Archive for June 28, 2016

THE DEBT by Tyler King~ Review

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13245314_1730554343895834_3935575937063383206_nGritty, raw, claws at my heart, real, passionate, sad, happy, inspiring, empathetic, apathetic, loving, hating, fighting, dying, living, everlasting, final, melodic, discordant, understanding, angry, happy, tearful, memorable, regrettable, forgiving, unforgivable, beautiful, ugly, flawless, flawed, stunning and everything in between.
The Debt by Tyler King is one of those books that sticks with you, resonates with you and that you hope other books will do to you. Her characters are so incredibly exquisite. Their struggles seep into your very being, calling for you to really see who they are. This isn’t a surface read. You need to settle in for the long haul and delve deep into your heart and soul. This is one of those books, you should go into blind and with a clear mind so that the story gets into every cell and you can peel back all the layers of this multi-faceted story.
Tyler King’s words are addicting in their beauty and prose. She brings hard realities to light with sincerity and grace. This is an absolute must read.
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BEND by Kivrin Wilson ~ Review

Every once in a while a story just resonates with you or finds a way of sticking with you. BEND by Kivrin Wilson is one of those stories.

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12670667_1032056626920013_3610483797586789369_nall the feels. intense. sweet. hot. loved it.
Bend is one of those books that plays in your head over and over. I loved the characters. Both were stubborn, independent, intelligent and sexy without the author having to throw in their physical attributes at every mention.
Kivrin Wilson wrote an emotional story that didn’t send you into the depths of a book hangover. Rather, her story was thoughtful, and her words streaked the pages with feelings that burrow into your heart and fill it with hope.
One of the things that I absolutely loved about this book was playful and sarcastic banter. I found myself laughing often, yet it wasn’t overbearing where it squashed the sincerity of the story. The inner dialogue had me in fits of giggles.
I have to mention the sex scenes. They are ridiculously HOT!!! I have to say, lately sex scenes in books bore me. They are the same thing over and over– gratuitous and something in the realm of a teenage virgin could do better. But Jay and Mia’s scenes were intense, smokin’, put them in a new age Kama Sutra textbook, unexpected, real, emotional and I could go on. I’m hoping Kivrin Wilson sets up seminars on how to write sexy. Oh my heck!
BEND was about second chances, taking a leap of faith, following your heart and embracing the love that was always right in front of you.
BEND is one of the books on my must read list!
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COMPASS by Stephie Walls ~ Cover Reveal and Release Info

Title: Compass
Series: Siren Song #2
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Adult, Romance
Coming: August 11, 2016
I’ve lived all over the country but have made Greenville, South Carolina my home for the last 20 of my 37 years. I have a serious addiction to anything Coach and would live on Starbucks if I could get away with it. If you follow me on Facebook you’ll also find that I’m slightly enamored with Charlie Hunnam. I’m an avid reader (literary whore to be more precise) averaging around 300 novels a year. I have a penchant for great love stories, sensual poetry and am a romantic at heart.

I currently work full-time in the Greenville area and fill my “extra” time with writing contemporary romance novels with a hint of erotica. I couldn’t do it without the support of my family and friends who push me to keep going when I don’t have the confidence or patience.

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LATCH by LK Collins~ Review, Trailer and Giveaway (Blog Tour)

Hey crew check out my review for LK Collins’ LATCH. Watch the sexy trailer and be sure to enter the giveaway too.

 

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When New York City’s most desirable male escort gets caught, things get messy.

Latch Teracino is God’s gift to women. He’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a man, and he’ll fulfill your hottest fantasies, all for a price. He makes a very good living pleasing the rich and famous. Like Abby McEllrath, married to Major League Baseball’s biggest all-star, which often leaves her at home, lonely and bored.

After years of neglect and disrespect from a man who promised to give her the world, she meets Latch in the most unlikely setting. For Latch, she’s just another client – it’s the way he works. And for Abby, she adapts. However, as time progresses, their explosive connection transforms from dirty, raw sex into so much more than just a paid relationship.

Lines are crossed.

Rules are broken.

And lives are shattered.

