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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: From This Moment

From This Moment From This Moment by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another heartbreaking love story from Melanie Harlow.

Just when you think she couldn't get any better, she does. She pushes the envelope on love. She makes you think outside the box. She makes you feel.

And I felt.

I felt happiness, sadness, loneliness, closeness, and everything in between.

Hannah is a widow, left to raise her daughter on her own. She's doing everything she can to survive, but sometimes life is just too hard, too much.

Wes is surviving his brother's death. After spending years overseas, he finally comes home to his family. While learning the ropes at the family practice, he's building and mending bridges with Hannah, his sister-in-law, and Abby, his niece.

But what happens when you start to fall for the one person you should never have feelings for? What happens when others stick their noses in your business and think they know better than you do? What happens when it all blows up in your face and the very thing you've been fighting against is inevitable?

Do you embrace it?
Or just let it slip through your fingers?

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: Something Wicked

Something Wicked Something Wicked by Teresa Mummert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I never know what I'm going to get when I read a Teresa Mummert book. And I like it like that.
She has a unique writing style, her words are easy to digest and absorb, her characters are flawed and messed up and redeemable.

Drake is that redeemable character. You aren't sure if you're going to like him when he first shows up, but when it's all said and done, you do. You may even love him a little.

Gabby is fun, yet serious, beautiful, shy and outspoken. She's quite the contradiction. She's also one of the coolest chicks out there.

And she catches the attention of Hollywood A-lister, Drake.

Yep, it's a fun ride. You better hold on because Teresa throws twists and flips and turns that will have you all over the place.

**I listened to this book. LOVED it. I've gotten to where i typically only choose books by narrators I like and these two make that 'like' list.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Sure Thing

Sure Thing Sure Thing by Jana Aston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 She's Real Stars

I'm a sucker for all things Jana Aston. She stole my loyalty when she gave us that rom-com about the sexy gynecologist. Then she just kept going with the sexy, older men and I haven't looked back.

Well, Sure Thing is no exception to this 'haven't looked back' thing I have going with Jana. And Jennings? Well, what's not to love about a sexy, older man who is British?
Nothing, by the way. Absolutely nothing.

I fell in love with Violet first. She is cute and quirky and fun. She's likable. I want to be friends with her. This is probably one of my favorite things about Jana's characters--they're likable. And I wish I knew them all. I wish I could meet up and have lunch with them. Especially Violet. Probably because she's got that hot British guy on her arm and I'd like a hot British guy. Because....well, British. And hot. And British.

"How do you want to fuck? Soft or hard? Fast or slow? Dirty or dirty?"
The answer is 'yes, please!' in case you're curious. Jennings thinks so, too. And said in that accent? Oh, where's the audio for this book? I need it.

"Knees, love. I want to feel your warm, wet mouth wrapped around me."
Why does that sound so hot?

Oh, right. The accent. That'll do it. I'm with Violet on this one, the accent makes smart women dumb. At least it would me. Let's face it, Jana is a go-to favorite, an automatic one-click, my favorite rom-com author. In fact, she's almost my only rom-com author. I can't wait to see what she gives us next (I'm hoping for Daisy, Rhys, or even Canon)!!!

When she remembers this night it shouldn't be with another woman's name on my lips. And she will remember this night.


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Review: Her Rogue Russian

Her Rogue Russian Her Rogue Russian by Leslie North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her Rogue Russian is the second book in the Karev Brothers series. I have not read the first book, but I do not think that distracts from the story. In fact, if I didn't know it was book 2, I wouldn't have realized there was a book before this one.

Maxim Karev. Russian mafia. Killer. Number one suspect in his father's death.

Savannah. FBI. Going undercover to flesh out the real killer in Maxim's father's case.

Who knew going undercover could be so hot and steamy?

The chemistry can be felt, the story is well-written, and the characters are all unique. For this to only be a 3ish hour audio, I did not feel cheated or like I missed anything.

I can't wait to read book 3 because I have to see how this plays out.
I'm going to go back and grab book 1 first though. I want to know what the other Karev brother is like because I've gotten to know Maxim and I love him.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: Destiny on Ice

Destiny on Ice Destiny on Ice by S.R. Grey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We all know I love the hockey boys.

This is no different. I want a Brent Oliver to call my own. Where can I get one?

Another hockey series for me to love. New hockey hotties to call my own.

One day, I'll hit puck bunny status and you all will know exactly what led me there.

Books. Book led me there. Smutty, sexy, funny, romantic hockey books.

I won't regret a minute of it.

*I audio'd this fantastic book. Tracy Marks will forever be a favorite. I can't wait to hear more of her narrations.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: Scandalous

Scandalous Scandalous by L.J. Shen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All the Stars!

Okay, so I guess I'll give it the 5 I'm allowed, but just know I'd give it more if I could.

I wanted what was forbidden, and wrong, and fucking crazy.

The Four HotHoles of Todos Santos have ruined me. They have owned me, destroyed me, claimed me, loved me, and hated me. They have confused me, wooed me, fucked me, and left me. These men have done unspeakable things and I couldn't care less.

Anything that could drive you mad cannot be all bad, right? Even jealousy. Even hate.
Hate is a maddening thing. Jealous isn't any better. The line between love and hate is riddled with holes and twists and turns and it can leave you breathless. It can leave you wanting. It can leave you in pain.

"The things I want to do to you will undo you."

Okay, let's get down to it. We all knew Trent Rexroth would break us. We knew he would bend us against our will. We knew he would undo us.
But did we really see it going down like this? Were you expecting that twist and turn and fucking loop that only LJ Shen can force you to ride?
No?
I wasn't expecting it either. I wasn't expecting the sheer craziness of Trent and Edie. I wasn't expecting Bane--BANE!--and I wasn't expecting the people to be so connected in ways that weren't expected.
I loved the ride.
I loved the thrill.
I loved the heartache.
I loved the pain.

"Every inch of you is mine.
Your breath is mine.
Your mind is mine.
Your body is definitely mine."

Trent might be my new favorite HotHole. I'm not sure how it's possible to give me a better man with each subsequent book, but it has happened. Each HotHole has that something that draws you in and doesn't let go. Trent "the Mute" Rexroth will grab you and not let go.

"My girl, my obsession, my Tide."


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: Sugar

Sugar Sugar by Mandi Beck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 "Make me forget" Stars

Beau McCrae.

You're gonna have to give me a minute to catch my breath.
And maybe find my undergarments.

Yep. A minute.
Or two.


Wow. Just holy wow. Thank you Mandi Beck for giving me a sexy, sweet, smooth country boy. I don't always like the southern guys, but hot damn. Beau McCrae.

Do people actually read my reviews? Do I need to be more descriptive or explain my newfound obsession a bit better?

Beau McCrae is the bad boy of country music. He's so bad, he's looking for a new label and he's making headlines--not the kind of headlines that says he's saving kittens or puppies or whatever either. The headlines are about the chicks he's banging, the amount of alcohol he's consuming, and the downward spiral he's been on recently.

Enter Hard Candy Records. Enter Addy Mae Masterson. She's sex on a stick or something. Beau can't take his eyes off her. And she's captivated by him too. Who wouldn't be? He's the Beau McCrae. Everyone wants a piece of him.

Addy Mae included.

I can't blame her, after this book I wanted some of Beau as well.

The way he drawls out the nickname Sugar, the way he works on his parents' ranch, the way he bickers with his brother, the way he hides behind himself, the booze, the fuck-ups. The way he fills out a shirt, wears that ball cap, and rocks a pair of jeans. Yes, I think I want my own Beau McCrae.

If you've read Stoned, you're going to love the cameos by that lot. LOVE IT. There's no one quite like Stone Lockhart and having him in a room with Beau McCrae should be illegal. Seriously. Hotness, artistic overload.

Mandi Beck wrote a wonderful book. This might actually be my favorite. And I didn't think anyone would top Stone, especially after Stone quoted Justin Beiber song lyrics to Willow. Beau could have used some of those lyrics himself.

Buy Sugar, read it, devour it, love it. Write a review.

Just know that you'll never think of watermelon OR the watermelon crawl quite the same way again.

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Review: The Client

The Client The Client by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first Pamela DuMond book, but I will not be stopping here. Wow! She has a unique writing style that keeps you sucked in.

I didn't want this romance to end.

Joe is perfect. I mean, if there's ever been a perfect character, this guy is it. He's sweet, kind, heartbroken, and sexy as sin.

