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Roman (Cold Fury # 7)

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.

Review

I really liked Roman.  Yes, he has a bad reputation, but underneath his I-don’t-give-a-shit exterior is a generous man who gives more to the community than anyone realises.  He makes no apologies for who he is and he refuses to change his behaviour for anyone…until he meets Lexi.  He wants to impress her and although he’s never been in a relationship before, he knows there’s something special about her and is not afraid to see how far they could go.  I liked him from beginning to end, but I fell in love with him when he gave Lexi her birthday present, which was so thoughtful and unbelievably sweet.  I hardly ever use the word ‘swoon worthy’, but that birthday present scene was totally swoon worthy.

I really liked Lexi as well, who is down-to-earth, friendly and very open; a complete opposite to her newly-found father (Brian) and half-sister (Gray), who are a lot more reserved.  In one aspect, she was like Roman: she is who she is and you can take her or leave her.  But she has such a bright personality that people can’t help but be drawn to her.

While I really liked Roman and Lexi as a couple, their story didn’t grab me.  It took me a few days to finish, and I can honestly say that this is not normal when it comes to this series, as I usually devour them within a day.  On top of that, it pains me to say that my opinion of Gray⎯who I liked and respected in her own story⎯did a complete 180 here.  She came across as rude, spiteful and unprofessional towards Roman, and I felt that their burying of the hatchet, followed immediately by their playful sibling-like banter, was too neat and easy after having been at each other’s throats for the first 90% of the book.  Finally, I was deeply disappointed that Lexi was not included in the reading of her paternity results.  That could have been a huge and emotional family bonding experience and yet the main character was not involved.  Sometimes it’s the story that wins you over and sometimes it’s the characters.  In this case, it was definitely Roman and Lexi…and Brian and Georgia.

ROMAN is told not only in Roman and Lexi’s POV, but also in Brian’s POV.  We get to watch him fall in love with his new daughter while he also gets a special ladylove of his very own.  That’s right, in this book you get two love stories for the price of one.  It comes with two HEAs and makes way for the next book, LUCAS, which comes out in September and will feature a new-to-the-team player and Max’s brother.

Roman (Cold Fury # 7)

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Cold Fury Series

Nova (The Renegades # 2)

By Rebecca Yarros

Synopsis

He’s got one shot to make it right…

He’s Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.

They say a girl broke him once–
That’s why he’s so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I’m that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth–
He’s the one who destroyed me,
And I’m too smart to let that happen again

Review

NOVA is the second book in The Renegades series and is a second-chance romance between Landon (Nova) and Rachel.  Here’s what we learnt about them in the first book.  Rachel was dating Paxton (from book 1) but cheated on him with Landon.  They fell in love and made plans for their future, but Paxton (out of anger and jealousy), gave Landon an ultimatum: the Renegades or Rachel, because he couldn’t have both.  Landon chose the Renegades, breaking his heart and Rachel’s in the process.  Flash forward two and a half years later and Paxton regrets his ultimatum and hates what he turned Landon in to.  He has therefore created an opportunity for Rachel and Landon to be on the Study at Sea program together in the hopes they’ll reconnect.

So Landon is your typical manwhore who, after breaking up with the love of his life, went out and slept with every woman who made herself available.  Of course, that bites him in the arse when he tries to win Rachel back and she keeps using his reputation against him.  His reasons for leaving her were kind of stupid, but he does a really good job of proving to her that he will never choose anyone or anything over her ever again.  While you can feel that he really does love her, I was disappointed that he never made any effort to win her back until after he found out she was on board the ship.

I loved that Rachel was never afraid to tell Landon exactly how badly he broke her heart when he chose the Renegades over her.  I liked that she didn’t forgive him straight away, didn’t fall back into bed with him straight away, and that she made him work for her forgiveness.  I thought her conflicting feelings and how she processed them were realistic.

I enjoyed NOVA, although I will admit that I skimmed through it, focusing more on the conversations and skipping over the inner monologue that I sometimes found a little repetitive.  NOVA is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it could be read as a stand-alone.  There is no epilogue but there is a really sweet HFN ending for Landon and Rachel.  Penna (Rebel) will get the next book in the series, and I hope a little romance will brighten up her not-so-sunny personality she displayed in this book.

