Review: Mr President (White House Series #1) by Katy Evans

Title: Mr President
Author: Katy Evans
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace Publishing 10/31/16
Length:   334 Pages
Series:  White House Series #1

Overview

He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.

He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.

Two terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one-and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.

We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.

Winning will take everything.
Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.

My Thoughts

This is what happens when i have a day off from work – i go searching for something to read and come across a series that i can’t put the book away – not because it’s so hot and steamy (although there are moments that are), the story is so sweet that you want to hope for a modern day miracle.

Matt and Charlotte met when she was 11 and his father was president and she’s had a crush on him ever since.  now that he’s running for president himself, she’s finding herself wrapped up in him again, working for him, and in love with him.  Of course, he’s now a politico, everything that she didn’t want to get into since her father was a Senator, and well, her heart wants what it wants.

This story takes us on a sweet story about this forbidden relationship, how they take too many risks to be safe, yet all they want to do is be together, until the final election, where we know that he’ll win and they can’t be together.

There are reporters who want dirt on him since he’s got none it seems, there are the 2 other candidates that want to tear him down to the public in the hopes of furthering their careers, there are families that don’t want distractions or scandal, and there’s the whole campaign staff that feels like something is up but not exactly.

Sprinkle in some of the hottest scenes ever – Matt is a man who knows what he wants and takes it from Charlotte, she’s never had a chance – well you can see the chemistry and tension between them is something incredible and real.  Cold shower area here!

When dreams have the potential to come true towards the end but it means that they have to give each other up, the question becomes, what will happen for Matt and what will happen for the couple?  There’s a cliff hanger at the end of this one, and i think that it will all leave you reeling.  enjoy!

Review: Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires #1) by Jessica Clare

Title: Dirty Money
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 1/17/17
Length:   251 Pages
Series:  Roughneck Billionaires #1

Overview

Southern Texas heats up when four roughneck billionaires set their sights on love in the new series from New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare.

Boone Price and his brothers know oil; at least, the dirty, backbreaking side of working an oil rig. But when their scrubby, worthless hunting land turns out to be sitting on top of one of the biggest oil wells in North America, they go from the rig to the boardroom and end up billionaires practically overnight.

Now with enough money to do whatever he wants, Boone is developing a taste for fine things. And the finest thing he’s ever seen is Ivy Smithfield, local realtor. Boone’s determined to win her affection and show the world that he’s more than just a dirty fool with a bit of money. Ivy’s classy and beautiful – she’ll make the perfect trophy wife. The fact that she’s sexy and funny is just a bonus.

There’s one tiny problem – Ivy’s as dirt poor as Boone was. Her carefully crafted veneer of luxury? All an act to promote her business. What’s Boone going to do when he finds out the woman he’s falling for is, well, in his league?

My Thoughts

Being a fan of the other series that Ms Clare has written, i was happy to stumble upon this one last night when i was looking for something to read.  Here we have another great example of how we have a family of brothers who are all so diverse from one another yet really quite the same, but we get to see how they figure out how to be happy in love and life.

This first installment and introduction to the series gives us a glimpse into the world of the oldest brother Boone.  Their father was killed in a rig accident when they were young, and Boone had to become somewhat of the authority figure for his younger brothers.  Figuring out how to make a living for them, and then striking it INCREDIBLY rich on the highest producing rig in the country – well we see how life can change really quickly.

Like we often see in these types of stories, what you see isn’t always what you get.  Boon is the kind of guy who does what he wants and how he wants it – but he truly just wants respect.  Because he’s not willing to conform, that respect is often out of his reach, and so through the direction of his brothers, he figures that maybe he needs to improve his image, clean himself up a bit and that would get him the respect in the business world that he deserves.

Enter Ivy – a realtor who Boone sees on a brochure, and by appearances is the classy woman that he needs, not only to find him a suitable house, but to be on his arm.  Little does he know that her life is far from ideal, and that’s the journey that we go on in this story.

Ivy has her own troubled past.  Her mom left, her dad is in jail, she’s living in a trailer trying to make enough money to give her younger sister the life that she never had.  It’s a struggle, and she’s in a job where she’s not respected at all, she’s just the low hanging fruit – the pretty girl who can’t ever do anything because her bosses suck.  So when Boone walks into her office, her life changes – both professionally and personally.

True to form of what we always see from Jessica Clare, we get a sweet story of a slow build to romance, but when it actually happens, it combusts.  It’s not easy and there’s so much that gets in the way, both in life and in secrets that you really have to wonder what’s going to come out first and what the damage will be.

