Monday, July 31, 2017

Blog Tour: Cocky Chef by JD Hawkins

Cocky Chef
by JD Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 31st, 2017
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs; Model: Christian Hogue

Blurb:

You can call me arrogant as much as you want. But when you're the best at what you do and have the hottest restaurant on the west coast, with enough Michelin stars to make Gordon Ramsay's head spin, you've earned the right to your confidence.

When I give an instruction in the kitchen, it's not a suggestion--it's an order. So when a new chef thinks she can do things her way, and dares to say so to my face, even her sharp wit and gorgeous pouty lips don't make it okay.

But I have to admit, she's got talent. She's creative in the kitchen and not even that double-breasted chef jacket can hide her perfect body. As I get to know her, I can't help wanting to know everything she thinks. I've never met a more talented chef. And I've never met a sassier and sexier woman in my life.

There's only one way this push and pull can end.

With her in my bed, begging for more.

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Excerpt:

She lets out a sigh of relief, but my cock hears something different in her gasping exhale. I bring my thumb slowly to a speck at the side of her mouth, fingers resting on the round perfection of her jawline. She stills under my touch and catches my gaze, time slowing with the deliberateness of my movements.
I brush the speck, but don’t pull away. Instead, I bring my thumb back across those ever-pouted lips, tracing their dip and fullness, letting her feel the texture of hands rough and scarred from a lifetime in kitchens, our eyes locked together in a moment of anticipation, emotions raging like an angry sea against the dam of the distance between us.
Her lips part slightly, I feel her shortening breath on my hand, and I push my thumb between those juicy, perfect lips, fingers pressing against the base of her ear. Her gentle gasp breaks the silence, before she closes those soft lips around my thumb, the sight of them pressing against my skin making my cock full against my pants. Her teeth gently squeezing my nail, tongue flickering as I push the finger inside the hot wetness of her mouth.
My other hand already on her waist, I pull her toward me, press her lithe body up against mine. Those magnificent hips swaying and rubbing against mine, her weight shifting onto me, breasts heaving, nipples so hard now I can feel them through that sweater dress.
“You’re fucking incredible,” I growl. Prelude to pulling her toward me, my finger in her mouth still, angling her head so I can taste the tenderness of her neck, run my sensitive tastebuds down the taut muscles, follow the path that leads me to the front of her chest. Quiet moans getting louder as I run my tongue down the softness of her cleavage, her dress my enemy now as I pull it down and bury my teeth in her breasts.
“Oh God…” she moans. “Cole…” 


About the author:

JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independant women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn't writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He's always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.


Release Blitz: LaClaire Touch by Dori Lavelle


LaClaire Touch
An After Hours Novel
by Dori Lavelle
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 31st, 2017

Blurb:

When a man pays for my body, I shut off my emotions, close my eyes, and force myself to push through. No thinking. No feeling. No breaking apart.

Soon the debts will be paid. Soon I'll scrub their cologne and sweat from my skin and walk away from this business for good, pretending it never happened.

For now, my body is not my own. For now, I belong to any man who can afford me.

But when Derrick LaClaire asks for a night with me, I turn him away, even when he offers to pay triple what I earn per hour. I need his cash, but if I let him touch me, I know I'll break every single one of my rules. And he'll discover who I really am.

LaClaire Touch is a steamy full-length, standalone novel with a happy ending.

**WARNING: Due to sexual situations and adult content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. **

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LaClaire Nights
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About the author:

Dori Lavelle, is a mother, wife, and a sucker for happy-ever-afters and mint chocolate.

Growing up, Dori read a lot, and when she wasn't happy with a particular ending, she wrote a different one, just for herself. Before long, she was writing stories when she should have been doing homework. The time has come for her to share the stories she cooks up in her head.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

Tied
by Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco
Series: Voyeur #2
Genre: Erotic Thriller/Dark Romance
Release Date: July 25th, 2017


Blurb:

That bloody bitch thinks she’s the biggest villain here . . .
And I’m going to let her keep thinking that.
She thinks she knows how far I’ll go to save Ivy.
In reality, she has no fucking clue. I’d kill for her.
My humanity recedes while a demon is born. I want their blood on my hands.
The stakes are beyond high, trapped in this sex dungeon with no way out. Our loved ones are being threatened while we’re being forced to endure.
But none of that matters to me as much as the endgame.
I’ll be leaving here once I take the two things that matter most:
I’ll be claiming my woman.
And once I find our way out, I’ll be taking our captor’s life too.
She thought she could threaten my girl.
I’m about to show her just how wrong she is.

