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Review of Dirty Like Brody (Dirty #2) by Jaine Diamond

“Don’t ever leave me…

I can’t fucking breathe without you…”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 400 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

He was all she ever wanted. Then she broke his heart…

As longtime manager of Dirty, the hottest rock band on the planet, gorgeous and brooding Brody Mason has had his share of beautiful women. Yet the only one he’s ever wanted is the one he never had—the one who tore his heart out.

Beautiful and elusive Jessa Mayes appears to have it all. Talent, money, and a glamorous life. But she also has a secret. Six years ago, she ran away—from her dream career as a songwriter with Dirty, and the only man she’s ever loved—without telling anyone why.

Now Jessa’s doing the one thing she swore she’d never do. She’s coming home—to be a bridesmaid in her brother’s rock star wedding… and face the mistakes of her past.

It won’t be easy.


Love this intense never is.

Dirty Like Brody is the second 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. (There are ongoing storylines that develop throughout the series, so reading them in order is not crucial but is recommended.)

 

YAY – Double Review!

 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I remember bits and pieces about Jessa from book one, Dirty Like Me, but I never would have guessed her significance in Dirty if it wasn’t for this book. Her story is not one I would have expected, which made it all that much more interesting. She has secrets….oh so many secrets…and not only will she learn to overcome them, but to finally admit all her failures to the people whose opinions will make or break her. Especially Brody’s.

Brody survived an abusive childhood, running with a not so good motorcycle gang, and broken heart that continually haunted him. Now as Dirty’s manager and Jesse’s best friend he had it made. All he was missing was the one who owned his heart and consumed his mind…Jessa.

Brody has loved Jessa since she was 15. Jessa, on the other hand, has basically loved Brody since the first day she met him when she was eight. But her life took her down a winding road that led far from where she wanted to be and although no one was willing to give up on her it took her a while to realize that. Years away from her brother, the band, and Brody only proved how much she missed and needed them. Thanks to Jesse’s wedding she got her reason to return and thanks to Brody she had a reason to stay.

Dirty Like Brody is an entertaining ready about would’ve, could’ve, should’ves. It’ll give you a taste of the dark road drugs can lead you down and the hope and love family and loved ones are capable of giving when you need it.

As for heat level, it wasn’t as dirty as the first two books, but it did have its moments. On the downside there are some flashbacks that aren’t always easily identifiable until you’re well into them. They weren’t a bad thing necessarily it just threw off the reading flow at times.

I may be a little weird, but my favorite moment was a little semi-awkward moment for Jessa. Way to go Brody, nice way to change the subject!

“Just…talk about something else.”

“Like what? Like how I’m gonna slide my tongue between your legs the first chance I get?”

“You are?”

“Yeah. Definitely. You gonna let me?”

“Um…okay…”

 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Brody Mason is the manager for Dirty. He had his heart broken and when she comes back to town all of those feeling will come to the surface.

Jessa Mayes returns to her hometown for her brother’s wedding. She has a modeling career that keeps her gone all of the time. Not really wanting to return back home she knows it will break her brother’s heart. To keep her heart safe she just wishes that she does not have to run into Brody.

This is the second book in the Dirty series. I was not sure who this book was going to be about at first. I love that it was about Jessa. She is running from her past and does not want anyone to know why she left in the first place. While she is home she does some soul searching and realizes that she might have made a mistake leaving. Learning Brody’s true feelings about her will definetly give her a wakeup call.

This was a very good read. I love that we get to dive right into Jessa’s story. She has a past that she wants to stay hidden but does not realize that she has a family that would have done anything to help her. I instantly feel for Brody from the beginning. The one person that he loved ran off and didn’t even try to contact him over the years. When they are forced to deal with their issues the chemistry is still very strong.

I cannot wait to see where this series take us.

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Review of Devil’s Own (The Devil’s Keepers) by Megan Crane

“He was her heroin. And he was right in her face.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 202 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Lara Ashburn hates bikers. She watched a motorcycle club destroy her hometown, bringing her brother down with it. That’s a life she put far in her rearview. So the last person she wants to see walking into her classroom is the top enforcer of the Devil’s Keepers. Big, mean, and gorgeous, all tattoos and leather, Chaser is everything Lara should avoid. Yet the insane chemistry sparking between them tempts her to break all the rules.

