Sunday, June 29, 2014

FANNING THE FLAMES by Victoria Dahl

FANNING THE FLAMES
(Jackson Girls' Night Out #0.5)
by Victoria Dahl
ARC Review
Release: July 1, 2014, Harlequin HQN

My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️











"Some men are off-limits. Close friends of your ex-husband, for instance. Or firefighters who work in the same building as you. Yet despite her best judgment, librarian Lauren Foster can't help noticing fire captain Jake Davis whenever he jogs by…shirtless. They've always been friends, but all it takes is one not-so-chance meeting at a local bar and one not-quite-innocent walk home to ignite a fierce, uncontrollable desire between them.
Widower Jake Davis has tried to ignore the spark he feels whenever Lauren's around, but once he sees her curves in a little black dress, there's no turning back. No matter how often she says she's all wrong for him, the sexy, outspoken divorcée is driving him wild in the best possible way. Maybe she's just blowing off steam. Or maybe he can convince her to fan these flames into something deeper, hotter and truer than they ever expected…."

Friday, June 27, 2014

HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY by Ginger Scott

HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY
by Ginger Scott
ARC Review
Release: July 8, 2014

My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️








Single mom, Avery Abbot, devotes her young life to her five-year old son Max. She has no other option - he has autism and requires every last bit of her attention, but she wouldn't want it any other way either. Since his father abandoned them, she moved in with her dad, helping him run his bar and creating as stable a life as possible, with her father and her best friend Carrie as Max' family, keeping him grounded. No time or energy left for anything else. That is, until an old high school crush comes back to town.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - RAZED by Shiloh Walker

RAZED, a sexy romance by award-winning author, Shiloh Walker, is the much awaited sequel to WRECKED in the Barnes Brothers series and it releases this December from Berkley!

Take a look at the cover and let us know what you think!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of WRECKED, along with some fabulous swag! (Yes, it’s international :))


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ONE SEXY RIDE by Vivian Arend

ONE SEXY RIDE
(Thompson & Sons #2)
by Vivian Arend
ARC Review
Released: June 19, 2014

My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️







"His goal is to stand firm

As the middle child in a big family, Len Thompson has found it easy to slip under the radar. His relationships outside the family-run garage tend to run a mile wide but only an inch deep as he keeps his heart, body and soul protected. But when the one woman he’s always wanted makes it known she’ll soon be leaving town, he can’t resist letting her into his carefully constructed fortress.

Her gift is rocking his world

Chasing her best friend’s big brother has both entertained and frustrated Janey for years. She’s not sure what triggered his change of heart, but hell, yeah, she’ll accept it. All of it. Every kiss, every touch, every bit of body-shaking pleasure. Working to meet her renovation deadline is suddenly not nearly as interesting as the mind-blowing escapades she’s enjoying with the big sexy mechanic.

When old fears threaten, Len must finally choose—face his past or let their future crumble."

Monday, June 23, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway - SECRETS UNVEILED by Jill Patten


SECRETS UNVEILED  
(Secrets #2, conclusion)
by Jill Patten
Released: March 26, 2014


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CRACKS IN THE ARMOR by Helena Hunting

CRACKS IN THE ARMOR
(Clipped Wings #2.5)
by Helena Hunting
ARC Review
Released: June 23, 2014, Pocket Star

My rating: 3 of 5 ⭐️





Part owner of the Chicago tattoo shop Inked Armor, Chris Zelter is a talented artist who decorates skin with gorgeous designs. He might look the part of the typical jacked-up, inked-up bad-boy, but underneath is a fiercely loyal, complicated man. Kicked out at sixteen, Chris has had to fend for himself for the last twelve years, making his Inked Armor crew as much family as they are business partners. For him, it’s enough—until he meets Sarah Adamson.

A grad student waitressing at the local strip club, Sarah is used to propositions and crude comments. The job is a means to an end—finish her MBA, pay off the tuition loans, and get a good job. Then she won’t have to rely on anyone to take care of her. So when brawny, tatted up Chris begins hanging out at the club, she rebuffs his advances. At first. But Chris isn’t like her usual clientele: despite his hard exterior, he’s almost…sweet.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

VANISHED by Kendra Elliot

VANISHED 
(Bone Secrets #5)
by Kendra Elliot
ARC Review
Released: June17, 2014, Montlake Romance

My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️





When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn't waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces: he's related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim's family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cover Reveal - TABOO UNCHAINED by C.M. Stunich



TABOO UNCHAINED 
by C.M. Stunich
Release: June, 2014, Sarian Royal Publishing

A stand-alone novel of 95,000 words.





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BONDS OF COURAGE by Lynda Aicher

BONDS OF COURAGE
(Wicked Play #6)
by Lynda Aicher
ARC Review
Released: June 16, 2014, Carina Press


My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️











"Pro hockey player Holden Hauke has kept his sexual needs buried for years. After a near miss over a picture of him bound to a spanking bench resulted in a mid-season trade, he's kept his image clean. But with the season over, he's ready to surrender control. And he's found just the woman to help him—if only he can convince her to give him a chance.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cover Reveal - REVIVE by Nina Levine





Revive by Nina Levine

Book #3 of Storm MC Series

Release Date: July 21st 
Cover Designer: LM Creations
Photographer: CJC Photography


Model: Joseph Troisi

Hosted By: Book Empire Promotions


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Blog Tour & Giveaway - FOREVER RIDE by Chelsea Camaron

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Forever Ride 
(A Hellions Ride, #2)
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2014




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Events happen in life that can awaken our truest and deepest desires. They also show us our greatest fears. Sometimes we are forced to face those fears, other times we build walls that can't be broken to protect ourselves.

