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What Matters Most by Reana Malori

81Kz4VN1ixL._SL1500_Title: What Matters Most
Series: Heroes Crossing, #5
Author: Reana Malori
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (51apages)
Publisher: SHara Azod, LLC; First Edition (February 15, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Major Evan Knight was a battle-hardened man who had always put the Marine Corps before his own needs. Sierra Walker, a single mother raising a nine-year old son, wanted more from life than what was in front of her. A school project for her son would bring Major Knight into their lives and give them all something they never knew they needed…each other.
Product Link: http://www.sharaazod.com/ebook/what-matters-most.html
Reviewer: Portia
Review: I don’t know what I was expecting with What Matters Most, but I was intrigued when the opening paragraphs weren’t about any kind of grown up love. Instead, the book starts with a young boy writing a letter to a soldier. His childish words brought a smile to my face, and it was so easy to hear Dust’s “voice” in my head. Yeah, I’m a sucker for a good love story that includes kids.

Sierra is so well crafted, as a character. I got the feeling that she did not sign up for single motherhood, but once she accepted that her baby daddy wasn’t her forever guy, she handled her business. I could relate to her wanting to keep her son safe, yet wanting him to experience new people and activities.

And, I’m also sure that falling for Evan was not in her master life plan either. But, I loved the fact that she didn’t run from her attraction…but she also didn’t fall into the trap of playing the woe is me card. Their romance had a nice pace.
Now don’t get me wrong, when she did finally give up the panties, he made it well worth her time. I don’t normally quote from books, but I swear, when I read,

“I’ve been watching you all night, and I need you, Sierra. I pray to whoever listens to battle-hardened Marines that you want me the same way.” His breathing was deep and ragged, as if saying this words drained every ounce of will he had inside him. “If you want me to leave, I’ll leave. But know this–if I stay tonight, I will make you mine in every sense of the word and I will not let you go in the morning. Decide. Now.” Evan pulled away slightly, giving her time to make a decision, although one of his
hands never completely stopped touching her. All the time in the world would not change her mind at this point. It was time to go big or go home.

I was hollering at my Kindle for that woman to give that poor man some…or I would.

I recommend this title to readers who like real woman lovin’ real men and sweet little boys who love them both.

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Book Review

 

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Full Circle by Chudney Thomas

81GPdFWSMOL._SL1500_Title: Full Circle
Series: Central Florida Pack, #1
Author: Chudney Thomas
Genre: Paranormal/Interracial
Length: Novella (75 pages
Publisher: Chudney Thomas (September 24th, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Kisses
Blurb: He’s waited years for her…

In a pack of werewolves, a half human isn’t exactly at the top of the food chain. Half-human, half-werewolf, Ria Marlett knows her place in the pack. And she knows exactly how the pack’s alpha, Drake Neilson, views her; as a convenient lay. So far she’s managed to avoid his advances, but she knows his patience is growing thin.

Now he’s ready to claim her.

Ria does her best to avoid Drake, but the sexy woman can’t hide who she is. Tired of waiting, now he’ll do whatever it takes to win Ria, even woo her while dealing with rabid lone wolf attacks. With the pack in danger Ria is forced to face what Drake has been telling her all along, she just might be the strongest of the pack.
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Reviewer: Portia
Review: In the pack hierarchy, Ria is as close to the bottom as you can get. Half human/half-werewolf, with nothing to show for it. No enhanced sense, no ability to shift…nothing but a passionate love for her pack…and it’s Alpha.

OMG…I loved this book. With both interracial and paranormal being hot genres, at the moment, it would have been really easy for Chudney Thomas to fall into the trap of stereotypes and clichés. Instead, she’s created a world with just a touch of suspense, enough heat to keep me turning the pages, and characters that made me care about them.

Ria has no idea just how valuable she is to the pack. And the idea of being with Drake seems more like a fantasy than anywhere near a possibility. But, Drake has waited, and not so patiently, for Ria to grow up and be ready to take her place as his Alpha Mate. Now he just has to get her used to the idea. Throw in a few rogue wolves and some designer drugs and this is a fabulous story.

