Aug 29, 2016

Wanting It All by Christi Barth Review

Wanting It All
Naked Men #2
By: Christi Barth
Released: August 9th, 2016
Loveswept

In the follow-up to Risking It All, hailed by Lauren Layne as “the perfect escapist read,” the heartthrobs of the Naked Men blog and podcast get a little too real about friendship, love, and sex. For one wealthy bachelor, the trouble starts when all three collide. . . .

After narrowly surviving a bus crash in high school with his best friends, science geek Knox Davis resolved to become so successful that he could have anything and everything he wants. Now he’s über-wealthy, a huge business success, and a notorious ladies’ man. Knox refuses to limit himself to one woman, but when his latest conquest—a blond beauty from the Alaskan bush—challenges his superficial ways, Knox begins to see the world through her eyes, and finds he likes what he sees.

A nurturer at heart, Madison Abbott wants to put down roots. She left Alaska to meet Mr. Right—and to track down Logan, the half-brother she’s never met. Instead, she finds Knox. Although the sexy-as-sin bachelor may not seem like marriage material, Madison’s starting to think that Knox is The One. But Knox refuses to settle down, especially once he learns that Madison is his best friend’s little sister. Now it’s up to her to convince Knox that she’s everything he really wants.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27833536-wanting-it-all?ac=1&from_search=true

Knox Davis was a very lucky man! Oh, his life did not start that way; he was the son of a 17 year old single Mom, who gave him everything she could. But it was his genesis level IQ that got him the full scholarship to Roosevelt Prep, and despite a serious bus accident that nearly cost him and his friends life, it also gave him a family…the ACSs. In the years since the crash, Knox has become uber-wealthy and quite a bit of a playboy…with his own sex map!!

Alaska native Madison Abbott has a heart of gold and an extremely honest nature and about to start a brand new job at the Library of Congress! Madison is not only excited to be starting a dream job, but she is also excited to get started on her Grand Plan, of a home, husband, kids…everything she never had as a child. As the daughter of a single Mom who is also a bush doctor, nothing in Madison's life has ever been stable. But her adventure in D.C is not all about her job and fulfilling her grand plan, but it's also about finding a brother, that she never knew she had.

When Knox and Madison collided on the streets of D.C. neither of them knew what had hit them; Knox the ultimate playboy struggled to get Madison out of his head, and Madison wanted Knox to be more than just a fling. So Madison and Know enter this bumpy realm of dating, which freaks Knox out…but not as much as finding out that his girlfriend, is one of his best friends sister!!

Okay, I'm going to leave it there as I don't want to spoil this book for you…but I will say OMG its AWESOME!!! I could not put this book down! Which drove the hubby crazy, as we were late to my in-laws (oh well). I simply had to know the ending of this book!! Does Knox take Josh and Riley's (somewhat stupid) advice? What does Logan say when he finds out he has a sister? And where the heck is Logan anyway! These are important questions people!! I needed the answers and thankfully the author delivered in an amazing way and I was left cheering!

The book was superbly written, and if you couldn't tell through my ramblings above the plot was freaking awesome and I was addicted! I will say that I wish I had read the first book in the series, NOT because you need to, as Wanting It All can defiantly be read as a stand-alone, but because I need to read more! I loved all of the characters, especially Knox and Madison, although I'm on the fence about Logan. By the end of this book I was hooked, and the whole series was quickly added to my "must buy in paperback" list!

I give Wanting It All 5 stars!