A profound connection these two once shared. A strong friendship once formed was shattered. Fate has stepped in and shaken both their worlds.

The danger, the wild, the chaos, and the lifestyle of the Hellions world has become far too much for Savannah 'Sass' Perchton. Swearing off bikers and attempting a 'normal' life, she has settled. She's committed to Nick, her country club, pretty boy. She's found a way to be content.

Things aren't always what they seem. Wrap an empty box in pretty paper and a bow, it may look amazing, but it's still a hollow shell.

He's a Hellions playboy. A different chick in his bed, off on a different ride, and always something new. He's Frank the 'Tank' Oleander, Haywood's Hellions Road Chief. Throttle down and life is good.

The fast pace of the Hellions life catches up to him. At a crossroads, he's forced to face some life changing thoughts or succumb to the darkness of death. Teetering on the brink of giving in, her voice is all he's holding onto. The coma he can't pull himself out of, but her voice is the light in the darkness. He wants the girl who pulled him through when his life was literally in the balance.

She's sworn off bikers. Can he pull through? Can she ever see past the lifestyle to the heart of the man behind the cut? Will they find their Forever Ride?








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FOREVER RIDE
(The Hellions Ride #2)
by Chelsea Camaron
ARC Review
Release: June 9, 2014

My rating: 3.5 of 5 ⭐️


As daughter of a Hellion, Savannah 'Sass' Perchton, grew up in the MC life. She loved her extended family, but after the man she had waited for her entire life turned her down and then ended up barely alive in the hospital, she had enough. Craving a safe and normal life, she settles in with Nick, a man who likes order and control. Letting go of her biker family is difficult, but it is a choice she needs to make and one Nick strongly encourages.

Stuck in a body that won't cooperate, but mostly aware of his surroundings, the Hellions Road Chief, Frank Oleander - or 'Tank' for short - has nothing but time to contemplate his life and his choices. Many times he wishes he could let himself drift off on the darkness, but then he hears her voice, or feels her touch. Sassy, his friend, the girl he has always loved but was never ready for, until now, when he can't do anything about the fact that she is drifting further and further away.

As Tank fights in silence to hold on, Sass struggles to leave her heartbreak behind and start new.   Just as Sass decides to cut all ties with the club, Tank starts to show signs of recovery. And when what seemed to be a perfect future turns into an oppressive reality for Sass, it is Tank who can sense his girl is in trouble.

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A bit of a departure from the first book in the series in terms of vibe, but a good read nonetheless!!

This is the second book in The Hellions Ride Series and although it technically has its own HEA, I would not suggest reading it by itself. Too much of the story is referring back to events from the first book. 

Sass disappointed me a little in that she seemed very beaten down in this book. The impression I had from her was a spunky, hard-nosed and sassy girl, quite able to take care of herself, but in this book she seems to have lost all her fire. She willingly allows herself to be treated as a doormat and does nothing but justify it in her mind. I understand it in part, she wants to make that break so badly - and not necessarily to get away from the MC life as she likes to claim - but I think more to get away from her desillusionment and heartbreak over Tank. But to allow yourself to be erased the way Nick is erasing her is something I simply can't see.

In that same vein, I get that Tank had a pretty massive life-altering experience, and frankly I loved the contemplative periods he went through, but his "I am Alpha, you are MINE" was gone..... He had very little fire left as well and simply sat back for the longest time, which seems so unlike what I would think an Alpha, let alone a biker would do, territorial as they are.

All in all I felt this was perhaps a story better suited to a more condensed issue in the form of a novella. Although never boring, it did seem to be drawn out with relatively little movement.

The writing by Chelsea Camaron was as expected sharp and engaging. I am happy this story was told, I was anticipating it and wasn't disappointed. I will continue to follow this series!

✨A steamy, charged and stormy struggle back from the ledge.✨



**Copy provided in return for an honest review.**







~Tank~
She’s in my arms, her body draped across mine. I have not slept one bit.
We left the kitchen after the barbeque and came back to my room on the compound. I have one of the duplexes that really is all my own. My roommates are all married, so usually the place is empty except for me. With the charter clubs here, I have a few people staying over, but they don’t care that Sass is in my bed.
Last night was nothing short of incredible. The hellcat likes it rough and everywhere. I lost count of the orgasms between us. Thinking of it, my dick is ready again. I am sure her pussy needs a break, though. Her ass, too.
Reality hits me like a sledge hammer.
I fucked my brother’s daughter. My boss’s daughter. I fucked one of the untouchable two.
Worse, though, I fucked my friend. Never cross that line. There is no going back. I live my life with no regrets, the words tattooed across my lower stomach, reminding me and every female that goes low, there will be no regrets. Only now, I have gone too far. I don’t regret last night—it was the best damn night I have ever shared with someone—but it shouldn’t have happened.
Looking at her red hair lying across my chest, the contrast against the colors of my tattoos, I don’t want to move. I don’t want this to end, but it must.
Each breath she takes tickles my nipple piercing, reminding me of each bite and tug her mouth gave them mere hours ago. How can I go back to the way things were between us? Every time I see her I’m going to want nothing more than to be balls deep once again.
Maybe with enough space, fresh air, and distance everything will go back to normal. Yeah, normal, that’s what I need.
Smacking her ass playfully, I wake her up. Abruptly, I move out from under her, standing by the bed, watching as she takes in her surroundings and remembers last night.
It’s time to make my clean escape. I make my way to my bathroom, calling out over my shoulder to her, “Time to say goodbye. Gather your stuff up. You found your way to my bed, you can find your way out the damn door.”




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Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.

Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.

Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.

When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.

She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.



      








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