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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dangerous Exes (Liars, Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Liars, Inc. #2
Subject: They will either destroy each other or turn up the heat.
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel van Dyken’s scorching series, revenge is a justified pleasure…

Isla made one teeny little mistake. Now she and her PI company, Dirty Exes, are being targeted by one seriously angry and furiously sexy ex-quarterback. Jessie freakin’ Beckett. But there’s no way some NFL superhunk is going to take her business away. If only he didn’t make her so hot—and bothered.

Jessie wants payback for a ruined reputation. His plan? Top secret. His hard-to-hide arousal for Isla? Not so much. Especially when they let down their guards and sneak a kiss. Like any juicy scandal, it goes so viral, so fast, that only a good lie can combat the bad press. Mortal enemies in a fling? No way. Um…this is love!

Actually…could it be?

Isla’s not faking it. Jessie can’t. As the game of let’s pretend gets real, Jessie forgets all about revenge. That’s the problem. His plan is already out of his control. Now it could undo everything they’ve been trying to build. Coming clean may be the only thing that can save it.

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Isla and Jessie had been dancing around each other for too long. They were mortal enemies and were trying to destroy one another, but there was something growing between them and I don't know how aware of this they were.

Problems seem to be following them and they soon realize that the only way to solve them and survive is to work together. But how far are they willing to go, and what happens when they find out that they are not so incompatible after all.

Isla has been hurt in the past and that has pushed her to become the woman she is now, it has helped her create a business to help people like her, who had been deceived by the one they love.

Jessie has been trapped in an toxic relationship that has pushed him to isolate himself and build his world in a way that makes him feel in control. He has lost himself so much that he doesn't even remember who he is.
Isla is disturbing everything about his life but in a way she is also showing him that there's nothing to be afraid of, a little passion in your life can go a long way.

When two people so strong willed and intense get together they can either destroy each other or turn up the heat! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wicked Needs (Wicked Bay #5) by L.A. Cotton

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Wicked Bay #5.
Subject: The Ice Queen meets her match.
It’s a fine line between love and hate.

Bitch ... Ice Queen ... Frigid.

Macey Prince is no stranger to a nickname or two. The words once hurt, now they’re her armor. Being a Prince might be a life sentence she can never escape but Macey isn’t willing for her heart to be collateral again.

Then in a rare moment of weakness Macey lets someone in. Without realizing, she gives a piece of herself to him and it’s not long until he wants more. To uncover the girl behind cruel words and icy stares.

She should hate him.

She does hate him.

Anything less would be a disaster waiting to happen.

But sometimes the thing we hate is the thing we need most.

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It’s Macey’s book and I was pleasantry surprised by her. 

She is a lot more than meets the eye, what we thought was arrogance and overall bitchy behavior was in reality a defense mechanism.

Being part of the golden family is not so great, growing up everyone wanted a piece of her, and that has taken its toll on her.

She learned how to be strong and not need anyone, because there was nobody she could depend on, except for Maverick, he was her person. 
When Lo changes the dynamic in their relationship she turns colder than before and things start to get out of control.

He is the one that saves her; he reaches into her hell and takes her hand. She has never felt this way before and that scares her to death. 
Taking a chance on him could be the scariest and best decision she has ever made. 

He is certain there’s something wrong with him that keeps attracting him to trouble, but there’s just something s special about Macey that he can’t let go, even if it kills him.

Winning her love will mean battling her demons and he is not sure he is strong enough to win.

How do you trust again after the people that where supposed to love you betrayed you and everyone around you wants something from you?

About L.A. Cotton
Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.
Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: No.
Subject: That first love kind of feeling
I broke her heart ten years ago and left town.

She hates me, and rightly so. It doesn’t matter that the rest of the country loves me, that I’m a starting quarterback with a multi million-dollar contract. Because when I look in the mirror, all I see is a failure who was too young—and too afraid—to fight for what I wanted.

But I’m not that guy anymore, and all I need is one shot to convince her.


He has no idea what happened after he left. And now I’m supposed to work alongside him like we don’t have this huge, messy history?

But I’m older now, wiser, and I won’t let anything stand in my way of doing a good job for this league. Not even one overpaid, arrogant player who thinks we’re going to kiss and make up.

