Thursday, March 30, 2017

Secrets of Redemption (Secrets, #3) by L.K. Shaw




Blurb:
I killed a man. 

He deserved to die, but guilt threatens to consume me. I continue on as though nothing is wrong, but every time I close my eyes, all I see is blood. His face haunts me. My life is crumbling around me, and I don’t know how much more I can take. Then, there is her. I’ve watched her, wanted her, for years. And now, I can never have her. Darkness surrounds me. I’m damaged goods. A murderer. 


I killed a man. 

He deserved to die, and never once have I regretted my actions. I’ve since made something of myself. I live a full life with a great career, a fantastic boss, and the best friends a girl could ask for. Then, there is him. I’ve seen him watching me with want in his eyes. I’ve been waiting for him to make the first move. But now, he walks around as if ghosts are chasing him. I know what he did, and I know it’s eating him alive. I only hope my love can light his way out of the darkness, and I can show him the secret of redemption.

My review:
Secrets of Redemption is a wonderfully woven story of love and forgiveness. Josie is smart, strong and stubborn as hell. Miles may be older than her but he is just as stubborn. He is also hurting and Josie may be the only cure.  Every time I thought I knew which way the story was going to go the author twisted it up and took off in a direction I hadn’t anticipated. This is a fresh, sexy and sweet tale that I highly recommend.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Playing Her Body by Julie Morgan



Blurb:
When shy meets wild, keys will be played.

Attending a bachelor party, Jordan wasn’t looking for anything that night, other than keeping his best friend, Blaine, safe from the paparazzi. Everything had been moving along well until she walked in.

Natalie knew of the band, Deep Ember, but never thought she’d find herself sharing her bed with the keyboard player, Jordan.

Blaine’s wedding was coming. Jordan was ready as best man…at least until he saw who was the bride’s maid.
 

My review:
This standalone short features characters we’ve met in the Southern Roots series but can be read solo with no issues. Though Jordan is the keyboard player for the band Deep Ember he is really very shy and has no problems with the others taking the spotlight. Unfortunately that doesn’t help him when he sees a gorgeous redhead across the bar while attending Blaine’s bachelor party. Encouraged by a few drinks and Blaine egging him on Jordan goes up to meet her and is instantly entranced. What was meant to be a one night stand could be so much more. If only Jordan wasn’t such a guy.
Playing Her Body is a fun, sweet read. I loved Natalie. She is smart, silly and patient. I felt for Jordan. He has to put it out there every time he goes on stage; to see that big stars are just like normal guys in that they too have trouble finding the words when needed was refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and you will too.
I received a copy of this book and chose to review it

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston



Blurb:
Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…

Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.

With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one….

My review:
This series is the BEST!!! This book is a rocket ride that will have you busting your gut laughing one moment and peeking through your fingers the next. Erin Amsel may be my favorite character EVER. She has absolutely no filter whatsoever so you always know where you stand. Her sense of humor floored me. Now put her together with stoic Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever and watch as he is put in the position of being the sane one as he and Erin are off to save the world.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Degrees and Passion by Lori Ann Gerlisky



Blurb:
DEGREES ARE EARNED…

Could life get any harder for Helena Foster? Her mother disappeared four years ago, and her father’s new girlfriend kicked her out. She needs to finish college, get her degree, and find a job.

The fear of marriage for a lucrative business merger has Alejandro Carrera desperate to prove he can run the new Bayside Floating Casino project for his father. He will finish his Master’s Degree while overseeing the construction and stay on to manage the multi-billion dollar corporation.

PASSION IS EXPERIENCED…

One tap on Helena’s shoulder and the lure of the mysterious stranger’s dark mocha eyes and sultry accent had her rearranging priorities. She didn’t want to think about all of the new emotions she experienced every time he glanced in her direction during class. Should she give in to the passion his eyes promised? 

Alejandro had not planned on a blonde-haired distraction to cross his path. The moment she pushed up her glasses with one finger on her perfectly sculpted nose, he was hooked. But she is a complication he does not need. He can’t risk the temptation of what those innocent eyes promised.

WOULD GIVING IN BE TOO MUCH OF A GAMBLE?

