Sunday, May 3, 2015

Last Kiss (Hitman #3) by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick



Naomi: When I was kidnapped I thought only of survival. I don’t thrive well in chaos. That’s why I gave my captors exactly what they wanted: my skill with computers. Making millions for a crime lord who kept me imprisoned in his basement compound kept my family safe. When he was taken out, I thought my ticket to freedom had arrived. Wrong. I traded one keeper for another. This time I’m in the hands of a scarred, dark, demanding Russian who happens to be the head of the Bratva, a Russian crime organization. He wants my brain and my body. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued, but I can’t be a prisoner forever...no matter how good he makes me feel.

Vasily: At a young age, I was taught that a man without power is a puppet for all. I’ve clawed—and killed—my way to the top so that it is my heel on their necks. But to unify the fractured organization into an undefeatable machine, I need a technological genius to help me steal one particular artifact. That she is breathtaking, determined, and vulnerable is making her more dangerous than all of my enemies combined. But only I can keep her safe from the world that she now inhabits. Soon, I must choose between Naomi and Bratva law. But with every day that passes, this becomes a more impossible choice.



5 Vasily –is-my-volk Stars

Last Kiss is a standalone and is part of the Hitman series.

Book 1 - > Last Hit - > Nikolai and Daisy’s story

Book 2 - > Last Breath - > Daniel and Regan’s story. Regan is Daisy’s roommate.

Book 3 - > Last Kiss - > Vasily and Naomi’s story. Naomi is Daniel’s sister.

I love this series. Each book gets better and better and Last Kiss is my favorite so far.
Daniel saved Naomi, but she is yet again captured and this time by Vasily.  Vasily needs Naomi to locate a painting. This painting is pivotal.  The painting would help Vasiily control the Petrovich Bratva and help his sister.

The plan was to obtain the Emperor, find the Madonna, return home and wield absolute power over the Petrovich Bratva, and bring my sister home.

Naomi isn’t your typical Heroine.  She has Asperger’s.  You can sense it in the previous book and it’s made clear in Last Kiss.  She doesn’t process things the same way as everyone else. She doesn’t understand sarcasm, she says whatever is on her mind, she is highly intelligent, hates germs and loud noises.

 I was the Emperor. Captive of Hudson, hacker extraordinaire and cybercriminal misappropriating funds in exchange for the safety of my family. Now, I’m just Naomi Hays again.

The dynamics between Vasily and Naomi worked for me perfectly! I couldn’t imagine a better partnership. Vasily is like volk, a wolf. He bares scars on his body and just like Naomi, he can’t handle affection or human contact.

She is the witch and I am her wolf, her Volk. Order me, I think, tell me what to do.

I love Naomi.  She doesn’t understand social norms and her awkwardness is really cute to read. I love Vasily’s reaction towards her even more. Somehow, he just gets her and it’s completely adorable. He caters a lot towards Naomi’s hiccups, like how she likes brown foods and she has to wipe everything down before she can sit or touch anything.

Naomi is intrigued with Vasily and wants to help him. So it’s not a full blown kidnapping. I liked that she was willing.  As Vasily and Naomi get closer to the paintings, we dig deeper into Vasily’s past and we get a better understanding on why he is the way he is. I enjoyed these parts. I felt like I got a lot of character development and it made me feel and love Vasily more.

Don’t even get me started on the steam. Oh my gosh, this book is steamy and it made me blush a few times. The sex club scenes! Vasily enjoys pain and it’s not total BDSM, but something about Naomi slapping Vasily in face just makes it so hot!

I want her, more than I should, and I will do whatever I can to make it so she aligns herself with me.
I may not be able to trust her, but I want her. I may even need her.


