Oct 26, 2016

Don't Lie to Me by Amber A. Bardan Review

Don't Lie to Me
Bad for You #3
By: Amber A. Bardan
Releasing October 24, 2016
Carina Press
 Amber Bardan returns with a heart-stopping third installment in her high-octane, highly addictive Bad For You series

A fling with her best friend's reclusive business partner should've been harmless.
When Emma meets him, the only way she's looking to be tied down is in the literal sense. But Avner—shady hacker, off-the-books investigator, occasional spy—takes her breath away. He's the first man who doesn't turn to mush under her sexual spell: a fact that makes what's between them very different, and very real.

Beautiful and uninhibited, Emma is everything Avner thought she would be and more. Yet his deadly past and dark duties can never be forgotten…not even as he succumbs to their seductive intimacy. But for the first time he's after something of his own, as well.

And now that he's found Emma, he'll protect her, no matter what. Because anything worth loving is worth fighting for.

But nothing about Avner is remotely harmless.

Soon, Avner has infiltrated Emma's personal life, stalled her career and nearly destroyed everything she's worked for—all in the name of protection. Desperate and heartbroken, drawn into a secret criminal underworld in her quest for understanding, Emma discovers the truth: Avner's secrets are far more devastating than his lies.

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Emma has so much going on in her life, but what she needs is some relief, and a hot fling will do that for her, and she finds the perfect man for that in Avner, her best friends husbands, business partner! But when he takes off just as the action heats up, Emma is left angry and wanting!

Determined that she will not offer herself to him again, and is determined to push forward with her research. But Avner is back and determined to protect and take care of her…and he manages to get under her skin, and she wants him to stay there forever!

But both Emma and Avner are hiding big secrets, that could cost them everything! And when they are revealed, you are left hoping they both suvive!!!

I cannot put too finer point on just how much I LOVE this series! I honestly thought the first two books were brilliant! (and they are), but Don't Lie To Me is even better! It's truly magnificent!!

You can tell the author really researched all the medical and educational aspects to make the plot outstanding! It was detailed, thrilling, gripping. And although I knew Avner's and Emma's character from the first 2 books in the Bad For You series!, I didn't realize the extent to which I would end up loving them in the 3rd book!

Now, I will hesitantly say that you could read this without reading the other two books in the series, but I urge you not too, as they really set up book 3 to perfection!

I give Don't Lie To Me 5 (should be 100) stars!!

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His other hand snaked to my waist, and he caught me up so completely against him, I couldn’t focus outside of his touch or the way he looked at me—hungry and visceral. “Do this with me. We’re friends, aren’t we?”
My head lolled into his hand. I ran my fingers up to his shoulder. He was so strong.
So strong.
His muscles slid under my touch. Not just his body, but him. There’s no way I’d fail working with him.
He knows how to get what he wants…
My drooping eyes widened. No. Like that, I could think again. He did know how to get what he wanted. Including resorting to bribery. That’s what he’d just done with me. Everything he’d said was to get me to do what he wanted. I stilled, but didn’t pull away. My research wasn’t their area of expertise—it was Waldolf’s. Not to mention they had practically all the money in the world. They didn’t need my research even if the results ended up financially beneficial.
That’s not why this work was important to me at all. An investor would expect a profit, but I’d do this for nothing if I could. Haithem and Angelina wouldn’t resent me, no matter who I worked with or for.
Anger spiked through my system.
I knew how to dabble in a little innocent manipulation—a twist to a smile here, a bite of my lip there—to bend things my way. But what he’d done to me, it wasn’t a smile or a wink, or even a look, and it sure as hell wasn’t innocent.
He’d used words.
Words he could have plucked directly from my own skull. Words I feared and desired most. Words he flung at me like little snares to reel me in.
“The problem is I don’t trust you.”
He dropped his hand from the back of my head to rest high on my shoulder at the base of my neck. “I’ve given you no reason not to trust me.” His eyes went lazier. Those impossible lashes of his, lowering, sucking me into the pure sex of his gaze. “We’re friends. You can trust me.”
“I don’t think so. You already let me down once,” I whispered, and good-job-me for managing speaking.
“How’s that?” he drawled, but his lashes opened.
He still tried to seduce me into his grasp. Damn him, it was effective. Being so close, his hands on me, looking at me that way, it was all so very effective.
“You promised to get me off.” I let it all purr into my voice. All the lust he tried to use against me, I turned it back on him, and whispered, “But, I didn’t get off.”
He laughed, a rich rumble so close I almost felt the vibration of it. “Are you implying I need to fuck you to earn your trust?”
His thumb dipped lightly into a groove at my collarbone.
There was no way to suppress the pulse he must feel there, but so what, he couldn’t be sure it was desire. “You’ve fucked me three times already.”
He twitched, the passionate haze lifting lightly from his expression. “How do you figure that?”
“The way you looked at me before, you were fucking me with your eyes.” I kneaded his shoulder. “The night of the wedding, that night you just plain fucked me over. And again now, you’re fucking with me right now. Fucking with my head.” I pushed myself away from him. “So that’s three times you’ve fucked me. Three times and I haven’t come once.” A snarl moved into my lip. “So sorry, that’s just not the way I like to be fucked.”
I turned for the car door and grabbed the handle.
“Are you screaming?”
I paused, and glanced back. “What?”
“Are you screaming, Emma?”
The handle slipped from my damp fingers. “No, I’m not screaming.”
He reclined back into his seat. “You sure?”
“I’m sure.”
He stretched his legs out. Non-threatening, except for the look on his face. “Are you sure you’re not screaming inside your head where I can’t hear?”
There was something happening in my head all right. Not screaming. My heart pounded in my temples. “I’m definitely not screaming.”
He smirked and it was as irresistible on him as it was obnoxious. “Then you can be damn sure, Emma, if you’re not screaming, I’m not fucking you.”