Ryan “Chaser” Frey has his hands full with a teen daughter in need of tough love, and he doesn’t have time for prissy teachers who want to tell him how to raise his kid. But Chaser never could resist a chick who gives as good as she gets. Lara is sexy as hell, and she’s not afraid of him. Plus, her links to a California club could provide the Devils with leverage against their enemies. But that would mean mixing business with pleasure—and risking the one woman Chaser can’t afford to lose.

 

Mindy’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Lara Ashburn is a teacher and when she has to contact a parent about one of her students she usually has normal parent teacher conferences. Not this time. She has to talk to a parent that is in the Devil’s Keepers MC. Not only does she hate bikers but this one is arrogant, big and not to mention gorgeous.

Ryan “Chaser” Frey is the top enforcer for the Devil’s Keepers MC. He does not have time to deal with teachers that keep calling and trying to tell him how to raise his daughter. The best way to deal with it is head on. Ryan does not expect to see a woman like Lara as his daughter’s teacher.

Lara has links to a MC in California that could really help the Devil’s Keepers out. As business gets mixed with pleasure Ryan and Lara have insane chemistry. Scorching hot chemistry at that! This is the third book in the Devil’s Keepers series  and I think they just keep getting better.

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Review of Hot Shot (Last Shot #2) by Kelly Jamieson

“Occupying  Vagistan!”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 235 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut—a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?

Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck—but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Marco has been interested in Carrie since the night they met at his Tequila tasting. Their friends hooked up and got engaged, but Carrie just doesn’t seem interested in him. As a matter of fact she pretty much seems to hate him, but that won’t stop Marco from figuring out why.

Carrie doesn’t want to be defined by the fact that she’s a model so when Marco tries all the typical lines on her she pretty much runs as far away from him as possible, but when he comes up with a plan for their friends she can’t help but participate.

Surprise party planning causes Marco and Carrie to spend more time together than she would have liked, but when her niece goes and does something that forces them to spend even more time together there’s only one determined outcome…they’ll slowly learn things about each other and closer and closer they will become until they can’t bear to be apart.

Hot Shot is a fun read about fierce determination. Damn, but Marco is one determined man! It’s about insecurities and pasts that continue to haunt their presents. It’s about overcoming preconceived notions and bumbling comments. It’s about love and how it sneaks up when you least expect it to. It’s another great book by Kelly Jamieson and I look forward to book three, Long Shot.

“You’ve deduced my dastardly plan to debauch you.”

“Oh wow. That was a good sentence.”

He choked. “Glad I impressed you with my words.”

“Oh, you’re impressing me with more than just words. Those hands…God.”

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Review of Free Baller (Bad Boy Ballers #2) by Rie Warren

“Beyond the hottest experience of my life.”

 

Genre: Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 270 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Where the guys play hard, but the girls play dirty.

Brooklyn Holt, Carolina Crush’s top tight end, made a vow after his wife left him: never fall in love again. He doesn’t need a long-term lady. Hell no. He has the magic hands, the downfield rushes, the easy chicks by the dozens. And finally a team on a winning streak.

Being a free agent with the ladies is exactly what Brooks wants. Until Delaney Jones happens. The hot bitch with the serious attitude shows up with her own team in pretty much half the uniform he wears. Quarterback of the all-female Carolina Cougars, she’s sleek as a racehorse, mean on the field, and immune to all his moves. Every time she gives him no time just makes him hungrier for her.

Delaney Jones takes her work and her personal life seriously, and she’ll never be mistaken for a cheerleader, in spite of her athletic body. She’s never rah-rah’d with her pom-poms for any man—hunky, hot as hell tight end or otherwise.

Brooklyn Holt has swagger. He has strut. But Delaney isn’t about to be the free baller’s willing slut. Until she scratches the surface and discovers his wounds run as deep as hers and his heart is warmer than she’d ever thought. It’s just too bad the past won’t die. When the danger she’s run from for years catches up to her, she’s determined to keep Brooks out of the crossfire. Even if it means Game Over.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Brooklyn is the tight end for the Carolina Crush and he has set his sights on one unobtainable object and everything and everyone else fell away. Delaney became his personal obsession. He was intrigued by her and wanted to know more. Hell, he wanted to know everything. And he’s willing to go the distance.

