Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

falling awayTitle: Falling Away
Series: Fall Away bk 3
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: New Adult

Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid.

K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away….

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As the bond between them grows, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.

Thoughts: Penelope Douglas has become an author that I really enjoy. The latest installment in her Falling Away series is full of all the angst we’ve come to expect in this genre.

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Ask Me Nicely by Amy Andrews + GIVEAWAY

amnTitle: Ask Me Nicely

Author: Amy Andrews

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint… She craves what only he can give her. But he’s not giving in without a fight… 

Veterinarian Sal Kennedy’s lost her mojo and is desperate to get it back. In fact, as the anniversary of the tragedy that destroyed her life looms large, she’ll do anything to erase the painful memories, including overdoing the tequila and making a pass at the most annoyingly inappropriate man on the planet. Fellow veterinarian Doyle Jackson is her flatmate and her employee and therefore strictly off-limits. Unfortunately, Doyle knows how to bring the goods and make her mojo sit up and beg. Doyle is only too happy to oblige Sal in her hour of need, but then she demands more, and she’s perfectly happy playing dirty to get it. He wants more, too—more than just sex, that is, and it’s something Sal’s not willing to give. But Doyle is in this for the long haul now, and he’s prepared to fight even dirtier to get what he wants. Even if that means they both keep losing all their clothes in the process…

 

Thoughts:

First line of the book: “Sally Kennedy needed more tequila. And an orgasm. Not necessarily in that order of course.” COME ON! From that line alone I was ready to read more!!

This story made me laugh out loud and cry and cheer. We met Sal when her big brother/vet partner and her BFF were finding their way to love in the 5 star read No More Mr Nice Guy. We were not told a lot about her back story but it was hinted that it was traumatic and whatever it was had kept Sal from loving again.

There are so many things I loved about this story one of the main things being that the author, Amy Andrews, didn’t make us wait until the end of the book to find out the trauma that was torturing Sally. As a reader we found out relatively early in the story so we knew why her heart was so closed off from Doyle.

Sally Kennedy doesn’t want to date or be woo’d and chased and made to feel that her worth is more than just a good time… she wants the physical and that’s it. Doyle was relentless in his pursuit of her! And for a short time I wondered if he was going to get through to her… but there is a line in Chapter 16 that was so gut clenching and truly spoke to me – made me cry and hold my breath and… oh man! I want to share the line but it will give too much away! Read this book I think you will love it as much as I did!

Grade A

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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

cover57465-mediumTitle:  Dead Heat
Series:  Alpha and Omega Book #4
Author:  Patricia Briggs
Genre:  Paranormal/Sci-fi/Fantasy

Blurb:   For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

Thoughts:  Patricia Briggs is one of my absolute favorite authors and I was so excited to get an ARC for Dead Heat, the fourth book in the Alpha and Omega series featuring werewolves Charles and Anna. Of course, I expected to like it – it’s Patricia Briggs – and while it’s not quite as good as her Mercy Thompson series (at least for me), it is very close up there. However, I was surprised at how much I loved this book. This is my absolute favorite Charles and Anna book – and it has me seriously thinking now that it might just give the Mercy Thompson series a run for its money!

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The Great Re-Read of 2015

2015 is turning into the great re-read for me. So far 90% of the books I’ve read this year have been re-reads. This is partly because of books that are coming out this year, or that have come out and are part of a series and I haven’t the books in a while.

My latest re-read is The Leopard People by Christine Feehan. There is just something about this series that I love. My favorite book in this series is probably everyone else’s least favorite. Burning Wild. Jake has got to be one of her best heroes.

In February I re-read all of Julie James FBI/US Attorney books. Jack and Kyle. Do I need to say anything else?

January was the annual Nalini Singh re-read where I re-read all of the Psy/Changeling books.

What was the last book you re-read?

Love Brewing and Safe Love by Liz Crowe + GIVEAWAY

 

 

 

Title: Love Brewing
Series: Love Brothers #3
Author: Liz Crowe
 Release Date: March 2, 2015
Paperback Release: March 14, 2015

 

Synopsis
Every family has one—the black sheep, the problem child, the prodigal. But Dominic Sean Love could teach all of those guys a lesson or two. Stuck in the middle of a boisterous group of siblings, he’s given “acting out” a new meaning from the day he drew his first breath.

While he’s the one son who follows his strict father’s footsteps into the Love family business, he’s also the one who butts heads with him the hardest. Their epic clashes are the stuff of family legend. But they have made peace and work side by side to take Love Brewing to the next level of success.

Until Dominic does the one thing his father can never forgive.

 

Diana Brantley has been Dominic’s friend, girlfriend and ex-girlfriend so many times she’s lost count. When he shows up at the farm she’s slowly transforming into a wildly popular farm-to-table resource for restaurants all over the U.S. her first impulse is to shoot first and ask questions later. But she doesn’t. And their lives entwine once more, for good, bad and ugly.

