Monday, October 17, 2016

Unveiling Chaos (Unveiling, #2) written by Jeannine Allison (306 pgs) – finished reading 10/16/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (New Adult)

10/16/16 –

Such a great book from Ms. Allison! I have to give some thoughts to this one before I write my review, but I loved it! And, I loved Naomi and Damien along with all their awesome friends and family! I’m not one to go for blond guys, but Damien had me swooning the whole time...sigh!!! And, Naomi, you won’t read about a stronger heroine than her! And, holy s**t the love scenes??? Off-the-charts HOT!!! Back with more...

10/17/16 –

So now that I’ve let the dust settle on this one a little bit, I’ve got some things to say. Where to begin. Well, Naomi and Damien meet under normal circumstances, but she’s snotty and rude. He’s cocky and arrogant. And, laughs her off. That’s no matter, though, because they’ll probably never see each other again. Not so, however. Naomi wants to get her groove on. She hasn’t had sex since she broke up with her ex, which was not such a painless break. He hurt her in the most heartbreaking way. And, it might be awhile for her to get over it. Anyway, Naomi now is looking for some action. Some sexy intimate action. And, when she spots Damien working at a local club, she knows he’s the one. He’s the one that’s going to bring her out of that funk and satisfy her sexual need. And, it was beyond awesome! The outcome? They strike up a deal to be f**k buddies. Only sex. Nothing else. Naomi is in no way looking for another boyfriend. Through time, however, they decide to see each other more, and what has started out as a mere casual relationship, turns into genuine feelings of devotion emerging.

Both main characters, though, have so much more in common then they could possibly think. Their lives are peppered with chaos. Damien has been supporting his younger sister, who is dealing with some problematic issues at the moment while contending with no support from his parents whatsoever. Whereas Naomi delves in the past with a parent, who after the abandonment of her husband, turned to substance abuse to get her through each day. Both characters are pretty much on their own – him, working two jobs to support himself and his sister; and her, going to college and waiting to see if she gets accepted to law school. You have to feel for both of them. But, I will say that they’re both pretty strong and confident individuals. They’re very supportive of their friends and family.And, when things start to shift from more than just lovers, it’s the kind of love that’s everlasting. You can just feel it. Naomi, though, has one huge set-back in her life, and she is devastated by it. It’s at that time, that she’s reminded that she needs Damien more than ever, and he comes to the rescue like the knight-in-shining armor that he is. Ever the hero that Naomi so desperately needs.

Oh, man, this was not an easy one to read, but I couldn’t put it down. Read it well late into the night and getting up early to finish it off. I was so sorry to turn the last page. But, there’s one good thing, the author has another book hanging in the wings to be released early 2017. Ahhh, do I have to wait that long??? Damn!!! I can honestly way that I liked this book better than the first installment in the series. Naomi was just my kind of character. Feisty. Tough as nails. Always ready to put up a fight. And, just so fearless. While Damien just was a beautiful person. Sweet. Caring. Hard-working. And, HOT as hell!!! Loved this couple together, and the chemistry between them was powerful! A book not to be missed!!!

Review Written, 10/17/16

Friday, October 7, 2016

pretty; written by Amber Lacie (210 pgs) – finished reading 10/7/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Dark)


Oh, wow, what can I say about this new release written by author Amber Lacie? This will rip your heart out while you’re gasping for air. What this young woman goes through when she is a child and teenager was so sad and unforgiving. It’s very graphic in the beginning, and I wasn’t too sure I could read anymore. Abuse to children has got to be one of the hardest conditions for me to read about. I just can’t understand it. And, this one is tough to comprehend. But, as there are secrets revealed, young Pandora gets some incite into exactly the man who she thought was her father is. The author does not hold anything back as to how Pandora’s life has gotten so out of control. It takes a strong man to finally come to her aide and get her out of the hell that she’s been living in. Finally locating to Chicago and changing her name to Andie, her life is more manageable even though she always seems like she’s looking over her shoulder waiting for the next ball to drop. Andie’s life is riddled with secrets, and she doesn’t let anyone in – even the people that try to be her friends. It’s with panic that she runs when her life gets so out of hand. And, that panic turns into a full blown breakdown. Coming to her side is the most beautiful stranger with the most amazing blue eyes that she could get lost in. With blond hair and and a short beard, his smile is infectious and he suggests that what she needs is “pie”. What a strange solution to her going to pieces in front of him! But, to Andie, what can it hurt? And, that’s how their relationship begins by having the most delicious applie pie together. Now don’t think that all is right with Laith (what a cool name) because he has his demons as well. His are not just chasing him at the moment. They’re more in his past. But, he’s damaged from them and trying to make his life worth living. He doesn’t really hold back from telling Andie the truth about what has happened in his past that was so harrowing. And, for that I loved how Ms. Lacie just puts Laith’s past right out there. He was beyond truthful to her. There’s no lies just honesty with him. He’s the real deal. A perfect male for Andie when her past has been consumed with lies!

Both of the two main characters were strong and courageous people. Their stories were so sad, but together they were willing to face the music. It was a beautiful love story, heartbreaking at times, but beautiful when all is said and done. I look forward to reading more from this author. This consumed and intrigued me, and I was sad when I turned the last page. It’s a difficult one to read, but the ending was so well worth it. It seemed to be very fitting that both main characters found peace and hopefulness with each other as everything just came full circle. One of the best books I’ve read this year! It’s amazing how you can just find some gems when you’re looking around on Amazon! Books that should have a bigger audience, and this is definitely one of them!

Review Written, 10/7/16

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Books Read in August, 2016

One written by Jewel E. Ann – 5 stars

Your Mess Is Mine written by Stephanie Alba – 5 stars

The Nurse’s Newborn Gift written by Wendy S. Marcus – 5 stars

Ball Peen Hammer written by Lauren Rowe – 5 stars

Oxygen Deprived (Kilgore Fire, #3) written by Lani Lynn Vale – 4 stars

Cake written by J. Bengtsson – 5 stars

Nameless written by Helen J. Barnes – 4.5 stars

A Thousand Boy Kisses written by Tille Cole – 5 stars

Behind Closed Doors written by B.A. Paris – 4 stars

Hard Luck (The Luck Brothers, #1) written by Liv Morris – 3.5 stars

Vivienne’s Guilt written by Heather M. Orgeron – 4 stars

Casting Stones (Stones Duet, #1) written by L.M. Carr – 5 stars

Conquering Stones (Stones Duet, #2) written by L.M. Carr – 5 stars

Wrangler written by Dani Wyatt – 3.5 stars

Watch Me written by Ada Frost – 4 stars

A Beautiful Sin written by Terri E. Laine and A.M. Hargrove (267 pgs) – finished reading 9/17/16 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (Religious Romance)

***Warning – there is abuse within these pages- so triggers may be present***

I can’t tell you how many times I threatened to put this book to bed and not touch it again. But, for some reason, I kept picking it up and continuing on. And, to be honest, it just kept getting better and better until I found myself at the end and cheering for both main characters. Religion isn’t my thing. In fact, I’m not Catholic either. But, this book had me totally interested. The two main characters, Canaan and Haven, were out of this world! Both of them had suffered at the hands of adults. People that young children are supposed to put their trust in. It was difficult to read at times as these two innocents were over and over again punished for things that were out of their control. As they become adults, each one puts their heart into their careers. One leaning towards his faith in God, and the other immersing in her artistic talent. When they encounter each other after many years gone by, it’s not without conviction. Boy was it harsh! Wow! I was blown away by Haven’s accusing outburst. She’s one tough cookie! But, as she gets to know Canaan, she knows that he’s not the monster she plagued him to be when she finally understands that he was just trying to protect her.

