ARC Review: Christine D’Abo – Sexcapdes

Sexcapades: Petra Clark and Darcy Williams

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Expected publication: June 3rd 201

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Petra Clark’s blog Sexcapades inspires women to embrace sexuality. What readers don’t know is that her advice isn’t based on personal experience. Despite erotic fantasies about the hot guy at her local coffee shop, social anxiety keeps Petra from connecting with real men in the real world. She’s more comfortable as PC, sparring online with her nemesis, the cocky D. Williams.

Counselor by day, blogger by night, Darcy Williams gets a thrill countering PC’s female-friendly advice with a macho slant. And when both blogs are nominated for an award, he’s intrigued by the chance to finally meet the woman who’s been driving him wild with her Sexcapades.

When Petra runs into her coffee-shop crush at the awards party, sparks fly—and so do their clothes. Only after multiple orgasms does she realize who Darcy really is: the competition. Now they’re facing accusations of fraud, with stalking and blackmail thrown in. But perhaps most frightening of all are the feelings growing between them…

Review:

A light quick read that is sure to make you chuckle as well as have you fanning yourself off from the steam that curls up from the pages or screen. I had just read a book with a very insecure heroine that annoyed the crap out of me so I was a bit hesitant to start another that may have had a similar issue this heroine had me cheering for her rather than wanting to throw tomatoes at her. Yes Petra was a bit on the insecure side in the beginning but her turn around was more inspiring then insipid. She is a woman whose self-esteem had been beaten into a pulp by an ex-boyfriend. As a way to rebuild herself she started Sexscapes an online sex/dating advice blog. Her alter-ego is everything she has always wanted to be but has never had the guts to actually be, that is until her coffee shop crush…

Suddenly her unattainable crush is not so unattainable anymore when he walks into the same awards ceremony that she is in and rescues her from herself. All of the sudden she has what she has been looking for… A man that seems to be willing to allow her to let her inner sex kitten out. I mean who doesn’t have an inner sex kitten that just needs a willing victim, opps I mean willing person… Once she lets her inner sex kitten out to play she doesn’t want to put her away again. lol. Darcy is more than willing to be Petra’s victim, ever since her first saw her in the coffee shop a year ago she has been the center of her fantasy’s. Something about her shyness that occasionally gives away to a confident woman tugs at him and the way she looks in shorts doesn’t hurt either. Darcy, is a great combination of sweet and as Petra likes to call him Neanderthal. He is a modern reasonable man with a bit of a throwback macho man thrown in. Perfect! Just how we like them. LOL

What was a night of intense passion turns into an nightmare?? The morning after they realize they are competition and then the media and threatening phone calls start. The pacing in this book is super-fast and keeps you panting for more. This book is a great blend of sexy times and humor. I was totally not expecting the humor, I have read other books by D’Abo and they weren’t as funny as this one. Petra and Darcy definitely have some great banter. Petra and Darcy are great characters apart but together they are even better. They make a great, steamy couple. Each has their own issues and hide behind their online alter-egos but when they are together those issues start to fade to the background. I quite enjoyed these two.

My only question is what happened to the best friend? She just kind of disappeared on a mysterious trip and we never saw her again. What’s up with that??

This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 4.5 Romanticals

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Review: Abby Niles – Extreme Love

Love to the Extreme:

Book 1:

Extreme Love: Caitlyn Moore and Dante “Inferno” Jones

Extreme Love (Love to the Extreme, #1)

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Summary:

From Goodreads.com

New body. New clothes. New men.

Used to the average Joe, Caitlyn Moore is overwhelmed when the supremely masculine Dante Jones walks into her life and expresses an interest in her. At first she pushes him away, refusing to encourage the attention of a cage fighter. Then she learns Dante has a love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation. What better way to fine-tune her non-existent flirting skills than with a male who won’t stick around? But Dante has no intention of being a practice dummy; he’s out for all or nothing. Now Caitlyn must accept Dante—violent career and all—or let him go.

