Black Lies by Alessandra Torre

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 Book: Black Lies

Author: Alessandra Torre

Format: Kindle edition

Review by: Onnica

Synopsis: Brant: Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years. Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.

Lee: Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his body. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.

Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.
If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven‘t.

Basic story: When Layana Fairmont met Brant Sharp, eccentric genius and all-round enigma, she thought she’d found the man of her dreams. Empire-building has consumed him and he has always had a predilection for escorts rather than relationships. All that changes the night they set eyes on each other. Layana has been trying to escape from the social confines she was born into, but soon realises that she isn’t really built for more. With Brant in her life, she feels as though she has a happier future until she learns the secret…

Still reeling from the revelations, Layana meets Lee – the polar opposite of Brant. He’s crude, poor and a manual labourer. He despises both her and Brant’s wealth but beneath it all, his heart is hers. Struggling to reconcile her love for these two men, Lana knows her time is almost up. She will have to choose, or the choice may be made for her…

Why you should absolutely read this: Oh dear God, you absolutely need to read this book! It’s smart (Alessandra Torre writes incredibly well and engagingly) and I honestly didn’t see the twist coming. I was wary of Lana – what was her angle, why was she so greedy and underhand. Then I was completely in her corner. She’s a fighter, ready to fight for her happiness, despite the odds stacked against her. Both Brant and Lee provide some very sexy times and I guarantee you won’t be able to put this book down until the very end. I was sneaking in chapters at work – I was hooked!

What you might hate: You may hate Layana in the beginning – she comes across as a spoilt and selfish young woman. Stick with it and you’ll change your mind. I can’t say too much – the secret is too good. If you haven’t read any Alessandra Torre before, then note – she’s a very naughty woman. If erotica isn’t your bag then maybe steer clear of this one. The difference between her and other authors is that she always provides a damn good story around the smut. It isn’t shoehorned in.

Rating: a resounding 5/5 – I loved every second and I will certainly re-read. Well done Ms Torre.

Cover Reveal: Night Fever by Jessica Hawkins

It’s turning into a busy old week on the blog! Check out this new cover of one of my favourite authors and friends, Jessica Hawkins.

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Night Fever
by Jessica Hawkins
Night Fever Serial #1
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Novella, Romance, Serial

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Lola Winters’ heart already belongs to Johnny, but for him, she’d sell the devil her soul. Unfortunately, the devil wants something else.

Beau Olivier is the kind of wealthy that buys anything—even people. When he makes Lola a proposition, she finds herself tempted into a seduction that will have her walking the line between comfort and humiliation, desire and resistance. He would own her—for one night. She would be his—for a price. It was wrong. It was scandalous. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.

Sex, music, neon on the Sunset Strip—right in the middle of it all, he would have her. Come sunrise, he would let her go. At least, that was the plan.

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About Jessica Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. Some of her favorite things include traveling, her dog Kimo, Scrabble, driving aimlessly and creating Top Five lists. She is the helpless victim of an overactive imagination that finds inspiration in music and tranquility in writing. Currently she resides wherever her head lands, which lately is the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Monster in his Eyes by J.M. Darhower

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Book: Monster in his Eyes

Author: JM Darhower

Series: (#1, Monster)

Review by: Onnica

BlurbIgnazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.
It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.
I want to hate him.
Sometimes, I do.
But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

Basic story: Karissa Reed, freshman in college has no idea how her life is about to change. On a night out with a friend she drinks from a glass that has been roofied and then passes out. A stranger helps her and she wakes in his bed. Her saviour is a man named Ignazio Vitale. Older and wiser than Karissa by eighteen years, she finds herself drawn to him. Naz is straightforward, direct and commanding. She feels safe with him.

Naz is a man on a mission. He has Karissa in his sights and nothing will keep him from her if she wants him. And she does. He gives her the choice: tell him to go and he will. If she wants him to stick around, then it’ll be for the long haul. Naive Karissa jumps in with both feet, with no idea of the repercussions her decision will make.

Why you should read this: Wow, this story has it all. Gangsters, sexy times and family secrets galore! The pace of the action moved along quite nicely – I felt as though I got to know the characters very well. Enough to see what made them tick. Naz is a great (anti) hero. He’s serious, yet playful at times. He has a big neon sign over his head screaming DANGER! His intensity is well…intense. I don’t think it’s over the top, but boyfriend definitely has issues.

