Series Saturday: Stage Dive by Kylie Scott

I really have no words for how much I adore this series. The members of Stage Dive are flawed and broken and amazing and hot and irritating and all of the things that we love in our rockers. Reading them took me back to when I was a teenager and was convinced I would be my favorite rock stars great love. No I won’t tell you who that was because it will date me. Just know that this is one freaking awesome series and I can’t wait for the last book it come out. I will tell you that I’ve read the part in Lead when Jimmy grovels no less than 20 times its so freaking awesome. The fact that I’ve used the phrase freaking awesome three times so far when talking about this series should tell you how much I love it. Like always the buy links are at the bottom of the post. *Deep comes out in March.

lickWaking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favorite son is sure to be a wild ride.

 

 

 

 

playMal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

 

 

 

 

leadCan rock n’ roll’s most notorious bad boy be tamed by love?

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it—now he’s caught up in a life of hard partying and fast women. When a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant hired to keep him out of trouble.

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from her sexy boss and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far, he just might lose the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Can he convince his stubborn assistant to risk it all and let her heart take the lead?

 

 

 

deepTheir one night stand wasn’t supposed to end this way…

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the devastatingly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man who’s ever made her feel out of control with desire? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister, and no matter how hot the chemistry between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben has a moment of weakness in Sin City, he learns that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible…but will it lead to a true connection of the heart?

 

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

the selectionTitle: The Selection
Series: The Selections bk 1
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult/Dystopia

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Thoughts: My local book club picked this book to read for the month of January and I have to tell you all that I’m so glad they did, otherwise I’d never have discovered this amazing series. I’m going to guess that the rest of the series is as good as this book.

It took me a bit to get into the book, not because of the writing or the story line, more because I had so much going on. When I was finally able to sit down and read it, I couldn’t stop.

From the minute America showed up on the page I liked her. Here was an eighteen year old (I’m guessing at her age because I don’t remember it being given) who knows who she is and what she wants. What she wants is to sing, play her instruments and love Aspen.

There is only one kink, ok two kinks in her plans. The fact that in their caste system, she ranks higher than Aspen, making the possibility of her being allowed to marry him slim to non-existent. The second kink is her mom. Her mom has goals and aspirations for her, that aren’t what America wants.

When the letter comes both Aspen and her mom tell her to put her name in. This sets a course of action that will forever change America’s future.

When America gets to the palace and starts on her journey she has zero desire to have anything to do with the selection process. When a chance encounter puts her in the path of the prince before she’s supposed to meet him, her life once again shifts.

From the time that America gets to the palace till the end of the book, we get to see America grow and become a young woman that has the potential to change the world.

These are the kind of YA/NA books that I enjoy, ones where we get to see the heroine grow and come into her skin. The choices that America makes are ones that put her in the direct path of the prince more than any of the other girls.

When I closed this book I had to know what happens next, and because I’m coming late to this series (books 1-3 are already out) I cheated and found a review that gives the entire plot away so I’d know how it all ends. While I know how it ends I can’t wait to read the next book in this series to see it all happen for myself.

While this book is classified as a YA, it feels to me more like a NA only because objective of the series is for the prince to find a wife.

Grade A

Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James

three weeks with lady xTitle: Three Weeks with Lady X
Series: The Desperate Duchess #7
Author: Eloisa James
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb:

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.
Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.
But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.
Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.
But there is only one thing that will make India his—the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose…
His fierce and lawless heart.

This book is AWESOME but also a thought into woman’s mind.  At first I was on Lady X side but when I finished the book and gave it some thought, she set herself up for heartbreak.  Here’s what happened.

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Dark Shadows by T.G. Ayer | Release Day Blitz

 
 



My name’s Ella Raimi.
Until last week, my life was pretty normal for a sixteen-year-old. Until I spent that awful night trapped in the janitor’s closet in utter darkness. Until the dreams began — suffocating, panic-filled dreams. My best friend Kyla stays with me, but the dreams still continue. And I wake each morning with cuts & burns on my skin. I don’t recall inflicting them.
And then there is the blood on my hands and my sheets when I wake up.
I’m afraid of myself and what I’ve done.
And I’m beginning to be more afraid of Kyla. And what she will do

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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

 
My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.
 
