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?

 

Review of The Sailor’s Tiller to by Noël Wolf

“So I Set Some Ground Rules.”

 

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Length: 82 Pages

POV: First Person

Description:

How did the most embarrassing date of my life turn into the most amazing sex of my life? Sometimes dating feels like a job and sometimes it has major benefits. Right now it’s paying off in a rocking orgasm. The boat I’m on is pitching to a different rhythm than the thrusting of my date’s hips and its making my body feel like it’s on fire.

The irony of all this heat building up while I’m surrounded by the Pacific Ocean isn’t completely lost on me. Neither are the penetrating brown eyes and bulging biceps of my modern day Sailor. Unfortunately, when we return to the marina tonight, I’ll be taking a very embarrassing item home with me in a to-go bag. And I’ll need to restart my Tinder search for happily-ever-after tomorrow. How exactly do people make love work when at our foundation, we’re all human?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Cassie ventures into online dating, which can be a little funny. She meets Sailboat Boy (aka Liam, which you don’t find out until about the last page). Things like that made it difficult to get in touch with the characters.

“Dating has become therapy. Sometimes therapy has large arms attached to men who are willing to make out if I feel like it and who buy me drinks and/or food and often give me compliments. I have learned to enjoy therapy.”

Even though it was written in first person, from Cassie’s POV, it seemed more like a narrative. The characters had no real depth and the storyline was okay at best.

Not to mention I cannot stand books that use ‘single quotation marks’ instead of “double quotation marks” around speech. It just doesn’t flow right and makes it difficult to follow at times.

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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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Review of Decker by Eden Summers

“I want her. I need her.”

 

Genre: Thriller & Suspense, Organized Crime, Romance

Length: 405 Pages

POV:  Alternating First Person

Description:

He protected me from danger and became my biggest threat.

He’s my defender. My savior.
A brutally determined man with a cocky smirk and an equally cocky attitude.

Broad. Strong. Focused.
He seduces me with his flirtation.
Warms me with his care.

But he’s hiding something.
There are ulterior motives beyond his concern for my security.
A thirst for more than my safe keeping.

I can’t fall for him. Can’t be tempted by his touch.

Not when he can’t be trusted.

But questioning my protector means I’ve now become his target.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Decker begins right where Hunter left off.

From reading Hunter I assumed Decker was just his right hand man, but he has his own agendas. His own secrets. And they are ones that put them all in jeopardy.

“Don’t treat you like glass. Don’t get cocky. Don’t shove my dick up your ass. Jeez, Keira, you’re a bossy little thing.”

Keira is basically a mob princess. Decker is being charged with her safety. Can you spell disaster with betrayal? Sprinkle in a little lust and heads will roll.

“He was mind-blowing. He rocked my world. I saw stars and unicorns, and maybe a baby llama, too.”

There’s never a dull moment. Decker is full of twists, turns, and even cliffs to jump off. I want to go into detail, but I don’t want to give anything away. All I can say is it is definitely worth the read! Eden Summers knows how to do suspense.

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Review of Hunter by Eden Summers

“When this is over, you’re mine.”

 

Genre: Thriller & Suspense, Organized Crime, Romance

Length: 268 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

A seductively thrilling game of cat and mouse destined to leave you breathless.

I’ve been running for ten years – fleeing my past and clawing my way toward an inescapable act of vengeance.

Until he walks into my life, sure and strong and full of secrets.

He dilutes my thirst for retribution with his touch. He obliterates my need for solitude with his kiss. But it’s his hidden agenda that makes the hair on the back of my neck prickle.

He wants something. Something that doesn’t revolve around sweaty skin and tangled silk sheets like he’d have me believe.

I have to stop falling for him, otherwise the last ten years will all be for nothing. I need to keep running, keep fighting for vengeance, even though I know he will track me down.

But trying to escape him is just another problem. Because now I crave the hunt.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Sarah (aka Steph) wanted vengeance for her family and in looking for it she became something of a dark angel. She’d find people who escaped punishment for their crimes, or who were able to escape justice all together, and then she would dish out the pain they’d given to others. Her end game though was very personal.

Luke (aka Hunter) has his own objectives and he shouldn’t let a woman he knows has secrets beneath his skin, but he just can’t stay away from her. In the end he’ll want to protect her, even if it is from herself.

“You two are perfect for each other. Silent, secretive, and socially awkward.”

Their journey is a dark and twisted one, but in the end she’ll get her revenge and he’ll suffer the consequences, yet somehow they both win.

One of my favorite parts was that he was a sweet stalker. I loved his notes…

“You’re not good at this, are you? I like those pajamas. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Hunter is truly a story of cat and mouse. Two people pretending to be someone else, yet still unable to fight the spark that ignites between them. It grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let it go.

