Dirty, Reckless Love by Lexi Ryan

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Series: The Boys of Jackson Harbor #3

Author: Lexi Ryan

Release date: 14th August 2018

Main characters: Ellie Coudrey, currently suffering from retrograde amnesia, Levi Jackson, the man who wants to be there for her. Always.

 

Blurb:

I’m in love with a man who tried to kill me. At least that’s what they tell me . . .

Six weeks ago, paramedics found me unconscious in my apartment. Beaten. Bruised. Hardly breathing. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember the last three years or anything about my life in Jackson Harbor. They tell me my fiancé, Colton McKinley, is on the run for what he did to me. They tell me I’m safer if I stay away.

I don’t care if my memories ever come back. I want nothing to do with those missing years . . . until a sexy stranger with angry eyes shows up on my doorstep and demands I stop ignoring him.

Levi Jackson is my fiancé’s best friend, but seeing him sparks something inside me. As the truth unravels in my mind, I know they’re wrong about Colton. My own secrets are far more dangerous than the man I was engaged to.

I return to Jackson Harbor to search for answers and find myself running from a faceless boogeyman and seeking refuge in Levi’s arms. And in his bed.

I can’t deny my feelings for Levi. But as the pile of lies between us grows, I realize that sometimes the truth can’t set us free. Sometimes, it’s the very thing that can destroy us.

Why you should read it: I am a huge fan of Lexi Ryan, and I really enjoy a good amnesia trope, so this book did not disappoint! We last met Ellie in Ava and James’s story, Straight Up Love, and we were tantalised by all the clues and plot breadcrumbs that were left behind. Dirty, Reckless Love picks up some time after that, and the reader has to keep up with all the action, the flashbacks and the secrets, quite quickly. The story unfolds steadily and I kept reading, desperate to get to the bottom of all the family intrigue. The chemistry between Ellie and Levi was palpable. His love for her is no secret and he wears his heart on his sleeve. Ellie? Poor Ellie doesn’t know whether she’s coming or going. She’s not sure who to trust or which memories she can actually rely on. Her journey is an interesting one and I felt for her. I did. However, at times, I did think she treated Levi as a crutch and really could have been a bit more considerate of his feelings.

What you may not like: The book, like its predecessors, deals with some pretty heavy subject matter, which you may or may not like. There are some themes (such as abuse and drug taking) that may disturb some readers. As I mentioned before, Ellie is a little bit naive and thoughtless in her reliance on Levi at times, that made me think she was taking advantage a wee bit.

Rating: 4/5 for a truly exciting, sexy and intriguing story. I particularly enjoyed Jackson Harbor’s connections to New Hope. It felt right revisiting some loved characters!

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Blog tour: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

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Series: Winston Brothers #5

Author: Penny Reid

Release date: 30 July 2018

Main characters: Simone Payton, logical thinker, on assignment for the FBI in her hometown. Roscoe Winston, youngest of the Winston clan, and hellbent on avoiding Simone at all costs.

Blurb:

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .

Why you should read it: Come on people, it’s Penny-fricking-Reid, of course you should read it! If you follow my reviews, then you’ll know how much of a sad fan girl I am about her! I haven’t really read this series in orders – I tend to dip in and out of it when I need a damn good read and this one fell into my lap when I needed a particularly good read. It didn’t disappoint! The narrative was engaging, quirky and as always, it was smart as hell. Simone and Roscoe were complex and interesting characters – their inner monologues gave insight and also humour – and I couldn’t put the book down until it was done. The intense attraction between Simone and Roscoe really was palpable – it was a slow-burning seduction and I had to fan myself quite a bit during this read! I also enjoyed the role reversals, where Simone was the more worldly character and she took the lead. Hot! It also had a lot of pathos, heart and damn well made me cry in places. Like proper, full on blubbing!

What you may not like: I usually try to play devil’s advocate in my reviews, but I’m truly struggling here. I appreciated Penny Reid’s treatment of the heroine – I know some authors are afraid of writing about non-white characters in case they get it ‘wrong’ and I get it – some people have done it well, while others have done a horrible job! Simone was a multi-faceted character, who was just getting on with her life. There were no lazy stereotypes and hopefully, authors like Penny Reid and Tiffany Reisz will inspire other authors to not be so afraid of writing about POC.

