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Let’s misbehave is the latest book in the Summerhill series by the lovely Kate Perry. It can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to do that? You really should read the other books in the series to experience and get the background knowledge of the Summerhill family.
After racy videos and photo’s were leak by her ex boyfriend to the press, all Imogen (Gigi) Summerhill wants do clean up her image especially if she is going to be taken seriously as an actress. That means staying out of the public eye, and off the front pages of the tabloids.
Merrick Graham the Bad Boy of Politics is also looking to clean up his images, as he wants to gain the support of the conservatives in order to get a proposal that is very dear to his heart pass through parliament. Both are not looking for scandal, but when Gigi and Merrick meet they soon realize that this maybe not so easy, and as hard as try to stay way from each other they can’t, and a no strings secret affair becomes so much more, and even harder to hide.
I really enjoyed the storyline; it was an entertaining romantic read. Imogen was strong feisty and independent, and she knows what she wants. Merrick was sweet due to his past was a little closed off at times, and had a hard time letting people in, but once he let his guard down some of his alpha male caveman qualities came shining through. Oh! And he owned a motorbike ;)
I like Imogen and Merrick, as soon as these two meet you could feel the chemistry between them. Sparks were definitely flying every time they met both in, and out of the bedroom. They both could be headstrong at times, but they were good together, had great banter, and just what they needed.
I loved the interaction with the other Summerhill sisters; they are such a great support group for each other they made me laugh so many times. . I'm looking forward to reading Tatiana’s story next. Just like all the books there is a secondary story running alongside the main one, and was a cute tale about single mum Holly who was Imogen new handler. I hope to see more of her in future books
Overall Let’s misbehave was another book by Kate that I read with a grin on my face. Its no secret that I love Kate’s writing style, I just know what I’m going to get, and I’m never left disappointed. In fact this quote from Imogen about why she feels that acting is her calling “ I give people a two hour respite from their problems. I help them laugh or cry and they leave my movies feeling. It’s a powerful thing” I just had to highlight, as it’s what Kate does for me when reading one of her books. If you are looking for an enjoyable, steamy romantic easy read, then this book is just for you.
“His voice liked dusk, and hot baths, and chocolate, all rolled into one. Her favorite things”
“He saw the woman in white. He stopped the sight of her knocking the breath out of him”
“He made it clear she wasn’t what he needed. He wasn’t what she needed either, even if she wanted him”
“He didn’t know what he was. All he know was that what he was feeling was driving him crazy”
“Merrick was special. More that that he made her feel special. He understood her and her ambitions, and he supported her”
Kate has tangoed at midnight with a man in blue furry chaps, dueled with flaming swords in the desert, and strutted on bar tops across the world and back. She’s been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, had her butt pinched in Florence, and been serenaded in New Orleans. But she found Happy Ever After in San Francisco with her Magic Man.
Kate's the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels, as well as the Pillow Talk and Guardians of Destiny series. She's been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she's big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love.
Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she's wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh...
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Title: It Ain't Me, Babe
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: April 28, 2014
Sinning never felt so good…
A fortuitous encounter.
A meeting that should never have happened.
Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…
Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.
Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.
River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.
Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.
Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…
*Dark Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel. Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*
I willed my tired legs to keep pumping. My muscles burned as though injected with venom and my bare feet were completely numb as they slammed onto the cold hard forest floor, but I would not give up… could not give up.
Breathe, run, just keep moving…
My eyes darted around the dark forest, searching for the disciples. None to be seen, but it was only a matter of time. They would soon realize I was missing. But I could not stay, could not do my pre-ordained duty to the prophet; not after what happened tonight.
My lungs burned with the severity of my sharp gasps and my chest heaved with overexertion.
Push through the pain. Run, just run.
Passing the third watchtower, unseen, I let myself feel a momentary sliver of joy—the perimeter fence was not too far away. I allowed myself the hope that I might actually get free.
Then the emergency siren wailed and I shuddered to a stop.
They know. They are coming for me.
I forced my legs to move even faster; thorns and sharp sticks jabbed into the soles of my feet. Gritting my teeth, I told myself, Do not feel pain. Do not feel pain. Think of her.
They could not find me. I could not let them find me. I knew the rules. Never leave. Never attempt to leave. But I was fleeing. I was determined to escape their wickedness once and for all.
Spotting the tall posts of the perimeter fence, my arms pumped with renewed vigor as I made the final steps of my sprint. I smashed against the rigid metal with a crash, the posts grinding at the force of my collision.
I frantically searched for a gap.
I ran along each post—no gaps, no holes… no hope.
In a panic, I fell to the ground, clawing the dry earth, tunneling, digging for freedom. My fingers raked at the hard mud—fingernails snapping, skin ripping, blood flowing—but I did not stop. I had no choice but to find a way out.
The siren wailed on, seeming to scream ever more loudly, like a countdown to my recapture. If I was found, I would be watched constantly, treated worse than ever before—I would be even more of a prisoner than I was right now.
I would rather die.
How long have I been gone? Are they close? Panicked thoughts whirled in my mind, but I kept digging.
Then I heard the dogs closing in; the barking, snarling, rabid, vicious fury of The Order’s guard dogs and my digging became more frenzied.
The disciple guards carried guns; large, semi-automatic guns. They defended this land like lions. They were brutal and they always got their prey. I would be captured and punished, just like her. Tortured for my disobedience.
Just. Like. Her.
The search hounds were louder now, harsh, heavy panting and nerve-jangling barks getting ever closer. I swallowed back the cry threatening to rip free from my throat and continued digging, burrowing, scooping, shoveling—to be free. Always yearning to be free…
I stilled momentarily as I heard a babble of voices. Sharp commands sounded out. Gun barrels were loading, the echoes of safety catches clicked; heavy boots stomped closer and closer.
They were too close.
I almost shrieked in frustrated terror when I judged the gap under the fence did not look big enough to fit me. But I had to keep going. I did not have a choice. I had to try. I could not live one more day in this hell.
Headfirst, chest grazing the newly-excavated ground, I slipped through the tiny gap under the fence. The flesh of my shoulder grated on the ragged metal of the mesh wire but I did not care—what was one more scar?
Using my hands as claws, I dragged my body forward. I heard clear voices, the crystal timbre of the brothers; their savage dogs, consumed by bloodlust, as they howled with deliberately induced hunger.
