Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Freed (Club Sin #4) by Stacey Kennedy

Title: Freed (Club Sin #4)
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Length: Novel
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2 (my likes) - 4 (writing style)
Sexual - 4

Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her
husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny.

Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the perfect partner, the perfect submissive, he desires only to give her everything she craves.

Note: Freed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
This book was not my style for several reasons (even though I still love the series).  It was just too depressing for my taste.  I think Stacey Kennedy hit the nail on the head with the emotional trauma that Mary was going through, but it was just too much on the down side and not enough hopefulness and strength.  There are several scenes where we experience her husband's death with her all over again, and it just made me want to walk away from everything.  In this case, Kennedy's amazing way of conveying emotions might have done more harm than good.

Elliott knows that he wants Mary, but at times it seems like he isn't willing to really go after her.  He keeps leaving the ball in her court, which seems a little counter-intuitive for a Dom.  I wanted to see him work through more of the issues face to face instead of her having to deal with so man on her own.

I really don't want to discourage anyone from reading this story.  It was beautifully told and full of emotions - just not the right ones for me.


ARC Review: Rough Rider (Hot Cowboy Nights #2) by Victoria Vane

Title: Rough Rider (Hot Cowboy Nights #2)
Author: Victoria Vane
Source: Netgalley
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Laurie 
Rating: 3
Sexual: 3

Two loves ...

Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.

Different Dreams...
Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good-roping, branding, backing broncs, riding bulls, but there's a void he can't seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he bolts...but there's a certain cowgirl he can't forget.

When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he's determined to hang on at any cost. Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams turn to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?




Rough Rider is the second book in Victoria Vanes Hot Cowboy Nights series. Unlike many series this book is truly a standalone because the author takes you back to when Janice and Dirk first met. The romance between Janice and Dirk is first and far most as it should be in a romance story and Vane does not disappoint with a great HEA ending.

As stated the author takes you back to when Janice and Dirk first met which is good in ways, but to me it just ended up being a downfall for the story because between Dirk and Janice issues and drama, it just made the story really drag.  

I felt like Dirk was a bit of a hothead in book one and by the time I was done with a couple of chapters in book two, I found him not only a hothead but a true jerk. I didn’t like how he left Janice high and dry over and over again. I never read a book where one man had such drama over committing to someone. Needless to say his drama drags out through the whole book and I just didn’t care for it.

Janice has her share of drama too. Since Dirk wouldn’t have her she went with mister playboy knowing the fact he was a true playboy. I couldn’t believe how many times she let herself get hurt by Dirk, but at least she finally got her HEA with him, so I was happy for her.  I did love how the author introduced Janice’s son and I was truly surprised with the mystery and thought it was all well-handled.

With all of the drama I did like how the book ended so, I gave this book a 3. Now, in reading this review you might not think I wouldn’t suggest this book, but that is not the fact, I do recommend this book to those that loves reading characters with comment issues.

My review of book one Slow Hand




ABOUT VICTORIA VANE
Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her work includes everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her erotic historical romances have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She is now making waves in contemporary romance with her critically acclaimed Hot Cowboy Nights series from Sourcebooks (Slow Hand, Rough Rider, Sharp Shooter, Silver Tongue). Look for her scorching hot Hotel Rodeo series coming from Kensington early 2016.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

ARC Review: Whipped (The Red Shoe Memoirs #2) by Karpov Kinrade

Title: Whipped (The Red Shoe Memoirs #2)
Author: Karpov Kinrade
Source: Author Request
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 4

I love sex. I used to be a professional Dominatrix by day and a recreational Dom by
night. Now I co-own a sex shop by day. I still do the Dom thing by night, when I can.

So, yeah, I love sex. But I'm not a sub. That's never been me. I like to maintain control in the bedroom. That gets me off.

But when the guy I've been chatting up online as a potential roommate shows up at my condo dripping sex and temptation... let's just say I might be open to trying new things... if his playboy ways don't drive me insane, and if I can do the one thing I've never done for anyone.

Surrender.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But when you live here full time... that's not much comfort, is it?

