Release day blitz – Walk Through my Door by Anthony Bryan

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Lauren is a newly-single mother carrying the weight of a well-guarded secret while trying desperately to make sense of her new role and being on her own.  Adam is a single father, with a powerful past, now struggling to find his place in the world.  Together, they are the right people falling in love at the wrong time.

‘Walk Through My Door’ is the sexually-charged story of one man who’s willing to give anything for true love, except give up, and one woman fighting to make the right decision between the man who held her heart for so long and the man with whom she’s now deeply fallen for.

Adam and Lauren form an unimaginable bond which leads to a romantic, highly erotic, and heartfelt adventure through the struggles and challenges of life, with both hoping to find nothing more than their one true love at the other end of this beautiful journey.

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No billionaires, tattooed bad boys, or beautifully proportioned models….just real people

Anthony’s goal with ‘Walk Through My Door’ is to give you a story you can feel to the very depths of your soul. He tapped into those common traits, hopes, dreams, and insecurities found in all of us to create a pair of leading characters who are real. You’ll see yourself in Lauren as you feel her happiness and her struggles. As for Adam, let’s just say your new book-boyfriend is waiting to meet you!

 About the author:

Born and raised in In the United Kingdom, Anthony Bryan now resides in the United States where he is tenaciously pursuing his writing career.  His hope, more than anything, is that his words can provide you with a temporary escape from reality, and he hopes they take you on a journey you won’t soon forget. His goal is to give you something different, refreshing and unlike anything you’ve ever read.  His writing is designed to target certain emotions and hit them like never before – love, anticipation, thrill, suspense, angst, revenge, lust, and so on.  Each story grabs a different set of feelings and refuses to let go.

At 29 years old, Anthony served with the American military in Afghanistan, and he is a combat veteran as well as an accomplished fighter who is still training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing.  He may not seem like your typical erotic-romance writer, and he’s not!

Walk Through My Door is out today. It’s on sale here.

Stately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse

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Book: Stately Pleasures

Author: Lucy Felthouse

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Alice Brown is so close to fulfilling her dreams of success. She’s secured an interview at Davenport Manor for the role of a lifetime and she’s determined not to mess it up. The moment she sets eyes on Jeremy Davenport, she’s drawn to his presence. His dark features and his piercing blue eyes. Alas, men like that do not fall for plain Janes like her.

After Alice meets Jeremy’s head of security, Ethan Hayes, in a compromising situation, the pair decide to offer a very indecent proposal. If she doesn’t want to be fired for her supposed eavesdropping then she has to participate in a series of challenges the duo cook up for her. She should be disgusted; she should tell them where to go, but the truth is she’s worked too hard to get to where she is to jeopardise her future. And they are divine – maybe it wouldn’t be so terrible. As long as she can keep her feelings out of it, the nine months will pass quickly and she’ll have the references she needs. Simple.

Why you should read this: I really enjoyed this story – Alice is a likeable and focused heroine who is fun loving and realistic. She can’t believe two handsome and successful men would be interested in her, but this lack of self-esteem doesn’t dominate the storyline. Whether she thinks she’s worthy or not, she grabs the opportunity with both hands! Jeremy and Ethan will make you swoon: Jeremy’s dark hair and blue eyes, while Ethan is all brown, longish hair and green eyes. They both will raise your heart rate and make you wish you’d tried a threeway!

What you might hate: Although all ends well, there was a bit of coercion at the start of the story, which was a bit skeevy in my opinion. The poor girl thought she’d lose her job if she didn’t comply with their wishes. Although it was an elaborate set up, Alice wasn’t to know that, and the lack of choice unsettled me a bit. However, the two adonises do everything they can to make up for their behaviour, so they’re not all bad!

Rating: 3.5/5 for a very fun, very very sexy story. I genuinely liked the characters and enjoyed their interactions with each other. It should come with a warning – it is seriously hot!

Tight by Alessandra Torre

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Author: Alessandra Torre

Review by: Onnica

Format: Kindle

 

Basic story: Riley Johnson has a comfortable life in Quincy, a tight-knit town in the south. Her life may be predictable, but all that’s set to change on a bachelorette weekend away. When she meets Brett Jacobs, she is hobbling around in a pair of purgatorial stilettos. When he appears, complete with a pair of comfy slippers for her to wear, she is blown away by his confidence and smooth persona.

Immediately drawn to this stranger, she knows she needs to proceed with caution. That’s easier said than done though – he looks at her as if she hung the moon and she knows deep down that he could really be trouble – the good and bad kind.

