Friday, November 30, 2012

Merry Menage GIVEAWAY Hop Dec 1-8

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GIVEAWAY!!!

2 eBooks!!!! 

Mistress Christmas by Lorelei James
 AND
Calling The Shots (Long Shots #4) by Christine d'Abo



First up:


Summary From Goodreads

...all signs point North for not-so-Saint-Nick

A part of the Wild West Boys series.

In a rare moment of recklessness, mild-mannered accountant Holly North lets her best friend guilt her into filling in as Mistress Christmas at Sugar Plums, a Christmas-themed strip club. Fearing she'll be recognized-or worse, considered a fraud-she dons a velvet mask along with the Mrs. Claus-meets-dominatrix costume. She's shocked at how deliciously wicked anonymity feels.

Detective Nick West is determined to discover how his friend was supposedly robbed after a lap dance at Sugar Plums. His visions of revenge vanish faster than a flying sleigh upon his first peek at Mistress Christmas-a leggy brunette with smoky eyes and a lush mouth begging for hours beneath the mistletoe.

Their attraction flares hotter than a fireplace on a cold winter evening, and Nick is only too happy to oblige when Holly blurts out her one Christmas wish... For a naughty secret Santa to sweep her away for a night of anonymous sexual pleasure.

Warning: This erotic comedy contains naughty holiday innuendo, creative use of garland, sexy love scenes hot as spiced cider, a heroine as sweet as sugared plums, and a wildly romantic hero with a great big...candy cane.



My Review Here


Second up!


Summary From Goodreads

He's had a wild ride, and now sex club owner Josh Scott is looking for a change of scene. But first, he's determined to bring two friends together, and he's willing to be a third wheel to move things along...

Beth Norris is eager to be set up with hot bartender Oliver Stephenson, but she's equally attracted to matchmaker Josh. Soon she's fantasizing about both men at once—and about being the one to call the shots in the encounter...

Ready to move on with his life post-divorce, Oliver is conflicted by the realization that he's attracted to women and men. Or more specifically, to Beth and Josh. He tries to keep his distance, but it's not long before the chemistry between the trio combusts in a night of mind-blowing sex.

In the light of day, it's clear something deeper than desire is growing between Josh, Beth and Oliver. But though Josh has helped others find love in unconventional relationships, is he willing to take a chance on one himself?




My Review Here

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Avoiding Responsibility Released Dec 1st

The day is here!
 
Avoiding Responsibility is out!!!!!
 
 
 
Lexi has finally given up her once destructive relationships and moved onto bigger and better things with a sexy new man in town. Just when she is starting to figure it out with him, her world is tilted once again with a phone call from none other than Ramsey Bridges. A year after his entrance into her life, Ramsey is trying to make amends and does the one thing she never expects—invites her to Jack's wedding.

The wedding she had evaded at all costs. But no matter what she does, Lexi can't seem to escape her past with Jack. But does she really want to?

Despite the explosive chemistry between Lexi and Ramsey, she is skeptical about trusting him after everything that has happened. When things are amiss with him, she starts questioning his motives. Can Ramsey be the one to remove Jack from Lexi's life permanently or should she move on with her blossoming new life?
 
 

Avoiding Commitment by K.A. Linde

                                                                                                                                        4 Hearts out of 5



Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Book #1 in Avoiding Series
->Review contains foul language read at your own discretion.
WARNING: You should re-frame from reading this in public because
This book may cause you to throw your reading device. Shout unexpectedly in public. Wanna kill a B*tch. And scream "OH HELL NO" and "OH SH#T" at least twenty times out loud.


If a fictional character can make me hate him/her as if they are a living entity than you get 4 Stars for that alone. This book kept me on my toes. With more than one villain running around I could barely contain my emotions. But the end... OH YES!*chuckles* The end made me smile because even though you hate the villain you must acknowledge when they get one up on you. And that is exactly what happened to me. I was so caught up in this cluster F#ck of Bullsh*t that i never saw it coming. You know the part, its the one you read when someone reveals their true self. Yeah. That part caused me to put the book down and yell "OH HELL NO" for the final time after reading Avoiding Commitment

Avoiding Commitment begins with Alexa receiving a very unexpected phone call from Jack. A guy she has been off and on with for the last six years. Jack needs her help. His current girlfriend Bekah wants to speak with his exes to get a better understanding of why he can't commit. And to Alexa's consternation along with my own, DRAMA ensues. And by way of flashbacks we learn Jack and Alexa's not so pretty extremely sorted history.

And that is all i can say without giving much away.

