Review of Decker by Eden Summers

“I want her. I need her.”

 

Genre: Thriller & Suspense, Organized Crime, Romance

Length: 405 Pages

POV:  Alternating First Person

Description:

He protected me from danger and became my biggest threat.

He’s my defender. My savior.
A brutally determined man with a cocky smirk and an equally cocky attitude.

Broad. Strong. Focused.
He seduces me with his flirtation.
Warms me with his care.

But he’s hiding something.
There are ulterior motives beyond his concern for my security.
A thirst for more than my safe keeping.

I can’t fall for him. Can’t be tempted by his touch.

Not when he can’t be trusted.

But questioning my protector means I’ve now become his target.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author.*

Decker begins right where Hunter left off.

From reading Hunter I assumed Decker was just his right hand man, but he has his own agendas. His own secrets. And they are ones that put them all in jeopardy.

“Don’t treat you like glass. Don’t get cocky. Don’t shove my dick up your ass. Jeez, Keira, you’re a bossy little thing.”

Keira is basically a mob princess. Decker is being charged with her safety. Can you spell disaster with betrayal? Sprinkle in a little lust and heads will roll.

“He was mind-blowing. He rocked my world. I saw stars and unicorns, and maybe a baby llama, too.”

There’s never a dull moment. Decker is full of twists, turns, and even cliffs to jump off. I want to go into detail, but I don’t want to give anything away. All I can say is it is definitely worth the read! Eden Summers knows how to do suspense.

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Review of Part Of My Future by J. L. Leslie

“If my heart were broken, it wouldn’t be pounding in my chest right now.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 116 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

We had one night together. One unforgettable night. But that was over two years ago and we haven’t spoken or seen each other since.

Cole Taylor is a part of my past. A part that I desperately want to move on from. To forget how he made me feel. To forget the way he touched me. To forget his voice. It’s easy to do that when he’s not around.

Only he hasn’t stayed gone like I hoped he would. He’s back and I can’t seem to keep my heart from pounding when I see him. I can’t seem to convince myself that he means nothing to me.

That he’s not part of my future.

*Part Of My Future is Raegan’s story from Demons From My Past. It is a standalone novel and it is not necessary to read Demons From My Past prior to reading this. It contains adult content, adult language and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Mindy’s Review:

**I received this ARC free from the author.**

Raegan wants to forget about her one night stand that she had. That is very hard to do when he happens to be a famous singer known all around the world.

Cole Taylor tries to forget about Raegan but his heart will not let him. She is the only person that he has ever been able to talk to. If he lets his secret out about his past and why he disappeared will she understand?

I love this story so much! This was a story written from the author on her Facebook page that we got snippets from and were able to leave comments while she was writing it. I was hooked from the beginning. I love that Cole and Raegan have a bond so deep that nothing can come between them. I highly recommend this book to anyone that just loves a great story!

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Review of Hunter by Eden Summers

“When this is over, you’re mine.”

 

Genre: Thriller & Suspense, Organized Crime, Romance

Length: 268 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

A seductively thrilling game of cat and mouse destined to leave you breathless.

I’ve been running for ten years – fleeing my past and clawing my way toward an inescapable act of vengeance.

Until he walks into my life, sure and strong and full of secrets.

He dilutes my thirst for retribution with his touch. He obliterates my need for solitude with his kiss. But it’s his hidden agenda that makes the hair on the back of my neck prickle.

He wants something. Something that doesn’t revolve around sweaty skin and tangled silk sheets like he’d have me believe.

I have to stop falling for him, otherwise the last ten years will all be for nothing. I need to keep running, keep fighting for vengeance, even though I know he will track me down.

But trying to escape him is just another problem. Because now I crave the hunt.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Sarah (aka Steph) wanted vengeance for her family and in looking for it she became something of a dark angel. She’d find people who escaped punishment for their crimes, or who were able to escape justice all together, and then she would dish out the pain they’d given to others. Her end game though was very personal.

Luke (aka Hunter) has his own objectives and he shouldn’t let a woman he knows has secrets beneath his skin, but he just can’t stay away from her. In the end he’ll want to protect her, even if it is from herself.

“You two are perfect for each other. Silent, secretive, and socially awkward.”

Their journey is a dark and twisted one, but in the end she’ll get her revenge and he’ll suffer the consequences, yet somehow they both win.

One of my favorite parts was that he was a sweet stalker. I loved his notes…

“You’re not good at this, are you? I like those pajamas. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Hunter is truly a story of cat and mouse. Two people pretending to be someone else, yet still unable to fight the spark that ignites between them. It grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let it go.

