Archive | January, 2014

~ REVIEW: Come Back to Me by Elle Bright ~

30 Jan

18902020SynopsisNavy wife, Andy Davenport, would do anything to make amends with her husband, Tyler. The trouble is, he never made it back from deployment. When Andy’s free spirited sister suggests a séance, Andy is skeptical at best. But could this be her chance to see Tyler again and make things right? Some ghost stories are worth believing in…Purchase Links

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michele review 5 star a

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a heart wrenching story about a Navy wife who had a argument with her husband right before he went out on an mission and says some words she’ll forever regret. Only 3 short days after the mission starts, she finds out that her husband was shot and died.

After 3 months of deep sadness and regret, her sister suggest that Andy do a séance to try to reconnect with her husband Tyler again. Andy and is surprised and grateful for what happens next.

I don’t want to give to much away because this is only 22 pages long, but man does it suck you in and mess with your emotions. If your looking for a quick read that leaves you thankful for everything you have, this is a book for you!

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~ REVIEW: Let Me Love You by Amy Davies ~

19 Jan

81Luj-PbR4L._SL1500_SynopsisAfter starting a new job Natalia Slone also known as Tally has to deal with life, love and a new career. After meeting Hollywood’s hottest TV star James Wilde, her life shifts and Tally is forced to deal with past events before she can move on with her life.Purchase Links

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christie review 3 and a half stars

 

Let Me Love You is the rocky love story between a young woman who has been so hurt in the past that she may never be able to love again and an up and coming Hollywood movie star. Tally is an incredibly talented photographer who meets Hollywood heartthrob, James Wilde, very briefly at a bar she has gone to with her friends. She doesn’t even know who he is! They meet again when she gets a new job with the firm where James is a client. Their relationship takes off very quickly from here. But, it isn’t smooth sailing by any means. She is still dealing with the aftermath of a dark, devastating relationship with her ex that involved physical and sexual violence. She really likes James and wants to be with him, but her dark past keeps her from completely giving herself to Wilde. She has to decide whether to let go of the past and trust the love James has for her or let her past win.

The relationship between James and Tally was so frustrating at times. It was so hot and cold! She had so many trust issues not to mention the mixed communication between the two of them. But, I really was rooting for these two. Tally deserved so much happiness, and she had it right before her eyes, but she would get scared and push James away! James would beg her, “Just let me love you!” I was begging, Tally, please just let James love you! I would get frustrated at James when I thought he was giving up too easily!!! HOWEVER, I remembered what a horrible ordeal Tally had experienced. Readers will realize this from the very first page. She was a survivor and had to fight daily to have some happiness. She was blessed with an awesome family, best friend, and later, James, who helped her with that. I did like the fact that the author could make me feel such emotions while reading the book.

Let Me Love You is not your typical run of the mill romance where girl meets boy, falls in love, and lives happily ever after. It was a very realistic love in which the characters had to fight for their relationship. Love isn’t always easy, and you appreciate more at times when you do have to work for a great relationship. The author did a good job of dealing with the issues of physical and sexual violence. She helped me see that when you experience that type of thing happiness is possible, and you don’t have to remain the victim. You can become the victor! The sweet epilogue is the icing on top of the cake!

~ REVIEW: Crazy Maybe by A.D. Justice ~

12 Jan

81t+bdfRigL._SL1500_SynopsisAndi Stone is a strong, smart and independent woman, thanks to the help of a famous boxing trainer, Mack, and his protégé, Shane, who have respectively been like a father and brother to her. But that wasn’t always the case. Andi never knew what a “normal” life was like. Having been raised in foster care from the age of six after the death of her parents, Andi became emancipated at 16 after an especially horrible incident forced her into a psychiatric hospital.

Luke Woods, the family black sheep and street-brawler, is determined to be a successful professional boxer despite his family’s protests. He needs Andi’s help to get there. The wedge between him and his family over his past relationship issues and career choices is not easily overcome. Luke must learn to face the past mistakes, fears and demons that constantly plague him.

Fireworks and passions quickly ignite between Andi and Luke in the midst of the chaos that surrounds and threatens them. She never revealed the secrets and lies that have plagued her, but when she publicly inherits her family fortune, the living, breathing past comes back to torment her and threaten all that she holds dear. For the first time in her life, Andi must learn to rely on someone else to love and protect her or risk losing the man she loves.

Sometimes love isn’t enough. Sometimes it’s all you need.Purchase Links

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michele review 3 and a half stars

I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Crazy Maybe has a lot of depth to it. There is, of course, the love story part, but there is also issues about child abuse and rape. I really liked how A.D. Justice showed that even though someone may go through something like Andi did, you don’t have to let it define you. You can decide if you are going to over come what happened and make a better life for yourself.

