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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 A Woman’s Pleasure by J.F. Kelly

A Woman's Pleasure

A Glimpse Into A Man’s Head

 

Genre: Romantic Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 387 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Follow the sizzling hot, yet romantic and sensually sexual adventures of twenty-five very different men as they encounter their first sexual, most erotic, and most sensual experiences in satisfying the desires of women in A Woman’s Pleasure.

The erotic adventures of A Woman’s Pleasure will carry readers to a new, heightened state of sexual awareness. Each of the many sexual experiences is surrounded by an aura of romance, respect, and mutuality, where both women and men experience total pleasure and complete satisfaction.

Making love is not something you do to someone-it’s something you share. Women should be equal players in the sexual encounter. They express their sexuality as intensely as men and should also participate as much as men do in driving the lovemaking experience.

The real-life sensual, sexual, and lovemaking interactions in these stories will empower women to seek sexual fulfillment and show men how to make love so that women will achieve sexual satisfaction.

Men will discover how to give sensual, sexual pleasure to their women and understand that by giving pleasure, they will receive pleasure-which is something that can’t be learned from watching porn.

At times, these stories make you blush; other times, they’ll leave your heart-and other body parts-throbbing. They are sure to stimulate your senses, stir your thoughts, and inspire your fantasies. More importantly, men and women alike will realize what it means to make love and feel unparalleled pleasure.

This book will help men and women redefine their lovemaking and sexual expression with each other. No matter what age or stage their relationship is at, they can transform their interaction from “what was” and “what is” to “what can be.”

There are no fetishes, kinkiness, or control issues involved-but plenty of romance, love, and caring to enjoy foreplay, satisfaction, and afterglow.

Give it to your lover, husband, or wife. Read it together or alone. Keep it by your bedside. You will continually return to certain sexual encounters you especially enjoy many times over.

Jennifer Review: 

*I received this book free from Bostick Communications in exchange for an honest review*

A Woman’s Pleasure is set up interview style. Twenty-five men are asked questions about themselves, their sexual experiences, and a few are even asked scenario questions. This is however a work of fiction so how real these twenty-five men are or how edited their responses is anybody’s guess.

Some of the questions repeat throughout the book and some are uniquely designed for the type of man. The top ten I saw repeatedly were:

Can you describe yourself?

Can you talk about one of your earlier (or sometimes your first) sexual experience (s)?

What is your favorite position?

What is your best sexual experience to date?

What is your most frequent fantasy when you go solo?

What personal characteristics do women find attractive about you?

What would you consider to be one of the greatest challenges facing intimate sexual relationships?

What is your most romantic and sensual experience?

What are some of your foreplay whisperings in your sexual encounters?

What is the most erotic experience that you have had so far?

To me some of the answers seemed more like what a woman would like to hear versus what would be closer to reality. It’s sort of like getting a behind the scenes interview with your favorite book boyfriends. If something like that would interest you then this is a book that would entertain your curiosity. For me, it took what seemed like forever for me to get through it.

Jenn 2.5 Heart

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Review of The Silver Cord by J.C. Mead

The Silver Cord

Magically Speechless

Genre: Paranormal Romance (Ghosts)

Book Length (Est.): 242 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

After her husband’s death, single mom Kat Cambridge yearns to get back to nature and resume her practice of witchcraft. She leaves bustling Boston and her high pressure interior design job to raise her kids in a sleepy southern town. To support herself, she and her best friend, fellow single mom Jess Greenleaf, purchase a run-down property they intend to fix and flip. But does the long-dead builder of the house have other plans?

Once she discovers an old painting in the attic, Kat begins to have reality-bending visions of a handsome Scottish soldier. While exploring the house’s history, she meets charming Colin MacKay, who unknowingly reveals the identity of the sexy specter.

The soldier summons Kat and Jess to save his drifting soul before it is lost forever. As challenging as that seems, creating the perfect spell is easy compared to choosing between the ghost who knows everything about her, and the real man in her life, who wants to.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Kat and Jess each have their unique magical gifts, but it’s Kat’s who invite her to meet the previous occupant of their newly purchased fixer upper.

