turbulence

Fuck me recklessly
Kiss me harder.
Take me again and again… 

He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy fucks girl.
Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.

But then we saw each other again…
And neither of us could walk away.

Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…

But when you find something so all-consuming—something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.

This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.

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Holy hotness! Saying I loved Turbulence is putting it mildly. It’s been quite a while since I read a captivating story like this, and I missed it.

Jake is not just arrogant, he’s pretty much an obnoxious jerk. Except there is something about him. Not just the fact that he’s a God in bed, there is a secret hidden behind those walls you want to find out. An oh what a secret it is. Scandal alert!

Then there is Gillian. Her big New York dreams shattered a couple of years ago, and now she’s working as a flight attendant. And somehow ends up sleeping with the number one pilot of the company, over and over again.

Even she can not get a handle on Jake. They’ve set up rules, though Gillian pushes at them every chance she gets. Maybe very slowly she’s actually reaching beyond his walls.

Besides the amazingly hot sex scenes, there is that constant intrigue of trying to figure out Jake’s secret, that keeps you turning the pages. A man betrayed by everyone has quite the trouble to trust, to let people get close, let alone inside.

It’s a back and forth play that can only end in heartbreak or bliss.

Towards the end there are a couple of unexpected twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

I definitely recommend Turbulence to anyone looking for an amazing adult romance story, likes cocky pilots, rambling flight attendants, and hot action.

This was my first book by Whitney G., but it won’t be my last.

4 stars

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Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

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*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I love it whenever I get to discover more about myth and legends. So a story about brujas in Brooklyn seemed right up my ally. The premise was definitely there, the start of the story is strong, and the ideas were there, though there were also a lot of undeveloped parts for me.

Alex is a good character, and Nova is definitely intriguing. Their dynamic was well-developed, and kept me guessing when something would happen between these two. Except the author took the romance in this story in a whole other direction I did not see coming. I didn’t know up front that the main character is bisexual, and I honestly don’t care if they prefer boys or girls. Unfortunately I never fully felt the romantic connection between Alex and Rishi. I felt the author drew the attraction towards Nova, maybe purposely, and with Rishi there was only friendship.

As for the world building of Los Lagos, it really is as weird as Alice in Wonderland. Some parts were really good, other parts again underdeveloped. Throughout the whole story this kept going up and down. Well fleshed out parts, and then other parts are skimmed over. This just put a bit of a damper on the reading, and broke up the flow.

In the end I liked Labyrinth Lost. The story was good, some parts could have just been more developed. I just wasn’t as wowed as I wanted it to be.

3 stars

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The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.
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In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold… 

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

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I feel by now Sarina Bowen could write IKEA instruction manuals, and I would still read it. With every book I fall more and more in love with her writing.

Her writing style flows so easy, making it impossible to put the book down. Rookie Move was once again finished in one go. I do try to savour it more, but it’s always a toss-up between wanting more, and never wanting it to end.

For those familiar with the Ivy Year series might remember Trevi from Fifteenth Minute. He’s DJ’s older brother, and hot-shot hockey player. Just being traded to the majors, this is his chance to prove himself, to see his dream come true. The last person he expected to see there was his ex, Georgia.

She broke up with him at the end of high school, and only months after a tragic event. Though Trevi never got over her. He loved her so much, and still does. Seeing this as an intervention of fate, he will not let Georgia go this time.

When will these girls learn that giving up, and quitting is not in an athlete’s vocabulary. Trevi calls Georgia the love of his life, and it’s simply adorable how much he cares about her.

Georgia was not prepared for Trevi either. She forgot how much he affected her. Though hooking up with the rookie of the team you’re the PR rep for, is not a good idea. At least that’s what she tries to tell herself.

Seeing each other again after all this times gives them the opportunity to clear the air. Mostly seeing these two grow back to each other was wonderful, and I enjoyed every second of it.

Not to mention plenty of sexy times (so hot), swoon worthy moments, and a healthy dose of humor, Sarina Bowen has another win on her hands. Trevi is your next book boyfriend, you’ll be rooting for him from the start. I could not get enough of this book.

