Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Review: Wanted by Dee Palmer

*****5 Stars*****




I'm one of those people who typically start a book that I'm reviewing without reading the synopsis, any teasers or other reviews. I go in completely blind.

This book has a title that's bound to pique your interest and I certainly thought I knew what I was letting myself in for but I was so far off the mark. 
It's so much more than a hot and steamy read. I'm not sure whether the author, Dee Palmer, intended it to be funny or not but I found myself chuckling aloud at times.
Even so, there are parts that leave a lump wedged in your throat. It's filled with insecurity, trust issues and deep seated monsters that almost whisper like the devil on your shoulder.

The characters are great and despite finding Finn slightly annoying, she grew on me as the story progressed. 
With four male characters to pick from you can't go wrong. You're bound to find one that suits your tastes and I'm sure you'll have a favourite.

Wanted is well written with only a few minor editing issues. What I really enjoyed were the dynamics between the characters and the strong bond they all share.

All in all, despite not being what I expected, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm sure you will too. 5 star read - highly recommended.



Reviewed by Vivienne Kauffer 





I waited ten years for the right guy, then four come along at once.

I wasn’t even looking for my Mr Right. I thought I’d found him and he was just waiting for that perfect moment to pop the question. When the time came it was far from perfect The event left me a humiliated, broken-hearted mess.

Still, a person would have to be batshit crazy to do what I’ve done, or I’m about to do.

I’m Orange County bound with all my worldly possessions crammed into five suitcases and an agreement to marry one of four complete strangers.
I just don’t know which one of the four men it’s going to be.

No need to panic.

I have a whole month to make my decision. Who would do such a thing? No sane woman that’s for sure, but then with a name like Seraphim, I was never going to normal.

Hi, you can call me Finn.

















Review: Ghostface Killer by M. Never


*****5 Stars*****




There seems to be a trend at the moment for strong female characters and the books I've recently had the chance to review have almost all had this thread to them. 
I'm easily irritated by a simpering, whiney woman so it's been refreshing to encounter women who are strong but need an even stronger man and this book fitted the bill.

Stevie is just such a character and with her mind trained and set on one thing, we're taken on an extraordinary journey. 
This book is dark, gritty and it'll get your heart pumping. It's the kind of book where the less you know, the better and I'm sure you'll find it as compulsive and nail-biting as I did.

The sub-characters are great. Some you'll love and some you'll simply loathe but they all add to the somber atmosphere that drags you down into the murky depths that this author has created.

If you're new to M.Never's work, proceed with caution and guard your heart but it's worth it!




Reviewed by Vivienne Kauffer





Once, I was nothing. 
Hungry, abandoned, wandering, and alone. An adolescent street rat fighting for crumbs. 
Then a chance encounter changed my entire world. 
A man in an expensive suit asked me how much my life was worth. 
I didn't have an answer, because I didn't know. 
He asked if I thought it was worth killing for.
Impulsively, I said yes... 

He found me, then fostered me, and in the interim turned me into a killing machine. A modern day La Femme Nikita. 

Now, I only have one mission. To avenge the death of the man who saved me. 

There's an invisible war on the streets. Us against them. Family against family. Power against power. 

They call me Ghostface Killer because they never see me coming.

I understand the weight of that danger. 
The hazard. 
The jeopardy. 

Because now here I stand, three months pregnant with the barrel of a gun pressed to my head cause I never saw him coming...












Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Review: The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett

***3.5 Stars***



This book was very different from any other book I've read by Sawyer Bennett previously. The Hard Truth About Sunshine is a Coming-to-age novel that kind of resembled one of my favorite movies, The Breakfast Club, in that the story follows a group of four misfit individuals who all have their separate issues and aren't exactly all friendly with one another.

The main character is Christopher, who is ex-military and narrowly escapes death's clutches, losing two-thirds of one leg and two fingers on one of his hands when he runs over an IED in his Humvee overseas. His outlook on life is not that great and his capacity to love has been crushed by those that should have loved him unconditionally and been there for him no matter what. He feels less than a man because he isn't whole. When he involuntarily joins his band of misfits, who all are struggling with issues of their own, on a road trip, he starts to re-evaluate his life. The band of misfits includes: Jillian who is slowly going blind, Barb who is suicidal, and Connor who is dying of cancer. Will this group of individuals help each other in the healing process of their issues throughout this journey they are on? Will Christopher learn to love and be optimistic about life again?

