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Living in Shadow – Jackie Ashenden – 5 stars – Contest!

August 18, 2014 Read in 2014, Samhain, Sent 4

I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Living in Shadow – Jackie Ashenden – 5 stars – Contest!Living in Shadow by Jackie Ashenden
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-08-12
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 232
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Finding his way out of the darkness could be the biggest fight of his life.

Living In..., Book 1

Law professor Eleanor May is fine with taking over a class for a colleague on sabbatical. She’s not so fine with the hot student who’s always seated front and center. Once upon a time she was that student...and the scars remain eight years after it ended.Yet this guy seems different from the others. Despite the alarm bells in her head warning her about history repeating itself, she is drawn toward the forbidden once again—even though this time it could consume her.

Lucien North’s past is darker than the ink on his skin, a reminder of a time when survival was a fight to the death. Seducing his beautiful professor wasn’t supposed to be part of his plan to put it behind him, but there’s something about Eleanor that’s gotten hold of him and won’t let go.

Together they light up the night, but will their powerful desire lead them to love—or drag them both to the brink of disaster?

Warning: Contains a younger man so hot he might scorch your fingertips, and forbidden lust so tempting, there’s no point in trying to resist. Check your inhibitions at the door—it’s WTFery 101 and class is in session.

So…. imagine you’ve finally managed to move on with your life after years of being in an abusive relationship that makes you suppress your inner desires as they’d been used to hold you captive for so long.  They’d been twisted and torn but in your deepest self you need this in order to feel whole…. Well if you can imagine this then you know our heroine, Eleanor, and can see why she finds the young man at the front of the class she is teaching to be such a threat.  She’s not ready to let go again and trust in someone but he calls to her and she finds that the more she tries to control the situation by pushing him away the less control she actually has.  She’s such a strong character but  her need to submit is something that is core to her mental health that she is finding harder and harder to keep buried.  As she begins to trust this younger man she also begins to heal the wounds inflicted by her ex and even more surprisingly finds that she is healing a younger man with an old soul who needs this bond they share to finally put his own demons to rest.

I’m going to keep Lucien’s story to myself and let you get to know him the way Eleanor does.  I will say he is amazingly hot and oh soooo yummy but his struggle with control will make you want to heal him.  He needs a strong woman who will push him to his limits but one that will yield to him, trust in him and love him enough to stand by him when the truth of his past comes out.  He’s so good at keeping others out that watching him let her in was oh so good.

I always love Jackie’s tortured heroes and heroines so this one was no exception.  They both have such an amazing amount of healing to do and seeing them find their way was very enjoyable.  As always Jackie’s very generous with me and my known grabby hands for all her stories so I can’t help but thank her for this story and the many others she’s sent my way.

 

So …  how about a quick giveaway???  Two Nook or Kindle copies up for grabs just tell me…  do you love tortured heroes/heroines as much as I do??  I’ll draw the winners on 8/22/14 at Noon Central so get your comments in before then!!!

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Unbroken – Maisey Yates – 5 stars

August 1, 2014 Intermix, Read in 2014, Sent 0

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Unbroken – Maisey Yates – 5 starsUnbroken by Maisey Yates
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated on 2014-08-05
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 320
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In the latest Silver Creek romance from USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates, former rodeo star Cade Mitchell may never ride again, but there are still a few things he can do—like care for the woman he loves.   Amber Johnson has always thought of her best friend Cade as an older brother. A really hot older brother. But growing up in foster care, she learned to rely only on herself. As much as she likes stealing glances at Cade’s chiseled jaw and painted-on jeans, she resents the way he swoops in like a superhero to fix things for her.   When former rodeo rival Jim Davis starts harassing Amber to sell her grandfather’s failing ranch, Cade swoops in once again. To send Jim on his way, Cade pretends to be Amber’s boyfriend, moving in to help fix the place up. With her grandfather behind the idea, Amber and Cade have to keep the charade going—whether she likes it or not.   But as their make-believe romance starts to heat up, maybe Cade and Amber will learn to admit that they both could use a little saving…

I received this copy from Maisey while at the RT Convention in New Orleans.  I hadn’t read any of this series yet even though I had all of them and I am kicking myself for that.  I have since read every single one in a fast glom of the series and I can say ….  GIVE ME MORE!!  I loved this town and this family with all of its secrets.

