#Review: Make Me Want by Katee Robert @katee_robert @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonDare

Description

“I want everything.”

She’s taking control. And it’s driving him wild!

Lucy Baudin’s ex dented her self-esteem and it’s time to regain control. In her job as a lawyer she’s bold, confident. But in the bedroom…she needs inspiration to reawaken her inner seductress. Asking her friend Gideon Novak for help seems wrong, yet so deliciously right!

Review

OMG! I don’t even know where to start with this book. Gideon is one of New York’s finest headhunters, Lucy is a top lawyer and an old friend of his, an old friend he was in the unfortunate position of having to give some really bad news to a few years earlier which left them estranged. So when Lucy asks him to help her with a headhunting project he is surprised especially when she tells him she wants him to help her find a husband.

She then springs on him she needs help embracing what to do having sex, having been told she wasn’t very good by her ex. As she and Gideon rediscover their friendship and newly discover a sexual chemistry which is off the charts the husband project becomes a thorn in both of their sides. But of course, stubbornness is the makings of a great story!

I loved both of these characters, Lucy is a strong confident woman but she is insecure when it comes to relationships and sex showing that you don’t have to be all things in all part of your life. People are multi-faceted and it’s OK to be insecure sometimes. Gideon is a wonderful character, he is a man who is a little bit cocky, he has clearly not always treated women well, but the way he feels about Lucy and always has felt about her shines through, and his discomfort with what she is asking of him is clear but he also wants to be there for her.

Katee Robert gives us a hot and heavy novel with characters you will fall in love with right from the beginning.

Thanks to Katee Robert and Mills & Book for the eARC of this via NetGalley so that I could review this.

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TitleMake Me Want
Series: Make Me #1
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Adult
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Publication Date: 1 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback | Audio
Pages: 224
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#Review: Five Fathers by Kate Morgan

Description

Sin or piety.
Those are the two things I’m choosing between when I walk up those stone steps and into the church. Heaven or hell. Pain or pleasure. But sometimes, pleasure brings more hurt than pain.
I’ve learned my lesson the hard way and that’s why I’m doing this, giving up everything I know and love for a whole new life. A life dedicated to something, someone, other than myself.
The thing is, sometimes fate has other ideas.
Out of all the churches in town, I picked this one. This building with its vaulted ceilings and stained glass and all its secrets.
This building that houses them.
My five worst sins.
My five most awesome pleasures.

Review

I remember the first time I saw the cover of this book clearly. It was in one of the reverse harem facebook groups, I was scrolling looking for updates from a few of the authors I’m particularly keen on and I stopped looking at this cover and instantly followed the pre-order link knowing this was a book I had to read. I didn’t even read the blurb at that stage instead wanting to dive in blind.

Natalia finally sees her mob boss Father commit one too many crimes and runs, straight to a church where she thinks she will be safe. Except in that church pretending to be Priests are a team of mercenaries who just happen to be hunting her Father.

Hawke, Arsen, Weston, Colt, and Mace may well be the fire they talk about when people use the saying jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. They are cold, ruthless, and in Arsen’s case insane. Staying with them may seem like the safe choice but it is likely she would be safer in a pit of viper’s.

Natalia’s relationship with them is fraught and uncomfortable but heated as she explores her sexual desires vs her personal feelings. These men just want information and they have no trouble using her to get it. I loved the darkness in this relationship, this wasn’t a romantic story where we are waiting to see a happy ending. I was just hoping everybody got out alive and unscathed.

Five Fathers is a stunning reverse harem which gave me everything I LOVE in a novel like this, but it is definitely not for people who like candlelight and roses served with their books. This is a dark romantic suspense with not a lot of romance!

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TitleFive Fathers
Series: Undercover Sinners Trilogy #1
Author: Kate Morgan
Genre: Reverse Harem | Romantic Suspense | Dark Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 23 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 249
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#ReleaseBlitz: Pretty Ugly by Jane Anthony @JAnthonyAuthor @EJBookPromos #Review #Playlist

Welcome to the final day of the Pretty Ugly release blitz from Enticing Journey Book Promotions. Today I have a review for you which I hope you will enjoy! This is the second book in Jane Anthony’s Addicted Hearts series. If you missed my review of book one on Tuesday then follow the link below to read it now!

