#Review: Ruin by Samantha Towle @samtowlewrites

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From Samantha Towle, the New York Times bestselling author of Wardrobe Malfunction and Breaking Hollywood, comes a dramatically powerful and passionate new contemporary romance.

And the new heavyweight champion of the world is… 

Those are the words that Zeus Kincaid has been waiting to hear since he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. He just didn’t think they would come with a tragedy that would change how he viewed the sport forever.

Cameron Reed was in her second year at Juilliard when her childhood sweetheart, Zeus Kincaid, walked away from her. A few months later, Cam realized that she would never fulfill her dream of dancing for the New York City Ballet.

Now working as a dancer in an upscale club in Manhattan, Cam is brought face-to-face with the man she once loved. And it’s her turn to walk away from him.

After five years of missing Cam, Zeus isn’t prepared to let her go again. But when he finds himself standing on her doorstep the next morning, things don’t go quite as he expected…

Review

It’s always nice to get unexpected book post when that book post is a second chance romance featuring a well built hot boxer named after a Greek God then I’m all in baby! Zeus Kincaid dreamed of being the world’s best boxer, it’s all he’s ever wanted. Except for ballet dancer Cameron Reed. From the moment they met as teenagers they were destined for each other and then he broke both of their hearts by walking away thinking it was the best thing for their careers.

It has taken Zeus five years to knock on her door and he has so much more to make up for than he even knows when he knocks that door. Cam is one of those women you can’t help but love. A single mother, she works two jobs and puts her daughter first in everything she does. So having Zeus back in her life is difficult and not something she wants to deal with.

She doesn’t want her emotions re-ignited, she doesn’t want to be reminded of the love she still holds for him, she doesn’t want him upsetting her simple life. But Zeus is a man on a mission and he isn’t taking these things into consideration in his single-minded pursuit of the woman he loves.

Zeus was all alpha male, but soft-hearted to the core. He fought this battle like a true boxer, strategically and carefully. Taking hits when he needed to and pushing through each round like a pro. He came in knowing what he wanted and didn’t let any of the surprises along the way put him off.

I loved this book, it was paced really well with characters you couldn’t help but love thoroughly.

Thanks to Samantha Towle and Headline Eternal for the advanced review copy so that I could read and honestly review it.

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TitleRuin
Series: Gods #1
Author: Samantha Towle
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Sports Romance | Adult
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 6 March 2018
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 352
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link)

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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
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to your Chosen Store)

#BlogTour: Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan @HarperSloan @Pocket_Books @eternal_books #Review

Hey Guys, I am so pleased to welcome you to my stop on the Cowboy Up blog tour. This book by bestselling author Harper Sloan was released yesterday! So you can head over to your preferred seller and pick it up straight away with no delay! Below you will find my review and all the links you will need for Harper Sloan and Cowboy Up. A huge thanks to Pocket Books for inviting me onto this blog tour.

Description

Hang on to your Stetsons, because you’re in for another wild ride! COWBOY UP by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan is a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.

As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.

Most of the time.

What he hadn’t counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night she can’t stop thinking about.

So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…

Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?

COWBOY UP is the third go-round in this Texas-set series which has everything readers could want in truly authentic Western romance novels filled with sizzle, heart…and plenty of horses and cowboy boots!

Review

It’s safe to say that I’ve loved this series with a passion, the Davis siblings have truly got under my skin and this final installment with the eldest of the siblings Clay was no exception, especially given Caroline the woman who wins his heart is a bookstore owner, how wonderfully perfect for all of us bibliophiles out there.

Caroline has had a tough past, but she doesn’t think a one night stand with her dark cowboy will lead to anything more, except that dark cowboy turns out to be her childhood crush Clay Davis and he is set on winning her mind, body, and soul.

In the previous books we see Clay as the strong, supportive older brother and it was wonderful to see this softer more vulnerable side of him in this book. This side of him that lets down his guard, loves unconditionally and is the whole man, not just the brother.

I loved this book, I loved their story, and seeing more of the other siblings. I just wish that the end hadn’t been tied up quite the way it had been, I prefer more ambiguity so that my imagination can be left to play.