“Delaney naked with my Stetson on. Fuck me.”

Delaney is quarterback of the all-female Carolina Cougars. She’s been hurt and abused and the last thing she wants or needs is a man in her life. Even if that man is the sexy and determined Brooklyn Holt.

Brooklyn will wear down Delaney’s walls with his sincerity and Delaney will open her heart to the potential that is Brooklyn. Free Baller is filled with intense and pleasurable sexual scenarios, it has equal amounts of cover your mouth laugh out loud humor, and a plot just interestingly heartbreaking enough to hold your full attention. I love how Rie crosses her series by randomly including one or two characters from a previous series. All the characters are unforgettable and it’s great to see them popping up when least expected.

My Favorite Laughable Moment is when Brooklyn performs a little Flo Rida number on the field. I think I laughed as hard as Delaney.

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Excerpt:

Brooklyn Holt was concerned about me, but to be honest? I could not wait to get my hands all over him. The moment he’d stepped into the living room and I saw his reflection in the windows, I knew I had to have him.

The unbuttoned shirt showed off his supercharged body—the well-sculpted broad torso—and those jeans. Those jeans plastered to the hard edge of his thighs, his ass, his . . . oh my God . . . the Girth Brooks cock made every single part of me swell with need.

In his bedroom he stood in front of me, not touching. His shirt hung open, his eyes hooded low, and his breath struck in and out of his chest.

“You’re in charge. Whatever you want.” His words came out thick and hoarse.

I drew my finger from his stomach and slipped it between my pursed lips. “Oh, I already know I’m in charge.”

I thought Brooklyn’s eyes were going to fall out of his head. His hips surged, bringing my attention to the long hard formation at his groin. Nnnnh, that belt buckle just set everything off perfectly. I figured I owed him a little payback since he’d gone down on me so completely I’d nearly lost my voice—coming so hard from the hot strikes of his tongue on my pussy.

My breasts brushed against the hair on his chest, and I reveled in the feel. I skimmed my fingers over his huge shoulders, behind his neck, into his thick, wavy hair.

Drawing him to my lips, I cried out when he cupped my backside, tugging me up and into him.

Our kiss long and hot and wet, I pulled away, panting.

“I want you.” His pelvis kicked again.

“I know.”

He palmed my breasts, thumbing across my nipples. I almost lost my concentration, but I stepped behind him. Dragging the shirt from his thickly muscled arms, I kissed down the center of his back.

“Oh, wow.” My fingertips skipped up the center of his laddered sinews fanning out. My breath held as I took in the total artistry and sheer fuckhotness of his ink-covered back.

“You’ve seen my tats before,” Brooks spoke in a ragged voice, and chills rose on his skin beneath my fingers.

“Not close up.” The tat was a landscape of horses . . . steeds, a whole herd of them in black and shades of gray with majestic manes. Dust flying beneath their soaring hooves. Red eyes glowing.

The magnificent tattoo was made even more so by the muscular canvas of his entire back.

“I’ve never seen anything like this.” Placing my hands on his lean hips, I followed one curving line with my tongue, licking.

“Fuck.” Immense muscles flexed as his head craned back.

I bit then sucked along his lats.

“Jesus.” His shoulders knotted.

I kissed at his tats, sucking and swirling my tongue.

“Delaney . . .”

“Are you going to beg me now?”

When I rounded to face him, he curled an arm around my waist.

I stopped him before his mouth crashed to mine. “I thought you said I was in charge.”

Rushed ragged breaths chugged in and out of his chest. He looked at me as every sinew in his body—his highly trained form—tightened.

“Fuuuck. You’re the boss.”

I smiled, tossing his shirt onto a chair. “That’s right.”

“But no fuckin’ shit? I’m so close to blowing my load just looking at you.”

Walking toward his bed, I swished my ass. “I know.”

“I’d rather come in your cunt.”

A hot swirl of need simmered between my legs at his rough raw language. “Not my mouth?”

 

 

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Review of Down and Dirty by Tracy Wolf

Down and Dirty

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.):  203 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

This hard-bodied football star is used to scoring. But he needs all the right moves to get past a fiery redhead’s defenses in a steamy standalone novel from the bestselling author of Ruined.

