Tuesday, 18 September 2018

BOOK REVIEW & RELEASE BLITZ ~~~~~ THE GOOD SAMARITAN by RC Boldt



MY REVIEW

So very much more than just a romance, this is one powerful and lasting read. You simply MUST read this.

This is something very different from RC Boldt, something very different from the majority of contemporary romances, but something so very worth reading. I'm struggling to describe the impact this book had on me, I don't feel I can do justice to the book. Put quite simply this is a 'stay with you' book, a story that touches a place inside you and leaves a lasting impression.

Jude is hiding a secret, something that made a huge impact on his life. A secret that has left him a broken man. Now I could make a rough guess at this secret that wasn't revealed until almost the end of the book. Normally either those two things would be the kiss of death for a story - too obvious a secret or the secret being kept too long - but that wasn't the case with The Good Samaritan.  It didn't matter one jot because this book was just so much more.

At times the pace of the book was almost slow, but again that wasn't a problem. It lent a gentleness and quiet to the story that somehow just worked. This wasn't a full of action story nor did it have unnecessary drama. This was the story of two struggling, damaged and very real individuals who find they have a connection. I totally believed in both Jude and Faith. They entwined themselves around my heart and made themselves at home.

And the 'resolution' was spot on. Realistic, natural, different, amazing and so emotional. It's the sort of book that you immediately want to re-read to absorb all those little nuances that you missed first time round. Those little gems that you rushed past because you were so desperate to reach the destination that this journey provided. 

I'd actually been in a real reading rut. I'd struggled to properly finish the last half dozen or more books I've started, some I didn't even bother to compete. I was worried that my reading mojo had gone. Thankfully this book broke that streak has reassured me that I'm perfectly fine and had just experienced a particularly bad run of luck.






Blurb

The biggest story of her life is the one he wants to hide.

I’m homeless by choice.
I have no intention of returning to my former life after what I’ve done.
This—living among the filth and discarded remnants of others—is what I deserve.
As atonement for my sins, I give back; I help those who cannot help themselves. But it’s always under the guise of anonymity.
Newspaper headlines throughout the city are clamoring to discover my identity.  Including the beautiful woman who manages to see through my “armor.”
She has the capability to put my entire life at risk.









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Author Bio

RC Boldt currently lives on the southeastern coast of the U.S., enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you're in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can't recall the lyrics to a particular 80's song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she's your girl.



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Saturday, 15 September 2018

COVER REVEAL ~~~~ HARDCORE VANILLA by Golden Angel


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Sharon Bianchi knows just how lucky she is. Not everyone's grandmother leaves them a trust fund and virtually no worries. But money doesn't mean Sharon's life has been perfect, and after the childhood she had she's more than grateful to have found friends who love and accept her for who she is and not what she can do for them. Even if she does have to put up with constant side-eye from Lexie's big brother, Jake.



With a little help from his friends, Jake Standish has made a successful return to civilian life after serving in the Army. There's only one issue: his unfortunate attraction to the last single woman in his social circle. Sharon is loud, crass, and completely over-the-top. Everything about her grates on him -- including the way he can't get her out of his head.


One very explosive New Year's Eve will set these two frenemies on fire for each other. Is theirs a collision course with disaster or happily-ever-after?
This is the last book in the Stronghold Doms series but can be read as a standalone.


Friday, 14 September 2018

BOOK REVIEW ~~~~~ THE DANCER (Men of the North #7) by Elin Peer




It might seem that I only ever read good books - I don't.  However my decision for this blog is to only include books that were better than average, books that were more than simply 'OK'. 

The Dancer is one such book.  It is part of a series of books, all of which can be read stand alone though their stories interlink in such a way that you definitely benefit from starting with book #1, The Protector.

Men of the North is set 400 years in the future, men are few and women rule the world.  Except for the area formerly known as Canada and Alaska, which is inhabited by the Men of the Northlands, a group of strong men, who refuse to be ruled by women.



My Review - 4.75 stars

A wonderful second-chance romance

We first met Solomon and Willow as childhood sweethearts in The Mentor  and subsequent books. Having discovered, in The Geniusthat things had somehow gone badly wrong for them, I was very eager to know their truths. This book didn't disappoint me at all, and yet again reflects the writing talent that is Elin Peer.

