Review+Excerpt: Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers 12) by Shayla Black

» 8 February, 2017 » Authors, Renee Carlino, Reviews » 0 comments

Review+Excerpt: Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers 12) by Shayla Black

The moment I read the blurb for this book, I knew I was going to like it.  Holding on Tighter is the twelfth book in Black’s Wicked Lovers series. Jolie Quinn is a rising fashion designer who is at the brink of unparalleled success with company Betti. After a rash of burglaries threatened her business, she enlists the help of security expert Heath Powell. Heath is former MI5 who has no plan on sticking around after the job is done. He doesn’t want or need the encumbrance of a relationship. He takes what he needs for that night and doesn’t hesitate to walk away. His philosophy has served him well until he meets Jolie. Despite the obvious spark of attraction between them, Heath and Jolie are wary of starting anything. But both have been informed by their pasts. Jolie by her mother’s revolving door of failed relationships, which made her cynical and distrustful, and Heath by the tragic and violent passing of his wife. Their relationship started off rocky, to say the least. Jolie is the kind of woman that normally wouldn’t attract Heath. And Jolie, with her cynicism is a bit of stuck up. Both have good reasons for not starting anything. But when Jolie’s life was […]

Review: Everything For Her by Alexa Riley

» 31 December, 2016 » Authors, Renee Carlino, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Everything For Her by Alexa Riley

Alexa Riley has been one of my go-to authors whenever I want a quick, sexy, super steamy read. Everything for Her is their first full length novel, and this book had everything long time fans could want in an Alexa Riley book. Possessive hero? Check! Sweet, virginal heroine? Check! Insta love? Check! Super steamy sexy scenes? Double check! That said, I wish I enjoyed the story a lot more. But I found myself a bit concerned by the hero’s stalkerish and possessive nature. There are times when I find myself enjoying a possessive hero. Unfortunately, Oz was just too much. I felt like he crossed the line by taking away a lot of her choices. I mean, sure. He provided her with everything she needs (without her knowing it was him) but a cage is still cage regardless of whether it’s made of gold or wrought iron. There are certain things that the hero did which made me uncomfortable. I get the fantasy of having someone there to give you everything you could dream of. It’s nice fantasy. I wish I just couldn’t turn off this other scenario in my head where instead of a billionaire, the hero is just a regular guy who still lives in his […]

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica Clare

» 24 November, 2016 » Authors, Renee Carlino, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica Clare

Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding might be short on page count but it’s not short on the squishy, gooey, feels. After months of preparation, including a postponement, hookups and unexpected pregnancies, Gretchen and Hunter are finally, FINALLY tying the knot. But alas, everything seems to be falling apart on Gretchen: part of the mansion, where the wedding is supposed to be held, is flooded in, she fired another baker, and Hunter is keeping something from her. On top of that, her recovering drug addict sister Daphne wants to reconnect with her. I adored every second of this book. It’s a novella but doesn’t read like one. Aside from Gretchen and Hunter’s wedding story, there’s also a sweet, redemptive story about Daphne. Remember her? Fans of the series sort of have a hate-hate relationship with her and I was curious whether or not Jessica Clare would give her a book even if it’s not with one of the billionaires. Well, she did. And it was quite lovely. Okay. A lot lovely. It actually made me cry, simply because her HEA was so hard fought, I feel like. I don’t want to say anything more except that if you’ve read One Night with a Billionaire, you’ll know who her […]

ARC Review: Stay Until We Break (Hub City #2) by Mercy Brown

» 18 June, 2016 » Authors, Renee Carlino, Reviews » 0 comments

ARC Review: Stay Until We Break (Hub City #2) by Mercy Brown

“The only problem with having Cole McCormack as your chronic masturbation fantasy is that he’s everybody’s chronic masturbation fantasy—and he knows it.” I have been waiting for Cole and Sonia’s story ever since I’ve read Loud is How I Love You a few months ago. I knew their story was going to be good and hot. I expected it just based on the chemistry they had going on. What I did not expect was the gut wrenching, emotional punch it brought. It slayed me. I did not expect that. Stay Until We Break starts off with a bang. Stars on the Floor are on the road, hoping to catch a big break and get signed by a label, make their dreams come true. For Cole and Sonia, it’s a chance to explore the attraction they’ve had for one another. But Sonia isn’t quite sure about Cole because one, he’s a rock star with a reputation. Two, she’s not at all the confident girl she wanted to be, or the kind of girl that a guy like Cole would notice. For Cole, it’s much more complicated than that. He’s torn between pursuing his dream and his passion and his responsibilities. My heart just broke for him. I though he […]

Review: Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

» 27 August, 2015 » B Reviews, Renee Carlino » 0 comments

Review: Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Title: Before We Were Strangers Author: Renee Carlino Date of Publication: August 18, 2015 Publisher: Atria Books Buy Links: Amazon | iBooks Rating: B Book Synopsis From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City. To the Green-eyed Lovebird: We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House. You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more. We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other. Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding… I […]