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Full Contact by Sarah Castille

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OH Sarah Castille you have done it again. I can’t help but love everything I have read by this woman. I can say now and truly I am Sarah Castille’s bitch. I will line up to buy whatever she puts to paper and shamelessly beg for an ARC. Which I did. I am little biased since I am such a fan but I will endeavour to give you a honest review.

This newest installment in the Redemption series focuses on Sia, a talented artist and Ray, the P.I. we saw in the previous book. This is the third book in this series and I will say you need to read the other books first. Yes, you may be able to follow it but you will miss some of the significance of these characters. So suck it up buttercup and buy the other books. You will not be disappointed.
I love the way Sarah Castille writes. Her books have a very good flow and move along quickly. The only thing that bothered me was Ray’s patois. He began his sentences in a almost philosophical manner. “A man needs to….” “When a man finds…” All the ” a man” crap got annoying. Speak English!!  Also, his vernacular didn’t quite match who he is.  He’s not some bumpkin.  He is a somewhat educated and well-traveled man. The stunted speech seemed to me as a way to make him seem more basic.  Which didn’t work for me.  He is somewhat complex and not that simple at all.

These characters have a dark past. Sia has suffered a traumatic event and has since given up a part of who she was once. Ray is equally tortured and has a secret that serves as a big turning point in the book. I found myself liking the characters very much. They were well-written and they developed and evolved nicely. While this book is the third in a series it is a stand alone story and you do get your HEA.

Overall, I gave the book four solid stars and would highly recommend this book and author to anyone.

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To Enternity by Daisy Banks

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To Eternity is the second book in the Timeless Series.  I did not read the first book in the series and I did feel as though I had missed out.  I was able to follow the book and piece together the important parts, but it’s sort of like eating pizza without cheese.  Yeah, you’re full and you can say that you had pizza for dinner but it just isn’t as satisfying.  To Eternity starts out right in the middle of things so there is no recapping or catching up.  Now normally I love this in a series.  I hate reading pages upon pages of summary.  I love for the second book in a series to hit the ground running, which is exactly what Bank did in To Eternity.  So I greatly advise that before giving this book a try you take a step back and read the first book, Timeless.  It will be worth it.

Now, what I did learn is that Magnus is a brooding werewolf with a deep love and affection for his would-be mate, Sian.  Imagine Heathcliff strolling the moors with an impressive set of fangs.  Sian has a major case of the I love yous and wishes to join Magnus by getting a set of fangs for herself and immortality to boot.

The book was well written.  It had some dark overtones and the writing and setting reflected that perfectly.  I really enjoyed the style of writing and it was nice to get a new twist, so to speak, on the whole werewolf genre.   Magnus wasn’t too pushy for me.  He was a nice mix of brooding, mysterious, alpha.  I didn’t connect as well as I could have with Sian.  It may be due to the fact that I did not read the first book.  Sian comes across as strong and determined.

I enjoyed reading this book and I can definitely say I will be giving the first book a try.

I give this book three solid I like it stars.

Happy Reading!!

 

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Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

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A new series by Demonica author, Larissa Ione, is a great read that is more than just your usual flat romance/erotica novel.  I am a huge fan of her Demonica series, so when I seen she had a new novel out I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!   I received this ARC in exchange for a honest review.  Well, I can say I wasn’t disappointed in the least and I can’t wait to get the next novel in this series.

This is the first novel in the MoonBound Clan Vampires Series.  Yes I said vampires.  Now, don’t groan.  I know some of you are thinking oh yeah, just what I was waiting for yet another vampire novel.  Now I will agree, this particular genre has been a bit overdone especially since the Twilight/True Blood phenom.  But Ione has added an original twist to her vampire lore.  Ione has intertwined vampire lore and the Native American heritage in a way that is unique and very engaging.

In Bound by Night, there are no sparkly vampires or vampire night clubs.  Instead vampires are hunted and enslaved; seen as nothing more than animals fit only to serve humans.  Vampires are the new slave trade, and Nicole Martin’s family has made a fortune selling and exploiting vampires.  That is until a slave rebellion changed Nicole’s life forever.

