Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Big, Bad Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden


An intensely sexy Billionaire Fairy Tales standalone novel by Jackie Ashenden that is billionaire romance meets Little Red Riding Hood with a happily ever after.

Wicked. Ruthless. Obsessed.

Sent away from his family as a boy because he couldn’t be controlled, Rafe DeSantis’s new guardian turned him into a monster. One who wants only two things out of life: To get revenge on the father who destroyed his life. And to possess the woman who was kept from him. Ella Hart has been his obsession for years, and now that he’s her guardian he’s finally in position to black mail her into his bed. And once he has her there? He’s going to eat her up.

Innocent. Alone. Hunted.

Ella has been living with her grandmother since the death of her parents when she was a child. She’s learned to pour her grief and pain into dance, and it’s become her escape. Her passion. Now she’s set her sights on a prestigious dance school in Paris. But there’s one problem. Ella was so young when her parents died, her money was left in the hands of the DeSantis family…and it’s now controlled by Rafe. A man she’s always found compelling and terrifying at the same time. Rafe offers her an ultimatum: Give herself to him, body and soul, and she’ll get the money she needs.

Ella isn’t in a position to refuse, though she tries to resist the sexy billionaire. It feels good, until her heart becomes involved. Does the big bad billionaire want to capture her heart? Or does he only want to own her body?

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Rafe is home now, back for revenge and his obsession. He was sent away when he was younger because his family deemed him "unworthy" and "unruly." However, he has had years of resentment and hatred building, and when he comes home he does so with a plan to take over and destroy.

Ella is alone, and while she is content when she's on the stage, she is lonely. When she was younger, she was told by a lot of people to stay away from Rafe, the problem child. When her parents died, Rafe's father became her guardian and has helped her achieve her goals since then.

What Ella doesn't realize is that Rafe now holds the keys to her future and he's perfectly happy to use whatever means necessary to get what he wants – and he wants Ella.

While I found his methods to be suspect and somewhat harsh, to watch the two of them overcome their issues was fairly profound for both of them. Ella realizes that she does indeed love Rafe and Rafe realizes that he can overcome his past and someone can love him for who he is – not the perception he gives off.

There is a lot of angst in this story and while I found Rafe to be somewhat of a bully, in the end, when you learn more about him, he does try to redeem himself a little with Ella's help.



Jackie Ashenden lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids and two cats. When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband. Her books include Hollywood Blackmail, In Bed with the Billionaire, Kidnapped by the Billionaire and Make you Mine.

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Lure of Oblivion by Suzanne Wright


Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.

As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.

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Jordan☆☆☆☆
I have read several of the books in Suzanne Wright’s The Phoenix Pack series and The Mercury Pack series and I’ve always found them enjoyable reads. Although Lure of Oblivion (The Mercury Pack #3) can be read as a standalone, I think it’s best enjoyed in order, but not necessary if you wanna cut straight to book #3. Also, since The Mercury Pack is a spin-off series from The Phoenix Pack, be prepared to have some characters from the previous books make appearances. Now, I had some minor reservations about Lure of Oblivion because I wasn’t overly fond of Force of Temptation (The Mercury Pack #2). It just didn’t quite entice me in the same way as Wright’s books usually do. However, I had nothing to worry about because Wright once again easily lured me into her story! I have grown fond of all these characters throughout the series and I love the way she always finds a way to weave them back in to give us an update on their lives.

Lure of Oblivion follows the story of Gwen Miller, a human who takes a stand to protect a lone female shifter who was assaulted and harassed. Luckily, Zander Devlin, an enforcer for the Mercury pack, happens to be staying at the inn where Gwen works and he’s taken a sudden interest in the situation and in Gwen.

I loved Gwen because she was such a strong and independent female character and she had no trouble going toe to toe with Zander. Also, I was so excited to read Zander’s story and the chemistry between him and Gwen was perfect! Lure of Oblivion was another great addition to Wright’s Mercury Pack series and I can’t wait for Wright’s next book!


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I love this series and how the author blends new stories and older characters together seamlessly, and Zander's story is no exception.

Zander's wolf is scarred as is the man. When he meets Gwen, he doesn't understand why his wolf shies away. Gwen is strong, fights for what's right, and is loyal to a fault.

Gwen spent most of her childhood wondering why her mother didn't stand up to her stepfather, why she continued to let him abuse her. The best thing that ever happened to her was being taken away from mother and placed in foster care. Ever since, she's stood up for what's right even if she pays a heavy price.