It’s sweet and romantic all the same to see how Boone tries to woo her – makes me wish for that sometimes in my own relationship but oh well.  We also get to see some of the personalities of Boone’s brothers which will tease the coming installments which is also great.  I can’t wait to see how their stories go.  If they are as sweet, entertaining and hot/sexy as this one – then i think that we’ve got yet another great series on our hands.  Have a great day all!

Review: City Afairs: My Quest for Love by Seb King

Title: City Affairs
Author: Seb King
Publisher/Year:  Revival Media 5/17/17
Length:   201 Pages

Overview

An epic tale of heartbreak, despair, hope and second chances, inspired by a real life story. Felicité has a reasonably successful career, working in London’s Canary Wharf financial district; and is a faithful, doting wife. Her husband is an author and serial cheater. After catching him cheating for the umpteenth time, she sets him an ultimatum. Meanwhile, a dreamy mega-rich hedge fund manager has been showering her with attention. A chance encounter one lunchtime will have profound ramifications beyond her wildest imagination, catapulting her into a voyage of self-discovery.

As she struggles to make sense of everything, she is forced to confront her inner demons and grapple with the difference between fate and destiny. A strange confluence of circumstances conspires to present her with her greatest dilemma yet

My Thoughts

first off – thank you to the folks @Netgalley for getting me a copy of this book – definitely one that’s a bit different than what i’ve been reading lately even in the genre.   I’ll start off by saying that i’m a bit mixed about this one.  The story itself is a good one, but i feel like it’s a bit over written in places – where the vocabulary and the banter is more high brown than it needs to be, even when it’s used to make a point.

That being said – we have at the core a sweet story about our female lead Lissie who has found herself in yet another bad situation with her husband – someone that she’s been married to for 3 years, but has caught cheating 4 times already.  When she crosses paths with Pierre – the fiance of a friend, well sparks are flying and that in itself leads to so much confusion.

When they go off on a joint holiday, we see that things are getting even more interesting.  Lissie wants to call her husband out on his indiscretions and Pierre wants to find a way to spend more time with Lissie.  So we can all imagine what that means right?

Throughout the rest of this story – we see Lissie grow a pair – she gives her husband an ultimatum, and then try to sort out how she can be her own woman while being ‘alone’ doesn’t really suit her.  Her mind is taken up 24/7 by Pierre yet she won’t allow that to be something that comes into reality….until she does.

He’s persistent, and his Dom side really takes us to the next level on that.  That’s actually kind of where this story goes a bit awry to me too.  I feel like he’s definitely the alpha dom, but he doesn’t seem to have the compassion and the emotion that we typically see from Doms.  There’s usually more of a reciprocated connected, and he still seems like a playboy who wants to have his slave and the women fawning over him.

So from there we see Lissie’s friends question his motives, we see some powerful people voice their concerns and then we see the proverbial shit hit the fan when people dig too deep in places they should stay out of.  What that means for everyone involves, Lissie, Pierre, Anne (the fiance), Laura (the PA) and well just about everyone else, well – you’ll have to read to find out.  It’s not where you expect the story to go – that’s for sure.  Happy Sunday all!

ARC Review: Hard Cover by Jamie K Schmidt

Title: Hard Cover
Author: Jamie K Schmidt
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 11/21/17
Length:   232 Pages

Overview

He can read her like a book. But will he give her a happy ending?

Dawn: I’d do anything to keep my bookstore. It’s a safe place for all women, somewhere to let their freak flags fly. I call it sex-positive. The menfolk call it smut. That’s how I met Rory Parker, the local billionaire trying to shut me down on behalf of the “moral majority.” He walked in with an offer I couldn’t refuse . . . except I did. Now Rory wants to play dirty. Well, he picked the wrong bookseller. Let’s see how much support he still has after people get a load of the little movie I recorded of the two of us going at it like wild animals in my shop.

Rory: I could care less how Dawn Nolan makes her money. The only thing I care about is how much she’s making. Her bookstore isn’t the kind of upscale attraction my investors want in this sleepy little tourist trap, so it’s got to go. But when Dawn personally finds out how I treat bad girls who misbehave, she seems to enjoy it as much as I do. Now I just need to destroy the copies of that video she’s threatening to post—as soon as I stop watching it. The trouble is, when I’m with her, all I want to do is get started on the sequel.

My Thoughts

First off i need to thank the folks at NetGalley for getting me an ARC to read prior to November.  I love getting books early!