Nova (The Renegades # 2)

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The Renegades Series

Wolf’s Challenge (Stranger Creatures Book 1)

By Christina Lynn Lambert

Synopsis

Taking risks, especially risks of the handsome male variety, is currently out of the question for Sydney Reid. She will make no exceptions for tall, gorgeous Derrick Porter. Never date a player–it’s rule number one in Sydney’s book, and the charming lawyer constantly devouring her with his eyes is every inch the reason. Despite her best efforts to keep Derrick in the friend zone, sparks fly between the two of them, and Sydney isn’t entirely sure she wants to throw water on the flames.

Can Derrick convince the shy, sexy Sydney to give him a chance, something more than her elusive “maybe”? More importantly, should he? Derrick has a few secrets, the least shocking secret being that he can transform at will into a powerful wolf. He’s still trying to forgive himself for being at the wheel during the accident that killed his son. Losing Sydney when she learns the truth might break him, but he’s pretty sure not having her would be just as bad.

And with an obsessed stalker on their tails, more than their hearts are at issue.

Review

Wolf’s Challenge is a story of a wolf shifter that has lost a lot and woman who is learning to take back her life again.  It’s a carefully crafted tale of loss and courage.

Derrick is a wolf shifter and successful lawyer, is coming back to the world after losing his son in a horrible car accident while he was driving.  He has been going through the motions of life but not really engaging in it.  He joins a running group that is coached by his friend and then paired together with Sydney.

Sydney is recovering from two emotionally damaging relationships.  She is done with men for the moment.  Sydney definitely decides she does not need anymore players.  She decides that Derrick is a player so that definitely means that he is not for her.  But thanks to her friend Jack that she would join his running group is going to put her decision to swear off men to the test.

These two are attracted to each other but Sydney can’t see past her past to give Derrick a chance.  He is persistent because for the first time since the accident he has found someone that he has feelings for.  But there are other forces at work here and there is another person that is obsessed with Derrick that will do everything in her power to bring him down.

I enjoyed Wolf’s Challenge and got wrapped up in their struggle to get past the things that were haunting both of them.  They were both very insecure and had a hard time believing in each other.  The only thing that I was surprised by was that I was expecting a different resolution between Derrick and the person who was obsessed with him, though there was a major answer that was answered and he could move on, I just felt that I wanted there to be more of a confrontation.  But I loved the ending and to see the confidence that both Sydney and Derrick gain from each other.

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Knight Takes Queen (All or Nothing #3)

By C C Gibbs

Synopsis

Prolong the pleasure . . . the breathtaking final installment of the Knight trilogy has finally arrived

Katherine Hart has come a long way from the day she accepted a position as codebreaker for Knight Enterprises, glittering domain of playboy CEO Dominic Knight.

With his wicked reputation, nobody could have imagined Dominic Knight sated by just one woman . . . until green-eyed Katherine captured his sole fascination, and stirred his fiercest desire.

Now, newly pregnant with his child, Kate has never been so pampered, nor so very, very satisfied. But when tragedy strikes and Dominic and Kate are forced to reassess, the lovers must ask themselves if such pleasure is ultimately worth the pain.

Review

I really loved the series All or Nothing – Dominic and Katherine definitely are two characters that provide a simply erotic and highly emotional love story – just beautiful and what a journey we have been taken on – never a dull moment!

Out of all three books this is my favourite, the emotional tug of war these two characters go through in order to find their happy ever after is simply heart breaking.  I loved how Nana was brought into the story even more and her support for Katherine was lovely.

Dominic has some real hurdles to overcome and poor Katherine has to fight to have her dream and I did struggle with one scene where he locked themselves away for the “three week plan”, I actually did not like Dominic at this point in the book.

No matter how much money they have at the start of this book their happiness is taken from them in a most dreadful way and I was overcome with such emotion for Katherine.

I did find Dominic over the top over protective when it came to Katherine and her pregnancy but then some inner part of me remembers that is his way, Katherine is only 22 and so young.

I keep telling myself that Dominic is a very cynical character and then way he cocoons her into his life is a beautiful thing in the end and they do get their HEA.

