Friday, December 30, 2016

Satisfaction (Lawless #2) by Lexi Blake @authorlexiblake


4.5 Suspense filled stars


Good heavens I am totally obsessed with this series. The Lawless siblings quest to discover the truth behind their parents’ murder and to clear their father’s name continues in Satisfaction and once again Lexi Blake reeled me into her tangled web of secrets, lies and deceptions. With a plot masterfully filled with suspense, twists and loads of passion, I could not put Brandon and Carly’s romance down. It was a satisfyingly juicy and steamy read.

Following the story line we met all the Lawless children, how they were left orphaned years ago and their need for justice. Satisfaction is Brandon’s story - the younger brother riddled with fears who felt unworthy of being loved. Left on his own for so many years, he barely survived the cruelty of the foster care system. Bran’s past was heartbreaking and I couldn’t help but fall for his character even more. Seeing his childhood traumas, I understood his need to protect ‘damsels in distress’ and his constant struggle to become a man his family could rely on.

The next stage of their grand plan is to unearth information guarded by one of the family’s enemies, Patricia (TV personality and their father’s former partner). Carly, Patricia’s mousy personal assistant is the key to getting the information. It’s up to Bran to convince her to cooperate by using any means necessary. But Bran could not bring himself to be deceitful, and I loved how honest he was with Carly from the beginning. She had her own troubles to contend with, and Bran immediately recognized her vulnerabilities. As a result, a deal was struck – Carly will help Bran, as he offers her protection against the thugs who threatened her life. Along the way, they discover there is more to their relationship. There’s an electrical spark, an undeniable attraction between the two that could no longer be ignored.

Bran and Carly were perfect together. Both insecure and hopelessly struggling against personal demons, their blossoming relationship led them on a path to discover not only love, but also the potential to build trust and confidence. The chemistry they shared was HOT. Brandon was just as sexy as he was sweet - a true and honest hero that I could not help but adore.  Satisfaction was an intense roller-coaster ride with a cliffhanger of an ending that had me screaming for more. This is a great series that I highly recommend to lovers of steamy romantic suspense novels. Now my wait begins for the final Lawless saga, Revenge.




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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sweet Escape (Sugar Rush #2) by Nina Lane @NinaLaneAuthor

4.5 Sugary Sweet Stars
I just want to crawl inside Nina Lane’s mind as she magically brings her oh-so-swoon worthy heroes and their romances to life. It never fails. Each time, with every story penned, Lane touches the very heart of me as I become so totally lost within her fantastical worlds. Everything around me simply fades away until all that remains is the beauty created from her written words. It’s no surprise how easily Evan “Heartbreaker” Stone stole my heart with all his sugary sweetness and off the charts hotness. He melted me like a delicious piece of fine chocolate. I savored Evan and Hannah’s passion filled journey in Sweet Escape ~ from their no-strings-attached fling to undeniable true love.

My love story starts with a broken heart.

In Sweet Dreams, (the first book in the Sugar Rush Series), we met the adorably stubborn Evan Stone and learned all about his serious heart condition. Constantly under the watchful eyes of his family, he was frequently reminded of his life-long illness and limitations, much to his vexation.
One of the reasons why I loved Evan’s character in Sweet Escape (aside from his sexiness and luscious gorgeousness) was seeing his unwavering determination to push the envelope. He lived life to the fullest, as much as his circumstances would allow, and approached every obstacle head-on. Loved that his physical weakness only served to strengthen his resolve. He fights for what he wants, especially when it came to the family business and eventually Hannah’s presence in his life. But there’s a vulnerable side to Evan that moved me. Because of his health issues, Evan had insecurities, thus felt the need to avoid long-term romantic relationships. He’s nicknamed “Heartbreaker” for that reason. So when Hannah Lockhart stepped into his life, with her willingness to eventually leave and travel the world, she seemed to be the perfect woman for a fleeting sex-filled fling. The only problem… the connection between them became too powerful to deny. As much as Evan’s fears and stubbornness tried to convince him otherwise, Hannah was in his heart. And oh boy, these two were passionately hot and heavy. Nina Lane certainly knows how to turn up the heat level to scorching.


I have to admit I had some reservations with Hannah’s character for part of this read, as well as when she was introduced in the first installment. She was a self-proclaimed wanderlust, making her way around the world, blogging about her adventures. The last place she wanted to be was stuck in a small town, running Wild Child Bakery, during her sister’s absence. Her flightiness had me anxious as it caused a bit of push-and-pull within the story line. Even though I always relish the build up of angst, there were times her actions had me worried about how their relationship would turn out. But given the opportunity, seeing the reasons why Hannah felt the need to run from her family and past, I eventually understood her mindset. In the end, she proved to be the right girl for lovable Evan.

