Review: The Gilded Cage (Surrender #2) by Lauren Smith

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Title:  The Gilded Cage
Author: Lauren Smith
Publisher/Year:  Hachette Book Group 6/9/15
Length:  368 pages
Series:  Surrender #2

Overview

Passion that takes no prisoners, and love that tests the limits of ecstasy . . . Fenn Lockwood comes alive in the shadows. Though he might have physically survived the kidnapping that stole his childhood, the trauma and pain he lived through have marked him forever. Now the only place where Fenn can be himself is within the walls of his private BDSM world-a place of erotic obsession, where desire isn’t just captured . . . it’s bound. Hayden Thorne knows that behind Fenn’s hardened exterior is a man worth fighting for. Yet to save him from the past that still haunts him, Hayden will have to abandon every inhibition she’s ever had and venture into Fenn’s intoxicatingly sensual world. Each tantalizing second she spends in Fenn’s searing embrace is more delicious than the last and soon Hayden begins to think that she may never want to leave such torturous bliss . .

My Thoughts

I really like this series – where we were left after the Gilded Cuff was a place of tension and turmoil, and i think where we’ve continued is an even better place.  Emery and Sophie are in a great place and now it’s up to Hayden to save Fenn if she can and convince him of his true identity before someone kills him.

We’re reunited with this series when Hayden’s at the Rodeo that Fenn’s competing at, in the hopes of winning $50k to save The ranch that he’s been living at since his adopted family has been suffering from financial stress since the father had a heart attack.  Unfortunately though, Fenn’s been getting these weird senses or visions of sorts and one hits him at the wrong time and he’s knocked from the bull he’s riding before he’s able to even quality.  Its at that moment when a woman in a silky red dress tries to distract the charging bull from him and well, it works.  He’s saved, she’s saved and well, their paths have yet to truly cross yet.

From them on, we see that Hayden (the girl in the red dress) and Fenn are intertwined, their journey taking them hopefully back to Fenn’s past but hopefully to what seems like a steamy future.  It takes a bit of convincing, a few fights between Fenn and Wes (Hayden’s brother) but Fenn begins to believe what they are saying.

The question though is whether they can outsmart the assassin, and get back to Emery and take him down?  then at the same time, figure out who hired them to begin with 25 years ago and what was the motivation.  To be honest, it took me a short bit to sort it out but it was an obvious reason for it all.

Throughout this story, we get a lot of death and destruction – a lot of people getting hurt in the cross fire and a few people getting emotionally wounded.  You have to wonder who’s death is final and who’s going to make it through.  Broken hearts and all.

True to what we saw in the first installment, the scening is hot.  The passion that these 2 have is really nice to witness – they can’t stay away from one another and while Fenn may not be a true Dom in the sense of a BDSM club (at least i don’t think he is), he’s able to keep Hayden from ‘topping from the bottom’, and that’s something that few have been able to do.

The best bits though are what we get in the epilogue.  I think that where we see Wes going, and the emotional reactions from those involved makes you really interested to see what’s going to happen in book 3.  Can’t wait for it.  On that note – HAPPY NYE all and i’ll see you in 2016 for real this time!

Review: The Lock (The Dark Path #3) by KT Grant

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Title:  The Lock
Author: KT Grant
Publisher/Year: KT Grant 12/13/15
Length:  199  pages
Series:  The Dark Path #3

Overview

The dark path continues for Erika and Max as secrets unfold and threaten to destroy all they hold dear…

Erika Walsh’s every dream has come true. She’s received both critical and public acclaim for her best-selling erotic romance, and has chosen the magnetic millionaire and BDSM club owner Maxwell Crawford as the keeper of her heart. Although, her former crush Chris Milton still refuses to accept her decision. As she plans her wedding to Max, she’s confronted with his past and the many secrets he’s kept under lock and key –for good reason.

When Max’s older brother, Daniel, a big Hollywood producer falls ill, Erika and Max rush to Los Angeles to help him recover. Max is shocked to find Daniel has become the victim of a blackmailer who seeks revenge against the brothers. Max must confront the loathsome Abraham Rovner, a former classmate from high school, who has never forgiven him for breaking off their relationship.