My review:
Degrees and Passion is a delightfully sweet romance. Helena is totally believable and her friendship with Amanda keeps it real.  Alejandro is a true romantic hero and fun to watch him woo Helena. There is a darker subplot but the author handles it with love and respect. A sweet escape.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fallen (Chronicles of the Fallen #1) by Julie Morgan



Blurb:
Lisa Adams wants what every other woman wants: The perfect job. The perfect home. The perfect guy. When she receives the opportunity of a lifetime, Lisa has no idea what she’s actually signed up for. Her boss, who is tall, dark and incredibly sexy, starts making advances towards her and she’s having a hard time telling him no. Lisa begins seeing things that are scaring the Hell out of her. Nightmares are leaving her frightened. 

Then there’s this new guy that’s come into her life. He brings a new light into the darkness that threatens to claim Lisa. He’s mysterious, heartwarming and kind. Not to mention the most beautiful man she’s ever met. But something with him seems to be off. 

Faced with love, seduction, sacrifice and deceit, Lisa will find herself being pulled in two directions; one pursues her to claim her soul and the other will sacrifice everything to save her.

My review:
Not the best by this author but a good story none the less. I enjoyed this even though I don’t like horror. The story was fairly predictable until the twist at the end that made it all worth it.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Red Hot Pleasures (Pleasures of the Heart Book 2) by Lia Davis





Blurb:
Business lawyer, Tessa Barnes, has given up on finding Mr. Right. She’s in her mid-thirties and married to her career. Until the tall, tan, and rugged Hunter Reeves walks in and jumpstarts her biological clock, making her want more. But just when she comes to terms with dating again, her best friend—and crush—from high school, Jake Braxton, makes a surprise visit to tell her he’s moving back to Long Beach and wants to be more than just friends. Making her virtually non-existent love life now incredibly complicated.
But the men are perfect: sexy, sweet...and Tessa knows they could both capture her heart. When they reveal they want a ménage a trois, things heat up, and Tessa gives in to her desires. But could one night of passion turn into a lifetime of pleasure? Or will she be forced to make the hardest choice of her life?

My review:
Red Hot Pleasures is a fun fantasy romp. Business lawyer Tessa Barnes is torn between the hot contractor and her BFF from high school. When she finds they have been lovers before she is intrigued but when they make it plain they both want her she is reluctantly titillated. Can they make a ménage work? Who knows; but it is fun watching them find out.
This is a fast, fun and sexy escape. The characters are real and so is the enjoyment.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

F*ck Club: Con (F*ck Club #2) by Shiloh Walker



Blurb:

Rule #2…Respect the ladies.

Conner Steele has nothing but respect for ladies. He absolutely adores them and takes more than a little bit of pride in his job—or rather, his former job.

After a run-in with a cop, former male escort Con, along with his brother Riley and best friend Shame, decided it might just be best to hang up their…hats and retire from the business of being paid to pleasure.

After all, they have a profitable business going with their new pub. No reason to ruin a good thing and Con is more than happy to keep pleasing the ladies—just…no longer as a job. Finding a date or company for the night has never been an issue for him, either. He’s been told more than once that he can charm a tiger out of its stripes. But lately a new hire at the bar is turning the tables on him—she is the one charming him, twisting him up into knots and getting him so worked up, he can barely see straight.

In his rather expert opinion, Shawntelle Callahan is nothing less than a queen.

And she’s a queen on a mission, too. Even as tangled up as he is over her, he can see that. First she tries to coax him out of retirement for one last engagement. When that doesn’t work, she sets out to drive him crazy. After finally admitting that she’s a writer who’s looking to do a story on male escorts, Con realizes it will be best to just stay away from Shawntelle. Sure, she says she’s just looking for some hands-on information but he knows there’s more to it than that. There are secrets in her eyes, barely hidden lies and doubt.

My review:
The ladies have always come easy for Conner Steele and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Till now. Conner doesn’t mess where he eats. He doesn’t make time with the women that work at the bar. It’s bad for business. But if anyone can tempt him to break the rules it would be the new hire Shawntelle Callahan. But there is more to Shawntelle than meets the eye and Con is just going to have to keep it in his pants. I love the back and forth, give and take between Con and Shawntelle building up the fire between the two. I am dying to get Charli and Max’s story. While this story doesn’t have the angst of the first book F*ck Club: Riley Con managed to do to me what he does best I was quite charmed by this ladies man.     

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