Thoughts
Hmmmm. This book was....all kinds of CRAZY. I didn't hate it and i didn't love it. Ummmm...Yeah I'm a HOT A## MESS just like Jack and Lexi.*smirk* This story was plagued with lies and Betrayal. And not a whole lot of regret or apologies for it. I started off feeling sorry for Alexa then i started to see what was going on and i am unsure how i feel about her at this moment. I have no clue as to why she put up with Jack off and on for six years after he revealed his selfish ass ways to her over and over again. Who does that?
Characters
Lexi- WHY? WHY? WHY? I have never met someone so willing to put up with that much bullshit. She pissed me off to no end. I lover her. I hate her.
Jack- I LOATHE him. PERIOD. He is the biggest BITCH in this book. Yeah i said it. "A duplicate." Really Jack? COME THE F#CK ON. GROW A PAIR!
Bekah- Is slick as grease. I HATE HER!
Ramsey- I like him he shows promise.
Chyna- Thank goodness Lexi has somebody. Even if its her.lol!!

My Ratings
Characters- Conflicted, Cunning and villainous
Writing Style- Good
Plot/Stroyline- Good
Steam Factor- High/Very Steamy
Overall- I liked it! But read at your own risk. And that risk is being royally pissed off.

Now go forth and read. Then come tell us all about it!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mistress Christmas by Lorelei James


Also posted at:  Ms. Reality's Goodreads Page

4 Sexy Hearts

Goodreads Summary:

...all signs point North for not-so-Saint-Nick

A part of the Wild West Boys series.

In a rare moment of recklessness, mild-mannered accountant Holly North lets her best friend guilt her into filling in as Mistress Christmas at Sugar Plums, a Christmas-themed strip club. Fearing she'll be recognized-or worse, considered a fraud-she dons a velvet mask along with the Mrs. Claus-meets-dominatrix costume. She's shocked at how deliciously wicked anonymity feels.

Detective Nick West is determined to discover how his friend was supposedly robbed after a lap dance at Sugar Plums. His visions of revenge vanish faster than a flying sleigh upon his first peek at Mistress Christmas-a leggy brunette with smoky eyes and a lush mouth begging for hours beneath the mistletoe.

Their attraction flares hotter than a fireplace on a cold winter evening, and Nick is only too happy to oblige when Holly blurts out her one Christmas wish... For a naughty secret Santa to sweep her away for a night of anonymous sexual pleasure.

Warning: This erotic comedy contains naughty holiday innuendo, creative use of garland, sexy love scenes hot as spiced cider, a heroine as sweet as sugared plums, and a wildly romantic hero with a great big...candy cane.


My Thoughts:

If you haven't read Lorelei's Rough Riders series--well you are TOTALLY missing out on some serious cowboy love!!!  I was so excited to see this story was about one of the West boys (McCay cousin--McCay's dominate the Rough Riders series).

Mistress Christmas is a very short book with a hot storyline.  Lots of times I read these short books and come up feeling empty, but not this one.  This book was sexy--in only the way Lorelei can do it.  It was hot and fun!  She packed a lot into this little book.

I liked Holly (Yes I know but it is a Christmas book!).  She is very relateable and who doesn't want to shut off their daily persona and want to be someone else...even for a couple hours!!!!!!  She turned out to be one firey kitten!

Nick..(St. Nick)...I just loved Nick.  I know it's because I 'know' all of his cousins and I feel close to him already!  I love his persistence and determination.  I love that he goes for what he wants.  And did I mention he's HOT!!!!!

Overall, a great short, Christmas read.





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Unravel Me by Kendall Ryan

OUR FIRST REVIEW FROM ALEXIS!!
 

Spoiler Free Review
4 STARS out of 5




Genre: Adult Romance

My oh my! What a delicious treat this book was! **Fans myself**

Ashlyn Drake is a psychology student currently working toward her Ph.D. The book starts with her receiving an email from her professor stating he has a person of interest for her thesis. She rushes to end her call with her best-friend Liz to call professor Clancy. He then states that he indeed has a lead on a test subject for her amnesia thesis there is just one hitch.

"There's one hitch though."
-Professor Clancy
"What's that?" -Ashlyn
"He's under arrest for a murder he has no recollection of committing."
-Professor Clancy

Determined to not be deterred by his legal status Ashlyn rolls full steam ahead deciding to meet with John Doe. When Ashlyn meets her test subject she is instantly attracted to his sleeping form laying peacefully asleep; with nothing but a sheet to cover his nudity. Once he awakens and she tells him why she is there. After all the hope drops from his face that maybe she is a clue to his past. She rethinks her strategy along with her questions she prepared for him.

