Bonds of Courage (Wicked Play #6) by Lynda Aicher *Series Review*

 

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Bonds of Courage (Wicked Play #6)
by Lynda Aicher

An Erotic Contemporary Romance
From Harlequin/Carina Press
Released on June 16, 2014

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Book Six of Wicked Play

Pro hockey player Holden Hauke has kept his sexual needs buried for years. After a near miss over a picture of him bound to a spanking bench resulted in a mid-season trade, he’s kept his image clean. But with the season over, he’s ready to surrender control. And he’s found just the woman to help him—if only he can convince her to give him a chance.

Bending men to her will is nothing new for Vanessa Delcour, aka Mistress V—she’s a full-time rep for pro athletes, a part-time owner of exclusive sex club The Den, and an experienced Domme. But when Holden Hauke comes looking for a discreet partner, Vanessa’s concerned about his motives. Touching his training-toned body during a scene wouldn’t exactly be a hardship, but taking him on crosses barriers between work and play that she’s had in place for years.

From their first intense encounter in Mistress V’s playroom, Hauke knows he can’t let this chance slip away; he’s found the woman he’s always needed. Submissive or not, he’s willing to push her every limit to prove how good they can be together.

 

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Review

4 stars

Holden has a need to be dominated–one that he has denied for too long. Although he accepts his need he doesn’t want to shout it’s still not something he can openly pursue because of his career. That’s how he finds himself at The Den being interviewed by Mistress V.

Vanessa keeps a tight control on her life. She separates her Domme persona from her business one and not once has she let them collide. But there’s something about Holden that pushes all her buttons and tests all the boundaries she has set for herself.

Once again, Lynda Aicher brings to the page a lust-filled, emotional tale of trust and acceptance.

I loved the characters, especially Holden. His submission was a beautiful thing to see and when paired with Vanessa’s conflicted emotions it made their story a fantastic read.

I enjoyed Holden’s acceptance of his needs and his easy and laid back personality. He was intense when it came to his desires but yet so understanding, open and caring when it came to Vanessa that I couldn’t help but cheer him on in his pursuit of something more with her.

As for Vanessa, I have to say that I admired her strength of character. Her past and conflicted emotions were the one thing that kept me interested in the outcome of her story. I admit though, that there were times when I wanted to shake some sense into her, but eventually she came to realize that Holden was not only the perfect sub for her but the man she needed at her side.

Of course, their chemistry was off-the-charts hot. I enjoyed their scenes and the intensity in which they came together. And when emotions came into play? Ufff! Amazing!

Although Bonds of Courage is the sixth book in the Wicked Play series it can certainly be read as a stand alone. However, I recommend reading all the previous books since they all are a great addition to the series.

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Series Review

 

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Bonds of Trust (Wicked Play, #1) — 3.5 stars

Cali has finally decided to explore the idea that she might be a submissive, so she becomes a member of the most exclusive sex club in town. Although scared of taking this step, she knows that it’s the only way she can ever be true to herself after years of being what everybody expected her to be. What she wasn’t expecting was to have one of the owners take an interest in her. Not only does Jake bring her submissive side to the surface, he also wakes up feelings she had thought long forgotten – love and longing.

I loved the premise of this story very much, it’s not often that we get an “older” woman as a main character, much less having her try something new at this stage in her life. That was what I liked best of Cali. She felt real, with insecurities and needs that had been unfilled for a long time, but strong enough to go after what she wanted. Then to pair her up with Jake, a self-proclaimed wanderer who’d never stayed long enough in one place, and you know that what you’re going to get is one intense story.

Bonds of Trust is a great start to a series with the introduction of the club setting and the additional characters that appeared in the story.

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Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, #2) — 4 stars

Kendra is running from her past and her needs. A natural submissive who needs pain to gain her pleasure. She doesn’t want to need the pain and feels shame that she does, but her desire to fulfill those needs are greater than her will to not engage in the lifestyle, so she heads out to The Den once and for all. Once there she is fully determined in her mission. With her set of rules to keep her safe she finally approaches a Dom.

In a set of events that are packed-full of emotions, she finds herself not with the Dom she approached but with Deklan. A quiet man that exudes confidence and sexiness just by the way he stands, Deklan is a partner in The Den. A Dom who’s focus is on training submissives, he sees something in Kendra that he can’t help but want to explore. So with their set of rules all laid out they venture forward to help Kendra accept her needs without shame or fear.

And what a journey that was!!!

This time around the author delivered in all fronts. The story not only had the sensuality I’ve come to expect, it also had the range in emotions, a little bit of angst with a little humor mixed in and the wonderful development of a romance. This was not insta-love. This was a relationship based on trust earned and acceptance of needs. They talked, they laughed and they shared intimate moments and what came out of it was a beautiful coupling.

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Bonds of Desire (Wicked Play, #3) — 2.75 stars

Allison is an independent, young lawyer who makes her own decisions and doesn’t see the appeal of letting herself submit to a man to gain her pleasure. Like she said, that’s what vibrators were for. However, she does feel drawn to Tyler and Seth both for different reasons. She admits that she’s attracted to Set, a partner in The Den and a practicing Dom. She just doesn’t think that they have anything in common except their mutual attraction. When she meets Tyler she feels not only an instant need to protect him, but sees something in him that pulls at her – his quiet dominating way.

I had great hopes for this threesome. I thought that the concept had a great chance of bringing to the page a whole range of emotions and depth in characterization, instead I was left feeling flat. The connection between the three was thin at best and not developed thoroughly within the story. There was a lack of dialogue, but a lot of inner pondering that in reality didn’t help in me relating to any of the characters. Just when I thought I had a beat on who that character was, the story veered in another direction. It felt like I had to wade through a lot of ramblings just to get a sense of who each character was.

I believe that it is because of this that I couldn’t buy Allison’s sudden change of heart and acceptance of their relationship. Don’t get me wrong, they had chemistry to boot. The sex scenes were good, even if I felt they were cut short sometimes. It was hot seeing them together, but it would have been even better if their connection were stronger. It was just that connection, that time of truly getting to know each other that was missing. Maybe with a few more pages of dialogue and a lot less pages of pondering and wondering and more time spent together, this relationship would have been more believable to me.

