Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Forever Home

Forever Home (Sawtooth Shifters #1) by Kristen Strassel
Published: September 3rd 2015
Publisher: Kindle Digital Publishing

BBW Paranormal Shifter Romance Shadow Channing is in chains. Pack rivalries have imprisoned his family beside their enemies. They're forced to fight for survival each month in a dog fighting ring. Shadow assures his brothers they'll escape, but to do so they must either team up with the rival pack that led them to their capture, or fight to the death for their freedom in front of a cheering crowd. Trina is in recovery. When rumors of dog fights start swirling around town, the owner of Forever Home Animal Shelter is determined to put a stop to them and bring the dogs to safety. Even when they turn out to be wolves. Trina knows that everyone deserves a second chance at life, especially after a car accident ripped hers away from her. Shadow will do anything to repay Trina for saving his life, but soon he realizes he's not the only one who needs saving.



This was a really short read. I got it for free on Amazon. I liked the concept of the wolves trapped by one of their own and force to participate in fights and the girls in the shelter helping them get free. The beginng was a bit slow but interesting. However, as soon as Trina discovers that the dogs/wolf she recues are no ordinary animals things go down hill.

Trina is an alcoholic and her problems are never treated in the book. The author makes sure the reader knows this but to what point? Shadow doesn't help at all with that nor we see some kind of recovery. She accepts the fact that the animal that has been living with her is now a man (a hot one at that) too soon and jumps into bed... and then They goo to get the other wolves and Trina's friend have the same reaction.

I would have love if this had more background. More about this wolves packs stories how they ended up like that. More about Trina and the girls. More time to see the characters develop a bond, because the few days spent with a dog aren't enough for me.

This is a short novella if you are looking for a bit of shifter action but for me it had a lot more potencial than this.


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About the author

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.



     


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: Addiction

Addiction (Adiction Duet #1) by Vivian Wood
Published: September 14th 2017
Publisher: KDP

It started innocently enough. Beautiful Harper gave Sean those eyes… those eyes that meant, yes, take me. But Harper didn’t know Sean’s secrets… She didn’t know that he liked it rough. More than rough. He liked to dominate. To punish. To degrade. It was the only way that the black hole in his soul wouldn’t swallow him up. He would push her a little too far, and she would run. They all ran, eventually. But that’s not what happened... when he put his hands around her throat and squeezed, Harper moaned. When he told her to stay away, she didn’t listen, misbehaving until she got spanked. When he took out the handcuffs, there was excitement in her eyes, mixed with a little fear. The doe-eyed redhead liked it. More than that, she wanted it. She said so, time and again. That’s the thing about sexy strangers, though… you never know what they’re hiding. And Harper is carrying a burden so heavy that even Sean’s secrets pale in comparison



I was not aware this wasn't a stand alone. I'm now aware that is says so on the cover but I read the blirb when I got the ARC and didn't pay attention to that! Besides, The tattoos distracted me a little...
The ending shocked me and I'm having some serious withdrawls from it.

When I started this, I thought this would be another Fifty Shades type of story, and I'm so glad to say I was so wrong! 

Sean is the black sheep of his family. An Alcoholic covered in tattoos doesn't really fit in with the trustfund / CEO men in his family.
We meet Sean briefly in His to Keep, and personally I didn't even pay attention to him, he was a real pain. But reading Addiction you see this whole other side of him. The guilt he carries and his longing to have a relationship with his brother Connor. And also how much he struggles with himself, not just the fact that he's an alcoholic but the fact that he's sure no one can love him because of what he likes, and what he likes is BDSM.

Harper is a model in L.A. She's struggled her whole life with the demands of being perfect, skinny and young in a vicious industry. Harper is such an interesting character to read, she's full of life, you know she's living this perfect life but when the lights go out and you see her, the reality of what she goes through, it's scary. To see her hurt herself with such a rationality.

Vivian Wood treats both problems with realism and makes it so the reader can feel it. The good, the bad and the ugly of each addiction this characters have. I was enthralled with their lives from the beginning. The writer makes you care for them.

When Harper and Sean meet sparks fly and their personalities click. One needs to have absolute control and the other needs order, someone who makes the decisions so she can rationalized that is ok.  

