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In This Breeze (Lake Shore University #1)

By Kathleen Maree

Synopsis

A nerd. A quiet art student. A nobody.

Or perhaps, just some girl.

These are the non-spoken titles I’ve been known as since I started at Lake Shore Uni almost two years ago now. When given the chance to leave my horrific childhood behind – I didn’t hesitate. In fact, I was ecstatic to have the door hit me on the ass on my way out of town; because the only two things I actually loved in my traumatic life…

Were coming with me.

And whilst the three of us shared the same beat-up truck when we moved here – that’s where the similarities unfortunately end.

Ethan ‘The Mule’ Jones, is kind of a super star on campus. Everywhere he goes he seems to draw attention. I guess that’s what happens when you’re headlining papers as the star basketballer for the LS Eagles. But to me, he’s just Eth. A boy who still spends his Friday nights snuggled up watching movies with me, and who walks me to classes just to make sure I get there okay. He is my best friend in every way, and I can’t imagine my life without him in it.

And then there’s Jase.

The truth is I knew from the moment I met Jase at the local skate park, when he was smoking a cigarette and teasing Eth for his poor skating ability, of how fiercely protective he was about those he cared for. From the time he blew his warm breath over my injured knee, to when he thankfully intervened on the most horrific day of my life. A day, that still haunts me when I am alone in the dark.

He saved me.

But Jase has his own demons too. Even if he doesn’t go looking for it, trouble always seems to find him. Which is why he has been absent from our lives for the past two years.

Sometimes I wonder what he’s doing.

Quite often I worry if he’s okay.

And I always, always, think about him.

Even though I shouldn’t

Review

In this Breeze is a college romance that involves three friends and lots of drama.  This is a new author for me and I enjoyed the story although some of the drama within the friendship triangle did wear me down.

At times I found myself quite angry with Bree and her inability to make decisions however she is only young and hindsight is a great thing.  Ethan immediately had my heart, he was such a good friend to Bree and he is genuinely in love with this girl.  The way Ethan cares for her and is so protective and does not succumb to peer group pressure is surprising.

Jase is troubled however he and Bree do share a traumatic event so have a deep connection.  Jase is definitely a bad boy however his moments with Bree are special and sensitive.

The second half of this story I enjoyed far more than the first and the ending definitely although not a cliffhanger it does leave you wanting more.

I cannot wait to read about Jase in the next novel.  I am truly torn with this friendship it is driving me crazy!

In This Breeze (Lake Shore University #1)

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Wicked Wish (Wicked Horse Vegas # 2)

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

Jorinda Pearce thought she did everything right – graduated from college, married her long-time sweetheart, established a career. But what does she have to show for it now? A degree she doesn’t use, a job she hates, and an ex-husband that broke her heart.

Looking for a long overdue adventure, Jorie takes a walk on the wild side and attends a masquerade event at The Wicked Horse Vegas. It’s exactly the escape she’s looking for, and even better, she can explore anonymously. Drawn to the man masked in black leather with the body of a god, Jorie finds the greatest pleasures of her life at the hands of a stranger.

Walsh Brooks is the most sought after man in The Wicked Horse. Sex is nothing but a game to him and he’s the type that will always leave at the end of the night without looking back. Unfortunately for Walsh, there’s no way he can walk away from the mysterious green-eyed beauty behind the mask of sapphire feathers, because he knows exactly who she is.

Jorie is his best friend’s little sister and there’s not another woman in the world that’s more off limits.

Review

WICKED WISH is the second book in the Wicked Horse Vegas series and it was another hot and enjoyable read that was very hard to put down.  It’s a rare find when the sex and the story are as good as each other, and WICKED WISH wins on both counts.

I loved Jorie right from the start, and she’s definitely the stand-out character in my opinion.  She may get knocked down, but she doesn’t stay down for long.  Her husband blamed her for their dull sex-life, so what better way to prove to herself that she has what it takes to please a man than by going to a sex club and getting it on with a hot stranger in front of dozens of people.  Yowza!  She lost a lot of her confidence because of her husband’s words, but it wasn’t just Walsh that gave it back to her; she had the courage to get it back for herself, and I really liked that about her.

