Saturday, July 25, 2015
Lucky's parents are killed and he's sent to live with his aunt. Unhappiness sends him running back to his childhood home--dirty, hungry, and more alone than ever. That's where he meets Elias--an older man who brings him peace, and so much more.
There are so many secrets and lies, I can't give a full description without worrying I'll ruin the story, but these two are smokin'.
My favorite quote:
"This isn't forgiveness," Lucky spoke into his mouth. He stroked Elias with a rough, dry palm, pulling his shaft with tight, angry jerks. He bit Elias's bottom lip, made him groan high and long. "This isn't absolution."
I've always believed you only get one. Not one chance at true love, I think that can happen to you more than once, but you only get one match to your gasoline. You only get one passion that burns you both to the ground. That person who, no matter what else they do, you can love them or hate them, but they still set you ablaze. That's Lucky and Elias. It doesn't matter if it's screwed. If it's built on sand or solid ground, these two burned each other down, and it was heart-wrenching. Great job! On to book #4 for me.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
TITLE – Daughter of Valor SERIES – Texas Hill Country Series AUTHOR – Emily Mims GENRE – Romantic suspense PUBLICATION DATE – January 2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 332 pages, 99,500 words PUBLISHER – Boroughs Publishing Group COVER ARTIST – Boroughs Publishing Group Art Department
Wounded war hero Holly Riley has come home to the lake shore community of Heaven’s Point to recover from her injuries and build a new life for herself with her band of fellow wounded warriors. Temporarily employed as a nanny by charismatic Congressional candidate and neighbor Jimmy Adamcik, Holly and Jimmy quickly begin to care for one another in spite of Holly’s distrust of politics. But Jimmy finds himself sucked deeper and deeper into the seamy side of the political process, and an old enemy from Jimmy’s past targets Holly’s soldiers one by one. Will Jimmy and Holly’s love survive the double onslaught-or will they be the final target of their unknown enemy’s rage?
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Jimmy took one look at Holly’s face and ushered her in grimly. “They decided to support Navarro, didn’t they?” he demanded tersely. “I tried to get them to change their minds,” she said quietly. “I’m sorry.” “You’re sorry?” he demanded incredulously. “You and your buddies are going to embarrass the hell out of my campaign and you’re sorry? May I be so bold as to ask what made them throw their support to Navarro?” “Jimmy, get real,” she shot back. “You have platitudes. He has a plan.” He flinched. “So they realize the position I’m in with your mother and her buddies?” “That’s part of the problem,” she admitted. “They feel like you won’t have the freedom to represent their best interests and Navarro will.” “Why didn’t you fight them?” he asked. “Why are you just going along with what they’re doing to me?” Holly was silent for a moment. “Because if I weren’t involved with you, I would be doing exactly what they are. And as much as I hate to admit it, I think Alex Navarro would be light years better for me and my soldiers than you would.” “Oh, really? Then your buddies can take a hike and you can go with them,” he said angrily. It was Holly’s turn to flinch. “If that’s how you feel I will most certainly be taking that hike. But first I’m going to tell you to your face that you are a hypocrite of the highest order. Yes, you are,” she said when he started to object. “You expect me to separate my feelings for you from my work with the soldiers. You expect them to understand when you would rather brown-nose my mother and her supporters for their money than support them. And then you act like a spoiled brat when my soldiers throw their support to the candidate who might actually do something for them. That, my friend, is hypocritical.” She jerked open the front door and turned back around. “You know, Jimmy, an election isn’t just about money,” she said softly, “it’s about votes. And if you run off all your votes chasing the money, you’re going to lose the election, no matter how much money mom’s cronies put into your coffers.”
The author of twenty romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time. The mother of two sons, she and her husband split their time between central Texas and eastern Tennessee. For relaxation she plays the piano, organ, dulcimer and ukulele. She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them. Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman-if she’ll just let it.”
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Monday, July 20, 2015
TITLE – The Burning SERIES – The Companion Series AUTHOR – Susan Squires GENRE – Regency Paranormal Romance PUBLICATION DATE – July 21, 2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 122,752 words PUBLISHER – Independent COVER ARTIST – Rebecca Poole, Dreams2Media
Award-winning, bestselling author Susan Squires brings you into a world of erotic temptation that comes alive at night and thrives on our darkest secrets and longings. Take the journey to an unforgettable place in the heart of darkness and desire…
A FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION… It is 1821 and all who know the beautiful, mysterious Ann Van Helsing believe she is insane. Yet Ann’s curse is the deep psychic ability that shows her everything about another human being—their history, thoughts and desires—simply by touching them. Overwhelmed by a power she can barely control, Ann roams the quiet woods and caves near her estate, searching for an elusive peace. Here she encounters the man who will change everything…
LEAVES HER YEARNING… To atone for an unforgivable transgression against his own kind, vampire Stephan Sincai has become a vigilante who must hunt and kill those whom other vampires have made. When Ann discovers Stephen bleeding in her cave, she reaches tries to help him. The moment she touches him she knows every fiber of Stephens being—and the knowledge is at once frightening and irresistible…
FOR ETERNAL FULFILLMENT… Ann and Stephen are drawn together by a powerful force. As they fight against the evil surrounding them, an enemy bent on destroying them will make them choose between what they love and what they fear the most….
