Posts Categorized: Read in 2013

Life of the Party – Kate Davies – 3.5 stars

July 6, 2013 Carina Press, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Life of the Party – Kate Davies – 3.5 starsLife of the Party Published by Carina Press on July 8, 2013
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three-half-stars

Book three of the Girls Most Likely to…

In high school, Tess Bonham was the ultimate party girl. So it's ironic that building a successful party planning business has resulted in all work and no play. But Tess loves her job—most of the time. Planning her own ten-year reunion weekend promises to be the highlight of her career, even if making it perfect for her former classmates means she won't actually have time to enjoy it herself.

Hotelier Jeremy Wright has wanted Tess for years, and he's tired of never fitting into her overbooked calendar. So when she's short-staffed, Jeremy jumps at the chance to help out with her reunion during the day—if Tess surrenders the nights to him. He's got plans for a private party, and she's the guest of honor…

Tess should say no. But she really, really wants to say yes. Spending time with Jeremy reminds her just how much fun life can be. But she's not sure she can be "just friends" once she knows how amazing the benefits are…

This is a really nice conclusion to the series where the last of the trio finds her match in a man she’s convinced could never really want her.

Tess is used to being the party planner but never the person who is anything else.  She’s been overlooked most of her life by men and has convinced herself that this is all she will ever be and not to expect anything more.  She’s also normally a doormat when it comes to other people and takes on more than she should be responsible for.  It took a bit for her to come out of her shell and realize what she was letting others do to her but when she does she comes out swinging at everyone who she has allowed to hold her down.  I liked her strength and especially liked who she becomes as the book moves on.

Jeremy has been quietly attempting to get Tess to notice him as more than just a man she works with but he just can’t seem to tell if she is interested in him at all.  He finally decides to make a move on the woman who has been torturing him for months but knows if he lets her in on exactly what he wants from her (everything) she’ll find a way to shut this down before it even has a chance to start.  He’s amazingly supportive of her but when she says something that reminds him of his past and the way other women have treated him he breaks.  Even with what happens late in the book you know he is truly a good man who always follows through on a promise even while dying a bit inside as he does what is right.  I liked his strength and  willingness to work within the boundaries Tess sets on their relationship while still working on getting her to change her mind.  He’s so sexy and sweet but has a quiet strength in everything he does and it shows to everyone who pays attention.

This was a nice read with a touch of heat but we also get to see a bit of the other two couples as this takes place during the same time frame.  I’m glad we got this and wouldn’t mind a later book to show the three couples down the road.  Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I have enjoyed the series and will keep an eye out for more by Kate Davies.

 

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Lick – Kylie Scott – 4 stars

July 6, 2013 NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Lick – Kylie Scott – 4 starsLick Published by Momentum on July 1, 2013
Pages: 286
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four-stars

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

I have to start this review with a bit of advice – Keep reading even when both characters piss you off at the beginning.  The payoff is worth it.

Evelyn is a bit surprised when she wakes up in the morning with a strange man in her room in Vegas and in her bed.  She’s even more shocked when she discovers that not only is she suffering from the worst hangover ever but…  she’s married.  She can’t remember anything about the previous night and the way her new husband reacts to her memory loss is just a bit harsh.  Her plans for a quick private annulment go up in smoke when her marriage becomes public fodder as she has managed to hook up with a major rock star.  As she tries to come to terms with this news she is forced to take him up on his offer for a place she can stay as they make their annulment final.  After a major issue with the way she’s treated by not only him but his attorneys and handlers she runs away only to be rescued by another band member who shows her the only kindness she’s seen since she woke up the morning after.  She’s got major issues with her own self-worth and also seems to find her new husband incredibly compelling when he finally speaks to her one on one and decides she wants to see what is really between them before she calls the marriage completely off.  We get some back and forth between the two of them as they both struggle to figure things out but I liked that she wasn’t willing to completely take him at his word after his initial treatment of her post-hangover.

