Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trust by Kylie Scott

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: No.
Subject: First time kind of love.
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Synopsis
Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

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This was a beautiful story, even though it’s nothing like the books I’ve read by this author, I loved every second of it!

The main characters bump into each other in one of the worst types of situation you can get; they were at risk of dying and one wrong choice could destroy everything. Coming out of something like that alive leaves its mark so it was only natural for them to change and gravitate towards one another. 

Near death experiences makes you appreciate life and like in Edie’s case, shows you that you are strong enough to face the fears that used to consume you. She wasn’t scared of her bullies anymore; her flight instinct was replaced by this strong urge to stand and fight; and even though she was now conscious of her mortality she was also aware that life was short and you never knew when yours was going to be cut short.

Her growth during the book is impressive, she changes so much it’s hard to recognize her at the final scenes of the story. John is responsible of a great part of this change, he is there for her, and he really sees her, something she wasn’t used to happening before.  Little by little her confidence levels rise and she becomes who she was always supposed to be. 

It’s not always about the guy liking you for you to feel beautiful and strong, but it definitely doesn’t hurt.

Let’s talk about John now, popular and sexy bad boy, leaning more and more into his bad side until something changed within him and he realizes he wants more out of life. 

After dropping all that made him who he was, he finds himself lost and alone, and that’s when he finds Edie. She is his beacon through the storm, his friend and confidant; but life might have more in store for them if they let go of their fears and find themselves within each other.


A beautiful love story about real people, first love and fighting for what you want.













ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. 

You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/








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EXCERPT
“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Bastard.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“Not funny.”
I shrugged.
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”


Friday, July 14, 2017

Wicked Grind (Stark World #1) by J. Kenner

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Stark World #1.
Subject:Letting everything go.
Synopsis
Sometimes, it feels so damn good to be bad …

From New York Times and #1 International bestselling author J. Kenner, the first in an all new series of fast-paced, provocative novels centering around the ambitious, wealthy, and powerful men who work in the glamorous and exciting world of the Stark International conglomerate … and the sexy and passionate women who bring them to their knees.

Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.

Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well why their relationship ended all those years ago.

Determined to break free from her good girl persona, Kelsey wants spice. Adventure. And she’s certain that Wyatt is just the man to help.

But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?

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I truly enjoyed this book, Kelsey and Wyatt’s story was not a happy one, you could see from the start, they had a lot to talk about and some unanswered questions that had broken them all those years ago; if they found a way to answered them they could change everything.

They went their separate ways and life kept going, awful things happened to both of them that shaped them in who they are today, but they never forgot about each other.

The moment they meet again was a kind of wake up call, they now realized that they have been lying to themselves and their feelings for each other might still be there. 

The intensity of that first scene was indescribable, you could feel the tension between them coming from two different spots, first anger, Wyatt was furious at her for what had happened in their past; and then there was the heat, oh god! Kelsey lost her words for a bit, she was scared and aroused all at once. She had one choice to make; either losing her clothes and her mind or losing what she cherished the most.

The whole issue of Kelsey and her father was really awful, of course she was traumatized, he handled everything wrong and he took his hatred for her mother out on her. It must have been really hard to go after what she loved with all those chains so tight around her. The thing about bullies is that even once they are gone, if they set the chains deep enough you can still feel them getting tighter and tighter around you.

Her biggest challenge will be to accept who she is and own her choices, be the best Kelsey she can be and regret nothing.

Wyatt had a huge part in her liberation, he was there for her and help her peal all those insecurities off, until he was able to reveal her true potential. 

He also had a couple of issues to overcome; he was living under his family’s shadow and was scared of never having that big break. He didn’t want to become his father; that was his biggest fear.


Another great second chances book that you will definitely love!




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy,  and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million  copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jilted (Love Hurts #2) by Sawyer Bennett

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Love Hurts #2.
Subject: True love finds a way!
Synopsis
Sawyer Bennett's brand new series of standalone romances! LOVE HURTS!

Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love.

Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be. 








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I love second chance romances and this story was just what I needed!