The character development and relationships between this group changed drastically from the beginning to the very end and it was a very emotional journey to read about and I may have even shed a tear or two. These people learned so much from and about one another and they ultimately became friends from life when they were practically strangers at the start.

While this book is still considered romance, the romance takes a backseat to the very personal journey that these characters were a part of. This book was emotional, dark, and heavy, with a little bit of romance and lighthearted humor thrown in to round it out. This book wasn't my favorite by the author but it I definitely enjoyed reading it and can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next.


Reviewed by Ashley Zeigler 




Despite having narrowly escaped death's clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It's only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life.

What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again... can he learn to love again?

He's about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can't decide whether she wants to live or die.

Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all.

The hard truth about sunshine...














Review: His Alone by Alexa Riley

*****5 Stars*****



My favorite guilty pleasure writing duo is back with their second full length novel and it is even better than book one! As is always the case with a decadent Alexa Riley work, we are treated to an over the top, sexy, take charge, obsessed alpha and the endearing woman he must have at all costs. His Alone revsists Ryan (Captain) and Paige who we met in book one. I loved Captain and could not wait for his story so I will admit to being a tab over eager going into this book.

Ryan is the head of security of Miles' company. Paige is Mallory's best friend and Miles' half sister. She works under Captain and though she begins to develop feelings for him, she is hesitant to get involved because of her past. To her Ryan is too pure and she is entirely too dirty for a wonderful man like him. Ryan, meanwhile is keeping secrets of his own. He is not as purse and wonderful as Paige believes and is determined to make Paige his.

I loved this book. I'm completely biased, because I have yet to find an Alexa Riley book I have not loved, but discounting that, I adored both Captain and Paige. In fact, I loved Paige so much more than I was expecting (I was pretty convinced I would love Captain going in, so no shock on that front). There was just enough back story and angst because of those back stories to keep me 110% invested in their story. They were perfect for each other and Captain was so sweet (granted in an over the top, mildly stalker way) that I ate up each and everything he did for Paige. These full length novels give us so much more of what we already love from this duo. I will anxiously be awaiting book three.



Reviewed by Rosemary Feil 





Ryan Justice may be her boss, but nothing will stop him from making her his. USA TODAY and #1 ebook bestselling author Alexa Riley entices with a brand-new, full-length novel.

She thinks I'm perfect. A good boss, a good man. She thinks that I play by the rules.

She has no idea who I truly am. Why I'm really here.

Paige Turner is trying to outrun her past, but there it is, tossed back in her face anytime she manages to get two steps ahead.

She has no idea what a man like me will do to get what he wants.

Her need for Ryan got in the way of revenge, took her off course. Redirected her focus. Before she knew it, he'd made his way into her life. Into her heart.

I'm dirtier than she knows. She thinks I'm good to the core, but she doesn't know the things I've done. The things I would do for her.

True love doesn't let secrets as big as these stay buried. And when the truth about Paige's father is finally exposed, Ryan will do anything to fix everything. Paige has always been his and his alone.












Monday, 27 March 2017

Review: Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige

*****5 Very Dirty Stars *****




Seriously, Laurelin Paige??? You really gonna leave me like this?????.....September??? September is when I have to wait until the conclusion to Donovan and Sabrinas story??? Quite frankly I'd sell my left kidney for a copy of that book right now. 

For those that love to hate and hate to love their leading men, then this is the book for you and let me tell you the title of this book absolutely sums up Donovan Kincaid perfectly. The guy was a complete and utter jerk most of the time and in real life I'd be telling the woman to forget him and move on, but as a reader I love that I saw something in him that Sabrina also must have seen. He was sexy, powerful, demanding with so much mystery surrounding him that I just couldn't help but be drawn to him. 

Sabrina and Donovan have a past that goes back to her freshman year at Harvard where Sabrina initially has an obsession with popular rich boy, Weston King. There's just something about Donovan though that attracts her to him. I too was completly drawn to him. 

This book is set 10 years after Dirty Filthy Rich Boys #0.5 (I urge you to read this novella before reading Book 1 as this sets the back story to the entire tale) and if I thought the chemistry and passion was strong in that book, it was off the scale in this, the first full length book of the series. Donovan, most of the time, like I said, was a completely insensitive jerk, or so we're led to believe, but by the end I can tell you I was completely in love with him. Gotta love a bad boy!

