Archive | April, 2014

~ REVIEW: Chasing Serenity by Eden Butler ~

27 Apr

18513705SynopsisGraduate student Autumn McShane has had her share of heartbreak. She’s been abandoned and betrayed and she lost her beloved mother in a tragic car accident five months ago. That loss damaged her body and fractured her spirit but she’s learning to recover, until her ex-boyfriend returns to town, intent on making her life miserable.

Declan Fraser hates her ex as much as Autumn does, but the last thing she needs is to put her trust in the hands of another man, especially one like Declan: his hard body and lulling Irish accent makes more than a few girls weak-kneed. The talented rugby player is rude and sarcastic, with tattooed, muscular arms and a cocky attitude, but he’s the only one who can help Autumn win an ill-advised bet that, if lost, could cost her more than she’s willing to pay. The reluctant alliance between Declan and Autumn stirs up cravings she doesn’t want to admit, but Declan is a hard man to resist.

Just when Autumn starts letting down her carefully constructed walls to the sexy bad boy, he betrays her when she needs him most. Autumn suspects Declan has secrets, and she is determined to uncover what drove him away from her, even if that means fraternizing with the enemy. But will the truth return Declan to her arms or add to the scars on her heart?

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Danielle's review4 Stars

Autumn McShane is a graduate student at Cavanaugh College. She is struggling to move on from a horrific car accident that left her battered and broken and her mom dead. Autumn feels she has known only loss and heartache over the last 8 years of her life, with the abandonment of her father at age 14, a controlling boyfriend that left her to pursue his own dream and then the most recent trauma of witnessing her mom’s death.
Even though she seems to have a lot of negative in her life, Autumn 3 really great friends that are with her through everything and share her love of rugby. Then she meets a hot, new rugby player for Cavanaugh College who has just come over from Ireland, Declan Fraser.
From the moment of the drunken kiss Declan lays on her, Autumn is thrown off balance, and starts to change her mind about not opening up to any new relationships. From experience, she only ends up hurt in the end. Every time Autumn tries to keep her wall up against Declan, he does something funny and endearing to take another chip out of the wall.

Declan has also suffered the loss of his mother and understands the pain Autumn is going through. He also helps Autumn to become physically stronger after the car accident. Just as things are really starting to progress for Autumn and Declan, there is a twist in the story that can end any possibility of a future for the two. Can Autumn move beyond the heartache she has suffered through all these years and embrace a future with Declan? Will Declan be able to convince Autumn that love is worth the risk?
This is a really great story about moving past great loss and tragedy and opening up to love again. Eden Butler is very descriptive in her writing and giving the reader a full picture of the story even though the story is only in Autumn’s POV. This is the first book in a series, however it does not end in a cliffhanger. Autumn’s friends have plenty of personality and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series to see what happens to them. I would definitely recommend this book to others!

Autumn McShane is a graduate student at Cavanaugh College. She is struggling to move on from a horrific car accident that left her battered and broken and her mom dead. Autumn feels she has known only loss and heartache over the last 8 years of her life, with the abandonment of her father at age 14, a controlling boyfriend that left her to pursue his own dream and then the most recent trauma of witnessing her mom’s death.

Even though she seems to have a lot of negative in her life, Autumn 3 really great friends that are with her through everything and share her love of rugby. Then she meets a hot, new rugby player for Cavanaugh College who has just come over from Ireland, Declan Fraser.
From the moment of the drunken kiss Declan lays on her, Autumn is thrown off balance, and starts to change her mind about not opening up to any new relationships. From experience, she only ends up hurt in the end. Every time Autumn tries to keep her wall up against Declan, he does something funny and endearing to take another chip out of the wall.

Declan has also suffered the loss of his mother and understands the pain Autumn is going through. He also helps Autumn to become physically stronger after the car accident. Just as things are really starting to progress for Autumn and Declan, there is a twist in the story that can end any possibility of a future for the two. Can Autumn move beyond the heartache she has suffered through all these years and embrace a future with Declan? Will Declan be able to convince Autumn that love is worth the risk?