The chance of me rereading Rookie Movie within the month? 100%

4.5 stars

Brooklyn Bruisers – Reading order and purchase links

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too wild to tame

Sometimes you just can’t resist playing with fire . . . 

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country’s most powerful senator, he’ll have to keep his eye on the prize. That’s easier said than done when he meets the senator’s daughter, who’s wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron’s presence reminds her of a past she’d rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it’s the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it’s because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle . . .

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The security guard at the rear entrance came into view, his familiar hawk eyes zeroing in on Grace. Then Aaron. Exasperation moved over the guard’s features before he hid it by adjusting his earpiece. Activity swarmed on the front side of the building, the media, the shouted questions, the general scrape and hum of movement audible, even where they walked along the backside of the school.

Knowing once they were inside, she wouldn’t see Aaron again, Grace smiled up at him, noticing he didn’t look quite as confident as he had a moment before. “It was nice meeting you,” she whispered. “Thanks for not ratting me out.”

“I…” He smoothed a hand down the front of his ruby-colored tie. “I won’t see you…around again?”

Grace’s hands itched with the urge to burrow into her hair, latch on to the braids she’d completed this morning while waiting for Aaron to show. “Probably not. Why would you?”

Why was he frowning at her? She couldn’t ask him why, since they were within earshot of the guard and the walk had ended way too soon. With a final memorization of his furrowed brow, she transferred her focus. “Hey, Marcus.”

“Grace.” Marcus dipped his chin at Aaron. “Who’s this?”

Her neck grew stiff. “This is my handler for today. He’s new.”

Marcus split a look between her and Aaron, before consulting his clipboard. “No one ran a change in staff by me.”

Grace could feel Aaron’s sharp scrutiny and ignored it, attempting to breeze past Marcus with a casual smile. “I understand. I’ll just go grab my dad, so he can clear it up—”

“No. That’s okay.” As predicted, a harried Marcus blocked her path. “Your father is busy. Just…” He gave Aaron another once-over, lowering his voice to a conspiratorial whisper between men, as if Grace couldn’t hear every word. “You know the approved areas? Be sure to keep her within them.”

“Yes.” She was impressed when Aaron gave a brisk nod. “Will do.”

Aaron took her elbow and moved them into the back hallway, past the kitchen, where the local Boy Scouts were rushing to mix pancakes and pour them on the oversized, industrial griddle. Once they turned a corner and Marcus was no longer in view, Grace reluctantly tugged her elbow out of Aaron’s grip, rubbing the spot to keep the warmth alive awhile longer. “This is where we part ways.”

Aaron’s way too handsome face was the picture of bafflement. “Who are you, hippie?” The low, intense vibration of his voice made her shiver. “Why do you need a handler?”

She reached back and curled her fingers around the metal staircase handle. The one she knew was there—and where it led—thanks to last night’s expedition. Her intent was to slip away without answering, but after ignoring so many compulsions that morning already, she couldn’t deny the final one.

With a thready apology, Grace shot forward and up, locking her mouth with Aaron’s, memorizing the way his stiffness melted in one big deluge. The way he gave a rough exhale through his nose. That gruff sound that drummed from his throat, a split second before his lips opened, tongue teasing in to taste hers. Just some. The most perfect, slick greeting. The two of them hung there, mouths open, lips wet and fitted together, breath racing, kitchen clamoring behind them.

Two ends of a silk rope pulled taut beneath her belly button, a tempting lick of his tongue clenching muscles she’d never acquainted herself with, nor could she point them out on a diagram. Whoa Nelly. And with her heart slamming against her ribs like a wrecking ball, Grace cut out that snippet of time—so shimmering and unmarred—tucked it into her pocket, and stole down the staircase, wondering how long the memory of Aaron’s kiss would stay with her. Praying the answer was forever.

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*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Aaron’s life has been about manipulating, solving other people’s problems, and succeeding. Life in politics isn’t for everyone. After getting fired for sleeping with his boss’ daughter, joining the senator of Iowa is his last chance.

Excerpt there is Grace, the senator’s daughter. A temptation, and enigma all rolled into one. She prefers not to join her family in the campaign, and they like it that way. Misunderstood by them, they don’t quite know what to do with her.