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Review of Dirty Like Zane (Dirty #6) by Jaine Diamond

“Gorgeous. Dangerous. Dirty’s lead singer. My legal Husband.”

 

Genre:  Rock Star Romance

Length: 409 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Zane and Maggie have been living a lie…

A marriage that’s not really a marriage.
A relationship that’s about as f*cked-up as they come.
A secret that’s going to kill them both if they don’t sort their sh*t out, stat.

And now they’re going on tour with Dirty. As the band’s assistant manager, Maggie knows she has to keep it professional—and keep away from her “husband” on the road.

Zane Traynor, Dirty’s hot-as-hell lead singer.
Womanizing rock star.
A man hellbent on getting Maggie back in his bed.

The one man Maggie knows she can never let herself fall for.
Except that she already has…
And when Zane finds out her feelings for him are real? It’s gonna get dirty.

Dirty Like Zane is the conclusion to Zane and Maggie’s white-hot love story. It’s the sixth full-length novel and the FINAL book in the Dirty series—a rockstar romance series about the members of the rock band Dirty and the women and men who love them.

Novels in the Dirty series are interconnected standalones*, each with an HEA; other books (novella/story collection) are not HEA, but are essential pieces of the overall story arcs. (There are ongoing storylines that develop throughout the series; reading them in order is not crucial but is HIGHLY recommended.)

*Note: Before reading Dirty Like Zane, be sure to read Zane and Maggie’s story in Dirty Like Us (Dirty #0.5) and A Dirty Wedding Night (Dirty #2.5) (story #2, A Dirty Secret).

Reading order:
Dirty Like Me (Dirty #1)
Dirty Like Us (Dirty #0.5) (novella)
Dirty Like Brody (Dirty #2)
A Dirty Wedding Night (Dirty #2.5)(story collection)
Dirty Like Seth (Dirty #3)
Dirty Like Dylan (Dirty #4)
Dirty Like Jude (Dirty #5)
Dirty Like Zane (Dirty #6)

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author.*

If you’ve been reading the Dirty series like I have then I bet you are as excited for this book as I was. Ever since Dirty Like Us when Zane and Maggie got married in Vegas they’ve been slowly killing me. Every interaction since then has had me yearning to know what’s going on with them. Trust me, this book did not let me down.

The divide between love and hate is sometimes a very fine line.

Maggie has always been in love with Zane, but to her he’s too similar to her father. And she will not become her mother. She wouldn’t survive the broken heart. So instead of acting as the wife she is she tries to pretend the vows meant nothing and continue on as normal. Only problem with that is she would love nothing more than to be his wife.

“Men get smarter when they don’t have sex, and women get stupider?”

Zane knew the wedding wasn’t a farce. He wanted to marry Maggie. He wants to be the husband she deserves. The only problem is that he doesn’t even know where to begin. He knows she’ll fall for his charm whenever they’re alone, so he’ll use that to his advantage, but eventually she’ll start to hate him for her weakness.

“This girl…everything about this woman was my kryptonite.”

The one thing that’ll save this marriage…Zane will have to man up and face his truths. He can’t hide in denial forever.

“Me: Please don’t ever drink again. Please don’t smoke pot anymore. Please don’t sleep with other women. Please just stop.

Zane: please be my wife” – This has to be my favorite text exchange between them.

Dirty Like Zane is the conclusion to the Dirty series and it’s been one hell of a ride. Jaine Diamond you rock! I’m looking forward to finally reading Ash’s story in the spinoff series coming in 2019.

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Review of The Witch of the Prophecy by Victoria Jayne

“A vampire whose heart beats for a witch… The witch who belongs to a wolf…”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 255 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Divina’s had it with the prophecy.

The vampire whose heart beats for a witch that belongs to a wolf shall save us all. He shall take his throne and rule over all kinds. If not, the vampire who belongs to the witch will end all kinds.

Divina’s not convinced the prophecy is about her. Her manipulative vampire ex-boyfriend, Rori, is reluctant to give up his love for her to pursue the throne. Meanwhile, the wolf shifter meant to claim Divina doesn’t believe in the prophecy. However, he does believe Divina is his mate.

With the pressures of the prophecy and the most powerful coven in the present-day United States, Divina is left to choose between complying with the prophecy and mating with Aric—or leaving it all behind to allow the catastrophic possibility of supernatural beings getting exposed to humans.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity.*

Divina (a witch) fell in love with Rori (a vampire). He left and broke her heart. Then out of nowhere he shows back up in her life telling her she’s some sort of prophecy and he only left her because he was told to.

“A vampire whose heart beats for a witch… The witch who belongs to a wolf… He will save all kinds. He gets the throne.”

