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Pitch Perfect – Sierra Dean – 5 stars

August 5, 2013 Read in 2013, Samhain, Sent 0

Pitch Perfect – Sierra Dean – 5 starsPitch Perfect Published by Samhain on August 6, 2013
Format: eBook
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She’d be the perfect catch if he could take his eye off the ball.

Emmy Kasper knows exactly how lucky she is. In a sport with few opportunities for women at the pro level, she’s just landed her dream job as head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Felons baseball team. Screwing up is not an option.

She’s lost in thought as she pedals to the spring training facility, her mind abuzz with excitement as she rounds a corner—and plows head-on into two runners. The end of her career dances before her eyes when she realizes she’s almost run over the star pitcher.

As Tucker Lloyd watches the flustered Emmy escape with his bandana tied around her skinned knee, the view is a pleasant change from worrying about his flagging fastball. At thirty-six, the tail end of his career is glimmering on the horizon. If he can’t pull something extraordinary out of his ball cap, the new crop of rookies could make this season his last.

The last thing either of them needs is a distraction.

The last thing either of them expects is love.

Warning: Contains a down-on-his-luck pitcher, a good-girl athletic therapist, chemistry that’s out of the park and sexy times that’ll make them round all the bases.

My Thoughts:

I have to thank Sierra right off the bat for giving me the chance to read this book as I adored the chemistry you feel from the beginning between the main pair.  You also get some lovely secondary characters that I am beyond ready for their stories (hint hint).  Add to this the fact that she captures a loyal Cubs fan perfectly and man I was in love.

Emmy is ecstatic to finally be a head athletic trainer.  She’s always wanted it and has worked very hard to get where she is in a world dominated by men.  She’s a bit distracted and plows into two baseball players as she turns a corner one of which is her team’s star pitcher.  As she starts working with him on his rehab she gets a complication she doesn’t want but can’t avoid – she’s attracted to him on both a physical level and more importantly an emotional one.  She’s involved with someone but as she and Tucker spend more time together the lines keep getting blurred.  Thankfully both of them really do work hard to keep the relationship on the up and up while she is still “technically” with someone else and when she finally lets the hammer fall on the old relationship all bets are off.  I liked that she didn’t want to trade on her dad’s fame and that she really did understand that it was what people would try to focus on in addition to being female.  She’s smart and very loyal to those around her even if they don’t deserve it.

Tucker is at a point in his career where he is wondering if this will be his last year or can his body withstand another year doing the thing he loves.  He isn’t looking for a relationship but is instantly attracted to Emmy and wants to find out where it could lead.  When he finds out she is taken he respects the boundaries while pushing them as  much as he can.  He knows the relationship she has is a dead one and not truly a happy one but he does respect it even as he develops a friendship with her while making it clear he wouldn’t mind it becoming more.  I liked how much he was willing to put himself out there for her and man when the relationship was kaput he turned on the heat.  He’s such a good guy that you want him for yourself.  I also appreciated how he took Emmy’s professional advice and really used it to help his career continue.

This is a good pairing that you will love watching build up via friendship and flirting to something that will definitely withstand the rigors of MLB and time.  Thanks again to Sierra for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I wouldn’t complain if anything else in this series “accidentally” ended up in my mailbox.  Again…  HINT HINT!  🙂

 

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Ugly Ducklings Finish First – Stacy Gail – 4 stars

August 4, 2013 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Ugly Ducklings Finish First – Stacy Gail – 4 starsUgly Ducklings Finish First Published by Carina Press on August 5, 2013
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four-stars

Metal Mouth. Queen Geek. Dr. Payton Pruitt heard it all growing up. But she's over it, and attending her ten-year high school reunion is the perfect way to prove it to herself. Even if there's only one person she's interested in seeing in Bitterthorn, Texas: Wiley Sharpe.

Now a respected lawyer, Wiley didn't live down to the label Most Likely to Be Slapped with a Paternity Suit. But recent acts of vandalism suggest someone still sees him as a heartbreaker, and the reunion seems a likely place to find the culprit. Instead, Wiley comes face-to-face with his old pal Payton—and is wowed not only by her transformation into a ravishing swan, but by the connection they still share.

