~Review~Pennies (Dollar #1) by Pepper Winters~

 

34614449Title: Pennies
Author: Pepper Winters
Series: Dollar #1
Page Count: 300 pages
Genre(s): Dark Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2016
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 5 Stars

~Synopsis~

New York Times Bestseller, Pepper Winters, delivers another delicious Dark Romance.
“I’m not the hero in this story, girl. You’d do best to remember that.”

Once upon a time, I was an eighteen year old psychology student. Now, I’m a man’s property. Stolen and sold, I’ve been decorated in bruises since the day my world changed two years ago. I suffer in silence, I crave freedom, but I never break. I can’t. Until he arrives.
Elder Prest, the only man to look at me and see me. The only man more ruthless than my owner. He wants me for reasons I don’t understand. He claims me for one night then leaves and never looks back. Until he returns. And life becomes much more complicated.
-First Book in the USA Today Bestselling Dollar Series-


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Tasmin is an 18 year old teenage girl, who lives a simple and normal life. A normal teenager who lives her life without a care in the world, who believes in police and justice, who believes that no harm can come to her. Her only care in the world is to make her mom proud of her and go to college. At 18 Tasmin is murdered only to be brought back to life, kidnapped and sold as a sex slave…So Tasmin becomes Pimlico.

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~Review~Ruthless King (Mount Trilogy #1) by Meghan March~

 

35157969Title: Ruthless King
Author: Meghan March
Series: Mount Trilogy #1
Page Count: 252 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating: 5 Stars

~Synopsis~

Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March. 
New Orleans belongs to me. 
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t. 
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met. 
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt. To have her in my debt. 
She doesn’t know she caught my attention. She should’ve been more careful. 
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her. It’s time to collect what I’m owed. Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount. 
Ruthless King is book one of the Mount Trilogy


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Wow…I am blown away. After all this time I’m speechless. I can’t form my words or gather my thoughts. This is my first read of this author, and most definitely won’t be the last. I’m still salivating. I was absorbed by the story from the first word. Couldn’t put it down, couldn’t sleep, eat or breathe.

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~Release Day Review~Reed (Cold Fury Hockey #10) by Sawyer Bennett~

 

35083845Title: Reed
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #10
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars

 ~Synopsis~

Hockey season may be over, but in New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett’s new novel, a Carolina Cold Fury heartbreaker is heating things up off the ice and eager to score with the girl next door.
No one skates like Reed Olson. In the off-season, no one plays like him either. After back-to-back championships, Reed craves a different kind of action. Good thing there’s no shortage of women ready for a summer fling with a sports star. Reed has a specific type—blond, busty, not too bright—and a little black book full of options. But when his bed starts rocking, it’s his unexpectedly sexy neighbor who comes knocking. And the brainy beauty is impossible to ignore.
Josie Ives desperately needs something her celebrity neighbor obviously doesn’t: sleep. His headboard banging against the wall is keeping her up at night—not to mention inspiring some very naughty dreams. Reed is everything she imagined: a little too good-looking, with a body that puts Greek gods to shame. But he’s also funny and charming—a tempting combination. Josie’s the opposite of his type, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Their friendship certainly has its benefits, and it’s heating up to be so much more.
 


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This is the tenth book in this series, and so far I have enjoyed every one of them…that’s pretty impressive!!…The blurb of this one reminded me a bit of  “The Wallbanger” so I was pretty curious…Reed, another Cold Fury hockey player, has been very busy keeping his next door neighbor up, with his antics.

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~Review~Combust (Everyday Heroes #2) by K. Bromberg~

 

38223261Title: Combust
Author: K. Bromberg
Series: Everyday Heroes #2
Page Count: 308 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 27, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮4.5 Stars✮

~Synopsis~

From New York Times Bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes the second standalone book in the Everyday Heroes series. Just how hot will firefighter Grady Malone turn up the heat? 
Songwriter Dylan McCoy has been burned. 
By her boyfriend, she found in her bed . . . with someone else. 
By the contract, she signed that obligates her to work with him until the songs for his new album are complete. 
By her agent when she asked Dylan to keep their breakup on the down-low. 
When she finds herself in Sunnyville, she refuses to let her new roommate burn her too. Still . . . a rebound has never looked so good. 
That’s her first thought when she sees firefighter Grady Malone. 
Sexy. Charismatic. Unapologetic. He’s a man who carries his own scars—the ones on his back, the survivor’s guilt on his soul, and the fear in his heart. 
When an unexpected visitor puts their roommate status to the test, will their undeniable attraction burn out, or will they both take a chance and play with fire? 


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The first book in this series, “Cuffed”  was about hot cop Grant Malone. I really enjoyed his’s story, but I was very much looking forward to reading about his brothers…medevac pilot Greyson and firefighter Grady as well…This one is Grady’s story and boy was it HOT…And in this case, the firefighter was the cause of the flames! Damn the mouth on that man!!

