Review “WHAT A WOMAN” (Manley Maids #4) by Judi Fennel

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By: Judi Fennel

Release: March 3, 2015

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SYNOPSIS: Now that Mary-Alice Catherine Manley—Mac—has her hunky brothers working for her, she can sit back and watch the business roll in. But her new assignment quickly tosses that plan out the window. Mildred, her grandmother’s best friend, needs her house cleaned and Gran has volunteered Mac for the job. The problem is Mildred’s cocky grandson. He thinks Mac’s at his beck and call, but she has a few things to tell him…aside from how hot he is.

Jared Nolan is currently lying low, nursing some broken bones—and a bruised ego. The former professional baseball player let himself be used by woman once, and now it could rob him of his beloved career. No woman is ever going to call the shots again, which is why, when the bossy Mac shows up, he’s going to show her who’s really in charge. He’s just not prepared for the undeniable attraction between them. And with the two of them in one house, there’s no telling who will come out swinging

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

Reading is very subjective and everyone has a different experience, a different preference.

First I love stories of heroines who have loved a boy from afar when they were children only to meet see them/reconnect later in life.  I also loved the premise that the grandmothers of the hero and heroine were the matchmakers more or less.

Jared is professional baseball player that got “scammed” by his ex-girlfriend so his heart is leery of getting attached to anyone ever again. What happened was that Jared asked his girlfriend to move in with him and then she moved her boyfriend into his home.  Now he is the one living with his grandmother while he is trying to evict the ex-girlfriend and the boyfriend.  Mac, the heroine, owns a cleaning service and her grandmother had asked Mac to clean Jared’s grandmother’s home. Mac is first leery to see Jared after all those years, but she has no choice but to say yes to her grandmother.

I loved that Mac had crushed on Jared since they were kids. Love these stories.  What I did not like is how negative Jared felt about Mac in the beginning.   He thought she had grown up into an attractive woman, but the whole time he gave off the vibe of “stop obsessing over me”.

I do not care for stories with insta-love, insta-sex, so I was glad it was not going that route.  However, I think it would have been better if this story was written in only Mac’s POV, because the more Jared opened his mouth, the less I cared for him.  There were scenes that were supposed to make the reader see a different side of Jared, but I still saw a jerk.  There were scenes that were supposed to make the reader swoon over Jared like Mac did, but I could not get over Jared’s attitude. When things started happening, it just felt forced.  I never felt that Jared had that undeniable attraction to Mac.

 

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Review “ALL HE ASKS” (Episodes 1-3) by Felicity Sparrow

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By: Felicity Sparrow

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SYNOPSIS: Christine is more than your average author’s assistant. She’s the unappreciated literary genius who’s been secretly ghostwriting Sylvia Stone’s worldwide bestsellers for the last five years, and Sylvia wants Christine to keep writing for her…forever.

But Erik Duke, bestselling horror author, thinks Christine can do better than ghostwriting women’s fiction. He’s been secretly tutoring her as she works as his assistant, and Christine’s talent is flourishing. He sees a big career ahead for Christine. More than that, he sees a partnership between himself and Christine that goes beyond the written word to somewhere much more intimate…

The intensity of Erik’s obsession with Christine frightens her, yet she can’t resist digging into the secrets this broken, tortured man is harboring. What is Erik hiding behind the mask of his emotions? What’s in his basement? And why is he so bent on controlling Christine’s career?

 

WHAT DID I THINK:

 

I am going to rate each episode.

Episode 1 – 5 stars.

Episode 2 –  4 Stars

Episode  – 3 Stars

The author did an amazing job developing Christine, Erik, and Raoul.  Christine is a ghost writer for a very famous author.  She is also an assistant to another famous author, the dark and mysterious Erik Duke who never leaves his house.  Erik Duke writes thrillers and from distance he is as scary as his books.  Raoul is Christine’s childhood friend who just recently came to be the new editor at the Durand-Price Publishing House where Christine works and that Christine’s father helped found the corporation. But right before Christine’s father dies, he sold his stock.  So now Christine is left to assist two of the top authors at the Durand-Price Publishing instead of being to be the actual named author.

 

Erik Duke has taken Christine under his wing.  He only allows Christine to come to his house. Erik has also helped Christine with her writing. He encourages her to be more.  Even though Erik is dark and broody, you see that what he does is many times to benefit Christine.  However, Erik has a lot of secrets and one of them Christine discovers when she is at his home. Even though this discovery scares Christine, she is so drawn to him.

