Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan



Reviewed by Tabatha

Wow... this book was so supremely screwed up, but it was an amazing read. It was exceedingly well written, and a fantastic debut from this author. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from her in the future for sure. I hated what Finn (mostly him) & Lilith had to endure. I wanted to just dive into the book and hug Finn so hard and never let him go. Lilith was such a strong character, and I absolutely adored her for that. She gave Finn the strength he was lacking to fight a battle that seemed hopeless. As for the rest...god I just wanted to strangle soooo many of the evil characters in this book from Blaine, to Coyle, to the director dude & his evil fiance, to the really scary actor guys... the list just seems endless. They were all so depraved, and just so very wrong. I don't feel like they got all they deserved in the end, because people like that... I just have no words for the type of punishment I feel like they should endure.

This book was so very dark, but yet hopeful too. I fear that this is definitely one that is going to stay with me for awhile...

If you'd like to check out more about this book or other works by Tabitha, please head over to her facebook.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Faithful by Louise Bay


Reviewed by Tabatha  


I needed a bit of time to figure out my thoughts on Faithful.  On the one hand, I enjoyed the story and I liked the characters, but on the other I felt like it was missing something that I just couldn’t put my finger on.   I think what hung me up was the fact that it felt almost mechanical rather than emotional to me.  I could see the author really trying to get the emotion in there, but sex isn’t the foundation of a relationship and that is all we seem to get with these two.  The intimate conversations they were having were glossed over, and I felt that by missing those we were missing key components of their relationship.  Show me instead of tell me is what I kept saying to myself when we skipped past those moments.

Another aspect that I struggled with is that I know that books are far from reality, but the sex scenes were also a bit over the top (gasp…I know I rarely say that, but I just did).  They were hot, so don’t get me wrong here, but they also felt slightly mechanical as well.  These characters had great chemistry together in the bedroom, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if the focus would have been more on the emotional connection between them during the act as well. 

I really struggle with reviewing books that I deem as 3 star reads, because it isn’t that I didn’t enjoy reading the book but rather I found something missing as I read.  I’m sad to say that I found it easy to put this book down, and that never bodes well for me.   I think that this author has real potential for a great story here, because it had good bones and the plot was interesting.  One key thing I know was missing for me that you usually find in reunion type romance was the conversation between characters about the past.  We never get to hear them discuss this, so the back story is left feeling incomplete.  I liked that he wanted to make sure they communicated their feelings (this is so rare and I loved that), but I wanted the day to day stuff too to make me believe they fell in love so fast too.  When I got to the end, I just felt like things were incomplete and it was far too rushed after so much build-up.  So overall, I liked this book and I thought that the author created two characters that were a pleasure to read, but I also think that it does have room for some improvements as well.  

*Review copy provided by author*

If you'd like to check out more about this book or other works by Louise, please head over to her website.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Play With Me (Pleasure Playground #1) by Eliza Gayle

Reviewed by Tabatha  ✰✰✰✰✰


Play With Me was a really enjoyable read, and I just loved the dynamics between the three characters Eve, Murphy, and Chase. The two guys are suffering from the once bitten twice shy syndrome when it comes to submissives after a failed three-way relationship. Eve has refreshingly real issues that thankfully don't stem from any sort of abuse, but rather family obligations that have just worn her down over the years. Chase knew he wanted Eve as soon as Murphy hired her, but it wasn't until a special request comes in from a client that they all cave their desires.

The photo shoots with these three were so intense, and the heat between them made each scene so very sexy. I can't pick a favorite, but the playground scene was oh sooo very hot. Eliza Gayle pushed into some of the darker aspects of BDSM just a bit (shibari, breath and knife play, and orgasm denial), but I don't think it was enough that the average BDSM reader would be uncomfortable with. I loved that each scene wasn't sex for the sake of sex (which honestly happens a lot in this type of erotic romance), and that they pushed each others boundaries into a relationship between the three of them.

So with all that said, I think this was one hot as hell book with a great cast of characters. I have to say that Eve was the stand out for me though, because I felt like she was the most relateable. She isn't your average stick thin heroine, and that made her more special to me. Chase was a bit of a bear, but I could definitely see the reason behind him keeping himself at a distance. Once he caves though...whew are you in for a treat! Murphy was adorably sensitive and sweet, so I think he balanced Chase exceedingly well. Overall, I think that Eliza Gayle did a fantastic job with this one and you guys will definitely enjoy it too.

