Saturday, 19 May 2018

REVIEW - Raw by Simone Sowood

The Book
Release Date: 9 April 2018
Goodreads Link

I stand before her naked... raw

The paparazzi are hounding me about a sex scandal and I have to escape.
So I run.
Not just from them, from my past, my present, from everything.
My car breaks down and I end up walking straight into a peach of a bare ass.
The f*cking luck of ending up in the middle of a boudoir photo shoot.
Elsie’s bent over, ass in the air and ripe for picking, 
Insisting she’s not the kind of girl who normally does this sort of thing.
A thousand things I want to do to her flash through my mind.
Being my salvation isn’t one of them but that’s what she is.
A green eyed beauty who belongs to me.
Mine.
Hope for the first time in my life.
But she’s hiding something.
And it ruins our future.

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is a story where the famous man Xander is hiding from the paps after a scandal and accidentally walks in on Elsie on a photoshoot after a colleague sends him to the wrong room.

We get almost instant attraction, lust, hot sex, talk about the past and a diagnosis that may well end their fledgeling romance

Xander has a completely f**ked up family and its a wonder that he is as 'normal' as he is, Elsie is ok, but nothing really popped out with them as a couple.

Its a decent read, but not one i am likely to visit again any time soon.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

REVIEW - Fight Twice For Me: Two Stepbrothers Are Better Than One by C.c. Wylde

The Book
Release Date: 21 May 2018
Goodreads Link

The last place I wanted to be is at my ex’s MMA club, especially since I’ve sworn off fighters. 

But I never anticipated meeting the De La Cruz twins. And damn, is there anyone who could resist a chance at a night of mind-blowing sex with them? With their tattoos, muscles, and the fact that there’s two. Besides, I’m getting the hell out of Vegas as soon as I’m done with college in a few weeks, so why not indulge until then?

It felt good to forget the rules…until I woke up to find out they were my new stepbrothers.

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Whats sexier than having one MMA fighter wanting you? Twin MMA fighters wanting you!

Ella is the daughter of an MMA fighter and her ex boyfriend did a number on her and no she has sworn off fighters for life.  After her college degree she wants to move from Vegas and and have a fresh start somewhere else away from fighting.  However life gets in the way of her plans.

Ella meets the De La Cruz twins and the boys show right off the bat that it is her that they want.

The De La Cruz brothers Rodrigo (Rigo) and Diego are a bit like chalk and cheese.  Where Rigo is sweet and always knows what to say, when reassurance and softness is needed and good cooking, Diego is the more states what he wants kinda man.  Both are very much alpha males.

Ella has lots of support from her friend Daisy along with her just like a dad Sal, a former fighter.  All know when to push her and how to get Ella to see what she cannot and we end up getting a happy ever after that makes you smile and hope that Daisy also gets a story of her own.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

REVIEW - Dominick's Secret Baby (The Promise They Made #1) by Iris Parker

The Book
Release Date: 29 April 2018
]Goodreads Link

We’ve never met, but I’m pregnant with your second child.
There is… absolutely no good way to say that.
Believe me, I’ve tried.
It’s an impossibly awkward situation. The fertility clinic was supposed to keep our information secret, but my daughter—ourdaughter—somehow found a way to track down her biological father. She wanted to meet him, and she violated his privacy to do it.
Even worse, it turns out that the anonymous donor is Dominick Henderson. Or, as I used to think of him, “that jerk whose face is always in the tabloids.” From the hockey rink to the bedroom, this guy is a major player.
I assumed that he would get bored and leave after a few days, like he has with every woman he’s ever met. But for some reason he’s sticking around, and there’s nothing I can do about it.
Like it or not, he’s part of the family now.
Like it or not, I’m falling for him.
It’s a shame he still doesn’t know I’m pregnant.

—————

Dominick’s Secret Baby is 400 pages of complete, stand-alone steamy romance with a happy ending.

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This book starts out with you thinking "How can an 11yr old do that?"  As Ali tracks down the sperm done her mum used to get her.

Both Dominick and Helena both have issues, Helena is used to doing things on her own and at the start does not trust Dominck and takes a while for her to act on her lust.

Dominick seems to change almost overnight upon hearing that he is a father and becomes a father to an 11yr old, whilst falling for the mother.  Both parents could have sorted their issues fast IF they had taken to each other, but then we would not have had the angst throughout the book.

Dominick may not think he is father material, however that are a few scenes where he shows how much he is, and Helena ends up having to fight a little to get what she wants as her forever happy after.

