Review of Heat: An Alpha Male Criminal Romance (Hotter then Hell #1) by Holly S Roberts

Heat

Catch the moon!

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 240 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Catch Xavier Moon runs the largest crime syndicate in Arizona. His world is drugs, guns, women, and death.

After a shoulder injury ends her respectable career as a police officer, Mak also known as Madison Abigail Kinlock, turns to the seedy world of private investigations by default. Now her job consists of cheating douchebags and baby daddies dodging child support. Things can’t get much worse.

While obtaining a not so nice photo for a client, Mak lands in Moon’s world. His bronze skin and blue eyes leave a woman breathless even when that woman knows he’s bad news. Moon doesn’t give a flying fig what Mak thinks; he wants her—ex-cop, bad attitude, and all.

How does she resist the dark side when her body craves Moon’s searing touch? Things only get hotter in Phoenix when Mak finds herself in a deadly situation and must turn to Moon for help.

He’ll help but there’s a price.

This book is intended for mature readers. Contains adult situations and violence.

Criminals, drug cartels, and outlaw motorcycle gangs–this series has it all. Are you woman enough to handle these bad boys?

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Madison Kinlock wanted nothing more than to be a police officer. A shoulder injury cut that dream short forcing her to turn in her badge after a few years. Now she is a private investigator dealing with mostly cheating scumbags. When one of her cases lands her in the wrong place at the wrong time and the guys take her in she has no idea where she is headed.

Moon is the head of a crime syndicate. When his guys bring Madison straight to him he is instantly drawn to her. There is nothing that Moon does not know about her. He knows that she is an ex-cop, very hardheaded and that she is capable of taking care of herself. He wants her so bad but has made a promise to protect her from her own danger.

Madison has no idea what she is in the middle of but this yummy looking man can make her stop in her tracks. She tries to talk herself into not getting involved but when Moon wants something he is sure to get it.

Oh, I really liked this book. The storyline is great, the passion is sizzling the pages. For being on opposite side of the law these two sure do know how to work together. That is once Madison realizes that she is in real danger.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!!

My Favorite Moment: I loved how Madison explained Moon’s name.

“Catch Xavier Moon. That’s Moon’s full name. I heard it in class but couldn’t remember. Chase the moon and catch the moon. His parents were romantics.” 

My Favorite Moment: I love how Moon explains his career path to Madison. He stands for what he believes in no matter the cost.

“You don’t want those answers, Madison. Don’t ever think my kindness with you does anything but hide a dark, vicious heart. I live by a code that you will never understand, and I’ll die by that code.” 

Mindy 5 Heart 

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Review of Leaving Yesterday (Laurel Falls #1) by Zoe Dawson

Leaving Yesterday

Love is in the air in Laurel Falls

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 268 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

If you love Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, or Rachel Gibson, don’t miss the start of this captivating small-town romance series! Laurel Falls, Montana, features spectacular mountain scenery—but it takes a rugged cowboy to convince one woman to slow down and enjoy the view.

Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking, slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated coupe.

A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s ridiculous sports car. He couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.

As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Trace wasn’t the oldest sibling, but he was the glue that held his brothers and sister together. He accepted the weight of the family upon his shoulders. He always put their needs first and did what was needed, like running Black’s. He may have wanted to go to school after the military, but after his mother ran away and his father died there weren’t a lot of options left. He did what was needed and never complained.

Rafferty was only passing through town, she’d never meant for her car to break down, or to get so close to the town people while she was there, but sometimes unexpected things happen for a reason. She was drawn to Trace the moment he showed up in his cowboy hat to tow her car. The more she was around him the more she realized that her initial assumptions were way off base. Trace was incredible, too bad she was just in town long enough for him to fix her car.

As the days roll by not only do Trace and Rafferty realize they’re growing closer than they should, but she also grows quite close to his brothers and sister. Not to mention just about everyone in town. Something that makes you happy shouldn’t be temporary…it should be home.

Some pit stops are a little more permanent than others.

Leaving Yesterday is a small town story that will capture your heartfelt attention.

