Review of Torian (A Mafia Forbedden Romance) by Eden Summers

“Money is power, but family is everything”

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Action and Adventure

Length: 480 Pages

Description:

He’s my nemesis.
My tormentor.
A notorious criminal with a smoldering smile to mask the devil hidden beneath.

Conniving. Threatening. Brutal.
He stalks me from the shadows.
Makes me itch to place him behind bars.

But he has an offer I can’t refuse.
A major risk with the perfect reward.

I can’t let down my guard.
Can’t be tempted to trust him.

Not even when I begin to understand his corrupt ways.

Because the only face the devil shows is the one he wants you to see.
And all I’m seeing is hunger.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Cole Torian might not live on the right side of the law but the last thing he wants is his name to be associated with his father. Cole was raised by his father and has been in the criminal word since he could talk. The one thing that is above everything else in his life is his siblings and their families. When he has to do the unthinkable to his father a smart mouth FBI agent messes up all his plans.

Anissa Fox is a FBI agent that would love to see nothing more than the Torian family behind bars. When she crosses paths with Cole she never could of imagined what she was going to walk into.

Wow, this book caught my attention right away. Cole is a criminal that has the looks and the money. Anissa just wants to take all of that from him. When Cole and Anissa start spending time together (against her will) she starts to see a side of him that makes her think he might just be a good person. When he offers her a deal that she cannot refuse she proves that she is in come hell or high water.

This was a great read. The book sucks you in from the first chapter and you have a hard time putting it down. I had so many emotions while reading this. I really felt for Anissa and Cole. I do feel like the ending kind of left me hanging but I would definitely read it again.

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Review of Ignite (Dark Kings #15) by Donna Grant

“There’s no other place I’d rather be than with you.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Suspense

Length: 416 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Every inch of him was molded as if from granite…and her blood ran like fire…

For centuries, V has waited to awaken from his doomed sleep and reclaim his destiny. But this Dragon King–one among a legion of legendary warriors sworn to protect the human race from darkness–must first find a way to win back his sword. Wield its power. And try not to fall prey to his own illicit desires.

Claire may possess the beauty and soul of a goddess but V knows better than to mess with a mere mortal. Still, he instinctively knows that Claire is The One who can help him regain the use of his sword and restore his place at Dreagan. But if she learns the truth about who–and what–he really is, her memories of him would be erased forever. How can V love Claire truly, madly, deeply…and protect her from the forces of fire and darkness that could destroy them both?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley.*

I have to start off my review by saying that I have never read A Dark Kings Novel before and did not know this was #15 until I added it to my reading list on Goodreads. I have to admit it was a bit overwhelming in the beginning and at time throughout the book because it references a lot of things that happened in the past, but it also attempts to explain them so I do have to give credit there.

V is a Dragon King. One who apparently has slept most of his life. When he awakens bad things seem to happen. No one knows if it’s his doing or coincidence, but this time there hasn’t been anything catastrophic. Then again, this time there’s Claire.

Claire apparently had a run in with the Dragon Kings in a previous novel, but in this one she hides the fact that she knows of their existence. That isn’t all she’s hiding. However, all does come out in the end.

There a few Dragon Kings who play matchmaker with V and Claire, but putting them in the same place at the same time works better than any could have anticipated. They have been drawn toward each other, but fighting it. Some things can’t be fought long. They have one hell of a connection.

Ignite is an exciting journey of love, which just happens to take place on the edge of battle. The Dark, The Others, and psychotic queen, and a determined fae…one can only guess what the next book will hold.

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Review of The Sage and The Savage (Dark Desire #2) by Viola Calvary

“I like it when you hiss at me, kitten.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Suspense

Length: 238 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Dahlia and Kenny are back and things are heating up.

An enemy stalks the night, targeting psychics in Dahlia’s force. When evidence turns up pointing straight at Dahlia, it’s up to her and Kenny to face off against an opponent more powerful than they had ever imagined. But, when Dahlia is left broken, bloody, and hunted and Kenny is forced to do the unthinkable to keep her out of ancient evil’s grip, they need answers about the nameless creature stalking them. Unfortunately the only being with those answers may be the very demon that’s woken in Dahlia’s mind. And he’s got other plans for the two captains.
Caught in the Puppet Master’s web, hunted by both allies and enemies can Dahlia and Kenny survive?

Kenny’s eyes gleamed with anger and he moved fast, pushing her hard against the stone. Her head snapped back into the hand he’d placed behind it. He gripped her hair tightly.

“You’re mine, Dahlia,” he snarled. “I would’ve torn them to shreds before letting them take you.”

