Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Hurt Tonight

Hurt Tonight Hurt Tonight by M. Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 I want to watch Stars

Fuck to the nope. Fuck to the mother-fucking fuck nope.
I can't even begin to tell you how Bex and Chris--GOD, Chris--made me feel. I just...I'm never speechless. I always have words. I just want you to read this book. I want you to love this book. I want you to back the fuck up off Chris because DIBS!

"I told you I was the best you'll ever have."
Oh, how this is so fucking true. So. True. Chris and Bex have more fire and steam and electricity between them than anyone. Is it the sex? The history? The people? The relationship? Hell, I have no idea, but I know that I love it all. ALL of it. Chris and his determination to have the woman he loves. Bex and her determination to not lose herself to a man, even one she loves. The two of them together as they try to navigate the rocky waters of their lives.

"I want to watch."
Probably the hottest line in this entire book, which is saying something considering how freaking hot this book really is. Maybe it's the situation. Maybe it's the line. Maybe it's the man and woman involved. Just know, you'll be reaching for a fan after those words are uttered.

"One night. Who the hell would turn this down?"

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: Seven

Seven Seven by Susan Renee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 "On a scale of one to four" Stars

I struggled with the beginning of this book. I tried to think about it from my perspective as a mother and I had a hard time making a decision. Is it one of those things you never know until you're in the moment? Is it something you can really prepare for? And then again, who prepares for that kind of thing?

No one. No one prepares for the heartache and loss that Savannah experiences in the first few pages of this book. No one wants to think worst case scenario because even in your worst case scenario, you don't think of this.

"I really want to kiss you right now. Like, really kiss you. I've wanted to kiss you so badly since high school...and even more so since you turned around...."
Seven is as much a second-chance romance as it is a first-time romance. Savannah and Bryant knew each other growing up. Savannah had a crush during their childhood, Bryant had a crush during their teenage years. Timing wasn't something that worked in their favor.

On a scale of one to four, she's a fucking seven."
Fast forward to Savannah returning home after devastating circumstances. Fast forward to the night she's out with friends for a rare night of fun, when she finds herself face-to-face with none other than Bryant Wood.

"Savannah, I promise you I'm not that guy anymore, and if it's okay with you, if you'll let me, I would really love to show you the man I am now."
To say this reunion doesn't go well is an understatement. Bryant wants the chance he didn't get in high school. Savannah hates him for his playboy ways and the rude comments he made when they were younger. Can they get past this? What will it take?

And what happens when their far off past isn't the biggest hurdle? What happens when their more recent, unknown, past gets in their way? Will they be able to overcome that struggle? And how?

"I'm not made of glass. Kiss me. Touch me. Take me. I want to go on this adventure with you."

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Review: Strong Enough

Strong Enough Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.75 Because it feels good Stars

This is my weakness. M/M is always my weakness. Melanie Harlow and David Romanov give us the story of Derek and Maxim. You're going to swoon, you're going to fall in love, and you're going to really, really hope they figure their shit out because it's heartbreaking when they fight against it.

"I believe it was more than luck, too."
Maxim just landed Stateside. His friend didn't show up at the airport, his phone is dead, and he has no idea where his new apartment is located. So, Maxim grabs a cab and the rest of his life is changed.

Derek is one of three children. He's the perfectionist, he's the one you can always count on, he's dependable. That has to explain why his sister, Ellen, calls him for a favor--almost every time she needs a favor.

Maxim and Derek are unlikely. They aren't conventional. They have twelve years separating them, not to mention a language--although Maxim does speak English. They have nothing in common.

"Because I wanted to know what it would be like to be yours. To belong to you."
Except a boatload of chemistry. So much chemistry that everyone notices it, even when they are trying to hide it. And when they don't hide it from themselves, it's beautiful.

This is a story of more than just love. It's a story of self-discovery, self-awareness, and understanding. It's the story of acceptance. It's a story of strength.

It wasn't that he didn't know what he wanted, the problem was that he did know--he just didn't like it. He didn't want to want it.

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Review: Bittersweet

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

I should just bow down to Sarina Bowen at this point. I mean, the woman can write. She gives us characters and towns and situations that feel so incredibly real. She did it with The Ivy Years, she did it with Him, and she's done it here with the True North series (well, at least book one, but I don't doubt for a minute that I'll love the future installments of this series).

