Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Here With Me by Heidi Mclaughlin

Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.

After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
Evan is living his worst nightmare. After being gone on a secret mission that went VERY wrong, he returns home to find everything he thought he had waiting on him, no longer his. He is shocked and saddened that everything he knew and believed in, is now called into question. 

Ryley believed that Evan and the love they shared was gone. She picked up the pieces the best way she knew how and got on with life. Never in her wildest dreams did she ever believe there'd be a day where he'd return, expecting her to be waiting with open arms. 
Things just got a whole lot messy. Neither know how to move forward and they also don't know how to let go. 

This book gutted me. I understood Ryley moving on with her life after believing Evan was never coming back, I really did. I just couldn't wrap my head around who she did it with. It made me not really like her as much as I think I would've given different circumstances. I loved Evan's character so much that it made me feel the sense of betrayal on his behalf that much deeper. 

I loved the way the author set this book up to give us that back storyline to better understand the characters and their connection. I felt it was very unique and took the book to that next level. 

The sexual tension was through the roof with Ryley and Evan! And while it was hot, I was so glad the author respected the characters and their relationship enough not to take things too far. A refreshing change to find in a book! 

I did go into this one without reading reviews, so I was a little upset to get to the end only to find out there is a cliffy. So, just a heads up for those would like waiting until all books in the series are available. 


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Review: The Mason List by S.D. Hendrickson

An epic love. An epic hate. An epic story that would last a lifetime.

Today, 8:15 p.m.
I hurt. I hurt so deeply, I felt the pain searing in my bones and jabbing like a hot poker into my heart. I knew nothing would make it better as the memories pulled from the crevices of my mind, detailing the bad and the ugly, filling my thoughts with regret as I slipped into the darkness. . .

When I was eight, my mother was dying of cancer, my father lost his job, and the bank kicked us out of our house. I was forced to move to the strange town of Arlis, Texas where my father and I slept in our car in the hospital parking lot. Desperate and hopeless, we lived on fumes of our former life.

Then one night, everything changed forever. A knock on the car window brought a family into my life that I only wanted to shut out. I hated charity and I hated the Masons. Well, except one. He made it impossible to hate him.

Jess Mason had the biggest blue eyes and ornery smile of any boy I had ever seen. He was a ray of sunshine in my dark world. A boy full of adventure, dragging me across the meadow of Sprayberry Ranch; a beautiful Texas paradise full of horses and tree houses that got us into more trouble than anyone ever imagined.

Jess was my everything as a kid until we grew up and the rules changed. Instead of living happily ever after with a boy full of love. . . I destroyed it.
- Alex Tanner

Author Note: The Mason List is a coming-of-age story that follows the life of Alex Tanner from the age of six to twenty-six. The novel crosses the genres of Young Adult and New Adult. The Mason List is a standalone, 118,940 word, full-length novel.

This book. 

I love stumbling upon books like this one! They make me feel like I hit the book lottery. See, I'm what you could consider an emotional reader. I like to connect with the characters on a personal level. I want to feel all the emotions they are feeling. I want to be so immersed in the story that I forget the rest of the world around me exist. 

The Mason List is a book that definitely gave me all of that and SO much more.

This book is a friends to lover type story (my favorite kind!). You will feel as though you're part of Jess and Alex's journey from young children with too much time on their hands (oh, the trouble they get into!!) to adults, trying to find their place in the world. The progression of their relationship will seem almost inevitable. But circumstances will continue to get in the way and their friendship is put to the ultimate test. 

There is a perfect balance of angst, humor, heat, heartbreak and every other emotion you can possibly think of. The author did an amazing job of truly portraying all the emotions the characters were feeling at any given moment in their lives. My heart ached for Alex and all that her little eight year old self had to go through. My gut twisted at the mistakes she made along the way. 

I seriously could go on and on and on about all the feels this book gave me. But I'm going to end my review here. This is a book you have to experience for yourself to truly understand what I'm trying to convey in my review. If you're in doubt, just download the sample, that alone with give you a taste of the amazing writing and powerful story that is The Mason List!  



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blog Tour: A Million Tiny Pieces by Nicole Edwards

Title: A Million Tiny Pieces
Author: Nicole Edwards
Genre: Adult, Erotic Ménage Romance
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Mia Cantrell is happy to be rid of her lying, cheating, ex-husband. With her divorce final, Mia is moving on, grasping the reins of life once more. She’s learning to deal with the shattered remains while putting one foot in front of the other, taking control of her own decisions, and ultimately living one day at a time. Too bad the universe has put a hiccup (or two) in her well thought out plan.

