Archive | June, 2014

~ REVIEW: Deckers Wood by Kirsty Dallas ~

29 Jun

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Synopsis

Decker Steele had it made…Penthouse apartment, VIP parties, girls on tap. You see, Decker Steele is the Pornography Associations award winning, money making machine. But what does a self-confessed, pussy pounding warrior do when his prized package begins to fail? Freak the ‘F’ out, that’s what!

Andi Jennings is the socially inept, geeky and awkward cousin of Decker’s best friend. Only she’s not so geeky and awkward anymore. Now she’s a smokin’ hot country bumpkin, with a smokey voice made for phone sex, and a pair of hot as hell cowboy boots. Everyone adores her, my porn star buddies, my mom and dad, my ‘equipment’. 

So, the prized package isn’t so failing anymore, the catch is, it will only perform for Andi…My friend WITHOUT benefits. 

What will the prince of porn do? The girl or the career?

** Reader Warning** – This novel is NOT a dark romance. There are absolutely no whips or floggers, no matter how much Andi wants to smack Decker over the head at times. There are no BDSM slavery themes, unless you can count that Decker is a slave to Andi’s hot cowboy boots and sexy Texan drawl. Decker’s Wood does however feature glitter rain, manscaping, vajazzle, tequila shots, roof-top dancing and one hell of a dick trick!

For Mature Audiences – sexual situations and language which some readers may find offensive

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christie review

5 stars

The title was the first thing that caught my attention when I saw this book, so I read the synopsis and had added it to my TBR list, so I was incredibly excited when I got the chance to read and review it. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like. I have read books across all sorts of genres, and I knew this one was going to be different. Kirsty Dallas did not disappoint me….I LOVED THIS BOOK!

I will just give you the gist of the story; I don’t like spoilers.  Decker is a successful adult movie actor until he starts having problems performing. He tries anything to help remedy his ailment, but nothing really seems to help until SHE enters his life. SHE is a red-headed Texas spitfire, Andi, a childhood acquaintance who is moving to New York to open a book store. He has agreed to pick her up from the airport as a favor to his best friend. To Decker’s surprise, she isn’t the bookworm he remembers, she’s all grown up, and she seems to have the cure for his problem. That is evident every time he is around her. There is a very evident attraction between the two of them, and they settle into a friendship fraught with combustible sexual tension. Can they be more than friends? How do you tell someone you might want to date that you have sex with women for money? You have to read the book to find out!!!!!

The book had me hooked from the first page. It’s different than what I have been reading lately. I was expecting it to be pretty serious because of the subject matter, and while it does give you an inside look at the adult industry and some of the people involved, it was done in a great way….lots of humor. There were so many times I caught myself laughing out loud, the trip to the day spa being one of my favorite.  Yet, there were some serious issues, trust and betrayal. However my favorite aspect of the book were the characters. They were all memorable, Andi’s neighbors, Casey and Lionel and Decker’s family. Of course, Decker and Andi were my favorites. Decker is used to getting any woman he wants until our snarky and sarcastic, Andi, comes along. The dialogue between the two really did great things for the pacing of the book. Reading the synopsis, you would think it was sex, sex, and more sex throughout the book, and yes, there was some hot sex going on, but there was a great deal about friendship, love, loyalty, and what it means to be family. It was a perfect mixture of everything.

If you are in the mood to read a romance that is a bit different but filled with humor and a great cast of characters, you really should give this one a try! It will lighten your mood and make you believe in love again. This is the first book I have read by Kirsty Dallas, but it certainly won’t be my last. I hope she writes about some other characters from the book. I think they would be as memorable as Decker and Andi. 

 

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~ REVIEW: The Mine by John A. Heldt ~

29 Jun

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Synopsis

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

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daniell review

4 Stars

Joel is an almost 22-year-old college senior who has taken a break from studying and gone on a road trip with his best friend, Adam, from Seattle to Helena, Montana. As they are about to make the trip home, Joel spots an old, abandoned mine that the future geologist can’t resist exploring.
Inside the mine with only a flashlight as his guide, Joel finds a room that is glowing different colors and decides to inspect it further. Inside the room, he gets spooked by a snake and drops his flashlight. Joel decides it is time to leave but as he gets to the mine exit, he realizes things look a lot different and his friend and car are nowhere to be found. He decides to hitch a ride back into town to see if he can track down his friend, but things become even more strange as an old 1941 car pulls up. 
Joel soon discovers he has somehow been transported back to 1941 but he doesn’t let that get him down.  He hops a train, riding in a box car, and heads back to Seattle, where at least the town is familiar.  Soon after arriving in Seattle, he makes friends with a guy named Tom and is set up with a place to live and a job.  Joel meets Tom’s girlfriend and she introduces him to a friend of hers, Grace, and he is immediately smitten with her.  However, Grace is engaged to another man. 
As time goes on, Joel and Grace spend more time together and grow closer to each other, but she still hasn’t broken off her engagement.  There is also growing turmoil in the world around Joel as the time is drawing near of the beginning of WWII.  Joel has decisions to make. Does he stay in 1941 and try to pursue a future with Grace if he can convince her to dump her fiancé? If so, will he have to join the Army and fight in the war? Or does he try to go back 59 years in the future, where he has a life waiting for him?
I really enjoyed this book! It was a bit different than my usual read and took a bit to get my interest but once it did, I was hooked.  John A. Heldt did a wonderful job with describing the 1941 world that Joel traveled to.  All the characters in this book were great too!  I would recommend this book to others that enjoy a bit of time travel with their romance. 
Abou the author
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John A. Heldt is a reference librarian and the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage time-travel series. The former award-winning sportswriter and newspaper editor has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, he is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction. When not sending contemporary characters to the not-so-distant past, he weighs in on literature and life at johnheldt.blogspot.com.
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~ REVIEW: Believe by SL Jayne ~

