Tuesday, December 8, 2015

To Love Jason Thorn written by Ella Maise (356 pgs) – finished reading 12/8/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance

I totally loved this one! Jason Thorn was such a swoon-worthy character, but his Hollywood image is tainted because of a few indescretions. Drinking and drugs are not the issue, but his brazen sexual innuendos are. Olive, who has been crushing on Jason since she first met him when she was a young girl, finds herself still highly attracted to the guy when once again they meet. It’s now some years later and Jason is a huge Hollywood star while Olive is a best-selling author. Jason is seeking out the lead in her blockbuster novel now being sought by a producer to launch it on the big screen. Oh, my he’s still just as gorgeous and beautiful as he once was, probably even more so, are Olive’s thoughts. And, Jason treats her just like “the little one” that she was all those years ago. But, Olive is not that little anymore. And, through time Jason realizes that.

I threw myself right into this book and didn’t stop turning the pages until I was done. Their story was humorous and romantic. Throughout the book, the reader is introduced to Olive’s friends. Lucy was a hoot while being loyal and protective when times called for it. Char was on the back-burner for me. I didn’t know if she was truly trustworthy or had something deceiving up her sleeve. My suspicions were eventually revealed. And the ex-boyfriend, Marcus, was just an ass. I just knew that there was something not right there. These supporting characters had me on my toes guessing just where their loyalties would eventually lie.

This was a dirty talking, steamy read. Olive seemed to be so innocent but yet such a self-assured woman. And, well Jason he’s confident and always in the moment. So when they were together intimately, the reader gets some pretty sexy glimpses of just how powerful their chemistry actually is. The sensuality between the two was written with passion and poignancy. There was definitely some HOT and spicy panty-melting moments. Whew!!

This was my first Ella Maise read, and I promise you, it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed Jason and Olive’s love story! It was entertaining and romantic! Love those books where someone has loved a person from afar or over time and is so afraid to act on it! The character always seems to grow and eventually shine. And, that’s just what young Olive absolutely did as she matures into a beautiful young woman. And, Jason's eyes were opened as far as how just being with the right woman can be exactly what he was missing all along. This is definitely a keeper, and I’m still gleefully swooning over Jason Thorn’s character...ahhhhh!!!

And, the guy on the cover is just YYYUUUMMMYYY....gotta love those abs!!!

Review Written, 12/8/15

Friday, December 4, 2015

Freakshow written by Jaden Wilkes (297 pgs) – finished reading 11/30/15 – 4 stars - Paranormal Romance


OMG! That is so not the ending that I wanted! I wanted more Cai! I wanted more Liv!! They so deserved to be together!! I have so many unanswered questions. I hope that this is not the end of their story! What about the two other sisters? What about Sea’s destiny? And, where the hell did Orion run off to?

I really enjoyed Liv and Cai’s story. It was like nothing I have ever read before. The whole backdrop of the circus and Liv’s extraordinary gift was exciting and mesmerizing. And, Cai was just so magnificent! What a male! And, their intimacy was beautiful. Exhilarating! HOT!

I just had one small problem with the story. And, that is when Cai’s gift was revealed. It just seemed so mundance of how it was divulged. No hoopla! No surprise! So, other than that, the story’s premise was fantastic! And, the writing was so passionate. Thrilling! Suspenseful! This was one unique find! I just hope there’s going to be more added to complete the full story...

This was vibrant and beautiful cover!!! That’s what first drew me to this book...

Review Written, 11/30/15

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Perfectly Imperfect written by Harper Sloan (408 pgs) – finished reading 11/20/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance


This novel started off on a sad note. My heart immediately broke for young Willow Tate. With a step-father and half-sister like that, who needed enemies? Willow, a young woman beaten and broken emotionally, has no confidence in herself and doesn’t see how much she really shines. She’s told repeatedly by her family, who are cold and calculating, how ugly and overweight she is. If it wasn’t for her two supportive friends, Kirby and Eddie, who knows just how damaged Willow could be. Even her ex-husband was a monster with his constant verbal abusive comments. How can one possibly think that they are worthy of love and friendship after hearing such vilifying slanders over the years? When at last Willow can’t take her family’s constant verbal bashings, she snaps. And, I mean she totally has had enough and doesn’t go quietly. She loses her cool as she is pushed to the limit. What she doesn’t realize, though, is that award-winning actor, Kane Masters, witnesses her melt-down. This glorious male, however, feels an underlying connection with her as they meet once again. Kane has come to her rescue before, and this just cements the fact to him that there is something  worth taking a chance on with Willow. What will she do when he’s asked her to consider acting on this “connection” with him when all she’s ever known is betrayal and cruelness? The man is beautiful! What can he possibly see in her, Willow questions? He’s smart and kind and has everything going for him. People like him just don’t associate with people like her! Willow might think that Kane has everything, but there’s one thing that Kane is missing. And, that’s that one special someone to share his life with. He’s willing to take a chance on that “special” someone to be Willow, though. But, will she give him that “chance” to show her just how extraordinary she really is?

Damn!! I think I high-lighted half of this book. Ms. Harper writes truthfully of how constant condescending comments can damage an individual’s self-worth. It’s sad how your family, the ones you’re supposed to believe in and trust, can be so mean without any conscience whatsoever. I can appreciate, without a doubt, the note that the author included in the beginning of the book. It spoke volumes as to Ms. Harper’s compassion and hopefulness as to people who go through this struggle with self-image while trying to find a relatively livable path. I, for one, enjoyed the book immensely other than one part about three-quarters through. I just don’t know why it was included. I felt it unnecessary and just wished the author would have just stuck to the love story. This book held an important message to believe in yourself and that there’s sincerely someone out there for everyone that will honor you, protective you, and love you wholly for being yourself. As a reader I came away with a deeply moving experience that sent out a powerful message. One book not to be missed!!


“Sweet Willow. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that life starts at the end of your comfort zone? When you break free of the fears that have held you back, you’re going to be free to fly, and that, honey, is when you’re going to find the happiness you deserve. But you have to start somewhere. You have to push that fear aside and just wing it-trusting you will never be alone should you fall.” ~ Eddie (Chap. 8)

“Hope isn’t always something people can understand, regardless of the picture you paint. More often than not, the promise of something better is more terrifying than the horrible situations life can throw your way. Sometimes, they just aren’t strong enough to believe in something so unpredictable. They aren’t capable of being or becoming impenetrable against life.” ~ Willow (Chap. 13)

“She has to be able to show others that the hope they need is within themselves and you are stronger than fear tries to trick you mind into believing.” ~ Kane (Chap. 13)

“No, let me finish. There isn’t beauty in perfection, it’s as fake as the image the word projects. Beauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit you’re not perfect means you’re admitting you’re not whole and absolute. When I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit he’s as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better. To take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there. You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.” ~ Kane (Chap 22)

“The magnificence that we both see in each other will only intensify the beauty we see in ourselves.” ~ Willow (Chap. 40)

“I clap and beam up at the man who truly has proven to the world that when you believe in the possibility of becoming impenetrable, you can overcome anything and win. I, Willow Tate, soon-to-be Masters, have truly won. I have the love of the greatest man and his family. But most of all, I have the love of my own self and each and every perfectly imperfect moment I’ve lived, loved, and won.” ~ Willow (Epilogue)

And, that cover is just so beautiful!! Draws the reader right in...

