Faithful by S.A. Wolfe

91DBft0cKSL._SL1500_Title: Faithful

Series: Fearsome (#3)

Author: S.A. Wolfe

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: A bombshell waitress who wants more. A former FBI agent who wants less … except for her.

*This is a standalone novel in the FEARSOME Series.

Imogene Walsh has always been unapologetically confident and ruthlessly opinionated with people, particularly men. No one is spared from her unfiltered mouth, but it hasn’t seemed to deter Cooper MacKenzie. Although he is not the clean-cut, businessman type she’s always thought she should pursue, Imogene is drawn to the sexy outsider who is the hottest topic in town gossip, the fantasy heartthrob women love to speculate about.

She has spent most of her life in the little town of Hera, NY, putting her numerous forgettable relationships behind her and floundering in both her professional and personal life. Work and men—neither have gone well for her. Now it’s reached the point where she wants to stop playing it safe.

It may be time to live up to her tough reputation and take a chance on Cooper, the only man who isn’t intimidated by Imogene’s brash personality. However, it could be a thrilling ride that doesn’t end well.

My Thoughts: This is a standalone in the Fearsome series, but do yourself a favor and read 1 and 2.  While you may not need to in order to follow this storyline, they are awesome.  You’ll also get some background about Imogene and Cooper.  I absolutely loved Fearsome (#1) and I liked Freedom (#2) although not as much as #1.  Honestly, I was a little nervous when I started reading Faithful.  There was no need.  Cooper was everything I hoped and Imogene didn’t let me down!

Cooper has been flirting with Imogene for a year and Imogene keeps putting him off.  Her relationship with Jeremy ended in Freedom when he moved and then started ignoring her.  This did a number on Imogene, because Jeremy was supposed be the safe one.  She has a history of going after the bad boys and she was changing the norm to have a better relationship, but even her safe bet let her down.  She decides to focus on her jewelry business and take a break from guys, but she ends up kissing him when she’s drunk at Dylan’s wedding.  Once Cooper finally breaks through Imogene’s walls (even a little), he’s determined to smash the rest of them to dust.

Cooper seems like the player when we meet him in Freedom.  He’s the motorcycle driving ex-FBI agent that looks too yummy for his own good.  Cooper has really only had his eyes set on one woman in Hera though, but she does everything in her power to ignore him.  When she isn’t ignoring him, she’s being nasty.  Can he break through Imogene’s walls?

I loved watching Cooper play Imogene.  She has no idea that he’s been sneaking his way for a year and he keeps tricking her into spending time together.  The way that he supports her jewelry business sneakily is too cute.  I mean I fell in love with Cooper!  When Imogene finds out something about him that is a deal breaker for her, I respected the way she stuck to her guns even when it killed her.  I loved how she pushed Cooper to his limits and was so snarky and brazen.

Faithful had everything I loved about Fearsome and none of the things I struggled with in Freedom.  I have fallen for this town and all of its inhabitants and I am not sure I am ready to let go.  I’ll hold my breath for another in the Fearsome series, but I’ll stick with S.A. Wolfe!

Grade: A

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Love Me Later by Libby Rice

Love Me LaterTitle: Love Me Later

Series: Second Chances #1

Author: Libby Rice

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: Can they love right on the redo?

Scarlet Leore enjoys a glittering existence among New York society’s elite. Ethan Blake is a prizefighter knocking his way through school, counting on his winnings to bankroll the dreams that won’t fit in a boxing ring. When the two meet, neither can deny the instant attraction that wells between the hulking fighter and the heiress who is miles and millions out of his league. But a vicious attack leaves Scarlet physically and emotionally battered, and for Ethan, the allure crumbles along with the rest of his life after Scarlet accuses him of wielding the knife.

Years later, Scarlet has abandoned the high life for that of a hard-working lawyer, while Ethan has clawed his way to the pinnacle of a business empire. Drawn into his world of high-stakes tech mergers, they dance to a tune of revenge, desire, and finally, redemption. But theirs is a world that won’t tolerate an attorney falling for her client. They’ll need more than lust and forgiveness. They must bridge the chasm of a tormented past to understand who they are today. Only then can they forge a future in the face of the resurging enemy who once tore them apart.

