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Keeping Lily (Disciples #1)

By Izzy Sweet & Sean Moriarty

Synopsis

My husband traded me away to save his own life…
And now I belong to the devil.
One night and everything in my life changed. Two words and my world turned dark.
“Take her”.
Owing the most ruthless crime lord in Garden City five million dollars, my husband chose to trade me and my children away to save himself.
I was on the cusp of freedom, so close to divorcing that scumbag I was married to.
Now I’m enslaved to a man who is obsessed with me. A man so wicked and beautiful, they call him Lucifer.
So alluring, he makes the angels weep with envy. He’s so powerful, I can’t stop myself from bending to his will.
He’s determined to master me, and he won’t rest until I give him all.
He wants my light, and he wants my dark.
He wants my body, and he wants my heart.
But most of all, he wants the one thing I can’t give him. The one thing I can’t bear to part with…
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Review

Keeping Lily delivered some great romance moments but at times I did struggle with some of the connection between Lucifer and Lily as it felt really rushed but the sex scenes were enjoyable.  Lily has a strong need to feel protected based on her background story so you can overlook her rapid need for Luifer and his magic touch but other times not so much.

Lily’s children are an interesting side story and Lucifer’s interaction with them did soften my perception of him and it made me forgive him for his other brute actions.

My main complaint with this story is that towards the last few chapters I actually stopped and I did a kindle search as I was reading this at 10pm at night and all of a sudden a major story line was thrown in and I was like – Back the freakin truck up – did I miss a chapter?   When did that happen? How did they not talk about this? Was it mentioned and I missed it when Lily was out shopping? Then BOOM we are at the Epilogue a few months later – I kind of thought I missed a moment in the relationship!! I actually searched twice as it has done my head in and I feel like I missed a major moment in their emotional and physical relationship which could have helped me connect to them in a more romantic way.

There is also a fair bit of violence and lots of names thrown around with different gangs mentioned which must lead into the next book.

The Disciples series I believe has that something, it is dark and a little bit dirty.  I have already bought a copy of Stealing Amy (Disciples #2) which I am looking forward to reading.

Quote:  Even through the blur of my tears, he’s beautiful A beautiful monster. But he’s my monster. And despite everything … I love him

Keeping Lily (Disciples #1)

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Falling For Her Brother’s Best Friend (Tea For Two # 1)

By Noelle Adams

Synopsis

After too many bad decisions in romance, Emma is going on a man-fast. For the next six months, she’s fasting from men. No sex. No dating. No soulful gazes. No fond memories of her first crush. She’s going to spend the time focusing on her career, getting in touch with herself, and helping her two best friends with the launch of their new tea room. No men.

And that includes her brother’s best friend, Noah Hart, who has just returned to their hometown.

She doesn’t want Noah anyway. He might be even hotter than he was before, but he’s not a nice guy anymore. He’s made a fortune by acting ruthless in business, and the last thing he’s looking for is small-town domestic life. He doesn’t even want to be in town again, but a sick grandmother guilted him into it. Then he has nerve to not even recognize Emma when he sees her again. Maybe it’s been seven years, but a decent guy would remember his best friend’s little sister.

Noah is not a decent guy. Anyway, Emma is on a man-fast. And she doesn’t want Noah.

At all.

Fifteen years ago, three girls were thrown together because their brothers were best friends. Now they’re all grown up, and their brothers are grown up too. The Tea for Two series tells their stories.

Review

FALLING FOR HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND is the beginning of a new trilogy; a trilogy that is about three male best friends who fall in love with each other’s younger sisters.  I hope that makes sense, because it’s surprisingly hard to explain quickly and that’s the best I could come up with.

Emma had a huge⎯and unrequited⎯crush on Noah growing up, one that was obvious to everyone.  Several years later and just as she decides to go on a six-month man-fast, Noah arrives back in town and seriously tests her resolve.  I liked Emma, but there wasn’t much depth to her character.  She’s nice, smart and very loving of her friends, but by the end of the book, that’s all we know about her.  One could say that she was too nice, given that Noah hurt her feelings twice and she never called him out on it.

Noah, on the other hand, had a bit more depth to his character thanks to some issues surrounding his father.  I thought we’d see some resolution between him and his father, but we didn’t, so perhaps we’ll see it in his sister’s story.  To be honest, I don’t agree with how he is described in the synopsis.  Sure, his handling of Emma made me want to beat him over the head, but I wouldn’t say he was ruthless, or that he wasn’t a nice or decent guy.  He just had to stop being an idiot and face his demons.

