Book Review-About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

About That Kiss is a charming and sweet romance that will leave you with a smile on your face and a book that will evoke hoots of laughter and smiles all around…perfect book to get you out of the winter blues

I haven’t read Jill Shalvis in a while, I will admit that I didn’t get a kick out of book one, so I have been nervous to get back into this series but I can say that I really enjoyed About That Kiss way more than I was expecting too. I really have to be in the mood to enjoy Jill Shalvis and I think I was in the “right” mood for this book. And I am so happy that I really enjoyed this as much as I did. It was a bit different than what I was expecting, but I was pretty happy with out it played out in the end.

Both Joe and Kylie have a love/hate relationship going on. They have a great kiss which is why the title is so aptly named “about that kiss” because honestly they keep going back to that moment. Joe has a few alpha male tendacies, he has never taken it seriously with a woman before so of course he is way out of his element with Kylie. Now Kylie has had her sights set on her boss, but the way that Joe kisses her changes everything even though she knows that Joe doesn’t do relationships or long term….EVER!! And boy she feels like she is walking down a path that is so unknown.

What really made this book WOW the reader, is the chemistry that these two have. I do have to say that I LOVED their interchanges and boy these kissing changes are powerful I can tell you that much. Definitely blew me away and yeah I liked Joe’s character because his whole take control and kiss the gal against the wall or inside a closet…totally did it for me. And I really got a kick out of seeing them solve a mystery together and develop some true heartfelt feelings for each other along the way. There was an almost “poignant” feel to their relationship and I just adored the way this story developed especially the romance of the story was so “on key” and I have to say Bravo to Jill Shalvis for making this book so special for me.

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Look for Jill's latest, ONE IN A MILLION, on shelves and e-readers now, and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold.

Visit Jill's website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Book Review-The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

The Bastard’s Bargain is a passion filled and angst packed romance that will send you sensations and tingles from head to toe….a vibrant and powerfully provoking tale!! 

WHAT A BOOK!!! I have been looking forward to this book ever since book one came out and boy it was a wild ride but one I had a blast to participate in. Now this is the last book of the O’Malley series (as far as I know) …to be honest I think the ending of this book left me a bit unsure, it wasn’t as final as I was expecting it to be so maybe another book or novella…who knows but I am SO *crossing fingers* that this isn’t the end.

I will say that this is one of the most intense and action-packed books of the series, although I would like to mention that all of them are configured to turn out that way because these definitely aren’t calm or cool like vibes….they are intense and crazy and out of this world but you fall in love anyway.

Our key players of this intense romance are:

  • Keira O’Malley is the youngest of the siblings, and she is struggling the most out of all of them. She feels guilty for her brother’s death. She is the most “lost” of them all. She feels like a misfit around her siblings, and she drowns her pain in alcohol and drugs.
  • Dmitri Romanov is tough as nails and hardened as he was born to be. He is the boss of the Romanov. He is dangerous, calculating and cold at times. But also craves something more and he senses that he can have something unique with Keira and that she will warm the ice around him.

So this book pretty much takes off after book five. Where our heroine, Keira, agrees to go with Dmitri and be his wife. She chooses to leave her family and take part in her own destiny. But it’s not as easy as she thinks it might be. At first, all she cares about is getting away from the protectiveness of her family and nothing else. Until Dmitri forces her to become more than a drug addict. He pretty much makes her go cold turkey from the drugs and the drinking. He knows that she is the weakest with her senses out of whack and he needs her to be sober. Because marriage to him is not going to be safe or easy. He knows what she is capable of and wants her to be his partner…his queen.

“Do I have a choice?”

Dmitri watched her closely. “I won’t force you there any more than I’d force you to have sex. It’s your choice, It’s always been your choice.”

Now Keira isn’t like the other siblings, she is harder to like. I knew that going in that this book wouldn’t be easy at times especially with this heroine because out of all the siblings, she struggles the most internally. Now I love this crazy family, but we see another side to them in this book and I loved how strong Keira stands up to them. They don’t really realize that she CHOOSES to be with Dmitri because he understands her in ways that her family never will or never will be open to understanding. It happens when you have highly overprotective brothers that act before thinking.

There is also some great scenes of suspense and action that I have come to look forward to in these books and Katee Robert’s does them so well. We still have our villains Althea and Mae and boy are these two a piece of work and boy I really liked the justice they receive FINALLY!!! But there was a fun twist of a betrayal that you totally don’t see coming. But seeing this couple just come together in this book is so FANTASTIC!! I honestly couldn’t get enough of them mostly because they fit just right. They both have inner demons they deal with daily, but once they decide to take a chance on each other, the ball on this romance really gets rolling. We see so much growth, especially in Keira. She begins painting again and just living life and not swallowing in her own misery. And we see a different tender side to Dmitri, and he makes the best anti-hero that you will fall head over heels in love with.

I’ll never get enough of you. You are mine and I am yours, and I’m keeping you for the rest of our fucking lives. I love you, you crazy woman and I’m never letting you go.

Quite frankly, this book knocked my socks off and the only reason it’s not a five star is the ending was a bit disappointing, to be honest. But other than that…this book was full speed ahead FANTASTIC and I can’t recommend it enough!!

About Katee Robert

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Book Review-Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath introduces us to a sensual love affair that takes us back in time to the spicy Victorian Era in London, England. A time of growth in the sciences, politics, and human rights. These two people come together and learn to fight with having all of society against them being together…

HOLY SMOKES!!! This book just blew me away here, and I just didn’t want to put it away. I have had such admiration for Lorraine Heath, and over the years she has become one of my favorites here. She has such a solid talent in writing historical romances, and I got a kick out of her delving into the Victorian Era. This story introduces the reader to an aspect of Victorian culture that very few know about…baby farmers. This is actually a very heartwrenching aspect of society and one of the “skeletons” on England and I was really happy that Lorraine Heath did such great research here and implemented this aspect into the story.

Our wonderful key players in the story are:

  • Mick Trewlove, is a commoner, he was deposited and abandoned by his real parents to be thrown away to a baby farm, but his adopted mother took him in and raised him along with his siblings. Mick has created his own wealth and power but is out for revenge so his father will finally admit that Mick is his son.
  • Aslyn Hastings, is part of the Ton, her parents died and she was brought in and became the war of the Duke and Duchess of Hedley. Even though she has always has done what was expected of her, she dreams of adventure and passion.

Beyond Scandal and Desire is such a sensational romance and I totally got a kick out of this book and I honestly didn’t want it to end. This story made me realize why I fell in love with Lorraine Heath in the first place and this book was pretty epic in its own way.

This story begins when our hero Mick, is out on his journey for revenge and to be claimed by his real father. So his plan is to make his “brother” lose everything including his almost betrothed. Aslyn has always known that her future is to marry the Duke’s son, even though she doesn’t love him the way that a woman should love the man she is supposed to marry. When she meets Mick in the gardens, she is intrigued because he stirs desire, passion that she has never felt before.

She could practically see it coming from him in waves that had the power to encompass everything around him–including herself. She wanted to experience that power, be drawn into it, captured by it, seduced within it.

Through a set of events, Mick and Aslyn run into each other and the chemistry between them in obvious even though Aslyn knows she is supposed to marry another man, she honestly doesn’t feel like she can. Especially when her betrothed starts to change when his desperation for gambling takes a twist. The man that she really wants is Mick, a man that the Duke and his wife DONT approve of. But Mick is the man that she is beginning to love and wants to fight for them. But she will find out that Mick has a mission, one that could bring downfall to the family that she loves dearly.

