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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Darkness Series by K.F. Breene



Novella (191 pages)
New Adult (18 +) Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Released January 2014

Summary
S
I’d always been different. I saw objects in the night where others saw emptiness. Large, human shaped shadows, fierce yet beautiful, melting into the darkness. I collected secrets like other women collected bells; afraid to fully trust lest my oddities be exposed.

Until I saw him. He’d been gliding down the street, unshakable confidence in every step. It wasn’t just that he was breathtakingly handsome with perfect features. Something about him drew me. Sucked my focus to him and then tugged at my body. As his eyes met mine, I was entrapped.

No one had noticed him. He’d been right there, just beyond the light, but only I had perceived.

I had to know if he was real. Or maybe I really was crazy. And even when my secret box was blasted wide open, dangers hurled at me like throwing knives, I couldn’t stop until I unraveled his true identity.

I just had to know.

“She was fated to live.”
“Then why must you save her?”
“Often Fate is struck down by dumb luck.”

New Adult (18 +) due to sexual content and not for the faint of heart.


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The Way I see It
Hold on to your seats y'all this was a wild thrilling ride!! My eyes are bugging out of my head and my chin hurts from all the times my jaw dropped to the floor! This was a super sexy steamy and disturbing read!! Definitely 18+ there were a couple of m/m scenes that seriously shocked my shoes right off! Seriously my shoes came off I was like where did my shoes go? Lol my usual concern with novella length books is connecting with the characters well let me tell you. Sasha is larger than life and her spirit shines through the pages. Breen’s writing is captivating definitely on the brazen side but a delightful read none the less.

From the very first page the action and mystery takes off. Recently I've read books that have left me hanging in the end and that's been a bit disappointing. Into the Darkness did the exact same thing BUT I’m not disappointed AT ALL! In fact I’m pretty dang giddy! Yep, I said it! Giddy!! As the reader we are given some answers and see some foreshadowing just enough to whet our pallets. Sasha is different but quite normal at the same time. She isn't overly anything, she finds herself in situations where she is not in full control of her body and she is drawn to “the Boss” Stefen in a way she cannot describe. There is a magic locked inside of her that will reveal itself but the origin of her power is unknown. I have some speculations but I've yet to see if they are founded. This is action packed from the first page to the last.

The characters were perfect Sasha and Stefen exude chemistry even though their contact was minimal. Stefen pushes to keep Sasha at arms length but just the way she has a pull towards him he feels that same pull towards her. Sasha is strong and brave in a very human way. Stefen is a leader among his people so he has to act a certain way. Sasha has a boyfriend whom she cares for dearly and though I thought their relationship was nice I felt like he was holding her back. Stefen can have his pick of the litter but his mind keeps veering back to a very stubborn and very beautiful human girl. Charles…at first I didn't know what to think of him but then he grew on me the banter he shares with Sasha is classic! I see a true friendship forming like I said I’m hooked and invested in this series I can’t wait to see what happens. 

My Rating

4.0 Car Wreck, Park Shadow, First Kiss, First Love, Pheromones, Alley Rendezvous, Mind Wipe, Letter Opener, Black Smoke, Gold Cage, Marked Lover, Heart Break, Resignation Challenging filled stars!!! If your into paranormal and super sexy scenes then ABSOLUTELY pick this up!!!





Darkness #2
Novella (190 pages)
New Adult (18 +) Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Released March 21, 2014

Summary
Sasha has always known she was different, but now she also knows that the shadow men she’s seen all her life, are real. 
With a life goal of fitting in, Sasha hopes her strange abilities will finally make true friendship a possibility. Unfortunately, her magic doesn’t function like everyone else’s. What she thought would make her belong, sets her apart now more than ever.

Stefan, all but promised to a different woman, has tried to keep his mind on his duties instead of the irresistible and free-spirited human. But when she is threatened, he can’t keep his distance anymore. He realizes he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe, and more importantly, make her his. 

Just when one thing clicks into place, another spirals out of control. Stefan’s clan isn’t the only group that would benefit from an extremely rare type of magic. And their enemies will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Braving the Elements is the second novella in K.F.Breene’s long awaited Darkness series. Sasha’s story is one of discovery, awareness, and understanding, and is jam packed with action, humor, sexual tension, and an overwhelming desire for final acceptance.




