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Voracious Reader & Addicted Blogger. I ❤ Romance Genre. I thrive on Love, Laughter & Happily Ever Afters. Kindle, Nook & iPad are my BFF's.

REVIEW: Dare to Love by Carly Phillips

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In Dare to Love by Carly Phillips, Ian Dare is a man who lets his head, not his heart, rule his life. He may seem controlling to some–well, everyone–but he loves his family with his entire being and will stop at nothing to protect them. Ian decides to live life his own way, not full of lies like his father did, even if that means he never puts his heart out there for a woman. But then he spots curvy Riley Taylor on the arm of his half-brother Alex and he knows he’s in trouble.

 

‘Something about this woman called to his deepest protective instincts. For all her bravado and independence, there was an innocence inside her that provided a counterbalance to his more jaded personality.’

 

Riley Taylor promised herself she would steer clear of pushy, controlling men after what she dealt with growing up. Why, then, when she meets Ian Dare, half-brother of her best friend Alex, does she find herself falling for his dominance? Especially in the bedroom. He breaks nearly every boundary Riley has set for herself yet somehow she finds herself changing for Ian and, more surprisingly, craving the bond growing between them. Read More

REVIEW: Theirs to Keep by Maya Banks

Theirs to Keep  - Maya Banks

In Theirs to Keep (Tangled Hearts Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks, Elle can’t remember who she’s running from or even who she is, but she knows she needs to lay low. Merrick Sullivan and Cade Winslow rescue her when she’s found hiding in their client’s building. Their size and appearance frighten her at first, but even though they look big and badass, Elle can sense they won’t hurt her. Before long, she finds herself falling for them. Both of them. Which further confuses her, as she no longer wants to deal with her past. Elle only wants to create a new future with Cade and Merrick by her side.

 

‘He could lock his emotions away until they were encased in stone. But this slip of a woman unraveled him as no other person had ever even come close to.’

 

Cade Winslow has been focused on his security business and getting Merrick to the top of the MMA world. Read More

REVIEW: Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre

Kissing Under the Mistletoe (The Sullivans, #10) - Bella Andre

In Kissing Under the Mistletoe (The Sullivans #10) by Bella Andre, Holiday traditions are very near and dear to Mary Sullivan. She is devoted to her family and in keeping alive the memories of their father, her beloved late husband, Jack. While she prepares their vacation home in Lake Tahoe with Christmas decorations, she can’t help but remember the day she met her husband and their whirlwind courtship that followed.

 

‘Maybe, she thought as Gerry finished shooting his final roll of film and the gorgeous stranger walked toward her, today won’t be an end, but the beginning of something new and amazing.’

 

Mary’d had her heart broken before and wasn’t sure if she was ready to take a chance on love again. Read More

REVIEW: An Incurable Insanity by Simi K. Rao

An Incurable Insanity - Simi K. Rao

In An Incurable Insanity by Simi K. Rao, Shaan Ahuja finally gives in to the family pressure and agrees to an arranged marriage to a proper Indian bride, Ruhi Sharma.. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Marriage for him would be in name only and he makes the same clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But will Shaan’s decision be fair on a girl who has woven so many dreams around her marriage..??

 

“Shaan, please!”
“Shh…Don’t interrupt me now.” His breathing turned ragged
as his fingers gently tucked a lock of hair behind her ear.
“Kissing those lips may be taboo, but that doesn’t include the rest
of you.” He mumbled nibbling at her ears, her throat, and her
nude shoulders.
She let out a soft moan.
“Like it, don’t you? Give in to me.”

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REVIEW: The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith

The Last Hour of Gann - R. Lee Smith

For the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing reviews for The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith pop up all over the blogosphere, most reviews I read described the book as “EPIC”. So clearly I was intrigued but when I read the blurb and realized it was a SiFi had Rape and came with a warning (This book contains graphic violence, strong sexual content and explicit language. It is intended for mature readers only). I quickly decided this wasn’t the book for me.