Thoughts: I loved this book!  I loved Scarlet and Ethan!  I was excited to read it as soon as I read the blurb, which always sets high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed.  I didn’t expect everything to blow up as fast as it did.  I guess I expected the youthful relationship to develop differently, but it makes more sense with her case of mistaken identity.  It’s really rare to have a book with 2 kinda broken people battling with such conflicting feelings and wanting revenge that are still totally likeable.  I can’t explain how Scarlet’s story pulled at my heartstrings.  I was able to mentally imagine how it must feel to be in her shoes and it brought tears to my eyes.  I don’t feel like I am giving anything away by giving you a glimpse (I mean the blurb eludes to it clearly enough).  She meets a guy that she has an instant attraction with, but he doesn’t say much and makes it obvious that he has issues with her wealth (and his lack of).  Headed to your car alone after one of this guys fights, a man comes up behind you calling you the same name this new guy calls you.  After he leaves you bloody and broken, he goes to jail only to be released shortly after when the real attacker is found.  This man who you had such intense feelings for now hates you for ruining his life after you wrongly accused him.  Can you image the turmoil? the guilt?  That’s even before I get into the fact that he’s your client.  He’s richer than Midas and you can’t get rid of him and you have to work closely.  That’s just Scarlet!  That doesn’t even go into Ethan’s emotions.  There were times you wanted to dislike Ethan, but you couldn’t if you considered how someone would really act in the situation.  Ethan’s tender side…..heart melting……body swooning.

This ranks as one of the Best of 2014 for me.  I can’t to read more in this series.

Grade: A

 

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts

blood magickTitle: Blood Magick

Series: The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy bk 3

Author: Nora Roberts

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romance

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.

Thoughts: I’m a bonafide Nora Roberts fan. So much so that I own IN PRINT all of her books but about 20 and those are books that have previously been unavailable. So for me to not like one of her books is a really huge deal.

When this series started I was excited as I like her Irish series, and the magick she has in them. BUT I didn’t like the first book Dark Witch. In fact I struggled to get a 1/4 of the way into it before I just gave up. With the next book I wasn’t as excited because I hadn’t finished the first book, a first for me with her. I read it though and liked it. You can find my thoughts on Shadow Spell here. Needless to say at the end of the book I couldn’t wait for this book to come out because I really wanted to know what was going to happen with Branna and Fin. At the same time I was hoping and praying that it wasn’t anything like Face the Fire, especially as Mia and Sam were witches who’d been in love and together as teenagers.

That’s were the similarities between Mia/Sam and Branna/Fin end however. Well except for needing to defeat evil. But even then the evil is different.

Like the other books in this series Blood Magick has a cadence and flow that makes you believe you’re living in County Mayo. It takes a bit to get into the rhythm and flow but once you do you find yourself lost in the story of Fin and Branna.

Branna is a very strong character. She’s made decisions that have broken her heart, and continued on with her quest. She’s come to accept that Fin, the one person she shouldn’t love or want, is a part of their circle and a key to defeating the evil that has stalked her family for generations. This time, with him, she understands what the seventeen year old Branna didn’t and couldn’t. That what was done to Fin, wasn’t his fault. He’s as much an innocent of the evil as her family is.

When Branna broke up with him, it destroyed him. He has spent the years in between avoiding home as much as possible. Now that he has returned for good well, at least until the evil is defeated and then he’s leaving again, probably for good. It hurts to much to be near Branna and not have her in his life.

I liked the way this book played out between Fin and Branna and how everything that Fin has done over the years has always had something to do with Branna whether she wanted to admit it or not. He’s had one goal to have her back where he’s always known she belonged in his arms.

Branna drove me a little nuts at times, and I know she was supposed to, but I have to tell you my heart broke for Fin A LOT in this book, and there were times when I wanted to reach in and shake Branna so she’d see what was right in front of her, and that Fin was the key to everything. When she finally did I almost cheered out loud.

As always Nora delivers a story rich in characters and location, so much that the location is almost a character itself. Branna is strong, independent and confident in who she is and her abilities, which is why I  love her heroines even when I hate them. Fin, is classic Nora hero, strong, supportive of his love interest, willing (even when it goes against his Alpha tendencies) to let her fight her own demons, and loves her.