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Taken
by Elena M. Reyes & N. Isabelle Blanco
Series: Voyeur #1
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About the authors:
Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.

As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.

Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn't until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.

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N. Isabelle Blanco is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Allure Series, the Need Series with K.I. Lynn, and many others. At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life.

That is, until coffee came a long and took over everything else.

Nowadays, N. spends most of her days surviving the crazy New York rush and arguing with her characters every ten minutes or so, all in the hopes of one day getting them under control.

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My review:

OMG! This was so sick but in its crazy way so well written. The stuff that happened was just, well, I have no words.
"Things can change in the blink of an eye. Don't tempt a faithful sinner."
I didn't like that it was so short and it seemed as if a full length book was split in three, as there is at least one more book coming as I know of. I probably would have liked the first book a bit better if this book was included in the first one already because we got a tiny look into the past, before they were taken, and it gave me a much better feeling and overview of the characters even though it was really just a tiny glimpse.

It's not that there was so much different stuff happening than in the first book but I believe I had to get used to the ongoing suspense and horror that had been inflicted to the characters. Now, since I kind of knew what awaited me, I was better prepared and I think the stuff even got uglier and written in more detail. There were parts, like in the first one, that were so horrendously dark I would have closed my eyes if I was watching a horror movie instead of reading a book.

I am impatiently awaiting the next part because this really gets better and better!
-- I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Blitz & Book Review: #MomFail Anthology

#MomFail Anthology
Lineup: Alissa York, A.M. Willard, BL Berry, Carina Adams, Claudia Burgoa, Crystal Burnette, Dylan Allen, Faith Andrews, Gia Riley, J.A. DeRouen, Kate Anslinger, Leddy Harper, LK Collins, LL Collins, Marie James, Piper Rayne, Riann C. Miller, Shari J. Ryan, Stephanie Rose, Stephie Walls, SM West, TL Swan, Teresa Michaels, and foreword written by: Nicole Kane Knepper
Release Date: July 25th, 2017
Cover Design: MadHat Books

Synopsis:

Everyone just stop for one bleeping minute so we can all get real with each other. Being a mom is some tough $#!†. You're constantly wearing questionable substances that make you ask, "is this chocolate or ... oh, crap ..." and your purse is merely a receptacle for three-week-old snacks and broken crayons.

Let's be honest ... even when we're doing this “mom” thing right, we're somehow doing it completely wrong.

Pardon us while we dust off our collective Mother of the Year trophy and proudly present you with an epic anthology of #MOMFAILS.

*Stories inspired by real life (unless you’re a cop, then it’s all complete fiction). Names and situations have been changed to protect the guilty (and by guilty, we mean the moms). Because motherhood is a battlefield and we're all just trying to survive by any means necessary. 

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My review:

This was a nice collection of experiences/anecdotes and stories. Especially for future moms and dads and those that went through the same struggles because I’m sure it will help strengthen their self-esteem and lets them know that they aren’t alone. No matter if it’s poop all over you, crying babies or burned food, parents do an amazing job and no matter what goes wrong, know that as long as you did your best, you are never a bad mom or dad.

This was the first anthology of sorts for me and it surely was a nice read but I noticed that I prefer longer stories (no matter of real life or fiction). Although I have to acknowledge that it is a nice way to have something to read and laugh in between when you have a too stressful life for a full-length novel.

This book is a nice way to show the people who believe that a stay-at-home-mom has a great time not working, that kids can be a real handful and that it’s almost impossible to find time for yourself. Being a parent is not as easy as it might seem and this bundle of joy sums it up pretty well in an entertainingly fun way.

What to expect:

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Sex Weeks by Piper Rayne
It's like everything that could go bad, went bad. Poor Charlie had a hard day when all she wanted was to finally have a good time in bed with her husband after she finally got cleared from her doctor to have a go at it.
Burned food, crying kids, handling it all alone without time to even take a shower. To be a mom can be really tough but the good and happy times make all the work worth it, right?

....