Not only do you get Trace and Rafferty’s story, but you also get the beginning of several others which may or may not continue in future books. There’s Harley and Anzu (age difference or not, that would make one heartwarming couple), Reese and Dr. Eden (fireman and doctor, can anyone say HOT!?), Cadie and Brooks (that could definitely be interesting), and Greg and Trinity (widow mayor meets workaholic…wonder who would break out of their shell first). If you plan on reading any future book in this series I suggest you start with book #1 or you’ll miss out on their beginnings.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: There’s a lot of funny family moments. I mean three brothers with one little sister  create quite the scenarios, like the missing mango bra and panty set. That was definitely a nice way to get pulled into a story.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Blog Tour – Review of Betting on the Wrong Brother (What Happens in Vegas) by Cathryn Fox

Betting on the Wrong Brother

A Little Mistaken Identity 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 149 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

This good girl is ready to be bad…

He may be at a romance readers’ convention, but a naked woman in the elevator is not what horror writer Ryan Wheeler expects. Now he can’t take his eyes off of her—and not just because he saw her naked, though her luscious curves certainly aren’t helping the matter. She’s beautiful, funny, snarky…and a complication he doesn’t need.

Running into her teen heartthrob while naked wasn’t exactly part of romance novelist Andi Palmer’s weekend plans. Worse, he doesn’t recognize her and gives her a fake name. Years ago, he shot her down in the worst possible way, and now this? It’s time for a little down-and-dirty revenge.

Ryan’s more than a little turned on by this good girl who wants to be bad. But things aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re keeping from one another might just end this sexy little rendezvous before it ever begins…

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Andi’s a romance author. Ryan a horror writer. Their work ending them both up in the same hotel. Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways.

The moment she saw him there was no doubt in Andi’s mind that he was the man who once broke her teenage heart. Seeing him brought back all the pain she’d once felt, and never truly forgotten. It also made her want a little revenge. Entering him in that contest was hilarious, too bad the results kind of backfired. Her second attempt didn’t go as well either, it ended her up in the one place she swore to herself she wouldn’t go…his bed.

Ryan wanted her the moment she saw her. There was something different about her that made his bachelor mindset suddenly start thinking long-term. He quickly discovered she thought he was his younger brother, but every time he tried to tell her she made it obvious she didn’t want anything to ruin her fantasy week in Vegas with him. He didn’t know how to fix it, to tell her the truth without losing her, so he lets it play out…and oh it’s bad the way she discovers the truth.

“I know you said you weren’t one of those wild women who manhandled the beef, but how about this? I’ll let you touch mine if you let me touch yours?”

A secret that will break her heart all over again, a haunted room that’ll have her wanting to run away, and man she can’t stop thinking about. Betting on the Wrong Brother is a fun and entertaining read that became slightly addicting. It’s filled with humor, unusual dates, backfiring plans of revenge, and a love that cannot be ignored.

This is a standalone book with a HEA. Hopefully there will be more “What Happens in Vegas” novels and if they’re as good as this one then I cannot wait to read them.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: I probably would have said the male cover model contest, but then the haunting encounter happened and Andi’s reaction had me laughing so hard it hurt.

“Have you not seen the Grudge?” Her entire body practically convulsed as a shiver raced through her. “Ghosts aren’t my thing.”

Jenn 5 Heart

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Excerpt:

Walk away, Andi. Just walk away.

She looked at the gorgeous man on the mattress, his erection straining against his boxer shorts and beckoning her touch. A thrill raced through her. She had him exactly where she wanted him. Now all she had to do was turn around and walk out the door.

So why wasn’t she leaving?

He crooked his finger, the gleam in his eyes exciting…frightening. A shiver of want wracked her body, and a little moan caught in her throat. There was something undeniably raw, almost primal about him as he beckoned her closer. Big hands pushed his mussed hair from his forehead, the move making him looked rugged, irresistible.

Dangerous.

Her heart fluttered. Maybe she’d bitten off more than she could chew. Common sense dictated that she’d accomplished her mission and it was time to go, but need overshadowed sensibility so instead she stood still, her entire body burning as she visualized herself under that hard torso, exploring the sparks between them.

