ARC Review: Kit Rocha–Beyond Control

Beyond Series:

Book 2:

Beyond Control: Dallas O’Kane and Alexa Parrino

Beyond Control (Beyond, #2)

Expected publication: March 19th 2013

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

She refuses to be owned.

Alexa Parrino escaped a life of servitude and survived danger on the streets to become one of the most trusted, influential people in Sector Four, where the O’Kanes rule with a hedonistic but iron fist. Lex has been at the top for years, and there’s almost nothing she wouldn’t do for the gang…and for its leader. Lie, steal, kill—but she bows to no one, not even Dallas O’Kane.

He’ll settle for nothing less.

Dallas fought long and hard to carve a slice of order out of the chaos of the sectors. Dangers both large and small threaten his people, but it’s nothing he can’t handle. His liquor business is flourishing, and new opportunities fuel his ambition. Lex could help him expand his empire, something he wants almost as much as he wants her. And no one says no to the king of Sector Four.

Falling into bed is easy, but their sexual games are anything but casual. Attraction quickly turns to obsession, and their careful dance of heady dominance and sweet submission uncovers a need so deep, so strong, it could crush them both.

Review:

O’Kane for life! If I lived in this dystopian world, I would totally be an O’Kane! (I even ordered my O’Kane logo stickers off of Kit Rochas website. It’s free you should get yours too!) They are hedonistic, loyal, ruthless and sexy as hell! This is only the second book in the series but I’ve been hooked since the first! In the book we get Dallas, the leader of the O’Kanes. He is rough, tough and sexy. He knows what he wants and he always gets what he wants. Lex, has been leading him on a merry chase for years, but his time has finally come. Lex, wants Dallas with every fiber in her being but with Dallas comes strings, control, his… and she doesn’t know if she can give him that.

These two don’t do anything in half measures! They are explosive from beginning to end. The sexual tension between these two in the first book was insane! You knew it would have to come to a head at some point and you knew when it did you would have to watch out for the explosion that would follow and we were not disappointed. This book was HOT HOT HOT!!! One of the most insanely hot books I have ever read. The sex was a big part of that, there are some serious fantasies going on in this one, but the characters are a big part of it too. All of them, each and every O’Kane or other supporting role is just F’n hot and sexy. I’m always going back and forth which O’Kane I want more and damned if I could pick. But the good thing with the O’Kanes id you don’t really have to pick because they share. LOL. Well most of them do, Dallas is a bit more possessive then some of the others. I can tell you this, whatever your kink, this book has a little something for everyone. There is some light BDSM , some M/F, F/F, M/M, M/F/M and there is this one fantasy, I’m not going to give too much away but holy WOW! Whatever your pleasure, this books got it and a few surprises!

Ok so there is a lot of sex, I mean it is erotica and all. But more than that there is an actual story too. This is one of the reasons that I love this series so much. Although, it can be pretty hardcore, Kit Rocha remember that they are supposed to be telling a story too. So this one takes place a month or two after the last one left off. Dallas is searching for the man that shot Lex, he needs his vengeance. Sector Three is in chaos and Dallas is looking to make his move there. But first he has to survive a meeting with all of the other Sector Leaders and that’s always a gamble. With everything else that is going on, Lex makes a move that he has been waiting for and now is his time to MOVE! A challenge was issued and he responds. When his mind should be on the game, it’s on Lex and he makes some missteps with her. Lex and Dallas stay true to their characters, which I am thankful for, because I liked who they were. We also learn more about some of the other O’Kanes. Maddox, Bren and Ace are around a lot in this one and Jasper and Noelle haven’t gone anywhere. So if you didn’t get enough of them in the first book you won’t miss them in this one. One of my issues with the first book was I thought it was missing a bit on the world building. I think that Kit Rocha stepped it up in this book and beefed up the world. I felt like I knew more about the inner working of this world after reading this book. So, I don’t have a single complaint with this book. I will be impatiently waiting for the third book in this series and I hope I don’t have to wait too long.

