Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

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Title: Pawn
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher/Year:  Harlequin 11/24/15
Length:   304 Pages
Series:  The Blackcoat Rebellion #1

Overview

A single test determined her entire future…until she was given a way out

Kitty Doe had one chance to prove she could be worthwhile to society. Instead, she walked out of her ranking test as a complete failure, with a permanent “III” tattooed on the back of her neck. At seventeen, she’s facing a lifetime of cleaning sewers…and being separated from Benjy, the boy she’s loved for as long as she can remember.

So when Kitty is offered a chance to escape her fate, it seems like an easy choice. If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family—a VII—she will be famous. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed…and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only just beginning to understand.

My Thoughts

Well, we have a coming of age dystopia kind of like Breathe (with the age related testing for success and determination of your cast) and a trilogy that i can’t remember the name of when there were clones created so that the government could make sure that the ‘right’ people were in power at all times.

Regardless, we have a sweet story at the onset, and one of really wondering what the end game is and who’s to be trusted.

Kitty is our main character that we meet on the day that her fate has been sealed.  she scored a 3 ranking on her test meaning that her life was about to get really tough.  she’s quite smart but can’t read and that’s why she got the three.  her boyfriend Benjy though is destined for greatness and there lies the issue since their rankings will keep them apart. Its through interesting circumstances that Kitty’s fate changes.  Because of her eye color, she’s purchased and taken to the home of the prime minister and life as she knows it has changed since she’s drugged on her way there and wakes up in another body.

Here is where the story takes a nice turn.  The Hart family is the central power in the nation and because of how they control things through rankings and such, they instill fear and order.  We learn throughout the story though that of course there are rebels who are fighting against the Harts, and want to see more equality.  We also get to see the dynamic of a very messed up family.

Back to Kitty though – she’s woken up to find herself in Lila’s body (niece of the PM) of sorts -she’s been ‘Masked’ which means that she’s now taken on every aspect of lila’s life, her body, voice, mannerisms etc.  Where we go from here is seeing how quickly Kitty can make everyone believe that she’s Lila as her life depends on it and the lives of anyone around her.

If that weren’t enough, we find out that Lila’s been killed by her uncle for voicing her own opinions on what the nation should be like – and the question is does she truly believe that and who’s put those thoughts in her mind.  Then there’s Celia – her mother – who we’re very interested in getting to know.  Throughout the story she continues to be an enigma and i don’t know which side she’s playing for aside from the fact that she hates her brother Daxton and wants him dead as she has been told that he killed Lila.

There’s also Daxton, the PM who is a tough one.  He has no sense of right or wrong and only wants things his way.  He’s led by the rule of his mother Augusta who is the matriarch and the one who pulls all the strings here.  It’s nice that because of circumstances that we get to learn where she came from, but it’s not a justification of anything in terms of what she’s become – and that’s a shame.

So the story that we’re taken through is one of trying to understand if there’s validity in how the government is ruled now, or if the rebellion is working for something better.  Then there’s the question of who’s really working for which side and what’s the benefit there.  Alliances are made and you still never quite know who’s the good guy.  We find out that Kitty isn’t the only one who’s been masked and the return of the original in some cases come back to make us realize that the story is that much deeper.

As is typical in all dystopia, we’re really not left off with any real direction yet, just the knowledge that there’s so much more going on that even we know and we’re not yet sure who’s in control.  I think that’s where we’re going to go in Captive – to see that Kitty/Lila, Benjy, Knox and everyone else on that level are working for something that they believe in with a cost that they don’t yet know.  All in all, quite nice and i hope you guys take a read!

Review: Coming Clean (Monkey Business Trio #3) by C.L. Parker

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Title: Coming Clean
Author: C.L. Parker
Publisher/Year:  Random House 9/20/16
Length:   336 Pages
Series:  Monkey Business Trio #3

Overview

They have been rivals who fought until the bitter end and lovers who know every sensual inch of each other’s bodies. Now sports agents Cassidy Whalen and Shaw Matthews are about to become the one thing they never expected to be: parents. But this new dynamic to their relationship threatens to fizzle the sizzling desire that once held them in thrall to each other. If salvation is only a forbidden fantasy away, then Shaw and the woman he loves must embark on the adventure of their lives.

