Review: Carnal Persuasion

Thursday 18 December 2014 No comments
Carnal Persuasion Carnal Persuasion by K.T. Fisher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So it's Cowboy's turn to entertain us so why am I left wondering..... who the hell is Declan?!!!!

I love this series so much. The stories are enjoyably short and don't leave you feeling drained and the characters are all so loveable. I'm still not happy about the demise of Justice but I've gotten over it, just!!!!

This instalment is mostly about the enticing Cowboy and Lucy. Still recovering from the shock of Disney, Cowboy thinks his life is worthless but Lucy walks in to save his life and she is determined to help this beautiful man put his heart back together again.

All of the usual crew are included in this book. From Teresa, who is comically pregnancy, to Angel, Eve, Ink, Elle and a whole host more. I loved the humour in this book especially when a visit to a certain strip club is in order. The old ladies rule this series as well as their men's hearts.

Ok, back to the mysterious Declan. He's obviously not a man to mess with and he's clearly dangerous so why oh why can I not wait to get my hands on more of him and his story. Will we ever find out his secret past and will Holly be a romantic interest of his in the future? Oh the possibilities with that man are endless and so mouth-wateringly delicious.

As expected there are plot twists and turns and some sadness along the way but I won't be threatening the authors with virtual violence this time!!!!

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5 Star Review: With a Twist (Last Call, #4) by Sawyer Bennett

Thursday 11 December 2014 No comments
With a Twist (Last Call, #4)With a Twist by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series so much, each book has its own story and own gorgeous hunk to focus on and I wasn't sure that I'd love Wyatt but I do, he's too sweet for words but at the same time hotter than hell!!!

Wyatt is Hunter's best friend and having seen his friends settling down he is desperate to find that special woman. Little did he expect to find her whilst working undercover in a strip club. Meet Andrea, an FBI agent with a past as a stripper and a body and routine to die for, well at least Wyatt thinks so. Working together undercover, Wyatt, or Raze, struggles to remain in character and tries to ensure that Andrea, or Nikki O, is protected at all times.

Review: Kayden: The Past

Wednesday 10 December 2014 No comments
Kayden: The Past Kayden: The Past by Chelle Bliss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this was a real roller-coaster of a ride with Kayden telling his story and the reasons he became a man-whore.

Hurt by woman after woman Kayden battles to fight his alcohol addiction whilst trying the preserve what is left of his heart.

Having read Untangle Me first, some of this story is repetitive but at the same time it tells you so much more. You get more insight into what damage Lisa did to Kayden and how amazing it was for him to find happiness in the arms of Sophia.

This book tells a story of pain and malice but if you are an endless romantic and hope against everything that love will win through then read these amazing stories by Chelle Bliss.

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Review: Untangle Me

Untangle Me Untangle Me by Chelle Bliss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kayden is a dream of a character!

Having been teased with Kayden in Trottle Me and Throttled I realised that the time is right to get to know this mysterious man better so Untangle Me was brought to the front of my TBR.

We've heard that Kayden and Sophia have had their troubles but until you read Untangle Me you don't appreciate what this lovable couple have been through to get where they are today.

Kayden has so many demons to fight that you wonder how his relationship with Sophia can survive. The biggest demon though comes in the form of his unstable ex-girlfriend, Lisa, who is determined to break this man by continually pushing and pulling on his heart strings.

I love the innocent way the relationship starts between Sophia and Kayden and how quickly the bond develops between the two albeit through a social network site. It's only upon meeting though do the two fully comprehend what they have together and that's a chemistry that will overcome all, or will it?

With a new problem in his life though, Kayden turns once again to his emotional crutch, alcohol, and it's up to Sophia to help Kayden to come through this latest episode.

Kayden is a dream of a character and you can't help but want to hug him and to remind him that he is a strong man and not the broken shell that Lisa makes him believe. I love how open he is about his feelings with Sophia and the way he expresses himself.

"Your words captured my heart, and I fell for you before I ever touched you. I didn't want to open my heart to anyone, but you, you seeped into my veins bringing a new meaning to my life. Being with you in person only made my feelings deeper for you, sealing my fate," he said. "I want you to be mine....I will not share you with anyone."

This story is a real emotional rollercoaster as it twists and turns through Sophia and Kayden's relationship. I'm glad I read this book when I did though, after Throttle Me, as it gave me a great appreciation of the hints offered by Sophia in that story as to the battles she and Kayden have fought.

Next up is Kayden (#0.5) and the background to his life that he has yet to share.

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Review: Strip Back

Sunday 30 November 2014 No comments
Strip Back Strip Back by Ava Manello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Copy provided by the author in return for an honest review.

Well we're back seated front and centre with Naked Nights once again in this novella telling the story of the group's inception.

In this book, Eric tells us his story and it's a story of determination, loss and love. It's sweet, sad and passionate but most of all it brings us into the arms of Naked Nights right from the very beginning. We get to witness auditions by Jackal, Guido and Alex and also how Tiny and Alison fit into the group as Eric takes us through making his dream a reality; from seedy stripper to running his own group of performers.

As expected, this story sets out how Naked Nights was formed but for me it is a little bit too simplistic in its telling. I don't know if I would have preferred to read this before book 1, Strip Teaser, but I was expecting more twists and turns and background to the group's creation. This story focussed slightly more on Eric's love life with Christy than the Naked Nights but that is not a bad thing but it just left me wanting more from the story.

Writing novellas must be extremely difficult. How do you get across the story without it developing into a full blown book? This is exactly how I felt this story came across. Perhaps more would have taken the story out of the novella grouping but at the same time I felt it was more of a step by step guide to Eric and Christy's lives right up to the first performance of Naked Nights. I would prefer a full book on Eric and Christy and I hope that we get to read more about them in the future.

As always with Ava, this book was well written and entertaining. I look forward to reading more from the Naked Nights group and to get to know each of the remaining performers intimately!!!

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Review: Razorblade Kisses

Thursday 20 November 2014 No comments
Razorblade Kisses Razorblade Kisses by R.L. Griffin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5+++ Stars

If there's one book you have to read during 2015 it's Razorblade Kisses. This story is emotive, it's painful, it's stunning, it's hopeful but most of all it's beautifully told. From pain and desolation comes love and happiness but not without hurdles and cruelty beyond words.

Emery is 16 and living a life you'd never want a child to live. After getting arrested, she meets Rachel and they "click" and for the first time in 4 years, Emery has hope.

Escaping her home life, she turns her back on her sister and hopes that she too won't experience the horrors that she endured almost daily. With Rachel and Derrick's help and support, she leaves and becomes someone else, someone without a past and someone with the chance of living an abuse-free life.

Emery becomes Emily and heads to Nashville to live a new life with Rachel's cousin Noah she soon finds some semblance of happiness and also love; love for a man who doesn't hurt her but who she knows she will hurt.

Life is simple for a while and Emily finds peace that is until she is found and flees again, this time to Savannah and into a new life this time as Emma. It's in Savannah that she finds true happiness and true love and the man that tries to show her that she can find her HEA even though Emma knows that her heart will be broken once again and that living a life of deception with Tim isn't possible.