She likes Zander, but doesn't understand what he sees in her. She's human after all. She knows that his wolf is wary of her and she believes it because she is human.

However, when Gwen's life is threatened by outside forces, Zander's wolf comes to her aid, forging a bond that cannot be broken.


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Suzanne Wright can’t remember a time when she wasn’t creating characters and telling their tales. Even as a child in England, she loved writing poems, plays, and stories. As an adult, Wright is the author of the novel From Rags, the Deep in Your Veins novels, the Dark in You series, and the Phoenix Pack series. Lure of Oblivion is the third novel in her Mercury Pack series. Wright, who lives in Liverpool with her husband and two children, freely admits that she hates housecleaning and can’t cook... but always shares chocolate.

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Dirty Scoundrel by Jessica Clare


In a sizzling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Dirty Money, there’s rich, and then there’s filthy rich when an oil tycoon takes being a roughneck billionaire to a new level.

Clay Price has everything he’s ever wanted, except the one thing money can’t buy—Natalie Weston. Years ago, Clay and Natalie were in love... until she turned down his marriage proposal. Now Clay and his brothers are oil-rich billionaires, and they can have whatever they want. And what Clay wants is Natalie in his bed, no matter what it takes. If it means being ruthless, he’ll do it.

Natalie gave up on true love years ago when the realities of the world destroyed her fairy-tale hopes. Giving up Clay is her biggest regret in life, and she’s excited to see him return... until she finds out why. Clay’s got one hell of a proposal for her: he’ll save her father’s business and bail Natalie out of debt if she’ll agree to become his very personal assistant. It’s clear that he wants more from her than just typing.

It’s also clear that Natalie has no choice. This scoundrel’s bet could destroy any hope they had of reconciliation—or it could bring them together once and for all...

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Mary Jo☆☆☆
To me, the characters in this book just didn't "click." The premise of the story is a tried and true one, but I find it hard to believe that in the days of social media and the internet that they hadn't at least looked each other up at some point during the past seven years.

Another sticking point for me is that as independent as Natalie is, that she agrees to Clay's outlandish offer. And Clay, a newly made billionaire, waits a long time after getting his money to go back and flaunt it to Natalie?

I wanted to like this book more than I did and I'm not sure if I will read they next one in the series.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jessica Clare writes under three pen names. As Jessica Clare, she writes erotic contemporary romances, including the Billionaire Boys Club novels and the Hitman novels with Jen Frederick. As Jessica Sims, she writes fun, sexy shifter paranormals, and as Jill Myles, she writes a little bit of everything, from sexy, comedic urban fantasy to fairy tales gone wrong.

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Tempted & Taken by Rhenna Morgan


Live hard, f*ck harder and make their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six Men of Haven bleed by: taking what they want, always watching each other's backs and loving the women they claim with unyielding tenderness and fierce passion.

There's no code Knox Torren can't break. He knows no limits when it comes to uncovering intel, especially on anyone who crosses his family. But a skip tracer with a sketchy history presents a puzzle he can't solve. When he finally meets the statuesque blonde with the intoxicating Russian accent, he'll try anything to unearth her secrets.

Darya Volkova has been living under an assumed identity for years. Searching for a job that will take her out of the dangerous life she's built, she has her sights set on Knox: the best hacker in the business. From their first meeting, though, something far more intimate than a professional connection develops.

Darya must overcome still-healing wounds to trust that Knox will take care of her in all the ways she needs. And Knox will do whatever it takes to make sure whatever—or whomever—she's running from never touches his woman again.


One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise!

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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I would definitely recommend that you read the previous books in this series, as the brothers are all very involved in each story and their dynamics are important.

This is Knox's story and he has always been kind of a loner. You know snippets about him, but really you just see that he's a great protector of the people he loves. He is also completely brilliant with computers and code.

JJ is trying to live her life to the fullest. She is also living her life for her friend who died after not being able to live a full life. When she seeks out Knox, she knows that she's taking a huge risk. JJ has a secret and knows that by exposing herself to Knox, she'll have to come clean.

Knox is drawn to JJ without really knowing why. However, he doesn't do relationships. He has short-term hookups where he doesn't need to become emotionally involved.

I loved the banter between Knox and his family. They pushed and prodded and almost teased Knox out of his shell. His brothers saw JJ for who she was and knew that she and Knox would mesh well together.

