Review of Sleepover by Serena Bell

“…I want to dance with you…” 

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Length: 224 Pages

POV Alternating First Person

Description:

The girl next door is the one that got away. He just doesn’t know it yet. . . .

Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miserable in our new town, so I’m pumped when he makes friends with the kid next door—until I recognize his mom from a one-night stand. Perky and upbeat, Elle Dunning is not my type for anything other than tearing up the sheets. So why do I keep letting myself get roped into game nights and get-togethers?

Elle: It so hasn’t been my year. That’s my first thought when I see my new next-door neighbor. I never would have hooked up with Sawyer Paulson if my husband hadn’t left me for his high-school sweetheart, but because our eight-year-old boys have become best friends, I’ve got to make nice with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent. Yet the more time we spend together, the more Sawyer opens up. We’ve both been hurt—badly. So it’s one thing to send the kids off to sleepaway camp together. It’s quite another to promise each other a lifetime of sleepovers. . . .

Sleepover is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Sawyer is a widower and single dad who isn’t interested in anything except one night stands. He doesn’t want to get emotions involved. And never even thought twice about another woman besides his wife until Elle.

“I do have a lot of fantasies involving remote-control vibrators and church pews.”

Elle is a single mom who doesn’t have the best luck with men. Her one and only one night stand was so hot they didn’t even make it out of the alley behind the bar. She likes to remember it, but not in a million years did she expect him to move in next door. Or to remember her.

“Those shoes. Do you know what those shoes make me want to do? They make me want to take them off with my teeth.”

Their son’s quickly become best friends, leaving Sawyer and Elle kind of stuck being around each other. And their spark is too difficult to hide, leaving the only option to let it ignite.

Sleepover is sweet and comical with a little sizzle added in.

“He’s not a dick,” Sawyer says thoughtfully. “He’s a cheap purple rubber dildo with sparkles.”

The beginning has too much non-essential detail about how they met that I found myself speed reading through those parts. However, the rest of the book definitely held my full attention. From the little rendezvous’ to the text messages…one can only hope for that kind of attention in a relationship.

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Review of Gravity (The Collective: Season Two) by JL Leslie

“I love her. Remy Cartwright blindsided the shit out of me.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 149 Pages

POV:  Alternating First Person

Description:

Remy…
As a rehabilitation therapist for the California State Prison, I look for the best in people. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to find the best in myself though. I only wanted an escape. That’s all I have ever wanted. I walked into that bar and found my escape in a man I had no intentions of seeing again.

I didn’t have any expectations from the stranger from the bar. I didn’t expect him to save me from a riot that broke out in the city. I certainly didn’t expect to feel this unexplainable pull to him. But I do. And now I know who he is. He’s a member of the Iron Claw MC.

Riggers…
She was supposed to be a one-time thing. Neither of us wanted more. Instead, she turned my world upside down. I don’t know who I am when I’m with her. A good guy, or the guy I have always been? The guy who follows orders from my president. No matter the cost.

I can’t expect Remy to be part of my world. She’s heaven and I’m hell. It doesn’t matter that gravity continues to pull us to each other. I can’t drag her down with me, especially when the things I do for the club will forever change her life.

**This book contains adult content, graphic language, violence, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.**

Mindy’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author.*

Riggers is a member of the Iron Claw MC. He has done a lot of bad things so when he finds himself drawn to a good girl he feels as though he does not deserve her. When he cannot shake her from his thoughts he actually feels he is losing his mind. Not to mention she just so happens to be the District Attorney’s daughter.

Remy Cartwright works as a Rehabilitation therapist for the California State Prison. She loves her job and she loves to find the good in people. Remy lets her inner bad girl out by having meaningless one night stands, The last thing she needs right now if a relationship.

I really enjoyed this book. I found myself drawn to every page and really cheering on the relationship they thought they didn’t need. I would love to see where these characters go in the future.

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Review of Big Stick (Aces Hockey #7) by Kelly Jamieson

“The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Length: 264 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time.

Big move . . . Jodie’s motto is “Don’t wait for the perfect moment – take the moment and make it perfect.” And that’s just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend’s boyfriend has just the answer.

Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. He loves them. It’s just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem – because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction.

Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him – around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn’t want. But maybe she’s just what he needs. . . .

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Nick likes his solitude. Nothing gives him more happiness than being home with his peace and quiet. However, everything changes when his life gets shook up a little.

Jodie wants to make life wonderful for her daughter, but getting settled after the big move hasn’t been all that fun. She’s staying with her best friend and feels like she’s imposing on her and her boyfriend so house hunting she goes, only to end up discouraged at the prospects within her price range.

Nick has an empty guest house. Jodie needs a place to stay. They’re both put in a spot where neither can say no.