What you might hate: Not into stories about the mob? Then best to avoid. I don’t read many set in this environment, so it was a nice surprise of a book for me. Karissa is eighteen. Call me old-fashioned but considering the nature of the relationship, I would have felt more comfortable, had she been older. At least twenty! However, I don’t think the purpose of the book was to feel comfortable. The pair are messed up and we’ll have to wait and see whether they can make it work. Karissa is your typical adolescent: whiny at times, petulant and naive. She’ll have to do some growing up and quick.

Rating: Despite my misgivings about certain elements to the book, I loved it. I read it twice. So the decision is easy: 4/5 and let me have the sequel Torture to her Soul immediately, if not sooner!

Cover Reveal: Torture to her Soul by JM Darhower

I am really excited today to be sharing the new cover of JM Darhower’s Torture to her Soul, with you. If you read and enjoyed the start of Karissa and Ignazio’s story in Monster in his Eyes, then you’ll definitely be chomping at the bit for the next instalment.

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Blurb:

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

 I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

Karissa.

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

Teaser

“Guess it’s true what they say.”

The sound of Karissa’s voice draws my attention. Turning around, I see her standing at the bottom of the steps, eyes trained past me at the front door. Early morning sunshine bathes the area around it in a soft orange glow, making the brand new locks lining the door shine brightly. I spent all night fortifying the house, doing everything in my power to make the place secure.

“And what, exactly, do they say?”

Karissa’s eyes shift from the door to meet mine. Her hair is a mess, her pajamas disheveled. She clearly just woke up from sleeping hard, lost in tranquility, while I spent the past few hours drowning in paranoia. Every time the house creaked, I damn near clawed my way out of my own skin.

“History repeats itself,” she says, “first as a tragedy, second as a farce.”

Karl Marx. I recognize the quote.

Daniel Santino must’ve taught it to her.

Huh.

I wave toward the front door. “Something about this is funny to you?”

“Not really funny,” she says, slowly stepping closer. “It’s sort of curious, though, that I spent my entire life trapped behind locked doors and here it is, happening to me again. I always knew something was going on when my mother started buying extra locks and nailing down windows. It’s just a bit of déjà vu seeing you doing the same thing.”

Hesitating, I reach into my pocket and fish out a set of keys. I toss them to her without warning, and they hit the wooden floor by her feet with a clang. Bending down, she picks them up, eyeing me curiously.

“You’re not trapped here, Karissa.”

Her fist closes around the keys, her gaze burning through me as she arches an eyebrow, silent for a moment before asking, “Aren’t I?”

“No, you’re not,” I say. “You can leave the house whenever you want.”

“Can I?”

“Of course,” I say. “Doesn’t mean I won’t follow you, though.”

I can’t wait to read this and I think I’ll refresh my memory by re-reading Monster in his Eyes! Buy your copy here.

About the Author:
J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hit men and the women who find some hope in them. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fan-girling) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.

Author’s links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmdarhower

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JM-Darhower/

Website: http://www.jmdarhower.com/

Made For You by Lauren Layne

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Author: Lauren Layne

Series: The Best Mistake #2

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

 

Basic story: Brynn Dalton has it all it would seem. She’s attractive, refined and always does the right thing in the right situation. She also thrives on lists. She knows where she should be in life, but when her thirty-first birthday rolls around and her current situation doesn’t fit with her life plan, she’s about to meltdown. According to the list, she should have been married for a year and be about to start a family. With a boyfriend who’s perfect on paper, but can’t stir any emotion within her, Brynn is forced to re-evaluate her carefully planned life.

Will Thatcher left Seattle three years ago, after spending a hot if ill-advised night with Brynn. Unable to get her out of his system, even though she regrets their night together, he’s back for more. He’s determined to make the rigid and boring Brynn realise that he is the only man for her. If only he can get her to live a little and give him a chance…

Why you should read this: If you read book one, Only With You (and enjoyed it) you’ll really enjoy this story. For me, Brynn and Will are a more interesting and angsty couple than perhaps Sophie and Gray. Brynn is obsessed with keeping on track, living by the laws she’s made for herself. She’s uptight and prim, but she also has a heart and when you know why she is the way she is, you do sympathise with her. She’s so blind to the fact that Will is head-over-heels for her, which is pretty comical. Will is hot! Super-hot. He’s a fun character, with more than a little vulnerability under the surface. Great hero.

What you might hate: Ok, Brynn is pretty clueless, which you’ll either love or hate. She doesn’t think much of herself, therefore she can’t quite believe anyone would think much of her either. This may or may not rub you the wrong way, but I think Lauren Layne struck the right balance.

