Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wicked S.O.B.
Author: Zara Cox
Publisher: Forever Yours
Publication Date: Aug. 8, 2017
Page Count: 135
Buy it at: Amazon
Source: eBook kindly provided by Forever  Publishing for an honest review
Audience: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance


My thoughts:

Quinn Blackwood is a man who has built his whole life around getting revenge on those who caused the death of his mother. Along the way he meets Elyse Gilbert. Fast forward to after Quinn has obtained his revenge. His whole life has been about making others pay and now that he has accomplished that he doesn't know how to move on. All he knows is that he can't/won't let Ellie go. It's as if he's addicted to her and every minute that she is away from him he goes through withdrawl. Ellie understands his inner demons and won't leave him alone to deal with them. She is hoping that they can move their relationship to a lifetime one, but knows that they walk a fine line with his obsession.

This is a short novella that follows up Beautiful Liar. I hadn't read Beautiful Liar before this book, but the author does a good job of referencing the first book just enough so that you are not lost in Wicked S.O.B. I really liked this book, though at first I wasn't sure if I would because of Quinn's obsession with Ellie, but Ms. Cox does a great job of moving the characters forward. Being a novella, the book is fast paced and their is some intrigue left over from the first book that adds to the story.

I give Wicked S.O.B. 5 little birdies. The book is hot, well written, and I like the way she resolved the couple's issues. I will definitely be looking for more books by Zara Cox.






Blurb:

For so long, I lived for revenge. Now I live for her. 
Ask anyone and they'll tell you that Quinn Blackwood is not someone you mess with. I see. I want. I take. And you better not get in my way. That's how I built my billion-dollar empire. That's how I made my enemies pay. That's how I won the one good, pure thing in my life, Elyse "Lucky" Gilbert. But after what I've done, my luck may have run out.

There is a fine line between love and obsession.
I'm not a fool. I didn't think coming back to Quinn would be easy. That we would fall into a happy future and the darkness inside him would just disappear. Still, after everything we've been through, I couldn't leave him to fight his demons alone. I've tried to convince myself nothing else matters as long as we're together. But if I give him what he needs, will there be anything left of me?




Friday, August 4, 2017

Book Review: Before The Dawn


Before The Dawn
Author: Cynthia Eden
Publisher: HQN Books
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Page Count: 384 pages
Buy it at: Amazon & Harlequin
Source: eBook kindly provided by TLC Book tours
Audience: Adult
Genre: Romantic Suspense



My thoughts:

I was given this book for an honest review. Dawn Alexander is the only victim to have survived an attack by the serial killer known as the Iceman. Her boyfriend, Tucker Frost, was the one who saved her by killing the Iceman, who happened to be his own brother. 

Seven years after the fact, they are brought together again when someone starts killing in New Orleans and the MO is that of the Iceman. Dawn is now a private investigator and Tucker is a top profiler with the FBI. Even though the body of Jason Frost was never found, Tucker assures Dawn that he is dead, while she swears she has seen Jason.

What follows is a race against time as more bodies start piling up while Dawn and Tucker try to reconnect despite the pain of their past. The characters are well written and the author does a great job of drawing you in to both Dawn and Tucker's feelings of being in each other's lives again since they never had closure when their relationship abruptly ended seven years before.

I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down. Ms. Eden kept me guessing as to who the killer was and when it's finally revealed I was blown away with the twist she put in. I give Before The Dawn 5 little birdies for being such an awesome read. I will definitely look for more books by Cynthia Eden.






Blurb:

The Killer Instinct series from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden continues as an FBI profiler tracks a case that resurrects ghosts from his past

Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Jason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Jason's final victim--Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous "Iceman."

It's Tucker's up close and personal experience with evil that's made him perfect for Samantha Dark's experimental profiling division in the FBI. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate.

Seven years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother...and since he last saw Dawn, his one-time lover. But as Tucker and Dawn grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both have the same question--has Jason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?







Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wolf's Mate
Author: Celia Kyle
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Page Count: 368 pages
Buy It At: Amazon
Source: eBook kindly provided by Forever
Audience: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance






My thoughts:

I was given this book for an honest review. The author grabbed me from the first page and never let go. If you like Alpha heroes, feisty heroines, hot sexual chemistry, action, intrigue, humor, and sexy-as-all-get-out Shifters, then this is the book for you. I loved this book and am definitely adding Celia Kyle to my Authors to Follow list.

Everything about this book appealed to me. The characters, sexual tension, intrigue, humor, and yes the story. The interaction of Declan and his team, each shifter having a unique personality, as well as the way Declan and Abby dealt with their own inner animal had me cracking up. The story, in my opinion, was a unique one of shifters against humans and while this was book one of her Shifter Rogues series, I'm eagerly looking forward to the following books as the story continues to unfold. I'm giving Wolf's Mate 5 birdies for being an awesome read that I couldn't put down.






Blurb:

Danger shouldn't be this sexy...

Cougar shifter Abby Carter always plays it safe. That's why she's an accountant--no excitement, no danger, and no cocky alpha males. She loves her quiet life, but fate has other plans. When Abby uncovers the shady dealings of an anti-shifter organization, she'll have to trust the too-sexy-for-her-peace-of-mind werewolf Declan Reed... or end up six feet under.

Declan Reed is starting over. After two years with Shifter Operations Command, it's time to put his past behind him. Now Declan is the only thing standing between the gorgeous Abby and an early grave, and if he's going to have any chance of keeping her alive, he'll have to embrace the darkness he's fought to keep at bay. But first he has to convince Abby that there's no safer place in the world than the arms of a big bad werewolf.







Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Too Scot To Handle
Author: Grace Burrows
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Page Count: 385 pages
Buy it At: Amazon
Source: eBook kindly provided by Forever
Audience: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance





My thoughts:

I was given this book for an honest review.  Grace Burrows has a way of drawing the reader into the world she creates. Colin MacHugh is a newly titled gentleman and while adjusting to all that entails he has to try and avoid being shackled by one of the many marriage minded young ladies of the ton. In the meantime, his new sister-in-law, Anwen Windham, has asked for his help in saving the orphanage that she runs. Anwen is no simpering miss. She's spirited and strong, which is a welcome change for Colin. There is intrigue, humor, and the boys of the orphanage are well boys. 

Too Scot to Handle is the second book in Ms. Burrows The Windham Brides series. I definitely recommend this book and give it 4 birdies.



Blurb:

A MAN WITH MANY TALENTS
As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting-this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.

Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.







Thursday, July 20, 2017



Branded As Trouble
Author: Delores Fossen
Publisher: HQN Books
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Page Count: 384 pages
But it at:  Amazon & Harlequin
Source: eBook kindly provided by TLC Book Tours
Audience: Adult
Genre: Western Romance

My thoughts:

I received this book for an honest review. It's been awhile since I have read a Western romance, yet despite that I liked this book. 

Roman Granger returns home when he feels that his teenage son is following in his bad boys ways.  Roman is also hoping that he can reconnect with his son as he has been gone more often than not because of his business. Add to his problems, Mila Banchini. There's always been an attraction there, but he's refused to act on it because she's his sister's best friend and a virgin. Too sweet for someone like him.

What follows is funny (the hospital scene with Roman and his mother coming up with code words for time to change the subject), romance, heartbreak, redemption, and forgiveness. Note that there is a suicide attempt, but the author handles it, along with the healing, with grace and intelligence. 

I highly recommend this book and give it 4 1/2 little birdies for an awesome read.


Blurb:

Every town needs a bad boy, and Wrangler's Creek's has been gone far too long… 
Getting his high school girlfriend pregnant was just one square in Roman Granger's checkered past, but it changed him forever. When his son's mother skipped town after the birth, Roman decided to do the same, baby Tate in tow, hoping for a fresh start. 
Now Roman fears his teenage son is following in his wayward footsteps, so he returns home to Wrangler's Creek, aiming to set him straight. It's there he encounters Tate's cousin Mila Banchini, the good-girl opposite of Roman who's had a crush on him since childhood. The old spark between them undeniably never died, though Roman worries it'll only lead to heartache. But if falling for Mila is such a bad idea, why does everything about holding her feel so right?



