Blog Tour: Along Temptation’s Edge: AKKADIA by Nik August

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Along Temptation’s Edge: AKKADIA (Book One)                      

Author: Nik August

Genre: Erotic Fantasy

Length: 320 pages

Release Date: July 2014 

SYNOPSIS: A sleepy Hamlet on the east end of Long Island… A peaceful playground, but what lies beneath may change human civilization, even human evolution… Forever.

Danny, a self-centered playboy, has finally fallen in love. Or, is he an unwitting pawn in the young woman’s quest to save her ancient, secret world. How can he be sure of her motives, when even his own memories are suspect?

Danny, his best friend, Aaron, and Aaron’s girlfriend, Sarah, get caught up in a tangled web of sexual pleasure and deceit, as they try to save another society from impending extinction.

During Danny’s misadventure, many will seek to destroy him. Others will give up their home world to help him. Yet, will they pay the ultimate price? A war is imminent, but how can the human race defend themselves from an unknown enemy?

 

AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS

Nik August

Feet on the ground, head in the stars.

The first child of very talented parents, Nik spent the formative years at an advertising agency in Manhattan, along side a father who allowed and encouraged creative expression. With an affinity for illustration, Nik spent hours immersed in any form of artistic conduct. Whether writing and preforming short plays for the family as a child, or memorizing movie dialog and old radio shows, Nik found imagination could be enhanced within the pages of books.

Science Fiction held so much mystery and possibilities,. Nik read and read, until the desire to create the fantasy worlds became a driving force. Nik created over 40 comic book characters, then wrote and illustrated 4 original comic books. Some of Nik’s comic characters were published in a local magazine. Nik’s recent novel writing is a course change. While writing has been a part of the work throughout Nik’s life, it has now become a focus. Look for Nik’s work of insane wine infused ramblings in the DAILY DOSE.

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Review of Whipped by Sabrina York

Whipped

Genre: Military Romance 

Hotness Factor: Holy Closets Batman!

Book Length (Est.): 50 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Dane Coulter is mourning the loss of his best friend, fellow Special Ops buddy, Cody. Oh, Cody didn’t die. It’s worse. He’s getting married. Cody is, in Dane’s opinion, whipped.

Dane swears he will never suffer the same fate. But when he meets a woman who can take all his dominant loving and beg for more, he realizes he may have met his match. It’s a damn shame she’s the one woman in the world his man-code deems untouchable…his best friend’s sister.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of the author in exchange for an honest review*

Tina knows when an offer is just too good to pass up and that offer is one night of Dane. He might not know what he’s in for, but she does, and she just can’t bring herself to care about the details which landed her right where she wants to be.

Dane feels like he’s losing his best friend to the bonds on matrimony and all he wants to do is reclaim a little manhood for himself…even if it’s a single night with a hooker. What he doesn’t expect is for his night of passion to turn into a need to keep her around a little longer.

Whipped is a quick read about a girl getting her longtime love right where she wants him…up against her and begging for more. It’s part of the Brought to His Knees anthology, which ensures other reads that are just as hot.

My Favorite Moment: When Dane was having two conversations at once, one with a pissed off Tina and another one with a confused and semi-irrational Cody. Hilarious! 

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Irresistible Force (K-9 Rescue #1) by D. D. Ayres

Irresistible Force

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense 

Hotness Factor: Pissed-off Officer Cannon was a force to be reckoned with.

Book Length (Est.): 316 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…

For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review*

Shay Appleton has issues when it comes to relationships. When she meets a stray dog at the animal shelter she knows he will make a great watch dog. Having an abusive ex that she feels is watching her gives her the idea that this could be just the pet for her.

Office James Cannon is a K-9 officer that has recently lost his K-9. While out on the search for his dog he gets tips that lead him right to Bogart and a very pretty, mouthy, stubborn woman. Thinking that she stole his dog James barges right in her front door to confront her and take him back.

Shay and James instantly have a connection with each other but with her past she must tread lightly to keep her past a secret. James being an officer feels the need to protect this woman but has no idea from what. But he will not take no for an answer when he feels so strongly for a woman that he just met. Not only did she steal his dog but she is also stealing his heart.

This was an okay read for me. I felt the book had way too much detail in places and not so much in others. However, I do love the connection that a police K-9 has with humans. Bogart can feel the emotions that come off and knows when he needs to protect versus when he needs to attack.

I would recommend this to anyone that likes a romance story that involves crazy ex’s who need to be dealt with.

My Favorite Moment: I really like when Bogart is torn between protecting Shay and obeying his partner. This really shows the emotions that a dog can pick up on. 

Mindy 3 star

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Review of Bring on the Heat by Katie Rose

Bring on the Heat

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance 

Hotness Factor: Screams Hallmark Movie!

