King’s Captive by Amber A. Bardan

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Book: King’s Captive

Author: Amber A. Bardan

Release date: 13 February 2017

Main characters: Sarah, a victim of her birth and of circumstance; Julius King, her captor who is hellbent on having her, come what may.

Plot: Sarah has been living a nightmare the past three years. A permanent ‘guest’ at Julius King’s estate means all freedom, all dreams for the future have been lost. She won’t give up hope though. Despite his game of cat and mouse, she is determined to leave the island and Julius behind if it kills her.

She hates him for what’s he’s done to her, but sometimes, just sometimes – he makes her think that hatred could be something else. Something primal, which will not be denied forever…

Why you should read it: oh my goodness! This was another title in my review pile whose blurb grabbed me and I did not regret it one bit. I was expecting your typical captive/captor set up (not my favourite trope, but a bit of a guilty pleasure) but there was so much more! Nothing is what it seems – trust me when I say whatever you think is going on – isn’t! The back and forth between Sarah and Julius was intriguing and at times, pretty sexy!

What you may not enjoy: If you’re not a fan of this trope, I get it, but it really isn’t like that. No humiliation, no ‘dubious consent’. It is pretty violent, featuring some hardened criminals, so not for the faint of heart.

Rating: 4/5 for a cracking read. I read it too fast, trying to get to their secrets! Definitely a recommended read.

Wait For it by Molly O’Keefe

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Series: Everything I Left Unsaid #4

Author: M. O’Keefe

Release date: February 28th, 2017

Main characters: Tiffany Edwards – mother to three small children and trying to free herself from her ex. Blake Edwards, her brother-in-law – trying to make amends.

Plot: Tiffany Edwards is quickly heading for rock bottom. Fleeing her violent husband, she seeks help from an old friend. She wasn’t bargaining to run into her nemesis – and more specifically her brother-in-law, Blake. The last time they saw each other was over a year ago and he paid her handsomely to stay away. Now he wants answers…

Blake misjudged Tiffany in the past. Now he sees the woman she is, rather than the woman he thought she was and he wants to make amends. But will she let him?

Tiffany is tired of being scared – she just wants some peace of mind for herself and her children: but can she have that with Blake in her life?

Why you should read it: This book. Oh my goodness – this series is so good. Tiffany was heartbreakingly real. She’s made some bad decisions and they’ve really bitten her in the ass. She’s so protective of her children, so much so that she doesn’t let her pride interfere when it comes to them. I felt for her and believed in her character. 

Blake is a cold and calculating character for much of the book. He’s an expert in reading people and he uses this skill well. His development throughout the book was dramatic and so satisfying. He really surprised me. Their dynamic was intense, sexy and made for an addictive story.

What you may not like: I guess the storyline may be upsetting to those who may have had similar experiences. To see a character coming out the other side was heartening though. I’m struggling to find a negative to this book…

Rating: 5/5 for a story about second chances and trusting in happiness and love.

Exclusive excerpt – The Do-Over by Julie A. Richman

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The Do-Over, an all-new emotional, second chance STANDALONE romance by Julie A. Richman is now LIVE!!

~ Sometimes, one degree is all that separates you from the one you were meant to be with. ~

Wes Bergman was sex on a stick.

We’d been circling one another our entire lives, mingling at the same clubs… attending the same events…sharing mutual acquaintances…yet we’d never actually met.

Until . . . we both boarded a Windjammer Cruise in the Caribbean. And it was like meeting my long, lost best friend for the first time. I hadn’t ever connected with a guy that way before.

But Wes had a girlfriend. So, when the week was over, he walked off the ship, unknowingly taking a piece of my heart with him.

Now, over a decade later, newly divorced, I’m the proverbial fish out of water. Dating has totally changed. Apps. Swipe left. Swipe right. Catfishing. Men my age want two things: twenty-five-year-olds—like my ex’s new child bride of a wife—or just a quick hook-up.

After a string of bad dates, I finally did something I never thought I’d do. I had a hot one-night stand with a really handsome guy I met online who didn’t even know my real name.

Turned out Mr. Fling is a big shot for my company’s newest client. And just my

luck, that client’s CEO is none other than . . . Wes Bergman.

Now I’m separated by one degree again from the man who stole my heart.

And Mr. Fling could destroy my chance of what I want most –

A Do-Over with Wes.

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Excerpt:

His hand slowly stroking up and down the outside of my thigh is what roused me from my dream state. It was so soft and tender that I was getting more and more turned on with every movement. With my eyes still closed, I enjoyed the sensation. It wasn’t until his lips started brushing my shoulder, that I was unable to stifle a moan, revealing that I was awake.

