Thursday, March 31, 2016

ARC Review: The Sutherlands - One Family Saga: 10 Sexy Stories

Title: The Sutherands - One Family Saga: 10 Sexy Stories

Author: USA Today Bestsellers Robin Covington and Kelly Jamieson, Wall Street Journal Bestseller Terri Osburn, and critically-acclaimed and Amazon best-selling authors Alison Bliss, Shyla Colt, Avery Flynn, Abby Niles, Julie Particka, Joya Ryan and Naima Simone

Synopsis:

Meet the Sutherlands, a Texas oil family that doesn't break the rules...they make their own. This box set of sizzling hot, never before published full-length novels and novellas about the Sutherland family alpha heroes and kickass heroines just might melt your e-reader and will definitely help you find your next book boyfriend.

Featuring:
"Shadow Ranch" by USA Today Bestseller Robin Covington
"Screwed" by USA Today Bestseller Kelly Jamieson
"Wrecked" by WSJ Bestseller Terri Osburn
"Foolish Expectations" by Alison Bliss
"Under the Evening Star" by Shyla Colt
"Brazen" by Avery Flynn
"Stripped" by Abby Niles
"Not the Marrying Kind" by Julie Particka
"One Forbidden Virgin" by Joya Ryan
"Sweet Surrender" by Naima Simone

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall Rating of Anthology based on stories I read: 4 out of 5 stars

"Foolish Expectations" by Alison Bliss - 5 out of 5 stars (Favorite Story in Collection)
"Under the Evening Star" by Shyla Colt - 4 out of 5 stars
"Shadow Ranch" by Robin Covington - 4 out of 5 stars
"Brazen" by Avery Flynn - Did Not Read
"Screwed" by Kelly Jamieson - 5 out of 5 stars
"Stripped" by Abby Niles - 5 out of 5 stars
"Wrecked" by Terri Osburn - Did Not Read
"Not the Marrying Kind" by Julie Particka - 4 out of 5 stars
"One Forbidden Virgin" by Joya Ryan - 4 out of 5 stars
"Sweet Surrender" by Naima Simone 5 out of 5 stars (Second Favorite Story in Collection)

So I was going to originally write separate reviews for every story in this collection, but after thinking it over I think it's best to just write one review for the 8 stories that I had the time to read in this anthology. The Sutherland anthology was full of so many fantastic contemporary romance stories. As you can see from my individual ratings for each story, every story I read was either a 4 star read or a 5 star read. All of the authors who contributed to the collection really brought their A game with their stories and delivered fun, flirty emotional reads that had me reading way past my bedtime. And the best thing about the collection was that there was a little bit of everything for everybody. The stories in the collection range from accidental pregnancies and marriages of conveniences to swoon-worthy M/M romance and steamy BDSM romance and I thoroughly enjoyed every single story I read. The only thing I kind of hoped the authors would have done in this collection that they didn't do as much was make it clear how all the Sutherlands were connected. I get that it's a big family and some characters did crossover from one story to the next, but I kind of wanted the connections between them to be more obvious and more important in all of the stories. Regardless, all of the stories were great and I highly recommend this anthology because trust me it doesn't disappoint.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Leveling the Field by Megan Erickson

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is Leveling the Field by Megan Erickson!

Synopsis:

Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer—a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it—to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman…under him, over him, against the nearest wall…he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only one of them.

It takes approximately two seconds for Lissa Kingsman to recognize Ethan as the popular YouTube gamer who fell off the planet years ago. But this Ethan is different than the charming man she used to watch, and the crush she had on him then is nothing compared to the way she’s lusting after the brooding man he is today. If sex is all he can give her, fine. Why not use that bearskin rug in her studio for something other than a prop? But she’s determined to put a chink in his armor, no matter how much he resists.

Leveling the Field releases May 2, 2016!!!

Why I'm waiting:

Leveling the Field is the fourth book in the Gamers series by one of my all-time favorite authors of all time, so naturally I'm super duper excited. Plus, it's Ethan's book! I know people who haven't read the previous books in this series won't understand why this makes me so excited, but I've been waiting more Ethan Talley to get his HEA since he was first introduced in the first book last year, so basically at the moment I need this book more than I need air. I really hope that no one needs me to be productive the day this is released because Ethan and Lissa are going to take priority.

So what are some of you all's most anticipated reads?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Virtual Tour: Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)


Happy release day to Six Degrees of Scandal, the fourth book in the Scandalous series, by Caroline Linden!!!

Synopsis:

Olivia Townsend is in trouble and out of options. Pursued by a desperate man in search of a lost treasure, which she doesn’t have, she’s got only two things in her favor: her late husband’s diary, which she was never meant to see… and the man who was her first-and only-love. Losing him broke her heart, though she’s been careful to hide it for the last ten years. But when he comes to her aid and vows to stand by her this time, no matter what, she can’t help but hope things will be different this time.



James Weston has blamed himself for letting Olivia down when she needed him years ago, and he will not do it again. Fortunately, his unusual life has equipped him well to outsmart the villain chasing Olivia. Unfortunately, being so near her again threatens to expose every secret in his heart…even those that should stay hidden forever.


Excerpt:

Chapter One

1806

Sussex

Olivia Herbert knew James Weston was a rogue the first time he winked at her, one fine Sunday morning in August when butterflies were riding warm drafts of air through the open door of St. Godfrey’s and Mr. Bunce the curate was droning on and on as if he meant to put every person in the church to sleep.

She was staving off the urge to do just that by watching the butterflies. James Weston, it turned out, was watching her. As her gaze followed one butterfly—a delicate white one with spots of blue on its wings, who swooped and glided effortlessly on the hazy air—it connected with James’s. His family was sitting in the next pew over, and when their eyes met, the impudent boy winked at her.

She looked away at once. Not only had he caught her woolgathering, wishing she could flit about the church and out the door like that butterfly, but it was probably a sin to wink in church. With some effort she tried to focus her mind on the sermon, but within moments a bee flew overhead, and once again, quite independently of any wish to be well-behaved, her eyes tracked the insect as it buzzed away, right toward the Weston pew.

This time when he caught her eye, he grinned. Slowly he raised one hand, and with small, cautious movements, pretended to flick the bee as it flew by. Then he screwed up his face and mimed being stung, shaking his finger and sticking it into his mouth.