Eden and Coop where perfect for each other, they had been separated a long time ago because life had other plans for them, but now they got another chance.

From the start I could tell that the rebound thing was not gonna work for them, the chemistry they shared was too good to just be that.
They said they had loved each other when they were young but it was just puppy love; on the contrary with just one look we could tell they still had strong feelings for each other. 

Eden had changed him when she left, a part of him was lost forever and he ignored the fact for so long that he was unaware she still held that piece of his heart until they gave into one another again.

She had been living the life, had more money than she needed and everyone wanted a piece of her, but she had also lost something all those years ago. She was lonely, she had nobody in her side to share her success or to be a shoulder to cry on when needed, and that's why she ended up with that excuse of a man in the first place.

Their ultimate challenge is to let go of their grudges and hurt and get to know each other again, because even though time has changed them, deep inside they still are those two people who couldn't live without the other.

A fun and romantic love story that will leave you wanting more. In this book, true love finds a way!












ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hit Me (The Bailey Boys #2) by P.J. Adams

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, The Bailey Boys #2.
Subject: Letting her go would be what he did for love.
Synopsis
I think I love you, Lee. Now kill me.

What do you do when the woman you've fallen in love with makes the most impossible demand? Comply and you've lost her forever. Refuse and you've lost her all the same...

I don't do relationships. I don't fall. 

I've never needed to. 

I'm the bad guy, the one with the reputation. A London gangster, now living it up on Spain's Costa del Crime. Bad men like me have always attracted good women – and bad ones, too. Sometimes it's hard to tell, and I've yet to make my mind up about her.

Imelda. 

She had Trouble written all over her from the start. That, and one of the Costa's most feared crimelords watching her every move.

The sensible thing would have been to turn away, leave them to it. Do anything but allow myself to fall for her.

But who am I trying to kid? From that very first encounter we'd gone way beyond sensible.

Hit Me: A steamy, edge-of-the-seat romantic suspense thriller from the author of Trust and Black Widow.

This is a standalone steamy romantic suspense novel with no cliffhanger and an HEA.














Second book in the Bailey Boys series and this time it's Lee's turn to bite the dust.

By now we have fallen for these boys, we got to meet them in the first book, and we couldn't get enough of them. Lee was one of my favourite, the tough guy on the outside and the joker and sweet boy on the inside, but let's not be fooled by all that, he is still a Bailey so violence and death seemed to keep following him wherever he is.

First, I have to say the guy in the cover doesn't look anything like my Lee, so I'm keeping my version of him... **** Tom Hardy****....

Moving on, the boys have changed location since the last book and are now established in a new place that has very different rules, and Lee's choice of getting back in the game could forever change his life or end it.

Imelda was an enigmatic character, she always took what she wanted from people, that's how she survived, she used them and run. But this time things were different, she got attached, and the game changed, she wasn't sure she would be able to run and leave him behind.

People do desperate things in desperate times and that's how her life was, simply hanging by a thread, she had to get away or forever be trapped there.

Lee didn't get attached, but things were different with her and he realised he would do anything for her, even if he broke his heart in the process.

A thrilling story, with a lot of violent scenes and some crazy sexy moments between the characters make this story a big success.

Love is a really strange animal, and when paired with crazy passion and some fierce attraction it can unleash hell.









Reluctant Substitute by Carol Delmornay

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Not really, but A LOT of foreplay.
Series: I hope so!
Subject: Finding your inner slave.
Synopsis
After five years, Alison Walker's working life had become stagnant. On an impulsive whim, Alison applies for a PA position with elite modelling agency, Sublime Elegance; certain she didn't stand a chance. According to her live-in boyfriend, Blake, she was an ugly duckling. No-one was more surprised than she was when she landed the job---without meeting former model, turned owner and CEO, Jaxon Connors---the man who was to be her new boss. 