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

Rating: 5 Romanticals

Amanda Sig

*This review can also be viewed at http://www.paranormalromancenovel.com .

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Review: Kelsie Leverich – The Valentine’s Arrangement

Hero for the Holidays Series:

Book 1:

The Valentine’s Arrangement: Ronnie Clark and Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson

The Valentine's Arrangement

Purchase on Amazon: The Valentine’s Arrangement: (InterMix)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

“I didn’t want the line to get blurry, and I sure as hell didn’t want you to cross it.”

Ronnie Clark, an edgy tattoo artist with hopes of high tailing it out of the forsaken Military town she followed her now ex-fiancé to, is counting down the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love—not anymore. After her fiancé slept with a female solider while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he only has one thing on his mind—returning to his deployment to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. The last thing he wants is a relationship, but casual sex, that’s a different story. And when he meets the renowned tattoo artist Ronnie Clark, a snarky, blunt, takes no prisoners kind of woman, that seems to be all he can think about.

But when Kale realizes he has met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And if it’s not, will he be able to convince Ronnie that the proverbial hearts and flowers aren’t so bad after all, even if he is a soldier?

“You changed something inside me, something I didn’t ever think I would want, or feel—but you did, and now I can’t go back”

This book contains explicit sex scenes and is recommended for readers 18+

Review:

I really quite enjoyed this book! It was hot and sexy from beginning to end. Ronnie’s snarky bad attitude made for a fun, interesting heroine. I don’t typically like heroines that don’t have a little bite to them, so Ronnie was right up my alley. I also like that she was the one that was the tattoo artist (think Kat Von D). I’ve read a few books where one of the main characters is a tattoo artist, but usually it’s the male so I like the role reversal. Ronnie was a tough, thick skinned chica, with a bad attitude and no room for love in her life. Her ex-fiancé had done a real number on her and she certainly wasn’t ready to trust her hear to another, especially another military man. To her they are a heart ache waiting to happen. When Kale walks through the door in her tattoo shop she throws the bad attitude to its full extent because she had never been so intensely attracted to another man before and it scared the shit out of her.  But her bad attitude may be no match for a determined solider!

Kale takes one look at Ronnie and knows he wants her even with all the bad attitude she throws his way. He knows she wants him just as badly as he wants her, so he’ll gladly take the bad attitude if it gets her where he wants her. I just adored Kale, due he took everything Ronnie threw at him and just kept smiling with cute dimples (I’m a sucker for dimples!) all the way to the bedroom. Kale only does one type of relationship, the type the ends when he leaves and no one has any hard feelings, so he isn’t sure why he’s so bummed when Ronnie offers him just that. His life is the military and that’s how he likes it, he lives and breathes the military lifestyle. His men are the most important to him and no woman has ever threatened that before, until Ronnie. Kale is the type of man, which every woman wishes she could find: loyal, committed, funny, steadfast and an all-around good guy. So why is Ronnie still pushing him away? He’s got a week to convince this reluctant woman that she is meant to be his and to take a risk on him.

I really liked how Kelsie Leverich approaches the military life style at least how it is for the woman left behind. I felt it was a pretty accurate to how it really is. I have a couple of friends that are military wives so I know how it is for them as the one that is left behind and has to keep on trucking as their men are risking their lives every day. The news becomes a nightmare every time there is a bombing in the area that her man is fighting in. They go into birth on their own, raise kids on their own as the man she loves comes in and out of her life. Ms. Leverich does not shy away from this and addresses these issues in her book. Ronnie is reluctant to enter into this type of lifestyle again and hell there is no way I can blame it. I’m not sure I could ever do it, so for me it is a special tough sort of woman that can. I can see how some who read this book may see Ronnie as a total bitch for not immediately taking on Kale, because, let’s face it, he is a catch, but I am not one of them. I have seen what this kind of life is like and it’s not for everyone, if anything I admire Ronnie for not jumping right into it.