Read this! You will not be disappointed.
 An ARC was provided

JESSICA CLARE
Jessica Clare is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who writes under three different names. As Jill Myles, she writes a little bit of everything, from sexy, comedic urban fantasy to zombie fairy tales. As Jessica Clare, she writes erotic contemporary romance.
She also has a third pen name (because why stop at two?). As Jessica Sims, she writes fun, sexy shifter paranormals. She lives in Texas with her husband, cats, and too many dust-bunnies. Jill spends her time writing, reading, writing, playing video games, and doing even more writing.
Jen Frederick

 
Last Breath (Hitman, #2) by Jessica Clare

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Confession (The Body Works Trilogy, #3) by Sierra Kincade


Time has done nothing to quell Anna’s need for Alec. She knows that she did the right thing walking away; the constant media attention that Alec’s been getting for testifying against Maxim Stein and Force Enterprises is evidence enough of that. But no matter how many times she warns herself that Alec is dangerous, she just can’t stay away—even after her connection to him once again threatens her life…

Alec knows the evidence he has against Max could stop him from hurting anyone ever again. But when it’s revealed that Alec stands to inherit everything from Max’s loss, his testimony is called into question—and Max could walk free putting Anna in harms’ ways once again. Now he’s beginning to wonder if any of this is even worth it—and if he and Anna will ever have a chance at true happiness…


3 Concluding Stars

The Confession is the last book in The Body Works Trilogy. The books must be read in order.
The Confession begins two and half months after where The Distraction left off. Anna and Alec still love each other, but they are not together anymore.  Alec doesn’t want Anna used against him because of his involvement with Maxim.

Why didn’t you try to change my mind after that night on the bridge?

For the same reason you ended it in the first place. Because I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to you.

So sad. I feel like Anna and Alec faced so much in the first two books and they are still battling to be with each other. It’s never a dull moment in their relationship.

Anna is distraught and doesn’t know what to do with herself. She isn’t eating and she’s still hopelessly in love with Alec. All she can think of is Alec, but she tries very hard to move forward.  If only her heart would let her.

Alec feels guilty for all the things he has put Anna through, even though his actions were indirect, but it still hurts him. He pushes Anna away and even **GASP** enters a new relationship with Janelle. I didn’t see that coming and I was okay with it. I wanted this mild tension. I wanted to see why Alec is acting the way he’s acting. I liked reading him pushing Anna away.

There was a sadness in him I couldn’t touch, and it worried a hole right through the middle of my chest.

During all of that. Alec is preparing for his testimony against Maxim Steim, which adds a whole slew of drama. Max is well connected and he isn’t going to make it easy on Alec. Max doesn’t want Alec to testify and Max will do ANYTHING to stop Alec.

All of this pushes and tests Alec and Anna’ s relationship.

I was his anchor, and he was mine.

I loved Alec Flynn. And nothing about that felt wrong

Anna and Alec are desperate to find anything that can help Max go to prison for good. They work together in finding Jessica Rowe.  As they work together the sexual tension is apparent and it’s hard to ignore the lingering feelings.

Tell yourself whatever you need to… That you don’t need me. That I’m not yours. But don’t make the mistake of believing it. Slow or not, this ends in the same place with you and me.

Every time I touch you, it shakes me. Every touch, even when it seems meaningless.

There’s a good amount of build-up and anticipation. People are after Anna, Anna still loves Alec, Alec continues to push Anna away and Max is still the crazy villain. The ending is very climatic and a lot happens. It’s an explosive ending and it will leave you feeling breathless and satisfied.

If you are a fan of the series, you will be happy with the conclusion.

An Arc was provided
 

Excerpt from The Distraction
Alec laid me on the bed, kissing me in a long, tender way that pulled at my heart.
“Don’t move,” he whispered. He disappeared into the shadows and I rose to my elbows, brows creased in concern when I realized he’d gone into the closet. Surely he wasn’t there to get the rope. When I’d said I wanted to try again I’d meant I needed him, not that I was ready to be tied up.

He returned with two silk neckties—things I’d seen him wear when we first met. A lump formed in my throat as he sat on the edge of the bed, holding them in his fist.
“Alec, I don’t want to ruin any of your fantasies tonight.”

His thumb whispered across my cheekbone.

“You didn’t ruin anything,” he said. “I don’t have a fantasy where you’re afraid.”
His words eased my mind but not my body; I still shivered when the tip of one of the neckties tickled my belly.

“Stay with me a little longer,” he said. “I swear, I won’t hurt you.”
I nodded, knowing that he didn’t mean physically, but mentally. Still anxious, I laid back down.
“I did this wrong before.” His voice was soft and low, and wrapped around me like a warm blanket. “Let me try to fix it. If it’s too intense, just say the word.”