“She’ll be searching for gaps or weak links. Secure the second team along the north gate. We’ll head for the south, and no matter what, FIND HER! The Prophet will bring the wrath of the Almighty on us all if she is lost!”
Quelling an anxious cry, I pushed and scrambled forward. I scurried through the dry mud, legs flailing in desperation. Deep scratches covered my skin. My white gown ripped and tore into shreds on spikes of jagged barbed wire, and I watched helplessly as my blood trickled onto the dry ground.
No! I almost screamed out in frustration. The hounds would smell my blood. They were trained to scent blood.
With one final push, my body was through, only my legs were left to go. I shuffled onto my back, heels digging in, striving for freedom.
A feeling, no, a flood of elation at the realization I was all but free quickly evaporated at the sight of a black hound skirting round a nearby bush. Focusing on a tree outside the fence—a goal to crawl to—I tried to pull myself forward, when a jolt of pain seared through my left leg. Razor-sharp teeth sliced into my flesh, and when I looked down, a heavily muscled guard dog held my left calf in its grip; snarling and shaking its head, tearing into fragile skin and muscle.
Paling with the severity of the pain, I fought back a growing sense of nausea. I slapped my palms on the forest floor, finding purchase on a large stone. Choking back a scream that was clawing its way up my throat, I dragged my mauled leg away from the fence toward my goal. The dog tried to force its large head under the fence, tightening its grip on my limb, shaking it back and forth like it was playing with a stick.
With the last of my energy, I attacked. The stone I had dragged myself with came loose in my hands and I hit the dog’s skull over and over and over, its bared fangs dripping with white-red foam, its hellish black eyes burning bright with anger. The disciple guards starved their hounds to make them bloodthirsty and forced them to fight each other to make them permanently angry. The disciple guards reasoned that the hungrier their dogs were, the more vicious they would be when hunting down deserters.
Inhaling through my nose, I tried to keep focus; I just needed to loosen the dog’s grip, just a fractional release to let go of my injured left leg.
And then it happened.
With a final crack of the stone, the incensed canine reared back, shaking its bruised head. I dragged myself free of the shallow gap, my breath coming in short sharp bursts as my body reacted to the shock.
As I shuffled away from the fence, a wry thought sped across my mind; I had actually done it. I am free.
The dog, though groggy and recovering from its hit, lunged for the gap. Once more it snapped its large jaws and sharp teeth and with it, me from my haze. Edging forward, I quickly filled the gap with as much mud as I could gather, then tried to stand, but my injured leg could not take the strain, could not bear my weight. Inside, I cried, Not now! Please, Lord, just give me the strength to keep going.
“Here! She’s here!”
A black-uniformed disciple emerged from the dense foliage, glaring furiously at my crouched form beyond the fence. He removed his balaclava and my heart fell. I would recognize that long scar on his cheek anywhere. Gabriel, Prophet David’s second-in-command; his brown heavy beard hiding most of his face, as was custom with all the brothers at The Order. However, Gabriel was the disciple my people feared most, the man responsible for the atrocity I witnessed tonight… responsible for me losing her…
"You do not cage me, Styx . You make me soar."
It Ain't Me Babe intrigued me from the start, it is the story of Salome, a girl raised in a commune and Styx an outlaw biker; they seemed an unlikely couple yet their chance meeting years ago sealed their fate. Salome had been conditioned to believe that the outside world was full of sinners and she was only safe within the walls of The Order, a religious cult. However, when she loses her sister, it is the last straw and Salome decides life behind the gates must be far better than the one she has been forced to live up until now. Chance would have it that she falls into the lap of the boy she has dreamed of for the last fifteen years.
"I cried for a long time before I gave in to exhaustion and drifted off to sleep, still unsure if I was being lured into a den of evil. But I felt completely and utterly safe in the strong arms of the only boy I had ever kissed."
When Salome arrives battered and broken outside The Hangmen MC, Styx can't believe she is the same girl that has been haunting his dreams since he was eleven years old. Styx wants nothing more than to claim Salome as his own but his conscience gets the better of him and he doesn't believe the life of an old lady is fair to Salome, she has been sheltered from the world and every act she has been led to believe is a sin. Styx can't expose her to violence, guns and debauchery but can't turn her away either so when he has to leave for business he pushes her away and into the arms of his good friend Rider, trusting him to look after her.
When Salome arrived at the MC club, she wanted to start over and with that she became known as Mae, shedding the name given to her by The Order. The story skips forward to one month later and I felt I missed the early days of Mae's recovery. I really wanted to know how she adjusted to her new life and with her spending time apart from Styx, this slowed down their connection and it took me a while to feel it.
Both characters interested me and I liked the fact they both brought something different to the story. Styx was known as the Hangmen Mute. He suffers from a speech impediment and therefore he uses sign language as a means of communication. For a president of an MC club, you think it wouldn't work but strangely it does. Styx commands attention and no one dares to cross him.
I could understand why Styx was torn, he felt in his bones that Mae was made for him and she was the only person aside from his late father and best friend that he could speak in front of. But he cared for her too much to involve her in his way of life. When Styx returned from his first run, seeing how close Rider and Mae had grown infuriated him and he realised his mistake. He was done holding back from Mae and he claimed her as his own.
"My old man was fuckin' right; I did only need three things in life: my Harley, my Fender . . . and the love of an old lady-Mae; only Mae."
Mae was a strong character; it took courage for her to escape her commune and for her to live through what the leaders subjected her to. When I discovered the age Mae was when the tortured started, it brought tears to my eyes and it doesn't bear thinking about. Mae walked away from the only life she had ever known. She had to start over, learning everything from scratch. Material possessions and current affairs were foreign to her, everything she believed to be true was called into question and Mae had to work out the type of person she wanted to be. The acts she witnessed at the MC shocked her to the core and although frightened Mae knew by Styx' side was where she was meant to be. A motorcycle club could have been the worst place for her to end up but in fact, she found shelter, love, solace and peace in the MC and the members within it.
The storyline had action, plenty of violence, raw, gritty scenes and many sexy times too. It really is Sons of Anarchy in book form. There was a twist at the end that was done well and Styx would stop at nothing until Mae's safety was guaranteed. He was pure Alpha through and through at that point.