This is an excellent conclusion to this series, so much so that I’m going to go back and read the first book.

Grade B+

 

Underneath It All by Kate Canterbary

underneath-GRTitle:  Underneath It All

Series:  The Walshes Book #1

Author:  Kate Canterbary

Genre:  Contemporary

Blurb:  Lauren…It’s all the little things—the action plans, the long-kept promises—that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos.  After I met Matthew Walsh.  I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.
Matthew…A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and woven through too many good girl layers to count, and she wasn’t letting anyone tell her what to do.  Unless, of course, she was naked.   She wasn’t looking for me and I sure as shit wasn’t looking for her, but we found each other anyway and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.   Sometimes the universe conspires to bring people together. Other times, it throws people down a flight of stairs and leaves them in a bruised and bloodied heap
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ThoughtsIf I had known I’d have a hot architect balls deep inside of me before the end of the weekend, I’d have made time for a pedicure…Now, who’s attention wouldn’t be caught with that very first sentence?  That attention grabbing sentence was obviously meant to do just that, and it worked!  Unfortunately, the rest of it failed to really deliver – at least for me.  I just wasn’t feeling the characters at all, didn’t feel the connection, and there were just things that bugged me.  For instance, going on and on about Lauren and her teaching, for example, but then turning around and – for what feels like forever! -going on and on about her dad’s military career, which for the most part didn’t seem pertinent to the story at all.  I get that she is a military brat, but to me it just felt thrown in there and the timing of it seemed to detract from the story from me from her actual job – teaching.  I also never really got her whole issue against relationships and why she felt she couldn’t have one and her teaching career, too.  Her resistance against it didn’t make any sense, and Matthew putting up with it made even less so.  Perhaps it’s just me, but I didn’t love it, and I didn’t hate it either….it just never really seemed to come together fully for me.

Rate:  C+

 

How to Pursue a Princess by Karen Hawkins

16095119Title: How to Pursue a Princess
Series: The Duchess Diaries bk 2 and The Oxenburg Princes
Author: Karen Hawkins
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb:

A PRINCE IN WOLF’S CLOTHING SETS HIS SIGHTS ON AN INDEPENDENT SCOTTISH LASS IN THIS SPARKLING ROMANCE FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR KAREN HAWKINS.

An innocent lost in the woods . . .

The sensible solution to her family’s dire financial woes is for Lily Balfour to marry the Earl of Huntley, a wealthy widower handpicked by her matchmaking godmother, the Duchess of Roxburghe. Huntley is pleasant and attractive, the perfect candidate in every way. But Lily knows she’s in big trouble as soon as passionate, unprincipled Prince Wulfinski sweeps a hot, possessive glance over her.

Powerful and sexy, Wulfinski declares he will make her his—no matter the cost.

By his own account, Wulf is a pauper, barely able to afford his own cottage. Yet nothing will stop him from pursuing the elusive beauty with every cunning trick he can muster. But which is more important: power and money . . . or love everlasting? To make the right choice, both Wulf and Lily must trust their hearts, not just their heads, to lead them to the happiness they desire.

The Duchess is up to her old tricks again.  This time, she has gone to far and may have damaged any chance of her god daughter and god son of ever getting married.  Let me explain!

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Into Darkness by J.T Geissinger

into_the_darkness_book_pageTitle:  Into Darkness

Series:  Night Prowler #6

Author:  J.T Geissinger

Genre:  Paranormal

Blurb:  In New Vienna, capital of the oppressive global government formed after the Flash, three things are certain: the sun is poisonous, speaking out is dangerous, and being different will get you killed.

And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.

Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past—but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.

Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He’s determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.

But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.

Thoughts:  I was happy to get my hands on an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book – yet at the same time I was hesitant to start it because I knew it was the last book in this series.  Now, I knew Geissinger would do an amazing job – every book she has written is simply amazing – but I knew that I would devout it so quickly and once I finished it that would be it.  That would be it.  No more wonderful stories with these amazing characters.  But I trusted that Geissinger would give an ending befitting these characters and this amazing world she built – and she gives us that in spades with this book.