When tragedy strikes again Emma is forced to run once more but this time from herself and the pain she has inflicted on so many people who have helped her and trusted her. All she wants is to be forgotten and creating yet another persona for herself she waits to die. Erika has no-one, wants no-one and is no-one but will the first man she came to trust be able to save her from herself and her past?

I loved his story. It did portray horrors and sadly realistic truths but it was told sensitively and had obviously been well thought out. The bond between Rachel and Emery was truly heartfelt:
The click that sounded so long ago when they’d been arrested was for life; they belonged together like chocolate and peanut butter. It’s true what they say, sometimes the monsters win, but she’d battled hers and she’d survived.
I was so glad I took a chance on is book and its author. I've not read such a rewarding story in a while and whilst it was a painful read at times there was always hope and trust but most of all love.

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5 Star Review: City of Champions (A Gateway to Love, #2) by Chloe T. Barlow

Wednesday 5 November 2014 No comments
City of Champions (A Gateway to Love, #2)City of Champions by Chloe T. Barlow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a powerful read which covers an emotive subject. It starts extremely painfully and had me sobbing during the prologue but the story as a whole is amazing and focuses on a passion for life, love and happiness.

The story covers the lives of Jenna and Wyatt, a QB and someone Jenna has been following closely during his career. Now struggling with a shoulder injury, Wyatt must reevaluate his priorities. Does he risk surgery and his career or does he find alternatives and hope they his team will support his decision but will they be able to continue to accept his reluctance to commit his heart to the game.

4 Star Review: Middle of Knight (Jack & Jill #2) by Jewel E Ann

Tuesday 4 November 2014 No comments
Middle of Knight (Jack & Jill, #2)Middle of Knight by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series will make you laugh, cry and feel every emotion possible that falls in between love and loss.

As we read on, there’s more mystery surrounding Knight and Day but with each turning page, more secrets are revealed. Jillian and Jackson continue to live their new lives and this time Jackson finally acquires a love interest in Ryn, AJ’s 40 year old cleaner. As expected, this age difference brings about a whole host of questions and challenges but Jackson is determined to prove to Ryn that her age doesn’t alter his feelings for her. Their relationship isn’t a smooth one as a result, especially when Ryn’s background starts to affect the way Jackson treats her and he wonders if he’s right for her afterall.

Review: Oceans Apart

Thursday 16 October 2014 No comments
Oceans Apart Oceans Apart by Emma Fitzgerald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another new author for me and another pleasant surprise. I was looking for something easy to read and enjoyable and this book certainly met my expectations.

When I read the synopsis I knew I had to read this book. I mean a surfer (tick), an Aussie hunk (tick) and fun and games in the form of sun, sea, sand and sizzling Sydney sexiness thanks to Cam.

Cam is a pro surfer and after having a head injury is taking a break back in Australia when he comes across Annie, for the second time but this time fighting for her life.

Cam saves Annie in more ways that one and the two soon realise they have a connection that is hard to ignore. Annie has never felt love and warmth from her family and despite her parents no longer being around she still feels their rejection.

Annie soon realises when she's around Cam's family that she has found what she has always been looking for. His mother, father, sister, Sea, and the mysterious Matt who I hope we will soon read more about, complete the family portrait and Annie knows that this is where she's meant to be but will she be able to live with the shocking news that she receives courtesy of Cam's ex.

All of a sudden, Annie is filled with doubt and even though she loves Cam unconditionally, she knows she will never be able to live the life she is now faced with.

This was a dream of a read and a passionate storyline that melted my heart. I can't wait to see where the story with Matt and Chel(Sea) goes though, there are some fireworks between those two which are waiting to erupt onto our ereaders.

This book has no obvious grammar or typographical errors, a HEA, and a healthy dose of unrequited love. What's not to like!!!

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Review: Unbroken

Friday 10 October 2014 No comments
Unbroken Unbroken by R.E. Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unbroken is a story of love but love without complications wouldn't really be love, or would it? This is the battle of the ex's and by the end you will be torn over which ex you hate the most!!!

Luke and Embry's story continues post "Sydney" and the sudden ending of Undone. As expected, Sydney-gate is the main focus of this book and each time you think Luke has dealt with her up she pops again like an interminable jack-in-a-box!

Jack is the other ex and a problem that Embry still needs to face once and for all but with Luke by her side what could possibly go wrong.

Morgan is again ever present to add the entertainment and the witty one-liners. I love that girl! Brett is another dream character and such a sweetie and I kind of wished at times that the story told this loveable couple's story instead!

I have to say I felt sorry for "Jer", I really wanted him to find his HEA. With a friend like him, what girl wouldn't be happy.

I loved this story but I also felt it was long winded at times. A lot could have happened in the story development but it fell a little short for me. Don't get me wrong, this is a sweet romantic tale with some ups and downs along the way but in between the hurdles were aspects to the story which fell a bit flat. I found things were only just getting interesting at 80% into the story.

Embry also had me torn. She is an atypical heroine and whilst I wanted to love her, she totally got on my nerves at times with her swinging emotions and treatment of poor Luke and I found myself shouting at her (in my head, of course).

All in all this was an enjoyable contemporary romance with some twists and turns along the way. Luke is a dream boyfriend and Embry is one lucky girl!

“I love you more than all the stars in the sky.”

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Review: Collateral

Thursday 9 October 2014 No comments
Collateral Collateral by Callie Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zeth’s words say it all after reading the final instalment of this outstanding Blood & Roses series by Callie Hart.

I. Can’t. Breathe.
I first saw this series through another blogger's TBR and knowing her reputation for finding great books and great authors I thought what the hell, I'll give it a shot. Little did I know that I would become obsessed with the Blood & Roses series and its extremely talented author.

It's not often that these days we find a series which is so memorable because let's face it, we're all reading so much now thanks to the indie author community and ereaders that it's easy to move on from book to book without looking back. That is certainly not the case with Blood & Roses though and I know I'm going to read this series more than once to enjoy Zeth uninterrupted.

We were hit hard with the first instalment. Zeth the heartless monster, Zeth the sex fiend, Zeth the killer but book by book, Zeth has given up his secrets to us readers until we get to see the real man, his heart, his passion and his love for his angry bird; Sloane. This is a story of beauty and the beast and in true romance style, the beauty slays the beast with her tenderness and a determination to win over this beautifully broken man.

Together with Michael, Zeth’s loyal friend and his sister, Lacey, the group continue to struggle to find a way to overcome the nightmare that is Charlie Holsan. After Charlie spins lies to Lacey to win her trust, Zeth and Sloane must find a way to rescue her from his clutches before it’s too late.

As ever, the group try to move secretively in order to avoid the ever watchful eyes of DEA Agent, Denise Lowell, who is still trying to bring Zeth to justice along with Sloane’s brother-in-law, Rebel.

Now working together; Rebel, Zeth, Sloan and Michael hatch a plan to get Lowell off their backs once and for all but things don’t go to plan and the group have to think of another way to ensure their freedom.