The Way I See It 
Yep this is one super addictive series. Sasha has been through quite the ordeal Jared the person she loved is gone she knows its for the best but her heart still aches with his absence. This second installment was more addicting than the first. I had great expectations and it met every single one. I seriously read through the night because this was un-put-a-down-able. Each page had me moving right along and falling more and more in love with all of these wonderful characters. 

B-usy, If Sasha keeps her mind focused on the tasks presented to her she does not feel the pain of her heart so deeply.
R-estricted, Stefen tucks Sasha away and no one is allowed to know her location.
A-spire, going back to classes isn't something Charles wants to do but he knows Sasha has plans and he will stick by her side.
V-icious, Darla wants Stefen to herself she feels threatened for the first time, she is determined to make those around her pay.
I-ntrigue, Stefen was weak he continues to punish himself, he knows what must be done but staying away from Sasha gets harder and harder.
N-emesis, Sasha finds one everywhere she turns. She is tired of running she refuses to be anyone's kicking stone.
G-rowth, Sasha knows she is different and everyone around her knows she is powerful it is time she began embracing it.

T-ouch, Sasha feels the pull towards Stefen but she will blanket the connection she has to find a way to distance herself. 
H-elp, kind and handsome Sasha allows herself to lend her trust and small parts of her heart to an unlikely candidate
E-mbrace, accepting this new world is too hard but it seems Sasha has no choice she has always been alone.

E-nlightened, Sasha is a hands on type of person now that she has discovered how to tap into her magic she will improve dramatically. 
L-earning, an evening full of sadness will introduce Sasha to a new world of possibilities. A confession is made that should infuriate her but all she can feel is whats right in front of her.  
E-ngaging, Stefen knows he will be forced into a decision he does not want to make. His feelings are changing and complicating his life. 
M-esmerizing, the connection Stefen started has been completely solidified. Nothing can severe this bond, a moment of pure bliss will further complicate his life.
E-nsconced, a power unlike anything imaginable will unite and ignite, changing not only them but everything they've ever known. 
N-etting, Charles will sacrifice and fight, nothing can stop what is about to take place. 
T-orment, everyone knows his stance, his rage absolute anything in his way will crumble. Stefen will not be bested.
S-urvival, together Stefen and Sasha complete the impossible. White magic is no longer the most powerful. Black has come to party and what a party it is!!

The emotions are off the charts in this one! Seriously. Breene has something special going on here. There isn't anything disturbing in this installment but the steam is steamy. Breene writes one of the best sexy scenes I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them. *winky face* I definitely recommend this series its a great adventure full of allure. I can see this making the golden screen and people lining up.


My Rating
4.0 Jared, Classes, Ginger, Magic, Blood Link, Black Level, Marking, Betrayal, Underground, Draining, Explosion, Promises of Love filled stars!!! If you are 18+ and you enjoy a sultry paranormal read PICK THIS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Darkness #3
Novella Length
New Adult (18 +) 
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Releasing April 22, 2014


Summary
If Sasha thought life would slow down after being captured, she was dead wrong. 

Having an extremely high level of magic, but not knowing how to use it, has become more than a little problematic. Struggling to get her power under control has everyone on their toes, waiting for something to blow up. And then there is the issue of loving Stefan, but not being able to mate him because she hadn't a clue how to lead, which is necessary if she wants to rule by his side.

No, things have not gotten any easier.

With the incoming visit of the Regional and his white mage, the pressure turns way up for both Sasha and Stefan. So many issues are riding on the balance, and one word from the authoritative pair could have Sasha back in her old life, still in danger, and without the resources to carry on.


Sasha has to learn to battle while walking on a razor's edge.




The Way I See It
Wa WHAT?!!! I have a new guilty pleasure y'all and its the darkness series. I love, love, love, this series K.F. Breene is a world building GENIUS!!! I review books because I like to spread the word about a really good one when I come across it. Let me tell you The Darkness series will fulfill all of your naughty desires!! 18+ This installment was just as good, or better than the last we know so much more and Breene covers a different facet in this story. Just when I think I've got my head around it she throws another wallop your way! Ga certain people were born to write that is the case with Breene. Definitely auto buy one click this author cause…dabomb.com doesn't even measure up!!!

O-pportunity, Sasha wants to fit in, Stefen will make spare time and work with her.
N-emesis, the crazy caped crusader plots to capture Sasha now that they know her power they must take control of her.