One second, Madison was seeing red, frustrated at Knox’s obstinacy and refusal to even consider her points. The next, she was seeing a whole different kind of red. The red of velvet wallpaper in bordellos, of red satin sheets, of the pulsing color that painted the backs of your eyelids when your heart pumped too hard. The red of passion.
Because she didn’t care that they’d been in the middle of an argument. This thing happened when Knox touched her: suddenly nothing else mattered. So when he grabbed her arms and took her mouth, that was it. Their fight didn’t matter. The wind lifting the back of her skirt didn’t matter.
Madison had devoted her life to books. She knew the sweeping tales of passion from the symbolically sexy Psalm 45 in the Bible through Shakespeare and the Brontë sisters to D. H. Lawrence and the bodice rippers of the seventies. Madison respected those tales as art. She also acknowledged them as vastly overblown. Sex was fun. Satisfying. It couldn’t possibly reach the heights portrayed in literature, though.
Or so she’d thought until being kissed by Knox Davies. The man was a master. His lips firm, his tongue demanding as it swept inside on her first surprised gasp. The gasp that turned into a moan. Because he was doing these stroking motions with his tongue on top of hers that literally, literally made her panties wet.
He smelled of some undoubtedly expensive cologne that made her think of moss and woods after a summer rain. No, it made her think about rolling around on damp moss with Knox naked on top of her.
Every time his tongue moved along the sensitive inside of her cheek, or twining with the tip of her own tongue, little zaps of heat and electricity sparked from her mouth outward. Outward to every single erogenous zone she had, and some she hadn’t actually known about before today. Like pinpricks of bliss in the center of her palms, her nipples, the soles of her feet, all jolting to her core.
As close as they were, it wasn’t close enough. Madison hooked her left leg around his ankle. That brought their lower bodies together the same as the top half. So close that his massive erection throbbed against her belly. She let out a moan. That got him to let go of her arms and clamp on tight to her ass. Such big hands. Such a strong, rhythmic kneading of her muscles while the tips of his fingers settled along the lace between her thighs.
Now Madison could grab on tight. She thrust her hands through that short, spiked-up brown hair. Tugged just hard enough to be sure he knew that she could give as good as she got from him. When she moaned, he wrenched his mouth down to nibble at the edge of her jaw.
Madison flexed her fingers. Pushed him down to her neck as she arched and offered it to him. The man latched on with vampiric interest. And God, Madison had never craved a hickey before the way she did now. Not just want—need. She needed him to suck harder, to lick faster, to burn up right along with her. To lose his slick control the same way every swipe of his tongue demolished hers.
Pulling back to look her in the eyes, he stated, “You really pissed me off.”
“Ditto.”



Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.  

A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance.  

Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband



Release Day Blast: Watch Me by Ada Frost

Watch Me
By: Ada Frost
Releasing August 29, 2016.  
Self-Published



I am the Porn Prince.


This is my world, my kingdom. I sit on the throne and control the empire I created.

My skill? Providing illicit pleasure to thousands. If there is a fantasy to fulfill, my company will provide it.

I am the Porn Prince.

The cold hearted producer at Stone Industries who creates the hottest porn in the business.

But every ruler has an Achilles heel, and mine is chaos.

Abigail Warner is chaos.

From the moment she entered my office my world was turned upside down. She is my passion, my fantasy and everything I never wanted in life. The chaotic infuriating mess of a woman is everything I hate and avoid.

So why can’t I stop watching her.

Why do I crave her?

One taste and I know she will destroy me.







So a little bit about myself. I love to read, and create stories for others to enjoy. I've always been told I have a vivid imagination, I just lacked the confidence to pursue putting it onto the written page. But finally I embarked on making a single dream come true.

I love to read, and write. I only read romance, any in that genre really. But it has to have a beautiful happy ending, I know reality isn't like that, but I read to excape real life not re-live it. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily.

I live in Yorkshire, England with my family, and many pets. When I'm not writing I am a very busy mummy and wife. My family is my world, my purpose and I am proud to be a part of their lives.

 


 

Aug 26, 2016

Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery Review

Daughters of the Bride
By: Susan Mallery
Released: July 12th, 2016
Harlequin

With Joy, Love and a Little Trepidation, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You to the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother's

Courtney

~ The Misfit ~


As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom's wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family's view of her—and how she views herself—forever.

Sienna

~ The Free Spirit ~


When Sienna's boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say "I do" even if she's not sure she does?

Rachel

~ The Cynic ~


Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom's wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she's forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she'll let pride stand in the way of her own happily-ever-after.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27877466-daughters-of-the-bride

Courtney, Sienna and Rachel mother is getting married and after 24 years of being a single Mom, she certainly deserves it. But while a pink bonanza of a wedding is being planned, her daughters lives are spilling out of control.

Sienna loves her job at the women's center; she absolutely loves the raising money side, but she does SO much more…not the her superficial fiancé would know, and even though Sienna is caught up in this loveless engagement, she doesn't trust her own judgement…so she is stuck in a catch 22 position.

Rachel will love her ex-husband forever, even though he cheated on her. But Gregg has finally grown up and has become a more dedicated father to their son; But Rachel doesn't trust to easily and is scared to ask for help, especially when she doesn't know if she can have what she wants…a life time with Gregg.

Courtney has struggled with her family. Having been diagnosed with a learning disability when she was 10 and walking out of school when she was 18, after being held back 2 years, Courtney is scared to show her success to anyone, especially her family, who all seem to treat her like an idiot. But she meets Quinn, everything changes and she finally let's herself live…until her own fears cause her to run away from the only man she has ever loved.