I really enjoyed their story! And, the writing was exquisite. The love between the couple was beautiful even though it was marked with indiscretion and abuse. The two were strong and courageous as the truths and secrets of their past emerge. But, it’s the ending that captured my heart. It was perfect! And, so fitting for two damaged individuals that come together with hope and peace for a very special future. You will not be disappointed with this one even if religion is not a strong factor in your life. It wasn’t preachy. It just presented a way to find your strength when the going was so rough and doubtful.

The below listed quote could possibly contain spoilers. Read at your own risk...

“Haven, I don’t know if you know this or not, but they misspelled your name. They left out the E. It should be Heaven, for that’s what you are to me. But then again, maybe not. Because you are also my Haven, my safe place, my sanctuary, my oasis. They say God works in ways beyond our understanding, and he certainly did with us. If anyone had told me a year ago I would be standing at an altar getting married, well, I would’ve called them crazy. And now as I look at my life, at our lives, I can’t think of anything any better than this. A love so true and all-encompassing that it makes me thank God every day over and over that he led us to each other. So, on this day, our wedding day, I can’t give you my heart, because you already own it, and I can’t give you my soul, because you already share it. But instead, I give you all of me until this life of mine or yours has ended, because you possess every single bit of me, and I know you will cherish it as much as I will cherish yours.” ~ Canaan (Chap. 35)

Review Written, 9/22/16

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blame It on the Pain written by Ashley Jade (510 pgs) – finished reading 9/15/16 – 3.5 stars - Contemporary Romance (MMA Romance)

3.5 star rating

From the very beginning I was sucked into this book. Great characters. Impeccable storyline. Sizzling romance. Amazing writing. But, towards the end I was getting bored. Enough already. Let’s wrap it up. That’s not to say that I didn’t like the book. I just was done. I did enjoy seeing Jackson and Alyssa’s relationship florish, though, but I was just kind of done with all the nonsense. I was sick of Ford and all the back and forth with Alyssa. He was not who he seemed to be. And, I was not too crazy about that. He was a liar and a cheater, and I had expected so much more from Alyssa’s father’s best friend being that he was such a stand-up guy. I did enjoy the supporting characters, however. Tyrone and Momma were great! So loyal and supportive! And, funny too!

Yes, this book has practically everything I require in a book to keep me interested. Hot guy. Beautiful girl. And, a story that had drama coming out of its ear. I don’t know. Was I looking for more when I say that I was starting to get bored? Now I know that I’m in the minority with my review, but I wouldn’t hesitate to read another book by this author. From the start I was enjoying every page that I was reading. Maybe it was just a little on the long side, which usually is my thing. I liked the unpredictableness towards the end. Some truths were revealed that I didn’t see exactly coming, but had an inkling there were going to be some doozies. And, I’m all about the shocking factor. So, I was glad for the closure that the ending brought to the main characters. Don’t let my review sway you from reading this book. I might have been just having a bad reading day, and you might find it just what you were looking for. Just look at that cover...AWESOME!!!

Review Written, 9/21/16

Friday, September 2, 2016

Hotshot written by Ahren Sanders (350 pgs) – finished reading 9/1/16 – 3.5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Sports/Medical)

I’m not too sure of how to rate this one. The story had so much back and forth. Truths were hidden. All trying to protect individuals. The heroine was “A Number One”. It was the hero, though, that had me constantly scratching my head. I’m sure that I’m in the minority here, but it seemed to me that he wanted pity and understanding for something that he did and had to take responsibility for. At times he was elusive and closed-off, even when he was the one at fault. And, the person that suffered the most was his amazing girlfriend. She was the one that moved the story along. She was spunky and funny. She just made everyone smile. The prologue in the beginning was cute and entertaining. A little sad, and the book from what I first was thinking, went into a whole other direction. While I was expecting sadness, I got a whole other take on what was going to occur. I was really not prepared for the main storyline. It was tedious. Like I said, a lot of back and forth with feelings and unsure choices made. The villainous of the story was spot-on. Nasty. Vicious. Not a care in the world for anyone but herself. And, in the long run, she gets her just desserts. No sympathy from me. This is the first time in awhile that I am rating a book lower than it should be mainly because of the hero. I loved his family, however! His two brothers and parents. So supportive and loyal. It was just him that I had an issue with. The ending is fitting. And, everyone is more than happy!

Review Written, 9/2/16

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Full Tilt (Full Tilt, #1) – Emma Scott – 5 stars

Hard Core – Jess Oliver – 3.5 stars

Unbelievable (Beg For It, #4) – Callie Harper – 4.5 stars

A Dare Without Regret (Dare to Love Series) – Wendy S. Marcus – 5 stars

He Will Be My Ruin – K.A. Tucker – 4 stars

The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1) – Tiffany Reisz – 4 stars

The Angel (The Original Sinners, #2) – Tiffany Reisz – 4 stars

Six – James Crow – 3 stars

Finding Me – Stephanie Rose – 4 stars

Moore to Love – Faith Andrews – 3.5 stars

Stoned (Wrecked, #1) – Mandi Beck – 4 stars

Wrong (Wrong, #1) – L.P. Lovell & Stevie J. Cole – 5 stars

Wrath (Wrong, #2) – L.P. Lovell & Stevie J. Cole – 5 stars

No Pants Required – Kim Karr – 4 stars

Untimely You – K. Webster – 3.5 stars


Shades of Blue (Black & Blue, #1) – Melyssa Winchester – 5 stars

Into the Blue (Black & Blue, #2) – Melyssa Winchester – 4.5 stars

Unveiling the Sky (Unveiling, #1) - Jeannine Allison – 4.5 stars

738 Days – Stacey Kade – 4.5 stars

Lovegame – Tracy Wolff – 3.5 stars

(mis)Trust – Sarah Ann Walker – 5 stars

Rock Your Heart Out (Sinful Serenade, #3) – Crystal Kaswell –
        4 stars

Fool for Love (Believe, #2) – Karen Ferry – 5 stars

Scars – Jaimie Roberts – 5 stars

Weightless – Kandi Steiner – 5 stars

Sacred Heart – A.M. Johnson – 5 stars

Ball Peen Hammer written by Lauren Rowe (368 pgs) – finished reading 8/7/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (New Adult)

You will laugh your ass off with one! It was so funny! Just the title alone had me already snickering before I even got started. And, my God, Keane Morgan is some awesome guy! The things he says are just so hilarious. He’s definitely got a mind of his own! I couldn’t stop laughing. It also helps that the guy does  not have your normal everyday career – he’s a stripper. And, he does it with finesse and ease with that body and his whole heart and soul. When he first meets Maddy for a unexpected road trip, damn is she ever pissed at him. But, that goes away as she gets to know him and is totally intrigued. These two together are one force to be reckoned with. They feed off each other, and it’s funny as hell. The pet names. The stories they tell. The videos they make. All just suck the reader into the story. It’s so entertaining, and I absolutely enjoyed it until the very end. Ms. Rowe definitely wrote one amazing book! Of course, the language is a bit raunchy and the sex is told in detail, but it’s still one amusing book! So, if you’re looking for a good time read, take a chance on this one. There also is a story within all the laughter that is a little emotional between both Keane and Maddy that has both characters questioning their beliefs. Unfortunately, that takes a toll on their relationship. So, they do have some things to figure out. But, this was just a light-hearted book that had me smiling the entire time. Loved it!!