I considered this. “Okay.”

The silk slid up my shoulders.

“I should have asked for your trust first,” he said.

Goosebumps rose on the side of my neck as the tie passed lightly over it.

“You have it,” I said.

He trailed the material up the side of my cheek, and then slowly covered my eyes. As he reached behind my head to tie it, his lips found mine, and he kissed me for a long time, until the nerves scattered and in their place was something more demanding.

He drew back.

“I should have told you that I’ll bring you back from anywhere I take you. I won’t leave you, and I won’t let you go.”

I gasped as he lifted my left wrist. He massaged the tender skin at the base of my palm, then kissed it. His tongue flicked over the red marks and I jerked, hypersensitive to his caress.
I concentrated on my breath, but was unable to feel Bobby’s restraints binding me as the tie slipped around my forearm. I waited for him to lift my wrist over my head to fasten it to the bed frame, but he did not. As I felt through the darkness, I found that he’d tied the other side to his own arm, the knot loose enough to turn or slip free if necessary.

His fingers wove through mine, feeling their way over the pads of my fingers. When our hands clasped, I shuddered, feeling somehow more joined to him than I did with him inside me.
“Alec,” I whispered. My senses were more acute with the wrap around my eyes. I could hear every compression in the mattress as he moved, feel the heat of his body as he adjusted his position to sit beside me. Desire throbbed low in my belly. I became desperate to know where he would touch me next.
“I should have told you I love you, Anna,” he murmured. “Because I do. I love you so much it hurts.”
I stilled.

“I can feel you inside me.” He moved our clasped hands over his heart, squeezing tightly. “When you’re in pain, I can’t breathe. And when you’re scared, I want to kill the man who did it, even if that’s me.”
What he said slayed me. I wanted to take off the blindfold, see his eyes, but I didn’t need to. The truth was right there in his touch.

“Forgive me,” he said.

I couldn’t speak, my throat was so tight. Instead I nodded, and he rested his forehead on my shoulder. He kissed my chest, right above my heart. And then my shoulder, and then higher—at the base of my neck.
I siphoned in a quick breath. The softest touch there was enough to ignite my senses.
“Is this okay?” he whispered.

“Yes.”

            He lightly pressed his lips just behind my ear and it felt like lightning zapping straight into my core. My back bowed, and my free hand squeezed the comforter. He shifted positions, and his tongue swirled just below my collarbone. The cool air did nothing to ease the heat rising inside of me. I began to pant, turning feverish as he held back what I needed. Feather-soft, his closed lips brushed over my shoulder, a brief whisper only. I quaked beneath him. My back dropped down hard enough to make the mattress bounce.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

He moved our joined hands, twisting his wrist so that my palm rested against the back of his hand. With our fingers overlapped, he drew a slow circle around my other breast. I pressed down, urging him to touch me more firmly, but he withheld.

“Watching you,” he said.

My cheeks flushed. “Do you like that?”

He guided our hands lower, and switched positions again, so that his hand was behind mine. When we reached his jeans, he pressed my hand over him, so that I could feel his answer.

His groaned as I reached for the button at the top of his fly.

“Not yet,” he said tightly. “Just let me touch you for a while.”


What happened next was like nothing I’d ever experienced. He felt me, every inch of me. With his lips. His tongue. His fingertips, and sometimes mine. Each kiss took me higher, drew me tighter. Time ceased to exist. All thoughts vanished. There was only my body, trembling from the inside out, throbbing with a need so powerful tears soaked the blindfold to my temples.

Sierra Kincade lives in the Midwest with her husband and son. When she’s not writing naughty books, she loves eating chocolate cupcakes, binge-watching cable series, and singing loudly in the car. She wholeheartedly believes that love stories are real, and you should never choose a partner who doesn't make you laugh.

A few of Sierra’s favorite things:

Bad boys with dirty mouths – English Breakfast tea with two packets of Sugar in the Raw – any movie or show with a choreographed dance routine – cinnamon toast – kids who say funny things – friends who raid her pantry without asking – bootleg jeans – making lists – old Garth Brooks songs – and of course, massages.
Twitter: @SierraKincade


Friday, May 1, 2015

Glimmer by Beth Kery


After graduating from her M.B.A. program, Alice Reed is surprised when she’s recruited for the management training experience at legendary Camp Durand, owned by Durand Inc.’s young, billionaire CEO, Dylan Fall. The company usually recruits from Ivy League schools, not insignificant colleges like Alice’s.