From the first moment these two meet, the attraction is undeniable. Though they could not be more opposite. Grace makes Aaron see that he isn’t as bad as he makes himself out to be. But it’s an easy way to keep everyone at a distance.

While Aaron makes Grace see that she’s strong, and a force to be reckoned with. It’s a whirlwind, but sometimes the smallest things have the biggest impact.

There are many reasons why these two together shouldn’t happen. Except it’s matters of the heart, and reason has no ground here.

Too Wild To Tame is a great second book in the Romancing The Clarksons series. Aaron’s dirty mouth is a serious turn on, and Grace’s eagerness plays well into that. I always find it interesting how other people can make you see your own worth. Couple that with love, and I’m sold. Looking forward to the upcoming stories in the series.

 3.5 stars

Romancing The Clarksons – Reading order and purchase links

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bossman

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

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I’ve really come to enjoy Vi Keeland’s stories. With each tale I find that her writing improves, and it becomes easier to fall in love with her characters.

While there is always a certain predictability to a love story, I always enjoy seeing where the characters will take us. Though it may seem that falling for your boss has been done a million times, Vi Keeland has managed to put her own twist to it in Bossman.

It’s definitely the characters that make Bossman. Mostly I loved how unapologetic Chase was when it came to his attraction to Reese. Being cocky is only part of his personality, he’s actually quite funny, and charming as well. This all without stepping into a-hole territory.

Reese is more reluctant about her feelings towards Chase. Hooking up with your new boss is never a good idea. Company policy, rumours, possible heartbreak are on her mind. Though Chase is nothing but persistent, and if she’s honest he is pretty irresistible.

Of course not everything can go as smooth as they want it to be. Though the drama comes from an unexpected corner. Demon’s from the past are hard to let go.

Bossman was a solid story, with terrific characters, charming humor, and enough depth to keep things interesting. I certainly recommend Bossman if you’re looking for an entertaining, and relaxing time.

4 stars

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ravage tillie cole

Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, his identity, and his freewill, meticulously honed to be a ruthless, soulless killing machine, trained solely to spill blood and stop hearts. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being, but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

Zoya Kostava is in shock. After fleeing her mafia family’s massacre in Georgia as a child, Zoya lives in secret, hiding from her enemies in the dark shadows of Manhattan. At age twenty-five, believing all her family is dead, word reaches Zoya that her brother Zaal is very much alive… and living with their family’s greatest enemy: the Volkov Bratva in Brooklyn.

Yearning to be reunited with her beloved Zaal, Zoya risks her safety and anonymity for the brother she had mourned since childhood. But just as she reaches Zaal’s apartment, Zoya is seized and taken captive by a strange man, who is strong, dark, and brutal… Unyielding, he demands her utter obedience as he locks her away in darkness. He is highly skilled in torture and inflicting pain, and demands to know everything about her brother Zaal and everything about her. He is a man that’ll do anything to get what he wants.

Sometimes love requires the sacrifice and betrayal of those held most dear. But is finding one’s true love worth committing the greatest sacrifice of all?

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Tillie Cole has become a master at toeing that fine line between darkness, and acceptable savage. A woman who thought she lost everything, and a man who believed there was no hope.

When Zaal takes Zoya he has no idea what he’s in for. All his life he’s been thought that Georgians are the enemy, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get his answers. Though he did not count on Zoya actually making him feel, emotions he has long-buried. Feelings he’s unfamiliar with, and she draws them out.

Zaal will never be a gentle soul, too much has happened for that. Tragedy clouds Zoya’s past, and while she’s been alive all these years, she has never lived. Now forced together with this brute, she will have to steel herself against the physical pain he will throw upon her. Though in time she can see behind the drugged up eyes of Zaal, see the torture and pain that he hides.

In this extreme situation, these two broken souls slowly grow together. Cut off from the outside world they explore this connection. I do have to say that at times it felt a bit Stockholm Syndrome to me, though in the end I still feel very content over their happiness.

