*Review* (Never) Again by Theresa Paolo

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Title: (Never) Say Never

Author: Theresa Paolo

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 15th 2013

Publisher: Berkley Penguin Group

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Synopsis

Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex’s voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls’ bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn’t leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?

Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.

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3-stars

There were some major issues with this story that I could not overlook. First, let me talk about the things I found interesting about this story.

The author, Theresa Paolo, did a wonderful job of drawing me into the story in the beginning. She gave me enough information to keep me intrigued as to why Liz was so conflicted with Zach’s return.

I also enjoyed Zach as a character. He was picture perfect – handsome, caring and honest. He treated Liz well and only wanted what was best for her. yes, he made a mistake but he owned up to it and tried to make amends. I just could not fault him for that since it showed his mature side, something that I found lacking in Liz’s character.

When the second guessing and the whiplash inducing ramblings began, my opinion of Liz went downhill. I want him. I want him NOT. I forgive him. I forgive him NOT. Girl, make up your mind! Yes, I like my heroines to struggle with their decisions, to question and to ponder but this was ridiculous. More so because all this was based on an issue that wasn’t that big a deal in the first place.People drift apart, deal with it head on and when the times comes for a confrontation,  speak your mind, weight the pros and cons of forgiving and forgetting and move on with your life with or without the person in question.

Maybe I’m just too old to comprehend Liz’s behavior and it clouded my judgement of her. I just could not connect to her and feel for her like I’ve done for other characters in the genre.

What saved the story for me were the additional plot points that were going on besides the romance part of the story. Theresa Paolo deepened the emotions and threw me some curves which helped to keep my attention and continue reading.

I still think this was a pretty good story that just didn’t reach its potential in my eyes. The story could have gone a different way and some questions could have been answered better, but I’m no author so I can accept this story for what it is – a sweet, romantic tale about reconnecting with the one that got away and seeing if the connection you once had can be reignited again.

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*Review* Safe in His Arms by Renee Rose

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Title: Safe in His Arms

Author: Renee Rose

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 23, 2013

Publisher: Stormy Night Publications

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For as long as she could remember, Becca dreamed of a dominant man to take her in hand, and Zac, the handsome Marine she met at her sister’s wedding, filled the role with aplomb… for a weekend. Then the fling came to an end, Zac went off to war and died for his country, and Becca learned she carried a child who would be born without a father.

Seven years later, Becca has done her best to move on and forget about Zac… until the day she walks into her kitchen to find the man she believed she would never see again locked in mortal combat with her son’s nanny, and realizes everything she thought she knew about Zac was a lie.

Like all Black Ops agents, Zac doesn’t exist in any government record. His life is a series of deadly missions, and relationships of any kind are unsanctioned. But he keeps one secret. He watches over Becca, the beautiful daughter of a rogue agent, and Parker, the six-year-old boy he fathered that fateful weekend. When he spots a known assassin in their apartment posing as a nanny, he’s forced to reveal himself and take them to safety… whether Becca likes it or not.

While Becca may have enjoyed his dominance once, bending her to his will again may not be quite so easy. He is determined to keep her safe, however, and if a long, hard spanking is required, he is more than willing to oblige. Having Becca over his knee rekindles more than his passion, though; even when the immediate danger has passed, he finds it much more difficult to “ghost out” on his family again. Must he resign himself to protecting those he loves from afar, or can he find a way to be the man Becca needs and longs for, the man who is worthy of her
submission and her love?

Publisher’s Note: Safe in His Arms is an erotic romance novel that includes both consensual and non-consensual spankings, anal play, graphic sexual scenes, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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3-stars

Becca and Zac shared a passion-filled encounter where she indulged into some exploring of her sexuality. She discovered a few things about what turned her on and even came away with a bit of a souvenir out of the experience.

Zac never forgor the days spent with Becca. How she gave herself over to him and shared intimate moments and discoveries with him. Years after their encounter, his attraction to her is as powerful as it was back then.

