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Monday, 29 April 2013

Bare It All (Love Undercover #2) by Lori Foster


"A cop's craving to know more about the woman next door could prove fatal in the steamy new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster"

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it...until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice's secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire....


Holly's Review

I just have to say that Lori Foster will always be one of my favorite guilty pleasures! I simply love her books! Whether its a fun beach read or one of the smoking hot Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor this girl is all in!! LF was one of my first forays into smut years ago and look at me now!! :)

My favorite thing about this book was that she intermingled the two new series's! Anyone who reads my reviews knows the love affair I have with the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series so you can imagine how excited I was to see that big hunk of man meat known as Trace Rivers show up in this book!!! *Happy Dance* 

For everyone who is not familiar with the series, Alice, who is the heroine in this story has some history with Trace, he helped to free her from her captivity with a human trafficker and has been watching out for her, in the shadows ever since. Alice is minding her own business and finds herself living next door to a giant hunk of a man named Reese 'Bare it All' Bareden. This is book 2 in the Love undercover series so you really need to read Run the Risk, book 1, first. This one picks up literally right where that one leaves off. Reese is a police detective and him and his team are hunting a human trafficking ring as well,with the help of his partner and Alice and their new extended family/friends! I am not going to go into a lot of detail about the story, but just know if you are a Lori Foster fan I guarantee you will enjoy this installment in the Love Undercover series!!

***This book was provided to me as an ARC by Netgalley





Saturday, 27 April 2013

After Hours by Cara McKenna


A dangerous infatuation with a rough and ready man…

Erin Coffey has been a nurse for years, but nothing’s prepared her for the physical and emotional demands of her new position. Needing to move closer to her dysfunctional family, she takes a dangerous job at Larkhaven Psychiatric Hospital, where she quickly learns that she needs protection—and she meets the strong, over-confident coworker who’s more than willing to provide it.

Kelly Robak is the type of guy that Erin has sworn she’d never get involved with. She’s seen firsthand, via her mess of a sister, what chaos guys like him can bring into a woman’s life. But she finds herself drawn to him anyway, even when he shows up at her door, not eager to take no for an answer.

What Erin finds even more shocking than Kelly’s indecent proposal is how much she enjoys submitting to his every command. But he can’t play the tough guy indefinitely. If they want to have more than just an affair, both will have to open up and reveal what they truly need.


Holly's Review

I have to begin by saying that there has not been a book by Cara McKenna that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. I get so excited when a new one comes out because they are such awesome reads!! If you have ever read her you know what I mean, if not, what exactly are you waiting for??!

Erin Coffey is a nurse and she takes a job at a Psychiatric Hospital after her grandmother, for whom she was the sole caregiver, passes away. She takes the job for not only the money but to be near her sister and nephew. Her sister who is a hot mess I might add!! Since Erin has become self-appointed protector of the family that she has left, she feels she needs to be nearby.

Her first day she meets Kelly Roback. Kelly is an orderly whose task is pretty much the protection of the staff and the patients. Erin is wildly drawn to the big, strong, super confident man but knows that she needs to steer clear. She gives herself a lot of pep talks, they don’t really work after a while though! She knows she cannot get involved, because even though she really doesn’t know Kelly she has already pegged him as the bossy love ‘em and leave ‘em types that have repeatedly come in and out of her mother’s and sister’s lives and Erin is bound and determined she is not going to be like them!

Holy Crap! Erin is a better woman than me because the moment sexy ass Kelly rumbled ‘come home with me’ I would have been on him like white on rice baby!! And if that didn’t do it, this would have…

There’s four things a real man has to be able to do for a woman. Fix her car. Grill her a steak. Kick the ass of any guy who makes her cry. And fuck her so hard she wakes up half crippled~ Kelly 

Needless to say, after a little persuading Kelly gets Erin to give him a chance, albeit begrudgingly, because Kelly is dominant with a capital D and Erin is not into that. Until she tries it, of course! Holy Hot Sex! Kelly likes it like this – “I like it rough, but nothing more than a woman wants. I like doing what I want, when I want. Without permission, in the moment.” As Erin begins to trust him the relationship grows, but not without some complications of course. Honestly people, we really need to communicate more and not make assumptions based on our own insecurities!! But I really think that is what makes me love this authors writing so much! It is raw, real and sometimes gritty. The people are not perfect and everything isn’t always all hearts and flowers! But never fear, they do get a real life HEA!