Cade is still struggling to figure out who he is without rodeo.  He’s tired of feeling like nothing he does is worthwhile and feeling like a second wheel around his family ranch.  Cole is so set on what he wants to do with the place that even though Cade is a partner nothing will get done unless it is Cole’s way.  As someone starts making a move on his best friend Amber’s ranch he decides to step in to help in any way he can.  In this case it means pretending to be more than just friends but as the two of them start to live in the same house maybe just maybe they could burn off this sudden chemistry.  He’s such a complex character in the other stories but seeing him struggle with the mystery of who caused the incident that ended his rodeo career, his family dynamics, what he really wants from Amber and what he wants for his future was painful as hell.  I loved him when he finally said what he had needed to say to Cole for years but loved it more when he finally admitted what Amber meant to him.  They were so perfect together and seeing him truly embrace his best friend as his partner was amazing.

Amber was a perfect match for Cade.  She doesn’t put up with his crap and calls him on his behavior if he steps across boundaries.  I felt for her as she struggled to feel like she belonged even as she yearned for it with all of her heart.  She’s so guarded and prickly but with her past you can understand why it was so hard for her to realize what had been in front of her all these years.  I’m not just talking about her relationship with Cade but her relationship with her grandfather and the whole town.  She really wasn’t as alone as she thought she was but mainly she finally was able to admit that she truly did belong and wasn’t going to be sent away.  I think I loved how much she really tried to do the right thing for everyone even though it was misguided and seeing her finally admit her own weakness when it came to Cade was a wonderful moment.

I really hope to see more from this town and family because you know Cade/Cole/Lark/Nicole have potentially many more siblings out there so we have more fodder for stories in the future.. 😉

I think you will also like seeing Cade get some closure on who sabotaged him and I hope to see more of that character in order to see him get closure as well.  I’m not fond of him but …..

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Carrier – Anne Tibbets – 4 stars

July 15, 2014 Carina Press, Contest, Read in 2014, Sent, Tours 1

Carrier – Anne Tibbets – 4 starsThe Line Book One: Carrier by Anne Tibbets
Published by Carina Press on 2014-06-16
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, General, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 203
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Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. Excommunicated after getting pregnant with twins, she's left with no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her at the institution by the time she gives birth, or have her babies taken in her stead.Ric Bennett wants to help. A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, he runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya's records, prevent her from having to make an impossible choice, and free her forever. But when his plan is sniffed out, things get bloody, fast. The Line wants them back. The organization has discovered information about Naya and her twins that make them more valuable than just sex slaves. It makes them dangerous—and part of the The Line's larger plan.As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya's quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they'll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.Book one of two77,000 words

What if corporations seized territory and created their own countries?  What if these corporations decided that they wanted more and to do so they were willing to go to extremes in genetic warfare?  This is some of what is at stake in this new series from Anne Tibbets.  We get a brutal introduction via a woman who has lived thru hell for nine years as a sex slave only to be let go when it is discovered that she is pregnant.

Naya/Natalia has been in this hell where she has 10 hour-long appointments a day, 7 days a week with no holidays or rest days.  Imagine being forced to have sex or do whatever you are told by the person who bought time with you that many days in a row.  She’s not used to having clothes or being treated with any sort of kindness but when she’s kicked out of the Line she ends up making the best of a horrible situation.  She’s overwhelmed many times in this story with any human kindness and touch is something she is terrified of but you get glimpses of how badly she desires it.  I loved seeing her really start to come in to her own as the book progressed and while she has a long way to go you get to see that she’s an incredible survivor who will do well as she gets used to being “free”.  Her flashbacks are horrific and serve to provide more information on how this came to be while also showing you more about how strong she really is even at a young age.  I really loved how much she was willing to do to protect her babies from the hell she lived thru but I really loved how she was willing to sacrifice herself to save people she didn’t know.

Ric is someone I am looking forward to getting to know better as the series progresses.  He’s a tower of strength even as he crumbles because of the costs that this operation places upon him.  He’s got an amazing heart and seeing him work with Natalia was painful but still made me smile at times.  He wants to help but from the beginning you can sense a deeper connection to her and the need he has to keep her safe plus let her spread her wings.  He’s very dedicated to destroying this evil but also very practical in that he knows it can’t be done overnight but needs to be accomplished over time even as it hurts him to know the Line still operates.  As he finds out what the Line is really for you can sense that nothing will ever be the same for the residents of this corporate hell and that hopefully the start of a revolution will be forthcoming.

