Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Game Player (Game #1) by BJ Harvey - ARC Review


From the USA Today bestselling author of the Bliss series comes a new spin off series featuring your favorite Bliss series characters who are yet to meet their match.

Matt Taylor’s motto:
“I’m the king of the cut ‘n’ run. I wine them, dine them, then slide inside them, making sure I get up, get dressed and get out before they can even utter the words “second date.”

Mia Roberts’ motto:
“I’m queen of the chase. I meet them, greet them, date them and leave them. A social butterfly, I’m happily single and happy to stay that way.”

The players have been found.

The challenge has been set.

Whatever happens, they’ll soon find out that playing the game can get you played in the best possible way.

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Reviewed: March 2016.

I found the Bliss series three books in and I was immediately smitten, this rag tag bunch of strangers and well f*uck buddies and future partners would endear themselves to me, through the rest of the Bliss series I fell more and more in love with Harvey's characters, contemporary romance is often filled with alpha hero's, the one's who have the badboy swagger down pat, they leave a trail of wanting women in their wake, the Bliss series certainly has them, but more than that her stories have feature strong women, ones that have fallen and gotten back up, ones that see the world as equal opportunity for men and women, who refuse to conform to patriarchal stereotypes and want to break through that glass ceiling in both their personal and professional lives. When the author announced Game Player I was instantly intrigued, Matt Taylor, the Mini WD (that's Walking Dildo for readers new to Ms Harvey) the cocky and confident younger brother of Noah has a story to tell, the King of Hit It and Quit It, Matt certainly knows his way around the female form, he's earned himself quite the reputation for being a ladies man, one that up until now he's never had a problem with, but the older he gets, the more he sees his brother and this brothers friends settle down, the more that life doesn't seem so far away anymore.

Mia Roberts should be DO NOT DISTURB territory but as much as Matt has kept his distance, trying to do the honourable thing he's all out of reason to stay away anymore, his elder brother Noah being married to Mia's sister Zoe is complicated enough, but Mia's older brother Zander being married to Kate and a member of his own brother's close knit group of friends makes it even more complicated, not to mention dangerous to him if he's not sure about making the switch from one night to long term.

Mia has her own baggage that has left her weary of men, none more so than the irrepressible Matt Taylor, sure he's her sister's brother-in-law (it seriously isn't confusing once you dive in) and she knows deep down he's a good guy, but it's his intentions she's worried about, the more he shows interest in her the more she feels on edge, halfway between wanting to push him away and write him off as a womanising playboy and wanting to drag him to bed to find out if the legend matches the man...Matt is sexy and confident and rocks the dirty talk like no one else but she has to decide if she can trust him to be the kind of man who she dreams about, the type who will make her want picket fences and happily ever afters, but more than anything Mia needs to prove to herself that she deserves the same happiness her sister and brother have found by taking a step out of her comfort zone and giving Matt a chance to blow her mind both in and out of the bedroom.

BJ Harvey excels in Game Player, her ability to write Rom Com's that have you giggling and swooning and holding your breath is clearly evident, her ability to transcend that sexy time line with aplomb, often with this genre I find myself aimlessly skimming my way through repetitive sex scenes, sure they generate heat but I find myself silently chanting  *give me more story* and yet Harvey gives you the kind of intimate moments that range from the deliciously dirty to the sweetly sensual all the while further building the story and aiding in the readers ability to invest in these characters. Game Player was a breath of fresh air after a run of heavy titles that left me desperate for a reprieve, Mia had this endearing quality to her that made me want to wrap her in my arms and help her work her way through her confusion and doubt, and yet her partying ways made her the kind of girl I wanted to grab a cocktail with, Matt despite his early days of playing the field showed that when he found something he wanted he was willing to do anything and everything in his power to get his way, the first book in the Game series has already left me itching for more.


About BJ Harvey:

BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Bliss Series. She writes contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense.

An avid music fan, you will always find her with headphones on while writing, and the speakers blaring the rest of the time. She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful girls, and when she’s not writing – she’s reading.

BJ resides with her family in what she considers the best country in the world—New Zealand.

She describes her writing as a little swoon, a lot of heat, a bit of drama and a whole lot of love.

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Felony Ever After - ARC Review


***A Domino Anthology: 13 Authors ONE story***

Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn’t everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt.

His name is Hudson Fenn, and he’s frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince—along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering. As much as Verity knows he’s not her type, and likely to land her in jail, she can’t help but find her truest self when they’re together.