Zeth is starting to accept that Sloane’s love for him is genuine and he knows he already can’t live without her but is he willing to open his heart to this woman and to trust himself to be in her arms, especially at night? For me the turning point in their relationship was when Zeth and Sloane kissed on the mouth and after all the angst, emotional turmoil and raw passion of their relationship, we found ourselves breaking for this damaged man as he trusts Sloane to fight through his penultimate emotional defence.

I read this book willing there to be a HEA especially after all of the heartbreak faced by this group of friends throughout the series so far and whilst I loved the ending it wasn’t read without tears and sadness. Zeth’s fragility is raw and his emotions are tangible and the chapters where a simply a few words were expressed extracted more emotion from me as a reader than the in-depth analysis of the story line.

As ever, the sex in this book is breathtakingly brutal and violent but the pain continues to be welcomed and wanted by Sloane.

”You’re too smart for your own good, angry girl. Now you know our little secret, you’re going to have to be punished.”
This series isn’t for the squeamish but it is one full of suspense, intrigue, violence, sex, and most importantly LOVE.

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4.5 Star Review: Elect (Eagle Elite #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Monday 6 October 2014 No comments
Elect (Eagle Elite, #2)Elect by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!!!

This is a really enjoyable series which combines the innocence of school life alongside the darkness of the brutal and controlling spectre of the mafia.

Nixon loves Trace unconditionally. Brought up together they were destined to spend their lives intertwined that was until Trace's parents were killed and she was hidden for her own safety by her grandparents. Now back together, with Trace aware of her past, they must separate again in order to protect Trace from her parent's killer or killers.

Thrust into Chase's arms, Trace knows her heart is torn. She loves Chase but her soul belongs to Nixon. Forced to live a lie though, she must convince those around her who could cause her harm that she is in a relationship with Chase and that twists the knife further all of their hearts.

As Nixon continues to seek out the threats against his leadership, he uncovers some family secrets and an unlikely ally in Phoenix. Liaising with another powerful mafia family from Sicily, Nixon slowly gets the answers he's been searching for his whole life.

The group continue to be supported by Tex and Nixon's sister, Mo. A new addition joins the group of friends in the form of Phoenix's sister, Mil. A feisty and determined girl, she is prepared to do anything to help her brother and to reveal the secrets which have been buried for years.

This story was shocking and disturbing but at the same time fascinating. I must admit I did find the whole family tree a bit confusing and it took me a little while to get my head around the new family dynamics as unknown parents were revealed.

This is a really well written and thought out story line. It is full of twists and turns and I can't wait to read where the story heads next, especially with Mil.

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4 Star Review: Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Tuesday 30 September 2014 No comments
Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2)Garrett by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars

Copy provided via NetGalley and the author in return for an honest review.

The next book in the Cold Fury series and one which will warm your heart despite being based on the ice. We were teased with Garrett Samuelson in Alex (book 1) and being a known man-whore his story probably attracted me more than Alex’s did.

5 Star Review: Entice (Eagle Elite, #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

Thursday 18 September 2014 No comments
Entice (Eagle Elite, #3)Entice by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've finally managed to find time to get back to the Eagle Elite series and wow, I am so glad that I did. This series is getting better and better.

I love any books about gangsters or the Mafia and this is series no exception. It has so many twists and turns and unfolding stories that I am left turning the pages of my ereader at warp speed just to get to them.

The group of Nixon, Trace, Mo, Tex, Mil and Chace are coming to terms with the loss of Phoenix and the return to life of Nixon. Trace is beyond angry with Nixon for breaking her heart and turning her towards Chase but time has moved on and so has the next stage of the families' plot towards ending the dangers they currently face.

One such danger comes from the self proclaimed Godfather himself, Vito Campisi, and after Mil reveals the horrors she experienced at the hands of her father and nearly at the hands of The Campo, the group decide it's time to bring down Vito before he can kill Mil.

After Mil marries Chace, the two soon realise that the connection they felt for each other at 14 is still strong but can they trust each other and accept the feelings they have for one another as genuine? Chace is a dream of a character and part of me wanted him to end up with Trace but Mil is a much better match for him and they compliment each other perfectly. Initially I thought this book was going to primarily focus on Chace and Mil and whilst it does have a focus on them it was nice to be able to enjoy all of he other characters again. From Trace's innocence and determination to protect her new family to Tex's humour albeit in the face of his own painful past, I love each and everyone of these characters.

I have to say though that it was Phoenix's letter to Mil towards end of the story that will stay with me though, I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat and now I miss him even more, despite his wrongdoings.

I can't wait to read Elicit and Enforce... I just need to find some time to enjoy them!!!

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5 Star Review: Elite (Eagle Elite, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Monday 15 September 2014 No comments
Elite (Eagle Elite, #1)Elite by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A story of lies and deception, violence and death; welcome to Eagle Elite College and more importantly, The Elect.

Tracey Rooks' life is uncomplicated. Living on a farm with her Grandfather, she is protected by the simplicity of her lifestyle, that is until she wins a scholarship to Eagle Elite College.

Trace arrives at Eagle Elite and immediately questions whether she's made the right decision to leave the farm. Upon her arrival, she is met by The Elect's leader, Nixon, and hearing The Elect's rules, Trace knows her life won't be the same again. Despite his behaviour, Trace is drawn to Nixon and finding herself rooming with his sister, she finds it impossible to avoid him.

Nixon and his friends are domineering, intimidating and powerful and just the type of boys she knows she should avoid but together with Monroe, Nixon's sister, she is thrust into their lives and their lifestyle.

Nixon is charismatic and together his his friend Chase, Trace starts to enjoy their company but suffers for her alliance at the hands of one of Nixon's so called 'friends' and the rest of the student body.

This story is fast paced, full of twists and turns and it takes you on a completely unexpected journey. It's hard to review without spoiling the story but it is a truly magical and memorable book. It's a YA read and light on the sexual content but at the same time it's a beautiful story which pulls you in to the lives, emotions and heartbreak of Trace and Nixon. It includes elements of violence and some references to punishments and killings.

I can't wait for the next instalment to feed my new found Elect obsession.

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Review: Undone

Wednesday 10 September 2014 No comments
Undone Undone by R.E. Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a sweet story. Luke and Embry love each other deeply but will their love be enough to outweigh the risk of having a relationship together?

Embry has just started Law School with her best friend Morgan and has returned home for the first time since running away from her abusive ex-boyfriend.

Looking for an uncomplicated school life and one that will not involve a love interest, Embry sets out to focus all of her attentions on her studies that is until she runs into Luke Brody. Blindsided by his good looks and beautiful eyes, Embry knows that her resolve has been weakened but not knowing who this handsome man is, presumes that she will never see him again. A night out in a club soon answers Embry's question though as she see's Luke across the room. It's not long before Luke's heart calls out to Embry and together the pair start to realise that they can't hide their feelings from each other.

As their romance grows though so do Embry and Luke's problems and what starts off as an innocent relationship, albeit one which is destined to be life changing, it soon turns sour and becomes a complicated mess filled with hidden agendas, deceit and heartbreak.