With some fairy tales however, there come nightmares. Brett isn’t all he seems to be and the doubts planted in Riley’s mind by his disappearances and secrets lead Riley to investigate for herself before she gets in deeper. Will they both make it out the other side?

Why you should read this: This is another well-woven story by Alessandra Torre  – one that she re-wrote 3 times! That is dedication and it shows in the storytelling. The book made me smile, made me well up and had me on the edge of my seat. It’s a story about strength and does deal with some sensitive issues, but they are in no way gratuitous. I loved Riley’s strength and Brett’s developing relationship with her. I read it in one sitting, so that should tell you how riveted I was by the story. Their chemistry was palpable – so hot and so sexy. Now that I know how it ends, I may go back and read it slowly this time.

What you might hate: Well, I didn’t hate anything about the story, but you may feel that Riley put herself unnecessarily in harm’s way. True, but had she not, there wouldn’t have been much of a story! The story was well-crafted, exciting and sexy and I was knocked out by it. Loved every minute.

Rating: 4/5 for a seriously good read. Well done Ms Torre!

Breaking Leila by Lucy V. Morgan

breaking leilaBook: Breaking Leila

Series: Knives and Flowers #1

Author: Lucy V. Morgan

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Leila Vaughan has a promising future and is set to become law firm Bach & Dagier’s newest lawyer. She’s the brightest and the best of all the interns and loves the ins and outs of tax law. However, this isn’t her only job. She also moonlights as a high-class call girl, servicing London’s rich and well-connected. Why, you ask? Her parents got themselves into dire financial trouble and she’ll do anything to get them out of it. What started as obligation, soon became a way of life and Leila’s other self, Charlotte, is awakened. Charlotte allows Leila to follow her unspoken desires, free of shame.

Leila does well to keep her double-life separate until her boss Joseph Merchant and colleague and friend Matt decide to hire her for a night they won’t forget. With the cat out the bag and an undeniable attraction to both Joseph and Matt, will Leila be able to cope when her two worlds collide?

Why you should read it: This is one hell of a ride. Leila is complex, likeable and searching for something beyond herself. Her relationship with Joseph is an evolving and interesting one. At first, I thought he was going to be a cruel, two-dimensional, sadistic alpha, but he did show different facets to his character. He’s unapologetically a dick, but he owns it and does what he will with no guilt. Leila really holds her own and doesn’t let others walk over her. She’s aware of her nature and can’t help but respond to Joseph’s similar interests.

What you might hate: the relationship spans a matter of weeks, which at times made it hard for me to accept the levels of intensity. Matt declares his love for Leila so early on, it’s ridiculous, but I suppose he’s loved her from afar for longer than that. At times, the flowery language in the book and the extended metaphors did grate a little. However, the dialogue more than made up for it. Here, Leila is talking to her friend and occasional colleague, Aidan:

“You won’t tell Matt about…” I gestured to my stomach and he stepped back.

“You think I want to spend the evening coaxing his head out of an oven?”

“I think you’d leave it there if his arse was poking in the right direction.” “I’m ashamed of my answer, so I’m going to ignore that.” He kissed my forehead. “I’ll catch you tomorrow.”

The dialogue was engaging, realistic and had me chuckling and cursing in equal measure.

Rating: on the whole I really enjoyed it – there were parts that aren’t for the faint of heart, parts that were downright weird and parts that chopped and changed abruptly. Nevertheless it’s a great read. I give it  4/5

The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne

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Series: Sex, Love and Stiletto #4

Author: Lauren Layne

Format: Netgalley ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Emma Sinclair has adjusted to life in the Big Apple. She’s barely recognisable as the North Carolina southern belle she used to be. Determined to shed her former life, she now has the unfortunate reputation for being…well, a little ‘cold’. A mystery even to her closest friends, Emma’s past is something she’s not comfortable discussing, however, when Alex Cassidy steps in as interim editor-in-chief of Stiletto magazine, any hope of avoidance proves futile. Alex isn’t just her boss – he’s her ex-fiancé, and he’s determined to get some answers.

Alex Cassidy is convinced he’s over Emma Sinclair. It’s been seven years since she threw her engagement ring at him and told him she never wanted to see him again. So how is it that she has a slightly different version of events? Alex wants answers, so when he assigns Emma an article about all of her exes, he isn’t quite prepared for the emotional fallout. Will these two ever find the closure they’re looking for, or will they just make the same mistakes again?

Why you should read this: If you’ve followed my reviews of the other three books in the series – you’ll love this one! In my humble opinion, this is perhaps the best one in the series. The sheer build-up and emotional angst, balances so well with the humour and the inclusion of some well-loved secondary characters. I adore this series for the friendships, the positive female characterisations and the smokin’ hot heroes. This book is no exception.

