Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bella Jewel-Knights' Sinner (MC Sinners #3)

Adult Romance - biker 18+


Jackson is always considered the 'softie'. He's the first to help people out when they're in need. He's President of the Hell's Knights and he figures it's about time he shows the world how much of a sinner he can be.

Serenity has a dark past. Secrets haunt her and she has no way of escaping them. Hogan is the only family she knows and life with him is brutal. And it's about to get worse.

He sends her on a mission.

On a mission to destroy the Hell's Knights and the Heaven's Sinners.

Can she pretend with a club she doesn't know?

Or will she betray Hogan for the man she's falling in love with?



{4 stars}

Perfect ending to this trilogy, and probably my favorite of the three. Jackson is the President of the MC and the hardest biker to fall. Serenity is like a little pixie, and comes from a horrible situation. Abused and mistreated by her father, she is sent in to the Hell's Knights to spy. What she doesn't expect is to find such a wonderful group of people who are willing to step in and help when needed. So much happens in this one, Still a highly erotic story, but one that reflects the true "family" that they all are. Loved it! Don't forget to read the novella Bikers and Tinsel so you can find out what happens to Muff.....

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bella Jewel-Heaven's Sinners (MC Sinners #2)

Adult Romance - biker 18+

Contains adult content, recommended for readers over 18.

A modern day biker romance.

Spike knows tragedy, he knows that feelings are better left hidden. He refuses to put his heart out there again, it's a pain he's not willing to feel a second time around. He's accepted he's going to spend forever alone. That's all he deserves.

But then there's Ciara, the sister of his deceased wife. She's beautiful and damned determined to throw herself into his life in hopes they can reform an old friendship, but Spike won't hear of it, and Ciara refuses to give up.

Who will win the battle of wills?


{4 stars}
The synopsis doesn't do it justice, but you already know Spike's story from the first book. Now we get to stumble down Spike and Ciara's memory lane learning how they met, what happened to each of them, and how it all went wrong. But somehow they seem to gravitate back to each other.

I enjoy this series, it is highly erotic, and sometimes that gets in the way of the story. But not with this series, somehow all the "adventurous" sex seems to flow well with the story and doesn't turn this into just another porn without plot series. I really like all the characters, they are funny, passionate, and really pull everyone together as a family. And we get a cliff hanger with this one, can't wait to find out who the mystery girl is.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bella Jewel--Hell's Knights (MC Sinners #1)

Adult Romance 18+ - biker

Recommended for readers over 18+ Contains adult content.

A modern day biker romance.

Addison has had a hard life. Her mother is useless, and her father hasn't been in her life for years. When her mother dies, she's left with no money and an angry man after her. She goes to the only person she knows can take care of her right now - her father. She knows her father is the President of an MC club, but she doesn't quite realize just how much she will come to rely on that club.

Cade is everything she knows she should stay away from, and yet she can't seem to keep herself from wanting him. He's the club VP, gorgeous, rugged, charming and he makes her feel again. She should be running, she should be escaping the demons of her past, but instead she finds herself falling for the gorgeous biker.

Come on this whirlwind romance with two broken people, who figure out how to put each other back together.


{4 stars}

Not a bad story, it is more about Addison and her past. A life no one should ever endure, but somehow she survives it and gets away. She is a little firecracker despite all that has happened to her. Once she escapes is where the MC comes in, her dad is the president of the Hell's Knights. We don't really get into much detail about the biker life like some series do, this is the story of Addison escaping her past and Cade falling for someone when he never expected to fall for anyone ever. Not an absolutely great story, but still a good one. I would have liked a little more.... a little more time before she and Cade fell into each other, a little more time for some character development. But I still liked it, and trust the 18+ warning, (Addison's past is violent and not easy to read about) and these two go at it ever chance they get. amazingly it doesn't feel like their sexcapades are out of place, or filler for just another erotic story. It all kind of worked.  Will definitely keep going with this series.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Jacquelyn Frank-Forsaken (The World of Nightwalkers #3)

Adult Paranormal Romance

New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank continues her scorching and sensual new series set in the world of the Nightwalkers, where alluring entities known as Bodywalkers are the vanguards against the raging forces of darkness.

As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson is now inhabited by a Bodywalker, and Leo is forced to grapple with a realm of supernatural beings far more dangerous than anything he’s ever encountered.

But when Jackson is wounded by an attack from a demon god, Leo must team up with another supernatural creature—a Night Angel—to save his friend from utter destruction. With skin as black as midnight, hair as white as snow, and a body of pure perfection, the Night Angel arouses a burning desire in Leo, even as he refuses to be intimidated by her power—or the power of those who would destroy his friend. An unusual alliance is forged, electrified by sexual temptation, and together the two must unite their strengths to bring down a supreme evil.


{3 stars}

ARC provided by publisher via netgalley
Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Ballantine Books

Jacquelyn Frank has a very detailed imagination. I love the worlds she creates, they are quite vivid. And I was really taken by the concept of Egyptian pharaohs becoming bodywalkers, its a great concept and storyline. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I didn't "click" with this one. I didn't find any empathy or love for the H/h. It took me a long time to finish this one, I put it down at least a half dozen times before finishing it. Leo's anger, though justified, got in the way of me feeling anything for him. And even though Faith is an outstanding character (well written, imaginative) I just couldn't find myself putting the two of them together. That being said, this is still a great addition to the storyline as a whole. It moves everything along with a decent pace and adds to the overall series. Not my favorite, but still a great series I will continue with.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Penelope Douglas-Until You (Fall Away #1.5)

Adult Romance 18+

***This novel contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.

Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.

Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her or anyone else.

So I hurt her. I pushed her away.

But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her...they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.

But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.

Now, when I push, she pushes back.


{5 stars}

It's always a risk to write a story from another POV, but Douglas does a brilliant job of getting us to see it thru Jared's eyes without boring us with reading the "same" story. Emotional, tragic, passionate, a dozen other feelings go thru you when you read it. Jared has experienced some serious trauma, and he didn't process it very well. He turned it on the one person that loved him unconditionally. Bad decisions, and a whole lot of mistakes and regret later, he figures it out before it's almost to late to turn it around. If I didn't already know how it all turned out I would have been on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen to the two of them. What this book did was answer a lot of questions. Like what really happened to him? And all of those scenes where you were asking "what is going on in his head?" A great job expanding this series, I'm seriously addicted.

***  "Old enough to unravel you".....Oh my lord I can't wait to get to Jax's story !













Saturday, December 7, 2013

C. M. Stunich-Bad Day (Hard Rock Roots #4)

Adult Romance 18+

Turner Motherf*cking Campbell.
I'm into him, yeah, and I think I love him.
But the sh*t has just hit the fan.
Time for the angels and devils to crash.
Because if we don't, then this all falls apart, and we lose everything. The fans, the music, the relationships that are just beginning to blossom. This is it. Let's kick as*, take names, and let the world know who's boss.