She takes a more personable approach and decides to go with a simple route. Polite conversation. She offers him breakfast hoping the change of environment would stimulate a memory. He declines. After more conversation Ashlyn notices how tired he looks an tells him that he should get some rest and that she'll be back tomorrow.

Time passes and no memories surface. Since he is nameless and she prefers to not call him by the cliche of John Doe, they decide on Logan. A name he has tattooed on his arm. The only clues to Logan's past is his tattoo's and the discovery that he can paint. Well not just paint the guy is an artist. He paints an accurate portrait of a face he has seen in his dreams.
A face that is most likely from his past.
A face that causes worry and jealousy in Ashlyn.

Because even though her and her patient have fought the sparks of electricity that ignites whenever they're in the same room. Even though everything known about him so far screams "DANGER DANGER RUUUUNNNN!"
And even when he voices his concerns and fears that his past can hurt her...It all falls on the lust of death ears. They both succumb to the passion they feel for one another. Ashlyn falls for Logan. A guy with no true identity until a clue surfaces from a very unexpected source. A clue that brings Ashlyn total devastation.

A clue that unravels her.

Thoughts
I loved it! The scene at the end with Liz?! BEST ENDING EVAH!! Logan/Aiden was a delectable treat that I could not get enough of. I want more of him. MORE MORE MORE!!!! I need to know if he will ever remember his former life? Did he really remember his dreams, and was just saying he didn't to Ashlyn? What really went down in that warehouse??? Not sure if these questions will ever be answered and in a sense I kinda like the secrecy that surrounds Aiden and that fateful day in the warehouse.

Fave Line -My fave line comes from Liz she is Ashlyn's best friend and she kept me laughing throughout the whole book!

"Damn. You let him put that whole thing inside you?"
She asked, eyeing his still hard cock.

My Ratings
Characters- Likable
Writing Style- Sexy, Savory, Clever
Plot/Storyline- Edge of your seat, what is going to happen next!?!Good!
Steam Factor- High/Very Steamy
Overall- I absolutely loved it!!! Read it!

Now go forth and read. Then come tell us about it!



 




Laced In Malice by Riley Gray

Becky's First Review!!!
 
5 Hearts
 
 

Goodreads Summary:

Behind the creepy castle like exterior of Birchtree academy is the sound of gossip, back stabbing and malice. When Zara’s dad takes on the new principle job at the elite boarding school, Zara knows she’ll be an outsider. She dreams of true love and marriage instead of possible frenemies and secrets. Definitely not Birchtree material.




In the cusp of everything are the twins. Oliver and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Nixon are renowned for their different – yet equally effective – methods of torture. And both have their eyes set on goody, goody Zara. Oliver wants to date her and Lizzie wants to befriend her?





At first, Zara is caught in the Nixons spell, but it’s not long until cracks begin to show through their dazzling fa├žade. An anonymous email account, which targets students with their own secrets, has focused its energy on Zara using weapons only the Nixon’s could have provided. But have they turned on her? Is there a hidden agenda behind Lizzie’s interest in Zara? It’ll take four months, three warnings, two released sex tapes, and one dead body for Zara to finally learn the truth. And the truth can either destroy the boy she’s fallen for – and his twin sister – or save them both.


My Thoughts:

This book is Cruel Intentions, Mean Girls, Gossip Girl, Heathers and any other movie/show you can think of that has evil malicious backstabbing girls in it! Oh and did I forget to mention hot guys?!

Zara never stood a chance from the moment she stepped foot on the campus of Birchtree Academy. It was pretty apparent from the beginning that Lizzie had it out for her. But you were never sure of why. And there are moments when you begin to question if maybe you have misjudged her. Then there is Oliver. It seemed from the moment he met Zara on the train he was intrigued by her. But there is no way "The Playboy of Birchtree" could be interested in her as anything more than another notch in his bedpost. Or could it be more? And lastly, I must mention Damien because any hot guy with a tattoo deserves mentioning! He was so sweet with Zara. I was honestly rooting for him from the moment he was introduced. But by the end, I was even questioning his motives for trying to get close to Zara. There is so much deceit and backstabbing in this book you will not know who to trust!!The storyline moves at a quick pace so it will suck you in from the beginning and you seriously will not be able to put it down because you are gonna have to know what happens next! Some secrets are revealed at the end but this is a series so of course we don't get all the loose ends tied up yet.

I don't want to say anymore because I do not want to give away anything. Trust me this is a book you HAVE to read! There is drama, mystery and even some pretty smokin' hot smexy scenes! I am dying to read more of this series!

I have been in contact with the author and she has informed me not only will there be a second book in the series but also one from Oliver's POV. It is called Written in Malice and is set to be released in March 2013. So be sure to add it to your TBR list over on Goodreads!