I am a fan of Tillie Cole's work and It Ain't Me, Babe is a big departure from her previous books. Her writing is always thorough and well researched and I could appreciate the quality of the writing but for some reason I didn't fall head over heels for Mae and Styx, I did feel their anguish and I wanted them to be together but I felt there was a barrier that prevented me from really getting them. Perhaps the slow build in the beginning and their shaky start halted my ability to connect with them. The relationship with Rider threw me off course and all I wanted was more time with Styx and Mae.
The plot puts a new spin on your average MC book and I really liked the inclusion of the commune, although it was heartbreaking to read about, it was interesting yet simultaneously terrifying to think this actually happens. The real life of an MC was portrayed well, there was no sugar coating it. Styx wasn't your normal clean cut boyfriend, there was blood, gore and action thrown in. It was raw, gritty and in your face. I thought the world Tillie created was genuine, believable, and above all entertaining.
It Ain't Me, Babe is a great new offering from Tillie Cole. I have no doubt fans of MC books will love this one. It has some interesting characters and a unique story line, worth checking out for yourself.
"I was completely consumed by his every touch, his taste and smell, and at that moment, I gave my soul whole-heatedly, to a sinner."
"Mae cleared her throat and her big blue eyes lifted up to meet mine. "I have only ever liked one boy in my life. I have only wanted one man to have as my own. I have only ever had one dream since I was eight. Styx, the dream is you. You stole me heart fifteen years ago and you still haven't given it back."
"So that was making love. . . I had just made love to Styx. I had been right all along. We were always fated to be together. He is my everything. He is my entire world. . . Styx is my salvation."
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Title: A Beautiful Distraction
Author: Kelsie Leverich
Series: Hard Feelings #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 6th. 2014
First Sergeant Rafe Murano did everything to the extreme. He trained harder, he fought harder, and, unfortunately, he loved harder. And falling for the wrong woman nearly destroyed him.
Home from a deployment, and without his missions to consume him, Murano is ravaged by memories of his heartbreak. So he drinks until he’s numb and drowns himself in meaningless one-night stands. But they only take the edge off…
Until he meets Fallon.
Haunted by her past, Fallon Kelly knows all too well about the desperate desire for an escape. So when she sees the tatted-up bad boy who’s one punch away from a ride in the back of a squad car, she offers a distraction—one that quickly becomes an addiction.
Little does she know, this bad boy can love so hard, it can break her
Fallon Kelly. Not only do I love her name, but I love her attitude! This chick made me happy, especially in a world of book chick’s that make me unhappy! She’s haunted by her past and in desperate need for a reprieve towards her future. She knows exactly what she wants and needs. And all of those needs are necessary ones, yet not quite attainable in her eyes. She has needs and issues! Yup! That’s right, she has issues-- Can I say it again??? She sleeps in her office issues-- She needs a man issues-- Fallon basically needs a life, she just doesn’t realize it yet. Not until Mr. Bad boy himself needs rescuing.
“Hate to point out the obvious, but you sleep alone, girl. In your office. I don’t think whether or not you drool or snore is the issue here.”
Enter First Sergeant Rafe Murano. Yes… That’s right, you heard me right. He’s a hot military man who never held back at war, and who most definitely won’t hold back now that he’s home. Little Miss Fallon has no clue what she just put herself in the middle of. She decided to rescue Rafe one night, but what she doesn’t realize is that Rafe might be the one rescuing her.
So this is how it goes… Fallon owns a Burlesque club. Rafe just happens to be there one night with his friends and sees some dude assaulting this chick right? So Rafe does the admirable thing and defends the chick by beating the crap out of the bad guy. Fallon being the owner swoops in and grabs Rafe to take him away. I mean he was only protecting one of her dancer’s right? OHHH! And I forgot to mention something! Fallon who doesn’t dance anymore, begrudgingly agreed to dance for one of her workers this same evening. This is the whole reason that Rafe and Fallon laid eyes on each other in the first place!! Oh geez! Ok so basically Rafe is looking HOT in the audience drinking whiskey out of a tumbler, looking all sexy and slithery in his chair… staring at Fallon on the stage dancing and BaBam! Ex-Ballerina meets Rafe! Not the best summary, but you get it.
“She was elegant and strong. Nothing about the way she danced was intended to arouse the men in the crowd. No, she moved like she was trying to seduce herself. Like she was the only person she was dancing for. It was sexy as hell.”
So after all of that, Rafe and Fallon go on the cutest/sexiest little adventure together! Fallon tries to act like a badass and pretend that her feelings for Rafe are in-superior to his feelings for her, which is total entertainment because it’s so obvious how much these two want each other! Rafe is super cool and not afraid to bring Fallon to her knees. (figuratively) Sorta ;) And Fallon is just a huge contradiction to herself! She wants’ so badly to protect Rafe, yet she can’t find it in herself to see her own vulnerability that needs to be unlocked. It’s such a DUH obvious thing! These two want and need each other, period.
As these two struggle through the course of this slightly complicated love weave, they realize that maybe they aren’t right for each other. And in fact they might just be toxic for one another, but love has a way of sneaking itself around the most curious of hearts and what these two manage to pull off is just so perfect for them and them alone. The character development was really well done, and I felt the depth of the story completely!
“Just tell me yes, gorgeous, and I’ll steal your thoughts from you and give you nothing but complete, numbing pleasure.”
This novel was steamy, sweet and a great read! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has an affliction towards hot Military dudes who know what they want, and slightly inhibited undercover independent women who “have no clue” what they want. I was very pleasantly surprised with how this book turned out, and I actually had a huge honkin grin on my face when it was over. I love these types of stories, and I LOVED Rafe and Fallon!
“The True kind”
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Title: Fade In
Author: M. Mabie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Tatum Elliot is a successful writer on a hit television show, lives in an Upper East Side apartment and loves her life. She wouldn’t change a thing. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have a choice. She's losing her sight.
Tripping over her tongue and her heels, Tatum all too quickly realizes that the things which appeared so important before are slowly slipping away leaving room for what really matters. With the support of her best friends, family and colleagues, she begins to see that there’s much more to life… and herself.