& & &

Naomi Isabelle Knox, she's everything to me.
And I know I love her. But I can't ignore the sh*t storm that's taken over this tour, my tour. Time to get serious; time to dig deep; time to take back the music. Because if we don't, then I could lose her. She could die; we all could. Or worse. Time to show the world what we're made of, that we're here to stay. Say hello to your idols, baby. Your new gods. Say hello to Indecency and Amatory Riot. Your latest obsessions, your greatest desires.

{4 stars}

Miss Stunich, you sure have a way with cliff-hangers. But I will give it to you, it is was keeps me hanging on by my fingernails waiting to find out what happens next, like an addiction.

We left off with gunshots in the previous book, so it was imperative that we find out who and why. But nothing is clear cut in this world, there are too many secrets. And those secrets have been years in the making. Secrets we didn't even know existed. So where does that leave the bands? Lot's of twists and turns in this one, but we do get more answers than we have before. So a lot more of this saga makes sense to me. Don't know where this series is going to take us, or how it's going to end, but the rock n roll ride has been a lot of fun.  

Monday, December 2, 2013

J. C. Emery-Ride (Bayonet Scars #1)

Adults Romance 18+

Death comes in Armani. Salvation comes in leather.

Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can't take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.

Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.

Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike —or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.

Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden


{4 stars}
Going from mob princess storyline to biker babe? Wasn't sure how this was going to work, but it did. The story seemed seamless in its transition, it made perfect sense. I really enjoyed this story, it could have been longer, and more developed. But all in all it worked. And Ryan and Alex are a great couple, at each other's throat one moment, then bouncing off the bed the next. The cast of characters surrounding them just add to the humor and storyline, and I really want to read Duke's story. And isn't the cover just HOT?!?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Carmen Jenner-Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown #1)

Adult Romance 18+

Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust.

Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his past.

But you know what they say about wanting: you always want what you can’t have.

Nineteen year-old virgin Ana is about to discover that’s not quite true because a six foot three, hotter than hell, tattooed, Aussie sex god just rode into town. He’s had a taste of her pie and he wants more– no really, Ana bakes pies for a living, get your mind out of the gutter.

She’d be willing to hand over everything tied up in a big red bow, there’s just one problem; Elijah has secrets dirtier than last week’s underwear. Secrets that won't just break Ana’s heart, but put her life at risk, too. When those secrets come to light, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.

Add to that a psychotic nympho best friend, an overbearing father, a cuter than humanly possible kid brother, a wanton womanizing cousin, the ex from hell, and more pies than you could poke a ... err ... stick ... at.

And you thought small towns were boring.

Welcome to Sugartown.

*Content Warning. Intended for a mature 18+ audience. Contains explicit sex, oodles of profanity and a crap-tonne of AWKWARD


{3 stars}

I struggled with this book. I felt like a tourist who didn't understand the language. It's set in Australia, so its full of Australian landmarks, slang, and references. I was at a loss. Add to that the first half of the book was only a 2 star rating, around the 50% mark it got good. Then the author thru me for a flip with a very intense scene I was not prepared for and didn't want to read. I have read scenes like that in other books, and I agreed with the writing of them sometimes, but not always. But at least at that point in the book the action had picked up and it was a little more interesting. I will give the humor in this book a 5 star, it was very funny at times, especially with Holly (the best friend). Overall, I waffled between 2 and 3 stars, Maybe if the setting was in America, who knows, I just didn't click with it even though I did finish the story.




























Thursday, November 28, 2013

Katy Evans-Remy (Real #3)

Adult Romance 18+

Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.

Through it all, there's been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he's ever had to fight for.






{4 stars}
It's always a risk for an author to rewrite a book from another's POV. We all want it, we've all read books where we just know it would be wonderful to read it from the other POV. But pulling that off without making it seem like you just read the same book again without getting bored? Well, I think Katy Evans pulled it off.

Remy was such a silent character in the first 2 books, that having a book told from inside his head was a treat. Even though we all know what happened along the way, to see it through his eyes was a whole new story. We skip along learning what goes through his mind when he is normal (we skip the parts when he goes black and isn't aware of what's happening). And we see him from the inside out. It was great, and as an added bonus we get to read about their wedding. Adding a little bit of "new" mixed in with the past made this book even better.  We don't rehash each an every incident from the first 2 books, just the high (or low) points that are important to his storyline. I really enjoyed Remy, he is such a tormented character, that you just want to wrap him up and protect him. But that's his job, his sole purpose in life now is to protect and treasure Brooke and Racer. Great series, emotional, captivating, endearing. Love it. Great job Miss Evans!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tessa Bailey-Asking for Trouble (Line of Duty #4)

Adult Romance 18+

Brent Mason and Hayden Winstead can't stand each other. She plans exclusive parties for her rich family's charities. He's a rough and tumble cop who rigs explosives for a living. Could two people be any less suited for conversation? They think not and prefer to keep it that way.

Unfortunately, their two best friends are deeply, disgustingly in love. Forced together, the mutual attraction simmering beneath the surface of Brent and Hayden's non-relationship grows with every argument until it explodes into a scintillating night of mind-blowing sex. And it wont be the last, as far as Brent's concerned.

Hayden has a secret, though. Her father's company is relying on a merger to save them from financial ruin, and only Hayden's marriage to the CEOs wealthy son can secure the deal. If she's to protect her family, she'll have to forget Brent. And he has no intention of being forgotten.


{4 stars}

Perfect read for a cold, wet, winter day. Tessa Bailey has managed to turn two of the most unlikable characters into two of my favorites. They are like a "beauty and the beast" love story. Neither one much likes the other until the bedroom sparks fly, then they realize the chemistry and fire that has been missing in their lives. The back and forth dynamic is great, you just can't help falling for both of them. Another hit in this series! Can't wait to see who's up next.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

C. M. Stunich--Tough Luck (Hard Rock Roots #3)

Adult Romance 18+

But I wish he wasn't.

I didn't sign up for this destruction, this pain.

In his music, I hear his soul crying out for me.

If I could, I'd run away from here and never look back because to tell you the truth, I'm terrified. There are forces weighing in on me that even I don't understand. I'm scared. Things are dangerous. This could get real ugly, real fast.

*****

Lola Saints is a godsend.

But I wish she wasn't.

I don't know sh*t about her, but already, I'm hooked.

When she plays, I can almost imagine the ghosts of the dead are calling out to me.

If I could, I'd shed my soul and leave the pain of the past behind me. But I can't. I have to figure out if there's a way to fall in love anew and respect the old. But something else is going on, something weird. Something that tells me my tough luck might just run out real fast.


