Series Saturday: Because You Are Mine by Beth Kery

If you’ve never read a Beth Kery novel well then you are missing out on one of the best erotic romance authors there is. I have devoured all of her books and she is firmly on my keeper shelf. I anxiously awaited each book in this series and then wanted more. Ian, Lucien and Kam’s story is at times heartbreaking and others frustrating as they fight the feelings their heroines evoke in them, and the new future that fate is giving them. **Note** The first two books were originally serials so those books show up on GR, on Barnes and Nobles page the first four books are the complete novels and Amazon only has the four complete novels.

because you are mineThe moment Francesca and Ian met, the attraction was mutual, an exquisitely physical charge that ignited between them. To Ian, she was the kind of woman he couldn’t resist. She was a true innocent. To Francesca, he was the kind of man she feared and desired–dark, extreme, commanding, and forbidden. What happened between them couldn’t be ignored–only indulged, evolving into an inescapable bond.

From a private jet to an interlude in Paris, from a daring tryst in a public museum to the intimacy of a luxury hotel, Francesca and Ian come together whenever the need is aroused. But as their relationship grows more intense, Francesca discovers something about Ian–and herself–that forever changes the game and the players. It’s something they never expected, something that sends both their lives spinning deliriously out of control.

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This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak

this heart of mineTitle: This Heart of Mine
Series: Whiskey Creek bk 8
Author: Brenda Novak
Genre: Contemporary

First love. Second chance?

As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next!

Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob’s father isn’t exactly welcoming.

Riley doesn’t trust Phoenix, doesn’t want her in Jacob’s life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he’s about to find both—if they can forgive the mistakes in their past.

Thoughts: Brenda Novak is an exceptional author, that being said her books are very hit and miss with me. While I’ve loved some of her books, others I’ve gone WTF why didn’t your editor or crit partner tell you to not do that. I’ve had both reactions in this series.

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Driven by K. Bromberg

drivenTitle: Driven

Series: Driven series bk 1

Author: K. Bromberg

Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule.

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?

 

Well I jumped on the Driven/Colton bandwagon… and there are 3 things I have to say:

– y’all are darn lucky I knew this was a cliffhanger or someone would have to get hurt…
– I will officially stop saying that I am not a ‘serial’ series liker/reader because after Fifty Shades, The Crossfire Series, Audrey Carlan’s Trinity Trilogy and many others that are too numerous to list – I mayyyyy have been convinced to change my mind…
– I cannot remember the last time that I read a book so quickly and at every opportunity I could find… we’re talking reading from my iPhone at stoplights people… that 327 pages seriously felt like 100 and I have already started Fueled (had to make myself stop and write this review before the 2 books ran together in my head)

Here are my thoughts:
Colton and Rylee are 2 people who have let their self-proclaimed ‘baggage’ dictate their lives. Both have a generosity of time and self, Rylee shows hers through her job and her ‘kids’ and Colton through CD Enterprises and the good works they do. Neither has much experience in the relationship arena. Rylee suffered a great loss in the one true relationship that she’s ever had and has grieved for 2 years. The feelings that Colton inspires in her just make the grief more pronounced and have added a layer of guilt to deal with as well. Colton’s demons are more hidden and we get hints and glimpses as to what they may be but through most of this book he is a mystery… all we know for sure is his ‘arrangements’ are mutually beneficial to him and whoever the blonde flavor-of-the-moment is and when they are over he moves onto the next.

Before this series is finished I want Rylee to heal Colton and take all the bad stuff away. And I want Colton to bring the light back into Rylee’s life and give her all the hot and steamy against the wall lovin’ that K. Bromberg can fit in! I have a feeling from the reviews and ranting and raving that I have read that is exactly what we will get. But that’s NOT what happened in Driven… well not the first 2 things anyway… Kristy wrote a book that I could not put down and created 2 characters with a chemistry that made my heart beat faster and even made me have to fan myself a few times. I look forward to their adventure and also getting to know the characters that get their own stories in books 5 and 6.

Grade A

Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

rock hardTitle:  Rock Hard

Series:  Rock Kiss #2

Author:  Nalini Singh

Genre:  Romance

Blurb:   Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

Thoughts:  This was my first time reading anything from Singh outside of her paranormal works, and I have to admit I was astounded at how much I enjoyed this book. I mean, I love Nalini Singh….I already knew that – I knew she was an amazing writer. I always have a bit of a ‘uh-oh’ moment when they shift genres on me – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And I hate, hate, hate when it doesn’t. But that is so not the case here. This is OMG AMAZING! I had a hard time putting this one down….I loved the banter between the character, the sexual chemistry that just sizzled and sparked between them, and the patience Gabriel exuded in his pursuit of Charlotte.