Watch me Tip by A.M. Willard
One of many embarrassing moments from a real life mom on how your own breasts can turn against you and what happens when you’re in a hurry to go home.

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Okayest Mom Ever by GiA Riley
Hospitals and Nurses. Pain and Husbands. Fun to read though anything but to experience.

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What's that smell? by Shari J. Ryan
When something helpful turns into the opposite and baby’s first flight into a smelly and embarrassing adventure.

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Cover Reveal: All of You All of Me by Claudia Burgoa


All of You All of Me
by Claudia Burgoa

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date:
August 9th, 2017
Cover Design: By Hang Le; Photographer: Wander Aguiar, Cover Model: Forest T.

Synopsis:

One heinous tragedy changed my entire family forever.
That morning, my world crumbled. I lost my parents.

Now, I live by certain rules.
Don’t let anyone know what goes on inside your head.
Stay away from crowds.
Never fall in love.

Though, that was until her. She has me questioning everything.

It’s the haunted eyes.
The sultry voice.
The sweetness under her armor.
Everything about her captivates me. The surge of energy we create with one touch has me searching for her, even when there’s also something dark underneath her bright smile.

Unable to resist the desire toward her, I break my rules giving her all of me while expecting all of her.

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About the author:

Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. She lives in Colorado, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, a techy-nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive, she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

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Release Blitz: Italian Playboy by Holly J. Gill


Italian Playboy
by Holly J. Gill
Genre:
Standalone BDSM / Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 21st, 2017
Cover made by Envy Book Cover Designs

Blurb:

I’m an arrogant, self-righteous Italian guy who only thinks through one thing… I never see the same woman twice – it’s my rule. I throw the most outrageously wicked and sexy parties for my own satisfaction and relish on women like I do my fine dining. I’m a playboy by day and a playboy by night. They call me the Italian Playboy and I love it!

Only, all of that changed one night when a dark haired beauty stepped into one of my sex parties.
From the moment I laid eyes on her, I had to have her. But no sooner than my eyes had met her naked body, she was gone.
I had to find her. And I wouldn’t stop until I did.

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“Okay so you want grand, extreme and flamboyant.
How about I put some ideas together and send them over?”
“Are you not bringing them to me?”
“No.”
“Tut, tut,” he said, wagging his finger at me. “Correction, you will bring them to me. I like the personal touch,” he quirked the corner of his mouth and winked.
He walked away like some goddamn prince.
“I think we should call a meeting ASAP.” I called after him.
“Absolutely, tomorrow, but remember,” he said, stood at the other side of the room, “I’m a busy man. I don’t hang around.”
He ambled back towards me. I stood digesting he information.
“I can make some plans and see what you think.”
“Perfect, by the way cute ass and that blouse does nothing for your tits.”
“I wasn’t aware I asked your opinion.”
“You didn’t, but I bet when you’re wearing the right clothes you look scorching.” He wagged his brow.
The man clearly loved himself.
“Anyway, I need to be leaving. I have to put ideas together, if you could send me your e-mail address I can send ideas to you.”
“Bring your ideas to me. We have already discussed this it will give me a chance to admire you again, we could have a drink,” he cheekily grinned.
“I am simply working here on a project, not here for you to drool over.”
“Shame, I was hoping to try and get in your knickers, if you wear them, but looking at you, I’d say you’re wearing those big unsexy pants."
I choked on my saliva.
“Do you hold no shame?”
“No, not really, I am addicted to pussy. Now, I want you to bring the designs to me, no further ifs or buts…I am the one paying for you and expect,” he in fumed me with his cologne. “Something mind-fucking-blowing. If you catch my drift.”
I agreed.
“Fine, I will put some ideas together and bring them to you tomorrow."
“You’re leaving so soon,” he said, disappointed.
“I am a busy woman, Mr. Valentino. I have another client to see today.”
“I hope he doesn’t stare at your ass and tits."
I shot him a glare, narrowing my eyes.


About the author:

Wife Mum and a nana to twins, enjoys writing and getting her heart lost in characters and following their journey.
Her works include the erotic series Desires and coming 14th May her contemporary romance Innocence series. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cover Reveal: Drawn to Him - A Romance Collection

Drawn to Him
A Romance Collection
Authors: A. Zavarelli, Jade West, Isabella Starling, K. Webster, K.L. Kreig, L.J. Shen, M. Never & Willow Winters
Genre: Romance Anthology / Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 19th, 2017
Cover Design: Coverluv;  Photograph: Sara Eirew

Blurb:

There are some men who make you helpless.