At some point I thought this relationship was toxic, not because they were hurting each other, but because they were looking for ways to scape their realities and replace one habit for another. But you can also see their feelings growing and how much they care for the other. Sean totally stole the show for me, and he's so much more than those little glimpses we saw before. 

I can't wait to see what happens to them now. And while I hate the cliffhanger, the author did an amazing job at taking the reader in this addictive journey only to leave them hanging like that, craving for the next fix. 

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Vivian likes to write about troubled, deeply flawed alpha males and the fiery, kick-ass women who bring them to their knees.
Vivian's lasting motto in romance is a quote from a favorite song: "Soulmates never die." Be sure to follow Vivian through her Vivian's Vixens mailing list or Facebook group to keep up with all the awesome giveaways, author videos, ARC opportunities, and more!



        


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Review: Trying Sophie

Trying Sophie (Dublin Rugby #1) by Rebecca Norinne
Published: April 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Service

Sex and rugby are the only things I care about. I play hard and f*ck even harder. Until my first love waltzes back into my life and I’m given a second chance to right the wrongs of my past. She doesn’t want to forgive me, but I’ll use everything at my disposal to make her see I’ve changed. That I can be the man she wants me to be. I’ve never pursued a woman the way I chase down opponents on the field, but this time I won’t back down. I won’t let her run away again. Sophie was my first love. I'm going to be her last.



From enemies to lovers and from an outsider to a part of the community, Trying Sophie is gonna make you wish you were in a little town on Ireland with a hot rugby player of your own. Sophie Davenport hates Ireland. When her parents divorced she was send there to live with her grandparents and the whole experience is something she wishes she could forget. Missing her home and bullied by her classmates, she couldn't wait to leave it all behind and the boy who tortured her dayly out of her head. Now a woman, Sophie goes back to take care of her grandfather. Declan was and always will be a wild boy. When he was younger he caused trouble in town and now that he is a professional rugby player he loves spending time with the ladies. But he's had a crush on Sophie since they were kids and now that she's coming back he can't waste the opportunity. I really enjoyed reading how Sophie and Declan got to know each other. Some parts felt more dragged on than others but in general the book keeps a nice pace. Sophie has some obvious hangups about giving Declan a choice but he's determined to make her see he's changed.

What really bothered me was how easily every adult there thought that Declan was being a cute boy with a crush when it was obvious Sophie was hurting at the time, and how easily they all expected her to just give in when the reality was they didn't know each other.

The book is told by dual POV and let you into the heads of both characters without trying to guessand read through the eyes of the main character.

Rebecca Norinne writes a good sporst romance, managing to keep the sports part true to their nature. The romance was slow at some points, with moments I felt like could be avoided or changed but all in all, it was a good read.

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USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes steamy contemporary romance featuring smart and sexy heroines and the men who adore them.
Originally from California, she now lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband. When not writing, Rebecca is watching her favorite rugby team, drinking craft beer, cooking new recipes, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story.
To find out more, visit http://www.rebeccanorinne.com.



             


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Promo + Giveaway: Then Came You


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In THEN CAME YOU, a few meddling family members and a little bit of small town magic help two lost hearts find a second chance at love.  Fans of Susan Wiggs and RaeAnne Thayne will be enchanted by the Compass Cove series from International Bestselling Author, Jeannie Moon.

“Moon creates a strong sense of home and a convincing romance with moderate love scenes that will leave even the most cynical of readers overcome.” Library Journal, Starred Review, on THEN CAME YOU

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Then Came You (Compass Cove #1) by  Jeannie Moon
Genre: Women's Fiction
Release Date: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group 
Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781946772893



Hearts meant to love will always find each other.

Mia DeAngelis knew it was time to make a change. Wanting to provide a better life for herself and her ten-year-old nephew, Ben, she took a chance and moved to the small town of Compass Cove. Now, the college librarian is adapting to a new job, a new town, and living with her feisty seventy-eight-year-old grandmother. Mia is determined to make it all work, hoping the coastal hamlet gives both her and Ben the sense of community, family and belonging they both want so much.

Adam Miller, a retired NFL quarterback, has come back to Compass Cove to start over after an injury puts an end to his high-octane life. Settling into the small town routine proves to be a challenge, but his job coaching at Jennings College gives him a sense of purpose, while keeping him connected to the game he loves.

