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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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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

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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
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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
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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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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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Baby, Be Mine – Vivian Arend – 5 stars

February 24, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0

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Baby, Be Mine – Vivian Arend – 5 starsBaby, Be Mine by Vivian Arend
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-02-25
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 177
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What the mind forgets, the heart remembers. A Thompson & Sons StorySince the moment Katy Thompson transformed from annoying tagalong to desirable woman, Gage Jenick has awaited his chance. When she kicks her boyfriend to the curb, he doesn’t hold back—in spite of the next-day work assignment that will take him completely off the grid for two long months. After a head injury sustained on a storm-swept road, Katy can’t remember her own email password, much less how the little pink “positive” on the pregnancy stick got there. Barring an influx of midi-chlorians, she’s at a loss to explain what happened, or when...or with whom. Suddenly Gage is back in her life as if he has a right to be there. While she vividly remembers the crush she had on him, she’s no one’s charity case. But another thing she’d forgotten was just how stubborn Gage can be—especially when her domineering ex tries to stake a claim...Warning. An unforgettable night that gets forgotten. A crazy redneck ex, and a hero who’s ready to take on the world, and his past, for his heroine.

Once again Vivian gets me to *sigh* and adore her writing.  This one was just a wonderful story of love, understanding and trust that will make you happy sniffle while reading it.

Gage finally has his moment to get what he’s wanted for years.  Katy is finally single and he can now make the move he’s been wanting to make since the first time he realized she was more than just his friend’s little sister.  Of course the thing that really sucks is he is leaving the next day to head to the oil fields for 6 months but he has to take his chance now and hope that she feels the same way about him.  They have their moment and the next morning he leaves to work but doesn’t know what happens at home as that same day he’s offered a chance to take a 2 month remote job which means he can get home much earlier to live the life he never thought with the woman who has always mattered.

Katy has spent the past two months recuperating from an accident that left her with no memory of the night she shared with Gage but a pregnancy that she didn’t expect and because of the accident doesn’t know who the father is.  When Gage comes back in to her life she has no clue that they made plans to be together and isn’t seeing his interest in her as anything other than one of pity.  She puts Gage in his place and is determined to do it on her own and in her own fashion but her psycho ex is also trying to say that the child is his.  She’s strong but feels like such a failure that because of the accident she can’t remember anything nor can she complete tasks that to most people would be easy.

The relationship between Gage and Katy has some of the most steamy times but also there is so much pain and longing as they try to work on making something real while things conspire against them.  You see how much Gage wants to control everything and make it all easy for his love but really does temper his need for her by letting her set the pace.  He tries to barrel through everything in the beginning but really does learn from his mistakes and owns them.  He just wants her nothing more and seeing this strong man be so willing to put himself out there for her was just…  *sigh*  Katy also owns up to her mistakes and understands that he is working so hard to be what she needs but also let her be strong on her own two feet.  She’s there for Gage as things spiral out of their control and seeing her faith in him when he needs it most was sniffle-worthy.

This is a quick read and one that has me ready not only for more of this pair but to see what we have in store with the rest of the Thompsons.  Thanks to Vivian Arend for giving me the chance to read this early!!  Keep em coming cause you know I’ll read anything you throw my way….  and yes I adore her but she has no say in what I think of her writing nor did she have a say in this review.  🙂

five-stars

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Hard As You Can – Laura Kaye – 4.5 stars

February 23, 2014 Avon, Read in 2014, Sent 1

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Hard As You Can – Laura Kaye – 4.5 starsHard As You Can by Laura Kaye
Published by Avon, HarperCollins on 2014-02-25
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Suspense, War & Military
Pages: 384
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Five dishonored soldiers.Former Special Forces.One last mission.These are the men of Hard Ink.Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he's shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister's sake, Crystal can't get too close. Until her job and Shane's mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn't want him to uncover. Too bad. He's exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can—and never let go.

I’ve got to just come right out and admit it..  I LOVE THIS SERIES!!  Sexy as hell men with heroines that aren’t completely pushovers…  what’s not to love?

This installment picks up near where we left the last installment with the rescue of Charlie. In this one we get to see more of the waitress that didn’t blow their cover but instead helped the men escape by buying them a critical couple of seconds.  As we get to see more of the nightmare she lives every day we also get to see more of the Churchmen and the gang that holds key information that could help our men clear their names.

Crystal isn’t 100% certain why she didn’t scream when she saw the men in masks fleeing the basements of the club she works at but something about the grey-eyed man made her decide to play along and let him go.  She also knows enough to not say anything when questioned by her boyfriend and his associates but for the life of her she isn’t sure why.  All she knows is there is something about him that makes her want things she has kept buried for a long time while playing a very dangerous game.  We get to see her struggle with what she wants and what she has to do for the next eight months until she can run away forever.  She’s strong and doesn’t throw pity parties for herself even when the situation she is in would break most people.  She’s smart, practical and above all else she is a survivor!  She’s taken everything that life has thrown at her to make a life for her sister that seems as normal as is possible but still on edge.  I loved watching her start to trust our hero and even though he presents danger to her in more ways than one she does see that he does nothing to hurt her or force her to do anything other than what she needs.  Seeing her take something for herself was an amazing moment and I’m glad we got to witness it via this book.

