Review of Take the Fall (A Take the Fall Novel) by Marquita Valentine

Take the Fall

Be pissed at me tomorrow, but love me tonight!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 178 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

As a teenager, Seth O’Connor went to jail for a crime he had nothing to do with. He took the fall to protect the girl he loved, but the cruel realities of prison hardened him. After doing his time, Seth shuts her out and enlists in the Marines—until his grandmother’s funeral forces him to come home and face Rowan Simmons once again. The woman she’s become puts all his high-school memories to shame, and Seth wants her more than ever. Can he be honest about why he denied her for so long?

After Seth pushed her away, Rowan swore that no man would ever hurt her again. But the boy who broke her heart has become a sexy Marine, capable of fulfilling her every desire—and now that he’s back in town, old feelings are simmering to a boil. Rowan wants to stay strong, even as her body surrenders to his expert touch. She only hopes that by taking him back, she can finally help heal the wounds that drove them apart. 

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*

Seth O’Connor is in love with his best friend’s sister. He has everything going for him until he ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time. Learning to race cars and taking the fall for a crime that he did not commit just to save the girl he loves will change his life forever. Being in prison makes him hard and makes him put the blame on the one person he was trying to protect.

Rowan Simmons loves Seth more than anything. They really have the perfect relationship until the night that changed everything. She really tries to be there for both Seth and her brother while they are in prison. Seth completely shuts her out and asks her to never come and see him again. This will cause the never ending grudge to start.

After completing his prison time he is sent to the Marine Corp. Fast forward seven years and they will finally come face to face with each other. Returning home when his grandmother passes away, Seth has one thing on his mind. Apologize and get his girl back.

Oh, where do I start? Rowan is by far my least favorite character of all time. I did not think I was going to be able to finish reading this but once you start you really want to know how this will end for all involved. The writing was good, the storyline was very interesting. With that being said Rowan has the biggest grudge against Seth and no matter what he says or does she will not even give him a chance, unless it is in the bedroom. She is hurt and feels betrayed by the one person that she stood beside until he pushed her away. The only thing that really bothered me is she holds this grudge (an almost brutal one) until the end of the book not once thinking about what Seth went through for something he had no part in. Talk about a never ending grudge! I wanted to jump through my Kindle and shake some hate out of her. However Rowan’s body does not feel the same way and she will fall into bed with him every chance she gets. As for the ending I feel it was a bit rushed after finally letting go of the never ending grudge.

Mindy 3 star 

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Review of Dreams of Perfection (Dreams Come True #1) by Rebecca Heflin

Dreams of Perfection

Love me the way I love you…

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.):  276 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Best-selling romance writer Darcy Butler is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.

Successful lawyer Josh Ryan is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.

But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I’m not quite sure where to start on this so I’ll just jump right in and try my best not to give away any details that would ruin the storyline.

Darcy is a romance author and I think the hero’s she creates for her books have ruined her for actual living men. She wants the perfect man, the knight in shining armor who rides up on a horse and whisks her away, but since when does real life ever happen like it does in a romance novel. Well….in this book it does. Her character (or well someone very closely resembling him) comes out of nowhere and sweeps her off her feet.

“No. I mean he’s really my hero.” She reached into her tote bag and pulled out her ARC. “I get dibs on him.”

Josh is Darcy’s best friend. The only problem with that is he’s been in love with her since he met her and she has no clue. He was officially stuck in the friend zone and it never bothered him until she met Blake and Josh’s world began to crumble. He was no longer the one she ran to, hell he barely even saw her after her Romeo came into the picture.

“The temptation to kiss the chocolate from her lips tested his resolve. He held her gaze a moment before the intercom buzzed, breaking the spell.”

I enjoyed the beginning of this book. The blind dates were funny, Darcy was sweet, and Josh was everything she ever needed him to be. Once Darcy met Blake the book took a turn into snoozeville. I kept waiting for something good to happen, but it never really did, not until Blake disappeared from the picture….which is not until much closer to the end of the book. I did enjoy the ending though. That was a nice way to say, Happy Birthday.

Dreams of Perfection is a story about getting exactly what you want and realizing maybe you had what you wanted to begin with. The grass is not always greener on the other side and sometimes love is staring us in the face so long that we don’t notice it.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Darcy’s blind date with Kempton was the funniest thing in the entire book. I laughed so hard. I mean really…a letter of reference from the ex-wife, now that was hilarious!