In the end, Latch and Abby have to make a choice, one that will forever change the course they were destined to be a part of. But sometimes a simple choice isn’t that easy, especially when the one you leave behind would rather die than live without you.

Here’s what people are saying…

 

“5++++++ stars! Ms. Collins has done it again. She absolutely ruined me while I was reading this story. The connection between Latch and Abby is soooo hot and soooo sweet!” –Jo’s Book Addiction
“The story is hot and sweet, sexy and raw, and full of so many emotions, taking you into the life of Latch and Abby and making you feel like you’re living it with them. Just be ready for the ending, it will definitely leave your jaw on the floor…” –Cover to Cover Book Blog

“Latch left me stunned! LK knows she’s evil! I swear her intentions are to suck you into her books and leave you wrecked.” –Karrie, Panty Dropping Book Blog

Review

Thank you LK Collins… you know why… for taking that risk.

Latch is a sexy, with some humour and angst thrown in, story, to make this a great read. While many of us love tatted up bad boys, I loved how Collins did not use this as the backbone of the story. Rather the notion of Latch having tattoos and being a male escort enhances the story but doesn’t make the story. What you get is a character who is not uni-dimensional, has a lot going on for him and still is sexy as heck.
I’ll admit when I first starting reading this book, Abby was not a favourite of mine. However, further into the story, you get a truer sense of what her past relationship did to her and realize that in the real world, it would take a woman years to overcome the neglect and abuse of a spouse/partner. So really, Abby’s character was as she should be.
The story was well paced and while there were a couple of times I thought a little repetitive, the overall vibe of the story fit the plot line and characters. I didn’t want to put the book down as I knew something big was coming and I was trying to anticipate what. Collins gave minute hints that kept you engaged and turning the pages without being predictable.
Darrell’s part in the book while small made a huge impact on the story and was well written. I also, absolutely loved Maris, Latch’s grandmother’s, character. She was sweet yet hip and added those aww moments and make you fall in love with Latch even more.
There’s a big risk that LK Collins took with this story and while it left me gobsmacked, I absolutely loved everything about it.
LK Collins’, LATCH is definitely worth the one-click. It’s a great read for your summer reading list.
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Five time bestselling author, LK Collins, writes emotionally and sexy gripping Erotic Romance novels. She’s a lover of the oxford comma and everything in the writing world. Her stories are compelling and will draw you in from page one, and with twists and turns, she always keeps her readers enthralled ’til the end. When LK’s not lost in the minds of her characters, you can find her on the beach with her family, where her husband and writing partner, “The Prezident,” are sure to be plotting out her next tale.

1986 by Morgan Parker~ Review

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Allana Harrison wanted out. She wanted to escape her painful, broken past and enjoy a fresh start somewhere else. Anywhere else. And while all of the boys in high school and college promised to deliver that dream, only one man actually pulled through.

Now a young adult, Allana finds herself on the opposite side of the world, in a prosperous and rich town that’s not only isolated from her past, but from the crime, grime and hustle of bigger cities, in a country where she doesn’t understand the language or know anybody else except her husband. And that’s how she likes it.

Until she meets Alex, another American who ends up being her only other friend, the one person who reminds her of what it’s like to feel desired, wanted and hungered for.

Except Alex has motives. And Alex has questions — about her husband’s work at the world’s most-advanced, leading-edge power station, questions he wants answered… and when Allana can no longer provide them, Alex threatens to reveal the secrets of their forbidden past, secrets that will destroy the man that saved her.

Caught between two men — one she loves and the other she can’t help but love — Allana must deliberate the role she plays in the moments leading to humankind’s greatest disaster… in 1986.

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“Love makes us think it’s about who we love, but that’s backwards. Love should be about who loves us.”

Does conspiracy breed love? Does it prove someone’s love? Does it question one love over another? In 1986 just before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster it most certainly did.
For Vasy, Alex, And Allana, the events leading up to the Chernobyl disaster wove a complicated and twisted web of lies, deceit, understanding, lust, love and truth.