By now I do feel a bit of a repeat in these stories, as in a lot of the same elements come back again, and again. Still I very much enjoyed reading Zaal and Zoya’s story, I was completely caught up in it, and had trouble putting it down.

3.5 stars

Scarred Souls – Reading order and purchase links

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MIDNIGHT SOUL is coming! Being released on August 15th, this amazing fantasy takes place in our world and a parallel universe where fantasies are true…but perhaps not all you would expect. MIDNIGHT SOUL is the highly anticipated finale to Kristen Ashley’s bestselling Fantasyland Series!

 

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Against his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.

And things aren’t going real great there.

Noc is recruited to help save that world.

What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.

Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.

When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.

When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her mask slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.

And then make her want to stay.

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~Noc~

“So she’s your type,” Cora said, taking him back into their conversation, “But you’re not gonna go there.”

Noc shook his head. “She’s from here, I’m from home. I’m going home. But it isn’t even about that, babe. Tor got you back. Frey got Finnie back. Won’t go on because you were there, you know. Franka didn’t get her man back.”

“Don’t say that in front of Apollo,” She whispered. “Maddie suggested that and it pisses him off. He thinks she’s incapable of any emotion, much less love.”

“You four couples aren’t the only ones who’ve known love, Cora,” he returned. “Not bein’ a dick, but that’s the way it is. And she’s stone cold on the outside, babe, but inside the woman is in some serious pain. She’s capable of emotion, just like you and me, and I know that because I saw it.”

What he didn’t share was that Franka Drakkar might be capable of more of it, with the pain he saw in her eyes, the guilt that seemed to visibly weigh on her at what she’d done.

She just, for some reason, wouldn’t allow herself to let it show, even maybe fully feel it.

That reason was a mystery and Noc was a cop. Cops were big on mysteries. Solving them, to be precise.

Fuck.

Another reason he had to steer clear of Franka Drakkar.

Cora nodded. “I think your perception of her is right, at least the way she is with you, for whatever reason she gave you that particular Franka. What concerns me, honey, is that it seems to mean so much to you.”

That was what concerned him too.

“Woman’s in pain, she gave me that, she gave me time,” he tried to explain it. “Tomorrow, she’ll be gone and eventually she’ll be just another memory of this place. But you spend hours with a woman drinking whiskey and watching her face light up, the pain she’s trying to hide clearing clean away because she’s never seen a phone before. We’ll just say that’ll be a memory I won’t forget.”

“I’ll bet,” Cora replied, the concern shifting out of her expression, understanding replacing it.

Noc grabbed his knife and started cutting into the tender, moist, perfectly-cooked steak on his plate.

Cora changed the subject.

“I can’t wait to show you my world, Noc. It’s gonna be awesome. You’re gonna love it.”

He looked to her, meat in his mouth and chewing and smiling he said, “Can’t wait either, babe.”

Her face lit up too.

And seeing it, Noc knew that’d be another memory he wouldn’t forget that he’d take home from this crazy world.

There it was.

They were having dinner and Franka wasn’t invited.

Tomorrow morning, she’d be leaving.

So she was a memory of this world.

A mysterious one.

A sad one.

But just a memory.

And Noc had to live with that.

What he wouldn’t admit was that he didn’t like it.

Fantasyland – Reading order and purchase links

wildest dreams kristen ashley  golden dynasty kristen ashley

Wildest Dreams: Amazon USAmazon UK

The Golden DynastyAmazon USAmazon UK

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it ends with us colleen hoover

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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Colleen Hoover, you are a heartbreaker. I’m fully convinced you enjoy bathing in the tears of your readers.

I don’t know how you do it, but time and time again you write the most consuming stories. Stories about people, and life, all the good, and all the bad.

It Ends With Us might start off as an almost sweet love story, though it doesn’t take too long to see the ugly side of that love.

Falling in love is easy, breaking the cycle isn’t. As they said in the book “There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.” But when that someone is the person you love, things are a lot more complicated.

What happens in Lily’s story breaks my heart. Though I love that Colleen Hoover wrote it, that it’s told. In the author’s note she explains how personal this book is, and I applaud here for daring to share this one with us.

