Tuesday, July 28, 2015

*Release Day Review* JUST ONE LIE (Just One Night #2) by Kyra Davis @_kyradavis













SYNOPSIS:

In the instant international sensation Just One Night, sensible Kasie Fitzgerald unleashed her passions—and found herself—through an explosive affair. In Just One Lie, we meet Kasie’s wild and tortured sister, whose impulsivity and lack of self-control has set off a chain of events that changes her family forever.

Melody Fitzgerald is the opposite of the “perfect” daughter. The lead singer of an indie rock band, she is impulsive and creative, with a rebellious streak that both defines her and becomes her greatest enemy. Her lover, the enticing and unpredictable Ash, shares her free spirit and penchant for trouble. On the face of it, he seems to be her perfect match.

So why is she so drawn to her soft spoken, reliable drummer, Brad Witmer? How can a man who wears polo shirts and reads the financial section of the paper be of any interest to her at all? And why on earth does someone like that appear to be so captivated by her?

Before she knows it, Melody finds herself on a path of self-discovery, passion, and affairs of the heart. But will a dark secret from her past derail it all? Or will its exposure be the very thing that unburdens her heart and allows her to seek a future with the one man who loves her completely?





REVIEW:

          



Wow!  This book was not what I was expecting!  After reading Just One Night and Just Once More, I was expecting Just One Lie to tie into these previous books and pick up where Mercy left us all with out mouths hanging open.  However, clever Kyra Davis did something different.  Just One Lie is Mercy's story, a tragically beautiful story about Mercy's journey in discovering who she really is and how finding love isn't an easy road until you learn who you are first.  

If you haven't read this series yet, you can jump right into Just One Lie easily, it can be read as a complete stand alone and not ruin anything if you choose to go back and read Just One Night at a later time.

Kyra Davis is an author that can pull out your emotions and twist you up with her characters.  You get invested, involved and embroiled with the lives of these characters.  While I liked Just One Night, I LOVED Mercy's journey in Just One Lie.  Mercy is a character that has lots of layers, her surface isn't all that you get with her.  She has issues, baggage and bad habits she is running away from and you can't help but be on her side.  While her choices aren't always easy to digest, her choices are uniquely hers and her journey.  

Not only did Kyra Davis give us Mercy, she added Brad, Ash and other characters that really get you involved in this story.  I loved the juxtaposition of Brad vs. Ash and how through all the struggles, twists and turns that Just One Lie takes us on there is always these key relationships that make Mercy look inside herself and strive to be the person she deserves to be.

Just One Lie is a definite 1-click!  If you are looking for a book that grabs your attention from the first chapter and will take your heart on a roller coaster ride, then THIS is the book that will satisfy!  Kyra Davis proves that while no romance is ever "simple", sometimes its the emotional journeys that make your heart hurt, weep and soar that are the best kind of stories to read.  Go grab Just One Lie!





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Kyra Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the the JUST ONE NIGHT series, the PURE SIN series, the SOPHIE KATZ MYSTERIES and SO MUCH FOR MY HAPPY ENDING. Kyra now lives with her husband (lauded director, screenwriter and fantasy football advocate), son (proud science-geek and Hawaiian-Shirt-aficionado), dog (champion eater and guardian of the backyard...no squirrel will dare set foot in it) and gecko (the gecko doesn't do much). You can learn more about Kyra Davis and her books by visiting: www.kyradavis.com







Sunday, July 12, 2015

*Review* TOXIC by Kim Karr @authorkimkarr











SYNOPSIS:


He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not...

New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr turns up the heat in a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new novel that takes you into the world of Manhattan’s elite.

In Toxic, Jeremy McQueen, a sexy, intense, sometimes brooding entrepreneur goes after what he wants—the woman he left behind years ago. Phoebe St. Claire, a put together, in control socialite-turned-CEO has been drifting through life searching for something she thought she'd never find again—the right man to share her future.

Our passion was boundless. Our lust untamed. And our desire endless. He was the only man who ever made me feel alive. Then, I betrayed him.

When he reappeared, I didn’t question it. Trust rarely survives the wrecking ball, so when he let me in back in—I didn’t hesitate.

Maybe I should have.

What began as a bid to save my family business, turned into a second chance at love. It felt so romantic. Working together, side by side, with the man I loved. My dream come true.