Book One: Pretty Reckless

Description

We were meant to live happily ever after,

a promise I sealed with a band of gold.

Our road was rocky and rough, yet worth every mark etched on my heart.

Kat is my addiction.

I’m her salvation.

Two hearts joined in pain.

Yet beneath the surface of our intended bliss, a tsunami was brewing.

An unstoppable force driven by deceit.

Now I’m back in New York — the city that stole my soul — caught between the future that awaits and a past that won’t let go.

I promised us a happy ending

But the ugliest lies are the ones we tell ourselves.Pretty Ugly - Tour Banner

Review

After the turmoil of Pretty Reckless I thought I was prepared for Pretty Ugly but I didn’t have a clue what I was letting myself in for reading this book. Kat and Chase are seemingly living in bliss but they both are still haunted by the demons of their addiction and it really is only a matter of time until one of them bends too far and breaks.

I guess anybody reading this who hasn’t suffered with addiction would find it hard to understand that pull, how easy it can be to fall back down the rabbit hole and lose everything you’ve gained over the years of sobriety. But as someone living it I can tell you that every single day is a tremendous battle and sometimes things happen that rock that boat a little too much.

Seeing what happens in this book rocked my world as I read, tears pouring down my face as I watched Kat and Chase try to find their way through it back to each other. These two people are so real either of them could be me and I felt me heart ripping apart over and over through this book. Their love for each other just not being enough.

Pretty Ugly is dark, and gritty. Full of heart and soul. And it is well, ugly. But it is full of hope and love as well. I love these characters and I know that anybody who picks this series up is going to fall in love with them as much as I have.

Sending a huge thanks to Jane Anthony and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Jane Anthony

 

Writing what vibrates within her soul — romance, rock, representing Jersey moms in mini vans righteously — Jane Anthony gives a bit of herself and her quirky knowledge in each novel by incorporating her love of music through a book-specific playlist and adding things uniquely Jane to the plot, like her crazy family or ’80s trivia. When she’s not busy being mom or Mrs. A, you’ll find her at a concert, lost in a book, or on Facebook with her adoring readers.

Jane loves hearing from her readers! Connect with her on these social media sites, and don’t be too shy to say hello!

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TitlePretty Ugly
Series: Addicted Hearts #2
Author: Jane Anthony
Genre: Romance | Dark Romance | Contemporary Romance | Addiction
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: TBA
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#Review: Pretty Reckless by Jane Anthony @JAnthonyAuthor

Don’t miss out…Pretty Reckless is FREE for today only, so if you like the sound of it after reading my review be sure to go download yourself a copy!

I’m on the blog tour for Pretty Ugly, book two in this series on Friday and I can’t wait to share my review of this book.

 

Description

Two years ago, I watched my girlfriend die.

We chased the high, night and day, searching for that magical fix that would cure the pain. But in the end, the escape she lived for took her from me.

Now, sober and rebuilding the life I almost destroyed, the last thing I need is another beautiful project dragging me down. Especially a Greek goddess with a sharp tongue and a drinking problem. But hidden inside Katarina’s charcoal gaze is a broken soul crying out for help. Like a true addict, I can’t say no.

Maybe if I can save her, it will make up for my past. But her salvation could also be my ruin.

Review

You can call me fickle, easily swayed, or even odd. But seeing on a Facebook post that this book had a Greek character I was sold, sign me up I say and there I am reading the first book and jumping on the blog tour train for the second book without even reading the blurb. Yes I am THAT obsessed with all things Greece (you live there for a year as well I guarantee you will join my club).

I opened Pretty Reckless and there was a Greek to English glossary which just gave me shivers (and made me feel a bit better as I thought I had forgotten all of my Greek and it turns out I haven’t…yay me!).

Then I start reading and I can’t even begin to describe the emotional tug of war that Jane Anthony put me through, not least because I saw so much of myself in both characters having been through much of what they were both battling. This book was one which touched a lot of nerves for me and I found myself sobbing through much of this book wishing they could find a way through their own personal turmoils even if they couldn’t find each other.

Chase is a recovering addict, he lives a simple life, he holds down a job, looks after his Gran and doesn’t get involved with women.

