Monday, April 30, 2012

Power Play by Chellesie B. Dancer

Sergio is a graphic designer who is trying to reach his goal of making partner in the firm that he works in before the age of 30.  On his way into work, he has this connection with a lady in the elevator that brings out his dominate side.  Before he can learn her name she gets off the elevator and he doesn’t even know which floor she got off on.  Before a big presentation to a very important new client, and the account that could possibly achieve his goal, he runs into his mystery woman once more.   

Enter Liz, she messes with Sergio, flirting outrageously and working him up until his dominance once again makes an appearance.  Sergio is flustered because he knows that he needs to concentrate and get mentally prepared for his meeting but his control snaps.  Liz surprises him after the fact by walking back into the room as the client he needs to impress.   Liz then offers him an opportunity to help her out for the day which then leads to his taking control that night.  It is a power play between Liz trying to get Sergio to come work for her and Sergio dominating her in the bedroom.

I liked the idea for the book, I have always been a fan of BDSM books, but for some reason I wasn’t all that impressed with this one.  For one, it seemed like the book jumped around way too much and heroine just got on my nerves. In a way, Liz was constantly trying to bribe Sergio. Him setting aside his goal of making Partner just really irritated me because his goal meant something and even after him explaining it to Liz. She still continued to act like a spoiled brat and tried to get her way.  Like I stated earlier the story just jumped around too much and tried to bring too much in at once.  I think if the book was longer in length it would be a lot better, being a novella didn’t do the storyline justice.  I would like to read something longer by this author to see if it was just this book that I had a problem with or if I do not click with her writing style.

Soy Sauce Face by Sedonia Guillone

4 Stars!

To Sum it Up:

There’s no secret like the one you keep from yourself.  Jun knows this first hand, as he’s forced to confront his deepest feelings when all his alternate escape routes are thwarted after his career is thrown in question.  Upon seeing himself through his best friend, Tomo’s, eyes, he’ll find the greatest love he never guessed existed.

My Opinion:

This is a very sweet and very emotional romance between two friends who always wanted, but never expected more.

My Thoughts:

This story is a very emotional one, because Jun’s had a tough childhood, and he deals with that periodically throughout the book.  Tomo, his best friend, is the son of the man who took him in and they’ve always been close, but after the man’s death, there’s been tension that neither of them seems to know quite how to alleviate.  Jun is a “host” which is basically a high class male prostitute, and when he’s attacked one night while taking a break, his path in life is thrown into question and he’s forced to sit down and think through everything, no matter how much it hurts.  As usual, Tomo helps him through it, and it’s during this time when emotions are raw and they’re cooped up together for an extended period of time that they’re honesty with each other and themselves becomes apparent.  It’ll bring about what they both need, but were always too afraid to give voice to.

Bared To You by Sylvia Day

5 Stars!

I absolutely LOVED this book.  This is a story about two wounded and broken individuals who seem to soothe the pains when they are together.  Gideon Cross is a multibillionaire who never has relationships with the women he has sex with, but Eva refuses to just be another notch on his bedpost so to speak.  He is determined to have her in his life.  Eva doesn’t care about Gideon’s wealth or money, she has her own, what she worries about is her past hurting him when their relationship is revealed to the public.  Both keep doing things to screw up, like running when things upset them but it’s like they are drawn together through this indescribable sexual chemistry.  Eva opens up to Gideon about her past and trusts him to never hurt her like that.  Gideon hints at what his demons are but in this book it’s not revealed but one can speculate what it is from what has been revealed to us.  Add to the mix, Carey, Eva’s best friend and roommate who has his own issues to deal with too.

This book reminds me a lot like Fifty Shades of Grey but it is its own story and has its differences that draw you in from almost the beginning.  Gideon is possessive and obsessed with Eva but he is trying to be the man she wants in his life, and even though he keeps screwing up he begs her not to give up on him yet.  Gideon does do some things though in regards to some past relationships that makes you want to slap him and say really and you wonder why she keeps running from you, you idiot!  Eva is just as possessive and I was really hoping at one point she was going to whoop some jealous conniving bitch ass, but she never did.