Review Written, 11/21/15

Friday, November 20, 2015

Taming the Rake (The Rake, #1) written by Monica McCarty (360 pgs) – finished reading 11/18/15 – 4 stars - Historical Romance

It’s been almost a whole year since I’ve read a Historical Romance. And, I’m happy to say that I picked up a real winner. Monica McCarty never disappoints with her romances, and this is one that promises to deliver one fervent love story yielding one incredible couple! James Coventry is definitely the brooding type with his casual aloftness and unhidden sexual trysts on display. He doesn’t give a fig what anyone thinks, but there’s an underlying reason as to his drunken indiscretions and brash behavior. His life has not been without condescending abuse as a young lad which also includes the present.When he meets Georgina Beauclerk, he is smitten with her. But, she’s too young. Inexperienced. And, he never lasts very long with anyone. Gina’s probably the type that needs commitment and fidelity. He’s been there, done that before, and it didn’t work out. He was hurt irrevocably. She does, although, push him to the edge with her daring ways and alluring presence. Along with Gina’s beauty, she is confident and smart, and she’s in no way intimidated by Coventry. He can’t seem to get her out of his mind so much so that when she comes to him with a proposition, how can he turn her down. Coventry, though, eagerly turns the table on her, and she still surprises him with her boldness. That is until he discovers that she may be the one holding all the cards as to succeeding her quest to make a fool out of him.

One just has to love this couple!! There were quite a few laugh out loud moments that had me so entertained in their story. Ms. McCarty doesn’t skimp on her knowledge of the ton as well. From the exquisite descriptions of their clothes to the flavorful English language spoken, the reader gets a true feeling of the Regency era. There was just only one small part that just had me a little peeved where Coventry couldn’t have been more disgraceful. But, he did redeem himself wonderfully with a true confession that really put himself in humiliating circumstances. He was definitely swoon-worthy in Gina’s eyes at that moment, and mine also! Oh, and who could forget how HOT and delectable these two were intimately? A fit of perfection is what they were! The author’s taste in writing love scenes is stellar. It starts with that sexual tension where the reader just wants more, and then the more is totally off-the-charts STEAMY when they finally come together!! This author made me see what I was missing from my lack of reading historical romance. I definitely have to get myself invested in reading this genre more! I’m intrigued with the history within a love story! It just makes me appreciate the past so much more...

“Lady Georgina wasn’t the night, she was the day, bright and shining, bringing light back into the darkness of his life. Her smile, her laughter, her beauty, transcended the fortress he’d erected around his heart.” ~ Coventry (Chap. 21)

Review Written, 11/20/15

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Reap (Scarred Souls, #2) written by Tillie Cole (231 pgs) – finished reading 11/12/15 – 4.5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Mafia/Dark)

This was a difficult one to read. So much heartbreak was involved with one damaged male. He was drugged and taught to kill at a young age. Stolen from his family when just a young boy as he watched his family massacred, he’s known as only a number, “221”. The man is so far out of touch with reality. He doesn’t ever speak and is controlled totally by a drug and his “master”. But, when he is rescued, due to a debt owed from an unidentified man, he’s confused and not sure who to trust. This is Zaal Kostava’s story of finding love with a Russian mafia’s boss’ daughter, Talia Tolstoi. The two families are enemies, and it’s not possible for them to disgrace either family. But, they find their most precious soul mate in each other. “You are for me. I am for you.” – spoken as only truly infatuated lovers do.

The story is narrated in three POV’s – Talia, Zaal’s, and Luka’s. I liked how the author included more of Luka and Kisa’s story and put more of a finalized spin on it. So, you really have to read Luka’s story first before continuing on with Zaal’s. Luka is still trying to find his way and how to deal with the reality of who he’s supposed to be with Kisa’s help, which only promises to solidify their bond of forever. With little Russian phrases within the pages, we get a true sense of a more romantic flaire. And, that ending with Luka and Zaal realizing their true bond, was just perfect! I can’t gush about this book more!! The only complaint that I had was the quickness of Zaal and Talia coming together. It just seemed a little rushed. I needed a little more time for Zaal to find himself after he was just rescued. I love this series, and I can’t wait to read the next book that seems only fitting that it will explore more of the Kostava family...

“Be strong. Keep strong.” ~ Zaal (Chap. 20)


Review Written, 11/12/15

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BOOKS READ IN October, 2015 (19 total)

Storm (Sex and Bullets, #1) written by Jo Raven (243 pgs) – finished reading 10/1/15 – 4 stars

Bobby Does Dallas (Hill Country Heart, #3) written by Sable Hunter (210 pgs) – finished reading 10/4/15 – 4 stars

Redemption Lane (Crossroads, #1) written by Rachel Blaufeld (295 pgs) – finished reading 10/5/15 – 4.5 stars

All I Need Is You (Loving You, #2) written by Wendy S. Marcus (252 pgs) – finished reading 10/6/15 – 5 stars

Absolution Road (Crossroads, #2) written by Rachel Blaufeld (262 pgs) – finished reading 10/6/15 – 5 stars

Bad Boy Next Door written by Abigail Graham (358 pgs) – finished reading 10/7/15 – 3.5 stars

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1) written by Penny Reid (400 pgs) – finished reading 10/11/15 – 3.5 stars

Darkroom (Darkroom Saga, #1) written by Poppet (290 pgs) – finished reading 10/13/15 – 4 stars

The Aubrey Rules (Chicago on Ice, #1) written by Aven Ellis (261 pgs) – finished reading 10/14/15 – 4 stars

Storms Over Secrets (Over, #3) written by J.A. DeRouen (306 pgs) – finished reading 10/16/15 – 5 stars

Borden (Borden, #1) written by R.J. Lewis (281 pgs) – finished reading 10/17/15 –
4 stars

Borden 2 (Borden, #2) written by R.J. Lewis (295 pgs) – finished reading 10/19/15 –
5 stars

Chasing Cassidy written by D. Kelly (346 pgs) – finished reading 10/19/15 – 4 stars

Nineteen (Love by Numbers, #1) written by E.S. Carter (413 pgs) – finished reading 10/20/15 – 5 stars

Twenty One (Love by Numbers, #2) written by E.S. Carter (342 pgs) – finished reading 10/21/15 – 5 stars

Badger written by C.M. McKenna (513 pgs) – finished reading 10/22/15 – 3.5 stars

Back-Up (Back-Up, #1) written by A.M. Madden (392 pgs) – finished reading 10/25/15 – 4 stars

Ripple Effects written by L.J. Greene (328 pgs) – finished reading 10/29/15 – 5 stars

Taking Connor written by B.N. Toler (252 pgs) – finished reading 10/31/15 – 4 stars

AND, the BEST BOOK(S) of the Month is...the duo of Nineteen and Twenty One (Love by Numbers series) written by E.S. Carter...

Monday, November 2, 2015

Taking Connor written by B.N. Toler (252 pgs) – finished reading 10/31/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance

I thought that the hero in this book was all bad-boy, but underneath he was just a sweetheart of a man. Yes, he was in prison at one time, and yes, he had a shit-load of tattoos, but it was him defending his deceased cousin’s honor that made me swoon for the guy. He was one impressive male with all those muscles and that hard edge that drove his cousin’s wife to lust after him. And, he drove a motorcyle too. Damn!!

