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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.  🙂

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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…

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YA – A Matter of Temperance – Ichabod Temperance – 3.75 stars

February 4, 2014 M Reads, Sent 0

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YA – A Matter of Temperance – Ichabod Temperance – 3.75 starsA Matter of Temperance on April 17, 2013
Pages: 262
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In a past that never was...

The year is 1869. Earth experiences the close pass of a comet never before seen. In its wake, many of Terra's inhabitants find themselves changed. Among men, prodigies rise in unprecedented numbers, while many ordinary adults suddenly find themselves possessed of preternatural genius. Likewise, non-hominid animals become self-aware and intelligent.

Fast forward to 1875. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become the world's foremost inventor. He travels to England to deliver his latest brilliant invention to a famous explorer, until Fate intervenes. Meanwhile, a lovely young Bluestocking, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.

Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth.

First and foremost I must apologize for being inactive for around half a year, this review should have been done much sooner. Also, I wanted to give this novel a higher rating but after a while I felt this one was best.

The first thing I noticed when I picked this up was the amazing description in the beginning. While the description in this book is always interesting and creative, I noticed that although they travel quite a bit, the scenery is never explained nearly as well as objects and inventions are.

Something that impressed me, however, is the vocabulary the author is able to wield. It is very impressive in respect to the genre and the author’s affinity to the genre is quite clear through it.

This book also contains short chapters that usually switch the point of view one is reading from. This would be less frustrating except many chapters overlap to give Persephone’s view of what Ichabod just experienced, or vice versa. While this is nice to have on occasion during big turning points in a novel, it can also be confusing, if overused, to readers who are used to a straight chronological timeline and have to remind themselves that this is just the another side of the same event.

The storyline, however, is excellent. I enjoyed how it progressed and have no complaints. While there are some parts where the romance gets cheesy, the honor of protecting someone and the care between the two protagonists is nice and feels like it belongs in the story. This book will definitely make one feel anger, sympathy, outrage, or joy with the situations the author writes for the characters.

The final thing I had to consider is the genre itself. While this book fits perfectly into the genre and expands beyond what many other novels like it are capable of, it is still Steam punk. While Steam punk is an enjoyable genre, those unfamiliar with it may have trouble reading and understanding it. Many of the words and names are not ones that somebody would hear regularly in this day and age. All I can say is to try out the genre yourself, and this is a book I would recommend for both the experienced and to get a newcomer started.

Special thanks to the author for being kind enough to provide me with a copy for review.  I appreciate your generosity but it had no impact on the final rating.

three-half-stars

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Molly Gets Her Man – Julie Rowe – 3 stars

January 27, 2014 Entangled Publishing, Read in 2014, Sent 0

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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
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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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Redemption – Stephanie Tyler – 5 Stars – Contest!

November 18, 2013 Carina Press, Contest, Read in 2013, Sent 5

Redemption – Stephanie Tyler – 5 Stars – Contest!Redemption Published by Carina Press on November 18, 2013
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Matthias Robichaud is looking for an alliance. The Defiance motorcycle club is a stronghold in the dangerous world that’s become the new norm and he’s driven to prove he’s tough enough to be sworn in as a full member. But when he sees a beautiful, spirited girl abducted by a rival MC, rescuing her jeopardizes all he’s worked for.

Politician’s daughter Jessa Everson knows what’s expected of her—obedience, loyalty and silence—but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t fight when she’s kidnapped by the Lords of Vengeance. Having Matthias save her is like gaining an avenging angel in leather and tattoos. But Defiance is known for brutal justice, and she may have just traded one bad situation for another.

Matthias’s urge to protect is too strong to ignore, no matter how much trouble Jessa brings to Defiance’s gates. There’s no room in the post-Chaos world for weakness so if Matthias and Jessa have any chance of surviving, they’ll need to put their full strength behind the MC…and hope that the MC will do the same for them.