Morgan Parker is not your typical romance writer. His tales are unconventional, eccentric, and most always question the very foundation and essence of love.
In his latest novel 1986, this has never been more true. 1986 Pripyat, Ukraine, the 9th nuclear city of what was then the Soviet Union, is the backdrop for a conspiracist’s dream. While the intricacies of the politics of this time seem to be the plot line, Morgan Parker creates a smoke screen for a sad, emotional love story. Here’s where 1986 sets Morgan Parker apart from other authors. Amongst all his words about spies and nuclear reactors are three people who crave love. Who have the same romantic dreams as the rest of us. When they are hurt by love, they bleed like we do and they dismiss love like we do.
Again, Morgan Parker’s words aren’t your typical love story. You won’t find the obvious, hitting you in the face. There aren’t pages of gratuitous sex or tatted up, bad boy, rocker, billionaires. Parker gives us ‘smart’ love. A story where you question, evaluate, re-evaluate and have more questions because love is never just love.

If you want a read that is well developed, thoughtful, and has a deeper evaluation of relationships, love and one’s search for a love that one can understand, then 1986 is definitely a story to one-click.
D 4/5

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LATCH by LK Collins~Release Blitz and Info

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I open my eyes and look at her as I come yet again. She stares at me with that goddamn look and I can barely breathe. As I slow my movements, she asks, “Stay the night with me?”
I stop moving and cup her face with my hands. I don’t stay the night with my clients, no matter how much they pay me. I never have. But Abby is so different than the rest. From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew I was doomed. Her calmness and beauty take over a room like a motherfucking hurricane. It’s what stuck out to me most when I bumped into her at the goddamn grocery store. After seeing her one time, I found myself going to the store all the time for shit I didn’t need, in hopes I’d run into her again. Knowing that her husband hasn’t been home in weeks, I respond, “Okay, but you aren’t paying me.” I kiss her gently, loving these times the most. The times after we fuck, where we can just be. I’ve hated taking her money, but it’s been the only way I’ve convinced myself that it’s okay to keep seeing her as often as I have been, since I don’t do relationships.
Laying my head against her chest, I hope that by doing this, I’m not opening either of us up to be too vulnerable. But with Abby, I do all sorts of things that I normally don’t.
The noise of her heart beats against my ear, and I own this moment of peace.
Then the alarm for her condo chimes that the front door has opened and we freeze, looking each other in the eye.
She’s terrified.
It has to be her husband. I hate to see her scared; a girl like Abby deserves the fuckin’ world. And her asshole baseball playing prick of a husband doesn’t give it to her. “What do you want me to do?” I ask her.
“Go,” she whispers reaching for the collar to remove it, and without hesitation, I listen to her. Looking around the room, there is no way to gather my things, which are spread out all over the bedroom, or to help her.
“Abby?” he calls out and I spot my pants on the chair. Darting to them, I move with urgency and hit the window not even taking the time to get dressed. I look back at Abby as she’s shoving everything under the bed. “I’m sorry,” I tell her before opening the window, knowing it will chime through the alarm, but right now, I don’t have a choice.
The fresh air is freeing as I fly down the fire escape like a monkey, not caring that I’m fifteen floors up. Above me, I hear chaos coming from the window and then a loud bang. I know he is coming after me as the fire escape vibrates. I’m tempted to stop and fuck him up – he deserves it after all of the shit he’s put Abby through. But it wouldn’t change him. It’d just make it worse for her, which is exactly what I don’t want.
As I hit the ground and yank my pants up. I hear him jump to the ground too. I sense he’s gaining on me, so I push harder. Moving as fast as my legs will run. My feet burn against the road, but they don’t hurt as bad as the thought of never seeing Abby again. I can’t lose her. She means too much to me to just let go of. If I’m being honest with myself, she stopped being a client a long time ago.
In the next second a yellow taxi flies up the street and I take the opportunity to get away, flagging him down and hopping into the back seat. With my eyes on the floor, I command in a firm voice, “To Crown Heights, as fast as you can. I’ve got a hundred with your name on it!”
The driver doesn’t respond with words, just the tires squealing as I glance up to see his eyes on the rearview mirror. Abby’s husband makes it just in time and yells something, smacking the trunk. With my head hung down, my eyes are on my tattooed chest as it heaves.
Goddammit, why did I let this happen? 
Slowly the air comes back to me and I worry about Abby and what he’s going to do to her…
The official trailer for LATCH
From five time bestselling author, LK Collins, comes LATCH another emotional roller coaster of a story that will have you screaming at your kindle. LK writes an array of emotionally and sexy gripping Erotic Romance novels. She’s a lover of the oxford comma and everything in the writing world. Her stories are compelling and will draw you in from page one, and with twists and turns, she always keeps her readers enthralled ’til the end. When LK’s not lost in the minds of her characters, you can find her on the beach with her family, where her husband and writing partner, “The Prezident,” are sure to be plotting out her next tale.