There is always one moment in her stories that I just can’t hold back the tears. In It Ends With Us it’s sad to see how love isn’t always enough, how easy it is to use love as an anchor, though in the end the tough decision needs to be made. To be clear, the story does have a happy ending, just maybe not the one you were expecting.

5 stars

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hard count

Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.

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Apparently I have about five books marked as to-read by Ginger Scott, so it was high time I actually read one of those. The Hard Count was an amazing introduction for me to her writing and storytelling, and I will definitely be reading more of her books.

Where to even begin with this one though. There are just so many layers to these characters, and the story. Too many to count up, but to make clear, it’s not just about sports. While it certainly has a bit of that Friday Night Lights feeling to it, the surrounding social themes make it far more interesting, and mostly the feelings Ginger Scott is able to evoke is marvellous.

I would not even consider this a classic love story. Yes, there might be something between Nico and Reagan, though once again, what is going on is so much bigger than them. A boy genius, on and off the field, from the wrong side of the track, is the only hope the school’s football team has. In a school where football is everything, many don’t want him there, but they need him. The pressure is on, and Nico gladly accepts it. He wants to be there, he wants to prove himself, and he wants to prevail.

Reagan looks in from the outside. Hidden behind her camera she sees it all. The people vying for her father’s job, how a family has to endure that pressure to succeed, how people will hurt them when they fail, and mostly she sees Nico. He is her answer, and while getting to know him better, she realises there is always more than meets the eye.

The Hard Count was an amazing story about family, love, hope, friendship, heart, football, and being the exception. Showing us the heart of the sport, the dedication of the people, the love and the hate that the game brings, and how you should never give up. I loved every second of The Hard Count, and highly recommend it!

4 stars

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until harry

He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector.

He was my best everything.

He was mine.

Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.

Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.

But now she’s back, and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left.

Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?

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Until Harry is probably L.A. Casey’s best work to date. I feel this is definitely her most mature work, and proof that she truly is a talented writer. Completely different from her Slater Brother series, and simply better than Frozen, Until Harry hits you right in the heart. All the feels that this story brings with it, I loved it.

I admit I didn’t read the synopsis before buying, and reading Until Harry. Just that cover alone made me one click. Still I was warned that it was a rather emotional story, though not quite prepared in what way.

Lane, an unhappy girl, who thought she ran away from the pain by moving to New York. Though being away from the people she loves turns out not to be the best solution. Now she’s back, her uncle died, and she has to face all the people she left behind, including Kale.

I loved how the story switched from present to past, that we got to see all that happened between Lane, and Kale. They pretty much know each other from birth, and while to us it’s clear these two belong together, their stories runs quite differently.

There was one part near the end that really hit close to home, and if I wasn’t reading in public tears would have shed. While the setup of the story is quite sad, you never give up hope, and it really is a tale of second chances for family, friends, and love.

4.5 stars

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The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Wingman rule number two: never reveal how much you want them.

Lex hates Gabi. Gabi hates Lex. But, hey, at least the hate is mutual, right? All Lex has to do is survive the next few weeks training Gabi in all the ways of Wingmen Inc. and then he can be done with her. But now that they have to work together, the sexual tension and fighting is off the charts. He isn’t sure if he wants to strangle her or throw her against the nearest sturdy table and have his way with her.

But Gabi has a secret, something she’s keeping from not just her best friend but her nemesis too. Lines are blurred as Lex becomes less the villain she’s always painted him to be…and starts turning into something more. Gabi has always hated the way she’s been just a little bit attracted to him—no computer-science major should have that nice of a body or look that good in glasses—but “Lex Luthor” is an evil womanizer. He’s dangerous. Gabi should stay far, far away.

Then again, she’s always wanted a little danger.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I definitely need to read more books by Rachel Van Dyken. Once again she has blown me away with her writing. I love her combination of sexy, humor and swoon moments. Plus Lex’ point of view in The Matchmaker’s Replacement was just plain awesome.

A MENSA playboy genius who considers himself to be the villain, certainly when it comes to Gabi. The girl he wants above all others, though he would never admit to that. Their constant bickering, and fighting is only tolerated because you can feel the sexual tension underneath. Which, let me tell you, is so hot.