28 Jun

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Synopsis

Rylee first met Matt in The Promise, for them it was just the beginning. 

Rylee Blake is broken. She has little faith, no trust in people and doesn’t believe in herself. Having grown up in a home with a verbally abusive stepfather and a mother suffering from depression, an 8 year old Rylee has her heart shattered completely, hearing the words that no child should ever hear, “You ruined your Moms life”. 

Rylee realizes that this isn’t a home, this is just a shell of a house that she needs to get far away from. She makes a pinky promise with her childhood friend Ava, that as soon as they’re old enough that they’re moving away from this town and as far away as possible from her stepfather. 

Years later moving to California with Ava is exactly the fresh start Rylee is so desperately looking forward to. Rediscovering her freedom, fun, independence and most importantly a chance to find herself again. When Ava first told her to believe, have fun, always have faith, and most importantly believe in love, Rylee never thought it would happen. She has never believed in love or that she was worthy of being loved. Fate or destiny were words best left between the pages of a fairy tale. 

And men, well they just mess with your head, that is until she met Matt Morgan, the hot tattooed guy whose bad boy image screams trouble. She never expected to have a connection with him that ran deeper than friendship. She never planned to fall for him but she also never expected him to have issues of his own….. 

Matt has grown up needing to protect, defend and control his temper. 

Rylee has grown up feeling owned, useless and unworthy. 

Will their differences collide or will they teach each other to believe?

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christie review

4 Stars

Believe by S.L. Jayne is the second in the Faith and Friendship series. This is Rylee and Matt’s story, but you need to read the first book, The Promise, as it gives a lot of background information about the two characters and how they meet.

The story opens where the last book left off. Rylee and her friend, Ava, are still living together in their apartment. Rylee and Matt have both had very painful pasts that affect the way they look at relationships, so they have settled for being friends. However, Matt has always made it clear to her if she ever changes her mind and wants to be more than friends, he is more than willing to try. Rylee does begin to realize that she has feelings for him. This was pretty obvious from the last book. But, will she be able to let go of past issues and give Matt a chance to prove himself worthy of her?

While a good portion of the book is about Rylee and Matt, it’s also about family and friendship. As with the first book, I really liked that. Rylee is still trying to deal with past issues and reconnect with her mother. I loved the relationship between mother and daughter. Matt’s family also makes an appearance as well. It was really nice to read a book in which there were strong, loving relationships between parents and children. Of course, Ava and Ryan are a big part of the book as well. I love the friendship that Rylee and Ava have. In this book, we get to see Rylee be there for her friend as Ava has been there for Rylee.

It’s a beautiful, sweet story about “confidence, trust, and belief.” Matt uses those three words when describing his relationship with Rylee, and I think they perfectly describe the whole meaning of the book for me. I love books that leave you with warmness and happiness after finishing the last page. I am looking forward to her next book in the series.  

 

 

~ REVIEW: Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt (Summber Lake Book 1) by SJ McCoy ~

21 Jun

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Synopsis

 

The Summer Lake contemporary romance series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other. 

Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt 

Emma Douglas came to Summer Lake as an orphan twenty three years ago. After losing her parents so young and later suffering a disastrous marriage, she believes that love only ever leads to pain and loss. 

When she meets Jack Benson, the business partner of her childhood friend Pete, she sees everything she used to long for in a man; tall, dark, and drop dead gorgeous! Despite their undeniable attraction, Emma is too scared to risk her heart, especially on a man so much like her ex – sexy, smart, funny, successful and no doubt the same kind of cheat! 

When events lead them both to Summer Lake for the summer, will Jack be able to persuade her that he’s nothing like her ex in all the ways that really matter? That the love she used to dream of isn’t a little girl’s fantasy, but a reality they can share if she can get past her fear and learn to trust? 

