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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Just an Illusion - The B Side (The Illusion #2) by D. Kelly

My Rating: 4 Stars
Series: The Illusion #2
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: Let fate show you the way.
Three life-altering months…

That’s how long it’s been since Amelia Greyson joined the Just an Illusion Tour with Bastards and Dangerous. She’s made new friends, embraced her past, and even found love.

Back on the road …

Following a tragic situation, Amelia is determined to hit the road, put her life in order, and finish the book she was hired to write. Mel’s not the only one affected by what happened; the men of BAD are all trying to move forward, not wanting the past to ruin the remainder of their farewell tour.

Brother vs Brother…

Tensions are high on the Weston brothers’ bus. As each brother settles into their role in Amelia’s life, secrets threaten to rip their relationship to shreds. Can Noah and Sawyer find a way to save the brotherly bond they share? Or will the woman of their dreams end up tearing them apart for good?

Just an Illusion - The B Side, is the second book in The Illusion Series. Just an Illusion - Side A, should be read first to follow the storyline.

I’m already having a bad feeling about this book. How can three people survive such intense attraction and don’t go up in flames from the heat?

Noah and Amelia are happy, they are enjoying their love and making the best out of every second they have. Sawyer is miserable, he is trying to hide it, but he is still in love with his brother’s girl and the way things are going she will soon become much more.

How do you choose between family and the love of your life, because don’t get me wrong, that is what Amelia is to him. By accepting his brother’s happiness, he is letting go of his chance to find a happily ever after of his own. 

Noah is such a pure soul, he deserves this and more, but is his happiness worth destroying his own?

Amelia Loves Noah, but she is also falling for Sawyer, even if she doesn’t accept it and calls it a friendship, she is bound to him on a deeper level than that.

Things get confusing and even more complicated, Amelia’s life changes forever and when they think things are finally sorting themselves out the most horrific thing happens. 

Who will make it to the finish line? And who’s journey has been cut short?

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Beast (A Faery Story #2) by Lexi Blake

Beast-highresMy Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Yes, A Faery Story #2.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: Opposites do attract.
Beast, the second installment of the sexy paranormal A Faery Story Series from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake, writing as Sophie Oak is available now!
A playboy who needs to grow up

Fresh from his latest tabloid scandal, vampire playboy Dante Dellacourt has been given an ultimatum. Either he takes a consort and settles down, or his family will disown him. Unwilling to lose everything he has, he reluctantly agrees to find a wife. Marriage is just another kind of contract, after all. No one said anything about love being a part of the bargain.

An outcast who has only known hardship

Exiled by her pack, Kaja is a werewolf without a home. Her life was never easy in the frozen tundra she grew up in, but it was familiar. Waking up in a foreign landscape, surrounded by bright lights, loud noises, and far too many people has left her overwhelmed. Frightened and with no one to trust, she savagely fights to get free of this strange new world. 

A passion strong enough to change them both

Called to defend the gnomes of the marketplace, Dante is almost blinded by the radiant light coming off the fierce werewolf. Kaja glows like no consort he has ever seen. Gorgeous and wild, she calls to him in ways he had not dreamed possible. For Kaja, she finds in Dante a man unlike any she has ever known. They could not be more different, but she finds him irresistible. 

In order to claim his werewolf bride, Dante must first discover how to overcome their differences. Will he tame his ferocious beauty, or will she unleash his inner beast?

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I loved Dante on the first book, (not just because he is a vampire… duh) but for his sense of humor and his strength and determination when Meg’s life was at stake.

Learning a little bit more about his life was interesting, he had an easy life but at the same time, he was pressured by it. He had to be the best; and he was finding it hard to achieve while wielding a war within himself between his love for money and his passion for fighting for what’s right.

Kaja never had a home, she was always an outsider, a wolf without a real pack and now she has no place to stay and she is running for her life. That’s how she ends up on this plane, and hilariously, her life is in danger yet again.

The attraction between them is incredible, from the moment they see each other, she feels his control, even before he knew he had it in him. Dante is becoming the man he was always supposed to be, and she is the key.

Two species so opposite and at the same time so similar. Dante will help Kaja find her Civil side and in exchange she will help him discover his animal/wild side making him stronger than what he could ever imagine.

 Can’t wait for the next book!

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About Lexi Blake

Blake_Lexi_2New York 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 that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Bound (A Faery Story #1) by Lexi Blake

Bound-highresMy Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Yes, A Faery Story #1.
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: The one to bring them together.
Bound, the first sexy paranormal romance in A Faery Story Series from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake writing as Sophie Oak is available now!
Megan Starke has given up believing in knights in shining armor. With an unrewarding job and a failed marriage, no one would confuse her life with a fairy tale. No one is coming to save the day or carry her off to a romantic fantasy. So when she wakes up in a magical world and discovers she is to be the grand prize in a fierce and bloody tournament, she isn’t sure if she’s having a sexy dream or a horrible nightmare.

