Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wicked Torture Release...



Outwardly, Noah Carter is riding high as the tech world’s hottest new genius. Inside, he’s still reeling from the abduction of his wife and baby daughter eight years ago, and then the devastating discovery of his child’s body. For years, he kept up hope that his wife was alive, but now that she’s been declared legally dead, he’s thrown himself even more deeply into his work, cutting himself off from emotional ties because they just hurt too damn much.

Then he meets Kiki Porter, an eternal optimist with a killer work ethic and dreams of fronting a band. And everything changes. Even though he tries his damnedest to fight it…

Sexually, they are combustible together. But their true fire is emotional, though it is a slow to burn. But once it lights, it is all consuming. The relationship grows emotionally, the sex is hot, things are good.

But just when it’s looking like they might have a real future together, the past comes back to haunt them. And Noah’s going to have to decide what he’s willing to give up for love …

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Time to heal.

Somehow, though, he never found the enthusiasm. Or maybe that was just an excuse. Another way of punishing himself for walking away from the woman he loved in favor of the woman he’d owed.

And since he’d never have either of them again, he needed to kick his own ass, pick up the pieces of his life, and start building something real. After all, there wasn’t a tech gadget he couldn’t design, build, or repair. So why was he so clueless when it came to his own damn life?

It was time, and it would be easy. Painless even, because God knew Evie embodied everything he admired in a woman. Strength. Intelligence. Ambition. Humor. Beauty. She was as desirable as Lyle had promised and obviously enthusiastic.

In other words, he was all out of excuses.

He stood up, intending to tell her to lead the way. But the words that came out of his mouth shocked them both. “I’m sorry, Evie,” he said. “You’ve been wonderful, but I have an early meeting, and I should probably get home.”

“Oh.” He’d surprised her as she was rising, and now she teetered awkwardly on her heels, as if his unexpected words would physically topple her.

He reached out a hand to steady her, and for the briefest moment, he considered pulling her close and fighting his way past his hesitation. She was everything he should want in a woman—with the unfortunately insurmountable problem that she wasn’t what he wanted at all. Or, rather, she wasn’t who he wanted.

Goddamn him.

Goddamn his stupid, unrealistic fantasies.

And while he was at it, goddamn Kiki, too.

He was being an idiot and unfair, and he knew it. An idiot, because he’d made his choice to walk away from Kiki long ago, and he knew damn well that he’d shattered her in the process. Even if he could have seen his way clear to look her up after all these years, he’d forfeited his right to come crawling back.

Unfair, because not ten minutes ago he’d been ready to take the plunge with Evie, and yet here he was, dodging and shifting like a damn coward, trying to swim up out of the deep black ocean of loss and pain. A familiar pain that wrapped him like a blanket, so cloying it was almost comfortable. And he knew damn well that there was only one way to fight it—he needed to take the girl to her room and try to fuck the darkness out of him.

The way he’d done with countless other women.

The way that never worked like it should. That only dulled the sharp edges of his pain, but added no light to the darkness.

That wasn’t what he wanted. Not anymore. One of the reasons he’d moved to Austin was to heal, after all. To heal, and to break bad habits.

Still, it was tempting, and it took more strength than he expected to shake his head again and say very gently, “I really am sorry. I’m not … ready.” She’d been polite enough not to mention the tragedy in his past, but he was certain that Lyle must have at least told her that he’d lost his wife and daughter. Hopefully, that softened the blow of rejection.

She’d regained her footing, and now she stepped back, her forehead creased as her eyes flicked over him, expertly assessing him as she would a witness. “It’s been almost nine years, I’m told.” The sharp edge of her voice sliced his heart. So much for softening the blow. “If you don’t get ready soon, I can’t help but think you’re going to end up sad and alone.”

With a thin, sympathetic smile, she turned and walked away, leaving him to watch her go and wonder at her perceptiveness. Because she was right.

He was going to end up sad and alone.

Hell, he already was.



J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.


Known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been praised by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her books have sold over three million  copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

At Your Service

 



Juliana O’Neil’s promising future was burned away in the heat of battle. She had been an officer with a bright future in the military, but now she is struggling to survive. Her husband gone and her career in shambles, she finds a job at Top as a hostess and tries to put together the pieces of her life. The last thing she needs is any kind of male attention, but she can’t help but be amused at her neighbor and coworker’s lothario antics. Not that she would have anything to do with him, at least not for more than one night.