Do I want to find a farm in Vermont and live there? Yes! Especially if that farm has sexy farmer Griff Shipley running things. Gruff Griff isn't who Audrey expects to see when she runs her car into a ditch in the wilds of Vermont, but that's exactly who she gets. Griff is a past hook-up from college. He was supposed to be going places. So what is he doing here?

Griff would recognize Audrey Kidder anywhere. He had a huge crush on her in college and when they finally hooked-up, he handled it all wrong. Or did he? What really happened all those years ago? And do they still have chemistry? Or is that just the beauty of Vermont speaking to them and showing them they don't have to be stuck in the life they've put themselves in?

I love a sexy farmer and feisty woman romance. I love a 'this is our chance' romance. I love it when the whole family is privy to what is happening, even if our hero and heroine don't see it. Or they do see it, but they aren't seeing how it's possible for them to have their HEA.

So, pack your bags, throw them in the trunk, and head on out to Vermont! You won't be sorry when you stumble upon Griff Shipley and the gang of the Shipley farm. In fact, I think you'll find your stay quite enjoyable.

Oh--and since I listened to this book, I don't have any awesome quotes or specific things to put in this review. However, just know that Tad Branson is a favorite of mine and Saskia Maarleveld is quickly moving up my 'favorite female narrators' chart.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: The Fifteenth Minute

The Fifteenth Minute The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another excellent installment in The Ivy Years series.

We meet DJ in The Shameless Hour. He's Trevi's younger brother and he's caught the attention of the resident movie-star, Lianne Chalice.

Yep, Lianne Chalice has a crush on Daniel Trevi. It's almost too good to be true for DJ. And as much baggage as Lianne has, DJ seems to come with more.

I enjoyed watching these two fall in love. They're both sweet and kind and compassionate. They care what other people think and they'd do anything to make others happy. Lianne is constantly trying to please her manager. DJ is trying to please Harkness AND his family, all while keeping secrets from his friends, family, and Lianne.

We all know secrets don't bode well for relationships, but this relationship isn't like the others. This relationship seems more real, more intense, just more. I'm not sure why, but this whole relationship is a challenge and I think they face each challenge with dignity, pride, and caution.

They aren't in this to quit; they're in it to last.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: Hooked

Hooked Hooked by Natasha Tanner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another audio for me. I have listened to Logan McAllister before and he does not disappoint. He's an excellent alpha male and he makes for a decent female too.

This was a quick listen for me, but that doesn't mean the story is lacking in any way.

In fact, I thought it was very well developed for a book that only lasted a little over 3 hours.

Wanna know what happens? Read it. It isn't a long book!

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Review: Kaleidoscope Hearts

Kaleidoscope Hearts Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm a sucker for the brother's best friend trope. I can't help it. And Oliver is the best of the best. He's sweet and kind and he values his friendship more than anything else. Even when it comes to his happiness.

When Elle moves in with Vic, her brother, she knows she'll have to see Oliver, but she doesn't expect to see him as soon as she does. Sparks? yep, those sparks are flying and it's only been about three minutes of interaction. I mean, holy hotness!

I want an Oliver.

Paging Dr. Hotness. I put this brand-spanking new shelf on my Goodreads just for this book. Well, just for Oliver. I know I'll add more guys eventually, but hot damn, that man.

This is one of those times when love and heartbreak go hand in hand. Oliver and Elle have a past, but do they have a future? Can they overcome the decisions made years earlier? Can Elle learn to trust Oliver? Can Oliver handle the possibility that he could lose his best friend?

And what brought Elle back home? Or more accurately, to Vic's place? Again, it's love and heartbreak. It's loss. It's moving on and accepting that you can have more.

Oliver is more.

I listened to this book and Vikas Adam is quickly moving into my top narrators list. And Christy Romano was excellent as well. I look forward to more audio by this duo--alone or together.

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Review: The Shameless Hour

The Shameless Hour The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started my love affair with Sarina Bowen with The Understatement of the Year. She won me over with Graham and Rikker. I found my love for MM romance with this series and I love her for it. And I loved her writing so much that I started this series from the beginning.