When Ben Harris enters her life as her new personal assistant, she can’t tell if it’s his good looks and charm that are working on her libido, or his kind and helpful nature working on her heart? Whatever it is, neither one of them can resist it.
As her vision fades out, a world of love and happiness just might…Fade In.
Fade In is a contemporary-romance novel about laughing through your tears and telling life to, quite frankly, “Suck it.” This novel contains sexual situations that the author may or may not have tried at home… for your safety, of course. Research is research.
"Tatum." Hearing my name cross his lips in that sultry voice is more of a turn-on than I could have ever imagined and I need to shut it down. "You looked really pretty this morning."
"Yep. And I bet you look even better right now in bed."
My pulse races. How does he know I'm in bed?
He yawns, and that makes me yawn too, even though now I'm wide awake.
"Thanks. You weren't that bad to look at yourself. What makes you think I'm in bed?"
"I don't know. I was just guessing. It is the middle of the night." He pauses before adding, "And that's where I've been picturing you."
I blush. "You're picturing me? What am I wearing?" I laugh to myself, thinking that the cliché question is suppose to be "What are you wearing?" But we're in his imagination and I'm eager to know what he keeps there.
He makes a humming sound that vibrates all the way through me. "You really want to know?"
"Yes." My one-word answer comes out slowly and wavers in and out, sounding like a question.
I hear the air hiss through his teeth before he says, "It isn't much. Sleep well. I'll see you in the morning." Then he's gone before I even say goodnight or talk him further into a pay-by-the-minute type of conversation.
I won't bore you with the details, but my faithful device, Mr. Right, just didn't cut it tonight. Maybe it's time for a new one.
Or new lots of things.
"I see his love with my heart, not my eyes, and I don't have to memorise it, because it isn't going anywhere."
The synopsis of Fade In had me immediately intrigued, a main character losing their sight was something I hadn't read before and I love when contemporary romances go against the grain. The prologue hits the ground running, so much so I actually had to re-read it a few times to get my bearings and understand whose point of view it was from and the context it was in. The main story is then told from Tatum's point of view and she is one crazy character, I like funny girls, Tatum was a comedy writer and again I liked how I hadn't read a girl with this profession before. Tatum spoke her mind and had a crass mouth around her friends, and well just about anyone she comes into contact with.
“Tell me the truth. Is it because of my adolescent masturbating? I was told that leads to blindness.”
“This again!? Would you quit with the masturbating!” He almost shouts.
“I wish I could. It’s just that I’m so good at it.”
The start of the story was all about Tatum and it set the scene of her working life, her home life, her douche of a boyfriend and her condition of losing her sight. Whilst I did enjoy getting to know Tatum, I was asking myself where was Ben at this point and more importantly when would I meet him. It was around 20% into the story when he was introduced as Tatum hired him as her personal assistant to simplify her home life. Ben appeared in a bit of a mystery and I was left wondering what his deal was, this continued to plague me throughout the book, I was hoping he wasn't a bad egg!
Tatum and Ben's relationship was sweet, although they tried to keep it professional, they were undeniably attracted to each other and they built up a solid friendship before taking it further.
“Two nights in a row that motherfucker has bested me.
Two nights in a row he’s left me horny as hell.
Two nights in a row I have to make a valiant effort to not beg him for more.”
Tatum was hesitant, as her eyesight deteriorated, she was reluctant to start something with Ben, as she didn't want to be a burden or a 'pity fuck' as she so eloquently put it.
“Tatum, if it comes to something like that”-he motions between our barely separate bodies-“in the future with us, then it won’t be just fucking. And, doll, you won’t ever want it over already.”
An impromptu road trip happened at 70% and I felt like that was when the story really kicked up a gear, it was going at a snail’s pace beforehand and I wished it had happened sooner as by that point in the story their trip had to be skimmed over in order to keep up with events.
Ben was a likeable character, he said and did some of the sweetest things, he almost had me swooning, I say almost as I felt I was kept away at the same arm's length that he kept Tatum. I really wanted Ben's POV several times throughout the story, it became clearer towards the end he was hiding something and it stopped me from falling for him completely.
Tatum was a great character, she had me laughing many times and when she was serious for a minute or two my eyes would get misty as I felt her fear of going blind and all that she would miss out on. I liked this element of the story and it brought something new to my reading.
“I’m so sad and I’m really, really scared, Ben. I hate this. I’m angry. I feel stupid and foolish and I’m afraid I’m going to be so lonely in the dark.”
Winnie and Cooper made for great supporting characters and I did enjoy the world M. Mabie created. I loved the tantrums Tatum would throw before thinking things through, she was a girl after my own heart. It was great to get more of Ben's pov in the epilogue as I was desperate for it and it was really sweet.
Fade In had lots of potential to be a really great read for me, my main issue was the pacing of the story I felt irrelevant things were drawn out, leaving not enough time for the main events to be explored fully therefore leaving only a few chapters at the end for a full resolution. M. Mabie's writing was witty and there were plenty of laugh out loud moments, there were other times I felt the writing didn't flow as well and I found myself having to go back over several paragraphs. Not all the elements felt cohesive, but I think it is a great début novel and I would definitely read more by M. Mabie as her writing grows and develops.
Fade In brought something fresh to the adult contemporary romance genre and definitely one worth a read.
"I see a woman standing rather close to Ben. My Ben. It takes everything in my body not to sprint the straight shot to him and stake my claim. Not that we've ever labelled what any of this is, but it feels like something. Sure, we haven't swapped class rings or anything but dammit, we're shirt buddies. He's my shirt buddy, bitch."
"Just knowing that some kind of normal will be possible if my sight leaves me in the dark is reassuring. For the first time, I believe that Ben really can help me-and that I want him to."
She cares about politics, but won’t discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head.
M. Mabie has never been accused of being tight lipped or shy. She’s THAT girl.
(She doesn't usually speak in third-person, but surprisingly does when weirded-out about writing her bio.)
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Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Marked Men #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult/ Coming of Age
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Will their past determine their future?
Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.
Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.
When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?
“Love isn’t something you can negotiate, Nash. When it happens, it becomes everything.”
I am a firm fan of the Marked Men series and Nash is a great addition. I was desperate to get inside Nash’s head. He was one character that I knew little about, in book three-Rome, his history was hinted at and a face from his past appeared so I couldn’t wait for his story to unfold.