Though I really couldn't understand her animosity at first, I still really liked Willow. She was vile to Solo, yet she was such a gentle, caring person the rest of the time that I knew there was more to the story than we were seeing. Even if she irritates you it is worth continuing with this as the reasons for her attitude to Solo become clearer further into the story. And you would miss one heck of a powerful and wonderful tale.

Solomon is a fierce warrior, not only a Huntsman but one of the feared DoomSquad. In fact we first meet him whilst he is carrying out his soldiering duties. Duties that, despite protecting women from domestic violence, haunt him. In previous books he came across as quite arrogant and even a tad overbearing, but in this book we see quite a different side to him. Ms Peer managed to give us a hero who felt things deeply and acknowledged his own emotions without losing any of his strength or dominance.

There was just such emotional angst and a huge depth of feeling from the outset. My heart ached almost from the first page and there were times when both main characters brought tears to my eyes. Normally in a second-chance I'm wanting the hero to grovel and beg forgiveness before he wins back the heroine, but the story line of this book was so unique that I was just hoping and praying for Willow to realise how much Solo loved her and was perfect for her.

Whilst this can be read as a stand alone, I think reading the two books mentioned will help provide very important background information. Whilst Solo and Willow are only side characters in both books we do see how close they are in The Mentor.





Synopsis
Sometimes the purest love can turn to the deepest hate. 

I was twelve when I promised Solo that I would one day marry him. Maybe I would have if he hadn’t gotten impatient and ruined everything that summer when I was fifteen. For the last seven years I’ve replaced the love I once felt for him with anger over his almost getting me killed. 

Willow, a talented Motlander dancer, goes on tour in the Northlands. What should have been a chance for a new beginning brings her face to face with her traumatic past when Solo, a mountain of a man and the fiercest warrior of his generation, is put in charge of her safety against her will. If she can’t get rid of him at least she can return the favor and make his job a nightmare too. 

The Dancer is the 7th book in Elin Peer’s wildly successful Men of the North series that has readers gushing over the Nmen, unusual plotlines, and the strong set of characters. 

If you like large alpha men, strong women, humor, and a lot of depth, then this romantic sci-fi is for you. 



Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07FGDT8PX/

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW ------- BLOOD DRENCHED CONQUEST by N, Isabelle Blanco




MY REVIEW - 4 STARS  ⭐⭐⭐⭐



I would also say that whilst you could read this as a stand alone, since Ian and Sol's story is completed within it, reading the previous two books would improve your understanding and enjoyment of this one.

An ancient prophecy seems to foretell the death of Ianthen, God of the Hunt, if and when he meets his mate. Unsurprisingly he has spent millennia avoiding commitment. His 'werewolf' heritage also requires him to have sex frequently, so this guy is more than a bit of a manwhore (though we don't see this in the book). Sol is the human female whom his wolf can't ignore, but a God is so strong he would kill her if he tried to sleep with her. However as much as she is attracted to him, Sol has been burnt too many times to trust a guy like Ian.

This story is hugely busy. There isn't only the relationship between Ianthen and Soleria, there is a huge back story of the Ryze battling the Aviraji and also teasers and build up to characters who will feature in future books. Because I was playing 'catch-up' it took me a few chapters before I really felt like I got into the story. However I was soon hooked in and loved the fast paced, action packed ride that this book took me on.

Ian as a god is incredibly alpha, both dominant and ultra sexy. As a male falling in love and terrified about a prophecy, he was foolish in a very sweet and vulnerable way. Sol was tough as nails, though her terrible luck with cheating men left her with massive trust issues. You just know that Ian is going to do something stupid, leaving Sol hurt and him with a huge battle to win her back.

This pair had crazy hot chemistry, if steamy hot sex scenes aren't your thing then this won't be the book for you. I got frustrated with Sol's determination to deny Ian, even though I didn't blame her AND it forced him to grow up some. I was just desperate for them to get it on! I loved the story from start to finish and can't wait for the next book in the series.

PS I'd already guessed the truth about Nylicia - I so can't wait to find out more!