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Bonds of Hope (Wicked Play, #4) — 4 stars

Quinn arrives at The Den to get some training for a movie role. She is tired of what her life has become and wants a chance to make a change. The Den is both shocking and exciting and she wants to learn more.

Marcus is not keen on ‘babysitting’ a movie star, especially now that he is a partner in the club. He has his hands full with his clients and has not time to waste. So when Quinn requests to experience the lifestyle, he goes full out. What he wasn’t expecting was how this experience will affect them both.

Once again, Lynda Aicher managed to deliver a sensual yet emotionally driven story. Neither Quinn nor Marcus are in search of love, but when they start their training and their emotions come into play, both of them must deal with the reality that is their life.

She’s an actress, he’s a Dom. She’s not strong enough to speak of her feelings and too inexperienced in the lifestyle to compromise on his career. He’s too stubborn to let go though and when tragedy strikes, he’s there ready to change his life in order to have her.

I liked that the author developed their connection over time and that their relationship wasn’t immediately a physical one. They had their scenes, but mostly they talked and shared and when the time came for them to ‘train’ it was packed full of sexual tension and excitement. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Bonds of Denial (Wicked Play, #5) — 5 stars

Rock has been fighting his sexuality since he was fourteen years old. This was made essential when he lived under his father’s thumb and then when he went in the service. Forced to deny himself the pleasure of another man’s company, he has lived his life lacking any emotional involvement other than those of friendship. But his need to give into his desires strengthened ever since he first laid eyes on Carter at The Den.

Carter is an escort and although it has worked out for him for a decade he can’t wait to get out. However, his fear of failure has him questioning his decision to renew his contract. He’s glad that at least his ‘work’ has become routine, especially now that he has a few regular who make it easy on him to continue with this trade. That is until one appointment with an unknown ‘john’. Although rattled by the man who paid for his services, he is a professional and will do what it takes to bring pleasure to the conflicted man he encounters.

Little do these men know that their meeting will lead to a journey where the strongest of the two will crumble and the one that was in a tattered state would be the one to save them both.

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this story!

Lynda Archer brought together all the elements I have come to expect from the M/M genre to make this an intense romantic read. She took a difficult subject and brought all the emotions and consequences it entailed and blended it together with need, lust and longing to bring forth a story of acceptance and new beginnings. I loved it and enjoyed from start to finish. The dark, the light and everything in between.

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About the Author

Lynda Aicher has always loved to read. It’s a simple fact that has been true since she discovered the words of Judy Blume at the age of ten. After years of weekly travel as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, she ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, volunteer, cleaner and mediator. If writing wasn’t a priority, it wouldn’t get done.

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Bad Nights (Rockfort Security #1) by Rebecca York *Review*

 

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Bad Nights (Rockfort Security #1)
by Rebecca York

A Romantic Suspense
From Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on September 3rd 2013

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca York’s newest series will keep you on the edge of your seat

There is a spy in S&D systems who is leaking top-secret information that could lead to extreme distaster. It’s up to Shane Gallagher to uncover the mole and set things right.

Systems analyst Elena Reyes had no intention of stealing company secrets until her brother’s life was threatened by the cruelest of mobsters. When Elena finally confesses her deeds to Shane, he’s ready to do everything he can to keep her out of danger. But will Shane’s help be enough to protect them, or will his good intentions leave them all for dead?

 

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Review

4 stars
Jack Brandt has managed to escape his captors. Waking up naked and in a stranger woman’s house, isn’t the most ideal of situations especially when he knows that it’s only a matter of time until his captors find him. Not wanting to put the woman in danger he tries to leave her behind only to find himself saving her from the very men he left behind.

Morgan Rains has escaped to her cabin in the woods to sort out her late husband’s belongings. Although she hasn’t moved on from the pain his death brought about, she wants to try to heal and love again. She never anticipated finding herself in the middle of the mess Jack brought to her door, but if she’s being honest with herself she has to admit that this is the first time she has felt alive since her husband death.

Not only does Jack lead her to danger, he also manages to bring forth feelings she once thought forgotten. Lust, yearning and fear are only a few of the emotions Jack brings out in her.

The question is: Will they survive the danger to be able to explore this new-found connection?

This is my first book by Rebecca York and I liked it!

Her writing manages to bring together the intrigue of a fantastic suspenseful read with the sexual tension of two individuals who can’t deny their attraction for each other.

I enjoyed how the way the author went about bringing these two together. Although their connection was immediate, I appreciated the time the author took to develop that connection further.

At first glance, you think this will read as any other Romantic Suspense, but as the story progresses you get to recognized other elements that some books in the genre lack.

There was the range of emotions–not only from Morgan but from Jack too. There was the action packed scenes and the mystery that kept twisting and turning leaving the reader wondering what was to come next.

As for the romance, I just have to say that I would have enjoyed a bit more interaction between Jack and Morgan. I did find that the declarations of love came a bit to fast, but taking into consideration the nature of the situation they found themselves in I could understand and come to overlook it.

All in all, a wonderful suspenseful read with complex and interesting characters and a hot little romance to round it all up.

 

 

About the Author

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca York’s writing has been compared to that of Dick Francis, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Maggie Shayne. Her award-winning books have been translated into twenty-two languages and optioned for film. A recipient of the RWA Centennial Award, she lives in Maryland near Washington, DC, which is often the setting of her romantic suspense novels.

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Ruined (Ethan Frost, #1) by Tracy Wolff *Review*

 

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Ruined (Ethan Frost, #1)
by Tracy Wolff

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
From LoveSwept
Released on January 7, 2014

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He’s the last man Chloe Girard should love . . . but the first she ever could.

Ethan Frost is a visionary, a genius, every woman’s deepest, darkest fantasy—even mine. And, somehow, I am his.

He stole into my life like a dream. Turned my reality upside down and made my every desire come true—especially those I never knew I had. He demanded everything I had to give and gave me everything of himself in return.

But dreams don’t last forever, and ours is no exception. Because my nightmares are darker, and my wounds deeper, than I could ever reveal. And as much as Ethan wants to protect me, the secrets we share will only tear us apart.

 

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Review

5-stars
I don’t know about a similarity to the Fifty Shades of Grey, but to each its own.