Mick couldn’t help but wonder if sometimes heartache was needed in order to move forward.

I was really intrigued by the turn of events that bring this couple together. There were such sensuality and endearing romantic qualities that pulled me into this story so completely. I just loved every moment that Mick and Aslyn have together. From the sexy flirting to Mick showing Aslyn another side to him, to a journey of forgiveness and redemption. I really was cheering for these two from the beginning. There was such class to their relationship. I really adored the way that they court and fall in love. There were so many tender moments that made me “sigh” in that sweet romantic way that gives you all the warm fuzzies. This is the epitome of ROMANCE and as I was reading this delightful story, I was reminded of this author, the reason I love romance in fiction and why it does so much for me. This book just made me happy, grinning all the way, and I immersed myself completely in this beautiful story.

I don’t care. When I am with you, I feel as though, for the first time in my life, I am real, I am seen. It’s difficult to explain, but I want to experience everything with you that a woman can experience.

I really fell in love with the siblings though, and seeing their eccentricities and their bond as a family even if it’s not by blood. I love how protective Mick is of them and even though they frustrate him at times, he is all about giving them what they dream and desire. Especially to his sisters, he would do anything for even if it means buying a parasol or helping a sister set up a bar. And I felt that Lorraine Heath did a tremendous job in showing the tragic elements of Baby Farming. It definitely broke my heart seeing it in this story and how society viewed children born “on the other side of the blanket” as it were.

Overall Beyond Scandal and Desire is a stunning beginning to a new series, a story of true heart, hidden secrets and a true love affair that sings to your heart!!! INCREDIBLY HEARTFELT!

If I touch you, Aslyn, I’m not going to stop touching you until I’ve touched every aspect of you

About Lorraine Heath

Also writes Young Adult under Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker, and with her son as J.A. London)

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero--Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her "dual" nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan, and she enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.

Book Review-Dangerous Mating by Milly Taiden

Dangerous Mating is a thrilling, on the edge of your seat excitement that takes you under the caves of Nazi tunnels in Germany, with a crazy villain and a fated mates theme that will pull you under into this sensual love tale…

Dangerous Mating is the third book in the latest series by Milly Taiden. I have had the opportunity to read this author over the past few years and have enjoyed her work. She is very quick to read, her writing is highly engaging, I never want to put her books down and they aren’t too overly long which is nice at times. Our important key players in the book are:

  • Bryon Day, an agent for the A.L.F.A. organization, a hidden military organization, with shifter agents who solve crimes. Bryon, while undercover, finds himself captured and being tortured and drugged with no way out.
  • Kari Tomlin, is an FBI agent and a specialist in cryptography, and she is asked to go into field work in Germany and she is more than thrilled. Not realizing that her life is about to change.

Dangerous Mating is a story that had me on the edge of my seat and I didn’t want to let go. I really had a blast with this book, probably a bit more than I expected. I will say that this book isn’t too deep, it’s really just fun and carefree despite the hints of danger and suspense that this story is riddled with. It is a story of instant love and fated mates, so if that is not your thing, not sure you would enjoy this book. However, if you are like me, where these tropes aren’t a problem then you will get a kick out of these two. Both Bryon and Kari are entertaining, have great senses of humor and act on their instincts. Bryon is a wolf shifter, and his people only mate once and still hasn’t found his mate. Kari is human, but she does know about shifters since she had a good friend who was mated with one. Ever since she has admired that type of connection these “mates” have with each other. When she goes undercover and ends up embroiled in a dangerous plot and the man that she is searching for is being drugged and held prisoner. She comes up with a plan to save him only to be on the run, hiding out in tunnels trying to make it to safety before the “demented prince”, the villain of the story, finds them. As they crawl through caves, trying to get a way out, they both realize pretty quickly what a connection they have and that they are mates.

I’ve gotten to know you, Kari. Not just your scent branded on my brain, but you. Inside and out. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are mine. MINE. My mate. Now and for always. But I can’t do anything about that alone. I need you.

What I really loved about this couple is how comfortable they are with each other. So at ease, always teasing each other, playing and boy can they KISS!! I felt like I was on fire. They definitely have some powerful chemistry both sexually and NOT. Which was quite wonderful to see. We see that even though they do have some great chemistry, they also become good friends and it truly brings a great balance to the story. Now I will say that the heroine really was so FUN. Seriously, her personality is one that you would want to be friends with. She may not be a field agent but she can kick ass when she needs to and I loved her spunk. Some of her stunts, I was like she is so crazy and I LOVE her for it. She has such a compassionate heart and will do anything to save innocent women and children being sold on the market.

I want you, Kari. Forever. Let me have you.

There isn’t much drama except for the plot lines with them being hunted and all. But as far as their relationship goes, it was smooth sailing which was quite refreshing. They just instantly are drawn to each other and they don’t fight what they feel for each other, only embrace and accept it for what it is. A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!!

About Milly Taiden

Milly Taiden (also writes as April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean (to her) known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

When she’s not working full-time, texting with her best friend Heidi in England, chastising her son for pulling the dog’s ears, shopping with her sister Jewel or watching scary movies with her husband, she can be found writing on her laptop.

She’s addicted to shoes, chocolate, Dunkin Donuts coffee and JIMMY THOMAS covers!

Book Review-Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan

Dark Legacy is a powerfully provoking read that takes us to the western coast, of a powerful vampire, an innocent woman in trouble and a Carpathian who has found his lifemate after centuries of searching….

Dark Legacy is such a wonderful read and it definitely lived up to my expectations and there were so many fun elements about this installment. This series might be so long, but it’s going so strong and this is a true testament to Feehan’s talent. She is such a talented author. It was this very series that got me hooked on the paranormal genre, and as I have followed this series over the years, I fall in love with it constantly, year after year, seeing this great world that Feehan has penned that is captivating and enthralling. What a journey this author has taken us readers. In Dark Legacy, we have a story that follows the few previous books.

So some background information for those that haven’t read this series. We have a group of people called “Carpathians”, who originated in Europe, but after centuries have spread further out. Due to the many wars in the Dark Ages, many of the Carpathian people were murdered trying to help their neighbors fights Turks and many other groups. And now there are just a few females, and their people are dying. But somehow since learning that there are gifted women in the world that are compatible to be turned and be lifemates to the males who have gone centuries fighting vampires and evil creatures.  And the women that are their lifemates bring back color and emotion to the Carpathian males and keeps them from turning evil.

“Overwrought?” He repeated the word slowly as if he’d never heard it before. “Woman, a Carpathian hunter cannot possibly get overwrought. I just want to give you every possible opportunity to say you do not want me to bind you to me. I know you are my lifemate. I am ancient, and I do not always understand your modern world or the way women act toward their men. I believe it is my duty and privilege, my honor, to make you happy, but I am not certain I am capable of it when I believe strongly that my woman follows where I lead.”

