type of relationship they want.

There’s a passion that burns bright, but at the same time there is a fear that it will all be taken away in the blink of an eye like it was before.

They have a decision to make—do they let go of what could be the happiest time in their life, or do they take a shot on a second chance love?

 

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5 Stars

Roni and Roster’s story is one I have been waiting for in the Heaven Hill, MC series.

Knowing they have a history that spans almost two decades, that took them from lovers to enemies you know it’s going to be one hell of a story. Some secrets have come out but there are still more lingering that leaves the second chance at love in the balance.

Roni and Roster will make you laugh and break your heart all in one. Together they are intense and passionate. Their story is deep, with many ups and downs. These are not kids learning to love. Roster and Roni are trying to rekindling a flame that has gotten to low. Is it letting go or giving in. That’s the thing with love.

Laramie Briscoe continues to amaze me with her growth not only in her writing but the fact that she can put so many emotions into words and let me feel them as I’m reading them off the page. Each book in the Heaven Hill, MC series is an emotional ride. Second Chance Love is a damn good one.

 

deana