Dante “Inferno” Jones has one goal: win the Welterweight Championship. At a time when focus is crucial, the last thing he needs is a distraction. Yet Caitlyn Moore becomes a challenge he can’t resist. When the light-hearted pursuit shifts to a battle to win her heart, his focus is shot. Faced with losing the biggest match of his career, Dante must decide if his extreme life also has room for Extreme Love.

Review:

Review:

Ok, I’m still kind of pissed about this book, it’s been lingering on my mind for a few days now. Not so much the story (which had some potential) but the author’s representation of bigger women and how they view themselves. Now I know she didn’t mean all women on the bigger end of the spectrum don’t think so low of themselves but to have her “heroine” have such a low self-image is beyond annoying! I’m “bigger” I’ve ranged from a size 8 at my smallest adult size to a size 18 at my largest and no matter my size I have never had such a terrible self-image where I thought so little of myself. As being bigger and dropping a lot of weight I know what the fat girl mentality is like and even after you lose the weight you’re still big in your head. However; I have never let my size dictate how I have seen myself nor how I have let other people see me. I am very disappointed that this is how the author chose to represent my fellow curvy girls and former curvy girls.

Caitlyn had just lost 80 ibs but can’t believe that any “hot guy” would hit on her. To her skinny = beautiful and pretty much maintains that idea for much of the book; which is a load of horseshit if you ask me. Caitlyn and her insecurities, her beliefs and her whining are beyond irritating. If she wasn’t complaining about herself and her weight (which Is a non-stop topic in this book) she is complaining about how awful fighters and the MMA is. I mean really come on! Who seriously has that strong of a reaction to MMA, hiding behind their hands, saying how awful it is. I’m not a huge fan of MMA, boxing or any other violence but her reaction is beyond over the top. Within the first couple of chapters I was ready to chuck the book out the window or at the very least stop reading the book but one thing saved it for me. Dante!

How could you not love Dante, he is a sweetheart, total sexy yet a primitive alpha that loves to fight and is good at it. He is in preparation for the biggest fight of his life and he can’t let anything get in the way of that until he meet Caitlyn who doesn’t seem to know who he is or fawn all over him. Dante proceeds to woo our annoying Miss Caitlyn, he wants more than a hookup and makes sure she knows. He wants her but she throws mixed messages at every turn. He does everything right, he never gives up on her and always gives her the benefit of the doubt. He may be a little but too perfect, but still he’s our Dante and I kept hoping he would ditch Caitlyn and find someone with a little self-esteem that wouldn’t throw him off at every turn because of her own insecurities.

Oh other annoyance with the book for me was the ending, I mean come on, really?!?! I really want to say what happened but I can’t give it away but it was beyond ridiculous. And the dude gets away with it, no cops, no FBI no consequences? No one noticed? Stupid. I do have to admit the 30% towards the end but not the ending was not as annoying as the first half nor as bad as the ending. It was somewhat decent. Some may end up loving this book and won’t have a problem with Caitlyn others will probably feel the same as me. Overall this book fell; flat however, I may read the second book in the series. I do kind of want to see how the best friend situation will turn out.

Rating: 2.5 Romanticals

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Redeemed (The MacKays #2) by Kerrigan Byrne

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Redeemed (Heroes of the Highlands) (The MacKays #2)

5 Romanticals

With each new novella Kerrigan grows as a writer. This novella is very well written. I was taken on a magical journey. This was such a romantic love story.

I always get a little worried before reading a novella because I have found in so many cases that the novellas I read feel rushed or feel like I am missing something but that is never a problem with Kerrigan’s novella’s.

This story had so much depth. It was so powerful. We get action, mystery, betrayal, pain, passion, lust, romance and smoking hot sex scenes all rolled in one.

It was amazing how Kerrigan brought the druid and the banshee together in this story. I was shocked to find out. I would of never thought that was where the story would go. She keeps expanding the wonderful magical world of berserkers, banshee’s, druids, Fae’s and so much more I just can’t get enough.

The characters are always unique and intriguing. Her hero’s are to die for.

I was wondering how Kylah would over come what happened to her, if she would ever be able to but Kerrigan really pulled this one together to make an impact on me and my heart.

Kylah and Daroch were perfect for each other. The ending was so special.

