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!

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

 

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.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

 

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.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

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.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

 

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.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

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 Moonlight Cove by Emma Abbott

“I deserve to be shot.” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 232 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

When Jack Ward, the highly-eligible but world-weary owner of the multinational Ward Hotels empire, comes to the idyllic island of Guernsey in the English Channel it’s to buy a new portfolio of properties, and to take his first real summer break in years.

He doesn’t expect that his presence will inadvertently revive long-simmering family enmities – or that his passions will be stoked by a woman who hates him, and everything he stands for…

Meanwhile, a local accountant, Amber Dorey is just getting her life back together after a broken engagement. But then a delicious one-night encounter with an arrogant, handsome stranger has explosive consequences for her life and career…

*This is a sexy romance containing adult material.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Amber thought she had a good life and the best job, until the hotel she worked at got bought out by the same company who bought out her father’s. Amber is very prideful and she’d rather quit than work for the man who destroyed her father. But then again Jack isn’t the man…he’s the man’s son and oh how that complicated things.

Jack took over the hotel empire after his father passed away. He had always thought of him as a wonderful business man, but after Amber’s acquisitions he has to reevaluate that. She also makes him rethink himself. Not one to get attached to women he can’t help but want to stay close to Amber, even making himself be the bad guy in order to keep her around. And it confused the hell out of him.

Amber easily jumps to conclusions because she wants to hate Jack.

Jack tries to stay away on business because he doesn’t want to miss Amber.

In the end, neither can fight what their hearts want. Each other.

This isn’t one of those slow sizzle that heats up into a fiery passion. No, Moonlight Cove starts off as an inferno and then you get to watch as two people try to hold back the flames they both so desperately do not want to have, but do.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

 

Review of Splintered Courage by J.E. Sawyer

“Does he realize that is my first kiss?” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 118 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Gemma Tate’s life changed forever the day she confronted an unlikely stranger. After relocating across the country, three new housemates prove to be essential friends she never knew she needed. She explores her attraction to Weston, a fourth housemate who lives across the hall. As their connection strengthens and grows they stumble down the path of first love. In a steamy new world of firsts, Gemma wonders if she will come out unscathed. When ghosts from their past make an unforeseen visit, their lives take a turn neither of them expected.

Gemma

He found me, then he asked the impossible of me. I never expected my choices to lead me to Weston. Can I trust them to find me when I didn’t realize I was lost? I know my life will never be the same.

Garret

I finally found her. She has been kept a secret for 18 years. It’s time for her to come home. I asked her to follow, if she refuses she’s coming anyway.

Weston

I never knew beauty like her’s existed. Like gravity, will we stay in balance when our lives are tossed upside down? Does she really even see me, because I see her.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Garret finally found his daughter and wants to keep her close. Having her in Texas with him and his ‘family’ is more than he could wish for.

“Well Weston, I guess that answers my question. I believe you found Gemma. Gemma…as in my daughter Gemma…my sweet little girl Gemma.”

Gemma lived a life sheltered by her grandmother. Her mom passed away and her dad was never around…until he just shows up one day out of the blue. Once her grandmother passed away she was looking forward to being on her own, but how can she pass up the opportunity to get to know her father, especially when he’s so eager to have her in his life.

“The girl in me feels like a fucking Queen.”

His ‘family’ though is four other men who all live in the same house and all work together. You only get little glimpses of their personalities so it’s hard to fully know them. Except Weston, that is. He feels pulled toward Gemma the moment she entered the house for the first time.

She feels it too. But she’s never been around men and everything is new to her. She has to learn how to trust. So does he.

“The green in his shirt makes his eyes dance like balls of kryptonite. That is probably what they will be too, my kryptonite.”

But when a past comes to haunt them true feelings will no longer be denied.

Splintered Courage is a slow-paced story that only gets truly interesting toward the end. Once it does though, it goes too quickly and I didn’t want it to end. I’m interested to see where the series goes.

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.