Demi hadn’t been with a man in three years, and with Connor living in the extra apartment over her garage, she couldn’t help but be attracted to him. But, he was Blake’s cousin. They had been like brothers. How would Blake feel if they were together? Probably happy because he had loved his cousin, and he had loved his wife fiercely. That’s just the type of guy Blake was. When a horrible act is committed and secrets are revealed, it is devastating for all, including Demi’s best friend’s family as well. Within this story the reader also sees the spectrum disorder autism touched on with awareness and eventually acceptance. It’s believable and honest.

From the beginning the author pulls the reader right into the story. She weaves emotions and drama into the story as every page is turned. The love story was incredible! So much happens for them to get together, and it’s not until maybe three-quarters in, that they finally submit to their feelings. I love a book that creates all that sexual tension! It’s the anticipation of the first time that has me so engrossed in their story. Ms. Toler had me interested the whole time, and I won’t hesitate to pick up another of her books...

Review Written, 11/2/15

Ripple Effects written by L.J. Greene (328 pgs) – finished reading 10/29/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance

I loved this book! I’m always looking for new authors to “wow” me, and Ms. Greene does it spendidly! This book was funny, romantic, and sweet. The beginning chapter had me laughing my ass off. It’s the story of two amazing characters that just needed acceptance and love. They seemed to fit perfectly. That is until secrets invade their trust and honesty with each other.

Danny was wonderful! Smart, humorous, and not too bad on the yes. He’s Sarah’s former high school science teacher, and when they meet again and pursue each other, their relationship is a bit strained from their age difference. They seem to get passed it, but Danny’s avoidance to tell Sarah a huge part of what his life is like has ramifications for their relationship. Will they be able to believe in their love for each other???

Sarah was also an amazing character! Great sense of humor, pretty, and very independent. Her life was not very easy growing up. She had quite a few responsibilities after the loss of a parent. And, when she and Danny connect after some years have gone by, it’s breathtaking! Magical! Romantic! I couldn’t get enough of their love story!! It was mesmerizing! The words. The characters. Just made me swoon with all its heart and soul. One book not to be missed!!!

This is the kind of passion where every second is so precious that you’d trade a thousand of those random moments for just one of these. Like if you can just have this one perfect thing, you don’t need anything else. This is the kind of passion where you take in every detail; you memorize it, and hold it safe in your heart because nothing else could ever be better. This passion prizes commitment, longevity, and trust. This is when you know you’re with the one person who is your other half. This is love.” ~ Sarah (Chap. 22)

Review Written, 11/2/15

Monday, October 26, 2015

Back-Up (Back-Up, #1) written by A.M. Madden (392 pgs) – finished reading 10/25/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (Rockstar)

This was a pleasant surprise! It started off a little rocky, but then the writing kept getting better and better. A rockstar and his back-up singer try to keep their romantic relationship on the down-low as they finally commit to each other. Full of sexual tension and heated looks, these two main characters are so attracted to each other. It’s not just the sex, but also deep down emotionally that they connect. With a supporting cast that’s stellar and some bomb-shell secrets revealed, the story ends with a cliffhanger. Just how they both will get out of this mess remains to be seen. So looking forward to the next book of the series!!!

Review Written, 10/25/15

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Storms Over Secrets (Over, #3) written by J.A. DeRouen (306 pgs) – finished reading 10/16/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance

Oh this was fantastic! Such great main characters with such emotional intrigue. This is one book not to be missed! The author goes all out with this story and captivated me from page one. Humor, heartbreak, and triumph are depicted within these enthralling pages.

Cain Bennett is one cocky male. He’s funny and charming. And, Celia Lemaire just can’t help but be attracted to him. Celia, though, can’t even begin to get involved with Cain. She has a secret, one that is pretty much hidden until about three-quarters of the book, one that I was shocked to learn. I was definitely thinking another way through most of the book. I thought one thing, but was totally rocked when something else came to light. The author does a great job of hiding certain details of Celia’s past. She’s so torn about what to do. Cain could possibly be a future for her, but she pushes him away time and time again because of the guilt that is her past. When the truth is finally revealed, the reader finds out just what an awesome guy Cain is when he makes it his mission to help an innocent but deeply mentally disturbing individual. Cain was such a beautiful man both inside and out! And, he proves this to Celia by his unselfish and caring heart.

This was such a beautiful story!! I really felt for the girl who was just trying to do the right thing by remaining loyal while giving up her heart’s desire. Everything comes full circle when all the truths and feelings are finally revealed. Man, tears were shed as I couldn’t help but feel Celia’s pain. She, too, was a remarkable character. She’s funny and easy going. She’s just one that just makes you smile. The supporting characters were also amazing. All playing their parts perfectly. The friends and the family members all showing their support and love for their loved one. This is book three of a series, but I had no problem reading it as a standalone. The stories are all linked by friendships. Narrated by both Celia and Cain alternating between both the past and the present gives the reader incite into what they’re both thinking as their romance takes shape. Such a great way to tell their story to readers. Book 4 is next when it promises to tell Marlo’s story. So, looking forward to it!!

“I’ve lived a life overrun with gravity and momentum. My choices run parallel with the current of circumstance. Not anymore. I’m through with gravity. I loathe momentum. I crave the turbulence of emotions. I want the push, the pull, the ache, the fall. I want the storms.” ~ Celia (Chap. 36)

Review Written, 10/20/15

Borden 2 (Borden, #2) written by R.J. Lewis (295 pgs) – finished reading 10/19/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Mafia)

This book was more explosive than the first one, and I loved it! I just could not put it down! So much action and romance with twists and turns that me holding my breath! I just have to read more from this author! She just had me thrilled the entire time! Great characters! Intriguing story! And, a hardcore romance! What more could I possibly want???

With Borden now knowing who is after him, he takes every precaution to protect Emma. But, of course, she’s tough and doesn’t really want his protection. Their life together is taking on more of a permanent relationship. Emma already knows that she loves Marcus, but what is he feeling?? As she spends more time with him, she sees in his eyes just how much she means to him. Will it last though? Is she just another woman to him? Marcus, however, knows that Emma is under his skin. He can’t breath without her. And, that’s why he has to save her from the enemy that threatens both his and her lives. That climax was like, “holy s**t”, Borden is one desilient male! If I didn’t like him all that much in book one, I surely did now in this book. He’s as tough as tough can be, and you have to love him for it. This book was really one that I was surprised about. Not much hype regarding it, but it was amazing! Definitely looking forward to reading much more by this author!

“Love isn’t simple. It’s a mind-f**k, filled with irrational reason, driven purely by some possessive animalistic need that sits in the cover of all of us. This need to be loved and wanted and...accepted. This desperate need to be entwined with another soul, until you can’t tell yourself apart from them.” ~ Emma (Epilogue)

That is one HOT cover!!!

Review Written, 10/20/15

Borden (Borden, #1) written by R.J. Lewis (281 pgs) – finished reading 10/17/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (Mafia)

This one was so thrilling! Had to hold my breath quite a few times with Borden. He was intense and sarcastic. I wasn’t always sure that I liked him. But, he came from a hard life. Kicked out of his parent’s house at the age of fifteen and left to survive on his own, his life is not the most upstanding. He meets Kate at a party and totally is taken with her. He wants to be a better man, so he disappears for four years. Now, he’s wealthy and a “boss”. And, coming back to town puts Kate’s life in jeopardy. He now realizes that he can’t be close to another woman ever. But, when he meets Emma, she’s a hardass and not willing to give Borden the time of day. She knows he’s dangerous, but he gets under her skin. Will Borden’s past have devastating ramifications for both himself and Emma?

