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Don’t Walk Away – Vivian Arend/Elle Kennedy – 4 stars

April 30, 2015 Read in 2015, Sent 0

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Don’t Walk Away – Vivian Arend/Elle Kennedy – 4 starsDon't Walk Away by Vivian ArendElle Kennedy
Published by NLA Digital LLC on 2015-04-21
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Humorous, Romance
Pages: 211
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Book 3 of the DreamMakers. A red-hot collaboration from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors VIVIAN AREND and ELLE KENNEDY.

He wants to rock her world—in bed and out of it

For former Army Ranger Dean Colter, sexual escapades and wild flirtations are the norm—but it wasn’t always that way. Years ago, the DreamMakers co-owner was a one-woman kind of guy until he tore Emma Lee’s heart apart. Yet he’s never forgotten her, and when Emma waltzes back into his life, a second chance is suddenly within his reach…and he’ll be damned if he’ll screw up again.

She wants her world to stop spinning apart

Emma’s no longer the naïve girl she used to be. Now a successful designer in the fashion world, she refuses to let Dean’s killer smile and sweet-talking ways distract her from her goals. But being the target of Dean’s full-out seduction isn’t easy to resist, even as the dynasty she’s built teeters toward disaster. This time she might the one who breaks both their hearts when she has to walk away.

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DreamMakers
All Fired Up (Parker & Lynn)
Love Is A Battlefield (Jack & Pepper)
Don't Walk Away (Dean & Emma)

I have to start this off with the note that I adore Vivian Arend as both an author and a person I have been lucky enough to spend time with in real life.  I am sad that I won’t get to see her this year but I still have her writing to keep me company….

I have been looking forward to seeing our resident Casanova get knocked on his ass by love and this story was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO worth the wait.  He’s down for the count and we get to see a side of him that we had a feeling was there hidden underneath the swagger.  Dean is such a sweet, sensitive man under the talk and OHHHHH BOY can he talk….  I loved seeing his confidence take a back seat to truly wanting something real with Emma.  He shows his vulnerability to her and I enjoyed seeing him struggle with what he wants while not being certain if she is on the same page with him or not.  He’s so willing to show her all that he has to offer her but at the same time acknowledging that he might lose her this time.  I loved his personality and the glimpse of what made him in to the man we adored in the first two books.  He’s deeper than many give him credit for and for this I adored him.

Emma was a surprise to me.  I didn’t always care for her dismissal of him at the start but I understood where it was coming from as we got the story of their younger years.  She’s strong but isn’t always aware of how strong she truly is.  She hides behind a shell but with Dean’s affection and support we see her step out of the shadows to be her own person.  She doesn’t need Dean to carry her but needed the kick in the pants he provides her to show her she really is strong.  I liked seeing her start to open up to those around her and even more enjoyed that she didn’t hesitate to ask Dean for everything he had not just a pretty, soft side of himself.  She’s definitely his match and I enjoyed seeing them surprise each other.

Overall this has been a fun series of books and I hope to see more from this duo of authors….

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Moment of Truth – Karen Stivali – 4.5 stars

March 9, 2015 Read in 2015, Sent 0

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Moment of Truth – Karen Stivali – 4.5 starsMoment of Truth by Karen Stivali
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2015-03-04
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 113
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Moments in Time: Book Two

Collin expected to spend another summer fixing cars and working at the college pizzeria. Instead, he's living in a beach house on Fire Island, waiting tables at a hip seaside restaurant and, for the first time since he and Tanner got together, they can publicly be known as boyfriends. Being "out" takes some getting used to, but with the help of new and old friends, Collin is happier than he ever imagined. And more in love. But newfound freedom brings unexpected challenges, and when friends get flirty, old insecurities arise. Moments of doubt and jealousy threaten their happiness, and Collin and Tanner must confront the truth or risk losing it all.

