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Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Laura's Wolf by Lia Silver




Roy Farrell is convinced that he has no future.

Roy never wanted to be anything but a Marine. But on his last tour of duty, he was bitten by a werewolf. Next thing he knew, he was locked up in a secret underground laboratory. Despite the agony caused by his newly enhanced senses, he managed to escape his captors. Unable to return to the Marines, his entire life shattered, he hid out in the woods of Yosemite.

Laura Kaplan is desperate to escape her past.

Curvy bank teller Laura was acclaimed as a hero for her courage during a bank robbery gone violently wrong. Overcome with guilt over the people she couldn’t save, she fled the city to seek solace in a lonely cabin in Yosemite. But she can’t run forever from the dark secrets of her past.

Can two broken people heal each other?

After Roy is badly wounded saving Laura from a mysterious enemy, they take refuge together in her snowed-in cabin. Forced to depend on each other for their very survival, they must come together to save their lives, face their fears, and find their hearts.

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Laura's Wolf (Werewolf Marines, # 1)Laura's Wolf by Lia Silver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Laura’s Wolf is primal, hot and filled with action of all sorts. It will have you at the edge of your seat, waiting to see what will happen next.

Roy Farrel is an alpha male in a major way. All his life he has wanted to be a Marine, make a difference. But, years of military tours will eventually take its toll on even the hardest of soldiers. Roy’s last tour is anything but ordinary, and the life that he knew will be changed forever.

Laura Kaplan has a less than perfect past that she can’t to leave behind or have it stay hidden. As a current bank teller temptation to revert is always close at hand. But, what will be her last day is anything but easy going. Guilt eats away at her conscience until she has to flee, get away to freedom. But, skeletons don’t always stay buried and secrets are meant to be revealed.

Lia did an amazing job writing these characters. She put so much detail into every aspect of their lives that it will play out right before you as you read her book. I have friends who are in the military; but, they don’t talk about it and I won’t ask. Having a character that was real enough, to walk through what he suffered and will suffer, makes me feel for every single soldier serving. Imagine the things that they’ve seen. She filled Roy with so much pain, loneliness and anger that I couldn’t help but feel for him. And Laura’s out to find herself. She needs a serious confidence boost, even if she doesn’t realize it herself. She can fake it with the best of them but readers will see right through her ploys and into her soul.

While I loved this book and found myself hating that it had to end, I thought a couple areas drug on just a little too long. It would still be a five star read even being a little shorter as these areas I viewed as “filler” they weren’t….pertinent to the story itself.

If you love military men, and hot sexy alpha males with a little paranormal thrown in, I would highly recommend Lia Silver’s “Laura’s Wolf”.



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Review: Shattered and Mended (Shaken #2) by J. Bailes


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**READ Shattered & Shaken and All for Allie prior to Shattered & Mended, as this is the last in the series** 
Mature Audience 
My mind was made up and my decision had been made, but fate felt the need to rear her ugly head and demand control. 
Fate is guaranteed, not to be reckoned with, and she won’t be defeated. You see, she’s the author to our stories that have already been written; there’s no editing them. Try as you might, but all you’ll do is piss her off. 
When you fuck with fate’s masterpiece, tragedy strikes, death occurs, and hearts get shattered. I’ve never been one to follow the rules. So instead, I stood with arms wide open and I challenged her. I knew the possibilities of her kicking my ass were high, but I refused to back down. I invited all the heat she packed, and quickly learned my lesson… 
You don’t fuck with her.






 


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Shattered & Mended (Shaken Series)Shattered & Mended by Julie Bailes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great series doesn’t come along everyday. Books that make you feel, they will make you cry, you will laugh and you will want to reach through your ereader in front of you and throat punch it’s characters. Shattered and Mended, plus the other book and novella in this series, are no different. Allie, Blake and Wyatt’s story continue in this amazing sequel.

"Baby, you keep teasing me and we'll go to jail all right, but it won't be me that goes. It'll be you, getting charged for disturbing the peace." ~Blake

Allie hasn’t had it easy, she’s a dang fighter. She’ll fight for her happiness until the very end. But, sometimes it may be a losing battle. Especially when fate is running your life.

