Review: Engaging the Bachelor (Pulse #1) by Cathryn Fox

EngagingtheBachelor_500Pretending to date this doctor is a prescription for trouble…

Hot, Southampton doctor, Carson Reynolds isn’t the kind of man Gemma Carr should be playing with. But his offer of a fake engagement comes with sexy, late night house calls, and despite her bad girl reputation, it’s been far too long since she’s taken two and called anyone in the morning.

When Carson sees Gemma at a charity event, he knows he has to have her. It’s been ten years since he’s had her in his arms, but that hasn’t lessened his intense need for her. To save her reputation and get his parents off his back, he makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

It’s the perfect set-up–until this fake engagement starts to feel a little too real…

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I have to say that I love Ms. Fox’s letter to her readers at the very beginning of the book. She keeps it real and let’s you know what you are getting from her upfront. She is promising you a story with a past, present and future, characters with integrity, respect, devotion to family and friends and lust that could possibly turn into love… But will Carson and Gemma allow that to happen… Or will the evil forces of one manipulating, not so nice woman be allowed to get in the way of this story…

I want you to believe that this woman, Gemma, is from the wrong side of the tracks who meets a hot, sexy doctor, Carson, and all goes wonderful for them… but this story is so much more than that. It really is not about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks because that shit does not exist anymore… or it shouldn’t. But Gemma is the exact opposite of that – you just have to stay around long enough to see her walls come down… now the doctor is hot and sexy as all get out and he is hell bent on making Gemma’s wall come (ha) down… But walls are meant to be torn down…

Carson is a guy that has carried the weight of feeling the disappointment from his family around on his shoulders for what feels like forever. He tries to do the right thing, he tries to make the right decision and he tries to please everyone – everyone but himself. He knows his family’s status means more to his family than his happiness, which is why the deal Carson offered to Gemma makes sense to him to please everyone – pun intended.

Gemma has seen to many people come and go in her life that she has decided that any kind of attachment is not a good kind. She has worked hard on obtaining a bad girl reputation, funny thing is… that is farthest from the truth as Pluto is from the Sun. Her bedroom playmates, she can count on just a few fingers, so it’s funny that she would accept what other people think of her… But if she allows them to believe this lie, then she can keep the guys at bay – away from herself and her heart. However, she craves what every woman wants – someone to love her, be there for her, and stay. But she learned a long time ago that that kinda of stuff does not happen, especially to people like her.

These two create a story worth reading. They will take you on a journey that will leave you feeling like you watched them grow up and overcome a few of the obstacles that they have faced all their lives. The give and take between these two is perfect. This is a very intriguing story, with twist and turns that you think you know are coming but do they happen – you will have to read this story to find out if they do…

Ms. Fox created a story that I truly enjoyed. It has been a while since I have read a story that has pulled emotions from me to make me feel what the characters were feeling. She made me feel the hurt and frustration of Gemma and poor Carson, you will feel the desperation and determination he is going through.  This story is a great read that you can be done on a lazy Saturday afternoon

Cathryn Fox’s web site – http://www.cathrynfox.com/

Review: Fuel (DirtSlap #1) by @Ashlynn_Pearce

fuel“Is there any line she won’t cross?”

Cassie Dalton escapes her narrow-minded hometown and will do whatever it takes to make a life for herself—on her own terms. Getting stranded in Nashville on her twenty-first birthday is fine…running into the one man she never thought she’d see again is mind-blowing. She doesn’t want, or need, a hero, but he opens her heart to feelings she’d stopped believing in. She’s always loved him, but is he worth risking her heart?

Thrand Medlam is content with his life as a studio drummer, until Cassie slams into his world at full throttle. Grown up and running wide ass open, she sparks the fire he never knew he’d lost. The girl from his past digs up all the regret and remorse he’d buried when he left. Torn between the guilt of long ago and the vibrant girl in front of him, he must make a choice. Honor a promise he made to his best friend, Cassie’s dead brother, or love her.

In the midst of their chaos, a band, with a little bit of country, a dash of metal and a whole lot of dirt, is born…DirtSlap.

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When you read a story, you normally want it to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. You want the characters to touch your heart and warm your soul. You want your characters to be strong and your heroine to be stronger… A story should make you want to read it all over again. Well, Ms. Pearce’s book, Fuel, will push you to places that you know you have to go in order to understand her characters. She will make you fall completely in love with her characters and she will make you realize what is worth fighting for. This story is rough, hard, jaded, wild, unpredictable, soft and tender all at the same time. And you might find yourself questioning what have you been reading lately…

When you first meet Cassie, you might think she is a little to young being only twenty-one years old. But when you read her story and hear her voice, you realize she is a lot older than your ordinary twenty-one year old. She has lead a very hard life. I won’t tell you much about her life because I want you read this book for yourself, but believe me when I tell her you will completely understand her and where she coming from when you read her story. She is a firecracker, not to be handled carelessly. But she is hell bent on getting as far away from her hometown as she can get. But when her trip hits a snag, she runs into someone she never thought she would every see in a million years. But when she does run into him, or more like him coming to her rescue, watch the dynamite explode.

