BLOG TOUR: Review of Crave (Clark Family #1) by Evelyn Sola

“You here for cake?” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: About 250 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Sandra
Before THAT night, the over the top party and the cake incident, I spent Saturday nights with girlfriends, lamenting my life over margaritas.
I wasn’t ready for Jacob Clark. He was sin and dark edges, wrapped in regret. He was my kryptonite. His words oozed over me like warm honey. His dark eyes pricked my soul, and his touch….those fingers set my skin on fire.
Of course, he was too good to be true. And before I could wipe the icing off my greedy lips, I was walking away.
So, why was he invading her dreams?

Jacob
She was the remedy to everything. Until my family, my past provoked me.
I made one little scene, and Sandra walked away without a word, despite our mind-blowing connection.
When I finally barged in on her life again, she told me she didn’t want me. I told her in her pretty face she did. She more than wanted me.
Remember the ache? When I’m with her, it goes away.
If she wants a chase, I’ll give her one.
Who knows? When I catch her, I might never let go.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received and ARC of this book free Forever Write PR.*

Jacob has held onto a betrayal for entirely too long and it’s caused quite the cold war within the Clark family. Did he start it? No. But only he can fix it. And only after he finds someone who can fix the gaping hole in his heart.

Sandra wasn’t looking for a man and even if she had been that man would not have been Jacob Clark. He comes from old money, she comes from a completely different background. He’s white, she’s not.

“You’re the most beautiful liar I’ve ever met.”

He’s determined to win her, and she eventually can’t stop fighting his charm. Together Sandra and Jacob complete each other. That is when he’s not messing things up by doing stupid stuff.

“Believe me, sometimes you won’t want me to be a gentleman.”

Crave is titled perfectly as the two lead characters, Jacob and Sandra, crave each other. They crave each other’s touch and the unique connection they share. It makes for pages of passion. However, the family drama keeps it more real.

“Oh my God! I just said my boyfriend took a paternity test to show that his brother’s son is not his. I’m on the Jerry Springer Show!”

I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. There was one small continuity issue that had me re-reading a few paragraphs, however, hopefully that got corrected prior to publishing. If it didn’t, there’s an awkward sex scene in there. The ending jumps a lot, and it felt a little rushed, but the outcomes makes up for it. All in all it’s a good read and I’m looking forward to where the series will go.

Excerpt (on behalf of Forever Write PR and the author):

Unable to believe what I’m seeing, I cover my mouth with both hands, silencing my gasp.

Jake doesn’t stumble for long. Both brothers are the same height, and even though Troy is bulkier, it’s obvious that Jake spends more time in the gym. Like in a slow-motion movie, I watch as Jake punches his brother in the stomach, causing him to double over. He takes a step forward, grabs him by the collar and shoves him into my mother’s cake. Troy doesn’t stay down for long. He tackles Jake, twists him around until they both land on the cake, smashing it completely and breaking the small table that held it.

Mrs. Clark is screaming at Luke and Josh to stop them as the two brothers continue to wrestle on the floor. I almost want to offer Tracy some comfort as the tears start to roll down her cheeks, but Luke puts a protective arm around her and escorts her away from the room and the disaster that’s continuing to unfold.

Mrs. Clark’s screams and the resounding sound of the table crashing finally pulls me out of my trance. Unable to look anymore, I turn around and walk out of the dining room. I find my coat and purse and walk out of the house, grateful that I’ll never have to return or see Jacob Clark again.

As I walk to the van, I’m reminded that the universe always has to balance itself. Jacob Clark was too good to be true.

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Review of Beaus and Arrows by Rashida T. Williams

“Subtlety. Was. Not. Working.” 

 

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Length: 350 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Emory hates his job—almost as much as he hates being called “Cupid.” Tasked with spreading love throughout the Earth realm, Emory wields his arrows with reckless abandon and matches couples based solely on their entertainment value. On the same day his impulsive behavior triggers an audit, he accidentally breaks the heart of his most dependable client, Blair.