Nash has so much going on in his life, from discovering something life changing about his family, to dealing with his Uncle Phil’s illness all the while juggling his job and overseeing the expansion of his business, the last thing he needs is a another complication in the form of Saint, a girl from his high school years.
Saint may remember more of her past with Nash than he does, for the words he once spoke shaped the person she became. Due to this, Saint is full of insecurities and struggles to believe in herself. As a nurse, she is confident in her professional abilities but when it comes to matters of the heart and those of a sexual nature, Saint is left vulnerable and running scared from Nash.
Nash is one of the more emotional books in the series. I loved both Nash and Saint’s individual journeys. Their relationship got off to a rocky start, with Saint running hot and cold with Nash but due to their shared history, it was obvious something deeper was at work.
I loved Nash and was so pleased he got his own story. From learning more about his body art, to his childhood and his relationship with Phil, it all led to me falling for him. He had so much going on yet he always made time for Saint and made her feel like the special girl he seen her as. *swoon*
“Your hair is awesome and wild; I love that shit . . . and your eyes. Fuck me, but your eyes could inspire men to go to war, to paint works of art, to rip their goddamn heart out of their chest and offer it to you without second thought . . .then and now.”
I could relate to Saint as will every girl that reads her story. Who doesn’t have hang ups from high school, cruel words and taunts can leave a lasting mark on your future so I completely got where she was coming from. However, I did think she took it out unfairly on Nash at times and I was urging her to see sense sooner.
“That wasn’t just sex; that was Nash giving part of himself over to me to keep forever.”
“I knew loving him back, giving him all he gave me wasn’t going to be a problem because I needed him and only him in the exact same way.”
The men of series are obviously known for their body art and piercings, Nash of course was no exception and the picture I had in my head was a pretty hot one! Nash was confident in bed and he had no trouble showing Saint over and over again what he could do. She was one lucky girl!
As the series progresses it’s great to feel the bond between the whole group strengthen. Rule, Rome and co were always on hand to support Nash and help him through his problems. Nash put his heart on the line with Saint, this of course had me swooning but also it was nice to see the roles reversed and it was the guy fighting for the girl to commit for a change.
I enjoy Jay’s writing. I love re-visting this group of characters and discovering something new each time. The pacing of the story was done well and my interest was held to the very end. It was told in dual point of view and this worked well to get to know both Saint and Nash better. Saint had her own troubles to deal with whilst trying to be the girl Nash deserved as well as fighting for the life she herself deserved.
Nash had me laughing, smiling and crying all over the course of a few hours. If you are a fan of the series, I have no doubt you will fall just as easily for Nash as I did and now I really can’t wait for Rowdy’s story.
“He pulled me across his heaving chest and sealed our mouths together in a kiss that tasted like satisfaction and always.”
“Easy is very forgettable, my friend, complicated and difficult stays with you forever. Believe me, I married it.” ~ Rule
“You are a strong man, a good man, and you can handle anything life throws at you, no matter how difficult it may be. I want you to know, this man-the man you are now-he is a man you can be proud of. You are the greatest thing I ever created. Don’t you doubt it.”
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Title: Make it A Double
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Last Call #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2014
Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.
Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.
Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.
While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.
*MAKE IT A DOUBLE can be read as a stand-alone*
"Brody's body continues to quiver as he holds me tight . . .It is simply the most beautiful experience of my life, and I just kissed my soul goodbye for good."
I was looking forward to Brody's story; from book one I could tell that behind his dark, brooding exterior there was more to Brody and his story. Brody is finding it hard to adjust to life on the outside as he has just been released from prison. His family are desperate for the old Brody to return but in order for that to happen Brody has issues and confessions from his past to expel first.
One person on Brody's radar is Alyssa Myers, Brody is quick to judge her as just another trust fund brat but once he sees the determined, hard worker that Alyssa is, Brody might just realise how perfect she is for him all along. Alyssa offers Brody happiness he could only dream of and she shows him it is exactly what he deserves.
I loved Brody in this story! Just like I knew I would. He came off as harsh and antisocial but it was his way of protecting himself. I liked Alyssa immediately and the animal shelter was incorporated well into the story, it suited both Brody and Alyssa perfectly.
I am a fan of Sawyer's writing and always have been, I find it so easy to pick up one of her books. The story flowed well and I didn't feel parts were rushed nor was Brody and Alyssa's relationship. I enjoyed the dual point of view and found Brody and Alyssa to be two very endearing characters that I was rooting for from the start. Brody was an unsung hero, he made a split decision for love and it changed his course with devastating consequences. However, he showed strength and resilience as he fought hard to put the past behind him and carve out a new future.
Brody and Alyssa had great chemistry and plenty of hot moments, but it was well balanced with just as many tender moments as Brody opened up to Alyssa and trusted her with the story of his past. Hunter and Gabby made an appearance from book one but this story can be read as a standalone quite easily. I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to finish this one, it just had a great vibe to it and I couldn't put it down.
The epilogue was truly sweet and left me with a big smile on my face. I do look forward to the series continuing. I'm thinking Brody and Hunter's sister, Casey's story may be next? If so, I look forward to getting to know her character better.
Make It A Double was a fun and easy read. It had likeable characters and a good storyline. Definitely one to check out today!
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Blog Tour: Used (Unlovable #1) by Lynetta Halat, Stacy's 5 Star Review, Excerpt, Playlist and Teasers
I am a slut. No worries. I've come to terms with it, and you will too. I’m not one of those girls who thinks she’s too plain, too fat, too skinny, too shy … no, I don’t have that kind of luck. I’m the girl who knows she’s just right for everyone. — Denver
A reputation as a manwhore–with–a–heart–of–gold tends to precede me. But, I don’t do girls with issues, that is until this girl. It's this girl I want to fix. This girl I want to protect. And maybe … more. — Ransom
Being in love with the same girl your entire life isn't all it's cracked up to be. She uses me in every way imaginable. How does she see me? I am her perpetual one-night stand. No strings, no attachments. Just mind-numbing sex ... for her anyway. — Greer
Feeling like the life is being choked out of her in the small town of Anaconda, Montana, Denver Dempsey craves the escape that college offers … even if that means leaving her “best friend with benefits” and looking for a new way to forget. Thinking she's found the perfect hookup in Ransom, Denver's outlook on college is bright. That is, until Greer shows up looking for a second chance, and Ransom's interest turns to hatred.
