Review of Unforgiven (The Soulkeepers #3) by Lori Adams

Unforgiven

Now that’s how you wrap up a story!

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 341 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Otherworldly desire and paranormal action reach new heights in the final installment of The Soulkeepers. As Sophia St. James moves Heaven and Hell to claim her destiny, questions are answered, secrets are revealed—and immortal love is tested.

After finally becoming a powerful Spirit Walker, Sophia St. James is shocked to discover that her conjured identical twin, Ka—along with her soul—have been dragged down to Hell by the relentless Demon Knight Dante. Sophia tries to hide the crisis, but there is little hope of keeping any secrets from her red-hot Guardian Angel. Growing suspicious, Michael has been making plans of his own that will bind him and Sophia together forever.

But Sophia is plagued with evil visions through Ka’s experiences in Hell. She is terrified that Dante will discover he has taken the wrong Sophia. Desperate to return to her original state before she withers away and dies, she risks everything to go where Michael can’t follow. To bring back Ka and save her own soul, Sophia must now enter the gates of Hell.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Every twist and turn, every loose end including ones I never would have thought about, and every question I wanted to ask throughout the first two books is answered in Unforgiven.

This book picks up right where Awaken left off. Sophia is in Haven Hurst trying to mask what has happened to everyone including Michael and Ka is in Hell with Dante. So much happens and I don’t want to give any of it away, so I’ll try…

I have a love/hate relationship with Dante. He’s a Demon Knight so I shouldn’t like him, but he’s just such a romantic at heart that I can’t help but feel bad for him. He might go about things completely the wrong way, but his reasons for doing them kind of broke my heart.

Ka is her own force to be reckoned with. I’m just going to say that I don’t like her very much at all.

Michael is at the point where he knows what he wants and nothing will stop him from obtaining it. No obstacle will be put in front of him that he’ll not storm through or find a way around. He’ll step up and not back down.

Sofia, always the independent go-getter, finds herself in over her head in yet another situation, but as always she won’t back down. She is forever the fighter and in the end you’ll find out why.

Unforgiven has a wonderful storyline. It’s crammed full of layers upon layers of… Are you serious? That’s why that happened? WOW! …scenarios. Only downside for me was the continued and very detailed descriptions of Hell. I can see why they were there, and they do paint one hell of a mental picture, but after a while I was over it and just wanted to hit the fast forward button.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: It cracked me up when Sofia told Michael that spirit walkers must remain chaste. He had the perfect reaction. 

My Favorite Moments: Cloud surfing! And when Michael stands up to Armaros, refusing to be left out of something more important to him than anything else.

Jenn 4.5 Heart

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Review of In His Corner by Vina Arno

In His Corner

In His Corner

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 139 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

WORK OUT

No sex for almost a year could kill a guy, but when you’re the boxer known as the Juggernaut, it’s the price you pay for turning pro. Tommy’s fully dedicated to his craft, until he meets the incredibly gorgeous Dr. Siena Carr. Now he’s looking forward to taking on this prim and proper lady in a wet and wild work-out…

KNOCK OUT

Siena has seen many patients come through the ER, but none as sexy as Tommy Raines. With a nasty cut over his eye, she knows he needs stiches, but after he takes off his shirt, she needs some air. With rock-hard abs and taut biceps, it’s clear this man takes care of his body. And all Siena can think about is letting him take care of hers…

 

YAY – Double Review!

 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review*

Tommy Raines is a boxer turning pro, his fans have named him Juggernaut based on his ability to knock an opponent out. Being a boxer means you have to live life a little different. No relationships and absolutely no sex.

Dr. Siena Carr is an emergency room physician that is coming out of a long term relationship. Siena just wants to focus on her career and her long term goals. Watching a man walk into the hospital that has a nasty cut over his eye but screams alpha male will get anyone’s attention. Including Dr. Carr.