FALLING FOR HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND is told in dual POVs and overall it’s a quick, light and easy read.  I’d be interested in reading the next book to see who the couple is and what happens between them.

Falling For Her Brother’s Best Friend (Tea For Two # 1)

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Dark Experiments (Book 2)

By Lana Campbell

Synopsis

Christian is the exception to Tiffany’s rule that all males are louses. For years Tiffany has lusted after Christian and of late she can’t help but wonder what it might be like to have a brief fling with him. The opportunity to explore her secret fantasy appears when Christian offers her a job as the IT person for his practice, the V clinic. She knows if he gives her the green light, she’s going to have a romp with her sexy vampire. When the night finally arrives and she and Christian have sex, the experience is so overwhelmingly powerful, Tiffany backpedals and tries to turn down the heat between them. She’s human. He’s a vampire. She can’t afford to fall in love with him.

Christian has other ideas. During their sexual encounter, he discovers Tiffany is his life mate and he vows to change her thinking. His intentions are put on hold when he gets caught up in an angel of death’s vicious plan to chemically terminate V clinic patients’ pregnancies. Tiffany herself falls victim to a lethal dose of arsenic and Christian can only save her by turning her into a vampire. She’s furious when she wakes from her turning and discovers what Christian has done. She wants nothing to do with him ever again, but when she’s kidnapped by this angel of death and used as a guinea pig for deadly experiments she only has Christian to turn to save her life.

Review

Dark Experiments picks up sometime after Forever and a Night.  Tiffany is going to work for Christian at the V clinic to help the practice get up to date on their computer system.  Christian is discovering how deep his feelings go for Tiffany.  And how much Tiffany feels about him but she has no desire to become a vampire.

I liked Christian in book one.  And I am really glad to see that he is still really close with Mia.  He is extremely protective over Tiffany and wants their relationship to keep growing.  He has a noble way about him.  Almost naive in a way,  He is extremely compassionate, perfect for his line of work.

I could understand Tiffany, even when I think she is really hard on the people around her.  She has a chip on her shoulder that will take time to figure out.  Tiffany also has some scary moments in this book that will change her life forever.

Dark Experiments had a good start and good suspense with a mystery to figure out.  The psychopaths in this book were written really well and I loved the family unit that was built around Tiffany.  But like Forever and a Night the editing was distracting in places and that made it difficult to lose yourself in the story.

Dark Experiments

My Rating:   1/2

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Forever and a Night

By Lana Campbell

Synopsis

Nathan Davenport is being stalked by Isabella Ravini, the feral vampire who stole his human life over a hundred and sixty years ago. She made him her fledging, a slave for her dark, evil purposes—hunting humans. After a few years she released him, and Nathan reluctantly learned to accept the cursed life she’d foisted upon him.

Over time he amassed a great fortune, which today has made him famous worldwide. Isabella decides she wants to be a part of this world of fame and fortune Nathan created for himself. She’s determined to marry him, and love has nothing to do with it. His money is her primary target, and the fame and prestige attached to being the wife of one of the richest men in the world wouldn’t be so bad either.

In an effort to evade her until he can figure out how to stop her, he hides at a safe house he owns in New Orleans. One Saturday evening in NOLA, he decides to have dinner in the city. He chooses a quiet little Italian bistro, never imagining this night will change his life forever. The human woman who delivers his order isn’t a server, but the restaurant’s sous chef, a beautiful ethnic woman possessing the most delicious blood scent he’s ever encountered.

The moment Mia Peebles arrives at his table with his plate, tasting her becomes an obsession. Mia wants nothing to do with him because of Nathan’s reputation as a playboy. So Nathan enchants her, feeds from her, but his lusts for her blood and body play havoc with his thinking.

Nathan finds a way to bring her into his life as his personal chef and quickly falls in love with her. The trouble is Mia has no idea he’s a vampire because during the enchanting episodes, Nathan blocked her memories of those sensual encounters.

How will Nathan tell her the truth without losing her and keep Isabella from finding him? Or worst yet, will Isabella discover how much Mia has come to mean to him?

Review

Forever and a Night has an interesting story line of faith and love.  It also has a mix of evil and obsession.

Nathan is a vampire that wasn’t sure if he would ever meet his lifemate.  He had given up on the fact that she might be out there.  Watching his best friends, Julia and Dimitri, enjoy a life together made him wonder if he would ever find that happiness.  Even after he meets his one, he is still not sure if he can convince her to spend a lifetime with him.

Mia has deep roots in faith.  She is unaware of the existence of vampires.  All she knows is that she meets what she is considers a playboy and doesn’t think that he can be serious about a relationship.  After her failed marriage, she doesn’t even consider getting into another relationship. Mia is happy watching her children grow into happy adults.

