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Girls Night Out Volume 2 – 4 Stars

April 21, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0

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I’m going to review each of the stories below their individual blurbs below.  Overall this was a nice, sexy read with some fun characters and authors I would be more than happy to seek out again.

Girls Night Out, Volume Two
One touch, one kiss, one night…can change everything. Join New York Times Bestseller C.J. Ellisson, Calinda B, Patricia A. Wolf and Lila Dubois for four stories of red-hot erotic romance and sexy paranormal magic. From encounters with a vampire, a birthday party gone wild, a super-hot male stripper who’s more than human, and a sexy new game at a BDSM club, this collection of stories has everything you need to spice up your spring.

Kissed by a Vampire
By Patricia A. Wolf
Lost in passions Sarah never dreamed possible, she wonders if a seductive encounter could lead to something more. But when Michael stands her up, she realizes it was all a fantasy.
Can a second chance meeting bring back the passions they once felt? Or will his vampire secret destroy everything?

I enjoyed this one a lot as the main pair really did have something unique during their brief encounter at the resort but due to issues beyond Michael’s control couldn’t meet again the next evening.  You’ve got a heroine who is amazingly terrified of flying to the point where I was laughing my head off at her antics and a hero that I want to know more about.  As they navigate their real introduction to one another back in the real world we get a couple who really match up well with a side of very spicy chemistry.  I’d love to see more from both of them as they both were intriguing characters.

The Beckoning of Beguiling Things
By Calinda B.
Can 24 hours really change your life? Marissa Engles is about to find out. When she heads to Las Vegas with her sisters and her best friend, she meets sexy, Thunder from Down Under dancer Chris King and hits the jackpot, in more ways than one.
A secret magical society, an evil sorcerer, and a powerful male watching her from the sidelines add to the intrigue. And King himself has a dark secret that may prove Marissa’s undoing. Everything hinges on whether Marissa’s willing to leap without looking and face the consequences.

I’m intrigued enough to want to look at more from this series.  While I found it a bit confusing at times to know who was the good guy and who was the bad I think the premise has me interested enough to try more.  Marissa’s interactions with Chris and the controlling nature of her aunt made me interested in seeing where this story will go.  I want to learn more about the society and exactly where Marissa fits in this world.  This is dominated in many respects by trying to explain a bit of the world but the heat level wasn’t bad at all.

Loving Ms. Wrong
By C.J. Ellisson
Katrina attends a birthday party for her friend Carla. Little does the health food storeowner know that the fateful girls night out will change her life forever.
Marcus, the polished metrosexual who hates to get his hands dirty, stumbles upon the ladies at a local bar. Sparks fly when the two meet, courtesy of a 12-sided sex dice and a night neither one will ever forget.

A classic opposites attract story with some smoking hot times.  I enjoyed seeing both of them break out of their normal comfort zones in order to find something that might just be a good bet in the long run.  While Katrina has a lot of issues and worries she is realistic about her part in them and what she wants to do in order to resolve them.  She’s a bit of a hippie but not in a bad way as she really does have a grounded aspect to her personality that isn’t obvious from the outside.  Marcus isn’t as buttoned up as he thinks and as he uncovers more about Katrina he realizes that maybe they have more in common than outward appearances suggest.  Fun story and I will continue to follow more from this author.

A is for…
By Lila Dubois
When the overseers of LA’s most exclusive BDSM club declare the start of a sexy new game that all members must play, Anna has no choice but to participate. Master Jensen knows who, and what, he wants—Anna—but before he can have her he’ll have to prove to the lovely submissive that he can master every letter of the alphabet.

Very spicy BDSM story with a wonderful twist.  I have to say I was in some respects jealous of Anna in regard to the attention that her Master pays to her.  I wouldn’t personally be comfortable with everything they did but I liked the main message to this story was expanding your horizons by being willing to push your boundaries.  I think everyone hits a point in their relationship where you wonder “Is this really what I am going to do for the rest of my life?” and then by this enforced game by the club they belong to the boundaries get tested in ways that surprise both of them. I liked how attentive they were to one another and think that the twist was very well done.  I had hoped that we’d get something great at the end and it made me very happy to read the conclusion.

