Spite Club by Julie Kriss

35108957Book: Spite Club

Author: Julie Kriss

Series: A standalone

Release date: 7th June 2017

Main characters: Evie Bates, heroine stuck in a rut, trying to be ‘respectable’. Nick Mason, the complete opposite, brash and honest to a fault.

Plot: The night Evie Bates receives a call telling her that her boyfriend Josh has been cheating on her – she doesn’t know how to react. She’s shocked, but can’t believe that the good guy Josh, whom she thought was so steady would be a cheater. The caller is the boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend) of the woman Josh has been cheating with. And he is not happy.

Nick is surly, his pride is obviously hurt that his girlfriend cheated, and he’s bad news. Evie has been around enough Nicks in her time to know she should avoid this one at all costs. However, turnabout is fair play. The pair decide to put the rumour out there that they’ve started dating – just to mess with their exes. And it works…a litttle too well. Before long,  Evie’s questioning her life choices and whether being ‘respectable’ is really all that important and whether underneath all the smoke and mirrors, there could actually be anything real with Nick.

Why you should read it: This story was refreshing and so much fun! I loved Evie and her internal monologue. She was sweet, trying to do the ‘right thing’ and she suffered from many of the hangups other women do. These hangups didn’t hold her back though – she was brave. Nick was seriously hot. He was so straightforward and cheeky and rude – but it made a very entertaining character. He has depth too – it wasn’t all bravado and cockiness with him. His backstory was an interesting one that drew me in and I wanted to know more.

What you may not like: Not sure – I loved it! Short, sweet, sexy and funny. It had it all.

Rating: 5/5 – my first book by Julie Kriss – won’t be my last!

Siren by Jaimie Roberts

Book: Siren

Author: Jaimie Roberts

Series: a standalone

Main character: Scarlet – aka the Siren. Men fall at her feet, and she takes pleasure in destroying them…

Blurb:
I’m not a good person. In fact, I’m a real bitch. If the opportunity arises, I will take your husband, give him the best sex he’s ever had, and laugh behind your back once I’m done with him. I do not put on airs and graces. I just take what I want whenever I want it.
I am the abused who has become the abuser. I live for power because all power had been stripped from me for years. Now that I have it back, I feed off of it like it’s my primary sustenance, and I don’t care who I hurt in the process.

Every woman hates me, but do you know what? I don’t give a shit.

You won’t like me. I’m not here to be liked. You want to know my story? I won’t stop you from observing. Just know that once I’m done with you, no shower—no matter how scalding—will ever get me out from under your skin.

Warning: If you’re looking for pink, fluffy clouds, rainbows, and HEA’s, then this book is not for you. These pages contain flashback scenes of child abuse in all forms (physical, sexual, and emotional) as well as BDSM and other taboo themes.

Love does not live in this book. Only dark, twisted, and sick obsessions thrive here.

You. Have. Been. Warned!

Why you should read it: I’m not 100% sure you should! It’s completely messed up! It has some themes that may really unsettle and upset, so I would heed the warnings about this book, if themes of abuse etc. are not something you can handle. Because the author doesn’t hold back. At all! However… if you’re the kind of person who laughs in the face of warnings, well you’ll find something completely deranged yet absolutely compelling. The story is simple and is told in such an engaging way, that despite Scarlet’s path in life, you can’t help rooting for her. She’s an anti-heroine with a vendetta and I really kinda wanted her to succeed. Why is she out for revenge? Well, I can’t tell you that. Read the book. If you dare.

What you may not like: Covered it in the blurb and above – but to reiterate – this book isn’t romance and it isn’t fluffy. It’s freaky with a capital F. Think CJ Roberts and double it…(Although, even CJ gave her characters a happy ending!)

Rating: 4/5 for a daring, mind-altering read. It was brace, enthralling and definitely does not follow any traditional tropes!

Fractured Love by Ella James

Book: Fractured Love

Author: Ella James

Series: standalone

Release date: 19 July 2017

Main characters: Evie Rutherford and Landon Jones, star crossed lovers who could never quite let the other go.

Blurb:

I was sixteen when he came to our house. Landon Jones, a boy with nothing, from nowhere. He had cinnamon hair and grey eyes – light blue, just like mine. When we went out as a family with my foster brother, people asked if Landon was my twin. He wasn’t. That year, we found out how much he wasn’t. When my parents caught us, they threw Landon out like trash.
Now I’m twenty-seven, a soon-to-be surgeon, like my mom and dad. I know residency is going to kick my ass, but I had no idea that it would rip my heart out, too. Not until I see him – Dr. Jones.