When JJ's secrets come back to get her, she has to decide whether she'll stand and fight or run again. Knox helps her with that decision and enlists his whole crew to help her as well. Knox has to know that love will conquer, and JJ has to learn to trust herself and Knox. Their relationship is hot and they have great chemistry because they have a lot in common.

I love that new members keep being added and hope more books are to come as I really enjoy this series.


Kris☆☆☆☆
Oh, these men of Haven! Who knew the geeky computer nerd would be so stinking HOT? Knox can whisper up a mean bunch of pillow talk and get your engine revving!! His alpha male, take charge persona was spot on and he was a dirty talker extraordinaire! He and Darya burned up pages when the two would get busy with some of the best scenes in this series. Throw in the Russian mafia and Darya being on the run from a crazed Russian mobster, you got yourself a very good read! Great action and great heat. Flashy Russian wedding at the end!


Mary☆☆☆☆☆
I have been waiting on Knox's story from the very first book in this series and I can say I was not disappointed. He was the one that was always stuck behind the computer screen and not much was told about him. Learning about his past kinda blew me away, but it was perfect. And who doesn't love a sexy, hot tech-savvy geek? Can he survive when the sexy Russian beauty shows up on his doorstep?

JJ/Darya is running from her past and trying to live her life to the fullest. After following or stalking Knox – take your pick – Darya knows he is the one to teach her what she needs to learn to make her mark in the world of computers. What she doesn't anticipate is that Knox will steal her heart before she knows it. But in turn, she does the same to him.

Knox has never been in a relationship but finds himself thinking about a future with Darya. Wanting to protect and provide for her, even lay down his life for her when her past comes back to haunt her. Can the brotherhood protect Darya and all the family from the devil himself? Will Knox get his happily ever after with Darya? Will Darya run to save Knox and the brotherhood from the danger chasing her?

I love everything about this series, but I think Knox is my favorite brother. The Haven Brotherhood is a perfect family of men and the women they love – and don't forget the moms who keep the men straight and fed. I love the way the men are with each other, one minute they are picking and laughing and the next it is all serious business. If you love a fantastic story with sexy, alpha males and the women who show them love, then you need to read this series. It is worth every minute and then some. I hope you love it as much as I do. I can't wait for the next one. I wonder who it will be?


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars

This is the fourth in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order to get the full experience. That said, this is a fast-paced, exciting, and very sexy book in its own right!

The Haven family is at the centre of everything that the brothers do, and they will do anything and everything to protect their own. And even if Knox has sworn to never let a woman get the chance to get close enough to matter, they still support him to the hilt when the time comes. I love how he transitions from someone who protects his heart before all things, to finding that maybe his heart doesn't beat only in his chest. It is a truly beautiful story, and one which Ms. Morgan does with great style and compassion. Add in the inventive ways in which he ensures Darya's pleasure, and this book hits all the right notes.

Darya is the perfect foil for Knox and she is written in a wonderfully understated, calm, and thoughtful way, as someone who recognises her luck at being alive. Then at the same time, she and Knox have the very best banter and cheekiness that brings you back to them both being fun people.

Another hugely enjoyable installment, and as the underlying Haven story moves forward, it would seem that the opportunities for more books is increasing – which makes me very happy.


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Rhenna Morgan is a happily-ever-after addict—hot men, smart women and scorching chemistry required. A triple-A personality with a thing for lists and an almost frightening iPhone cover collection, Rhenna’s a mom to two beautiful little girls and married to an extremely patient husband who’s mastered the art of hiding the exasperated eye roll.

When she’s not neck deep in writing, she’s probably driving with the windows down and the music up loud, plotting her next hero and heroine’s adventure. (Though trolling online for man-candy inspiration on Pinterest comes in a close second.)

She’d love to share her antics and bizarre since of humor with you and get to know you a little better in the process. You can sign up for her newsletter and gain access to exclusive snippets, upcoming releases, fun giveaways and social media outlets on her website.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

All of the Above by Quinn Anderson


Brendon isn’t in a rut, per se—he just always seems to be in-between things. Jobs. Degrees. Boyfriends. He never finishes what he starts. The perfect path is out there somewhere, and if he can just figure out what it is, he’s certain everything else will fall into place.

The last thing he expects is to meet his soul mate in the pages of a magazine quiz. “Who Is Your Perfect Man?” by Matthew Kingston seems like a road map to his future husband: the author himself. Brendon may not have his life figured out, but if Matt is as romantic as his quiz, Brendon can check “true love” off his to-do list.