Alice enthusiastically accepts, but she still wonders why Dylan would choose a girl from the wrong side of the tracks for the prestigious program. But after a passionate encounter one night, she discovers exactly why—Dylan wants her, and Alice can hardly resist his fierce sexual appetites, though she is amazed that she could appeal to an experienced, sophisticated man like Dylan.

As Dylan introduces her to thrilling, erotic territory, Alice discovers a delicious new part of herself. Night after night, she steals away to find ecstasy and escape in Dylan’s arms. But behind her lover’s powerfully magnetic facade, Alice senses darkness, secrets from Dylan’s past lurking in his beautiful, lonely mansion—secrets that are starting to haunt Alice. And the ghosts of the truth might tear Dylan and Alice apart forever . . .


5 Glimmering Stars


If you haven’t read any books by Beth Kery, YOU.NEED.TO.READ.THIS.ONE.

Glimmer is a bam, in-your-face, sexy read. I was captivated, I was seduced and I couldn’t put it down. It was a delightful and happy surprise.

Dylan Durand is CEO of Durand Inc.  The company recruits potential managers by having the new hires go through a training process at their camp. The camp is focuses towards under privileged kids, by providing a positive outlet.   The new hires are in charge a set of kids to lead throughout the duration of the camp.

Alice just graduated and is surprised to find out that she landed a spot at the camp. She isn’t like the other hires. She doesn’t come from money and she doesn’t have connections.
But Dylan sees something in Alice during the interview and gives Alice a chance. 

You’re a goddess disguised as a bad-girl math geek.

I love when Dylan and Alice first meet. Alice goes in for an interview and Dylan is very polished and sophisticated. Alice doesn’t fumble during the interview, but her sassy mouth kind of gets her into trouble and she thinks she blows the interview. It’s completely adorable and cute.

I knew I was going to love this book.

 When Alice first arrives at the camp, it’s very apparent how different she is compared to the other hires. Some of them, like the girls kind of ignore her or make snarky comments. Of course there is someone (other than Dylan) who has interests in her and I love it!

Dylan shows up at the camp and you know where this is going! Dylan and Alice have great chemistry. I think what I loved about their relationship is that it wasn’t insta-love. Yes there’s incredible sexual tension, but I liked how they wanted to get to know each other. 

You don’t even know me

I know more than you think. And what I don’t know, I’m going to discover

What I really enjoyed is the mystery element of the book. There are some suspenseful parts and it sets a perfect background tone to the read. It’s kind of eerie, but completely addictive. You question who Dylan is, why is Alice paranoid, what secrets are Dylan keeping and what will happen to Alice?!
But during it all, the steamy scenes were the best! Oh my. Beth Kery did not disappoint. Glimmer is very kinky, but tasteful and very satisfying. I’m just being honest.

If he possessed her, he could control what happened to her. He could keep her- and in turn, a part of himself – safe and inviolate.

I can’t say it enough. I loved this book. I was completely surprised on everything. I loved the plot, the characters and the suspenseful parts. The book just worked from me. READ IT!



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Beth Kery is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of over thirty novels, novellas and serials. She writes contemporary romances as well as erotic contemporary romances, her hallmarks being emotional intensity, leap-off-the-page realistic characters and steamy sexual tension.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.




Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend...
Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)
Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.
Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.
Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve ...
Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…



5 Sincerely Stars

Sincerely, Carter is a standalone novel, written by the fabulous Whitney G.

Whit did it again. She created a funny, witty, delicious, could-not-stop-reading book! I loved Sincerely, Carter from start to finish. It was so FUNNY!!!! I couldn’t stop smiling. My face is sore from the laughter.

Carter and Arizona are best friends, since the fourth grade, or fifth grade, the date is yet to be determined. Regardless, they are inseparable.  The beginning starts with Carter writing to Arizona in elementary school. He basically tells her he hates her.