This is one hot book and I would suggest that you have your husband, boyfriend or significant other nearby when you read this book but the sex scenes are smoking hot, and for me with my deployed husband still gone for at least another month, makes me want to attack him the second he gets home.  I had never read a full length novel by Sylvia Day before Bared to You, but I can guarantee that this will not be my last book; I can’t wait to read the next Crossfire book.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Book Tour: Angel on Fire by Jacquie Johnson

My Secret Romance is so excited to be part of the Angel on Fire Book Tour! Please welcome author Jacquie Johnson to the blog! Take a moment to learn a little bit more about her and her newest book, Angel on Fire.

Wow! Check out Jacquie's daily writing routine! I have to give this woman credit for all that she can't be easy. As a former gymnasts myself, I know how much extra she's doing.  It's a very grueling schedule and very time consuming on the parents part too. How Jacquie has time to breathe after homeschooling her daughters, which is an unbelievably amazing task to take on, gymnastics, housework, and writing is beyond me. Jacquie sounds like a remarkable woman!

I keep a relatively structured routine.  Since I homeschool my twin daughters, my day starts around 8 in the morning.  This year the girls are studying Latin, Algebra I, grammar, reading, and physical science.  They participated in National Novel Writing Month in November of 2011.  That was a good month for me because I wrote when they did and didn’t feel like I was depriving them of an education.  

Formal schooling ends around 2:00 but the girls generally end up reading or doing homework until 3:30.  I start dinner around 3:00 and they eat at 4:00.  

A few times per week, during the afternoon, I check on my three grandparents, who are in their late eighties and early nineties, and provide assistance chauffeuring them to appointments and running errands. 

My daughters have gymnastics practice from 5 to 9 Monday through Friday, so I use this time to write and take care of mundane household tasks. 
My favorite time to write though is late at night, after my husband and daughters have gone to bed.  The house is quiet and I don’t feel guilty about all those chores I didn’t manage to accomplish during the day. I find typing away with a sleeping cocker spaniel at, or on, my feet to be highly relaxing. To me, this isn’t a job or a chore.  It is pure enjoyment. 

I hardly ever find time to write on the weekends.  Between gymnastics meets and visits to my oldest daughter, I’m always on the road and I haven’t figured out how to write and drive at the same time.  This doesn’t mean that the writing process stops.  Long drives offer an opportunity to let my mind wander while I think about the endless possibilities for a story that has been percolating in the back of my mind.  All too often, I get lost - in my thoughts and on the road.                 

Now onto Jacquie's book, Angel on Fire.

All Angela wants is to understand why her father, security specialist Mac McKenzie, dropped dead on a sidewalk in Boston. Instead, she is thrust into the midst of an international conspiracy when she discovers that her father was working on a classified project at the time of his death. Now, the FBI, a terrorist and a killer have her in their sights.

Former Navy SEAL turned undercover operative, Chase Romero thinks his boss is overreacting when he orders Chase to small town America to protect Angela. But he changes his mind when her home is burglarized and “accidents” begin to happen. The real question becomes, how can he keep her safe if he keeps tripping over his own heart?

After shooting an intruder, Angela flees the scene, and the FBI issues a warrant for her arrest. On the run for her life and her freedom, she places her trust in Chase. As they travel from New England, to the nation’s capital, to the shores of Lake Michigan, the trail – and their attraction – grow hotter. Together, they team up to prevent a global financial market meltdown and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the project Mac protected with his life.

If you want to learn more about Jacquie, you can visit her site HERE. If you would like to buy the book now, you can do that HERE.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shoulda Been A Cowboy by Lorelei James

Shoulda Been A Cowboy is book 7 in the Rough Riders Series
4 Stars!

Domini was born in the Ukraine and an orphan at the age of 11. She came to America very young and had to rely on herself to get where she is. The once shy Ukrainian girl is now ready to let loose and wants to be dominated by none other then Cam. Unfortunately for Cam, who wants complete honesty, she is hiding secrets.

Cameron or Cam, is a war hero. He lost his part of his leg in battle and has isolated himself from the rest of his family except for Keely...and now Domini. No one has seen his scars or missing limb. He feels as though he is not a whole man and no one will accept him the way he is because of it. Domini tells Cam that she wants all of him or nothing....or there can't be relationship between them.

I go back and forth with this book. On one hand I loved it because it's a Rough Rider book and what's not to love about Lorelei's books? But on the other hand I have issues with Cam and the sex scenes.