Can she be brave enough to give Hudson a real chance? Will he be bold enough to reveal the man beneath the ink, or will his secrecy doom their connection? Also, WTF is the deal with Verity’s boss? No less than thirteen of your favorite romance writers have teamed up to tell this sexy, wacky, snort-inducing tale. With them you’ll visit the world’s most irritating office, a VIP room of questionable cleanliness, and the fanciest apartment a bike messenger has ever inhabited, but you’ll still never see this ending coming.
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Reviewed: March 2016.
 It's an interesting concept, one story written by thirteen authors, sure I've read plenty of anthologies - compilations of several authors individual work, I've even several co-written books, those written by two authors under a pen name and others written by two established authors who for whatever reason have decided to come together for a project, but even with all of that, thirteen authors writing together to form one cohesive story is ground breaking, taking those build your own stories from primary school where you would write a line before passing it on to your friend to continue around a circle a whole new meaning. Creating a fun adventure seemed possible with the calibre of authors taking part, but having Verity and Hudson's voices consistent through out well that was another ask entirely.
From the very first page Verity with her quirky and sometimes downright odd work place was endearing, her boss while exceptionally good looking was creeptactular in the best possible way, never freakishly scary where the hairs on your neck stood up, but so odd that he almost seemed normal...almost.... every interaction with Larold Lay had me twitching and yet desperate to know what was in the this isn't reminiscent of SE7EN but my curiosity was most definitely piqued, everything about him screamed that he was hiding secrets that would ultimately leave me with widened eyes crooning ewwwwww....
Where Lay was intriguing in that odd way, Hudson was the kind of hero you couldn't help but want to know more about, with his bright eyes and charming smile, arms full of ink that gave him just enough of an edge to match that smooth criminal, sure he seemed to be hiding his own secrets but instead of creeping me out or making me twitch all it did was make me more curious for what was to come next.
Felony Ever After was a fast paced, sexy romp into the life of Verity, a young woman who was stuck in a job she didn't enjoy and with a boss who annoyed her at every turn, a run in with a man covered in tattoo's and a taxi cab one night had the propensity to alter the course of her life, and gave her a reason to think outside of her less than exciting life and imagine something better. Verity's voice was delightful, with a perfect blend of humour and steam this book had me giggling through out, as well as reuniting me with authors I love and introducing me to authors I had never read before, seamlessly executed Felony Ever After was the perfect easy read, that left me sated, with a smile on my face.
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13 Authors....1 Story
From the minds of Leisa Rayen, Tijan, Nina Bocci, Belle Aurora, Debra Anastasia, JM Darhower, SM Lumetta, Liv Morris, Penelope Ward, Katherine Stevens, Vi Keeland, Helena Hunting comes a story that I haven't been able to put down.

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Rules of Protection (Tangled in Texas) by Alison Bliss - Review


It's rule breaker Emily Foster's birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she's entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.

When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can't have.

Jake's as hot as he is infuriating, and she can't help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake's determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she's determined to get into the right ones—his.
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Reviewed: March 2016.

I threw out a challenge in my reader group this past weekend, to give me book recommendations on something light, fun, sexy, something with heart and heat and humour, Rules of Protection was thrown into the ring, I knew the name was familiar, it had graced my social media newsfeed repeatedly over the last year, when I checked my kindle I realised I had actually purchased it way back in December 2014, and now sitting here after staying up reading it in one sitting late into the night, I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to dive into Emily and Jake's story.

Emily is out with her two closest friends celebrating her birthday, all she really wants is to have a good time and maybe even end the night with a sweaty session between the sheets to ring in another year, things are looking promising in the upscale club she's partying at, meeting sexy Jake who both rattles and intrigues her, a man she could definitely envision spending a sexy night with... until she stumbles upon a murder taking place, suddenly she's on the run, and being whisked off into witness protection in order to keep her safe from the very real threat of retribution.

Emily is feisty, sassy and smart mouthed, she's been through a harrowing adventure already and running into repeated security breaches and attempted execution attempts only adds to the emotional toll she's already feeling, as much as Jake frustrates and pushes her she can't help the building connection and explosive chemistry growing between them, their tenuous bond only strengthened by their close proximity. Jake has one objective: to keep Emily alive and safe, with his technical experience and knowledge of the land - Jake should have an advantage, unfortunately for him Emily is spirited to put it mildly, constantly challenging him and pushing him beyond his limits, their relationship, their snarky banter, flirty comments, downright argumentative tirades, and quick witted zingers to one another had me giggling and swooning and sucking in breath along with them both, not only does Bliss create a hero and heroine that are impossible not to love but created a cast of characters that only added to this story, turning the last page and seeing that my beloved Cowboy is next to get his story made me an excited mess, running to #1click the next story in the Tangled in Texas series.

Rules of Protection was exactly what I needed, funny and light hearted, sexy and swoony, action packed, from the moment I picked it up I was invested, I was desperate for more, Bliss's words were utterly engaging, her story the perfect escape, with everything perfectly balanced, Jake and Emily's story is one I won't soon forget.

About Alison Bliss:

As the youngest of five girls, Alison Bliss has never turned down a challenge...or been called by the right name. Her writing career may have started out as a dare by one of her sisters, but Alison hasn't put her pen down since.

She grew up on a small island off the Texas Gulf Coast, where most of her childhood vacations consisted of camping or hunting trips to the deer lease. Although she'll always be a Texan at heart, Alison currently resides in the Midwest with her Iowa farm-boy husband and their two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it's no wonder she writes "girl books."