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~Review~Hideaway (Devil’s Night #2) by Penelope Douglas~

 

36340574Title: Hideaway
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Devil’s Night #2
Page Count: 437 pages
Genre(s): Romance, Suspense
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating:5 Stars

~Synopsis~

DEVIL’S NIGHT is returning! Hiding places, chases, and all the games are back…
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Buried in the shadows of the city, there’s a hotel called The Pope. Ailing, empty, and dark, it sits abandoned and surrounded by a forgotten mystery. But you think it’s true, don’t you, Kai Mori? The story about the hidden twelfth floor. The mystery of the dark guest who never checked in and never checks out. You think I can help you find that secret hideaway and get to him, don’t you? You and your friends can try to scare me. You can try to push me. Because even though I struggle to hide everything I feel when you look at me–and have ever since I was a girl–I think maybe what you seek is so much closer than you’ll ever realize. I will never betray him. So sit tight. On Devil’s Night, the hunt will be coming to you.
KAI
You have no idea what I seek, Little One. You don’t know what I had to become to survive three years in prison for a crime I would gladly commit again. No one can know what I’ve turned into. I want that hotel, I want to find him, and I want this over. I want my life back. But the more I’m around you, the more I realize this new me is exactly who I was meant to be. So come on, kid. Don’t chicken out. My house is on the hill. So many ways in, and good luck finding your way out. I’ve seen your hideaway. Time to see mine.
Hideaway is a romantic suspense suitable for ages 18+. While the romance is stand-alone, the plot is a continuation of events that began in CORRUPT (Devil’s Night, #1). It is strongly recommended that you have read Corrupt prior to reading this.


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I was over the moon when I saw that we will get the story of every Horsemen. This right here is Kai’s story. Kai is an interesting character. Sexy, mysterious, rich, ambitious and dark. I loved him. I liked his dark side.

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~Review~Corrupt (Devil’s Night #1) by Penelope Douglas~

 

27837695Title: Corrupt
Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Devil’s Night #1
Page Count: 461 pages
Genre(s): Dark Romance
Release Date: November 15, 2015
Reviewer: ~Mary~
Rating:5 Stars

~Synopsis~

Erika
I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession. His name is Michael Crist. My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He’s handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me. But I noticed him. I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid… For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.
Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore. Because he’s finally noticed me.
Michael
Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika. My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway. Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college. In my city. Unprotected.
The opportunity is too good to be true, as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.
We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.
Corrupt is a STANDALONE dark romance with no cliffhanger. It is suitable for ages 18+


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I read the first time Corrupt in 2016, and it was my favorite read of that year and one of my all-time favorite books. Since I read it then and didn’t write a review, I wanted to re-read the book and write a review now…It was like I read it for the first time…Same feelings, emotions, love, cills, and goosebumps. The first cills first love. That teenage love and butterflies…Pure love. I couldn’t put the book down. I was hooked and intrigued as I was the first time. You know what I’m talking about… 

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~Pre-Release Review~Bad for You (Dirty Deeds #3) by J. Daniels~

 

36275071Title: Bad for You
Author: J. Daniels
Series: Dirty Deeds #3
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

He didn’t want to be bad. He just didn’t have a choice…

Shayla Perkins isn’t the kind of girl who makes the same mistake twice, especially when it comes to Sean “Stitch” Molina. So when he gives her the world’s biggest rejection, that’s it—she’s done. Until the sexy, silent, unavailable Sean makes Shay a very personal offer. Of course, it still doesn’t mean he’s interested in her. Or does it?
Sean has done things in life. Bad things. And he’s paid the price. All he wants now is to make up for his past by doing good in the present. And no one deserves more good than Shay. Beautiful on the inside and out, Shay is the kind of woman who should be cared for and protected—especially from a man like Sean. He’s tried to keep his feelings for her in check, but a single, reckless impulse pulls them closer than ever before.
Soon the two are sharing their biggest dreams and satisfying their deepest desires. But what will happen if the only way to truly give one another want they want most . . . is to let each other go?


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I am a big J. Daniels fan…I absolutely loved the “Alabama Summer Series” and I also really enjoyed the previous book in this series “Hit The Spot”. This book can be read as a stand-alone though, so no worries if you haven’t read the other books in this series yet. I myself skipped book 1, but I will be correcting this mistake soon. 😛

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~Release Day Review~Van (Cold Fury Hockey #9) by Sawyer Bennett~

 

35018727Title: Van
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #9
Publisher: Loveswept
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Score one for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team as a stone-cold badass melts for a woman who makes his blood run hot.
As one of the league’s toughest enforcers, Van Turner is ruthless on the ice. He plays hard because it’s the only way to channel the rage boiling inside, and a reputation as an A-hole is better than everyone knowing the truth. Van has spent his entire life running from a secret that’s kept him from getting involved in relationships—or accepting lucrative deals with East Coast teams. Then the Carolina Cold Fury makes him an offer he can’t refuse…and Van meets a woman he can’t resist.
Simone Fournier is the stubborn one in her family—and that’s saying something, considering her brothers are two of the Cold Fury’s biggest stars. Simone gets what she wants, and what she wants is Van. Still, there’s a part of him Simone can’t reach, no matter how hard she tries. In private, he’s all fire and passion. In public, he freezes her out. Van may want to push her away, but Simone won’t let him go that easily. Because this time, she’s playing for keeps.
The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately.