While Siena is treating Tommy’s cut her body responds to him in an erotic way. Why is she feeling like a school girl? When the nurses at the hospital let her in on who Tommy Raines really is she cannot get him out of her head but has an oath as a doctor to disagree with his job of bashing skulls in as a living.

Most women will try to change a man into what they want them to be unless you are a strong alpha man that refuses to change you demeanor, style of clothes and profession to please a snob of a woman that you have fallen for. I applaud Tommy for trying to be an understanding boyfriend but still expressing what he does not like.

This was an okay read for me. I felt like Siena belittled Tommy a little too much considering that he is an alpha badass in the ring. I did laugh at times, which makes me very happy when reading. The storyline was great. Who doesn’t like a man that can knock a person out in the first round.

My Favorite Moment: I absolutely loved the conversation between Tommy and Siena about how a little amount of condoms does not make confetti.    

Mindy 3 star

 

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Injured fighter meets and falls for sexy doctor.

When I first started reading this book I could have sworn I’d read it before. It had pretty much the same exact setup as a book I’d read previously, however the storyline did warp into something completely different.

The entire story is based on them overcoming their differences so they can be together. Tommy is sweet, caring, and dedicated. He tries everything to please Siena because he loves her and wants her to be happy. I thoroughly enjoyed his character. Siena, on the other hand, was snobbish, inconsiderate, and I just didn’t like her. She tried to turn Tommy into all the things she liked, taking him from sweats and hoodies to designer labels and fancy food. It felt as if they were forced together but I never got the vibe that they actually belonged that way.

For me, this was an okay book. It had a few funny moments and a good sex scene or two, but ultimately it just wasn’t anything great.

Jenn 3 Heart

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The Interview (Law Firm Erotica #1) by Silk Jones

The Interview

 

Quick and to the point!

Genre: Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 24 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

A laid off legal secretary with a curiosity about the B.D.S.M. lifestyle responds to an advertisement in a lifestyle magazine placed by a law firm seeking a “submissive legal assistant” and gets more than she bargained for. This short story is the kickoff to a series about a law firm that has quite a bit going on behind closed doors.

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Laura Hobbs has been laid off from her long time legal secretary job. Having time on her hands gives her all the reason to catch up on some reading. Her reading leads to discovering she might really be into BDSM. Finding a job posting on a website has her exploring a submissive side.

This is a very short erotic read. The title pretty much explains it all. Yep, all of this happens in her interview to be a submissive legal assistant.

I am not a big fan of any book that is not at least a hundred pages but this was a quick, very hot read.

Mindy 3.5 Star 

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Blog Tour: Review of Gone For You (Sixth Street Band #1) by Jayne Frost

Gone For You

Rock My Heart!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 132 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and me are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?

Note: You won’t need to turn up the heat—Sixth Street Bands Romances have plenty of steamy fun. This story can be read as a stand-alone but is part of the Sixth Street Bands music scene.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Upgrade Your Story in exchange for an honest review*

Gone For You is the first book in the Sixth Street Band series and it definitely gets off to one hell of a start. Spoiled musician meets smartass girl who he can’t resist…hard to go wrong with that. Add in humor, gentlemanly deeds, and steamy sex and we’ve got a winner!

You don’t find too many contemporary romance books told strictly from the man’s perspective, but this one is, and I have to admit I really enjoyed it.

Cameron has been involved with music since a young age. He might not like how he got started playing, but he does love the music…and the girls. After their manager pushes a little too hard he and the other band members hide out at a more private hotel, one without a million fans loitering about. However, this one has something much worse than an overload of women, it has her.

“Before you get all starry eyed, you should know I haven’t had a girlfriend since the eleventh grade. So I probably suck at it.” 

Lily had it all and then gave it up to follow her dreams. Now busy working two jobs and going to school she doesn’t have the patience to deal with arrogant musicians and their insane requests. But there’s just something about Cameron that she can’t shake.