Payton is pleased the playboy she used to tutor has grown into an honorable man, but she's too smart to fall for a guy with roots in a place she couldn't wait to leave. But while Payton is an academic genius, Wiley is the one with the PhD in pleasure, and he intends to use it to convince her to stay…

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My Thoughts:

Ummm Stacy…  sweetie…  You can breathe again!  You gave me another fun story with two people who are truly meant to be together even with their different backgrounds.  I adored the two of them even when I wanted to yell at the heroine to see him for who he is now not the legend.

Payton didn’t have the best childhood with her mom and dad.  She was definitely a daddy’s girl and when he died the last thing tying her to her hometown was gone.  She’s made a life for herself as a successful pediatrician in Houston but decided to come home for her high school reunion in order to put the ghosts to rest.  Instead we get to see her really take stock of her life and start to want more than what the logical side of her is willing to contemplate she could have.  I liked her ability to see Wiley in a different light from everyone else in most respects but honestly got frustrated with her putting him in the same box as others do when it came to his ability to love.  She tended to judge people fairly quickly which did make sense after what she dealt with growing up but admittedly it did get me a little frustrated.

Wiley was something else.  He really wants to put the high school reputation to rest but when you live in a small town nothing is ever forgotten.  Does he like women?  Yes.  I appreciated that he owned up to his reputation but I also felt that he tended to take too much on the chin and not speak up at how much it was getting to him to those who kept bringing it up.  He’s a great guy and when he realizes who the beautiful woman is at the reunion he just can’t help but want to get to know the grown-up version of the only female outside of family that really got him.  He truly did see behind her mask in high school and when he realized that he hurt her by his teenage behavior he apologized and owned up to it.

Their relationship is quick, hot and filled with a bit of angst as they both realize that they have something special that might be worth holding on to.  I’d love a chance to see them in a few years just to see how things are going so if Stacy wants to write more about Bitterthorn I’d be happy to read it.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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Second Chance at Happiness – Heather Lire – 5 stars

August 2, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 1

Second Chance at Happiness – Heather Lire – 5 starsSecond Chance at Happiness Series: ,
Published by Desert Breeze Publishing on August 1, 2013
Format: eBook
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five-stars

When Colin MacCaffe’s  personal life comes crashing down around him, he leaves the big city behind for a fresh start in the small town of Holiday Vermont. As the Deputy Chief of Police he spends his time making sure the town he’s come to call his own is safe. The only problem in his peaceful life is the arrival of his next door neighbor’s sister. A woman who threatens to destroy the peace of his new life.

After years of putting one foot in front of the other, acting like she was fine for her family Brynn Sanderson – Jackson is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. All she wants is a couple of weeks of rest and relaxation while she house sits for her sister. What she gets instead  is a trip to the hospital, emergency surgery, and the neighbor next door. A man who makes her feel more than she wants to.

My Thoughts:

I have to start this off by saying I adore Heather and I’m so happy I had a chance to fall in love with both of her amazing heroes and the heroines who hold their hearts.

To see what I thought of Ryan you can click here but this is all about Colin and his lady love Brynn.

Colin and Brynn have always butted heads and snipped at one another but as we all know in romanceland this just means they are fighting an attraction that they feel isn’t appropriate or needed.  When Colin is pushed to go over and check on Brynn by his wonderfully sneaky grandma he discovers Brynn in the midst of a medical emergency.  He’s thankfully able to get her to the hospital in time but this shakes him to the core.  You see he’s started to realize there is something there and maybe just maybe he should pursue it.  Almost losing her before he’s had a chance to explore this growing need for her just makes him determined to find out exactly what they have.  He’s got major scars from his ex-wife and the fact that his idiotic sisters treat him like crap but he knows that there is something about Brynn that calls to him in a way even his ex couldn’t manage.  I adored his willingness to take Brynn in while she recuperated (yeah I know he was sort of ummmmm forced in to it by the manipulation of some clever friends/family) and the fact their relationship has to have a slow build to consummation because of her health.  He just made me sigh as he shows her through his actions how much she means to him and the fact that he accepts her for her and not her wealth just took it over the top. His acceptance of her past was another part that you just can’t help but adore as that could’ve caused a wedge between them but.. *sigh*