ROCKS & GRAVEL (Peri Jean Mace #3) by Catie Rhodes~ Review

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Peri Jean Mace knows ghosts create chaos in her life. She also knows the Mace Treasure spawns blood, death, and sorrow. They’re both trouble and she wants nothing to do with either one.

When a ghost steals secrets about the cursed fortune, Peri Jean is dragged kicking and screaming into the dangerous world of the treasure and the people who hunt it.

Now she’s stuck between a vengeful ghost and treasure hunters willing to do anything—even murder—to get rich quick. A storm of curses, old betrayals, and murder are about to rain down on Peri Jean. Can she accept the truth about herself and save all she loves before it’s too late?

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This was my favourite of the series so far. Catie Rhodes did a great job with this fast paced, suspenseful story. I loved that she brought more of the ghost aspect and Peri Jean being a medium into the story. Throughout the entire story, Rhodes had me wondering “whodunnit.” The character interactions were intense and had me turning the pages and not wanting to put the story down.
It’s been a while since I’ve read fantasy or paranormal and this book hit the spot. I enjoy the characters and I enjoy how Rhodes weaves the Louisiana southern charm and sass into her story. She does a good job of balancing the paranormal with the “regular” parts of the story. There’s good humour and I love the one liners. They often have me giggling out loud and repeating them. Rhodes does well at keeping the reader in suspense without getting bored or wanting to flip to the last page to find out. I was completely engaged right to the end and didn’t suspect the person at all. And even when she reveals, she keeps you engaged with the what’s and the why’s. I can’t wait to see how where she takes the reader in the next instalment and I’m really curious about Wade Hill’s character.
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BLACK OPAL (Peri Jean Mace #2)~ Review

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“I knowed you’d be coming.” The voice came from next to my arm, male but high and reedy. “You here to make things right, ain’t you?”

Not according to Peri Jean Mace. She might communicate with ghosts, but right now she’s on a mission to catch her two-timing boyfriend with his pants down.

Instead, she’s drawn into a decades-old murder mystery, in a house full of strangers. To top it off, her boyfriend’s mother gifts Peri Jean with a spectacular gemstone that enhances Peri Jean’s own supernatural abilities.

What could go wrong?

REVIEW

This second instalment of the Peri Jean Mace series was really good. From start to finish I was invested in the story. Catie Rhodes did a wonderful job of keeping the reader in suspense the whole time. I love a good mystery where it’s not just a mystery story. The fantasy aspect of Peri’s character worked really well in this second book as the setting took place in Cajun country (Louisiana) where there is lots of magic and history of magic and ghost lore. Unlike the first book, I definitely felt the connection between Peri and Dean. It was much more viable and believable.
The story line for this instalment kept readers wanting more, asking questions and turning the pages. There were unexpected twists and just when you thought you knew “whodunnit” Rhodes switched it up to keep the reader guessing.
Overall, this was a great story
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DOOMSDAY LOVE by Shanora Q. Williams~ Review, Trailer and buy links

Check out my review for Shanora Q. Williams’ latest release, DOOMSDAY LOVE. Loved this story. Drake and Jenny fight all odds for a second chance.