I loved Into Darkness - while Lumina is one of the more powerful of her kind, she is also one of the more innocent.  Her character had such a purity of heart, yet at the same time was not afraid to shy away from what needed to be done.  And Magnus – (sigh) – well, who doesn’t love an alpha male that will sacrifice everything for love?  And kick some serious butt in the process?

I can see where the dramatic jump into the future could be a bit jarring from readers, but for me – the story was so well put together and smoothly transitioned that it wasn’t an issue.  I definitely recommend coming into this one after having already read the other books in the series – there is just so much back history, characters, etc. that you need to really appreciate the story.  I had been dying to see the story of the twins since their introduction to the series, and I’m glad I got to see them full grown and with mates of their own.  A fitting end to an amazing series, and a real pleasure to read.

Rate:  A+

 

THE PRINCE WHO LOVED MY by Karen Hawkins

21412371Title: The Prince Who Loved Me
Series: The Oxenburg Princes
Author: Karen Hawkins
Genre: Historical Romance

A handsome, rakish prince who doesn’t believe in true love meets a stubborn lass who will settle for nothing less…

In a lighthearted retelling of a classic fairy tale, bestselling author Karen Hawkins gives Cinderella a Scottish twist!

Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting—and more—with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Grand Duchess Natasha decides it’s time for her grandson to wed, Alexsey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer—she isn’t at all to the duchess’ taste.

Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt—no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So . . . wouldn’t it be fun to turn his “game” upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees?
Blurb: Who loves fairy tales? I know I do and I watch them all the time with me niece and they are great.  But what’s even better than a fairy tale is a book about one.  The Prince Who Loved Me by +Karen Hawkins is about probably the most famous fairy tale of them all, Cinderella.

Bronwyn Murdoch was sitting in her spot.  Under a tree in a clearing surrounded by her two dogs,  enthralled by the book in her hands.  So compelling was Roland, the male character in the book, that when her dogs gave a bark of warning, she raised her head and thought that Roland has stepped outside of his book into the real world.

In order for Prince Aleksey Romanovin to claim his birthright, he must follow the rules of his grandmother, Grand Duchess Natasha.  To win his birthright, he must go to Scotland with his grandmother and find a proper bride for a Prince.

Not one who likes to do as he’s told (he’s a Prince, what did she expect), Aleksey is determined to foil her plans by pursuing someone that the Duchess would never approve of. The person who fits the bill for his plan is plain, bookish, bespectacled but independent Bronwyn.

Bronwyn, living the life out of fairy tales, a step-mother and two step sisters, but with a twist, everyone is nice to each other. (Freaky, I know) But that does not stop Bronwyn from having a magical adventure.  Upon meeting the Prince, he brought out feelings she only read about in books.  Experiencing the real thing compared to books was a giant shock to her system and had Bronwyn doing things that she would never have done normally, like kissing a perfect stranger beneath a tree for instance.

Not liking what the Prince brings out in her, Bronwyn tries to flee, but once Aleksey has something he wants in his sights, he never lets it go.

Never have Aleksey experienced feelings like the ones that his dear Roza (his cute pet name for her) brings out in him. He wants to be a free man to do as he please but there is something about his Roza that makes him want to learn more about her.  The meddling from his grandmother and her step-mother does not help things and makes everything complicated,

Can Aleksey go through with his plan to use Roza for his own benefit or would he be caught in the very thing he tries to avoid the most?

I was so excited when I heard that this book was a retelling of the story Cinderella.  +Karen Hawkins had me laughing and crying and getting angry at crazy, foolish men who think up RIDCulous ideas in their heads.

If you think this is a classic Cinderella story, you’d be wrong.  Their were no fairy god mother’s to help the poor weeping girl to the ball.  There was only………….damn, I can’t tell you, I’ll ruin the book for you and I would not want to do that to you my darling readers.

The only problem I have with this books is that Aleksey said that he was going to publicly court Bronwyn, yet for some strange reason, the book never got around to that part.