Despite her best efforts, she couldn’t fight her attraction to him. She wanted him today every bit as much as she did all those years ago. But her plan was to entice him and then take him down, not to fall into bed with him, no matter how appealing that sounded. Her thoughts whirled, and she couldn’t seem to move, to force herself to hightail it out of there. All she could think of was the ache inside her, and how Ryan could satiate it.

Leave, Andi. Pick up your damn feet and walk to the door.

She blew her hair off her face, willing her body to move, but Ryan grabbed her by the waist and pulled her on top of him, calling her bluff and complicating her mission. He rolled until she was under him, then gripped both of her hands in one of his and pinned them above her head. A gasp caught in her throat as he took control from her.

She should put a stop to this. She needed to put a stop to this before she got in too deep again, but God, it felt good to be caged between his hard body and the soft mattress. His eyes never left hers as he shifted his weight, his thumb sliding under her bra strap.

“Do you have any idea how sexy you are?” he asked, his eyes focused on her mouth.

He ran his knuckles along the strap, going from the outer edge of her breast to her shoulder and back again. Pleasure like she’d never before experienced hit, and he’d barely even touched her yet. What would it be like if she stayed in this bed, let him caress her stomach, her legs, the needy spot between her thighs? She could stay and take what the boy of her dreams denied to her all those years ago.

How tempting.

“Ry—” she began, but her words were lost on a moan the second his lips closed over hers. He tasted like mint and rum, and long hot nights of sexual satisfaction. Her body burned as his tongue slipped inside and tangled with hers. His groin bumped hers, as his kiss fueled her hunger. His lips pressed greedily, hard enough to leave his mark on her and effectively shut down her brain. A whimper escaped her lips and suddenly all she could think about was this man and what he was doing to her.

He broke the kiss, and his mouth curved as his glance met hers. He brushed his thumbs over one nipple, the rasp of lace caressing her sensitive flesh and sending warm shivers straight to her core.

“Such a bad, bad girl, coming into my room and tormenting me with this sexy lace number.” The smile fell from his mouth, his eyes darkening with hunger. “Look at you now, though. Completely at my mercy.” His lips crashed down on hers again and he devoured her mouth like a man who knew what he wanted, and planned to take it. As his tongue slashed against the side of her mouth, demanding she give him everything, her nipples tingled, and her sex moistened—all from a kiss. Good God, no man had ever done that to her before. His hand went to her thigh, and he ran it up, tracing her curves, and hips, going higher until her reached her breasts. He fingered the slip of material.

“In case you didn’t know. Black lace is my favorite. The second I saw you in it, you were done for, sweetheart.” He pushed his cock against her thigh. “I let you have your fun, but this is my room, my rules. Now we’re doing things my way.”

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Review of I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2) by Lauren Layne

I Wish

Forbidden Love!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 283 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

In this charming Oxford Novel, hailed by Keri Ford as “a sizzling-loud friends-to-lovers story,” Lauren Layne poses a provocative question: What do you do when you fall in love with your sister’s ex?

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Jackson Burke had all he wanted in life. That is until his career ended with a car crash and his love life ended in a nasty divorce. Jackson is now working as a fitness columnist for the Oxford magazine. Getting his new start in New York has been rough to say the least. That is until he decides to meet his ex-sister in law for dinner. Jackson and Mollie have always been close even when everything started to turn bad for Jackson. However he never noticed she looked this good until now.

Mollie Cunningham is the sister to Jackson’s ex-wife Madison. Mollie has always had a crush on Jackson. Who wouldn’t? He looks as good as he always had and now he is single. Knowing she should stay loyal to her sister’s feelings she knows the worst move in the world would be to take Jackson up on his offer and move in with him as a roommate.

Oh dear…..This could be a very sensitive subject to read and I thought it would. However I loved this book. Mollie feels she owes her sister everything since she forced to raise her once her parents died. Jackson knows the real Madison as a lying evil person. But once thing is for sure, if Mollie wants Jackson then you can bet Madison will step in and claim what is hers. The only problem with this is Jackson knows without a doubt that he does not want Madison back.

