Friday, February 27, 2015

With Everything I Am (The Three #2) by Kristen Ashley


One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct, an instinct to protect. In the form of wolf, he meets a young human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn’t quite understand. 

Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant, always guarding against exposure. 

Intelligence leaks that Sonia is Callum’s human mate. He is now King of the Werewolves and has war on his hands. He’s forced to claim his mate and integrate Sonia into a world that is strange and frightening. 

As Sonia attempts to adjust, Callum attempts to cope with the knowledge that his mate is mortal. He will have her beauty and gentleness only the length of a mortal life making their union unbearably bitter even as Sonia makes it unbelievably sweet.





4.5 King Wolf Stars

I’m starting to REALLY like this series. Oh my gosh. If you loved Until the Sun Falls from the Sky, then you will LOVE With Everything I Am. I felt like this one had EVERYTHING I looked for in a KA novel.

Strong Alpha Check

Adorable HeroineCheck

Crazy, sexual tensionCheck

Interesting, page-turning plot Check

Unforgettable Steamy ScenesDouble Check

This was a GREAT book. This is Callum and Sonia story, which happens to be the wolf story. I’m a fan of paranormal reads and I love how KA wrote these. There’s no crazy language or hard stories to follow. It’s simple and straight forward. The main plot is the about the two characters, nothing less and nothing more. It’s Perfect.

The prologue was fantastic. I was hooked from the beginning and I had to dive into the story. Callum will soon be King and when he is, he will need a Queen. Before Sonia’s birth, she has been destined to be Queen. The thing is, she is human and she doesn’t know she is going to be Callum’s Queen.

I loved how Callum knew about Sonia and when it was time for Sonia to be Queen, he went all out on her. He wanted to claim her and bring her back to his people. I also loved that Sonia is human and she has no idea what wolves and vampires are.

So a HUGE part of the book is Callum and Sonia working on the relationship. I love it when a big, dominate male chases away the Heroine. It just gives me a tingly sensation in my belly and I can’t get enough of it. It’s super cute to read Callum telling what Sonia needs to do, like cook, clean and when to speak. It’s also funny to read Sonia finding the situation so difficult.

Sonia does frustrate me at times and there’s mild angst towards the middle. Everyone knows I’m not a fan of angst, but it didn’t really bother me so much. Also, I usually don’t like long books, but I seriously couldn’t put this sucker down.

It’s just that good

If you are a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed with this one. I can’t wait to read the final book.






Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). 

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. 

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Always Loving You (Danvers #6) by Sydney Landon

 
Ava Stone has spent her entire life looking over her shoulder—waiting for the past to catch up with her....

After surviving a horrific attack as a teenager, Ava has never been able to truly overcome her fears. The incident was covered up by her family so she wouldn’t have to deal with it publicly—yet only one person understands what she had to endure in private: her brother’s best friend, MacKinley Powers, who found her the night of the attack. But even he doesn’t know everything—and she’s afraid to open up to him.

Mac has loved Ava for most of his life—and being in close contact with her every day as head of security for Danvers International isn’t helping. In fact, it makes him realize the painful truth: He has to walk away to keep his sanity. But when Ava is forced to rely on the only man who has never let her down, can Mac break through the protective walls she’s needed for so long?
  
 
 

4 Loving You Always Stars

Always Loving You is book six of the Danvers series and it can be read as a standalone.

This is my first book by Sydney Landon. I love trying new authors and I just had so much cover love with this one. I was instantly hooked within the first few chapters.

Always Loving You starts with a bang and it really set the tone for the read. I was thinking this was going to be a dark read, but it’s not. It’s a very cute and light book, despite the opener.

Ava has a lot of baggage. She experienced heavy stuff when she was a teenager and it kind of shapes her into woman she is currently. She’s a little reclusive and is very cautious of the opposite sex. I really liked Ava. I felt for her and you just wanted to give her a hug. It’s only natural she acts the way she acts.