Review Written, 8/9/16

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Nurse’s Newborn Gift written by Wendy S. Marcus (256 pgs) – finished reading 8/4/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Medical)

I’ve read practically every book that Wendy S. Marcus has written, and this one is stunning. There’s so much emotion that is portrayed within the pages that I felt like I was laughing and crying along with the characters. Comical at times, but still packed with intensity as truths are revealed during some of the most awkward and honest moments. Krissy is a hard-working nurse, but a lot of people still imagine her as the wild party-girl of her teenage years. In reality, though, Krissy has matured into a respectable beautiful woman. And, it’s with that respect that she promises her best friend Jarrod something that is sure to shock, but yet  bring together friends and family members. Spencer was best friends with Jarrod, and he blames Krissy for him having joined the Army. But, what he doesn’t know is what Krissy promised Jarrod. Everything will come to light, however, when letters are distributed to each important person in Jarrod’s life. As Krissy and Spencer spend more time together, they find themselves rekindling that friendship that they shared in the past. Will it develop into something more as Spencer sees just how capable and caring Krissy is with the huge undertaking that now is bestowed on her?

This is so not your typical military romance. This one will floor you and leave you speechless. The storyline is one that I’ve never read before, and it’s written with compassion and heart. There’s a definite chemistry between Krissy and Spencer as they finally connect on a more romantic level. And, the passion between them is sensual and touching. I couldn’t help but enjoy the witty banter between the two also. The love/hate relationship that they shared was endearing. It was a beautiful story with a great cast of characters as feelings were shared during a most tenderhearted step towards finding comfort and fulfillment. This is surely one that you’re not going to want to miss...

“You are what my life’s been missing. You’re fun and passionate, a wonderful mother, and thank God, kind and forgiving. You’re laid back, you go with the flow and I need that in my life.” ~ Spencer (Chap. 16)

“You’re confident and sexy, dependable and smart, and you’re going to make a wonderful father for J.J.” ~ Krissy (Chap. 16)

Review Written, 8/5/16

Thursday, August 4, 2016

One written by Jewel E. Ann (381 pgs) – finished reading 8/1/16 – 5 stars - Cntemporary Romance (Sports)

I just love this author! She writes some awesome books that keep you so invested in the story. And, those characters just jump out at you with all their wit and charm. This book does not disappoint whatsoever! I loved the whole story of Lake Jones and her disability as she’s a spokesperson for a prosthetic company. It was real and honest. Such a great idea to bring into a contempory romance book. And, of course, who doesn’t love a romantic sports story. Cage Monaghan is just the epitomy of a football God! The two met three years ago when Lake was searching for a friend, and they just clicked. So, when they encounter each other again, it’s kismet. It’s insta-love. But, there’s ups and downs. Two careers that travel big-time. Will they be able to survive it?

There’s a magnificent cast of supporting characters as well. Funny as hell! Loyal. Protective. And, I loved them all! Friends. Family. They’re all wonderful! Ms. Ann writes with no flaws. Her characters are breathtaking. And, her story was so romantic! There’s not much angst present in this novel as the romance is what carries it. Two main characters that just connect on such an intimate level had me so captivated. It was downright beautiful! Can’t say enough positive things about this one other than it was PERFECT!! Looking forward to reading another Jewel E. Ann book!! Hopefully Flint will get his own story...

“To anyone with a disability, I may not have done the best job portraying the life of an amputee, but this story was about survivors. Thank you for being an inspiration. All it takes is one person to see your strength, and just like’ve changed the world. One is enough.” ~ Jewel E. Ann

Review Written, 8/4/16

Your Mess Is Mine written by Stephanie Alba (293 pgs) – finished reading 8/3/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance


Read this book! You will love the characters. Their story. And, the author tells an amazing significant tale! It’s funny. And, it’s heartbreaking. I laughed, and I cried. I loved it! Once I was hooked, I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Margo, she’s broken, even though she appears so confident in the first half of the book. As the reader, I didn’t think that she had any issues. But, as I dug deeper into the belly of this novel, things were not as I originally suspected. And, it was with sadness that the truth would be revealed. Hudson, oh what can I say about dear, dear Hudson. He’s hot with his dirty potty mouth. He’s smart as he’s such a hard-working male. But, he’s also such a caring and compassionate man. Margo and Hudson’s story is magical. And, even though Margo knows that without a doubt Hudson is the best thing that ever happened to her, she throws a wrench into their relationship that has Hudson hell-bent on doing everything that he can to repair it. Loved this book to death! It’s real and raw. Ms. Alba does an amazing job with her depiction of the disease of depression...

“I realized that, whether human, animal, family, or friends, we all need each other in our best and hardest moments. We have the power to heal each other or destroy each other, and what we do with that power determines the lives we lead. Besides that influence, though, we each possess weaknesses. We have flaws that aren’t as pretty. Whether it’s an emotional disorder, or a character flaw, or even a disability, they are what make us human. They are what make us real and alive.” ~ Margo (Epilogue)

Review Written, 8/4/16

Untimely You written by K. Webster (214 pgs) – finished reading 7/29/16 – 3.5 stars - Contemporary Romance

A tough one to read if you’re not very fond of cheating. This one, though, had special circumstances. The thing that carries this book, however, is the character of Neesy. OMG! Funny as hell! She’s clumsy and speaks her mind. But, she’s also caring and driven. Always thinking of others before herself. And, when her boss, Adrian, says that he has a special job for her, how can she say “no”. It’s how she interprets it that has the reading laughing out-loud. She does take it in stride, though, when she realizes what her real job will be and tackles it in that Neesy way with tenderness, care, and heart. Adrian, however, he was hard to like. He was brash, controlling, and in a way deceptive. But Neesy accepts him nevertheless. Most of his actions, though, came from guilt. Guilt for his involvement in an accident from his past and now guilt for his growing feelings towards Neesy. But, when the truth is revealed concerning a character’s past indiscretions, everything changes.

This was a quick read that had me laughing one moment, crying the next, and then throwing my hands up in frustration. I’m telling you Neesy was one fabulous character! She really carried the book with her humor and confidence. I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up this book because the blurb was pretty vague. But, it’s best to go in reading it blind. You will be totally surprised!

Review Written, 729/16

No Pants Required written by Kim Karr (314 pgs) – finished reading 7/27/16 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance

What a fun and sexy read! Yes, there’s a lot of sex in this book, but it’s sweet and funny! Just the type of book I needed to read after the two intense books that I just finished. I enjoyed Camden and Makayla’s love story immensely! They have great chemistry! They just fit. The author writes with humor and honesty. Her characters are one of a kind. They sparkle all on their own. Yes, both main characters had pasts that weren’t pretty, but it was not due to their mistakes. They just trusted the wrong people. There’s a great supporting cast also, which I hope the author has plans to tell their stories eventually. This was your typical summer beach read that kept me entertained throughout the entire book. Glad I picked it up...