Cassidy is aching to reignite their connection. In steamy assignations in strange places, she and Shaw live out their most intimate desires—and reveal their deepest secrets. But as Shaw works overtime to sign a superstar athlete, a corporate reshuffling could be a game-changer. Can Cassidy and Shaw save their relationship and have it all—a career, family, and passion that never quits?

My Thoughts

we find ourselves in a completely different time and place in the lives of Shaw and Cassidy and it’s a bit surprising to see the leap that our author has taken here.  Where things were finally beginning to settle, along with the nice surprise of a pregnancy, you’d think that we’d just jump right into the happy couple with their new baby and their amazing agent careers.  Well, that’s not what we get.

I think that we’ve now fast forwarded 3-4 years into the future and the life that they were living is so so different than the life that they have now.  Cassidy has become a stay at home mom since she knew that being an agent would take her away from her baby too much and she wasn’t happy about that.  Then there’s Shaw who’s been made partner, and well life has gotten to be even more hectic.  With all that, you know that there’s going to be a lot of struggle, and that’s exactly where we are.

They are so far on the outs, that i don’t know that it’s even possible for them to get back to a happy place.  Shaw works so much that Cassidy feels neglected and has even packed her bags to go back to Stonington since there’s no reason for her to stay in San Diego with him.  That prompts the biggest hail marry ever and we end up seeing their fight throughout couples therapy.

We can all imagine that it’s going to be a mess since Shaw is so self assured that he’s not going to welcome it, and he doesn’t.  Every step forward they take, they take 2 steps back and it’s an uphill battle that really doesn’t seem likely to get better.  They are even sent to an unorthodox therapist to work on their relationship and it’s there that they finally begin to make headway, but to be honest, it’s too little too late.

That’s the story that we have here – one that shows how there was nothing solid for their relationship to be built on and that’s what causes it to fail.

I have to say that i’m kind of baffled where this story took us.  We only have glimpses of some of the characters and plot lines that made the other 2 installments good – but it was almost as like this was written in such a detached style that it wasn’t necessarily by CL Parker.  There were some really hot scenes that were like what others we’ve read, but i think that there was something different and in my opinion a bit off going on.  I don’t know.

At least what we have here is closure – we get an epilogue that shows us where the supporting characters left off along as where Shaw’s life and Cassidy’s life go now that things have settled.  So, i’d say read it, and i’d love to hear what you guys think, since i’m on the fence.  Have a good one!

Review: Getting Rough (Monkey Business Trio #2) by C.L. Parker

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Title: Getting Rough
Author: C.L. Parker
Publisher/Year:  Random House 1/2/6/16
Length:   245 Pages
Series:  Monkey Business Trio #2

Overview

Hotshot San Diego sports agent Shaw Matthews and his sexy professional adversary Cassidy Whalen have gone head-to-head in the boardroom—and the bedroom. Now Shaw has scored a big promotion—but only because Cassidy turned it down and ran off. There are many things he wants when it comes to Cassidy—just not her pity. So Shaw rushes to a small town in Maine to retrieve his dignity—and maybe the woman he’s hungry to claim once more.

Cassidy has pushed herself to the max to realize her career dreams—until a family crisis brings her home. But Shaw isn’t letting Cassidy go that easily. Neither is gorgeous heartthrob Casey Michaels, the childhood sweetheart she left behind—and who now wants to win her back. As the rivalry between the two alpha males intensifies, and Shaw’s seductive moves reach a whole new level of heat, Cassidy has to make a choice. And this time, it’s for the highest stakes of all.

