Title: P.I.T.A. (L.A. Liaisons, #3)
Author: Brooke Blaine
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 30, 2017
SynopsisAs one of the most prestigious wedding coordinators in Los Angeles, Paige Iris Traynor-Ashcroft is known for being classy, elegant, and the orchestrator of many happily-ever-afters. But in the words of Paige herself: “What a crock of shiitake.” Known affectionately (or not) as P.I.T.A. to those closest to her, she’s never been one to buy into the whole monogamy thing for herself. Sure, her BFFs are getting picked off by Cupid one by one, but his arrows have nothing on her semiautomatic. Richard “Dick” Dawson does his best to live up to his name. A long-time frenemy and manwhore extraordinaire, he thrives on pushing limits, pushing up skirts—and pushing every single one of Paige’s buttons. He’s the itch she can’t scratch, and doesn’t want to. Or does she? What happens when blazing-hot rage turns to crazy, unexplainable lust? Surely not...love? Because that would just be a total P.I.T.A.
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How can I break this book down in simple terms? Ummm it's pretty easy.
READ THIS BOOK! Oh my goodness, I've been a fan of this series from day one, and this third installment has surpassed my expectations! You know how some authors decline when they have too many books in a series? NOT happening here! This book, PITA IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE! This is the third book in the L.A. Liaison's series and It's sexy, hilarious, hot, dreamy, sexy, hilarious again! Who doesn't love THAT! I suggest reading Licked and Hooker first, but that's just because I love them, this can totally be read as a standalone, TOTALLY. Just do it!
Paige and Dawson find themselves in a sticky situation. And as much as Paige wants to dissolve this problem she finds that her father has other plans in the form of blackmail. A deal is made and Paige and Dawson get stuck with each other, which should be fun since they want to kill each other. Like seriously, I would hide the kitchen knives around them. This is a story of frenemies to lovers that is delectably witty and decisively smart and in my mind, a great recipe for the PERFECT romcom! Not to mention that Brooke Blaine's writing was absolutely fabulous! It has everything you want and need and every page is filled with goodness! Like seriously every page, there was no skimming!
Paige Iris Traynor-Ashcroft is a wedding planner who ironically doesn't believe in marriage- go figure. She is also one of the most stubborn, hard headed women EVER, and you definitely don't want to cross her path on a full moon because she will rip you to shreds if she's in a bad mood. She has zero filter and will leave you in pieces if you let her, and it was an absolute treat reading her character because I just wished I could be that badass and get away with it!
Richard (dirty-dick) Dawson, but we'll just call him Dawson- on the other hand is more slick with his moves, more calculated, more Rico Suavé, Whereas Paige has no filter, Dawson knows exactly when to shut up or when to shut Paige up! He obviously loves a good challenge, because that's exactly what he gets when it comes to Paige. And ohhhhh boy is she challenging!
Both Paige and Dawson grew up as children of privilege and next door neighbors, but Paige got the short end of the stick when it came to parents so that's how their friendship begins. Unfortunately, something has soured their friendship along the way, and that has contributed to their spitfire attitudes towards one another. Their banter is hilarious with dry humor and quick witted comebacks, and I could not stop laughing! I kept thinking of Paige as a ninja because she was just so fast and quick with her dragon fire!
Paige is so mean to Dawson, and he just sort of brushes it off and gives it right back. I loved the way he handled Paige, because I'm not sure any other man could and I totally loved this dynamic in their relationship! Normally when you read books, it's the guy that's the problem child and you're reading along waiting for HIM to turn around and finally submit to his feelings. Not this time, Paige's nickname isn't PITA just because of her initials. She truly is a pain in the ass, and her and Dawson are so damn funny with their crazy ass version of foreplay!
There's also a perfect healthy dose of side characters who I just ADORE. Paige's best friends Shayne, Ryleigh and Quinn whom you've met if you read the first two books. They are hilarious together, and the book wouldn't be the same without out them--umm hello friendship goals!