I can picture the story play out like a movie in my head because of the amazing descriptions and details she writes. This is a keeper! Loved it with a passion

Lady Bess By Claudy Conn

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Lady Bess

5 Romanticals

I can always depend on Claudy to deliver one hell of a story. Her writing is top notch and her story telling will take you back in time with ease.

Lady Bess has it all. Mystery, suspense, action, lust, passion and romance. The combination of all these make for an explosive read.

I always fall in love with her male hero’s. They are always so yummy 🙂

John of Dunkirk has every quality you would want in a man. Loved his accent. So sexy Makes me wish he was real LOL I wanted to jump into my kindle and steal him from Bess hahaha

Bess is a smart, beautiful young lady. She is witty and very likeable. I loved how she was proper in every way but she still had a naughty side to her as well.

These characters had smoking hot chemistry. I thought the addition of Donna and Robby added to the story too. I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between the two. They had me laughing so hard!

I just wish it didn’t end so quickly but then again I have that problem with all of Claudy’s books because I get so engrossed into the world she creates I never want it to end.

Amazing read!

Review: Lori Foster – Bare it All

***We’re giving away a copy! Please continue past the review for the deets.

 

 

Love Undercover Series:

Book 2:

Bare It All: Reese Bareden and Alice Appleton

Bare It All (Love Undercover, #2; Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #5)

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Summary:

From Goodreads.com

“A cop’s craving to know more about the woman next door could prove fatal in the steamy new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster”
As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it…until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.
Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice’s secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire…

Review:

I’ve read a few Lori Foster books in the past and I have always enjoyed them. This book is no exception to that, I quite enjoyed this tale of love and danger! In the beginning Alice is a bit on the timid side, she has a secret a few of them actually, secrets she doesn’t want Reese her very sexy copy neighbor to find out. But fate seems to have other plans for Alice. Reese has been intrigued by Alice from the start but she never gave him the time of day until he got a dog. When he realizes that there is more to Alice then meets the eye his curiosity is amped up tenfold and there is nothing Reese likes to do more than solve a good mystery and something tells him that Alice’s is a doozy!

We pick up this book where I am assuming the first book left off. There was just a gun fight that almost got Reese killed if it had not been for Alice. He has taken up residence on her couch because his place is a crime scene. Reese almost doesn’t regret the crime scene since it got him into Alice’s apartment, finally! The sparks between Alice and Reese fly, even if Alice is not ready for it. She soon realizes that by protecting herself she is really hindering herself from truly living. I greatly enjoyed Alices journey from timid to seductress/heroine! She really comes a long way throughout the book. I love a character the truly grows. Reese, is good to go from the beginning. He’s sexy and a definite Alpha, but he has a sweet caring side that he lets out for Alice. All of his protective instincts are on high alert around Alice and it’s a good thing because she has a nose for trouble! One act of valor creates a downward spiral of violence. Alice is no stranger to violence but this time she has people she cares about involved and she will do anything to keep them safe including putting herself in danger. Reese is not about to let that happen, but he might not have a choice as his life is almost taken, again….

The pacing on this book is a little off, most of the book took place in the second half, if that makes any sense. He beginning was a bit slow, but still enjoyable as we got to know the characters. I didn’t read the first book, it is not necessary; however, I would recommend it. You also may want to consider reading the book where we first meet Alice, in the Men of Honor series. I also quite enjoyed the side characters, I think Rowdy is my favorite. I am really looking forward to his book! I can’t wait for him to be brought to his knees by a short red-head! Whoot Whoot!

*A copy was provided through the publisher for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Rating: 4 Romanticals

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Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of over 70 novellas and novels. She currently writes single titles for HQN.

Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.

Along with her good friend, Duffy Brown, Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

In 2007, Lori put together The Write Ingredients a cookbook of recipes donated by popular authors. Proceeds from the cookbook go toward Lori’s ongoing “Troop project” of collecting and mailing fun, and sometimes necessary, items to our troops.

In 2008, Lori coordinated with other authors of her choosing and arranged for the publication of The Power of Love, a special romance anthology of novellas about empowering women. All author and agent proceeds from the anthology go to the Hamilton Co YWCA Battered women’s shelter.