When Brendon fakes a meet-cute between them, Matt proves to be as wonderful as he hoped. The more Brendon gets to know him, the harder he falls. But Brendon has a confession to make: how can he explain to Matt that he arranged their “fated” meeting? Brendon can’t tell if he’s found his soul mate, heartache, or all of the above.

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Angie☆☆☆
The blurb drew me in and I couldn't wait to read this book. The story is super sweet, but in the same sense, I didn't really like the two main characters. Brendon was so arrogant and self-centered and Matt just rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. I couldn't connect with these guys. I tried, because who hasn't filled out those surveys in magazines? Well, now online. Great idea, just not good execution in my opinion. It was a fast read; even though I didn't connect or love the book, it was a fast, sweet read that I am sure lots of people will enjoy.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
This is a very sweet romantic comedy. It feels like a fiction version of a classic film romcom featuring Meg Ryan or Reece Witherspoon. It is a self-aware story – Brendon is a huge romcom fan and he takes his inspiration from the classics.

For Quinn Anderson, this is quite a departure from her Murmur’s Inc books – this is almost adorably cute and it lacks the undercurrent of edgy social commentary in her earlier books. I personally prefer the slightly darker humour in the Murmur’s Inc stories, but this is an easy, fun, and relatively low heat romance that will have a broad appeal.

Brendon is a bit of a mess. A cosmetology student by night and a mall kiosk worker by day, he’s not the most focused or driven character. His life is pretty simple. He is image conscious and pretty superficial. I’m not sure I’d be friends with him and I’d probably never date him – but he is immediately recognisable and he’s an original and quirky choice for a leading man.

I feel like I have dated Matt before – and regretted it. Brendon falls for his sophisticated hipster tastes, but I couldn’t get past his judgemental attitude. However, as much as these two men aren’t for me, they are pretty perfect together.

Beyond Brendon and Matt, I really loved Brendon’s friends, Sasha and Areesh. The couple’s dubious dating advice adds humour to the story and they somehow make Brendon a bit more likeable.

This is a fun and sweet romantic comedy. It’s a little bit too cute for me, but it is well written and there will be many readers who will fall in love with Brendon and Matt’s story.


Erica☆☆☆☆
4.5 Stars

Brendon is a stylist-in-training, having too much time on his hands working at a mall kiosk. While taking a quiz in a local magazine, he feels drawn to the man who created it, Matt. The quiz mentioned Brendon's favorite places, date locations, and spoke to his heart.

Brendon becomes a stalker, adding an awkward hilarity to the novella. I suffered from a few bouts of vicarious embarrassment alongside Brendon as he hunted down Matt.

In this sweet yet awkward novella, the reader is taken on a full journey, proving love is perfect, but the ones in love are perfectly flawed for each other.

Brendon and Matt are a good balance, with a few stumbles along the way that added a realistic edge to the story.

The author hit many emotional notes for me, focusing heavily on the couple and no outside forces. I blushed and covered my face with Brendon, and Matt even had my heart skipping a few beats, in both pain and happiness.

Recommend for readers needing a sweet injection of romance, not heavy on the angst but realistically written. I cannot wait to get my hands on what the author writes next.



Quinn Anderson earned a master’s degree from the University of Dublin in Ireland and is also a University of Florida alumna with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She began writing books, poetry, and fan fiction at fourteen years of age and was first published at nineteen. Her favorite authors include Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, Tamorra Pierce, and T.A. Barron. A nerd extraordinaire, Quinn draws inspiration from pop culture and makes far too many obscure references. Quinn’s favorite thing to write is witty dialogue, and her favorite thing to read is a slow burn.

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At Your Service by Lexi Blake Blog Tour


Juliana O’Neil’s promising future was burned away in the heat of battle. She had been an officer with a bright future in the military, but now she is struggling to survive. Her husband gone and her career in shambles, she finds a job at Top as a hostess and tries to put together the pieces of her life. The last thing she needs is any kind of male attention, but she can’t help but be amused at her neighbor and coworker’s lothario antics. Not that she would have anything to do with him, at least not for more than one night.

Javier Leones doesn’t understand monogamy. No woman could ever be enough for his endless libido, but he has to admit Juliana has his attention. For reasons he doesn’t fully understand, he can’t seem to get the gorgeous redhead with the sad eyes out of his head. After one scorching night together, he realizes he’ll never be able to get her out of his system. But with his reputation, he fears she’ll never see him as more than a one-night stand.