This book is intended for adult readers 18+ 

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authors other books

Book 1: Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt Emma and Jack 
Book 2: Work Like You Don’t Need the Money Pete and Holly 

Book 3: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching Missy and Dan 
Book 4: Fly Like You’ve Never Been Grounded Smoke and Laura – Releasing June 23 2014

michele review

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This was a good book. I think I fell in love with Jack myself reading this.

When Emma and Jack first meet there are sparks immediately. Jack would do anything to spend more time with the self assured woman he sees goofing around and slamming doors in his friend’s face.

Emma is a little me apprehensive however, she had a horrible marriage to a man who cheated on her and said it was normal and that she needed to grow up. So she has troubles trusting gorgeous men, thinking they are all put on this earth to use her and then dismiss her. Jack tries his hardest to prove her wrong.

Will Emma finally realize that not all men are like her ex-husband, or will she throw away something that could be amazing because she’s to scared to take a chance?

This was a good story that had a great plot and some well developed characters. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

Abou the author

Hi, I’m SJ, a coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I’m a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can’t write without coffee.

I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.

I write ‘Sweet N Steamy’ stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.

These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I’m not reading or writing you’ll find me just down the road in the park – Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0)

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~ REVIEW: Wake Up Call by Victoria Ashley ~

21 Jun

21399410SynopsisMy heart stopped and suddenly it was hard to breathe. His voice always had that effect on me. It was like poison slowly running through my veins killing me bit by bit. Like a drug that I couldn’t get enough of even though I was almost down to my last breath.

Jace took a step forward and grabbed my hand. He slowly trailed his fingers over my face and backed me into the wall. My heart stopped again if that was even possible. “You can’t leave,” he whispered. “I need you.” His warm breath kissed my lips as he bit his bottom lip and placed both of his hands around my face. They were warm and soft to the touch. Too big for my fragile face, although I wanted to bury myself in them. “Breathe. There is no one here but the two of us. Breathe,” he whispered.

Avery Hale had spent her whole childhood abused by her drunken, hopped-up parents. Broken from a lifetime of hate and pain she grew up realizing that trust and love just didn’t exist. Not in her world at least. After turning the age of eighteen, she packed up and moved far away determined to escape her hurtful past and start a new life. Once on her own she comes to the conclusion that the emptiness still exist. Doing what she had to to survive she found herself mixed up in exotic dancing and meaningless sexual relationships unable to feel anything, for anyone. She was sure that her life was worthless and there was nothing left for her. On the other hand, so she thought.

After meeting a beautiful stranger, Jace, her life suddenly is turned upside down. Everything that she truly believed suddenly gets questioned and then she is left to figure out if there is really more to her than she could ever have imagined. Jace, having some secrets of his own puts the pain of his own past behind to do what he can to help Avery.Can the love of another broken person be enough to help Avery, or is she already too far gone?

Avery’s life is pulled in many directions as she tries to find herself, and not everyone and thing is what they seem to be in this story of love, trust and opening up. Finding herself and learning to love herself might just be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.

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christie review4 StarsAvery is a beautiful girl that is in such a dark place that she may never be able to find her way out. Life has completely shattered her, so she has turned off all feelings and emotions. She is probably one of the saddest female characters I have come across in a long time. But, I couldn’t help but love her. Despite her tragic past, she is a survivor. She doesn’t have friends and her only relationships are sexual. As she hits her lowest level, she meets a handsome stranger, Jace, who just may hold the key for healing for Avery.

I loved Jace and Avery. At times, I would get sooo frustrated with her as Jace would show her in every way how much he cared for her. I just wanted to shout, “What more proof to do need?” “Can’t you see how much this gorgeous guy loves you?” But, I could understand how she couldn’t let go of the vise she had on her heart. Victoria Ashley really did her research on abuse victims and what it takes for them to recover. Of course, I just adored Jace. He was PERFECT, and did I mention GORGEOUS???? I loved all the other characters as well (except the obvious villains) and how they all are able to help Avery’s heart thaw.

Wake Up Call was so much more than a hot romance. It was a story of healing, redemption, second chances, and love. I wish that others who might be experiencing the same things as Avery will find hope through her story. And, I absolutely loved that there was an epilogue that allowed me to see how things turned out for the characters in the future. I have just added Victoria Ashley as one of my favorite new writers.

Abou the author7232339Victoria Ashley grew up in Rockford, IL and has had a passion for reading for as long as she can remember. After finding a reading app where it allowed readers to upload their own stories, she gave it a shot and writing became her passion.

She lives for a good romance book with tattooed bad boys that are just highly misunderstood and is not afraid to be caught crying during a good read. When she’s not reading or writing about bad boys, you can find her watching her favorite shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Dexter and True Blood.

She is the author of Wake Up Call and This Regret and is currently working on more works for 2014.