 
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No Matter What by Erin Nicholas

tnNoMatterWhatTitle:  No Matter What

Series:  Billionaire Bargains Book #1

Author:  Erin Nicholas

Genre:  Romance

Blurb:   The best doesn’t come cheap…and this time it could cost him his heart. Handsome billionaire Adam Steele is good. Good at getting his way. If nothing else, money always works—until he realizes he can’t buy his daughter’s way out of her new wheelchair. Three private physical therapists later, he’s almost given up on Emily walking again. Then he meets Dr. Jaden Monroe. And his match. Feisty physical therapist Jaden Monroe has never met a man quite like Adam. She’s not sure if it’s his I’m-in-charge attitude or the heat in his eyes when he looks at her, but she finds herself wanting to say yes to anything he asks. Like when he asks her to help his daughter walk again. Of course, the million dollars he offers—just enough to finish the pediatric rehab wing Jaden has been working for and dreaming of—is hard to say no to as well. But Jaden didn’t anticipate a teen whose injuries are more than physical. Or a man so passionate and devoted—and as tenacious as she is. As she and Adam fight their attraction ,the only thing harder than keeping her promise will be keeping a hold on her heart. This book has been previously published and has been expanded from its original release. Warning: Contains heated arguments that erupt only slightly more often than hot kissing, a new perspective on kitchen appliances, and sizzling sex occurring everywhere BUT the bedroom (though they eventually make it there).

Thoughts:  I was a little late on discovering the bright star that is Erin Nicolas – my first book by her was She’s The One, her first title in the Counting On Love series. Only then did I read it as ‘research’ for the blog here at The Book Reading Gals, since I was asked to host a book chat and I wanted to be familiar with the book. I loved the book (of course!) – and I loved hosting that book chat and getting to know Erin personally (still one of the best authors I know!) – as well as getting to know all our followers of the blog! Since then, I have made it a point to go back and read some of her other books – as well as try to keep up with her new ones – which is a challenge since she is constantly putting out book after book! J Fans of hers will recognize this one as a re-issue – but it comes out in time to get it ready to expand it into a new series! However, for me it is still new either way!

Honestly, I loved the whole scope and aspect of this story. I think one of the very first romance novels I first picked up was about physical therapist working with children who fell in love with the father of one of her patients, and since then this has been a theme I’ve been rather fond of. Of course, that was years ago, and that book had nothing on this one! Erin’s unbelievable talent holds true in this one, and it is interesting to see Jaden hold her own against Adam – and stay true to the values of what she believes in and the best interest of her patient, regardless to the personal hardships it meant for her. It was a beautiful story with great characters and just another great novel by Erin – can’t wait to read the others in the series!

Rate:  A

The second book in the series, What Matters Most is out now, with the third, All That Matters due out on Feb 10, 2015!

Home For Christmas by Fiona Greene

cover55325-mediumTitle:  Home For Christmas

Series:  N/A

Author:  Fiona Greene

Genre:  Romance

Blurb:   What began as an impersonal-but-cheerful holiday gift for a soldier far from home becomes so much more…

Sergeant Tate McAuliffe, stationed in Afghanistan, opens his Christmas care package from Australia and is stunned by both its contents and the sender.

Fun-loving Christmas tree designer Layla Preston is a breath of fresh air for loner Tate. Although they’ve never met, their email friendship quickly develops and their feelings for each other deepen.

But Layla knows the heartache that loving a soldier can bring and when Tate is injured, her deep-seated fear drives them apart. With their relationship in tatters, can Layla and Tate work through their differences, so Layla can welcome Tate home for Christmas?

Thoughts:  This was a really sweet, distance-based romance about two people who fall in love with each other from afar while corresponding after a Christmas care package that really touches one of the soldiers overseas. They both find something they need in each other – but also find something they most fear there as well. Don’t let the military aspect of the story mislead you – for the most part, the story is relatively a quiet one – not much action to be seen within the pages of this one. It’s a soft, contemporary story, and the Australian spin on it gives you a nice glimpse somewhere else for the holidays – not enough to leave you confused, but like your vacationing with family somewhere else. A very heartwarming tale for the holidays! For me though, it was only half finished – it still felt like they had a way to go for me. Sure, the story was drawn out for awhile through their letters and correspondence – but once they were able to physically be together, I wanted to see how that impacted their relationship. I wanted to see a little more of them actually together before the book wound down to a close, otherwise it just seemed a little too….unfinished for me.

Rate:  B+

Viper Game by Christine Feehan

cover56633-mediumTitle:  Viper Game

Series:  Ghostwalker Series Book #11

Author:  Christine Feehan

Genre:  Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blurb:   GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would leador to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she’s desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imaginedwhere desire is the deadliest poison of all.