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TRANSYLVANIA, PROVINCE OF THE HAPSBURG EMPIRE, SEPTEMBER 1820
They ran their hands over his body. There were three of them. Their palms rubbed his chest, his hips and thighs, and the bulge of his biceps where his wrists were bound above his head. The nails scraped lightly, threatening. He knew what was to come. The stone bench on which he lay was hard against the bare flesh of his buttocks and shoulders, but the room was warm. They loved heat. It was a true luxury in the winter of the Carpathian Mountains. The only illumination came from the fire licking at the logs in the great stone arches. Above him, their faces hung, unreal in the flickering light. Their eyes glowed red. Now they would compel him. Their low moans filled the little room cut into the rocky heart of the monastery. He knew every crevice in its stone by now. This room held his torment and possibly his salvation.
“Test him well, tonight, sisters,” one of them whispered. Her breasts brushed his belly. “Is he worthy of our father’s trust?" another breathed into his ear.
He felt his loins throb, tight with a need he dared not indulge. He had no idea whether they compelled that need, or whether it belonged to him. A tongue found his nipple. He could not help but arch up into it. The chains clanked. A hand cupped his balls. He felt the scrape of canines at his throat. They wanted blood tonight. He waited for the pain. How would he bear their ministrations in the long hours ahead?
You deserve this, he told himself. A thousand years of torment would not atone for your crimes. You have one chance at redemption and they will help you to it.
He breathed as they had taught him. He focused inward, searching for an island of control. His shoulders relaxed. All emotion drained slowly away. The piercing of his carotid was a fact of pain, no more. One of them sucked at his throat while the others kept him roused.
But now he was ready for whatever they might do to him. He would become what was required. No matter the cost, he would atone.
Susan Squires is a New York Times bestselling author known for breaking the rules of romance writing. Whatever her time period, or subject, some element of the paranormal always creeps in. Susan’s work has won multiple contests including the Holt Medallion, the Golden Heart and the Book Buyer’s Best Award and reviewer's choice awards from RT BookReviews. Publisher's Weekly named Body Electric one of the most influential mass market books of 2003 and One with the Shadows, the fifth in her vampire Companion Series, a Best book of 2007. Time for Eternity, the first in the DaVinci time travel series, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.
Susan has a Masters in English literature from UCLA and once toiled as an executive for a Fortune 500 company. Now she lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband, Harry, a writer of supernatural thrillers, and three very active Belgian Sheepdogs, who like to help her write by putting their chins on the keyboarddddddddddddddddddddddd.
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Saturday, July 18, 2015
About the story:
This time around it's Is and Reggie's story. These best friends have never wanted another man until they found each other. Is is the man in charge of the rude boys. He can't be seen as weak in any way. Reggie is the man who's seen him at his lowest, had his back, and loved him through it all. They're both scared to make the first move, and in the process, they're killing one another.
Welp, I can say with one hundred percent surety, I've never uttered the words, "That dude just admitted to ____ing a cucumber!" before this book. Since I had a good laugh over that, I thought you would too. In all seriousness, these guys love each other and I couldn't help falling in love with them being together along the way.
My favorite quote.:
"I let you see me naked and do unspeakable things to my ass." Is narrowed his eyes. "Of course I love you."
Reggie barked out a laugh then winced at the pain it brought. "I knew that you loved me."
"You let me do unspeakable things to your ass."
Another great story, so I'm definitely moving on to the next.
Friday, July 17, 2015
I'm a huge fan of Avril Ashton's Brooklyn Sinner series, so I was thrilled to start on the Run This Town series.
About the book:
Under the guise of running a candy store, Dima actually runs the streets. Since his father's death, Dima has struggled to hang onto his foothold with enemies waiting to kill him around every corner. Dima doesn't care. After all, he's already dead inside. That is until Mateo recommends a certain club and Dima sets eyes on him. X is beautiful in his control. His dominance and the pain he inflicts on his subs never touches his emotions. Dima wants to see him break.
