Category: Erotic romance

Don’t Deny Me series by Megan Hart

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Book: Don’t Deny Me

Series: The Don’t Deny Me series (parts 1-3)

Author: Megan Hart

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

“The memories last longer than the time it took to make them.” – Alice to Mick.

Basic story: Alice Clark met Michael McManus one night many years ago at a mutual friends’ party. They flirted, they later loved and life was great. Until it wasn’t. Ten years after breaking up, Alice braces herself for seeing him again at another weekend party thrown by their friends. Over the years she has skilfully avoided social gatherings he’d be at, but sooner or later it had to happen and they would be in the same room again. Convinced that she’s over him, she prepares herself mentally, but can you ever really be prepared to see the man who split your heart wide open?

Mick wants to see Alice again desperately. Over the years, he knows he messed up and just wants another chance to make things right. He isn’t prepared for the intense feelings that flood him when he sees her again. But this time, he’s determined not to mess up his possible second chance…

Why you should read this: Usually I’m not a massive fan of second-chance romances, but that could be because a lot of them are totally over the top and overly sentimental. You don’t get over-sentimentality in Ms Hart’s writing. You get plenty of raw emotion and heartfelt angst, but it always feels honest and real. I really responded to Alice and Mick, as what drove them apart is what plagues nearly every relationship I know of! The lack of mutual understanding – the false assumptions and bad habits that drive the other person crazy. It’s all there! I loved how the books are punctuated with a combination of sent and unsent letters between Alice and Mick. It really showed the differences in how the pair think and it was so obvious to the outsider where they were going wrong.

What you might hate: You may feel that Alice at times was a little belligerent and acted like a petulant child, but in the same way, Mick was completely stunted and couldn’t tell the woman he loved that he loved her! At times I wanted to knock their heads together, while at other times I loved them a little bit more for their flaws.

Rating: 4/5 I loved the periphery characters as well as the main and the sense of history the group of friends had – it was so well-described, I felt part of it. A very enjoyable and off-the-charts sexy read.

Part One is out on 13th January.

Take It by DJ Stone and B.E. Raj

take it pt1Book: Take it (#1 & 2)

Author: DJ Stone and B.E. Raj

Series: Take It series

Review by: Onnica

Sometimes, you come across a book and don’t really have any expectations for it. At all. You just take it at face value and think – sounds interesting, I’ll give it a go. This is what happened for me with Take it Book One.

Basic story: Jenny Collins is young, attractive and very driven. Unappreciated in her male-dominated world of pharmaceuticals, she’s climbing the greasy pole of success, convinced that her hard work will be rewarded some day.

When she meets Harrison Burke, a very important client, she begins to question her self-imposed celibacy. Maybe all work and no play is making Jenny a very dull gal indeed. Only problem is that her company has a very clear policy on non-fraternization. She can’t afford to get tangled up with him. Can she?

Harrison is enigmatic, fun-loving and determined to get Jenny to live a little. He encourages her to demand respect at work and take what she wants from him, but will she have the courage to do it?

Why you should read it: The banter between Jenny and Harrison is fun, witty and sexy. Harrison is a right-on, playboy with feminist sensibilities. I loved the chemistry between these two. Jenny is a very likeable character, who is struggling to work hard, be respected and still be ‘likeable’ in the workplace. A situation many of us can probably identify with. There are plenty of sexy times which are off the charts hot. It’s a great introduction to the series.

Take it pt2What you might hate: Part two for me was a different kettle of fish. Jenny completely loses her way, her sense of self and her fire. I realize this must be a plot device to enable her to get her mojo back in part three, but it was painful and annoying to sit through. I want my heroines to kick ass! I’m going to stick with the series, because I know that there’s a good story here. Despite the creepy roommates, the overbearing mothers and sexist colleagues.

Rating: I’m giving the series 3/5 so far – only because book 2 did not hit the spot for me at all. I’m looking forward to the story’s conclusion as I’m sure Jenny will be taking names and showing the world she’s no pushover. I’m also looking forward to seeing more of Harrison.

Light Shadows by S.L. Jennings

Book: Light Shadows

Series: The Dark Light Series #3

Author: S.L. Jennings

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: If Gabriella thought that life would become less complicated when she ascended to both her light and dark destiny, she was greatly mistaken. She’s twenty-one; in possession of some new and terrifying abilities; reunited with Dorian, love of her life and the man sworn to protect her come what may. She didn’t quite bargain for her ‘dead’ birth-father turning up on her doorstep and furious that Dorian, his former-best friend is now her significant other.