{4 stars}   **spoiler alert**

I have to say that for the first half of the book I really didn't care for Lola. Not just because she was on the wrong side of this completely screwed up situation, but I just didn't get her. I couldn't "click" with her Australian "slang" and her slightly obnoxious behavior. But somewhere in the middle I changed my mind, she became something more integral to the story. Ronnie has been mourning his girlfriend for far to long, so he has done nothing but party and screw his way thru dozens of groupies along the way (he's got 4 kids). That is until he meets Lola, somehow she plugs him back into life. And when all hell starts breaking loose, she is still there by his side.

This is not your typical romance series/story. It is a mind f*ck mystery, with murder and chaos. It's a puzzle that needs to be solved. It just so happens it surrounds a dozen people, two bands, and a rock tour. And Stunich has a spectacular way of leaving us hanging with nail biting cliff hangers! Ugh! But I'm not reading this series looking for the typical HEA. I'm reading it because I am intrigued, hooked like a junkie, and MUST know why this is all happening. Who is Tyler? Why is he doing this? I need to know, and if I get a couple of HEA's from my favorite couples, then even better. This series is harsh, gritty, raw, and magnetic. There are no candle light dinners, no hand holding romance. Just raw passion, sex, drugs, and rock n roll! It's a wild ride, and I am really loving this series.




















Saturday, November 9, 2013

J. A. Redmerski-The Edge of Always (The Edge of Never #2)

Adult Contemporary Romance

He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…

When everything falls apart, love remains . . .

THE EDGE OF ALWAYS

Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged—and a wedding isn’t the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can’t wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew – a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to—until tragedy blindsides them.

Andrew doesn’t understand how this could happen to them. He’s trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won’t do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride…



{4 stars}

Not as an emotional of a ride for me this time around. Andrew and Camryn are starting their life "together" after some really harsh events in their lives. Together and separate they have both been thru a lot. But life is not ready to just let them "be" yet. After another tragedy, Andrew decides that the way to get back their life is to hit the road again, where they were happiest. But what I discovered in the first book about coming home, isn't really true, it's not a place. Home is where your heart is, It's where you feel the most loved, cherished, and safe. And sometimes that just so happens to be in the arms of the one you love. Fighting the "norm", Andrew and Camryn figure out what makes them the most happy. And sitting still isn't it, but trying to recreate their original journey isn't it either. So they set out on a journey yet undiscovered by them. They do eventually come full circle, and land in a much better place then the last time they stopped. But even though they have to take a break from their wandering, they do it for the right reasons this time.

I didn't cry this time, but I felt the emotions just as strongly. Their story really makes you think about what makes you happy, and not settling for anything less. I have found myself wanting to run away and just keep going much like Andrew and Camryn do, if it was only as easy as it is in a book.....



























Friday, November 8, 2013

Katy Evans-Mine (Real #2)

Adult Romance 18+

He's mine, and I'm his. Our love is all-consuming, powerful,
imperfect, and real...


In the international bestseller REAL, the unstoppable bad boy of the Underground fighting circuit finally met his match. Hired to keep him in prime condition, Brooke Dumas unleashed a primal desire in Remington "Riptide" Tate as vital as the air he breathes... and now he can't live without her.

Brooke never imagined she would end up with the man who is every woman's dream, but not all dreams end happily ever after, and just when they need each other the most, she is torn away from his side. Now with distance and darkness between them, the only thing left is to fight for the love of the man she calls MINE.


{4.5 stars}
Brooke and Remy are a collision of passion. They literally "collide" with each other every time they are near each other. Remy can't function without her, he needs to see her, smell her, touch her, every moment of the day. Even when asleep he stays wrapped around her. He is the Lion and she is his mate. He is the quiet king and he communicates with Brooke thru touch, sound (songs), and generally one word possessive statements.....MINE. It's very beauty and the beast, and a fairytale played out in the world of underground fighting.

"Black and blue, every inch of you, magnificent you, is mine."

This story picks up where we left off in the last book, as Remy and Brooke melt their lives together. But all fairytales have to have drama and a few evil players to make the beauty all the more beautiful for winning. Scorpion is back, Nora is as selfish as ever, and we get to find out more details as to what really happened to Remy when Brooke left him, it wasn't pretty. But together they succeed and have some wonderful, happy surprises (I'm not telling....*wink*). Not quite as emotionally intense as the first one, I think merely because there is a lot more happiness in this one. But a great follow up to Real. Can't wait to read the next one which is Real from Remy's POV. And since he is a man of few words and a wealth of tactile communication, it should be really eye opening.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Kresley Cole--Shadow's Claim (The Dacians #1)

Paranormal Romance - adult

#1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole introduces The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, a new paranormal series following the royal bloodline of Dacia, a vampire kingdom hidden within the Lore of the Immortals After Dark. Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament— to the death.

HE WON’T BE DENIED

Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people—striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself—until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore’s most fearsome villains.

SHE’S BOUND TO ANOTHER

Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails—even though she’s lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure.

A BATTLE FOR HER BODY AND SOUL

Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away—or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever pitch. . .

{4 stars}
I have read the Immortals After Dark series (except the last 2). Kresley Cole has a writing style of beginning each book back at the same start point as the last one, but from a different point of view. Like the spokes on a wheel, which I find annoying at times. So I thought that this was a new start, a new wheel so to speak, but it does bring up things that happened in Lothaire's book and Dreams of a Dark Warrior. Even though I didn't read Lothaire, I had no trouble keeping up. And for a book over 450 pages, I didn't get bored (I did put it down twice to read something else). It's a great story, loved Trehan, all the things he gives up and goes thru for Bettina is incredible. Bettina is sort of a sheltered princess, but she has dreams and aspirations of her own. The side characters are a plus to this story, my only complaint was the ending, it kind of fell flat for me. After all they went thru there should have been a little more HEA.



















Tuesday, October 22, 2013

WATTPAD - author spotlight

If you read my first post about this website, then you know what its all about. Up and coming authors trying out their stories, working towards being discovered and eventually published. I will "spotlight" certain authors that I think are worthy of attention as I come across them.

http://wattpad.com/rembear45

Spin The Bottle

Rachel and Miles have been best friends since they were ten-years-old.  He's the dangerous, mysterious playboy, while she's the shy, innocent good girl.  An unlikely pair, for sure, these two have never seen each other as anything more than just "friends."

But, one day, Miles convinces Rachel to attend a party in celebration of their senior year of high school.  Will an innocent game of "Spin the Bottle" change their relationship forever?


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Take My Breath Away

My name is Margaret, but most people call me by my nickname, “Mag.” This year has been unbelievably crazy and intense.  I moved to a new town after my brother’s car accident, and I was just trying to survive my senior year of high school – literally. 

I played basketball, and I had to deal with a sociopath for a coach while battling severe asthma.  Hell doesn’t even begin to describe that situation.  But, in the midst of everything I met and fell in love with the school’s most notorious player – Michael Allen.  He was the star of the basketball team.  I quickly learned there was more to him than just good looks and a killer jumpshot, though. 