OH MY GOODNESS! I haven't read a Susan Mallery book in years and I had forgotten just how much of an amazing writer she is! I had forgotten how she weaves the plowing her truly amazing writing, that is seeps into your soul and literally makes you feel apart of this book.

When it comes to the characters; I completely relate to Courtney, being dyslexic myself and not being diagnosed until I was 18, I completely relate to the feelings of feeling like a failure, it is honestly like the author climbed inside my mind and poured my feelings out on to paper! It's truly amazing. When it comes to the other two sisters, I loved Sienna's feisty side as well as her confusion over real love, which is also relatable. I also identify with Rachel's need to be needed, except I don't have her trust issues. I think the only characters I struggled with were David…cause he was a complete arse! And Maggie; the girls Mom, because I think life has just made her hard, not warm and fuzzy, like we wish our mothers are.

To say I completely love Daughters of the Bride, that might be an understatement! But I give it a very well deserved 5 stars!




Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life.







Aug 25, 2016

Defender by Diana Palmer Review

Defender
Long, Tall Texan #48
By: Diana Palmer
Release Date: June 26th, 2016
Harlequin

The man who shattered her trust is back to protect her… New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers a breathtaking story of second-chance love.

When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling's life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father's lowly employee. Three years on, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel's case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then—and how much damage he did when he left.

Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can't forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won't hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can't trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?


Isabel (Sari) and Meredith (Merrie) Greyling lives were living hell! Their father Daring Greyling us a very dangerous man, and he likes to terrorize everyone around him; staff, animals, even his own children, there was even a rumor that he beat his own wife to death…although it couldn't be proven. The only person that seems to keep the peace is the head of security Paul Fiore.

Paul Fiore past was the stuff of nightmares, losing his wife and child in a revenge attack, he decided on a fresh start working as head of Security for the Greyling Corporation, which is not so different from his previous job as a FBI agent. And even though Darwin's strick orders to watch Sari and Merrie's every move, it didn't stop them from becoming friends. But when Sari's and Paul's relationship became more romantic, Paul panicked and made an excuse about being married and Sari flirting with him to Darwin and quitting. But that one comment had dire consequences for Sari that almost cost her her life.

Three years later Paul comes back to help in the investigation into Darwin. But he doesn't expect the reception he gets from Sari, but when he finds out the truth, he is deverstated, especially as he was in love with her and wants to make it up to, but first he needs to keep Sari protected from not only from her father, but also a hitman, out to kill both sisters. Will Paul be successful or will he loose another women he loves.

I'm a huge fan of Diana Palmer, but I think this is one of the toughest storyline I have ever read. I won't fool you, the violence is graphic and left me in tears. But it honestly didn't make me turn away from the story, as the plot was well researched and the story well written.

I will admit I had a hard time with Paul's character when he returns, it like I was feeling his betrayal against Sari myself and I don't think that I would have been forgiving as Sari was. I loved Sari's character and I especially loved it when she stood up to her father! That was fantastic.

Defender is a great book and although it's a more gritty Diana Palmer book it's one that should not be missed.


I give Defender 4 stars.



Diana Palmer, AKA Susan Spaeth Kyle, was born in 1946 in Cuthbert, Georgia, the eldest daughter of William and Eloise Spaeth. She and her younger sister, Dannis, were raised in Chamblee, where Susan graduated from Chamblee High School in 1964. The family moved to Cornelia, Georgia, in 1965. Susan married James Kyle in 1972. They have a son, Blayne, who is married to the former Christina Clayton. They are both graduates of Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. They live in Tennessee and have a daughter, Selena Marie Kyle, born in February, 2009.
In 1991, Susan returned to college and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, in 1995. She continues to work on her master’s degree in history as time permits. Her first novel as Diana Palmer was published in 1979. She has over 115 novels in print. She has written historical novels as well as contemporary romance, and has produced science fiction, with her novel THE MORCAI BATTALION appearing in hardcover in 2007. Two sequels to this book have been released as eBooks. THE MORCAI BATTALION: The Recruit and THE MORCAI BATTALION: Invictus are both available from all eBook retailers now. Her latest hardcover novel is INVINCIBLE by HQN, released in August 2014 and mass market paperback novel is WYOMING STRONG by HQN, released November 2014.


Susan’s hobbies are gardening, knitting, crocheting, astronomy, archaeology, and animals. She has dogs, cats, birds and lizards. She enjoys getting mail from her readers, but is slow to answer it. 