Oh, man, this had exciting written all over it. The author pulls you into the story as she first introduces Borden. He’s a survivor and always gets what he wants. Both Kate and Emma were strong independent women. They both loved Borden for the man he truly was. Can’t say that I was ever bored with this one. The characters, the story, the romance all had me hooked from page one. It does end with somewhat of a cliffhanger – not a major one per se. But, one nonetheless. Now onto Part 2 to see how everything ends. What can possibly go down when the mystery of who is really after Borden is revealed????

Review Written, 10/17/15

Chasing Cassidy written by D. Kelly (346 pgs) – finished reading 10/19/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance

Zachary Stafford is one hot and swoon-worthy male, and Cassidy Pope is a scared and wounded young woman. She’s branded unlovable by her abusive parent. Unfortunately, she believes the monster. So, on her wedding day she runs. But, what she doesn’t count on happening is Zack promising to show her just how lovable she is. This was one moving and passionate love story! I loved it, and I wouldn’t hesitate to read another D. Kelly book. She has a way with her writing that just makes the reader embrace her characters and believe in their story. This was one emotional journey between Zack and Cassidy that was tender and sweet. I got lost in their beautiful story...

“Faith makes all things possible”. ~ Zack’s tattoo (Chap. 5)

Review Written, 10/19/15

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Darkroom (Darkroom, Saga, #1) written by Poppet (290 pgs) – finished reading 10/13/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (with Dark Elements)

This was definitely not a love story. It was dark and gritty and totally messed up. Victor, what a nutcase! Quoting biblical passages and thinking he is so brilliantly out-of-reach. Nobody’s untouchable! He’s a mastermind of controlling people. But, he’s also being manipulated too by an even more disturbing individual. Sure he’s gorgeous and smart and a stallion in the bedroom, but he’s just so twisted. And, poor poor Shauna! She’s so broken, and no believes her. Her family and friends all think she’s making everything up about her kidnapping and current stalking. Wow! I couldn’t read this fast enough! It just blew my mind! Written in alternating POV’s that kept changing constantly. It was never hard to figure out who the narrator at the time was, though. It just kept me on my toes thinking, wondering, guessing. So intriguing and thrilling it was! The author leaves the reader with alternate endings. I read both because I just couldn’t stop myself. I really don’t know which one I preferred. Both were engaging and still left so many questions unanswered. So looking forward to reading the next book in the series! I just have so many thoughts that need explanations...

Review Written, 10/13/15

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Frenched (Frenched, #1) written by Melanie Harlow (336 pgs) – finished reading 6/28/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance

Read this one in record speed! It kept my attention totally mostly because of the main character Mia! She was one dynamic woman! Sent on her honeymoon trip along to Paris because her fiance’ jilts her a week before her wedding, she embarks on the trip just to get away and finally see her dream city “Paris”! What she doesn’t count on happening, though, is meeting a Parisian bartender who suggests he be her tour guide to the romantic city of love.Is he flirting with her or just being her friend is the question? When their relationship takes a more seductive course, can it really be this special after only a few short days of spending time together?

This was such a fun and exciting little find! Their relationship might have plunged head on right in after only a small period of time, but it so worked for this book. It was cute and funny!  And, their intimate encounters were hot. Tres’ chaud! My goodness, and freakin’  loud!! Marcus was such a sweetheart – that is until Mia found out that he has very strong commitment issues. Will his inability to pledge his love to Mia forever damage their changes for a possible “happily ever after”? Or, will Marcus have a change of heart when he realizes that Mia means much more to him than he originally thought? The magical city of love showcases stunning sites to see, delicious places to eat, and marvelous wine to drink. I was so lost in the revelry of romantic ambiance that was illustrated within this book’s pages. It was romance at its finest!!

Review Written, 10/8/15

Colton (Hadley, #1) written by Kelly Mooney (205 pgs) – finished reading 6/22/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Cowboy)

Oh, I just loved Colton and Charlotte’s love story! Read it in one sitting! Couldn’t put it down! Good thing it was leftover night at my house for dinner because this one took over my life for the day...lol!!! Kelly Mooney just made me a huge fan with a confident gorgeous guy like Colt and a strong beautiful woman like Charlie. Couldn’t help but fall in love with their story!!!

That’s some gorgeous cowboy on the cover too!!!

Review Written, 6/22/15

Whispered Truths (Truths, #1) written by Anne Mercier (323 pgs) – finished reading 6/15/15 – 3.5 stars - Young Adult (Romance)

3.5 star rating – the age range for the characters in this book is high school, but the intimacy level is more of a New Adult read...

I think I was just a little old for this book, which is no fault of the author’s. That’s why I rated this book probably below its actual worth. The characters should have been college age because they were more mature. But, then I guess it would take away key elements of the story. Wow! I’ve really never been this torn as to how to rate a book. If your read it, you might understand what I’m talking about. It all depends on the person reading the book.

The two main characters have known each for like forever. But, neither wants to tell the other how they actually feel. When they finally decide to act on their feelings it’s cute and sweet and, oh so beautiful. There are some intimate times too, and they are sexy and innocent. You really can’t go wrong with this book. Like I said, it was just a little too young for me. I will, though, be reading the next book in the series when it’s released. Just have to see what it’s all about!!

Review Written, 10/8/15

Kane’s Hell written by Elizabeth Finn (320 pgs) – finished reading 5/3/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (with Dark Elements)

Wow! That was one raw and powerful novel! How can I put what I just read into words? There’s just so much emotional chaos swirling around in my head at the moment. Two totally broken people who connect eleven years later after a horrifying ordeal that occurred in the past has scarred them both explicitly. My heart went out to both of them! If you take a chance on their story, you will be riding on one hell of an emotional roller coaster. Ms. Finn really does go out of her way for perfection on this one!! AMAZING!!!

Oh my, that is some magnificent cover!!!

Review Written, 5/3/15

True North (True, #1) written by Liora Blake (287 pgs) – finished reading 5/2/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Rockstar)

So so great!! Not your typical down and dirty rocker book. Definitely had depth and passion that had my emotions on edge! Two main characters that meet on a talk show – one trying to reclaim her life and one just wanting to settle his life down with the perfect one. Both main characters were strong but damaged somewhere along the way. This was Ms. Blake’s debut, and it was outstanding!

Review Written, 5/2/15

Empathy (Empathy, #1) written by Ker Dukey (203 pgs) – finished reading 4/11/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (with Dark Elements)

WOW! Holy s**t! That was one mindf**k!

Totally blew me away! Brilliant writing that just definitely got me hooked from the very first page! And, I could absolutely feel the craziness coming as the end was clearly in sight. But, does it really end there??? Can’t give away the details because it would ruin for the readers. So looking forward to devouring the next book in the series...

Review Written, 4/11/15

Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined, #1) written by Aly Martinez (251 pgs) – finished reading 4/11/15 – 4.5 stars - Contemporary Romance

4.5 AWESOME stars!

Engaging characters that are portrayed within a thrilling and somewhat sad story. Strength, courage, love and eventually honesty are what surrounds this group of friends and their lives. Loved it! One not to be missed!!