David is pissed off the morning after his impromptu wedding.  He’s not exactly the best man to ask about having a relationship and trust comes hard to him but once you get past the asshole image that he initially presents to Evelyn in LA you’ll fall in love with him.  He’s such a lost soul who desperately needs someone to love him for him and not the rock star god image people have of him.  He’s hard to get to know as he keeps a ton of secrets from Evelyn and it causes most of the tension between them.  I appreciated that once he realized what he was doing to her with his cold shoulder the man stopped and tried to look past his hurt to try to prove what made them both make the choice to get married.  He goes through the most incredible changes as the book progresses and while you might be a bit frustrated with him as he doesn’t seem to completely get why she might have issues with some of his behavior but when he gets it…  he really gets it and I adored that he admitted his part in the whole problem while also making her realize that some of his reactions initially were due to hurt that she couldn’t remember how much they connected.

I have to say the one person who almost stole the book from the main pair…  Mal… *sigh* I am going to say I cannot wait for his book to get here as he will be an awesome read.  He’s such a good guy in this and I can’t wait to get to see more of him in the future.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Momentum for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  It was a very good read and I can’t wait for more.

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Into the Fire – Amanda Usen – 4.5 stars

July 5, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Into the Fire – Amanda Usen – 4.5 starsInto the Fire Published by Entangled Publishing, Indulgence on June 10, 2013
Pages: 201
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four-half-stars

Jackson Calabrese has a lot of nerve. He beat Lila Grant in the Culinary Academy competition using her recipes. Now, he’s opening a restaurant and wants her help? Fine, she'll fix his menu, but it's going to cost him.

Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson can buy anything he wants, except creativity, so he buys Lila's instead. He can craft perfect paella, but to take New York by storm he needs her innovative spark.

Skillets aren't the only things hot in the kitchen, and an uneasy truce ignites into passion. They’re great in bed, but Jackson doesn't trust her, and Lila is contemplating revenge. The restaurant opening approaches, the menu is completed, and the tables are set for one final act of betrayal. How can love bloom in the midst of such a hot mess?

My Thoughts:

I have to say this was a steamy quick read with a main pair that sizzle when they are near one another and a hero that really needs to learn his own true value.

Lila just wants to win this last competition in culinary school so she can pay off some student loans and have a better starting point post-graduation.  The night before the final round she’s at a party and ends up spending time with the school’s resident golden boy who she’s secretly crushed on for years.  They’ve been jockeying back and forth for supremacy of their class but the sparks that are flying tonight are of a sexual nature and not a competitive one.  They have a hot interlude in which they share their plans for the competition tomorrow but Lila ducks out in the morning before he’s even woken up and then falls apart the next day as they compete.  She’s angry at him for stealing her idea but she struggles on as a caterer and still works to pursue her dream of making it as a chef one day.  She’s strong but doubts her own worth at times just because of the money struggle and I liked how once she realized what was going on between her and the hero she really did fight for what was right even at what seemed to be the expense of her happiness.  She’s a bit hard on him at first but you can understand why and when the truth really comes out about why he took her idea and ran with it I wanted to cheer because this is a couple who really do balance one another and dear lord the chemistry was off the charts.

Jackson has always seemed to live a charmed life.  I mean he is the heir apparent to a restaurant family that seems to have the golden touch.  He’s shocked when he runs in to Lila at a party and ends up spending a rather steamy night with her.  In the morning when she disappears before he even wakes up he’s shocked but when she shows up for the competition and doesn’t prepare what he expected her to he gets angry.  He tries to find her again but she doesn’t show up for graduation and he has to do a bit of sleuthing to find the woman that intrigues him more than she should.  When he finally finds her at a catering company he talks his buddy in to hiring the firm just so he can try to see what happened but what he doesn’t count on is the incredible spark that flies between them.  He does a lot of stupid things to push this connection away and not fully explore it but as he comes up with a deal that will help him maybe finally find something for his father to be proud of he has to give in.  He’s a very misunderstood person who reacts out of hurt and lets his past experiences with his father and others cloud his judgement of Lila but she does the same at every turn as well.  They both have such mountains of hurt to overcome and learn to trust one another but when push comes to shove at the climactic scene near the end  you wonder has he truly learned anything at all or will he let his own self-doubts and past hurts drive away the one person who really understands him?