When I saw Stephanie talking with someone about Redemption and their thoughts after they read it…  I have to admit I might have begged a bit to get my hands on this one.  I loved Defiance and couldn’t wait for more from this intriguing world.  So when she was gracious enough to let me get my hands on it I was extremely gleeful and dived right in after I finished being a grownup and doing homework for college.. 😉

We met Matthias in Defiance and I found him to be someone I wanted to know more about so finding him as the hero of this one made me a very happy person.  We get to see that he is a man who is very willing to believe in magic, curses and the unexplained but we also get to see that the one people should perhaps be more afraid of is him…  not Bishop..  He’s slow to let his control go but when he does nothing can really bring him back until he releases this pent up aggression.  He doesn’t make apologies for being the way he is but he’s also someone that you would want in your corner because once he gives his loyalty to you it is an amazing thing.  He’s smart and amazingly sexy even though he doesn’t talk you can see the way he feels with everything he does.  When he meets Jessa all bets are off and anything that comes between him and his woman had better run in fear.  I loved how much he was willing to sacrifice for the good of his MC and her but found his friendship with Bishop to be more amazing than his relationship with Jessa.  They are truly a matched pair and seeing what both of them are willing to do for one another was beautiful.

Jessa made a lot of mistakes in this one.  She’s been misunderstood her entire life but she’s also been raised in a world of privilege and wealth the MC just can’t comprehend.  She’s led astray by her “husband” and ends up being rescued by our boys.  There is an instant attraction for Matthias that comes to fruition very quickly but for a woman who was almost raped and killed I could understand the need to ground oneself by using sex.  The good thing is that she recognizes that Matthias is special and even though she does make mistakes with him I didn’t want to slap her for them.  She’s got a major secret that could jeopardize everyone in the MC but when push comes to shove she does the right thing and lets them know what is brewing.  I loved her backbone when she discovered it but I adored when she apologized to Matthias for something stupid she says.

I can’t leave out Bishop… This man… *sigh* I’m beyond ready for his story and I know we are going to be dealing with his decision and the aftermath for a while.  He’s not going to be an easy man to fix once he comes back but I look forward to seeing how it plays out.  🙂

 

Thanks again to Stephanie for giving me the chance to read this with no expectation for review…  Feel free to drop anything else my way cause I really have enjoyed this series.  I need to go grab your backlist for other titles but ya know you can send the Defiance guys my way any time..

And because I love the story so much I’m going to give away…  2 copies of Redemption in either the Kindle or Nook formats.  All you need to do is leave a comment by 11/25/2013 at 11:59 pm Central Time to be entered.  Have you found that you’re enjoying some of the latest MC romances or??

five-stars

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The Elf & The Ice Princess – Jax Garren – 4 stars

November 13, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

The Elf & The Ice Princess – Jax Garren – 4 starsThe Elf & The Ice Princess Published by Valkyrie Books on November 11, 2013
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four-stars

A frozen heart…
Three years ago, amid grief and defeat, the man who once made Carrie Martin believe in happily-ever-afters deserted her on New Year’s Day. Ever since, she’s seen no reason for holiday joy amid the materialism and chaos of the most stressful time of year. So when a tipsy guy in a mall elf costume falls into her lap at happy hour and starts spouting poetry, it’s just one more reason to be disgusted at the season’s excess.

A man who’s more than he appears…
Brett Virtanen, part-time elf and a caterer in training, is smitten with Carrie’s strength and sass. Having faced down a painful past of his own, he’s determined to be the one to warm her frozen heart. But when Carrie’s job forces her to attend a gala hosted by her ex–and his new wife–it could take more magic than a costumed elf can conjure to make this ice princess once again believe in love.