This was a really enjoyable story. I was aware of the cliffie at the end and the good news is that the next book, Unbroken, is on it's way but after the way Undone ended I suspect Unbroken will be a painful and emotional read.

RE Hunter is a new author to me and I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary romance. I'm not normally a lover of sweet romances with emotional twists in the storyline but I really did enjoy this one. It was extremely well written and carefully edited and the story really flowed. My only teeny-tiny criticism is that it seemed a little long and drawn out at times but saying that, I wasn't tempted to skips paragraphs etc.

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5 Star Review: Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews

Saturday 6 September 2014 No comments
Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's unusual for a series to go from strength to strength but the Kate Daniels' series is the exception to the rule. This book was simply stunning with a perfect blend of old favourites in the characters, new and wonderful creatures and an ongoing storyline which has grabbed me and not let go since book 1. Kate Daniels is the best heroine you'll ever read about!

5 Star Review: Boarded By Love (Bellevue Bullies #1) by Toni Aleo

Tuesday 26 August 2014 No comments
Boarded by Love (Bellevue Bullies, #1)Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If only true love was the sparkle in the glimpse of an eye, the wisp of air gasped upon the first sight of beauty or the touch of silk against the coarseness of lust then life would be but a magical experience carried in the air. Boarded By Love tells such a story; one of instant lust, love and regret against the backdrop of hockey and burlesque dancing.

Review: Forever Viper

Sunday 10 August 2014 No comments
Forever Viper Forever Viper by Sammie J.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Argh, this series frustrates me. I love the story, I love the characters but I really can't get to grips with the three overlapping POVs. Every time I feel the story is moving forwards, back it goes again as it is told from another character's POV. I enjoyed witnessing the conflicting emotions of different characters some of the time but then at others I found it too repetitive and I skim read pages until I got back to where I wanted the story to be.

The premise is still brilliant, vampire rock stars, wow!!! In this instalment, there is a hurdle that has to be overcome in order for the three lovers to be re-united. The relationship between Peppa, Noah and Juan is all consuming and so hot and sexy and I love hearing their inner monologues as they come to terms with Noah's new persona.

Cruz is still being Cruz and Saul has found another vampire called Jade to entertain him and together they work to support Noah. There is also a new delicious treat in the form of Hans but I will let him introduce himself to you.

The big question is will I read on. Possibly because I want to know how Cruz gets on with avoiding his entwined or to read Saul's story but at the same time I hope there will be one less person's POV to contend with.

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Review: Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps Playing for Keeps by Glenda Horsfall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How far would you go to spice up your love life? Would you reveal your darkest fantasies or would you continue to live in the shadow of who you really are? Playing For Keeps tells just that story.

Cassie and Matt have reached a cross-roads in their relationship. She wants Matt to push his sexual boundaries but will his reluctance to give Cassie what she wants cost him her heart?

After a disastrous first attempt at satisfying Cassie's needs, Matt takes things into his own hands and in doing so opens both himself and Cassie up to a world of new erotic experiences and challenges.

Matt suspects Cassie of having submissive tenancies but not in his wildest dreams did his expect to find what he did when he slowly peeled back her layers. A weekend unlike no other takes their lives in a totally new direction and one which will ultimately reveal the fascinating world of BDSM. Cassie has read about it but now is the time for her to live it!

This is ultimately a story of love between two people and what they must overcome to save their relationship from a slow and painful death by... sexual frustration!

This is the first, much awaited, book from Glenda Horsfall and one which will delight erotica readers worldwide. It's extremely hot, full of mind blowing orgasms and scenes which will melt your e-reader. It you love your erotic romance then you will love this story.

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Review: Twisted

Saturday 9 August 2014 No comments
Twisted Twisted by Callie Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

God I love this series, there's no preamble and right from the first page we're once again thrust into the storyline with a bang, literally!!!! Callie continues to feed my Zeth addiction and the series is going from strength to strength. I never want it to end!

This is gritty series and one which makes a violent lifestyle seem almost normal, especially when you see how easily Sloane has accepted her new life with Zeth who is as firmly attached to her and she is to him.

Still on the run from Charlie and Julio, Zeth and Sloane together with Michael and Lacey are in hiding and wondering how they can ever be free again. With the DEA still looking for them and Rebel still demanding that Sloane go to him, Zeth and Sloane must decide how far they will let their relationship take them before one of them is killed.

Zeth is still unclear about his feelings for Sloane but Sloane knows her heart and it's telling her she wants Zeth, whatever the end result. Zeth is still continuing to fight his demons though but by the end of this book we have more of an insight into his life as a child and why he has an obsession to protect vulnerable women from harm.

Mystery still surrounds Zeth and Lacey's connection and whilst Lacey has accepted he is her brother, they are still unsure of their parents until news reaches them which is almost unbelievable and causes Lacey to become even more fragile.

Pippa and Olly are still protective of Sloane and thinking she can trust them she turns to them for their help only for them to once again push her further into Zeth's arms and protection.

There is violence, explosive and domineering sex, passion and heartbreak once again throughout this book and it is so deliciously enticing that I'm tempted to go back and read the series again from the start to feed my obsession.

I love how Zeth is becoming more and more human, story by story, and it's heartwarming to see Sloane reach out and anchor his heart.

***Angry Girls rule***

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Review: Severed Justice

Saturday 2 August 2014 No comments
Severed Justice Severed Justice by K.T. Fisher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My heartstrings have been well and truly pulled by this story of revenge and heartbreak. In a world of violence, there is a world of hurt and where there was once lust, love and passion there is now emptiness. Welcome to Severed MC, a band of brothers, and sisters, who have experienced pain and loss in the most brutal ways imaginable.

No one hurts my family and gets away with it. I am Justice.
Justice was a delicious treat waiting to be unwrapped but nothing could have prepared me for his story. After his light-hearted introduction to the series, the tables are turned as you get to see this man in one of the most shocking and heartbreaking stories you'll read this year. Hell, this book almost killed me!!!

Satan has gone but his threat of retribution lives on in an unknown ally and unbeknownst to Severed MC danger is looming. Recovering from their last battle, the lovable rogues and their “old ladies” are starting to face a brighter future; that is until they receive a message from beyond the grave.

This story features many of our Severed MC favourites with them each getting chapters to continue to tell their stories. From Cowboy, Angel and Eve, and Ink and Elle, the magic continues to flow through this amazing series.

Be warned though, whereas the previous books have been full of twists and turns this story is a twisted and unforgiving ride and you will reach for the tissues and you will feel the pain of the Severed MC.

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4 Star Review: Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Thursday 31 July 2014 No comments
Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1)Alex by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has me confused. I enjoyed the story. I loved the characters. The supporting cast were even amazing but this story just didn’t hook me right from the start. So why now I’ve finished the book am I disappointed?

This is certainly one of those slow building stories that creeps up on you and without realising it, you’ve been captured by the story and the lives of Alex and Sutton.