The writing is really well done. My only issue was with plotting. As much as I enjoyed the book, I didn’t feel like I got a proper ending. But, neither was it a HFN. It just felt like someone clipped off the last chapters. But maybe that is Chudney’s evil plan to get me to buy the next installment of the Central Florida Pack. 

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Book Review

 

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Making the First Move by Reese Ryan

17800669Title: Making the First Move
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good
Author: Reese Ryan
Genre: MF / Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (251 pages)
Publisher: Carina Press (July 22nd, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Reviewer: Thommie
Blurb: Big promotion, complete with $300 pen? Check.

A hot man, who cuddles, spends the night and makes breakfast? Check.

Waiting for the other shoe to fall? Check.

“If it feels too good to be true, it probably is.”

Five years of obsessing over her career pays off when Melanie Gordon gets a promotion that could make or break her. But the new job takes her back to her hometown to face the family she’s distanced herself from, and forces her to leave behind sexy, mysterious philanthropist Raine Mason, who just might be the man of her dreams.

By the time Raine makes his move with Melanie, her one-way ticket to Cleveland is booked. He convinces her to take a chance on him long-distance, but can’t yet trust her with the whole truth about himself.

Raine and Melanie slowly peel back each other’s layers (starting with his bicep-hugging sweater). She is finally ready to give her heart to him…until she learns the dark secret of his past. He’ll have to prove to her that love is worth the risk.

Product Link: http://ebooks.carinapress.com/243AC142-88F8-4F69-8D8A-12BBD156600D/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=563363A3-10E7-49F3-A913-3661CEB77DC0

Review: Awww!

Yes, I know, it’s absurd when it comes from me, but every once in a while there are these books that hit that special spot in me and turn me to puddle. Normally such books belong to the most violent genres. Action, Mystery, Historicals with a cruel side and I’m sold. But sometimes there comes that surprise from the romantic genre and makes me rediscover that deeply hidden romantic side of mine.

Making The First Move is a greatly written and quite acceptable romantic book that will make the hearts of every woman and perhaps some men too melt. The theme is one that has been written many times, but – even though I’m not familiar with this author – when a story has been written with a golden pen, then you love reading it no matter how much the theme has been exhausted.

Melanie is a woman who is running from her past by dipping her head deeply into her work. Crushed from a relationship gone horribly bad she leaves her hometown Cleveland and moves to San Francisco, where after years of hard work she’s finally made it up the ranks. She earns a huge promotion, but that comes with a price. First she has to go back home, to Cleveland, where the new branch is located and secondly her friend and for over a year “plus one” has just now made up his mind to tell her he has feelings for him. Feelings, which Melanie also shares. Can things get more complicated?

Yes, they apparently can because this author has a very solid and creative imagination. I loved the plot. It was exquisite. The events that follow are credible and come close to believable. Reality often hits this way and it made for a very accessible romance, one that made you feel like the heroine. Its twists and turns were fascinating without creating too much angst or drama. There were many parts that made you gasp and “awww” involuntarily, lacking though the sappy touch. I loved it, absolutely adored the plot.

The characters were also pretty damn fantastic. Melanie is that solid person one can find every day just by turning his/her head. She is a career woman, strong and confident, and full of her own inner issues and insecurities. She is a several layers character with unique depth and that makes you feel quite close to her. Yes, she’s also frustrating many times, but for the most part, she’s a woman one can easily identify with.

Mason is also an amazing character. Charming and very appealing he makes you melt even more when all his flaws get out in the open. Truth be told for half the book I had my doubts about him, as he was indeed too good to be true. But then the author made the leap and with just a turn of her pen made him human and very approachable.