Book Length (Est.): 236 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble.

House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan.

Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn’t expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry façade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn’t know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart.

 

YAY – Double Review!

 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Sometimes being the illusion is more fun than being yourself.

Darcy hadn’t intended on being Lydia, it just sort of happened. She kept trying to tell everyone her true identity, but no one would listen. She looked too much like Lydia Logan for them to believe otherwise. So when push comes to shove, she just rolls with the waves and tries to continue being Lydia, at least until she can get her jewelry back from the man she’s had the hots for forever…Chase Westbrook, pitcher for the Sonics.

Chase can’t figure out what attracts him more to Lydia (aka Darcy). She’s a walking contradiction, the naughty playgirl that everyone knows her as and the sweet girl who knows her baseball who’ll drop anything to help a friend. Her naughty reputation brings him in, but it’s those little moments of ‘girl next door’ behavior that keep him lingering around.

Their relationship is built on lies.

Darcy is in too deep and cannot tell him that she’s really not Lydia. Her moment for that honesty had passed. Chase wants to be a Yankee and that’s reason enough to keep dating Lydia (aka Darcy) since her grandfather has interest in the team. Despite both of those things, they can’t help how their emotions develop into more than either would have expected. Nor can they change what will happen when the real Lydia makes her appearance known and easily steals Chase away from Darcy. Guess I was wrong about those developing emotions.

Damn Chase! I really wanted to smack you for swapping one Lydia for another. Man ho!

Darcy can only do what feels right to her and bowing out gracefully sounds pretty damn good. All she leaves behind are a few written words…and her heart.

Bring on the Heat was sad to me. I felt horrible for the characters and how lying affected not only their decisions, but also (in part) their emotions. Nothing overly stood out or caught my attention. It was a good read, but far from great.

My Favorite Moment: Kitchen help. Chase was definitely unprepared for what he found.

Jenn 3 Heart 

 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Darcy Hamilton is a house sitter for the wealthy Lydia Logan. While going away on a trip Lydia gives Darcy an invitation to a charity dinner for the famous New Jersey Sonics. Darcy is beyond excited because of the special guest is no other than the star pitcher Chase Westbrook.

Chase Westbrook is a young and upcoming baseball pitcher that has great looks and a beautiful smile along with a heck of a slider.

Confusion begins when she arrives at the charity dinner with Lydia’s invitation. She really tries to explain who she really is but with similar looks everyone mistakes her for the party girl Lydia Logan…even Chase.

I am a big baseball fan and was really excited to get my hands on this book. This was an okay read for me. As Chase starts to fall for a rich famous celebrity, so he has a shot to get picked up by the NY Yankees, you tend to feel very sorry for Darcy. And when Chase finds out the truth about Darcy you really feel sorry for her. But what Chase does next makes you want to pull him out of the book just to slap him.

I did like how the game itself was intertwined in the book but the romance was a little lacking. Darcy had true feelings for Chase but I had to second guess what Chase’s motives were throughout the story. His real feeling do eventually come out but I was already so mad at him that even those felt fake to me.

This review is solely based on my personal opinion of the book. I think if you really enjoy baseball with a little romance then you should definitely give this book a try.

My Favorite Interaction: I love how Darcy and her best friend interact with each other. It reminds me a lot of my best friend and me. 

My Favorite Moment: I really did enjoy when Darcy went to the salon and was pampered all day. Absolutely love the Cinderella moment. 

Mindy 3 star

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Review of Defensive Zone (The Dartmouth Cobras #2) by Bianca Sommerland

Defensive Zone

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, BDSM (M/F, M/F/M)

Hotness Factor: Holy Spankings! A filterless mouth may be funny, but the punishment definitely is not!

Book Length (Est.): 464 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Silver Delgado has gained control of The Dartmouth Cobras—and lost control of her life.

Hockey might be the family business, but it’s never interested Silver. Until her father’s health decline thrusts responsibility for the team he owns straight into her hands. Now she has to find a way to get the team more fans, and establish herself as the new owner. Which means standing up to Dean Richter, the general manager and the advisor her father has forced on her. The fact that their ‘business relationship’ started with her over his lap at his BDSM club shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Their hot one night stand meant nothing! But how can she earn his respect when he sees her as submissive? Can they separate work and the lifestyle she’s curious to explore?

Balancing her new life away from Hollywood, living among people who see her as the selfish Delgado princess, has her feeling lost and alone until Landon Bower, the Cobras new Goalie slips into her life and becomes her best—and only—friend. The time they spend together makes everything else bearable, but before long his eyes meet hers with more than friendship, reflecting what she feels. Which could ruin everything.