REVIEW - Tie Me Down (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll #2.5) by Michelle Hazen

The Book
Release Date: 7 May 2018
Goodreads Link

What happens after the Happily Ever After?

Once upon a time, a tour manager and a rock star fell in love on a tour bus. 

Many months and miles later, Kate and Danny are trying to build a life together in between two jet-setting jobs in the music industry. But despite their BDSM lifestyle, Kate is rope-shy once the bedroom door opens.

Secretly, she craves more than professional satisfaction, even though she swore she’d never swap her backstage pass for a picket fence. But it's going to take more than words for this Dom to help his self-reliant submissive realize she's never been more free than when she's tied down.

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is pretty much like the epilogue to the previous book in the series, Playing the Pauses.

Kate and Danny are still together, but Kate is currently on the road a lot and has not spent much time at home with Danny who misses her.

Both are kind of stuck, Danny wants Kate home, but will not say anything as he does not want to hold her back and Kate misses home and Danny and wants him to ask her to stay.

Its takes forever, but eventually after some intervention from friends things come to a head and both parties sort things out so that they both get what they want with each other.

There are also two weddings in this book.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

REVIEW - Playing the Pauses (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll #2) by Michelle Hazen

The Book
Release Date: 5 March 2018
Goodreads Link

Rock Star Dom + his Queen of the Spreadsheet employee = KRYPTONITE

Kate is a globe-trotting tour manager who can’t be tied down.
Danny is a Dominant rock star and tattoo artist who needs her help to explore his true kinks.

Kate just got her big break, running an international tour for a rising band. Her job is everything to her…at least until she meets the band’s enigmatic bass player. 

After they collide in one unforgettably erotic night on a hotel balcony, he comes to her with a proposition. As a former BDSM club performer, Danny’s spent so long fulfilling other people’s fantasies that now he wants to reclaim his own—and he says she’s the only one who can help. 

Getting caught in bed with her rock star boss could cost her career, and yet there’s something about Danny’s quiet intensity that she can’t resist. He steals her heart, hard. But the end of the tour is approaching, and their jobs are headed two different directions. 

To be together one of them will have to stop touring, but the only thing they crave as much as each other is music. 

Escape into the Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll series, which follows Danny’s band from dive bars to the big time. Click now to meet the band!

Book 2 of an NTRWA award-winning series

**This book can be read and understood as a standalone, but does contain spoilers for earlier books in the series.**

My Review  4 STARS
Although this is book is part of a series it can totally be read as a stand alone.  It is also the first time that i have read anything by this author.

A few things seem to get a little lost  in this book, such as Danny wanting to find himself in his Dom ways, yet it always seems to be on Kate's pleasure, also being a Dom in bed, Danny is a bit of a push over otherwise, never really standing up for what HE wants rather than what other people want.

Other than Kate and Danny there is a great cast behind them, drummer Jera with her boyfriend Jacob, we have Jax who is almost on self destruct mode and the roadies behind them.

The first half of the book has them on tour together as the band, Jera, Jax and Danny are on tour with their band The Red Letters.  Kate has taken over as tour manager and gets together with Danny.  The next half is with them as a couple but doing their own thing with the push and pull of the slightly dysfunctional dynamics between them.

We do get a Happy Ever After but it takes a long time getting there and we end at the point that they have both made their decision.  An epilogue would have been good as the ending did feel a little lacking.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

REVIEW - Part-Time Husband (Trophy Husbands #1) by Noelle Adams

The Book
Release Date: 29 May 2018
Goodreads Link

On a Wednesday afternoon, I ask Trevor Bentley to marry me. He might be the most arrogant, obnoxious man I know, but I need him to be my husband for a year. 

There are reasons. 

He's not going to be a real husband. Just part-time. Yes, I have to live with him. And, okay, I also have to share his bed. And, sure, he's the sexiest and most exciting thing to ever happen to my controlled, organized life. 

But still... It's only a part-time marriage. I'm not going to give him my heart. I know what I'm doing, and I'm too smart to fall for my husband. 

I hope.

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is quite a sweet read and you know with this author that we will always get a happy ending, no matter what the characters go through.

Melissa is a strong woman, but she will not be bullied out of her job by her grandfather.  She has to marry in order for her to keep her job, so she knows the only person that she cannot stand is Trevor, so she asks him to marry her for a year.

Both keep their feelings close as neither want to be hurt, but you can see them getting closer and closer even if they do not see it.

Trevor is a lovely man and although he is smug and arrogant at times, he is also kind and generous and stands up for other people, especially Melissa with her grandfather.