Abraham brings out Max’s lurking deviant nature, which sends him to a dark place in his mind. Erika must find the strength to help her lover purge his demons, even though it may come at a major cost for them both.

My Thoughts

Well, it’s been a while since i was immersed in this series so i have to admit that i was a bit worried that i’d be off in the point of the story that we were in.  Low and behold, that’s not the case at all, and i was quickly up to speed with all things related to Max and Ericka and even Catherine, Raymond and Bryan.  With the injection of Daniel (Max’s brother), and Abraham, Raymond’s nemesis, well, things are bound to get dicey.

It’s interesting where this story takes us.  We’re still deep in the mix of the relationship with Max and Ericka, where they are trying to figure out how to take the next step in their relationship since they are engaged – we know that they want a big wedding for Ericka, but they also don’t want all the fanfare at first.  Is it Vegas? and will they get there?

Then there’s the issue of Catherine and Bryan.  We learned that Bryan is Raymond’s nephew (or is he???) and that Raymond lost a bet leaving Catherine and Bryan to go back to NY together.  OF course, this break isn’t the first or second for the couple, and we know that Raymond has his sights on being with Catherine forever.  we’ll see if that happens.

Our least favorite mistress from The Gate comes along – Louise and she’s never a welcome site.  Then there’s the whole Daniel / Abraham issue that’s bringing everything to a climax.  Daniel is being blackmailed by Abraham who has been plotting his revenge since high school and it’s really just a matter of who’s going to strike first and what it’s going to mean for all of those adjacent.

Where we’re left off in this story is with someone dead, still no idea who’s going to get hurt or ruined in the next installment, but a few weddings being planned.

What is typical of KT Grant’s writing are the scenes that we get to watch.  There’s no shying away from the lifestyle that our main characters have been a part of forever, and it’s not just that it’s descriptive, but it’s hot.  We get to see that there are boundaries for most, and when those are reached, everyone involved gets a ot of pleasure from it.

So on that note, it’s on to the next installment when ever we are graced with it.  i hope that you’re all having a great end to 2015 and i’ll probably be back at the turn of the new year.

Review: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

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Title:  Hotel Ruby
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse 11/03/15
Length:  199 pages

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Program comes a brand-new haunting, romantic, and suspenseful story about one girl’s search for healing in a grand and mysterious hotel full of secrets.

Stay tonight. Stay forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between in a place that is so much more than it seems…

And the 13th chapter will only add to the mystery behind the 13th floor of Hotel Ruby…and ultimately, what it means for Audrey.

Welcome to the Ruby.

My Thoughts

coming from the author of The Program, i was certain that we’d get a great story – and while this was really good (ergo the reading it in less than 24 hours), it’s NOTHING like i expected.  Ms. Young had done a great job in her past series writing a compelling dystopian story, and here what we get, is a YA story for sure, with bits of fantasy and sci-fi (i.e. the ghosts???)

We learn that we’re about 3 months post the death of Audrey and Daniel’s mom and it’s been a really tough time for the family.  Their dad hadn’t been able to control his grief, and the kids had acted out – resulting in this move of the kids to their grandmothers for the summer (or forever).  While the kids plot their next move on the drive to grandmas, their lives change forever.

Dad decides to make a side trip overnight to stay as a family at Hotel Ruby since it’s late, and once they enter, everything that they knew, thought or felt was up in the air.  We know that Audrey meets Elias the first night when she sneaks into a party that’s invitation only only to get kicked out, resulting in his attention as he shows her around the hotel.  Daniel and their dad though, they find themselves in a different space.  Daniel of course gets the attention of women there and their dad seems to get grounded some how and comes out of his grief a bit.

The story from there goes through their stay being extended so that they can enjoy things a bit more as a family, Audrey continues to question what’s really going on in this supposed haunted hotel, decipher between the lives of the guests and the staff, all while trying to figure out what it is that draws her to Elias.

The ending, while surprising, isn’t that surprising at all.  i think that we all want a happy ending, wake up from a dream, find out that everyone’s in on a joke etc.  Ms Young doesn’t disappoint.  I feel like there were hopes for some things to happen and others to not.  For their dad to realize that he’s been neglecting them and go be all happy family again, but who knows if that’s even possible.

