Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Properly Groomed by Boone Brux

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Reviewed by Tabatha

 

I've got to admit that I had a lot of fun reading this book. I mean, who doesn't love the forbidden brother's best friend angle? Anyhoo, it was a great light-hearted romance with just the right amount of heat to keep it interesting. Now despite the fact that their relationship developed at mock-speed after years of denial from both sides, I'll admit that their relationship entirely worked for me. Sure I would have loved a bit more development there at the end, but I'll still admit that enjoyed it. I think the only thing that I didn't like was the name Joya, I kept changing it to Georgia in my head, but other than that this book was an all-around entertaining read I think most will enjoy.  

*I received a review copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*

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The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston

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Reviewed by Tabatha

 

I've been eagerly anticipating this next book in the Call of Crows series, because Erin has always been one of my favorite characters. She's a total dick to everyone, and I just can't help but love her. This story was just as snarky and sarcastic as I was expecting, but it was also completely action-packed and even had a few sweet moments in there as well. To say this book was the full-package is an understatement, because I couldn't put it down!

Shelly is one of my favorite authors when it comes to paranormal romance, because the girl can write! Her books are always character driven, but the plots are also complex and thoroughly entertaining. Let's just say she sets the bar pretty high. Overall, I loved this book pretty hard, so I STRONGLY suggest it for all you paranormal romance readers out there.


*I received a review copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*

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Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels, #3) by Samantha Kane

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Reviewed by Tabatha

 

Whew were these three DIRTY talkers and I loved every bit of it! I've got to say that I've never read a book quite like this before where the characters just let go of every inhibition they've had and just absorbed themselves in the pleasure with one another. It was...for lack of a better word...inspiring to say the very least. LOL So it goes without saying, that these three have amazing chemistry and the heat that sizzles between them is hella intense.

But let's not forget that there is a story here too, and that was just as inspiring as the sexy times were. King and Sam balance one another, because although King is larger than life and always in the spotlight, Sam would rather be hidden in the shadows. They have a much deeper connection than their teammates notice, but when Jane bridges that last standing gap between them all their restraint is gone and they both know what they want.

Jane was the one character in the story that I had a slight issue with. I couldn't get over her concern for what others think. It was a big turn off, because it felt like she was willing to pass off this deep connection as a fluke just because she has some weird misconception about what entails being a "good" girl. If I had two men that in love with me, I doubt I would care what anyone thought about it and I'm so relieved she came to her senses in the end. I still kind of want to hit her upside the head a bit. LOL

Overall, this is definitely a story worth reading for all of my menage loving friends. It has sexy football players, enough dirty talk to make you blush, and a sweet factor to it that you will absolutely love.

*I received a review copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*

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Crazy Pucking Love (Taking Shots, #3) by Cindi Madsen

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Reviewed by Tabatha

 

While I will say that I found the majority of this NA romance to be a fun and adorable read, it did have a few drawbacks that let me down a tad. Some of the way phrases were worded, although likely typical for college kids these days, just annoyed the crap out of me. "for reals" But the worst of it though was that Dane needs to just get over his ex. That situation influences his decisions to a near irritating level for me. But other than that, I felt like these two were really well matched. They have plenty in common, and you could definitely see the spark between them. And don't even get me started on those sexy scenes, because the heat between these two is off the charts right from the start. Overall, despite the few drawbacks I do think that readers will enjoy this book, and I have to admit that I did too.

*I received a review copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Ashwin (Gideon’s Riders, #1) by Kit Rocha

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Reviewed by Tabatha

 

I've been eagerly anticipating this spin-off from the Beyond Series, and I can with full confidence tell you all that it was well worth the wait. To say that Ashwin is a man of hidden depths would be an understatement, but what I did find surprising was to see just how much Kora had to her as well...even if she didn't know it. They both have a vulnerability to them that I found vastly appealing, and I'm so happy they found one another again. I always knew there was a reason they were so drawn to one another, but I'm not going to elaborate any further than that. *grin*

Now this book is an introduction to Sector One as well, when we've only had glimpses of it in the previous series. It's definitely a different world from that of the O'Kanes, but one thing remains the same...love and loyalty. That's what I've come to love so much about this complex world that the writing duo Kit Rocha has created for us. Ashwin and Kora's complex relationship could have easily fallen apart if not for the way the whole cast of new characters helped them through in their own ways. I truly loved that. And although this first book could seem to a bit anti-climatic after reading the last Beyond book, just try to keep in mind that this is a new beginning for everyone and I think there will be some other issues arise from the aftermath of Edens fall. So with that said, I'm eager to see how things develop from here!