It doesn’t take long for kid hating Nick to fall in love with two-year-old, Zyana, and Jodie shortly after. However, the ghosts of his past keep him from making any commitments. He doesn’t want anyone to depend on him and risk letting them down again.

Big Stick is an adorable and steamy romance. What starts out as just a little adult fun quickly entangles their hearts. And the ending…oh so sweet! I love the Aces Hockey series! Each book pulls you in and the characters completely captivate you.

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Review of The Boss (Fire’s Edge #1) by Abigail Owen

“Nothing about you is protocol, luv.” 

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance (Dragons)

Length: 286 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.

Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.

Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.

Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive…

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author.*

The Boss overlaps some of The Mate so if you haven’t read it first then you may want to. I’d definitely suggest it.

Finn is leader of his enforcer team and he runs everything with strict protocols. He expects nothing less than the best from his dragons. But his world turns hectic with his brother, Fallon, at a mating ceremony, a disappearing dragon who he cannot catch, and a woman he’s drawn too at the heart of the chaos surrounding his headquarters.

“Remind me to start donating to firemen. The deserve every damn penny.”

Delaney has a stalker who keeps starting fires around her. She thinks she’s losing her mind and a talk dark fireman seems to draw her every desire even in the middle of everything crazy going on around her. But she has to confide in someone and Finn, with is beautiful blue eyes, is it for her.

“I’m not ashamed, but you try being the focus of a bunch of horndog dragon shifters’ overactive libidos.”

Finn will break the rules to protect Delaney and his dragons adore her so much that they’ll help. As for Delaney, dragons being real…just another crazy thing for her to accept. And oh how she does it with such grace. I love the way she handles them.

“Just tell me, Finn. It can’t be worse than dragons.”

He grimaced.

“Wait.” The bottom fell out of her stomach. “It’s worse than dragons?”

The Boss is suspense wrapped in sexual heat. It will keep you wondering what will happen next and have you cheering for Finn and Delaney at the same time. I cannot wait for the next book in the Fire’s Edge series.

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Review of Dirty Like Jude (Dirty #5) by Jaine Diamond

“Did I suck out all your power?”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rock Star Romance

Length: 371 Pages

POV: Alternation First Person

Description:

He was her first true love…
And the worst mistake she ever made.

There’s always been a spark between Jude Grayson and Roni “Wild Card” Webber.

Unfortunately, whenever it ignites… it explodes.

And they both get burned.

As head of security for Dirty—his best friend’s rock band—and a member of the West Coast Kings motorcycle club, Jude had a choice to make, long ago. Loyalty or love. Brotherhood or her.

But now the woman he left behind is suddenly everywhere he turns.

Problem is, Roni’s still got a wild side—and another biker for a boyfriend.

… And Jude’s got a fire for her that just won’t die.

Roni and Jude are about to play a dangerous game.
A game they’ve never known how to win…
and their hearts can’t afford to lose. 

Dirty Like Jude is the fifth full-length novel in the Dirty series—a rockstar romance series about the members of the rock band Dirty and the women and men who love them.

Novels in the Dirty series are interconnected standalones, each with an HEA; other books (novella/story collection) are not HEA, but are essential pieces of the overall story arcs. (There are ongoing storylines that develop throughout the series; reading them in order is not crucial but is HIGHLY recommended.)

Reading order:
Dirty Like Me (Dirty #1)
Dirty Like Us (Dirty #0.5) (novella)
Dirty Like Brody (Dirty #2)
A Dirty Wedding Night (Dirty #2.5)(story collection)
Dirty Like Seth (Dirty #3)
Dirty Like Dylan (Dirty #4)
Dirty Like Jude (Dirty #5)
Dirty Like Zane (Dirty #6)

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author.*

There’s always been tension between Jude and Roni wove throughout the other Dirty books, there’s even been intense moments of heat, but in Dirty Like Jude you get their entire back story. Both of them wanting more, but obstacles kept keeping them apart. Until now.

Roni “Wild Card” had a sexual bucket list when she was younger and in her naïve mind there was nothing wrong with it…until it cost her the one guy she would have given it up for.

Jude found himself looking out for Roni and then actually liking hanging out with her. He even started falling for her, but then she went and did something stupid like sleep with his brother and that ended it for him. He chose to walk away and kept her at a distance throughout the years, no matter how much it hurt to do so.

Sometimes you can’t judge a book by its cover just like everyone automatically did Roni. She had a lot going on in her life to make her the person she was, and deep down Jude knew that. He just chose to use it as an excuse to keep away from her.

“Does my lack of bra offend you”

“Long as you don’t mind me staring, darlin’, I don’t mind your clothes comin’ off.”

A wedding changed that.

No matter how much he shouldn’t, he still wanted her, and even if it was just for sex he was going to have her. Only one thing they both didn’t think about…when you secretly are in love with someone sex isn’t going to make that go away. It’s going to make it stronger.