I look forward to learning more about this world and hope that Natalia and Ric get to find true happiness not only with one another but with the society that so desperately needs change.  Special thanks to the team at Expresso Book Tours for giving me the chance to spread the word about this book and by giving me the chance to host a stop on the tour where I get to share with my readers the awesome tour contest….

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AUTHOR BIO:

Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnneTibbetsAuthor or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit www.annetibbets.com and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

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Riding the Wave – Lorelie Brown – 5 Stars

July 1, 2014 April 2014 Read-A-Thon, Read in 2014, Sent, Signet Eclipse 0

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Riding the Wave – Lorelie Brown – 5 StarsRiding the Wave by Lorelie Brown
Published by Penguin on 2014-07-01
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 336
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The gray-green swells of San Sebastian haven’t changed in ten years, but Tanner Wright has. The last thing he expects to find back on his home turf is the love of his life.... With a make-or-break world championship on the line, professional surfer Tanner Wright has come back to the coastal California hometown he left a decade ago, carrying only his board and the painful knowledge of his father’s infidelity. Now that Hank Wright is dead, Tanner intends to keep the secret buried to spare his mother and sister the burden. The last time Avalon Knox saw her best friend’s brother, she was fourteen and he was a twenty-year-old surfer god. She’s never understood or respected the way Tanner distanced himself from the family that has embraced her. But now she has the professional chance of a lifetime: to photograph Tanner for the competition—if he’ll agree. Out on the waves, they find in each other passion that’s impossible to resist. And Tanner’s not the only one trying to move forward from his past. As the competition heats up, secrets get spilled, and lust takes over. How close can Avalon get to this brooding surfer...without getting burned?

Once again I have to applaud the hot read from Lorelie…  She has a winner on her hands with this one in that Tanner and Avalon not only have heat but there is such a wonderful love story in the way they finally found each other.

Tanner has been away for many years in order to spare his mom and sister the pain of his dad’s secret life.  He’s arrogant but at the same time hiding so much pain that it will take your breath away to read.  His arrogance leads him to do something that he believes is best but by doing so will it cause him to not only lose the family he loves but the woman who becomes everything to him.  I liked his intense love of his family but also agreed with something said by his mom in the book.  He needs to learn to let go and as much as it hurts not try to play God even if it is with the best of intentions.  As you watch him work thru this issue you are also treated to seeing the heat that sparks between he and Avalon but what I loved most was seeing the feelings that develop as they discover one another.

Avalon was a treat.  She is strong, sarcastic and has so much love to share with the world that you can’t help but want anything to make her happy.  As she opens her heart to the man that has always held it you see someone who struggles with not believing in herself enough to stand up for what she deserves.  She keeps secrets but I understood why even as I knew it would cause her so much pain when it was discovered.  I loved her ability to sacrifice something vital in order to try to heal a family that means more than everything to her.  Her willingness to push Tanner was refreshing even as we know it hurts her to do.  As she finds out everything about the secret he was hiding you feel her pain in the betrayal of the man she thought of as a surrogate father but more you feel the pain as she struggles to understand how she might be able to help everyone heal.

I loved this story and am looking forward to more from this series…  My guess as to who Sage is going to end up with will hopefully prove true as watching that fight should prove fun.  If my guess proves out the reactions will prove to be priceless…

Thanks to Lorelie for sending me a copy of this with no expectations of review let alone expectations of a good one.

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One Sexy Ride – Vivian Arend – 5 stars

June 23, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 2

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One Sexy Ride – Vivian Arend – 5 starsOne Sexy Ride on June 24, 2014
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His goal is to stand firm

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

Her gift is rocking his world

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

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

Len… Len… Len… Now once again Vivian is a master at torturing me by letting me see the blurb at RT but… not letting me see the book until I whined on Twitter when I saw another reviewer had read it.  The great news is this was an AWESOME read to come back from RAGT with so YAY!

Ok..  here is one major reason you should grab this one:

Ready??

You sure???

*deep breath*

VIRGIN HERO!!!!!!!!!

Yes I said:

VIRGIN HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As many of us know these are rare in romance land but Len is a virgin and is so damn sexy he’ll make you melt.  He’s such a goner for Janey and has been for years so when he thinks she is leaving town he decides to finally go after what he has always wanted.  In his mind since she is leaving he can safely keep her away from all the hurt he thinks he is only capable of giving her.  His thinking is she won’t be invested in long-term with him and they can both indulge in a quick affair that will hurt neither of them but provide them both with closure and fond memories.  I loved Len even as he made me cry but in the end all the pain was worth it.  I adored watching him finally have the one thing he’s always wanted but kept himself away from because of his deep dark issues.  They are something else when they finally indulge in their chemistry but seeing how they both struggle with what they want in life was the best part of this story.

