Saturday, 27 May 2017

Review ~ Wicked Beautiful (Wicked Games #1) by J.T. Geissinger

Wicked Beautiful (Wicked Games #1)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: July 12th 2016


Publisher: Jack's House Publishing


Description:

A ruthless businesswoman and the playboy who dumped her long ago find themselves embroiled in a high stakes game of love, lies and revenge.

Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch.

Drop-dead sexy restauranteur and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future, and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago.

Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice: continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation, and her heart by taking a second chance on love?

My Opinion

Why has it taken me so long to hear about this author?

I found Wicked Beautiful through an Amazon freebie. The blurb intrigued me and I had to start it as soon as I finished my last few ARCs. I knew I'd like it, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did.

Wicked Beautiful held my attention brilliantly. I loved the secrecy from both characters and the love-hate relationship. I thought the chemistry was well-crafted and the author did a good job with keeping the characters likeable in the end after taking me on such a roller coaster.

My only small complaint is it ended. I didn't feel the epilogue was long enough and I wanted the loose ends tied up a little more, but it does give a satisfying conclusion. I just didn't want it to end.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book and need to buy book 2. I can't wait for Connor's story.

5

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Review + Giveaway ~ Chance at Redemption (Madison Square #3) by Samatha Harris


Chance at Redemption
Samatha Harris
(Madison Square #3)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: May 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Gwen Stevens had a privileged life until her father spoke three little words that turned her world upside down. “You’re cut off.”
Broke and desperate, Gwen is forced to accept a waitressing job, but this glimmer of hope has a price. As if being a cocktail waitress isn’t bad enough, she has to do it in a dive bar called The Den, and her bad luck doesn’t stop there. She also needs to deal with the new owner, a blue-eyed, self-righteous ass determined to make her life miserable.
Liam Sinclair walked away from the entitlement and obligation his family planned for him, vowing to make his own way in the world…
Adjusting to life as a new business owner, Liam has experienced more than his fair share of setbacks. When his only waitress breaks her leg, his sister takes it upon herself to hire a replacement—a spoiled, self-indulgent hothead with too much makeup and more than enough attitude. Gwen represents the world he’s trying to escape, a world of excess and greed that he was never cut out for.
Appearances can be deceiving, and first impressions aren’t always right…
Despite their apparent differences, the tension between them turns to a fiery passion that neither of them can resist. Together they find balance and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life. But Gwen soon discovers that old habits die hard, and one mistake is all it takes to ruin everything.
Forgiveness must be earned, but even a villain deserves a chance at redemption…

My Opinion
I requested this book because I read Somewhere in Between last year and enjoyed it. I never read book 2, since the trope in that book didn't interest me, but I was excited to read Liam's story. 

Chance at Redemption was an easy read I found myself getting through too quickly. It held my attention and I liked the idea behind the story. It kept me engaged and I was easily drawn into the author's world. 

As for the characters, I liked Liam. He was a good guy with a big heart. He helped those in need and he was an easy character to vouch for. Gwen on the other hand wasn't as easy to like because of her attitude. She did grow on me as she changed but I would have liked to see her do more--just small gestures--around Liam so she didn't come off as entitled still. 

While I did like the characters, I'm not sure I bought into their relationship. I didn't really feel the chemistry building on the lead up to their first kiss. For me, there wasn't really a spark between them. I liked the way they drove each other crazy with their attitudes, and it worked in that sense, but the passion wasn't quite there. 

As for the ending, I'm glad Drew and Alex got their wedding. I did feel the story just cut off and wasn't given time to slow down though. I would have liked an epilogue. 


Overall this was an enjoyable read. I read it faster than expected and was drawn into the characters' world. I still prefer book 1, but it was a good continuation.

4

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Review ~ Down & Dirty by Tracy Wolff

Down & DirtyeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: May 23rd 2017

Publisher: Loveswept

Description:
Emerson: Talk about bad first impressions. I have too much riding on this job to show up late on my first day looking like the winner of a wet T-shirt contest, all thanks to an arrogant quarterback who drives like he owns the road. Hunter Browning thinks that because he’s famous, he can fix everything with a smile and a wave of his hand. He’s too bronzed, buff, and beautiful for his own good. Or mine. I can’t let on that I’m a fan . . . no matter how much fun we’d have in the sack.

Hunter: Hitting that puddle was my best play since winning the Super Bowl with a touchdown pass. Sure, it’s not my preferred way to get a girl wet, but I’ll make an exception for Emerson Day. She’s got a sharp tongue and a red-hot temper, even with her soaking clothes plastered to her every curve. Now I know exactly what my next play will be: hire Emerson as my personal real-estate agent, save her job—and see if I can take her off the market.