Rating: 5/5 for a truly wonderful, exciting and engaging read. I forgot how much I love this series.

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Cover reveal: The What If Duet by Nina Lane

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Books in the series:

If We Leap: Prequel – Release day – 23 August

If We Fall: Book One – Release Day 30 August

If We Fly: Book Two13 September 

Blurb:

We fell in love. Then our world fell apart. 

I wished so hard for Cole Danforth. And one day, he came true. He was my first boyfriend, my first lover, my first and only love. He should also have been my last. 

But in a split-second, we were ripped apart, our lives broken, my heart shattered. After ten years, I’ve returned to my hometown, the place of my greatest joy and darkest pain. 

Cole is still here, but the beautiful boy I’d loved is gone. Now he’s a ruthless, unforgiving man determined to feed both my resentment and my lust. 

Then our torturous past encroaches again, trapping us in a violent storm. 

But this time, there is no escape.

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EA4BCCBF-6620-4665-83C4-858D366580E8New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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Blog tour: Wounded Hearts by Julia Sykes

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Series: Wounded series #1

Author: Julia Sykes

Release date: 31 July 2018

Main characters: Addison Burke, successful author, dealing with life’s challenges. ‘Scott’ the enigmatic man who keeps entering and exiting her life.

Blurb:

It was supposed to be one wild night in Nashville. Another night flirting with strangers; another night pretending I wasn’t desperately lonely. I met a man with pain in his eyes and lies on his lips. A man even more isolated and damaged than I was. For one passionate night, we held together the broken pieces of each other’s souls.

When he shows up in my life months later, it can’t be coincidence. I don’t even know if he gave me his real name, but I crave to learn more about the enigmatic man who set my body on fire. He told me he does things that haunt him to keep people like me safe. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and terrible secrets in his heart.

Indulging in our intense connection could leave me more broken than ever, but I can’t help hoping we might find a way to heal each other.

I thought I no longer believed in soulmates, but this damaged, scarred man could be my happily-ever-after.

Why you should read it: I read Wounded Hero, this story’s prequel and it may have been short, but it made maximum impact! I was drawn to Addison and Scott’s personalities – I liked that they were both imperfect and sad and lonely. It made me want to know more. In Wounded Hearts, we get to know plenty more about Addison – we’re given clues as to why she’s constantly on the move, why she can’t settle. I felt that I understood her loneliness much better. Scott remains an enigma – he is masterful at deflecting, so we don’t know why he keeps blowing hot and cold. I was desperate to find out – I didn’t realise there’s another book to come – so I was a little miffed to get to the end and still have more unanswered questions. Guess I’ll just have to be patient until Mended Hearts comes out! There was a lot I enjoyed about this book – I loved how the author evoked the atmosphere of York – if you’ve ever been (it’s one of my favourite cities on earth) then you’ll understand how accurate a depiction it was. It was an intelligent story – one I’m keen to stick with.

What you may not like: Not sure – I mean, I was hoping to get some closure at the end of this book – but that didn’t happen. I’ll wait, because it’s so well written, and I’ll overlook the slight cliffhanger. If you’re not a fan of messy characters, then this one may pose a few problems for you – but it intrigued me.

Rating: 4/5 for an engaging, sexy and sensitive read. I loved it.

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Blog tour: Bossy Nights by Liv Morris

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Author: Liv Morris

Series: Bossy Nights #1

Release date: 26 July 2018

Main characters: Contessa Holly, Southern belle, trying to make it in New York. Barclay Hammond, publishing CEO and captivated by Tessa from the start.

Blurb:

I’ve landed in New York City with my resume in one hand and my V-card in the other. The resume? I’ll give to any man on the street. The other? Well… I won’t settle for anything less than lightning bolt chemistry and so far no one has flipped that switch.

Until I meet Barclay Hammond, CEO of the most prestigious publishing house in NYC and the city’s most eligible bachelor.