He's also rich. Did I mention that?

Charlotte is an up and coming matchmaker. She's sweet, kind, strong, and gorgeous.

She's also hiding from her crazy ex.

These two meet by chance, but then find themselves in several situations after the initial encounter. It's a whole slew of meet-cutes and I loved each one. Yes, I know you can really only have one meetcute, but whatever. Charlotte didn't know who Joe was. It was fun to watch that development. Fun to watch her shock and surprised.

Even better when his grandmother hired her to set him up with someone.

Love, laughter, sexy-times, and fun are all here. There's a twist and there are turns and you're going to enjoy each one.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: Five

Five Five by J.A. Huss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "Don't get her pregnant" Stars

Wow. Just wow. I've said it so many times you are probably tired of reading it, but fffuuuuuuccccckkkkkkkk. JA Huss is beyond freaking brilliant. I can't even begin to describe the ride i just went on, but I'll see what I can do. Because really? It's #FuckingFive and I've been waiting for him since he made his appearance in Guns. We knew he'd be amazing as soon as he took his Princess's hand and told Aunt Ronnie that he would take it from there.

Because he did.

He took it from there. And every single decision made was because he wanted to protect his sweet, naive Princess.

"Then promise me, baby. Just say those two words. 'I promise.' As soon as you do that, I'll give you everything you want. OK?"
Dear, God. I expected something epic with Five, I really did, but I did not expect this level of epicness. That won't make sense until you read it, but just know that Huss has way outdone herself with this. Five is a dirty talker, he's a pleaser, he's a genius, he's a robot geek, he's a lover, and he's a fighter.

Life is short. Time is finite.
No one seems to know this better than the members of The Team and those Company kids who got out. It was always a matter of time. We always knew the sins of the father would catch up sooner or later. But when?

Five is the word of the day today. Five is the man of the hour. Five. Five. Five.
You'd do well to remember this. Five is the man. Hands down one of the best Huss men out there.

If you've been following this cast of characters from the beginning, you're going to love it when their names appear here. Seeing some of my favorite people show up in these books is like going home. Home to a time that was fucked up, but still home and still a place of love. And lies. And deception. But that's the beauty of a Huss book, it's all lies wrapped in deceit wrapped in a pretty cover. You want one thing--and you will probably get it--but you're going to hurt in the process.

I cried. I almost shed a tear when I read the section heading for Part One. I'm a crier, I admit, but damn. Just a heading? Yeah, I knew this ride would hurt. I knew it'd be fantastic. And I just had a feeling I knew where it would stop.

And I was so close to being correct (and really, if you've read The Misters, it won't come as a shock to you either). I cried. I cried for Five. I cried for Rory. I cried for Spencer and Ronnie, the Shrike siblings, and I cried for me. Because I'm a sap.

And if you already loved Oliver, you're going to absolutely fall in love with his bad ass 12-year old self. Yes, he's already a bad ass. What do you expect from Spencer Shrike's only son?

But Five and Princess? This show is all theirs. And it's a show you want to see time and again. It's a show that has me looking for the time to re-read all 13 books, plus the HEA, plus The Misters. That's 19 books--20 if you count Five--that I want to binge before Mr & Mrs hits the shelves.

I need this. I need this right now. I need you to say yes and make promises, and never forget them.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: The Alloy of Law

The Alloy of Law The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fact that it has taken me this long to read this book makes me feel like an idiot. I don't know why I waited. I mean, The Mistborn trilogy was fan-freaking-tastic. I love everything about it. I cried when it ended, I rejoiced when it all came together in a way that only Brandon Sanderson could fashion, and I wanted to be an allomancer more than anything else in the world. I wanted the ability to burn metals. I wanted the ability to push off a metal or pull towards a metal. I wanted to be able to enhance my vision, soothe emotions, or split into two.

I wanted it all with that series.

So, again, why did I wait to continue? Did I think it wouldn't stand up? Was I afraid that, since it's set in the 'future,' it wouldn't be the same? Was I afraid it would lose its appeal without Vin and Elend and Kelsier? Sazed?

I DON'T KNOW!!

Because The Alloy of Law surpassed all my expectations. It made me laugh, love, and want to fight. It gave me a reason to visit Elendel, carry a gun named Vindication, and believe in the many religions that came from the earlier books.

Wax and Wayne? OMG. I have never laughed so hard. The bromance is REAL in this book. Wax and Wayne are constantly one-upping each other. I can't even begin to describe how awesome these guys are.

And Marasi? Oh, goodness. She adds a level of sweetness and bravery that manages to keep Wax and Wayne in line.

Well, as much as those two could ever be kept in line.

So, long story short? If you've read The Mistborn trilogy and hated to see it end, grab The Alloy of Law. You wont' necessarily revisit the same characters, but you will see what their fight and sacrifice did for the future generations. You may even enjoy the addition of guns to the mix.

And you might find yourself wanting to go back to the beginning. Which is normal. You may not realize you miss Elend and Vin and Sazed and TenSoon and the others until you step foot in Elendel and visit with a Ladrian.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Keeper

Keeper Keeper by Amy Daws
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "I'm drunk on Booker Harris" Stars

I love Amy Daws. There. I said it. I'm in love with her. Oh, wait. I'm in love with her characters.
Vi and her need to mother her brothers.
Camden and his love for Specs.
Tanner and his beard and man-bun.
Booker and his Poppy.
Gareth and his secrets.

But Booker. Oh, Baby Booker hurts me. He makes me love and laugh and hurt and love. There's fire and passion and desire.

Poppy is Booker's best friend from childhood. They haven't seen each other in years. What better way to reconnect than by having Poppy move in to Booker's new flat with him?

Hint: there isn't a better way.

But Booker always told me to never stop chasing butterflies.
That's because no one knew Poppy better than Booker. Not even Poppy. And he knew she was meant for great things.

If you've never felt sexual tension leaking from the pages of your book, then this will solve that little issue, no problem. Amy has the unique ability to make the chemistry palpable. She brings London to life. She brings characters to life. She gives them heart, love, passion, drive, angst, pain, and every emotion you can imagine. And she does it flawlessly.

It feels like a dare.
Like she's daring me to stop her.
Daring me to grant permission.
Daring the world to crash around us.
Naturally, tension has it's breaking point. It will snap and explode and connect in ways beyond your imagination. Because Booker and Poppy are perfect and everyone can see it.

Except Booker.

This is when having an older sister and three older brothers becomes hilarious. Their meddling gives us some of the best scenes in the book. You're going to love seeing Cam and Tanner as they're being all sappy, while still being totally filthy.

I might have a new favorite Harris brother. I guess I'll know for sure when we get Gareth.

"Life doesnae always give a fuck aboot yer plans, Pop."


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: Complicated Hearts

Complicated Hearts Complicated Hearts by Ashley Jade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "We're gonna go down in flames" Stars

Wow. It isn't every day that I'm left without words to describe how a book has made me feel, but this is one of those books. And I've waited DAYS to write this review.

How does one do it justice?

How can one properly describe how one feels when reading something so completely and totally complicated?

How do you not spoil it for others?

Easy.

You wait for-freaking-ever to write your real review. You wait and wait and wait.

And then you man the fuck up and sit down and write.

Because you just know Ashley Jade poured her heart and soul into this book. And she deserves kind words in return.

So, my kind words are finally here because Landon and Asher and Breslin won't be quieted. They will not be silenced or made to feel ashamed or broken. They will go kicking and screaming into the night and they will be heard.

You will hear them.
She is my chaos.

You have to read Complicated Hearts book One for this to make any sense. If you don't, don't even bother with this one. You won't understand the dynamic, the love, the heartache, the lust, the pain that flows from the pages of this book. And you need that to understand.
I'm hopelessly and irrevocably in love with two people--and both have completely fucked me up and ruined me for anyone else.
God, truer words have never been spoken. Or unspoken.

Ashley Jade threw some twists I would have never seen coming at me. I wouldn't have expected the story to go the direction it did. I was on the edge of my seat and afraid to finish because I really didn't know how it would end. I was terrified that they would all fall apart. I was terrified that someone would be left out. I was terrified that it wouldn't work and they would all be broken in the end, with no way to mend their hearts and souls.

And I had every right to be terrified because I really didn't know what would happen.

"Your lies taste delicious."


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Review: Misadventures of a City Girl

Misadventures of a City Girl Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don't let my 3-star rating fool you. This book is fun, light, sexy, and enjoyable.
I guess I just expected more...drama. Tension. Fight. Something.