This was an interesting story to get into. It drew me in from the start by having Becca and Zac meet and get together. It’s not an overly original concept, but Renee Rose added some interesting concepts to it that nonetheless made it enjoyable to me.

I enjoyed Zac and Becca’s chemistry and their interactions.It was great to see their initial connection growing into something more. The exploration of how their relationship would play out and how the author went about bringing these issues to the page were well written and added to the development of their connection. But mostly I enjoyed the few moments when they let their guards down and made themselves vulnerable to each other. Mostly, those were the moments that kept me engaged in the story.

My only complaint and the only reason this story didn’t get a higher rating was the fact that the series of events behind the story were a bit far-fetched and over the top. I’m all for the hero saving the lady and all, but the mystery/suspense as it played out didn’t hold my attention as much as I wanted it to.

All in all, a sexy, entertaining read with chemistry abound and some emotions thrown into the mix to make it a worthwhile read.

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*Review* The Christmas He Loved Her (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #2) by Juliana Stone

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Title: The Christmas He Loved Her

Author: Juliana Stone

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 1st 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks

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All he wants this Christmas is her.

In the small town of Crystal Lake, Christmas is a time for sledding, hot chocolate, and cozying up to the fire with those you love. For Jake Edwards, it’s also time to come home and face his past. He thought there would never be anything harder than losing his brother. Turns out there is: falling in love with his brother’s widow, Raine.

Ever since they were little, Jesse was the Edwards brother who was always there for her, and Jake was the one who knew just how to push her buttons. Raine can’t imagine a life without them, which is why it was doubly decimating when Jake left town after his brother’s sudden death. Now he’s back and she doesn’t know whether to be mad or thrilled. Maybe both. Maybe it will be the perfect chance for both of them to finally find happiness again.

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4 stars

It was great visiting the cast of characters from Crystal Lake. After reading The Summer He Came Home and getting to know the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, I was intrigued about Jake and his turbulent relationship with Raine.

I understood perfectly from where Raine was coming from although I didn’t know her complete story. It turns out that it was a doozy. Having spent most of her teenage age crushing on Jake, she ended up marrying the sweeter, more approachable Jesse. That’s not to say that she didn’t love Jesse, she just never got over her feelings for Jake. So when he returns and their relationship is nothing but a mess, she doesn’t handle it well.

Jake has always been attracted to Raine, more so after an unplanned encounter when they were just teenagers. Although he never resented his brother’s decision to marry her, he never could get over her. Now that he is back, his emotions are all over the place. He knows he needs time to sort things through but being so close to Raine is not making things easier.

I loved how Juliana Stone went about telling Raine and Jake’s story. She didn’t make it easy nor did she wrap it up with a pretty bow. It was hard, gritty and emotional. There were secrets shared, confessions made and passions unleashed. They each gave as good as they got and their chemistry along with their emotions jumped off the page.

Although this is the second book in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series it can be read as a stand alone. Its focus is on the tumultuous relationship between Jake and Raine, how they overcome their issues and give in into the inevitable love that lies between them.

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Blog Tour: Long the Mile by Ally Blue *Guest Post and Review*

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Hi everybody! Ally Blue here, cruising the internet tubes in support of my latest release, Long the Mile from Riptide Publishing. Big thanks to LeAnn’s Book Reviews for having me here today. I appreciate the chance to talk about this book (which I love) and writing in general. If anyone out there reading has met me, you KNOW I do love to talk [Symbol]

So, lots of authors like to write to a soundtrack, right? RIGHT?!? Of course they do. Once upon a time, I always had a playlist on my iTunes for each book. These days, I kind of mix it up. Sometimes I’ll have the TV on (HGTV? Anyone? Bueller?), or Pandora/iTunes radio/some other internet radio type thingy, or if I’m really concentrating I’ll put on Sigur Rós since the music is lovely and I don’t speak Icelandic so the lyrics can’t distract me. Other times I’ll put on Radiohead because they’re my favorite band and they always put me in a good, expanded, thoughtful headspace. Or The Black Keys because their music is sexy. Oh yes it is. Heh.