Olivia couldn’t help it. She smiled, and a tiny giggle shook her shoulders. His grin grew wider, and he wiggled his eyebrows at her.

A sharp jab in her side made Olivia hastily jerk her gaze back to Mr. Bunce, whose voice had settled into a low drone, as if he, too, were falling asleep. Beside her, Mother glared from the corner of her eye. Olivia repressed a sigh. Ladies didn’t giggle in church, and Mother was determined that Olivia would be a lady.

Mother didn’t even wait until they reached home. Her scolding began as they walked to their carriage after the service. “Olivia Herbert, what were you thinking? Laughing in church! What a common, hoydenish thing to do.”

“I’m sorry, Mother.”

“And making eyes at that boy.” Mother didn’t grimace, but her tone dripped with distaste. “Those upstart Westons.”

“Upstarts they may be, but well-heeled ones.” Father spoke for the first time, giving Olivia a measuring glance. “She could do worse.”

Mother gasped. “Thomas Weston is an attorney. I want better for our daughters, Sir Alfred.”

“You’ve got to be practical, madam.” Father waited as the footman helped them into the carriage. “Our girls won’t have much to attract a noble husband.”

“Only their beauty.” Mother’s gaze softened as she looked at Olivia and her younger sister, Daphne. “A lady’s face, along with her sweet temper and amiable disposition, are her greatest assets, girls.”

“Yes, Mother,” piped up Daphne. “I’ll make you proud and marry a royal duke!”

Mother laughed gently. “I’m sure you will, my beautiful darling.” It was already clear that Daphne took after her mother. Olivia wasn’t sure if she took after her father or not; Father was often preoccupied with rank and money, and he was very fond of wagering on the horse races, none of which appealed to her. But at the same time, Olivia didn’t share her mother’s keen interest in fashion or ladylike accomplishments. She supposed she might as she grew older, but at the advanced age of ten she wasn’t much interested in sizing up potential husbands.


About the Author:

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Visit her online at www.carolinelinden.com.

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***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

While this is not the first time me reading a Caroline Linden book, this is my first time reading a book in her Scandalous series because while I actually own the first three books in this series I wasn't able to read them in time for me to read this book since I unexpectedly fell into a book slump this month. Thankfully Six Degrees of Scandal reads really well as a standalone and I was able to really get into the story and enjoyed it so much.

The story which follows a widow as she reignites her relationship with her childhood love as he helps her get out of some trouble caused by her late husband's unsavory business practices was everything. I'm a huge fan of second chance romances and loved the way that the author went about it in this historical setting. I especially loved that the story starts with Olivia and James as children so that the reader can 100% understand the history between the two of them before we see them as adults. It makes the story more satisfying to have seen them as children and then see how strong the feelings between them still are after a decade apart.

But while I loved the romance to pieces in this book what I really loved in this book is all the chaos that was going on thanks to the actions of Olivia's late husband Henry Townsend and Lord Clary. It was all very exciting and I loved the way that Olivia and Jamie banded together to take down Clary and make him pay for all the things he had down to them and the people they loved. And talking about the ones they loved, I loved how much the author included the couples of previous books in this story. While I had not read the previous books in this story, I loved their appearances and am now more anxious than ever to get around to finally reading the first three books soon.

Overall, I really loved this book. It was absolutely amazing and while I had not read the first three books in the Scandalous series, I could still totally see that this really was a perfect ending to a series and I highly recommend it to all historical romance fans.


Link to the rest of the tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2016/02/six-degrees-of-scandal-scandalous-4-by.html

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Double Review: The Professional AND The Master by Kresley Cole

Title: The Professional

Author: Kresley Cole

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes The Professional—the first scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?

HE MAKES THE RULES . . .

Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN . . .

PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

ARE YOU READY TO PLAY?

Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Aleksandr spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true . . .

Title: The Master

Author: Kresley Cole

Synopsis:

A need colder than Siberian winter meets an attitude hotter than the Florida sun in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sultry new Game Maker novel.

EVERYONE FEARS THE MASTER . . .

Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his…complicated desires. That is, until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.

EXCEPT HER.

Catarina Marín was a well-off young wife until her world fell apart. Now she’s hiding out, forced to start working as an escort in Miami. Her very first client is beyond gorgeous, but when he tells her what he plans to do to her, Cat almost walks out of the door.

IF PLEASURE IS A GAME, PLAY TO WIN

After their mind-blowing encounter burns out of control, the lovers crave more. If they escape the deadly threats surrounding them, can Maksim overcome his past–to offer Cat his future? Only then will she tempt him with what he really wants: her, all tied up with a bow. 

***MY REVIEW***

4 out of 5 stars for BOTH

So I usually don't do combined reviews for multiple books in a series, but I read the first two books in this series back to back and my thoughts on both were so similar that I thought this would be the best way to condense my thoughts, so here we go.

I'm already a huge Kresley Cole fan from her paranormal romance series and when I heard that she was writing contemporary erotica I got really excited to see how she would go about it, but due to reasons beyond my control I wasn't able to read these books until recently. But now that I have finally read them I got to say that for the most part The Professional and The Master lived up to the hype and my expectations. There were things that I absolutely loved about these books and then there were things that I absolutely hated and it all made for a very interesting reading experience.

First off, one of the things I absolutely loved were the heroines in each book. Natalie and Cat both gave me so much life and they were hands down my favorite thing about these books. When you write books about heroes who are into BDSM it is so easy to end up with heroines who are kind of weak and way too submissive outside of the bedroom, but Natalie and Cat were strong and feisty and fought back against letting the brooding Russian heroes who turned their lives upside down from completely taken over without a little compromise on the men's part. The second thing I loved about these two books was the brooding Russian heroes, obviously. I have a slightly obsessive fascination with anything Russian to the point that I studied their language, culture and history extensively in college and as a result it was impossible for me to not love Aleks and Maksim. These men even with their overbearing, domineering ways managed to worm their way into my heart. I especially loved getting to see the changes in their characters throughout both books as they fell in love with these women. I didn't agree with everything these two idiots did throughout the books and some of the stuff they did were definite no-nos, but both were redeemable and in the end both changed in ways that ultimately made them worthy of Natalie and Cat. 