Characters: 4 stars
Sex: 5 stars
Story: 2 stars
Average: 3.67

But, again, this book is still fun and flirty. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions and couldn't get enough of Luke and Mad. That's probably why I finished it in a matter of hours and only stopped to sleep--and I was reluctant to do that.

Add in the fact that this book was promo'd using the beautiful Brock O'Hurn and I couldn't stop the gorgeous images drifting through my mind. That kind of imagery is hard to ignore.

Madison is recently divorced and wants a break from the hustle and bustle of the city that has consumed her. The city that has plastered her ex-husband everywhere. She finds Avalon and immediately books a month long stay at the spa/springs/resort in the mountains.

Luke is ex-Navy. His self-imposed exile is one of necessity. He couldn't take the city life after his final tour and relished the quiet of the mountain. He enjoys working the land, the silence, and the routine.

That is, until Madison shows up on his property and throws his entire world for a loop. To say that Luke twists Madison up as well is an understatement. These two are drawn to each other immediately.

It's hot. The sex is hot. There is no question that the sex is the focal point here. And for good reason. Luke and Madison are young, hot, and DTF.

Pros of this book:
Brock O'Hurn is Luke. Or Luke is Brock O'Hurn. Doesn't matter because he's gorgeous either way you cut it.
The sex. Yes, oh yes! The sex is oh so good. You might want a little fan for your...um..face. Yes. That's it.
The banter. I loved the banter between Luke and Madison. They gave each other shit and didn't hold back. No coddling here. Just the way I like it.
Indigo. The Avalon owners. The "extras" that weren't assholes. Those are good people. Lou is good people. And he's great at the advice giving.

Cons of this book:
I felt like there were too many unanswered scenarios. Or scenarios that weren't played to their fullest. Like the guy with the camera? Where's the drama there? Jeremy? Susan? I think those things could have been more and this story would have done more than scratch an itch. It would have made me FEEL.
Nope. That's it. That's the only con. Or downside.

So, like I said, it may not really be a downside. I think it all depends on what you're searching for--at that time--in a book. Me, I guess I was in the mood for more story and less sex. Or at least more story. Not sure if I ever want less sex. If you want a light, fluffy read, then this is for you.


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Thick as Thieves

Thick as Thieves Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is nothing better than revisiting an old friend. And that's exactly what this felt like.

Gen may not be our leading character this time around, but you can feel his influence in every move the Attolian makes. You can feel it in the outside forces that intervene. You can feel it in the writing.

Megan Whalen Turner has this amazing ability to transport me to that exact moment. The moment in which Kamet is told he needs to leave, that moment when he meets the Attolian for the first time, that moment when Kamet is captured, the moment Kamet is freed, the moment he realizes there is more to the Attolian than what he first thought.

I felt like I was there. I was walking the road, traveling through the rocks, feeling the chains around my ankles, tasting the caggi, searching for freedom, running from the past, holding on to something not worth holding on to.

I was there.

The Attolian's true identity is kept from us for the majority of the book. This is another true MWT element. The element of secrecy, the element of the big reveal, the element of surprise. She writes it all so perfectly and so beautifully that you aren't only surprised when you realize who the Attolian is,but you feel like you should have seen the signs.

But you don't.

Gen. Oh, Eugenides. How I've missed him since reading The Conspiracy of Kings. I've missed his cunning ways, his devotion, his mystery. I've missed him. I almost forgot just how much I love Gen, but when I see the perfection of this book, I remember very quickly.

Because Gen is still powerful and he is still King of Attolia, Thief of Eddis.

Told with the same suspense, mystery, and foreshadowing as her previous novels, MWT nails it with Thick as Thieves. This book will keep you waiting for more, while feeling as if this chapter is closed.

Kamet has told his story thus far. What does the future hold for our Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis?

*I listened to the audio for this and Steve West is beyond phenomenal. Just freaking fantastic.

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Review: Coming Up Roses

Coming Up Roses Coming Up Roses by L.K. Farlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are some books that remind me that I have been a southerner my entire life. Born and raised in the South, I can't help but love these books that use the very sayings that I grew up hearing.

"Believe you me" had to be the one thing said in this book that I just couldn't get enough of. Seem silly? Probably. But when you haven't heard that little phrase in years, it feels a bit nostalgic. It's something my grandmother always said. "Believe you me."

Probably sounds silly if you aren't from the South. But OMG! Let's just say that I found Coming Up Roses to be a soft, southern piece of fresh air. Light romance, heavy hearts, big love. It's all here.

LK Farlow shocked me with her ability to capture the south so perfectly. The ridiculous heat, the sayings, the small town life. It's all here.

Cash Carson. Man, I don't know what it is about this name, but I freaking love it. Cash. Yep, I sense a small tribute to the master, Johnny right here. And if it's not, that's a nod well wasted. Then again, Johnny Cash. Johnny Carson. I'm liking the combo here. But I digress. I'm all over the place in this review. Probably because I just loved hearing and reading Cash Carson throughout the entire book.

Then there's Myla Rose. I can't even think it without my accent coming out. Myla Rose hasn't had the best of luck with men. Or man, I should say. Long time crush, Taylor, is the guy she should have never given the time of day, but did anyway.

And he's left her knocked up and alone because he thinks he's better than her.

Idiot.

Him, not her.

Enter Cash Carson.

His ex is a real treat as well. Sarcasm, in case you missed it. But his ex really did a number on him and he's trying to recover.

Watch these two grow together as they explore their feelings for each other. It's a sweet story of two people afraid to dive back in to the dating pool, but who dive anyway.

Coming Up Roses will leave you with a smile.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Review: Hostile Workplace

Hostile Workplace Hostile Workplace by A.M. Madden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I LOVE Sam Stanton. I didn't know if I would when I started it, but he really grew on me. He's determined, driven, and lost.

Doesn't make much sense, but it's true. He's in a relationship with a woman who is NOT the woman he wants. Because that woman broke his heart years ago.

He puts all of his time into his job. He's a hardass and not easy to please.

His fiance is so atrocious I don't even remember her name. Honestly, if you've ever wanted a bad female character--and not badly written, but just a real beeyotch--this is it. This chick takes manipulative to a whole new level. You're gonna hate her when it's all over, if not sooner.

But then there's Judy, who is pretty cool. I like her. You will too. Promise.

And Lydia. Oh, the one who got away. The one who broke his heart. The reason he's distant. The reason he's horrible to work for.

She's back and she's determined to put her past firmly behind her.

*I listened to this and the narrators were great. La Petit Mort gets my vote every time.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review: Paper Dolls

Paper Dolls Paper Dolls by Courtney Houston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm impressed. I'm not entirely sure what I thought I was getting, but I didn't expect this. It has a bit of a paranormal twist, but I loved every bit of it. I wasn't sure how it would all come together, but it did.

Courtney Houston wove a story of two lost souls and the troubles they have faced.

Ian isn't your typical guy, but man do I love him. He is sweet and kind and loving. And he always finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mari is the town outcast. Living in a less than desirable situation, but she is trying to make the best of it. She couldn't have predicted any of the events following Ian's arrival.

Ian could though. He just couldn't stop it or change it or alter its course.

And he tried.

Oh, how he tried.

With things working against them, can these two find love? Can they be what the other needs to survive this life they've found themselves in?

Pick up Paper Dolls to day and find me in Rome.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Review: His Virgin

His Virgin His Virgin by Sabrina Paige
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm forever a Sabrina Paige fan. I fell in love with Prick and haven't looked back. So, my love of this book isn't shocking. I promise it's not. What is shocking is how much I really, really LOVED the dirty, dirty talking older man as he fought with himself over his attraction to someone 20 years younger than him.

I LOVED watching these two characters struggle with their feelings and attraction, but what I loved even more than that was watching these to come together. Literally. Figuratively. All the things.

Professor Ryan can school me any day of the week. He can teach me, he can refuse me, he can love me. And all the things in between. Professor Ryan is hot and gorgeous and only mildly tortured. I mean, he is in a writing slump, excuse me, he's experiencing writer's block.

So, Purity shows up, all pure and whatnot. But her attraction to her creative writing Professor is hard to ignore. He's hard to ignore. He's hard.

Yep. And Purity needs a teacher outside the classroom. Gabe needs to keep his hands to himself.

But GOD, the temptation is real. It's intense. And it's undeniable.