My Thoughts

Something’s clearly wrong with me that i forgot all about this series for a while.  That or i’ve just had way too much other reading and stuff going on these past months.  Well, thankfully i’ve found my way back into the world of Shaw and Cassidy since there was a lot of really interesting stuff going on there.

If you remember, these 2 work at the same talent agency and they were after the contract of the best quarterback out there.  Whoever won would get promoted to partner and have the world at their fingertips.  Through a series of events, Cassidy won the contract but turned it down to Shaw who got the promotion, while Cass ended up flying back home to Maine for a family situation.

If that weren’t all, there was the love hate relationship throughout the first book that we all knew was going to get explosive and hot fast.  which it did.  So that’s kind of where we pick up in book two.  Cass is hope as her mother had a pretty bad fall, and for some reason, Shaw has decided to fly out there to figure out why she left and to claim his woman in the most cavemen of ways.

Throughout this 2nd installment, we get a really sweet story of the man fighting for his woman, but we also have the other piece of the story of fighting your roots and who you are in order to be who you want to be.  Cass has a past in Maine and one that she’s not sure she’ll ever leave behind – that in the form of Casey.  So there’s an interesting love triangle type thing going on here since there’s jealousy all around and unrequited feelings that will almost certainly never go away.  Of course we have to add in another female by the name of Mia who’s a romance author and who also ends up writing a story basically about Cass and Casey’s romance – so it’s going to get good right?

Add in a hurricane, a few people almost dying and you have yourself a really great story.  The biggest questions that we ask ourselves throughout this installment are who will end up with whom and at what cost.  there are so many feelings all around that you hate to see someone leave with a broken heart but you also want to see that people are living up to their ambitions.  it’s inevitable where the story will go, but i feel like you always want to root for certain folks.

The ending though is a nice transition and surprise.  the way that they are all brought back to reality is through something that really had no play in this story so it was nice to get the shift back to the world.  the other thing too in the epilogue type thing is that we get to see a glimpse of what’s going to happen next potentially since the world is about to flip again.  So, on that note, hope you are all having a great day and i’ll be back soon.

Review: Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

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Title: Glass Arrow
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher/Year:  Tom Doherty Associates 2/10/15
Length:   336 Pages

Overview

Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under control. The best any girl can hope for is to end up as some man’s forever wife, but most are simply sold and resold until they’re all used up.

Only in the wilderness, away from the city, can true freedom be found. Aya has spent her whole life in the mountains, looking out for her family and hiding from the world, until the day the Trackers finally catch her.

Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom . . . if she can truly trust him.

My Thoughts

I have to say that it’s fairly impressive how much diversity Ms Simmons has in what she writes about.  While there were bits and pieces of Metaltown that i could tie back to Article 5 (not a lot but a few), Glass Arrow was quite different.

In this story, it’s not so much a coming of age story which is what we often get in stories that seem to be dystopian and taking place in the future.  this instead is just a basic story of survival and discovering your roots.  We meet our main character Aya when she’s running for her life to save her family as they are being hunted.  The story takes place in a time where young women are valued as there is a shortage of women who are fertile and women who are able to bear  son.  Aya has been living outside the city walls, where she’s been able to avoid any of the manufactured ‘stuff’ that seems to be a cause of this issue, and therefore she’s even more valuable.

Our journey with her is that she’s trying to fight for her life and her freedom once she’s captured because she has to save her family from the same fate.  She tries to outwit her captors at ‘The Garden’ at every turn and while she does that, she befriends a Driver, a boy who doesn’t talk and has links to the outside world.

The story from there really goes on a quest of who to trust and who’s going to help her find freedom.  and what’s the cost.  who’s going to stay locked up, who’s going to be free, who will survive.  What secrets will be uncovered throughout this.

We see interesting ‘friendships’ come up with it all, and we see the way that Aya’s past comes to greet her present.  All in all, not terribly deep in reading, but a sweet story no less.  The ending is fitting if nothing else.  Enjoy!