Now one of the things I disliked about these books was Natalie's best friend Jess. I'm all for sex positive characters and think we need more of them in books in general, but she was so fucking annoying and immature. And before somebody tries to say that that is a sexist view, I would still think the same thing if she was a man. It was just the way she talked about things. It was completely unrealistic and so over the top and I just found her very unlikable and not in a good. Seriously whenever she would show up and start talking I would get an immediate headache. The second thing I didn't like about these books was that the sex scenes just got boring after a while. I get that these books are erotica and that means there would be more of it than your typical romance, but when you are gonna have as much sex in a book at these two you need to keep the scenes fresh and that just wasn't the case in this book. At one point in The Master, I actually even ended up glossing over a sex scene because it was getting dull which is something that I almost never do when reading books like this.

Anywho, overall, I really enjoyed these two books. They are both fun, sexy reads that are I'm so happy that I finally got around to reading because they truly were wonderful and I highly recommend them to all the hardcore romance readers. Trust me you don't want to pass on these books.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Blog Tour: Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)


One of the cutest contemporary romance novels I've ever read, Romancing the Ranger by Jennie Marts released this past week!

Synopsis:

Reese Hudson meant to destroy mementos from her last failed relationship, not burn down an outhouse and incur the wrath of a sexy park ranger. When the judge rejects her offer to pay for the structure and sentences her to rebuild it—with the hot ranger supervising—she embraces the challenge to take control of her life.

Park ranger Wade Baker wants nothing to do with the rich city girl, no matter how tempting he finds her lush curves. She’s too much like his ex-fiancée, and if he’s learned anything, it’s that women like Reese don’t fit into his world. And he sure as hell wants no part of her big city life.

Reese may not know a hammer from a screwdriver, but she’s working hard to prove she’s not just some pampered princess to be toyed with. And damn it if Wade doesn’t admire her tenacious spirit. If only they got along half as well outside the bedroom as they do in it, there might be a chance for them after all…

Excerpt:

“So what were you so intent on destroying yesterday that you almost burned my park down?” 

A faint blush crept up her neck. “Some stupid mementos from my ex-boyfriend.” 

“When did you break up?” 

She consulted her watch. “About twenty-four hours ago.” 

“Ah. You seemed more angry than broken-hearted. Did he choose someone else?” 

“Yeah, himself.” She let out a sigh. “Brock cared more about himself than he did me. His needs always came first, and then he told me what I needed. It took me a long time to see that I have my own wants. My own needs. And he wasn’t one of them. Neither he nor my father are very happy about my decision.” 

Wade’s gut twisted as she spoke the words wants and needs. He’d known her such a short time, but he knew he wanted her already. 

But needing her was a different story. He definitely did not need the complication of a woman on the rebound. A woman who lived a lifestyle that he couldn’t even comprehend. 

A spray of water shot from the falls, and Reese laughed and stepped back into him. His arms came up to steady her and then she was twisting, tipping her head up, her emerald- colored eyes shining with an invitation to take her. 

And it was too much. 

He pulled her to him, crushing her lips and filling his hands with her sweet, lush body. 

She pressed against him, wrapping her arms around his neck and matching his desire with hers. She tasted like mint and smelled like summer. 

And she felt so damn good. 

Desire engulfed him, and he yearned to lay her in the grass and get her beneath him. To explore and touch her exquisite body. He ran his hands down her back, pulling her closer as he feasted on her mouth, giving way to the brazen thoughts that had consumed him all day. 

He slid one hand up the back of her shirt. She moaned against his mouth, arching her back and pressing her breasts up. Her skin was soft, and he wanted to rip her shirt from her body and feel her bare flesh against his. 

The scuffs of hiking boots in the dirt interrupted his thoughts, and he broke away from Reese as a couple of middle-aged women rounded the corner to the overlook. 

Breathing hard, he nodded at the hikers, then turned toward the falls to hide his obvious arousal. 
The women passed, and one gave him a knowing smile. She leaned into her companion as they walked by. “That’s the kind of ranger I’d like to teach me about some birds and some bees.” 

About Jennie Marts:

USA TODAY Best-selling author Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship, and intrigue. She writes for Entangled Publishing, and reviewers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and full of great characters that are “endearing and relatable.” 
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends. 

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances. 
Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases. 

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***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Romancing the Ranger is the first romance that I have read by Jennie Marts and I really enjoyed it. This book was just so cute and funny with the situations that Reese found herself in throughout the book. And talking about Reese, I really loved her character. In some ways, she really was your typical rich city girl, but there was a lot more to her which I loved, especially with how much effort she put into completing the judge's orders. Then we have her love interest, Wade, who is the type of hero in romances that you can't help but swoon over although he did make me really annoyed with how judgmental he was. But as much as I hated how judgmental he was, it really fit the overall story and made the moment when he realized he was an ass and that Reese was more than just a rich city girl all the more satisfying. And talking about that moment, the way the romance developed while leading up to that point was wonderful. It was sexy and fun and adorable. Their whole romance was one of those romances that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside the entire time that you are reading and makes you a little bit sad when you get to the end because you don't want to say goodbye to all the cuteness. Overall, Romancing the Ranger is a sweet contemporary that I really, really liked and that you all are not going to want to miss out on it!

Side note: This post was supposed to be up on Thursday but I had a very "blah" week and I didn't have the brain power to write my review. So sorry for the delay but better late than never, right?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Excerpt Reveal: Ride Hard by Laura Kaye


Laura Kaye has something hot and fun and new to share with you today – a scene from her upcoming book, Ride Hard, the first in her Raven Riders Motorcycle Club series about a new kind of MC with a protective mission. You might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! So read on for a taste and see below for a free bonus story offer!

Synopsis:

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders…

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before…

Excerpt:

So much better out here,” Haven said, the night air cool against the tingling warmth of her skin. Although she was pretty sure that not all of the heat burning through her insides was from the alcohol—her unusual flirtatiousness and closeness to Dare over the past half hour had made her desperate with a heat that had nothing to do with her drinking game.

She walked to the railing and leaned against it, chuckling a little at herself for needing the support it offered. She felt so damn free, and it was a heady, exhilarating thing.

