Review: Kresley Cole – Shadow’s Claim

Immortals After Dark Series:

Book 13:

The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist Series:

Book 1:

Shadow’s Claim: Prince Trehan Daciano “The Prince of Shadows” and Princess Bettina of the Deathly Ones

Shadow's Claim (Immortals After Dark: The Dacians, #1)

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Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament—to the death.

He won’t be denied…
Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people, striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself—until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore’s most fearsome villains.

She’s bound to another…
Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails—even though she’s lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure.

A battle for her body and soul…
Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away—or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever-pitch…

Review:

For some reason I having a hard time writing this review, my thoughts are scattered and I can’t seem to start in the right spot. Erg! Do I have reviewers block? Does that even exist? LOL

Well anyway, I loved this book. From beginning to end it was passionate, fun, funny, action packed and the characters lovable. Trehan was a sexier, more lovable version of Sebastian Wroth. Both are scholarly, warriors, but for me, Trehan does it better, sexier, more brooding, a master assassin for the land of Blood and Mist. Yummy! I’ll take a Trehan any day! He’s an undercover alpha male he’s so calm and collected, that he can deceive you, then all of the sudden….he’s NOT! And then all hell breaks loose and you have an explosive alpha male on your hands. Oooweee! But our Master Assassin also has a soft side; he is so supportive of Bettina when she is struggling with her fears. He just looks at her and puts his faith in her that she could beat that deep seeded fear and his unwavering faith in her gets her past a huge block. He meets Bettina when he is drawn to her window by some inexplicable force. He is supposed to be hunting a demon Caspion for breaking his lands laws. When he enters Bettina’s room he finds his Bride in a beautiful maiden and she is responding to his touch! But she soon realizes that the person touching her is not who she thought it was and Trehan realizes his Bride doesn’t want him. He decides then and there that he does not want a Bride that does not want him, or does he?

Bettina is so damn cute, if I could have folded her up and put her in my pocket to take with me, I would have! She does an incredible amount of growing throughout this book. She goes from scared and a push over to a sorceress that other sorceri should fear someone ready to rule the deathly ones! She is half demoness and half sorceress. She grew up in her homeland where her demon father was king up until his death shortly following her mother’s death. She always felt out of place, taking on most of her mother sorceress qualities. She had no friends until Caspion a foundling orphan link up and suddenly she has a best friend who she secretly loved for most of her young life. When she is away from her realm in the human world she is viciously attacked by Vrekeners, not fully into her immortality it takes her 2 months to recover. Three months later her guardians decree that there will be a open tournament for her hand in marriage and to be king of her kingdom, which brings out all sorts of Loreans and a lot of them are not any creature you would want to be married to, ever! For years she has fancied herself in love with Caspion, he has been her childhood hero! She begs him to enter the tournament and finally he agrees if for no other reason than to avoid Trehans blade coming at his head for breaking Dacians laws. Bettina never expects to see Trehan again after that first night when he declares her his Bride and then takes off. But then he shows up for the tournament to win her hand and then all of the sudden she is having all these confusing feeling towards this stoic ancient vampire but she loves Caspion, doesn’t she??

As with the majority of Kresley Cole’s books you are taken on a merry go round of emotion and action. With the tourney to win the fair Bettina’s hand you are guaranteed to get plenty of fighting, because the Lore is nothing if not violent. Lol The sparks between Bettina and Trehan are enough to make you fan yourself off. They certainly have the sexual chemistry going on from the beginning. He leaves her panting and wanting more, even as he is confusing the hell out of her. Caspion added a fun love triangle-ish element to this story. The interactions between Bettina, Trehan and Caspion are sure to keep you entertained! We also have Bettina’s guardians, her demon godfather and her powerful sorceress godmother. The dynamic between these two make me think that there may be a future story brewing there. There are too many sparks flying there. Also, her evil-ish godmother is quite funny, she kind of reminds me a bit of Reign the Radiant who makes demons eat carburetors for fun. Add in a perverted former phantom and current phanTom as Bettina’s bodyguard and you have the makings of some good times and laughs. We get cameos from Munro, Nix, and Sabine and Lothaire who is at full crazy from previous IAD books.