Sending a huge thanks to Harper Sloan, and Pocket Books for the eARC via Netgalley so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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About Harper Sloan

Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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TitleCowboy Up
SeriesComing Home #3
AuthorHarper Sloan
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Adult
Publisher: Pocket Books | Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 19 December 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 400
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#Review: Wicked Torture by J. Kenner @juliekenner @eternal_books

Hi Guys, I’m home and kicking off my return with this review of a fantastic book which I hope you’ll all enjoy. The TBR Topple poll is coming later today so keep your eyes peeled!

Description

Outwardly, Noah Carter is riding high as the tech world’s hottest new genius. Inside, he’s still reeling from the abduction of his wife and baby daughter eight years ago, and then the devastating discovery of his child’s body. For years, he kept up hope that his wife was alive, but now that she’s been declared legally dead, he’s thrown himself even more deeply into his work, cutting himself off from emotional ties because they just hurt too damn much.

Then he meets Kiki Porter, an eternal optimist with a killer work ethic and dreams of fronting a band. And everything changes. Even though he tries his damnedest to fight it…

Sexually, they are combustible together. But their true fire is emotional, though it is a slow to burn. But once it lights, it is all consuming. The relationship grows emotionally, the sex is hot, things are good.

But just when it’s looking like they might have a real future together, the past comes back to haunt them. And Noah’s going to have to decide what he’s willing to give up for love…

Review

Noah is such a fantastic character, he’s literally been to hell and back, having had to turn his back on the love of his life to marry someone else, only to have his wife and child ripped away from him in the most awful way. He’s been living a life of mourning and guilt ever since.

He’s told himself he should move on but whenever he has tried he’s fallen at the first hurdle. But now he’s stumbled across Kiki, the woman he turned his back on those years ago and something inside of him has come alive again, he’s reminded of how in love he once was with her and his pursuit is relentless. The problem is that when he turned his back he broke Kiki and she’s not sure she’s strong enough to fall for him again.

Watching these two rediscovering each other, learning who they are after almost a decade apart was moving, the sexual chemistry between them was instant but they needed to learn were they still compatible and could they trust each other. Noah was sure from the instant he saw Kiki, it was like a light went off for him, but for her it was harder she was the one who had been betrayed.

The story weaves in so many directions you don’t see coming that it becomes an interesting and emotional ride to the conclusion.

A huge thanks to J Kenner and Headline Eternal for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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TitleWicked Torture
Series: Stark World #3
Author: J. Kenner
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Erotica
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 14 November 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Audio
Pages: 272
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#Review: Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan @HarperSloan @eternal_books

Description

Kiss My Boots is the second sultry novel in the Coming Home series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Harper Sloan. Perfect for fans of Kelly Elliott, Diana Palmer, Jennifer Ryan and Maisey Yates.

Quinn Davis is the stereotypical tomboy who prefers to live her life quietly. Of course, it doesn’t help that her heart has been hardened when it comes to devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery rides back into town.

Growing up, Tate only felt truly at home during the long, sweltering summers at his grandparents’ farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary – although if he’s honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball. But all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing…

Want more rugged, charismatic cowboys? Don’t miss the rest of this sizzling Texas-set series which began with Lost Rider.

Review

We first met Quinn Davis in the first book in this series Lost Rider. I fell in love with this fantastic character then and really hoped she would be central in the next book. She’s my kind of gal, more comfortable tinkering with cars and hanging with the guys than being girlie. As a girl who grew up going to the garage on Saturday’s with her mechanic Dad while he worked I get that!

Quinn’s first love was her only love, Tate up and left town never contacting her again after what she thought was the most amazing summer of her life when she was 18. In the years since she’s played the field, having flings, a few non-serious boyfriends but she’s been unable to commit to anybody because nobody comes close to Tate.

So when Tate comes back to town, determined to win her back she fights her feelings hard, but are his reasons for deserting her worth listening to?

Tate is a man on a mission, his love and passion shine through and his determination to make up for his mistakes, to prove himself not just to Quinn but also to her brother’s and best friend, to show he is an honourable and trustworthy man is heartwarming.

I love how feisty Quinn is, I love that she fights for what she wants, despite all of her strength she still becomes overwhelmed by her feelings and consumed by doubt. Needing help and advice from those she loves. She is a fun woman and has a wonderful sense of humour and she is trusting and kind.

This book gives us a wonderful couple and a second chance story that takes us through an emotional rollercoaster.

