Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ARC Review: Only for You by Naima Simone

Title: Only for You

Author: Naima Simone

Synopsis:

She wants his forgiveness. He just wants her body…

It’s been five years since I’ve seen her.

Five years since Gabriella James damn near destroyed me with her betrayal, sending me to hell in a cage.

I’ve crawled free, escaped the mob, opened a night club, and continue to battle my demons through underground fighting and sex. But now Gabriella’s back, begging for absolution, wanting my forgiveness. All I want is what she’s denied me for all these years—her body.

Sex. That’s all we’ll ever have.

Because Gabriella is still keeping secrets. I see it in her eyes.

I don’t trust her, and I’ll never forgive her betrayal.

But that won’t stop me from taking her.

Over…and over…and over…

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

Only for You, the third book in Naima Simone's steamy Lick series, was another great read by this author that has become a fave of mine in the past year. Gabby and Killian's story was by far my favorite in this series. It was everything that I love and needed in a steamy romance and more.

First off, I loved that this book was a second chance romance. I love second chances romances so much, especially when the history between the hero and heroine is as intense as what happened between these two. Seriously, the history between these two added that extra-oomph that really made me love this story.

Secondly, the main couple in this series were just so much fun to read about. Killian in particular really grabbed my attention. His character was the perfect alpha male hero and exactly what I was expecting when I picked up this book.

Thirdly, the love story was everything! Things progressed really, really fast, but that was expected and given the history between these two it never made their connection feel rushed or fake. It all felt really natural and I was completely invested in their love story from the moment that Killian realized that Gabby was in his club until the very end.

Lastly, what I loved the most about this book was how perfectly the author wrapped up the series. I won't spoil anything for anyone, but just wait until you read the epilogue of this book. It was just so wonderful and made me so happy.

Overall, I loved this book. It was a great, quick, and steamy romance and now that I'm finished with this series, I sincerely hope that Naima Simone will grace us with some more books published by Scorched because I need more books by her like this one.

ARC Review: Only for Your Touch by Naima Simone

Title: Only for Your Touch

Author: Naima Simone

Synopsis:

Good girls shouldn’t have dirty secrets. But he’s hers…

She’s looking to rebel, to tarnish her naïve “good girl” image.

Lucky for her, I deal in sex.

Whatever your fantasy, I deliver. Voyeurism. Threesomes. A little slap and tickle.…

If it’s your kink, I can fulfill it.

So yeah, life is good. Simple.

Until she enters my club.

Still…

It’s just sex. Our little secret.

For now…

***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

This review is going to be especially short even for me because this book was an extremely quick read. All that I have to say about it is that it was another really good steamy contemporary romance. Naima Simone is one of my go-to authors when it comes to sizzling romance that allow me to escape from reality and with Only for Your Touch she did not disappoint me. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I did not connect with the characters to the same level that I usually do when it comes to the characters created by this author. I feel like that mostly has to do with the pacing of the story because while the book isn't too short everything happens really quickly making it feel shorter than it is and as a result I wasn't able to become too invested in Sasha and Corrine. But overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

Blog Tour: Size Matters by Alison Bliss (Review + Giveaway)


Synopsis:

The rules of (fake) engagement . . .


Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the fact that he just told her mother that they're engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.



Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah's date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancée! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay "just friends," and make Leah's family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off. But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah's decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren't going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he's for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

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About the Author:

Alison Bliss grew up in Small Town, Texas, but currently resides in the Midwest with her husband and two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it's no wonder she writes "girl books." She believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. Alison pens the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, "Romance...with a sense of humor."

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***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

Size Matters, the first book in Alison Bliss's A Perfect Fit series, was a phenomenal contemporary romance novel. I've been a diehard fan of Alison Bliss for a couple of years now so I new I would like this book, but I was unprepared for how much I ended up loving this book. It was absolutely amazing in every way. 

First off, the main couple in this book were fantastic. Leah was so normal and I couldn't help but love her especially since she was a plus-sized heroine. I was really able to relate to a lot of her insecurities and her general way of being and as a result that made me more invested in reading her story and seeing her find love. Sam was also a really great character. I really loved how he was there for Leah even though he barely knew her and the way that he pushed her to 100% accept that being a little curvier didn't mean she was less desirable and beautiful. I also really loved the way he was with her family. A lot of their interactions were absolutely adorable and really proved how great a guy his character was. With that said, he wasn't perfect. He did have his own issues that made me want to bang my head against the wall a couple of times while reading, but in the end none of that mattered.

Secondly, the romance in this novel was phenomenal. It is no secret that I love the fake relationship trope in romance and Size Matters is definitely one of my top five examples of it. My love of fake relationships aside, I just really loved Sam and Leah together and the way that the author set everything up between them was so perfect. Everything progressed at a steady pace that wasn't too fast or too slow, so I was able to really savor their love story without feeling dissatisfied or getting bored in any way. In other words, the love story was flawless and when I got to the end of this book I was a very happy romance reader.

Overall, I loved this book so much! It was an absolutely wonderful feel-good contemporary romance and is definitely one of my top reads of the year!