Blair completely loses her ability to feel love and desire, and as her matchmaker, Emory expects her to be furious. Instead, she agrees to help him salvage his floundering career on one condition. He must find her the perfect man. Emory sets out on a frantic search for her soulmate, and Blair seems to find amusement in the diversion. But as the barrier surrounding Blair’s broken heart grows stronger, she is unable to connect with suitor after suitor, leaving Emory to console her after each failed match.

Emory and Blair’s unexpected bond turns into friendship, and soon Emory finds himself falling in love with the one woman who can’t love him back. In a race against time, Emory must mend Blair’s broken heart before her condition becomes irreversible…and before the audit committee banishes him for this grave error.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Emory was a Cupid, but he didn’t believe in true love. He created matches that entertained him. Maybe he’d match them because they were both beautiful and he thought they’d make perfect babies. Or maybe just because they were both in the same place at the same time.

Blair was his only solo client. He’d matched her a few times, but never anything lasted. However, the last match he chose for her broke her heart. And with it broken Emory could no longer penetrate her heart with his arrows. Therefore, he was in trouble with his superiors.

“You’re the sexiest love god on the planet!”

Emory told Blair who he truly was. She even went to work with him, helping his other clients. They became close friends, with hilarious horseplay included. He’d hoped he could eventually cure her…instead, he fell in love with her. But her heart was still broken and she was unable to love him back. Or so he thought.

“Je t’aime.”

Beaus and Arrows is a heartwarming story about knowing when to let love go and when to give it everything you have. I enjoyed the imagination and detail. It took a subject everyone knows, Cupid, and turned it into something completely original. From the way Blair had to move between realms to how the Cupids did their jobs. It was half heartbreaking and half heartwarming. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Review of The Omega Rule (The Omega Force #1) by Sharilyn Skye

“I want to live with you, not die with you.” 

 

Genre: Omegaverse (with a twist), Dystopian

Length: 259 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Some family feuds don’t die; they bleed so deep into the soil they grow roots.

This one is ripping the country apart, but only those embroiled in it know it’s being fought.

Half dead from her last estrus and desperate to save her homeland, Eve makes the difficult journey to the Capital of the New South in an attempt to court the only Alpha she thinks might be honorable. She offers him herself, her nest, and her submission if he allows her to get to know him first, gives her a semblance of choice, and at least listens to the plight of her people.

Only The Alpha isn’t much of a listener, and he neglects to read the document he signs out of frustration to get his hands on the exotic beauty in front of him. After taking Eve as his, he finds that holding an Omega who moves like smoke isn’t as easy as he thought.

Contract broken, Eve lies, steals, and takes what she needs to gain the strength needed to fight a war none of them can afford to lose. The Alpha may not know it, but the fate of the New South lies in her hands.

***The Omega Rule is a dystopian, m/f, HEA, Omegaverse novel and contains elements of dubious consent. If such material offends you, please do not purchase. 18 and Over. ***

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Eve is an Omega, but not a typical one. Her parent’s were Alphas and raised her with sophistication and education. However, there were some who only saw her as an Omega, and treated her as such. That was their mistake. She’s a fighter and more than that…she’s a leader.

Luke is an Alpha leader who had no clue what just landed in his home. He saw her as a feisty Omega. He didn’t realize his mistake until it was too late.

Eve needed a partner, not a master, for she too is a leader, and she will not let her people down. She’d die first.

I enjoyed watching Luke’s transition as he learned more about Eve. Especially once his mother makes an appearance and sets him straight.

“I know that you’re right. She’s perfect for you. Now go be perfect for her.”

The Omega Rule brought an entire new world to me. Everything from their society, to their biology, to the way they mate. It was all interesting and easily held my attention. I’m not sure it was something I would have chosen for myself to read, but Sharilyn has a creative mind, and I’m never disappointed. This one is no exception and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for The Omega Force.

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Review of Ravena (The Eight #2) by Sharilyn Skye

“I can’t help but love her.” 

 

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Length: 320 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

She is Unbreakable Glass.
She is Stronger than they know.
She has a plan.
She is Ravena.

