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The Billion Dollar Bad Boy – Jackie Ashenden – 4 stars

March 17, 2014 NetGalley, Read in 2014, St. Martin's Press 0

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The Billion Dollar Bad Boy – Jackie Ashenden – 4 starsThe Billion Dollar Bad Boy by Jackie Ashenden
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2014-03-11
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Erotica, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 100
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four-stars

The Billionaire’s Club: a fabulously sexy contemporary series about some of the world’s wealthiest, most powerful men and the women they claim…and keep. The face of the Morrow company, Donovan Morrow is the ultimate Trojan. But despite his entrepreneurial gifts—in the boardroom and the bedroom—he always comes in second to his big brother, Jax. Until Victoria de Winter, a beautiful and brilliant corporate rival, enters the picture…Victoria has enjoyed great success in her family’s business—and now that she’s engaged, she seems to have her future all figured out. But as soon as she meets Donovan, she is tormented by their mutual desire…and soon she is his to possess. But what is the price of surrendering to the Billion Dollar Bad Boy?Don’t miss Jax’s story in The Billion Dollar Bachelor, available now! And Sean’s story in The Billionaire Biker coming in April 2014.

While overall this was an enjoyable story I can see where there might be some issues for readers.  The heroine is actually engaged at the start of the story and while you know upfront that the relationship is not one of love but convenience please don’t read this if any sort of infidelity bothers you.  In this case I didn’t get too fixated on the engagement but I know many see this as unequivocal cheating and won’t look beyond that to the “arrangement” the two of them have.

Victoria has always wanted one single thing – her father to treat and consider her his own daughter not just the kid he adopted to make his wife happy.  She’s lived most of her life (mom died at 8) wanting to matter to her father but knows that he just sees her as a burden.  She’s desperate to get the land that Morrow is selling in order to maybe just maybe finally be seen as a de Winter and get a bit of her father’s attention/affection.  As she works to get the deal she is forced to deal with Donovan Morrow who is adamant he will not sell the property but plays games with her and causes her to maybe want something real….  She’s so locked up and used to living behind a mask that the fire unleashed by her chemistry with Donovan throws her for a loop.  I liked how she was honest with herself once the walls started to come down and that she stood up for herself in the end.

Donovan just wants to be a real Morrow.  Sure he is related by blood to his family but his father never considered him worth anything, even when he did things that made him deeply ashamed in order to get information for his dad.  He’s so good at putting on the mask everyone expects to see and when Victoria manages to get under his skin he just keeps lying and saying there is nothing there.  I liked how he was so able to see behind the mask with Victoria but hated how he wasn’t willing to give her the chance to show him that her feelings were real.  He needed to have a major wakeup call but I did get that his actions were a direct result of years of damage from his prior lifestyle and not a direct attack on Victoria.

The two of them have a chemistry that burns up the pages but there is a definite amount of heart and angst that play factors in the story.  Donovan just needed someone to show him he was worth everything and Victoria needed someone to show her she belonged.  They find this in one another and I am happy to have read the story.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley.com for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I really did enjoy it!

four-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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Down On Her Knees – Christine Bell – 4 stars

February 26, 2014 Entangled Publishing, Purchased, Read in 2014 0

Down On Her Knees – Christine Bell – 4 starsDown on Her Knees (A Dare Me Novel) by Christine Bell
Published by Brazen, Entangled Publishing on 2014-02-24
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Four lessons, no strings…Detective Rafe Davenport has always made Courtney DeLollis uneasy. While her instincts whisper, Touch him, her mind says, Run. But since she learned that he’s dominant in the bedroom, she hasn’t been able to forget about it. She should be appalled—she knows all too well what happens when a man has too much control—but a deeper, darker part of her is fascinated...And so is Rafe. The sexual tension between them is thick enough to touch, and damn, does he want to touch. So he suggests something that will benefit them both. Four scenes—because anything more is a relationship, and Rafe won’t go there ever again. Each scenario is designed to tease and torment. To show Courtney that with every submission comes the reward of scintillating pleasure. But once he has Courtney down on her knees, Rafe realizes that she might be the one woman capable of bringing him to his…

I have been looking forward to this story as we’ve seen the heat that the main pair throw off when they are in a room together for more than 30 seconds.

Courtney is a nurse who has no room in her life for a relationship.  She’s not looking for anything due to her ex but when she hears about what Rafe likes to do with women she’s on the outside horrified but on the inside intrigued.  She equates BDSM with abuse because of her past experience with a controlling boyfriend but when Rafe pushes her to try it for only four scenes she’s interested enough to jump at the chance.  Well…  maybe not jump but she does decide that she can trust him enough to try it before she loses her nerve.  She ends up getting more than just amazing sex out of the bargain, she gets her sense of self confidence and power back.  I liked seeing her emerge from her past to become someone that loves life.