Walsh was definitely stuck between a rock (his desire for Jorie) and a hard place (his friendship with Jorie’s brother, Micah), and you can’t help but feel bad for a man who wants it all, but doesn’t know how he can have it without hurting one of the two people he loves.  Given Walsh’s claims that he’s very demanding and rough when it comes to sex—going so far as to say he can leave a woman sore and bruised—I was expecting an intense read when it came to his sex scenes.  So I won’t lie when I say I was a little disappointed that we never saw that side of him.  Was he hot and demanding?  Most definitely.  Was he rough and dirty?  Not really.

As with most, if not all, best friend’s sibling romances, the conflict that tears them apart is predictable just from reading the blurb, so there’s no surprises there.  However, what I liked most about the conflict was its resolution; it wasn’t resolved after a measly five minute apology and was therefore realistic and believable.

WICKED WISH is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  I want to point out that Walsh and Jorie don’t spend much time at the Wicked Horse, and while that certainly isn’t a big deal, it was something that really stood out to me.  So, if you’re expecting to see a lot of debauchery taking place in a sex club, you might be disappointed.  That being said, WICKED WISH does come with the hottest HEA I’ve ever read.  Seriously, the hottest.  I can’t wait for the next book, WICKED ENVY, to come out.  A threesome with two men and one woman?  Sign me up.

Wicked Wish (Wicked Horse Vegas # 2)

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The Serpent’s Kiss (The Hunter Chronicles #4)

By Claire Marta

Synopsis

Jasmine Hunter’s addiction for the vampire bite is swallowing her whole. Left with no other choice; she seeks out the Master Vampire of London to ease her pain.

But Asier Serpico has his own agenda. Dark, lethal, and intoxicating; he offers sweet seduction and even more—pleasure. He wants to take her pain—and her body—from the one she loves.

Can Jasmine resist Asier while fighting to prevent the impending disaster of a new drug wreaking havoc on the city streets….

…or will London fall?

Review

Jasmine has a problem in the beginning of The Serpent’s Kiss.  She is now addicted to a vampire’s bite.  She doesn’t want to ask for Eric’s help so she turns to the only other master vampire in London, Asier. Asier can’t believe that Eric would ever let her go.  But he can’t say he’s sorry about it either.

Again Claire Marta takes us on a journey.  She threw another twist at us.  Jasmine really doesn’t know Asier.  He seems to have his own code that he lives by.  Jasmine needs help and Asier is more than willing to give it at a price.

There is also a mysterious drug that is killing humans. It seems to be connected to Asier’s club but he doesn’t know about it.  So Jasmine’s team is spending a lot more time in Liquor and Lust which means that Jasmine’s  secret might get out.

I liked Asier’s character.  He has a mix of good and bad guy that is very attractive even though my heart still belongs to Eric.  I also liked Asier’s right hand vampire, Kane.

Again Claire has a way of bringing this world to life.  I really see jasmine’s confusion about both men.  I do wish that we got to see more of Eric in this story, but I can also see that this series is really about Jasmine to this point.  I almost felt like it’s the devil you know versus this mysterious guy that once you get to know may surprise you.

The Serpent’s Kiss

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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The Devil Has a British Accent

By ZN Willett

Synopsis

This is no simple Hollywood story of famous boy meets ordinary girl, who then fall in love and live happily ever after.

This is about the town of dreamers and make believers; skilled at casting spells of deception and deceit. And what happens when the spell is lifted, and everything that you believe in is merely an illusion?

When the world of happily ever after is altered and obscured, and not only by one enticing man?

For Lauren Moreau, her journey is full of raw emotions that will tempt you with curiosity and intrigue, and squeeze out passion and angst until your heart bleeds.

This is Hollywood, after all…

Review

The Devil Has a British Accent is a coming of age romance with a paranormal twist. A girl who has to protect her heart and the men who want her.

Lauren has just returned from Minnesota after graduating.  She doesn’t have any real plans for the future but has decided to help a family friend with her catering business while a film crew is in town.  I liked Lauren, she has gone through a lot with her family and is figuring out what comes next and that makes her relatable.  She is also trying to figure out her love life when a sexy actor enters her life.  There is something about him that she is drawn to.

Jackson Cruz is an actor that finds himself completely infatuated with this small town girl.   He has many secrets that could change her life forever.  I didn’t like Jackson for Lauren.  He wasn’t my favorite character.  I wondered why he cut himself off emotionally to her a lot of the time and I think because of that I didn’t connect with him as much as I wanted to.