These two are all sorts of fuckhot. Not surprising for a Sabrina Paige book. Her characters are always hot as fuck and I always want one for myself.

Gabriel Ryan is no exception.

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Review: Beast

Beast Beast by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've become quite the fan of A. Zavarelli. She hooked me with Crow and has me following her around waiting for more.

Beast does not disappoint. I fell hard for Bella and Javi's story. I am no stranger to the darker romances and this definitely qualifies.

This book explores and pushes many boundaries. It isn't for someone looking for a sweet, light, and fluffy romance. This is for someone looking for the dirty, twisted, more complicated romance. Someone who wants their love with a bit of torture and the breaking of one's mind.

Javi and Bella are perfect. I don't know why it all works, but it does. It comes together beautifully and I couldn't stop listening to this. I just wanted to know who to hate. And in the end, love prevailed. Even if it was a fucked up kind of love that shouldn't have worked. It prevailed. And it resulted in a beautiful life.

*I listened to the audio of this and Tracy Marks does narration like no other. I love her. Her voice, the accents she can do. Amazing.

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Review: The Soul Mate

The Soul Mate The Soul Mate by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How I've made it this long without reading a Kendall Ryan book is beyond me, but it has happened.

This book was better than I anticipated and I have no idea why. Maybe I'm one who stays far away from those books getting a ton of hype because I find that they fall flat. Well, that's just not what happened here. The Soul Mate was fantastic. Excellent dialog, characters I wanted to meet, and an unconventional--yet realistic--love story.

Because what do you do when the one night stand you ran out is the doctor you're seeing for your potential pregnancy? You know, the result of that one night stand?

Read The Soul Mate and you'll find out exactly what you do.

This was a fun journey of unforeseen circumstances that lead to so much more. This is an example of explosive chemistry, in and out of the bedroom. This is what happens when one person believes in soul mates and the other is skeptical.

And if Dr. Mason Bentley is ever tired of Bren, well, I can give him my number. He's fantastic.

"He was asking you to go for a ride, and I'm pretty sure his car is option B. Option A was a ride on his d--"


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Review: The Unrequited

The Unrequited The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Hope Kills Stars

What can I say? I've waited nearly a month to review this book.
I waited because when I finished this book I hurt. Physically, emotionally. I hurt.
This book managed to get down deep in my soul and make me feel more than I've felt for characters in a long time.

I hurt when they hurt.
I loved when they loved.
I cried when they needed to cry.

Falling in love isn't bad or wrong or even hard. It's actually really simple, even if there's no reciprocation.
Because it's true, falling for someone is easy. But you can't control how they feel. You can't predict what they will do or say in return. You can't plan for reciprocation. You can only plan for yourself.

But when it goes wrong, it goes very, very wrong.

"Do you love him so much that you hate yourself? That you can't stand your own sight? Do you constantly think about how to fix it? How to make it better? How to be better?"
This pain. This love. This torture. This is the entire book. I almost can't put into words exactly how I felt while reading this. It's exquisite. It's torture. It's perfect.

"Today I'm going to show you how I burn."
God,yes, please. Please, show me. I'm not above begging. And that's just how Thomas likes it. He wants you to beg. He wants to own and punish and show you he's in control. He needs the power. He needs the control.

"I want you to write so you can talk. You have to talk. No one can live like this."


My only request? Can I get this in audio? Can we get Tad Branson or Jacob Morgan to narrate. And Elena Wolfe? She's the lady I need in my ears as I come apart for this book all over again. Can we make this happen?

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Review: Unconventional

Unconventional Unconventional by Isabel Love
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a sucker for an unconventional romance.
I'm a sucker for fmf, mfm, mmf, ffm, mm, ff, mf....I think you get the picture. If there's romance and hot sex, sign me up.

And there is definitely hot sex in Unconventional.

So much hot sex.

Quinn and Charlie are the couple that shouldn't have been. Both were content to fuck their way through life, but when they hooked up, they quickly realized that they were amazing in bed. Together.

So begins the journey of falling in lust and love.

Friends first, lovers second.

That's the way Quinn and Charlie have gotten along so far. So when the sex becomes more frequent and they find themselves hanging out outside the bedroom--and fully dressed--they realize that more could be happening.

But is it really happening? I mean, Charlie is significantly younger than Quinn. He couldn't really see himself with someone older than him for the long term, could he?
And why would he want to? He's hot, fantastic in bed, and sweet as sin. Surely he wants someone closer to his age, someone he can show off?

But Quinn is worthy of showing off. She's remarkable, sweet, sexy as hell, and all his.

Even when he doesn't want to admit it.

This is one of those books you won't want to put down.

You're gonna want to see these two share with others.

Because it's hot as fuck.

MFM or FFM, it doesn't matter. It's HOT AS FUCK.

Remember that. You've been warned.

I want to mark her as mine--mine to fuck, mine to share, mine to pleasure.


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Review: You Don't Know Jack Schmidt

You Don't Know Jack Schmidt You Don't Know Jack Schmidt by Susan Renee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jack Schmidt.

What do we know about Jack Schmidt?

Almost nothing.

That's what.

We met him in Hole Punched.

If you were anything like me, you wanted more of Jack as soon as he came on the scene. You wanted to know what made Jacoby's BFF tick. You wanted to know how they became friends. You wanted to know more.

And in this first novella in the Schmidt Load series, you learn a bit about Jack Schmidt. Things you didn't realize you wanted to know. Things you did want to know. And a few things in between.

Like how socially awkward Jack is around women.

And how online dating is his last resort to meeting someone special.

And how he doesn't really believe in online dating, but when he sees that one special profile, he thinks he's found something.

Because how often do you see an online dating profile filled with geeky, obscure references?

Never.

And Jack is intrigued.

Follow Jack on his dating journey in the Schmidt Load series.

You're gonna laugh so hard you just might cry.

You're also gonna swoon!

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Review: Hard For My Boss

Hard For My Boss Hard For My Boss by Daryl Banner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Daryl had done it again.

He's taken the M/M romance to a new, over the top level. If you thought Football Sundae was ridiculously cute, hilarious, and sexy, then you HAVE to meet Benjamin Gage and Trevor Woodard.

"I really like having a big, swollen cock in my mouth." I lean in just the same and reply, "So do I."
I mean, when you have a line like this, how do you not want to get to know this man? I know it sealed the deal for me.

And Trevor? Poor, bumbling, awkward Trevor? He's the sweetest, most endearing guy ever. And once Benjamin Gage sees him, he knows he has to have him. And Trevor doesn't stand a chance.

I loved every bit of this book. There's something to be said for hiding an office relationship. There's something to be said for being the boss who falls for the intern. There's something magical when it all comes together and LOVE prevails.

Because that's what this is really about. LOVE.

Hard for my Boss shows us that love will have you doing crazy things. Things that include hooking up in a bathroom stall, hooking up in an office, hooking up anywhere that isn't the confines of Ben's home.

Let's give this book the appropriate hashtags because I know there are haters out there. Haters who don't believe that #LoveIsLove. Which is stupid.

Because love is love. We all feel it. Some of us just feel it more deeply than others. Some of us fall for members of the same sex. Some of us fall for members of the opposite sex. Some of us just fall.
At the feet of our boss.
Much like Trevor did.

#OfficeRomance #MMRomance #LoveIsLove #MM #Romance

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Review: UnPlanned

UnPlanned UnPlanned by M. Piper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How in the HELL did I read this entire book without taking notes? What the actual fuck is wrong with me?

Oh, I know.

Piper happened. She wrote an amazing book and I just couldn't be bothered to stop and highlight anything.

Which is good and bad for you, reader of my reviews.

Because now I don't have any amazing quotes or lines to throw your way.

So, let's just say that you HAVE to meet Lincoln Ames West.

HAVE. TO.

He's fucking amazing and sweet and he's a single-dad, y'all. Yes, I y'all-ed that shit. Because sometimes single dad's need all the attention.

Lincoln is no exception. He needs the attention because he pulled his head out of his ass to be there for his child. He's been waiting for just the right lady to come along and become the mother his son never had.

He's been waiting for Wren.

He just didn't know it until she showed up.

And in true Piper fashion, she's going to fuck with your emotions. She's going to wreck you and put you back together.

I guess the good news is that no one dies. There's that.