Rafe is a love-em and leave-em kind of man since his girlfriend died years ago.  He’s not looking for anything other than short-term, 4 scene maximum things so when he decides to act on his attraction to Courtney he fully expects this to be nothing different than getting her out of his system.  All romance readers will roll their eyes at that thought because as we all know this is not the way it works in these stories.  As they spend more time together and he scenes with her there are boundaries that are crossed and walls that start to come down.  He does the normal stupid hero BS but I loved his grovel (short but very honest) at the end.  He’s really not a bad guy at all but has a heart that has already suffered a horrific loss and fears that if he lets someone else in that he won’t survive another loss.  He’s growly and sexy but dear lord how much he craves Courtney’s happiness sparks off the page…  She’s a lucky woman for catching this sexy Dom.

Short hot and oh so good….  make sure you read it and the others in this series.  🙂

four-stars

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Before You Break – Christina Lee – 5 stars

February 26, 2014 Intermix, NetGalley, Read in 2014 0

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Before You Break – Christina Lee – 5 starsBefore You Break by Christina Lee
Published by Penguin on 2014-02-18
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 144
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A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control... A college baseball star isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up. Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working a suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore. Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far...

There was something beautiful about this story.  It might have been that both Quinn and Ella have so much pain in their short lives that is abated by the time they spend together or it might be due to the fact that Ms. Lee doesn’t shy away from a very tough topic.

Ella loves the fact that she is in school and around people that she cares about but her relationship with her boyfriend is falling apart which might not be such a bad thing.  She’s starting to notice his frat brother and isn’t quite certain what to think about the fact that he has shown her more kindness and attention than the man who is supposed to be there for her has in quite some time.  She works for a local suicide hotline and when she gets a call from someone needing help she finds herself more interested in the man on the phone than she knows she should be.  As she finally makes some decisions about her love-life she finds herself spending more and more time around Quinn but knows there is something he hasn’t told her but that it is something huge.  She opens up to him about her brother’s suicide and how that has impacted her life in so many ways including the boyfriend she stayed with because of his ties to her brother.  As she and Quinn start to get closer there is a secret that both of them hold which could split them apart or finally bring them the love and sense of being whole that they both crave.  I loved her journey in this and the strength she shows when the truth comes out is amazing to read.  She’s something else and seeing her find what she needed was beautiful.

Quinn…  where do I start with him.  He’s sexy..  well hell that’s a given..  but what you’ll love about him is his heart.  He’s such an amazingly sweet man with this need to belong.  He wants to have someone love him for him but the truth is he doesn’t feel he deserves it.  He made a mistake that cost him dearly and because of that one mistake he’s living a life he doesn’t really want to out of a sense of survivor’s guilt.  We get to see him work through his feelings for Ella and his belief that he doesn’t deserve her plus his sense of responsibility for a horrible accident.  I loved how strong he really is as he works through everything but I especially loved how he tried to take care of her first but was willing to show her his vulnerabilities when he needed to.  There was something special about watching him slowly start to rebuild himself and let people help him when they needed to.  He’s got an amazing soul and seeing it heal on his journey in this book was sigh-worthy.

This was a fairly deep story in that we have a character that is suicidal and one who harbors guilt about what they believe they could have done to stop a suicide.  It could have been a very dark story but instead by seeing their journey it showed that even in the darkest times there can be hope and hope should be what you reach for.

I’d like to thank Intermix and NetGalley.com for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.

I’ll also close with this…  If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or need help coming to terms with someone close to you who has chosen this option please please please get help…  Speak to someone you trust or reach out to your local suicide helpline.  You can also reach out to:

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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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Misbehaving – Tiffany Reisz – 5 stars

February 12, 2014 Harlequin, NetGalley, Read in 2014 0

Misbehaving – Tiffany Reisz – 5 starsMisbehaving by Tiffany Reisz
Published by Harlequin on 2014-02-11
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 88
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Wanted: Adventurous, open-minded man willing to try…anything…As a popular sex blogger, Beatriz gets paid to have orgasms. So being on deadline the week of her sister's wedding isn't as rough as it sounds. There's just one hitch: Bea's assignment is to write a review of a sex position manual, but she doesn't have a plus-one to play with.The good news: Ben, the one who got away back in college, is also attending stag—and he's as temptingly gorgeous as ever.The bad news: Ben turned down Bea's offer of graduation-night sex five years ago.The best news: He's not planning on making the same mistake twice….

Once again Tiffany reminds me of why I love her writing…  This one will make you laugh a bit but mainly it will serve to show you how good she is at writing hot pairings.  In this one we get a bit of a play on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” and a chance to have a chuckle at the inclusion of our favorite bad boy in the form of a gift.