The shocking installment coming to the end got me.  I really did not see that coming.  I knew they liked each other, but tho actually have the guts too, hmmmmmmmmm.  That really knocked my socks off and no, I’m not talking about the Prince!

The ending was tasteful and even though it had all the I love you’s and the kissing, I was not grossed out by it, I read it over and over again and each time I had tears in my eyes.  Bravo!

I loved this book and can’t wait for the next installment in The Oxenburg Princes.  The other two brothers are sure going to be fun.  One is next in line for the throne (the oldest) and the other is a military man (the second oldest). So since it started with the youngest and went on the the second youngest, I’m guessing the second oldest is next?

Then again, I could be wrong, I just have to wait and find out.  YEAH!
Thoughts: THIS WAS EPIC
Grade: A+

Sunday Snippet: Twisted by Elisabeth Naughton

If you’ve never read this series well then you are missing out on one of best twists of Greek Mythology in romance being written. I’ve loved every book in this series, but I’ve been anxiously waiting for Nick’s story. People it was sooooo worth the wait. This is in my opinion the best book in the series. So I’m super excited to have this snippet from Elisabeth to share with you. 

 

“Nick.” Cynna’s soft, warm fingers brushed his shoulder.

He dropped his hands and whipped around. This deep in the tunnels, there was no light, but his senses were so heightened right now from Krónos’s energy churning inside that he didn’t need any illumination to see her standing a foot from him, her silky hair falling to her shoulders, her wide chocolate eyes alight with sadness and…pity.

The pity pushed him right to the edge. Who was she to pity him? Who the fuck was she to care?

“Don’t let them win.” She moved closer. “Fight it. The way you fought it these last few months.”

Those months spun in his memory. Reverberated in his ears. Rushed through his veins. The crack of a whip snapping in the darkness. The sting of the leather slicing into his flesh. The cold metal of the shackles tightening against his wrists. The chains jerking his arms high over his head. The hot, wicked sensation of those nymphs’ fingers gliding along his overheated skin. And a release he hadn’t known he’d craved hovering out of his grasp, impossible to reach. All thanks to her.

Blood pounded in his veins. Anger and rage and desperation coalesced. That energy snapped and sizzled in his hands until he couldn’t hold it back anymore. “Stupid move, female.” He closed his hand around her wrist and yanked. “I warned you.”

She gasped and fell into him. But before she could pull away, he turned and dragged her behind him.

“Nick…”

He headed for the tunnel on the left, wrapped his fingers around the first set of steel bars he came to, and threw the door open.

He flung her into the dark holding cell and stepped in after her.

She hit the stone wall, turned quickly, and looked back, her wide eyes searching the darkness, trying to find him. “Wh—what is this place?”

“Our version of a drunk tank. Never used until now. Fucking poetic, if you ask me.”

She sucked in a breath as he drew close, but didn’t struggle when he grasped her arm, yanked it upward, and snapped a metal cuff high on the wall over her wrist. Didn’t once turn away while he reached for her left arm, jerked that one up as well, and snapped the second cuff over her other wrist.

That shadow energy hummed and rolled inside as he stepped back. Thanks to his enhanced senses, he could see her. See her well, even in utter darkness. His gaze slid over her newly dark hair, the white, almost angelic sweater falling open at her chest, the tips of her breasts pressing against the soft cotton, and her slim hips and long legs encased in the formfitting jeans. Arousal stirred in his belly, mixed with the darkness, then slinked downward until he was hard as stone.

“Nick. Listen to me.” Her hands curled into fists. “I—”

“What did you say to me in that cell when you brought those nymphs to me?” Power rippled in his veins as he braced his hands on the stones beside her head and moved in so close his body was a breath from hers.

“I—”

He brushed the tip of his nose against her ear and lowered his voice to a menacing whisper. “I think it was something along the lines of…this isn’t a game.”

Tempted.inddNickLeader of the half-breeds and the last true hero. He’s spent his life fighting a dark pull toward the gods. A pull he now knows is linked to his father Krónos and the Titan’s plan to escape from the Underworld.