Really loved this book and cannot wait to read the other two sisters books.

REVIEW - Healing Love (Love to the Extreme #4) by Abby Niles

The Book
Release Date: 15 February 2016
Goodreads Link

Doctor Ella Watts wants her old life back. Desperately. But the past has returned for its rematch, and going back home—even telling anyone her real name—isn’t an option until she’s confident in her MMA abilities. Personal trainer Lance Black is the man to help her reach her goals. Not only is he toned, muscular, and gorgeous, he’s patient, a great teacher, and willing to treat her like a worthy opponent. Except his size makes her freeze whenever he gets too close. If Ella can’t learn how to overcome her fear of being attacked, she’ll never be able to move on with her life.

Underground fighter Lance Black knows there’s more to the mysterious blonde ninja than a beautiful woman determined to improve her fighting skills. She can best anyone close to her size – man or woman – but insists on working out with him, even though he’s got a good 70 pounds and several inches on her. Despite her reticence, he’s determined to get her to open up so he can help her get over her mental block. And if that means he can get to know her outside the gym, all the better.

As long as she never learns his secrets.

My Review  4 STARS
In this book we have Lance and Abby and the story can be read as a stand alone book even though it is part of a series.

Abby is running from an abusive past and Lance has so much on his plate that it is almost crumbling around him, but they both have too much pride and do not want help in getting themselves out of a predicament.

Both have chemistry right from the beginning and the tension is there, however it is Lance's patience that has Abby admitting some things to him slowly about her past and why she wants to train in MMA more.

Both open up to revelations provided to others that were brushed off from the other, but realise that what they have is something special and worth fighting for.

Friday, 4 May 2018

COVER REVEAL - The Problem With Him (Opposites Attract #3) by Rachel Higginson

The Book
Release Date: 26 June 2018
Goodreads Link

I’m over men. I’m done with them. 
Or at least the ones that work in my kitchen. Fine, one man in particular. Wyatt Shaw is cocky and condescending and so far out of his element that he doesn’t know which way is up. Or how to run his brand new kitchen all by himself. 
That’s where I come in. Sous chef extraordinaire. Second in command. Bane of his existence. I am the reason Wyatt’s doing so well as the new executive chef of one of our city’s most prestigious restaurants. He has me to thank for his glowing accolades and five-star write-ups. Only if you were to ask him, he’d say I’m his biggest problem. 
Despite his discouragement and bullish behavior, I’ve set two goals for myself. 
The first? I’m going to fight my way to the top of this male-dominated industry and claim my own award-winning kitchen. 
The second? I’m going to do whatever it takes to ignore Wyatt and his rare smiles and the thickening tension that’s started to simmer between us. 
Wyatt Shaw might be Durham’s new shining star. He might be up for a James Beard Award. He might be my new boss and key to my future success, but he’s also in my way. 
So he can keep his smoldering looks and secret kisses. And he can be the one that figures out how to make it through service without getting distracted by me. 
I’m not the problem. The problem is him.
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Other books in the series
THE OPPOSITE OF YOU
All men. 
Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it. 
I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions. 
The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd. 
The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five course monstrosities.
Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me. 
So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him. 
I want the opposite.


I’ve sworn off men. 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US
I'm cursed.
At least when it comes to finding Mr. Right.
I'm tired of men that only want one night stands or blind dates that are nothing but awkward and uncomfortable. I'm tired of avoiding inappropriate text messages and the constant disappointment of always meeting Mr. Wrong.
After all these years of dates that lead nowhere, I can admit that it's me. I'm the problem. I'm shy and picky and cursed. Definitely cursed.
So I've decided two things.
The first? I'm giving up dating and relationships and men in general. Maybe, possibly, forever.
The second? I'm going to have to try harder to avoid Ezra Baptiste.
If I couldn't hack it in the kiddy pool of dating, I certainly can't swim in his deep end. He's too successful. Too intense. He's all man when I'm used to nothing but boys pretending to be grownups. He's everything I'm afraid to want and so far out of my league we might as well be different species entirely.
So he'll need to find a different artist to paint his mural. And a different graphic designer to help him with his website. He'll need to find someone else to glare at and flirt with and kiss.
It can't be me.
We're too different.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

REVIEW - Tempting Little Tease (Forbidden Desires #4) by Kendall Ryan

The Book
Release Date: 20 March 2018
Goodreads Link

She's the tutor I hired to teach me Italian.

She's way too young for me, but she's also gorgeous, bright and filled with a curiosity about life that I find incredibly refreshing. 

