Monday, March 18, 2019

Play to Win by Kelly Jamieson

Meet the Wynns—a hockey dynasty built on family, money, and drama. From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson, the first novel in a new series is a total win-win.

After an injury forced Théo Wynn to give up professional hockey, he turned to his second love: numbers. Now, as the general manager of his grandfather’s NHL team, the Los Angeles Condors, Théo is dying to prove to the rest of his family—especially the brother who betrayed him—that he’s just as successful as the rest of them. If only Théo had a gorgeous woman on his arm to complete the picture...

Lacey Olson needs to get out of Las Vegas right now, thanks to her no-good, crooked brother. When a handsome stranger who’s out partying with friends comes to her rescue in the cocktail lounge where she works, they strike up a conversation that leads to a crazy plan: her leaving with Théo for L.A. tomorrow. A few drinks later, the idea gets even crazier: a quickie marriage that works for both of them.

But back in California, Lacey immediately turns Théo’s precise, well-ordered life into one big beach party. And before long, she’s tempting him with her smart mouth, sexy body, and sunny charm. The last thing Théo needs is a real relationship to distract him. Because he only plays to win...

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“This is going to be so nice.” She dips a hand into the water. “Hot.”

“That’s the idea.” I clear my scratchy throat.

The hot tub is built in, with two steps up to it. Lacey climbs them, giving me a stellar view of her ass, barely covered by the scrap of red Lycra, then lowers herself into the water and wades into a corner. She lets out a long sigh as she sinks into a seat. “Lovely.”

I leap in and submerge myself to hide the wood I’m suddenly sporting. The hot water closes around me. I’m in the opposite corner to Lacey, nowhere near enough to touch her. Except our feet. My toes brush hers when I stretch my legs out.

She leans her head back and closes her eyes. “Oh my God, this is wonderful.”

“It’s pretty nice.”

“I can just feel the tension melting out of me.”

“Yeah. Wait. What tension? We had fun today.”

“Oh, you know. Just normal stuff.”

“Like what?”

She sighs. “I’m still worried about Chris.”

“Have you heard any more from him?”

“I texted him yesterday, and he did reply and said he’s fine. I think he’s mad at me.”

“He has no fucking right to be mad at you.”

One corner of her mouth kicks up. “I know.”

“When we left Vegas, you were pissed at him for trying to pimp you out and disappearing, and you were strong enough to cut him loose to stand on his own two feet.”

“Yeah. But I still worry about him.”

I wade through the water over to crouch in front of her. I take her hands and squeeze them. “You’re being the strong one, you know. You’re doing the right thing.”

“As long as he doesn’t end up dead.”

Ugh. That is a concern. I wish I could fix things for her. “He won’t. And I for one am glad you’re here, and safe.”

She leans forward and plants a kiss on my mouth. My body zooms to attention, going still other than my dick which swells and twitches. It’s a chaste, closed-mouth kiss that lasts a few seconds, then she draws back and says, “Thank you.”

I stare at her, my body tingling, blood rushing hot through my veins. Her expression changes, her eyes darkening, her lips parting. I study that mouth. I want to feel it on mine again. I want to taste her. I want her warm wet curves pressed up against me, especially one part of me that’s throbbing with need.


I shift closer, sloshing water, to find her waist. I clasp my hands on her and her knees part to let me closer. I’m weirdly weightless in the water. She sets her hands on my shoulders.

“Kiss me again,” I quietly order.

Her eyelids drift down and she leans forward. Our mouths come together in another kiss, this one gentler, our lips clinging, until I open mine on hers, coaxing her to open to me too. I lick inside, tasting her sweetness, swallowing her soft moan.

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This is a book more about being yourself than romance. While there is a romance, I really enjoyed watching the put-together Théo take a walk on the wild side with Lacey. She was able to bring out the goofball side of his personality and it was fun to see them have fun.

Lacey is hoping to get out of town when her twin brother puts her in a very dangerous and vulnerable position. Théo just happens to be there to help her with that.

What these two begin is a journey of discovery, friendship, and love. It was a funny story and full of jokes and laughter. I really liked how Lacey was able to get Théo to not take himself so seriously. It's a quick read that leaves you feeling good afterwards. I really want to see books for Taylor and JP, as I think they have very interesting books coming. I can't wait!

