Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review: Redemption by Michelle Horst


It started out quite good actually with the Prologue and part of the first chapter, at least until the stranger alias Eli Jackson suddenly started to fix the gate to Quinn's house. Why would he do that? It didn’t make any sense. The downward spiral started after that. I wanted to read about their growing friendship but the next chapter jumped forward a couple of years and all of a sudden, there was another guy.

The Jackson Family kept to themselves and people in town were scared of them but Quinn jumped into his arms without a doubt and bamm! they were best friends. Ahhh, what?!

So, after a few months of dating, Quinn was going to marry this other guy without a second thought although she kind of had feelings for Eli in the first place but this didn't even came up once during her dating time or even after. Not until Roy was history did Quinn all of a sudden have feelings for Eli and her soon-to-be man was forgotten. I felt sorry for him because he deserved better.

Quinn was an annoying character. She changed her mind every few seconds and her actions were the exact opposite of what she said.

(Please keep in mind that this is just my personal opinion and that you might see it differently.)

This story seemed rushed and felt lacking in depths, emotions, lengths and especially missing well worked through transitions, as it just jumped from one thing to the other without any developments storywise or characterwise. I was confused most of the time and didn't like how Quinn ‘lived years’ within a few months because I couldn't believe how what she went through was overcome by her so quickly. Some stuff was just so bad that I wanted to throw my kindle away.

There was one chapter I absolutely loved because it felt real, honest and showed that the author has much more talent than the rest of the book felt like. I was so in love with how the characters were cuddling in front of the TV and when they each moved one step after the other closer to each other. There was chemistry and butterflies and it was exactly what I had been missing in the rest of the story because despite this little light in all the darkness, there wasn't much growing, development, or well thought through actions. Every change in the story happened abruptly, as did the ending.
It was a much shorter book than anticipated and you can imagine my surprise and disappointment when the story all of a sudden ended just like that.

-- I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cover Reveal: Crowned by Hate by Amo Jones

Crowned by Hate
by Amo Jones
Series:
Crowned Trilogy #1
Genre: Dark Romance/Thriller
Release Date: November 14th, 2017
Cover Design: Jay Aheer

Blurb:

Some would say I have a privileged life. Daughter of the current President of the United States, wealthy, famous, and all things that some girls wish they had.

Only I'd dream of having a simple life. A life where I wasn't marrying the scariest man I have ever met. Well, I thought I had just met him, but it turns out, there's so much I don't know about myself. That's all thanks to a past so twisted, so warped, that no amount of money, or presidential status could wipe it clean.

I'm the rebel child. Or as some may see it, the disappointment. I’ve never cared about expensive wedding gowns, or how much someone paid for a tailored suit. I don’t care if your wedding dress is from Walmart, or if it’s from some fancy, upscale designer line.

So why am I marrying the devil dressed in a thousand-dollar suit?

I'm about to find out how I got here. To marrying one of the most powerful men in the country. The road to finding out, though, is paved with darkness, painted with the blood of innocents, and it leads my ass straight to hell. Only this hell is a multi-million-dollar penthouse suite in New York City where Bryant Saint Royal, sits on his throne.

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Amo is a full-time writer from New Zealand who loves long romantic walks to the wine cellar.

She loves to write like how she lives, hanging on the edge of insanity with a wine glass in one hand and her morals-or lack thereof- in the other.

Those are not my monkeys, I swear....
Oh those hellhounds? Yeah, those are mine.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: Grand Slam #3: A Winning Ace Novel by Tracie Delaney


This book left me emotionally drained and I needed to gather my thoughts first before I could even attempt to write my review. I finally tried not to be too emotional. So here it goes...

This was the worst goodbye I had to say. It got especially hard closer to the end. It was so awful. It was emotionally the worst but most moving and at the same time best written part (around 90%-95%). I just knew then that I couldn't rate this book any differently than with full 5 stars.
It was the decisive factor for my rating and if you want to know what it was, I guess you have to read the book and find out for yourself =P

The Story:
Tally was heartbroken and couldn't believe what happened. Cash had changed so much since his accident but that he would kick her out and say those awful things to her was just too much. She needed to get away, somewhere she had no memories of him and where it would be easier to forget. But is there such thing as forgetting the love of her life?

'”I would fight if Cash would let me, but he's given up – on himself and on us. What else can I do?”'

Cash struggles with his life and controlling his anger since he woke up from his coma.
He is scared to hurt Tally and that's why he had to let her go. He wants to have her safe from him until he's able to sort himself out and get better. Although he plans on getting her back at some point, he's insecure if she would still want him regardless of who he is now. Will he be able to get her back when he's not the same person anymore? Will he be enough for her?