Nothing is as good as it seems.

We had our issues, but then again, every couple does. It wasn’t jealousy, or our too-hot sex life that I should have been worried about.

It was his darkside.

I never saw the end coming, until it slammed me in the face. The question is—did he? 

Was revenge his plan all along?





REVIEW:

        


I love Kim Karr and her writing always pulls on your heart strings, takes your emotions on a roller coaster ride and leaves you in a whirlwind by the end.  Toxic is a great story however, I have one suggestion: don't read the blurb before you dive in.  Just trust that it is a powerful story of second chances and dive right in!  I think the blurb set me up to expect a different kind of story and I spent most of the book waiting for the other shoe to drop and that threw me out of my reading pleasure (for a bit).

Toxic is a stand alone book that throws a lot at the reader!  We get to meet Phoebe and Jeremy in Toxic and watch how lies, mistrust, jealously and past issues can lead to emotional whiplash and one pretty fabulous story.  I loved the depth of emotion in this story, really making the reader feel connected to the characters and the struggles they are going through.  I love a second chance story and this one, though angsty, is a good (and steamy) one!

Toxic has a lot going on, my main critique of this story would be at times I was lost in the amount of information and characters thrown at us.  While I loved the cast of characters, it wasn't until the second half of the book that I think I finally sorted them all out.  The angst was pretty intense at times, but Kim Karr gives good angst!  Even though the blurb on the book had my expectations going in one direction and riding an emotional edge for most of the book, it was a hot, emotional and hard to put down read!

If you are a fan of Kim Karr Toxic is a must read for you!  If you have never read a Kim Karr book, love second chance stories that will leave you all twisted up emotionally, then Toxic is for you!  Treat yourself to a great summer read and 1-click Toxic today!




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Thursday, July 2, 2015

*Release Week Review* SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS (Sinful Nights #1) by Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3 @InkSlingerPR




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SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS by Lauren Blakely, the first full-length novel from her Erotic Romance Series, Sinful Nights! This new series is a new erotic romance series, Sinful Nights, written in the high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour style of the Seductive Nights series that readers know and love, but heading in a new direction with a new family that’s full of drama, checkered pasts and dangerous life-and-death secrets. Check out Lauren’s message below to hear more from her!



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SYNOPSIS:


She was the one who got away… 


Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice. 


Easier said than done… 


Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him -- Maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years. 
But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past. 


And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present… 


SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is book one in SINFUL NIGHTS, a four-book series. Each book will follow a new couple.




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Message from Lauren: 

Dear Readers: 

I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you! Many of you have been patiently waiting for SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the story of Brent Nichols and the woman he loves. Many of you already know Brent since he’s the younger brother of Clay Nichols, from NIGHT AFTER NIGHT....The good news is this-SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is Book One in a new erotic romance series, Sinful Nights, written in the high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour style of the Seductive Nights series that readers know and love, but heading in a new direction with a new family that’s full of drama, checkered pasts and dangerous life-and-death secrets. SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS kicks off this new series with a fiery, passionate, and suspenseful story of two lovers reuniting after ten years. Each book in this series follow a new couple and will be set against the backdrop of sin, money, sex, greed, passion and love in the city of Las Vegas. Brent’s love interest is Shannon Paige, and she has three brothers. Yep, you guessed it - each of her brothers will be getting a book! And while each book in the Sinful Nights series follows a new couple, get ready for a storyline that will carry across the entire series -- a story of danger, risk and high-stakes suspense.   Q&A about the Sinful Nights series: Does this take place after the events in the Seductive Nights series? A: Yes. This story begins one year after the final Seductive Nights book.   Can I read this if I haven’t read the Seductive Nights series? A: Yes! You won’t miss a beat if you start with SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS. That’s why it’s Book One!   Brent is Clay’s brother. Does this mean Clay will be in SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS? A: Why yes! He will indeed appear in a handful of scenes!   Is this series similar to the Seductive Nights series? A: Absolutely. The hero in book one is a Nichols man! Nichols men are known for being dirty, passionate and fiercely loyal! You can also expect scorching hot sex scenes, dirty talk, high-class and glamorous settings, and passionate love. Have I mentioned the heat :)? 