Javier Leones doesn’t understand monogamy. No woman could ever be enough for his endless libido, but he has to admit Juliana has his attention. For reasons he doesn’t fully understand, he can’t seem to get the gorgeous redhead with the sad eyes out of his head. After one scorching night together, he realizes he’ll never be able to get her out of his system. But with his reputation, he fears she’ll never see him as more than a one-night stand.

When their passions collide, these new lovers will be forced to confront Juliana’s past and come to terms with Javier’s present. Will they find their way or will this reservation be canceled at the last minute?


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All alone with the storm. Maybe she should call Kai. And ask him to get out in the middle of this? That seemed pretty selfish especially since she knew exactly how poorly driving in storms could go.

A hard flash of white light made her jump back.

Nope. She wasn’t going there. She was going to stay in the here and now, and that meant finding a flashlight and trying to get some candles lit. Someone was out there working on getting the power back on, and then she would ride out the storm watching rom coms and falling asleep on the couch. It was going to be okay. Deep breath. It was going to be okay.

A few moments later she’d found her one flashlight and had a nice set of candles out, and she was faced with the problem of lighting the suckers. Oh, she had a big box of matches, but she’d never struck a match without her left hand.

A lighter would be easier. She could figure out a lighter maybe. Jules tried holding the box against the table with her stump while she struck the match with her right hand. She fumbled, the action so unnatural it made her slip up and break the match.

And the second one.

And the third one.

Tears pierced her eyes, but she wasn’t going to shed them. She was going to figure this out or she would make due with the flashlight. It was all about adapting. That was what she had to do. Adapt.

She wasn’t going to let this beat her. Normally she was tough. It had happened and she dealt with it, but between the storm and the conversation with Suzanne the day before about her mother and the sweetness of flirting with a handsome man she couldn’t have, she was feeling awfully vulnerable. She wasn’t going to sit here in the dark and cry.

A knock on the door made her gasp and jump.

Fuck. She wasn’t like this. She hated this…this anxiety she got when it rained. It was weakness and she couldn’t abide it.

If you walk away from this you’ll ruin your life, Juliana. Don’t think I’ll watch you do it. You go through with this and you do it on your own. Am I understood?

Sometimes she felt like she was still seven years old, and if she could just get her mom’s attention everything would be okay.

Jules gripped the flashlight and walked across her apartment to the door. It was likely one of the neighbors coming to check on her. Actually, that was an excellent idea. She could go down and see if Mrs. Gleeson needed some company. There were some elderly residents she could check on and a single mom she’d met at the end of the hall. She could see if she could be of any assistance and that would get her through the night.

She opened the door expecting to see anyone but the man she saw standing there.

Javier Leones. He had a flashlight in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other. He was wearing jeans and a button down that he’d left undone enough she could see a nice swath of golden brown skin. His hair was deliciously mussed, as though he’d taken a shower and simply rubbed a towel over it to get it dry.

He was big and male and so sexy it hurt to look at him, and Jules realized she could do something else to take her mind off things.

Those plump, sensual lips of his broke into a bright smile. “I thought you might like some company. I know I would. I actually don’t have any candles, so I was sitting in my living room with this sad one flashlight. You look like a woman who likes some candles.”

But she couldn’t light them. She hadn’t figured that part out.

His face fell and he walked into her place, closing and locking the door behind him. “Hey, what’s wrong? It’s okay if you don’t have any candles. It’s cool. Two flashlights are better than one.”

He set the flashlight and wine bottle down and moved into her space, his hands coming up to cup her shoulders. “Jules, what’s wrong?”

She had to be stronger than this. She shook her head. “Nothing. I’m fine.”

His jaw tightened. “Don’t. Please don’t. I live with a stubborn asshole who won’t let me help him in any way. I get that we’ve only known each other for a few weeks, but I thought we were friends. You help me out all the time. You’re kind to me. Fucking let me be kind to you. I spend every day trying to help someone who won’t let me. Please let me feel like I’m worth something.”

If he’d said anything else, joked about the weather or told her to suck it up, she could have, but he’d opened a door. He’d been vulnerable and honest, and she found she couldn’t pay that back with stubbornness.