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Review: Deadly Seduction

Deadly Seduction Deadly Seduction by Roxy Sinclaire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What do you get when you are supposed to spy on the girl next door?
What do you do when you find yourself attracted to her?
What do you do when her brother is a wanted man?

What. Do. You. Do.

Easy, you make small talk, you ask questions, you invite her over, you have crazy hot sex with her.

Oh, wait.

Are you supposed to do that?

Probably not.

Oh well.

This was a suspenseful romance. It was a good story and I'd love to go back and read book 1. I didn't realize I was jumping in to book 2 when I started, but I'm happy I did.

*Audio, audio, audio. I swear it's the only way I'm getting things finished these days. The narrations helped drive the story. I love it when the characters are so well represented. Excellent job!

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Review: El Diablo

El Diablo El Diablo by M. Robinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think maybe it's just me.
I think I'm the minority who just can't wrap her head around these books.

I don't know why I can't, but they fall flat for me.

Every.
Single.
Time.

Maybe it's the crazy age difference.
Maybe it's the unlikely scenario that keeps her coming back for more.
Maybe it's because El Diablo isn't really a bad guy.
Maybe it's because the life he was born into was shit and that carried over into his personal life.
Maybe it's because I haven't read the Good Ol' Boys series.

I honestly have no idea.
But this is my second attempt at an M. Robinson book and it's the second time I've been less than thrilled at the end of it.

Maybe my expectations are too high?
Maybe I have been led to believe she is the Queen of Angst?

But honestly, I didn't feel angst.
I felt annoyed and angry and annoyed.

Annoyed because it just fell flat.

I will say the twist at the end, the big reveal, that was awesome. For some reason, she caught me off guard with that little (big) revelation. That was well played, M. Robinson. Well played, indeed.

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Review: Whiskey Kisses

Whiskey Kisses Whiskey Kisses by Addison Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Whiskey Kisses was a book that surprised me. It surprised me by being better than I anticipated. And I have no idea why I didn't think it would be good, but I did.

And I'll be the first to admit I was an idiot. I thoroughly enjoyed this romance.

I liked the older woman/younger man concept.
I liked the idea that she was completely closed off to relationships of any kind, yet he was able to break through those walls and barriers.
I like that despite the crap that happened in their past, they were able to move past that and find love.

And that's the important thing here. They found love when neither thought themselves worthy.

*I listened to the audio of this book and loved every second of it. The narrators did a great job.

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Review: Dark Love: Part One

Dark Love: Part One Dark Love: Part One by J.B. Duvane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I'm confused because this story just kind of ends.

And I'm guessing that's because it is part of a series, so I shouldn't be that surprised, but I feel like I'm missing something.

I don't completely understand the relationship between our alpha and his housemates. I don't completely understand what happened with him and his mother (although what I'm thinking happened is nothing I'd want to discuss, so let's leave it at 'I don't know').

I do know this is a dark romance. I do know that he manipulates her and keeps her against her will.

I do know that the relationship between the two is very complicated.

I know they both give when they shouldn't.

And I know I will have to grab book 2 if I want any answers.

*I listened to the audio of this book and the narrators did a fantastic job. Logan McAllister is very quickly becoming a favorite narrator and I can't wait to see what else he has to offer.

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Review: Doctor's Orders

Doctor's Orders Doctor's Orders by Lucy Felthouse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've become a fan of Lucy Felthouse's novellas. Her characters are quick to love and quick to jump in the sack, but it all just works.

In this particular book, our leading men are already in a relationship. That allows this book to jump right into the sex while maintaining the healthy relationship between the characters.

This story is free of drama. It is full of fun, love, and sexy times. It is smut for the sake of smut.

And sometimes that's really all you need in a book. Smutty smut. No drama. Love.

Thanks for the light read, Ms. Felthouse. I needed this break from the drama.

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Review: The Two-Night One-Night Stand

The Two-Night One-Night Stand The Two-Night One-Night Stand by Ryan Ringbloom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was one of those fun, light romances that leaves you with a smile and a brighter view on love.

What was supposed to be a one-night stand becomes more when fate steps in and keeps throwing this adorkable couple together.

Because they are totally adorkable.

If sweet, sexy, smart, slightly nerdy men are your thing, then you need this book. He may not be an alpha, but he doesn't leave you wanting anything.

Well, except a relationship because he's smart, sexy, and sweet.

I listened to this audio, so my review lacks quotes and whatnot, but know that I loved this story. The narrators did a fantastic job of making me feel as if I was there with the characters.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: Crow

Crow Crow by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio. So, for the purpose of this review, keep that in mind.

I'm not typically a fan of the woman narrating an entire book when there are multiple POVs. However, and it's a huge however, Tracy Marks proved to me why this can be done. And how I can fall for a male POV even when read and performed by a female. So, many thanks to you, Ms. Marks, for making me fall in love with Lochlan Crow and his sexy accent.

And many thanks to A. Zavarelli for writing characters that I couldn't stop listening to. Really, I fell for both characters. I wanted to know more. I wanted to see what they had. I wanted their demons and their light.

Butterfly and Crow are one hell of a couple.

And they went through a special form of hell to be together.

I can't wait to watch the other men fall in love. But I'm pretty sure my heart will stay with Loch.

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Review: The Knocked up Plan

The Knocked up Plan The Knocked up Plan by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you know an author is giving you perfection because they ALWAYS give you perfection.
Sometimes you have no idea what you're getting into because you're a complete moron who has never picked up a book by said author.

Guess which camp I fall under?

Yep. You know it.

I'm the idiot who was clueless. I'm the idiot who couldn't put down a book because every single page was perfectly written. The characters had chemistry, the story was driven, the problems totally believable.

Ryder was--and is--everything I want in a book boyfriend. Funny, sarcastic, attractive, intelligent, filthy, great in bed, and the list continues.

Seriously.

Where are all of my so-called friends?
Where are you bitches who let me go all this time without picking up a Lauren Blakely book?
WHERE ARE YOU?

Because I hate you all.

And I don't have time to binge-read an author. Especially one with this many books under her belt. Who is going to manufacture extra time so I can do just this?!

Anyone? Bueller?

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Review: Elias

Elias Elias by Sabrina Paige
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a huge Sabrina Paige fan so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this book. I will say it wasn't at all what I expected. I thought it would be darker, maybe? More controversial? I'm really not sure. What I am sure of is that the story was unique enough to keep me going and I wanted the HEA for the main characters.

Elias has a bad reputation in his home town of West Bend, but that doesn't stop him from being a good guy. His reputation is one that was made by his no-good father and the mother who stayed. It's a rep his older brother fed in to. It's a rep that he has gladly lived up to.

But he's really a good guy. He proves it time and time again.

And our heroine? She's lovely. Really, she is. I can't say that about all the women in books, but there is nothing I disliked about her. I wanted this relationship to happen like you wouldn't believe.

The misunderstandings are epic, but not irredeemable. And when those are figured out and explained? Perfection.

I kinda want to visit West Bend. Think they'll let me stay with them?

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Review: Priest

Priest Priest by Sierra Simone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've waited and waited and waited to write this review. Not because it was a bad book, but because I didn't have the words to describe how unbelievably hot this book really was. I mean, hot, young man meets hot, young woman. Sparks are bound to fly. Add in the element of the forbidden fruit and it's a recipe for some of the hottest sex I've ever encountered.

Here is where I'd like to say that I listened to this book while driving down the interstate on vacation. This is where I'd like to say DON'T DO THAT! OMG. This is the kind of book you need to read or listen to while curled up in bed with a vibrator handy. A fan, a glass of water, lube (which is going to seem redundant because you're going to be ready to go without), and your favorite toy--or real live man! Doesn't matter. The point is you shouldn't listen to this while driving.

Jacob Morgan is magic on his own. I will listen to anything he puts out there. Not even joking.

But Elena Wolfe? Oh. My. Fucking. God.
I wanted to wrap myself in her voice and never leave the comfort of it. It's warm, it's sultry, it's so damn perfect that I couldn't get enough. It's one of those rare times I wanted more of the woman. And that says so much considering she was paired up with one of the hottest voices in the audiobook world.

Anyway, this isn't about the audio (although it is perfect in its own right), it's about a well-written story that left me begging for more. So. Much. More.

Father Tyler Bell can hear my confession any time he wants. And Poppy? Fuck. I'd take her too. She's magnificent. Together? Breathtaking.