Rating: 4/5 for me. Parts made me actually quite sad, but the antics, the schemes and the drama that ensued really made me fall for this book and the characters in general.

Made For You is out October 28th.

No Weddings by Kat and Stone Bastion

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Author: Kat & Stone Bastion

Series: (No Weddings #1)

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Cade Michaelson is a hotshot entrepreneur and Business major. Together with his sisters, they want to create an event-planning business called Invitation Only. They’ll provide top-notch parties for the privileged class they grew up with – but with one stipulation: they don’t do weddings. Cade has his own reasons for this – a past hurt that even two years later, he can’t seem to shake. For the business to fully take shape, they need a partner who will provide the desserts for each event.

Hannah Martin has recently opened her bakery and dreams of growing the business. After several careful negotiations with Cade, she’s tempted by more than the opportunity. After spending more and more time together, the pair realise just how much they’re drawn to each other, but are both aware of the implications and the impact it could have on business. Hannah is also nursing scars of her own and doesn’t want to be another notch on Cade’s bedpost. Just friends it is…

Why you should read this: This is book one in what is set to be a fun series. The attraction between Cade and Hannah is palpable and it gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘slow burn’. The dialogue is pithy and the husband and wife writing team made both the male and female main characters realistic.

What you might hate: For me, I’m used to a little bit more action in my books – even if it is the first in a series. We find out the character’s secrets and why they feel unable to move forward, but other than that…there’s not a whole lot that happens. Which is fine, if you want a break from machinating exes and villains but, it fell a bit flat for me.

Rating: I give No Weddings 3/5 – it was fun, sexy and very sweet in parts. Am I curious about the rest of the series? Not sure yet.

No Weddings is out on 8 September.

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No Weddings – Sep 8th
One Funeral – Sep 29th
Two Bar Mitzvahs – Oct 20th
Three Christmases – Nov 17th

Release Day Blitz – InTENse Anthology

I know some of you adore your alphas and so, where better to find not one, not two, but 10 all in the same place?

Intense coverToday sees the release of inTENse – an anthology of alpha maleness, featuring the talents of Aleatha Romig, Sandi Lynn, Liv Morris, S.E. Lund, Kailin Gow, J.L. Mac, Julie Richman, Penelope Ward, Kahlen Aymes, and Vi Keeland.

Some will be sweet, others will be downright ruthless – there will be something for everyone. Having read two out of the ten, I can tell you that this anthology covers the range from slightly-protective-but-lovable alpha, to the downright nasty, vindictive, will-he-ever-be-redeemed anti-hero.

Here’s a peek at the books included:

Consequences by Aleatha Romig

Every action has consequences: Claire doesn’t understand how she ended up in the cruel hands of her abductor, Anthony Rawlings, but it’s been made abundantly clear—she is now his acquisition and every action has consequences. Captivate the captor: Will Claire follow his rules, or will Anthony become enthralled by Claire? If that happens, will either of them survive the consequences?

Forever Black by Sandi Lynn

When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space.”

With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black. After finding Ellery in his kitchen the next morning and assuming she broke his #1 rule about sleepovers, he becomes intrigued, not only by her stubbornness and defiance, but by her kindness.

Connor Black, emotionally dead and damaged, made a vow to never fall in love. After Ellery shares her world, Connor starts to feel things he never knew existed. Despite the rumors and warnings regarding Connor Black, Ellery finds herself being drawn into his world, but she is harboring a deep secret that could destroy him emotionally forever. 

 Join Connor and Ellery as they embark on a journey of courage, love and strength. Will it be enough to save them?

Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris

Adam Kingsley reigns as the prince of Manhattan. His looks and money let him get away with all types of sins. It’s been an intoxicating ride until he meets Kathryn Delcour, an alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes.

Adam finds this complex woman too tempting to resist and will stop at nothing to have her, yet she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. But will she be strong enough to hold the charismatic Adam Kingsley at bay? The passionate lure of ancient sexual practices and a former business partner wanting to inflict a deadly revenge set the scene for an erotic love story. All told in Adam’s point of view.

The Agreement by S.E. Lund

Kate McDermott is a Journalism graduate student writing an article about BDSM in popular culture. It’s just research & nothing personal. Really. Drake Morgan, MD, is a Neurosurgeon, bass player, philanthropist & Dominant. He doesn’t do girlfriends, sleepovers, & he certainly doesn’t do breakfast in bed the morning after. Ever.