There couldn’t be two people more different, yet the minute they meet, friends and family have no doubt they belong together. Now if Mia and Adam can only get out of their own way and embrace a little home town magic, they can find the happy ever after they both crave…





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Jeannie Moon, author of fifteen novels, has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books and call it work. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs and a mischievous cat and lives in her hometown on Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy.


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"So much action, so much violence and, oh, the lust radiating off of our heroes . . . I definitely recommend this series for lovers of all things paranormal and awesome.”USA Today

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Of Flame and Fate (Weird Girls Flame #2) by Cecy Robson
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Cecy Robson, LLC
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 422

Taran Wird, who commands the power to wield fire and lightning, is an oddity in the supernatural world. But neither Taran nor her unique sisters compare to the bizarre entity known as Destiny. And Taran is assigned to protect her.

Born of two witches, Destiny is revered among the supernatural elite for her acute ability to predict the future. Her biggest prophecy involves Taran’s sister, Celia, whom Destiny decreed will bear children strong enough to take on the evil that’s rising. Yet Destiny is not alone in her predictions, or individuality.

When Johnny Fate, a rock star among humans and a male version of Destiny is discovered, his powers and Destiny’s clash, triggering the start of Destiny’s demise and altering the fate of Celia’s unborn children.

Taran, her werewolf lover Gemini, and their allies must determine if it’s Fate who will decide what will become of Celia’s children, or if their lives and the world will perish with Destiny.





OF FLAME AND FATE Excerpt
Copyright © 2017 Cecy Robson

I’m shoved into a cold room where a band of bloodsucking fiends tear off my clothes. Their long nails graze my skin as their master watches, his cold gray eyes glinting with malice.
“Son of a bitch,” I say, smacking Edith Anne’s hand away when she cops a feel. “The demon’s in my leg, not my tit!”
There’s something you don’t say every day, but then that’s why humans are safe in the world and weird gals like me are stuck with demons burrowing under their skin.
“Just making sure,” Edith adds with a wink.
I’m ready to punch her in the face, except I’m too busy cringing at the thing crawling beneath the length of my shin, its spindly insectoid appendages stretching the skin as it curls up and over my knee cap.
“Get it out of me!” I screech, growing nauseous with each numbing tug it creates beneath the underlying tissue.
“We’re trying,” Agnes Concepcion snaps, like I’m somehow inconveniencing her by having an evil being claw its way through me.
Her tiny plaid skirt smacks against my hip as she shoves me into a massive glass and tile shower. Three other vamps, dressed like naughty Catholic schoolgirls (don’t get me started) follow us in, bottles of champagne tight in their grips.
“What the hell?” I ask, kicking as if I can somehow shake this thing loose, and certain the booze is to celebrate my grisly death.
Bottles of champagne open with a pop, the naughty Catholics pouring the bubbly over my breasts, back, and ass. This isn’t real. This is something out of a bad porno and somehow I’m the star.
But as the fluid reaches my thigh the lump with the creepy legs bounces, pulling at the muscle it’s crawling over, squirming to the left then right, trying find its way around the torrent of liquid they’re pelting me with.
“Don’t let it reach her heart,” Master Vampire Misha Aleksandr orders from the opposite side of the bathroom.
“What’s it going to do to my heart?” My head whips back and forth when none of the vamps answer. “It’s going eat my freaking heart isn’t it?”
“Don’t be ridiculous,” Agnes mutters, adjusting her tiny librarian glasses as she angles the bottle she’s holding.
“Okay . . .” I begin.
“It needs your heart to nest and lay its eggs,” she explains.
What?”
“But yeah, then the hatchlings will munch on your heart like raw steak,” Edith adds. She reels me around when additional vamps swoop in with cases of wine, drenching my chest with more alcohol.
She seems to be having fun. I’m mostly trying not to hurl and wondering how the hell this happens to me.
Agnes is more focused. She drips the wine just above the demon, forcing it back down my leg. “Quiesco,” she says, her tone as sharp and commanding. “Quiesco.”
My body shudders as the demon scurries downward. Its movement doesn’t hurt, surprising since I think it has pinchers, but the yanking motion is unnerving, like getting stitches while under anesthesia. My head flops forward and my vision starts to swim.
“I don’t feel good,” I mumble.
Agnes slaps me, the sting of the strike causing my eyes to whip open. “Don’t fall asleep.” She slaps me again when my eyelids flutter and close. “Taran, the poison the demon is spewing is numbing your skin and making you drowsy, if you succumb to it the alcohol won’t work and the demon will take you.”
Again, her palm whips across my face. “Stay awake so we can cut this thing out of you.”
I slap her back, knocking her glasses askew. “I’m awake, damn it.”
She smirks because she hits harder and maybe because she likes it, too. She returns to my leg when the vamp behind her hands her another bottle of champagne. “Quiesco,” she whispers against my leg, her breath hot against my cooling skin.
My head falls forward as I start to go under. This time, Edith smacks me.
“God damn it,” I hiss, my right arm quaking and threatening to release my flame.
“I was just taking my turn,” she replies defensively.
Her gaze locks on my arm. She eases away as a spark of blue and white escapes from my fingertips, giving me and my power ample space as the surrounding vamps shower me with alcohol.
“Master,” Agnes says, ignoring us as she concentrates on my thigh. “It’s settling. I need the knife.”
“The wolves are bringing it,” he replies.
“The wolves?” I ask. Okay. Now I’m wide awake.