I loved seeing this couple work through their fears and difficulties while feeding each other strength. How Hannah never focused on Evan’s weaknesses, only his love and determination.  I adored the way Evan got all that was Hannah, never judging and always supportive. For a man with a “broken heart”, I found his character to have the biggest and most compassionate heart of all. And holy crap was Evan dominating and HOT! The sexual chemistry this couple shared was explosive. Honestly, Nina knows how to write a sizzling sex scene that makes my heart flutter every time.

Sweet Escape was a great emotional, steamy treat with just the right amount of drama, laughter and heartfelt moments built into the story line. I’ll never get my fill of Lane’s writing style, the way her stories flow and how she brings to life a cast of such lovable characters, especially her sincere heroes. This is the perfect read for when your in the mood for a truly feel good romance. Although part of a series, this can absolutely be read as a standalone novel. Thank you Nina for another wonderful reading experience. Looking forward to more from the sexy Stone Brothers.




I voluntary reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Managed (VIP #2) by Kristen Callihan @Kris10Callihan

4.5 stars


“I am a cold man.”

Frigid indeed. Gabriel “Scottie” Scott, manager of the infamous rock band Kill John, is known for his controlling nature and icy demeanor. In “Idol”, book one of the VIP series, he did not give me the warm and fuzzy ‘oh so easy to fall in love with’ feeling. Regardless, his detached persona totally fascinated me. When “Managed” popped up on my kindle, I could not wait to jump into this story to see firstly, if I could warm up to his character and secondly, meet the heroine that would hopefully unravel him. As it turned out, Scottie quickly won me over. A few pages in and one bumpy airplane ride with the vivacious Sophie was all it took for Gabriel to worm his way into my heart.
"You are my warmth." 



“I wasn’t prepared to need you this much. I don’t know who I am anymore if you aren’t with me.”

Gabriel was totally swoon-worthy. Honestly, just the way he was described, I had all these deliciously handsome visuals flooding my mind’s eye. Tall, dark, gorgeous ~ a body of a Grecian god ~ looks of a runway model… Yeesh, Gabriel made my heart flutter.


“You are beautiful, Gabriel.” His expression shutters.
“It’s only veneer. Nothing of what I am on the inside.”

He proved himself wrong. There was a loving, beautiful man buried beneath that all that veneer.


Add to that goodness, Gabriel had an air of mystery. On the surface he was refined, professional, calculating and meticulous in all ways. Business being the priority, managing the band consumed his life. But hidden underneath the façade lived a man filled with secrets and fears. There were times his character was stripped bare to expose both his anxieties and his fierce, almost savage side. I loved seeing him uninhibited thanks to Sophie. Being his absolute opposite, she brought Gabriel to life. Through her love, he opened up his heart to become a lovable and passionate hero that I completely fell for. And despite his pretentious personality, Gabriel could be down right funny, especially in his back and forth banter with Sophie and his band mates. This scene in particular had me giggling out loud.


It hits me like a fist to the gut: she has been, yet again, fucking with me…
…I bite the inside of my cheek to keep from grinning. Leaning forward, I crowd her space, ignoring the scent of lemon tart that floats around her.
She tenses right up, her head jerking back, her body bolting straight. I love it.
“All right,” I murmur low in her ear, as she shivers and wiggles to get away. “You caught me. I do want oral satisfaction. Badly. Be a dear and take the edge off for me?”
She gasps, velvety skin going pale. “Are you kidding me?”
“We already went over this.” I reach beneath my seatbelt to undo my actual belt. “I’m in need, and it has to be you.”
“Whoa, wait a minute, buddy.” Her hand presses against my chest and quickly flinches back, as if the contact burns. Oddly, it was rather warm, and I still feel the imprint of her hand through the layers of my clothes. I ignore that too and give her an exaggerated brow wiggle…
…A strangled sound leaves her. “You…nasty…I don’t believe this…”
“Oh, come on, love. Give us a suck, eh? Just a little teasing lick of the tip?”
And when confessing his feelings to the guys, Gabriel managed cracked me up…


I glance around. The guys are giving me my privacy by watching the TV. But they are here. For me. They’ll never leave me behind. My mates. My family.
“I love you too,” I blurt out.
And instantly regret it. My face burns as they all turn my way with varying degrees of shock in their expressions.
Rye gurgles on a laugh.
“Fuck,” I mutter. “That’s not… You know what I mean. You’re my mates.”
“‘In Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day,’” Killian drawls.
They all laugh.
“Sod off,” I growl, fighting a smile. But I won’t retreat anymore. Sophie was right; it hurts both me and them when I do that. I look each of them in the eye. “I mean it.”