“I have candles and I can’t figure out how to light them.” Tears rolled down her face. She was vulnerable. All the time. Even when she pretended like she wasn’t.

“You can’t…” he began and then he looked down. Instead of stepping back and giving her space, he drew his hand down her arm, warming her skin where he touched her. It was dark but the moon was full and gave enough light to see the outline of his face. There was no look of horror there. He caressed her arm until he got to the place where she’d been split apart and sewn back together unwhole. He brought it up and wrapped it against his palm, his fingers closing around it until the whole thing was surrounded with his warmth. “You haven’t figured out how to do it yet. Probably hasn’t come up or you would know what to do. How long since you lost your hand?”

“A year and a half,” she said. He was touching her there. No one had touched her there except her doctors and therapists.

Come to think of it, no one had touched her at all since before the accident. Had it really been so long since she’d felt warm flesh against her own? He was so close, close enough that all she would have to do was go up on her toes to brush her lips against his.

Would that be wrong? As long as she remembered who she was dealing with, why couldn’t she take a few moments of respite for herself? If he wanted her.


NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

I Dare You To Love Me Review...




It’s senior year. He rules the school. She just wants to make it to graduation. With prom only six weeks away, and his reputation at stake - will Brian be able to get “Scary Pants” out on a date? 


Brian Royland is the golden boy of Palm Beach High. He’s smart, handsome, athletic, and charming. He could get any girl in school - but he procrastinated and is now dateless for the most important dance of the year. When he hears about the new girl, Iris Newman aka “Scary Pants”, Brian is intrigued. But when Brian’s friends doubt he’ll succeed in scoring her as his prom date, bets start flying, and she turns into a prize to be won. 


Iris has set several goals for herself; make sure her older sister has a smooth pregnancy, help her recently single mother support and manage their family, and find a way to stop her band’s bass guitarist from asking her out every week. She doesn’t have the time or the energy to deal with the arrogant and pesky Brian Royland, who is suddenly determined to get her out on a date. 


It only takes six weeks for them to realize they have both experienced great loss. Surrounded by mayhem and high school drama - could they be the key to each other’s healing?


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REVIEW!!!!

Not all families are perfect and not all people lead the life they seen too. Iris seems to be a mean Ice Witch and people avoid her. But once you get to know her she is sweet and kind. Then there is Bryan who is the all-star jock that everybody loves. But is everything as it seems in his life. Bryan is bet he can't get Iris to go to Prom with him. Can he do it? Will the relationship become something more? I enjoyed this book. The characters were amazingly written and realistic. The plot was well written, unique and fun. Loved the writing style. It flowed well and loved the pace of the book. Everything worked well together. I felt like I belonged in the story myself.

4 stars!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Carolina Bad Boys For Life Review...


Sometimes a Bad Boy can be good for a girl.

Finale of Carolina Bad Boys—the hot southern MC series readers have lusted after! The epic series epilogue includes all new original content from Stone to Chrome, featuring all the usual suspects, plus many, many more characters you won’t even expect. 

One big sexily-every-after for the entire crew. ’Nuff said. 

Carolina Bad Boys is complete:
Stone
Love
Ride (Novella: the book within the book from Stone)
Steele
Chrome
Rush
Tail
Carolina Bad Boys for Life 


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REVIEW!!!

This is the conclusion to the Carolina Bad Boys!  

I absolutely freaking loved it.  This is a tidy wrap up of every couple including all their kids.  Each chapter was about a different pairing.  The last chapter was fun because you meet the kids as late teens/early adults.

This book worked well and was fun to read.  I truly enjoyed every second of it.  I would love a spin off series about the kids to see how many of them follow in their parents footsteps.  Great wrap up!  I look forward to reading more books by Rie Warren soon!

5 stars

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tail Review...


I’m most known for honeys on my arms and notches on my bedpost. But this time, I’m not chasing tail. Every rose has its thorn, and I’ve just been snagged. 

TAIL
I have girls lapping out of my hands, forming lines for a chance to dance on my cock. Until she shows up. And it all grinds to a halt. Madison Rose Rush. No joke there. One look at her, and I feel a rush all over my body. I want that thing all the other dudes found. Love. A mate. A classy broad I probably don’t deserve.