The thing I loved the most though was the fact that the couple doesn’t overshadow the story by taking the entire spotlight. There are a great number of characters here and each and every one is beautifully portrayed without the overkill of many details. From Melanie’s boss to her ex and from her mother to her brother-in-law each and every character is unique and has a way to drag you into the story, making you want to be a part of it.

Furthermore, the romance and intimate scenes were absolutely gorgeous. It is a brilliant work in this aspect too as they are not too much and not too little either. The balance is perfect and the end result is quite alluring and sensual. As I said in the beginning this is a book that made me “awww” almost constantly without making me feel stupid for doing so.

So bottom end, what I’m trying to say is, if you’ve got even a “barely tolerate romance” side, you will love this book. It’s excellent and I definitely recommend it.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Book Review

 

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Complicated By You by Kenya Wright

18130644Title:  Complicated By You

Series:  Coventon Campus, Book #1

Author:  Kenya Wright

Genre:   New Adult Contemporary Romance

Length:  Novella (102 pages)

Publisher:  Swoon Romance (August 2nd, 2013)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb:   COMPLICATED BY YOU is a sexy New Adult love story about a girl who loves so deeply that it may cost her everything.

Evie’s childhood friend Jay has always had her back. But college complicates things as Jay starts dating Evie’s roommate Cynthia. Now, Evie spends her nights trying to sleep while Jay and Cynthia go at it like rabbits a few feet away!

Evie hates feeling like a third wheel and hates wishing it was her in Jay’s arms even more. It doesn’t help that Jay won’t let Evie date or even hook up without interfering and making sure everyone on campus knows that she’s off limits.

Something has to give. Evie can’t continue pining away for Jay, and Jay can’t continue to act like he owns her when he won’t so much as touch her. And worse of all, Evie can barely look Cynthia in the eye for fear she will know just how she feels about Jay.

Then one night shift Evie, Jay and Cynthia into a web of love and deceit, tangling their hearts and forcing one of them to come to a compromise that will change all their lives.

How far should someone go for love?

Until it’s no longer convenient, or until it’s tearing apart their soul? Evie soon realizes that love isn’t always easy and loving someone isn’t as simple as it seems. Sometimes, it’s COMPLICATED.

Look for Evie and Jay’s story to continue in December 2013!

Product Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Complicated-You-Coventon-Campus-ebook/dp/B00EB3F0A2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376614329&sr=1-1&keywords=complicated+by+you

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Evie and Jay have been best friends since they were children. They share everything, including a mutual attraction for one another, and yet, they are both completely unawares. Perhaps the fact that Jay has a girlfriend, Cynthia, who happens to be Evie’s roommate, sent some mixed signals!

Evie is a fierce character. She’s written as a strong young woman with backbone and common sense. She usually checks her brain at the door when it comes to Jay, but the heart does strange things when it comes to love. Cynthia seemed like a manipulator at the start of the story, but as you learn more about her, her past and some issue’s she’s struggled with you begin to sympathize with her. Again, at the start of the story Jay came across as the stereo typical guy that wanted to have his cake and eat it too. Along the way you learn he really is in love with both these vastly different women.

I really didn’t see the book ending like it did, but that was a definite plus. I like surprises and stories that can take a twist from where you think they are going and you end up on a completely different route. Wright has taken the all but worn out love triangle aspect in books today, and twisted it to fit her world for Evie, Cynthia and Jay. I can’t wait to see where the next book takes these characters.

It’s not a HEA, but it is a HFN. There are a few speed bumps in the story, but the oddities in the plot kept me intrigued and engaged throughout. If you’re looking for something that’s just a little different and definitely sexy, this just might be the book for you.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Seducing the Jackal by Seressia Glass

Seducing_the_Jackal_full-570x901Title: Seducing the Jackal

Series: Sons of Anubis #1

Author: Seressia Glass

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: Novella

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings (April 1st, 2013)

Reviewer: Thommie

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: Centuries ago, tragedy severed the alliance between the jackal shifters and powerful Egyptian priestesses. But when four of his brothers succumb to a deadly curse, clan commander Markus kidnaps one of the witches and insists she undo the evil magic.