All wrapped up in a little bow, this one installment story has just the right level of intrigue, mystery, romance and character relationship depth/dynamic to make it a great read.  On that note – Happy Saturday everyone and i’ll be back soon.

Review: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer

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Title:  Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher/Year: Feiwel & Friends 11/10/15
Length:  656 pages
Series:  Lunar Chronicles #4

Overview

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

My Thoughts

It took me a while to get through this finale since it was soooo long, but i think that Ms Meyer did a great job in bringing everything together in a way that was really jam packed with excitement, tension and confusion.

Where we are left off from the last installment is that they are on their way to Luna with the plan for Cinder/Princess Selene to take over reign of Luna from Levana, and hopefully free the citizens of Luna from her manipulations.  Unfortunately, it’s never that easy, and we know that anything that can possible go wrong will.

Kai has decided to go through with the wedding to Levana in the hopes that it’ll not just give Cinder the time needed to get some troops and stage her rebellion but also hopefully to get the antidote to Letumosis to save all the people on Earth.  Of course, their plans get messed up along the way, Cinder gets captured, escapes, gets captured again, and practically dies a few times.

Then there are Wolf and Scarlet, – we know that Scarlet was captured and put into Winter’s animal habitat, and well, she’s withering away – not knowing if she’s going to be saved.  Winter who’s still suffering from her own issues with not using her mind control continues to make Scarlet crazy, but some how becomes the one person that’s able to help her escape and hopefully find their friends to overthrow Levana.

Then there’s Winter and Jacin.  After Jacin is put on trial for helping the traitors, he’s almost killed, and then assigned to watch over Winter, as Levana knows that it’ll be the one thing that he can do to get close to Winter as he wants, and Winter wants, and then to also carry out the one thing that she wants – for Jacin to kill Winter so that she’s no longer a threat to her power.  If only things were that simple right?

Then there’s Thorne and Cress.  Thorne regains his eyesight slowly but surely, and Cress continues to be infatuated with him, but never quite sees the reciprocation that she’s hoping for from him.  That makes her a bit miserable, but yet she’s still will to sacrifice herself for all of them, especially Thorne since she’s the one that is able to hack all of the systems in on the planet to get the team to where they need to go to overthrow Levana, and hopefully get the other to safety.

I feel like there are so many setbacks, stacked one on top of another, that even the little wins that we see in each of the story lines don’t seem to make forward progress.  It’s not until the latter third of the story that we see any real motion taking shape, and i think that where the story goes from there is a good place.  They are forced to trust people that may never have been a consideration before, and then there is the scene in the throne room that makes everything go upside down.

Levana’s glamour has fallen and the people of Luna see her for what she is.  Then she’s forced Cinder to come to her, and in that time, she’s taken mind control over Thorne, who then has no way to stop himself from doing what she wants him to do.  Kill Cinder.

In this one scene, we see cinder stabbed through the heart, we see Thorne’s fingers shot off, we see Cress stabbed through the stomach, we have also seen Winter use her mind powers for the first time in 9 years to force Scarlet to kill someone, and we see Levana shot.

The question now becomes, who of all these folks will survive and who will not – and what will that mean to the outcome of this series -and the future of both Earth and Luna.  I don’t want to give anything up since i think that there are a bunch of surprises, but in those last moments for Levana and Cinder, we see Levana tell Cinder all about her mother and what kind of person she is and it makes you take up for Levana again, just like we did in her little novella.  You again get to see where she’s coming from with her position in life and makes you soften to her again.

All in all, it’s a really intense finale to a series of fairy tales woven together to make a futureistic story.  We get to see the snow white and wicked witch comparison come out with what Levana does to Winter, bringing it full circle again.  I’m a bit sad to see the story end, but i’m really please with how Ms. Meyer was able to keep it going for so long and with such a great dynamic that i guess i’m content.

On that note – MERRY CHRISTMAS for those of you who celebrate and have a happy Friday!