For me what made this such an enticing and riveting read were the emotions portrayed by the characters. From laughter to flirtatiousness all the way through fear, heartbreak and pain, every one of Ethan and Chloe’s emotions were right there for the taking which I love.

“But in those moments, caught in Ethan’s eyes and his spell, I can do nothing but nod. Do nothing but surrender and hope the ride is worth the inevitable fall.”

Ethan Frost. Unlike Christian Grey, Gideon Cross or the infamous Jesse Ward, it didn’t take much for me to love him. From the very beginning, I liked him. He was direct, fun and sexy. YUM! What’s not to love?!

“Always, baby. Whatever you need.”

Chloe Girard. Unlike Ethan, it took me some time for me to relate to Chloe. I understood her reluctance to get close to Ethan, but I think she was too hard on herself and her hesitancy stemmed more from her insecurities than from any trauma she suffered in the past. Why do I say this? Because after confessing her past and gaining Ethan’s support and understanding, everything kind of resolved itself too easily in that regard.

Thankfully, Tracy Wolff didn’t pull any punches in bringing forth their connection. Through flirtatious banter, honest interactions and lustful moments she developed and strengthened Ethan and Chloe’s connection to the point that I was completely enthralled in their story.

I found myself grinning through their bickering, sighing with every emotional exchange and highlighting (and re-reading!) the hell out of their intimate moments. Thus taking on an emotional investment in their relationship to the point that when the the story came to a close I almost threw my tablet against the wall in a temper tantrum.

“Almost everything is an unnecessary risk. Sometimes the risk is worth the reward”

All in all, a riveting read with two complex characters that brought the best and worst out of each other and whose connection ran deep.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

Spotlight: The Lost Year (Secrets of Neverwood, #3) by Libby Drew *Guest Post and Review*

 

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Thanks so much for having me! Before Secrets of Neverwood, I’d never collaborated with another author. Yet when the opportunity came to work with two, I jumped at it. Diana, G.B. and I go way back. This project was a dream come true for me.

Was it an easy process? It probably sounds farfetched, but there were honestly few bumps in the road. Diana said “haunted house,” G.B. said “foster home,” and I squealed like a two-year-old. Building Neverwood, both the mansion and the universe, became an addiction. I’d find myself up at all hours of the night adding rooms, staircases, and secret passageways onto our blueprint. Emails flew back and forth as characters and plot points were added. It was amazing fun. I’m thrilled to be able to share Cal, Danny, and Devon’s stories with the world.

I hope readers feel as connected to the universe as we do. Neverwood is a special place—a safe place. But it also has its secrets, both physical and mystical, as the series reveals. Cal, Danny and Devon may find their happy endings, but I envision many more stories of love and adventure in Neverwood’s future. We’ll just have to see who is drawn there next…

 

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The Lost Year (Secrets of Neverwood, #3)
by Libby Drew

An M/M Romance Contemporary Romance
From Carina Press
Expected to be Released on June 30th 2014

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Devon McCade is no stranger to adversity. As a photojournalist, he’s seen all manner of human struggle. And as a kid, it’s what brought him to Neverwood, to his foster mother Audrey. It’s what he’s facing now, as he and his foster brothers work to restore the once-stately mansion amidst surprising signs from Audrey herself.

But when another anguished soul arrives at Neverwood, Devon can’t hide behind his camera. Nicholas Hardy is certain he saw his runaway son, Robbie, in a photo Devon took of homeless children. Devon knows all too well that a young teenager on the streets doesn’t have many options—and Robbie has been missing for a full year.

Searching for Robbie with Nicholas stirs memories and passions Devon had thought long lost, yet knowing that Nicholas will leave as soon as Robbie is found keeps him from opening himself up to something permanent. Devon must learn to fight for what he wants to keep—his love, and his home.

 

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Review

5-stars

Devon McCade returns to Neverwood for the first time in a long time. Although he remember the time spent with Audrey fondly, he still has issues with hte reason why he ended up in Neverwood in the first place.

Now that he is working closely with his foster brothers in restoring Neverwood to the place it once was he feels the urge to keep on with Audrey’s work of providing others with a safe place to land.

It is through Devon’s work as a photojournalist that Nicholas Hardy arrives at Neverwood. Faced with the responsibility of helping Nicholas find his missing son and knowing the chances of finding him and the risk if the search, Devon’s old uncertainties and forgotten feelings come to the surface.

This was my favorite story of the three.

I found Devon to be a complex character from the very first story, so to have the chance to see him unravel was a treat for me. I loved his conflicted emotions and how deeply he felt each one of them. Out of the three foster brothers I think he was the one who had the most growth and who truly needed Audrey’s presence to move forward with his life.

My only complaint would be that it felt too much like insta-love between Nicholas and Devon, but after considering how deeply affected Devon was by Nicholas and the presence of Nicholas hesitation I came to overlook it easily.

This time around the main conflict reached its highest peak and was finally resolved. The resolution to the plot was well written providing answers to important questions while still allowing the reader to see how far the brothers have come since the first day they arrived at Neverwood.

All in all, a wonderful conclusion to the anthology that provided the chance to two individuals to find each other amongst a difficult situation.

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The Anthology

Secrets of Neverwood

Secrets of Neverwood

Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother—that upon her death, they would restore the house and preserve it as a home for troubled boys. But going home is never easy. Cal struggles to recover from past heartbreak, while Danny fears his mistakes are too big to overcome. Devon believes he may never break down the barriers that separate him from honest emotion. On the path to brotherhood, they discover the old mansion holds more than dusty furniture and secret passageways. Audrey’s spirit still walks its halls, intent on guiding “her boys” toward true love, and an old mystery stirs up a new danger—one that could cost the men far more than just the house.

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Books in Secrets of Neverwood

One Door Closes (Secrets of Neverwood, #1)

 

One Door Closes (Secrets of Neverwood, #1)
by G.B. Lindsey

 The Growing Season (Secrets of Neverwood, #2)

 

The Growing Season (Secrets of Neverwood, #2)
by Diana Copland

 

 

About the Author

Libby Drew glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school’s fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.

Today she lives with her husband and four children in an old, impractical house and writes stories about redemption, the supernatural, and love at first sight, all of which do exist. She happens to know from experience.

