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The Boxer (Modern Love # 2)

By Piper Rayne

Synopsis

Who knew a bad boy could mend a broken heart?”

What does a girl do after she discovers her fiancé is a cheating bastard?

In my case, I performed the ritual implosion of all scorned women. I drowned my sorrows in cases of white wine, wallowed in gallons of ice cream, and ignited a bonfire to burn away every damn remnant of his existence. Six months later, the only result was a permanent impression of my ass on the couch.

Adventure Dating my friends dared.
A new and exciting opportunity they said.

I thought they were crazy, but I’m not one to back down from a challenge, so I signed up for the entire four-week deal.
That’s where I saw HIM. Lucas Cummings. He isn’t the classic rich boy I usually end up with. The one whose idea of working up a sweat is waiting for his margarita to be served beachside. Nope. He’s a rough and tough bad boy that all fathers warn their daughters about. You know the type. Cocky swagger, chiseled jaw—the ‘V’.

SOLD, I said to myself, until I discovered he was so much more than just a BOXER.

Left Hook.
Right to the heart.

Review

THE BOXER is the second book in the Modern Love series and it begins with Tahlia still reeling six months after learning that her fiancé had been cheating on her.  I liked Tahlia and couldn’t wait for her to meet and fall in love with a nice man, and despite Lucas being a boxer who has no problem throwing her around in the bedroom, he really is a nice guy.  He’s friendly and easy-going and he will do whatever he can to help a friend out of a jam.  I thought their relationship was easy and sweet, but smoking hot in the bedroom.

There are a couple of things that did bother me with this story.  There are three characters that I felt served absolutely no purpose at all, and if they were wiped from the story completely, nothing would have changed.  Those three characters are: Chase (Tahlia’s ex); Quinn (Tahlia’s enemy); and Aaron (an Adventure Dater vying for Tahlia’s attention).  I also didn’t like the sibling rivalry between Tahlia and her younger sister, and even though the reason behind it was explained, I still thought it was weird and a little cruel.

THE BOXER is told only in Tahlia’s POV and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  That being said, I think you’d enjoy it more if you read THE BARTENDER first.  It’s a very quick and easy read that comes with a HFN ending for Tahlia and Lucas, as well as an intro for Lennon’s book, THE BANKER, which comes out in April.

The Boxer (Modern Love # 2)

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Modern Love Series

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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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.

 

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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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The Knight (The Endgame #2)

By Skye Warren

Synopsis

The power of pleasure…

Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what’s mine.

He thinks he’s beaten me. He thinks he’s won. What he doesn’t realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.

And the game has only just begun.

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THE KNIGHT is book two in the Endgame series from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.

Review

Favourite part of The Knight for me was we got to understand more of Justin and her friend Harper and their connections to Avery.  I was glad to see Damon Scott playing an increasing role in this story, I had a hunch he was more than a minor character and he did play a bigger part than what he did in The Pawn and wow what a revelation towards the end and I cannot wait for the net instalment.

The connection between Gabriel and Avery strengthens and their sex scenes are highly enjoyable and they felt more emotional than in The Pawn, you can feel the connection growing.

The mystery continued at a solid pace and still had me guessing, I love the secrets within the houses and the ending had me second guessing if one of the characters true intentions were revealed and also after the fire with characters appearing out of nowhere.  I had a secret hunch about Will a new character and loved how I was right in how he came to be there at the right time in her life.  The Den is certainly continuing to play it’s role of manipulation.

So good to also learn more about her mother and Uncle Landon who did not creep me out as much as he did in The Pawn.

The whole place of Tanglewood is really quite creepy and with so many secrets being entwined with each other it is certainly providing for a great game of who has the best move to make.

The Knight (The Endgame #2)

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Sugar On The Edge (Last Call # 3)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

He’s utterly alone…

Tortured and existing in a dark spiral of despair, bestselling British author, Gavin Cooke, has come to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to escape the seedy lifestyle he had been living in London and in a desperate attempt to regain his writing focus. He’s twisted, bitter and angry at the world. He’s a loner… needing not a single thing other than his Scotch and a laptop upon which he can bang out his next erotic, dark thriller.

She’s running in place and getting nowhere…

Savannah Shepherd’s life is falling apart. Her dream of being a wildlife photographer seems a distant memory and she’s barely able to make ends meet. Driving herself forward with no clear goals apparent, she’s about ready to pack up her bags and head home with her tail between her legs.

Two unlikely lovers…

He’s raw, forceful and a dirty talker. She’s a flowers and romance type of girl. Yet within each other, they find a mutual craving that can only be satisfied by giving in to their desires for one another.

Lust turns into something more… something they were not looking for but tentatively accept. Will it be enough to push them past the obstacles of Gavin’s bitter past?

Review

SUGAR ON THE EDGE is the third book in the Last Call series and is about Savannah (Gabby’s old roommate) and Gavin (a new arrival in town).