Brynn knows she’s lucky to have been found in time but she’s still a bit dodgy about getting involved with anyone no matter what her mind and heart are telling her.  She’s still grieving in her own way for her killed-in-action husband.  They had an amazing love story that was cut off way too quickly at such a young age so you understand why she’s still clinging to that memory.  I loved how she worked through this grief and shared it with Colin so he would know what was holding her back initially.  She’s a very strong character and you feel the love that she shared with both men and the fact that Colin is not a secondary love but is the love of her adult life.  I also liked how her past linked with Colin in a way neither of them knew.  She’s a very lucky woman and stands up for what she loves and believes in.  Her calling out his sisters for their behavior towards him for his treatment of the ex-wife was priceless and if it were possible I would definitely want to give her a huge high five as man oh man did they need to be bitch-slapped.  Her also putting the final nail in the coffin of the ex-wife was another OH YEAH moment that you just have to read.  She’s smart, sneaky and even though she tried to hide how much Colin meant to her initially it did just come off the page.

This is a couple that deserves every bit of happiness they get and I cannot thank Heather enough for being so generous in letting me read this one early.  I adored it and like I asked her yesterday….  WHEN DO WE GET MORE MORE MORE???  Huh Huh Huh…

 

Anyway…  go check out yesterday’s post for a chance to win this wonderful story.  The contest is up until August 9th at Midnight Central so go comment already…  🙂

As a bonus… I’m going to do a giveaway of an ecopy of the first book in this series (Second Chance at Forever) also ending on August 9th at Midnight Central.  All you need to do is tell me do you believe you can have a second chance at true love?

 

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Guest Post/Contest – Heather Lire – Happy Book Birthday!! Second Chance at Happiness!!

August 1, 2013 Contest, Guest Post, Read in 2013 6

I absolutely adore Heather and have been so lucky that she has been generous enough to share both of the Holiday Vermont stories with me for review.  I adore the stories and cannot wait until she gives us more, more, more of them.  And yes if that wasn’t obvious enough of a hint ….  BLATANT HINT AND PLEA…  *snicker*

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In the book Second Chance at Happiness we get to meet the wonderful hero Colin.  He’s just amazing and even more amazing is his devotion to his job plus his love for his grandma.  This led me to my ideas for Heather today and ….

Anyway…  now for a wonderful chance to learn more about Heather and why she writes about cops as her heroes:

Cops as heroes

When Stephanie asked me if I wanted to write about why I write cops as heroes or economic difference as class distinction I said why not a combination of both. A rather daunting topic by any standards, but one I wanted to tackle. I quickly discovered it was to daunting for my mind in its current state so I’m just going to talk about why I write cop heroes. steph- FYI I just think it is awesome you stopped past today and dear lord it isn’t like I was thinking of much… 😉

Some might say in a post 9/11 world it’s the norm for us to idolize cops and want to make them our heroes alongside the military heroes. For me this isn’t the case.

I love cops. I always have. When I was in college I would speed so I could get pulled over just to flirt with the local cops. So when Mr. Lire told me shortly before we got married he wanted to be a cop I was all for it. To me there was nothing hotter than a man in uniform.

When Ryan the hero in Second Chance at Forever showed up on the page I knew he was a cop. He had that air of authority that came from being on the job. It took me a while to figure what it was exactly he did on the force, for a while I thought he a Narc, but quickly threw that out. Then I went to gangs, and homicide. None of it fit. Then one day there was an incident at the school next to my kid’s school. I sat with my girlfriend and watched on TV as SWAT teams went into my son’s school. I called Mr. Lire who worked in a different county than where we lived and asked him what was going on. He wouldn’t tell me anything, other than his SWAT team had just been put on notice.

When my boys came home from school they told me how cool it was to see SWAT members like their dad go into their classrooms looking for the bad guy. As they told me from their perspective what they’d seen I knew Ryan was on the SWAT team.

When Colin showed up on the page in Second Chance at Forever I wasn’t sure about him. There was something going on with him, and prayed I wouldn’t have to kill him and that be a catalyst for Ryan. Boy was I glad when it turned out he was just having relationship issues.

