Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review: Playing with Seduction (The Players Club Book 3)

Title: Playing with Seduction
Author: Erika Wilde
Type: Novel
Length: 151 pages (Kindle)
Publisher: Erika Wilde
Publication Date: October 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance

Kendall Shaw loves her job as a boudoir photographer. When she enlists hot, gorgeous, 100% alpha male, Jase Burns for a custom photo shoot for a romance novel cover, she quickly discovers that he only took the job to get close to her. But her painful divorce has made her wary of men, and especially one who is eight years younger than she is. 

The moment Jase sets his sights on beautiful, sexy Kendall, he wants her. Despite their mutual attraction, she's rejected his every advance. But Jase loves a good challenge, and one steamy, seductive night at The Players Club changes everything between them. 

Kendall has never experienced such overwhelming passion, or been pursued so tenaciously. Jase is addicting, in every way, and she soon finds herself falling for a man who doesn't fit into her ideal future. 

Can Jase convince Kendall to let go of her past and take a risk on a second chance at love—with him? 

Warming Up Nicely!
Meet Kendall the boudoir photographer who really got a raw deal in the marriage department. After 10 years of waiting and planning for the family she always wanted her ex decides that it would be best for him to have his HEA with Barbie the nurse. Really … Barbie (this is where I paused and imaged what I would do to the nurse named Barbie). This book contains a bit of the taboo (the older woman with the younger man) and frankly it works for both characters. As the reader, I can sympathize with gun shy Kendall and her cautious behavior when deciding whether to take a chance at love once again. 

Jase’s character is the correct man for the job. It's like the author had a checklist when creating his character and all the right boxes are checked. He is tall, well built, a gentleman, looks good in a pair of underpants, ex-military, compassionate and most important Kinky. I like that he knows what he looking for an pursues his target. Like the heroine, Jase has his own history that has played a role in how he is living his life. Both characters are really good for each other because Jase can teach Kendall it is okay to explore all aspects of yourself with confidence. Kendall can teach Jase that life cannot be lived on a schedule and it is okay to just let it happen.

In the end, book three of the Players Club series is an easy, breezy read that is full of passion and discovery. Playing with Seduction is an entertaining read.

***ARC was graciously provided by RockStarPR Lit via Netgalley ***

Monday, December 14, 2015

Review: Fighting for Devlin

Title: Fighting for Devlin (Lost Boys 1)
Author:Jessica Lemmon
Type: Novel
Length: 224 pages (Kindle)
Publisher: Loveswept, Randon House
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Genres: New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Orphaned as a young child, he was taken in by a crew of bookies and gamblers—and they became his family. They’re the reason Dev’s running a trendy bistro, living in a high rise, and enjoying the good life with a string of women who never ask for too much. Until, one night, he finds out how much it hurts to trust the wrong people.

Rena Lewis sticks to the straight and narrow, determined not to slip up again . . . like the terrible night of partying four years ago that ended in tragedy. A waitress at Oak & Sage, she knows that sleeping with her boss is not a smart move. But when Dev shows up on her doorstep, beat up and clearly shaken, Rena’s not about to turn him down . . . or kick him out of bed.

Dev reawakens something primal within her—a need to go wild. And Rena soon finds out that the heart she’d sealed away years ago still has the power to fight for love.

Wading Carefully
I definitely appreciate a devilish hero that is just a bit on the wrong side of the law. Devlin is the handsome owner of the Oak &Sage and a local bookie’s apprentice/enforcer/money collector-exchanger. Though the bookie angle was interesting and I was expecting to see an extra dominate/alpha type of male from Devlin. Don't get me wrong, he was cocky, arrogant and self assured of his skills but Devlin as an the alpha male type .... I can honestly say that he's almost there. Always like the idea of the bad boy or pseudo bad boy growing a heart, doing the right thing but Devlin wasn't a true ‘bad boy’ who had to redeem himself of anything. He was just a lost hero who was paying for his father’s sins. As for the heroine (Rena), she was a good girl going bad or bad girl pretending to be good? The answer ... Rena is a bit of both. Her history is there with all the reasons for her current behavior and I must say that guilt is one hell of a motivator. I'm disappointed in her character because she had talent that she wasn't doing anything with. Her character just lacked something. What propels the story forward is Devlin’s character and the anticipation of what other little naughty thing he will do. Sorry to say it, I am a sucker for emotionally wounded, lost and untrusting heroes. As for the other characters (Cade in particular), I am looking forward to reading more about them. 

