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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Book Review : Tempting by Alex Lucian

by Alex Lucian

Release Date:
November 23rd, 2015

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Adult Contemporary Romance


His body climbing over mine. 

My teeth biting his neck. 

His scent on my skin. 

My nails carving a path down his back. 

His commands whispered in my ear. 

All of my senses filled with him. 

I knew it was bad. 

But I craved more. 

It had begun innocently enough, bumping into one another in a crowded Boston bar. What followed that night had been anything but innocent. 

Because I'd known, even as he'd slid inside of me, that he was my professor. I'd pursued him, a predator stalking its prey. 

And he didn't know I was his student. 

But he would. 

*** Author's note: This isn't a jail bait student/teacher novel with a butterflies-in-the-belly kind of romance. The characters portrayed in this novel are consenting adults with functioning brains. If curse words, sex, and hard ass college professors with secrets offend you, move right along. 

Tempting is Nathan and Adele's story. Tempting does not have a cliffhanger ending, but it's the first book in a duet. The Tempting series will have other novels featuring characters with concurrent story lines.***

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The cover and synopsis of Tempting, by Alex Lucian, has been appearing on my social media for the last few days. I have heard great things about it. I always try to discover new authors to follow and I am so happy I gave this book a chance. I went into this book having no expectations at all. I just knew that this was a forbidden romance student/teacher story and that it was the authors first novel.

I knew I was going to like the book because some of my friends read it and loved it. What I never expected was for the writing style to be so captivating and the characters to be so unforgettable. The author did a fantastic job at making me feel like I was a part of Adele and Nathan's memorable journey. I have read many student/teacher romance books. They become fairly predictable and I sometimes lose interest in the story. With this book, it was different. Adele and Nathan's chemistry was so intoxicating and perfect that I always wanted to know more about them.

The story is pretty simple. Adele is obsessed with Nathan, which is her teacher. They have an unforgettable one-night stand, but he has no idea who Adele is. That is until something catches his attention in class. What follows is the beginning of an intense and all-consuming love story. The attraction between them is undeniable. Nathan knows that he's playing with fire, but he's ready to get burned because Adele makes him feel alive for the first time in a long time. 

Adele was an awesome heroine to follow. She knew what she wanted and she stopped at nothing to get it. I have to admit that I thought she was a bit cray-cray at the beginning of the story. She wanted Prof. Easton with a wild intensity and that made me feel uncomfortable. I could not figure out why she was trying so hard to get his attention. I continued to read and the change I saw in Adele surprised me and made me happy. I understood why she was acting the way she did after all.

Prof. Easton will melt your heart ... and your panties too! OMG!! He's one fine dirty talker!!! It was difficult for him to accept that Adele was taking so much place in his heart. My heart broke for him when I learned what happened in his past. Adele was like a soothing balm on his broken heart. 

This was a great reading journey and an amazing first time novel by Alex Lucian. Whatever comes next in this series, I want to read it!! I loved Adele's best friend, Leo, and I hope he gets his own book. He deserves to find ''The One''.


I give Tempting, by Alex Lucian, 4.5 captivating, passionate, surprising stars!

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book Review: All I Want (Animal Magnetism #7) by Jill Shalvis

All I Want
Animal Magnetism #7

Jill Shalvis

Release Date:
Oct. 6, 2015

Berkley Romance

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GR's Summary:

From the “awesomely, incredibly talented”* New York Times bestselling author of Still the One, comes a sexy new Animal Magnetism novel set in Sunshine, Idaho, where the sky is the limit when it comes to love. 

Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler. 

Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going…

My Thoughts:

Whenever I read a Jill Shalvis book, I am guaranteed a sweet, charming, sexy, and flirty romance.  I was very content to return to Sunshine Idaho.  Ms. Shalvis makes me yearn for small town life, and I can tell that she is an animal lover like myself.  I don't know how she does it, but she really makes the pets in her stories come to life with a personality all their own.  Animal lovers need to read her Animal Magnetism series.  Each one contains adorable pets that play a significant part in the story. 