Until next time!
Becky
 

 

Meet the New Reviewers!


I am superexcited to introduce 2 new reviewers for Reality Bites! Let's Get Lost!!  They are fresh and excited to review for all of you!  Welcome Alexis and Becky!
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~Alexis~

Hello fellow readers my name is Alexis, I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. I am a mother and a wife.

 I love Art, Fashion, Music and Reading.
I consider myself a romance junkie because I'll read any genre as long as two people in the book are falling in love.

 My passion for reading came about after reading the Twilight series. It sparked something in me. Something I don't think I even realized at the time.

Today I consider myself to be an avid reader. On average I read and review at least 4 sometimes 5 books a week. I love reviewing and sharing with other readers aside from family nothing brings me more joy better then a good book!





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~Becky~

I have always had a love for books. I grew up reading the likes of Sweet Valley High and Babysitters Club ( am I giving my age away here?!). As I got older I moved on to more adult books from authors like Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts.

I never knew there were any other kind of authors out there other than the ones you find in the bookstores. But earlier this year I stumbled upon a book by an Indie author (Thoughtless was the book!) and decided to read it. That day literally changed my life! Since then I have been glued to my IPad. Who knew there were so many wonderful books out there!?!

Luckily, I am a SAHM mom who a has a very understanding hubby and son about my reading addiction. So while they are away at work and school I can be found devouring my latest find in the book world.

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mile High by R.k. Lilley

Rated: 4.5 Hearts

If you love Fifty Shades, you will love In Flight & Mile High!
This is a trilogy of books and are not meant to stand alone!
 
 
 Goodreads Summary:
James and Bianca’s tumultuous story continues in the sequel to In Flight.

James has initiated Bianca into a dark and drugging world of passion and pain. He taught her about her own submissive, masochistic nature, and she fell swiftly and deeply in love with the undeniably charming and impossibly beautiful Mr. Cavendish, but a painful misunderstanding and the return of the brutally violent demon of her past have combined to overwhelm Bianca, and, confused and hurt, she pushes him away.

It’s been over a month since the shocking attack that hospitalized her, and since she told a distraught James that she needed space, but her feelings haven’t gone away. Even she knew that it was only a matter of time before he would cast his spell on her again…

 
Read My Review of IN FLIGHT
 
 
My Thoughts:  HOLY HOTNESS!!!!!!
        I admit that I was not totally in love with James at the end of the first book--like yes---love no.  I didn't connect with him as deeply as I would have liked.  BUT IN BOOK TWO--I GOT CONNECTED!!  The way the author wrote James' vulnerability, troubled past, insecurities and persistence was wonderful!  I got drawn into loving him deeply!! His alpha dominant sexiness was to much for me to resist!  I would have loved to see his 4th floor!   The BDSM aspects in this book were were not over the top.   Those scenes were hot!  I loved how James never pushed Bianca any further that he knew she could be pushed.  That consideration made him A++++++ in my book! 
 
               "You must know by now that I've never done any of this for anyone else.  I was a slut    once with my body, but I've never been with my heart."  -James
 
I sooo loved Bianca's strong willed nature in In Flight and how she wouldn't change no matter what.  In Mile High, we get to see James slowly, o'boy do I mean slowly, chip away as Bianca's ice.  There were several points in where I wanted to slap her and yell open your freaking eyes!!  You cannot be that naive!!  She frustrated me beyond belief.  I had to keep going back and reminding myself of her torrid past and why she is the way she is.  I loved seeing her vulnerability and insecurities underneath that hard shell. 
 
I wanted to read more about Stephan!  I missed him in this book.  I understand this one was more of a discovery between James and Bianca, but I needed some more Stephan!  R.k could write an entire trilogy on Stephan!  PLEASE!
 
Overall, loved this book.  This is a series that I can't wait to continue.  The third book comes out February 23, 2013!  DAMN!! I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG!!!! This series is highly recommended.  If your looking for R.k., you can find her at R.k. Lilley's Goodreads or R.k. Lilley's Facebook Page

 
 
 

 
 


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Reviewers Wanted

 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm looking for avid readers to read and review books.
I need reviewers who:

  • Must be over 18
  • LOVES all things book related
  • Has an ereader (for author requests)
  • Will read a variety different books (I read mostly romance and erotica)
  • Can write an honest review without bashing the author and book
  • Can meet deadlines for review requests

You can read and review any book you like, but you are responsible for obtaining your own books- unless of course they are review requests.

Please head over to my blog and check it out.  Read some of my reviews and how I set up my giveaways.  Reality Bites! Let's Get Lost!!