I loved Sabrina's growth from innocent college student in the novella to confident business woman in this book. It made the 10 year time lapse completely believable. I loved her sense of style which is always a bonus when you can imagine what the heroine is wearing. 

This book had me hooked. There was enough things to keep me guessing, enough passion to keep things incredibly sexy and a storyline that was so damn refreshing. I have to say though, I was left with a major book hangover of epic proportions, so roll on September is all I can say.



Reviewed by Louise Dale 








When I met Donovan Kincaid, I knew he was rich. I didn’t know he was filthy. Truth be told, I was only trying to get his best friend to notice me.

I knew poor scholarship girls like me didn't stand a chance against guys like Weston King and Donovan Kincaid, but I was in love with his world, their world, of parties and sex and power. I knew what I wanted—I knew who I wanted—until one night, their world tried to bite me back and Donovan saved me. He saved me, and then Weston finally noticed me, and I finally learned what it was to be in their world.

And then what it was like to lose it.

Ten years later, I’ve found my way back. Back to their world. Back to him.

This time, I’m ready. I've been down this road before, and I know all the dirty, filthy ways Donovan will try and wreck me. 

But it’s hard to resist. Especially when I know how much I’ll like it.

From NYT Bestselling author Laurelin Paige, discover a whole new world filled with sex, love, power, romance and dirty, filthy rich men.











Review: Lines Drawn by Ker Dukey

*****5 Stars*****



I always look forward to Ker Dukey's books because I know I am guaranteed a good twisty read and this one didn't stray from that path.

This is book 2 in The Drawn To You series. In the first book everything was hunky Dory for Finn and Antonia then boom the ending took us all by surprise and we were left wanting more. Well this is your more and be prepared because just as you think everything was going okay it goes boom again and we are led through a series of twist and turns, yes a couple of them were slightly suspected but a couple of them threw me backwards when they were revealed.

Antonia must be one of the most unluckiest but very strong female characters I have ever come across and I genuinely had some sympathy for her. Finn I wanted to slap a few times or more and at one point I really didn't get him. 
The side characters I loved too especially Finn's best friend Gavin and Antonia's cousin Mary. Brad was a bit of a mystery and I would like to know more on him to understand why he did what he did a bit better. (sorry that's a bit cryptic so you have to read it to find out what I mean) The whole Gaby and Mike scenario as well is a bit mysterious, we didn't see much of Mike in this book so will we get more of their story?

Overall I loved this book and I hope it isn't the last we see of all these characters as I for one need more.


Reviewed by Claire Lamb 




One phone call. 
One secret. 
One moment changed us all. 
Everything is different now and learning to survive all over again comes with a price. 
Deception, heartbreak, and sorrow implode the relationships that were once strong. 
The lines are drawn, who will cross it?












Friday, 24 March 2017

Review: A Special Obsession by A.M. Hargrove

****4 Stars****



A Special Obsession by A.M. Hargrove is a sweet, charming, humorous, instant love story between two strangers who had a very interesting special first encounter with one another. This was different from any other book I've read so far by this author and I'm not so sure that's a good thing yet. I'm not much into the whole insta love genre which this one seemed to be (maybe not insta-love, but definitely insta-obsession) and I didn't really feel a connection between Special and Weston until more than half way through the book.

Special O'Malley is not your typical girl next door heroine; she is feisty and independent and doesn't take BS from anyone so when she first meets Weston she doesn't immediately fall for his charm, like any other sane girl would. She meets Weston when he stumbles into her bar one night and proceeds to pass out in one of her booths. Her first impressions of him are of an arrogant, spoiled, cocky rich boy which isn't the best. It takes Weston several tried to finally break through her tough exterior and get her to finally agree to go on a date with him. What starts off as a bit of flirtatious friendship turns into the tattooed spitfire that Special is falling for the rich boy born with the silver spoon. These two couldn't be more different from one another and from different backgrounds but I think that makes them perfect for one another. Weston may come from money but he doesn't really fit in with those kinds of people. I hated Weston's family and how cold hearted they were. They had absolutely no love for their son and were self centered and I just wanted to strangle the lot of them every time they popped up in the book.

A Special Obsession is definitely your feel good family romance that proves to you that family doesn't always mean blood. It's sweet, sassy, angsty, and sexy in every way possible. Weston and Special show you that once you find that special kind of once in a lifetime love, never let it go. Now are you ready to fall for Special and Weston like I did?