Thrand is a man that ran as far as he could from his past. He knew that in order to survive, he has to get as far as he possibly could. When he finally settled in Nashville, life was decent. He did what he loved, when he wanted to and was content. He still has demons that haunted him, but being away from home, those demons stayed at bay. That is until he saves the wrong woman one night… She is not the same person he remembers. The last time he saw her she was so young and innocent and his best friend’s little sister

This book will pull so many emotions from you, it is not even funny. While reading the story, I noticed something – Cassie has the right idea about life. Life was pretty shitty to her, she did not play victim to what life dealt her. She did not become a woman who would allow people to walk all over her. She believed in dealing with what was dealt, learning from it, and moving on. She is still a person with feelings and emotions but she lives her life with no regrets. She did not shy away from things because you never know what tomorrow will bring. She does push the envelope a bit, she did worry me at some points in her story but knowing she was surrounded by people who truly care about her, I knew she would be okay. But she wears her heart on her sleeve for everyone to see. Thrand, well… he will make you fall in love with him. He wants to be the person he promised his best friend he would be if something ever happened to him but having the feelings he is having – he is not so sure. He’s lost one person he loved, if he doesn’t watch it, he could be in danger of losing the only person who has every truly loved him.

Ms. Pearce, you have done very well in the telling of Cassie and Thrand’s story. You gave them depth, emotions, scars, passion, heat, but most of all, you gave them life. You gave them purpose, meaning and most of all, you gave them love. Thank you.

 

To learn more about Ashlynn’s books, visit her web site http://ashlynnpearce.com/

 

 

Review: Grinding Gears by @lissamatthews

GrindingGears300x450In the final laps, it’s ALL or NOTHIN’

Jason’s entering his rookie season as a big time stock car driver in the national spotlight, but he’s no stranger to breakneck speeds, sponsor expectations, or the older women who’ve revved his engine since he was a teenager. He’s content to learn and indulge himself until a blind date with a curvy smartass brings his boots to a screechin’ halt.

Alli’s strong, driven, a recent law school graduate. She’s also on a self-imposed man hiatus. And… despite the lure of a sexy, race car drivin’ cowboy, the good intentions of her friends, and an incredible job offer, she’s not giving in to the temptation.

Is she?

Jason knows he’s got one shot to prove himself to his new owners on the most famous super speedway of them all, and only one shot to win the heart of the woman he hopes is waiting for him at the finish line.

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It has been a while since I have reviewed a book, so please forgive my style… To many term papers have defined my writing style… Let’s see if I can get back in the saddle, lol…

Alli is a woman hell bent on finishing the bar exam to finalize her law degree but something has been nagging her lately, in the back of her mind. She knew her life was missing something but she could not put her finger on it, until it almost slaps her in the face. Life is going great, her two best friends are doing things they love doing, one is with the man of her dreams and the other is doing the thing she loves (cooking). But what about herself… What was she doing… Oh yea… the bar exam, studying, working, studying, working… Yea, fun right… But we all know what that is like. With all that, there was just one thing she was missing…

Jason is all sorts of yumminess wrapped in blue jeans, a cowboy hat and boots and don’t forget strapped in a race car. He’s young and full of determination. He knows what he wants in life and he goes after it, not afraid of the consequences. His life has thrown him a few curves but the curves of one woman has gotten his attention and he won’t stop until she is his… Or at least that is the plan. Jason knows how to handle himself on and off the track but a woman is not like a car or a track. Going against a wall or a woman – which one will be the death of him (literally)…

Alli is all for love and lust and wonderful feeling insides but for other people. As far as she is concerned, she does not need that in her life right now. The bar exam is shortly coming and her attention needs to be focused on that and her job. Distractions are not what she needs right now, so when she meets Jason for the first time, her first instinct was to run the other way. She knew that anything he was offering was definitely something she was not needing in her life, at this point in time. She has her friends and they provide enough company that she was okay with that… Or was she… Alli would look to one of her best friends and watch her moon over the love of her life… then she would look to the other one and she was half way across the world doing something she was passionate about. But she was okay with that…

Let’s just say that I am so thankful Jason has a very determined mind set that when he wants something, he goes after it with all of his heart. That would mean racing and women… Or in this case, one woman by the name of Alli. She was prickly at first, but he knew that they could have something special or at least he wanted to see if what he thought was right. Alli pushed as hard as she could to keep Jason as arm’s length but sooner or later those arms get tired of being held up… And when they drop, just like the checkered flag, you will know who wins the battle!

