Saturday, April 25, 2015

Caught Up In You by Kim Boykin

Title: Caught Up in You
Author: Kim Boykin
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Mauldin Brothers #5
Main Characters: Shelby and Declan
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
After attending her baby sister’s destination wedding, Shelby Worthington decides she’s ready to do some husband hunting of her own. The only problem? She’s still insanely attracted to Declan Enright, her high school and college crush. He’s now a wildly successful painter who’s temporarily back in Magnolia Bay, but Declan should be Shelby’s last choice for possible husband material. He didn’t earn the reputation of runaway groom for nothing…

Declan has worked hard to make his mark on the New York art scene and has succeeded at everything he’s ever done…except love. But Declan has come back to the Bay to change that and care for his dying father, even if he’s still never forgiven Declan for leaving the family business. Shelby is determined to steer clear, but while her lips keep saying no, her heart is pounding out yes each time she and Declan are together. While she can’t deny her attraction, Shelby’s convinced that Declan’s track record means he will break her heart. Or has Declan changed for good, and made love worth the risk?


My Review:
This is a sweet story about a lost first love. When Shelby was a freshman in college and Declan was a senior about to graduate, they hooked up. It was her first time, he was drunk. He doesn't remember it, although she never forgot him. Now he's back in town, fifteen years later, to care for his ailing father. 

Unfortunately in that 15 years, Declan has a rotten track record for relationships (3 fiance's left at the altar). He falls in love too easy and doesn't plan to do that again. Shelby wants a forever kind of thing, so she's not looking to Declan for that. She knows better. 

There's a lot going on in this story that is so good. Unfortunately, it just didn't feel like it delved into those issues deep enough to make it the great book it could have been. 

As it is, it's sweet and cute...although it does get bogged down at times trying to explain other characters from other books that I couldn't care less about. (I'm noticing this to be an issue with the Tule series books. I understand wanting to tie them together, but when it's just a random mention of someone who really doesn't matter in this story, I don't care about all their history.)

But it's a sweet little story about a small-town girl who loves her shoes, and a big-time artist just trying to connect with his dad before it's too late. Both characters were really likable and it was easy to feel empathy for their situations and root for their romance to work out in the end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Promo Post: Snowcroft Safehouse by Christi Snow


Here are the basics:
Title: Snowcroft Safehouse
Author: Christi Snow
Release Date: April 24, 2015

Genre: Contemporary male/male Romantic Suspense
Series: Book #2 of the Men of Snowcroft Series
Wordcount: approximately 75,000 words
Price: $2.99 ebook/ $11.99 print

Story Overview:
A year ago Declan Jasper was entertaining sold-out arena crowds as the lead singer of Black Rainbows. But that came to an explosive end when the band got caught up in a criminal cover-up, one that ended with the entire band dead. At least that’s what everyone is supposed to think. 

Now, Dex is hiding in plain sight, working as the school band director in a sleepy little mountain resort town while under the protection of a hard-nosed FBI agent. Instead of eyeliner and black leather, he now wears glasses and corduroy. Instead of having sexy coeds—both male and female—throw themselves into his bed, he’s dealing with teenage angst and grumpy parents. 

At the top of his troubles list is Kelsey Walker, a junior high bundle of rare musical talent in the form of one confused, messed-up adolescent. Dex figures the problem comes from her broken home and wants to help. But when he meets her father, sexy bar-owner, Jack Walker, he realizes that instead of helping he’s probably just bringing more trouble and danger to their door. 

Dex has to stay alive until the trial to bring his bandmates’ murderers to justice, but can he do that if it means sacrificing his own happily ever after?



A note from the author...

Finn Alexander was inspired by a substitute teacher at my daughter's school. He only sub'ed once, but he was gorgeous and dressed just so perfectly with his fitted pants and vest over a button down shirt. He was gorgeous and stood out because of it. I sat in the parking lot that morning when I dropped off my daughter and wondered where he came from...because he did not look like the normal substitute teacher...in any way, shape, or manner. Hell, he didn't look like any other teacher in the entire school. He was just so put together...and a guy. Not normal in my West Texas town elementary school experience.

And my writer's mind started spinning. Within an hour of school drop-off, I knew who was Jack's perfect mate. A gorgeous band teacher turned hard rocker who then had to transition back to band teacher to hide out from the mob.

I hope you fall in love with Finn as much as I did. I love this reformed bad-boy.