My Opinion

I was hooked from chapter one with Down and Dirty. I only intended to start it to kill some time while waiting for a friend to arrive. However, I ended up reading 50% and struggled to stop and get on with my day after that. This read definitely surprised me.

Down and Dirty captured my interest most because of the banter and battle of wits between Emerson and Hunter. From the second they meet they're hurling jabs at one another, and I liked that Emerson could hold her own against Hunter. As they spent more time together the banter became more playful and flirty. I definitely thought there was chemistry between them, and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop.

The plot also kept me engaged with its mix of angst and lightheartedness. I will admit that having got to the end I'm not sure I believe in the relationship completely because of the short time period. I felt the book moved away from the playful and flirty banter in the second half and focused more on the sex. If I'm honest, I did skim these sections more. For me some of the chemistry was lost in favour of standard sex scenes, which I'm becoming bored of when they're repeated numerous times. It feels more like a filler than adding anything. I wanted more of them getting to know each other to build up first.


Overall, I did enjoy this read. The first half was better than the second, but the characters pulled me through. It had a mix of light and dark that made me smile and pulled of my heartstrings, so pick up a copy if the blurb sounds interesting.

4

Monday, 22 May 2017

Review ~ Love Always: A Game of Hearts Novel by Candace Knoebel & Sonya Loveday

Love Always: A Game of Hearts NoveleBook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: August 25th 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Fraternization between guests and employees at the Diamond Isle Resort is against the rules.

However, rules mean nothing when it comes to matters of the heart. 


Phillip Warrington is smart, sexy, and goal-oriented. He has always had his life planned out. But none of those plans involved falling for a wildly adventurous employee at the resort. She liberates him in ways he never thought possible—with methods that his parents would never approve. But he can control his yearnings, right?

Maggie Fairchild knows the season is almost over. With her plan to take to the seas only months away, she wasn't expecting Phillip, one of those off-limit kinds of boys, to stumble onto her path and steal her heart. Between steamy kisses and late-night moments near the ocean, Maggie finds herself caught in a riptide of passion, one she never anticipated. But who’s ever prepared for meeting the greatest love of your life?

With summer coming to an end, Maggie and Phillip take their relationship to the next level before they have to say goodbye. Can their budding romance be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?

My Opinion

Love Always was a good read. It started off a bit slow, but it picked up and I breezed through the last half of the book. 

To begin with I did consider not finishing this book. Phillip irritated me. I loved Maggie's outlook on life, but Phillip was so weak and gullible. I hated how he let his mother dictate his life and it almost went on slightly too long without change. 

Anyway, finally he started to stand up for himself. His letters with Maggie were sweet and from this point on the book held my interest better. Phillip grew up and finally changed--mostly. There were sections that were predictable and he was still a little too naive at time, but I was glad he had Ed. 


Overall I can't complain too much when I got it free. It was an easy read about two characters from different worlds seizing control of their life and dreams. It did keep me entertained, so if the blurb interests you you might want to give it a go. 

3.5

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Review ~ Adapted For Film by Stacey Rourke

Adapted For Film
eBook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: March 9th 2015


Publisher: Anchor Publishing Group


Description:

Aubrey Evans is living every author’s dream; her sizzling romance novel is being turned into a blockbuster film. She would be celebrating this momentous event, if she wasn’t busy fighting over every tiny production detail with the maddeningly cavalier director, Kole Camden. 

When news of their heated rivalry hits the gossip columns, drastic measures must be taken to save their sinking project. In an elaborate PR hoax, she is publicly linked to Greyson Meyers, the swoon-worthy star of her movie. A whirl-wind love affair is staged for the couple to mirror the steamy chapters of her own books. 

Can the introverted author resist the charms of Hollywood’s sexiest leading man? Or will love find her in the City of Angels?

My Opinion

This is the first book I've read by this author so I wasn't sure what I was getting. In the end Adapted for Film was a quick and easy read with some humorous moments, but it did leave me wanting more.

In general, this book was likeable. It started off well with the comical clashes between the author, Aubrey, and the director, Kole. I liked the mix of interviews in the present day and the events actually unfolding as they happened. However, for me, the romance left a lot to be desired for. I liked the premise of the idea, but I just felt it needed more. I was never fully invested in one guy more than the other, and I felt things moved too quickly so that emotions didn't feel believable. I kept wanting to decide on a guy for Aubrey to be with, but couldn't, and in the end I kind of ended up disliking her for stringing them along. The romance had a lot of potential, it just took a bit long to arrive and then was over too quick once it did. I needed more growth, chemistry, and emotion.