This is a must read! Days later I still find myself smiling from this book. I think I’d have to say I enjoyed it even more than Lothaire, which was fantastic in its own right.

Sorry, for the disjointed review lol. I’ve been trying to write it for two days. LOL!! Damn reviewers block!

Rating: 5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig Orange

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Another Time, Another Place By C.B. Roberts

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This is a scene from my book Another time, Another place. (Release Date: TBA) It is the sole property of C.B. Roberts. Any use of this material without my written permission is prohibited.

Never had I seen such a beautiful woman, her skin looked too soft and too smooth to be real, her smile brighter than the full moon that hung above the clouds tonight. Though I’d seen her more times than I could count her beauty left me in a trance like state, all I could do was stare. The need to touch her was overwhelming. Her face soft in my hand, she stopped talking, realizing I’m sure that I hadn’t heard a word she said. Her eyes softened and her lips broke into a smile…. I stared into the most amazing eyes… oblivious to the waves crashing the shoreline or the clouds stirring above I stared.

I loved her, I loved her in every sense of the word, not the overused term most men use to get what they want or to keep from hurting feelings but real love, the kind you can’t explain, the kind that has so much passion and emotion behind it at times it seemed you would crack. That’s how I loved her…. The way it’s supposed to be.

“Wyatt?”

Her voice brought me back from my zoned out state.

“Yes baby?”

“What are you thinking when you get like this?”

“About how much I love you baby girl, you’re everything I’ve ever wanted.”

She smiled, though I had told her I loved her several times she’d never said it back, Circumstances wouldn’t allow us to be together and her way of protecting her heart was to not talk about how she felt. I understood completely and didn’t pressure her.

“Are you okay?”

“Never been better sweetie, lets walk”

I took her hand and we started to walk. Dinner had been great and the conversation even better. One of the many things I loved about her was the fact that we had so much in common, we could talk for hours and never run out of things to talk about, we had proven that many times. We laughed easy and truly enjoyed each others company.

My biggest fear was waking up one morning and not hearing from her, the cards were stacked against us without any chance we could be anything more than we were now. I was still struggling with accepting that reality, I tried not to think about it, I tried my best to keep it pushed down but it was always there, it was coming, one day there would be no more Beth.

We had a little phrase we would say when talking about what it would be like to be together or when we talked about the lack of a chance that there could ever be an “us”………. another time, another place.

The beach was kind of desolate tonight which made it nice; it was like we were the only two souls alive. Hand in hand we walked making small talk, no subject was safe, we could talk about anything and did.

Her voice was soothing, like coming home, like a lazy Sunday afternoon and I never wanted to her to stop talking. To say I was in love with Beth was an understatement…. I worshiped her.

She stopped all of a sudden and I turned to face her.

“Hey baby?”

“Yes baby?” I smiled. I loved to hear her call me that.

“I wish things were different”

I pulled her to me, wrapping my arms around her I held her tight.

“Me too baby”

We stood there for what seemed like eternity, her head on my chest and my cheek pressed against her head, there was no need for words.

Completely lost in the moment it took a second before we realized it had started to rain, I suppose the freshness to the air and the rolling clouds mixed with the lack of people on the beach should have been a warning but I had missed it. Here I was trying to plan the perfect evening and forgot to check the weather or even notice the signs that there was rain on the way. Completely embarrassed I broke the embrace and looked towards where we had parked. She followed my gaze then started to laugh, we couldn’t even see the lights of the parking lot. We had to be at least a mile from the truck with no chance of making it without getting completely soaked. Well…I wanted it to be an evening she would never forget and thanks to Mother Nature I was sure to get my wish.

I just stood there and watched her laughing. Her clothes were clinging to her and her hair was plastered to her head, the moonlight shining on her made the rain drops on her face sparkle. Never had she looked more beautiful to me, she was an angel.

Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was the moonlight or maybe it was the irony that such a perfect evening could turn out like this but something made us look into each others eyes and everything stopped. She stepped towards me and threw her arms around me hugging me tight; standing there in the pouring rain we held each other like it was the last time.

The moonlight shimmering across the ocean and lit up the rain making it look like magic floating in the air, the waves crashed into the shore sang their song while the wind hummed a beautiful harmony.

Our bodies glued to each other we started to sway, slow dancing to the tune that Mother Nature was playing just for us.

“Wyatt?”

Her breath on my neck sent a tingle up my spine, her lips close to my ear she said my name again.

“Wyatt?”

“Hmm?”

“I love you baby”

Overcome with emotion I didn’t trust myself to speak so I didn’t say anything.

She looked up at me and I kissed her, not hard but soft yet full of passion, A kiss that said all the things I didn’t trust my voice to say, I told her I loved her, that I couldn’t live without her. I told her that I knew she was the only woman I could ever completely let in, that she owned my heart and I never said a word, I said it with a kiss.

“Make love to me Wyatt”

I took off my shirt and spread it on the sand sitting on my shirt I removed the rest of my clothing and watched her undress then motioned for her to straddle me. She lowered herself on me and I slipped between her folds and entered her warmth. I pulled her to me and our lips met once again, our tongues danced to a rhythm we both could feel. Though she felt great this wasn’t about the physical feeling, it wasn’t two people trying to please each other or give mind-blowing orgasms. No, this was different, this was two hearts becoming one, two lost soul’s that were meant to be together finding each other, this was about connection, this wasn’t sex this was making love in its purest form.

With my arms tight around her I told her I loved her

“I love you too, baby”

At that very moment it was over for me. Her words and the rain washed me clean, all the hurt, all the pain was gone, no one had ever cheated or let me down, no one had ever disappeared, no one had ever professed to love me when their actions proved otherwise, My heart that was once in pieces was no longer broken. The emptiness I had known for years was replaced with love…. her love. I was full, I was complete, I was whole.

There was no doubt in my mind whatsoever that I would love her for the rest of my life, when they lowered me in the ground I’d still be loving her…..she was the one and no circumstance on earth could ever change that.

I would spend my life dreaming of another time, another place.

Review: Samantha Young – On Dublin Street

On Dublin Street Series:

Book 1:

On Dublin Street: Jocelyn Butler and Braden Carmichael

 

On Dublin Street

Purchase on Amazon: Samantha Young – On Dublin Street

Summary:

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

Review:

I love a story where one of the main characters has suffered a tragic past and survives despite their past. In this book Jocelyn is our heroine that has suffered the tragic losses of her entire family at a young age and then not a year later her best friend. She blames herself for her friend’s death and has been suppressing all feeling in regards to her family’s death. It was too painful for her to deal with as a teenager and now as an adult the feeling has been so suppressed that she continues to be stunted emotionally. All that begins to change when she moves in with Ellie. Ellie is everything that Joss is not: open, friendly, high energy and comes from a loving home with a great family which includes her half brother Braden. Ellie is determined to pull Joss out of her shell and little by little Joss starts to open herself up. This causes Joss to start getting panic attacks; which makes her realize that maybe it’s time to deal with the deaths of her family.

In the middle of trying to deal with her grief she has Braden pushing at her. Emotionally she can’t deal with him right now, but her body is not letting her back away. The attraction between Braden and Jocelyn is instant and intense. They practically set the pages on fire with their smoldering heat. Braden convinces Jocelyn to agree to a “Friends w/ Bene’s” situation. I could smell a set up from Braden from a mile away, but it was fun to watch Braden maneuver Jocelyn where he wants her. He’s smarter than your average cookie. He knows that Joss spooks easily so he proposes a situation that he thinks that she would actually agree to while secretly getting her used to being in a relationship without putting a label on it. I’d have to say he did a pretty good job. Before she knew it, she had started considering him hers.