Janey isn’t looking a gift horse in the mouth once Len makes his move.  She’s torn because she really isn’t sure if this is real and even worse if she can manage to stay in town once she’s finished her childhood home’s renovation.  She has loved Len for years but he’s never seemed to notice her and she had just finally decided to let her dreams of him go.  I adored how she handled finding out he was a virgin and that she really let him take the lead in when they finally would consummate their relationship.  Her willingness to let Len be his silent, broody self when he needed to be but to push him when his silent ways put a major obstacle in their path.  My heart broke with her as yours will but trust me the payoff is so worth it.

Like usual I enjoyed this sexy, sweet and yet sob inducing read from Vivian and I cannot thank her enough for being willing to send it to me in exchange for my honest review.  While I may sob and shake my fists at her when she is torturing me I know that she won’t leave me hanging too long plus the reward is worth the torture.

By the way —  Make sure to have a box of tissues by you when you read this…  you will need them!!!!!

 

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Go With Me – Elyssa Patrick – 4.5 stars

June 17, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 2

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Go With Me – Elyssa Patrick – 4.5 starsGo With Me on June 19, 2014
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I, Daphne Fox, have a few things to confess:

1. I hate Nick Brady. Loathe. Abhor. Can’t stand him 95% of the time.
2. That other 5%? I’m not talking about that at all.
3. People think I’m lucky for surviving the car crash. I disagree.
4. Nick is the only guy who makes my nightmares go away.
5. I won’t love him, though. Love is not worth the pain.

I, Nick Brady, have a few confessions of my own:

1. I don’t hate Daphne Fox. At all.
2. I find her scar sexy. Just like the rest of her.
3. I may be her older brother’s best friend, but that’s not going to stop me.
4. I love her.
5. And I’m going to do everything I can to have her.

Nick “Fucking” Brady…. I loved seeing this pop-up in Stay With Me and adored this hero with a giddy passion.  He’s so sure of what he wants even as he tolerates his heroine not recognizing his interest.  Well when he finally decides to make his move and let her know he’s no longer going to sit back and wait for her to wake up it is just intense.  He’s got his moments when you want to slap him but overall he just lights up the pages when you get to see him be so willing to wait until she finally accepts what they have together.  There are more times when I wanted to yell at Daphne to quit being so scared to let him in than when I wanted to slap Nick for being an idiot but I think you will fall in love with his sincere adoration of everything that she is.  He really does know her and see her but demands that she also see him to let him in and trust him.  Can you tell I adored him???

Daphne was a bit harder of a sell at times.  I loved that she was so loyal to her family and friends but at the same time was frustrated by the fact that she didn’t always see how badly she was hurting Nick by being so stubbornly afraid to let him in.  I understood it because of what happened to her in the past but at the same time I just wanted her to really give him what he deserved which was all of her.  She’s strong as hell and when she finally comes to terms with everything that happened to her and what she really wanted from Nick it was wonderful.  I still got frustrated with her regarding Caleb but I did understand it and was happy that Jamie managed to get her to really see what she was doing.  She’s got such a wonderful heart behind her smart-alec ways and seeing how much care Nick took to push her to open herself back up really was touching.

If you haven’t read Stay With Me please go out and grab that one so you can see how everything plays out and lines up.  I personally cannot wait for more from this series and am ready to see Jamie meet his match in Zelda.

Special thanks to Elyssa Patrick for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I really did enjoy this and look forward to seeing the rest of them fall hard for their heroines.

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Moon Shine – Vivian Arend – 4.5 stars

May 29, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 1

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Moon Shine – Vivian Arend – 4.5 starsMoon Shine by Vivian Arend
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-05-27
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 276
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When the past hurts, it bites. Takhini Wolves, Book 4Meet Evan Stone. Laid-back, in-control Alpha of the Takhini Wolves. Life’s not perfect, but he’s got a good handle on his world. At least, he did—until the night he ends up in jail, soaking wet and wondering what the hell just happened. The “what” is Amy Ryba, a vengeful female who’s decided it’s long past time to make Evan pay for his sins. Amy has spent years tracking him down, and the last nine months working in secret to destroy him. She’s ready for anything—except discovering the shifter she hates is her mate. Suddenly, Evan’s not so very in control, of himself or his pack. And unless Amy can learn to forgive and forget, she’ll have to do the unthinkable: reject her mate. With two packs watching, one thing is certain. Their personal issues won’t stay personal for long. If Amy and Evan can’t find a way to work together, there won’t be a happily-ever-after for them...or any of the wolves of Whitehorse. Warning: Contains angsty wolves. Lots of angsty wolves causing explosions of all sorts, playing bad pranks, hacking computers, and having angry sex against a wall or two. Not all at the same time, though, because that would be silly.