Andi has had a hard life. Her parents died when she was 6 years old and then she was tossed from foster home to foster home, until she ended up in the hell hole that was her last foster home. She’s had to over come a lot and has had to do it alone since she was 16 years old. She’s able to find some peace helping and protecting youth and helping boxers perfect their forms. She is an extremely giving person and never once thinks about herself. This may be her biggest fault.

Then there is Luke, he is the hot wanna be boxer who she has an instant connection with. They both feel that they are meant to be, but some things from not only from Andi’s past, but Luke’s as well, may end up tearing them apart.

Andi and Luke have many ups and downs throughout the story. They have a lot of obstacles to over come before they are able to find their happily ever after.

Will Luke and Andi be able to survive Andi’s past? Will they be able to finally find peace with each other after everything comes to past?

A.D. Justice does a good job of connecting you to the characters. She keeps you sucked in, wondering what is going to happen next in the story. If your looking for a good love story with a little suspense, this a book for you.

~ REVIEW: Holiday Hijinks By Roxy Queen ~

11 Jan

19143383SynopsisSanta, secrets and sex. Those are the three things that make up Ruthie’s holiday plans.Well, minus the sex.

Ruthie’s conservative parents would never approve of her nine-year age difference with her boyfriend, Carter, or understand their relationship is based primarily on sex, fun and more sex. This Christmas 19-year-old Carter needs a home for the holiday, so they hatch a plan to trick her family. This means a moratorium on sex while they’re in her parent’s house, which would work if these two could ever keep their hands off one another or if they could come to an agreement on exactly what this relationship means to each of them. Is it sex or love? Maybe a little of both?

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christie review 4 stars

 

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Holiday Hijinks is novella that continues Ruthie and Carter’s story from Taboo. The couple are hot and heavy and enjoying dating openly while attending college. However, all that changes when Ruthie decides to take Carter home with her during the Christmas holidays but not as her boyfriend but as her nephew, Josh’s “friend” from college.  She knows there is NO WAY in hell her parents will accept Carter! He’s a democrat, and her parents are conservatives. Oh, and they probably won’t be very accepting of the fact that she is twenty-eight, and he is nineteen. So, they decide to lie to Ruthie’s family. Nothing could go wrong, right? They should be able to pull this off except the two can’t seem to go an hour without having mad, passionate sex. How long will she be able to keep her hormones in check, and how is she going to fool her big sister, Tara? When you add in other crazy family members, a boy crazy 16-year old niece, and an ex, you know disaster is just waiting around the corner!
When I read the synopsis for Holiday Hijinks, I thought it was just going to be a book filled with just sex, sex, sex! While there was a lot of hot sex scenes (the bathroom, the Christmas party), there was more to it as well. It was a story about family, acceptance, and finding love in places you least expect it. I LOVED Ruthie’s family, especially Tara. Everyone needs a big sister like her. She loved Ruthie no matter what and wanted the best for her. I loved the way she ogled Carter and talked about his wingspan and wanting to “tap that” if she wasn’t married not knowing that Ruthie was doing exactly that! Her parents were great as well.  I really thought it was going to be the stereotypical story of conservative, out-of-touch parents who were judgmental, but I was pleasantly surprised. They were really fair people who only wanted her to be happy. And, OMG, Carter, was every woman’s dream!!!! Not only was his body to die for, but his heart was even more attractive! He was truly the whole package. At times, I wanted to slap Ruthie across the face at not realizing what she had right in front of her face. One thing about this book that I found interesting was that I thought the author switched the male and female roles. Ruthie acted more like a male; she was more afraid of commitment and wouldn’t admit to their relationship. Carter was more open about his love and was willing to put everything out in the open. He wasn’t ashamed of it; he was proud of it.
Holiday Hijinks was a breath of fresh air for me in the romance genre. I wasn’t sure about the idea of an older woman with a younger man, but I loved it! What’s acceptable for a man is acceptable for a woman. The story just proves age is just a number. If only all men were as mature and sure of themselves as Carter was!!! If you are in the mood for a quick, hot romance with added humor, this is the book you should read next. I am hoping this isn’t the last I see Ruthie and Carter. I want to see what’s next for them. I don’t think their story is anywhere near finished.

~ REVIEW: Secret Moves by Miranda P. Charles ~

9 Jan

18760394SynopsisFor Kristen McCann, her best friend’s wedding brought out desires she couldn’t ignore. No, it wasn’t a boyfriend she was after–her needs were too immediate for that. After a year of recovering from a disastrous relationship, all she craved was a good, hot, short fling.

When Trey Andrews learned that the beautiful bridesmaid at his friend’s wedding considered him, then scratched him out as a possible one-night stand, he just had to change her mind. As a dyed-in-the-wool bachelor, someone as attractive and fun-intentioned as Kris was perfect for him.