There was something about this particular paragraph that stuck with me from the whole book, I reread it about a dozen times because to me it said so much that I just have to share. For some reason it speaks to the ‘realness’ of the story!

We got a little something between us. 
So little. No thicker than a layer of cotton now. The thinnest membrane of latex when I’d welcome his body inside mine. Barely anything at all, with those stubborn barriers demolished, just us two, lying here as the dust settled.
Just the two of us, stripped and spent, hearts beating together in the dark.



Friday, 26 April 2013

Willow Point (Harbour Falls Mystery #2) by S.R. Grey


With the Harbour Falls Mystery solved, author Maddy Fitch hopes secrets and lies are behind her. But a cryptic letter from her former best friend would seem to indicate otherwise. Is the man Maddy fell in love with while solving the Harbour Falls Mystery, the gorgeous and rich Adam Ward, keeping a damning and potentially dangerous secret from her? Only the writer of the letter, Ami Hensley, knows for sure. But Maddy is hesitant to confront her, since the last time they saw one another Ami tried to kill her. 
But if Maddy wants answers--ones that could potentially save Adam--then she must face her fears and visit her former friend. Unfortunately for Maddy, Ami is currently locked up in the creepiest place in Maine, an old gothic structure that houses the criminally insane, known simply as Willow Point. 

Will this new mystery tear Maddy and Adam apart? 

Who else is in on Adam's secret? 

And will Maddy find the answers before it's too late? 

Another heart-stopping page turner from the author of Harbour Falls. Willow Point promises to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

2nd in A Harbour Falls Mystery series. Romance/Mystery genres.



Grace's Review

4.25 Stars! Nail-biting mystery with lots of secrets, lies, and twists!

S.R. Grey is back with a continuation of her Harbour Falls Mystery series. Willow Point picks up right where the first book ended. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I devoured this story. I found Willow Point to be more nail-biting and edgy than Harbour Falls. The mystery and twists were much more than ever expected!

It all begins when Maddy Fitch receives a cryptic letter from her former friend, Ami. This causes Maddy to start digging for the truth while keeping secrets from Adam. Ahhh, Maddy, I love her and am annoyed by her at the same time. She is reckless and behaves like a bumbling detective when trying to find answers. I'm pretty sure what irritated me the most was that after all that happened in the first book, Adam and Maddy agreed to be honest with each other. However, the secrets and lies continue. Oh, what tangled web she weaves! I must say that a huge part of me loves Maddy's curious side. I really can't fault her for just trying to protect her man. I like Adam and Maddy together. All their scenes together were quite enjoyable. For all you Adam fans, you'll be glad to know that there is more of him in this story. A little more is revealed about him.

Ami is locked up in a facility housing the criminally insane, Willow Point. While not a lot of the story takes place here, the creepiness of Willow Point still provides a somewhat haunting and bone-chilling background. S.R. Grey does a wonderful job at stringing along the reader with bits and pieces of clues. Really, there came a point while reading when I felt I was ready to snap. Then I got to all the twists, turns, and ohmigod moments, goodness! Yep, did not see those coming at all! While Willow Point does not end in a huge cliffhanger, it does leave it wide open for more. I can't wait to see what's in store for us next. Hand me the next book, Wickingham Way, now, please!

If you were a fan of the first book, then you will likely find Willow Point more intriguing than Harbour Falls. If you crave mysteries with unexpected twists, then you might want to give this series a chance.

***Many thanks to S.R. Grey for providing a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review***


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Epilogue by C.J. Roberts Blogger Giveaway!


Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #2)
Author C.J. Roberts is about to unleash a third installment of The Dark Duet on the fans of the series!  *Fangirl screams!* You certainly don't want to miss out on your opportunity to get an Arc of this one.  Mrs Roberts has had an amazing following of this series, and an overwhelming number of request for advanced review copies. Due to the number of requests, Mrs. Roberts will hold a contest for a specific number of eARC's. This contest is open to all bloggers.  



Book Blurb:

I’m writing this because you begged. You know how I love the begging. In fact, you probably know too many things and know them far too well.

Who am I?

Well, that’s what I’m trying to figure out. I was a whore in my youth, a killer in my adolescence, and a monster as a man. I am the man who kidnapped Livvie. I am the man who held her in a dark room for weeks. But, most importantly, I am the man she loves.

She loves me. It’s quite sick, isn’t it?

Of course, there’s more to our story than can be surmised in a few short sentences, but I’m at a loss for justifying my behavior back then. I assume if you’re reading this, I don’t need to make those justifications. You’ve already made your own.