Overall, it's an easy and likeable read.

4

Saturday, 20 May 2017

All That I Am (Men of Monroe #1) by Rachel Brookes






Title: All That I Am
Series: Men of Monroe #1
Author: Rachel Brookes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 20, 2017




Blurb


A kickass home décor boutique – tick
A sassy mouth and absolutely no filter – tick
A wall so strong no man could ever tear it down - tick, tick, tick!

Or so I thought.

Until I meet Detective Ben Hunt, the owner of exquisite blue eyes, a god-like physique and a seductive smirk that makes me weak at the knees. He charges into my life like a force of nature. No matter how hard I try to keep the walls up around my heart, he’s made it his mission to shatter them. I have no chance of resisting him, but I would make sure I won this tug of war.

Which was what I wanted.

Right? When did the idea of losing myself to him start to sound so good?

I wish Ben was the only battle I faced. There’s a reason this small town needs a good detective. One way or another I’m going to have to brace for impact, because no wall I build can stop the new threat thundering toward Monroe.

After all, secrets only stay a secret for so long around here.




My Opinion

It seems like I've been waiting to read this book for forever. I was first intrigued when I saw the cover and added it to be TBR pile back then. However, after that the release got pushed back numerous times until I could finally get my hands on a copy this week. After all that waiting, I'm pleased to say All That I Am was definitely worth the wait. 

This book kept me hooked from the first page until the last. I fell in love with the characters, and the hint of suspense was balanced perfectly to create another level of depth. The book was well-written, and I continue to enjoy this author's work. It's not my first and it won't be my last. 

With regard to the characters, I loved Ben. He was clearly an alpha male and was fiercely protective of those he loved, yet he also remained likeable and not overbearing. Somehow, the author managed to make him tender and sweet on top of being an alpha type. His concern was genuine and he wasn't just a caveman. 

As for Sasha, I liked her. She made me chuckle a few times with her attitude--especially during the incident in the police station and a wet bra. Her mouth got he in trouble a lot, yet it was balanced with the walls she keeps around herself because of her childhood. I liked the contrast of sassy confidence and vulnerable woman. 

My only minor quibble is I did think there were a couple of plot holes in the suspense element. Maybe I missed something, but I won't go into that here to avoid spoiling things. (You can see my full review with spoilers hidden over on Goodreads).

Anyway, it's something minor that could be fixed with a couple of sentences of extra explanation. Moreover, considering this is fiction, it doesn't really bother me. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was worth the wait and I'd highly recommend it. 

4




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Friday, 19 May 2017

Review ~ Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

Moonshot
ebook received via the author's newsletter sign up/giveaway.

Release Date: July 4th 2016

Publisher: EverAfter Romance

Description:
Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death… 

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase... he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil. 

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t. 

Then, the team started losing. 
Women started dying. 
And everything in my world broke apart.

My Opinion

I've been dying to read this book since it was released, but I've had to wait because of the price. However, I finally managed to get my hands on it.

After all the hype in the blogger-sphere around this book I was excited to read it. However, for me the hype ruined it because I think I went in expecting too much. Basically, my feelings come down to this: I liked the story, I wasn't a fan of the writing style.

This is my first Alessandra Torre book so I didn't know what to expect. And while I liked the idea behind the book, I found Moonshot to be a disjointed and incomplete read. I felt like I was missing the big picture until the end. I didn't really understand what was happening with the killings because it was never fully explained. The book seemed to bounce around between flashback and reality, and it just made it hard to keep up. It was like the start was missing. I also wasn't a fan of the fact Chase sections were written in third person while Tyler's were in first.

Saying that, it did keep me reading. Things did come together more in the end, and like I said, the idea was good.


Overall, maybe I went in expecting too much. The story was good so others may enjoy it--like numerous people have. The writing just wasn't for me.