But Nick’s hidden powers are coveted by more than just his father. Imprisoned by Hades, Nick battles every form of torture imaginable as the sadistic god schemes to break him. Only one thing is keeping him sane. One woman who gives him the strength to fight the relentless darkness. She has a dangerous plan of her own, though, and as Nick’s powers grow stronger, even she might not be enough to alter his destiny.

As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, Nick’s allegiances are tested. And no one knows whether he will choose to fight for good or succumb to the sinister lure of evil. Not even him.

 

All Messed Up by Kelly Jamieson + INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY

Title: all messed upAll Messed Up

Series: Windy City Kink, #2

Author: Kelly Jamieson

Genre: Erotic Romance

Blurb:

If he’s a mistake, she’s ready to make him her favorite mistake.

Mallory Hurst has tried to live a life that makes up for past mistakes. But now she faces a huge ethical dilemma. Her pharmaceutical company’s unapproved, off-label use of a medication puts lives at risk, and her protests have fallen on deaf ears.

Hoping a trip home will clear her head, she boards a plane for California. And strikes up a conversation with a handsome stranger.

Joe Mason recently learned that the man he’s called father all his life… isn’t. At least that explains why he never measured up to his older brothers. Flying to meet his biological father for the first time, he meets a sleek, sexy woman who makes him want to mess up her perfect hair.

Shared conversation leads to a shared drink between flights, then when their flight is canceled, a shared bed overnight—where their rush of attraction explodes into a night of much-needed kinky fun.

Yet a night of hot, messy sex won’t fix anything—in fact, blowing off steam could have blown their lives all to hell…

Warning: Contains a hot cop, a neat and tidy executive, dirty talk, kink in an airport, mile-high shenanigans, a little foot fetish fun. And love, of course.

Thoughts: This is the first book I’ve read by Kelly Jamieson and it won’t be the last. It held my attention from page one. It was a fast read for me. The characters were well defined and I didn’t feel that I had to read the first book in the series to know what was going on in this one. The strong mutual attraction that Mallory and Joe feel for each other runs deep. The flame that started in Denver that they felt they could distinguish once they went back to their separate lives but found that flame was unwilling to die but rather burn hotter. This is a must read.

Grade: A

 

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Q& A with Kelly Jamienson:

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message that runs through all three books in the Windy City Kink is to accept yourself for who you are. Sasha learns that in Sweet Obsession, Mallory learns it in All Messed Up and Paige learns it in Playing Dirty (coming in January). And secondary characters Kevin and Emma, who appear in all three books, learn it too.

How would you describe this series to someone who has not read any of the books but is intrigued by the concept

Hmmm…the underlying theme of the series is to accept yourself for who you are, which is played out with couples who have some mildly kinky sexual preferences, but who also have some emotional baggage that causes them to doubt themselves. Dominant alpha heroes go after the women they love, but those women don’t make it easy for them.J

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My biggest challenge is to believe in myself. So many times in the middle of a book, I’m convinced it’s total garbage, or I’ll never finish it, or I’ll never write another book again.

What are your current projects?

Ack, so many things in the works! I’m working on a new hockey series. Books 1 & 2 are done and book 3 is started. I just handed in a book to my Samhain editor that I’m SUPER excited about. It’s book 1 of a planned series set in a Chicago advertising agency. I am SO in love with Levi, the hero! He is the funniest, sexiest dominant hero I’ve ever written. And I have a couple of stand-alone romances that are in the editing process.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love you!!! Is that enough, lol? I am so deeply grateful to everyone who buys my books. I love writing and I love sharing my stories and it still amazes me that I get to do this and that people buy my books. THANK YOU!

 

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Windy City Kink series by Kelly Jamieson

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Sweet Obsession (Windy City Kink, #1)

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About Kelly Jamieson:

Kelly JamiesonKelly Jamieson writes romances with heat that’s sweet. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. If she can stop herself from reading or writing, she loves to cook. She has shelves of cookbooks that she reads at length. She also enjoys gardening in the summer, and in the winter she likes to read gardening magazines and seed catalogues (there might be a theme here…) She also loves shopping, especially for clothes and shoes. But her family takes precedence over everything else (yes, even writing). She has two teenage children who are the best kids in the world, not that she’s biased, and a wonderful husband who does loads of laundry while she plays on the computer writing stories.