Love. Hate. Triangle.
Who's using who?
Denver Dempsey is one complex girl, full of self doubt and issues that have obviously plagued her judgment in life. Her Mother made her go through some crap that honestly would make anyone a little crazy. This is where her “Golden Boy” Greer comes in. Greer is the one that is so easy to love in this story. He and Denver have basically been connected at the hip since they were in the womb. The sweet story between these two is what initially grabbed my attention. They have the kind of friendship/relationship that every girl dreams of growing up. Greer is always there for his “Chicken” which is his affectionate term for her, even the way he describes chickens in relation to Denver is just the sweetest thing! He’s so quirky and sweet and loveable, which made me even more excited to read on, since I knew there would soon be another Dude coming in the picture to throw a wrench right through the sweetness that is Greer & Denver. I know…I’m sick!
Enter Ransom… He’s HOT, He’s a bull rider, He’s edgy, and He’s basically everything Greer is not. And Of course the troubled bad girl side of Denver is instantly attracted to him. Not that she is unaware of who he is. He’s been pretty well known throughout the Rodeo Circle’s over the years, and has chalked up quite the bad boy reputation himself. Sounds like a match made in heaven right? Or maybe a gasoline soaked rag just waiting for a torch is more like it. That’s exactly what these two have together, and the fiery chemistry between these two is off the charts hot!
So whose team did I choose, Greer or Ransom? Let me start off by saying this… I thought when I started reading this book that I would love Greer, which I did, which I still do! But there is no denying Ransom’s pull to his character, he’s flawed and dirty and sexy and gritty! Which are all of the things that would normally pull me to the bad boy side of the fence right? That is the way I normally would go, but Lynetta has a way with her writing that definitely pulls you back and forth between your emotions so much that you, yourself don’t even know what you want, and in true Love Triangle fashion! I honestly loved every part of it. Even the part where Greer pissed me off! I obviously have issues myself, but I can’t help it!
This is the very first time I’ve ever read a Lynetta Halat book, and I can firmly say that it will most definitely not be the last! One of the things I loved the most was that the character development was so strong that I actually really felt deeply for all of them. Especially Denver, normally when a female character is so flawed and seems to have a tortured soul she ends up looking whiney or complacent. This was not the case with Denver. I really felt like she was constantly searching for something more during the whole book. And even though she has these two strong male characters in her life, that something was still missing. And in the end, I believe she’s still searching for answers.
I would definitely consider this book a mild cliffhanger, but nothing I can’t handle since I obviously love those too! I am REALLY looking forward to readingFREED, which is the second book in the series.
After a few minutes, Greer stretches out beside me and searches for my hand. Only his hand touches mine, but my whole being tingles. He threads his fingers through mine and runs his thumb over my palm. Something in me twists and splinters, shooting chills all through my body. My breath hitches in my throat because I can’t breathe around the knot that has formed there.
“You feel it too,” he says simply.
I close my eyes tighter, suddenly embarrassed by the fact that I’m not slick. “Yes,” I admit in a whisper.
“Look at me, Denver.”
Turning my head to the side, I open my eyes to find his blue-eyed gaze roaming over me. His eyes find mine, and we just take each other in. I want to say something, but I can’t think of one darn thing that sounds intelligent or even … sexy. Do I even want to be sexy for him? Yes. Yes, I do. I see stupid girls flirt with him all the time. I don’t want to be that girl, but I do want him to see me as a girl and not just his friend. Ironic, since I’ve spent my whole life telling him not to treat me like a girl.
“I want to kiss you so bad … but if I kiss you, it will change everything,” he says in that gravelly voice.
“Change is good,” I whisper.
Rolling to his side, his mouth is centimeters from mine. I can’t make myself move although I’m aching with want. But I haven’t been kissed—ever. And I haven’t kissed anyone since that time on the monkey bars in seventh grade when I stuck my tongue in Brian Thomas’s mouth on a bet. I shocked the shit out of him, and he didn’t even kiss me back. When the bell rang, he jerked back and hit his head hard, sending him to the nurse for the rest of the afternoon. Not my finest moment.
“I don’t want to lose my best friend,” he tells me.
I bring up my other hand and run it over his jaw. “You’re not going to lose me. No matter what. We’ll still be friends.”
“Relationships ruin friendships. We’ve seen enough of that.”
I shiver with that truth. “True. But we’re different. We’ve been together since before we were born. I can’t live without you, so I won’t hurt our friendship.”
Bringing our entwined hands up, he kisses my knuckles. “Me either. We’ll take it slow, all right?”
“All right, my golden boy,” I whisper.
The effect of my words is instantaneous; the blue in his eyes intensifies to boiling. He leans in, his lips brushing mine softly. “Denver,” he whispers against me. “I’ve always wanted to make you mine. Ever since I understood what that meant. I’ve never seen anyone but you.” And even though his eyes burn with passion, I hear a little tremor in his voice. Now, him always putting off those girls makes a whole lot more sense.
“I thought we were taking it slow,” I chastise, but I delight in knowing that he feels something more for me.
“I just want you to know that I don’t take this lightly. You’re the most important person in my universe. And I’ll do anything to protect us.”
His declaration unleashes a torrent of need in me, and I no longer want him to kiss me—I need him to kiss me. “Greer, will you shut up and kiss me, please?”
Her first novel, Every Rose, was the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing, effectively burrowing her way into the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world. Everything I've Never Had was her follow-up adult romance novel. Now, she has penned Used, a New Adult Romance that she hopes sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let go.
Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a Master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she also minored in snark and interpretive dance. She lives somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. When she's not writing riveting stories, she likes to focus on her macramé art and her scouring of eBay, where she buys locks of hair from her favorite rock stars, most especially Bret Michaels and Dave Grohl.
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Title: Veiled Innocence
Author: Ella Frank
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: April 8th. 2014
Tick, tick, tock.
That’s all I have now.
A small room, a photograph, and time.
They want me to trust them and confess my sins.
They told me they wouldn't judge me—they lied.
I thought we could convince the world that this wasn't a crime.