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Nobody – Sarah M. Anderson – 5 Stars

April 6, 2014 Read in 2014, Samhain, Sent 0

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Nobody – Sarah M. Anderson – 5 StarsNobody on March 31, 2014
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Nobody Bodine came from a nobody and will always be a nobody. He can disappear into the shadows—no one can see him if he doesn’t want them to. He exists on the edge, in neither the white man’s world nor the tribe’s, dispensing vigilante justice when he sees fit. There’s no other place for a man like him in this world.

 

Until Melinda Mitchell shows up on the rez. From the first moment he lays eyes on her, he can tell there’s something different about her. For starters, she’s not afraid of him. She asks where his scars came from, and why he has so many. But more than that, she sees him. For the first time in his life, Nobody feels like a somebody in her eyes.

 

Melinda has come west to run the new day care on the White Sandy Reservation. She’s intrigued by this strange man and his tattered skin, and when she discovers that he’s a self-appointed guardian angel for the boy in her care, she realizes that there’s more to Nobody than meets the eyes. But how far will he go to keep the boy safe? And will she be able to draw him into the light?

NOBODYYYYYYYY!!!!!! Ok I’ve been wanting this story since he first appeared on the page in Mystic Cowboy and while Sarah made us all wait I’m actually glad in a way.  We get so much from this story and having her wait until the time was right was difficult but ohhhhhhh soooooo worth it!

Melinda has always been the odd person out in her family.  She’s always just lived life and while it hasn’t taken her down the same “respectable” path that her sister has gone down she has been semi-content with it.  She comes to the reservation after yet another disastrous relationship but this time she’s convinced that she’ll get her head on straight and do some good.  She’s unsettled by what she discovers as she spends time on the reservation but decides to roll up her sleeves and work on the new center but also finds herself wanting what she sees her sister has with Rebel.  The only man she’s met that stirs her blood is the man no one sees or if they see him they see him as a threat and not a human being.  While she is scared of this man at first she decides to confront those fears and recognizes that in this man there is something special that she should hang on to.  I have to admit that there are times when I wanted to yell at her for the way she was behaving but a bigger part of me saw what the big picture was and how much hurting him hurt her as deeply.  She’s a bit flighty but when she decides something is worth fighting for she does it even as it scares her to death.

Now…  I have to talk about the man who stole my heart in Mystic Cowboy…. continued to perk my interest in Masked Cowboy… I just don’t know why I wanted his story so badly but there is something about this man that just called to me and now knowing his story I just…  *melts*

Nobody is the hero that we as romance readers all want to read about.  Well, we want to have him for our very own even as he rips our hearts to shreds.  He’s such a damaged man who has convinced himself (actually been told by those who should’ve shielded him) that he is nothing.  Actually he’s convinced himself that he is beneath nothing and there is nothing that he deserves more than being scorned or mistreated.  He’s always lived outside the tribe and the law but yearns for something he just can’t put a name to.  This is a man who does nothing but protect the land and people he loves in his own way but others don’t see him as anything other than trouble until he meets a woman who actually sees him.  I just wanted to take him in my arms and try to take away all the pain he has ever felt…  well and do all sorts of naughty things with him as damn the man is sexy!!!  Yes in real life a man like him would scare me to death because of all of his scars but in a book I can get my fill of finding out what makes this scarred, damaged hero tick.

Get ready to have your heart broken over and over watching him struggle with the idea that someone really does see him, wants him and trusts him to be the man that he’s never seen himself as… a lover, partner and ,best of all, human.  The struggle he goes through to understand that he is worth loving and trusting is heartbreaking but so worth the journey that I’m honored to have had the chance to read it and gush over it to anyone who will listen.  You want this story!!!  You really do…  It is worth every tissue you will use as you read it!

I can’t thank Sarah enough for letting me get my eyes on his book early and while I am sad in some respects that his story has been told I am happy that it lived up to every single expectation I had for it.  He’s a hero that you want to cuddle and make everything perfect for then do all sorts of naughty things with.

five-stars

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Copper King – Vivian Arend – 4 stars

April 6, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0

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Copper King – Vivian Arend – 4 starsCopper King on April 1, 2014
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four-stars

Available April 1st in the ALPHAS AFTER DARK box set. Coming as a solo release May 1.
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Three things make billionaire Jim Halcyon’s to-do list: women, work…and more women. It’s a perfect agenda for a rich shifter who has no problem letting his inner grizzly out to play. From the bright lights of Vegas, to the sophisticated action of New York—he’s got the money and the power to do anything he wants.