When Second Chance at Happiness starts Colin has settled into his new job as a Deputy Police Chief in a Holiday. Holiday is a far cry from the streets of Boston when it comes to crime. But it was a change he needed. There was only so much bad crap he could stomach. Now he’s happy keeping the small tourist town of Holiday safe from idiot people as he calls them. Lucky for him I’m married to a former small town cop so I can easily write about things that happen in a small town.

Cops really are unsung heroes. People complain about cops pulling them over, harassing them for no reason, and being jerks. What most people don’t understand is the reason they pull people over for breaking speeding laws is because more than once they’ve seen what happens when a speeding car crashes. They’ve had to knock on someone’s door and inform them a loved one has either been killed or injured in a traffic accident. If they can prevent an accident by pulling you over for speeding they will. They also don’t harass you without just cause. It usually because they know you’ve either just done something or are contemplating doing something, but harassing you they are hoping you will cop to it, or not do what you were thinking of doing. Also if a cop is a jerk to you, don’t take it personally, they’ve probably had a really shitty shift. It happens.

One of the things I love best about writing cops as heroes is I get to share some of the stories my husband and his co-workers would talk about. In fact in Second Chance at Happiness Ryan and Colin share an incident that happened to them that actually happened to my husband one night when he was working booking.

To me there is nothing sexier than a man who puts on a uniform to protect those he loves and the citizens of his town, and they make the best heroes.

 

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BIO: Heather has traveled all over the world, speaks multiple languages, collects romance books like they’re going out of style, and has multiple book boyfriends. Ok, she hasn’t been all over the world, except in her mind. She does however speak multiple languages and collect romance books. Her long suffering husband and sons roll their eyes at all her book boyfriends. When she’s not busy traveling the world in her mind she can be found at one of her sons many sporting events and on twitter, where she talks about what else romance books. She loves to hear what you think about her stories so please drop her a note and tell her.

Where you can find Heather around the web

Website: www.heatherlire.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/heatherlire

Twitter: www.twitter.com/heatherlire 

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/heatherlire/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/heatherlire

 

Besides being nice enough to contribute this wonderful post to my site she’s also decided to be generous and  give one lucky commentor an ecopy of Second Chance at Happiness.  Trust me you want this book….  really you do.  Just let the two of us know if cops are also some of your favorite romance heroes or if there is another profession you just love to see!  I’ll be drawing a winner from all entries put in before 8/9/2013 at Midnight Central.  So happy commenting and help me cheer on this wonderful story!

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Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! – Candace Havens – 4 stars

July 30, 2013 Entangled Publishing, Read in 2013, Sent 0

Lions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! – Candace Havens – 4 starsLions, Tigers, and Sexy Bears Oh My! Published by Covet, Entangled Publishing on July 22, 2013
Pages: 164
Format: eBook
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four-stars

A Montana town where no one is who they seem....  Everything about runaway heiress Ainsley McLeon screamed trouble—from her luscious midnight locks to her Louboutin-clad toes.  Yet sexy, stoic bar owner Luc couldn’t deny the instant connection he felt to the tempting stranger…or the long-dead feelings she evoked.  She could work in his pub until her truck was fixed but after that she had to leave town for good.  Ainsley traveled with her own emotional baggage and there was no way she'd fall for the bear-tempered Luc...no matter how many passionate nights she spent in his bed or how safe she felt in his muscular arms. Can these two opposites find love in the middle of a blizzard, or will Luc's darker side and Ainsley's past catch up with them?

My Thoughts:

Other than a I’m on birth control so we don’t have to use a condom even though we really don’t know one another moment I really enjoyed this title.  The whole don’t use a condom thing for a first time new hook-up is a pet peeve thing of mine but hey we all have our moments.