We were wrong.
Time doesn't stand still.
The clock keeps ticking, the world is unconvinced, and now…
Now he is gone.
“I only have me to think of now. Me in this place, with nothing but time. Time to remember or, as they are all hoping. Time to forget.”
Addison is just beginning her senior year in High School and she is by no means an innocent little High School girl, but she’s also not a slut if that makes any sense. This girl has confidence that shoots through the roof, and the looks to back it up but she’s far from perfect and has some pretty heavy stuff on her shoulders. Everybody knows who she is, and what she’s gone through and all of this plays throughout the book. Addison seems to be your perfectly put together High School girl, but I can guarantee that is not the case. I truly loved Addison and had to put myself in her shoes to fully encapsulate her story in my brain, and after I did that I was done for, committed and knew I wouldn’t see the light of day until I read “The End.”
“My ending, staring right at me from the very beginning.”
The bell rings, Addison is late for class with him Mr. McKendrick. She doesn’t even know what has hit her, but I believe it’s that pure shrill type of vibrancy that she has on the outside, now consuming her on the inside. Not even Addison knows how to react right away, but her body does and she slowly and not so meekly begins her seduction of her hot new teacher. She has one goal and it’s to have Mr. McKendrick. Ella Frank is great at the tease, and the way these two go back and forth is the best kind. Everything from Mr. M’s snarky stubborn replies to Addison’s relentless pursuit is done perfectly.
“I wondered at that moment what I’d done to deserve this. Surely, this was some kind of fucked-up karma because the girl in front of me had the face of a woman that would bring men to their knees. Men just like me.”
This story is told behind the eyes of both Addison and Mr. M, as well as it plays out in the past and present tense which I found extremely necessary in order to understand this book completely. I loved being able to see the true insecurities that belonged to Addison, and how she went through the shifting vulnerabilities that plagued her and made her character truly believable. Being in Mr. M’s head had a totally different but equally important role, his POV was more of a clear vision into how he wanted to deal with this new temptation, and how he struggled against his morality and judgment. I know some people feel weird about student/teacher stuff, but in this story it just didn’t matter to me. He was truly a good man and I felt like he always thought about Addison first. Addison was slightly more reckless in her taming of temptation, and I love that crazy girl!
“Addison, it’s natural to form attachments to your teachers.”
“Is it natural to picture them fucking you?”
So as these two go through this little game of attraction and lust, when the good stuff happens it’s REALLY good, like crazy hot. And my anxiety didn’t stop when they finally hook up, in fact it got worse! Because this little forbidden romance isn’t the only thing happening while you’re reading this book! The stuff with the past and the present include a character named Doc who I can’t tell you about, there’s little trinket stuff that I can’t tell you about, there’s places and things and twist and turns and ahhhhhhhhh! It’s so freaking crazy good! And on top of all of that you’re just scared the whole time of them getting caught, not knowing if what they have is something that will last, or if they have to give it up for the sake of what’s “right and wrong” or if someone or something will take it from them, PLUS all of that other stuff I mentioned before! You honestly are driving blind through this book, and have no clue what happens until it actually happens, isn’t that awesome?
My heart was all tied up for the last 20% of this book and I’m not sure how many times I held my breath but it was A LOT. I will say this, there are some really cool and insightful references in this book with some other really cool things that you just don’t see every day in every book. It was truly beautifully done, and obviously Ella did some amazing research. Couple that with her insane creativity and BAM—perfect book. I cried my eyes out and when I finally did reach “The End” I was a total and complete sobbing mess for way more than one reason. This book won me over a thousand trillion percent and I would suggest it to ANYBODY. Even if you don’t typically like student/teacher just try it, the story goes so far beyond that, I promise. I just didn’t want it to end, I need it to go on forever and ever.
“I’ll teach you how to come with a man inside you.”
“Not a boy, Addison, a man. Now go.”
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”
“You are so fucking dangerous that I’m not sure I’ll survive you.”
“Just remember this isn’t a game anymore. You wanted me, and you got me. But don’t fuck around with me.”
I have read my share of student/teacher romances and I can honestly say that I freaking LOVE them. That was what attracted me to Veiled Innocence, but I was not expecting it to be oh so different from all the other student/teacher romances I have read before. From the very first page, I was on the edge of my seat and the smexy scenes? Holy cow! Ella Frank can definitely write sexy scenes!
I really liked Addison. I loved that she was...how should I put this...forward. She went after what she wanted and threw caution to the wind. She was strong, probably one of the strongest heroines I've encountered, and so broken behind the perfect facade she showed the world. Then she sees the hot new teacher and she wants him, craves him. I liked that she was different from all other high school heroines. She wasn't shy or lacking self-esteem, even at times she acted older than her age by the way she acted.
I could not put this book down from the moment I started reading it. Page after page, I wanted to know the how, when, what, where, and why and this kept me glued to the story from beginning to end. I knew something was going to happen and I knew this something was going to be bad. I held my breath from beginning to end and when all was revealed, I was left a tad distraught.
You will fall in love with this book. The writing is superb and you, for sure, will love the characters and the uniquely, crafted plot. Overall, I loved this book. It was beautiful and captivating. It had the forbidden romance element that always keeps my pulse beating lighting fast, likeable characters, and a somewhat dark plot. I highly recommend you 1-Click this one!
“Temptation had come to visit, and her steely determination would likely destroy us both.”
From all the teasers and snippets I had read I couldn't wait to get my hands on Veiled Innocence, student/teacher romances are becoming my guilty pleasure. It's not that I condone the situation, far from it, but there is something intriguing about this taboo subject.
The prologue grabbed my attention immediately flashing back to a tragic event that still currently haunted Addison, the main character. Addison was starting her senior year at school; she set herself up for the usual mundane task of school that included rumours and whispers of her past and her obsessive quirks and tendencies that stemmed from it. That is until she comes face to face with her newest history teacher Mr. McKendrick. Addison is obsessed by him almost immediately and the fact that he is her teacher and should be off limits does not phase her at all. She sets her sights on him and makes her attraction known,
“Addison, it’s natural to form attachments to your teachers.”
“Is it natural to picture them fucking you?”