You’re reading this because you want to know about the rest of the story. You want to know what happened that warm summer night in September of 2010, the night I met Livvie at The Paseo. It was the night my life changed all over again.

It didn’t happen exactly as Livvie said. She’s been very kind to me in the retelling of our story. The truth is far more…complicated.


If you're not up to speed with this series, and you like your books dark and gritty, then check out my reviews and get on board!!   

My review for Seduced in the Dark

This is for all the bloggers!  Stop by and check out C.J. Roberts blog for a chance to win an eARC of Epilogue.  Bloggers Delight: ARC Giveaway for Epilogue
Pre-order Epilogue from Amazon.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Lover Undercover by Samanthe Beck


He’s undercover. She’s in over her head. Yoga instructor Kylie Roberts is the good twin. At least she was—until an accident forces Kylie to step into her twin’s sexy stilettos at a posh Hollywood “men’s club." But nothing could've prepared Kylie for the dead body in the club’s parking lot or the ridiculously hot detective who insists the killer is targeting her regulars.  Detective Trevor McCade needs Kylie’s help to draw out the killer. It means long nights undercover and long dances where Kylie’s body tempts him with sensual promises. Dances that leave them both wanting more. But despite Kylie's hidden identity and the danger lurking in the shadows, it’s only a matter of time before Kylie and Trevor take this undercover operation under the covers…


Grace's Review

Fast-paced, Sizzling, Satisfying!!!

OK, first of all, I need to get my swooning out of the way, so here goes...*Swoon* Trevor!!! Holy HELL, he's one HOT detective!!! 

Good girl, Kylie Roberts is pretending to be her twin, Stacy, as an exotic dancer at a strip club. Kylie gets more than she bargained for when she discovers a dead body in the parking lot. Suddenly, she's thrown right in the middle of a murder investigation. As she aids Detective Trevor McCade in drawing out the killer, things heat up quickly in the VIP room...with lots of dirty dancing!

Wow! This is my first read from a new author, and I must say that Lover Undercover turned out to be more than what I expected. I found most of the situations Beck put Kylie and Trevor in to be deliciously compromising. Many times you can feel the chemistry between them reach a boiling point. Kylie is adorable, willing to help, and goal-oriented. I loved how Trevor is incredibly perceptive and knew from the beginning that there was something Kylie was hiding. Another thing that I enjoyed was that the mystery part kept me guessing whodunnit. Really, I had no idea until the identity of the murderer was revealed. The epilogue was so cute and satisfying that I couldn't stop giggling and smiling!

Samanthe Beck knows how to create lively scenes that flow seamlessly from one scene to the next making this story fast-paced and engaging. I had so much fun reading this that I'm looking forward to reading her other book, Private Practice. Do you want to escape reality for a bit? Lover Undercover is for those who seek a quick, pleasurable, and steamy read with a little mystery. I guarantee that you'll be swooning for Trevor, too!

***A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***



Friday, 19 April 2013

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry


Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....


Holly's Review

"I dare you to...." 

That's usually how all the trouble starts, right?? Well, even though it starts that way, this story was about so much more!

I really loved Beth when I read Pushing the Limits and was so happy to see her get her story!

Beth has had a life no child should ever have to endure, being left by a father who didn't want her with a mother who couldn't deal with life so she turned to drugs and booze and losers! She was placed with her aunt for safety, where she had Noah and Isaiah to look out for her. But tough girl that Beth is, she believes she needs no one and can protect herself as long as she refuses to love anyone or let anyone love her.

I came to this house for safety. They came because the foster care system ran out of homes. We stayed together because we were stray pieces of other puzzles, tired of never fitting. 

I think those sentences totally sum up how Beth feels about her situation and herself.

All this changes when circumstances bring her uncle back into her life and he demands custody of her. Her uncle being a former pro baseball player makes Beth a sort of instant celebrity in her new school, which she hates btw! You see, Beth went to this school as a little girl and was ripped away from this school and the town when her life turned upside down years earlier. Now she's back and some of the players are the same but the game, and the girl, have definitely changed.

Enter Ryan, who is the schools up and coming baseball star and the boy who, on a dare, tried to get Beth's number a few nights before at a Taco Bell!! To say Beth is leery of Ryan and his intentions is an understatement. Ryan is asked by Beth's uncle to show her around and he is about as happy about it as Beth. But, as the story proceeds, Beth learns that Ryan and his family are not as perfect as she believed and he is just as confused as she is. They form a tentative friendship that slowly becomes something more, something they both need and are able to give each other!