I personally would have liked to see Cam fight Domini a little longer about his missing leg. For me, he gave in way too soon. I think it was about 25% into the book and he was ok with showing her his stump. Domini was definitely persistent on seeing all of him. There is some darkness in Cam because of being injured in the war...but there wasn't enough darkness for me. I personally like very dark heroes in my books. I think it would have added a bit more drama and tension to the storyline if Cam was darker. The romance scenes were hot and plentiful! There were a lot of sex scenes in the beginning of this book and I was starting to get turned off because the story line started to disappear. About 50% in that completely changed. The story line picked up and I couldn't put the book down after that. Another great book to add to the series!

Fighting Fair by Anne Calhoun

Amazon link-Fighting Fair
5 Stars!

Natalie is fighting to save her marriage with Shane. She has gone as far as to enroll them in marriage consoling, but nothing has been accomplished. Shane finds out some excellent news and decides he wants to share it with Natalie. This news comes as a surprise to him since it wasn't suppose to happen for at least another year.

Since Natalie and Shane are not communicating much with each other, Natalie seeks work advice from her friend, Chris. They meet up at a bar in Manhattan where Shane happens to spot them. Shane walks in and starts assuming things. Shane and Natalie go home and the fighting leads to smoking hot beautiful love making.

I should start off by saying that I am not one to read short stories. They don't do much for me. They feel too rushed and I just don't see how it's possible to connect with the characters when the story is so short.

Well, I am sooooo eating my words now! This is one hot, beautiful, romantic short story, with a side of light BDSM. Oh, how I LOVED this novella! This is my first read by this author and it definitely won't be my last! Anne Calhoun was able to write an erotic romance with a story line that can hold it's own. I think it's very hard for an erotic writer to have romance in their storyline and it not just be about sex. I am definitely a fan of Anne's now and I will be getting more of her books very soon.

There was only one thing that bothered me with the novella. There is no way anyone can spot someone across the street at a bar in Manhattan, like Shane did with Natalie. I live very close to Manhattan and have been to the city many times. There are just too many people for that to happen. But, I let it slide. Every author is allowed one mistake :)

Guilty Pleasures, anyone?

Have you heard of Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews? If not, then you need to check out this blog. IT IS AMAZING! I am constantly stalking that blog. It's one of those blogs that is a MUST FOLLOW. They have just about every single genre of book reviewed on that site so there is a little something for everyone. There are lots of reviews posted each day. There are tons of other cool things going on there too. For instance, authors taking over her blog for the day, blog hops, advance copy reviews of books we're dying to read and a very cool weekly appreciation contest for her followers she does. I don't know how the woman who runs Guilty Pleasures does it. She must never sleep. I swear she's a vampire. HA! Just kidding! Didi (the woman who runs Guilty Pleasures) is my book blogging idol.

Once Guilty Pleasures hits 1000 followers, she is going to do a very cool giveaway. She is almost the sooner we can get her to hit 1000 followers the sooner the contest for you!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Lady Compelled by Shirl Anders

My Lady Compelled is the first book in The Archangels series. It's a series of six short erotic historical romance books that take place in the Regency era. The Archangels group consist of six men who helped England by spying on the French.

Lord St. John having a wives sale. His wife, Lady Gabriella St. John, is barren and he sees no need to have her anymore as his wife. Lord Drummond Penhurst, the Duke of Kitteridge hears of this sale and names his price. Lord Drummond has always been attracted to Lady Gabriella. He thinks by taking her as his wife he can teach her how to pleasure a man properly. Little does he know Lady Gabriella has never seen a man naked....or what to do with one even though she's been married for 25 years. Lord Drummond wins and starts his mission off by pleasuring Lady Gabriella....immediately. Lady Gabriella is in shambles after what occurred between her and Lord Drummond. She has never felt or experienced anything so unbelievably amazing in her life. She figures since she was bought and paid for she now needs to do what he says, especially after he brought her to climax and donned her in diamonds.

If you want a fast erotic read, then this book is for you. The story line wasn't that strong but that didn't bother me while reading this book. I wanted a hot erotic historical romance and that's exactly what I got. I enjoyed it and I plan to read the rest.

Seduce Me At Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

Seduce Me At Sunrise is the 2nd book in the Hathaway Series

5 Stars!

Oh Kev! My heart aches for him and what he went though.