This is a short story in my mind and it is a great read! The characters are hot and ready. You do not have to read book one to understand the friends that come in and out of the book, but it helps (but again you do NOT have too.) Now we just need the third story to finish the series and all will be right with the world 🙂 Great book Ms. Lissa, you have delivered another awesome story for us!

To learn more about Lissa’s books visit her site: http://lissamatthews.com/

#Review: Five Alarm Alphas: Eight Sexy All New Romances

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23200208I haven’t read an anthology in a while… and Wow, what a jammed packed book to read. You will want to settle in for a few nights to thoroughly enjoy these delightful, delicious tales of these scrumptious firemen/women. This book is packed with authors that know exactly how to tease you with their words that will tempt, tease and downright make you feel naughty. They know how to light a fire in places that might be chilly with this weather lately. These are some wonderful authors that know how to make their words matter!

First, I will post the blurb for each story then my review. Let’s see how these stories will roast your sheets 🙂

Feeding the Flames ~ Leah Breamel: When chef Tabatha Morgan returns to Barnett Springs, her burning crush on firefighter Zac Buchanan flares back to life. Trouble is, Zac has made a promise to keep his distance from Tabby, so Zac’s best friend and fellow firefighter Quinn decides to help feed the flames of their mutual desire.

This story is cute in its own way. Promises were made a long time ago… do they still stand the test of time… when it is between best friends – yes. But what happens when you grow up and out of those promises made way back when… Do they still stand… Well, that depends on what they were. Zac knows what he wants but is set on keeping his promise, which is very admirable… but when the woman of your dreams wants you what do you do… Well, thank God for best friends to slap you when you are stupid… This is a hot tale that will start the slow shimmer for the rest of the book!

Combustible ~ Lexxie Couper: Arson investigator, Desmond Russell is the best in Australia. Cool, calm and collected, nothing ruffles him. Until he meets Outback fire brigade captain, Jess Montgomery, a woman who ignites all his sexual desires. The initial spark will engulf them both…but will their hearts survive the inferno?

Now this story was kinda cool because the author took the look of a fire situation from a different angle, one I never thought about while reading about firemen/women… But I will say that the feathers that were ruffled was extremely fun to watch because you would swear that as much as Jess hated Desmond, she wanted him just as fierce. But would pride and ownership of her job cost her what her heart wants most of all, him. Not sure, you will have to read to find out. This is a definitely a tale worth reading and observing how control is to be taught on the field and in the bedroom 🙂

Wet Down ~ Delilah Devlin: Out with the old, in with the new…Or so Sherry Thacker thinks. Problem is, her ex is always on her mind and right across the street. When a “Wet Down” ceremony to retire an old fire truck is planned by the city council she has to put aside her hurt and anger and do her job. Blake Thacker wants his wife back—in every way and he’ll use whatever means necessary to win her back. Sex is always best served WET.

When two people have had enough of each other, the best thing is to leave… but Sherry and Blake I am not sure got the memo that when you are considered an ex, there is no going back. But when one man wants his wife back, he will stop at nothing to get her back – where she belongs. With him.

Two to Spark ~ Marie Harte: When a psychic predicts that a faulty toaster, a black cat, and the wrong address will bring Cooper together with Ms. Right, he shrugs off the notion as crazy. But before long, fate has something else in store for the sexy firefighter when a spark of attraction ignites into true love.

Oh my goodness, now this story had me giggling and getting hot all that the same time. This story is so cute you will want to find your own damn cat to trip over. Because believe me, if I knew that tripping over a cat would get a guy like Cooper… hell, I would be tripping over the damn thing all the time. (Not really, but you know what I mean… lol) But this story will take a trip down memory lane and for those in the past, some things are never truly forgotten… or forgiven? Cooper’s sister has told him what awaits in his future… but does he have the balls to accept what she has said or is willing to shrug it off… That is, until he realizes that sometimes things happen for a reason that none of us will ever know…

Controlled Burn ~ Desiree Holt: Montana Wade was home after writing off the past ten years of her life, but she needed one more night of courage before she faced her family. Boone Crider, hotshot firefighter, was burned out form the rash of malicious fires. They thought one night as strangers would cure them both, but the fire they started between them soon became a barely controlled burn.