I know one thing. 

Maddy Rush—Handsome’s sexy sister—is strictly off-limits. 

Is that gonna stop me?

Hell. No. Not even with the Bad Seeds MC breathing down my neck for a debt I can’t pay.

MADDY
VP of Retribrewtion Brewery, heiress to the Rush Distillery empire, I’ve played by the family’s rules. I’m community-spirited, high-class, worldly-wise . . . but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m a good girl. 

And Tail makes me want to be bad in ways I never even knew. He’s dangerously gorgeous. He’s affiliated with the same MC as my big brother. He has inked sleeves and sex on the brain and Max warned me away from him. 

Is that going to stop me?

Hell no. 

Nothing will stop us. Nothing. Until a rival MC—outlaw bikers—retaliates against Tail. Bad Seeds indeed. 


Carolina Bad Boys is complete (woot woot!):
Stone
Love
Ride (Novella: the book within the book from Stone)
Steele
Chrome
Rush
Tail
Carolina Bad Boys for Life (series epilogue): November 13, 2017. Available for preorder now!


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REVIEW!!!!


The Carolina Bad Boys series ends with Tail, well kind of!
 
Tail has lived his life doing whatever it took to take care of his mother, since he was in High School.  He’s made a few bad decisions when it comes to his mother but it’s nothing he can’t come back from.  Maddie is one of Tail’s MC brothers, Handsome, sister and has always been off limits.  She runs the brewery with her brother.  But can Tail show Maddie a different side of him?  Will Maddie do absolutely anything for him?  What happens when Tail’s mistakes come back to bite him in the butt?
 
I love this world.  It was so fun to explore while it lasted but everything has to come to an end I guess.  I love the characters!  The plot was interesting and the story was told really well.  Everything flowed really well and it moved at the perfect pace.  I have been struggling with books lately because they all start out really slow and barely pick up the pace.  This one paced itself really well. 
 
I love Rie’s writing and I am going to miss these Carolina Bad Boys.  I am excited to finish the epilogue book which is the official ending of the series.  I will definitely continue to read Rie’s books because they are all unique and fun.  They are easy reads and keep you entertained.
 
5 Deadly Stars

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tattooed Love Review...


When your heart rules your mind, you don’t get to choose who you love. But what if that love could lead to your own destruction? 
Amber is a rebellious high school senior and the only girl in a family of outlaw bikers. Her four brothers left when she was young to keep her away from their style of life, but despite their efforts, she’s wrapped up in criminal activities and her life is rapidly spiraling out of control. 

With her life finally going up in flames, adding fuel to that fire is smoldering and infamous biker Jax. As she begins to fall for her dangerous love and throw caution to the wind, Amber might not be able to turn back from the risky path she’s chosen... 

Being together might be dangerous, but, after all, outlaws are meant to break the rules. 


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REVIEW!!!

This book had it’s moments when it was really, really good and it’s moments where it was really, really bad.  The general plot was great which caught my attention.  I enjoyed most of the characters, some I disliked.  But you have that with any book I think.
 
So it follows Jax the leader of the local biker charter, since his father is in prison, and Amber whose path in life is murky at best.  Amber is a gang member when we meet her and in an abusive relationship.  Jax is on parole and forced to go to school and move in with his co-presidents father and sister.  When Amber’s life seems to be falling apart her father brings her brothers in to help her get back on the right track.  Does it work?  Or does she get pulled further in?  Can she ever be done with the life?  Can a relationship between Jax and Amber ever work?  Will she get her happy ending with a criminal or be left alone in the end?
 
So it was a slow starting book as you learn about the characters.  Then it picks up.  I absolutely cannot stand the last chapter of this book.  I think it would have been best if that part had been left out because now your thinking about where she went and if Jax ever finds her in the end to find out who she was talking about.  There were holes in it and I was annoyed by it so much.  The middle is obviously the best part.  Once I got into it I really enjoyed it but like I said the way it ended really made me mad.  Amber and Jax had their happy ending why did that last chapter have to happen and ruin it.
 
All in all it was a decent book.  I would definitely read more by the author and hope to read more about these characters so that they can get their happy ending.
 
4 stars

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Love Of Liberty Review...