Review: Glow (Glimmer and Glow #2) by Beth Kery

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Title:  Glow
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing Group 12/1/15
Length:  350 pages
Series:  Glimmer and Glow #2

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine, When I’m With You, andThe Affair comes the sequel to Glimmer, the latest novel in the suspenseful and sensual new series about power, sex, and the secrets that can tear us apart, body and soul…

Alice Reed never dreamed she’d escape the stigma of her disturbing past. That’s why she was shocked when, out of the blue, she was recruited to join the elite Durand Enterprises by the enigmatic CEO himself, Dylan Fall. The erotic charge between them was fast and deliciously forbidden. But as Alice opened up to worlds she’d never known, everything changed once again with a stunning discovery: there’s much, much more concealed in the shadows of Alice’s troubling childhood, and her life is about to change forever.

Now, with another piece of the puzzle of Alice’s identity revealed, a mysterious adversary plots to destroy it all—and Dylan is determined to protect her. But as Alice’s sexual addiction to Dylan turns helplessly to love, she can’t help but wonder: how deeply can she really trust him? What were his true motives in drawing her close to him? And what other secrets does he know about her past that even she has yet to learn?

My Thoughts

Well, it’s been some time since we were left off on the theoretical cliff with both Dylan and Alice/Addie, so i’m glad that we were able to pick right back up with them to see where things were going. Alice is slowly beginning to get memories back with the help of Dylan, although there’s not much to garner from what she’s picturing, and she’s still skeptical.  Dylan though continues to invest himself wholeheartedly in both helping her uncover her past as well as proving that he loves HER now – as Alice even though he also loved Addie as the 4 yr old girl.

Where we are in the story is a few weeks into Camp, Alice is trying to help her Red Team build confidence in who they are and help them be successful in camp, all the while, trying to maintain some type of relationship with the other counselors, while trying to also solidify her position as one of the chosen to be junior Executives at Durand.  While we all know that it’s not something that will inevitably be necessary, should she be proven to actually be Addie, it’s something that she feels that she has to do for herself.

That never comes easy though right?  Brooke is dead set on hating her and making that hatred come through clearly.  Thad has mixed intentions as we’re coming to see.  We know that he has feelings for Alice, but where those feelings come from only comes to light at the very end.  The other thing is that he keeps trying to get into her ear to tell her to be wary of Dylan and to question the attention that he’s lavishing on her.

Not to be swayed, Alice continues on the path that she’s on, questioning everything, trusting almost nothing and pushing forward just to survive.

One of the things that i’ve come to really appreciate about our author’s style is that we not only get a really complex story line, one that’s filled with questions, conspiracies and doubt, but there’s so much heat and passion throughout – put in the right places at the right times that just build to just a hot and exciting place.  The chemistry between Dylan and Alice is undeniable and soooo steamy and hot that i can’t help but to read and re-read their scenes since i can’t get enough.

Where this story takes an interesting direction though is when several people know who Alice seems to think she is, and things get dicey.  One person that we’ve questioned throughout for his motives proves that the worry was correct – and founded.  It’s not until there’s a reason for a memory being triggered by Alice, and then something else coming to light in terms of an attack or 2 that makes things really take pause.  In addition to that, Dylan finds Lynn Durand’s journals which make us question even more.  So add that all in and then wonder a bit more about what’s real, what is what we were hoping, and what’s going to happen when facts don’t check out as we expect – well, it’s a great culmination to this tension ridden story.

I think that the fact that the last few chapters are jumps and jumps ahead in to the future, we get to see how thing are progressing, and that they are falling into place as they should, but not necessarily at the pace that we expect.

All in all, i’m really happy that Ms Kery decided to break this into 2 books since there was certainly enough to keep us engaged with Alice and Dylan.  I also kind of wish that there was more since i’m so into these 2 as a couple, but i think that it would have been drawn out too much so it’s fine as is.  All in all, a great finale to this series.  I hope you all agree.

Happy Thursday all and have a great holiday!

Review: Nothing Between Us (Loving on the Edge #7) by Roni Loren

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Title:  Nothing Between Us
Author: Roni Loren
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 1/6/15
Length:  383 pages
Series:  Loving on the Edge #7

Overview

Unlike the heroine of her popular thriller series, Georgia Delaune can’t afford to take risks or push sexual boundaries—unless you count spying through her neighbor’s bedroom window, and never missing a single move he makes.

