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Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High #2)

By Tijan

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Synopsis

Samantha and Mason are together. Everyone knows it. Not everyone is dealing with it. While Mason’s ready to give them the middle finger, there’s one not going away. Her mother. Threats are issued. Ultimatums are given. Even blackmail is used, but only Samantha can put a stop to Analise. However, when a trauma from her past is triggered, she may not have the courage or strength to do what’s needed. If she doesn’t, Mason’s future could be destroyed.

Review

Book 2 of the Fallen Crest Series definitely gives you drama, heated moments and more chemistry from Mason and Sam.  What I loved the most was like the title tells you, it gives you a greater understanding of all the family dynamics, both for Mason & Logan but then for Sam & Annalise. The flashbacks given do answer so many questions from book 1but it gives you so many more questions for book 3!

This book covers the summer break, Sam is leaving Fallen Crest Private and transferring to Fallen Crest Public – yes I am really scared as there are some really mean girls and the power shifts are changing.

Whilst yes I love Mason and Sam, I do have an incredible soft spot for Logan and I think all his jokes mask perhaps some real hurt and betrayal however his connection to Sam as a stepsister is really endearing.

Love this series, love the characters, love the drama and look forward to picking up Fallen Crest Public (Fallen Crest Series #3).

Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest Series #2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes #2)

By J.M. Darhower

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Synopsis

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

Karissa.

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

Review

Great continuation from Monster in His Eyes (Monsters in His Eyes#1).

This is told from Naz POV which is interesting to see how he monitors the inner torture and turmoil that Karissa is struggling with and how he monitors and communicates with her.  I loved the mind games, the way they did not overly converse at the beginning but how body language and their daily actions were portrayed and gave you such emotion and raw power.

The story flowed really well for me and I could easily follow the many storylines with Ray and then both Naz and Karriss’s families.

More family secrets are revealed, we learn more of Naz and his Mob connections and how they continue to affect everyone around him and who is playing games.

How strong is Karissa to stand up for what she feels and believes she deserves, her love for Naz is amazing and Killer was a beautiful addition to the end of this story.

I am scared but really looking forward to reading Target on our Backs (Monster in His Eyes #3).  I have so many wishes for these two characters and I would love for Ray to get his just desserts.  I am not sure if I am ready to say goodbye to Naz and Karissa.

Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes #2)

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes #1)

By J M Darhower

Monster in His Eyes

Synopsis

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

Review

I read Monster in His Eyes first in 2014 and this is my second time – I loved it then and still do today, I have picked it up again as I need to read books 1 and 2 as I want to buy Target on Our Backs (Monster in His Eyes #3) and I want to return to Naz & Karissa.

The age difference (he is 36 and she is 18)  between Karissa & Naz  works for me as Karissa probably needs someone his age in her life considering the erratic and transient way she was brought up by her mother.  Karissa although naive in the ways of the world is also still very fragile but also adaptable and open to people outside the norm – hence her attraction and acceptance of Naz and his weird and overbearing ways.  I think she simply wants to be cared for and protected from the big bad mystery man.  Her life is hard and the way they connect right from the beginning is intense and very fast paced but again works, it is romance with handsome and debonair mafia men.

Naz – is he a monster?  In Karissa’s eyes he is caring for her and providing one minute beautiful slow sexual connections and then hot, fast passionate sex.  Nah has so many shades to his character, you are simply always kept wondering even as some secrets get revealed.

This is told from Karissa’s perspective which does help you understand her much better than Naz who is dark and dangerous.  There are so many clues dropped but they all do not click together until the end of this story, it definitely leaves you wanting more.

Monster in His Eyes (Monster in His Eyes #1)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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A Nun Walks into a Bar

By Tracey Jane Jackson

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Synopsis

After growing up in an abbey, orphan Sadie Ross becomes Sister Abigail Eunice. Her life and career are on track until a chance meeting with a handsome stranger in a place no nun should ever go.

Ryder Carsen’s sister is missing, and he doesn’t have time for distractions. But when a pretty nun walks into his bar, he can’t ignore his attraction to her, even though she’s not the “sister” he’s looking for. He’s relieved when she walks out of his life for what he believes is forever.

Sadie’s life takes a surprising detour when she finds her path crossed with Ryder’s once again. When they are brought back together, Ryder knows he’s found the only woman he’ll ever love, but time is running out for his sister.