News flash, buddy: I am over you. 

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He broke her heart years ago and now he is back.

 Jane has no idea how this happened but she is determined to avoid Wes at all cost. Seeing him brings all the bad memories back and she doesn’t need this in her life right now.

Wes doesn’t remember what he could have done that would make her still hate him so much after all those years. Besides, she was the one who broke up with him, why would she be mad?

Getting closer again seems inevitable, maybe talking about what happened will help them heal and move on. 

But they didn’t expect for the feelings and attraction to still be there, even stronger than before. 

They will remember why they fell for each other all those years ago, and how good your first love can feel. 

Jane is scared, she is not ready to have him walk all over her heart again, but she is willing to take a chance on him.

Wes has no idea what he is doing but he only knows one thing, she wants Jane, always have and  always will.

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sweet-Loving Cowboy (Kinky Spurs #2) by Stacey Kennedy

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Kinky Spurs #2.
Subject: Choosing love.
From USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy comes the next riveting and sexy addition to the Kinky Spurs series, Sweet-Loving Cowboy.

Harper McKinney finished culinary school with big dreams. Right now, she’s a bartender at Kinky Spurs. While she’s content with her life, her brother is determined that she make a name for herself, because he wants her far away from what he deems a trashy bar. But Harper refuses to go anywhere. She’s in love with her brother’s best friend, Chase Blackshaw, and that love is keeping her in River Rock.

After the death of Chase’s father, he’s the one responsible for running the construction of the Blackshaw Cattle Company’s guest ranch. Back in the day, he had dreams of opening a construction company, but lack of finances kept him working for the family’s cattle ranch. Now with the responsibility of his family’s guest ranch on his shoulders those dreams seem far away. Though he has bigger problems. His build is failing the inspections.

Now Chase has more trouble on his hands. Harper, the woman he’s forbidden to ever touch has decided to move to Las Vegas. She isn’t so little anymore, and Chase is finding her all too tempting. She’s also not shy about what she wants. Him. Naked. And giving her some sweet lovin’ in all the kinky ways he craves. But neither Chase nor Harper can anticipate the fate that awaits them if they dare give in to their desires, as Chase soon learns there is something far worse than not being able to live out his dreams. It’s being given the chance to live out his dreams but having to watch Harper lose hers.

Chase and Harper story had troubles from the start.

Chase didn't want to stand in the way of her dream and even though he wanted her and needed her like his next breath he was not ready to take thing to the next level.

The sexual tension and attraction they had going, was driving Harper insane, she didn't understand how he kept stopping every time they got close. 

Her brother was standing between them, she understood his motives but she wanted to know how it felt to have Chase before her life changed.

Chase's plan definitely backfired when his feelings for her got stronger. How could he let his reason for living go. They say that if you love something let it go and if it comes back it's yours forever. He will have to put her before his needs, she is the one that needs to make the choice and realize that her happiness is with him at home.

"Do what you need to do. Decide what you need to decide. Whatever that may be... make this choice for you. Not for me. Not for Brody. Not to hold onto the past. For you, Harper."

Harper is having doubts, everything she thought she wanted doesn't seem as perfect now. Her dreams have changed, because she has changed too. 

"Happiness is not what you do, it's who you're with when you do it" 

Sometimes in life we can only see our finish line, the dream, and we miss the opportunities in the way. Taking a step back and looking at the people that love you and surround you might change everything. 

You can either choose to keep going or embrace something that is truly special. 

Found in Bliss (Nights in Bliss, Colorado #5) by Lexi Blake

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Nights in Bliss, Colorado #5.
Subject: They need to find a way to work together if they want to survive.
Re-released in a second edition with new content. 

Holly Lang has a hard time trusting men. Eight years ago, her husband tossed her aside and took her son away from her. Finding the little town of Bliss has given her a second chance at life, new friends, and sense of belonging. Unfortunately, Bliss also seems to have filled her days and nights with dreams of two beautiful men. She can’t stop thinking about the gentle but haunted Dr. Caleb Burke, and the exotic and dangerous Alexei Markov. 

Caleb Burke isn’t your ordinary town doctor, but he’s always dedicated himself to trying to be a good man. His journey to this quirky little town was not an easy one. Some of the stops along the way left him scarred in more ways than one. But when he first sees Holly, it’s like someone threw open the blinds and let the sunlight into his life for the first time in years. 