Through the series we see Erik’s obsession with Christine.  It is dark.  Christine is trying to get away from Erik, but he makes it impossible.  She feels he is watching her.

Raoul on the other hand has not forgotten Christine from all those years ago.  He wants Christine and has regrets from their last summer together. He also wants to protect Christine.  I have no idea where either male character stands.  Is this a love triangle?  I am not sure. Honestly, I don’t know how to explain it, but it works.  I know who I want for Christine, but that is only because I do not trust the other.

I was really enjoying the series.  I could not put it down and was getting disappointed when I was getting close to the end, but I did not like how Christine handled some things in episode three.  Especially her passive behavior about something her father did after he died.  My frustration is with Christine and how she handles people who repeatedly take advantage of her.

I do not want to say more.  I think it is important to come to your own conclusion when reading these episodes with regards to Christine, Erik, and Raoul.  It has a bit of everything.   I really liked it, but I hope that Christine grows a back bone.

Episode 4 is due out in May 2015.

 

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LOSERS WEEPERS (Lost and Found #4) by Nicole Williams

 

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Release: February 24, 2015

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SYNOPSIS:
If we didn’t know darkness, we couldn’t fully appreciate the light.

Garth Black’s more familiar with this concept than most people are. He hadn’t just lived in the dark for the majority of his life—he thrived in it. With a mom who’d bailed on him and a dad whose understanding of coddling started and ended with a bottle of whiskey, Garth had never been expected to rise to any sort of occasion other than following down the same dead-end paths.

That changed when he fell in love with Josie Gibson. After years of pulling each other closer before shoving the other way, they finally stopped shoving. Josie’s love is like nothing Garth’s ever experienced. He holds it close. He holds it sacred. He would do anything to preserve it and keep it from pollution, even if that means removing himself from the picture.

Garth might have been allowed a temporary furlough to bask in the light, but that pass has been revoked, and he’s been swallowed again by the dark. Will

he revert to his old ways of hurting those he cares for most? Will he go back to the same destructive patterns . . . or will it be worse this time?

We can’t know light without first knowing dark . . . and Garth Black’s about to get acquainted with the dark in a whole new way.
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WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

I loved the broody Garth in the previous books and I could not think of anyone better for Garth than Josie. However, I don’t know how to say exactly what I thought without giving too much away.  Therefore this will be short and to the point, I hope.

In the beginning of this book, Garth is reminiscing about his love for Josie.  He loves her.  He sees only her even though he has women wanting his attention all the time.  He sends others to pretend to be him so that he does not have to deal with his crazy fan club.  I love when the hero only loves and sees the beauty in the heroine.  When Garth finally feels that he is out of the darkness that he has been in for a long time, something happens and takes Garth back to that dark place.

Nicole Williams is an amazing writer. My problem is that for me this was predictable and I was expecting more.  I did want emotions and angst and drama, but I did not want to see Garth go back to his self-destructive pattern.  I did not blame him for the way he felt, but I was a bit annoyed with it all.  Garth was again feeling his worthlessness.  His behavior at times was so stupid, so selfish.  Why can’t he ever just step back and think how his behavior impacts others?  Honestly, I just did not want Josie to go through this with Garth; maybe less attention on Garth and more on Josie. If Josie and Garth’s relationship needed to be tested, maybe there should have been something that Josie went through.   Josie being so sweet does everything to give Garth everything as do their friends, Jesse and Rowen.  Garth’s bad temper and mood was a just a repeat of what I had seen before and all of it was predictable.

I have been a fan of Nicole Williams for a long time.  I know I will be forever reading and rereading her books.

 

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I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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Review “STEALING ROSE” (The Fowler Sisters #2) by Monica Murphy

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By: Monica Murphy

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SYNOPSIS: People say the youngest child has it easy, but nothing can be further from the truth. Unlike my two sisters, Violet and Lily, I’m never in the limelight. I just work my butt off for Fleur Cosmetics and get little to no thanks for it. I’ve been pushed too far one too many times, and I’m finally brave enough to do something about it.

Maybe my newfound courage has something to do with the amazing pink and white diamond necklace I wear to the party in Cannes. The instant those dazzling heirloom jewels touch my skin, they excite some deep, aching need inside. And when that guy—that totally gorgeous guy—locks eyes with me, I know this nice girl is going to be naughty.