This book will be on my top reads this year, without a doubt. I honestly can't say enough about it. I know I emphasized how funny it was, but it was also achingly romantic and there was this one scene that had me reading it over and over again because it was just so perfect that I had tears running down my face while holding my chest. And I don't cry easily while reading a book, damn you Brooke Blaine! I cried happy tears, I cried because I was laughing so hard tears, I cried sex tears, SO MANY types of tears! Everybody needs to read this book, it is honestly the perfect escape from just about anything! Now I just need Quinn's book to make it all perfect with a bow on top! I honestly can't wait for that!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I seriously just finished this book with a huge smile on my face. While it was lighthearted and funny, there was an unexpected but much appreciated depth to the storyline. That sometimes love is right in front of us. Love doesn’t understand circumstance or timing. Love only knows where it belongs.
Paige Iris Traynor-Ashcroft (P.I.T.A.) is one of the most highly sought out wedding coordinators in all of Los Angeles. It’s too bad that she thinks marriage is a crock and something she will never partake in. Self-proclaimed ladies man, Richard “Dick” Dawson has known Paige since they were kids. They were quite close as where she lacked in family his parents were like her own. He knows he gets under her skin and he pushes harder anyway. They have that kind of hate hate relationship. Ha! No but really!
A night out results in their lives colliding in ways neither saw coming. And Paige is not ready to face the consequences. She is quite dismissive of Dawson, but he never lets up. She is never supposed to fall. This totally derails her plans! There is a push and pull until giving in is inevitable. But what happens when the one thing you’ve spent your life running away from is the one thing that you need the most? This author never recycles the typical storyline, and Paige and Dawson’s story continues this. She absolutely owns rom com as she puts her own spin on this genre with every book released in this series. There is an inherent vulnerability to these characters. They come across as genuine and their story is flawlessly executed in P.I.T.A. Surprisingly touching, yet laugh out loud funny this book was EVERYTHING!
Between the witty dialogue and clever storyline, this was easily a top read for me this year. Brooke Blaine is truly the queen of Rom Com! The author is a master at weaving a funny, sensual, yet passionate and endearing story that hooks you from the very beginning. I laughed. Loudly. I wiped away tears. Her talent of character development is simply unmatched. She writes with an intensity in that the sexual chemistry simply jumps off the pages! Engaging and sexy, I loved everything about this book!
P.I.T.A was simply one of the best romantic comedies I’ve read in such a long time. I am a huge fan of this entire series, but this story was impassioned as it was hilarious and I am still not over it. The author brilliantly balances heart and humor within a romantic comedy that is sure to make you a fan of hers for life.
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Licked (L.A. Liaisons, #1)
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Series: Masters Among Monsters #3
Publication Date: January 26th, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Blog Tour: Isadora (Masters Among Monsters #2) by Ella Frank - Bianca and Stacy's Reviews, Trailer, and Giveaway
Author: Ella Frank
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Series
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
Isadora Nikitas understands what it means to be betrayed. That lesson was taught to her in the prime of her life, and when she is offered a chance to exact revenge, she finds it difficult to refuse.
Instead, she entrusts her survival to a mysterious vampire known only as Diomêdês, a male who wants nothing in return but to watch over her—in every way imaginable.
Gifted with speed, strength, and immortality, she determines that her life will no longer be governed by the needs and wants of a mere man. She has cowered for the last time, and with her Ancient by her side, she thrives and blossoms into the most formidable female vampire in existence.
But, once upon a time, like all little girls, Isadora believed in love. She believed it because she once had it. So, when it comes along a second time, she knows that it’s possible—but when you love someone, they become your weakness. Unless, in fact, they become your enemy instead…
A MYSTERIOUS PAST…
Fulfilling your life’s prophecy should be empowering. At least, that’s what Elias Fontana always believed. But, as he stands guard over the beautiful vampire he’s taken hostage, his convictions start to crumble. Made to believe by his creators that he and two others have been designed to destroy a dangerous race, he has difficulty connecting his current reality to the woman he once loved.
A TANGLED TALE TO UNRAVEL…
When friends become enemies and enemies become lovers, who can you trust in the webs of lies and despair? And, when your life is at stake and blood has been shed, how much are you willing to sacrifice to fulfill your destiny?