Our story is nothing short of amazing.  This is THE story, MY story.  It’s rare, it’s real, and it’s going to make you believe in love again.  Find out how we came together in the face of tremendous odds, tragedy, and people who wished to tear us apart.

Enjoy!  You'll laugh, cry, and leave this book feeling inspired.  I promise.  Give it time - it's slow to start, but by the end, you're going to be so glad that you gave it a chance.  It's NOT your typical teen romance - don't let the beginning fool you.

{4 stars}
I have been following both of these stories. They are both YA, which is not usually my favorite genre, but they caught my attention with how different they seem to be from the usual. This author addresses some serious topics, like bullying. Which is not an easy topic to write or live thru. but she does a great job giving us a glimpse into the life of someone being bullied (Take My Breath Away). I commend her bravery in sharing some of this with us. Both stories are "in progress" so we are reading it as she writes. Spin the bottle reminds me of many a high school party that I went to, and Take My Breath Away keeps me hanging on the edge waiting for the next chapter. This author has a lot of promise. I hope you will open your mind, and remember it is a work in progress, an unpolished gem in the making, and give these stories a try. I think you will like them.

To see what I am reading on wattpad. go to: http://wattpad.com/texasreaderstacy

Monday, October 14, 2013

WATTPAD - discovering unpublished writers

About Wattpad

http://www.wattpad.com/about

Great stories bring people together!

Wattpad is the world's largest community for discovering and sharing stories. It's a new form of entertainment connecting readers and writers through storytelling, and best of all, it's entirely free. With thousands of new stories added every day, an incredibly active community of readers, and the ability to read on your computer, phone, or tablet, Wattpad is the only place that offers a truly social, and entirely mobile reading experience.

I had one of my favorite authors turned me on to Wattpad because she posts her "Dear Diary" series there. And what a world I discovered!! There are lots of authors just waiting to be discovered and published. I have come across several stories that have kept me captivated, and I hope that you will fall in love with their stories as well. A lot of them are "fan fiction", but that is how we all discovered E.L. James Fifty Shades series, everyone has to start somewhere right?



After series by imaginator. http://wattpad.com/imaginator1D

After 1: Tessa Young is an 18 year old college student with a simple life, excellent grades, and a sweet boyfriend. She always has things planned out ahead of time, until she meets a rude boy named Harry, with too many tattoos and piercings who shatters her plans.


{ 4 stars}
I started reading the first book, After, at lunch to kill time, but was so captivated by the storyline and characters that I couldn't stop reading. I actually read book 1 and 2 over the weekend. And honestly, I had no idea who Harry Styles was until I googled him, I guess I'm to old...LOL...but I think that made the books better for me cause I was reading them without any expectations.

Harry is damaged and self destructive, Tessa has been sheltered and has never experienced life. Their whirlwind story is full of angst, college parties, yelling, drama, and 'turn you inside out' passion. I won't give any spoilers away, the dynamic between the 2 is amazing. I see parts of myself in both of them, and at times actually cried with them. How she is not published is a shock to me, if a book can pull emotions from me and a commitment to the characters, then it should be in print! The third book is not finished yet, but she updates almost daily, so we can read along as she writes. Go into reading these stories with an open mind, don't be critical. They need a little polishing and some minor editing, but they are great stories, they pulled me in, and the emotional connection is what gets me hooked into any book.



***If you want to check out more stories in my reading list, click the link below***

http://wattpad.com/texasreaderstacy



Sunday, October 6, 2013

Chelsea Cain--Let Me Go (Archie & Gretchen #6)

Adult-Thriller

Beautiful killer Gretchen Lowell tightens her grip on Detective Archie Sheridan in Let Me Go, New York Times bestseller Chelsea Cain’s newest nail-biter.

Detective Archie Sheridan is about to receive a birthday present from the last person he ever wants to see again: Gretchen Lowell.

The investigation into Jack Reynolds's drug enterprise is heating up and has Archie heading off to attend a masked Halloween party on Jack Reynolds's island, where Susan is a reluctant guest. But the next morning one of the guests is found murdered, and Archie quickly realizes that nothing is what it seems. Only one thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and she's been closer than anyone thinks. On Halloween Eve, with time running out, Archie will have to risk everything, and choose wisely whom to trust, if he and his loved ones are going to live through the night.



{4 stars}
If you have read the first 5 books in this series, then you know what Archie has gone thru with Gretchen. She will never let him leave their game. This time around she returns for Archie's birthday, and a present from Gretchen is never just a simple present. Her game take years to take affect and you never quite see her coming. Rachel? Didn't see that one, even though I never trusted her. Susan is back in the middle of things as usual and lots of secrets are revealed. We flash back frequently to before Gretchen kidnapped Archie and we learn some more secrets from when they were together. Lots of twists, turns, and another twisting puzzle to solve. Really enjoyed this one, Cain keeps us guessing each time Gretchen returns to twist the scalpel into Archie's life.

***If you have never read this series, start at the beginning. It captured my attention immediately. I have never read a thriller where the serial killer is a female, blond, beauty, who stuns everyone with just how depraved she really is. The "cat and mouse" game between her and Archie is attention grabbing with each book.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tara Sivec--Love and Lists (Chocoholics #1)

Adult Romance 18+

Love and Lists is the first book in the Chocolate Lovers spinoff - Chocoholics: The foul-mouthed offspring tell their stories.

Twenty-five-year-old Gavin Ellis has always had the love and support of his family ever since he was a little boy and couldn't stop talking about his penis. He's also always had their unsolicited advice and uncanny knack of embarrassing him at all costs. Now that he's an adult and trying to convince the love of his life to love him back, things haven't changed very much from when he was younger.

When Gavin's best friend Tyler suggests he make a to-do list of items that will ensure he wins the girl, Gavin is one-hundred-percent on board: after a few six packs.

After puking in the shrubs, a bad experience with Viagra, a Sex-Ed course gone wrong, and a slew of other mishaps courtesy of his family and friends, Gavin is pretty sure this list will be the death of him.

Sometimes, trying to make someone love you with a list isn't always the best idea. Especially when "Show her your penis" is the first "to-do" item...


{4 stars}

 Question, are Tara Sivec and Madeline Sheehan the same person? Are they BFF's? Are they really Liz and Claire in real life? I get great sneak peeks for each of their books in the other ones books....just pondering......

Ok, I will say that this was not quite as funny as Chocolate Lovers, because I didn't shoot soda out my nose and hyperventilate/snort laugh until I cried. BUT, that doesn't mean it isn't absolutely LOL!!! I have learned that you can't eat, drink, or read her books in public or you risk choking or just flat out embarrassing yourself. Gavin all grown up is great, and with Tyler and his "drew". Nothing could be funnier, I would love to have all these people as friends, I probably would never get anything done, but what a way to go........


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sophie Oak--Siren In Bliss

Adult Romance-BDSM 18+

What happens after happily ever after?