I’ve got to admit that I am a big Jax Garren fan and this story just adds to my collection of all things Jax writes.  When Jax told me she was writing another story and asked if I would like to read it my answer was of course YES!!!  I’m glad I had the chance to read this one early and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Carrie is just going through the motions required for the holiday season when at a bar she’s subject to the drunken antics of a man dressed in an elf costume for the local mall.  He ruins her sweater but she can’t help but enjoy his antics as he spouts poetry to her in his inebriated state.  When her job forces her to attend a party being held by the man who used to be her whole world until he was an asshole and kicked her to the curb when she was at her lowest point during the holidays, she’s understandably upset.  Add to this the fact that the drunken elf keeps surprising her with his spirit and joy for life, we end up with a heroine who just doesn’t know what to think or feel.  I liked Carrie’s confusion about our mystery elf but I most enjoyed that she was honest with him and herself about how conflicted she was at this point in her life.  I felt for her when you learn how badly her ex messed with her self-confidence and soul but cheered for her when she finally woke up and reached for something that, while scary, is the best risk she’ll ever take.

Brett is just a character.  In a great way he brings so much joy and life to the story that I can’t describe it and do it justice.  He’s such a fun character and seeing him work so hard to get Carrie to smile and start living again was just fun.  He can come across as a bit simple unless you pay attention.  This is a man who really embraces life and when he sees something that he wants will pursue it to the ends of the earth.  I’m not going to tell you much more than that about him because part of the fun of the story is getting to see who he is and what he really is made of.  He’s definitely a keeper and I’m happy that he understood that Carrie needed to make her own choices and to give her the time she needed.

Overall this is a very heartwarming story of finding something to believe in when you didn’t think there was anything left for you to enjoy.  I can’t thank Jax enough for giving me the chance to read this with no expectation of review.  I adored the story and her gift of it to me had no impact on my rating or review.

My only question for Jax is:

When can I expect more???  Ya know more Hauk/Jolie would be awesome but hey more stories period will work…  🙂

 

four-stars

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Taking Him – Jackie Ashenden – 5 Stars

November 11, 2013 Read in 2013, Samhain, Sent 0

Taking Him – Jackie Ashenden – 5 StarsTaking Him Published by Samhain on November 12, 2013
Pages: 209
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Behind every hero is the damage that made him.

Lies We Tell, Book 1

Computer game designer Ellie Fox can’t wait to start her new job in Japan. But first there’s one loose end in Auckland she needs to tie up: her obsession with her older brother’s best friend, Hunter Chase.

She’s sick of being “kid zoned”. It’s time to make like one of her kick-ass computer game heroines and take matters into her own hands. Except when she finally has Hunter where she wants him, her hands are the last thing he’ll let her use.

Hunter works hard at running the construction firm he co-owns with his friend, and at keeping his distance from his dysfunctional family. Control is his linchpin, but there’s just one spanner in the works—Ellie.

The girl he always looked out for suddenly seems determined to make him see her as a woman. But with a past darker than the angel wings tattooed on his back, the safest place for her is just beyond arm’s length. Or the next heart to suffer damage could be hers.

Warning: Contains a tortured hero, a determined heroine, cosplay kink, and a twisted twist that could cause mental whiplash. Line to the WTF Infirmary forms on the right.

So this summer I was watching the Twitter conversations of a couple authors and became intrigued by the hashtag they were using….  #dirtyeffingvirginhero… as I watched them banter back and forth it became very apparent that I needed to read more about this dirty man and I might have done a bit of begging.  Not too much but you know a bit of begging for a copy of this virgin hero..  Thankfully Jackie was nice enough to give in to my begging and send me this amazing book.  The partner in crime on this was her buddy Maisey Yates who made sure that we all got to see the hashtag and become very interested in this title.  So thanks to Jackie and Maisey for getting him in my line of sight and making me want this ASAP.

