Review of Believe In Me by Lisa Hahn

Believe in Me

Stubbornness meets Willpower

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 83 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Fern Taylor has sworn off men for good. After her boyfriend abandons her and their infant daughter, she knows that no one can be trusted with her heart or her family. She has kept busy raising her precocious little girl and selling her handmade wares at the natural foods grocery store she runs with her tight-knit family. As far as Fern is concerned, her life is so full there’s no room for a man in it.

That is, until she meets Adam Price. At the recommendation of his colleagues at the local community college, he stops by the Taylor Family Store for lunch one afternoon. And while he enjoyed their homemade cuisine, it is the store’s cute and cranky owner that keeps him coming back day after day.

Despite herself, Fern can’t resist her growing attraction to the handsome professor, especially when she sees how good he is with her daughter. Once she decides to give Adam an honest chance, Fern comes dangerously close to falling for him. But when she uncovers a link between their pasts, Fern is faced with an impossible decision: protect the life she built for her and her daughter, or take a chance on the one guy in six years who has swept her off her feet.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Fern decided to swear off men after her daughter’s father walked out on them. She put all her focus into her family and store. That is until a determined man keeps showing up at her store insistent on the fact she likes him as much as he does her.

“Adam really had been thinking about me. The proof was all over his handsome face. And I was going to push him away.”

Adam has one hell of a way of introducing himself to Fern the first time. He seems to take straight forwardness to a new level. He’s sweet and determined he’s the man Fern needs.

The premise was good, but it lacked depth. It steadily jumps forward over small amounts of time and in doing so I think it lost a lot of character development time. If you’re looking for a quick sweet read then Believe In Me is perfect, but if you want something that will capture your attention for more than the few hours this will take to read then it may not be the book for you.

Jenn 3 Heart

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Review of Released (Aliens, Myths, & Magic #2) by Sylvina Storm

Released

A Sexy & Captivating Adventure

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Sci-fi, Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 238 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Before they can capture her heart, they must first set her free.

~Macaela~

I grew up listening to stories about soulmates. After spending the last ten years as a test subject, I never thought I’d be free to find mine. You’d think discovering I had two would be twice the blessing, but it turned out to be double the trouble instead.

~Erick~

I’d been content with Daniel as my soulmate. Imagine my surprise when we found Macaela was our third. If only Daniel would learn to settle down before he scares her off, we can finally have the family I’d always thought lost to me.

~Daniel~

Infiltrating a government lab was easy. Keeping my cool after finding out they were using my Setah as a test subject was impossible. Changing everything I am for my lovers might very well destroy me.


This full length novel is part of a series, and best read in order, but you get a HEA with no cliffhangers. Want to read the prequel for free? Sign up for my newsletter at SYLVINASTORM.COM and get instant access to Pre-Destined (Lukas and Darian’s story)… and so much more!
~Warning~

Proceed at your own risk. Erotic fantasies result in damp panties, uncontrollable passion, and extremely naughty dreams. Stepping into a Sylvina Storm novel can be wildly intense, and leave you breathlessly anticipating more. The most common cure for such unfulfilled desires is to continue reading until relief is attained.

Repeat as necessary.

This series contains MM, MMF, MFM, BDSM and other alternative lifestyle scenes. Some scenes may be too intense for some audiences. If you are offended by love in its less mainstream forms, please reconsider. However, if you believe in love without limits…

Prepare to be aroused!

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

It’s opposites attract times three!

Macaela and her twin Gabriel have been test subjects for the last ten years of their lives. Played against each other and used as nothing more than living science experiments, but everyone has their limits. They both want out and they’re willing to do anything to obtain that goal. She may look and act sweet and innocent, but Macaela is a lot stronger than anyone could imagine.

The moment Erick discovers Macaela is his Setah he’ll do whatever he can to prove he’ll take care of her and love her. He sweet and a little overbearing when it comes to her safety, but he’s a great guy.

“Gods, I want to touch you so bad.”

Daniel, on the other hand, likes to enjoy his sexuality, and although he and Erick have been mated for a very long time they have always had an open relationship. Now that Macaela appears and is not only Erick’s Setah, but also his own, the ways that have always come natural to him begin to hurt the ones he cares about. He may seem harsh and uncaring, but he’s got a heart of gold buried in there somewhere.

“You’re my whole world, Macaela. My Setah. The missing part of my own soul. With you, I’m everything. Without you, I don’t exist.”

