Monday, June 27, 2016

Pieces by Toni Aleo is Now Available & Reviewed

From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of the Assassins, Bellevue Bullies, and Taking Risks Series comes a new, magical, radiant & powerful love story of the supernatural.

In New York City, an underground society of supernatural beings exists, hidden among everyday humans. They don’t know of our activities or any of our secrets.

The districts of the Works are made up of vampires, wolves, shifters, witches, and I’m in the fifth and arguably most important district, the Patchwork. My father is the leader of our group, and he oversees all of the other factions.

As his only daughter, that makes me the princess of it all. Cool, right?
Sure, I live in a mansion and money isn’t an object, but that doesn’t matter because I can’t leave. I have a guard who follows me around 24/7. My father and three older brothers treat me like I’m a fragile piece of glass, never allowed to take an independent step or make any decisions on my own.
It’s beyond frustrating—especially since my father essentially runs my life.
He says what I do, when I do it, how I do it, and all that jazz. He tests his formulas and new techniques on me. I’m a walking science experiment.
I hate it.
I hate my life here.

But then he comes along: Killian.
He’s just some vampire…or so I thought.

But you’ll have to read my story to find out what I mean. To know my secrets.
Until then, though, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rebekah von Stein.
And I’m a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein.

Welcome to the Works.

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Where to start? First, I want to thank the author for taking a break from writing contemporary romances (Go Assassins!) to try her hand at writing paranormal romance, because I really, really enjoyed Pieces. Second, I want to thank her for including the oft forgotten shapeshifter – the kind that can shift into any being, including other people as long as they make contact with the person whose form they’re assuming. While I can think of a few movies and shows that include this type of shapeshifter, I can only think of one book with such a character and that guy was actually the hobgoblin, not a true shapeshifter. So that alone made Pieces a unique read for me. But Aleo didn't stop there, because she made sure that Rebekah was such a fascinating character all on her own, that the only thing that made me put my Kindle down was the dire need to be a responsible adult.

As the blurb states, Rebekah is a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein. I’ll admit upfront, I am not well-versed on the Frankenstein legend, so except for knowing that the creature we call Frankenstein is actually Frankenstein’s monster, while it is the doctor who is Frankenstein, I cannot comment as to how much of Rebekah’s family’s history coincides with the legend and how much of it is Aleo’s creation. Truth be told, from an entertainment perspective, I don’t really care because it’s fascinating either way. However, it does mean that I can’t properly give the author her due for the parts that are her creation, because while I suspect that the twists I enjoyed the most are hers, I just don’t know. That said, the Works itself is the world that Aleo has created and I fell in love with it. Set in New York City, each of the five species – the Patchwork, shifters, werewolves, vampires, and witches – seems to inhabit a separate borough. But the different factions are separated by more than just geographical boundaries as the rules that govern them dictate that the races aren’t allowed to mix in matters of procreation. But we learn that it has less to do with purification of the races, and far more to do with the potential of the hybrid offspring. As the leader of the Works, Rebekah’s father goes to great lengths to insure the rules are followed and that his people, the Patchwork, remain the most powerful among the supernatural beings. Yet despite all his efforts, his daughter remains mortal (<= not really a spoiler because it’s revealed in the first couple of pages, which you can download in a sample). The crux of this installment is Rebekah trying to convince her father that she is a responsible adult who needs some freedom, all while engaging in behaviors that contradict her claim because she’s being suffocated in the name of protection. Her situation is made worse by the discovery of a conspiracy to kidnap her as leverage to force her father to make the leader of the wolves immortal. Just as her defenses should be on high alert, the new employee at the bar manages to make it past her defenses with no effort – she trusts him completely when everyone around her is telling her to trust no one. And when we finally find out why, it made for an awesome twist.