You know the kind. They steal the breath from your lungs and make your heart beat a little faster with a single look. You can’t stop staring, but the moment they pin those gorgeous eyes on you, you’re done for.

The kind that’s too hard to resist.

This is a collection of men just like that.

Handsome, confident and all for you.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35650390-drawn-to-him

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Release Blitz & Book Review: The Broken Puppet by Amo Jones

The Broken Puppet
by Amo Jones
Series:
The Elite Kings Club #2
Genre: Dark Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 18th, 2017

Blurb:

“I thought I knew who I was, but I was wrong.”


The Silver Swan

1. A girl who is tarnished. Tainted. One who does not fit into the confinement of legend.

The Silver Swan

2. Madison Montgomery.

I was lied to.
I was cheated.
Resigning to pick up the scraps of empty memories and disarrayed thoughts, I left. After finally cutting the strings of manipulation, I resorted to do what I’ve done since I was a child, something my father drilled into my brain since I could handle my first rifle.
Run.
I’m a mere shadow of the girl they all knew.
Lies and deceit change you. They alter your entire outlook on life.
I’m Madison Montgomery, and I want to play a game.
Here’s what happens when I win.

Riddle me this, Mads.
What goes bump in the night,
but is something you can’t see with sight?
You may run, and you may hide.
Our happily ever after will be like Bonnie & Clyde.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33346869-the- broken-puppet

 
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The Silver Swan
by Amo Jones
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The Elite Kings Club #1
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About the author:

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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My review:

The book continued where book 1 left off and I liked that a lot but while Mads and Tatum were on the run, the story seemed to be on a standstill because the entire original story centered on Mads and the Kings and whatnot so I agitatedly awaited the return of the boys.

It was a rather slow progress of the story as there were more riddles and questions but hardly any answers. I liked the book better closer to the end as there was at least some action going on and a deeper insight on Bishop and some of the kings but at the end I felt like I had more questions than after the first book and I seriously hope they will all be answered in the next book.

Some things felt a bit repetitive, like Madison's thoughts. And I wasn't fond of her in this book at all. Everybody loved her, even when it was hate love. I got the feeling that she's more like a queen rather than the silver swan. But what do I know... not much, that's for sure.

Even now, I'm still completely in the dark regarding the Kings and anything else for that matter which is frustrating but not something that bothered me most. (Somebody please explain to me the real purpose of the Kings because they acted different every few seconds.)

Anyway, I was actually really annoyed that every man (and I mean EVERYONE! except her dad of course) wanted to feel her up and get down and dirty with Mads. They all lusted after her as if she was the only waterhole in the desert, and she acted on every one of them. Sorry if I’m just not down to that. I didn’t mind it so much in the first book but it should stop at some point because she really needs to grow up now and have some dignity.

This book was hard to rate for me because I was blown by the first one though the second book brought only more riddles and not so much a story; it also wasn't as suspenseful. It was a bit stretchy and Madison still hasn’t read the book but kept asking everyone for answers to her questions when she could've just read the book for answers. I’d be reading that damn book and not do anything else until I’ve finished it. But she run around and put herself in danger while she still didn't know anything.

Sure, we got some more about the Kings, the families and the history but the information we got were just snippets which weren’t really satisfying.

I also wish there was some more dark and hot stuff in this book as it was in the first one so I have high hopes for the next book to be better because I really want to see some more Bishop-action. =) I just really need the next book to give me more of everything and to finally solve those damn riddles.

-- I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Blog Tour & Book Review: Chasing Vivi by A.M. Hargrove

Chasing Vivi
by A.M. Hargrove
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 13th, 2017

Blurb:

Vivi Renard—a blast from the past—wasn’t supposed to affect me like this.

When I knew her ten years ago she was nothing more to me than a highly functioning brain.
Hell, I paid her to do my homework.

Only now … she’s drop dead gorgeous but had the nerve to turn me down for a date … several times.
No one turns me—Prescott Beckham—down for anything.
I’m on a mission and won’t stop until I’m firmly planted between her thighs, hearing her moan my name. 