Joss still has her insecurities and everything she had been working for, for months falls apart when someone close to her falls ill. All her past feelings of loss and overwhelming grief come flooding back and of course predictably she panics and runs. Yes, I did like Joss. I liked that she is trying to get help for her issues. Some of my favorite parts of the book were her conversations with her therapist. Joss has a quick wit and humor. She does not let people push her around, yet has a softer side. You especially see it as her friendship with Ellie grows.

Ellie, is a cutie pie. You cannot help but love her. She accepts Joss as she is and does not try to change her, in doing so, she actually helps Joss grow and develop. Her unwavering acceptance is also admirable and Joss can’t help but respond. Ellie has her own romance in this book, for years she has been in love with her big brothers best friend, so this plot line definitely adds another fun aspect to this book. It is seamlessly woven in with Joss and Braden’s story.

Braden is exactly who and what Jocelyn needs. He works through all her freak outs, he never gives up on her and he accepts her for all of her issues. Even when she is trying to protect him from herself, he doesn’t let her. He is a great match for Jocelyn. He is an unwavering presence and little by little breaks down her defenses. We don’t know Braden as well as we know Joss, he isn’t a mystery but we are never really in his mind so he remains a bit of a mystery. His past is not quite as fluffy as you would think and I wanted to know more. He is very much likeable and sexy as hell. He is confident and owns his sexuality and it comes across. He is kind of a tamer, less intense, Scottish Gideon Cross. Speaking of Scottish, he has a very sexy accent and knows how to use it! You can’t help but love Braden; I want one just like him! LOL

One thing with this book and I usually hate to compare books, but it just so happened that I read this book and Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning back to back. In each book one of the main characters came from a similar tragic childhood. Granted Jace from Hot Ticket was a bit more tragic, but overall they were very similar. The reason I even bring this up is because with Jocelyn, yes I felt her grief but it wasn’t as tangible or believable as it could have been. The pain didn’t truly translate and I had a hard time connecting with her issue due to this. Now with Jace and his pain from losing his family at a young age it was tangible and it came through loud and clear. His pain became your pain and my heart bleed for him. I read Dublin Street first and then Hot Ticket, I noticed that I wasn’t really connecting with Jocelyn’s tragic past before I read Hot Ticket; however, that disconnect became so much more obvious once I started reading Jace’s story. I’m of the frame of mind that if you are going to give your character a tragic past you really really need to make that past come through and make the reader feel it, if it’s going to be affective; otherwise, when the character starts acting out because of their past it becomes somewhat annoying rather than making you feel the tragedy instead. Now, I didn’t get annoyed with Jocelyn, it wasn’t quite to that level, but it got close a couple of times. So I think Samantha Young could have been a bit better with this, but overall, it was a good effort.

I did quite enjoy this book, it was a fun, hot and steamy, passionate read. The characters are quite likeable and you are likely to fall in love with at least one of them. Is it as memorable as similar books of this ilk such as Hot Ticket or Bared to You, not quite but it was almost there and you will want to read more by this author. I would definitely recommend this as a read to romance lovers everywhere. I think it has mass appeal and is tame enough for those who don’t quite want to get as intense as other books similar to this one are.

*This title was provided to me from NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 4 Romanticals

Amanda Sig

ARC Review: Kendall Ryan – Make Me Yours

Unravel Me Series:

Book 2:

Make Me Yours: Liz and Cohen

Make Me Yours

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Emotionally crippled Liz isn’t looking for a relationship when she meets delish boy-next-door, Cohen. He’s a few years younger, a volunteer firefighter, oh…and a virgin, making him totally off limits. But never one to back away from a challenge, she’s drawn to him even while she continues to satisfy her physical needs elsewhere.

Even as she spends her evenings in another man’s arms, she somehow finds herself curled up in Cohen’s bed each night. It’s been a long time since she had a true honest-to-goodness make out session, but Cohen’s showing her just how much fun not having sex can be.

