Friday, July 17, 2015

Bleeding Love (Hope Town book 2) by Harper Sloan





 
Summary

I've loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day.



Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It's that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again.



Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face.



He's on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.


Review

Ok, I'm going to be honest. I wanted Megan to give in from page one.






I mean this is Liam Beckett and we all know who his dad is. (If you don't- STOP and read the Corps Security books first or else you'll be so lost you'll never be found) And because I knew his dad's story I knew this man was made of steel and whatever [whoever] he committed to - was for the long haul. 

This love story did not disappoint. Megan is in a hard place and she needs to heal. Intellectually, I get it and I agree she does need to heal but still....


So when Megan has her "come to Jesus" moment in the bathroom I am all for it. I was screaming yes yes yes FINALLY. Give in to the luscious temptation that is Liam. 

But as much as I plotted on Megan I still had to acknowledge that her recent loss has messed her up such that she doesn't know up from down.


Harper did an amazing job of playing this up and showing you how much Jack meant to her. I mean...sob city. There is plenty evidence of how broken she is, how she is NOT dealing with it and how it is leaking out onto her family.





Now Molly. If there was ever a child that I fell in love with ALMOST as much as Cohen - its Molly. I won't spoil it, but tea parties are so important in this book.


There are so many relationship dynamics running thru this book and friendship is running neck and neck with love. Dani (from Hope Town book 1) and Liam are best friends. I wholeheartedly believe that their close friendship played such a huge part in Liam's patience and understanding because he and Dani were somewhat the same as Jack and Megan, minus the obvious. My eyes were pealed for every eye opener Megan had because they were very necessary. I wanted so much for her to live, to move on and to give Liam the same type of love he was offering her. Liam deserved a medal for the Job-like patience he was serving up to Megan. But when Megan finally came through cue Air Supply's Two Less Lonely People in the World....


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Desertion (Knights Rebel MC book 3) by River Savage





Honor.
Courage.
Commitment.

Three things Jesse Carter has lost. A former Marine, Jesse used to stand proud of his achievements and live by the code. But when circumstance made him question everything he believed in, those most basic values didn’t feel so important after all.

Sex.
Lies.
Knights Rebels.

Three things Jesse Carter has found. Reborn into a brotherhood not so different from the one he left behind, Jesse finds it all too easy to block out his past and claim the role as Rebels' fun-loving player.

Until he meets Bell.
Shy, awkward, and with troubles of her own, Bell Johnson's no stranger to hiding her pain. When Jesse forces himself into her life, she’s at risk of her defences crumbling.

Does Bell have the strength to survive Jesse and his demons or is she fated to become another casualty in the self-destruction of Jesse Carter?




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Review


Oh my goodness, was there ever a more complicated man in a series? Jesse was so broken and seemed happy to stay that way and I don't think anyone can argue that Bell is living half of a life I know they shouldn't be sharing a bed. He knows. She knows. EVERYONE KNOWS. These two are a train wreck of destiny. You know its going to blow up in both of their faces and all you can do is sit on the sidelines and watch.

But oh what a journey.


I love the build up of their relationship. If you're familiar with this series then you know that Bell aka Nurse Bell has appeared in a previous book and she is not here for Jesse at all.








But he turns on the charm and forces some interactions with her and she's caught.



Jesse is living with some serious guilt and a crapload of PTSD from his time as a soldier. Bell is living with the kidnapping and possible death of her older sister. Their common ground is both of their family situations are less than nice. Jesse absolutely despises his father and Bell, as I mentioned before, is trying to live her own life while at the same time deal with an overprotective mother and a depressed father. Neither of these two are in any position to start any type of relationship, f__k buddy or otherwise. And when the sh*t hit the fan I was literally open-mouthed in Jesse's response. I knew he was messed up, but I didn't know how much so until the scene he made.







As in most arguments and altercations both sides throw the truth around and the other's eyes are opened to it. What I think is amazing is how they were able to internalize it, use it to make adjustments to themselves and move forward.




In my opinion, this book is a helluva follow up to Incandescent and Affliction.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fighting to Breathe by Aurora Rose Reynolds


Meet Lea & Austin in this amazing love story!
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Blurb
Lea Lamb and Austin Wolf were young when they fell in love. They never imagined the future could hold anything other than together-forever.
When Lea’s father dies in a tragic fishing accident, she's crushed under the weight of her grief and catches a glimpse of another type of future, one she knows she's not strong enough to face.
Austin is angry. For the past fifteen years, he's believed the woman he loved with every ounce of his soul left him without so much as a backwards glance.
When Lea unexpectedly returns to their hometown, all the years of heartache inside Austin bubbles to the surface and presents itself as blinding rage.
Faced with the truth about the past, a newly discovered secret, these former lovers will learn that if they want to have any chance at the future they’d given up on all those years ago, they will have to rescue one another from drowning in pain so debilitating it will leave them both fighting to breathe.