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Stirred Up by S.E. Hall and Angela Graham

stirred upTitle: Stirred Up
Author: S.E. Hall & Angela Graham
Genre: Contemporary

Certain men. Certain professions. Some things are just universally sexy.
But maybe not quite this sexy…
“Lay back for me.”

Thoughts: So someone I trust about books told me and another friend today that we needed to read this book. Both authors are new to me, so I was both excited and trepidatious about it. The one thing that had me questioning my sanity was the lack of blurb. While I understand why the author did this (I hate writing blurbs) this screamed to me as a reader I don’t want to tell you about this book I want you to buy it based on the hot half naked guy on the cover.

Not knowing what I was getting into I dived into it.

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Series Saturday: Market Garden by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

This series has come highly recommended to me and while I haven’t read it yet I do have it on my TBR pile. This series is a m/m series and takes place in a brothel. So be warned. As always the buy links for the series will be at the bottom of the post.

For love or money . . .

Welcome to Market Garden, a London club that caters to the better-off. Businessmen and bankers come here to relax and indulge in their every whim and fantasy, and Market Garden offers it all in top-shelf quality: threesomes, voyeuristic pleasures, domination, ropes and camo and leather. Men of every stripe, colour, and nationality deliver these high-end services—everyone has their reasons to sell sex. And it’s the hottest sex in town.

And sometimes, it’s even served with a side of true love.

tristan and jaredTristan and Jared are rentboys at the Market Garden, a London club that caters to the better-off. Jared has been crushing on Tristan for months—he’s no more immune to Tristan’s cockiness and confidence than the johns, and those are just Tristan’s inner qualities.

Just as Jared’s about to chat Tristan up, a businessman asks for something a little different: he wants to book them both. They agree, and Jared finds himself going from crush to mind-bending lust as he’s made the pawn in a sexual power game.

After that first amazing—and lucrative—experience together, they find their niche as an exclusive double act. Except Tristan is less and less interested in getting money out of the johns these days. He wants his partner in crime, and he wants the seduction to be real. But is Jared just in this for the pay, or might he actually reciprocate Tristan’s feelings?

This collection includes: - Quid Pro Quo – Take It Off – Payof

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Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong

cover51288-mediumTitle:  Otherworld Nights

Series:  Anthology

Author:  Kelley Armstrong

Genre:  Paranormal

Blurb:   Rare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series

It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won’t be disappointed—they’ll find plenty of surprises are in store.

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Lane Changes (Cassie Cruise Mysteries) (Volume 1) by S.L. Ellis

TiLaneChangestle: Lane Changes

Series: Cassie Cruise Mysteries, Volume 1

Blurb: Cassie Cruise wants her life back as a kick-ass private investigator. Trouble is, she has zero credibility since bungling a case on reality TV. After a public tantrum, she slinks off to bury her head in the sandy beaches of Southwest Florida. Just as she starts over as the owner of The Big Prick Tattoo Shop, a body is discovered in the trunk of her burning car. Cassie’s aware there are those who’d get in line for their turn to torch her car. But murder? You don’t have to like her, but you damn well better respect her. And get out of her way–this is one case she intends to solve, with or without an audience.

Thoughts: For a fun mystery with just enough clues this is the right book for you. This is a great story and a good start for new author S.L. Ellis. I’d be interested to see how the series progresses. Cassie’s character is brash but fun to read. You have your character to hate Loretta aka Tillie and you have the Del, the detective who helps Cassie feel vindicated and he does the right thing who is also a mama’s boy but someone you can’t help but love. Then you have the boyfriend who should be supportive but isn’t and then there is her best friend Lane who’s personality changes at the drop of a hat hence the title ‘Lane Changes’. Then of course you have to have the family drama in the case it’s her mom with the issues and the love hate relationship. Overall the book has all the right elements to keep you turning the page and wanting to know what comes next. Overall I enjoyed the story and the book.

Grade: A

Flames of Passion by Kayla Perrin

cover54812-medium Title: Flames of Passion
Author: Kayla Perrin
Genre: Romance
Blurb:Their spark is burning hot…

Betrayed by love in the past, Nya Lowe has vowed to steer clear of future heartbreak. But when she sees her deceitful ex at a party, she does something totally out of character and puts the moves on sexy San Diego firefighter Tyler Johansen. Her payback plan backfires when her counterfeit “boyfriend” starts breaking down her defenses…kiss by sizzling kiss.