Libby’s STATE OF MIND received rave reviews for being fast, clever, and relentless and was nominated for a Bookie Award for Best M/M Novel of 2011. 40 SOULS TO KEEP, Libby’s third novel, has been described as intense and heart-poundingly good and was praised by Publishers Weekly for maintaining a high level of suspense.

An avid supporter of gay rights, Libby donates her time to the Trevor Project and organizations that work to support marriage equality.

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Book Blast: Fused by Fire (Firehouse Six #3) by Draven St. James *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Fused by Fire (Firehouse Six #3)
by Draven St. James

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Loose ID
Released on May 20th 2014

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Michael prides himself on being the man that everyone can depend on until one of his firefighters is severely wounded on the job. Will he be allowed to process the situation alone? Not when a loud and persistent Simon Winters shows up on his doorstep. The man hasn’t met a boundary he didn’t skip across.

Simon has had the biggest crush on Lieutenant Firefighter Michael Donovan since the first day he saw him. Which just happened to be at an interview for a job to work as a firefighter. Before his desire to lick the gruff older man from head to toe affects his work, Simon transfers over to being a paramedic. Just when he’s begun to build a life that doesn’t include hot shower fantasies of Michael, the object of his angst is thrust into his path.

All too quickly, Simon begins to barrel through Michael’s defenses and dig up the desires Michael has fought so hard to hide. As passions flare out of control, tragedies collide from every side. Michael’s struggle to keep Simon at a distance starts to crumble beneath the weight of the secrets that Simon is hiding. Will Michael be able to protect Simon when he needs it the most or will he lose Simon forever?

 

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Michael stepped forward and grabbed Simon by his shoulders. “Why are you really here?” he snarled.

“Because you’ve locked yourself away?” Simon whispered and gazed at him with eyes filled with concern.

That look stabbed into Michael. “And you care why?”

“Because…” Simon shrugged, dislodging Michael’s hold, and then cupped Michael’s face with a trembling hand. “What happened wasn’t your fault, and you needed someone to come and shove that truth into your face.”

“You picked the short straw?” Michael hated that Simon’s hand on his cheek brought him more comfort than anything else had. Just like at the hospital.

Simon shook his head, and his gaze fell to Michael’s lips. His hand came down to brush against the edge of Michael’s bottom lip. A pink flush rose along Simon’s cheeks.

Michael felt that innocent touch like a jolt through his body. He tilted Simon’s face up, and the sensual invitation in his eyes shocked and inflamed him.

He didn’t have the energy to fight against what he wanted, and right now that was Simon. With a groan of defeat, he smashed his lips to Simon’s and took the sweet oblivion that Simon offered.

 

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Grey’s Hidden Fire (Firehouse Six, #1)

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Fire and Mistletoe (Firehouse Six, #2)

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About the Author

I’m a born and raised Oregonian. I’ve traveled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill my books. My ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of stories both sexy and humorous. It gives me a great excuse to do some crazy stuff in the name of research. Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where I find my peace.

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Release Blitz: Everything I Shouldn’t (Nashville Nights #2) By Stacey Mosteller *Giveaway*

Everything I Shouldn’t (Nashville Nights #2)
by Stacey Mosteller

An New Adult Contemporary Romance
Released on May 20, 2014

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It’s been eight days, sixteen hours and forty-seven minutes since life as I know it ended. I know, it sounds so melodramatic and teen-soap worthy, but it’s the truth. Eight days, sixteen hours and forty-seven minutes since David found out. Since he kicked Jeremy out, ended their friendship and told me I could never see him again.

I didn’t plan on David getting suspicious, and I definitely didn’t plan on getting caught. My selfishness has cost Jeremy everything, my brother won’t even look at me, Lyric must hate me for practically blackmailing her to keep silent and my best friend is barely speaking to me.

Now my life is full of secrets and lies. The people around me have been affected by the choices I’ve made and the lies I’ve told. But what will they do when they discover the biggest secret of them all?

Jeremy is everything I shouldn’t want, and the person I can’t live without.

 

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Save Me From Myself (Nashville Nights #1)

Lyric Hayes spent the first 22 years of her life trying to be the perfect daughter and the perfect girlfriend. After a tragedy and her fiance’s betrayal, she’s running. Starting over far away from the person she used to be.

She’s made herself a vow – no relationships. She’s trying to heal, not complicate her life further.

David Pearson has it all. Confidence, awesome friends, successful business. But, David’s dealt with loss too. He knows better than anyone not to judge by what’s on the surface.

Drawn to Lyric despite her inability to trust, he’ll do anything to own her heart.

Will secrets and misunderstandings send Lyric running again? Or will David finally save her from herself?

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Southern Seduction Box Set – featuring Never Wanted More (Nashville Nights #0.5)

Originally released as part of the Southern Seduction Box Set

Peyton Williams is spoiled, entitled and a little too stuck up. The daughter of an influential Mayor and a socialite mother, she’s trying to get through college and make her own path. She’s perfectly happy being a loner until Spring semester when she gets not only a roommate, but a math tutor.

Wyatt Parker is the boy from the wrong side of town. Known as the son of the town tramp, he jumps at the scholarship to play basketball in Nashville where no one knows his roots. Spending this semester tutoring a friend’s snobby roommate wasn’t what he envisioned, but Peyton quickly gets under his skin.

Peyton never wanted more until she met Wyatt, but is she willing to be what he needs?

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Second Chances – H.M. Ward & Stacey Mosteller

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Release Date 7/14/14

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S. Mosteller
I am a wife and mom to 3 boys, ages 15, 14, and 8! After spending the first half of my life in a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA, my parents moved my brother and I to another small town outside of Greensboro, NC. I moved to Hickory, NC after marrying my husband. We dated a total of three months before getting married, and we’d known each other for a total of six! People thought we were crazy, but 2014 marks our 10 year anniversary, so it obviously worked out!

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Last Of The Red-Hot Cowboys (Hell’s Outlaws #1) by Tina Leonard *Review*

 

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Last Of The Red-Hot Cowboys (Hell’s Outlaws #1)
by Tina Leonard

A Contemporary Romance
Released June 24th

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A sexy cowgirl gives a rugged Texas loner the ride of his life in USA Today bestselling author Tina Leonard’s seductive new series.