Two kings without a kingdom

Beckett and Cian were raised to be the saviors of their people. Prepared all their lives to lead the Seelie Fae, prophecy proclaimed they would find a bondmate whose love would complete them and unleash their magical powers. But the thrust of a traitor’s blade stole that future and now it threatens to take their lives. Struggling in exile, their glorious destiny has become a curse. Unless they can find the perfect woman to save them, they will descend into madness and ruin. When all hope seems lost, Beck sees Meg and knows she’s the key to their salvation.

An epic battle begins

In a world filled with dethroned kings, upwardly mobile vampires, and dangerous, feline-loving hags, Meg will need all her strength to survive. Finding herself caught between Beck and Cian, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to claim her happily ever after.

Re-released in a second edition. Re-edited but no substantial changes.

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Fairies,vampires and other mystical creatures and a land where two hot twins need to find a mate to survive? Sing me in! 

Lexi Keeps surprising me, I already fell in love in Bliss and now I can’t get enough of the actual fantasy land she created.

When Meg woke up in this strange world she is not sure what to make of it, but what she is certain about is that she is not about to pass up a sexy encounter with this dreamy weird creature of a man. 
Little did she know, this moment would change her life and set her on a course that will change the future of this strange world. 

Beckett and Cian are indeed complete opposite, two halves of the same, and they are exactly what she needs. 
They complement each other so perfectly; she never stood a chance at resisting them. 

Fighting against their past, opening themselves to their present and accepting their rightful future will be their obstacles; and it will depend on them, how hard are they willing to fight for their love and what has always been theirs.Crazy sex scenes, with an incredible connection between the characters, that makes their moments together too good to be true.

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About Lexi Blake

New York 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 that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Just an Illusion - Side A (The Illusion #1) by D. Kelly

My Rating: 5 Stars
Series: The Illusion #1
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Subject: Love is  the most beautiful  and difficult thing in the world

One night changed her life…
Bestselling author Amelia Greyson has grown up in the music industry and isn’t the slightest bit fazed by fame or celebrities. However, when she attends a Bastards and Dangerous concert with her best friend Belle, her world shifts on its axis.
Double trouble…
Sawyer and Noah Weston are the front men of BAD. They’re fraternal twins and sexy as sin. When they hear the author of The O Factor is in their green room, they’re intrigued. She’s just the person they need to write their farewell story. The brothers offer Amelia the opportunity of a lifetime, which she reluctantly accepts.
Three hearts…
Noah is sweet and considerate, working hard to make Amelia feel at home on the road. Unfortunately, the closer they get, the more obnoxious Sawyer becomes. Sawyer is arrogant and distant and he wants Amelia, even though she’s not his for the taking. Only during stolen moments does Sawyer show her who he really is.
Can Amelia maintain a safe distance from Sawyer and keep her heart intact? Or will she shatter Noah’s heart by giving hers to his brother instead?

Just an Illusion – Side A is the first book in The Illusion Series

Let me start by saying I haven’t stop thinking about this book for more than 48 hours, it took me a day to read it and the rest of the time, I spent it trying to get over that crazy cliffhanger.

Since I started reading the book, I knew there would be something tragic happening to the characters and it kept me on edge till that last page where the words to be continued haunted me. So all I have to say to the author is, well done! I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down for a second.

I love my rock bands like any other woman in the world, but I really felt connected to BAD, they were not what you would expect rock band members to be, they were actually pretty cool and collected guys. Well, all except from Sawyer, who was obviously my favorite character, who doesn’t love a bad boy with a tortured soul? I am a sucker for that, so of course I wanted him to be the chosen one.

Noah was something different altogether, even though they were twins; they couldn’t have been any more opposite. His personality and actions kept changing the way I pictured him in my mind, he was such a good boy, that I found myself being surprised when Amelia described his body during sex scenes and I realized he was also a bad-ass rock star full of tattoos and sexy muscles.  He just seemed so sweet and loving that when compared to Sawyer in my mind, he ended up looking like a sweet boy next door kind of guy.

Apart from the sex, and the rock music, the story was really beautiful and at the same time it was extremely sad.  All of the characters had dark parts in their pasts that had changed them so deeply and ultimately shaped who they are today.  

Two twins so different, but at the same time two halves of the same whole. Together they made the perfect man, happy and sweet versus tortured and dangerous, and both of them hotter than sin, I don’t think It would have been an easy choice.

Last but not least there was Amelia, she was such a contradiction, she seemed so cautious and sweet, but lurking beneath the surface there was a wild side of her she had kept hidden from the world, some deep and dark  secrets of her own.

Overall it was an amazing book! I can’t wait for the next one; I literally need it now to survive!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

All the Way (Hot Jocks #2) by Kendall Ryan

My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Hot Jocks #2.
His protective streak runs a mile wide.

She won't let her past define her.

"A TOTAL, UTTER MUST READ." (Book Fanatic)

If you're in the mood for EXPLOSIVE CHEMISTRY, soul-mate deep love and tons of feels, get yourself a copy of this standalone romance today!

I know it’s time to move on from my rocky past and get back out there and start dating again.

It’s just that every time I think about it, I get all nervous and sweaty.

Good thing I have a secret weapon to help me—my best friend, professional hockey stud Owen Parrish.