Anything, except resist the lure of Lady Luck, an ancient copper coin he gambles yearly to possess. Jim is determined to regain control of the pretty penny, and damn if he’ll let any bit of eye candy distract him from his goal. Not even the mesmerizing woman in the middle of the casino floor with the shimmering hair and enormous green eyes.

With a life-changing move ahead of her, Lillie’s finagled a temporary layover en route to her future. She’s got five days to soak in new experiences, and while Vegas is too big and shiny and loud for her shy bear self, she’s eager to do this up right. It’s the last chance she’s got to let her hair down.

Until his challenge begins, Jim is more than willing to oblige Lillie’s wish for a final fling. Only Lady Luck has some twists of fate planned for them both…

I’ve got to admit that Vivian Arend is one of my drop everything to read authors.  I adore her work and love that I’ve not only met her but that she seems to consider me someone that she can tease without fear of feelings getting hurt.  I have to share not only how I found out about this story but how fun it was joking with her on Twitter about her teasing of me…

So out of the blue I get an email with a tease…

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 11.39.41 AMYes…  Just this with no blurb or other information..  Did I whine and call her all sorts of names under my breath???  YES YES YES!

Did she do what she loves to do and just laugh at my muttering?  Yep…  she just laughed and felt no shame for teasing me with the small part of the cover.  Did it then slip that the hero was a BEAR!!!?  Yep.  This might’ve elicited more crying from me but I know it’s Viv and I just need to be patient.  The story will be worth the wait and the torture is all done in fun…. but I’m not going to admit that it is easy to wait for things to make their way to me.  I’m glad that she feels comfortable enough to tease me and I look forward to getting to see her again in New Orleans next month!

Now on to why you are here…  What oh what did I think of Copper King?

I truly enjoyed this short story of two bears who find their perfect match but don’t feel comfortable to tell the other what they are feeling.  You’ve got a wolf best friend that will make you laugh (BTW- when is his story Viv??  huh huh huh???)  The whole premise to this story is Jim is in Vegas to complete the annual challenge to win a lucky coin from his best friend.  He’s got a few days to unwind and let go before the challenge begins so when he meets a woman he’d like to spend some time with he runs with it.  I mean a night to relieve some sexual tension and he’ll be good to go with the challenge but when he has his night with her he realizes that maybe he wants more. As they spend more time together he realizes that maybe he has found something that doesn’t usually happen for his kind but by the time he realizes this she’s gone.  Now he’s headed home to handle the delicate matter of what to do with his life when…. (ok not telling you more on this line so now….)

Lily is trying to enjoy one taste of freedom before she heads on to the rest of her life.  She’s not used to being around a lot of people so when she starts to panic she’s very appreciative of her rescuer.  As he seems to be interested in her she decides to let herself enjoy this stopover in Vegas and indulge in releasing some of her own tension with a man who is willing to fulfill her fantasies.  She’s finding out that she wants more of Jim as the days wear on but she hasn’t shared everything with him including exactly who she is.  As their time together ends she’s torn but knows she has to do the right thing and make the rest of her journey no matter how much she doesn’t want to.

I loved their chemistry and enjoyed the fact that they both brought out the best in one another to allow them both to shine.  She brings out his relaxed side and he brought out her love of life.  Add in a fun loving wolf who just happens to appear at the right times and you have a story I think everyone should enjoy.

This story is available as part of a set called Alphas After Dark and all the stories were enjoyable.  I have to thank Vivian for giving me a copy of this particular story before the set released and without pressure of a review.  I always appreciate it!

 

 

four-stars

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Dangerous Angel – Stacy Gail – 4.5 stars

March 31, 2014 Carina Press, Read in 2014, Sent 1

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

Dangerous Angel – Stacy Gail – 4.5 starsDangerous Angel by Stacy Gail
Series: Earth Angels #4
Published by Carina Press on 2014-03-31
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 196
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four-half-stars

Book four of the Earth Angels series

Miami's best bounty hunter, Nikita Tesoro will do anything to collar a fugitive. Including stepping into a stripper's stilettos for the night. Outsmarting her rival Kyle Beaudecker is just a bonus. Despite the sexual tension sparking between them, Nikita keeps a professional distance from "Hurricane" Kyle. After all, she can't get hurt if she doesn't care.

