Monday, April 27, 2015

Hearts of Fire (Hearts, #2) written by L.H. Cosway (350 pgs) – finished reading 4/27/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance

Wow! I was totally blown away with this one! L.H. Cosway at her very best!!!

I loved the whole concept of this book! The characters were amazing! And, the drama and intrigue kept me glued to this book and finish it in a day! I couldn’t put it down! While I thought it was hard for Ms. Cosway to top Six of Hearts, she just totally proved me wrong! Hearts of Fire was just out of this world! Jake McCabe and Lille Baker were two characters that I definitely would never forget! Jake had me mesmerized with his brooding demeanor and his mysterious darkness. He reeked of sexual heat and powerful wickedness. And, when he encounters Lille it’s amazingly intoxicating. Jake warns Lille that he is dangerous, but she’s just so taken with him that she time and time tells him that she’s not afraid of him. There’s just so much more to their story than just the romance as the backdrop of the circus creates a freakish excitement. The twisted relationship between Lille and her mother has driven Lille to run to see what possibly could be out there to satisfy her taste for artistry. She’s just so unhappy with her life and the affect that her mother has on her. So with her secret bucket list written in her sketchpad, she sets out to explore with the circus her possible fate. And, Jack just happens to be part of that fate! I just can’t say enough of how taken I was with this book. And, as the ending drew near, I couldn’t help but smile for both Jack and Lille. The epilogue at the end with the “act” in Las Vegas was exciting and moving. Everything just seemed to come together. I loved the descriptive scenes within the story...whether it was at the circus, the illusions performed, or the sexual trysts between Jack and Lille. The reader could see and feel the conquests. So realistic and imaginable. And, the sex was fire-breathing HOT!!! Just loved this book so much!!! Now how long do I have to wait before King’s book comes out? Not too long I hope....

Review Written, 4/27/15

Vandal (Ashes & Embers, #2) written by Carian Cole (253 pgs) – finished reading 4/21/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance

4/21/15 - Vandal made me feel! He made me want! He was what he is...hard-core! Amazing!!! And, Tabi felt it too!!!!

4/23/15 – Two damaged souls losing their lifeline to survive turn to each other when the will to go on is just too overwhelming. Part of me could feel their pain, the other part of me lived their pain as I immersed myself in Ms. Cole’s book while living their heartbreak. So sad it is as these two individuals really need and cling to each other. Vandal carries the burden of living with the guilt and trying to give Tabitha a reason to smile again. While Tabitha is actually keeping a few secrets from Vandal that he will never become privy to, or so we think. Is their story actually over? I’m curious to see what might happen to this powerful couple when Lukas’ book is released sometime in the summer.

There are some elements of BDSM portrayed within in this book, but I would call it mild. If the book was somewhat longer, I would think that Vandal would have experimented a little more with Tabitha. But, it had just enough to keep me invested in their love story. It seemed to fit perfectly with their tragic past. My heart went out to both individuals as they dealt with the repercussions of a senseless act that really could have been avoided. As the reader, I could just feel their powerful connection. It was cosmic! Almost feeling like their destiny to be together was already determined by some outside force. It was paramount! And, explosive! It was tearful, though, for them to get to this point, but so well worth it. Loved their story and loved both Vandal and Tabitha!! So, looking forward to Lukas’ story. Should be a winner since HE IS Vandal’s brother...

DAMN, that was one hell of a cover!!!

Review Written, 4/27/15

Under Locke written by Mariana Zapata (484 pgs) – finished reading 3/17/15 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance

3/17/15 - Damn, I hate saying goodbye to characters that I love!!! This was fantastic, and Dex and Iris were such an awesome couple...

4/21/15 – It strikes me as funny when so many people read a book and give a whole different opinion on whether they liked the book or not. Some people thought that this book was too long and dragged and the heroine was so annoying. But, me, I was sad when it was over.  I couldn’t get enough of Iris and Dex. I totally loved them! She just cracked me up and was such a strong vibrant woman. While he was so cool and confident, but was vulnerable in a whole different way. They were more an opposites-attract-type couple. But, in so many ways they just fit. They cared about each other, and when it came to the sex, it was passionate with feeling and hope. But, the intimacy really isn’t explored until the middle of the book. Don’t get me wrong, the sexual tension is there, but it’s not acted on until these two are definitely sexually frustrated with each other. She’s inexperienced and he’s definitely seasoned with the seduction of it all. The portrayed supporting characters just add more dimension to the storyline while keeping the main characters on their toes. I was so sorry to see this book end. It’s long one, but I never got tired of Iris and Dex and their close-knit clan of family and friends.  One not to be missed! Ms. Zapata sure had me entranced with her writing! Looking forward to reading another of her creations!!