Shane is a classic hero in that he takes everything on himself with no thought about maybe just maybe things weren’t his fault.  He’s always blamed himself for a tragedy in his childhood but that tragedy made him the perfect man for Crystal.  He sees things she isn’t willing to show others and witnessing this giant of a man be so gentle with her and her sister was beautiful.  He instinctively knows what she needs but instead of forcing her to see things his way he lets her take the lead.  You’ll break a bit watching him struggle between what is right for his team and what he knows is right for her but the good news is she is smart enough to step back and figure it out without letting him go.  I think the moment that made me feel for him the most is when he finally opens up about what happened in his past and seeing the support he got was heart wrenching and yet so satisfying.  The fact that he finds a woman that will push him as needed but also be someone he can satisfy his need to protect his loved ones is such a wonderful thing.

Special thanks to Avon and Laura Kaye for giving me the chance to read this one early!  I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing the rest of the men find their matches….  More more more please!

four-half-stars

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Second Chance at Passion – Heather Lire – 5 Stars

February 21, 2014 NetGalley, Read in 2014, Sent 1

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Second Chance at Passion – Heather Lire – 5 StarsSecond Chance at Passion Published by Desert Breeze Publishing on February 21, 2014
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Audrey Rodriguez has escaped her family’s life styles of the rich and famous by moving to the small town of Holiday, Vermont. She settles into her new role as bookstore owner, never expecting to run into her Vegas hook-up.

Ethan Cartwright has been ordered to take a vacation, by his mom no less. The only people he can imagine spending down time with is his family in Holiday. While there he discovers that woman he’d had the best sex of his life was living in this story-brook town.

When Ethan’s family needs help taking down a gold-digging-sperm-stealing-nut-job Ethan and Audrey go undercover giving them more than a second chance at passion.

Any of us that have read this series have been waiting for Ethan to get his happy ending and this book did not disappoint at all.

Ethan is work, work, work and more work with little to no time to relax and perhaps have a life.  While he acts like it is just what he does you had the sense that this is a man who really wants what his twin, Ryan, has with Morgan and the kids.  He put his focus on the two children he and his brother were guardians to and now with Ryan raising them he really is at a loss with what happens now other than work.  When a meeting gets postponed he has a weekend to waste time in Vegas but isn’t sure what to do, maybe a meal and some downtime will be what the doctor ordered?  He ends up meeting a woman at the bar who ends up shaking him to his core.  He’s so convinced that he doesn’t deserve love, happiness or anything other than the life he currently lives so meeting her and wanting more isn’t something he believes he can ever give.  I loved watching him bare his soul in this story and seeing what he’s been keeping to himself and letting fester until it finally comes out in a rush was sad to see but necessary.  He’s a very strong man who loves his family more than anything in the world to the detriment of himself.

Audrey has lived her whole life in the shadows of her more famous family and has never felt comfortable in the public eye.  She’s so used to people using her to get to them that she’s decided to open a bookstore in a small town (hmmmm wonder where) but is in Vegas for a wedding.  When she meets Ethan she’s convinced that he’s too good to be true when he doesn’t seem to care that her brother is a famous footballer or anything at all about her parents.  As they have an amazing weekend she’s finding herself drawn more and more to this man but when the weekend comes to a close and she is set to leave things seem to change.  The man that has been so open in his affections for her has closed down and lets her go without a fight or even a plea for more.  She tries to shrug this off as she starts her new life in Holiday but….

Ok…  Here is where I am going to stop and say that I can’t say more about the story without ruining the fun.  There are moments in this that will make you sniffle or out and out cry but they are very well done.  I can’t say enough about the way you become invested in this entire family so watching another one find what they deserve is just… *sigh*   Now…  the important question for Heather – Ummm when can I have CASE????? I can’t wait for his story to be told!!!

Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Heather Lire for letting me get my hands on this one without any pressure for review.  I loved it and want more from this wonderful series.

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Vanilla Twist – C.J. Ellison – 3.5 stars

February 11, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 2

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

Vanilla Twist – C.J. Ellison – 3.5 starsVanilla Twist Source: the publisher
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Heather thinks she has it all—an interesting lover, a dream job, and a new wardrobe to match her take-charge attitude. But everyone has a past, and when Heather confronts hers at work she’ll be hard-pressed to hold onto her newfound confidence and resolve. Does she trust Tony enough to let him help her or will she tackle the issue on her own?

 

Still intrigued by the young woman and the multiple layers she presents to the world, Tony begins to change his life, too—for what he hopes is the better. He quit his high-powered career to find peace in a less stressful day-to-day existence. Desire for Heather still invades his every waking moment, and when trouble threatens their sexual explorations he makes the hardest choice of his life. One he may soon regret.

This is a follow-up to Vanilla On Top and I liked getting to spend time with Tony and Heather as they continue to explore the relationship that started with a bang.  In this one both of them have to confront things they aren’t proud of from their pasts and learn how to move forward from mistakes that could keep them down.