Title: Blood Drenched Conquest
Series: Ryze #3
Author: N. Isabelle Blanco
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica
Release Date: September 11, 2018



Blurb

Soleria

When a human male breaks your heart, it can feel like your life is ending.
When an immortal god does it . . . well, I learned the hard way that can lead to actual death.
The last few years I’ve been isolated except for my two best friends Ismini and Evesse.
Until they both went missing.
Until I started searching for them and connected with the last thing I expected.
A pair of white eyes.
He ruined me. All because I was stupid enough to give in.
Too weak to fight him.
His scent.
His taste.
Everything about that god possessed me. I knew he’d be the end of me. I knew it.
I couldn’t stay away regardless . . .
And he drove me to suicide.
Now I’m back.
I’m different.
A monster I cannot recognize.
A monster thirsting for blood . . .

Ianthen

The end of the last war is a day I’ll never forget.
How could I? It’s the day my best friend prophesied I would one day die.
I, the primal God of the Hunt, the first of his kind, dead. Gone.
All because of a female.
I lived nearly fourteen millenia waiting.
No, running.
Until she barreled into my dream and turned everything upside down.
I ran again.
I hurt her.
I tore out the very heart I would die for.
Because of my actions, I had to watch her die.
Now she’s back.
She’s more different than any of us could have ever predicted.
Lost to the obsession for Conquest that has awakened in her veins.
A female I’m determined to save before death finishes consuming me.







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Author Bio


N. Isabelle Blanco is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Allure Series, the Need Series with K.I. Lynn, and many others. At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life.

That is, until coffee came a long and took over everything else.

Nowadays, N. spends most of her days surviving the crazy New York rush and arguing with her characters every ten minutes or so, all in the hopes of one day getting them under control.


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Monday, 10 September 2018

BOOK RELEASE & REVIEW ------- WORSHIP by Jennifer Domenico


Title: Worship

Author: Jennifer Domenico


Genre: Taboo Romance

Cover Designer: Wicked by Design Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR




Blurb: 

For a few perfect moments, she was my everything, but she was snatched away. Devastated doesn't begin to describe my pain.

Lost and broken, I turned to the one place that promised wholeness. In the years since, I've become an expert at handling grief, loss, and longing, and I help others find the redemption and peace I so desperately need.

In the most unlikely place, she appears like an angel. In her eyes, my soul is healed. In her arms, the belonging I chased for years is finally mine. The emotions I thought long dead, are reborn by her touch.

She becomes my church, her voice my choir, her love my mercy, her kiss my sacrament. My altar is her body and I worship devoutly.

What we've done, what we will do, is wrong, but when she's near, the rules are redefined. I’m not free to love her, but my heart says otherwise. I lost her once, but this time, I'll do anything to keep her.




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My Review - 4.5 stars  -  A super steamy and naughtily taboo romance


I early arc/beta read this book. Based on feedback the author has added a lot more angst involving Diego's choice of giving up the church or giving up Julia. I've not had time to re-read as yet but I'm fairly certain when I do that I'll be deciding to raise my rating of the book to 5 stars.



This is very different to most books that I have read by this author. It was written to the usual high standard that I would expect, with believable characters, natural dialogue and an easy flow to the writing. However this firmly falls in the 'taboo' category of reads (no incest or non-con to worry about) and is perhaps more focused on the sexy times than normal.



Julia and Diego meet very briefly as teenagers where they feel a very instant and deep connection to each other. So much so that they still thought about the other a decade later. We didn't have any silly 'saving themselves' for the other, thankfully they had both lived very full, if different, lives in the meantime.



Julia had very overbearing parents and was looking forward to her time working as an art restorer in Italy. Imagine her surprise when one of the first people she meets there is Diego, the boy with whom she shared her first kiss but was then abruptly torn away from. The attraction is still there and this is an amazing second chance for them. Only things aren't that simple.



Wow this was a very steamy read, and for a sheltered girl Julia definitely had a very naughty side to her. I loved how she knew what she wanted and determinedly went after it, even when perhaps she shouldn't have done. She is an immensely likeable character and totally believable. Diego was one very hot and broody male, and I really did feel both the connection and the chemistry between the pair.