I don’t always take the time to make up an actual playlist for each book anymore, though. Because, well, it does take time, and my time is rare and precious now. But with the absence of a list, I’ve found that each book tends to have a kind of theme song, based on what I see as the theme of the book. Is that weird? I don’t know. It’s a thing that’s been emerging for quite a while, though, even before the playlists went away.

For example: my novel The Happy Onion had a playlist, but the clear theme song for it was “Fire Escape” by Fastball, because the central idea was being yourself, and being accepted for who you are. For Adder, which also had a playlist, the obvious theme song was “Lover I Don’t Have To Love” by Bright Eyes. Adder was a character who actively avoided emotional attachments until he met his True Love, so that song fit him like a catsuit. For These Haunted Heights, the one song that captured the feeling at the heart of the book was “Follow Me Around” by Radiohead. It’s maybe not as clear-cut as the others, but for me it caught Drew’s heartache and inertia to a T.

When I was writing Long the Mile, the song that echoed in my head constantly was “Armistice” by Patrick Wolf. I love Patrick Wolf anyway, but for me this song perfectly expresses the type of relationship Judah and Toby have – where they both need to be strong for one another at different times, for different reasons, supporting each other in a world that can be very harsh and difficult. If you read the book, you’ll see what I mean. Listen to the song, and see if it doesn’t make you feel all gooey inside.

So that’s my relationship between my writing and music. I LOVE music, so I’d dearly love to know what’s your favorite listen, your favorite live show, whatever. Share!

(p.s. Radiohead and Patrick Wolf are both AWESOME live!)

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Release Date: November 25th 2013

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

This title is part of the Home for the Holidays collection.

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Synopsis

Sometimes it takes losing everything to find what you really need. 

When Judah went to prison for insider trading, he lost everything he thought was important: his business, his money, his power. But when he gets out, homelessness strips him of the one thing he has left: his self-respect. When another homeless man saves him from a beating, he begins to learn to rely on the goodness of those around him.

For Toby, life on the streets has become familiar. Comfortable. So comfortable he wonders if he’s given up on changing his life for the better. Then comes Judah. Formerly rich, newly homeless, all his pride and attitude gone along with his material possessions. Helping Judah feels good. Their unexpected connection—physical and beyond—feels even better.

Their shared situation nurtures a growing closeness that blossoms into something deeper. But when change comes knocking, it will take all their strength to keep fear and insecurity from tearing them apart.

**20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit http://www.aliforneycenter.org/

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4 stars

A touching story of two men finding each other in a moment in their lives when nothing is certain.

Judah is a proud man who has lost everything he ever worked for. Driven by fear of the uncertain and the state his life is in, he lashes out at Toby when he ran into him. Try as he might he can’t get his life back together and everything comes crumbling down around him. Now he’s homeless, broke and most of all lonely.

Toby has been homeless for a year and even though he has learned to accept his situation and appears content and cheery, he is conflicted and his spirit is dwindling. He sees all Judah is trying to hide – the fear, the uncertainty. And recognizes it for what it is. He extends a hand to Judah and offers him a shoulder to lean on.

Together they embark in a friendship that leads to romance, but Judah continues to struggle. He has come to rely on Toby, but fears losing himself.

Ally Blue did a wonderful job in bringing Judah and Toby’s story to the page. The concept behind the story is not a common one, but a very real one regardless.

She brought each character’s doubts, emotions and thoughts to the page in such a way that I could not help myself but to feel for them both. Each honest interaction, passion-filled exchange and conflicted emotion helped to develop the connection between Judah and Toby. Both men grew as characters throughout the story while still dealing with their current situation and what it all entailed. Although it took Judah more time and his struggle brought tears to my eyes, his growth was essential for him to have any type of success, especially in his relationship with Toby. I admired his resilience and wanted to shake some sense into him all the same.