Ava is kind of in this slump. She’s been scared for so long, she wants to take charge of her life again and so she does all this dare-devil stuff. I love this! I love the take life by the balls kind of mentality. She doesn’t do anything crazy, just riding motorcycles, but its things she’s never tried and it was fun to read.

Mac is the only thing that is constant in Ava’s life. Mac loves Ava, but he feels she was too immature to be with him. Finally, when he felt like Ava was ready, Ava had the “accident”, which made Ava push people away, including Mac.

Mac is a realistic hero. He wants love and a relationship, but he kind of wants it at the right time. He doesn’t want to date Ava when she isn’t ready for him, yet he doesn’t know how much longer he can wait for her.

There’s a lot of angst in this book. It’s about Ava and Mac trying to work out the issues with all the baggage and obstacles. The thing that made me cringe just a tiny bit is that Mac has a girlfriend. It’s my thing, I have issues with the leading Hero dating a very nice girl while the leading Heroine is kind of like the other girl (sort of). I know a lot of people don’t have this issue. In all honesty, it didn’t take away from the story, it just made my heart beat a little too fast because I really liked Mac’s girlfriend.

Ava also has issues being touched and I’m a big fan of damsels in distress but everyone knows that.

If you are a fan of angst and two friends trying to figure out their issues, then this one is for you.


An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
 
 
Sydney Landon is the New York Times Best Selling author of:  Weekends Required, Not Planning on You, Fall For Me, Fighting For You, Betting on You, No Denying You and Pierced.  Sydney is currently working on the next book in the Danvers’ Series as well as the Pierced Series. When she isn’t writing, Sydney enjoys reading, swimming and being a mini-van driving, soccer mom.  She lives with her family in Greenville, South Carolina
 
 

 


 

Monday, February 23, 2015

By Any Other Name by J.M. Darhower


 

A deadly rivalry.
Two families at war.
Nobody is safe, not even the innocent.
Especially the innocent.
Blood will be spilled.

Genevieve "Genna" Galante knows a thing or two about causing trouble. After all, it's engrained in her DNA. As the only daughter of Primo Galante, notorious boss of the Galante crime family, her life is dictated by a certain set of rules… rules Genna was never very good at following.

Matteo "Matty" Barsanti never wanted anything to do with the family business, but as the first-born Barsanti son, certain things are expected of him. It's his duty, according to his father, to help take down the enemy... even if that enemy means something to him.

A chance encounter on an elevator changes the course of lives, causing the biggest trouble of Genna's young life. The only good Barsanti is a dead Barsanti. She's heard it said time and time again. So what happens when she falls in love with one of them?

The story of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of the biggest rivalry New York has ever seen, determined to make it… if only they can survive their parents' feud.

 
6 Beautiful Star Crossed Stars
 
J.M. Darhower did it again. She created a story I loved, craved and I couldn’t get enough of.
 
#BOOKHANGOVER
 
I loved LOVED LOVED By Any Other Name (BAON). It had EVERYTHING I look for in a read.
 
Romance CHECK
 
Star-crossed lovers CHECK
 
Drama CHECK
 
Steam CHECK
 
LOVEABLE characters CHECK
 
Genna is a Galante and Matty is a Barsanti. Sixteen years ago a tragedy occurred which altered the relationships between both families.  Two families, once two friends are now enemies. Matty has been away since the tragedy, but he’s back in town. 
 
Genna and Matty get stuck in an elevator and develop a fast and insta-lust relationship.  Neither know who each other are and do not care.
 
Oh god, could the beginning get any better? I love the Prologue. It set the tone of the book and it got me ready for the string events, because this is a Darhower book, I know I’m going to get emotional.  I loved how Genna and Matty meet.  It’s very fast, but the pace was PERFECT.
 I can’t stress how much I love the tone and pace of this book. I could have read hundreds of more pages, yet I was completely satisfied with the amount I got.
 
It’s like pure magic.
 