Savannah is a nice, caring and honest woman, all traits that Gavin believes make her weak and a doormat and ultimately not worthy of his time.  When you learn more about her, you realise she can also be strong and determined, she just picks her battles.

Gavin has arrived in town for three reasons: to get away from his past; to clean up his act; and to finish his current novel.  He suffered an tragic loss years ago and since then he’s become bitter and hateful.  Honestly, he was impossible to like in the beginning because he was very rude and crude, deliberately pushing Savannah for no other reason than he liked to upset and embarrass her.  His personality changes drastically when he starts a relationship with her, but it takes just one mistake for him to return to his bitter and hateful existence, and that was disappointing.

To be honest, I can’t understand how Gavin and Savannah came together⎯he treated her like crap and the main reason she slept with him was to prove to him that his impression of her was wrong.  When they hit a little bump in their relationship, he was absolutely horrible to her and left her alone for months without any contact.  I liked Savannah, but I hated that she forgave him so quickly after what he said and did to her.  Don’t get me wrong, his apology was beautiful, but I just can’t see anyone who spent the past few months heartbroken being able to forgive someone after a two minute declaration.

SUGAR ON THE EDGE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Sugar On The Edge (Last Call # 3)

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Wicked Games (Steele Security # 1)

By A.D Justice

Synopsis

She has the story of a lifetime every investigative reporter dreams of landing.  
But the trail of incriminating evidence leads back to the only man she’s ever loved.
When she misses her flight, she watches the plane explode in mid-air, knowing the bomb was onboard to silence her.
Who can she trust?

He hasn’t been the same since the day he lost her. 
Then he catches an intruder in his house, only to find his long-dead love is still alive.
Lust, love, betrayal, and loyalty war inside him.
Treachery, deceit, and danger threaten them. 

When an unknown enemy holds all the cards, how can they survive the wicked games?

Review

WICKED GAMES is the first book in the Steele Security series and the first book I’ve read from A.D. Justice.  It is told in the past and present day, with a good portion of the story taking place between three to five years ago.  I can’t say much about the main characters because I felt the arms trafficking side of the story overshadowed them.  Or maybe that was the part of the story I was most interested in and enjoyed the most.  I will say that the person behind the arms trafficking was obvious and I hope it was supposed to be.

I could be wrong, but I believe this may be the author’s debut novel, which would explain the few technical issues I had problems with.  The story is told in multiple POVs, with the POV changing without notice, often several times within the same chapter.  There were occasional gaps in time that also came without notice.  One chapter, told in Brianna’s POV, takes place over several months, then the very next chapter, told in Noah’s POV, starts all the way back from where the previous chapter started.  These things disrupted the flow of the story, and overall I struggled with this style of writing.  Moving on, I thought it was odd that when Brianna was thinking about her parents, she would refer to them by their first names instead of Mom and Dad.  She would do the same with Noah, one minute calling him Noah and then switching to Reaper.  Lastly, Reaper’s team was called out several days before Brianna was to go home, but later on she says his team was called out just hours before she left.  While this is not a huge mistake, it is a sloppy one.

Despite what I’ve said above, overall I thought WICKED GAMES was an okay read, one that came with a HEA for Noah and Brianna.  I bought the first four books in this series as a box-set, and I will give the second book a try before deciding whether or not I will continue with the series.

Wicked Games (Steele Security # 1)

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Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires # 1)

By Jessica Clare

Synopsis

Boone Price and his brothers know oil; at least, the dirty, backbreaking side of working an oil rig. But when their scrubby, worthless hunting land turns out to be sitting on top of one of the biggest oil wells in North America, they go from the rig to the boardroom and end up billionaires practically overnight.

Now with enough money to do whatever he wants, Boone is developing a taste for fine things. And the finest thing he’s ever seen is Ivy Smithfield, local realtor. Boone’s determined to win her affection and show the world that he’s more than just a dirty fool with a bit of money. Ivy’s classy and beautiful – she’ll make the perfect trophy wife. The fact that she’s sexy and funny is just a bonus.

There’s one tiny problem – Ivy’s as dirt poor as Boone was. Her carefully crafted veneer of luxury? All an act to promote her business. What’s Boone going to do when he finds out the woman he’s falling for is, well, in his league?

Review

DIRTY MONEY is the beginning of a new series and is the first book I’ve read from Jessica Clare.

Boone was an interesting character and I wasn’t sure what to make of him for most of this book.  He’s obscenely wealthy, but because of how he looks, talks and behaves, people treat him like trash when he believes they should be treating him like royalty.  His ideas on how to force people to respect him were over-the-top and did nothing good for his reputation.  He wants a classy woman at his side but then says he’s willing to pay money if it’ll get said classy woman to sleep with him.  He’s very easily offended, sulks like a child and will hold a grudge until the end of time.  BUT…he loves his brothers and set them up for life, any piece of property he buys for revenge gets donated, and I can understand him being insulted by those who look down at him while at the same time want things from him.  But just when I was starting to like him, he let his stupid pride get in the way and ruined it.  In the end he put aside his pride and fixed things, but overall he didn’t win me over.