Whipped (Vi's story) is a sexy, full-length, stand-alone romance in the Hitched series. These books can be read in any order, but you might also enjoy Hitched, the first book in this series. Content Warning: This book contains sex, swearing... and did we mention sex? Lots of sex. And abs. And Australian accents.
A fun addition to The Red Shoe Memoirs series.  We first met Vi in book one, and she was a riot.  I loved her - and I love her even more in her own story.  She has temporarily stopped her role as dominatrix to open her own sex toy shop.  And we get a good dose of her personality with the first customer in the book.  I loved the whole introduction.  It had me laughing right off the bat.

Her relationship with Lachlan was an interesting one.  Both have experience using their body in a sexual way, so they seem to have a lot in common.  But Vi doesn't initially see it that way, and Lachlan has to work just a bit to get her to see that he's really interested.  By the way - their third date - epic!  I want a date like that.

The only part that really sort of turned me off were Vi's parents.  With our main characters being so over the top in their personalities, introducing two more that were the same way was just too much for my taste.  I'm hearing that many others loved it though.

There was a very nice ending.  A nice long resolution, which is my favorite kind - I love seeing my people just be together sometimes.  We get o see the gang from book one a bit here and there to help tie the story together, but this really was all about Vi.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ARC Review: Just in Time for a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1) by Gwyn Cready

Title: Just in Time for a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1)
Author: Gwyn Cready
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3


It's tough being a woman in a man's profession, especially for Abby Kerr, the
unexpected chieftess of Clan Kerr. Loathe to marry but in need of a strong arm, Abby wishes for a Scots warrior and gets . . . Duncan, the historical reenactment hobbyist.

Wall Street Impresario Duncan MacHarg isn't bad with a fencing foil, but he's no Highlander. When a misdirected spell plucks him from the 21st century, he lands in 1705 Scotland at the feet of the fiercest woman he's ever laid eyes on...



Just in Time for a Highlander has a bit of an Outlander in reverse feel to it.  Instead of the woman falling back in time, the man is drawn back through a spell - and he can't get back until his purpose has been served.  But Duncan isn't exactly what Abby was looking for.  His arrival is quite funny and he is totally unprepared for life in the highlands, and he doesn't adjust all that quickly.

Abby is a unique character.  As a female chief she has a lot of challenges in addition to running the clan and avoiding a war with the English.  But she has quite a few surprises up her sleeves, and down her boots, and under her bed.  She'd do anything to keep her clan together and successful.

There was a lot going on in this one for a romance.  I'm not complaining, but it does make it harder to describe exactly what I liked and didn't.  Trying to figure out who was the bad guy was difficult - and I don't know that I quite buy who it ended up being.  Oh, there is reason in the story, but I just didn't like how that part all worked out.  I think it was just too unexpected for me.

Now, the romance.  That part was fantastic.  They were such a good match in such an unconventional way.  With another suitor in the mix, Duncan finds his jealousy running high a few times, and it's unsure where Abby will find herself.  A good dose of healthy drama and action really keeps the pair on their feet and fighting to be with each other.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Release Day: Hardcore Volume 1 by Staci Hart



*** Part 1 of a 3 part serial *** 

Cory James has never known a life where she wasn’t running. Running from the cops, her home, her past. Running from love. The only time she’s free is when she throws on her hood and takes to the roofs to become a part of New York, to climb to a place in the city where she doesn’t feel alone. 

Stealing is nothing, lying inevitable, byproducts of survival. A way for Cory to provide for herself and for her younger sister, Jill, give her the life Cory couldn’t have. For five years, Cory set up a long line of teetering dominos, one by one, choice by choice. 

Meeting Van is the first domino to fall, and once they crash into each other, it’s only a matter of time before her whole world is in danger of falling apart. She can tell herself over and again that she doesn’t care, but it’s a lie. She knows it from the first time she says his name, but she can’t let him in, not when she has a job to do, a job that could rip her life apart at the seams. One that she’ll have to betray Van to finish. 

He’ll follow however high she can climb, but she can only run for so long before she has to choose.




Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k. 