Review: Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

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Title: Metaltown
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher/Year:  Tom Doherty Associates 9/20/16
Length:   332 Pages

Overview

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

My Thoughts

After reading another series by Ms. Simmons, i was really excited to see what we were going to get in this new story.  It’s a standalone which i feel like could have been built into a series, but it was an interesting story.

We find ourselves in what’s called Metaltown – an area in the Tri-City where there are factories owned by a wealthy family to make weapons for a war that’s being fought.  The people are beyond poor and there are specific factories for ‘kids and teens’ to work while the adults have other jobs. Life is beyond hard, and it’s the teens that we get to know in this story.

We meet Colin and Ty first – as they are the main characters throughout most of this story.  They work in Small Parts – building the fuses for bombs and as they are kids, they often don’t get paid what they should for the hours that they work.  Life’s not fair at all.  To make matters worse, there’s what’s called the Brotherhood which is an organization run by a man named Jed who’s supposed to be working for the people, he helps when someone gets injured on the job or gets sick etc, however it also means that part of your wages go to him so that he can hold it all over your head.

He dangles carrots in front of Colin – to have him help out on a few things, offering him money in return, and promising to continue to provide care for Cherish – his mom.  We all know that there are definite strings attached.

Then we meet Lena – she’s the daughter of Hampton – the man who owns and runs the factories.  Her brother is next in line to take over the business, but that’s not good enough for her.  She wants to learn more and does some digging and finds out that there are things going on in the business that aren’t savory and she’s also learned that there’s actually more to what makes up the company than is legitimate, and she wants to figure out that puzzle.

The story takes us on the journey of Lena coming into her own, no longer accepting that she’s a wealthy girl, but siding with the folks in Metaltown to do what’s right.  She has her own demons to fight for and this is a cause she can get behind.  What grows between her and the others, well that’s just a matter of time to figure out who trusts her, who thinks she’s a spy and who’s never going to be in her favor.

There’s also an underlying story here that there was a family who owned the medical division – the arm of the company that was trying to find a cure to the Corn Flu – an epidemic that’s killing people because of untested man made corn products.  There’s a story that the heir still lives, and no one knows if it’s true and where the heir is.

Throughout this story we see a lot of the expected coming of age stuff, while also getting a rather interesting story out of things.  There are some good relationships building here – Colin and Ty for example have this brother sister thing, but you can tell that there’s something more underneath.  at least from one.  When Lena comes into the picture, we find ourselves in a bit of a triangle which makes things all that more interesting.

When we discover the connections between the kids and the wealthy, and uncover who the missing heir is, it’s both expected and a surprise – and where we see the ending of this story go is quite bittersweet.  I think that it’s got all the expected signs of a great book by Ms Kristen Simmons – so i hope you give it a shot.  Enjoy!

Review: Billionaire on the Loose (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #5) by Jessica Clare

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Title: Billionaire on the Loose
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 9/20/16
Length:   245 Pages
Series:  Billionaires and Bridesmaids #5

Overview

Taylor is a genius when it comes to computers, but understanding the opposite sex is beyond her. Because she always fumbles her flirtations, she needs help in finding her Prince Charming. So when her friend, Gretchen, sets her up as a tour guide for a new guy in town, she says yes despite her misgivings.

She just doesn’t expect Mr. Charming to actually be royalty…

A faction in his country wants him to be king, but Loch has no intention of taking the crown. To keep from being named as the next successor, he hatches a scheme to marry a totally unacceptable American woman. Quirky Taylor seems like the perfect person for the job, until Loch realizes he likes more about her than her ability to keep him off the throne.

When Loch’s secret schemes come out, his chance of happiness with Taylor are blown—unless he can find a way to get the nerdy object of his affection to believe she’s truly the queen of his heart…

My Thoughts

I love this series and i love that there are SO many characters that are intertwined here and to be introduced still that we get such a long standing series that’s so dynamic. In this fifth book, we get to revisit a bit of Alex and Luke, as well as Griffin and Maylee since they are pivotal reasons for why Loch has to go to the US and be in Gretchen’s wedding.  That is a mouthful right?