One thing I feel I should “warn” readers about is that while Rebekah might not be fully human (by our standards), she's like most 20 year olds, and that translates into a good dose of new adult angst – not something I encounter very often in paranormal romances. For me, this just helped to emphasize that despite her father's efforts, Rebekah really is a human girl, and that helped me to connect with her character. Despite the dangers she faces, the trappings of who she is in their society, the restrictions on what she can and cannot do, and her personal insecurities, she is ultimately just a girl in love with a boy. Is she rebellious? Absolutely. Does she put herself in harm's way? Oh, yes she does. But three years of being told what to do, not being allowed to leave the family's property, and not being told WHY, would grate on most anyone's nerves and lead them to be a bit reckless, too. Fortunately for Rebekah, she seems to possess good instincts, and actually listens to them. Because of the new adult feel to the book, parts of the storyline are kind of predictable. I don’t mean the predictable where you know exactly how the story is going to play out, but rather the type of predictable where you figure something out before Rebekah does simply because you’re not the 20 year-old whose world has been tipped on its axis. It doesn’t occur often, but it did cause me to want to throttle Rebekah and tell her to grow up, even though that wasn’t fair considering her situation. And it didn’t decrease my enjoyment any. Unfortunately for this reader, Pieces’ ending came far too quickly, and while the ending is not the kind of cliffhanger that left me screaming in frustration, it did leaving me dying for book two. Thankfully, Aleo is a pretty productive writer, so I'm really hoping that the monsters of the Works are already pounding on her muse's door.

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.

I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.

I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!

When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.

I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

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Fierce & Fabulous by Elizabeth Varlet

The first book in a scorching new male/male series by Elizabeth Varlet. Behind the Sassy Boyz's seductive smiles and sinful dance moves are desires that will leave readers breathless.

Fitch Donovan never thought a lap dance could change his life, but from the moment the gorgeous dancer’s lips touch his, his world comes screeching to a halt. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t shake the desire that rocks him to his core. He’s longed for this passion all his life—he just never dreamed he’d find it with another man.

Sharing a soul-shaking kiss with a straight boy is the kind of drama Ansel Becke just doesn't need. Spotlights aren't made for two and Ansel prefers to keep things on a one-night-only basis. So when Fitch shows up asking for an encore, Ansel knows he should send his gorgeous ass packing.

Though Ansel tries to pretend that what's between him and Fitch is far from fabulous, there's something about the big, burly contractor that makes Ansel's world sparkle in a way no amount of glitter ever could. And Fitch will do whatever it takes to convince Ansel that when the thing you need most in the world falls right into your lap, you’d be a fool to let it go.

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What a superb story! This had me smiling, tearing up, and above all, cheering on Fitch and Ansel. It deals with so many really big issues by bringing them down to the impact that they have on one small group of people. If this is the caliber of the rest of the series, then Ms. Varlet is going to be giving us a veritable feast.

The underlying love story is unexpected by almost everyone, but possibly most of all by Fitch and Ansel themselves. It is not simple; too much baggage on Ansel's part and too much self-hatred. But as Fitch accepts what is in his heart, and knows that he cannot avoid the importance of Ansel to him, then we can start to believe they are both sweet and caring, yet intensely hot when they are together. Ansel is a great teacher, and Fitch a most keen student.

I loved it, and cannot wait for the next book in the series to be released. Thank you, Ms. Varlet.

Elizabeth Varlet is a new-to-me author, and I'm curious to see if there is growth from the first book in this series to the next.

I was hooked at the start of Fierce & Fabulous, reading the first 23% before putting it down, right at the start of the first lusty scene. I enjoyed the introduction and the tension of the opening scenes, where the reader meets Fitch and Ansel. The lap dance was one of the most tension-filled scenes I've ever read, and I was hoping the trend would continue on for the rest of the book. The writing style flowed smoothly yet quickly. But when I picked the book up the following evening, it just couldn't hold my attention.

Unintentional, I noticed I was skim-reading redundant things. The tension disappeared from the story within minutes of the lap dance, and it never returned. Insta-everything.

As Fitch, a formerly straight fella of 30 years, didn't bat a single eyelash at starting a gay relationship, I finally saw the point of view of those expressing a displeasure of the Gay-for-you genre, which is actually one of my favorite tropes because I believe sexuality is fluid, not set in stone. If Fitch had struggled (even a tiny bit) with his new-found attraction to a man, I could have felt it realistic. Maybe discovered he was bi, and had looked at men in the past but didn't realize. Or maybe he just needed an emotional connection to a man to become interested, but that would also contradict the opener. Fitch was basically preternaturally attracted to Ansel instantly, with women no longer holding an appeal. (After 30 years of being straight, women are only good because they self-lubricate, but aren't as tight as Ansel. As a woman – yes, this insulted me.)