Dahlia bared her own teeth and snarled back at him as the press of his body against hers stirred her insane desire, already so close to the surface when she was near him. That blind, animal lust mixed with her anger and found resonance with him, pushing sanity out of her skull.

She sunk the nails of her hands into the skin of his back as he pulled her head back and bit into the side of her neck. He pressed his body harder against her, keeping her trapped between him and the stone. She felt him hard as his sharp, burning need washed over her mind. The desire to feel him take her coursed through her like fire. She wanted to taste him, feel the emotions boiling inside her spill out and consume him.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

After a large win in book one Dahlia has to face an even bigger enemy this time around. How do you kill a god? She’ll discover how and Leon will be right there beside her whether she wants him to or not. Of course so will Kenny.

“If I find him first I’m gunna tear off his arms and legs and leave him pinned up on my sword to bleed out. If annoys me when people fuck with you.”

Pretty sure Kenny’s dragon claimed Dahlia as it’s own, just as he did. Their magnetism is off the charts and yes, you’ll finally find out why their crazy connection keeps getting stronger.

“Don’t fucking leave me,” he snarled. “If there’s any sanity in my skull, anything that keeps me human, I’ll lose it if I see someone else in your eyes.”

The Sage and The Savage brings us on a new and insane journey. Just when you think things will work in their favor something else will pop up completely changing the game. The pages are filled with ravenous sex, brutal battle, and the strength of a team. Definitely looking forward to book three!

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Review of Dahlia (Dark Desire #1) by Viola Calvary

“… will you still want me tomorrow?” 

 

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Suspense

Length: 262 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Nothing’s black and white. Not love, not desire. Not heroes or monsters. They all have a dark side.

Dahlia makes people nervous. Gifted with dangerous psychic abilities, she’s no pushover. The only person who makes them even more nervous? Captain Kenneth Ravin. Savage, deadly, and concealing his own secrets, Ravin is exactly the last man she should be interested in. So why can’t Dahlia seem to shake her insane attraction to him?

Everything begins to unravel when an enemy in the shadows targets Dahlia in a plot that pulls everyone around her into a battle for their lives. With no choice but to accept Ravin’s offer of an ally, Dahlia finds he’s pushing her closer to the darkness that lies buried within her, her own deadly secret. Caught in the chaos, can she stay in control or will dipping her toe into those dark desires send her tumbling over the edge into madness? Does she even have a choice?

No cliffhangers. Strong heroine. Shifters. Suspense. Fantasy. Adventure. Alpha males. Adult content.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Dahlia is unique even amongst the other distinctly talented commanders. She’s known as the puppet master to those above her, although no one believes there’s any relation to the to the true Puppet Master.

She has intense psychic abilities which causes discomfort to those around her, all except her squad of oddball individuals. And Kenny. He has abilities only he knows about…and Dahlia. They have a unique animalistic bond that seems to remove all barriers and secrets they usually keep from others.

“No, he recognized she was strong enough to protect herself. It was a mark of possession, he had begun to think of her as his and wouldn’t accept anyone interfering. Dahlia couldn’t hide from the part of her that was fascinated by the idea.”

Dahlia takes you on a journey of self discovery through battle worn and traitorous times. This is one of those books that’s difficult to find a stopping point. Whether its fight scenes or crazy hot sex, there’s always action, and any simple distraction can be completely annoying and cause you to lose the energy of what you were reading.

It does end on a minor cliffhanger, but mostly because it seems like Dahlia’s story is just getting started and I cannot wait to read the next book in the Dark Desire series. And can I just say…I love Kenny!

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Review of Let’s Talk About Sext (Let’s Talk About Sext #1) by Evie Claire

“Is it medically possible to break your vagina?”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 284 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Her: Unstoppable, workaholic, driven force of nature.

Him: The exact opposite of that.

Phebe Stark needs a punching bag. No, on second thought, she needs a donut. No, on third thought, she needs to escape into a dark bar with a strong drink. She’s just been harassed, for the umpteenth time, by the slimy supervisor standing between her and a shattered glass ceiling at her high-pressure Atlanta firm. But then a tall, bearded, sexy lumberjack of a bartender saunters over, and suddenly Phebe knows she doesn’t need gin . . . she needs him.

Brody Cantrell didn’t exactly intend to become a bartender. He planned to help out at his ailing uncle’s bar for a year, then get an advanced degree and rise to the top of his field. Instead, he got a Ph.D. in Real Life from his customers. Brody thinks he’s seen everything—until he meets Phebe Stark. And when he gets a load of her fearless sexting skills, he just has to see what’s under that power suit. Brody’s certain they’ll have a good time or two—nothing serious. Then again, all these steamy messages and breathless trysts have him seriously considering . . . Why not?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley.*

“Brody Cantrell. Bartender, resident psychologist, and all around badass.”