Divina doesn’t want to be part of a prophecy. She doesn’t want the Ember Witches to be messing around in her life, attempting to control her fate. And she doesn’t want to be manipulated by the vampire she once loved.

Desperate to do what she wants for a change she enjoys a day with Aric who she quickly falls in lust with. What she doesn’t know is he’s a werewolf. Apparently the third part in the prophecy and she feels betrayed.

“He wanted her. His wolf needed her.”

She wants to control her own fate. And she doesn’t want anyone in her life who thinks she can’t.

Rori has to decide between his mate and the power of the throne. It’s a choice that no matter how badly he may want to change later, he won’t be able to.

Aric likes his life outside the pack. He doesn’t want to be part of some prophecy. He doesn’t however want his mate.

The Witch of the Prophecy is the first book in the series. It lays the plot down well and left me wanting more. Not sure how I feel about Rori at this moment, but I am kind of Team Aric. I want him to woo his mate.

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BLOG TOUR – Review of Cop Tales (An Anthology for a Cause)

Cops, Cops, and More Cops!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Short Stories

Length: 616 Pages

Description:

As authors, we are always trying to find ways to give back. Anthologies are a great way to unite indie and traditionally published authors for a worthy cause. In this anthology you will get a combination of rom-com, new adult contemporary romance, and even a little suspense short stories with law enforcement heroes and heroines.

Cop Tales is a limited release anthology to raise funds for the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). We back the blue and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for support in this cause.

Authors included in anthology: Abbi Glines, Kimberly Knight, M.Clarke, T.R. Cupak, Christine Besze, Kat T. Masen, Dee Ellis, Kathleen Kelly, Maren Lee, Martha Sweeney, J.L. Perry, Nicole Loufas, Jess Bryant, Linnea Valle, and S. Cole

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Buoni Amici Press.*

Cop Tales has fifteen short stories involving officers in some form or fashion. Some are quickie reads, some are steamy reads, and then there’s a few I wished didn’t end when they did because I wanted to keep reading.

I’ve given little snippets of each story and noted my favorites. Happy reading y’all!

All It Took – Abbi Glines

The story was good, but the dialogue was written oddly and made me hesitate not knowing if it was a thought or actual speech. However, Ansel and Sugar take a short story and make you wish it were longer. And oh my goodness did it really end right there! And just when it was getting super steamy.

Cuffed Together – T.R. Cupak

If you’re in a relationship with an office this brings one of your worst fears into play, but it also on a very heartwarming note. Jaxon and Emery have a very unique love/hate relationship that kind of drove me insane, but at the same time I couldn’t stop reading it to see what happened next.

Love Reloaded – Kat T. Masen

High school love with a fast forward twist of fate. I could have done without all of the POVs. All that was really needed for such a short read was Griffin and Addison’s. Although the scenario isn’t the best, they do get to reconnect and not just as the plus one of their friend, but as adults. For one the magic had always been there and for the other all it takes is a look and they’re both on the same page in the falling in love book.

Watch Me – Kimberly Knight

This is what happens when you reconnect with your first love…you realize you were always in love with them. Even after twenty years. But what is not expected…serial killer! And holy cow it ends on one of those crazy cliffhangers that leaves you holding your breath.

Out of the Blue – Jess Bryant

This is a sweet ‘win the girl of my life back’ story. Nick left Kady to be a big city cop, but after he was shot he realized all the mistakes he’d made by leaving the love of his life behind. He does everything to win her heart back, even allowing her brother (and his new partner) the first punch along with his well deserved anger.

*This is one of my favorites! Loved Nick and Kady!*

Backburn – Maren Lee

Sexy cop meets hell on hotshot heels. Dillon is a master ladies man. Lauren is a female fireman on an all male team, one of which is her ex-cheating-STD having-boyfriend. Surrounded by raging wildfires she wants one night to forget her ex before having to return to work alongside him and he wants one night with her, but when one night turns into something too strong for neither to deny they’ll both see if they having the staying power to make it work.

*This is one of my favorites! Loved Dillon and Lauren!*

Small Town Blue – Kathleen Kelly

Sergeant Adam Shaw puts two and two together to find the perps of many crimes. But when one big bust goes wrong, ending with two injured cops, one injured perp, and three more dead he’ll have to get his head back on straight. That’s when Dr. Peta White comes in to help.

Saviour – J.L. Perry

Morgan is fleeing from an abusive boyfriend. She plans on driving as far as she can to get away from him. That is until she’s pulled over for speeding in a rinky dinky town. From the moment Ryan sees her his protectiveness goes on high alert and he knows he has to keep her around so that he can help her. Even if that means tagging her car so she actually cannot leave. His goal…win her trust and then her heart.