This was a good story… The opening was great! The bar, the one night of a little liquid courage… Boone! Coming back home to face family and feel like a failure is never a good thing but Montana was up for anything after the amazing night of awesome sex with Boone… But what she did not realize was that Boone lived in her town… went to the diner she ate at… and basically was all around her… Was that a bad thing, hell no! The one night of amazing sex as strangers could turn out to be oh-so-much-more… But will the fire they started burn out quickly or will they let it fester? You will have to read this one to find out…

Up In Smoke ~ Lissa Matthews: Half-brothers, Josh and Jay, share everything from a house, to a love of curvy, older women. So when their dream woman accidentally sets her kitchen on fire, they ride to her rescue, sirens blaring, promising to kindle flames that may never be extinguished.

Ohhhh what a story this turned out to be… Two brothers who are strong, sexy, hot, hero worthy, panty wetting brothers… Damn, I mean one story with one of the brothers would have been enough, but we got both of to them in one story.. holly molly! This is a delicious tale, where you actually do get dinner and…. dessert! 🙂 Sometimes dessert is just so good you have to have a second piece! Hehehe… But seriously, this is a story that will make you go “awe damn.. I can’t believe that happened to her…” but then when you see what happens to her after, you realize she is in good hands. And oh those hands will make you melt and beg for more… Josh and Jay save people’s lives everyday, but when saving the life of one woman causes their hearts to catch fire, is she going to be ready to put that fire out and keep these two from burning up!

Rekindled ~ Cari Quinn: Some blazes refuse to be contained. It’s been months since ex-firefighter Katie Kemp has spoken to her former lover and squad mate, Dash Carlton. But when a late night drive down memory lane leads her to a small fire at Dash’s house, she realizes she’s not willing to turn her back on the hottest flame of her life.

This story was hilarious. I mean, do not get me wrong, the story was awesomely sexy but to see how this story unfolded was deliciously funny! I mean how else do you explain why you are at your ex’s house… saving his butt from a fire… in his own house! This story does take it a trip down memory lane but if the trip saves someone, is it worth it – of course it is… But the thing is, does this person want saving… Katie and Dash will take you on their trip of saving each other… Two halves are not whole unless they are together… Now, don’t get me wrong, the sheets will be burning up but these two have the right equipment to put it out!!!

Into the Fire ~ Shelli Stevens: Shannon has always prided herself on holding her own in the male dominated field of firefighting. She likes to be in control. Until she strikes a bargain with a sexy man from her past who makes her give it all up in the bedroom.

Oh my goodness… This story makes me wish I walked in that bar that night.. This really is a good story of how compromising is all about control. You never know what you are capable of until one night… someone ask you to give it up. Would you give it up for one night of unspoken promises that could make you wet on the spot? Well, Shannon decided why not… You never know what you like until you at least try it… once… right… Or maybe a few more times, lol… Shannon walked to walk directly Into the Fire… She just wants you to go on the ride with her!

 

#Review: Smokin’ Hot Firemen: Erotic Romance Stories for Women @DelilahDevlin

1227648blurbWho can melt any woman’s heart with a single smile? The sexiest icon of all- a fireman!

They enter fiery structures with selfless courage—the very definition of the word “hero.” Women understand their allure… A soot-covered face, sweat dripping from hard, chiseled muscles, the sharp snap of suspenders — yes, only a fireman can make suspenders sexy! Delilah Devlin’s burning-hot book includes thrilling stories teeming with gorgeous firemen from some of today’s hottest romance writers. In “Saving Charlotte,” Sabrina York’s firefighting Dom rescues a woman tied to a red-hot bed; from Cathryn Fox comes “Temperature Rising” where a fire chief fulfills some very steamy fantasies; Elle James’s “Chasing Fire” sees a daring smoke-jumper parachuting into the hot zone of a forest fire then setting his girlfriend ablaze with erotic heat; and Magic Mike ain’t got nothin’ on Delilah’s own fireman-turned-exotic-dancer-for-a-night “Johnny Blaze.”

With a list of award-winning authors that includes Ily Goyanes, Shoshanna Evers, Adele Dubois, and Rachel Firasek, Delilah delivers tales of these courageous men sliding down their big poles to steal readers’ hearts! Smokin’ Hot Firemen imagines the romantic possibilities of being held against that massively muscled chest by a man whose mission is to protect and serve . .

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My review for this book will be a bit different as this an anthology of many stories and while it is hard to write a review and not give anything away when it is a good size story, when they are as short as these are – it is extremely hard to NOT give away the story… So, I just write about what I read….