Review: Strip Teaser

Strip Teaser Strip Teaser by Ava Manello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, I loved this book and devoured it in one sitting!!!! I love the way Ava Manello writes; she has a natural talent as a writer and storyteller.

This book tells the story of a group of male strippers and, more importantly, who they are behind the scenes. Alex is not your typical stripper. He's not bulky but simply toned and he doesn't lust after the fans, unlike his rather more promiscuous co-performers. Alex is the strong, silent member of the group and preferring his own company is wrongly presumed to be gay, much to Sally's disappointment.

The guys aren't what I expected. Well, mostly. Alex and Tiny are the total opposite of who and what I thought they'd be. The other four are slightly more stereotypical with their fake tans and larger than life egos, yet most of the time they're pleasant and polite.

Sally is a journalist who, reluctantly, agrees to spend 8 weeks touring with the group to tell their story but upon meeting the men she soon realises that they are so different to their performing personas. It's not long before Sally falls for Alex's charms but assuming that he is gay doesn't act on her lustful thoughts.

He lays down flat to the stage, humping up and down suggestively with his groin. I can't help but wonder how that would feel if he was in bed with me.

I really enjoyed that this story is set in the UK and for once speaks my language! Ava has written a delightful love story and I really enjoyed the "will they, won't they" theme which ran throughout. The characters were lovable rogues and you can't help but become attached to each one especially when they protect Sally like big brothers.

Strippers are not my thing but I would pay good money to witness this group of hearthrobs in the "flesh"!!!

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5 Star Review: Sugar on the Edge (Last Call, #3) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday 18 July 2014 No comments
Sugar on the Edge (Last Call, #3)Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story ticked all of my boxes, I loved it!!!

I've enjoyed the first two Last Call books a lot but this, this well, what can I say... had an edginess and an increased hotness to it thanks to Gavin. Yes, he starts out as an asshole but he kinda grows on you and when you get to understand him a little more you can see why he is the way he is.

We've met Savannah and her past before but she's always come across as the odd one out in this group of friends, no doubt deliberately written that way. However, the shy and retiring Savannah is no more in this story thanks to Gavin aka Filth!

Review: Fallen

Monday 9 June 2014 No comments
Fallen Fallen by Callie Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is getting better and better and I really don't want it to end, ever!

Zeth and Sloane have returned to collect Lacey from her parents after leaving Alexis, Sloane's sister, recovering from her gun shot wound under Rebel's watchful eye. Breaking the news to her parents was never going to be easy but little did Sloane expect to have Zeth at her side whilst she did it.

After leaving to return to Seattle and into unknown danger once again courtesy of Charlie, the threesome must decide where they go next. Can Sloane safely return from work? Will Charlie know where they have been and what they have been up to? And, can Zeth stop Charlie once and for all before anyone else is killed?

I love the balance of character personalities in this series. Where else can you idolise a serial killer and want him to succeed in stopping someone even more unscrupulous with equally measured violence.

Zeth continues to get closer to Sloane, in his own way, and Sloane starts to wonder if a normal relationship with this dark and mysteriously sexy man may be possible. Zeth knows losing Sloane isn't an option but can he allow her to become closer to him than she already is?
Zeth's authority of me doesn't feel like he's conquering me. He's not dominating me. It feels as though he's throwing down an ultimatum - this is who I am and what I need from you for this to work - that I can either accept or walk away from, and my decision is one hundred percent my choice.
A show down with Charlie is inevitable but who will survive the games that this ruthlessly evil man plays. Zeth for one is shocked by an unexpected turn of events which will play out in the fullness of time as the series continues.

This book has so many twists and turns and deliciously complicated facets to it that you can help but get gripped by the events which take place.

Another brilliantly written instalment from the very talented Callie Hart.

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Review: Secrets Exposed

Saturday 10 May 2014 No comments
Secrets Exposed Secrets Exposed by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gosh, this series is good. After two Walker Brothers books, we step back in time and see how Lindsey and Mark's relationship, both business and pleasure, came about.

For a 0.5 into to the series, this book packs a punch and it has you on the edge of your seat throughout; that is when you're not fanning yourself from the sizzling connection Lindsey and Mark have when they're together.

This book, although part of a series, could be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading books 1 & 2 first as they set the scene.

If you like books about ex military/security/hired protection alphas then this series is for you, although this 0.5 instalment also ticks my law firm boxes as well.

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Review: Dangerous Secrets

Dangerous Secrets Dangerous Secrets by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I simply love this series and each book gets better and better.

Not only do you have a gorgeous new book boyfriend in each instalment but the stories are complex and full of twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Compared to other books I've read recently, you really get to feel the emotions between the main characters and its easy to get swept along with the storyline.

This book tells Julie's story with Luke Walker, ex Navy SEAL. Julie is a divorce attorney whose latest case spells danger for her and those around her. It falls to Luke and his brothers to keep her safe and to help her find out who is trying to harm Julie and to uncover the secrets of those involved.

I'll definitely read more by this author. She sets out a good, balanced storyline and adds depth and steaminess to suit all palates!!!

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Review: Hot Secrets

Hot Secrets Hot Secrets by Lisa Renee Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book and found myself glued to it right from the first page.

I've been searching for a story with a gripping storyline for a little while now and this has it all: hunky alpha/caveman male lead, suspense, intrigue, mystery and a vulnerable female who needs saving!!!

Royce is brought into Lauren's life by her father but immediately upon meeting her for the first time he realises it's where he wants to stay, forever.

Royce, unsurprisingly, has two gorgeous brothers ready on the wings to take this series on and I can't wait to read more about Luke and Julie.

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Review: The Story of Us

The Story of Us The Story of Us by Lesley Jones
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I know I'm in the minority here but this book completely missed the spot for me. It was just too unbelievable for words and contradicted itself throughout. I wanted to stop reading it but I managed to finish it and I hated the ending.

Parts of the story I loved but to many problems were resolved by sex. There were also lot of grammar and punctuation errors in it throughout which really need correcting.

It was weird the way the story with Cam just ended and how Georgia, despite being unconditionally in love with Sean, would behave the way she did.

This book has really made me feel so frustrated and forced me to over analyse every detail which for me took the shine off the story.

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Review: Finger Bang

Finger Bang Finger Bang by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Orgasmic Meditation and Blaze Donahue... yes please!!!

Well this was something a little different from Jade C Jamison and I loved it. The story premise alone captured my imagination but add the book's cover and I was sold.

Kaylee is a introvert as a result of her strict upbringing so when her friends suggest travelling to Boulder for a session in OM she is horrified. I mean, who could relax with a stranger playing a tune on your private string section! Despite her friends' pleas, Kaylee is determined to sit this wild idea out but when Blaze steps in and offers her a one-on-one OM session Kaylee reluctantly agrees.

Kaylee has always had a crush on Blaze but assuming herself to be off his radar as she has never openly flirted with him, until now, when the two realise that their feelings for one another are mutual.

The story continues with Blaze and Kaylee getting to know each other better.

For me, this story was a little light on substance. It was a really easy read with no real twists and turns so it's an ideal story when you're looking for something a bit lighter. And yes, I did Google OM lol!!! Blaze is a real sweetheart though and makes you go all gooey inside!