Ainsley is in trouble.  She’s fled California with just what she’s wearing and her purse but nothing more.  She’s driving on a backroad in Montana when she almost runs over a tiger??  really a tiger???  in Montana??  She’s understandably thinking that she must be hallucinating due to stress and the fact that she’s freezing in this piece of junk truck with no heat she bought with cash but she didn’t really just see a tiger in the snowstorm did she?  She ends up telling jokes to it as it stares at her through the window of her truck until a deputy shows up to help her get out of the now totaled vehicle.  When she ends up in a bar begging for work she knows she’s hit rock bottom but where else can she go since she doesn’t know if it was her uncle or brother that tried to have her killed?  She was a lot tougher than people made her out to be and I found her to be a perfect foil for our hero.  I liked how she wanted to earn her own way and not rely completely on others but also liked that she really did work to understand what was going on around her even while her life was falling apart.  She takes finding out about the existence of shifters in a rational way, if locking yourself in a closet with a tray of brownies could be considered rational.  I wasn’t quite as fond of her treatment of Luc at the end but I did understand it even though it sort of was over the top.

Luc knows from the moment he sees her that she’s going to be nothing but trouble.  He’s determined to send her on her way but as he learns more about what is driving her he just can’t do it.  He’s also instantly attracted to her which also makes him really want to run the other way as he can’t take letting someone get close to him again after losing his entire family in a dam break.  He’s a goner though and we all know it which makes this a fun story.  I felt for him when he gets news that rocks him down to his core and understood why he behaved like a complete and utter jerk to her.  I didn’t like it but I really did understand it.  I loved how he goes out of his way to try to help everyone in town as they have become his new family even if he doesn’t completely want to admit it.  He’s gruff but so sweet and gentle with Ainsley as she heals and seeing him be so afraid of hurting her was heartwarming.  I also admit he pulled my heartstrings when he struggles to help his old friend, Ian, come back from shapeshifter hell.

This was a fun title with a bit of angst with both the main players and a secondary character that I want to see more of.  I want to see Ian get his HEA and find what he needs to make him whole again.  I have to say thanks to Entangled Publishing – Covet – for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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Love, Technically – Lynne Silver – 3.5 stars

July 28, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Love, Technically – Lynne Silver – 3.5 starsLove, Technically Published by Entangled Publishing, Ever After on July 29, 2013
Pages: 127
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley.com
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three-half-stars

Billionaire CEO and computer whiz Noah Frellish is a king among geeks. Women are attracted to his money, but he'd love to meet someone who's actually interested in him. When he helps the sweet and sexy Michelle Kolson with a printing problem, she confuses him for a help desk technician. Noah knows he should clear up this case of mistaken identity, but would she still like him if she knew he was the boss?

Michelle thinks life in Chicago is perfect, as is the whirlwind romance with her smoking-hot coworker. When she unexpectedly finds her job on the chopping block and the man she fell headfirst into bed with running the company, will she abandon her dreams?

Noah must convince the small-town girl to stay in the big city—and that he really is the man she fell for.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this sweet story of a man who wants someone to love him for him and a woman who wants to be someone who matters.

Michelle is not having a good first week.  She’s trying to get her timesheet printed for her boss but for some reason the stupid printer won’t work.  She ends up running in to a guy from the help desk that manages to figure out that she’s pointed to the wrong printer but she also ends up finding herself flirting with him.  She’s very naive and yet has such a great heart that you can’t help but wanting her to find happiness in the big city.  She’s so excited to be working for such a wonderful company that she overlooks quite a few instances where her new boyfriend tries to explain who he really is and where if she’d pay attention the facts would have come out much earlier and in a much better fashion than they did.  I liked her but I found myself wanting to yell at her to quit falling back to the whole I’m just a small-town girl thing when stuff doesn’t go her way.

Noah…  I loved Noah.  Yes he did something sort of shady by not letting her know who he actually was but I understood why he acted the way he did.  It wasn’t anything meant to hurt or embarrass her he just loved being wanted for who he was and not his money.  He really did try to let her know but was always so afraid to come completely clean as he didn’t want the relationship to change.  I loved what he was willing to do to make things right and his true understanding of who she really is and what value she has to him and others around her was refreshing.  He didn’t look down on her for not finishing school but instead loved how her ideas were fresh and truly inspired.  He just had a knack for bringing out the best in people around him and I hope that his next venture really does bring him long-term happiness.

Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this sweet story in exchange for my honest review.