Sendi a huge thanks to Harper Sloan, and Headline Eternal for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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TitleKiss My Boots
SeriesComing Home #2
AuthorHarper Sloan
Genre: Romance | Erotica | Adult
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 18 July 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook | Audio
Pages: 369
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#Review: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @eternal_books

This was my TBR Topple read for October. Thanks for choosing guys! Don’t forget to vote on November‘s pick before voting closes on Monday!

Description

The first enchanting novel in the Lucky Harbor series from New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis, laced with her trademark gift for humour, warmth and romance. Fans of Susan Andersen, Bella Andre, Rachel Gibson, Carly Phillips, and Susan Mallery will fall head over heels for the Lucky Harbor series.

Maddie Moore’s whole life needs a makeover. In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother – a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career – if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes – and mouth – are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

Want more sexy, fun romance? Return to Sunshine, Idaho for more of the captivating Animal Magnetism series, visit spellbinding Lucky Harbor or take a trip to Cedar Ridge’s unforgettable Colorado Mountains in Jill’s other bestselling series.

Review

This is one of Jill Shalvis’ earlier books that I hadn’t read and had waiting on my TBR for some time. Sitting down to read it I didn’t realise just how invested I would become in Maddie and Jax’s story.

Neither of them is looking for love, but isn’t that just the best time to find it? Maddie comes to town because she’s been left a property to share with her sisters who she barely knows, her life at home has completely fallen apart no thanks to her abusive ex-boyfriend and she needs a fresh start.

Jax is the contractor who comes on board to help her but is so much more than that, his friendship is a crutch, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s hot as hell. The sparks between these two are visible from space and as much as she wants to fight it Maddie knows there’s something special about Jax.

Jill Shalvis has put plenty of laughs in this book, it’s a truly heartfelt book about family and self-discovery, and of course finding true love. I came out of this feeling like this was possibly my favourite Jill Shalvis book to date. I loved everything about this one, the difficult topics and how they were tackled, the way Maddie and Jax clicked and tackled their issues, the sisters as a unit and individually.

I’m really looking forward to reading more of the Lucky Harbor books.

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TitleSimply Irresistible
Series: Lucky Harbor #1
Author: Jill Shalvis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 14 August 2014
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 330
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#Review: Wicked Dirty by J. Kenner @juliekenner @eternal_books

Description

Sometimes bad isn’t good enough…

Lyle Tarpin appears to be a clean-cut Hollywood actor whose star is on the rise. Inside, he’s battling demons and finding solace in a string of anonymous women paid well for their discretion. But when he’s photographed in a compromising position, the only way to save his career is to claim his companion is his fiancee.

Struggling waitress Sugar Laine is the one woman who’s ever managed to get under Lyle’s skin. She only agrees to spend one night with him because she’s desperate to save her family home.

Neither expects a night of passion and a pretend engagement will blossom into love. But sometimes love has a price. And is it one Lyle and Sugar can afford to pay?

Review

Oh I don’t think there are words for how much I loved Lyle and Sugar. This book really had everything I look for in solid romance and I couldn’t pick any holes in it no matter how hard I tried.

Sugar (or Laine to everybody except Lyle), is on the verge of losing her family home, a devastating prospect as her family died several years before and her home is the only link she has to them remaining. She reluctantly agrees to take on a job as an escort which pays exceedingly well and so she meets Lyle, mega hot movie star with a shit-tonne of emotional baggage from his past.

What I loved was that there was instant chemistry but not instant love. The love creeps up on these two who are so busy trying not to be a couple, whilst pretending to be a couple, for the sake of Lyle’s publicity that they barely see what is happening and then when they do they are in a right old pickle.

I love how J. Kenner has written this, you are on an actual emotional roller-coaster from the first chapter with these characters, I had no idea what they were actually thinking, there was so much denial and insistence things weren’t real that I had no idea what was genuine and what was fake. Underneath it all though these are wonderful characters. Sugar is feisty and strong-willed, she hates anybody doing anything for her and takes help as an insult. While Lyle is so bogged down in the past he’s forgetting to live in the present.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough, I read it in one sitting, I was completely unable to put it down.

A huge thanks to J Kenner and Headline Eternal for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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TitleWicked Dirty
Series: Stark World #2
Author: J. Kenner
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Erotica
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 19 September 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook | Audio
Pages: 288
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