But Kris had a bad habit of falling for playboys, and Trey’s past was enough to put him off relationships forever. How could they grab the chance at a liberating future when painful experiences and memories of betrayal stood in their path?
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michele review 4 stars

 

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Kris was coming to Sydney to house sit while her friends were away on their honeymoon. while she was there she was planning on having some causal flings to help her get over the rut she’s been in. What she ended up getting was not something she ever expected.

Trey Andrews is a well known playboy and happy with that tile. He has absolutely no interest in starting a relationship with anyone. He’s learned the hard way that women are really just after his money. But when he hears that Kris is looking for a fling partner, he’s really interested. She’s hot and sexy and he just knows that they’ll be good in bed together. However, as they start to spend more time together he’s starting to feel things he’s not comfortable with. Is he falling in love?

Trey and Kris have a fantastic time together and start to really care for each other. Kris even starts to look for a job in Sydney to stay closer to Trey, but when he sees things that aren’t really there, he starts to pull away.

Will Trey be able to get past his reservations and actually listen to what Kris has to say? Or will he ruin everything thing because he doesn’t want to take a chance at getting hurt, even though he’s already is?

I really enjoyed Trey and Kris’ story! I loved reading about their journey while falling in love, something they never anticipated. They are perfect for each other, and I’m glad that they got their happily ever after. I can’t wait see what happens next with Adam and Sam, I hope those to get their HEA as well!

~ REVIEW: Dawn at Last by Lawrence Grodecki ~

5 Jan

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The Witness Protection Program could learn a few things from Donna Belauche. They couldn’t help her so she took flight on her own, escaping an adventure gone wrong . . . an erotic romance with only one thing missing . . . the romance! It turned out to be like a board game and she was the prized piece among the most privileged on the other side of the continent. 

She’s still hiding from Montreal – Victoria was supposed to be a quiet place. Her new identity takes its toll, and twelve years later, at the age of 37, she doesn’t know who she really is anymore. Worse, she has no idea what’s really bothering her, only that she feels bound and impatient

She may as well take a vow of celibacy, though recently a client named Ben has intrigued her, but not in any physical way. Thankfully, at least she still has some urges, though she refuses to fully indulge. Instead she has become the ringmaster in a game of her own. 

Then change is thrust upon her and the past and present crash head on, almost driving her to madness. Her only real friends are Pierre and Charles – two business partners – but each of them have their secrets, though none are as exotic as Donna’s private mystery. 
As her life unravels – as she awakens – the door to love opens, but someone forgot to tell her that sometimes it’s a revolving one! In the end though, the minds that swirl drift into the hearts that purr, and at last love settles in.Purchase Links

 

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michele review3 Stars

 

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I will start off by saying this isn’t a book I wouldn’t normally read.
Lawrence Grodecki does a good job of interweaving many characters throughout this story, and making it pretty easy to understand. Some of the plot confused me a little, but wasn’t to bad. He does a good job of connecting you with the characters without all the sex scenes most romances have now a days. Lawrence gets deep into the different variations of relationship dilemmas that people may face in real life, it’s not filled with unattainable things. He leaves you wondering about the way things are perceived. Delightful book, that keeps you entertained.
There were some grammatical issues that I noticed throughout the book (repeated sentences ect.) It would be a good book to try if you have some free time.

~ REVIEW: Seven Sons by Lili St. Germain ~

4 Jan

unnamedSynopsisMy father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the leader of the Gypsy Brothers MC, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect.

Including my innocence.

When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old.

Before my father died, Dornan Ross and his seven sons stole my innocence, branded my skin and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer.

I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I’m out for revenge.

But I didn’t expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club.

I didn’t expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it.

Now, I’m faced with an impossible choice – Jase, or avenging my fathers death?

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michele review 4 stars

 

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book that will tear your emotions apart and only let you put pieces back. You’re thrown into Julz’s world (aka Sammi) and left trying to claw your way out, just like her.

Julz’ innocence was ripped from her at such a young age and was almost left for dead. Luckily, she was saved and now that she’s 21, she’s back for her revenge. She’s going to kill everyone of the men who stole her life from her, but the only thing that may stand in her way is her feeling for the younger one Jase.

This is NOT a book for the faint of heart. You’re taken back to Julz past and you go through exactly what she was put through. And it isn’t pretty. The only thing I would have liked to have was a little bit more of what her plans where. There is a lot of what she goes through, but not a lot of detail to her and Jase’s relationship or what she does to one of the brothers. I’m sure there will be more to come since this is a series. I can’t want to see what comes next in Six Brothers. Purchase Links

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