This is a really great story about moving past great loss and tragedy and opening up to love again. Eden Butler is very descriptive in her writing and giving the reader a full picture of the story even though the story is only in Autumn’s POV. This is the first book in a series, however it does not end in a cliffhanger. Autumn’s friends have plenty of personality and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series to see what happens to them. I would definitely recommend this book to others!

 

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~ REVIEW: My Demon Determined by Alicia Dawn and Nikita Jakz ~

25 Apr

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Synopsis

 

“Into the bowels of hell I would follow you.” 

“Good because that’s exactly where we’re going.” 

Never in her wildest nightmares did Seraphina see herself taking refuge in the underworld. Cole, however, should have seen it coming. Sera’s kin would never let her go and that was the one place their holier-than-thou feet couldn’t tread. Unfortunately, residing in a realm where the vilest of depravity thrives only adds to Cole’s problems. Now he must keep Sera safe from not only her kind, but his debauched brethren as well. Even Cole’s demon-half has become more volatile, the constant subjection to evil taking its toll. His world is no place for an angel. He needs to find a solution so he can get her the hell out of there. 

And he needs to find it fast. 

When the opportunity arises to finally solve their dilemma, he jumps at it with talon-claws swinging. But it’s a dangerous mission – and Sera’s riding shotgun. As deadly adventures unfold and all hope seems lost, Cole is forced to search inside himself. With a soul that’s riddled with more questions than answers, can he find the lifeline they need?

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Christie's Review

4.5 stars

My Demon Determined picks up right where the first book ended with Cole and Sera on the run from Sera’s brethren who want her to return home with them. What better place for Cole to hide her than the underworld, a world that Cole didn’t want to return to. His dislike for the underworld can be seen when he thinks to himself, “Welcome back to Hell. Population: infinity-and beyond.” He and Sera soon strike a bargain with his master for her protection, but they both know the debt will be steep. The longer they stay there, they realize Sera may not be safe at all, either from the underworld creatures, Cole’s master, or Cole’s demon side that is determined to take over him completely. So, they embark on a dangerous journey in which they think will result in their freedom.

This second book was different from the first one for me. Yes, the scorching chemistry is still there between the angel and demon, but this story is more developed and descriptive. For instance, the areas of hell are very vivid. As the authors used readers’ senses to engage them in the sensuality between the couple, they engage those same senses to give them a real, raw, disgusting look at Hell. I was as disgusted and scared as Sera was when she confronted by the different creatures she encountered. Like Sera, I wanted to vomit when the dining area was described. I felt as stifled and morose as she did. Then, when Cole redid their room to depict a beautiful beach, the descriptions were so vivid that you could smell and taste the salt and sand. Of course, I fell more in love with Cole and Sera. They make the perfect couple who complement each other beautifully.

My Demon Determined was a great addition to the series. Again, readers are left with a bit of a cliffhanger but not where the couple are concerned, but it ends perfectly with the set up for another adventure for Cole and Sera. I can’t wait to see where the next adventure leads me. If you have read the first one in the series, you need to get this one. If you haven’t met Cole and Sera, you really should…get the first book, My Decadent Demon!

~ REVIEW: A Deadly Bet by Jen Cousineau ~

25 Apr

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***CONTENT WARNING*** This novel is for mature audiences only due to sexual content including sexual violence and strong language. Veronica’s life was right on track. Attending University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and trying to complete her final year, she had amazing friends, was happily in love with her best friend, and was just working to make all of her dreams come true. One night changed her whole world. What was supposed to be a girl’s celebration for her friends twenty-first birthday, turned into the worst mistake of her life. Veronica makes a deadly bet that destroys everything she loves. Four years later, Veronica has a life-altering decision to make. Stay for all the loves of her past and hope for the best or plan an escape for the ultimate love of her future. If she breaks her word and leaves, can she keep her loved ones safe? Can she survive if she fails?