Sierra Simone has a magical ability to make me want. She places each word in the exact spot it needs to be in order to pull the most emotion from a reader.
Want.
Need.
Love.
Hate.
Fear.
Pain.
Pleasure.
Arousal.
I hit every single one of these while reading Priest. It's a story I wish I could have drawn out. It was a story that needed to end so I could see what happened to the characters. It's a story that I will revisit very soon because Tyler and Poppy were electric.

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Review: A Little Bit Like Love

A Little Bit Like Love A Little Bit Like Love by Brooke Blaine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 He Was Fatal Stars

M/M. My weakness. Thank you, Brooke Blaine, for giving me M/M and second chance all in one neat little package. And by neat and little, I mean not neat, not little. These two were messy and beautiful and they deserved their second chance.

It meant something to me. Our friendship. You in my life. It meant everything. And I miss you every goddamn day.
Ripped apart by a force neither expected--although they should have--Jackson and Lucas have each dealt with the loss of the other in unique ways. Jackson, by burying himself in work; Lucas by burying himself in one-night stands.

I love it when couples are given another shot at love and life together. I love it when I can watch two people who are heartbroken, realize they can only be happy with each other. I always want the HEA. Always. Even when it doesn't seem like it's going to work, I want that HEA.

Do Jackson and Lucas get their HEA? You should probably read it to find out.

"Waiting for you....Just you...Always you. Even when you're a fucking prick."


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: Mean Girls

Mean Girls Mean Girls by Lucy Felthouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another quick read from Lucy Felthouse, but again I feel satisfied.

This is about Adele, a bigger woman, and Oliver, a lifeguard. I'm guessing if he's a lifeguard he is fit and in shape, so let's just go with that.

Either way, Oliver wants Adele. Adele is crushing on Oliver.

It's quite perfect. Well, it is once we get rid of those pesky mean girls. You know the ones. Those who bad mouth and judge everyone because a)they're jealous or b)they're petty. Or both. It could be both.

You'll get sexy times, laughter, and fun in this story. Grab it today!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: Stay

Stay Stay by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's another Sarina and Elle book! Gah! I can't with these two authors anymore. I really can't. Everything they write I love. And I don't just love them a little, I love them with all that I have. I want to climb right into the story and be in with the gang. The whole gang. Jess and Blake, Wesmie, Matt and Hottie. And anyone else they want to throw my way. Seriously, that's just their co-written stuff. Don't even get me started on their individual books.

But I digress.

This is a WAGS review. This is a Matt Eriksson and Hottie review. Because when you can stumble upon your lifelong--or at least as long as he's been playing for your favorite hockey team--crush, you fall headfirst into everything with him. And as hesitant and standoffish and unsure these two are, they are the cutest fucking couple.

Matt is just getting back out there after his divorce, but he hasn't really gotten out there. If he isn't on the ice, he's wanting to spend time with his twin girls. If he isn't with them, he's hitting up Fetch for whatever his heart desires. And after using the service religiously since the divorce, he's managed to find himself crushing on the girl on the other side of the computer.

But is that normal? And really, what is normal? The bigger question? How can he meet her? How can he see if he's really ready to get out there?

Hailey has been divorced for about as long as Matt, but she co-owns Fetch with her exhusband. Talk about crazysauce. But it works. They have a successful business and a mutual respect for one another. Plus, Hailey has her suspicions that her longtime crush is really Striker87, a regular client of hers at Fetch.

But how can she prove it? He selected the anonymous box for a reason and she won't break that trust. But OMG what if it's really him?

The chemistry? Off the fucking charts, as per usual. The love? Fucking perfect. The secondary characters and the cameos from previous couples? It's why I keep coming back to these stories--well, that and they are fucking excellent. But whatever.

So, yes. Matt. Hailey. And crew. Get ready for a fun, sweet ride.

My only question? Who will fall in love next?!

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Review: Savage

Savage Savage by S.L. Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 I'll push you away Stars

I'm not sure what I can say that hasn't already been said. Readers have claimed this is the book of 2017, or at least a top contender. And I loved this book. It was angsty and painful to read and the characters were just so fucking intense that I wasn't sure what to do.

I took my time with this book, the way I would anything else I'd want to savor. Wine. Cheese. Cake. Wine. It's an excellent book. King and Sara Jane are star-crossed lovers if I've ever seen it. But they fight. They fight their inner demons, they fight the demons of others, and they fight for each other.

Even when pushing against each other.
"I'll push you away, and if you're strong enough to stay, I'll destroy everything I once loved about you while destroying myself in the process."


Sara Jane is the sweet girl who happens to cross paths with Alexander Kingwood. And when Alex sees something he wants, he goes for it. And he wants Sara Jane. They grow and learn and love together. It's beautiful. It's heartbreakingly beautiful.

There's a certain magic to the way SL Scott weaves this world together. The way she intertwines these two souls into one and then toys with the reader as our couple pushes and pulls against that world, against their very souls.

"We have all the time in the world to sin together.


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Review: Little Love

Little Love Little Love by H.Q. Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"You can't love me."
"Yeah, not my first choice either."

Obviously I gave this 5 stars. Obviously I am out of my fucking mind. I have no idea what to think other than this is perfection. It's perfect because it's total mindfuck. And not just one or two pages or a surprise mindfuck. The whole god damn book is a mindfuck.

Do you remember Akela and Malcolm from Immure Diaries? Yes? No? Well, you should because those two were fucked up. I hated Akela. I loved Malcolm.

Enya is their love child. She is the product of those two crazies and, well, she just might be crazier. But I never disliked her. I never wanted anything bad to happen to her. I felt for her. I wanted her to be happy--in whatever capacity she was capable.

There is love. Surprisingly, in this world where murder and stalking and lies are the norm, there is love. It's just not from where you expect it. It comes in the form of a possible friend, a definite enemy, and from the hearts of parents.

It's insane. I don't even know how to describe it.

And then there's that one scene. That ONE scene that made me sit back and laugh--despite the horrible circumstance the characters found themselves in. It's fucked, I tell you. Fucked.

"I have nothing to gain here, Enya. Except you.


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Review: Pressing Adalyn

Pressing Adalyn Pressing Adalyn by Jenn Hype
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.25 Let me love you Stars

I have a soft spot for this book. I don't know if it's the bitchy main character or the ridiculously sweet and nerdy love interest, but either way I love this book.

Yes, this is a reread for me. I couldn't help it. Sometimes you find that sweet book that just calls to you. Sometimes you find a main character you feel like you know and a love interest that is too good to be true. Except he's not too good because everyone has flaws.

Adalyn is the bitchy main character that you hate to love. You find yourself asking how she can get much bitchier--thinking it isn't possible--but then she does something new and different and you're left nodding and going 'okay, I can see it'. And you totally get her reactions. You get why she responds the way she does because, deep down, she reacts the EXACT way you wish you could react when forced into situations you don't want to be in. She's your inner bitch and you love her.

Ian. Swoon. I just love Ian. He's confident, attractive, kind, and a total nerd. That nerdiness gives him a more human feel. He isn't just some rich guy who thinks he's better than everyone. Ian has just enough self-doubt to make him lovable. But he's kind enough and loving enough to make you want one for yourself. Just sayin' I'm super jealous of Adalyn.

This sweet Rom-Com isn't without it's serious issues. Very quickly you see that Adalyn's attitude is a defense mechanism. You know she's running from something, but you don't know what. That drives the story. Well, and the love interest, obviously. But I found myself wanting to know what happened to Adalyn. Why is she pushing everyone away. The only person to stick with her was her BFF, Stacy.

And oh Stacy does not disappoint. She's the snarky, in your face BFF you wish you had. Or you want to be. Either way, Stacy is a barrel of laughs in this and she keeps Adalyn grounded.

I'm excited to see what happens to Stacy in book 2 of the Pretending series! Thanks, Jenn Hype, for giving me such fun characters.



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Review: Swink

Swink Swink by Adriana Locke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 My favorite Landry Stars

Yep. I said it. I think I found my favorite Landry book. Who knew it'd be one of the girls' though. I credit a lot of that to Cam, but come on, Adriana Locke just gave me a hot, tattooed fighter. Again. Crew Gentry was my first Locke experience so it's no surprise that I'd love--FUCKING LOVE--Dominic Hughes. He's cocky, tattooed, sweet, kind, and dirty.

So, this is where I say thank you, Adriana Locke, for this pleasant surprise in the Landry family books. Don't get me wrong, those Landry boys do not disappoint, but there's something about a man who walks the walk and talks the talk. And Dom is that man.