So of course we’re still deep in the throes of planning the wedding and there are so many bridesmaids and billionaires so to speak that we get a lot of out of these guys.  So we met Loch while he was home in Bellisime – he’s Griffin’s cousin, as well as Alex’s and he’s 5th in line for the thrown.  Because both have married Amreicans, they have fallen out of favor with the population and there’s a desire for Loch to be next in the succession order – a role that he doesn’t want.  So he’s sent to America, to be in the wedding, and to get woo’d by Taylor.

Taylor is one of Gretchen’s friends, and we know that she’s a bit bookish – she loves all things computers and she’s definitely more of an independent girl given all that she has to deal with in life.  She’s so involved in her computer for work and play that she doesn’t often get out, and we see that there are issues with online relationships that come up throughout this story.  That’s an interesting twist that we get in this installment actually.

So Gretchen has Loch and Taylor matched up so that Taylor can play tour guide and what comes of that is something that’s kind of unexpected.  They are so completely opposite that i had to laugh throughout their first day together.  Loch is positioned as a guy who’s completely useless at just about everything since he’s had servants to do it all for him his entire life, and well, that’s not how Taylor rolls.

While l really enjoyed where this story took us, bringing opposites together because of amazing sex and great banter, there was something that threw me off at the first third of the book.  Taylor speaks all in phrases from movies and games, and that even came through big time when they were being ‘passionate’.  I feel like in that situation, it was a bit much, but once the story progressed, it smoothed out as their relationship became something more – even if it was with no real direction, so i got over it.

While it would be enough to know that they were so different that our guess is that it would keep them apart, thankfully there was even more there.  Loch comes up with a really stupid idea of how to ensure that he’s not the next in line for the throne, and of course that’s a big issue for Taylor as she was ‘played’.  Then there’s the crimp in the story with Sigmund, a player in one of the games that Taylor plays online who not only is intensely clingy, but also threatens to hurt himself every time it seems like Taylor isn’t paying 100% attention to him.  So, all that together means that we’ll get a really good final bit of the arc – and that’s exactly what we got.

All in all, great continuation of the series and i can’t wait to see what’s next.  I don’t even remember who’s still left for us to read about but i’m sure there are others since there’s a HUGE bridal party for Gretchen’s wedding.  Have a great day all!

Review: The Claiming (The Submissive Series #8.5) by Tara Sue Me

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Title: The Claiming
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 9/20/16
Length:   88 Pages
Series:  The Submissive Series #8.5

Overview

Submitting is just the beginning…
 
Sasha Blake never thought her emotional wounds would heal—that they were a part of her just like her physical scars. But that was before Cole Johnson’s boundless love and overwhelmingly sexy control set her free, unleashing a confident side that she never knew she had. He’s more than just her Master; he’s her world. And she’ll do anything he asks…

Cole’s days of restless wandering are done—he’s found everything he needs in Sasha. Now, it’s time to make it official. When his childhood home in England goes up for sale, he realizes the old estate is the perfect place to claim Sasha as his own, and the ideal opportunity to show her just how much she means to him.

As Sasha, Cole, and their closest friends from their Partners in Play community descend on the British countryside for a titillating adult vacation, the submissives and Dominants alike will test their boundaries—and have an adventure none of them will ever forget…

My Thoughts

We read the full length installment of how Cole and Sasha came together – she was recovering from a brutal scene from months ago and Cole was chosen to see if he could re acclimate her to the lifestyle.  little did anyone expect that they would grow from a D/s mentoring relationship to something more.

What we have in this novella is a continuation of their story.  Sasha and Cole are going to the UK where Cole has just purchased his childhood home.  It of course puts Sasha a bit off balance as she’s concerned that maybe it means that he wants to move to the UK, but it’s something they will work through together if need be.