I have to start with the fact that I really tend to enjoy everything Karen Stivali writes and have enjoyed getting to spend time with her in person at a couple of conventions.  I am also looking forward to seeing her in Dallas this year and getting to congratulate her for this wonderfully honest series.  Collin and Tanner do not have an easy road ahead of them but we get to see more of how they really feel about one another without having to hide who they are to one another.  I look forward to the next story in the series but let’s chat about this one first…

We get to see the boys in a wonderful environment where there is no judgment about being gay and they can finally be open in their affection for one another.  I adored seeing Collin start to come out of his shell and be open with his feelings even as he struggles with the loss of his family.  The way that we get to see his struggle with who he is and what he wants is heartbreaking but very honest as not everyone going thru this struggle has a great support system.  His struggle makes it difficult for Tanner to know exactly how he stands with Collin but Tanner is very patient with this and understands.  They do have some conflict but the conflict is handled well and is completely understandable when it comes.

There is also a side story with a woman from Tanner’s father’s past and someone extremely close to our boys…  I am going to be honest here and say that I hope this person realizes the major mistake they’ve made sooner rather than later as to lose someone that truly is a friend is a very sad price to pay for someone that doesn’t deserve it.  I do admit that it would’ve been nice for something to have been said earlier in the summer but I did understand why they kept their suspicions to themselves even as I wanted them to spill the secret.

If you want to see a story that builds at a realistic pace and that also shows how much pain being narrow-minded can cause someone who doesn’t fit the “traditional” mold then please read this.  It is a struggle too many people go thru in the world where in some places being gay can be a death penalty.  I have enjoyed watching their relationship build and look forward to seeing what happens when they get back to school.

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Living in Secret – Jackie Ashenden – 4.5 stars

March 2, 2015 Read in 2015, Samhain, Sent 0

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Living in Secret – Jackie Ashenden – 4.5 starsLiving in Secret Published by Samhain Publishing on February 24, 2015
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She always tried to be good, but now he needs her to be bad…

Living In…, Book 3

Lawyers Connor and Victoria Blake had a high-powered marriage to match their meteoric careers—until a secret from Victoria’s past came back to haunt her. A year after it all fell apart, Victoria is ready for a new job, a new town.

Instead of signing the divorce papers, though, her husband has a tempting proposal—one week of no holds barred before moving on with their lives. She’s never stopped wanting him, but he’s always kept the deepest part of himself locked away.

Connor already endured one brutal betrayal in his life, and Victoria’s cut him to the core. But during a naughty game of one-upmanship with a sexy stranger, he sees a different woman, whose warmth and passion he craves like a drug.

In one week they expose dark passions that set them both free. But amidst searing desire that should fuse them together, Connor is coming to the brink of a decision to choose what’s more important. The last secret he’s holding inside, or the woman he can’t let go.

Warning: Contains a man coming to terms with his inner darkness, a woman ready to match him kink for kink, secrets, lies, and a marriage getting its sexy back. Could take readers on a one-way ticket to WTF city.

Where to begin…

Jackie always brings the angsty heroes which I adore even as I cry because of the way they hit my buttons.  I also like her heroine’s strength and the way they won’t take crap from the hero.

Victoria just wants one thing…. her estranged husband’s signature on their divorce papers.  She is getting ready to uproot her life and head to London to begin again but she needs those pesky papers signed.  She’s repressed and seemingly always in control but she hides a deep need to be accepted for who she is and not what people expect from her.  I liked her drive and also enjoyed how she was able to get under our hero’s skin but didn’t like how she expected him to bare his soul but wasn’t willing to do so in return.  She’s at her best when she finally admits what she wants and needs which doesn’t happen completely until the very end of the story.

Connor is intense.  This is the best way to describe him and when you read this story I think you’ll agree.  He’s very driven to be perfect and in control.  He’s also driven to prosecute the lawbreakers and make sure that justice is done but is very passionless when it came to his marriage.  This is a part of his extreme control and hides a man that is very good at being bad.  He craves a chance to let loose and sees using what Victoria needs to get her out of his system.  As he breaks down and gives in to his baser needs he ends up finding out that what is best for him might be to finally tell the story of his past.  I hated what he went thru as a child but liked that Victoria saw the truth behind his actions and didn’t believe the same way that Connor did.

The sex scenes are intense as both of them are so repressed that when the control is gone…. when they finally let their bodies take what they crave and need… *fans self*  LOVED.