Kat is first generation Greek American, her family are traditional Greeks, but she is on a road to destruction, drowning her problems and memories. To say her last relationship ended badly would be an understatement of epic proportions. She has dreams but her family don’t support her.

When these two lost souls collide sparks fly and I felt caught in a trap with them as they pulled against and towards each other unsure which way they should be going and often at opposite times as one pulled away the other would be pulling toward so their wires would cross and messages never quite getting through.

This book tackles the struggles of addiction with such a raw honesty and although it brought back some horrific memories for me I was so entangled in the story of Chase and Kat I couldn’t help but to love the words on the page, every single one of them and to just root for these two people who deserved to find some peace and love.

Huge thanks to Jane Anthony for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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TitlePretty Reckless
Series: Addicted Hearts #1
AuthorJane Anthony
Genre: Romance | Dark Romance | Contemporary Romance | Addiction
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 22 August 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 278
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link will Redirect to Preferred Retailer)

#BlogTour: Callan by Sybil Bartel @SybilBartel @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

I’ve gone back to orange which can only mean one thing, Callan is in the house again! Huge thanks to Sybil Bartel and Xpresso Tours for having me be part of this blog tour, and well all of the events related to this book launch. I’m a huge fan of Sybil Bartel’s and it’s been such a pleasure to be involved with everything to do with Callan finishing up with this blog tour and the chance to review this fantastic book.

If you need catching up on the Uncompromising series here are links to my reviews so far…but all Sybil Bartel’s work perfectly as standalone’s I read these all out of order (very unusual for me) and had no issues at all:

So are you ready to get a taste of Callan? I certainly am…

Description

Callan

I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult, my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.

And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.

Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life. Then I claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.

But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.

I didn’t find my sister.

I found my stepsister.

*CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series. You do not have to read the books in this series in order, but if you prefer to read them in the order written, The Uncompromising Series is listed below.*

The Uncompromising Series:

TALON

NEIL

ANDRÉ

BENNETT

CALLAN

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Review

Callan is quite a bit different from Sybil Bartel’s other novels, while he is all alpha male he’s also naive and quite unsure of himself. Quite a hard character to get right I would guess but as with every character she writes Sybil Bartel doesn’t miss a beat. Combining his alpha traits with those more innocent traits to create a man that we just can’t help but to fall head over heels in love with.

If you’ve been following the books you will know we met Callan, as Hero, in André, the cult member who helped protect Kendall. I fell for him a little bit (OK a lot) in that book and was so pleased when I found out Sybil was writing a book about him. But to get those nuances right, a man who has known nothing but the cult he grew up in now navigating the real world, and falling in love. Damn…my heart was choking me all the way through this one.

Then there is Emily, his angel, who thinks of herself as an ugly duckling but all he see’s is absolute perfection. Except she’s his step-sister. And damn, just like that we have ourselves a forbidden romance with two of the sweetest most deserving people I’ve ever read. It was inevitible they would have to come together they couldn’t do anything else.

This went against everything we expect from Sybil Bartel, the language was toned down, it was a slow burn and the characters were far more innocent and naive than we normally see but god dammit it worked perfectly. I cried like a baby, I rooted for these two like I haven’t rooted for a book couple in ages and I WANT Callan’s form of Alpha in my life already!

It also dawned on me as I was reading that this group of people, have the worst bloody luck on the planet, when you look at what happens to each set of characters in each book they are plagued with bad luck beyond belief. It made me feel incredibly sorry for them…Sybil give them a break already!

Another winner from Sybil Bartel, I don’t think this lady could write a bad book if she tried.

Thank you to Sybil Bartel and Xpresso Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read this early and give my honest opinion. I have already bought myself a copy so I can just read it for the rest of my life!

About Sybil Bartel

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never rely on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

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Title: Callan
Series: Uncompromising #5
Author: Sybil Bartel
Genre: Romance | Adult | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 26 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 176
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#Review: The Viper’s Nest by Tate James @TateJamesAuthor

If you missed my review of the first three books in this series then you can check them out by following the link below.

Book One – The Vixen’s Lead
Book Two – The Dragon’s Wing
Book Three – The Tiger’s Ambush

Description

Betrayal has forced us on the run. Evading the very man I considered my family, the organization I once considered good. In hiding, I need to master my new power and find peace with my bonded guardian–or risk exposure.