Then Last week I happened to see a tweet from Dear Author mentioning that The Lizard Man book was their Nov book club read. Jane and I got tweeting and I mentioned how this wasn’t a book I could see myself reading. All it took were two golden words from Jane “Tremendous Romance” and I found myself clicking the buy button on Amazon. Read More

REVIEW: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

Definitely, Maybe in Love - Ophelia London

In Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London Spring HoneyCutt wants to ace her sustainable living thesis at any cost and when her professor suggests that with a new perspective her paper could get published, she decides to make it happen at any cost.

The only person willing to give his input in her thesis is her arch enemy and sexy neighbour Henry Knightly. As they both work on their thesis, Spring finds out her preconcieved notions about Henry were so wrong and Henry is so much more than old money and I am never wrong attitude.

Between very vocal debate sessions and long arguments, Henry and Spring are gonna discover so much more about each other but will their pride interfere with what they really feel about each other..?? Read More

REVIEW: Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Legion - Nalini Singh

In Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh, Archangel Raphael has been alive for eons and is the protector who rules over what is now known as New York. Having only recently found his soul mate, his consort Elena Deveraux, Raphael is slowly learning how powerful love can be. Theirs is a fierce love with an intense bond formed between them, which ultimately is feared by some and celebrated by others. Their bond could prove to be the link that helps him save his city from an unknown attacker when angels begin to fall from the sky. The Falling, as it comes to be known, lasted for less than ten minutes, but took precious lives and injured many. Raphael is unsure if the event is due to the first Cascade in centuries, a shift in power and Archangel’s abilities, or if it is a direct threat aimed at him. He has noticed changes in himself already as he grows stronger and his powers begin to change with each strange event. Raphael feels a coldness and distance building within him but he can feel also feel the depth of power he could have if he allows it to take hold. Elena is the anchor that keeps him from giving in to the darkness and instead, holding on to the bit of humanity she brought into his life. Read More

Snowbound with the CEO - Shannon Stacey

Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey: From the moment Rachel Carter joined Blackstone Historical Renovations over five years ago, she new her professional life was going places. She worked her way up from the mail-room, determined to make a success of herself. For a little over a year now, she has been the CEO’s executive assistant, thriving on the accountability and responsibility that her position provides. Working very closely with her boss everyday is an added bonus, since she secretly lusts after him. The only thing missing from her life is love.

 

Adrian Blackstone built his business from the ground up. As a result of his sound work ethic and perseverance, his renovation company is flourishing and is worth millions. Adrian realizes that Rachel’s business acumen is a big part of his success, and he could not run his business without her. However, Adrian wants more from Rachel than just her business expertise, he wants her in his bed. Read More

REVIEW: Anything But Love by Beth Ciotta

Anything But Love - Beth Ciotta

In Anything But Love by Beth Ciotta, it is nearing Christmas and Luke is feeling anything but festive. He’s not really sure why, and he’s really trying…but it all seems to center around Rachel. The mousy young woman who lived and worked in Sugar Creek for a year then one day just up and left with no word to anyone. After Luke’s cousin Sam, who has been pursuing Rachel, caught them in a hot embrace. Things have been strained between Sam and Luke since. Sam was attracted to Rachel, he thought she would make a good wife and a good mother to his two daughters. Luke was attracted to Rachel also…but he’s not quite sure what it is about her that draws him…she’s not his usual type. Read More

REVIEW: Wait for You by J. Lynn

Wait for You  - J. Lynn

In Wait for You by J. Lynn, Avery Morgansten is a college freshman, ready to start her life over in a new state, with new friends. She’s going to put her past behind her and forget about the event that changed her in so many ways. Day one of classes starts off with a bang when she runs headlong into Cameron Hamilton. All six foot three inches of him. Avery knows she’s out of practice flirting with handsome guys, but Cam teases and banters with ease, so with every encounter she finds him more intriguing.