A-ware, the regional leader will come with his mage to test Sasha’s power and Stefen will try to make them understand why they must be mated.

R-ealization, Sasha recognizes Dominicous but cannot place him, he knows he must help her.
A-lone, the only thing Sasha has ever wanted was to fit in. Even now her magic is all over the place and she doubts she ever will. 
Z-ones, accepting the challenge Sasha begins demonstrating her magic she will prove to everyone she can do this.
O-nly, Stefen has vowed to take care of Sasha he will face whatever challenge comes his way.
R-esults, Toa is eager to show Sasha how to harness and work with her magic.
S-eer, Sasha has always had certain intuitions. Since the arrival of Dominicous and Toa it seems they have brought her some solid answers and she begins putting pieces of the puzzle together.

E-nlist, Sasha will go with Toa to work a very fragile allegiance if they accept her this could solidify her status among the clan.
D-arla, sent to keep an eye on things she will do what she can to be on top again even the most unthinkable of things.
G-ain, a sworn enemy makes a vow of fealty to Sasha. Her strength, her power, but mostly the capacity of her heart is what makes her so valuable. 
E-ngagement, lineage and strength cannot be disputed. Sasha finds the things she has been searching for her whole life.

There are major things in the horizon and people are making plans for my beloved Sasha. I cannot WAIT for the next installment in this series. I was hooked from the first one and now I can't get enough...I'm not sure when the next novella comes out but I will be be dying a slow death until then. Sasha and Stefen are like this amazing duo and they sizzle baby! They sizzle! Breen's writing is truly captivating and I find myself stuck in this wonderful world she has created!! Heck Yea if your 18+ and you like paranormal sexiness this is a must read series!!

4.5 Black Level, White Mage, Car Accident, Cinnamon, Shifters, Woods, Viper, Vindictive Beeyotch, Betrayal, Destruction, Union, Committed Vows, Fealty, Love Filled Stars! Pick up this series! Fall in love the way I have!!


   




About the Author

A wine country native, she moved to San Francisco for college just shy of a decade ago to pursue a lifelong interest in film. As she settled into the vibrant city, it quickly became apparent that, while she thought making films was great fun, she lacked cinematic genius. For that reason, her career path quickly changed direction. Her next goal was a strange childhood interest, conjured at the dining room table while filling out a form. For some reason, her young self wanted to be an accountant. Thinking on it now, she wonders how she had any friends. Regardless, it was the direction she finally took.

While she could wrangle numbers with the best of 'em, and even though she wore the crown as the most outspoken, belligerent accountant in the world, her mind got as stuffy as her daily routine. It was here that she dusted off her creative hat and began writing. Now she makes movies in her head, and then writes them down. Way easier than dealing with actors--she should know, she’s been one!










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Book Review: Wicked Sense (Singularity #1) by Fabio Bueno



Wicked Sense 

(Singularity #1) 

by 
Fabio Bueno
Pub September 2012 
by Booklings Publishing 
ARC for Review 

Winner, 2012 Sandy Literary Contest - 1st place - YA category

Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy—the Veil.

Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity's immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder







The Way I See It

Wicked Sense was a fun read. I enjoyed the authors writing it was smooth and I was able to connect with the characters for the most part. There wasn’t any insta love here but the read was enjoyable. There were parts of the story that were a little jumpy like Skye being very hesitant about Drake one minute and making out with him the next. Lol who am I kidding, thats pretty much YA in a nutshell. Lol it was probably just me wanting these two to stop messing around and get together finally! I will say this once they admitted their feelings and decided on a relationship they shared some really sweet and touching moments. There is a big aspect of mystery and YAY!! WE FIND OUT THE ANSWERS!!! Gosh I just love that so hard. It seems like the last few(hundreds of) books I’ve read that are part of a series leave me in the dark! Not Wicked Sense we know exactly(sort of) whats going on. Well with the major thing that is. I have my suspicions about a couple of the characters but I found myself guessing incorrectly…Who knows but well played Bueno, well played.

W-ise, the motherhood has sent one of their brightest of witches to search for the Singularity, Skye has a mission and will do what it takes to find her.
I-ndecisive, Drake is drawn to the new girl he may stumble on his words but his charm eventually wins Skye over.
C-urious, Priscilla “the predator” befriends Skye though she seems nice enough Skye cannot trust her motives.
K-indred, another sister is among the students of Skye’s high school but something is very wrong with her.
E-scape, twice now Drake and Skye save each other they certainly share strange circumstances.
D-eath, a scare brings everything back into perspective for Skye now more determined than ever she will do what it takes to complete her mission.