*****

And don't forget book #1, Snowcroft Lost, is on sale for 
ONLY $.99
(for just a couple more days)












Thursday, April 23, 2015

Since Drew by J. Nathan

Title: Since Drew
Author: J. Nathan
My Rating: A

Genre: New Adult 
Series: -
Main Characters: Andi and Drew
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: -
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot




Story Overview:
All Andi Parker has ever wanted, all she’s ever dreamed of, is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when an accident leaves her hospitalized with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she’s not only uncertain what her future holds but also completely alone.

Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his good looks and magnetic personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.

One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves—and about each other—might just be the biggest lie of all.

My Review:
I have never read this author before, but wow, this book was really, really good. And I don't even know where to start this review, because there are several twists to this story and I don't want to give a single one of them away. One I saw coming, one I suspected, and one I had NO IDEA and it blew me away when I read it. So, yeah, this book was good.

The story belongs to Andi. She's out running the day before qualifying for the Olympics when she's hit by a car. That leads to a long hospital stay and an even longer recovery. The problem is...Andi has been so concentrated on training, she doesn't have a large circle of support. And her hospital mate, Drew, realizes that too and he befriends her. 

Drew is gorgeous, an athlete in his own right (on the cusp of number 1 pick for the NFL draft), charming, and just an all-around perfect guy. But Andi can't figure out why he's in the hospital...he seems healthy. 

This story has it all. It's sweet and romantic and so gut-wrenching emotional. In one event, Andi has lost her dreams. She's in double-casts and has virtually no support system. My heart hurt for her. But Drew is amazing...until...and then the book spun...and I can't say anymore without spoiling anything and I don't want to do that.

Just...Drew and Andi. Love them both and ADORED their story and their deep, emotional connection.  

Wow...I just don't know how to explain how good this book was. I'm giving it an A rating and putting it on my possible top 10 of the year, which is normally reserved for only A+ ratings. Honestly, the story was there to really put the reader through the emotional wringer...and it is done well. It just didn't quite hit that depth...at least not to me...that would have taken it to the pinnacle of A+. But wow...it was good!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Cover Reveal: Secret by Kindle Alexander

Title: Secret
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: Summer 2015

Tristan Wilder, self-made millionaire and devastatingly handsome CEO of Wilder-Nation is on the verge of a very lucrative buyout. With tough negotiations ahead, he's armed with his acquisition pitch, ready to launch the deal of a lifetime. There’s just one glitch. The last thing he expects is to fall for the hot business owner he's trying to sway.

Dylan Reeves, computer science engineer and founder of the very successful social media site, Secret, is faced with a life-altering decision. A devoted family man with three kids and a wife, Dylan has been living a secret for years. Fiercely loyal to his convictions, his boundaries blur after meeting the striking owner of the corporation interested in acquiring his company. For the first time in his life, reckless desire consumes him when the gorgeous computer mogul makes an offer he can't refuse.