Review Written, 4/11/15

Abe: Four In Hand (Ties of Steel, #1) written by M.J. Fields (297 pgs) – finished reading 4/7/15 – 3.5 stars - Contemporary Romance

3.5 star rating

I really wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t take much more of Abe. He was too controlling, and it was either his way or no way. I did feel for him because of his mom’s illness, but he was just too much at times. Nikki was a sweetheart! She really was a genuinely nice person, and I would get angry when Abe treated her so harshly. The ending of the book just seemed to stop too. Actually, were was the ending? It was a quick read, and I’m looking forward to continuing on with the series even though I wasn’t all too happy with the hero.

Review Written, 4/7/15

Chasing the Wild Sparks (Wild Sparks, #1) written by Ren Alexander (205 pgs) – finished reading 3/22/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance

I was immediately drawn into the love story of Becks and Finn from page one! Their romance was not without love and intimacy, but it’s the written legality of commitment that stalls their relationship. So, can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment of this series with this couple!!

So, loved the cover of this book!!!

Review Written, 3/22/15

Bait (Wake, #1) written by M. Mabie (387 pgs) – finished reading 4/6/15 – 3.5 stars - Contemporary Romance

3.5 star rating – the story moved a bit slow

There’s just so much back and forth within this triangle of lovers. It just made my head spin quite a bit. Casey, though, was my favorite. He was such a sweetheart! Blake was a mess. I hope she redeems herself in Book 2. And, Grant was just not my cup of tea. Too wishy washy for me. Looking forward to seeing how the story plays out in the end...

Review Written, 4/6/15 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Redemption Lane (Crossroads, #1) written by Rachel Blaufeld (295 pgs) – finished reading 10/5/15 – 4.5 stars - Contemporary Romance

4.5 star rating

Two individuals inflicted with past mistakes. Mistakes that altered lives. Mistakes that ended up providing devastating results. And, how do you go on? One day at a time. Picking up the pieces as they lay scattered around within your world as a reminder to just breath to survive. This was one heartfelt drama. I definitely endured their pain. The author wrote some pretty emotional trauma that no two people should have to struggle with. The loss of a parent whether by abandonment or death is horrifying. And, it’s with those losses that both individuals feel broken. Wow! I must say I didn’t see Lane’s tragedy coming. It was hidden really well. Just like I always say, I love that unpredictable moment when everything is revealed so shockingly. Bess’s storyline is pretty apparent from the very beginning. But, it’s the hidden truths behind Lane’s secrets that could prove disastrous for this couple.

I can’t say that there is much laughter within the pages of this page. It’s more filled with drama and heartache. But, there is love and eventually honesty. There is sadness and abuse. There are second chances to make things right. And, there is hope for a better life. The author wrote a lot of the story pretty soulfully when it came to the characters and their eventual thoughts towards the end. I’m having a hard time, though, really putting my words down on paper because I just felt so much while reading this. It’s hard to know where to start as far as putting my thoughts together.  But, I will say that I felt triumph for both main characters. Their’s is a story worth reading. It speaks from the heart. It really made me stop and think of how far that they had come from the beginning to the end.  

Lane is a pretty hard person to describe. He’s pretty much perfection in looks and the way he dresses. Fit and in shape. Wears all the designer clothes. But, it’s within his soul that the damage has festered. It eats at him with nightmares and secrets. He puts on a great front as he cleans up everyone else’s messes. He’s a great enabler.

Now Bess is totally different. Her life is pretty much an open book. She knows her past was destructive and abusive, and she does everything in her power to keep herself on the straight and narrow. She’s a hardworker and dresses the part. No designer clothes for her. She’s a waitress at a well-established hotel restaurant. She likes her job and has no desire to change where her life is at at the moment. And, when she meets Lane, all that goes out the door.

I loved their story and where it goes. I loved their relationship and how it grew. Two amazing characters that found each other and their will to survive. This is one of those stories that just made me feel. Couldn’t stop reading it. Now, onto the next installment in this series. Lane’s brother, Jake, has definitely more issues it seems. Should it should be interesting to see where Ms. Blaufeld takes his story.

Review Written, 10/6/15

All I Need is You (Loving You, #2) written by Wendy S. Marcus (252 pgs) – finished reading 10/6/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance

Couldn’t put this one down from start to finish! From page one Ms. Marcus kept me intrigued in this beautiful romance that was just fitting for two strong and independent characters. My favorite, though, just had to be Rory McRoy. He was just such a sweetheart of a guy! There’s nothing that he wouldn’t do to protect and support his woman. And, Neve James has all that and more when it comes to her relationship with Rory. Yes, there were some pretty heavy misunderstandings between the two, but as they work them all out, just what exactly is their connection? What does a relationship with Rory really mean to Neve? And, is she in it for the long haul? In other words, can she trust him?

This starts off as a pen pal exchange of letters as Rory is overseas on military assignment. Their friendship develops into something more as the two correspond and then finally meet. But, when Rory is caught in what seems to be a lie while Neve jumps to the wrong conclusions, their relationship suffers until Rory helps Neve see the good in him and learns to trust him again. Ahhh, the romance, which is sweet and sensual. The drama, which is conflicting and emotional. The suspense, which brings truth and understanding when everything is now out in the open. It’s a story that is tenderly touching when dealing with sad but yet truly genuine concerns. The dancer and the soldier – two people wanting to find that everlasting love that they can trust in. Who’s to say that they didn’t find it in each other? This one is worth taking a chance on!!! Ms. Marcus again writes romance at its finest...

So loving that cover!!!!

***Thanks to the author for gifting me a copy for an honest review***

Review Written, 10/6/15

Monday, October 5, 2015

Bobby Does Dallas (Hill Country Heart, #3) written by Sable Hunter (210 pgs) – finished reading 10/4/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (Erotica)

No other hero is as swoon-worthy as Bobby Stewart! Ahhh... 

What a beautiful romance between two amazing main characters!

At first I was not going to rank this as high as I did because it just seemed so silly at times. But, then when I read Cecile’s story, I just couldn’t help the tears that fell and the heartbreak that came for her. She’s hurting BAD! Real BAD! And, her husband’s the one at fault. The mean bastard that he is wears on her with all his criticisms and demeaning actions. So much so that she’s just so down in the dumps.  When Bobby comes to the rescue, though, he gives her hope and confidence. He makes her see her self-worth. He makes her strong again. Like I said, Bobby Stewart is all southern charm. He’s confident and larger than life. He makes everyone that he’s around feel good. With his smile and happy-go-lucky personality, you can’t help but love the guy. And, that’s exactly what Ceelee needs. Just to feel good!! Now, granted, Bobby’s life is not all perfection as the reader soon finds out, but he’s just the ray of sunshine to Ceelee’s stormy clouds.

I read this one straight through. And, couldn’t get enough of their story. There’s two other installments that are written before this one. Why I read this one first, I guess the title just reeled me in...lol!!! Oh, and the beautiful specimen on the cover was an attention-getter all in itself!! So couldn’t help but love this Texan gentlemen and his lovely lady!!!

Review Written, 10/5/15

Friday, October 2, 2015

Storm (Sex and Bullets, #1) written by Jo Raven (243 pgs) – finished reading 10/1/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (Romantic Suspense)

I love how Jo Raven’s stories pull you right in! No dilly dallying around! It’s thrill after thrill from the moment when the two main characters meet until the climatic end! There always seems like a lot going on in a Jo Raven book, and she never disappoints her readers.