I usually have a big crash of emotions when i’m done with a book that’s not part of a series but that’s ok this time around since our author did a really good job of giving us a story that’s got legs and then wrapping it up well.

What’s interesting to me is the summary – it doesn’t really give us a true sense of what the story is by any means – just bits that kind of tie back to one scene or another, but i think that for me, it’s not always about the description that gets me hooked.

We have 2 leading characters who are not nearly as different as they appear to be, both of them having their own family stresses and life struggles, but when they are able to come together, well there’s something that’s really great that can come out of it.

Dawn and Rory knew each other in high school but never hung in the same crowd.  Dawn was always trying to be a bit of a rebel while Rory was living up to the expectations of his wealthy established family.  When their paths cross years later when Rory is trying to buy out the story that Dawn owns, you have to expect that it’ll get nuts.

From the get go – there’s clear chemistry between them – there’s no doubt that they are attracted to each other, but the question becomes then if it’s a one night stand type thing, or if there’s a possibility that real feelings can come together and then what will that mean since they both keep trying to fight it soo hard.

Add to that the fact that Dawn’s got issue with her family – they don’t approve of anything that she does (or do they and she’s just fighting it?).  Then there’s Rory – he’s always trying to prove his worth to his father and live the best life possible since his sister is in a coma because of a drug overdose.

So you can imagine how all that nonsense will lead to some really steamy scenes once these two let their guards down long enough.  And as expected in this genre – just when they think that things are finally going well, someone comes in between them, someone almost dies, and they are now split on opposite sides of the country.  Will they ever find a happy way to be together or was it just meant to be something short lived?  That’s what you’ll have to find out if you read it.  Great story overall though – so enjoy!

Review: Wicked Dirty (Stark World #2) by J Kenner

Title: Wicked Dirty
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Ever After Romance 9/19/17
Length:   300 Pages
Series:  Stark World #2

Overview

Sometimes bad isn’t good enough…

On the outside, Lyle Tarpin is a clean-cut Hollywood actor whose star is on the rise. Inside, he’s battling his own demons, shunning relationships and finding solace in the arms of a string of anonymous women paid very well for their discretion.

But when he’s photographed in a compromising position by an over-eager reporter, the only way to save his career is to say that the woman he was with is his fiancée. And now Lyle has to play a very public game with the only woman who’s ever managed to get under his skin.

Struggling waitress Sugar Laine agrees to spend one night with Lyle—but only because she’s desperate to save her family home. She never expects that a night of passion will turn into a pretend engagement … or that the heat between them will blossom into love.

But sometimes love has a price.

And now the only question is—can Lyle and Sugar afford to pay it?

My Thoughts

One of the great things that Ms Kenner does is continue to create amazing stories to keep this world alive.  Each time we meet a new character in another book, we know that we’re going to get something beyond amazing when it’s time for their own story to come out.  Now it’s time for Golden Boy Lyle to shine.

There’s such a sweet undertone in this installment.  There’s so much under the surface with Lyle that we never knew before, that when we start to uncover why he is so elusive and why he makes the unattached choices that he does – well it all comes into place.

Then of course our leading lady is a bit damaged as well and we get to see how that meshes with Lyle.  Sugar has her own struggles – her mother and brother were killed leaving her to some how pick up the pieces of their home so she doesn’t lose everything.  It’s a chance opportunity that turns in to so much more that brings our story together.

A theme that pulls through just about every J Kenner story is that there are secrets that you know you can’t keep from the world and they will come out when you least expect it.  often shared by someone who has revenge or jealousy at the core.  That’s exactly what comes to play in this story, and it’s how the mains handle it that really shapes where the story closes.

The other nice thing here is that chemistry is definitely off the charts, but like the other story in this series as well as the others in the main series, sex isn’t the necessity on every other pages.  the way that the heat and romance and passion is written in, well it makes it that much more powerful and i think that when we get to the steamy scenes, well they are beyond hot.

So all in all you can tell that i really enjoyed this one.  I can’t wait to see how book 3 turns out since we finally get to learn more about the haunting ghosts of Noah – since there are quite a few.  On that note – have a great night all!

Review: The Billionaires: Bosses (Lover’s Triangle #2) by Calista Fox

Title: The Billionaires: Bosses
Author: Calista Fox
Publisher/Year:  St Martin’s Press 9/05/17
Length:   320 Pages
Series:  Lover’s Triangle #2

Overview

What do you do when you have not just one hot boss, but two? And they both want you?