When hotness personified, Jaxon Connors, fires a model used by his most important client, Lachlan Steele, Alison finds herself the reluctant substitute taking her place. Decadent Desires Photographic Studio fills Alison with panic when she assumes she's mistakenly stepped straight into a set for a porno. Chains, whips and torturous equipment litters the studio. What the hell has she got herself into? 
Provocative poses in racy lingerie is out of her comfort zone. But when Jaxon's client unexpectedly requests extra shots, Alison ends up in steamy poses with Jaxon---seductively held in his arms, surrounded with his intoxicating scent, smothered with his warmth, his mouth moulding perfectly with hers with a kiss so erotic, her half-naked body explodes with an intense orgasm. 

When Blake drunkenly attacks her, with organized participation from his two equally drunk mates, Alison turns to her best friend, Lexi Forsythe for help. When Jaxon inadvertently discovers her injuries, he takes her to his house to recuperate---and allows her into his Dungeon. When her curiosity gets the better of her, Jaxon offers to allow her to try one thing in his Dungeon---to see what it feels like. She isn’t prepared for her reaction---Or for Jaxon's offer.












This was an intense read for sure. It was my first book from the author and I'm certain it won't be my last! 

She accomplished an amazing thing, she got me hooked from the start, I read the book in one day, I couldn't put it down. I kept opening my kindle app at work just to see what happened next, I was obsessed with Alison and Jaxon's relationship.

The fact that she is making us wait and that the entire story is a never ending and intense foreplay session, kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Believe me, the no actual sex scenes is not a bad thing at all and it doesn't make this book any less sexually charged. The intensity that existed between the characters since the moment they met was crazy and it keeps on escalating. 

Alison is in a total state of arousal since she lays her eyes on him and I'm guessing it was all part of Jaxon's plan.

The photo shoot setups are described in a way that makes you feel like you are in the room right beside them; you will get to feel the intensity of every moment through the pages.

Let's talk a bit about the boyfriend, I disliked him from the first moment he showed up in the book. I couldn't understand why she would be with a guy like that, but I guess she was trapped in that never ending abuse circle. Getting out of there would be the best thing for her. 

Jaxon changes everything, he helps her regain her self-esteem and little by little she starts to believe in herself again. But most importantly, he shows her who she really is, what her darkest and deepest desires are.
Giving over total control is a crazy feeling, and finds herself in a crossroad that could change her whole life in a second.

What will she choose?!









Sneak peek :Excerpt of "Alison's Awakening"...sequel to "Reluctant Substitute"

A feeling of calm gradually descended through me in the black haze encompassing me.  Goosebumps rose in a seductive, unhurried wave over my bared flesh from the cold air that was surrounding me.  I suddenly realized I was naked, with hardened soil chaffing uncomfortably beneath my knees and shins---with the cold of the ground slowly seeping in through my lower legs.  What in the hell am I doing outside?  A shiver raced through me when the cool wind blew across my uncovered body and I trembled slightly.  Pressure from a large hand placed down on the top of my head startled me, and I jolted.

“Be still.”  Jaxon’s stern but ultra-sexy voice demanded.  My eyes flew open and I immediately saw his big, unlaced, boot-clad feet positioned on the outside of both of my knees.  My gaze lifted slightly and I noticed his lower legs were encased in well-worn, black leather pants with crisscrossed, laced up sides. Oh God---the same ravishing pants from the photo shoot. My heart rate quickened and my breath hissed through my teeth in an involuntary, shallow gasp. 

When his large hand roamed with firm determination over my head, I felt his long, strong fingers push through the thickness of my hair to the back of my head, then clench tight, trapping my full locks solidly in his grasp.  My nipples lengthened and hardened from the secure hold Jaxon had on my hair, the gentle kiss of the steady cool breeze caressing across the tips encouraging them to stiffen even further while my areola puckered. 
                               
                                

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lost Love (Cowboys & Angels #1) by Kelly Elliott

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Cowboys & Angels #1.
Subject: A story about life and second chances
Synopsis
Moving back home to my parents’ cattle ranch in Texas was the last thing I thought I’d be doing. 

But, here I stand … in front of my high school girlfriend. A beautiful, confident woman has replaced the young girl I once knew and loved. Hell. I’m still in love with her.

