Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cover Reveal: Wanting to Forget by Toni Aleo

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Title: Wanting to Forget - A Jordie Thomas Tale Author: Toni Aleo Release Date: March 17, 2015
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Blurb: Jordie Thomas is looking for something to take his mind off of the woman he let go—or rather, pushed away—and the terrifying prospect of what will happen if his broken leg doesn’t heal. He’s ready to get back to his family and fellow teammates on the Nashville Assassins and get back onto the ice. However, with his injured leg in the way and his mind clouded by a certain woman, he needs a break that’ll help clear his head and his heart. With New Orleans in his sights, can this player—on and off the ice—find a way to get back to the crazy and reckless life he used to live? Find out and follow along as author Toni Also takes readers on one wild journey in this Assassins novella.
Night Shift Anthology releases on March 17, 2015. 6 NEW novellas from Toni Aleo, Kindle Alexander, Sawyer Bennett, Chelle Bliss, Eden Butler, and Brenda Rothert. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund, PanCan.org, and the Nashville Predators Foundation.
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Biography:
Toni Aleo is the author of the Assassins Series, Bullies Series, Whiskey Prince, Let it be Me, and the Spring Grove novels. She lives in Clarksville, TN with her husband, and two beautiful children. She enjoys taking pictures, writing, shopping and going to as many hockey games that she can!
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Black John by Amy Lane

Title: Black John
Author: Amy Lane
My Rating: A+


Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Johnnies #4
Main Characters: John and Galen
Release Date: January 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
John Carey is just out of rehab and dying inside when he gets word that Tory, the guy who loved him and broke him, has removed himself from the world in the most bitter way possible—and left John to clean up his mess.

Forced back to his hometown in Florida, John's craving a hit with every memory when he meets Tory's neighbor. Spacey and judgmental, Galen Henderson has been rotting in his crappy apartment since a motorcycle accident robbed him of his mobility, his looks, and his boyfriend all in one mistake. Galen's been hiding at the bottom of an oxy bottle, but when John shows up, he feels obligated to help wade through the wreckage of Tory's life.

The last thing John needs is another relationship with an addict, and the last thing Galen wants is a conscience. Both of them are shocked when they find that their battered souls can learn from and heal one another. It doesn't hurt that they're both getting a crash course on how growing up and getting past your worst mistakes sure beats the alternative—and that true love is something to fight to keep if your lover is fighting to love you back.

My Review:

The Johnnies series has been one of my favorites in the m/m fiction world, but I wasn't sure about this one. John is the owner of the porn company and he's done some pretty awful things, especially to Dex. But like all the guys in this series, John has some serious baggage in his background which makes him pretty broken. 

This book centers around John and his childhood friend Tory. They were inseparable since they were 8 years old. They discovered their sexuality together and John's first porn company came from their relationship. They  certainly didn't have a normal background and both were very broken souls because of their impossible childhood. John focused his brokenness into his porn business. Tory focused his into self-abuse and drugs. They loved each other, but it wasn't enough. When the book starts, John is in rehab where he learns about Tory's suicide. This book is a journey through the healing that John has to go through because of that. It's a healing he's needed for way too long.

When he goes to Tory's apartment, he finds Galen. Galen is a former successful, good-looking corporate lawyer. He lost everything when a car hit him while he was on his motorcycle. He's incredibly damaged both inside and out and addicted to his prescription pain meds. Galen and John connect. But John just got out of rehab. Galen is a current addict. This is a relationship that is going to end up the same or worse than John's did with Tory.

Amy Lane does emotional incredibly well. And just knowing the set-up for this book, you know it's going to be an emotional wringer. It absolutely was, but wow...I fell in love with these guys....especially Galen. He's awesome...even though he's an addict. You can see glimpses of the man he was. He's still wicked smart and such a good match for Galen...but he has so many of his own issues. 