“Oh, don’t worry, I am not opposed to children. I have a strong sex drive, so children are inevitable, but I don’t believe in premarital sex, so marriage is mandatory and soon.” …… “This is my resume.”

Jenn 3 Heart

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Review of the Phoenix Shadow (Arcadian Wars #2) by M.H. Soars

The Phoenix Shadow

WOW…they can’t catch a break!

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Sci-fi

Book Length (Est.): 258 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

When the walls of lies begin closing in, who do you trust?

There is nothing worse than failure, especially one that results in your school being attacked by a ruthless enemy. Still reeling from the aftermath of the previous night, Sam and her cousins must deal with another crisis: Alexia has run away.

To top it off, there are new players in town. The young Arcadians will be forced to work closely with the prestigious Nox Elite. But they will soon find out that nursing a bruised ego is nothing compared to fighting a faceless enemy, battling personal demons, and dealing with revelations that will forever change their lives.

*Note from the author: Due to strong language and mature content this book is recommended to readers 17+. This is a Paranormal Romance novel

Jennifer’s Review:

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

First off I have to say WOW a lot happens in this book. It is definitely action packed. Second I have to say that I didn’t really learn anything I didn’t already know or expect. There are a few twists, like the secret Lucas has been keeping, but it ends on one hell of a cliffhanger and leaves you with sooooo many unanswered questions. Mentally prepare yourself for the need to read book #3.

As in book one, this one too is told from the points of view of Alexis, Matthew, and Samantha. In all honesty it did take me a few chapters (and reading my review of book one, The Prophecy of Arcaida) to remember what had happened so my mind could catch up with who everyone was and what was going on, but once I did I couldn’t put it down.

Alexis and Ethan are so adorable together. They were completely meant to be and will let nothing stand in their way. Even when the prophecy tells them the next step in their relationship needs to happen at a certain place and time, they make the best of it and do it with love in their hearts.

Matthew’s secret finally comes out. It’s the reason why he always tries to fight his feelings for Samantha, but for all those who read book one we all kind of knew how this one was going to play out, although the details were a little more gruesome than expected. There has to be a way to fix the madness his Phoenix has because no matter how hard he tries Samantha is the one he’s drawn to no matter what and with his sister’s worsening problem he’ll need someone he can lean on.

“Matthew decided our relationship wasn’t worth the trouble.”

“I can’t believe he said that. He looks at you like you’re his kingdom come. There must be a reason why he thingks you can’t be together.”

Just when Samantha thinks she is able to get over Matthew’s heartbreak he comes back wonton as ever and she falls again…right into his bead. This time he’ll leave her truly broken hearted. But she still has an unknown connection to Julian and because of the unusual affection she feels for him she’ll follow him anywhere, which may not always be a good thing.

The Phoenix Shadow is action packed and over flowing with emotions ranging from jealousy to hatred to love to utter and complete confusion.  The Nox Elite soldiers move in to assist with the enemy, and seem to make way more headway than the seven of them had in  a year. They feel like the underdog and that their territory is being invaded, but when they do meet the enemy face to face they realize that maybe they aren’t as ready as they once thought.

My Favorite Moment: When Alexis tells Ethan about the next step they need to take to fulfill the prophecy. I loved is reaction! Alexis is right, he’s such a guy!

“Hurry? I’ve waited seventeen years for this. No, wait. Almost eighteen years. My birthday is in a couple of days. When is the next full moon again?”

“In a couple of days.”

“Oh, this will be the best birthday gift ever.”

“You’re such a guy.”

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of It’s Not My Favorite (Lake Effect #1) by Rue

Its Not My Favorite

Sisterly Love at its Highest and Lowest

 

Genre: Romance, Gay Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 314 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The Hutchinson sisters grew up under the piercing, pious stare of a preacher’s wife. Plagued by her ever-disappointed refrain, “Well, it’s not my favorite.” Their search to find their own way in the world has not been a screaming success.

Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl…a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as The Organizer, while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel.

Rachel is outgoing, risqué and happily gay. The only people who don’t know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother’s constant attempts to set her up with “nice Christian boys”; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend!

Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She’s forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she’s been seeking or a grand delusion.

Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence.

So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota!

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book is told in third person, alternating between the points of view of Gwenn, Rachel, and few others thrown in occasionally. I’d say it’s mostly Gwenn with a little Rachel, and a tiny bit of others.