What you might hate: I don’t know how you feel about second-chance romances? Usually they irritate the hell out of me, but this one was spot on. We have a feisty heroine, who you’ll either love and empathise with or hate for being distant. I totally got Emma, so I love her, but depending on where you stand on this will probably affect your enjoyment of the story.

Rating: 4/5 – made me smile, laugh and feel good inside. Lots of great dialogue and banter. A great read.

The Trouble With Love is out on March 3rd.

Vanilla by Megan Hart

vanillaBook: Vanilla

Author: Megan Hart

Publisher: MIRA

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Elise likes to be in charge. She owns it, isn’t ashamed of it and even her family (including an overbearing mother) knows it. She models for her friend occasionally and is proud of the work and the light it shines on aspects of bdsm. The problem? She doesn’t want random assignations anymore. Esteban, one of her ‘boys’ is very exciting and they provide each other with mutual pleasure. The issue is she wants someone she can build a life with, do the shopping with and chat to about anything. And someone who can accept her lifestyle too.

When she meets her brother’s colleague Niall, she’s taken aback by how open he is. He’s sensitive and clearly interested, yet seems to have some misconceptions about her lifestyle choices. Elise has no interest in whips, chains and other paraphernalia, but convincing Niall will be one of many challenges she’ll need to resolve. Will she continue to pine for the one that got away, the sub who needs her but cannot commit, or Niall: possibly perfect, but as vanilla as they come?

Why you should read this: If you read a lot of Megan Hart books, you’ll be pleased to see the return of some well-loved characters. Alex Kennedy anyone? He’s Elise’s business partner and it was great to see him again. The book has a lot of depth to it – the story is bittersweet and full of self-acceptance and self-discovery. The sex scenes are hot but don’t feel gratuitous – they do move the story and the relationships along. The banter between Niall and Elise is on the button and the way Elise deals with her family is great. I’d love to be able to speak to my family like that!

What you might hate: Ok, now for the not-so-good points in the book. I really liked Elise’s character – but like most people, she was full of contradictions. She’s a strong person, but is weak in the face of her former-lover, George. She keeps messaging him, knowing he won’t reply, but putting herself through it anyway. It drove me crazy! Also, the relationship between her and Niall was perfect up to a certain point and then suddenly it wasn’t. It felt a little jarring and maybe that was the intention, but I don’t know, something felt like it was missing.

Rating: 3/5 – for a story full of pathos, some interestingly complex characters. It didn’t tick all my boxes like Megan’s previous reads, but it’s still a good read nonetheless.

The Hit and Run Bride by Nana Malone

hit and runBook: The Hit and Run Bride

Series: Hit & Run Bride (Contemporary Romance Series #1)

Author: Nana Malone

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Life for Becca Daniels seems to be coming together. A new promotion has landed in her lap; her dashing boyfriend has proposed to her and decided to whisk her away to Hawaii for a wedding that involves the Ironman competition, mini-marathons and who knows what else. The fact that she’s more of a treadmill girl and can’t swim a stroke – well, how hard can it be?

Determined to face her fears and be able to at least doggy paddle on her honeymoon, she decides to attend an adult swim class. The terror of stepping into the pool is nothing when faced with her teacher. The guy she rear-ended in the parking lot earlier!

Liam Caldwell is dedicated to helping teach children and adults reach their full potential in swimming. Putting aside his personal goals to care for his ailing mother, he enjoys the coaching of others. When he sees Becca, he realises that the professional boundaries of teacher and pupil will be tested to the limit. And when she takes him up on his offer of private lessons? It’s game over.

Why you should read this: I really really enjoyed this story! It’s light on drama, but has enough to make you look forward to the HEA. Becca and Liam are hot together. She’s clearly with a guy who doesn’t know the first thing about her and once she meets Liam she’s able to be herself and he likes her just fine! The chemistry was off the charts hot and the banter and dialogue was totally realistic – I was swept up in the action and read it quickly. You know that feeling when you finish a good romance and let out a satisfied sigh? Yep, that was me.

What you might hate: Honestly, you may feel a little annoyed about Becca’s indecision towards the end, but it doesn’t last long – she’s a pretty sorted heroine who generally does the right thing and it adds to the dramatic tension. This isn’t a story about cheating. (Her fiancé-to-be is kind of a douche and frankly deserves it.)

Rating: 4/5 for a light, touching and very very sexy read. Likeable and engaging characters would know how to generate some heat. Read it!