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Review: Cursed to Kill (Inherited Damnation #1) by Claire Ashgrove

Title: Cursed to Kill (Inherited Damnation #1)
Author: Claire Ashgrove
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: January 27. 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

One of eight children born to an ancient Celtic priestess and sired by a demonic
incubus, Cian McLaine suffers from a centuries-old curse. Though his immortality allows him to enjoy the pleasures of mortal life, he is plagued by the desire to kill. As long as he doesn't fall in love he can keep the compulsion at bay.

When Cian walked into her rare bookstore months ago, Miranda Phillips never imagined she'd lose her heart to the handsome playboy. Her reward for doing so was abandonment. Cian left as mysteriously as he appeared, in the middle of the night with no explanation, no goodbye. Now he's back, and passion flares just as hot. But Cian has secrets. If Miranda is to survive, she must uncover the truth and free his darkened soul.

I loved the premise behind this series. This history of Cian (which is a really cool name) and his sibling was interesting and I loved learning more about all of them. Cian would do anything to protect the woman he loves from himself. The evil side of his nature constantly battling with the good - with Miranda's life on the line.

When an ancient spell is uncovered that could potentially release him from this curse, he finds himself at odds with his demon father and even a few of his brothers and sisters. There was a lot of internal struggle in the book - which was a nice change of pace for a paranormal. It wasn't all physical fighting and battling and I enjoyed every minute of his mental struggle.

The ending was beautiful. My only complaint was that I wish I had understood more about the family dynamics. While we get to meet his siblings, I did not get a chance to really know them. As a result, many of them blended into one. I'm hoping that in future stories I get to know them better because they all sound fascinating.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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Monday, January 26, 2015

ARC Review: Foolproof (Drexler University #2) by Jennifer Blackwood

Title: Foolproof (Drexler University #2)
Author: Jennifer Blackwood
Source: Entangled Embrace
Genre; New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: January 26, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 3

A summer of seduction...

Jules Carmichael needs to get her life together. Pronto. School's been hell, there was that tiny stint in rehab, and worst of all, she's lost her cushy summer job. The only available work is at Office Jax, home of horrid 90s music and the biggest jerk on this side of the galaxy...

Recovering from a brutal break-up and taking a hiatus from college, Ryan DeShane has just discovered the “6 Ultimate Steps to the Perfect Summer Fling.” It's a brilliant distraction, and Jules is a tantalizing target. But the “steps” work a little too well, because he and Jules are definitely, uh, flinging. And it's only a matter of time before Ryan's foolproof plan starts to seriously unravel...
I loved this book!  It had everything I love about New Adult and about romance in general.  We have a couple that is obviously into each other, but they just don't want to admit it.  He's coming out of a bad relationship and just doesn't like girls right now.  She's overwhelmed with a demanding family that is pushing her into something she doesn't want to do.  Their solution?  A summer fling!

Now this wouldn't be much of a romance if the fling didn't go somewhere - so don't worry it does.  But along the way we get a flashback to 90's music, apologies on both sides, and a crazy ex, and some amazing friends to help out.  I really do think the 90's music and the "love letters" passed at work were some of my favorite parts.  I wish I'd had a romance like that when I was in school - but that's the point of the book right?  To let you experience something new and amazing.

This is book two, and I bet I know who the couple in book one are.  So I'm going to be putting that one up as my next non-request/TBR pile read because I really want to read more by this author.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*



Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Releases in Romance - Week of January 25, 2015

And we're off again with quite a few new releases to tempt you this week.  Do you see anything you just can't live without?

Paranormal

Historical

Contemporary

Erotic

New Adult

Friday, January 23, 2015

ARC Review: Jaguar Pride (Heart of the Jaguar #4) by Terry Spear

Title: Jaguar Pride (Heart of the Jaguar #4)
Author: Terry Spear
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3




JAG Special Forces operatives like Golden Claw agent Melissa Overton and her
partner, Huntley Anderson, are trained for the most dangerous missions in the harshest environments. These hardened jaguar shifters can handle any variable, even . . . babies?

When Huntley and Melissa find two jaguar shifter cubs snoozing in their jungle hut while on assignment, they have to keep the cubs and each other safe from ruthless poachers, bringing these partners closer in ways they never expected...