There are times when you stand on the cusp of moments so huge, you know you'll remember them forever. This is that moment for me and Ryan. I'm not seducing him. He's not seducing me. Instead, we're choosing to be together. 

This was just a really friggin' good story! I don't know how else to describe it. I can't wait for the next book. We see Isaiah get his heart broken in this book, because of course, he has been in love with Beth since, well, forever!! I really want to see him get his HEA, because I just loved him and he deserves it!! 

***This book was provided to me as and ARC by Netgalley



Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Wanderlust by Skye Warren Review & Giveaway!


Can love come from pain?

Evie always dreamed of seeing the world, but her first night at a motel turns into a nightmare. Hunter is a rugged trucker willing to do anything to keep her—including kidnapping. As they cross the country in his rig, Evie plots her escape, but she may find what she's been looking for right beside her.

Wanderlust is a dark erotic novel which explores dubious consent, captivity, and power play. Please do not read this if you're uncomfortable with the subject matter or under 18 years of age.



Holly's Review

This is one of those stories that make you, as a human being, question what you sometimes know to be right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable, crazy or normal. 

I know every time I pick up a Skye Warren book it is going to nudge me out of my comfort zone and that is what I love so much about her books. I love the way there hero is not necessarily a hero and the bad guy is not necessarily all bad guy, well he is but you learn to love around that. I know that sounds crazy but that is exactly how you feel when you finish! I fell in love with Hunter, not sure if I was supposed to, but I did. 

Like Alice, I had stepped through the looking glass into a whole new world, foreign and sinister 

This is how I felt as I read the story of Hunter and Evie. What starts out as a dark tale of a young girl traveling alone, kidnapped and brutalized (sort of) by a trucker ends up being a story of self-discovery and eventually love, albeit with some rough reading in between. But that’s what makes it a great story. 

My mother had lived in fear, and she was safe – but she was still afraid. I was the opposite of safe here, but I didn’t have to be afraid. Maybe that was the ultimate freedom.~ Evie 

Evie is one of those girls that was sheltered but also experienced some awful things at the hands of her mother’s boyfriends. She thought she was prepared for what she would find in the outside world, I mean, what could possibly happen to her traveling alone to Niagara Falls!? She was a bit na├»ve, bit life and her mother had made her that way. Yes, when Hunter kidnapped her I was scared for her but as the story progressed I realized Hunter for the enigma that he is and holy crap I kinda fell in love with him. 

There were some men you didn’t say no to 

Hunter was my favorite thing in this story, I know, you would expect me to care more for the poor girl he helped himself to but nope! That is why I love these stories. Hunter is the ultimate victim of his circumstance. Now, don’t think I condone kidnapping and rape and get all crazy on me I just see, like Evie did how Hunter became the kind of monster he believed he was. 

This wasn’t about right or wrong, love or hate 

Without giving anything important away, because you REALLY need to experience this story to come away with your own feelings and opinions, I will leave you with my favorite line of the story, one I believe sums up Hunter and Evie!!

He was the god of thunder, retreating from the world who had rejected him. I was the maiden he’d caught going over the edge, who he had secreted away in his lair beneath the falls 

I have to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Skye Warren for providing me this ARC to enjoy and review! YOU ROCK WOMAN! KEEP THE GRITTY STORIES COMING! I LOVE THEM!







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Monday, 15 April 2013

Forever's Promise by Joya Fields


Caught in the crossfire, and forced to face their possible impending deaths when a disgruntled employee opens fire at their office, co-workers Shelby and Russ make a deal while hiding under a desk: if Russ dies, she’ll take care of his six year-old daughter Annabelle, if Shelby dies, he’ll look after her terminally ill father. 
Annabelle needs a mom; Shelby’s dad will die happy if she marries. Once they escape their situation, a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect answer, and they hold a quick wedding, intending a life of separate bedrooms and shared responsibilities, with friendship and companionship, but not love. 
As they spend more time together, their bond becomes more than either bargained for. But when misfortune strikes, their newfound love is put to the test.


Grace's Review

5 Worthy Stars! An EXCELLENT friends-to-lovers story!

Wow! I can't even begin to express how this novella made me feel. The more I think about it afterward, the more I fall in love with Forever's Promise. At first, I was a little hesitant to read this story, since I find a lot of marriage of convenience stories set in modern times to be a little forced and unconvincing. I loved that Forever's Promise didn't involve family inheritances, green cards, or business deals. It is first and foremost a friends-to-lovers story that surrounds a realistic and practical solution. It's written with so much warmth that your heart will squeeze at several moments!