“Phebe Stark, budding CEO, day drinker and all-around ballsy bitch.”

Those quotes pretty much sum up the two main characters. They are complete opposites, but somehow their differences only complement the other. She brings out a part in Brody he had been trying to deny. And he brings out a side in Phebe that she desperately needed.

Brody came from money, but he walked away from it all. He did what made him happy and carried on his uncle’s legacy. Never in a million years did he imagine a woman like Phebe walking into his bar, nor could he imagine ever wanting someone like her, but he’d been drawn to her from the moment she sat down.

“He wanted to share this. He wanted to see the look in her eyes when he pushed into her – the ecstasy, the pleasure, the pain, everything. He had to know. Was this real or was she just having fun?”

Phebe was a woman in an man’s world and she busted her butt everyday to prove herself, but she did just that. She’d created one hell of a reputation for herself, which led to a wonderful opportunity. One that couldn’t have come sooner with creep of a boss. What she did not have time for was men. But when a bad day got worse and she found herself sitting in a bar in the middle of the day, she did not expect to find a crosswording sexy bartender who made her speechless.

“God, when that boy smiled so wickedly, it was everything. Like the sunshine decided his face was the only surface worthy of touching that day.”

Let’s Talk About Sext is the perfect mixture of sweet and dirty. I know I’ll be daydreaming about pool tables for the unforeseeable future. It drew me in and held my attention, but there was just something that kept me from completely loving it and I’m not entirely sure I can place my finger on what exactly that is.

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BLOG TOUR – Review of Flare Up (Boston Fire #6) by Shannon Stacey

“I’m not going to be able to stay away from you.” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 352 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Nursing a broken heart while everybody around him seems to be drowning in happiness has Grant Cutter wondering whether staying with Engine 59—or even Boston Fire—is in his future. It’s tempting as hell to pack up what fits in his Jeep and hit the road. But then a 911 call brings the woman who shattered his heart back into his life, and he knows he won’t ever be able to fully leave her in his rearview mirror.

For a few months, Wren Everett had thought the nightmare of her past was behind her and she might live happily ever after with Grant. Until she got the phone call letting her know the time her ex had spent in jail for assault hadn’t cooled his temper or determination that she belonged with him. Cutting ties with Grant was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do, but it was also the only way to keep him safe.

Now that Grant is back, he’s not letting Wren push him away again. And even with the trust issues between them, Wren dares to hope she and Grant might have a future together after all…if they’re willing to fight for it.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity.*

Grant is a fireman. One who got his heart-broken, out of the blue, by the woman he loved. Then one night he rescued a woman from a fire…his woman.

Wren loved Grant, but her past had caught up with her and in order to protect the one she loved she ran. Breaking her own heart in the process. However, sometimes things are meant to be. One moment she’s in her rundown apartment and the next she’s in the arms of the man she missed more than anything.

Wren’s ex may have terrorized her, caused her to make bad choices, but in the end her mind was her worst enemy. Especially when you have friends like Grant and Wren do.

Flare Up is a reconnection story. You can’t run from what’s meant to be.

I have to say that the suspense turned out to be a little underwhelming. It was built up to be more than it turned out to be. The romance, however, was perfect for the over all story line.

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Excerpt:

The apartment was small—one room and probably barely legal—so it only took a few seconds to follow the coughing to the person on the floor near the window. While Aidan did a quick check of the bathroom and under the bed to make sure there was nobody else, Grant crouched down next to the person he was pretty sure was a woman, despite having a throw blanket over her head.

“Fire department,” he said. “Let’s get you out of here.”

Her cough was so weak and ineffectual, he didn’t bother asking if she could get up and walk. Instead he rolled her, intending to lift her and carry her out.

Then the throw blanket slipped away from a sleep-tangled mess of blonde curls, revealing dark blue eyes he saw in his dreams, and Grant’s world stopped.

“Wren.”

He hadn’t seen her in five months, since she’d told him on the phone she didn’t want to see him anymore and then ghosted. No explanation. No compromise. Nothing but five months of a broken heart that hadn’t even begun to heal yet.

What the hell was she doing in this place?

Grant. Her mouth formed his name, though no sound got through her constricted throat. The grayish cast of her skin and lips terrified him, and he started to hoist her up.

Aidan was at his side. “I’ll carry her out.”

“I’ve got her.” Despite the shock and pain from seeing her again, Grant wanted to hold her. He wanted to cradle her in his arms and feel that sense of contentment holding her had always brought him in the past.