4.5 stars

This is the first book in a new hockey series and what a beginning it is. This is Théo and Lacey's story and it is fun, caring, lustful, family drama, and full of love.

Théo Wynn is part of the Wynn family and hockey dynasty, he played hockey until an injury took him off the ice for good. Now his grandfather wants him to be general manager of the Los Angeles Condors. While grandpa thinks he can push Théo into being a yes man, Théo will make his own decisions about the team. Before he leaves Vegas, his team takes him out for a goodbye celebration and he meets Lacey. She is their waitress and he is drawn to her.

Lacey Olson isn't having a good life. After her mother died, her twin brother was supposed to help her with the bills and help pay the debts owed. But he is more worried about gambling the money away and winning big than getting paid the honest way by getting a real job.

When things suddenly go wrong and Lacey needs to get out of Vegas, Théo has the perfect plan. She should go to L.A. with Théo until it is safe for her to go back to Vegas. After several drinks, a quick Vegas wedding and they are on their way. Lacey has a way out of town and Théo has a beautiful woman on his arm.

Can Théo and Lacey keep the relationship casual without fall for each other? Will Lacey's problems from Vegas come looking for her in L.A.? Will Théo show his grandfather that he can be a good manager for the Condors?

I love a good sports romance and this one was great, it kept me reading and left me wanting more. I can't wait for the next one. If you are looking for a new hockey series, then this one is it, hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

This is the first book in a new series and has quite a significant amount of world building it in, as the Wynn dynasty is somewhat complicated and definitely fractured! Théo, who is the lead in this story, is learning that his change of employer brings on some unexpected revelations about the family dynamics. I enjoyed this side of the story, but do be ready to get your head around the players in this new series - and then there are the hockey stars!

As we get to meet Théo and Lacey and have knowledge of their whole relationship from evening one, it is useful that we get both their sides of the story. There is really no side to either of them, they are both good people, but wow, their one night of rebellion has a significant outcome. And moving forward is both entertaining and very sweet.

Lacey is a fascinating mix of worldly and yet innocent. She has had to be such a grown up since her mother died, and her brother has really lost it when he sends his debt collectors after her. It really is true that Théo saved her from a terrible fate - but he considers that she too has given him the confidence he needed to face his family, and most especially his brother. It is therefore eminently right that they both help the other's brother to make amends.

The way in which Théo's original career had been cut short is horrible, but I loved his take on hockey, the impact of analysis, and his plans for the draft. It is setting up some very interesting stories as his team uses his systems to improve their chances of a Stanley Cup. Cannot wait!

Any fan of Jamieson would know that there would be a fabulously satisfying ending, but the journey there definitely had some interesting roadblocks. In the end though, we are set up perfectly for some more Wynn romance in the future. 

USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than forty contemporary romance novels. She writes the kind of books she loves to read—sexy romance with heat, humor, and emotion. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.

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Rewind by Rowan Shaw Blog Tour

The day Enzo Chevalier lost his hearing, everything changed. Forced to rebuild his future and fight for his dreams, Enzo refused to let anything take him down... until the man of his life walked out on him and shattered his heart.

Florian Beaudry had his whole life figured out. His business was flourishing and everything was settling down at last. Or so he believed... until he walked in on his girlfriend and best friend.

Still on the rebound and unable to trust another man, Enzo never expected a chance encounter with Florian. The one person he thought he would never see again. The one person he missed the most.

Were they truly meant to get a second chance or were they doomed from the start?

Rewind is an MM romance novel set entirely in France. Though part of a series, it is a standalone story without a cliffhanger.

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I stared at Enzo, unsure what to do or how to react. I hadn't seen him in such a long time. When I smiled at him, the deep scar on his left cheek carved into his skin as he replied with a grin of his own, along with a shy wave. I gaped like a moron. He was even more breathtaking than he used to be, taller and stronger too.

My eyes caught on the gorgeous male with his arm around Enzo's shoulders. Something inside me sank. I could either be a coward and ignore Enzo, or I could be the bigger person and ask him to join me for a drink—even if that meant watching him flirt with that hot guy all evening.