The book was amazingly good. Dex has kept Johnnies afloat despite John and John knows how much he owes his friend. I love their friendship and watching it evolve throughout the book. John was convinced he was in love with Dex, but John really just needed a friend to be there for him. Dex continues to be the incredible guy that he has been through the series...and actively works to get John healthy in this book...despite the fact he should hate the guy. 

The book moves back in forth in time so that the reader gets a full feel for what happened between John and Tory. It's a powerful story and I loved reading it. Like all the others in this series, I ordered a print copy for my keeper shelf. I know the porn industry has to be tough, but I hope that somewhere out there, there is a company like Johnnies who cares for its guys, and not just the money they make. Listening to John talk about why porn is important...I loved that and his philosophy on it all.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Her Unexpected Hero by Melody Anne


Title: Her Unexpected Hero
Author: Melody Anne
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Unexpected Heroes #1
Main Characters: Alyssa and Jackson
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Would you recognize true love if it sat down next to you? In this unforgettable new spinoff of the Billionaire books from New York Times bestselling indie author Melody Anne, two strangers must look past their painful memories to make way for everlasting love.

Alyssa's modeling career came to an abrupt end when her manager boyfriend emptied her bank account and ruined her professional reputation. Now she's heading to a new town in Montana to rebuild her life—if she can even get there (stupid delayed planes!). But things are looking up when she's upgraded to first class and a mysterious stranger sits down next to her…

Jackson Whitman doesn't believe in love, or commitment, or forever—not since he lost his wife and daughter. But the beautiful woman sitting next to him at the gate has him rethinking that position. Can he convince her to be his for the night? Or will she convince him to be hers for a lifetime?

My Review:
This is the first book that I've read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed it. 

The book kicks off with incredibly scintillating and fun scenes set at the airport and on the plane where the hero and heroine meet. I liked the way that it was all set up, but I wasn't too sure how much I was going to like Jackson, because at the beginning he's pretty assured of himself which made him come off as a bit of an egomaniac. Thankfully, that didn't last too long as Jackson was much more fully invested in making this relationship work with Alyssa much earlier in the book than she was. I love when author's make the guy fall for the girl hard like that.

Both these characters have great reasons to be gun shy when it comes to relationships. While a lot of the set-up of this book really isn't anything new, I did like their backgrounds. Alyssa's especially is a very different twist on the famous model story line. And with that other statement, I should note...that while a lot of the story followed a pretty standard flow, I didn't mind that at all because the author did an incredible job writing the book in such a way that I stayed emotionally invested the entire time. I enjoyed her style of story telling and her characters a lot. 

It was an interesting start to the series and I plan to continue to read it. This first one was good and I expect great things to come as the series develops. 

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cover Reveal: Right Kind of Wrong by Shelly Jones


The Right Kind of Wrong
Author: Shelly Jones
Cover Models: Lance Jones and Alexandra Hardesty
Photo Credit: Shauna Kruse of  Kruse Images and Photography: Models and Boudoir
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Emily grew up in small town in Wisconsin as the daughter of the local pastor. When her job was over as an teacher’s assistant she sets out to leave her town and her family. She wants to find herself and break away from the cookie cutter mold of the town. So she did what she thought was right…She moves twenty-five hundred miles away to Arizona.

 Xander is the single father to a 5 year old little girl. After her mother left, Xander swears off any kind of a relationship. Xander only has four cares: his daughter, his family, his friends and his motorcycle. He refuses to let anyone get near him or his daughter ever again.

When Emily and Xander meet it's something that neither one were expecting. The attraction is undeniable, but with Xander refusing to let anyone close, Emily decides to offer him a deal he'd be crazy to refuse.

 Sometimes those that don't make sense, actually make perfect sense.

 Right Kind Of Wrong. Shelly Jones © copyright 2015




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We get to what I hope is the last bar of the night. This bar is smaller, kind of like the ones back home. Out front there’s couple of guys on motorcycles talking and smoking. We get out of the truck, I look up to see where we’re going and I make eye contact with one of the guys for a couple of seconds. The grin he gives me is sexy, yet cocky. Of course my fucking face warms and turns red, he must have noticed because I heard a chuckle come from him.