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Michele's Review4 StarsI wanted to start off by saying I LOVE CHASE SUMMERS!! He is sexy as sin and the sweetest guy EVER!

This book was an interesting read. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get into, but it sure wasn’t what the book I was thinking about. Holy hell some of the stuff that Veronica went thru was absolutely heart breaking. Though at times she seems pretty whiney, you definitely see her as a strong woman to do what she did.

Veronica made a bet with the wrong person 4 years ago and ever sense then her live has been nothing put pain. But after she finds out she’s pregnant she decides she needs to leave her situation now to help save her unborn child. This is when everything goes to shit.

After witnessing a fatal incident, Veronica heads to the only place she ever really felt at home. Back to her grandmothers. This is where she meets up with the Summer boys (who are all unfairly drop dead gorgeous) after 4 long years. This is also when she see Chase, the lost love of her life, since she broke up with him.

While Chase and the other Summer boys try to drag information from Veronica, they are horrified to know that she went through that and they weren’t there to help her. Chase is determined to keep Veronica and her unborn at his side. He’ll do ANYTHING to prevent Veronica from going back to where she was before.

Veronica’s past finds her and is looking to take her back and show her how much of a naughty girl she’s been. She’s petrified, and this is when the Summer boys and even little ole grandma steps in.

Will they be able to keep Veronica, her baby and everyone safe? Or will Veronica end up going back to what she ran away from?

I really enjoyed reading this book! It was hard for me to put this down so that I could do actual work. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book with Trey Summers..

~ REVIEW: Fated by Nikki Sex ~

24 Apr

20757186SynopsisHow far would you go to get something you really wanted?

Emily Malone has had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Paul, all her life.

Unfortunately, he just sees her as his friend’s little sister.

Desperate and infatuated, Emily resorts to lies and deception.

She only needs one night with Paul, to finally get over this obsessive crush.

But Fate has other ideas. . .

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Michele's Review5 starsHoly hot sauce!! This book is smoking!! After this book, I’m going on the hunt for other books by Nikki Sex because she has just reached my Top 10 favorite authors! I love books that can incorporate a fantastic story and have some hot sex in there as well!

Nikki does a fantastic job of creating the backstory of the characters without it being to lengthy. She draws you into the story and makes you feel as the characters are feeling and I love that in a book. She makes you fall in love with her characters, be they the main characters or supporting ones.

If you are looking for a book that gives you more insight into BDSM (with things that actually happen in a BDSM relationship that is) this book will help you better understand. BDSM isn’t just about dominance over someone or submitting yourself to your DOM. It’s about the relationship that they share, and the trust that they have to have in each other. I have a feeling that all of Nikki’s other books show this same thing and I can’t wait to read them!

This story is about Andre and Emily. Emily has always wanted to be with Andre, only she never knew what she would be getting herself into. After making a whole new identity for herself she goes out and finds where Andre has been hiding all these years. After she finds him she finally gets what she wants, but will it last? The main thing Andre wants from a person is honesty, when he finds out what Emily did just to be with him, will he ever be able to forgive her?

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves steamy scenes that make you need to change your panties after reading them! This book is very well written and does have some humor in it as well. Like I said, I’ll be hunting down Nikki Sex’s other books because I just fell in love!

~ REVIEW: Wolf’s Strength by Ambrielle Kirk ~

23 Apr

17705559SynopsisTension grows between old rivals.

Cold-blooded murder sparks a feud that could lead to the deadliest civil war in Pack history. Alpha Devin Caedmon and his council are tempted to risk all that is precious to protect their bloodline. Tristan Arnou, the rival Pack’s leader, isn’t the only force trying to tear down the unity holding them together. All threats must be eliminated before their entire race is destroyed.

Forbidden love burns like a wildfire.

There is one woman who Blake DeLuca loves more than anything else: Naomi Valentine. Despite the escalating battle and power struggles among their leaders, the erotic fire between these two lovers has yet to be extinguished. Naomi’s heart belongs to Blake, but her allegiance lies with Arnou. She’s left with two choices…assume her duty or accept Blake’s eternal bond?