After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber Bardan finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fueled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.
She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.
Amber is an award winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.

Oct 25, 2016

The Rogue's Wager by Christi Caldwell Review

The Rogue's Wager
Sinful Brides #1
By: Christi Caldwell
Released: October 25th, 2016
 Montlake Romance
London, 1821
Lord Robert Dennington, the Marquess of Westfield, has long reveled in the freedom afforded him as the ducal heir. He knows he must someday do right by the Somerset line, but he’s in no hurry to give up his carefree existence.

Helena Banbury is a bookkeeper in a gentleman’s gambling club, adept at analyzing numbers and accounts but helpless for lack of influence. She’s never belonged among the nobility on the gaming hell floors, but neither does she feel completely herself among the men who run the Hell and Sin Club, despite the fact that they are family. The once-illiterate girl from the streets wants more than the gilded walls her protective cage can offer.

When Robert mistakenly enters her chambers one night, Helena is forced out of her predictable life and thrust into the glittering world of Society. Will the charms of the marquess prove more perilous than any danger she ever knew on the streets?


Helena Banbury had suffered a violent and traumatic childhood, thanks to her mother's "protector" Mac Diggory, but she had survived, thanks to her blood brother Ryker and her Street brother Niall and Calum.

For years her brothers had kept her safe and locked away in their club Hell and Sin club, and as long as she followed Ryker's rules, she would always stay that way. But Helena wanted freedom, and after an unfortunate night when a drunk Robert, The Marquess of Westfield ended up passed out the in her room; she was punished and sent to live with her father…The Duke of Wilkinson.

Now thrust into a world that looked at her with such disdain, Helena just counted the days until she could go back to her life in the Hell. But when her father insisted that she have a substantial dowry, there is only one man whom needed to pay for landing her in this unbearable position…Westfield!

So I'm going to be a spoilsport and stop there, as I do not want to give away any of the story. Now I have enjoyed Christi Caldwell books for quite a while now; but nothing would have quite prepared me for her new Mountlake series! It truly is beyond anything I have ever read! It even blow my deep love of Lisa Kleypas Bow Street runners series out of the water!

From the moment I opened Rogue's Wager I was in tears! From the pain that both Robert and Helena have suffered, to Ryker's coldness, Helena's banishment…well I could go on and on! The plot of this books is nothing like a Christi Caldwell book before and I think that is what makes it all the more delicious. And as normal, the authors writing manages to get ahold of you and by the end of the first chapter, you never want it to let you go!