Review Written, 8/4/16

Friday, July 22, 2016

Unbelievable (Beg For It, #4) written by Callie Harper (267 pgs) – finished reading 7/4/16 – 4.5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Billionaire)

I know when I pick up a Callie Harper romance it will just have me swept away into the thrill of it. And, that’s exactly what Ms. Harper does again this time. I loved Colt and Caroline’s story! Both characters are exciting and intelligent! Yes, Colt is a larger than life billionaire. He gets whatever he wants. He marches to the beat of his own drum. But, he’s caring and honest. He’s loyal and passionate. I’m not one for all the billionaire books that are out. I pick and chose pretty carefully, but this one was better than most. It was thrilling! And, passionate. The characters. The storyline. And, the island. Oh, my goodness!! The island scenes!! HOT, HOT, and Hotter than HOT!!! There was not a thing that I didn’t like about this book other than I’m just not a billionaire romance junkie. And, Caroline, she’s a feisty young hoot! I’m always one for a baking/cooking romance. It’s definitely always hot in the kitchen!! Colt just really does it for her even though he’s arrogant and wants his own way. She just can’t resist the spark between them.

Ms. Harper still keeps us in the loop with her past characters in this series. So, the reader is privy to what’s going on in other characters’ current lives. I can’t say that I really have a favorite, but I tend to lean towards that mountain man, Heath. With his quite crazy big physique. He’s just to die for!!! But, then there’s rockstar, Ash, who’s just sex on legs. He’s all muscles and tattoos, and who can’t resist him. I’ve yet to read Declan’s story, but those Kavanaugh brothers are some sizzling specimens, so I’m sure he’s just as attractive.  And, Colt’s story doesn’t disappoint.  Some twists and turns liter the pages as Colt and Caroline’s relationship hits a somewhat bumpy road at times. But, there’s a connection there and neither can hide it.

This book was keeping with the other books of the series by being entertaining. I just couldn’t put it down. From first picking it up, I managed to read it in one sitting. It kept me engaged and excited. So, looking forward to Gigi’s story. Now that girl seems to be one interesting character as we are introduced to her in the previous books...

Review Written, 7/22/16

Moore to Love written by Faith Andrews (264 pgs) – finished reading 7/22/16 – 3.5 stars - Contemporary Romance


I don’t know. I had mixed feelings about this one. A few times I found myself stopping and putting it down, just to find myself pick it up to find out how everything ended. Leni was an engaging and humorous young woman. Because of the sensitivity of her being overweight, though, she lacked confidence and self-assurance when it came to men. With a few great friends, she decides to commit to losing weight and working with a trainer. Eventually she does lose some weight and is proud of herself, but she still has that lack of trust when it comes to men. Her friends try to get her to see that she’s so much more than she allows herself to see. But, until she finds that guy that she knows will prove herself wrong as far as what’s on the outside, she still has confidence issues. She does eventually let Lane into her life. He seems to be everything that she could possibly want. Good-looking with a killer body. Sweet and kind. But, there’s something just holding him back from letting her in. And, when she finds out what that is, she’s beyond heartbroken. He lied to her! And, for whatever reason he did, she’s not willing to listen to his excuses. So, she runs and cuts him out of her life. Will Leni give Lane a chance to explain?? Will they be able to repair the damage??

Ms. Andrews writes a story that had me intrigued because this has been something that I myself have struggled with my entire life – being overweight. It’s not something easy to deal with. It’s frustrating. And, tiresome. People can be mean. And, it can consume your entire life. The counting calories. The exercising. And, getting on that big bad scale. It’s exhausting. So, I know what she’s going through. Hopefully you meet people that are your biggest supporters. Your friends. Your family. And, your significant other. That’s the most important thing of all. Knowing that they love you no matter what. And, Leni had that with her family and friends. When Lane reveals his lie, I knew that it was something relatable to Leni, but I just wasn’t sure what it was. The only problem that I had with it, was that it was taken a little too lightly. I thought that it was wrapped up a little too quickly, and I thought Leni needed more time to deal with it. This was something big that should have bigger ramifications since it was such a big deal to her. This was right where her heart was especially since Lane meant so much to her. He should have known that this would devastate her. He just didn’t know how to tell her. But, I also got where the author was coming from. Leni should have realized how difficult this was for Lane too, and that he was only trying to protect her. She had to know that Lane was so into her regardless of her plus size. She was just such a nice, caring, and beautiful person. Her curves and lust for life just made her more attractive to him.

I wish that I loved this book more. I wanted to, but I wish that it been a little more intense. I wanted more from Leni and Lane’s relationship. More intimacy. More details. More emotion. Such a tough subject to write about I’m sure. But, it’s one that so many people struggle with each and every day.

“Love yourself and the rest will follow.” ~ Faith Andrews

Gorgeous cover!!

Review Written, 7/22/16

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Angel (The Original Sinners, #2) written by Tiffany Reisz (416 pgs) – finished reading 7/18/16 – 4 stars - Erotica (Dark - BDSM)

There’s a lot that goes on in this book. The pacing is perfect, and it shows underlying connections between the characters. Things that were just starting to take shape in Book 1 are now becoming more apparent in this book. There is more pain and darkness that comes to light. The reader gets to know the characters in more intimate detail. And, right now Griffin is my favorite. Such a funny and heartstopping character. And, that dirty mouth, Oh God!! Soren is starting to grow on me. I’m liking him better in this book than the first. I enjoyed his scenes with the reporter. He showed his dry sense of humor, which had me smirking. And, Nora always the dominant and feisty female. Never taking s**t from anyone! Jeez, she gets more intimate action than any character I’ve ever read about!! Of course, we get to know more about Michael as his character is  explored more deeply. And, Kingsley who could not love a Frenchman?? That accent. His ability to be so sensually appealing. No one can possibly resist him.

It’s an addictive book! Every time I put it down to do something, I can’t resist going back to it for another peek. It’s very consuming because at the end of each chapter the author leaves you hanging. That’s so my type of book!! There’s still tons of questions that need to be answered. So, it’s onto book 3 whereby some anticipated secrets hopefully will be revealed...

Review Written, 7/21/16

Six written by James Crow (176 pgs) – finished reading 7/17/16 – 2.5 stars - Erotica (BDSM)

2.5 star rating

I don’t know really what to make of this one. Okay, it was probably the dirtiest book that I’ve ever read. Things were, let’s put it this way, interesting. I was shaking my head numerous times. It wasn’t a bad book, but it was just way over-the-top for me. It’s a pretty short story, so not many details. And, holy crap, if you like erotica in your books, than this is one for you. The kink and the sex. Wow, blushing with a bright red face...

Jonathon Gold sells more than sex. He sells experiences. Mindblowing hot and heavy sexual experiences! Emma Jane is engaged to be married to a man that she despises. But, it’s all for her parents’ sake that she decides to go through with the hopeless situation. Emma Jane loves sex too. She’s got more partners than she has stablehands. Her aunt talks her into a sort of last hurray of singledom. So she finds herself on her way on a trip that’s sure to meet her wildest expectations.

This is one book that will definitely have you either turning the pages in anticipation as to what the author will think up next or have you skimming because of the ridiculousness of it all. Whichever you decide, the author has definitely gotten your attention. There was one part of the story concerning the loss of a side character that I really did not think was necessary. Maybe it just brought a little more depth to Jonathon’s character. And, the other thing that I didn’t like was that Jonathon seemed more a bit more dominant in the beginning than at the end of the story. I felt that he just didn’t grow much as a character. Emma Jane, though, seemed to come out the victor in the conclusion. She got her cake and ate it too while sticking it to the ones that tried to take advantage of her.

Let’s just say that Six really got my attention in more ways than one. What will Mr. Crow come out with next is my highly anticipated question??