This is one of those relationships that is so agonizingly slow to develop, but is oh-so-sweet in the drawing out of it that you almost can’t stand it….but you love just LOVE it and it makes the story. Not to mention the whole inner-office romance slant. The complexity of these characters is what really makes this story though, and I must say I am definitely reading the rest of this series – for sure! Can’t believe I missed the first book, Rock Addiction – and a novella (Rock Courtship)! I will definitely be remedying that immediately! This series is definitely addictive!

Rate:  A+

Fall With Me by J. Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout

fall with meTitle: Fall With Me
Series: Wait For You bk 4
Author: J. Lynn/ Jennifer Armentrout
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

Thoughts: I have serious mad love for this series. Like serious mad love. I’d hazard a guess that it’s one of my top New Adult series out there.

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Wicked Dark Dragon by Lolita Lopez

cover60634-mediumTitle:  Wicked Dark Dragon

Series:  Dragon Heat Series Book #3

Author:  Lolita Lopez

Genre:  Paranormal, Romance

Blurb:   Adopted at birth, Ivy Morales always suspected she was more than human. Still, she keeps the outlandish thought to herself-even though she can’t ignore her powerful dreams of an ancient blood feud . . . or the darkly erotic turn of those hallucinations. Kidnapped in Mexico for her visions, Ivy has only one chance to escape: find the wickedly sexy man in her dreams.

Welsh dragon shifter Ian Madoc doesn’t understand the strange dream connection he shares with an unknown, beautiful woman. Yet after the seductive images turn into pleas for help, Ian rushes off in the middle of the night, hell-bent on rescuing her. But will she turn out to be the soul mate he’s always longed for . . . or the downfall of his entire clan?

Thoughts:  This is third installment of this series, but it is easily read as a stand alone – which is a good thing since I have not read the previous two books in this series. I can honestly say that I wish I had though, since I found this to one of the best dragon shifter books that I have ever read – if not the best one. I love shifters of all kinds, but the dragon ones (at least the ones in which the dragons feature as the core shifter group of the series) I usually find vaguely disappointing – or at least, I had up until this point. That was not the case with this book! The way Ivy chose to grab Ian’s attention in their dreams (thereby also marking him and providing clues along the way) also managed to grab my attention as well – I loved the author’s style of writing. Needless to say, I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author!

Frankly, this book was captivating – and I imagine a few books down the line, this one will stick out in my mind. It was interesting and original, and I look forward to reading more from this series and from this author.

Rate:  A

Sunday Snippet: Chaoe Station by Kelly Jensen & Jenn Burke

Have you ever read a snippet and known immediately that you HAD to read that book? Well that was what happened to me when I read a sample of this book. I mean is there anything better than discovering that the love of your life ISN’T dead? I didn’t think so. There is a lot I could say about this snippet…but why read me going on and on about it when you can read it for yourself.

Chapter One

Dardanos Station, 2269

From his shaded booth, Zed scanned the bar’s patrons for his contact. The dark, anonymous interior could’ve belonged to any bar on any station or colony in human space. It suited this sort of establishment, making sure it didn’t stand out in anyone’s memories—perfect for Dardanos Station and its rough complement of miners and support staff.

Fifteen men and women, all worn thin by the physical demands of mining the asteroid belt, sat at the bar or the tables. Some were twitchy, their eyes in constant motion as they scanned their surroundings—junkies searching for their next hit of whatever drug they could afford, maybe, or ex-soldiers who’d never quite figured out how to hit the off button. Two in particular had a haunted look about them, quiet, subdued, as if the galaxy had kicked them in the balls so many times that they expected nothing more. Zed knew that look; he saw it every morning in the fucking mirror.

War would do that to you.

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Series Saturday: Wolf’s Mate by R.E. Butler

Thanks to Sarah I’ve been exposed to books I would never have found…which is one of the best parts of doing this column discovering new series to binge read. If you love paranormal romances with smoking hot shifters this is a series you won’t want to miss.

jason and cadenceFor 14 years, alpha wolf Jason has watched his partially marked mate Cadence live her life without him. Circumstances force his hand and he must find a way to get her to uncover her buried memories of their past before someone else steps up to take her from him.

For as long as she can remember, hybrid wolf Cadence has loved Jason with every fiber of her being,but he’s consistently shoved her away until the love that’s there is bound tightly in anger and shame. No one can take his place in her heart, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t wolves willing to try.

Will Cadence be able to get through Jason’s icy demeanor to the heart of the boy she’s always loved? Can Jason undo the past so they will have a future together?

This book contains red-hot werewolf loving, plenty of neck biting, and misuse of a kitchen counter. The Wolf’s Mate is a book for mature audiences only and contains sexually explicit content.