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Review: The Singer

The Singer The Singer by Elizabeth Hunter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After loving the first book in the Irin Chronicles series, I had high hopes for this book but sadly, for me, they did not materialise. The book, although still continuing the story of Malachi and and Ava just didn't capture my imagination as much as The Scribe.

I felt The Singer was just too complex at times that it made it almost boring. There were just too many characters coming thick and fast in this book which made reading it, for me personally, slightly exhausting.

The story continues with Ava's trying to recover from Malachi's apparent death and she flees with Damian to find other Irina's to help her to understand her new found magic and to come to terms with her loss.

The scribes continue to try to find out where Ava came from and why Volund is so hell bent on capturing her and why Jaron trying to protect her.

For me, the last 30% was the most enjoyable part to this book but sadly it didn't make me want to continue with this series.

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Review: Burn

Friday 9 May 2014 No comments
Burn Burn by Callie Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hmmmm, Zeth is almost human in this one, God I love that man!!!! He's cocky, he's arrogant, he's more than an alpha male, he's more than a caveman, he's simply..... ZETH!!!!

"Have you seen me, sweetheart? I look like a fucking Abercrombie and Fitch model." Oh, the smug, smug bastard. "No you don't! You look like a fucking criminal. And you are a fucking criminal." "A criminal who models for Abercrombie and Fitch?"
Obviously, Burn picks up after the Fractured cliffie with Zeth and Sloane brought together inside Julio Perez's house after Sloane ran for her life along with Lacey who she's left in her father's care.

Sloane has found herself fleeing from one terrifying experience though right into another one but with Zeth at her side she can only hope that they will find her sister and escape from Julio's house.

For me, Burn is the best book so far in the series. It was nice to just spend time getting to know more about Sloane and Zeth and finally getting to see behind Zeth's hard-man persona.

Sloane is simply helpless against Zeth's "charms" and assumes that Zeth only wants her in his life for one thing (which let's face it, who wouldn't want to just fcuk Zeth when he drops by unannounced) but is she mistaken and does this enigma of a man want more than fleeting, but extremely hot and passionate, times together?
I'm not just beer drunk on him. I'm fucking tequila drunk. Sideways. Gone. Blind with how badly I need him. Want him.
This book introduces the reader to Rebel once again and I must admit that I had to refresh my memory where this character is concerned. The ending sets the scene nicely though for more on this MC Pres. Who the fook would have thought we'd have ended going up in the MC club direction with this series, not me that for sure, but thank the Gods for Rebel.

This series is simply amazing and it's just getting better and better. This story flowed so well and I read it pretty much non-stop to see what happens next in Sloane and Zeth's lives. I was glad that Callie gave us an extra chapter at the end of Burn because the cliffie it finished on would have driven me insane, as it is now, she has just whet our appetites for more!

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4 Star Review: Three Rivers (A Gateway to Love, #1) by Chloe T. Barlow

Three Rivers (A Gateway to Love, #1)Three Rivers by Chloe T. Barlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A love borne from tragedy, secrets and lies is a love that will face challenges but ultimately its biggest challenge will be one of survival. This book tells such a story as it meanders just like it's Three Rivers towards happiness and salvation.

Althea has loved and lost but unexpectedly she finds happiness in her late husband's best friend, Griffen. After finding out she was pregnant a short while after losing Jack, Althea throws her life into her work and raising her son and remaining a loyal wife and widow in honour of Jack's memory.

Review: Carnal Desire

Thursday 8 May 2014 No comments
Carnal Desire Carnal Desire by K.T. Fisher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh-emm-gee!!!!! What an epic ride!!! I'm exhausted but in such a good way. I loved this book so much.

Okay, here it is, I've been in a darkened room and now feel strong enough to write this review!!!

This series has me so torn, normally it's clear which alpha character I am drawn to the most but in this book, I just don't know. I love Angel but then again I love Ink..... and Cowboy, Ice, and what about the mysterious Justice! Elle for me summed up Ink perfectly though:
Oh my. Ink, shirtless! Damn!
Oh, so many delicious hunks to choose from. Anyway, I've gone off at a tangent, again, back to the story....

After the shocking cliffie at the end of book one when it is revealed that Eve isn't safe to return home, the story picks up with Angel who is left wondering how he can protect Eve when she's so far away from him especially with his brother in close pursuit. Still injured, Angel immediately heads to the UK with Ink and Cowboy in an attempt to protect Eve before it is too late.

On her flight back to the UK, Eve meets Elle and immediately befriends her but it is Elle who stumbles across Angel, Cowboy and Ink and the four rush to save Eve from danger. Ink is immediately swept away by Elle's beauty and Ink does what Ink does best and adds a good dose of hot and heavy to the storyline!

Anyway, the story progresses with lots of twists and turns which will tie you up on knots before slowly unravelling you towards the book's conclusion.

There appears to be a third book in this series but after the way book two ends, with no obvious cliffie, I wonder what direction it will head in.

I will definitely re-read this series and will hopefully be less traumatised the second time around, well enough to enjoy the ride in a more relaxed manner!!!

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4.5 Star Review: Confessions of a Litigation God (Legal Affairs #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Tuesday 29 April 2014 No comments
Confessions of a Litigation God (Legal Affairs, #2)Confessions of a Litigation God by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Smoldering Stars!!!!

Matt Connover is just what every girl needs and thanks to Sawyer Bennett you get plenty of him, drip fed, via Confessions of a Litigation God!

I really loved the Legal Affairs series but Matt's story for me was even more enjoyable. If you thought you loved Matt in Legal Affairs just wait until you get your hands on him in this book!

5 Star Review: Make It a Double (Last Call, #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday 4 April 2014 No comments
Make It a Double (Last Call, #2)Make It a Double by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, another amazing book from Sawyer Bennett - Love Brody!!!
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Who knew after the delights of Hunter and Gabby that they could be replaced so easily by Brody and Alyssa. I loved On the Rocks but for me, Brody's story was just magical.

You found out most of Brody's past in On the Rocks but his story and secrets are told in detail in Make it a Double. Brody was cast as being a brooding character in the first instalment of the Last Call series but when you finally get to meet the real Brody in Make it a Double you can help but fall for him. He has suffered and tried to piece his life back together again assuming that for him his HEA will never happen being a troubled ex-con but Alyssa comes along to prove him wrong and to show him that happiness for him really can exist.

5 Star Review: Affirmation (Legal Affairs #1.6) by Sawyer Bennett

Wednesday 26 March 2014 No comments
Affirmation (Legal Affairs, #1.6)Affirmation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well that's it, the conclusion has been reached and Matt and Mac's story has been told.

The series was enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who has yet to read it. Especially as you can now read one book after the other which for me would have been preferable rather than waiting 2 weeks in between instalments. That said, the story was fun, sexy as hell and also had an emotional element as Matt and Mac tried to develop a relationship with worked for them both.

This final book ticked all the boxes for me though. I was worried that the story would just start to slip away but yet again another hurdle was presented to Mac which she needed to work through with Matt if their relationship had any chance of surviving.