All I Want, is Zoe Stone and Parker James' story.  Zoe is a Pilot and also gives flying lessons.  She is lonely and is suffering through the "empty nest syndrome," because her two younger siblings that she has been taking care of all of her life, have moved out.  When her brother, Wyatt, asks her if his good friend Parker can stay at her house, while he's vacationing in Sunshine, she agrees.  

Parker works for the Fish and Wildlife Service, and has been given information that a poacher he's been tracking is currently in Idaho.  Parker's job is his passion, and even though his boss told him to leave the case alone, he's never been much of a rule follower.  When Parker meets Zoe, a case of mistaken identity gets him a scorching kiss.  This sets the stage for Parker and Zoe's chemistry to take off, and as Parker is staying with Zoe, things between the two of them become heated.  However, Parker's stay in Idaho is temporary, and his job is not conducive to a long term relationship.... 

All I Want was a charming, fun, and heart-warming story.  I loved Zoe's strong, stubborn, feisty, and independent personality.  Her motto about every problem that came her way was, "I got this!"  I loved how spirited and fiery she was.  Parker was a sweetheart.  He had a younger sister with down syndrome, and I loved how adoring and compassionate he was with her.  He was also very patient with Zoe when she gave him hell, and went out of his way to be there for her, even as she insisted that she could take care of everything on her own.  These two were very passionate individuals, and together they were dynamic!

I loved getting to read a little bit about Zoe's siblings, Wyatt, and Darcy, as well as their significant others.  Zoe's dog Oreo, and her two kittens, Bonnie and Clyde set the stage for entertaining shenanigans, sweet moments, and made me smile a lot!

My Rating:

I give, All I Want, by Jill Shalvis, 4 Sweet, Warm, Lovable, and Light-Hearted Filled Stars!  I'm ready for the next book in the series!!!

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About Jill Shalvis:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Book Review: Marked (The Soulseer Chronicles, #1) by Sue Tingey


(The Soulseer Chronicles, #1) 
Sue Tingey 
Pub May 7th 2015 
by Jo Fletcher Books 
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With no family and very few friends, Lucky’s psychic ability has always made her an outcast. The only person she can rely on is Kayla, the ghost girl who has been with her since she was born.

But Kayla is not all that she appears.

And when Lucky is visited by a demonic assassin with a message for her friend, she finds herself dragged into the Underlands – and the political fight for the daemon king’s throne.

Lucky, trapped in the daemon world, is determined to find her way home… until she finds herself caught between the charms of the Guardian Jamie, the charismatic Daemon of Death Jinx – and the lure of finding out who she really is.

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First things first. Did I enjoy the book? Yes. Is it a new fave? No. Will I continue this series? Not sure yet. Okay so although I liked the book it had some things that I just couldn’t ignore. Though the authors writing was fun it was also quite chaotic. The main character was all over the place. One minute she would be angry than not that questioning then not. A lot going on. There were several unexplained things…we don’t even find out who Lucky is until way late in the book. If the author give us another soon and there is a clear path of what is supposed to happen I will probably pick up a copy. If the next is like a year from now I’m not sure if I’ll have the same feelings. I really enjoyed Jinx and I think he and Lucky belong together but again nothing is very clear in the book so I cant say for sure.

The Story,
I don’t want to give away too much but Lucky and Kayla have always been together. Someone from the other side beckons Kayla and the mystery begins. No one tells Lucky anything even when she asks point blank. I tried to get over that fact but when its 95% and there are things being kept from her it got a bit tiring. I want to get a feel for where this story is going once that happens I’ll enjoy it much more. We do find out some things about Kayla and Lucky so its not all kept from us but a great many questions are left unanswered.

The Characters,
Lucky has always been an outcast and she is about to find out just how much. She is very wishy washy with her emotions so I’m not sure how she feels about anything. I want her to begin to stand her ground and become some sort of match for these people. James and Jinx are opposites but high ranking and they want Lucky. Personally I want Lucky to choose Jinx their names together are cute, and I don’t feel the same chemistry with her and James. I think Kayla is majorly misunderstood by everyone, I look forward to finding out just what everyone is capable of.