What will it take to make her theirs?

Bayli Styles leaves California wine country behind for the bright lights of New York City, in search of fame and fortune. However, fame and fortune are a little further out of reach than she had hoped, so to supplement her meager modeling income, she seeks a hostess position at Manhattan’s hottest new venue, owned by billionaires Rory St. James and Christian Davila. Bayli gets much more than she bargained for when both devastatingly handsome and magnetic men make her blood sizzle…and offer her the guiltiest of all pleasures—themselves.

Bayli is the perfect solution to the two problems currently plaguing entrepreneurs Rory and Christian, professionally and sexually. She’d make the ultimate “face” for their current joint venture, but both men are thinking beyond business and waste no time seducing Bayli into their brand of double pleasure. In the end, the threesome will put it all on the line—their bodies, their hearts, their souls—either destined for failure, or for the redefinition of true love.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed the first story in this series – seeing how things could ultimately work out for Jewel and her two guys Rogen and Vin.  Gave us a great foundation to get into this amazing story with Bayli, although what’s the real likelihood that within a group of friends, multiple girls would find themselves in menages.  But oh well, that’s all the suspension of disbelief in reading right?

So to that point, we have a really great set of mains in this story -Bayli, a girl who gave everything to take care of her mother, and now that her mother has passed, she’s trying to take life by the horns and make a name for herself.  She’s destined for greatness and just needs to figure out how to get there.  Enter Rory and Christian.  Hopefully the answer to her prayers for a bit when she tries to land a hostess job at their new restaurant.  A place where she feels like she’ll be seen by the right folks to catapult her career.  Only she doesn’t land the job – she lands herself on the floor after Rory knocks into her.

Where we go from there is an expected path but one that’s so hot and interesting that it keeps me reading fast and furious.  Both Christian and Rory are taken with Bayli – not just by her looks but from the spark that she has inside – she’s intelligent, commanding and she’s not afraid of them.  The exact woman that they both need (cause they share of course).

The journey from here is one where they try to figure out how they can be together without compromising this top secret project that they’re trying to get off the ground.  A project that will give Bayli the exposure that she’s craving to make a name for herself.  There’s a lot of tension as to what they need to do to be successful and what that looks like.  There’s also a concern around fan bases for the two eligible bachelors since once word gets out that they’re linked to Bayli, then there will be fans with hearts broken everywhere.

That leads us to the point of tension in the story.  Bayli has had stalkers in the past and it seems as though one of the more terrifying ones is back – going after her with passion.  Well, we know that the guys will rally around her, and of course when they find that it’s not the same stalker who’s trying to do real damage to her, the story takes a turn that’s yet another turn in their path for them to be successful or not.

It’s a sweet story and Ms Fox has been able to craft this plot line in a way that’s unique from book 1 but still has a lot of the same values and context that made book 1 great.  We also continue to get to see how the relationships between the three girlfriends makes it that much more solid.  That’s what carries us through and will obviously give us something great for book 3 with Scarlet.  I can’t wait to see that one soon.  Enjoy!

Review: Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Title: Forbidden
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publisher/Year:  Grand Central Publishing 8/8/17
Length:   368 Pages

Overview

What do you do when you can’t control your feelings for someone? When you know you shouldn’t go there? Not even in your head.

Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who’s had such a powerful impact on her and who could bend her to his will so easily, must be dangerous. But she’s already in too deep. And Jack isn’t only dangerous. He is forbidden.

My Thoughts

When you read the intro and see that our darling author tells us that we’re going to get a story that she’s gotten a lot of push back and grief about – that the story content is something that’s quite controversial – well i think that anyone with half a brain knows that they have to read this one.

So unlike many of the others that we’ve read – this one isn’t as cut and dry.  We know that typically there are several reasons why our couples can’t be together – usually of their own doing – meaning that they feel like there’s a reason not to be together.  In this case though, there’s no reason in the hearts of these two leading characters for why they can’t be together – but there are factual reasons why they can’t – yet it’s something that slips their minds all the time.

Annie is our leading lady and she’s finally establishing herself in all aspects of her life.  she’s moved into a new place that’s truly her own and it’s not just a home, it’s the studio that her really successful architecture business is run out of and she’s got a great group of friends who really helps pick her up and keep her happy.  It’s when she’s out with her friends that her life turns upside down.

Jack – the man at the bar who makes her feel a lot of things that she shouldn’t.  Who comes on so strong and so hard that she should run, and she does, but then some how she finds herself running right back to him.  What started as a one night stand, turns into something that’s so dangerous and so hot that we are waiting as we turn every page to see them combust.