In the land of lost magic and scarred souls, a land ruled by a cruel Queen with love for no one, Ravena was born. Her life did not start, in truth, until the day her best friend helped her kill the vicious mate forced upon her.

Surrounded by three tattered mates, she must find a way to bring them together and form some semblance of a family or face the Queen’s wrath and removal from the devil she knows. There are horrors in Talamh na Sithe that would kill for one of The Eight and she cannot allow that to happen.

She’s paid her dues.

Ravena knows there is a way through the storm of loss, betrayal, and pain for all of them, she just needs to find it because storms can’t last forever and if flowers can bloom in this blood-soaked land, so can love.

***Ravena is a stand-alone, Dark Romance/ Reverse Harem with various elements that some readers may find triggering. Although there is a HEA, there is no end that does not bring with it some amount of darkness. 18 and over.***

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Book one in the Eight series was Airmed and I would suggest reading it first. In it you learn a little about each of the eight girls and it brings a side to them you wouldn’t get otherwise.

Ravena wasn’t one of the lucky girls. She got sent to live with four brothers. The eldest wasn’t nice at all and that’s putting it mildly. He dominated the house with an iron fist and no one who lived within those walls escaped his wrath, not even his brothers, so when he dies of a ‘heart condition’ no one shed a tear.

Finn, Lochlann, and Rory had many years more than Ravena did of the pain that house held, but if she could put it behind her then so could they. One by one they realize the true meaning of love and family.

“I know she hates me. She is the first woman I ever slept with and she hates my guts. I can’t help but love her.”

Ravena is another intriguing book from Sharilyn Skye. It’s does have some intense sexual scenes, the ones from their memories regarding Rowan are not always consensual. But the ones that are….are a mixture of hot and sweet. There’s also betrayal, murder, and conspiracy. I cannot wait to see whose book is next.

Honestly, I’m torn between wanting to know about the eight and reading each of their books and seeing how they tie together with the Healer series. All I do know is that it’s going to be one hell of journey.

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Review of Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas (River Ranch #3) by Soraya M. Lane

“I wish I didn’t love him so much…” 

 

Genre: Holiday Romance

Length: 297 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Billionaires, cowboys, and romance collide during the holidays in this next book in the River Ranch series!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Ford family ranch. Will one cowboy’s homecoming be the greatest gift of all?

He left town and never looked back.
Cody Ford is a Wall Street honcho with humble Texas roots. This holiday season, he’d be content to just stay in New York and not face his family―and dodge their questions about when and with whom he plans to settle down. . .and if he will do so back at home. But his father isn’t getting any younger, and Cody doesn’t want to miss any last chances to see him and the rest of the folks back on the ranch. The last person Cody was expecting to see? His one-time girlfriend, Lexi Murphy, who’s been working as his dad’s new live-in nurse.

She never forgot him. Can she ever forgive him?
Lexi still holds a grudge against Cody. Back then, the college-bound heartthrob believed he was too good for a small-town girl like Lexi. But now Cody can’t help but see her in a whole new light. Could it be that this beautiful single mother with an unbeatable can-do spirit is the one he’s been waiting for all along? That depends on whether Cody can prove to Lexi that, this time, he means business―and if a sudden snowstorm can lend just the right amount of Christmas magic to help move things along. . .

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Cody pretty much ran away from his hometown when he was old enough to. It wasn’t because he’d had a bad childhood, opposite really, it had been wonderful and then his mom had gotten sick and he couldn’t bear to see it. The pain clouded all the good memories.

Lexi was one of those forgotten memories, Cody’s high school sweetheart. He’d just left without so much as a goodbye. And she’d held onto all of that hate for him over the years, that is until he came home for the holidays and was in her life every single day reminding her heart of what she’d once had.

Lexi had thought working for Cody’s dad wouldn’t be an issue or the fact that she lived on the farm while employed…she was wrong. Having him back home just added to her mountain of stress. Being a single mom who was also trying to take care of her mother didn’t put her in the best of situations, but she’s a fighter and she won’t let anyone, not even Cody, get in her way of doing what she thinks is right.