Fitch puts out on the first date, already thinking and talking hearts-and-flowers. Of course, as soon as the mind-blowing action is over, Ansel gives him the cold shoulder and won't accept his calls.

Ansel is the book's conflict. He's gay, likes to dress in women's clothing, but sees himself as a man. He has a tortured backstory, as if every stripper/dancer has to have one. He also abuses drugs and alcohol, and has a 'nobody will ever love me' attitude, even when everyone in the book loves him.

As a family man, Fitch was mature, patient, and understanding. Whereas, Ansel was catty instead of sassy, a personality trait that doesn't sit well with me. Ansel played games of the heart, testing Fitch.

The story had good bones, and will no doubt be a pleasure for the masses. If you're looking for warm and fuzzy, a straight man who forgets women simply because he meets 'the' man, and are a sucker for a dramatic backstory, this book is for you.

Elizabeth Varlet is a thirtysomething newly married world-traveler who devours books like they were candy. A nerd at heart, she spends way too many hours bingeing on episodes of her favorite television shows and dreaming of the day she can adopt a dog—whom she’s already named.

She started writing stories in high school and hasn’t stopped. Now her characters like to get frisky under the covers. Or the stars, or in a car, or up against the wall—they’re not picky.

Elizabeth believes in love of all shapes and sizes and wants nothing more than to share the beauty in the form of stories.

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Dazed Bullet by Serena Kearney Blog Tour

I have a temper. I'm angry. That's a given.

How I take it out? At my job in the boxing room of our gym. I've spent over a year trying to harness it, but I wasn't by myself.

Almost every night, like clockwork, he's there on one side and I'm at the other. He is big, rugged, but handsome.

He's also scary. Silent. Deadly.

When I hear the name Bullet, you would think I would have gone running in the other direction.

I didn't. I should.

He has a past.

He has secrets. Danger. Pain. Sorrow.

Little did I know that it would just bring us closer together.

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“Spar?” Wow. I’ve never actually done this. “You want me to hit you?” I pointed to him. He crossed his arms. “Don’t worry, I can take a hit.” He smirked.

“Oh, I don’t doubt that.” I gave a small laugh.

“Are you scared of me?” He tilted his head slightly.

Yes. “No.” I cleared my throat.

“Look, I’m not going to go full-force on you, because obviously, I could just break you.” He pointed up and down my body. “I already know you can handle yourself, but it’s about having control and defending yourself properly, especially from someone tw—” his eyes roamed me again as he paused “—three times your size.”

I rolled my eyes.

“Now, we’ll start off slow, get you used to it.” He got in his boxing stance, and so did I. “Now, I’m going to throw three jabs at you, and you’re going to block, okay?”

I nodded. His fists went flying at my arm as I held it up, the first two weren’t bad, but the last one stung hard on my forearm, but I took it.

“Did that hurt?”

Yes. “No.”

His eyes flinched like he knew I was lying. “Again.” When he punched, he took in breaths through his nose and let out three sharp grunts. It took my mind somewhere else in the bedroom… until the three hits stung so hard on my arms, but I gritted my teeth and took it. “Did that hurt?”

Fuck yes. “No.”

He let out a big sigh and put his arms down as he stood straight. “Listen, the thing about sparring, it’s about control and trust.” I swallowed. “If you aren’t honest with each other, it’s not safe for either of you. Sparring is a relationship. You have to be honest, and I know those hits hurt, because even though I was holding back, I know my hits and I wasn’t gentle.”

Nothing like being caught in my own lies. “Okay, fine.” I sighed.

He got back in his stance and threw the same hits at me again. “Now, did that hurt?” He watched me and was staring me down.

“Yes.” I sighed.


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is one of those epic love stories that will stick with you after you’ve finished reading. It was a bit of a slow start, but once getting past 20%, I couldn’t put this book down.