Brava to Lisa Kleypas! Amazing! A HUGE must read! I simply can not get enough of Lisa's books!

This has to be one of the most heart wrenching novels I have ever read- which happens to be my favorite kind of read. It was romantic, sensual, erotic, classy, emotional, and quite beautiful a love story. I shed quite a few tears while reading this book.

Another book by Lisa that has rendered me speechless...sorry but that's my review.

Accordance by Shelly Crane

4 Stars

To sum it up: In this sequel, Maggie learns much more about all the strange things that happened to her, and has to face new ones. She rebels against it, but ultimately, must face it for her new family's sake and maybe even her life. Bish went from being her biggest supporter to her biggest pain in the butt, and Kyle's intentions to attract her interest, may not be so innocent. Caleb and Maggie face many new obstacles together and fight to work through them but will one that should be a good thing, be too much for Maggie to handle?

This was another fabulous installment to the Significance Series!

I won't go into too much detail in this review, because I don't want to give too much away. (I did however, go into more depth in my review for Significance, so feel free to take a peek at that, if you're wanting to read even more about what really makes this series fantastic!) First and foremost, I'll start by saying that you should definitely read book one (Significance) before starting this book! With that being said... this book picks up exactly where the first book left off. It really brings us even closer to Maggie and Caleb, as they struggle to find their place in life, while still maintaining their semblance of self. As their journey is continued, we also learn much more about the Aces' history- something that I felt was much needed, as well as enjoyable!

There was quite a bit more interaction between the secondary characters, which was definitely a big plus! With that being said though, there were a few things in the story that became a little distracting- Kyle and Bish really tended to grate on my nerves at times... to the point of pure annoyance. Caleb and Maggie's relationship made up for those few distractions though! *sigh* ...I've said it a million times, especially in my review of Significance... and I'll say it again: I love Caleb! ♥ He's beyond sweet, and perfection in every way. He's gorgeous. Can play the guitar. Can surf. Has an unfailing love for his significant other. He's both loyal and fiercely protective, of not only Maggie, but his family as well... (okay, shutting up now.) really is a beautiful thing, to watch the love between both Maggie and Caleb, grow and blossom.

It’s easy to lose yourself in the world that Shelly Crane created. The story itself is as fabulous as ever, and had many new threats showing up all over the place, at one point or another! I felt so many emotions through these characters- their happiness, suspense, and even unease. ...and of course the romance! *sigh* Shelly really brought out so many sweet things that we all want, need, and crave when it comes to romance. She really knows how to deliver, and this was another brilliant installment to the series, where you not only fall in love with the story, but with Caleb as well, all over again! Now, on to the next book in the series :) (Defiance)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

If you love 50 Shades, then you'll love this.....

I think I've actually become addicted to Eden Bradley/Eve Berlin's work. They're provocative and titillating yet passionate and captivating. Her books give me a glorious sensual high that I don't want to come down from. Ahhh, I love her books!

With all the hype the Fifty Shades books are getting, I thought I'd share an author (I absolutely love!) who writes fantastic BDSM books. People are constantly looking for books similar to Fifty....well look no further, I have what you need! 

Eden Bradley writes the most sensual books I have ever read. No joke. She brings me into this tantalizing world making me feel every single word she writes. I want to feel the emotion the characters are feeling. I want to experience their struggles and challenges they're facing and I want to connect with them on a romantic level too. And that's what I love about this author. I can escape reality for a little while and transport into the story she created, making feel everything.That's an amazing author is you ask me.

One thing I really enjoy about Eden's writing is that she makes a smooth entrance for you into the lifestyle of BDSM. There's a huge percentage of readers who like to read it but don't know the true depth of that kind of relationship. Eden does an phenomenal job with it. She makes it understandable and pleasurable while at the same time telling a story. It's why I like her books so much. She doesn't have the readers dive head first into a shallow end. She makes it desirable and sensual and leaves you almost begging to experience it. 

But it's not just the steamy sex scenes Eden writes, which are smoking hot by the way! The descriptions of people and places she writes in her books paint an exact imagine for me. They leave me without having to second guess anything, which is another thing I love about this author. I want to know exactly what she had pictured in her mind when she was writing the book. I don't want to have to guess a place or a person in the story. I want to see what she saw- and I do each and every time.