Colby Wilkes is more than willing to put on a show for the alluring woman next door. But his dominant side aches to show her the pleasures of submission up close. As a counselor, Colby is sensitive to Georgia’s fears. As a Dom at The Ranch, a private BDSM retreat, he’s the perfect teacher to unleash her passion.

But just as Georgia lowers her emotional barriers, an unexpected complication arrives: a bad boy musician from Colby’s past who adds fuel to her heated imagination. Now, the lonely author has two gorgeous men eager to fulfill every fantasy she’s ever written—and  one she’s never dared to dream….

My Thoughts

It’s been a while since i’ve been engrossed in this series and i’m glad that we got to get another spinoff from the Ranch.  We meet up with Colby who’s been a trainer for a bit at the club but who’s been looking for more.  He’s found himself in a bit of a situation at work where he has more free time than he’d like after a kid that he’s been counseling tries to kill himself, and it’s during this free time that things get interesting for him.

Then there’s Georgia – the author from Chicago who’s in ‘hiding’ in Texas while her ex is awaiting trial for murder of both her sister and sort of ex boyfriend.  She’s now afraid of just about everything in life because of what this guy has put her through and it’s no wonder that she’s resorting to watching Colby (her neighbor) in his house with all his various partners and truly getting off.

If that weren’t complicated enough, enter Adam Keats – the boy that caused Colby to lose his first job years ago because he ran away and the kids father thought that there was something going on between Keats and Colby.  So it’s no wonder that things are even more racy and interesting once these folks get together.

Where we go in this story though is an interesting path of understanding what attraction is, knowing that there are clear boundaries that can’t be crossed – and then well, making sure that you’re taking care of yourself in front of the others.

This is a nice character growth story – showing that colby is the strong and dominating one that forces Georgia and Keats to step out of their comfort zone, and hopefully open themselves up to something more.

We also get exactly what we’ve come to expect from Ms. Loren – there’s a lot of really really steamy scening, and since there are more than 2 folks involved here, the dynamic is killer.  we get those scenes between Colby and Georgia, Colby and Keats, Keats and Georiga and then ALL THREE.  i don’t know about you guys – but when i read how she’s written these scenes, i feel like i need to take a cold shower at times!

While it’s completely expected what’s going to happen – since we all know that Georgia’s past is going to haunt her and come back to bite her some how- i think that the progression of things and the details in the sub stories makes it more interesting.  I don’t know why it took me so long to read this one to be honest since it’s fairly entertaining and streamlined, but at least i made it through and saw that there’s yet another threesome couple at the Ranch for the time being and hopefully we’ll get to see and hear more of them in the following books.  Happy Tuesday All!

Cover Reveal: The Last Betrayal (Crusaders MC #2.5) by L Grubb

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Title: Champ & Lauren
Series: Crusaders MC #2.5
Author: L. Grubb
And Tara.
Release Date: TBC
Goodreads:
Synopsis:
Lauren and Champ have a life set up, ready to settle down together as a
unit. But with Christmas around the corner, and danger lurking in the
background, will Christmas me one to celebrate? Or will heartbreak and despair
take over?

A Mafia drug lord is making himself known to small MC club, LA Rebels. But with
not enough man power to handle such a fuck up, will the Crusaders cruise in to
save the day? 

The turn of events isn’t what Lauren expected, she’s frustrated with lack of
communication between her and her man, will she stay with Champ or will she
finally give in and walk away? Will she be able to cope with the devastation
that is upon them?

*** WARNING ***
18+ only, sexual content and graphic violence present in this novella. 

Author Bio:
Lucii is a your typical British girl, hates the sun and hibernates
when summer arrives! She lives at home with her 3 year old daughter, where they
spend the day watching Frozen and playing playdoh.
She started off as a regular person, job, home life, health issues
and a love of reading. After reading the Fifty shade phenomenon, she went onto
social media to seek other authors writing the same or similar genres. She
entered a world she didn’t know existed and went to open a successful blog.
Inspiring dreams took a back burner, while she learned the book
community and met a bunch of amazing authors and readers alike.
A year later she decided to start writing, hoping against hope
that her friends and fellow readers will like what she brings to the table.
Stalker links:
Other books in the series:

An Honest Mistake
(Crusaders MC #1)

The Last Betrayal (Crusaders MC #2)

Review: Sweet Nothing by Jamie McGuire and Teresa Mummert

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Title:  Sweet Nothing
Author: Jamie McGuire and Teresa Mummert
Publisher/Year: Jamie McGuire 11/1/15
Length:  251 Pages

Overview

It is enough to break any man: watching what could have been my future slip away before it was ever in my grasp. The possibility of losing someone I loved before she was even mine is something I never would have imagined—certainly nothing I’d ever wish on anyone. I went to her every day and waited. Waited for the impossible, for a sign, for her to look at me … hoping sinners are granted miracles, too.

