So I’ve spent quite a bit of time in reader mode lately. There have been soooo many great books that I just couldn’t stop. Plus being an admitted reading addict, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I didn’t have my iPhone/iPad Kindle app readily available. So I thought I’d share my latest reads with you all. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I did.
Well, I’m off to finish my current read…The Beast by Jaden Wilkes. I’ll be back with a series review along with reviews for those books I’ve read but haven’t written up yet.
Never again. Fleeing her hometown to escape an abusive marriage, Ella Patton swears she has surrendered to a man for the last time. But while living under a new name, she meets a kind, handsome stranger who seems different—and will be moving on soon, making Ella reckless enough to break her rules. With a kiss, the stranger opens the door to desires Ella believed she would never know. Then he makes an unexpected proposal.
A dot-com billionaire from humble beginnings, Liam Stone is a man whose past has made him compassionate yet guarded—much like the beautiful, secretive woman he stumbles upon in a remote Southern town. Though he intends only a dalliance, when the time comes to return home to San Francisco, Liam cannot bear the thought of leaving her behind. But when he tries to entice her to join him, he finds the tables turning dizzingly fast. Suddenly a little seduction becomes a huge battle for one thing: control.
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My rating: 4.5 stars
The author did a great job of portraying the fear and anxiety from both Ella/Julie and Liam.
Their initial moments together were so sweet and genuine. I did get a bit frustrated with Ella though. She had a tendency to be a tad self righteous.
The story primarily focuses on them both conquering their fears and finally figuring out how they feel about the other. I liked that the story focused more on the emotional aspect between the characters and their physical scenes was secondary; although no less intense. They had a powerful physical chemistry from the beginning.
There were a few moments of comical relief from a secondary character (Willow) that helped lighten the mood at times to give this story good balance between the seriousness.
Looking forward to see what happens next.
*a copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Passion, promises, desire, discipline…
Having been only lovers, Bella and Xander must now become friends if their relationship is to endure the hardships of longevity. Before they can begin their new life together, they must also learn to accept each other for who they really are – in and out of the office and bedroom.
For Bella, being the fiancé of a busy CEO is difficult enough, but being a full-time medical student as well, is even more challenging as she tries to find the time for her man and her education.
For Xander, living the life of a worldly CEO and being the fiancé of a hard-working medical student has its up and downs, too. But he’s no common CEO – he’s also a dominant and an instructor at a prestigious domestic discipline training center, something he’s finally forced to share with Bella, as well as all the feelings he had suppressed for so long.
Realizing that being a submissive to Mr. Pettifor 9-5 doesn’t compare to being his obedient partner 24/7, Bella thinks she has the perfect plan to strengthen their bond and to spend more time with her alpha male – to attend the school which Xander teaches at so that she learn exactly what he needs in a partner.
Submerged in the domestic discipline lifestyle, she’s forced to see the man she loves educating other women, something she wasn’t prepared for. Headstrong and tenacious, Bella refuses to quit even when she realizes she must be willing to be instructed by other men in order to achieve her goal of finishing the DD Program. But is she really ready for that? Xander doesn’t think so and he worries the training may harm rather than help their relationship.
As Bella and Xander struggle to find their way and make their unconventional relationship work, it seems everyone and everything is trying to come between them. And so their dance of push and pull begins as they both fight their way through their emotions and fear of the unknown.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It was hard to say my goodbyes to Mr. Pettifor and Ms. Darcy. They are such a great fictional couple.
In the previous books we see Ms Darcy fall for her boss and, if you were like me, wished for a boss of your own to demand “Continental Breakfast” every morning.
Then we see how secretly Mr Pettifor was infatuated with Bella. They eventually acknowledge their feelings for each other, of course, which leads us to the final chapter in their romance.
Continental Life gives us so much more than a love story between characters. For me it seemed like there were aspects of the book that could literally be used as a “How To” for relationships in general. While they struggle to balance their individual lives and the life they plan to build together we see them war with emotions they have within themselves as well as each other.
When Bella cried, I cried. When Xander felt frustrated, I felt frustrated. When they both hurt, I hurt. I not only read this story…I FELT it.
Ella Dominguez is one of my top favorite authors and this book is proof of why. Her writing style bring us so much more than a story. It brings her characters to life. I tip my hat to you, Ella. This was one amazingly emotional, intense read. Thank you for sharing your gift with us readers.
Burned by love and grieving over his brother’s death, sexy billionaire CEO Carter Anderson wants nothing more than to protect his family. So when beautiful and unassuming physical therapist Gwen Radley shows up at the funeral, pregnant with his brother’s baby, Carter’s certain she wants an interest in the Anderson empire–and both his suspicion and attraction grow when circumstances force Gwen to move into his family’s mansion.
An orphan, Gwen’s never wanted anything more than a family, and she finds in the Andersons a place she and her baby might belong. When Gwen’s therapy expertise leads to long hours of intense, late-night collaboration on a lucrative project, the attraction between her and Carter leads to a night of white-hot passion. But Carter’s distrust remains, leading them both to wonder if he will ever embrace his brother’s baby–or the love that’s blooming between them.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was such a beautiful story. Filled with emotion and a warring chemistry between Gwen and Carter; both very strong characters with a strong attraction to each other.