In this story, we have our heroine, Emeline, who while trying to protect and save children was captured by a master vampire and tortured and raped violently. She was then rescued and brought to a sanctuary. Emeline considers herself dirty and unclean and not worthy of protection. She is pregnant by being raped by the master vampire and he is searching for her and left a sliver of himself inside of her so he can always find her and speak to her. Emeline is kind and caring and has a gentle nature. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. But she has dreams, of the man claiming to be her lifemate who will be killed trying to protect her. Dragomir is a strong Carpathian male and has been searching for centuries for his lifemate and finds her, but she is in danger from one of the most powerful vampires he has ever encountered. The beginning of the story just pulls you in pretty quickly in the story. There is quite a bit of suspense and action and I was captivated. But then we get to see the strong relationship that Dragomir and Emeline have together. Dragomir may be this big badass alpha male, but he is so tender and understanding with Emeline. I love how protective and accepting he is of her. He just loves her and will do anything to make her happy and make her feel safe.

You need to spend a little time at the computer. The days are long past where we kill our enemies and are glorified in song. Dragomir frowned. You were glorified in song? Of course. My deeds were great. Weren’t yours? My deeds were great, and yet no one glorified me in song. Köd alte hän. Darkness curse it, Sandu. That’s just not right. There must be some mistake.

We also get some great side cast of characters, the most influential and the one I love seeing throughout this whole series but has yet to have his own book is our beloved Gary. He definitely has changed through the books, who was once mortal and was changed to a Carpathian, but when you turn a male, it is quite different and Gary was filled with thousands of years of memories and knowledge and the darkness that comes with that. His lifemate is merely an infant currently and he is barely holding on. He has great healing capabilities. Gary is probably one of my top favorite characters from the WHOLE series so I loved seeing what a big part he played in this book and it will be a great day when Feehan writes his book. Because like many other readers that love this series….Gary is definitely a fan favorite.

Another fun aspect was seeing this group of Carpathians just come together and fight for one another and these innocent children who were tormented. I love how they just accept them and most especially Emeline who is really struggling with self-worth issues. What really changes for her though is the support and love these men and women have for her and her little daughter growing inside of her. Emeline has some powerful gifts and I love seeing this in her She is obviously recovering from serious trauma but we see her strength and courage. She is capable of dream walking and even of being able to change the sex of her baby without the vampire’s knowledge which has never been done before. I love how unique she is because I felt such a kinship to her character. She had many qualities that I could see in myself and many other women I know personally. I love how that resonates in Emeline and seeing how she overcomes her past trauma and fights in her own way.

He saw trust. Complete trust. It was a gift, a precious one, and it humbled him. I’ve got you, Emeline. I will always be with you.

We also get some unique happening at the end of the book here. We get two new powerful Carpathian women that have disappeared for centuries and we find out what happens to them and wow I was amazed since I have a feeling that these women will play a huge role in the future of the series. I can’t wait to see what Feehan has in plan for them.

Overall a story that exciting, keeps you on your toes, full of all the feels and will tug at your heartstrings!! BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN

About Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 50 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

IN HER WORDS:
I've been a writer all of my life -- it is who I am. I write for myself and always have. The ability to create pictures and emotions with words is such a miracle to me. I read everything; I mean everything! All kinds of books, even encyclopedias. I am fascinated by the written word and I love storytellers. It is a great privilege to be counted one myself.

Book Review-Fueled by K. Bromberg

May contain some spoilers, read at your own risk…..

Fueled is the continuation of the Driven series, where our main characters go forward in their beautiful yet heartwrenching story of facing their pasts and someone wanting to drive them apart….will they succeed or is the love they share powerful enough to stand the tide?

I was drawn to Driven, and these wonderful yet passionate characters that have seeped into my soul and I just wanted more of them. Now at the end of Driven, our hero Colton pushes Rylee away. Fueled pretty much takes off the moment that Driven ends. Now, this is where the story gets even more interesting. In Driven, we only have the POV of Rylee. So we only got to see her side and viewpoint of circumstances and set of events. However, this story begins with Colton’s POV and a moment of his past when he was a little boy.

I’ve never let someone this far in because that means secrets are shared and pasts are discovered. And because it means you need. I’ve only ever needed myself – needing others only results in pain. In abandonment. In unspeakable horror. And yet, I need Rylee right now

Now I wasn’t a huge fan of Colton at first, but this is where we see a point of why he is pushing Rylee away. The pain and torments of his pain are so deep and heart breaking. I just wanted to wrap this little boy in my arms and protect him. Especially in his mantra of his superheroes that he clings to, wanting to be safe.

Spiderman. Batman. Superman. Ironman.

We see how his mother betrays him and practically beats him, emotionally abuses him and sells him to men. Then we see how Rylee goes back to Colton and sees a broken man who is damaged internally by how he has hurt her and she begins to see that she will need to fight for Colton.

I’ve been able to block things out for so long. Ignore emotions. Ignore everything, but you? You tear down walls I didn’t even know I was building. You make me feel, Rylee

There are many ups and downs in this story, but I did love the way that this book began and it made me happy at first to see them starting to slowly build trust between them. We see how much the “boys” from the home that Rylee runs, just adore Colton. We see the growth in their relationship and then we see something big happen. And honestly, the villain of the story, (sorry for my language) but “bitch” comes to mind when I think of her because of how obsessed she is with Colton, and the wedge she puts in place between Colton and Rylee is horrible. Now I will admit, that these two should have trusted each other WAY more than they do in this book. I really wanted to shake them both and tell them to get their heads out of their “booties” because honestly why believe in a woman who is so ugly on the inside. They really tend to hurt each other so badly in this book, that made me want to throw the book across the wall in a figurative sense. Colton doesn’t tell her the “whole” truth, and I don’t know why he didn’t, and Rylee shouldn’t believe a vindictive woman in her obvious need to drive them apart. I really like Rylee as a character, but she can be so naive at times. And it takes their two best friends to make them see reason and lock them up to force them to confront the issues that plague them and really learn to “fight” for one another.

But then this book ends on another cliffhanger and I was like “ARGGG!!! ” I don’t care for cliffhangers, but thankfully I have book three ready to listen to. *crossing my fingers* that book three and four aren’t as frustrating, and these two will learn to communicate a bit better and learn to fight for one another more.

Now the narration was pretty well done, I am honestly not sure if I like Sean Crisden’s voice, especially when he does other characters, They just tend to sound a bit off sync and it throws me off. However I have really enjoyed Tatiana’s inflections, she does narrate pretty dang well and I have enjoyed her work here.

About K. Bromberg

New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, Kristy has sold over one million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in the summer of 2018.

She recently released a two book, sports romance series, The Player and The Catch. Cuffed is the first book in her new Everyday Heroes trilogy. This three-book series will be about three brothers who are emergency responders, the jobs that call to them, and the women who challenge them. The remaining standalones in the series are Combust (January 29th) and Cockpit (Spring 2018).

Book Review-Driven by K. Bromberg

Driven is a fuel passioned romance that is fiery hot, intense with emotion and will draw you in like gravity….simply breathtaking!!

Driven is the first book in the Driven series and an epic romantic tale that I wasn’t expecting on taking a ride on. And I should have done more research because the ending KILLLED me and yes I will warn you that the first book ends with a cliffhanger and it tore me apart in ways that I didn’t expect. What I found most intriguing was the connection that Colton and Rylee have together. So let’s take you on a ride as I show you what made this book SO great.

Our key players of this delicious romance are:

  • Colton Donavan, a notorious race car driver, a playboy who loves racing and women while hiding who he truly is from everyone.
  • Rylee Thomas, works for a nonprofit organization that helps a boys home, who is down to earth and lovely on the inside and out.