For once it’s my turn. My turn to say no to my father, to outshine my sisters, to walk away from it all—straight into the arms of a mysterious stranger. But what if Caden is much more than I bargained for? Sure, he makes me feel sexy and free in a way I never have before, but there’s something else I can’t quite place—something dangerous. Maybe our “chance” meeting wasn’t so random. Maybe he was looking for me for a reason. Whatever his motive, there’s no going back now.

And maybe I don’t want to.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

This book had a bit of everything that at times I was not sure if I liked or hated.

Rose is part of the Fleur Cosmetics.  She is Violet’s sister. Rose wants to quit her position at Fleur since she feels unappreciated and she feels that her father’s “girlfriend” is just waiting for the chance to get the company.  Caden is a thief.  He steals jewelry from the wealthy and there is a piece of jewelry that Rose has that he wants.  They meet at Cannes when Caden saves Rose from a guy who gets a little bit aggressive and from there their story begins.

First I was not sure what to think of Caden.  He is a thief.  I would not say he is likable. Then there is Rose and I felt that she is a bit of a spoiled little girl.  Her reasons for quitting Fleur I felt were ridiculous.  I was thinking “rich people problems” the whole time I heard her whine.

There is some drama which I love.  What goes on in the story is pretty obvious but I was still drawn to the story and wanted to see how things would unfold. I love drama and that crazy angst when the heroine finds the whole truth.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Not sure how much faith I had in Caden and his feelings for Rose like I was not sure if this relationship could really work out.  As I was reading there were a lot of questions I was asking.  Nonetheless, the story kept me entertained.

 

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Release Blitz “SUSTAIN” by Tijan @tijansbooks #Giveaway

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I had a simple life.

I worked two jobs, made ends meet, and hung out with my mom and twin brother. The other part of my life was about avoiding him, but when SWAT raided my boyfriend’s home, that was the last straw. The boyfriend got tossed and to help me keep busy, my brother talked me into joining their old band again, but I had to be honest. It wasn’t a hard sell. Playing drums was in my blood. I used to be addicted and that craving hadn’t been satisfied in three long years. The only problem was their lead singer.

It was him.

The drums might not have been the only thing I was addicted to. I think I was still addicted to him too.

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Excerpt one: (Bri’s pov)

 

Luke hit a jarring note on his guitar below, drawing me from the past and back to reality. Seriously. I’d been ready to take on two thugs beside a dumpster for my stupid-ass cousin, but this had ice filling my veins.

I rolled my eyes upward. What was wrong with me?

The melody was addictive. I felt it reach deep inside me and take root. My breathing wavered as he kept playing. He moved down a chord, and the sound of it seeped into me, smoothing out the haunted memories. Then he began singing. His voice was soft and low, but I could hear it as if I were in the room. He was weaving a spell. It was like he threw a spear that had a rope attached to it at me from a hundred yards away, and it embedded deep into my stomach. Then he began pulling on it. I couldn’t fight because it would yank out my insides, but damn, I didn’t want to go with it. This whole thing with Luke was both painful and exhilarating at the same time. I had two urges going through me at once. One was to crap my pants, and the other was to start doing cartwheels.

I was just messed up, which is why I started down the stairs. I still had no clue what to say, but I had to do something.

He was hunched over the guitar in his lap with a beer at his feet. His eyes were closed, and his head hung over the guitar as he hit another chord, his thumb beating out the base. Since he was only wearing jeans, I saw some of the scars on his back. A storm of regret, shame, and longing all swirled inside me. I wanted to go to him, run my hands over those scars, and make them disappear. I couldn’t, though. We weren’t close anymore.

So many ghosts within you

So many haunts to pull you away

You look, I reach out and there’s nothing to do

They take you from me again, far away

I can’t, I can’t, I can’t take your hand

He kept singing, and my heart felt like it was splitting into two, but then he faltered. His eyes opened, and he looked up. He didn’t stop playing, but he stopped singing.

I felt like he was strumming me. I couldn’t look away from his gaze. His thumb stopped hitting the bass, and his fingers slowed on the guitar. “What are you doing here?”

Right. I was pretty sure I was seeing lust in his eyes. With that thought, a fever took over my blood, heating me up. “I,” my tongue wet my lips, “um, I’m here to talk about you and me.”