Ava Buchanan dreams of a career on the rodeo circuit. Winning a spot on a one-of-a-kind team would be her ticket to the life she’s always wanted. Ava won’t let anyone stand in her way—not even a stubborn cowboy whose slow-molasses smile and red-hot swagger set her senses aflame . . . and whose talents as a trainer could make her a star. Rodeo might be a man’s game, but Ava knows the right woman’s touch can tame the wildest heart.

Trace Carter believes his mayor’s plan to raise the town’s profile has disaster written all over it, and he won’t allow the Hell’s Outlaws Training Center to be dragged into the fiasco. Yet watching Ava’s delectable body on horseback proves too much of a temptation, and his fantasies stray to her riding skills outside the arena. Soon Trace is fighting like hell to rein in his unbridled desire for the petite brunette before it becomes a passion hotter than the Texas sun.

 

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Review

3-stars

 

Ava has arrived at the small town of Hell as part of the Mayor’s plan to put the town on the map. She is a member of The Hell’s Belles, a group of women bull riders. The Mayor’s plan includes getting Trace Carter and his partners to train the girls to be the best and get a little matching making done in the process.

As I read the blurb I thought that this sounded like something I would enjoy reading. There was the lonesome cowboy, the feisty heroine and a little town all thrown into the romance mix.

Tina Leonard came up with a great concept and her writing was fun, flirty and entertaining. However, I must say that I had some issues that decreased my enjoyment of the story.

For one, I couldn’t seem to connect to the characters. From the very beginning, I took a dislike to Ava. And although I understood where she was coming from and tried to relate to her as the story progressed, I just could not do it. I admired her tenacity but sometimes she came to be too much. She was strong and a hard worker, but she didn’t need to behave the way she did most of the time. At least, that’s what I thought.

Then there was Trace. Although I admired his caring and protective side, he did not live to my cowboy expectations. He wanted Ava, went after her and then talked himself out of it. It was a constant back and forth and somewhere along the way I lost interest. His one saving grace would be that his intentions were in the right place in regards to training the girls as bull riders. He wasn’t chauvinistic nor degrading and he was always honest and stood up to the Mayor in more than one occasion.

And finally there was the Mayor. Judy played a major part in this story and it got to be too much. I understood her reasons behind her idea, but I didn’t like that she played the characters to get what she wanted personally. It wasn’t cute or out of the goodness of her heart. Honestly, I think she was the biggest factor as to what influenced my opinion of this story.

All this aside, I do believe that the story had merit. The writing was very good with funny moments as well as emotional ones. The chemistry between the characters was good and well portrayed. I also enjoyed the other cast of characters and what they brought to the story. Especially the other Outlaws and the Sheriff, which I found adorable.

All in all, not the story I was expecting but entertaining and hot regardless.

*I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

Mayor Judy pulled over, and Trace’s black truck pulled alongside.

“Judy,” Trace said when she’d rolled down her window, “send Ava to my truck. I want to talk to her.”

“No way.” Judy shook her head. “If you think I’m letting one of my chickens go off with a bona fide wolf, you’re not thinking straight, Trace Carter.”

“Send her over, Judy. Ava, time’s wasting and the sun’s going down. Move along.”

“Arrogant ass,” Ava said under her breath. “I’ll go see what he wants.”

“Are you sure?” Judy asked. “I don’t like the look in his eyes.”

They studied the cowboy glaring out his window at them. He wore a black hat and a dark scowl, and Ava favored him with a frown to match his.

“It’s okay,” Ava said. “I’m not worried about the look in his eye. Or anything else.”

She got out of Judy’s truck and jumped in the passenger side of Trace’s. “Do you always boss people around?”

He waved at Judy and headed down the road. “Pretty much. Will that be a problem for our partnership?”

“Partnership?” She wished he wasn’t the type of scoundrel who made her body take notice. Not just take notice, but admire and desire. “As I recall, we have nothing near a partnership.”

“Do you have one with the Horsemen?” he asked, his tone soft and somehow dangerous.

She looked at Trace with disgust. “Really? You couldn’t just ask Judy what you wanted to know? You had to use me as your pigeon?”

He laughed. “And a cute pigeon, too.”

“Why do you care, anyway? You turned us down.”

“That’s true. And I haven’t changed my mind. I just think you and I can come to a different set of terms.”

“I doubt it very seriously.” Something inside her hoped they could. “You’re just trying to thwart Judy.”

“Judy needs to be thwarted. At times Judy is Judy’s own worst enemy.” He turned down a lane shrouded by big, leafy pecan trees.

“Where are we going, anyway?” Wherever it was, it looked peaceful—and too secluded.

“We’re going to the pond. I do my best thinking at the pond,” Trace said cheerfully.

“I didn’t know you did any good thinking at all.”

Trace shook his head, his grin huge. “Can I give you a little advice?”

“None that I’ll welcome.”

“Don’t listen to everything our darling little mayor says. Judy is the most wonderful woman in the world, and she’s a master of a thousand faces. She has all kinds of tricks up her sleeves. Men lose their cool around Judy, and she darn well knows it.”

“But not you.”

“That’s right. Not me.” Trace grinned hugely and parked his truck near the lake. “Now, hop out and grab those two fishing rods. And if you’re in as good a shape as you claim, grab the bucket of worms, too.”

She didn’t get out of the truck. “I’m not going fishing.”

He opened her truck door, pulled her out of the truck. Appeared to give her weight consideration as he held her in his big, strong arms. Arms that felt amazingly and alarmingly wonderful.

“Put me down.”

“I like a woman with curves, just for the record.”

“Put me down.”

He set her gently on the ground. “Shall I get the worms, then?”

“I’ll walk back to town if you don’t get to the point immediately.”

“Sassy. I do love a lady with spice. Okay, no worms. We’ll use corn.” He grabbed the fishing poles and a plastic bucket and headed down a path to the blue-green pond she could see just at the edge of a few oversized willows.

Ava looked around, annoyed. She could follow him, find out what was on his mind. That would be what Judy would advise. Clearly he had something on his mind or he wouldn’t have gone to the trouble and ruse of dragging her out here to be his fishing buddy.

She doubted very seriously Trace had fishing on his mind.