Bea is getting ready to go to her sister’s wedding and is advised she needs to come up with material for her boss ASAP.  She advises sure she’ll write a review or something up of one of the many books she has lying around and heads out for the week.  When she realizes she’s grabbed a book on different sexual positions the fun begins as she doesn’t have a date so no one to try them all out with.  While that is a bit of an issue she figures she’ll find someone there to play with and all will be fine….  well…  until she runs in to the one man who turned her offer down flat while they were in college.  The man she wanted more than anything else…  the man who still haunts her even as she’s moved on.

Ben was incredibly attracted to Bea but due to circumstances that he didn’t share with her made the decision to turn his fantasy down.  He’s always regretted that decision but never had the chance to make things right between them before life got in the way.  Now that he has her in his sights again and the circumstances have changed he can’t help but jump at the chance to get her where he’s always wanted her.  In bed…  his bed..  as much as is possible…

Both of them have time to make up for and there is not a huge amount of time that elapses between them running in to one another again and them steaming up the bedroom but the story we get in between those times will make you laugh…  scream and in general keep you entertained.  I liked how both of them opened up to one another and other than a big misunderstanding (it will make you laugh when it is cleared up) there is little tension between the pair.  This is a couple who are meant to be together and time did not change that fact but instead gave them both a chance to be everything they were supposed to be.

Enjoy!!!

Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for letting me get my hands on this in exchange for review.

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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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Molly Gets Her Man – Julie Rowe – 3 stars

January 27, 2014 Entangled Publishing, 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.

Molly Gets Her Man – Julie Rowe – 3 starsMolly Gets Her Man by Julie Rowe
Published by Entangled Publishing, Ignite on 2014-01-27
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
Source: the Author
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three-stars

When flaky Las Vegas hairdresser Molly McLaren overhears hears a Russian hit man planning to kill a US congressman and take out Hoover Dam in the process, she becomes a target for murder. Now, on the run from the assassin and a dirty cop, she winds up in an eighteen wheeler with an ex-cop sporting a bum leg, a bad attitude, and a body built for loving.Grey Wilson just wanted to be left alone. No more Las Vegas. No more casinos. And no more floozy women like the one his best friend sent him to pick up on the side of the road. She talks fast, but her endless curves and sensuous nature make him want to slow down. Which is not in the cards. Grey knows he needs to unload his excess baggage. And quick.But when someone tries to kill the Vegas beauty, Molly captures his heart with her backbone of steel, and brains to boot. Now in order to grasp the future that had once seemed impossible, Molly and Grey need to keep Hoover Dam, the congressman, and their love from being blown sky-high.

So what do you get when you mix a woman who thinks that negotiation and using your words is the way to solve things with a man who thinks that force and physicality are the best ways to get things done?  You end up with our pair, Grey and Molly…. You also end up with some moments where both of them need to have some sense smacked in to them.

Molly is having a really bad day.  I mean how else to describe a day where you just are there to give someone a haircut and end up overhearing a plot to kill a congressman?  She’s on the run and when her brother sends someone to protect her she ends up meeting a man who scares her at first but ends up being the thing she didn’t think she’d ever find.  I liked Molly during most of the book but I will tell you her tendency to talk and not completely think things thru did piss me off a couple of times.  She’s just not always using common sense even though she means well.  I get that you don’t like violence but to put yourself in the middle of things that not only put you in danger but put others in it just frustrated me.  I also liked how she did tend to recognize when she was making those mistakes but still couldn’t help herself and made them any way.

Grey was described as an amazingly big man and proved himself to be a gentle giant in many respects with her.  He does tend to act without thinking thru his actions but I didn’t find myself screaming at his actions as much as I did Molly’s.  He’s still coming to terms with the shooting that left him injured and off the force but while he does this he is still trying to investigate the drug dealer that played a role in his injury.  He’s very shocked by his reactions to Molly and when he claims her it is definitely a sexy time.

Overall this was a nice story with decent pacing but Molly’s tendency to act without thinking did piss me off a bit as I read it.  Also you have to suspend belief quite a bit as the pair gets to their “I love you”s very quickly but they do have fairly decent chemistry.  I guess part of me would’ve liked the story to take place over a bit longer time so we could see them together a bit more but unfortunately things don’t always work that way.  If you are looking for a quick read with a bit of heat but not too much then this is the story for you.  Quick pace and characters that are well defined with a bad guy you know from the first page make this a fun, sexy read.

Special thanks to Julie Rowe for giving me the chance to read this with no input on my review.  I can’t wait to see you again at RT in NOLA!

three-stars

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