Blog Tour: Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey (Review + Giveaway)



Synopsis:

Previously released as an eBook in May 2016, the first book in Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the Clarksons series is now available in print for the first time!

When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight—he's forever.

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About the Author:

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved reading Too Hot to Handle, the first book in Tessa Bailey's Romancing the Clarksons series. I don't know how Tessa has managed to once again deliver an essentially flawless contemporary romance that I can't stop thinking about, but somehow she has and I am once again left in awe.

Everything about Rita and Jasper's story worked for me. That is really saying something given that I didn't originally think it would because everything in the book happens over the span of just a few days, but the author made the love that ignites between these two character's so believable that the short time span didn't bother me at all. I was 100% on board with this relationship from the moment Rita's car breaks down on the side of the road leaving her and her siblings stranded and Jasper comes across them. The chemistry between these two is completely off the charts hot and it's impossible to not absolutely think that these two are absolutely perfect for each other.  Unfortunately, that also gave me some anxiety when I was reading the book because Rita is one of those excessively independent heroines and I was worried that her and Jasper's HEA would feel too rushed and not feel appropriate because the premise of the novel is that Rita and her siblings were supposed to take this road trip to New York together in their mother's memory, but it all played out perfectly.

And talking about Rita's siblings, I loved getting to know them in this book and how we were given hints about how their upcoming stories are going to play out as they continue on their trip. The author really built up my excitement and has made me desperate for the next three books in the Romancing the Clarksons series.

Anywho, overall, this book was a phenomenal start to a new series from one of my all-time favorite authors and I can't recommend it enough because it really was just that good. Seriously, Too Hot to Handle was Tessa Bailey at her BEST!

*Review originally published in a post on May 3rd, 2016*

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ARC Review: Crazy for You by Heatherly Bell

Title: Crazy for You

Author: Heatherly Bell

Synopsis:

He needs a break. She needs a date.

What do a washed-up L.A. cop and a celebrity hair stylist have in common? Christmas magic.

Fallon McQueen needs a date to a wedding.The pickings at the speed dating events she’s attended are slim indeed, and it doesn’t help that she has someone specific in mind…

Then she meets…Santa Claus.

Jack Cooper is tired of the big city. He needs a break from the streets of L.A. But when he stops a deadbeat from breaking and entering, he’s simply trying to do a good deed. But now he has a hot but crazy blonde asking him to be her date to a destination wedding.

But if Jack is going to help, they’re going to do it his way.

***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

Crazy for You was an absolutely adorable holiday romance. I went into it thinking that this book was only a novella, but this book was actually more developed than that and I'm thankful for that because it gave me more time to really connect with these characters and their story. And talking about the characters I really liked Jack. This guy really should be nominated for sainthood with how good he was. Like he was almost too good of a person that I kind of kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. But. no he really was that nice. As for Fallon, I really liked her character, but it really bothered me that she didn't really stand up for herself for most of the book. But aside from that I really liked her as I already said. She was a good mother trying to better herself and that made me proud of her character.

The romance in this book was really nice. Although, I feel like the love story could have been developed a little bit more because I feel like it wasn't deep enough to fully convince me that the decisions these characters made at the very end made sense for them. Despite that, the love story was really sweet and I really did like them together. Plus, the epilogue really sold me on them together, so all-in-all this book was a win for me. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Blog Tour: Flying Through Fire by Nina Croft (Review + Giveaway)



Synopsis:

Winged monsters have been seen in the skies, and a pestilence follows in their wake, threatening the very survival of mankind. Only the crew of the Blood Hunter knows where they come from, and only one man has the power to send them back—Thorne, a human/dragon hybrid in possession of mental powers beyond comprehension.Candace Decker doesn’t need anyone to look after her—she’s a badass werewolf more than capable of protecting herself and those she loves. All the same, she’s always been drawn to Thorne’s strength. In an uncertain world, he’s the one man who makes her feel safe. And what Candy wants, she usually gets.

But while Candy is tenacious, Thorne’s willpower has been honed over ten thousand years. He might want her, but the last thing he needs is an infatuation with a young, impetuous werewolf. Candy makes him lose control, and that could have disastrous consequences.

As the threat escalates and they become separated by time and space, Candy must find a way back to him, because while Thorne alone has the power to defeat the dragons, only together can they finally bring peace to the universe.

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About the Author:

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

So while I have read romances by Nina Croft before, this is the first of her books with paranormal and science fiction elements that I have picked up and I got to say I really enjoyed it. The beginning was a little confusing for me at first because this is the sixth book in a series, so there was a lot of information I needed to learn, but once I got into it I couldn't put this book down. The characters, the plot, the love story was all very gripping. I couldn't get enough of the world that Nina Croft created. It was unique and fascinating and I couldn't help but love this book. My one issue with the book was that I needed more build up for the love story. When the book started Candy and Thorne had already had a complicated history, but the way it was explained didn't a hundred percent explain why these two were hung up on each other. But despite that I still really liked their romance. It was fast-paced like the rest of the plot and had my heart racing from start to finish in all the best ways. Overall, I loved this book. I had already loved Nina Croft from her contemporaries, but because of this book now I love her for her science fiction as well. I seriously cannot recommend this book and this author enough!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Blog Tour: The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman (Review)


Synopsis:

THE MAKING OF A LEGEND…

When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the town while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…

As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the luckless lord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?