 

Ellie has loved her brother’s best friend for years and it hasn’t been made any easier by the fact that he keeps showing up to pull her out of situations he brother feels are inappropriate or ones that he can’t control.  She’s moving to Tokyo in a few weeks so figures that this final bit of distance will help her move on from something that never started no matter how badly she wanted it to.  Her brother ends up sending Hunter to pick her up from a convention and she can’t resist pushing Hunters’ buttons one last time but ends up getting more than she thought when he finally does realize she is not only a woman but one he wants with a fierce intensity.  As she battles his demons to get to know the real him there are times when she’s hurt to the extreme but I loved how she picked herself up and stood up for not only herself but for him.  She’s strong and is willing to fight for the man she knows he is and not the man he thinks he is.  I loved her humor, strength and compassion which are all needed to deal with him.

 

Hunter…  Ahhhhh sexy tormented Hunter…  how much I loved your need to make Ellie yours while at the same time being tormented by the belief that you weren’t the one for her.  You are an amazing man beneath the surface and watching you fight your demons was heartbreaking but gorgeous.  You want to be the one constantly in control but have found the one woman who you can’t control no matter how much you try.  I adore your heart and the fact that you tried so hard to keep away from Ellie knowing that you would cause her pain if you gave in even more than you were already doing by keeping her away from you.  You love hard when you fall and seeing her get you to understand your past was incredibly painful but oh so wonderful!  You needed someone who wasn’t afraid of taking you on and making you finally face the nightmare you lived for so many years.  Your tattoo is beautiful even with the ugliness that drove you to it.  I’m proud of what you accomplished and look forward to seeing more of your growth if Jackie will write us a bit more…  *hint hint*

 

Again special thanks to Jackie for giving me a copy of this to drool over and cry a bit while reading.   She had no expectation of review and in no way colored my thoughts.  I loved my damaged hero Hunter and hope everyone else will enjoy him as much as I did.   And…  Yes he is a dirty dirty boy…  😉

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A Holiday Christmas – Heather Lire – 5 Stars

November 1, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 1

A Holiday Christmas – Heather Lire – 5 StarsA Holiday Christmas Published by Desert Breeze Publishing on November 1, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: the Author
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There's magic in the air this Christmas Season in Holiday.

Averie Baldwin wants nothing to do with men. But her family and friends are determined she won't spend her first Christmas back in Holiday, Vermont alone. So far she’s managed to avoid all their attempts to set her up on dates. Until she’s chosen to represent the school district in the town's annual Christmas play...with the sexiest man she's ever seen.

Corey Evans has a job he loves, great friends and a loving, if interfering family, but something is missing. When Averie shows back up in town he knows exactly what he needs in his life. Her. Getting to know her however has proven difficult, until they are thrown together on the annual Christmas play.

I’m going to keep this review short and sweet just like the story.  I love Heather’s stories and am ready for her to give me more (Hint Hint).

Averie is a bit gun shy when it comes to men.  She isn’t really looking for a relationship but finds herself drawn to a local lawman who makes her wonder if maybe she should give having a man another chance.  She’s a sweet person who has a hard time letting her walls down but with him something just feels right.  She’s so willing to give of herself but it was nice to see someone want to give her the world and really get her.

Corie hasn’t had a perfect life no matter what the outside world thinks.  He’s a man who was abandoned by his family and lucky enough to land in the arms of a family who made him feel like maybe he wasn’t disposable after all.  He’s extremely loyal to them and when things happen that shake him to his core it causes him to have to rethink what he knew and what he knows now so he can have a future with the woman who has intrigued him from the moment he first saw her.  When we start this story we get to see two people who aren’t quite sure exactly who they are as individuals but as they spend more and more time around each other they sense what they can be  together.  I liked how willing he was to take things at her pace no matter what his body was telling him.  He’s such a sweet man and seeing him fall for her was fun.  I also loved how both of them became such a team in a very short time.

There are some moments that are a bit tough but you get to see what they are both made of in those moments and they end up meaning the world to both of them.  I can’t say enough to tell you to pick up this series for sweet romances with characters you really get behind.  I love that Heather has been wonderful enough to share these with me in hopes that I would love them like she loved writing them.

I have to say this but even though Heather was nice enough to provide this to me for review this has no bearing on my ratings.