Enzo was staring back at me without moving, so I took that as my cue to beckon him forward. The man next to him raised a questioning eyebrow, but Enzo signed at him, explaining I was someone he used to know in high school. The guy crinkled his forehead and glared at me with eyes so green, I couldn't help but stare. Even their hypnotizing tint wouldn't soften the warning in his glower.

Enzo chuckled at the guy's reaction and grabbed his hand, leading him toward me. I had also forgotten how beautiful he was when he laughed. Even in my fondest memories, he had never looked as good as he did now. The scar on his face only heightened his splendor, especially since I knew what it represented. I tried hard not to gawk, but it felt so good to see him again and get confirmation he was well.

Enzo kept smiling at me shyly, but before he could reach my level, the other guy stood in the way.

"Florian, is that it?" he asked with a hint of hostility.


I held out my hand to shake his, but he snubbed me, leaning forward instead, blocking Enzo's view. "I don't remember Enzo telling me about any friends in high school. If anything, I only remember him talking about his bullies."

I clenched my teeth at the threat under his tone. "I'm not going to hurt him if that's what you're implying."

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This was a lovely surprise. It’s a second-chance romance about two high school lovers who meet again as adults. I fell in love with both Florian and Enzo immediately and I was quickly caught up in their world.

Enzo is a fascinating character. A proud member of the Deaf community, he is a successful teacher and a passionate man whose confidence has been knocked by his ex-boyfriend. I love the combination of strength and vulnerability. Florian is a struggling businessman whose confidence has been destroyed by his ex-girlfriend. I love the way these two wrestle with life’s big ideas.

There is something beautiful about Enzo and Florian’s teenage relationship and I think the story is at its best when the men reflect on the past. The connection between these two as adults is also special and I love the way they reconnect with each other.

I loved the French setting. There is just enough French scattered through the story to infuse it with a wonderful Gaelic charm without thoroughly confusing English-speaking readers.

I enjoyed this story but I do have some reservations about this book that lie with the actual writing. There are some beautiful passages (the flashbacks to Enzo and Florian’s teenage relationship are wonderful) but also some choppy, awkward conversations that don’t flow easily. I don’t feel like the supporting characters are very consistent – for example, Florian’s ex made my head spin and her actions are a little bit too over the top to be believable. There are a few plot threads that ramble without direction and the overall story arc gets a little bit lost at times.

I am on the fence about this book. I was going to give it three stars but decided on four. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I loved Enzo and Florian. I loved their relationship before and after the accident. You could tell they really loved each other and always had. I found myself at times putting the book down because it wasn't moving fast enough for me. Also, there were so many hateful things happening and hateful comments made to Enzo and Florian I just couldn't take reading too much at one time. I am sure this book is a reality for gay and bi people and that just makes me so mad, how people can be so mean and hurtful. Love is love, everyone deserves to be happy.

4 Somber Stars

Rewind is Rowan Shaw's debut novel, which captured me with the blurb from the start.

I was looking for something unique in a sea of sameness. A deaf character intrigued me, wanting to see how the author wrote him. The locale was a nice change of scenery, especially the French peppered in, without it coming off as confusing for those who don't speak the language. I'm also a sucker for second-chance romance, so I forgave myself for taking a break from working to read this novel.

The overall emotion for the novel left me feeling sad for some reason. Somber. While it wasn't a difficult read, or overly emotional, there was some mildly dark content (hate-driven speech and events), so I wouldn't call it light and fluffy either. I add this, simply because mood matters when reading a novel – choosing a book to fit the mood, so to speak.

Enzo and Florian both come off as angsty and brooding to me, with good reason, so the balance wasn't there that I generally enjoy. The past connected them, but in the present, it's similar situations that place them in each other's paths. To me, it was as if they never would have been together had others not betrayed their trust, which made it hard for me to buy into the present relationship.

Where the novel shined for me was in the past, back when Enzo and Florian were teenagers. While I appreciated what was occurring in the present, the past intrigued me more. Maybe it's my great love of the young adult genre, but I felt the past was written better than the present. Tighter, more emotion. Had the book only taken place in the present, I wouldn't have been able to buy into their relationship.