I look forward to re-reading this again at a later date to re-live the story in one go.

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Review: Severed Angel

Monday 24 March 2014 No comments
Severed Angel Severed Angel by K.T. Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh, I do love my MC books and this is no exception. From the start, this book swept me along at a pace which was thoroughly enjoyable.

This story tells the tale of two friends brought up together but separated to other sides of the world. One, Teresa, returns home with her father to Australia and Severed MC, following the death of her mother and Eve, who is left behind in the UK.

The story commences when Eve travels to Australia for Teresa's wedding to the Prez of Severed MC. On her way there though Eve gets lost and stumbles across a murder committed by Severed MC's rivals, Carnal MC. Carnal's VP is the delightfully named Satan but it's his twin brother, the VP at Severed MC, Angel (Gabe), who comes to Eve's rescue.

With a bounty on her head, Eve must rely on Severed MC and returns to their compound with Teresa for their safety.

The story continues with Angel and the rest of Severed MC deciding what they can do to keep Eve safe and how they can deal with Satan once and for all.

There are elements of violence to this story some of which is quite shocking but it is kept to a minimum with just enough of the gory details to benefit the storyline. On the other side, there is a sweet and touching love story between Angel and Eve. As expected, the language is colourful and the sex between Angel/Gabe and Eve is smoking hot!
"Watch me Eve." He strips before me, I couldn't look away if I wanted to. Angel naked is an image I want to always remember.
I found that as a reader you had to use some imagination with elements of the story especially when Severed MC is looking at ways to trap Satan when in fact they already have evidence in their possession which would lock him up for a very long time. That aside, the story is well thought out and fast-paced.

As expected, the MC supporting cast are also all hotties and with names like Ink, Dragon, Disney and Cowboy how could a girl not enjoy spending time around these men. It is Ink though whose head is turned by Eve much to Angel's chagrin.

The only frustrating part of this book is that it ends on the inevitable cliffie but it is necessary in order for readers to built anticipation for book 2.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves their MC books but also to anyone looking for a story with suspense and intrigue.

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Review: Lies

Monday 10 March 2014 No comments
Lies Lies by Jade C. Jamison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is Nicki Sosebee at her very best!

This series is continuing to build momentum as Nicki tries to find the stories hidden within her town's political underbelly. Hiding behind its wealth, the town is slowly starting to reveal its secrets but it's down to Nicki to unearth them and to try to topple those in power.

Just when you think Nicki has enough in her plate though, she finds herself in yet another love triangle. With herself and Sean firmly placed in one corner, this time the other corner is taken up by her latest love interest and local tattoo artist, Hunter Landry. He may sound like every girls dream with ink and a piercing to shock your Grandmothers, but Hunter soon starts to show his true colours but never fear, Sean is still at hand to save the day, if not Nicki’s heart.

As forewarned, Lies has a darker, deeper and altogether sexier edge to it and the boy next door feel has become something altogether more sinister which, call me twisted, I loved. I initially sat up and became EXTREMELY interested in Hunter but then my interest plummeted and I soon found myself wanting Sean to come to Nicki’s rescue once again.

As normal, Nicki continues to balance two jobs but with the Newspaper making cutbacks and the restaurant still struggling under its new ownership, Nicki has some difficult decisions to make.

I can't wait to read on in this series, I really do think this is Jade's best series to date!

*Re-read April 2017

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Review: Fracture

Sunday 9 March 2014 No comments
Fracture Fracture by Callie Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG can this series get any better?!!! The chemistry between Sloane and Zeth is almost palpable and I love the edginess to Zeth's character. Yes I know I shouldn't be a fan of his, he's a dangerous psychopath after all, but his vulnerability where Sloane is concerned makes you want more and more from him.
"You're perfection, angry girl. No need to huff and puff. I'm gonna take care of you."
Fracture picks up right from where Deviant left off with Sloane & Zeth asking Pippa for help with Lacey. After an explosive scene between Sloane and Zeth, Sloane pushes Zeth too far and he disappears for two weeks only to return with Lacey in tow and asking Sloane to take care of her while he goes looking for Sloane's sister.

Zeth assumes all is well with his relationship with Charlie but after a job goes wrong, Zeth is left wondering when Charlie stopped trusting him.

The story continues with Zeth working to find Alexis but in doing so, and turning his back on Charlie, he puts Sloane and Lacey in danger.

I love Sloane and Zeth's relationship and I squealed at the end of the book because I need to know what happens next, NOW!!!! Yes, this ends on a cliffie but I'm sure it's going to be well worth the wait to find out what happens to Sloane and Zeth.

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5 Star Review: Reparation (Legal Affairs #1.5) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday 7 March 2014 No comments
Reparation (Legal Affairs, #1.5)Reparation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well you can't say you don't get enough steaminess from Mac and Matt!!!

After accepting his feelings for Mac, Matt starts to enjoy the pleasures of being in a relationship with her and tries to ignore any nagging doubts he has based on his previous hellish relationships.

Once again this was another quick and satisfying read and I am still really enjoying the premise of the storyline and especially the characters, Matt and Mac. Matt has his flaws, yes, but as the series moves along you can see why and what he's going through to fight his demons, one of which shows up at the end of this story.

Only one more book to go, which is a shame as I'm really getting into this series now!

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4.5 Star Review: Toxic (Ruin, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Tuesday 4 March 2014 No comments
Toxic (Ruin, #2)Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

Finally, it's Gabe time and he didn't disappoint. I don't know if it's because I listened to the book via Aubible but Gabe seemed to be a completely different character in this book. Gone is the funny, loveable rogue and in comes a version who is deeply troubled, angry, hurtful, dismissive and most of all cruel, especially to Saylor, the poor girl who turned to listen to his music only to find herself the target of his full on emotions.

Never fear though, as the story progresses you develop a new love for Gabe and when you realise what he's endured through his life you can't help but cry, for him, for Kimmy/Princess and for the life they loved and lost.

I do find these stories very wordy and they tend to be a little repetitive with scenes recounted again and again but each time with more heartbreak. That said, I really enjoyed the story and as I neared the end I was really crying and gasping at the beauty of the story.

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5 Star Review: Devil's Game (Reapers MC, #3) by Joanna Wylde

Thursday 27 February 2014 No comments
Devil's Game (Reapers MC, #3)Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who needs sleep when you have Liam/Hunter to keep you entertained!!!

Don't ask me if I prefer MC books over fighter books at the moment because I simply couldn't say but what I can say is that the Reapers MC series is totally amazing and Devil's Game is perfect.

This is Em's story and part of which was covered in the previous book. As Picnic's daughter, Em more than her sister Kit, struggles to live under the Reapers MC's Presidents constant watch and with him not only frightening off but even shooting her potential boyfriends Em realises that only radical action will help her to escape his ever-watchful gaze.

5 Star Review: Mitigation (Legal Affairs #1.4) by Sawyer Bennett

Sunday 23 February 2014 No comments
Mitigation (Legal Affairs, #1.4)Mitigation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fourth book in Sawyer Bennett's Legal Affairs series and the story of Matt and Mac is developing nicely.