'If Cash left things as they were, he had zero chance of getting his life back.'

Thoughts:
Despite all the wonderful and heartbreaking moments in this book, there were still some things I wasn’t all that happy with. I was annoyed at Tally in the first part of the book because it felt like (apart from the break-up) she had all the luck in the world and everything fell into her lap. And as this wasn't the first break-up it felt a bit like ping pong with Tally's life and their relationship. It had my head spinning especially because it felt like a Déjà-vu considering we had some of the parts already in the previous books. While it felt like it, it still wasn’t the same though despite the similar road it went down at some point, and for that I was really glad.

Honestly, I was mad at Cash for breaking up with Tally, especially so far into their relationship, because I didn't understand why he couldn't tell her how he felt and just asked for space. He didn't want to hurt her physically but then he went and hurt her emotionally. What irony.

As we knew that Cash planned to get her back eventually, it happened too sudden without a real talk through or even any hesitation from Tally's side. It was in the past and they forgot about it real quick. But why? I asked myself how she was not a bit worried that he wouldn't, at his next outburst of anger or fear of hurting her, break up with her again. There just wasn't any doubt on Tally's part even though the past showed how fast everything could end.

'”The mind doesn't heal like the body.”'

The huge bomb that had been dropped at some point in the book was an enormous shock for me. I was definitely not prepared for those turn of events and it was fucking awful! I was absolutely torn if I liked it or not because I usually wouldn't have liked it and although I wish it didn't happen, it played a big part on my love for this book because it brought the characters – especially Cash's – a lot closer to my heart. (If that makes any sense). It definitely brought me to tears though.

This book made me laugh but it made me cry a lot more. It was a mean story if I do say so myself. The ending of this book and therefore also of this series left me with one laughing and one crying eye.

Well, I loved to see Cash's vulnerability and generally human side as he always seemed so controlled and sure of himself. Now he was definitely feeling the love getting stronger as he put her well-being first. He wanted to be worthy of her and worried she wouldn't want him as weak and broken as he was after his accident. It was really emotional to see him at his breaking point.

'”Step one of a million,” he whispered.'

The story was actually really awesome in how it let us be part in a rather darker or more depressing chapter of Cash's life without it being an up and down but kind of a constant reminder of how we all have to work hard on ourselves to accomplish our goals and to enjoy the happy moments as we never know what will happen next.

'Pain tore through his gut as he realized that he hadn't recovered yet, but he clung tightly to the belief that the day would come.
Because if it didn't, there was fuck all to live for.'

It's always hard to say goodbye to characters I grew to love. Especially since this book brought the series characters so much closer to my heart.

I can't wait to read Rupe's story because he played a big part in my love for this series. As well as Rachael, Pete, Kinga, even William, Rowan and Dr. Bauer played their part. All the characters were special to me. It's so hard to let go. I really did use up a pretty amount of tissues at the end of this book.

-- I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Book Review: Losing Game #2: A Winning Ace Novel by Tracie Delaney


I loved the first book and was so excited to start the second one especially with how Winning Ace ended. I just can’t deal with cliffhangers and was so happy that I didn’t have to wait too long for the second book. So, lucky for me the second book picked up not long after the story in the first one ended. I was worried that it would be dragging because who knew where the story would go and if Tally would be heartbroken for most of the book. Anyway, I worried for nothing because the writing was as captivating as in the first book and I loved the dynamic between the characters and the fast pace. Let’s just say that I fell in love with the story all over again. =)

Whereas Winning Ace was much more about the characters fighting against all odds for a chance to be together and learning to deal with the different life and perspective of the other, Losing Game revolved much more around the second chance and what else awaits them, especially for Cash and his career. Let's just say that enemies aren't always easy to distinguish and they sometimes are people but may also come as a twist of fate. So, when it suddenly hits you, it's too late to do anything about it and no matter how many “what if's” you come up with, there is just one way to deal with it -> Head on and with your head held high. But this is easier said than done when all you can think of is the loss it brought with it.

The Story:
Tally ran. When she saw the photos of Cash kissing another woman, she was beyond devastated about his betrayal. Cheating is the only one thing she won’t forgive no matter of how much her heart hurt.
Cash has always been stubborn and determined at getting what he wanted. When Tally left him, he was torn between telling her his secret and putting everything at risk that he’d build so far, or letting her go and keeping his secrets. Because there’d be no way in getting her back without telling her the truth. Risking his career, he tracks Tally down and makes up his mind, that he can’t live a life without her in it. But what will the consequences be? Will there be any at all? Nobody has a perfect life but people like to believe so.