I did have a difficult time with the point-of-view switching up between the two characters, both in first-person, especially when combined with going back and forth from present to past. This offered some confusion for me, where it took a bit to distinguish who and when. Another issue for me was the pacing, story flow, sometimes slowing to a crawl.

Recommended to fans of MM romance, especially those who would like to try a new author and experience something unique. However, I caution due to the novel negativity impacting my mood by the content. I wasn't necessarily triggered, but some may be.

Rowan Shaw is a human being from Planet Earth (originally from the country of France). She's also the queer author of Rewind, an MM romance series set entirely in her home country.

Addicted to reading and writing, Rowan can usually be found with a book in her hands or sitting in front of her computer typing some kind of story while listening to music from the 80s.

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Lone Wolf by Anna Martin

Jackson Lewis isn’t a typical werewolf. He isolates himself in a small town outside Spokane and dedicates himself to making his business—Lone Wolf Brewery—a success. If it leaves him little time for romance, he’s okay with that. His soul mate could be out there somewhere, but he isn’t actively looking.

So he’s in for quite the shock when he literally bumps into his soul mate—Leo Gallagher, an adorable, nerdy, vibrant music therapist who’s Jackson’s polar opposite.

But he’s human. And a man.

Jackson is straight—or at least he’s always assumed so. Though he can’t deny his attraction to Leo, it’s a lot for both of them to deal with.

While Jackson and Leo figure out what their future might hold, they face prejudice from both the human and werewolf communities—including a group of fanatics willing to kill to show humans and werewolves don’t belong together.

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I was really excited when this book hit my Kindle, the blurb had my attention and I couldn't wait to start reading. I was honestly underwhelmed. This book didn't have any oomph to it. Jackson is a wolf and he only shifts once in the book, besides the fated mate you wouldn't really know he was a wolf. What he was, was a jerk. When he realized Leo, a gay human, was his mate his jerkiness shined and kept on shining. Leo seemed sweet but he also put up with crap I wouldn't have from Jackson. There wasn't much chemistry and I found myself not connecting with either of them. The book had potential but didn't hit the mark for me.

I’ve been in a bit of a paranormal romance mood (with a side of sci-fi romance for balance), so when one of my co-reviewers signed up to review Lone Wolf I decided to give it a look. I think this is the first Anna Martin book I’ve read and I’ll be checking out more of Martin’s work because I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s take on werewolves in this book. As I’ve been binging on shifters and vampires and weres (oh my!), I’ve never really considered what life would be like for the introverted werewolf. Right? In nearly all of the werewolf romances I’ve ever read, werewolves are, because of their pack nature, extremely sociable, gregarious even. So even though I myself am an introvert, the concept of an introverted werewolf who’d be more comfortable living a semi-isolated life never occurred to me. And that’s exactly what Martin gives us with Jackson, even if the term introvert is never used, the signs are all there and it made for a rather fascinating read.

In Jackson’s world, werewolves are out in society, living and working alongside humans. Not surprisingly, they are the target de jour for bigotry and hate-fueled attacks. Even living in one of the more werewolf-friendly places in the country, Jackson still finds himself subjected to such judgments, which only reinforces his desire to spend as little time as possible around others, especially humans. Needless to say, when he discovers his soul mate is a human – and male to boot – Jackson is less than thrilled. Having never had an inkling of attraction for a man and having faced discrimination first hand, it’s hard to say which part of Leo being his mate bothered him most. And yet, Jackson felt compelled to get to know Leo. Theirs is not an easy journey as they attempt to navigate obstacles both within their pairing and from the outside world. Despite their conflicts and differences, when push comes to shove, each man proves he’s there for his mate, ready to do what’s necessary to protect what’s his. Something that was proven more than once when an unexpected threat revealed itself.