In 2009, Tails of Love, another romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

In 2010, The Gift of Love romance anthology, with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with proceeds to benefit The Conductive Learning Center, a school for children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

In 2011, The Promise of Love, a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with proceeds to benefit the One Way Farm, a home for abused and abandoned children.

You can read more about the charities that Lori supports here.

In 2012, Love Bites,  a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

Lori has received many prestigious awards, including:

Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for:
Series Romantic Fantasy
Contemporary Romance

Walendenbooks:
Say No To Joe – second “Bestselling Original Contemporary”

 

Borders Group Inc.:

The Secret Life of Bryan – “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance title

Jude’s Law – “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” romance title

Back in Black – “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” romance title

Lori Foster has been both a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle and the USA Today Quick Cross puzzle.

Lori enjoys visiting with readers on her Facebook Fan page, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

Visit her website – http://www.LoriFoster.com – for a complete listing of her books, social networks, and special appearances and events.

ARC Review: Jessica Sorensen–The Forever of Ella and Micha

The Secrets Series:

Book 2:

The Forever of Ella and Micha: Ella and Micah

 

The Forever of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #2)

 

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Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Forever

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Ella and Micha have survived tragedy and heartbreak. When they’re together, anything seems possible. But now they are thousands of miles apart, and managing their long distance relationship will put their love to the test.

Ella is back at school, trying hard not worry so much about her future. But with her father in and out of rehab, she’s having a hard time making it through the days. All she wants is Micha by her side, but she refuses to let her problems get in the way of his dreams.

Micha spends his days touring the country with his band, but deep down he knows something is missing. Being away from Ella is harder than he thought it would be. He wants her closer to him-needs her with him. But he won’t ask her to leave college, just to be with him.

The few moments they do spend together are intense and passionate, but it only makes it more difficult when they have to part. They know they want to be together, but is wanting something enough to get them to their forever?

Review:

Since reading THE SECRET OF ELLA AND MICHA I was dying for a copy of the next book! The publication date kept getting pushed back and it seemed like it was never going to come out and then BAM they moved it up! So of course I was stalking and I mean stalking NetGalley like several times a day for a copy to get uploaded and when it finally was I could not WAIT to get home from work to start it. So with such high expectations did it live up to the first book? ABSO-F’N-LUTLY! Maybe it was even better…

As with the first book this was a highly emotional tale. I have to admit something super embarrassing about reading this book. So I was on the treadmill at the gym reading and we got to this part where Ella is telling Micha something deeply emotional to her and I seriously started crying right there on the treadmill at the gym for everyone to see! Embarrassing much too just start crying while in the middle of a work out. Thankfully it was late and mostly empty haha! There were several moments with these two that had me crying or on the verge of it. There’s this letter and I couldn’t help myself with that one. The journey in this book is just as much about Elle and Micha finding their way together as it is finding their way separately as individuals. They both have to take a personal walk through their own demons before they can truly come together. Oh and can I mention just how much more sexy times there are in this book then there was in the first. These two know how to get it on! I think I had to fan myself off a few times. OOOOWWWWEEEEEE!!!!!!!

What I LOVED about this book is how seriously Jessica Sorensen takes mental illness. There is no easy patch or fix for this battle and it is a battle for the rest of your life. My bestest friend in the whole world is bipolar with anxiety disorder. We lived together for 4 years in college so I know how hard it can be from watching her. The endless misdiagnoses’, mood swings, trying different medications until you find one that doesn’t F with your mind, moods, or body. It’s serious and Sorensen treated it as such and for that I commend her. She didn’t take the easy way out.

As a New Adult title I’d have to say this series sticks out from the pack. Yes, the characters have issues, serious ones that they have to overcome but unlike a lot of New Adult they characters aren’t super angsty and acting all stupid using their past as excuses to be asses, or bitchy females that no one wants to be around. To me Sorensen is a stand out author in this genre and in just in general. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Oh and I cannot freak’n wait for Ethan and Lila!

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Rating: 5 Romanticals

Review: Aleksandr Voinov – Scorpion

Memory of Scorpions:

Book 1:

Scorpion: Kendras

Scorpion

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Expected publication (re-release): May 27th 2013

Summary:

Never stop fighting.