In a race against the Elitists to capture the portal stones and save Macaela and Gabriel, Erick, Daniel, and the rest of the Kindred will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. Released is full of action, suspense, love, and sex. The one on one and menage scenes aren’t as detailed or as plentiful as they were in the first book, Destined, but they’re still hot enough to keep you wanting more. And the storyline in itself is enough to keep you flipping the pages, hungry to discover what happens.

My Favorite Moment: I was torn between laughing and being turned on. The first time Macaela wants to be with Erick was both comical and hot.

“Are you sure?” I asked again.

She rolled her eyes, crawled on top of me, and rubbed her folds over my erection. “I said yes, dammit. If I change my mind, I’ll yell every fucking shade of red I can think of, got it?”

Jenn 4.5 Heart

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Review of Justice (Bad Boys of X-Ops #2) by Rie Warren

Justice

Love those biscuits!

 

Genre:  Military Romance, Erotica, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 276 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

From the world of bad boys of Retribution MC comes a deliciously dangerous, scandalously sexy, four part series!

Fight to win.
Fight to survive.
Fight for love?

JUSTICE
Let’s face it. I’ve got a bad rep with the ladies. I’m a rough-talking, smooth-loving, international playboy—yeah right, whatever—and an X-Ops specialist. Sure, I’m hiding a secret or two. Who isn’t? That’s the least of my concerns when I’m called in to lead an infiltrate-and-retrieve mission.

I’ve got my head in the game—the one firmly attached to my shoulders. An American embassy overseas is under siege, and I’m expecting to rescue the ambassador and his daughter, a stereotypical geeky damsel in distress, Matilda Lawless.

Caught in the crossfire between explosive danger and wild desire, I’m in for the shock of my life.

TILLY
I’m not looking for any man to save me. I’m pretty damn capable of taking care of myself, thank you very much. I have a successful career and was practically born and bred on a gun range, even if I can’t bake a perfect biscuit to save my life like a good southern woman should.

But there’s just something about that hardcore operative called Justice. He’s haunted and lonely, and I know that pain inside and out. It doesn’t hurt one little bit he’s been blessed with more than his fair share of good looks, plus a body that would make any red-blooded woman drool.

Barricaded inside the embassy, under my father’s shrewd eyes, I intend to have Justice no matter how many times he says he’s not good enough. I see the way he watches me. With dirty, sexy, hungry lust.

Fighting is what Justice does. Now I need him to fight for me.

Warning: Graphic sex, graphic action, graphic language. Triple X caution.

Bad Boys of X-Ops—four part series:
Walker
Justice
Storm: Coming soon
Bane: Coming soon
 

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Justice isn’t just the “pretty boy” he’s known as. He’s a wiz with computers, top of his game with the x-ops, and underneath all of his sexy tough exterior he’s really a sweetheart.

“Get ready to embrace the suck, marine.”

Tilly is a firecracker. She’s a lot tougher than she looks and has no problem standing up to those who think otherwise. She was belittled once, she won’t be again that’s for sure.

Their relationship is awkward and yet intense at the same time. He’s there with his x-ops brothers to rescue her and her father, but when their mission gets complicated beyond all reason they’re forced to remain in the bunker together. It’s impossible to hide from something you want when you can’t escape it…or in this case her.

“Christ. You threw biscuit dough at me and nearly took my head off.”

Justice puts you smack dab in the middle of a war zone, sucked into the pages, and waiting for that moment when stubbornness wanes and passion ignites. Oh and when that moment happens…HOT DAMN!

I don’t want to give anything away, but I loved the way this book played out. The beginning is so intense that it was nice getting a little sweetness mixed in.

My Favorite ‘Hold My Breath’ Moment: Justice always tries to do the right thing, but when crosses the line he does so like a raging bull. But when he gets so carried away he fails to notice something incredibly important, he’ll never forgive himself. I could feel his pain with every breath I took.

Jenn 5 Heart

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“You better learn not to order me around, girl.” I glanced at my gun, knowing the weapon was useless against her, but the one rearing up between my thighs was more than ready to blast off.

I was in no position to fuck the ambassador’s daughter.

Tilly pulled out her own chair and scraped it across the floor to face mine. She sat down with equal purpose and threw her softly rounded chin forward.

“And you best learn not to call me girl.”

“Oh I had, huh?” My voice was rougher and steelier.

“That’s right.” Tilly stared at me with absolutely no fear, her eyes a snapping glittering green.

When I didn’t utter a single word, she tossed back her hair and said, “That’s what I thought. Big tough soldier boy isn’t really that tough at all.”