One of the things I really like about the relationship that develops between Jackson and Leo is that Jackson warns Leo in the beginning that he’s a selfish asshole. This isn’t an excuse for Jackson to mistreat Leo – although, he does – but rather a self-awareness that Jackson has and tries to communicate to Leo. Jackson is a loner, he’s an introvert who doesn’t “people” well, not even with his own family; something which is further complicated by his mate being male. He knows he’s going to mess up and asks Leo to be patient with him. And Leo is, he’s so patient with Jackson, but Leo’s no saint and his patience has limits. For me, Leo’s breaking point was perfection. I don’t mean the event that caused him to break, but that he came to a point in their budding relationship and admitted it was more than he could handle and he’d had enough. Martin didn’t create perfect characters in Jackson and Leo, there is no toothache-inducing, perfect character who will forgive all of his mate’s bad habits because fate decided they were mates. No, these guys aren’t perfect, but they’re perfect for each other… well, eventually. After all, Jackson had a LOT of baggage to unpack and Leo wasn’t without his own issues. Working through their issues, individually and as a couple, kept me engrossed in Lone Wolf as the author struck a lovely balance between soul-searching, relationship development, and conflict without too much angst. I’m not sure I’d call this a romance in the usual sense, but more a story in which two men find a home in each other – whether they knew they were looking for it or not.

I’m hoping this is a series because I want Brandon’s story – the idea of an asexual werewolf is even more fascinating to me than an introverted one and I’d love to read Martin’s take on it.

ANNA MARTIN is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything that’s put under her nose.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass-kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Breaking the Brat by Karma Kingsley Blog Tour

Charlie Dixon

“Down for a little choke & stroke. I got you.” That’s the profile of my last Tinder date, and he was oh-so-disappointing. His “choke” was more like a light tap to the neck, and I couldn’t even bear getting to the “stroke.”

The word “intimidating” is one I hear pretty often. From almost every man I meet.

After a half dozen Tinder fails and another dozen setups, I’m resigning from dating. I’ll never meet a man who can handle me. In one last-ditch effort, I’ve let my best friend take me to one of her kink parties. Disappointment after disappointment have given me pretty low expectations, but then, I meet him. Angelo Tibéa. Tall, dark, with no fucks to give. He’s quite possibly exactly the man I’ve been waiting for.

Angelo Tibéa

I’m not the kind of man who dates. I don’t do dinners, I don’t do kisses and I definitely don’t take my sexual interests outside of the club. I built it for exactly that reason, to keep my darkness contained. But something about Charlie Dixon stirs up everything inside of me. I have to have her… No, more than that. I have to own her.

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“Like everyone else here, you came to get fucked.” He spat the word out so roughly that it made me tremble.

He tucked his hand around the back of my neck and gave it a harsh squeeze. I nearly purred in response, leaning into his grip.

“Didn’t you?” he asked, tightening his fingers around my nape. I was certain I’d have the outline of his hand on me before the night was done.

“Didn’t you?” he asked again more shortly.

I hadn’t. I hadn’t really known why I’d come, aside from Naomi’s relentless nagging. But now, in that moment, it was definitely to get fucked. Specifically, fucked by him. In the most agonizing way.

“I asked you a question,” he bit.

“I heard you,” I snapped back. His intensity turned me on, but it also triggered a disturbing need to be a brat, to see just how far I could push. Just how much he was willing to do to me.

A slow, terrifying smile spread on his lips. “And you think not answering me is an option?” His grip squeezed tighter, so tight my neck throbbed under each individual finger wrapped around it. “It isn’t.”

I shrugged as much as I could, even though his hold kept me mostly in place. “Seems like it is to me.”

“You have three seconds to tell me.” He yanked my head to the side and leaned to speak closely into my ear. “Did you come here to get fucked?” He said each word deliberately, and it set my whole body on fire.

Yes, yes, yes. But I wouldn’t say that out loud. If he wanted to hear it, he’d have to make me say it.

“One,” he said, and the sound of him counting made my nipples tighten. God, I couldn’t wait for whatever happened when he got to three.

“I can tell you aren’t going to let me be gentle with you.” His lips brushed against my ear and I vibrated under his touch.


I rolled my eyes and he grinned a twisted sort of grin.

“Your safe word is red. Only use it if you need it.”

