Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mine For Now by Erika Kelly - published October 4, 2016

My review:

Mine For Now is completely different from her contemporary series about rock stars and their shenanigans, and has a different tone. I’m not sure if it’s categorized as such, but I’d definitely say that Mine For Now meets the criteria for “New Adult” romance. Dylan McCaffrey and Nicole O’Donnell are two kids just starting college. They eventually discover that they both have more in common – they both have alcoholic mothers. For Nicole, she has long since made the choice to cut her mother loose and accept that she can’t change or fix her. For Dylan, his mother is a millstone around his neck, and his journey toward coming to the same conclusions about his mother that Nicole made about hers is a difficult path that spans the entire book. Mine For Now is part gritty drama and part intense love story.

This book is told from alternating perspectives. Without part of the story told from Dylan’s perspective, I don’t think his story would be as compelling. Erika Kelly does a convincing job of detailing the chemistry between Dylan and Nicole. With small-scale intimate scenes that put the hero and heroine in extremely close quarters, the sexual tension and feeling of longing are amplified to an insane degree. The romance balances out the angst. This is a book that might make you cry but you’ll feel the need to read through without stopping. I like how Erika Kelly ties things up at the end and gives the characters a satisfying resolution to their stories.

An excerpt from Mine For Now: 

        Every time he closed his eyes he saw her. He saw her in his bed, those long eyelashes fanning in perfect arcs on her creamy skin. Or on his lap, straddling him, her face taut with sexual tension. Or, worse, he imagined her on her back, hair spread all over the pillow, breasts bouncing as he slammed into her. Jesus, he ached just thinking about it.
       He had to stop this. He had better control over his emotions than this—how else would he have survived this long?
      What was happening to him? That first night, when he’d brought her into his bed—he’d felt it then. This connection, this bond. He hadn’t even known her—but he’d felt her. Inside, he’d felt her. When had she become essential to him?
      Oh, shit. That was bad. Very bad. No one could ever be essential to him.
      What she’d said tonight—about recreating Gun Powder. He had done that.
       He’d hated his life back home. The town itself was beautiful, but it was filled with his big, extended family—family that wanted nothing to do with him. They’d given him a choice—him or his mom. Of course, he’d chosen his mom. But that had narrowed his social life to the guys who weren’t going anywhere.
      Or maybe he’d chosen those guys because he thought they’d understand his life a little better.
      And, yeah, he guessed he had done the same thing here.
      But he couldn’t stop thinking about what James had said about what he wanted deep down. He’d never been allowed to think about what he wanted. For him, it was about survival. Nothing else.
      And yet, he had worked his ass off to get into a top school. Why? Like James said, if he planned on going back to Gun Powder, why bother with the expense and hassle of Wilmington?
      Hope rose in him, a force so strong he couldn’t ignore it. He came here because he wanted more. Nicole.
     He did have something deep down. And that something was a someone.
     Holy shit. Adrenaline crashed his system.
     Nicole was his deep down. She was his home, his heart.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Family Man by Kelly Eadon - my review

My review of The Family Man by Kelly Eadon

The Family Man is Book 2 in Kelly Eadon’s “Belmont Beach” series. The circumstances in this book are very different from the previous one in the series but I love them both. I feel like The Family Man works as a standalone book even though a few characters from the previous book make small appearances.

For me, this book is very much about taking chances, and specifically taking a chance on love. Griffin Hall is a man of many layers and is more than the friendly coffee shop owner he appears. After being burned by an ex, who is also the mother of his little girl, his world revolves around his daughter Mabel. Baker and charming free spirit Beth gets Griffin to open up more, enjoy himself a little, and re-connect with parts of himself that he suppressed in his well-meant single-minded devotion to raising his daughter. I like the chemistry between Beth and Griffin and the way they balance each other out. There enough steamy scenes to balance to balance the drama. Mabel is cute without appearing saccharine sweet. I love the connection Beth forms with Mabel almost as much as I do the one she forms with Griffin. Kelly Eadon does a great job of conveying the warmth offered by family. The little bit of fear Kelly Eadon sprinkles through The Family Man adds excitement and acts as a counterpoint to the romance. The friendships and supporting characters in The Family Man make a much more textured story and enjoyable romance.

The Family Man is a steamy romance with some emotional kick. I like that Kelly Eadon has decided to tell The Family Man from alternating perspectives because it really gives much needed insight into the minds of the main characters. After reading the past two books in this “Belmont Beach” series, I am really eager to read Ryan’s book.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Forevermore by Kristen Callihan - Release Day

Today is release day for Forevermore by Kristen Callihan. It is the last in her "Darkest London" series, and it ends in a spectacular way!

Book description:

Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.

Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe - and win an eternity with the woman he loves.

My review posted on the website Fresh Fiction:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

New release THE LIE AND THE LADY by Kate Noble & giveaway for Book 1!