She's an animal lover, a closet video game enthusiast, and believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. Alison's an avid romance reader who enjoys penning the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, "Romance...with a sense of humor."

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Friday, 18 March 2016

Drop Dead Sexy by Katie Ashley - ARC Review


For Olivia Sullivan, love is more a four letter curse word than a sentiment. Growing up as the daughter of a small town mortician, guys didn’t warm to the fact there were dead people in her house. At thirty, taking over the family business and becoming the town Coroner helped to cement her undateable status. Of course her past sex history didn’t help matters either.

Attempt number one with her first love ended barely before it got started with a horrific latex allergy hospitalization. Attempt number two had him coming and then going with an undiagnosed heart condition. For the past three years, Olivia has closed up shop for fear of what might happen next in the bedroom.

After being forced to go single to her mother’s lingerie shower, Olivia stumbles into an out of town bar with one intention: find an able bodied stud to go home with to end her losing sex streak. Enter Holden Caulfield Mains aka Catcher, who earned his nickname not just from the book he was named for, but for the fact he was sure to catch the attention any woman who came within a five mile radius. Waking up after a night of the most mind blowing sex she could have ever imagined, a horrified Olivia runs away thinking she’s left Catcher behind.

When Olivia’s small town is wracked by its first murder, she never could have imagined her one night stand would reappear in the form of the GBI’s lead investigator. To her mortification, Catcher isn’t ready to let go of their sizzling chemistry, and he doesn’t understand the meaning of no. As things start to heat up between them, the body count starts to rise, and they’re led on a wild goose chase from back woods mountain Nudist Colonies to altercations with the Dixie Mafia. Can Olivia and Catcher survive to solve the murder while also not succumbing to their explosive passion?

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Reviewed: March 2016.

People often lament about having bad luck with sex and relationships, it's often a joke or two at their own expense about a guy that kisses liked a fish, or one that gets a little too excited a little too quickly if you catch my drift, we've all had those moments in he past where we look back and cringe and try to erase the memory of said event from our minds, for Olivia Sullivan, well she's had more bad luck than most. From the very first page I was giggling and doing that awkward cringe we do when something goes so horrendously wrong that you can't help but laugh, despite knowing you shouldn't. After too many years of back luck and self imposed abstinence Olivia is ready to get back on the horse so to speak, in a backwoods town where no one knows her name, or her past, she meets Catcher Mains, he's confident, sexy, charismatic and within only moments of meeting her can read her like a book. Life is all about fun and adventure right? Throwing caution to the wind sounds like the perfect remedy to a life that's become stagnant and boring, shedding off her usual coroner digs Olivia is going to get back in the saddle and Catcher is just the man she needs.

One night stands are meant to be fun and frivolous, filled with hours of mutual pleasure, and in the morning you're supposed to go your separate ways, or at least that's how she thinks they are supposed to go, but when a local ends up dead from a gunshot wound, clearly a sign of foul play Olivia, resident mortician and county coroner is called up to bat. In a town that hasn't seen a homicide in years, the only option is to call in agents from the GBI, that's Georgia Bureau of Investigations, when none other that the man who rocked her world, Catcher Mains, walks into her crime scene - Olivia is stuck somewhere between wanting to recreate every dirty and delicious detail of their night together and wanting to punch him in the face for not telling her who he was.

Olivia has without a doubt had a good life, not withstanding her unfortunate luck in the dating department, she has a family she loves, a cousin who's like a sister and a small town who love and support her, but despite all of the good she has she can't help wishing for the day she finds someone to settle down with, build a life and a family with and it's in those moments when you truly feel the connection growing and deepening between Olivia and Catcher that you can't help but hope that she has finally found her man. Everything about Catcher was instantly likable, he had confidence and swagger in spades, there was no bad boy waiting for the good girl to turn him, Catcher was inherently good, with that perfect blend of sexy alpha male cockiness that made him utterly irresistible. Between their sizzling chemistry, Olivia's quirky family and quite frankly down right odd victims, associates and suspects I knew I was in for a treat. My only complaint was that I found myself skimming through the copious sex scenes to get more of Catcher and Olivia's witty banter, to watch them fall for each other just a little bit more, overall Drop Dead Sexy was a hilarious, sexy fun filled romp intermixed with murder and intrigue, the perfect blend of romantic comedy, erotic romance, suspense and humour, Ashley reminded me exactly why I #1click her books without thinking, because she creates these characters that you can't help but love.

About Katie Ashley:

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre - ARC Review


From NYT Bestseller Alessandra Torre...
The sexy serial that exploded on is now a full-length, standalone novel.

Chloe Madison. That’s me. A former NYU princess who just fell from grace, right off my pampered Manhattan throne and onto the unforgiving steps of Nicole Brantley, socialite and queen bitch. Now, I walk her dog and mix her smoothies. Try to navigate my own problems while fixing all of hers.

I want what every New York girl wants. A career, an apartment, and true love, preferably in a smoking hot package.

It turns out I’ll have to fight for all of it

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Reviewed: March 2016.