Damn her. She’d provoked the wrong man.

My hands snaked forward lightning fast, and I gripped her by the bare ankles. I hauled her feet to my thighs, real close to where I was hard and throbbing for her.

Her lips popped open in a gasp.

With my face close to touching hers, I meted out, “You better watch who you tease, little girl. And I’m a marine.”

“You don’t scare me.” She threw the challenge back at me.

“That’s your first mistake.” Reaching forward, I grasped her hips and dragged her easily onto my lap. “No idea who or what you’re playing with.”

Her daring fled, but only because sudden desired rushed between us.

Her eyes grew heavy. Mine fastened to her tits rising and falling. She lifted her arms to my shoulders, settling closer, warmer, softer. I skimmed my hands from her hips around to her ass, kneading her through thin denim.

Tilly’s head fell back as she exhaled. The noise was a moan of breath, one that heated my skin.

I wanted to kiss her neck. Wind my fingers through her hair. Slant a hard ruthless kiss on her softly opened lips.

None of that could happen.

From where one of her hands draped around my shoulder, I drew it to my shorts. I placed her fingers on my cock through the nylon now stretched almost sheer by the weight of my dick.

“Feel that?”

She looked down, squeezing the solid length.

Fuck.” My nostrils flared, and I felt like I was looking at her through a veil of lust so goddamn strong the whole residence could explode and I wouldn’t even notice.

She drew her fingers up my cock and, finding the flared ridge, toyed with head.

My breath ranged hard in my chest—deeper, louder, like it was scraping out of my throat because the hoarse groan would be so loud someone would definitely come running.

But I wasn’t about to bail on this yet, not until I’d made my point crystal fucking clear.

“That’s cock. Big thick cock and I’d fuck you in two on this floor without even asking your name if this was any other circumstance.” I spoke with no finesses. Just rough unrefined need.

I had no time for relationships or romance.

 

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Blog Tour – Review of Welcome Home, Cowboy (Hero’s Welcome #2) by Annie Rains

Welcome Home Cowboy

Finding Home 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 265 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

With its thriving military base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as the Hero’s Welcome series from Annie Rains continues, it takes a cowboy to rescue the town’s newest resident from heartache.

After a bad breakup leaves Julie Chandler completely devastated, she comes to Seaside seeking a fresh start. A talented, compassionate yoga teacher, she has developed a program to help alleviate the effects of PTSD, but getting a bunch of bullheaded Marines into downward facing dog might be impossible. So Julie’s shocked when one of her first students dives in headfirst—and almost tempts her to take down her walls with his easy smile and electrifying touch.

Ever since Texas cowboy turned Marine pilot Lawson Phillips lost a crew member in a helicopter accident, he hasn’t been able to fly. When a psychologist orders him to attend, of all things, a yoga class, Lawson’s outraged—until he finds out Julie is the instructor. She’s beautiful, graceful, and completely guarded when it comes to his advances, but he’s determined to find out what makes her tick. Because underneath Julie’s hard shell is a woman Lawson knows he could fall for—and he’s not ready for the ride to end.

WHC-4

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Julie doesn’t have a lot of experience with having a supportive man in her life so when she runs into Lawson and he tries to do nice things for her she’s always wondering why. After everything she’s been through she’s not exactly the trusting type, but even her walls can be eventually worn down. She’s sweet and determined. Determined to teach yoga to those who could benefit from it.

Lawson isn’t dealing very well with getting back into a helicopter after the last one he was in was shot down, but he knows it’s time to do anything he can to get past it…even taking the yoga class his psychologist mandated him to do. He’s sweet and caring, but he also has that “men don’t do certain things” attitude. Yoga being one of those things.

It was interesting to watch how their perspectives changed the longer they were around each other.

Welcome Home, Cowboy is sweet and entertaining, with a little side of playfulness. The characters were loveable and the storyline was able to fully capture my attention.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: There’s nothing like a little kid to always know exactly what to say to make everyone slightly uncomfortable. Lawson’s niece, Sabrina, is no exception. When her mom asks her what she thinks about her uncle going on a date with Julie her answer is priceless.

Jenn 4 Heart

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“Come ride with me anytime,” he said, helping her dismount from the horse when they were back at the barn. He didn’t place his hands on her ass this time, which was both regrettable and a relief. Instead, he steadied her waist with his hands. She turned to face him after he helped her to the ground, and was surprised to find how close they were standing. Close enough that the brim of his hat on her head nearly touched his chin.