But my heart can’t accept the events that led us here. I need answers. Closure.

An olive branch is offered and another trap is sprung. While my relationships grow stronger by the day, new tensions arise and ghosts of my past appear. But can anyone be trusted?

I’m Kit Davenport and I didn’t see that one coming.

Review

The Viper’s Nest focuses heavily on the relationships Kit has with her six dianoch. This book leaves the paranormal plot in the background a little as we see her strengthen her bonds with the men which can only mean one thing. Lots and lots of glorious sex!

Yes I know, some people are only in it for the plot (What?!) I hear you gasp in horror, Honestly while I am huge fan of the paranormal plots, a book like this to break up the heaviness of the story (which is a bloody fantastic story btw) really is a pleasure and seeing how our main character feels, her emotions growing and changing, especially as she takes on the magic of each of the men is incredible to me.

And, let’s just be honest here, I love some solid and enjoyable sex scenes and this book is just crawling with them. High five to Tate James!

I love that Kit swears like a trooper, she’s a lot like me for that, you go girl. Kit goes against a lot of the normal female stereotypes for novels in any genre actually. She’s sharp witted, dirty mouthed, not ashamed to want multiple men and have them and she’s a powerful being. She also knows when she needs support and doesn’t shy away from that. I really do love her, my kind of gal.

Oh and yet again the ended in a way that had me screaming, screeching and wanting to tear my bloody eyes out so yeah..thanks for that Tate!

I’m very excited for the next installment but also quite apprehensive as I know we’re nearing the end and I really don’t want this series to end…Tate please don’t do this to us…please?!

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TitleThe Viper’s Nest
Series: Kit Davenport #4
AuthorTate James
Genre: Reverse Harem | Romance | Paranormal Romance | Romantic Suspense | New Adult | Dragons | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 27 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 287
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#Review: Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @eternal_books

This was my TBR Topple read for February. Thanks for choosing guys! The winner for March was A Bed of Brambles by Sam Russell, April’s poll will go up early next month.

Description

Sunshine, Idaho, is a small, sunny town – the perfect home for man and beast. Well, maybe not for man, as pilot-for-hire Brady Miller discovers when his truck is rear-ended by what appears to be Noah’s Ark. As the co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has good reason to be distracted behind the wheel – there are puppies, a piglet and a duck in her Jeep. Still, she doesn’t find it hard to focus on the sexy, gorgeous stranger she’s collided with. Brady is just passing through, but there’s something about Lilah and her menagerie that makes the temptation of staying in Sunshine one that’s difficult to resist…

Review

I have this problem, every time I read a Jill Shalvis book I’m convinced it’s the best one I’ve read. They are all just so good. Animal Magnetism was another one I did this with, steaming through the story, swept away on a cloud of love and completely convinced that this was better than all the other Jill Salvis books I’ve ever read.

I have to laugh at the enthusiasm that grabs me when I read these books because I’m fairly sure if I went back and re-read any they would again become my favourite Jill Shalvis book. I should just agree that all her books are stellar and deserve equal love in the five-star tree.

Brady returns to Sunshine, Idaho to spend some time with his foster brothers who have been asking him to return home for some time. Lilah is their neighbour but also someone they look out for like a Sister and she’s got her eye on Brady.

They start a fling, agreeing it won’t be anything serious because Lilah isn’t into serious and Brady is leaving town but since when do feelings have anything to do with agreements like this?

I love Lilah and Brady. They are both stubborn fools but my kind of fools. I love how Brady is a full-blown alpha but then you get these snatches of him being kind and caring, these moments where he drops his persona of strength to show the vulnerability underneath. While Lilah is a strong independent woman who has the local men swooning at her every word, yet she brushes off their advances and attention in favour of her work with animals, she studies hard and works harder. She has an intellectual strength and emotional strength which surpasses that of many heroines making her a pleasure to spend time with. She doesn’t need a man, she doesn’t even really want a man until Brady waves a magic wand.

This is a stunning and enjoyable book. Thank you to my readers for voting for it to be my March read as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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TitleAnimal Magnetism
Series: Animal Magnetism #1
Author: Jill Shalvis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 27 February 2014
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback | Audio
Pages: 320
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