You can also check out my Ms. Reality's Book Reviews Facebook Page and My Twitter.

Please email me your information (Name, age, email address) and a couple of your reviews.
realityfun2@gmail.com

This is not a place where you will get free books. So if that is what you're looking for then this is not for you. Please share this with others that may be interested in reviewing books too. Thanks!

Please don't hesitate to email me at realityfun2@gmail.com with any questions you may have.  I will contact those interested.

Bottom line is I'm looking for a book obsessed partner in crime.
 
Thanks!

In Flight by R.k. Lilley



Also posted at Ms. Reality's Goodreads
4.5 Stars (For Bianca staying true to herself and not falling for shit; For Stephan being the best BFF that anyone could ever want; For the overall story)

Goodreads Summary:

When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can't seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

This book is intended for ages 18 and up.


Thoughts:

I am utterly surprised that this book/trilogy isn’t getting much much more buzz!  It is a great read and deserves much more attention.

This book has a very similar feel to Fifty Shades and Bared to You.  If you are fans of those books, you will be of this one as well.  But don’t let that detour those of you who are not fans. It’s worth the read.  This book is from Bianca’s point of view.  You are pulled into her thoughts, emotions, sexual experiences (or lack thereof), confidence, despair, hurt, laughter, friends, enemies…. I was sucked in by her.

I freaking loved Bianca.  I know she is scarred from her past (who the hell isn’t), but what astounded me in this book is her self-assuredness.  I loved that she called bullshit on James and even though that attraction was there, she still took everything at face value.  (Sometimes maybe too much) She didn’t do the fall in love with him at first sight (even though I think she really did but played it off well).  She is so unbelievably strong.  I loved how she flat out told him what was off limits with her and what was an automatic deal breaker.  I loved that she wasn’t a whiney character. Bianca was also so closed inside of herself on things that it was crushing.  She had this tough shell, but she hurt.  The author did a great job with allowing the reader to feel along with Bianca. 

I LOVED BIANCA’S BFF STEPHAN!  Okay!!  Now if there is a spinoff of this series it has to be about Stephan.  He could be an entire trilogy himself!  I want a BFF like him!  He is the most loyal, trustworthy friend.  I loved how close he and Bianca were.  I loved how he would do anything and I mean anything for her!  Please!!! Please!!! Write his book!!!!

James….OH..…James….. I wanted to love him and I think towards the end I was getting there.  But there was a bit of character disconnect for me.  Not knowing much about him and not hearing his thoughts—hurt his character in my eyes.  I would have loved to learn more about him and feel him. The main term that bothered me was about her hymen…really??  Who says that?? That being said, I do love me a strong alpha male who goes after what he wants and that is what saved James in my mind. Not to mention sexy as hell and fantastic in the bedroom…or well anywhere.  (And the fact that I immediately read book 2 Mile High and fell totally in love with him!—But that review will be soon) 

Oh and the snatches in this book…well they suck!

The end of this book had me gasping….I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  I’m not going to spoil it for you, but DAMN!

Overall, great read. I couldn’t put it down.  I immediately went to the second book!  It makes me want to be a flight attendant and join the mile high club! 

 

Friday, November 23, 2012

I Love You To Death by Natalie Ward


5 Stars    (for great character development; emotionally charged; extremely well written; and I loved it)

Also Posted at:  Ms. Reality's Goodreads

Goodreads Summary:
When Ash loses her boyfriend, she is consumed by grief, loneliness and an overwhelming sense of guilt for her role in not only his death, but the deaths of everyone she has ever loved. Refusing to let anyone in for fear of losing them too, she becomes withdrawn, spending her days reliving the nightmares from her past.
Until she meets Luke.
Initially scared by his intensity and interest in her, Ash tries to push him away. But as Luke slowly starts to chip away at the walls she’s built, Ash finds herself doing the one thing she swore she’d never do again — falling in love.
When the familiar feelings Ash had hoped were long buried with her past begin to resurface, she is forced to ask herself if falling in love again is really worth the risk.

My Thoughts:

Tissues…Lots and Lots and Lots of Tissues Needed!!!!!!!

For me to say this is a heavy read is a total understatement.  I was not at all prepared for the emotional ache this book put me through.  The level of despair I felt moved me to my core. 

I knew just by the title and cover that I was in for a deep, deep ride.

Ash’s grief, despair and guilt were fabulously written.   I thought several times that this storyline could go south really quickly and become redundant…BUT I was sooo happy to say it DID NOT!  The author found every possible conceivable way to describe and express grief/guilt/despair.  I kept thinking..OH God…What’s next?? But it would always be different…never the same…never repetitive.  I enjoyed that I was kept on my toes. 