Two Dominant men who see past her pretty mask and the shallow image she portrayed to the flashing cameras. A gentle attack from both sides that she can’t hope to block unless she learns how to play.

But she’s getting the hang of the game.

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Warning: This ebook contains material not suitable for readers under 18. In also contains scenes that some may find objectionable, including BDSM, ménage sex, bondage, anal sex, sex toys, double penetration, edge play, and two Doms that will use any means necessary to earn submission. Author assumes no responsibility for repercussions related to reenacting office scenes, but will take full credit for all pleasure involved.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Fido Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

With Silver having such a sordid past I expected this book to be a little kinkier than the first, which is why I was shocked by how sweet it actually was. Don’t get me wrong it’s still HOT, but Dean and Landon are just so freaking sweet! Well…they are most of the time. The other times they are sexy Doms who take their roles very seriously and Silver’s punishments even more so.

Silver’s father puts her in charge of the team, but she doesn’t want it and she doesn’t know anything about hockey. All she does know is that she has to make the team a success in order to please her father. With a little interference from a GM and some assistance from a sexy goalie she’ll find her way. Her feelings make her want to submit to thier control, but her snarkiness knows no boundaries, and she ends up paying for it. Of course her smartass comments still pop into her head during her punishments, but at least she learns to control the fact that they aren’t actually vocalized…at least most of the time.

Poor Landon fell very quickly into the ‘friend zone’. He didn’t care that he’d put himself there, well not too much anyway, all he wanted was to be there for Silver when she needed someone. But from the moment he saw her he wanted more than friendship…he wanted all of her.

Since it was his club, Dean was put into a wonderful position of disciplining Silver for mistreating a Dom (at her sister’s wedding). He wanted her the moment she signed the waiver at the front desk, but why, why, why did it turn out to be Silver Delgado? Of course, that didn’t make a damn bit of difference when she went to him to apologize.

There is so much I’d love to say about this book, but it would give away the storyline. All I can say is: There’s DNA tests which cause all sorts of controversy, strong rivalries on the ice that go too far, a friendship that needs more, a love that cannot be denied, a proposal that comes shortly after an oopsie, and it’s all mixed with a little BDSM that’ll get your blood pumping and leave you wanting more. I absolutely love the Dartmouth Cobras Series!

My Favorite Moments: I loved the playful banter between Silver and Landon when they’d hang out as friends; it was just as funny as what they didn’t say.

My Favorite Hilarious Moment: I laughed so hard when Silver stood up for her team by telling the girl from the magazine, Scarlet, exactly what she thought of her and how inappropriate she was being with the players. 

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Irons (Norfolk Series #1) by MJ Fields

Irons

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Military Romance 

Hotness Factor: Positively Combustible!

Book Length (Est.): 201 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Jax

I was born and bred to be the man I am today. My father and his father were both graduates from The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Both went on to become helicopter pilots. Both had seen plenty of action. Both had met and caused devastation. Both men, who I respect more above all, had served and protected the United States and her people honorably for decades.

My best friend, William Cruz, who attended the academy with me, had flown beside me, had lived the same life as I had and shared the same ambitions in life, was gone now. This was not part of the plan. Will and I were supposed to have each other’s backs, support each other and never let anything supersede our bond.

Francesca

I sat on Norfolk Beach needing to feel close to him on the anniversary of his death. It was a beautiful day in May and I was cutting class. I had done the same every year since he passed.

Jaxson Irons was only supposed to be in Pensacola for a year. But now three years later I still hadn’t heard from him. I saw a man running down the beach and I knew immediately who it was.

Jaxson didn’t respond the way I had dreamed he would. He told me we would catch up someday soon. I stood and watched until he was gone.

Thump, thump. I placed my hand on my chest as I felt my heart beat again for what felt like the first time in three years. Thump, thump. I felt the blood moving quickly through my body. It’s heat once again present. Thump, thump. I looked up at the sky and let out a breath. A breath that I had been holding forever. Thump, thump. I felt tears fall down my face as I raised my hands in the air and laughed out loud. Just then the clouds parted for the first time in forever. I saw the sun smiling down on me.

Jennifer’s Review: 

Jax may have lost his best friend by accident, but he lost Will’s family because of his own issues. After Will’s funeral and a little confession from Frankie he moved forward and tried everything he could not to look back. What he didn’t want to admit to himself was that little confession affected him more than it should have. All the more reason to keep the distance.

“I don’t want to hurt you, Frankie. I’m not good at this shit, never tried it before, and never wanted to.” 

Frankie was Will’s little sister and she loved him and his best friend Jax. Of course, she’d been in love with Jax since she was twelve. After her brother’s funeral she decided to take a leap and not care about the fallout because at least she’d taken the risk. Too bad it seemed to create even more space and not only did she lose her brother, but she also lost Jax, creating a downward spiral into darkness.