The collective voices of all the authors in this anthology are awesome. These women were given a mission, to write about firemen and boy did they deliver. There are sixteen short stories in all. Although some are a few pages long and others a little longer, one thing through all those pages have is some serious smoking hot freaking firemen and some smoking hot sex scenes. These authors didn’t back down from the challenge and for that I thank them. They freely gave their characters emotion, passion, desire, and lust. But they also put their characters through fear and doubt. They made their stories real; they gave life to each one you read.

With writing a very short story like these authors did, it is hard to first deliver a story that a reader will believe because of the length of the story. Then it is hard because you have to give the reader everything they so desire within those few pages. So, first kudos to all the authors in this anthology, you ladies did an amazing job. Secondly, readers, please beware that if you love a long, drawn out courting, romance, then sex kinda story… Well, just sit back, relax and let go for a little while, while you read these tales. Enjoy them for what they are – quickies that sometimes we only fantasize about.

These wonderful authors tapped into what is assumingly one fantasize all us women share – being with a freaking hot fireman, in any way, shape or form. They delivered us stories about married couples whose emotions are real because they are scared for their loves one as they might not come back from that call. Some deliver us stories of our hero’s being rescued by that special someone and not even knowing they were the one in need of being rescued but most of all what they deliver us is some stuff to light a fire in the bedroom and make our own fantasizes come true.

Some characters will delight you, some will make you laugh, others you may want to slap for being bullheaded and some you might just simply fall in love with. The stories are for you to simply read and enjoy. Not to judge if the story is to short or if the sex is not timed right within the story, just read and enjoy… Give the authors many props for dishing us dirty, naughty stories in such a short read.  Much love to each and every one of the authors in this collection – you all rock! And your stories…. Well, let’s just say you might need to hose down the book as they may self ignite. Happy Reading Smutty Readers!

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#Review: Safeword: Matte – In Training by @CandaceBlevins

Matte2-200x300The wedding is four months away, and Ethan has promised to train Sam to handle a planned honeymoon activity. He’s calculated the math to figure out her goals each week. When she reaches the weekly target she gets a massage and lots of fun orgasms. But if she doesn’t, it’s the stainless steel cane.

All this along with navigating her clients’ drama, planning a wedding, dealing with her mother while planning the wedding, and having lots and lots of wild and kinky sex.

And we haven’t even mentioned the bachelorette party.

Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM some may find objectionable, anal sex, bondage, and the use of toys including crops, clips, clamps, plugs, and gags.

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I have read the first few stories in this series and when I say series, I do not want you to think you have to read them in order… You can read out of order, but I would not advise it – First, you might be spanked if you are caught reading them out of order and secondly, you might miss a piece of information that sets the story off for you. Then let me tell you that if you think you are going to read a story that speaks lightly of spanking and playing with butt plugs… you might not want to read this story. Ms. Candace writes these stories from her heart and soul. She does not half ass anything in her story. She gives you all the details that go with each characters kink. Read her warnings and enjoy them….

Sam is about as independent as a woman can be. She is a divorce attorney, so she has seen it all. The cases she has to deal with sometimes makes her doubt that a happily ever after ending can really happen. But thankfully her soul has not hardened to what her eyes and ears have witnessed. She knows that trust and communication plays a huge part of that happily every after. Even though she is about to marry the man of her dreams, Sam still has a few doubts… Can Ethan help her get past those doubts like he is helping her train for their honeymoon?

Ethan is a man that is head over heels in love with his soul mate – Sam. She is everything he wants in a woman and a whole lot more. He knows that when she carries a heavy caseload she starts questioning relationships in general. He knows how to push her buttons but he knows how to soothe her soul. He knows with every fiber in his body that this is the woman that was made to submit to only him.

The title of the book tells you everything you need to know. This is Sam’s In-Training book because Ethan is preparing her for the honeymoon of her life. They are getting ready to say their wedding vows in front of everyone they know. To profess their love, for whatever life brings their way. The part I love about this story is how much these two stress that trust and communication play a huge part in any relationship. Without those two things, there is no relationship. They show you how you can still have your independence but still rely on the other person in the relationship to be your shoulder to lean on but not be seen as needy.

 

To learn more about Candace’s books visit her web site http://www.candaceblevins.com/

 

#Review: Flawless by Cat Grant (Irresistible Attraction #4) @CatGrant2009

Flawless_225Steve Campbell used to be a player, until a mid-life crisis opened his eyes to his long-repressed love for Connor, his soon-to-be-married best friend and business partner. Coming out at thirty-eight means learning how to date all over again, and this time, Steve’s not willing to settle for empty one-night stands. He wants the real thing.