“Come on, let’s get you something to drink!” Mel wraps her arm around me and leads me inside. There’s not very many people in this bar, which makes me happy. There’s music coming from the jukebox, it’s not country music, but I know this song, it’s “When I Come Around” By Green Day, this song was played a lot at parties back home. We find a table in the back and the guys go get us drinks. Mel grabs the darts, puts quarters in the dart board and we play darts.
A few songs have played, mostly rock, but when the jukebox starts to play “Porn Star Dancing” by My Darkest Days and Zakk Wylde, My skin starts to crawl, “Ugh, I hate this song!!” I say out loud.
“Let’s go put money in that bitch and pay back the bastard back!” Mel says and we start laughing. We walk over to the jukebox and put money in choose our song, “Kiss You” by One Direction. “That’ll teach the fucker!” Mel says.

Mel, Lucy and I start dancing by the table, singing along with the song. I start scanning the bar and notice it’s more of an older crowd in here, but I keep scanning when my eyes connect with the same eyes that met me when we got here. He gives me that same cocky ass smile. My stomach does flips and I’m ready to throw up. Him and his buddies start to walk towards us. His eyes never leave mine. When he walks past me, he winks at me and walks over by the pool table.
  
Fuck, this guy is hot, he’s tall, 6’0” at least, and he’s wearing a white t-shirt, baggy blue jeans and converse shoes. His t-shirt hugs his body showing off his muscular build. He has tattoos going up both arms.  He’s wearing a black baseball cap turned backwards, but I can tell his hair is dark brown, but fuck his eyes though, I could get lost in those dark brown eyes. There’s mystery in his eyes, but yet you can tell he knows he could have any girl he wanted.  He’s not my type but he’s hot as fuck, there’s no denying that.
“Damn it Emily, snap out of it! Ain’t gonna happen!” I say to myself.







One Kiss More by Mandy Baxter

Title: One Kiss More
Author: Mandy Baxter
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: U.S. Marshals #2
Main Characters: Emma and Landon
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Zebra
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Emma Ruiz knows her father is innocent. But that doesn’t help her convince the law—not even smoking hot U.S. Marshal Landon McCabe. When McCabe bangs on her door demanding information about how her cancer-stricken father escaped from federal prison, she’ll have to distract him somehow—it may as well be with a stolen kiss.

Landon gets why Emma isn’t saying all she knows. What he doesn’t understand is why he’s putting his reputation, his case, and his badge on the line for a gorgeous person of interest. Much as he’d love to, he can’t let Emma play him. The stakes are higher than either of them can guess. The only way to survive is to trust their instincts. But their instincts want more than one kiss…


My Review:
Sizzling chemistry is the key to what makes this story so good. Whoa...I loved watching Landon and Emma together on the page. They are antagonistic, both incredibly smart and witty, and that creates some of the best dialogue sequences and made this book a total joy to read. 

Emma is so smart. I adored her character. She plays at being a flighty socialite but that's all an act for the paparazzi. In reality, she's an incredibly smart and resourceful girl who's incredibly technologically savvy. In the six years since the Department of Justice worked to convict her father of a crime he didn't commit, she's been working to find justice and get a bit of revenge, too. But she didn't bargain for getting in deeper than she could handle and now her father has escaped from prison and the US Marshals are on her doorstep...again...asking questions about her father. At the lead is Landon, the marshal who originally arrested her father. 

And then there's Landon. He comes from big-time money, but walked away from it all to work for the Marshal service. He's completely and truly dedicated to his job, but Emma gets under his skin like no one else. Suddenly he finds that something is worth more to him than his job. He's known for his iron will and self control, but Emma tempts it at every turn and it makes for an incredibly hot, sizzling book that I fell in love with. Seriously, you can feel his lust for her as you read this book. Mandy Baxter did a great job with her mental descriptions and him. I loved this book!