Emerson: Talk about bad first impressions. I have too much riding on this job to show up late on my first day looking like the winner of a wet T-shirt contest, all thanks to an arrogant quarterback who drives like he owns the road. Hunter Browning thinks that because he’s famous, he can fix everything with a smile and a wave of his hand. He’s too bronzed, buff, and beautiful for his own good. Or mine. I can’t let on that I’m a fan . . . no matter how much fun we’d have in the sack.

Hunter: Hitting that puddle was my best play since winning the Super Bowl with a touchdown pass. Sure, it’s not my preferred way to get a girl wet, but I’ll make an exception for Emerson Day. She’s got a sharp tongue and a red-hot temper, even with her soaking clothes plastered to her every curve. Now I know exactly what my next play will be: hire Emerson as my personal real-estate agent, save her job—and see if I can take her off the market.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Emerson Day just wants to make a good impression on her first day of work. Since she has started the day with running late not much more can go wrong. Except that is does. Her car breaks down, the Uber driver gets her to work late and some arrogant ass with a bog truck just made her look like she is in a wet t-shirt contest. When she meets the driver face to face she does not give him the satisfaction of falling at his feet.

Hunter Browning is a star football player that has everything going for him. All he really needs to do is find a house and soon. Now that he has arrived and seen what he has done to the woman on the street he feels sorry for her but is also very intrigued by her sharp tongue and temper.

Hunter needs to find a house for his family. His twin sister is dying and he needs to have something for his niece and nephew to call home. Hunter makes millions of dollars but wants just a simple family home on the beach. When he demands that Emerson shows him the houses he is in it for more than finding a home. He has never met anyone that will call him out or that will not fall to his feet. The more they get to know each other the more that the lines get crossed. But as their feelings start to grow Hunter has bigger issues when his sister passes away. He starts to keep everyone at arm’s length  including Emerson.

I loved everything about this story. I felt love, sorrow and damn is he hot! (Except when he is being an ass) Wow, I cannot praise this author enough. I felt as if I was living the story with them.

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Review of His to Seduce (A Fireside Novel) by Stacey Lynn

“It’s going to be a beautiful life”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.):  238 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

An honorable man who’s lost his way . . . A career woman who hides behind her button-up suits . . . Unexpected romance is the specialty at the Fireside Grill as Stacey Lynn’s captivating series comes full circle.

Becoming an ER doctor had been David McGregor’s mission ever since he could remember. But after tragedy strikes at his hospital in Chicago, David runs away from the guilt—all the way back to Latham Hills, Michigan, where he takes a job tending bar at his childhood friend’s restaurant. That’s how he meets Camden Reed, and the way Camden refuses to give him the time of day should be a turnoff. Instead, he’s drawn to her tough, tightly wound exterior, and soon David realizes that he has a new mission: to see her tightly wound beneath him.

Camden’s fighting tooth and nail to resist the desire she feels for David. Growing up dirt-poor, raised by a single mother, she worked twice as hard to get where she is today, and she doesn’t have any patience for the kind of guy who’d give up a decent paycheck to sling drinks. But when the sexual tension finally combusts between the sheets, Camden discovers that people aren’t always what they seem. As David pushes her past her limits, Camden begins to loosen up—and to trust that, when she falls, there will be someone waiting to catch her.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

David McGregor works as a bartender at his friends restaurant. Running from his past failures this gives him something to do. Through his friends he meets Camden, and she wants nothing to do with him. But he knows he will keep trying.

Camden Reed is a list person. She works really hard to keep the lifestyle that she has. Being raised by a single mother and having a rough childhood keeps her wanting the best in life. She needs stability. That is why she is trying so hard to fight the desires that she has for David.

When their friends get married everyone goes to Jamaica for the nuptials. Spending time with David is a given as they are the only singles there. As the tension heats up between them all bets are off. David wants Camden to relax just while they are out of town and throw all her securities away. He pushes her to her limits and has her face her fears. But they both have secrets that could destroy their new found interest in each other.

This was a fun read. This is the fourth book in the Fireside series. I really enjoyed how David tries to make Camden relax and show her that some people can be trusted. The way that he showers her with endearment warms my heart. With that being said it also breaks my heart when the truth reveals itself. Both need to come clean to each other if they want to have a future together.