Cary is another actor/musician that is famous but has been a family friend to Lauren’s family since they were children.  He is best friends with her brother Blake.  I really liked his character. I knew he was keeping secrets from Lauren but there is something about the way he cares for her and her brother that stuck out to me.

I found The Devil Has a British Accent to be a good coming of age paranormal romance.  The beginning was a little bit on the long side but the ending was fast-paced and Lauren’s world really changed forever.  This is a to be continued story so I can’t wait until the next installment.

The Devil Has a British Accent

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I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford # 4)

By Lauren Layne

Synopsis

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

Review

I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE is the fourth book in the Oxford series, but it’s only the third one I’ve read.  Since it’s been a while since I read the first two books in the series, and because I haven’t read the third, I’m not sure if Nick and Taylor have appeared in the series before, or if they’re new.  The first several chapters are set in the past, ranging from one year to six months ago, before continuing on in the present.  This really gave the beginning of the story a fast-paced feel, but it was a good way of providing us with this couple’s backstory.

Taylor could be a hard character to like, because she’s so defensive and very quick to attack.  She was bitchy to Nick from the moment they met simply because of the way he made her feel.  But because you get to see inside her head, you learn that underneath her cool and aloof exterior, she’s just a woman who wants someone to love her.

What can I say about Nick?  Not much, because compared to Taylor, he doesn’t really shine.  By that I mean I took a lot of notes about Taylor, but hardly any about Nick, which tells me that he didn’t really do anything noteworthy.

I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE is told in dual POVs, and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  There are mentions of the previous couples, but they weren’t done in a way that left you feeling like you were missing something.  I’m not a fan of a couple never using a condom, or when the conflict happens right at the end and is then resolved very quickly.  Unfortunately, both of those things happen here.  However, it does come with a lovely HEA for Nick and Taylor that I really liked.

I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford # 4)

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Phantom (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story # 5)

By Michelle Irwin

Synopsis

When she came home she had nothing left, but now she wants it all.

After fighting her way back from tragedy, Phoebe Reede is ready to claim the life she deserves. With Beau at her side, she thinks it might be possible. Only, the things she wants are out of her reach. 

Can Phoebe find joy in what she has, or will she destroy her own happiness chasing a phantom?

Review

Phoebe and Beau’s story is one that has captivated me since the very first page; it’s been a real page turner and has kept me on the edge of my seat.  While I give PHANTOM 5❤️, I have to say that this was my least favourite book in the series.  Phoebe had to fight several more battles, and I think I’ve just gotten to the point where I’m like, “She’s been through enough already.  Leave her alone and let her have some happiness.”  Because if anyone deserves peace and joy in her life, it’s Phoebe.

Phoebe has come a long way, but she still has a ways to go.  A dream that once meant everything to her now means nothing, and without it, she’s not sure what to do with her life anymore.  Because of that, I felt she made some huge life-changing decisions for the wrong reasons.  These decisions were giant red flags for me; flags that Beau and her parents couldn’t⎯or didn’t want to⎯see.

Beau is still an absolute sweetheart, but in regards to one situation, maybe he was too much of a sweetheart.  His willingness to sacrifice his happiness for Phoebe is admirable, but also a little dangerous.  While I respect he wants to make her happy, he has to think about his own happiness⎯and sanity⎯as well.  Honestly, I think both Phoebe and Beau would benefit greatly from going back into therapy.

In regards to other characters, I wasn’t a fan of the whole Angel situation, and that’s all I’ll say about that.  Veronica was an interesting addition to the story, but sadly one that was not explored enough.  Will we get more of her in the next story?  Only time will tell.  Finally, Declan.  Well Declan is still awesome.

“What happened to my protective Daddy who was certain no one would ever be good enough for his little girl?”
“He met a guy that proved him wrong time and time again.”

PHANTOM is told only in Phoebe’s POV and, as with the previous story, it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger.  In fact, it actually comes with a nice HFN ending.  That being said, this is not the end for Phoebe and Beau, whose story will conclude in BEACON, which comes out in August.

Phantom (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story # 5)

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Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)

By L J Shen

Synopsis

Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.
The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares.
He is a brilliant lawyer.
A skilled criminal.
A beautiful liar.
A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.

Vicious

She is a starving artist.
Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom.
Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down.
She paid the price.
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate.
That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t.
So she hates me. Big fucking deal.
She better get used to me.