Her plump red lips have me dreaming filthy things and acting like a kid with his first crush.
If I can’t have her, I don’t want anyone else to either.
What’s worse is I want to own every single bit of her.

Except there’s a slight problem.
Vivi can’t stand me.
Even the old let’s be friends again thing failed.
She tossed it back saying we were never friends to begin with.

But I’m the king at playing ruthless games.
So she’d better be ready to drop her thong, because Vivi is going to end up in my bed sooner … or later.
And I’m pretty damn sure it’s going to be sooner.

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Excerpt:

Vivi rubs her hands on her thighs. She’s nervous and has been ever since I stood over the table. She seems to have more confidence in herself now than she had when I knew her but that doesn’t account for her skittishness. Back at Crestview, she had been overweight—I knew that—only I didn’t know, or maybe I didn’t pay attention, to the other girls giving her a hard time. And why should I have? I had so much going on in my head I could barely keep my own shit together.
“So?” I prod. “Homework binder?”
“You did a pretty good job with me. I only figured you put the other girls in the same boat. You know, with the homework stuff and all.”
“I had you wrapped around my homework binder at Crestview. That’s your metaphor for finger.”
It’s not a question. I’m baffled because I had no idea. Yeah, I was a flirt, but I flirted with everyone to get what was necessary. It was the only way I knew how to accomplish my goals. She needed the money and always acted like she had no interest in me whatsoever.
“Of course. You had everyone wrapped around your finger. Well, maybe more of them were wrapped around your, um.” She points in the direction of my dick.
Sexy little Vivi can’t say dick out loud. Isn’t that the cutest thing in the world?
“Say it, Vivi.”
“Say what?”
“You know what.” I lean into her and get close to her lips. “Say it.”
Her chest puffs out as she says, “Dick.” Her lovely neck flushes pink and two bright spots of fuchsia dot her cheeks. This is sweet innocence at its utmost.
“Excellent. Now say cock.” I put a great deal of emphasis on the “c” and “k” at the end of the word. Silver gray irises turn stormy and deep creases form on her forehead.
“Why would you want me to say that word?”
“Because it makes you uncomfortable as hell and I’m an asshole. I like to see you squirm, Vivi.”
“I won’t say that. It has nothing to do with truth or dare. And besides, it’s my turn.”
I take a couple of good slugs of my drink, sit back, and cross my arms. “Do your worst.”
She puts an elbow on the table and rests her cheek on her hand. “Truth or dare?”
“Dare.” It’s impossible not to laugh at her comical expression. I curtailed her plans.
“You can’t do that!”
“Do what?”
“Pick dare.”
“I most certainly can.”
Her head tilts back, and I can only imagine what she’s thinking. A chuckle escapes.
“You’re a jerk,” she says.
“So I’ve been told.”
“Okay, then. I dare you to tell me why you loathe the man you’ve become.” She gloats at the clever way she’s twisted the game. And stupid me should’ve figured out she’d come up with something like this. Vivi was always brilliant.
“Loathe is extreme. Let’s say I’m not particularly fond of who I am right now.”
“Fine. Go on.”
Now I’m the one who’s squirming. Where do I even begin? Vivi is almost a stranger to me. There’s no way I can bare my pathetic soul to her.
“I have daddy issues.”
“Really?” Her question is one of disbelief and she appears to be holding back a laugh.
“Hard to believe, isn’t it?”
“Um, yeah. Prescott Beckham, the guy with the world at his fingertips, has daddy issues? I think not. I Googled you after I ran into you that day. From all accounts I read there were no daddy issues to be found. Nada. Try again.”
“I have a team that keeps my secrets out of the media. You wouldn’t find anything on me. But it’s true. I grew up without a mom and my father was not much of one. So, there you have it.” I give her one of my best smirks. It usually does the trick on most women.
She leans back and tucks her chin closer to her body. “That’s it? And I’m supposed to buy that?”
“That’s all I have for sale, Little Wolf. Sorry.”
“You’re not a very fair player.”
“My turn.”
“Nope. I’m done.” She drinks another swig of her beer.
“No, you aren’t. I’m picking for you. Truth. How many men have you fucked, Vivi? And what exactly have they done to you?”
She shoves her arms into her coat and pushes at me to get out of the booth. But I have zero intentions of going anywhere. “Let me out, Prescott.”
“Not until you answer me.”
“That’s none of your business. How many women have you been with?”
“Too many to count.”
Her jaw flops open and I close her mouth with a finger under her chin.
“You asked, Little Wolf.”