Needless to say that their chemistry was awesome. They each brought something different every time they came together. But mostly I enjoyed the vulnerability they displayed. It made their connection that much more believable.

All in all, Long the Mile was a sweet, heart-warming story of new beginnings for two men who never thought they’d ever get a chance to achieve that kind of happiness. A great story for the holidays!

I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion as part of my participation in the blog tour.

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Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst. She has a great big suggestively-shaped hat and rides in a bullet-proof Plexiglas bubble in Christmas parades. Her harem of manwhores does double duty as bodyguards and inspirational entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green and her favorite way to waste a perfectly good Saturday is to watch all three extended version LOTR movies in a row. Her ultimate dream is to one day ditch the evil day job and support the family on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids’ friends say.

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*Review* Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) by S.E. Jakes

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Title: Long Time Gone

Author: S.E. Jakes

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 28th 2013

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

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When a tornado meets a volcano, nothing is safe.

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.

Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

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Hell yeah! This is what I’m talking about.

Great story-telling, amazing, sexy and complex characters, mystery, intrigue and a whole LOT of man love.

Two head-strong men, a hurricane, a murder and an abundance of sizzling chemistry and overwhelming emotions. This and so much more is what SE Jakes brings to the page in her second installment to the Hell or High Water series.

After months apart each doing their thing, Prophet and Tom are reunited once more.

Sparks fly.

Tempers flare.

Hearts surrender.

And that’s just in the beginning!

SE Jakes did an amazing job in bringing to the page this continuation of Prophet and Tom’s story.  Of course, she brought Prophet and Tom’s overwhelming passion and emotion to the page, but she also added so many other elements that had me at the edge on my seat tapping along on my tablet to get to the bottom of all that was happening.

Ghosts.

Voodoo.

Alligators.

Characters from Tom’s past make an appearance giving us a chance to truly get to the bottom of who he is and what drives him. He struggles, he questions, he lets go. His journey was as interesting and it was enjoyable.

Prophet continues with his hard-edged and no-nonsense attitude. His protective instincts shine through even as he’s battling his own ghosts. He advances, he retreats, he hesitates and gives in.

I loved it all!

I’m not going to say anymore, you get the idea. I loved it and I hope you love it too!

All in all, a fantastic addition to Prophet and Tom’s journey with everything I was expecting and then some I didn’t, but nevertheless loved.

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SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…

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*Review* Chained (Roman Holiday #1) by Ruthie Knox

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Title: Chained

Author: Ruthie Knox

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 11th 2013

Publisher: Loveswept

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Meet Ashley and Roman—complete opposites who can’t hide their attraction—in Episode 1 of Ruthie Knox’s eBook original serial, Roman Holiday.

Ashley Bowman is having a bad week. Reeling from the death of her beloved grandmother, she returns to the Florida Keys only to learn that a heartless Miami developer has gotten hold of the crappy vacation rentals she calls home. Ashley has one day to clear out before Roman Díaz destroys the only place in the world that matters to her. Chaining herself to a palm tree in the bulldozers’ path seems like a good way to stop him . . . until she realizes she should’ve brought food and water. And pants. Also, it would help if the evil developer weren’t so ridiculously hot.

The last thing Roman Díaz needs is some sun-kissed blond protester getting her picture in the newspaper and messing up his plans. He bought the property fair and square, and the resort he wants to build on the site is the key to realizing his highest ambitions. But when a hurricane blows through, Roman has to hustle Ashley to safety if he wants to protect his reputation—and that means giving in to her unreasonable demands.

Roman needs to learn a little compassion, and Ashley’s decided to teach it to him . . . even if she has to drag him all over the Eastern Seaboard to do it.

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4 stars

After everything else has failed in saving the place she calls home,  Ashley has no choice but to take matters into her own hands – she chained herself to a palm tree on the premises. She acted on impulse and didn’t think things through enough, but she’s determined to make a difference, Latin hottie be dammed!

Roman is not amused nor is he happy to find Ashley chained to that palm tree and halting the progress on his new development. A ruthless business man, Roman is the epitome of the tall, dark and handsome type with arrogance and an ego to boot.