I had a few issues with this Novel in general.  It had editing issues, especially in the first half. The second half when the action picked up between Isabella (the feral vampire) and Nathan, there were a lot less editing problems.  I did like the theme of the story.  But I found both Mia and Nathan to be annoying in places.  I wanted Nathan to just tell Mia to get over it.  And I found that Mia was a little bit of a hypocrite.  I didn’t mind the religious tones in the book but it felt forced by the end.

It was a really fast read and I really got into the second half of the book.  I loved Mia’s children and I liked the fact that Mia was middle aged. I’m looking forward to Tiffany’s book.

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Battle Of The Sexes

By Adriana Locke

Synopsis

Carver Jones’ partner at Jones + Gallum had to step down for medical reasons. He’s absolutely devastated. He swears. Just ignore his cheeky grin, okay?

When word reaches his fancy corner office that Gallum is replacing himself with his daughter, Amity, Carver is ecstatic. 

For real this time. 

Jones squashes men in the business industry flat. A woman? Pfst. He’ll be completely in charge in no time, doing whatever he wants. He’s so ready for this. 

But is he ready to fight the hardest fight of his life? No, not the one to maintain control of his company. The one to keep control of his heart.

The battle may begin in the boardroom, but the war will definitely be won in the bedroom. May the best sex win.

Review

BATTLE OF THE SEXES was a quick and lighthearted read about two ex-childhood friends, thrown back into each others lives and forced to compete for the same CEO position in their families business.

It took me a while to warm up to Carver, mostly because the sexual innuendos he laid on Amity at the beginning were laid on way too thick.  Can you say “Sexual Harrassment”?  That being said, he has very fond memories of Amity and you could tell that despite a few idiotic choices, he genuinely liked her…then and now.  I liked Amity’s tenacity and that she gave as good as she got from Carver.  I also liked how she had to guts to tell Carver exactly how that one night all those years ago affected her, and still affects her to this day.  Don’t worry, she’s not a “woe is me/I’ve never been able to love” person; she’s too strong for that.

Overall, I enjoyed this story, though I will say that I was disappointed with how the battle for the CEO role was won.  Yes, it was sweet and I could understand the reason behind it, but I was disappointed nonetheless.  BATTLE OF THE SEXES is told in dual POVs and at this time, it appears to be a stand-alone.  It’s also a novella, so it’s a fairly quick read.  From memory, we see a bit of foreplay but no sex, so if you’re looking for a read that’s steamy, you won’t find it here.  But if you’re after an ex-friends-to-lovers story with witty banter and a HEA, this one is for you.

Battle Of The Sexes

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A Nun Goes to Jail (Nun-Fiction Series #2)

By Piper Davenport

Synopsis

18+ for language and sexual situations…

Alexa Romanov hails from Russian Mob royalty, but she’s keeping a secret…one that could get her killed. When she’s forced to hide in a Catholic Abbey, she finds herself face-to-face with the man who broke her heart years ago…good thing time has healed that wound and she’s over him.

Reese Alden has fought his way out of a deadly and notorious Motorcycle Club, but he’s done it at great sacrifice. He lost the only woman he ever loved and now she might die because he let her go.

He must move heaven and earth, not to mention circumvent the Russian mob and a deadly MC, in order to keep her safe. But his goal isn’t just to save her life. It’s also to win her back.

Review

Full disclosure here I have read NINE of Piper Davenport’s books and her Dogs of Fire is one of my favourite MC series and A Nun Walks into a Bar (Nun-Fiction Book #1) was one of my favourite reads for 2016.   So when I was offered book 2, I was like “SCORE” for Lulu as all my reviews for this author are either four or five stars as I love her characters and how she tells her stories.

So I have to be honest and admit that A Nun Goes to Jail just did not connect with me, the story left me feeling a bit un-fulfilled – it felt rushed and pushed aside for too many sex scenes.  Perhaps it is me because I really loved the characters and the humour and we also get to see more of Sadie and Ryder who I love so I am really trying to figure out where I went wrong? 

I enjoyed the characters and loved seeing  my favourites from the Dogs of Fire however I did feel that the overall Russian/Mob/MC suspense got really lost and I for one really enjoy a good dose of that in my romance.  Loved mentioning the “Roses for Anna” concert in the story as the “Broken Road” series is going to rock “pun intended”!!

