Monday, September 30, 2013

This Love's not for Sale

4 steamy stars
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Sexy McG.

Tucker McGrath is a country boy turned real estate mogul and multi-millionaire with a life size chip on his shoulder.  He is a successful, sexy, womanizing and egotistical Dominant who’s all business.  Nothing gets in the way of a Tucker and winning a deal.  Money is power…money is everything.  He will never give up or give in until he gets his way…until Lilliana.

Lilliana "pet"

Lilliana Norris is a mid-western beauty that relocated to Connecticut and inherited a large portion of land, which belonged to her family for generations.  She is young, beautiful and recently divorced.  Sworn of love and men for good, her focus is on her job and maintaining her inheritance. It so happens that Lilliana inherited the same plot of land that Tucker had been chasing after for years.  Killing two birds with one stone, he is determined to bed the beauty and con her into selling her the acreage.  It’s a win-win deal for Tuck McG.

Lilly succumbs to Tuck's Dominant ways

He is a Master with the flogger

These two are hilarious – between their back and forth banter and sexy text messages, I could not put this book down.  Lilly’s a sassy mouth wisecracker and takes no crap from Tuck.  Tucker is a dominant, which can’t seem to control her tongue…except in the bedroom.  And boy, does he do a fine job controlling their sexual escapades.  When these two finally shut up and get down to business, in the “time out room”, it’s muy caliente!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lily and Tuck’s love unfold.  It’s a fun, hot, laugh out loud story. This steamy book is a must read.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Connected by Kim Karr

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing…freaking…AMAZING! Reading “Connected” was like taking the most incredibly shocking roller coaster ride - it gutted me and pulled on each and every one of my heartstrings.  I LOVED IT!  Every angst filled moment was worth it. BUT HOLY MOTHER OF CLIFF HANGERS….What just happened?  How will I go on until the sequel?  My mind has been blown apart and my emotions are twisted.  This love story made me laugh, cry, scream, swoon and threaten irreversible damage to my kindle.  Kim Karr lays out one hell of an emotionally charged journey.

The story of Dahl and Ben….

You’re always in my head….
Maybe it’s the way we’ve known each other so long
Thoughts of you are always in my head.

Dahlia London is a free spirited writer who has suffered through so much loss and grief. Ben is a sexy, charismatic, cocky and loveable “surfer dude”.  They were best friends and college sweethearts.  Ben has supported Dahl and carried her through the most difficult times of her life.  Their relationship has not always been easy, but they belong together.  Ben is Dahl’s soul mate and she plans on spending the rest of her life loving him. 

WHAT? That didn’t happen! NO! GONE! Ben, I’m crying…tears…heartache…heartbreak…Dark clouds settle over Dahl’s life once again. 

Continuing a life without Ben is difficult, barely surviving without her lover.  He surrounds her, he is everywhere and he is nowhere.  Her once in a lifetime has been stolen from her.

The story of Dahlia and River….

River, you are one hell of a sexy, devilishly handsome, lead singer.  I instantly fell in love with you.  You charmed your way into my heart – each time you call Dahlia “BEAUTIFUL” I melt.

Your hand fits in mine
Like it’s made just for me
It just makes sense that we were meant to be
I see the faint freckles on your nose
These are the things I love about you.

Dahlia first encountered River Wilde during her college days.  Seeing him sing in the bar for the first time left a lasting impression and a spark ignited.  Alas, they were destined to go their separate ways, until Dahlia’s life turned upside down.  Years later, they reconnected – and from that moment, dark skies parted and sunshine once again flowed into Dahlia’s life.

I was born to love her
Everything about her
She is the one I need
The one I have waited for
She is everything.


River replaces the pain in Dahlia’s heart with joy and happiness.  He is gentle, loving, patient and understanding – gives her all the love she needs with lots and LOTS of SEX.  Rock star sex is exactly what a sad girl needs. 

River and Dahlia belong together.  With River comes the promise of a lifetime filled with bliss.  He’s her  “Once in a life time” and Dahlia is blessed with a second chance at life – and she intends on spending every moment with River.

We’ve taken this journey
Down this happy road
Discovering our love
And we know we will never be alone
We feel connected…connected forever

….And the prince and princess ride into the sunset on his trusted steed to live happily ever after…..

RING! Hear that phone Dahlia?  It's destiny calling once again... Your life is about to come crashing down – and many secrets yet to be revealed.  All the pieces in your life have yet to be connected. 

So now I sit and wait, white knuckles hanging on the edge of a cliff, waiting to see how Dahlia's life with further be TORN apart.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Torn by Kim Karr

ARC provided by Kim Karr in exchange for an honest review.