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Birthday Week Giveaway 1 – Forbidden Obsessions – Jodie Griffin – 4.5 stars

September 8, 2013 Carina Press, Contest, Read in 2013, Sent 3

Birthday Week Giveaway 1 – Forbidden Obsessions – Jodie Griffin – 4.5 starsForbidden Obsessions Published by Carina Press on September 9, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: the Author
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four-half-stars

Book four of Bondage & Breakfast

Bondage & Breakfast was a safe place for couples to explore BDSM—until an arsonist almost destroyed it. While the inn is closed for repairs, owner Gabe McConnell allows injured firefighter Olivia Watterson to stay and recover as a favor to a mutual friend. His attraction to her is unexpected and intense—but there's no way she's strong enough for the type of play he demands from a sub.

When she arrives at the inn, Liv is shocked—and intrigued. Her unanticipated obsession with the sexy, skilled Dom makes her all the more impatient with her slow recuperation. Even more frustrating is the way Gabe handles her like fragile glass, and she's determined to prove she's anything but by pushing her body to the limit.

Holding back should be easy for Gabe, but the more Liv challenges his limits, the more he craves her, body, mind and heart…

Welcome to the first of a few giveaways in honor of my birthday later this week.  I’ve also decided to make this a week where we celebrate the existence of my blog that is just over a year old but ya know I’m a bit busy with school and work so I decided let’s make it easy…  Celebrate both the same week!  WOOOHOOOO!!!  So enjoy the posts this week and be sure to enter the giveaways.  This one will run for only a few days as I’d like to get it in your hands on release day so…

 

My Thoughts:

I have to say I have enjoyed every book in this series and like most people have been waiting on Gabe’s story.  He’s been a wonderful presence in all the other stories so you can’t help but want him to find his own lady love.

Liv decides to take an offer of a place to stay and rest/recuperate from a friend of a friend.  She knows the place was a sort of BDSM getaway for those in the lifestyle who wanted somewhere they could play in safety and learn from a man with a great reputation for teaching/nurturing healthy relationships in the lifestyle.  She’s still coming to terms with her accident and trying to figure out where she goes from here but also is terrified because she is dealing with some lingering issues that could cause everything she ever worked for to be permanently wiped away.  I liked her strength and the fact that she never made things easy for Gabe but instead stood up for herself as she wanted to be treated as if she never had the accident.  This does lead to some stupidity on her part of pushing her body harder than it needed to be and not asking for help from a man she’s drawn to in spite of her inner reservations.  She’s smart, strong and a perfect match for a man who needs someone that submits to him but also is a true equal to him outside of the bedroom.

Gabe has intrigued me from book one as we’ve seen this intense Dom guide our other couples to a happy place in their relationships.  He’s a bit disconcerted by the fire and incidents that happened in the last book which has left him wondering what exactly he wants to do with his life.  He’s wrongly blaming himself for the events in the last title and to see this strong man wondering if his instincts are wrong about everything around him was a bit hard at times to stomach.  I loved how he wanted to push her but at the same time needed to make sure that she properly recovered from her accident.  This of course leads to some major conflict between the two of them which results in a good grovel scene late in the book.  Gabe is to me the prime example of what a Dom should be – caring, controlled, passionate and growly.  He’s always been the one with the answers and seeing him realize he doesn’t have to be but can share his fears and joys with a true partner was a lot of fun.

These two are perfect together and I cannot thank Jodie enough for letting me get my greedy hands on it early.  Now for the good stuff…

So…  this releases on September 9th, 2013 and in honor of its release I’ve decided to give 5 lucky commentors a Kindle or Nook version of this book.  

My question for you is – What do you think makes a good Dom or Alpha hero in romance stories?

Contest entries must be in by 1 PM US Central on September 9, 2013 in order to be counted.  Please leave me your preferred format in your comment so I can send them out as soon as possible once the winners are determined.  🙂

Good luck!!

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