'The swaying from one thing to another was making her head spin. Why couldn't life be simpler?'

Thoughts:
I loved it!! There was so much going on I can't even say what I loved most!
This book was anything and nothing what I'd expected because at first, I felt like I knew most of what was coming and I anticipated most that happened but it didn’t really bother me. There might’ve been something that not everyone would agree on and which is a matter of opinion and believes. I was a bit torn about it but decided in the end it’s just a part of a whole and I just rolled with it. (If you're curious, I'm talking about Rachael and the press stuff.)

Anyway, there was a certain point where the story took a huge turn and got somewhat harder for the characters and became much more emotional (with reason of course!). I absolutely loved it although it was tough to read because I felt so close to the characters that it felt like I was right in the middle of their emotional disaster. The only thing that bothered me a bit (besides Tally's constant change of mind in the beginning) was how fast it all happened. At least it felt for me like it happened in a blink of an eye and I don't mean what put the characters in this position but everything else after that felt a little rushed. It made for a fast pace which I liked but at the same time I would have loved to have a bit more of preparation time and details.

There’s not much else to say actually because I loved the second book as much as the first one. For all I know it could have been one huge book because the story rolled so easily and was really enjoyable to read! As in the first, there were also some ups and downs in the story, most of which were predictable (though not all) but it didn’t take away any excitement or suspense no matter which course the story took. It reminded me of a quote from a movie 'It's the perfect combination of sweet and sexy'. That's how I felt about most of the book but it was not just funny and romantic but also really emotional when you least expected it.

“Why didn't you come into my life sooner?' She gave the secret smile she kept only for him. “Because you weren't ready for me until now.”

This was again a highly addictive read and I'm in desperate need of book #3!!

-- I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Blog Tour & Book Review: Scandalous by L.J. Shen

Scandalous
by L.J. Shen
Series:
Sinners of Saint #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: September 29th, 2017

Blurb:

They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.
 
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Trent’s gaze cut to mine and stopped when his grays met my blues. The fading noise of Vicious barking at people to move along, and my father finally letting go of my arm to move toward Jaime and Dean—probably trying to gain both allies and sympathy—died down.
“I don’t like you,” Rexroth whispered under his breath, his voice harsh.
“I never asked you to.” I shrugged.
“You won’t be working here.” His arm brushed my shoulder, but I didn’t think it was by accident. I let loose a sugary smile, scanning his face and torso for no other reason other than to taunt him. “Good, you’ll be doing me a favor. My father is the one forcing me to work here. He’s pissed I turned down five Ivy League colleges. Remind me, Mr. Rexroth—which top tier university did you attend for your degree?”
The low blow was supposed to retrieve some of my lost dignity, but bile burned my throat, shotgunned from my stomach. Trent Rexroth was known in Todos Santos as an exhilarating success story, rising from the gutters of San Diego. He went to a shitty state college that accepted even the illiterate, working as a janitor on campus after hours. Those were given facts he’d recited himself in an interview for Forbes.
Had I really just tried to make him feel less worthy because he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth? It made me sicker than wearing my mother’s designer garbs.
Trent smiled, leaning into my body, into my soul. His smirk was more frightening than any scowl, frown, or grimace I’d ever seen. It threatened to tear me apart and sew me back together however he pleased.
“Edie.” His lips were dangerously close to my ear. A delicious shiver moved down my spine. Something warm rolled inside of me, begging to unknot and flower into an orgasm. What was happening, and why the hell was it happening? “If you know what’s best for you, you will turn around and leave right now.”
I elevated my head to meet his gaze and showed him my version of a grin. I was born and raised in a world of intimidating rich men, and I’d be damned if I go down like my mother—addicted to xanax, Gucci, and a man who paraded her on his arm for a short, glorious decade before keeping her solely for public appearances.
“I think I’m going to go find my desk now. I’d wish you a good day, Mr. Rexroth, but I think that ship has sailed. You’re a miserable man. Oh, and one for the road.” I fished for a Nature Valley bar in my mother’s purse and plastered it to his hard, muscled chest. My heart slammed into my neck, fluttering like a caged bird.
I hurried after my father as he glided down the vast, golden-hued hallway, not daring to look back. Knowing I’d started a war and arrived unequipped. But I also knew something else that gave me a surfer’s rush—if I could slam the final nail in my employment coffin and make Rexroth vote against me, I’d be off the hook.
I had just the plan for it. All I had to do was act like a brat. Game on.