Review


From page one this author built the anticipation up so well. You knew something was going to happen, but you had no clue what. It was obvious that the young couple, Lea and Austin, wouldn't get their HEA in Vegas after graduation - you just didn't know why. And when the reason came down it was quite the shock. 



But it worked so well.

Before I go any further I do want to address the one thing I wasn't too fond of in this book. 
I, personally, didn't like how easily Austin was willing to get romantically involved with Lea again. One minute he was all 

and the next he was all concerned for her well being and allowing those old feelings to take hold. 

What I did appreciate the most in this book was when Austin told Lea he hated her. Call me evil call me heartless - whatever - it was GOOD. It was raw, realistic and so unbelievably honest on Austin's part. Its rare when a person can be that honest about how they're feeling based on someone's actions. Austin was so believable I was all



 I also appreciated the way author pointed out how Josie failed Lea. As a parent, she should've steered Lea towards counseling but instead she fed into Lea's desire to run. 
So much going on and I wasn't in any rush for Lea and Austin to get back together. I was team Austin from day one and remained so up until the book ended. Its rare that I am 100% on the hero's side, but in this book I was. I tried to remain neutral and understanding of both the hero and heroine's side, but when it came down to it I found myself leaning towards Austin 90% of the time. 

BUT...when all is said and done. 




Monday, July 6, 2015

Bang Switch (Code 11 KPD SWAT book 3) by Lani Lynn Vale



Blurb:
Lachlan Downy was a lover, not a fighter.

Okay, he wouldn't lie, he was a fighter, too. But nobody had to know that. Especially not Memphis Tennessee Conner and her stuffy attitude when it came to cops and ‘men like him.’

Memphis knew cops. Her daddy was a cop. He was also the president of a motorcycle club. Needless to say, he’s about as alpha as they come, and she’s tired of overbearing men who think they know how to run her life better than she does.

So when Downy comes into her life running his smooth talking mouth, she realizes that she’ll have to stand strong against his pretty words and promises to give her what she needs.

Downy is determined, though.

He’s the hostage negotiator for KPD SWAT, and he’s never met a person, man or woman, he couldn't talk around into his way of thinking.

Although, Memphis is about to show him just how much he miscalculated.

Seems Downy may not be as smooth as he thought, and Memphis is just the girl to show him the error of his ways.


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Main character(s): Lachlan Downy and Memphis Tennessee Conner

Side characters I definitely want to read about in the futureFoster, Miller, Michael, Bennett, Mercy Shepherd, Sean

Predictable plot: NOT AT ALL! The idea of an extensive secret dog fighting ring is super fresh and exciting.

Memorable parts of the book: How Memphis and Downy figure out they live
in the same complex, first time Memphis and Downy have sex, and when 
Memphis does her final Ultrasound Tech test.

Honestly, one of the strongest parts of LLV’s writing is her ability to incorporate 
humor into each of her books. She has heavy plotlines and a lot of areas that 
touch the reader in all sorts of ways. I always run the gamut of emotions in 
her books. There’s humor, aggression, action, anger, sadness, lust…it’s all there.

There is so much to love in this book. The hilarity of the situation 
Memphis finds herself in when she realizes who lives next door.
 Downy is the ultimate older hot guy that "f__s the fear of his job out of her."
 YES YES YES! Did I mention that Downy's first name is Lachlan?
 And that he has a beard? And that he has green eyes? AND he has sexy tats? 
YES JESUS YES! If Downy exists in real life - please let him move to 
Los Angeles and we meet. Haha The tension between Downy and his family
 is so good and I love the tie in between the Prescotts and his family. 
Six degrees of separation at its finest. Throughout this book I told myself
 Downy is just not cut out for the negotiator life and I was glad to see him
 get offered a police spokesman position. His calm and cool personality suits that job perfectly. 

But the absolute best part of this book is the wedding. 
BOOM!






Thursday, June 18, 2015

COVER REAL Bang Switch (Code 11-KPD SWAT #3) by Lani Lynn Vale


Title: Bang Switch
Series: Code-11 KPD SWAT #3
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 2, 2015
Lachlan Downy was a lover, not a fighter. 

Okay, he wouldn't lie, he was a fighter, too. But nobody had to know that. Especially not Memphis Tennessee Conner and her stuffy attitude when it came to cops and ‘men like him.’ 

