Review: Katie Lane – Flirting with Texas

Deep in the Heart of Texas:

Book 5:

Flirting with Texas: Beau Cates and Jenna Jay Scroggs


Flirting with Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #5)


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On her own in the Big Apple, Jenna Jay Scroggs can handle herself when trouble arises. But when she tries to rescue a horse, the passionate do-gooder ends up on a runaway Central Park carriage ride with a hunky stranger. With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she’s spent years trying to forget. And it’s working: She’s dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for the rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.

Beau came to the big city to escape his past and live life to the fullest. Yet the leggy blonde with eyes as blue as a western sky causes a real hitch in his giddy-up. So when the well-meaning folks of Bramble plot to bring Jenna home, Beau will need to convince her that she won’t ever get Texas out of her blood – or one good-time, ever-lovin’ cowboy out of her heart.


Katie Lane is among my favorites when it comes to contemporary westerns. Her stories are light fun and always amusing. Beau and Jenna were such a cute couple. Jenna is a tomboy who never really felt like she fit in anywhere. When her and her parents got in a tiff over her choice in boyfriend she ran off to New York with him, where she has been ever since. Beau is running from his own demons. A cancer survivor, with a suspicious mass looming over his head he is determined to run as far and as fast rom Texas as he can. If he can’t have the one thing he wants; he’s going to spend what is left of his life “living life to its fullest” aka running away from his family.

The Hens send Beau after Jenna claiming she is a “Hen” and that they need her address. When Jenna and Beau meet it is memorable to say the least. It involves her kicking his a$$! Jenna is feisty as hell and a crusader. Always championing the underdog she is always getting herself into trouble. Beau is an expert in getting himself out of trouble, but the minute he meets Jenna he realizes that some trouble you just don’t want to get out of. When Beau and Jenna are kidnapped by the crazy town of Bramble, Texas a wild ride ensues. Both Jenna and Beau take a journey to self-discovery that leaves them both a bit uncomfortable.

As separate characters I loved both Jenna and Beau. Jenna is that go getter with a kind heart, she’s a champion of the underdog and you just can’t help yourself. She has such a big heart you love her almost instantly. Beau we met before and I don’t know about you, but I fell in love with him in the last book. He survived cancer and now he is determined to live life. He’s more than a little aimless; but when your future is so uncertain I think it is almost a natural feeling to try to pack everything you can in while you can. He’s been wandering the world for two years not really caring and avoiding his family. As couple, I like Beau and Jenna even more. They are just so cute together. I don’t even know what specifically makes them such a cute couple, but they just are! Beau is happy go lucky and laid back, Jenna is a go getter and somehow they enhance each other, plus their attraction is explosive. At the end when Jenna and Beau are “fighting” it had me cracking up! Jenna was definitely making Beau fight for it!

The only issue I had with this book was the Marcy plotline, it wasn’t very believable and it distracted from Jenna and Beau. I wanted more time with Beau and Jenna and less with Marcy, but I guess it had its place. What I liked with this book, as with the rest of the books in the series is the town and all the townspeople. Like Susan Mallory’s Fools Gold series, the town is almost its own character. The towns’ people are more than a little bit crazy but it’s so entertaining! I very much enjoyed this book!



Vintage Heart 4.5


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


Review: Rebecca Zanetti – Against the Wall

Maverick Montana Series:

Book 1:

Against the Wall: Jake Lodge and Sophie Smith


Against the Wall (Maverick Montana, #1)


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Rebecca Zanetti – Against the Wall



Never challenge a cowboy in the courtroom…

Surveying the proposed site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky Landscape Architect Sophie Smith. But when this born-and-bred city girl is suddenly—and quite literally—swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious (and seriously steamy!) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smokin’-hot wrangler really is.

Cowboy and Tribal lawyer Jack Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball—and being every inch the shark lawyer—so be it. But Sophie is a distraction he didn’t expect. A distraction that makes his blood burn.