She could hear him whistling at the water’s edge, setting up a couple of camping chairs he’d pulled from under a tree. “You ass,” she muttered. “You really think the world turns because you say it does.”

Her gaze fell on the shiny set of keys hanging from a Billy Bob’s key chain, dangling from the ignition. Where she came from, a man’s truck was his castle.

A castle with keys in it was just too hard to resist.

She got in the truck, turned the engine on, and drove away, Trace’s yells following her for a good hundred yards.

 

About Tina Leonard

Tina Leonard

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Tina Leonard has sold over 3 million copies of her titles. She has made the USA Today Bestseller, Waldenbooks, Bookscan, and Ingrambook lists, and has written and contracted seventy-one books and special projects. Her work has been published by Harlequin, Samhain Publishing, Robinson Scarlet, and most recently Random House Loveswept contracted for a single title trilogy project, Hell’s Outlaws. Leonard was chosen to be among the first authors published for Robinson’s Scarlet line, writing four single title novels for that imprint. Not long after, she sold on proposal to Harlequin American, where she has since written several popular series, most notably the Cowboys By The Dozen, Morgan Men, and Callahan Cowboys series. Her latest single title project, Last of the Red Hot Cowboys, will be published in June 2014, and is the beginning of her new three book series for Random House Loveswept. Leonard is known for her fun sense of humor, endearing communities, snappy dialogue, and memorable characters.

 

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Secrets of Neverwood by G.B. Lindsey, Diana Copland, Libby Drew *Review*

 

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The Secrets of Neverwood
by G.B. Lindsey, Diana Copland, Libby Drew

An M/M Romance Anthology
From Carina Press
Expected to be Released on June 30th 2014

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Three men with vastly different lives are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. The one thing they share is a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother—that upon her death, they would restore the house and preserve it as a home for troubled boys.

But going home is never easy.

Cal struggles to recover from past heartbreak, while Danny fears his mistakes are too big to overcome. Devon believes he may never break down the barriers that separate him from honest emotion. And a benevolent spirit lingers in Neverwood’s halls, intent on guiding her foster sons away from the mistakes of their youth and toward true love.

On the path to brotherhood, they discover the old mansion holds more than dusty furniture and secret passageways. An old mystery stirs up a new danger, one that could cost the men far more than just the house.

 

Secrets of Neverwood

 

 

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Review

4 stars

One Door Closes (Secrets of Neverwood #1) by G.B. Lindsey — 3 stars

When Calvin Ware returns to Neverwood he feels overwhelmed. Not only does the place bring forth memories of his past but the state of the house require extensive repairs when they have limited resources. Add to that the fact that he’s having a hard time relating to his foster brothers while dealing with Audrey’s presence and seeing his first love once again.

As expected, the man is a mess of rambling thoughts and emotions.

I was curious about the concept of this anthology. I found it interesting that three foster brothers reunite once again to try to bring the house that once brought them shelter back to life. Add the added presence of their foster mother leading them on and I was hooked.

This first story was a bit hard to get through. Mostly because of Calvin’s state of mind. He is a stickler for details so he had a tendency to ramble on and on repeatedly, which at times became overwhelming for me.

Thankfully, G.B. Lindsey managed to keep me interested throughout so that when the story picked up speed I was invested in the outcome.

Aside from the pace of the first half of the story, I think that the author did a great job in establishing the conflict that takes place throughout the anthology while still allowing the romance between Calvin and Will to blossom.

Calvin and Will were involved in high school and separated because of Calvin. Although the author made mention of their connection and how much they had come to care about each other in the past, I wish I could have gotten to experience it first hand.

Again, the pace of the story became a problem for me. There were a lot of guilty feelings and insecurities from Calvin as the story progressed, but not enough for me to truly understand the meaning behind them all. It took some time for me to understand what had gone wrong between Calvin and Will, but eventually it was revealed.

All in all, a great introduction to the anthology that revealed the main conflict and allowed a second chance in love to two individuals who had lost their way from each other.

The Growing Season (Secrets of Neverwood #2) by Diana Copland — 4 stars

Danny Redmond is the youngest of the foster brothers and the one with the most troubling past. Although he doesn’t have much, he vows to restore Neverwood’s garden to the way Aubrey had it when he lived there. But the state of the place needs more than one hand on deck, so Will (the contractor and Calvin’s boyfriend) recommends help from a reputable landscaper.

Sam has made a name for himself as a landscaper away from the town he grew up in. But when he is called back to spend time with his dying mother, Will suggests he keep busy helping Danny with Neverwood’s garden.

I liked this story very much!

Diana Copland did a great job of bringing together Danny and Sam, but it was the way she brought forth their individual story that I loved.

Both Danny and Sam had rough past that got in the way of letting people in, especially men. They were not saints by any means, but neither allowed themselves the chance to experience a true relationship.

Working closely together, they develop a friendship that soon becomes something more. They bicker, they exchange stories and ultimately fall in love. Their connection was immediate but their romance was slow in coming, which I appreciated.

I also enjoyed the fact that the main conflict continued to escalate without taking away from the romance between Danny and Sam. New revelations, twists and turns…I can’t wait to see how it all plays out!

 

The Lost Year (Secrets of Neverwood #3) by Libby Drew — 5 stars

Devon McCade returns to Neverwood for the first time in a long time. Although he remember the time spent with Audrey fondly, he still has issues with hte reason why he ended up in Neverwood in the first place.

Now that he is working closely with his foster brothers in restoring Neverwood to the place it once was he feels the urge to keep on with Audrey’s work of providing others with a safe place to land.

It is through Devon’s work as a photojournalist that Nicholas Hardy arrives at Neverwood. Faced with the responsibility of helping Nicholas find his missing son and knowing the chances of finding him and the risk if the search, Devon’s old uncertainties and forgotten feelings come to the surface.

This was my favorite story of the three.

I found Devon to be a complex character from the very first story, so to have the chance to see him unravel was a treat for me. I loved his conflicted emotions and how deeply he felt each one of them. Out of the three foster brothers I think he was the one who had the most growth and who truly needed Audrey’s presence to move forward with his life.

My only complaint would be that it felt too much like insta-love between Nicholas and Devon, but after considering how deeply affected Devon was by Nicholas and the presence of Nicholas hesitation I came to overlook it easily.