This review is very hard for me to write as I don’t want to give away everything but at the same time that is the only way I can get across how much I loved this story.

I’m going to try to summarize why this was an awesome read and not give away too much but I will ask that everyone reading this story –  KEEP AN OPEN MIND ABOUT AMY!!!  I know many are disappointed in the fact that Evan is not ending up with Caroline but believe me if you truly keep an open mind about Amy you will understand why she is the only one that could make our precious Evan happy and whole.  She really does match him so well even when you have moments of doubt while reading this please step back and think about both of their actions over the series…  even when we didn’t know who she was…

My niggle with this story and the only thing that bothered me was Evan isn’t his normal man-child self during it but this is what made it real to me and to the characters…  He needed to be pushed out of his comfort zone in order to become the man he is by the end of the book.  I wish we had a bit more time to see the two of them settled so maybe Vivian will give that to us later…  *HINT HINT*  He’s off-kilter most of this story as his long-term plans for his pack and the other in town become more complicated than he ever imagined.  He also has to deal with a series of catastrophes without his trusty Caroline to handle them and this throws him even more off his normal game than even knowing his mate is out there somewhere.  When he meets Amy and discovers she is his mate he has to scramble to figure out what he needs to do in order to be who she needs him to be.  I loved the honor that is innate in him and wanted to shake him at times as his stubborn ways would not see what she was trying to tell him.  As he loses control of his pack and self you feel the pain but if you keep yourself open to what is going on around him you can see why this had to be so painful for him and her.  He takes what she is willing to give him but he is in pain with the need for her driving him to make major changes in his life.  The outcome of this pain is so beyond wonderful and the Evan that emerges from it is more amazing than the one that went in to it which made me very happy!

Amy is extremely complicated and as much as I know many will be wanting her blood because of the pain she puts Evan thru I also know that she was hurting just as badly.  She has reasons behind her actions and those aren’t perfect but are understandable.  You’ll love her heart and soul as she works so hard to take care of those in her pack while at the same time coming to terms with Evan.  She’s just as shocked by finding him to be her mate and watching her heart struggle with this news was just as painful.  She makes very valid points to him about life in general and just wants him to be open to her ideas.  She aches for love and acceptance which makes her willing to potentially do the unthinkable thing of rejecting her mate.  Vivian does a great job showing her struggles which helped me soften towards this complicated woman with her own wily ways that are in many respects Evan times 1000…  LOL  Add to this her own past that intersects our beloved Evan’s and we get a very complex, strong woman who is his match in ways that Caroline couldn’t be.  This is a great story of two very complicated people finding out what they need is the last person they ever expected it with.

I hated seeing the struggles these two had and the repercussions for their packs but in the end it is what was needed to give two amazing people their HEA.  I am sad to see this series come to an end but know that Evan and Amy are in a strong place to allow their people to grow, be happy and live wonderful lives!

Special thanks to Vivian Arend for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  Now…  when do we get more BEARS????  Oh… and DRAGONS!!!!!

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Four Weddings and a Break Up – Elyssa Patrick – 4 stars

May 12, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 1

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Four Weddings and a Break Up – Elyssa Patrick – 4 starsFour Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa Patrick
Published by Elyssa Patrick on 2014-05-12
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 370
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**NEW RELEASE SPECIAL! $2.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME!**From Elyssa Patrick comes a light, sexy, emotional contemporary romance perfect for fans of Jill Shalvis, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Bella Andre, about what happens when a fake relationship becomes all too real.One fake relationship . . .Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and—ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago—hailed a hero. Except she doesn’t feel like a hero. She can’t even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she’s powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what’s needed to keep her small town’s matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.Too many real kisses . . .Wes Dalton doesn’t have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he’s always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father’s health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place—and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up—he’s prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.