There was no time for that. After draping her over his shoulder, he stood and headed for the door. It wouldn’t be a comfortable ride for her, but the only thing that mattered right now was getting her out of the building and to an ambulance, where they could give her oxygen. Her body had gone totally limp by the time he reached the stairs, but he refused to consider the possibility she’d need medical care beyond that.

They’d gotten there in time, and that’s all there was to it.

He heard voices in his radio and was aware Aidan stayed right behind him, but Grant didn’t stop moving until he hit the clear, frigid air.

He paused to get his bearings and then headed for the ambulances on standby. Some of those voices in his radio must have warned them he was coming, because Cait opened the back of her truck and waved at him.

Cait Tasker was not only an EMT, but she was engaged to Gavin Boudreau, who was Grant’s best friend and with the Ladder 37 crew. E-59 and L-37 were parked side-by-side in the firehouse and always rolled out together, so Gavin was on scene, too. And Cait knew Wren. The four of them had spent a lot of time together before Wren walked away from him and didn’t look back.

By the time he reached the ambulance doors, he could feel her stirring. Not a lot, but she had to be breathing in order to regain consciousness and that was enough for now.

Because it was so damn cold and she was small, they didn’t bother with the stretcher. He handed Wren up to Cait’s partner, Tony, who turned away with her.

“Oh my God, Grant.” Cait looked at him, her expression mirroring his thoughts. “What the hell was Wren doing living here?”

“I don’t know. She’ll be okay, right?”

“We’ll take care of her. Are you okay?”

He didn’t answer. As he watched Tony fit a mask over Wren’s face, her eyes met his and, no, he wasn’t okay.

Questions tumbled through his mind. Why was Wren living in this place? Why had she disappeared from his life so abruptly? How could she still be in the city and not miss him enough to at least send a text message?

Had she known he’d been days away from buying her a ring and asking her to spend the rest of her life with him?

 

BLOG TOUR – Review of Work For It (Irresistible Billionaires #3) by Ashley Bostock

“The cookie made me do it.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 235 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Billionaire CEO Dylan Truex was burnt out. Not from his empire, DIRTY GAINS, but from his celebrity status. Having the body he did as well as the motivation to lead the pack, was no longer all it was cracked up to be. Heading to Estes Park for a two-week getaway all by himself sounded like the perfect solution to all his problems. Until he arrives and finds that the condo has been double-booked. Sharing the condo, he can handle. Cute blondie tempting him to break his no-sex bet, err…

When Lina Armstrong runs away from her old life—walking out on her job and leaving behind her family—the best thing she can do is reclaim her true self. No boss. No family. No men. No anybody. Then comes handsome stranger Dylan Truman threatening to wreck her alone time at Pine Lake. Yeah, he’s cute and all, but so are the elk and that doesn’t mean she wants to share a condo with them.

When the blizzard hits and whiteout conditions make it unsafe for either of them to go anywhere, they are forced to stay put in the condo together. What started off as a bad thing, starts to turn into something good. Two weeks with this cocky hard body? Alright, if she must.

It shouldn’t be a problem as long as she can keep her hands to herself and stop imagining if his tongue has as much stamina as the rest of his body.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Let’s just say that Dylan makes a mistake he definitely knows how to make up for it.

Lina had a meltdown, decided she couldn’t do her life anymore, quit her job and basically ran away to start over. The first two weeks she spent in Estes Park were wonderful. She ignored her phone, and worked on writing a book. Just something she wanted to try doing.

Then everything changed. He showed up.

Dylan needed a break. He was getting burnt out on always trying to please everyone and needed a trip to Estes Park to regain his calm. He did not expect to walk into the house he booked to find a log wielding woman.

“I’ve never wanted a woman as badly as I want you. You taste like sunshine.”

A ‘blizzarding’ event forced them to be roommates. Each wanted to be alone. But neither could stop the buzzing connection they felt. Two weeks is all it took to turn Dylan’s world upside down and to start Lina on a new and exciting path.

From flashlight lit showers to nosey neighbors interrupting steamed truck windows Work For It is packed full of hilarious little moments. The characters are likeable and the story is adorable…with a few oh hell yes moments thrown in.

“Are you going to let me show you all the tricks my tongue can do, Lina? Prime you for my cock?”

I loved how he kept searching for the maker of the sugar cookies, but in the end gives up. It may have taken him a while to admit how wrong he’d been, but he definitely apologizes in style.

My only wish is that I would have read the previous books in the series. I don’t think they were needed, but as some of the other characters came into play I realized I wished to have read their stories too. Maybe I’ll go back and catch up.

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