Two different worlds. Two opposing sides. And when they finally give into the exquisite temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…


I have read Rebecca Zanetti before. She writes a great paranormal series, that I have been reading for a while. When I saw that she had a contemporary out and about cowboys; I had to give it a whirl. I’m really glad I gave it a chance. Like so many others I’m a sucker for a cowboy, but I’m also a sucker for a hot Native American (usually in a historical) so I’m really glad she didn’t screw this up! LOL

From the beginning to the end I was absorbed in this book. I could not put it down, it was steamy as all get out but it also had a plot. And the plot was pretty decent. It had a few cliché moments but overall, the story had me just as absorbed as the steamy elements. For Jake and Sophie the sparks start flying almost immediately, Jake literally sweeps her off her feet when he scoops her up while riding on horseback rather than running her over. When they discover they are on opposite sides of a court battle, that should have cooled things off, but instead the flames just increased until there was no other option than combusting in each other’s arms. They had great chemistry and a fun push pull thing going on. As it also turns out Jake likes to call the shots in the courtroom and out of it too! *wink wink*

This book also had great side characters. All of Jake siblings showed up quite a bit and they are getting set up for their own stories, which I cannot wait for! So, if you were thinking about giving this one a try but were on the fence, I definitely recommend it!



4.5 Romanticals


*I received this title courtesy of NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Dawn also reviewed this title. You can view her review HERE

ARC Review: Victoria Dahl – Too Hot to Handle

Jackson Series:

Book 2:

Too Hot to Handle: Merry Kade and Shane Harcourt


Too Hot to Handle (Jackson, #2)


Expected Publication: March 26th 2013

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This good girl’s going bad. Merry Kade has always been the good girl. The best friend. The one who patiently waits for the guy to notice her. Well, no more. Merry has just scored her dream job, and it’s time for her life to change. As the new curator of a museum in Wyoming, she’ll supervise a lot of restoration work. Luckily she’s found the perfect contractor for the job.

Shane Harcourt can’t believe that someone wants to turn a beat-up ghost town into a museum attraction. After all, the last thing he needs is the site of his dream ranch turning into a tourist trap. He’ll work on the project, if only to hasten its failure……until the beautiful, quirky woman in charge starts to change his mind.

For the first time ever, Merry has a gorgeous stud hot on her heels. But can she trust this strong, silent man, even if he is a force of nature in bed? When Shane’s ulterior motives come out, he’ll need to prove to Merry that a love like theirs may be too hot to handle, but it’s impossible to resist


I never warmed up to either Merry or Shane. Merry has low esteem and little self-worth through the entire book. I kept expecting her to grow and to find her inner confidence, but it just never happened. I don’t mind a low esteem character if they show growth and by the end of the book they’ve found that extra something; however, if that just never happens it’s just straight up annoying. She did manage to find her backbone exactly twice in this book, but quickly lost it again. I wanted to like Merry, she is supposed to be fun and quirky, but that never really gets fully developed. So in the end I just couldn’t end up truly liking her. Shane, was just kinda ehh for me. I mean what do we really know about Shane other than he has some serious daddy issues? I mean some serious daddy issues and granddaddy issues and ancestor issues and that was just not sexy. He doesn’t really do anything to endear you to him, except for his grand gesture at the end; which we all saw coming from a million miles away and for me was just a lot too late to develop any affection for him as a character.

Pretty much this entire book we saw coming from a million miles away. The only surprising reveal of the entire book was Merry’s mothers secret and that was a tiny insignificant thing in the grand scheme of things. Contemporary Romance as a whole tends to be pretty predictable, but this one was a bit of a snooze fest in its predictability. I found myself counting down until the end of the book.

The saving grace of this book is Victoria Dahl’s humor. She is just plain funny, she is great with the one liners. So if nothing else you will laugh while reading this book. You can always count on a V. Dahl book to be lighthearted and funny and this one is no exception when it comes to that. Overall, this book missed its mark for me, but it did have some redeemable qualities. I think there will be many that will truly enjoy this tale.