This was a fun read for me. And one thing stands true. The heart wants what the heart wants!

Happy reading my friends, this one is a hot romance!

My Favorite Moment: I thought it was perfect when Jackson landed in Texas then went right back home. 

Mindy 5 Heart 

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Review of Debt by Rachel Dunning

Debt

Never Owe A Debt You Cannot Repay

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 400+ Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The Debt Collector

I pay my debts, and I expect others to.

I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father’s passing meant I would automatically take on dad’s debts. I refused.

And I paid for that refusal.

So did my sister.

So now I fight. All I know how to do is fight. The best cash is in the states, so that’s where I am now. A big fish called Vito came along offering me a “favor” when I arrived.

Another debt.

I paid for that one too.

I knew Kyla Hensley would be trouble when I met her. But I wanted her. I could see through the falsehood of her wannabe-slutty clothes and her sexy legs. So I chased her.

Besides, trouble is my middle name.

Kyla Hensley

I was brought up in privilege, but I lacked everything else. My father is a business tycoon who buys and sells and doesn’t care who gets rolled over in the process.

I never knew my mother, and all I have of her is a photo with a note scrawled on the back in French saying “I’m sorry.” The only Female Figure I had growing up is my dad’s wife who is a bleach blond with seven boob jobs. We never bonded.

I drink. I party. I meet guys.

But I wasn’t always like that.

I’ve had a string of lovers in the last few years, the worst and most recent of which was Vince Somerset. My best friend Vera was dating a guy called Rory Cansoom who is the opposite of Vince in so many way, and yet so the same.

She and I hit the road for the summer, getting away from the two college psychos and just trying to have some fun.

But there’s a funny thing about trouble, the more you run from it, the more it finds you.

Which is when I met the Debt Collector.

It was only supposed to be sex. He made that clear. I made that clear.

That’s all it was supposed to be.

I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to fall so deeply, madly, uncomfortably in love with a man who is wrong, so wrong for me.

And yet…so unbelievably right.

Standalone Novel.
No Cliffhanger.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Logan had a rough start in life. He lost his father, then his mother, and then made it so his little sister was taken in by their aunt, leaving him to survive alone. The one thing he knew was that he didn’t want to survive how his father had, he had to do it on his own…no debts. He was doing it too, but then in walks Kyla and he can’t get her out of his head. He’d change, he’d do anything for her, and he barely knew her.

Kyla may have come from money, but she didn’t come from love. She never saw hearts and rainbows when looking at men, she just saw what was different about them, but she never got much further than looking. She wanted more, but without knowing what exactly that more entailed she’d been on the fence about men in general, especially after a few bad decisions in the dating department.

Their relationship is instant, sweet, and passionate. They each know what they want even if they’re afraid to ask for it, but they’ll each get it nonetheless.

Now for the downside. The writing style seemed unorganized. There were times when it was formatted like a novel and other times it seemed more like a screenplay with colons dictating speech and parentheses showing thought, action, and/or pronunciation. It is written in alternating first person and every time it switched the chapter headings would restart at 1.

I don’t see this too often in first person, but it felt like someone was telling me a story versus being pulled in and part of the story. It goes back and forth between present and past, almost every time a new character is introduced it goes back to how they knew that person and what happened that made them the person they are today. It was as if I knew everything about every character and at the same time felt no depth to any of them. The continuous detailed back stories did not add to the the characters, if anything it hurt the storyline and detached the characters from me.

My Favorite Quote:

“The thing I know is this:

I love this man. I love him irrevocably. I love him more than I’ve ever loved anyone.

And I know I will lose him.

I know it. More intuition.

But I love his very soul.”

Jenn 2.5 Heart

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Review of Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson

Against the Wall

A Past Cannot Dictate A Future 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 291 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Fans of Katie McGarry, Simone Elkeles, and Tammara Webber will love Against the Wall! As teenagers, they fell for each other despite the odds. But now that Eric and Meghan are all grown up, they’re reunited by fierce passion and dangerous secrets.
 