S-ecrets, Skye hasn’t been very honest with Drake its time to break the veil.
E-vil, two deadly attacks isn’t enough the very wicked Jane will do what it takes to get rid of Skye.
N-earness, nothing can come between Drake and Skye when they promise to spend time together.
S-urprise, one of the usual suspects turns out not to be who everyone thought. Certain truths that could've affected so many things differently are finally out.
E-vade, the jury is liberating things are at a standstill the motherhood is watching and they don’t plan on stopping. Ever.

Good story good writing and it def kept me guessing. Another delightful surprise was that Bueno did a great job of capturing the general aura of high school. All of the characters personalities were quite believable, I remember having a few friends that reminded me of a character or two (Sean, Boulder, Priscilla) I’m looking forward to continuing this series. I hope Skye becomes even more amazing. I hope Conner gets what he deserves cause as Pri so eloquently put it, he definitely falls under the douche bag category. I recommend this for anyone who is looking for a fun YA Witchy Read!


My Fav’s

Drake
Well he’s a swimmer! Yum! Lol but he is honest kind and selective. I really enjoyed his personality. Although I see so much potential I hope he joins the swim team and embraces his awesomeness. I’ll still heart him if he doesn’t but I know he’s capable of so much more.

Skye
This girl has her head on straight. She is not wild or geeky but what she does have is determination. I am looking forward to seeing her powers grow. Her capacity for love is astonishing I loved seeing her interact with other people.

My Rating

4.0 London, New York, Lake, Fallen Tree, Pool Incident, Blinding Potion, Silver Tattoo, Warning, First Kiss, Heart Attack, Earthquake, Fire, Coma, Secrets, Young Love Filled Stars! For fans of Paranormal YA this one’s for you!







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Special Look: Better When He's Bad by Jay Crownover



So you’ve met Rule, Jet, Rome, and soon Nash! But there’s a new boy in town, along with a new series, by Jay Crownover. Better When He’s Bad (Welcome to the Point #1) is a new adult novel scheduled for publication on June 17, 2014, by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing. This is how Jay describes her new novel/series:


“It’s dark and dangerous and set in a fictitious underworld/bad part of town. The men in all of the books are way more along the line of being anti-heros than true leading men. I guess the easiest way to sum them up is by saying the books are all about the choices these characters have to make and the outcomes and results of those decisions. Bax’s book is all about having to make the hard choices and what becomes of him and his lady in doing so. They are super fun, very atmospheric and I think really what writing a bad boy should be like if you’re going to do it :)”

Look in the back of Nash’s book to find the first chapter of “Better When He’s Bad.” 

Synopsis:
Welcome to the Point There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter. Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way. Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced. Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad. 
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About the Author:


I’m supposed to share interesting details about myself so that my readers get to know me so here we go in no particular order: I’m an natural redhead even though I haven’t seen my real hair color in years, I’m a big fan of tattoos and have a half sleeve on either arm and various other pieces all over the place, I’ve been in the bar industry since I was in college and it has always offered interesting insight into how men and women interact with each other, I have 3 dogs that are all crazy, I live in Colorado and love the snow, I love music and in all reality wish I could be a rock star not a writer or a bartender but I have zero talent so there is that. I love to write, love to read and all I’m interested in is a good story with interesting characters that make the reader feel something.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (64)


Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Waiting On Wednesday (WOW) is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating at A Bookish Escape.



BANG
The Black Lotus Series (book #1)

by 
E.K. Blair
Genres:
Psychosexual Suspense / Romance

Expected Release Date:

May 22nd, 2014

Synopsis
They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I’m not innocent. I haven’t been for a very long time. My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams. Gone. Vanished. I never even had a choice. I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs. Until now. I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine. But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart. 

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**


Why I Cant WAIT!!

Well For STARTERS...I'm a MEGA fan of E.K. Blair's Fading Series so I know from personal experience that she is an AMAZING author!!

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 I've always wanted to watch that Revenge show on ABC but I love reading too much and the timing's just never been right, aaaaannnnnnnd BANG makes me think of something like that!! 

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Books are ALWAYS better...ALWAYS.