A descendant of the archangel Barakiel with the power to harness electricity, Kyle should be focusing his energy on tracking down a demon that may be hiding in the human realm. But he's a lover, not a fighter, and he'd much rather use his special talents for pleasure: specifically Nikita's. And teaming up to find a bail jumper means spending lots of time together...

But when their case takes a turn for the demonic, Kyle can no longer hide his true nature from Nikita. He'll do whatever it takes to win her heart--even stop the apocalypse. But he can't do it alone.

As sad as I am to see this series end, I truly loved this last installment.  Honestly the pairing of Kyle and Nikita made me laugh but also had a lot of heart behind the heat that arcs between the two of them.

Nikita doesn’t do relationships.  She’s all for a quick turn between the sheets to scratch an itch but when it comes to any other kind of entanglement she’s the type to run away.  She cares for people but her past makes her wary of believing in love in any way shape or form.  You see her past makes it where she believes everyone will leave her and it is best to not let yourself be weak enough to love someone else.  She does care for her one relative but that is the exception to the rule and even then she’ll tell you she really doesn’t care but does things out of a sense of obligation.  She’s always been attracted to Kyle but as much as she finds herself attracted to him she also finds herself wanting to kill him.  They compete for the same bounties and while he’s definitely someone that would be fun to play with she also senses that he might be someone that could get to her more than she wants.  As things play out during this story we get to see this strong woman finally come to terms with her childhood and open her mind/heart to love.

Kyle is something else.  He plays the fun loving playboy with the best of them but behind this is a man who desperately wants to find someone as much as he also doesn’t want to subject them to his secret.  He’s a lot more complex than people give him credit for but when he finally opens up to Nikita we get to see a man who would do anything to protect those he loves even if it means giving up himself.  I loved how protective he was of her but also enjoyed that when push came to shove he trusted in her abilities and brains even as he wanted to kill her for putting herself in danger.  He’s hot as hell when he gets what he wants but there is always a sense of humor in his interactions that helps cut thru the tension that permeates this book.  I felt for him as he navigates thru his family’s history and finally comes to terms with his unique abilities.

I enjoyed the heart, humor and heat that winds thru this entire series but this installment had the best chemistry in the main pair.  Trust me there will be many times when you can’t help but laugh at Kyle’s antics and the banter between the pair.  They really are a fun read even with the harder moments.

Thanks to Stacy Gail for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I’ve enjoyed reading all of the series and while sad to see this one go I’m glad we got a fun one to end on.

four-half-stars

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Bite Me – Shelly Laurenston – 5 stars

March 25, 2014 Kensington, Read in 2014, Sent 1

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Bite Me – Shelly Laurenston – 5 starsBite Me by Shelly Laurenston
Published by Kensington Books on 2014-03-25
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 400
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Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise.

That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…

How much do I love this series?  Well enough that when I thought I had lost Vida’s (Publicist Extrordanaire) business card that I scored at RT in Kansas City I wanted to bawl.  Luckily I found it and she’s got a great amount of patience for when I SQUEE about anything Laurenston.  As much as I love this series and am sad to see it paused until sometime in the future (perhaps) I can understand why Shelly might need a break.  I want more from this group of people she’s been wonderful enough to share with us and I hope a chance to step away will bring her back to them in the future.

This installment focuses on Livy and Vic but there are so many cameos by past characters that you get a great chance to visit with people we all love.  Livy’s family is INSANE but you can’t help but appreciate how they band together when needed in order to avenge their own.  We get to see Ronnie Lee and Bren’s child in this and love the glimpse in to the madness that will come as they navigate parenthood.  We also get to see KYLE!!!  The boy made me laugh so hard so many times that I’m glad I have a no drink policy while reading Laurenston books.  He’s priceless and I hope we get to see more of him in the future.  Also you’ll love Vic’s partner.. NOT HIS PARTNER but ya know his partner… and his lovable ways.  The man made me giggle with his ability to get under Vic’s skin but in a way that makes him lovable.