Ruthie Knox outdid herself in this fun and unique first installment in the Roman Holiday serial. It had the edginess of two opposite characters drawn to each other, snarky and witty dialogue and a couple of intriguing and complex characters.

I could tell there was so much more to Ashley that was revealed. She gave as good as she got, but some of her vulnerability also showed. She was head-strong and opinionated with a great big, sentimental heart.I can’t wait to know her better. I think she’s the perfect match for the likes of Roman.

Now Roman, that’s one character I’d love to see crashing down. He intrigued me as well and I’m sure his story is as complicated as he seems to be. I can’t wait to see how he fares in the company of Ashley. Just the little glimpse I got of him got me hooked and I want more.

Chained is the first ‘episode’ in the serial and a great start at that. Although it only came up to 40 pages, Ruthie Knox brought all the elements necessary to draw the reader in and hook them into continuing Ashley and Roman’s story. I can’t wait to read the other two installments, Hitched and Blindsided.

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USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing.

Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life.

Ruthie moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website at www.ruthieknox.com and drop her a line.

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Author’s Spotlight Tour: Falling for Mr. Wrong by Inara Scott *Guest Post and Review*

Welcome to the Author’s Spotlight Tour for Inara Scott’s Falling for Mr. Wrong

Below you will find all relevant information regarding Falling for Mr. Wrong, along with a guest post by author Inara Scott. Please enjoy the excerpt provided. Thank you for stopping by!

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Whatcha Reading?

If you’re anything like me, you go through stages in your reading.  These stages can be genre or author. For example, when I started reading romance again after a many year hiatus, I read all historicals. I stared with my old favorites and re-read Johanna Lindsey and Jude Deveraux, then moved on to Mary Balogh, Eloisa James, and Julia Quinn.

Then, somehow or another, my friend and critique partner Susan Sey got me started reading contemporary romances. I had never read them before and was skeptical. But she assured me if I tried just one book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I’d be hooked. She was totally right. I gobbled down SEPs list, then Jenny Crusie, and then countless Harlequin authors (this was before Entangled came to be!).

Lately, I’ve been enjoying novellas. I inhaled the new Entangled Bliss anthology Stranded with a Hero, which I picked up because I adore Cindi Madsen and Roxanne Snopek’s writing, but also fell in love with Karen Erickson and Colleen Kwan’s wonderfully romantic styles. I also got to read an advance copy of Falling for the CEO, by Audra North, which was a darling Cinderella story and the perfect holiday happily ever after.

So, what are you reading these days? Any particular author or genre, or a little bit of everything?

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Title: Falling for Mr. Wrong

Author: Inara Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: November 11th, 2013

Publisher: Entangled ~ Indulgence

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Looking for Mrs. Right…

Single father of three, Ross Bencher, knows the kind of woman he wants: someone predictable, reliable, and safe, who can give his kids the security they deserve. Someone entirely different from high-altitude mountaineer Kelsey. Kelsey bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion and is about as far from his ideal as a woman can get, but try telling that to his body. Or his heart…

Falling for Mr. Wrong…

When Kelsey agreed to fill in as a temporary nanny for her best friend’s agency before a big climbing expedition, she had no idea she’d be working for drop-dead sexy Ross Bencher, a man she can’t seem to keep her hands off. She knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing, attachments, or distractions. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping…and questioning everything she’s ever known about love…

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4 stars

Ross is in town for business when he notices Kelsey. Not one for having one-night stands he’s feeling down over his recent divorce and believes that losing himself in the arms of a beautiful woman is just what he needs.

Kelsey is nervous about her latest trip and is in the mood for an adventure. Looking at Ross from across the room, she knows a night spent with the handsome hunk of male would settle her nerves.

What neither of them was counting on was on their instant connection or seeing each other ever again.

Inara Scott did a wonderful job with this story. I loved the concept behind it and how it was all brought together in a sweet, funny yet sensual story where opposites attract and the deep connection between the characters overrides everything else.