After the cliffhanger at the end of Violation, Mac sees Matt in a new light and starts to wonder, or hope, that maybe a relationship with her boss will be possible after all.

Needless to say, the road to happiness is anything but smooth and as Mac finds out, Matt is not the person to rely on when it comes to wanting her dreams to come true.

I love the way Matt fights his emotions in this story as he tries to decide whether the fear of rejection outweighs the fear of losing Mac, possibly forever.

Once again, it's another two weeks to wait for the penultimate story in this intriguing series.

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4 Star Review: S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed (Secret #3) by L Marie Adeline

Monday 17 February 2014 No comments
S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed (Secret, #3)S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed by L. Marie Adeline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Argh, I can't believe this is the final book in the Secret series! The concept has been really enjoyable as has reading about Cassie's exploits.

Now a confident woman Cassie thinks she has it all, the man, the job and a happy life but it all comes tumbling down when Will finds out about S.E.C.R.E.T.

S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed follows Cassie once again as she tries to come to terms without Will and but again the gorgeous Jesse makes a reappearance into her life (although in this book he was a bit of a moody jerk and irritated me somewhat, but hey, that's just me!).

The new S.E.C.R.E.T. nominee is Solange Faraday, a well-known personality who is confident and powerful but lonely having separated from her husband after the birth of their child. Needless to say, Solange's STEPS are *cough* rather HOT and STEAMY but is she truly over the man she loved and lost, her ex-husband Julius?

The enigmatic Pierre Castille also plays a part in this book but I found his parting gift a little unbelievable, especially after he had been such a moron in book 2.

For me personally, I felt like there was a little too much going on in this book, you had Cassie, Will, Claire, Solange, Julius, & Jesse all with a story to tell and trying to keep up with each of them made the story lack continuity at times. That said, I still enjoyed each of them immensely.

So what's next for L Marie Adeline? Surely this isn't the end of this writer's pseudonym. I hope not!

Review: Rock the Viper

Monday 10 February 2014 No comments
Rock the Viper Rock the Viper by Sammie J.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was one of those one-click “I really shouldn’t have but I’m really glad I did” treats.

Returning to earth after a total book hangover, I needed something which was an easy read and a return to sanity fix and Rock The Viper fitted the bill perfectly.

Yeah, I love my band-based books and yeah, I love my paranormal books so this for me was probably a no brainer but still, I really loved the concept of rock stars who are vampires.

Written from three different POVs, the story is told from the eyes of Peppa, an internet cafĂ© owner; Noah, Peppa’s roommate’s brother and owner of Devil Records; and *swoon* Juan, a drummer and vampire with the band Viper. The concept of three POVs for me worked well but at times the story was taking a few too many steps backwards before moving on, but that is literally my only criticism and possibly the reason I have given this book a 4/5* and not more.

In an attempt to refresh her relationship with her boyfriend, Peppa has one of those, oh no I really shouldn’t have done that moments, and as a result splits up with her boyfriend, and employee of Devil Records, Jacob. In order to help her to move on, Peppa’s friends take her out to where Viper are playing. Seeing Jacob across the bar, Peppa is keen to avoid another confrontation but instead finds herself talking to Noah and soon starts to see him in a new light. Having upset her a long time ago, Peppa has always disliked Noah but she starts to change her mind, that is until Juan strolls up and suddenly the three of them find themselves experiencing a WTF moment.
My body ignites for this man I don’t care anymore what this thing is between us, I’m ready to embrace it, to give myself over to these feelings.
The story progresses with Noah, Juan and Peppa coming to terms with their feelings for one-another but Jacob has other ideas though and is not keen to let Peppa go without a fight.

The rest of Viper are as equally dee-lish and you are drawn to Cruz and Saul as much as you are to Juan but Juan is the ultimate alpha male in this story and even the man-whore who is Noah finds himself out of his depth and experiencing feelings he has not felt before.
Don’t ever doubt what I feel for you is real, I may not be human, but I feel like one, my humanity still exists. Yes I need blood to live and my heart no longer beats, but I’m not a monster.
As the author says, this book has M/F/M & M/M loving which was an additional treat for those who like these books. The storyline was well written though and believable and natural, well apart from Juan being a vampire, and although I can sometimes be put off such books, this for me was extremely well written with the sexiness of the relationships not overpowering the storylines at all.
If this is what hell feels like then send me straight there.
This book did end on a forewarned cliffie though but the good news is the author has confirmed that the next book is in the pipeline, which is such a relief because I need so much more from Viper.

Finally, I loved that this book was written in British English, such a welcome change.

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5 Star Review: On the Rocks (Last Call, #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Sunday 9 February 2014 No comments
On the Rocks (Last Call, #1)On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a new series from the amazing Sawyer Bennett. Having loved her “Off” series and recommended it to everyone I know, I have been bouncing up and down with excitement waiting for this first instalment from her new Last Call series.

Sawyer writes adult/contemporary romance exceptionally well and she is adept at capturing your imagination right from the get-go. With so many books out there now it must be hard for an author to keep finding new ideas and storylines but Sawyer has managed it with this series.

The story surrounds life-long, family friends, Hunter Markham and Gabby Ward. Hunter is a surfer who has been travelling the world and competing at the highest level. Gabby is a general contractor who has taken over her father’s business. After a post-graduation kiss which went disastrously wrong, Gabby is left licking reeling from Hunter’s abrupt rejection of her.

4 Star Review: Violation (Legal Affairs #1.3) by Sawyer Bennett

Thursday 6 February 2014 No comments
Violation (Legal Affairs, #1.3)Violation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know I've been a bit critical over the first two books, and I still don't really like how short these stories are, but that said, this one is so much better and I finally feel that there is a story developing here.

I love the premise to these stories and Mac and Matt are really exciting characters but up to now there has not been much substance to their story. I suspect that this is mainly due to the length of these books and that if you were to read them altogether you would have a much better reading experience.

As before, I read Violation in about 45 mins and again, just as the story was getting good it ended. If I could contain myself, I would probably wait and read all the books together once they had all been published but I can't so I really only have myself to blame. I will definitely read them all again at the end though to see how the story flows reading them consecutively without a 2 week gap in between.

I love that Matt is starting to lose his edginess and that Mac is breaking down his walls. These two characters have a delicious relationship and I can't wait to read more.

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4 Star Review: Stipulation (Legal Affairs #1.2) by Sawyer Bennett

Friday 24 January 2014 No comments
Stipulation (Legal Affairs, #1.2)Stipulation by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm loving these stories but I just don't like being drip fed my smut.

Mac and Matt are still bouncing between bed and court and that's about it until suddenly a third party shows interest in Mac and things start to get interesting but then the book ends.

This took 30 mins reading time tops for me and now I'm ready and waiting for the next instalment. I'm tempted not to read any more until I've got the set, this is just too frustrating :)

Frustrations aside though, Sawyer's writing is as ever fabulous and compulsive and thoroughly enjoyable.

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