Although Tia can undo the curse, she insists her coven is not behind it–and she is shaken to her core by her intense attraction to her captor. The sparks between them quickly ignite, filling them both with passion and power unlike anything they’ve ever known. Will it be enough to heal the rift between their peoples?

Product Link: http://ebooks.harlequin.com/317C915C-2D99-4511-8CA6-40D5A83A205A/10/141/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=C7890133-29C4-4835-886D-CC1007067636

Review: And so starts a series that promises fun, action and some serious romance. The Sons of Anubis is the new series by Seressia Glass with the first book Seducing the Jackal making an impressing debut.

The core of the story is a new take on the ancient Egyptian myths focusing on the god, Anubis, protector of the dead, and Isis, goddess of motherhood, fertility and magic. The Sons of Anubis and Daughters of Isis in this lore have been allies once upon a time, fighting side by side with the Sons hunting the unwilling dead and taking them back to the afterlife and the Daughters protecting/healing the Sons. However a tragedy severed the bond that once united them and now, through four millennia the Jackals and the Priestesses are in animosity.

This story begins with Markus, the leader of the Jackals, kidnapping Tia, a Daughter of Isis, in order to make her undo the curse that has befallen onto two of his brothers. Markus is convinced that the Daughters have cursed his Jackals for revenge and Tia, although willing to help, cannot agree with him, even though all evidence leads to that conclusion. To make matters worse there is this huge sexual intensity between them, something they haven’t felt before. But the Jackal and the witches are enemies and anything between them is impossible… Isn’t it?

This story really appealed to me. I cannot help melting into a puddle when ancient myths are involved and I have to say this take is more than alluring. The power chemistry between Markus and Tia is absolutely wonderful. The story starts with a great deal of animosity putting both characters simultaneously into a fight mode and enhancing their appeal. But, when the hormones start flying and the sexual intensity rises, then there is this fantastic spark that electrifies the entire plot and you with it.

Tia as a character is brilliant, what with her powers being hidden beneath and manifesting in huge amounts the more her passions grow. As for Marcus, dear gods, what a character, how magnificent. Makes one wish he wasn’t a fiction character, but indeed alive. I loved them both and boy, did they feel perfect for each other.

The story becomes even better when action takes place and the fighting, that I wouldn’t have expected, actually happened. I think that is exactly what made me a fan of this newborn series. The fact that it has more depth and action than just romance. I can’t wait to see how the story will continue. Hooking indeed.

So I will recommend this to all you that love a good romance tinged with some action and back by a brilliant lore, all wrapped in crackling heat and intense sensuality.

 

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Temporary Position by Scarlett Parrish

Title: Temporary Position

Author: Scarlett Parrish

ISBN: 978-0-85715-800-0

Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (October 31, 2011)

Genre: Ménage à Trois MFM/ Contemporary

Format/Length: Novella (53 pages) 172 KB

Heat Level: moderate/explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Artemis

From the Publisher:   Jess Ludlow’s spent three months trying to pretend she didn’t kiss two work colleagues after a staff dinner. They might not all work in the same department store but they’re employees of the same parent company and these things have a habit of refusing to be forgotten. The biggest problem is deciding what she regrets more – kissing Tyler and Sebastian at all, or walking away.

Both men have a vacancy only Jess can fill. A staffing dilemma gives them the perfect excuse to draft her in, and a brief window of opportunity to convince her they have unfinished business. Tyler can sweet-talk her in English, Sebastian’s fluent in Swedish, so between them (which is where Jess belongs); they’re ready to pull out all the stops.

And the nipple clamps.

About the Author:   Scarlett Parrish was born at a young age on Planet Earth where she still spends most of her time. Possessed of an unholy lust for James Purefoy, she sometimes ventures out to stock up on chocolate, hurrying home again before the sun burns her to a cinder. Once James realizes she’s the only woman who can make him happy, she plans to rise up, take over the world and have a nice cup of tea.