Review Written, 7/21/16

Finding Me written by Stephanie Rose (224 pgs) – finished reading 7/18/16 – 4 stars (iPad) - Contemporary Romance (New Adult)

Now Owen was one swoon-worthy hunk of man! With his long hair, green eyes, and dimples! And, what a sweet southern guy! Oooo la la!! And, Bella was a smart city gal with heart. She just wanted to be able to trust a male. The only ones that she seemed to be able to trust was her brother and her stand-in “dad”, Lucas. At least that’s true until her biological dad comes back into her life and has her questioning her parents’ relationship.

I really loved this one! So many romantic moments. And, Bella and Owen’s love story was beautiful for a young couple. I had goosebumps when they finally got together. Just the perfect set-up for a young innocent love! Ms. Rose definitely had me hooked from the very first page turned in her newly released book...

Review Written, 7/21/16

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Full Tilt (Full Tilt, #1) written by Emma Scott (334 pgs) – finished reading 7/1/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (New Adult)


What a wonderful wonderful novel! This one will touch your very soul. I could totally feel the love. Don’t read this late into the night, though, because when you finish it you won’t be able to sleep. It’s that remarkable! Words just fail to come as I struggle to write my review because it so affected me. Just read it and you will experience such a beautiful romance. It’s amazing!! And, very powerful!! The characters. The storyline. The climax. You will be a blubbering idiot! I wish I knew that there was another book after this one. It’s not so much that there is a cliffhanger, but there’s more to the story than just this first book, and I can’t wait wait to read the second one.

When beginning this book, I just thought that it was going to be another deliquent rockstar book. But, when digging deeper into it, I realized that there was just so much more to this story. It’s intense and intimate. Heartbreaking and real. Raw and complex. And, the characters?? So vibrant and exposed. Their vulnerability evident as truths are revealed and brought to life. But, there’s also sadness and pain. The pain from all is obvious when time is running out. It’s slipping away. And, they all need more time. Time to deal with the reality of it all. Oh, wow! It’s agonizing to read! These individuals who are losing control. Pining for a miracle that just isn’t going to happen. I could actually feel it. The writing was so superb that I couldn’t help but feel the sadness. The undying love. And, the rockstar part of the story is just the undertone to a beautiful romance that takes the couple out of their comfort zones. Both main characters find that there’s so much more to life as they open themselves up to other possibilities – even if it’s for a short period of time. Live a little. Love a little. Explore a little. It can be so self-satisfying. Even if it’s tormenting.

But, it’s also a story about two brothers. Their relationship is close. And, when one can’t do anything from stopping this debilitating illness from claiming the other, it’s excruciating to contemplate such an eminent fate. Oh, my, and when the time arrives, it’s heartbreaking. Boy, tissues, tissues, and more tissues.

Can’t tell you how much I loved this book!! How much I’m looking forward to the next one! And, how this author made me a fan for life!! Such an amazing book that really is one of the best I’ve read this year!!! Brilliant!!

And, I also loved the author’s note at the beginning. So inspiring...

“You are a universe” ~ Emma Scott

Gorgeous cover that just begs the reader to take a chance on reading this book!!!

Review Written, 7/13/16

Sacred Hart written by A.M. Johnson (242 pgs) – finished reading 6/28/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance


This is the love story of Ryan and Maggie. Ryan, just recently released from a ten-year stint in prison, gets on a bus and rides as far as the driver takes him. Where he ends up is small-town USA as he is offered a job working at the local diner owned by an older gentleman who decides to give Ryan a chance to get back on his feet. Ryan suffered a horrific trauma that resulted in his serving time in prison as he totally lost control during a painful situation. While now working at the diner, a car accident occurs and Ryan unknowingly meets the love of his life, Maggie, an ER nurse. Ryan, a former EMT, helps Maggie try to save the victims of the crash and that’s how they begin their love story. Ryan, though, knows that he will never be able to give Maggie his heart. It’s broken beyond repair. And, he doesn’t want to give her false hope. He doesn’t want her waiting around for something that will just never happen. But, Maggie is relentless. She sees something in Ryan that is just peaceful. So, along with her young daughter, Beth, they visit the diner more and more.

This is a feel-good book that offered two tender-hearted and caring people a chance to begin their lives’ again. Their love story was sweet and beautiful. It showed their reslience to persevere through the toughest times. Maggie’s life was not without heartbreak either. After finding herself in a difficult position when her ex-boyfriend doesn’t want any part of her dire situation of an unplanned pregnancy, she finds herself returning home to that small town where her parents still reside. But, something tragic happens, and she once again finds herself along with a young child to raise. Ryan just happens to come along at the perfect time in her life just as she’s finding herself willing to live again. They’re perfect together, and it makes for a mere magical sort-of fairytale. There’s so much emotion and delight within the pages of this book. Cute little Beth was just joy! She was funny and a darling, and had Ryan eating right out of the palm of her hand. There were some town characters that were loyal and supportive. The diner owner, Tony was a great guy! He was not one to judge, and he gave Ryan a second chance as he ended up treating him more like a son. And, Maggie’s friend, Laurie, was also a big support system as she wanted Maggie to find that special someone.

There’s not the hot and heavy intimacy between the characters that is present in an erotic novel. But, that’s okay because there was more emotional intimacy. More about feelings than actions. It was just a beautiful affair of the heart. There was some sadness, and I did shed a tear or two, but it was very satisfying to see two deserving individuals find their soulmate. A.M. Johnson really knows how to suck the reader into the story while writing an exquisite romance!

“He was a mighty wave, and I was the fragile sandy shore being pulled into his depths.” ~ Maggie (Chap.11)

“So you think you love this guy? (Laurie speaking) “He’s all I’ve ever wanted for myself. He’s chivalry and tender kisses. He’s the kind of guy that would go to hell and back for me. He’d freeze in the snow if it gave me warmth. He’d drown before he let Beth and me sink. He’s the one, Laurie...I know it...I freaking feel it, right here.” I brought my hand to my heart. ~ Maggie (Chap. 18)

“Time is a tree (this life one leaf) but love is the sky and I am for you just so long and long enough.”  e.e. cummings

Review Written, 7/13/16

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1) written by Tiffany Reisz (432 pgs) – finished reading 7/11/16 – 4 stars - Erotica (Dark-BDSM)

So before starting this book, I read mixed reviews. Some people loved it and others despised it. You have to be a dark erotica fan to enjoy this one. Anyone borderline will find this book offensive and over-rated. I myself, am kind of in the middle. I’m not an overly religious person, but I do believe in God, and I was pretty taken back by Soren’s character. He was not what I envisioned at all. Even though he was pretty controlling when it came to Nora, he really did love the woman completely. And, he never ever hurt a child. Children seemed to embrace him physically as well as emotionally. Nora and Soren’s relationship began at a young age, and I wasn’t too thrilled with her final decision at the end of the book. The novel ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger because the reader doesn’t know what the outcome will be for Nora and Soren’s relationship. The second installment I hope will answer that question for me. While I wasn’t too happy with Soren’s character, I did love some of the side characters. Wesley was a sweetheart. His feelings for Nora were really and actually painful to read about. Was she stringing him along or were her feelings also genuine?? And, Zach, did he really feel himself falling for Nora or was it just a rebound type relationship when him and his wife were at a crossroads with theirs??