It’s the event of the year. The wedding of Leo and Wolf Meyer to their beautiful sub, Shelley McNamara, has all of Bliss up in arms—and makes everyone think about love and marriage and family.

Wolf and Leo have to deal with the sudden reappearance of their father. Rafe Kincaid is handed an opportunity that might take him and his family away from Bliss. Aidan, Lexi, and Lucas O’Malley find themselves at a crossroads in their marriage. And Stefan Talbot must face his biggest fear—possibly losing his wife in childbirth.

So come to the Feed Store Church, pick a seat, and enjoy the chaos as all your favorite characters from Texas Sirens and Nights in Bliss, Colorado, come together for one eventful weekend.

And some of them may never be the same again.

Note: This is a reunion book, which shares an overall story arc and many crossover characters with the Texas Sirens and Nights in Bliss series. This is not a stand-alone.

A Siren Erotic Romance....


{4 stars}

If you haven't read The Texas Sirens or Nights in Bliss series, then you will have no idea what's going on. It is important to get caught up on both series so you can appreciate just how far all of these trios have come. This is definitely a reunion book, it's like the extended epilogue that we all wish for. We get to see what's happening with everyone, some we haven't really checked in with in years. If Sophie wanted to end both her series right now, this would have been the way to do it. It was great. I discovered The Texas Sirens series a couple of years ago and read the first 4 in one weekend. I was hooked. Both series, for me, are not just about the BDSM or the ménage dynamic. It's about the characters. They are all slightly off center, quirky, funny, and people I would love to be neighbors with if they were actually real people. I enjoy every trip we make, whether it's to Bliss, Colorado, or the Dallas, Texas. They are all unique, charming, and totally lovable. Hoping this is not the end, but a new beginning for both groups now that everyone is having children!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Abbi Glines--Twisted Perfection (Perfection #1)

Adult Romance 18+

Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…


{3 stars}

Yes, I know I'm in the minority on my rating. I loved the first books in this Rosemary Beach series, so I expected to love this one as much. I liked it, didn't love it. For some reason I just couldn't get emotionally attached to either Woods or Della. Maybe I'm having an off week, but even the sex scenes sounded cheesy and porn like. Della just didn't make sense to me. I could understand Wood's falling for her and willing to give up his "prearranged" life, but her past didn't quite "click" with her semi-promiscuous behavior. I'm still going to read the next one though.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Madeline Sheehan--Unattainable (Undeniable #3)

Adult Romance 18+

Warning: This is not a virtuous and tender love story. It’s chaotic, ruthless, and tragic. This story takes love and kills its innocence, steals away the pure moments, and crushes the hearts of the broken. A story born in childhood, tying one girl to one boy, leads to a destructive path—that hurts more than it doesn’t, that shatters more than it heals—testing the love that binds the two through a lifetime.

Tegen Matthews is the daughter of Dorothy Kelley, a club whore in the Hell’s Horsemen. A plain little girl, Tegen falls into the gritty world of the motorcycle club. When she meets a sweet, caring boy, she embraces the warmth and affection he shows her. Cage West is the son of the president of the Hell’s Horsemen. Tall and blond with deep brown eyes, as he grows up Cage realizes the power of his dimpled smile and smooth drawl. With one chance encounter, Tegen becomes forever tied to Cage. Following is a wayward journey that is filled with regrets, mistakes, and heartache, pulling at the threads that hold them together. Cage and Tegen fight hard but love harder, and in the end, what matters is where the journey takes one girl and one boy, who have been twined with one another since the beginning.

This is Tegen and Cage’s story.

Love doesn’t erase a broken heart, and it sure doesn’t change people. But no matter how old, how flimsy, how frayed the rope of love is, it keeps you tethered to the people you love.


{5 stars}

This series if not for the timid reader. It is harsh, gritty, violent, and 'strip you bare' passionate. This one has so much going on in it my head was spinning. Dirty? Where did he come from? Dirty and Ellie are a great little sub plot that I really enjoyed. But on to Tegan and Cage. Wow, they have issues. Growing up in the club life is never easy, and nothing is ever normal. Tegan knows how love plays out in the MC, her mother was a victim of that love when her boyfriends wife shot her. But that's another story (up next I think). Cage realized at a young age that his looks and being the prez's son could get him whatever, and whoever, he wanted. And boy did he want, he went thru one night stands like there was no tomorrow. He was Tegan's first, and since she was in love with him since she was 8 years old, it meant something to her. But at the time, it didn't sink in to Cage just how much it meant to her. When she comes back to visit her mom after college, her and Cage clash. AND CLASH HARD! Yelling, punching, throwing things clashing. It was a wild ride to read, even during there fighting you can see how much they want each other. Cage is just to stubborn to realize what he has until she walks away again. I could go on and on about this story, but I will leave some discoveries for you. Loved every (filthy) word of it!!!!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Kim Jones--Making The Cut (Saving Dallas #2)

Adult Romance 18+


She went searching for a one night stand and ended up falling in love with Luke Carmical, President of the Devil’s Renegades Motorcycle Club. Now she must decide how to handle the aftermath of Frankie’s brutal assault and the knowledge that Luke has been lying to her- about everything. Secrets are revealed and more lies exposed as Dallas Knox, CEO of Knox Companies, becomes more involved in the MC. She wonders if this life is enough for her, if this family is really what she wants. When circumstances present her with an unusual twist of fate, Dallas knows without a doubt, that this is the family she has longed for. New problems occur, traumatic events take place and lives hang in the balance as Dallas has to decide what is really most important in life.

The journey is long. The outcome is uncertain. Can she Make the Cut?


{4 stars}

5 Stars for the Cover!

We have all been waiting for this one. Will Dallas embrace the MC and the family? Will she forgive Luke for his lies? All is answered, more lies are revealed, and a lifetime of secrets are uncovered. The MC has more drama than it can handle trying to find Frankie (and War), and keep everyone safe in the process. Dallas has to let go of the life she thought she wanted and except the MC family in front of her, or walk away alone. But walking away from Luke and the MC will not make her life safe. Luke and Dallas are just plain HOT together, there is no other way to explain them. I fell head first into this one and read it in one sitting. The surrounding cast of the MC are great additions to the storyline, we get to see several POV's, and it adds a lot to building the world that Dallas and Luke live in. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but there are more kidnappings, and violence in store for the MC in this one. Can't wait to read the next one!






Sunday, September 15, 2013

C. M. Stunich--Loving Me, Trusting You (Triple M #2)

Adult Romance 18+

The Triple M Motorcycle Gang has a new president in Austin Sparks, the bad boy biker that swept Amy Cross off her feet. And nobody's happier about that than Gaine Kelley. Now that his best friend has finally found the woman of his dreams, Gaine's free to go after Mireya. But what if she isn't ready yet? What if the demons from her past howl so loud she can't hear him calling?