Chloe Madison had the kind of life most people envied, growing up with wealth beyond most people's expectations, a boyfriend most women fawned over Vic Worth, who's wealth exceeded her own families, two best friends Cammie and Benta, who not only understood the perks of growing up entitled but lived it everyday not to mention being able to call New York City home. Finding out the man of your dreams couldn't keep it in his pants, cheating on you with none other than the hired help was one thing, walking in to see it for yourself quite entirely another, but the absolute icing on the cake, being evicted from your home after finding out your parents had been diddling the finances and unabashedly being knee deep in insider trading. In an instant Chloe's world crumbled, between sleeping on a friends couch, and figuring out how exactly to move on from here, Chloe goes from a life of wealth and excess to a role she never dreamt she'd have to play, one of the hired help.

Becoming a personal assistant for Nicole Brantley wasn't all sunshine and roses, wading her way through the murky waters that is Nicole's life, fending off advances from the man that once upon a time she envisioned to be her knight in shining armour Vic, rattling the feathers of Hollywood's playboy Joey Plazen on set, and navigating exactly what is building between her and her sexy super Carter is all in a days work for Chloe V.2.0

Originally released in serial form as The Cosmo episodes, Ms Torre decided to breath new life into Chloe's story, we immediately meet the Chloe who is down on her luck and trying desperately to build a life for herself, outside of obligation to her parents, without her ex's love or financial support, as she juggles memories from her old life, with expectations of how her life should of panned out after graduating college, to the place she finds herself now, we see a myriad of obstacles and emotions thrown her way. From the girl who could fix any problem with the swipe of her trusty AMEX to one who had to penny pinch to secure enough of a deposit to look for a place to call her own, while Chloe never truly hit so rock bottom that she was destitute, and completely alone, for an upbringing such as hers it certainly felt like she had.

Torre paints a veritable tapestry of rich characters that dominate this story, aside from Chloe, her friends Cammie and Benta may have been the epitome of the rich girl stereotype, ones that could jet away at the drop of a hat for a tropical holiday, that's where the similarities ended, they were fiercely protective of their friend, giving both moral and emotional support when needed, while allowing Chloe to figure out what she needed to do and where she needed to go. Joey, the Hollywood star was without cocky and self involved but he also saw something more to Chloe than just a rich girl that fell from grace, Vic, despite his asshole tendencies and inability to sate his wandering eye, had his heart mostly in the right place and Carter...swoon...Carter was the kind of guy you wanted to introduce to your mother, and drag to your bedroom and tie to your bed, he was strong and masculine in a way that left you feeling protected and taken care of, and yet self assured and confident enough that when he spoke you paid attention, everything deliberate, every word considered.

"When I was little, my mom told you should find a man who loved you more than you loved him. That way, she explained, you would never get hurt. In theory, it made sense. But now, I believed the beauty of love was in the loving."

Love, Chloe was a sexy, fun filled romp into the inner sanctum of rich and famous, but more than that, Torre weaved a beautiful message through out, reminding us that life is about far more than material possessions and pre-conceived expectations. Chloe was a dichotomy of characteristics that usually fall either end of a spectrum, strong willed and weak, rich and poor, confident and unsure, ready to take life by the horns and yet scared to take the first step, her belief that there was something broken inside if her didn't deter her from taking steps to cement a future of independence for herself, there were moments where she questioned her decisions, her moral compass, her worth but ultimately made decisions on how best to move herself forward with the least amount of collateral damage. Everything about Torre's latest work was a joy to read, and I found myself effortlessly lost in her words, living vicariously through Chloe's eyes, reminding me that when life hands you lemons, the best course of action is to call your friends to bring the vodka and have a party.

About Alessandra Torre:


I’m a traditionally published and indie author. With a focus on contemporary erotic romances and erotic suspense I write under the pen name Alessandra Torre (erotic romance) and A.R. Torre (erotic suspense).
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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Shopping For A Billionaire's Wife (Shopping for a Billionaire #8) by Julia Kent - ARC Review

Released: 23rd March 2016.


Who needs a SWAT team to escape from their own wedding? Me.

My Momzilla turned us into hostages at our own ceremony, so Declan and I are getting married the good old-fashioned way, just like everybody else.

By calling in his private security team, stealing away before the ceremony by helicopter, connecting to his corporate jet and heading for Las Vegas.

The Boston wedding of the year is about to become a trashy Elvis drive-thru ceremony.

Until the best man spills the beans and Mom, Dad, my sisters, his brothers, my maid of honor, my friend Josh, and even my cat, Chuckles, all come along for the ride.

I can’t win, can I?

Oh. Yeah. I already did.

Love conquers all.

Even my crazy family.

Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife is the 8th book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shopping for a Billionaire series. After Declan convinces Shannon to escape from their own wedding minutes before the ceremony begins, the madcap adventures are just getting started. When the mother of the bride pries their location out of the tortured best man, the whole crazy crew follows the bride and groom to Las Vegas in this romantic comedy from Julia Kent.

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Reviewed: March 2016.