Wonderful story about a woman finding out that she’s worth and deserves everything in the world while finding a man who finally learns what love is.  I enjoyed seeing the couple find themselves as they navigated a fake relationship that became something more than they ever dreamed.

After a dare from her sister and sister’s friends Ginny finds herself approaching the man that she nicknamed Mr. Dangerous with the intent of giving him her phone number, getting a kiss and asking him out on a date.  She ends up doing something even more unexpected when they have a very quick encounter on the wall outside the bar which is quickly doused by his comments post-coitus.  She has always seen herself as invisible and undesirable but for a very brief moment a gorgeous man seemed to want her and no one else.  When she runs in to him again in her small hometown she finds herself incredibly hurt when he doesn’t even seem to remember her at all which just serves to reinforce her personal feelings of being nothing.  I liked her strength but at the same time you will want to shake her when she seems to be willing to accept the crumbs she is given but is unable to push for her voice to really be heard.  I was very happy when she finally realizes that she is worth more and needs to quit settling for being in the shadows.  She’s smart and with everything she has gone thru recently she deserves something that will make her happy.

Wes is an ass at the beginning.  Well actually I can’t completely call him an ass even as he behaves like one because you do see that he instantly realizes his behavior and while not wanting to completely admit why he is reacting the way he does he owns his mistakes.  He’s had his own demons to slay over the years and they have left him very unwilling to consider anything other than flings so when he sees Ginny he decides to resolve an annoyance and proposes a fake relationship while he is in town dealing with family issues.  They put down rules for each other and even have a safe word that made me laugh but results in a wonderful gesture at the end.  Wes takes a lot to start to love but you do fall for his endearing ways even as he tries so hard to not admit what she means to him.  He’s strong, stubborn and such an amazingly caring man that he’d make anyone soften towards him once you see behind the facade of arrogance.  I loved watching him struggle to find his place even as he was trying to fix everything.

I want to see more of this town and both families as you start to fall for each of them as the story progresses.  Special thanks to Elyssa for sending me this story in hopes of a review of any kind.  I loved the town, families and pair that made up this story.

four-stars

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Blue Notes – Carrie Lofty – 4 stars

April 29, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0

I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blue Notes – Carrie Lofty – 4 starsBlue Notes by Carrie Lofty
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-05-06
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: the Author
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four-stars

Carrie Lofty brings her “exciting, sensual” (RT Book Reviews ) romantic storytelling to a sizzling new adult novel of a gifted pianist with a troubled past, the enigmatic stranger who unlocks her secrets, and sultry nights of passion in the Big Easy. A piano prodigy on a scholarship to a prestigious New Orleans university, Keeley Chambers is finally striking out on her own after a roving life dictated by her criminal parents. Her soulful, brilliant, fiery improvisations tear through her like a storm but are played for an audience of one: herself. However, sinfully handsome Jude Villars refuses to abandon Keeley to her private world and calls her out on her fear of performing in public. The irreverent, seductive billionaire playboy awakens Keeley to the blissful pleasures of letting go as he tempts her into the spotlight of the city’s hottest clubs. Yet Jude has secrets of his own and pain that no one but Keeley recognizes. Will revealing themselves as they really are be too great a risk? Or will the truth make their tumultuous connection hotter and more irresistible than ever?

BLUE NOTES is Carrie Lofty’s first New Adult romance, and it’s currently on sale for $1.99 in all digital formats through May 5.

I have to admit that when I was approached about this one I jumped on it because I’ve enjoyed her writing as part of Katie Porter.  I haven’t read her on her own yet although I do have some titles they are just buried in my TBR.  I will definitely have to dig them out and move them up on the list because reading this one makes me want more.

We start this book with a bit of a history lesson in the life of Keely Chambers our heroine.  Her history isn’t a pleasant one and it plays a major factor in how this book plays out so seeing the pain is vital to understanding why she does what she does as we get deeper in to the story.  She has an amazing gift for the piano and music but isn’t comfortable on the stage nor is she comfortable with letting anyone really get close to her.  She’s intrigued and oh so out of her comfort zone when an arrogant man pushes her buttons and gets her to do something she never thought she’d like, perform on stage!  As she gets to know this man she finds that love is something she deserves but that it is worth fighting for even if you feel like you aren’t worthy.  She finds her worth not in this relationship but it pushes her to face her fears and really reach for what she deserves not what she’s always thought she deserved.  I loved her strength and ability to see where she was floundering but admittedly got frustrated when she kept her secret for so long.  I understood it but it was a struggle to not yell “Tell him dammit!!” at the Kindle.