Daze discovers at a very young age that her mother has been beating her little brother, Dem, and has had major temper problems ever since. When Dem turns 18, they leave and begin a life on their own. Dem is in college to become a lawyer and meets Dean, who is able to get Daze a job. The only way that Daze is able to control her temper is by taking it out on a punching bag, which is where she meets Bullet. Bullet is a super sexy alpha male who has set his sights on Daze. When someone from Daze’s past winds up owing money to the wrong people, Bullet steps in to help, but when Daze finds out his past with the organization that her friend owes the money to, things get dicey.

This book is definitely a fast-paced drama and once you make it past that first 20%, you’re not going to want to put it down. I loved each of the characters in this book, especially Daze and Dem, their bond is unique and I love the set-up for the next book. I look forward to book two!

I love to write! I LOVE to read! Sometimes I have to balance it out... No. Don't read that... write...but then if the book calls to me, I have to stop writing to finish the book...HA! Go figure! I love green tea in the mornings...yes tea... not coffee... tea. Don't get me wrong, I love coffee too...BUT I LOVE tea waaaay more!  I love straws... don't judge, but I just have to have a straw when I drink things...I don't know why.

I love CAKES! Red velvet...mmmm... Chocolate too! Cookies... ok gotta stop or I'm gonna make myself hungry. I love animals, especially my cat, Bongo-Bongo... yes... I love double names too. And of course, last, BUT NOT least, my wonderful soul of a mate husband... yeah, I said it... soul mate... husband.  But hey, I still can swoon over book boyfriends!!

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Into the Nothing by BT Urruela Blog Tour

Xander Evans has been on the road for many years. Never settling. Always moving from one place to another, unable to let go of his past. He lived a tragic childhood, spending most of those years in foster care. He's never felt like he's had a home. That is until he stops in the small town of Truman Valley, Missouri, where he meets a woman who will change everything he's ever known.

Paige Watson has it all. A loving family, beautiful home, and a great career. The only thing she's love. After escaping an abusive relationship, she opens her heart up to a stranger. He is unlike any man she's ever met. He came into her life and turned it completely upside down. Everything is perfect. That is, until one fateful night.

A night that would tear the Watson family apart, never to be put back together again.

A night that would send Xander away to prison for life.

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"How about twenty questions?" I ask.

"I hate twenty questions."

"How about five questions, then?"

He cracks a smile and lifts an eyebrow. "How about three?"


"So, have I mentioned how much I fucking hate Tuesdays?" Brandi's voice cuts right between us. Xander looks relieved.

Me? Not so much. "Damn it, Brandi!"


"Oh nothing. Can you grab me Fireball though? Pretty please. Two of them." I look at Xander. "You're taking one."

"Three. I am too, bitch! Fuck Tuesdays!" Brandi calls out from across the bar as she begins filling the shot glasses from the Fireball chiller.

"Question one. You said you’ve been traveling for a while now, right? Do you ever get tired of it? Ever feel like settling?”

"Damn. Starting out with the heavy hitters, huh?" He eyes the shot glasses as if hoping it will somehow make them fill faster.

"Need me to go easier on you? Maybe a finger or two first before I go in with the whole fist?"

He looks at me in disbelief. "Did you really just say that?"

"Just answer the question, two fingers or three?"

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First I would like to say, "Thank You for Your Service B.T. Urruela!"

Now on to my review. The story starts with Xander in prison for a crime he didn't commit, or so he says, he says he was set up. Then we go back a few months to the beginning, where Xander meets the Watson family and their story begins. The Watsons own a winery in Missouri and while Xander is passing through Truman Valley and at a bar, he notices a woman walk in with an older man. Shortly after, a very drunk man starts pawing at her and Xander does the only thing he knows, protects the woman. When the older man introduces himself, he is Jack Watson and soon offers Xander a job for a few months at the winery. Which is good with Xander, he could use some cash. Xander is a drifter and he is headed to Washington to see his sister, who he hasn't seen in over 20 years, so what is a few more months.

Paige is drawn to Xander even though she knows nothing about him. She wants to learn it all though. With a rotten ex who was into drugs and beating her, she needs a stable, caring, and protective man in her life. She thinks she might find that in Xander.

Why does Paige downplay the things her ex does with the drugs, beatings, and bullying? Will Xander realize what his drinking will cause? After Paige's mother is murdered and Xander is blamed, will Paige ever believe that he could never do that?