Overall, this was a great read, it was quick, fast paced and sexy as all get out. Ronnie and Kale made the characters come to life and I was not a bit disappointed with this title. I would definitely recommend it to readers and am looking forward to any future titles from this author.

*I received this copy through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Rating: 4 Romaticals

 

Review: Jay Crownover – Rule

Rule Series:

Book 1:

Rule: Rule Archer and Shaw Landon

Rule (Rule #1)

Purchase on Amazon: Jay Crownover – Rule

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

I had loved Rule Archer since the first moment I ever laid eyes on him. He was everything I shouldn’t want and the only person I went out of my way to not try and please. He only saw me as a brat, and an entitled, stuck up princess but worse than that all he saw when he looked at me was his deceased twin’s girl. It broke my heart because as much as I had loved Remy Archer there was never anything romantic between us and no matter how hard I tried to convince myself that loving Rule was a terrible idea, my poor heart just wouldn’t listen. We tolerated each other, barely and had forged an uneasy alliance until one night I had too much to drink and changed the way we were forever. Suddenly life long secrets were no longer hidden and the one thing I always wanted for myself seemed obtainable as long as I was willing to go through hell to hold onto it.

Shaw Landon was a class act and I had no idea what to do with her. She was tied to my family, tied to the person that was my other half so I tolerated her and her haughty attitude when I didn’t have any other choice. What I didn’t know was that a short skirt and too many cocktails on her birthday was going to change my outlook on her for the rest of my life. Some people thought I hid behind all my tattoos and piercings, that I tried to distance myself from my dead twin, Shaw saw through it all and wasn’t scared of what was underneath. We weren’t supposed to be together, weren’t supposed to be anything but uncomfortable acquaintances but that all changed in the blink of an eye. Now I had to figure out just how a girl like her and a guy like me were supposed to be in love without destroying each other. Add in her custom made ex and two disapproving sets of parents and the whole situation sounded like it was more trouble then it was worth.

Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content, language and drinking.

Review:

Ok, first things first, I have to mention the editing of this book. I am not usually an editing snob (I know my own is not always the best) and it usually doesn’t bother me much because it doesn’t really pertain to the story itself but this time it has to be discussed. This is quite possibly without a doubt the worst edited book I have EVER read. There has to be some sort of spelling or grammatical error on every single page. The editing was so bad it distracted me from the actual story which is quite good. I had to go back and reread sentences with the correct sentence structure in my head just to make sure I understood it correctly. I swear I don’t think anyone read over this book for any editing. However, that being said, I did read on the authors blog a few days ago that she has sent this book off for professional editing so hopefully this is mote point in a week or two. And the book will come back from editing all shiny and new and properly edited.  ***Update: It’s been edited and updated on amazon. So go forth and purchase!***

Ok, editing rant over. So I picked this book up pretty much because of the cover, I mean come on look at the hottie on the cover and top of that it was about a tattoo artist. I do have a thing for bad boys, specifically musicians and tattoo artists. I was a bit worried about another “opposites attract” story and had a feeling this book would be a lot like ROCK ME by Cherrie Lynn. I was not incorrect in that assumption. There are a lot of similarities to ROCK ME, especially due to the fact once again we have a bad boy tattoo artist and a good girl that always tries to please her parents and struggles with that. However, the stories are a bit different so this isn’t exactly like ROCK ME but similar.