Eric Hernandez is the bad boy of every schoolgirl’s fantasies—and every mother’s nightmares. But after serving time for manslaughter, he’s ready to turn his life around. He just needs a chance to prove himself as a professional tattoo artist. The one thing that keeps him going is the memory of the innocent beauty he loved and left behind.

Meghan Young’s world isn’t as perfect as it looks. The preacher’s daughter is living a lie, especially now that Eric is back. Tougher, harder, and sexier than ever, he might be the only person she can trust. But there’s no telling what he’ll do to protect her if he learns the truth, and that’s a risk Meghan won’t let him take. And yet, back in the arms of the troubled boy with the artist’s soul, Meghan can’t help surrendering to the man he’s become.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Eric finally escaped the gang life and all it took was a few years in prison. Now he’s out and he’s trying to go straight. A feat that’s easier said than done. Luckily he has his art, it’ll help him in the climb toward his goals. Until then, it’ll at least help him get by until then.

Meghan fell in love with Eric before he went to prison and no matter how much time goes by she’ll always be in love with him, but that didn’t stop her from trying to move on. Caught in an unhealthy relationship, heart bound to a felon, and not the slightest idea what to do about either…yeah Meghan is in for some trying times. Not to mention there’s some psycho after her best friend and he’s using her as bait.

Against the Wall is tense and thrilling. It’ll capture your heart as well as keep you wondering what will happen next.

Honestly, I read it in a day. There was just enough suspense that I didn’t want to put it down. And I still want to know who the stalker is and if Kelsea and Tank will ever hook up. Please tell me their story is coming!

My Favorite Moment: There’s nothing like a simple dance to be such a large turning point. It brings out an undeniable heat as well as a fierce rage. One dance and everything changes.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Deep (Deep #1) by Jaine Diamond

Deep

Cadet vs. Trainer…DEEP

 

Genre: Military Romance, Sci-fi

Book Length (Est.): 294 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The more lines they cross, the deeper they get…

Top cadet Lana Marsden lives by the rules. The most important rule of all: no messing around with an officer. She learned that one the hard way.

Now her only desire is to survive the grueling DEEP Training program and leave that scandalous past behind.

When she reports to Station Six amid wild rumors of erotic hazing rituals and sadomasochistic games, she’s not prepared for any of the rumors to be true—or for her insatiable attraction to Sergeant “Catch” Durant, her tattooed rebel of a trainer.

One touch from Catch, and Lana knows she’s in trouble. One night of white-hot ecstasy, and the rules melt away.

Catch knows sweet, sexy Lana is forbidden. She’s his trainee, and her overprotective brother is his best friend. But one taste and Catch knows the last woman he’s supposed to touch will be the one to bring him to his knees. Which is exactly where he wants to be…

A cadet with a secret.
An officer with a secret kink.
A whole lot of rules to be broken.

DEEP is the first full-length novel in the DEEP Series. Contains hot men (and women) in uniform, a violated Code of Conduct, and ice cream. Intended for adult readers, 18+.

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Lana Marsden lives by a set of rules. These rules are in place for a reason. Her past. Now that she is being transferred to Station Six to go through her DEEP training she wonders if the rumors are true. She has asked her brother about them since he is a trainer at Station Six but he just tells her it is not what it seems. Lana wants to go into DEEP space once training is complete to get away from everything. Earth is just way to small for her.

Sergeant Catch is Lana’s brother’s best friend. He is also the one assigned to do Lana’s training. Everyone was warned that she was coming to that station but Catch did not realize that he would be attracted to her. Since the first day she got in trouble for bringing prohibited items on to the station he has definitely taken notice. The one thing holding him back is the promise he made to her brother.

This was a good read. However the genre states that this is military romance, I think it has a little Sci-Fi (considering they are in space and have finger chips) in there as well. The story line is good. Lots of rules get broken, friendships and jobs are put in jeopardy. But what makes a good romance is the suspense of it all. I am not one for a cliff hanger ending but I think that I just got one. It will be interesting to see where the second book takes us. 

My Favorite Moment: I loved how the big brother felt he had to keep his sister safe but I also love how independent Lana is.

Mindy 3.5 Star

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