 

Paired together on Astrology assignments, they realize they have a lot in common and soon they become good friends, hanging out together every chance they get. Cam of course is hoping to talk Avery into a date, but she isn’t completely comfortable with the idea. When emails and texts begin to threaten her, she realizes her past is coming back to haunt her and if she doesn’t deal with it soon, Cam may find out what happened to her five years ago. She doesn’t want to ruin the fragile bond they’ve built so far but she knows in order to move forward in their relationship, she’s going to have to relive the most terrifying event she’s ever been through. Read More

REVIEW: MacRieve by Kresley Cole

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark, #13) - Kresley Cole

In MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole, Uilleam “Will” MacRieve is a warrior who has lived and learned for many centuries, yet he still can’t let go of painful events from his childhood. Those horrors have shaped who he has become today: a tormented Scottsman who would rather let his shapeshifter self take control than deal with hurtful emotions on his own. MacRieve never thought he would find his mate and has been glad he hasn’t yet found her, thinking himself so damaged that no one would ever want him. Read More

REVIEW: This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt

This Fragile Life - Kate Hewitt

This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt: OMG! Ladies grab a box of Kleenex and get ready for one of the most moving, most poinent books that I have ever read. This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt is not your typical HEA. This is a story of the true bonds of friendship, love, loss and finding out just how strong you can be when you don’t think that you can carry on. Let me tell you a little about this AMAZING read.

 

This is the story of Martha and Alex. Good friends since they were children but as different as day and night. Martha is the friend that has the perfect job, the perfect marriage, the perfect life by all apperances, except after 5 rounds of IVF she and her husband Rob still can not get pregnant. Alex is the friend that is a free spirit, she comes and goes as she pleases, lives in a 6 flight walk-up. Her life , her apartment, and her emotions are not set up for a pregnancy. When Martha approaches Alex and asks if she and Rob can adopt the child Alex is carrying, you learn just how far one person will go for the love of a friend. Read More

REVIEW: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard - Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren  is one very hot, very quick read. This book had me hooked from the first page and kept me hooked until the very end.

 

Chloe Mills is working hard on her MBA and trying to close a very big marketing deal, if only she did not have to deal with her HOT boss, Bennett Ryan. While running through the presentation for Mr. Ryan, to her surprise things get very heated in the boardroom and now Chloe is having a hard time sorting out what is happening between them. As much as she hates the beautiful bastard, she wants him just a much. Read More

REVIEW: So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl

So Tough to Tame - Victoria Dahl

In So Tough to Tame (Jackson #3) by Victoria Dahl, Charlotte “Charlie” Allington learned a tough lesson at her previous job: the only person she can trust is herself. So she travels back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, her hometown, for a security specialist job at a new resort. Charlie hopes to reinvent herself after the catastrophe she just had to fight her way through. The biggest plus about her new apartment at the so-called Stud Farm is her childhood friend Walker Pearce lives just across the hall and he’s just as handsome and charming as ever. Read More

REVIEW: Wedding Belles by Beth Albright

Wedding Belles - Beth Albright

In Wedding Belles by Beth Albright, It’s a good thing Blake O’Hara Heart dearly loves her best friend Vivi Ann McFadden, considering the chaos she’s enduring to create the wedding of Vivi’s dreams. Vivi is finally tying the knot with her longtime love, and baby daddy, Lewis Heart in their hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. But of course nothing can be simple. Ever. From the moment they get their marriage license the drama begins and poor Blake, being the matron of honor, has to keep everyone and everything on the straight and narrow. Read More

REVIEW: Black and Blue by Gena Showalter

Black and Blue - Gena Showalter

In Black and Blue (Otherworld Assassin #2) by Gena Showalter, Otherworlder Corbin Blue leads a double life: he is a trained assassin who lives under the guise of being a famous football player and ladies man. He is the best at what he does and it’s all thanks to his mentor, and father figure, Michael Black. So Blue takes it personally when there is an attack on not just himself, but two of his fellow black ops members and Michael as well. His only option is to work with Michael’s daughter Evie Black to find out who is behind the attack. The problem? Blue and Evie get along about as well as water and oil mixed, yet have an unbelievable amount of sexual tension between them whenever they’re in close proximity. Read More