It's fucking adorable. 

I’m old enough to know better, but this pretty young thing tempts me beyond belief. And for the first time in my life, I can see myself falling. 

***
Is this what it's like to be pursued by an older man? The complete confidence, the lack of expectations, the sincerity?

My God, it's exhilarating.

Quinn Kinglsey is totally unexpected. I'm moving to Italy in three weeks to teach English, and while I never expected something so real to develop between us so quickly, our chemistry is explosive. 

There's something so sexy about this back and forth he and I share. Flirting with this man is like playing with fire, and I'm bound to get burned. 

Io sono attratto da te I'm attracted to you, he tells me.

But is our attraction enough to get us through the complications of a massive age gap and an international love affair? Only one way to find out… 

This is book 4 in the Forbidden Desires series, but it can be read as a complete standalone.

My Review  5 STARS
This is the fourth book in this series and could probably be read as a stand alone book.

The chemistry between Quinn and Alessandra is combustable from the first meeting and both characters fall very fast and hard, but are unable to admit to themselves.

Quinn is the oldest brother and has kept the family together and been the strength behind them all, however he has not fallen like this before for a woman, never mind that she is MUCH younger than he is, although she possesses a maturity and calm of a woman much older.

The story is sexy and sweet and you can't help but want them both to get a happy ending together and they both finally realise what they want.

We also get an introduction into one of the main characters for the next book provided by a PI that Quinn hires.  How exciting.  I really cannot wait for the next book to come out.

REVIEW - Royal Affair (Last Royals #2) by Cristiane Serruya

The Book
Release Date: 3 May 2018
Goodreads Link

She wants a night of wild fun to mend her broken heart--no commitment needed.
He thinks his life is complete--until she shatters his perfect illusion.
 


Princess Angelica de Castella y Aragon was left at the altar. Humiliated and heartbroken, she's willing to give her V-card away to the first hot hunk who comes by…as long as there're no strings attached. 
Grand Duke Ludwig von Kröenenberg has everything: success, fame, money, women, and hotness in abundance…but he's never found a woman enticing enough to keep his interest. 

A feisty and forbidden week-long affair with the sweet, sassy, and sexy princess drops him to his knees. And when she leaves him without a goodbye, he becomes determined to win her heart…and her love. 

Yet Angelica's ex-fiancĂ© is back, seeking her hand and the Aragon throne. If he gets in the way, the couple will have more to lose than each other--they could sacrifice an empire. 

Get hot and heavy over Royal Affair, the second standalone romance in the Last Royals Series by USA TODAY Bestselling author Cristiane Serruya, a billionaire royal romance story full of suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat! Fans of romance legends such as Nora Roberts, Sylvia Day, and Maya Banks have found their new obsession with Royal Affair!

My Review  1 STAR
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Although this book is part of a series it can be read as a stand alone book.

The write up of the story had me thinking that this would be my kind of book, but in reality after 28% i had to heavily skim to get through it.

I could not connect to either of the characters, the writing and ideas seem old fashioned and the countless names and points of view told in the story was just too much. Points of view told from more than two people just becomes too much. Where we could have had suspense from the villains as to what was going to happen was left wanting as everything was spelled out for us.

The premise of the book is good, but it just fell so flat for me and read more like a historical book, which is not my thing at all.

Sad to say, but i will probably not read anything by this author again.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

REVIEW - Crush (Boston brawlers 3) by June Winters

The Book
Release Date: 24 April 2018            
Goodreads Link

Shea Ellis doesn't have time for love -- all the Boston Brawlers captain wants is one last shot at the Cup before he retires. Besides, after his ex-wife did him dirty, the single dad isn't sure if he could love again. Hell, he'd be happy just to find a decent nanny to help with his three kids.

Sure, the latest nanny to get a try-out, Brynn, is a babe. But the hottest thing about the bright-eyed twenty-something isn't her sizzling figure -- it's how fast his kids fall for her.

For a grizzled veteran, it's a pointless crush on a girl he knows he shouldn't have. And with the Brawlers marching towards the playoffs, the last thing he needs is a distraction. So why can't he get the cutie out of his mind?

Can the hockey legend keep his eyes on the ice ... and his hands off the nanny? 

Brynn Conley never expected to nanny for her childhood crush. The pretty-boy rookie whose poster she painted with lipstick kisses all those years ago? He's a rugged man now. A salt-and-pepper single dad struggling with a troubled teen daughter and two wild twin boys.

The hockey star has aged like fine wine, but Brynn's not looking for love -- she's got a job to do. And to Shea's delight, she's great with kids. It's a cruel irony for a young woman who can't have any children of her own.