When Jax and Frankie reunite by coincidence the tension between them explodes.

“I turned and she was two feet away. Completely naked and absolutely gorgeous. I couldn’t move, couldn’t talk. Fuck, I could hardly breathe.” 

I loved the connection between Jax, Shadows, Titan, and Frankie. Shadows seemed to be the glue in their relationship and thankfully he wouldn’t take shit from Jax or Frankie. I like the way they all look out for her.

Now for the crazy… What in the hell happened between Jax and his ‘date’? I never expected that in a million years! It’s like the storyline took a turn off the deep end. Add in the stuff happening with Frankie and Jax’s ideas for keeping her safe and I was in shock. On top of that there is a cliffhanger ending!

Irons is filled with an undeniable connection, unwanted responsibilities that cannot be denied without consequences, and a whole lot of WTF.

My Favorite Laughable Moments: I have two. Well…I’m sure there’s more, but these two stand out the most.

Frankie’s scrapbook.

“Flat Jax got it whenever he wanted. Ergo the ten flat kids.”

“I see. Apparently flat Frankie didn’t know the joy of swallowing.” 

And when Shadows answers the door at Frankie’s apartment to Mary’s boyfriend. I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens between Shadows and Mary; the sexual tension is already busting at the seams.

“Mary, when did you and your friends start inviting soldiers over on Monday mornings?”

“Joe, allow me to introduce myself. I am Lieutenant Shadows and let me assure you, I wasn’t invited over this morning, I stayed the night.”

*****

“She has to complain about sex with that dick. I mean, really, they were in there ten minutes and she came out dressed with her hair done. I certainly wouldn’t walk out of there peacocking if I were him.” 

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of The Soldier’s E-Mail Order Bride (The Heroes of Chance Creek #2) by Cora Seton

The Soldier's Email Order Bride

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 309 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Staff Sergeant Austin Hall has a brilliant record in the Special Forces—except for one disastrous decision that cost his best friend’s life. Now he’s heading home to Chance Creek, Montana, where he’d like to spend the rest of his days in the obscurity of his family’s ranch. Too bad Great Aunt Heloise won’t hand the ranch over unless all four of the Hall brothers marry and one of them produces an heir within the year. Austin is too broken to marry for love, so he places an online ad for a fake wife. What could possibly go wrong?

Ella needs to leave Hollywood—fast. It’s bad enough another actress stole her fiancé—on national television. Now she’s ruined her comeback by decking her ex on a morning talk show. Pursued by paparazzi, Ella needs a new life, a new name and someplace to hide. When she reads Austin’s ad for a stand-in wife, she knows she can act this part perfectly. To the rest of the residents of Chance Creek, they’ll be a happily married couple. In private, they’ll just be roommates. In a year when she’d old news and the Hall brothers secure the ranch, she and Austin will quietly divorce and she’ll go on her way.

Or will she?

Austin’s already finding it hard to remember his promise never to love again. Ella’s finding it hard to keep her hands to herself. But when they’re asked make a back-up baby, Ella realizes she may have stepped into a lifetime role.

Can this pretend marriage go the distance?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of CrushStar Multimedia LLC in exchange for an honest review*

This one did not have the humor the first one had. Instead it was filled with a lot of overwhelming and sometimes heartbreaking emotions.

Austin needed a wife, but he sure as hell didn’t want one, so he arranged to have a no-strings-attached kind of marriage. That is until he met his soon-to-be wife and all rational thought kept trying to escape out the window. He wanted her, but he didn’t think he deserved her, so despite the very mutual attraction he kept pushing her away.

Ella needed to escape the paparazzi and her crazy debacle of a love life and in order to completely disappear off the radar she chose escaping to Montana and plunging head first into a marriage that would help her remain hidden. What she didn’t expect was the sexy cowboy who turned out to be her soon-to-be husband. She began rethinking that whole ‘sex is off the table’ thing almost immediately.

The survivor’s syndrome Austin experiences gave this story more of a realistic edge, but also an entirely depressing one. Double edge sword and all. I enjoyed their romance and I loved Ella’s fight to keep what she wanted. The Soldier’s E-Mail Order Bride is a pleasurable combination of sweetness and sadness. It pulls at your heartstrings and leaves you wanting more. Especially when it comes to a certain person and a genetic discovery…can’t wait to see how that all plays out.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: I laughed so hard when Ella and Austin were racing each other on the obstacle course and she started cheering for the Air Force and Navy, when Austin was Special Forces. She definitely got the distraction she wanted, and his reaction was hilarious, of course so was her explanations! 

Jenn 4 Heart

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