That was written with sarcasm. I can feel it.
I always make sure you feel it, babe.
Why do I love Dom and Cam as a couple? Let me count the ways.
Okay, I won't count, but I'll give a quick list.
The banter. It flows, it's easy, and they just seem so connected.
The sex. Obviously this is hot or I wouldn't waste my time reading the sex scenes. And I definitely read them.
The love. The way they show the other their true feelings even when they deny the feelings exist. Or rather, as they try to deny those feelings. The way they protect each other. They way they push each other to be better, do more.

"You were wrong when you said I don't want you."
"You were wrong when you said we're free to do whatever we want."
Because it isn't every day when you find someone you can connect with, feel safe with, feel alive with. This is probably one of my favorite scenes in the book.

Fifty-one percent might be a majority, but no one ever said that was a passing grade.
Truth. There is so much truth to this in and out of context. I think that's my favorite thing about this book; we get the good and the bad. We get the ugly and the beautiful. We see a different side to life. And it's so real that I felt like I was right there with Cam and Dom. I felt like I could walk into The Gold Room or Percy's or The Farm and fit right in. And talk about bringing a cast of secondary characters to the table. Damn. Nate, Ryder, Joy, and the Landry clan are perfect.

"And you were here."


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Monday, July 17, 2017

CHAPTER REVEAL: Unconventional by Isabel Love





Release Date: July 20, 2017

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Happily ever after—what a joke! I tried that once and ended up divorced.
Now, I only want one thing from men.
Charlie Nelson is good at giving me that one thing. Really, really good.

So good, in fact, I discovered a new side of myself.
I never knew I liked to watch until I saw his talented hands touching someone else.
I never knew I liked to be watched until I felt his searing gaze on me.

Maybe happily ever after isn’t always a white picket fence, wedding bells, and 2.5 kids.
Maybe it’s something a bit more…unconventional.


*Warning: Contains dirty talk, piercings and hot threesomes.
Intended for readers over 18 years of age.


                                                                                                                                                      

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Copyright © 2017 Unconventional by Isabel Love
That’s some party trick.




I’m so worked up right now, I almost can’t see straight. I had fully intended to fuck Miss Double D, as Quinn so aptly named her, but once the security guard interrupted us and Quinn bolted, having sex with Crystal lost its appeal. All I could think about was Quinn’s gaze on me, watching me touch another woman, watching me make her come. She liked watching. I could tell how turned on she was by the way her chest was rising and falling so rapidly with every breath, the way she couldn’t tear her eyes away from me, the sheen of sweat on her upper lip and neck. 
My cock throbs in my pants just thinking about it. 
Quinn insists on driving as I had a few shots tonight and we decide to go to her place because it’s closer. Quinn lives in a condo that’s quite nice, actually. Once we’re in her car, I adjust my dick so my pants aren’t strangling it. 
“Congratulations on your new account, hotshot. I don’t know if I told you earlier,” she says. 
“Thank you. You told me earlier, but you can tell me again. I like it when you praise me.” 
“I’m not sure there’s any room in this car, what with the size of your—” 
“Cock?” I interject. 
“I was going to say ego. 
“My cock is pretty big, too, you have to admit.” I look over at her, flashing a naughty grin. 
“I do like your cock, you know that. Are you fishing for compliments?” 
I chuckle. I love that she admits to liking my cock. Most women shy away from dirty talk, but not Quinn. She’s just as blunt as I am and isn’t afraid to use words like cock or cunt. 
“Isn’t there any way you can go any faster? I’m dying over here.” I’m two seconds away from pulling my dick out and jacking off while she drives. 
“Calm your tits. We’re almost there.” She rolls her eyes but does push down on the gas pedal a bit harder. 
“Speaking of tits, you liked watching me fondle Miss Double D, didn’t you?” 
“That was one impressive rack,” she admits. 
“Have you ever…been with a woman?” The way she was watching us made me think she’d like to join in. I could see Quinn experimenting with other women. 
“No, I like dick, if you haven’t noticed.” She smiles and glances over at me. “But I can appreciate that boobs are sexy.” 
“What about the way she was able to lick her own nipples, wasn’t that hot?” I almost came in my pants when I saw that she could do it. That’s going in the spank bank, for sure. 
“That’s some party trick.” 
“Would you lick your own nipples if you could?” I ask her. Quinn’s boobs are amazing, large and perky, though not quite as big as Crystal’s. 
“Hell yeah I would. That’s like asking if you would suck your own dick if you could. Don’t even tell me you’ve never tried to; I won’t believe you.” 
I chuckle. “When I was 14, I tried as hard as I could, but I’m not that flexible.” 
“There’s a sight I would have liked to see.” She laughs. 
“It wasn’t even remotely sexy. I lived in fear that someone would walk in on me and catch an eyeful of me in different contorted positions.” I laugh at the memory. “It would seem as though you are a closet voyeur. How did I not know this about you until tonight?” 
She chews on her bottom lip. “I didn’t know it myself. I mean, I like watching porn, but I’ve never come across an opportunity to watch real-life action.” 
I file that information away for later and almost weep with relief when we pull into her driveway. We turn to look at each other once the car is parked in her garage, and her eyes roam over my face, stopping on my lips. She leans forward, about to kiss me. 
“Is there anything you need to do before I fuck you?” Once I start, I won’t be able to stop until I’m balls deep inside of her. 
“No.” 
I promptly get out of the car and walk around the front to open her door. As soon as she’s standing, I’m on her, pulling her face toward mine and taking her mouth in a hot, wet kiss. Her lips are perfect, plump, and soft, and this kiss has the perfect ratio of lips, teeth, and tongue. Her tongue dances with mine and she’s as ravenous as I am, licking and nipping at me. Her hands are busy too, untucking my shirt and reaching for my belt buckle. Fuck. I love that she’s desperate for my dick, but I reach down and bat her hands away. We need to take this inside. I reach down to palm her ass and pick her up. Her legs wrap around my waist as I carry her to the door, stopping by the security alarm so she can disarm it. 
Once the door is open, I stride inside and sit on the couch with Quinn straddling me. She grinds against my erection as I pull her shirt up and off. She reaches for my shirt next, and I reach over my head to tug it off. She sits back on my lap and stares down at my torso, lust and appreciation shining in her eyes. I also take a moment to appreciate my view of her. She wears a red, silky bra, but it seems like some of the material is missing because only the bottom half of her boobs are covered. The top half is exposed and I can see the pink skin of her areolas just hinting at where her nipples are. I trail my fingers across the edge of the bra, dragging the material down a bit to reveal the rest of her nipples. They’re tight little nubs and I pinch them, hard. She gasps and arches her back, bringing her chest closer to my face. 
“I really like this bra, Red. It seems like you chose the color just for me.” 
“I chose it for me. I like the way it makes me feel,” she corrects me, her voice low and throaty. 
“How does it make you feel?” 
“Sexy.” 
“You don’t need a bra for that. You’re sexy all on your own. Stand up, take your pants off. I want to see the rest of you.” 
She stands and starts to unbutton her pants. “If I’m getting naked, then so are you. Come on, let me see that gorgeous cock of yours.” 
I comply with her request, grabbing a condom out of my wallet before stripping off my jeans, underwear, socks, and shoes. Quinn makes quick work of her pants and heels then goes to take off her panties but I stop her. 
“Wait, I want to take those off.” I sit back down on the couch and pull her to stand in front of me. The underwear is also silky red, and I love the contrast against her pale skin. Quinn is curvy, her hips flaring out from her waist. I smooth my hands down them before reaching back to squeeze her ass. It bounces when I let go and I can’t wait to see it bounce on my cock. 
“How wet did you get watching me earlier?” I know she was aroused, but I don’t know how much. 
“Soaking wet,” she tells me. 
“I want to see.” I reach for the fabric that covers her pussy and run my fingers back and forth, testing the fabric for wetness. Sure enough, it’s soaked. “Fuck, Red. I need to taste you.” 
“So taste me.” 
I slide her panties down her legs and help her step out of them. I lean forward and nuzzle my nose right in between her legs, inhaling her musky scent, then lick her slit, grabbing her ass and pulling her forward, closer to my mouth. She holds on to my shoulders to steady herself as my tongue laps at her cunt, but I can’t quite get the right angle while she’s standing up. 
I stand, and she whimpers. “Why did you stop?” 
I look around her living room and see the ottoman in front of the couch is plush and a decent size. “Lie back on this, I need to bury my face in your pussy.” 
She shivers at my words and reclines on the ottoman, legs spread wide and leaning up on her elbows so she can watch me. Her red hair is wild, her face is flushed, and her tits are heaving out of her bra as she pants in anticipation. 
I kneel in front of her and hold her gaze as I lick her slowly, from opening to clit. 
“Fuck, that feels good. Don’t stop.” 
My licks are slow and steady, working her up, but not giving her enough friction to come. She keeps her gaze on me and I watch as she becomes more and more desperate. 
“Charlie.” 
“Hmm?” I ask, like I have all the time in the world. 
Quinn likes to be bossy too, and I like to make her beg. She hates begging, which makes me like it even more. She tips her hips up, chasing my tongue, but I move it to lick her folds instead. 
“Charlie!” she complains. 
“Did I ever tell you how much I love eating your pussy?” I ask her conversationally in between licks. I could eat her out for hours. Her red curls are neatly trimmed, framing her clit and pussy lips. I spread her wide open with my fingers and lick into her opening, pushing my tongue as deep as I can get it, then licking the walls as I come out. Her taste is addictive. Not all women taste the same—some are bitter, some more musky, some sour. Quinn’s pussy tastes divine, the right combination of musky, salty, and sweet. I lap up her juices, avoiding her clit, trying to drive her crazy enough to beg me. 