Happy Reading Everyone!!!

 ~ARC was graciously provided by the author and publisher via Netgally.~

Review: Out of the Shadows

Title: Out of the Shadows (A Werewolf Wars Novel)
Author: Bethany Shaw
Type: Novel
Length: 404 pages (Kindle)
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: August 26, 2013
Genres: Fantasy/Paranormal

In an attempt to save his sister, Emily, from becoming a breeder, Devon Harris defies his alpha and flees his home with his sister. His actions lay the foundation for a war between the packs. They seek refuge at his Uncle Rick's ranch, and there, he meets the fiery human Lark. In the midst of a war, does he dare let himself fall for her?

Rick Harris has been like a second father to Lark Davies since her parents died in an accident three years ago. She is the sole guardian of her younger sister and the owner of her own bakery, leaving her little time for a social life. Lark instantly feels the allure to Devon even though they are constantly at odds with each other. However, danger lurks around every corner. As Lark spends more time with the pack, she is drawn further into the werewolf world.

Slow start with an exciting finish. Sassy and spunky heroine and a hunky, ill tempered, misunderstood hero. Great secondary characters (especially Vincent) and the story line is straightforward. Looking forward to see what the gulf packs have in store.
Happy Reading Everyone !!!!!

Review: Accelerate by Tracy Wolff

Title: Accelerate
Author: Tracy Wolff
Type: Novel
Length: 322 pages (Kindle)
Publisher: Love Swept - Random House
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Genres: New Adult Romance/Contemporary


Once the brains behind a car-boosting ring, Nic Medina has spent the last three years playing it straight. Now drag racers flock to his L.A. auto shop, Hotwired, for a shot at going head-to-head with the man himself. But when a crooked cop gives Nic a treacherous ultimatum—steal ten high-end cars or watch his nephew disappear into the system—he makes the only choice he can, one that puts the life he’s worked so hard for at risk. No sooner does Nic agree than he spots some nasty competition—and a gorgeous bystander in harm’s way.

A small-town girl with Hollywood dreams, Jordan Bass never expected to be swept up in a real-life drama. But that’s exactly what happens when she witnesses a violent crime. And when a smoldering stranger takes the wheel and practically kidnaps her in a desperate bid to keep her safe, she’s not sure whether to scream . . . or kiss him. Nic’s bad news—but the real bad guys aren’t above silencing a witness. On a collision course with danger, Jordan finds herself falling for the man whose street smarts are keeping her alive . . . and whose touch puts her in high gear.


A little Nic anyone ….

Smokin' Hot!!!
Nic Medina is a dream to read. Tall, sexy, cocky a with a Big Hemi under the hood. Love a hemi engine (taking a deep sigh because the sound of a hemi is just beautiful) and love a male lead that isn’t overshadowed or who doesn't overshadows his female counterpart. Sometimes, a reader will come across a book with a very promising male lead that at some point in the book detaches his man bits and secure said parts in the heroine’s purse for safekeeping. Fortunately, this isn’t the case here. Nic’s character is swoon worthy, damaged, smart and definitely the alpha needed to keep the story on track.

Jordan and Nic had that Bonnie & Clyde feel about them and to top it off Jordan’s character has great humor, inner strength and compassion that the reader is easily drawn to. Her background isn’t too in depth but it can be gathered that here she experienced some really traumatic stuff. There is a mild build up about her past but don’t worry the author drops a lot of hints and its easy to figure out. 

Why a rating of 4.5, well the story just sucks the reader in and makes it very hard to put down. Accelerate has a cast of great secondary wisecracking characters, shady characters that you can’t be too sure about and bad guys who are supposed to be the good guys. Hot guys, not so fast women and fast sexy cars. There isn’t a better combination. Yeah, Nic and Jordan’s HEA came about in a matter of days but sometimes that’s all it takes. 

Happy Reading Everyone!!!!

~~ ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ~~