Alexei Markov is nothing like Caleb Burke. Working as a hit man for the Russian mafia, he was forced to do unspeakable things. He suffered through all the moral compromises to fulfill one simple goal, killing the man who murdered his brother. When a mission led him to Bliss, he found something more precious than vengeance. A woman named Holly Lang. Throughout months of living in witness protection, testifying against his former employers, all he could think about was finding his way back to her. 

After returning to Bliss, Alexei and his strange new ally Caleb discover that they aren’t the only ones interested in Holly. Someone else is stalking her and appears to want her dead. The only way to discover the identity of the killer is for all three to face up to the secrets of their past and work together to fight for everything they have found in Bliss. 


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I was so excited about this book!!!

I have to be honest I never paid any attention to Holly until Alexei saw her, I didn’t even know she was older than most of the girls. 

Now it makes sense that she would be hesitant about getting involved in this special arrangement, she feels that her time has passed her by and she is scared to open her heart to only have it destroyed again.

She sees everyone around her getting their happily ever after and she is tired of waiting. Then Alexei walks into her life. More accurately he comes in guns blazing and saves her life.  

They are so different she is not sure why he wants her, but she is happy to play pen pals for now.

Alexei is safe, he is young, there is no risk in having a little fun.

Alexei knows what he wants and he is not letting anyone get in his way. He found his way back to Bliss and zeroed on Holly the second he arrived. He has plans for her and he has no intentions of letting her get away.

These plans included taciturn Doctor Caleb Burke, but he has no clue about it and we were all waiting at the edge of our seats to see what he would choose.

Caleb is a mystery; we know something led him to Bliss, just like with everyone else there something horrible let them on this path to this secluded city. He has a lot of demons and those are standing in the way of his happiness. He wants Holly, he has wanted her since the moment he saw her, but he is afraid his darkness will kill her light and he is not willing to risk it; she is too important.

Alexei was key in this ménage, he helps them realize they needed each other, and he also needs them both.

Three people with demons and hurt in their past, will they find a way to be together or will they crash and burn?

If there’s one thing we know about the threesomes in this place is that they need to be a team, that’s the only way the will make it.


NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.