This was insta-sex almost from the very beginning. Not that I’m not in for a steamy romp in the sheets, but it seemed a bit much at times. Yes, there was a story here – in fact, there were two; his and hers. But, I’m more of an angsty sexual tension sort of gal. Don’t get me wrong, their stories were great, and I never knew what was going to happen next – unpredictability is my joy – but hitting the sheets every other page got a little boring. The intimacy level, though, was off-the-charts HOT as  I needed to recuperate after each encounter...if you know what I mean. LOL!!! And, for some reason, Ms. Raven’s book just seem a little short. I always feel myself needing more of her entertaining characters and their lives.

Storm was a sweet and generous male even with packing the body of a God, which just made me swoon...ahhhh!!! While Raylin was smart and courageous. There was more surprise about her as the reader gets to know her within the book. She’s way more than just a scared young woman on the run. She’s a survivor. Together Storm and Ray figure out just how much trouble both of their lives are in. And, their stories pack a punch when the bitter details are revealed in the end. I was over the moon with Storm’s two friends, Hawk and Rook. Both were sarcastic alpha-males that had an edge to them that reeked of danger and survival. And, they were funny too with a somewhat dry sense of humor. Can’t wait to dive into their books! Should be one hell of a ride! I was a little surprised that we never got to meet Ray’s dad or brother since they were mentioned so much and held such an important piece to her story.

This was an exciting start to Ms. Raven’s new series with promises to boast both romance and suspense. Can’t ever go wrong when picking up a novel written by this author. With strong characters and an exciting story, one can only hold their breath as to what will happen next. You will not be disappointed!

Oh, and how about that cover? It just begs for you to read this book. Gorgeous!!!

Review Written, 10/2/15

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Color Me Crazy (Rock ‘n’ Spin, #1) written by Carol Pavliska (307 pgs) – finished reading 7/22/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Rockstar)

Can’t say enough about how wonderful this book was! It had everything and then some to create a passionate romance! Plus two awesome main characters! This is like no other rockstar romance I have read before. Mystical and colorful! A pure imaginative creation! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for anything else that this author writes...

“Was it possible? He searched her eyes, and what he saw blew him away. There was no hiding from Cleo. She looked into him – deeply into him – and saw everything. He wasn’t hiding behind a guitar or shrouded in fame. It was just him. Real. Flawed. Terrified. And she loved him." ~ Julian (Chap. 20)

Love this cover!!!

Review Written, 10/1/15

BOOKS READ in September 2015 (18 total)

Worth It (Forbidden Men, #6) written by Linda Kage (395 pgs) – finished reading 9/2/15 –
 4.5 stars

City Beautiful written by C.M. Foss (316 pgs) – finished reading 9/2/15 – 4 stars

Memphis Black (Rockers of Steel, #1)  written by M.J. Fields (320 pgs) – finished reading 9/4/15
- 3 stars

Curveball (Curveball, #1) written by Teresa Michaels (413 pgs) – finished reading 9/6/15 –
4 stars

Rundown (Curveball, #2) written by Teresa Michaels (416 pgs) – finished reading 9/8/15 –
4 stars

My Biggest Mistake written by Leddy Harper (359 pgs) – finished reading 9/10/15 – 5 stars

Grayson’s Vow written by Mia Sheridan (319 pgs) – finished reading 9/11/15 – 3.5 stars

47 Things written by Lilliana Anderson (320 pgs) – finished reading 9/11/15 – 4.5 stars

Bastard written by J.L. Perry (388 pgs) – finished reading 9/14/15 – 5 stars

Relinquished written by K.A. Hunter (246 pgs) – finished reading 9/17/15 – 4 stars

Hard (Sexy Bastard, #1) written by Eve Jagger (187 pgs) – finished reading 9/17/15 – 3 stars

Cash (Sexy Bastard, #2) written by Eve Jagger(217 pgs) – finished reading 9/18/15 – 4 stars

Loving Mr. Daniels written by Brittainy C. Cherry (310 pgs) – finished reading 9/20/15 – 5 stars

A Moment (Moments, #1) written by Marie Hall (320 pgs) – finished reading 9/21/15 – 3.5 stars

Fear Us (Broken Love, #3) written by B.B. Reid (252 pgs) – finished reading 9/23/15 – 3.5 stars

Rooter (Double H, #1) written by Teiran Smith (409 pgs) – finished reading 9/24/15 – 4.5 stars

The Air He Breathes (Elements, #1) written by Brittainy C. Cherry (354 pgs) – finished reading
9/26/15 – 4 stars

Sweet Sinful Nights (Sinful Nights, #1) written by Lauren Blakely (350 pgs) – finished reading
9/30/15 – 3 stars

AND, the BEST BOOK of the Month is....Loving Mr. Daniels (Brittainy C. Cherry)!!!

Sweet Sinful Nights (Sinful Nights, #1) written by Lauren Blakely (350 pgs) – finished reading 9/30/15 – 3 stars - Contemporary Romance (Romantic Suspense)

I’ve never read a romance book about the hero being a comedian before, so in that respect it was entertaining. But, I just felt that there was something missing, and it seemed a bit boring at times. There’s the lust along with the drama that I always look for in a contemporary romance. So, all-in-all not a bad start to the series. With an on-going criminal investigation that continues on into the next book of the series, I’ve decided to plug ahead and read this story that features the heroine’s brother, Ryan. One can only hope that the mystery really dives into some seedy stuff concerning the Paige-Prince family!

Review Written, 9/30/15

Monday, September 28, 2015

BOOKS READ in August, 2015 (19 total)

Broken (Broken, #1) written by Kelly Elliott (291 pgs) - finished reading 8/2/15 - 3 stars

Safe Distance written by Megan Green (275 pgs) - finished reading 8/3/15 - 5 stars

Loving the White Liar written by Kate Stewart (263 pgs) - finished reading 8/5/15 - 5 stars

Summer Temptation (Hot in the Hamptons, #2) written by Wendy S. Marcus (108 pgs) - finished reading 8/6/15 - 5 stars

Shine Not Burn (Shine Not Burn, #1) written by Elle Casey (360 pgs) - finished reading 8/7/15 - 5 stars

Easy Little Lick (Copperline, #3) written by Sibylla Matilde (245 pgs) - finished reading 8/9/15 - 5 stars

Sinful Intent (ALFA Private Investigations, #1) written by Chelle Bliss (300 pgs) - finished reading 8/10/15 - 4 stars

From Dust written by Freya Barker (308 pgs) - finished reading 8/12/15 - 4.5 stars

Gwendolyn vs. the Band of Barren Hearts (Monster, #1) written by Mary E. Palmerin (242 pgs) - finished reading 8/13/15 - 4 stars

The Emancipation of Love (Monster, #2) written by Mary E. Palmerin (177 pgs) - finished reading 8/13/15 - 4 stars

Freeing Her (Hart Brothers, #1) written by A.M. Hargrove (332 pgs) - finished reading 8/15/15 - 4 stars

Freeing Him (Hart Brothers, #2) written by A.M. Hargrove (299 pgs) - finished reading 8/17/15 - 4 stars

Kestrel (Hart Brothers, #3) written by A.M. Hargrove (279 pgs) - finished reading 8/20/15 - 4.5 stars

The Rise and Fall of Kade Hart (Hart Brothers, #4) written by A.M. Hargrove (314 pgs) - finished reading 8/23/15 - 3.5 stars