Why you should read it: Holy moley – want a story with angst, heartbreak, yet stoic optimism? This one could be it! The story of Evie and Landon (or should I say ballad) is a 10-year memoir of lost opportunities and external factors keeping them apart. Their connection was palpable and it jumps out at you from the page. Both Evie and Landon are well-drawn, soulful characters and I loved them both. The physical side of things actually took a backseat to the story – their love for each other was the story’s focus.

What you may not like: The ‘obstacle’ that stood in the way of Evie and Landon being together seemed a bit trivial in the grand scheme of things. Evie just wasn’t brave enough to tell the truth and it seemed a bit daft to be honest. However, this was one element in a very engaging and compelling story that kept me reading. I wanted to know what was going to happen and I was invested in knowing the outcome.

Rating: 4/5 for a heart wrenching, rollercoaster of a story that will make you gasp, make you swoon and sigh.

Tease me Tonight by Jules Court 

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Series: Hot in the City #3

Author: Jules Court

Release date: 31 July 2017

Main characters: Elizabeth Owen, nurse who’s ready to have some fun. Will MacGregor, fireman who is tired of hookups and ready for a meaningful relationship.

Plot: Elizabeth was on the world’s most sedate bachelorette party when she meets Will. Handsome and attentive, he looks like the perfect guy to rock her world for a night. No strings attached.

The only crimp in her plan is that Will isn’t doing one night stands anymore. They’ve left him empty and he finally wants something real. Elizabeth intrigues him and she makes him want to throw away his rule about not jumping into bed with a stranger. She pushes all the right buttons and he may have found his special someone.

Will the pair be able to find some common ground when clearly their goals are diametrically opposed?

Why you should read it: This was a very fun, well written novella. The dialogue was sparky and had me smiling. I really like Will – he was refreshing and a fun character, with deeper facets. Elizabeth was a tough cookie, and although she had the fleeing from love thing going on, she didn’t take it to ridiculous lengths. The passion and heat between these two was also hot hot hot! It’s titillating and enormous fun. I heartily recommend it.

What you may not like: It’s quite a short read so I don’t think there was time to actively dislike anything in the story.

Rating: 4/5 for a fun, sexy and feel-good read.

Love on my Mind by Tracey Livesay

29960337Book: Love on my Mind

Author: Tracey Livesay

Series: Shades of Love #1

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Main characters: Chelsea Grant, successful PR guru about to be given the assignment to end all assignments. Adam Bennett, surly Tech CEO in need of help to turn around his public image.

Plot: Chelsea Grant has worked hard all her life and is finally about to get the recognition she deserves. Or so she thinks. It seems that in order for her to be made partner in her firm, she needs to jump through one more hoop. A hoop in the shape of Adam Bennett – media-hostile tech genius. If she can get him presentation ready, and playing nice with intrusive and banal media questions, all her dreams will be made a reality. The clincher: she has to do this without him knowing that his own company hired her. Piece of cake right?

Adam is focused, confident and knows that his product will change modern computing forever. So why does he have to answer gossip magazine questions about himself – it’s absurd and he’d rather not reward idiocy. But…he also knows how others perceive him, so when he meets Chelsea unexpectedly, he enlists her help. It soon becomes obvious that she doesn’t annoy him as many other people do. In fact, he finds himself having trouble focusing on the task at hand. Perhaps they can mix business with pleasure after all…

Why you should read it: It’s not that often that you get a combination of sexy and intelligent characters in a book. That may be harsh, but I’ve read enough books in the genre to know when one truly stands out from the others. Chelsea and Adam were great characters – both complex and fiercely intelligent. Chelsea has the mother of all dilemmas and you can see how it will all blow up in her face, but there’s nothing she can do! Adam was great too. He’s exacting and precise and once we delve into his story it becomes clear why he’s as structured as he is. I truly enjoyed this story and the heat the pair generated was INSANE!

What you may not like: I can’t think of anything – usually I prefer standalone books rather than series, but as there were plenty of interesting peripheral characters, I’ll be happy to delve into them too!

Rating: 4/5 for a truly enjoyable read.

Release blitz – Fractured Love by Ella James

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Author: Ella James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 19, 2017

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She was my foster sister, her luxurious house the only home I’d ever known.

I fell in love with Evie before her doctor parents signed my adoption papers.

They threw me out the day they caught us.

Now I’m Dr. Jones, so far removed from who I used to be, it seems like a bad dream. I tell myself nothing can touch me.

Until I see the residency roster at Rockies University Hospital.