When Cohen’s injured, her real feelings for him rise to the surface, and she has to decide if she’s willing to take a risk on love after enduring so much heartbreak in her past.

MAKE ME YOURS is the sexy conclusion to UNRAVEL ME.

Review:

I was super stoked when I saw that Liz was going to get her own book, she was quite the scene stealer in Unravel Me. She was funny, sassy and a woman after my own heart!

Ms. Ryan did not disappoint in this book. I really enjoyed this glimpse into Liz’s life. Liz was a lot more complex than I ever imagined. In Unravel Me, Liz has a devil may care attitude; she seemed fearless and goes for what she wants. What we didn’t know is why she is this way. It seems that Liz had a heartbreak so intense it changed everything about her. She never wanted to feel again what she felt before, so she made it her life’s goal to never let another that close again. Then she meets Cohan, her super sweet neighbor who is too good to be true. She wants nothing to do with him romantically because of what that would mean but she can’t stay away from him or his hot body. She wants to corrupt him but knows that she shouldn’t, but somehow these two become unlikely “friends?” or something like friends. Than all of sudden she is feeling things she hasn’t felt in years and it is scaring the sh*t out of her. How could this innocent 21 year old gorgeous, virgin be the one that pulls on her heart after all of years she has spent blocking off her heart? You feel as Liz goes through the full spectrum of emotion. Ms. Ryan divvy’s out details little by little throughout the book that makes you truly realize the full extent behind Liz’s heartbreak and the reasons she is the way she is. It’s more then you ever thought, and it may just bring a tear to your eye. I know I misted up a little when I came to that part. Liz’s heartbreak becomes yours in that moment.

Liz takes Cohen on one hell of a ride, pobrecito. She is all over the place with him, yet somehow he is always there. Cohen seems to know Liz even better then she knows herself. He is endlessly patient with her yet at the same time he’s got a bit of alpha in him and puts the smack down when needed. He seems all sweet and innocent but he has some surprises up his sleeve. Liz takes him for a serious emotional ride, she’s hot, then cold, then hot again. Yet, Cohen keeps on keeping on. It’s like he knows before Liz even does that eventually her fear will subside. He knows he just has to hang in there and eventually he’ll get what he wants and what he wants is Liz. That doesn’t mean when she goes cold that it doesn’t hurt. Although this book is from Liz’s POV, Cohen’s hurt is still tangible. You know when he’s hurting but you also know that he’s determined.

This book takes you on the twists and turns of all human emotion; the pains but also the joys, which come with life. Although it may take a bit for them to get there Liz and Cohen end up being perfect for each other, they balance each other out. I could not put this book down and devoured it all in one sitting. Even after I finished it Liz and Cohen have been lingering in the back of my mind. I very much enjoyed their story. I also loved how the last chapter was in Cohen’s POV. To get a quick glimpse into his mind was quite enjoyable. We also get glimpses of Aiden and Ashlyn, so we get to see how they are doing after Unravel Me. I always like to catch up with past characters; it does a heart good to know they are still doing well after their story ends. I definitely recommend picking up this series for a quick, hot and steamy, and fun read!

*This title was provided to me by the author for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 4.5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig

Guest Author: Olivia Cunning

Combining her love for romantic fiction and rock ‘n roll, Olivia Cunning writes erotic romance centered around rock musicians.

Raised on hard rock music from the cradle, she attended her first Styx concert at age six and fell instantly in love with live music. She’s been known to travel over a thousand miles just to see a favorite band in concert. As a teen, she discovered her second love, romantic fiction — first, voraciously reading steamy romance novels and then penning her own.

Olivia Cunnings Newest Release:

Double Time:

Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor in this menage story featuring the hottest guy in the Sinners band.