“No.” He said the word. He said it a lot, but this time he really, really meant it. Caleb Burke watched as that big Russian stood over sweet Holly, his dark eyes promising all manner of comfort, and he knew he wasn’t ready to let her go.
Of course, he also wasn’t ready to take her.
“No?” Alexei turned to him, seeming to notice for the first time that he wasn’t alone with Holly. Moments before, the Russian had walked into the reception hall where Stefan Talbot and his new wife, Jennifer, were hosting their wedding party. He’d marched in like he owned the place and zeroed in on Holly.
Alexei looked the same as he had months before, but it was easy to tell he’d changed. There was a relaxed set to his shoulders he hadn’t had the last time he was in Bliss. But then the last time Alexei Markov had been in Bliss, it had been as a member of the Russian mob.
“Get your hands off her.”
“My hands are entirely to myself.” And Alexei still had trouble with English.
“Caleb, what’s wrong?” Holly asked, her face turning to him. Wide green eyes stared up at him in confusion. She was so gorgeous. Every time she looked at him, he felt it straight in his gut. And his cock. Damn it. He had to turn away from her.
“You shouldn’t be here.” Caleb couldn’t take his eyes off the Russian. It was nothing less than the truth, though he had selfish reasons for pointing it out. “You’re supposed to be in witness protection.”
Alexei shrugged, his eyes going back to Holly as though her presence was a magnet he couldn’t avoid. “I told you. The trials are over. All the men who worked with Pushkin have been put in proper jails. I finish my testimony last week. I am here today. I am free man.”
Free? After everything he’d done? Alexei Markov had blown into town eight months before as a mobster. Just because he’d turned state’s witness and saved Jennifer Waters and Callie Hollister-Wright didn’t give him a free pass. He tried not to think about the fact that the Russian had saved Holly, too. Alexei had thrown his own body over hers, taking the bullet that would have ended her life. It didn’t erase the crimes he’d committed before. “You killed a bunch of people, and they let you go free?”
“He only killed them to save me, Caleb. And Stef got a couple, too. No one’s talking about putting him in jail.” Holly was already reaching for the Russian’s hands, her face turning upward in greeting. “I’m so happy for you, Alexei. I’m happy they let you come back to Bliss.”
A cloud crossed Alexei’s face telling Caleb everything he needed to know.
“They didn’t let you come back, did they?” Caleb asked. “You’re on the run.”
“No running. I take taxi and then train and then bus. Bus drop off at the Trading Post. It was closed, but Ms. Teeny was kind enough to leave note on door telling me about the wedding.” After his quick explanation, Alexei turned back to Holly. “You look like beautiful doll.”
Caleb grabbed at his tie, loosening it. The damn thing was a noose around his neck. Why had he come to this thing? He should have done what he always did. He should have stayed at home until someone needed him. He should have barricaded himself in his office and stared at medical books until his eyes wouldn’t stay open one second more and he was forced to fall into that hell he called sleep. Yeah, that would have made for a great night. But no, he’d gotten on this monkey suit and headed to the Feed Store Church to attend a wedding, all because he’d wanted to watch Holly walk down the aisle. He’d wanted to see her in a beautiful dress and imagine for one second that she was walking toward him and he was normal. That he was twenty-two again, marrying the right woman this time with his whole life ahead of him.
Not once in that daydream had he included a second man in the scenario, though given where he lived, he should have known that would happen whether he liked it or not.
“Thanks,” Holly said to Alexei, her face lighting up.
Caleb flushed. He hadn’t told her she was beautiful. He’d nodded at her. Why couldn’t he talk to her? He’d been good at this once. He’d gone to parties and balls. Why couldn’t he talk to one small-town waitress?
Because she was the one, but he was too fucked up to deal with it.
“You do look really pretty.” He forced the words out of his mouth. He didn’t say the ones that were locked inside. She didn’t look pretty. She was beautiful. Inside and out. Holly Lang practically glowed in his mind. With auburn hair that curled and caressed her porcelain shoulders, Holly was a vision of everything feminine. She stirred his cock and his mind. He thought about her all the time.
Yeah. He wasn’t going to say any of that.
Holly turned toward him, a vibrant smile on her lips. When she smiled that sunshine-goddess, center-of-his-whole-fucking-world smile, he always thought he would turn into a puddle of goo at her feet. Yeah. That would be really sexy, Burke.
“Tell her more, Caleb. You do well.” Alexei was smiling at him like he was a toddler who’d finally managed to walk.
What the hell was that about?

This Love (Cowboys & Angels #6) by Kelly Elliott

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Cowboys & Angels #6.
Subject: He is not taking no for an answer.
I was a self-appointed bachelor and happy to have the title. Everyone thought it was time for me to settle down and find a nice girl. Well, no thank you. This cowboy wanted to stay clear of relationships. I wanted the freedom that came with no strings. 

But what did I know? Nothing apparently. 

Everything changed when I looked into her green eyes; my world tilted when she smiled at me. 

What was this feeling? 

Whatever was happening had me losing my damn mind. I fumbled with my words. My body wasn’t my own. I wanted her … desperately. 

Was I ready to give up my bachelor days, or was this Irish girl simply an itch I needed scratched? 

This Love is book 6 in the Cowboys and Angels series.

Another amazing book in the “Cowboys and Angels” series.

Cord has never cared about the woman he slept with, he had fun and moved to the next one in line, no strings attached no problems. That is until he runs into the unique Irish beauty and for the first time he wants to try.

Maebh knows she is falling for Cord, he is this unattainable playboy and she is almost certain that he will break her heart, but she can’t seem to help herself. There is something that calls her to him and even though he is doing everything to push her away, she can’t seem to stay away for too long.

Cord is scared, for once in his life he wants something and he can’t have it. She is too good for him, too pure and he starts to rethink all his past choices. Will he ever be able to deserve her?

Reading about their love story was beautiful; Cord surprised me in the best way. He made a decision and stuck to it; he knows she is his future and he is not letting anything get in their way.

Maebh is scared her inexperience might be a problem for Cord, but she has no idea it’s something that’s driving him wild.