“If I wasn’t on my deathbed, I’d give you a damn good run for your money, son. A girl like that doesn’t come along often.”

Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas is a heartfelt holiday read filled with a little sassiness. Yes, I know it’s too early in the year for Christmas stuff, but this one was worth getting started a little early.

I haven’t read any of the other River Ranch books, but based on the characters I glimpsed in this book I bet they were just as good. I mean sassiness meets heat and Cody and Lexi are definitely heat whenever they’re close to each other. I could feel it. I could feel all of the emotions as I read and that is what made it such a good book.

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Review of Unraveled by Aubrey Bondurant

“Not a chance in hell.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 303 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Unraveled:
To become undone.
To take apart.
To destroy.

I thought I had it all with my well-respected job, Hollywood boyfriend, and glamorous lifestyle. Until the truth revealed a different story. In one day, after a single word, my carefully constructed life was obliterated.

But it’s only the beginning of my spiral. There’s much further to fall.

Then I meet him. He’s the perfect man at the most imperfect time. It’s only meant to be a one night stand. A last fling before my new reality sets in. But he has different ideas. Because he doesn’t know the truth. Once he finds out, I’m convinced he’ll realize this is too much for a new relationship. He’s sure to cut and run. It’s for the best really.

After all, how can I possibly fall in love when I’m falling apart?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

First of all let me give a mascara warning: you’ll need tissues!

Layla is an amazing woman. When they say bad things come in threes they mean it. She has one thing right after the other happen and yet she remains determined. That is until she received a text from her brother to play a fake girlfriend to his best friend and then everything changes.

Kellan just wanted to hang out and do a little fantasy football with his friends. He never expected to see his ex there, but much to his surprise he had a fake girlfriend there for the rescue. And damn did she knock his socks off.

“You keep crying every time I kiss you, and I’m likely to develop a complex.”

A fake display ended up a one night stand which ended up a whole lot more.

Unraveled is an emotional journey for the hopeless romantic. Layla goes through cancer treatments and all the side effects. Kellan tries to be everything she needs to make things easier for her. It’s sweet! And oh my goodness what the family does to be supportive…let me say it again…TISSUES!

“… Did I mention there ma be a direct linage between the number of orgasms you’ll receive and the number of crackers you eat?”

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Review of Moon Kissed (The Outlier Prophecies #8) by Tina Gower

“That’s where I went wrong.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Length: 240 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

A sinister crime. A careless coverup. An impossible secret. Will Kate and Ian solve the case before they become the next victims?

Kate Hale would rather remain an invisible pencil pusher, but that’s been impossible since she broke the biggest insider predictions scandal in history. Time away on a case with her pack seems like the perfect solution, however, she can’t work the investigation if she’s served a restraining order on arrival.

The team rushes to find a loophole in their time-sensitive case to unravel an underground werewolf blood market. Are the members of the local Texas wolf pack innocent victims or are they in on the job?

In the midst of mounting evidence against their new pack allies, Kate and Detective Ian Becker receive news that will turn their pack upside down. If they don’t act quickly, they will forever be shunned from werewolf society.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

It’s been awhile since I read the last Outlier book and I worried I’d forget who everyone was, but Tina does a wonderful job at recapping just enough so you remember exactly who everyone was.

Kate is the alpha of their abnormal pack. It’s not exactly something she’d planned on, but she wants to be with Ian and with him being a wolf, pack life comes with him. Although to make it a true pack and for them to be true mates in the eyes of other packs then they have to have a traditional mating ceremony and boy is that interesting.

I enjoyed following the Angel’s Peak Pack as they actually became more of a pack. They’re learning to work together in their new roles and everything is coming together for them. They may not be a traditional pack, but they’re slowly earning the respect of other packs.

Moon Kissed is another great book in the Outlier Prophecy Series. With Kate, Ian, Ali, Goya, Dalia, Abbott, and the baby there is never a dull moment in this suspenseful journey of discovering who the culprits are. And there is a little twist that I didn’t expect, which made it all the better.

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