Cole invites a few other couples, Abby/Nathaniel and Julie/Daniel to go with them and what we get is a fun filled few days of playing in the English countryside. While we all enjoy fun and games, and some great BDSM scening, there’s always a crimp in things and this time it comes in the form of Mary Catherine, a girl who Cole kissed when he was 13, and a girl who has jealousy issues.

It’s rather entertaining to see how that all plays out since there’s no lack of trust or security between Sasha and Cole.  Abby takes it upon herself to lay it all out for MC and it’s really quite the scene there.

I think that the overall culmination of this trip is so sweet and heartfelt that it makes you want to read more in the coming installments to this series since i feel like it’s never going to end.  We’ve met Fritz, the man who taught Cole all that he knows and i think there’s a good story there.  There’s also the constant reminder of kate which makes me think that there’s going to be more as well.  The teaser for the next book due out in a month gives us a new character still but i think that it’s going to be just as steamy, passionate and complex as all the others.  Enjoy!

Review: Morality Clause (Lawyers Behaving Badly #5) by Cleo Peitsche

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Title: Morality Clause
Author: Cleo Peitsche
Publisher/Year:  Pouch Productions 9/17/16
Length:   187 Pages
Series:  Lawyers Behaving Badly #5

Overview

Despite the diamond on her finger, Maisie’s future has never looked so grim. Her arch-rival wants revenge, and she knows Maisie’s secret.

Ethan Brennbach, Trent Banno, and Raphael Lattimore aren’t just brilliant lawyers. They’re also complicated, dominant billionaires. If they find out what Maisie did…

The gorgeous, powerful men love her enough to lay down strict discipline.

They love her enough to marry her for her protection.

But what will happen when they realize she’s not worth the trouble?

My Thoughts

Well things are coming to a head with the lawyers, and with Maisie and with the case itself.  There’s so much uncertainty around what Maisie’s done and what that means for her future with the men, and if that weren’t enough, Byron is still on the loose and no one knows what he’s going to do.

Top that off with things moving forward with the search for Norman’s killer, and Heather and Jayne coming into the fold a bit more.  We know that Heather is a loose cannon and she’s got a vendetta against Maisie so it’s a matter of time before she takes an opening and talks to Ethan to put Maisie on blast.

If you remember from the last book, we know that Maisie has to marry one of the guys to protect her, but that’s not the only reason as we have learned that there are definite feelings among the group.  the question came down to which guy was going to be her husband legally and we learned that Ethan was the winner.  A great thing given that he seems to be the most alpha, but he’s also the most frightening.

True to Cleo Peitsche’s style, we get some of the hottest scenes between this foursome.  We know that they don’t just like it kinky and dirty but they like their toys and their dungeons.  That’s where we spend some time – both good and bad.  I think that Maisie uses it as a way to get things off her chest and that angers the men given that they want those types of games to be more of an enjoyable thing and not as a means to hide.

Regardless – we get a great ending and resolution to the story – and we see how things play out between all of the necessary players.  Finding out the killer took some time, but i think that it was the right person given where the story had taken us.  Seeing where Heather ended up as well was a nice bit of closure since we never wanted her to suffer, yet she was so vile to Maisie that you also didn’t want her to skate free.  All in all though, i’m really happy with how this series ran and i’m bummed that it’s over.  Have a great day all!

Review: Strings Attached (Baseline Sins #1) by Stephanie Julian

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Title: Strings Attached
Author: Stephanie Julian
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 11/17/15
Length:   276 Pages
Series:  Baseline Sins #1

Overview

The first novel in a steamy spin-off series from the national bestselling author of the Salon Games novels…

On the surface, Sebastian “Baz” Valenti is a rock god with the lifestyle to match. With  his drop-dead gorgeous looks and his band, Baseline Sins, at the top of the charts, he can have any woman he wants. But the constant touring and recording has taken its toll. Now he’s turned to scoring films, a gig that has introduced him to the one woman he really wants but can’t have…

Trudeau Morrison is all business all the time. As the managing director of ManDown Films, it’s her job to keep Baz focused on business too. It’s not an easy task, considering Baz has made no secret of his desire for her. But Tru doesn’t want to get involved with a rock star, even if he is the hottest man she’s ever met.