His gaze clouded over, and his eyelids lowered. He bent his head back over his guitar, but he didn’t start strumming again. “There is no ‘you and me.’ You’re in the band. That’s it.”

I swallowed the lump in my throat. “Luke,” I started.

“No.” He stood up abruptly, setting his guitar to the side. He advanced toward me, his eyes were smoldering.

When my back hit the wall, I realized I had nowhere else to go and could only watch as he closed in on me. A part of me wanted him to keep getting closer; the other part of me was still thinking about crapping my pants.

He leaned a hand against the wall beside my head, keeping a few inches between us. His eyes were hard as he said, “There is no you and me. That died long ago, remember?”

 

Excerpt two: (Luke’s pov)

 

I’d been tense from watching Bri on stage, and it hadn’t lessened as we ran through the woods. If there was another remark about her, I was ready to swing. I didn’t care how big they were.

Gunn had been watching me. He moved close and said under his breath, “If it happens, I’ll do it.”

“Why?”

“Because we need your pretty face for the fans.”

I looked up to see if he was serious. He was, but he relinquished, “Kidding. If you have a busted face, I think Priss would piss her pants from excitement.”

Braden had overheard him and laughed. “No, shit. That’d be leaked to the gossip shows in two seconds flat. I swear, she has all the numbers for the gossip channels on speed dial.”

The football players had gone ahead, but stopped and waited for us. The third one asked, “What’s going on?”

“Nothing.” I shoved past him. While seeing the road through the trees, I saw the headlights for Braden’s car at the same time. When we cleared the trees and headed up the ditch, all of us panned out and walked in one line for the car.

When we got there, Bri opened her door and leaned against the car. Her hair was whipping behind her face and one hand was resting on her hip. She tugged her shirt and then adjusted it back, but it didn’t stick. It fell down, showing her black bra. Bri was clueless, scowling at us. She was the picture of fierce and alluring at the same time.

We were greeted with, “What were you guys doing there?”

She took in the whole line of guys before letting her eyes find mine, making me feel seared. It was the same effect every time. My insides felt yanked out, but I still wanted to touch her.

I looked away instead.

“We came to see you.” Braden motioned to the guys.

“Are you insane? How was tonight supposed to go down any other way? You guys are celebrities. You can’t be coming to house parties anymore.” There was a clipped bark to her voice, but it faded on the last word, and I glanced over. She sneaked a look at me.

“Yeah, we didn’t think ahead.” Braden threw a hand to the football guys. “Got some extra room?”

She shook her head. “There is no way this little car can fit all of you hulks.”

The guys laughed and one mentioned, “We can wait here. A bunch of our buddies are coming. They can pick us up.”

I should’ve thanked them for saving us from the chaos, and I heard Gunn and Braden doing exactly that, but I looked back at her. Her hand was still on her hip, but her shoulders were slumped forward. She was kicking at some gravel on the road.

The football guys headed farther down the road as Gunn and Braden got into the car. We were alone now, but there was still an audience.

She wouldn’t look at me anymore. I wanted to turn those dark eyes to me. I wanted to say something, but I had no idea what. I ended with, “You’re still really good.”

Her head lifted, and I saw it. There was so much there. Fear, caution, excitement, warmth, and another expression I couldn’t place. No, I did. She was still haunted.

“Thank.”

She was mine.

No. She wasn’t.

She had gone to him that night.

Ah, fucking hell.

“We should probably talk.”

Her eyes opened at my tone, which was rough, and panic flared across her face for a moment. “Oh. Okay.”

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

tijan bioI didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Blog Tour “TAKE” by Nashoda Rose @Bookenthupromo

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Author: Nashoda Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance with Erotic Elements
Release Date: February 25, 2015
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Feelings are a luxury I can’t afford. Hidden behind a shield of quiet placidity, I keep my secret safe from those who’d use it against me. Until him—the tatted up, self-centered Scar assassin hired to protect me.

He takes pleasure in tormenting me, chipping away at my defenses as if I’m a toy to be played with. I hate that he continuously reminds me that I’m nothing more than a job. I hate that my body responds to his touch. I hate him.

JASPER

I’m not a good guy and I don’t pretend to be. Condemn me if you want, I don’t give a fuck. You’re nothing to me. No one is … except her—Max. She’s my target. And I was hired to do a hell of a lot more than protect her … I was hired to kill her.
It should’ve been simple, but it was complicated as hell.