I found this story good at times and sometimes, not very often, it seemed to drag. And why was Paige on Xander about his drinking when she and her whole family were drinkers? I understand the thing about drinking and driving, but still.

This is a first for me from B.T. Urruela and I can't wait to read more from him.

3.5 Stars
Don't let my 3.5 stars lead you to believe I didn't like Into the Nothing. Did I love it? No, but I did enjoy reading it. It was suspenseful and not your typical romance story.

The prologue captures your interest from the first paragraph. Xander Evans finds himself in prison for a murder he didn't commit. He knows he was set up, but pleads guilty anyway. Paige is just out of a relationship, and finds Xander's straightforward attitude intriguing. There is an instant connection between them.

I was totally hooked into the plot line, but then it lost me somewhere. I found Xander interesting, but something was missing for me. I loved the suspense aspect of the story line and appreciated the non-traditional ending. I am interested in seeing what comes next.

BT Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman's Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he's a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the military romance novel A Lover's Lament and will be releasing his debut solo novel, Into the Nothing, on June 21st, 2016.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Ramping Up by Zoe Dawson

The world of extreme sports just got a little steamier! Zoe Dawson’s pulse-pounding, emotional series follows the wily young female agents of Mavrick Allstars as they chase their dreams—and meet the chiseled athletes who make them come true.

Helena “Lena” Mavrick is ready to prove that she can play with the big boys. Working at her father’s internationally renowned agency, Mavrick Allstars, Lena sets her sights on one of the most coveted phenoms out there: a twenty-four-year-old surfer caught ripping it in a viral skateboarding video. Signing him would be a huge win—and his marketing appeal isn’t the only thing that makes Lena’s heart skip a beat. Trouble is, fraternizing with the client is against company policy.

Professional surfer Gunner Smith lives under the absolute control of his coach—until he takes the ultimate risk and starts over as a skateboarder. Gunner swore he wouldn’t give up his freedom again, but Lena’s out-of-the-blue offer makes him think long and hard. She’s smart, she’s bold, she’s got sponsors lined up around the corner—plus she’s drop-dead gorgeous. He’s just not sure his coach will let him get away that easily, because he’s not just Gunner’s coach, he’s also his father.

Gunner is used to hiding his tortured past. But when his steamy affair with Lena threatens their future, he must decide whether he will sacrifice everything for the woman who’s stolen his heart.

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I’m excited for this new Mavrick series; this was a fantastic start. I really enjoyed reading Ramping Up, it’s fast paced, sexy, and has a great group of interesting characters.

Gunner Smith has been pushed into being a professional surfer by his abusive father since he was a child. As an adult, he’s still letting his father run his life to protect his mother and sister, who ran away years prior when the abuse became too much. Gunner hates surfing and is mostly miserable, but skateboarding is his release. When a video of his talented skateboarding gets put online, Gunner’s career as a skateboarder begins. Helena Mavrick is a determined sports agent, and when a family friend calls and asks her to look into the video of Gunner Smith, Helena knows she’ll do anything to sign him, but when they meet the attraction is immediate. Though they begin to explore a relationship, they have to keep it hidden from everyone so that Helena doesn’t put her company in jeopardy. Add in a drunk father who won’t go away, an ex-agent who won’t take no for an answer, and a group of crazy best friends, and this makes for a pretty great read.

I think my favorite characters in this book were Helena’s two best friends. I do hope that their stories are the next books released in this series. I also really enjoy that though I don’t know a lot about skateboarding, Zoe Dawson does a fantastic job of explaining without making the reader feel like a kindergartner, which I appreciated. This can be read as a stand-alone and I love that it has a happily ever after!

This is the first in a new series, and I will definitely be on the lookout for book two! I'm a big fan of sports romances, and Ms. Dawson has done a fabulous job of bringing the world of both a sports agency and skateboarding to life. Setting a romance between a top agent, who works for her dad, and a one-time surfer, now possible skateboarder who was bullied by his dad, is inspired.