When the two meet for an interview, Kate hopes the carefully worded agreement she draws up will keep their relationship strictly professional. Big mistake…

Devour Me by Kailin Gow

Taryn Cummings could not believe she was accepted into the prestigious International Institute of Culinary Arts culinary institute she dreamed of studying at in beautiful Paris, France. It was a far cry from her unglamorous life back home in New York where she helped her mother run their small family-owned restaurant called Sam’s. The Institute churned out the top chefs in the world, including the wildly sexy and eccentric Master Chef, Errol King, whose celebrity personality was larger than life.

She wanted excitement in a city of romance and thrills, but arrived to find her apartment barely livable and herself in need of a suitable place to stay. A chance meeting at the Institute brings her face-to-face with her new roommate…the devilishly charming Errol King, who would be guest teaching her class this term.

The attraction is as hot as the fire they cook with, and while Errol King, the notorious bad boy chef with an attitude, can get anyone he wanted into his bed, he wanted this woman more than anything. Something about her sweet innocence and sad eyes reach into his harden heart, but is it enough for him to forget his past?

Vital Sign by J.L. Mac

My world was perfect, until it wasn’t. I fell fast and hard straight into the fiery pits of hell, my past a bittersweet torture that never went away; the sadness, eating away at my soul. My life is empty. No meaning. No hope. No vital sign.

Despite her general indifference to organ donation, Sadie sets out to heal by finding those who benefited from her husband’s tragic death, but instead of peace, finds only jealousy and rage.

Though Sadie hates Alexander McBride for his health, he soothes her grief in ways that are intoxicating; addictive even. Can she learn to love the man who now owns the heart that used to beat just for her?  If she has any hope of overcoming her all consuming grief, he must convince her that it still does.

Searching for Moore by Julie Richman

I lost the love of my life when she disappeared without even a goodbye.

It was the 80’s – there was no internet, no Google, no cell phones. If you wanted to disappear, you could.  And she did. She crushed my soul.

A friend just told me he saw her on Facebook. And now I’m a keystroke away from asking her the question that’s haunted me for two decades.  “Why did you leave me?”

Sexy entrepreneur Schooner Moore receives the birthday bombshell of a lifetime – his true love, college girlfriend Mia Silver, the girl who broke his heart when she fled without even a goodbye at the end of their freshman year, has been seen on Facebook. Now 24 years later, Schooner discovers the truth behind what drove Mia from him as he tries to once again win her love.

Gemini by Penelope Ward

Diner waitress Allison had no idea her mundane life was about to dramatically change the day she serves a devastatingly handsome customer. After he abruptly leaves the restaurant, she can’t get him out of her head. She has no idea that he had actually come on a mission to find her. Cedric wasn’t expecting to fall in love at first sight with the pretty waitress he’d set out to find. In fact, she was the last woman on Earth he should be having feelings for. Before revealing himself, he makes her believe their meetings are coincidental. Cedric’s lies and secrets are finally revealed, changing both of their lives forever.

Angel After Dark by Kahlen Aymes

Gorgeous, hotshot executive, Alexander Avery, is all business and doesn’t believe in love. He bases his relationships on mutual convenience and makes no apologies for his lifestyle or his choices. When his on-the-way-out girlfriend calls into a late night radio program to whine about his treatment of her, he is angrier at the host’s advice, than the inconsequential woman’s bitch-fest.

Psychologist Angeline Hemming has little tolerance for bullshit, so when Alex calls into her show a week later to give his side of the story, she calls him out on his excuses, and um…habits.  

When they finally meet, their sexual chemistry and mental connection leaves them both reeling, as they take their fight… to the mattresses!

Belong to You by Vi Keeland

My honeymoon was almost everything I dreamed it would be; a tropical paradise, turquoise water, romantic walks on the beach, and loads and loads of mind shattering sex. The only thing missing was the groom.

After seven years of coasting through a relationship with Michael, my senses were numb. A week of passion with a stranger was just what I needed to clear my head and take back control of my life. But how do you move on when the man that was only supposed to be a fling somehow seeps into your soul and steals your heart?

InTENse is out today for the bargain price of $0.99/£0.77!

Buy Links

Amazon US:

http://www.amazon.com/inTENse-Collection-Length-Romance-Bestsellers-ebook/dp/B00N04YXF6/

Amazon UK: 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/inTENse-Collection-Length-Romance-Bestsellers-ebook/dp/B00N04YXF6/

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/intense-vi-keeland/1120195709?ean=2940150678477&itm=1&usri=intense+vi+keeland

Kobo:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/inTENse/xWknJGKGCkKq4f32VfWIXQ

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/intense-anthology-ten-bestselling/id911545316

Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/468975