Ivy is a nice and very hard working woman.  Thanks to her bosses⎯who screw her over at every opportunity⎯she’s struggling to make ends meet while keeping her little sister in college.  She’s the classy woman Boone set his sights on and she’s so desperate for a decent paycheck she refuses to tell him about her real life out of fear she’ll lose him and his business if she does.  What both Boone and Ivy fail to realise is that money can’t buy class, and that even without money, Ivy had class in spades.  She had the opportunity to marry Boone for his money and she didn’t take it.  I respect her for that.

DIRTY MONEY is told in dual POVs, is the first book in the Roughneck Billionaires series, and is a quick and easy read that comes with a nice HEA.  Boone has four younger brothers⎯Clay, Knox, Seth and Gage⎯who I’m sure will get their own books.  The texts between Boone and Ivy were flirtatious and funny and were my favourite part of this story.  The conflict towards the end wasn’t original, and you could see it coming a mile away.  Overall, I liked the story, but I didn’t love it.  That being said, I would give the second book a try before deciding whether or not to continue with the series.

Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires # 1)

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Tamed (Billionaires & Bohemians Book 1)

By Linnea May

Synopsis

The more that stands between us, the more I want her.

Love isn’t something I’m capable of feeling, but if a marriage is what it takes to become my father’s successor and save my family’s fortune from ruin, then it’ll have to be arranged.

However, I have a reputation and for good reason. I can’t be tamed. My despicable bride-to-be couldn’t care less about it. This is all for show. It’s a marriage of convenience for her. I just need to play it safe until the wedding is over.

But then she shows up. The cute pianist, hired to play at my engagement party. Shy, innocent and virtuoso – off limits and impossible for me to claim. She’s a sweet risk and a challenge like no other. Her weak attempts at fending me off only fuel my greedy hunger.

She’ll be mine. Even if that means putting everything I’ve worked for on the line.

Review

Simply loved this story, it is beautiful, erotic and I could not put it down.  This is my second story by this author, I have read Silent Daughter that she co-wrote and again I have another fantastic story with lots of emotion, passion and tingle in your tummy sex scenes.

You can connect easily to the two main characters as we get both POV and I loved the interaction between Kingston and Elodie.  She definitely Tamed Kingston as she simply wanted nothing from him, she was pure and hard working and you can easily see why cynical Kingston fell for her.

One of my favourite characters was Kingston’s mother Mrs Abrams, she definitely influenced  key points in their love story.  I actually loved how she took Elodie under her wing like a mother would a daughter.

The erotic sex scenes are really well written and highly enjoyable.

One character that was weird for me was her ex “friend with benefits” Benjamin as I thought he would cause more damage as it was implied but in the end he was pretty insignificant to the overall story.

Favourite part for me was the Engagement party and I loved how this did not get overly ugly between Kingston and Gloria.  The Epilogue ties up all the loose ends is a beautifully romantic way and I do wonder if we will have a story on his brother and perhaps see more of where Kingston and Elodie?

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Make It A Double (Last Call # 2)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.

Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.

Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.

While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.

Review

MAKE IT A DOUBLE is the second book in the Last Call series and is about Hunter’s twin brother Brody, who was recently released from prison after serving five years for vehicular manslaughter.  Things between Brody and Alyssa start out rocky, only because he thinks she must be a horrible person because she comes from money.  It doesn’t take him long to realise that she’s nothing like the rich people he’s had the unfortunate privilege of knowing.  With her big heart, Alyssa is able to gain Brody’s trust⎯in a way his family could not⎯and their relationship thrives.  Unfortunately, both Brody and Alyssa have exes that descend on the town to make their lives a living hell.

I liked Brody, who’s nickname should be Broody.  His struggle with trying to adapt to his new way of life while facing an uncertain future was heartbreaking.  I liked that his personality changed for the better when he finally let Alyssa in.  I also liked Alyssa, who has no problem standing up to her mother, her ex and even Brody’s ex, and I loved that about her.  She might be strong, but she also has a huge heart, which is obvious when you learn that she used her trust fund to open up a no-kill shelter in town, much to her parents dismay.

MAKE IT A DOUBLE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It ends with an adorable HEA for Brody and Alyssa that was slightly cheesy but also sweet and cool.  Be prepared for a shocking twist that even I didn’t see coming, which hardly ever happens.

“All I really have is my name to offer you.  I hope you’ll take it, because I’d never offer it to anyone else.”

Make It A Double (Last Call # 2)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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