Gabi might, once upon a time, had a crush on Lex, but admitting it now would only break her heart even more. It’s easier to hate on Lex, than let him see how much he gets to her. Now that they are working together though it only becomes more difficult to hide their chemistry.

An obvious case of ‘I hate to love you‘ between these two. Though actions speak louder than words, and while they love to throw around the insults, they will still always be there for each other. Their new working relationship makes them only grow closer.

I loved every second of their story. These two are so entertaining, and adorable trying to play off their attraction. Their interactions was so much fun, and I enjoyed how their relationship gradually grew from friendship to lovers. I once again want to point out that the humor was on point, and the characters are dipped in awesome sauce. Yeah, read it now!

4 stars

Wingmen Inc. – Reading order and purchase links

matchmaker's playbook  The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

The Matchmaker’s Playbook: My reviewAmazon USAmazon UK

The Matchmaker’s Replacement: Amazon US Amazon UK (Aug. 9)

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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness

rock wedding

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…

After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

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EXCERPT

Sarah sat on the floor of her living room, books spread out all around her.

Having worked nonstop for days, she’d given herself the afternoon off. First, she’d gone to see her son. The anniversary had rolled around again, and though she hurt, this month wasn’t one of the bad ones. She’d talked to him, told him about her day, left him with a kiss.

Her plan for the rest of the day had been to get into her pj’s and curl up on the couch with Flossie to binge-watch a favorite television series. Then had come the buzz at the gate that made her heart thunder and her skin flush… and the delivery of a most unexpected package.

I hope you’re doing okay today. Say hi to Aaron for me. I’m sorry I threw your books in the pool. I was a dick. – Abe

Sarah stared at the note card again, still not certain she was reading it right. The first two lines, they turned her throat thick, but the rest… He’d been so high that day that she’d have bet her business he had no memory of the ugly incident. Sarah had never forgotten it: she could still feel the wrenching ache of the sobs that had overwhelmed her as she tried futilely to fish out books that had been well and truly drenched.

Abe, meanwhile, had moved on to throwing the pool furniture into the shimmering blue water.

Her fingers trembled as she picked up a leather-bound copy of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It matched the other Austen novels he’d sent her, the set a lovely reissue packaged for collectors. Beside the fancy collector’s editions lay cheerful paperbacks with laughing couples and/or dogs on the covers.

She stifled a wet laugh. He’d clearly chosen those at random, but it was cute that he’d remembered she liked romances with animals in them. Half the time when she’d read to him or talked to him about her favorites, she’d thought he was mostly asleep. It hadn’t mattered—she’d just liked being with him.

The most surprising book in the package was the one about the entrepreneur who’d gone from rags to riches on stubborn grit and sheer determination.

It gave her a funny, fluttery feeling in her tummy to realize Abe really did take her business endeavor seriously. It wasn’t mockery, not when he’d gone to the effort of choosing these other books with her likes specifically in mind. He’d thought she’d like the book because she was an entrepreneur too.

Her eyes burned.

Her hand went to her phone, but she hesitated, the memories of her awful loneliness while she’d been with Abe holding her in place. Curling her fingers into her palm, she picked up the television remote instead.

She had to keep her distance if she was to have any chance of protecting her battered heart. Because this Abe? The one who sent her flowers and books and who dropped by to make sure she was all right? He was more dangerous than the man who’d broken her to pieces.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

It almost seemed like Abe married Sarah on a whim. It all happened so fast, but Sarah knew she was in love with this guy. Unfortunately no matter how much she gave, and tried, it wasn’t enough. Sarah completely lost herself in trying to make her marriage to Abe work. Abe on the other hand was completely lost to the anger inside him, and the addiction to forget.

Though now he gets a second chance. Clean, and sober Abe fully realises what he lost when he pushed Sarah away. While he was probably the worst husband, he did love her, and he still does. He wants his second chance, and I love how he went for it. Trying to redeem himself, and showing Sarah that.

