Friday, August 29, 2014

All In by: Autumn Stark

Jay Markham, a wildly popular actor and a chronic womanizer, has become bored with his life. Jay decides to take a break and goes to visit his life-long best friend and famous romance novelist, Anthony Tate. But just because Jay decides to take a break doesn’t mean his fans will let him. The fans and the paparazzi follow him to the small Washington town and, in an effort to escape a particularly dogged fan, Jay ducks into the first open door he can find.

Parker Hardisson is a fairly normal, if self-contained, woman in her, ahem, early thirties. Relatively happy with her life as a freelance translator, she gets to work out of her own home and enjoy her life as quiet and drama-free as possible. So what if she’s a teensy bit lonely? So what if there’s some part of her that wants to explore the world? Things are working out just fine. So, when a mega-movie star comes slamming into her house, she wonders if she’s finally cracked.

Parker seizes the opportunity to make the deal of a lifetime. No strings, no questions. The problem is, Jay is playing this game by his own rules.
I REALLY liked it!!! I was first introduced to Parker and Jay in book one of the In Plain Sight series entitled Break Me. Consequently, Parker Hardisson and Jay Markham are the respective best friends of Anthony Tate and Abigail Stevens, whose first time meeting was anything but conventional for several reasons. One, Jay had no idea who Parker was and two, because Parker knew exactly who he was, what she wanted from him, and set out to get it. However, she wasn’t even fully prepared for what exactly she was going to be getting from “Mr. Could Hurt a Woman if He’s Not Careful”.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Other Side of the Pillow by Zane

The New York Times bestselling Queen of Erotica, Zane is back with a new novel about a testy love affair that emerges between a woman who’s had enough and a man who’s had it all.

Jemistry Daniels is a bitter woman and not trying to hide it. Even though she is beautiful, intelligent, and makes six figures a year as a high school principal in Washington, DC, one man after another has failed her. So she decides to give up and join the party by adapting the entire “friends with benefits” mentality with a couple of men that she beds on the regular but refuses to hold any kind of real conversation with, in fear that she might actually catch feelings.

Everything is going according to plan until she meets Dr. Tevin Harris, a prominent vascular surgeon, one night at a poetry slam. Tevin listens to her deliver her male-bashing poem and instead of steering away from her like most men with any common sense would do, he asks her out. Tevin has been casually dating for years, ever since his failed marriage to Estella. They had suffered several miscarriages and the emotional pain had become too much for either one of them to bear and still wake up with each other every morning.

Opening up, gaining trust, tearing down barriers, and ultimately, having the audacity to love again is not easy for either Jemistry or Tevin. It takes a lot of transparency, emotional honesty, and patience to even begin to build a life together by helping each other rebuild what has been broken. The Other Side of the Pillow examines, explores, and exposes what it means to truly fall in love. It proves that true love stories do not have a happy ending. True love stories never end at all.

I am going to preface this review by saying that I have known of Zane or many years. She has written countless books and has had two series of her stories broadcasted on a premium cable network. Even with all of her notoriety I had never read one of her books. However, with the highly anticipated release of the film adaptation of her novel Addicted set to hit the silver screens this Fall, I was determined to add her writings to my literary repertoire. With that being said I was afforded the opportunity via Netgalley to receive an ARC of The Other Side of the Pillow in exchange for an honest review.

Surrender by: Tawny Taylor

I was his.
To touch.
Any time he wanted.
Abby is ready to agree to anything to stop her brother from going to prison, but Kameron Maldondo, the owner of MalTech Corporation, is asking for the unexpected. Enthralled by his commanding brilliance, she agrees to be his assistant, at his beck and call for whatever he needs--whenever and however he wants. What that means is for him to decide and for her to submit to. Frightened yet fascinated by what he promises, Abby becomes a willing captive to his caress, undone by his peerless touch, a quivering submission to an aching need for complete carnal surrender. . .
Almost is the word that comes to mind when I think of Surrender by Tawny Taylor. I was initially turned off by the initial interactions of Abigail Barnes, an employee of MalTech owned by  none other than Kameron Madonado. In an attempt to spare her brother, Abigail schedules a meeting with Kameron to plead for her brother's freedom after he has been accused of stealing something from the MalTech Corporation. In her valiant effort Abigail, or Abby, finds herself in a VERY compromising position and accepts an offer to work directly "under" Kameron as his personal assistant. Kameron is playing all kinds of offending Title IX games with her mind and her body and at this point Abby just appears weak and plain ole every day stupid.