Just one glimpse of him was all it took. In the next lane, at a stop light, was the man I would fall in love with and marry. People talk about love that takes time—the kind you fall in to. We were more like a crash and burn. When our lives intertwined, I knew I would never be the same. He was the man I would cherish the rest of my life, who would father my children. In an instant our life together began, and in an instant it would end. The late nights; the excuses; the lies. And in the blink of an eye, it was like we never were.

For the first time, experience a heartfelt, jaw-dropping novel by New York Times bestsellers Jamie McGuire and Teresa Mummert.

When you think you know what’s happening, you’re only half way there.

My Thoughts

I’m a HUGE fan of Ms Mcguires so i was really excited that i was going to get another book from her mind.  What we have here though takes us to a place that is so unexpected and quite confusing.

We have our leads, Avery and Josh – who are both working in similar situations to one another and that’s what in essence brings them together.  Josh is a paramedic and Avery is an ER nurse so their paths cross, but they are so different that it’s inevitable that they are going to come together.

Josh has a bit of a reputation in the hospital that he’ll seduce and sleep with any nurse, and we know that Avery has been rather stand-offish.  with that in mind, you KNOW that when and if they get together, it’ll be explosive!

It takes an accident to bring them together, and it’s how the saying goes, you don’t know what you have until you lose it, and that’s really where our story takes shape.  it almost goes too smoothly throughout their romance, finding that they have their own haunted pasts that get them to where they are in life, and then coming together with such honesty and passion that it gets better and better.  Throw in a few issues w/ Trust from Avery and well, you get the typically lovely romance story.

It’s not until the last few chapters that you really get thrown for a loop.  Honestly, i had a lot of trouble really understanding what was happening, we see Avery waking up from an accident and we learn that there’s so much that she’s confused about which makes us even more confused.  Then there’s the whole issue with Josh and what his role is during these final chapters as well.

I had to check out a spoiler forum from one of the authors to really understand where the direction came from for this finale and i think that i get it now, but it wasn’t at all what i was expecting although i should have been.  The other sad bit is that i was hoping that this was an intro to a story since we learned so much about Deb and Quinn throughout but it doesn’t sound like that’s in the works.  I hope they change their minds.

On that note – it’s really a sweet story and one that really falls into place in Jamie McGuires library.  I’m def interested in seeing what else the other author has to read as well – Teresa Mummert is someone worth paying some attention to.  On that note, have a great rest of your sunday and GO JETS! (sorry – couldn’t help it!)

Review: One Night with my Billionaire Master (City Sizzle #1) by Cynthia Sax

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Title:  One Night with My Billionaire Master
Author: Cynthia Sax
Publisher/Year: Cynthia Sax 8/1/15
Length:  76 pages
Series:  City Sizzle #1

Overview

One night. No one must know.
This is the text I sent Logan Ross this morning. The billionaire financier is my father’s number one nemesis and has been pursuing me for months. He wants to own me, completely, promising exquisite pleasure balanced by equally intense pain, vowing to dominate me, to show me wicked things a virgin like myself shouldn’t be interested in.
But I am extremely interested, and I’ll risk everything—my job, my family, my future—to experience one night of total submission with this powerful Dom.
Will one night be enough for both of us?

My Thoughts

I’m a fan of Ms Sax, so i’m glad that we got another series to enjoy.  What i was surprised about though is that this first installment was a novella not a full length.  But that being said, there was a LOT packed into this intro.