This was such a cute story.  I loved the lore of the jaguar shifters and the way Terry Spears was able to make the cubs such a big part of not only the mission, but the romance between Huntley and Melissa.  As JAG Special Forces operatives, Huntley and Melissa are used to running into complicated and difficult situations, but neither expected to be put on cub duty after their parents are nabbed by poachers.  I fell in love with the two little ones.  They had such personality and even though they are only in a short part of the book - their influence lasted through to the very last page.

These cubs helped draw Huntley and Melissa together, but at the same time they were a wake up call to what life for a family in JAG could be like.  This scares Melissa and she dwells on the topic a bit much for my taste, but looking back it wasn't all they long in "real" time in the book.  Huntley and Melissa make an amazing team - both as agents and a couple.

I also fell in love with the jungle scenery.  It was the perfect setting with an element of creepy with all the fog, snakes, and swamps - while still remaining very beautiful.  There is quite a healthy dose of action that was very thrilling to read as the poachers are tracked down and it added a really great feel of momentum to the story.

While this book is part of a series, I read it as a stand-a-lone and it still worked great!

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*


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Trailer Reveal: Deviate by Tracy Clark

Don't miss the Deviate book trailer, the sequel to the exciting Scintillate by Tracy Clark!

On sale March 3, 2015



About Deviate:

Learning the truth about herself was just the beginning.

Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal.: Finn Doyle—the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul—is Arrazi...

On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.

No longer will she hide.

No longer will her loved ones be hunted.

And she will have her vengeance...even if she shatters her heart in the process.


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About Tracy Clark:

Tracy Clark grew up a "valley girl" in Southern California but now resides in her home state of Nevada with her daughter and son. She's an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat. She is the recipient of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant and a two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program and now serves as Regional Advisor for Nevada SCBWI. Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.

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Cover Reveal: Bitter Sweet Deception (The Kingsman MC #4) by Tara Oakes

Title: Bitter Sweet Deception (The Kingsman MC #4)
Author: Tara Oakes
Publication Date: February 25, 2015


The question on everyone's mind is.... Who is Charlie? And what is she hiding? 

Planting herself deep within the club's inner circle, Charlie came to Chisolm with one goal in mind... to destroy the Kingsmen, M.C., no matter the personal cost. An unknown hatred fuels her mission to take them down. Pairing herself up with one of the club's bad boy's, the M.C.'s enforcer, Clink, seemed like just the ticket to get her in the door.

Once inside the club she had been eyeing from afar, she comes to realizes things are very different from what she had imagined them to be. Villainizing the group as a whole for an injustice that was done to her many years earlier no longer seemed to fit with growing attachments and relationships she was forming.

And then there's Clink. He may very well be the wild card thrown into the mix that derailed Charlie's plans from the get go. Originally, serving as nothing but a way in to the club, and a body to warm her sheets at night, Clink has thrown Charlie for a loop. Determined from an early age to never need a man, Charlie can't help but find herself drawn to him in a carnal and ethereal way. She's tried to fight it, to deny it, but it was in vain. He calls her sugar... but, she's anything but sweet.

A chance twist of luck placed Charlie right in the middle of club politics, where she was able to help free the club's Vice President, Jay, from serving time for murder he did not commit, but willingly confessed to in Book 2. Her risk earned her the hard earned respect and admiration that is hard to come by in the world of the M.C.

Now that she finally has a place of her own in life, a place where she belongs and is wanted... is she willing to give it up? Give Him up? Willing to let it all slip through her fingers? 





About the Author:

Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She's a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she's not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ARC Review: Hardcore Vol 1 by Staci Hart

Title: Hardcore Volume 1
Author: Staci Hart
Source: Author Request
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Serial
Length: Novella
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 4

*** Part 1 of a 3 part serial ***

Cory James has never known a life where she wasn’t running. Running from the cops, her home, her past. Running from love. The only time she’s free is when she throws on her hood and takes to the roofs to become a part of New York, to climb to a place in the city where she doesn’t feel alone.