“This belongs to you.” She took off the hat and went up on her tiptoes to put it back where it belonged. Their eyes locked as the movement brought them even closer together. Her heart bucked again, like a wild horse ready to bolt.

Returning to flat feet, she started to step away. Needed to step away. Too bad Bon-Bon was still behind her, blocking her escape.

“Julie?” he said, making her feet pause and her heart stutter. She liked the sound of her name on his lips. Low, deep.

“Yes?” she asked breathlessly.

He reached out his hand to tame a strand of her hair brushing against her cheek. “You have what I call hat-hair.” He took his time smoothing the hair around her ear, awakening every nerve in her body. Then he slowly dipped, keeping his blue-as-the-ocean eyes on hers, and kissed her.

She melted into him instead of stepping away. The side of his cheek on hers was warm and inviting, intoxicating. His tongue tapped softly against hers, just once, as he swept his hand behind her neck, pulling her gently toward him.

A soft moan escaped her throat, betraying her. She parted her lips for him, inviting him in, begging him to stay, which he did for just a moment longer. Then he broke it off, keeping it sweet. The kiss had threatened to be more, though. It had threatened to take her inside that barn, lay her down on a blanket of hay, and be a whole hell of a lot more.

“See you later, Lawson,” she said, forcing herself to step away from him, away from the horse and the barn. She turned toward her car and didn’t look back. Otherwise, her hormones were going to win and drag this cowboy into the barn and slam the stall doors behind them.

“See you later, Julie,” he called after her.

 

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Blog Tour: Review of The Bad Boy’s Guarantee (The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow #3) by Sara Daniel

BBG

Make the bartender scream!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 75 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

If she trusts him, she can have it all…or lose everything.

Between working her day job in the city and tending her father’s small-town bar every weekend, Haley Miller can’t remember the last time she had a date. When she trips over a stack of her dad’s unpaid bills and into the man of her dreams, she knows the night is guaranteed to be the best of her life…or the worst.

Seth Gardner returns to Regret Hollow to save his family’s business from their landlord’s financial mismanagement. The chance to finally act on his crush on Haley is a bonus he’s not about to turn down. But if he waits too long to confess his secrets, he’ll lose her trust and his chance. Just when Haley thinks she can have the love and the life she always dreamed of, she discovers everything was built on a lie. Seth will lose her unless he can guarantee a lasting love built from nothing more than their fantasies.

WARNING: Contains naughty words Grandma wouldn’t approve of, smoking hot love scenes Grandma can’t get enough of, all the quirks of small-town life, and a swoon-worthy, no-cliffhangers-no-regrets romance.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Haley Miller has been bartending at the family bar since her father has been sick. She cannot remember the last time that she had a date, much less an orgasm. But when listening ears hear her talk about her fantasy one man is willing to make it all come true.

Seth Garner comes to town to help his family save their business. Walking into the bar might help him face his lifelong crush and tell her exactly how he has always felt. When he over hears her talk about a fantasy to a friend he comes up with a plan to make it a reality.

This is the 3rd book in The Bad Boys of Regret Hollow series. These books just getting hotter and hotter. This one felt a little rushed for me but overall it was a very interesting read 

Mindy 3 star 

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“I have the missing ingredient. Chocolate martini lovers, gather round,” Haley called out from across the room.

Seth clicked off the phone and switched it to silent. He’d never be the life of the party like Haley, but he wasn’t anyone’s burden anymore. Time to crawl out from under the counter and stand so he could confront her like he’d planned.

“I’m gathering! Don’t even think about putting that half-and-half in the mini-fridge,” another female proclaimed.

Haley’s shapely legs sauntered around the corner straight for him, while his own legs refused to budge. She stopped in front of him, and he braced for the inevitable question of what the hell he was doing sitting on the floor under there. But she didn’t look down, simply concentrated on organizing something on top of the counter.

Her absolute immersion in the bartending duties hurt. As fast as they’d come together in the kitchen, she’d moved on just as quickly. Other women recognized Seth had something to offer, but the one woman who revved his libido into overdrive never gave him a chance. Maybe she deliberately didn’t check under the counter because she expected her fantasy lover to be there, and on the site, he’d stupidly requested not to be identified.

Tomorrow, he had to work with Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Mike to find every bit of legal ground they could stand on to keep the pizzeria open. Monday, he’d file motions and countermotions and fight with every avenue available to save their livelihood.