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To the Fifth Power – Shirin Dubbin – 3 stars

July 28, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

To the Fifth Power – Shirin Dubbin – 3 starsTo the 5th Power Published by Entangled Publishing, Ever After on July 29, 2013
Pages: 122
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley.com
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three-stars

Three years ago, Zola Noite's nemesis killed her sidekick and forced her to watch. The guilt drove her to hang up her cape. Zola knows one thing for certain. She will never be a superhero again.

Psychologist Dr. Arturo "Fort" Forte specializes in super-powered mental health. He’s the only reason Zola can once again call herself sane—although, truth be told, the heat between them is slowly driving her back to mad.

 

When three mega-villains escape the prison Fort oversees, all Zola's best laid plans go up in flames. Fort asks her for help, and she can't turn down the man she's secretly come to love. As battles ensue and clues add up, the one thing Zola trusts is called into question: Fort's true agenda and which side he’s on.

My Thoughts:

This is going to be a very short review as it is a fairly short story.

Zola has gone thru hell and back watching her sidekick get killed in front of her threw her in to a mental breakdown that she still doesn’t feel healed from.  She’s given up being the main planner for the superheroes guild but isn’t really living life yet.  She’s brought back in to the fold when 3 major criminals get loose from the psychiatric facility they’ve been held in but she’s still not convinced she’s really ready to be what people desperately want from her.

Fort was the one who managed to get Zola functional but has his own major secrets that he holds on to until the very end of this story.  He’s sexy but you always get the sense that there is something holding him back from really taking what he wants from Zola.  I liked him and loved what he risked to help her.  He’s very much more than just a doctor but is really a great match for Zola.

This was a very neat take on superheroes and I am looking forward to more from this series.  I can’t say much more because there is a nice twist in this story that deserves to stay hidden until the reader finds it.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

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Bonds of Desire – Lynda Aicher – 4 stars

July 28, 2013 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Bonds of Desire – Lynda Aicher – 4 starsBonds of Desire Published by Carina Press on July 15, 2013
Pages: 229
Source: NetGalley.com
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four-stars

Book three of Wicked Play

Lawyer Allison English never planned to return to The Den--despite her naughty fantasies about being bound by owner Seth Matthews. But when club guest Tyler Wysong is injured in a scene, Seth turns to Allie for help. Aroused by both men, Allie should turn the case down. But she can't...

After his bad experience, Tyler has no interest in being with another Dom. Yet he can't deny his attraction to Master Seth. When Seth offers him a place to stay, Tyler agrees--if Allie will stay too. But what good is a chaperone who adds to his temptation?

Living with two subs brings out Seth's protective instincts, though Allie insists she's not into the lifestyle, and Tyler swears he's done with it. But the chemistry between the trio prompts them to agree to submit to him for one week, and he'll show them both the true pleasure that a Dom can provide.

The intimacy could break them all, or bind them together forever...

For more tales from The Den, check out Bonds of Trust and Bonds of Need, available now!
89,000 words

My Thoughts:

Where do I start with this one?  My heart broke watching three damaged souls find one another as they all in one way or another gave up when things didn’t make sense.  We have a Dom that feels like everyone leaves, a female submissive that buries her own sexuality under what she feels society expects and a switch who is so damaged by his past he feels unworthy of anything good.  Yeah this will make you cry for all of them but man oh man you’ll also find something heartwarming as they find their ways to heal one another and become strong.

Allie is repressed.  She’s successful in her career but she’s got such a narrow view of what is acceptable in love and relationships she’s keeping herself locked down.  She was raised by a very religious household so she has a very puritanical view of sex and relationships that has been tested by watching her friends fall in love with Doms and also her own attraction to Seth and Tyler.  She ends up doing some things to keep herself separate from them but finds that maybe her narrow views aren’t exactly right but how can she make this unconventional thing work unless she’s willing to put herself completely on the line.

Seth has lived his life always trying to take care of others and yet keep his distance.  He’s comfortable in his own sexuality and finds himself drawn to both Allie and Tyler.  When he gets drawn in to stop a horrible scene he gets the chance to have something that could be everything his heart has ever desired.  He finds that directing Tyler and Allie satisfies a deep-seated need to control but also allows him a freedom to just be loved.  He pushes both of them to be everything they can be sexually but there are so many layers of secrets between the trio that as much as he tries to keep it together he finds it falling apart.  He takes responsibility for the mistakes that the three of them all make and for that almost loses everything because of his need to protect.  I loved how much he was willing to do for them but his patience and true caring made me adore him.