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When we were ten, he treated me like a friend.
When we were eighteen, he wanted nothing to do with me.
And now that we are twenty-two, he longs to claim every single inch of me.
He was wild—untamed.
And I, a reckless girl, who loved too hard.
But, what we had was special.
I was his serenity and he my protector.
Drake was consumed by my love…
but he also took advantage of it…
He’d broken my heart—left me hanging for years.
He ruined us.
And, now, he’s back.
He wants me.
And I want to hate him, I really do.
But, who am I kidding?
No one can deny Drake Davenport.
You can’t hide from the almighty DOOMSDAY.
Because he is a fighter.
And, just like me, he loves hard.
He never loses and he will fight as hard as he can if it means winning me back.

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Doomsday Love was an enjoyable read from start to finish. I liked Drake “Doomsday” Davenport’s character. His hard edge exterior carefully protected and blanketed an insecure and broken heart. Williams did a good job of giving both sides of this character throughout the book. The heroine of the story Jenny was a great balance of vulnerability and feisty. The back and forth chemistry and banter between Doom and Jenny created great humour and swoon worthy moments between the two of them.
I loved how this book was almost 2 books in 1 the first half being from the past and the 2nd half from present day. Williams did a great job of making sure the characters stayed true from past to present even though the story occurs over a span of about 12-13 years.
There were some great “Oh $hit” moments that were unexpected and added a good twist of events.
Overall the story had great flow and pace. Characters were developed and relatable.
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STRUCK FROM THE RECORD (Record Series #4) by K.A. Linde~ Review, Info & Trailer

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Check out my review and the trailer for book #4 in one of my absolute favourite series!!!

STRUCK FROM THE RECORD has it all and is a perfect summer read.

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Clay Maxwell is a smart, quick witted, sex-driven, manwhore with the good looks to match. Plenty of women have shared his bed, but only one has ever been constant, Andrea.

Their rules were simple. When they’re together, it’s just the two of them. When they’re apart, anything is fair game. And it worked. For ten years.

But one of them has changed the game…
Clay must decide if his player ways are worth losing the one girl who has always been there.

“Yet another awesome read from K.A. Linde! Clay is HOT and BAD in the best way possible, you won’t be able to put it down! I literally was begging for more!” -A.L. Jackson, NYT Bestselling Author

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SFTR_Teaser4When Linde gave readers the first three books in this series, she swept me away into a world of politics, scandal, ambition and oh my heck Brady Maxwell. I fell in love with this character and his journey to the Whitehouse. I absolutely loved every word. She introduced us to Brady’s brother Clay, in book one. He was sexy, obnoxious, egotistical, and interrupted my love affair with Brady. But there was something about him, I couldn’t shake. Something that still made me like him.
Fast forward to book four STRUCK FROM THE RECORD… Clay’s book. Well, well, well. If he didn’t turn my Maxwell world upside down with his vulnerable, intense, lovable self. “For The Record,” he’s still obnoxious and sexy. And he still interrupted my love affair with Brady but not in a bad way. I had to make room for Clay Maxwell because this book boy hottie found a way into my heart permanently.
Linde has a way of weaving her words in and out of your mind and heart where you find yourself wondering what happened… I love that character and I love that story. There isn’t anything specific I can put my finger on as the trigger. She creates characters that are strong, independent, loyal and driven. It’s this that makes her characters sexy. She doesn’t write gratuitous, over the top sex scenes, she doesn’t go into long winded descriptions about a characters physical attributes. She doesn’t have to because she writes a story that draws you in and keeps you invested. She writes interactions and relationships between her characters that are intense and real.
Linde balances her stories with all the elements– humour, sexiness, drama, those aww moments and everything in between. You are never on the outside looking in, rather you are right there feeling every word as if they were your own.
STRUCK FROM THE RECORD was a fabulous read. i was able to make room for Clay Maxwell. This book is a perfect summer read or any season for that matter. The Maxwell family is the it family for book series. I can’t get enough of them.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

kalinde copyK.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding series and the All That Glitters series as well as seven additional novels. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and even landing for a brief stint in Australia. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia and is the current head coach of the Duke University dance team.

An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. currently live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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