Phoenix Pierce is putting the pieces back together after the death of his father. Between his multi-million dollar company, the NHL team he now owns, and the endless supply of women willing to share a bed for one night of uninhibited sex, he finds himself going through the motions. Until he meets Mia. Although he’s on a mission to win her, that doesn’t solve his problem of the other person he wants… the man he has denied himself for years.

Tarik Marx doesn’t think anyone could ever fill the void in his life the way Phoenix unknowingly has. That is until he meets Mia. Thanks to a fractured childhood, Tarik has to face a bigger problem: he doesn’t know how it feels to be loved. His past adds additional complexity when Tarik finds himself trying to figure out how he can have them both.

Is it possible for a million tiny pieces to come together again? And if they do, will that make the bond even stronger than before?

Erotic Ménage Romance 
Mature Audiences
As soon as I saw that this was being released by Nicole Edwards, it was an automatic must read for me.  Nicole writes some of the sexiest books I have read and this book was no exception.
Mia fell in love at college and married her sweetheart not long after.  She is now 24 years old, divorced and about to continue on with the college plans she had put on hold.  Her husband turned out to be a cheating jerk and now it's time for her to put herself first, taking steps toward a new life.
Meeting a sexy guy in the elevator at her new apartment block was not something she expected.  This guy is almost dangerously hot, well dangerous to her.  The male pheromones seem to be pouring off him and invading her senses, anytime he is anywhere near her.
"She could feel Phoenix's eyes on her, and that giddy feeling stirred in her belly.  
There was no way she was getting away from this man.  Not even if she wanted to.  
Which, she was quickly realising she didn't."
Phoenix Pierce is every girls wet dream, he is hot and sexy and he is also beautiful to look at.  But wait there's more.  Tarik Marx is the personal assistant/bodyguard for Phoenix and he is just as equally stunning to look at.  Imagine being in a lift with both of these men flanking you, talk about a panty melting fantasy!
Phoenix and Tarik have known each other for years.  They have dabbled a bit sexually and there is a strong sexual attraction between then.  When they meet Mia, they are both drawn to her.  They both want her.  
This is a beautiful, erotic story about self discovery and finding who you were meant to be with.  Okay it is also freaking steaming hot, like really steaming hot!
I give this 4 stars.

Visit Nicole Edwards Website each day, January 18th - 24th to view Bonus Content from A Million Tiny Pieces
New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released fifteen books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.

Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author. 

Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years. 

When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Release Day Blitz (Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): MILF by Erin Noelle

Wrong Kind of Love

A story of forbidden love with a side of revenge...

When my husband of nearly twenty years abruptly left me for another woman, I thought my life was over.

But I was wrong...

Wrong for thinking I was weak, wrong for assuming I couldn't go on, wrong for believing I wouldn't love again.