Tyler… sigh… He broke my heart in so many ways.  When we first meet him he’s at rock bottom acting as a whore for men and has just been brutalized by a client in The Den.  He’s been told that he’s worthless his whole life and now being an escort/whore has made him really believe that he’s never going to be worth anything more than this.  He’s got a lot of work to do during this and watching him struggle with believing that Seth and Allie really do see him as a human being worthy of love and compassion just made me cry.  He’s also incredibly sexy in both his submission to Seth and his dominance of Allie that I wanted to see more of them loving one another.  There is such an amazing amount of joy when they all three come together that you just feel pouring off the page.  Seeing him spread his wings and heal with the help of therapy was amazing as he has such a huge heart and finding that he was worth love meant everything to him.

I have to thank Carina Press and Netgalley.com for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I know the review does not do this book justice but go ahead and read it.  I think you’ll melt as you see three people find something they all thought they’d never have.

four-stars

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Twisted – Rebecca Zanetti – 4 stars

July 27, 2013 Kensington, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Twisted – Rebecca Zanetti – 4 starsTwisted Published by Kensington on June 20, 2013
Pages: 103
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley.com
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four-stars

In human form, Terrent Vilks is all male animal--dark, ripped, predatory. As wolf, he's unforgettably dangerous, unforgettably hot. Yet Maggie can't remember him. . ..

Not even when she learns she once agreed to mate him. Yeah, that was years ago, before she was kidnapped and tortured, before she lost her memory. Now she knows just one thing about herself--she'll do whatever it takes to bring down the monsters who took her, even trust her ex.

He's got her right where he wants her. . .

My Thoughts:

I’ve only read one other entry in this series when this one caught my eye.  I really need to read the rest of this series as the two I’ve read have been enjoyable.

Maggie is missing huge amounts of her past due to the torture she survived.  She has only recently been able to control her shifts and still isn’t 100% certain exactly who she is.  When she ends up staying with a man who claims to be someone important from her past she balks but finds that as she spends more time around him she’s intrigued.  She ends up finding out more about herself and her past in this short read but I liked that she stood up for herself and wasn’t completely “Woe is me” like others might be in the same situation.

Terrent has lived without his other half for too long and now that he has her back with him he’s determined to get her to remember him.  He’s definitely Alpha but is smart enough to know that the best thing he can do is be there for her and tamp down his need to claim her.  He’s very protective of her but still let her take the lead in a few ways.  His charming ways of getting her to remember him made me smile and man oh man can he turn up the heat.

I’m definitely going to go back and read the rest of the series ASAP because this was enjoyable.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Kensington for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

four-stars

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The Mistress – Tiffany Reisz – 5 stars

July 27, 2013 Harlequin, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

The Mistress – Tiffany Reisz – 5 starsThe Mistress Published by Harlequin, Mira on July 30, 2013
Pages: 458
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley.com
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There's punishment—and then there's vengeance.

Nora Sutherlin is in handcuffs, held captive by two men. . Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captors aren't interested in play. Or pity.

As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories—sensual tales of Søren, Kingsley and Wesley, each of whom has tempted and tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It's a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.

But in Nora's world, no one is ever truly powerless—a cadre of her friends, protectors and lovers stands ready to do anything to save her, even when the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak….

My Thoughts:

I’ve got to admit that getting my hands on an uncorrected proof at the RT Convention has to be one of my best moments.  My partner in crime at the convention was ready to just call it a trip at that point and just read it.  Well she read it while we were still in Kansas City at the expense of sleep and the copy stayed in the room safe when we were wandering the convention.  This review is not based on that copy but is based on the ARC copy I received via NetGalley.com from Harlequin and I must say I adored both versions.  I adore Tiffany and loved being able to not only meet her in Kansas City but to also get to see her again at the Lori Foster event in West Chester.  She’s a wonderfully sweet individual who handles crazy fans very patiently.  I also have to mention that Andrew is such a patient man to deal with those of us crazy fans… 😉

I’ve got to admit struggling a bit with how to write this review without giving away spoilers and I think the only way I can do this is to mention the main players in this story with thoughts I had about their stories.