Elsewhere, she has to worry about the dark elements who seem hell-bent on hurting her friends and family in order to get to her. She’s about to face the biggest test of her life and whether the prophesy is fulfilled or not depends on whether she can find the strength to battle whatever comes her way. Those who stand with her will make her strong, but will they all be left standing at the final battle?

Why you should read this: I have waited and waited and waited some more for this book! I can honestly tell you that it was worth the wait! There is angst and high-drama a-plenty, but there’s also a very exciting story to be had too. Dorian is back in technicolor glory! There’s a fair bit of sexy times to keep you satisfied and the action flows well. The writing is so good – the author conveys the mood, the environment and the atmosphere perfectly. Niko, Dorian’s younger brother, figures prominently in the book too. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

What you might hate: Ok – I’m going to be honest. Gabs can be a whiny brat at times and she does wallow in it. She knows Dorian loves her yet, at the first sign of trouble she’s ready to think the worst of him. Faithless girl! Also, as the supposedly most dangerous and powerful being on earth, I was looking forward to her kicking ass a bit more than she did. Instead, she had the tendency to let others do the saving. That disappointed me a bit and would have mitigated her whinging!

Rating: 4.5/5 – I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the mythology and the roller-coaster ride of this book. It was a great series and one I’ll come back to again and again.

Light Shadows is out now.

Captivated: Letting Go/Seize the Night by Megan Hart and Tiffany Reisz

captivatedBook: Captivated

Authors: Megan Hart/Tiffany Reisz

Publisher: Cosmo Hot Reads

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Letting Go – Colleen goes to the same bar every week, staring at the tumbler of whiskey that she’ll never drink. Jesse the bartender is intrigued by her. She’s always polite and friendly enough, but beneath the surface there’s a sadness that he can’t fathom.

Having control is important to Colleen. Her ex-husband called her controlling, frigid and useless. She knows this isn’t true, but she’s also aware that her needs aren’t ‘normal.’ After getting snowed in at the bar and chatting to Jesse, she impulsively invites him back to hers. Their night turns into a weekend of discovery for the pair and Jesse is determined to show Colleen that it could be so much more…

Seize the Night: Remi O. Montgomery and Julien Brite are the offspring of Kentucky’s two major horse-rearing dynasties. Arden Farms and Capital Hills have been feuding for years and the two are forbidden from making contact with each other again. Despite not seeing each other since the night they were caught together, Remi can’t stop wondering about Julien. As the manager of her family’s stables, she notices some things aren’t adding up. Why do the two families have so much money all of a sudden? When the only person she can turn to to investigate is Julien and her assistant, Remi’s about to be reminded exactly why she couldn’t get over him.

Why you should read this:  If you’re a fan of these two power houses, I think you’ll enjoy these quick reads. Megan Hart is true to form with this tale of a heroine with issues and a caring hero. I loved this story as I have a thing about male-submissive stories that are realistic. Tiffany Reisz is always fun – with in-jokes from her Original Sinners series. She has been quite ambitious re-telling Romeo and Juliet and re-setting it in modern-day Kentucky. It’s quirky, fun and for me, her assistant Merrick stole the show.

What you might hate: A huge fan of both authors, I may have been a little guilty of setting my expectations a little too high. These are short reads so don’t have the depth of their usual novels – be aware of this. They’re fun, sexy and they do their job. No more, no less.

Rating: 3/5 I really enjoyed Letting Go as it was deeper than your average quick read. Seize the Night made me chuckle and it’s fine if you can suspend your disbelief and accept it for what it is.

Captivated is out now.

Night Fever by Jessica Hawkins

night feverBook: Night Fever

Series: Night Fever Serial  book #1

Author: Jessica Hawkins

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Lola Winters leads a very simple life. It’s not perfect but she has Johnny Pace, her steady boyfriend who has been part of her life for the last eight years. Together, they are getting through life, working at Hey Joe, a bar that had its heyday in the 80s, but is now shabby and worn down. When the owner decides it’s finally time to sell up and move on, Lola and Johnny know they have to do something. Lola would do anything for Johnny and knows that if they’re ever going to live life (get married, live beyond pay check to pay check) instead of waiting for the situation to improve – they’ll actually have to make it happen.

Enter Beau Olivier. Wealthy, enigmatic and apparently smitten with Lola the minute he sets eyes on her, he decides to make the couple a deal. If she agrees to spend a night with him, submitting to his desires, then the bar is theirs. Lola is disgusted and so is Johnny. However, when reality dawns, the pair knows that this could be the only chance to getting the future they always wanted. It’s only a few hours after all. How bad could it be?