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Review of Dirty Like Zane (Dirty #6) by Jaine Diamond

“Gorgeous. Dangerous. Dirty’s lead singer. My legal Husband.”

 

Genre:  Rock Star Romance

Length: 409 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Zane and Maggie have been living a lie…

A marriage that’s not really a marriage.
A relationship that’s about as f*cked-up as they come.
A secret that’s going to kill them both if they don’t sort their sh*t out, stat.

And now they’re going on tour with Dirty. As the band’s assistant manager, Maggie knows she has to keep it professional—and keep away from her “husband” on the road.

Zane Traynor, Dirty’s hot-as-hell lead singer.
Womanizing rock star.
A man hellbent on getting Maggie back in his bed.

The one man Maggie knows she can never let herself fall for.
Except that she already has…
And when Zane finds out her feelings for him are real? It’s gonna get dirty.

Dirty Like Zane is the conclusion to Zane and Maggie’s white-hot love story. It’s the sixth full-length novel and the FINAL book 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.)

*Note: Before reading Dirty Like Zane, be sure to read Zane and Maggie’s story in Dirty Like Us (Dirty #0.5) and A Dirty Wedding Night (Dirty #2.5) (story #2, A Dirty Secret).

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.*

If you’ve been reading the Dirty series like I have then I bet you are as excited for this book as I was. Ever since Dirty Like Us when Zane and Maggie got married in Vegas they’ve been slowly killing me. Every interaction since then has had me yearning to know what’s going on with them. Trust me, this book did not let me down.

The divide between love and hate is sometimes a very fine line.

Maggie has always been in love with Zane, but to her he’s too similar to her father. And she will not become her mother. She wouldn’t survive the broken heart. So instead of acting as the wife she is she tries to pretend the vows meant nothing and continue on as normal. Only problem with that is she would love nothing more than to be his wife.

“Men get smarter when they don’t have sex, and women get stupider?”

Zane knew the wedding wasn’t a farce. He wanted to marry Maggie. He wants to be the husband she deserves. The only problem is that he doesn’t even know where to begin. He knows she’ll fall for his charm whenever they’re alone, so he’ll use that to his advantage, but eventually she’ll start to hate him for her weakness.

“This girl…everything about this woman was my kryptonite.”

The one thing that’ll save this marriage…Zane will have to man up and face his truths. He can’t hide in denial forever.

“Me: Please don’t ever drink again. Please don’t smoke pot anymore. Please don’t sleep with other women. Please just stop.

Zane: please be my wife” – This has to be my favorite text exchange between them.

Dirty Like Zane is the conclusion to the Dirty series and it’s been one hell of a ride. Jaine Diamond you rock! I’m looking forward to finally reading Ash’s story in the spinoff series coming in 2019.

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Review of The Witch of the Prophecy by Victoria Jayne

“A vampire whose heart beats for a witch… The witch who belongs to a wolf…”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 255 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Divina’s had it with the prophecy.

The vampire whose heart beats for a witch that belongs to a wolf shall save us all. He shall take his throne and rule over all kinds. If not, the vampire who belongs to the witch will end all kinds.

Divina’s not convinced the prophecy is about her. Her manipulative vampire ex-boyfriend, Rori, is reluctant to give up his love for her to pursue the throne. Meanwhile, the wolf shifter meant to claim Divina doesn’t believe in the prophecy. However, he does believe Divina is his mate.

With the pressures of the prophecy and the most powerful coven in the present-day United States, Divina is left to choose between complying with the prophecy and mating with Aric—or leaving it all behind to allow the catastrophic possibility of supernatural beings getting exposed to humans.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity.*

Divina (a witch) fell in love with Rori (a vampire). He left and broke her heart. Then out of nowhere he shows back up in her life telling her she’s some sort of prophecy and he only left her because he was told to.

“A vampire whose heart beats for a witch… The witch who belongs to a wolf… He will save all kinds. He gets the throne.”

Divina doesn’t want to be part of a prophecy. She doesn’t want the Ember Witches to be messing around in her life, attempting to control her fate. And she doesn’t want to be manipulated by the vampire she once loved.

Desperate to do what she wants for a change she enjoys a day with Aric who she quickly falls in lust with. What she doesn’t know is he’s a werewolf. Apparently the third part in the prophecy and she feels betrayed.

“He wanted her. His wolf needed her.”

She wants to control her own fate. And she doesn’t want anyone in her life who thinks she can’t.

Rori has to decide between his mate and the power of the throne. It’s a choice that no matter how badly he may want to change later, he won’t be able to.

Aric likes his life outside the pack. He doesn’t want to be part of some prophecy. He doesn’t however want his mate.

The Witch of the Prophecy is the first book in the series. It lays the plot down well and left me wanting more. Not sure how I feel about Rori at this moment, but I am kind of Team Aric. I want him to woo his mate.

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