When their passions collide, these new lovers will be forced to confront Juliana’s past and come to terms with Javier’s present. Will they find their way or will this reservation be canceled at the last minute?

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All alone with the storm. Maybe she should call Kai. And ask him to get out in the middle of this? That seemed pretty selfish especially since she knew exactly how poorly driving in storms could go.

A hard flash of white light made her jump back.

Nope. She wasn’t going there. She was going to stay in the here and now, and that meant finding a flashlight and trying to get some candles lit. Someone was out there working on getting the power back on, and then she would ride out the storm watching rom coms and falling asleep on the couch. It was going to be okay. Deep breath. It was going to be okay.

A few moments later she’d found her one flashlight and had a nice set of candles out, and she was faced with the problem of lighting the suckers. Oh, she had a big box of matches, but she’d never struck a match without her left hand.

A lighter would be easier. She could figure out a lighter maybe. Jules tried holding the box against the table with her stump while she struck the match with her right hand. She fumbled, the action so unnatural it made her slip up and break the match.

And the second one.

And the third one.

Tears pierced her eyes, but she wasn’t going to shed them. She was going to figure this out or she would make due with the flashlight. It was all about adapting. That was what she had to do. Adapt.

She wasn’t going to let this beat her. Normally she was tough. It had happened and she dealt with it, but between the storm and the conversation with Suzanne the day before about her mother and the sweetness of flirting with a handsome man she couldn’t have, she was feeling awfully vulnerable. She wasn’t going to sit here in the dark and cry.

A knock on the door made her gasp and jump.

Fuck. She wasn’t like this. She hated this…this anxiety she got when it rained. It was weakness and she couldn’t abide it.

If you walk away from this you’ll ruin your life, Juliana. Don’t think I’ll watch you do it. You go through with this and you do it on your own. Am I understood?

Sometimes she felt like she was still seven years old, and if she could just get her mom’s attention everything would be okay.

Jules gripped the flashlight and walked across her apartment to the door. It was likely one of the neighbors coming to check on her. Actually, that was an excellent idea. She could go down and see if Mrs. Gleeson needed some company. There were some elderly residents she could check on and a single mom she’d met at the end of the hall. She could see if she could be of any assistance and that would get her through the night.

She opened the door expecting to see anyone but the man she saw standing there.

Javier Leones. He had a flashlight in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other. He was wearing jeans and a button down that he’d left undone enough she could see a nice swath of golden brown skin. His hair was deliciously mussed, as though he’d taken a shower and simply rubbed a towel over it to get it dry.

He was big and male and so sexy it hurt to look at him, and Jules realized she could do something else to take her mind off things.

Those plump, sensual lips of his broke into a bright smile. “I thought you might like some company. I know I would. I actually don’t have any candles, so I was sitting in my living room with this sad one flashlight. You look like a woman who likes some candles.”

But she couldn’t light them. She hadn’t figured that part out.

His face fell and he walked into her place, closing and locking the door behind him. “Hey, what’s wrong? It’s okay if you don’t have any candles. It’s cool. Two flashlights are better than one.”

He set the flashlight and wine bottle down and moved into her space, his hands coming up to cup her shoulders. “Jules, what’s wrong?”

She had to be stronger than this. She shook her head. “Nothing. I’m fine.”

His jaw tightened. “Don’t. Please don’t. I live with a stubborn asshole who won’t let me help him in any way. I get that we’ve only known each other for a few weeks, but I thought we were friends. You help me out all the time. You’re kind to me. Fucking let me be kind to you. I spend every day trying to help someone who won’t let me. Please let me feel like I’m worth something.”

If he’d said anything else, joked about the weather or told her to suck it up, she could have, but he’d opened a door. He’d been vulnerable and honest, and she found she couldn’t pay that back with stubbornness.

“I have candles and I can’t figure out how to light them.” Tears rolled down her face. She was vulnerable. All the time. Even when she pretended like she wasn’t.

“You can’t…” he began and then he looked down. Instead of stepping back and giving her space, he drew his hand down her arm, warming her skin where he touched her. It was dark but the moon was full and gave enough light to see the outline of his face. There was no look of horror there. He caressed her arm until he got to the place where she’d been split apart and sewn back together unwhole. He brought it up and wrapped it against his palm, his fingers closing around it until the whole thing was surrounded with his warmth. “You haven’t figured out how to do it yet. Probably hasn’t come up or you would know what to do. How long since you lost your hand?”