“Good morning,” his whisper was hoarse.

“Mmm, good morning.” I stretched my body against his and turned my head to see his face hovering over mine, before our lips met.

“Sleep good?”

“Surprisingly, I did. I was so exhausted. Sorry for passing out on you last night,” I apologized.

“I think we both passed out the moment our heads hit the pillows.” Wes’ hand had migrated from my thigh to my stomach, where he softly drew circles with his fingertips.

Rolling over to face him, I pushed my hair out of the way, silently praying my humidity enhanced curls didn’t make me look like a deranged housewife, scaring the erection right out of the man. Slinging a leg over his thigh, I instantly got my answer. The crazy morning coif was not a cock killer. Thank God!

“You’re a morning person, I see.” Hiding my smile was not a possibility.

“Yeah, I am,” Wes laughed, moving closer to me, his eyes filled with the unmistakable desire to become lovers, something I’d dreamed about on the deck of a windjammer long ago.

“You can wake me up like this anytime.” I needed to let him know it was okay. He’d said he’d take it as slow as I wanted it and what I wanted right now was a slow rhythm of him plowing into me. Hard.

“Are you hard to wake up?” He was pressed up against me.

“I think you’ll figure out the secrets to rousing me.”

“You’ve already figured out the secrets to arousing me.” His voice still had that sexy edge of morning roughness to it, making me want to skip all foreplay and have him inside me.

“I’ll bet you have a few more secrets I can discover,” I said against his lips, as I shifted the leg I had slung over him, pressing my heat and wetness against his already throbbing cock.

Wes groaned and I could feel his smile against my lips. “You know you’re going to make it impossible to make slow, sweet love to you.”

“Good, because I don’t want it slow and sweet.”

Wes flipped me onto my back, “I can easily accommodate your wishes. Are you on anything or do I need to…”

“We’re good,” I assured him.

“Yes, we are.” He kissed my neck, then swiftly pulled my tank top over my head tossing it to the floor. “We’re going to be really good together. Of that, I have no doubt.”

And I knew he was right. Being with this man had been so perfect from the night we met. We meshed with ease and the result was pure joy.

The warmth in his eyes and smile made my breath catch, and in that moment, I was flooded with overwhelming emotion at how much I wanted him. How much I’d always wanted him. It was more than lust, beyond the heat of the moment. Wes Bergman was the man I had always wanted, from the night we met. That was clear to me now.

“I vote we skip the foreplay.” I wriggled out of my underwear.

“You’re on.” His smile told me he was taking on the challenge.

“You’re in,” I gasped, my breath catching in my throat, surprised at the swiftness with which he filled my request.

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Hate Story by Nicole Williams

Book: Hate Story

Series: Standalone

Author: Nicole Williams

Release date: December 2016

Main characters: Nina Burton, self-sufficient heroine, in need of cash to keep her house. Max Sturm, German businessman, desperate for a green card.

Plot: Nina is very much alone in the world. With the recent death of her grandmother, and no parents to speak of, she learnt from an early age to stand on her own two feet. When she’s offered the chance to marry a complete stranger in exchange for a lot of money, she sees it as her only chance to keep the home she’s always known. She doesn’t want to fall for the illusion of love, so it seems like a win-win situation. 

For Maximilian Sturm, home is the United States. He doesn’t want to return to Europe, instead he wants to grow his business on US soil and become even more successful. He doesn’t want any complications – love nearly destroyed him once and he’s not going back down that road. A simple business transaction – a 3-year marriage until he gets his green card and then, they can separate. No messy issues; a clean break.

Why you should read it: This was a superb story. It had intrigue, it had angst and it had character development. Nina is a tough nut to crack – one you’ll either love or hate. She’s very protective of herself and surly to start off with, but it’s fun to see her change of attitude as the story progresses. The chemistry between she and Max is palpable. Max is in control, stone cold until he isn’t. I really enjoyed his evolution over the course of the book. He’s a hottie who is also smart and very human. I’m glad that the book had a dual POV so that I knew what the they were both feeling in depth.

What you may not enjoy: As I mentioned earlier, you’ll either love Nina or hate her. She has issues and at times, can’t see the wood for the trees. Stick with her – she has her reasons! Was it a little too angsty towards the end? Maybe, but it didn’t make me enjoy the book less. Far from it.

Rating: 4/5 for a truly entertaining read – I liked the characters, the premise and the ending left me smiling.