"Patience! What the fuck is that? No such thing exists when you are as horny as I am." ~Allie

Shattered and Mended is a superb continuation in the Shaken series. Allie and Blake are still going strong but every relationship is tested, that test is Wyatt the persistent bastard. With each trial every character goes through, you are sucked further into their world. In All for Allie we were introduced to Wyatt, it was completely heart wrenching. we delve even deeper into Wyatt himself in S&M. Julie made me hate him a little less.

"I can never make up for the things I've done to you.....But I'm here now, Allie." ~Wyatt

"They left me behind worried, confused, and completely fucking broken" ~Wyatt

I don’t want to reveal too much; but, let’s just say, if you can keep a dry eye the entire way through the book I will be quite shocked. Shattered and Mended will have you hurting. But even with the sadness there are plenty of happy moments to help even out the emotional playing field.

"You keep that shit up and I'm going to be Googling safe sex helmets." ~Blake

S&M will not leave you disappointed but it will leave you wanting more. I have and always will be #TeamWyake.

P.S J. Bailes, I’m still waiting for the threesome ;)

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Born and raised in Nashville, TN. A mother of three, wife to one, and nursing student turned writer. Loves all things pink, glittery, and chocolate.

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Review: Resist Me (A Change Me Novel) by A.O Peart



Book One in the steamy NA romantic thriller/suspense series Change Me (McCoy Raven Brothers). All books in this series are standalone and can be read in any order.

Publication date: August 31, 2014

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Blurb
One fateful morning changes everything.

Lisbeth, the lone eyewitness of a shocking murder, believes the FBI witness protection program may be the only way for her to survive. But when a powerful explosion reduces the safe house to ashes, killing all of the FBI agents on duty, will she turn to a perfect stranger for help?

Ethan, an ex-Marine-turned-firefighter, has never really cared for any woman. He lives his life to the fullest, enjoying the bad boy stigma and cultivating a particular taste for dominant sex. Girls come and go, allowed to stay only long enough to satisfy Ethan’s wild appetite.

One morning at dawn, Ethan’s fire brigade is called to a fatal house explosion that levels the structure. When he pries open a trap door to the hidden panic room under the house, he finds a gorgeous, though disheveled brunette. Lisbeth instantly turns Ethan’s world upside down, and he’s overcome by the burning desire to protect her, no matter the consequences.


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ETHAN

This was hopeless. I was lost in her; lost in some stupid, na├»ve, childish dream. What the hell did she have in her that none of the other women haven’t possessed? I was always in control. Always! She shattered my orderly life and turned my neatly composed world upside fucking down! This couldn’t be happening. This had to stop. I wasn’t looking for any changes, for any altered way of living. But here came Miss Different and kicked everything I, so meticulously, worked for to the curb.

I paced around my bedroom, swearing quietly under my breath, clenching and unclenching my jaw. I stopped by the window and deliberately looked at her. She appeared so soft and small, wrapped in that towel. So alone; all on her own out on that dock. Lonely…

Stop that fucking nonsense! I chastised myself. She’s a grown woman, not that sixteen-year-old Afghan orphan kid!

I sat heavily on my bed, my eyes squeezed shut, my head in my hands. But I wasn’t thinking of Najia. All my thoughts were with Lisbeth. She wasn’t a child that needed protection, but a grown woman, although she needed protection too, and I offered it. Why couldn’t I simply provide only what I offered and nothing more? I had nothing more to give. Or did I?

Why would I want her for myself? There were dozens of willing women, waiting for one smile, one word from me; experienced women who knew what the guy like me desired. They were eager to give to me anything I ever required of them. They liked to serve me, to please me, to satisfy all my sexual needs. She, on the other hand, was completely green, I was sure of that. I could sense it. Why would I even want to bother? She would probably just get scared off when she learned how I liked things in the bedroom.

I got up to my feet and went to thewindow. Again. Fuck. She was a magnet, luring me, possessing me. Me, who has never succumbed to a woman’s charms for longer than a few nights. No matter than I knew her only for two days. I already realized she was going to be my undoing—if I let her.

I turned my back to the window as another thought struck me. Maybe we should do it, to get that crazy attraction out of our systems? Maybe that was only a freaky fascination? A whim? Hormones going awry? What would she say to that? No, I didn’t want to. I knew better—she wasn’t like the others. I shouldn’t let her close to me.





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Resist Me (Change Me/McCoy Raven Brothers #1)Resist Me by A.O. Peart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Resist Me is the first book in A.O’s new series Change Me. If you’ve read her previous novels and enjoyed them, snap this one up.