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Everyone knows I am a big Hockey fan…

And even though I skipped some books in this series, (don’t ask me why because I don’t even know) I was very excited about reading this one. 😉 Sawyer gives us another very steamy (and a bit kinky) addition to this wonderful series. I wonder how many she’ll add since we are in book 9 already!

Not that I’m complaining…no sire!!

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~Review~Still (Grip #2) by Kennedy Ryan~

 

34642932Title: Still
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Series: Grip #2
Page Count: 434 pages
Genre(s): Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I’ll be there.
Through thick and thin.
Ride or die.
You can count on me.
The promises people make. The vows we take. 
Assumptions of the heart.
Emotion tells us how we feel, but life…life has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions. 
Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.
For Grip and Bristol
Love started at the top of the world
On a Ferris wheel under the stars
But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?


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It has been a couple of weeks since I have read this one, but I just didn’t know how to put my feelings for this book into words. I still don’t really…

I always try and write my reviews right after I finish a book because I fear I might forget some important details, especially with the number of books I read. I wasn’t worried about that with this book because I will never ever forget this story!

It touched me deeply and it left a huge impression!

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~Release Day Review~A Charm of Finches (Venery #2) by Suanne Laqueur~

 

36285077Title: A Charm of Finches
Author: Suanne Laqueur
Series: Venery #2
Page Count: 582 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Guest Reviewer: ~Judith~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

“I swear. Give me one more chance and I will make the most of it.”

Ex-escort Javier Landes is asking for his third chance at love. And the third time is the charm. He meets an art therapist named Steffen Finch and what starts as casual deepens into a passionate relationship—everything Jav has ever wanted, and everything he fears losing. 
Stef’s business card reads Curator & Sailor. His creativity and insightful nature have made him into a talented therapist, the one to call for tough cases. His professional success can’t conceal a deep need to connect with someone, but Javier Landes is the last person Stef expected.
Geronimo “Geno” Caan is Stef’s most challenging case. To cope with his ordeal, he’s allowed an alter-ego called Mos to make decisions, and now lives a double life within a web of lies. Under Stef’s navigation, Geno uses art to express what Mos forbids to be spoken aloud. But as Geno’s attachment to Stef gradually extends to Jav, the boundaries between professional and personal begin to blur.
Over the course of a year, Jav, Stef and Geno form an unexpected and unconventional triangle, revealing how men make love in times of war and how love is a great wisdom made up of small understandings. The long-awaited second book of the Venery series, A Charm of Finches is an epic tale of survival and secrets guaranteed to make you think and feel and remember.


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Another powerful and moving story from this highly talented Author.

I found this a lot darker than book one and I went through a range of emotions reading it-definitely not always pretty but a story told so well.

This subject matter is harrowing at times and I really commend the Author for not portraying some events in graphic detail and yet still leaving the reader in no doubt about what has happened.Is it better for a reader to visualize events in their own minds? For me, it definitely was and I found it all the more impactful.

The story picks up from book one, that’s not to say this can’t be a standalone, as events and background stories regarding the characters are well explained and introduced into this story without too much repetition…However…

I would recommend reading book one to fully appreciate the story here and especially Jav.

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~Review~Cuffed (Everyday Heroes #1) by K. Bromberg~

 

31314066Title: Cuffed
Author: K. Bromberg
Series: Everyday Heroes #1
Page Count: 394 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 23, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

From the New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes a new series about three brothers, the job that calls them, and the women who challenge them.
“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”
Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.
Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.
But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.
What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?
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I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.
That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.
Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.
I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.
 


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I loved K. Bromberg’s “Driven” series and this book sounded all kinds of interesting, so of course, I had to give it a go. 😉

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~Review~Grip (Grip #1) by Kennedy Ryan~

 

31207572Title: Grip
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Series: Grip #1
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 2, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out. I know. I’ve been doing it for years. 
I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary. And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary. 
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key. All that’s left is friendship and work. 
He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true. I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart. 
It’s wild, reckless, disobedient. And it remembers all the things I want to forget.

This is not a cliffhanger
Make sure you grab FLOW, the FREE prequel first! FLOW is chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come. GRIP is the full-length conclusion of their story.


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After finishing the prequel to this book, I just had to jump into this one right away.

I really think you should read “Flow” before you start this one. 😉 Grip and Bristol made quite an impression on me in “Flow” and I wanted to know what the author had in store for them, next.

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It has been 8 years since Grip and Bristol spend a week together.

Grip is up and coming famous rapper now and Bristol has done, what she always wanted to do. She has started managing her brother to stardom and now also manages the small record label her brother started. One of the artists, who signed with this label is….yes you guessed right…Grip. 😉

Grip and Bristol had a real special connection 8 years ago, but dishonesty and misunderstanding drove them apart. That doesn’t mean the connection is not still there. It’s still very much present. Grip has been trying to get a second shot with Bristol for 8 years now, but she has shut him down every single time.

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