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: Backfire (Vigilante’s #2) by Keri Lake

» 15 June, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Backfire (Vigilante’s #2) by Keri Lake

I finished this book a couple of days ago and let me tell you that Keri Lake managed to both enthrall and horrify me with this book. Word of warning: this book contains very graphic violence. If that isn’t your cuppa, then this book wouldn’t work for you. I can’t call myself a dark romance reader. I don’t seek dark reads as often, but if I do read books of this nature, I tend to be very picky. Long story short, Keri Lake writes my brand of dark. While her characters are flawed and exhibit violent streaks, they also retain their moral compass. You understand why they became such dark characters. And in a way, you sympathize with them because you can see yourself reacting the same way these characters did when faced with adversity. And that’s the reason why I read her books. Backfire is set in the world of Ricochet. And although, there is a connection between Backfire and Ricochet, Backfire can be read as a standalone. I don’t want to give anything away but once I started this book, I just could not stop reading it. The plot, the romance, the heart-pumping action–everything just worked together. But more than that, I really loved the two […]

Review: Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

» 5 June, 2016 » Reviews » 1 comment

Review: Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

I adored this book. There’s just something about Sarah Morgan’s characters especially her heroines that endear them to me. And Paige is no exception. Paige life was been a series of hospital visits and spending her life under the watchful eye of her parents, brother and Puffin Island. She made a move to New York to become an events planner and live her life to fullest. Jake Romano is Paige’s older brother’s best friend. He came into her life when she was at her lowest and they forged a friendship. Paige is harboring a crush on Jake that ended on heartbreak. When Paige and her friends got fired from their job, Jake agreed to help them set up their own events business. This brought back old feelings from Paige. Not wanting to get rejected again, Paige tried to guard her heart especially since Jake doesn’t seem to be willing to fully trust his feelings for her. Jake has some serious issues in this book. He’s broody and tortured as all get out. In other words, he’s irresistible. Paige doesn’t stand a chance. I enjoyed the evolution of their relationship starting from when a very young Paige met Jake and then later on as adults. The attraction between Jake […]

ARC Review: Everywhere and Every Way (Billionaire Builders #1) by Jennifer Probst

» 2 June, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 1 comment

ARC Review: Everywhere and Every Way (Billionaire Builders #1) by Jennifer Probst

This is my sixth Jennifer Probst book, and once again, she did not disappoint. It’s only the first book but it already sets up the other story lines in the series perfectly. Everywhere and Every Way follows the oldest Pierce brother, Caleb. Reeling after the death of his controlling father, Caleb gets a rude awakening after his father changed the conditions of his will. Betrayed and hurt, Caleb has no choice but follow the conditions his father had set: work and live with his estranged brothers (they hate his guts) for a year and turn out a profit for the company or lose everything he’s worked for. Morgan, design consultant to the stars, is hell bent on hiring the Pierce Brothers to build her client’s dream house and doesn’t take no for an answer. She plotted and schemed to get Cal and his brothers to say yes. This immediately put Cal and Morgan at odds with each other, which created some really delicious sexual tension throughout the book. But aside from the simmering chemistry between Morgan and Cal, Everywhere and Every Way packs quite an emotional punch, which I did not expect. Morgan, despite the icy demeanor she projects, hides a vulnerable side to her due to some […]

ARC Review: The Player and The Pixie by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

» 23 April, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

ARC Review: The Player and The Pixie by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

I’ll honest and say that I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book considering the hero was supposed to be bad in bed. Now call me shallow but I want my heroines to get off, dammit. And a hero who doesn’t know his way around the bedroom is worrisome in romance. Welp. I’m humbly eating my humble pie in silence because that one detail made this book even more interesting and fun. So a quick rundown before I go into my personal thoughts on The Player and the Pixie. Lucy Fitzpatrick, sister to Ronan—the hero in the first book—cannot stand Sean Cassidy, which isn’t really a surprise since Sean has been his brother’s rival and most hated team mate from the start. Sean has a reputation of being a douche, and despite his good looks and money, he’s also bad in bed. It’s something that he knows or at least suspected but never really concerned himself with. But when Sean found out about Lucy Fitzpatrick’s “secret” he found an opportunity to have an arrangement with her. Well, we all know how these arrangements usually go in romance. Sean and Lucy found themselves emotionally entangled but with Ronan being Sean’s rival, coupled with Lucy’s compulsive problems, their […]

Review + Author Q&A: Nobody But You (by Jill Shalvis

» 4 April, 2016 » Authors, Book Tours, Reviews » 2 comments

Review + Author Q&A: Nobody But You (by Jill Shalvis

What can I say? Jill Shalvis has a way of taking a simple, straightforward story and turning into an engaging, funny, and sizzling hot book. Nobody But You delivered on its premise, and then some. This book is feel-good romance at its best. Jacob Kincaid is back in Cedar Ridge and ready to finally face the family he abandoned when he signed for the military. But he wants to do it on his own terms. Sophie meanwhile is down on her luck after divorcing her philandering husband. She got her revenge by taking his precious boat from him. Except that Sophie hated being on it. Worst of all, she had to sneak around Cedar Ridge lake just so she can find a place to moor for free. This brought her in contact with Jacob Kincaid who didn’t really appreciate a stranger using his private dock as her personal mooring place. Their first meeting was hilarious. Their second meeting was even more so except that you can actually feel the simmering attraction between them. And Jill Shalvis just has the skill to bring those out in her dialogue. The banter in this book was amazing, and that’s just not limited to the interaction between Jacob and Sophie but to […]

Review: Cuff Me (New York’s Finest #3) by Lauren Layne

» 2 April, 2016 » Authors, Reviews » 2 comments

Review: Cuff Me (New York’s Finest #3) by Lauren Layne

My favorite book in the series so far. Lauren Layne delivered another heartwarming tale of love between two partner police officers who found themselves dealing with new or maybe not so new feelings for one another. Three about Vincent Moretti. One, he’s great at his job. Two, he loves his interfering Italian family. And three, he cares about his long time partner Jill Henley. Sure. He’s taciturn and doesn’t suffer for fools but anyone can see that he cares about those closest to him. So when Jill has to leave for three months to take care of a family emergency, Vince found himself feeling things he never felt before. But then Jill came back along with a few changes that totally threw Vince for a loop. I got to admit that for a while there, I was worried that the book might turn to one of my least favorite trope in romance. But once again, Lauren Layne proves that she is adept at walking that fine line between angsty and sweet, and Cuff Me has both of those. I loved the chemistry between Jill and Vince. They caught my attention during Frisk Me and their story did not disappoint. I love the natural progression of their relationship. Plus […]