After a few minutes of staring at Dylan, who hadn’t looked his way since he entered the conference room, Tristan cleared his throat, stopping the flow of the presentation. “Can you all give me a few minutes alone with Mr. Reeves?”
He could feel every eye turned his way. Dylan was slower to respond. He’d been reading from the contract and lifted his head, business clearly on his mind. But the minute their gazes met, Tristan got why Dylan had avoided eye contact. His gaze held a mixture of both heat and need. Sparks flew between the two of them and Tristan smiled.
“You heard him,” Landry said and began shooing everyone out. As the last person left, Landry came to the center of the table, standing between the two of them. He clearly thought Tristan’s request hadn’t included him.
“Landry, I need a private discussion with Mr. Reeves,” Tristan said, rising from his seat at the end of the table. Landry came immediately to him, standing in front of him, blocking Dylan from seeing or hearing anything he said.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Landry whispered so quietly Tristan barely heard him. “We almost have them, I can see it.”
Tristan cut his eyes over to Landry’s and motioned with his head for him to move along out the door with everyone else. Landry’s brow furrowed and he started to shake his head. Tristan stared at him with intense attitude until he finally left the room. Tristan had no doubt he’d stand right outside that door. There wasn’t too much of Wilder, Inc. that Landry wasn’t included in, and he certainly wouldn’t like being put out of a meeting he’d orchestrated. Tristan moved to a chair directly beside Dylan who hadn’t uttered a single word since his request for privacy.
“You look nice today,” Tristan said quietly, smiling as Dylan’s cheeks grew red.
“Is that why you made everyone leave?”
“No, of course not. I could have just told you later, but that whole look’s perfect on you. The hair’s hot. Pinstripes fit your frame remarkably well. You look taller, more intimidating. Great look for negotiations or the cover of GQ. You could do both.” Tristan scooted closer. “Did you get my flowers?” he asked even quieter.
“I did. Thank you, but that was a risky move,” Dylan said, clearly ignoring the compliment.
“I wrote and sealed the card myself. What did you do with the flowers?” Tristan leaned forward, then moved in a little more, smelling Dylan’s cologne. That had Dylan pushing back in his chair.
“I gave them to the concierge that helped me this morning,” Dylan answered and then backtracked. “I didn’t think I’d be in my room very much and didn’t want them to go to waste.”
“I figured you’d do something like that. It’s why I picked those colors. So that means you’re coming with me tonight?” Tristan asked, his eyes still focused directly on Dylan’s.
“We’ll see how things go today. I’m not sure about all this. You lowballed me and I was just reading about the staffing…” Dylan started, but Tristan lifted a hand to Dylan’s lips to stop his words. He let his fingers linger as he spoke.
“I don’t want to talk business yet. I honestly was only informed of the changes to personnel when I walked in today. From this point forward, you and I will decide how this sale goes, no one else, but before we do, I want to put personal before business because they are two separate entities between us. Will you please go with me tonight? I need to cancel some things if you’re not coming,” Tristan added at Dylan’s skeptical look.  


Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!

Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.

Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com











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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dragon's Lair by Chantal Fernando

Title: Dragon's Lair
Author: Chantal Fernando
My Rating: A 

Genre: New Adult 
Series: Wind Dragons MC #1
Main Characters: Faye and Dex
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Gallery
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The first in a new sexy romance series from bestselling author Chantal Fernando about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them.

When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.

Or should I say, someone?

Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in.

I’m a law student. They’re criminals. He’s the vice president of a motorcycle club. I’m a good girl with a strict upbringing. He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother.

And I’m screwed.
 


My Review:
I'll admit I've never been a huge lover of the hard, nitty-gritty MC novels, but after reading this one, I totally get the appeal of these gorgeous, alpha bad-boys. 

Dex and Eric grew up next door to Faye. Dex was always her obsession. At five years older than her, Faye worshiped the ground he walked on from about the age of five when the then 10 yo Dex let her force-feed him cupcakes. But Eric was more her age and they got together young...like at age 14...until the point she caught Eric cheating on her. 

It's been years since Faye saw Dex, but of course who does she run into on the one night she plans to go out and reclaim her single status? Yep...Dex, and he's even hotter than ever. Even better, he finds her pretty smoking too. Things happen, things are smoking between them, and fun is had by all. Maybe a bit too much... bum de dum dum...

And that's where our story picks up a while later...when Dex drags Faye back to become part of his motorcycle club under his protection. Dex is the VP. The problem...Faye. She's not a sit back and let things happen kind of girl...and that makes this story awesome. She's living in the clubhouse with all these sexed up men. She tells them like it is...even when she shouldn't. She doesn't take crap from ANYONE...and she's smart...on her way to a law degree. This girl can hold her own. 

I loved the scenes when she came out into the common areas when she wasn't supposed to be about. Every single time, it ended up being a great, fun scene as she put one of the guys in their place. I loved her character and by how well she could dish it out. 

And then there's Dex, who's just so smitten with her that you can't help but to fall in love with him. He's almost the top dog in this tough, take no crap MC, but she has him wrapped around her finger. He will do almost anything for her besides put her in danger. He's so devoted to her and trying to make this work. His character literally made my heart leap. He was awesome and the two of them together create a serious power-couple. His brawn, her smarts and ability to charm and disarm. The two of them combined set up this new series wonderfully. I cannot wait to read more stories from the Wind Dragons MC.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One Night by A.J. Pine

Title: One Night
Author: A.J. Pine
My Rating: A

Genre: New Adult
Series: Only You #1
Main Characters: Jess and Adam
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Intermix
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
When she lost it all, Jess decided to cope by living a lie. 

But you can’t keep on pretending forever…

Twenty-one-year-old Jess used to have everything—a loyal best friend, a boyfriend she loved, and a future that was right on track. But in a single night, her whole world changed.