“I would sit down, but these jeans are so fucking tight, I might lose the ability to procreate.” 

When Lily finally gives in to Cameron she’ll fall into something she never wanted nor expected. For Cameron it’s the scariest thing in the world…wanting a woman to stay around so he didn’t miss a single moment with her.

This was a quick read. It had a storyline and characters that captured my attention to where I didn’t want to put it down. Give me sweet sexy rock stars any day of the week! The only downside for me was there wasn’t really anything highlightable. Not too much stood out to the point I had to highlight it so I wouldn’t forget it.

My Favorite Moment: I love how Cameron stands up for Lily at the theatre. 

My Favorite Laughable Moment: I don’t which I laughed at more…the moment where Cameron checks out his new wardrobe or when he actually wears it.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Author Jayne Frost:

I guess I should start with the basics. The backstory. I was born and raised in California. At this point I’m usually asked what it was like to grow up near the beach, but sadly, I don’t know. I grew up in the “other” part of California. Perfect for an aspiring writer, if you ask me. You learn a lot about keeping yourself busy when the nearest house is a mile away…and it belongs to your grandparents.

By the time I went to high school, I started writing romance. Why? Because I met my very own prince charming. I wrote love poems in my journal about the green eyed boy that stole my heart. He promised, the way all storybook hero’s do, to sweep me away and take me on a grand adventure. And he did.  We picked up and moved to the Lone Star State, and began the story of us. The best stories begin without a road map or a compass. Veering off course makes the journey so much more interesting.

True to form, just when I thought my life was set, we started the next adventure. I traded in my cowboy boots and followed my green eyed boy to Las Vegas. My home will always be in Texas, but my heart is anywhere that he is.

Writing is what I love. I might stray from the romance every now and then if that is what moves me…but I always come back. Some of the stories don’t seem romantic at all. They are gritty stories about flawed characters that find each other and hold on tight. Those are the stories that speak to me. Because that’s life. I believe that every story should have a happy ending- even the difficult ones.

You can find me at Twitter at @jaynefrostbooks, Facebook, Pinterest, and my website.

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Return to Hoffman Grove by Karla Brandenburg

Return to Hoffman Grove

Return home….confront your past.

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 228 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

After nine years away, a business venture forces Brody Parkhill to return to his home town. Trying to determine whether the building he’s been sent to assess would be a viable project for his boss, he is surprised to discover it houses a women’s crisis center. Further complicating his job, members of his old high school gang are involved in the center’s operations—the same friends he ran out on all those years ago. His boss questions where Brody’s loyalties lie and ultimately fires him. With no more to offer Cinda Cooper, the girl he left behind, than when he was a hot-headed teen, Brody must find a way to regain his job, save the center, and win her back.

The last person Cinda Cooper expected to see after a night out was her best friend from high school, Brody Parkhill, the one who was supposed to help her escape her troubled home life. The one she hasn’t seen or heard from for nine years. But she’s too busy dealing with escalating acts of violence to deal with her feelings for him. Could these crimes have anything to do with Brody’s return to town? Or has her past caught up with her?

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Cinda Cooper has bad luck when it comes to relationships. A broken engagement and a past love that she cannot forget or forgive leaves hardly any room in her future for a love life. Not to mention a troubled rocky relationship with her father. The only thing that she really has going for her now is owning her own home and her best friends from high school.

Brody Parkhill left Hoffman Grove with no intentions of ever returning. When business brings him back he runs right into the one person he thought he would never see again. His best friend Cinda. All of the apologies in the world can not make her forget about him leaving town and not returning for her. Having a rocky family relationship with his drunken father made him strive to become the successful business man that he is.  But you cannot really move on in life until you make amends with your past.

This is a great story about friendship, love and forgiveness with a great twist of suspense. Not to mention the psycho ex’s. With all of these topics in one story it really shows how friends are always there for each other and are willing to walk through your troubles with you.

I really enjoyed reading this story. The detail was a little much for me at times but overall this was a great story.