3

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Review + Giveaway~ Dangerous Hearts by K.K. Allen

Cover Design: Okay Creations
Photo credit: Eric David Battershell
Model: Johnny Kane
Release Date: May 18, 2017
Synopsis
His heart beats for the music. She's his favorite song. Lyric Cassidy knows a thing or two about bad boy rock stars with raspy vocals that can cause an entire arena to swoon. In fact, her heart was just played by one. So when she takes an assignment as road manager for the world famous rock star, Wolf, she's prepared to take him on, full suit of heart-armor intact. Wolf is the sexy lead singer for the hottest rock band around with a line-up of guaranteed one night stands. Lyric Cassidy isn’t one of them. That’s fine with him. Women like Lyric come with fairytale expectations, so it should be easy to stay away. Too bad she's hot as sin with a fiery temper and a mouth that drives him wild. She’s also got something to hide. Something he discovers. Something he wants … Sharing a tour bus, neither of them are prepared for the miles of road ahead and the fierce attraction they feel toward one another—a dangerous combination.

My Opinion

I will be honest and admit that it was the covers that drew me to this duet. I had kind of gone off rocker romances when I saw these books, but I liked the covers too much not to give them a go.

To begin with I thought I was going to regret my choice, and I was once again cursing myself for falling for a pretty cover. The start didn't really hook me, and with some horrible description and similes jarring me from the writing, I considered not finishing the book. Seriously, some things should just not be used as a comparison.

Anyway, I stuck with it and was pleasantly surprised. The last two thirds of the book held my attention much better, and by the end I didn't want it to stop. Somehow, the author managed to win me over so that I was fully invested in Lyric and Wolf's story.

Although things moved quickly between them both, I liked the intensity they had. They had a lot in common and a lot to lose but I liked that they took a chance on each other.


Overall, this book started off as only okay, but I'm glad I stuck with it. It's a good read I'd recommend and I'm looking forward to book 2.

4

Monday, 24 April 2017

Review ~ Ripple Effect by Evan Grace

Ripple Effect
eARC received via a tour company in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 24th 2017

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
Ripley Brown had the kind of love that would last a lifetime. 
Until the night it died a tragic death, leaving her reeling and obliterating her ability to trust another man with her heart.

Brock James grew up in a home filled with violence and hate. 
He vowed never to be like his father, until the night he became even worse than the man. The night he destroyed everything. 

Now, Brock is out of the military. He returns home, not expecting to see Ripley. He hasn't laid eyes on her since that fateful night, but even after six years, he knows exactly what he wants.
It's time for Brock to face the demons of his past. The same demons that have been haunting Ripley all this time.

Brock is determined to win Ripley back, but can she open her heart back up to the man who broke it?

And even if she does - will Brock be able to forgive himself for hurting the only person who ever mattered?

My Opinion

I'm by no means new to this author's work. Having read almost every release by her, I had to have this one as soon as I saw the cover. Then add in the second chance and military element and I couldn't resist. Nevertheless, it's safe to say this is probably my favourite Evan Grave book to date.

Ripple Effect was a book I couldn't put down until I finished it. I read the entire thing in one sitting and I want to read more. I loved the characters and the story--just everything about it.

Although sometimes things felt a little quick, Brock and Rippley were characters I rooted for. I wanted them to find their way back to each other and overcome all of the twists. Even six years later their feeling and chemistry was there. Their story sucked me in and I could easily read another book about them.


Overall, I'd definitely recommend this book. It's my favourite by this author so far and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

5

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Review ~ Marry Me by Karen Stivali

Marry MeeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 24th 2017

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Description:
When British drummer Ben Davis lost his childhood sweetheart, he vowed to never love again. He immerses himself in his music, which propels him to international stardom and a lavish lifestyle, but has left his heart cold—until he meets creative and sexy clothing designer Julia Jones.

Julia’s career may be skyrocketing, but her personal life tanked when her last boyfriend crossed the line from controlling to violent. Certain that romance is not in the cards for her, she focuses on her career. Then devastatingly sexy Ben strolls into her life and his intoxicating charisma is impossible to resist.

Once Julia allows Ben into her bed and her heart, they fall hard and fast. But when Julia’s life is endangered, Ben’s reaction terrifies her. They both must confront their past demons if they want a chance at a future together.

My Opinion

Marry Me was a cute, quick read. At novella length it's hard to say much, but it was a sweet book that was okay to spend a hour in the sun with. 

Of course, because of the length things move quickly. The story starts where Julie and Ben already know each other and from there things take off. It did lead to a bit of a unbelievable relationship, yet it kept things lighthearted. 

The only other thing was some of the sex description pulled me out of the book. A times it wasn't sexy and I found myself thinking 'what the hell?' 


Besides that it was an easy and cute read. It broke up me day so if anyone is looking for a fluffy romance that you don't have to think too deeply over you might want to try this. 