Reviewed by Erica ✰✰


Meh. I think this idea of this book was a good one, and the sex scenes were definitely hot, but I did not feel connected to any of the three characters in any way, shape or form, nor did I feel that they were connected to each other. Very, very emotionless. It just felt like Chase was really turned on by Eve, Eve was dying to branch out and do something wild (for reasons not clearly explained or explored), and Murphy went along with it because Eve was so submissive and responsive. And more information on what happened with their prior menage relationship would have been helpful. Not the whole reference book, just a little bit of a detail on what happened.

The scenes were a little chilly and forced. I didn't really like the humiliation, degradation or name calling...and putting "slut" on one of her pictures? Really? Nope, it just didn't make me like this book or the characters at all. I thought the idea of hiring out a playground for the night to do a photo shoot was really original, but there wasn't enough imagery for me to get a clear picture of what was going on (except for the knife at the throat, that I got loud and clear) and the whole confrontation at Eve's apartment afterwards was This book just didn't do it for me. 

For more information on this series and Eliza's other books, please check out her website.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blame it on the Bass (Heart of Fame #6) by Lexxie Couper



Reviewed by Tabatha

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Blame it on the Bass, and I have to tell you that this is Lexxie’s best book to date in my opinion. This was such an emotional story, and I can’t quite tell you enough what an absolute pleasure it was to read. As I’ve said before, Lexxie makes each one of these books better than the last, and you can certainly tell that these characters are just as special to her as they are to us readers. With each book, the characters have been able to capture my heart in a way that I fall in love with them a bit more with each release. Blame it on the Bass is an exceptionally well written read that was heartbreaking, funny, and oh so very sexy too. I literally couldn’t stop reading from start to finish.

Levi and his long-time partner Corbin are going through their own personal hell, and it is tearing them apart inside. Unfortunately, their relationship might not survive either as they each deal with their pain apart. It isn’t until Corbin sees Levi coming alive at the hands of a woman, that he finds a way to possibly save the future they have together. In a desperate attempt to heal their relationship and to figure out his own attraction to the feisty beauty, Corbin proposes to Levi they bring Sonja into their relationship.

Sonja dumped Levi back in high school, but a chance meeting during karaoke leaves her in a steaming pile of goo from her powerful attraction to not only Levi, but his partner Corbin as well. When the couple propose a threesome, she is leery to get involved in what she can clearly already see is a complicated situation. Although she isn’t timid to the concept of a three-way relationship given the fact that she is an erotic romance editor, she feels like she will be the Band-Aid in their relationship leaving her to be the one broken-hearted in the end.

Needless to say, the emotions run very high in this one. One minute you will be crying your eyes out for all the pain that Corbin and Levi are enduring, and then the next you will be laughing out loud at just how adorable these three are together. I particularly loved the dynamics of their three-way relationship. Levi was definitely the dominant one, but Corbin showed hints of it as well with Sonja. This power dynamics led to some incredibly sexy scenes that I promise will leave you all hot and bothered. *grin* Overall, Blame it on the Bass was one fantastic read. Like I said before, I really think that this series just keeps getting better, and I definitely recommend it. I’m excited to see what is in store for Jax in the next book Getting Played, so keep up the great work Lexxie and write faster because I’m dying to read the next book!

*ARC was provided from the author in exchange for an honest review*

For more information on this series and Lexxie's other books, please check out her website.

Undescribable (Undescribable #1) by Shantel Tessier



Reviewed by Erica

The books where the man-whores who swear off commitment for life and FALL LIKE ROCKS are ALWAYS so much fun to read. This one was even MORE so because a lot of it was from Slade's perspective. It was a dual POV novel, which I enjoy a lot when they are written like this one (the person's name at the top of each chapter so it's clear when the POV is changing), but this one seemed to be written a lot more in Slade's POV than in Sam's. And I liked it that you weren't reading the same story switched in real time. It was really enjoyable that you got to see truly from the guy's perspective how confusing they find women...and adorable to watch Slade melt like a piece of ice when this girl, THE one, affects him like she does.