I loved Ross. I enjoyed both his fatherly side and his passionate one. When he unleashed his lust for Kelsey he really let go and went with it. He denied, retreated and stepped up to the challenge all within a couple of pages. It truly made for an enjoyable read.

Kelsey was a great character too. I enjoyed her determination when so many tried to derail her. In the end, she was true to herself and her feelings and I admired her for  that. She was funny, caring and straight-forward. She gave as good as she got and that just made her pairing with Ross that much more interesting.

The secondary characters introduced in the story were great too. I enjoyed Ross and Kelsey’s interactions with them, especially the kids. I loved that the author included them throughout the story and didn’t just use them as props. They engaged the main characters and even brought out another side of them that would have been otherwise hidden from the reader.

Falling for Mr. Wrong is the third book in the Bencher Family series, but it can certainly be read as a stand alone. The other two titles in the series,  Rules of Negotiation and The Boss’s Fake Fiancee, are already on my TBR shelf as we speak.

All in all, a sweet romantic read with emotional undertones, explosive chemistry and intriguing characters that compelled the reader to cheer them on into achieving the happily ever after they so deserved.

I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.

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Kelsey swayed. His words sent heat racing through her body, flushing her face and sending a rush of warm honey between her legs. “We decided to forgot about that night, remember? It never happened.”

He finally let go of her of her hand, but instead of stepping away he moved even closer, raising his hand to brush her hair back behind her shoulder and caressing the soft skin along her collarbone. “That’s what I keep telling myself. This is all wrong. You’re all wrong.”

Alarm bells sounded in her head, but they were strangely incapable of forcing motion into her legs. “That’s right,” she heard herself say, as if from some great distance. “Exactly right.”

“I have three kids,” he continued, his eyes pinned on the hollow at base of her throat. “If I’m going to be with someone she needs to be boring. Reliable. Predictable.”

“You have three kids,” she agreed, angling her head back slightly and closing her eyes. He cupped the back of her neck in his palm, and she felt his lips brush lightly, like the wings of a butterfly, against her neck. “You live a life I can barely imagine. I couldn’t invent someone who would be less compatible with me.”

The touch was too sweet, too familiar. Her nipples hardened in an instant. How was it possible to want someone so much, so quickly?

“Damn it, Kelsey,” he continued, breathing against her skin as he kissed her again, this time just below her ear. “Why do you do this to me? Why can’t I walk away from you?”

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Bestselling author Inara Scott grew up on a steady diet of true love, heaving bosoms, and happily ever after. Romance inspired her first novel, penned at the age of 14, titled A Wild and Stormy Passion. Today, Inara writes anything and everything, including young adult fiction and adult romance. Inara loves to hear from readers, and can often be found avoiding actual work by playing on Twitter (@inarascott) and Facebook.

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Finding Willow by Dawn Robertson *Review*

 

 

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Title: Finding Willow

Author: Dawn Robertson

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: November 25, 2013

Book Trailer: http://vimeo.com/78685675#

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Synopsis

Sex is all I have ever known.

It started at an early age, and never stopped.

Men, women, threesomes, foursomes, orgies. Fuck it, whatever goes.

Twenty eight years old and nothing to show for my life but a fat bank account, and an impressive porn catalogue; all featuring yours truly; Starburst Bloom.

I’m at a crossroads, and I have a choice to make. I choose salvation.

I choose life. I choose myself, for the first time ever.

I will find her. I will find the life I was forced to give up.

I just pray that he stays out of my way.

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Review

4 stars

We met Star on Hers as Seven’s long-time best friend. As we had seen, her life was a mess and spiraling out of control. She needed to get her act together, pull up her big girl panties and deal. Frankly, I didn’t think she had it in her.

Dawn Robertson sure proved me wrong. Packed-full of self-reflection and inner struggles on Star’s part, honest dialogue and amazing characters, she made Star’s story one hell of an emotional ride. I enjoyed how the author went about bringing Star’s growth to the page. It wasn’t sudden and it wasn’t easy. She struggled, questioned and at times found herself wondering if it was worth it.