I found myself wanting Bella's story. I wanted to know this fierce girl who didn't care what others thought of her. I wanted to know this hockey-loving girl who fell for a man who hid his sexuality from her. I wanted to know Bella.

Sarina Bowen did not disappoint me with Bella's story. I hurt for the girl, I loved the girl, and I loved watching her love Rafe. And what a pleasant surprise Rafe is. OMG. If there has ever been a sweeter, better guy I haven't met him yet. I don't even know how to describe him without giving his entire personality away--and I don't want to be spoiler-y. Just know Rafe is AMAZING. And you're gonna love him.

You'll get to see some of your hockey favorites--including Graham and Rikker--and you'll meet some new characters too. New characters that you'll want to get to know a bit better. Here's to hoping this series continues beyond book 5!

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Review: Fused

Fused Fused by Cari Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Give me more Nick and Lila! OMG! I would read their story over and over again. I LOVE this duo. I LOVE how it started as nothing more than manger-guitarist and slowly evolved into lovers. This is the conclusion to their story.

Kai and Wen as Lila and Nick are perfect. I know they've narrated the entire series and I do love them, but I feel like there is more chemistry here. Maybe it's the way the characters are written, maybe it's just because Kai and Wen bring sparks to the narrating table. Either way, you need to listen and/or read this series.

I can't wait to see where this couple goes and what Lila does with the new band she's putting together. I know it's going to Rock!

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Review: The Ground Beneath Our Feet

The Ground Beneath Our Feet The Ground Beneath Our Feet by Leslie McAdam
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Ground Beneath Our Feet is a cute girl meets boy story.
It's a bigger girl meets man who likes bigger women kind of story.
It's the ability to learn to love yourself because you are worth it story.
It's a finding yourself kind of story.

In short, it's wonderful.

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Review: Anarchy Chained

Anarchy Chained Anarchy Chained by J.A. Huss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Chained Anarchy Stars

Here's the usual: Julie is fucking fantastic. What the fuck did I just read? She writes anti-heroes like no other. This book is a mindfuck. Huss is a genius. Blah, blah, blah.

Now, the story: HOLY FUCK WHAT DID I JUST READ? <---look familiar?! Thomas is the best of these SuperAlpha men. He's the rock, the brains, the manipulation that has fueled this series from the beginning. However, I don't think I ever really understood it until I finished this book. Seeing things from Thomas's eyes brings this entire series together.

I don't know if I've ever read a series quite like this. It's science fiction-y and romance-y and sex-y. All the sexy. And did I mention it's fucking fantastic? The perfect wrap up to an amazingly crazy set of stories.

...she likes to submit, I realize. She will let me lead her along. She wants me to fuck her and she wants me to make her say yes. But I won't.
Thomas is controlling. He's *in* control at all times. But the most surprising part? He's not always in control. And it's something I never realized before this book.

I want him to control me the way they did. I want my submission to set me free.
Sadie is no one. Sadie is everyone. Sadie is special because Prodigy made her special. She is confused because Thomas has the power to confuse her. And that's how we know this is going to be one hell of a ride. Sadie isn't afraid of Thomas and Thomas is enamored with Sadie.

I won't fuck her. I'll try not to fuck her. Who am I kidding? I'm totally going to fuck her.
And it's lines like these that leave me laughing--yet wanting to see Thomas and Sadie come together to make their magic. And it will be nothing short of spectacular because Huss only gives us spectacular sex.

I'm not using you. I don't need you. I just want you."

I'm only left with one question: Where the fuck is Atticus?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Willing Captive

Willing Captive Willing Captive by Belle Aurora
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here I am, reading and reviewing another book my dear friend Jenn Hype has forced on me.

And here I am completely in love with a new set of characters.

Nox is the alpha male you want at your back. He's protective and charming and totally professional.
Lily is the heroine you wish you could be. She's fun, full of life, and a pain in the ass.

So, it only makes sense that when these two get together that sparks fly and the chemistry jumps from the pages (Well, in my case the speakers because I listened to the audio). Nox with his seriousness, Lily with her determination to learn the truth. Their need to find the one thing they've been missing.