 

 

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Title: Safe Love
Series: Love Brothers #1.5
Author: Liz Crowe
 Release Date: March 2, 2015
Synopsis
Antony Ian Love has a lot on his ample shoulders. He owns and runs a small business, is estranged from his teenaged daughter AliceLynn, his beloved mother is dying of cancer, and he’s come face to face with his youngest brother Aiden’s sudden reappearance into the Love family circle. Years of sublimating his true self in deep mourning for his long dead wife have hardened the surly, emotional shell he’s nurtured, but one woman seems to have broken through. Rosalee Norris is the young widow of Antony’s best friend Paul and their mutual sorrow and close friendship has slowly morphed into something more.
Family therapist and recent divorcee Margot Hamilton is dropped into the close-knit Love family by necessity but fate has a real design twist in mind. With her heart and mind closed to anything resembling an emotional connection, Margot is shocked to discover something about Antony the very first time they meet–something she tries, and fails, to resist.

SAFE LOVE, The Love Brothers novella is a tale of love’s realistic complications
within the saga of family devotion that runs as wide and deep as the Ohio River–except on Sundays when brothers Antony, Kieran, Dominic and Aiden work out their frustrations on the basketball court, Love brother style.

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Amazon best-selling author, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, mom of three, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”). More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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Make Me Up (Killer Style) by Avery Flynn

MakeMeUpTitle: Make Me Up

Series: Killer Style, Book 3

Author: Avery Flynn

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Blurb:

Former special ops-turned private-investigator Cam Hardy leaves a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. He’s all charm and sex appeal, and who can blame him for putting it to good use? Besides, it works damn well on the stunning and tough-as-nails makeup artist Drea Sanford. Only this time, Cam may be in over his head…
Drea is trying to keep her naughty affair with Cam a secret. After all, he’s Harbor City’s version of a Casanova…if Casanova had a motorcycle. When Cam makes their hot little liaison known to the public, however, Drea vows never to have sex with him again. Then one of her clients turns up dead. Now Drea is suspect number one—and she needs Cam’s help. But sleeping with him is one thing…trusting him is quite another.
Thoughts: This is the first book I’ve read by Avery Flynn and  it won’t be the last. It was well written and the characters were well defined. The story line was very intense and left me turning the page wanting to know what was coming. I fell in love with Cam. Drea is a strong and independent woman who has met her equal in Cam who is driven by a past that haunts him. The two of them must learn to trust each other which means they have to be honest with each other and open the lines of communication all while trying to stay alive.  This book contains everything you look for in a romantic suspense. I’m definitely going back to read book 1 and 2.
Grade A

Sunday Snippet: His to Take by Shayla Black

I LOVE this series by Shayla Black…oh who am I kidding I love all of Shayla’s stories. So when I was asked if we wanted to spotlight this series with an exclusive excerpt I said yes.

RED splattered her once-pink shirt. She pressed her lips together to hold in a scream. If she couldn’t stay quiet, something bad would happen.

Terror made her heart thump in her chest, drum in her head. As she looked around the ransacked house, splashes of red marked the walls in nearly every room. She was afraid to look closer. Time to get out. But as she ran down the hall, she slid in more of the red stuff, nearly losing her balance. It lapped at her toes, warm and sludgy. Some scent she didn’t like tinged the air. Her stomach turned, but she kept running.

Finally, she made it to the door and reached for the knob. But her hands were covered in red. Horror assailed her.

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Series Saturday: The Submissive Series by Tara Sue Me

With all the attention going on recently with the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, I thought this week would be perfect to feature The Submissive Series by Tara Sue Me.  It falls right in line with that ever-so-popular-series and is sure to be another hit with readers of this genre – perhaps even more so!  If your a fan of a good erotic read – 50 Shades fan or not – it’s definitely worth a read!

indexBook #1 – The Submissive

Abby King has a secret fantasy.

New York knows Nathaniel West as the brilliant and handsome CEO of West Industries, but Abby knows he’s more: a sexy and skilled dominant who is looking for a new submissive. Yearning to experience a world of pleasure beyond her simple life as a librarian, Abby offers herself to Nathaniel to fulfill her most hidden desires.

After only one weekend with the Master, Abby knows she needs more, and fully submits to Nathaniel’s terms. But despite the pleasure he takes in Abby’s willing spirit, the Nathaniel hidden behind the rules remains cold and distant.

As Abby falls deeper into his tantalizing world of power and passion, she fears that Nathaniel’s heart may be beyond her reach—and that her own might be beyond saving.…

indexBook #2 – The Dominant

Nathaniel West doesn’t lose control.