There’s only two incoming neurosurgery residents each year. This year it’s Landon Jones – and Evie Rutherford.

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Release blitz – Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland 

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By Vi Keeland

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The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.

He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.

When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight – telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend – smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.

He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.

Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.

Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.

Oops. My mistake.

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?

That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.

Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.

I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.

Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing – working under Professor West.

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The Red by Tiffany Reisz

Back view of a woman is draped in a red sheet. Book: The Red

Author: Tiffany Reisz (writing as Nora Sutherlin)

Series: a standalone

Genre: Erotica, fantasy

Release date: 11 July 2017

Main characters: Mona St James, owner of The Red, a gallery that is failing. Malcolm, an enigmatic stranger who can solve her problems…

Plot: Mona Lisa St James is in dire financial straits. Having inherited a failing gallery, The Red, she is bound to keeping it open no matter what it takes. She made the promise to her mother on her death bed, so there’s no getting out of it. Just as she’s about to despair, Malcolm appears, seemingly from nowhere and makes her an offer she can’t seem to refuse.

The deal is simple: for one year, she will be his. Nothing is taboo. In return, she’ll receive the means to keep the gallery afloat. Simple. Thus begins a thrilling and magical ride, which both excites Mona and makes her fear for her sanity. When it becomes clear that she has lost control not only over her body, but perhaps her mind too, she wonders exactly with whom she has made this bargain…could it be the devil himself?

Why you should read it: it’s Tiffany Reisz people, come on! Plus, it’s the book Nora was writing in the Original Sinners series, which is a pretty cool idea, not something you read every day. The writing was of course smart and engaging. It weaved in works of art impeccably and it totally captivated me. I enjoyed looking up the art pieces while I read – as I am no art buff. Then there’s the sex. The book is filled with sex. Oceans of sex. Battalions of sex. There’s something in there for everyone.

What you may not like: This book is weird. I know the author won’t mind me saying that – she’d probably agree! It starts off fairly normally and lulls you into a false sense of security. I thought I knew what I’d be getting. I didn’t. If this book were the Beatles, it starts off all Please, please me and is sexy and fun and then, bam – halfway in it becomes full on Sgt Peppers. There is a  satyr, (which is different to a centaur, but don’t ask me why) nymphs, a half-man, half-beast. It gets pretty trippy, which may or may not be to your taste. I enjoyed some chapters more than others I’ll confess.

Rating: 3.5/5 for the premise. It was original and I enjoyed the different scenarios each chapter evoked. It’s fantasy erotica, so I’d advise you to just go with the flow and enjoy the depravity and decadence!

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The Last Guy by Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise

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Author(s): Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise

Release date: 11 June 2017

Main characters: Rebecca Fieldstone, roving reporter at KHOT news station. Cade Hill, sports editor and colleague.

Blurb

The first rule of office romance is don’t do it – especially if your dream is to hold the anchor spot on the nightly news and your boss is trying to get you fired. 

But one look at Cade Hill, the sexy new sports director, and uptight reporter Rebecca Fieldstone is daydreaming about other things. 
Sex in his office… 

Sex in the on-set kitchen… 

Sex in the supply closet… 

She can’t stop thinking about the former NFL quarterback and how perfect he’d look between her sheets – except he’s an arrogant jerk with a huge… ego. 
He’s the last guy she’d ever have a one-night stand with. 

Cade Hill draws a thick professional line on office romance – until it comes to the hyper-focused Rebecca. He wants her, and he gets his wish when a chance encounter has them having the hottest sex of their lives. 

It’s just a hook-up, she says. 
When can we do it again? He says. 

With Rebecca determined to keep Cade in the friend zone, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Cade to convince her he’s the last guy she’ll ever want. 

Why you should read it: This was a super fun and entertaining read. Rebecca was focused while endearing and I sympathised quite a bit with her character. I have to say that my favourite character was Cade though. He got the best lines, the heat he generated with Rebecca was soooo hot. His confidence was the right balance. I hate a hero that’s so cocky he’s an ass. The dual point of view was well rendered and the story evolved nicely.

What you may not like: Hmm perhaps the flamboyant best friend who happens to be a drag queen was a little cliché – I like supporting characters to be three-dimensional, and at times I felt Chas was more pastiche than real person – just my opinion but I would have liked to see more of the person behind the quips and fabulousness. Also, Rebecca was a little unrealistic about her job. She’s a TV reporter but doesn’t think to go shopping for clothes when her old ones don’t fit? What kind of nonsense is that?

Rating: 3.5/5 for a romantic and seriously hot story. Not perfect but a very pleasant read that’ll make you feel good.