This story intersects with the storyline in Hers but it recounts the events in Star’s POV, truly giving us an idea of the extent of Star’s regret over events passed and her struggle to keep herself in line.

The addition of some new characters helped the story move along nicely and added another aspect to the story. Chrome and River were awesome characters to read. Chrome with his sexy, alpha-male attitude and heart of gold, he had me from the moment he step out of his bike. And how about that adorable daughter of his! He was caring and honest, but bad-ass too. I loved him! River was great too. Chrome’s brother was a nice guy and the first friend Star encountered when she arrived back home. The friendship he offered Star showed her kindness the likes she had never known from a male ‘friend’.

Then there was Blue, we met him on Hers. Suffice it to say that he didn’t make a great impression then and it only worsened from then. I wanted to throttle him and give him some of his own medicine. He truly was a nasty person and I’m glad he got what was coming to him.

Needless to say that the romance part of the story was fabulous. Chrome and Star’s chemistry was off-the-charts HOT and I enjoyed every minute of it. More than once, I found myself backtracking and reading some scenes over again. Hell yeah, I was thorough! Dawn Robertson knows how to bring the character’s passion to the page. Their urgency at getting at each other, their relief at finally getting to it and of course, every little juicy detail in between.

Well done, Ms Robertson. You’ve found a new fan in me!

Although Finding Willow is the second book in the Hers series it can be read as stand alone since it focuses on Star’s journey to let go of her past, her new found romance and her search for Willow, who’s an integral part of Star’s past.

I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion as part of my participation of the tour.

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About the Author

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Dawn is a woman of many colors. Born and raised in the North-East, the youngest child of three, to two hard working, and extremely dedicated parents, she thrived on her love for creative writing. Her commitment to hard work lead her down a number of career paths over the years, stopping with her love for fiction.

In a bold, and unexpected move, she quit her full-time nine to five gig to thrust herself into her debut erotic novel, Hers.

Dawn is a mother, entrepreneur, and self proclaimed book whore.

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Book #1: Hers by Dawn Robertson

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*Review*: Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington

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Title: Stripped Clean

Author: Ellis Carrington

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 21, 2013

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Synopsis

Carlos O’Shea is stuck. He knocked up a girl in college after a night of too much drinking and then married her to be honorable. With little money, fewer options, and no degree, he winds up cleaning the floors in a small town gentlemen’s club and thinking desperate thoughts about the handsome owner that’ll lead to nothing but trouble.

Greg Moorehouse only invested in a nudie bar to help his best buddy out of a financial crisis. Now his drug-dealing ex-boyfriend, his reverend father, and a parade of surgically-enhanced DDs are driving him insane. But what’s really stripped him of all good sense is his growing obsession with his married employee, Carlos.

They circle each other in a push-pull of misunderstandings and growing attraction. Carlos needs to get his boss out of his head, and Greg can’t abide cheaters and married men. So what are a strip club owner and the guy who cleans going to do with their undeniable desires?

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Review

4 stars

Carlos is at a place in his life where he is feeling unhappy. His luck is not the best either, but thankfully he finds some semblance of steadiness in his new job, even if it’s just as a janitor at a strip club. He is attracted to the owner and but he’s denied himself the pleasure of another man for so long, that he can’t make himself to act on his feelings.

Gregg is a reluctant business partner at the strip club, but at least trying to make the best of it lets him interact and lust after Carlos. Although instantly attracted to Carlos, he knows that he is married but not the circumstances of said marriage. He stays await and doesn’t act on his lustful thoughts.

Carlos and Gregg do form a sort of friendship while keeping their attraction at bay. Hell, the sexual tension between these two could cut glass. I have to say that although I wanted to smack them upside the head to just get on with it, I enjoyed the give and take and their whiplash-inducing ramblings – I want. I can’t. I wish. I won’t. I could. I should. It sure made for an entertaining read!