“Fuck! Charlie, I need you. Is that what you want to hear?” 
Bingo. “What do you need? More of my tongue?” I focus on her clit and she moans loudly. 
She doesn’t answer me, so I back away. 
“Charlie! Please, I need you to fuck me, okay? Please fuck me.” She glares at me, pissed that she gave in and begged me, but so turned on. 
I chuckle and reach for the condom. “My pleasure. Why didn’t you just say so?” 




My body is so desperate to come but his tongue wasn’t enough; I need his cock, and that fucking bastard always likes to make me beg. 
He rolls the condom on and tugs on his gorgeous cock a couple of times before lining himself up with my pussy. He pulls me forward slightly, making my ass hang just a bit off the edge of the ottoman, and rubs the head of his dick up and down my folds, coating himself with my wetness. I feel his piercing, a stark contrast to the way a cock feels. The metal of the piercing is unforgiving while his penis is hard but soft at the same time. The combination makes my eyes roll back into my head and my clit throbs as I wait for him to push into me. He doesn’t though, not right away. He picks up my legs and drapes them up over his shoulders. 
“Charlie!” I bark. “Now. Fuck me now.” 
At my tortured command, he slams into me. I’m so wet, he gains entry easily, but his girth stretches me open, making me gasp at the sudden feeling of fullness. 
“Fuck. This is going to be fast.” 
Thank God. 
He leans forward, seeking purchase on the edges of the ottoman to hold on. I grab on to his forearms and he starts to thrust into me. 
“Yessss.” I love his unrelenting rhythm. His cock is big, and I feel the piercing inside, creating more friction with each movement in and out of me. It reaches all the right places and I’m on the verge of coming. 
“I need you to come, Red. Are you close?” 
“God, yes.” 
He leans down and latches on to one nipple, pulling it and biting it. Then he tends to the other nipple, and the extra stimulation pushes me over the edge. Pleasure steals my breath and my vision. 
“Fuck!” I shout, wrapping my legs around his waist so I can keep him inside me. My pussy clamps around his dick while I come and he chuckles sexily. 
“I love feeling you milk my cock. Was that good?” 
“Mmmmm,” I tell him, too far gone for words right now. 
He kisses me and stays still as I come down from my orgasm. Then he starts moving again and I realize his cock is still rock hard. “You didn’t come yet?” 
“Not yet. Can you flip over? I need to see your ass.” 
“I’m not sure I can move,” I groan. My body is always a bit paralyzed after an orgasm. 
“I’ve got you.” He pulls out of me, helps me sit up, then I turn and face plant into the ottoman. He positions me so I’m kneeling on the carpet, folded over the ottoman for support, ass sticking out at him. He palms my ass and slaps one cheek, the unexpected sting causing me to gasp. 
“Don’t fall asleep on me.” 
“Well then, give me something to stay awake for,” I retort. 
He spreads my ass cheeks apart, so wide I’m completely exposed to his view. I can’t see what he’s doing, but it seems like he’s just looking at me. 
“You see something you like?” I ask him, unnerved at his silence and stillness. 
“I wish I could take a picture of you right now, all pliant and satisfied, your pussy wet and pink from my cock fucking you,” he replies, his voice so husky. “I’d title it Satisfaction.” 
“I bet you have a collection of naughty pictures, don’t you?” He is a photographer, after all. 
He slides his cock up and down my crack, teasing me. Then he squeezes my ass cheeks together, sandwiching his dick in between them, and pumps up and down. The condom catches on my skin, not slick enough to glide smoothly, so he spits. The sound is so crass, and I feel the plop as his saliva lands on my skin, but when he starts moving again, the extra spit allows him to slide easily. Fuck, his cock is so big. It makes me squirm every time it passes over my asshole, and that piercing—it’s so unyielding. 
“You’d think I’d have naughty pictures, but I don’t. I’m not much for remembering past hookups, but fuck, I want to keep this image for my viewing pleasure.” 
“Maybe I’ll send you a picture sometime.” I’ve never taken nude photos before, too afraid they would end up online somewhere, but the thought of Charlie jerking off to images of me gets me hot. 
“I’d like that.” He pulls back, his cockhead trailing down my crack to rub my clit. My nerve endings are still so sensitive from my orgasm that his touch is almost too much. 
“Fuck, Charlie,” I hiss, squirming away from his attention. 
Surprisingly, he heeds my complaint and finally slides into me. It’s a slow slide, inch by inch, until his pelvis is flush with my ass, then he stills. Pleasure zings through me at the way he stretches me and my recently sated body wakes up, hungry for more. I need friction, but he isn’t moving. I huff in frustration. 
“I want you to bounce that luscious ass on my cock,” he says in explanation. 
That I can do. I lift my upper body off the ottoman and brace myself. Holding on to the sides, I rock forward until I feel he’s almost completely out then I back up quickly, loving the way he fills me up. 
His hands cradle my hips and pull me back to meet him. “That’s it, Red. God, your ass is fantastic.” 
Nothing is sexier than the sounds this man makes during sex. The deep rumbles, the muttered curses, the bossy commands, even the lewd remarks about my body are all so damn hot. 
Charlie Nelson is one sexy beast. 
Soon enough, he takes control and reaches around to rub my clit. He can read my body so well, and his fingers plucking my clit while he fucks me triggers an orgasm so intense, I practically pass out. I scream my release and try to grab hold of something to keep me tethered to Earth. He pitches forward on one final thrust and shouts hoarsely along with me. His arms come around me, stilling my flailing movements and holding me close as his dick pulses inside me. 
“Fucking hell, that was amazing.” He pants into my neck. 
“Mmmm,” I agree. 
“You paralyzed?” He knows this about me—orgasms always steal my coordination and leave me in a heap of spasms and heavy limbs. 
“Mmmmhmm.” 
“Stay here, I’ll take care of you.” Those words sound so foreign coming out of Charlie’s mouth. I know he means he’ll take care of my body. Not of me. I don’t want anyone to take care of me. 
I just want orgasms. 
And Charlie is good at giving me orgasms. 
I’ll never depend on any man to take care of me ever again. 
Charlie returns moments later with a warm cloth and wipes between my legs gently. Then he lifts me easily into his arms and carries me to my bed. 
“Is it okay if I crash here? I can be out of your hair first thing in the morning,” he promises. 
I usually hate having men stay the night. If it were anyone else, I’d make them leave immediately. In fact, if it were anyone else, I wouldn’t have brought them to my house at all, but Charlie is in this strange category. He isn’t some random hookup; he’s someone I see all the time in my circle of friends. I guess he’s my friend with an amazing cock who I like to have sex with on occasion, so I trust him more than a random stranger. 
That’s the only reason I tug him down into bed with me, snuggle into his side, and promptly fall asleep with the warmth of his arm wrapped around my waist. 


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Isabel Love is a hopeless romantic. She loves reading about two people falling in love, overcoming whatever obstacles they may face, and finding their happily ever after. A husband, two kids, and a full-time job keep her busy by day, but by night, she can be found with her Kindle in hand, reading “just one more chapter”.


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