Very hot read with some incredible descriptions of food that will make you want to run to the nearest restaurant to have some incredible food.  I found myself wanting to indulge many times as I was reading this so make sure to read it on a full stomach.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

four-half-stars

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Finding Master Right – L.A. Witt – 3.5 Stars

July 2, 2013 NetGalley, Read in 2013, Riptide Publishing 0

Finding Master Right – L.A. Witt – 3.5 StarsFinding Master Right Published by Riptide Publishing on June 17, 2013
Pages: 170
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three-half-stars

It's all fun and games until somebody falls in love.

Chase has just arrived at a much anticipated leather convention, and he’s about to lose his mind. Not only is his ex attending, but Chase is also rooming with Derek, a submissive he’s been dying to top. Although Derek is in search of a Dom, he made it painfully clear when the two of them hooked up for a very hot—but very vanilla—night just before the convention that he wasn’t interested in submitting to Chase.

Derek isn’t stupid. No matter how desperate he is to submit to Chase, he wants no part of a rebound relationship. As long as Chase is still pining after the sub who broke his heart a few months ago, Derek’s keeping him at arm’s length. Besides, there’s another Dom at this convention, the gorgeous Master Raul, who Derek is determined to attract.

But when Chase and Derek are confronted with all their kinks, from ropes to leather, bondage to flogging—not to mention each other—they can only ignore their mutual attraction for so long.

I have to admit to struggling a bit between rating this a 4 or a 3.5 star read mainly because I really did enjoy it but I sort of wish the pair had more page time once they both opened up to one another.

Chase is definitely a Dom and knows what he wants but what he wants is sharing a room with him at a leather convention and has his sight set on conquering another Master.  While Chase did get a night of amazing sex with him it just isn’t enough especially since it was only vanilla while what he craves is to see him on his knees serving his Master.  Chase is also still dealing with the bad breakup with his ex who also happens to be there but he gets an amazing chance for closure at this event and I must say I adored seeing him care for the man who is not only his best friend but might also be his true other half.  He really has to work hard to open up and I have to say I liked that he really didn’t jump in to anything but at the same time it did make parts of the book drag.  I also truly loved how we got to see exactly what he was feeling during those moments we were in his headspace as it did make the pacing seem realistic.

Derek is definitely a submissive who adores pain.  He loves to be used by the Dom he is scening with but has always had his eyes on Chase.  He gives in to his lust with Chase by having a single night of scorching vanilla sex but knows what he really wants from Chase is to be mastered.  He’s also aware of the fact that Chase is still struggling with the end of his last relationship and isn’t willing to be the rebound guy for someone he truly cares about.  He’s open about what he wants and needs from his partners and while he wants to play with a lot of partners we see that what he really craves is something that only a single man can give him.  He struggles with his feelings for Chase while still being open to playing around but when he is forced to look inwardly realizes the only reason why the times he’s had at the convention were perfect were when Chase was in the room and acting as his center.  He’s afraid to lose something so important to him but thankfully we get to see that he is willing to take a risk to get what will hopefully be the one thing he truly needed.

The buildup to their relationship is a bit slow at times but because we do get to see both sides struggle with their feelings and pasts I think it did work.  I really have to thank Sarah at Riptide again because she put L.A. on my radar as an author and now the staff at Riptide Publishing are awesome resources to feed my new addiction via NetGalley.com.  Thanks to both Riptide and NetGalley.com for a chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  The two men were angsty goodness so I greatly appreciated it.

 

three-half-stars

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Enthralled – Lora Leigh, Alyssa Day, Meljean Brook, Lucy Monroe – 4 stars

June 29, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

Enthralled – Lora Leigh, Alyssa Day, Meljean Brook, Lucy Monroe – 4 starsEnthralled Published by Penguin on July 2, 2013
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
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Four authors leave the reader enthralled. Leigh's stubborn Breed meets her match, and can deny neither him nor herself. Day introduces the League of the Black Swan, and a woman cursed to kill the man she loves. In Brook's steampunk Iron Seas world, a man bereft of everything finds his marriage in jeopardy, and sky pirates stealing his wife. Monroe unleashes a werewolf's passions on the body, mind, and soul of his prey, his lover, his lifemate.