The End,
there is some tiny closure but not a lot. Things don’t look good for Lucky but with her new friends they somewhat stand a chance of staying safe until they can figure everything out. Lucky’s situation isn’t safe but she will find a ay to make things right for herself and those she loves. I hope the next comes out soon so I can give it a shot. If it takes about a year I probably wont be so inclined to pick up the continuation.

My Rating
3.0 Good premise some rough edges to smooth out but an overall exciting new concept with a few flaws but all and all entertaining read.

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About the Author
Sue Tingey spent 28 years with a major British bank before leaving the corporate life to work as Practice Manager for an Arboricultural Consultancy. She lives with her husband (and Koi carp) in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Book Review: Right Wrong Guy (Brightwater #2) by Lia Riley

Right Wrong Guy
Brightwater, #2
by Lia Riley

Release Date:
August 4th, 2014

Avon Impulse

Publisher via Edelweiss

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Sometimes two wrongs can make a right... 

Bad boy wrangler, Archer Kane, lives fast and loose. Words like responsibility and commitment send him running in the opposite direction. Until a wild Vegas weekend puts him on a collision course with Eden Bankcroft-Kew, a New York heiress running away from her blackmailing fiancĂ©…the morning of her wedding. 

Eden has never understood the big attraction to cowboys. Give her a guy in a tailored suit any day of the week. But now all she can think about is Mr. Rugged Handsome, six-feet of sinfully sexy country charm with a pair of green eyes that keeps her tossing and turning all night long. 

Archer might be the wrong guy for a woman like her, but she's not right in thinking he'll walk away without fighting for her heart. And maybe, just maybe, two wrongs can make a right.

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Lindy's Thoughts:

I was excited to return to the small town of Brightwater, California.  I adore the Kane family, and their significant others.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that book 1 and book 2 in this series run concurrently in time.  It was great to get reacquainted with Sawyer Kane, Annie Carson, Kit Kane, and my favorite character of all, Grandma Kane. 

Eden "Edie" Bancroft-Kew is a well-to-do Manhattan socialite.  It's Eden's Mother's dying wish for her to marry long time family friend, Reginald "Reggie" Winter.  On her wedding day, Edie, discovers that Reggie is using her for her inheritance.  

After Edie meets a handsome cowboy, by the name of Archer Kane, her life is transformed.  She discovers that Archer is from the small town of Brightwater California, which is where her first cousin, Quincy, currently resides.  On a whim, Edie hitches a ride with Archer, and decides to take control of her life's happiness.  She will open her own high quality coffee and pastry shop.  

As far as romance is concerned, Edie is extremely attracted to Archer, but she is hearing rumors about his womanizing ways.  She doesn't think that she can trust her gut after being betrayed by her ex-fiancee.  Another conundrum arises when Reggie begins blackmailing Eddie.  Can she find peace and happiness in Brightwater?

Right Wrong Guy was a sweet, warm, charming, and romantic love story.  I enjoyed the characters, and love the sense of humor that Ms. Riley has created in Grandma Kane.  I loved this small town romance, and it was a great read to savor on a cold night, under the covers.  These characters warmed my heart, and brought many smiles to my face.  My only critique of this story would be that it was difficult to buy in to the way Archer Kane went from a philanderer to a one-woman kind of man so quickly.  However, he does tell us that he is tired of his fast-paced lifestyle, and wants a more meaningful relationship with a woman.  Then again, this is the day after he has a threesome in Las Vegas.

If you enjoy small town romance, the Brightwater Series is wonderful.  All of these characters are warm, fun, have colorful personalities, and give us readers great romance!  These stories give off a meaningful sense of family, close friendships, and community.  


I give, Right Wrong Guy, by Lia Riley, 3.5 Heartwarming, Seductive Sexy Times, and Fun Filled Stars! 

Mikki's Review:

The second installment of Lia Riley's Brightwater Series, Right Wrong Guy, was a wonderful, sweet and enjoyable reading escape! If you are a fan of small town romance you definitely want to add this series on your TBR list. These books are perfect if you are looking for a sweet romance with a dash of spice.