Reviewed by Ashley Zeigler



Rule Number One: Never let anyone get too close…

Weston Wyndham has more money on his tattooed wrist than I’ll ever have in my bank account.

Drunk, he was gorgeous, wicked, sexy… an inked god.
Sober, he is the most arrogant man ever.

If he thinks I’m going to let him order me around like one of his servants, he’s wrong. If he wants me to date him after all this, he’s out of his mind. I don’t care how rich he is, or that he drives a Ferrari and a fancy truck. Those walls I put up are there for a reason … and they were built to last.

But he’s relentless, and hot, and it turns out he likes his girls a little fiery. Giving in doesn’t have to mean disaster—unless I break my number one rule.

Special O’Malley is a handful. With a name like that, she ought to be. Sassy as hell, bossing me around, but damn if I don’t deserve it.

I’m used to getting my way, dealing with difficult people, only she’s not buying any of it. Usually my money attracts women. Not Special. She doesn’t give a damn about it … or me.

There’s more than one stubborn player in this game. I have a few tricks up my sleeve and I’m not planning on giving up any time soon … at least not until I’m between her thighs, making her moan. And those concrete walls she has … I have news for her. Concrete crumbles if you strike at the right place.















Review: Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn

*****5 Stars*****



I love Megahn’s book she is my favourite when it comes to ROM-COM and I’m glad to say Co-Wrecker did not disappoint. This story will have you laughing out loud, swooning at the nerdy Andrew and seriously craving ice cream so much that I suggest you grab a bucket before you start. 

I loved Andrew from the first page, a nerdy computer student that seems to have it all together and is geeky cute too. I loved the conversations with his family and the quirky observations of the character throughout the book that had me chuckling. Sadie is the opposite of Andrew in every way, she is guarded so much and you just want to know what her story is that has made her as cold as the ice cream they met over as workmates. 

I love opposite attracts stories so this was a joy to read as Andrew and Sadie’s story was a rocky path as they deal with their attraction, exes, and personal issues along the way. But they were perfect together so I was rooting for them all the way. 

Another brilliant read from this author with a fantastic cast of supporting characters especially Andrew’s roommates that add to the story. 


Reviewed by Vikki Ryan 




What do ice cream and Sadie Montgomery have in common? They're both ice cold, but one taste is never enough.

I wanted to be friends — I would have even settled for her seeing me as anything but a nerd — but there was no getting through. So just like any hard-headed, red-blooded man out there, I made up my mind.

I’d make my coworker fall for me.

I’d like to say it was simple, but like every other epic love story, all it took was one drunken night and a lot of naked courage to get the girl. For a moment, at least.

Love with a coworker is never simple, especially since Sadie’s trying to keep us on the low. Not to mention her persistent ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone. But I’ve never been good at giving up, and I don’t plan to start now.

The whole thing is a recipe for a rocky road, but I plan to eat the whole gallon, no matter how bad the brain freeze.













Review: The Storm by R.J. Prescott

*****5 Stars*****




When I found out there would be a third book for this series and all about Kieran I jumped up and down with excitement and nearly let out a little wee. I loved The Hurricane, I didn't quite enjoy The Aftermath as much but still loved it, but this book was just everything that it could be and more. The Driscoll gym boys will keep you on your toes and leave you breathless for more.

I'm not going to rehash the story because I believe you could go into this blind and still love it. I loved loved loved Kieran and Irish (aka Marie). The banter between them had me in stitches more than once but they also had a few tear jerking moments between them that made me put down the book for a breather. I know this can be read as a standalone but I urge you to read Con and Ems story first in The Hurricane and The Aftermath as I feel you would get a better feel for the characters that revolve round Driscoll's gym.

Now I am so looking forward to Tommy's story, but RJ please, please, please I beg you to write Danny's story, old he may be but I think he lost something precious in his time and his regrets have been what made him plough everything he could into Driscoll's and love them boys fiercely as if they were his own.



Reviewed by Claire Lamb 





Marie Kelly is a survivor who doesn’t know when to quit. Against all odds, she’s living a life she never dreamed she could have. It was enough… until a stubborn boxer makes her want more.

Irish charmer Kieran Doherty has been a fighter at Driscoll’s Gym for most of his life. He’s been content to let his best friend take the spotlight, now it’s his turn to make a name for himself in the world of heavy weight champions. Falling in love is the one thing he vowed never to do, but meeting Marie changed everything.