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The Do-Over, an all-new emotional and sexy STANDALONE by Julie A. Richman is now LIVE!!

 ~ Sometimes, one degree is all that separates you from the one you were meant to be with. ~

Wes Bergman was sex on a stick.

We’d been circling one another our entire lives, mingling at the same clubs… attending the same events…sharing mutual acquaintances…yet we’d never actually met.

Until . . .  we both boarded a Windjammer Cruise in the Caribbean. And it was like meeting my long, lost best friend for the first time. I hadn’t ever connected with a guy that way before.

But Wes had a girlfriend. So, when the week was over, he walked off the ship, unknowingly taking a piece of my heart with him.

Now, over a decade later, newly divorced, I’m the proverbial fish out of water. Dating has totally changed. Apps. Swipe left. Swipe right. Catfishing. Men my age want two things: twenty-five-year-olds—like my ex’s new child bride of a wife—or just a quick hook-up.

After a string of bad dates, I finally did something I never thought I’d do. I had a hot one-night stand with a really handsome guy I met online who didn’t even know my real name.the-do-over-teaser-kisses

Turned out Mr. Fling is a big shot for my company’s

newest client. And just my luck, that client’s CEO is none other than . . . Wes Bergman.

Now I’m separated by one degree again from the man who stole my heart.

And Mr. Fling could destroy my chance of what I want most –

A Do-Over with Wes.

 

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USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

 

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Flawed by Tracy Wolff

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Author: Tracy Wolff

Series: Ethan Frost novel #4

Release date: 17 January, 2017

Main characters: Tori Reed, heroine whose past life choices are about to bite her. Miles Girard – technology wunderkind (and Tori’s best friend’s brother) but a bit of a novice with human relationships.

Plot: Tori Reed is about to experience the worst month of her life. After having spurned the unwanted advances of an ex at a party, little does she realise that the same ex will hit back so savagely. Left battered and bruised (figuratively) and disowned by her family, Tori’s rock bottom is hurtling towards her. Left homeless and with very few possessions, she’s forced to seek refuge at her friends’ nearby home. A place where she can get her head on straight for a few days and regroup. She didn’t budget for her arch-nemesis Miles, being there…

Miles Girard knows Tori hates him – not surprising considering his role in his sister’s past troubles – but that was the past and try as he might to atone, Tori still seems to hate his mere existence. He’s determined to show her he’s not the enemy, if she’d just lower her armour for a second. When she shows up on his doorstep in a state, he knows something is up – and when he sees how vulnerable she really is, he’s resolved to be the one man that she can trust implicitly…

Why you should read it: This book has been a  long time coming, and as a standalone, it was less drama-filled than the Ethan Frost trilogy focusing on Ethan and Chloe. It has a very current feel to it and really did tackle a lot of the injustices currently reported in the media. Woolf writes passionately about society’s double standards and how women are shamed in myriad ways on a daily basis. It was a well-woven story about a young woman trying to navigate her way out of trouble and set her life back on track. I really enjoyed Tori and Miles’s dynamic – once they stopped lobbing verbal bombs at each other, their interactions were sweet, steamy and showed depth.

What you may not like: I usually enjoy a bit of character development in a story and usually for the heroine to get herself out of her own mess. This didn’t happen for very practical reasons – she was left with nothing, and only had very powerful friends to turn to. What else could she realistically have done? So, although not how I like my usual stories to turn out – it would have taken quite a bit of artistic licence for Tori to be her own white knight in this scenario!

Rating: 4/5 for an interesting, incredibly relevant and topical story about having your life turned upside down by a disgruntled ex and the way the world views men and women. Certainly worth taking a look. Flawed is out now.

Loving Ruby by Roya Carmen

Book: Loving Ruby

Author: Roya Carmen

Series: The Riverstone series #2

Release date: 19 January, 2017

Main characters: Ruby Riverstone, our creative heroine who is struggling to find her career path. August Hyde, reclusive hero whose life is about to be turned upside down by Ruby.

Plot: Would-be illustrator Ruby is struggling to find her niche in life. When she spots a job advert online, she’s convinced it’s the ideal role for her. Social media PA and beta reader to an author? Dream job. She doesn’t realise her boss is the enigmatic and reclusive August Hyde – who also happens to be her neighbour. His reputation for being difficult, demanding and plain weird is legendary, and as nervous as she is, Ruby is determined to succeed in her new job.

August is used to his solitude. He works, works and works some more. He rarely leaves the house and makes others come to him. He knows what the town thinks of him and he doesn’t let it bother him. Too much. When Ruby steps into his world he’s immediately drawn to her. Her liveliness, her beauty and her intelligence captivate him. Which, for a reclusive man still grieving the death of his wife, is a problem.