“A year and a half,” she said. He was touching her there. No one had touched her there except her doctors and therapists.

Come to think of it, no one had touched her at all since before the accident. Had it really been so long since she’d felt warm flesh against her own? He was so close, close enough that all she would have to do was go up on her toes to brush her lips against his.

Would that be wrong? As long as she remembered who she was dealing with, why couldn’t she take a few moments of respite for herself? If he wanted her.






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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance with hints of BDSM
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Juliana is coping with the twists and turns that her life has taken. When things became too much and her life was planned out for her, she decided to enlist and turned away from the empire that her mom was building, and instead found herself and her own path in the military. Now, after being discharged due to an injury, she finds herself at a loss for where she wants her life to head now.

Javier has a reputation where he works as a man who enjoys a good time, but someone who won't share his heart with anyone. Despite that reputation, he finds himself drawn to Juliana for a reason he can't quite figure out. When his brother comes to live with him after suffering a double amputation from a battle, Javier has to rethink some of his priorities.

Javier and Juliana both have secrets, both are trying to figure out where their lives are going and each has something to give. When Javier and Juliana share a night of passion, Javier wants more than he's ever wanted before. However, Juliana believes that she's just another conquest and writes it off.

This is the first relationship that Javier has wanted and Juliana makes him work for it. I really enjoyed watching Javier work and come to terms with his own issues. Juliana also had issues, and it was resolved in a good manner – I didn't feel that she was left hanging on her own issues. I liked these two as a couple.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
If you have never read any of this series before, then I do recommend them all to you – and your experience of this book would be richer for knowing the rationale and understanding behind what many of the gang say to both Javier and Jules in this story. But it is also an excellent read in its own right. And having enjoyed it, you will find that you have a wonderful collection of books to add to your reading list.

Juliana used the Navy to escape her mother, but ended up losing the ability to do the thing she loved the most, cooking. She has found herself in a hostess role in Top, which keeps her near food, but is also frustrating her. The fact that she is attracted to chef Javier does not help. His womanising ways are not an attraction, but nearly everything else about him is. I admired how positive she was about her position, even if it was only on the surface – and it contrasted well with Javier's brother.

Completely blindsided by how Jules has got under his skin, Javier has to work out how he is going to get the girl. It is fun watching the other guys tease him, and remember how many of them had to fight to get their girl too. His dom talents are not used to exploit the situation, instead he is very mindful of Jules' needs and kinky play is very carefully introduced. It would be fun to see them grow in future installments.

Loved catching up with old friends, seeing two more people who needed each other connect and become integrated as a couple in the wider family. A definite feel good novel in the series, without too much angst!






New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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The Roswell Affair by Anne Bordeaux


The Dirty Bits from Carina Press give you what you want, when you want it. Designed to be read in an hour or two, these sex-filled micro-romances are guaranteed to pack a punch and deliver a happily-ever-after.

Roswell, New Mexico
1947


Seven feet tall. Dark skin. Blue luminescent tattoos. Do they cover his entire body?

Katharine Leigh Parker’s orders are the last things on her mind when she sees him. She went from fetching coffee to communicating with an honest-to-god alien in barely a day. But this was no little green man.

First contact happens right there with him—Breccon Tallel—still chained to the table, their fated bond overshadowing her analytical mind. Her duty.

Breccon promises Katharine pleasures unlike any she’s experienced if she frees him. The scientist in her weighs the risks. The human fears the unknown. But the desire—the need—in her knows she’ll give in to whatever Breccon asks.

For those times when size does matter. The Dirty Bits from Carina Press: Quick and dirty, just the way we like it.

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Ruthie☆☆☆
I was intrigued both by the subject and the promise of the naughty bits only in this short romance. I was quite impressed by how much historical fact was intertwined with the story of the extraterrestrial arrival. The fact that Katharine could take her fill, due to Breccon being chained to the table, made for some very welcome turnabouts with regards to the usual power dynamics.

It is exactly what it claims to be, perfect for a couple of hours of sexy escapism. I shall look out for more in the series.



After disappointing her family and deciding not to become a lawyer, Anne decided to disappoint them even further by becoming a published author. She currently lives in London with her boyfriend, a library full of World War II biographies, and every Star Wars movie on DVD.

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