After all these years of ignoring him, Haley wasn’t going to suddenly look at him like he was relationship material or even hookup material. But he had an opportunity right now to drop his boring good-guy image and do something shockingly wicked. If her biggest fantasy was to come while she poured a bunch of drinks for people, then he’d give her an orgasm she’d never forget, even if his balls turned blue and she never believed he had enough bad boy inside him to be worthy of her notice.

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Review of Icing (Aces Hockey #2) by Kelly Jamieson

Icing

Sexy and Funny 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)

Book Length (Est.): 281 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Duncan Armstrong may be an NHL star, but he’s a country boy at heart. His ultimate fantasy is going home with the Stanley Cup, not a gold-digging airhead who aspires to be a trophy wife and nothing more. Newly single and hoping to enjoy a night out with his teammates, he ends up hitting it off with a down-to-earth waitress who’s a complete breath of fresh air—until Duncan learns that she’s a part-time model. He tries to forget about her, but their sizzling chemistry has him coming back for more.

Amber is working hard to put herself through school, and has zero interest in dating a professional athlete. She’s seen firsthand how fame and fortune can mess with their heads—her father’s brilliant football career ended in a firestorm of addiction and infidelity. So Duncan’s attentions immediately have her on the defensive. Still, there’s something different about him. And once she stops trying to freeze him out, irresistible temptation turns into all-consuming passion. 

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Duncan may live in the city now, but he’s a farm boy through and through, right down to the cow’s milk. He’s sweet, caring, and likes to take care of others, which is how he keeps ending up with women who only want to use him for his money. It’ll harden a heart that’s for sure.

Amber is only focused on finishing school and earning enough money to stay afloat and help her mom out. She doesn’t need anyone to help and surely doesn’t want it. She learned the hard way that men, professional athletes more specifically, couldn’t be trusted and working in a bar owned by a hockey player was probably a bad idea, but it was good money. She never expected to like one of the regulars, even if he was a hockey player.

Two people with trust issues who can’t stay away from each other no matter how much they know they should.

Icing is funny and entertaining. Some of the crazy things that come out of Duncan’s mouth reminded me so much of his sister, Lovey, from book one, Major Misconduct. The attraction between Duncan and Amber is electrifying and they have no problem in the creating sparks department.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: When Duncan and Amber are discussing foot massages and somehow he managed to sneak in grandkids. They are funny together. And their chemistry is undeniable.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Save Me (The Donovan Family #7) by Margaret Watson

Save Me

Don’t worry, I got you.

 

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 173 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

State’s Attorney Livvy Marini and Detective Ryan Ward have many reasons to dislike each other. Starting with Livvy’s sister once arresting Ryan. But when Livvy’s boss assigns her to interview Ryan about a case, they have to put aside their animosity and work together to keep Ryan’s former partner in prison.

Anson Bates is desperate to get out of jail. Livvy and Ryan unearth information that will destroy his chances for bail, but the more they uncover, the more risky their job becomes. Working to keep a dangerous criminal off the streets, Livvy and Ryan go from adversaries to friends. Then lovers. But when Livvy’s life is threatened, can Ryan reach her in time to save her?

And once she’s safe, can he save himself?

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Two unlikely people fall for each other in Save Me.

As State’s Attorney, Livvy is only trying to do her job, but when the person she’s assigned to work with is the same man who made her sister’s life a living hell she isn’t exactly excited about the prospect. Now if only her body could get on board with her mind. She seems strong and tries to be independent, but it doesn’t make much to made her rely on someone she didn’t think she could trust.

“Never thought I’d have to beg you to have sex with me.”

Ryan was once arrested by Livvy’s sister and once upon a time he thought she’d crossed the line, but after his partner got arrested he was no longer sure of anything he’d done had been the right thing. He’d apologized to Cilla, but only time would tell if Livvy would forgive him too. And the longer he has to work with Livvy the more he truly wants that forgiveness…and much much more.

You have to read the Donovan Family books in order because this storyline continues from Cover Me, which was by far my favorite in the series. Any of those lingering questions I had, where things didn’t come to a complete close, they’re finished in Save Me. There’s bad guys, hit men, and tailing cars…not a dull moment at all and yet there aren’t really that many memorable moments.

My Favorite Moment: I enjoyed the teasing that went on between Ryan and Livvy. It made their relationship that much more interesting.

“Got news for you, babe.” He pulled up to the curb at the Daley Center. “The only kind of pillow talk we’ll have will be ‘yes. More. That. Right there. Oh, God’.”

Jenn 3 Heart

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