Memphis knew cops. Her daddy was a cop. He was also the president of a motorcycle club. Needless to say, he’s about as alpha as they come, and she’s tired of overbearing men who think they know how to run her life better than she does. 

So when Downy comes into her life running his smooth talking mouth, she realizes that she’ll have to stand strong against his pretty words and promises to give her what she needs. 

Downy is determined, though. 

He’s the hostage negotiator for KPD SWAT, and he’s never met a person, man or woman, he couldn't talk around into his way of thinking. 

Although, Memphis is about to show him just how much he miscalculated.

Seems Downy may not be as smooth as he thought, and Memphis is just the girl to show him the error of his ways.









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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Falling for His Best Friend (Out of Uniform #2) by Katee Robert



Meet Avery & Drew in Katee Robert’s newest sexy standalone from Entangled Brazen!

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Blurb

He's going above and beyond the call of duty...
Avery Yeung's biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family's medical history, she's running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective-and irritatingly hot-best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor...
Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery's dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won't let Avery shop for a "popsicle pop." He'll do what's right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly.
But there's nothing "proper" about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can't get enough of it-or each other. And without knowing it, they've crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever...




Excerpt #1

He jumped, and then climbed to his feet when Avery did, and followed her to the plump older nurse. She smiled at them, making him wonder if she were someone’s grandmother—the kind who made cookies and read bedtime stories and…

What the hell was he even thinking?

As soon as they turned the corner from the waiting room, she handed him a small clear cup that had a sticker with his information on it. “You’ll put the specimen in here, please.”

The nurse opened a door. “You can leave the cup in the room when you’re done.” She smiled at Avery. “You’re welcome to go into the room with him, but we ask that you ensure there’s no saliva or other fluids involved so you don’t contaminate the specimen.”

Avery made a choked noise. “That’s so not going to be a problem.”

The nurse laughed and patted her shoulder. “I’ve heard that one before, honey. I’ll just leave you to it.”

He barely waited for her to disappear back around the corner before he turned to examine the room. It looked like an entire frat house’s stash of porn had exploded in there. “Isn’t this a little much for a few tests?”

She looked at him like he was an idiot. “How else are you going to get your engine running?

Besides, this isn’t about tests—though I’m sure they’ll run a few. You wanted to help me make a baby, so let’s make a baby. Now go get ‘em, Champ.”

Jesus Christ. She expected him to leave a specimen so the doctor could shoot it up her…
Apparently when they’d talked about making a baby, something had gotten lost in translation.

“You’re shitting me.”

“Nope.” She slid past him into the room and meandered around, stopping in front of the television and eyeing the collection of DVDs on the shelf next to it. “Oh, look, they have Busty Blondes #37. I seem to remember you having one of these videos back in high school.”

He grabbed her shoulders and tried to steer her away from the shelf. “Not interested.”
Truth was, his inspiration for self sessions had migrated toward pretty Asian women who looked a whole lot like the one standing in the room with him.

“If you’re not into the DVDs, they have magazines, too.” She poked one with her finger. “Though this one appears a bit crusty.”

“Christ, stop touching things. Do you know what men do in here?”

She rolled her eyes. “Yeah, Drew, that’s kind of the point. They come in here, watch or read whatever tickles their fancy, and then masturbate into that sanitary little cup right there.”

When she said ‘masturbate’ he thought his head might actually explode. “Avery—”

“Are you worried about hitting your mark? That is kind of a small cup. Want me to go find something bigger?”

God, she was killing him. It would have been so much more bearable if he thought she was kidding, but Avery was drop dead serious. It was a sign of her nervousness that she hadn’t cracked a joke since he got into her Jeep.

He couldn’t do it.




Review:



First things first, I enjoyed everything about this book except the ending. I felt as if it were missing at least five more pages to wrap up the end. 


What I loved most about this book was that the main female character was half-Asian. The first hint you have is Avery’s last name, but the author comes out and tells you as well. IMO it was a good way to break up the usual and expected. I also appreciated that the author made both characters with troubled family histories. 


This is my first time reading this author and it will not be the last. Her love scenes were hot, her plot line a great mix of believable and unbelievable, and the secondary characters were as engaging as the primary ones. You already know there’s going to be major drama when best friends decide to have a baby together and I was ready for it. I felt as if I were sitting on the side of the road waiting for an inevitable train wreck. We all know the fallout will be huge – we just have to wait for it to happen.  I also surprised to read that the fallout was not just between the best friends, but included their families as well. Realistic responses paired with realistic issues. 

Good read.




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