Stealing is nothing, lying inevitable, byproducts of survival. A way for Cory to provide for herself and for her younger sister, Jill, give her the life Cory couldn’t have. For five years, Cory set up a long line of teetering dominos, one by one, choice by choice.

Meeting Van is the first domino to fall, and once they crash into each other, it’s only a matter of time before her whole world is in danger of falling apart. She can tell herself over and again that she doesn’t care, but it’s a lie. She knows it from the first time she says his name, but she can’t let him in, not when she has a job to do, a job that could rip her life apart at the seams. One that she’ll have to betray Van to finish.

He’ll follow however high she can climb, but she can only run for so long before she has to choose.
This book was a lot of firsts for me.  I had to go look up the term "parkour" and I'm still not quite sure how to pronounce it.  For others of you that may be in the dark (from dictionary.com) "the sport of moving along a route, typically in a city, trying to getaround or through various obstacles in the quickest and most efficientmanner possible, as by jumping, climbing, or running".  Sounds pretty cool and something that would probably kill my uncoordinated self.  The descriptions of this activity were amazing - you can definitely get a feel for the thrills of parkour by reading this.

Cory is a criminal.  She's a thief, and she's pretty good at it.  Of course she has her good reasons to be doing this, and it gives a bit of a super hero feel at times.  She has her own moral code and when she's asked to break it, she's not quite sure what to do.  Her first meeting with Van is quite the memorable encounter, and I have to admit that he was pretty resourceful in tracking down this elusive girl.

Volume one is just the beginning of the romance, and as a serial we do not see a happily ever after just yet.  The romance is definitely beginning and I am rooting for them to be together - they would just be so cute running along the rooftops holding hands.  We are left with a cliffhanger as Cory is put in a horrible position of having to make a difficult choice.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ARC Review: Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs #1) by Shana Galen

Title: Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs #1)
Author: Shana Galen
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance - Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 3

His heart may be the last thing she ever steals . . .

Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker—and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London’s Seven Dials. It’s a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she’s alone, she allows herself to think of a time before—a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.

Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton while his brother attempts to confirm her true identity. But Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her world of danger and violence, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.

The first full novel in the Covent Garden Cubs book really gets off to a great start.  We get to learn a little about our bad guy in the prequel, Viscount of Vice (review link below), and he really takes on the roll of a gang leader in this one.  We get to really see what a bad person he is and as a result, we really admire Marlowe for surviving the streets for so long.

Now, Marlowe was a very unique character.  I think I learned more insulting names in one of her conversations than I have in all my historical reading.  I was laughing all the time and I'm so glad that she was as rough around the edges as she was.  It made her story so very real and quite convincing.  When she is suddenly whisked away into the world of Lord Dane - it's quite a culture shock for everyone.

Lord Dane was a pretentious jerk.  He looked down on Marlowe and anyone that was poor - thinking they were a stain on the earth.  It was entertaining to watch her slowly change his world views until he does a complete 180.  In the end he was a wonderful man and one that I easily fell in love with.

There is quite a bit of adventure in this for a historical romance - which was a very nice change of pace.  With the addition of Satin and his street gang, things got really interesting really fast.  I can't wait to see what is next in this series.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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Cover Reveal: Commanded (Club Sin #6) by Stacey Kennedy

Title: Commanded (Club Sin #6)
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: July 7, 2015


A dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the BDSM lifestyle. Sawyer’s never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane?

There’s something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she’s shocked—and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his—wherever and however he wants to take her.


Author Bio:
STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Outlander.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ARC Review: The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

Title: The Unexpected Consequences of Love
Author: Jill Mansell
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Woman's Fiction
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 3, 2015

Rating - 5
Sexual - 2

Sophie has no interest in finding love. But what happens when love finds her?

Sophie Wells is a successful photographer with a focus on putting the past firmly behind her. When Josh Strachan returns to the seaside town of Cornwall from the States to run his family's hotel, he can't understand why the fun, sexy girl has zero interest in letting him-or any man for that matter-into her life. He also can't understand how he's been duped into employing Sophie's impulsive friend Tula, whose crush on him is decidedly unrequited. Both girls remain mum about the reasons behind Sophie's indifference to love. But that doesn't mean Josh is going to quit trying...