Friends since college, Shelby and Russ make promises to each other under a desk while a gunman opens fire in their office building. After surviving the incident Russ, a single dad who no longer believes in love thanks to his selfish ex-wife, wants to find a mother for his young daughter. When the opportunity suddenly presents itself, he convinces Shelby to marry him. A marriage of friendship and companionship would be all they need, right? Both have been living lonely lives. The decision to marry Russ doesn't come lightly for Shelby. I have to give nods to Joya Fields for handling all the emotions involved so delicately. I was totally convinced that, yes, they should marry! 

“Don't worry, Miss Shelby. Daddies are strong like superheroes.” -Annabelle 

I need to mention Russ's six-year-old daughter, Annabelle. She is the bright, adorable star of this story. She is truly daddy's little girl. Really, how can you not root for a man who will do anything for his daughter!

Forever's Promise was a surprise hit for me. If you're looking for a quick, heart-warming read, this story would most definitely be worth your time. For those of you who like a little heat, I'll leave you with this image...Russ playing the drums...shirtless! Oh, yes, that particular scene was nice!

***A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review***




Thursday, 11 April 2013

Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc. #4) by Julie Ann Walker


"A first-rate thrill ride."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

HE'S GONE ROGUE

Ex-navy SEAL Rock Babineaux is as Cajun as they come—spicy, sexy, and more than a bit wicked. But would he actually betray his country? Even his best friends on the special-ops Black Knights team aren't sure they can trust him. Now the target of a massive manhunt, Rock knows the only way to protect the team—especially his partner, Vanessa—is to run...

SHE WON'T BACK DOWN

Rock might think he can outmaneuver them all, but he hasn't counted on how stubborn Vanessa Cordero can be. And she refuses to cut him loose. Sure, her partner has his secrets, but there's no one in the world she'd rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good because she and Rock are about to get very tight...

Praise for Black Knights Inc. Series:

"Julie Ann Walker is one of those authors to be put on a keeper shelf along with Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, and Allison Brennan."—Kirkus


Grace's Review

Rock and Vanessa's story is absolutely thrilling!

After reading book 3, Rev It Up, where the chemistry between Rock and Vanessa just exploded off the pages when they were partnered up for a stakeout, I couldn't wait to get to their story. Julie Ann Walker surpassed any of my expectations, because Thrill Ride has shot its way up to be my favorite of the series thus far!

Oh, the suspense and intrigue levels are pretty high in this one. The side jobs Rock Babineaux has been working on has put a huge target on his back and now the Black Knights operative has gone rogue! The rest of the Black Nights Inc. team refuse to believe what he is being accused of so they set out to find him and attempt to clear his name. His partner, Vanessa, is determined to help him no matter what. Even if she finds him, do you think he will accept the help willingly? He's got some pretty strong reasons for going rogue in the first place. Rock is one stubborn Cajun who has built a fortress around his heart and Vanessa has just the right amount of tenacity and strong will to break through his walls. I loved all the situations they were put in, especially all the danger and adventure in the jungle. Ms. Walker also turns up the heat level as well creating some of the steamiest scenes of the series. From the French phrases to the way he wants to protect those he cares most about, Rock is truly one of those self-sacrificing heroes to fall completely head-over-heels for. Not only did Thrill Ride keep me on the edge, but it was also funny in several places, and then some parts turned me into a blubbering mess. The camaraderie of the Black Nights Inc. team...c'est magnifique!

Thrill Ride can be read as a standalone. Julie Ann Walker does a great job on filling in important points to get new readers up to speed on what has been going on. However, I am so happy that I decided to take the time to read this series in order. I'm really enjoying how she builds up certain story lines. For instance, the next book is about Wild Bill and Eve. The tension between them has been simmering since book 2! Goodness! In Thrill Ride Bill and Eve continue to dance around each other like two little repelling magnets, and I can't wait to see what happens in their story, Born Wild.

The Black Nights Inc. series is so addicting! I have become a huge fan of this series. Julie Ann Walker's writing is edgy, entertaining, and simply delicious to read.

***A complimentary copy was provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Ruining You (Ruining #2) by Nicole Reed


For a girl who dared to tempt death, living is the only promise that matters now. 

Jay’s life almost came to a forced end when her darkest secrets were revealed and the one who she chose to give her future to was ripped away. Now, everything she kept hidden is the topic of everyone’s conversation, and not all are sympathetic. Someone wants her horrific past to dictate her future, and another is determined to help her choose a different path.