I loved the back and forth, the push and pull.

And did I mention that this is NOT a dark romance. I waited for it. And waited for it. And waited for it.

But the dark just wasn't there.

Given the way this story begins, it just seemed like it should be dark. I know the blurb says it's not, but it *felt* like it would be.

It's not. So, sit back and enjoy this perfection. And try not to cry because I failed.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Complicated Hearts by Ashley Jade

Title: Complicated Hearts: Part 1
Series: Complicated Hearts
Author: Ashley Jade
Genre: New Adult/Erotica/Menage
Release Date: June 8, 2017

Breslin—I was in love with Asher Holden the moment I saw him...and I knew nothing would ever be the same. 
Then he hurt me. He wrecked me. He ruined me. 
I spent three years putting myself together—fixing what he broke.
I never thought I'd see him again after that day. 
I was counting on it. 
Little did I know—life had other plans...and things were going to become a lot more complicated. 

Asher—I finally know who I am. I own it, I embrace it...I'm no longer afraid. 
I live my life with no regrets now, because I've learned my lesson—the hard way.
I thought I had it all figured out. 
But then my past collides with my present...and things become complicated.
Turns out I don't really know myself after all. 

Landon— My life was all mapped out. 
I knew exactly what direction I was heading in—I didn't have time for any roadblocks or obstacles.
Then I meet her.
And him. 
Now, my heart is split right down the middle. 
She controls the rhythm. He controls the melody. 
Complicated doesn't even begin to cover it...and there's only one way this can end. 

Warning: This story is for mature readers only, due to language and sexual themes. This story contains explicit content featuring m/f, m/m, m/f/m. 
Trigger Warning:
This story is strange and unconventional. It's everything you hate. That's the only warning I can offer you.

I'm a lover of romance, erotica, dark romance, oxford comma's, the em dash, peanut butter on my cookies and anything thought provoking...except for math. 

I've always read books growing up and after having a strange dream one night; I decided to just go for it and publish my first series. 

Little did I know, I would end up falling head over heels in love with writing and it would own and soothe my soul. 

If I'm not paying off student loan debt, working, or writing a novel—you can usually find me listening to music and pondering the meaning of life. 

Check my amazon page and Facebook page for future novels.
I recently became hip and joined Twitter, so you can find me there, too. 
I love connecting with my fans—you are my world. 


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review: Complicated Hearts

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

5 It's Complicated Stars

Read an Ashley Jade book, they said. It'll be fun, they said.


Talk about pure torture.

And only because I loved absolutely EVERY. SINGLE. THING.

Ashley Jade blew my mind. Congrats, woman, that doesn't always happen.

"You weren't gentle when you fucked me. I'm just returning the favor.
The book starts off hot and never lets go. It really doesn't. Hot, steamy sex. Words of love. Words of hate. Confusion, college, and co-eds. It's all here. It's all amazing. And I can't wait to get more of these characters. Seriously, I need an entire series. I don't think two books is going to be enough.

I'll wait and bide my time. I'll wait for that heart of hers to open up to me. Because it will be worth it when it happens.
Breslin has her fair share of issues, but the biggest is love. How can love be an issue? Well, I'm not giving that away. You're gonna have to read it. Just know there is love, there is heartbreak, there is love, and there is shock. Breslin is nothing short of complicated.

There's no mistaking he's in complete control.
Asher Holden has everything he could ever want. The perfect girl, the perfect family, the perfect game. So, what could possibly go wrong? Only everything. Get a peek into his real life and you realize not everything is as it seems. You realize maybe it isn't about the perfect girl, but maybe the perfect guy. You realize your life is complicated.

I realize how utterly bizarre this entire situation is. I take a step, intending to leave, but those crystal blue eyes of his hold my gaze, begging me to stay.
Gay. Straight. Bi. Those are all words used to describe people. But where do you fall when you've always identified as straight, but then develop feelings for a member of the same sex? What if it isn't intentional? How do you handle it? Do you embrace it or push it away? What about the girl you know you're in love with, but who pushed you away? Do you wait for her to realize you're perfect together or do you pursue your new interests? Landon is a gifted man, but his seemingly simple world is about the become complicated.

And you, you fascinate me.
Complicate me.