As the playboy CEO of West Industries, he governs the boardroom during the day; as a strict dominant with exacting rules, he commands the bedroom at night. He never takes on inexperienced submissives, but when Abigail King’s application comes across his desk, he breaks his own restrictions and decides to test her limits.

Abby’s combination of innocence and willingness is intoxicating, and Nathaniel is soon determined to collar her as his own. As long as she follows his orders and surrenders herself fully to him, no one will get hurt.

But when Nathaniel begins falling for Abby on a deeper level, he realizes that the trust must go both ways—and he has secrets which could bring the foundations of their entire relationship crashing down…

indexBook #3 – The Training

It started with a hidden desire.

Millionaire CEO Nathaniel West has always played by his own strict set of rules, ones he expects everyone to follow—especially the women he’s dominated in his bedroom. But his newest lover is breaking down all his boundaries and rewriting his rule book.

Abby King never imagined that she would capture the heart of Nathaniel West, one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors—and its most desirable dominant. What began as a weekend arrangement of pleasure has become a passionate romance with a man who knows every inch of her body and her soul – yet remains an enigmatic lover. Though he is tender and caring, his painful past remains a wall between them.

Abby knows the only way to truly earn his trust is to submit to him fully and let go of all of her lingering inhibitions. Because to lead Nathaniel on a path to greater intimacy, she must first let him deeper into her world than anyone has ever gone before…

Book #3.5 (novella) – The Chalet

Submitting her body was only the beginning.

Abby King didn’t know true passion until she gave herself to Nathaniel West, one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors and desired Dominants. Now, on the eve of her marriage, she realizes all her dreams are coming true. And with a romantic honeymoon getaway planned at a secluded Swiss chalet, she’s sure Nathaniel will find even more fantasies to fulfill…

Nathaniel never thought he’d settle down until Abby broke down his barriers and changed his plans. With their wedding only weeks away, he can barely wait to possess her completely—heart, body, and soul—and show her the true meaning of being both a wife and a submissive.

Only Abby has one more challenge in store before she becomes his: no sex and no collar for one month before the wedding. Nathaniel is willing to give it a shot but he has one scandalous stipulation—once that month is up, anything goes…

91g7Sk9lXHL._SL1500_Book #4 – The Enticement ** Releasing APRIL 7th **

Limits were made to be pushed.

Abby West has everything she wanted: a family, a skyrocketing new career, and a sexy, Dominant husband who fulfills her every need. Only, as her life outside the bedroom becomes hectic, her Master’s sexual requirements inside become more extreme. Abby doesn’t understand Nathaniel’s increased need for control, but she can’t deny the delicious way her body reacts to his tantalizing demands…

Between Abby’s reluctance and Nathaniel’s unyielding commands, the delicate balance of power between the Dominant and his submissive threatens to shift. And as the underlying tension and desire between them heats up, so does the struggle to keep everything they value from falling apart …

 

 

 

Under Her Clothes by Louisa Edwards

under her clothesTitle: Under Her Clothes
Author: Louisa Edwards
Genre: Contemporary

When Colby St. James dresses like a man to prove she can succeed in the male-dominated world of professional cooking, she never expects to fall for the handsome chef who will decide her fate. They agree that nothing that happens after hours will affect Colby’s chances in the competition and begin a secret affair.

It’s been years since Dominic Fevre felt a sexual attraction toward another man. He thought he’d put that stage of his life behind him when he focused everything on his career. But something about Colby St. James makes him want to break all his own rules.

Thoughts: I adore Louisa’s chef books so much that I’ve been bummed that there hasn’t been a new one in a couple of years. When I saw that she had a new book featuring chef’s I had to grab it and glom it.

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Unchained by Caris Roane

cover52450-smallTitle:  Unchained

Series:  Men In Chains Book #3

Author:  Caris Roane

Genre:  Romance/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blurb:   ABDUCTED…Stalked by a vampire. Stolen in the night. Seduced by a lover. Anthropology student Shayna Prentiss wakes up to find herself trapped in a world she never knew existed—with a man she cannot escape…nor resist.

ENSLAVED…Drawn to her beauty. Driven by lust. Doomed by his destiny. The vampire Marius knows he must bond with this captivating mortal with hidden powers…or both their races will be destroyed forever.

UNCHAINED…Bound by a blood chain that seals their fates together, Marius and Shayna must stand and fight the ultimate enemy—a madman hell-bent on destruction who will test every ounce of their strength, their power, and their passion. When the final weapon is unleashed, will their love remain unbroken? Or will darkness shatter their chains…for eternity?