I became obsessed with Shannon and Declan over the course of a few days, I started on book one needing a break from heavy, emotionally draining titles, I binge read seven books in a row, desperate for more of this couple, Shannon was hilarious, quirky and exactly what I needed, the chemistry she shared with Declan was off the charts, sizzlingly sexy, irresistible, when I reached the end, I waited desperately for the next chapter in their lives together. Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife picked up right where the previous book left off, with Declan and Shannon escaping their wedding from hell. I think as women we're conditioned to dream of our wedding days, I myself had a wedding far bigger that I ever expected, coming from a small family I had always envisioned something small, intimate, my husband and his family had other plans, while my guest list reached only 400, a small cry from the over a thousand Shannon was expecting, in my moments of panic leading up to my special day I understood her need to run far away, taking with her only the clothes on her back and her soon to be husband, thankfully my special day ended sans the great escape that Shannon's had, being privy to a front row seat as Declan and Shannon navigated momzilla, an extravagant bridal budget and an air chase that had the TSA on alert was the perfect reminder of why I fell in love with this series in the first place.

I was expecting a funny, wild ride for Shannon and Declan in the latest instalment of their story, and while I certainly got that, I was blown away by Kent's ability to make me feel every second of their confusion, doubt and even fear as they navigated the road they found themselves on, both growing up in two completely different worlds, one of wealth and expense, where nothing was ever wanted for, but lacked that feeling of a close knit family, compared to one where financial constraints dictated so many choices, and yet one where the familial bond was so strong that it was almost stifling. The true beauty of this story was gaining insight into their relationship, from beyond their sexual chemistry, far beyond the quirky Shannon and business mogul Declan, being able to revel in the foundation of their relationship left me swooning and sighing, because for all of Declan's self assured silence, stood a man who truly knew Shannon, saw her like so few people before had.

"I was about to tell you that you're stronger than you think, but those aren't the right words...People say that all the time - you're stronger than you think. What they mean is that you have to learn to suck it up. That's not strength. That's being groomed to accept suffering.  You Shannon, are more powerful than you think."

Despite Declan's wealth, and Shannon's truly crazy mother, there was a sense of realism here, beyond the fanciful locations they found themselves in, their journey both together and alone was mesmerising, it never felt abstract for me, I felt as though I truly knew these characters, I was laughing and cheering with every tiny scrap of ground they made, every time Shannon said no to her meddling mother, every time they squirreled away time together seeming to outwit their entourage, every time Shannon ninja'ed her way into another secret latte, but more than that when those moments came along where Declan and Shannon took an honest look at who they are and tried to decide what they needed from each other I silently smiled to myself, heart full to bursting, because these two just got it, inherently they understood that there's more to fancy cars, and nice clothes, and fighting over how extravagant gifts should be. Kent took this fun, sexy tale and gave it a depth that made it so darn easy to read. For lovers of this series Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife was uproariously funny, I found myself giggling into my pillow, desperately trying to stifle the loud guffaws so as to not wake my sleeping husband, not only did Kent leave me deliciously stated and yet simultaneously desperate for more of Andrew and Amanda and whatever comes next for this crazy bunch.

About Julia Kent:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent turned to writing contemporary romance after deciding that life is too short not to have fun. She writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Mister Org@sm by Lauren Blakely - Excerpt Reveal



Ask me my three favorite things and the answers are so easy they roll off my tongue. Hitting a homerun for my softball league, drawing a killer cartoon panel, and, oh yeah, making a woman come so hard she sees stars.

Not gonna lie. That last one is my favorite, by about a mile. Giving a woman a sheet-grabbing, toe-curling, mind-blowing orgasm is pretty much the Best Thing Ever.

A woman’s climax is like summer break, Christmas morning, and a vacation in Fiji all rolled together in one fantastic package of window-shattering bliss.

Hell, if we could harness the beauty and energy from women coming, we could probably power cities, solve global warming, fix every problem known to man. The female orgasm is basically the manifestation of everything good in the world.

Especially when I deliver them, and I’ve given thousands upon thousands. I’m like a superhero of pleasure, a good-deed doer, the once-upon-a-geek-now-a-stud, and my mission is to dispense as many climaxes to my lovers as possible.

How have I managed to achieve this amazing feat? Simple. I’m both a student and a master of the art of giving Os. I consider myself an expert because — in the interest of full disclosure here — I’m completely, 100% obsessed with a woman’s enjoyment between the sheets. Getting her off is the name of the game, and if you can’t get that job done, you should get the hell out of the bedroom.

But, hey, I’m also humble enough to admit I’m still a learner.

Since there is always something new to discover with a woman.

Does she want it soft, hard, fast, light, rough? Does she like it with teeth, toys, my cock, my tongue, my fingers? Would she want a little something extra, like a feather, a vibrator, or some sort of fantastic combination of all of the above? Every woman is different and every path to her pleasure is its own erotic journey with so many fantastic stops to make along the way.

I take mental notes, study her cues, and always get out and do the field work.