Author's Note: This novella is for 18yrs and above. It contain a M/M/F relationship. 


Liberty Long knew her troubles were going to bite her on the butt one day. She just didn’t expect the outcome to be surprisingly good. If it wasn’t for the help of her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boss, she would be sitting next to Satan himself laughing at how stupid she’d been. 



Damien Lewis knew Liberty, his sister’s best friend, came with drama and a little bit of crazy. What he didn’t expect was his reaction when he caught Liberty kissing her boss. Then again, he thought his sister was weird for having two boyfriends, so maybe it was just rubbing off on him. 



Liam Michaels knew Liberty, his opinionated employee, was trouble the moment she walked into his office and his body reacted to her. Two years of keeping their relationship professional, he didn’t expect to meet her boyfriend and wonder what it would be like to share Liberty with Damien. 



Will Damien be willing to explore the possibility of more? Then again, anything can happen when it comes down to the love of Liberty.


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REVIEW

I FINALLY GOT TO THE BOOK I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR FOREVER!

I have been waiting to get my hands on this book since I read Left to Chance the first time.  Several years later it arrives and I couldn’t bring myself to read it because I knew it would go too fast and then it would be over.  Guess what it took a whole three hours (give or take) to finish and I want more, so I was right!

So in Left to Chance you briefly meet Damian and Liam and see a lot of Liberty.  I was most intrigued by Liam because you just get the briefest of information on him prior to this book.  No idea what he looks like, just that he is a jerk.  Damian seems like a normal happy go lucky ladies’ man in Left to Chance so to see him react to Liam was interesting.  Then you add smart mouthed Liberty and you have quite the trio here.  How they all come together is interesting as well.  I loved meeting Liberty’s mother and long lost paternal grandmother.  Liam’s family was fun to meet as well and in that situation we learn a lot about Liam and why he is so into the situation they are in.  We already knew Damian’s family but I loved watching him let go and go with the flow of the relationship.  His freak outs are pretty epic though.  I also enjoyed the introduction of the biker trio and hope to see more with these trios together.

This is a fun and entertaining read.  I haven’t read a Lila Rose book that I didn’t love though.  Although Left to Chance is my favorite book this one is a close second.  I will definitely be reading more of Lila’s books soon.  She portrays so much hilarity and conflict in her books and it is an interesting mix.  I think this is why they are so entertaining.  You are never sure whether to laugh or cry or punch something.  It’s a flood of feelings all at the same time.  Anywho, I love the plot of this book and truly enjoyed getting to know these three better.  Look forward to digging into Pick, Billy and Josie’s story soon.

5 loving stars

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Anne & Henry Review...


In this wonderfully creative retelling of the infamous—and torrid—love affair between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, history collides with the present when a sizzling romance ignites in a modern-day high school.
Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student body president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of his brother, the pressure for Henry to be perfect has doubled. And now he’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who isn’t Tudor-approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Wild, brash, and outspoken, Anne is everything Henry isn’t allowed to be—or want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, but his desire for Anne consumes him.

Henry is willing to do anything to be with her, but once they’re together, will their romance destroy them both?

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry beautifully reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

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REVIEW!!

It’s not every day you find a book about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII in the teen section, even a retelling.  I am a Tudor/Boleyn fan and just had to check this book out.  I don’t know what I was expecting going into this book but I was definitely left wanting.
 
Anne Boleyn is the new girl in town and working past an accident that basically destroyed her sister.  Henry is a young man that was thrust into his father and brothers political footsteps after their untimely deaths.  When Anne and Henry meet the first time sparks fly between them.  The problem Henry is with Catherine and nobody likes Anne from the start.  When the two start seeing each other things take a turn and Henry’s friends will do absolutely anything to get her out of all their lives.  Does Henry give in to everybody else and follow in his families footsteps?  Does Anne finally break through to the in-crowd?  Can these two make a relationship work? 
 
I liked the idea behind the story.  I loved the characters, they were all unique and fun to follow.  However, I felt the book was slow and didn’t feel that it flowed all that well.  I almost gave up on it and while it did get better as it went on it still wasn’t great.  I felt like the story was forced.  Again I wasn’t sure what to expect going in but I figured it would be a faster pace and better flow.  So ultimately I was let down by the book but not enough to not finish it.
 
3.5 stars