My Favorite Moment: I really enjoyed when they were scuba diving. The ocean seems to make everyone feel good.

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Blog Tour: Review of Payback (Viking Bastards MC #2) by Christina Phillips

“One kiss and he’ll be out of my system.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 182 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Gage…

I don’t fuck girls who work for me, but as soon as Amelia turns those big green eyes on me I know she’s trouble. I can’t keep my hands off her, and the almost-but-not-quite-sex we share in the kitchen is the hottest thing I’ve ever had. Except she calls it quits, before we’ve even started.

Instead of moving on, she’s all I can think about and that’s bad news. I’m breaking all my rules for her, and don’t even care.

Until I find out who she is and what she really wants. She’s after payback, but there’s no way she’s going to get it. No way in hell…

Mindy’s Review:

**I received this book free from Netgalley – Entangled Publishing LLC on behalf of Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**

Gage Reynold is a member of the Viking Bastards MC.  His family has been part of the club since his Grandfather. The club always comes first. Gage runs a bar called Odin’s and only has one rule. Never sleep with the help. But when a new bartender comes in he cannot keep his eyes or hands off of her. That is until she sets the rules.

Amelia is out for some payback. She is getting her one chance to get close to the MC that killed her father. She only knows the facts that her mother told her ten years ago about her father’s death. Her father treated her like a princess and she just wants the revenge to make her feel better. Working at Odin’s will bring her closer to the man she is after. When she finally meets him and lays her eyes on him something else starts to turn inside of her.

Gage and Amelia are highly attracted to each other instantly. Amelia is starting to forget why she is there and decides she does not want any part of talking down the club. She believes Gage is a good man and their club is not doing anything wrong. When Gage finds out who is snooping around and why he goes into a fit of rage. Amelia is there to set him up and all he was doing was falling in love while it happened.

This is the second book in the Vikings Bastards series. I really enjoyed reading this Gage and Amelia’s story. Even though there is bad blood within their families love always takes a front seat.

Excerpt:

We sit in the back row, and as far as I know that’s for one reason only. The place is half empty, and it’d be too easy to slide my hand under her sweater and play with her gorgeous tits. My dick stirs and I grit my teeth. It can’t be good that I have a permanent hard-on whenever she’s near me.

I watch her from the corner of my eye as she digs into her popcorn. The lights dim and it’s real hard not to sling my arm around her shoulders, but I have the weird feeling she expects me to—just to prove that I can’t keep my word.

She’s only a chick, and the only time my word is everything is when it comes to my brothers. If Amelia wasn’t interested, she wouldn’t be here with me now. We can spend the next ninety minutes making out like a couple of horny teens, and I won’t think any less of myself for breaking my word.

Or I can be a fucking martyr and call her bluff.

When the movie starts, she wriggles in her seat and rests her arm next to mine on the armrest. Is she doing it on purpose? We’re barely touching but it’s like an electric charge zaps through my body.

This is going to be the longest ninety minutes of my life.

***

When we finally leave the movies it’s late afternoon and dark, which is a relief. Not that I’d expect to see any of my brothers hanging around, but I guess I’m paranoid. As we reach the bike, Amelia bumps her shoulder against my arm.

“You didn’t fall asleep. I’m impressed.”

I shrug. “I’ve seen worse.” No way will I admit the movie wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. It’s still way too early to take her to a club, but I’m in no hurry to let her go, even if she isn’t going to put out at the end of the night. Guess we could get something to eat.

Before I can figure out whether I’m ready to ask her that, because movies and eating out in one evening is kind of full-on, she takes the helmet and hugs it, like it’s a shield.

“Well, thanks for inviting me. Can you take me back to my car now?”

What the fuck? Is that it?

“Sure.” I’m pissed off and don’t know why. I’ve had some shit ideas in the past, but taking Amelia out has got to be one of the worst. If this is dating, then they can keep it and I’ll stick to my easy no-need-to-think-about-it hookups.

“Only, I need to get home and freshen up before my shift starts at Odin’s.” She pauses for a couple of seconds, as if she’s letting that sink in. Christ, I’ll never understand how chicks’ minds work. “That’s if the offer’s still open?”

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