Trouble is, once Baz gets an erotic taste of Tru, he’s not going to give her up. Now he just has to show her that rock-steady is nothing compared to rock and roll…

My Thoughts

Thank goodness we finally got to have an installment that focuses on Baz since we really got to know about him when Bree and Greg fell in love.  From what we remember from that story, he’s had a rough time coming back from an overdose and then trying to get his head on straight.  all while hiding out at Haven.

So in this first book of a spin off series, we see how Baz comes into his own now that the score for the movie is done, and how that means that he’s open to finding more for himself.  That comes in the form of Tru – Greg’s old assistant turned managing director of their production studio.

Tru is a girl who knows what she wants and gets it.  She’s no nonsense and that’s why she’s gotten on so well with Greg.  She’s become fast friends with the girls from the Salon Games series – Belle, Kate, Sabrina and even Talia that we get to see them pop up again and again in this series.

The relationship between Baz and Tru starts off as most of these do – they hate each other – they know how to push the other’s buttons and not in a good way so you know that it’s going to lead to something hot and steamy.  We see them fight at every turn and to me it’s a question of when they will finally decide to realize that it’s not hate but attraction that keeps them going.

Throughout this story – really what we are seeing is Baz coming to terms with his friendships from the guys in the band, as well as trying to figure out what his next move is since he’s so afraid of what’s going to happen if he screws up and everyone else seems to fear the same.  everyone but Tru that is.  He has a hard time trying to reconnect with his bandmates and that cuts him down a bit while also trying to navigate whatever it is that’s going on with Tru.

In true form of Ms. Julian, we get so much heat and passion when these two come together that it keeps the story going at a fast pace.  There’s so much chemistry that it leaps off the pages and while you want to see them succeed – you know that there’s so much keeping them apart that it’s really a question of who’s going to shove them back in the right direction to make it work.  So, all in all a nice read from this spin off series and i can’t wait to see what’s next.  Have a great day all!

Cover Reveal: Flying Free by Abigail Davies

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Title: Flying Free
Author: Abigail Davies
Series: Spin off for MAC Security
Cover Model: Garrick Murdie
Photographer: Eric Battershell
Release Date: October 3rd, 2016
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Synopsis:
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One…
Two… Three…
I’m a prisoner in my own mind.
Four…
Five… Six…
The painful memories hold me captive.
Seven…
Eight… Nine…
He turned me into this, leaving my body riddled with scars.
Ten…
Eleven… Twelve…
I don’t want to be this person anymore.
Thirteen…
Fourteen… Fifteen…
I want to be free.
Sixteen…
Seventeen… Eighteen…
But I’m afraid that I’ll never be.
Nineteen…
Twenty…. Twenty-One…
I’ll ever be good enough.
Twenty-Two…
Twenty-Three… Twenty-Four…
Never be normal.
Twenty-Five…
Twenty-Six… Twenty-Seven…
There’s only one good memory scattered with all the painful ones.
Twenty-Eight…
Twenty-Nine… Thirty…
My savior… My hero… Corey.
Author Bio:
New Adult and Contemporary romance author Abigail Davies grew up with a
passion for words, story telling and anything pink. Dreaming up characters and
talking to them out loud is a daily occurrence for Abigail. She finds it
fascinating how a whole world can be built with words alone, and how everyone
reads a story differently. Now following her dreams of writing, Abigail has set
out on the crazy journey of being an author. When she’s not writing, she’s a
mother to two daughters, who she encourages to use their imagination, as she
believes that it’s a magical thing. Abigail loves to get lost in a good book
and is rarely far away from her kindle.
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