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Call to Engage
Author: Tawny Weber
Publisher: HQN Books
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Page Count: 384 pages
Buy it at: Amazon & Harlequin Books
Source: eBook kindly provided by TLC Book Tours
Audience: Adult
Genre: Military Romance


My thoughts:

I received this book for an honest review.

Elijah Prescott is a Navy SEAL who is recovering from an injury he suffered on his last mission. Despite being physically cleared to resume his duties, he feels that maybe he's not mentally ready and takes some time off to sort his life out. He heads back home to stay with his cousin, who owns a gym, and runs into his ex-wife.

Ava Prescott has turned her life around from what it was when she was married to Elijah. She teaches numerous classes at the gym and with the discipline she's learned to get her body in shape, she's buried the pain of her failed marriage.

Proximity, as well as the rekindling of their physical relationship, makes Elijah and Ava do some soul searching in regards to their marriage, one of them being that Ava never really accepted his chosen career. When she's pulled into an ongoing mission with Elijah's team to ferret out a traitor, she finally learns to accept him for who he is.

Call to Engage will pull the emotions out of you while keeping you turning the pages. There's action, intrigue, love, humor, and heartbreak. If you like your heroes to be strong Alphas and their women strong enough to handle them, you're going to definitely want to read this book.

I give Call to Engage 5 little birdies for a superior read. Tawny Weber is an author who knows her stuff when it comes to military books and it shows.


Blurb:

The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth… 
Lieutenant Elijah Prescott should be spending his precious leave somewhere with sun, surf and scantily clad women. Instead, he's heading home with two goals in mind. Figure out exactly how his last assignment went to hell and almost killed him—and reconnect with the woman who might offer salvation. 
Ava Monroe has streamlined her life, eliminating every source of pain—including a marriage touched by tragedy. One glimpse of her ex and those good intentions turn to bad-girl desires. Her strategy: get over Elijah by getting under him again, sating herself until she can finally let go. But as betrayal within the rank of the SEALs turns deadly, there's no denying that her heart and her life are on the line. Elijah is the only man who can protect both…



Thursday, July 6, 2017



The Playboy's Secret Virgin
Author: MS Parker & Tasha Fawkes
Published by: Safira Press LLC
Publications Date: June 5, 2017
Page Count: 240 pages (paperback)
Buy it at:   Amazon 
Source: eBook Kindly Provided by Authors ARC team
Audience: Adult
Genre: Contemporary



My Thoughts:

I received this book for an honest review. By the title alone, I figured that this book was going to be full of one hot, steamy sex scene after another once the heroine lost her virginity. While it does have some sex scenes, there was nothing too graphic if that bothers you.

What I liked​ about this book was the story. The authors tell it from both sides. Jane is a small town girl who goes to New York hoping to put her college education to use in the advertising field. She grew up in foster care and while she might be innocent, she's not naive to the ways of the world.


Anthony is a rich playboy who barely goes through the motions at Daddy's ad agency. His constant partying and having everything splashed across the tabloids has made dear old dad give him an ultimatum. What transpires is two people coming together with their baggage, working through it and coming out on the other side all the better for their problems.

This book has a HEA, but not so sickening sweet you're gagging.  I will definitely look for future books from these two.

I would have liked to seen a couple of characters fleshed out more, but maybe they are saving that for another book. For that alone, I give this book 4 1/2 little larks.


Blurb:

A hot shot billionaire playboy can be quite intimidating, especially for a plain Jane virgin like me. When the elevator doors open to my new boss glaring down at my disastrous coffee mishap on my first day at James Enterprises, the look of disgust on his handsomely chiseled face is menacing, knocking any hope for leaving him impressed right out the window. Or so I thought… Later that night when I’m coerced by my newfound office friend to have a few drinks at the local jazz club, I catch Anthony James’ attention from across the room and sparks fly. I try to resist the temptation—why would he possibly be attracted to a simple girl like me—but Anthony James always gets what he wants… is he deserving enough of my virginity?








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