Of course, nothing good can happen with two star crossed lovers and thus the angst, drama and roller coaster of events begin. I gobbled it up like a hooker needing a fix. I love every second of it. I love the secondary characters too. I loved reading about Genna’s brother, Dante and Matty’s brother Enzo. I love that the book is focused around family.
 
I love the main characters as well. Genna’s character is at first reckless and I question how much I was going to like her, but soon, I saw her true colors and it made me simply like her more. She’s a strong girl, but has a heart of gold and loves her family.
 
I like how Matty was never involved in his family, but when got back in town, he’s thrown in the thick of it and he doesn’t want anything to do with it. I love his positive relationship with his brother and I love his affection with Genna.
 
The thing that worked so well for me was just the balance of everything. I had just enough everything and it always kept me on my toes. I had the right balance of backstory, character development, issues and getting to the big finale that left me with a good book hangover.
 
If you are a fan of Sempre, Darhower or just want a good romance book, THIS IS FOR YOU. I recommend to all.    
 


"A Roman Coke," Genna mused. "What's that?"

"It's rum and Coke. We just call it a Roman Coke around here."

"Because you're Italian?"

"And because when you get drunk enough, it all just slurs together anyway."

"Ah." Genna picked hers up, motioning toward him with it. "So what are we drinking to?"

"Today."

"Today?"

He nodded. "Right now, this moment. Let's drink to it."

Smiling, she clinked her glass with his. "Today, then."

They threw them back at the same time. The liquor hit Genna's taste buds and she grimaced, the vicious burn seeping down her throat and settling deep in her chest. "Ugh, is there even any Coke in this damn thing?"

Matty laughed, setting his empty glass down. "Just a splash."

"I couldn't tell."

"That's because I prefer it that way," he responded. "Strong and rough, enough to leave a lingering ache. I like it to hurt just a bit."

Oh good God. Those words sent a chill down Genna's spine, one she couldn't hide, as Matty waved for the waitress. Eyes never leaving Genna, he ordered another round of drinks.
"Another?" she asked, picking up the water to take another sip, this one to soothe the sting in her chest. "You said one drink."

A sly smile curved his lips. "I like to keep them coming."

"Is that right?"

"Absolutely." Matty stood, leaning across the table, his lips near her ear. "Maybe you'll let me show you later."



J.M. Darhower is a USA Today bestselling author, best known for her Mafia romantic suspense novels. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn't busy writing (or being a fangirl) she's usually ranting about those things.
 


 
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Friday, February 20, 2015

The Distraction (The Body Works Trilogy #2) by Sierra Kincade

The seductive story that started in The Masseuse continues...

Anna Rossi knows that opening your heart only gets you hurt. But Alec Flynn is just too good to resist…

It’s been three long months since Anna’s seen Alec, since he saved her life and lit up her soul with unquenchable desire. Being without him has left her on edge, but his bravery has motivated her to change her life and go after what she’s always wanted—a job where she can help people. She can’t wait to show Alec the woman she’s become in his absence, or to prove how much she’s missed him…

Three months away has done nothing to slake Alec’s need for Anna. Unfortunately, it hasn’t made his life any less dangerous. The last thing he wants to do is hurt Anna, but if giving her up is the only way to save her, he’s not sure he can do that either. He’s determined to have her for as long as he can. Except his past is creeping up on him faster than he knows, and this time he may not be able to keep her from becoming collateral damage…

4 WOW – Pins and needles Stars 

I’m starting to really like this series.  The series starts a bit rocky, but The Distraction, totally blew me away. 

First off, I’ve been in a suspenseful kick lately, so I really enjoyed that element in the book.  I also like that this was just about Alec and Anna. 

The Distraction is a true romance story

 The Distraction picks up where The Masseuse left off. Its three months later and Alec is coming home from prison. I really enjoyed the beginning.  I thought it was cute reading Anna’s internal dialogue. She’s really nervous about Alec coming back and she wants everything to be perfect for him. 