I’m not going to get into what the book is really about because so many people have read and reviewed it, and I would only be rehashing the synopsis yet again. But, I will say this book did pique my interest since it’s so popular. Plus the entire series is released so I didn’t have to deal with any cliffhangers. Did I like it?? Yes and no. I did like Nora’s feisty attitude and humor. I did like the premise of her being an erotica novel writer. And, I did like that there were some buried secrets between this cast of characters. I didn’t like it because I was a bit squimish with some of the scenes. I’m not a prude, but I was a little taken back by the abuse. The book intrigued me because I couldn’t put it down. There is some pretty graphic and explicit scenes that readers will either applaud or take offense to. So be warned!! If you find yourself interested in erotica, this one has a pretty amazing cast of characters. They’re pretty entertaining with their humor and sexual innuendos. I did find myself chuckling at some of the things said. The story is a little over-the-top, but it never slows down. Looking forward to seeing what Book 2 brings...

Review Written, 7/12/16

The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1) written by Tiffany Reisz (432 pgs) – finished reading 7/11/16 – 4 stars - Erotica (Dark)

So before starting this book, I read mixed reviews. Some people loved it and others despised it. You have to be a dark erotica fan to enjoy this one. Anyone borderline will find this book offensive and over-rated. I myself, am kind of in the middle. I’m not an overly religious person, but I do believe in God, and I was pretty taken back by Soren’s character. He was not what I envisioned at all. Even though he was pretty controlling when it came to Nora, he really did love the woman completely. And, he never ever hurt a child. Children seemed to embrace him physically as well as emotionally. Nora and Soren’s relationship began at a young age, and I wasn’t too thrilled with her final decision at the end of the book. The novel ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger because the reader doesn’t know what the outcome will be for Nora and Soren’s relationship. The second installment I hope will answer that question for me. While I wasn’t too happy with Soren’s character, I did love some of the side characters. Wesley was a sweetheart. His feelings for Nora were really and actually painful to read about. Was she stringing him along or were her feelings also genuine?? And, Zach, did he really feel himself falling for Nora or was it just a rebound type relationship when him and his wife were at a crossroads with theirs??

I’m not going to get into what the book is really about because so many people have read and reviewed it, and I would only be rehashing the synopsis yet again. But, I will say this book did pique my interest since it’s so popular. Plus the entire series is released so I didn’t have to deal with any cliffhangers. Did I like it?? Yes and no. I did like Nora’s feisty attitude and humor. I did like the premise of her being an erotica novel writer. And, I did like that there were some buried secrets between this cast of characters. I didn’t like it because I was a bit squimish with some of the scenes. I’m not a prude, but I was a little taken back by the abuse. The book intrigued me because I couldn’t put it down. There is some pretty graphic and explicit scenes that readers will either applaud or take offense to. So be warned!! If you find yourself interested in erotica, this one has a pretty amazing cast of characters. They’re pretty entertaining with their humor and sexual innuendos. I did find myself chuckling at some of the things said. The story is a little over-the-top, but it never slows down. Looking forward to seeing what Book 2 brings...

Review Written, 7/12/16

He Will Be My Ruin written by K.A. Tucker (352 pgs) – finished reading 7/8/16 – 4 stars - Romantic Suspense

One unpredictable ride! Was it suicide or murder?? This one will keep you on your toes. Who’s the good guy?? Who’s the bad guy?? Was Celine’s life really as deceitful as Maggie uncovers?? And, how could she really not know her friend?? Why didn’t she come to her for help when her life was spiraling out of control?? So many questions that Maggie had while she tries to figure out what really happened to her friend.

Totally enjoyed this one!! I couldn’t put it down until I had all the answers. And, it’s a doozie!! Not what I expected whatsoever. Ups and downs and twists and turns. Just like a thrilling roller coaster ride! Not much of a romance here, but there are some intimate moments. I was absolutely taken in by the mystery of the art world. The excitement of discovering a rare find. Just seeing how much that rare find was worth monetarily. And, was it a fake or the real deal. This book reeled me in with its intrigue and suspense. I really loved it! One book that I had been looking forward to reading! When it first was released, it was a little steep for me to pay. So, when I saw that the price dropped to $1.99 for a Kindle version, I bought it right away!! So glad that I did! Well worth it!!

Review Written, 7/12/16

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Weightless written by Kandi Steiner (401 pgs) – finished reading 6/26/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (New Adult)

Just graduated from high school, Natalie doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. Everybody is going to the local college, but Natalie really is not into that. Photography is her passion! Natalie also struggles with weight issues, and after her boyfriend dumps her for a smaller and prettier girl, she along with her parents’ encouragement, decides to work with a trainer and lose weight. What she doesn’t count on, though, is for her trainer to be a formerly known badass high school student that was always in trouble. Rhodes hasn’t had it easy while growing up in the foster care system. But, he finds a way to survive. His job at the town’s country club doesn’t come without a price. And, he finds himself submitting to some distasteful actions just to support himself financially. But, it works and he accepts what he does even though it’s not very respectable. As the two find some common ground whereby Natalie can work hard with her training, their relationship emerges into the friend-zone. Sure Natalie is attracted to Rhodes, but she’s just had her heart broken and is so not into it happening again. She needs to regain her confidence and Rhodes seems to be quite nicely helping with that.

This was my first Kandi Steiner book, and it was absolutely wonderful! All the twists and turns that I didn’t see coming just pulled me deeper into the story. Natalie was such an amazing character, and I could find myself relating to her in my younger years. So much was expected of her, and she didn’t want to let anyone down. The whole weight issue is any young girl’s downfall. At that age everyone wants to be the prettiest. The skinniest. And, the most popular. Natalie really didn’t care too much for those things until she got her heart broken and was devastated. Rhodes helped Natalie to get her confidence back and really like the young woman that stared back at her in the mirror.

Rhodes, yes he was hot and cold towards Natalie at times, but he just thought he wasn’t good enough for her. His past was not one to revel in. He was not proud of it. But, Natalie really was not one to judge. She accepted him as he was when their relationship grew into one of desire and temptation. The man was oh so broody and had a body that Natalie just could envision licking from head to toe. Oh, God, those abs!! Delicious!! This was a story of young love that had me sighing and so in love with. Ms. Steiner really knows how to write a blushing romance!!

“You’re not, Natalie. You, you’re weightless. The world hasn’t touched you yet. You’re not heavy with the weight of pain, and guilt, and selfishness. You’re light. Don’t ever lose that. Don’t let the world weigh you down like them, like me.” ~ Rhodes (Chap. 8)

“And I remember it hurt that first time he touched me. Not because it was painful, but because it was everything but. It hurt from somewhere deep inside my gut that told me I would never get to have him, to keep him, or to feel the way I felt with his hands on me with anyone else for as long as I tried.” ~ Natalie (Chap. 11)

“Just like the darkness. It was in the moonlit shadows of that night that I found myself. Rhodes wanted to inspire me, but the truth was that it was the possibility of what we could be together that inspired me most. For one night, even if that was all there could be, I lived inside a passion I never knew existed with a man I never saw coming. Rhodes was an unanticipated thunderstorm. And I danced in his rain.” ~ Natalie (Chap. 21)

“Before I met William, I hated the weight that crowded my body, making me feel inadequate in every aspect of my life. Then, when I first started training with him, he pushed me harder than anyone ever had. Whenever I thought I was finally rising to meet his standards, he would add more weight to my set, making me work harder, forcing me to find the motivation to push through. And maybe that’s the thing about weight – though it hurts when we feel its added pressure on our lives, it only makes us stronger in the end. Looking at William now, I couldn’t imagine him without the weight that had shaped him. His past made him into the man I loved – no matter how scarred. He was the man who fixed me, who changed me, and who helped me carry my own weight when it grew to heavy to handle on my own. I was beginning to realize that weight really wasn’t a bad thing, after all.” ~ Natalie (Epilogue)

Review Written, 7/7/16

A Dare Without Regret (Dare to Love Series) written by Wendy S. Marcus (97 pgs) – finished reading 7/7/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (Sports)


Ryan Monighan will make your heart flutter. He’s sexy with that cocky attitude, but oh so gorgeous. I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. He just made my heart melt. And, that’s how Kiley Ivers eventually feels when she gets to know and fall for the all-star running back of the Miami Thunder football team. Kiley, though, has problems of her own. She’s lost some important people in a horrific car accident, and now her surviving nephew is all alone except for her. The boy is beyond devastated, and Kiley just knows that if she could convince the famous football player just to come see his number one fan it would mean so much and give him some hope. If only Ryan would agree to see Tyler, though. But, convincing the dazzling male might not be as easy as she thought.