No matter what anyone else thinks,
Wrong never felt so right.
"Falling in love is quite possibly the strangest, most senseless, overwhelmingly reckless act we as humans do in our lives.  It happens so effortlessly, so naturally, that most of the time we don't mean for it to happen, but once  we realise it for what it is, it's too late to be undone."
There is nothing like reading a book where there is a forbidden romance.  Just the anticipation going into it gives me shivers of excitement.  Two people with an attraction they struggle to deny and the thrill of it when they give into their desire.
Mia is finally moving forward in her life after her husband cheated on her and then married the woman he cheated with.  The woman he married was Mia's (now ex) best friend and the mother of her son's best friend, Grayson.
After a huge fall out, post wedding, Grayson moves into their home.  Grayson and Adam have been best friends for years so Mia was happy to open her home up to him.
Grayson has been away in Spain for a year and has definitely grown into a very good looking, developed young man.  Any hot blooded woman can see it, Mia knows she shouldn't but oh well, he is hot.  Mia has changed a lot too, she has dropped weight, works out a lot and exudes a confident sexiness that Grayson finds irresistible.
Grayson is drawn to Mia like a moth to a flame. She is beautiful, sweet, genuinely cares about him, looks after him and spending time with her is a refreshing change from the whiney girls he used to be with.  I love how his reactions to things are still so adolescent.  He may be involved with an older woman but he is still a young man, dealing with feelings he hasn't felt or experienced before.
Mia has never felt so alive, Grayson makes her feel 'cherished and beautiful'.  She knows this is a short term thing for both of them so she decides to enjoy it while it lasts but what if she wants it to last forever?  Then there is the issue of how will her son Adam react when he realises what his mum and best friend have been up to?
This is a very hot, sexy, exciting read and I loved every minute of it!
"If nothing lasts forever, mi cielo, please say you'll be my nothing."
She shuts the door and turns to face me, the pleasant expression from a few moments ago wiped away as she stands with one hand on her cocked hip. "You want to tell me what your problem is?"
"What are you talking about?" I reply coolly, knowing exactly what she's talking about.
"Earlier this afternoon. Just now. You were all but a jerk to Jonathan, who if you didn't notice is someone I kinda want to impress to get this painting thing started." She closes the distance between us and presses her fingertip in my chest, her bright blue eyes even more striking than normal as they glow with a fiery intensity. "I need this, Gray."
I'm not sure what inside me snaps, but something about the way she says the word ‘need’, combines with the passionate pleading look on her face, and suddenly, I have an overwhelming eagerness to show her exactly what she needs.
My lips slam down on hers as my hands cradle her jaw, tilting her face up to mine. Caught entirely off guard, she opens her mouth, probably to protest, but I quiet her immediately with my tongue, darting it in between her parted lips.
The sound of her purse and keys crashing to the wood floor echoes through the entryway as she raises her hands to my chest, palms splayed against my bare skin. But surprisingly, and much to my delight, instead of pushing me away, she uses my body as leverage to kiss me back.

My hands slide around behind her neck, tangling in the loose hairs that've fallen free from her twist thing, while her nails dig into my flesh, demanding more from my mouth. With urgent swipes of our tongues, our lips mold together in a claiming, lust-driven kiss neither of us can resist.
The soft whimper she elicits into my mouth as my hands fall down her back and lands just above her ass fuels me to push further. Backing her up against the front door, our mouths never losing contact, I reach up under her dress, grab ahold of her firm cheeks, and lift her up off the ground. Her legs instinctively wrap around my hips, causing her skirt to hike up around her waist, leaving the thin, lacy fabric of her panties the only barrier between her hot pussy and my lower abdomen she's pressed against.
And it's fucking on fire.
"Gray," she pants, her fingers twisting in my dark hair. "We can't—"
Her voice hitches as I boldly snake one hand around to her front and swipe my thumb lightly between her legs. At my faint touch, she arches back and squeezes her legs tightly around me, her body begging for more.
I drop my face into her neck and nuzzle the smooth skin below her ear. "We can't what?" I whisper hoarsely as I brush my fingers across her heat again, this time allowing it to linger a tiny bit longer. "Do this?" My rock-hard dick, which is barely harnessed by the thin sleep pants, is positioned perfectly under her ass, so I thrust upwards, making her gasp loudly. "Or this?"
She tugs roughly on my hair and forces my face back to hers, drawing my bottom lip between her teeth and sucking hard. My hand cups her sex, the flimsy material now soaked with her arousal, and she sucks in a ragged breath.
"Any of it," she murmurs while kissing across my jaw and shamelessly grinding down on my palm. "We can't do any of it, but I can't stop it either."
"Fuck, Mia. Me neither," I growl, dipping a finger under her panties and feeling her silky, slick skin against mine. "I need these off."
She nods without hesitation and I rip them from her body with one forceful tear, then toss them to the floor. My fingers return to her, tenderly caressing her swollen lower lips, but the smell of her excitement is too much for me to resist. I need more.
Lowering her feet to the floor, I kiss her hard before dropping to my knees, licking my lips as I take her all in. With one swipe of my tongue across her smoldering center, I realize I’m in more trouble than I initially thought. She fucking tastes even better than she smells, and I’m drowning in my desire.

The sound of a car engine pulling into the driveway forces us both to freeze in place, our eyes locked on one another as we both struggle to catch our breath. The subsequent closing of a car door and footsteps towards the front porch send us on a mad dash up the stairs and into our own rooms, just in time before the front door opens and my best friend makes his way inside.
MILF Teaser #2
erin noelle
Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. In 2013, she published the Book Boyfriend Series, which included books Metamorphosis, Ambrosia, Euphoria, and Timeless, and recently published When the Sun Goes Down, a contemporary romance novel. Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.

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