The love story in this one was very sweet and does take a while to get to the steamy parts but for these two it works.  Livy hates feeling trapped and Vic, well Vic, is just willing to amble along and patiently wait for her to decide what she wants.  He’s very accepting of his feelings for her and seeing how he let’s her be who she is with only slight nudges to compromise as needed to get the end result she needs to feel whole.  He’s just very supportive of her and really does get her more than her own family does.  His gestures to her mean the world to her and I found myself sighing many times at the meaning behind them.  Livy is smart enough to recognize what she has with him even as she denies it but her denials come across as more fighting the inevitable than mean-spirited or cruel.  They both recognize what they have and while they might fight it a bit there is nothing better than when Vic’s wild side comes out.  I love love love his CAT!!!

I have to add that I probably laughed hardest at the interactions of Bo and Vic during the story as I’m sure anyone who reads this will agree.  They are too damn funny and seeing how Lach handles it is just perfect.

Overall this is a wonderful installment in the series that I hope you will go out and grab.  If you haven’t read this series…  GO BUY THEM ALL NOW!!!! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT AT ALL!!!

Special thanks to Vida for sending me a copy of this early and I’m amazed you didn’t hear the SQUEE!! when it came in.  I know you also made many other reviewers happy when you sent them their copies as well.  I so owe you at RT this year!!

five-stars

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Beyond Jealousy – Kit Rocha – 5 stars!!!

March 16, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 2

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Beyond Jealousy – Kit Rocha – 5 stars!!!Beyond Jealousy on March 17, 2014
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She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two. 

When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.

A saint... 

Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.

...and a sinner. 

Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.

Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.

Ok…  I would love if I could just write this up as:

 

BUY THIS BOOK NOW NOW NOW!!!  You can thank me later!!

 

But ya know I think people expect more from us than just the whole buy it just buy it!  So here I go and I’m really not going to make this a long review as I don’t want to spoil anything for you….

I, like most people, have been dreaming of this book since we first met Rachel and Ace back in book one.  When it was revealed that not only would we get Ace and Rachel but we’d get the newcomer Cruz, well I might’ve whimpered a little bit.  Just a little…  I swear just a little…  ok ok you’ve got me, I whimpered A LOT!!  At the end of Beyond Control we got a major hint in how fiery Ace and Cruz might be together and dear lord did this book back that up!  You’ll laugh, whimper, fan yourself, squirm and cry as these three finally get their chance to shine.

Rachel has loved Ace for so long that she doesn’t know how they’ve ended up in a place where all they do is hurt one another.  You’ve seen them dance around one another since book one and in Beyond Control you got to see her spark with Cruz but Ace is something she just can’t seem to let go of which causes her to end it with Cruz but there are still sparks there as well.  As she hears more and more about what Ace does with Cruz and other women she finds herself wondering why haven’t they come to her?  What is wrong with her?  She’s tired of being trapped in her role as the good girl and is ready to get down and dirty with the men she craves.

Cruz is finally coming in to his own as an O’Kane.  He’s starting to realize what he needs and even though it causes him concern he is realizing as he spends more time around the relationships that are core to the gang he realizes his desires are not only ok they are something he should embrace with those who mean the most to him, Ace and Rachel.  As he puts the wheels in motion to create the relationship he believes that all of them deserve he also puts things in motion which could prove to be interesting in later stories.  I loved his willingness to cross lines to protect those who mean everything to him and adored how he called them both on their behaviors.  He is the perfect person to act as a buffer for the strong personalities in his partners.  He’s hot as hell and demanding but there is such a core of goodness in him that you can’t help but hurt for him as he watches the disaster happen but can’t stop.

Ace…  sigh..  Ace… what a damaged soul you are.  I wanted to slap some sense in you time and time again but was happy when things played out the way they did.  While I did cry a few times because of you I am glad that Kit didn’t flinch when telling your story and let you be the asshole you thought you were in order to protect yourself and those you loved.  I’m glad you got called out on your crap when you did but I’m also glad that you took the journey you did because if anything came easy you wouldn’t believe the truth of it.  The way you worked so hard to make sure that Rachel got what you believed she deserved was beautiful but misguided as she needed the man you really are not the man you thought you were.