The separation is nonexistent and I love that. I can’t stand it when the main characters are broken up in the second book of the series. 

Usually book two in series are filler books, but I didn’t get that with this one. From start to finish, it was just about Alec and Anna. I really connected to the characters and I understood their frustrations. 

Alec and Anna care for each other so much, but there are so many obstacles in the way.  

I don’t know everything about you, Anna. But if you give me time, I will

Everything in my life comes back to you. And if you think I give a damn about what anyone else thinks then you’re wrong. 

Alec needs to testify in trial, but the threat of Alec being hunted down lingers in the background of the story. Anna is soon becoming a target based on her relationship with Alec.

I completely enjoyed it! Oh the chase, the hunt, the villains! I tell you, I love me some villains, the nastier the better and Sierra Kincade didn’t disappoint. Oh and the steam is amazing.

Throughout everything, the story goes back to the main focus, Alec and Anna.  I love the relationship between Alec and Anna because they have the perfect balance of tension and passion. 

Its new to me … Feeling like I deserve it like I deserve you. It’s such a big feeling, sometimes I don’t know what to do with it.

… with you, the one thing that feels safest is the one thing that scares me the most.  

The Distraction is a great follow-up to The Masseuse.  It’s completely polished, it kept me on my toes and I fell in love with Anna and Alec a little bit more. 

I can’t wait for the next book.
An Arc was provided in exchange for an honest review


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

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The Gentleman Mentor by Kendall Ryan




To be release May 5th

Fit, masculine, educated male, late-20’s.
Discreet and forthcoming.
Under my direction and guidance women learn seduction techniques, how to achieve climax with and without a partner, explore physical gratification, and more.
Dominant, but don’t be scared, kitten, I’m not into pain.
Do not be misled. I am pure mischief. But I’m the best kind of trouble.
So, what do you say? Do you feel like being naughty?
If you’re ready to reach new levels of pleasure, contact me at @thedominantgentleman Serious inquires only.



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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Quarterback Draw (Play by Play, #9) by Jaci Burton

 
Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star—flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.

Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn’t have time for fun—much less a boyfriend—but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina’s rule.

Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina’s afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he’s a man of style and substance
 
 
 
4.5 Touchdown stars

Quarterback Draw is a standalone in the Play by Play series. This is my second book I’ve read from this series and I’m slapping myself because I don’t know why it took me so long to read them.

Quarterback Draw is a cute, make-me-happy kind of read that is PERFECT to read in between those serious books.

Grant is a football player, quarterback to be exact. He’s doing a promotional shoot in Barbados and he’s paired with a model. The model is beautiful Katrina.

I know what you are thinking. Model? Seriously? What average book-reader like myself would like reading a model as the Heroine? Well, me. I really like Katrina. She’s down-to-earth, sweet, pretty and the best part, she’s a single mom! (I’ve said it before, I love reading single moms). Her mom died and she has to take care of her two teenage siblings.

I really liked the storyline because Katrina isn’t your typical model. She’s really strong and independent and I loved that her siblings aren’t brats. The kids are completely adorable and really kept my interest in the book.

Grant is fantastic. Who doesn’t like a sexy muscular sports player? He isn’t looking for a relationship, but when he sees Katrina and starts to get to know her, he can’t help but want to be with her all the time. Even though they don’t live in the same state.

Katrina is all about responsibility and setting a good example for her siblings. She doesn’t have time for Grant, but she’s been single for so long, he’s bringing something out of her. Something that she hasn’t felt in a long time. Lust!

The relationship between Katrina and Grant is cute. I love reading Grant trying to pursue Katrina and I love Katrina getting flustered. Don’t even get me started with the steam! It didn’t disappoint.

If you haven’t read any of the book in this series, then I suggest you start with this one. It did not disappoint.


An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
 

 
Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.. Visit her website at www.jaciburton.com for excerpts, her blog and contest information.