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About the Author:

VALERIE BOWMAN grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she's number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is also the author of the Secret Brides series, starting with Secrets of a Wedding Night, Secrets of a Runaway Bride, and Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage.

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***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

The Legendary Lord, the sixth book in Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides series was a really great historical romance read. There was so much to love about this novel. First off, the heroine was wonderful. Sarah was determined and capable and while I wish she would have stood up to her parents a little more actively, I still really liked her. Secondly, I really, really loved Christian. I usually love my historical romance heroes a little more difficult if you know what I mean, but I really loved that Christian was a nice guy. He was so sweet and good and he now has a special place in my heart. Although, I do wish he would have accepted the fact that he loved Sarah a little bit sooner. And talking about love, I loved that the romance in this book was a nice slow burn. The pace at which everything progressed really gave my the chance to really savor this love story making it a favorite of mine. Overall, I loved this book so much! It was pretty much perfect in my opinion and since this is only the second book I have read by this author I am going to be moving up her other novels on my towering TBR because I need more of these characters!

Cover Reveal: Alphas & Fairytales: A New Year's Eve Anthology

Today I have the pleasure of helping reveal the cover of the Alphas & Fairytales anthology!


Here's a little bit about the book:

One badass fight, one black tie party… 
One New Year’s Eve in Vegas

16 ALL NEW stories of love, lust, and redemption from your favorite bestselling authors

*Proceeds benefiting VETSports*

THE MAIN EVENT - Sapphire Knight
New Year’s in Vegas can only mean three things: fighting, f*cking and forever. You ready to party with us?

DUET (ROCKSTAR #8.5) - Anne Mercier
Sera and Cage in Vegas: MMA, a formal gala, and a hot steamy night of sexin'.

FREEING HIS DARK EDGES - Kane Caldwell
Surprising Chase Black isn’t easy but I shocked him with tickets to an MMA fight in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. But since then, Chase keeps giving me those looks, a smirk that says I’m the one in for a surprise.  

AS THE TIDE TURNS - BT Urruela
The war vet bodyguard. The Hollywood starlet. An unexpected threat at the biggest charity event of the year. Can Jace set aside his demons to save Savannah's life, or will his past get the best of him?

FORBIDDEN ATTRACTION - CA Harms
Maybe it was the adrenaline, the pure excitement from the fight that had me thinking of things I shouldn’t. All I knew was never before had something that was wrong, felt so right.

FORBIDDEN - KL Kreig
Two of them. One of me. And an irresistible lure between us that’s expressly forbidden. Has the gluttony of Vegas distorted our judgment or could there be something else bigger at play?

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS - Alison Bliss
Brick Davenport is the quintessential billionaire badboy. He’s also my ex-fiancé and the man who taught me the first rule of business--always protect your assets. On New Year’s Eve in Vegas, I’ll have to do just that, because Brick’s on a mission...for my heart.

TEMPTED TIMES THREE - M Never
Love like there's no midnight.
F*ck like there's no sunrise.

Chase Hammond and Shane Laughtner have finally found the woman who completes their Trinity, and this New Year's Eve, the two have crafted a plan to make their trio permanent. Bright lights, a buzzing atmosphere, and an over indulgence of passion.

DICED - Ginger Scott
The last time Mia Stone saw Jamie Augusthill, he was being hauled away from her father's five-star restaurant in handcuffs. Now, he's standing in HER kitchen, the only man who can pull off this impossible New Year's Eve feast. Can her heart handle the heat that comes with him?

BLINK - Molly McLain
I took her for granted and she walked out of my life. Now she’s back…on another man’s arm. I’ll be damned if she gives that midnight kiss to anyone but me. After all, she’s still my wife. 

A WILD CHASE - BB Reid
Mila Hunt has a big problem, and his name is Chase James. The arrogant asshole happens to be her boss, and after an embarrassing mistake at a gala, he decides her punishment should fit the crime. What he has in store for her she never thought she wanted, but she could never say no to him either…

ROCKIN' THE SUITE - Rhonda James
Sebastian Miles has thirty-six hours to prove he’s still the same romantic rock star his wife fell in love with. But where's the best place to go when the stakes are this high? Vegas, baby!  

THE POWERS PLAY - Harper Bentley
Gable Powers had loved keeping me off balance from the moment we met. Now it was my turn to shock him at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and it was going to be awesome.

TAKING GREER - Winter Travers
Apollo Banachi is tired of waiting. He's taking what belongs to him. Greer Cassidy doesn't stand a chance.

CRAVED (BOUND TOGETHER 2.5) - Lacey Black
Tara Hunter and Scott Dixon have wanted each other for years, but something always keeps them apart - until New Year’s Eve. When Scott and Tara find themselves a charity gala, the stars may finally align.

A SHOWER FOR...THREE? - Allie Juliette Mousseau

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