The story itself was really good...Samantha has quite the baggage with her past with her parents and of course, Slade has no shortage of women who remind him (and an unhappy Sam) that he wasn't always into relationships. It makes for a very entertaining story. The other characters in this book, Holly and Micah, Josh and Courtney and Mark and Vivian, are excellent surrounding supporting characters for this wonderful and charming story. St. Louis is described in a way that makes it a wonderful backdrop for Slade and Samantha's story. The author uses a lot of tactile and sensory descriptors to set up an excellent flow that is greatly entertaining. I enjoyed this book a LOT and can't wait to see how book #2 goes. And yes, I cried at the was sad. I guess I'm in a sappy time right now because every book is making me cry! 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Shades of Gray (KGI #6) by Maya Banks


Reviewed by Erica ✰✰✰✰


Finally, at last, the story of P.J. Rutherford comes to light. I had been warned that there was a graphic rape scene in this book, so I was prepared for what was to come, but what I wasn't prepared for was how much this story endeared me to P.J. To me, she is one of the most interesting and complex female lead characters that this author has written about. Maya Banks never ceases to amaze me with what she does with her characters. Does she put her females in this series through shit? Yes, absolutely. Does it make for a great story because the guys have a damsel in distress to rescue? Yes, of course, but not in a routine, formulaic way. With each female in this series, the reader gets to go through what they go through, experience what they experienced, and feel the emotions in a very realistic way. This book is not for the faint-hearted, but it's unforgettable, and watching P.J. recover from what happened to her and embrace her relationship with Cole is completely captivating from beginning to end. Garrett may still be my favorite Kelly, but P.J. is my favorite heroine in this series. 

Reviewed by Tabatha ✰✰✰✰✰


The best way I can describe this book was that it was intense! I had moments of anger, tears of both sadness and joy, and heartwarming love for this book. I can definitely see where some people would have trouble with the first part, but I'm not one of those people. I think Banks truly made PJ the hero of this story, and put her through hell accordingly just like she would do to any other hero in the series. Every single one of the heroines in this series has endured so much, and PJ was no exception. Unfortunately this means PJ had to endure a horrific incident at the start in a mission gone completely wrong. PJ has always been such a very strong character and even through all she endures, she is not broken. She may be hurt physically and emotionally, but she never broke. She did not shrivel up and turn helplessly to others for help, but instead took all that anger and hurt and kicked some major ass. 

I do like that Banks didn't tie this story up with a bow at the end, because PJ isn't going to be able to miraculously recover and be okay after what she went through. That doesn't make her weak or broken, but rather it makes her human. Cole was great and so very supportive of PJ and I just loved that about him. I adored the moments between them when they seemed so tentatively in love. This story wasn't easy to read, but it was definitely worth reading and I will always have a soft spot for PJ and Cole. 

For more information about this series or Maya's other books, please check out her website.

Try (Temptation #1) by Ella Frank


 Reviewed by Erica ✰✰✰✰✰


OH MY F-ING GOD. This is the BEST male on male erotica book I have EVER READ. I expected great things after loving the Exquisite series, but this book was SO seriously captivating and emotional and SO UNBELIEVABLY HOT. I read it in one day. I do not think I will be forgetting Logan and Tate for a LONG, LONG time. For starters, the sexual tension between Logan and Tate was just amazing. The plot with the story of Tate's self-discovery and self-acceptance was absolutely...I don't even know an adequate word to describe it. The sex scenes with all the 'firsts' for both of them were just amazingly off the charts sexy. And the emotional depth of everything going on...OMFG, IT'S THE BEST GUY ON GUY BOOK I'VE EVER READ! HAVE I SCREAMED THAT LOUD ENOUGH YET! Ella Frank, YOU are an erotica MASTER. I can not wait until the next segment in this trilogy. This book is the epitome of true attraction to the person on the inside as well as the outside, no matter what the outside packaging is. LOVED it, LOVED it, LOOOOOVVVVVEED it!!!!! 

Reviewed by Tabatha ✰✰✰✰✰


What a fantastic read! I just absolutely adored Tate and Logan, and the chemistry and heat between these two is off the charts good! This one was so sizzling hot, but yet it had great emotional depth as well.  I think what I loved most was the fact that they are equal in the relationship.  Both have the ability to overpower, but yet they also willingly submit as well.  The only thing that bothered me was Tate's first time.  I cringed at it while reading that part, because even for m/f it would be painful for anyone in that position if it were their first time. 

I have to say the plot was so engaging, that I couldn't put this one down from start to finish.  I didn't mind the cliffhanger ending, because I knew another book is on its way. I guess that is the popular thing to do lately with books, and not everyone likes that type of ending so I will caution you guys that it might bother you. For me the good so out weighed any bad. The chemistry between Logan and Tate is just...yeah wow... good. Logan may not have handled the "outing" scene very well, but I think it was a natural reaction for him and true to his character. Now I may not have liked it, but I would have been shocked had he not been an ass.