Lola believes she can put her disgust and her misgivings to one side for the payout. What’s one night of humiliation and submission compared to their dreams finally coming to fruition? Somewhere, deep down though, Lola fears it won’t be that simple and maybe she’ll learn some uncomfortable truths about who she truly is…

Why you should read this: Ok – I know what you’re thinking. You’re concerned that I’m advocating you read yet another story where the heroine sells herself in the style of Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal. True to a certain extent, however, Jessica Hawkins has written a story which incorporates some very uncomfortable themes but makes it a compelling read all the same. Yes, the feminist in me was hesitant about reading this story. Lola essentially agrees to hire her body to Beau in exchange for the answers to her problems, but it is more complex than that. Lola’s about to learn a lot about her relationship with Johnny, who she is and also whether she’ll ever be prepared to go after what she wants. For me, this is a story about self-discovery. It’s hot, it’ll mess with your head a bit and I don’t think you’ll always know who to root for.

What you might hate:  You could be sick to death of the rich-man-poor-girl trope – I know I am, as I’ve read so many mediocre stories which verge on the ridiculous. HOWEVER, this is not one of them. It’s thoughtful, smart and I cannot wait to read the rest of the story, as I truly have no idea how it’s going to end up.

Rating: I’m giving Night Fever 5/5 for the up and down of my emotions while reading it and the engaging writing style that drew me in immediately. More please!

Night Fever is out on November 4th.

Torture to her Soul by J.M. Darhower

JMDarhower coverBook: Torture to her Soul

Author: JM Darhower

Series: (Monster in his Eyes #2)

Format: uncorrected ARC

Review by: Onnica

**This review contains a few spoilers from book 1 – so make sure you’ve read it first!**

Basic story: The action picks up from where Monster in his Eyes left off. Karissa is struggling with who Naz really is and his connection to her ever-diminishing family. So she does what any self-respecting adolescent would do – she ignores him. Naz is content to ride out the storm for as long as it takes, as long as Karissa stays with him. Despite not being able to trust her, he’s adamant their wedding plans and the future they had planned will go ahead as scheduled.

Naz has more things to worry about than Karissa’s cold treatment. His associate and father-figure Ray is displeased with their relationship and makes his feelings clear on the subject: she’s a Rita and needs to be dealt with. There’s no way Naz is going to stand by and allow Karissa’s to be hurt. It’s not in his nature. So even if that means taking on ‘family’, so be it. She may not want to be protected by him, but sometimes the adage better-the-devil-you-know is accurate.

As the pair struggle to find some middle ground, the road to reconciliation is a rough one. Karissa’s about to face the biggest betrayal in her life and must decide whether she can really be with Naz forever, or whether he really is a monster after all…

Why you should read it: I was a huge fan of Monster in his Eyes – the plot, the twists and the smut were delicious. If you read and enjoyed it, how could you not want to read Naz and Karissa’s next instalment? Naz is back and as dark and brooding as ever. This book is his story, told from his point of view. You’ll get to know him inside out – the good, the bad and the downright terrifying. What I liked and appreciated was the humour in the book. Naz can be dry and witty at times and when he teases Karissa by mimicking her or repeating her questions back to her is actually very endearing. The story isn’t heavy all the time and I was grateful for these moments of comic relief.

What you might hate: Ok! deep breath. So, one of the things I liked about Naz as a character was that he didn’t say a lot, but what he said meant something. He wasn’t a massive talker. But jeez – his internal monologue? I lost count of how many times he said he was a bad man over and over and that he’d never let Karissa go. He did go on a wee bit. Secondly, the ability to suspend my disbelief in certain plot lines was not easy – the ultimate betrayal I alluded to before – personally, I don’t see anyone being forgiven or coming back from that. But hey, I’m not in the mob so what do I know? What about Karissa? She’s a typical nineteen-year-old so I didn’t expect too much from her, but she surprised me by finally growing up and facing her problems once and for all. In the end, she has the power over her life and the choices are hers.

Rating: a tricky one as I was super-excited to read this and expected it to be on a par with book one. If I’m honest, for me it wasn’t and it felt a lot longer than the first book. However, I was glad to see how it all ended for the pair. I expected a Greek tragedy at the end, but somehow they managed to get their HEA. Was I a bit disappointed? Perhaps by the repetition at times, but all in all, a heart-stopping thrill ride of a book that I give 3/5.

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.

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