About the author:

One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast-forward. If she didn't do something soon, it would be too late to write that novel she had dreamt of her whole life. She slammed on the brakes, made a crazy decision, and quit her job. Then she reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.

She fancies herself all of the following: Reader, Writer, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Coffee Drinker, Grey Goose Aficionado, and #WalterThePuppy Lover. If you’re around her for more than five minutes, you’ll soon notice she has a tendency to talk you ear off.

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My review:

FINALLY!! Finally a story where the woman didn't throw herself at the rich guy as soon as he pulled the black Amex out of his wallet. (Not that I remember that this happened here but you get what I’m saying.)

I loved how strong, stubborn and independent Vivi was despite her situation. She needed the money really bad but she rather earned it herself than take the offer of easy money. A woman with a strong backbone made for a welcome change in our instant-panty-dropping book world.

This was a slow burn but realistic read. So don't expect the characters to be baby-making in the first chapter. This was one of the main reasons why I loved this book so much. It could have easily been a real-life story and the heroine didn't give in that quickly to the hot guy as it often is the case. The characters had loveable personalities which made them almost too good to be true.

The author never disappoints with her books and she's a go-to author for me. I am really glad that I discovered her and I'm so excited for her next books.

The Story:
Vivi's life is currently on a real low. Her job pays poorly, her apartment is rather a closet in a neighborhood you don't want to hang around at night and her boss is a massive asshole. When Prescott Backham suddenly stands in front of her, all her memories from school and the horrible thing the kids did to her, come rushing back. Prescott may have not made fun of her like the others did but he only noticed and needed her for his homework.
‘Standing before me is Prescott Backham – the boy of my teenage fantasies.’
‘Now, here he is in the flesh, all six plus feet of tall, dark, and insanely sexy. And it pisses me off that someone can look so damn edible.’
Can you blame her for not wanting to go out with him even though every other woman would throw themselves at him without having to ask? The thing is, Prescott isn't used to be rejected and as soon as he set eyes on Vivi, he knew he wanted her and he would do everything to get what he wants.
‘Game on. She’s just made it my mission to change her mind. It’s what I’m good at – getting woman to do what I want.’
But since when was he chasing after a woman? It's usually the other way around and he never had to persuade a woman to be with him. What’s changed? Vivi is so different to all the others and that's exactly what makes her more attractive and him more intrigued by her.

Vivi's determined to keep her distance from all of her past and that includes Prescott Backham. But Prescott doesn't give up that easily. The question now is: who will have the greater staying power??

Thoughts:
I loved how protective Prescott was of Vivi and that despite her quick judge on him they had such a great chemistry. It was a slow burn but building up throughout the story and therefore got better and better further into the book.
‘I knew what kind of life to live before I walked into that coffee shop and saw her sitting there. I would’ve kept living it, unencumbered. But fate had different plans for me, it seems. And now it makes me wonder what the hell it has in store for me next.’
I loved how she stayed strong and didn’t instantly give in to this good-looking rich guy that never payed attention to her in school besides her doing his homework.
Both had strong and stubborn personalities which made their interactions so much more enjoyable.

It was a great story about two characters both with tough background stories and family troubles and I liked how the characters problems were woven into the story and how they’ve made them stronger without their troubles becoming all-consuming in the book.
I wasn't as emotionally involved as I was with other books from this author but I loved the book a lot nonetheless. It had a good pace and definitely hooked me to the pages. Absolutely recommended!
“You’re like a song. When I first saw you, I heard a few lines, but then each time, more notes were added until now I have complex melody. And it gets better every day.”

Side note/Nuisance:
I detest people that wear or like fur because I don’t even have a strong enough word for how much I loathe the killing and torturing of animals. I equally hate to read about glamorizing anything that relates to it so I was disgusted when it appeared in this book. I thought about how it would affect my rating but I couldn't let it because the book is awesome and I love this author's work. Ultimately I wasn't able to let the fur 'incident' have an impact on my rating but I’d have preferred that it wasn’t in the book.

-- This ARC was kindly provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars