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As a huge fan of this author, when I read the blurb I knew I had to read this. It sounded...different. And I was in the mood for different. But. It isn’t what it seems. I wasn’t supposed to like this story. At first, I wondered if I did. But then? But then, the story gripped be. So, no. I didn’t like this book. I loved it.
“Don’t wait for life.”
This summer Nick Andrews had plans to hang out with his beautiful girlfriend Anayansi Alfaro (Yansi) and surf with his best friend, Sean. But his summer didn’t go exactly as planned. His life is completely out of control. Who knew being seventeen was going to be like this? Nick learns that not everything is all it seems. Events this summer change his life. Forever.
“But I’m with you because I see your soul. You’ve got a beautiful soul, you just don’t know it.”
If you are looking for a YA romance, you may not exactly find that here. It is even better. So much more. Yes, the characters are YA aged, however the male POV of Nick shows so much strength. The raw emotion in this book unlike anything I’ve ever experienced by characters this age before. Summer Of Seventeen will resonate with everyone no matter the age. It goes somewhere deep. It goes beyond the fluff of other YA stories.
Summer Of Seventeen is not your average story. It takes you on a journey with seventeen year old Nick. An unpredictable, sometimes ugly, emotional ride. But it is one I did not want to get off. Life and love isn’t supposed to hurt. Not at seventeen. But it does. And Nick learns this all too quickly. I know I am vague regarding the plot of the story, but that is on purpose. This story is to be experienced.
“Give me a lifetime of feeling this. Give me now and then and soon and when, and give me a future, give me life, give me hope.
The writing was flawless. But, that’s no surprise because of the author. She can write anything from adult contemporary to YA. She overwhelms with you emotion, she digs deep. I wasn't supposed to feel this way about this book. But I did. This book was so much more than I could have ever imagined. I wasn’t supposed to love it like I did. The ending shattered my heart. I finished Summer of Seventeen with tears in my eyes. It was beautiful. It was real. And I felt every moment of it.
“You have a great ass,” she whispered.
“It’s all yours,” I challenged her. “You only gotta ask.”
“Maybe I won’t ask; maybe I’ll just grab a hold,” she laughed.
“Fine by me.”
As the trees thinned out, I could see people already laying out beach towels, and a couple of guys throwing a football. Some of them I knew, but there were several I didn’t. I thought maybe they went to Viera or Rockledge schools.
Yansi laid out two towels for us while Megan took charge of the food and Esther was eye-fucking one of the guys playing football.
I tugged off my t-shirt and plopped down next to Yansi. She was wearing some real short cut-off jeans that showed her butt cheeks, and a tank top that was cropped above her belly button. She looked incredible.
“How come you were allowed to leave the house like that?” I teased.
She smirked at me and pointed to her sweater.
“I tied this around my waist. Papi couldn’t tell the difference.”
“And your mom?”
Yansi laughed. “She just shook her head and said to tell you hi.”
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Once Upon a Dream is the fifth book in the Summerhill series by the lovely Kate Perry, and as always I love spending an afternoon with the Summerhill clan.
Summer Welles The illegitimate daughter of Reginald Summerhill. She is a smart, strong, independent, and beautiful lawyer, a little prim and proper maybe, likes to wear black most of the time, but she a true a romantic at heart. Her mother had always told her that she would find her prince charming. Summer believes she has found her Prince Charming, the man who she was going to marry! Her happily ever after! But is he really her prince charming or maybe some else is!! Some who to her is more like a frog.
Once Upon a Dream was about taking chances, acceptance, second chances, trust, and discovering who you are. Summer was a great character I felt a connection to her. I loved being on her journey as discovers that her road to her happy ever after, may be a little different than she imagines. Love the interactions with her sexy alpha frog!! He was great, and I loved how he showed her what falling in love feels like.
I loved that we got more Jacqueline during this story I wasn’t expecting her story so it was a nice surprise. She's been estranged from her daughters for many years, but It was lovely to see their relationship changing and seeing how close they were becoming. She has a second chance at love, and one, which she deserves. I was certainly thinking at one-point woohoo!! You go Jacqueline!
I loved how the other Summerhill sisters were woven into the story; you can see how close that have all become. Loved the witty banter they share. I'm looking forward to reading Viola’s story next as I’m intrigued to see who her leading man will be. I know the man who I would like it to be, but I’m not sure if it will be him.
Overall Once Upon a Dream had everything I expect in a well-written romance story, wonderful characters, and romantic tension. it's an entertaining, lighthearted steamy, romantic read that can be read as a standalone. But as always I recommend that you read the rest of the series first to encounter and get the background knowledge of the rest of the Summerhill family. Kate Perry is such a great storyteller, love her books, and this one was a great addition to the series.
One last note, I must say well-done to Kate, as I'm always grateful when a US author takes the time to research words that the English (that would be me) use. Seeing words like Shag, Wanker, Fancy and Bugger used in the correct context made me smile.
“The fairy princess always goes through tests, to prove that she's worthy of the prince. This is just a quest I have to go through on my way toward happily ever after."
“Each time his lip touch her he had an uncontrollable urge to rip her clothes off and lose himself in her”
“Maybe it's time to stop thinking and to just to with what you feel”
Maybe she should kiss him again and see if he turned into a prince…..Truthfully, she just wanted to kiss him again
Chloe turned to Summer. “I’m stuck for life, but you can still run. It’s not too late.”
Summer blinked. Had Chloe ever talked to her before? “Run to where?”
“Good point.” The teenager sighed. “They’ll just find you and bring you back.”
“You know why?” Viola asked, looping her arms around her daughter’s neck.
“Because we love you,” Vi said, looking at Summer. “You’re ours.”
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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Let me start by saying when I agreed to review this book the only thing I really knew about it was that it was nearly 600 pages. I had looked briefly on Goodreads saw that it was a fan fiction, but didn’t think much about it. It was only after mentioning to a friend on FB that I that I discover it was a One Direction fanfiction. My first reaction was oh no!! I'm not a fan One Direction I didn’t know if I really wanted to read it. But not one to be put off I dived right in, and I have to say I’m glad I did, as I really enjoyed this book.
I don't know what to tell you about the storyline as a lot happen and there so much drama, but what I can say is that when Tessa meets Hardin it all beings, her life, and her heart will never be the same.
“From our first encounter, Hardin changed my life in ways that no amount of prep college course or youth could have”
What can I say about Hardin and Tessa except that for the most part, they annoyed and frustrated me, and I can’t say that I ever loved them. Tessa got on my nerves, and Hardin was a jerk most of the time, they were too much alike; they loved to fight, and loved to make up, and made some bad choices. So many times I want to tell them to grow up, or smack their heads together, or give them a good shake, especially Tess, but them I would remember how young they were.
“My feelings for Hardin are so confusing. I hate him one minute and want to kiss him the next. He makes me feel things I never knew I could, and not just sexually. He makes me laugh and cry, yell and scream, but most of all, he makes me feel alive”
Their relationship was volatile to say the least. You saw the Good, the bad and the ugly side of it. It was passionate, heated, fraught, explosive, intense, hard, consuming; I could go on forever listing adjectives that could describe their relationship! And as much as they irritated me, and oh boy they did, almost every couple of pages, as they did also make me smile, as when they wanted to be they were sweet and cute together.
“Hardin is like a drug; each time I take the tiniest bit of him, I crave more and more. He consumes my thoughts and invades my dream”
“You can’t resist me, Tessa, just as I can’t resist you”
The ending was shocking, an OMG moment, and not what I was expecting to happen. I just couldn’t believe what I was reading, and it safe to say I now have a strong dislike for Hardin, and my heart broke for Tessa. And as much as I liked the cliffhanger ending… the final chapter, but I did think did it need to take 582 pages to get there? There was a lot of unnecessary drama between Tess and Hardin. However, that being said, it didn’t feel like it was nearly 600 pages as the chapters were short, and it was a surprisingly quick read.
Overall, I did enjoy the book all 582 pages of it, told from Tessa’s POV. The mixture of secondary characters, the arguments, and the steaminess that added to their story, and some I like and some I didn’t. To be honest, it was addictive reading, and I didn’t want to put it down. I have to say in some twisted and crazy way I want to read the next book or should I say the next two or three books that are planned, as I’m now with Tess and Hardin’s on their emotional roller coaster, Journey, and I just don’t want to get off it yet”
“I never wanted to be any other way until I met you”
“This is us, all anger, passion and now love”
I would recommend this book, don’t let the length or the One Direction tag put you off as with the name changes, and the storyline it not significant at all. I would only say be prepared to have an emotional explosion!!!!!
Final Note! I have talked about One Direction more times this week than I ever have before. Lol
“Between the Raindrops” Tempting Fate is the latest book from K. Pinson. I won’t say much about the story as the synopsis does give you what you need to know about the foundation of the story. But I will say Nevaeh, Jamison, Ryker and Tate story was an attention-grabbing story, and having not read the synopsis I went in blind, and I soon discovered after reading the prologue that this was going to be an interesting and not your typical NA read.
I liked Nevaeh; I love her attitude; she came across as not giving a damn, but there is vulnerability about her. I did at first question why she would agree to her parent’s selfish plan, but as the story developed I start to understand it. I loved her relationship with Jamison, the chemistry they shared, and they had some hot sexy moments. I liked that flashbacks to the past let me see how they first met, and why their friendship/relationship was so special. I liked Jamison he was sexy, funny, and protective of Nevaeh.
I was torn with my feelings over Ryker especially as I started to learn about his and Nevaeh past history together, my heart broke for them both. And as for Tate I had a feeling about him, so I wasn’t a fan.
I liked the concept the storyline. K. Pinson's writing drew me in, as it did have all the elements that I like. It was emotional; I was frustrated and anxious at times. I loved the humor, the sexiness, suspense, and mystery aspect of it, but that being said I did have a few issues here and there, but nothing too big. I loved trying to piece the story together; I was intrigued as to where this is heading, and how it was all going to play out for Nevaeh, Jamison, Ryker and Tate. Every time I thought I knew what was happening K. Pinson would throw in a little twist.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that flowed well. The ending left me with a big grin on my face, and with that feeling of everything happens for a reason. I loved the personal journey that Nevaeh went through, and loved the way it ended for Nevaeh. I loved that with K. Pinson you never know what you going to get, her stories like this one are not predictable, and therefore, I would recommend that you one click Between The Raindrops today.
“It's like he sees something deep down inside of me. He makes me want to unearth it”
“I had a black eye. He had bruised balls. And we had the beginning of a love story”
“He was the fire, and I was gasoline; we ignited and destroyed everything in our wake, including ourselves, leaving nothing whole by the time our flames, burned out”
“You never fall out of love completely if it's real”
“As the cold water gathers around me, washing away the past and clearing a path for the future, I feel in love completely with a man who had always appreciated the real me
22 years old. Lives in a small farm town.Work full times as a Manager for an assisted living program for mentally challenged adults. I love my job. :) Getting my degree in music therapy.
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I have read a few other Sawyer Bennett books and I can honestly say that this one is one of my favorite by her!
Zach has been living in the middle of nowhere, also known as the Amazon, since he was seven years old and lost his parents on a missionary trip. He survived thanks to an Amazon tribe that took him in and raised him as one of their own. Even though he speaks fluent English, the Amazon way of life is all he knows and all he wants to know. His godfather hires Moira, the anthropologist, to go down to the Amazon and get him back. Of course, Zach does not want to leave his home and the father that raised him, but after a few pushes, he caves.
I LOVED Zach!!!!!! He was sexy, funny, and had one heck of a dirty mouth. Like the title says, this man is uncivilized. So it is up to Moira to teach him how to be..well..civilized. But Zach wants none of that. All he wants to know is about sex. Anything and everything about sex. And if it is with Moira even better. I also loved Moira's character. She was attracted to Zach from the get-go, but she thought that acting on it would've been ethically wrong and she would lose the job of a lifetime. Moira and Zach's interactions cracked me up page after page. The more I read, the more I fell in love with these characters together and individually.
I love the journey these characters went through and how they change from the very beginning of the story until the very end. The only small problem I had with it was that the conflict was not as big as I though it was going to be.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Sawyer Bennett exceeded herself and it was a great read. I am looking forward to whatever she writes next!
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First of all, I need to begin by saying this book is hot, H O T T, hot!! We all talk about cavemen Neanderthals, well Zach is quite literally that. After losing his parents when they were on a missionary expedition in the Amazon, Zach was brought up in that environment from seven years old. He’s now a twenty five year old man and after his Godfather tracked him down, Zach is being made to return to America, much to his dislike. Of course, the blow is softened when a sexy anthropologist called Moira is the one sent to bring him home and introduce him to the modern world.
Moira has just been given the career break of a lifetime. She has the job of acclimatising Zach into modern humanity and civilisation. Moira has visions of helping Zach with his social skills, mindset and basic needs. Never did she imagine Zach would have a keen interest in his sexual health, and boy did he have a healthy appetite! Moira knows she shouldn’t cross the line with Zach but when a caveman wants to push you to your knees and have his way with you, who can fault poor Moira for giving in!
“I may have a little work still to do where she’s concerned, but I’ll have her bowing down before me soon… and she’ll be begging me for it.”
I thought the plot line was original and it held my interest throughout the story, mainly because it was fast paced and there were plenty of sex scenes to spice things up. This is by far the hottest book I have read by Sawyer Bennett and after reading her previous series’ I felt her writing has elevated to a new level. I felt it read like a more mature piece of writing and it really worked.
“We all need that one person we can just vent to,” “And you’ll be that one person for me?” I ask in amusement. He eyes bore into me with utter seriousness and purpose. “I’ll be your everything if you want me to.”
“I made my feelings known, and now he holds my heart. It’s up to him to decide what to do with it.”
I did like the fact Moira was older than Zach, I think this added to the storyline, Moira being in a position of power and being Zach’s teacher so to speak. I also liked Zach’s journey throughout the story. He was adamant he would return to the Amazon and turn his back on the modern world but the more time he spent with Moira and the more ways he discovered his life was now richer by her being in it he opinion wavered, it was great to see his character evolve as his experience did.
“She doesn’t need to provide me food or shelter to her, not the way the Caraican women needed me. No, she needed me in a completely different way, and I find it completely humbling.”
“I never knew. Never knew it could be this way. Never knew that losing control could be so fucking satisfying.”
What I wasn’t expecting from this book was the humour element. I was expecting it to be erotic and angsty (perhaps more than it was) but I was caught off guard by how much I was chuckling as I read, this book was funny and it added another enjoyable element to the story. From the way in which Zach was discovering his new world: “I’m finding I like my new vocabulary. Cock, pussy, and fuck. My three new favourite English words. I want to shove my cock in her pussy and fuck her hard.” To Moira’s natural humour: “He’s been acclimating well, and I think he’s even found some small joys in his time here.” At least, I think he enjoyed his time with me… when he was fucking me so hard I had rug burns on my knees.” I enjoyed it all, it added a lighter feeling to the book.
As I mentioned before, I found Zach’s history and that part of the storyline interesting, now looking back, his transition and the ease of it could be questioned. He also understood a few things automatically yet struggled with others, but with that being said, I was able to suspend my disbelief and questioning of the facts as I was enjoying the characters and the story. So I consider that a job well done.
Uncivilized is my favourite book by Sawyer Bennett in terms of writing style and characters, it felt like a breath of fresh air from her and one that I really enjoyed. I felt the ending was slightly rushed and the conflict wasn’t significant enough for what I felt the story deserved. Perhaps if we had been given more of Zach’s time living with his tribe and their history, it would have added depth to the story but we did get a sexy, gruff and funny caveman so what else could we ask for.
“Don’t ever think I don’t want you, Moira. I’m just not sure I can have you and not lose myself along the way.”
If you are looking for an original erotic romance, you won’t be disappointed by 1-clicking Uncivilized today.
USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
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Damaged Goods is the second book in The Outsider Chronicles series by Nicole Williams, having loved book one in the series Hard Knox I was looking forward to reading this one, and I have to say this one was just as good as the first if not slightly better for me.
“Love who you want to love. Love who you need to love. And Love those you do without abandon or fear”
Liv Bennett does not to follow the same path as her worthless mother; she is trying hard to create a different life for herself, and when her sisters need her, she doesn’t hesitate to make some sacrifice of her own, in order to put them first. I just loved her fighting spirit, her independent, and sassy side. I felt for her at times. Love the relationship and dynamics between Liv and her sister’s Paige & Reese
“I didn’t need greatness. I just needed a different life from the one I’d grown up knowing”
Will Goods oh wow!! I fell hard for Will Goods, and just like his last name Will Goods is good!!! In so many different ways, ;) I loved his aspect of the story. There was just something about him; he was one of the good guys, and he was a bit of an enigma. He was good looking, kind, sweet, and perceptive.
“Don’t live life like an apology. Live it like it’s full of no regrets…it’s a lot more fun…and a lot less guilt”
Liv and Will have great chemistry together, and l loved watching their friendship develops, and grow into more. Will make Liv feel things that she has not felt in a long time, she has always been in control of how she reacts to things, until she met Will. Liv tries hard time resisting him, fights her feelings and tries not to let him get close falling for the local boy was not in her plans.
“It wasn’t love- yet- and it wasn’t hate. Yet. The myriad of other feelings, I couldn’t rule out”
“Will Goods had worked his way into the very essence of who I was. He’d become a permanent fixture, one that couldn’t be broken forgotten or removed”
As I have said before what the heart wants the heart wants. I did want to shake her a few times, but I feel for both of them, as it wasn’t easy as they tried to make sense of what was happening between them. I was rooting for them to find a way to work through it.
“Stop pushing people away. Me specifically. Especially after tonight and knowing what you and me combined are capable of”
I enjoyed it book, and so didn’t want to put it down, I even contemplated canceling my afternoon plans so that I could finish the book. As Nicole had created two charters that I instantly connect to their emotions were my emotions and therefore I became wrapped up in their story. I loved that I didn’t get the twist/ secret until just before it was meant to be revealed, and it was an OMG!!! No way moment, how did I not see that!!! It made for a great turn of events that left me wanting more and tying to read faster. There is also an epilogue Woohoo!!!
Damaged Goods is a well-written sexy, and heartwarming story about family, hope, embracing love, taking chances, and learning to live in the moment. It had some great secondary characters like Jack who was different to what I was expecting him to be. He and Liv had great banter together. I love this series so far, and although I can’t find any info if there is going to be another book in the series, I hope that Nicole is busy writing the next one now.
Fans of Nicole’s will love this one, and I highly recommend that you add Damaged Goods to your TBR list. One last thing, and something that I never say, but this book really is a standalone you can read it first as won’t get any spoilers about Hard Knox.
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“Undress for me.”
That was all he said. No preamble or false pretense concerning what we were—I was—here for. It was all for pleasure. A fuck. He would never offer me more than that.
The sad part was that I now craved that illusive even more: a relationship with all the benefits that came with being owned by Camden. Too bad for me, it would never come to be, and that was a reality I’d come to accept. Decisions had been made.
With a small nod, I acknowledged his command, then disrobed before him. A shot of melancholy raced through me while the standard-issue spa robe fell to my feet. Today would more than likely be the last time I entered this room and served him my body. No longer would his hands squeeze and mold my pliant flesh.
My heart stuttered at that thought. Was he going to let me leave this room as just another client, the session having come to an end? Or would he stop me?
Camden’s feet came into view, bare and perfect. Just like the rest of him. My gaze traveled upward to the soft white linen pants he wore whenever I was in his space. They were threadbare, almost nonexistent, and indecent. The sweetest of tortures for me. His cock was thick and hard, pressing at the thin fabric and doing nothing to hide his size or the drops of liquid visibly seeping through the engorged head of his shaft. It twitched under the heat of my gaze, and I licked my lips. How could he be so beautiful? Be everything I never knew I wanted, but now desperately needed?
He isn’t yours. Those three words brought things back into perspective. I would be strong. Had to be …
“Look at me.” His voice; fuck him and the things they did to me. “Please, gatita.”
My eyes snapped up and met his, which looked tortured and desperate. “I need you here with me, not miles away. You know the rules.”
The snort that escaped me wasn’t cute. It wasn’t meant to be. “Which rules are you referring to? The ones that protect you from loving me?”
“Amanda, please let’s not ruin our time—”
I ignored his bullshit and continued to push. “Or are you referring to the ones that make me feel like nothing but a dirty little secret? Like I’m your whore?”
Camden’s nostrils flared and his fists clenched at his sides. “Don’t you fucking ever—”
“Or what?” I laughed bitterly. There was no going back for us.
“Fuck, little girl.” He growled and reached out to grab my arm, but I was quicker and pulled back.
I moved until my back hit the wall; the space between us gave me just enough breathing room to get my point across. “Don’t,” I begged. My voice was hoarse from having to keep my emotions under control. “Don’t feed me your lies or excuses. It is what it is. I’m the client and you, my masseuse. Just do what you’re being paid to do.”
“What the fuck is wrong with you?” Camden stalked forward, lithe, like a jungle cat trapping his prey. “Is this because of what happened at Rage?”
I didn’t answer and looked away. Seeing him there, with her of all people, had crushed me.
“You know nothing happened, gatita. I would’ve told you if it had.” He caged me in then, hands on the wall to either side of my head. There was no escaping his perfection when he was this close. “You can’t go all jealous on me and throw a tantrum when I don’t belong to you.”
His words stung, yet they were just what I’d come to expect from him. What I needed to hear to cut the emotional ties that held me his captive. “That goes both ways, you know?”
“What the fuck is that supposed to mean?” The rumble in his chest made my knees feel weak.
“Exactly what it states. I am not yours to hold onto anymore.”
Camden banged his fist once against the wall before pulling away. He was too possessive of what he didn’t want to own.
“Neither can I,” I added in a remorseful whisper, then pulled myself off the wall.
My feet carried me over to the bed in the center of the room, but before I laid down on the cold surface, I walked over to my purse and pulled out a pair of panties. It wasn’t much in the way of coverage, but my point had been made clear. Camden’s normally clear, blue eyes were stormy, flickering from mine to my legs, and the physical representation of the invisible wall I was erecting between us. He stayed silent as he stared at me. It was better this way. Hurt less.
Lying down, I grabbed the plain white sheet he kept for show on the small table next to the bed and pulled it over my lower half. The weight of his stare made my movements jerky. Thick tension surrounded me. His eyes burned me.
“There’s somewhere I need to be within the next hour.” My low tone sounded like a loud wail inside the small sanctuary, a room where opulence and soothing music played in the background. This space was meant to be warm, relaxing, and what others used to forget their worldly troubles. To let go.
For me, though, it was a different kind of release that came with each session. I now yearned for what his fingers could make me do. The way he tore pleasure from my body without asking permission. None was ever needed. Camden conquered and dominated my body.
Only he could give me what I craved, both mentally and physically. The way those masterful hands rubbed and extricated my troubles, attracting my naturally submissive sensuality to come forward and play, was all Camden.
His hand reached out and grabbed the sheet covering me. He fisted the thin material in his hands but didn’t touch me, and I felt the scorching waves of heat which rolled off his body.
“Where do you have to be, Amanda?” His question came out as a low rumble, animalistic and hypnotic. “Its off-season, and you don’t have practice.”
I shrugged and closed my eyes. “None of your business.”
“The fuck it isn’t,” he all but snarled and pulled the sheet from my body. “Where the hell are you going?”
“To finally move on.” They were the wrong choice of words; I knew they would be the moment they passed my lips.
One word was all he gave me before his hands flipped me over and his mouth took possession of mine. Camden’s kiss told me everything he couldn’t.
That I was his.
He wasn’t letting me go.
It also said he knew I was aware of his ownership over my person. The same way he acknowledged my submission to his male dominance. There was no other person for either of us, yet he wouldn’t give in to me.
Sadly, between his bullshit excuses and client non-fraternization rules, all I would ever be was Amanda Brooks to him. The daughter of a city council member, a women’s college basketball player, and a client.
It killed me to accept what had been plain to see, when all I wanted was to forever be his sweet little gatita.
Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would. As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned. Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn't until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.
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Blog Tour: Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss #1) by @NaliniSingh~ Stacy's Review, Excerpt, Teasers & $100 GC Giveaway!
I’d like to start off by saying that this is my first Nalini Singh book, and I wasn’t disappointed. And to be completely honest I didn’t even read the blurb before I started reading the book, I saw the cover and title and I was sold pretty easily. I’m a huge sucker for any books involving rock stars or bands and the drama surrounding them.
When I started reading I quickly realized that this book was one of those “one-night stand” books right? Nope. I mean yes, but no in the way you would think. Yes there is a one-night stand, and yes you might think you’ve read this story a hundred times before, but you haven’t. I really enjoyed it! The flow of the story was really smooth, the writing was great, and I fell in love with the characters.
Molly Webster is pretty much the polar opposite of Fox. She’s a librarian who’s very set in her ways, and due to an event in her younger life she prefers to stay out of the spotlight, period. She’s seen what it’s like to be the center of attention and she wants no part of it. So what does she do? Well she decides to do just that. Well sort of.
Fox is only in town for the month so he proposes that they continue their one-night stand into a one month affair. Molly agrees with the stipulation that during that month they stay exclusive to each other, and once the month is over she expects Fox to leave and never contact her again. Seems kind of harsh but Fox agrees, reluctantly because even though they’ve only been together the one time it’s pretty clear that Fox is already mega whipped on Molly. And I know this seems super quick blah blah blah but I totally enjoyed it! Plus add in the little secrets that both Molly and Fox have hidden from each other and I was easily hooked.
I love when a story like this comes along and I subconsciously think that it’s going to be something it isn’t. That’s totally what happened. Molly as sweet and demure as she may seem has a rather quick witted underbelly that was so fun to read. She wasn’t feisty or loud or outgoing. She was like a little introverted sweet surprise with a dash of dry humor and I just loved her. Fox was so opposite that I feel like she brought him to a place that he didn’t even realize he needed to be. She definitely grounded him out, and he definitely fired her up!
The chemistry between these two was perfect, and even during their hot sexy time scenes you get a sense of how deep the connection goes, and you see Molly really fighting her inner battle to be independent. The story takes you through a REAL story. You really get to know Fox and his band, and Molly’s protective sister Thea and her best friend Charlotte who I loved. And it really just made me smile. It wasn’t overpowering or rushed, it just felt like a really super chill read to me. There were some really sweet sigh-worthy moments in this book as well as some angsty love-hate fight moments which I crave. I would totally recommend this book!
Fox hadn’t become the lead singer of one of the best-selling rock bands in history by being a shrinking violet. No, he went after what he wanted, no holds barred. And the raw promise he could feel between him and Molly? He had to know where it would lead, the need so strong he hadn’t felt anything like it since the day he’d figured out that music was his escape, the air in his lungs.
Which was why he was leaning against the wall beside Molly’s apartment at five that afternoon, a guitar by his side.
The elevator doors opened at a quarter after the hour, Molly going motionless two steps outside of it, the doors closing silently at her back. Yeah, she hadn’t expected him, but Fox was ready to work with that. Waiting patiently as she took a deep breath and completed the trek down the corridor, he drew in the scent of her, his gaze lingering on the fluttering pulse in her neck.
“How did you get past security?”
Fox smiled slowly at the blurted-out question, wondering if Molly knew how bad she was at hiding her emotions. He liked it, liked that he saw the real Molly, not an illusion she’d created to tempt him—not that she had to do anything but smile to tempt him. “I told you the security sucks.”
Unable to resist, he reached out to run his finger down one creamy cheek flushed with a mix of surprise, passion, and, he was certain, sweet, hot feminine anger. His guess was borne out when Molly unlocked her door with jittery hands and put down her handbag on one corner of the bench, her fingers trembling before she curled them into her palms. “You’re breaking the rules.”
“What rules?” Closing the door, he leaned back on it and willed her to face him. Much as he loved the shape of her from the back, he liked watching those expressive eyes whisper her mood to him.
Shoulders tight, she turned. “This was supposed to be a one-night stand.”
“Ah.” Folding his arms over the plain black of his T-shirt, he said, “How about a one-month stand instead?” He knew he had to play this exactly right. Molly was wary of him, and yeah, he could understand why. To have her in his life beyond a fleeting instant, he’d have to win her trust.
She jerked up her head. “What?”
“Why not? I like you. You like me.” He smiled—because the reason Molly had needed to jerk up her head was that she’d been staring at his chest. “Admit it.”
Sitting down on the bench, she began to unzip her boots, very obviously not looking at him. “You’re okay for a rock star.”
He wanted to bite her, then pet her until she was limp and languid in his arms. “We burn up together.” Deliberately modulating his voice—his instrument—for maximum effect, low and bedroom rough, he saw her fingers stutter on the zipper. “I’m here for a month. It’s an easy equation.”
When the words “Let me think about it” fell from her mouth, he thought she might’ve been as startled as he was, her lips parting on a slight gasp—as if to call back the declaration.
**first seen at The Rock Stars of Romance**
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NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.
Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.
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This is by far my favorite book in the Finding Fate series, don’t get me wrong—I love all three books but this one really stuck with me and held me in a different place than the others. Chelsea has such a great vision for her characters, and they develop so perfectly within the words of the story. I LOVED this book!
Jenna is a 21 year old artist who works at a bar, and Jack is her long time friend with whom she had a tipsy “encounter” with. It was a one time slip up by her definition and she has no plans on revisiting that night. Jack will always hold a place in her heart but she has no intentions on acting out her feelings. Jenna has a plan for her future and Jack is not a part of it. Jenna is a very feisty, stubborn sometimes infuriating woman. She shares subtle glances with Jack when he comes into her workplace but that’s about all she will allow.
Jenna has a crazy family with a grandmother who claims she’s dying on a yearly basis, so Jenna gets a call from her mother to come home to New Orleans. Jenna’s mother is one of the main reasons why she is so closed off to the thought of being in love with someone. Her mother had the man of her dreams, the child of her dreams and then BAM he up and left. Her mother has done everything in her power to raise Jenna right, but Jenna refuses to believe that being in love leads to anything but heartbreak.
Jenna decides to take the road trip from Arizona to New Orleans by herself, and when Jack catches wind of this plan he isn’t happy. So when his own family problems arise he uses the opportunity to catch a ride to NOLA with Jenna. Coincidentally they are both from the same hometown with only 2 hours separating them. So basically he shows up unannounced and basically hijacks her road trip to her dismay.
This is the beginning of their crazy journey together and I loved every second of it. There is beyond crazy sexual tension between these two, and way Jack is described is HOT to say the very least. I’m talking six foot four tattooed with dark hair and silvery eyes—hello! And damn I just fell in love with his character so much. He’s so chivalrous and sweet while at the same time being honest and straight forward about everything he feels. Jack isn’t afraid like Jenna is and to be honest, at times I just wanted to shake some sense into that girl and say—Look at this man in front of you he’s perfect!
As their story continues you get to learn a little more about Jack’s very disturbing background and the reason for his return home. This was a pivotal turning point in their relationship I believe, because you get to see Jenna’s wall crumble a little. Not because she was willingly falling for him, but because she had actual concern for him. And the few times that she let her emotions slip up, she retracted so fast in order to re erect the walls she had in place. These two don’t play cat and mouse at all. This is all Jenna and her stubborn heart. Which drove me nuts, but also kept me going. I really did like Jenna’s character even though she made me crazy.
So like I said before, this is my favorite with no doubt. I cried that’s how I know I loved it. And I’m even more in love with Chelsea’s writing. Her characters, ALL of them from the MC’s to the family and friends are all just perfect. Chelsea also stepped up the steam in this book, and it was great the way she built up the sexy times. It wasn’t too much and it wasn’t too little, that’s one thing that I believe Chelsea has mastered throughout all 3 books. She doesn’t push stuff on you, she makes you want it and as a reader I totally appreciate that. This book can be read as a standalone, but I totally recommend the whole series. It’s one of my favorites!
Blog Tour ~ Chronicles of a Linconln Park Fashionista by @AvenEllis includes Derna's review and excerpt.
I’m always happy when I know I’m about to read an Aven Ellis book, as I know what I'm going to get a sweet, easy, romantic read. Her latest novel Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista didn’t fail to deliver.
“Life isn’t about supposed…Life is about following your heart. About following your dreams and desires and not what you are supposed to do, rather what you want to do”
Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista is the story of Avery Andrews. Avery wants to show people that there is more to her than what's perceived, simply because of where she lives, her love of fashion and not wanting a lifelong career. Deacon ‘Deke’ Ryan is the sexy videographer he makes Avery question what she really wants.
"Deke somehow manage to make me think about things in ways I’ve never consider”
Avery was sweet; she was a little self-doubting at times, but when she knew what she wanted she could strong and confident and focused. Deke was cute, sexy and a sweetheart. He can be a little serious at times, and you get the feeling he's hiding behind the camera and holding something back. There is that air of mystery about him.
“Maybe someday you will make me face up to a fear of my own”
Avery and Deke don’t get off to a great start, however the more time they spend together, the more they get on. They start to see qualities that they like it’s not all-smooth sailing, but as a friendship develops as does their attraction and chemistry with each other.
“I shouldn’t make snap judgment about people. Apparently it’s a problem I have”
“That warm, wonderful radiating feeling floats up my spine again – the feeling that I only get when I look at Deke”
I love that Deke sees more in Avery. He notices and sees the little things, believes in her, give her the push to believe in herself, and face her fears. They both seem to bring out the best in each other. Avery sees there is more to Deke than just the man behind the lens, and get him to open up.
“You have compassion and kindness for others. You’re the most insightful person I’ve ever met and best of all you challenge people to be better that they are”
Overall, I enjoyed this book Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista was a sweet, funny and romantic story with just the right amount of drama that left me with a big grin on my face. Loved the characters, and when it came to the secondary characters I wasn’t a fan of like Sasha or Amanda, but I liked Bree and Zach. The storyline was written, and flowed well had that sweet ending that I love. A must for all hopeless romantics like myself. If you haven't read any of Aven Ellis’s books, start now. She's a talent writer and a great storyteller.
Sullivan reaches for my hair again. I jerk my head to the side, moving it out of Sullivan’s reach, because I think I might scream if he touches my hair one more time.
Okay. Now Deke will come over here with Zach. I’ll greet him, introduce him to my friends, and then Bree and I can go sit with them at another table.
Wait a second. Deke and Zach are walking over to the dartboard. I quickly realize Deke has no intention of coming over here.
He turns around and looks at me, his eyes burning into mine for a second. Deke takes a sip of his beer, puts it back on the table, and picks up some darts. He immediately turns his attention to the dartboard, as if I’m not even here.
Oooh! That’s it. I’ve had it.
“Excuse me,” I say, nudging Sullivan. “I need to get out, please.”
“But I just got here,” Sullivan snaps, sounding annoyed. “I haven’t even had a drink yet.”
I don’t say another word. I let my eyes tell Sullivan I intend to get out of this booth, even if it means climbing over him or crawling underneath the table.
Sullivan sighs heavily and slides out. I turn to Bree briefly before leaving.
“I see someone I need to talk to,” I say simply. “I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
I slide out of the booth and make my way across the bar. I go up to Deke, who is propped against the edge of a barstool. His strong arms are folded across his chest, a bottle of beer in one hand as he watches Zach throw darts.
I stop dead in my tracks as I approach him. I take in what he’s wearing—a beautiful azure T-shirt that shows off his athletic upper body and jeans. His hair is perfectly tousled, his face lightly shaded with blondish-brown stubble. And he’s so damn hot and mysterious that I’m suddenly unable to breathe.
Deke turns and I find myself mad all over again, because now he’s the one playing a game.
I march up to him and before I can stop myself, I blurt out what is going through my head.
“Why didn’t you come rescue me?” I yell at him, exasperated.
Deke studies me for a moment. He takes a swig of his beer, casually puts the bottle on the table next to him, and leans toward me, lowering his head so it’s next to my ear.
“I wasn’t aware that you needed to be rescued from the man of your dreams, Fashionista,” he murmurs over the music.
Every inch of me comes alive as his words vibrate against my ear. I get goose bumps. My skin in tingling in this delicious way I’ve never experienced before.
He stands back up and studies me. I’m about to respond when he gently puts his thumb on my cheek, wiping away a streak of lip-gloss that Sullivan has left behind.
Oh.My.God. I feel a million sparks the second Deke touches me. I shiver and suck in a breath of air, unnerved by the experience of his skin against mine.
“So do you need to be rescued?” he asks.
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.
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