Torn is the perfect sequel…..Really.

The review below contains spoilers for "Connected".

The minute I read the last sentence of “Connected”, I could not wait for “Torn”. I was obsessed.  The last chapter blew my mind, ripped the entire book apart, turn the story upside down and left me craving more… More River, more Ben, more Dahlia and the incessant need to answer the burning question: How does the existence of Ben factor into their lives??  Needless to say, “Torn” has given me the worse case of book hangover I’ve suffered, EVER.  This is not your typical love triangle.  It is a love story about two men who are deeply in love with and fight for the same woman. 

At the end of “Connected”, Dahlia’s phone is ringing…answering a call that will change her world forever.  Dahlia, a woman who has seen enough heart ache to fill several lifetimes, has finally moved beyond the loss of Ben.  She had witnessed his murder, which tore her life apart.  She mourned his death for over two years and is managing to piece a new life together with River.  Continuing her life without her best friend turned fiancée was not easy.  Ben was her rock and has carried her through the emotional trauma of losing both her parents.  The twist in Connected…it turns out Ben is alive, hiding from some really bad people who posed a threat to both himself and Dahlia.  Ben, an investigative reporter, took on a dangerous assignment, which put them both at risk.  Making a selfish decision to put his career before his relationship with Dahlia, he faked his own death and starts his life anew.  When there is no longer the threat of danger, Ben returns to his former life, ready to reclaim Dahl’s heart while disrupting her plans to marry her current fiancée River.  WOW!

River, a hot and damn sexy singer in a rock band, met Dahlia during her college days. The two become reunited and their relationship turns into a full-blown romance. River becomes an important part of Dahlia’s life by helping her move on from darkness to a bright future.   He is her soul mate and protector.  I could feel his undying love for Dahlia throughout the story.  With Ben’s return, River begins to doubt his relationship with Dahlia and fears she will be lost to him forever.  This doubt tears River’s heart. I ached for River and his devotion to Dahlia swelled my heart.  He longs for assurances, longs to believe he is her true love and not a consolation prize. 

“ I love you, Dahlia, I love everything about you.  You’re perfect, really…. And I will love you more, forever.” SWOON!!

He is a white knight, a dream lover and one hell of a sexy beast.  When these two get together, they have some of the most sensual, panty melting, sexual encounters. From a good old fashion backyard banging, to a birthday striptease, their passion is never ending. 

With the return of Ben comes the discovery of his past secrets, his betrayals and how they involve the people in her life.  These secrets have the potential to crush Dahlia.  But, Dahlia is by no means a damsel in distress.  Despite being plagued by so much sadness, she is a strong and determined woman.  She has made her decision as to whom she loves and will continue to spend her life with.   She is not a weak willed, fickle girl who bounces between the hearts of two men.  The man she has chosen to love feeds that strength and helps her to persevere. Dahlia is rock solid.  Her strength is what I loved most and she is one of my most favorite female lead characters.

Ben has torn my heart apart.  With the masterful writings of Kim Karr, I abhorred, pitied and adored his character.  I wanted to both strangle and coddle him (at certain times).  I am perplexed as to how I could feel compassion for him. But I did, despite the fact that he is an arrogant, cocky, selfish, lying son-of-a-bitch.  His betrayals are many to both Dahl and his family.  He thinks himself noble, believing his decisions were made with Dahl’s safety in mind... I call BULLSHIT.  Ben had choices and Dahlia was not a priority. And I love…LOVED how she rips into him… calling him out on what he has done.

“Do you have any idea what I’ve been though?  What you put me though?  You died in front of me… you didn’t disappear, Ben – you fucking died in front of my eyes. I saw him – the asshole who shot you. I saw the coroner take your body away.  I went to your God damn funeral… I cried for you, mourned you, missed you. At times I just wanted to die without you…” Love a chick with CAJONES!

But there are times when you see that Ben truly loves Dahl.  A tiny piece of my heart bleeds for him, for he too has suffered losses in this story, mostly by his own self-destructive hands.  I pity Ben for what he did and what he endured.  But make no mistake, he adores Dahl and is persistent in his fight for her love.

“Through everything, after all this time, you need to know…I have never stopped loving you, not for one second…” Ah Ben, you are a conundrum. I both love and hate you.

Both men love Dahlia. Both are loved by Dahlia.  Ben and River, regardless of their faults, believe they have the right to own her heart and will fight for her future.  Following Dahlia’s journey there’s the discovery of which man, either her past or her present love, she surrenders her heart too.  From the pain in Dahlia’s heart comes the beauty in her soul. Torn is truly an exquisite love story.