 

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Rocky Retreat – Vivian Arend – 4.5 stars – Contest

January 30, 2015 Contest, Read in 2015, Sent 2

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Rocky Retreat – Vivian Arend – 4.5 stars – ContestRocky Retreat Published by VIvian Arend on January 13, 2015
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four-half-stars

Finding white-hot love in a white-out…

Eight months ago, Lee Coleman met the woman of his dreams…then lost her to another man. He buried his disappointment by throwing himself into work on the family ranch, but when a winter storm leaves him stranded, Lee finds more than shelter in the rustic safety of a hunter’s cabin—he finds a second shot at love.

Rachel Malone’s heart has been broken and stomped on by her cheating ex, and she’s determined to never fall in love again. But a rebound fling? Doesn’t sound like such a bad idea, especially when she’s snowed-in with a gorgeous, sweet-talking Coleman.

Despite their off-the-charts chemistry, Lee makes it clear he wants more than a temporary romp. In fact, he’s made it his mission to put a smile back on her face, even if it means taking it slow and resisting the scorching heat between them. This time around, he wants forever, while Rachel is positive that forever is a fool’s dream.

Lee can’t wait to prove her wrong…

This story is a part of a box set – Cowboys Last All Night – that is available now and are the links on the site at this time.  This title will be released on its own on February 17th but hey multiple stories for 99 cents..  YAY!!!  I haven’t read the others yet but grabbed my own copy of the box set for later consumption.

 

Once again Viv gives us a story with heart and heat where a yummy cowboy finally has a chance to get the woman he thought could never be his.

I loved this chance for a younger man to show an older woman that not only is he the man for her but he isn’t just a rebound.  He wants all she is not just a chance at having her in his bed.  I truly enjoyed seeing Lee manage to control his need for Rachel by taking things slow.  He was the one to put a stop on their scorching interlude in the cabin but it definitely isn’t because he doesn’t want her.  He wants her to truly understand that he’s playing for keeps no matter how badly she wants this to just be a recover from the asshole ex sort of thing.

I enjoyed seeing him show Rachel how much he cared for her by just being there for her at every chance he got.  He’s trying to take it slow since she just had a disastrous marriage but his taking it slow gives her time to second guess everything.  She’s conflicted as she struggles to come to terms with falling for a man who cheated on her before the ink was even down on their marriage license and now a man that is much younger than her seems to want her?  I understood her struggle with body issues and the whole age thing as it impacts many of us.  I was happy that Lee showed her repeatedly that he wanted her …  just her… and age, body type and other things just weren’t a big deal to him.

This is a warm yet sexy story about a strong woman finding her real partner with a man that she not only deserves but needs.  Both characters show their connection in not only words but in actions in and outside of the bedroom.  I enjoyed this installment in the series and look forward to more!

Ok…  I am starting a new Friday tradition here at the blog…  On each Friday I will do a review or post that will have a giveaway that will be mainly paper copies but at times could be e-copies or other items that just strike my fancy.  This first giveaway is a signed paperback copy of Vivian Arend’s High Seduction and some miscellaneous swag including lip balm and a bottle opener.  To enter just comment if you’ve ever read one of her stories or if you’ve ever been invisible to someone you have crushed on.  Entries must be received by Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 11:59 pm US Central.  I will draw a winner then so GOOD LUCK!!!

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Rocky Mountain Romance – Vivian Arend – 4.5 stars

January 15, 2015 Read in 2015, Sent 1

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Rocky Mountain Romance – Vivian Arend – 4.5 starsRocky Mountain Romance by Vivian Arend
on 2014-10-21
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance, Western
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~~**From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vivian Arend.**~~

Second chances are the sweetest—and the hottest.

It took a spectacularly embarrassing break-up to knock Steve Moonshine Coleman off his lazy butt. In the ten months since that night, he’s changed his ways. Now that Melody’s back in town, it’s time for this sweet-talking cowboy to convince her to get back in the saddle with him.

A return to her veterinary position in Rocky Mountain House was always in the cards for Melody Langley. Getting back together with Steve? Never part of the plan. He had lots of potential but zero ambition, and there’s no way she’ll accept anything less than a man who can keep up with her, in and out of bed.

But the new-and-improved cowboy is impossible to resist, so Melody issues a challenge. Three months to prove he’s reformed. Three months of Steve orchestrating one sexual indulgence after another—‪wicked distractions from the old boys’ club Melody faces at work and Steve's growing responsibilities‬.