WHAT A STORY!! I just adored this book so much. I saw this on Audible’s romance package, and I have had this book on my wishlist for YEARS!! So I knew that this was the perfect time to try it out. I was nervous because there were mixed reviews of the narrator, so I wasn’t sure how much that I would really like this one. But after a few chapters, I was completely hooked on this book.

I’m seeing the true Colton Donavan – the unmasked version with a vulnerability that makes me want to reach over and take the hurt that often flickers through those green eyes and make it better. To show him that love and commitment are possible without complications. That it is real and pure and much more powerful than ever imagined with it is built and shared between two people.

It begins with our heroine, Rylee, where she is organizing a fundraiser, and ends up trapped in a closet and is rescued by Colton Donovan, and the chemistry is so hot, and they share some super steamy kisses in that closet until Rylee stops him. Rylee is a “good girl” she has only had one relationship. She doesn’t ever do one night stands or casual sex and she isn’t capable of separating sex from emotion. She is tormented by the death of her fiancee two years previous. She tries to put Colton at a distance, however, Colton pursues her for reasons she doesn’t understand. But she sees something more in Colton than your average playboy. As Colton and Rylee begin to slowly pursue a relationship, seeing the bond that Rylee has with the boys from the home she takes on and defends, and the powerful chemistry that Rylee and Colton have. We see some hints of Colton’s character that I just gravitated towards.

I know all about baggage, sweetheart. I have enough of it to fill up a 747 and then some. My shit can’t be fixed. I’ve been broken for way too long for that miracle to happen

We sense that there is something dark and deep about Colton’s past and some great build up towards an intense cliffhanger that made me head back over the Audible to grab book two (which I am currently listening to) 🙂

If you love emotional turmoil in a romance, and a captivating couple that you fall head over heels for and a series that focus on one couple….then grab this one up!! You won’t regret it.

About K. Bromberg

New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, Kristy has sold over one million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in the summer of 2018.

She recently released a two book, sports romance series, The Player and The Catch. Cuffed is the first book in her new Everyday Heroes trilogy. This three-book series will be about three brothers who are emergency responders, the jobs that call to them, and the women who challenge them. The remaining standalones in the series are Combust (January 29th) and Cockpit (Spring 2018).

Quickie Book Review-Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman is a delicious tale of an Alpha Male CEO, a feisty marketing specialist and some hot sexy tension in the office that will curl your toes. 

Bossman is a story that has been recommended to me by many, especially by those that don’t read romance too often, so I just knew that this book I needed to grab up. I was delighted to find that it was a part of Audible’s Romance Package. So I grabbed it up and had a blast while I “listened while I worked” . I will say that I want to talk about the narration first. I really struggled with the narration at times.

At first, the female narrator, took a while to grow on me. Now eventually I did like her voice, but it took time. I would have loved to see more POV from our hero. We do get to see some flashbacks of his past, but I would have loved to get more depth from his character because HE ROCKED MY WORLD!! One unique aspect I have discovered from Vi Keeland, is that on the surface it seems like a fun and sexy romance, but there is so much emotional intimacy that is blew me away at first because I never expect it from this author.  I really adore the chemistry between these two. We have our hero, who knows how good looking he is and is cocky but highly fun to read. Our heroine doesn’t want to complicate her job with a relationship but it happens anyway.

The dynamics in their relationship proves to be wonderful and captivating. I was so drawn into this book here, the romance was delightful and I believe I was smiling all the way. They had me laughing and their quirks end up working so well for each other.

I do want what I don’t have. That’s part of it. But not in the way you think. Don’t ask me to explain it, but when I’m around you, I’m happy. That’s all I’m after

Overall this proved to be one of the most sexiest office romances you could ever pick up!! Gratifying, Sensual and Endearing!!

 

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

Book Review and Tour: Lost For You by Jayne Frost

Lost For You is a sensual but emotionally riveting romance that takes us on a journey of heartbreak and struggles to learn to fight for love….

Lost For You was the first book that I have read by this author and I am so glad that I did because this book was distracting and fun and did make me shed a tear or two. But truly the characters are what really made this story so endearing. Our key players of this rockin’ romance are:

  • Chase Noble, our gorgeous hero, who has a talented voice, runs a bar and has various talents and struggles with drug addiction.
  • Taryn Ayers, our strong heroine, driven and passionate, she struggles with past memories that haunt her but knows what she wants is life.

This book was a bit different than I was even expecting. I will say that there is a “love triangle” of sorts. And even though we know the key players of the story, Chase, and Taryn, there is another player that adds some serious conflict and drama to the story and a character I wasn’t a huge fan of. He just rubbed me the wrong way especially in the ways that he treats Taryn here. Beckett once was in a relationship with Taryn, but then he hurt her but they still remain friends and still care about each other. But Beckett isn’t ready to settle anymore. He likes his array of girls and from what we learn, Beckett just hasn’t treated Taryn very well. He is the type of guy that doesn’t want her dating anyone else but still isn’t fully ready to commit, and Taryn isn’t sure that she could ever trust him again.

 

But then she meets Chase, who makes her feel alive and sexy and we see how he treats her is completely different from how Beckett has treated her. Taryn knows that he would never hurt her or cheat on her….NEVER. She just knows that she can trust him unconditionally. And even though there are some set of circumstances that keep them from being together fully, we also see what a great connection they have, a bond that goes way deeper than just sex.

Can you take my broken soul?

Were you sent to make me whole?

Take me baby, make me your own. Don’t believe what you can’t be shown.

Chase is struggling with his own demons and tends to be a bit blinded at times by his expectations. He was once a drug addict, and is recovering and trying to heal from the past, however, when it comes to his addiction he is a bit naive at times which I actually liked. Because otherwise he would be this perfect hero, and I like my heroes to have some flaws and I enjoyed seeing him work through his issues and become stronger and more resilient.

I really adore the style of writing that is incorporated here, because it was just delicious. I was pulled in pretty quickly and I just got hooked on Chase and Taryn’s story. IRRESISTIBLY SEXY!

About Jayne Frost

I write about the things that move me. Music and soulmates and bad boys with as much heart as attitude. I'm a sucker for a happy ending and a killer soundtrack.

My Rockstar Romance Series—Sixth Street Bands—centers around the Austin, Texas music scene. A place I will forever consider my home.

Book Review-Judgment Road by Christine Feehan

Judgment Road is a sensational edgy and raw romance that brings together two tortured souls who find redemption and a love they never imagined….

What a story and so intense!! Of course, this is Christine Feehan and I am never surprised with what books she puts out, they are ALWAYS intense, but this book had a different feel to it and I loved everything about this book. I was curious before grabbing this one, how Feehan would be able to handle a biker romance and SUPERB!! That is all, this book exceeded my expectations and more. I just have so much love for this author, and this book is evidence of how talented she is. Now Judgment Road is an extension of two previous series and I love the connection between the two series and this charming coastal town that I would love to visit in real life.

The key players in this amazing romance are:

  • Reaper, a man that is tortured by the sins of his past, who has had to commit acts to save the family he adopted as his own and to protect himself and defend the men and women he would give his life for. Reaper is a fighter, and a protector but is rough around the edges.

A beautiful, troubled man, forged by the fires of hell, ravaged by monsters.

  • Anya is on the run, her life is in danger and she is in hiding. She grew up on the streets, went to bartender school to make a good living and is dang good at what she does. But she is independent and doesn’t ask help from anyone. She is strong and resilient and courageous.