They are a delicious pair of characters, who are shaped by their past, but both open to the hopes of a future. I loved the use of parallels, of the promise of future stories, and that logic and intelligence were used to complement love and feelings. It is a feel good read, with some drama, and some cuteness that kept me turning the pages until I knew that all would work out – which is what we want, after all!

Zoe Dawson had always dreamed of becoming a full-time romance writer, and with determination, persistence, and a little luck that wish came true. Her other passions include traveling the world, owning a beach house (she believes she was a mermaid in another life), and seeing her books as movies. When she’s not writing, she’s painting or killing virtual MMORPG monsters in World of Warcraft. She lives in North Carolina with her two grown children and one small, furry gray cat.

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What She Wants by BA Tortuga

Calleigh and Adrian might have an open relationship, but she’s tired of staying home. She wants Adrian, and his lover Packer, to be all hers.

Calleigh and Adrian have always had an open marriage. Adrian being on the road all the time has made it easy for them to have separate lives, but neither of them acted on their agreement to see other people until Adrian met fellow Aussie and force of nature, Packer Stevens.

Now Packer and Adrian are always together, and Calleigh is left at home, missing her man. When Calleigh decides she’s not going to let Adrian go without a fight, she comes up with what she thinks is the perfect plan. She hits the spa, and the gym, and sets out to find her inner buckle bunny, intent on getting her bullrider back, and maybe on impressing Packer a little, too. She heads out on the road, ready to fight for her husband.

What Calleigh doesn’t understand is that her plan will be wildly successful, and also the hardest thing she’s ever done in her life. Packer is more than willing to play, but he’s as complicated as Calleigh is emotional. As much as he loves Calleigh and Packer, and the sexy games they play, Adrian has to try to set things right, but can he find a way to give Calleigh what she wants, and make everyone else happy at the same time?

Reader Advisory: This book contains some scenes of M/M/F intimacy and anal sex.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing. This book can be read as a stand alone novel but is related to the Roughstock Sweethearts series.

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To date, I’ve only read the M/M romances in Tortuga’s Roughstock series. After reading What She Wants, I’ll be adding the Roughstock Sweethearts to my reading list because the author is clearly just as talented when it comes to writing the M/F side of rodeo romances. Yes, this is a ménage romance between a woman and two bisexual men (hallelujah!), but relationships have to form between them as couples and as a trio, so we have two M/F relationships, a M/M relationship, and the MFM/MMF relationship, and Tortuga writes them all wonderfully.

Usually, I don’t reread a blurb before I begin a book I signed up to review, simply because I want to be able to read it without any expectations and just enjoy the journey the author takes me on. However, for some reason, I reread the blurb before beginning What She Wants and I strongly urge you to do the same because the blurb serves as kind of a prologue that sets the stage for the story as Tortuga wastes no time in getting right to the action. In fact, the book opens with Adrian and Packer in bed together – at first sleeping, but as they wake and begin to shift and stretch, the friction becomes too much to resist, and I had to agree with Calleigh’s assessment that they made a pretty sight to behold. Despite the rocky start that accompanied Calleigh’s demands to join her husband on the road, the trio quickly found their rhythm together and it was HOT!!! But when their relationship gets notice from a jealous quarter and Calleigh is told her behavior is threatening the men’s livelihood, she takes off, leaving the men to make their way together, while she deals with an unexpected surprise. Will Adrian and Packer be happy returning to a relationship with just the two of them? Or will they cowboy up, figure out how to rope their filly back in, and tie her to them for good?

I absolutely loved this book. Saying that, I feel I should note that there is a LOT of sex in What She Wants, far more than I’m accustomed to in Tortuga’s M/M Roughstock romances. That is neither a complaint, nor an indication that the book is lacking a plot or storyline. The sex seems to take center stage because Calleigh is not only resurrecting her relationship with her husband, Adrian, but she’s also embarking upon a relationship with Packer, her husband’s boyfriend and best friend. But Tortuga does an excellent job of very subtly working the story in within and between the sex scenes, so while I suspect the book will appeal to those readers looking for some hot ménage action, it will also appeal to those readers who need to feel a connection between the characters and enjoy watching relationships develop. Although What She Wants takes place in the Roughstock universe, it is a standalone and can be read and enjoyed without having read any of the other books in the series. If you have read other books in the series, you’ll have fun seeing the cameo appearances by other characters, but their storylines are not furthered in this book. For me, the downside to reading What She Wants is that I now have another series – Roughstock Sweethearts – to add to my “To Be Read” list.