In conclusion to Ruining Me, Kane and Rhye know that Jay is worth the fight, but waiting for her to find herself may ruin them all.


Grace's Review

I recommend reading Ruining Me first! Ruining Me (Ruining, #1) This book picks up from where the first book ended.

“I thought that losing me would be the worst pain that I could ever feel, but I was wrong. Losing someone I love is ten times that pain. Causing that loss...unimaginable. Causing pain...unbearable. I'm here. I eat. I sleep. I walk. Life goes on...for me.” 

Ruining You begins with Jay in therapy. Understandably, she's very depressed and unwilling to open up, but when she does the healing process finally begins. I love the addition of Eli to the cast of characters, corny jokes and all. Eli and Jay meet in group therapy. He ends up being like an angel on her shoulder, a good friend that understands her pain. Jay goes through so much emotionally in this book. Her journey of growth and change is a remarkable one. She finally learns to deal with her issues, accepts the support and love all around her, and sorts out who to give her heart and forever to in the end. Although she still frustrated me at times, I'm very glad that she got her happy ever after! Yes!

I liked that Jay's relationship with her family and friends were much more developed. It was good to see Jay and her parents form a closer family bond. I'm glad that things slowed down with Kane and that their deep connection was given time to grow. After the faced-paced life she was living before, Jay really needed that. The bit at the end there was so unexpected! Silly me I thought this book was going to be more about Jay's “devil”, but I'm glad it wasn't and focused more on her journey. Nicole Reed has written a good and decent sequel. I can see how she has grown as a writer. What was lacking in the first book was fulfilled greatly for me while reading Ruining You.

I recommend this book for readers 18+.

Fave quotes:

“Why is it, if I wholeheartedly believed in the prince, that I didn't believe in the villain as well?”

“It's not about who left you here. It's all about who stayed to make sure you lived to love again.”

“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us.”

“One makes me laugh...One makes me cry...One touches my heart...One owns it”






Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Own The Wind (Chaos #1) by Kristen Ashley


Too hot to handle...

Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos--the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship...

Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have. She's beautiful, smart, and as his friend's daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more--much more--he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn..


Holly's Review

AWESOME. AWESOME. AWESOME.

That is my thought when I know there is a new KA novel for me to curl up and crawl into!! With Motorcycle Man being one of my favorite KA novels I knew there was about zero chance that I would not love the Chaos Series!! And HOLY HOT BIKERS - was I right!! 

True to KA form Parker 'Shy' Cage is a badass alpha biker through and through! Now, that aside, because I love all of the badass alpha men in these stories, I absolutely love when I discover that I love the heroine just as much!! She is totally kick ass too!

Tabitha Allen has had a thing for Shy since she was sixteen years old. But as the daughter of the president of the club she knew it was a long shot for Shy to even notice her let alone want her. That said, having grown up in the club she is loved by all the brothers of course but in her teenage years kinda goes off the rails and the boys often get called out to retrieve her from certain unsavory situations.

When Shy goes gets her from a party when she is nineteen things get a bit ugly between them and that pretty much drives a wedge between them for years. Tabby finds love and is getting married and moving on with her life. Tragedy drives her back to Shy because she needs a friend, even though they both want more. Tabby and Shy finally make there way to 'more than friends' - thank god! Que the smokin' hot sex, one of may favorite parts of KA's books! Bad Ass Alpha Sex! :) Anyway, they find there way together and it is not an easy ride! They knew they would face scrutiny simply because Tabby is Tack's daughter and Shy has always been kind of a dog, with a flair for threesomes! But as with all these wonderful books there is drama, love(the completely melt your heart kind) and sex and fun!! All works out for the HEA, which is what we all want! 

“I never dreamed any fuckin' dream," he whispered, and the smile faded from her face as tears filled her eyes.
She understood him.
"Shy-"
"Didn't dream it, saw it, waited my time, and then you gave it to me.”
 


I will end with I loved this book and I love everything that Kristen Ashley writes, she is totally rocks and is an auto buy for me!! This is a wonderful start to another kick as series!! PLEASE bring on more Chaos Motorcycle Club!!! Oh, and I almost forgot, if you are already a KA fan, this book was like a great big reunion at times, you get to spend a little time at Fortnum's book store with some old friends and we also got to visit with a but if the Dream Man series hotties! So go forth and enjoy my friends!!

This is how I pictured Shy the entire time I was reading this book!! 
My Parker 'Shy' Cage....


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