3.5

Friday, 21 April 2017

Review ~ The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona, #2)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 11th 2017

Publisher: Forever

Description:
She's no Sleeping Beauty. And he's definitely no prince . . . 
Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot's whiskey-augmented grandmother "buys" Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he's at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass. Bentley's just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love-nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that "just friends" will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .

My Opinion

Even better than the first. 

Honestly, I'm finding it hard to find words that I haven't used before to describe new Rachel Van Dyken books. I just adore everything about her writing and characters, and seriously can't get enough. 

The Playboy Bachelor is Bentley Wellington's story. On the outside he's a fun-loving joker, and playboy. However, beneath the surface there are some darker secrets causing him pain, which are only brought to light more with the help of meddling grandparents. 

Like always, this book made me smile. Bentley's humour was on point and his gentle teasing had me laughing. I also loved the second chance element with Margot. They complimented each other well, but also clashed since their issues were similar. It created a good balance of light and dark in the book. 


My only complaint it that it ended. I didn't want to come back to the real world and could have easily read another book on Bentley. Overall a definite must read. 

5

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Blog Tour Review ~ Paper Fools by Staci Hart

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In the game of love, she never loses.


Paper Fools by Staci Hart is available now!!

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Title: Paper Fools

Author: Staci Hart

Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*

My Opinion

The premise of this book intrigued me. I haven't read many books with the theme of gods being in control of human relationships as part of some games. It was a different idea and I wanted to see what the author did with it.

Paper Fools turned out to be an okay read. I enjoyed the relationships between the gods and how the author modernised them. I thought that twist was clever and kept the book contemporary. It also made them easier to relate to.

Moreover, I liked the human drama between Dean and Lex. However, this is also the part that let the book down slightly. Because the gods were playing with the humans and creating situations to control them I found it hard to fully believe in the romance. There was a spark, but it all moved so quickly. I understand why this was, but I wanted more from the relationship to make their emotions believable.

Overall, this book has an interesting concept. At time the pace of the writing dragged while the relationship went too fast, but it was a good read. I still prefer A Thousand Letters though.

3.5

Excerpt:

She reached into her bag, digging around in the black hole for her book, but looked up, sensing someone in front of her. When her eyes locked on his, she froze. They were the greenest eyes she’d ever seen, shocking and bright, rimmed by thick, dark lashes. His long face was graced with an elegant nose and wide lips bent in a crooked smile. And he was tall, really tall, with ebony hair that fell forward as he looked down at her. He pushed it back without seeming to think about it, but it still looked perfectly tossed, like he’d just rolled out of bed. She realized she still hadn’t taken a breath and flushed as she fumbled and almost dropped her book. “Uh, hi. I’m Lex.” She tossed her hand in a wave, hoping she looked casual. He paused for a second, watching her with an expression she couldn’t quite place. The moment seemed to stretch on forever, and as she studied him, it dawned on her that he was amused. This unnerved her, even more so when it dawned upon her that it was exactly what he wanted. “Hey,” he said, the timbre of his voice deep and full. “I’m Dean.” Lex realized her mouth was open. And that he was smirking. And that he was dead sexy while he was doing it. She closed her mouth and cocked an eyebrow, putting on her snark to hide the fact that he’d gotten to her. “Dean, huh? I heard they call you Professor Panty Dropper.” His smile stretched wider. “Oh, is that what they say?” “They do.” A tall blond, who she guessed was Roe, stood at the microphone, glaring at them. “Mic check, Dean.” They stared at each other like idiots for a split second longer before Dean turned to pick up his guitar, and he took his place with the rest of the band. She watched him walk away and blinked a few times before turning to her bag again, not looking for anything in particular — she only wanted to keep her hands busy and her eyes off of Dean while she scraped her dignity off the floor.

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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Review ~ A Player for a Princess (Dirty Players, #2) by Tia Louise

A Player for a Princess (Dirty Players, #2)ebook purchased by myself.

Release Date: September 20th 2016

Description:
From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, the game continues...
Zelda Wilder is on the run, this time from the ruthless assassins who've decided she knows too much to live.

"Playboy Prince" MacCallum Lockwood Tate isn't about to let the beautiful player who stole his heart get away--if only he could decide whether he wants to save her or spank her for her dangerous choices.

After tracking her down to a casino in St. Croix, Cal follows Zee back to Tortola where he intends to keep her safe. One problem: Zelda's criminal liaisons are two steps ahead of her.

Lives are threatened, and all of the players' skills are tested in this plot to capture a killer and save a princess.

My Opinion

I dived into this as soon as I finished book one. I loved book one and needed an end to Cal and Zelda's story. 