And the book is pretty suspenseful, too. I was shocked where things went in the end with Jeremy, but the way that it all played out worked for me. And once again, I was loving Emma and her steel balls even in the face of some terrifying stuff happening.

Overall, I definitely recommend this one and the first one in the series, One Night More. And now I'm ready for Damien's story...we met him in this book and he's been undercover for a long time. What does that do to a guy? I can't wait to find out!

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Naughty Beach Fling by Mia Dee


Title: Naughty Beach Fling
Author: Mia Dee
My Rating: A


Genre: Erotica
Series: Are You Watching #1
Main Characters: Wendy, Justin, and Travis
Release Date: 2015
Publisher: 
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Wendy Anderson’s good girl halo tarnishes in a big way when she discovers a few secrets about her husband’s sexy best friend, Travis Smith. Back in college, Travis made porn films to make ends meet. More surprising, her husband, Justin, used to film them and act as director. While on vacation, Wendy’s imagination goes wild and she can’t help but wonder if the two guys will indulge in some naughty beach fun.

This short novella is a work of erotica. It's short, hot, and contains: Wife watching and a little m/f/m action at the end. 10,800 words.

(Mia Dee is the pen name for erotic romance author Mia Downing.)
My Quickie Review:
Okay...disclaimer...I'm not much of an erotica reader. I like a little romance with my sex in books. But this book is good. And hot. And, oh so sexy. Yeah, I may change my mind about being a pure erotica reader.

This is a short little story, but it is not short on details. Wendy isn't the most adventurous person in her sex life, but that's before she overhears her husband and his friend talking about their sexual exploits in menage. She's tittilated and turned on...and you can see where this is going from there. 

I really enjoyed the set up for this. Even though it's total fiction and fantasy, it felt like something that could really happen and that made it even hotter. Justin, Wendy's husband, is a voyeur and everything about his reaction to Wendy's desire is incredibly sensuous. I liked and am looking forward to more...hopefully, from this same threesome because they were HOT together. Wow.

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

One Wish by Robyn Carr

Title: One Wish
Author: Robyn Carr
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Thunder Point #7
Main Characters: Grace and Troy
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater until she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she's proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she's created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement. 

In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace's fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy…getting to know each other. 

But things get complicated when Grace's past catches up with her, and she knows that's not what Troy signed up for. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He's determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way.


My Review:
I really liked the set-up on this one. I felt so bad for Troy in the last book when he didn't win Iris's heart...although I loved her with her hero. But he's so good with Grace and I do like the way that Robyn Carr wrote their connection that began purely as a friendship and then suddenly grew to more...something that Grace has wanted for a while.

And then there's Grace and her whole backstory. LOVE the gold-medal figure skating history and it totally worked with her overzealous mother. I loved that story and how Grace has tried to separate herself from that world and persona, even when the skating is so much a part of her. The story with her mom, with her old coach, with her flower mentors in Portland...it all worked for me. 

I also really loved the flower shop setting with Grace's little loft up above. The programs that she's created and the creativity she shows through her designs...it all made for a great ambience in the background of the story. It also showed just how creative and industrious she is. She's good at this business thing despite what her mom thinks. 

I liked how Troy is an outdoor adventurer and their initial date on the coast was too much fun. I definitely had some giggles right alongside Grace. 

There's also a side story with Rae Ann and her pseudo niece Ginger. It gave a lot of depth to the story and I look forward to seeing where the author takes Ginger's story. I have a feeling she is an upcoming heroine in Thunder Point.

My only real complaint about this book is that there are moments when it seems like Robyn Carr's editors just let her slide with her writing because of who she is. The story will be moving along great and then she'll slip into three pages of passive story telling. It's painful to read, especially when I know how much better she can write. 
I received a complimentary copy  of this book in return for an honest review.