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

Rating: 3.5 Romanticals


Amanda Sig Orange

Review: Normandie Alleman – Venetian Love Knots

Venetian Love Knots:

Venetian Love Knots

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Normandie Alleman – Venetian Love Knots



In Venice, Allison Fox will find love in the arms of two men. Her past collides with her future in a battle for her heart. Which one will win?

Travelling to Venice to be the maid of honour in her best friend’s wedding sounds like a great vacation, and a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But when Allison Fox discovers who the best man is, she is torn between duty and self-preservation.

It has taken Allison four years to put her tumultuous relationship with the rodeo cowboy behind her. A violent incident ripped them apart. Now Allison must find a way to face her past and find closure with her old flame. But will she be able to put the past behind her?

Cole is the Texas cowboy has never got over his love for Allison. But when he declares his love for her after all this time, is she strong enough to walk away from the intense passion they share?

For years Nico, a handsome Italian, was committed to nothing but his work. Nico never expected he would meet an American beauty who would awaken in him a desire to love again. Once he finds her, Nico vows to never let Allison go.

It will be a Valentine’s Day to remember, but who will win Allison’s heart?


This was a quick, short read at a little under 70 pages. I was engaged from beginning to end with the story and the pacing was pretty good. There wasn’t really any time to get bored and the plot just kept moving along taking you with it.

I’m really happy this book was set in one of my all-time favorite countries and one of my favorite cities within that country. The setting is Venice, Italy. I’ve been to Venice twice so for me the descriptions of the city were pretty accurate and made me envision that I was back in Italy strolling along the streets taking in the vendors and splendor that is very unique city on water. If you haven’t been to Italy, I think that the author’s descriptions were good enough that you could envision yourself there. Or at least make yourself think it’s time to take that romantic getaway trip that you have been planning on but haven’t had the chance to take.

As for the romance that is set in one of the most romantic cities in the world, it is a love triangle. Typically, I’m not that into love triangles but this one wasn’t so bad. We have Allison, who has never quite gotten over Cole; whose was pretty much a dick in their “relationship” but the relationship was so intense in and out of bed that no one since has quite matched up. That is until Nico picks her up from the airport. Nico is the intense attraction with some more substance behind him. Nico is just as intensely attracted to Allison as she is to him. In this love triangle, Cole arrives in Venice determined to win Allison back. Since they parted he too has not felt anything as intense as it had been with Allison. All Cole really had to do to win Allison over was pretty much say hi. I was pretty disappointed that she went back to that douche so easily; but at the same time, when your dickmatized (Click here to see what dickmatized is: ) sometimes it’s hard to think clearly. LOL. And this chick was clearly dickmatized… I am not a fan of Cole, from the get go, there really is just not much to like about him. His way of “making it up to” Allison for having sex with one of her best friends was to have a threesome with another man. Now, admittedly Allison is pretty sexually open, but come call it what it is a fantasy, but not a way to make it up to her. Only in a douches brain would that be a good way to make it up to the one who got away. Now that being said, that I clearly didn’t like our “hero”, I don’t think we were supposed to like him. I think Normandie Alleman didn’t want us to like him, wants us to root for Nico and for Allison to get her head out of her a$$ and choose the right man for her. But the question is, who will she pick in this crazy love triangle??

Since this is an erotica novel, I feel like I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t at least mention the sex. I have to say it was pretty hot, there is some kink with light BDSM and a M/F/M threesome. The flash backs to a younger Allison and Cole as well as the older Allison and Cole, it is easy to see why the girl was dickmatized. Cole certainly knew what he was doing. He understood Allison’s needs better than she did. The threesome scene wasn’t what I was used to from other such scenes, Nico and Cole weren’t really a team, they didn’t really work together for Allison’s pleasure. It was basically three different people with three different goals. All three goals were hot and it was pretty sexy but it wasn’t as cohesive as I was used to, but it worked within this story’s framework. I think would have gone against the love triangle aspect if it had been cohesive with Nico and Cole working as a team.