Ok…  now other than to tell you there is a shower scene that will make you look at showers a new way… *fans self and readies freezer* … I’ve got to tell you try to read this one when you can read all of it in one sitting and in a relatively private place so you can cry and squirm in private.  The ladies sure know how to push the buttons that will make you ready to read it again within a few minutes of finishing it.

Thanks to Kit Rocha for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I’m beyond ready to see you guys in NOLA at the RT Convention so be ready for me to SQUEE!!! when we meet.

five-stars

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Perfect Catch – Sierra Dean – 4 stars – Contest!

March 16, 2014 Read in 2014, Samhain, Sent 4

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Perfect Catch – Sierra Dean – 4 stars – Contest!Perfect Catch by Sierra Dean
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-03-11
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 274
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four-stars

Is their love a home run, or merely a pop fly? Boys of Summer, Book 2Minor league umpire Alice Darling loves everything about baseball. That means hunky ball players are strictly off limits—dating one would be professional suicide. With a young daughter and a brother to care for, she can’t afford to slip up. Truth is, as a young, stupid, nineteen-year-old townie, she did once date a player. That’s how she wound up with her precious, nine-year-old daughter...and a determination to never make that mistake again. Alex Ross’s arrival in Florida for spring training, though, shakes her resolve in a big way. Alex, a catcher for the Major League’s San Francisco Felons, has never let much get in the way of his game. One look at Alice changes everything, and he finds himself pursuing her with a single-minded purpose that plays hell with his concentration. Booted back to the minors, he returns to Florida with his tail between his legs to work on his swing...and heat things up with Alice. But when rumors of their affair hit the sports blogosphere, Alice’s career is put in jeopardy, and their love starts to look more like a strikeout than a home run. Warning: When a catcher struggling with his swing meets a stubborn single-mom umpire, his bat won’t be the only thing that heats up. Contains car sex, bed sex, sex sex, and a little angst for good measure.

If you didn’t know from following Sierra Dean on Twitter that she’s a baseball fan then you would definitely figure it out from reading this series.  Baseball players, support staff and fans are lovingly brought to life by her with an eye for not only the good things that come from being in the lifestyle but the harsh realities players and staff live thru in order to be a part of this sport play out over the year.

We got to see Alex in the prior book in the series and I know I looked forward to getting to know this catcher a bit better.  As we get to know him better we find that while he has had the typical love ’em and leave ’em lifestyle of the young, handsome, well-off player he really has a great heart that wants to find his match.  He’s got sisters that serve to keep him in line when it comes to the treatment of women but when he meets Alice he has no clue how to handle a woman that runs so hot and cold to him.  He shows how much he wants to be a part of her life in so many ways in this book but I have to say the way he tries to include her daughter in things melted my heart.  He really does try to treat both of them like princesses and treasures so you will adore this soft side.  He’s also extremely patient as he deals with Alice’s issues that at times I just didn’t see why he didn’t give up but I loved that he was willing to tolerate so much from her as in the end they make a great pair.

Alice is not my favorite heroine in many ways but I liked her and understood most of why she behaved the way she did.  I didn’t always like her treatment of Alex but was happy that she owned her mistakes once she realized what she stood to lose if she didn’t open her eyes.  She loves her job as an ump and being a single mother but finds herself struggling with keeping her home together while fighting an attraction to a ball player.  This attraction could ruin her career as an ump but can’t seem to avoid wanting a man who fits all the things she thinks is horrible.  She’s been burned by a ball player before and paints every single one of them with the same brush.  This of course creates conflict with Alex as she isn’t open with him about her issues and it almost drives a permanent wedge between them as she always jumps to the worst conclusions with him.  My frustration with her revolves around her willingness to forgive her brother for his actions but a man who has treated her with nothing but respect doesn’t get any chances because of his career?  I was happy when she finally wakes up to what she stands to lose if she doesn’t change but jeez it took a while to get there.

I’ve got to thank Sierra for the chance to read this as I loved Alex and learned to love Alice.  I’m ready for more more more…

Now for the fun stuff…  For a chance to win a copy of Perfect Catch in either a Nook or Kindle format tell me…  What MLB team do you cheer for or what sport do you prefer to baseball?  I’ll choose one winner on 3/24/2014 so have your entries in by 3/23/2014 at 11:59 pm CDT in order to be considered.  Include your format preference in your comment.