Riker is a turned vampire.  Ex-military and commanding member of the MoonBound Clan, he hates humans.  His mate was taken and turned into a slave by the Martin family and he blames them for her death.  So when the opportunity arises to kidnap one of the last surviving Martins, who happens to be head of a vampire research company, he jumps at the chance.

The novel’s characters are strong and engaging.  Each one has allowed their own prejudices to be the driving force behind their own lives.  But events force them to face their own preconceived notions throughout the course of the story.  One thing I enjoyed about this novel is that is Ione used paranormal romance to highlight greater societal issues.  The characters in this book are reluctant to believe the other isn’t a horrible monster.  They are happy living in their own bubble of hatred and it isn’t until they are forced to burst that bubble, to ensure their own survival, that they truly begin to challenge their own views.

The writing was well done.  The story moved at a pleasant pace, I never felt things were bogged down or moved too quickly.  The lemony scenes are tastefully done.  There is no slurping or squishy noises, honestly why do writers put those things in books?  This isn’t a smut for the sake of smut kind of book, which have their place don’t get me wrong.  The sex between the characters is important and serves as a turning point.

I will go ahead and tell you, there is no cliffhanger but events are set in motion for the next book.  The next book is due out soon so you won’t have long to wait for the next installment.  So happy reading!!

 

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Cover Him With Darkness

Cover Him With Darkness

 

 

I received this ARC for an honest review.  Milja is the daughter of a priest that has been charged with keeping the family secret. Deep in the mountains of Europe beneath a church, deep within a tomb lies an angel. Milja was introduced to this mysterious angel when she was just a young girl. But she cannot fight the attraction she feels for this tortured being. Milja is conflicted between her family obligation and what she feels is right.

This isn’t your flowers and rainbows romance. Azazel is an angel who has been bound since before Moses parted the Red Sea and well he’s pissed. Azazel isn’t the type you immediately cheer for. He’s difficult, unapologetic, and doesn’t really care for the opinions of others. He’s a walk to the beat of a different drum type of guy. But for all his faults he can be loyal and is a BAMF.  But you kinda have to cut the guy some slack, he was shackled in a dingy since the creation…..of the freakin world.  Just think of all the reality t.v. he’s missed!

I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to give anything away. I will say the book gives you an ending, but it is left open for future installments.  The writing is well done and the plot moves along nicely.  I recommend giving it a try.

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No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones Goes All the Way!

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I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I had fallen in love with the first two books of the Inside Out series.

If I Were You (Inside Out, #1)                                                 Being Me (Inside Out, #2)

Chris was deliciously tortured and Sarah was learning to stand strong and find her own way. Then the third book arrived.

Revealing Us (Inside Out, #3)

I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t love it as much as the first two. Now Lisa Renee Jones has released her fourth installment in the series. I have to say I like this book much better than her last.

First of all, the story progresses nicely. While the previous book focused mainly on Chris and his demons, this newest installment gets back to the core of Chris and Sarah. They are finally trying to learn how to face their problems together and stop running.

Having arrived back from Paris, Chris and Sarah have to deal with the psycho Ava and the aftermath of her admission of murder and the attempt on Sarah’s life. Chris is still somewhat moody and controlling, but would we really want him any other way? Sarah, well Sarah has learned to pick her battles well. Finally! I really liked the progression of their relationship and how we, as the reader, can see the depth of character growth. We also finally get some Mark action. But it is less sexy alpha and more tortured shell of a man. Sarah always the super sleuth, is not happy to let the police take care of the investigation into both her missing friend and the psycho Ava. So her and Chris are constantly hypothesizing and trying to determine the truth.

This doesn’t end in a cliffhanger per say, but the story is definitely not finished. You will have to read the previous two in order to understand this newest installment.  Now that being said, Lisa Renee Jones has produced a ton of other, what I like to call, supplemental books that go along with this series.  I have read none of those.  Jones has wrote each of the main four books in a way that frugal readers such as yours truly can read, enjoy, and understand without having to go broke buying the others.