So this book was simply so emotional and what a ride this story turned out to be!!! I just couldn’t put this book down and I wouldn’t ever want to either. What I was really intrigued by in this story was the way that these characters pull together and the family of “torpedo ink” and the close bond they have for each other.

‘I can’t. I need a man whose first loyalty is to me. I want him fierce with his protection of me and our children. With you, the club will always come first, and I understand. I do. I just can’t live with that

The story begins when Anya starts working as a bartender in the Torpedo Ink bar. She keeps to herself and works hard. But there is one man among the Torpedo Ink brothers that scares her….Reaper. She thinks that he hates her especially when he tries to get her fired. Reaper has always had the job of protecting his brothers especially their leader and would do anything for Czar and his wife Blythe. He knows that Anya is hiding something big, and he doesn’t trust her or her secrets. But there is a danger surrounding them, and when a neighboring club comes to them for help in rescuing their leader’s wife who has been kidnapped and is probably being raped and tortured, they need information. Information that is needed to rescue the innocent woman and Anya has that information. There has been a great connection between Reaper and Anya, but their relationship is fragile. And Reaper makes a decision that may make him lose her forever…..

He needed her brightness. He needed to see himself the way she did. He could be that man because she believed he was that man

WHAT  A STORY that this turned out to be and I was blown away by this book and I never wanted it to end. Like seriously, Christine Feehan….this book could have been 600 pages or longer and I wouldn’t want it to end. There was such a riveting feel to this book and these characters just tugged at my heartstrings in the most poignant of ways. I will say that this is edgier, now if you are used to Christine Feehan’s style of writing than you will love this book. However, if you are new to her and aren’t a fan of darker themes, this book probably won’t be for you. Because it does deal with some tough subjects and it’s just not the type of story that everyone would love. It’s not light or fluffy, its edgy and raw but so riveting and I can’t share enough my love for this story.

My heart just broke so much for Reaper and Anya, these two just need love and affection so badly and I just wanted to weep for these two and their situation. But what was most remarkable about this book was seeing their relationship blossom so beautifully and the ways that they learn to fight for each other. It’s not easy for either of them, but they never give up on each other, no matter how terrible it gets. I was swept away by their bond, mostly because you see their pasts and how much they have suffered and seeing them trying to build something new and experience building a relationship which neither of them have ever done before so of course, they will make mistakes. But they work through these mistakes and only become stronger for it.

This is a story that will break you, it will wreak havoc on your emotions, but it will also deliver the most precious, tender and poignant romance you could ever pick up!! A TRUE JEWEL!!

About Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 50 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

IN HER WORDS:
I've been a writer all of my life -- it is who I am. I write for myself and always have. The ability to create pictures and emotions with words is such a miracle to me. I read everything; I mean everything! All kinds of books, even encyclopedias. I am fascinated by the written word and I love storytellers. It is a great privilege to be counted one myself.

Book Review-The Baller by Vi Keeland

The Baller brings together a sexy pro football quarterback and a feisty sportscaster….a story that begins with intense chemistry and develops into a strong and poignant romance to curl your toes.

The Baller is another single title by Vi Keeland, although I am crossing my fingers that she will continue more with books like this one because she does great SPORT romances. I mean I was definitely hooked on this book from beginning to end. I am beginning to get addicted to the style of Vi Keeland. Her writing is so sassy and fun and gives me hoots of entertainment from the first page to the very end. Our featured key players in this wonderful book are:

  • Brody Easton, our shameful playboy, Brody is the Quarterback for a Pro Football team. He seems to have everything: A successful career, playing a sport he loves, women dropping at his feet and more than enough money to suit him for the rest of his life. But Brody has a painful past, and has been hurt and keeps things casual even though he earns for love in a place that no one can see
  • Delilah Maddox is a Football TV presenter and reporter and has worked herself to the bone for YEARS to get to where she is. She can name any stat of any player in the league in a heartbeat. She is the daughter of an infamous football pro player herself and understands the passion for the sport.

I have to say how impressed I was with this story, and I honestly didn’t think that I would enjoy this one as much as I did. I have no clue how Vi Keeland does it, but her books SO work for me especially her audio books. She has the best narrators and these narrators ROCKED MY WORLD!! Their voices are beyond sexy and sultry and I just wanted to listen more and more. The lady narrator I believe I have listened to before: Mackenzie Cartright…I really loved her voice. It was very engaging and I felt she implemented the tones of the book very well. And our male narrator: Sean Crisden —has such a swoony voice. And he totally worked for this book, he had such a rough and deep voice that matches the hero so well.

A great aspect of this book that I really enjoyed that you don’t always see in dual POV, is that we just about get the hero’s perspective as much as the heroine and that was SO awesome. Too many times we get too much heroine and not enough of the hero’s side of things, so I found it quite refreshing to see his side of things and although I would have loved to see more of him, what we get to see is pretty stellar.

Our story begins when Delilah, has been promoted and is starting to settle into her new job. She still has to deal with rude male workers who try to make everything about sex. Delilah has had to work so hard for the position she got. And now she is the living the dream. When she goes to interview the star MVP quarterback, Brody Easton, chemistry is off the charts between them. Even though she tries to be professional….Brody is shameful when he likes a woman and drops his towel for the WHOLE world to see. Yeah….you bet that the start of this book is unconventional and I was curious to see how these two would get along because on the surface they are so different from each other. The hero is playful and carefree and our heroine is a bit too serious. But once you get to the inner cores of the characters you begin to see how they balance each other out especially in their quirks.

“… You’re hot as fuck. And I like you.”

 

“Oh really? You have a funny way of showing that you like me. Every time I see you, you try to sabotage my interview.”

 

“Every time I see you, I expose myself to you.” He flashed me his trademark smile. “That’s how we show girls we like them where I’m from.”

 

“Where are you from, the jungle?”

 

“Brooklyn.”

I truly adored both Delilah and Brody in different ways. However, I will say that Brody was a hero that I soon fell in love with. Because yeah he is silly at times, but he has such HEART and depth to him and I love seeing him being “peeled” like an onion and what great layers he has that you just fall so quickly into.

There is one aspect of the story that drove me a bit crazy was the ex-girlfriend of Brody’s. It does add a sense of conflict to the story, so I can see why the author put this aspect in, it just got a bit frustrating toward the end. But in all honesty, it didn’t take away at all of my enjoyment of this story. And it was very unique, much different from what I was expecting especially when we get to see her POV on occasion.

Overall The Baller was a fantastic and thrilling story that had me feeling…ALL THE FEELS!! A story that is engaging, endearing and empowering.

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

Book Review-Easy Kisses by Kristen Proby

Easy Kisses is a sweet and deeply emotionally riveting romance that takes its readers back to New Orleans with a sexy brit and a southern gal who discover what true love is really all about…

Easy Kisses was such a fantastic addition to this wonderful series and a bit different. What I have really admired about this series is how unique each book is to the sibling of the Boudreaux family. And this story takes some unique elements and implements a warm endearing love story.

  • Simon Danbury, an English Brit, has become famous for his inspirational retreats for women especially in his talent of building of women’s self-esteem and learning to rise above challenges. Simon is hardworking, driven, and loves people. He understands what it means to be hurt by others and strives to help others rise above abusive relationships. He has a great sense of humor and is thoughtful and romantic. SUPER SWOONY!!!
  • Charly Boudreaux is one of the infamous Boudreaux family, she wanted her own place and set up a shop of shoes and dreams of expansion. But she has her own struggles and is emotionally in a tough spot. Charly is spunky, outspoken, but loving and supportive. She is driven and determined but craves love and commitment like her siblings have discovered and what her parents had together.