When X sees Dima, he can't believe it. The man he's set a hit on has walked right into his clutches. But from the first moment Dima invades his space, pressing his beautifully tatted body against him, X is lost.
Can this new and obsessive love endure the lies?
Oh, wow. The heat. The control. The submission! This book is the perfect example of why I laugh my butt off every time I hear some talk about 50 Shades being abusive. You can always spot the people who know nothing about real darkness, meeting anyone who gets off on pain. These two--just wow. They love it. They want it, and I begged for them to find it with one another. I absolutely adored their fire.
My favorite quotes:
-Xavier pounded into him, teeth in Dima's shoulder, muttering things Dima couldn't not hear. Word like I and Love and You.
-"You. Are. The. Love. Of. My. Life." Xavier punctuated each word with a blow. Dima backed each one up with a cry. Too much. His body was ablaze, going up in flames, and yet his chest hurt more. His heart hurt more.
Now, I'm off to read Is and Reggie's story. (Watch Me) Smooches!
Thursday, July 16, 2015
TITLE – Love and Happiness AUTHOR – Ben Burgess Jr. GENRE – African American Fiction/ Urban Fiction PUBLICATION DATE – April 24th 2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 240 Pages PUBLISHER – Self Published (CreateSpace/IngramSpark) COVER ARTIST – Leah Friday
Karen has it all: a handsome husband, beautiful twin daughters, a lovely home and a great job. Karen also has a secret; she’s cheating on her husband, with not one man, but two. On the outside her life seems perfect, but on the inside Karen feels neglected, bored and unappreciated. Yearning for affection and excitement, she falls into the arms of first Raheem and then Tyrell. Out of fear of losing her husband and breaking up her family, Karen ends the affairs but things don’t turn out how she planned. When Karen’s dirty secrets are revealed she must fight to keep her family together. Chris is doing all he can to hold his marriage together. He loves Karen but she grows more distant every day. When she starts coming home later and later, he suspects she is being unfaithful. When Chris accidentally takes her cell phone what he finds changes their lives forever. When tragedy strikes, Karen must decide if she should sacrifice her happiness for her husband’s love, and Chris wonders if he should stay with Karen because he still loves her despite her infidelity. But if they do stay together, will they ever find love and happiness again? Sexy and relatable, insightful and inspiring, Love and Happiness shows us both sides of Chris and Karen's story, and reminds us that sometimes to have it all, you must first lose it all.
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When we got home, I decided to put all our bickering aside and make love to my husband. While Chris pleased me sexually, our busy work schedules had reduced our lovemaking to mundane quickies. I knew if I was bored, he must be too.
To spice things up, I’d read magazines, watched porn, and gathered tips from my friends. He loves lacy lingerie, so I wore my black bustier, black French-cut panties, and fishnet stockings. I lit scented candles and put on soft jazz to set the ambiance in the bedroom. Chris walked in.
“Damn!” he said.
He tugged on my lingerie to take it off. I couldn’t hide my smile. His hands hungrily roamed my body.
“Easy, baby. Enjoy what you’re looking at.”
I felt self-conscious as he groped me because his earlier comment about me looking chunky, kept replaying in my mind.
We made love. I used a lot of the new ideas I learned to spice things up, but he didn’t seem to notice. Chris always has the decency to make sure I cum, but again we ended up having another quickie because he had to wake up early the next morning. He rolled over on his side and went to sleep almost immediately after. I frowned, shook my head and stared at the ceiling. Was it me? Is this how marriage was supposed to be? Had we both gotten too comfortable?
I decided I’d start going to the gym and get a personal trainer. I hoped working with a trainer would change me enough that even Chris would have to say something positive about it. I didn’t imagine how much it would change me.
Ben Burgess Jr is the author of the award winning novels "Monster", "Wounded", the poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" and the new novel "Love and Happiness" He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben Burgess Jr uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams. His poetry book "Times Have Changed and Life is Strange" and his novel "Monster" are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan. Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management, and a MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter Jaelynn and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities. facebook.com/BenBurgessJr Twitter: Ben_Burgess_Jr
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Robin Hood with a twist, The Prince and I takes us on a journey with Gregori, the prince, and Murian, the young widow who's taken up robbery as a means to support herself and the people of Scotland.
While Gregori is escorting his grandmother to Loudan's castle, Murian and her band of misfits decide to rob the prince. It's an encounter that leaves both parties with an unwanted attraction. With Karen Hawkins' usual humorous flair, The Prince and I is a wonderful follow-up to The Prince Who Loved Me.
I was given a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Check this one out, you'll love it. Hurry. Run. Pre-order your copy.