We meet Ari – our leading lady when she’s hosting an event for her family’s company – per usual.  She’s seeking out Logan – an impressively successful businessman with whom she has a complicated relationship with.  See, he’s her father’s enemy, and well, it seems as though he’s quite taken by her and that means that he wants her, wants to own her and wants to protect her.  That’s really where this short story goes.

It’s on this night that they decide to cross the line of friend to lover, and of course that comes at a price.  See – Ari is the result of a bad decision that her father made.  He slept with her mother, who then got preggo and now she’s the spawn of a slut.  Her half siblings remind her of that ALL the time and well, that’s something that’s tough to live down, especially when you’re beautiful as she is of course.

What we get though is a quick glimpse into the lifestyle that Logan enjoys (BDSM) and understanding of what that means to Ari should she choose to pursue it.  (like she has a choice).  We also see the family dynamic get tossed upside down and it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out since that’s something that Arianne was fearful throughout.

All in all, a good intro, and i hope that you guys get a chance to read it.  i’m off to read book 2 now and i hope you have a nice monday!

ARC Review: Life’s a Beach (Hawaii Heat #1) by Jamie K Schmidt

No-Brainer

Title:  Life’s a Beach
Author: Jamie K Schmidt
Publisher/Year: Random House 1/5/16
Length:  223 Pages
Series:  Hawaii Heat #1

Overview

Sex on the beach has never been so much fun! USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt kicks off a series set in paradise with an irresistible tale of second chances, secret identities—and a connection that’s too sweet to miss.
 
When Amelia Parker arrives in Maui, newly single and unemployed, she’s shocked to discover the resort she booked is actually a ramshackle little beachside hotel. At least the scenery is easy on the eyes—as is the toned, laid-back snorkel instructor, “Dude.” After two weeks of sun, serenity, and mind-blowing sex, she even accepts a job as the hotel’s concierge. But what Amelia really wants is to relaunch the place completely. And that means convincing the absentee Wall Street billionaire owner, Samuel Kincaide, to take a chance on her.

Samuel has a plan, too: selling off every last reminder of his former life and chilling all day, every day as his slacker altar ego . . . Dude. He loves his romps in the ocean, and under the sheets, with the feisty Amelia. If she discovers his true identity, her boundless enthusiasm and innovative business plan will seriously diminish his hammock time. But when Amelia runs into real trouble on the island, he’ll put everything on the line to keep her safe. He just hopes that the woman who’s falling for Dude will feel the same about Samuel.

My Thoughts

I have to thank the folks at NetGalley per usual for getting me a pre-read of this first installment of the Hawaii Heat series.  What we have here is an entertaining intro of a romance / chick lit type story which starts as expected and takes a few different interesting turns.

We meet our leading lady, Amelia the night before she’s set to leave on a 2 week surprise vacation to Hawaii that she’s planned for her boyfriend.  Little does she know that things are going to go  completely awry – in the sense that she finds herself being fired from her job, walking in on her boyfriend being quite intimate with a girl that she knows, and well, she just takes off on the vacation anyway because she’s got nothing to lose.  She takes her aunt with her who’s a fortune teller and who keeps giving Amelia insights into what’s to come for her, so off they go to Hawaii.

Of course things can’t ever be that easy.  The picturesque hotel that was featured in the brochure isn’t exactly what it appears, it’s a bit more rundown and less enticing.  especially given that Amelia worked as a concierge in an NYC hotel.  Then she learns that the hotel is being sold – and then on top of that, she finds herself almost drowning on day one.

So all that of course means that there HAS to be something good coming her way, and that it does.  in the form of Dude – a beach bum who works at the resort.  OF course he’s got another identity, that of which he keeps from her knowing how she feels about rich guys (remember that her boyfriend who cheated was a lazy trust fund kid).  So, the journey that we go on from here is one of a vacation romance, and that of Amelia trying to find her footing now that she’s left in a mess from her life in NYC.

There’s really nothing overly unexpected in this story – we get what we hope for – a bit of romance, a bit of confusion, and a growth journey for Amelia to find out what she’s able to handle and what she wants to do.  I think that there are bits that are a bit too easy coming to her, but again, it’s fiction so who cares.  On that note – i’m intrigued enough to want to check out the 2nd installment when it comes out – so if you’re looking for something light and entertaining, check it out.   Happy friday everyone!