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by LJ Shen
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L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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My review:

I might be in the minority with my dislike of this book, although it’s probably too strong a word for my feelings since the book had a lot of potential, but especially Edie’s character ruined it for me. The story per se was good and kept my interest until the end.

I don’t know why I didn’t pay more attention to the blurb. Maybe because I liked the author’s previous book so much that I was really excited for this one and skipped the part about him being thirty-three and her being just 18 years old.
Would I have known of her childlike behavior I’m sure I wouldn’t have picked up this book. The story might not have been that bad but the h just made everything so much worse. Also Trent’s treating her like a child didn’t help much in warming up to the characters.

It wasn’t all bad though because I loved the moments when I could see Trent trying really hard to be a good parent and caring so much for his girl that he'd give up everything and do anything for her in a heartbeat.
'My daughter was beautiful and the world was ugly and I didn't know how to help her. And it killed me like cancer. Slowly. Surely. Savagely.'
Reading about his emotional struggles and also his plot against Jordan was what I liked. He was a complex character and I did like him at times but I wondered what he wanted from Edie Van Der Zee when he thought of her as a child, because he already had one and didn’t need one as a girlfriend as well. So what was so special about her?
'She was young. So, goddamn young. And even if I didn't care about the age – which I did, her body was straddling the rope between ripe and juvenile.'
The Story:
Just because Jordan Van Der Zee has too much money to count doesn’t mean Edie has too. Having no other chance she starts working at her dad’s company, even though she’d rather spend her time surfing.
When she thought that this alone is a pain in the ass, she has another thing coming because Trent Rexroth and the hidden agenda of her dad will have her right in the middle of a war between her father and the man she can’t seem to stay away from.
It’s time for Edie to choose between love and love -> because there’s a difference when you look closely.
'He was pungently masculine and intimidating in his looks, but that was not what made me recognize him immediately. It was what rolled off of him in dangerous quantities, the menace and ruggedness. He was a dark knight made of coarse material. Cruel in his silence and punishing in his confidence. I'd only met him once, at a barbecue at Dean Cole's house a few weeks ago, and we hadn't spoken a word to each other.
He hadn't spoken a word to anyone.
Trent Rexroth.'
Thoughts:
I wished for the h to be more mature, 21 years would probably have helped and would have made a huge difference to the story I believe. She was a total brat and I’m just not into those daddy stories because this really felt like one at times.
'I wanted what was forbidden, and wrong, and fucking crazy. I wanted my partner's daughter, who was nearly half my age.'
After half way through the book I was getting more and more into the story. But I still didn’t get their attraction toward one another. Ok, I did understand Edie’s attraction to him because who wouldn’t be drooling all over this guy. Trent on the other hand I didn’t get, because what was so attractive about Edie? She was an adolescent brat that served her father for ruining Trent. So what was so appealing that he didn’t care about all of that? She didn’t like money (although she needed it badly) and she cared for Luna. But that was it with the commonalities. He didn’t even like her most of the time because of her childlike behavior and I really didn’t understand where the sexual desire came from.
And the ending?! Ugh. Normally I'd be all for that but in this case I'd rather have her grow up first. Their big age difference was something I couldn't overlook especially with her behavior and I was bothered by all the problems they'd faced and didn't sort through but had just swept under the rug.

What shocked me most was Edie’s father. Jordan seemed like the worst father ever but after a while it turned out he was not just the worst, he was evil. I wondered why he didn’t send Edie to boarding school to be rid of her while he could when she was still underage.

There was one thing in the story that held most of my attention. It was all the secrecy about Theo. I was wildly guessing what’s going on and this was one of the main reasons (apart from Luna and Edie’s thing going on with Trent) that kept me reading and glued to the pages.
“If you want to be strong, be.”
Recommendation:
If you don’t mind or even like young girls and older men, then go for it. This will be your read because the story was really good. I just wasn’t into the age difference and the adolescent behavior.
'”Seahorses are Luna's favorite animal because the male seahorse is the only animal in nature to carry the baby and not the mother. The male seahorse is the one to incubate the offspring. To fall pregnant. To nest.”'
-- I received an ARC of this book from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Cover Reveal: The High Road by Lauren Runow

The High Road
by Lauren Runow
Age Group:
Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 24th, 2017
Cover Designer: Designed With Grace

Blurb:

I walk through these halls with my tight bun, form-fitting uniform and a fake smile plastered across my face. My career is everything I’ve planned. I’ve made Captain in the Air Force, and I’ve gained the respect and recognition from my peers both below and above me. On the outside, I look like I’ve got it all, but on the inside, I’m slowing dying inside.