Gil Alvarez has never had it easy, struggling through childhood and rejected by his family for a body that didn’t match who he was inside. A skilled driver and mechanic, he’s working hard to make his auto shop a success. The last thing he needs is a rich white guy in a candy-apple red Ferrari tempting him, but Steve’s ready smile and easygoing manner prove irresistible.

One brief, intimate encounter leaves them both hungry for more. Gil’s not ashamed of who he is, but he’s terrified that Steve will reject him—or worse—when he discovers what Gil can’t find the courage to tell him.

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First, let me make this introduction in case you have not figured it out by the cover.. This is a m/m story. If for some reason, m/m loving is not your thing – I still want you read this review, lol. There is always a first time for everything. But really though, you never know what you might be missing…

I have read the other books in this series and oh boy…. Let me just say that I finally get Steve’s story. Ms. Cat has created a series that has been very interesting to read. The relationships that Ms. Cat has introduced me to in this series are very real… You can fell their emotions and see their heartache. The characters come off the pages and into your heart. They nest inside until you understand their pain, grief, and passion. They want you to understand where they have been and what they dream of doing. They pull you in their world and don’t release you until the last page, even then… they keep you coming back for more…

Steve (if you read the other stories, you have already met Steve) is a man that has been in love with his best friend only to introduce his best friend to the man of his dreams. So, that leaves Steve odd man out. He is tired of being odd man out, he is tired of one night stands where he doesn’t remember the guys name, and he is tired of being lonely. But is he ready to commit to someone 100%… can he do that and give up his playboy lifestyle… But it seems the one person he is attracted too, he offends at every turn… Can Steve keep his foot out his mouth long enough to see if there is a mutual attraction.

Gil is a man with a past that is not easily shared. In fact, he does not like sharing his past with anyone in fear of rejection because that is a horrible feeling. A feeling that Gil knows all to well. You feel for Gil, you feel his struggles, you know his life is not an easy one. He knows how hard life is and how hard life can be especially to someone who is different… But can love actually happen for him, or will it mock him in the face. One man might be able to break all the walls Gil has built around his heart, if only the man can keep his foot out his mouth.

This story truly was a great story. The heat level in the story is not exactly high, but for this story, I thought that was touching because this story is a matter of the heart and soul more than it is about heating up the sheets. Don’t get me wrong, we all love some super hot loving, but to understand this story is to know the walk both men had to make in order to be where they are (emotionally, mentally and physically) in this story. They need each other more than they both know… but overcoming things might prove to be the hardest thing for both of them to do.

No one is Flawless… Now go get your own copy and find out!!!

To find out more about cat’s books, visit her site http://catgrant.com/

 

#Review: Sweet Inspiration by Penny Watson (Klaus Brothers #1) @PennyRomance

16062175What if the legend of Santa Claus is in fact, true? What if Santa has five big strapping sons who help him run his empire? Five single, sexy sons looking for romance…

Nicholas Klaus is a master pastry chef, a strict disciplinarian, and the eldest son of the legendary Santa Claus. One look at café owner Lucy Brewster sends him into an unexpected tailspin of lusty desires. When Lucy is injured, Nicholas makes a decision that catapults both of their lives into turmoil ….

Lucy Brewster, the free-spirited proprietor of Sweet Inspiration, has a flair for concocting sugary confections but no time for adventure. She gets more than she bargained for when she awakens in the North Pole…rambunctious elves, a fitness-obsessed Santa, and the man of her dreams. Does she have what it takes to become the next Mrs. Klaus?

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This is my first book by Ms. Penny but I can promise you, it will not be my last. Her writing is crafty and refreshing. She has taken on an old time tradition and will make you a believer. She created a story that is timeless as the season we celebrate but she put a new spin on the whole thing and it was delightfully fun to read. Ms. Penny will make you feel the magic of Christmas while you are reading her stories… She will make you feel the crisp chill in the air. You will find yourself smelling cookies baking while you read her stories. She will simply bring to life the Christmas season.

Lucy is a very charming woman and has a heart of gold. She is caring, compassionate and very understanding. She lost both of her parents, leaving her alone in this world. But Lucy does not feel alone as she has her employees and all her patrons that come into her bakery, Sweet Inspiration. Her parents would be proud of the woman she has become and the accomplishments she has made. She knows that she works too much but her work is her life. Without it, she would be lost. She is the kind of woman that gives “going above and beyond” new meaning. She throws herself into everything she does… but the thought often creeps in her mind… when is it my turn to have someone take care of me?