Brother – S. Cole

For Beau who lost his brother eight years ago, being a cop and coming across another young boy having been murdered only brings his ghosts front center. Which is why this has a lot of flashback memories for such a short story.

Hollywood – Martha Sweeney

Hollywood (aka Officer Saige McCullin) tries extra hard to be treated like one of the guys, but sometimes she’s a little to set in her cop mentality to see what’s right in front of her. Phineas has a lot of money, but even that can’t buy him the courage to approach her again. So instead he’ll get creative. It’s amazing what two hundred and fifty thousand dollars can do.

Scarlet Blues – Nicole Loufas

Scarlet is a police officer who falls for the wrong guy. Marcus’ family has a large import business, but not everything they import is legal. Neither is their business. Of course Scarlet finds all this out just after Marcus introduces her to his family. Now she’s in a predicament…. his house is about to be raided. Does she leave him to his fate and risking losing him or steal him away and risk her career…? The answer to that will have to lie in your imagination because that’s exactly the cliffhanger this one ends on. And just when it was getting really good!

A New Beginning – M. Clarke

Nikki is an author with writer’s block. Theo is the sex officer who moves in next door. He’s kind of perfect, from the way he introduces himself to the way he comforts her worse fear. It’s a sweet story, definitely would’ve read a lot more of it.

Blue – Christine Besze

Jared and Claire were high school sweethearts, but he left their small town for bigger opportunities. When a serial killer haunts her small town reinforcements are sent in…in the form of Jared. It isn’t only back to help on the case, he’s back to win her heart once again. He just has to get past a serial killer and Claire’s two brothers.

*This was one of my favorites!*

Breathing – Dee Ellis

Jess and Sophia turn a one night stand into and entire weekend. He wants more, but she’s illusive and won’t let him close. After a second weekend together, months after the first, he wants to keep her, but she disappears. Then weeks later he’s called out to a home and there he finds his precious Sophia.

*This by far is the most steamy of the stories.*

Protect and Serve – Linnea Valle

Nathaniel is a police officer and Stephanie is a doctor who needs a little ‘protect and serve’ in her life. It’s short, and hot, but the ending is the best. We all need relationships like theirs.

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NOTE (not included in book blurb): 100% of the online sale proceeds for six months (e-book and print) will be donated directly to the ODMP. If any reader wants to donate beyond purchasing the anthology, please visit www.odmp.org. Your donation is tax deductible in the US. I don’t know about internationally.

Charity Info:

About Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP)

Founded in1996, the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.ODMP.org) is a non¬profit agency dedicated to honoring the memory of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The largest law enforcement memorial in the United States, ODMP pays tribute to over 23,000 fallen law enforcement officers in its online memorial and reflection pages. ODMP also honors fallen K9 officers, provides free resources to law enforcement agencies and officers, and works to keep cop killers behind bars through its No Parole program. The ODMP database tracks LODD statistics in the US back to 1791, enabling the law enforcement community to analyze trends and patterns in order to work toward the goal of improving officer safety.

NOTE: Although this anthology was written to raise awareness and donate to a special cause, the views and opinions expressed in the book are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of ODMP. ODMP is not a partner, sponsor, or affiliate of Cop Tales an Anthology for a Cause.

 

 

Review of My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

“There’s no one like her.”

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Length: 384 Pages

POV: Multiple First Person

Description:

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Gallery Books via NetGalley.*

Millie and her four single guy friends are kind of like a geek squad. Scientific minds, zero game. Which is why they decide they need dates for a special upcoming event and decide to try a dating app. Of course before everyone’s profiles go live Millie and Reid cross that invisible best friend line and have a night both will never forget making it a little difficult to go back to the way it was before. Although they both give it a try, they keep finding themselves unable to keep their hands (and bodies) to themselves.

“I really, really want sex tonight,” she admits. “Specifically, I’d like sex with you, but if you’re weirded out by this, then it’s cool if you leave and I dive into the drawer of sin in my bedroom.”

When Reid gets a match on the dating app who seems sweet and beautiful it drives Millie a little green with jealousy so when her second profile matches up with him she can’t help, but respond. Although her intentions are pure at the beginning she realizes that she likes being open with Reid like this. She can be herself without feeling likes she’s oversharing her emotions. Problem is she’s falling for him and he doesn’t even know it’s her, which leaves him confused because he wants them both.

Even best friends can’t always survive deceit, but add in a broken heart on top of it and nothing will ever be the same.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand is endearing with sprinkles of humor. I loved the comradery between the friends. They all had such unique personalities that their friendship actually held the book together. The were the glue while Millie and Reid figured out their stuff. Can’t beat a book with several wonderful characters!

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