Here are a few lines that I marked when I was reading her books. I thought I'd share them with you- 

"It is, even now, at the end of winter. I love the driftwood that's washed up on shore. The shapes and the textures are so sinuous, so beautiful. It's like a still life. Like a garden of dead wood, with the sand the dry earth. Yet it's not really dead, is it? It's strangely alive, just...stilled. Serene." -Rowan

And all around them the dark sky hid the stars and the rain fell, washing the earth clean.

Early dawn. The sky glowed with shades of pink and gold as the sun made its way over the horizon, fighting through a thin layer of mist to light the sky in a spectacular blaze of color.

The sky is dark now, inky all over, except for the nearly full moon, And where it touches the water, reflecting, it gives just enough silvery light to see by. I lie back in the sand, which is still warm from the day, allowing my brain to empty, hoping for peace, and finding a little of it in that bottomless arc overhead.

So if you're looking for more books like Fifty's, I really think you should check this author out. You will not be disappointed! Here are the links to her books written under both names.

Written as Eden Bradley-

The Darker Side of Pleasure
The Beauty of Surrender
The Dark Garden

Written under Even Berlin-

Eden Bradley doesn't write only BDSM books either. She writes many other books I call my favorites. I hope you try those out too.

Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

3.5 stars 

Charity was hired to help bring more business to Fool's Gold- and more men. Yes, she was hired to bring more men to the small town since there were only two (I think) in the entire town and the rest were woman. I thought this was a little ridiculous. Really? There is a man drought so you hire someone to lure them to the cozy quaint town? Come on. That part was so hard for me to get past. Honestly, does that ever happen? No. Anyway, in her search for more businesses and more men, Charity meets the people of Fool's Gold and falls in love with them and the town. Having always been on the go as a child, she was ready to buy a home and establish some roots. 

Along the way, she casually dates one man but has feelings for another. Josh Golden is a famous cyclist that competed twice in the Tour de France along side Lance Armstrong. He has numerous sports endorsements and woman begging to be with him. Josh retired early from cycling after watching one of his teammates die during a race, which he blames himself for. Since then he has not been able to race. Josh has been divorced for a few years now and has had a bit of a dry spell until Charity arrives in Fool's Gold. Now he only has eyes for her.

The beginning of this book was bland...nothing really that special. About a little more than half way through it gets a bit more interesting and finally picks up. We meet people from the small town, a secret is revealed and a sports hero makes his comeback. I will say that even though this book didn't WOW me, I will be reading the next one.

This is my first read by this author. This book wasn't that great but at the same time I couldn't stop reading it. I know, it makes no sense. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the story moved so I wanted to know more but I didn't feel any real connection between the characters. They are likeable characters no doubt and I do plan to read the next book to find out about Ethan. I also think the book needed more romance scenes, but hey, I'm a romance junkie. What do you expect?

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

3 Stars

 To sum it up: After the unexpected death of her father forces eighteen year old Layken and her family to move across the country, away from everyone and everything she knows, her outlook on life is anything but hopeful.

Enter Will Cooper: the attractive twenty-one year old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry. After a night together that turns out to be everything but the expected, both Layken and Will are left with feelings they never knew they could have. Unfortunately in Layken's life, things are never what they seem. Just as quickly as it develops, their relationship is derailed by a shocking revelation, sparking a tumultuous battle between their hearts and their ethics.

As if the dramatic turn of events in her life isn't enough, Layken is slammed again when her mother reveals a secret of her own. A secret so intense, all of Layken's current problems pale in comparison to her seemingly insurmountable future. Unable to confront the changes that lie ahead of her, Layken ignores her conscience as she turns to Will for solace. Struggles ensue as both Layken and Will search for a balance between that which keeps them apart and the feelings that pull them together...

Be right back. Crying right now.

I've yet to read a book, (that comes to mind) that has literally made me cry my eyes out. All I can say, is be ready to have some tissues handy. This isn't what I would call your typical romance- it goes much deeper than that. It would take me days to write a list of all the emotions that I felt while reading this story... feelings of shock. Feelings of grief. Feelings of sadness. ...and of course, feelings of happiness. The fact that Colleen Hoover can so thoroughly evoke these strong emotions out of me, is definitely talent in my eyes, because it doesn't happen too often.