Clearly, she forgot to take her medication before writing this author bio, but she does have splendid taste in music, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound and no idea why she’s talking about herself in the third person.

My Review:   This is the first work from this author that I have read and there were things I liked about it and things I would have liked to see done differently. Jess has spent months agonizing over her behavior after an office party. She kissed 2 different coworkers (at the same time) and the memory of it just won’t leave her alone. When she is asked to take a temporary position in their store she jumps at the chance…concerned that it might happen again but excited about the idea as well!

Jesse is a competent and take charge employee and Sebastian and Tyler are both fun-loving and charismatic. The characters genuinely enjoy one another’s company, banter with each other lightheartedly and their interactions seem comfortable. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style.

There were two things that bothered me about the story itself. The first one is a minor issue…Throughout the book, Jess, Tyler, and Sebastian interact with each other in a teasing, fun, and friendly manner. However, when it comes to the actual sex scenes I thought they seemed a little impersonal. Hot, yes, but I think I expected a little bit more romance to go along with it.

The biggest problem I had with it was that it ended very abruptly…I literally thought my copy had gotten cut off somehow! One minute they are in a sexy little encounter and the next minute the book is finished! I think that the author should have drawn the story out a little bit more so we at least know what happens to the character’s relationship at the end.

Overall, though, the writing it quite good. The author created characters I really liked and their interactions and conversations flowed smoothly. I am looking forward to reading more books by her!

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Book Review

 

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Detention by Stephanie Williams

Title:  Detention

Author:  Stephanie Williams

Genre:  Interracial, Cougar, light bondage, Erotic romance

Length: Novel

Publisher:  Decadent Publishing Company (August 24, 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:  Hot for the High School principal?

You bet! What’s a woman to do when her former student comes back and reveals to her that he wants keep her for detention?

Mia Bradford is the principal of Fremont High. She’s uncompromising and believes in tough love for her students. In fact, she’s helped many of them reach their full potential. She’s always happy to reconnect with them years later and see what they have accomplished in life. But one student in particular is making her more than a little nervous.

Brett Wyndam has seen and done a lot in his life, a lot of it rewarding and some of it tragic. But the one dream he hasn’t realized in his life is the one thing he’s always wanted: Mia Bradford. When he attended Fremont, he’d served detention under her, time after time. Now that he’s back in town, eight years later, it’s time to turn the tables and fulfill a promise to himself.

Can Brett get Mia to be honest with herself and explore the desires she’s harboring? Or will the past get in the way and ruin what could be a loving, but admittedly unconventional, relationship?

Product Link:  http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=69&products_id=331&osCsid=193041371e45ceaede1951cb0e9a90b5

Reviewer:  Portia

Review:  If you’ve read my reviews, you’ll probably know that I am not a big fan of BDSM,  especially of the interracial variety.  I get caught up in word choices and interpersonal dynamics and end up breaking out in my own rendition of “We Shall Overcome.”  Oh, and did I mention, I just don’t get the whole Cougar phenom?

That being said, Stephanie Williams has managed to create a marriage of these three genres without offending my delicate sensibilities.  In fact, this story had me looking online to see if I was too late to sign up to teach a spring class or two.  (Community College…I haven’t grown that much.)

This story is three degrees past hot.  Brett has taken the time since high school to not only work on his academic education, but also his sexual one.  When he finds himself with a bit of time on his hands, he knows it’s time to claim the woman he has always recognized as his perfect submissive.  Mia’s first mind is to run for the hills.  But, something about Brett has her risking all to finally be with a man who can “handle” her.

Now the road to their happy-ever-after isn’t without a few speed bumps.  But, they get there.  If you are like me and thought an interracial, Cougar erotic romance with a touch of kink couldn’t possibly keep your attention, I beg you to rethink that position and click on the product link above.  This read is worth every cent you’ll spend…trust me. 😉

 

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Book Review

 

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