I smacked my lips. “I don’t need a—”


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Charlie is a very confident woman. She knows what she wants and refuses to waste her time when she isn't getting it. Her personality can be considered intimidating. She was killing it running her own clothing line, but her personal life left a lot to be desired. Charlie's best friend Naomi and her husband Chester own a sex club. Charlie is interested in kink but her being so well known prevented her from joining, one casual party wouldn't hurt though. Charlie meets the man of her dreams at this party; after begging for sex in the bathroom and him walking away, she knows she's met her match. He has Charlie instantly wanting to please him. Can she look beyond his past to have a future? Is he worth it?

Karma Kingsley is a new-to-me author. I found Breaking the Brat an easy, sexy read. I was drawn into the story and left wanting more. I will be looking for more from this author.

I have to admit to mixed views about this novel. Overall, I am glad that I read it and got to see two characters get their happily ever after, but I did feel that Angelo used his position of power in inappropriate ways more than once. I accept everyone makes a mistake, misunderstands the newness of their feelings, but to do so harming another is just wrong. Given that he part owns a club, and so is in an even higher level of power, and therefore should be in control, his outbursts are all the more surprising. It is an erotic read, with much to commend it, but for me there were times where it went past my comfort zone. It veered into punishing her for him being emotionally attached to her, which is not how I felt it should be.

Karma Kingsley is a writer of romances of all types—with the exception of sweet romance. Things will always get steamy for Karma. She loves flawed characters and plots with a little twist.

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Order by Kindle Alexander Blog Tour

Assistant District Attorney Alec Pierce wants a future with the sexy, tough-talking biker who came to his rescue six months ago. But when evidence capable of destroying his future comes to light, Alec sets a plan in motion to keep the man he loves from a district attorney bent on vengeance.

Will Alec’s efforts pay off or will he destroy them both in the process?

As a Disciples of Havoc member, Keyes Dixon rides the line between society’s moral code and that of his brothers. He straddles two worlds… One owns him and the other seduces him with the promise of a future. But when a rush to judgment has him swerving to miss the roadblocks suddenly in his lane, he’ll have to choose between the club that demands his loyalty and the gorgeous assistant district attorney who deserves his commitment.

Can Keyes escape his circumstances to take a chance on a future he wants?

Six months into what started as a one-night stand, both men must navigate their developing feelings as they remain bound by differing oaths that threaten to drive them apart. Not only does their future hang in the balance of opposing forces, but an unexpected strike of the gavel could send them on a collision course neither is prepared for.

Will havoc continue to determine their lives or is their love strong enough to bring order?

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You must read Havoc first, this is the final installment of the duet. This book picked up right where Havoc left off. I will have to say I liked this book better than the first one. Keyes and Alec have off-the-hart chemistry and I am so glad they got their happily ever after. We learn more about Keyes and Alec, and fall more in love with them and their story. Just like real life, there were ups and downs but it was worth it all in the end. Great duet.

A declaration of love from Alec has Keyes confused. In the first half of this book we spend a lot of time with Alec and Keyes as they deal with their relationship issues and have copious amounts of sex. All the while the men are having to keep their relationship secret because if the Havoc MC find out Keyes is dating an Assistant DA both their lives will be in danger.

The external forces surrounding Alec and Keyes very slowly build up over time. While I was getting impatient waiting for things to happen and rolling my eyes because they were having sex again, I was also becoming more and more invested in the characters and their relationship. When the external forces in their lives do blow up in the last 20% or so of the book, I was so emotional. I didn’t want anything to hurt Alec and Keyes and get in the way of their happiness.

I confess that because the big action and story is left to the end of the book, I was starting to worry that we’d run out of book before the issues could be resolved. I need not have worried because the ending is wonderful and pretty clever too.

I love Alec and Keyes’ romance. It shows the harder you have to work for something, the sweeter it is when you get it. Now one last thing – was I the only one that wondered if Dev and Blaine might hit it off? Will they maybe get a story in the future? Maybe I’m seeing something that wasn’t there and I just want to spend more time in this world.

Order is the second book in the Tattoos and Ties Duet. Order digs deeper into the relationship between Keyes and Alec. Book one, Havoc, should be read first to completely enjoy the storyline.