There is one awesome plot twist, that really pulled out all the feels. Had this been a longer story I'm sure Ms Domenico would have drawn this part out and totally pulverised my heart, so I'm kind of glad it isn't! Instead this is a really hot, forbidden romance between a couple who can't keep their hands off each other, even when they should. It doesn't have any dark or unpleasantness to the taboo and as long as you don't mind lots of sexy times then this is one excellent read.


Jennifer Domenico writes contemporary and erotic romances. She loves alpha males with a soft spot, flawed characters, and strong, sassy women. Her characters usually have a side of kink and aren't afraid to demand what they want. The author doesn't apologize for that. She's a sucker for a happy ending as long as it comes with a lot of heat.
She lives in Phoenix, Arizona but is a Bostonian at heart. The way to her heart can be reached with a foreign accent, a shot of Fireball, and an unlimited supply of cupcakes.


She is also known under her alter ego, Jaelyn LaStoria, author of time traveling romances, because why not. 

The first title is Lost Within. https://amzn.to/2BH1bk6


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Thursday, 6 September 2018


Fae (Daughters of Eltera Book 1) by Jennifer Bene

(A Dark Paranormal Romance)




MY REVIEW -  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Wow, what an unexpected surprise it was to read this book. It took me back to my late teens and early twenties when I devoured every Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Julian May and David Eddings book I could get my hands on, though it had a much more modern feel to it.


This book combined everything I want in a good read. It had characters who engaged me and that I subsequently cared about. It was well written, entertaining and with a pace that held my attention without loosing me. Best of all it had magic, immortal beings, gods and goddesses too.


Fae was a warrior through and through, but one who always stood up for the underdog. Enslaved and immortal she has become almost immune to her own suffering, but can not stand the hurt dealt out to others. She is a feisty, strong and caring female and is the sort of heroine I love to read about.


I was pleasantly surprised by Kiernan. He wasn't the dark, broody alpha male I expected. Instead he was gentle and reserved, a man who had lost so much and been held in thrall against his will. A man willing to give everything for the woman he loves. 


The world building, scene setting and character development is excellent, I felt like I was there, seeing what they saw, feeling what they felt. The book paddled at the edges of darkness, with some very terrible experiences being implied rather than experienced.


Given that Kiernan and Fae were together virtually 24/7 the pace of their relationship, and the growing bond between them, felt as though it developed at a natural rate and was believable. Whilst we got some intimate scenes, they felt organic to the plot and were neither too frequent nor too gratuitous. 


The moment I finished this book I wanted to dive straight into book 2. It was that captivating and thrilling a read. My only disappointment is that there are only the 2 books so far. I might have to stalk the author and pester her for more books in this series.





Blurb

Chosen. Cursed. Enslaved.

Fae just wants to live day to day. She doesn’t want to think about a future filled with another two thousand years of servitude. She doesn’t want to think about her past, or the way she failed the goddess she swore to serve forever. And she really doesn’t want to think about the men and women that suffer around her every day while she can’t protect them – no matter how hard she tries.

She’s definitely not ready when her entire world is turned upside down and the one person she would never choose to spend a minute with shows up.

After millennia of suffering, is it even possible to trust someone? To let herself believe that good still exists?

Damned. Cursed. Corrupted.

Kiernan doesn’t know what he wants. After centuries of bloodshed, and war, and killing – he’s waking up, and if the things he dreams in his sleep were only nightmares that would be one thing, but they’re all real. 

The only light in his darkness is a girl inside a glass, and he can’t stop watching her. Her bravery fascinates him, inspires him. Her suffering is what he deserves.

Yet some part of him craves more, craves something good. But is there anything that can be done when gods have used you as pawns in their own war? Can good things come out of evil?


Publisher's note: Fae is the first book in the Daughters of Eltera series. It contains dark themes, slavery, violence, damaged heroes, and gods and goddesses. If those things don't interest you, please seek another book.


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Sunday, 2 September 2018

BOOK REVIEW ~~~~~~ LADDER 54 (Five Firefighter Romances) ANTHOLOGY

LADDER 54 

5 FIREFIGHTER ROMANCES 

BY Maren Smith, Raisa Greywood, Adaline Raine, Isabella Lasse and Felicity Brandon




My Review - 4.5 burning hot stars 🔥🔥🔥🔥✧


So far I have only read the prologue, epilogue and two stories so will update this review as I read more.