Gwenn is the kind of person who never thought her family was really her family. She hoped that one day she’d learn she was switched at birth or an alien or something. She was a straight arrow, always dependable, and always in crappy relationships.

Everything changes for Gwenn when she meets Daniel. She thinks she’s found the family that she always knew was out there, but in reality he turns out to be something much different to her. In trying to process everything she goes a little crazy and runs away. A last-minute trip, a whirlwind romance that does not go as planned, and it all leads to right where she needs to be.

Rachel is quirky and I loved her outspoken and sometimes over the top behavior. She’s gay and proud and completely hiding it from her very religious parents. It seems to work too, until things with her girlfriend Annie get crazy and the only way back into true happiness is to come clean to them.

I have two sisters so I can truly say that the interactions between Gwenn and Rachel are definitely those of sisters. They lean on each other one minute and yell at each other the next; only people who love each other unconditionally can do that.

It’s Not My Favorite is a quirky and interesting read. It moves fast and sometimes things happen without much explanation, it just does…and I kept thinking how things happened pretty matter-of-factly. Some felt realistic, some did not.

Unfortunately it just didn’t capture my attention, I didn’t even highlight anything until Gwenn and Daniel got together, which was at around 40%. After that it did get a little more interesting though. I do have to warn you that there are flashbacks mixed in, there is nothing different to signal the change and they blend in with the paragraphs so one second you’re reading about today and the next it’ll be a memory. It threw me off more than once.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Daniel’s shower wake-up with Frankie.

“I dreamed I thook a shower with Frankie…weird, huh.”

“That was not a dream Mr. Gregory, that was yesterday.”

Jenn 3 Heart

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Review of Commanded (Club Sin #6) by Stacey Kennedy

Commanded

Sexy SWAT officer and a Dom……Damn!

Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM

Book Length (Est.): 117 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Club Sin comes alive once again in this decadent new erotic romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.

A dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the BDSM lifestyle. Sawyer’s never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane?

There’s something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she’s shocked—and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his—wherever and however he wants to take her.

Commanded is intended for mature audiences.

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*

Sawyer Quinn loves his job on the SWAT team but when he needs to blow off some steam he goes right into Club Sin. Being a Master at Club Sin has helped him overcomes some obstacles in his life. Learning that his baby sister has been beat up by her boyfriend will send him on a hunt that is personal. The only personal he wants helping him is a private investigator that caught his attention and has awaken some of his needs.

Chloe Nash is sweet, beautiful and a bit innocent when it comes to her sexual life. She has only been with one man and that turned out to be more of a friendship than a relationship. When Sawyer walks into her office her entire body comes to life. But this visit might be strictly business.

Sawyer is a well dedicated officer that lives by strict rules. Chloe will have all of those crashing down around him. While Sawyer holds nothing back about himself and who he is he knows Chloe is the complete opposite. She has a pure innocence about her that he does not want to tarnish by introducing her to the BDSM lifestyle.

I really enjoyed this book. I have read all of the Club Sin series so far and this just might be my favorite one yet. This book is more personal but still includes the lust and hotness that everyone likes. The storyline is believable and not solely focused on the club itself. When the author wants you to feel the sexy hotness you are not disappointed.  Overall this was a great read.

My Favorite Moment: I love how blunt Sawyer is with his feeling. He definitely does not hold his feelings back. 

Mindy 4.5 Heart 

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Review of Hunted (Alpha Wolf’s Pet #3) by Eva Gordon

Hunted

Running always leads to disaster…

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 194 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

In the sequel to Book 2, Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Kept, the trilogy concludes with Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hunted.

Living with werewolves is a lesson in Mia’s fragility, and stretching the limits of their antiquated pack protocol wears on everybody’s nerves. Nonetheless, Mia is an official member of their pack, and Dominic’s lover. Satisfied with their romantic and sexy exclusive arrangement, Mia is devastated when Chandra, Dominic’s fiancée, arrives during his absence.

Dominic is worried. Is his love for Mia really his addiction to her blood? Will she eventually become his blood mistress and belong to her, commanding his body and soul? Before he can resolve the issue, the Russian Chess Piece mob strikes his territory. Faced with the king’s command to mate his werewolf fiancée, and the mob, he has no time to explain before Mia does what she does best. She runs.