From there, they forge this crazy friendship. Years later, during the last years of college, they are still best friends. With no *gasp* lingering feelings. I really loved this. I loved how pure and innocent the relationship between the two of them were.  They truly didn’t see each other more than what they saw, just pals, buddies, amigos and it was perfect for them.

No one understood the relationship, especially the boyfriend and girlfriends. Carter and Arizona do not have the best of luck with romantic relationships, probably because they drop everything for each other.  Carter and Arizona do have other friends and I loved reading about them too. I love getting the other “friends” perspective. It added a nice dynamic to the book and it made it really comical.
Throughout the book, we read letters between Arizona and Carter during their childhood and I loved that too. I found those moments really cute and super adorable. You got a really good insight into the relationship.

The book shifts and it just kicks everything up a notch. Somehow the lines start to blur and “friends” slowly become more. Neither one wants to destroy the perfect relationship, but with school ending and both moving on the next part of their lives, things start to change.

Even in fourth grade (metal mouth included), I’d always thought she was cute – pretty even, but the woman walking toward us was more than that. Much more than that…

Sincerely, Carter reminds me a lot of Rachel Van Dyken lighter books. It’s just really face-paced, smart and SUPER light-hearted. These are the types of reads that always put me in a good mood. I also love love love best friends getting together. There was hardly any angst in this book. It’s just all around a sweet and fun read.

If you are a fan of Whit or just like happy books, then I recommend!
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A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Selena Ross) reach through your Kindle and slap them.

She is the "imaginary bestselling" author of the Jilted Bride Series, Mid Life Love, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul.

When she's not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here:
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2) by Elle Kennedy


 
He’s a player in more ways than one…
 
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
 
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
 
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.
 
 
 

6 Amazing Stars

I love this series so much! I love Elle Kennedy so much! I never want this series to end! OH.My.GOD. I LOVED ITTTTT!!!!!!!!!

The Mistake is a standalone and is part of the Off-Campus series. This is Logan’s story. He’s Garrett’s roommate.

I’ll admit. I was nervous reading this. I loved the Deal, like crazy mad-6-stars love so when I jumped into The Mistake I was on pin and needles.  Within the first chapter, I slapped myself in the face for ever doubting Elle Kennedy.

I don’t know who I love more, Garrett or Logan because both men make my heart putter and I’m a mess. I’m a goofy love-sick mess.

I absolutely love Grace. If I could be any Heroine in any series, it would be her.  She’s her own person. She doesn’t conform nor does she lash out. I find her adorable, lovable and the best friend I would want to have.  Grace is a freshman and as her year is almost over so she wants to live life a little. Yes she’s a virgin and even though she doesn’t plan on giving it up anytime soon, that doesn’t mean if she’s opposed to the idea.

Logan is Mr. Heartthrob. My panties are getting wet by just thinking of him. He doesn’t do girlfriends or relationships. He has a thing for Hannah, Garett’s girlfriend and you just feel Logan. I usually cringe when the Hero has lingering feelings on a previous Heroine, but Hannah is so awesome, I don’t blame Logan. So Logan doesn’t want to deal with his feelings and he gets lost with other girls.

Grace and Logan go to the same school, but they don’t really run into each other (they hang out with different groups of people), so when they do run into each other, it’s unexpected and completely adorable!!!!!

The chemistry is off the charts and can we say insta-lust! Of course Logan has issues. He has the Hannah thing and his family is stressing him out. He doesn’t understand what he feels towards Grace. But he does know that he loves being around her.

Why do you like me?

I’m not sure. We don’t know each other very well, but everything I do know about you, I like. And everything I don’t know, I want to find out.

Who wouldn’t? Grace is awesome. Like I said I love Grace. I love how Grace doesn’t swoon over Logan. Yes, she is attracted to him and I find her babbling while she is nervous completely endearing. I just wanted to put her in my pocket. I loved how Logan chases after Grace and I promise you the whole Hannah thing won’t distract you from the storyline.

Just like The Deal, The Mistake is filled with laugh out loud moments that will make your face ache because you will not be able to stop smiling. I could have read hundreds of more pages of this. This is my third book by Elle and this will not be my last. I’m going to pick up her Killer Instinct series, even if it’s another genre.

That’s how much I love this author. 
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The Deal (Off-Campus, #1) by Elle Kennedy
 
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A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!