I personally think a lot of us feel ashamed when we try so hard to help someone, only to have that help thrown back in our face or ignored altogether, and we are doing ourselves such a disservice in feeling that way. It’s important to speak up, and to talk to those closest to you so they can help you. No one who loves you will stand for you being manipulated or hurt, and you should not be ashamed to talk about it.

THIS is the BEST book of the series or what I have read from Kristen Proby so far….HOT DANG,,, this book was beyond dreamy and I just wanted to sigh in so many moments because this book is the epitome of why I read a romance. There is hardly any angst, which I really liked. Of course, Proby has to put in some kind of conflict toward the end because no relationship is perfect right? But what I loved about this book is how easy this book starts off and the relationship between Simon and Charly.

Charly has been coerced by her sister, to join this women’s retreat in Montana. A completely different atmosphere, with mountains and hiking and bears. At first, she hates that she agreed to do this retreat but she soon realizes how good it is for her and how she needs some emotional and mental TLC. Charly works so hard with her business and needs this break and even though it forces her to face up to her past and what she really wants in life especially in the future with a man, she also comes to terms with who she is and where she wants to go on an emotional level. Then she meets Simon Danbury.  Simon is a British motivational speaker for women (AWESOME!!) Truly, this man is beyond sexy because I love how kind and thoughtful he is. There is truly nothing wrong with Simon, except for the fact that he has some unresolved issues with his ex who really really hurt him. But I love how he is with women and how he views them and really he practically worships women and so cool. I love how respectful he is of them. Now he has a strong chemistry with Charly but knows that there is no future for them, and he refuses to give into temptation and compromise his values of these “women retreats” because he wants women to feel safe. But Charly is more than eager to get into his bed and the chemistry between them is off the charts. They seriously love being together physically and Charly starts to realize that Simon gives her what she has craved for years.

The fact that I haven’t been with a man in forever is of no consequence. I want this man. Right now.

But then they go their separate ways until Simon realizes how happy he was with the short time that he and Charly were together and wants more because he knows that what they have is real and wants to explore it. So while working on his projects, he settles in New Orleans for a short time. Charly and Simon begin to “date” and really court each other. And of course, we have the Boudreaux brothers go all “protective” and make sure that Simon really cares for Charly. Which is pretty hilarious, because in some ways, men have not changed over the centuries hehe

There was such a normalcy to this story like honestly, you could see this book happening in real life….that is how real this story felt. Because the way they connect and date each other is so endearing and you can relate so well to it. But we also have two characters that are a bit flawed at times, and make mistakes. There is great personal growth for both these two individually and it was great to see them work though their own mistakes and become stronger together.

You’re stuck with me, love

Overall I found Easy Kisses a truly endearing and profound story that will make you grin like a Cheshire kitty…..Kristen Proby has outdone herself with this treasure!!

About Kristen Proby

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

Book Review-The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

The Ones Who Got Away is the newest and most stunning release that Roni Loren has written, a book of raw emotion, sensuality and a tale about fighting for yourself and for love that is right in front of you!! 

What a story that this turned out to be!! I really had such a wonderful time reading this book. Now there were moments that I felt “slowed” down a bit, and is probably the reason why I took 3 days to read it!! Yeah, I think its mostly due to exhaustion and no energy, not the actual book itself or it might have been a five star read but my attention was just not very focused this week, oh well…It was still EPIC and I grew to fall in love with so many aspects of this darling story. But my favorite thing about the story was our main key players!!

  • Finn Dorsey was the high school quarterback, came from a privileged family, but turned out to work for the FBI. A hero packed with vulnerabilities and struggles of his own.
  • Liv Arias, daughter of a landscaper, had a goth phase in high school and not the most popular, but is talented and smart and a workaholic. She has her own fears of the past that still haunt her.

What a book this turned out to be, and every other reader is right that this book just pulls you in right away. Our emotional love tale begins with our heroine. She has returned to the town where the “event” happened. There is a pretty vital documentary being filmed and she is called in to be interviewed. She has to recall the painful part of her past, a past that still gives her horrible nightmares. We see how the “shooting” at their high school by a fellow student, marked these young people in different ways and we get to see how it effects them differently. Finn and Liv were once together in high school, but their relationship was a secret because of Finn’s parent’s disapproval of their relationship.

But one night, at a school dance, while Finn and Liv were making out in the closet, shooting started to happen and Finn runs back to his date and takes a bullet for her, but Liv was left alone and was left at the mercy of the shooter…alone. This event has haunted both Liv and Finn in different ways. Finn was tormented by the sound of gun shots but wanted to overcome his fear. He eventually was able to work for the FBI and has recently been undercover for two long years. But Finn is till tormented and we see how it effects him.

Those sick assholes stole not just my friends’ lives but the could be’s from us. We never got to find out who we would’ve been otherwise. Before we were aftermath.

This story is where we see Finn and Liv start to reconnect, to realize what they had in High School was very real, and as they start to help each other heal, they also act on their physical attraction for each other. I found the set up very interesting. I liked how in different ways they fight for each other on an emotional level and that is so beautiful to see. Both Finn and Liv left things unsaid in their past and now we see that they start to realize how right they really were for each other, but the shooting changed everything for them. What I truly enjoyed seeing was the strong emotional bond that these two form. Of course, the sexy times were sensual and hot and will get you bothered just a bit. However, what really pulls you into the story and keeps you in tune with this pair will be the emotional intimacy that forms between them.

I’m never going to be that guy who left you vulnerable again. I can’t offer much these days, but I can promise you that. I’ve got your back, Livvy

At first, its more of a “fling” type of relationship, but they both realize how much they love each other. However, Finn is about to go on an assignment at the end of the summer and it’s his dream assignment, of making sure those that supplied the weapons in the shooting are brought down. So there is a difficult dilemma that erupts between them. Because Finn will be going undercover soon and it could be a “long” time, even years. Liv has to do some pondering because she will need to make a decision if what they have together is strong enough and worth enough to wait for their “chance” and if they will fight to be together.

 

There were so many feels in this book, that I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry in this one. And this is where you see the true talent that Roni Loren has. Because when an author can evoke such reactions in a story, truly shows her capabilities in penning a beautifully written love story and this tale was one of the most riveting I have read in a long while!!

As a side note, a true plus to the story was the friendship between four women. I LOVE the fun times and how supportive they are of each other. They have all lost people close to them in the shootings, and it has created such a close-knit bond between them. The ways that they individually have struggled but come together during this rough time for all of them is simply fantastic and I can’t wait for Rebecca’s book because we see certain characteristics to her personality and history, that I was like “WHAT??!” I need her book and NOW. I just know there-there is something major that wasn’t revealed and I want to know. So I can’t wait for June to roll around so I can grab this one up!! So stay tuned for what I imagine will be a fantastic addition to a whirlwind of series.

A truly epically emotional story that keeps you tuned in and magically addicted to the very end!! A TRUE GEM!!

Broken glass still made art.
Sometimes the most beautiful kind.