*erotic paranormal romance. Standalone full-length novel. Come meet the Scars.

Scars: Immortal warriors with capabilities derived from the senses: Trackers, Sounders, Healers, Tasters, Visionaries, and the rare Reflectors. They each have what is known as an Ink, a tattoo that can be called life.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

Max entire family was murdered and then she was kidnapped and held prisoner by a man named Drake.  Drake kept Max prisoner so that she would be able to heal him since his Scar was gone.  For 6 years Max was tortured by Drake and then finally she was able to escape.  However, she had been in hiding and Drake wants Max back.  Jasper is an assassin.  Jasper has been hired to take Max but he is not sure whether he will kill her or protect her.

I liked the beginning of this book but then after 25%, I felt like the characters were just going through the motions.  At times, I felt certain scenes could have moved along faster.  I can’t put my finger on what the problem was for me.  I have loved Nashoda Rose’s previous books.  I just did not love this one.  Previously, I could not put down her books.  With this one, I felt myself itching to skim.

Max had a very interesting background and it was interesting to find out what made Jasper the way he was.  However, everything that was going on with them and to them I noticed myself losing interest.

Sometimes, I wish authors would stick with one POV or if they choose to do dual POVs, that it is switched less frequently or with less information.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Jasper stopped, turned toward me, dragged his eyes down my front then yanked off his black t-shirt and tossed it to me.

I stared at his naked chest that was a hard slab of muscle with tats drawn across his left shoulder to link with the ones on his arm.

“Put it on. You stick out like a fuckin’ cotton candy with those stupid horse sparkles.”

I quickly put it on over top and it hung down to my mid-thigh. The scent of him drew into my lungs and I inhaled deeply with my chin down until I heard his distinct chuckle. Then I wanted to shoot myself in the foot.

Jasper’s hand came around the back of my neck and he jerked me toward him. He cupped my chin with his blade still in his hand so the handle was cold against my jaw. Then he leaned in and before I could take my next breath, his mouth was on mine.

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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction—books.

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Review “THE 27 CLUB” by Kim Karr

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By: Kim Karr

Release: March 3, 2015

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SYNOPSIS:

You don’t know when…

You don’t get to choose if…

When it’s time to join…you’ll know.

You might think you want to be a member—but trust me this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.

The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. My brother was recently bestowed membership and joined many of our ancestors before him. I know I’m next. This is my destiny, and I was ready to yield.

But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.

Nate doesn’t believe in destiny.

But I do.

And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars:

Zoey Flowers’ family has been cursed.  Every member of her family has died at the age of 27.    After the death of her brother, Zoey decides to visit her brother’s home.  Only the “home” that she thinks is her brother’s, is actually the home of her brother’s best friend, Nate.  While her stay in Miami, Zoey discovers that most of what she thought she knew of her brother was not the truth.  During this visit, Zoey starts falling for Nate.  She feels conflicted since she knows that it is most likely than not that she will not live past her 27th birthday and will be joining The 27 Club.

I loved the premise of this story.  The characters were nice, the pace was nice, and the romance was nice.  For some reason I never fully connected.  The story was there, the characters were there, but for some reason the execution of the book was not there.   Zoey was afraid to commit for the fear that someone would see her die and live through the pain she had to suffer seeing the ones she loved die. So Zoey and Nate do this “dance” of we will have sex – no string attached.  I was not sure what was going to happen in the end, but I felt the misunderstandings between Zoey and Nate were exaggerated and frustrated me.

I love the message of live life to the fullest…in the moment.  However, Zoey seemed to waste a lot of time with some of her decisions.

 

 

 

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Review “THE AUDITION” by Tara Crescent

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SYNOPSIS: Ever since she was a child, Allie Greenwall has wanted to get into Juilliard. But she hasn’t played the piano in six years, and she is hopelessly rusty. Her only hope of passing her audition rests with reclusive Russian pianist Nikolai Zhednov.

But Nikolai is no longer the man she knew, and in his dungeon, Allie realizes that his help will come at a high cost, one she’s not sure she can pay.

Note: This story contains a Dominant pianist who will use harsh discipline to ensure that Allie reaches her fullest potential, many erotic sexual and BDSM scenes, and a Happy-For-Now ending.

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

This was a quick read.  I read it in one sitting. The author did a good job with making me understand how desperate Allie had become and why she sought Nickolai’s help in getting into Julliard.