Ms. Marcus writes a story that pulls you right into its fascination. It’s one that tugs at your heart. The romance is so beautiful as it grows amongst some pretty sad circumstances. But, the intimacy is pretty HOT and sweltering. Raw and passionate. It’s a novella, so it’s not a long one, but there’s just so much emotion and romance written within those pages. The reader is first introduced to Ryan with the previous release of his twin brother Ren’s story. The two brothers may look the same, but their personalities couldn’t be more different. Where Ren is more down-to-earth and low-key, Ryan is the jokester. More bold and swaggering. But, he’s a caring man. And, Kiley just steals his heart with her larger than life attitude. The two together make a flawless couple. They simply complete each other. I loved both novellas that Ms. Marcus wrote which are featured in the Dare to Love series! You will not be disappointed with Ryan and Kiley’s heartfelt love story...

          “How did I get so lucky?” Kiley asked.
          “Funny.” Ryan reached for her hand and traced the engagement ring on her finger. “I was just thinking the same thing.” They laid there in silence for a minute or two until Ryan asked, “So no regrets about getting involved with a professional athlete? I know it isn’t always easy.”

          No, all the attention wasn’t always easy to deal with. And the time he would spend away from them during the season wouldn’t be easy, either. But Ryan was worth it. “I love you without regret,” she told him. “And I always will.” (A Dare Without Regret - Epilogue)

Review Written, 7/7/16 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Scars written by Jaimie Roberts (331 pgs) – finished reading 6/26/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (New Adult/Dark)

I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this book was! I’m not going to go into much of a story synopsis because it’s better if you go into it blind. There’s so much that goes on and so many secrets are revealed. But, the most interesting thing is how a guy can be so mysterious and come and go as he pleases. I thought it was an intriguing concept and it kept my attention through the entire book. Some reveals just blew me away, and I didn’t see them coming. Unpredictable. Intriguing. Shocking. And, Amazing! Those are just some words that I use to describe this novel. The story is mostly about high school age kids, but it’s more geared to a New Adult audience instead of Young Adult. The intimacy is pretty explicit and steamy. And, revenge has never been so sweet. This is one twisted read with motives eventually being questioned as the truth comes out. Whoever thought the game of Seven Minutes in Heaven could be so suspenseful??

“I sigh, staring down at the scars on my leg and now my arm. I trace a line from one end to the other on my arm, and all the while, Jarrod is never far from my mind. He and I are very much alike in a lot of ways now. We both have scars on the inside and out. We both were broken from tragedies and the losses that came with them.” ~ Lily (Chap. 46)

And that is one gorgeous cover!!!

Review Written, 7/6/16

Friday, June 24, 2016

Lovegame written by Tracy Wolff (320 pgs) – finished reading 6/18/16 – 3 stars - Contemporary Romance (Psychological Thriller)

This romantic suspense novel piqued my interest when I was reading the blurb as it featured a true crime novelist and one of Hollywood’s golden couple’s daughter as an actress. Ian Sharpe is a master at writing crime novels. He’s now written the ultimate novel that was put on film and starred the intoxicating Veronica Romero. And, when Ian is sitting down with the beautiful Veronica to write an article about her, she thinks that she can control Ian with all her sex appeal just as she does with others as she evades most of his questions. She’s a very private person. But, what she doesn’t know is that Ian is not like all the others. He doesn’t back down. He’s his own person. And, he won’t be controlled. As the two give into this dark relationship that is forming, their affair takes on a pretty intricate task of weaving through the difficult obstacles that the past has created. Both have been victims of some pretty harrowing situations. Ms. Wolff tackles some pretty heavy topics as the reader is pulled into this psychological thriller.  

This wasn’t a bad book, but for some reason I kept putting it down. There was just something missing for me. I guess I needed a little more of that shock element. More excitement.  I also couldn’t relate to the two main characters. I really wasn’t a fan of either one. I didn’t really see that much chemistry between the two. It seemed more lustful than loving. If you’re looking for some pretty hot and heavy sex scenes, then you have come to the right place. The intimacy was scorching and totally igniting. The two together radiated against the sheets. But, that’s about all I can say that entertained me. This was my first read by this author, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t be checking out her future projects.

Review Written, 6/24/16

Fool for Love (Believe, #2) written by Karen Ferry (359 pgs) – finished reading 6/24/16 – 5 stars - Contemporary Romance (BDSM)


So I just finished Fool for Love and I was totally blown away with Ms.  Ferry’s writing. The emotions I had as I was reading this gem just had me all over the place. In such a good way, though. This was not only a romance, but also a search to find out what’s out there. Discover new things. Really to begin again. And, for Suzy Christensen that entailed finding love. Finding that special someone to settle down with whether it be male or female. And, that’s why Suzy has left Denmark for a new start in a new city – NYC. She has a bad falling out with her parents because of finally telling them she is different. Bi-sexual. It doesn’t go over well at all. Horrible things are said, and she just needs a change. She always wanted to travel, so this seems like the answer. While renting an apartment for the six months that she will be in New York, the owner of the apartment comes back early. He catches her in a compromising position with another woman while he is drunk off his ass. Realizing that there’s nowhere else for him to go, they strike up a deal. She can stay for the next three months but she has to be neat, be considerate of her entertaining conquests, and stay out of his way.  As Suzy gets to know Garrett, there’s much much more to this grumpy older man. There’s pain in his eyes, and she knows that there’s a story there. But, will he eventually let her in?

There’s so much more that I could say about this book, but it’s best to read it blind. So many secrets revealed. Plus there’s the romance that is off-the-charts hot. Ms. Ferry can definitely write some amazing intimate scenes whether it be two females together or male and female! You will definitely be needing a cool drink when Garrett and Suzy get together. Their scenes are explosive and erotic with some BDSM mixed in. Whew!

I loved Suzy’s character! She was smart and feisty. Definitely a hardass. She didn’t really take s**t from anyone. But, she was also sensitive, which just showed me that she was such a caring person. Now, Garrett, he  was also a much loved character. Oh, he was alpha alright, but he had a soft side given the fact that he cared about people too. He just came off a little gruff. He didn’t really want to show anyone his emotional side. He just was all male, and Suzy loved that about him. Even when he finally tells her his story, she can’t help but be affected by the man.

There’s so many things that I loved about this book! Suzy’s flamboyant friends. Garrett being a restaurant owner and chef. Suzy still carrying on her friendship with her friend Emma who still lives in Denmark. The fact that her mom tries to repair the damage that she verbally inflicted on her daughter. The slow-burn romance that finally Garrett and Suzy decide to submit to. And, who could forget that beautiful dog, Rufus, that everyone loved. So many emotions running through me when I was reading this book. I was so sorry when I had to turn the last page. Just couldn’t get enough of Suzy and Garrett’s story! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series! So, Ms. Ferry, get a move on in cranking out that next book...