I suppose that makes me the Magellan of the female orgasm. A true explorer, venturing forth, fearless and ready at any moment, to map the terrain of her pleasure until she cries out in rapture.

Fine, some might say I have an addiction.

But really, is it a bad thing that I love to make the woman I’m with feel good? If that makes me a guy with a one-track mind, then I’m guilty as fucking charged. I’ll freely admit that when I meet a woman I’m into, I’m picturing in seconds what she looks like coming, how she sounds, how I want to send her soaring.

The trouble is, there’s one woman I just can’t go there with, even though lately my brain desperately wants to figure out how to drive her wild. It’s been an epic battle, and I’ve had to keep her in a special drawer, locked, sealed and key thrown away because she is the definition of hands off.

Which sucks royally because she’s about to make things even harder with the words that come out of her mouth.


Just call me Mister Orgasm. No, really, I insist. Orgasms are my specialty. Delivering them, administering them, giving them in multiples. Then doing it again for an encore. I'm like the superhero of pleasure, and my mission is to dole out countless toe-curling, mind-blowing climaxes.

 But, hey, I'm not just a man with only one superpower. Step right up, and you'll also find a hot exterior, a razor-sharp wit, and a heart of gold. And I don't take a damn thing for granted. Back in the day, I was the quiet guy bent over his notebook drawing cartoons. Now I'm creator of the hottest animated TV show in the world --The Adventures of Mister Orgasm -- and I'm living the good life as the once-upon-a-time-geek-turned-stud. That means I always put the lady first, and her satisfaction is guaranteed.

 Then I'm thrown for a loop when a certain woman asks me to teach her everything about how to win a man. Sounds like my kind of mission. The only problem? She's my best friend's sister, but she's far too tempting to resist--especially when I learn that sweet, sexy, witty Harper has a dirty mind too. What could possibly go wrong as I give her some no-strings-attached lessons in seduction?

 No one will know, even if we send a few dirty sexts. Okay, a few hundred. Or if the zipper on her dress gets stuck. Not on that! Or if she gives me those sex eyes on the train in front of her whole family.

 The trouble is the more nights I spend with her in bed, the more days I want to spend with her out of bed. And for the first time ever, I'm not only thinking about how to make a woman cry out in pleasure --I'm thinking about how to keep her in my arms for a long time to come.

 Looks like the real Adventures of Mister Orgasm have only just begun....

**MISTER ORG@SM is a standalone romantic comedy and it follows supporting characters first introduced in BIG ROCK**

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Here’s what you need to know about me — I’m well-off, well-hung and quick with a joke. Yup. Women like a guy who makes them laugh—and I don’t mean at the size of his d*ck. No, they want their funny with a side of huge… not to mention loyal. I’m the complete package—and I do mean package. I’ve got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business.

Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off limits...

Hey, I’m a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work. Until one night in Vegas…

Yeah, you’ve heard this one before. Bad news on the business front, drowning our sorrows in a few too many Harvey Wallbangers, and then I’m banging her. In my hotel room. In her hotel room. Behind the Titanic slot machine at the Flamingo (don’t ask). And before I can make her say “Oh God right there YES!” one more time, we’re both saying yes—the big yes—at a roadside chapel in front of a guy in press-on sideburns and a shiny gold leisure suit.

The annulment was supposed to be a piece of cake. But it turns out what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. And now, my dick doesn’t stay in my pants when she’s around. Why would it? Natalie’s hot, witty, and horny as hell—especially when we fight. And thanks to a snag with the annulment, she’s still my wife. Mrs. and Mrs. Wyatt Hammer and Natalie Rhodes.

I try to resist. Honest. But the more we try to keep our hands to ourselves, the more we end up naked again -- on the desk in my office, in the cab of my truck, on the ladder -- and the more time I want to spend with her fully clothed, too.

Sure, we both know a legit divorce is for the best, but my dick is the most loyal prick I know. Especially now that my heart is in the game too. The question now is…do I take this woman to be my ex-wife?

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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With nine New York Times bestsellers,her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller List more than three dozen times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love and Fighting Fire. She recently released BIG ROCK, a sexy standalone romantic comedy that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. In the late spring, she’ll release MISTER ORG@SM, another standalone romantic comedy.

Hooker (LA Liaisons #2) by Brooke Blaine - ARC Review


Whoever said singles were missing out by not finding true love and getting married before the age of thirty had never experienced the sheer pleasure of nightly romantic comedy viewings in their underwear while eating one of Licked’s famous Crazy Cat Lady sundaes. Because life just doesn’t get better than that.

At least, it doesn’t for Shayne Callahan. It didn’t take more than a handful of broken hearts after college to solidify that she was better at pairing up those around her than herself. As a matchmaker at the elite HLS—Hook, Line, & Sinker Matchmaking Company—in the City of Angels, she has a knack for finding the other halves of even the most eccentric clients:

Sugar daddy with a foot fetish? Gross, but no problem.
A severe case of nudophobia? Match made before lunch.