Sarah has changed a lot since her marriage to Abe. After the divorce she went on a little road of self discovery, and realised she can be awesome all by herself. I loved how strong she had become, though it was clear that she still had a soft spot for Abe. She never stopped caring about him, and when he starts wooing her, it becomes difficult to say no.

Rock Wedding was a gorgeous second chance love story, showing us that divorce sometimes doesn’t have to mean the end. Abe and Sarah’s road to happiness is a rocky one, though they both put in the effort, and seeing their journey back towards each other is filled with swooning moments.

3.5 stars

Rock Kiss – Reading order and purchase links

*All books can be read as a standalone*

  

Rock AddictionMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Rock CourtshipAmazon US – Amazon UK

   rock redemption  rock wedding

Rock HardMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Rock Redemption: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Rock Wedding: Amazon USAmazon UK

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stealing home

Being the only woman working for a professional baseball team isn’t easy. As the San Diego Shock’s newest athletic trainer, Allie knows all about long hours, endless travel, and warding off players’ advances. Given she’s already the subject of a handful of rumors about how “lucky” she was to have earned such a coveted position, she can’t so much as flutter an eyelash a player’s way if she wants to be taken seriously.

But number eleven is doing more than fluttering eyelashes Allie’s way. Far more. Luke Archer is at the top of his game and doesn’t let the fear of striking out keep him from swinging. This is a motto he applies both on and off the field, but Allie appears immune, seeming to view Luke as nothing more than caution tape on legs.

He’s a player, and in Allie’s experience, they’re all the same. She won’t risk her job or her heart to another one, no matter how different this one claims to be. But as Allie gets to know him, she discovers the number eleven the public thinks they know is very different from the real Luke Archer. He seems too good to be true.

And maybe he is.

Allie will have to confront the stories attached to a player of Luke Archer’s stature and decide who she’ll put her faith in—The man she’s falling for? Or the rumors?

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REVIEW

I didn’t even read the synopsis of this book before I started reading. Nicole Williams has become on of those names where I automatically one click. I haven’t come across one of her books that have disappointed me.

Though Stealing Home does feel a bit more light-hearted compared to her other latest novels. Nothing wrong with that, as I love sports romances, and if one of my favourite authors writes a book like that, I have to read it.

And Nicole Williams sure delivers, a sweet, sexy, romantic story between a ball player and an athletic trainer. So we have a little bit of forbidden love in there as well, ’cause Allie doesn’t want to team to find out, thinking she would sleep her way to the top. It’s not easy being a woman in a men’s world.

Luke took me quite by surprise as well. He lives for the game, baseball is everything to him, though there is more than meet the eye. He’s actually quite a dork, and super sweet, with a dirty mouth in the bed room.

There are some obstacles, otherwise things would be too easy. Though overall I truly enjoyed reading Stealing Home. In my check list for sports romances this one hits all the check boxes.

4 stars

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remi's choice

Sinfully sexy Travis De Luca came into Remi’s life when she
was young, inexperienced, and easily dazzled. With his
scandalous words and wickedly sexy grins, he possessed a
power no one should have over another. He was a foul
mouthed, trouble-making thug to everyone else, but she’d
witnessed the vulnerable side he hid so well. After one earth-
shattering experience and his declaration of love, her body
and soul were hooked.

When Travis is sent away without warning, Kristiano De Luca
—his equally sexy cousin—comes into Remi’s life as a friend
when she needs one most. After years with no word and waiting for Travis to come back, she loses hope, and the friendship she’s built with Kris grows into something beautiful that fills the void Travis left behind.

But a surprise return from Travis and one passionate night
with him throw all their lives into chaos, and nothing will
ever be the same again.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Holy smokes! From the get go this is hot, and forbidden. Remi’s Choice is definitely a story that will push at your boundaries.

Remi and Travis are meant for each other. Him a young dirty and sweet talker who will put your panties in a twist. Remi a young more innocent girl, but who knows what she wants. In a short time things get really hot and heavy between these two. Until troublemaker Travis is send away.

Remi stays behind, heartbroken and lost. Though then Kris comes around, Travis’ equally hot cousin, and while she never set out to replace Travis, Kris is persistent. This is only the start of all the drama and sexy times!