“What’s funny?” Dare asked, settling a hip against the railing right beside her. Arms crossed, jaw ticking with tension, dark eyes blazing, he was staring at her like he wanted to reprimand her or devour her. Oddly, neither alarmed her the way she would’ve expected it to.

Haven shook her head, leaning it back and letting her gaze float over the night sky. Blurry points of light swam in the moonlit heavens. It was beautiful and peaceful despite the pounding bass beat of music thumping from inside the clubhouse. “Not funny, just good. Happy, you know? Being able to do something a little . . . scary, but knowing I’d be safe doing it.” When Dare’s gaze narrowed, she shrugged. “I don’t know.”

A long moment passed before Dare finally spoke. “You are safe here, Haven. Never doubt it.”

Peering up at him, she nodded, all kinds of words sitting on the tip of her tongue, challenging her to let them fly. “It’s weird feeling safe—or at least safer—after a lifetime of not. It makes me want to try things I could never let myself try before. It makes me . . .” She shook her head and dipped her chin.

Dare stepped closer, his thighs coming up against her hip. He lifted her chin and made her look at him. The contact combined with the command in the gesture lanced white-hot desire through her veins. “Makes you what?”

“Want to feel alive,” she whispered, her heart suddenly racing in her chest.

Dare’s jaw ticked again as his gaze swept over her face. She didn’t think she was imagining the raw emotion pouring off of him and wrapping around her, but she wasn’t sure if she was reading that emotion right or projecting her own desire onto him.

“Do you feel alive, Dare?” she asked, the alcohol flowing through her and the night spinning around her like she was walking through a dream.

“Jesus,” he bit out.

The rough desperation in his voice made her wet between her legs. “Just once,” she whispered, not sure what she was asking him for.

But he seemed to know. Because his hand was suddenly tangled in her hair and his mouth was suddenly on hers, claiming, probing, tasting. Haven moaned and parted her lips, inviting him deeper.

Dare jerked back from her, his fingers rubbing roughly over his lips. “Fuck, I’m sorry.”

On instinct, Haven’s body pursued his, pinning his back to the railing. “Please don’t stop,” she said as her hands gripped his shoulders. She had the strongest urge to climb him, to wrap her legs around him, to grind against the hard bulge pressing electrically against her belly.

“Please,” she whispered, tilting her mouth toward his. “I liked it.”

Dare’s hand cupped the back of her head. “You’re killing me.”

“Dare,” she said, her body restless against his.

In a move that sent the world spinning, he flipped them around so that she was the one pinned against the railing. He pushed his legs between hers and leaned down over her, forcing her to arch her back, to yield, to open to him.“Tell me what you want from me. Say the words,” he said, his eyes absolutely on fire.

Her heart was a runaway train in her chest, frantic and picking up speed. The thought of giving voice to her desires was terrifying and thrilling and dizzying all at once.

“I want your mouth,” she said. The words sounded odder out loud than they had in her head, but they were more accurate than asking him to kiss her—because her mouth wasn’t the only place she wanted his.

“Jesus,” he rasped again, his mouth coming down on hers once more.

The whimper she released was part relief, part anticipation. It had been so long since she’d kissed someone that she felt a little uncertain, but Dare’s intensity barely allowed her the capacity to worry about it. He was like a dark storm bearing down on her, relentless, magnetic, all-consuming.

Rough callouses from his hands scratched against her cheeks as he guided her. Hard breaths spilled over her lips, and the wet slide of his tongue tasted like whiskey and desire and man. Her hands found the soft length of his hair, and her breasts pushed against the hard plane of his chest.

Then her lips were freed as his mouth slid over her skin—exploring her cheek, her jaw, her ear, her neck. He hiked her up to sit on the wide railing, the move surprising a gasp out of her, especially as he crowded the space between her legs, pushing himself closer, bringing his erection against the place between her legs craving friction, hardness, so much more of him. Maybe even all of him.

One strong arm wrapped around her back and held her steady, while the other hand stroked her hair, her face, her breast. The soft groans and breathy grunts spilling out of him were delicious and thrilling, and bolstered her confidence that she wasn’t the only one losing herself in this moment, in these touches. She almost couldn’t believe this was happening, and part of her was certain she must be dreaming. Because Haven Randall didn’t have beautiful things in her life. At least, never before.

About the Author:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Virtual Tour: Unexpectedly Yours by Coleen Kwan (Review + Giveaway + Excerpt)


Unexpectedly Yours by Coleen Kwan went live yesterday!

Synopsis:

He wasn’t what she was expecting...



Derek Carmichael has harbored a secret crush on his best friend’s older sister for years, but she’s always been out of his reach. Now that Hannah is back in their hometown and newly single, suddenly the five-year age gap doesn’t seem so huge. But convincing her to see him as more than just the kid she used to know is another story.



Hannah Willmett can’t believe how grown-up Derek Carmichael has become. The troubled kid from her youth has turned into a sexy, successful TV celebrity, but Hannah’s wary of his player past and the rampant rumors connecting him to beautiful socialites. Still, she can’t help but give in when their attraction reaches a boiling point.



Trying to keep their fling a secret from her overprotective brother is one thing, but when Hannah finds herself unexpectedly expecting, her life is thrown upside down. She and Derek may be becoming parents together, but that’s no basis for a happily-ever-after.

Excerpt:

“Yeah. I guess I’m still adjusting to all this.” She gestured around the bar. “Being single,” she explained.

“Oh.” He wiped condensation from his glass. “I doubt you’ll have any problems in that department. You’re very…attractive.”

Hell, why had he hesitated? Because every adjective that came to mind—sexy, hot, beautiful—seemed inappropriate. But now it sounded like he was damning her with faint praise.

Her cheeks turned pink. “Derek, I wasn’t fishing for a compliment.”

“I didn’t think you were. I was only stating the truth.”

“I’m not looking for a man.”

“Maybe not, but you ought to know men are still going to hit on you.” Now that he’d started blurting out the truth, he couldn’t stop.

She gave a stifled laugh. “Okay.”

A strand of hair clung to her cheek, and he had to stop himself from sliding his fingers around the curve of her face. Heat rolled in his veins, sent a rush of blood to his head. He’d had a crush on her since he was fourteen, and finally he could do something about it. This was his chance, here in this anonymous bar, with the alcohol smoothing out the edges, and Hannah flirting with him for the first time ever.