Overall, it was a pretty good novella. I enjoyed it for what it is and I would pick up another book by this author in the future.

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

Rating: 3.75 Romanticals

ARC Review: Katie Lane – Trouble in Texas

Deep in the Heart of Texas Series:

Book 4:

Trouble in Texas: Brant Cates and Elizabeth Murphy

Trouble in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #4)

Releases: December 18th 2012

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Inheriting the most notorious house of ill repute in Texas can spell trouble for a girl’s reputation . . . especially when she’s Elizabeth Murphy, Bramble’s prim and proper librarian. Yet when she discovers a buck-naked cowboy handcuffed to a four-poster bed, she forgets all about the town gossips. Elizabeth has sworn off men, but the stranger’s kisses melt her resolve faster than ice cream on a hot summer day.

Waking up in Miss Hattie’s Henhouse isn’t how Brant Cates reckoned on getting to the bottom of his great-granddaddy’s murder. The plan was to solve the centuries-old crime, then get the heck out of Dodge. But after meeting Elizabeth and discovering that the buttoned-up beauty is a sexy siren in disguise, he just can’t pull himself away.

Now Brant needs Elizabeth to finally put his past to rest, but is she willing to risk her future on Bramble’s newest bad boy?


This book turned out to be such a gem! I picked this book up on NetGalley on a whim, because I was in the mood for a cowboy story and the series I had been reading for my cowboy moods wasn’t sparking for me anymore. I saw “house of ill repute” and I was sold. Who doesn’t love a western story with a house of ill repute? LOL I think I just like typing out house of ill repute, its fun! I didn’t have many expectations of this book, I have never read this author before and I knew I was picking up a series on the fourth book, which I usually hate to do, but this time I took a gamble that it would stand on its own. And I am glad to announce it does. You can certainly read this book without having read the first three. What I got with this story was a delightfully funny story that was heartwarming and sassy. I found myself laughing more than I have in a while. There were also so many funny quotable lines!

Elizabeth is a spinster, at 37 she is single, has never dated and never wanted to. She is completely happy with her life as a small town’s resident spinster and librarian and does not want that to change. Elizabeth can feel her life slipping from her fingers when she inherited Miss Hattie’s Henhouse, which was a notorious house of ill repute for decades. With the house she inherited three elderly “Hens”, that are determined for Elizabeth as Miss Hatties youngest descendent to find her inner “Hen”. Elizabeth knows her life is really over when she finds a naked drugged man in Miss Hatties bed. The man in the bed pulls her into his embrace and Elizabeth about loses everything she has held onto all these years. She just hopes that the man never figures out what really happened to him. Which she knows is a lost cause. When the man does finally wake she finds out that she is even more attracted to the non-drugged version of him. Sparks fly and tempers flare between Brant and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth grows a lot as a character throughout the book. When we meet her she is wound so tight she could probably turn a lump of coal into a diamond. But slowly she starts finding herself. She realizes that sexuality isn’t as bad as her mother would have her believe, she starts opening herself to new experiences and to men, well one man, specifically. By the end of the book she is almost a whole new person, well not completely new but someone open to new experiences, one open to Hens and Ms Hatties and realizes there is more to life then a neat, ordered existence. I liked Elizabeth from the beginning but by the end she captures the reader’s heart. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this spitfire grow into a woman.

Brant had endured more than his fair share of tragedy. After the deaths of his brother, wife and son and one of his youngest brothers cancer he is convinced that there is a curse following him! He is convinced that unless he can solve the mystery of his great grandfather’s death he will be forever doomed. It is when he is looking into his great grandfather’s death that he ends up at Miss Hatties, shot, drugged and tied to a bed. It is there that he has one of his most erotic experiences of his life. He is shocked when he wakes and finds out who was in the bed with him that night. He never expected a spinster straight laced spitfire. Despite himself he realizes he wants to experience it again. Even though he is incredibly busy he keeps on finding himself at Miss Hattie’s house and thinking about the elusive Elizabeth. Little by little it seems that Miss Hattie’s and Elizabeth are healing apart of his torn heart, until tragedy strikes once again and now he is even more convinced the curse is in full affect.