He’s the king of hookups, and promises he’ll be my guide through the world of online dating. With his help, I know this won’t be as hard.
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I’ve never been this hard in my entire life.

My friend Becca wants my help hooking her up with some douchey guy from a dating app.

I said I’d help her—but now I’m noticing all kinds of things I can’t ignore, like how pretty she is behind those baggy clothes and messy buns.

I want to be the one to help her, to show her the ropes in the bedroom, and it turns out, Becca’s game to let me take a more hands-on approach.

But what happens when she’s ready to take her newfound confidence and move on? I’ve never been boyfriend material, but for her, I want to try.

Your favorite hot jocks are back with an all new standalone novel. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series is for you!

(Books can be enjoyed in any order.) 

Becca's life hasn't been easy, she got hurt and that changed her. She hasn't allowed herself to actually live her life, she is just letting things and opportunities pass her by; she is too scared to open her heart to anyone, and for the first time in her life, she is ready to do something about it.

In comes Owen, he is the number one player in all sense of the word, he loves the game and the women. He doesn't let anyone get close, and he seems okay with having meaningless flings, that is all he has known. He loves Becca, she is the only consistent thing in his life besides the game and he has never thought about changing that.

Then the proposition comes... a drunken night gives her the courage she needs to ask him the ultimate favor, something he can't resist. Saying no to Becca seems impossible and maybe saying yes is one of the best decisions he has ever made.

Owen wants to do anything he can so he can help her escape her demons and by doing that he is opening his heart to feeling more and letting her in. For the first time, he is experiencing something different and he can't get enough. 

Are they strong enough to overcome the difficulties and bad habits? Can Becca trust him with her heart?

A must read!

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About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Closer (Stage Dive #4.6) by Kylie Scott

My Rating: 5 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, Stage Dive #4.6
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…

When a stalker gets too close to plus-size model Mae Cooper, it’s time to hire some muscle.

Enter former military man turned executive protection officer Ziggy Thayer. Having spent years guarding billionaires, royalty, and rock n roll greats, he’s seen it all. From lavish parties through to every kind of excess.

There’s no reason some Instagram stylista should throw him off his game. Even if she does have the most dangerous curves he’s ever seen...

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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Mae and Ziggy's story was filled with excitement and action, and a lot of sexual tension!

Mae is used to living her life not bothered so much by the press and is not used to having someone so close to her and in her private space. 
But Ziggy doesn't understand about distance, his job is to keep Mae safe, and make sure to keep that body she used for work without a scratch. 
Even though her body is the sexiest thing he has ever seen and keeping his distance will prove to be impossible. 

The client and the bodyguard, a well used concept, but it just works so fine in this story. She is not some brat that needs to be kept safe, she is aware of the danger and does everything in her power to help Ziggy do his job.

Ziggy realized she is not what he expected and this whole ordeal just turned into one of his hardest missions. Keeping his eyes on the job at hand is proven to be harder than the job itself and he is not sure he can stay away for long.

Sexy characters make fr an even sexier story. A fun ans fast read!

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“Your keys and security alarm code please, miss?” he asked, hand held out waiting. It might have just been me, but we seemed to be standing awfully close together. It almost seemed weirdly intimate. Almost. No, my bad. Ziggy wore his usual professional façade with nary a hint of emotion on display. His gaze was shuttered, his bearing military rigid. It was definitely just me and my overactive imagination. Being vaguely attracted to your bodyguard was kind of a pain in the ass. Not that I couldn’t use the distraction right now. Ziggy continued to stand there patiently waiting. “Keys. Right.” I rummaged inside my Balenciaga City bag. Designer goodies were not only a weakness of mine, but a happy perk of being in the industry and achieving some small fame. “Ah, just a minute. They’re in here somewhere.” I pushed aside my purse, a cashmere shawl, tampons, a candy bar, some loose change, my small Chanel cosmetics case, a power bank, hair ties, pepper spray, a copy of the latest Sarah MacLean book, mints, a spare charging cable for my cell phone, the cell phone itself, Chapstick, Prada sunglasses case, my grandma’s rosary, dental floss, deodorant, a couple of pens, Kleenex, ear buds, water bottle, a USB stick, reusable straw, condoms, nail file, some old receipts, a travel size umbrella, hand sanitizer, lotion, a pair of pearl earrings, tweezers, Advil, a hair band, and some bobby pins. “Sorry about this,” I murmured. “I know I put them in here when we left.” He said nothing. A whole lot of nothing. “Huh.” With a great sense of victory, I held up a bottle of nail polish. “I thought I’d lost this.” One of his dark brows crept upwards. “I’ll have you know this color was limited edition. Little Death at Midnight by Oxley. You can’t buy it anymore.” His lips did not move, but that damn eyebrow arched even higher as he leaned forward a little and took in the contents of my bag. I swear his eyes widened. “Don’t you judge me. All of these things are necessary for my ongoing existence.” “Of course they are, miss.” The man was so judging me. Bastard. “You carry a koozie around with you, I see.” “It pays to be ready to party, Mr. Thayer.” 

About Kylie Scott

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, 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. 

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