Tyler risks his life every day, but he isn’t ready to gamble with his heart again. Yet ever since the sultry photographer kissed him, all he wants is to keep Nya in his arms. As they stoke the flames of a dangerous desire, a suspicious fire and near-fatal collision raise the stakes for them. Will they both be burned again? Or can they trust each other enough to turn their pretend romance into a forever love

This book was a little disturbing and awkward.  The main character felt like a loose cannon and I stopped feeling sorry for her, really fast.  Here’s why.

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Going Long by Cari Quinn

22878104Title:  Going Long

Series:  Boys of Fall Series

Author:  Cari Quinn

Genre:  Romance, Contemporary

Blurb:   Wade Bennett is the younger brother of Colton Bennett, who happens to be the all-around perfect brother. In high school, Colt was a star linebacker while Wade was the punter, an important job without all of the glory. Colt also got all of the girls while Wade focused on school, family and his music. When Charlene Martinez—the only girl he’s ever truly wanted—falls for Colt, Wade decides to take his chances with music and goes on the road. Leaving behind his family, his new best friend, Rafe, and Charlene, who has feelings for Wade she’s never allowed herself to feel.

Years in Nashville have hardened the soft, dreamy guy who just wanted to sing and hang out with his dog, Melody. He’s found success on a small scale and has enough money to make a nice living, even if he knows he’ll never compete with his big brother. After Coach Carr has his heart attack, Wade comes home to help the man who helped him make the decision to go all those years ago.

Now coming home is all he wants…especially since a newly divorced Charlene is single again after divorcing Colt. And Wade is no longer a boy unwilling to fight for what—and who—he needs…

Thoughts:  I kind of expected to really love this book – I always enjoy when two brothers have had a thing for the same girl for years, though the execution of this one fell a bit short for me. They were each immature, with Wade feeling like Charlene knew his feelings when she apparently didn’t, Charlene being interested in Wade but skipping off to get involved with his brother even though she was really interested in Wade all along – and the worst part is that they don’t get any better in the maturity level now that they were supposedly older! Even worse, Colt – who swooped in and stole the girl his brother was in love with – acts like he has no idea why his brother wants nothing to do with him later on. It was just that immaturity level of the characters overall that bothered me throughout the book.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a great book and kept your attention from beginning to end. It fell in easily the other books in the Boys of Fall series, and the story was an engaging one. I was just hoping to really love it.

Rate:  A-

Sunday Snippet: Meet Me in Scotland by Patience Griffin

I’m not going to lie, when I read the blurb and this excerpt I KNEW I had to read this book. I’m so glad I am and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it with everyone.

Just as Emma Castle’s plane landed in Scotland, she pulled out her phone and viewed the incriminating evidence once again. Bollocks. The damned video had gone viral. Exactly as her boss back in Los Angeles—now her ex-boss—had feared. She still couldn’t believe it. Fired. Egghead Emma had been fired.

The video wasn’t a sex tape, which her parents certainly would’ve preferred over the reality of what was hitting the Internet. She watched the forty-eight second clip for a third time. How superior her British accent sounded, how smug she looked, like she had all the answers. Those forty-eight seconds had irrevocably changed her future. Thirty years old and already a washout.  Oh, bloody hell, what would she do now?

Well, that’s why she was here sitting on the tarmac—hoping to figure things out with her best friend, Claire. As the other passengers pulled down their bags and left the plane, she stared out the window to what looked like midnight in the dead of winter. It was early evening, but a huge blizzard was brewing. An accurate metaphor for her life. She slid her phone back into her pocket.

Certainly I’m not the only marriage therapist in the world who doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters.

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Series Saturday: Alpha Pack by J.D. Tyler

I came into this series at book 3 and I have to tell you I haven’t looked back since. Not only are the heroes deliciously Alpha (hence the name of the series) but the heroines can hold their own not only against the heroes but also the bad guys. Each book of this series gets better and better and I can’t wait to see where Tyler takes us.

primal lawFounded by a group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers tasked with eliminating the most dangerous predators in the world. But the gift of their abilities comes at a price…

After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight—and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who reawakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.

On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities. And as Jax and Kira circle both the killer and each other, Jax will have to decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth breaking the ultimate shifter rule—because bonding with Kira means putting his abilities at risk, and they might be the only tools he has to keep his mate alive.

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