With Kat able to see ghosts, well one in particular anyway, her life takes a little bit of a turn toward the very strange. Caught between a very sexy and living man, Colin, and a romantic but dead man, Donald, she finds her love life isn’t as dead as she’d hoped it to be.

“What was your favorite part?”

How modest of him to bait me. “The ice cream,” I giggled in spite of myself , I felt like a teenager around him. It was nice, but frustrated me at the same time.

“Gee, I thought the kiss was rather spectacular.”

The characters are interesting, but I didn’t feel as if there was depth to any of them. The pace moved along pretty well, but it seemed like there was at times too much detail on things that had no baring on the story and not enough detail on things I wanted to know. The storyline was a little hard for me to wrap my head around. I mean kiss the man and sleep with the ghost…yeah just strange. I honestly have no other words to describe it.

In all honesty it reminded me of a B rated movie. The kind you can’t stop watching, but only because you keep waiting for it to get to the good part.

My Favorite Quote: When Kat refers to how her husband died and how she explained it to her children.

“My husband died of a cardiac arrest while doing his assistant on his executive desk in his corner office. I told them he go sick at work and died.”

Jenn 2.5 Heart

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Review of Make You Burn (The Deacons of Bourbon Street #1) by Megan Crane

MYB

Make You Burn

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance

Book Length (Est.): 197 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Meet the Deacons of Bourbon Street, bad boy bikers who are hell on wheels—and heaven between the sheets. Megan Crane revs up an irresistible new series co-written with Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates. 

Sean “Ajax” Harding’s oaths are inked into his skin. Once second-in-command of the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, he left New Orleans to protect the brotherhood, and only the death of his beloved mentor, Priest Lombard, could lure him back. Walking into the old hangout gives him a familiar thrill—especially when he gets an eyeful of the bar’s delectable new owner. A wild ride with her is just the welcome Ajax needs. Then he realizes that she’s Priest’s daughter, all grown up and totally off limits.

Sophie Lombard loved her father, not his lifestyle. She’s done with bikers . . . until Ajax roars into town—arrogant, tough, and sexy as ever. And although he treats her like the Catholic schoolgirl he once knew, Sophie’s daydreams tend to revolve around sin. With the very real possibility of heartbreak looming, Sophie knows better than to get too close to an outlaw. But every touch from Ajax is steamier than the Louisiana bayou—and heat like this may just be worth getting burned.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Mindy’s Review:  

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

Sean “Ajax” Harding returns to town after being away for ten years because the death of his President and mentor Priest. Ajax is the Vice President of the Bourbon Street Motorcycle Club and his loyalty to the club runs deep, skin deep. When he starts to investigate what has happened to Priest he starts to realize that this was not an accident. Seeing a very familiar lady that has rebellion running through her veins has Ajax thinking about the one woman he should not touch.

Sophie Lombard is the daughter of the President of the Bourbon Street Motorcycle Club, She loved her father but has lived the biker lifestyle for far too long. When her father dies she finally gets to be herself. That is until the VP strolls in and stakes his claim. Sophie wants nothing to do with the club and really wants nothing to do with Ajax. Her body and her brain have different opinions on how she should handle him.

I have read a lot of MC books over the past few months and for some reason I could not connect with these characters at all. I am not sure if it was the storyline itself or the fact that I just needed more. I think I have more questions than answers at this point. What happened with Priest and what was going on before his accident? Why did Ajax have to leave for so long? I felt that I needed more of the build up to what happened and what is going to happen. Why are all of the club members gone? And why did the end of the book jump so far ahead?

With that being said the chemistry between Ajax and Sophie is hot but not too convincing for me.  Ajax likes to have control and Sophie has no problem handing that over in the bedroom but when in public her mouth tends to get her in trouble. This did make me laugh frequently.

Maybe just maybe the second book in the series Fire Me Up will give me all the answers that I am seeking.

My Favorite Moment: I really did enjoy when Ajax seen Sophie for the first time and realized who she was.