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EXCERPT:

She turned to look at him, and neither one of them said a word. Her green eyes were dark and intense. Her lips were so close. The inches between them were swallowed whole by the connection that crackled between them. She seemed to sway closer, and he moved in, seizing the moment.
He lifted his hand to her hair, still sleek in its twist, different from the shade she’d had when he knew her, but beautiful just the same. A strand had fallen loose, chestnut brown and curled. He touched it, ran his finger across the single lock. Time melted away as he leaned into the familiar crook of her neck. The craving for her ran so damn deep it lived inside his bones.
He inhaled her, that honey scent, a new smell that in an instant marked her.
“Shan,” he whispered, rough and gravelly, filled with so much want for her, which had built over the years, grown higher, spread further, formed roots. Inhabited him. He was desperate to have her in his arms again, to smother her in kisses that erased all the years.
“Brent,” she whispered, his name sounding like sugar on her tongue.
He buried his face in her neck, layering kisses on her soft skin. “Where have you been?” he asked, though it was entirely rhetorical. She hadn’t been with him. He hadn’t been with her. That was the answer.
“Where were you?” she countered softly.
He lifted his face and looked her in the eyes as he brushed the back of his fingers along her cheek. 
“Thinking of you,” he said.
He didn’t know how he’d gone from breaking two glasses to finding her falling into his arms. But that was where they were. He cupped her cheeks in his hands. 
“You’re so fucking beautiful,” he rasped out, and then he crushed her mouth. He consumed her lips. He kissed her hard, and greedily, and the world around him turned black and small. It faded into a speck of nothingness because there was room for nothing else in his world but her.




REVIEW:

           


Lauren Blakely.  What a treasure she is!!  I know that I can pick up any of her books and get swept away into a sexy, intense story that will have me sucked into the pages leaving me gasping for air at the end.  Sweet Sinful Nights was no exception.  I fell hard for this story.  I had goosebumps and chills reading this romantically emotional story of Brent and Shannon, proving once again that Lauren Blakely knows how to write, not only heat (which she does very well) but heart!  I binge read this story in one night and I can't wait for more in this series!

If you have read Lauren Blakely's Seductive Nights series you may recognize some of the characters in this book, but even if you have never read a single book by Ms. Blakely you can read Sweet Sinful Nights (the first in this new series) as a complete stand alone novel.  Lauren Blakely does a wonderful job of weaving her books together so that if you have read her in the past you get pieces of formers characters to enjoy, but even if you pick up one book out of order you still can enjoy the story in your hands.  

Sweet Sinful Nights is a second chance love story.  Next to friends to lovers, this is my favorite of all the tropes out there.  Second chance stories are tough to write (and read) with characters sometimes being bitter, or spiteful; the plot gets too angsty and characters buried in past hurts they can't let go of... none of that gets in the way in Sweet Sinful Nights, Brent and Shannon take this trope to a new level and it is a glorious ride!

Brent and Shannon were college sweethearts with a white hot connection that burned up the sheets and had lots of passion outside of the bedroom.  When tough decisions are made and ultimatums are thrown down hearts are broken and ten years go by until they meet again.  Man!  Just writing about this book is taking me back to the intensity of the emotions Lauren infuses into this book when they meet up again after all that time!  I won't spoil a thing but you really, REALLY want to read this book.  The heart, the romance, the heat and the connection between Brent and Shannon spark right off the pages of Sweet Sinful Nights and creates a book I want to relive again and again.  I can't wait for the rest of this series to come out!  Lauren Blakely has always been a favorite of mine, but now she is a top tier Author for me!

If you want a book that will give you goosebumps with the romantic intensity that jumps off the page, then you NEED to 1-click Sweet Sinful Nights!  Brent and Shannon's story kicks off what promises to be another AMAZING series by Lauren Blakely and you won't want to miss out!   


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MEET THE AUTHOR:

         
Author PhotoLauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, shethinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her next book is 21 Stolen Kisses, a new adult romance filled with angst and romantic tension, releasing in May. This summer she'll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).   

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Laura Kaye's HARD TO LET GO! HARD TO LET GO is the 4th novel in Laura's Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance. Grab your copy of this sexy, suspenseful book today!!



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SYNOPSIS:


Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.


Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters the biggest complication yet—seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights—and his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.