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this from Alyssa Day and I cannot thank her enough.  I’m definitely going to need to grab all of the new series her short story introduces because the world intrigues me.  I also enjoyed the other stories in the anthology which should keep fans of those authors happy with views of the worlds they do best.

Devil’s Due – Lora Leigh – 4 stars

Interesting story of the dealer of death, Devil, and his mate, Katie, dealing with not only finding their mate but also people who want her dead.  There is little to no real tension between the two of them as far as sexual.  I mean they do fight the attraction in some respects but there isn’t a drawn out issue with will they end up together… actually it is more the situation that drives them apart a bit rather than denial or fighting the pull of the mating instinct. I enjoyed the little prequel as to how she was rescued as a child and also how they both fill something that is missing in each other.  This is a good pair that will be equals in most ways which you can’t always say about all the Breed pairings…

Curse of the Black Swan – Alyssa Day – 4.5 stars

I enjoyed this story of two lonely people finding love in each other when they had both written off ever finding someone.  We have a fire demon that keeps his nature secret from his fellow firefighters because everyone knows that fire demons are insane and evil.  We have a woman doomed to spend every third night as a swan singing in a fountain to satisfy a family curse and if she ever meets her soulmate she’ll have a daughter who will be doomed to the same fate.  I enjoyed the pacing of this one and the world that we see where things are not always as they seem but humans and Fae exist in a bit of an uneasy half-world.  This has interested me in grabbing the full length story so I can read more of this world.

Salvage – Meljean Brook – 4 stars

What if the husband who ran from you for years washes up on shore at the brink of death from a bullet wound?  How would you cope with asking for a divorce while you still acknowledge that you want him with all your soul but you need the closeness that he can’t seem to provide?  This is what we see in this well done short story.  They really do love one another but due to something her father said when they were first married he has always felt like he had to be out at sea to provide her with everything she deserved but he missed that all she needed was him.  While he has been out at sea he’s been missing the amazing woman his wife has become, she’s built a business from the ground up and is standing on her own.  They both do truly love one another and when his recent salvage find brings an insane man to kidnap and force them to reacquire the salvaged treasure they realize exactly what they mean to one another and what drove them apart was a series of misunderstandings.  We are left with a couple that is in such a strong place that you can’t help but cheer their reunion.

Ecstasy Under the Moon – Lucy Monroe – 3.5 stars

This was a story of two cultures and how individuals look beyond the distrust that they have for one another to build a union that bodes well for the rest of the reconciliation process that is in progress.  Our hero is such an amazingly patient man with his heroine and watching how he works to earn both her trust and her family’s respect was beautiful to see.  I loved how she slowly came out of her shell and I really adored how she didn’t completely judge him just based on his species but felt comfortable enough around him to override her well-deserved fears.  She’s been damaged and the cost to her and her people was grave but his ability to be patient with her made it possible for there to be a happy ending and shows how love can heal deep wounds.

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Talking Dirty with the CEO – Jackie Ashenden – 4 stars

June 23, 2013 Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Read in 2013 0

Talking Dirty with the CEO – Jackie Ashenden – 4 starsTalking Dirty with the CEO Published by Entangled Publishing on May 13, 2013
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four-stars

Gadget journalist Christie St. John is more geek than chic. But when research for an article she has to write on online dating leads to the bed of the hottest guy she’s ever met, she knows that if the geek is to keep the hottie CEO, she’s going to have to come out of her digital shell.

Tech mogul Joseph Ashton never expected an Internet blind date to end in the best sex of his life. Yet as the chemistry between him and Christie burns out of control, he can't help but think this woman is out for his money like all the rest. She claims she wants his heart instead – but that’s the one thing he can never give.

My Opinion:

I have to say this was a fun read that made me laugh a few times with the things that both of the main pair said/did.