Trey Mills, the notoriously sexy Sinners rhythm guitarist, gives up his bisexual lifestyle and is swept into a hot, heady romance with Reagan Elliot, a female rock star sensation. But when Trey encounters Reagan’s sexy bisexual roommate, Ethan Conner, he can no longer deny who he is or what he wants. Reagan heartily agrees to a solution that opens up a hot new world of sexual experience–and love–with the two men she wants the most

I asked Olivia Cunning what her favorite song is as well as what her favorite concert was. Here is her response!

Thanks for having me on your blog today!

I get asked what my favorite song is often. The problem is I don’t have a favorite song, just a favorite genre of music. Rock, please. And only rock. I do have playlist for each of the Sinners’ books released so far. Perhaps if you listen to the songs that represent each band member, you’ll get a feel for their characters and what I mean by not having a favorite song. Every song (or at the very least, every music artist) has a different feel and evokes a different set of emotions. A different atmosphere. So my choice of favorite song depends on my current mood and situation.

The theme song for Brian Sinclair, the lead guitarist of Sinners and hero of Backstage Pass is “All I Want” by Staind. I chose that song for him because the man is a hopeless romantic and while he’s flinging his heart at the initially unreceptive heroine, the song fits him perfectly.

The theme song for Sedric “Sed” Lionheart, the vocalist of Sinners and hero of Rock Hard is “If You Only Knew” by Shinedown. This song fits Sed’s feelings for the heroine of the book, Jessica, as they were once engaged and he’s been pining for her for a couple of years. She has no idea he still cares.

The theme song for Jace Seymour, the bassist of Sinners and hero of Hot Ticket (which will be released next February) is Pain by “Three Days Grace”. This song actually inspired the character, not the other way around. I didn’t try to find a song to fit Jace. That song is Jace. I’m greatly influenced by music.

The theme song for Eric Sticks, the drummer of Sinners and hero of Snared (which should be out next Fall) is “Head Against the Wall” by Anew Revolution. I chose this song for Eric because he tends to purposely bang his head on things to try to curtail his dirty thoughts. It doesn’t work so well for him. He’s quite a character!

And Trey Mills, the rhythm guitarist of Sinners and hero of Double Time (which was just released a few days ago. Yay!), has two theme songs. The first one fits his personality so well and it’s just perfect for his attitude. He’s entirely lovable. It’s “…To Be Loved” by Papa Roach. And his other song, because he’s so known for his addiction to cherry suckers is “Lollipop” by Framing Hanley.

If you’re interested in the entire playlists for each book they can be found on my blog under Sinners on Tour Official Playlists.

Olivia Cunning Offical Sinners on Tour Playlists

Now while I love to listen to recorded music, there is no substitute for live music. I love concerts with the heat of thousand suns! I have a few favorite live bands, and I have to admit that I’m a total sucker for a lead singer who knows how to pump up a crowd. My all-time favorite live band is Avenged Sevenfold. If you leave an Avenged Sevenfold concert without a smile on your face and with a normal heart rate, you must be in a coma. A close second favorite live band is Papa Roach. Lead singer, Jacoby Shaddix actually goes into the crowd. It’s phenomenal! I also adore Three Days Grace and Powerman 5000 live. Disturbed is another band not to be missed (so sad they’re currently taking a break!). What sets these bands apart from all the bands I’ve seen live is their interaction with the crowd. I go to concerts to have a great time first, and to listen to music second. Rock concerts are different from, say, orchestral concerts. You don’t just go for the music. You go for the experience. There are so many bands I would like to experience live, but haven’t had the opportunity to see yet. I’m making a list of must-see live shows and hope to get to as many as possible in the next couple of years. Does anyone have suggestions for great live bands I should include on my list?

If you would like to read my review of Double Time click on the link below.

Click here to see Double Time Review

Amanda Sig

*This guest post can also be viewed on my other blog www.paranormalromancenovel.com .

Review: Cherrie Lynn – Leave Me Breathless

Ross Siblings Series:

Book 3:

Leave Me Breathless: Seth “Ghost” Warren and Macy Rodgers

 

Leave Me Breathless (Ross Siblings, #3)

 

Order your copy on Amazon: Cherrie Lynn – Leave Me Breathless

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Leather and lace don’t strike sparks. Or do they?