Yep. Paxton Monroe was my first love and the one girl in town who now hated my guts. So much so, Paxton swore her revenge on me if it took her until the day she died. The last words she spoke to me were a vow to cut my dick off and shove it down my throat. 

The fight between my heart, my head, and last, but certainly not least, my dick starts tonight. Because all I can think about is how I want to be buried so deep inside Paxton she won’t remember how I broke her heart, or how I left her when she needed me the most. 

But who will win? My heart is too broken to listen to my head. And my dick, yeah it’s not listening to anything or anyone. Not until it gets what it wants and what it wants is Paxton Monroe. 


Lost Love is book one in the Cowboys and Angels Series. 





I’m in love with Kelly Elliot’s books! She always knocks it out of the park and this was no exception. 

My heart went through a great deal of emotional states while reading this. Pax and Steed’s story was just the right kind of heartbreaking book to keep you entranced by it and make you cry with the overwhelming emotions it ignited.

Pax was a sweet woman, she had an awful thing happen to her in the past and now her life was the result of that, she wasn’t happy; she didn’t even remember how that felt like. Still she wasn’t prepared to see him again, Steed came back into her life like a hurricane and there was no way of ignoring him or the effect he had on her.

Steed character was just wow! He was all man and a great father; I couldn’t even imagine how he could be capable of doing what he did before leaving his childhood home. But he had come really far, he was ready to get the life he deserved and there was only one way of getting that, and that was Pax.

The back and forward between them was fun to read and at the same time it was truly brutal to see how deeply they had hurt each other.  Nevertheless we get to see how sometimes love can overcome it all, and you might gain so much more from granting forgiveness, even when some things seem too hard to let go.

My favorite touching moments where the ones they shared with Chloe, I bursted into tears so many times I stop counting. Their hearts where so big, they had a great capacity for love and they filled them with love for each other. 

Pax took a big role onto her shoulders I know how hard this could be since I had an amazing stepmom. This aspect of the story made the characters more real, it was not just a romance story, it was a story about life and real hardships. 


I was overwhelmed when I finished reading and that’s how I know it was a good book, the type that leaves a mark on you and stays forever in your heart.






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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.
Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.
Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.
To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.


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EXCERPT
“Whatcha doing?”
I nearly jumped out of my skin as I spun around and clutched at my chest.
“Jesus, Amelia! Why would you sneak up on me like that?”
She tried to hide her smile and failed. Lifting her brows, she glanced past my shoulder. “Were you watching Steed and Chloe?”
My cheeks heated. “What? No! Are they here? I haven’t seen them. Why would you say that?”
When her eyes moved back to mine, I knew she saw right through my blunder of lies. “Uh-huh. I know I was little when you and Steed dated, so we really don’t know each other all that well.” She smiled. “But I can already tell you’re a terrible liar, Paxton.”
I dropped my head then peeked up at her. “I wasn’t spying.”
Amelia held up her hands. “I didn’t say you were.”
Chewing on my lip, I sighed. “Okay. I was spying. I’m lost, Amelia.”
With a soft sympathetic grin, she glanced at her brother. “So is he, Paxton. His eyes are so sad. Earlier this morning we all had breakfast together as a family and both Mom and I noticed it.”
“The family was all together?” I asked.
She nodded with a grin. “The boys have been working the ranch the last two days so they’re all staying at the house. It’s been nice having Steed home again. Dad’s thrilled he’s back and digging deeper into the business side of the ranch. The idea of having another son run day-to-day operations has him all kinds of happy.”
Guilt hit me square in the chest. It was my fault he left. I told him to leave.
He left his family and stayed away because of me.
“I’m so sorry he left town,” I said.
“Paxton, you didn’t keep him away all those years. That was his decision. A poor one, but his nonetheless.”
I shrugged. Turning, I glanced back at Steed and Chloe. “He’s such a good father.”
The sadness in my voice caused Amelia to put her hand on my shoulder and gave it a squeeze.