I never knew after one staggering night out, Alex would change my perception on life. He opened my eyes and gave me a glimpse into a world of what I was missing.

More of what I yearned for.

More of what I needed.

But he forgot to mention one thing… he is my subordinate.

*The High Road is a novella that was originally published in the Secret Affair Anthology and now as a standalone novel.


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About the Author:

Lauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, some more dirty than others. When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cover Reveal: Fervent by Claudia Burgoa

Fervent
by Claudia Burgoa
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 27th, 2017
Cover Design: Hang Le

Blurb: 
 
As a former Army Ranger who works for a high intelligence, private security company, I’ve seen my fair share of death, betrayal, and pain.
I’ve lived them.
I trust no one, only my brothers, and my best friend.
I wasn’t always like that. Everything changed the day my parents died and my nation was attacked.

Since then, family comes first. Work is my mistress.
Nothing else matters.
That is, until she walked into my life.
Short dress, long, tanned legs, and honey eyes that make me weak.
She’s chaos.
She’s sunshine and daffodils.
She’s loud.
She’s a fighter.
She’s a dreamer.
She’s everything I hate.
Why is it so hard to walk away from her?

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Stretched t-shirt, dry blood and badass attitude looked good on him. That’s nothing compared to Harrison Everhart wearing a suit. His tall, broad, body wrapped in a dark gray is a site I want to photograph, frame and stare at it forever. He’s the type of man who behaves differently depending on the place and time. For the past five hours, we chatted pleasantly about our families. Nothing too superficial but nothing too intimate, either. If I had time to date, he’d be the kind of man I’d choose. Easy to talk to, funny, and a gentleman.
A refreshing touch from the guys who I hook up with when I have time to go out with my friends. Which lately it’s been never. Maybe I have time, but I don’t want to waste it by doing the same thing over and over again. Meeting a guy who has little social skills, only talks about himself, and by the end of the date is the only one who is satisfied isn’t great. I have my little friendly toys that to do a better job and I don’t have to listen to nonsense.
This would be a great subject for a sociology class; the interactions between humans, and how out of touch they are with one another that dating has become a joke. What happened to love letters? The chase is so much different now than it was back when my parents dated. I should quit the Bureau and go back to school. Finish my psychology degree, go into anthropology or sociology. I would enjoy doing that more than having to jump through hoops to show that I’m capable of more things than my superiors like to acknowledge. If anything, I can write a book with Mom’s letters and notes.
A manual on how it’s done.
“Everything okay?” Harrison asks when the service car stops, and the driver opens my door. “You’ve been quiet since we left the party.”
Define okay? My skin tingles every time you touch me. Your deep voice makes me shiver, and dancing in your arms was a bit torturous because everything inside me wanted you to touch more than my bare shoulders and my waist. But yeah, I’m cool.
“Your brother and Hazel never arrived at the party,” I comment, not disclosing that I’d like to find out how my fake future boyfriend kisses. “Gia wasn’t there either.”
“I’m sorry about that. If you want, I can try to find out her whereabouts. My people can hack her phone and track her daily activities. He smirks and winks. “We can start stalking her.”
“Stalking?” I boom, laughing and covering my mouth when a couple walking close to us turns to glare at me.
“Yeah, that’s the word and you know what they say, ‘couples that stalk together stay together.’” He grins, his blue-crystal eyes shining with the post light.
That grin is addictive. I shouldn’t mind pretending to be with him while I’m working. A little fun on the side, some sexy times. Sex. I haven’t had that in a long time. So long that I can only remember what my toys can do for me. But I care. He’s a distraction. Each time he smirks, touches me or talks with the low-bedroom voice I want to jump him. That’s not only unprofessional but also illogical.
“Anything for the sake of the case, right?” My voice comes out a little throaty, needy.
He clears his throat, looking around and poking the elevator. “We should do this again,” he says, leaning closer to me.
“Technically, we have to do it again.”
Have I mentioned this is the best case I’ve ever worked on in my entire life.” He leans forward, kissing my cheek. His lips lingering close to my ear for one too many seconds. His musk-wood scent making my stomach flutter.
“Thank you,” I swallow hard, turning around and stepping into the elevator. “We can discuss our next move tomorrow.”
I poke the elevator, looking at the doors that start closing his gaze locks with mine. His eyes darken, the intensity of that gaze makes me feel vulnerable, bare. I imagine my skin searing with the touch of his big hands. As the doors close, my phone rings. An incoming message. Unknown number reads the screen.
Unknown: This was the best first date I’ve had in a long time. Thank you.