“So in fact, my life is far from normal, it’s actually complete shit.”

That’s saying it lightly.  Connection with Ash’s ‘not so normal life’ was very easy.  I many not have felt her level of guilt, but I understood it on some level.  I may not have had her level of loss, but I have felt it.  That connection with her kept pulling me in.  I wanted her to overcome her emotional turmoil and every time she fell…I’d fall right with her.  I feel that Ash has some of the best character development I’ve read.  I know her, feel for her and want her to be happy. 

I love, love, loved how the author wrote the ‘memories’ of all the different losses Ash experienced.  It was a great way to do flashbacks.  Not only did we learn deeper into her past; each one was a mini-story that was wonderfully detailed and jammed pact.

I really feel that Luke was sent by Ash’s angels above to help her work her shit out.  He was so unbelievably patient and held her as if she would break at any moment.  He was so admirable and an overall great guy.  I love how Luke could see through Ash’s mask and dig into her, but yet be so careful and patience with her.  It was so very endearing.

The entire book is written in Ash’s perspective.  We get to swim in her sea of turmoil.  I would have loved to hear Luke’s POV!!!!  That is the only downfall I have with this book.  I wanted inside his brain soooooo badly!  I wanted his feelings about everything going on. 

Parts of this book were utterly gut-wrenching.  I went through a huge amount of tissues.  I even did the whole sobbing on my kindle thing..but don’t let that detour you from reading.  A little crying is good for the soul!

I did love how each chapter outlined the music that went along with that chapter It helped me make a deeper connection with the book.  Music tends to do that. 

Please do not go into this book thinking is a happy go lucky—because it is not.  It is dark, sad and grief ridden—but that said it is an awesomely written book with a great story line.  I would highly recommend reading it.

Personal note:  The author gave me this book to read and review.  I can say without a doubt that I would have kept this book on my TBR list because I have a personal issue with death, if not for her asking me to read it.  I was able to work through some ‘stuff’ while reading this book and for that I am utterly grateful I was asked. 

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fall In Love All Over Again Giveaway Hop! Nov 22-29

 
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GIVEAWAY!!! eBook Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn



My Review here
 
 
 Summary from Goodreads
 
Leather and lace don't strike sparks. Or do they?

It's Valentine's Day, but Macy Rodgers isn't feeling the love. Aside from a torrid, one-night fling in a backseat a few months back, her love life has been sorely lacking, but fortunately she has devious friends who feel like playing Cupid. Wouldn't they be shocked to learn that the match they've made for her is the same one that steamed up the back of that '69 GTO...

Seth "Ghost" Warren has just returned to town after an extended absence. Between his grandmother's failing health, his job as a tattoo artist, his band's gigs, and a crazy ex that won't leave him alone, he's stretched thin. Cautious cowgirl Macy is the last thing he needs thrown into the mix.

She's all country, he's all heavy metal—and Macy knows that if anyone can propel her out of her rut, it's Seth. But when their worlds collide, it's anyone guess if they'll survive with their hearts intact.

Warning: Contains explicit sex, graphic language, road trips, troublemaking exes, emotional baggage, and an unconventional but exceptionally hot hero tatted and pierced for your pleasure..
 
 
 
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes


Also posted at Ms. Reality's Goodreads
4.5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

Elizabeth Marshall spent the last nine years doing all the things she was supposed to do. She went to a good college. Married a man with a promising future. Elizabeth even had a nice house in a respectable part of town. There was even the promise of 2.4 kids in her future. From the outside everything looked picture perfect.

One night, six months ago, the world she lived in came crashing down. Her husband dead and her friends gone, Elizabeth moves to the small town of Springfield to start a new life for herself where no one knows who she is or anything to do with her past.

Christopher Daniels enjoys the simplicity of his bachelor life. After his divorce three years ago, he swore off women. He has no desire to change that philosophy.

When Elizabeth Marshall moves into the apartment below him in the small Victorian house, she makes him begin to reconsider the motto he’s lived by for the last three years: women are trouble. She is everything is ex-wife was not and it doesn’t help that she is his wet dream come to life.

He is determined to resist her charms, however when someone starts sending threatening messages to Elizabeth, he finds himself in the role of protector. Can he protect Elizabeth and still be able to resist the pull she has on his body and his heart?

My Thoughts:

Suspenseful….Romantic…Eye Opening…Well Written book; that went way beyond my expectations!  It’s a who done it story, that will have you seriously thinking. 