What a thrilling read! I finished at least a week ago, and my heart continues to beat over how much I truly enjoyed Isadora. How does Miss Ella Frank throw you into her seductive world? With her words. The words are compelling, addicting. Isadora is a must read.I found myself completely engrossed in the story and never wanted to put it down. If you loved Alasdair, Isadora will simply leave you breathless.
Isadora’s story is multilayered. We get deeper into Isadora’s past and all it entails. Including her history with Elias. While the story is hers, the author brilliantly connects the characters within the first book to bring you deeply into this sexy and erotic world of vampires. Leo, Alasdair, and Vasilios and their sexual tension are still alive and well. So much unravels this time around. So many questions are answered. Yet, there is so much we do not know. So much that the author allows you to feel is coming.This alluring story keeps you flipping the pages to get deeper. Ella Frank kicks her writing into even higher gear this time around. The author expertly places you back into the world of sexy and captivating vampires. There are some twists and turns that you never see coming. The execution of this story is phenomenal as she weaves you through this exhilarating world that you will not get enough of. She is truly a master of her craft.
I’ve never read F/F. So when I heard that this story had that and so much more, I wondered if I could read it and enjoy it. But in true Ella Frank fashion, she pushes me as a reader to experience new things. To TRY new things. And I am so glad I did. It allowed me to understand Isadora and where she came from. To understand her wants, needs, her desires. This time around, we see a different side of the vampires. It seems as if Alasdair scratched the surface, and now we have been thrown into their hearts and souls (or lack there of!). We understand their need for their idea of love, the manipulation of others, and the possessiveness of the vampires. And just how much each each character in this story is truly connected. Even in destiny. Isadora goes so much deeper than I could have ever imagined.
In order to truly grasp this captivating read, I do recommend reading the first book in the series, Alasdair. It will allow you to understand the connection between all the characters and their stories. You have not read anything like this before. Her seductive prose keeps you the reader engaged and on edge. Isadora is a powerful and suspenseful read. The writing is flawless as the reader is transitioned between the present time and flashbacks. I absolutely cannot wait to see what’s to come for this group!
The book may be titled Isadora, but you get a good healthy dose of all of your favorite sexy vamps and others from the first book. I love the way that these relationships cultivate from book one into book two, and I personally was so excited to reunite with my favorite trio, Alasdair, Leo & Vasilios. I absolutely fell more in love with them, and I was so excited to see Leo come out of his shell and stand up for himself and what he wanted. Vasilios was my favorite from the first book, and he still is, but damn these other characters are giving him a run for his money!
By other characters, I’m talking about Isadora, Elias and Diomedes. I absolutely LOVE the dynamic between these three!! Like major love! Diomedes completely stole the show in my opinion. Isadora is his first sired, and the lengths he goes through to make her happy and protect her just made me totally fall for him. And then there’s Daphne. Oh boy. This was another first for me, and damn was it sexy as hell. Between Elias, Daphne, and Diomedes, let’s just say that Isadora has had her fill of sexy time, she is one lucky lady vampire!
You also get to know Eton and Thanos. Eton is an ancient along with Vasilios and Diomedes, and his first sired is Thanos. The stuff that these ancients do in order to preserve their species is truly amazing and sweet. I don’t want to say that it’s sweet, but it totally is. These brutal killers, who supposedly have no heart, are some of the most heartwarming characters in this series, in my opinion. They may seem completely selfish, but when it comes to their family they give up so much, and turn into strong yet vulnerable beings. I love them!
This book really took hold of my heart, not that the first book didn’t, but maybe because I know the characters better this time around. I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t cry, because I totally did. I was so invested in what was going on with Isadora and her revelations, but also with what was going on with Leo, Paris and Elias. There were a lot of WOAH moments for sure, so much cool stuff goes on in this book and I can’t rave about it enough! Not only is this story erotic, it’s also breathtakingly beautiful in its words. Ella Frank has never let me down when it comes to telling a story that not only captivates you, but completely consumes you. And that ending! Oh I cannot wait to read more about Thanos in book #3. This is for sure a must read series.
Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, A Desperate Man. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary, M/M romance and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author
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