Knight definitely takes his Queen and they give it All or Nothing to have their family – I was so happy for them.

Knight Takes Queen (All or Nothing #3)

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Bound by Vengeance (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #5)

By Cora Reilly

Synopsis

Growl
He’d never had something to himself, never even dared to dream about owning something so precious. He was the unwanted bastard son who’d always had to content himself with the leftovers of others. And now they’d given him what only a few weeks ago had been out of his reach, someone he wasn’t even allowed to admire from afar, one of their most prized possessions. Thrown at his feet because he was who he was, because they were certain he would break her. He was her punishment, a fate worse than death, a way to deliver the ultimate punishment to her father who had displeased them so greatly.

Cara
She had always been the good girl. It didn’t protect her.
She didn’t know his real name. People called him Growl to his face, and the Bastard behind his back. Both were names he couldn’t possibly have chosen for himself. His eyes were empty, a mirror to throw back her own fear at her. He was a brutal hand of the Las Vegas Camorra.
And now she was at his mercy.

Review

Love the Cover, it is totally Growl and he is one man that bursts from the pages of Bound by Vengeance.  This story to me was more about the relationship building between Growl and Cara and less about the Mafia struggles. I really enjoyed the change in directions and look forward though to the next story where we hopefully see how Growl and Cara develop in their relationship.

Cara was a stunning character with strength, resolve and an ability to adapt to her surroundings, I really savoured how her character changed so dramatically through this story. Her interaction with Growl’s dogs for me as a dog person was one of my favourite components of this story.

One thing that was strange to me was the fact I never saw them discuss or mention birth control, after six weeks of being together I really expected her to be pregnant, she was a virgin and very naive and protected and then they have sex, I cannot recall any mention of condoms or birth control like in the other Blood Mafia Chronicles.

Now onto the series, I love this whole group of books, I could easily follow how this story entwined into the two Mafia families especially New York and loved seeing Luca, Matteo and Romero at the end.

I did feel the story was slightly rushed towards the ending, I would have liked to have seen a bit more communication and interaction with the family in New York.

I do not normally comment on the odd editing errors but there are quite a few in the version of the book I purchased from Amazon, the first few did not bother me but then it actually became really evident like in every chapter which was a shame.

I really would love to see some babies start to appear from these couples, in particular Aria, Gianna and now Cara.

Quote: ‘How could you lose yourself if you never had the change to find yourself?’

Bound by Vengeance (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #5)

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Vanished (A Beautiful Mess Novel)

By T. K. Leigh

Synopsis

Rayne Kilpatrick has everything. A job she’s dreamed of since a little girl. The perfect house. And a man she loves and is about to marry… Until he never returns from a humanitarian mission.

Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

When footage of his gruesome murder by a Muslim extremist group is shown across the country and around the globe, she wants the person responsible for the disappearance of the man she loves to pay. She wants him to lose the one person who means the world to him, too, and she won’t stop until he does.

Alexander Burnham has everything… Finally. A job he enjoys where he can actually make a difference in the world. The perfect woman who he’s loved his entire life. And the most beautiful daughter a father could ask for… Until he walks into her bedroom one morning to find it empty.

Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

It’s a race against the clock for Alexander to put the pieces together and find out who has taken his daughter and what they want from him. As information comes to light, he is forced to bury the guilt he feels after losing his fellow team member and focus instead on finding and saving his daughter…

Before it’s too late.

Review

Vanished is an appropriate title for this novel.  It’s meaning can be taken on so many levels through this read.  On an emotional level, a love that’s vanished replaced with grief. Compassion that’s disappeared replaced with anger and fear.  On a more physical level, loved ones are taken for reasons beyond comprehension.

This novel is split into three different parts.  Part one was definitely the hardest part for me to get through.  I really saw Rayne’s pain.  She grieves for the life that she will never have back and she wants someone to pay for that.  Rayne is a broken woman who now sees a way to help alleviate some of her suffering.  We also got a sense of the man that Alexander has become through the years.

Part two was were the mystery really picked up.  Alexander is on the frantic hunt for his daughter who has been taken.  He is piecing together who and why this is happening.  I loved his relationships with all of family.  And he has a really special bond with his wife.  I also liked his relationship with Agent Moretti.  They have the relationship need to get the job done.

