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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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