Nicholas is a man that is set in his ways. He thrives on order and discipline. He is all work and no play. His passion is in the kitchen, making, baking and simply creating delicious treats. He has traveled all over the world sampling the delights others had to offer, until he walked into a bakery in Easton, New York and discovered a cookie that knocked his socks off… He could not believe he had found a cookie that he could not put his finger on the “secret” ingredient He was determined to get that ingredient… Well, that is what he started out wanting until he met the woman responsible for making that cookie. But he also knew that his time was running out before his father would want to pass the torch down to him in the family business.

This truly is a delightfully, delicious tale of two people coming together by fate and discovering how good they are for each other. That is, until something happens to Lucy – then Nicholas realizes how much he dose not want to live without her. But when asked to take over the family business, Lucy knows that Nicholas should be focusing on that instead of her… But when fate makes up her mind, she will find a way for things to work out. This tale truly takes on a magic feel and you will feel the presence of pure magic and love in this story.

Nicholas, for some reason, cannot express his feelings. I think it is because he is scared of rejection…and not knowing what the other person is feeling is a scary feeling. He knows what he wants and knows it is the right combination – but to watch him fumble through this… well… is priceless. Now Lucy on the other hand, is an enchanting woman but for some reason, she believes that by leaving the one person in the world that loves her, she is saving him… These two, with the help of Nicholas’s family make this story magically believable. Ms. Penny will intrigue you with family, introducing you to the mother, father and brothers (so that means more stories to come)… but then Ms. Penny makes sure to introduce you the extended family…. And what a pleasure they are!

And to be able to read this book during the Christmas season was just the marshmallows in my hot chocolate!! Oh and I will be leaving some cookies and milk out on Christmas Eve!!

To learn more about Penny and her books visit her web site http://www.pennywatsonbooks.com/

 

#Review: Damaged (David Family Saga: Bayou Rogues #1) by Gina Watson {@ginawatsongina}

damaged_450Bailey’s short life may be rendered even shorter if fortune doesn’t turn her wheel. Unfortunately, most of what she needs is out of her control. The one thing she can control is the quantity and quality of her sex life. She dreams of connecting with a dominant male, one who knows how to take what he wants, one who can deliver the kind of illicit sex that will make her feel desired and dirty and totally satisfied.

In spite of the fact that he goes home with a different girl almost every night, Parker is all too happy to give Bailey what she wants. But after he gets a taste of Bailey obsession takes hold. He wants her, and while he’s never been in an exclusive relationship, Bailey has him pondering monogamy. Problem is, Bailey’s not interested. In fact, she goes to great lengths to prevent the development of deep feelings between them.

Parker senses a raging tide boiling beneath Bailey’s surface and he intends to find out what she’s hiding. When Bailey’s camouflage is removed, Parker is compelled to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Okay, let me gush for a minute over Ms. Gina and her awesome writing abilities. This woman can freaking write stories that will make you feel something deep, will make you connect with the characters and will tear you down and build you up right along side the characters. I have read her other series and absolutely fell in love with them and Gina. She is creative with her story lines where they are just not basic man meets woman, hate each other, love each other, have sex and find a happy medium to be together. She makes you work for the ending. Gina’s writing skills will make you feel like you have been placed in the story with her characters. You will feel the ghost that haunts them, you will feel the yearning they feel, you will feel their despair and you will feel their deep connection with each other. Her writing is just that good. Her stories have captivated me to the point that I have read till early in the morning not realizing what time it is. And I hate to say this but I have fallen in love with each of her characters, she makes them that real 🙂

Parker, Parker, Parker…. Oh Parker… We caught a glimpse of Parker in her other books and oh wow… what a man. He knows how to please a woman in bed but out of bed… Well, that’s another story for him. He does not want to do relationships. No Sir! Just straight up, hot, raw, hard, soft, any which way it is wanted sex. Pure, unadulreated, sex. The man knows a woman’s body sometimes better than her, he knows all the right tricks to make those sounds come out that pretty little mouth that he loves to…. Well, you know… Hehehehe… But remember, he does not do relationships until he meets one woman that knocks him back with a one night stand that he can’t forget… But when she walks into his office for a job interview… Well, let’s just see how this goes…

Bailey.. Wow. She is a young woman who is determined to live her short life to the fullest she possibly can. She will get under your skin because you know what she has can happen to anyone in our lives and it will touch you so deeply you will be pushing for her to change her mind. I can’t tell you everything just that you will want to know this woman and be her friend. You will want to push her, cheer her, and just simply be there for her. She is that kinda of woman. And she is determined to find a man that will not treat her like she is dying in the bedroom… Welcome Mr. Parker David… The one man that treats her just like she wants to be in bed… But what happens when he is determined to not let this be a one night stand…

This story is awesome. If you do not feel anything while you are reading this book, you might need to check your heart. This story will pull at your heartstrings and make you feel something, I don’t care what you feel – you will feel something for the characters in this story. Each one will touch you in one way or the other. There was a couple that I wanted to slap the shit out of because one is simply a douchebag – which in the extra that we get in the back of the book -> I realllllyyyyy wanted to do more than slap the shit out of him but the other, I wanted to slap because he was being pissy. He needed to get over himself. But damn Gina, you put me through the ringer with this book and I have the feeling you will make me go through more in the next one but damn if you don’t make it worth it.