Review Written, 4/27/15 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Books Read in March, 2015

Kyland written by Mia Sheridan

The Summer Remains written by Seth King

Boy Toy Chronicles (Boy Toy Chronicles, #1) written by Jay McLean

Stanton Adore (Stanton, #1) written by T.L. Swan

Under Locke written by Mariana Zapata

Rowdy (Marked Men, #5) written by Jay Crownover

Chasing the Wild Sparks (Wild Sparks, #1) written by Ren Alexander

Daring the Wild Sparks (Wild Sparks, #2) written by Ren Alexander

Igniting the Wild Sparks (Wild Sparks, #3) written by Ren Alexander

Letting Lox In (Marco’s MMA Boys, #1) written by S.M. Donaldson

Wild Reckless written by Ginger Scott

My Favorite Book of the Month...Drum Roll Please...Wild Reckless written by Ginger Scott

50+ Books That Are Being Released in April, 2015 (mostly Contemporary Romance and New Adult with some Paranormal & Historical Romance with a touch of Erotica)

(Listed in Chronological Date Order by Author)

For All To See (Bureau, #1) – Megan Mitcham – 4/1/15

Artificial Love (The Good Bye Trilogy, #2) – Alisa Mullen – 4/1/15

Thrust - Victoria Ashley - 4/2/15

Sabato:The Cross (Ties of Steel, #3) – M.J. Fields – 4/5/15

Blush – Cherry Adair – 4/7/15

Mate Bond (Shifters Unbound, #7) – Jennifer Ashley – 4/7/15

The Traveling Woman (The Traveling Duet, #2) – Jane Harvey-Berrick – 4/7/15

Without Me (Men of Inked, #5) – Chelle Bliss – 4/7/15

Rose and Jacob – Lexi Buchanan – 4/7/15

Full Contact (Redemption, #3) – Sarah Castille - 4/7/15

On the Run (Sugarland Blue, #4) – Jo Davis – 4/7/15

Inside the O’Briens – Lisa Genova – 4/7/15

When I’m Gone (Rosemary Beach, #11) – Abbi Glines – 4/7/15

Come To Me Recklessly (Closer To You, #3) – A.L. Jackson – 4/7/15

A Desperate Fortune – Susanna Kearsley – 4/7/15

Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy, #1) – J. Kenner – 4/7/15

Bliss and the Art of Forever (Hope Springs) – Alison Kent – 4/7/15

Still the One (Animal Magnetism, #6) – Jill Shalvis – 4/7/15

One True Heart (Harmony, #8) – Jodi Thomas – 4/7/15

You and I, Together (You and I, #2) – Melissa Toppen – 4/7/15

Silver Bastard (Silver Valley, #1) – Joanna Wylde – 4/7/15

Secret Regrets (Living for Today, #2) – Megan S. Smith – 4/9/15

Set in Stone – Rachel Robinson – 4/9/15

That Summer (Part One) – Lauren Crossley – 4/10/15

Sloth (Sinful Secrets, #1) – Ella James – 4/12/15

Interlude (Rockstar, #4) – Anne Mercier – 4/12/15

Only Trick – Jewel E. Ann – 4/13/15

Virtuous (Quantum Trilogy, #1) – Marie Force – 4/14/15

Hard To Be Good (Hard Ink, #3.5) – Laura Kaye – 4/14/15

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard, #4) – Christina Lauren – 4/14/15

Crushed (Redemption, #2) – Lauren Layne – 4/14/15

The Beekeeper’s Daughter – Santa Montefiore – 4/14/15

Dare to Hold (Dare to Love, #6) – Carly Phillips – 4/14/15

The Moment of Letting Go – J. A. Redmerski – 4/14/15

The Liar – Nora Roberts – 4/14/15

Play On – Michelle Smith – 4/14/15

Taken (Under the Skin, #3) – Charlotte Stein – 4/14/15

The Shameless Hour (The Ivy Years, #4) – Sarina Bowen – 4/15/15

Rafe (Inked Brotherhood, #5) – Jo Raven – 4/17/15

Need Me (Broke and Beautiful, #2) – Tessa Bailey – 4/21/15

Blyssfully Undone (The Blyss Trilogy, #3) – J.C. Cliff – 4/21/15

Asa (Marked Men, #6) – Jay Crownover – 4/21/15

One Night – Eric Jerome Dickey – 4/21/15

Aflame (Fall Away, #3.5) – Penelope Douglas – 4/21/15

Dragon’s Lair (Wind Dragons MC, #1) – Chantal Fernando – 4/21/15

Valorous (Quantum Trilogy, #2) – Marie Force – 4/21/15

Things We Know By Heart – Jessi Kirby – 4/21/15

Garden of Lies – Amanda Quick – 4/21/15

Never Too Late (Willow Creek, #2) – Micalea Smeltzer – 4/21/15

The Consequences of Loving Colton – Rachel VanDyken – 4/21/15

Pretty Remedy (Finally Found, #2) – S.E. Hall – 4/23/15

Since Drew – J. Nathan – 4/23/15

Blackout – Chris Myers – 4/27/15

The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress (Millworth Manor, #5) – Victoria Alexander – 4/28/15

Be Afraid – Mary Burton – 4/28/15

A Scoundrel by Moonlight (Sons of Sin, #4) – Anna Campbell – 4/28/15

Twisted (Lost, #2) – Cynthia Eden – 4/28/15

Waiting for the One – L.A. Fiore – 4/28/15

Victorious (Quantum Trilogy, #3) – Marie Force – 4/28/15

The Duke and the Lady in Red (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #3) - Lorraine Heath - 4/28/15

The Scoundrel and the Dubutante (The Cabot Sisters, #3) – Julia London – 4/28/15

Getting Lucky Number Seven – Cindi Madsen – 4/28/15

Hold Me (Fool’s Gold, #16) – Susan Mallery – 4/28/15

Wild Heat (Northern Fire, #1) – Lucy Monroe – 4/28/15

Black Iris – Leah Raeder – 4/28/15

Adrenaline – Sunniva Dee – 4/30/15

Double Dare (Neighbor from Hell, #6) – R.L. Mathewson – 4/30/15