It’s Valentine’s Day, but Macy Rodgers isn’t feeling the love. Aside from a torrid, one-night fling in a backseat a few months back, her love life has been sorely lacking, but fortunately she has devious friends who feel like playing Cupid. Wouldn’t they be shocked to learn that the match they’ve made for her is the same one that steamed up the back of that ’69 GTO…

Seth “Ghost” Warren has just returned to town after an extended absence. Between his grandmother’s failing health, his job as a tattoo artist, his band’s gigs, and a crazy ex that won’t leave him alone, he’s stretched thin. Cautious cowgirl Macy is the last thing he needs thrown into the mix.

She’s all country, he’s all heavy metal—and Macy knows that if anyone can propel her out of her rut, it’s Seth. But when their worlds collide, it’s anyone guess if they’ll survive with their hearts intact.

Warning: Contains explicit sex, graphic language, road trips, troublemaking exes, emotional baggage, and an unconventional but exceptionally hot hero tatted and pierced for your pleasure…

Review:

Super incredibly hot! The pages burn up with the heat that Seth AKA Ghost and Macy generate!

I was excited for this read only because it’s Cherrie Lynn and I loved Rock Me and wanted more hot tattoo boys! I didn’t particularly like Macy in Rock Me as she calls herself in her own book she was a “stuck up b*tch” in Rock Me. In Leave Me Breathless you see a whole other side to her and I have to say I loved her. She realizes her mistakes and apologizes for them when it comes to her friends but at the same time she doesn’t really apologize for who she is. Yeah she knows she’s been a raging b*tch and she knows that is something she can fix and does, but the core of who she is: a stubborn, countrified, strong woman that she doesn’t apologize for. And I have to respect that of her, hell she even takes on a psycho ex and ends up scaring the psycho that’s got to say something of her resolve. At the beginning of the book we meet the sullen down on herself Macy, this is not the true Macy, it’s the Macy that she got stuck in. When Ghost comes back into her life he starts to bring the real Macy to life again. The Macy that has been missing, the death defying, confident, risk taker, fights for who and what she believes in Macy. But still she has her vulnerabilities and she doesn’t understand what Seth sees in her. There has never been two more different people from two different worlds as these two, yet somehow they are drawn to each other. She knows it can’t end well but that doesn’t seem to stop either one of them.

I never thought Ghost would be as vulnerable as he is. His life has been a series of bad events starting when he was just six years old, it’s just heartbreaking. Now at 29 it still hasn’t let up. He’s going through some sh*t, his Nana is not doing well and she’s the one that raised him. His love for his Nana is palpable. You can feel his anguish that she is not well. Even though getting involved is epically stupid right now with everything going on, he is drawn to Macy. That one night they had together months ago was not enough. When he returns home Macy is one of the first people he “runs” into and when I say “runs into” I really mean set up by Brian and Candace. LOL. He senses something about Macy that no one else seems to pick up on, that she is unhappy and he sets about to change that. How could you not love a man that selflessly tries to cheer up a woman? I know I can’t resist him. If I had to pick between Brian and Ghost, I’m not sure I could but I think I’m leaning by way of Ghost. Not only is he in artist, but a guitar player and fixes up classic cars! Is there a hotter combo on all of the earth? I don’t think so, it’s like my dream man all rolled up and gifted to me by Cherrie Lynn! Yes, he has some serious issues, mainly trust issues, which I don’t really blame him for. Wait until you read why! It’s scandalous! But I could work with those issues! LOL

This was one roller coaster ride that I devoured! I didn’t want to put it down at night and couldn’t wait to pick it back up the next day. In fact I really want to re-read it again now, even though I just finished it about an hour ago! I really want to know more about these two as a couple, like when they are driving how do they pick what to listen to? Macy’s country or Seth’s heavy metal? Does Macy ever get Seth on a horse? Does Macy get a tattoo? I wanna know! SO Cherrie Lynn if you read this how about a mini novella on your blog? Or a sequel maybe featuring both couples? HAHA I know I’m asking for a lot. I hope this series continues and we get more couples that stem from Brian’s tattoo shop!