Addison was in no way a shy and retiring student, she wasn’t coerced or groomed and she done most of the relentless pursuing. I liked that Addison was a strong character, she was still dealing with her past and had a lot of self-blame and hatred to overcome. This showed a vulnerable side to her. For some reason she seen something in Mr. McKendrick and didn’t stop until she got what she wanted.
“Pulling my hand away from the shelf, I gripped her hair and arched her neck back. My lips hovered over hers. “You are going to ruin me.” That was when she did the unexpected. She placed her palm over my heart and tapped-One, two, three. One, two, three-before whispering, “You’re going to save me.”
Mr. McKendrick aka Grayson had his work cut out with Addison. He returned home for family reasons but never did he think for a minute that Addison would take him on a dangerous journey of lust, passion and love. For being a teacher in charge of Addison’s welfare, he didn’t put up much of a fight and it wasn’t long before his desire took over.
“Was this what it was like to fall? Fall from grace? Fall victim? Or fall in love with Addison? I wasn’t sure but as I continued to move in and out, violating her and every ideal I held true. I knew something was happening to me.”
When I read student/teacher romances, I try to read them objectively but there always seems to be a barrier that stops me connecting with the male characters. I never see them as book boyfriend material and Grayson was no exception. I did feel for him and what he was going through with his dad but there was always a voice at the back of my mind saying he should be the strong one putting a stop to it. Of course, it wouldn’t be half as fun if it wasn’t forbidden.
“Yes, there were some moments of madness, but what is love without some madness? It wasn’t wrong. No-it was just misunderstood.”
The book alternates between past and present and I really liked the format. From the present chapters it is obvious something big happened so throughout the book we are slowly tortured with the past chapters as the events are pieced together. Having the story told this way held my interest throughout the book. The suspense continued to build and I had an overwhelming urge to skip to the end to find out what happened between the Addison and Grayson. However, I held strong and made it through the book in once piece. The delayed gratification was totally worth it.
It took me a while to get into the writing, the story was told from both Addison and Grayson’s point of view but it flipped very quickly without labels so I had to re-read a few paragraphs at the start but I quickly got used to it and appreciated it being told from both sides. I liked Addison and Grayson separately but I didn’t feel their deep connection. Don’t get me wrong, the scenes they shared were hot but there weren’t many scenes between them that displayed it was more than an illicit affair. I think if I were tied to them emotionally, it would have had a bigger impact on me.
The other main character in the story was Doc; he was a real friend to Addison and didn’t once judge her. He was there to help her through the darkest times. The last scene they shared was so heart warming and I really liked his character and the role he played in the story.
This is my second book by Ella Frank and I really enjoyed the different themes of love and history that were intricately woven throughout. The history of Cupid and Psyche and the symbolism behind it, I felt added another dimension to the story and was very fitting indeed.
I really enjoyed Veiled Innocence, it was very well written and my interest was held throughout. I was expecting a little bit more towards the end, for being a student/teacher book I thought something more dramatic would have occurred but it seemed to be more character driven rather than focusing on the plot and it seemed to work for this story.
If you enjoy student/teacher romances then you will love Veiled Innocence. You’re opinions and emotions will be put to the test and the outcome you are rooting for may just surprise you.
I love to read and write contemporary and erotic romances, but I also like to step outside of the box at times when it comes to telling a story that really speaks to me.
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Title: Fight For You
Author: Magan Vernon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: April 11, 2014
Nicky Ragusa lives his life inside the cage, circuiting the underground ring to escape his fate as the mafia prince. When Jackie Marks crashes into his life, he’ll take the fight outside the cage.
But the battle for Jackie’s heart comes with a steep price. Nicky’s father has wanted him to take over the family business for years, and the time for running is over. Now Nicky is right where his father has always wanted him: in the middle of a war.
All Nicky has ever wanted to do was fight. Now all he has to do is fight for her.
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media.
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Blog Tour - Fix You, Bash and Olivia Book One (The McDaniels Brothers #1) by Christine Bell ~ Ava's Review and Giveaway
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Title: Fix You (Bash and Olivia Book One)
Author: Christine Bell
Series: The McDaniels Brothers #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: March 31, 2014
Olivia Beckett’s once-charmed life is falling apart. Her family is about to lose everything, and she has almost no chance of continuing her college education. She can't even seek solace from her high school sweetheart. He's changed. She doesn't recognize the boy she used to know— his violent behavior is escalating and it scares the hell out of her. Her whole world is crumbling, and she has no one to turn to……
Sebastian “Bash” McDaniels is an up and comer in the boxing world working nights at the local college bar until he can land the fight of his dreams that will get him the hell out of Boston and away from his family's tragic past. He’s weeks from his goal when Olivia Beckett comes tumbling into his life in a flash of silky dark hair and haunted eyes. When he saves her from a potentially brutal beating, they begin to grow close, but Olivia's ex isn’t ready to let her go so easily.
Bash can't bring himself to walk away, but fixing Olivia just might leave him broken…
"I can't promise you tomorrow." "Then give me tonight."
Olivia Beckett's world is crumbling at her feet, everything she took for granted is threatened and her perfect boyfriend is beginning to show his true colours. When Olivia is in over her head, Bash McDaniels steps in to save the day. Bash and Olivia are playing with fire and they know it but when neither can deny their attraction, they may give in to one night that will change both their lives forever.
I liked Bash immediately, he seemed like a guy with his head screwed on and a plan for the future. Olivia was a bit harder to read, she seemed confused and was at a crossroads in her life. Things needed to change and it took Olivia a while to pluck up the courage to stand up for herself.
Even though the story was told in dual point of view, I felt I didn't get to know Bash well enough, the main focus was very much on Olivia. Bash's past is hinted at and I imagine there is an interesting story there, perhaps we will learn more as the series progresses.
Novellas are really hard to get right in my opinion and serialised ones even more so. As a reader I want enough information to keep me interested and leave me feeling satisfied, yet at the same time I have to be left wanting more as the story is to be continued, with Bash and Olivia I felt the foundation wasn't strong enough, the characterisation lacked depth as the plot was the main focus. With that being said, I do hope we get more from the characters in the next instalment.
Fix You is a very quick read at just over seventy pages. I hope to see Bash's boxing side explored more and I nervously await the outcome of the ending. If you are in need of a new book boyfriend then you need to 1-click Bash today.
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