Review of Hot Mess (Players #1) by Jaine Diamond

“Unicorn…” 

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Length: 610 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Fate. Destiny. Karma… She’s mine.

It all started with a broken heart.
And a breakup party.
Rock stars. Circus freaks. And a bachelorette party.
Too. Much. Booze.
An embarrassing tattoo.
And a twist of fate.

Her name was Danny.

I thought she was The One.
But then I lost her.
And I never thought I’d see her again.
Now… I’m a mess.
I’ve had my heart broken—more than once.
And my band’s broken up.
I’ve sworn to myself that I’ll never fall in love again.
Time to focus on new music and my new band.

As soon as I sober up from my latest breakup party…

But then there she is.
Standing in the rain, looking at me.
My dream girl.
My destiny…
Danny.
I missed my chance with her once.
Maybe this time… I’ll get it right.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Danica knew Ashley thought she was her sister. She’d heard all about her make out session with him years before. But she couldn’t help wishing he’d really been interested in her.

“Me: I have faith in you. You brought me six pennies. Just do your thing”

If you’ve read the Dirty series you know who Ash is . He’s wound his woes throughout the books…and his dirty little tattoo secret that everyone found out about. He acted like he didn’t know who Danny was, but he knew. And he’d been looking for her for four years. Until one day while completely drunk in the rain he’d found her. Although to his dismay it wasn’t her. It was her twin.

Sober Ashley likes Danica way better than her twin sister, he just doesn’t want to get his heart broke again so he plays it cool. But he’s a bad liar.

Danica will remodel his home and freshen up his heart.

“… Come on. Be a man and show me the pink flower between your legs.”

Hot Mess described Ashely perfectly and in this book we get to see the nitty gritty version we’ve been waiting for. All his issues laid bare for everyone to read.

“”… Did you know he’s into dudes?”

“No,” she said, looking right pissed off. “But why should I be surprised? You make straight men bend over.””

I have to say I was a little disappointed in this book. I’d had high hopes for Ash and was expecting it to be as good as the Dirty series, but this one wasn’t. Maybe it was that Ashley carried way more issues than I was expecting or maybe it was Danica’s too lenient attitude, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Don’t get me wrong it’s still a great read and I look forward to the next Players novel. Although it looks like Xander is going to be entirely too far over his head.

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Review of 28 Dates (Crazy Love #3) by Stacey Lynn

“I’ve never been more certain of anything in my life. “

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Length: 191 Pages

Description:

In the age of apps and social media, how many dates does it take to find “the one”? The author of Knocked Up and Fake Wife swipes right on love with a captivating friends-to-lovers tale.

Caitlin Pappas is a lifelong commitment-phobe. The closest thing she’s had to a relationship in the last few years was a friends-with-benefits thing that fizzled out because the guy wanted more. So when she and her best friend design a new app that promises to find “the one” in 28 Dates, Caitlin is the perfect guinea pig. Little does she know that she may have already met her match. . . .

Jonas Reeves has tried his best to move on after Caitlin didn’t want take things to the next level. Now they really are just friends . . . without benefits. Caitlin’s even a regular at his bar, The Dirty Martini. But when he learns that Caitlin plans to beta-test a new dating app on his home turf, Jonas senses a golden opportunity to win her heart. Even if he has to slide into her DMs to do it. . . .

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from Netgalley via Loveswept.*

Jonas Reeves is ready to settle down. Running a bar and having a friends with benefits seems like all fun and games until Jonas discovers he has real feelings and wants to move in a more serious direction. When he brings it up Caitlin wants nothing to do with it.

Caitlin Pappas has a commitment phobia. Now that she has lost the benefits that she had with Jonas she gets to watch him try to move on with his life.

Jonas and Caitlin remain friends even though both still have feelings for each other. Caitlin does her friend a favor with a new dating app that he is programming. She has agreed to go on dates to meet new people. Although she wants to stay safe due to some personal issues she decides to meet all of her dates at Jonas’s bar.

Jonas gets the idea to join the app and try to get the one woman he wants back.

This was a fun read.

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Review of The Demon’s Muse (Dark Desire #2.5) by Viola Calvary

“His life bled onto her hands…”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Length: 73 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Leon and Mari’s dark story that created a legend for the ages.
Lost to time and the shadows that cloaked him even in his lifetime, the Puppet Master haunts myths and legends long after his death. What gave rise to this demon who was able to stand against the gods of his era? And what is he doing now that he’s escaped Death’s icy grip?
This novella from the Dark Desire series tells Leon and Mari’s story, intertwined with vengeance, lust, madness, and the ultimate game of death.

The Demon’s Muse is intended for a mature audience.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

It was a nice point of view, being able to see the man stuck inside Dahlia’s mind. He’s only been viewed as a creature of destruction and this sheds a little more light into the madness behind the monster.

Leon has a heart. You can glimpse it when he thinks about Mari. However, that doesn’t change the unscrupulous ways his mind plots out every action right down to his final moment.

“A single tear rolled down her cheek as she pulled the dagger along her lover’s throat.”

I’m now truly looking forward to reading book three, Drawn to Darkness. It’ll be interesting to see how this new information on Leon will possible change my ability to like him…or at least the man he may become.