Review

Vicious how can I hate him, love him, be devastated for him, want to strangle him and then want him to take me up against his boardroom door like he did with Emilia – I am hot, frustrated and just so emotionally invested in this story.

Firstly, the cover – LOVE IT – that is Vicious – I have not seen a cover that so explicitly depicts the main character as well as this one does – Brilliant!

Vicious is another fantastic story by L J Shen, I did not think I could love another one of her characters they way I loved Sparrow (if you read Vicious and love it – you need to read Sparrow too – I have read that about three times in 2016).

Now back to Vicious, the group of guys, I am thinking as this is #1 we should be seeing another three books – I do hope so – I am dying for Dean’s story as he was an intricate factor in the love/friendship triangle.

My favourite scene was the art showing as we find out what she was painting on Christmas Eve. I was shaking, had tears in my eyes and when Vicious saw and understood the meaning – god to entwine their history into that painting – brilliant – butterflies in the stomach moment right there.  Then his reaction to that painting, opening his emotions and laying himself out bare I simply fell in deep love with that man as before I was simply lusting after him.

We get dual POV, the story does jump backwards to them growing up and also Vicious and his family history but it was done at moments that were critical to the story going forward – it was done to perfection.  As I was reading this story I was continually highlighting paragraphs of moments in time in their story I did not want to forget. The dynamic of the friendship with the four guys was one of my favourite parts, them growing into men and forming their own company and his friends knowing all along how he felt about Emilia.

The emotion and intensity of Vicious and Emilia’s connections both in the physical and mental sense are inspiring and exhausting but so rewarding – I am left wanting more – I was not prepared to let them go at the end of the story.

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)

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Phobic (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story # 2)

By Michelle Irwin

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Synopsis

Sometimes starting over is the only choice. 

Broken-hearted and looking for revenge, Phoebe Reede heads back to the US to take up a new challenge. Only, when she discovers who her teammate and rival is, the challenge might prove too great. 

While she knew life away from home wouldn’t be easy, she never expected to be faced with an unpleasant surprise from her ex-boyfriend, or to be as drawn to him as ever. She needs to remain professional and push aside her feelings for him, but will she let someone else steal her heart away instead? 

What will it take to prove she’s not afraid to take the risk?

Review

PHOBIC continues on from the cliffhanger in PHASE, where Beau broke up with Phoebe before she could surprise him with the news that she was moving over to the US to race and to be with him.  She decides to go over anyway, determined to race for the next fourteen months and do her best to move on from Beau.

I loved Beau in the first book, but I was so angry with him in this book and I had to keep reminding myself that he really was a nice guy who was just doing shitty things.  I had a fair idea about why he broke up with Phoebe, but even knowing that, it was still hard listening to all the cruel and hurtful things he would say to⎯and about⎯her.  I get it, he wanted to hurt her the way she had hurt him, but the way he lashed out at her and toyed with her emotions was terrible and my heart was breaking for her before I even hit the 5% mark.

Phoebe was very loud and in-your-face in the first book, and I noticed that her personality had toned down considerably in this book.  Heartbreak made her a little softer in some ways, and I found I liked it.  Don’t get me wrong, she was still tough when she needed to be.  However, I was surprised that she didn’t go ape-shit when she and Beau discovered the truth about their breakup.  But maybe that’s just me; I’d built up that scene so much in my head that nothing short of hell on earth would have satisfied me.

“I told you once that love can destroy you if you let it, and it has, Beau.  It’s broken me.”

PHOBIC is told in only Phoebe’s POV and it cannot be read as a stand-alone; you have to read PHASE first.  Michelle Irwin is one of those few authors that, when starting one of her books, I have to prepare for it.  I have to make sure that my housework and blogging responsibilities are up-to-date because I know that once I start, I won’t be stopping.  I only put this book down when I absolutely had to, and I ended up reading it in one day.  Be prepared for tears and for a cliffhanger that comes out of nowhere; a cliffhanger that has me both desperate and terrified for BEASTLY, the next book in the series.

* Note:  This book includes scenes of sexual harassment and sexual assault, which may be triggers for some people.