“Sweetheart,” he whispered against my lips, “I go down on that sweet pussy you’ve got and I’m gonna come in my pants.”

Dirty Like Jude is another fantastic book in the Dirty series. It has a little biker drama, an ex who is driven from the picture, a mother who shouldn’t be aloud anywhere near bikers or rock stars, two fully stubborn people, and a whole lot of fiery passion.

Oh and Dirty Like Zane is next…about damn time! We got a small taste in Dirty Like Us, but I cannot wait for more!

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Review of Hidden (Deep Ops #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

“It was a hard-out, full-on possession.”

 

Genre: Suspense, Romance

Book Length (Est.): 400 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Hide. That’s all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she’s off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .

Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he’s been set up . . .

Fight. Someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa’s fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock . . .

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from Kensington Publishing Corp via NetGalley.*

Pippa ran away from her life the day before she turned eighteen. The day before she was supposed to marry the Profit. Seven years she’s spent running and hiding. They’d tried to bring her back once, since then she’s avoided people and anywhere there could be a camera. She knew hiding wasn’t living, but anything was better than going back to the family.

Malcolm was an undercover cop and after his last job he retired to a small country house in the middle of nowhere. His only neighbor was Pippa. He thought it was perfect. Turned out to be a setup. He was too good at being undercover for someone not to want him, but he was torn about doing it again. That is until he realized he had feelings for his adorable neighbor and wanted to prove her innocence; then he was all in.

Not knowing who to trust Pippa ventures into opening up to Malcolm, but when she wants to tell him everything she’s been hiding she discovers everything has been a lie. He wasn’t as retired as he’d claimed to be and apparently he was undercover…with her.

Malcolm may have been doing his job, but his feelings for Pippa were real. All he had to do was prove it to her, keep her safe, and save a bunch of innocent people in the process.

The family is a bunch of insane cult people all wanting to please their Profit. They’re all about sex, drugs, and reigning holy fire on the impure.

Hidden is on the edge of your seat suspenseful, throw me down on the kitchen table and spank my ass kind of hot, and high heel wearing German shepherd kind of hilarious. It’s for sure a captivating page turner! And after the little preview of Deep Ops #2 in the back I am definitely excited to see what comes next.

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Review of Griffins Choice (A Ravens MC Novel #4) by J. L. Leslie

“He lost control, and it was stunning. He was a masterpiece. Just like I knew he would be”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 128 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

I grew up near Verdana, California – the tourist town I now live in. It’s the perfect small town with beaches, shops, and beautiful people. Verdana has just one imperfection though – it’s a haven for motorcycle clubs.

I knew when I was younger that I wanted to save Verdana from them. Make it a better place. Make it the place I always loved. I became an attorney and started putting the criminals behind bars, including the infamous club members.

Somehow I lost my way. I can no longer decipher where the line I drew between right and wrong is – or if it even exists anymore. I’m muddling through a gray area, trying to figure out who I am and where I stand with the Ravens MC – the very same club I vowed to take down. Am I the same man I was when I started this vendetta or am I a few decisions away from becoming aligned with my enemy?

“She could be my final undoing. That darkness that pulls me completely into the gray.”

*Griffin’s Choice is book four in the Ravens MC Series, but can be read as a standalone novel. It has references to characters and events from the previous Ravens novels. It contains adult content, adult language, violence, and sexual situations. It is intended for mature readers only.*

Mindy’s Review:

**I received an ARC of this book free from the author**

Griffin was raised near the small town of Verdana that he now calls home. He is the District Attorney that has somehow lost his way. Is he the good guy or has he become the guy that he was trying to save the town from?

Spencer is currently an old lady to the Sinners MC President. She lost the one man that she truly loved. She just wants the truth on how he died. She knows that she does not have the entire truth. Spencer kind of plays all sides when it comes to the rival clubs and the DA. She is secretly giving information to the Griffin in hopes of finding the truth that she wants and staying loyal to the Sinners.

I will be honest that I have never been a fan of Griffin. I did not care for him in the other books and when a girl that he liked fell for someone else I cheered her on. (I know, I know its all because I have love for all of the Ravens). I was curious to see how I was going to feel when I found out he was getting his own book.

Well, let me tell you that J.L. made me go and fall in love with Griffin (I know, I know) and Spencer. I see now why Griffin was a big pain in the butt previously. I love how he truly wants what is best for Verdana. He has a huge heart for his town and his friends. I love how this story played out. And let me tell you Griffin and Spencer are freaking HOT together! I have to admit that this is the perfect ending to this series.

This is the forth book in the Ravens MC series. If you have not read the other three you are truly missing out on a great series. I would recommend you read the first three before this one since Griffin has been around in all of them. Although you can read this as a stand alone, you will want to go back and get the rest of them.

J.L. Leslie, Thank you so much for an incredible series, a book family to love and blowing me away with your stories!

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