“Have you already forgotten what I keep telling you? That life is for the living, and that we shouldn’t spend the time we have on this earth consumed by the past?” ~ Suzy (Chap. 33)

Review Written, 6/24/16

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

(mis)Trust written by Sarah Ann Walker (430 pgs) – finished reading 6/20/16 – 5 stars -Contemporary Romance (Dark)


Oh, wow! This one will rip your heart out and stomp on it. It’s full of sadness and heartbreak. But, the end result will make you smile. I don’t know what it is about tragic books that seem to attract me lately. But, I seem to gravitate to them, and this one was so amazing! You will shed tons of tears, and you will be affected by this book long after you turn the last page. It’s one book that I will definitely be recommending to my Goodreads friends.

My goodness! Saige had everything happen to her that could devastate her life. From her boyfriend’s heartbreaking betrayal, to a graphically abusive tragedy, to her brother’s unfortunate fate. I couldn’t stop reading this story even though the heroine suffered such agonizing consequences. Sometimes I had to take a breath and just collect myself, but with those amazing characters I just had to carry on. And, when I say amazing characters, I mean AMAZING characters. The heroine. Her friends. Her mother. Her hero. They just all seemed to support her and standby her when she needed it the most. Saige just doesn't believe that she is worthy of love. Everyone leaves her. It's so sad to read about. And, Malcolm,(sigh) one of the most heartfelt book boyfriends ever, was the best. Sweet. Protective. Caring. And, oh so patient! He was just there for her no matter what. No matter how many times Saige pushed him away, he was right there taking care of her. With his sexy Scottish brogue and larger than life family, he just seemed like the whole package. Oh, and I love a big guy, and he seemed hugely intimidating.

This book had so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I always say that I love a unpredictable book and this one did not disappoint in that area at all. Ms. Walker’s writing was remarkable as she wrote some pretty powerful scenes. I just didn’t want to put it down even to sleep. It was that intense and addictive! One of the best books I’ve read this year! Don’t let the amount of pages scare you, though, because it’s so well worth the time!! This heroine really is such a courageous young woman. I couldn’t help but cheer for her as I hoped everything would work-out for her in the end. Is the climax one of shock? Absolutely! Does the author answer all my most sought after questions? Definitely! Does Saige get her man?? Now, that you have to read this intriguing book to find out...

And, that cover?? Yowza!!! Gorgeous!!

Review Written, 6/22/16

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rock Your Heart Out (Sinful Serenade, #3) written by Crystal Kaswell (378 pgs) – finished reading 6/2/16 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (Rockstar)

This was just what I needed after having read my last book. Low on the angst, but fun and flirty. Who doesn’t love a beautifully tattooed and pierced drummer of a popular rock band? With his shaggy dark blond hair and mysterious green eyes, Willow can’t help but fall for Tom. The first time they meet it’s under embarrassing but humorous circumstances. Willow struggles to stay in the friend-zone, though, when Tom labels their relationship as platonic. Tom is no good for her, plus she’s his best friend’s sister. That’s a no-brainer that she’s off-limits.

This was just a perfect read when reading a rockstar romance! The music. The excitement. And, the fans. I read this in one sitting because it held my attention totally, and I had to know what happens to Tom and Willow. I was entertained and consumed by their story. It also included bits and pieces as far as what was going on with Tom’s bandmates and their women. Even though there were two previous books in the series already released, it didn’t confuse me whatsoever. I’ll just have to go back and read the other ones.  So loved this book, and Tom and Willow were amazing characters! Tom with his sexiness and sense of humor. And, Willow with her feistiness and desire for Tom. They made a great couple! You will not be disappointed! And, let’s not forget about the HOT HOT HOT intimacy! Well, blow my socks off, it was intensely erotic!! Looking forward to reading another book by this author...

Review Written, 6/21/16

Monday, June 13, 2016

738 Days written by Stacey Kade (432 pgs) – finished reading 6/12/16 – 4.5 stars - Contemporary Romance (New Adult)


4.5 star rating

Wow! This one practically broke my heart. It was so hard to imagine the pain that this young woman was going through. At fifteen years old Amanda Grace is abducted as she walks to school. Not seen from in two years and presumed to be dead, her family is elated when police find her. Broken and abused beyond belief, it is hard for her to bounce  back into society. Not only is it hard for Amanda, but it is as equally hard for her family to be around her. Her mother tries too hard, older sister Liza is hard-nosed and tough to be around, younger sister Mia blames her for coming back and changing their family, and her father is distant and wants nothing to do with her. Slowly as feelings are revealed, it really isn’t as seems with her family. They are just afraid of losing her again both mentally and physically now that they’ve just found her. And, some blame themselves for the horror that has happened to her. During Amanda’s imprisonment, the only thing that keeps her going is the picture on the wall of actor Chase Henry. It’s with his constant voice in her head that she has the will to survive. Unfortunately for Chase, his career has stalled because of bad decisions in his past. He now has the chance to regain that respect and start over if he comes up with a way to jump-start his career. And, his publicist Elise has just the idea. But, it’s not really an honest one. It’s manipulating and selfish as Chase sees it, but he’s willing to take that chance even if it involves abuse victim Amanda Grace. Chase and Amanda meet for the very first time and it’s a bust. Amanda still suffering violently from PTSD, has a total meltdown during their first encounter. Chase is not too sure that he can go through with this publicity stunt. He decides to call it off, but is still talked into it by Elise. It snowballs out of hell, and Chase now is in deep. And, gets deeper when he and Amanda take their relationship to a whole new level through only the five days that they’ve known each other. What will happen when Amanda finds out the truth? Will she ever be able to forgive Chase??

This was a pretty long book. Over four hundred pages. But, it moved rather quickly. I was so praying that Amanda would figure out how to deal with all the heartbreak and trauma that affected her. It was nothing but with sadness that Amanda tries so hard to leave her past behind and try to live without always having to look over her shoulder. Not being to withstand someone touching her along with unidentified noises just seemed to provoke trigger after trigger as they happen. She is so living in the past but wants to find the strength to not be the victim. In reality she was a survivor, she just couldn’t find that balance between victim and survivor on a daily basis. It was so hard to read about. Oftentimes my emotions took over. And, while Chase was the sweetest person ever, he just was lost and needed to be put on the right path with the right someone. So many people had used him in the past for his celebrity status. When it came down to it, he just wanted to be a good person.

The only problem that I had with the book was the fact that they got intimate after only a few days of knowing each other. And, with such severe PTSD that Amanda suffered from, I found that a little hard to believe. The only thing that is viable is the fact that maybe she was just so fed up with being the victim and was ready to stand on her own two feet and be the strong one for once without always needing someone’s protection. That made sense to me after awhile. So, with that being said, I was totally engrossed in Amanda and Chase’s story. It was hopeful and liberating. Showing a most vulnerable side to each character. The relationship was not without sweetness and intimacy. It made sense in a romantic way when experiencing love for the first time. They seemed to lean on each other, which I think was necessary for both their recoveries. Such a promising story with such courage for survival. Looking forward to reading another book by this most talented author!

“Life is too short to hold yourself back. From love, from happiness, from the fear of falling when you could have the joy of jumping.” ~ Amanda (Chap. 29)

Review Written, 6/13/16