Brynn knows she shouldn't hook up with the athlete -- the last thing she'd ever want to do is confuse the kids. But when her hunky boss wraps his big hockey hands around her waist, will she insist that their relationship remain professional? Or will it be the start of an ice-melting romance? 
Crush is a 70,000 word single dad hockey romance! This stand-alone novel is the third and final book in the Boston Brawlers series. No cheating, no cliffhanger, HEA always guaranteed!

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is the second book that i have read by this author and it is another brilliantly written book.

Shea Ellis is a veteran Hockey player and he is fast approaching his chosen retirement at the age of 37.  A string of failed nannies has him putting out a notice again, only to get Brynn as the only suitable applicant.

Both characters have been hurt in the past and they have an instant attraction to each other that keeps getting hotter and hotter until they both combust.  The chemistry is really hot and they both try to keep in in as they both feel it would be unprofessional to have a relationship whilst Brynn works for Shea.  However, both of them struggle hard with this notion.

We get mentions of players and characters from the first two books and we also get a mention of who may well get a book next in the series.  There is also an epilogue that sure up Shea and Brynn's relationship after everything happens between them, leaving us all in a good place and the characters really happy together.

Looking forward to reading more from this author.

REVIEW - Softhearted (Deep in the Heart #2) by Kim Law

The Book
Release Date: 10 April 2018
Goodreads Link

Heather Lindsay loves falling in love—even though her blueprint for romance has failed her time and time (and time) again. But now that she’s signed on to design an outdoor-wedding venue for her friend’s home renovation show, Heather’s found a new focus: her career. Only it’s not long before she’s being distracted—by the hunkiest man who ever swaggered down the streets of Red Oak Falls.
The show’s new ranch manager, Waylon Peterson, a.k.a. Prince Harry in a cowboy hat, has every woman swooning. He’s also got a bad-boy rep that’s made him the hottest mess in town. In other words, he’s catnip for Heather, the Texan queen of bad choices. That’s why she’s steering clear—even with Waylon’s charm going full throttle.
Waylon is determined to trade one night stands for true love, but convincing Heather may be an impossible task. He’s ready to settle down, but can she get past her fear of settling and give love one more shot?

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

I have read a few books by this author now and each book pulls me into the story as i am always pleased that i read the book.

We met Heather in the first book, but here we get to see the softer woman get stronger in herself and both characters face their flaws and they eventually come together proving that they are stronger together.

Waylon is a flawed man in that his past has not been the best, but he shows integrity and strength of character when he fights for what he wants and what should be with him.

The three friends, Jill, Trenton and Heather stick together and stand by each other when needed still and Aunt Blu even finds herself in a new world of possibilities.

Looking forward to reading Trentons story as she needs a good love story.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

REVIEW - Neighbors with Benefits (Anderson Brothers #2) by Marissa Clarke

The Book
Release Date: 30 June 2015
Goodreads Link

A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s new Lovestruck imprint…

Love thy sexy jerk of a neighbor…

CEO Michael Anderson might be something of a “control freak.” Still, he’s not quite sure why his therapist thinks dogsitting will fix anything—especially since he and the canine share a kind of mutual loathing. And to make matters worse, a house sitter moves in next door disrupting his peace—and his dates—with the worst possible music at the worst possible time... every time. 

Free-spirited artist Mia Argaropolis has settled into the perfect gig—housesitting in NYC’s Upper West Side while working as an art therapist. Too bad she’s stuck living next door to a bossy control freak with a penchant for calling building security when she blasts music to drown out the noises coming through his bedroom wall. 

Post-apocalyptic dinner rolls that nearly take her kitchen with them, a douchebag ex, and a Shih Tzu with the personality of Godzilla attack Mia in one day, and her unlikely neighbor comes to the rescue. Like it was her fault. And now, somehow, they find themselves engaged? Both agree, this neighborly feud just got taken to a whole new level.

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

I liked this book.  We have two very different people in Michael and Mia.  Michael likes routine and things to be in their place, whilst Mia is flighty and spontaneous and a bit of a mess to be honest.

Mia really makes Michael look at his life and lighten up a bit, the kind of thing his therapist would want him to do, she even helps him with an unwanted at first animal he has to look after.

The two characters really connect well and the heat is turned all the way up.  We get our usual angst and a few misunderstandings so that the path to true love is not all roses and not a straight line, however both characters grow and become better people because of each other and the people around them that care for them.

Would love at some point to read book three in the series.