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Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Release Blitz & Book Review: Broken by Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco

Broken
by Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco
Series: Voyeur #3
Genre: Erotic Thriller/Dark Romance
Release Date: September 28th, 2017


Blurb:

Deceased.
Gone.
Someday to become a distant memory.
They're dead and I don't feel an ounce of remorse.
Instead, the relief is almost instant. No longer will I feel like scum because my heart lies with him—My Noah.
The voice might've forced my hand, but in the end, I'll always choose my heart. I've lived within my fear of losing him and that’s now been stripped from me.
We've been forced to say goodbye to our past and I'm embracing my future with both hands.
I'm no longer afraid.
I'm pissed.
They want us broken, but instead they've unleashed a beast unwilling to submit. I'm an animal determined to save her man.
To live.
I no longer care who gets in my way or what I have to do. I will have that man . . .
And one day, we will both escape.

WARNING: This story isn't for everyone. Caution. 18+

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My review:

This is getting addictive.
The story was highly suspenseful and although some questions I had from the first book on were answered, lots of them still remained open. We got more of Ivy and Noah’s history and are steps closer to who is behind all of this. But we’re still kept in the dark about the why.

Book three was as sick in its game playing as the first two. The captor wanted to break its prisoners or should I rather say dolls, because they’re really just the captor’s puppets. She’s hell-bent on breaking their strong will, hope of survival and any way out of this hellhole. It’s sickening to read about how much the captor enjoyed what’d been done to the people being held captive and their loved ones.

This book was again very short (hence my rating) and since there will be at least another one coming, I feel like a hungry wolf getting snippets of food thrown at once in a while. I had hoped that we’d finally have an ending to this sick game but it seems like we have to wait a bit longer and find out what the next book will bring. On the other hand, I am kind of excited that the story continues because I really like it in its own crazy way, although I’m not sure what more there is to come. I guess I have to wait and see. At some point though everybody will be dead and there’d be nothing interesting left. *haha* I just hope it will end before this happens because that would be no fun.

The Voyeur series is not recommended for people that are new to this twisted and sick kind of world. Blood play, sex, drugs and death are just a few of the things you have to expect in these books.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Book Review: Shut Your Eyes by Mandy Lee


You Don't Know Me Trilogy (Book 3)

You must read this series!! The writing was amazing and the sex scenes were some of the best that I’ve read!! The story was sooo good and although it might seem like an everyday kind of read what with the billionaire and ordinary girl theme, but there’s so much more to it. I loved the development of the characters throughout the whole trilogy and that they’ve grown stronger with every obstacle they had to overcome.

This author definitely knows how to write hot and steamy sex scenes that last longer than just one or two pages. And I enjoyed just as much the bickering, playful and funny moments between Maya and Dan.
‘”You do know this is my favorite hobby?” he asks.
“Not knitting?”
He laughs.
“No. Not knitting. Not any more. Driving you insane with pleasure.”
“I’m already there.”’
I was really happy with how this awesome trilogy ended. I grew to love Dan so much. He was still a very much controlling dominant and that would have never changed but he wasn’t as cold anymore and we got to see his soft side as well. He was so caring and attentive. I just loved him.

The Story:
Although she eventually agreed to this fake brake-up, Maya missed Dan already. She can’t wait for this all to be over soon to get back to her life with him. But Boyd is dangerous and as long as they are all in danger, there is just no other way than to play along.

Being away from Dan gets harder with every day and it doesn’t help to have no reassurance that everything’s ok between them. Nagging thoughts come easily and in no time Maya’s questioning if this will have a happy ending.

Thoughts:
This book had its ups and downs. First it started where the second book left off, where Maya and Dan split up. The whole scheme felt kind of weird and I still didn’t understand why they thought this would make Boyd stop.
I was pissed at Clive for breaking up with Lucy as well and I really couldn’t understand how her best friend would to this to her. I couldn’t forgive this so easily.

Gordon was one of my favorite secondary characters in this book. I’d definitely love to read more about him.

Like I mentioned above, this author really knows how to write hot and heavy!! It’s not just wam, bam, thank you ma’am, but slowly built up steam and covered more than just two pages. Let’s just say I absolutely loved the sex scenes! I found myself skipping them in other books recently and was so happy to finally be able to enjoy them so much again. But it wasn’t just all sex in this book. Not at all! But when they got it going on, it was off the charts hot! And all the kink! Oh my. I wanna read this book again even if it’s just for the sex scenes *haha*.

One of my favorite scenes (apart from the sex scenes *wink*) was the one with the napkin/maid. I can’t say more because I don’t want to give anything away but I think you’ll know what I mean when you’ve read the book.
‘”Use the soddin napkin.”’
It was such a fun and unique way to go at this. It felt special and I loved it so much!