Rating: 5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig

ARC Review: Tiffany Reisz – The Prince

The Original Sinners Series:

Book 3:

The Prince: Nora, Wes, Soren, and King

The Prince (The Original Sinners, #3)

Release Date: November 20th 2012

Purchase on Amazon: Tiffany Reisz – The Prince (The Original Sinners)

Summary:

From goodreads.com

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…preferably in bed. That’s always been Kingsley Edge’s strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it’s Kingsley’s chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he’s ever wanted — Søren, Nora’s on-again, off-again lover — until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past.

Wes Railey is still the object of Nora’s tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can’t forget. He’s young. He’s wonderful. He’s also thoroughbred royalty and she’s in “his” world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley’s world is perpetually at odds with her dear Søren’s relentlessly seductive pull.

Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make… unless someone makes it for her….

Review:

This story picks up almost immediately after The Angel leaves off. Nora is on her way to Kentucky and Soren and King have some investigating to do. In this book we get three alternating story lines. We have Nora and Wes, and Soren and King Past and Present. The book rotates through these three story lines, alternating between chapters. In a way I liked this and in a way I didn’t. I liked it because we always knew where we were in the stories, there was no confusion as to which story line we were immersed in at the beginning of each new chapter. I loved that we got to go back into the past and see how Soren and King even ended up friends and then some. King ended up intriguing me the most with glimpses into his dark past in France. What I didn’t like about it and I’m sure Ms. Reisz was being a sadist when she planned it this way, holding back, teasing us into a frenzy! Just when I was getting into the rhythm of one story line we are taken out often on a mini cliff hanger of that scene and pulled into another one, over and over again. It reminds me of a scene with Soren and King where Soren tortures King by holding back, pleasuring but not letting him come. I know you are doing this on purpose Ms. Reisz! I guess we can say you practice what you write! HAHA

In the beginning of the book “The Past” were my favorite scenes, a young King and Soren were intriguing to say the least, but later towards the middle of the book ‘The Past” story line just basically starts repeating itself a few times, but it picks back up towards the end of the book.

The Nora and Wes story line it was so tame for Nora, she goes all vanilla on us. This is a new side to Nora and I’m not sure if I truly like vanilla Nora, it feels like she had cut off a piece of herself and can’t truly be herself. I love Wes, I truly do, he is such a sweetheart and he is the type of guy that anyone would want their daughter to meet, but long term do I see Nora and Wes together… No. He can’t give Nora everything she needs, it’s just like the book she wrote in The Siren, but I don’t think Soren can give her everything she needs either. So is there a third guy out there that we might not have met that is a bit Kink and a bit Vanilla? Griffin was the closest but he’s taken and I truly love him with Mick!

Soren, I still don’t know if I like the man, damn him! But I certainly know him! You frown at him, you rail at him, you root for him, he is a complicated character that I have a love hate relationship with. That is one thing I love about Tiffany Reisz’s writing. Whether you love or hate a character you know them inside and out. Her characters feel so real and they are fully fleshed out. Her scenes are the same way. I can close my eyes and picture everything she wants us to see, but she does not write in a overly descriptive way that leaves little to the imagination. She proves just enough to give us a guide and then we can fill in the rest. I love that.

Tiffany Reisz can write a damn book! From the beginning you are forced into this world, sometimes its not even comfortable to be there but you don’t want out! You can’t get enough; you are pulled in and fascinated from the very beginning. I’ve been hooked on this series from the first few sentences of the Siren. This book ends on a cliffhanger; Ms. Reisz certainly knows how to keep us coming back for more! I know I am now waiting impatiently for The Mistress.

*I was provided a review copy through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 4 Romanticals

Amanda Sig Red