I liked Heather and seeing her navigate her doubts about this new relationship and his obvious appeal to other women was interesting.  She has doubts but as she realizes that she’s not the only one putting themselves out there we get to see her come in to her own and defend not only herself but defend the man she’s come to love.  As she gets the treatment and respect she deserves in her private life she also begins to stand up for herself in her public life by opening up to others about her ex and his threats.  I liked seeing her not rely on Tony for everything and that she was willing to call him on his behavior even though it could’ve cost her someone that was coming to mean the world to her.  She wasn’t willing to settle and worry that if something happened in the future would this same side of him emerge towards her…  it wasn’t worth it.

Tony started to grow up in the last story but when a nightmare confronts him in this tale we get to see that he’s not 100% there yet.  He reacts extremely poorly to some news and while I understood it I was happy to see others called him on it.  He’s in love for the first time in his life and he just isn’t completely aware of what to do to make things right but with some gentle prompting he gets to realize his mistake in handling the situation with a chance to make things as right as possible.  I loved what he did for Heather and seeing this strong man be willing to do everything in his power to make her happy but not smother her was wonderful.  He’s just so good at being there for her and his shock at her willingness to be there for him made me smile.

Special thanks to C.J. and her publicity team for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I’ve enjoyed this series and loved getting a chance to see these two again.  😉

three-half-stars

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Having Her – Jackie Ashenden – 5 stars

February 10, 2014 Read in 2013, Samhain, Sent 0

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Having Her – Jackie Ashenden – 5 starsHaving Her by Jackie Ashenden
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2014-02-11
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 333
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Behind every heroine is the pain that binds her. Lies We Tell, Book 2Manga café owner Kara Sinclair has one burden she’s been carrying around so long it’s bordering on pathetic. Her virginity. Getting rid of it, though, means doing the one thing that scares her the most—letting down her guard with a relative stranger. Which makes her best friend’s older brother Vin Fox’s offer too tempting to refuse. Vin barely has room in his schedule to turn around, much less worry about Kara and her crazy quest. When she insists on going ahead with a plan that he considers unsafe, though, enough is enough. If she wants to lose it, she can lose it with him. Bonus: he gets to play out his darkest fantasies, slave collar and all. Kara thought dealing with a known entity like sexy-as-sin, controlling-as-hell Vin would smooth the way. But when it comes right down to doing the deed, not even the safety of a costume can fool her demons. By then the game has gone too far...and the consequences could bind them together forever. Or tear them apart at the seams. Warning: Contains a sexy, brooding “fix you” hero and a heroine who isn’t afraid of anything...except “normal.” More kinky cosplay losts-and-founds than you can shake a riding crop at. WTF Infirmary is booked up; please make an appointment before you read.

If you haven’t read Taking Him yet…  please do so before you read this one.  While you don’t technically have to there is a lot of tie-in between the two stories as they overlap and knowing the prior story does help a bit to get you more in the head of these two.

Kara just wants to get rid of the annoying thing called her virginity but she just can’t seem to do the deed with the men she meets.  When she mentions this plan to her best friend’s older brother she gets more than she expected as he offers to be the partner..  of course this is after some immense teasing on her part but when he offers it becomes something she can’t help but want.  As they come together she has to confront her demons and finally stand up for herself in her private life.  This is a woman who has so many reasons to not let someone in her heart and body but when she finally does the results are amazing and the power she gains over her past was beautiful to watch.  I loved how she finally stood up for what she wanted even as it killed her to do so.  She has so much more strength than she knew which Jackie brings to life in moments that had me crying and yelling at my Kindle.

Vin…  sigh…  Vin…  bless his stubborn soul.  He’s so misguided about what is going on with Kara that it made me laugh at times as both of them really didn’t understand what they were getting in to when they came up with the slave/master arrangement.  He feels an incredible amount of responsibility for everything around him and that leads him to not take care of himself.  As he gets what he needs from this arrangement with Kara he feels an amazing amount of release in their stolen moments but at the same time is suffocating himself with a level of guilt for what he believes to be being selfish.  As he struggles with this guilt the unexpected happens and his reaction to it made me want to hurt him as much as he was hurting Kara.  I understood both sides of the conflict but still wanted to hurt him… (yes Jackie I know you did warn me) … You can’t stay mad at him as you watch him struggle with trying to do the right thing all the time and his actions in the end will make you tear up at the huge amount of (as Maisey Yates says) FEELS that are evoked.

So…. here are a few notes:

  1. Have Kleenex cause you will need them a bit
  2. Have ice cause oh dear lord are the two of them hot hot hot together
  3. Have someone you can talk to as you get ready to bash Vin upside the head but ya know Kara has a few moments as well
  4. Don’t read unless you can sit down and gobble this up in one sitting

 

Special thanks to Jackie for giving me a chance to read this one really early…  You can always send me things cause your dirty heroes with feels are just ummmm HOT!!  Also thanks for not expecting a review of any kind let alone telling me what to write for said review.  I appreciate getting the chance to read both of these stories and will be happy to take more of your dirty heroes off your hands…

five-stars

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