Phobic (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Dark and Beautiful Nights (The Covenant Series Volume 3)

By Betty Shreffler

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Synopsis

One man will fight to keep her love while the other will do whatever it takes to win it…

Devotion keeps Kayci longing for Adrian’s return. Dark magic is the only way to free him and its cruel seduction has captured Kayci in its embrace. Cassius, unwilling to lose the one thing he’s longed for—his mate, fights for Kayci’s heart and saves her from her biggest threat… herself.
Pulled between unrestrainable desire for Cassius and her devotion to Adrian, leaves Kayci suffering from the worst battle she’s ever encountered…the one for her heart.

Review

Dark and Beautiful Nights is the third volume to the Covenant Series and it does not disappoint. It picks up right where book two leaves off.  Adrian is stuck and Kayci is looking for a way to free him using dark magic.  This is slowly consuming her and everyone around her is worried.  Including her other love interest, Cass.

I can’t really share to much of the story because, just like in Betty Shreffler’s preceding volumes, one detail leads to the next.  Betty has a great way of surprising you when you least expect it.

Kayci is still a strong character that has taken on a lot of responsibility.  She has the Covenant to run and has to find a way to bring Adrian back from the place that he was sent to. And as we have seen in the past the Covenant can be a dangerous group to be a part of.

Cass has a much bigger role to play in this volume and he really grew on me.  He loves Kayci but she is devoted to Adrian and feels guilty for having any feelings for anyone else.  We also got to know Alex a lot better and he was instrumental in helping Kayci stay sane.

I really love this series and hope that it continues.  Betty Shreffler has a great way of adding one last detail at the end of every story.  It leaves you wanting even more.

Dark and Beautiful Nights

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Until We Collide

By Charlotte Fallowfield

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Synopsis

What do you do when the guy you’re in love with is seeing someone else?

That’s the dilemma facing Paige Taylor. All of her life she’s only ever had eyes for the gorgeous Alec Wright, but despite their undeniable chemistry, their timing has always been off. Fast approaching her thirtieth birthday, Paige despairs of ever finding love and a happy ever after. Her best friend Poppie tells her that she can either watch life pass her by, or grab it with both hands. She convinces Paige to throw herself back into the dating pool, or she could be waiting for Alec forever.

What Paige didn’t expect was the catalogue of dating disasters to follow. A neck brace, jelly fish, stitches, flashing and an encounter with a gorilla were some of the most memorable. Despite some downright hilarious, humiliating and cringe worthy dates, her biological clock is ticking and Paige is determined to keep trying until she finds the one. Was Alec Wright always her Mr. Right, or is he still out there waiting to be found?

Join Paige in her quest to find the ultimate prize. Love.

Review

First off, I want to say that I did enjoy this book.  I really did.  However, I would not classify UNTIL WE COLLIDE as a romantic comedy.  Was there comedy?  Yes.  Paige is a walking disaster who ends up dating the worst kind of men imaginable and finds herself in some highly embarrassing situations.  Her best friend, Poppie, is an absolute delight and a great source of laughs as well.  That being said, take out those few scenes and I found this book to be sad and depressing.  Why?  Because it took Paige and Alec thirteen years to finally come together.  Yep, you read that right…thirteen years.  It’s lust at first sight when they meet when Paige was just seventeen and Alec was twenty-one.  But from that moment on, they’re separated by boyfriends, girlfriends, work, miscommunications and a shitload of bad luck and bad timing.

I liked Paige, who I think tried really hard to move on from Alec.  She’s a wonderful woman with an amazing career, who simply wants to fall in love, get married and have a family.  It’s a simple dream, which makes it all the more heartbreaking that she spends all those years chasing it.  Since this story is only told in Paige’s POV, it’s hard to get a read on Alec, especially since we don’t really see a great deal of him.  He annoyed me when he made Paige wait six years before telling her he wanted her again.  Paige spent those six years completely single while he slept around with a huge number of women.  When she finally decides to quit waiting for him and starts getting serious with another guy, that’s when he decides to make his move.  I also felt bad for the woman he strung along for years while waiting and hoping for another chance with Paige.

As I mentioned above, UNTIL WE COLLIDE is told only in Paige’s POV and is a stand-alone.  The story takes place over thirteen years, with the epilogue taking place about seventeen years later.  I’m trying to remember if there was any sex, but I don’t think there was.  I think it was all done behind closed doors.  It does come with a HEA for Paige and Alec, and if you can handle reading about years of missed opportunities, then I’d recommend picking this one up.

Until We Collide

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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