Bailey and Parker will make you wish that time could be suspended and all things could just be as they are supposed to be. But we all know life is not that way and some people are dealt crappy hands but we also all know it is in how you handle yourself and those crappy hands is what matters the most. This truly is an awesome story with people that are truly remarkable!

To learn more about Gina and her books visit her site at http://ginawatson.net/

 

#Review: Black Dog (Bannon’s Gym #1) by @CatGrant2009

BlackDog300-200x300Which dog wins? The one you feed.

Bannon’s Gym, Book 1

Danny Bannon and Eddie Roscoe have been fighting, in and out of the ring, for more than fifteen years. Mutual attraction and small-town ties hold them together, yet they’re haunted by a shared tragedy that still hangs between them.

Their tenuous, on-again off-again relationship takes a hard right cross with the arrival of Tom Delaney, a teen on the run from his punch-happy father. In no time, the kid shows himself to be a boxing prodigy.

But Tom’s politically influential father isn’t yet down for the count. When his mother shows up at Eddie’s diner with a shiner and a haunted look in her eyes, Tom is hopeful for her future. But when that hope is snuffed out, Tom’s rage has him ready to turn his new fighting skills to a deadly purpose. Revenge, or die trying.

Unless his surrogate big brothers can put their painful past behind them to keep history from rising up for another round.

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First, let me say that this book is a M/M, if this is not your cup of tea, you will not hurt my feelings. But you can at least give it a chance by reading my review. Never judge a book by a cover, lol.

Secondly, let me say this is short book (I read it in one night, lol) and my review will be kinda short because I do not want to give away too much. Also, the blurb is really good at letting you see what the book is about. So, this review will not be like my normal review…

And lastly, if you give this a chance, make sure you check out Ms. Cat’s website out because there is more to come of this series and she also has some other awesome series (even a little m/m/f for those that are intrigued with that (;)

Now review time…. I have read some of Ms. Cat’s other books and I have to say this woman has a way with her words. She makes her character show real, raw emotion, she makes them strip their souls bare before you and shows you what they wish to keep hidden. She is kinda evil like that but you know her characters have the need to show you their battle scars in order for you to see where they have been and hopefully where they want to go. But in order to get there, they need to stand bare and have every ugly truth seen… So, her setting for this series is where you would think emotions are not allowed to show up… and love, well… that is another story… But let me welcome you to the world of MMA.

This is a story about Eddie and Danny but it is also has two other characters that have to be in the story… Tom and Gloria. Remember my warning about not giving away to much. Eddie and Danny have been friends forever but they share a history that has basically torn them apart. But when Eddie finds a scrawny kid, Tom, in the alley behind his diner beating the crap out of a drunk old man who is trying to steal his backpack… the past seems to be repeating itself and now it is hinging on destroying just what little bit of friendship they have left. You will feel for these two stubborn headed men, even though you will want to kick them both in their arse. They are old enough to know that the past should stay in the past but they are too bullheaded to leave the past behind. But when they realize their past stands in the way of helping out Tom, they agree to try to put it behind them…. will the past and all the ghost and demons stay there or will they threaten to find the weak spot in their relationship?

What I love about this story is that Eddie and Danny kinda come together to help Tom. It was truly nice to see these three form a relationship like they did. And remember, this is book one… But when you learn about these three, you learn that their lives have handed them all a very crappy hand at one point in time, but with Gloria in their corner, they all find something they did not know they needed – love and support and each other.

I was impressed with this story because it touches you on a level you are not aware of. The emotion in story is truly rooted deep within the characters and the rawness of despair and lost is as evident as the scars from the cage they have all fought in. You will find yourself pulling for them to win the battles they are fighting within themselves and outside. These characters truly show a side of themselves I am sure they do not want you to see, but they show it to you and hope you understand their story.

Great job Ms. Cat with this story… The rest in the series have got to be just as good if not better than this one… Wait, this is the first one – so the best is yet to come!! 🙂

Cat’s web site: http://catgrant.com/

 

 

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