“In case you didn’t know, I’m hitting on you right now.”

She sat bolt upright like a startled cat, but the emotion flashing across her face told him she wasn’t completely shocked. She was aware of the undercurrent of attraction tugging between them, though she might have tried to ignore it.

“I-I…” she stuttered before she grabbed her glass and downed it in one long gulp. “I wasn’t expecting that!”

“Are you mad?”

“Of course not. How could I be mad at you?” Flipping her hair, she slanted him a sideways glance. “In fact, I admit I’m kinda flattered.”

The heat in that glance set his blood humming again. “Just kinda?”

About the Author:

Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching TV shows like Criminal Minds and Masterchef.

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***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 out of 5 stars

Unexpectedly Yours was the first book that I have read by this author and for the most part I really liked it. It's a nice and quick read that's such a feel-good romance that after reading it you will be in a good mood for days. The main couple Hannah and Derek are both very likable characters and their romance was absolutely adorable. Their romance is actually one of the few romances where the heroine is older than the hero that I actually liked, but while I liked the romance I felt like everything happened to fast. The book overall just felt really short. I know that Bliss releases are never lengthy, but this one felt especially short. Right when it was getting to the really good stuff it was over and that made me sad. Thankfully, the author gave the characters a really satisfying HEA, but still I kind of wanted more build and wished that the pregnancy storyline happened earlier in the book, so that it could have been drawn out for a bit longer. Regardless of that I still really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading some more Coleen Kwan books in the future.

Monday, March 14, 2016

March Brazen Release Day Blitz


Happy release day to Emergency Delivery, Best Friends with Benefits, and Tie Me Down Tight!

Synopsis:

Madison Foley is determined to stand on her own two feet, no matter how wobbly her circumstances. Fate, however, keeps throwing her off balance, and then sending heroically hot paramedic Hunter Knox to save her.

She’s put men on the back burner until she gets her life on track.

But Hunter’s got other plans.

Decisions. Decisions.

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Synopsis:

Valerie Barkin and Alec Rogers survived bullies, awful parents, and seriously shitty social standing the only way best friends can—together. But with the unexpected sexual tension suddenly flaring between them, surviving their ten-year high school reunion might be a different story…

Val hasn’t changed. She still feels like the stringy-haired band geek the popular kids teased, but Alec has definitely changed. He’s now the front man for the Grammy-winning rock band Chronic Disharmony, with the sexual reputation to match. And he’s more than willing to help Val rock the reunion.

And then it happens—a drunken game of Seven Minutes in Heaven—and their fourteen-years-long foreplay comes crashing to the forefront…changing everything.

Seven minutes turns into a weekend of mind-blowing, no-strings-attached sex. But these best friends won't be able to leave their hearts out of it forever, not when the most meaningful benefit could change their relationship for good....

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Synopsis:

Actress Angie Stanton is done dating actors. Been there done that and has the “dumped fiancée” T-shirt to prove it. Handsome leading men can’t be trusted. Period. But when a hot cowboy shows up at her twenty-sixth birthday party, she’s all about unwrapping her present and playing with it.

The last thing Hollywood heavyweight Dylan Brooks wants is to dress up like a cowboy and attend a party for some chick he doesn’t know. But when the sweet girl with the angelic face looks at him like she wants to eat him alive, he pulls out his lasso and ties her down tight.

When Dylan asks for one week of fun, Angie can’t resist. But she won’t fall again, no matter how tempting he might be. And she’s not the only one with trust issues…

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March Lovestruck Release Day Blast

Happy release day to Loving the Odds by Stefanie London and Romance the Ranger by Jennie Marts!

Synopsis:

Risk analyst Bailey Reuben might be in Las Vegas, but the last thing on her mind is sin. She’s there to find her jerk of an ex and get her grandfather’s watch back. Instead, she finds a smoking hot stranger. A stranger with a crazy plan to help her retrieve her family heirloom and get revenge. It’s a bad idea—she calculates risks for a living, after all—but she can’t say no.

Bad boy PR guru Lance Fulton is all about helping the gorgeous, quirky Bailey. She’s in desperate need of some fun, and pretending to be her new boyfriend is the perfect way to help her see how sexy she is, get the watch, and show her ex what he’s missing. But the more they get to know each other—and the hotter their attraction burns—the higher the probability one of them will end up with a broken heart…


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Synopsis:

Reese Hudson meant to destroy mementos from her last failed relationship, not burn down an outhouse and incur the wrath of a sexy park ranger. When the judge rejects her offer to pay for the structure and sentences her to rebuild it—with the hot ranger supervising—she embraces the challenge to take control of her life.

Park ranger Wade Baker wants nothing to do with the rich city girl, no matter how tempting he finds her lush curves. She’s too much like his ex-fiancée, and if he’s learned anything, it’s that women like Reese don’t fit into his world. And he sure as hell wants no part of her big city life.

Reese may not know a hammer from a screwdriver, but she’s working hard to prove she’s not just some pampered princess to be toyed with. And damn it if Wade doesn’t admire her tenacious spirit. If only they got along half as well outside the bedroom as they do in it, there might be a chance for them after all…

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

ARC Review: I Kissed a Rogue by Shana Galen

Title: I Kissed a Rogue

Author: Shana Galen

Synopsis:

Once she spurned the man…

When the Duke of Lennox hires Sir Brook Derring, England’s best investigator, to find his daughter, Brook intends only to rescue the lady and return to his solitary life. He deals with London’s roughest criminals every day of the week; surely he should be able to endure seeing his first love again—the perfect girl who broke his heart...

Now her life depends on him

Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox has always done her best to live up to her father’s standards of perfection—at the cost of following her heart. When she’s kidnapped and her perfect life is shattered, Lila has another chance. Together, Lila and Brook navigate not only the dark and deadly side of London, but the chasm of pride and prejudice that divides them.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca months ago, but only got around to reading it recently because I originally wanted to take some time to read the first couple of books in this series first, but when it became clear that I wouldn't have the time to read the others yet, I went ahead and read I Kissed a Rogue and absolutely loved it. This book was absolutely wonderful and is definitely in the running for my favorite historical romance book ever.

