Friday, April 29, 2016

Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines, #1) by Bethany-Kris

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Calisto Donati

She was just a woman. That’s what Calisto wanted to tell himself; that’s what he wanted to believe. Emma was nothing more than a woman. There were other women for him to want. To obsess over.
It couldn’t be Emma Sorrento.
Not for Calisto.
She was taken.
She was claimed.
She was not his.
In a few days, Calisto would hand her off, and that would be that. He wondered why it wouldn’t be that easy to let her go.
What good had saving her done?
He had simply taken her from one monster to give her to another.

Emma Sorrento

Emma slid on her mask. All someone would need to do was look close enough to see what was really beneath the sheer falseness of her smile.
At the other end of the table, Emma found her lies staring her right in the face.
He smirked.
And winked.
Calisto Donati was her worst mistake, her greatest shame, and the one thing she still wanted more than anything. Emma could still feel him all over her, long after his touch and kiss was gone. In thirty days, her entire world had changed—he had changed her.
Emma had a feeling that if she played another game with Calisto, she would surely lose.
She had already lost once.
Wasn’t it enough?

WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, and are not considered safe romance.








Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz

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Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she's sure it'll be her breakout book... if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it's no deal.

Nora's grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining... and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him... or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.



[MY THOUGHTS]
This isn't your typical romance, and it isn't your typical erotica novel. It's tasteful, intense, and moving. Strangely, I appreciated this story more the second time.

Tiffany Reisz isn't just a writer. She's an amazing storyteller. If you're up for something different, this is a must read.

Although I'm behind reading and reviewing other books, I'm really going to try to do a marathon of all her works.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Affair Series by S. Layne

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When the most difficult decision of Laurie Baker’s life needed to be made, she took off for a weekend alone to weigh her pros and cons and consider all her options.

What she didn’t expect was to run face first into one more complication her life didn’t need.

Distracting, sexy, and British, Liam Parker offered Laurie exactly what she needed when she was desperate for attention.

One night of pleasure.

She wanted it.
She craved it.
She took it.

And when the sunlight dawned and the lusty haze of one night of passion disappeared and reality revealed itself…

Laurie returned home knowing that everything she had once believed, everything she had once loved and desired, was about to be tossed upside down and shaken in a way she could never imagine.



[MY THOUGHTS]
I don't know if the name of the series makes it obvious, but this series is about cheating. So if you hate books about this topic, do not buy, download, or read.

Personally, I really enjoyed it.

What would you do if your husband cheated on you? I would probably end up in jail if I did what I wanted to do. Actually, I think I could get away with it... with all the CSI shows I've watched. I'm just kidding.... sort of.

When Laurie's husband cheated on her, she was heart broken. She felt stupid. She was so in love with James that she didn't even know there were any issues in their marriage.

How could James , her high school sweetheart, have sex with her best friend?

Laurie didn't know what to do. Then here comes Liam. He's sexy, hot, and confident. He makes her body scream. Too bad he's her new boss. He bought out her company, and she works directly under him. (Like my double entendre there?) 

Liam first told her that he doesn't do long term relationships, but his actions say that he wants more from her.

Being with Liam makes Laurie feel beautiful and sexy. Her confidence is growing. But how can she let go of all the memories with James?

I really liked this book. Laurie isn't outgoing or loud, but I was still able to get really attached to her. I felt her confusion and frustration. I can see myself rereading this series.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

To Win Her Trust (Players #2) by Mackenzie Crowne

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Can she trust this player with her heart?

Ever since experiencing a childhood trauma, reclusive artist CC Calhoun has suffered from panic attacks. But when a fateful kiss from handsome wide receiver, Kevin “Tuck” Tucker, is enough to stop one of those episodes cold, she wonders if guarding her heart has been the right choice. Will going on a test date with Tuck open her to trusting someone for the first time in years? Or will she wind up being just another notch in the football player’s bedpost?

Tuck has a reputation for charming women into bed, but after his kiss with CC, he’s left aching for more. When he proposes a second date, his attraction to the sexy blonde looks like the makings of true love—something he’s never quite believed in—until now. But when Tuck discovers CC’s childhood secrets, will the pro athlete be tough enough to stay by her side—or will he betray her hard-earned trust?