Awakened written by Shey Stahl (278 pgs) - finished reading 8/24/15 - 4 stars

Pulse: A Stepbrother Romance written by D.G. Whiskey (316 pgs) - finished reading 8/26/15 - 3.5 stars

Evergreen written by Jessica Florence (356 pgs) - finished reading 8/26/15 - 4 stars

With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men, #4) written by Linda Kage (504 pgs) - finished reading 8/29/15 - 4.5 stars

A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men, #5) written by Linda Kage (434 pgs) - finished reading 8/30/15 - 5 stars

And, the BEST BOOK of the Month is....Shine Not Burn (Elle Casey)

BOOKS READ in July, 2015 (15 total)

Bone Deep written by Bonnie Dee (218 pgs) - finished reading 7/5/15 - 4 stars

All of Me (All of Me, #1) written by Gina Sorelle (271 pgs) - finished reading 7/7/15 - 5 stars

Not You It's Me written by Julie Johnson (377 pgs) - finished reading 7/9/15 - 4.5 stars

Make Me Believe (Believe, #1) written by Karen Ferry (337 pgs) - finished reading 7/14/15 - 4 stars

Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men, #1) written by Linda Kage (373 pgs) - finished reading 7/15/15 - 5 stars

To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men, #2) written by Linda Kage (396 pgs) - finished reading 7/16/15 - 4 stars

Be My Hero (Forbidden Men, #3) written by Linda Kage (377 pgs) - finished reading 7/19/15 - 3.5 stars

Easy Silence written by Beth Rinyu (254 pgs) - finished reading 7/20/15 - 5 stars

Color Me Crazy (Rock 'n' Spin, #1) written by Carol Pavliska (307 pgs) - finished reading 7/22/15 - 5 stars

Mr. Wright Now (Wild Card, #1) written by Alannah Carbonneau (270 pgs) - finished reading 7/23/15 - 3.5 stars

Mr. Wright Forever (Wild Card, #2) written by Alannah Carbonneau (232 pgs) - finished reading 7/24/15 - 4.5 stars

Slade (Walk of Shame, #1) written by Victoria Ashley (176 pgs) - finished reading 7/24/15 - 4 stars

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1) written by Elle Kennedy (358 pgs) - finished reading 7/26/15 - 5 stars

The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2) written by Elle Kennedy (297 pgs) - finished reading 7/27/15 - 4 stars

Lukas (Ashes & Embers, #3) written by Carian Cole (241 pgs) - finished reading 7/30/15 - 4.5 stars

And, the BEST BOOK of the Month is...Price of a Kiss (Linda Kage)...

BOOKS READ in June, 2015 (12 total)

Stone Walls written by A.M. Madden (482 pgs) - finished reading 6/2/15 - 4 stars

Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1) written by Rebecca Donovan (377 pgs) - finished reading 6/6/15 - 4.5 stars

Barely Breathing (Breathing, #2) written by Rebecca Donovan (385 pgs) - finished reading 6/8/15 - 5 stars

Amber to Ashes (Torn Hearts, #1) written by Gail McHugh (416 pgs) - finished reading 6/11/15 - 5 stars

Out of Breath (Breathing, #3) written by Rebecca Donovan (422 pgs) - finished reading 6/13/15 - 4 stars

Blurring Lines written by Chloe Walsh (236 pgs) - finished reading 6/14/15 - 4 stars

Whispered Truths (Truths, #1) written by Anne Mercier (323 pgs) - finished reading 6/15/15 - 3.5 stars

Killer (Stalker, #0.5) written by Clarrisa Wild (126 pgs) - finished reading 6/18/15 - 3 stars

Raze (Scarred Souls, #1) written by Tillie Cole (256 pgs) - finished reading 6/21/15 - 5 stars

Colton (Hadley, #1) written by Kelly Mooney (205 pgs) -finished reading 6/22/15 - 5 stars

Sloth (Sinful Secrets, #1) written by Ella James (475 pgs) - finished reading 6/27/15 - 5 stars

Frenched (Frenched, #1) written by Melanie Harlow (336 pgs) - finished reading 6/28/15 - 4 stars

AND, the Best Book of the Month is....a TIE between Raze (Tillie Cole) and Sloth (Ella James)!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hard (Sexy Bastard, #1) written by Eve Jagger (187 pgs) – finished reading 9/17/15 – 3 stars - Contemporary Romance

A cute little romance with an alpha-male club owner and his fiery petite accountant vixen. She doesn’t quite tell the truth and he forgives her a bit too easily as the truth to her current relationship status is avoided. Ryder’s most important rule is “no lying”. And, Cassie’s biggest issue is learning to trust someone. So, they pretty much had problems from the start. Their romance was passionately HOT as they can’t get enough of each other intimately. I wasn’t too happy with either character, however, as things were tied up rather too quickly in the end for me. Eve Jagger does pen some entertaining comical instances with their friends, though. So, I will be revisiting the Sexy Bastard series onece again when Cash gets his story told next. One new author to keep an eye out for...

“And I’m trapped under him, or protected or maybe they’re the same thing when you trust someone. When he actually cares about you and you care about him. When you don’t fear that he’ll use his strength for anything other than keeping you happy, keeping you safe. If this is what it’s like to be Ryder’s captive, feeling the smoothness of his firm abs brushing my belly as he rocks in and out of me, lock me up and throw away the key. I surrender.” ~ Cassie (Chap. 26)


Review Written, 9/17/15

Monday, September 21, 2015

Loving Mr. Daniels written by Brittainy C. Cherry (310 pgs) – finished reading 9/20/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (New Adult)

This was more than just a forbidden romance. It was a life’s lesson on how to survive the loss of a loved one while not losing your way to live your own life. It was super powerful! I highlighted so many passages throughout the novel that were poignantly expressed. Beautiful writing! Heartfelt characters! A story to get lost in! I’m not going to really go into too much detail because so many people have reviewed this book already, but I will say that I was blown-away by the emotions of all the ups and downs that these characters dealt with. My heart raced with anticipation a number of times when individuals were tested time and time again. A newfound friendship with two unlikely cohorts just gives a new meaning to the words “got your back”, and a romance that is soul-rendering. Some books are just plain silly. Some are romantically exquisite. Some are full of drama. And, some just make you feel just everything within its pages. This is one of those books that make you feel EVERYTHING! Love. Tragedy. Heartbreak. Family. Sadness. Commitment. Friendship. Hopefulness. Joy. And, Humor. Like I said “everything”! It was further entertaining when reading the  e-mails, text messages, and letters. Adding the Shakespeare references was brilliant! The musical aspect. The bucket list. It all just worked! I can’t say enough positive comments about this work of wonder! One of my favorites of the year!!! This author really has me hooked on her writing. So looking forward to her next release...