Thoughts:  I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. This was my first book by the author, but I enjoyed her take on vampires and her creation of this ‘world’, as well as the development of the characters. I liked the new twists she put on things, although the book won’t be for everyone.   There are some things that aren’t explained fully, some things about the characters that have you just questioning their actions, and then some things that are just so far-fetched that even I had a hard time overlooking it. While I usually don’t like to spoil things for anyone, I felt it pertinent to at least share this detail: Marius at one point uses one of his vamp skills to separate his self into two ‘selves’ (usually a skill reserved for battle, enabling him to fight and be in two places as once) – but in this instance he separates and engages in a ménage with Shayna. While on one hand, I found it kindof weird, on the other I also had to admire the author’s creativity….so, I was a little on the fence about it. Far-fetched, and definitely not for all readers….but definitely a sign of a creative writer.

Is it perfect? No. But overlooking the imperfections, I still immensely enjoyed this title. Something about it was just so compelling – so much so that I was willing to overlook the imperfections and just enjoy the story. The characters, the creativity, and the story are well worth the read. I am curious to read more from this series, and more from this author.

Rate:  A-/B+

Sharing You by Molly McAdams

saving youTitle: Sharing You
Series: Sharing You bk 1
Author: Molly McAdams
Genre: New Adult

Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.

To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.

When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.

Thoughts: I don’t read cheating stories EVER. That being sad Molly McAdams has the ability to craft a story that takes everything you thought you knew about relationships and throws them out the door.

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Hero by Samantha Young

heroTitle: Hero
Series: N/A
Author: Samantha Young
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult

The emotional and unforgettable new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…

Thoughts: I’ve been a fan of Young’s since I read On Dublin Street, and while I haven’t loved all of her books, she’s one of those authors that whose books I look forward to a lot.

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Dark Watcher by Lilith Saintcrow

10777479Title:  Dark Watcher

Series:  The Watchers Book #1

Author:  Lilith Saintcrow

Genre:  Romance/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blurb:   The Lightbringer:
Theodora Morgan knows she’s a little strange. Her talent for healing has marked her as different all through a life spent moving from town to town when someone notices her strangeness. Now she has a home, and she doesn’t want to leave—but she’s been found. The Crusade wants her dead because she’s psychic, the Dark wants to feed on her talent, and then there’s Dante. Tall and grim and armed with black-bladed knives, guns, and a sword, he says he’s here to protect her. But what if he’s what Theo needs protection from most?
The Watcher:
Dante is a Watcher, sworn by Circle Lightfall to protect the Lightbringers. His next assignment? Watch over Theo. She doesn’t know she’s a Lightbringer, she doesn’t know she’s surrounded by enemies, and she doesn’t know she’s been marked for death by a bunch of fanatics. He can’t protect her if she doesn’t trust him, but how can she possibly trust a man scarred by murder and warfare—a man who smells like the same Darkness Theo has been running from all her life?

ThoughtsDark Watcher kicks of a strong sci-fi/fantasy series that for me was a little reminiscent of the television series of Charmed – it sort of had that feel or vibe to it. If you enjoyed that show, I have a feeling this series will be right up your alley. Don’t get me wrong, this series certainly stands on it’s own – but it sort of has that same feel to it.

I really enjoyed the character of Theo – she’s strong in a subtle way, with a big caring heart that never knows when to stop giving (even when it is in her own best interest to do so). And Dante? He’s one of those perfect Alpha males that you can’t get enough of. All in all – the perfect combination.

I enjoyed the story, and I thought the author did an excellent job weaving it together and I can’t wait for the rest of the books in the series!

Rate:  A-/B+

Sunday Snippet: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

I’m blaming the lateness on this post to the fact I have a book hangover caused by this very book. Now it’s no secret that I love all of Elle’s books, but you guys THIS BOOK IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE of hers. In fact unless something freaking off the charts amazing comes out later this year this book will be my (looks around the internet in fear) number one new adult read of 2015. This is huge guys considering that there is the last Marked Men book by Jay Crownover and TWO Molly McAdams books plus book 2 in this series coming out this year. That’s how freaking good this book is. Okay enough of me gushing about this book….you really want to read this excerpt.

Thirty minutes before my shift ends, I find Garrett Graham in one of my booths.

Seriously.

Does this guy ever give up?

I have no desire to go over there and serve him, but I don’t have much of a choice. Lisa, the other waitress on duty, is busy tending to a group of faculty members at a table across the room, and my boss Della is behind the baby-blue Formica counter dishing out slices of pecan pie to three freshman girls sitting on the tall swivel stools.

I set my jaw and march up to Garrett, making my displeasure obvious as I meet his twinkling gray eyes. He runs a hand through his cropped dark hair and flashes a lopsided grin.

“Hey there, Hannah. Fancy meeting you here.”

“Yeah, fancy,” I mutter, yanking my order pad out of my apron pocket. “What can I get you?”

“A tutor.”

“Sorry, that’s not on the menu.” I smile sweetly. “We serve really good pecan pie, though.”

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