This time around the main conflict reached its highest peak and was finally resolved. The resolution to the plot was well written providing answers to important questions while still allowing the reader to see how far the brothers have come since the first day they arrived at Neverwood.

All in all, a wonderful conclusion to the anthology that provided the chance to two individuals to find each other amongst a difficult situation.

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About the Authors

G. B. Lindsey was born and raised in California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. Her first love has always been writing: as a child, she cultivated such diverse goals as becoming “a cowgirl and a writer” or “a paleontologist and a writer.” Aside from her salacious and ongoing affair with the horror genre, she loves to write sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, and short stories. Other hobbies include playing the piano, reading voraciously, the occasional period drama movie night, and devouring scary film after scary film. She recently moved back home from Newcastle upon Tyne, where she earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and now lives in Sacramento.

Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who after gifting her with a “Best New Author” Award encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction.

Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995. She lives in eastern Washington with four obnoxious cats and her ninety year old Dad, near her two wonderful adult children.

Libby Drew glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school’s fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.

Today she lives with her husband and four children in an old, impractical house and writes stories about redemption, the supernatural, and love at first sight, all of which do exist. She happens to know from experience.

Libby’s STATE OF MIND received rave reviews for being fast, clever, and relentless and was nominated for a Bookie Award for Best M/M Novel of 2011. 40 SOULS TO KEEP, Libby’s third novel, has been described as intense and heart-poundingly good and was praised by Publishers Weekly for maintaining a high level of suspense.

An avid supporter of gay rights, Libby donates her time to the Trevor Project and organizations that work to support marriage equality.

 

Masquerade (Games #3) by Nyrae Dawn *Review and Excerpt*

 

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Masquerade (Games #3)
by Nyrae Dawn

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
From Forever
Released on Paperback June 24th 2014

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A biker. A tattoo artist. A love to last a lifetime.

Maddox Cross has always had to be tough. When his father went to jail for murder, the teenager took care of his sister and mother. Now on his own and working security at a night club, Maddox wants to become a tattoo artist-a dream that comes closer to reality when he falls for the hottest, most tatted woman he’s ever seen. She’s wild and beautiful, and Maddox will do anything to be with her.

Bee Malone came to town to open up her new tattoo parlor, Masquerade. Since being kidnapped as a young girl, Bee has had trouble getting close to anyone. But when she meets Maddox, she sees that under his hard biker’s body is the sensitive soul of an artist. What starts out as a sizzling one-night stand soon becomes so much more.

Bee wants Maddox to join her tattoo business, but letting him into her life means revealing all her most intimate secrets. And as the past begins to intertwine with her present, Bee fears their love may not be as permanent as their ink . . .

 

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Review

5-stars

Maddox has always been taking care of the ones he loves, but his guilt for the one time he didn’t speak up has hunted him for years. He feels unworthy and like a failure, so he keeps to himself, making no commitments and keeping people from seeing who he really is. So when he meets Bee his rapport with her is no different since he doesn’t expect to see her ever again.

For the past few years Bee has been struggling with who she is and about what her family expects her to be. She knows what she wants and how to go about it, but she’s still conflicted by that one aspect of her life. Not one to let people get close to her, she sees in Maddox something that calls to her and although she wants to keep her distance, their chemistry is too strong to be denied.

Loved. L-O-V-E-D this story.

Out of all the books in this series, I have to say that Masquerade is so far the edgiest and most emotional of them all. I loved Maddox. He tried so hard to do the right thing and feels so conflicted about his actions when his family came apart. He feels guilty for Adrian, for his sister and his mother. He carried such a heavy burden on his shoulders that I just wanted to shake some sense into him and keep him from feeling worse.

Like Maddox, Bee’s problems were taking their toll on her. But in a sense she was stronger and more determined to stick to her guns. I loved how the author went about bringing these two together. It was great to see how Bee recognized some aspects of herself in Maddox and how drawn they were to each other.

Was there chemistry? Hell yeah! But there was so much more to their connection than lust. Slowly but surely they came to rely on each other. Through flirtatious banter, honest exchanges, looks and touches Maddox and Bee’s connection grew into something palpable that could not be stopped. Their interactions grew from cold and withdrawn to something more meaningful where you could glimpse their vulnerability and their need to connect to someone else. Neither one of them was looking for love, but they got smacked with it nonetheless.

Masquerade is the second book in the Games series and although it can be read as a stand alone I recommend reading Facade first so you can get the whole story behind what has Maddox so conflicted. Plus it was a great story and a 5 star read for me.

All in all, an amazing story of letting go, fighting your demons and opening up to what the future holds.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

What gives me an ache in my chest is the fact that she has what I want. I haven’t cared enough about anything to feel jealous in a long-ass time, but that’s exactly what comes to mind when I look at her.

“You coming to the party?” I ask her.

“I’m here to see you.”

She doesn’t give me a chance to reply as she pushes her way around me and inside. What I would give to kick her out of this room just because I can, but since I don’t really know if she’s giving me shit or if she came for the party, I hold back. It’s not like Trevor to let someone in here for no reason.

Right on her heels, I follow her until she rounds the corner and pulls to a stop once she can see inside. Not having enough time to go around her, my body lines right up against hers, Bee’s nice little ass tucked right against me. On reflex I reach out, my hand grabbing her slender waist to make sure she doesn’t stumble forward. Damn it if that doesn’t bring up all sorts of thoughts about how it felt to strip her naked and touch her everywhere.

“You have your hands on me.” There’s a sexy huskiness in her voice that tells me she’s turned on too. It should make me rip my hand away from her as fast as I can, but I’m so pissed at her about Masquerade that I can’t stop myself from being a dick.

“If I remember correctly, you liked the feel of my hands on you. You were very enthusiastic about how much you liked it.”

 

The Games Series

Charade (Games, #1)

Charade (Games, #1)

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Facade (Games, #2)

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About the Author

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her. Nyrae also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.

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Series: Holding You by Jewel E. Ann *Reviews*

 

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Holding You
by Jewel E. Ann

A Contemporary Romance Series

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Holding You (Holding You #1)

 

Holding You (Holding You, #1)Deep breath … I am peaceful, I am strong.