Mindy 2.5 star

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Review of Monica’s Secret (Erogenous Zones #1) by Saskia Walker

Monica's Secret

Want none…get two.

 

Genre: Erotic Romance (M/M, M/F, M/M/F)

Book Length (Est.): 192 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Willingly bound and seduced by two masters…

Two men have walked in to Monica Evans’ life, and it isn’t ever going to be the same. Owen Clifford and his lover, Alec Stroud, are investigating fraud at Monica’s place of work, a luxurious London hotel. From the moment they meet, the chemistry between the three of them is off the scale.

But Monica has a secret, and it isn’t anything to do with fraud. Like her sisters, Monica is a psychic. In Monica’s case the gift is psychometry—when she touches objects or people she can experience their sexual history. Can she ever truly share that with a lover, let alone two bisexual lovers? Something about Owen and Alec captures her though, literally. Willingly bound and seduced by two masters, Monica opens up to them, physically, emotionally, and psychically.

Owen and Alec have been looking for their third and they believe Monica might be the one to complete their lives. But Monica’s secret isn’t the only barrier these two have to break down in order to win their woman. Fraud, duplicity, and mysterious threats add to their complications. For Owen and Alec, the challenges are stacking up and the race is on.

Reader Advisory: This book contains graphic sex scenes including bondage, domination, MFM, and MM scenes.This book has been previously published with a different cover.

YAY – Double Review!

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

I haven’t decided if I liked this or not. Monica has a unique ability that does add a special twist to the story, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. From a romance/erotica standpoint Owen used it to show her how he felt about her and in the end so did Alec. The three even learned to maneuver around her ability to allow them to be together without restraint. From the standpoint of the ‘who did it?’ it got a little weird. Touching things, seeing things, it could be a little disturbing at times.

As for the plot…I enjoyed the relationship between Monica, Owen, and Alec. They basically forced her to open herself up to the possibility of them, but it was all good. Now the mystery/suspense part that was entwined within the romance was too downplayed for my liking.

If you like reading about sex (M/M, M/F/M, M/M/F) then this will hit the spot for you, but don’t expect too much of anything else because if you do you’ll be sadly disappointed.

“I’d like to see more of what I saw earlier. I’d like to watch you two together.”

Alec caught Owen’s glance. Owen simmered with the dark sexuality and his eyes flickered, interest flaring in them. This was a first. They’d never shared a woman who actually asked to see them together before. 

My Favorite Quote: “Damn it, I can’t even touch myself anymore, I’m getting feedback.”

Jenn 3 Heart

 

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Monica Evans has a very unusual psychic ability that she has hidden from others her entire life. Her job in the hotel proves her ability to be very strong when touching certain objects or people. When two alpha men walk into the hotel to investigate fraud they might just learn Monica’s Secret after all.

Owen and Alec are at the London Hotel to investigate and talk to all the employees. Meeting Monica for the first time sends an electrical charge through the men. They are very forthcoming with Monica from the beginning and she senses that she just might be able to trust these two men.

I don’t typically read books that have M/M in the storyline but decided to give this one a shot. I liked the storyline and it was able to hold my interest. I did feel as if Owen and Alec are not your typical alpha males. I’m not sure they would know what to do if the other was not in the room. The ending was the disappointing part for me, I feel as if it just well….ended. Overall, this was an okay read for me.

My Favorite Moment: I did find it funny when Monica figured out the relationship between Owen and Alec. 

Mindy 2.5 star

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Review of Slate (Rebel Wayfarers MC #2) by MariaLisa deMora

Slate

Balls of titanium… Definitely!

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Book Length (Est.): 513 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Andrew Jones grew up in a small town in Wyoming, and as a teen he watched his family implode following the death of his father. Driven by a need to provide for his little brother and remaining family, he begins looking for work, restlessly traveling from job to job on his Indian motorcycle, looking for something he cannot define.