Aug 24, 2016

Book Blitz: Misfit by Kathryn Kelly

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MISFIT
Death Dwellers MC: Book 6
Author: Kathryn Kelly
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Self-Published
MISFITCOVER

 
The final book in the series tells the story of Cash "Ghost" McCall, Louis "Stretch" King, and the woman they allow in their relationship, Ophelia Donovan, who just happens to be Outlaw's little sister.

Ophelia Donovan wants to move past the loves of her life, two badass bikers in her brother’s MC. When she gave Cash “Ghost” McCall and Louis “Stretch” King, an ultimatum of bringing their relationship out in the open or she’d walk, they chose separation. It crushed Ophelia’s dreams of having a happily-ever-after and family with Ghost and Stretch.

Stretch lives with guilt and pain from the death of his former lover and the injuries he received the same night. For a while, Cash and Stretch worked fine. They’d agreed to choose a woman together to bring into their relationship. Instead, Cash brought Outlaw’s sister in, intending to use her as a shield for Cash’s growing feelings for both Stretch and Fee. The dissolution of their relationship because of Fee’s goading leaves Stretch angry with both of his lovers.

Ghost doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t have the confidence in himself that he’s equipped for something meaningful. He only knows he loves both Stretch and Ophelia. She wants kids, a house with him and Stretch, and, most of all, an open relationship with them. So open she expects Ghost to go to her brothers—his club’s president—and confess all. Even if he did do commitment, he wouldn’t be alive to see it through. Outlaw would kill Ghost, especially after already warning him away.

Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell knows Ghost is about fun and fucking. He’s in charge of the Bobs, those women trotted out for pleasure at special club occasions. Outlaw’s little sister wants a family and he refuses to allow her to waste her years on a man who’ll walk away in the end. Outlaw’s life has been quiet recently, with every known club threat removed, giving him plenty of time to focus on family.

Thanks to Cash’s outrageous plan to throw Outlaw off, he raises the man’s suspicions instead. A biker from a rival club uses Ophelia to get on Outlaw’s good side, leaving her gravely injured, Outlaw in jail, Stretch admitting how important both she and Cash are to him, and Cash determined to never deny his love again.
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27403231-misfit

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“Daphne, fuck, don’t fucking do this. You’re wrong about Meggie and Fee is caught up in this.” 
Folding her arms, Daphne scowled. Cash cursed his stupidity. She’d have no sympathy for Fee. 
“That fucking matters to me how?” 
“Whatever you believe about Meggie, what has Fee ever done to you?” 
“Other than get you?” 
 “Don’t say that bullshit! Ophelia doesn’t have me. Outlaw has barred me from having anything to do with her.” 
“That didn’t stop you, did it? So she has you.” 
 Thinking of this weekend, Cash knew Daphne was right. Something had changed between all three of them. A new dynamic that Cash had to fight. 
“Fee doesn’t deserve to have her brother turn against her because you want money and Kendall wants a fucking job.” 
Instead of responding, Daphne leaned back and peeped at him through her lashes, roaming her hands down his back. 
“Why are we arguing?” 
Her touch added to his pain and he grimaced, jerking away. 
“Why are we arguing? Why don’t I just blow you the fuck away and save Outlaw the trouble?” 
Daphne tensed, fear sliding into her face. 
“You’d kill me for helping Kendall take a page from your book? Granted, she’s been paying me to fuck with Meggie, here and there. But she’s using your diversionary tactics. Your games gave Kendall this idea.” 
The woman twisted anything to benefit herself. 
“Let me guess,” Cash said tightly. “You told her what I did?” 
 “Naturally.” 
Kendall wanted seven days. He’d been furious that Fee’d allowed herself to be blackmailed, but Cash understood the position she’d found herself in. He could kill Daphne, but they rarely killed women. While he was concerned about Meggie, his main priority was Fee. 
Any action on his part might give Kendall unnecessary ammunition. Outlaw casting Fee aside due to poor judgment would devastate her. Sick to his stomach, he got to his feet. He’d been so fucking arrogant and disrespectful. Now, the shit was coming back to bite him in the ass. 
The next seven days would be unbearable but he had no one to blame but himself. He couldn’t even blame Kendall. 
His antics left him with two choices: Confess all to spare Outlaw drama with Meggie, and forfeit his own life, not to mention Stretch’s, Kendall’s, and Daphne’s, while also ruining Fee’s relationship with her brother. 
Or, allow it all to go down, knowing Meggie had already gotten upset over Daphne.
Whichever he decided, he hoped he came out alive after his bad judgment started a chain of bullshit that spiraled out-of-control.


    

In Kat's head, she's the ultimate biker babe. In reality, she is an ordinary, everyday person who loves scotch, reading, writing, and football.  



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