What started as a one-night stand after Keyes helped Alec when he was stranded on the side of the road has turned into an unlikely relationship that scares Keyes. Keyes being a member of Disciples of Havoc lands him on the wrong side of the law while Alec is an ADA with a boss who wants nothing more than to bring down the Disciples of Havoc. How can this thing between them go anywhere? When evidence comes across Alec's desk, he's hellbent on protecting Keyes and their future, but will it be enough?

Kindle Alexander gives you the ending you crave in this duet. With so many differences between them, the chemistry between Alec and Keyes is off the charts. I loved seeing these characters within that bubble when they could love how they wanted.

Very good read!

This is book two of a duet, and you most definitely need to read them in order, I am rarely so certain, but this absolutely needs part one read first. In fact, if you have a short memory or the time to reread Havoc, then do so, you will not regret it.

Alec is so in love with Keyes, but just cannot think how to tell him without it building barriers between them – and he will do anything to keep them together… until he just can’t help say it out loud. It is one of those moments when I could hardly draw breath, panicking at the fall out. Thanks to us getting both sides of the story, we can understand why Keyes is reluctant to accept anything so good could be happening to him, nor his expectation that it will all come crumbling down. Luckily, Alec is wise to this, and although he most definitely makes mistakes, his heart is always on Keyes, his life’s prize.

As we see just how both their fathers treat them, it is easy to see how much damage has been inflicted upon them, and how they find solace, happiness, and love together. It is both super hot and wonderfully romantic – in a hard biker kind of way when it comes to Keyes!

The side characters are also very important and give the depth to the story that is needed when two guys are so clearly perfect for each other – just all the mess going on outside that is a problem. So, Uncle Clyde, Janice, Dev, and even Blaine provide important insights and cooling off space when things get tense. Obviously, a big shout out to Nash too… awww.

I loved it from start to finish, although I was nervous of reading at times, as so much could, and nearly did, go wrong. The ending was perfect, although I could happily have read on and on – even if all they did was… well, you know !

As an aside – The only thing I was left curious about was the supposed “allowance” that both Alec’s parents mentioned, but clearly did not exist – I thought something was going to come from that… but obviously not!

3.5 stars

Alec and Keyes’ second book follows their slow, reluctant slide from hook-up to relationship. Alec is sold on domesticity before Keyes and his plot to win Keyes’ heart is very sweet – but it also confuses poor Keyes. I enjoyed this book more than the first one. There’s a bit more action, a lot more romance, and the characters feel more real to me.

Like the first book, this is a slow read. Keyes has been hurt too many times. He refuses to trust Alec and he refuses to invest in their relationship. Except he does. He’s a wonderful, loveable, and infuriating character. I found his club more frustrating with each chapter and I love that his dad enjoyed a long, slow, and painful death. Alec is a little bit more proactive but he’s afraid of scaring Keyes off. I loved Alec's grand gestures and I love the way both Alec and Keyes try to protect each other. But I hate how their relationship keeps going round in circles and the way the two men kinda dance around each other for much of the story is truly irritating.

It’s only in the last third that this book finally gets properly exciting. I can’t help feeling that these two books could have been edited into one slightly more exciting book with a little less circular relationship angst and a little more action. But the last third of this book is full of action and heartache and I loved the ending.

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Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!

Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.

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Gracie's Secret by Jill Childs

My dearest daughter, I will never forget the day I nearly lost you. The day you learned the secrets that would tear our lives apart...

Time stops for Jen when her beloved daughter, Gracie, is involved in a terrible car crash. After the little girl is pronounced dead at the scene, it's a miracle when paramedics manage to then resuscitate her.

The relief Jen feels at Gracie's recovery is matched only by her fury at the driver of the car-her ex-husband's new girlfriend, Ella. Jen has never trusted Ella, and now her worst fears have been confirmed.

But then Gracie begins to tell strange stories about what she heard in the car that day, and what she saw in those moments near death. It's clear that there's something shocking hidden in Ella's past... but exposing it could tear all their lives apart.

An emotional page-turner that will take your breath away. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Kerry Fisher.