But even the most happily independent of women can find their best-laid plans screeching to a halt when they meet that guy. For Shayne, that guy comes in the form of boyishly handsome, suspender-lovin’, dimple-poppin’ Nate Ryan on a pantsless (we’ll get to that later) Metro ride.

Of course, relationships can never be easy. Before the destined lovers can ride off into the sunset, they must overcome a power-hungry and sexual-punning boss, a celebrity scandal and cover-up, and let’s not forget Shayne’s dreadful foot-in-mouth disease—with which there can never be a happily ever after.

Will fate throw Shayne a freakin’ bone? Or will she be destined to live out her life as sexy(ish), single(ish), and L.A.’s finest Hooker (upper)?

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Reviewed: March 2016.

I was looking forward to Hooker for so many reasons, Shayne Callahan was so damn intriguing in Licked that I couldn't wait to know more about her, the Aussie Ex-Pat who now calls LA home, she's smart, dedicated and funny as hell, the glimpses into her adventures with HLS definitely had me excited for more of her, I couldn't wait to dive in. Instantly I was hooked...line and sinker (see what I did there...) Shayne is the perfect combination of out there and socially awkward, she's both reserved and confident, everything about her drew me in and made me love her, despite traversing public transport sans pants her internal rhetoric had me giggling non stop. When she locks eyes with Nate Ryan I was instantly smitten like she was, between his dimpled grin and suspender loving attire it was hard not to want to know more. Their banter only served to draw me in more, the way they bounced off each other, a battle of the wills that had me cheering for both simultaneously.

From their first meeting, throughout those that followed their connection was undeniable, with one foot interested and one stealthily out the door Shayne straddled the line between wanting to give in to her baser desires and wanting to run far far away, you know that saying once bitten twice shy....well Shayne has her own past of misguided and downright hurtful attempts at love, and wants no part of it, but there's something about Nate that makes her want to try again, it almost seems easy, but Shayne isn't just a good friend, she's honest and respectful and refuses to leave someone when they need her help, despite the damage it could do to herself. As much as a budding relationship with Nate seems easy, Shayne is busy hiding secrets that could ultimately spell the end for her new found happiness.

I was thoroughly enjoying Hooker, Shayne and Nate were careening right towards a gold lipstick, between their scorchingly hot sexual chemistry, their snarky one liners and retorts, they had as Carrie Bradshaw once so eloquently put it...the zazazu, their connection utterly electrifying, beautiful to watch, making Hooker impossible to put down, add to that Shayne's power posse, their dynamic one that only true friends can create, had me simultaneously in stitches and swooning my heart out, when I'm this excited I often fear something happening that makes me pause for a moment, and unfortunately it did here, I'm going to be deliberately evasive and say that there was a part of the plot that started to niggle at me, the more it was deflected the more I felt myself thinking about it, when said plot point came into play more fully I had to pause, because it stripped away some of the believability for me, some of the realism, and before you say it....I know....I's a work of fiction, but this thing just made me falter and rethink things, did I remember the story wrong, did I make this up, it made second guess it even that big of a deal?? Unfortunately for me, it was, it was enough that it pulled me from my revelry and made me stop, which affected my overall feel for pacing and flow, but here's the thing, Hooker is still a solid 4 lipstick read for me, it's truly funny and sexy and light while still having this really heartfelt message about believing in yourself and having a little faith, for lovers of the Licked series, you are not going to be disappointed here, returning to this crazy bunch of firm friends was everything I expected, and Nate just might be one of newest members of my book boyfriend harem.

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About Brooke Blaine:
You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

She is the author of Flash Point, a romantic suspense standalone, as well as the co-author of the erotic series, A Desperate Man, with Ella Frank. The latter has scarred her conservative southern family for life, bless their hearts. Licked, a romantic comedy, will be released November 11th, 2015 and is the first in the L.A. Liaisons series.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.
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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Redemptive (Combative #2) by Jay McLean - Release Day


It's said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die.
It must only happen to those whose lives were worthy.
Clearly, mine was not.

The only thing that happened to me was a repeat of what I thought was my death.
The blast of the gun as it went off.
The loss of my breath as two hundred pounds of dead weight dropped on top of me.
And then darkness.
This replayed over and over.

When the guy squatted down next to me and asked if I was hurt, the only thing I could see, feel,
hear, were those few seconds.
Even now, as I sat in the back of a blacked out van—it was the only thing that ran through my mind.
Gunshot, breath, darkness.

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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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All That I Am (Men of Monroe #1) by Rachel Brookes - Cover Reveal

All That I Am (Men of Monroe, #1) by Rachel Brookes
Release date: April 18th, 2016

Ben Hunt lives a life with no commitments, no obligations, and no distractions. As a member of the Monroe Police Department, it works for him—until the picture of that stunning blonde lands on his desk. Sasha Hamilton, with her spitfire attitude, legs for days, and grab-you-by-the-gut green eyes, ignites something within him, and grabs his full attention. The fact that she is the suspect’s sister doesn’t even cross his mind.
Sasha Hamilton owns a kickass home d├ęcor boutique, an exquisite heel collection, and a painful past. After spending years attempting to heal deep wounds, she’s built walls that even the strongest man couldn’t get through. She could never have predicted a power like Ben Hunt would hurtle into her life at full speed. He offers her everything she needs and nothing she wants.
All it takes is one moment.
A split second to change everything she’s ever known.
As a new threat appears, Sasha must decide between pushing away the unrelenting force that is Ben Hunt, or ignoring her head and letting her cautious heart win the battle.
This battle could be the greatest one she’s ever faced, if only she could see the prize waiting for her at the end.