I will say that I was a little apprehensive about the "slam poetry" aspect of the story- I had no idea what it was, or what to expect! Who knew that such poems could have such meaning, and bring out so much emotion? (I don't know if I'll ever be able to look at a pink balloon the same way again, without thinking about that heart wrenching scene- wow!)

There isn't much more that I can really say, without giving away plot points that really need to be discovered by the reader- I think one thing that made this book that much more enjoyable and emotional for me, was the fact that I didn't read many reviews before diving into this book, and the reviews that I did read, didn't give away any plot details. I'm beyond thankful for that, because I was able to read this story with an open mind, and with no expectations.

I don't have much of anything negative to say about Slammed, aside from a few things here and there that prevented me from giving it a four or five star rating: For me, the biggest issue was that there were a few scenes that seemed a bit rushed. I just felt that Will and Lake connected at such a deep level in a VERY short time span. For me, I prefer a very slow build up of tension, as well as a slow developed relationship, between both my heroes and heroines, and I felt that it was lacking a bit in this story, because of the whole rushing issue. However... with that being said though, the "slams" made up for more than enough with the few issues that I did have. Colleen Hoover is most certainly talented in her creation of characters, plot, and DEFINITELY emotion... and let's not forget, most importantly: her poetry! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pulled by A.L. Jackson

5 Stars!

Make sure you have plenty of boxes of tissues available when you read this book. Pulled is a very emotional, heart wrenching read.  It is a story about mistakes, heart break, soul mates, healing, forgiveness, and true love.  You are drawn in from the first few chapters.  Melanie is a trophy wife who is emotionally abused by her successful husband.  From the start you know she misses the love of her life, Daniel, and that a tragedy happened that had separated them nine years before.  Daniel, is a doctor who is in practice with his father, who is also broken emotionally  from the pain he feels from missing Melanie.  He tries to temporarily forget but can’t, he only wants his girl back and nothing and no one else can ever replace her in his heart.  He has made mistakes, one big one that will play a major role in their lives and could heal or hurt their relationship.

I love a book where I can actually feel the emotions the author is trying to portray, and have a connection to the characters from the start.  I was pulled, no pun intended, immediately into Melanie’s pain and heartbreak.  You know something bad happened that broke her and her heart but not what and for me I just wanted to somehow reach into the book and hold her and tell her that it will be okay.  You want to reach out and smack Nicholas, her abusive husband for the way he treats and talks to her.  You feel the same sense of loss when you are reading Daniel’s point of view.  When by fate they find each other again when Melanie’s husband is trying to get the contract to build Daniel’s new building you already start routing for them to begin to heal, but it is never that easy.  Enter Vanessa, she is pregnant with Daniel’s child after trying to trap him into a relationship that he doesn’t want, she is like a bad rash that just doesn’t go away.  She refuses to take the hint that Daniel doesn’t want anything to do with her and really doesn’t want the baby either.

The struggles that Melanie and Daniel go through, not just to be together but to heal, is heart wrenching because you learn how strong their relationship was from the moment they first met and you know that they are soul mates in the truest meaning of those words.  They have this connection that can not be described, they are pulled to each other by a force stronger than can be explained in words.   The heartbreak that they go through, and when you find out what that was, you are in awe that they are even functioning especially apart when they needed to be together.  You can begin to feel the healing of their hearts and souls from the moment they reconnect and promise their love to each other once again.  Forgiveness plays a huge role in the healing and reconnecting of their hearts and souls.  When Melanie suffers the last time at the hands of Nicholas, you think it can’t get any worse for their relationship, that is, until Vanessa gives birth to her and Daniel’s son.  The events that happen after that are the final steps in the healing of their wounds, the ones that were obvious to the world and the ones that they held deep inside.  This story was a true happily ever after but only after heart break and pain.

I had to stop reading this from time to time because I would get so emotional and start crying.  I literally was pulled, again no pun intended, into this book and felt like I was there.  It brought up feelings and memories from my past that were painful that I thought were long buried.  I strongly believe in soul mates and fate playing a role when we find our one true love, the one person who completes not just our hearts but our souls as well.  I also believe that there is a connection like Melanie and Daniel had, when you find your other half, and when you find that connection, there are not words to describe the feelings you have.  This is how a great love story is written, life is not all hearts and flowers, but it is also tragedy and hurt but it is also healing and forgiveness.  I will defiantly be putting this book on my reread list and will be recommending this to my friends to read.