This story was an emotional rollercoaster because even though most of the time it was a great and enjoyable read, there were a few times when my emotions went overboard with being angry or happy or on the verge of tears.
‘Dan’s talking to me through music. He’s done it before and he’ll do it again. He loves his woman… and he always will.’
There might have been one or two things that I wasn’t really happy about. Apart from Lucy never being mad at Maya for what happened because of her with Clive, I was not so happy about how slow or fast some things went. The time apart from Maya and Dan was kind of long (I really missed him) whereas when everything went down with Boyd, it was over and done with very quickly. I mean it was suspenseful and kept me on the edge, maybe I read it so fast and it just felt like it but wasn’t at all. I don’t know. Anyway, one or two things happened rather fast and I would have liked a different pace for some of the things that went down. (The sex scenes were perfect though!! They could have gone on and on. I didn’t want them to stop! LOL)

Oh and regarding Boyd. I still don’t understand how Dan, with all his money, friends, security and endless possibilities, wasn’t able to find Boyd even though he was right in front of them the whole time. I just didn’t understand that.

Anyway, I loved that this book didn’t just end and leave me hanging about what the future will bring for the characters because it showed me what lies ahead of them and I was really satisfied with how the story left me feeling in the end. It was definitely a good feeling, that’s all I can tell you. =)

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Book Review: True Colours by Mandy Lee


You Don't Know Me Trilogy (Book 2)

I enjoyed reading this book a lot. But I have to say that there were some bits and pieces I was not really happy about. Even though the story and writing had a good flow, it sometimes felt a bit repetitive, as if in need of some page-fillers it got dragged out too much for my liking.
This sounds worse than it was actually because I really liked the book whatsoever. I just think some things could have dealt with sooner for shortening the story a bit.
It's like every few pages Maya discovered a new secret of Dan and confronted him. And before she had the chance to ran away, he grabbed her and grudgingly spread some breadcrumbs for her, just enough to made her stay. This went on for a few times and like I mentioned before, this could have been lessened. Other than that there were some nice twists and turns of the story.

We didn’t get to see Lucy a lot in this second installment; it's mainly just Maya and Dan. I loved Beefy, and Clive still let my heart beat faster =)

The ending wasn’t as much a shocker as I would’ve loved it to be. I kind of saw it coming. Anyway this book took me on an emotional roller-coaster but the emotions changed every few pages and that’s not something I really like that much. I enjoy being heavy in an emotion for a while, even if it's painful and sad. I don't like to be pulled in all kind of directions in just one chapter, and definitely not going on like this in a whole book.

Enough of bad words. I liked the good and the bad parts and I really want to know how the story continues. (Even though I have an inkling on how it will end). I WANT THE NEXT BOOK!! NOW!!!... sorry.. Pretty please =P

The Story:
After discovering some dark secrets at the end of the first book, Maya learns that Dan doesn’t give up on her that easily. Maya and Dan have to sort through a lot of things because they both had a hard past and every ugly little detail is coming to its surface. They both have to decide how to deal with it and if their love can survive it.

Things I liked and disliked:
Maya annoyed me in the first half of this book a lot. She behaved like a child at some parts and I wanted to smack her. But it was fine after a while. Or I got used to it. Anyway, I related to her fear of heights, storms and flying. I am the same when it comes to flying. I don't dare to move because I strangely believe that if I don't move, the plane will not start shaking. Stupid, I now, but still. And when it still does shake, I press my eyes shut and imagine it’s just a car-ride on a bumpy road and when it's a lot of shaking, I pray. Even though Maya's just a fictional character, I feel like I am not alone. That hopefully will help me in the summer when my bf is dragging me onto a plane again.

I loved her passion for painting. I enjoyed reading about it a lot. I would love to see her paintings in real, especially the triptych.

Dan really is a creep but he does everything within his power to keep Maya safe. I kind of love him for being protective but also hate him for not being honest with Maya. And even with his best intentions I honestly would have been furious with him after discovering that he lied that often. I would definitely have broken up with him a few times already during this book.

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Review: You Don't Know Me by Mandy Lee

You Don't Know Me Trilogy (Book 1)

I adore this book. I really like the writing, it has a good flow.