Will Ryder save his sister from the men who took her?
When a source far too close to home threatens Sadie, will she trust Ryder enough to let him save her too?

My Review

I just want to say this was a simply fantastic story, the title has you scratching your head but within the first few chapters I knew I was in for an amazing romantic journey.

Ryder – well what an alpha man, he knew what he wanted and went for it – he is protective and such a gentleman – surprising considering his upbringing and what stamina he has to stand by Sadie and her inner beliefs.

Sadie steals the show, is stunning, stubborn and simply sensuous when released into the real world.  We are given laughs, love and friendship, shown the strength of human compassion and I adored Sadie’s aunt – what a way to grow up and be given such guidance for living her life.

Sadie as a character connects to the reader from the first chapter, the way the story wove into her own coming of age and finding her place in the world was simply brilliant.

This is my third book by this author and I was not disappointed and this is actually my favourite so far, we are given a great suspense story that entwines the the romance journey that these two main characters are taken on.

I could pick this up again and start reading, it will be going into my “to be read” again list as it just made me feel so happy.

A Nun Walks into a Bar

My rating: 5 Hearts

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Us (Him # 2)

By Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Synopsis

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice. 

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves. 

Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly? 

Review

What can I say?  I absolutely love Jamie and Wes.  Wes is cocky and funny, but when he’s alone with Jamie, he’s also very sweet.  He oozes confidence, but Jamie is the one chink in his armour because he’s truly afraid that he’s not enough to keep Jamie interested in being with him.  While Wes is your classic fun-time guy, Jamie is the more serious of the two and they compliment each other perfectly.  But no matter how much they love each other, their relationship is not all smooth sailing.  Wes wants to keep his sexual orientation a secret until his rookie NHL season is over, to be known for his skills on the ice instead of who he’s sleeping with.  And while Jamie understands and agrees, hiding is not something he likes or is used to.  The hiding, the constant fear that they will be found out and the stress of an NHL career all take their toll on them and their relationship.

US is told in dual POVs and is book 2 in the Him series.  I suppose it could be read as a stand-alone, but I’d recommend reading HIM first to see how Jamie and Wes got started.  The ending was beautiful and perfect, and I wonder if this is the last time we’ll see these two.  Maybe we’ll see more of them if Blake gets his own story⎯wink wink, nudge nudge, Elle & Sarina.  I wasn’t sure what to make of Blake initially.  He’s annoying, for sure, but he’s also stupidly funny and he proved himself to be a trustworthy friend and a really nice guy.  If this is the end for Jamie and Wes, I will miss them.  Lucky for me, I can pick them up again whenever I want.

P.S.  The Laundry Fairy does exist, just ask my husband.

Us (Him # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Exquisite Trouble (Iron Horse MC #1)

by Ann Mayburn

Exquisite Trouble

Synopsis

Before I met Smoke I’d never been kissed, really kissed, by a man, let alone a biker sex god bent on taking my virginity and my heart.

I got dragged into the deadly world of the Iron Horse MC by my crazy twin sister who is engaged to the club’s President and even crazier mom who only cares about herself. Smoke has been assigned by the club to keep me safe even though he’s everything that I should be afraid of. He’s the kind of man who lives by his own rules and does whatever he wants whenever he wants, but he treats me like I’m something rare and precious, not a socially dysfunctional basket case who has no idea how to love, but needs him more than her next breath.

Not that my feelings matter, because if we don’t find my mother soon, the only thing I’ll have to be worried about is who is going to kill me first.

NOTE- This is Part One of a Two Part book with a ‘Happy for Now’ ending. Book Two, Exquisite Danger'(the final book in Swan and Smoke’s story) will be out this Oct/November. 🙂

My Review

So I am going to be downloading Exquisite Danger which is book #2 in this series as I cannot stop with Swan and Smoke – these two are on an amazing journey together and I simply do not want to stop.

Firstly – I love Swan she is simply exquisite,  what an amazing character with her afflictions and her story of how she was brought up.  I loved her background story, her dad and her sister Sarah and the way she grew up – how is she normal?

The way Smoke moulds and manipulates Swan is believable to me as he is so much older than her, I am glad he is older as Swan given her background is a mature young person and their relationship makes sense to me.