“Gold energy twisted around him. Maybe Dahlia was right. Maybe another entity had gotten involved to make sure that fate would bring forth a second reflection of the soul they now shared.”

The Demon’s Muse is filled with graphic vengeance and a heartbreaking fate. I’m now more interested in the fate of the Puppet Master and all who surround him.

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Review of Hell’s Mistress (Infernal Love #1) by Viola Calvary

“…you have a tendency towards arrogance…”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 197 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

“I want to do so many things to you, but tonight let me just taste that wildness buried in your soul.”

Cora wasn’t looking for love and she certainly wasn’t looking for Luc. Clever, devilishly handsome, and with dark eyes filled with wicked promises, his magnetism leaves her breathless. She can’t get him out of her thoughts no matter how much good sense tells her she should walk away.

Luc’s been looking for Cora. For longer than she could even imagine. Now that he’s found her, he’s not letting her go without a fight. Unfortunately someone with far more sadistic designs has found her, too, and is willing to start that fight.

Cora soon discovers that Luc is much more than he appears and that their bond transcends distance, space, and even death. She’s drawn into his world of gods, demons, and a struggle for power where the fate of it all rests squarely on her shoulders.

Steamy, sensual, and suspenseful this devilish romance is for mature audiences only.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Cora was incredible at her job. Her love life not so much. Her fiancé left her for her sister. Oh ya that’s great for the old morale. Then she met this man at a business meeting and was drawn to him. Something she hurriedly ran away from. She didn’t want any part of that kind of sizzling connection…that is until he followed her and swept her off her feet.

Luc wanted his queen back beside him. He’d searched for Persephone’s reincarnated soul and finally found her. The pull toward Cora was one he’d missed for so long. Now all he had to do was get her to trust him so he could tell her the truth.

“I know you can handle it. But are you ready to see what I do to them? This is Hell and I’m not known for compassion.”

Although timing never works as you plan and when Cizin’s demons attack her in her own home she realizes she’s not in Kansas anymore and literally follows her heart and Luc into Hell where she can discover her true nature and aid in a battle that’s raged for an eternity.

Hell’s Mistress puts an intriguing twist on Hell and has you actually on the side of Lucifer. It’s crazy! And yet it’s not! I loved the way Cora desired to help and refused to give up. I enjoyed the way the demons all banded together to protect her. I just enjoyed it altogether and I’m looking forward to seeing where this new series goes.

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Review of Cry Mercy (Blood Legion MC #1) by Rie Warren

“Stop springing wood like a creep…” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance, Suspense

Length: 259 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Gritty star-crossed lovers? You have no idea . . .

ANGEL
I thought I knew bad times. The worst times. My dad murdered, the MC that’s rightfully mine ripped apart by corrupt rule. I didn’t know anything about true horror until I met a Tennessean girl named Mercy.

Angel and Mercy, frigging ironic, right? You don’t know the half of it. Blood Legion MC is my legacy, and revenge against me is Mercy’s. If you’re looking for gritty star-crossed lovers in the Crescent City, you’ve found it. Because there’s a damn good chance one of us won’t make it out of here alive.

MERCY
I’m at the mercy of my menfolk. Mercy . . . ironic, isn’t it? Because my cousin and my uncle show no mercy to me, despite my name. I’m used against my will. I’m beaten and worse when I don’t behave. I have no freedom, only one friend, and no chance of escape even though New Orleans is so vibrant I feel like I could touch the colors.

I fled the compound for just one night. I shouldn’t have. I met a biker called Angel—Angel. He’s blond as a seraph, but big and tall and full of sweet talk I’ve never heard before. Except he’s my family’s enemy.

Angel can’t be my only hope because my kin have vowed to take out him and the rest of the Blood Legion MC in one big Tenn-tucky blaze of glory.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Angel was reveling in the fact he’d gotten the Blood Legion MC mostly clean. They ran legitimate businesses. He was patching in honorable men who only added value to the club. They all had their pasts, and none looked too honorable, but they were all trustworthy men to him. Then he saw her. His fantôme. His gamine. His Mercy.

Mercy came from a family that only wanted to use her. To them women weren’t worth anything. They drugged her up and sold her out like she was just one of the other girls. Family meant nothing. She felt as if she was nothing…until she met him. Her Angel.

“I tensed across every single muscle in my body. I stayed as goddamn still as possible.

Don’t scare her off.

Don’t ask her to do anything.

Try not to come the second she makes contact with my dick.”

She’d do anything to protect him. And she did. She gave up everything to keep him, his MC, and the girls her family held safe. Until Angel realizes what she did and no one can run from an Angel when he reigns down his might.

The Blood Legion MC may have to take a less legal road to get her back, but it’s nothing they haven’t all done a time or two before, and somethings call for extreme measures.

Cry Mercy is a heartwarming, action packed story about love and what it’s worth to some people. It has many pages of unpleasantness that will grasp your heart, but then it also has pages filled with tenderness, and oh yeah can’t forget those pages so hot they’ll burn your fingers. Angel and Mercy create a heaven of their own.

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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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