Christie is used to everyone not having high opinions of her.  She doesn’t fit in to the typical female mold and her own family doesn’t know what to do with her so why should she think that she’ll ever find a man that will accept her for who she is nerd and all.  She’s surprised when she starts to talk to another online gamer and even more surprised when she agrees to meet him face to face.  This surprise turns in to a massive case of lust when she sets her eyes on this gorgeous hunk of a man but their first encounter leads her to panic and run.  She’s understandably shocked when she finds out his real identity but as they spend time together she wants more than he believes he is able to ever give.  He helps her overcome her issues but can she reach through to him?

Joseph is an incredibly brilliant man but he has one major issue.  He’s notoriously bad about remembering anything if he gets in a zone working on something that catches his attention.  He’s always felt like he hurts those around him with his ADHD and OCD tendencies but in reality people who know him and truly love him have learned how to cope with this behavior.  Joseph is shocked when he meets a woman that not only gives him the best sex he has ever had in his life but that he finds himself able to focus on her without a burning need to crawl out of his skin.  He’s willing to work on helping her realize how amazing she is and that she deserves more than her family has ever given her but he isn’t quite as willing to believe that he won’t hurt her by his own tendency to forget things that are important to others when he gets distracted by some new shiny.

I liked this in the humor and real feelings that were invoked as both of the main pair work through issues they’ve had since childhood but it does start a bit slow so please hang in there.  The relationship was deeper than I originally thought so that was a wonderful thing.  Thanks to NetGalley.com and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

four-stars

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YA Review – Autumn – Sierra Dean – 5 Stars

June 22, 2013 M Reads, Read in 2013, Sent, Young Adult 0

YA Review – Autumn – Sierra Dean – 5 StarsAutumn on June 11, 2013
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Cooper Reynolds’s life is going to the dogs… literally.

As if being a high school senior in a small Texas town wasn’t hard enough, Cooper has bigger things to worry about than who he’ll take to prom and whether or not the Poisonfoot Padres will win homecoming. He has less than a year before his eighteenth birthday, when a curse placed on his family will doom him to live in coyote form forever.

The last thing he needs to complicate his already messed-up life is a girl, but fate has other plans in mind for him when it brings Eloise “Lou” Whittaker to Poisonfoot. She’s grouchy, sarcastic and has no love for her new Texas home, but she might be exactly the right person to help Cooper break the curse.

The clock is ticking, and Cooper will have to decide if he’s willing to let Lou in on his dirty little secret before it’s too late.

My Opinion:

I know 5 stars always seems suspicious, but this book is just that good! I had to read it all the first night I got it. Told from both Cooper’s point of view and Lou’s, it lets you in on the thoughts of both. I love Cooper and his cute depression and acceptance of his situation. Most of the conversations he has with Lou (especially the first one) often complicate hilariously due to his isolation. He only has till summer to live as a human, and he has already starting showing his inner doggie.

Lou is from California, and hates everything about her situation in Texas, greatly due to the fact that she’s there because someone died. It doesn’t help that that person, along with disturbing nightmares, continues to haunt her. A new room and Cooper look to be about the only things to make her new life bearable. And while Cooper is able to answer a few of her questions, his existence raises far more. The most prominent is that the whole town is out to keep them apart no matter the cost.

Finally, since this book is “Autumn,” and Cooper turns in spring, I am predicting a four book series (so, I know it’s hard, but please don’t get upset at the ending and wait for the next book), I myself can’t wait for the release of Winter!

Special thanks to Sierra Dean for sending me a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

 

 

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Florida Heat – Jody Vitek – 3.5 Stars

June 22, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

Florida Heat – Jody Vitek – 3.5 StarsFlorida Heat Published by Melange Books LLC on July 22, 2012
Pages: 178
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three-half-stars

Scarred by her ordeal, Maggie Carlisle leaves her ex-husband's drug life back in Texas. A man from her past seeks revenge, just as she meets and falls in love with Trent Randall. Trent Randall, owner of a horse ranch and powerboat driver, loses focus of his life when Maggie shows up. After an accident, he wonders if she's worth the danger. However, his heart leads the way when he finds out she's in trouble.