Overall I gave this book four stars. There were a few things I didn’t see coming and the plot moved along nicely. I definitely recommend.

Happy reading!!!

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Her Special Forces by Sophia Roslyn

22718538     Kacey, a former special forces pilot, is enjoying retirement in her hometown. She has her everyday routines; morning run, coffee and muffins with the local sheriff, and horrible night terrors. Kacey tries to pretend that her time overseas hasn’t affected her. But her friends know otherwise. Not only has her military service given her emotional trauma but it also gave her Nathan Weatherly. Nathan is a former SEAL who is has recently taken a job in Kacey’s idyllic hometown. But Kacey is less than pleased to see her former lover. But Navy SEALS are nothing if not persistent. This sets up the cycle of Kacey and Nathan’s relationship. Kacey runs but Nathan always follows. I enjoyed seeing a strong military woman depicted in this novel. Kacey is strong, competent, stubborn, opinionated and wait, did I mention stubborn? She is capable of taking care of business and doesn’t need a man to swoop in and save the day. As a matter of fact, she can swoop in with her helicopter and get things done. To quote the great Aretha Franklin, “sisters are doin it for themselves!” The book is an easy read and pretty predictable. You figure out the bad guys very quickly. Plus the blurb is a little misleading. It mentions some great secret that Kacey holds. Ummm….what secret? You find out within in the first chapter Kacey’s problem. I kept waiting for some big, bad horrible thing to emerge. Nope. Didn’t happen. But that being said, if you are looking for a quick read that leaves you with happy feels then I highly recommend this book. Overall I gave it 3 stars for a strong female lead, decent plot, and good writing.

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MMA Fighting + Angst = In Your Corner by Sarah Castille

In Your Corner (Redemption, #2)

With the second installment in the Redemption series, Sarah Castille doesn’t disappoint.  While I highly recommend you read the first book in this series before beginning this one, it is not absolutely necessary.  You should be able to follow the story and put together the pieces without reading the first book in the series.  While it does bring back characters and settings seen in the first book, it is a stand-alone with a definite conclusion.  NO CLIFFHANGERS!  

This installment focuses on the relationship between Jake and Amanda. Seen breaking up in the first book, Against the Ropes, this is the story of their reunion two years later.   Jake is a MMA fighter that is torn between family obligations and his true desires.  Amanda is a strong-willed lawyer that has a very hard time with true intimacy. 
 
This book also highlights the societal double standard when it comes to a sexually active woman.  Amanda has been around the block and makes no qualms about her experience.  HALLE-FREAKIN-LUJAH!  Too many times in the romance/erotica genre we are force fed the virginal heroine that needs to be saved and educated by the strong, well-experienced alpha male.  This is not the case.  Amanda has needs and doesn’t feel ashamed by those needs. She knows what she likes and isn’t afraid to ask for it. 

The storyline progresses well.  Although Jake and Amanda’s one step forward two steps back relationship, does cause the story to feel a bit bogged down at times.  That being said, I feel the progression and regression of these two is needed to allow for character growth.  Amanda has to learn to deal with her fears of intimacy and Jake has to learn how to be patient with her; and this takes time.  There are no immediate fixes for these two.  Each one has to work through their own issues.

I really enjoyed Sarah Castille’s latest and would highly recommend it.  You get a definite conclusion and the HEA you hunger for.  Happy reading!!

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His to Possess….Me to Find Boring

His to Possess (His to Possess, #1-6)

His to Possess is all six books of the His to Possess series all rolled up into one.   

Out of a job, running low on money, and nursing a broken heart Jessica goes to a neighboring city hoping to find a job so she can start a new life.  There she meets Dane Rainier after she mistakes him for her ex-boyfriend Storm.  Dane is her port in a storm, literally. While she is standing in the pouring rain and trying to hail a cab, he offers her a ride in his limo to a job fair.

Dane seeks her out to have dinner with her.  Sparks immediately fly.  Jessica decides Dane is exactly what she needs to get over Storm and decides to take him back to her motel room. 