We get to hear two POVs Chris and Elizabeth’s.  I always love hearing both sides of the story.  It tends to draw me in deeper to the story.  This book is more of a narration from up above and many of the conversations are summarized instead of talked out.  I would have liked to read the monologue between the characters—not the synopsis.

I loved learning about the characters and their pasts.  The author did a very good job being descriptive and very convincing.  The issues discussed are deep and cut through me.

Chris was easy to fall for.  He’s a good, kind man that is broken, with good reason.  I totally understood him and his hurt/pain.  Not to mention his tentativeness and apprehension.  No one wants to risk being hurt right?

Elizabeth was so shattered and I totally admired her trying to start over and gain her life back.  She was so strong, yet seeing her hide or feel her pull away was heart breaking.  I was pulling for her to grab her life back!

I freaking loved the who-done-it!!  I kept guessing and eliminating and I finally guessed right!  I actually yelled ‘I knew it’ at my kindle—Thank got it didn’t respond back! 

Overall, this was a well written captivating book that will have you guessing—who-done-it to the very end! 

*Book was given by author for honest review.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Winner of Exquisite is............

Thank you to everyone who entered to win
Exquisite by Ella Frank!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
Another HUGE thank you to Ella giving us a sneak peak into Shelly's story and providing the ebook to the winner!!!
 
 
And the winner is....................................................
 
 
 
 Elizabeth Gunderson
 
 
 
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You have 72 hours to reply!
 
Thank you again to everyone!!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Rock the Heart by Michelle Valentine


Rock the Heart

By Michelle Valentine

Also posted at Ms. Reality's Goodreads

Book given by Author for honest review.

3.5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

For the last four years, good girl Lane has regretted breaking up with Noel Falcon. She thought she was sensible when she told him his dreams of being a rock star would get him nowhere, but now that he's a rock god and her career is stagnant, she realizes just how wrong she was. When Noel hires the marketing company where Lane is an intern, she’s forced to see him again. If she wants to land her dream job as executive within the company, she has to win him over and secure his account. Too bad Noel is still pissed at her for breaking his heart.

When Lane’s company flies her to a Black Falcon concert to gain Noel’s attention, emotions run high the moment she sees him and realizes she’s far from over him. But Noel’s countless trysts with groupies and his cocky attitude make Lane believe he isn’t the same guy she once loved—now he seems to only want her body. Then after Lane discloses she needs him to procure a job, Noel proves he’s a changed man by forcing her to go on the road with him in order to get it.

After Lane reluctantly takes Noel up on his offer, she becomes willing to do whatever it takes to keep him satisfied, even if it means succumbing to his seductive ways. Lane soon finds deception is a dangerous game and she’s not the only one playing.

 

My Thoughts:

I am a huge pushover for a hot and sexy rocker and Rock the Heart sucked me in with Noel! 

This book is written from Lanie’s point of view.  I wish I could have gotten more of Noel’s inner thoughts about what was going on!  I kept saying—I wonder what he’s thinking!  The character development was done well, although I wish I knew more from Lanie and Noel’s high school days. (Maybe a pre-to Rock of Heart?? Hmmm…)  I think knowing more about their pasts would have helped me with a deeper connection with them.

The storyline was a bit predictable while reading, except for the shock towards the end!  I gasped and yelled at my Kindle!  That was a twist I didn’t see coming.

I loved the sexy, smoking hot, sex-god and vulnerable Noel!  I could hear is growling, yummy voice singing!  Even though, he is a rock god on stage, he has these vulnerable parts to him that are crushing!  I felt for him.  His past with his parents was hard and I wish I could have gotten a little more back story to the situation or some closure.  It seems to be just hanging out there unanswered.

Lanie—there were parts where I wanted to slap her—mostly due to her reluctance to be with Noel initially!  Then about her job…really???  I get your career oriented, but come on!!!

There were lots of secondary characters that we were introduced to and I want to know more about them! Riff—I know there is so much more to him!  He may be a womanizer, but it’s his way of dealing with pain.  The Twins---T&T I call them!  I know there is some secret stuff going on with those two.  Maybe they are into manage or something.  Hmmmm…  Then STRIKER!  I know that he isn’t in The Black Falcon’s, but damn do I want to know more about this smooth talking British man!

Overall, a good debut book for Michelle.  If you have a love for rockers, this is for you!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review and Giveaway of Exquisite by Ella Frank AND A SNEEK PEEK INTO ENTICE!!



Review, Giveaway and a Special Peek into

Entice!
 