Part three also continues the mystery but also ramped up on the thriller part of the novel.  We get to the real issue of why Alexander’s daughter was taken.  There are actually two twists in this part.  One I saw coming but the second took me by surprise.

This novel deals with deep issues at it’s core.  The first part jumped around a little so I found it a little confusing to start with and I found it extremely dramatic.  Parts two and three I couldn’t put down.  T.K. Leigh has an unique way of writing.  She broke this book up not just by parts but by hours as well. She understands that in a kidnapping every minute counts.   She also conveys emotion in a powerful way.

Vanished

My Rating:  1/2

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Knight’s Game (All or Nothing #2)

By C C Gibbs

Synopsis

When her tryst with handsome billionaire Dominic Knight gets out of hand, Katherine Hart resolves to cut all contact for good. But Dominic won’t let his object of fascination escape so easily: when they cross paths in a plush hotel in Singapore, their steamy affair is reignited.

But can such exquisite pleasure last?

Kate knows her lover is a man who lives entirely for the chase. Is this reunion a rushing climax before an inevitable fall, or could Kate possess the keys to finally taming the untamable Dominic Knight?

Review

Knight’s Game began where Knight’s Mistress ended and you knew their dynamic chemistry would just continue to build.  Plenty of sexual scenes that will have your panting and holding your breathe but this instalment gives us so much more of an emotional read.

Knight’s Game takes us behind Dominic’s facade and his walls slowly start to crumble and we learn more of his upbringing as we meet his sister Melanie and her family.

His family played a bigger part as did Kate’s Nan which has one of my favourite thoughts and sums up Dominic fighting his way to the end in the story for his happiness and to make his own family;

“Nana stood on the porch and watched the wealthy young man walk through the snow in his sandals, get into his rental car and drive away.  She’d never met anyone so alone, she thought.”

Knight’s Game changed the direction in their relationship and the surprises and romantic guestures is why I love reading Romance novels.

The love letter and declaration by Dominic with the flowers brought tears to my eyes.

 

Knight’s Game (All or Nothing #2)

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Knight’s Mistress (All or Nothing #1)

By C C Gibbs

Synopsis

Katherine Hart is thrilled to be recruited by Knight Enterprises, the most prestigious venture-capital company in the world. That is, until she makes the acquaintance of the company’s infamous CEO, Dominic Knight.

At thirty-two, Dominic is a self-made billionaire with a fearsome ambition and a temper to match. He is also impossibly attractive and dangerously charming when he wants to be.

To Kate, Dominic seems like the perfect predator, and she resolves to be cautious despite the obvious chemistry between them, telling herself she can always leave if Dominic grows too demanding. What she doesn’t know is that the decision isn’t hers to make…

Dominic Knight has found a new plaything, and Mr. Knight always gets what he wants.

Review

I love the international Covers for this whole 3 book series.
Katherine is 10 years younger than Dominic and it is interesting to follow their initial meeting and the intense physical and emotional scenes where these two characters carefully constructed walls are torn down. Katherine is stubborn and headstrong but also beautifully polite and it is refreshing to have a character like her and I immediately connected. She is not naive but has an endearing outlook on life from her small town upbringing. I also love her IT back story and it is great to have a young female character with brains, taking down the bad guys and impressing a hot alpha billionaire.
I love Katherine’s desire for food and enjoying the simple things in life – this is probably why Dominic finds her a breath of fresh air.
The sexual scenes were simply off the charts erotic and put quite simply will make you tingle, the sensual play and controlling orgasms had me on the edge of my seat.
The ending of this first instalment is emotional but these two characters have a long way to go and I cannot wait to follow their relationship.
I am sensing we will continue to travel around the globe following them to find their happiness.
This story flows well, it is not rushed and we jumped ahead in time when they were on the boat and I for one was glad as I was itching to get to the end of the 7 days to find out how Knight’s Mistress would end and where we end up in order to continue into Knight’s Game (All or Nothing Book 2).

Knight’s Mistress (All or Nothing #1)

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Ruthless (Playboys in Love # 2)

By Gina L. Maxwell

Synopsis

People call me Ruthless for a reason.