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CECY ROBSON is an author of contemporary romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and a published author of more than eighteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop writing her stories or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review + Giveaway: Ties That Bind and Animal Atraction


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TIES THAT BIND and ANIMAL ATTRACTION by NYT Bestselling Author Katee Robert are on Sale Now!  


“When I found out Katee was going to write novellas for Cora and Brooklyn I was so excited. I adored both of them when I read Prom Queen and I asked for exactly this, a spin-off featuring these two awesome friends. Ties That Bind was perfect in every way.” —Goodreads Review on TIES THAT BIND

“5 ANIMAL ATTRACTION STARS!! Wow, this is a fun cute sexy story that keeps you turning pages. I enjoyed the bantering between Levi and Brooklyn, these two were great together. If you are looking for a fantastic quick read, here you go.”— Goodreads Review on ANIMAL ATTRACTION

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 Ties that Bind (Hot in Hollywood, book 1) by Katee Robert
RELEASES: Sept 19, 2017
PUBLISHER:  Amazon Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
COUPLE: Cora & Jack
TROPES: Reunited Lovers


Once upon a time, Cora Landers was America’s Sweetheart and destined to be the Next Big Thing in Hollywood—but that was before her sex tape ruined her image and eliminated her contracts. These days, instead of being an A-lister, she’s divorce attorney to the A-listers. So when her ex—and fellow sex tape star—Jack shows up, needing her expertise, she wants nothing to do with it.

Jack McArthur might have costarred in that sex tape, but he didn’t share Cora’s fate—instead of tanking his career, the tape skyrocketed it. Now, as one of Hollywood’s most buzzed about new directors, Jack has everything to lose—especially when he wakes up after a friend’s bachelor party gone wrong to find that he’s apparently married a woman he’s never met before…and now can’t find. Desperate, he goes to the only person who he knows can help—Cora.

Cora reluctantly agrees to help Jack—both because he’s offering an absurd amount of money and because she loves seeing him as a disadvantage for once. Neither of them anticipate the very real problem of their being unable to keep their hands off each other—or that Jack’s accidental marriage might be anything but accidental. With both her heart and career on the line—again—Cora has to decide if she’s going to take the high road or leave Jack hanging in the wind the same way he left her twelve years ago.



Cora was a child star, with a bright future ahead of her and life planned out, until a sex tape is released and her entire career comes crashing down. Now she's a grown, independent woman an a successfull divorce atorney. She needs no one.

Jack was a promising star. The hot young male lead among other until that tape. While Cora's carrer went down in flames his went up. Now he's one of the best directors in the industry with everything withing reach but when he wakes up married in Vegas, he has no choice than go to Cora and beg for help.

The chemestry is there from the start. This two only had one night together andI have no idea how that was enough because the minute they see each other again you can feel their attraction. While trying to find out what exactly happened in Vegas, they agree to spend some time together and i loved every second of it.

When we first meet Cora and at times when you see her in her Lawer part, she's this strong ice queen but when she's with Jack we get to see this vulnerable side too. Can she risk everything again? Or is she willing to let things happen and lose control?

Jack is such a sweetheart. He's caring but he wants Cora and he isn't shy about it. He's actually willing to do what it takes to get her back. 