Overall the story was good, it was fantastic but it was pretty good. I thought I would feel the same about Shaw that I did about Candace in ROCK ME which was EH but surprisingly enough I ended up liking Shaw a lot more than I expected. Shaw at first wasn’t willing to stand up to her parents but she quickly found a backbone and I liked that about her. She also knew her worth and would not let Rule treat her like his “groupies” which I liked about her. She was also a very loyal friend which I always like in a character. Now, Rule is a tool. Seriously, he’s kinda a douche. Well at least in the beginning he is, he grows as a character and loses some of his douchiness. By the end of the book I liked Rule, I didn’t LOVE Rule, bit he kind of grew on me. In ROCK ME we all LOVED Brain from the get-go, now he is a character that you lust after, always. I was expecting Rule to be more like Brain, but alas he wasn’t. Now Rule’s friends Nash and Jet, I could get down with. I liked them more than I did Rule, especially Nash. Jet is still an enigma but his book is next so I am sure we will find out a whole lot more about him. Along with Rule’s friends we have Shaw’s friend (Sorry I’m drawing a blank on her name right now) who I also really enjoyed as a character. I can’t wait to get to her story as well.

Despite the fact that this story was far from original I still really enjoyed it and the characters. The story does pull you in, it doesn’t grip you and not let you go but you spend a very enjoyable few hours in this world. Most of the story I saw coming from a mile away including Remy’s big secret that is hinted about and much of the story line we have seen from various other books just put together in a different way or order, but I find this is pretty common in Contemporary. This series has a lot of potential and I will definitely pick up the next book in the series whenever it may come out, which according to the author’s blog she is hoping to be in May, but that may change if she gets a contract. I do encourage any of those who do want to read this book to wait until it is properly edited which should be very soon. I also hope as someone who already purchased the book that I automatically get the revised edition. I would like to re-read the book without all of the errors.

Rating: 3.75 Romanticals

(I had to knock off some because of the editing because it did distract me and took away from the enjoyment of the story.)

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)

 

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

Cherrie Lynn- Rock Me

Rock Me: Brian Ross and Candace Andrews
Summary:
Candace has always been sheltered and over protected by her parents and friends alike. She feels like she has never done anything for herself. On her birthday she decides in an act of rebellion to get a tattoo and she knows just who to see; her cousin’s ex-boyfriend who is the best tattoo artist in the city. Brian has always been the black sheep of the family, he comes from an affluent family. His brother is a lawyer and his sister a med student and he was always in and out of trouble growing up. Finally he found his niche when at 18 he walked into a tattoo parlor. He knew at once that he found home and his purpose. Now almost 10 years later he owns his own successful tattoo shop and he is the premier tattoo artist in the city. When Candace walks into his shop he is shocked he hadn’t seen her since him and her cousin had parted ways but he never forgot Candace and has missed her. Giving Candace a tattoo gives him the excuse he always wanted to touch her silky skin. Candace has never forgotten Brian, she has missed him, with him she could be herself, he never coddled or overprotected her in fact he always seemed the opposite, the only one willing to show her new things. After the tattoo they exchange numbers but both are afraid to use the number, until they run into each other. From there a romance blossoms, but it can never be, Candace’s family would never let her be with him and she doesn’t know if she has the courage to defy them and take the one thing she wants.
Review:
I LOVED LOVED LOVED Brain! There is just something about a sexy, tall, dark haired, blue eyed with dimples, tatted up, tattoo artist! He definitely has alpha male tendencies, but also has a sensitive side in that he is willing to do whatever he can to make Candace happy. Got to love a man devoted to his woman! His character is one that sticks with you long after you have finished the book. Now, on the other hand there is Candace. I really had a hard time relating to her. I just don’t come from a background like hers, my parents never wrapped me in a cocoon. I always made my own decisions, was highly independent, and made my own way through life. I just had a hard time with a 23 year old woman, that didn’t know who she was and let her parents control her entire life. She really was a sweet character and I did like her, I just couldn’t really relate, she was so wishy washy. Also, it really peeved me when Brains shop got tossed and everyone was killing themselves to put everything back together, but she didn’t help at all, and just disappeared. That being said I still loved the book, I was sucked in and it didn’t let me go until the end. I even a week or two later after finishing the book I am still thinking about this book! I highly recommend it! The only reason this is getting a 4 rating star rather than a 5 is my inability to truly relate to Candace.
Rating:
4 Orchids out of 5