I think Ella is a fantastic author, but she really stepped up her game with this one.  She had me wanting to be in the middle of a Logan and Tate sandwich!  My dear Ella...I really need the next book ASAP! So with all this said, I'm going to highly suggest this one to you guys, and if you haven't tried an m/m book then you Try this one! *winks*

For more information about this series or Ella's other books, please check out her website.

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Beck (Corps Security #3) by Harper Sloan



Reviewed by Tabatha


I've been struggling with how write this review, because on one side it was a good read but on the other side it made me angry. I refuse to give away any spoilers in my reviews, but suffice to say a big no no happened and I'm definitely not happy.

The good and the bad of it is that I like Beck and Dee, I always have, but that 2 year gap in time made us lose out on some big relationship building moments between them as well. I just wanted more communication between them than we got, and her recovery just seemed so fast after struggling for so long when we miss that part because of the gap. I think these two have a lot of chemistry, but I wanted to see more of their emotional foundation that they have built beyond the steamy bedroom moments to make me feel that they are in love. 

Unfortunately the area that dropped this for me the most was that the conflict aspects of this book were predictable, bland, and forced. I didn't enjoy that aspect of the story at all, and then the no no moment happened and I was honestly one unhappy reader by that point. Like everyone, I loved the emotional moments (after the event I refuse to spoil for anyone) that definitely made me cry, but sadly my anger overrode those emotions. 

Now I will say that despite all this, I am looking forward to seeing where this story goes from here. I want Maddox's book sooooo bad, but I have a feeling he isn't going to be next. Gah I can't say more without spoiling things, so I'm just going to hush now. lol

For more information about this series or Harper's other books, please check out her website.

Passion and Ponies (Chocoholics #2) by Tara Sivec



Reviewed by Tabatha


I'm so excited that the gang is back, and I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had reading this book! Tara didn't disappoint in the least with her trademark humor and wit, and Passion and Ponies ranks up there as one of her best. 

Tyler was sweet, cute, and sexy, but a bit weird and crazy too. That's just Tyler and he does it so well. And who knew that Ava had a softer side behind all that snark? These two were an unlikely combination, but yet they really work well with one another. The humor in this one was so great that I found myself laughing so hard I cried! With lines like "I'm a wee little uterus and I will fuck all of you up." and chapter titles like "Dolphin Rape" and "When You Wish Upon a Dildo" how can you not laugh your ass off? Lets just say that if you enjoy some light-hearted humor with your romance, then Tara's books are fantastic reads and I highly suggest them. :) 

For more information about this series or Tara's other books, please check out her website.


Up in Knots (Pleasure Code #2) by Gillian Archer


Reviewed by Tabatha


The blurb for Up In Knots sounded really great, but I think my expectations might have been a bit too high.  Now I'm not saying it was a bad read, not in the least, because it was a decent one.  I think that the beginning started out really hot, and I loved all of the characters.

I was really looking forward to the way the relationship was going to develop between Kyla & Sawyer, but unfortunately somewhere towards the middle I think it took a wrong turn.  I've been racking my brain to figure out how to explain it, but I just felt like it lacked emotion in their connection. Sure they absolutely have some steamy hot moments and some tender ones as well, but just towards the end it kind of fell flat for me. I think their physical relationship was good, but I would have liked to dig deeper into their emotional connection as well. I think that overall it was still a nice read, and that readers can enjoy it for a light read.

*I received a review copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

For more information about this series or Gillian's other books, please check out her website.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bonds of Hope (Wicked Play #4) by Lynda Aicher



Reviewed by Tabatha 


Now that's what I'm talking about! This was a great addition to the Wicked Play series, and I absolutely loved it! I think that this one was definitely able to capture the same heavy emotions that I felt from books 1 & 2 that I found missing in book 3. I love the way these stories are about so much more than the BDSM relationship the characters forge, and more about their internal emotional struggles they need to overcome.

Quinn has lead a pampered lifestyle of an actress since childhood, but she has also allowed everyone in her life to control her. Marcus is able to see beyond the facade that Quinn projects, and into her core that shows a true submissive at heart. You are definitely able to feel the chemistry and emotional connection that draws these two together. I also liked that Aicher didn't shy away from them having real issues about the logistics about making their relationship work out as well. Lets just say I couldn't put this book down. I highly recommend this series, and I think Aicher really captures something special with her characters that few who write BDSM can. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book, but I so hope she does a book for Rock soon!

*I received a review copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

For more information about this series or Lynda's other books, please check out her website.