*I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.*

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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Stubborn Billionaire (The Muse #1) by Lexxie Couper

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Reviewed by Tabatha

 

 Okay, I have to admit to you all that I'm not ordinarily a fan of the billionaire/millionaire romance genre as a whole. I just typically can't get into them for some reason, but I do occasionally read them and find a gem worthy enough to note to you all. So I'm happy to report that The Stubborn Billionaire was definitely one of them!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book more than I expected, guys. But then again, I should have anticipated that given the fact that Lexxie is one of my favorite authors who never ever disappoints me. Trust me when I say that this enemies to lovers book was perfectly witty, downright sexy, and it had just the right amount of romance to make me believe that Sienna and Dyson fell hard and fast for one another. The situation between them is a complex one given the secrets and deception going on, but the chemistry is undeniable and these two opposites definitely attract.

Overall, The Stubborn Billionaire has made me rethink my stance on the billionaire romance genre as a whole, and I find myself looking forward to more of her books in this Muse series. So bring it on Lex, because I'm eagerly anticipating that next book and I do so hope it will be with the delicious Thomas St. Claire! 

*I received a review copy from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*

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The Deeper He Hurts (Kick #2) by Lynda Aicher

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Reviewed by Tabatha

 

I still have a hangover from this book, and telling you guys that I loved it almost doesn't seem like an adequate enough way to describe my reaction to The Deeper He Hurts. First off, I'm a huge Lynda Aicher fan for many reasons, but I am most of all because she is quite simply an outstanding writer. As I've come to expect from her, the tangled emotions between the characters take the forefront in this book meanwhile the acts they engage in only seem to enhance their connection instead of being the primary focus of their relationship. I don't know how Aicher accomplishes this so flawlessly, but I appreciate it more than she will ever know.

"Pain given and received equally in an exchange of need more than power. The connection was alluring and terrifying at once. And potentially filled with more pain than he could handle."

So let's talk more about The Deeper He Hurts...we saw Asher a bit in the first book of this series and I knew he was going to be a captivating Sadist right from the start. I don't know why, but there was just something about him. I was, however, surprised to find just how exceedingly complex of a character he was and with so much depth him, too. On the flip side our masochist, Sawyer, took complex to a whole new level. His past is clouded in so much pain that I could completely understand his no-holds-barred approach to the lifestyle. I'm just glad he found someone like Asher with an intense moral and ethical code, because at the rate Sawyer was going he was going to be joining his family sooner rather than later. He was on a very dangerous path of self-destruction and his pain almost takes your breath away the further you dive into the book. I had tears streaking down my face more than once as I read as a result.

"Their connection sunk deep and solid. So balanced and mutual he was blinded by its power."

Asher and Sawyer's kinks matched in a way I've never seen between two characters on this intense of a level. To say they had chemistry would be a gross understatement, but it was the way their kinks wove into the deeper emotions they shared that really made this book special. Sawyer's need to live in pain perfectly matched Asher's need to inflict it, but their relationship went so much deeper than just the BDSM elements and I think Aicher did an impeccable job showing us that.

"It was the hottest thing Ash had seen in a very long time-if ever. The suffering was evident, but the power behind the pain was intoxicating."

Overall, I still can't get over how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was emotional and powerful and moving and just so incredibly good. Please take my word for it that The Deeper He Hurts was exceptionally great book, and I can't suggest it to you highly enough. And Lynda, you set the bar pretty high with this one, but I'm still eager to read Finn's book next!

Reviewed by Kim

 

I am absolutely in love with this series. Asher and Sawyer were a perfect fit not only for Kicks, but for each other. The intensity that they both bring to the table is unbelievable. They both come with a lot of baggage, both real and of their own making. They were both searching for something bigger, something stronger. These two men fix each other, complete each other, and make each other better. I can't wait to see what comes next!


*We received a review copy from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for our honest review.*

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