He’s commanding.
Charming.
Gorgeous.
And my new boss.

The raw attraction between us is off the charts. Late nights together in the city, the looks he gives me across the boardroom table make him impossible to resist. I want him to be the one and he wants me too…

There’s only one BIG problem. Sleeping with your boss is strictly forbidden at Hammond Press.

Who knew losing it would be so complicated?

Why you should read it: This book is quite traditional – it reads like one of the books I used to sneak from my mother’s bookshelf. There’s something quite comforting in that – although it may not be for everyone. In my opinion, the chemistry between Barclay and Tessa took a while to build, but build it did and I came to enjoy their relationship and their burgeoning romance. There were sweet parts, funny parts and dramatic parts – it was quite the mix.

What you might not like: One reader’s traditional comfort read could be another’s antiquated, and formulaic story. We have the virginal Southern belle, the older, more worldly, more charismatic hero, who will teach her the ways of the world. You would be forgiven for groaning a little, (I was a bit hesitant during the opening chapters, especially at just how young Tessa came across) but I think you will warm up to the characters and the plot development kept me reading and I was rooting for them 100%. Tessa really comes into her own and she knows what she wants.

Rating: 3/5 for a sweet read – I liked it – it was a slow burner, with a rocky start, but an engaging story won out.

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Sneak peek: The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland

I’m so very excited about this book! Cannot wait for it to drop! We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak – I have a feeling I’m going to fall for Gray…

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“May I get you something to drink while you wait for the rest of your party?” the waiter asked.

I would normally wait to see what the client did and follow his lead on alcohol. But tonight was not the norm.

I rubbed at my stiff neck. “I’ll take a vodka cranberry, please.”

I hoped it would help calm my nerves and release some of the tension in my jaw before I gave myself a full-blown headache. Taking out my phone, I started to scroll through emails to distract myself while waiting for my drink and dinner companion.

My head whipped up at the sound of Gray’s voice behind me. “Sorry I’m late.”

My heart unexpectedly fluttered, and I fought against the feeling of excitement. “Are you really? Because I get the sense you don’t have any manners after the way you interrupted me a million times today.”

He completely ignored my attitude as he took the seat across from me. “Traffic is a bitch getting downtown at this time. Next time we’ll have dinner at my place.”

“There won’t be a next time.”

Gray’s mouth curved into a smug smile as he snagged my gaze. “Sure there will. There’ll be plenty of next times. And eventually you’ll stop pretending you don’t enjoy my company.”

I hated that my body reacted to him. Right from the very start, we’d had a crazy chemistry between us that was difficult to dull.

I sighed. “What are you doing, Gray? Why did you come to my firm?”

He lifted the cloth napkin in front of him and laid it across his lap. “Isn’t that obvious? I need new legal representation.”

“At my firm? And you’d prefer that representation come from an associate instead of my boss’s boss—the head of our securities division? Or even from Pittman, who would gladly hold your hand and provide you whatever legal advice you need from his fifty-plus years of experience?”

“Loyalty is important to me. I want someone I can trust with my business.”

“And you’ve decided that’s me? An associate with five years experience who just got off probation with the Bar Association for violating attorney-client privilege?”

The waiter arrived with my drink. “Here you go, ma’am.” He turned to Gray. “May I get you something to drink? Or would you like to wait until the last of your party joins you this evening?”

“It’s just the two of us. I’ll have a Macallan, neat, please.”

“Coming right up.” The waiter walked around to the other side of the table and started to remove the third place setting.

I put my hand out, stopping him. “We actually do have another party coming, so you can leave that.”

“Very well.” He nodded.

Gray waited until the waiter was out of earshot. “I didn’t invite anyone else to dinner.”

I sipped my drink and offered a saccharine-sweet fake smile. “I did. Figured an important client like you should have more than one attorney to answer his questions.”

Just as I set down my glass, I saw the other man I was waiting for enter the restaurant. He scanned the room, looking for me, so I held up my hand and waved.

“Perfect timing. There’s Oliver now.”