Now when it comes to the characters; Helena character simultaneously breaks my heart and fills me with joy. How to termination to right the wrongs against her is so beautiful, it can literally steal your breath. The act of betrayal against Robert's character but from his grandfather blows my mind, but for the fact that he turned himself into a hard man of the ton does not surprise me. But I love the way that he eventually allows his heart to open for Helena.

But what really stole the book from was the siblings! I cannot wait for Bears, Diana's, Ryker's, Niall's and especially Calum stories!

I give The Rogue's Wager 5 stars!

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

Oct 21, 2016

Cowboy Karma by Mia Hopkins Review

Cowboy Karma
Cowboy Cocktail #4
By: Mia Hopkins
Released: October 18th, 2016
Little Stone Press
Tour Host: Barclay Publicity

Who Needs Luck When You Can Get Lucky?

Come back to the rodeo with Mia Hopkins and the newest release in the Cowboy Cocktail series, COWBOY KARMA!

When Harmony Santos’s boyfriend dumps her on her birthday, she doesn’t get mad. She gets lucky…with a mysterious cowboy whose bedroom eyes and rough edges bring out her inner bad girl. But when their one-night rodeo turns into more than a rebound, Harmony worries her heart hasn’t healed enough to take on someone new—even if that someone is as sweet as he is sexy.
Tie-down roper Lucky Garcia can’t believe his good fortune. A shot at national finals and now this—his longtime crush, in his arms at last. The more time he spends with Harmony, the harder he falls for her. But financial demands and family responsibilities take him further and further away from her—as does his secret fear she hasn’t quite gotten over her dickhead ex.
Behind closed doors, Lucky and Harmony are filthy perfection. But when reality comes knocking, the star-crossed lovers must decide: walk away intact, or risk it all for a chance at happiness.

When Harmony Santos started dating a doctor, she changed everything that made herself.well herself! She went from outgoing, loud, party girl, to quite and restrained Nurse and girlfriend of a wealthy prestigious doctor. But when Harmony's doctor boyfriend broke up with her at dinner on her birthday! Harmony did the one thing that made her feel better! She went to the local bar and met up with her sister! But then she did the one thing that she never saw coming!...she had a one night stand with Lucky Garcia.

Lucky Garcia if finally on the fast track! As a tie-down roper, he finally has a shot at the National Championships! Which will go A LONG way to helping his family and help put his siblings through school! And just to add to his all time high, his spent the night with the one women he has had a crush on since high school! Harmony Santos!! But the morning after she is full if retreat and that hurts Lucky more than he imagines.

But Lucky being the great guy that he is, offers to help Harmony get her ex-boyfriend back, but Harmony is not sure she wants him, as she is really attracted to Lucky…but is it the real thing or just a rebound fling? And are they both willing to take that chance?

We are back with another installment in the Cowboys Cocktails series, and this one is just that bit more delicious than the last! It was SO quick for me to become addicted to Mia Hopkins books, they are so well written and the plot is so delicious, that you are left craving   for more!

I absolutely loved Lucky's character! He is just generally a great person, whom worked hard for everything he had! I also loved the fact that he was in the rodeo circuit, in order to help out his family!! Harmony character was playful and maybe a hint of insecurities, which made you feel like she was your friend and you just want to help her! I have to say my favorite screen in the whole book, is when Harmony brings Lucky's Mom and sister to his event!! That was a huge step for her in this book, and completely melted my heart!

I give Cowboys Karma 5 stars.