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COVER REVEAL: Hurricane Butterfly by MeChelle Vermeulen

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Title:  Hurricane Butterfly
Auther:  MeChelle Vermeulen
Publication date: December 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:  Twenty-year-old Sophie Blake, is trying her best to get her life back after a horrific dog attack ten months ago. However, this proves to be more difficult than she anticipated. With the help of her best friend Ben Slone, it seems as if she’s making progress, but the truth is that she can feel herself sinking deeper into a black hole…until a tall dark stranger comes knocking, looking for Ben.  Joshua Roxwell has been drowning his demons with Whiskey and woman in an attempt to deal with his guilt after the tragic death of his sister. When he finds an envelope addressed to Ben Slone, written by his sister before her death, he decides to track him down. Instead of resolving their differences, he meets the one girl who silences his demons…but redemption comes at a price.  This is a story of heartache, friendship and love, with a wicked twist…
Link:  Goodreads

COVER REVEAL: Laces and Lace by Toni Aleo

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Title:  Laces and Lace

Author:  Toni Aleo

Series:  Assassins Series

Release Date:  November 24, 2014

Blurb:  Nine years ago, things were perfect. Lacey and Karson had found their happily ever after in each other…or so they thought. How do two people who were meant to be move on from that once-in-a-lifetime love?  Lacey has a strength inside her that comes alive with the things she’s most passionate about. She’s a fighter, a survivor, and has everything she’s ever wanted but the one thing that matters most—love.  Karson is doing the one thing he loves most—playing hockey for the Assassins, yet he knows regret. He knows his life has been missing the one thing he walked away from so many years ago—Lacey.  Nine years later, and neither has been able to succeed in moving on from what was, what could have been, and who each of their hearts still beats for. When a chance encounter during a fateful night has their paths crossing again, will the tether still attaching their souls allow them to face the past, present, and a possible future?  Can two people with fate on their side find a way back to each other? Overcome all the obstacles in their way to finally live life together to the fullest?
Or will they let those around them and the circumstances they face, along with questions and doubt, ruin a second chance at the life they both deserve?

Link:  Goodreads

Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye

dare to resistTitle:  Dare to Resist

Series:  Wedding Dare book 0.5

Author:  Laura Kaye

 

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…

Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they’re bidding on the same military security services contract.

When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.

Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.

 

Thoughts:  How many Laura Kaye books can a woman read at one time?!! Well, over the past weekend for me it was two. I’m reading the paperback version of book 2 the Hard Ink series, Hard As You Can, anticipating the release of the next book in November… (Have to get caught up!) And I read the Kindle version of this novella, Dare to Resist, which is the beginning of the Wedding Dare series.

This series was described by Ms. Kaye as a “wonderfully fun continuity project” between Tessa Bailey, Diane Alberts, Katee Robert and Samanthe Beck. I’m looking forward to reading more of the series and discovering some new-to-me authors. I hope they can deliver the humor, sweetness, passion and heat that Laura was able to deliver in Dare to Resist!

Colton’s intensity and Kady’s business acumen and yet personal vulnerability were a smoking HOT combo!! Love when characters have a shared history to build a future relationship on! And as I reread my highlighted ‘naughty’ parts to write this review – I must say that Laura Kaye and her writing is something that I will go back to time and time again! I don’t often read books more than once but for LK I will definitely make an exception.

Grade A

Lock and Key by Cat Porter +INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY

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Series:  The One-Eyed Jacks MC Club Book #1

Author:  Cat Porter

Genre:  Contemporary

Blurb:  I suppose some of us have to get really dirty before we can become truly clean.
I was allegedly South Dakota’s most famous Old Lady.
Sixteen years ago I had survived my Old Man’s murder.
Never again.
Never again will I surrender my heart.
Never again will I sacrifice to the Club.
But that all changed in one night.
I came home and crashed into him,
and my past and present blew up in my face.
Both of us lonely, running on empty, and unwilling to admit it.
Until now.
Now I feel things I’d forgotten about, want things I’d cut out of my insides.
Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away,
When it first sinks its teeth into you, it can cut just as raw and sting just as deep.
I’d forgotten that.
Who holds the keys to betrayal? To suspicion? To trust?
To brotherhood? To family?
To redemption and a bleeding heart?
Right now, I just might.