The Story:
Maya, a young artist that hasn’t painted in the last few years, has to take on a job as a secretary in a construction company to pay her bills.
As soon as her boss lays his eyes on her, he's determined to get her into his bed and even though Maya tries her best to shake him off, there is no chance for him to let her go as soon as he takes a hold on her. With each day Maya spends with Daniel, her feelings grow for him and as her heart begins to play a part in it, she notices that she doesn't even know this guy. How can she even have feelings for someone she doesn’t know? Maya has to decide if she can trust Daniel and if she wants to be pulled into his dark and mysterious life.

Thoughts:
I love this book, especially because after some first similarities to FSOG and Crossfire it turned into something of its own. I wouldn’t say that it’s bad to start a story that’s similar to other books because you kind of know beforehand what sort of story this probably is and the best stories are those that turn into something of their own, just like this one.
So this is a book I recommend to readers who enjoyed FSOG and Crossfire.
I see similarities of books like a road. It’s like traveling on the same road but on another lane and then there is an exit and you take it onto another street. Sometimes the street is not far off from the one before and sometimes it goes in a complete different direction.

Now, to get me back on tracks of this book, let me tell you that I marked so much in this book and wrote down so many notes that I would love to discuss them all with you but it would be too much and there would just be spoilers. So you have to get on without them, but I will list a few down below. =))

The ending:
At first everything in this story moved too fast for my liking but at the end everything made much more sense to me.
And then I was just WTF? Noo! Don’t leave a reader like me hanging like this!! I need to know how it continues!
Oh gosh. I knew something was up but I did not see this coming until almost at the end of the book.  I’m so curious about how they will go on after everything that happened and that’s revealed.

!!! spoilers ahead !!!

Things I loved and stuff I didn't like so much:
Maya's a sweet character but she let Daniel get away with everything. She always turned into pudding when he's around. She often thought about fighting him and to tell him no but as soon as he laid eyes on her or touched her, she melted and couldn’t even say anything against what he wanted to do to her or with her.
He always had stupid reasons to get her to tell him what he wanted to know and he never took no for an answer. I was not a huge fan of him forcing his will onto Maya all the time.
And Maya gave up way to often or rather always and much too soon when she asked him something and he didn’t want to answer her. I got really frustrated with her and wanted to yell in her face because why he is always allowed not to answer but she is forced to answer, I don’t know. He always either spanked or fucked her until she spilt the beans.

He slowly brings her into submission without her noticing what she is getting herself into. I really hated that about him. Compliance, control, defiance, punishment. Did she ever agree to it? He says that it’s all part of the deal. I say its bullshit.
When he spanked her for doubting him, I was furious and in the end I just thought, what irony.

But when Daniel wasn't commanding her for once I think he's really sweet and I really enjoyed reading this book especially at around 60% when she jumped out of his driving jag.
Clive has grown on me then at the Seven Dials scene and I loved his character as well as Lucy’s and Norman’s.

Oh and I loved the scene before Maya and Daniel started strolling to the office when he looked at the couple passing by and holding hands and he looked at his hand before he took her hand in his. I really wanted to know what he was thinking there when he was looking at his hand. His POV would be so interesting. I would definitely read it.

What creeped me out:
When Daniel suddenly woke her up in her bed in the middle of the night after she told him that he scares her and she doesn’t want to see him again. He was so full of himself. He just woke her to have sex with her and force her to be with him again.

And why was he always shushing her?? I got so angry at him all the time. And is it just me or is the word capiche not a nice word? I hate this word because it accepts no answer. It’s the worst word of all words.

He always told her that if she doesn’t want to do something, they didn’t have to do it. But when she said no he still did it. I know that she had a safeword and could have used it but still, a no is a no.


-- I received an ARC of this book from the author through the Fifty Shades Support Group on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Release Blitz: Redemption by Michelle Horst

Redemption
by Michelle Horst
Series:
Men of Honor #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 27th, 2017 
 

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She barged her way into my life and demanded that I be her friend. That was the best day of my life. The day Quinn took one look at my sorry ass, and decided I needed her.

She was right. I can’t live a day without her smile. She’s my heart and soul. I’ve become her shadow, always threatening any guy that dares to even look at her.

I’ve fallen for my best friend. I wish I’d told her sooner how much I love her.

I was only five minutes late. That’s all it took for him to take her.
He ripped the sun right out of my life.

In the darkest of nights, even your shadow leaves you.
Those are the only words she’s spoken to me since that night. They haunt me, a constant echo in the emptiness left behind.

Because of him, she now fears me. But I’ll be patient with her.
I’ll get my sunshine back once I’ve dealt with him.
He’s had a taste of her and just like me, he’s addicted.
He’ll come for her again and when he does, I’m going to make him suffer.

I’m a Jackson. I’ve learned from the best. He’s a dead man walking and I’m the Grim Reaper.

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