He’s married – and he’s also the contractor of a job that she’s spearheading, and she meets his wife, and she’s unstable.  Yet, they don’t care and they carry on with their affair – because they believe that they are soulmates and that they truly own and possess each other.  The question that we have throughout this entire book is how long can they keep it a secret from their friends and how long until Jack’s wife discovers it as well?

When Annie is attacked with a knife, and someone ends up in the hospital broken in ways that are far too scary to imagine, we wonder if there’s ever a way for there to be happiness.

I think that it’s a nice change to be honest, to see a story that makes you question the entire premise of their relationship, and try not to judge it since it’s sad to say that things like this just do happen in life sometimes.  You can’t choose who you love and you can fight what you feel in your heart for so long sometimes, but there are times when even that isn’t enough to keep you apart.  That’s exactly what our author was trying to say in her intro i think, and i think that she delivered a story that is true to the core of what the intentions were.    I hope you give it a read.  Enjoy!

Review: Bad Deeds (Dirty Money #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Bad Deeds
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  St Martin’s Press 8/8/17
Length:   228 Pages
Series:  Dirty Money #3

Overview

Would you bleed for the one you love?

To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot.

In every one of Shane’s seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can’t just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end.

This is war, blood will spill, and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive….

Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.
The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire.
Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all – one hot touch and kiss, at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel, has set their sites on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

My Thoughts

This series is getting intense and while we’re making progress in the story – there’s something intense and insane around each corner that throws us back a few steps.  We’re still in the middle of the Brandon Family life of chaos – Brandon Sr is still fighting for his life and Derek and Shane are fighting for control of the company.  Every time Shane things that he’s able to make a step toward the positive and clean up the operation of the company, something comes up that makes it impossible.

Add in all the women, their mother – who’s having an affair with Sr’s best friend, Emily who we know some of her past but not quite enough to get how things truly are, and Theresa – the daughter of a cartel king  and who’s finding herself intertwined in a love situation with Derek.

Throughout this third book we start to think that things will work out – Shane begins to out maneuver Adrian – the son of the cartel leader – and hopefully figure out how to get his company clean and keep everyone alive.  The challenge becomes the fact that a man in the organization with Adrian has gone rogue – always goes rogue and leaves us on a cliffhanger where people are either dying or dead at the end of this third book.

In true fashion of Ms Jones, we get to see some really intriguing and sexy relationships form.  What Emily and Shane have is something of a fantasy – they are so well suited for each other that it’s no surprise that she’s able to keep him in check when all he wants to do is protect her.  Their chemistry is off the charts and the way that their scenes are written make you feel all the sparks and passion between them.

What’s nice about this story though is that we see a few of the characters come into their own – really figure out how to be the best version of themself, regardless of what that means for everyone else.  There are tough decisions being made, and new businesses being formed that you have to wonder who’s going to be left standing at the end of book 4 to enjoy it.

I’m hopeful that there will be happy endings for everyone, but this isn’t a fantasy world they live in, so i know that we’ll have to suffer and say goodbye to some of them.  I can’t say for sure what i’m expecting since we never get exactly what i’m thinking from Lisa Renee Jones, but that’s a great quality to keep me on my toes.  Now i’m just bummed that i have to wait for the 4th book to come out.  On that note – have a nice weekend everyone!

Review: The Flirtation (The Submissive #10) by Tara Sue Me

Title: The Flirtation
Author: Tara Sue Me
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group Publishing 8/8/17
Length:   196 Pages
Series:  The Submissive #10

Overview

Lynne has not wanted for anything since she began working as Nathaniel and Abby’s nanny—until the night they invite her to a group BDSM meeting. The abrupt breakup she had with her last Dom made her turn her back on the lifestyle, but now she’s ready to dive back in. When she starts chatting on online BDSM message boards, she’s shocked to discover Simon, her former Dom, is a frequent poster—and even more shocked at herself when she creates a secret identity and strikes up a conversation.

After messaging with a mysterious submissive online, Simon forms an immediate connection.  Lynne and Simon’s D/s relationship grows in intensity, but can their relationship survive after the truth is exposed, and Lynne’s identity is laid bare?

My Thoughts

I do love this series – and i really have to say that i’m impressed how our author Tara Sue Me is able to continue to come up with such dynamic stories with all of the characters – giving us things to think about that we never really put in the series before.  We knew of these characters before, and i think that it’s great to see them have their own story now.