Whether I’m in the court room or in the bedroom, my reputation is well-earned. I’m either working hard, working out, or working my way into some woman’s panties. But none of them share my particular kink, and I walk away feeling unsatisfied.

Until I met her.

She’s a friend of a friend, which makes her off-limits in my book. But then temptation had me by the balls and I had her up against a wall. She literally fucked my world off its axis, but it can’t happen again.

My plan was avoidance, but that got blown to shit when my firm hired her as a new junior attorney. Now I’m her boss, and I’m supposed to act like I don’t want to bend her over my desk every five minutes.

But I’ve never held myself back with anything before, so consequences be damned. It’s time to take what I want and show her how damn good it feels…to be ruthless.

Review

RUTHLESS is the second book in the Playboys in Love series and considering I thought this series was about male strippers falling in love, I was surprised⎯and a little disappointed⎯there was only one stripping scene throughout the entire story.  Hot men stripping?  More, please.

I loved Addison, who is a very smart and confident woman.  She’s not ashamed of her sexuality and is very capable of keeping her personal and professional relationships with Roman separate.  She’s a fierce woman who has no problem putting Roman in his place, but she’s not a bitch.  The only time she caused me to roll my eyes was when she realised she was in love with Roman immediately after having her first threesome with him and one of his friends.  I just couldn’t wrap my head around that one.

While I loved Addison, I wasn’t sold on Roman, a.k.a. Ruthless.  Roman is your clichéd playboy, one who avoids commitment because his parents are divorced and he occasionally handles divorce cases in his job as an attorney.  Even the breakup Roman caused was clichéd in my opinion.  I also wasn’t a fan of his physical description when he wasn’t in lawyer mode.  All the bling, piercings and chains were not a turn on for me.  But his sex scene were HOT!

RUTHLESS is told in dual POVs and came with a HFN ending for Roman and Addison.  While it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  We saw a lot of Roman’s best friend and stripper business partner⏤Austin⏤in this book, which has me wondering if he will get the next one.

Ruthless (Playboys in Love # 2)

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Playboys In Love Series

Acer (No Prisoners MC #3)

By Lilly Atlas

Synopsis

After one unforgettable night with a dangerous outlaw, Fia knows she must limit contact with the kind of man who could never fit in her wealthy circle. Unfortunately, she can’t keep their brief but passionate encounter far from her thoughts. When she seeks him out for reasons unrelated to their chemistry, the worst happens, and Fia is attacked by a madman. With her life turned upside down, she seeks help from the one person she can’t get out of her mind.

Betrayed by someone he should have been able to trust above all, Acer spends the next two decades of his life avoiding entanglements that have any chance of ending with a knife in his back. The MC life provides a safe way to have personal connections and loyalty due to its simple rule: betray the club and punishment will be severe. Still, he keeps a large part of himself locked away inside, hidden even from his MC brothers. When the woman who’s been messing with his head for months reappears in his life needing sanctuary, Acer jumps to her aid. He’s committed to help her reclaim her life, but determined to keep her at arms-length in the process.

As Acer and Fia fight their growing feelings, his club is in danger from a new and different kind of enemy. Will his refusal to put his full trust in anyone, including the woman he’s falling for, end up destroying more than betrayal ever could?

Review

Acer and Fia’s journey is heart breaking but exciting, humorous, emotional, dominating and highly erotic.  The suspense story that surrounds their romance journey keeps you guessing and also Fia’s highly traumatic event at the start sets you up for an emotional and often times thought provoking moments. I devoured her scenes of recovery and battling her way back to happiness and love. I was highly distressed by her encounter after the visit to the Gym and honestly did not think she would recover.  What a strong woman she was and the way she was written in the story made me love her and want her to find peace again.

Acer was a hard character for me to get attached to until the end when he finally opened up but he was still the same man I wanted to know more about from Jester (No Prisoners #2).

I really enjoyed seeing Jester and Emily again, I loved them as a couple and enjoyed seeing their relationship continue to develop and move to the next level.

I do hope we get Lucky’s story as he was one character who provided light relief at times when Fia was struggling with her trauma.  The way Lucky provided another source of comfort and protection for Fia helped me find some happiness.

Acer (No Prisoners #3)

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