I got to meet Jody at the insanity that was the RT Convention in Kansas City. I know her time there had to have been as crazy as mine but she was a nice person to meet and I really was happy to get an email from her shortly after we both arrived home. She was nice enough to give me the chance to read Florida Heat with the hope of a review and didn’t expect me to be anything less than honest with my thoughts.

What would you do if the life you thought you were living had a major secret behind it? What if the man you pledged your life, loyalty and love to had done something horrible that resulted in your losing faith in him and trust in many others? This is what Maggie is dealing with from the moment we step in to this book. She’s attacked at home and has a scar to remind her of the attack every time she looks in the mirror. She’s moved from Texas to Florida to get a new, fresh start but instead ends up running in to the man who played a part in what happened to her. She also runs in to a good man that helps her heal and inspires feelings in her even her ex-husband didn’t do. She’s wary, scarred and smart but also does a couple of really stupid things in this story that had me ready to scream in frustration with her. I understood where she was coming from but at the same time did want to grab her by the shoulders and shake some sense in to her.

Trent is living a nice life in Florida where he has a really gorgeous ranch and fun in the form of racing boats. The one thing he is missing is a woman to share his life with but he’s been burned in the past so isn’t really looking. When he meets Maggie he is instantly attracted to the mysterious person behind the scar. He doesn’t push her in to revealing her past at any pace more than what she’s willing to go at but her personality and the way she moves just calls to him in a way no one has in a long time. He spends time with her getting to know her and finds that what he sees at her core is something that he wants to keep with him forever provided she’ll trust in him. When he finds out what is happening and what happened in her past he does step a bit over the line (good way though) with his actions but they are truly what she needs even if she doesn’t want to trust that they are. I’d love to have someone like him in my life as he does seem to truly cherish those he cares for and is incredibly caring/sexy.

My one quibble with this title was the rushed I Love Yous but with the page length it is understandable and the nice epilogue helped make the quick ILYs balance out with a peek at a longer courtship than what the main story gave us. It was a nice read with a great hero.

Thanks again Jody and I hope to run in to you at another convention one day… Maybe RT in New Orleans?? 😉

three-half-stars

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Fixed On You – Laurelin Paige – 4 stars

June 19, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

Fixed On You – Laurelin Paige – 4 starsFixed On You Published by Mandevilla Press on June 24, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: the Author
four-stars

Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Pierce’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out—move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan. But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous—the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it. Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

Author’s website:

http://www.laurelinpaige.com

My Thoughts:

When Laurelin first approached me to read her new book I was in the middle of recovering from the RT Convention in Kansas City which was then followed a month later by going to the Lori Foster Reader and Author’s Get Together.  So you can imagine that my time has been a bit full with packing, recovering, cataloguing the hundreds (yes hundreds) of books from both conventions that have made their way in to my library.  The good news is she didn’t expect it to be done and reviewed in a week but almost made me panic this past week when she mentioned I was up to bat for her soon.  The even better news??  I had read it but just hadn’t managed to sit down and write up what you are reading now.  I’m definitely thankful she asked me to read/review this title as it was very well done and the issues both main characters have are interesting to say the least.

Alayna is at a crossroads in her life where she’s happy working at the club but is being pressured by her brother to put the soon to be granted MBA to better use than just working at a club.  She loves what she does and knows that unless the new owner has different plans she might just be getting her chance to become a manager at the place she thinks of as home.  She’s very shy about getting involved with any man other than for a purely sexual, non-feeling arrangement but when she serves a man at the bar she’s incredibly drawn to his sexuality and amazing looks.  She knows this is dangerous as her past has made her aware that she is a bit obsessive when it comes to anyone she’s severely drawn to but something about him calls to her.  She later finds out he’s the bar’s new owner and he wants to propose a purely superficial relationship but with some spectacular sex.  As much as she knows this isn’t a good idea for her… she’s forced to make a decision that could either be the best one she’s ever made or a failure of epic proportions.