So on to the main players:

  • Wesley – Sweetheart I adore you but you are too innocent and vanilla to ever completely fit in to or handle the world that Nora thrives in.  While I do understand the depth of your feelings for her and hers for you I’m happy you got to go on a journey to discover exactly what you want and need for your future.  My hopes are that you continue to grow and develop in to the man you are meant to be.  I loved seeing you get to see the truth that you’ve always hidden from and realize exactly who what love can be even behind masks.  You’ve got such potential and hopefully Tiffany will give us a chance to see more of you in the future.
  • Laila – You are a beautiful young woman who got to see how love really is with two strong people.  You gave us such an amazing glimpse in to life between Søren and Nora which I greatly appreciated.  You know what love can be and are willing to risk it even when you aren’t sure it can be returned.  You deserve every bit of happiness that I believe is coming your way and my hope is with the example that you had from Nora and your uncle you will never settle.  You got some great moments in this story and I enjoyed seeing your views of our main characters.
  • Grace – We didn’t really get to know you well in The Siren but you are an amazing woman who is lucky enough to have a husband in Zach that is willing to give you room to fly and spread your own wings.  Your conversations and times spent with Søren have to be some of my favorite moments as you truly saw who he is behind the mask and probably have some of the best insights in to this amazingly complex man.  You held your own against some of the strongest personalities and I admit to cheering when you not only got to experience one of your fantasies but when you got something you truly desired with the man you love.  You are a lucky woman who has an amazingly open heart to accept things not everyone would be capable of.
  • Kingsley – What can I really say other than *sigh*  You proved yourself to be willing to do something that would have brought most other men to their knees but I am glad that circumstances made it where you didn’t have to break yourself to get this resolved.  You got to understand more about how your relationship with Søren evolved and also got to rediscover what you originally saw in Nora.  You had an amazing amount of growth during this story and I’m happy you have finally found the balance you needed in  your life.  The fact you really got to understand what was behind everything that Søren has done through the years I think gave you the things you needed to make your life truly fulfilled and for that I’m grateful to the kidnapper.
  • Nora – I have struggled at times to like you.  I didn’t like the way you played with people’s emotions and needs but as we got to see via the stories you told Marie-Laure there is a depth to your heart that you’ve just kept locked behind the mask.  You like to play and manipulate but you really do love the men in your life to the point of almost having a split personality.  I think you loved the idea of Wesley and the “normal” life you might be able to have with him but Søren feeds your soul in a way that no one else will ever be able to.  You have a clear understanding of wanting what is best for the man you love even if it does tear you apart inside.  I adored hearing more about your relationship with Kingsley and Søren because it also gave me insight in to who you are which gave me what I needed to really adore you.  I had struggled but once we got more of what drives you it made me soften in my feelings towards you to the point where I was happy to see where you ended up.
  • Søren – What a roller-coaster I’ve been on with you since The Siren.  I admit I did not like you originally but as we got to see more of you other than the Dom I will admit to falling for you myself.  Are you still scary?  Yes, I mean let’s be honest here and say anyone would be scared of a sadist who has an amazing ability to see all the way to your soul.  As we started to see you via The Angel and The Prince we got to see a man truly in love with Nora and one that also deeply loves his Kingsley.  What threw me over the edge to complete adoration of you had to be the stories of a younger you with Nora and Kingsley but also your conversations with Grace and Wes.  I think your conversation with Wes in this book was amazingly beautiful but also the fact you were willing to accept his place in her life just amazed me.  You gave her what she wanted at the expense of self and this my dear is just an amazing thing.

Ok…  I’ve tried to be careful with what I’ve stated above to not give away too much but still show how much I adored the stories that Tiffany wove together and the fact that every character gets what they need via this book.  They may not get what they originally thought they would but I can’t imagine any other ending…

Thanks so much to Tiffany Reisz, NetGalley.com and Harlequin for the chance to read this in 2 different formats and I cannot wait until we get more from Tiffany.  I’m looking forward to a young Søren in love so bring it on…

 

 

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