Warning: This work of fiction contains graphic language, sex, and material some readers may find objectionable.

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RELEASE BLITZ – Falling: A 7-Novel New Adult Anthology + GIVEAWAY

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 Falling never felt so good . . . Seven bestselling stories of love, heartbreak, and redemption.

Grab your copy of this limited-time anthology featuring a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, along with some of the hottest debuts of 2014 for ONLY 99 cents!

(These full-length novels are either standalones, or the first in a series.)

 

AVAILABLE NOW – ORDER links for FALLING – Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Nook

 Plus enter the GIVEAWAY for a chance to win SIGNED paperbacks, eBooks and a $10 GC from the authors!

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Spin My Love by Chantal Fernando, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author
World-renowned DJ Tane Miller returns to his hometown after leaving when he was eighteen and never looking back. When he runs into his beloved childhood friend Giselle, his life takes a turn he could never have anticipated.

Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin
Clementine Avery doesn’t date. Not after her ex cheated and a professor stalked her. But when she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class, she has a hard time resisting hot RA Gavin Murphy, who volunteers to help her find a little “inspiration.”

Deep Blue by Jules Barnard
Recent college grad Cali Morgan thinks she has her life all figured out, until she returns to Lake Tahoe and runs into an old crush she barely recognizes. A serious accident pushes Jaeger’s life in a new direction, but he’s hotter than ever, his presence rocking the foundation Cali staked her future on.

Dazzled by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Young London actor Miles Stephens gets a chance to star in a big-time Hollywood movie, but when the dream of a lifetime doesn’t match reality he turns to Clare, lifelong friend and girl next door. Clare knows two important facts: when you break chocolate, the calories fall out; and that she’s totally in love with clueless Miles.

He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti
Andra disappeared from an abusive environment when she was seventeen, choosing to build a new life, full of secrets. But when she met Julian, everything changed. And the moment she let her guard down, a threat from her past caught up to her.

The Right Kind of Wrong by Jade Eby
Kara Pierce and Vince Gage have a tumultuous past. As in–he almost ruined Kara’s life. When they’re forced to work together on a final college project, Kara must learn how to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: forgive.

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
Corey Callahan thought she’d start college playing varsity ice hockey. But she’ll start it in a wheelchair instead. The only perk? Her too-delicious-to-be-real neighbor, Adam Hartley. They’re just friends, until one crazy night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

 

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On The Naughty List Anthology

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Series:  N/A

Author:  Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Sugar Jamison, Beth Ciotta

Genre:  Anthology

Blurb:  The most wonderful time of the year is back with On The Naughty List, bringing perennial favorite holiday stories from Lori Foster and Carly Phillips, along with two Christmas stories that delighted readers a year ago. This sexy anthology will make you want to give your heart to Christmas again and again…

Lori Foster has two co-workers plan a Christmas party side-by-side-and discover a love worth celebrating in Christmas Bonus

Carly Phillips explores a “mistletoe moment” when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead–and gives him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more in Naughty Under the Mistletoe.

In Sugar Jamison’s Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas, former wild child Dina Gregory returns home to New York to find the father of her young son. Instead, she finds his stuffy older brother, Ben. Ben can’t help but admire her tenacity—and her bold beauty. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit?

Beth Ciotta brings two friends who, after years apart, together at home for the holidays. They don’t seem to have much in common anymore, but when the two get stranded together during a blizzard, they are forced to reexamine if they are better off as “just friends”? Or could it be that true love was there all along? in Some Kind of Wonderful.

Thoughts:  This looked like a good Christmas anthology, and one that featured quite a few of my favorite authors.  Usually with anthologies, I find myself liking one book out of however many are in it and find the rest…well, forgettable.  This one was just a good, solid anthology all the way around.  I liked them all of them pretty equally.  I would rate them all around a B/B+.

Naughty Under the Mistletoe was probably my favorite, probably because I am partial to the ‘mistaken twin’ theme….;)

All in all, a solid Christmas anthology…perfect for this time of year!

Rate:  B