Marooned in Miami by Sandra Bunino

To Sum it Up:

A nasty storm knocking out the power strands to strangers in a hotel.  Stephanie decides to take advantage of it thinking that a hot one night stand is what she needs to get a clean break from her past.  However, after they part, Jason and their night together haunt her thoughts.  Maybe they could try getting another taste…

My Opinion:

This is a romantic novella that is sexy as hell and leaves you aching for the sequel.

My Thoughts:

We start off with both parties at a hotel, where they promptly get stuck on an elevator when the power goes out.  This gets them introduced and we play voyeur as they spend a single night together.  That one night leaves a lasting impression on them both, but Jason and Stephanie certainly have a few obstacles to overcome if they want to explore the passion they’ve shared and experience more out of a relationship than what they’ve gotten in the past.

Having had only one night to worry about, they’ve both kept their secrets, but if they want to meet again, they’re going to have to address the lies and get to know each other better.  This will be a lot easier to do with 5 whole days alone.  The book leaves us aching for more when the last thing we see is Jason and Stephanie reuniting at a hotel bar, where he discovers a spicy little secret she had no hope of keeping.  
It’s a fairly short story, but well done.  The character development is present, the plot well paced, and is enjoyable all around, leaving me itching for the sequel, which I believe is due out later this year.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig

Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig is the first book in the Divorced series and it is absolutely captivating. Houston police officer Chase Kelly is injured and on the run. He has been set up for attempted homicide and drug possession. Taking his life for granted for the past two years, following the death of his wife, he realizes he wants to live after having a gun pressed to his temple by his dirty partner. His only escape is a forty foot drop off a bridge into the lake. He gets away with a bullet grazing his shoulder. Turning up miles from the river he takes refuge in a backyard.

Enter Lacy Macguire, a photographer and divorcee who has sworn off men…and sex. Her ex-husband was caught on video playing pin his secretary in the elevator; it made an internet debut. Not knowing how to have sex without involving her heart and not wanting to follow her mother’s footsteps (who has a trail of multiple marriages), Lacy is determined to remain celibate. Happy now living alone with her dog Fabio, cats Leonardo, Samantha and Sweetie Pie her world is about to take a very tempting and delicious turn.

The story is a fast paced, fun read. I spent an entire Sunday with the crazy cast of characters and could not put it down. It was witty, engaging, and romantic. Both main characters had emotional issues to deal with; hurt, fear, guilt. It was nice to see the love that developed between them and the healing they brought on. You could feel the sexual heat between the two. For a long time sex, like breathing, was just a basic need that needed to be filled for Chase. He forgot what it was like when emotions and intimacy played a role. Lacy never before feeling the sexual release only Chase can give her falls deep and fast.

Hunky Hero Giveaway Hop

Hunky Hero Giveaway Hop 

Hunky Hero Giveaway Hop is here!

Who's your favorite hunky hero? For me, he has to have a tortured soul, first and foremost and of course be a total alpha male- that's a given. Then he would have to think he is unworthy of being loved or incapable of loving someone and he has to have a heart breaking story to go along with it. That's my favorite hero. What would really top the cake for me is if the hero is a total jerk to the heroine. Yup, you read correctly. I love hunky heroes that can be a complete asshole to the heroine. Don't ask me why I do, I just do. The meaner the better for me. Strange, I know...but whatever floats your boat, right? And let's not forget about the sweet talking he can do that would lead to hot and steamy passion between the sheets. Ahhh, yes. I love hunky heroes!

Here are a few that come to mind quickly-
 Now I want to hear what you all like. In order to be entered in this giveaway, leave a comment naming your favorite hunky hero. Don't forget to mention the name of the book and the author so we can look it up.:) YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ALSO. IT WILL BE THE ONLY WAY FOR ME TO CONTACT THE WINNER.

Only in ebook format
Since most people despise this kind of hero, I will be giving you a choice of one paperback book to chose from below to win.

It's very hard for me to find this kind of hero. If you can recommend me a book with a mean alpha male, I will give you an extra entry. :)


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