Two guys fighting for one girl, though she never plays with their emotions. It’s Remi trying to move on from lost love, but then what happens when that guy comes back into your life. Big decisions, big drama, I love it!

3 stars

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About the author:

Amanda Wylde is an award winning hybrid author of dozens of titles, writing under a pen name to publish stories that give her the freedom to write simply for the love of writing. Stand back and enjoy an author who’s possibly already one of your auto buys, push boundaries and step out of her comfort zone with stories she thought might not otherwise see the light of day.

Now for the big reveal!!! Amanda Wylde is the pen name for Elizabeth Reyes 😀 

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deep redemption

ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…

But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…

… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

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REVIEW

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

While Mae, Lilah, and Maddie’s stories were heartbreaking, Cain’s will devastate you in its own way. What might have gotten lost over the past books is that Cain grew up in the same religion as the girls. Though he grew up on the other side, kept pure, kept separate, the only person he could rely on for the longest time was his twin Judah.

Until all that went to hell. Betrayed by the person closest to him, dead in the eyes of the Hangmen, Cain is once again alone. From the moment he learned the truth about the commune, he defied it, judged their practices, and even tried to fight against it. Though in that time he has made many mistakes, which most people would feel are unforgivable.

Now even his own people will try to break Cain, but you can not break a man that’s already lost. The only hope he has now is the prisoner in the cell next to him. She might even be his only way to redemption.

This woman is quite a surprise, as in I did not see her coming at all. Though in a way she’s definitely perfect for Cain. With her on the line, Cain will need to find a way to stop his brother forever. Judah is completely loco, lost in his delirium, endangering everyone in the commune. The way things develop will break your heart.

I felt for Cain, a man who lost his way, his family, his friends. A man who is completely alone in the world. Though it took me a while to get there. He was a walking contradiction in the previous books. I wanted to believe he was a good man, but some of his actions or non-actions had me doubted. Though Tillie Cole gave me a new perspective on him, that slowly made me understand why he deserves redemption.

There are a lot of big revelations in Deep Redemption, and I love that we get to know all these people so much better. Though I can guess the characters would wish it would all end. While the Hades Hangmen are one percenters they do crave some peace and quiet after a while, though we’re not quite there yet!

4 stars

Hades Hangmen – Reading order and purchase links

It Ain't Me Babe  heart recaptured

It Ain’t Me, BabeMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Heart RecapturedAmazon US – Amazon UK

souls unfractured  deep redemption

Souls Unfractured: My review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Deep Redemption: Amazon USAmazon UK

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steadfast

She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

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REVIEW

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Steadfast was even better than Bittersweet, and if this series keeps improving with each book, let’s just say that October is too far away.

I have to admit that second chance romances are probably one of my favourite, include some major personal growth, a strong, sweet heroine, and a bit of mystery, and I’m sold.

I already loved Jude in Bittersweet, but now knowing his struggles, his thoughts, I like him even more. A young man who has come to terms with the mistakes he’s made in the past. Jude knows he’ll have to fight this addiction every day, but he won’t give up fighting. Though there is still that uncertainty, that feeling of being tainted that keeps him from getting close to people.

This definitely includes Sophie, the one good thing he had in his life. While Jude feels he no longer deserves her, Sophie thinks otherwise. Even after all these years the feelings between these two are maybe even stronger than ever. Though Sophie will have to fight for her love, not just with Jude, but with her family and the rest of the town.

When Sophie goes investigating, and discovers the truth about the accident that turned all of their lives upside down, that’s when things get really interesting.

Sarina Bowen has a way of writing stories and characters that feel real, imperfect, though non the less swoon-worthy. The flow of her tales will make you wish they were longer. You will not be able to put Steadfast down until you’ve flipped the last page. Jude and Sophie’s story is one partially of heartbreak, but mostly of how we should never give up hope, and keep fighting for the people we love.

4.5 stars

TRUE NORTH – READING ORDER AND PURCHASE LINKS

bittersweet  steadfast  keepsake

BittersweetAmazon US – Amazon UK

SteadfastAmazon USAmazon UK

Keepsake: (Oct. 2016)

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