Apart from the main characters of Elizabeth and Brant this book is full of side characters and I enjoyed every last one of them. The Hens are hilarious. They are feisty and deviant and know how to live life to its fullest. They provided quite a bit of entertainment. Then there is Brant’s brother Beau who is so damn cute and loveable. He is the easy going; devil may care brother, who you like right from the start. Whereas Brant can be a bit hard, Beau is his foil and is as fun loving as Brant is serious. The town of Bramble and it’s town folk are also quite entertaining. They would tar and feather any that does their town wrong. It kind of reminds me of a more rustic version of the Susan Mallory’s town of Fools Gold. You know the kind of town that kind of takes on a life of its own and has its own little personality. I quite enjoyed, would I ever want to live there, hell no! But I would love to visit and take in the “sites” maybe do a little people watching. LOL =)

Entertaining from beginning to end I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a good western, love to laugh and want a good romance. Now that I have sampled this book I will be looking out for the next books in the series and will probably go back and read the first three books if I can ever find the time. This is my new go to when I am in the mood for some western cowboys!

*This book was provided through NetGalley for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig Orange

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)


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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…


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

Review: Carolyn Brown – Mistletoe Cowboy

Spikes and Spurs Series:

Book 5:

Mistletoe Cowboy: Creed Riley and Sage Presley

Mistletoe Cowboy (Spikes & Spurs, #5)

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‘Tis the season for…
•A matchmaking grandma on a long-disantance mission
•Mistletoe temptation in every doorway
•A sexy cowboy with a killer smile
Commitment! It made Sage run the other way. It made Creed shudder. But Sage’s granny, the Widow Presley, was determined to get her granddaughter a cowboy for Christmas. And who better than Creed, the man interested in purchasing the widow’s Rockin’ C Ranch?
The fact that a three-day blizzard was blowing in just made things all the better. A person can’t run from commitment when they’re snowed in, now can they?


If I could sum this book up in just one word, I think it would be mediocre. There was nothing really special about this book. It was meh. I’ve read other books in this series and quite enjoyed them. Our heroines are usually sassy and funny and the cowboys loveable and stand out. Now I’m not saying these characters are not likable, they are, but again nothing really sticks out about them. Sage is not particularly sassy or funny. She is a bit whinny and insecure, which I was not expecting.  Creed was more likeable, he is affable and friendly. He knows how to charm the ladies. We probably should have spent more time with Creed and less time with Sage.

The conversation felt awkward to me, it didn’t feel natural at times. It almost felt like the author is out of touch with how late 20’s and early 30 something’s talk.  Now granted I am no expert on rural Texas dialect. I’ve only been to Austin a few times and to Dallas. But I am from rural Indiana and we talked just like everyone else with a slight accent. LOL. So, I am not sure if in rural Texas it is common for the men to refer to themselves in the third person and using “cowboy” instead of their name. For example “This cowboy recons that it is time to do the chores”.  Now I don’t mind someone referring to themselves in the third person and as a cowboy occasionally, but it happened all the time.  It started grating on my nerves, I started thinking ok, I get it you’re a cowboy. Moving on now.  Speaking moving along, I usually finish a book in 1 or 2 days, sometimes 3 depending on how busy I am or if I’m reading more than one book at a time. This book took me almost two weeks to finish. It wasn’t good enough for me to be so into it that I read for long stretches but it wasn’t bad enough to put down to never pick it back up.

Now, I don’t want you thinking it was all bad. There were some endearing moments in this book, the animals were cute. There were a few touching moments. The neighbors added a little extra to the book, they added a distraction to the otherwise somewhat boring story line.

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

Rating: 3 Orchids

Amanda Sig