So we have Lynne-  the girl who has become part of the West’s family – she’s their nanny – and this job found her at the perfect time since she was trying to figure herself out after a break up and between thoughts of the future.  It’s now when she’s got the chance to take summer classes to become a teacher that her past life and present blend together.

Enter Simon – another of the Dom’s in their circle – and the guy who broke Lynne’s heart.  He’s a sadist – and that’s not for everyone , and because of that, he’s often found himself wanting so much more and never getting it.  When he learns that Lynne is back in town, he starts to feel what he hasn’t in a while.

That’s when things get dicey.  Nathaniel has warned Simon to stay away from Lynne, and Lynne has this sense that she needs to prove to simon that she is a sub and can be what he wants.  When they both venture back to the same online chat group that brought them together in the past – the same chemistry is there – even if Simon doesn’t know that it’s Lynne he’s talking to.

I think that this is an interesting take on the story that we usually get from Tara Sue Me.  I feel like there’s always the underlying sense of trust that keeps the stories complex and exciting, but it’s always trust that was broken for other reasons.  not of their own doing.  In this case – Simon lied to Lynne about why he needed to break up with her, and she’s deceiving him into thinking that she’s someone else, so we all know that it’s going to implode and it’s just a matter of when.

Add to that a sub that now has it out for Simon since he’s not into her like she hopes-  and this same crazy girl is friends with Lynne – well we see that trust is certainly not the only thing keeping them apart.

Aside from that – we get everything that we hope for in this series.  Some incredible scenes between these two when they have a chance to get together.  We get to see the control that Simon has and the way that Lynne’s about to find herself and truly let go.  All that also leads to some incredibly steamy scenes- and the need for a cold shower.

So all in all, a great addition to this series and i can’t wait to see what’s next since we know the female lead and have seen how her story has been woven into the mix over the years.  Enjoy!

Review: Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase

Title: Royally Endowed
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher/Year: Ever After Romance 8/14/17
Length:   350 Pages
Series:  Royally #3

Overview

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times?but Ellie Hammond?s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie?s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she?s had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard?but she doesn?t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job?a relative of the royal family he?d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she?s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister?s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis?a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.

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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He?s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and?other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family.

But there?s only one woman he wants.

For years he?s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond?s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules:

Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

My Thoughts

I love this series – and after reading all about Princes Nicholas and Henry and how their stories came to a happy ending, i think that it’s about time that we got to see what comes of Ellie, Olivia’s sister.  She’s young, innocent and still manages to succeed when weights are on her shoulder, so when she finally gets the chance to live her life – it’s nice to see how it all happen.

Logan on the other hand – we adore him.  He’s the bodyguard that we met in Nicholas’ story and he’s got not just this protective side to him, he’s broody and sexy and that’s exactly what Ellie needs.  If they ever get to the point where they will let it happen.

What’s different about this story is that we get to see how it jumps through time.  We aren’t ‘in the moment’ with this third installment which is nice – we instead get to see how Logan and Ellie’s friendship of sorts grows over the year as a result of the circumstances of being thrown together over and over again while Logan is still on Nicholas’ detail and they are back in NYC.

It’s entertaining really for the first 2/3 of the book.  We get to see how Ellie has grown up, made her own choices, and teased Logan when she could.  He’s also had his share of appreciating her over the years as well – but from afar since he’s not willing to compromise his job.

It takes years, but when it happens – well things are hot and steamy and explosive.  They are mature enough to know that they can’t keep things a secret, but never quite find the moment to come clean and of course when they are found out, it makes things that much more complicated.  We also see that feelings are too much for them at times, and of course that breaks them up.  When someone almost dies and then someone is threatened by a stalker – well we see what true emotions really mean.

There is also an underlying story of a crazed stalker who’s after Olivia and threatens her when he can.  He’s clearly inside the palace and no one knows who he is and when he’s going to strike – but we know that it’s going to happen.  I think that it adds to the tension since she’s pregnant with twins – the first royal babies and well – everyone’s on edge.

So you can imagine how fast moving this book is.  Romance, fear of a stalker, fear of being found out and then really coming clean with what you want as a person and maybe as a couple.

If this truly is the last book in the series – then at least we got the closure that we all needed – getting to see how thing are tied up for each of the story lines, but there was a teaser in the epilogue of Tommy (another of Ellie’s security detail) and a girl that he’s into – so maybe there’s more.  i can hope!  I hope that you guys enjoy this one!