Ruby is drawn into August’s private little world quite quickly. By reading his work, she is granted a glimpse of his inner workings and some of his darker desires. She wants to know more, but struggles to maintain some professional distance. The lines between boss and employee are about to be blurred, then redrawn as the pair confront their attraction. Will either survive it if it all goes wrong?

Why you should read it: Oh my! I had a feeling this book would be hot and seriously fun, and I wasn’t wrong! My previous read was a pretty heavy series, so this book was just what I needed. The chemistry between Ruby and August really worked for me. There was not much back and forth, it flowed well and was light on the angst. What appealed to me was the depth of feeling both characters were dealing with. Dual points of view can be a bit hit and miss at times, but in this story it worked really well. You get fully rounded characters and a truly enjoyable story.

What you may not like: Erm…nada, rien, niente. It was pitch perfect in my opinion. Good chemistry between the characters, nicely paced. No repetitive dialogues. I loved it all. This is shaping up into a really strong series.

Rating: 5/5 for a truly exciting and sexy read. The scenes are seriously hot. Be warned.

Excerpt reveal Love Story by Lauren Layne

 

love-story_coverBook: Love Story

Series: Love Unexpectedly #3

Author: Lauren Layne

Release date: February 14, 2017

Publisher: Loveswept

 

Blurb
Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com – a standalone novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories – even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

Although listed as a title in the Love Unexpectedly Series, all books in the series stand alone.

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Author Info

lauren_layneLauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

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“Spock, we’re giving you Horny!” my mom blurts out, apparently fed up with my denseness.

Her utterance is too much for my siblings to handle and they both burst out laughing, retreating into the kitchen to rejoin the party where there’s wine.

Oh what I wouldn’t give for wine right now.

“I, um . . . you’re giving me the car?” I ask.

“Because yours broke down,” my dad explains, walking forward to thump Horny’s dented hood.

“And this one’s . . . not broken down?” I ask skeptically.

Look, it’s not that I’m not grateful. My parents are trying to give me a car, I appreciate the sweetness of the gesture, it’s just . . .

Here’s the thing about Horny: he barely got us three kids through high school. I mean, Horny is the car that sputtered and shook making it the 3.2 miles to Jefferson High, no matter who was behind the wheel.

I’m even going to come all the way clean here and say that early on in my freshmen year, I was embarrassed showing up in Horny. Then I realized I was lucky to have a car at all, and well . . . I dunno, I guess Horny became a part of us Hawkins kids’ charm, because the station wagon was practically an institution from Craig’s high school reign all the way through Brandi’s.

But poor Horny quit working years ago. Much to Brandi’s chagrin, he gave up the ghost a mere two months before her high school graduation, and I spent the last bit of her senior year being picked up by my parents.

“He’s going to take you to California,” Dad says, giving the car another thump.

“Really?” I step forward and run a tentative finger along the familiar panel. He’s had a bath, so at least that’s something. “Because last I knew, he wouldn’t even make it out of the garage.”

“Yeah, well, we neglected him for a while, but he’s right as rain now,” Dad says, puffing out his chest as though Horny’s a fourth child.

“Like, as in he actually starts?”

“Purrs like a kitten,” my mom says with an emphatic nod, even though I know she doesn’t even like cats. “We didn’t believe it, but we took him to church on Sunday and there were no issues.”

I literally bite my tongue to keep from pointing out that this is hardly a feat. Sacred Presbyterian is 0.8 miles away from the house.

“You took Horny into a shop?” I ask, starting to warm to the idea of having a car again. I’m a little touched, actually. Money is tight for my parents. Dad’s a PE teacher, and Mom gives a mean winery tour, but the gig’s never paid much.

“Not exactly, it was more of a bartering situation,” Mom says.

“Yeah?” I say, going around to the driver’s seat, already giddy with the prospect of telling Oscar I’ll be able to come see him in Miami after all, even if I won’t exactly be riding in style.

“Reece agreed to fix him up.”

I’m lowering myself into the car as my dad says this, but I reverse so quickly I hit my head. My skull doesn’t even register the pain, because I’m too busy registering the hurt in my heart at the familiar name. “I’m sorry, what?”

“Reece,” my mom says, giving me a bemused look. “He’s always been handy with cars.”

“He fixed up the car in exchange for what?”

And then I feel—I actually feel—the air change around me as the side door to the garage opens, and a new presence sucks all the air out of the space.