In Wolf’s Strength secrets are exposed, and memories that were buried long ago have resurfaced. The game of deception is a deadly one. There can be no peace until the bloodshed ends.

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Michele's Review4 StarsI really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read the others in the series, so I missed some of the background of the characters. With saying that, I was still able to have a good idea about what was happening in the story.

Blake and Naomi are fated mates that can’t truly be together because they are a part of rival packs. They try to meet up when they can, but with what is going on between all the packs, it’s making it hard and hard for them to be together.

Blake has been almost begging Naomi to run away with him, but as she always reminds him, they have duties to their packs. Blake is a part of the head council and Naomi’s job is to protect her pack. Will they ever be able to have their eternal bond like they are meant to? Or will they forever be sneaking off to have stolen moments with each other?

Though Blake and Naomi had a lot of obstacles in their way, you are constantly rooting for them to finally be together.

Though the story is truly about Blake and Naomi, you also get some side plots from the other characters that are still entertaining and don’t pull away from Blake and Naomi’s story.

If you are love to read paranormal books and love some steamy scenes this is the book for you! I’m definitely going to go back and read the other books in the series 🙂

~ Come Undone by Jessica Hawkins ON SALE FOR ONLY 99 Cents!!!!

22 Apr

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Synopsis

Olivia Germaine has already found love. Devoted wife, loyal friend, determined career woman – she’s created the life she always envisioned.

But when Olivia locks eyes with a handsome stranger across a crowded room, he peers a little too closely and sees emotions she thought she’d buried long ago.

David Dylan, alleged playboy and eternal bachelor, challenges Olivia to confront the life she’s built and to make decisions that could either lead to happiness . . . or regret.

Will Olivia be able to draw the line between lust and love?

And can David respect that line?

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~ REVIEW: Ride for a Cure by Amber Fast ~

20 Apr

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Synopsis

Grayson James has dedicated almost his entire life to running the ranch his Grand dad built for his Grandma in Odessa Texas, but when his niece Macee opens his eyes to a whole new opportunity he begins to change the lives of children all over Texas. 
Macee gets diagnosed with autism at the young age of three, Grayson immediately notices the bond she seems to have with his horses. She try’s to talk and interact with them more than she does people.
That is when Grayson starts the Ride for a cure foundation, allowing children diagnosed with autism to come to his ranch daily for two weeks out of the summer to ride and interact with his horses. He also raises money to donate to finding a cure. Love was the last thing on his mind until he met Tanley West.

Tanley West grew up in a middle class neighbor hood, never needing anything, but never having the things in life most kids want to experience. Her only goal was to go to school and open up her own bakery. When she and her best friend Presley finally make that dream a reality she seems to be on top of the world, making ends meet with maybe a little cash left over. 
When Grayson James walks into her shop Sweet Treats to place an order for his local charity auction she is blown away, by this sexy cowboy looks and sweet southern charm, but will she let him in and risk it all for love? Or will she blow him off leaving him to fight till the end to make her his.

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Danielle's review

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This is a sweet, romantic novella about Grayson, a hot cowboy, and Tanley, a cute bakery owner.  Grayson runs a charity, Ride for a Cure, for children with Autism, including his niece.  He is preparing for his annual auction to fund the charity as well as research for a cure for Autism and needs some desserts and ends up in Tanley’s bakery, Sweet Treats.  Tanley loves the idea of the charity and agrees to donate the baked goods for the auction.  While going over the plans for what is needed, Tanley and Grayson make a personal connection and soon after their first meeting, go on a date.  The relationship between Tanley and Grayson seems to blossom from there. 

This is a quick, easy read that stays sweet from beginning to end.  There is plenty of heat and passion between Tanley and Grayson that makes this book enjoyable.  I would recommend this book if you are looking for something sweet and light without any angst.