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Friday, 4 March 2016

Ladies Man By Katy Evans - Cover Reveal


He’s not the guy you date.
He’s the one night stand.

You’d think this man who sent hot looks my way, who called me succulent, would want to strip me bare and spread me out on his bed like every other woman in Chicago.
Except, he passed on my offer….
Just like I once passed on his.
He’s wary, like I am.
He’s broken, like I am.
And everyone knows two broken parts can’t ever make a whole.
So I try to distract myself with dating.
Tahoe and I are strictly friends. He doesn’t think my new beau is good enough—he doesn't think any man is, especially himself.
The more time Tahoe and I spend together, the more confused I feel.
I'm trying to open up to love.
But I'm quickly realizing that the only man I want is the stubborn, cocky, unattainable playboy Tahoe Roth.
The one my mother warned me about.
The one my body craves.
The only one who will surely break my heart.


While Ladies Man is technically part of the hugely popular Manwhore series, Tahoe Roth's story can be read as a standalone.

Releases April 26, 2016
A new standalone contemporary romance from Katy Evans' NYT bestselling Manwhore series. You can preorder exclusively from iBooks here: iBooks

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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The Baller (A Down and Dirty Football Novel) by Vi Keeland - Review


From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new novel.

The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.
It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.
The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.
And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.
I’d date an athlete.
It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.

Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl.
Simple right?
Let’s face it. It never is.
There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…
And this one is ours.  

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Reviewed: February 2016.

I was recently speaking with a friend about my need for something fun and sexy recently, she suggested The Baller almost immediately, I'll be honest, at the time I though hmmmm no that's not what I want, from the title and cover I expected the stereotypical jock story, and while I didn't want anything too heavy, I wanted a developed storyline, I wasn't sure I would get this here and I initially added The Baller to my kindle and my TBR for another time. Upon closer inspection I picked it up, read the first page...and I was hooked, instantly, acutely, for such a big advocate for not judging a book by it's cover...well I was a culprit... and I have to say I wasn't just pleasantly surprised here, The Baller was sexy, and funny, and so heartbreakingly raw at times that it stole my breath.

"You have my head spinning. I have no idea what I'm doing."

Delilah Maddox had landed her ultimate job, beating out thirty journalists to become the staff football sportscaster for World Media Broadcasting her professional dreams are coming true, she busted her butt working long hours, building her portfolio, knowing the ins and outs of the game, knowing every possible statistic she could know, she's seen her fair share of football stars, badboys, playboys, niceguys, she's seen them all, she's determined to not be led astray by goodlooks or charm, and Brody Easton has both in spades.

"You don't have to. I feel it. It's in the air when we're near each other. You're as attracted to me as I am to you."

From their first meeting Brody is nothing but bravado and cockiness all wrapped up in a sexy as sin package, Brody's big talking ways may be enough to momentarily distract Delilah but she's not a fool, she refuses to entertain her attraction to him, but their connection is immediate, it's stronger than anything either have ever felt before, but tangled up in their budding connection, their indisputable chemistry are two people with pasts that have taken a toll on them, pasts that have left indelible marks on who they are now, shaped who they have become. The more they fight their cosmic pull, the more they fail at denying the connection they have, when Delilah tells Brody what she needs, more than just sex, more than a purely physical interaction, all seems lost until Brody can't pass up his chance to get to know Delilah.

"Because sex has to be more than need an emotional connection with the person to have sex with them."

Brody and Delilah's connection is undeniable, their raw chemistry exhilarating, but more than that, The Baller is a story about two people who are more than just a sum of their parts. Delilah is strong, confident, sassy, she's a consummate professional who is determined to be known for more than just who her father was, Brody was the golden boy when he hit the big leagues but a tumultuous history left him weary, but he can't fight what he's feeling for Delilah anymore than she can, and what follows is a sexy, heart-warming and simultaneously heartbreaking tale of two people raging against the hurts of their past while navigating their present and hopefully their future. I'm ashamed to admit that I was expecting a light fluffy sexy piece, and instead I got a book that had moments of sheer beauty, a story that was both sizzling with heat, and so heartbreakingly real and honest that I found myself sitting there, kindle in hand, holding my breath. Everything about The Baller demanded my attention, insisted that I let go of my preconceived notions of what this story would be, allow myself to get lost in Keeland's words, and just enjoy the ride. Hands down a book I will revisit, Brody and Delilah captured a piece of my heart and I don't even want it back.

About Vi Keeland:

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting New York Times & USA Today Best Selling smut author by night! 

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