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A SURe FiRe ReCipE fOr ThE mOsT aWEsoMeST AweSoME eVEr!!!

#whyicantsleepatnight


What are y'all waitin' on?..




  




Book Review: A Song For Us (White Trash Trilogy #3) by Teresa Mummert


A Song For Us
White Trash Trilogy #3
By:  Teresa Mummert
Published:  April 22, 2014
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Source:  Publisher
Mature Content:  18 & Up
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In this highly anticipated follow-up to White Trash Damaged, Cass and Tucker have finally found their happily ever after, but can Eric, the band’s brooding drummer, ever let go of his past and find love? From a small-town boy with fantasies of superstardom to rock star on tour with the suddenly famous band Damaged, Eric’s life has not been an easy journey. Now he struggles to let go of his past of physical abuse, a past that still haunts him. His anger is causing him to spiral out of control and he risks losing everything he has worked so hard for. Only one person has ever gotten him to open up about his past: Sarah, the lead singer of Filth, the opening act on their first national tour—a fellow rocker with a confident façade that masks her own painful secrets. But their bands’ rocky past and Sarah’s tumultuous relationship with her bandmate and boyfriend Derek force her to keep Eric at a distance. As their friendship begins to grow into something more, Eric has to find a way to let go of his tortured past, or it could jeopardize his only chance for a happy future..


My Thoughts:


I have been invested in the White Trash Trilogy, ever since I read the first book in the series, White Trash Love Song.  The first two books in the  series are about Tucker and Cass.  In their story, we met Tucker's bandmates; the twins, Terry and Chris, as well as the moody drummer, Eric.  We also met Sarah, and Derek, who are from a separate band, Filth,  that they were touring with.  Cass and Sarah developed a very close friendship with one another, being the only girls on the road.  Sarah had a very dysfunctional on again, off again relationship with Derek, who cheated on her repeatedly.  Eric, the drummer from Damaged, also developed a strong friendship with Sarah.  In fact, he had stronger feelings than friendship for her, but never got the chance to tell her, before she got back together with Derek.

In White Trash Love Song, we get Sarah and Eric's story, told from their dual perspectives.  Sarah and Eric haven't spoken in months, because their bands are not touring together anymore.  Derek is jealous of Sarah and Eric's friendship, so she has stopped speaking to him in order to save her relationship.  Sarah and Eric see one another again, when everyone comes together to celebrate Cass and Tucker's nuptials.  Eric's feelings for Sarah have not changed.  They both miss each other's friendship, and have shared intimate details about their pasts with one another that they have not shared with anyone else.  It is easy to see what they share is very special.  Unfortunately, Sarah continues to stick out her relationship with Derek.  Everyone around Sarah can see that Derek is not good for her, except for Sarah.  He has cheated on her in the past, and even though she thinks that he is now faithful, he hasn't changed one bit.  He tells Sarah he doesn't believe in marriage, and it is pretty obvious that the guy has a wandering eye. 


Damaged's new band manager, Donna, has developed a friendship with Eric.  She knows that he is hung up on Sarah, but that she has a boyfriend.  Pretty soon Donna starts flirting with Eric, and tells him that maybe if Sarah see's him with another woman, she might realize what she's missing out on and see him in a different light.  Donna and Eric are both lonely and start to flirt and spend a lot of time together.  Pretty soon, things become complicated as Sarah starts to realize that she has feelings for Eric.  Sarah, Derek, Eric, and Donna spending time together for the week is a recipe for disaster, as the plot thickens, and chaos ensues.


I loved White Trash Love Song!  The plot was full of twists and surprises!  I've been attached to all of these characters since book one, and I loved every moment of spending time with Tucker, Cass, Sarah, Eric, and the twins.  The intimate friendship between Sarah and Eric was beautiful to watch.  They both had pasts that haunted them, and shared a special connection with one another, as they shared their lives with one another.  I couldn't stand Derek!  The fact that he was disrespectful and a cheater made me very angry.  I was also very frustrated with Sarah for staying with him.  She kept trying to deny her feelings for Eric, and was very indecisive when it came to making a decision about who she wanted to be with.  I loved seeing how Cass and Tucker were doing.  I had missed them, and it was great experiencing their wedding, and love for one another all over again.  This story made me very emotional, and had a lot of angst.  I cried a few times throughout the story, and my heart broke for both Sarah and Eric.  They both had experienced a lot of pain in their pasts, and as they were relieving the tragedies in their lives, I felt like I was going through their experiences right alongside them.     