I won’t go into much detail since a lot of things happen in this story that slowly but surely bring these two together. I liked that despite Carlos and Gregg kept their attraction to themselves, their connection grew throughout the story. I enjoyed their interactions, their struggles with their feelings and them finally getting together.

Hell yeah, I did! When the moment finally came I found myself grinning from ear to ear and tapping the hell out of my tablet to get to it once and for all. It wasn’t only hot to see their passion finally unleashed, but the emotions that came into play made it even more enjoyable.

All in all, a fantastic, enjoyable read with all the elements I love – emotions, great characters, different concept and great man love.

I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

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About the Author

Romance requires a hopeful ending and that is why Ellis Carrington is driven to write it. She loves to create original stories that are gritty, witty, and a little unexpected, just like the heroes who inhabit them. Her guys come in both human and non-human form because spirit guides and vampires deserve love too. Her favorite things are great friends, great music, and books that make her sob like there’s no tomorrow.

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*Review*: Hers (Hers, #1) by Dawn Robertson

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Title: Hers

Author: Dawn Robertson

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: October 8, 2013

Book Trailer: http://vimeo.com/76235050

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Synopsis

I am weak.
I am lonely.
I am a slut.
I am strong.
I am Dominant.
I am independent.
I am Seven James.

My entire life, no one has wanted me, and that was fine, because I sure as shit didn’t need anyone else. Blah, Blah Blah, insert sad story here about negligent parents, and shitty siblings, and you have my life story in a nut shell. When my college boyfriend dumped me, it was just icing on the cake. Five years, and a booming career later I am here to collect my revenge.

That was until a delicious plaything walked into the kink club I frequent, and rocked my typically un-rockable world. Causing me to break the one rule I have lived by since Daniel Alexander walked out of my life, never have sex with the same person twice. Ever.

Warning!!!! Hers contains sexually explicit situations that may be uncomfortable for some. These include FF, FMF, and MFM interactions.

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Review

3-stars

Seven is a strong, independent woman both in the boardroom as in the bedroom. She doesn’t stand for anyone disrespecting her and her demeanor is that of a successful woman who gets what she wants, when she wants it. However, underneath all that veneers lies a girl who only wants to be accepted and loved.

Seven meets Levi on a sex club and their connection is instant. Although a Dominant by nature, Seven can’t help but react to Levi in a different way she’s accustomed to. Try as she might she can’t stay detached and that scares her more than anything.

I enjoyed how Dawn Robertson brought Seven’s character to life. I could picture her perfectly. From the hard-edged, passionate woman of the bedroom to the vulnerable, insecure girl hidden within her walls all through to the successful and confident business woman, I enjoyed the different sides of her I got to see.

Levi was great too, my only regret was that I didn’t get a chance to really get to know him more. He was thoughtful of Seven’s feelings but relentless in his pursuit regardless of her excuses.

Needless to say that Seven and Levi’s chemistry was great too. In enjoyed it when they got together even though some scenes added nothing to the story. I had no problem with the scenes that took place content wise, but although their chemistry was there it all somehow felt detached to me. I mostly enjoyed Levi’s pursuit and their moments after the sex. Yep, I’m as surprised as you. Go figure!

Hers is the first book in the Hers series and it tells the story of Seven and her journey of finally leaving her past behind to be able to embrace the new beginning Levi offers. It had a bit of emotions, a lot of the sex and two interesting and intriguing characters.

I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

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About the Author

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Dawn is a woman of many colors. Born and raised in the North-East, the youngest child of three, to two hard working, and extremely dedicated parents, she thrived on her love for creative writing. Her commitment to hard work lead her down a number of career paths over the years, stopping with her love for fiction.

In a bold, and unexpected move, she quit her full-time nine to five gig to thrust herself into her debut erotic novel, Hers.

Dawn is a mother, entrepreneur, and self proclaimed book whore.

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Book #2: Finding Willow by Dawn Robertson

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