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Review: Mister Romance

Mister Romance Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 I pull him closer Stars

I don't know what I expected when I grabbed this book. I read it on the recommendation of Jenn Hype and I will never doubt her again. Honestly, this is one of those perfect books that just gets better and better. Seriously, just when I think Max can't be a better man, he throws himself into perfection. I almost hate him, but I don't. I just envy Eden.

Even if this whole thing goes down in flames, you're already the best bad decision I've ever made.

Maybe we need a bit of background on our Max Riley. He's being paid by you to take you on a few dates. He's being paid by you to make you feel special. He's being paid by you to make your fantasy come true.
Not that fantasy, you perv. Max Riley does not have sex with his clients. He does not have sex for money. And he does NOT have sex with his clients.
You're paying him to make your pg-13 dreams come true. Light touching in appropriate areas, maybe some kissing, but all the right words to make you feel like a million bucks.
And he's worth every last penny you're going to spend.

Do we need background on Eden? Sometimes that's important. But here, you just need to know she's pitched the story of her lifetime and she can't figure out how to get that date she needs to gather information. She's sweet, fun, and a total cynic. She's just my kind of gal.

He once told me that you could live and die within the lifetime of a good kiss.

The chemistry between our characters is palpable. She's distrusting of his motives, she doesn't believe he can make a woman feel special, he thinks he's selling himself. What she doesn't seem to understand is that he has his reasons and motives and he's still freaking perfect!

So, to sum it up, Max Riley is perfect. This book is perfect. The writing? Perfect. Where has Leisa Rayven been hiding this whole time? Why hasn't someone force-fed her books to me? Why am I starting this love affair with this book (which is, like, her 5th book or something insane)? Why didn't I get started sooner?

I'll go rock in a corner for being an idiot. Feel free to laugh at me.

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Review: Shattered

Shattered Shattered by Cari Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been waiting for the couple to happen since the beginning. I always thought there was a bit of tension between Nick Crandall and Lila Shawcross, but I had no idea just how much tension there could be.

These two are freaking explosive. They are magnetic. They are drawn to each other despite knowing they shouldn't be.
Despite fighting it.
Despite the ring around Lila's finger.

This is one of those books that you have to read if you're opposed to cheating. You have to read it because you have to see Lila's life with her husband. You have to see what she's enduring.

And then you have to cheer for her and Nick. He's my favorite. I may have said it before about the other guys, but let's be honest, Nick is the man. He's the best. He's so freaking intense and in control and demanding.

He's every bit that dirty rock star fantasy you have in your mind right now. Picture it. Then grab this book.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: Ruckus

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

5 Fiction is Magical Stars

Fuck Society
Well all know Rosie. She is Millie's younger sister. She's the sick one. She's the one with mediocre grades and a knack for getting into trouble. We all remember her.
Try me.

Fuck logic.
Dean 'Ruckus' Cole. The only HotHole to really go head to head with Vicious. He may be slightly crazy, but he's always down for a good time. Always.
Break me.

Fuck culture.
What we don't realize when we read Vicious is that these two have had chemistry since day one. Minute one. Second one. It was always there, but we didn't see it because Vicious was Millie's story and Millie was wrapped up in Millie. She didn't see the long glances, the looks of want, the sparks that were bound to ignite if Dean and Rosie had the chance to be near each other.
Use me.

What makes you feel alive?
Dean Cole makes me feel alive.
Just gonna say that any of the HotHoles would make me feel alive too. But there's just something about Dean's persistence. His need to help others. His need to conquer. His need to be someone better, someone who deserves more. He's earned more, but he's really just a lost boy looking for acceptance. With Rosie though? With Rosie he is everything. He is all consuming, powerful, savage. He was big, commanding, confident. He was trouble.
Fight me.

The kiss wasn't just rough; it was downright brutal. IT lacked affection in the same way it leaked desperation.
I don't know what it is with these four guys, but holy shit when they do something they go all out. Balls to the wall. Pedal to the metal. All that jazz. They are a no holds barred kind of group. They take, take, take.
Until they give.
And then they give it all. Over and over and over.

"You shine, Baby LeBlanc. So fucking bright sometimes you're the only thing I see."

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