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Slow Ride Home (The Grady Legacy #1) by Leah Braemel



Reviewed by Tabatha

I want to give a very special thank you to Leah, because this book means so very much to me.  She provided me with an ARC of Slow Ride Home, and was kind enough to even mention me in her dedication.  So I'm sending you loads of squishy hugs Leah, and thank you so much for such an amazing book!

Ben Grady holds a very special place in my heart, and I really can't shout this books praises high enough. :) I have always loved Leah's attention to the details, no matter how small, and how her stories are more plot driven. Now don't get me wrong because this book packs plenty of steam too, but she crafts the story in such a way that it absorbs you into her world. This book is just exceptionally well written, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The details she weaves into the story about Texas always astound me.

So Ben and Allie were torn apart by lies and deceit, and neither of them ever forgot the other or the feelings they once had. Now she is being forced to come back and confront those old feelings all while trying to save his family ranch from someone claiming to have purchased part of the land. These two pack a punch with the emotions going on here. I loved that Ben isn't afraid to tell Allie how he feels, and the way that he knows just how to handle her after all this time is just so swoon worthy. :) Allie is strong, yet, so very vulnerable too. She is justifiably skittish about allowing any man back into her life given her past mistakes, but especially Ben because he could hurt her worse than he did the first time. I loved the banter between these two, and the honest communication that they had. It just made the characters feel more real to me.

I've always been a sucker for a reunion type love story, and this one definitely exceeded my expectations. Overall, the chemistry and real emotions are what make this book great, but also the slight hint of mystery going on with all the secrets and deception. Definitely give this one a read guys, because I don't think you will be disappointed. Now I just have to wait on Jake's book, because I'm dying to see where this story goes! It's a trilogy, so you know it is just building and building! *big grin*

*ARC was provided by the author for honest review*

For more information on this series and Leah's other books, please check out her website.

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More Than Words (More Than #3) by Jess Dee



Reviewed by Tabatha


I adored the way this book turned out for Sam. :) He was so endearingly sweet in the previous book, and I'm so glad he found his love.

Molly and Sam have both shared a secret longing for each other, but an accidental email describing her desires takes these two in a new direction. Once Sam reads what Molly is really thinking, all he wants is more. Now in true Dee fashion, she is able to weave in so much emotion that the story feels complete even with it being a novella. Jess was able to make these characters feel complete by showing their shared past and building that into a realistic HEA for them. This was the perfect mix of sexiness with genuine feeling, and I just loved it. :)

For more information about this series and other books by Jess, please check out her website.

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Unconditional (Always #1) by Cherie M. Hudson



Reviewed by Tabatha


This one had all the perfect elements to make it a really great read and I absolutely loved this heartwarming story. It had a very original plot with well developed characters, and I laughed just as much as I cried. Emotions were definitely deep in this one, and wow did these two pack a punch in the chemistry department! The heat between them is intense and no matter how much Maci holds herself back, Raph isn't going to let her get away. Honestly, what I think I loved most about this book was just how real it felt. It handles a real life type situation, and we know going into it that the HEA is going to be difficult for these guys.

Facing reality isn't going to be easy but love is unconditional, and that is exactly what this story reminds you. Definitely give this one a read guys, because I know you will love it too!

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review*

For more information about this series or Cherie's upcoming books, please check out her website.

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Fighting Love (Love to the Extreme #2) by Abby Niles



Reviewed by Tabatha


This was a very enjoyable friends to lovers story and I adored all the sweet moments of friendship that eventually transitioned into some really steamy hot moments as lovers. Julie is my favorite type of heroine, because she is both strong and smart. She has been pining for her best friend for the better part of 23 years, but she also didn't just cave when he started showing affection for her either. Now Tommy annoyed me at times, but I also understood where he was coming from too. He didn't think himself capable of the type of love he felt Julie deserved, so he was fighting really hard and admirably with himself about taking their friendship to the next level. I loved how honest he was about his faults with both his love and professional life, and I really did feel for him in his struggles. Once he gives in though, things between these two heat up super fast! Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I hope we get to read Mac or Brody's stories next!

*I received a review copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

If you'd like to find out more about this series or Abby's other books, please check out her website.

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Lead Me On (Hearts of Fame #5) by Lexxie Couper



Reviewed by Tabatha


Holy snapping duck shit did I love this one! Lexxie Couper has definitely done it again, and with each book releases in this series, they just keep getting better. She has such an amazing ability to create intense sexual tension between her characters, but more importantly she does this without losing sight of the rest of the story making them an absolute pleasure to read.