The prologue and epilogue are written by Maren Smith and they ooze with emotion. She has such a talent for writing characters who leap of the page and come alive in your brain. Whilst in some ways the setting of the book was quite sad, I really liked the portrayal of an older couple in the kink world too. I really need a follow up book to know that Sophie and Walt are still going strong and enjoying their time at the CCC!


A Hero for Lauren by Felicity Brandon 

Blake was so swoony, everything we hope a fireman and a caring Dom would be. Lauren was a little naive and innocent, despite being 25, but it was perfect for this charming story of a Hero and his damsel in distress. 

Despite being a fairly short novella, I definitely felt the chemistry between the couple, and I liked how there was a lot of focus on communication and getting to know each other. There are a couple of very sexy spanking scenes and a little more kinky play too.   Blake felt very much a Daddy dom with his caring and nurturing way, though Lauren referred to him as Sir and there wasn't any age play.

This is a wonderful little story that was very easy to read and held my attention throughout. It's set over a very short time period and I really appreciated that it was more of a HFN and a "let's see how things go" ending, rather than containing declarations of love. Frankly I find the insta-love in some stories just too unbelievable so a huge thumbs up that this story took a more realistic and believable course.



Dance Card by Maren Smith 

Rylee is a wall flower to the extent of blending in to the scenery, yet at no point did she come across as whiny or weak. Walker seems to be quite an alpha Dom though throughout the story, right up to the end, we discover more and more of a vulnerable side to him. This pair worked so well together, I totally believed in their connection and was awed by the depth of feeling I got from reading this short story. 

Even though some of the 'play' wasn't kink that appeals to me, the author writes it in a way that still makes it both sexy and appealing. There was quite an intensity to it at times, though that was almost more due to emotion than any physical interactions.



BLURB

These naughty girls aren't just going to get what they want. They're going to get what they need.

Ladder 54 is a collection featuring five brand-new, spectacularly sexy firefighter romances from five superb authors. This blazing hot box set includes the following Kindle-melting books:

The Dance Card by Maren Smith
Rylee Mercer has never had the courage to stop watching the world around her and actually play with anyone at the local BDSM club, let alone handsome, commanding firefighter Walker Daniels. But when she wins a date with Walker at a kink-themed charity auction by less than honest means, he takes it upon himself to make her confess, teasing and tormenting her naked, quivering body until she admits her naughty behavior and begs for the punishment she deserves.

Light Me Up by Raisa Greywood
When Dr. Selene Alexiou travels to Big Banks, Montana for work, she hopes she can avoid Theo Papadakis, the schoolgirl crush who broke her heart. But when she hears about a charity date auction in which Theo--now a fireman--is participating, Selene decides to teach him a lesson. After placing the winning bid, however, her plan quickly goes awry. Infuriated by his scolding, she leaves town, but when he tracks her down will his skilled dominance prove irresistible?

Rekindled by Adaline Raine
Dakota Channing returned to the sleepy little town of Big Banks hoping to gather the courage to explain to her ex-husband why she ran away. What she ends up doing, however, is bidding on a date with him at a charity auction. When she wins, she soon finds herself over his knee for the spanking he should have given her years ago, and as she lies naked and bound with her well-punished bottom sore both inside and out, he leaves her in no doubt that she still belongs to him.

Sparked by Deception by Isabella Laase
When twenty-two-year-old Claire lets her twin sister Claudia talk her into pooling their money to bid on a date with firefighter Declan Kennedy at a kinky charity auction, the covert plan is for them to take turns over his well-muscled thighs. After Declan strips her, spanks her, and claims her hard and thoroughly, however, she cannot bear the thought of sharing him with anyone, especially Claudia. But will Claire's jealousy end up alerting Declan to their little scheme?

A Hero for Lauren by Felicity Brandon
More than ten years ago, Lauren Roberts was rescued by firefighter Blake Anderson, and she's fantasized about him ever since. She jumps at the opportunity to bid on him at a charity auction, but she ends up winning more than she bargained for, and soon she is over his knee having her bare bottom spanked for disobeying his instructions. There's no doubt his stern dominance arouses Lauren, but when Blake discovers she's in real trouble, can he still be her hero?

Publisher's Note: The books of Ladder 54 include spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this collection.



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