Meeting Davis Mason, President of the Rebel Wayfarers MC in Chicago is a central point in his life, and over the following years he gradually becomes Slate, assuming the persona as first a prospect into Mason’s MC, then full patch member. He has finally found the brotherhood he longed for, a sense of connection and belonging…a family and a home.

The only thing missing from Slate’s life is a woman who can love him…all of him. He finds his match in a daughter of the MC, and his dreams are filled with silent smiles, unruly red hair, and her soft curves. Slate works to gain her trust, but as their relationship seems to be finding its feet, ghosts from their previous lives threaten to ruin everything and put the woman he loves in grave danger.

Can he save his woman from the dangers brought to her doorstep by the past, or will she and their love be a casualty of conflict within the club.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

I don’t think I’ve ever been more disappointed by a sequel. I absolutely loved book one, Mica, but book two fell extremely short of my expectations. The storyline just jumps entirely too much. I’d start to get pulled into the story, enjoying the characters and what was happening and then it would jump forward again. New characters, new location, and more time passed. In other words…it would pull you in and drop you, then repeat the process all over again.

This book starts when Andrew is a teenager and then moves on through his life as he learns to move forward until eventually becoming Slate. It takes you through his teenage years, his first jobs, interactions with new people who will continually affect his life, and then it will end with him finding a little bit of happiness. From farms, to horse trailers, to MCs.

“I can tend bar too, but I fucking love tuning and stroking chrome.” 

Andrew has always been that dependable person. In his earlier years he had no choice. His signature “What do you need me to do?” and “I got this.” were what kept him going even when he wasn’t sure what to do.

“If you get tired of this one, I would like to know. Balls of titanium, he has.” 

Despite the connection I felt with the characters in the first book, in this book I couldn’t connect with hardly anyone. They wouldn’t be in the story long enough to bond with. I couldn’t even feel the connection between Slate and Ruby.

The timeline does cross with that from Mica, so you get a little bit of that story again, but through a new set of eyes.

All I can say is that the more I read the more frustrated I became. I wanted to love this. I really did. But I sadly did not.

My Favorite Quote: “God forgives; Rebels don’t.” 

Jenn 2.5 Heart

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Review of Bound to Remember (Spellbound Series #1) by Lola James

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 144 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my!

Toni is a young doctor with a past she can’t remember and a deadly reason for forgetting it.

Ben is a nurse who has his own tragic past and transfers hospitals after an act of heroism forces his secluded life public.

Ben can’t believe his eyes when he meets Toni, she has an uncanny resemblance to an old friend of his, and Toni can’t help but find Ben irresistible.

Enter Kevin, Toni’s sexy but arrogant Ex. Kevin’s jealousy of Ben blinds him from his main objective, Toni.

A dangerous secret is revealed and a magic spell seems to be a quick remedy, but the witch that helps has a little more than magic up her sleeve…

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

I have to start out my review by saying that it was originally part of a blog tour, but it was canceled after I read the book and I still feel obliged to write my review. I can say that very poor editing made this extremely difficult to read, but I can also say that it is currently being re-edited so hopefully readers will be able to concentrate more on the storyline instead of trying to figure out if they read the last sentence incorrectly or if it really made no sense at all.

Toni is a doctor and seemed to be a pretty good one until Ben, aka Nurse Hero, shows up and then she begins hesitating. And hesitation from a doctor is not a good thing. Neither is flirting with the new nurse and going home with him the first night, and yet she does it anyway.

Ben has entirely too many secrets, but they slowly come out into the open as he and Toni get closer. He’s a sweet guy and it’s hard not to like him, but the way he speaks and responds to questions drove me insane. I understand that it’s just part of his characteristics, but I sometimes felt as if he seemed almost robotic.

This is a short book and the plot is okay, but when I finished it I didn’t get the urge to hurry out and buy the next one. And that’s saying a lot because it ends on one heck of a cliffhanger.

If you like books about vampires, witches, and demons then you may enjoy this, but I suggest waiting for the re-edited version due out in May or June.

My Favorite Quote: “I feel myself wanting to get closer to you, be with you, and somehow make you love me.” 

Jenn 2.5 Heart 

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