Possessive Cowboys are one of my favorite fantasy materials and Cord hit all the right notes for me.

It's so refreshing seeing a guy who acknowledge what he wants and takes it.

This book was perfect!

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.


“Do you like kissing women and getting them all hot and bothered and then walking away? Does that get you off?”
Cord walked around his desk and headed toward the door of his office. Where in the hell did he think he was going?
He shut the door and turned back to face me. When he walked toward me, I stepped back until me legs hit his desk.
“You were hot and bothered by our kiss?”
The way his blue eyes searched me face had me panting. It was getting harder to breathe, especially with him nearly pressed against me body…again.
“No,” I lied.
“That’s not what you just said, Maebh.”
I stood up straighter and squared me shoulders. “By your own admission, and on more than one occasion, Mr. Parker, you don’t always understand what I say.”
He laughed, and I moaned internally. God, I loved his laugh. And his smile. And the way he ran his fingers through his hair.
“Why are you so interested in if I’ve fucked someone in here?”
“I’m not,” I stated, me hands going to me hips.
He leaned closer, a whisper away. “You’re lying. I can tell because your cheeks are turning a beautiful shade of pink. I wonder how vibrant that pink gets when you come?”
Me mouth opened in utter shock, and I stared at him.
“I bet they turn vibrant.”
Cord stepped closer.
“I’ve never found the right woman to bring into my private space and make love to, but there’s always a first time…”
Me tongue bathed me dry lips. Cord’s eyes followed, and he let out a soft growl from the back of his throat.
“You… You…”
Christ, what are you trying to say?
“May I ask you something, Maebh?”
The way he said my name made me knees knock together. The room was spinning.
“Did you like the kiss we shared? Did you like my hands under your dress? My cock pressed against you?”
I wanted to say yes, but I couldn’t forget how he’d made me feel when he walked away and then pretended it had never happened.
“I might have enjoyed it more if you hadn’t walked away from me like an arse.”
His smile instantly disappeared.
“Maebh, I didn’t mean to…”
My hands went to his chest to push him back, but I jerked them away when I felt the zap of energy rushing between us.
What in the world did this man do to me? He was dangerous. Very dangerous.
“I need to get back to Aisling. Have a nice one, Cord.”
He stepped out of my way, and I was relieved I wouldn’t have to argue with him.
Me eyes burned, and I couldn’t figure out why I let this man get me so worked up. I headed for the door, but before I could open it, Cord took me arm and spun me around. He pushed me against the office door. I was having a déjà vu moment.
“You didn’t enjoy any of that night, Maebh?”
A sexy smile moved over Cord’s face. “Answer me.”
Me eyes bounced all over his face as I fought to remember how in the hell to speak.
“What are you doing to me?” I whispered.
His forehead leaned against mine, and I noticed his chest heaving.
“I could say the same thing to you, agra.”
Everything stopped, and I inhaled a sharp breath.
“Where did you hear that?” I asked.
Cord moved away and pushed his hands into his pockets.
“Answer me,” I demanded. “Where did you hear that name?”
He shrugged. “You better get going, the restaurant opens in a few hours, and you’ll need to be ready.”
My mouth hung open. He was going to call me sweetheart and not even tell me how he knew that word.
“You confuse me, Cord Parker. One minute you make me think you want me, the next I’m like a bug you have to squash.”
He stood there, not saying a word.
“Do you?”
His eyes jerked up to meet mine. “Do I what?”
“Want me?”
It was the boldest question I’d ever asked a man, and me neck and cheeks felt like they were on fire. But I had to know. I needed to know how he felt.
When he didn’t reply and dropped his gaze, I had me answer.
“I didn’t think so,” I said, with a nervous laugh. “Stupid fool am I.”
“It’s okay. I see the women who throw themselves at you. I won’t compete with the likes of that.”
A look of horror moved over his face.
“I know I’m not as pretty or as…experienced…” I needed to leave before I kept spewing words.
“What are you talking about? Maebh, you’re…”
Cutting him off, I tried to act peppy as I plastered on a fake smile. “Have a good one.”
And like that, I was rushing down the hallway from Cord Parker. I’d just humiliated meself, and I would never forgive meself for being so damn weak.
It was a silly crush on a handsome boy who would never be happy with a girl like me.