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My Summer With The Marine – Susan Meier – 5 stars

March 16, 2014 Entangled Publishing, Read in 2014, Sent 0

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

My Summer With The Marine – Susan Meier – 5 starsHer Summer with the Marine by Susan Meier
Published by Macmillan on 2014-03-10
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 266
Format: eARC
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five-stars

Their competition has never been so irresistible

The last person Ellie McDermott wanted to run into after returning to her hometown is Finn Donovan, her high school nemesis and the guy she crossed the line from enemies to lovers with one night years ago. Now ex-military, tattooed, and still sexy as hell, Finn is a complication Ellie doesn’t need—she needs to concentrate on saving her family business.

Finn’s entire life, Ellie was there, going head-to-head with him in every class, bee, and test. So it’s no surprise she’d show up just as he was about to take over her father's struggling business. It is a surprise, though, that his attraction to her is even more explosive than it had been. Acting on their attraction is one thing, but Finn has to turn a profit to save his own family, and nothing—not even love—will get in his way.

This was a book that had moments where I wanted to slap sense in to both the hero and heroine but also one that made me laugh and cry.  The sparks that fly between Ellie and Finn are palpable but what makes the story work is the hearts behind the heat.

I don’t want to give away too much because the troubles they both have to go thru to get to their happy ever after is so worth being in the moment to discover that I don’t want to ruin it.  You’ve got a heroine in Ellie that is willing to go toe-to-toe with the town that she left as fast as she possibly can when she graduated high school.  The hero, Finn, has done time as a Marine but now is back to try to resolve some issues in his past and create a new life for his family.  We have to work thru misunderstandings from high school between them and the fact that there are so few reasons for Ellie to trust Finn but also so few reasons for Ellie not to trust Finn that you will have trouble staying mad at either of them during their ups and downs.

I will say the story lines that aren’t the main pair is what made this book a 5 star read.  I loved seeing more of both families and look forward to more of Finn’s brothers as they should prove to be interesting stories as they create their own lives after the nightmare they lived thru as children.  The strength that they show as they come together was wonderful to see and the fact that they were so very protective of each other plus their mother shows that once they find their matches sparks will fly!

Be prepared to have some tissues on hand as there are some sequences that will make you tear up but overall this was a wonderful story about two people who are so made for one another it is hard to see why they fought so long and so hard against it.

Thanks to Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

five-stars

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Beneath the Patchwork Moon – Alison Kent – 4.5 Stars

March 4, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0

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Beneath the Patchwork Moon – Alison Kent – 4.5 StarsBeneath the Patchwork Moon Published by Montlake on March 4, 2014
Pages: 282
Format: Paperback
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four-half-stars

Transforming the old Caffey property into Hope Springs's new community arts center won't be easy for celebrated weaver Luna Meadows, but she sees it as a labor of love. The center will honor Sierra Caffey, the best friend Luna lost years ago in a car crash. But when Angelo Caffey - Sierra's older brother and Luna's first love - returns to his family's former home demanding answers, Luna must also face her long-buried feelings for him.

Angelo left Hope Springs - and Luna - eight years ago. Handsome and headstrong, he suspects the beautiful Luna harbors a secret about the accident. Yet despite his best efforts, he can't resist the heat that still simmers between them.

Will the untold truth shatter their future? Or could a new beginning lie within the tangled threads of their past? Part of the Hope Springs series, this charming romance follows two broken hearts on their long journey home.

I’ve been looking forward to this one since I read The Second Chance Cafe and first met Luna.  She’s an interesting character and I knew her backstory would be interesting.

Luna is embarking on a new phase in her life where she is moving out on her own and starting a center to help those with artistic talents but that don’t have money to completely pursue them.  She’s driven by the loss of her best friend  which not only left her an emotional wreck but left her with major physical injuries to heal and recover from.  Upon losing her friend it also meant that the relationship she was building in secret with Sierra’s older brother came crashing down and she was lost without her friend and her lover.  The most devastating part of this is the secret she still carries regarding her friend and the weight of that secret has threatened to crush her more and more each day.  I loved how much she wanted to keep her promise to her friend but when push finally came to shove I loved that she finally was able to get peace by giving those who needed the information to finally start to heal things that made it possible.  She was placed in a horrible situation and I’m glad that she finally was able to unburden herself and start to truly live again.  Of course I am happy that she finally was able to mend her relationship with the man she’d always loved and start to build something real and beautiful.