He’s got one shot to prove with more than words what’s in his heart and soul.

Warning: Fifty percent less angst, twice as much filthy-talking, dirty-daring cowboy. Get ready for a whole lot of make-your-knees-weak wooing from a man intent on proving he’s got what it takes, and the woman ready to push him way past his limits.

I hate that it took me so long to read this book but when I did…  as usual..  I loved it.  Vivian has a way with making you love her cowboys and appreciate the strength that her heroines have.  Both of the characters have vulnerabilities and the way you get to know them as the story progresses makes you cheer louder when they finally get everything together.

Melody is back where she considers home and doing what she loves best, taking care of animals, but she also is back where she had her heart broken.  Well maybe not broken but hurt by someone that meant more to her than he knew or seemed to feel about her.  She’s determined to not let him mean anything to her now so why is she driving in to town via roads that are on his family’s land?  She gets to see him much sooner than she expected and is trying to convince herself that he doesn’t make her want to do all sorts of things with him (which I heartily agree with) but she’s surprised by his more mature behavior.  I liked that she was cautious with him but that she also let him in even as other things were getting crazy.  She’s strong but open to letting things fall where they may and doesn’t tend to let the little things throw her.  I also appreciated that she wasn’t willing to be a doormat but also didn’t immediately fly off the handle at situations she was placed in.  She takes her time and evaluates the situation then tries to take the path that will support change but not offend and allow everyone to save face.  She also is willing to admit to her own shortcomings when push comes to shove and that was appreciated.

Steve admits he was a bit of a child when he and Melody imploded.  He didn’t take things too seriously but now he’s changed and realized that he may have lost the one woman who was/is his world.  He’s not too proud to admit that he made mistakes but he wants a chance to prove he’s not the same boy that she knew.  He’s grown up and is all man now but he’s a man who wants a partner.  He doesn’t want it to be all about him but all about them and what they can build.  He is extremely happy when Melody returns and starts his campaign to get her to give them another chance as soon as he sees her.  What we get to see is a hero that will do all in his power to prove to his heroine that he is it for her.  I loved his family and their “assistance” but mainly that he was willing to listen to those around him to really figure out what Melody needed and wanted from him.  He listens to her but at times it does take a third party to open his eyes to what it could look like to her.  I liked how willing he was to admit to his mistakes and try to fix them by opening his mind up to other opinions but mainly that he listened to her when he was making plans for them.

I hope you will give this series a shot as it has been such a wonderful set of stories centered around a family that truly knows what it means to work, love and enjoy life.

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Moment of Impact – Karen Stivali – 5 stars

January 6, 2015 Read in 2014, Sent 0

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Moment of Impact – Karen Stivali – 5 starsMoment of Impact Published by Dreamspinner on January 7, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age
Pages: 110
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Outside Collin Fitzpatrick’s dorm room is a dangerous place. Beyond his door the students of his small, conservative college think he’s straight, as does his Catholic family who'd disown him if they learned the truth. Inside, he’s safe with his incredibly sexy roommate Tanner D’Amico. Their room makes a perfect place to hide away and fall in love. The moment they cross the line from roommates to lovers, Collin becomes caught between their heavenly passionate encounters and the hellish reality that someone might find out and destroy everything. Tanner's not used to being so confined, and wants to show the world how much he loves Collin. But Collin’s not sure he’s ready for the impact stepping outside will make.

I admit to being a fan of Karen Stivali’s work and of her as a person.  I have had the chance to spend time with her at both RT and RAGT which makes me even happier to read the work she produces.  She’s a lovely lady with a matching introvert’s soul that means we both love to hide rather than be out in large groups.  She’s starting something new and I’ve been lucky enough to read this before it hits the rest of you…

This is a very honest read about a young man finally being able to have something he craved but was (is) afraid to completely embrace.  You see Collin is gay and in his very traditional Catholic family this is the highest level of sin you could ever commit.  He struggles with trying to be the straight guy everyone expects but wanting to find love with his roommate, Tanner.  He thinks that Tanner is straight I mean he’s all over his girlfriend so why would he be bi or gay???  When he discovers that Tanner wants him we don’t see an instant “I’m here and I’m queer” moment but we get a true struggle as he opens up to his needs.  He’s so wound up and repressed it was heartbreaking to read but I loved how we saw him struggle to express his needs and be ok with them.  He’s got a lot to learn about life but seeing him try was powerful.