The sex scenes are off the charts and the mix of soft and sensual and then the BDSM parts are well so erotic and well written with great build up.

The mystery and suspense surrounding Swan’s mum and sister gives another angle to this love story and I hope we get some happy ever after for these characters.

The story is told over a a short period but considering Smoke has been watching Swan for awhile I can believe his emotional and physical connection to her.  He soothes her soul, gives her protection and shows her how to experience life.

Can I say one of my favourite parts was Smoke and her dad having “a chat” – had humour and was brilliant.

Exquisite Trouble (Iron Horse MC #1)

My rating: 4 Hearts

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Love Me To Death

By Sharlay

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Synopsis

Brennan Cole…

Is a player. He sleeps with women at night and kicks them out of his bed by morning.
NO strings. NO attachments. And NO falling in love.

But not even his good looks, hot body or sexy way with words can get him out of the eviction notice stuck on his door.

Desperate for money and running out of time he finds himself signing a contract for an acting job that is about to break every rule that he’s ever made…

Neddie Waters…

Is dying. With only a year left to live, falling in love is the last thing that she wants to do.

But with a mother desperate to see her find her one true love before her final days and an inability to say no to the one woman that she loves more than anything in the world, Neddie sets herself a simple task…

1. Hire someone to play her “lover”.
2. Don’t fall in love.

Easy…right?

Review

So lately I’ve been in a bit of a book funk.  You know what it’s like.  You read a book.  You like it, but you don’t love it.  Then when you finish it, you think more about what you didn’t like about it instead of what you did like about it.  Then you pick up another book and start the process again.  You wonder “Is it the books, or *gasp*, is it me?”.  Then finally, it happens.  You pick up a book that has you hooked from the start and you just can’t put it down.  You need to put dinner in the Crock-Pot?  Screw it, there’s cereal in the cupboard.  You need to hang out that load of washing?  It can wait.  You need to pick up your child/ren from school?  Ok, that can’t wait, so you better hurry your arse up and finish this book.  LOVE ME TO DEATH was that book.

Brennan is rude, cocky and a manwhore, so you’d think you’d hate him.  But he’s also attentive, cheeky, cheesy and very playful, and when you put it all together it creates one very charming package.  I liked that he was not afraid to break some of the contract terms because it showed that he’s not one to blindly follow the rules, and I think that’s exactly what Neddie needed.  He does occasionally act like a spoilt child, but he is only 25, so I guess that’s to be expected sometimes.  Neddie is an incredibly brave woman.  She’s also only 25, but she has a maturity about her that makes her seem older.  She knows she’s dying and while it terrifies her, she’s not going to let her impending death ruin whatever future she may have left.  She plans to live her life and live it well.  In short, Brennan and Neddie are perfect for each other.  He gives her a reason to laugh and have fun, while she helps him to grow up a little.

I absolutely loved LOVE ME TO DEATH and I couldn’t put it down.  It was the perfect combination of sweetness, laugh-out-loud moments and heartbreaking situations.  And sometimes you just need to read a book that has you reaching for the tissues.  But be warned, the ending will rip. Your. Heart. Out.

Love Me To Death

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Hallowed Ground (Flight & Glory # 4)

By Rebecca Yarros

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Synopsis

There are some debts you can’t repay… 

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he has yearned for since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her schooling at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.
This is war.

Review

HALLOWED GROUND is the continuation of Josh and December’s story⎯who we met in FULL MEASURES⎯and as with the series’ debut novel, this story will grip your heart right from the beginning.  After surviving a long-distance relationship for the past two years, Josh and December are both very excited to be moving in together, but as soon as they move in, Josh finds out he’s being deployed in a month and will be gone for nine months.  With the death of her father still fresh in her mind, December is terrified about Josh returning to the place that has already tried to kill him once before.

Josh and December’s relationship is tested to the limit and you’re left wondering how it can possibly survive.  December knows what she signed up for when she started a relationship with Josh, but that doesn’t mean she likes it.  She gets put through the emotional wringer and again, her strength is admirable.  But sometimes the situation is so bad that she can’t help but break, and my heart broke for her.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Josh is a great book boyfriend, but I swear there were so many times I wanted to reach into my Kindle and slap him for his stupidity.  Josh also gets put through the wringer, but unfortunately he doesn’t handle it very well.  He tries to shield December from everything he’s going through, but it’s his withdrawal that causes their now fragile relationship to suffer even more.