Cover Reveal Serieal Volume One by:Jaden Wilkes & Lilly White


“Would you like me to take you straight home, Sir?” my driver asks as I settle into the back of the company car. It's long, sleek, black and classic. Unfortunately it will also stand out too much in the neighbourhood I want to cruise tonight.

I am just looking. Window shopping if you will. I haven’t killed a woman for almost three months now and I can feel the urge building up in the back of my brain. Work was a bust, it’s a good thing I’m the boss or I would have been fired every damn time I start to cycle. I get so distracted I can barely remember my own name.

I can’t help it, I truly can’t. I’ve researched addiction, Googled the fuck out of everything from, “How do I stop killing” to “Frontal lobotomy results sociopathy” when the going gets tough.
It’s not a morals thing. Don’t get me wrong. I believe I am on a mission and the women who choose me are already dying by the time they accept their fate.

It’s more of an inconvenience and timing thing. I’ve been doing it for over a decade. I’ve killed many, many women. I couldn’t tell you how many off the top of my head, I’d have to count my trophies to be sure, but ballpark around twenty five.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tears of Tess by: Pepper Winters

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can't save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she's broken and ruined, or will Tess's new owner change her life forever?

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and hard to read subjects. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough

Well, well, well, it took me a really long time for me to even want to read this book. The warnings was written all over its description and within most of the other reviews I had read. There were clues about the drama that lied on the pages of this book between its front and back covers. But I ignored them all and decided to take the plunge and read it for myself.

So without further ado...

Tess was a college student with emotional baggage delivered by her parents and was in a “stable” relationship with her boyfriend Brax Cliffingstone. Can I pause here to side-eye the name Brax Cliffingstone…? Anywho, Brax was everything any girl could ask for in a man, however, according to Tess, he lacked the necessary intermediate to advance skills in the boudoir. Tess has somehow managed to tolerate his mediocre skills but she is longing for the chance to be more “adventurous.”

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lost in You by Sommer Marsden

Trapped inside a luxury mall during a violent storm, small town girl, Clover Brite, is thrust into the arms of international playboy Dorian Martin. Lightening strikes inside the building as well as outside…

Clover is the site manager for the renovation of the Baltimore Rotunda and first meets the owner, Dorian, when the 'storm of the century' traps the two of them inside the luxury mall. Upscale stores surround them and all are available at the end of Dorian's key ring, and though money doesn't impress her much, they begin to fall for each other.

Too aware of the differences between them and struggling with angst from her childhood, Clover flees back to her small town world. Dorian follows in hot pursuit. But will Clover realizes that what happened that stormy night could lead to a future?

So… this was an interesting read where Clover Brite, a project manager at a mall called the Rotunda, and Dorian Martin, the owner of said mall. These two find themselves trapped in the mall during the storm of the century that lasts nearly two days. From the beginning there is obvious chemistry between these two and of course after hours and hours of being trapped in a confined space, the flirting and the kink-foolery that commence is definitely swoon worthy.

However, I had quite a few issues with this book. There wasn’t a lot of depth to either character and their back stories were just as shallow. Clover was so insecure about Damien that she came off as whinny and sometimes, just plain ole every day silly. And although Sommer Marsden made a valiant effort in making Dorian an Alpha Male, the fact that he drove a turquoise Thunderbird stole any chances of him ever becoming "THAT book boyfriend" from me like a thief in the night. Turquoise? Really?  That’s so not sexy.

I digress. If you want grammatically correct yet steamy read, with an okay storyline, by all means, take a jog over and check out Lost in You by Sommer Marsden.

A complimentary copy was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.




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