Ethan is a man of many talents and now his sole focus is keeping Gloria (Lisbeth) in hiding and alive. Obviously she can’t hide forever nor will she. Some unanticipated events land her in the lap of a male she’s not quite sure that sure could resist. Soon more than bombs want to be exploding in their lives and avoiding those fireworks is not an option.

Resist Me has loads of potential, it just needs a little tweaking here and there to make it flow a little better in my eyes. There were points where, even though it was first person, I felt a little disconnected from the characters due to the author “telling” us and not letting us “see” it. But, it’s only on the males perspective that I have this issue. Other than those two minor problems, I loved it. Angela keeps readers on a tight leash throughout this story as the tension keeps building and building, as if we’re waiting for something to give. Eventually, it does, in the most delicious of ways. She has sucked me right into her characters worlds once again and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Sexed into Submission by J. Bailes




 TBH's 2014 August Certifiable Favorite



***Contains BDSM material. Intended for mature audience*** 



This isn’t your typical love story. This is a fast pace, set-your-panties-ablaze, erotic read. It is NOT intended for the easily offended.

Early in life, I learned that trust can’t be given and love doesn’t truly exist. Sure, maybe it exists in fairytales, but this is real life and it’s ugly. Love, lust, anger, and joy, emotions, in general, are for the weak and I don’t do them.

I’m a hell-on-heels heartbreaker who can’t be tamed, or so I thought. This dominating, possessive, and sinfully sexy piece of man storms into my life and his only mission is to break me down like a house of cards caught in the middle of a windstorm. Ryder is shaking my world, flipping it upside down, and stirring my emotions like a hurricane. I’m feeling things I’ve never felt before and doing things I normally don’t do. His touch, his presence, they leave me drunk on sin and thirsty for more.

This man, Ryder, he’s the type of man who once you’ve met, there’s no forgetting him. He’s the antidote that gets me by. We have a fatal attraction, and nothing good can come from it. All good things must come to an end, and it’s only a matter of time before we discover if what we’re sharing is a blessing or curse.








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2014 August Favorite 



Sexed Into SubmissionSexed Into Submission by Julie Bailes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Everyone’s strengths are tested in this new suspenseful Erotica by Julie Bailes.

If you’ve read any of Julie’s books, strap yourself into your seat because you have not seen anything yet. You haven’t even touched half of what she’s capable of. This book completely blew me out of the water, and I’m a huge fan of Jules.

Ryder is a Spanish speaking, hot-to-trot Dom that lives the lifestyle. Until he has a run in with an employee. One run in sets his blood a flame, her feisty and stubbornness may be what breaks through his dominant control.

Piper was owned and betrayed once, she’s determined to not let it happen again. But Ryder’s persistence and green eyes wear down her defenses sooner than she’d like. Soon he’ll flip her world upside down in, what she believes is, the worst possible way.

Even if you think you know, you have no f**king idea. Sexed into Submission is so much more than a Dom and his Sub, it shows you the good side as well as the bad of any Dom/Sub relationship, the bad being the crazy ass nut jobs that inhabit the lifestyle occasionally (no disrespect meant to anyone you’ll understand when you read this book). Ryder is one of those...you can’t help but fall in love with him. The dual perspective for both characters really helps build this story, especially their relationship. Pipers, I hate to love him, I need no man attitudes grates on your nerves every once in a while; but it that much more enjoyable to see Ryder break through her attitude. I say through because that attitude is her wall. He needs to break through that and show her precisely what she needs in order to be what she wants. If that makes any sense. Let us try this instead, her attitude is her armor, Ryder needs to break through that to show her what it is she’s been hiding from herself all along. Not everything in BDSM is bad, some people view it as abuse. And yes, there are a few select people that don’t have complete control or are just unsure of where to proceed, those situations can lead to abuse. But a true Dom knows your body better than you do. They can pleasure you in ways you never thought possible, some may be repulsed by pain and that’s alright. If you are, I wouldn’t suggest reading SIS.