In this short novel, Katee gives the reader a great second chance romance. Is a fast read with a hint of mystery. I loved reading about Cora and how much more there was to her than what meets the eye. As always, you can expect great sexy times and laughter in Ties that Bind and you won't be disapointed. 

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Excerpt from TIES THAT BIND
Copyright © 2017 Katee Robert

Jack opened the back door, every inch a gentleman—if it was gentlemanly to plan to ravage her in his backseat. Cora climbed in slowly, letting her dress ride up to give him a peek of her panties. His sharp inhale was reward in and of itself.
She expected him to follow immediately, but he stood there blocking the open space, his blue eyes forbidding. “Take those off.”
Cora settled back against the far door and pulled her dress up so she could slide her panties off. She tossed them in his direction, and Jack snaked a hand out to catch them. He slid them into his pocket and only then did he climb into the backseat with her.
“Really? You’re going to…what? Take them home as a memento? Bragging rights?”
“Cora.”
She licked her lips. “Yes?”
“Shut up. You know goddamn well and good that I’m not a douche like that, so stop pretending that I am.” He hooked her thighs and pulled her to the edge of the seat as he went to his knees next to the seat itself. “And stop pretending that it doesn’t get you wet knowing that I’ll be jacking myself to the scent of you later.”
Her jaw dropped. “Holy shit.”
“Now, stop talking.” He nudged her shoulder until she leaned back against the seat. Jack ran his hands up her thighs, spreading her legs farther. “It’s been a long time.”
There was nothing to say to that because it was the truth. Cora grabbed the hem of her dress and arched off the seat so she could drag it over her head. It left her in only her bra, but Jack’s curse made the bold move more than worth it. She shook her hair out of her face. “It won’t be much longer.”
He didn’t take his gaze off her as he reached for the center console. “Fuck, Cora.” The blatant appreciate in his tone made her smile despite herself. Jack met her eyes. “This isn’t a one-time thing.”
“Excuse me?”
“You. Me. This.” He motioned between them. “We do this, we’re doing this.”
The words were less than enlightening, but with his thumbs stroking intoxicating circles on her inner thighs, she wasn’t sure she cared. “Fine. Whatever. I need you inside me.”
His slow grin was foreplay all on its own. Jack traced his thumbs along the dip where her thighs met her hips. “Getting there.” He didn’t give her a chance to curse him. One second he was teasing her, the next he pushed two big fingers into her, filling her in a way that was nothing compared to the main course. She rolled her hips, trying to take him deeper, but Jack just chuckled and kept his strokes light.
Need built, stronger than it had any right to be. His scent wrapped around her in the close confines of the car, the tinted windows creating an intimate atmosphere despite where they were. Cora didn’t want intimate. She didn’t want soft. She sure as hell didn’t want slow. She grabbed his wrist. “Stop teasing me.”
“Come home with me.”
She blinked, surprised for what felt like the thousandth time that day. “What?”
“Come home with me, Cora.” Jack kept stroking her, his fingers unerringly gravitating to that sensitive spot inside her that could motivate her to do damn near anything. She gasped and he leaned down to eat the sound. His tongue stole her words even as his fingers continued their wicked work. Jack consumed her.
And then he stopped.
He pressed one last light kiss to her lips and sat back. “What’s your answer?”
She wasn’t even sure what the question was. Cora shook her head, trying to clear it. “This is emotional blackmail.”
“Hardly.” His thumb idly circled her clit, sending a wave of tension through her body. “This is me flat out saying that I want you naked in my bed, to do with as I please for several hours before we pass out. Reality can wait until tomorrow.”
Common sense said it was the perfect time to stop this before she got herself—and her heart—into trouble. No one had ever seen her the way Jack threatened to. She didn’t relish the thought of being stripped bare, only to be left in the dust when he moved on from his current crisis.
But if she didn’t jump now, she might never get the chance to again.
The thought of spending the rest of her life kicking herself for missing the chance to be with Jack again had her finding words she never thought she’d say. “Yes.”
“Yes?” His cobalt eyes watched her every move, making her feel strangely like prey. It wasn’t a comfortable feeling, but it wasn’t entirely unpleasant, either.
Cora swallowed hard. “Take me home with you, Jack.”