Danger looms for Mia and all werewolf kind as secrets are revealed about the mob pursuing her. But most disturbing of all, is the Lycan Intelligence Agency’s sudden interest in Mia’s DNA. Will new revelations destroy their love and crush their future?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Never saw that twist coming.

Most things will wrap up between Dominic and Mia. They both want to be together, but he has his worries about becoming addicted to her blood, and she isn’t too pleased about the pet vs. mate status. However, there is much more to Mia than I would have guessed. I knew her blood was special, but it’s the why part that will leave you saying ‘oh wow’. But the best part about Mia is her spunk. She cannot be submissive…it’s just not in her DNA.

“Are you comfortable?”

“Naked and bound in the middle of the forest where vultures can see me? Sure, why not?”

Dominic wants Mia, but he also wants what’s good for his wolves and it doesn’t appear to be the same thing. He’ll have to choose what he believes is right, even if no one is happy with his choice. He’ll be on a rollercoaster ride of emotion as he rushes head first into the surprising ending that’ll give him more than he ever thought possible.

“Use your other senses. What am I doing?”

Mia wanted to say, Torturing me without offering relief to my over th etop horny femaile parts. Instead, she played along with his sensual game. She cocked her head and licked her lips. “Unwinding the rope.”

In Hunted, the final book in the Alpha Wolf’s Pet trilogy, loyalties will be tested, trust will be earned, wars will cross over and blur the lines of right and wrong, and new developments will give hope for the future. It’s a great trilogy and I look forward to the upcoming spinoff series Team Greywolf.

My Favorite Moment: After Chandra saves Mia she calls Dominic and that entire conversation is hilarious. She is just naturally sarcastic.

“Dominic, it’s me. Mia.”

His heart lightened. “Where are you?”

“About an hour from your territory. I just bought a cheap phone to call you while your fiancée feasts on fast food hamburgers.”

“Mia, she’s not my fiancée.”

“I mean mate.”

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Kept (Alpha Wolf’s Pet #2) by Eva Gordon

Kept

Feisty Little Pet 

 

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.):  171 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

In the sequel to Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hidden, Mia has two choices: remain hidden, frightened by the Russian mob determined to murder her, or become a sworn member and under the protection of Dominic’s werewolf pack. Being Dominic’s human lover is pleasurable while taxing. She wants more than he can give: commitment. Except werewolves never marry humans. Carnal desires aside, will she accept her low status within the pack in order to share what little time she has with Dominic until he takes a werewolf mate?

Dominic is torn. If he gives Mia beta status, his pack will mutiny. If he doesn’t, she’ll leave. Her stubborn independent nature will turn his world of strict pack rules upside down and he’ll be scorned as pack enforcer. He loves her, but his pack rules will never allow him to claim a human as his mate. Worse, he’s drawn to Mia’s addictive blood. Was one taste too much?

Despite breaking the witness protection rules and looming danger, Mia is determined to visit her ailing grandmother. Can Dominic protect her from the mob, as well as from his kind? As their passion reaches a fevered pitch, will circumstances crush their happiness?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Kept picks up right where Hidden left off. Dominic has to face the punishment for his crime of killing the king’s son. Even if he does try to justify his actions, everyone knows the real reason he did it was to protect his pet. Problem now is he’s getting too needy for and dependent on Mia…and her blood.

“Mia, I want you. Only you. Despite the fact my pack is on the brink of mutiny and despite the fact my parents and even the king want me mated.”

Mia is in love with Dominic and for some crazy reasons that she continually tries to rationalize herself into believing she wants to be his pet. She wants to please him and show him she belongs, that she can earn a beta status, but her human independence and lack of knowledge in werewolf law and etiquette is going to be the death of her.

“Holy shit, this is hot. A werewolf is about to take me wolfie-style.”

With the mob still after her, Dominic’s betas wanting to challenge her acceptance, and his Mother coming into the picture it’s surprising that Mia is still alive by the end of this book. Especially when everything she does somehow gets her into trouble.

Kept is a fast and captivating read. Just like the first book, Hidden, it’ll pull you in and hold your attention with the twists, turns, violence, and sex. I cannot wait to read the third and final book in the Alpha Wolf’s Pet series.

My Favorite Moment: Chinese food and FORTUNE COOKIES!

My Favorite Quote: “This is more like a how to die stupidly book.”

Jenn 4 Heart

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