Towards the middle all I seemed to be reading about was Alexa and Reese having sex and this is where the base story got lost.  I did find myself thinking stop having sex I want to know what is happening with the trial, where are the Russians and the ending felt rushed and what about the other girls at the convent and also her friend and brother?  I wanted Reese to be more alpha male protective with her instead of wanting to have sex if that makes sense, there were pockets of moments I went yes now I can see the emotional connection, when he sneaks in and holds her after her breakdown, these were moments of romance that I savoured.

Finally I did like how the author fast forwarded three years to see how their lives had changed.

Quote:  “I think you’re holding’ it together with duct tape and dental floss… MacGyver Style”

A Nun Goes to Jail (Nun-Fiction Series #2)

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In The Heir (Westerly Billionaires # 1)

By Ruth Cardello

Synopsis

Brett Westerly is his father’s golden child, but it’s come at a cost. As head of the family corporation, he throws himself into his work—hiding in his office is easier than confronting the reality of his broken family.

After a bitter divorce that split the family and divided loyalties, the wealthy Westerly matriarch offers an early inheritance to any grandchild who marries and invites the entire family to the wedding. Brett’s brother Spencer rashly gets engaged, and Brett knows it’s his duty to intervene. But he never imagined the unwelcome desire Spencer’s fiery fiancée would spark in him. Now the man who’s used to getting everything he could want has met the one woman he can’t have.

Ever since she was a girl, Alisha Coventry considered Spencer and his sister Rachelle the family she didn’t have. When Spencer asks for her help, Alisha has no problem becoming his fake fiancée—until she meets Spencer’s sexy older brother Brett. The chemistry between them is undeniable—forbidden—but as their relationship deepens, Brett is determined to have her.

Alisha only wanted to help the family make amends. Now she’s falling for the wrong Westerly.

Review

IN THE HEIR is the first book I’ve read from Ruth Cardello, and to be honest, I’m a little up in the air with how I feel about it, which is why I’ve given it three hearts.  Despite being under 250 pages, it did take me a couple of days to finish because it didn’t hold my attention.  There’s a lot of conflict within the story, but most of it surrounds Brett’s divided family and the twenty-year-old secrets that are now being revealed.

For every one thing I liked about Brett and Alisha, there was one thing I didn’t like about them.  Alisha was strong and fierce enough to stand up to people and put them in their place, but then she let her best friends treat her with disrespect and tell her what she could and couldn’t do, at the expense of her own happiness.  Brett was supposed to be a take-charge billionaire, but his stalkerish behaviour came across as less alpha and more creeper.  He had jaded views about marriage (which is understandable) and he didn’t think too highly of women in the beginning, but that changed after just one or two interactions with Alisha.  Despite his strained relationship with his family, he claimed they were the most important thing to him; yet when they were in the middle of a crisis, he went on vacation, leaving them to sort it out themselves.  In short, they would say one thing or behave a certain way, and then they would say or do something that went against what they just said or did.

IN THE HEIR is told in dual POVs, with the prologue and epilogue being told in Delinda’s (the Westerly grandmother’s) POV, as she schemes to bring her broken family back together.  Brett and Alisha’s inner thoughts were presented in a way that I’m not sure I liked.  I don’t recall seeing it done like that before and it had an erratic and choppy feel to it.  I really liked the small family tree displayed at the front of the book, which helped me out a lot.  Overall, it’s a simple story about a divided family that just needs love (and honesty) to come back together.

In The Heir (Westerly Billionaires # 1)

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Westerly Billionaire Series

Playing With Fire (Hot In Chicago # 2)

By Kate Meader

Synopsis

As the only female firefighter at Engine Co. 6, Alexandra Dempsey gets it from all sides: the male coworkers who think she can’t do the job, the wives and girlfriends who see her as a threat to their firefighter men, and her overprotective foster brothers who want to shelter their baby sister at all costs. So when she single-handedly saves the life of Eli Cooper, Chicago’s devastatingly handsome mayor, she assumes the respect she’s longed for will finally come her way. But it seems Mr. Mayor has other ideas…

Eli Cooper’s mayoral ratings are plummeting, his chances at reelection dead in the water. When a sexy, curvaceous firefighter gives him the kiss of life, she does more than bring him back to the land of the living–she also breathes vitality into his campaign. Riding the wave of their feel-good story might prop up Eli’s flagging political fortunes, but the sizzling attraction between them can go nowhere; he’s her boss, and there are rules that must be obeyed. But you know what they say about rules: they’re made to be broken…

Review

PLAYING WITH FIRE is the first book I’ve read from Kate Meader and I found it quite enjoyable.  It did take me a few days to finish, but I think that had more to do with the fact it was a paperback instead of a Kindle version.