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Release Week Excerpt: Feeding the Fire by Andrea Laurence + GIVEAWAY

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Title: Feeding the Fire
Series: Rosewood book #2
Author: Andrea Laurence
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series!

Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap.

When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.

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Her Last Wild Ride by Abby Green

HLWR AGTitle: Her Last Wild Ride

Series: Cosmo Red-Hot Reads

Author: Abby Green

 

Some guys know just what a girl needs…

Fresh off a brutal break-up—with a guy who was running for the World’s Biggest Liar—Ashling Sullivan has returned to New York City to start over. Priority number one is getting her new business started with her BFF, Jenna. Hence their strict no-guys pact. No dating, no sex, no exceptions! Until temptation walks into her brother’s bar in the form of a really, really hot guy!


She must resist. She will resist. Except that Johnny Ryan, with his cool, edgy but brooding attitude (what is it with this guy?) and his so, so strong carpenter’s hands, is six-foot-three inches of ripped, Irish sexiness that turns Ash into a puddle of lust in about half a second. Worse yet, he offers her a deal that she can’t refuse – a down-‘n’-dirty and wickedly hot two-week fling. Just one last ride before she gets down to business. No-one would know! Ash is definitely not thinking with her head or her heart when she agrees . . .

Because this thing with Johnny goes way deeper than just chemistry. And what started as a last, wild ride with a bad boy is definitely headed for major head-on collision…

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Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys

cover57246-mediumTitle: Vampires Never Cry Wolf
Series: Dead In The City Book #3
Author: Sara Humphreys
Genre: Paranormal
Blurb: Vampires are nothing but trouble…
As far as beautiful vampire Sadie Pemberton is concerned, werewolves shouldn’t be sticking their noses into New York’s supernatural politics. They don’t know jack about running a city—not even that hot-as-sin new vampire-werewolf liaison who’s just arrived in town.

Werewolves are too sexy for their own good…
The last thing Killian Bane wanted was to end up in New York City playing nice with vampires. Unfortunately, he’s on a mission, and when he encounters the sexiest, most stubborn female vamp he’s ever met, he’s going to have to turn on a little of that wolfish charm…and Sadie’s going to learn a thing or two about what it means to have a wild side…

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Unraveled by Lorelei James

cover57736-mediumTitle:  Unraveled
Series:  Mastered Series Book #3
Author:  Lorelei James
Genre:  Erotic

Blurb:   Shiori Hirano and Knox Lofgren are left to run the martial arts program at Black Arts while Ronin Black travels. On the surface, the two highest ranked belts appear to cooperate—but in private, they butt heads constantly, despite the undeniable attraction between them. Soon their power exchanges start to make for a sweltering dynamic in the bedroom…

At first Knox is shocked to be living out his submissive desires, but Shiori sets out to prove that embracing his true sexual nature doesn’t make him a weak man. But even while their sexual relationship grants him a power and fulfillment he finds surprising, there’s no training regimen for the fight that comes with loving a strong woman…

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To Cherish and To Hold (Love of a Rockstar 1.5) by Nicole Simone

Title: To Cherish and To HoldToCherish

Series: Love of a Rockstore 1.5

Author: Nicole Simone

Genre: Literature & Fiction

Blurb: Marlene Parker got her fairy tale ending. Luke Anderson, her one and only love and their darling little girl are finally a family again. However, nobody said marrying a rockstar is easy. The media is out for blood, groupies are singing on Marlene’s front lawn and people are deeming her the new Yoko Ono. If that wasn’t enough, there is a wedding to plan and pies to bake. An expert in chaos, Marlene doesn’t get easily stressed. That is, until an unexpected pregnancy digs up old insecurities, potentially threatening the life she has worked so hard to gain.

Will Marlene and Luke vow to cherish and to hold forever?

Or was their story never meant to be?

Thoughts: This is the first book I’ve read by Nicole Simone. I found that I would have enjoyed it a little more if I had read the first novel in the series. The characters were well developed but I would have followed the story a little easier if I had known their backstory a little more. Being in a relationship is tough already but being in a relationship with a celebrity is a lot tougher which is what Marlene’s life is all about that and raising their child and now an unexpected pregnancy. How does one handle all this and plan a wedding to your one true love? All the while having the media and groupies ready to pounce on your soon-to-be husband? That’s the story told in To Cherish and To Hold. The story of everlasting love and what you do to capture it forever. I will be reading the first book Love of a Rockstar to see where Marlene and Luke’s story began and the re-read this story. Overall I enjoyed the novella just wish it could have been read with enough detail where you were left feeling like you missed something by not reading the first book in the series.

Grade: B+