The band is on the quest to find a new lead singer, and it brings Samuel and Jax to San Franciso. There Samuel meets the twin sister of their prospect, and her resistance to his charms draws Samuel like no other has before. Lily is less than happy when her brother offers up her services to play tour guide while he finishes up a stint in rehab. Sparks definitely fly between Samuel and Lily, and not all of them are in a good way.

Lily has watched the price of fame grip her family for far too long, and the worst has been the toll it has taken on her twin brother. Although she is sexually attracted to Samuel, she has no plans to tolerate him or his lifestyle in her life. Being forced to play tour guide during her week off isn't her idea of fun, but she also doesn't expect to discover the vulnerable real man Samuel is beneath his facade.

Samuel has always projected his narcissistic egomaniac rock star image to the world. Under it all though lurks a man who is sweet and lonely, which isn't what Lily was expecting at all. I loved how he kind of wore his heart on his sleeve in this one, and just seemed so genuine and real. The best part...I adored how he craved to just hear her laugh. :)

These two have tension and chemistry in spades, and it lead to some explosive heat between them in the bedroom. These guys were not what you'd think of as a perfect match, but yet they were once they both really saw one another for who they were inside. :) Sam's struggles to be "normal" were adorable, and Lily's adaptations to his lifestyle wer cute (especially the way she handles paparazzi). Overall, I just really loved this book and the characters were great. I can't think of a way that Lexxie can top it, but I just know she will because we still need a lead singer and Levi and Jax are left as well.

 For more information on this series and Lexxie's other books, please check out her website.

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Devil in My Arms (The Saint's Devils #3) by Samantha Kane



Reviewed by Tabatha

Having not read the previous books in this series, I was delighted to find that I didn't need to in order to understand what was going on in Devil In My Arms. I will, however, definitely be going back and reading them, because I absolutely adored the line up of characters in this. Samantha Kane has always had an ability to draw you into her stories, and I think that she writes fantastic characters you can't help but fall in love with. I have to say that Kane did a fantastic job accomplishing this in Devil In My Arms, and I found myself unable to put the book down.

I simply loved the witty banter between Eleanor and Hil. Not only do these two share amazing chemistry together, but they are quite evenly matched making them perfect for one another as well. As the story progressed, they find themselves undeniably attracted to one another, so the two seek out an intimate assignation that works to their mutual benefit. Unfortunately, neither of them planned to fall in love or the complications that they would face either. Regrettably, trouble lurks in the shadows from a foe that neither of these two could have anticipated, and it will take all of Hil's detective skills to figure out who the real murderer is before Eleanor is set to hang.

Devil In My Arms was an engaging and exciting read from start to finish. I was never able to anticipate where the story was going to go, so that made it truly a delightful read for me. I look forward to reading the previous two books in the series, and I am eager to see what Kane has in store for us next as well.

*I received a review copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

For more information on this series, and Samantha's other books, please check out her website.  

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Steady Beat (Hearts of Fame #4) by Lexxie Couper



Reviewed by Tabatha


After several years hiatus, the guys from Blackthorne have decided to make a go of it as a new band, and the only thing they need is a new singer. Sounds easy right? Not so much when you are attempting to replace the amazing Nick Blackthone. While the guys are discussing finding a new singer, Noah's ever drifting attention is caught by a sable haired beauty waiting tables. Pepper has spent her life feeling like a failure at everything she does, but fate hands her a chance when she overhears the guys discussion. She decides to take the opportunity, and challenge Noah once the other guys leave to a music trivia battle. The stakes... if she wins she gets to audition for the band, but if she loses she has to give him a kiss... and likely her heart too.

Noah and Pepper try to keep their distance and keep things platonic, but they are fighting a losing battle with the intensity of the chemistry between them. Things move very quickly, but Pepper gives Noah a calm he has never experienced before that makes him determined to have her no matter what. Well...that is until an unexpected complication attempts to destroy their new found love.

I adored these two and I think that they were a great match. They complement one another so well, and just really balance each other out. Noah has had a complicated life with his ADHD that has affected his relationship with everyone. Pepper provides that calming influence on him, so he is able to finally be at peace and be happy. Pepper is soo painfully shy that it has affected all aspects of her life, so the way that Noah builds her self-confidence is so sweet and endearing to me. Lexxie has this amazing ability to create tons of sexual tension with her characters. The heat was definitely on with these two, and they were so much fun to read. :) I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series, because it just keeps getting better with each book. Keep up the great work Lexxie!

 For more information on this series and Lexxie's other books, please check out her website.

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