This is not a dark read, but Nickolai is not exactly gentle when it comes to his techniques in instructing Allie on how to feel in order to become a better pianist. At first I was not sure if he even liked her. Then I thought that maybe there was something that there was a relationship between Allie’s deceased mother and Nickolai years before.   Nickolai barely says anything except to instruct Allie.  He uses BDSM to make her feel and play, which with what Allie has been doing and acting like after her mother died maybe what she needs.

Days after reading this I am not sure how I feel about these characters.  I loved the premise, I love the whole concept behind this story, but yet there were times were I felt lost.  I was not expecting any type of deep love story, but I was hoping for a more intense connection.  It was one of those “it could have been so good” but it was just missing something. Maybe if the prologue was written in Nickolai’s POV.  I do not like dual POVs in these types of stories, but I think a little insight to Nickolai would have helped.

My feelings (and this is my opinion) when reading this was that Allie was not different to Nickolai than any other subs he may have had or trained.  Nickolai never lost control.  It felt mechanical.

 

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Release Blitz + Review “INNOCENT RIDE” (A Hellions Novel) by Chelsea Cameron #giveaway @chelseacameron @readlovelust

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INNOCENT RIDE

The Hellions Ride, #4

Chelsea Camaron

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: February 20, 2015

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Blurb

Opposites attract, or so the saying goes. When two people from different worlds come together by a chance meeting twisted with an element of danger, can their attraction remain innocent?

She’s a corporate accountant. Her life is full of structure, routine, and organization. Settled, comfortable, and content, Caroline Milton, loves knowing what to expect every minute of every day.

He’s the Catawba Hellions VP and a wild one, refusing to be tamed. His motto, ‘hit it, get it, and go; no repeats’ where women are concerned, guarantees a new woman in his bed nightly. His life suddenly tilted on its axis, when his wild days come barreling back with a major responsibility. Drexel ‘Rex’ Crews finds he has a real reason to settle down his wild ways.

When a situation quickly spins out of control at work for Caroline, she reaches out to the one place she least expected to find herself dependent upon. The Hellions Motorcycle Club.

His cousin’s ol’ lady, Doll, comes to him with a personal favor, protect her best friend. He can’t refuse. Protecting Caroline was supposed to be an innocent task.

The attraction from their first meeting is still a fire burning strong inside of them both. Neither can deny the pull. They come from different worlds.

Can Rex show Caroline the safety and security of the MC? Can Caroline tame the wild beast inside of Rex? Can their innocent ride become a journey to long lasting love?

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

Rex is member of the MC and has women always trying to get his attention. He does not seek relationships, only time with women to satisfy his needs.  Caroline has only one thing in mind and that is to be successful at her job.  However, now she is being threatened as well as her dream job and she seeks the safety from Rex and the MC.

I really liked the premise of this book.  I love stories of when opposite attract.  Caroline is a business woman while Rex is part of the MC.  Both of these characters have a background story.  Life was never easy for Caroline and she does have a past that has come back to hunt her. This “past” I not sure how I felt about it and maybe it was something that changed my opinion about a lot of things.  Rex has regrets and things he is trying to change. The story and the characters were fine.  There was just nothing that made me feel an intense connection to both of them.

Dual POVS.  The switch was a bit too quick for me.  Sometimes, I wish authors would stick with one POV and maybe put a switch here and there and not every other chapter.

 

 

 

 

The Man I Am

Copyright © Chelsea Camaron 2015

~Rex~

As the wind whips around me, she dances violently, slapping the leather of my cut harshly against my T-shirt covered chest. A storm is brewing in the air around me as another one rages on inside my darkened soul.

The road before me is curvy. They call it Dead Man’s Trail. Riding a ledge is what it feels like. With the fine line of one wrong move, life and death are in the balance as the road winds through a mountain.

I am hours from home, and I still can’t bring myself to turn around and go back. I am not on a transport or on a run for the club. I am out alone, just me, my Harley, and the open night sky.

Not a star shines tonight as the humidity rises and the wind swirls through the thick air. A summer storm is in the midst. My mind races as the pipes on my bike scream out under the pressure of my speed.

“Be a man to be proud of. Carry your name—our name—with pride,” Pop’s voice echoes in my head.

A name. My name. Our name.

Tessie gave my boy—her son, my son, our son—my name. My fucking name.