As luck would have it, the job fair yields a job offer for one of the most respectable businesses in the city.  Now, just go ahead and take a guess who her boss is.  Come on….guess!  Yup, predictably, Dane Rainier is now her new boss.  

They go through the whole we work together we couldn’t possibly sleep together thing, only to end up having nooners in his office.  Things are going well between them until Storm shows up.  Storm has decided that Jessica is the jelly to his peanut butter and can’t live without her.  Bing, bop, boom, Jessica ends up being in the middle of a love triangle.

I really wanted to like this book more than I did.  The characters have their HEA and the book comes to a definite end, which me likey, but it just felt too rushed.  
    
It had all the right ingredients, but it just fell flat for me.  The story line was very predictable, the plot didn’t develop at a believable rate, and the characters were kind of flat.  I just couldn’t connect with any of them.  If you are looking for an easy read with only a dash of angst, then this book is for you.

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A Semi-Paranormal Romance Novel with Spanking and Stalkerish Tendencies

Safe in His Arms

Becca has a thrilling weekend with a Marine, named Zac, that she meets at her sister’s wedding.  They have a great time and part ways.  However, Becca is left with a lot more than just steamy memories.  Nine months later she is raising a their child alone, as Becca believes that Zac has been killed in the line of duty.

Flash forward seven years later.  Becca walks into apartment to find Zac fighting with their so-called nanny.  Becca’s world is turned upside down as she is thrown in a world of secret espionage.

Zac has been watching Becca and their son Parker from afar (only slightly creepy).  He has secretly been providing for them throughout the years through various avenues; a great apartment that has unbelievably cheap rent, money found in the elevator, winning a car, etc.  It was the only way he could provide financially for them without Becca becoming suspicious.  He has stayed away to ensure their safety, until he realizes they are in danger and he must save them.

Now, one interesting turn in this book is that Zac has um….supernatural or psychic abilities.  He intuition is always spot on and he has out of body experiences during times of extreme stress.  It also seems that Parker has inherited some of his dad’s supernatural mojo.  At first I was intrigued how this would play out in the story, only to be let down in the end.  It went nowhere.  Zac has these abilities, only for them to fail fantastically when he needs them the most. Okay.  So why even bother if it doesn’t drive or add to the story?  In my opinion, the whole psychic thing was a dead end that only detracted from the story.

The lemony scenes were….alright.  Becca has a spanking fetish.  Since she has no man to speak of, she surfs the internet and lives vicariously through spanking and submission websites/blogs.  To feel sexually satisfied she takes matters into her own hands so to speak.  How do we, as the reader,  know this? Well not dead, psychic, creepy stalker Zac has placed some cameras in her apartment and monitors her “cummings” and goings frequently.  That’s just weird.  The sex scenes were somewhat awkwardly placed.   It almost read as the story was written and the sex scenes were added as an afterthought.

I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn’t do it for me.  I give it 2.5 stars.

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A Misery Loves Company Book

Solace in Scandal

Elena Bardot’s father has been running a Ponzi scheme that came crashing down. As a result, Elena Bardot has been run out of town by the press and is in hiding. With no place else to go, Elena retreats to a secluded home to finish her dissertation for her Ph.D. This home just happens to be owned by the family of one of her father’s co-conspirators. Enter Alex Wolfe.

Alex Wolfe is recently released from prison, having been convicted of insider trading. He is seeking a quite life at home in order to regroup from the scandal that ruined his family name. Alex is determined to salvage what is left of his family’s businesses and reclaim in rightful place.

At first sight Alex knows who Elena is immediately. Although he is angered by her presence he agrees to let her stay to finish her work. The two share an immediate and undeniable connection. Just too bad that connection doesn’t include trusting each other.

I liked the premise of the book. A sort of misery loves company coupling between two consenting adults. I also liked how we see both points of view in the story. The story progressed nicely. There was no immediate love at first sight. Lust at first sight yes, but no wedding bells were ringing. I was very pleased with the character development. Each had their own misgivings but, through the progression of their relationship, worked through them. I recommend this book and give it four stars. Happy reading smut puppies.

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