 





 



Exquisite
By Ella Frank
 Also posted at: Ms. Reality's Goodreads
Book was given by author for review.
I have received an exclusive snippet of Entice from Ella!  Please continue to read!!
4.5 Stars
For nine years, Dr. Lena O’Donnell, has been consumed with guilt, struggling to make it through each day, drowning herself in her work.  Unable to get past that one fateful night and her horrible loss, Lena has closed herself off and built concrete walls around her heart that the military would have trouble getting through.  Lonely, miserable and guilt ridden, Lena believes this is how her life should be.
Owner of the hottest restaurant in Chicago, Mason Langley loves the life of the hottest bachelor in the city.  Who knew that one encounter with a terribly pissed off doctor would change everything. Mason cannot stop thinking of Lena. 
As the tension and chemistry explodes between these two, they begin to feel their walls start to crumble. 
When tragedy strikes, the effect on the couple is astronomical and surviving it together may not be an option.
My thoughts:
Initially, I had a very hard time getting into this story. The first few chapters were not grabbing my attention because Lena wasn't connecting with me.  I just wanted to smack her, but I kept chugging along and I’m so glad I did!
OH.MY.GOD. Mason Langley.  An unbelievably hot, sexy man who cooks!  HELLO!!!!  Sign me UP!!  Mason got so much more than he bargained for by helping his mom out!  That initial meeting between the hero/heroine was combustible.  The hate and loathing were just dripping off the pages.
 My initial thought of Mason was…..whoa!  What crawled up his ass—but that so did not last long!  Every time he smiled and showed those hot dimples, I felt it in my toes!  I loved that he was his own kind of flawed and so real. Also, the way Mason fought for Lena, wouldn’t let her move away and started crumbling down her walls….I mean that’s a lot of work for a playboy! 
“My dad once told me that one day I’d meet someone who drives me so crazy I want to strangle her and yet never would because I can’t bear for her to be gone. Well, that’s when I’ll know I’ve met a woman worth keeping.”
Lena—for a woman who is so broken and guilt-ridden, she sure had a lot of spunk!  I loved the quick comebacks and her relationship with Shelly!  Side note…LOVED SHELLY--she's the star of the next book in the series!  Initially, I found Lena totally annoying and had a very hard time getting past her total bitchiness, but as time went on that bitchiness turned more into attitude.  The more understandable/relatable attitude that I grew to like and connect with!  I'm not saying that I got totally over her annoyingness...because that is not true.  There were many times that I just wanted to take her out back and beat the living crap out of her!!!
I loved how the author wrote the love/hate banter between Lena and Mason.  The lines were sharp and witty!  I felt my smile creep up several times. They butted heads constantly and brought out the worst in each other.  But also the best.  I also like the sexual tension between them.  It wasn’t a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am.  It was a creatively drawn out temptation that kept me wanting to know more.
"'Lena!' Turning, she looked at him and he smiled wide and whispered, 'I'd never spit in your food.'  He paused and grinned, 'I'd have a staff member do it."
HOLY HELL---the shower/bathroom scene.  OH MY!  HOT does not even begin to cover it.  This scene was so well written and I had to pick my mouth up off the floor!
"Trust me. You fed it earlier by screaming out my name when I didn't even touch you."  
Overall, this is an awesome book-which I highly recommend to all!  The bedroom and everyplace else scenes are unbelievably steamy. The characters are very well developed.  There are a wide range of emotions that I felt throughout this book. I even cried at one point (which hardly ever happens for me).  I loved the up and down rollercoaster ride I went on.  .
I can’t wait for the next book Entice to come out!!
Gotta run to the store and get me some peaches!!!!!
 
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A Message from Ella about Entice!!!!


First off, let me say a big thank you to Ms Reality who invited me to come on her blog and give you all a little hint of things to come from the second book in the Exquisite Series, Entice.


If you didn't already know this story is about Dr. Monroe, Lena's best friend and feisty side kick.


The story centers around Shelly and her quest to find the 'perfect' man. Not only is she looking for reliable and dependable, she's also trying to prove to her father that she will not end up choosing the wrong man.


Enter Joshua Daniels - he is NOT her version of reliable or dependable - or is he?


As far as Shelly is concerned he's Mason's long time friend and best man, not someone she should get involved with and certainly not someone she should be imagining hot, sweaty and naked. He is someone she knows she can't have - too messy , too complicated.


Then why can't she stop thinking of all the possible ways to get him between the sheets for one night?


Come and join Shelly, Lena, Mason, Rachel and the newest member of the Exquisite cast, Joshua Daniels, as they take you on a journey through their lives.


Entice includes lots of laughs, nosey friends, a wedding and hot steamy sex, everything an angsty romance deserves.


Xx Ella Frank
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HUGE THANK YOU TO ELLA!!!!
 
I can't wait to read Shelly's story and find out what happens to Mason and Lena.

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