Mireya Sawyer isn't ready for love. Not yet. Maybe not ever. Especially not when the one thing she's always fought for is called into question. Triple M may not be a 'real' MC, but they're posing as one, and there are people that don't like that. People who can't accept the way they do things and are willing to take the time to put a stop to it. With several rival gangs circling around, threatening the rights of the women in Triple M, Mireya knows it's time to forget her love affair with Austin and move on. Thing is, Gaine's not willing to stand on the sidelines anymore. He loves her, but can she trust him?


{3.5 stars}

I had to drop half a star because I just don't like Mireya, I don't think any reader will. Don't get me wrong, I understand why she is the way she is. But it was exhausting getting thru her past. Gaine is really why I kept reading, I would love to have a boyfriend like him. Sweet, sexy and biker hot. But Mireya can't see what's right in front of her face until she almost loses it forever. We pick up right where book one leaves off, with Austin in charge and the MC still on the go trying to keep the rival MC's off their backs. I miss Austin and Amy, there story was more captivating, but I do have a soft spot for Gaine. He wears his heart on his sleeve (and his shoulder) where Mireya is concerned, but she keeps pushing him away. I can't believe he didn't give up a lot sooner, but I guess the heart wants what the heart wants. Not sure how the rival MC war is going to play out in the long run, it's kind of confusing with all the secrets and how Melissa Diamond figures in all of it. Amy's best friend has joined them, and I'm guessing that Beck's story is up next. But all in all it keeps my attention and I will definitely keep reading...

Saturday, September 14, 2013

C. M. Stunich--Losing me, Finding You (Triple M #1)

Adult Romance 18+

Twenty-one year old Amy Cross's idea of a hot Saturday night is curling up with her favorite book boyfriend and secretly sneaking a bottle of her mother's wine. That is, until she meets Austin Sparks, the biker boy with a past that burns like fire and a gaze she can't look away from. Without knowing what she's doing or why she's doing it, Amy ends up on the road with Austin traveling from one city to another while learning things she's only ever read about in romance novels.

At first it seems like Austin is Amy's fantasy come true, but as their journey progresses, she starts to sense that Austin is running away from something. Amy knows that she'll do whatever it takes to help him find himself. What she doesn't expect is that she'll lose herself in the process and how good it will feel to be free.


{4 stars}

I really liked Stunich's other series, so I added this to my TBR pile. The reviews by my GR friends didn't make it sound promising. But I have to say, I really like it. I finished it in one day. I found Amy's "book boyfriend romances" to be funny and quite true, believe it or not. Every romance reader thinks or dreams just the way she did. We all compare men we meet to our BBF's and hope that one day we will fall into that beloved romance novel that we read over and over again. Austin seems to be caught off guard by Amy, he's not prepared to actually have feelings for her. Or to have the strange need to possess her. She is a surprise in the sense that she seems to "roll with the flow" when she steps off into his world. And the MC backstory seems to give the whole thing just a little bit of edge and suspense. The passion is as HOT as the cover and I'm already ordering the next book....

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Heidi McLaughlin--My Unexpected Forever (Beaumont #2)

Adult Romance 17+

I expected a life of music.
I expected to raise my son.
It took one look to make everything change.
I never expected happiness.

I never expected to find her.
I never expected to feel desire.
I never expected I’d be a family man.
I never expected to be loved.
I never expected to fall in love.

They say you should expect the unexpected, I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.

{3.5 stars}

The synopsis doesn't really do this story justice. We met Harrison and Katelyn in the first book, and the moment he saw her he was captivated. But she had just buried her husband, her high school sweetheart, her first and only love. Harrison has an interesting past, and an even more interesting story behind his son Quinn. He is the drummer in a rock band, not the suburban, lawn mowing, next door neighbor. But he gives up LA life to move to Beaumont to be near Katelyn and to give Quinn a more normal life.

Katelyn was a frustrating character, her wishy-washy behavior towards Harrison was almost enough to have me giving up. But I was really drawn to Harrison, Quinn, and Katelyn's twins Peyton and Elle. They really made the story for me. Loved their interactions and humor. Overall, this could have been a bit "more" in some way. But I really did enjoy it.....hoping there is a book about JD?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Crystal Spears--Withstanding Me (Breakneck #2)

Adult Romance 18+

While the chaos and bloodshed have slowed for a short period, life is never quiet in the world of Breakneck. The club is taking time to regroup from internal betrayal and the changing of the guard in a rival group.
Zig Zag became a father at the age of thirteen. While raising a child has never been easy, now his eighteen year old daughter Tatiana makes his life downright hard. She has caught the eye of Travis, the new President of the rival MC Gunners, but all she really wants is Shadow, the newest addition to the Breakneck family. When Shadow’s rejection sends Tatiana running from the only family, home, and safety she’s ever known, ZZ is crazy with worry. The distraction caused by Tatiana’s disappearance could prove to be Zig Zag’s downfall.

If that isn’t enough, ZZ finds himself rampantly attracted to the one and only Storm. She’s beautiful, quick and witty. Their friendship is the one thing that keeps him from growing crazy, and Storm stands by ZZ through all the turmoil. Zig Zag is not accustomed to hearing the word no, so Storm’s constant withstanding just draws him in deeper. Their friendship is one thing keeping him from going crazy, until one night…

The club is regrouping and rebuilding from the mayhem known as the Russian Mafia. A hit is ordered on Tatiana, Storm, Winter, and Piper.

Tatiana’s egg donor reveals secrets that a thirteen year old Zig Zag was too young to understand.

Braxxon is out of reach while he helps Greg Cage deal with some dirty business.

Bloodshed… Secrets… Betrayal… Trauma… Welcome back to the Breakneck world.


{4 stars}
I confess, I have a serious Sons of Anarchy addiction. I just can't get enough of Jax Teller. So that is why this series is perfect for me. The MC follows their own rules. Dangerous, blood thirsty, revenge filled rules. But its all to protect the Club and their family. This go round we are following ZZ and Storm. Storm was kidnapped when she was in college and sold into the sex trade. That is where Winter found her and several other girls. Storm is now Winter's best friend and sister (by soul if not by blood), and the one woman who resists ZZ. He has never had any woman tell him no, so he resists for as long as he can before he caves. Nothing worth having is easy to get, right? Russian drama surrounds them (I still don't completely understand that plotline) and The Gunners MC picks the wrong side of the war to fall on. Car accidents, gun fire, Tatiana's disappearing acts, a surprise sibling, and bloodshed all return to the Breakneck MC. And all the while the brothers are falling for their true match in a woman one by one.....love this series!!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Heidi McLaughlin--Forever My Girl (Beaumont #1)

Adult Romance

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.  I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl,,,,,,,


{4 stars}

What a simple love story! It was so nice to read a simple, beautiful, love story. No life or death drama, just the regret of decisions made in the past. What we all wouldn't do if we had a "do over" button, right?