However, while I loved book one, I don't think this one lived up to the first. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, I just don't think there was as much uniqueness about it. The characters kind of lost their quirks a little, such as the cons and racing. I get that the story needed to progress, but I liked the difference it gave book one.

Similarly, I didn't feel as much happened in this book. While it kept me hooked and I really enjoyed it, I just wanted more like in book one. 

Honestly, I think the author set the bar so high with book 1 that she would have had a hard time beating it no matter what she'd written. 


Overall, I think it was a good follow up and I did enjoy it--even if it sounds like I didn't. I'll definitely be reading the next one and I'd highly recommend both books. 

4

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Review ~The Prince & The Player (Dirty Players, #1) by Tia Louise

The Prince & The Player (Dirty Players, #1)
ebook downloaded for free via Amazon.

Release Date: May 17th 2016

Description:
Let the games begin...

Runaway Zelda Wilder will do whatever it takes to secure a better life for her and her sister Ava. Crown Prince Rowan Westringham Tate will do whatever it takes to preserve his small country.

"Playboy Prince" MacCallum Lockwood Tate will do whatever it takes to steal Zelda's heart...

When Zee is blackmailed into humiliating the brooding future king, she never expects to be pulled into a web of international intrigue--or to fall for Rowan's naughty younger brother Cal.

Cal is determined to capture the sexy player, but Zelda is in over her head with very dangerous men. Time is running out, and it may be too late for the prince to save this player.

My Opinion

This book definitely wasn't what I'd been expecting. However, it turned out to be so much better. 

The Prince & The Player had everything I love in it: romance, suspense, con artists, royalty, drama, chemistry. It's packed full of action and heat, and I couldn't put it down. 

I was instantly pulled into this book with Zelda and her casino con. She was a character that intrigued me and that only grew as I was curious as to why she was so protective over her sister. 

This book had me turning the pages rapidly. I thought I was going to get a cheesy love triangle based on the blurb, and while I don't mind those, I loved how the author handled all of the relationships in this book. The pairings made sense, all of the characters remained likeable, and most of the drama happened outside of the relationships. I wasn't expecting the book to take the turn it did, but I'm dying to read more. 

The only minor negative is I'm not entirely sure the author is well versed in everything Formula 1. As a big fan of the sport for many years, the incorrect terminology and inaccuracies with the sport did grate on me a bit. These sections could have done with some more research. 


Overall though, I really enjoyed this. I would definitely recommend it and I'm moving on to book 2 as soon as possible, because be warned there is a cliff hanger. 

4

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Review ~ Big Rock by Lauren Blakely

Big Rock
ebook received for free on iBooks via a newsletter.

Release Date: January 6th 2016

Publisher: Everafter Platinum 

Description:
It's not just the motion of the ocean, ladies. It's definitely the SIZE of the boat too. 

And I've got both firing on all cylinders. In fact, I have ALL the right assets. Looks, brains, my own money, and a big c*&k.

You might think I'm an a*&hole. I sound like one, don’t I? I'm hot as sin, rich as heaven, smart as hell and hung like a horse.

Guess what? You haven't heard my story before. Sure, I might be a playboy, like the NY gossip rags call me. But I’m the playboy who’s actually a great guy. Which makes me one of a kind. 

The only trouble is, my dad needs me to cool it for a bit. With conservative investors in town wanting to buy his flagship Fifth Avenue jewelry store, he needs me not only to zip it up, but to look the part of the committed guy. Fine. I can do this for Dad. After all, I’ve got him to thank for the family jewels. So I ask my best friend and business partner to be my fiancée for the next week. Charlotte’s up for it. She has her own reasons for saying yes to wearing this big rock.

And pretty soon all this playing pretend in public leads to no pretending whatsoever in the bedroom, because she just can’t fake the kind of toe-curling, window-shattering orgasmic cries she makes as I take her to new heights between the sheets.

But I can’t seem to fake that I might be feeling something real for her.

What the fuck have I gotten myself into with this…big rock?

BIG ROCK is a standalone, dirty romance novel written from the guy’s POV by NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely…

My Opinion

I've been wanting to read this book for a while, but just never got round to it. However, I got it free on iBooks with Kendall Ryan's newsletter and had to start it immediately.

Big Rock was an easy and laid back read that kept me smiling. It was a great character driven book, whereby the humour and love between Charlotte and Spencer kept me turning the pages swiftly. I couldn't put it down and it was just a feel good book.


Overall I would definitely recommend this. It was a great read.

4

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