Jude…  now he pissed me off at one point and trust me he’ll piss you off as well but there is so much pain behind this man who appears to have the world at his feet.  While he does have the world at his feet he needs someone who will call him on his behavior and push him to have to work for her.  He’s very closed off at the beginning of the story but as he spends more time around Keely he becomes something more than just a wealthy man keeping his only remaining family stable, he becomes a man you can admire for his strength but also one you can admire for letting his walls down to show the wounded soul behind the facade.  I was so pissed at him because of one moment but once we got past that and saw how much he let her in finally I found him delectable.  He’s sexy as hell and everything he does to try to make her comfortable speaks volumes about how much he cared for her even as he was denying it.  There’s something about a man who will move everything to make you happy even when you don’t know what you want/need that is sexy as hell.

Overall there will be moments when you want to slap both of them but the story is powerful in that both main characters truly learned something from one another and really developed the ability to stand on their own but more powerfully learned how to trust one another enough to let the other in.  While they both could’ve stood on their own they really do understand the value of having a partner to weather the storms and rely on but it definitely took time.

Special thanks to Carrie Lofty (actually her partner in crime, Lorelie Brown) for sending me a copy of this with no pressure or expectation of review.  I really enjoyed this and would love to see her roomie and his sister also find love.

 

four-stars

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All Fired Up – Vivian Arend/Elle Kennedy – 4 stars

April 23, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0

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Blurb:

He’s ready to lead the way

Parker Wilson never thought he’d go from battle-hardened soldier to romance expert, but after his stint in the Rangers, that’s exactly what happened. As the owner of DreamMakers Inc., he helps other men win in the love department, using every resource available to plan the perfect date. When a routine recon turns into an unexpected night of passion, Parker’s mission becomes more personal—and he won’t give up until Lynn Davidson is all his.

She’s more than willing to follow

Lynn is a goner from the moment she lays eyes on the delectable Parker. She’s just ditched her boring almost-boyfriend and is tired of sticking to the straight and narrow. It’s time to walk on the wild side, and what better way than in the arms of the most irresistible man she’s ever met? But when their red-hot affair is threatened, it’ll take a team effort to make their dreams come true.

Available:

April 22nd, 2014

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My thoughts:

Yum yum yum yummy yum yum yum….  Ok that sums up my thoughts of Parker but I know you want to know more.

Parker is a man who is used to playing the field and getting what he wants from women with no strings attached.  His buddies Dean and Jack feel the same way so it is no surprise that occasionally they have played with the same woman in a most enjoyable way for all parties involved.  He’s surprised by his new career as a master date planner but finds that the skills that served him well in the military prove to be invaluable in creating the perfect experience for those who are willing to pay.  When the company is asked by a man none of them feel particularly fond of to plan the perfect date for he figures poor woman but hey I’ll do the job.  Once he meets the target all bets are off as the woman makes him not only extremely horny but draws him in to want to know more about her.  His first evening with her was immmmmm just a bit steamy (I’m sooooooo understating this as he and Dean make it one for her to remember) but after this one amazingly hot encounter he puts the MINE signs up in order to go after her.  He’s got a secret though and even as much as he does to show her what she means to him the secret is a DOOZY!!!  I mean we know it as the reader but to her…. massive betrayal.

Lynn was fun to read.  Sure she’s usually a everything has its proper place, time and let’s just stay on the normal safe path but when she meets Parker…  All bets are off!!  Her friend will make you laugh with her antics but Lynn really does spread her wings in this story and emerges as someone who I think would be someone I’d love to know in real life.  While she does play the wimp card in some respects when it comes to her initial boyfriend I think the way she handles herself when push comes to shove showed the strong woman who until then always put herself second/third/….  I liked her byplay with Parker and the heat they generated while together was definitely fan-worthy.  She’s a great friend to her unconventional bestie who really will make you crack up especially with Dean.

Overall this was a nice start to the series and I look forward to seeing the other men find their matches.  I think we have a hint of a pairing but we shall see if that plays out.  The vignettes with the other men really helped move the story along and provided a nice breaking point at times in the overall storyline.  The men are both hot and willing to please so you know their stories are going to be AMAZING!!

Special thanks to Vivian Arend for granting me access to this with no expectation of a positive review.  *MUAH*  I loved this story and definitely look forward to more!!

 

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