“She called it my golden.”
“Your golden?”
“Everyone has a golden. It could be anything – a song, a book, a pet, a person. Anything that makes you so happy your insides cry of pure joy. It feels like you’re on drugs but better because it’s a natural high. Shakespeare is my golden.”  ~ Ashlyn (Chap. 5)

“Besides, the best things in life aren’t easy. They are tough, they are painful, and they are raw. That makes the arrival to the final destination that much sweeter.” ~ Daniel (Chap. 5)

“Being a teenager is a curse and a gift. It’s the age where fairytales cease to exist and Santa isn’t real but parts of our hearts want to say ‘What if...’” ~ Ryan (Chap. 32)

“What do we want to be? That’s the easy one. Alive. I want to be alive, and I have no idea why, seeing how hideous life is at times. Maybe it’s belief, hope, and passion all wrapped into one shape that rests inside my chest. Perhaps my heart is just praying for better tomorrows to replace all of those shitty yesterdays. So to answer your question in a very depressing, teenage-angst manner, I want to be alive when I grow up. So now I ask you, Mr. D, What do you want to be when you grow up? Because growing never stops, and dreaming rarely ceases.” ~ Ryan (Chap. 32)

“May the winds be our friends, floating us home. May tomorrows be the beauty where each soul goes. May the journey be worth the ultimate death. May the sweet memories of us never be put to rest. Fine lines between here and there, bursting flames ignite the air. Breathe in, breathe out. Angels, listen closely now.” ~ Daniel (Chap. 41)

“I thought I made you up. I thought that I was living in a world of darkness and I imagined you into existence. That somehow my mind crafted you, placing you on that train months ago. But then I realized I could never dream of something so beautiful.You’re the reason people believe in tomorrow. You’re the voice that scares the shadows away. You’re the love that makes me breathe. So for the next few seconds, I’m going to be selfish. I’m going to say things that I don’t want you to listen to. Don’t go. Stay with me forever. Please, Ashlyn. Let me be your everything. Make me your golden. Don’t. Go.” ~ Daniel (Chap. 41)

And, from that last quote, as the reader, you’re just going to have to experience the joy of this book, and find out how Ashlyn and Daniel’s story ends...

Review Written, 9/21/15

Friday, September 11, 2015

Grayson’s Vow written by Mia Sheridan (319 pgs) – finished reading 9/11/15 – 3.5 stars - Contemporary Romance

So, I finished another one of Mia Sheridan’s books, and this was the first time that I felt that something was missing. Can’t put my finger on it, but I didn’t feel that angsty heartbreaking drama that I usually felt with her books. It was more like a feel-good romance. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was entertaining, and I was hooked from page one, but where were the tears that I usually shed when reading one of this author’s book? Or, where was the surprising climax? I don’t know, maybe I just expect too much sometimes when authors try a different style of writing.

I will say this, though, I loved the heroine Kira! She was smart and sassy. Always trying to figure out “a plan” to fix everything. And, when having to deal with her jackass of a father, she never tried to make up excuses for him. He was what he was, which was not a very likable person. Mean and manipulative is just what he was. And the ex-fiance’ what a deplorable jerk! He must really think that Kira would be insane to ever give him the time of day again after what kind of position he had put her in a year ago. NO WAY! NOT HAPPENING!! NOT IN THIS LIFETIME!! And, the hero Grayson, had me lusting after him from the beginning until he talks some real rubbish to Kira and hurts her with words that could only bring out those insecurities that she so desperately worries about. He’s, unfortunately, not had it easy neither with a father and step-mother that were pretty much verbally abusive to him, but that doesn’t give him the right to speak to her like that. All along she’s tried to get him to believe in himself because the man just didn’t feel worthy of love whatsoever. Kira tries to break him of his self-doubt with love and faith, that is until she totally blindsides him with a secret that threatens to steal their happiness with each other.

There were some pretty poignant moments that had me saying, “Awww, that was so sweet” or “Damn, that was really funny”. Kira was mainly to blame for most of it. She was just so thoughtful and lovable. She was hurt in the past, but she was so determined to give everyone hope and understanding.

Now, just because I wasn’t over the moon with this book doesn’t mean that I’m still not a Mia Sheridan fan. I guess I just have to learn that authors take their stories in different directions just to get a feel for how their audience will react to another style of writing. Or, maybe they just want to write the story the way they want regardless. Whatever the case, I’m still hooked on Ms. Sheridan’s books and will continue to support her writing...

“Listen to me, Grayson.” I leaned back and took his face in my hands, looking him in the eye. “There is always pain in this life. Not just for me, not just for you – for everyone. You can’t avoid it. And sometimes the pain is so great, it feels as if it carves out the very essence of who you are. But it doesn’t, not if you don’t allow it to. It carves out a place in you, yes, but love is meant to fill that space. If you let it, pain makes more space for love within you. And the love we carry inside makes us strong when nothing else can.” ~ Kira (Chap. 22)

Review Written, 9/11/15

Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Biggest Mistake written by Leddy Harper (359 pgs) – finished reading 9/10/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance


Wow! That was sure one emotional read. Have to get my thoughts together before I can review this one...

Ms. Harper says that this one was the “hardest thing she’s ever written”, and I believe her. It seemed to come from the most deepest part of her. The writing was amazing and showed true sincerity. Every heartbreaking moment seemed to come from within. I’ve never had to deal with postpartum depression myself per-se even after having four kids, but I’ve definitely seen first-hand how it can affect a family member. It’s hard to understand how a person can feel this way, and many people think it’s all an act, but believe me when I say IT’S NOT! It gets to be a really dismal and painful time. And, I can really see why it was so difficult for Edie not to be able to talk to her husband regarding it even though he was supposed to be her “hero”. Some of the choices she made were hard to swallow. And, you could really feel for her and why she had no alternative as to the decisions she made, but what about her family? She was trying to save them, but in the process she hurt them so irrevocably. And, her poor husband. Gosh! He was such a hero! At one point he tries to hurt her in return, only making it more difficult for both of them, but even that seemed to backfire when he really couldn’t turn off his feelings as to the fact that he still loved her and probably always will love her. So so sad! Man, when I tell you that at times the waterworks threatened to fall, and I couldn’t help myself. I was tearful for all of them. Edie, Donovan, and their three beautiful children. This is one book that I know will just stay with me for awhile! There was just so many underlying problems that were brought out as each level of Edie’s issues started to surface. Everything was peeled away until the truth of what really happened with Edie rose to the top. It took Donnie everything that he really had to dig deep and see what was really going on with Edie at that most difficult and dark time in her life. To totally understand just exactly what she was going through. He was, without a doubt, an amazing man, and she was truly a survivor. A fighter. A survivor that once she started healing, just would not give up no matter what mountains she had to climb to reclaim her family. She was there for her husband and children and nothing was going to change that now. Truly an amazing story! Tissues will be needed. Understanding will have to be forefront. And, what I took away from Edie and Donnie’s story was so powerful and beautiful! A book not to be missed! Ms. Harper really out-did herself with this one...

“You are forgiven. I forgive you. The kids too.” He pulled back and held my face in his hands, forcing me to look into his eyes as he spoke. “We wouldn’t have been so hurt...so broken if we didn’t love you that much. You and the kids are my whole world, Edie. My everything. You were my reason to breathe. And then you left and took my oxygen with you. That wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t love you that much. It doesn’t matter how long it took you to come home, the only thing that matters is that you’re here. My heart can beat again. I can breathe again. And I will never give that up. I can promise you that. So please, never worry about me leaving or that we’ll stop loving you. That will never happen.” ~ Donovan (Chap. 16)

“We are never given anything we can’t handle. Sometimes we think we are, but those are the times that count the most. It’s the Mount Everest, and when you’re standing on the top, nothing feels better knowing you’ve achieved it. You made it. You survived.” ~ Edie (Chap. 27)

“I learned a lot through my journey. But out of it all, I learned: Mistakes happen...you learn, you grow, and you teach. There’s no such thing as moving on...you carry on. You live on.” ~ Edie (Epilogue)

Review Written, 9/10/15