What I like about this series is that the characters are real, the stories always captivating and the romance is always heart-melting. It's very easy to relate to these characters and you won't be able to resist cheering for their HEA. They all have a little something that will catch your attention. Especially grandma Kane. Oh my world!!! I love this little lady!! She can be moody, but God is she entertaining!!!

One-night stands are easy and require no commitment. The last thing Archer Kane is looking for is a long-term relationship. Until Eden Bankcroft-Kew walks into his life. In Sin City he meets the woman that will change his life forever. Eden is having the worst day of her life. A lying fiancĂ© sends her running away straight into Archer's arms. When she meets him, she has no doubt that this sexy cowboy is trouble. The kind of trouble you want to meet. As days go by, their feelings for each other grow. Archer is ready to put his past behind and start a new journey with Eden. Will is reputation bring trouble in paradise? If it does, will Archer be able to win Eden's heart?

I had not problem connecting with Eden and Archer. Their chemistry was pretty strong. What I had a hard time with, is Archer's manwhore ways. Before meeting Eden, there was a never ending amount of ladies in his bed. There is no doubt in my mind that he was ready to find ''The One'', but it was almost an insta-love kind of thing with Eden. There is nothing wrong with that. I just wanted a slow building romance between these two. 

What I love about small town romance novels, is that you get to revisit all your favorite characters. I was happy to see familiar faces. My favorite one would be grandma Kane. She is hilarious and I guarantee that you will love her just as much as I do! This book can be read as a standalone, but I recommend the rest of the books in this series as well. They are the perfect reading escape when you want a great romance story with a little bit of drama.


I give Right Wrong Guy, by Lia Riley, 3.5 enjoyable, sweet, romantic, fun stars!

About the Author:

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments. 

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Book Review : Roped In (Armed & Dangerous, #2) by L.P. Dover

Roped In
Armed & Dangerous, #2
by L.P. Dover

Release Day:
October 19th, 2015

L.P. Dover LLC


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Who says a wild heart can’t be tamed? 

For years, I lived for the job and let it control me. Violence was all I knew. I protected, killed, and served. My name is Blake Evans, one of the best undercover cops in the country. I thought I was about to live a quiet life on my ranch in Wyoming until an old friend showed up and changed everything. He brought me her, Hadley Rivers, country music sensation and the one woman I couldn't have. I didn't want her but she had me completely roped in. 

My job is to protect her, to keep her away from some psycho who wants her for himself. However, there's more to her story than I was led to believe. I promised to keep her safe and I won't back down . . . even if I have to die trying. I can't let him have her.

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The second installment of the Armed & Dangerous Series, by L.P. Dover, was an action-packed, sexy and page-turning reading escape. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, which is No Limits. When I saw the cover and the blurb of Roped In, I knew I wanted to read Hadley and Blake's story. This book can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading No Limit as well. I really liked it and I am sure you will enjoy it as well :)

The last thing Blake Evans wants is to be stuck with Hadley Rivers. She is country music royalty and he knows that this sexy and sassy princess is about to turn is world upside down. From the moment he meets her, he knows he's in trouble. As days go by, Blake falls hard for Hadley. Danger is close and he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Even if it means putting his life on the line to save hers.

I have to admit that I did not like Blake at the beginning of the story. He was really mean to Hadley, but I knew he would come around once he got the chance to really get to know her. Hadley is such a wonderful heroine and she has such a bubbly personality! No wonder our cowboy could not resist her! She won't take crap from anyone, especially from Mr. Evans. They had the perfect chemistry and the more I read their story, the more I fell in love with this couple. 

What I really liked about this story is that the author included some twists and turns that I did not expect. I was trying to figure out who was Hadley's stalker. I was shocked when I found out!! The author did an amazing job with the plot. I won't say much more because I don't want to give out spoilers, but expect the unexpected when it comes to Hadley's stalker.