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~ REVIEW: Hell’s Knights (MC Sinners #1) by Bella Jewel ~

20 Jun

18211118SynopsisRecommended for readers over 17+ Contains adult content.

A modern day biker romance.

Addison has had a hard life. Her mother is useless, and her father hasn’t been in her life for years. When her mother dies, she’s left with no money and an angry man after her. She goes to the only person she knows can take care of her right now – her father. She knows her father is the President of an MC club, but she doesn’t quite realize just how much she will come to rely on that club.

Cade is everything she knows she should stay away from, and yet she can’t seem to keep herself from wanting him. He’s the club VP, gorgeous, rugged, charming and he makes her feel again. She should be running, she should be escaping the demons of her past, but instead she finds herself falling for the gorgeous biker.

Come on this whirlwind romance with two broken people, who figure out how to put each other back together.

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michele review4 StarsThis book was hot! There was a lot of sex, drugs, and some rape scenes, so if that’s not something you like to read about, this book is not for you.

Addison had an extremely bad time growing up. Her mother was a whore and tried to bring Addison down that road. When her mother dies, Addison feels free, but she’s really far from it.

When Addison goes to her father that she hasn’t seen since she was 4, she meets Cade. Cade is gorgeous and knows he’s gods gift to women. But he finds something in Addison he’s never seen in another woman, and he can’t seem to leave her alone.

Addison and Cade soon find out that they aren’t so different after all and want to be with each other. But Addison’s past comes to hunt her down and take its revenge.

Will Addison and Cade be able to free Addison from her past, or will it destroy her and everything she’s worked so hard for?

Excellent story! I can’t wait to read what happens next with Spike and Ciara!

Abou the authorHey! I’m Bella Jewel, an Australian Erotica writer! I love meeting new people, and I love sharing my work! Come on down and say hello!

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~ REVIEW: Strings of the Heart by Katie Ashley ~

15 Jun

17881466SynopsisTwenty year old, Allison Slater has been in love with her brother’s bandmate, Rhys McGowan, since she was fifteen years old. But to him, she’ll always be Jake’s little sister and off limits. Now a college sophomore and licking her wounds from a bad breakup, she sets her sights on making Rhys see her as someone he could date…maybe even love. Her opportunity comes when Rhys visits his parents in Savannah where she is attending college. But the night she’s dreamed of turns to heart-break, and she realizes she’ll never be the one for Rhys.

For Rhys McGowan, his nightmare began when he woke up, naked and hung-over, next to his bandmate’s little sister. Unable to remember a thing from the previous night, he only makes matters worse by lying to Allison about not being interested in her. The truth is he’s spent the last year to ignore his body’s reaction whenever Allison is around. His resolve is tested when Allison comes on tour with Runaway Train, as both Jake and Abby’s nanny and to fulfill her fashion design internship. The more time he spends with her in the close quarters of the bus, the harder it is for him to resist.

Will Rhys realize that having a relationship with Allison is worth fighting for even if it means that he has to fight his best friend for a chance?

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Michele's Review4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this story! Katie Ashley does an absolutely amazing job of connecting you to ALL of the characters! Also, even though this book goes back months later from when the book first started, you are never confused on whether you are reading about the characters past or present.

I really liked Allison! She is such a sweetheart and never really has a bad thing to say about anyone. She may seem very confident in herself, but really there is always an underlining of self-doubt in the background. Not that she would really ever let any see it. Allison was such a strong woman, and my heart broke with everything she had to put up with from Rhys!

Allison has been in love with Rhys since she was 13 years old, and her love for him has only gotten stronger over the years. Now that she’s 20 now and he’s in town for a few weeks, she’s determined to show him that she isn’t a little girl any more. She wants him to love her back, but she had no idea what a rocky road they would have before he would ever admit his feelings.

Rhys McGowan didn’t have the best childhood growing up. He grew up in a rich family that was only focused on how other people thought of them, not how their children craved for their love. Since he never really received any type of love from anyone other than his nanny, Rhys isn’t sure he’s even capable of loving someone like Allison back. Oh yeah, he thinks she’s smoking hot, but not someone he wants to settle down with. Besides, she’s his best friend’s baby sister, he can’t ever go there anyway. However, after spending a few weeks with Allison in Savannah, he starts to feel things he thought he would never feel.

After seeing how things ended after those few blissful weeks Rhys and Allison spent together, you kind of want to punch Rhys in the face. Then after Allison joins the band on tour, you decide that yes, he’s a MAJOR dick! You start to wonder, will Rhys ever get his head out of his ass and finally see what a good thing he has with Allison?

I really liked how well Katie was able to intertwine all the characters in the story, never once were you confused on what was going on. I’m really interested to see what happens with Eli, I really liked him and felt bad when he put all that effort into trying to romance Allison and nothing came of it.

I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series!

about-the-author6546441Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

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