My Rating:

I give White Trash Love Song, by Teresa Mummert, 4.5 Tragic, Emotional, Angsty, New Beginning Filled Stars!  This is a great series.  If you enjoy books by Jessica Sorensen, you will love Teresa Mummert!  They both write about damaged characters, angst, love, and healing from the past.





About Teresa Mummert:




Teresa Mummert is an army wife and mother whose passion in life is writing. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels White Trash Beautiful and Suicide Note. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small town life before following her husband's military career to Louisiana and Georgia. Check out her website for samples and updates! TeresaMummert.com 




Wild About her Wingman (Secret Wishes #3) by Robin Bielman


Wild About her Wingman
Secret Wishes #3
By: Robin Bielman
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
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Playing it safe never felt so risky. Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role… As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.


My Thoughts:

Wild About her Wingman, by Robin Bielman, was such a fun, sweet, and fast-paced story!  I loved every moment of it!  When Erin was in college, she was in a serious long term relationship.  However, after she found out that that he was cheating on her, and had been during the whole duration of their relationship, Erin changed.  She stopped trusting men, and decided that she would never let another man break her heart again. Erin became an adrenaline junkie soon after, and when she was feeling the rush from rock climbing, sky diving, and other pursuits, she found herself living in the moment, free of pain.  From that point on Erin became a thrill seeker, had flings, and one night stands, but nothing that could become serious.  She had a 3 date rule, where she refused to see anyone again after 3 dates.  However, many of Erin's good friends and siblings are now in serious relationships, and she is feeling lonely and left out.  With the help of her younger sister, Teague, they develop a list of all of the qualities and characteristics that she wants in a boyfriend.  

Erin's list makes the rounds, and one of Erin's friends volunteers the good looking, but very serious fireman paramedic, Troy to play matchmaker.  Troy has a record for being successful at making love matches.  His friend makes a bet that he can't find Erin her perfect match.  Troy loves a challenge, and accepts, determined to win the bet, and get out of grocery shopping (a chore he absolutely hates) for a few months.  Erin and Troy are attracted to one another, but appear to be opposites, and are  not what the other is looking for in a partner.  Erin appears reckless, wild, and to be seeking adrenaline highs, without thinking about the risks.  Troy appears conservative, boring, and all about playing it safe.  However, the more these two get to know one another, the more they learn about the person behind the superficial image.

I loved the way that Erin and Troy developed such a strong and meaningful friendship.  Their romance was a very slow, but deep burn.  The emotional connection, flirty banter, sexual chemistry, and support they gave each other was communicated beautifully by Ms. Bielman.  I loved how they had both judged each other by the images they portrayed, but then they peeled back layer upon layer to discover each others deepest secrets, fears, wishes, and the essence of who they really were as people.  I enjoyed connecting with Erin and Troy's characters, and came to really care about they, and hope that they's find their way to each other and a H.E.A.  

I haven't read the first two books in this series, but each book can be read as a standalone.  However, I really enjoyed getting to know Erin's older brother Luke, and his significant other/Erin's good friend Sela.  I also grew quite fond of Erin's good friend, Kagan, and would like to read her story, with the man she falls in love with, Shane.  I'm hopping that Erin's younger sister, Teague, gets her own story as well.  She was such a sweet and likable character, and deserves to find happiness.  Troy's little four year old niece, Amelia, stole the show a few times, and was a great secondary character.  I plan o going back and reading the first two books in this eerie, because I really enjoyed the colorful cast of secondary characters, and can't wait to revisit all of them!

My Rating:


I give, Wild About her Wingman, by Robin Bielman, 4 sweet, funny, secret wish fulfilled Stars!  It was a lovely read, that would be perfect for a beautiful spring day.  I loved this romance, and look forward to reading more in the Secret Wishes Series!




My Favorite Quote:

"She wanted to stay the same unemotional woman she'd been a couple of months ago, but Mr. Hottie Paramedic had screwed that up.  With his kindness.  With his sense of humor.  With his chivalry.  With his sense of adventure.  Dormant for now.  And no matter how hard she tried to convince herself otherwise, she'd gone and grown attached to her wingman."  (eARC, Loc. 1779)

~Erin



About Robin Bielman:
Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry (named after Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books). When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of Post-it notes, cable television shows and café mochas. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.