Tanner is the perfect offset to Collin’s uptight and scared persona.  He’s open and yet not blatant about his sexuality but he was lucky enough to have family that is more open to other lifestyles so it made it a bit easier for him.  He also is very patient with Collin as he understands that not only are we dealing with a virgin to most sexual activities but we are also dealing with a man who has been taught his whole life that who he is at his core is vile and disgusting.  I appreciated that he was patient but I also adored him for pushing to have something real with Collin that isn’t hidden.  He’s a good guy who really does adore his Collin but is not willing to be completely hidden from those around them.

This is not an easy read in a lot of respects and seeing the confrontation with Collin’s mom was heartbreaking but needed.  I liked that Karen didn’t make this one easy but kept it honest in the way the struggle plays out.  I look forward to seeing more of this pair and watching as both men work towards each other.

 

In honor of this start to a new series I am going to give away two Nook or Kindle copies to readers of this post.  To enter just tell me the last great book you’ve read or just say “Hi” to Karen.  Also please tell me Nook or Kindle.

This contest is not sponsored by Karen but by me to support this new series.  Entries must be in by January 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm CT.

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Clarence – Sarah M Anderson – 4 stars

December 22, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0

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Clarence – Sarah M Anderson – 4 starsClarence on December 25, 2014
Pages: 94
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Clarence Thunder may not be as young as he once was . . .

But is he as good once as he ever was? He hopes so. He’s been watching Tammy Tall Trees, the young single mother who works next door in the Child Care Center. He wants to show Tammy he can take care of her and her young son—but can he compete with the boy’s real father?

Tammy was crushed when her old boyfriend abandoned her after she got pregnant. Since then, she’s put her son first—which means no dating. Who would want a broke single mother, anyway? Certainly not Clarence—one of the best men on the White Sandy. Until one day, the older man starts making her coffee—and bringing her son toys. Can she put herself first—or will her past catch up to them both?

This was another sweet entry in the Men of White Sandy series and focuses on our favorite male nurse.  I enjoyed this glimpse of the reservation and especially loved seeing Nobody again in a much healthier place.

Clarence is happy being a nurse even as others have given him grief about being a man in a woman’s job.  He only needs one more thing that he hasn’t held out hope for, a woman to love and care for.  He’s a good guy who can be scary if needed but mainly has a very sweet heart that has now found someone he thinks is his match.  He does so many sweet things in this story even as he does one sort of stupid growly caveman move.  I enjoyed seeing him work out how to spend time with his lady love and not frighten her off as she’s been burned in the past.  He’s so unsure of himself and her feelings towards him which made it sweet to see his efforts pay off with a woman who will treat him as a treasure.

Tammy Tall Trees loves her son and does enjoy her job but finds herself intrigued by the nurse of the reservation clinic.  Sure he’s older but she can’t help but be interested in this man even as she is afraid of letting herself want something of her very own.  She was abandoned by the father of her son and while she adores her child she also finds herself wanting something more than she thinks she deserves.  She tries to put up roadblocks at every turn but Clarence just sneaks under her walls and becomes a part of her life in ways that make her happier than she thought she could ever be.  I liked her vulnerability and honesty with him but I did get a bit pissed about her not really showing or telling Clarence what she felt for him.  She’s torn when her ex comes back in town but she believes that she has to give him a shot with his kid.  I understood why she did what she did but dammit….  The great thing is she was honest with herself about what she needed and I could appreciate that.

This is a very quick read but a sweet one.  If you’ve read the rest in the series you definitely want to grab this one and if you haven’t read the series..  well…. get moving…

Special thanks to Sarah M. Anderson for giving me the chance to read this.  She knows I love this series and has always been generous with getting them in my greedy little hands as fast as possible.

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

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

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

Living In..., Book 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Unbroken – Maisey Yates – 5 stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Riding the Wave – Lorelie Brown – 5 Stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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