Angelo is a hurting mess when we first see him.  He’s drawn to Luna like he always has been but is so hurt by the loss of his sister he can’t see straight.  He constantly pushes Luna to try to get her to break and tell what she knows but finds himself opening up as he spends more and more time in his old house.  He has a lot of open wounds about his childhood and past that Luna doesn’t know about but when he finally opens up and shows her the dark side of his family we get to see the man that Luna deserves.  I didn’t like him at first but as he starts to really pay attention to what his treatment of the woman he kept hidden from his family actually did you start to see a man who has his heart in the right place.  He’s very damaged and by working on cleaning out his old home he finally gets a chance to start healing and begin to live his life fully.

This is a hard story in so many ways but the message in this is – Things aren’t always as they seem but love is worth every single hurt you may have to deal with.

I’m thankful that Alison was willing to send me a copy of this early because I enjoyed the story very much.  I am looking forward to the next one and any others she decides to write.

four-half-stars

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside – HelenKay Dimon – 3 stars

February 24, 2014 Read in 2014, Samhain, Sent 0

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside – HelenKay Dimon – 3 starsBaby, It's Cold Outside Published by Samhain on February 25, 2014
Pages: 178
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three-stars

He usually gets what he wants. What he wants is her…and all that comes with her.

Men at Work, Book 1

Sex in the office? Lincoln Campbell knows better. His assistant, Thea Marshall, is off limits—until her back hits the door and her clothes come off. The next day brings more than morning-after regrets. It brings damning evidence that Thea stole business secrets.

Three months later, he can’t shake the doubts in his gut, so he heads for Thea’s family cabin by the lake, ready to talk. He’s not ready for the woman who answers the door. She was shapely before…and it won’t be long before she’s a totally different shape.

After Linc escorted her off company property while her protestations of innocence fell on deaf ears, facing off with him now isn’t exactly Thea’s idea of a good time. She needs a few more weeks to plan the drastically different direction her life has taken, but now he’s here—and refusing to leave.

With a storm rolling in and snow piling up, there’s nothing to do but face the past…and try to resist the real man behind the suit.

Warning: A hot businessman who usually gets what he wants. A strong woman who refuses to be pushed around—on the morning after, or any other time. And a cabin where the showdown begins.

I wanted to like this one more than I did but the hero just pissed me off so royally that I couldn’t quite find it in my heart to forgive him completely.  I can’t say that I didn’t understand why he reacted the way he did but dammit she deserved better than what he did to her.

Thea has worked for Lincoln as his assistant for a while now and has always harbored a crush on the man.  She’s understandably shocked when the walls finally come down between them and they spend an amazing night together.  This amazing night turns in to a nightmare the next day when he treats her coldly and then fires her with no explanation as to why.  When she finds out that she’s been accused of corporate espionage she’s shocked but crushed that he wouldn’t even let her defend herself or know what he was accusing her of.  She’s even more distraught to find out that she’s pregnant but knows that she will give this child something special and love it even though the father is a man who she wishes she could forget.  I liked her strength in knowing that she would defend the child no matter what but that she also didn’t plan on not telling him once she was safely past the riskiest time in most pregnancies.

Lincoln …  I’m trying to come up with something nice about him and to be honest he’s a selfish prick most of the story.  He’s such a driven man and finding out about his childhood makes it possible to sort of feel for him but dammit he’s just so selfish and righteous that it just pissed me off.  He’s so willing to believe the worst about the woman who has been his rock that I just wanted to scream at her to run far far away.  I felt for him in some respects but he’s just too arrogant for me to completely soften to him even though I think that once the truth came out he might have actually realized what he almost lost because of his arrogance.  Yes the evidence was pretty damning but it might have been nice if he was at least willing to talk to her and give her the chance to explain that while the evidence was damning it wasn’t 100% conclusive.

Anyway…   if you can get past his arrogance there is a good story here and I am looking forward to more in this series where we can hopefully see a bit more of Thea and Lincoln so I can maybe just maybe like him a bit more…

Special thanks to HelenKay Dimon for giving me the chance to read this one early.  While Lincoln didn’t work for me 100% I still can’t wait for more…

three-stars

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