I don’t turn around. I don’t move. But I feel his eyes on me. Over me.

“Reece is headed out to California too,” my oblivious mother chatters on. “It worked out perfectly actually. Now you two can ride together, and your dad and I don’t have to worry about you alone in the middle of nowhere with a twenty-something-year-old car.

They think the car is going to be the problem here? It’s not the car that’s toxic to me. It’s him.

Reece Sullivan. My brother’s best friend. My parents’ “other son.”

Slowly I force myself to turn, and even though I’m prepped, the force of that ice-blue gaze still does something dangerous to me.

He winks, quick and cocky, and I suck in a breath, and I have to wonder . . .

I wonder if my parents would feel differently about their little plan if they knew that their makeshift mechanic is the same guy that popped my cherry six years earlier under their very roof.

And then broke my heart twenty-four hours later.

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Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre

Happiest of happy release days to one of my favourite authors, Alessandra Torre. The busy lady has been so productive lately, and this one, Love in Lingerie is GUARANTEED to set your e-reader alight!

 

img_3328Book: Love in Lingerie

Author: Alessandra Torre

Release date: 16 January, 2017

Main characters: Kate Martin, Creative director, tasked with turning around Marks Lingerie’s fortunes. Trey Marks – CEO of Marks Lingerie and soon-to-be driven to distraction by his Creative director.

Plot: Kate Martin needs a new job. She knows she’d be perfect for the new role of CD at Marks Lingerie – she just needs to convince Trey Marks that he can’t afford not to hire her.

Trey has spent all of his resources making his business thrive – since the departure of his co-founder, he’s been struggling to keep on-trend. When Kate enters his world, he’s impressed with her business acumen, but also on a personal level. If experience has taught him anything though, it’s not to blur the lines between business and pleasure. Thankfully she’s not single…

So begins a strong professional relationship and an even closer friendship. The pair grows closer and closer, acknowledging the mutual attraction, but not prepared to jeopardise their business or their friendship – but how long can that last?

Why you should read it: Oh my – you may know that I love a slow-burner, but this book re-wrote the definition of slow-burner! Most of the story is anticipation and delayed gratification, but also gives the characters room to get to know each other. I enjoyed their exchanges and every day situations. I really believed in these characters and the dual pov, was seamless. There were complications along the way, but not too much drama. The dialogue was spot on and kept me reading throughout the night.

What you may not like: If you like your romantic payoff to be delivered quickly, then this book may well frustrate the heck out of you. Other than that – I have no idea!

Rating: Easy peasy. 5/5 – I’d give it more if I could. Alessandra Torre has done it again. I didn’t think I could like her any more than I already did after Hollywood Dirt, but you know what? I’m happy to be wrong!

Slave to Love by Julie A. Richman

Book: Slave to Love

Author: Julie A. Richman

Release date: 14 Jan 2016

Main characters: Sierra Stone, ambitious and strong  heroine, Hale Lundström, brilliant tech CEO with zero social skills when it comes to Sierra.

Plot: Sierra Stone is on the path to success. Wanting the  promotion to end all promotions, she’s hell bent on getting to the top through hard work and her intelligence. That means skilfully deflecting the big bosses sexual advances and certainly not lusting after her new VIP client, Hale Lundström.

The minute he lays eyes on Sierra, Hale Lundström is done for. Tongue-tied, awkward and fumbling aren’t adjectives women would use to describe him usually, but she completely bowls him over. When Sierra is given the task of heading up a major project for him, Hale tries to be professional, maintain his distance, but there’s just something about Sienna he can’t resist. Will Sierra give him the time of day, or are they bound to long for each other from afar?

Why you should read it: Oh my God – this book was so much fun! I inhaled it on a cold Sunday afternoon and I nearly spontaneously combusted. The chemistry between Sierra and Hale is off the charts – it’s a total slow burner, which I love. The dialogue was spot on, as was the level of drama and the complications keeping them apart wasn’t too much. Sierra is a great character – strong, direct and driven, she also has her vulnerabilities. Hale is so so sweet. He’s manly, yet sensitive. He doesn’t always read a situation correctly, which leads to mixed results. I loved this pair.

What you may not like: Not much – it’s a traditional romance, yet with a very different setting.  There is some crass language at times between some of the characters, but for me it was a perfect read that made me feel all warm inside and also made me laugh out loud. It was a bit difficult at times to know whose point of view the narrative was from as each chapter bats between the two, but I had fun working it out!

Rating: 4/5 for a fun, exciting and original read. I will definitely be checking out more books by Julie A. Richman.