Kate Noble
2nd in the Winner Takes All series
Pocket Books
December 29, 2015
ISBN: 9781476749396

“With her usual witty writing and exquisite flair for characterization, Noble offers readers the second, splendid book in her Winner Takes All series. The effortless manner in which she wrote The Lie and the Lady as a separate love story while at the same time gracefully connecting it to The Game and the Governess (2014) and cleverly hinting at what is to come in the series is nothing less than brilliant.”
Booklist Starred Review

John Turner thought only of winning a bet when he swapped identities with his friend the Earl of Ashby. He didn’t wager on winning the fiery Countess of Churzy’s heart with his lies, or on falling for her in return. Publicly humiliated when she learned of the betrayal, the impoverished countess fled, and John thought Leticia was lost to him forever…until fate brings her practically to his doorstep. Can he regain her trust—and her heart—this time as himself?

Determined to make a new life for herself, Letty knows she must avoid Turner—and his maddening kisses—in order to survive. But some things are too intoxicating to be denied. If she turns her back on her dashing rogue—again—will she lose her chance at love forever?

The Game and the Governess was dubbed a “winning novel, complete with rich characters and a multi-dimensional plotline” by Publishers Weekly (starred review), a “delicious treat” by Bookpage, “Immensely entertaining and eminently satisfying” by Booklist (starred review), and RT Reviews (four star HOT) promised “charming characters will sweep readers away into the story”.  Second in the captivating Winner Takes All series, THE LIE AND THE LADY is “nothing less than brilliant” (Booklist starred review) and will reward readers as the perfect literary escape.

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About The Game and the Governess:

Trading Places meets Pride and Prejudice in this sexy, saucy romance—first in a new series from the author of YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Three friends. One Wager. Winner takes all.

The Earl—‘Lucky Ned’ Ashby. Pompous, preening, certain that he is beloved by everyone.
The Miller—John Turner. Proud, forced to work as the Earl’s secretary, their relationship growing ever more strained. 
The Doctor—Rhys Gray. Practical, peace-loving, but caught in the middle of two warring friends.

Their wager is simple: By trading places with John Turner and convincing someone to fall in love with him, Ned plans to prove it’s him the world adores, not his money. Turner plans to prove him wrong.

But no one planned on Phoebe Baker, the unassuming governess who would fall into their trap, and turn everything on its head…

Three best friends make a life-changing bet in the first book in a witty, sexy new Regency trilogy from acclaimed author Kate Noble, writer of the wildly popular Emmy award–winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Yummy Addictions by Belle Davis

Yummy Addictions is Book 1 in a sinfully decadent “Yummy” trilogy by Belle Davis. I recommend getting all three books and then reading them in order. Each succeeding book picks up right where the previous one left off. So to avoid cliffhanger frustration – I think this is the best way to go. After devouring my Book 1 review copy, I had to snatch up the next two books. I found all three books to be consistently good. This is a highly erotic romance between two people that really pulls you in. I appreciate that the dialogue wasn’t stilted or unnatural – as I find a lot of dialogue in erotica can be. There are no threesomes or BDSM in Yummy Addictions but it most definitely brings the heat.

Yummy Addictions is delicious and after reading each book I only want more. It’s a wonderful bit of escapism and brain candy. After having such a humiliating experience with her ex-husband, Val travels to Paris and meets the man of her dreams. I liked both characters. I wasn’t bothered by Jason’s jealousy and possessiveness over Val because he never lashes out at her in any way or became violent with her. Yummy Addictions is a lot of fun, and never lets up on the sexiness for one minute. After reading Yummy Addictions, I am eager to read more by Belle Davis.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare - Fresh Fiction review

The New York Times bestselling author of The Billionaire and the Virgin returns with a tale of Shakespearean-style seduction…

Edie’s an overbearing cat behaviorist who’s not big on people. Magnus is a newly-rich game developer who likes to be in control. When the two of them meet at Gretchen and Hunter’s masquerade engagement party, the loathing is mutual. Unfortunately for them—and everyone else—they’re in the wedding party together and must deal with each other for the next few months.<br />

But when Magnus’s younger brother falls for Edie’s sister, he begs for his brother’s help in concocting a plan to win her over. If Magnus can keep the prickly Edie occupied, his brother will have time to woo Edie’s sister. Of course, Magnus isn’t interested in the slightest, but Edie is…intriguing. And stubborn. And smart. And sexy. And they might have more in common than they thought.

Before long, it becomes a challenge between the two of them to see who will be tamed first. But how’s Edie going to react when she finds out that Magnus is using her? And how’s Magnus going to handle the fact that he’s fallen for a cat lady?

Excerpt from my review originally posted on the website Fresh Fiction:

"Although Edie may appear shrewish to some people, she has a big heart where cats are concerned and she is always thinking of her flakey sister. Likewise, Magnus turns out to be more than what he first appears to be. I love how they get to know and like each other and appreciate their strengths. I like how they have more in common they think - including a tendency to be overindulgent when it comes to their siblings. Magnus becomes more likable over the course of the book as his feelings for Edie grow. "

Link to full review:

About the author:

Jessica Clare is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who writes under three different names. As Jill Myles, she writes a little bit of everything, from sexy, comedic urban fantasy to zombie fairy tales. As Jessica Clare, she writes erotic contemporary romance.

She also has a third pen name (because why stop at two?). As Jessica Sims, she writes fun, sexy shifter paranormals. She lives in Texas with her husband, cats, and too many dust-bunnies. Jill spends her time writing, reading, writing, playing video games, and doing even more writing.

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