About Roni Loren

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. She holds a master’s degree in social work and spent years as a mental health counselor, but now she writes full time from her cozy office in Dallas, Texas where she puts her characters on the therapy couch instead. She is a two-time RITA Award winner and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

Book Review-Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

Egomaniac is a sexy, make you see stars type of romance. It’s a story that is crazy fun, full of barrels of laughs and highs and lows and real emotion with enough sexy times hot enough to make you want to tackle your partner!! 🙂 

I had such a blast with this book and such a treasure to be found in Audible’s Romance Package and I just didn’t want to put this book away even when I had to. I just had the most delicious experience listening to this story that took that seat out from under me with this dreamy romance that I wished I could be a real part of. That is how real this story feels to the reader. This delicious story begins with a great scene between these howl with laughter key players:

  • Drew Jagger, the hero of the story, is a divorce lawyer, he is a dirty talker, sexy as sin but has a heart of gold that few people ever see from him. He is a devoted single father, who has been burned badly and has some personal issues to work through. He is loyal though and likes to keep things private.
  •  Emerie Rose, our feisty heroine, who is driven, devoted to her career but is kind and caring and a bit prudish at times. But she is so thoughtful but do not cross her because she will fight you will everything she has.

Drew and Emerie first meet when Drew has come home from a long vacation, only to find a strange woman, accusing him of taking her office in HIS office. Obviously, something weird has happened and Emerie has been scammed, but Drew takes great delight in the dilemma before him. (below is one of my favorite scenes)

She pushed one and proceeded to report the crime of entering one’s own office. “I’d like to report a robbery.”
“Robbery?” I arched an eyebrow and looked around. A lone folding chair and crappy metal folding chair were the only furniture in the entire space. “What exactly am I stealing? Your winning personality?”
She amended her complaint to the police. “A breaking and entering. I’d like to report a breaking and entering at 575 Park Avenue.” She paused and listening. “No, I don’t think he’s armed. But he’s big. Really big. At least six feet. Maybe bigger.”
I smirked. “And strong. Don’t forget to tell them I’m strong, too. Want me to flex for you?”

Before he knows it, he is helping get out of the mess, file a complaint and when learning that she has a warrant out for her from many years previous, he helps her out of it. Then he offers her a chance to share his “office”with him and she helps him out with office matters.

Even though Drew is a only “casual sex” man there is something different about Emerie. A young woman that makes him want to stare at her ass, but also wants to treat her to her favorite take out or make her laugh or argue with her for the sake of having a good time together. We see this player be not the player that you expect. I liked how these two act on their attraction and there isn’t any nonsense drama that the reader has to deal with.

I think your body likes me, and your head is fighting it. The two should fight it out like adults—naked in the bedroom with me

Another aspect that I can guarantee you will fall in love with is the emotional dynamics that become built up in this story that I wasn’t expecting. We have a hero that has been burned badly by a  woman he once trusted but hurt him in the worst way. Obviously, he isn’t the best at learning to trust, but Emerie makes him want to try for the first time. I love how “real” their relationship feel. Seeing how much they enjoy just being together, outside of the bedroom they have great chemistry. Emerie is a heroine that is highly trusting and yes at times she can be a bit naive but honestly, it didn’t bother me because she is naive in the good ways. Beliving in the good and honesty of human beings, she wants to trust in the good side of the human race.

I do love seeing how they help each other without realizing it. And boy their careers definitely match their history and personalities. Drew works as a lawyer and helps men divorce their wives and is very cynical about marriage and relationship. Ironically once he meets Emerie, he viewpoint on life really changes here. It happens slowly but I love that he doesn’t take his history out on Emerie on purpose. Emerie is a therapist who helps couples with their marriages and aids them in reconnecting. So she starts to learn the reality of “false hope” and that not all relationships work out in the end. But seeing the different in their relationship really shows how they balance each other out in the good ways and the bad too.

Then we have a twist that deals with Drew’s son and I know that having children in romances aren’t for everyone, but I am telling you that this aspect will work for you. We see a different side to Drew with him being a father. And seeing him learn some truths about his son, and their relationship was truly heartbreaking at times. But we see so much more depth to his character, and we see how he changes from being a father and how it motivates him in the good ways and I love how devoted he is to his son and what he is willing to sacrifice to this darling curious little boy that steals your heart.

Being a parent is a choice, not a right… Anyone can become a father, but it takes a real dad to love and raise a child as his own.

Overall Egomaniac was one of the best reads in contemporary for quite a long while, a story that is engaging and laughs your pants off, a book that will leave you with a smile and fond memories of this darling family that comes together and becomes stronger!!Sexy and filled with tasty delights!!

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

Book Review-Easy Melody by Kristen Proby

Easy Melody is a story that takes us back to New Orleans and this sexy family and a sizzling story where music is the heart….

I truly had a blast with Easy Melody and it was a bit different than the previous books which I really had a blast with. I truly liked how compatible these key players are with each other so without further ado…let’s talk!!

  • Callie Mills, our lovely heroine, has just lost her father and has come from Washington State to New Orleans to decided what to do what the bar he ran and whether she wants to stay in New Orleans and the man that makes her feel alive
  • Declan Boudreaux is musically talented in every real way, his heart is music, and very successful in everything he does. Declan is a bit of a playboy, never does serious relationships until now.

Easy Melody was one of those stories that started out a bit slow I will be honest. I did take a little while for me to get fully into it but once I was into it I just didn’t want to put this story away!! NOPE, I just wanted to keep listening all day to this off the charts sensual romance that made me laugh out loud and grin like some silly person. And seriously once this book was done I just wanted to do a dance in the streets. That is how good it was.

Your love is like a song, and our song is an easy melody that plays, over and over, in my heart. Some days it’s slow and sweet, and other days it’s fast and loud, but it’s always love. It’s my favorite song

What made the biggest impression on me for this book, was the relationship that develops between Declan and Callie. Both of them are so in tune with each other they just don’t fully realize it at the beginning of their “courtship”. At first, they just have great chemistry and once they get to the bedroom, there is enough heat it will fog up your winter windows. But they also just constantly have the easiest time together just having “fun”. They truly just enjoy keeping each other company and their relationship may be pretty high off the charts sexually, but they also form a wonderful friendship that is so endearing. I just wished that these two were real because they are “friend” material. I love how dedicated they are and true to themselves in the simple moments.

She’s still sleeping. She’s warm and sweet, and snores like a lumberjack. Bless her heart.

And boy does this hero know how to date a woman. Once he decides that he wants to pursue Callie for REAL….he goes all out and so creative too. From Netflix and Cereal dates to a Saints football game (and yes our heroine LOVES football) and even more treating her to a Seahawks game in Seattle and meeting up with his musical friends in Seattle. Which also meets we get introduced to some kick ass and simply lively characters from her other series. And boy I love it when an author does crossovers in series and oh my…I just want to pick this series up NOW because they were so fun. 🙂

What was so refreshing about this story was the “romance”. There is such a strong focus on their relationship, seeing them being so “normal”. Going on dates, laughing and being quirky together and having such warm moments build between them and a bit of drama but truly I loved the drama at the end. I had no issues with it because it’s so REAL. You could totally see this “misunderstanding” happening in real life for us mortals and I truly love this about Kristen Proby’s writing. Is that these circumstances that build, are so realistic and as a reader, you can relate so easily.

“I want to talk with you, learn you, lose myself in you. All of those things. And I don’t have any experience in that shit, but damn it, I want it with you. Because those little things, Callie? The talking as I walk you to your car, or laughing with you as we demo my house? Eating pizza on the porch? They aren’t little things to me. I’ve never done that with any other woman that I’m not related to by blood. I never wanted to.
“Until you, and it’s confused the hell out of me. All I want is a chance to start this over with you. We did it all backwards, and that’s on me. I get it. But damn it, let me try it again, because if you don’t, it’ll be the biggest regret of my life.”