First off, I really loved the characters in this book. Pretty much all of the historical romances I read have heroines who are pure and innocent women who are too good, but in this book we have heroine who was once essentially the historical romance version of a mean girl. Lila was spoiled, stole her friend's suitors, and broke many hearts including that of our hero setting her apart from the type of women I'm used to reading in this sub-genre, which made her more interesting and memorable. But the aspect of her character that I loved the most was that she changed and while she couldn't go back in time to change the past she truly understood that how she had acted in the past was wrong and tried her best to be a better person throughout the book. Brook on the other hand was your typical second son and spent the majority of the story agonizing over not being worthy enough for the heroine and refusing to let the past go and consider the possibility that Lila had changed and become a better person in the years they'd been apart in the same way he had. But despite the judgmental way he viewed Lila throughout the book, the way he protected her and made sure she was okay made me love his character all the more.

Secondly, I really just loved the overall story. Everything from the swoon-worthy romance to the mystery concerning who was behind Lila's kidnapping and the murder she witnessed was all really exciting and unforgettable and kept me flipping pages well into the night and picking it back up again first thing in the morning. I couldn't get enough of the romance between Lila and Brooks. Their love story made me feel such a whirlwind of emotions and I don't see myself getting these two out of my head anytime soon.

Lastly, while a lot of the book was fairly dramatic with all the life or death things happening, I really loved that there was also good bit of humor in the story. I won't go into depth about all the scenes that had me chuckling here and there because I don't want to spoil anyone, but they were really wonderful and made the story even more amazing in my eyes because it really did have a little bit of everything to make a extremely satisfying historical romance read.

So as I stated already I loved this book. It was an exceptionally enjoyable and satisfying historical romance mead that I can see myself rereading time and time again and I can't recommend it enough. Seriously, if you love historical romance or are just looking for a good one to start you off I Kissed a Rogue is a must-read!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Review: Rough Rhythm by Tessa Bailey

Title: Rough Rhythm

Author: Tessa Bailey

Synopsis:

God help the woman I take home tonight. 

Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.

This time I’ll finally crack him. 

Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe.

Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.

Reader Advisory: ROUGH RHYTHM contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex, acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised.

***MY REVIEW***

4 out of 5 stars

Rough Rhythm, a novella in Tessa Bailey's Made in Jersey series, was ridiculously hot, which is no real surprise given that this is what Tessa is known for, but I got to say I was expecting so much more. It was still a great story, but their just wasn't enough story for me to become fully invested in James and Lita's relationship. Also, since this book deals with characters who act on fantasies of nonconsensual sex I really wished that there was more talk about it between James and Lita to clearly outline what is okay and what is not okay, but instead he gives her a safe word and they got down to it without any real understanding between the two of them about what exactly is going on between them. As a result, James spends the majority of the book hating himself for his desires with Lita getting mad at him for being an idiot.

Anywho, I really did enjoy the story and the characters. Lita was feisty and I loved how daring and trusting she was, but knew when to say enough was enough and whenever he wasn't agonizing about whether his sexual desires were bad or not, I really did like James. Also, while not James and Lita related, I really loved that Tessa gave us a little glimpse into how happy the couple form book one are still. Seeing Sarge and Jasmine so blissfully happy together made me super happy.

Overall, this book was a short and super steamy romance. And while it's not my favorite Tessa book I still really liked it and will mostly end up rereading it time and time again during those times when I get into my binge-reread all of Tessa's books mood.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

ARC Review: Wrapped in You by Jules Bennett

Title: Wrapped in You

Author: Jules Bennett

Synopsis:

Zach Monroe has made mistakes–big ones. The worst left the girl he loved injured, and his own brother barely speaking to him. It was a night Zach won’t let himself forget, even when the girl in question–perfect, polished Sophie Allen–walks back into his life. A realtor, Sophie’s brought an offer for their sister’s dilapidated Civil War era property. But Zach’s determined to renovate the rambling old place himself–though he longs to rebuild Sophie’s trust in him…

A business deal isn’t how Sophie wanted to approach Zach after all this time, but he won’t let anyone get personal. She can’t deny that the accident changed her life in irreparable ways. But watching gruff, quiet Zach beat himself up year after year hurts too. The wounded boy she once adored needed love, and the man is no different. Now Sophie will need every bit of her resolve to convince Zach to let love heal them both…

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

So this review is going to be really short mostly because I thought that this book was absolutely flawless and don't really have the words to explain my love for it. But, seriously, this book was absolutely perfect. The characters, the plot, the writing, all of it was absolutely wonderful and I loved it so much. While I didn't read this book in one sitting because I was reading it late at night and exhaustion forced me to get some sleep, this book was definitely a one sitting read because I didn't want to put it down. The characters and their sweet love story completely had me hooked from the very first page until the very last and when I finished it I didn't know what to do with myself because I really didn't want to move on from Zach and Sophie. I loved this book so much! As I said already it was a flawless romance and I don't know how I'm going to be able to stand having to wait until the end of the year for the next book in this series.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell!

Synopsis:

After three failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family’s scheming. She won’t domesticate a duke, entangle an earl, or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt’s Irish estate for a life of blissful freedom. Until an arrogant, sinfully handsome duke singles her out for a waltz, making Thea the most popular belle of the season.

The duke ruined her plans and he’ll just have to fix them.

Garrett, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for debutantes or marriage—he uses dalliances and public spectacle to distract from his real purpose: finding the man who destroyed his family. When his search leads to Ireland, the last thing he needs is the determined, achingly innocent Thea, who arrives in the dead of night demanding he escort her to her aunt. His foolish agreement may prove his undoing. The road to the Emerald Isle is fraught with unforeseen dangers, but the greatest peril of all might    just be discovering that he has a heart . . . and he’s losing it to Thea.

If I Only Had a Duke releases August 30, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

So I usually don't make sequels for books I haven't read yet my "Waiting on Wednesday" picks but I have an ARC of How the Duke Was Won that I will mostly be reading in the next few weeks that I'm absolutely positive I'm going to end up loving and as a result I'm also crazy excited for If I Only Had a Duke to be released in August!