My Favorite Moment: I love when a book can make me laugh. The moment for me was when Brody had to take Cinda to her room for the night. 

“Brody scooped her up and carried her into her room. Cinda squealed with delight. He pulled her close and kissed her as he sat her down. He had finally kissed Cinda Cooper, and he wanted more. Desperately. But not like this. Brody pulled away and stared into her glassy eyes. 

Cinda blinked several times. Back in the day, that was a sign of nerves. Not good. She turned around and, with a glance over her shoulder, raised her skirt and shot him a moon. Double damn.”

Mindy 4 Star 

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Review of Crushed (Redemption #2) by Lauren Layne

Crushed

Sometimes you find your heart where you least expect.

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 304 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Lauren Layne’s latest novel about the healing power of redemption tells the story of a crush gone wickedly wrong, proving that what you want isn’t always what you need.

Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.

Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.

After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Chloe is the perfect example of someone who covers pain with humor. Oh and she’s really good at it. Some of the things that come out of her mouth are so funny you just want to give her a high five on execution. But underneath all that humor is someone who needs a friend like Michael…even if she doesn’t realize it.

Michael has that smackable quality and thank goodness Chloe has no problem putting him in his place. But beneath his rough exterior is a broken man who doesn’t need perfect, he needs imperfect and challenging…even if he doesn’t realize it.

Chloe and Michael together are sweet, challenging, and at times downright hilarious in Crushed. They have a connection from the very beginning that keeps you flipping the pages just to see what will happen next and if they’ll end up where you want them.

My Favorite Moment: Michael’s reaction to Chloe in her Fourth of July bikini. 

My Most Heartbreaking Moment: When a confession goes completely wrong. Luckily Michael has some really good friends and they’ll know exactly what to do to “fix” things.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of A Highlander’s Passion (Highlander’s Beloved #2) by Vonnie Davis

A Highlander's Passion

Some things are just meant to be.

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 257 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

As a bear-shifter in a pack roaming the Scottish countryside, Bryce Matheson embodies brute force and untamed abandon. As a widower, he’s running scared. When Bryce attempted to open his scarred heart to another, she grew tired of waiting for him to state his intentions, and the unearthly beauty spurned him for someone who wasn’t worthy. But now that fate has conspired to set Kenzie Denune free once again, Bryce vows to finally win her love.

Kenzie is a witch who summons her powers to protect those too weak to care for themselves. After surviving an abusive husband, she swears off men—even men like Bryce, whose iron muscles make her knees weak, and whose piercing eyes fill her with longing. Her life’s purpose is to help others. However, dark forces have different plans for her gifts. To save herself, Kenzie must team up with the shifter who has always stirred her soul—and trust in a passion powerful enough to set her blood aflame.

 Jennifer’s Review: 

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

We got a glimpse of Kenzie and Bryce in book one, but the depth of their relationship was not even dipped into. They had been friends since they were small, and grew up tightly knit together, but sometimes something happens or in Bryce’s case…someone happened, and their relationship was never the same.

Kenzie always thought she’d end up with Bryce, but he met someone else and their paths split. He got the loving wife and daughter while she got something much worse.

Kenzie is sweet and her story is so sad and your heart cannot help but break for her. Bryce on the other hand seemed a little bipolar to me. He could be sweet and loving and then hard and demanding. Seriously half the stuff he said to Kenzie should have sent her running and not brought her closer, especially after all she’d been through.

The storyline was okay, but I didn’t really care for the characters all that much. I didn’t like them near as much as I did in the first book, with the exception of Colleen. I loved her.

One a side note, this book is written entirely the way they speak. It may take a while to get used to it.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Colleen’s welcome speech at the ceremony. Thank goodness for little girls. 

My Favorite Moment: Bryce’s mom’s reaction to news of her grandchild. Now that is one fiery woman, especially when she’s drunk.

Jenn 3 Heart

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