Axel Devon Crews. Mini-me. One look and I fucking knew he was mine. My gut twists. Mine. My blood. My responsibility. My name. My fucking mirror image.

Throttle down, I push on faster, harder, needing to feel something slice through me besides the disappointments running through my mind. My life is officially at a crossroads, every mistake of my past now shoved in the forefront of my mind.

How did I get so lost? How have I become so consumed in things that don’t matter? When did I become so self-absorbed?

I would lay down my life to protect the very cut moving across my back right now. Yet, the woman who freely lay beneath me, giving her body, heart, and soul to me, I left without a glance back. She ripped her body—literally—to give life to my seed, and I did nothing more than wink, smile, and move on to the next woman. I was so focused on myself I missed the signs. I should have known. Hell, I should have been there.

Then, when the opportunity came for me to step up for her, did I do it? No. Shooter stepped in like I knew he would. He is a far better man than I am. Tessie deserves a man like him, not the mess that is me. No matter what life throws at them, he will be there to have her back, to be her security. He will be her strength and her calm within the storm. He will be her best friend and her lover. Everything that Tessie needs, wants, and damn sure deserves is found in the man I now proudly call my brother.

Sure, there was a time I wanted to rip him limb from limb. He went after what could have been mine. No, he didn’t go after her, not really, not if I keep it real with myself. I pushed him there. I sent him to her. I gave him what could have been my future. The only person to blame here is me. She needed me, and I tossed her off to him. My mistakes. My losses. I know, if I am ever given a chance to have something good again, I am not going to waste my opportunity.

When the clouds open up, the hot rain comes down, pelting me in the face, on my arms, and all my exposed skin. The road beneath me gets slick as I push on. Soft gravel gives way, and my back tire shifts under me. I don’t correct the movement. The delicate balance keeping me upright drops as does my bike, and my body hits the pavement hard. Gravel digs in even through the denim of my pants as the material rips. I feel my arms shred as my bike is no longer under my now broken body, only the unforgiving road.

Broken, shredded, a bloody mess of a man—that is what I am.

Pops’ voice is the last thing to sound through my head as I succumb to the blackness consuming me.

“The past is the past; the future is before you. Change is a power we all hold. Learning from your mistakes is growth, and it’s a necessary change. How you pick yourself up when you hit rock bottom will tell what kind of man you really are.”

 

Hellions Ride Series

One Ride (The Hellions Ride, #1)

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Forever Ride (Hellions Ride, #2)

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Merciless Ride (Hellions Ride, #3)

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Innocent Ride (Hellions Ride, #4)

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About the Author

Chelsea Camaron

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Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.

Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.

Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.

When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.

She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.

 

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“BLUE COLLA MAKE YA HOLLA” Box Set #giveaway @readlovelust @btspromospr

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Blue Colla Make Ya Holla Box Set

Ten novellas featuring sexy blue collar men.

Brand new stories – never before released!

March 1, 2015

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Featuring

Laramie Briscoe (Amazon Best Selling Author of the Heaven Hill Series)
Title: Hot, Summer Nights
Heat Level: Steamy
Blue Collar Hero: Dirt Track Racer

Chelsea Camaron (Amazon Best Selling Author of the Hellions Series)
Title: Heath
Heat Level: Steamy
Blue Collar Hero: Oil Rigger

Carian Cole
Title: Twist
Heat Level: Very Steamy
Blue Collar Hero: Motorcycle Fabricator & Airbrusher

Seraphina Donavan
Title: Nobody But You
Heat Level: Very Steamy
Blue Collar Hero: Tattoo Artist

Aimie Grey
Title: Never to Hope
Heat Level: Very Steamy
Blue Collar Hero: Road Crew Worker

Bijou Hunter
Title: Rebound Biker
Heat Level: Steamy
Blue Collar Hero: Construction Worker

Stella Hunter
Title: Rescuing the Bridesmaid
Heat Level: Moderately Steamy
Blue Collar Hero: Tow Truck Driver

Cat Mason
Title: Unhinged
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Blue Collar Hero: Roofer

Christina Tomes
Title: Defending Her Turf
Heat Level: Steamy
Blue Collar Hero: Owner of a Landscaping Business

Laramie Briscoe
Title: Rough Patch (Heaven Hill Series 6.5 – Jagger)
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Blue Collar Hero: Mechanic

 

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