HALLOWED GROUND is not a romance filled with rainbows and puppies.  This. Book. Will. Break. Your. Heart.  My Kindle told me it would take about six hours to finish, but I recommend you add at least another hour to this timeframe because you’ll be stopping repeatedly to wipe your tears and bracing yourself for what’s about to happen next.  And when you think you’ve endured the worst, that surely the story can only get better from here, that surely the author is going to take pity on your heart…BAM!!!  Out of friggin’ nowhere the next challenge begins.  I believe this is the final book in the Flight & Glory series and it’s a series I’m very sad to see go.  Every book in this series has been emotional, heartbreaking, beautiful and real, and I’ve loved each and every one of them.

Hallowed Ground (Flight & Glory # 4)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Full Measures (Flight & Glory # 1)

By Rebecca Yarros

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Synopsis

She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead. Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart. Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction. Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

Review

On her 20th birthday, December’s world is shattered when she learns that her father has been killed in Afghanistan.  Her mother shuts down and, being the oldest of three children, she is forced to take control of the family and handle everything in relation to her father’s death.  Her self-involved boyfriend is of absolutely no help and her sister starts rebelling, which only add to the strain.  And on what is the darkest day of her life, the reappearance of her high school crush, Josh, and the feelings he awakens are confusing and not what she needs to deal with right now.

December and Josh are a beautiful couple.  December is a very strong and selfless young woman, even when she doesn’t want to be.  She wants to break down.  She wants to grieve.  But she’s the glue keeping her family together, so what she wants will have to wait.  While everyone in this book suffers a loss of some sort, December is dealt with more than anyone else and it’s amazing how much she takes without breaking.  Josh is an absolute sweetheart but he’s no pushover.  He’s kind and patient, and he steps in to help however he can, even when she swears she doesn’t need him.

This is not the first time I’ve read FULL MEASURES but it still had me crying, so having tissues nearby is a must.  It was good reading this again because certain comments made by Josh throughout the book made a lot more sense the second time around.  If you’re looking for a read that will grip your heart within the first few pages and not let go, FULL MEASURES is for you.

Full Measures (Flight & Glory # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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The Score (Off-Campus # 3)

By Elle Kennedy

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Synopsis

He knows how to score, on and off the ice 

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands. 

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over 

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

Review

THE SCORE is your classic story of a manwhore who meets a girl in love with commitment.  What happens when these two people end up alone together for one night, and one of them is desperate NOT to do anything wild and reckless and so out of character?  Fireworks.  That’s what.  And it’s not only Dean that brings the dirty to the bedroom; Allie brings in a little bit as well.  And I liked it.  While she’s not as adventurous as Dean, she’s adventurous enough to keep him coming back for more.

I loved these two.  Allie is a very nice girl, one that comes with a kinky side that she’s not afraid to share with her partners.  She loves being in a relationship, but she’s more than capable of making independent decisions about her future, and too bad if others don’t like them.  How do I describe Dean?  He’s rich; he’s cocky; he always gets everything he wants; and he has probably slept with most of the women on campus.  Sounds like he’d be awful, right?  WRONG!!!  He’s…damn it, he’s just an easy guy to like.  Yes, he’s rich, but he’s not a spoilt brat.  Yes, he’s cocky, but he owns it and it’s part of his charm.  Yes, he’s slept with a lot of women on campus, but they all love him so obviously he treats them right.  He’s also very smart and very loyal to those nearest and dearest to him.

THE SCORE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  There were several laugh out loud moments, as seems to be the norm with this series, but it did have a couple of serious moments.  Overall, the book was light and extremely enjoyable to read.  Once again, I loved reading the banter between Dean and Allie, as well as Dean and his teammates.  THE SCORE is another great read in Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series, one that’ll have you laughing and crying.  You’ll wish you could find a group of guys like this to call your own.

“You realize what you’ve done, right?  You’ve officially allowed my best friend to believe I like to shove dildos up my ass.”
“Aw, that’s not true.  If anything, Logan is enlightened now.  We opened up his mind to the delightful possibilities of anal play.”

The Score (Off-Campus # 3)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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