[MY THOUGHTS]
Can be read as a standalone.

Kevin Tucker.... you get an A++ in my book. You sure know how to make a girl forget all her fears!

CC Calhoun has a fear of being around a lot of people. As an artist, she works from home, and only leaves her house for coffee, food, and the gym. As her birthday is coming, her goal is to conquer her fears and live life.

When Kevin Tucker saves her from a panic attack outside a coffee shop, CC had an idea. Since Tuck is going to training camp soon, she can learn some things from a temporary relationship. He's known to be a player, so she knows she doesn't need to get attached to him. It's the perfect plan. Three weeks, and three weeks only.

Tuck is just an amazing guy. He listens to everything CC is saying and not saying. The time they spend together is perfect, and I loved every moment.

I also loved how some of the characters from the previous book were involved. Although I liked To Win Her Love better, this was a cute romance story.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Wicked Beautiful (Wicked #1) by J.T. Geissinger

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Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch.

Drop-dead sexy restauranteur and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future, and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago.

Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice: continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation, and her heart by taking a second chance on love?





Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Beautiful Wedding (Beautiful #2.5) by Jamie McGuire

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You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.








[MY THOUGHTS]
This is a great addition to the series! I'm going to miss Travis Maddox like there's no tomorrow.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2) by Jamie McGuire

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Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster.

Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster; the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.




[MY THOUGHTS]
** 2 STARS **
Did I just reread Beautiful Disaster? This was totally not worth the money. It felt like this was just a repeat of the first book. The only part worth reading was the epilogue.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.







[MY THOUGHTS]
I made a mistake. 

I made the mistake of reading this with high expectations. So many readers loved it and gushed about it. Unfortunately, I missed the boat. 

Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed it, but I was expecting a little bit more. I feel like if I read this without reading the reviews, I would of given it 5 stars instead of 4. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Captivated by You (Crossfire #4) by Sylvia Day

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Now the #1 international bestselling author returns. The new Crossfire novel by Sylvia Day.

Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream...



[MY THOUGHTS]
I'm not sure this book was really necessary. Nothing really happened in book #4. No wonder why I couldn't remember what Captivated by You was about. I did however enjoy the alternating POVs between Gideon and Eva.

Now that I'm caught up, I can finally read One with You!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Entwined with You (Crossfire #3) by Sylvia Day

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The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires...

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn't resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside--so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I'd been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession...





[MY THOUGHTS]
Gideon Cross or Christian Grey. Both of these men are controlling, rich, and obsessive. In my opinion, Fifty Shades of Grey is the better series and Grey has a special place in my mind. But I still adore Gideon.

Entwined with You is the third book in the series, but it feels like a filler. This story just reinforced their trust and love. There are still a lot of issues that come up, but Gideon tries to take them all on for Eva.

Like all the books, it's steamy and erotic. Now I just need to reread one more book so that I could read One with You. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Reflected in You (Crossfire #2) by Sylvia Day

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Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction... my every desire... mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful... except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession...








[MY THOUGHTS]

I lied. I still giggled when I was listening to the audiobook. I think this really needed a male for Gideon's voice.

Anyways, this series is coming back to me. Two sexually abused adults trying to find something normal. I'd say out of all the books, Reflected in You is the most memorable. Gideon really proves his commitment.




Sunday, April 17, 2016

CAGED (Mackenzie Grey #2) by Karina Espinosa

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It’s hard out there for a lone-wolf.

Mackenzie Grey has started a brand new life in an attempt to escape the Brooklyn Pack. She settles in as a detective in a special unit of the LAPD when her identity is put at risk, and she has no choice but to run again. The question is: does she want to run forever?
As events force Mackenzie to confront her past, she is met with many surprises—including the revelation of her true ancestry. When Packs across the country learn of who she is, Kenz becomes the object of desire in a deadly wolf hunt, and she must once again fight to keep her freedom.
Witnessing first-hand the barbaric treatment of Lunas, Mackenzie has to make a choice—follow the prediction of her Vision Quest or let herself be CAGED...