So what are some of you all's most anticipated releases?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ARC Review: A Dangerously Sexy Affair by Stefanie London

Title: A Dangerously Sexy Affair

Author: Stefanie London

Synopsis:

Ready, player one…

Quinn Dellinger is supposed to be having fun at an industry party for gamers. Instead, all she can think about is the promotion she just got passed over for at her security firm. Then she spots him. Tall? Check. Dark? Check. Dangerously sexy? Check. Hell, yes—this is the guy who'll help her forget all her worries and give her one wickedly naughty night.

The next morning she discovers her one-night stand was the guy who took her job. Oh, hell no. But Aiden Odell is not just a security specialist, he's ex-FBI, and Quinn is expected to work with him—very closely—on a major assignment. He may be tall, dark and dangerously sexy, but this is one game Quinn is determined to win…

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

After reading Loving the Odds last month and enjoying it I jumped at the chance to read Stefanie London's newest book and that was a really good decision on my part because I ended up loving this book even more. A Dangerously Sexy Affair was a super hot contemporary romance and I couldn't get enough of Quinn and Aiden.

Quinn was so feisty and unique, but had some serious trust issues that could be frustrating at times, but given her reason for said trust issues everything was understandable and I really liked the way the author dealt with the whole situation. While I have never gone through what Quinn did everything felt very realistic to me. And then we had Aiden, who checked off so many items on my what makes an awesome romance hero check list. He was a really great character who got my heart racing with his swoon-worthy actions throughout the book. But while I loved him a lot he could also be a little frustrating at times thanks to the hang-ups he had about feeling like he had to prove himself all the time. But like with Quinn's trust issues, the author dealt with his hang-ups in a very believable way and honestly it made his character seem more real instead of just a perfect ideal.

The romance that ignited between Quinn and Aiden after a one night stand where neither of them exactly knew who the other was was super steamy but also had an emotional depth to it that I really enjoyed and made me root for these two even more than I already was. My only complaint with the story was I was expecting a much bigger climactic moment towards the end when they found out who was leaking the information. Everything was resolved so quickly and given everything else that was happening I was expecting so much more.

Overall, I really loved this book. It was a fun and sexy contemporary romance novel and now Stefanie London has become one of my auto-buy/auto-read authors because I'm craving more of her writing.

Monday, March 7, 2016

ARC Review: Thrown Down by Tessa Bailey

Title: Thrown Down

Author: Tessa Bailey

Synopsis:

Overachiever River Purcell was never supposed to be a struggling single mom, working double shifts just to make ends meet. Nor was she supposed to be abandoned by her high school sweetheart, breaking her heart into a thousand jagged pieces. Now Vaughn De Matteo is back in town, his sights set on her...and River is in danger of drowning a second time.

No one believed Hook’s resident bad boy was good enough for River. Not even Vaughn himself. But he’ll fight like hell to win back the woman he never stopped loving, to keep the daughter he never expected, and convince himself he’s worth their love in the process―even if he has to rely on their fierce and undeniable sexual chemistry.

But even as River's body arches under his hungered touch, the demons of the past lurk in the shadows. Waiting for Vaughn to repeat his mistakes one last time...

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Tessa Bailey is pretty much my all time favorite romance author ever, so it is no surprise that I absolutely loved this book. Thrown Down, which is the second installment in her Made in Jersey was everything I loved about a Tessa Bailey book and more.

Second chance romances are always fun, but this one took that trope to a whole new level and it is by far the best second chance romance I've ever read. River and Vaughn were just so perfect together. On top of all of the super steamy sexy times, these two also made me feel all of the feels with everything that went on with them both in the past and present. Going along with that I really liked all the flashback scenes we got in this book because I really liked seeing all those moments that had an impact on their relationship first hand instead of having them summarized.

But as much as I loved all the romantic goodness in this book, what I loved the most about this book was anything involving Marcy. She was such an adorable three-year-old and seeing Vaughn interact with her and try his best to be a good dad even with all his hang-ups about not being a good enough man for River and Marcy was all so heartwarming and really adorable.

Overall, I loved almost everything about this book. In fact, the only thing I didn't like about this book was River's father. I really hated him so much and he was the perfect example as to why I'm always wary about parents in any type of book I read. He was just so irrational and hateful with his judgement of Vaughn for something he didn't even do and I just couldn't with that man. But thankfully he didn't show too much.

Anywho, as I said already, I loved this book so much. At the moment, it's definitely my favorite book by Tessa by far which is really saying something because I have read all this author's books to date.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

ARC Review: Tell Me You Crave Me by Joya Ryan

Title: Tell Me You Crave Me

Author: Joya Ryan

Synopsis:

Easton Ambrose has spent half his life protecting Natalie St. Clair from guys like himself. It’s not like he wants to interfere with her dating life, but what’s he supposed to do when she insists on going out with the wrong kind of guy? Kiss her, of course. But now she's pissed. And what starts as an apology turns to heated words...then just to heat.

Jumping East was the worst idea in the history of ideas. The guy is Natalie’s older brother’s best friend, the definition of off limits. But she’s tired of the safe guys who couldn’t light a fire with a flamethrower. Time for a little dangerous—even if dangerous always blows up in your face. Because even if they survive their bedroom antics, it’s only a matter of time before they’re caught…

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Out of the couples in this series, I was most excited for Natalie and Easton to get together and attain their HEA. From the very first moment they both appeared in Tell Me You Need Me, I knew they would be perfect for each other and became extremely invested in them. And I got to say, while Joya made us wait a bit for these two, their story was definitely worth it.

I didn't know it was possible, but the author actually made me love these two characters even more than I already did. Out of Chloe, Michelle, and Natalie, Natalie was by far the most relatable in my opinion. And I don't know why I love playboy characters who are afraid to commit so much in my romances, but Easton was one of my favorites by far of this type. But as much as I loved them individually like with all good romances these two were so much better together. Easton and Natalie steamed up my computer screen with how hot they were together, but their relationship was so much more than just their sexual chemistry. These two were just good together in general and in actuality it was the scenes of them just being adorable together that were my favorite in this book.

I especially loved how everything played out between them in this book from Easton saving her from a boring date to his epic apology in the end. Although I was kind of annoyed that they kept their relationship a secret mostly because I didn't 100% understand their reasoning for why they were wrong for each other or why they kept insisting it long after it was so obvious that they were head over heels for each other.