The banter and sexual tension between Eli and Alex was the best part of this story.  And there was a lot of banter and sexual tension.  While he has experienced great tragedy throughout his life, Eli still had a privileged upbringing, which shows in the way he speaks and in how he thinks a woman should behave.  While he likes Alex’s spunk, he thinks she’s unrefined and wants to tame her.  Some of the things he would say to—and about—Alex rubbed me up the wrong way, but overall I liked him.

“You crossed a line in there, Dempsey.  Ran your mouth off when all I required was that you wear your dress uniform and a sweet-as-sugar smile.”
“Like the good little woman.  God, you’re such a throwback I bet all your selfies are sepia toned.”

Alex is a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, so much so that it turns a lot of people off.  She’s not had much luck in the dating scene because men are intimidated by her strength, which I liked, but I also liked the vulnerability she showed when the situation called for it.

PLAYING WITH FIRE is told in dual POVs, and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  That being said, I did have trouble understanding the Dempsey family tree for a while, so I would have spent less time confused if I’d read the previous books in this series.

Playing With Fire (Hot In Chicago # 2)

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Hot In Chicago Series

Buns (Hudson Valley # 3)

By Alice Clayton

Synopsis

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

Review

BUNS is my first Alice Clayton book, and I’m happy to say it was one I found enjoyable.

Clara and Archie are both likeable characters, but they’re also very stubborn, which made for some fiery discussions.  I really enjoyed watching these two bicker over how to save Bryant Mountain House from going out of business.  Archie was a sweet and loyal guy, and he is devoted to keeping his family’s traditions alive.  Clara has an amazing work ethic, she’s not easily intimidated, and she is not afraid to speak her mind to get her point across.  That being said, she has serious abandonment issues; issues which are justified in my opinion.  However, her constant inner monologue about always being alone, her fear of letting someone in, and her inability to feel like part of the group, did become tiring after a while.  It also made the conflict and resolution fairly easy to predict.

BUNS is told in Clara’s POV, with the epilogue being told in Archie’s.  While it is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone, and although the couples from the previous two books appeared several times throughout this story, I never felt like I was missing something when it came to them.

Buns (Hudson Valley # 3)

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Hudson Valley Series

Serenity (Inevitable Book 5)

By Janet Nissenson

Synopsis

Matthew Bennett has suffered the worst sort of betrayal a man can ever know, and he’s trying to put his life back together after years of unhappiness and emotional neglect. He desperately needs the care and devotion of a good woman, someone who will not only erase the hurt he’s experienced, but help him cope with the tremendous stress and responsibility he endures daily as the CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation.

Through the yoga classes that she teaches, and her successful massage practice, Sasha Fonseca spends her days helping others improve their health and wellbeing, and also learning to combat stress. She leads a simple but serene life, content with the little she has, but shies away from any sort of long term commitments or serious relationships. Her unconventional upbringing has also made her fiercely independent, and she won’t let anyone try to mold her into something she’s not ever again.

Sasha is enlisted to help Matthew in a professional capacity, but it isn’t long before she finds herself drawn to him on an emotional and physical level as well. With a woman like Sasha in his life, Matthew finally believes he’s found the happiness that’s eluded him all these years. But will his scheming, soon-to-be ex find a way to destroy him once again, or will he get the happy ending that he deserves?

Review

Serenity is book 5 of the Inevitable Series and I have not ready any of the first four books and I don’t believe you need to.  There are characters you meet and their back stories are lightly told so you know where they fit in an whose friends they are. The Epilogue  was lovely and this is a really nice romantic read as it has a bit of drama and some wonderful supporting characters that help this love story blossom.

I love all the covers of this series, they are different and the pop of colour is classic.

Matthew and Sasha were an interesting couple and I did find the flow of the story at the start slow and there were sections particularly for Sasha where we went back to her growing up that I did find a bit tiresome.  I put this down to the fact I knew we were heading for some major game playing from Matthew’s ex-wife and I was eager for the drama to commence.

My favourite chapter was New Years Eve where I finally felt their emotional and physical connection and I loved that and I must say I did enjoy their meeting in the first chapter at the wedding as well.  Chapter 23 was a favourite for me with Casey and this made me smile again for Sasha and Casey became my hero in the end, he was a wonderful son for Matthew.

Matthews ex-wife and daughter provide some interesting moments that had me cursing out loud and hoping they would both get their just desserts.  My heart did break for Sasha when Matthews ex-wife and daughter make their final play to break them up and I was shattered.

I enjoyed the second half of this story more.

Serenity (Inevitable Book 5)

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