We see some real moments with the family and boy the more I read this series the more I am falling in love with this family even more, from the bantering, to the ways they support each other no matter what happens and I love the way that just accepted Callie as a part of their lives. So keep your hats because this book will make you want to learn to “adjust your sails”

The narration for this book is STELLAR AWESOME!! Like honestly there is something about this pair that just wants to keep you listening all day. Sebastian York is one of the most talented male narrators you could ever listen to. His voice is beyond sexy and gives you the tingles. And Rachel Fulginiti is simply so easy to listen to, her voice is so pretty and real does the character’s inner voice so well and how she displays emotion and humor is wonderful. You will get a kick out this pair doing this narration together.

A truly heartwarming romance that will make you laugh, cry and everything between!! I can’t wait for more.

About Kristen Proby

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

Book Review-Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Wildfire is the thrilling, on the edge of your seat thrills and chills as Connor “Mad Rogan” and Nevada try to come out on top for the danger that threatens them from an enemy they won’t see coming. 

What an explosive installment in this series and boy I was just overcome in so many ways in this story. Nevada and Connor just grow so much in this story and we see their relationship deal with some unique dynamics that they have never dealt with previously.

Nevada knows that with her grandmother searching for her and her siblings, that they are in grave danger and each day she never knows if it will be the day that her grandmother will find them. But there is one way, is to claim themselves as a “House” which will protect them for three years and allow them to gain strength and build their protection. But when Nevada is called in to solve a case of Connor’s ex girlfriend, whose husband has been kidnapped, it will prove to challenge Nevada  with another woman threatening what she has with Connor. But Nevada is a woman who is a fighter especially when it comes to the man she loves.

We see some interesting complexities that rise in the story. Now the obvious strength of the story is the plot line dealing with the kidnapping and getting approved to be a house for Nevada’s family. The only downside to this story, and yes there was one small downside. The romance between Nevada and Connor took a back seat, and it felt less than normal with Ilona Andrews and I would have liked to see Connor and Nevada together more in this book especially with their relationship becoming more cemented than in previous books. What I was impressed by was the truly development of the story line.

This story was so ‘on the edge of your seat’ exciting. I never knew what would happen and there were some shocks that I didn’t see coming but I was so impressed with Nevada. Connor doesn’t want to make the situation worse for Nevada and is willing to put their relationship on hold or not announce it but Nevada is NOT subtle and not ashamed of what she has with Connor and I love how she is always showing what he means to her.

Overall Wildfire is a story of danger, intrigue, of unsuspecting villains and the true strength that Connor and Nevada have together….POWERFULLY PROVOKING!

About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

Book Review-Ravage by Tillie Cole

Ravage is a stimulating story of sacrifice, of losing one self and having to make a difficult choice of family and love against a great evil…

Ravage was another wonderful installment in the Scarred Souls series. I have just been hooked on this series. But I was really excited when I saw that this book was available in the Romance Audible Package and I just jumped at a chance to read this book here. And boy was it good, not as good as the previous books but it had some elements that we didn’t see in the previous two books. The plot of the series as a whole really takes a new turn here that adds thrills and excitement for the reader. d

In Ravage, we have a heart-wrenching tale that will guarantee that it brings out some tough emotion due to this engaging kay players

  • 194 (Valentin), is our sexy hero, taken when he was just a boy along with his younger sister. And he does anything his “mistress” asks of him so he can get their freedom
  • Zoya Kostava, a Russian Mafia Princess, was taken to safety when her family was slaughtered and her two brothers taken captive.

This was a story that was a bit different than the previous two books, it was darker than the other two. It does deal with some difficult issues that not all readers might be okay with. However, if you enjoy reading dark romances, then this book will definitely work for you. Our hero Valentin, was young when he and his sister were taken prisoner at the orphanage. He vowed to make sure she was safe and do everything he could to free them one day. Valentin has been made to be a killer, a slave to the drugs that his “mistress” makes him take through his collar. He never has a choice but his life will take a unique change in his new mission to kill Zaal, the man who killed his mistress’s love. But his quarry is a woman who means something to Zaal, his beloved sister Zoya. As Valentin works to break Zoya’s defenses and get the truth about her relationship with Zaal, Valentin discovers something new that he has never experience….desire and heartfelt emotion that he has only felt about his sister. Soon Zoya and Valentin will be forced to make some difficult choices but the most challenging will be learning to fully trust in each other and the love that they have together.

There is quite a bit of growth that Valentin goes through here and it gets to the point where he would rather have love than to be a slave for the rest of his life. He hates what he does or what he becomes under the drugs that he is forced to take. And seeing him stand on his own and fight for what he believes is right is really beautiful and heart breaking. The relationship between Valentin and Zoya is not easy in the beginning. I mean, Valentin is being forced by drugs to get information out of Zoya, so it’s not pleasant obviously. But he does change and starts to fight the drugs more.

I’m not only scarred on the outside, Kotyonok; I’m scarred on the inside: my mind, my heart, and my soul…… I am your Tbilisi monster…

I honestly felt that this story was the toughest that I have read so far. Because we see what this couple is really faced with and the odds aren’t in their favor. But we do get some moments with our previous favorite characters such as Luca and Zaal. And this side plot is needed for sure. Luca and Zaal know that danger is coming they just have no clue what form it will take and Zaal has no idea that his beloved sister is still alive or that she is being held prisoner to get to him. And my goodness, once he learns the truth, Zaal really has to face up to certain things on a emotional level.

I knew his life had been as impossible as mine. Knew he wasn’t truly as evil as he seemed. He was just like my Anri and Zaal. Like me. Broken

The development of the plot here was key and Tillie Cole did a fabulous job on taking me on a great adventure of thrills and suspense and danger. I honestly never knew what was going to happen in this book, and these twists really worked me hard. What made this book sound wonderful was the latter part of it. This is where you fall in love with this anti-hero that is Valentin. Seeing what he sacrifices for his Zoya is so heartfelt and real. And seeing him do so much to save his sister, it just about broke my heart. He goes through so much but seeing the way that Zoya cares for him, seeing the ways that she loves him outside the bedroom was priceless. Valentin has never known a kind word or tender touch and Zoya teaches him.

Tillie Cole has done wonders with this series, these books are full of tortured souls and damaged hearts that slowly heal with love and understanding and acceptance. I feel so much emotion when I read her work and this author teaches the reader what unconditional love and forgiveness are all about!! This story will wrap you up and endear you to these beautifully crafted characters in a way that you won’t forget!! UNFORGETTABLE!!

We are different. Me weak and you strong. Me a Georgian and you Russian, but our broken hearts are tired and old. Our spirits are low, though not broken. But our souls, though thoroughly tested and hardened through pain, are resilient. THEY ARE THE SAME.

*Now bring on Valentin’s sister’s book “Riot” I will admit I am kinda nervous about this book because his sister has been forced to be a sex slave but from what I hear the hero is AWESOME!! So I can’t wait for the finale and see Valentin and his sister be reunited and that his sister has never forgotten him.

About Tillie Cole

Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole, is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother -- a farmer's daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the 'Toon', Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven 'proper mint' and 'lush' years.

One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, "D'you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book." Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and "just bloody do it!" For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.

Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing -- yep, there's more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!

After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl... Ye-haw!