Overall, I really loved this book! It was by far my favorite of all the Search and Seduce books and I highly recommend them all!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

My Rambling Thoughts: Small Town Romance

So a couple of weeks ago, I binge-watched all four seasons of Hart of Dixie and it has reignited my love for contemporary romances set in small towns. Honestly, their is nothing better than a small town romance which is kind of ironic since I was born and raised in the city, so I've never experienced small town living and probably never will because I need the hustle and bustle of city life to stay sane, but when it comes to my romances I prefer them to be set in small towns because it adds an extra level of feel-good sweetness that I can't get enough of.

And if you don't understand why I love romances set in small towns so much, all you have to do is read one book in either Lia Riley's Brightwater series or Molly McLain's River Bend series to understand why I love those types of books so much. And if for some reason those two examples weren't enough for you to realize why these types of books are so awesome some other amazing series set in small towns are Joya Ryan's Chasing Love and Search and Seduce series, and my all-time fave, Alison Bliss's Tangled in Texas series. And those are just the ones that I've read that immediately come to mind. There are so many others that I haven't read and am dying to get to especially right now.

So any of you small town romance lovers? If so, what are your faves? Have you read some of the ones I've listed because I'm always looking for more people to talk about them with on Twitter and/or Facebook?

*My Rambling Thoughts is a bi-weekly feature on this blog in which I vent, rant, and/or gush about bookish topics that are currently on my mind.*

Friday, March 4, 2016

ARC Review: Let It Breathe by Tawna Fenske

Title: Let It Breathe 

Author: Tawna Fenske

Synopsis:

Forbidden fruit can be downright intoxicating.

Vineyard manager Reese Clark is determined to bring her family’s Oregon winery into the big leagues, and she knows building a new tasting room and event pavilion is her ticket there. Having her ex-husband’s best friend—and her secret college crush—turn up to head the construction project, however, definitely is not. Between her nauseating lovebird parents; her motorcycle-riding, pot-growing grandfather; and her pet alpaca fond of head-butting groins, Reese has more than enough chaotic characters in her life.

Back in college, Clay Henderson was more likely to be sprawled over a bar than building one. But even if the new clean-living Clay has matured as deliciously as an oak-aged chardonnay, he’s still off-limits. As Reese’s well-laid plans for the winery crumble like bad cork, Clay the bad boy–turned–sober gentleman is sweet enough to rescue Reese from a wardrobe malfunction and still spicy enough to play “I Never” with her. Can he overcome his past rep to offer her a love too heady to ignore?

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Let It Breathe was a really great second chance contemporary romance. The story which follows a vineyard manager and a contractor who happens to be a past crush and recovering alcoholic as they finally get a chance to finally address the feelings they had for each other in college, but suppressed was truly wonderful with the way it both made both laugh and swoon.

I really loved Reese and Clay! Both were great characters in that they weren't perfect. But while I loved the main characters in this book, the secondary characters unfortunately left much to be desired. I was just really annoyed by the secondary characters in this book with all the meddling and unsolicited advice they kept giving Reese and Clay making things so much harder for the two to come to terms with how they felt for each other. Like I get they meant well, but I just wanted them to just mind their own business for once especially Reese's ex-husband, Eric.

But really other than my annoyance with the secondary characters this book really was an excellent contemporary romance. I really liked the pace in which things developed between Reese and Clay. Everything happens really quickly, but given that their relationship is something that had been brewing for over a decade it felt right and perfect for them. Also romance aside, I really enjoyed the subplot revolving around all the accidents that were happening at the vineyard. The author really threw me for a loop when it is revealed who the culprit was because it was literally the last person you would have expected. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was a fantastic contemporary romance and has made me want to read more of this author's books.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

ARC Review: Her Fantasy Husband by Nina Croft

Title: Her Fantasy Husband

Author: Nina Croft

Synopsis:

She’s had the fantasy, now it’s time for the real thing…

Security Company CEO Josh Slater put his life on hold when he said “I do” to protect a stranger. While his marriage was never meant to be real—he hasn’t even seen his wife in five years—Josh can’t shake the idea that he’d be cheating if he moves on. Now he’s a man with a mission: chase down his “wife,” get an annulment, and finally indulge in a little no-strings sex.

Heiress Alexia Slater entered into a marriage of convenience straight out of high school to gain control of her inheritance before her not-so loving family squandered the whole thing. She doesn’t want the marriage to be real—she’s fought hard for her independence—but that hasn’t stopped her from spending the last five years fantasizing about her gorgeous husband.

Then he shows up.

Josh wants an annulment. Lexi needs to stay married. When the chemistry explodes between them, there’s no stopping the battle of wills only one of them can win…

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

This book was great on every level. I was pretty much 100% hooked on the story from the very first chapter. It is no secret that romances involving marriages and married couples are like my crack and while I've read several ones this year, Her Fantasy Husband is my favorite so far.

Everything about Josh and Alexia's relationship worked for me. While they only got married so that Lexi could get her inheritance and be somewhat free of her grandmother's control, the chemistry between the two of them is off the charts. And in regards to the chemistry between the two of them, it made me kind off upset that Josh was so intent on getting an annulment just so he could have no-strings sex when he could have just had no-strings sex with Lexi for the duration of their arrangement. But at the same time, Josh's insistence on getting the annulment before going off and having sex with other women kind of made him more endearing because he was so honorable in not wanting to cheat on his wife even though their marriage was one of convenience and they hadn't seen each other for 5 years. Josh was the most honorable idiot ever and getting to see him try to resist his attraction and then feelings for Lexi and failing was a real highlight for me.

But while the romance between Lexi and Josh was the highlight for me in this book as it should be, I also really enjoyed all the family drama. I usually really hate family drama in romance novels because it's always so annoying, but in this case I hated Lexi's grandmother and step-grandfather so much that I was really invested in seeing them fail especially now that Josh was hanging around putting them in their place and standing up for Lexi. If I hadn't already been a Josh fan before, just seeing him deal with Lexi's horrible grandmother would have made me immediately love him.

Overall, I really loved this book! It was so funny and sweet and steamy! Essentially, it was pretty much a perfect romance in my head and I'm really looking forward to reading more by this author.