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3.5 stars
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I'm not quite sure how I feel about this story. I read it in an afternoon and while I can say that it was a very fast read, I'm not sure if I liked the story or, if because of all of the moving pieces, I just found it very intriguing.

The story does suck you right in. You're thrust into the horrifying scenario of a mother hearing that her child has been in a car accident. What follows are days of Jen, the mom, standing vigil next to her daughter, Gracie's bedside. In the background, you have Jen and her failing marriage.

It was sometimes difficult to merge the two storylines, because as the reader, you were rooting for the mom and daughter. On the other side, I wanted to see Jen and her husband dialogue more. I felt almost that their storyline was not necessary.

After Gracie recovered, she began stating things that happened while she was in her coma. And while unbelievable, Jen has no choice but to believe her daughter. I also thought that this was somewhat strange, as they describe Gracie as so young, but she speaks as though she's much older.

Finally, you have the sinister plot that's woven in like a snake, waiting in the grass. As soon as there is a love interest for Jen, I knew that it was going to be the main issue. He is just a presence that doesn't sit easy. Despite wanting Jen to find happiness, you know that there is a train wreck on its way, and you can't help but watch it come closer and closer.

Overall, this was intriguing and disturbing all wrapped into a story about how much a mom can love her child. While at times, there was some obsessive behavior with all of the characters, it was a compelling story.

Jill has always loved stories – real and imaginary. She’s spent 30 years traveling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does.

Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan

A daring deception…

Desperate to escape her vile fiancé, Lady Clara devises a bold lie—that she’s pregnant with another man’s child. With her reputation in tatters, Clara flees to Scotland to live out her days in disgrace, resigned to her fate as a spinster… until she claps eyes on the powerful and wickedly handsome Laird Hunt MacLarin.

She’s the answer to his curse…

Laird of an ancient clan, Hunt needs an heir, but he comes from a long line of men cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn. When the Duke of Autenberry approaches him with a proposition—marry my ruined sister—it seems the perfect solution. Even better, the defiant lass stirs him to his very soul.

No escaping the truth...

Except marriage cannot set them free. No matter how much Hunt desires her. No matter how much Clara burns for him. Soon she is falling for her husband, but is love enough to end the curse? Or is the tragic history of the MacLarin Clan doomed to repeat itself?

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This Scot of Mine is the fourth installment of The Rogue Files series, and I can attest to the fact that it can easily be read as a standalone. When I sat down to review this title, I made the surprising discovery that I've only read installments two and four. In the future, I plan on going back to book one, rereading two, and so forth.

Lady Clara is embroiled in several scandals of her self-creation in order to have an excuse to leave her affianced, whom she learned is not the man she felt him to be. With this being historical romance, with the societal pressures placed on women, this scheme took a lot of moxie on Clara's part. She flees to Scotland to her brother's for safety, who believes her schemes, thinking she's truly pregnant, which leads to some angsty deliciousness. On her journey, she meets Hunt...

After their meet-cute of sorts, where they didn't exchange names, Hunt is surprised to discover the woman he met is none other than his best friend's sister. Intrigued with Clara, Laird Hunt MacLarin feels he's found the solution to the curse he believes he's been afflicted.

Instant-intrigue, insta-lust, but the novel doesn't fall into the trap of insta-love. Clara and Hunt fight their attraction, leading to many banter filled interactions dripping with romantic tension, creating a believable connection. I couldn't read fast enough to see how they would behave around one another next.

Ordinarily, the purpose of a romance novel is to get married, a quick epilogue with a happily ever after, but this novel takes a different turn. Obviously in this genre, the couple will get together, so this isn't a spoiler. The marriage is a slight focal point, but not the ending. The mystery unfolds after the marriage, where the story turns unique, as the curse seems to come to fruition. Not to mention deceptions are revealed, where they felt they were doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, mainly Clara taking her brother's advice, as they both so badly wanted to 'cure' Hunt.

The novel was fun yet emotional, lighthearted yet at times heavy hitting. The unique premise made it a page-turner.

I highly recommend Sophie Jordan to historical romance readers. Not only do I look forward to the next in the series, I cannot wait to go back to the beginning, as it was a happy surprise to realize there are two books waiting for me that I've yet to read.

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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