Hudson is the man every woman wants to catch but are you sure he’s really what you want?  He’s rich but is also damaged in that he believes he will never love someone so uses women purely for sex and nothing more.  He’s also drawn to Alayna and knows he will have her but also needs to use her to get his mother and friend of the family off his back by pretending to have a new girlfriend that he is madly in love with.  He believes that this charade will help free him from the arranged marriage their families want but isn’t thinking of anything other than this single goal.  His family is a bit (being nice) messed up but I liked his dad and his sister even though the family dynamic was so off-kilter.  He’s obsessive as well and as you find out what drives him he turns out to not only be a bit scary but very compelling.

Both characters are very messed up and have unhealthy views of relationships and boundaries but for these two maybe this combination will work for the best.  They may just heal each other and build an amazing relationship but we will need to continue with the next one in this series to see is this the beginning of a major transformation in their lives or will they both succumb to the madness that has been their lives up to this point.  I know I will keep an eye out for more by Laurelin as I found myself drawn to the characters she gave us and the insights they provide on obsession and the associated behaviors.

Thanks again to her for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for an honest review.  I really enjoyed it!

 

Laurelin is doing a couple of giveaways via her site which is linked up above but I have included the link to her contest for some really nice prizes..

 

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four-stars

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Just What He Wanted – HelenKay Dimon – 4 stars

June 13, 2013 Carina Press, Read in 2013, Sent 0

Just What He Wanted – HelenKay Dimon – 4 starsJust What He Wanted Published by Carina Press on June 10, 2013
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Book four of the Holloway series

Travis Yardley thought he had everything he needed, but one look at Andrea Patterson shows him he was wrong. Andie is a gorgeous, curvy blonde who moves to town to manage a nearby campground. Seizing the chance to get close to her, Travis volunteers himself as tour guide and "bodyguard.'

After a bad breakup, Andie is looking to start over and determined to put her heart on hiatus. She's working on her self-esteem, and she is not ready for the likes of Travis. He comes on strong, with all the energy of a guy almost ten years her junior, which is exactly what he is.

Even as Travis's troubled past catches up with him, he pulls out all the stops to convince Andie he deserves a chance. And with the spring thaw hitting the Mountain View Resort, Andie discovers her own temperature rising whenever Travis looks her way…

43,000 words

My Thoughts:

I adored this pairing in the Holloway series and just want to tell HelenKay to keep em coming!

Andie has moved to this nice sleepy town to get away from the big city and be back to her childhood roots.  She wasn’t raised here but she was raised in a small town and out where nature was her best friend.  She’s lost her way a bit and has some major self-confidence and image issues but mainly she gets hung up on her age versus the man who catches her eye.  I loved how she wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she believed in but at the same time I felt for both of them as her own insecurities kept them from letting something good happen for both of them.  She’s smart, independent, strong and worthy of everything that he sees in her but needs to see it herself.  I felt for her as you find out more about her exes and the way she believed them over everything else even as she knew they were worthless.

Travis is a lucky man in many ways other than finding his one true partner.  When he meets Andie he is instantly smitten but is frustrated with the roadblocks she keeps putting up against him.  He does some really stupid things that bring him a bit (just a little) of grief from those he considers family but after saying some really stupid (true but timing was horrible) things in a very public forum he’s convinced she’s never going to be his.  Add to this issue his own problems with his lack of biological family and we get some angst and tension that I was happy to see worked through.  I liked how his adoptive family rally around him and support him no matter what he does and is willing to push him when he needs it.  It was nice to see them all interact and show him his true worth.  This is a good man who didn’t deserve what he dealt with when he was younger and I hope we get to see more surrounding the mystery man in future stories.

This was a really sweet read that I am happy to recommend to anyone that wants to see a strong woman learn that she really is beautiful and a man that gets to understand what he really wanted can be summed up in one woman.

Special thanks to Morgan from Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  Check tomorrow for an awesome guest post from HelenKay Dimon that might just have a giveaway attached.  😉

four-stars

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