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her wife, Julia, her best friend, Sean, and coffee. Lots of good coffee.

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Rebel Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the second installment in a deliciously erotic trilogy begun in Wolf Bride, set against the sumptuous backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court by Elizabeth Moss.

He is under her spell...

Hugh Beaufort, favored courtier of King Henry VIII, likes his women quiet and biddable. But Susannah Tyrell is neither of these things. She is feisty, beautiful, opinionated and brave. And Hugh is fascinated by her-despite himself.

When Susannah pulls an outrageous stunt and finds herself lost in the wilds of England, Hugh must go to her rescue. Neither of them is prepared for the dangers that lie in wait. But most deadly of all is their forbidden desire for one another. Hugh has long held himself in check, but even his iron will has its limits as they remain alone together in the forest, far from the restraints of court...

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5 page-turning stars.

Last night, I had planned to read Rebel Bride for review, and ended up reading through the night into this morning and finishing Rose Bride as well. To say this series is a page-turner would be an understatement.

Backtracking through events during Wolf Bride at court, Rebel Bride was quite a treacherous time to live in, during the beheading of Anne Boleyn and the reign of Jane Seymour.

I just want to mention a few things about the author. Ms. Moss has the ability to make me an emotional wreck while reading. To say I believe in equality would be an understatement – not where you tear down a group to bring down the playing field to your level, but to truly be equal in all ways. So this series, set in this era, with its lack of women's rights, leaves me feeling powerless as I turn the pages. Powerless is not an emotion I enjoy, but one must feel discomfort in order to truly empathize.

In all three books in this series I've read, I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would send their daughter to court, nor why they would raise their sons to behave in such a matter. (I'm not entirely sure if this is accurate, but I'm actually terrified to find it valid.) Powerless prey vs empowered predators. Know there is a constant fear of the characters being taken against their consent on every page, then being blamed for it. It's very stressful. I'm not saying this lightly. This level of fear is on every page.

Susannah was a strong character, who fought all societal rules, wishing to have the rights of a man when she was a woman in the man's world. The thought that she would be owned by a man from birth to death rankled her. Her father was abusive by today's standards, but the norm back then. It was a bitter pill to swallow as I read to see how no matter what, the girl was at fault.

Misguided, Susannah believed a mistress had more freedom of choice, which we learn during Margerie's perils in book three, is not a wise idea. After being struck by her father, who promised her elderly fiancé would 'take her in hand,' she ran away, doing many, many stupid things along the way. Not damsel in distress stupid, just TSTL stupid. I appreciated how she dressed as a boy and preferred to be dressed that way for the freedom it offered. Her reasons for running were not unfounded, as the dogs were treated with more respect.

Hugh was a strong character, yet he was also still a male who acted as his peers, blaming Susannah for making him feel as he did, for being in situations she was in, for even the King finding her 'interesting,' all situations that were created by men as traps for the women.

As I said, this is a page-turner filled with court intrigue to a beyond stressful level. Ladies were fragile beings meant to be protected and never left alone to their own devices, yet they were preyed upon constantly at court, which was a contradiction that I am sure was a true reality. One character was arrested for seducing a maid, which I found odd since no one batted an eyelash against attempted rape or actual rape, or seduction actually. It was like the book should have had a tagline: protect your daughters from the likes of us, but know we will use this against you at any time, and only arrest those that suit our agenda. As I said, stressful.

Stress aside, it was also a hot book – erotic level scorching heat.

Recommended to fans of historical romance, but realize this is not a light and fluffy read. Darker, with more steam.

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From her earliest years, Elizabeth Moss knew she wanted to be a writer. Now she writes historical romance with a hot, sexy twist. Elizabeth was born into a literary family in Essex, and currently lives in the South-West of England with her husband and young family.

She also writes commercial fiction as Victoria Lamb (historicals) and Beth Good (contemporary rom coms).

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rebel Bride (Lust in the Tudor Court #2) by Elizabeth Moss to read and review.