Lea Nolan give us a VERY well written love story. Written in a way that I felt their pain, their attraction, frustration and joy. I even cried at a pivotal moment in the story. Carter will frustrate you one moment, and make you fall in love with him the next. Gwen will make you proud. Each with a past that left a few scars, they see each other in a way they don’t see themselves.
A quick read; but in no way is anything left out of this great read.
*A copy was obtained from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…
Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Zachary Fox is officially my new favorite fictional Rock God. His and Molly’s story was so sweet, intense, erotic and filled with amazing hot sex! LOVED ❤️ LOVED ❤️ LOVED
At first when I started reading Rock Addiction, I thought maybe I had missed a prequel or something. After a couple pages, I realized Nalini Singh did me a favor. She eliminated much of the fluff you get at the beginning of the book and went straight to the meat. At 7% into the story we’re treated with HOT and steamy, up against the wall action. I’m talking possible wall indentations.
By 14% in, I was already madly in love with Fox. He has got to be the sweetest, sexiest, muscled, tattooed, rocker I have come across. He knew what he wanted from the very beginning and made it perfectly clear he wasn’t going to stop until he got what he wanted…Molly. But unlike the usual story lines we see, Fox is gentle and sweet. Using pure romance and realness to get through Molly’s walls. He’s so gentle it’s like he gets through with an ice pick instead of a bulldozer; making it easier for Molly to come to terms with her past trauma. Don’t get me wrong, Fox has his issues too, but he’s so well balanced (as well balanced as can be that he doesn’t let it control him) but Molly knows and sees it; however, they have such a connection that they instantly know how to reach the other and help heal.
With scenery spanning from New Zealand, Australia and Los Angeles the backdrop is as epic as their story. Nalini Singh gifts us with a VERY well written story with characters I couldn’t help but love. Next up is the story of Molly’s sister Thea and Fox’s drummer and friend, David. Rock Courtship will give us the deets with what they were up to while Fox and Molly were falling in love and give us more incite to the infamous “memos”. 🙂
Rock Addiction gets 5 rocking stars from this Naughty Mom
Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.
Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.
Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.
From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.
He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.
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@VaughnAsher #YouAreCaredFor So the movie star says. But his idea of cared for isn’t the same as mine. Obviously a #Douche.
@FilthyBlueBird #BehindTheScenesIsMyScene The Blue Bird has trust issues. And tantrum issues. And commitment issues.
@FilthyBlueBird #YouAreMine and I won’t let you forget it.
@VaughnAsher #YouMustShitUnicorns that’s how delusional your fairy tale is. #GetAGripOnReality I’m outtie.
@FilthyBlueBird You’re an #Innie #Sweetheart 🙂 My tongue licked all your #CuteLittleButtons.
Why is he so damn sexy? How will I ever get out from under Asher’s thumb if I can’t stop thinking about his tongue on my buttons? #HottiesNeedToPlayFair
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Serial. A brand new dark, erotic thriller from the twisted minds of Lily White and Jaden Wilkes.
Jude Hollister kills. Born with everything, wanting for nothing, murder has become his addiction. He kills women who entice him. He immortalizes them while they’re still young and beautiful. How will he manage to save the one woman he loves?
Ronnie Lapierre is a survivor. Born with nothing, she’s struggling in a dead end job with an abusive bastard for a boyfriend. Jude offers her a way out, salvation beyond her wildest dreams. What will happen when she learns his terrible secret?
Donovan Blake is the brightest mind to come out of Quantico in years. Charged with finding the Cascades Butcher, he’s perfect for this game of cat and mouse. Will his own dark past lead him to success, or drag him into the depths of hell with the most dangerous man he’s ever encountered?
Hearts will be broken, families destroyed, and good men will turn evil. In the end, only one will remain. Find out who survives in this intense story of love and ruin.
You will hate yourself for loving him.
***Explores dark themes of murder, violence, sexuality, BDSM, the nature of evil…basically all the good stuff.
****Serial is a serial, shorter stories published faster. How long is ultimately ends up becoming is solely dependent upon our readers. The more you want, the more we write.
How can you ever hope to find normal when your life is anything but?
Determined to make amends for his past, and show Columbia he truly is a changed man, Dimitri sets out to right wrongs and decimate those who bring nothing but sorrow to the world.
Something goes wrong and Columbia is taken, spirited away into the underground world of sex trafficking and international crime syndicates.
Dimitri must fight his way across the Europe to find her and bring her home. He would rather see the world burn than live without her in it.
He will tear the world apart looking for his little dove.
This is a tragic story exploring the consequences of daring to love in the midst of chaos and terror.
**Book Three in the Amazon bestselling Beast Series. Books one and two are already out.
****As with The Beast, this book explores dark themes. That being said, it is also a book filled with hope, love and light in the dark.