Gray glanced at the man heading toward us and back to me. Instead of being pissed off, the jerk was amused. “That’s cute. You invited a chaperone because you don’t trust yourself with me.”

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The Tycoon by M. O’Keefe

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Series: King Family #1

Author: M. O’Keefe

Release date: 12 July 2018

Main characters: Clayton Rorick, successful businessman determined to make his mark. Veronica King, daughter of the not-so-great magnate Hank King, and unwitting pawn in his games.

Blurb:

The cruel and beautiful man who ruined my life has everything he wants—everything except me. 

Five years ago, Clayton Rorick loved me. Or so I thought. Turned out he only wanted to get his hands on my daddy’s company. Heartbroken, I ran away with nothing but the clothes on my back. Like a twisted Cinderella. When my father dies, leaving my sisters in a desperate situation, it’s up to me to help them. 

I’ll have to beg the man who broke my heart to save us. 

But Clayton hasn’t forgotten me and what he wants in exchange for his help is…my body, my heart and my soul. 

Why you should read it: Oh My goodness! I freaking loved this book –  I really will read anything by Molly O’Keefe, because she never disappoints. I loved Ronnie so much – the way she keeps what’s left of her family together, how she picked herself up and wasn’t a victim, and how she protects her heart from the man who destroyed it. Her attitude and her moxie were pitch perfect – she knew when to run and when to stay and fight.

Clayton made me go awwwww. He’s a powerful man, but deep down he’s still got a lot of growing up to do. I don’t mean he was immature, I just mean that he needed to fully develop his heart and his capacity for relationships. He started off enigmatic and you’re not quite sure of his motivations, but then we get to know him, and I admit that I fell for him – just a little bit! I loved the gentle humour in the book – for example:

“Listen to me,” she begged. “Please. You’re forgetting what it was like because you’re drunk on sex. But this guy lied to you. Over and over again. I’m telling you as a person who’s had way too much experience with liars—he won’t stop.”

“He had his reasons and they were complicated.” I said. I hadn’t explained Clayton’s relationship with his father except to tell her that Dale made our father look like Mr. Rogers. “He’s kind of like a feral cat. I’m just trying to get him up on the porch.”

“You’re comparing your fiancé to a feral cat in an effort to convince me to approve?” she asked.

“Well, you’re a little feral yourself.”

What you might not like: Not sure – it’s short – it left me wanting more. There are two more books in the series written by S. Doyle and Julie Kriss – just look at those beautiful covers! I think it’s a great concept for each author to take a different story, focusing on a different family member – it will be interesting to see how those stories mesh together.

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Rating: 4/5 for an intriguing, page-turning, sexy read! A great series to get into on your holidays.

 

Cover reveal: Bossy Nights by Liv Morris

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Bossy Nights, an all-new sexy romantic comedy standalone, from USA Today bestselling author Liv Morris is coming July 26th!

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: July 26, 2018

Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Photographer: Scott Hoover

Model: Stuart Reardon

I’ve landed in New York City with my resume in one hand and my V-card in the other. The resume? I’ll give to any man on the street. The other? Well . . . I won’t settle for anything less than lightning bolt chemistry and so far no one has flipped that switch.

Until I meet Barclay Hammond, CEO of the most prestigious publishing house in NYC and the city’s most eligible bachelor.

He’s commanding.

Charming.

Gorgeous.

And my new boss.

The raw attraction between us is off the charts. Late nights together in the city, the looks he gives me across the boardroom table make him impossible to resist. I want him to be the one and he wants me too…

There’s only one BIG problem. Sleeping with your boss is strictly forbidden at Hammond Press.

Who knew losing it would be so complicated?

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Excerpt reveal: Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Disgrace, an all-new romantic and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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Synopsis:

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After fifteen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too closed-off for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

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“I’ve read about boys like you in books, ya know,” she whispered, her fingers slowly spinning spirals on my chest.

“Oh, yeah? What did those books teach you about boys like me?”

“Well…” She bit her bottom lip, and with a small inhalation, she whispered, “They taught me to stay away.”

“Then why are you so close?”

She tilted her head up, looking me straight in the eyes. “Because in those stories, the heroine never ever listens.”