Aside from what he believed himself to be, Gabriel was beyond loving, truly sincere and down right sexy. He's the type of hero who could melt your heart as well as make you tingle.
“Hush now and spread those lovely thighs wider like a good, chatty girl. I’ve work to do here.”


Sophie Darling was riotous ~ a likeable bold and sassy heroine that perfectly complimented the uppity Gabriel. Beyond chatty and extremely blunt, she was a cyclonic force, leaving Gabriel no choice but to yield and break all of his rules. From their whacky first encounter on an airplane ride to London, to becoming part of the bands’ entourage, Sophie made her way into our hero’s heart, forever changing him. Her lighthearted and whimsical personality made this a super fun and sexy read.



I freaking adored everything about this book – the steaminess, the laughs, Sophie’s silliness, Gabriel’s broody sexiness, the bonds of friendship and the bands’ hijinks. It was an addictive low angst read that I devoured in just one sitting and it reminded me of all the reasons why I fell in love with this author’s writing style. Once again, Callihan penned another trademark slow burning love story, taking the time to develop her dynamic characters and their friends-to-lovers-opposites-attract relationship, while weaving in tons of sexual tension. I liked the fact that Gabriel and Sophie’s romance was unhurried. And once their sexual hunger was finally unleashed... all I can say is WOW. Gabriel was off the charts scorching HOT. As their fiery passion  ignited , I fell deeper in love with this couple. Although “Managed” is book two in the VIP Series, it can totally be read as a stand-alone. (But I highly recommend reading “Idol”. It too was a fantastic read). Can’t wait for the next sexy Kill John rocker to fall in love!





I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book

 









Monday, September 12, 2016

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci @ninabocci @alice_clayton


4 Stars


Rome. The city of love and the beautiful setting for Avery and Marcello’s second chance at love romance. Roman Crazy was an amusingly funny yet incredibly steamy lust-filled tale of self-discovery, reinforcing the bonds of friendship and rekindling lost love while experiencing all the wonders of Italy.  The writing duo of Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci had me laughing and swooning as this couple struggled to overcome the heartaches of the past, in hopes of finding a future together.

Coming to terms with her failed marriage, Avery Bardot jets off to Europe to clear her mind and spend some quality time with her bestie, Daisy. The last thing she expected was seeing her old flame, Marcello Bianchi - the one who got away. (Mamma Mia! Trust me, he was as sexy as his name – totally panty melting). Long ago, she broke his heart by ending their torrid affair without explanation, which made their reunion both painfully awkward and hysterically funny. Seeing Marcello and all his fury made Avery’s situation much more complicated.

The story made many references to the past where we see Marcello and Avery’s beginnings, the intensity of their lust, and the circumstances that ended the relationship. Young and misguided, Avery made some terrible mistakes, which she needed to rectify in order to move their relationship forward. After nine long years, she finally had the chance to apologize and reveal the truth behind her actions. I will say there were times I found myself exasperated with Avery’s decisions, involving unfaithfulness on her part, which hurt Marcello. It took some time for me to warm up to her character. But seeing how this couple healed, their chemistry and the feelings they shared, I was able to move beyond and enjoy their second chance.

Although the story is told from Avery’s point of view, it was Marcello who stole the spotlight for me. The quintessential tall, dark and handsome hero - I adored his larger than life sensual character, which exuded fiery passion. He had my sympathies seeing the way Avery left him alone and heartbroken. Loved how he took control of their relationship, taking his time to rebuild trust, as the love they shared strengthened. There was a moment Marcello had me cringing with a misstep in his actions, but seeing his undying love for Avery, he managed to charm his way back into my good graces. In the end, I simply fell in love with his alluring character. Marcello è molto bello.

Roman Crazy was an enjoyable read and one of my favorite parts, aside from the insanely hot Marcello and the comedic team of Avery and Daisy (their hijinks had me in stitches) was the beautiful descriptive imagery these authors wove into the storyline.  The food, the sights and the history – The vivid Italian countryside came to life. The story flowed so seamlessly, it gave me the feeling as if I was whizzing away on the back of Marcello’s motorcycle, experiencing all the beauty first hand. All in all, Roman Crazy was a playfully fun and flirty read. Looking forward to more from the creative minds of Clayton and Bocci.
 
 
Arc provided in exchange for an honest review