The room was steamy with dancing and pheromones. Harmony ordered a Bud Light and ran the icy bottle over her forehead.
A new song started up. Shaking off her melancholy, she strode right into the heart of the crowded dance floor. Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”—an easy line dance. She counted her way in and soon was stomping across the dance floor. The loud music pounded in her chest. Even though it had been years since she’d line danced, her body knew the steps without her thinking about them. The heartache receded a little.
More dancing. Maybe some shots. Maybe making out with a stranger. That’ll keep me from feeling…this. Whatever this ugly feeling is.
She danced solo for three more songs. Then an old-timer led her in a waltz. The country gentleman was followed by a baby-faced cowboy in a camo baseball cap. She danced three more songs with him and bid him goodbye with a hug and a kiss on the cheek—too young.
The DJ took the mike. “Next up, the cowboy cha-cha.”
A slower dance. Harmony fanned herself with her hand and thought this might be a good time to grab a shot of Fireball chased with another beer.
She turned to leave the dance floor when a big warm hand rested on her shoulder.
“Wait. Don’t go yet.”
She turned. In the dark, the new cowboy’s face was obscured in the shadow of his hat. The DJ cued up an old Bellamy Brothers song Harmony remembered her father loved. It began, “If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?” She knew the words as surely as she knew her own name.
The dancers around them paired off in a hurry and got into the sweetheart position. Everyone counted off together and started around the massive dance floor in a counter-clockwise direction, all in time.
Before Harmony could say anything, the stranger took her hands and spun her. His movements were sure and strong. He was an experienced dancer, not someone who had to be babysat around the floor.
“Been a long time, hasn’t it?” he said.
She stole sideways glances at him. Tall and muscular, he wore a black hat and a plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up. His forearms were thick and smooth. She could see that he had a strong jaw, a dark, short beard, and dark skin. He spoke crystal-clear English with a lilting Mexican accent.
“You don’t remember me, do you, Harmony?”

She stared.
A half-smile. “Guess I’m just another cowboy to you.”
For strangers, they moved in perfect rhythm. Harmony felt grateful that he was a strong lead since her brain was otherwise occupied with trying to figure out who he was. When he brought their bodies together, chest to chest, she looked up at him. His body gave off controlled strength and a smooth, unnerving calm. At last, she peeked under the shadow of his cowboy hat.
Dark brows. Bedroom eyes the color of whiskey.
No way. “Lucky?”

Forget chocolate and flowers. This homegrown honey is all the sweetness he craves.

Small-town life is nothing but a waiting room for eighteen-year-old honor student Corazón Gomez. Work and school leave little time for love, but with a full-ride Ivy League scholarship and a one-way ticket out of the boondocks, who needs it?
The answer appears on Valentine’s Day when her old cowboy crush ambles into the ice cream parlor where she works, inviting her to go on a late-night ride in his truck. For the first time she wavers between staying on the straight and narrow, and going off-road with the handsome heartbreaker.
After four years working on ranches all over the country, Caleb MacKinnon is back on the family farm helping out his mom and brothers while his father fights cancer. The one bright spot: smart, funny, and wickedly sexy Cora.
From the start, they both know this blazing-hot love affair can’t last. But when autumn comes and Cora has to leave for the East Coast, Caleb must find a solution to keep himself—and his heart—from falling apart.

Ball-busting business woman meets no-holds-barred cowboy. He’s gonna need a longer rope…

Marketing hotshot Monica Kaur has put her big-city life on hold to help bail out her brother’s failing business. Now she’s got three months to plan and promote a rodeo, the first her tiny hometown has ever seen.
To ensure the rodeo’s success, Monica enlists a local hero, a rancher’s son who’s made a name for himself on the bull-riding circuit. Problem? She can’t stop daydreaming about the cocky bastard—and all the things she longs to do to him out behind the chutes.
Professional bullfighter Dean MacKinnon is home helping his family while his father fights cancer. Haunted by bad memories, jaded by love, Dean finds escape in a no-strings-attached go-round with brainy, sexy Monica, whose close-knit Sikh-American family would sooner run him out of town than see her with a notorious rodeo Romeo.
In private, Monica and Dean play as hard as they work. But as the rodeo draws near, that clean break they promised each other is getting more and more hung up in the rigging.

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For eight years, Melody Santos played the game of love and lost—big time. Now she’s back in her tiny hometown looking after her younger sister, making ends meet with an assortment of odd jobs. When her childhood best friend hires her to help him sell his family’s grass-fed beef, the last thing she anticipates is falling in lust with the legendary, brown-eyed player.
To put his family’s cattle ranch back in the black, Clark MacKinnon has his sights set on big contracts—gourmet chefs and restaurateurs. If that means long hours traveling from farmer’s market to farmer’s market, Clark doesn’t mind. Particularly since his new assistant is his childhood crush, all grown up and sexy as hell.
One night in bed leaves them breathless and hungry for more. But when his love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation collides with her trust issues, Clark and Melody must face the truth about what they’ve become: not friends, not lovers, but players in a game that’s impossible to win.

Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She's a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends.
When she's not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good "teacher voice" and "teacher stare."
She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.