This is the perfect mix of romance and what many would call women's fiction.  There is love, laughter, tears, a bit of real life, and an amazing Happily Ever After.  In fact, there are several HEA's scattered throughout the last half of the book like little candy goodies just waiting to be found.  That is one of the things I enjoy best about Jill Mansell - she isn't skimpy with the good lovey feelings.

Sophie and Tula were both lovely girls and we are rooting for them to find love (even though Sophie thinks she doesn't want it) the whole way through.  We really get to know them and the people in their lives so well.  By the end of the book you fell like you've made some new friends.  Even the side characters are memorable and every time one shows up, you're happy to see them again.

The story has quite a few surprises in store for you, and each one will shock you just a little.  I learned a lot about Cornwall as well - I never really thought about people surfing on the coast of England before, but Jill Mansell sure makes it sound like the place to be.  If only the town of St Carys was real!!  It seems like a dream destination.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Monday, January 19, 2015

ARC Review: Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder

Title: Filthy Rich
Author: Dawn Ryder
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2
Sexual - 3

SHE'S FIGHTING FOR CONTROL...

Celeste Connor swore that she'd never be a victim again. After the hell of her abusive ex, the last thing she needs is to be under another man's thumb. But when she catches the eye of fiercely dominant Nartan Lupan at her best friend's wedding, Celeste finds herself drawn into a glittering world of wealth and power that has her body aching and her mind reeling.

HE'S FIGHTING TO MAKE HER HIS...

Nartan is a filthy rich businessman who works hard, plays harder, and doesn't take no for an answer-and he wants Celeste with a hunger he's never before felt. He'll do whatever it takes to have her. But Nartan didn't expect that he'd want still more...
This is a hard one to review.  I really liked both characters.  Nartan was a bit of a hard ass, but not in an overly bad way.  He knew what he wanted and would go out and do his best to get it.  But he was caring, considerate, and lovable at the same time.  I loved how in touch he was with his heritage while still living his own life.  Celeste is running from a bad past and a bad person.  But she is still incredibly strong and independent.  While she may be avoiding romantic relationships, she is still living her life and enjoying it.   See - two really great characters.  Both had depth and development, flaws and strengths.  So why the two star rating?

I really didn't like them together.  They did not make a good couple.  I found it hard to believe that head strong in independent Celeste would ever "bow" to being pampered and cared for by Nartan.  This was a big point of contention between them several times - but he just seduced her and it went away.  I just didn't find that very believable and it somewhat took away from Celeste's character for me.

When Celeste's ex came into the picture, I thought things would get better.  And I really enjoyed the level of tension he created with his nastyness and slightly psychotic behavior.  It added a great dose of suspense to the story without turning it into a true romantic suspense.  The ending was beautiful and if I hadn't read how they came to that point, it would have been perfect.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Impulse Control by Amanda Usen - Blitz and Giveaway


I really loved Impulse Control - so I'm hoping you are all paying attention.  This is your chance to win a copy of either one of Amanda Usen's backlist books - or (if you're lucky) a digital copy of each book in the Men of the Zodiak series as they release.

Survivalist Russ Donovan is the toughest man in America, with a reality TV show to prove it. Now he’s been strong-armed into filming a new show with dainty lifestyle expert Susannah Stone. But while “At Home in the Wild” could mean millions for his family’s charity, Russ plans to put Little Susie Homemaker to the test—in the Adirondack Mountains in the dead of winter. And there's no way she'll be able to hack it...


Susannah is tougher than she looks. She's had to fight her way through life, and there's no way she'll let a bossy mountain man show her up. When she gets him on her turf, he’s in serious trouble. But now she's run into a bit of problem. Because no one—least of all Russ and Susannah—expects sparks to fly both on camera and off. And now everyone will see their risqué rivalry break all of the rules...



About the Author:
Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing sexy contemporary romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Releases in Romance - Week of January 18, 2015

There's a couple good ones down there to check out.  I loved Cate Maters' Twice in a Blue Moon.  Remember, if you have a new release you'd like us to add to future posts just fill out the form here.

Paranormal
 

Contemporary

Erotic

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