“And then there’s trouble?” I asked.

“Yes, and then there’s trouble.”

From the way she said those words, I knew trouble was exactly what she was in search of. We were the classic cliché. She was the good girl next door, I the monster from around the block. We were perfect opposites for the perfect storm, and she was asking me to be her next flaw, her greatest mistake.

And, well, who was I not to live up to her request?

“I could destroy you,” I warned.

“Or save me.”

“Is it worth the risk?”

“Isn’t it always worth the risk?”

The more she touched me, the more I wanted to touch her back. I wrapped my hands around her wrists flipping us around so she was now against the wall with her hands above her head. “I have rules.” I leaned in closer, lightly brushing my lips against her neck. God, she smelled good, like peaches and my next sin. “You can’t break these rules, either.” My tongue rolled from my mouth and circled against her neck before I gently sucked her skin.

She shivered at my touch. “What are they?”

“Rule one,” I whispered, my mouth moving across her collarbone. “You never stay the night.”

“Check.”

“Rule number two,” I said, dropping her left arm to the side. Taking my hand to the bottom of her blouse, I slowly raised it up and massaged her skin. “You never develop feelings.”

“That’s easy enough,” she replied, her breaths uneven as I teased at the top button on her jeans. “I don’t believe in feelings anymore.”

I didn’t know why, but that made me sad for her. I, too, didn’t believe in falling for people, but that was my norm. Grace seemed the type to believe in something bigger than love, so the fact that her belief was completely gone was a bit surprising.

Maybe we had more in common than I thought.

“Rule number three…we don’t talk about my life.”

“Like ever?”

“Never.”

“Okay.”

“And lastly, rule number four…” My mouth brushed against hers, and I slid my tongue slowly across her bottom lip. “If your favorite pair of panties get ripped, don’t expect me to replace them.”

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Sugar Sweet by Christine d’Abo

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Series: Sugar series #1

Author: Christine d’Abo

Release date: 7 August 2018

Main characters: Marissa Roy, student struggling with debt caused by a vengeful ex. Vince Taylor, multimillionaire with a reputation for being an ass.

Blurb:

Connecting with a sugar daddy is reserved for a certain kind of woman. But some men make you yearn to be that kind of woman . . .
Marissa Roy never thought she would do it. Until she finds herself overwhelmed by debt, college costs—and a vengeful ex-boyfriend determined to ruin her financially. But once she meets multi-millionaire Vince Taylor, the thought of sleeping with her hot benefactor is a major turn-on. Except Vince has one condition to their dating contract: he wants her by his side, but not in his bed. Finding sex was easy, he said, finding someone he could trust was not. Still, his hungry gaze tells Marissa otherwise . . .

She’s the perfect escort—a natural beauty with the kind of savvy discretion that will keep his personal life out of the tabloids. Only Vince doesn’t expect his body to pulse every time Marissa steps into the room, every time she stands close. Too close.  He doesn’t expect to find himself pulling her into his arms, night after night after night. Suddenly he can’t get enough of her intoxicating body. And once he’s broken that rule, it’s only a matter of time until he violates his vow to never, ever fall in love…

Why you should read it: This was a surprising read. I thought I knew what it would be like: a girl, practically forced to auction off her love, time etc. in order to make ends meet. A millionaire, who happens to be attractive, would treat her like his plaything until he realises she’s the one. It wasn’t like that. At all. There was a pragmatic heroine, who is in serious dire straits, and needs money. Fast. So far so trope, right? However, the characters had an engaging sense of humour and a no-sex clause, that forces them to get to know each other as people. It was refreshing. Marissa isn’t immature – she can’t afford to be. She goes into every situation with her eyes open and she owns her decisions. I really liked her. Vince was supposed to be an ass, but he’s not the worst hero you’ll ever meet. He has a conscience, a moral compass of sorts – I really liked him!

What you may not like: You may take issue with the premise and dismiss it as like all the other books, but I think you’ll find something engaging in it. I really do.

Rating: 4/5 for a fun and touching read. I loved the dialogue and the author’s ability to find some originality in this well-known trope.