It’s easy to imagine a happy-ever-after when the sun is shining. But when the storm comes, and all hope seems lost, they both learn that if you want something badly enough, you have to be willing to fight for it.

The Storm is a full length boxing romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhanger and no cheating. Mature content means that it is intended for readers aged 18+











Review: Buy Me, Sir by Jade West

*****4.5 Stars*****



Jade West does kink very well and I always look forward to each of her new books. Buy Me, Sir, was interesting and I very much enjoyed the storyline (interestingly enough, I was expecting the kink to be a bit more intense/dark).

Alexander is a high profile criminal defense attorney. He is know as the Puppet Master because he pulls the strings of those around him to get his clients off. He doesn't just like manipulating people in the courtroom, he also gets a thrill out of manipulating women sexually. He keeps his personal proclivities private due to his public life. He buys women who will perfectly fit his needs, but he doesn't like women that are simply going through the motions. He needs the women he is with to actually want to give up control and be played with as badly as he needs to exercise that control.

Melissa (Lissa) has had a hard life and was forced to grow up too soon due to circumstances outside of her control. A chance run in with Alexander has led to something of an obsession for her. She is determined to find a way into her life and through careful planning and hard work, that day finally comes. Lissa manipulates circumstances and Alexander so that she can be the woman he buys next.

When things finally fall into place it is amazing how perfect they are. She is with the man she has dreamed of for years and under his hands she feels pleasure she has never experiences. Alexander is also in awe or Lissa. She is everything he has dreamed of and it seems like there is no limit she would not let him push past. She is the perfect release from the stress of his daily public life and he enjoys every second he spends controlling her.

As Lissa and Alexander develop a deeper and deeper bond, her guilt over her manipulation begins to eat away at her. How will the Puppet Master, a man who lives to get his way and manipulate those around him, deal with the eventual knowledge that he himself has been played.

Jade West has another hit with Buy Me, Sir. Alexander and Lissa are two interesting characters that at times can be frustrating and even unlikable, but somehow manage to pull you completely in and make you root for them. I was on pins and needles waiting for Alexander to find out how Lissa manipulated things to become his. Their relationship with intense, kinky and completely entertaining. 



Reviewed by Rosemary Feil 




They call him the puppet master.
They say he’s dirty, dark and dangerous.
And they’re right.
He’s everything they say he is, and more.
So much more.

Alexander Henley has no idea I exist. No idea whatsoever how much I want him.
But that’s all about to change.
Because if there’s one thing I know about the puppet master, it’s that he pays well to pull women’s strings.
And I’m going to be his next purchase.












Review: Ripple Effect Episode 3 by Keri Lake

*****5 Stars*****



I've been dying to get my hands on this book, not least because I'd been left hanging at the end of Episode #2. 
This book is no different and has yet again ended on quite the cliffhanger.

As Dylan's story progresses, we're given a few answers to the questions that will have plagued you throughout this series so far. Desperate for a safe place and money, Dylan is offered an out. Can she agree to keep her side of the deal?

Ripley is as deadly as ever and the dangers that encompasses him are a way of life. Despite the intruder in his home, he finds himself doing things he never thought he would but these things bring fresh danger along with them.

This great story has more than a few twists and turns and will have you entranced and riveted. Just when you think you've got it figured out, something else is thrown into the mix.

As I mentioned, this episode ends on quite the cliffhanger, so I hope the author won't leave me hanging for too long. I'm not sure I can wait!


Reviewed by Vivienne Kauffer 





Ripley

They call me RIP. 
I’m a killer. A murderer. A psychopath. 
In the eyes of the righteous, I’m a monster, born of sin and depravity.
I want to protect her, but I’m not a good man.
I want to love her, but I no longer feel.
She gets under my skin, though, and has awakened something inside of me.
Something I’d kill for.
I’m not her savior—not even close. In fact, I’m worse than the hell she’s already suffered.
I’m her vengeance. Tit for tat, as they say.
And if she’s not careful, I’ll be her ruin.

Dylan

For months, I’ve watched him.
I’ve fantasized him as my savior, my lover. My ticket out of the hell I’ve lived in for the last six years.
I never dreamed he’d be my nightmare.
Had I known what he really is, I’d have never gotten in the car that night, but life is full of cause and effect.
And sometimes the choice on offer isn’t a choice at all.
It’s the result of something already in motion, and we’re merely left to survive the ripple effect.

*This is an erotic suspense/erotic romance not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence and sex.