Liam made a mistake, and left the love of his life behind when he decided to change his whole life. Problem was, he should have told her, she might have gone with him. But now 10 years later he is back for his best friends funeral and his world is flipped upside down. How does he fix this when a surprise walks into the restroom? Lucky for us we get to read along while Liam rights the wrongs of his past decision. This was a really great afternoon read, looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Gail Mchugh--Pulse (Collide #2)

Adult Romance 18+


How do you keep existing when your heart is so splintered, so completely torn to shreds, your pulse is fading?

You’re…broken. How do you move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache? Living becomes an insidious reminder that you threw away the single largest part of yourself. Your…soul. No amount of distraction can pull you from the torture of losing your…life.

Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start?

{3.5 stars}

Even after I have slept on it, I have no higher stars for this series. Emily's character is not what drew me to finish it, it was Gavin. It's was always about Gavin. He was the strongest character, the most romantic, the most beautiful. I kept reading page after page (I still think this book is too long) to find out what happens to Gavin.  He was the one who was hurt the most, the one who knew who his soul mate was and was devastated when she chose another. And the WTF?!? moment....so not fair Miss McHugh, I was blown away by that. But for people like me who do not connect with Emily, read the series for Gavin, everyone should have a Gavin in their life, it would be so much more beautiful......

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Gail McHugh--Collide (Collide #1)

Adult Romance 18+

A missed first encounter…

Colliding with a second chance…

On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother’s death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start.

While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can’t live without her by his side, he’s sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man.

Until she meets Gavin Blake—a rich and notorious playboy who is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Emily tries to deny the instant connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome is not inclined to let go so easily. Recovering from his own painful past, Gavin will stop at nothing to win Emily over.

This unexpected encounter compels Emily to question her decisions, forcing her to make a choice that will destroy friendships, shatter hearts, and forever change her life.

{3.5 stars}
The first half of this book barely kept my attention. Emily was a boring character, and Dillon is just an ass (he is why I didn't feel compelled to keep reading). You don't see it at first but Dillon is an abusive man. He systematically pushes Emily into a position where she becomes the wishy-washy "timid" female. Annoying until you figure out what he is really up to. She does what he wants just to keep the peace and keep him happy. Then in walks Gavin, charming and beautiful beyond words, and he wants Emily. They all 3 collide in a drama filled second half of the book. Honestly, Gavin is why I kept reading.You just can't help feeling something for him. And you really, really, want him to get his HEA. The story is far too long (hence the skimming) but I did enjoy most of it enough to continue on to the next one. I really need to know how everything turns out for Gavin....

Friday, August 30, 2013

Penelope Douglas--Bully (Fall Away #1)

Adult Romance 18+

My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.

***This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual situations.


(5 stars)

I wasn't going to read this one, the topic hits too close to home for me. I was bullied as a teen, and I wasn't sure I wanted to revisit those memories. But my fellow GR reviewers had me giving it a try. I didn't think I would like it, but I found myself loving it. The fact that this is her first book is amazing. It's well written, great character development, and pulled me in emotionally. It's hard to read about the emotional rollercoaster that Tate has to endure during Jared's torment. But even as you read it, you can see that somewhere there is a reason behind it all (in the storyline plot, I never condone bullying). None of it makes sense, they were best friends and now he hates her? The puzzle kept me intrigued, and my need to see if they got their HEA was too much to stop me from putting the book down. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that I am so happy with how this book all played out that I am looking forward to reading the rest of her series, and actually anything else she writes. It earned 5 stars from me for the fact that I fell completely in love with Tate and Jared and was so emotionally invested that I just had to give it a 5.

Monday, August 19, 2013

C. M. Stunich--Get Bent (Hard Rock Roots #2)

Adult Romance 18+

Naomi Knox is missing.
I don't even f*cking know whether she's dead or alive.
What I do know is that she's the air I need to breathe.
She's my redemption, an all consuming fire that burns in my blood.
And I'll do anything to find her. Anything. Even if it means the end for me.

& & &

Turner Campbell is searching.
But he has no f*cking clue what it is he's searching for.
There's darkness all around and enough secrets to choke.
There are angels, and there are devils. It's impossible to tell them apart.
Light needs to be shone on the truth, but there's no one left to hold the torch. The line between life and death is blurred, and the players are all thoroughly entrenched in the game. The question is: am I still one of them?



{4 stars}

Ugh!!! I hate cliff hangers! And I really don't know how to convey my feelings about this book. The synopsis won't help you decide, because, quite frankly, it sounds more like song lyrics than a book description. But, my first thought when I finished this one, was that it read like a song lyric. Have you ever had a favorite song, one where the lyrics just touched something deep inside you? The storyline flows like a never ending song, with emotion and angst, and truth. Sounds weird huh? But the "song" is layered on top of a mystery, and the puzzle pieces just get more cryptic as we go. The love/hate, passion filled relationship between Naomi and Turner is like the back n forth in a song. Each one takes turns singing lead. It's weirdly fascinating and magical all at the same time. The story is fast paced and has lots of puzzle pieces to put together to figure out the "who done it" that's behind all the drama. And just when I thought I had the answer.....cliff hanger! I am now thoroughly entrenched in the "song" and can't wait to find out what happens next..... 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

C. M. Stunich--Real Ugly (Hard Rock Roots #1)

Adult Romance 18+

Turner Campbell is an asshole.
I f*cking hate him.
But I can't get enough either.
He sings like an angel and f*cks like a devil.
If I could, I'd run away and never look back because to tell you the truth, I think this man might be the death of me.

***

Naomi Knox is a bitch.
I can't f*cking stand her.
But I can't stop thinking about her either.
She looks like an angel and plays like a devil.
If I could, I'd f*ck her good and forget all about her, but to tell you the truth, I think this woman might be my last saving grace.



{4 stars}

WTF did I just read? It started out rough, I didn't like it, but I pushed through to give it at least a 25% chance. Then I fell into the story and forgot about the things I didn't like (and the proof reading errors). I just followed along on a rock journey that has little to do with music and more about the pain of decisions made on your way to that rock dream. Turner and Naomi have a past, one he doesn't remember at first. But Naomi holds on to that memory, and its aftermath, like a shield against the world. She pours all her pain and rage into her song writing, but her past is reaching out and slapping her in the face. Turner realizes who she is, and that she is the "one" he must have. She challenges him, fights with him, and is the one girl he remembers above all the countless girls he has slept with. They are a complicated mess. Sex, drugs, fighting, all the things that go along with a rock tour. Then add in their past encounter together, Naomi's murderous past, and you wind up with a rather intriguing mystery. It's not a romantic fairytale, it gritty, raw, ugly, and compelling. Didn't think I would like it, but wound up being captivated by it. Going on to read book 2.......