Now, Jess lives for the impersonal connection of drunken hook-ups and to-go coffee cups in the morning. All she needs is one night to pretend everything is fine…until she meets Adam.

Thanks to a sports injury, gorgeous, charming basketball star Adam Carson is stuck in physical therapy at the hospital where Jess interns—giving her the perfect opportunity to see his sweet, considerate nature and making her realize that maybe she does want something more.

But while Adam might be the best thing that’s happened to Jess in a long time, letting him past her carefully constructed walls means letting him know what happened...and why he'd never want her for more than one night.

Includes a preview of the upcoming Only You novel, One Life. 
My Review:
Aw, I loved everything about this book. The set-up is great with Jess being a PT intern and Adam being the hurt college basketball star.

When we are introduced to Jess, it's obvious that she has some issues. She uses guys for the night and is unapologetic for that, but she does it to grab onto a fleeting feeling that she misses. A man's arms around her in bed. Then she meets Adam and he challenges all that she believes about herself now. 

There are two main people in Jess's life...Adam and Zoe, her roommate that she just met a month before the book begins. Neither knows what's happened in her life and as the book develops the reader gets to watch her relationship develop with both these very important people. They respect her boundaries and don't ask too many questions or press her for the very obvious questions.

And as the story develops, the reader begins to realize that Jess's problems are much deeper than just a little self-hate. It's deep. It's abiding. And it's keeping her from allowing anyone in. She thinks if they get to know the real her, they'll run, so she keeps them out. 

I really enjoyed this book. I liked all the characters in it and could feel their pain. When the whole big secret came out about what happened (which takes about to the 70% point in the book, so it takes a while), I wasn't at all surprised, but that didn't hurt my enjoyment of the book at all. Because that's not the real issue. The real issue is the decline of Jess's mental health after the fact. 

There is incredible chemistry between Adam and Jess that keeps messing up their mutual 'just friends' agreement. Those scenes were really well written. I love how their friendship develops first and how even that much changes Jess. It's a great story. It's a heartbreaking story. But it's a wonderful show about the healing power of friendship and letting other people into your life.

I absolutely loved the book and can't wait for the next book in the series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Shadow of Doubt by P.A. DePaul

Title: Shadow of Doubt
Author: P.A. DePaul
My Rating: B+

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: SBG #2
Main Characters: Michelle and Jeremy
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Intermix
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy



Story Overview:
The new SBG novel from the author of Exchange of Fire.

When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?

Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.

Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.
 


My Review:
I adored the first book in this SBG series, about a group of private military contractors, so I had very high hopes for this one. Overall, it did not disappoint. 

The book starts six years prior to present day when Jeremy was an active duty Green Beret doing a cartel raid in Colombia. In the course of the mission, he rescued Michelle, who had been with the cartel for over a day...by the time they got to her, she was not in good condition anymore. That single mission changed their lives in more ways than one. For Jeremy, it brought him to life in SBG as Cappy. For Michelle, it took her to WITSEC because of the cartels. They both have a LOT of enemies out there coming at them from different directions because of the events that happened during and leading up to that raid. They just don't realize that they are lurking. 

Michelle is still extremely traumatized from her captivity. To the point where she hasn't had a relationship since. She's working to overcome that, but in the chaos of trying to have sex, instead ends up as chief suspect in the murder of a Senator's son. That senator is the main supporter of SBG, and he calls in Cappy's unit to find her. But Michelle calls Cappy to help her too. They had an instant connection during her rescue (which just felt slightly off to me).

Like the first book, this book is action packed from page one. And it's a huge team novel so there is a lot of action and dialogue between a lot of characters. P.A. DePaul does an incredible job with this dynamic and showing the closeness of the team, even when some of them are at odds. My favorites at this point...Romeo and Magician; and I still love Talon although he had a different feel to his character in this book than he did in the first. He's gotten harder and I think that just makes me love him more. 

There are also a lot of layers to the suspense story line. It didn't feel like there were any shockers, but the way the pieces all laid out was a great puzzle that I enjoyed. Overall, it was a great book. I love military style romantic suspense and this series is a great one for that. I always love the tight teams and this one is one of the best teams out there. LOVE!

I'm ready for book #3!!

(Little annoyances that weren't huge issues, but they did affect my overall rating...insta-love/connection although the characters didn't see one another for six years, 'mine', continuous breakdowns/flashbacks from Michelle which weakened her overall as a character.)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.