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Beckett was a wrung-out mess. He’d just spent the past hour talking to Emilie, and it was maybe more than he’d talked at one time in his whole life. He couldn’t exactly say he felt good, and maybe not even better, but he could say that he was a little proud of himself for facing his past. Didn’t matter that dealing with that shit was as comfortable as swallowing crushed glass, because choking it down was the only way he’d have a chance at a future.
            At least, a future that he really, truly wanted.
            One where he wasn’t alone. One where he wasn’t angry. One where he wasn’t wasting the time he might have left on this earth—time his seven fallen teammates no longer had.
            Jogging down the stairs from the third-floor apartment, Beckett headed to the gym. No matter how trashed he felt, he had one more conversation that absolutely had to happen tonight. 
With Nick. About Kat. 
Beckett had seen the all-knowing looks on Marz’s and Jeremy’s faces when he and Kat joined the all-hands’ meeting earlier in the evening. If he didn’t go to Nick soon, the guy was going to learn about them some other way. And then the hell was going to be even worse to pay. And Beckett didn’t want that to happen. Not just because he didn’t want the hassle. But because he owed it to Nick—as his friend and his brother—to come clean.
            Didn’t mean that his gut wasn’t all twisted up about whether Nick would think him good enough for his baby sister, though.
            He reached the gym door, took a deep breath, and punched in the pass code. Man up, Murda. Right.
            Inside, things were hopping, despite the fact that it was pushing eleven o’clock. Some Ravens were lifting weights. Others were shooting the shit around the table. And two guys were tossing a ball back and forth, driving Eileen crazy by bouncing it over her head. Easy was pounding out a fast pace on the treadmill. And, in the back corner, Nick, Marz, and Shane were poring over something on Marz’s desk.
            Beckett had faced down terrorists who wanted nothing more than to take his life with their very hands, and he’d probably never been as nervous as he was right now. For fuck’s sake.
            He moved into the room. About midway across he spied Cy peeking out from behind a weight machine. “You and me are gonna have a talk soon, too,” he said, pointing at the cat. A one-eyed blink was his only answer.
            And then he was standing on the far side of Marz’s desk next to Shane, peering down at what the three men were examining.
            Marz gave him a smile and tapped his finger against the pages. “Just going over all these instances when Merritt noted Kaine as having changed orders regarding counternarcotics missions.”
            “Marz was right,” Nick said, looking up at him. “Some of these gave me a bad feeling in my gut at the time, because they seemed out of character for Merritt. He was never a last minute kinda guy. Every damn time he’s marked those changes as having been ordered by Kaine.”
            Beckett nodded. And then his mouth acted without his brain’s permission. “I’d like to date your sister.”


REVIEW:

I did not get a chance to review this book before it was published, but I WILL be 1-clicking this one ASAP!!  As hard as I love this series, I won't wait too long to read Beckett's story and see how everything gets wrapped up.  




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Praise for HARD TO LET GO: 

“Kaye wraps up her bestselling series with this action-packed story, highlighting her talent for alpha military heroes, hot romance, and an ensemble cast of characters who are unique and engaging. A super sexy, high-octane romantic suspense novel that concludes the popular Hard Ink series in a completely satisfying way.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“TOP PICK! Kaye brings her Hard Ink series to a spectacular conclusion that successfully wraps up the overarching mystery and brings closure to her compelling characters. Kaye really nails it with this awesome book and series!” ~RT Book Reviews

“HARD TO LET GO will blow you away! Anyone who has been following Laura Kaye’s fantastic Hard Ink series will expect something great for the last book in the series, and to say HARD TO LET GO does not disappoint would be the understatement of the year! Ms. Kaye writes sex scenes like it’s nobody’s business, and the blistering chemistry between Kat and Becket will leave you panting and begging for more! If you expected world-class action in HARD TO LET GO, think again and multiply that by ten! HARD TO LET GO has to be the most explosive conclusion to a series ever! Do not miss it at any cost!” ~Fresh Fiction   And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:





THE HARD INK SERIES:

  Praise for the Hard Ink Series: "TOP PICK! If you're looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you." ~RT Book Reviews Magazine

Hard as It gets

HARD AS IT GETS

Hard as You Can
HARD AS YOU CAN

Hard To Hold On To
HARD TO HOLD ON TO

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HARD TO COME BY

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HARD TO BE GOOD





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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.        



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