Free-spirited Addy Brecken is Milwaukee’s most talented vegan chef and co-owner of Sage Leaf Café. She has a genius IQ, a padded savings account, an amazing view of Lake Michigan, and a heart that won’t stop beating.

Deep breath … I am peaceful, I am strong.

An early April morning finds her drowning in the seductive fragrance of lilacs and the warmth of the morning sun when she’s nearly hit by a car in front of her café. The peaceful existence she’s desperately tried to maintain after the horrific loss of her family is suddenly shaken by the Range Rover driving, arrogant, sex-on-legs Quinn Cohen.

Deep breath … I am peaceful, I am strong.

A successful, Latino businessman from New York, Quinn has a taste for the finer things in life. A typical playboy, he has the money, the houses, the cars, and the women. Quinn is everything Addy avoids. Where she lives simply and prefers to help the less fortunate, he has no problem spending an obscene amount of money on a briefcase. Their opposite personalities lend to several heated encounters, and Addy finds herself propositioning Quinn for the one thing she never imagined needing … sex.

Offering only her body, Addy tries to keep Quinn at a safe distance from her heart and a world away from her past. Their passion-filled connection makes Addy feel something unfamiliar, alive. But with passion comes more feelings: anger, jealousy, love. When Addy surrenders to the unimaginable and lets go of her past, she’s faced with the impossible … holding on to her future.

Deep breath … I am peaceful, I am strong.

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content 17+.

 

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Releasing Me (Holding You #2)

 

Releasing Me (Holding You, #2)A tragic accident. A hidden past. An unbreakable love.

Never goodbye …

I thought Addy stole my soul.

Her beauty blinded me.
Her heart called to me.
Her touch healed me.

She gave everything and asked for nothing. Then I broke her. The depths of her pain were veiled by the reflection of my own. I didn’t deserve her, but I wanted her––I needed her. In my darkest hell, I heard her voice. That’s when I knew …

Addy was my soul.

Deep breath … I am peaceful, I am strong.

Quinn was worth the risk.

He took away the numbness and gave me unfathomable pleasure. Every emotion felt magnified, every moment felt like the last.

My heart found purpose.
My body came to life.
My soul returned.

His weakness gave me strength, and his past held my future. He saved me by … releasing me.

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Review

 

5-stars


Addy is a free-spirit that had been handed a lot of hard knocks in life, but still manages to live her life–as long as she keeps those issues at bay and her walls in place. That is until he meets Quinn. He represents everything she loathes–money, power, extravagance–but the very man who sets her body on fire.

“I don’t need a paper certificate that makes it hard to leave; I need a love that makes it easy to stay.”

Quinn doesn’t do relationships. He likes his money and his women, but there is something about Addy that calls to him.

“She’s beautiful, delightful, elegant, exquisite, charming, divine, captivating, gorgeous, stunning, bewitching, admirable, and a million other inadequate words.”

I loved this series!

What I loved the most about Holding You was the development of Addy and Quinn’s connection. Their chemistry was palpable from the very beginning so to see them getting to know each other made reading this story a treat. With intense bickering and flirtatious banter the author made sure that each and every one of their interactions brought another side of their personality forth, thus strengthening and deepening their connection.

“Don’t you get it? I’d lay the fucking world at your feet if you just asked me! But not you, Addy, you just want sex with no strings attached.”

They each gave as good as they got and brought the best out of each other. I enjoyed seeing them falling in love even though Addy refused to admit to it and continued to consider what they had was just an ‘acquaintance with benefits’ relationship. Well damn, I need to get me one of those, because even though her emotions did not come into play until after Quinn’s, from the very beginning they burned up the sheets and formed a connection beyond the physical.

“This man had taken a piece of me that I couldn’t live without. Our love felt beautiful, vital, and sometimes toxic.

There were a lot of moments where I wanted to shake some sense into both of them, moments when I was laughing out loud and others where I was eagerly awaiting an outcome. And the one moment when I cried my eyes out. *sigh*

I do have to warn you, this book ends with a mighty cliffhanger. Thankfully, I had Releasing Me handy and delved right into it.

This story worked in all aspects I’ve come to expect from the genre. The romance, the chemistry and the emotions were all brought together seamlessly to bring forth a romantic sensual read that left me wanting more and cheering for Addy and Quinn to get their shit together sooner rather than later.

So as I sat to read Releasing Me I was expecting a lot less drama in regards to their relationship. I knew there were issues they needed to work through and secrets that needed to be shared, but after experiencing all the back and forth on the previous book I was certain they would cherished what they had.

Color me a fool! The drama was there and coming from every direction, but I loved it all!

Jewel E. Ann captivated me with Holding You and she gutted me with Releasing Me.

Emotions Abound.

Tempers Flare.

Secrets Revealed.

Addy and Quinn find themselves fighting obstacles once again–Quinn’s pride, Addy’s fears. And those are just the ones they put in their path. There are some other forces that prevent them to go back to were they had come to in Holding You, but these two factors are their main problem in moving forward.

This roller coaster ride of a story kept me riveted throughout. Not only was I curious about what the hell would happen between these two romantically, I also wanted to get to the bottom of Addy’s past–what was holding her back, how would it affect her relationship with Quinn.

“Give me your past, all your pain, all your anger, all your guilt. Release it to me, and I will be a safe harbor for the life you need to leave behind.”

Once again, I found myself immerse in the drama that was Addy and Quinn’s relationship. Never a dull moment with those two. Nope. None at all. This time around their bickering escalated to intense proportions with words said that couldn’t be taken back and actions that left you wondering how it would all resolve itself.

“Forgiveness happens in the beat of a heart, forgetting takes a lifetime.”

Thankfully, Jewel didn’t miss a beat in bringing forth every nuance of Addy and Quinn’s relationship. From their deep connection that wouldn’t let up to their conflicting emotions that kept them from seeing what was in front of them all along. Every event and every emotions was placed for its utmost impact thus making Addy and Quinn’s journey a fantastic one.

All in all, a fantastic series that will have your heart breaking while at the same time making it sing. Romance, emotions, drama and chemistry all mixed up to bring about a wonderful love story.

“You don’t have to be perfect to have the perfect life.”

 

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