Hadley and Blake's story kept me turning the pages non-stop. I also loved how the author wrote about their respective careers. We got to go undercover with Blake on his mission to keep Hadley safe and we also get to experience, through Hadley's eyes, what it's like to be a country music sensation. It's all the little details that made this book such a fantastic reading escape!


I give Roped In, by L.P. Dover, 4 sexy, exciting, unexpected, captivating stars!

About the Author:

NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. 

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Book Review: Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz

Falling for the Wrong Guy

Sara Hantz

Oct. 12, 2015

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Ruby Davis has a crush on her brother’s best friend. At least, he was his bestie until the big betrayal. Now Drew is off limits to everyone, especially Ruby. She can’t stand the way people treat him, or the way he feels about himself. It isn’t right. And those deep green eyes are calling to her. 

Drew is scarred and damaged, and he has no business even looking at Ruby. But he can’t help himself. She’s beautiful, but he does his best to stay away. When they are assigned a school project, they become reluctant friends – even though they want so much more. 

She’s torn between her feelings for Drew and loyalty to her brother. There’s no way they can ever be together...but love just might find a way.

My Thoughts:

The brother's best friend falling for the younger sister is my absolute favorite book trope of all time.  When I read the book summary for Falling for the Wrong Guy, I was so excited to dive right in and read this story.  However, I must admit that I was disappointed.

Ruby Davis has had a crush on Drew, her brother's best friend, for many years.  Unfortunately, a horrific accident causes the breakup of Drew, and Ruby's brother (Blake's) friendship.  Ruby and Drew end up being put in the same group to work on a science project together.  As these two begin interacting with one another, Ruby discovers that she still has feelings for Drew, and he begins to feel the same way about her.  However, being with Drew, would be viewed as a betrayal by her brother.  What will Ruby do?

This is a fairly short story, but it was very slow moving.  There was a lot of angst in the story, yet I did not "feel" the character's emotions.  I had trouble connecting with both Ruby and Drew.  Ruby came across as a bit naive and immature to me.  Drew was very brooding, and filled with guilt.  As I read the story, I felt like a lot of it was redundant.  The same things were mentioned over and over again.  The story didn't move for me.  I kept waiting for something to happen to propel it forward.  Finally at the end, a large event occurred, and then everything was wrapped up in a nice neat little bow.

Falling for the Wrong Guy had a lot of potential.  I liked the unique storyline, but just felt like more could have been done with it.  The characters were very surface level, the story didn't come across as realistic, and there was too much "telling," and not enough "showing."  However, I appreciated the lessons and teaching points in the story.  Many things in life can knock us down, but it's important to get back up, live a good life, and not wallow in self-pity.  

My Rating:

I give, Falling for the Wrong Guy, by Sara Hantz, 2.5 Horrific Incident, Broken Friendship, Moving Forward Filled Stars.

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About Sara Hantz

I was born in Northampton, England, the eldest of 4 children (I have 3 younger brothers), and I took my eldest child responsibilities very seriously. When I said jump, they asked how high. They’re all a lot taller than me now, so I’ve had to change tactics for getting my own way. 

School and I weren’t a match made in heaven. I was bored a lot of the time, and it seemed much more fun to dream up ways of disrupting lessons than to actually pay attention. Which could explain why I was always in trouble! But I redeemed myself later, when at twenty-one I went back to full-time study. Except, I got carried away and became a bit of a qualification tart. I even worked in education for a number of years – lecturing. 

But all the time I was never content. I knew there was something missing, just didn’t know what. Until I discovered writing. 

I wasn’t one of those people who wrote from being a small child. I did read though. I’ve always been an avid reader. And it took me a few years of thinking about writing before I actually started. But now, I wouldn’t do anything else, and I never get bored!

I moved to New Zealand (a beautiful country) from the UK twelve years ago, with my husband and two children. After working at a university for three years I left to work in our motel and devote more time to my writing. I wish I’d done it sooner! Two years ago we moved to the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Another perfect place to write. 

In my spare time I love going to the movies, watching TV, walking on the beach, and playing with our gorgeous Labrador.