This book is intense, emotional whirlwind, pulling and pushing from pain to pleasure, happiness to sadness. But, you will thoroughly enjoy it, if you’re a fan of BDSM. Yes, there is quite a bit of it in this novel and that’s why I loved it. As soon as you begin reading it you’ll find yourself sucked into Ryder’s world, you’ll not want to put it down. The last few chapters of the book will have you on the edge of your seats. The only issue I had with this is the beginning was a little too fast paced for me, and even that was so inconsequential in the long run, that it didn’t even matter on my ranking. If you want your latest hot, suspenseful, erotic read grab up Julie’s book Sexed into Submission. Your vagina will thank you. As will Julie :)

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Review: Kiss Me Deadly by Mahalia Levey

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Apparently she just wanted to rip my heart out at the very beginning, thanks for that love! When you begin reading it, you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

Now all joking aside, I’m a big fan of Mahalia’s, it doesn’t matter what genre her book may be, I know I’ll enjoy it. I’ve been dying to get my hands on Jimmy and Sameera’s story ever since she started serenading me with the songs that were personally wrote for this book alone. Yes….it’s an original, if you don’t believe me, ask her yourself. That song was one of the initial things that caught my attention about it, not many authors would be able to do that….she took it one step farther. As you read this book you’ll run into the “Storm” song as I’m dubbing it, and realize it’s unique and very moving.

Having multicultural characters is another thing Levey has going for her. I just wished there had been more of that culture integrated into the story itself. But, as I continued I understood precisely why there weren’t more areas focused on her background. Her parents didn’t accept what she chose to pursue as a career, and so, she, kind of, refused her heritage. Of course, like any female, when she was under stress or in a highly emotional situation, that background tended to slip through. Having those small aspects ingrained into the book allows you to connect with the character, why she chose what she chose. Kiss Me Deadly is a journey of heartbreak, healing and acceptance. There are points you’ll want to bawl your eyes out (I did….twice) and others where you just want to cuff some characters upside the head. There were also a couple spots where it seemed that the dialogue drug on just a little and it became a bit disconnected from the characters. But soon it smoothed it’s way and began to flow perfectly. Also, can I state how in love I am with Midian? I’m fairly certain my ovaries exploded at one point. Yeah...you’ll have to read this to understand Midian *sigh*.

Kiss Me Deadly is an all around enjoyable read with characters that will make you cry, angry, laugh and will make you prone to violence….on occasion. They’ll get under your skin and you won’t want this story to end.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Blog Tour & Review: Five Weeks (Seven 3) by Dannika Dark




Five Weeks
(Seven Series, Bk #3)
By Dannika Dark 

Blurb:
Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she’s recently decided to settle down—as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.

Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion—until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.

Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.





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Friday, August 8, 2014

Release Blitz: Temporary by Kim Carmichael

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Title: Temporary (Book 2 in the Indelibly Marked series)

Author: Kim Carmichael

Release Date: August 8, 2014

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance


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* Temporary is Book Two in the Indelibly Marked Series that revolves around the lives and loves of the Elliott Family and Permanent Tattoo. Each full-length book can be read as a stand-alone, and features its own couple

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After a year spent secretly hooking up with his best friend's baby sister, a tattoo artist who believes only ink is permanent must decide if his love is temporary. In a temporary world only tattoos are permanent… Content, consistent and calm described Ivan Harlow’s life to a tee. Satisfied with being a artist at the world-famous Permanent Tattoo, playing the role of eternal side-kick, and of course, hooking up with his best friend’s baby sister, his days are predictable and fun, and nothing has to change. With his live story permanently embedded in his skin, he still can’t help but feel anything he dares to love will only be temporary. All Emily Elliott wants are some big changes in her life. She wants to make it big in the world makeup, needs to show her three big brothers she is all grown up, and dreams of truly being with Ivan, the man she has wanted since she was seven years old. However, when the fate of the tattoo shop is put into Ivan and Emily’s hands, they must not only work together outside of the bedroom, but face their own personal truths, and figure out what is permanent, what is temporary and where love fits.


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Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. A Southern California native, Kim's contemporary romance combines Hollywood magic with pop culture to create quirky characters set against some of most unique and colorful settings in the world. With a weakness for designer purses, bad boys and techno geeks, Kim married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running and finally admitted handbags were an investment. Kim is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as some small specialty chapters. A multi-published author, Kim's books can be found on Amazon as well as Barnes & Nobel. From alcohol to makeup to infrared cameras and even scientific lasers studying the atmosphere, Kim has worked in some aspect of sales and marketing for over twenty years. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.
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