Saturday, August 17, 2013

Kristen Ashley--Rock Chick Revolution (Rock Chick #8)

Adult Contemporary Romance

 Ally Nightingale has secrets. Secrets she doesn't even share with the Rock Chicks. But two men know what she's up to. One has her back. The other has her heart, but he doesn't know it.

As Ally rewinds the last year of her life, she knows two things. One, she’s never going to get what every Rock Chick should have—her own Hot Bunch guy. And two, she’s a Nightingale through and through. She just isn’t sure what to do about that.

But as her secrets are revealed, the men in her life react. Darius Tucker, a lifelong friend, as usual takes her back. Ren Zano, the man she loves, isn’t quite so sure. The Rock Chicks, Hot Bunch and the entire gang at Fortnum’s weigh in, and a Rock Chick Revolution starts brewing.

It’s up to Ally to control it and prove what she knows down to her bones.

She’s a Rock Chick, she deserves her hot guy and she’s going to keep the one she wants…

Because she’s a Nightingale...


{5 stars} **spoiler alert**

Ok...everyone that has read this series knows this is the end of the Rock Chick series. But is it the end of the Rock Chicks? I hope not, I hope we see glimpses of them in future KA books. Maybe their kids, or a Rock Chick Investigations series? 

KA is brilliant. She pulls every last string together and still gave me a little extra I wasn't expecting. Jane? Wow, to pull her in as KA herself was a stroke of genius for me. It made this series all the more special to me. Jane's take on writing the books almost made me cry. She believes all fairytales should be shared. And isn't believing in fairytales why we read these books? Ren and Ally have the true Rock Chick romance, alpa male dominance, rock chick stubbornness, fighting, hot make up sex, and true romance. I laughed out loud, cried a little, and truly enjoyed every word. I really didn't want it to end. Its 506 pages, and I usually struggle with that long a book. But not this time, it was the end of a journey with a lot of action, a lot of information, and a lot of storylines to tie up. Well done Miss Ashley! I will miss the Rock Chicks.....and I still believe in fairytales....

***There is a sneek peek hint that we are going to move to California for some Hot Bunch action.....















Saturday, August 10, 2013

Crystal Spears--Seize Me (Breakneck #1)

Adult Romance 18+


Winter Belov was the sweet innocent one in her crime family, the dutiful daughter that never disappointed her father. One day, her father does the unspeakable. When he turns his back, Winter flees across the country, taking her life savings with her, determined never to enter that sort of lifestyle again.

No longer innocent, she now lives in Nevada. Lana is her best friend and the only family Winter has. Together, they are two of the best exotic dancers in the county. While working a shift, Pyro, Lana’s long time crush, propositions Winter. He begs her to do a private gig at Breakneck. She accepts, with the condition that Lana dances with her.

When Winter’s eyes lock with Braxxon Breaker's, the President of Breakneck, she realizes she is no longer free; she has been seized. He is everything she is running from but at the same time, everything she wants. Braxxon will not take no for an answer, and purposely disrupts Winter’s life.

Rivals of Braxxon’s club are vicious and they do something that will have him out for blood. Winter's and Braxxon’s relationship is anything but a normal one. If they want to be together, crimes must be committed, friendships will be broken and people are going to die.

What happens when all that chaos mixes with Winter’s father locating her? It will be a bloodshed when Winter and Braxxon seek revenge and take no prisoners.
***WARNING***

This novel contains explicit language, sex, drugs, abuse and some sexual situations.



{5 stars}

You have to be a fan of hard biker stories to like this one. I love the Undeniable series (by Madeline Sheehan), so this was a similar fit. I have read the reviews, and was already prepared for the impact of the assault scenes. But as much as I don't like them, they were part of the story. It was a part of what happens to Winter and how she deals, seeks revenge, and moves on with her life. This is a hard, no apologies, story. Raw, emotional, violent, and equally sweet. Life in an MC is never hearts and flowers, no "dating", no romantic dinners. It's survival, almost on a daily basis, but when that is the only life you know, you learn to take each day as it comes. The synopsis doesn't really give you the soul behind it, when you meet that one personal that makes you stop breathing, you will do anything to have it. Even disrupt their world to have them close. Braxxon doesn't know what to make of his new feelings, its never happened to him before. So he goes about trying to control Winter. But she comes from an equally scary world, and is stronger than he can imagine. They fight, they make up, they learn to deal with tragedy, and they love each other. I was hooked from the first page and could barely put it down. Can't wait for ZZ's story!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Chloe Neill--Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires #8)

Paranormal Romance


 


Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.



{4.5 stars}
This series is one of my "go to" series. I am never disappointed, and I get totally swept up in the story, forgetting about everything else. And find myself surprised when its over, I want it to keep going. I've read that Merit is described as the "Nancy Drew" of the vampire world, and they are right. She never catches a break, the action keeps going while her and Ethan are trying to really develop their relationship. It's just one mystery/problem after another. It seems there is always someone trying to end all vampires, or destroy Cadogan House. But Ethan and Merit, along with a few supernatural friends come together to save the day once again.....

Love this series!










Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kim Jones--Saving Dallas (Saving Dallas #1)

Adult Romance 18+
 
 
 
 
 
 
When the self-righteous, millionaire bachelorette, Dallas Knox walks into Hattiesburg’s largest night club she is looking for one thing – a one night stand with no strings attached. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself at the mercy of the Devil’s Renegades Motorcycle Club and their President-Luke Carmical.

Luke is dangerous, sexy, and dark. The life he lives is far different from the privileged life Dallas is accustomed to.

Can she accept the lifestyle of an MC?

Can she handle the domineering nature of Luke?

Or is it too late to save Dallas from the path she has chosen.
 
{4 stars}
 
The cover alone - 5 stars!!
 
But I'm going to review this book in 3 parts (you'll understand at the end)
 
First third of the book -  It was confusing, intriguing, and kind of like watching a tennis match with all the back and forth in their personalities. And Dallas was irritating, I didn't like her. But that didn't stop me from continuing on...
 
Second third of the book - . It was still a little confusing, but Dallas and Luke kept my attention hooked, I was compelled to keep reading to find out who was going to tame who. They are a HOT couple when they clash and come together.
 
The final third of the book -  The story really started to come together for me. We still had some multiple personalities peeking through, but once you learn what's really going on, it all makes sense. Dallas has no idea what's really going on, and Luke is afraid to tell her the whole truth. Afraid she will walk away from him, and he has fallen in love with her. Dallas (I adore her now) has fallen hard for Luke, but is hurt and confused by his attitude switching. It all heats up toward the end, action, kidnapping, and drama leave us with a cliff hanger ending (Ugh!). My reason for the review in stages is to say, don't put this one down, all the pieces come together and make sense once you find out what is really going on. Yes, it was confusing at first, but I'm happy I didn't give up and now I can't wait to read the next one. Dallas and Luke turned out to be great characters, and with the added cast surrounding them, this could be a really great series.