Kendras is a casualty of war: injured, penniless, and quite possibly the last surviving member of the only family he’s ever had—the elite fighting force known as the Scorpions. When a steel-eyed mercenary offers him medicine and shelter in exchange for submission and a secret task, Kendras has no choice but to accept. He is a Scorpion; he’ll do whatever it takes to survive.

But his true goal is to rebuild the Scorpions. Neither Steel’s possessive nature nor Kendras’s shattered foot can keep him from finding the last of his brothers, or the mysterious leader of the Scorpions, the man who held Kendras’s heart long before Steel tried to take it for himself.

The goal is simple, the situation anything but. To rescue his leader and escape from Steel for good, Kendras must fight through a morass of politics and intrigue where enemies may be allies and even allies have hidden agendas. But Kendras isn’t only fighting for his lost lover and tribe—he soon realizes that nothing less than the birth of an Empire is at stake.

Review:

Sooo…. This is my first truly M/M full length novel. I’ve read M/F/M, one novella in an otherwise M/F anthology and a couple books where there were some M/M interactions but it wasn’t really the main focus. So this was new to me and I don’t really have anything to compare it to besides itself. This book was kind of odd for me, it was still very engaging but I didn’t quite know what to make of it since it is so different from what I am used to. And to be quite honest that was exactly what I needed at the time. I was in a book reading funk and I NEEDED something different, something out of my comfort zone and this book delivered that.

So basically Kendras is a part of an elite fighting unit called the Scorpions. They are a mercenary group but they have a “memory”, basically meaning they have a long history or “memory” and they maintain the original integrity of the unit. The story takes place in a made up land where there are basically three cities that two of the three always seem to be at war at any given time. At the time this tale takes place there was just a huge battle and the side that Kendras was fighting on “won” but he was seriously injured and he does not know what happened to the rest of his squad. He is basically a cripple when we first meet him, this is also how he is when he meets Steel. Kendras has no money, he can’t work because of his foot and has nothing of value to sell. Kendras is well aware of this when Steel approaches him in a bar. Steel takes on Kendras as his lover and wants him for his own mercenary crew. He has a job and he needs someone that looks like Kendras (black with blue eyes).

From what I can tell of this world Male/Male relationships are just as common place as Male/Female relationships; however, with that there is a whole other set of issues. It seems that Male on Male rape is quite prevalent in this world and it is brought up, not in detail, but it is an issue that characters have to deal with. So if you are squeamish on this topic you might wince a few times. The world building overall is pretty decent. I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of the world by the time the story was over. It is a harsh world where war is the main focus. When the book starts we are just coming out of battle and a good chunk of the last part of the book is preparing for battle and a fight. The character building is, not the best. Steel who is kind of a main character, I don’t feel like I knew him at all and didn’t really care about him, but that could be on purpose. The story is from Kendras POV but I don’t really feel like we delved that deep into his character. This book was basically about Kendras struggle to evolve. He was a part of the Scorpions it was all he knew and he was quite content with that. When that was taken away, he didn’t quite know what to do with himself, all his focus was finding survivors and if this was the end of the Scorpions. Even once he found some survivors he struggled with his possible new role within the unit. With as much struggle as the poor man went through I would have thought we would have known him better. And then there were his feelings for the Officer. We never knew why Kendras felt the way he did except for maybe some hero and survivor worship?? As far as I could tell the Officer basically kept himself mostly separate from the unit, so I wish we knew more about why Kendras had this deep love for the Officer. Speaking of love, this book is not very romantical. Is there a possible relationship by the end of the book, yes… But is there much romance along the way? Not really. I was ok with this as the book as a whole didn’t really have a romantical setting. I still really enjoyed the story and it kept me engaged the entire time, it was pretty interesting; however, it is definitely not a romance that I am used to. If you can even consider this book in the “romance” genre.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It took me out of my norm and I enjoyed that. Am I going to be all gung ho on the M/M genre now, probably not, but I will probably read the second book in this series when it comes out. It was an interesting world and I liked the story telling overall. I am curious to see where this series goes.

Rating: 4 Romanticals

*A copy was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.